Coast Guard Members Bracing for More Missed Pay

first_imgSeparate bills in the House and Senate would cover Coast Guard payroll costs even if the partial government shutdown continues, but there has been little progress.More than 40,000 Coast Guard members have been working without pay since the end of the year, along with 10,000 other Coast Guard personnel. The next scheduled pay date is Jan. 30.Some Coast Guard families lobbied lawmakers Tuesday to find a fix.“I have full faith in the Coast Guard,” Petty Officer First Class Ryan Mleziva told Military Times. “I just hope our elected representatives show faith in us too.”Senate leaders blocked an attempt by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to temporarily re-fund the Department of Homeland Security, including Coast Guard payroll, according to The Hill.About 50,000 Coast Guard retirees could also miss out on their next benefits check at the beginning of the month, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association President Jon Ostrowski told Military Times.“People are starting to get worried,” he said.Coast Guard photo by Lt. J.G. Kiana Kekoa ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold Try Hockey For Free Event On November 11

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Join Wilmington Youth Hockey this weekend for its “Try Hockey for Free Day” on Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 1:30pm to 3pm, at Ristuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main Street) in Wilmington.Has your child been wanting to try hockey? This is the event to learn more about youth hockey in Wilmington. Equipment will be available. You will need to bring your own skates.Register for this event HERE. Please share this announcement with family, friends & neighbors that you know may be interested in attending.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Youth Hockey.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Hockey To Hold ‘Drop The Puck’ Street Hockey Tournament Fundraiser On August 25In “Community”QUESTION OF THE DAY: Got A Child Who Wants To Try Hockey? Here’s Their Chance!In “Question of the Day”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

SXSW 2019 The weirdest sights from the worlds largest culture fest

first_img Culture Tags 2 SXSW 2019 See All reading • SXSW 2019: The weirdest sights from the world’s largest culture fest It’s not just the marketing ploys that bring the weird to SXSW, though. It’s that sense that the festival could be a home for just about anything.Lush Cosmetics brought an interactive bath bomb pop up built out of a cargo container to show off a new app. My colleagues and SXSW pals Chris Monroe and John Kim came across an apparatus dads can use to breast feed their babies when Mom’s not around. Meditation app Calm just happened to have a sloth at its booth. Meanwhile over at Sony’s WOW Studio, a small tribe of robots, part of the art installation Das Fremde, developed their own language and, no doubt, spent the entire time talking crap about everyone who stopped to gawk.Elsewhere: There were 3,000 pounds of cheese ready for attendee consumption, and mysterious signs on telephone poles about a lost unicorn. And you know what’s supremely weird? Sitting through a Q&A session with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and suddenly realizing Bill Nye the Science Guy is at the mic asking a question about climate change.Somewhere between sliding into an avocado-shaped ball pit and banging on some bongo drums in the dark, I chalked it all up to a slogan that says it all.As the bumper sticker goes, keep Austin weird. SXSW 2019 served up 3,000 pounds of cheese and now I don’t feel so good At SXSW, Sony’s WOW Studio sees a robot future that’s groovy, not apocalyptic Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project: Humans aren’t the center of the food universe Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out • And a Merry Apocalypse to you, too.  Amy E. Price/Getty There I was, trying to scarf down a grilled cheese sandwich from a food truck outside the Austin Convention Center, when a pack of Satanic nuns rolled by to wish everyone a “Merry Apocalypse.”In almost any other time or place, this would be an unusual occurrence. Weird, you might say. But at SXSW, an event that mostly defies thematic categorization, weird is always in bountiful supply.Film, music, social issues, politics, business — SXSW packs a lot into 10 days. Sure, you get red carpet world premieres and blockbusting marquee names, but you also find the unexpected roaming around the streets that surround the convention center. On Saturday, I looked up from my phone to catch a procession of kids with masks, beating a drum, promoting the adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, premiering March 16 at SXSW.center_img Or, there were the two young women walking around in silver alien costumes, with green-painted faces. For what reason? I couldn’t tell you.And if angels and demons cruised by on the sidewalk, they were not just heralding the End Times (like the Chattering Order of St. Beryl), but herding people toward Amazon Prime Video’s Garden of Earthly Delights, an interactive experience for the upcoming show Good Omens. Granted, there’s a measure of this weirdness that’s manufactured. Guerilla marketing campaigns and SXSW go together like mac and cheese. I am, however, willing to opt-in for this over a billboard, any day. Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed Comments Share your voice Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Related stories I guess you could say Pet Sematary is trying to ~drum up~ interest for its premiere. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/gnNVmkHwDE— Erin Carson (@ErinCarson) March 11, 2019 SXSW 2019 Just in case you spot this lost unicorn. #SXSW #SXSW2019 #unicornsarereal pic.twitter.com/j5X3FzfI7h— Teena Maddox (@teena_maddox) March 10, 2019last_img read more

Shraddha Kapoor is the best choice for the film says Saaho director

first_imgShraddha Kapoor and SujeethPR HandoutShraddha Kapoor is back with another blockbuster titled ‘Saaho’ and as always, this time as well the actress has impressed everyone with her stunning looks and her breathtaking performance.Time and again, Bollywood’s most relatable actress, keeps proving that she deserves every bit of appreciation. Shraddha was appreciated by Saaho’s director Sujeeth where he said, “Shraddha Kapoor plays the lead and she is the best choice for the film”.Apart from this, the director of the magnum opus Saaho even appreciated how she refused to use body doubles and commends her for most of the stunt scenes which were performed by Shraddha herself.This is not the first time that the actress is appreciated by her directors. Earlier as well, iconic film-makers and her co-actors have acknowledged her for her hard work and perseverance along with all the applause for the talent she possesses.The actress is known to be one of the most liked personas, and her regular postings on her Instagram has resulted in a massive popularity base amongst the fans.The Saaho actress has captured all eye-balls with her bold cop avatar and everyone is super thrilled to witness Shraddha in an action role. Recently she has been flaunting a completely toned body and ripped abs and this has given some serious fitness goals to others.The actress is also running a tight schedule hopping from one set to another, slipping into diverse characters to ace her parts. Shraddha is playing different characters this year and already has four films in her kitty.Saaho will witness the actress in an action-packed avatar where Shraddha will be essaying the role of a cop, while Chhichhore tests her versatility with dual roles of a college student as well as a middle-aged woman. Street Dancer will showcase the actress in a completely new dance avatar.With multiple releases this year, Shraddha Kapoor also has an anticipated release with Baaghi 3.last_img read more

Quota reform leaders fear arrest enforced disappearance

first_imgStudents demanding reform in quota system in government jobs were attacked by ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists several times in last four days. Picture: Prothom Alo.The leaders and activists of quota reform movement fear arrest and enforced disappearance in the face of repeated attacks by the ruling party’s student cadres and following arrest of their leaders.They are not also planning any fresh programme, rather the leaders of the movement say their main concern is about how to free the arrested leaders.Students under the banner of ‘Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad’ have been pressing for their demand for reforms in existing quota system in government jobs.On the recent spate of attacks on them reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League men and arrest of several of its leaders, convenor of the the platform Hasan Al Mamun said to Prothom Alo, “We are scared of arrest and enforced disappearances. We have no doubt they will file cases against us. Future of those of us who led the movement is apparently bleak.”Mamun said the joint conveners of the movement, Faruk, Jasim and Mashiur were arrested on Tuesday. Another one named Mahfuz remains missing and joint convenor Nurul Haque, in ailing condition, is not seen publicly.Nur was severely beaten by the BCL men and activists in front of central library of Dhaka University on 30 June.Mamun alleged that the government forces have deactivated their Facebook accounts so that they could not forge any fresh movement.Meanwhile, students and teachers of Rajshahi University on Tuesday demonstrated demanding the release of the arrested students, punishment of the attackers on students and reform in quota system.However, the students could not launch any demonstration in the Dhaka University campus as the BCL men were heavily deployed there.Leaders of the platform could not come to the campus fearing attack and arrest.Eight leaders of the platform have been shown arrest so far in four cases.BCL leaders on Monday handed over Faruk Hossain in Shahbagh police station after beating him severely. He was shown arrested on Tuesday.Joshim Uddin and Toriqul Islam were shown arrested in cases filed in connection with attacks on the residence of DU vice chancellor and vandalising motor bike of a police man.Joint convenor of the platform Rashed Khan was shown arrested under section 57 of ICT act on Sunday.Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman confirmed that eight students had been arrested between Saturday and Tuesday.A group of lawyers have decided to provide legal assistance to the ‘harassed students’.Lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said, a group of 20 lawyers are ready to provide the students with legal assistance.If the members of the family seek any legal help, they would readily extend their hand, he added.The government has formed a seven-member committee led by the cabinet secretary to make recommendations about quota reforms. Formed on Monday night, the committee is likely to meet on 8 July for the first time.Human chain protesting harassment of Fahmidul HaqueA group of teachers and students formed human chain in front of Aparajeyo Bangla on Wednesday protesting at the harassment of DU teacher Fahmidul Haque.Fahmidul was attending a demonstration in front of National Press Club on Tuesday protesting at the attack on students demanding quota reforms  But some policemen harassed and threatened him to arrest.Attending the human chain, Gitiara Nasreen, teacher of DU’s Mass Communication and Journalism department, said, every citizen has the right to express his/her concern. “But those who are expressing their concern are being attacked or harassed,” she added.Teacher of Economics department Rushad Faridi said, “I am feeling mentally sick seeing all this incidents. University students are being beaten mercilessly and being taken on police remand for no reason. We want justice for all of these incidents.”Dhaka University’s teacher of International Relations department Tanzimuddin Khan and Sociology department’s Samina Luthfa also attended the human chain.last_img read more

Narayanganj man set on fire succumbs to injuries

first_imgA man, who was allegedly put on fire by some drug traders over a drug-related dispute in Fatullah, Narayanganj succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday–reports UNB.The victim is Suman, 38, son of Abdul Jalil of Mahasadair Pakapul area in Fatullah of sadar upazila.Victim’s wife Sumi said a local resident who was known to them, Sohel Mandal, younger brother of Aslam Mandal, former Enayetnagar Union member called her husband out around 9:00pm on Friday night.A few minutes later she rushed to the spot and after hearing the screaming of her husband on the road, found him with burn injuries.Severely injured Suman was rushed to local hospital and later shifted to DMCH as his condition deteriorated.Before losing his battle for life, Suman told his relatives that he had an argument with local drug dealer Biplab, his wife Sahela Begum and accomplice Sohel Mandal, over a payment which he gave Biplab earlier as a loan.At one stage, Biplab and his associates attacked him and poured kerosene on him and set him on fire.Officer-in-charge of Fatullah police station Shah Manjur Kader said they were investigating the matter.Meanwhile, Biplab denied the allegation and said Suman immolated himself as he was a drug addict.last_img read more

Help Ms Santa Spread Holiday Cheer

first_imgOne of the longest continuously running initiatives of the AFRO-American Newspapers is the Ms. Santa program.For over 80 years the Ms. Santa program has served as an integral part of The AFRO’s legacy of serving the community’s less fortunate, in this case, with food, clothes, books and toys for the children.This December will mark 15 years for Diane Hocker, the AFRO’s director of Community and Public relations, who is the current Ms. Santa. This year Ms. Santa, with the help of her sponsor, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), will expand the program by hosting a holiday party which will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis African American History Museum on Dec. 8 in Baltimore.Ms. Santa and the sponsors will meet the families they are aiding as well as host a fun-filled evening for the children with entertainment and activities for all ages. Each year families across the state of Maryland write in to Ms. Santa looking for help in making their family’s Christmas the best it can be.Ms. Santa, center (sitting), and her elves are part of The AFRO’s legacy of serving the community’s less fortunate.Ms. Santa tries to make sure each family has food and gifts for the holiday season. Every year she raises money and items to donate to, on average, 150 families in need; and in addition, she also collects toys and books from various organizations that hold their own toy drives to aid in the giving.At the holiday party on Dec. 8, BGE and the other sponsors and contributors will be recognized for making the Ms. Santa program a success. “One reason the AFRO’s Ms. Santa program has been a success these past 80 years is because generous citizens have been willing to share with their neighbors. Christmas is a time for sharing and giving to others. The AFRO’s Ms. Santa program provides an excellent opportunity for people to do just that. All contributions are tax deductible,” said Hocker.We urge everyone to contribute toys and monetary gifts to the Ms Santa program.For more information or to make a contribution please call Diane Hocker at 410-554-8243 or contact her at dhocker@ afro.com.last_img read more

Antioch School of Law Remembered as Engine of Change for Black Disenfranchised

first_imgCrafted to meet the changing political and social landscape where centuries-old laws were being dismantled, the Antioch School of Law, later the University the D.C. Law School, and now the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL), embraced the mantra “Challenge Authority” from its inception.Panelists celebrating the legacy of The Antioch School of Law as a tool to discuss the power of challenging authority to secure rights for the District’s disenfranchised communities. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Established in 1972, with an open-admissions policy, the Antioch School of Law offered mostly low-income Black students an opportunity to obtain a quality post-secondary education, while advocating on behalf of their communities.“Students were required to work or earn internships within the government so they would know how to function within the law, not just throw bricks at the system,” said Antioch School of Law Co-Dean and Co-Founder, Edgar Cahn at the forum. “We staffed the government during home rule and we held the trust of the most disenfranchised folks in the country to ensure that legally we would uphold their rights.”Panelists for the forum included Sandra Mattavous-Frye,’83, Antioch graduate and current People’s Counsel in D.C., and Shelley Broderick, Dean, UDC-DCSL. Antioch alum, Jonathan Smith, ’84, Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, UDC-DCSL, served as panel moderator.Antioch pioneered a comprehensive law clinic education model, which has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools as being an essential part of a complete legal education. It has since been incorporated into the curriculum of virtually every law school in the United States. The school reportedly required new students to spend their first two weeks of class living with families in the District’s worst neighborhoods to get a feel for the people they would represent.Antioch graduate Joyce Batipps told the AFRO, the school was a place where social engagement and a desire to fix the parts of the government that were not working properly gained the legal know-how to change laws, disarm abusive elements, and protect poor communities from predatory behaviors. “Advocacy was not an option. There were people dying and being discriminated against all around us,” Batipps said, referring to the housing discrimination several low income residents faced if they were diagnosed with HIV. “We learned how to strategize and challenge or apply new interpretations of the law to fight on behalf of impoverished people because just knowing the law would not save Mrs. Jones’ home, but challenging certain laws and demanding others, would.last_img read more

Quantum guessing game reveals insight into strongerthanquantum correlations

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In information processing, physicists are often in search of ways to turn classical strategies into quantum ones, with the implication that the quantum version is somehow stronger, faster, or more secure than its classical counterpart. However, quantum strategies do not always perform better than classical ones. As a case in point, a new study has compared the strength of classical and quantum correlations in a simple number guessing game and found no difference in performance. Further, the physicists found that a third form of correlations – post-quantum correlations – could outperform both quantum and classical forms. Post-Quantum Correlations: Exploring the Limits of Quantum Nonlocality More information: Mafalda L. Almeida, et al. “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input: A Multipartite Nonlocal Game with No Quantum Advantage.” Physical Review Letters 104, 230404 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.230404 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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.center_img In their study, Mafalda Almeida from the ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques in Barcelona and coauthors found that classical and quantum correlations performed equally in a game called “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input.” The game involves a group of players in a ring who each receive an input number of either 0 or 1. The point of the game is that each player tries to guess the number of the person to their right. Of course, players are not allowed to know any information about their neighbor’s numbers before guessing, nor to communicate after having received their numbers. In order to win the game, players are allowed to share physical resources, such as classical or quantum correlations. Importantly, all these resources must be “no-signaling”; that is, they cannot enable instantaneous communication.The no-signaling principle is fundamental for physicists dealing with the concept of nonlocality. In nonlocality, one object can influence another object at a distance, such as through entanglement. However, this phenomenon cannot be used to send information faster than light, which prevents a direct conflict with Einstein’s theory of relativity. Nonlocal correlations, which physicists define as those violating a Bell inequality, are important because they serve as a key resource for quantum information processing.However, in the game in this study, the researchers found that players gained no advantage at guessing the correct numbers by using quantum resources compared to classical ones. This makes sense, since it seems that players should require signaling in order to improve their guessing accuracy, and neither quantum nor classical correlations involve signaling.Yet when the physicists looked at what happened when the players use no-signaling correlations (that is, correlations that satisfy the no-signaling principle) that are even stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics (i.e. they had a higher degree of violation of a Bell inequality), they did find a surprise. No-signaling correlations could actually outperform the quantum and classical correlations, suggesting that quantum correlations obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.“Our study highlights a fundamental difference between quantum correlations and certain post-quantum correlations (that is, correlations stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics, but which nevertheless obey the no-signaling principle),” Nicolas Brunner, coauthor and a physicist at the University of Bristol, told PhysOrg.com. “This is significant because it strongly indicates that quantum correlations could obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.”This game is the first that involves entanglement among more than two bits (called “multipartite entanglement”) to identify some of the boundary (or gap) between quantum correlations and the stronger no-signaling correlations. However, the results also raise further questions, such as what kind of physical principle might limit quantum non-local correlations? Why do (theoretical) post-quantum correlations seem to not exist in nature? And if they did exist, could these correlations be used for other information tasks? Right now, these questions are likely a long way from being answered. Citation: Quantum guessing game reveals insight into stronger-than-quantum correlations (2010, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-quantum-game-reveals-insight-stronger-than-quantum.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

HTML5 spec editor slams Google gangs DRM bid

first_img More information: lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/p … ml/2012Feb/0274.htmldvcs.w3.org/hg/html-media/raw- … encrypted-media.html YouTube expands support for HTML5 (PhysOrg.com) — A draft proposal by Google, Microsoft and Netflix to introduce mechanisms for copy protection on web videos has generated strong opposition and a response that the proposal is “unethical.” Reaction has been strong against the powerful trio’s bid to see HTML5 carry digital rights management (DRM) tools. Explore further Citation: HTML5 spec editor slams Google & gang’s DRM bid (2012, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-html5-spec-editor-slams-google.htmlcenter_img On the opposing side, developers and supporters of open systems argue that the very idea of adding DRM protection to video goes against the spirit of HTML5. “Any technology whose exclusive goal is to stop users from being able to make use of the content they have purchased is, in my opinion, unethical,” said Ian Hickson, HTML specification editor, in an interview with CNET. For Hickson, the Google-Microsoft-Netflix proposal is “just a plug-in platform in disguise.”The plan calls for proprietary plug-ins, called CDMs, or content decryption modules, which is not amenable to the open nature of HTML5, according to opposing arguments.The whole point of HTML5 is to move away from plug-ins; the introduction of such extensions, Hickson argued, would be tantamount to keeping plug-ins around.Specifically, Google, Microsoft and Netflix this week proposed a new web standard, in the form of the Encrypted Media Extensions proposal, and announced it on a W3C mailing list.The draft spells out a framework for bringing forth a system that manages protected content on the web browser. The proposed Encrypted Media Extensions standard would add a new set of API extensions for the HTMLMediaElement. The latter defines specialized properties and JavaScript methods available on HTML audio and video elements. These extensions would introduce DRM capabilities to HTML5-provided video.Whether some form of content protection is even necessary, leave alone ethical, is part of the present debate.Digital rights management permits only authorized video and audio. A solution to unauthorized copying has been seen in browser plug-ins for DRM protection. Hickson said he would rather see copyright law, not proprietary mechanisms, governing the use of video. He said there was no need for technology to protect content; the presence of copyright law was adequate.What next? Since the spec being proposed by the threesome is a draft, tech watchers see no guarantees that what the three propose will become an accepted standard, but at the same time there can be no guarantees that the debate will go south.Pressure to add some kind of DRM to HTML5 video is likely to continue, writes Scott Gilbertson in Webmonkey. “With Hickson very adamantly against it and Mozilla unlikely to support it in its current form, it’s not likely to move beyond the draft stage without some serious revisions.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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