Bank of England chief Firms not ready for nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — The governor of the Bank of England says most British businesses aren’t ready for a no-deal departure from the European Union.Mark Carney told the BBC on Thursday that “less than half of businesses have initiated” contingency plans designed to protect operations in the event Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc without an agreement on future trading relations.When asked if businesses are ready, Carney said “as best as we can tell, the answer is no.”The comments come as lawmakers from all parties are criticizing the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU, increasing the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. Carney warned Wednesday that a no-deal departure would trigger a recession more severe than the one that followed the 2008 financial crisis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Minister asking federal government for solution to Northern BC rail car shortage

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Jobs, Trade and Technology Minister Bruce Ralston says he is urging Canada’s transport minister to ensure a reliable supply of rail cars in Northern B.C., where the economy is suffering due to a chronic shortage of freight cars.“The impact of unreliable, and inadequate, rail service extends far beyond grain producers in northern B.C.,” Ralston stated in a letter to federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “Lumber mills and other industries, from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson, are also being seriously impacted by the lack of rail service.”Ralston has asked Garneau to work with northern B.C. chambers of commerce to develop plans for improving oversight and performance of Canadian National (CN) Rail’s system in the region. “Minister Garneau needs to convey that the Prairie backlog at CN Rail and Canadian Pacific Railway is having a detrimental impact on northern B.C. families and businesses. Companies looking to invest in northern B.C. communities are understandably discouraged from doing so because of the risk and uncertainty caused by CN Rail’s unreliable service. While the recent apology from CN is an important acknowledgement of how serious the situation has become, longer-term solutions need to be found.”last_img read more

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City hosting open house on new Toboggan Hill dog park Tuesday evening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will be hosting an open house on Tuesday evening to get public feedback on its plans for a permanent off-leash dog area in Toboggan Hill Park.The drop-in open house is taking place May 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Meeting Room. The open house will present a proposed design concept for a new off-leash area to replace the existing off-leash dog park.The existing park was originally built as a temporary off-leash area six years ago, and the City now wants to turn it into a permanent facility. The City will also be hosting an online survey from May 1st – 8th to gather public comments. If you have any questions in advance of this event, please contact Lisa at the City of Fort St. John, at For additional information please refer to the City of Fort St. John’s “Let’s Talk” website at read more

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Local skateboard shop gifted holy grail of skating

first_imgCity’s old skate park on 94th street. Photo by John Luke kieper.The shipping of the granite cost the company several thousand dollars, but the company cofounder Moses Itkonen explained that spending that money doesn’t matter when its to help grow the sport nationally.Skids of granite Moses Itkonen sent to local skate shops across Canada. Photo by Moses Itkonen’s Instagram.“You have certain amount of marketing dollars in business, so you can either take guys to the golf course or you can ship granite to people. We chose the ladder.” Moses Itkonen stated.RDS was founded in 1996 in North Vancouver by a group of professional skateboarders. According Itkonen, the company’s goal is to spearhead the growth of Canadian skateboarding.Moses Itkonen skating at the Slam City Jam 1995. Photo by Ryan McKeller Photography/Flickr. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Victory Skateboards in Fort St. John was just one of many local skate shops that were gifted the “holy grail” of skating by the company Red Dragons (RDS).RDS donated a total of 60 slabs of granite to shops all over Canada including Fort St. John, and sent the slabs as far as Moncton, New Brunswick.Cole Andrews, owner of Victory Skateboards in Fort St. John, explained that granite is the “holy grail” for boarders to skate on, with nothing else feeling quite like it. Andrews is hoping that with the city’s help they will be able to install the granite into the old skate park on 94th street. The one catch Cole Andrews had with acquiring the granite from RDS was that the slabs needed to be put in a place where the public could use it. Andrews hopes to have the city install the granite into the old skate park for the summer. After the summer he plans to put the granite in his shop for local skaters to use.Cole Andrews in front of his shop Victory Skateboards. Photo by John Luke Kieper“The sickest thing is you have groups of Canadians skating all over the country on the exact same granite.” said Andrews.last_img read more

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The North Peace Ride for the Disabled Meeting Monday February 25th

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An informational meeting regarding the future of the North Peace Ride for the Disabled will be held at the Northern Lights College Room 144 on February 25th at 7 pmThe NPRD is at risk of closing its programs for adults and children with disabilities because they cannot find volunteers and board members. The NPRD is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill board positions and participate in the fundraising functions that are necessary to keep this organization going.The NPRD was founded in 1986 and the program is an asset to the riders that are able to participate in the 30 minutes guided riding program to help work and develop their gross-motor and sensory systems. The program operates out of the Light Horse Arena on Wednesdays between 5 pm and 7 pm.For more information about the program; email efcalder@gmail.comTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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US hit by freezing winter storm 16 deaths

first_imgNew York- The northeastern US has been hit by a major winter storm with heavy snowfall and extreme cold killing 16 people since the beginning.  Leading to ‘the coldest winter of the last 20 years’, the powerful storm forced thousands of flights to be cancelled; destroyed the road and railway transport; and damaged power lines. Officials warn people to avoid going out and stay indoors because of the frigid temperatures dropping as low as 30 degrees below zero Celsius. In New York and Boston, warming centers were set up for the homeless people while police reminded the people living on the streets to call the emergency line 911. Meanwhile, schools were cancelled in Minnesota on Monday statewide, the first such closing in 17 years. States facing the coldest winter of the last 20 years since Wednesday include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New  Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.last_img read more

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Marrakech Atlas Etape supports Education for All

first_imgMarrakech – The Moroccan NGO Education for All (EFA) was formed to help young girls living in rural areas have the chance to pursue their education. However, many of them have to give up their schooling to help their families in the tough working conditions in the Atlas Mountains, particularly during the winter months when roads can be impassable. Illiteracy amongst rural girls remains very high, as much as 80% according to EFA.The NGO works under the belief that if you educate women you will ultimately educate the whole family, as the girls become mothers and pass on what they have learned to their children. EFA identified a need to provide accommodation for girls close to where their schools are located. Colleges in urban areas were too expensive and too far for rural families So secure houses with dormitories were built near to schools. such as Dar Asni, Dar Asni II, Dar Ouirgane and Dar Tinmal. It used to be unheard of for rural girls to have a chance at a college education and the chance of a professional career, such as medicine. They were, and many still are, tied to the isolated rural communities where they were born. When the first project, a boarding house in Asni was undertaken by EFA in 2007, the aim was to provide 36 girls living in the High Atlas mountains with secondary education so that they had the chance to go on to college.In September 2009 EFA opened a second boarding house in a remote area of the High Atlas, 100km from Marrakech in the town of Talaat n’Yacoub. This provides the opportunity of college education for 36 more girls, who would otherwise not have had this opportunity. Last year there were five girls who, as a result of being in EFA houses for the full 5 years of secondary and lycée, are now at university. It only costs EFA 1000 Euro to fund a girl for a whole year at an EFA house near the school which, given that illiteracy rates for girls in rural Morocco is estimated to be as high as 80%, is a vital investment.Apart from a paid housemother and cook, there are no administrative expenses as the EFA committee and staff work on a voluntary basis, allowing 100% of all donations to go directly to the project.EFA was the brainchild of Mike McHugo, owner of the famed Kasbah Toubkal. Mike and his brother Chris renovated the Kasbah, with its stunning views of surrounding mountains and Jebel Toubkal, together with the local community as partners. This led them naturally to work on projects to help the local Amazigh mountain communities.In 2013 the EFA committee hit on the idea of a bicycle race from Marrakech to Oumkaimeden. Kasbah Toubkal often arranges bicycling events in Toubkal National Park. The Atlas Etape is a 40 km dash to the foot of Oumkaimeden, with a body crunching punishing 30 km climb up to Oumkaimeden at 2426 meters at the summit. Then the joy of a 70 km downward sprint all the way back to Marrakech with medals for the first frontrunners to make it back. The 2013 Atlas Etape saw a heavy fog draw in on Oumkaimeden, preventing some riders from getting back to Marrakech for safety reasons.Training on the road between Ourika and Tahanaout in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Copyright ©Alan Keohane/Sill ImagesThis year, with temperatures at a hot 35 degrees, this is unlikely to be a problem. The race is already attracting professional bicycle racers, a chance to visit Marrakech and a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause. Three older participants are bicycling from England to Marrakech to take part in the event, and they have already raised over £80,000 for EFA. They call themselves the “fat dads on bikes” after a much-loved UK TV series, The Fat Ladies, who used to ride motorbikes to different locations to do their cooking programs on TV. They were a wonderfully irreverent pair.Marrakech Atlas Etape, April 28 2013, Photo by Alan Keohane & Terry Munson www.still-images.netHer Majesty’s Ambassador Clive Alderton will be on hand to present medals when the tired winners roll in at the Etape’s final destination. The Ambassador has recently become a patron of the EFA. Later on in the evening, there will be a fundraising dinner which is open to all, and some of the girls from EFA’s houses in Asni and the university will attend, which will be a great opportunity for friends and supporters to meet them. It should be a great evening.His Excellency Mr Clive Alderton LVO, Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and Education For All Morocco Patron, talks about EFA© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Jerry Lucas Ohio State has good shot at winning title

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State men’s basketball team appears to be collecting championships. There’s only one left, and it’s the most elusive of them all. It’s so elusive, only one OSU men’s basketball team has won the NCAA Championship before: the 1960 team, led by coach Fred Taylor and the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Jerry Lucas. This year’s version enters the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. It will go on to face the winner of a play-in game between Texas-San Antonio and Alabama State on Friday in Cleveland. Lucas said he believes this team has a shot at being the second OSU team to win an NCAA Championship. “I think they have a good shot at winning,” Lucas told The Lantern. “They’re strong inside; they have good shooters; they handle the ball well and have a good perimeter game. They’re strong in every facet of the game.” Lucas warned that the road to the finals isn’t an easy one. “They’ll be ready, but what is it, six games they’re going to have to win? It’s going to be tough. If they’re not shooting well and some other team gets hot it could cause them problems,” Lucas said. “But they have all the weapons they need.” Lucas wasn’t the only alumnus who said he has faith in this squad. J.J. Sullinger, another former Buckeye basketball player and older brother of freshman forward Jared Sullinger, also weighed in on this team’s chances. “We have so many weapons. People talk all the time about how we don’t have any depth. We absolutely have depth,” J.J. said. “We have confidence in every Buckeye that goes into the game. If we play defense and rebound well, nobody’s going to beat us.” J.J. had some advice for the younger guys, including Jared and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas, who have never played in the NCAA Tournament before. “It’s back to the drawing board. It’s a new season and a different kind of commitment,” J.J. said. “It’s win or go home. They’re celebrating right now, but once you step out of the shower it’s a brand new season.” For their part, even the young Buckeyes seem to understand what’s at stake, including being the No. 1 overall seed. “It’s something special,” Sullinger said. “At the same time we still have a lot of work to do so it doesn’t stop here. … You just have to take it one game at a time and focus on your opponent.” Coach Thad Matta said he considered it an honor given the parity in college basketball. “You look across the country at all the great teams, and I give our guys a lot of credit,” coach Thad Matta said. “They’ve come ready to play for 34 games, and probably the hardest thing I think we’ve found this year was the effort that the teams give to beat you each night.” In the locker room after the game, junior guard William Buford, like Matta, acknowledged that this team would have a bull’s-eye as the No. 1 overall seed. He also said it wouldn’t bother them. “It’s no pressure for us,” Buford said. “We’re just going to go out and play how we know how to play, and play Ohio State basketball.” The last time the Buckeyes earned a No. 1 seed was in 2007, when they advanced all the way to the finals before loosing to the eventual champion Florida Gators.  Buford admitted his team has some weaknesses. “Our defense, we take too many possessions off on defense. I think we need to get our offensive execution together too,” Buford said. “We’re getting good shots; we just weren’t knocking them down (this weekend).” After the Big Ten Tournament was over, and everything was said and done, senior guard Jon Diebler put everything into perspective. “We’re happy we accomplished this,” Diebler said. “We’re going to enjoy it tonight and get right back to work.” read more

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Lionel Messi does not need to win World Cup to be

first_imgFormer striker Hernan Crespo says Argentina striker Lionel Messi does not need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.The 30-year-old Messi who is under pressure to lift the World Cup for his nation had a penalty saved in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening game in Russia. He has won 32 titles and five Ballons d’Or in 14 seasons at Barcelona but has never lifted the World Cup.“A lot of players are great in our memories without winning the World Cup,” Crespo told BBC Sport.“Messi is a fantastic player. I love to watch him so much and he’s a very good guy. He deserves to win the World Cup.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“If he wins he’s a great player, but he is still a great player if he doesn’t.“How many great players didn’t win it? I don’t remember Johan Cruyff or [Michel] Platini doing it.”The 2018 World Cup in Russia is Messi’s fourth. Argentina reached the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010 and were beaten by Germany in the final in 2014, when Messi won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

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Judicial System improved says Chief Justice RamsayHale

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 12, 2017 –  The judicial process is getting better according to statistics revealed by the Chief Justice yesterday, when she led the opening of the 2017 legal year.   Hon Margaret Ramsay-Hale said there were 89 criminal cases, 69 of those were new and 22 were brought from 2013.   In 26 matters, the defendants she said entered guilty pleas and of the remaining 63 cases, nine were found guilty, five found not guilty of the crime.   There were two instances of no case to answer by the accused and there were 15 matters either discontinued or dismissed for reasons like insufficient evidence.   Still, said CJ Ramsay-Hale it was a better year, reminding the attendees that in 2014 there were as many as 30 cases falling into the category where the court would have wasted time and resources and residents were unjustly held.  The Chief Justice explained, “Last year I observed that this represented 30% of all persons who had been arrested, charged and often deprived of their liberty in the circumstances where there was in fact, on the information in the hands of the police and the prosecution, an insufficiency of evidence to show that they had committed the offences with which they were charged.   I think this is an improvement which is worthy of note.” The prosecution rate of cases dealt with from 2015, put at 80% by the Chief Justice.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of May 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of May 27, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:NonePreviously Lived In Wilmington:Bette L. Hillard, 94Robert Arthur Park, 88Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:P. John Darby, 87Glenn C. McKenzie, 56Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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The best alarm clocks of 2019

first_img American Lifetime Day Clock, $45 ✘ 9 min CR 2032 Now playing: Watch this: Best sunrise alarm clock The Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to respond to your voice commands, so you can use it as a smart speaker like the Google Home Mini. It has a 4-inch touchscreen and you can swipe between pages showing the weather, your commute and your calendar — handy info when you’re heading to bed or first waking up. It’s similar to a smart display, but not as robust, in that you can’t watch videos or access a smart home control panel. The touchscreen is meant specifically for your bedside.Fortunately, it’s an effective alarm. You can set multiple alarms at once and customize each to a wide degree. You can set your preferred snooze length, choose from a variety of alarm tones and set any alarm to repeat on a daily schedule. The Lenovo Smart Clock also doubles as a sunrise alarm, with the screen getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled wake up time. Plus, it can trigger a Good Morning routine when you shut it off. By default, that routine will tell you about your day and then play news podcasts, but you can customize it to your liking and have it control smart home gadgets as well. After a recent update, it can also scroll through your personal pictures as a screensaver. The Lenovo Smart Clock isn’t perfect. You can choose from a variety of clock faces, but none strikes the perfect balance of nighttime visibility without a glow. You can’t wake up to the radio or your own music. If you want something more than a basic alarm, the smarts are well implemented, but the Amazon Echo Show 5 does more. See at Amazon Alarm clocks remind me of referees — they’re necessary, but I frequently get annoyed at them for doing their jobs. You want an alarm clock to reliably wake you up on time, but that doesn’t make it any less aggravating when a repeated buzzing sound rouses you from a restful sleep and prompts you to get ready for work. Fortunately, finding the right alarm clock for you can make the process of waking up easier. As with other smart home products, search any major US electronics retailer and you’ll find dozens of options from a wide variety of brands, at prices ranging from $10 to over $100. Given that they all mainly serve a single purpose, sorting through the crowd can feel like splitting hairs. Read more: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is Alexa’s best smart displayNote that CNET may receive a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Not recommended I don’t recommend the following alarms to anyone. Sharp LCD Digital Alarm Clock: This compact, $15 clock takes two AA batteries and is fully portable, but you can’t see the time in a darkened room without turning on a backlight that will hurt your eyes because you’re in a darkened room. The snooze button and the backlight button are the same. When the alarm sounds, that backlight turns on automatically, but turns off again after a couple of seconds. If you take a moment to wake up you won’t be able to check the time when deciding whether or not to snooze. If you need an alarm for your home, use a different one. If you need a portable alarm, you’re better off using your phone. Brandstand BPECT CubieTime: This ugly $60 alarm costs too much, has a clock face that glows, lacks any meaningful features and gets a lot of the basics wrong. It’s hard to find the snooze button in the dark. Setting the alarm is relatively tedious, and the alarm resets to 6 a.m. every time you turn it off, so you’ll need to put it back to your preferred time every day if you happen to wake up at any other time. What to look for in an alarm clock iHome has an alarm with Amazon’s Alexa built in that we’ll be reviewing shortly.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you’re out shopping and don’t see any of the above, you can find a good option for your nightstand by keeping a couple of things in mind. Red and orange numbers are less likely to cast a glow. That might not matter to you if a glow won’t bother you or if you actually want a glow, but if you don’t like a bright sleeping environment, the color of the numbers is a bigger deal than you’d expect. That’s one thing you can learn about the alarm just by looking at the display. Focus on the basics. Alarms that perform a bunch of extra tricks are nice, but you probably have something else in your house that’s better at playing music or that has a charging port for your phone. Look for an alarm that’s easy to set, easy to check, has an indicator so you can see that it’s armed and has a big snooze button that you can find when you’re groggy. Get the extras you want. After you find a couple of options that get the basics right, find the one with extras that appeal to you. Do you want a nightlight? Do you want multiple alarms? Do you want to customize the length of the snooze timer? Do you want a radio? The great thing about the breadth of the alarm category is that you can find a model that fits all of your desired criteria. And yes, if you really want to go crazy with charging ports or even wireless phone charging built in, those models exist too. Gentle wakeups are great. If you don’t know what features to prioritize, look for an alarm that gradually increases in volume or slowly raises the light level to ease you out of your sleep. That was my favorite feature of the bunch and I generally felt less grumpy with alarms that didn’t shock me awake. “Smart” alarm clocks are here. Finally, keep in mind that if you want an alarm with smarts — something that’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri — you have options other than the Lenovo Smart Clock and the Echo Show 5. iHome offers smart alarms with either Alexa or Google Assistant. And Insignia’s Google-compatible alarm clock is a good option if you can snag it when it’s periodically marked down to $25. Originally published March 21. Update, June 24: Adds the Amazon Echo Show 5.  Best for deep sleepers Philips HF3500 iHome iBT29BC, $43 Radio See at Amazon 9 min Orange See at Amazon Homelabs Home Sunrise Alarm Clock, $18 Sunrise light and buzzing See at Amazon Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nightlight Loud buzzing and/or vibrating accessory Multiple volume and tone settings, multiple alarms Display color Buzzing or radio Red ✔ Best features for the price Best alarm clocks Orange Customizable between 1 and 30 minutes CNET review: Lenovo Smart Clock Best for deep sleepers: Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb, $37 Best features for the price: Sony ICFC-1, $18 The Sony ICFC-1 costs $20, the same as the Travelwey Home LED. It has a radio built in so you can wake up to your favorite station or a more traditional buzzing. You can set a sleep timer so you can fall asleep to the radio as it plays. It adjusts the time automatically for daylight saving time. Even the buzzing alarm gently ramps up to ease you out of your sleep, and the snooze button is easy to find if you need more time.You’ll want to keep the manual handy when first setting up the Sony ICFC-1. Even setting and checking your alarm time is counterintuitive at first. There’s no button for it — you hit the plus or minus on top to see the time then keep hitting one or the other to set the alarm time. Once you know what to press, using the ICFC-1 is simple enough, it’s just not quite as brainless as the Travelwey alarm. The cube design is also a little hard to get used to, and the orange numbers aren’t as easily visible from across the room as those on the Travelwey alarm. That said, you can cycle through three levels of brightness by tapping the snooze button, none of which creates an unwanted glow. The ICFC-1 also has a button to turn off the alarm that keeps it set for the same time. It has a battery backup and a clear indicator when the alarm is armed. I liked Travelwey’s alarm slightly more as it’s easier to set up, and its clock is easier to see from across a darkened room, but Sony’s alarm makes a strong case for itself by doing more for the same price and it could easily be the better choice for you if you value those extras. Best ultrabudget ✘ I was torn about the American Lifetime Day Clock, because the large-print design struck my fancy and could come in handy if you have impaired vision. The clock even spells out the day and date, and you can program alarms with a reminder message such as “Take your medicine” to help relatives with memory trouble. That said, I’m primarily judging alarm clocks here, and it isn’t a good alarm clock. You can’t snooze, the display casts a glow even at its dimmest, and setting alarms is a pain. You have to scroll through a menu that could easily be confusing for an elderly relative — so you’d be stuck with all the setup and even maintenance when a setting needs to be changed. The $45 American Lifetime Day Clock might be worth considering if you need a time display capable of reminders, but you can find better options if you just want an alarm with big numbers. $20 Snooze length 9 min $18 1:35 Red Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET Share your voice CNET review: Amazon Echo Show 5 Travelwey’s alarm clock excels at simplicity. It’s $20, which is a little more than other competent models I tested, but still easily affordable for something you’ll use every day. It only has a handful of buttons, all of which are easy to understand and use. The big red numbers dominate the front and the snooze button is easy to find and smack when you want to shut up the alarm in the morning. You can adjust the brightness of the numbers with a slider on the back. At all levels of brightness, the numbers are large enough to be easily visible from across a dark room and they don’t cast a glow that could disrupt your sleep. The Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock also has a separate nightlight feature if you don’t want your room to be pitch black.Other than the nightlight, Travelwey’s alarm doesn’t have much in terms of features. You can’t adjust the snooze time — it’s 9 minutes. You can’t set a second alarm. You can switch between two volume settings for the alarm, but you can’t change the tone or have it play music or the radio. It’s a simple alarm clock, but Travelwey made sure all of the basics were implemented well. A simple indicator shows the alarm is armed. It has a backup battery, if your area is prone to power outages. You can check the time with a button and press a separate one to turn off the alarm but leave it set for the same time the next day. There’s not much to the Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock, but what’s there works well. Best smart alarm: Amazon Echo Show 5, $90 Price ✘ Can use as reading light Target Alexa Amazon Google Lenovo Philips Sony Apple Battery backup None Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected ✘ Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock Best overall Other features See at Amazon $90 9 min Two volume options Simple buzzing CNET Smart Home Complicating matters further, you likely have a phone alarm clock app and possibly a smart speaker or smart display, which can render a separate alarm clock redundant. Nevertheless, alarm clocks still have their place and I understand the appeal — I like turning my phone off at night and having a clock I can check at a glance if I wake up and it’s still dark. In pursuit of a more refreshing morning, I tested 10 alarms over a couple of months earlier this year to find the best alarm clock on the market. I checked the recommended products on other sites, and looked at top sellers and top-rated models on Amazon, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart. I compiled the common denominators into my list and bought them for testing. I let each alarm wake me up for at least two nights, making notes about the experience as I went, and I was surprised to find big differences in usability even at such a simple task. Extras and customizability were nice, especially at higher prices, but I generally preferred those that got the basics right for an affordable price. That said, I recently reviewed the Lenovo Smart Clock and the Amazon Echo Show 5, which are smart alarms that feel like worthwhile upgrades. I’ve added entries for both to the recommended picks below. ✘ See at Walmart Tyler Lizenby/CNET Sony ICFC-1 See at Amazon RCA RCD30 See at Amazon Other options The following alarm clocks do some things well but have flaws that make them tougher to recommend. Tips to know when buying an alarm clock The $90 Show 5 has a lot of the trappings I look for in a good alarm clock. You can set multiple alarms and have them repeat on various days of the week. The alarm can wake you up with a customizable tone or your own music. You can have the alarm ramp up in volume to ease you out of your sleep. Along the same line, the screen can gradually get brighter starting 15 minutes before the alarm to wake you up with a simulated sunrise.When you’re not sleeping, you can issue voice commands to the Show 5 thanks to the built-in Alexa voice assistant. You can also use the touchscreen to make video calls, check the weather, control your smart home and other things. The Show 5 is a smart display similar to the original Echo Show, but trimmed for your nightstand.Even with adaptive brightness enabled, the screen still casts a little glow, and you can’t customize the snooze time, but it otherwise offers all of the customization and features you’d want if you’re willing to pay more for a smart alarm.  Wake up options Best overall: Travelwey Home LED Alarm Clock, $20 The Lenovo Smart Clock helps Google Assistant ease you out of sleep Lenovo Smart Clock, $80 Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb I hated the Sonic Bomb — but that’s a good thing if you’re a semicomatose sleeper. To be clear, I didn’t hate the $32 Sonic Bomb because of poor design or poor performance, I hated it because I woke up to my pillow shaking and I thought the world was ending. The bed shaker alarm has an incredibly loud buzzer and a vibrating attachment you can place on your bed in case the buzzer itself isn’t enough. The Sonic Bomb offers two alarms and plenty of customization. The controls are easy enough to figure out. It’s worth your consideration if you have trouble waking up and it deserves to be mentioned alongside the Philips HF3500 as a good implementation of a novelty alarm concept. But unless you truly are a very heavy sleeper, the Philips makes for a much more pleasing morning routine. Amazon’s Alexa for voice commands, touchscreen display for videos, shortcuts for smart home controls Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you’re willing to spend more than $20 for an alarm, you can look for all kinds of different features. Of all of the potential alarm upgrades, the sunrise alarm on the $50 Philips HF3500 is the only one that actually makes it easier to wake up in the morning. Shaped a bit like a UFO with a kickstand, the HF3500 has a simple circular orange clock face surrounded by a couple of buttons and a wide light ring. Thirty minutes before the scheduled alarm time, the light gradually starts increasing in brightness until it reaches a customizable max at the scheduled time and starts beeping with increasing intensity to finish the task of waking you up. The light is supposed to gently ease you awake by simulating the sunrise. On both mornings of my testing, I had a relatively easy time getting out of bed. Aside from the light, the Philips HF3500 is easy to operate with minimal buttons. You can use the light as a lamp and it has 10 levels of brightness. You can cycle through three levels of brightness for the clock face, but the orange numbers do a good job of not casting much of a glow even at their brightest. Snoozing the alarm is counterintuitive, as you need to whack the upper half of the light — there’s no button. I’d worry that I’d accidentally break my fancy alarm on a particularly grouchy morning. For around $50, the HF3500 surprisingly lacks any extras other than the wake-up light, and I doubt that will be much help for heavy sleepers, or those with rooms that already get bright when day breaks.Nevertheless, the HF3500 keeps things simple and elegant while still innovating on the basic concept of waking up in the morning. Splurging on the HF3500 could be a worthwhile experiment if you’re looking for a more peaceful way of waking up. If you want features, the $43-ish iHome iBT29BC likely has you covered. It has a built-in radio and two alarms, doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and even comes with an auxiliary cable. It has a battery backup, and it can double as a speakerphone and communicate with your phone’s digital assistant. It has a light that changes colors and lots of customization for what to play when you wake up. The light won’t fade up like the Philips HF3500, but it can turn on when your alarm sounds. Plus, the sound quality is surprisingly good. The snooze button is a little too small and you’ll want to keep the instruction manual handy when you first start using it. The clock face shines too brightly when turned up and it’s hard to see from across the room when dim. The iHome iBT29BC does a little bit of everything, but it’s not great at any one thing, and for the price, if you want a speaker to wake you up, you might as well get a smart speaker. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected CNET Smart Home See at Amazon Best smart alarm Tyler Lizenby/CNET Red Best ultrabudget alarm: RCA RCD30, $11 The RCD30 has a lot in common with my favorite of the bunch, the Travelwey. The RCD30 is simple, with only a couple of buttons. It has a large red display with two levels of brightness — neither glows and you can easily see either from across a dark room. The snooze button is easy to find, but double-checking your alarm time and resetting it for the next day aren’t as easy on the RCD30 as on the Travelwey. Also, unlike the Travelwey, the RCD30 doesn’t have a nightlight. Given that it’s only about $11, it’s a good alternative if you want something cheap and simple. None Amazon Echo Show 5 $11 See at B&H 9V Smart Home Sleep Given that the Home Sunrise Alarm Clock performs ostensibly the same trick as the Philips HF3500 for a fraction of the price — $18 for the Home Clock as opposed to $50 for the HF3500 — I was excited to try it out. It even has a few more features: The light changes colors, and you can customize which color turns on in the morning and how long it fades up before your chosen alarm time. It has a radio and you can pick from a variety of wake-up sounds, including waves crashing and classical music. On paper, the Sunrise Alarm Clock offers everything you could want in an alarm at a great price. It also proves that you get what you pay for. The touch buttons on the front aren’t very responsive — setting the time, setting an alarm and turning off the alarm in the morning are all more difficult than they need to be. Using the radio is surprisingly tedious. The brightness ramps up too quickly in the morning and the white numbers showing the time cast too much light at night. If you can get around the tedium, the Sunrise Alarm Clock does offer a lot of features for the price. See at Walmart See at Amazon See at Amazon Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 2x AAA See at Amazon 10 min Sunrise light, a variety of tones, streaming music 12 Photos 11 Sleep timer reading • The best alarm clocks of 2019 $43 Customizable See at Amazon $37 • See at Amazon Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house None Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. 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Yuvraj Singh may soon announce retirement from international cricket

first_imgYuvraj Singh is contemplating retirement, as per a reportA report has surfaced in the media suggesting that Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh may soon announce his retirement from international cricket and become a freelancer participating in T20 leagues around the world.The report, published by PTI, says that the veteran all-rounder is in talks with the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and seeks their permission to play in foreign T20 leagues. Hitherto, the BCCI hasn’t allowed Indian male cricketers to participate in any T20 league apart from its own Indian Premier League (IPL).This report cites an unnamed source within BCCI divulging this information. “Yuvraj is thinking of calling it quits from international and first-class cricket. He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers,” the anonymous board member stated.Lack of opportunitiesYuvraj was last part of the Indian team in 2017 when his form declined and he was left out. Later, due to not being able to clear the ‘yo-yo’ test, he wasn’t considered for selection in the national team. During the latest season of Indian Premier League (IPL), the man-of-the-tournament from the 2011 World Cup was part of the Mumbai Indians side but was dropped from the playing XI after just four matches and warmed the bench for the rest of the season. Irfan Pathan has put his name in the draft for CPLIANSInterestingly, the BCCI is dealing with another similar issue in the case of Irfan Pathan. Surprisingly, the all-rounder from Baroda who is also a commentator now, put his name for the draft of the latest season of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) without seeking prior permission. It remains to be seen how BCCI would react to Pathan’s move since he is still playing cricket at the first-class level in India.An official within the BCCI commented on this issue as well and compared the cases of both these cricketers. “Irfan was told to withdraw his name from the draft. As far as Yuvraj is concerned, we need to check the rules. Even if he retires from first class cricket, he will still be an active T20 player registered under BCCI. The rule needs to be checked,” the person explained.Only time will tell what happens in future with these two players but it could be the beginning of the end of the embargo put on Indian players from playing in foreign leagues.last_img read more

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Catalan leader Puigdemont detained in Germany

first_imgFormer Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes part in a meeting with his party in Brussels, Belgium on 14 March 2018. ReutersFormer Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont was detained on Sunday in Germany by police acting on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain, his lawyer said.Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared police would arrest him there and launch an extradition process requested by Spain.The lawyer, Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, did not say exactly where Puigdemont was in custody in Germany. He said only that Puigdemont, the former Catalan regional president, had been en route to Belgium where he has been living in self-imposed exile since late last year.Puigdemont faces up to 25 years in prison in Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition for organising an illegal referendum for Catalonia that led to a unilateral declaration of independence in October.“The president was going to Belgium to put himself, as always, at the disposal of Belgian justice,” Joan Maria Pique, Puigdemont’s spokesman, told Reuters.On Friday Spanish Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena ruled that 25 Catalan separatist politicians would face charges of rebellion, embezzlement and disobeying the state for their roles in organising the vote on secession.last_img read more

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India calls for revenge while mourning dead soldiers

first_imgFamily members and villagers carry the coffin of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Sukhjinder Singh during the cremation ceremony at Gandiwind village, some 60 kms from Amritsar, on 16 February 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir. Thousands of mourners across several Indian cities 16 February attended funerals of soldiers killed in a deadly suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir as a round-the-clock curfew remains in force in a part of the restive region. AFP: AFPThousands of mourners across India attended funerals on Saturday for some of the 41 soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir as a round-the-clock curfew remained in force in part of the restive region.The paramilitary troops were killed on Thursday as explosives packed in a van ripped through a convoy transporting 2,500 soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region, the deadliest attack in a 30-year-old armed conflict.TV stations showed coffins wrapped in Indian flags being carried by thousands of people across their hometowns, after the bodies were flown to New Delhi late Friday for a ceremony attended by prime minister Narendra Modi.India has accused Pakistan of harbouring the militants behind the attack, which has sparked nationwide outrage and some public calls for war against the nuclear-armed arch-rival to avenge the killings.Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since independence from Britain in 1947, with both the countries, which have fought three wars, claiming it in its entirety.Two buses of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the 78-vehicle convoy were targeted by the bomber on a key highway in the Pulwama district, just outside the main city of Srinagar.The Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility, and the vehicle was driven by a known local militant.The powerful blast reduced one of the buses to a heap of mangled debris. Pictures showed bodies and body parts strewn all over the highway.”I feel proud of the martyrdom of my son. I expect the government of India to avenge the killings,” Brish Soreng, father of one of the soldiers, told reporters.- Diplomatic support -Modi on Saturday said that those behind the attack would be held responsible.India is garnering diplomatic support after the attack and has vowed to “isolate” Pakistan diplomatically in the international community, saying it has “incontrovertible evidence” of Islamabad’s role.Pakistan has rejected the allegations.Jaish-e-Mohammed is largely considered to be one of the most active Pakistan-based insurgent groups fighting in Kashmir.Islamabad was battling another crisis on its western border Saturday after Iran accused Pakistan-based militants of killing 27 Revolutionary Guards in a suicide car bomb attack in Isfahan city.Tehran asked Pakistan to crack down on militants or face consequences for “housing” them.The warnings to Islamabad came ahead of Sunday’s two-day visit by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan. He is expected to visit India a day later.- Protests continue -Street protests continued Saturday across several Indian cities with demonstrators burning effigies of Pakistani leaders and Muslim cleric Maulana Masood Azhar, who founded Jaish-e-Mohammed.The shock attack has caused widespread anger across India and a violent backlash against Kashmiris elsewhere in the country.Mob attacks on Kashmiri students and businessmen have been reported in the northern city of Dehradun, with some fleeing the city.A curfew remained in place in Kashmir’s Hindu-majority Jammu city after mobs on Friday attacked Kashmiri properties, set fire to vehicles and pelted housing complexes with stones, prompting counter-protests in Srinagar.At least 12 people were injured in the city, local media reported, and internet access in the area was suspended.Angry Indian social media users furiously demanded retribution for Thursday’s attack, while several hawkish TV channels called for all-out war with Pakistan.The attack has put Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the back foot ahead of national elections due by May.Modi’s government in recent years has adopted an aggressive posture in Kashmir and shelved dialogue with Pakistan to boost its popularity after accusing the previous government of being soft on militants.”Revenge is the only word that comes to my Mind,” Modi government minister Babul Supriyo wrote on Twitter.A meeting of political parties in New Delhi Saturday extended full support to the government in “fighting terrorism, defending India’s unity and integrity”.India has stationed some 500,000 troops Kashmir, making it the most militarised zone in the world, following an armed rebellion that began in 1989.Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict with most casualties civilians. Last year was the deadliest in a decade with almost 600 killed.Many separatist rebel groups are fighting for the independence of all of Kashmir, while some want the territory to become a part of Pakistan.last_img read more

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Ecuador suspends Assanges citizenship

first_imgWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is handled by Metropolitan Police officers during his arrest and taken into custody following the Ecuadorian government`s termination of asylum, in London, Britain on 11 April 2019. Photo: ReutersEcuador has suspended Julian Assange’s citizenship and accused him and people connected to his WikiLeaks group of collaborating in attempts to destabilize the Andean nation’s government, after years of offering him shelter.A bearded and frail-looking Assange was arrested by British police on Thursday after Ecuador terminated his asylum at its London embassy, where he had lived since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation.Assange’s Ecuadorean citizenship was suspended on Wednesday, foreign minister Jose Valencia told reporters.To some, Australian-born Assange is a hero for exposing what supporters cast as abuse of power and for championing free speech. To others, he is a dangerous figure who has undermined the security of the United States and has too many ties to Russia.WikiLeaks angered Washington by publishing hundreds of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables that laid bare often highly critical US appraisals of world leaders, from Russian president Vladimir Putin to members of the Saudi royal family.Assange’s lawyer in Quito, Carlos Poveda, told reporters asylum was terminated in reprisal for corruption allegations against President Lenin Moreno and that his life will be in danger if he is extradited to the United States.Assange was offered refuge in 2012 by Ecuador’s then-president Rafael Correa, but his relationship with Ecuador has soured under Moreno, who has said Assange violated the terms of his asylum.Assange received Ecuadorean citizenship in January 2018.Moreno was angered after years-old private photographs of him and his family taken when they lived in Europe circulated on social media. His government said it believed the photos were shared by WikiLeaks.Ecuador was not aware of any active extradition requests for Assange before it terminated his asylum, Valencia told the national assembly.”At the time the decision to finalize his asylum was made, there was only a case in the United Kingdom for violating the conditions of his bail in 2012,” Valencia told lawmakers.US prosecutors unsealed an indictment against Assange on Thursday, accusing him of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to gain access to a government computer as part of one of the largest compromises of classified information in US history.Assange faces up to five years in prison on the American charge, the US Justice Department said in a statement.Assange and WikiLeaks have intervened in Ecuadorean affairs, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo told reporters in Quito, and at least one Russian hacker involved with the organization is living in the country.She would not confirm whether the hacker was involved in the creation of web pages that accuse Moreno of corruption, but said they had participated in the creation of a page later spread by WikiLeaks.”We hope it will be the Ecuadorean justice system which will confirm the exact relationship,” Romo said.Romo on Thursday night said Ecuador had detained a person “very close” to WikiLeaks who is associated with former Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Patino.”(The person) was detained this afternoon while attempting to travel to Japan,” said Romo, without providing the person’s name or nationality.Earlier she had said that Patino, who was serving under Correa when Assange was granted asylum, was seeking to destabilise the government.Patino denied the allegations.Romo “just invented a story about a supposed relationship of mine with Russian hackers,” Patino said on Twitter. “The only thing left is for her to say where we left Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.”last_img
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Violence mars end of Hong Kong protest against China extradition

first_imgProtesters march during a demonstration to protest against a controversial extradition law proposed by Hong Kong`s pro-Beijing government to ease extraditions to China, in Los Angeles on 9 June 2019. Photo: AFPA huge peaceful protest in Hong Kong against controversial plans to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland descended into violence early Monday as police fought running battles with small pockets of demonstrators.Organisers said more than a million people took part in the Sunday march — the largest protest since Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to China — confronting the city’s pro-Beijing leadership with a major political crisis.The city government is pushing a bill through the legislature that would allow extraditions to any jurisdiction with which it does not already have a treaty — including mainland China.The proposals have sparked an outcry and birthed an opposition that unites a wide cross-section of the city.Sunday saw huge crowds march in blazing summer heat through the cramped streets of the financial hub’s main island in a noisy, colourful demonstration calling on the government to scrap its planned extradition law.The march passed without incident.But shortly after midnight violence flared as police moved to clear small groups of protesters who had vowed to stay overnight outside parliament.Demonstrators hurled bottles built barricades as police moved in moments after the protest permit expired.Officers used pepper spray hoses to push the crowds back, who shouted “We have a right to protest!”Skirmishes continued overnight as protesters and police played cat and mouse in the nearby streets.The scenes were reminiscent of 2014, when police used tear gas against pro-democracy demonstrators, setting off two months of demonstrations that took over key intersections of the international finance hub.Record rallyJust hours earlier protesters had been celebrating the huge turnout, hoping it would prompt the government into rethinking the law.”The government cannot ignore these numbers,” protester Peter Chan, 21, told AFP. “If they really choose not to response to our demands we will not rule out more action.”For more than six hours on Sunday dense crowds snaked their way through the city chanting “Scrap the evil law!” and “Oppose China extradition!”Police, who historically give much lower figures than organisers, put the peak crowd size at 240,000 — still their second highest estimate for attendance at a protest since handover.The city’s population is around 7.3 million and the organiser figure for Sunday’s protest outstripped 2003, when an estimated half a million demonstrators forced the government to shelve a deeply unpopular national security law.Will crowds sway leaders?But it is unclear if the financial hub’s current leadership will be moved. The city’s appointed leader Carrie Lam has staked her political reputation on the bill.Ignoring the protests could fuel public anger or prompt more widespread clashes, with organisers saying they would “upgrade their actions” if the government did not drop the bill.But backtracking by Lam might embolden opponents and anger Beijing. Several senior Communist Party leaders in China have voiced support for the bill.In a statement late Sunday the government showed no sign of compromise, urging legislators to proceed with the bill’s second reading on Wednesday.Opposition to extradition has come from a wide political and social spectrum.Lawyers, business groups, activists, journalists and western powers have all voiced alarm.Hong Kong’s leaders say the law is needed to plug loopholes and stop the city being a bolthole for mainland fugitives.They say dissidents and critics will not be extradited and have urged the bill’s quick passage to extradite a Hong Kong man who is wanted in Taiwan for murdering his girlfriend.But critics fear the law would entangle people in China’s opaque and politicised court system, and say the government is using the Taiwan case as a Trojan Horse.Fading trustIn recent weeks Lam’s administration has made some key concessions.They have removed nine economic crimes from a list of extraditable offences and said that only offences that carry seven years or more in jail will be considered, up from three. Requests will only be considered from China’s top prosecuting authority.Those steps have received a cautious welcome from some business groups, but others have seized on the concessions as a tacit admission that China’s courts are not impartial.Many protesters on Sunday said they no longer trust the Hong Kong government to stick to promises that critics would never be sent to the mainland.Suspicion of China was worsened by a series of high profile disappearances of people who later appeared in mainland detention, including a group of dissident publishers and a billionaire who disappeared from a top hotel.Protester Leo Yuen, who said he worked in the arts sector, described the disappearances as “horrifying.””You can forsee how easily this would happen again if the bill is passed,” he told AFP.last_img
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Federal Judge Upholds DACA Calling White House Decision To Rescind It Capricious

first_imgPablo Martinez Monsivais/APSupporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 3, 2017. A federal judge on Tuesday became the third judge to rule against the administration’s plans to end DACA after federal judges in California and New York handed down similar decisions.A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to end deportation protections for some young immigrants, saying the White House was “arbitrary and capricious” in moving to end the Obama-era DACA program.In a blow to President Trump, who has long railed against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates for the District of Columbia said the Department of Homeland Security had failed to provide an adequate rationale for why the program is unlawful.DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018He said that the decision to rescind DACA must therefore be set aside, but he gave Homeland Security 90 days to “better explain its view” that DACA is illegal.If it fails to produce a more convincing argument in the three-month timeframe, DHS “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” the judge said.“Each day that the agency delays is a day that aliens who might otherwise be eligible for initial grants of DACA benefits are exposed to removal because of an unlawful agency action,” Bates wrote in his decision.DACA granted the right to work and stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation to about 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.Bates is the third judge to rule against the administration’s plans to end DACA after federal judges in California and New York handed down similar decisions.The government is expected to appeal the decision, but in January, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a key case dealing with DACA, leaving the administration few options.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

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Elizabeth Dixon to Take Part in U19 World Cup Team Trials

first_imgStory Links COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Louisville’s Elizabeth Dixon is one of 30 of the nation’s top young athletes, including 19 previous USA Basketball gold medalists, who have accepted an invitation to participate in the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 16-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will follow July 5-19, with the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.The 30 athletes who are expected to take part in the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team trials include: Shakira Austin (Maryland/Fredericksburg, Va.); Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aijha Blackwell (Whitfield School/Berkeley, Mo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Jenna Brown (Stanford/Atlanta, Ga.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech/Davenport, Iowa); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Nia Clouden (Michigan State/Owings Mills, Md.); Zia Cooke (Rogers H.S./Toledo, Ohio); Elissa Cunane (North Carolina State/Northern Guilford, N.C.); Maori Davenport (Charles Henderson H.S./Troy, Ala.); Aquira DeCosta (Baylor/Stockton, Calif.); Elizabeth Dixon (Louisville/Germantown, Tenn.); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Shalylee Gonzales (BYU/Gilbert, Ariz.); Aubrey Griffin (Ossining H.S./ Ossining, N.Y.); Naz Hillmon-Baker (Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Ashley Joens (Iowa State/Iowa City, Iowa); Haley Jones (Archbishop Mitty H.S./Santa Cruz, Calif.); Diamond Miller (Franklin H.S./Somerset, N.J.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); Charisma Osborne (Winward School/Inglewood, Calif.); Abby Prohaska (Notre Dame/Liberty Township, Ohio); Taylor Robertson (Oklahoma/McPherson, Kan.); Nalyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).Serving as head coach for the 2019 USA U19 World Cup Team is Jeff Walz (Louisville), and collegiate head coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) are the USA’s assistant coaches.”I’m looking forward to working with all these talented athletes at the USA U19 World Cup Team trials,” said Walz. “It’s an amazing group of athletes and it’s going to be hard for the committee to pick just 12 for this team. We have a group of kids who are versatile, we have so much talent at every position. It will be an exciting weekend of basketball, and I can’t wait to get started.”The field of athletes include 16 who recently completed their freshman season at an NCAA Division I school, 10 who graduate high school this spring and four from the high school class of 2020.Howard, who was named MVP of the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, helped lead the USA to a 5-0 slate at the event and the USA’s berth into the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Howard was joined on the five-member all-tournament team by Davenport. Also aiding in the USA U18 squad’s gold medal finish were: Blackwell, Brown, Hillmon-Baker, Joens and Smith. Egbo, Nixon and Prohaska were named to the team but withdrew due to school commitments.Nine members of the gold medalist 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team are listed on this year’s U19 trials roster, including FIBA U17 World Cup All-Star Five members Boston and Jones. Also aiding the team to gold were Belibi, Brink, Bueckers, Cooke, Osborne, Taylor and Van Lith.Claiming gold at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship were: Belibi, Boston, Bueckers, Clark, Cooke, Miller and Taylor.Bronze medalists from the 2016 U17 World Cup Team include Brown, DeCosta and Prohaska; while DeCosta also returned home with a bronze medal from the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.In 3×3 basketball, Boston, Bueckers and Van Lith helped the USA strike gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, and DeCosta claimed MVP honors at the 2017 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup en route to winning gold.An additional four athletes have participated in at least one USA Basketball trials, including Austin, Clouden, Dixon and Griffin.2019 WBCA Freshman of the Year Howard headlines the collegiate athletes, four of whom were named their respective conference’s Freshman of the Year, while nine listed on their conference all-freshman team. Carr was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year, Gonzales was the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, Hillmon-Baker collected Big Ten Conference Sixth Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards and Howard earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honors. Gonzales, Hillmon-Baker and Howard also listed among their conference all-freshman teams, along with Austin (Big Ten), Clouden (Big Ten), Cunane (ACC), Dixon (ACC), Joens (Big 12) and Robertson (Big 12).Gatorade State Player of the Year honors went to Belibi (Colorado), Boston (Massachusetts), Brink (Oregon), Bueckers (Minnesota), Clark (Iowa), Jones (California), Miller (New Jersey), Taylor (New York) and Van Lith (Washington).Athletes also are eligible for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team. Trials for that squad take place May 16-20 at the USOTC in Colorado Springs. In addition to Rizzotti, the USA Junior National Team includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives.FIBA U19 World Cup for WomenOriginally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, the USA in 2019 will play in preliminary round Group C and opens the competition July 20 against No. 7 Australia, followed by a July 21 contest against No. 15 South Korea. After a rest day, the USA will cap preliminary games July 23 against No. 14 Hungary.Group A includes Canada, Latvia, Mozambique and Thailand; Group B features Argentina, Belgium, China and Mali; and drawn into Group D were Colombia, Germany, Japan and Spain.Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the July 24 round of 16. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the July 26 medal quarterfinals, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 27, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 28.Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup).About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. Connect with USA Basketball at and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @USABJNT), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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