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Michigan’s Devin Asiasi Posts Awesome Note About UCLA-Bound Friend Boss Tagaloa As They Head To College

first_imgDevin Asiasi and boss Tagaloa in high school.Twitter/@asibo_Jim Harbaugh worked very hard to recruit De La Salle High School teammates Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa this winter. Only one of the two blue-chip teammates, Asiasi, wound up signing with the Wolverines, but the two remain extremely close. Asiasi is set to head to UM, while Tagaloa will play at UCLA, and as their football paths diverge, Asiasi posted a very cool note about their friendship on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/CuyWCg2ZNo— Devin Asiasi (@asibo_) June 18, 2016 We’re sure the two would have liked to play together at the next level, but they both found the schools that are right for them as individuals. That is even more important.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Open banking holds promise but cybersecurity fears loom for Canadian banks

first_imgTORONTO – As banks work to fortify their cybersecurity defences amidst a growing number of data breaches, they are also exploring the promise of so-called “open banking,” a concept that could finally disrupt the staid financial services industry.Customers have increasingly moved away from physical branches towards online and mobile apps, but banking has yet to reach its “Uberization” moment, one that breaks down traditional models to usher in new innovations, as Uber has done for the taxi industry.Open banking — granting third-parties like financial technology startups access to bank data to develop innovative apps — could be such a “game changer,” according to Toronto Dominion Bank’s chief information officer, Jeff Henderson.All but one of 100 payment executives at major banks globally said they were planning major investments in open banking by 2020, according to an online survey by consulting firm Accenture released last month.But even as Canadian financial institutions toy with the idea, they’re concerned about the looming risk to consumers’ personal information amid the growing threat of cyberattacks.The Accenture survey also showed that 50 per cent of respondents said that implementing the emerging concept increases risk.“There’s no question this is a trend,” TD’s Henderson said.“(But) I want to make sure that any time we exchange information externally, that is done so in a very controlled and understood manner.”In these early days, the exact nature of the innovation in the open banking landscape is unclear, said Bob Vokes, managing director of financial services at Accenture in Canada.“What we’re trying to do in open banking is to create new sets of services off of the banking data, or alternatively, allow you to manipulate your banking information in a different way,” he said.Open banking allows consumers to share their banking data, which proponents say will spur the creation of new apps and platforms that will make financial transactions easier or develop new use cases.For example, a consumer could log into one app and see all their financial accounts, from various banks, to get a full picture of their net worth and move funds in real time. Or, geolocation data could be layered over payment data, allowing a consumer to analyze exactly where their money is being spent, while also allowing merchants to offer them location-based rewards.The buzz around open banking is building just as concerns about cybersecurity mount.Most recently, Uber announced earlier this month that hackers compromised some 57 million user accounts and Equifax Inc. disclosed in September a cyberattack that compromised the personal information of half of Americans and some 19,000 Canadians.It also comes as the Bank of Canada once again listed cyber threats as a key vulnerability for the Canadian financial system in its semi-annual review released Tuesday.“The high degree of financial and operational interconnectedness among financial institutions means that a successful cyber attack against a single institution or a key service provider could spread more widely within the financial system.”Meanwhile, various jurisdictions are pushing ahead with legislation that would see financial institutions become even more interconnected.By January 2018, banks in Europe will be required to share proprietary data, in a regulated and secure way, under the U.K.’s Open Banking Standard and Europe’s PSD2 legislations.Canadian institutions are also jumping on board.The Competition Bureau said in a report on fintech earlier this month that it is early days “but the potential impact on competition and innovation is promising.”The Ministry of Finance said in August it is “examining the merits of open banking.”“Open banking holds the potential to make it easier for consumers to interact with financial service providers and increase competition,” the ministry said in a consultation paper as part of a review of the federal Bank Act.The Canadian Bankers Association responded to the ministry that while its members are proponents of innovation, they are also concerned about the potential impacts on safety, soundness and stability in Canada’s financial system.“Canadian banks have devoted very significant resources to creating well-established information security and data warehouses that meet the highest standards worldwide, the CBA said.“Any initiative that could undermine this trust would be very problematic for Canadian consumers, financial market participants and the broader economy.”Vokes says these concerns — as well as questions about whether the bank or the third party is liable if something goes awry — will need to be addressed in legislation.If additional layers of security protection are put in place, open banking should not raise the level of cybersecurity risk, he said, adding however, that cyberattackers are becoming more sophisticated as well.“Innovation isn’t just the purview of fintechs,” he said.“As we continue to innovate, fraud and criminal enterprises are also innovating.”last_img read more

World Bank cuts forecast for world economic growth in 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON — The World Bank is downgrading its outlook for the global economy this year, citing rising trade tension, weakening manufacturing activity and growing financial stress in emerging-market countries.The anti-poverty agency expects the world economy to grow 2.9 per cent in 2019, down from the 3 per cent it forecast back in June. It would be the second straight year of slowing growth: The global economy expanded 3 per cent last year and 3.1 per cent in 2017.The bank left its forecast for the U.S. economy unchanged at 2.5 per cent this year, down from 2.9 per cent in 2018. It predicts 1.6 per cent growth for the 19 countries that use the euro currency, down from 1.9 per cent last year. For China, the world’s second-biggest economy, it expects 6.2 per cent growth versus 6.5 per cent in 2018.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Police looking for owners of recovered property stolen from Charlie Lake last

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for the rightful owners of property that was stolen during a string of break and enters in the Charlie Lake area last summer.According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP, police investigated numerous break and enters in the Charlie Lake area that occurred in the summer of 2017. She said that during their investigation, police recovered property that is believed to have been stolen during the thefts.A 17-year-old, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with six offences last June in connection with a number of break and enters in the area. Cpl. Saunderson explained in a release that while much of the stolen property has been returned police still have some items, including a smaller-sized motorcycle, that they would like to return to their rightful owners. Local residents that are missing a motorbike or any other property that they think they could identify are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250 787-8140.last_img read more

Trudeau stresses balancing economy environment during brief Stampede visit

first_imgCALGARY — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the only way to get projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built is by finding compromise between growing the economy and protecting the environment.Trudeau was speaking at a reception for Liberal Party donors during the Calgary Stampede, where he had fewer public appearances than in past years.The prime minister took aim at his conservative opponents in his remarks to dozens of party faithful in a downtown Calgary cafe. He says these days a government can’t just dictate where a pipeline will be built like Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, did for the railroad.Earlier in the day Trudeau greeted crowds and served pancakes at a community Stampede breakfast in the riding of Calgary’s only Liberal MP, Kent Hehr.There, university student Isabelle Reynolds confronted Trudeau over the treatment of Mi’kmaq opponents of a Nova Scotia natural gas project.Trudeau told her he had been listening to concerns over the project, but Reynolds told reporters afterward she was not satisfied with the prime minister’s response.A small group of yellow-vest-clad demonstrators held anti-Trudeau signs outside the donor event.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US sanctions-hit Venezuela suspends oil exports to India

first_imgBAKU: Venezuela has suspended its oil exports to India and views Russia and China as its main export destinations, the Azeri energy ministry said on Tuesday, citing Venezuela’s oil minister. The Azeri ministry issued the statement on Tuesday following talks in Baku between Azerbaijan’s energy minister and Venezuelan oil minister and president of state-run oil company PDVSA, Manuel Quevedo. “At the meeting… Quevedo said in order to prevent a sharp reduction, various measures are being implemented and diversification of the export market is underway,” the statement said. “Russia and China are seen as the main destinations because of the suspension of oil exports to India,” the statement said. The Indian market has been crucial for Venezuela’s economy because it has historically been the second-largest cash-paying customer for the OPEC country’s crude, behind the United States. Earlier this year, the United States imposed heavy sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and has pressed India to stop buying Venezuelan oil. OPEC and other oil ministers met in Baku in talks over the weekend that ended on Monday.last_img read more

7 Bangladeshi nationals held with dollars worth Rs 5.14 cr

first_imgKolkata: Seven Bangladeshi nationals were recently arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport with a large amount of foreign currency. Officers of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) grew suspicious when the airport officials were checking bags.The money was spotted during the scanning of luggage. According to sources, on Wednesday morning, when the luggage of the flyers was being checked for a Dhaka-bound flight, the on duty Central Industrial Security Force officer had some suspicion about a few bags after he saw their images on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the officer decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter opening the luggage nothing suspicious was found. Later, during a thorough check a small false space were found at the bottom of the every luggage bag. Immediately, the bottom of the luggage bags were cut open and the Central Industrial Security Force officer found a huge amount of foreign currency inside them. Seven passengers were immediately detained and taken to the Central Industrial Security Force custody. They have been asked to submit valid documents in support of carrying such a huge amount of foreign currency. As they were not able to produce any document, the money was confiscated and all seven of them have been handed over to the customs authority. Later, customs authority arrested the accused persons. A source informed that the total amount of the seized money is valued at $7.43 lakh, which is worth Rs 5.14 crore. On Saturday morning, a Bangladeshi national identified as Alam Sah was arrested with $ 70,000 which is worth Rs 47.42 lakh. The dollars were hidden inside a false compartment at the bottom of his bag.last_img read more

Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more

Liverpool points tally is exceptional says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s tally of 26 points from their opening 10 Premier League games is “exceptional” after the 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield.Sadio Mane scored a brace after Salah opened the scoring, and Xherdan Shaqiri got on the scoresheet as well to take Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City playing Tottenham at Wembley on Monday night.The 26 points tally matches Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League season and Klopp is over the moon with his team’s performance.“The start [to the game] was really good, exactly like it should be,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We played good football and moved them around. Their tactic of man-marking did not really work and we could pass the ball where we wanted.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We lost the game a little bit, and did not keep 100 percent concentration, but we played on Wednesday and then again today – which is always a bit difficult.“The boys are really disappointed with the goal we conceded. It will happen one day. In that period we were a bit sloppy, losing the ball here, losing the ball there. Cardiff could live with 1-0 or 2-0, as they know a set-piece can put them back in the game.“But they did not get back in the game because we closed it with two wonderful goals. We are really happy – 26 points after 10 games is exceptional – so we are really happy.”last_img read more

Pogba finally clears the air with Jose Mourinho

first_imgDuring a press conference ahead of Manchester United’s match vs Juventus, Paul Pogba wanted to clear the air with Jose Mourinho.So much has been said about the relationship between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, both men really did have major differences at the start of the season.But as the season progressed and they started to understand each other a little bit more, manager and player finally seem to have reached common ground and they are starting to get positive results for the squad.The test they have this Wednesday will be the most difficult of the whole season, but that will be only the start of a gruesome week for the Red Devils as they get ready to visit Etihad Stadium next weekend to play against Manchester City.Pogba needed to come out and clear things about his alleged bad relationship with Jose Mourinho, a smart move on his part because the squad currently cannot afford to have any distractions that will tamper with their aspirations to keep improving in every single competition they play.Pogba has also proved that he is committed to the cause, he has led the team to good results lately and is already shaking off the criticism coming from the fans and an important part of the press.We’re #MUFC – we fight until the end 👊 pic.twitter.com/x5F46GXwOi— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 3, 2018“I would classify it as a good relationship between the coach and the player, it’s the same way as everybody,” said Pogba this Tuesday via Sky Sports.“I’m just the player, I do what he tells me to do because he’s the boss, he’s the manager. I listen and that’s it. I enjoy it. I listen and do it with happiness.”“I’m still playing and I’m happy to play. The manager is the one who chooses who will be captain.”“If he takes the armband it doesn’t change anything for me – I just want to play, perform, that’s my job and give my best for everybody, for the fans the club, that’s it. It didn’t affect me. Nothing changed really.”“Choosing to come back to Manchester United was my choice. Juventus were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa League. I knew, first of all, I wouldn’t play Champions League and I was very happy.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I made my choice and don’t regret it at all. I know Manchester the last few years are not being at the top but I came back just to help the team and try to come back at the top so we are on the way.”“We have a lot of goals so, for me, no it’s not strange. It’s a choice and I don’t regret it all. I’m very happy to come back to Manchester United and wear a shirt and everything. I’m sure we will come back to our best,” he added.Great result, up to the next one 👊🏾 @ManUtd #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Je1Ge5OcDv— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) October 28, 2018“Do I look sad? I’m happy. Like I said again, I’m happy to wear the shirt, I’m really happy to come back to Manchester United wearing this shirt playing for this team, this big club,” said Paul.“Obviously when you play in a big club like that there is always talk about this club. We know anything can go on but on the pitch always happy, always with a smile, fighting for my teammates’ club and fans. That’s what I do and I’m really happy to do that,” he concluded.Manchester United is about to play against Juventus in Torino, where they will try to avoid getting one step closer to an early Champions League elimination and also attempt to defeat one of the most competitive clubs in European football today.Paul Pogba will also get a lot of mixed feelings for this match, as he faces his former club and is convinced that the Juventus fans will give him a warm welcome after the incredible spell he lived with the Vecchia Signora.Pending on what actually happens during the game at Juventus Stadium, there is no doubt that the absolute favorite to win this match is the Italian club but Manchester United is well-known for surprising top squads when they least expect it under Jose Mourinho’s tutelage.A look back at today’s #UCL training session ahead of Juventus v #MUFC! 👊 pic.twitter.com/6B75VWiQal— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 6, 2018Who will win this Champions League match on Wednesday, Juventus or Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

RBI Sells Broadcasting Cable to NewBay

first_imgUnder NewBay, the three magazines will continue to be published in print and will maintain their current frequencies and circulations, Palm told FOLIO:. “As these brands complement our existing portfolio, we are not planning any significant changes to their current operations,” he said.According to the RBI Web site, Broadcasting & Cable publishes 51 times per year and carries a 22,120 circulation. Multichannel News, which also publishes 51 times annually, carries a circulation of 17,116. TWICE carries a 19,010 circ. and publishes 26 times per year.RBI and its London-based parent Reed Elsevier were represented by investment bankers The Jordan, Edmiston Group in the deal.In July, Reed Elsevier announced plans to divest nearly all of the magazines published under the U.S. division of RBI. Reed said it will retain its Reed Construction Data, RSMeans, Variety, MarketCast, LA411 and BuyerZone properties. The company put RBI on the block in February 2008.Discussions are under way for a number of RBI’s remaining titles but no deals have been finalized, sources tell FOLIO:.Meanwhile, fellow trade publisher Nielsen Business Media is reportedly working on a sale of a number of its titles—including The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek—to a consortium of buyers including Washington D.C.-based The Hill owner Jim Finkelstein and Lachlan Murdoch. About four months after putting the majority of its U.S.-based trade magazines back on the block, Reed Business Information has sold three titles to Wicks Group-owned NewBay Media. The deal includes Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE). Financial terms were not disclosed.According to NewBay CEO Steve Palm, the acquisition “adds significant depth and breadth to its existing portfolio of broadcast properties,” which include TV Technology and Television Broadcast, as well as consumer electronic properties like Residential Systems.last_img read more

A Look at NatGeos Multiyear DeepDive Into Food

first_imgThe issue-centric approach isn’t new to NatGeo—they did it in 2010 with freshwater scarcity, and again in 2011 and into 2012 as the world population topped 7 billion. Each time, they’ve spread the coverage out over a longer period of time. NatGeo is now characterizing its food series as a “multiyear initiative.”That slow burn has had a positive impact on advertising. Originally unsponsored, the initiative now has four corporate partners and four foundation partners.”The commitment is really important. Consumers see that—people are coming back, people are following the bloggers, people are really engaging—but it wasn’t like that from Day 1. They saw it wasn’t a stunt,” she says. “On the business side, they’re realizing how it works for them. And we’re learning as we go along and bringing partners with us.”Issue-centric products like the food app and microsite will continue to be added to NatGeo’s portfolio in the future. Beginning in 2016, Malley says their next big look will be at the evolving relationship between civilization and nature. Theme issues aren’t anything new for publishers, but National Geographic is building out an entire product line and set of partnerships off of a magazine series on the future of food.The series, which saw its first piece run in the May issue, is being packaged as a microsite and iPad app along with original Web video and TV content, and interactive features. And it’s going experiential with exhibitions and other face-to-face events across the country. “It wasn’t all determined when we launched in April, but as the relationships built, and as needs in the market arose, we felt this was a great way to package the content and deliver it in a way that would get support on the business side as well,” says Claudia Malley, EVP and worldwide publisher for NatGeo. “From the business side, it’s been really interesting to see the momentum build.”last_img read more

Bayern Munich vs Liverpool live stream Champions League preview probable XIs TV

first_imgClose Bayern Munich is the most successful team in GermanyAlex Hassenstein/Getty ImagesLiverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto FirminoGlobal TV Listings:USA: TNT USACanada: DAZNUK: BT SportItaly: Sky Sport ItaliaGermany: Sky DeutschlandFrance: RMC SportSpain: MovistarPortugal: Eleven Sports Ten Biggest Premier League Summer Transfer Deals Of 2018center_img Bayern Munich welcomes Liverpool to the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League clash on March 13.When is the match and how to watch it liveThe match between Bayern and Liverpool will start at 8 pm local time and 1:30 am IST (Wednesday).Sony Ten 1 & HD 1 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.Bayern Munich vs Liverpool previewThe first leg finished with both teams failing to score at Anfield but neither team would be too disappointed. While Bayern was playing the game away from home, Liverpool was playing a makeshift central defensive pair in the absence of the injured Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren while Virgil Van Dijk was suspended. Will Mo Salah put his hand up and be counted in Liverpool’s 2nd leg clash against Bayern?Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesBut Jurgen Klopp will be delighted that he will have his best central defender Van Dijk back for this tie. He has been like a rock at the back for the Merseyside team and his presence will give tremendous respite to the German coach who returns to the stadium he often visited when in charge of Borussia Dortmund.On his return to Munich, Klopp will be looking to correct Liverpool’s dismal away run in Europe this season. Thus far, the Reds have lost all three of their games on the road in the group stages. Meanwhile, Bayern has been in tremendous recent form, winning three games in a row and scoring 12 goals since the two sides last met.Both sides will have players missing for this tie as Liverpool will be without Naby Keita while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continue to be sidelined. For the home side, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller are suspended while Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso will also miss the game. While the former is nursing a calf injury, the latter is suffering from a knee problem.Bayern will have to win this game to progress to the quarterfinal of the competition while Liverpool will simply have to avoid defeat. A goalless draw will take the game to extra-time while a stalemate with goals will ensure progress for the visitors. Probable XIs Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer; Rafinha, Nicholas Sule, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez, Serge Gnabry, Frank Ribery; Robert Lewandowskilast_img read more

PVR shares hit 52week high on stake buy buzz by Chinas Wanda

first_imgShares of multiplex chain PVR rose as high as eight per cent to hit a 52-week high on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday over reports that China’s Dalian Wanda Group has evinced interest in picking up stake in the company.The PVR stock, which closed at Rs. 1,183.15 on Thursday, gained 8.20 per cent to hit a 52-week high of Rs. 1,280.20, but later shed losses and was trading at Rs. 1,251.30, up 5.76 per cent, at around 12.40 p.m. The stock’s 52-week low is Rs. 646.The BSE has sought clarification over the media report from the company. “The Exchange has sought clarification from PVR Ltd on September 02, 2016, with reference to news appeared in Economic Times dated September 02, 2016 stating “Wanda Eyes India Premiere Via PVR Buy,” the exchange said on Friday.PVR currently operates 557 screens at 121 properties in 48 Indian cities, after including its latest, six-screen multiplex launched at Xperia Mall in Mumbai.The Dalian Wanda Group, which has interests in commercial properties, culture, and finance, claims to be the world’s largest cinema operator spanning 500 cinemas.PVR’s promoters including Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Bijli hold 25.26 per cent stake in the company.For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the company’s net profit declined 1.60 per cent to Rs. 42.81 crore, while income rose 17.3 per cent to Rs. 570 crore.For the financial year 2015-16, the company earned net profit of Rs. 119 crore on revenues of Rs. 1,897 crore.last_img read more

Honduras Next In Line For US Decision On Protected Migrants

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @HondurasHoyA decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, and it could have severe social, economic and political consequences for the Central American nation.This week’s news that the Trump administration is ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 migrants from El Salvador is also rattling nerves in neighboring Honduras.A decision on the fate of more than 50,000 Hondurans living in the United States under TPS is expected in July, as Hondurans are in the aftermath of an earthquake that struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night. There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties.Experts say that as in El Salvador, the return of tens of thousands of people — plus, potentially, an untold number of their U.S.-born children — threatens to exacerbate already-grave problems like high rates of murders and other crime, political instability, widespread poverty and income inequality.“The exit of so many compatriots from the United States would be a social bomb that will immediately explode in Honduras,” analyst Raul Pineda Alvarado told The Associated Press.Perhaps most immediately, there would be a hit to remittances, which typically account for about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product — though most of that is sent by Hondurans who would not be affected by cancellation of TPS.Billions of dollars sent home each year help households feed and clothe children, buy a car, build a modest home and keep the lights on. Those expenditures then filter out into the broader economy.Olga Martinez, a 42-year-old cleaning worker in Tegucigalpa, relies on the $150 a month she receives from two sons who are in the United States under the TPS program. It’s a significant sum in one of the hemisphere’s most impoverished countries, where about 65 percent of the population is poor and many make do on the equivalent of a dollar or two a day.“If I don’t have that money, I don’t know what I will do,” Martinez said. “My life will be very hard because they will come and there is no work here.”The U.S. made TPS available for Hondurans after Hurricane Mitch ravaged the country in 1998, killing about 7,000 people and devastating the agricultural sector. The measure allows migrants to live and work in the United States legally.Like with other countries, it was by definition supposed to be temporary until conditions caused by the disaster improved back home. But over the years, successive U.S. administrations kept it in place, believing that other problems such as poverty, corruption and gang-driven violence would have made it difficult for the country to reabsorb those citizens.The Trump administration has made clear it is putting the emphasis back on the word “temporary” as it evaluates TPS, withdrawing it for some 60,000 Haitians and 5,000 Nicaraguans in November and now for the Salvadorans. Back in November it delayed a decision on Hondurans for six months, saying it needed more information.Homicide rates in Honduras and El Salvador have fallen significantly in the last year, though both are still among the highest in the world. Street gangs known as “maras” are ubiquitous and prey on small business owners and families through extortion.For both nations the violence is “still at epidemic levels,” said Christine Wade, a professor of political science and international studies at Washington College in Maryland. “So you would basically be returning people to highly insecure countries.”Pineda said a flood of returning TPS recipients, in addition to migrants without legal status being deported under a more aggressive U.S. immigration stance, threatens to swell the ranks of the un- and underemployed, aggravating economic inequality and producing “high levels of ungovernability.”Honduras is already in the throes of political instability following a disputed November election in which President Juan Orlando Hernandez won a new term and his opponent alleged fraud. At least 17 people died last month in protests over the vote.“Considering how they operated the last election, I don’t think there’s any evidence whatsoever that the government there can manage the return of 50,000 or 60,000 Honduran nationals and thousands perhaps of their relatives anytime soon,” said Michael Allison, a professor of political science at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. “The country and the political and economic conditions are worse there today than in 1998 when Mitch struck.”Even Honduras’ school system could be sorely tested by an influx of children unaccustomed to learning in a Spanish-language setting, with scarce resources available to accommodate their needs.Allison said he expects not all 50,000 Honduran TPS recipients would return, with some likely remaining illegally and living on the margins of society, others making for Canada or another country and still others seeking residency through marriage or employer sponsorship.But Hernandez’s government clearly sees the El Salvador decision as a harbinger and is bracing for impact.“We Hondurans were given the opportunity of six more months for a decision to be made, and the Salvadorans were not,” Hernandez said Monday. “Nevertheless we must begin preparing for the eventuality that our compatriots would have to return.”“We must think about how we open the doors to them and how they can bring their goods and resources free of taxes to restart a life with greater facilities in Honduras,” he added.Like the Salvadorans covered by TPS, who were given a grace period through September 2019 before they must leave the United States, Honduras is now hoping for broader immigration legislation that could include relief for TPS recipients. Hernandez said his government is aggressively lobbying the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers.“It is the U.S. Congress that is the key piece for the 56,690 Honduran TPS recipients, since they will decide how to enter into an immigration policy that would benefit Hondurans,” said Marlon Tabora, the country’s ambassador to Washington.On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, introduced a bill that would end TPS while granting permanent residency to qualified enrollees of the program.It’s also possible that Honduras could win another 18-month extension out of political considerations.Last month Honduras was one of just nine countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning Washington’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. If Hernandez were to make a similar decision to move its own embassy, as neighboring Guatemala has already done, it could curry further favor with the Trump administration.“If you’re looking at it rationally in terms of policy, you’d have to end TPS for Hondurans if you’re going to end it for Salvadorans,” Wade said. “If they don’t, it’s going to look like a total quid pro quo situation.” Sharelast_img read more

Beasts Beneath The Bayou Alligator Snapping Turtles Thrive In The Heart Of

first_img Share Courtesy Eric MunscherInside the gaping mouth of a large alligator snapping turtle found in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou.Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that turtles live in Houston’s Buffalo Bayou. They just might not realize what kinds – and just how big one particular kind can get.Biologists have known for a while that alligator snapping turtles live in Buffalo Bayou. But what researchers have been surprised to find is that there’s a thriving population of them in the bayou – amidst the urban sprawl of the nation’s fourth-largest city.Alligator snapping turtles have shells lined with prehistoric-looking triangular points with large heads, a beak-like mouth, and long, curled claws. They’re the largest freshwater turtle in North America, and can grow to more than 100 pounds – with some measured up to 250. They can live anywhere from 20 to 70 years. During a survey of other wildlife in the area, wildlife biologist Eric Munscher found them by accident in traps he’d set along the banks. Munscher works with the Turtle Survival Alliance and says it wasn’t a surprise that they were there.Courtesy Eric MunscherResearcher Eric Munscher (center) and his associates pull an alligator snapping turtle from Buffalo Bayou.“We just never thought that there was a successful population here,” he said.Successful means he and his colleagues are finding alligator snapping turtles of all ages and sizes among the more than 60 they’ve trapped and tagged over the last two years.He thinks this population might be the largest in the state and possibly one of the largest anywhere. That’s why Munscher wants to keep the exact location of their habitat a secret – to protect one of the many turtle species that face over-hunting and habitat loss.Courtesy Eric MunscherResearcher Eric Munscher and his colleague pull an alligator snapping turtle from Buffalo Bayou.Thankfully for them, alligator snappers stay out of the limelight – quite literally. They don’t need to sun themselves to regulate their temperatures like other turtles. And they only need to come up for air every 40 to 50 minutes. So, that’s why most people have never seen one, and — if it wasn’t for his traps — even Munscher and his colleagues would’ve barely caught a glimpse.“We spend so much time on these water bodies that we expect to see one put his big head out and take a breath, and we have seen that twice,” he said.He says their success in the heart of Houston is largely because the conditions along the bayou just happen to be perfect – there’s a muddy shelf where females can climb up and lay their eggs.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaThe muddy banks of Buffalo Bayou amidst the urban sprawl of Houston.Munscher says the conditions along Buffalo Bayou can vary from pristine to terrible in different places. So, the snappers’ presence shows they can persevere.In the audio above, Munscher takes Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty down to the muddy banks of the bayou to check some traps and talk about alligator snapping turtles and what their presence tells us.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaResearcher Eric Munscher holds an empty trap for alligator snapping turtles, which he and his colleagues are tagging and tracking along Buffalo Bayou.last_img read more

8 dead in 2 separate road accidents in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: As many as eight persons were killed and 11 others injured in two separate road accidents that took place in Hooghly district on Friday night.The first mishap occurred on Assam Link Road near Dumurdaha bus stand when a speeding vehicle mowed down 11 persons who were taking part in a procession arranged for the immersion of idols. The vehicle overturned soon after it hit them. Out of the total 11 persons, five were declared brought dead after being rushed to a Chinsurah Imambara Hospital. Six others are undergoing treatment at a local hospital some of whom had suffered critical injuries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe deceased have been identified as Manoranjan Bachar, Kartik Malik, Chiranjit Mondal, Bimal Roy and Seikh Khoka. According to the police, a local club took out its Durga idol immersion procession along the Assam Link Road in Hooghly when a speeding car hit them. The driver of the vehicle applied emergency brakes but failed to stop the vehicle. The locals rushed the injured persons to the hospital. After being informed, the cops reached the spot and started an investigation. The officers are probing if the driver was in a drunken state at the time of the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAnother accident took place near Sahagunge area of Bandel on GT Road in the same district on Friday night when a speeding truck hit two Toto rickshaws. Three persons including the driver of the Toto were killed and five others injured. The truck driver fled the spot immediately after the accident while the helper was beaten up by the irate mob. He was later rescued by the police. The local residents staged protests. Police officers resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the mob. The injured persons were taken to a local hospital. Police said the speeding truck was going towards Bandel from Hooghly when the accident took place near Katwa Gate. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who had been at large since the incident occurred.last_img read more

Asian Cup Aim is to advance from group stage says Constantine

first_imgKolkata: Indian football coach Stephen Constantine believes the team can make it out of the group stages of the forthcoming Asian Cup, a tournament in which the country has time and again failed to shine. “I honestly believe we can get out of the group and that is our target. Of course, we need to be on our game in all three games and we will take one game at a time,” Constantine told IANS from Abu Dhabi. In their previous three attempts, India’s best performance in the continental competition came 55 years ago when they finished runners-up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life India had gained a direct qualification to the finals of the tournament in 1964 after several Western Zone teams pulled out due to political reasons. Under English coach Harry Wright, India had got the better of South Korea and Hong Kong to cement their second place in the four-nation round-robin format meet. The team had to wait 20 years to qualify for the finals again, and in both occasions (1984, 2011) bowed out of the group stages. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedUnder Constantine, the Sunil Chhetri-led side has done well in recent times, attaining close to an all-time-high FIFA ranking and qualifying for the finals of the Asian Cup as group-toppers ahead of Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau. The English-Cypriot coach, who is in his second stint with the national team, said the fact that they have the second youngest team in the competition augurs well for Indian football going ahead. “We are, in fact, the second youngest team in the Asian Cup and that is a huge plus for Indian football going forward as these boys now go into the future with the experience of a major event. “The experience of the older lads is also important and I am sure the youngsters will do India proud,” the 56-year old stated. In the lead up to the big-ticket meet, India have played China, Jordan and Oman in preparatory friendlies. Constantine had previously said the boys could do with a few more games with top Asian teams. “Yes, we could have done with a couple of more games but it wasn’t for the lack of trying…. it just didn’t happen. But we have had several very difficult games and overall I am happy with the way things are going,” the coach said when asked whether he is content with how things have shaped up. India are already in Abu Dhabi where they will take on Thailand on January 6 at the Al Nahyan Stadium. Constantine said it will act an as advantage. “It’s a big plus for us having been here a good two weeks before the first game against Thailand on January 6.” India played out a goalless draw against current Gulf Cup of Nations champions Oman after reaching here. Constantine said the result was encouraging ahead of the games but at the same time showed what they need to work on. “Well, after last night’s result against Oman there are always going to be a few things that we can work and we will look to do that before the Thailand game,”he concluded.last_img read more

Room to move

first_imgLooking at the legroom offered by different types of airlines indicates they are both of equal importance.  Singapore Airlines tops the seating list with seats a roomy 48.25cm, aboard all economy Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 and A330-300 class services out of Sydney and Melbourne. It is the age old debate, what matters most when it comes to economy class seating – width of the seats or the amount of legroom? Source = ETB News: T.N.center_img Last of the pack is Qantas, with 44.5cm on the Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-600 that operates on the Sydney to Melbourne route.  This is followed closely by Emirates with 45.5cm on A380 flights.last_img read more