NEW YORK — Throughout all the losses, there had been one positive constant for the Miami Marlins for quite a while: When Steve Cishek came in to protect a lead, they won.The side-arming Cishek had converted a team-record 33 straight save chances — the longest active streak in the majors — before the New York Mets stung him.Slumping Curtis Granderson grounded an RBI single to cap an improbable two-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning that beat the Marlins 4-3.“I’ll be up a while,” Cishek said. “It’s never a good feeling.”“It’s no excuse for me to come in and not get the job done,” he said. “I just didn’t have my good command, leaving pitches down the middle.”After Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to put the Marlins ahead 3-2, the Mets came back.Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a soft single against Cishek (1-1) and moved up on a sacrifice.Left fielder Christian Yelich then made a nice running catch on pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu’s liner for the second out. But Omar Quintanilla followed with a single down the line and Yelich slipped on the dirt as he got ready to throw home, letting Duda score standing up.“It would’ve been a tough play,” Yelich said. “But if I had stayed on my feet, I was going home.”Pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled to put runners at second and third. Granderson stepped up, having gone 0 for 4 and with a .130 batting average, and grounded his game-winner past Jones at first base.“He’s a great hitter,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said. “Just because he hasn’t gotten a whole lot of hits to this point doesn’t mean he’s not a great hitter.”Granderson also hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning April 20th against Atlanta.Redmond felt confident Cishek would close out the Mets. Cishek’s string of success dated to last June, during the Marlins’ 100-loss season.“He’s been so good,” Redmond said. “I always anticipate he’s going to get out of it. And tonight, he didn’t.”“You just see the momentum starting to roll their way and we couldn’t stop it,” he said.Jeurys Familia (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning for his first big league win. Yelich’s hitting streak ended at 17 games, and the Marlins fell to 1-9 on the road.Saltalamacchia homered two pitches after reliever Gonzalez Germen narrowly missed strike three, drawing groans from the crowd of 21,171 at Citi Field. Saltalamacchia then hit a shot to left-center and Jones followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole.The Mets hadn’t allowed any home runs since April 19, a span of 57 innings.Young starters Zack Wheeler and Henderson Alvarez both pitched well. Wheeler, a month before he turns 24, struck out 10 in six innings. He gave up four singles and walked three in six innings.A week past his 24th birthday, Alvarez gave up two runs in six innings. In his previous start, he pitched a two-hit shutout against Seattle.David Wright hit an RBI single and scored on Daniel Murphy’s double in the third to put the Mets ahead 2-0.Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single in the fifth that made it 2-1. With runners at the corners, Giancarlo Stanton flied out to deep right-center to end the inning.(Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
A principal in the Sioux City School District has abruptly resigned from her duties just days before she was to begin a new administrative post.Dawn Stansbury sent a one sentence resignation to the district’s Human Resources Department on Tuesday stating quote “I am submitting this letter as notification that I am resigning…under duress”. end quote.Stansbury had been the principal at Washington Elementary and it’s replacement school, Morningside Elementary since 2008.She started with the district as a teacher in 2001 at Sunnyside Elementary and first became a principal at Joy Elementary in 2005.The Sioux City Community School District had assigned Stansbury to become the new assistant principal at East Middle School shortly after the last school year ended.The School District says Stansbury declined the assignment and declined to return to work.”The District says Stansbury’s resignation does not alter the administration at Morningside Elementary, which was set back in July when Jarod Mozer was hired as the new head principal there.Updated 4:29 pm 8/15/18
World Maritime News Staff; August 07, 2014; Image source: London Port Authority With the latest merger of Hamburg Süd and Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI), the road ahead for the German company indeed looks as bright as depicted here. zoom London Port Authority snapped this photo of the 333 meter long Cap San Antonio coming into London Gateway.
Darjeeling: A Class-IX student of Narayana School in Jatiakhali, Siliguri, fell from the second floor out of an open window and died. Another student, who also fell off the window, is admitted to a private hospital with injuries.Prima facie the two boys pushed each other while playing and they fell off the sliding windows on Monday. The deceased Rishab Arya was from Purnia, Bihar. “The grill of the classroom had loosened and had been removed for replacement. The workman was not present as had gone to his sister’s wedding,” said Santosh Kumar Yadav, deputy general manager of the school. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe school remained closed on Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday also for maintainance work stated Yadav. The body of the deceased student was handed over to his father on Thursday. “We have nothing to say. Rishab had plans to go for higher studies to Delhi. Everything has ended,” stated Arun Kumar, his father. The other student Ritwick Kumar Singh is a day scholar. He suffered multiple fractures. These two students were near the window which had the open slide. They were rushed to a private nursing home. “We feel that there has been a sheer lapse on the part of the authorities. How can a student fall out of a window during school hours? They should have a safety and security monitoring system in place,” stated Sandipan Bhattacharya, president, Guardian’s Forum of North Bengal.
Kolkata: State Ayush department has decided to appoint Ayurveda practitioners as community health officers at the health and wellness centres across the state.According to sources in the Ayush department, the process of recruiting Ayurveda practitioner as the CHO at various health and wellness centres, has been initiated by the state government. The government has already given its approval to induct the Ayurveda practitioners as the CHOs. It may be mentioned here that the process of recruiting the CHO at various community health centre began in 2017. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the following year, around 510 nursing staffers were recruited as CHOs at various community health centers in the state. But, Ayurveda practitioners were not brought under this ambit. Many Ayurveda practitioners and their organisations articulated their demands of being recruited as the CHOs and also urged the government in this regard. It was learnt that besides nursing professionals, the Ayurveda practitioners will also be recruited as the CHOs at health and wellness centres. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may also be mentioned here that all the community health centres in the districts have already been upgraded to health and wellness centre for providing better health care facilities to the patients. More than 10,300 primary health centres are in the process of getting upgraded to health and wellness centers. State health department has already started training progremmes for the nursing professional before they are inducted as the CHO at these centers. Where there is an acute shortage of doctors at various health and wellness centres in the rural areas, these trained CHOs are supposed to provide primary health care. The Bengal government already started six months bridge course for nurses under the National Health Mission. Around 1920 posts of CHOs have been created in the state for the financial year 2019-20. It is up to the state government to decide in what ratio they would induct the nursing personnel and the ayurveda practitioners. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid enormous emphasis on the development of the Ayurveda infrastructure in the state. The Union Health Ministry earlier urged all the state governments to recruit both Ayurveda practitioners and nurses as CHOs at all the health and wellness centers after they complete the bridge course. The steps have been taken after the Centre found a shortage of doctors at various health centres in the rural areas. The Bengal chapter of National Ayurveda Students’ and Youth Association (NASYA) also urged the top government officials to appoint the Ayurveda practitioners as CHOs. “We are in the process of recruiting Ayurveda practitioners as community health officers at various health wellness centers,” a senior official at the state Ayush department said.
London – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) granted a loan of 35 million euros to the “Banque marocaine du commerce extérieur” (BMCE Bank of Africa) and its subsidiary “Maghrebail”, said EBRD in a statement issued on Wednesday in London.The three bodies joined together to support initiatives aimed at promoting Morocco’s sustainable energy, with the support of the EU neighborhood investment facility.This funding is the third of its kind granted under Morocco Sustainable Energy Financing Facility, which a comprehensive program meant to boost sustainable energy investment via financial institutions. The EBRD-led program is aimed at financing projects on energy efficiency and small projects related to renewable energy. The BMCE Bank of Africa will pass on the money to small-sized and medium-sized enterprises and big industrial and commercial companies, including those involved in the sectors of commercial construction and energy services.The Bank will raise the awareness of its client through the promotion of technologies contributing to energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy, as well as the expansion of local production.A global technical assistance and investment subsidies, financed by the EU and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi-Donor Account (SEMED MDA), will back the BMCE Bank of Africa to design trade development tools and efficiently deploy this program.The contributors of SEMED MDA are Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taipei China and the United Kingdom.
Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Anura Senanayake who was granted bail last week in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case, was freed today after meeting his bail conditions.He was granted bail by the Colombo High Court last week. He is also prohibited from travelling overseas. (Colombo Gazette) Senanayake was arrested in May last year in connection to the case.On being granted bail Senanayake was warned not to threaten any of the witnesses in the case.
OTTAWA — A new analysis of escalating trade disputes involving the United States warns that a deterioration into an all-out, global trade war would knock North America’s economies into recession.The report by Scotiabank said if the U.S. breaks all trade ties with its partners — and imposes across-the-board tariffs that average 20 per cent — then Canada and Mexico would see their economies contract in 2020.For Canada, it predicts the economy would shrink 1.8 per cent.“A ramp-up in protectionism in the U.S. results in a negative impact on growth in each of the NAFTA partners’ economies,” said the report, co-authored by Scotiabank’s Brett House, Juan Manuel Herrera, Rene Lalonde and Nikita Perevalov.This worst-case scenario is one of several potential outcomes examined by Scotiabank.Experts have been trying to gauge the economic consequences of the intensifying trade fight between the Trump administration and traditional American allies like Canada.Earlier this month, the U.S. imposed significant tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Washington is now threatening to introduce more duties — this time on automobiles.The move has infuriated allies and has prompted them to retaliate with tariffs of their own on U.S. imports.On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump went further by slapping a 25 per cent tariff on up to US$50-billion worth of goods from China. The tariffs are set to take effect July 6 and would push the world’s two largest economies closer to a trade war.Throughout this turbulence, a separate economic sting related to uncertainty has persisted as Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have largely stalled in their efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.As experts try to get a handle on the economic impacts, here are some telling numbers about the deepening trade battle:0.2 percentage points — the reduction to Canada’s growth in gross domestic product in 2019, if NAFTA falls apart and 3.8 per cent tariffs are imposed across the board, according to Scotiabank’s recent report.0.4 percentage points — the reduction to Canada’s GDP growth in 2020, if NAFTA falls apart and 3.8 per cent tariffs are imposed across the board.0.2 percentage points — the reduction to Canada’s GDP growth next year, if NAFTA talks extend past the second quarter of 2019 and tariffs on steel, aluminum and autos are in place, Scotiabank estimates.1.8 per cent — the size of the contraction for the Canadian economy in 2020 if the U.S. launches an “all out” global trade war with an average of 20 per cent tariffs across the board with all partners, according to Scotiabank.3.1 per cent — the share of Canada’s total merchandise exports affected by U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, according to data provided by Export Development Canada’s deputy chief economist Stephen Tapp.0.7 per cent — the share of Mexico’s total merchandise exports affected by U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.0.4 per cent — the share of the E.U.’s total merchandise exports affected by U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.0.1 per cent — the share of China’s total merchandise exports affected by U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs.US$12.4 billion — the value of Canada’s steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. in 2017, Tapp says.US$2.9 billion — the value of Mexico’s steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. in 2017.US$7.7 billion — the value of the E.U.’s steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. in 2017.US$2.8 billion — the value of China’s steel and aluminum exports to the U.S. in 2017.
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend ‘Pancake batter’ sea creatures are claiming marine territory off the Maine coast and prompting local scientists to study their habitats.Marine scientists said these ‘pancake batter’ sea creatures, also known as sea squirts, are increasing in shallow waters along the coast and could be threatening to native organisms, Bangor Daily News reported.The invasive tunicate Botrylloides violaceus has made its home in the Gulf of Maine. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Dijkstra/UNH)Due to the sea squirts moving in, native organisms are being pushed out of their traditional homes on the bottom of the coastal floor. It’s likely that sea squirts, along with other unfamiliar species like black sea bass, green crabs, and mola mola, are coming to the area because the waters are warmer there.Larry Harris, a University of New Hampshire zoology professor, said one of the sea squirt species that resemble ‘pancake batter,’ Didemnum vexillum, is increasing under the surface.“They are having a banner year this year. They are out there competing with the seaweeds and [other organisms] on the bottom,” said Harris.Sea squirts are on the move for the first few days of life and then attach to pilings, rocks, seaweed, or abandoned lobster crates that are left too long at the bottom of the ocean. They absorb water and nutrients through their bodies and grow in groups.An American lobster walks past invasive tunicates, or sea squirts, near the Isles of Shoals. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Dijkstra/UNH)According to University of New Hampshire research, with a water temperature increase of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over the next few years, invasive species, including the Botrylloides violaceus and Didemnum vexillum, will be able to double their reproduction rate due to warm water. This small change in temperature might cause these animals to take up more space, endanger native organisms, and be problematic for local aquaculture and fishing industries.Even though these sea squirts can be pesky to deal with, there is hope. According to Rhian Waller, a Darling Marine Center associate professor, there are ways to remove sea squirts if they’re stuck to an object that was submerged underwater. If you leave oyster cages or lobster traps out in the rain, it will kill them, because they despise fresh water, Waller told the Bangor Daily News.Despite measures to reduce sea squirts, Waller said there’s nothing we can do right now. Other sea animals, including crabs and urchins, do feed on them, which helps a bit. But, for now, it looks like these weird ‘pancake batter’ critters are here to stay.More on Geek.com:100-Plus New Marine Species Discovered Around BermudaOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Ocean
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A Vancouver real estate agent who was caught on camera stealing oxycodone tablets from a home that he was supposed to be showing to an interested client was sentenced Thursday to a month on a work crew.Court documents show Cory M. Escott, 60, appeared before Clark County Superior Court Judge Bernard Veljacic and pleaded guilty to two charges: third-degree theft and first-degree criminal trespass.Escott’s charges were amended as part of a plea agreement. He originally faced charges of residential burglary, third-degree theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.The conviction stems from a Feb. 28, 2017 incident at a house in the Maplecrest neighborhood. The homeowners reported that a real estate agent had stolen prescription medication from their home.The victims, Travis and Allyson Clarke, told Clark County sheriff’s deputies that while they were at work, Escott entered the house using his access device and stole 12 oxycodone tablets. Travis Clarke showed deputies an empty bottle that had been on the top shelf of a kitchen cabinet, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Rescuers searched the East Fork of the Lewis River on Friday after two boys went missing while rafting between Lewisville Park and Daybreak Park.The boys, ages 10 and 12, were found in good condition after a three-hour search.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Fire District 6’s Technical Rescue Unit were called in shortly after 6:30 p.m. after their parents reported losing track of the boys, ages 10 and 12.The boys were reportedly seen by other rafters midway between the parks. They had been in an inflatable raft and had reportedly left the river with plans to hike back to where they put in. They had not been wearing life jackets.Searchers from combed the river and riverbanks until at about 9:30 p.m., when they learned the boys had found their way to a house near the river west of Lewisville Highway. The homeowner flagged down searchers, and the boys were reunited with their parent.“The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to make sure that anyone in or near water wear a personal floatation device and to make sure that children are supervised any time they are near water,” the CCSO said in a press release.
U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. So say experts in assessing the work of Tirole, a 61-year-old Frenchmen who won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for showing how to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.“He has given us an instruction manual for what tool to use in what market,” said Torsten Persson of the prize committee. “Politicians would be stupid not to take his policy advice.” They haven’t always listened. Joshua Gans, management professor at the University of Toronto, says U.S. regulators didn’t follow Tirole’s advice to require cable and phone companies to sell competitors access to “the last mile” of cable connecting homes to telecommunications networks. Instead, giants such as Comcast and Time Warner now control the last mile.To reach a home, a potential competitor must pay to install its own cable. That limits competition and allows existing telecom providers to charge more. As a result, Gans says, American consumers pay too much for cable TV and Internet access.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Republican and Democratic negotiators still had not completed a deal on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill Monday evening, but party leaders expressed confidence that an agreement would be reached sometime Tuesday.The current schedule essentially guarantees that Congress will need to pass a third continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown after midnight Wednesday.Some senior lawmakers indicated that party leaders would be able to take a deal on a $1.1 trillion funding measure to their conferences on Tuesday during previously scheduled lunches, while others said a deal more likely would not be reached until later in the day, reported CQ Roll Call.A combination of disagreements over policy riders and funding levels has slowed negotiations over recent weeks. Party leaders reportedly are hashing out a handful of contentious issues as some of the most controversial ones appear to be resolved.A House bill to slow the acceptance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the United States was not expected to be included in the final omnibus, according to the story. More likely to make the cut is a provision reforming the visa waiver program, which has broad bipartisan support.Democratic lawmakers said the package of permanent tax extenders would be voted on separately from the omnibus in the House, but would be merged into a single package for the Senate to consider. “The theory is the House will consider two votes and then they will merge them to send them to us for one vote,” said Richard Durbin (Ill.), the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat.The latest timeline probably will require lawmakers to remain in Washington for much of the week.
Citation: It Comes From Space to Solve our Energy Problems (2006, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-space-energy-problems.html Figure 1: Early prototype bioreactor on the roof of the MIT cogeneration plant. Greenfuel has advanced the design and scale since. Cambridge, Mass (photo courtesy of: the http://fraserdomain.com) Originally inspired by NASA studies into regenerative life-support, the technology incorporates specially shaped tubes of water and site-specific algae at the end of large-scale sources of Carbon Dioxide such as coal-burning plants, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 40% and NOx by up to 86%, according to the company.“This is a really big idea.” said GreenFuel founder and MIT Aeronautics Professor Isaac Berzin during a recent interview with Scientific American. While the idea of using algae to clean smoke is not new, GreenFuel has made two breakthroughs that it believes will make the concept viable. First, it developed techniques to tailor algal species to specific sites, increasing efficiency and reducing problems such as die-off that have plagued other attempts. “There are a lot of variables which go into selecting a given strain of algae, from basic environmental factors such as climate and light levels, to power-plant factors like the nature of output gases, to post-processing requirements.” explained Marty Goldenblatt, VP of Sales, in a recent interview with PhysOrg. “We use rapid adaptation devices which allows us to find what set of algae is best for different conditions.”The company has also optimized the algal growth system itself, creating a triangular tubing arrangement which causes rising bubbles of smoke to mix the algae, ensuring all of it has adequate light levels. The geometry also simplifies harvesting, allowing gravity to sweep out heavily grown tubes. “You can think of it as milking a cow.” Berzin has said. Central to GreenFuel’s business proposition, harvested algae can then be converted to bio-diesel, Ethanol, or other products that customers can sell for profit. While captured CO2 and NOx would be re-released in another combustion process, each molecule will have been used more than once, greatly reducing overall emissions.Somewhat ironically, GreenFuel’s founder and MIT Aeronautics Professor Isaac Berzin got the idea to use algae to save the environment here at home while working on a project to help take humans to other worlds. Contracted to develop an advanced life-support system for NASA, Berzin worked with aquatic microbes like algae that could turn carbon dioxide from human breath and other waste sources back into oxygen. He soon realized algae’s ability to capture carbon make it ideal for reducing pollution from pollution-generating plants on Earth.With such promising technology, what impedes full-scale implementation? “Space.” Says Goldenblatt, “Like all solar-based energy we need land over which to expose the algae. This can limit where we deploy.” Another hurtle involves convincing often-conservative utility executives to invest in cutting edge technology.These issues notwithstanding, GreenFuel is pressing forward and gaining steam. They received over $11 million in second round Venture Capitol funding this December and recently moving to a 13,000 square foot facility. Currently, they are in negotiations with the New York State Energy Research Group to conduct analyses and initial tests of power plants in that state.By Matthew Silver, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. GreenFuel Technologies Corporation, a start-up company in Cambridge Massachusetts, wants to use little green algae to cleanse the smoke from polluting smokestacks, converting it back into bio-fuels such as diesel or ethanol.
Infosys denies the charges of visa fraud and welcomed Monday’s judgment in the Palmer case, which was filed in 2011.“We are extremely pleased to consider this matter officially closed,” Infosys chief executive S.D. Shibulal said Tuesday. “This is a reaffirmation of our position that we did not retaliate and our view that this is a company which is built on core values.”He said that, for now, Palmer remains an employee.The judgment does not address the allegations of visa fraud, which are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and a federal grand jury, only the allegation by Palmer that he was harassed.In his ruling on the Palmer case, Judge Myron Thompson said threatening phone calls and anti-American statements directed at Palmer were “deeply disturbing,” but did not rise to the level of harassment as defined by Alabama state law. For Palmer to have won his suit, the harassment would have had to be “so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency,” the judge wrote.Palmer said he received threatening calls, along the lines of, “Why are you doing this, you stupid American, we have been good to you,” according to the judgment. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation AP Business WriterMUMBAI, India (AP) – An Alabama judge has dismissed a whistleblower harassment case against Indian outsourcing giant Infosys Technologies despite ongoing investigations of alleged U.S. visa fraud that arose from the complaint.Infosys consultant Jack Palmer claimed he was harassed after calling attention to what he believed was systemic U.S. visa fraud at Infosys. Palmer alleged that Infosys misused short-term work visas _which are cheaper and easier to get than long-term work visas _ to send Indian employees to the United States for permanent work. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Infosys denies wrongdoing in that case as well.“We have done an internal investigation as per our policies and norms. We have found that the claims are unfounded,” Shibulal said. “Our lawyers are preparing for the defense.”Infosys stock closed up 2.4 percent in midday trade in Mumbai.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories In February 2011, Palmer found a note in ungrammatical English on his computer keyboard that read, according to the judgment: “Jack: Just leave your not wanted here hope your journey brings you death stupid American.”Palmer said that as a result of the threats and languishing without work, he takes antidepressants and sometimes carries a concealed gun.“(A)n argument could be made that such threats against whistleblowers, in particular, should be illegal,” Thomson wrote. “The issue before the court, however, is not whether Alabama should make these alleged wrongs actionable, but whether they are, in fact, illegal under state law. This court cannot rewrite state law.”The judge also ruled that Palmer must bear the costs of the litigation. Shibulal declined to comment on how much the company had spent fighting the case.Infosys is also fighting a second whistleblower case in a California court, filed by a former employee who said he was harassed and threatened after alerting Infosys managers and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to visa misuse.Satya Dev Tripuraneni, an accounts manager in Infosys’ Fremont, California, office who quit in March, claims that Infosys routinely brought Indian workers to the U.S. on short-term visas to work for clients, then convinced those clients to accept fake bills that said the work was done outside the U.S. He also claims that Infosys overcharged its U.S. clients. Comments Share Parents, stop beating yourself up
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Apollo High School product started by rejecting the notion that 31-year-old receiver Larry Fitzgerald — who was targeted only four times and caught just one pass for 22 yards in the Cardinals’ season-opening win — is no longer a threat.“Regardless if Fitzgerald got looks or no looks, he’s still a threat on the field just because of what he’s put on film in the past,” Amukamara said, “and he still looks like a great, polished and flawless receiver.” The Giants cornerback then addressed Michael Floyd, who looked like he’s becoming Carson Palmer’s No. 1 option after a five-reception, 119-yard performance against San Diego.“Floyd is big and strong and fast, and he definitely is capable of making the big play,” Amukamara said.The Nebraska University product product also mentioned a young, emerging wideout before assessing the Cardinals offense as a whole.“And then No. 12, John Brown, man he’s been everywhere. It seems like the Cardinals like to get him the ball in different situations,” the cornerbacks said. “So the Cardinals (are) another offensive group with a lot of weapons, so we’re going to have our hands full. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Brown, a 2014 third-round draftee out of the small Pittsburg State, caught two passes for 29 yards and already has a touchdown to his name after one NFL game.Not only did Palmer find 11 receivers for 304 yards in Week 1, but the Cardinals collectively broke the 100-yard plateau on the ground, meaning the Chargers couldn’t isolate Arizona’s running or passing game.The Cardinals, who went 10-6 last season, appear to be going in a different direction than their Sunday host, and Amukamara spoke about how the 2011 champs are trying to turn it back around.“I think the mood is that we looked at the tape; we’ve got to face it and look in the mirror,” he said on the Giant’s loss to Detroit. “And we just have to put it behind us and go out and win this game against Arizona. I mean it was Week 1, and we definitely don’t want to be on that road that we were on last year, because nothing goes (well) around here when you’re losing, especially in New York.“So our main goal is just to go 1-0 every week, and this week presents another opportunity.” The New York Giants went 7-9 last season and were dominated 35-14 by the Detroit Lions in their 2014 opener last Monday, and success doesn’t look to come any easier as they face an imposing Arizona Cardinals offense on Sunday.Giants corner Prince Amukamara, who played his high school ball in Glendale, Arizona, sized up the Cardinals receiving corps Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM‘s Burns & Gambo show. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
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by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 2:08 pm PDT In this photo taken and released by the Chicago Police Dept., Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, R&B singer R. Kelly is photographed during booking at a police station in Chicago, Il. R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, is due in court Saturday after being charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. (Chicago Police Dept. via AP) R. Kelly’s music legacy tested again after sex abuse charges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — R. Kelly is regarded as one of music’s all-time hit makers, but the years of sexual abuse allegations against the embattled R&B star have created a dark cloud over his musical legacy.Some believe Kelly’s career is in serious jeopardy once again after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four females, including three minors. A Chicago judge set the singer’s bond at $1 million Saturday after he turned himself in to police the day before.After being acquitted on child pornography charges more than a decade ago, Kelly’s new criminal charges might be too hard for his career to overcome.“I think the court of public opinion is too strong,” said Evelyn McDonnell, an associate professor who focuses on women and music at Loyola Marymount University. “I think venues will not book him. He’s reached the proportions of Harvey Weinstein. There’s no coming back. There will be those sycophants who will stand behind him no matter what. Maybe he’ll have a career playing casinos in Thailand. But I can’t see him having any kind of a respectable career.”Kelly broke into the music scene in 1993 with his first solo album, “12 Play,” which produced such popular sex-themed songs as “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin’.”The singer rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side and experienced crossover success through “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Step In the Name of Love.” He has written numerous hits for himself and other artists, including Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. His collaborators have included Jay-Z and Usher.But it’s been a while since Kelly, 52, has scored a major hit. His songs “Feelin’ Single” and “Share My Love” reached No. 1 on Billboard R&B songs chart in 2012.“He’s not someone who’s selling millions of records,” said Gerrick D. Kennedy, music writer for the Los Angeles Times. “Those days were long since over.”Some music performers including Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Joe have denounced songs that Kelly created for them. Lady Gaga and Celine Dion removed their duets with Kelly from streaming platforms. Boy band B2K said after their reunion tour that they won’t perform any songs R. Kelly crafted for them including “Bump, Bump, Bump,” the group’s only Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping song.Last year, Spotify removed his music from its playlists due to the streaming services’ new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Multiple outlets reported that Sony Music dropped Kelly from its roster this year.Kelly has been followed by accusations that he violated underage girls and women, and even held some as virtual slaves. Authorities said the abuse dated back as far as 1998, but the singer was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied sexual misconduct. At the time, he was able to come back from the legal woes, selling millions of records and pack concert venues where he performed his hits, many of which are sexually charged songs.“After the 2008 trial, when he was acquitted, it made him feel invincible in a way,” Kennedy said. “He doubled down on his image, which is, ‘I am a man of very voracious appetites when it comes to sex.’ He rubbed it in our noses in it in his music. He rubbed faces in it.”McDonnell said many have had enough of Kelly. She thinks the singer’s career won’t be able to recover, but believes some of his popular songs, such as “I Believe I Can I Fly,” could survive regardless if he’s acquitted.“It’s going to be hard to erase some of his songs from the canon permanently,” she said. “It could happen, but some of those songs are so anthemic for moments of culture and people’s lives that I don’t think they’re necessarily going to go away. Obviously, there’s been a little bit of a chart resurge for those songs, scarily.”Kelly’s streaming numbers nearly doubled after the multipart Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” aired last month. It detailed allegations he was holding women against their will and running a “sex cult.”Meanwhile, #MeToo activists and a social media movement using the hashtag #MuteRKelly called on streaming services to drop Kelly’s music and promoters not to book any more concerts. Protesters demonstrated outside Kelly’s Chicago studio.DJ Mars used to play Kelly’s songs at weddings and parties, saying the singer made records with “every aspect of life.” But with the looming accusations, Mars said he’s not playing anymore of Kelly’s records at his events.“From a deejay’s standpoint, I can no longer play his music,” he said. “His music was universal. You can play it at a club or an arena. He made club records, slow-jam tapes and everything else on the urban side of things. But I just can’t do it no more. I’m not one of those people who say I can separate the man from the mystery. I can’t do that.”Mars said there are some in the music industry who still support Kelly, cautiously.“I still hear some deejays saying they would support him like they’re on his payroll,” he said. “Sometimes I feel like people who think like me are in the minority. I heard people say ‘His music is great, and I’m never going to stop listening to it.’ I’m not one of them people. It’s kind of hard not to be offended by the stuff that you hear about this guy. It has to stop somewhere.”___AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31___More of The Associated Press’ coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly can be found at: https://www.apnews.com/RKellyJonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Netflix has announced new partnerships with three Indigenous cultural organizations in Canada to help foster and develop screen talent.The partnerships with imagineNATIVE, the Indigenous Screen Office, and Wapikoni Mobile were revealed Tuesday night at the Banff World Media Festival.The initiative is part of a $25-million commitment Netflix made in September 2017 to invest in market development activities aimed at supporting the next generation of Canadian creators over five years.These new agreements bring to 14 the total number of partnerships that have been inked as part of that commitment, which focuses on underserved communities, including Indigenous, women and francophone creators.In a phone interview, Netflix’s public policy director for Canada, Stephane Cardin, wouldn’t reveal the financial details of the agreements. He said the company works with each partner to ensure the amount of funding they receive is sufficient for them to accomplish their objectives.In a statement, imagineNATIVE executive director Jason Ryle said the partnership with Netflix “marks one of the largest sponsorships in imagineNATIVE’s history.”Cardin said while Netflix would want to hear about any projects that might come out of the partnerships, the company doesn’t have anything built into the contracts concerning so-called “first-look” or “right of first refusal” deals that would give the company an exclusive on productions.The partnerships with the Indigenous organizations complement each other and will support Indigenous creators across Canada, he said.“For us it really is a testament to two things: One, that we have a long-term view and commitment to Canada and recognizing the strength of its creative community. We want to help foster some emerging talent,” Cardin said.“And the second is really the fact that we believe that not just our company and our workforce, but also our service and our content are better and stronger when they reflect the diversity of our membership, and I think that is reflected in all the partnerships that we’ve signed.”The agreement with imagineNATIVE — an organization that has its own institute and holds an annual film festival in Toronto — will involve six distinct activities aimed at Indigenous screenwriters, directors and producers.Those activities will include Indigenous producers’ and directors’ labs.The agreement with the Indigenous Screen Office will provide “second-phase support” for Indigenous projects, including key creative apprenticeships and cultural mentorships for directors, producers, screenwriters and showrunners.Under the deal with Montreal-based Wapikoni Mobile — an organization that travels to Indigenous communities across Canada to offer filmmaking tools for youth — mentoring and coaching will also be provided.Cardin said talent wishing to partake in any of the initiatives under the partnerships should inquire through the respective organizations.“Our role in that is to facilitate and to make sure that things are as complementary as possible but our partners are very autonomous and they’re the ones who run the show.”On Sunday, Netflix announced a partnership with the Alliance of Francophone Producers of Canada as part of the same funding commitment.That partnership also involves Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, and includes the launch of a professional development program for francophone producers and creators outside of Quebec.Other organizations Netflix has partnered with since 2017 under the $25-million market development fund include RIDM (the Montreal International Documentary Festival), Inside Out, Quebec Cinema, and the Canadian Film Centre.The market development fund is an arrangement specific to Canada and is on top of the commitment Netflix made in 2017 to invest $500 million in Canadian productions over five years, a number it recently said it will exceed.“For us, it reflects the fact that in our culture at Netflix, diversity and inclusion are key to our success,” Cardin said.Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2019 4:41 pm PDT The logo of American entertainment company Netflix is pictured at the Paris games week in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. Netflix has announced new partnerships with three Indigenous cultural organizations in Canada to help foster and develop talent in those communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena Netflix partners with Indigenous cultural groups to develop talent in Canada