Magnetic Media live from Grand Bahama Kick Off weekend

first_img Recommended for you More Marketing in TCI for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Apr 2015 – Stay tuned for the photos, videos, news reports and more including Turquoise Morning from all of the events of the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.Kick off Weekend on Taino Beach in Grand Bahama with weekend access to the hottest show, Music Masters Semi Finals, just $20.Also featuring Grammy nominated, T-Connection and Midnight Rush.Magnetic Media taking Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival from Grand Bahama to 27 countries and cities on One Caribbean Television, Power 92.5FM, Kiss 102.5FM, Radio Turks and Caicos and nine social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Guide2TurksandCaicos.com, MagneticMediaonTV.com, YouTube and Instagram.center_img Related Items:bahamas junkanoo festival Turks and Caicos Premier invited to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; Opening weekend in Grand Bahamalast_img read more

Tall Pines MP predicts resounding win for PLP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – The PLP predicts it will win 23 seats in the upcoming General Election; the Opposition parties will get the remaining 16 says Leslie Miller, the incumbent for Tall Pines.During the family fun day held by the Progressive Liberal Party at Clifford Park yesterday, Miller made the call even as the Parliamentary Registration Department revealed that 174,070 people have registered to vote.   Tall Pines falls within the top 10 constituencies with the most registered voters.#MagneticMediaNews#MillerpredictswinforTallPines Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MillerpredictswinforTallPineslast_img

Gas prices reach highest amount since 2014 on New Years Day

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A run of nine increases in 10 days pushed the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County to its highest amount on New Year’s Day since 2014, $3.126.The average price has risen 6.1 cents over the past 10 days, including four-tenths of a cent on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 4.1 cents more than one week ago and 31.4 cents higher than one year ago, but 6.4 cents less than one month ago.The average price rose for three consecutive days, was unchanged on Tuesday, and resumed rising Wednesday. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 1, 2018 Gas prices reach highest amount since 2014 on New Year’s Day January 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego Zoo hosts Free Kids Month in October

first_imgSan Diego Zoo hosts Free Kids Month in October October 2, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsORANGUTANOrangutans, whose name means “people of the forest,” live in tropical and swamp forests on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. These shaggy red apes are the largest arboreal mammal and the only great ape found in Asia.The other great apes—gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos—are all native to Africa.Long, flowing, reddish hair covers most of an orangutan’s gray skin. Its stocky body has a flexible pelvis, a thick neck, and bowed legs. The orangutan’s arms are longer than its legs, reaching nearly to its ankles when the ape stands up. Like other apes, orangutans don’t have a tail.Orangutans spend most of their lives in trees and travel by swinging from branch to branch with their long arms. They usually build a new nest every night, but may occasionally reuse one.Most of the orangutan’s forest habitat has been destroyed to make palm oil plantations; and unfortunately, these highly intelligent red apes are now extinct in much of Asia. On top of that, poachers often kill orangutan mothers and sell their young to the illegal pet trade.San Diego Zoo Global is working to raise awareness of the dangers all great apes face. We provide financial funding and support various conservation projects via the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Ape Taxon Advisory Group’s Conservation Initiative. Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSLOTHSloths are slow-moving, nocturnal mammals that live in trees in the tropical and cloud forests of Central and South America.They have curved; sharp claws are 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) long, which they use for hanging onto tree branches. Sloths are not great ground walkers, yet they are great swimmers and can drop from a tree into a river to swim across it while doing the breaststroke! When sleeping, sloths often curl up in a ball in the fork of a tree. Sloths spend almost their entire life upside down in the trees. They eat, sleep, mate, and give birth from this position hanging high among the branches.Sloths are the only mammals whose hair grows in the opposite direction from the hair of other mammals. To accommodate their upside lifestyle, the hair parts in the middle of the belly and grows upward toward the back. The hair on the face points upward, too. This allows water to run off during rainstorms Posted: October 2, 2018 Allie Wagner 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAll children 11 years old and younger are invited to visit the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park for free during October. Allie Wagner was live at the Zoo to preview some of special fun they have planned for the month.As part of Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, Zoo and Safari Park guests will get the chance to observe amazing creatures, experience a fun day with family and learn how everyone can help animals through conservation.On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors at the Zoo and Safari Park can experience special kid-friendly activities and animal encounters. Guests at both parks will be able to watch as special fall-themed items, including pumpkins and gourds, are given to some of the animals as tasty treats.Kids 11 years of age and younger will be offered free admission at both the Zoo and Safari Park from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2018, with special activities scheduled every weekend. During October, Zoo closes at 6 p.m.; and the Safari Park closes at 5 p.m. All children younger than 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult during their visits to the Zoo and the Safari Park. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Tablet Market Expands With New Competitors

first_imgThe 8.9 inch version of the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab will be available for $469 (and $569 with extra storage memory). The 10.1 Galaxy Tablet will be sold from $499 to $599. The new tablets were unveiled Tuesday morning in Orlando, and is thinner than the iPad 2 by .2 mm. 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. A study conducted by PRTM claims that there are 104 tablets currently for sale or in development. With 17 million tablets sold in 2010, PRTM forecasted 200 million tablets to be sold annually for 2014. RIM and Samsung have announced release dates for their versions of the tablet computer, with the RIM Blackberry Playbook on sale on April 19th and the new Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy tablet line launching June 8th. Both companies are looking to grab a hold of a piece of the iPad-dominated tablet market. Apple’s second version of the iPad was unveiled in San Francisco on March 2nd, and shipped March 11th. Reportedly, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010. The RIM PlayBook will feature a 7 inch screen, Flash compatible video and front and rear cameras. The 16GB version will be available for $499, a 32GB for $599 and a 64GB with a price tag of $699. The PlayBook will have Wi-Fi capabilities, but they cannot utilize 3G without being connected through a Blackberry phone. last_img read more

Why you shouldnt rush to buy a 5G phone

first_img Testing Verizon’s 5G network: A wild goose chase for mind-blowing data speeds 5G is here as Galaxy S10, Mate X and other phones debut. But it’ll cost you Samsung Galaxy S11 5G may be slimmer, last longer thanks to Qualcomm Galaxy S10 5G isn’t the only 5G phone coming. Here’s a (probable) list of more MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about reading • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Now playing: Watch this: There’s been a whirlwind of 5G news. This spring, 5G networks went live in the US and South Korea. In the US, Verizon turned on its 5G service in early April in Chicago and Minneapolis. Sprint followed in June, with 5G service in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. And various handset makers, including Samsung and LG, have started selling their first 5G devices. T-Mobile’s turned on its network in six cities, including a test we conducted in New York, but the coverage is still minimal.Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, has launched the Galaxy S10 5G across all four nationwide networks in the US, including on T-Mobile on Friday. LG’S V50 ThinQ is also live on networks such as Sprint and Australia’s Telstra. The OnePlus 7 Pro launched on EE’s fresh 5G network in the UK. At MWC in February, Oppo talked up its first, not-yet-named 5G phone. Also at MWC, Huawei showed off its 5G-powered Mate X foldable and Xiaomi detailed its Mi Mix 3 5G. The show also marked the debut of ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro, while Sony and showed off prototypes for devices they’ll launch this year. That doesn’t mean you should jump on the 5G bandwagon just yet. Here are a few reasons to wait a bit.Sparse coverageAT&T says it had the first mobile 5G network in the US, but when it comes to where you can actually tap into the next-generation service, things get a little mysterious. “They’re small pockets in the cities,” Fuetsch said earlier this year, noting that all of the customers using the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot are small businesses. “We haven’t disclosed them publicly.”xiaomi-mi-mix-3-4The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G will be one of the first 5G phones on the market.  Juan Garzon/CNET AT&T and Verizon have invested in superhigh frequency radio airwaves known as millimeter wave spectrum, which brings tremendous speed and capacity. The downside of that high capacity is limited range. How limited? Think a block or two. So even if AT&T and Verizon say they have 5G coverage in a city, you may struggle to actually get on the network, even with a compatible device. A Verizon spokesman admitted earlier this year that the initial deployment would be small. That’s exactly what CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt found in April when she traveled to Chicago to test the Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod. Dolcourt at times detected the high download speeds promised by Verizon — between 450 Mbps to 1Gbps in less than 30 milliseconds — but those speeds were few and far between.”I’d like to be able to say that using Verizon’s 5G was a mind-blowing experience, with download speeds beyond my wildest imagination,” she wrote. “I wish I could tell you that I downloaded entire albums of music and streamed video instantly. Unfortunately, all I can say after a long day is that I found it confusing. Frustrating. Absolutely insane.” A second test of the Verizon network was more impressive than the first attempt, with data speeds a month later blowing past 1Gbps. And Verizon at least has launched its service for mobile use. AT&T turned its network on in December but still hasn’t made access available for consumers. A CNET speed test of its 5G network in the closed off Warner Bros. studio in Los Angeles, however, nabbed our highest peak speeds. At MWC in February, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray told CNET that his company has fired up millimeter wave spectrum that supports the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G, but that it likely won’t market the network since the coverage area is so small. Ray said T-Mobile’s full 5G launch will happen in the second half of the year. He didn’t specify when, but there may not be phones that run on the company’s broader 5G network until the fourth quarter, or even early 2020. That’s because devices for T-Mobile’s network will require Qualcomm’s upcoming second-generation modem, the X55, and that isn’t yet available for devices. Smartphones coming in time for the holidays later this year will still use the first-generation modem, the X50, Qualcomm’s Amon said in an interview at MWC. “There are some [handset makers] who are aggressive with their launch dates,” he said. “We could see some X55s, but most of the smartphones coming from Q2 2019 all the way to the holiday season will be … X50.”A T-Mobile spokeswoman would say only that the broader network launch would happen in the second half.Both Ray and Fuetsch are shooting for nationwide coverage using lower frequency (and longer range) spectrum by 2020. The carrier with the biggest early 5G coverage could actually be Sprint. Yes, that Sprint. The company claim roughly 2,180 square miles of coverage, which covers 11.5 million people, makes it the largest 5G network in the country. CNET’s Lynn La traveled to Dallas to try out the LG V50, a $1,152 5G phone distinguished by its second-screen attachment (the attachment won’t be made available in the US). She found speeds weren’t as fast as on Verizon’s network, but Sprint’s “coverage was impressively consistent.””Unlike Verizon’s 5G network, you don’t have to be near or within eyesight of a node to get high-speed data from Sprint,” La wrote.Expensive phones5G phones don’t come cheap, with most of them breaking the $1,000 mark. At the high end of the spectrum is Huawei’s Mate X. The foldable phone will cost a jaw-dropping 2,300 euros ($2,600) when it eventually goes on sale (Huawei planned to launch it midyear, but it has delayed its release). That’s pricier than feared, even though it’s one of the world’s first foldable phones. Huawei’s second 5G phone is the Mate 20 X 5G. It’s been pulled by EE in the UK, but should retail for £999 (or about $1,279 in the US and AU$1,856 in Australia), the device has a huge 7.2-inch display, a 4,200mAh battery and a triple rear-camera setup. EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 were supposed to carry the Mate 20 X 5G, but it’s clear if it’ll actually show up. It won’t be coming to the US.EE’s network, by the way, is up in five cities. And despite some strong speeds, coverage remains inconsistent, according to our early speed test. (Sense a theme here?)Verizon began selling the Galaxy S10 5G in May. Priced at $1,300 — $300 more than the Galaxy S10 Plus —  and originally unveiled during Unpacked, it has a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. The device also became available on Sprint on June 21, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. Samsung also will launch a 5G variant of its foldable Galaxy Fold, but that phone’s launch has been delayed due to screen issues. It hasn’t yet detailed how much the 5G model will cost, but the 4G variant is $1,980.The LG V50 ThinQ is available for Sprint users for $1,152, and Verizon is selling the phone for $999. It will come to T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year.On the other end of the pricing spectrum are phones from Motorola/Lenovo and Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G retailed for 599 euros ($679) when it hit the market in May, an amount that’s less than many 4G phones today.Lenovo’s first 5G device was 2018’s Motorola Moto Z3. Its successor, the Moto Z4, launched in May without much fanfare. Like the Z3, the Z4 connects to 5G with a Moto Mod modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins. The phone is $499 and the Mod costs extra, but for a limited time you can get both for $440, making the Z4 the cheapest 5G phone yet.As for a Motorola phone that wouldn’t need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working on making such a device, but you’ll have to wait much longer. Doug Michau, Motorola Mobility’s director of technical sales and operations, said that phone would come much later than early 2019. More specifically, Michau said it would launch in “definitely less than three years, but no time frame yet.”Ultimately, the additional features added to 5G phones “will determine the premium,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “Rest assured, there will be one.”Wireless plans also cost more. Verizon 5G service is a $10 premium over the regular plan, but your first three months are free. Sprint’s Premium Unlimited plan to access 5G costs $80 to $90 a month. Carriers are spending billions of dollars to build out 5G networks. Device makers need to use pricier components like 5G radios and bigger batteries. Those higher costs will likely flow down to you through more expensive service and phones. And the shift to 5G gives carriers and phone makers the chance to charge more for those top speeds at a time when they’re not selling as many devices. Mobile World Congress 2019 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 5:18 See All “Initially, the price of 5G phones will be higher than 4G phones, that’s for sure,” Yenchi Lee, senior director of product marketing for MediaTek’s wireless communications business, said in an interview at MWC. The company at the trade show unveiled its first 5G modem, which’ll be in smartphones in early 2020.Once chips like Qualcomm’s new integrated Snapdragon 5G processor hit the market next year, companies making less expensive phones will also be able to include 5G in their devices. “We’re trying to get to 5G not just to that flagship tier but to other tiers as fast as we can,” Qualcomm’s Amon said. The integrated chip will be in phones in the first half of 2020.Compatibility issuesThanks to everyone embracing 4G LTE, we’d finally gotten to the point where phones could be taken to almost any carrier and still work. Then 5G came along.Though everyone is using the same wireless technology, the carriers are employing different bands of spectrum. And the first-generation chip and antennas can’t tap into all those frequencies at the same time. Instead, whatever 5G phone you buy that has Qualcomm’s X50 modem (which is basically any 5G phone except those from Huawei) will be tied to a specific carrier. The 5G phone you buy for Verizon will work only on Verizon’s 5G network. Once the X55 chip and new Qualcomm radios are out, a phone will be able to run on all major spectrum bands, all over the world. That means we can finally get unlocked 5G phones — if that’s what the handset makers choose. No killer apps yetThroughout MWC, countless booths showed off how 5G can change the experience on your phone, with, for instance, video calls and polished console-level games running smoothly, thanks to much of the processing power being handled remotely. But consumers aren’t going to pay a premium just to eliminate a little buffering. huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-17Huawei’s Mate X is a foldable phone that runs on 5G networks.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET “The industry’s challenge is finding what’s the killer app for 5G,” said Dan Hays, a consultant for PWC.  Those apps will come, even if it takes time. Remember, until 4G improved the quality of the services, things like Uber or livestreaming through Facebook didn’t exist, and watching streaming video from the likes of Netflix and YouTube didn’t take off. But in the early days, there may not be a lot of ways to take advantage of all that bandwidth.Mobile 5G beyond phonesThough the world’s biggest handset makers plan to release 5G phones as soon as possible, other, smaller players are being more cautious. HTC for one “questioned whether it was right to do [5G] on a phone.” For now, at least, HTC doesn’t think phones are the way to go. Instead, it’s focusing on delivering 5G to customers through its 5G Hub, which’ll be available in the US on Sprint’s network. “The beauty of the hub concept is it doesn’t matter what device you’ve got,” Nigel Newby-House, HTC associate vice president of product planning and go-to-market, said in an interview ahead of MWC. “Whether it’s VR, notebook, tablet, this is your gateway that could be shared across devices. We’re trying to spare you the cost of having 5G in your phone, tablet, etcetera.”But buying the hub doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have 5G speeds on a 4G phone. You’ll get faster speeds only if your phone has 802.11ad, which enables WiGig Wi-Fi speeds. If your phone is older and runs only 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you’ll end up with a bottleneck where the hub is trying to deliver data faster than your phone can handle. MWC wasn’t the last time we’ll hear about 5G phones. But you might want to wait until next year before you rush to buy one. Originally published on March 2 at 5 a.m. PT. Update March 3 at 6 a.m. PT: To include background.Update April 4 at 4:36 p.m. PT: Adds Verizon 5G network launch info.Update June 29 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds additional background about AT&T and T-Mobile 5G tests. Qualcomm Xiaomi 5G Oppo AT&T Huawei LG Samsung Sony Sprint T-Mobile Verizon OnePlus Galaxy S10 5G camera, 5G demo at MWC 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See also Share your voice Getty Images At a Mobile World Congress keynote panel in late February on the timing of 5G devices, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon declared with confidence, “The phones are ready; we’re just waiting for the networks.” About an hour later, in a briefing room a mere 10 feet below that keynote hall, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch told CNET, “The issue is devices. Frankly, we’re waiting on the devices.”After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine, the super-fast wireless technology has finally gone live. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. • 28 Photos Tags 53 Phones Components Tablets Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Commentslast_img read more

MPs violate law made by them

first_imgSpeakers speak at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Sazid Hossain Constitutional analysts said the members of parliament had breached the law enacted by them, by criticising judges in parliament.Although the MPs have no authority to discuss the judiciary in parliament, they castigated judges after the 16th amendment of the constitution was scrapped recently.Analysts made these observations at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday.Jurist Shahdeen Malik, columnist Syed Abul Maksud and Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar spoke at the roundtable, among others. Shahdeen Malik said the members of parliament have no jurisdiction to discuss the verdict of 16th amendment of the constitution. The law makers breached the law enacted by them, he added.Moderating the roundtable, Badiul Alam Majumdar said as per rules of procedure 53, 63 and 133, matters related to the president and the independence of judiciary can’t be discussed in parliament.He said it was unfortunate that they made the law and they violated it.Syed Abul Maksud said the independence of judiciary is necessary so that a common man can seek justice against an influential person.last_img read more

Stop attacking lets work together Khaleda tells AL

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia leaves Chittagong Circuit House for Cox`s Bazar on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday condemned the attacks on her motorcade in Feni and alleged that the attackers are known to the government, reports UNB.”We’ve come here to visit Rohingyas and give them some assistance, but on our way, my convoy came under attack leaving many journalists injured,” she said.The BNP chief further said, “I would like to say the government knows it very well who made the attack. Their photographs have already been published…”She came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after distributing relief materials among displaced Myanmar nationals at Moynargona Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila.Khaleda urged the government to stop this saying that such incidents will not bring any good to the government. “Instead, it’ll make you completely isolated from people. So, stop such acts.”She urged the government to come forward to work together for the welfare of humanity.On Saturday morning, Khaleda set out for Chittagong and her Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy came under attack at Mohammad Ali Bazar near Feni district town in the afternoon.The attackers damaged a good number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, Ntv and Baishakhi Television, and beat several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar.last_img

S Koreas Moon meets Pompeo says world has escaped nuclear war threat

first_imgUS secretary of state Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Japan`s foreign minister Taro Kono during a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea on 14 June 2018. Photo: ReutersSouth Korean president Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US president Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, an end to joint US-South Korean military exercises and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea.”There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit but I think what’s most important was that the people of the world, including those in the United States, Japan and Koreans, have all been able to escape the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles,” Moon told US secretary of state Mike Pompeo ahead of a meeting between the two in Seoul. The summit statement provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons programme or how the dismantling might be verified.Sceptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership’s long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are US plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.”I am confident that we took a very good, significant step in Singapore,” Pompeo told Moon on Thursday ahead of a trilateral meeting including Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono.Pompeo insisted after the meeting that Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would “be a process, not an easy one”.Kim Jong Un understood getting rid of his nuclear arsenal needed to be done quickly and there would only be relief from stringent UN sanctions on North Korea after its “complete denuclearisation”, Pompeo said.”EVERYBODY MUCH SAFER”The United States has long insisted on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation by North Korea but, in the summit statement, North Korea committed only to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”, phrasing it has used in the past.Pompeo said a day earlier he would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament in North Korea within Trump’s current term.”Absolutely … you used the term major, major disarmament, something like that? We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years,” he said.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan`s Foreign Minister Taro Kono attend a joint news conference at the foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea on 14 June 2018. Photo: ReutersPompeo, who is charged by Trump with leading follow-on negotiations, bristled at a question about why the words “verifiable” and “irreversible” were not used in the summit joint statement in the context of denuclearisation.”It’s in the statement. You’re just wrong about that … Because complete encompasses verifiable and irreversible. I suppose you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it’s in the document,” Pompeo said on Wednesday.Trump returned to the United States on Wednesday and took to Twitter to hail the meeting, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security.”Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump tweeted. “There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!” Democratic critics in the United States said the agreement was short on detail and the Republican president had made too many concessions to Kim, whose country is under UN sanctions for its nuclear and weapons programmes and is widely condemned for human rights abuses.MAINTAIN THE READINESSTokyo has reacted with concern at Trump’s plans to cancel military exercises with South Korea, saying such drills are vital for East Asian security.Two North Korean missiles flew over Japan last year as Pyongyang made rapid advances in its programme to develop a missile capable of striking the US mainland with a nuclear warhead.Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un, with one possibility including the premier’s visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit meeting with North Korean officials at an international conference on Northeast Asian security to be held in Mongolia on Thursday and Friday.Despite Trump and Moon’s assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior US official responsible for studying the North Korean military said the US intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to US and allied forces in Asia and the northwest Pacific remained unchanged.US officials said it was unclear what types of training involving US and South Korean troops might cross into Trump’s now forbidden zone of “war games”. But big, joint US-South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance.”Make no mistake, we are going to maintain the readiness of our forces in South Korea,” said one US official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.The United States maintains about 28,500 soldiers in South Korea, which remains in a technical state of war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.last_img

US deputy attorney general Republican lawmakers launch move to impeach

first_imgDeputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces grand jury indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in special counsel Robert Mueller`s Russia investigation as he appears with Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan during a news conference at the justice department in Washington, DC, US, 13 July 2018. Photo: ReutersA group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, who belong to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, joined nine other House members in accusing Rosenstein of hiding investigative information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and other alleged misconduct.Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the justice department, has become a frequent punching bag for supporters of President Donald Trump for appointing Mueller to investigate whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The president has denied such collusion took place.“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role.”A justice department official said the agency had no comment.Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter the articles of impeachment “were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump.”The House is scheduled to leave on Thursday on a recess that extends until the first week of September.A House Republican aide said the two lawmakers were not attempting to force quick action on the articles of impeachment.Republicans in the House have been discussing possible impeachment action against Rosenstein for some time.Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, but the Republican president has repeatedly criticized him on Twitter for his oversight of the Russia probe, which he calls a witch hunt.For Rosenstein to be removed from office, a majority of the House must vote for the articles of impeachment and then the Senate must convict him on a two-thirds vote. Republicans control both chambers but have only a 51-49 edge in the Senate.last_img

With Some Schools Still on Hold Because of Harvey Students Go On

first_img 00:00 /01:00 X Laura IsenseeThird grader Cedric Dupas got to show off his freestyle moves at an interactive hip hop show at Miller Outdoor Theater. He and his classmates at Hilliard Elementary will start their new school year on Monday.Several Houston schools are finally gearing up for back-to-school next week, since Harvey caused extensive damage and delays. But before class starts, some students got a different kind of lesson.That lesson was in the art and culture of Houston hip hop.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/21131921/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-21-at-1.16.02-PM.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dozens of students from Hilliard Elementary in Northeast Houston watched an interactive hip hop show at the Miller Outdoor Theater. Some kids like third grader Cedric Dupas even got on stage.“I feel like awesome, because I danced!” he reported afterwards.It capped off several days of field trips to places like Hermann Park and the Children’s Museum. For teachers it was the first time they’d seen their students this year. “It was nice. The kids was able to get out, get out of the community, you know, since it was destroyed,” said Torrie Taylor, who teaches second grade.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/21131422/WhatsApp-Video-2017-09-21-at-12.51.33-PM.mp400:0000:0000:52Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s why she said the best part was: “Seeing the kids having fun, smiles on their faces.”Taylor and her students — along with six other Houston schools — will start the year next Monday. Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Baltimore Mayor Signs Bill Naming Park Fountain After Famed Black Heart Surgeon

first_imgThough born in Parsons, Kansas, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. is remembered for his pioneering work in cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. In remembrance of his life and work, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently signed a bill naming a fountain in Patterson Park after him.Watkins died earlier this year from complications of a heart attack and a stroke at the age of 70.Watkins was also a civil rights activist, participating in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955. He was even a part-time driver for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was his family’s pastor. After graduating from Tennessee State University, he was rejected by the University of Alabama School of Medicine because he was Black. He applied to and was accepted at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and became the first Black person to receive a medical degree from that university.Watkins began his medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1971 and became the school’s first Black chief resident in cardiac surgery. He spent two years at Harvard Medical School starting in 1973, where his research helped pave the way for treating congestive heart failure with angiotensin blockers. In 1980 he became the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient.Watkins also worked to ensure that other Blacks attended Hopkins by joining the admissions committee in 1979. His work on that committee is credited with drastically increasing the number of Blacks at the institution. A total of 121 students graduated while he was on the committee, 14 of whom were Black; an increase of 400 percent from earlier numbers, according to the university.Watkins was a supporter of Patterson Park and co-founded the Wine-Tasting at Sunset Fundraiser for the park. The fountain, which will be named the Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Memorial Fountain, is located at the entrance of park at Patterson Park Avenue and Lombard Street.“Dr. Watkins’ life of service and distinction deserves honor and recognition,” Ernest W. Burkeen Jr., director of the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks, wrote to the City Council in support of the change.last_img read more