Why Huawei arrest deepens conflict between US and China

first_imgWASHINGTON — The arrest of a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive has driven home why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China.The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has heightened skepticism over the trade truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stock markets tumbled Thursday on fears that the 90-day cease-fire won’t last, but regained their equilibrium in Europe and Asia on Friday.A bail hearing for Meng, who faces possible extradition to the United States after her arrest in Vancouver, Canada, last weekend, was set for later Friday.Huawei has been a subject of U.S. national security concerns for years and Meng’s case echoes well beyond tariffs or market access. Washington and Beijing are locked in a clash between the world’s two largest economies for economic and political dominance for decades to come.“It’s a much broader issue than just a trade dispute,” said Amanda DeBusk, chair of the international trade practice at Dechert LLP. “It pulls in: Who is going to be the world leader essentially.”Meng was detained on the same day that Trump and Xi met at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina and agreed to a cease-fire in their trade war. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, reported she is suspected of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies and long has been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services. A U.S. National Security Agency cybersecurity adviser, Rob Joyce, last month accused Beijing of violating a 2015 agreement with the U.S. to halt electronic theft of intellectual property.Other nations are increasingly being forced to choose between Chinese and U.S. suppliers for next-generation “5G” wireless technology. U.S. critics are lobbying other countries not to buy the equipment from Huawei, arguing that the company may be working stealthily for Beijing’s spymasters.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in October to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They urged him to keep Huawei off Canada’s next-generation network.Still, a senior Japanese official cast doubt Friday over reports that his country was considering blocking Huawei and its biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., from government procurement contracts. He said there had been no decision. Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the countries that have moved to limit the Chinese companies’ involvement in their next-generation telecoms networks.In a sign Meng’s case might not derail the Trump-Xi truce, Beijing protested Meng’s arrest but said talks with the Trump administration would go ahead. Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said China is confident it can reach a deal during the 90 days that Trump agreed to suspend a scheduled increase in U.S. import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese products.Some analysts say China has deployed predatory tactics in its drive to overtake America’s dominance in technology and global economic leadership, such as forcing American and other foreign companies to hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market and engaging in cyber-theft.Washington also regards Beijing’s ambitious long-term development plan, “Made in China 2025,” as a scheme to dominate such fields as robotics and electric vehicles by unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign competitors.Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both ZTE and Huawei are wedded to China’s military and political leadership.“The threat from these companies lies in their access to critical internet backbone infrastructure,” she said.The Trump administration has tightened regulations on high-tech exports to China and made it harder for Chinese firms to invest in U.S. companies or to buy American technology in cutting-edge areas like robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.Earlier this year, the United States nearly drove Huawei’s biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., out of business for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. But Trump issued a reprieve, perhaps partly because U.S. tech companies, major suppliers to ZTE, would also have been scorched. ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, change its board and management and to let American regulators monitor its operations.The U.S. and Chinese tech industries depend on each other so much for components that “it is very hard to decouple the two without punishing U.S. companies, without shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Adam Segal, cyberspace analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations.Dean Garfield, president of the U.S. Information Technology Industry Council trade group, said innovation by U.S. companies often depends utterly on product development and testing by Chinese partners and component suppliers.Still, the pushback against Huawei and ZTE is limiting their reach into the world’s richest markets. Nearly a year ago, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones. Barred from use by U.S. government agencies and contractors, they’re mostly locked out of the American market.Derek Scissors, a China specialist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, doubts that China will change its tech policies since it needs innovative technologies to keep its economy growing as its labour force ages and it confronts a huge stockpile of debt.“We’re not going to deal that away in 90 days,” he said. “I don’t see a way out of this.”Likewise, Rod Hunter, an international economic official in President George W. Bush’s White House and a partner at law firm Baker McKenzie, said, “I’m skeptical that the Chinese are going to want to say ‘uncle.’” U.S. and Chinese officials are “trying to tackle a problem that is going to take years, maybe a decade, to resolve.”___Bajak reported from Boston. AP staff writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, Joe McDonald in Beijing and Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo contributed to this report.Paul Wiseman And Frank Bajak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Myanmar UN envoy holds talks with Indian officials

12 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, today wrapped up his meetings in New Delhi with Indian officials, part of his current round of consultations in major Asian capitals, a spokesperson for the world body said. Mr. Gambari had a “candid discussion” with the Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York. The two found agreement on the need to “recognize positive steps made by Myanmar, while at the same time encouraging it to make further progress towards democratization and human rights,” she added. Speaking to reporters in the Indian capital, Mr. Gambari reiterated that he intends to visit Myanmar soon, although specific dates have not yet been determined.New Delhi is the second stop on Mr. Gambari’s current trip to discuss Myanmar with some of the key countries in the region. He met with Chinese Government counterparts in Beijing on Monday and will be meeting senior Japanese officials on Friday in Tokyo before returning to New York.Since being appointed Special Adviser in May, Mr. Gambari has consulted broadly on the situation in Myanmar, including a visit to Washington two weeks ago. read more

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Guyana recommits to Paris Agreement as US pulls out

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS$7.96M loan agreement inked for Hinterland sustainable development projectApril 13, 2017In “latest news”Trump poised to pull out of Paris climate deal — US mediaMay 31, 2017In “Environment”Guyana among 60 countries to have ratified Paris Agreement on climate changeSeptember 22, 2016In “latest news” Climate change remains a serious matter for the government and Guyana will continue to honour the Paris Agreement, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told local media corps at a post-Cabinet press briefing earlier today.Under the Paris Agreement countries agreed to reduce greenhouse gases, keep global temperature under two degrees Celsius among, other benchmarks.Today, Harmon, reaffirmed Guyana’s commitment to the Paris Agreement after being asked by local media to weigh in on the United States withdrawal from that agreement, GINA said.Minister Harmon noted that the impact of global warming is already being felt in Guyana, particularly in the hinterland.Referencing the recent severe flooding in Regions Seven and Eight over the last two weeks, Minister Harmon said, “For many people in our hinterland (climate change) is a way of life. They’ve actually come around to understanding that climate change will affect their daily lives and their livelihood.” It is why undertaking to fight climate change is important to Guyana, the Minister noted.In 2015, Guyana was among 195 countries which committed to fighting the effects of climate change and adapt to its effects by signing onto the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).Meanwhile, weighing in on the US leaving the Paris Agreement, Minister Harmon said the decision by the US was “unfortunate” and noted that “the rest of the world is going in a certain direction”.On Thursday, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, sent shockwaves across the world with his announcement of the US withdrawal of the accord.The US withdrawal also raises concerns about financing. The Paris Agreement makes provision for strengthening support to developing countries to fight climate change.Minister Harmon noted that the US is a major contributor to international agreements such as the Paris Agreement. However, the Minister is confident that countries can mitigate the impact of this withdrawal. read more

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How community living is bringing the homeless in from the cold

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS some big promises regardless ending homelessness, vowing to eradicate it by 2016.In a recent interview with TheJournal.ie, the Minister of State with responsibility for housing, Jan O’Sullivan, said that seeing this through would require a lot more than putting a roof over peoples’ heads.This is something that charity organisation Stepping Stone has known for the last 40 years. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, current CEO and one-time estate agent, Louisa Santoro, said that homelessness has always been about more than simple economics.“It’s always been about housing with the provisioning of support,” she said. And that is what Stepping Stone does, day in, day out.It wasn’t long before the former estate agent wanted to combine the skills that paid her with the desire to help that drove her.“I wanted to find a way to use those skills and join them together,” she said. They [government] don’t count the people on friend’s couches. To have all those empty properties… I know it’s not as simple as that, but there’s a lot more that could be done by government. Coming to the end of a stint in supported housing, John was still waiting on follow-on accommodation, despite having been on the housing list for eight years.It was at this point that Dublin City Council put him in contact with Stepping Stone. Always independent, John was initially reluctant to engage with the charity’s volunteers or ‘befrienders’.“I’d worked until I was 32,” he said. “I was reluctant initially, thinking ‘why do I need this?’”After two years, however, John can see the difference they’ve made. “The whole experience has been very positive,” he tells me, remembering the times when he needed that helping hand.‘Addiction can bring anyone to their knees.’“When I was in Stepping Stone, I had a couple of little blips,” he said.Addiction can bring anyone to their knees. That’s when I needed the help.“Things that would normally be simple would become like mountains and would lead to anxiety,” he said. Trish (who works at Stepping Stone) helped John to get over the hump.“One week it’d the fine, the next week I’d procrastinate,” he said of the college forms that needed to be filled in.“It was good to have a constant,” he added. “Since Christmas, I’ve had less and less contact [with Trish], but I know she’s always there.”I can’t stress how much of a change the last two years have made. Sometimes you’re just doing your normal day-to-day, and then you’d reflect. Two years in a long time, and it’s been one of the most transforming things in my life.I’m not ashamed of it, but I need to be prudent about it.On the subject of sharing his past with the new people in his life, John knows that there are pros and cons to it.“I don’t mind letting people know. It is a part of me,” he said. “I’m not ashamed of it, but I need to be prudent about it.”A lot of people wouldn’t have experience with homeless people, and others that do would have a negative view. You never know who your next employer is going to be. It’s about being prudent more than being ashamed.On government’s goal of 2016, Santora remains unsure:I think its absolutely achievable but I don’t think they’re doing nearly enough. There remains this huge difference between homeless people and housing.center_img There is still a separation. We look at housing as something that is over there and homelessness as something that is over here.Stepping Stone aims to bridge this gap by placing people into existing, well-established, communities, and, once there, by helping them to reintegrate and become part of that community.Convinced that Ireland, and its government, still has a long way to go to remove the stigma from homelessness, Santoro is also convinced that what the non-HSE funded charity does is “not revolutionary.”“To integrate someone, to improve their skills, is of vital importance,” she said. “The separation can hurt. Homeless accommodation can be hugely different from living within a community.”We talk a great game about integration in Ireland but we don’t do much to achieve it.‘John’One such person who knows this only too well is John.Speaking to TheJournal.ie before his college day starts, the last two years with Stepping Stone have made a huge difference to his life.Born in Dublin, he struggled with addiction from the age of 18 to 35, and while he was never homeless, it was never far away.“I always had a couch or something to sleep on, but I was at risk of homelessness,” he said. John believes that a lot more people are at risk of this than people, or government, want to admit to.Homelessness is a term that needs to be defined clearly. There’s a lot of people who I’d call homeless and they aren’t on the streets. They are living in poverty in their own homes. We still treat homeless people as being different to us.In her interview with TheJournal.ie, O’Sullivan said that although the date was ambitious, a failure to achieve it would be a poor reflection on who we are as a people.I don’t think any civilised society should have people in the kind of numbers we have at the moment that out on the streets, particularly in our capital city where it’s a real problem.The next three years will tell.Read: Minister for housing says ex-residents of Priory Hall are ‘in a dreadful situation’ >last_img read more

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Poll Are you going to a Cruinniú na Cásca event today

first_imgPoll: Are you going to a Cruinniú na Cásca event today? Events are set to take place nationwide today for the first of what is aimed to be a new national day. Apr 17th 2017, 7:00 AM Monday 17 Apr 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Poll Results: 39 Comments Yes (680) No (4654) Short URL 14,508 Views center_img By Sean Murray Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email TODAY MARKS EASTER Monday and, for the first time, the creative and cultural festival Cruinniú na Cásca will take place.All across the country, free events will take place ranging from arts, crafts and music, to literary and social commentary, and everything in between.The main event for the festival will be in Dublin, with the city centre set to be transformed for events that will cater to all tastes throughout the day.So, today we’re asking you: Are you going to head to a Cruinniú na Cásca event today? YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote No interest/No opinion (616) http://jrnl.ie/3321780 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img 8,164 Views By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/morkovkapiy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Saturday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. No Comments Sat 8:51 AM Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 8:50 AM Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4809452 Image: Shutterstock/morkovkapiy EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #MONEY MULES: Dozens of young women have been duped into money laundering schemes at Irish music festivals.2. #BREXIT: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that a second Brexit referendum “can’t be ruled out”. 3. #BEEF TALKS: Minister Michael Creed will today convene talks with farmers and meat processors as efforts step up in a bid to end the ongoing beef prices dispute, saying “now is the time to take a step back from entrenched positions”.4. #TRACKER SCANDAL: KBC Bank has admitted it used a time limit clause in 27 tracker complaints to the Ombudsman.5. #DEFENCE FORCES: The head of the Defence Forces has told the government that permitting military representative bodies to become part of the trade union movement could jeopardise national security, the Irish Times reported.6. #CATHOLIC WOMEN: A US-based female bishop wants to hear from Irish women who are “ready to lead”. 7. #SINN FÉIN: Gerry Adams attended the burial of the man who left Sinn Féin £1.5 million in his will, The Irish News reported.8. #BREXIT: What now on Brexit? Here are a number of scenarios that could happen before 31 October.9. #LATE LATE: The crowd joined in on The Late Late Show last night as Christy Dignam sang a stunning version of Waltzing Matilda. Short URLlast_img read more

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Hochtief hit by Greek toll dodging

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram German construction group Hochtief revealed it may have to write down the value of its road contracts in Greece due to mass toll dodging. The news accompanied a gloomy outlook for 2012 and a warning that the group might post a loss this year if it fails to sell its airport business on schedule.“The economic crisis in Greece and persistent mass toll dodging led to major shortfalls in income development for the toll road projects Maliakos-Kleidi and Elefsina-Patras-Tsakona,” Hochtief said. Greece has seen a swelling tide of people joining the “I don’t pay” movement this year, a sullen form of civil disobedience that emerged in the debt crisis, in which they refuse to pay transport tickets and tolls. People have informed toll collectors they won’t pay, and have got out of their cars to either lift the bar blocking their passage manually or to destroy it. Hochtief said the consortium that operates the toll roads in Greece was in talks with the southern European country’s government to find a long-term solution. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Les plus anciens trous noirs de lUnivers détectés

first_imgLes plus anciens trous noirs de l’Univers détectés Publiée mercredi 15 mai dans la revue Nature, l’étude de galaxies lointaines par des astronomes américains met en évidence la présence des premiers trous noirs de l’Univers, formés relativement peu de temps après le Big Bang, dans ces galaxies anciennes. En scrutant, à l’aide du télescope spatial à rayons X Chandra de la Nasa , plus de 250 galaxies lointaines, repérées auparavant par le télescope spatial Hubble, Kevin Schwawinski, de l’Université de Yale (États-Unis) et Ezequiel Treister, de l’Université d’Hawaï, ont réussi à détecter la présence des premiers trous noirs de l’Univers, âgés de 13 milliards d’années, donc apparus 7 à 900 millions d’années ‘seulement’ après le Big Bang.À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteMasqués par les galaxies hôtes, dont ils occupent le noyau actif, ces trous noirs hyper-massifs absorbent gaz, poussières et lumière, ne laissant s’échapper que des rayons X, dont seuls quelques photons à haute énergie, après ce fantastique voyage de 13 milliards d’années-lumière, ont pu être captés par Chandra, puis amplifiés grâce à la technique dite ‘d’empilage’.Trous noirs et galaxies hôtes croîtraient de concert, et significativement plus vite qu’on ne le pensait jusqu’à présent. “Cette découverte nous dit qu’il y a une relation symbiotique entre les trous noirs et leur galaxie, qui existe depuis la nuit des temps”, conclut Kevin Schawinski. Le 16 juin 2011 à 12:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Nikki Bella reveals a brain cyst forced her to retire from WWE

first_img WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Brie Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list We previously reported that during the season finale of “Total Bellas” this past March Nikki Bella announced her retirement from WWE.The Bellas appeared on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in which Nikki revealed that in addition to her neck issues, she also has a cyst on her brain which was also the reason she retired from WWE. During the 3:25 mark of the interview (view above) Nikki told Fallon that she felt like she needed a check-up before she and Brie went back for the [Women’s] tag titles, however it came back that she had a herniated disc above where she had surgery that she also has cyst on her brain.Nikki also recently spoke with TMZ Sports in a short video interview (view below) indicating that the cyst on her brain is super scary, but benign. Pinterest Nikki Bella Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey John Cena Videos Articles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Nikki Bella wins Best Actress in a reality series at the 20th Women’s Image Awards WhatsApp ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Facebook Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Videos Articles Video: Nikki Bella announces her retirement from WWE during “Total Bellas” Nikki Bella confirms her new relationship in dance video, Natalya shows off injuries from RAW last_img read more

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6 Haitian migrants rescued off Bahamas

first_img#USCG & @TheRBDF rescued 6 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua, Bahamas. Read more here https://t.co/rjSYqx9sJ1 pic.twitter.com/pCEN35zPb6— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) July 29, 2017The migrants were transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for dehydration and exhaustion.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of six Haitian migrants off a small island in the Southern Bahamas, Friday.Coast Guard crews worked together with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force after receiving reports that the group had come ashore on Little Inagua. Helicopters were deployed, and rescue crews provided first aid.last_img read more

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On Things Fall Apart The Roots Deepened HipHop

first_imgNews Facebook Email On ‘Things Fall Apart,’ The Roots Deepened Hip-Hop Twitter On ‘Things Fall Apart,’ The Roots Deepened Hip-Hop things-fall-apart-roots-deepened-hip-hop ‘Things Fall Apart’ is not the Roots’ masterpiece, but rather the beginning of them making masterpiecesDan WeissGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 11:21 am We joke about it — there’s that “J. Cole went platinum with no features” meme—but some of rap’s overachievers end up doing just that. The Roots were perhaps one of the first acts in hip-hop history where maybe it wasn’t immediately clear what the song was about. And while rap had always been built on borrowing and homage and one-upping, all sorts of open-source tools and watching a chant or catchphrase evolve into something else in real time, the Philadelphia group felt like its first meta commentators, deconstructing the medium as a whole and its tropes within their work itself. Lord knows they didn’t condescend to their peers (which matters when your lead vocalist is named Black Thought), though they occasionally indulged their bratty side (see the 1996 “rap video manual” “What They Do”).But just by existing, the Roots are often viewed as a fount of respectability politics: “They’re rappers who play real instruments!” you’ve surely overheard one exasperated white rock fan say to another. Actually, let’s zoom out entirely. How they’re really viewed in 2019 is as Jimmy Fallon’s house band and their elastic ability to perform on any guest’s song, no matter the genre, possibly diminishes their artistic identity rather than augmenting it. Despite the fact the Roots tie Jay-Z as rap’s most consistent album artists for 20 years now, they’re rarely part of The Conversation.You could say people so take the Roots’ greatness for granted that whatever amazing thing they’re currently saying or doing exists in a different universe than the one engaging luminaries from Drake to Nicki Minaj to Future to Juice WRLD. Or you could say they aren’t considered great at all. Black Thought is often referred to as an “MC’s MC,” which by definition means he’s undervalued by the audience. No one doubts Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a world-class drummer, but he’s treated more as the Dave Grohl of rap, a genial everydude who’s friends with everybody and checks in with a predictable new album every few years. Sure, but only if greatness in itself is boringly predictable.Things Fall Apart, which just turned 20, is rightfully celebrated as a groundbreaking collection of music; it courted real sales, and had a real hit. “You Got Me,” a Jill Scott co-write that Erykah Badu’s hook curled around like smoke, won a real GRAMMY in 1999. And 2002’s expansive, almost psychedelically varied follow-up, Phrenology, continued the hit streak with “The Seed 2.0,” though it was a larger staple of alt-rock stations’ playlists than rap ones. And then quietly, respectfully, their next six studio albums were damned with strong reviews and consistent sales in the five-to-six digits without threatening radio or year-end lists ever again. This was particularly unjust for the incredible hot streak of Game Theory, Rising Down, and How I Got Over from 2006 to 2010, but the quality of The Tipping Point, undun, and …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is also taken for granted.Things Fall Apart is not the Roots’ masterpiece, but rather the beginning of them making masterpieces. Its unforgettable cover art aside, with two terrified black people fleeing white police on foot, most of the album’s depth is musical. Before Genius existed, Questlove was happy to fill the Roots’ CD booklets with footnotes to help any listener place the cymbal-heavy opener “Table of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)” as a tribute to the “sloppy tambourine” of Marley Marl and “horrible mixing” of the Jungle Brothers. The drums on “Step Into the Realm” keep fading out as an homage to the breaks our heroes had to loop as kids from the ends of other songs where the only isolated drum sounds they could grab would fade out. The backing track of “Without a Doubt” is built entirely from a sample of their fellow hometown hero Schoolly-D.Old-school rap was the foundation of Things Fall Apart, down to the back-and-forth mic-trading between Black Thought and Mos Def on “Double Trouble.” But the hyper-time drum-and-bass that Questlove lays under the final chorus of “You Got Me,” J Dilla’s creaky deep-crate jazz on “Dynamite!” and the Jazzyfatnastees’ hocketing vocals on “The Next Movement” were all expanding the sonic palates of millennial rap fans. The group embraced their progressivism visually, too, building on the subversive “What They Do” with two more Charles Stone III-directed videos: “You Got Me” remixed Radiohead’s infamously open-ended “Just” clip, while the mini visual marvels of “The Next Movement,” rival anything Spike Jonze directed in the ’90s.The album cover and title of the Roots’ third album were perhaps better suited to their darker later work, which became crucially political, but at least it established an urgency for the group, one they deserve to get back. Because the true theme song of Things Fall Apart is the centerpiece “Act Too (The Love of My Life),” whose titular inamorata is hip-hop itself, and that song’s own music sounded like a successor to “The Cosby Show” theme, which at one time was another example of Philly pride. Making an album about how much you love what you do doesn’t sound like a radical concept, necessarily. But it’s an uplifting one, and when it busts open the doors that permit you to do so much more of it, well, that’s the beginning of a revolution, no?Read morelast_img read more

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Singaporean dream sours as Bangladeshis return home with big debts

first_imgGroups of migrant workers mostly from Bangladesh and India enjoy a day off on a weekend near a train station in Singapore. ReutersMohammad Ashadul Islam placed all his hopes for a better life for his family in Bangladesh on getting a construction job in Singapore.He sold his father’s land and fish farm and also borrowed money from banks and relatives to pay S$17,000 ($12,000) in fees to multiple agencies who helped arrange the job and his trip to the island state early last year.But in December, his employer told him that there wasn’t enough work and he was laid off from a job doing a range of tasks, such as directing traffic around building sites, and operating excavators. Ashadul was given a month by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower to find another job but, unable to do so, he returned home still owing S$6,000. He had only earned S$5,000 during his time away – based on basic pay of just S$18 a day and overtime of S$3 per hour.For Singapore, a system of temporary labour to do many jobs in the construction, shipping, manufacturing and service industries – including hotels and restaurants – works as an effective buffer. When times are good it means Singapore can fill jobs that would otherwise be vacant but when the economy is weak and unemployment rises – as has been happening in the past year – it is easy to cut back on foreign workers.However, for the workers it is a brutal system that can leave them in big debt and regretting they ever made the move to Singapore.”I go back for what? No fish, no land. I go back or die, same-same,” Ashadul said in an interview just before heading back to Bangladesh.Ashadul’s former boss, Maqbool Ahmed Khan, who owns building company Elchim Construction Services, confirmed the Bangladeshi’s story. Maqbool Ahmed said he faced a “market slowdown” late last year, without elaborating. The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd. and The Association of Singapore Marine Industries declined comment.Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said the agency fees foreign workers incur in their home countries are beyond its jurisdiction. “We hope that source countries would do more to address the issue of high agency fees incurred, and we will refer cases to their embassies here for follow up where appropriate,” it said in an emailed statement to Reuters.Ashadul, 25, is among thousands of migrant workers, mainly from Bangladesh and India, who left Singapore’s shipyards and building sites last year because of a 30 per cent contraction in the marine sector largely related to a drop in demand from the energy industry, and a downturn in construction. It was the first year since 2009 when the number of low-skilled jobs taken by foreigners fell here.Reuters interviewed around two dozen Bangladeshi workers who were laid off recently in Singapore, and many of them provide similar pictures of growing hardship. Many face agency fees that cost between 26 and 51 months of their total basic wage in Singapore, and they leave the island with heavy debt burdens.To be sure, many workers still in jobs say they are happy with their working conditions and are motivated by success stories of fellow countrymen who built homes and started businesses back home after working for a few years in Singapore.While conditions are tough – many live 12 to a dorm room and work 12 hour days with only one day off a month – it is still often much better than the alternatives in Bangladesh.The number of work permit holders in Singapore, excluding domestic workers, fell by 12,600 to 753,000 in 2016, with most of the losses in the construction and shipping industries, according to the Ministry of Manpower.But two diplomats from countries that are a source for such workers say they are taking the brunt of the contraction.Singapore does not disclose the breakdown of nationalities of its migrant workers, but the Bangladeshi High Commission’s labour councillor Ayesha Shelly estimates its workers in Singapore decreased more than 30,000 last year to some 120,000.”Every day my staff are in the airport sending workers back,” said David Leong, managing director of Singapore-based recruiting agency PeopleWorldwide, adding that the number of workers he supplied to shipyards last year dropped 40 per cent.This is likely to have an impact on Bangladesh’s economy because remittances are the nation’s second-biggest source of foreign income after garment exports. Bangladesh’s remittances fell more than 11 per cent in 2016 to $13.6 billion, according to the nation’s central bank, with much of the decline because of the impact of lower energy prices on Middle East employment.Myriad of MiddlemenWorkers say there are not many established recruiting agencies for Bangladeshis, and many job seekers rely on a myriad of middlemen and brokers who share recruiting, training and transportation and then split fees, making it difficult to properly regulate the industry.At least 98 recruiting agencies have been suspended over the past decade for alleged wrongdoings such as fraud and trafficking, according to a senior Bangladesh government official.”People easily fall prey to recruiters who promise them higher paying jobs,” said the official in the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.A broker, who declined to disclose his name, said his company charges around Tk 1 million ($12,400) in fees but doesn’t think they are charging too much, as the cost covers basic job training, language support and transportation.And even those who have had one bad experience in Singapore seek ways to come back.”My agent told me I would have to pay $5,000 to get back this (Singapore) job. How can I take that risk again? What if I lose the job after one year,” asked Ataur Rahman, who was laid off last year and came back to Bangladesh with Tk 300,000 ($3,716) of debt. He is now looking for a cheaper way back, he says.($1 = 80.7300 taka)last_img read more

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first_imgBlushing brides and grooms can plan their special day at the 2015 Metro Wedding Expo, presented by GetWedForLess.com.  The four-hour bridal extravaganza takes place on Oct. 11 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center in College Park, Maryland from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The expo will have dozens of local wedding exhibitors, a bridal fashion show and a benefit component. This year’s theme is Honoring Our Heroes. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m.  For tickets and more information, please visit metroweddingexpo.com.last_img read more

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first_imgArsenic levels remain dangerously high in the drinking water in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. The Voice of Guanacaste, the province’s bilingual newspaper, reported the results of two new arsenic studies this week.Water samples taken March 10 from the city of Bagaces showed unsafe levels of arsenic for the city and the surrounding communities of Montenegro, El Chile, Arbolito, El Recreo and Finca San Miguel, The Voice of Guanacaste reported. The results conflict with a May 2013 certificate from the National Water and Sewer Institute that claimed the water in Bagaces was potable.Another study by the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), analyzed 20 people from the community of Aguas Calientes, where residents consumed water containing 71 micrograms of arsenic per liter – more than 10 times the amount allowed by the World Health Organization – for at least 18 years.TEC’s study found that some residents displayed symptoms of chronic arsenic poisoning. One 19-year-old woman showed signs of changes in her skin pigment and skin lesions. Other people showed no symptoms, despite the traces of arsenic present in their urine samples.Recommended: What is killing the young men of Cañas?The region is also subject to abnormally high instances of renal failure, a problem commonly attributed to high arsenic levels by the public. However, experts in the field and the TEC study ruled out arsenic as a cause for kidney problems.From the study (translated by The Voice of Guanacaste):In the country of Bagaces and the community of Agua Caliente, renal problems cannot be attributed to the ingestion of arsenic in drinking water.The lack of potable drinking water has been a struggle in Guanacaste for years, with water shortages and high arsenic levels afflicting mostly poor rural communities. In 2013, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court issued an order to President Laura Chinchilla to resolve the province’s arsenic problem, but little has changed, according to The Voice of Guanacaste, beyond distributing filters containing rusty nails to neutralize the arsenic.The water issue was at the center of last year’s Guanacaste Annexation Celebrations, when protesters from the People’s Voice Association of Bagaces, an organization created to combat the water and arsenic problem, protested the government’s failure to respond.“We’re looking for someone who can tell us what is killing us, what is in our water and our environment that is killing us. No one has given us an answer and that’s why we’re angry and frustrated and here today,” Mainor Picado Camareno, of the People’s Voice Association of Bagaces, told The Tico Times at the march last year. Facebook Comments Related posts:Solís signs decree declaring emergency over arsenic in Guanacaste water supply Facing closures of makeshift garbage dumps, Costa Rican municipalities scramble to manage trash From the land of the rising sun Guanacaste canton stretches water supplies to support constructionlast_img read more

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Its unanimous Mayweather defeats Pacquiao

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nevada — After the final bell had rung, Floyd Mayweather jumped on the ropes and defiantly barked to the crowd. He knew he’d won the bout, but everyone else needed judges’ confirmation. Moments later, the scorecards made it official: Mayweather’s perfect record would remain intact, the best fighter of his generation had finally received the confirmation so many had demanded, andManny Pacquiao, the passionate boxer from the Philippines, would head home with a disappointing loss.The welterweight bout appeared close throughout and neither fighter offered many surprises. Mayweather was at his defensive best, and Pacquiao kept firing until he heard a bell ring. Judge Glenn Feldman scored the bout 116-112, Bert Clements had it 116-112 and Dave Moretti saw it 118-110.It was the biggest event boxing has staged in years, generating huge hype around the world, surely shattering records for live gate and pay-per-view buys and filling the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a who’s who of celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and so many others. It will go down as the richest bout in the sport’s history, though hardly the most exciting.The showdown was six agonizing years in the making, as both sides bickered over terms and at times the boxing world seemed certain the two might never square off. Fans were forced to wait even longer Saturday night, as cable services nation-wide were overwhelmed with pay-per-view orders. Promoters delayed the start of the fight and the opening bell didn’t ring until 11:58 p.m. EDT.“When the history book is written, it was worth the wait,” Mayweather said. Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao fight in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frederic J. Brown/AFPPacquiao was in good spirits in the hours before stepping into the ring. He was with more than 50 family members and friends back at the hotel, dining on steamed fish and white rice while chatting with several pastors. They had a spirited discussion about one of the first documented fights: David vs. Goliath. Pacquiao left the hotel, arrived at the MGM Grand shortly after 6 p.m. local time and four hours later confronted a giant of his own.Pacquiao was active much of the night and pushing Mayweather to the ropes, the likely game plan for both fighters. As he does better than anyone, Mayweather constantly baited his foe, using his speed to fire laser-quick counters.“I think I won the fight,” Pacquiao said. “He didn’t do nothing.”While he was throwing a lot of punches, they weren’t always landing cleanly. At one point, Mayweather (48-0) made a show of shaking his heading “no,” telling Pacquiao that his punches were being blocked and doing no damage. The two fighters threw about the same number of punches — 435 for Mayweather and 429 for Pacquiao. But Mayweather landed 148 to Pacquiao’s 81.Still, the Filipino fighter appeared to be enjoying himself. After a late flurry in Round 3, Mayweather stared down Pacquiao after the bell. Pacquiao responded with a smile that stretched from one corner of the ring to the other.Pacquiao unleashed his first real flurry midway through the fourth, punctuating a string of blocked shots with a hard left that landed cleanly on Mayweather’s face. In his corner, Mayweather’s trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was barking at his son to be more aggressive.By the late rounds, Mayweather looked more comfortable, dancing around the perimeter, dictating the fight more on his terms. They settled into a fight-night two-step: Pacquiao would charge, Mayweather would counter. A fan reacts after watching boxer Manny Pacquiao lose to Floyd Mayweather, on a live telecast of the welterweight unification bout at a plaza in Marikina City, in suburban Manila, Philippines, on May 3, 2015. Ted Aljibe/AFPThe loss, meanwhile, was Pacquiao’s third in his past six outings. His record falls to 57-6-2. The Filipino fighter entered the ring with the hopes of an entire nation on his shoulders, and inside the arena, too, the crowd was loud and raucous in its Pacquiao support, particularly in the early rounds. Mayweather managed to silence them nearly every round.The bout was a clinic in the so-called sweet science. Even at 38, Mayweather showed why he’s one of the best defensive fighters the sport has seen. He blocked, ducked and clutched, baiting Pacquiao and using his reach advantage to counter with snappy jabs.The methodical bout might not go down as one of the sport’s classic fights, but the win will go a long way to defining Mayweather’s legacy. He kept the perfect record intact, but more importantly, after years of stalling and bickering over negotiations, he finally vanquished the only other fighter who could challenge him in either popularity or boxing skill. Mayweather had posted wins over the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Zab Judah, but until Saturday his résumé was noteworthy for what was missing: Pacquaio’s name. Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao. John Gurzinski/AFPMayweather, of course, already considered himself a part of boxing royalty, calling himself TBE — “the best ever” — and saying he’s as important as Ali. And that was before beating Pacquiao. Mayweather long ago made a name for himself as the sport’s resident peacock, undisputed and undefeated when it comes to bluster, confidence and ego. But he was refreshingly subdued in the weeks leading up to the Pacquiao bout, saying he’d matured and was content to let his unmatched boxing ability do the talking.Still, when critics debate Mayweather’s place among the all-time greats, they’ll still note that he often faced his toughest competitors once they were past their prime. Pacquiao, for example, is 36 and showed again Saturday night that he’s not quite the same explosive fighter who posted thrilling wins over Cotto, Hatton and De La Hoya a half-dozen years ago.Imperfect outside the ring — a series of domestic violence charges and accusations have made him pariah to many — Mayweather remains perfect inside it. The strong betting favorite entering the fight, he already held the WBA and WBC welterweight belts and left the arena Saturday night with Pacquiao’s WBO title, too.The big win could mark one of the last times Mayweather sets foot in the ring. He has one fight remaining on his deal with Showtime and says he’s inclined to hang up his gloves after fulfilling his contract with a bout in September. Mayweather hasn’t mentioned any potential opponents for that date. Before either fighter entered the ring Saturday night, both camps seemed to think a rematch was unlikely. Related posts:TV exec made Mayweather-Pacquiao bout possible Boxing: Nicaragua’s ‘Chocolatito’ González, from garbage collector to flyweight champ Costa Rica’s world boxing champions win fights on the same night FIFA reform taskforce meets for first time #TheMoneyTeam— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 3, 2015center_img Then again, for years it seemed like meeting just once was also unlikely — until the money became too much to ignore. Revenues from Saturday’s fight were expected to reach $300 million, and Mayweather alone could pocket as much as $200 million for 12 rounds of work.While fans around the world paid $100 apiece to watch on pay-per-view, the inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena was largely high rollers. The tickets carried a face value of $1,500-$10,000 but sold for much more on the secondary market.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Four presidential candidates in favor of breaking fuel monopoly

first_imgFour of five presidential candidates who took part in a debate late last week said they would support breaking up the fuel monopoly held by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE).The Costa Rican Chamber of Industries (CICR) organized the debate on Thursday evening, which included Otto Guevara Guth of the Libertarian Movement, Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the National Liberation Party, Rodolfo Piza Rocafort of the Social Christian Unity Party, Mario Redondo Poveda of Christian Democratic Alliance and Carlos Alvarado Quesada of the ruling Citizen Action Party, the only candidate opposed to opening the fuel market.The candidates who agreed on the opening said consumers should not pay for financial perks for RECOPE employees, which the agency includes in its fuel price calculations.Alvarado, the lone voice against lifting the monopoly, said that people need to stop thinking about the past.“Instead of opening up the fuel monopoly, we need to take steps towards new technologies, such as electric transportation,” he said.Guevara noted that he was pleased that Álvarez, Piza and Redondo supported the idea of breaking RECOPE’s monopoly, which he described as “a libertarian idea, now being embraced by other parties.”AgreementsAside from their opinions about RECOPE, candidates agreed on most other economic issues, the focus of the debate moderated by former CNN journalist Alberto Padilla.All five of them agreed that they would support a boost in the use of natural gas and in the creation of an Energy Ministry.They also agreed with the idea of supporting more contracts between public and private-sector companies for the construction of public infrastructure projects, as well as measures to improve public finances — mostly by cutting public spending — and better hiring regulations for public workers.Some other parties have already confirmed their candidates for the 2018 presidential election. The CICR, however, indicated that it only invited candidates “who have shown support for the private sector’s contribution to the development of Costa Rica.” Facebook Comments Related posts:RECOPE opposes referendum that could break its fuel market monopoly Request to raise fuel prices provokes sharp criticism Ticos living abroad can now register online to vote in 2018 Presidential nominee Antonio Álvarez Desanti to step down as legislatorlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter the loss, then-Cards coach Dennis Green contributed his famous “they are who we thought they were” sound bite. The short-lived Buddy Ryan era came to an end on Christmas Day, as the Cowboys cleaned the Cards’ clock at Sun Devil Stadium. Dallas jumped out to a 24-0 lead thanks to 350 passing yards from QB Troy Aikman and 203 receiving yards and a pair of TDs by WR Kevin Williams.Ryan, who led the Cardinals to an 8-8 record in his first season as head coach, was dismissed after the game, as the Cards finished his second and final season with a 4-12 showing. It would be the last head coaching job of Ryan’s career.Cardinals MVP: RB Larry Centers: 12 receptions, 172 yards Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Of all the games that Cards fans would love to forget, this one may top the list. Arizona led 23-3 in the second half via six Chicago turnovers in their first MNF game at University of Phoenix Stadium, but they squandered that advantage thanks to a pair of fumble returns for touchdowns by safety Mike Brown and cornerback Charles Tillman, along with an 83-yard punt return for a TD by WR Devin Hester.QB Matt Leinart led the Cardinals on a last-minute drive, but kicker Neil Rackers’ 40-yard field-goal attempt with less than a minute to play sailed wide. Cardinals MVP: WR Early Doucet: five receptions, 60 yardsOct. 29, 2012: 49ers 24, Cardinals 3 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Sept. 12, 1988: Cowboys 17, Cardinals 14 Sept. 27, 1999: 49ers 24, Cardinals 10 In the Cardinals’ first home regular-season game in the Valley, Cowboys running back Herschel Walker racked up 149 rushing yards and a touchdown on 29 carries to help Dallas jump out to a 17-7 lead. The Cardinals rallied in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Neil Lomax connected with tight end Jay Novacek on a 23-yard TD pass, but it wasn’t enough.The difference in the game turned out to be a 47-yard first-quarter field goal from Dallas kicker and former ASU standout Luis Zendejas.Cardinals MVP: Lomax: 20-of-34, 266 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptionsDec. 25, 1995: Cowboys 37, Cardinals 13 No, this isn’t a rerun: the 49ers jumped out to a big lead on MNF thanks in part to the Cardinals’ porous running game.Smith’s 47-yard TD pass to WR Randy Moss gave San Francisco a 24-0 advantage midway through the third quarter, as the Cardinals managed just seven rushing yards on nine carries for the entire game. The Cards, which opened the season 4-0, slipped to 4-4 and finished the season 5-11, leading to the firing of Ken Whisenhunt, who remains the longest-tenured Cardinals head coach since the team relocated to Arizona.Cardinals MVP: QB John Skelton: 32-of-52, 290 yards, no touchdowns, one interception After the game, Anderson contributed another classic MNF tirade for the Cardinals when asked about laughing on the sideline late in the loss. For the second straight year, the 49ers blew out the Cardinals on MNF, opening up a 21-3 second quarter lead in Glendale thanks in part to RB Brian Westbrook’s 136 rushing yards. In place of Warner, who retired following the 2009 season, QB Derek Anderson managed to complete just 16-of-35 passes for 196 yards, no TDs and an INT. He didn’t get much help from the backfield, as the Cards rushed for just 13 yards on 11 attempts. In their ’07 season opener, the Cards once again came close to ending their MNF drought, as Boldin’s 5-yard TD catch from Leinart gave Arizona a 17-13 lead at San Francisco with 6:40 to play. But QB Alex Smith and the 49ers engineered a late drive capped by WR Arnaz Battle’s 1-yard TD run with 22 seconds left.It was an underwhelming performance from Leinart, who completed just half of his passes (14-of-28) for an underwhelming 102 yards, one TD and two interceptions.Cardinals MVP: RB Edgerrin James: 26 rushes, 92 yards, one touchdown; two receptions, 20 yardsNov. 10, 2008: Cardinals 29, 49ers 24 Cardinals MVP: WR Anquan Boldin: 12 receptions, 136 yards, one touchdownSept. 10, 2007: 49ers 20, Cardinals 17 Like most of the Arizona Cardinals’ 26-year history in the Valley of the Sun, their performances on Monday Night Football have left quite a bit to be desired.How bad has it been? A win against the San Diego Chargers on Monday night would double — yes, double — the Cardinals’ total MNF wins since they moved to Arizona from St. Louis before the 1988 season. The Cardinals have compiled a 1-8 record on Monday night since that move, with many losses coming in especially frustrating fashion. Here’s a breakdown of all nine MNF performances since 1988: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It took a late goal-line stand, but in their 21st season in the desert, the Cardinals finally broke through on Monday night. The Cards trailed nearly the entire game in Glendale following cornerback Allen Rossum’s 104-yard kickoff return for a TD just 12 seconds into the first quarter. But QB Kurt Warner’s 4-yard TD toss to Boldin with 4:16 left gave Arizona its first lead. This game was better known as 49ers Hall of Fame QB Steve Young’s last, as a hit from cornerback Aeneas Williams in the first half resulted in a concussion that ultimately forced Young to retire.But the 49ers rolled anyway thanks to 177 combined rushing yards from RBs Lawrence Phillips and Charlie Garner, as well as a first-quarter TD grab by Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, to give San Francisco a 17-0 halftime lead in Tempe. Cardinals QB Jake Plummer completed just 16-of-31 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions.Cardinals MVP: WR Frank Sanders: seven receptions, 74 yardsOct. 16, 2006: Bears 24, Cardinals 23 Just like a year earlier, the 49ers put together a last-minute drive, but the Cards’ D held running backs Frank Gore and Michael Robinson out of the end zone on the game’s final two plays. The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 6-3; three months later, they made their first and only Super Bowl appearance.Cardinals MVP: Warner: 32-of-42, 328 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptionsDec. 14, 2009: 49ers 24, Cardinals 9 While the Cards were running away with their second consecutive NFC West division title, the host 49ers created a temporary road block by forcing seven turnovers and running all over the defending NFC champions.Gore rushed for 167 yards and a TD on 25 carries, and the Cards fumbled seven times and committed 11 penalties to give San Francisco a comfortable win. Warner was held to 178 yards on 16-of-29 passing with no TDs and two picks.Cardinals MVP: RB Beanie Wells: 15 rushes, 79 yards, one touchdownNov. 29, 2010: 49ers 27, Cardinals 6 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Cyprus academic says controversial lesbian report misunderstood Updated

first_imgA University of Nicosia social scientist, Menelaos Apostolou, has said a paper he published which some thought it claimed that women become lesbians because men find it sexy, was misunderstood by journalists after it provoked scathing reactions on social media.“There is some misrepresentation, that in this paper I argued that lesbianism has evolved because men find it a turn on.  Yet, this paper aims predominantly to account for the evolutionary origins of same-sex attraction in heterosexual women, and it does not address lesbianism, which refers to exclusive or nearly exclusive attraction to women,” Apostolou said to the Cyprus Mail.Apostolou was also criticised for implying that lesbianism is a choice rather that a biological result.“One of the criticisms was that in the current study I implied that lesbianism is a choice. I never made this claim in the paper, and my opinion is that sexual orientation is not a choice,” he asserted.Based on a poll of 1,509 Greek and Greek Cypriot heterosexual participants, Apostolou theorises in his paper The Evolution of Female Same-Sex Attraction: The Male Choice Hypothesis that same-sex attraction in women is prompted by male desire.“My argument in the paper is this: a considerable proportion of men desire same-sex attractions in women, and this is one possible reason why many women have such attractions,” he said in an interview with online newsletter PinkNews.The misunderstanding may arise from the sample group deliberately not including lesbians or bisexual women, but instead heterosexual women who also experience same-sex attraction in some instances.Apostolou argued that the study was designed to test the hypothesis that heterosexual men and women differ in how they view same sex attraction in an opposite-sex partner. “As the hypothesis was about a difference between heterosexual men and women, our sample had to consist of heterosexual men and women.”Nevertheless, the study has caused much offense since it was published earlier this week. Many women, gay and straight, took to Twitter to point out that lesbian attraction has nothing to do with pleasing men.“I’m not a lesbian because men will find it hot. The more I learn about this ‘study’ the more I want to kick that guy in the face,” said a tweet from a user named Nighty.“An ‘academic’ seriously concluded that men’s desire created lesbian and bi women. Hmmm…,” a Dr Steve Thompson tweeted.Others seemed to understand that the poll group was heterosexual, but questioned the wisdom of not including lesbian respondents in a study about lesbians.“All heterosexual couples, not one lesbian in the group. Might as well do a study on the use of tampons with 500 men as participants,” tweeted a user called Daily Happenings.The report has also received criticism from other academics including Diana Fleischman, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth.“The paper totally ignores a lot of other possible hypotheses and makes claims that are really not supported by the evidence they provide,” she was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail. You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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