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Exotic dancers protest say they want to continue as independent contractors

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom February 28, 2019 Posted: February 28, 2019center_img Updated: 8:10 PM Exotic dancers protest, say they want to continue as independent contractors 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A group of San Diego exotic dancers who say they want to remain as independent contractors and not become employees of local strip clubs, protested today.KUSI’s John Soderman joins us from downtown where the exotic dancers held what they called a “bikini protest.”Full video of Lorena Gonzalez speaking to the protesters:last_img read more

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GMA Interview Kesha Finds Hope With Rainbow

first_img “GMA” Interview: Kesha Finds Hope With ‘Rainbow’ Email Singer/songwriter reveals the deep personal connection she has to her upcoming album, as well as what it was like to collaborate with Dolly PartonRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 1:39 pm GRAMMY.comKesha’s highly anticipated Rainbow is slated for release on Aug. 11. Ahead of the album, Kesha is spreading some light on the interview circuit, including a sit-down with “Good Morning America.”Kesha dished about how the album’s title, Rainbow, symbolizes hope and represents a nod to the LGBTQ community. It doesn’t hurt Kesha hearts rainbows — she has many rainbow tattoos.To add to the dazzle of the record, Kesha collaborated with GRAMMY-winning country superstar Dolly Parton on a cover of her 1980 hit “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” and gushed about the experience.”I’m still not over it,” she said. “So I’m just going to tell everybody about it forever.”While on set, Kesha also gave a live performance of her current hit single, “Praying” She explained to host Robin Roberts that this track, in particular, represents going through hard times and coming out the other side in one piece.”I think it’s just really important because it talks about me personally going through something really hard, lots of very hard things, making it through, not giving up and finding empathy on the other side, which is incredibly hard sometimes.”For Kesha, the meat of this album comes from the deeply personal meaning behind every track, which she hopes, in turn, helps other people.”I’ve written every song on this album, and they’re all so personal,” Kesha said. “I think this record is quite literally saving my life. And I hope you guys like it, and I hope you can hear it, and I hope it helps people.”Kesha, Arcade Fire, RAC: New Music You Need To Hear NowRead more Twitter Facebook News Hear Kesha Talk About ‘Rainbow’ gma-interview-kesha-finds-hope-rainbowlast_img read more

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How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music

first_img https://twitter.com/withAlysia/status/1050853653823803395 Facebook How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music Our CEO Dr. Maya Ackerman on @siliconvalleysuccesses . The episode will air on KMTV 15. #withalysia #startup #ceo #interview #music pic.twitter.com/aRnOZbEiG3— ALYSIA (@withAlysia) October 12, 2018 Computer-assisted music isn’t new, but being able to train AIs on different playlists of examples opens up new dimensions for human creativityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 4:16 pm Artificial intelligence adds new calculations to the craft behind creating original music. Dr. Ackerman’s Alysia team’s software is the latest attention-getting AI to jump into the challenge.The “computational creativity” programmed by Alysia results from training their AIs on pop songs. The company explains they view “a computer as more than just a tool, but instead as a potential co-creative partner.”Machine-enabled music creation has a storied history all its own, with landmarks such as 1990’s MIDI software Band-in-a-Box alternatively attracting ridicule and gaining respect for fleshing out fresh ideas. As electronic music producers demonstrate, an artist’s musicianship is ultimately what generates and selects between original elements created by computer, but computational creativity adds a new wrinkle based on the musical training that is input into artificial assistants. From Artificial Intelligence To Song Creation how-musicians-can-creatively-use-artificial-intelligence-musiccenter_img Describing a three-song “Invisible Tides” playlist created with Alysia, Digital Music News revisited more of algorithmic music’s past to conclude, “maybe it’s time to embrace our robot friends.” In varying degrees, this is an embrace that has already happened, for example song recommendations on music services, analysis of what makes a hit, and many varied experiments with AI. Of course it’s what people do with their musical equipment that makes all the difference.Dr. Ackerman is part of a growing community of computer science innovators hoping to increase the range of ways anyone can boost their own ideas thanks to computerized music creation. As easy as it is to put down the derivative work of computer programs expected to generate originality, the tech is still young. But it is already possible to train different AI programs so that an artist could potentially bounce their pop/soul ideas against one AI and their rock-ballad fragments against another.At a minimum, creatives interacting playfully with machines that pop out “original” music can amp up their own search for what’s new using their minds and their fingers. For instance: What do you think about this, Alysia? How about if I change this word here and the melody goes up? What different major seventh chords could work with the fill after the bridge?This human dialog between our bodies and our instruments is bringing new things to mind. AI original music is already diverting. As with implementing most tech with music, in the right hands, it might be epic.IBM’s Watson To Bring Artificial Intelligence To The 2018 GRAMMYsRead more News Twitter Email last_img read more

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Brandon Routh to play Superman again in Arrowverse crossover

first_img More superheroes Comic-Con Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself. 😄#ReturnOfSuperman#Superman#Crossover#Arrowverse #SDCC2019 @DCComics@DEADLINE https://t.co/M5nQdTWYmh— Brandon Routh (@BrandonJRouth) July 19, 2019 Comments Tags 62 Photos 0 Actor Tyler Hoechlin has portrayed Superman in previous Arrowverse crossover episodes and will also be reprising his role as Superman.”Crisis on Infinite Earths” is based on the DC Comics miniseries in 1985 and 1986 that explored the idea of multiple incarnations of Superman.Currently, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman are all set on Earth-1, but Supergirl takes place on Earth-38, meaning Kara has to cross dimensions to team up with the other heroes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will debut on The CW starting in December, then continue in January 2020. More details of this Arrowverse crossover are expected at San Diego Comic-Con during Saturday’s DC Comics panel.  TV and Movies The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguisescenter_img 3:00 The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Dark Phoenix, Mystique and Storm just got their own X-Men Barbie dolls Cosplayer makes Spider-Man mask complete with movable mechanical eyes Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix: Trailer, release date, story details, and more Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Brandon Routh flies high in Superman Returns.  Warner Bros. Pictures Superman is complex superhero who depends on his disguise as reporter Clark Kent to keep his identity safe. He leads a double life so why not have his character played by more than one actor?Actor Brandon Routh, who played Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns, will step into The CW’s Arrowverse to play the DC Comics superhero yet again.Routh already stars on The CW’s superhero-packed series Legends of Tomorrow as Ray Palmer/The Atom. But the actor will  also play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Arrowverse crossover.  Deadline first reported the news Friday and then Routh confirmed it via tweet by comment: “Honored, humbled, grateful, and still pinching myself.”The Arrowverse, by the way, refers to three DC Comics-based superhero shows that appear on The CW: The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. (Disclosure: The CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros and CBS, the owners of CNET.)  “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will include The CW’s DC Comics shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman. The CW DC Comics Supermanlast_img read more

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Pawan Kalyan hospitalised Ram Charan meets Jana Sena chief and wishes him

first_imgRam Charan meets Pawan KalyanFacebookJana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan was hospitalized on Friday, April 5, after he suffered from dehydration during the election campaign. His nephew Ram Charan met the actor at his residence and wished him a speedy recovery.Pawan Kalyan, who has been campaigning for Jana Sena in the upcoming election for some time now, was heading to Sattenapalli in Guntur district. He felt uncomfortable before boarding the helicopter at Gannavaram airport. His followers immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital. The party tweeted, “JanaSena Chief @PawanKalyan dehydrated due to lack of proper rest from past few days.”A video featuring Pawan Kalyan getting glucose injected went viral on social media. Hours after he was hospitalized, Jana Sena leader N Manohar said that the party chief would join the campaign from Saturday. But the doctor advised him to take rest for few days. He is now relaxing at his residence.Ram Charan, who is also recovering from his recent ankle injury, visited Pawan Kalyan’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his health. Later, he took to his Facebook account to share his photo with his uncle. He also said that Jana Sena Chief is unwell, but he is forced to attend the campaign from Sunday, due to his political commitments. Here are the comments posted by the mega power star on Facebook.Just met Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan Garu, a Leader I admire the most, at his residence in Vijayawada.He is extremely weak & dehydrated. Doctors have advised him to completely stop his election campaign in this extreme heat.However, due to his political commitments and shortage of time, he has decided to go ahead with his campaign in Anakapalle and Pendurthi today.The doctors have insisted on accompanying him on his campaign, but he has politely declined their offer.Wish him a speedy recovery and all the success for his service to the people.#VoteForGlass#JANASENARevolution2019It is known that Pawan Kalyan has been touring Andhra Pradesh for the past several months. He has fielded candidates from his party in all the MLA and MP constituencies, but he does not have time to campaign for all of them. The party men urged him to bring in some star campaigners form his mega family, but none has come forward to support him.His brother Nagababu is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Jana Sena in Narasapuram constituency. His wife Padmaja and daughter Niharika Konidela are campaigning for him. His son Varun Tej, who returned from the US, has also started taking part in the election campaign. Allu Arjun is set to join them soon. It is said that Ram Charan is also likely to attend rallies with his uncle in some areas.last_img read more

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Justin Bieber escalating fight challenge to Tom Cruise popstar posts video of

first_imgJustin BieberReutersJustin Bieber is either getting impatient or losing it as he escalated his demand to fight Tom Cruise by posting a video of him fighting the “Mission Impossible” star.It looks like Tom Cruise stepped up to Justin Bieber’s call to action after all. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration. But we did get to see what could happen if the actor took on Justin Bieber in a fight.Reportedly, a day after Justin bizarrely challenged Tom Cruise to an MMA fight via Twitter, a fan showed that Tom “answered” the Biebs’ call. Borrowing the iconic boxing scene from Tom’s 1992 flick, Far and Away, Justin’s face was edited onto Tom’s opponent.And those familiar with the plot of “Far and Away”, Tom Cruise knocks out his challenger. The implication is clear, Tom Cruise would beat Justin Bieber in a fight. And it looks like Justin Bieber is finally realizing that fact as the pop star captioned the video, “Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned.”  Tom Cruise makes a special theater visit at the ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Seoul Screening at Lotte Cinema on July 17, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.Getty ImagesJustin Bieber showed some humility with the caption but we’re still wondering why Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the first place. Was it a weird PR move of some sort, or has the popstar really lost his marbles? There were others who wanted the fight to take place as well, namely MMA fighter Conor McGregor who apparently even offered to host the fight. Tom Cruise did not comment or respond to Bieber’s absurd challenge, but if the “Top Gun” star had responded or better yet accepted the challenge, fans would have gone crazy. Talk about pay-per-view. You can check out the video here: Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned https://t.co/C2cXfVHZyM— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019last_img read more

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JLR car sales fall in April due to poor show by Land

first_imgJaguar F-Pace SUV launched in Mumbai on Oct 20, 2016.IANSJaguar Land Rover (JLR) opened financial year 2016-17 on a lukewarm note, with volume sales falling 2.3 percent for April. The company sold 40,385 cars during the month, the decline being steep for Land Rover, of 15.8 percent. The numbers triggered a fall in Tata Motors share prices on Friday, leading to the BSE Sensex trading about 200 points lower at around 12.45 pm.Land Rover sales dropped to 28,075 while Jaguar sales rose 54 percent to 12,310 units, year-on-year, Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing on Friday.”A small decrease in sales was seen due to two factors. In the UK, customers purchased vehicles before the increase in vehicle tax on 1st April. In addition, the run-out of the previous Discovery model accounted for a year-on-year decrease in Land Rover sales,” Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said.”Sales will increase from this month as the all-new Discovery model continues to go on sale across the world, particularly in China and North America, two of Jaguar Land Rover’s biggest markets,” he added.From a geographical viewpoint, sales grew 32.5 percent in North America and 10.1 percent in China but fell 34.6 percent in the UK. Tata Motors shares were down 3.37 percent to Rs 422 while the Sensex was trading at 29,904.Other Sensex losers were ONGC, Tata Steel and Mahindra & Mahindra. Customers look at a Range Rover Evoque car outside a dealership in Beijing, China, February 17, 2012.Reuters filelast_img read more

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Infosys hasnt got itself a CEO just yet as Ashok Vemuri reveals

first_imgAshok VemuriWikimedia commonsEven as a lot has been said about how Indian IT giant Infosys sees its former board member Ashok Vemuri as its next chief executive officer, the latter on Wednesday, November 8, said that he is committed to his current job as the CEO of Conduent and intends to keep things that way. Conduent was founded in 2017, as a divestiture from Xerox.Speaking to investors of the firm, Vemuri said that he plans to build the company for the next few years and revealed that he had no plans to leave. “First of all, I want to emphatically state that I’m committed to Conduent, our clients, employees and shareholders. We are in the midst of a very exciting transformation journey that is progressing well and I have the support of my clients, my board, and my team. This as you all know is a multiple year journey and I intend to see that to completion,” Live Mint quoted him as saying.”I am committed to building Conduent that is industry leading, profitable and market leading enterprise that will be sustainable over many years.I intend to be part of the journey for years to come and cannot think of a more exciting and professionally satisfying place to be than here.”While it was earlier being said that the 49-year-old was in talks with Infosys regarding the CEO’s post, Vemuri clarified that he had not discussed the matter with the Bengaluru-based IT giant and doesn’t intend to.”Given the above, whenever I have been approached for assignments, which you have described (about Infosys CEO search), I have not engaged and rejected any such overture. As far as I’m concerned, that is the end of that,” Vemuri noted.With this, he has put a lot of speculations regarding his move to rest. It was earlier reported that global executive search firm Egon Zehnder had been given the responsibility of finding a new CEO for Infosys and the recruiter had its sights set on Vemuri. ReutersVemuri was earlier with Infosys as the global head of manufacturing and the Americas and the firm has been trying to woo him since the exit of its former CEO Vishal Sikka. Vemuri coming on board would have been a good move for Infosys, as, like Sikka, he has good connections in the US.Sikka is known to have worked closely with the firm’s clients in the US and also had a team of high-level executives in the country, mostly based in California. With his exit, numerous questions were being raised on whether Infosys would go ahead with its plans to expand and hire in the US.But now that Vemuri has clearly said that he is going to stay on with Conduent, looks like Infosys’ hunt for a new CEO is not over just yet.last_img read more

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5 states of India go to polls

first_imgUttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav waves to the crowd during a joint election rally with the Congress party Vice president in Agra. Photo: AFPMillions of Indians began voting Saturday in regional elections seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party after his controversial move to ban all high-value notes last year.Five Indian states will elect new governments over the next five weeks in a multi-phased election, with voting kicking off in northern Punjab and coastal Goa in the west.Modi’s bold move to ban the notes that made up 86 percent of the currency was aimed at curbing widespread tax evasion, but has also dented growth and caused widespread pain to the millions of Indians who lack access to formal banking.His personal popularity has remained high well into his first term, but the elections are being seen as a test of its endurance.In a tweet Saturday morning, the Hindu-nationalist leader called on voters in the first phase to exercise their right to vote.“Urging people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the Assembly elections,” he said.Residents were seen queueing outside polling booths across both states, where more than 40 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect a total of 157 legislators.Massive security arrangements were in place to ensure violence-free voting, with hundreds of thousands of security forces personnel on guard outside pollings stations.Modi’s party is likely to lose out in Punjab, where it has been in power alongside its regional alliance partner since 2007, but also where a turnaround for the centre-left opposition Congress Party is possible.Rahul Gandhi, the 44-year-old Nehru-Gandhi family scion who is seen as the party’s next head, has pulled out all the stops to revive its fortunes, facing criticism after a series of state election defeats.“It is the most important election for the Congress party which needs a victory on its own,” said Nistula Hebbar, political editor with The Hindu newspaper.“The erosion of its political support has been spectacular. More than anyone, Rahul Gandhi needs a standalone victory to silence critics both outside and within the party,” she added.Big testBut the biggest test for Modi will be in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh (UP), where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won big in the 2014 general election.The state is important because it sends the highest number of MPs to the upper house of the national parliament, where the BJP currently lacks a majority.The northern state of Uttarakhand and Manipur in the northeast will also elect new governments, with results for all five states due on 11 March.“The immediate conclusion that can be drawn for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is whether the larger politics behind demonetisation… has worked or not,” Kanchan Gupta, commissioning editor with ABP News, told AFP.“It would also be a reflection on whether in these two-and-a-half years, the national government has been able to perform with a credibility that overwhelms the performance of individual state governments.”Modi needs to win state elections to gain more seats in the nation’s upper house of parliament, which has blocked reforms seen as crucial to fuelling the economic growth it has promised voters.Most members of the upper house are indirectly elected by state legislatures.A stellar performance by Modi’s party in UP propelled him to national victory in 2014 and the state offers its best chance to take more seats in the upper house.“The BJP swept Uttar Pradesh with the largest chunk of MPs in 2014. A defeat here would signal that there has been erosion of support for Mr Modi,” said Hebbar.last_img read more

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PEC examinee killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoA Primary Education Completion (PEC) examinee was killed and a minor girl injured in a collision between a human hauler and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Chattogram’s Port Colony on Monday.The deceased was Sumona Akhter, 12.Assistant sub-inspector Alauddin of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost, said the auto-rickshaw collided with the human hauler (locally named as Tomtom) around 9:00am, leaving Sumona and minor girl Pinky Akhter critically injured.Later, they were rushed to the hospital where physicians declared Sumona dead.last_img read more

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Merkel condemns farright xenophobic attacks

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a session at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, 12 September 2018. Photo: ReutersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned xenophobic attacks and the use of Nazi slogans in a robust speech to parliament on Wednesday after the most violent far-right demonstrations in decades exposed deep divisions in the country.In an unusually rowdy session in the Bundestag (lower house) later, far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) deputies stormed out of the chamber after a Social Democrat (SPD) accused them of being “unsavory” right-wing radicals.Protests by right-wing militants in the eastern city of Chemnitz two weeks ago after the fatal stabbing of a German blamed on two migrants have reignited a fierce debate about Merkel’s 2015 decision to let in more than a million refugees.”There is no excuse or reason for hunting people down, using violence and Nazi slogans, showing hostility to people who look different, who have a Jewish restaurant, for attacks on police officers,” Merkel told the Bundestag.”We will not allow whole groups in our society to be quietly excluded,” she said, adding that Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists all belong in German society, and stressing that human dignity was paramount.Before Merkel took the podium, the head of the AfD group in the Bundestag said Germany’s “domestic peace” was at risk.”As disgusting as Hitler salutes are, I would like to remind you that the really serious event in Chemnitz was the bloody deed (committed) by two asylum seekers,” said Alexander Gauland.He accused Merkel of spreading fake news about the protests and supported Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the BfV intelligence agency who is under fire for questioning whether video footage showing rightist gangs hounding migrants were real.”The truth is, there was no hunting down of people in Chemnitz… The citizens who demonstrated were criminalised,” said Gauland.”Mrs Chancellor, you have nothing more to offer the people of this country than obstinacy, dogmatism and insults. Barricade yourself up in the chancellery away from reality!”After Maassen took questions from a parliamentary committee behind closed doors about his comments on event in Chemnitz, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he saw no reason to dismiss the BfV chief.But the SPD said that after examining a BfV report on the violence and hearing Maassen’s defence of his disputed views that he should resign, saying it remained unconvinced he was the right person to lead the agency.The centre-left SPD is the junior member of Merkel’s conservative-led coalition.The AfD, some of whose members joined right-wing militants in the Chemnitz marches, is the third biggest party in Germany. Its lawmakers’ presence in parliament, which they entered after the 2017 election, has generated a more confrontational climate.Senior Social Democrat Johannes Kahrs launched a verbal attack on the AfD: “Right wing radicals in parliament are unsavory. Hate makes you ugly – look in the mirror!”At that, all AfD deputies stood up and left the chamber. In a statement, the party said Kahrs had compared them to Nazis and described his insults as “unacceptable”.Earlier, former Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz also condemned the AfD, ending up by saying, “You belong on the dungheap of history,” to loud applause.last_img read more

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Are Houstons Sinking Suburbs Suffering Worse Flooding

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:37 Listencenter_img Source: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Mitigation of Natural HazardsTop map shows worse subsidence in blue since the 1990s. Bottom map shows it moving northeast in 2011.What made last month’s flooding, especially in north Harris County, so bad?Simple: a whole lot of rain says Mike Talbott, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District.“It has a lot to do with this phenomenal rainfall … people don’t want to talk about the rainfall,” Talbott tells News 88.7.But people are talking about how other factors, besides the massive rainfall, may have made things worse. And one those people is a professor of geology at the University of Houston, Shuhab Khan.“It’s making it worse,” says Khan.What Professor Khan believes is making flooding worse in certain neighborhoods is a geological condition Houston and many cities suffer from and have for decades:  subsidence. It’s where many acres of ground sink.Historically in Harris County, subsidence has been worse in areas where over the decades, groundwater and oil and gas have been sucked out from under the ground, causing the land to sink by fractions of an inch a year, in some places by feet over many years.Could it be that today, the ground that homes are built on is sinking in different places than it did decades ago and thus, could this make flooding worse in places where people say, “It never flooded like this before.”When Professor Khan looked at maps showing where last month’s flooding damaged the most homes, those maps looked eerily similar to ones he’d drawn as part of a study two years ago, maps showing where subsidence was happening in Harris County.“Those are the areas that are areas that are subsiding very rapidly. North and northwest. It used to be Jersey Village. (Now) it’s moving northeastwards, north and northeast these days. But it is the same area where the flooding was,” Khan tells News 88.7.Khan says one subsidence zone is drifting northeast towards the Woodlands and seems to be affected by fault lines that traverse the area. Khan is not saying that subsidence alone is why there’s flooding.“Of course there would be flooding. But maybe not huge,” says Khan.At the Flood Control District, Mike Talbott does not agree.“It’s not subsidence,” Talbott told us. “It didn’t have any role in this event, it really was about the rainfall. This was phenomenal rainfall that caused some phenomenal flooding. “Source: Harris County Flood Control DistrictPink shows areas of major flooding April 18thTalbott doesn’t deny subsidence exists. He says the county has been studying it for decades.“Thirty years ago we got ahead of the curve and went ahead and did a major joint study with a bunch of agencies to understand the phenomenon,” says Talbott.Talbott says from those studies they learned that where subsidence is occurring in Houston’s northern suburbs, it’s not like a bowl where if your house is at the bottom you’ll be flooded worse.Instead, he says the sinkage occurs over such a wide area of many square miles that it does not significantly change the depth of the flooding, nor he says will it slow down the flow of creeks in those areas.“Cypress Creek, the subsidence actually is along the creek, the headwaters subsided nearly the same rate as mouth of the stream so the floodplains would move with the land. You wouldn’t have a change in the flow carrying capacity of the system,” Talbott tells News 88.7.Put another way, Talbott is saying that even though the northwest suburbs may have sunk a few feet, they’ll still drain just as fast. He says that’s because those suburbs are still about a hundred feet higher than where the water is headed, which is the Houston Ship Channel near downtown.“The stream just wouldn’t recognize that slight of a change in its slope to really affect the flooding in those areas. It’s a very weak relationship between subsidence and flooding for this region,” Talbott says.It is a complicated geological occurrence that has a long history of debate, a debate renewed when homes flood and people want to know why. 1995 Harris County Subsidence Study Sharelast_img read more

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US Invests Millions To Train Journalists In Pakistan

first_imgLaura IsenseeMarina Marri is an editor at the Express-Tribune. She’s part of the growing workforce of reporters in Pakistan. The number of working journalists here has jumped from 2,000 in 2002 to 18,000 in 2013.There’s a lot of growth in Pakistan’s journalism, particularly on the TV side, along with a lot of energy from journalists.An example is Marina Marri, editor of the Express-Tribune. The journalists there have been resilient and tenacious in the face of violence.And Marri not only manages a newsroom, but also plays soccer.In order to keep fostering new generations of journalists in the country, there’s an effort to start up a Master’s Degree and the U.S. has a strong role in it.We invite you to listen to Laura’s latest dispatch above.She is participating in a fellowship for reporters sponsored by ICFJ— the International Center For Journalists. Think of it as a student exchange for journalists.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.And check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:24 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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The Greater Houston Partnership Introduces Its New Chair Discusses Goals For 2017

first_imgListen Al OrtizJeff Shellebarger, the new chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, addressed a full room gathered at a downtown Houston hotel during the organization’s annual meeting.The Greater Houston Partnership has new leadership and goals for 2017 and is also keeping a close watch on the Texas Legislature.Chevron executive Jeff Shellebarger was introduced as the new chair of the Partnership at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel, in downtown Houston.He pledged the organization’s commitment to collaborate with the City of Houston and Harris County on economic issues that impact the region.Shellebarger also said they will monitor the work of the Legislature, especially because the lawmakers have a tighter budget to work with this year.“We will work to maintain education and transportation funding and we will seek more support for economic development,” Shellebarger noted.The new chair also reaffirmed support for one of the top issues for the City of Houston when he said “we’ll also work with Mayor Turner to pass the legislation enabling the recently negotiated pension reforms.”During his remarks Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the organization, described Houston’s economy as strong and resilient, but he added it has to continue diversifying.That is a point on which local businessman and former mayoral candidate Bill King agrees.“I think we’ve got to really got to work a lot harder on making our Medical Center not just a clinical destination, but a research, biotech center for the United States,” King said.Harvey also emphasized that Houston needs to be in top shape when the city hosts the Super Bowl, on February 5th. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

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Texas Would Get Windfall Under GrahamCassidy But That Doesnt Mean Better Care

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTUnder the latest GOP health care bill, money would come to the states in the form of block grants that states could use however they choose.Republicans in Congress are pushing yet another plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Texas, at first glance, looks like one of the big beneficiaries in the short term.The new bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, would completely shake up how the federal government allocates money to states to cover health care. The money would come to states as block grants, allowing lawmakers to spend it on health care however they choose.Texas would get a windfall of $35 billion under the plan, according to Avalere, a nonpartisan health care consulting group.That money would replace current programs created under the Affordable Care Act, including the Obamacare marketplace here, which is how more than 1.2 million Texans get insurance now.Stacey Pogue, an analyst with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities, said she’s concerned that additional money will not improve health care for low- and middle-income Texans.Texas doesn’t really have the infrastructure to distribute the money, she said, blaming that on a lack of interest from Texas officials.“We were always way behind the curve in looking at options and trying to find innovative state options,” Pogue said. “It …  just simply wasn’t a priority in the state.”Those priorities will have to change if the state wants to keep that money and use it to provide health care, she said.Under Graham-Cassidy, Texas would have until 2020 to come up with a system to replace the federal marketplace.“It would be an enormous amount of work to create affordable coverage programs from scratch in that amount of time,” Pogue said. “I don’t know that there’s the political will to ensure that low- and moderate-income Texans continue to get coverage that’s at least as good and at least as affordable as they do today.”Pogue said if Texas officials don’t manage to create infrastructure in time, people will lose coverage.Graham-Cassidy also puts hard limits on how much money the federal government gives states for each person in Medicaid. In Texas, that’s mostly children.“This results in extraordinary, draconian cuts to the Medicaid program for Texas over time,” said Stacy Wilson, president of the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas.Wilson said children in the program will see a 31 percent decrease in funding for their health care under this plan.“Which means for our hospitals – whose patients are anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the people that they see – those are going to be huge, huge unsustainable funding cuts for them,” she said.Both Wilson and Pogue also said they are also concerned the bill doesn’t have any funding assured after 2027.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5. Sharelast_img read more

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Infrastructure Repairs After Harvey Expected To Exceed 100 Million In Harris County

first_img Share Photo by Harris County Flood Control DistrictErosion, failed concrete, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the Harris County Flood Control District notes need to be fixed in the county’s drainage infrastructure because of the damages caused by hurricane Harvey.The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) expects the total cost of repairs of drainage infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey to exceed $100 million.The HCFCD noted in a news release that it has identified more than 500 repair projects that cover over 150 channel miles across Harris County’s 22 watersheds.Erosion, failed concrete, failed pipes, sinkholes and slope failures are some of the problems that the HCFCD notes need to be repaired.Repairs in Buffalo Bayou’s south slope, near Briar Forest Drive and Gessner Road, and in a section of Brays Bayou near Calhoun Road are two examples of operations that are already underway. Executive Director of HCFCD, Russ Poppe, said that repairing the damage “will require sustained effort over many months.”The projects will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies that assist in disaster recovery for reimbursement under the federal Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration.last_img read more

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Houston City Council To Vote On 400 Million FEMA Housing Program

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:06 Davis LandTexas Organizing Project Director Feldon Bonner speaks outside City Hall.The Houston City Council is set to vote on Wednesday on accepting a $400 million contract with the Texas General Land Office (GLO), establishing a temporary housing program. With the money coming from FEMA through the state, the program is meant to help people with home repairs, apartment rentals, or by getting in into FEMA trailers.Davis Land /Houston Public MediaTwo Houston activists lead a song in front of City Hall. “All I want for Christmas is housing,” they sing.Activists from Texas Organizing Project (TOP) and Houston residents gathered outside City Hall to express support for the contract. They say many residents of low-income housing are often forced to stay in their flooded apartments, leading to problems with mold and creating a major health risk.“We understand that there is a process but we believe that because of the immediacy and the health issues that are involved that it should expedite things considerably,” said Texas Organizing Project Director Feldon Bonner.Many affected by Harvey are still in hotels and motels throughout the state. Questions over a precise timeline for public housing assistance have been used to criticize governmental response to the storm.“It concerns me that so much of this is being delayed. It’s been over 90 days since this hurricane,” said City Council member Michael Kubosh, who attended the rally. “We’ve got to do better than what we’re doing. People are hurting.”Kubosh said the contract is likely to be approved even though he and other council members would like to see more money put forward from the federal government.last_img read more

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Officials Nearly Half Of Puerto Rico Clients Without Power

first_imgMario Tama/Getty ImagesA man rests in a hammock, using a battery-operated light, in an area without electricity more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria.Officials said 55 percent of the nearly 1.5 million customers have power, marking the first time the government has provided that statistic since the Category 4 storm hit on Sept. 20 with winds of up to 154 mph. Officials had previously reported power generation, which stands at nearly 70 percent of pre-storm levels.“The damage was severe,” power company spokesman Geraldo Quinones told The Associated Press. “A lot of work remains.”One of Puerto Rico 78 municipalities remains entirely without power, and it’s unclear when some electricity will be restored to the central mountain town of Ciales. Crews this week restored power for the first time to parts of the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, which received the first hit from Maria.Quinones said power remains out across the island equally, although he wasn’t able to immediately say what percentage of businesses and homes now have electricity.Gov. Ricardo Rossello had pledged 95 percent power generation by Dec. 15, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said the entire island will have power by May.Fredyson Martinez, vice president of a union that represents workers with Puerto Rico’s power company, told the AP on Friday that a recent study by local engineers found that 90 percent of industries and 75 percent of businesses already have power, meaning residential areas are disproportionately in the dark.Martinez said the company should have provided the number of customers without power a while ago. The company has said the optical fiber that helps provide that data was destroyed by the hurricane, but Martinez said officials had other ways of obtaining the information.“That is a very important number for people,” he said. “The people have a total and absolute right to know how many customers are being serviced … That way they have a better idea of how it’s progressing … and how to prepare themselves.”Martinez also said that a lack of supplies and equipment is slowing power restoration efforts, echoing an early concern by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday said that he has requested up to 1,500 additional workers from electric companies across the U.S. mainland to help restore power, and said he has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to increase its capacity to provide assistance.“We understand how difficult it has been for the people of Puerto Rico who have been without power for so long,” he said. “Our administration will continue working to ensure that there are the necessary resources to complete this restoration effort after an unprecedented devastation.” Sharelast_img read more

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WATCH 55 Palestinian Protesters Killed As US Opens Jerusalem Embassy

first_img– / 20THE LATEST on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local):4:15 p.m.U.S. officials say several dozen additional Marines are being deployed to beef up security at embassies in Israel, Jordan and Turkey amid outbreaks of violence since the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.The officials say the increases are temporary and will involve roughly a dozen more Marines in each location. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss troop movements.It was not clear how many Marines would be at the new embassy in Jerusalem and how many would remain at the Tel Aviv facility, which is still operating.Capt. Ryan E. Alvis, Marine Corps spokeswoman, said a number of troops from the Marine Security Guard Security Augmentation Unit were requested as a result of current events. She did not provide numbers or location details.—Lolita C. Baldor__6:20 p.m.Tens of thousands of Palestinians are protesting the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and Israeli army forces have killed 55 protesters, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The ministry also said some 2,770 people have been hurt in demonstrations and clashes.More than 35,000 people are protesting along the Gaza border, the Israel Defense Forces say. The army said it killed three protesters who were trying to set a bomb next to the security fence in Rafah. It’s the most deaths in one day the area has seen since the summer of 2014, when more than 2,000 Palestinians died.The number of casualties rose steadily on Monday, as the opening of the American embassy at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) neared. The health ministry published a list of the dead, showing that their ages ranged from 14 to 39 years old. Share #USEmbassyJerusalem https://t.co/f1SFvrkcAH— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018The world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations said it “strongly rejects and condemns” the White House’s “deplorable action” to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation said it considers the U.S. move an “illegal decision” and “an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people.” The organization said the move Monday also represents “an affront to international peace and security.”The OIC said the U.S. administration has “expressed utter disdain and disrespect to Palestinian legitimate rights and international law” and shown disregard toward the sentiments of Muslims, who value Jerusalem as home to one of Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque complex.The statement comes as at least 41 Palestinians, including five minors, were killed by Israeli forces Monday. More than 770 Palestinians were wounded in protests in the Gaza Strip___5:45 p.m.A top Turkish official has condemned Israel for deadly clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border, while the foreign ministry blasted the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.Taking to Twitter, the spokesman to the Turkish president called Monday’s clashes that killed at least 41 Palestinians “another dark spot, another crime added to Israel’s wall of shame.”Ibrahim Kalin criticized the international community for its silence “in the face of this systematic barbarism.” He tweeted: “Palestine is not alone. Jerusalem is not alone.”The Turkish foreign ministry condemned in a statement the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, saying it violated international law and damaged the peace process. It also slammed Israel: “We curse the massacre carried out by Israeli security forces encouraged by this step on the Palestinians participating in peaceful demonstrations.”The foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, called Israel’s actions “state terror.”___5:40 p.m.Egypt has condemned the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli fire near the Gaza boarder.Monday’s statement by Foreign Ministry condemned what it said “the use of force against peaceful marches.”It has also warned of the “negative repercussion of such serious escalation in the Palestinian occupied territories.”The statement did not mention today’s relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.Gaza’s Health Ministry said the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire amid mass protests near the Gaza border has reached 41, making it the deadliest day since a 2014 war with Israel.The violence made it the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel four years ago.___5:30 p.m.The European Union’s foreign policy chief is calling on Israel to respect the “principle of proportionality in the use of force,” after Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 41 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border.Federica Mogherini said Monday that all should act “with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life” and added that “Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest.”At the same time, she insisted that Hamas must make sure demonstrators in Gaza are peaceful and “must not exploit them for other means.”___5:25 p.m.The pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera said one of its reporters has been wounded while covering demonstrations in Gaza.Qatar-based Al-Jazeera reported Monday afternoon that journalist Wael Dhadouh was “injured by live ammunition from Israeli forces.”It did not elaborate in a tweet announcing Dhadouh’s injury.___5:20 p.m.Israel’s prime minister said Jerusalem will always be the “eternal, undivided” capital of Israel.Addressing the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “glorious” day.Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump for showing the “courage” to keep a key campaign promise and said relations with the U.S. have never been stronger.He said Mideast peace must be founded on what he said is the “truth” recognized by the U.S.“The truth is that Jerusalem has been and always will be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state,” he said.The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital and have strongly objected to Trump’s move.___5:15 p.m.Israel’s military said it has carried out five airstrikes in Gaza after militants exchanged fire with soldiers.Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the military struck training camps of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza and has been leading protests along the border with Israel.He said troops exchanged fire with militants on 3 separate occasions.Manelis said turn out by Monday afternoon was about 40,000. He said the army views that number as a “failure for Hamas.”He said the army noticed there were more women at the front of the protest than in past rallies and accused Hamas of paying people to protest.At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire Monday making it the bloodiest day there since a 2014 war with Israel___5:10 p.m.Jared Kushner said Palestinians participating in Gaza border protests are “part of the problem and not part of the solution.”Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son in law and chief Mideast adviser, expressed hope for forging Mideast peace as he addressed the opening ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.As he spoke, deadly protests continued along Gaza’s border with Israel. With over 40 dead, it was the deadliest round of cross-border violence since a 2014 war and left Kushner’s peace efforts in tatters.“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” he said.He said the “journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth.”___5 p.m.Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel, including five members of parliament, are staging a protest near the site of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.The protest coincided with the inauguration of the embassy Monday afternoon, attended by a high-powered delegation from the Trump administration.Dozens of police blocked the street near the compound, preventing the protesters from getting closer.The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and held signs reading “No to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.”The embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. The decision infuriated Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.In Gaza, at least 41 Palestinian were killed by Israeli fire Monday in a mass protest against the embassy move.______Deadly clashes erupt at Gaza-Israel border protests ahead of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. At least 18 people have been killed. https://t.co/KyOiWxtENq pic.twitter.com/MIVbnjEEbR— ABC News (@ABC) May 14, 20184:50 p.m.President Donald Trump says the U.S. remains “fully committed” to pursuing a Mideast peace deal as it opens its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem.In a videotaped message to the opening ceremony Monday, Trump said the new embassy has “been a long time coming.” Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv was one of Trump’s key campaign promise that was welcomed by Israel.But the move has infuriated the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as their capital and have said that the move disqualifies the U.S. as a Mideast peace mediator.Trump said his “greatest hope” is for peace. He said the United States “remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.”______”On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.” #USEmbassyJerusalem pic.twitter.com/lne5FB7sB8— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 14, 2018Israeli fire killed at least 18 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday, in a violent burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.It was the deadliest single day of protests since the Palestinians began staging weekly border demonstrations on March 30 in an attempt to break an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Protesters set tires on fire, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, while the Israeli military accused protesters of trying to break through the border fence and plant a bomb, and said troops had come under fire.By midafternoon, at least 18 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed while over 500 were wounded by Israeli fire, Palestinian health officials said.In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the center of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops.The protest in Gaza was to be the biggest yet in a weekslong campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory. The march was also directed at the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem later Monday. The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump, has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.“A great day for Israel!” Trump tweeted early Monday.Monday marked the biggest showdown in recent weeks between Israel’s military and Gaza’s Hamas rulers along the volatile border.It is the culmination of a campaign, led by the Islamic militant Hamas and fueled by despair among Gaza’s 2 million people, to break the decade-old border blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Since weekly border marches began in late March, 60 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 2,300 wounded by Israeli army fire.Hamas leaders have suggested a border breach is possible Monday, while Israel has warned it would prevent protesters from breaking through the barrier at any cost.Most of the casualties were in the southern Gaza towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli forces were firing volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowds, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard. Sirens were constantly wailing as the wounded were evacuated on stretchers to nearby ambulances. Groups of young activists repeatedly approached the fence, but were quickly scattered by gunfire and tear gas.Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army had set up additional “layers” of security in and around communities near the border to defend Israeli civilians in case of a mass breach. He said there already had been several “significant attempts” to break through the fence.AP/ Via NPRPalestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth near the Israeli border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)“Even if the fence is breached, we will be able to protect Israeli civilians from attempts to massacre or kidnap or kill them,” he said.In a statement, the army said troops had shot and killed three Palestinians who attempted to plant a bomb along the fence. It also said an aircraft had targeted a Hamas post in northern Gaza after Israeli troops came under fire.The timing of Monday’s events was deeply symbolic, both to Israel and the Palestinians.The U.S. said it chose the date to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment.But it also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call their “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s independence.A majority of Gaza’s 2 million people are descendants of refugees, and the protests have been billed as the “Great March of Return” to long-lost homes in what is now Israel.In one of the border areas east of Gaza City, Mohammed Hamami, a 40-year-old civil servant, joined a crowd of hundreds of protesters, along with his mother and five children.“Today we are here to send a message to Israel and its allies that we will never give up on our land,” he said.“We will cross the border and impose new realities like the reality Trump imposed in Jerusalem,” he added, referring to President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then move the U.S. Embassy there.Some protesters moved to within about 150 meters (yards) of the border fence. A reporter saw two men who tried to advance further being shot in the legs by Israeli troops.Clouds of black smoke from burning tires rose into the air. Earlier Monday, Israeli drones dropping incendiary material had pre-emptively set ablaze some of the tires collected in advance by activists.Protesters have used the thick smoke as cover against Israeli snipers perched on high sand berms on the other side of the border. The army accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to plan or carry out attacks.Leaflets dropped over Gaza by army jets warned that those approaching the border “jeopardize” their lives. The warning said the army is “prepared to face all scenarios and will act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians.”Trump’s decision to go forward with a campaign promise to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was welcomed by Israel and condemned by the Palestinians.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. The Palestinians seek the city’s eastern half as the capital of a future state.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the Trump administration and declared it unfit to remain in its role as the sole mediator in peace talks.Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, blasted the Trump administration Monday, saying Trump had violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance and that his administration is “based on lies.”Erekat said the Trump administration has “become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s “bold decision” in upending decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It’s the right thing to do,” a smiling Netanyahu told the jubilant crowd at a reception in Jerusalem late Sunday.Although Trump has said his declaration does not set the final borders of the city, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been perceived by both Israel and the Palestinians as taking Israel’s side in the most sensitive issue in their conflict.Only two countries, Guatemala and Paraguay, have said they will follow suit. Most of the world maintains embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the Jerusalem issue must first be resolved.In a reflection of the deep sensitivities, dozens of countries — including Britain, France and Germany — skipped a celebration Sunday night at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.Monday’s opening will be attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who both serve as White House advisers. Kushner leads the Trump Mideast team.center_img Big day for Israel. Congratulations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018last_img read more

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