LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans determined to dilute the authority of newly elected Democrats could see the power play thwarted by a moderate GOP governor, who is not certain to go along with the Legislature like Wisconsin’s more partisan Gov. Scott Walker.Term-limited Rick Snyder is not tipping his hand on whether he will sign the legislation if it is sent to him in the final days of a frantic lame-duck session. In contrast, Walker let it be known early in the Wisconsin process that he was likely to be on board with Republican lawmakers there.Snyder, like Walker, has weakened unions in the industrial Midwest with right-to-work laws, cut taxes and enacted other conservative policies. But he also has a more centrist streak — expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law and vetoing some GOP-sponsored gun and abortion bills.“Scott Walker is more conservative, more of an insurgent Republican reformer type than Rick Snyder, and he’s got more of an edge just in his personality and his approach to things in general. Rick Snyder has tried to characterize himself as being this kind of above-it-all, almost nonpartisan governor who doesn’t make deals and makes every decision based on logic and common sense and what works,” said Bill Ballenger, a political analyst and former Michigan Republican lawmaker.Snyder infuriated Democrats by signing bills Friday to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick leave laws . They began as citizen-initiated ballot initiatives but were adopted by the GOP-led Legislature in a manoeuvr to allow them to be weakened after the election. Snyder’s decision to sign them was not surprising because he has long been in sync with their main backers in the business community.Now Republicans are considering whether to give final approval to a bill that would strip campaign-finance oversight from Democratic Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson. Another bill would let the full Legislature or individual chambers automatically intervene in lawsuits, a power that until now has been reserved for the state attorney general. The move could affect Democratic Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel, who has said she probably will not defend a law allowing faith-based groups to refuse to serve same-sex couples who want to adopt children.An additional measure would make it harder to launch ballot drives , following voter approval of three Democratic-backed proposals last month. A measure very close to Snyder’s desk would hamper the ability of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer to set environmental and other regulations that are stricter than federal rules.“If I believe it’s in the best public policy interest of our state, I will sign it. If it’s not, I won’t sign it,” Snyder said last week.Democrats in Michigan are warning Snyder that signing the bills could tar his legacy, a repeat of pleas that did not sway Walker. The Wisconsin governor said his legacy will be the record he left behind that includes all but eliminating collective bargaining for public workers and getting rid of the state property tax.While Snyder is more pragmatic, he has not always gotten behind GOP lawmakers’ agenda in his eight-year tenure. He said he does not think about his legacy.There is little doubt that the defining moments of Snyder’s tenure will include the crisis over lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, which was a disaster for his administration, and the economic turnaround of Detroit after it emerged from bankruptcy, for which Snyder has received credit.Republicans contend that the proposals to limit the powers of Democrats and voters have been overblown, while Democrats say they are undemocratic and flout the will of voters who elected them in November.“He talks a good game and then he signs everything that goes in front of him, for the most part,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich of Flint, who said he is not “overly hopeful” that Snyder will veto the measures. “If he signs all these right-wing bills, then that’s who you are. That’s what your legacy is. It’s not what you say it’s going to be. It’s what you do.”Whitmer, who is meeting regularly with Snyder during the transition, told Michigan-based radio host Michael Patrick Shield on Friday that she is “hopeful” that Snyder will “go out and show that he’s a statesperson” by protecting the executive branch.The bills have passed one chamber or the other, but it is uncertain if they will win final legislative approval this week or if changes will be made.Tom Shields, a veteran Republican strategist, said Snyder historically has vetoed some bills at year’s end.“I think this year will be no different. He’s going to find some things that he just can’t live with,” he said, before adding: “He’s been pretty close to the vest.”___Follow David Eggert on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidEggert00 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/David%20EggertDavid Eggert, The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack played a role in designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday, asserting that Pakistan was making claims over the listing to divert attention from the “huge diplomatic” setback it has suffered. The assertion came after Pakistan claimed that it agreed to Azhar’s listing after all “political references”, including attempts to link him to the Pulwama attack, were removed from the proposal to designate him a global terrorist. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The designation is not based on the basis of a specific incident, but on the basis of evidence which we have shared with members of the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, linking Azhar to several acts of terrorism,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperon Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing. He said the notification broadly covers all terrorist acts. “Elements are being introduced by Pakistan to divert attention from this huge diplomatic setback,” Kumar said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Asked whether India offered something to China for Azhar’s listing, he asserted that India doesn’t negotiate on matters related to national security. “Our objective was to ensure designation of Masood Azhar as global terrorist,” he said. The Pulwama terror attack played a role in Azhar’s designation, the spokesperson said, adding that China’s support to Azhar’s listing will contribute to better Sino-India ties. In a huge diplomatic victory for India, the UN Sanctions Committee on Wednesday designated Azhar as global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to ban him. France, the UK and the US had moved a fresh proposal to declare Azhar as global terrorist by the UN in the wake of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack. However, China put a technical hold on the proposal, blocking it for a fourth time to designate Azhar a global terrorist.India had termed the Chinese move as “disappointing”. On Wednesday, China lifted its hold from the proposal. A UN Security Council (UNSC) designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the sanctions committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities. In 2009, India first moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar a global terrorist. In 2016 again, India moved the proposal with the P3 — the United States, the United Kingdom and France — in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January 2016. In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UNSC, blocked India’s proposal from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee.
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. could be set to announce next week that it won’t meet its forecast for delivering about 30 C Series jets this year because of a lack of engines for the new commercial aircraft.The Montreal-based company said it is reviewing its delivery plans for 2017 and will provide an update on Nov. 2 when it unveils its third-quarter results. The company has delivered 19 C Series to date, including 12 so far in 2017.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) was responding after United Technologies Inc. (TSX:UTX), the maker of the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines, told analysts Tuesday that it recently decided to hold back some engine shipments to Bombardier and Airbus so it could offer spare engines to keep airlines flying the C Series and A320neo aircraft daily.“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t meet our commitments to Airbus and Boeing, or Airbus and Bombardier, but they understood the need to keep the airline customers up flying and we’ve done I think the right thing for the business in the long term,” UTC president and CEO Gregory Hayes said in a conference call.UTC said Pratt shipped 120 geared turbofan engines during the quarter, putting it on track to ship 350 to 400 engines for this fiscal year and nearly doubling that the following year.The U.S. based conglomerate said it should certify a combustor upgrade to incorporate into new engines in the fourth quarter.Pratt shipped upgraded hardware for seal issues earlier in the year to address problems that surfaced in the new engines.“While we’re still seeing some success with the actions we’ve taken to date, we’re also looking at design alternatives that are expected to further improve durability in the engine,” Hayes said.Pratt took a US$196 million charge in the third quarter related to the engines, but commercial sales rose 31 per cent in the quarter primarily due to higher geared turbofan engine deliveries.Meanwhile, UTC said the purchase of a majority stake in the C Series by Airbus validates the performance of the engines, otherwise the European aircraft manufacturer wouldn’t have struck the agreement.Hayes said UTC subsidiaries United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Pratt and Rockwell Collins have a total of 34 per cent- to 35-per cent content on the plane.“We have a big chunk of the bill-of-material and therefore a big investment in this aircraft and a lot at stake in seeing that it’s successful,” he said. “And I think long-term it would be a good deal for UTC as well given the content that we have on the aircraft.”
Depending on the outcome of the complaints period, the inaugural session of the legislative Assembly could be held at the end of next week if all complaints about the elections have been resolved and all Assembly members properly registered, UNMIK spokeswoman Susan Manuel told a press briefing on Thursday in Pristina.Mr. Haekkerup will open the first session of the Assembly, Ms. Manuel said, while the three parties that obtained the most votes in the 17 November election, as well as a representative of the Kosovo Serb community and one from the parties representing other non-Albanian communities, will nominate the seven members of the Presidency. According to the spokeswoman, the party having obtained the highest number of votes in the election will state which of its two appointees to the Presidency will serve as President of the Assembly. “The Assembly will then vote to endorse the Presidency of the Assembly,” she explained, and from that moment on, the President of the Assembly would chair the session, deciding the future steps to be taken by the Assembly and setting dates. Preliminary results announced earlier this week showed that the Democratic League of Kosovo headed by Ibrahim Rugova was leading in the voting.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry will skip the Las Vegas Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft.Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards issued a statement Monday saying the decision was made after Harry met with the coaching and administrative staffs.Harry announced last month he is skipping his senior season to enter the draft, where he’s expected to be a first-round draft pick.Harry is third in Arizona State history with 213 career receptions and 2,889 yards. He averages 5.76 receptions per game, third among the NCAA active career leaders.Despite facing double teams most of the time, Harry leads the Sun Devils with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.____More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
TWO WHITE DOVES that were released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture were immediately attacked by other birds this morning.As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull, but the other dove was pecked repeatedly by a crow. Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSIt is not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.Boy celebrates birthday with terrifying cake replica of himself>This Japanese bra only opens when it senses ‘true love’>
Source: Bohemian FCPLAYERS FROM BOHEMIANS and Shamrock Rovers paid a visit to Temple Street Children’s Hospital this morning to meet young patients and hand out merchandise.Bohs were represented by Karl Moore and Keith Buckley while Rovers asked Karl Sheppard and Shane Robinson along as part of a community outreach initiative.The visit took place in the lead up to Bohemians hosting Rovers at Dalymount Park this Friday [19:45 kick-off]. In return, Bohs players will join their Hoops counterparts for a visit to Tallaght Hospital ahead of the return league tie in May.Moore told TheScore.ie, “We wanted to get along and give something back to young children from our community. Myself and Keith got talking to a couple of young patients from the area, who both supported Bohemians.“We went up to the Intensive Care Unit and, while we couldn’t stay too long, met some really brave and inspirational children. It was a real eye-opener. In the in-patients ward, downstairs, were talking to kids who were five or six and even though they were in for treatments there was not a bother on them.” Source: Bohemian FCMoore’s mother works in the administrative section of the hospital and often tells him of the hard work many staff members put in. He commented, “She would often tell me about the work that goes on but it is not until you see it with your own eyes that you truly appreciate it. There is a nurse I know that works here. It was great to hear her name mentioned as someone that really interacts with the children and is well liked.” Moore, Buckley, Sheppard and Robinson meet staff at Temple Street Children’s Hospital.Before the players’ visit, Gypsies boss Owen Heary commented, “The rivalry between us motivates the players to perform strongly when we play each other, and it motivates the fans to make a special effort to get behind their teams.”“But the players, coaches and supporters of both clubs also share a lot. Off the field of play we can each play constructive roles in our communities, and we can play our parts together.”For more on Temple Street Children’s Hospital and their latest fundraising initiatives, click here.Richard Dunne was sent off for a foul on Irish teammate Leon Best last nightRonaldo double sees Real Madrid cruise into last eight
According to reports, Lazio has rejected a €95m offer from Real Madrid for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this week.According to Don Balon, the offer for Milinkovic was made 24 hours before the Italian Serie A transfer deadline, which meant that Lazio wouldn’t have had enough time to find a suitable replacement.The Serbian midfielder will likely stay in Lazio for at least one more season.The Spanish clubs can still sign players from other leagues until August 31, but Lazio are adamant to let their star player go without finding a suitable alternative.Real Madrid’s €95m offer is understood to be well below Lazio’s valuation of the player, which is believed to be around €120m to €150m.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Don Balon also reported that Lazio rejected similar offers from Manchester United and Chelsea over the summer.But according to reports in today’s Italian papers, Milinkovic-Savic will sign a new and improved contract at Lazio, which could include a €150m release clause.
Indian farmers take part in a march organised by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) organization and Communist Party of India (Marxist) alongwith other leftist groups, as they call for pro-farmer legislation in the Indian parliament, in New Delhi on November 30, 2018. – Thousands of farmers from across India have massed in New Delhi demanding a special 21-day session of the Indian parliament to discuss ongoing agrarian crises, and demand the passage of laws on farm loan waivers and minimum prices for their produce, in a move putting pressure on the Indian government ahead of the 2019 general election.MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesOne of the biggest shocks to emerge from the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is perhaps the unseemly unravelling of the Left forces in India. The undivided Communist party under AK Gopalan’s leadership was the main Opposition party in India with more than 50 seats in the parliament. But the Left is now looking at its biggest existential question if the current lead levels are anything to go by.The CPI-M is not leading in any seats in West Bengal, the fiefdom they ruled for an uninterrupted 34 years until Mamata Banerjee broke down the citadel in 2011. In Kerala, the other stronghold of the party, it’s leading in only one seat as of now. In Tripura, the CPI-M doesn’t look claiming a single seat. Surprisingly, the party is holding on to lead in 4 seats in Tamil Nadu, a state where it hasn’t been strong.If CPI-M holds on to the current lead they will have about 5 seats in parliament, down from 9 in the previous house. However, the win in Tamil Nadu will bring little solace to the party as it’s seen largely as a brush-off effect from the alliance with the DMK and the Congress. The Left is a minor partner in the DMK-Congress alliance that’s sweeping the state in another typical example of Tamil Nadu’s history of giving all or nothing to parties.In Bengal, TMC is leading in 24 seats while BJP is leading in 17 seats, leaving only one seat to Congress. The Left isn’t leading in any. In Kerala, the Congress-led UDF is leading in 19 of the 20 seats while the Left is leading in only one seat.. What’s surprising is that in West Bengal, the vote share of CPI-M is also seen dipping too low. As per trends Mamata Banerjee’s TMC is holding on to 44 percent of the votes while BJP has made a big surge to capture early 40 percent of the votes.As per the latest trends, the Left in Bengal cannot claim it’s the alternative to the TMC. The BJP has easily appropriated that role for themselves. The Left will have to figure out how they can regroup in the state it once ruled with an iron grip.In Kerala, an unseemly wave in favour of the Congress has scuttled the party’s hopes of emerging as the true fighter of RSS and BJP. This is an irony considering that the Left used the Sabarimala issue to position itself as the anti-BJP force. It hoped that the minorities would rally behind it even as the majority would support the Left en-masse. Now the vote share of BJP in Kerala will hold clue to how the Left is going to fare in the future.
Share About 60 people rallied Tuesday at Houston’s Johnson Space Center to demand the end of the partial shutdown of the federal government, which is directly affecting JSC employees, as well as people who work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at local airports and other federal workers. So far, the shutdown has lasted 25 days.A potential date for the government to reopen is uncertain because President Donald Trump rejected Monday a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat, declaring he would “never ever back down.” On the Democrats’ side, rank-and-file House members declined an invitation to have lunch with Trump on Tuesday.Speaker Nancy Pelosi had given her blessing for lawmakers to accept the White House invitation, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said “unfortunately” no Democrats accepted.Some of the people who rallied in Houston work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).Watch a comment by Jalisa Broussard who rallied at Houston’s Johnson Space Center here:Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/15122704/Video-1-of-rally_Abner-Fletcher_Houston-Public-Media.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Lloyd Van Oostenrijk works as an attorney for the EEOC, but he’s been furloughed since the shutdown started on December 22.“Not only can I not do anything,” Van Oostenrijk told News 88.7, “That means if you’re an employee and you were sexually harassed on the job, you can’t come to us and file your charge of sexual harassment because we’re not there to take it.”Justin Bautista, an electrical engineer that works for NASA and is vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, told Houston Matters the situation is “very stressful.”“With no end in sight, it starts becoming more than just some, some minor inconvenience,” Bautista said.He noted one of his big concerns is not being back paid and not getting a paycheck is impacting routine payments such as his car insurance policy. Furthermore, Bautista has had to delay getting his wisdom tooth removed because he doesn’t have the money to pay for that surgery.He also said some of his contractor friends are also concerned about what will happen when their contract runs out of money. “For example, some of them will be paid through the end of this month. But starting next month what happens to them? And, since they are contractors and they are not civil servants such as myself, there is no back pay guaranteed for them.”Asked what would be his message to lawmakers, Bautista said: “Please, let us go back to work” and added: “I would tell our lawmakers to please stop holding federal workers and the larger country hostage over some political matter. I would like to work and continue serving the American people.” – / 6
By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFROJoy Davis, the woman behind the Waller Gallery (2420 North Calvert St., wallergallery.com) art museum which opened its doors this past April, says it was all her mother’s idea. Davis just took that idea and ran full-speed with it.“I took the idea and ran down the street with it, with both hands with full force. And if a wall was in front of me I would have just ran right through the wall,” she says laughing. She lives in the upstairs part of the gallery, which occupies a rowhome in the Barclay neighborhood. The gallery is where the living room would be.Joy Davis (right) and her mother Sandra McMillan (left) at the Waller Gallery. (Photo by Lisa Snowden-McCray)Davis says that the idea of a museum as a space to live and work in was born out of necessity. Retail spaces are expensive. But she also says that it means that the museum feels like something that is really hers – that she helped build from the ground up.“This was all plaster,” she says, referencing the main exhibit space. “Me and my boyfriend, we chipped away and hauled out about 3,000 pounds of plaster out of here. We had people do the walls because we ran out of time, but we probably would have done the walls too, to be honest with you, to both save money and [because] we just wanted it to be ours essentially.”After she got the issue of the physical space sorted out, Davis thought about the people she wanted the museum to serve.“I was thinking about…our mission. Like, who are we trying to reach out to? That means not only people coming into the space, seeing the artwork, but the artists. What artists are we really reaching out to? I decided that we were going to work with people of color,” she says.“Overall I would like to focus on Black and Brown folks because they just don’t get as many opportunities. Not just in the city but it’s a global problem.”Waller is from Howard County, but frequented Baltimore to visit family and because her mother always made sure that she was exposed to as much arts and culture as she could.“It was always important for me to see the ballet, and that could have been the community center ballet it did not matter. For me to go to museums, for me to go to galleries, for me to take cultural trips of any kind,” Davis says. “She really instilled that within me as important and anytime that any of that related to blackness in any way then it was doubly important to go.”The name of the museum is an homage to her mother, and to the other women in her family.Waller is my mom’s maiden name. It’s my grandmother’s name. my family is built on a matriarchy, entirely. Like the way our family functions, and I think it functions surprisingly well considering families don’t always do that, is based on the rubric and the platform that they’ve built,” she says. “They are always about learning, always about teaching, they are always about uplifting, so that’s all embedded in that in Waller Gallery.”Davis attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studied media and history and then moved to Baltimore to work. She also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she earned a Master’s Degree in fashion and museum studies.“I grew up in the arts community here, but I grew up in the arts community that was very White here. Like, all the mainstream artists, the artists that were getting write-ups were white, but I was in that community. I was going to the shows, I dabbled in event photography for a hot second and so like doing all of that stuff it really taught me now I could run spaces and later would inspire me to do this.”She says that even though the museum hasn’t been open very long, she’s always thinking of ways to open it to more people, to make it accessible to everyone. She says that she hopes to grow, but to always approach her work carefully and with a mission in mind.“I don’t know if here’s going to be a ‘finished’ version,” she says.” Like I said, I grew up in the art community that yes was very white but now it’s the same arts community but it’s blacker and I really appreciate that. There’s a gift in using small resources but applying it intentionally and I know that’s one of the things that I can be confident about. Applying intention with small resources.”Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported that Davis lives with her mother. The story has also been updated to reflect the fact that Davis grew up in both Baltimore and Howard Counties. The Afro regrets the errors.
Kolkata: The Sunderban Affairs department has sent a report to the state Secretariat on the incident in which a portion of an under-construction bridge over river Kalnagini at Kakdwip had collapsed on September 24.Sources said it has been stated in the report that some problems in setting the girders on the pillars of the bridge had led to the incident.Besides stating the reason behind the incident after preliminary investigation, the Sunderban Affairs department has also sought opinion of experts from the state Public Works Department (PWD). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the state PWD carries out most of the bridge construction and maintenance work. Hence, its opinion has been sought in this connection. Though it is yet to get finalised, a visit to the spot by the PWD engineers cannot be ruled out.Experts from the PWD will be giving their suggestions on the reason behind the incident and at the same time, the experts will also give their opinion on how the remaining work of the bridge can be completed. It is learnt that the intervention of IIT Roorkee has also been sought in this connection.It may be recalled that the construction of the bridge had started in January 2016 with a target of completing the project within two years. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 13 crore. Hence, the work was going on in full swing.
See also: Castro, Obama hold historic meeting, agree to foster ‘a new relationship’HAVANA, Cuba — If the United States and Cuba restore diplomatic ties in the coming weeks, as anticipated, the two countries will still be a long way from anything resembling a “normal” relationship, Cuban President Raúl Castro has said repeatedly. His list of grievances is lengthy. But this week Castro said it boils down to two big issues.The first, of course, is the U.S. trade embargo. The other is the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, the oldest overseas U.S. Navy base in the world, which the United States has occupied for 116 years.That one isn’t up for debate, the Obama administration says.But, one can only wonder, for how long?Scholars and military experts say it’s difficult to see how United States can overhaul its relationship with Havana while hanging on to a big chunk of Cuban territory indefinitely, especially if relations warm significantly in a post-Castro era.While there are plenty of examples in the world of disputed borders or contested islands, the 45-square-mile U.S. enclave at Guantanamo is something of a global geopolitical anomaly. There is no other place in the world where the U.S. military forcefully occupies foreign land on an open-ended basis, against the wishes of its host nation.“It’s probably inevitable that we’ll have to give it back to Cuba, but it would take a lot of diplomatic heavy-lifting,” said retired Adm. James Stavridis, a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.Stavridis was head of the U.S. military’s Southern Command between 2006 and 2009, putting him in charge of the Guantanamo base, which he said remains a “strategic, and highly useful” U.S asset.“It’s hard to think of another place with the combination of a deep water port, decent airstrip and a lot of land,” Stavridis said.The controversial U.S. detention camp for global terrorism suspects is just one of the base’s conveniences. It is a logistical hub for the Navy’s Fourth Fleet, as well as counter-narcotics operations and disaster-relief efforts. It also functions as a detention center for north-bound migrants intercepted at sea. The base’s location on Cuba’s south coast allows the U.S. military to project power across the entire Caribbean basin. And it’s strategically located next to Haiti, a place that often needs U.S. help.As a military installation, though, Guantanamo — Gitmo is its nickname — is no longer essential in a modern era of aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and drones, Stavridis said. “You wouldn’t launch a large-scale military operation from there,” he explained, adding that many of the other uses Guantanamo provides could be fulfilled by existing U.S. military facilities in Puerto Rico or south Florida.“I don’t think it’s irreplaceable,” Stavridis said.U.S. warships sailed into Guantanamo Bay in 1898, and together with Cuban rebels, defeated the Spanish fleet. The U.S. essentially never left, conditioning Cuban independence on constitutional provisions allowing the U.S. Navy to occupy the area “for the time required.” Rent was set at $2,000 a year, paid in gold.A new lease increased the amount to $4,000 in 1934, according to this history of the base by scholar Paul Kramer. But there was no cut-off date for the U.S. to leave.The U.S. government still dutifully sends rent checks to the Cuban government, but the Castros don’t cash them. They don’t recognize the lease, and — like landlords in a rent-controlled Brooklyn apartment — want their tenants to leave. Fidel Castro is said to keep the checks piled up in his desk drawer, using them as a kind of political prop. It’s hard to imagine a more ready-made symbol of U.S. imperialism than a military base whose history is so wrapped up in late 19th-century attempts at American empire.After Castro’s revolution, the United States had no intention of letting the base fall under communist control. At times of peak tensions during the Cold War, such as the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the base’s fences became a front line for the Soviet-U.S. standoff. Volleys of gunfire were occasionally exchanged between U.S. and Cuban troops. One such event was dramatized in the 1992 film “A Few Good Men,” in which an agitated Jack Nicholson memorably told Tom Cruise he wouldn’t be able to handle the pressures of living under constant threat at Guantanamo.Castro shut off the water and electricity in 1964, and today the base is completely isolated from the rest of Cuba. Visitors say it resembles a small U.S. city, with the island’s only McDonald’s franchise, as well as a Taco Bell, a Subway and other chains. The divide from the rest of the island is lethally enforced by land mines, concertina wire and thickets of thorny cactus.In recent years, President Barack Obama’s unsuccessful attempts to close the base’s prison camp have inspired several dream scenarios of a post-military future for the base. One would converted it to a research center and treatment facility for tropical diseases and epidemics. If returned to Cuban control, it could become a second campus of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine, where students from around the world get free medical training from the Cuban government.Stavridis said a proposal along these lines to “internationalize” the base that retains its value as a logistical center for humanitarian relief would probably be an acceptable future within the Pentagon — at least in the long run. Other optimists say the base’s transformation could serve as an exercise in trust-building between Cuba and the United States as hostilities ease.Such a move wouldn’t be without precedent. The U.S. reluctantly gave up the Panama Canal Zone, a place far more strategic to military operations and U.S. commercial interests than Guantanamo Bay.Panama converted the military installations into a “City of Knowledge,” a cluster of research labs and campus facilities in partnership with several U.S. universities.–Here’s the timeline on how the United States came to occupy Guantanamo bay:1898: U.S. warships sail to Guantanamo Bay, helping Cuban rebels defeat Spanish forces.1903: U.S. granted territorial rights to Guantanamo Bay. Lease is extended in 1934; rent doubles to $4,000 a year.1959: Fidel Castro takes power in Cuba, toppling U.S.-backed strongman Fulgencio Batista. He cuts off water and electricity to base in 1964.1990s: Base serves as detention camp and processing center for tens of thousands of refugees from Haiti and Cuba.2002: Prison camp opens for global terrorism suspects. Nearly 800 detainees have been held at the facility, and roughly 100 remain today.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay Deal throws Obama foreign policy into sharp relief US to ease travel, trade with Cuba starting Friday
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Giardini explained, Past a certain point, Of the four shes the one with the dirtiest mouth and the one most likely to take wild chances. the bit has evolved from an improvised one-liner to a series of elaborate segments, people laugh every time I say it.Repeating the same joke every single night youd think eventually people would get tired of it but they dont” After this went on for around a year Damon was invited to appear on a 2006 Live primetime special for a staged fight with Kimmel “I knew you were going to fking do it” Damon shouted as the credits rolled “Oh big funny big fking laugh” In 2007 Kimmel decided to pay Damon back for his onscreen blowup by enlisting his sidekick Guillermo to oust the actor from his own movie The Bourne Ultimatum The bit really found its legs in 2008 when Kimmel’s then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman and Damon teamed up to create the viral music video genius that was “I’m Fking Matt Damon” Silverman appeared on Live to present the song to Kimmel as a surprise resulting in a clip that has been watched nearly 20 million times on YouTube Kimmel couldn’t resist clapping back with a similar video in 2009 starring the special someone in Damon’s life Ben Affleck During a 2010 Academy Awards night sketch in which Kimmel was voted out of The Handsome Men’s Club by the likes of stars such as Matthew McConaughey Rob Lowe and even Affleck it was revealed that Damon was the mastermind behind his eviction Finally in 2013 Damon found a way to get the airtime he felt he deservedby hijacking Kimmel’s hosting gig After the takeover episode Damon was invited to guest on the show with the cast of The Monuments Men However when Kimmel eventually got around to asking him a legitimate question the fire alarm mysteriously went off before he could answer The duo eventually attempted to work through their differences in a session of couples counseling in 2015it was unsuccessful So Kimmel was all the more fired up when Affleck snuck Damon onto the Live stage after the 2016 Oscars Damon went undercover to reignite the feud in July disguising himself in a mullet and sunglasses to infiltrate a segment in which Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy was playing blackjack to win money for Live’s studio audience Following that incident the pair returned to couples therapy in a last-ditch attempt to salvage their relationship But when Kimmel took offense to comments Damon made about him to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show the rivalry raged on Damon bounced back quickly launching an attack ad against Kimmel’s vice presidential campaign that the Live host denounced during an August episode He then followed that up with a surprise appearance onstage at the Kimmel-hosted Emmys to taunt his nemesis about his loss to Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category After Kimmel expressed his hope for Damon to lose at the 2017 Oscarswhich the late night pundit hostedthe actor retaliated once again by disguising himself as Tom Brady to sneak onto Live following the New England Patriots’ win at Super Bowl LI Damon added fuel to the fire by hinting at a potential showdown on Oscar night “Ill only do something if he starts up something” he told Vanity Fair If he starts any trouble Ill have to fight back to defend myself” Of course Kimmel didn’t wait too long before he posted a photo of himself defacing the actor’s seat card leading up to the awards show “Best Picture Vominee Matt Damon” he captioned the shot Things got rolling early on Oscars night with Kimmel aiming his first shot at Damon’s recent choice in roles during his opening monologue “Matt could have starred in Manchester by the Sea…He could have taken that lead actor part for himself but he didn’t He gave that role to Casey Affleck his childhood friend” Kimmel jokingly praised “He handed what turned out to be an Oscar-caliber role over to his friend and made a Chinese ponytail movie instead And that movie The Great Wall went on to lose $80 million” Damon responded to the affront by attempting to trip Kimmel as he walked through the audience Then as a lead-up to Damon presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay alongside Ben Affleck Kimmel aired a pre-taped tribute in which he reminisced about the first time he saw the actor’s 2011 flick We Bought a Zooin a completely empty theater “The thing about Matt is that you can see how hard hes working its so effortful for him” he mused And the abuse didn’t stop once Damon took the stage with Kimmel having the announcer introduce him as “Guest” before directing the orchestra to play him off every time he tried to speak The night following the ceremony Kimmel took to his own show to reveal he had intended to close the night with a final bit that involved him sitting in the audience next to Damon (a loser according to Kimmel) However his plan was derailed when he had to take the stage to help clear up that whole Best Picture mix-up He then made up for the missed Oscars opportunity by forcibly bumping Damon from a voiceover gig in a (fake) United Airlines commercial that spoofed the airline’s overbooking crisis “In some cases some people deserve to get bumped” Kimmel joked However after Kimmel’s newborn son William “Billy” Kimmel underwent open heart surgery at just three days old the feud was put on pause for the first time since it began “Every one of my friends was there 100%” Kimmel said while telling the emotional story on Live “We had atheists praying for us okay We had people who do not believe in God praying for [our son] And I hate to even say it but even that son-of-a-b-tch Matt Damon sent flowers” Unfortunately the peace didn’t last for long When Chris Hemsworth appeared on Live to promote Thor: Ragnarok he revealed that he had brought his co-star Mark Ruffalo and director Taika Waititi with him But when Kimmel sent a camera backstage to chat with them he found Damon lying in wait “It’s the mighty Thor not the mighty bore so maybe take a walk” Kimmel told him Damon then crashed George Clooney’s interview on Live for a mock debut of the actor’s twins with wife Amal Clooney “I just want to make something very clear right now: they’re cheering for the babies not this person” Kimmel said as Damon walked onstage Damon may have only shown up in a montage dedicated to movies about the military at the 90th Academy Awards but Kimmel still had jokes: “On the behalf of the Academy I want to apologize to our great US military men and women here and overseas for including Matt Damon in that montage You deserve better than that You really do” Jimmy Kimmel brought his feud with Matt Damon to the #Oscars ㈳4;https://tco/0QVk4MxEPf pictwittercom/YEWGeUJo3W UPROXX (@UPROXX) March 5 2018 Kimmel then went after Damon for his portrayal of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live "Kavanaughs testimony rubbed a lot of people the wrong way In fact he was so unlikeable that Saturday Night Live had no choice but to cast the most repugnant actor in the world to play him over the weekend" Kimmel said "What a surprise that Matt Damon would have no other plans on a Saturday" The most recent retaliation came from Kimmel who celebrated Damon’s 48th birthday by wishing him a happy 60th “The big 6-0 I have to admit he looks pretty good for 60" Kimmel said "This year for his birthday Matt wished for the same thing he wishes for every year: talent" Although it seemed like Kimmel and Damon managed to bury the hatchet while watching Game 5 of the 2018 World Seriesthe two were spotted together at Dodger Stadium in red and blue versions of the same "Im with stupid" t-shirtKimmel had a different take on the matter “Let me tell you something” he said on Live the following night “There’s nothing worse than paying a lot of money for tickets and having to sit next to an obnoxious jerk the whole game And that is the last time I ever use Groupon again” Write to Megan McCluskey at meganmccluskey@timeinccomStitching together 10000 photos is not a task for everyone The team at Oddviz spent a week photographing every corner of an art hotel in downtown Istanbul Then over the course of two weeks they used a process called photogrammetry to stitch the images together creating a 3D photographic model of the building These models allow for viewers to simultaneously view the interior and exterior of a structure explains Oddviz member Erdal Inci providing an improved perception of the building "You look at a chestnut and you know the inside of a chestnut but you dont know really what is in there” he says “Its the same for a building if you are on the outside you can only imagine the inside If you enter the building your environment is limited to one room" Test it out for yourself by hovering your mouse over the hotel model below and using the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out Each room is the result of 100 to 150 combined images This approach allows for most of the surfaces to be modeled while leaving parts of each room unmapped Erdal welcomes this part of the aesthetic "It doesnt need to be perfect” he tells TIME “In this way it looks more like a painting Imperfect structures are more interesting to me" To perfectly capture each room would require around 1000 photos per room and take about a year to complete The Oddviz collective is made up of photographer Erdal Inci architect Cagri Taskin and environmental scientist Serkan Kaptan Each skill sets is integral for the photogrammetry process One of the collective’s early photogrammetry projects was photographed with a drone With only 400 images shot over the course of two drone flights they were able to recreate the ancient village of Mardin Turkey View it by hovering your mouse over the model below and using the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out Oddviz will next turn its attention to factories and abandoned structures "I think photogrammetry will work well to preserve areas that will no longer exist” says Erdal Josh Raab is a multimedia editor at TIME Follow him on Instagram and Twitter Write to Josh Raab at joshraab@timecomThe Nigeria Police Force has pulled out two Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of Police who had served for over three decades They are Marvel Akpoyibo who was in charge of Training and Ibrahim Philemon Leha who headed Operations Speaking at the pulling out ceremony Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar commended the retiring DIGs for their immense contributions to the transformation agenda of the Force “For more than three decades DIG Ibrahim Philimon Leha and DIG Marvel Akpayibo chose the path of honour in their youth and joined the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet officers with strong zeal to serve their fatherland fired with robust desire to provide safety and security for our nation” Abubakar said “These officers faced a lot of difficulties in guarding our nation and firmly stood in the storm of crimes and crises and did their best to secure their lives and property in our father land “In those active days they sowed the seed of courage and of personal sagacity uncommon tactical expertise and professional ambiance They were distinguished members of the police management team “They have given out good account of themselves by successfully carrying the Nigeria Police to impeccable records rising to the second highest position of DIGs in the Nigeria Police Force he added The IGP further lauded the retiring DIGs for their support and partnership in the police management team Akpayibo who spoke for himself and Leha thanked God for keeping and sparing them to retire honourably He also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the opportunity to serve in the police management team Recalling how he got into the Force he said “My enlistment to the Force was divinely ordained I finished from the University of Benin as one of the best students and was graciously offered Graduate Assistant position by the university to resume after my youth service “As fate would have it an incident occurred in 1980 while on national service and this changed my plan to become a university lecturer “The men of the underworld attacked us at the Corpers Lodge and it was by divine intervention that we escaped death This was the origin of my desire to join the Nigeria Police “I must confess that the journey so far has not been easy It was the love and the passion I have for the job that served as a driving force to keep me going in the force” The occasion witnessed the symbolic pulling out of the two retiring DIGs with a rope tied to a slow-moving motorcade from the Force Headquarters Prominent individuals in security circles Diplomats Senators retired and serving police chiefs family members and well wishers attended the event The retirement of the two DIGs leaves the police management team short of two members A group the Muslim Rights Concern MURIC on Tuesday decried last weekend’s attack on the campaign office of former vice-president Atiku Abubakar describing the action as satanic and belonging to the stone age Hoodlums had targeted Atiku’s campaign office on Dandagoro road Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina state on Saturday destroying windscreens side mirrors and bodies of vehicles parked within the premises of the office Reacting in a statement issued by its Director Prof Ishaq Akintola MURIC called on the Nigerian Police to fish out perpetrators of the wanton destruction stressing that the culprits must be dealt with in accordance to the law The statement reads “Political violence belongs to the Stone Age We expect that Nigerians should have risen above such backwardness This is why we are disappointed that Nigerians once again are revisiting this archaic political culture Does it mean we lack any iota of civilization Are we so politically nave that we still believe that violence is capable of stopping anyone’s political ambition It was political violence which led to the first military coup in Nigeria Are we so forgetful “We remind youths to eschew violence The children of political leaders are either in Britain Canada or the United States Few of them keep their children in Nigeria Their children attend foreign schools None of them allows his children to join political rallies Their children do not wear party T-shirts or caps They don’t wave party flags Our young ones should stop being stupid They should grow up and learn They should stop doing the dirty works of politicians The hooligans of today cannot be the leaders of tomorrow Those who employ you as thugs will never give you enough money to take you to the next level “How much were the thugs paid to attack Atiku’s campaign office Is it enough to pay their house rent Is it enough to start a business Is it enough to feed for one week Is it enough to pay their children’s school fees All they could be given is a paltry sum like N5000 But they will also supply them with weapons and drugs Are the youth so blind that they don’t know that whoever gives them weapons and drugs is out to destroy them “Is that weapon a degree certificate Is that drug the key to a new building or a new car Can that politician give his own children the same weapons to go on rampage Can he allow his own children to follow the thugs on that dangerous assignment Why should the children of the poor function as thugs while children of the rich and powerful ride Ferrari and Lambogini in foreign countries Who did this to Nigerian youths” MURIC reiterated its call on Nigerian youths to distance themselves from politicians who wish to use them for violence and dump them afterwards stressing that parents must sermonise their young children It advised that “any political party linked to violence should be suspended for three consecutive elections in the local government where the violence occurred while politicians who sponsor violence should be barred from holding any public post after the election Apart from that such a politician should be arrested and prosecuted We 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