US proposes higher tax on 200 billion in Chinese imports

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is proposing raising planned taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 per cent from 10 per cent, turning up the pressure on Beijing in a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.The United States has already imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports and is readying 25 per cent tariffs on another $16 billion worth to punish China for allegedly using predatory tactics to obtain U.S. technology. The Chinese have retaliated in kind.Last month, the U.S. proposed 10 per cent tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese products — from parachutes to sardines — in response to China’s retaliation. But President Donald Trump now wants U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider more than doubling those tariffs to 25 per cent. The government will seek public comment on the higher tariffs. A hearing on the levies is scheduled for Aug. 20-23.“The Trump Administration continues to urge China to stop its unfair practices, open its market and engage in true market competition,” Lighthizer said Wednesday, adding that, “Regrettably, instead of changing its harmful behaviour, China has illegally retaliated against U.S. workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses.”Reacting to media reports that the higher tariffs were coming, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang warned that Beijing will “definitely fight back” to defend its “lawful rights and interests.” He gave no details of possible retaliatory measures.Trump has threatened to escalate the conflict even more by taxing virtually all of the $500 billion worth of goods China ships annually to the United States.“The president is going to continue to hold China responsible for their unfair trade practices,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “This has gone on for long enough and he’s going to do something about it.”But Trump’s tariffs have drawn criticism at home in the United States for driving up costs for consumers and companies that rely on Chinese imports.“We said before that this round of tariffs amounted to doubling down on the recklessness of imposing trade policy that will hurt U.S. families and workers more than they will hurt China,” said Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation. “Increasing the size of the tariffs is merely increasing the harm that will be done. “Mickey Kantor, who was U.S. trade representative under President Bill Clinton, warned that a trade war with China will take a toll on a U.S. healthy economy that from April through June registered the fastest growth since 2014.“Our economy is in terrific shape,” said Kantor, now a partner at the Mayer Brown law firm. “Why in the world would you do this? It makes no sense. We don’t need it. It will cost us jobs and investment. It will slow the economy.”___Associated Press Writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report..last_img read more

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Prosecutors eager to get notebook that theatre shooting suspect sent to psychiatrist

DENVER – Prosecutors in the deadly Colorado theatre shootings focused new attention Thursday on a notebook that defendant James Holmes mailed to a psychiatrist before the attack, signalling in a court filing they are eager to see what’s inside.In the filing, prosecutors said they did not object to postponing an upcoming hearing as long as they can argue for access to the notebook on Tuesday, the new date for the hearing.Holmes is charged with staging a meticulously planned assault on a movie theatre in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July. Twelve people were shot and killed and 70 were injured.He faces more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.Media reports have said the notebook contains drawings depicting violence.It was found at the University of Colorado, Denver three days after the shootings. Holmes had been a neuroscience graduate student at the university, and the notebook was mailed to Dr. Lynne Fenton, a university psychiatrist who had been seeing Holmes.The defence has resisted allowing prosecutors to see the notebook, saying it’s protected by doctor-patient privilege.If Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity — as his lawyers say he wants to do — prosecutors are certain to argue that state law entitles them to see the notebook. Defendants who plead insanity are required to undergo a mental evaluation by state doctors and turn over some medical and mental health records to prosecutors.Prosecutors probably believe the notebook has information indicating that Holmes was sane at the time of the shootings, said Karen Steinhauser, a former prosecutor who is now in private practice and teaches at the University of Denver law school.“They probably believe it has some of the best and some of the most helpful information in regards to his mental state at the time he committed these acts,” she said.Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said he was inclined to allow the notebook to be raised at Tuesday’s hearing but gave the defence until Friday to object.The notebook is also at the centre of a legal battle over a leak to Jana Winter, a Fox News Channel reporter. Winter reported on the contents of the notebook in July, citing unnamed law-enforcement officials.Defence lawyers contend that the leak violated a gag order, and they want Winter to identify her sources. The judge has not decided whether to order Winter to testify, saying he would wait to see if the notebook is entered as evidence.Winter argues she should not have to identify her sources under Colorado and New York shield laws that allow reporters to keep the names of their sources confidential. If the judge orders her to reveal her sources and she refuses, she could be jailed.Holmes was due in court Friday for a hearing in which the judge was expected to formally accept his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge postponed the hearing until Tuesday after the defence requested more time.The prosecution and defence routinely decline to comment on the case, citing the gag order.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP Prosecutors eager to get notebook that theatre shooting suspect sent to psychiatrist by Dan Elliott, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2013 3:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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PGE offers 250K reward for information on attack on Silicon Valley phone

Keith Stephens, senior director of business lines and field operations communications for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., center, as James Fama, left, vice president of energy delivery for Edison Electric Institute and Gregg Lemler, vice president of transmission operations for PG&E at a news conference listen in San Francisco, Thursday, April 10, 2014. PG&E offered a $250,000 reward on Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an attack nearly a year ago on phone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) PG&E offers $250K reward for information on attack on Silicon Valley phone lines, power grid AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a $250,000 reward Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a startling attack mounted nearly a year ago on phone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.The nighttime, co-ordinated attack on April 16, just a day after the Boston Marathon bombings, involved snipping AT&T fiber-optic lines to knock out phone and 911 service in the area and firing shots into a PG&E substation.Millions of people in Santa Clara County were asked to conserve energy after power lines were damaged.Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff has called the incident an act of terrorism. FBI spokesman Peter Lee reiterated Thursday, however, that the agency has no indications to back that up and the investigation is ongoing.“One year later, the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime remain at large and we want to help change that,” Gregg Lemler, PG&E’s vice-president of electric transmission operations, said at a press conference Thursday announcing the reward.PG&E’s reward would be funded by shareholders and comes nearly a year after AT&T offered its own $250,000 reward for information leading to arrests.The sniper bullets knocked out 17 transformers powering parts of Silicon Valley and caused more than $15 million in damage.Officials rerouted power to avoid a blackout, but it took PG&E workers nearly a month to repair the damage. No arrests have been made.Wellinghoff, who was in office during the incident, said he reached his conclusion after consulting with Defence Department experts about the attack.The attack was a “game changer” in that it was much more sophisticated than others mounted on substations in the past, Lemler said. The utility, which provides power and gas to a wide swath of Northern and Central California, would not comment further on details pertaining to the investigation.PG&E has said it plans to spend more than $100 million on security measures, including installing opaque walls and deploying advanced camera systems, enhanced lighting and additional alarms at the San Jose substation and an unspecified number of other critical sites. The company also has stationed guards at substations around the clock and improved its cybersecurity measures, Lemler said.A California lawmaker, meanwhile, has introduced legislation that would require state utilities to beef up security.The bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would require utilities to assess security risks and make needed improvements. The bill would also require utilities to better co-ordinate responses to security breaches with law enforcement. by Garance Burke, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2014 11:59 am MDT read more

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St Vincent and the Grenadines breaks a record as smallest ever Security

The five States will take up their seats as non-permanent members of the Security Council in January 2020, replacing Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland.Every year, five countries are elected to the 15-member Council (10 of whom are non-permanent) for a two-year term, according to a geographical rotation set by the Assembly in 1963, to ensure fair regional representation: five from African and Asian and Pacific States; one from Eastern Europe; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States (WEOG).Whilst Niger, Tunisia and Viet Nam were elected unopposed, two of the five seats were contested: El Salvador competed with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to represent the Latin American and Caribbean group; and Romania lost out to Estonia in the East European group.Speaking to the press outside the General Assembly Hall, Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, described the election of his multi-island nation of around 110,000 people, as a “historic occasion”.Mr. Gonsalves added that the country is committed to the principle of sustainable development and, as a Small Island Developing State in danger of inundation by rising seas, is very concerned about the consequences of adverse climate change and intends to work very closely with the other members of the Security Council. The UN, he added, has limitations, but it also has “profound strengths.”Following a 2014 General Assembly resolution, elections to the non-permanent Security Council seats were moved from October to June, to give incoming countries more time to prepare for their terms, before assuming their responsibilities.Watch Mr. Gonsalves’s remarks to reporters below, following the Security Council vote at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

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Canada lagging in gender equality Trudeau scholar

Isabella BakkerThere’s common consensus that Canadian men and woman are equal now in terms of income and status. But by assuming that, we could be widening a gap that already exists, says Isabella Bakker.The media and Canada’s two major political parties assume inequality is no longer a factor, so it’s no longer considered when making public policy. But by assuming that, we could be worsening the systematic gap between the income and status of men and women, said Bakker, a York University political science professor.Bakker will speak on the subject at an upcoming Trudeau lecture hosted by Brock University on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Bakker, a Laureate Trudeau Fellow, will deliver “Beyond the Strategic Silence: Towards the Global Economic Empowerment of Women.”In the lecture, she’ll examine whether feminism is still relevant for addressing questions of inequality in Canada. While the plight of women internationally gets most of our attention, important evidence shows a need to look at the situation within Canada, she said.Since the mid 1990s, Canada’s position has fallen substantially on global indicators such as the United Nation’s Human Development Index and is Gender-Related Development Index, she said.Within Canada, the current popular thought is that the individual is responsible for his or her success, and innate barriers for women no longer exist, Bakker said.“There’s been a whole shift in government approach, and it’s not unique to Canada,” she said. “It’s spreading throughout the western world.”As a result, the situation for women – particularly marginalized women, such as those from Aboriginal communities – will only get worse.The Brock lecture is part of Bakker’s three-year term as a Trudeau Fellow. With a background in social research and the women’s movement, Bakker is a leading authority in the fields of political economy, public finance, gender and development. She has held consultancies with the Canadian and Ontario governments, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations, as well as numerous women’s advocacy groups.The Trudeau fellowship is a sign of one’s national and international reputation, said Thomas Dunk, Dean of Social Sciences.“Trudeau Fellows are among Canada’s most outstanding scholars and the Trudeau Foundation is a prestigious organization supported by important and influential Canadians,” Dunk said. “That it has chosen Brock to host one of its lectures is another strong indication of Brock’s growing national and international reputation for scholarship and community engagement and, given the subject of Dr. Bakker’s talk, the high regard for Brock’s commitment to social justice and equity issues.”The lecture will be at 7 p.m. at Pond Inlet. Admission is free and a reception will follow. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball wins two loses one over the weekend

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes gather near the net during a match against LIU Brooklyn. The Buckeyes won 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took their first loss of the season to No. 10 Brigham Young University on Saturday. Both teams came into the match undefeated at 5-0, but when the dust cleared, it was the BYU Cougars who left Columbus unscathed after a point-for-point, five-set battle.  BYU proved to be the Buckeyes’ toughest match during the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic. The Buckeyes had no trouble sweeping LIU Brooklyn and Wyoming in quick, three-set matches on Friday at Nationwide Arena.Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes were named to the D.C. Koehl Classic all-tournament team. Schirmer racked up 30 kills on the weekend, while Hughes contributed a staggering 110 assists. Senior libero Valeria León rose to third place (1,342) as she continues to climb the ladder for most career digs in OSU history. After the loss to the Cougars, the Buckeye “tribe” carries a 5-1 record going into next weekend’s play. LIU BrooklynOSU put away the Blackbirds in three-set fashion (25-11, 25-17, 25-19). The Buckeyes hit for an impressive .462 attacking efficiency and held LIU Brooklyn to just .112 on the match. Freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey drove down six kills on nine attempts, while teammate junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz was the team leader with a .769 hitting rate.The loss put the Blackbirds at 0-4 on the year. WyomingRevenge was on the table when OSU took on Wyoming, the team who handed the Buckeyes a loss on their first match of the season last year. It was the Buckeyes though, who came out on top on Friday, knocking off the Cowgirls in three sets. OSU had trailed for much of the first set against Wyoming, but the swinging power of senior middle hitter Taylor Sandbothe and company brought the Buckeyes out of the hole, eventually winning the set 25-22. The pattern continued for the second set, with the Cowgirls once again taking an early 0-4 lead. A Buckeye timeout was called, and senior middle blocker Kylie Randall gave the team their first point with a kill. After some point-for-point play, OSU regained the driver’s seat and cruised to a 25-17 second-set victory. OSU led the way almost the entire time in the third set, only tying at an early 1-1. The team ended the third and final set 25-17 on a kill by Schirmer. Sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold posted 12 kills on the match, six of which came in the third set. Sandbothe led both teams in kills and blocks with 14 and six, respectively. Sandbothe admits the team was off their mojo in the beginning, but she is glad they were able to stitch up the loose ends.  “We started off a little slow, but I think we trusted in our coaching staff, we trusted in the game plan and bringing it in the middle, refocusing our team and making sure we were going nose to the pavement,” she said.Head coach Geoff Carlston was also satisfied that his team could come through and redeem their loss from last season. “Wyoming’s a really good team. We lost to them last year … I’ve been nervous for this match, and I was really happy with how they played tonight,” he said. BYU The final match of the tournament featured No. 11 OSU taking on No. 10 BYU in a tooth-and-nail battle to stay undefeated.OSU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set but had to battle a Cougars squad who didn’t back down. The first set was a back-and-forth affair, but ultimately OSU took home the first set. OSU also maintained the lead for the majority of the second set, until a kill from the Cougars’ McKenna Miller tied the score 24-24. However, two quick kills from Sandbothe put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0 heading into the third set. Despite the two strong sets from OSU, BYU’s attack was in full force in set No. 3, as the Buckeyes began to unravel from early mistakes finding themselves down 9-0. The woes continued, and at one occasion, the Buckeyes faced a 21-3 deficit, the largest they had seen all season. Three kills from OSU’s Wenz and errors on BYU’s side of the net helped the Buckeyes collect 11 points before the set’s end. OSU went on to lose the third, 14-25.  Fate was not kind to the Buckeyes again in the fourth set. They trailed the Cougars nearly the entire duration of the set. BYU won the set 25-20, forcing a fifth and final set. The Cougars took an early lead in the fifth that wasn’t relinquished in the 15-point, sudden-death set. Despite the Buckeyes’ efforts, they dropped the fifth and final set 15-9, marking their first loss of the season.BYU out-swung the Buckeyes 70 kills to 52 and held OSU to only a .126 attacking efficiency.OSU will see the floor again on Friday when they take on Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Missouri State and Green Bay during the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational in Springfield, Missouri.**Colin Gay contributed to this article read more

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Which 2018 Stars Are Doing The Best Impressions Of Pele Maradona And

By analyzing the statistical fingerprints of every performance by every player to appear in a World Cup since 1966,1Excluding players with less than 30 minutes of playing time. FiveThirtyEight’s new interactive tool — 50 Years Of World Cup Doppelgangers — can give a realistic sense of how great or lousy each performance in Russia this month is by comparing them to how other players have done in the past. The best comparison for how teenaged French sensation Kylian Mbappé is performing so far, for instance, is the way Brazilian Ronaldinho played in the 2002 World Cup.Some matches are far less obvious: The performance of Croatian captain Luka Modric through three games is most similar to that of Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Buloushi in 1982 … naturally.But what if we reverse engineered things? Which players in Russia are doing the best impressions of iconic World Cup performances of years past? Some player and tournament combinations do not have particularly close analogues in 2018, including Ronaldo (the single-name one, not Cristiano) in 2002 or Xavi in 2010, but we found eight iconic World Cup displays that have a reasonably close counterpart in Russia this summer:Bobby Moore 1966Cedric Soares 2018 (12th most similar), Santiago Arias 2018 (17th most similar) While Cruyff may have been the best attacking player on the planet in 1974, Franz Beckenbauer, who captained West Germany, was the best defender. His performances were characterised by high defensive involvement, but also an extremely impressive ability to advance the ball, which was demonstrated by the number of progressive passes and dribbles he made.Poetically, the most similar performance to Beckenbauer’s in 1974 is Philipp Lahm’s in 2014 — Lahm also captained Germany to the trophy. Meanwhile, his closest 2018 counterparts are teammates for Real Madrid: Marcelo, who is known for terrorising opposition down the left wing, and Sergio Ramos, an aggressive center-back who is also extremely competent with the ball at his feet.Paolo Rossi 1982Diego Costa 2018 (18th most similar) England is one of the World Cup’s greatest under-performers since the tournament began, but the Three Lions have managed to get their hands on the trophy once. Bobby Moore captained the side to victory when his country hosted in 1966.Though he was technically a center-back, soccer’s most defensive outfield position, Moore was an all-rounder — he got two assists in the final and completed more passes than anyone on the pitch that day. It’s somewhat unsurprising, then, that his closest 2018 analogue is an offensive right-back — Cedric Soares of Portugal, who maraudes down the right wing and is characterised by progressive passes and dribbles (those that advance the ball at least 10 yards toward the opponent’s goal or into their box) and defensive involvement.Eusebio 1966Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 (21st most similar) Though Portugal lost to England in the semifinals in 1966, Eusebio, the dazzlingly fast striker, took home the Golden Boot with nine goals. He owed his impressive offensive display in large part to the number of good scoring chances he got and to his progressive dribbling skills.This pairing of goal-scoring skills and canny dribbling ability is similar to that of James Rodriguez, whose breakthrough 2014 World Cup performance for Colombia was the second most similar to Eusebio’s in 1966, while Ronaldo’s 2002 performance for the Brazilian team is the sixth most similar. Eusebio’s closest 2018 peer? The hero of Portugal’s modern era: Cristiano Ronaldo, who is very much the focal point of their attack in Russia, with four goals already.Pele 1970Edinson Cavani 2018 (9th most similar) Brazil’s 1970 team have gone down in legend as one of the best teams of all time, captivatingly winning their third trophy in Mexico and cementing the beginning of a soccer dynasty. In the process, Pelé became the only player in history to have won three World Cups, and he took home FIFA’s Golden Ball award for being the best player in the tournament.The Pelé that led Brazil’s front-line in Mexico was less dynamic and sprightly than the 17-year-old who burst onto the international scene in the 1958 tournament in Sweden. He was more of a dedicated goal-scorer than he had ever been, contributing four at the tournament. His closest 2018 equivalent is Edinson Cavani, the tireless Uruguayan forward who specialises in getting high quality goal-scoring chances.Johan Cruyff 1974Isco 2018 (5th most similar); Neymar 2018 (9th most similar) Paolo Rossi is one of few players who is remembered more for his World Cup performances than his club ones. He inspired Italy to their third World Cup title in 1982, taking home the Golden Boot with six goals, including an iconic hat trick against Brazil in the quarterfinals.This summer, Diego Costa’s work with Spain is the most similar to Rossi’s 1982 performance; in each case, the players were dedicated goal-scorers who didn’t tend to dribble or create much.Diego Maradona 1986Lionel Messi 2018 (second most similar); Neymar 2018 (fifth most similar) Zinedine Zidane has been both the hero and villain for France on the world stage. In 1998, though, when they were the hosts in one of the most fondly remembered World Cups in the modern era, he was very much the former.He scored twice before halftime in the final as France beat Brazil, while his performances at the tournament in general typified being a creative playmaker. In Russia this year, the performance most similar to Zidane’s 1998 showing is from Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who is the star player in a surprisingly dangerous Swiss outfit that is hoping to advance past Sweden in the round of 16. Diego Maradona’s heroics at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico have gone down in soccer folklore as the legend of a star player dragging his team to success by any means possible. Arguably the most gifted dribbler of all time, the diminutive Argentine could tear defenses apart single-handedly, as England learned all too well.Unsurprisingly, fellow diminutive Argentine Lionel Messi, who will only sink deeper into Maradona’s shadow if he doesn’t triumph in Russia, has put in performances that are among the most similar to Maradona’s in 1986. Messi’s 2018 performance ranks second, while his 2014 and 2010 incarnations rank ninth and 10th, respectively. The 2018 performance by Neymar, who is equally talismanic for Brazil, ranks fifth.Zinedine Zidane 1998Xherdan Shaqiri 2018 (18th most similar) Though Johan Cruyff’s contributions to soccer went far beyond his playing career, his performance at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany remains one of his greatest gifts to the sport. In a team playing revolutionary “Total Football,” the playmaker was granted a free role that allowed him to roam the pitch as he pleased.His electric dribbling ability was complemented by supernatural passing vision, and it is these characteristics in particular that have made his closest 2018 peer, Spain’s Isco, his team’s most important player so far in Russia.Franz Beckenbauer 1974Marcelo 2018 (12th most similar); Sergio Ramos 2018 (17th most similar) read more

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FIRE ME ONE MORE TIME Jurasik lost second job in this season

← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem with minimal win from Schaffhausen Next Story → EHF CL: First “match ball” for RK Vardar – Montpellier in Ukraine Mariusz Jurasik is no longer the head coach of the Polish club SPA Pogón Szczecin.The Board of the Polish PGNiG Superliga club SPA Pogón Szczecin has decided to fire legendary right win-back with immediate effect. Mariusz Jurasik leaves the Polish club after only three months. It is the second time the former Polish national player is sacked this season. In October the Polish club Gornik Zabrze terminated his contract as head coach after only eight matches.Rafał Biały and Sławomir Fogtman will lead the club until end of the season.  read more

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What Is Your Instagram Color Palette

first_imgStay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Finally, an answer to the banal question, “If you were a color, what would you be?”ColorKuler invites Instagram users to find your personal color palette.Just enter your username, press the arrow, and voila: My chromaticity is silver. (Or dark olive green, depending on when you ask.)The site is not super consistent, it seems.Using the “editor’s picks” listen on the homepage, I managed to get different results for all four: Pantone, listed as light steel blue, became gainsboro (a shade of gray); Adobe’s light pink turned slate gray; and VSCO went from a dark gray to a dark slate gray. Behance, meanwhile, transformed from dim gray to simply “gray.”Notice a pattern?My result (via ColorKuler)The same ashy hues appeared when testing a number of accounts I follow, many of which regularly produce images with a range of bright saturations.ColorKuler (a blatant rip-off of Adobe’s Kuler color combination app) works by searching Instagram’s API for the username. And, as described in an email from creators Mucahit Tutuncu and Imren Karyagdi, the site analyzes the user’s 16 most recent Instagram photos and extracts a color palette for each one. An algorithm them chooses the most-used shade to generate a distinct pigmentation.“Color psychology is a well-known, yet less explored branch of the study of how our brain perceives what it visualizes,” the ColorKuler site said. “As far as scientific research goes, there is not much to work with.“However, the impact that colors have on our brains is used to manipulate our decision-making by multiple facets of society,” it added.To find out what your presented palette means, visit the “Meaning of Colors” tab, where you can learn about red, orange, yellow, green, white, and black—but have to make an educated guess about everything in between.Keep in mind: The service does not work on private or empty accounts.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Trumps charity admits to violating IRS selfdealing rule

first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s charity has admitted that it violated IRS regulations barring it from using its money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.According to a 2015 tax return posted on the nonprofit monitoring website GuideStar, the Donald J. Trump Foundation acknowledged that it used money or assets in violation of the regulations not only during 2015, but in prior years.The tax filing, first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, doesn’t provide details on the violations. The filing’s release comes as the New York attorney general’s office investigates whether Trump personally benefited from the foundation’s spending, including several purchases detailed in reports by The Post.Questions sent via email to Trump’s transition team weren’t immediately answered Tuesday.The foundation’s admission in the tax filing isn’t the first time it has run afoul of laws and regulations governing charitable organizations.In October, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, ordered the foundation to stop soliciting donations after it was discovered that the charity had been accepting outside contributions without the proper New York state registration.last_img read more

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Did People Listen To What President Barrow Say

first_img8 March is International Women’s Day. It is strange that the celebration in Soma which was graced by many state officials such as government ministers, national assembly members and other holders of public office was reported to be organized by the women of LRR and the Barrow Youth Movement.Many people would have thought such an activity would not take place during the campaign period and when it does, those who participate will not wear party colours to identify themselves with a party.However, the speech of the president needs to be listened to and analysed by opinion leaders in the media. It would have been best for the president not to take part in such gatherings during an election campaign period. That would be the best way of demonstrating neutrality.Foroyaa will publish President Barrow’s speech verbatim and analyse its content in order to assess whether neutrality was sacrificed or not.last_img read more

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3 Friends Dog Park Celebrates One Year With New Benches

first_imgVolunteers from the Kenai Peninsula realtors Association, Soldotna Rotary, Homer Electric, and the city parks and recreation department came together to build the benches. 3 Friends Dog Park opened in September 2017, and sits on about two acres of land behind Jo-Ann Fabric, off Aspen Drive. The funding for the benches was donated by Kelly Griebel of Century 21 as well as Alaska 1st Real Estate, each donated $750. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Friends of the Aspen Dog Park (3 Friends Dog Park) is celebrating it’s one year anniversary with a much needed addition to the park, new benches. The park features an exterior fence with a surrounding trail to create a safe environment for the dogs to be off leash. Dale Bagley, one of the volunteers who helped build the gazebo where the new benches are located: “We did this multi-tier gazebo here, and this thing is huge with multi-levels. Now we are working on the seating in there so people have a good place to sit and watch their dogs play.”  Other features in the park include a memorial wall, agility equipment, in-park adoptions, and other features to benefit the canine residents of Soldotna.last_img read more

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Wilmington High School Sports Schedule Week of December 30 2018

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of December 27)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Sports Schedule (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of January 17)In “Sports” Wednesday, January 2Thursday, January 3 WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the Wilmington High School Sports Schedule for the week of December 30, 2018.Sunday, December 30No GamesMonday, December 31No GamesTuesday, January 1center_img Friday, January 4Saturday, January 5(NOTE: The above information is from Big Teams.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Sitkas Alaska Day soundtrack includes pipes and drums

first_imgNearly half of the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums came to Sitka to perform during Alaska Day. Pipers include Hilton Almond, Dirk Halliwill, Mark Colley, Luke Schultz, Daniel Wade, Craig Warren, and Mike Mihata. Drum major Tyson DePoe has tenor drummers Smokey Simpson and Brandon Freeland, joined by side drummer Jason Lynch. Bass drummer is Gib Mastri. Also with the troupe are Tien Tran, Roger Bianchi, and Scott Kallstrom. Not all are pictured. (Karla James/KCAW photo)With Alaska Day comes a flurry of visitors — some carrying musical instruments. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums landed in Sitka on Saturday and their first stop was the historic cable house, home to Raven Radio, for a live performance.Listen nowWhen Alaska Day rolls around in Sitka, you’ll hear the Seattle Firefighters before you see them. At both formal events and the late night bar scene, the skirl of bagpipes and rumble of drums quickly announces their arrival.The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums group has been flying to Sitka to take commemorate Alaska Day for over a decade. Their trip is covered by locals and they lend a lot of ceremony to the occasion, which Drum Major Tyson DePoe said is exactly what a pipe band is for. The ensemble has roots in Celtic military history.“We try to honor the regimental tradition of the history of where pipes and drums came from,” DePoe said.While in Sitka, the group has also regaled residents of the Pioneer Home and long term care facility, the Coast Guard Base, and Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Nearly half the group – which has 30 members – flew into town. They’re all active duty or retired firefighters and get together once a week to practice. Membership is voluntary.“It really calls those firefighters within the department that are looking for something extra – something above and beyond the normal scope of what we do – to give back to not only the department, but the community,” DePoe said. Pipes and Drums plays at events throughout the Seattle and every year, raises money to perform at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs.The group was established in 2004 to honor fallen firefighters. DePoe said the key to a good performance is knowing your audience and in his case, as drum major, setting things off on the right foot. He’s the loud voice you hear at the beginning, calling the band to attention and setting the tempo for the song.“‘Green Hills. Battles over,’ and then I’ll say, ‘By the right, quick march.’ So you can hear the tempo there and they know,” DePoe said. “There’s the boom boom of the bass drum, left right, left right, and they march in and play at the same time.”It’s almost as though DePoe is conductor and metronome at the same time.And I’m not so good at walking and talking and chewing gum at the same time,” DePoe said. “It’s fairly challenging but this is a great group firefighters here.DePoe then turns to the group and leads them in the Amazing Grace march.last_img read more

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Coastal House lawmakers push for bipartisan coalition

first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives on March 23, 2018. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Ten state lawmakers — including two moderate Republicans — say they won’t aid Republicans in taking control of Alaska’s narrowly divided House of Representatives.“It is our goal to be part of a strong, hard-working majority whose highest priorities are the prosperity, safety, health and well-being of the people of Alaska,” reads the two-page written statement released Dec. 21.The 10 House members are mostly Democrats, two moderate Republicans and an independent from mostly coastal, rural districts.With more conservative constituencies, they were seen as the most likely to caucus with Republicans.“We felt it important to let folks know that there weren’t going to be any small group break-offs or anything like that,” said Rep. Dan Ortiz, an independent from Ketchikan.The GOP has the largest bloc but several moderates that support a bipartisan coalition prevent the party from controlling the chamber.One of those is Rep. Louise Stutes. She’s a Kodiak lawmaker and one of three Republicans that caucused with Democrats and independents last year.She said since the election she and others have been clear they aren’t interested in a Republican-led caucus.“Somehow the message didn’t get through,” Stutes said. “So we thought that by putting it clearly in writing, that they would understand that we in fact are not going to be joining their caucus but we are hopeful that we can get reasonable people together in the form of a coalition to work for the good of the state.”The statement argues for a bipartisan coalition committed to a balanced budget and protecting the permanent fund and annual dividend check.The joint-statement increases uncertainty over how House lawmakers will organize themselves when the legislative session begins January 15.last_img read more

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Youth drowns in lake while recording TikTok video

first_imgHyderabad: A youngster on Wednesday drowned in Dulapally Lake while recording a Tik-Tok video. The incident came into light when the police retrieved his body out of the lake on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Narasimha (24) from Zaheerabad. He came to his cousin Prashanth’s house at Suraram area and they both visited the Dulapally Lake on Wednesday evening hours. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us The incident occurred while Narasimha who can’t swim was recording a Tik-Tok video and Prashanth was capturing the video sitting on the lake banks. Accidentally when Narasimha slipped and drowned into the lake, Prashanth soon called the locals to help, but left in vain. On the receipt of the information, police rushed to the spot and tried to search for the body. But due to lack of sunlight the dead body was brought out of the lake on Thursday and shifted to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for postmortem. By registering a case Petbasheerabad police are investigating.last_img read more

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UN chief orders external probe into child sex abuse claims

first_img Comments   Share   “There are systems that failed here,” the spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters Wednesday.A U.N. statement said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “deeply disturbed” by the allegations and by reports of how various parts of the vast U.N. system responded.The head of the independent review will be announced in the coming days. It will address both the specific allegations and wider issues related to how the U.N. responds to such sensitive claims. Dujarric said a summary of the findings will be made public.French authorities last month opened a formal judicial inquiry into the allegations.U.N. investigators heard stories of sexual abuse from several boys in May and June 2014 in Central African Republic, where French soldiers were protecting a sprawling displaced persons camp in the conflict-torn capital, Bangui.It’s not clear where the accused soldiers, who were supporting a U.N. peacekeeping force, are now. The U.N. seems unable to say when the abuses stopped, or how long it continued to investigate.On Saturday, the high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, said his office was sending a team to Central African Republic to look into what a statement called “possible further measures to address human rights violations,” including sexual violence. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories The case has exposed a glaring weakness in a world body that considers human rights one of its three main pillars: It has no specific guidelines on how to handle allegations of child sexual abuse, and no requirement for immediate, mandatory reporting.“This is an important opportunity to rectify any systemic shortcomings that may exist,” Zeid, who a decade ago authored a major U.N. report on combating sexual abuse by peacekeepers, said in a statement.U.N. staffers heard children’s allegations of abuse in May and June 2014. A Geneva-based human rights staffer shared the report with French authorities in July. That staffer is now the subject of an internal U.N. investigation into why he handed over the report without redacting the names, which has been called a breach of protocol.The children’s allegations didn’t make their way to top officials at U.N. headquarters in New York until this spring.AIDS-Free World, the non-governmental organization behind the release of confidential U.N documents on the case, welcomed the probe in a statement Wednesday but said “it must be understood that top members of the secretary-general’s own staff will have to be subject to investigation.” UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Wednesday ordered an external investigation into how it handled allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, saying the world body hopes to ensure it “does not fail the victims of sexual abuse, especially when committed by those who are meant to protect them.”A year after the U.N. first heard accounts by children as young as 9 of French soldiers giving them food or water in exchange for sodomy or oral sex, no arrests have been made. Confidential statements by the U.N.’s top human rights officials show they were distracted by budget cuts and other issues and didn’t follow up on the allegations with the French for more than half a year.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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US stocks open lower after IBM others report weak results

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower after several companies reported weak results.The early declines Tuesday came after three straight gains for the market.IBM sank 5 percent after reporting revenue that fell short of what analysts were expecting. Verizon and United Technologies also posted revenue that didn’t meet forecasts.Harley-Davidson jumped 4 percent after its earnings beat estimates.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 124 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,971 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time. Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gave up two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,125. The Nasdaq composite declined seven points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,211.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.38 percent.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   A businessman walks by an electronic board displaying Japan’s Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Most Asian stock markets were modestly higher Tuesday after positive U.S. earnings reports boosted sentiment. (AP Photo/Ken Aragaki) How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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