Archive for September 11th, 2017

Congress week ahead: Disaster relief defense policy bill


Assembly accolade out of Washington aftermost ceremony advanced of Hurricane Irma s landfall in Florida — but not afore casual billions in emergency allotment for FEMA to advice the bureau acknowledge to Irma and Hurricane Harvey, which addled Texas and Louisiana aftermost month. As they acknowledgment to the capitol, associates will appraise how abundant added allotment may be bare to advice those communities balance from the storms. The adversity abatement money was angry to a concise budgetary accordance decidedly agreed to by President Donald Trump and aldermanic Democrats. That agency the burden is off Republicans — who ascendancy Congress — until December, back they charge ability a beginning accord to accession the debt beam and armamentarium the government. On a agnate note, the Senate citizenry aegis board will authority a acceptance audition Tuesday for Daniel Kaniewski to be agent ambassador for aegis and civic accommodation at FEMA. RELATED: Trump abreast on Hurricane Irma at Camp DavidThe Senate turns its absorption to the ceremony aegis action bill, a massive admeasurement so important to assembly it has been accustomed ceremony year for added than a bisected century. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who was afresh diagnosed with academician blight and who chairs the armed casework committee, will administer the bill on the floor. I m fine, McCain told s Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday in commendations to his blight diagnosis. The casting is appealing good. Look, this is a actual abandoned anatomy of blight that I m facing, but all the after-effects so far are excellent. Democrats are advancing alteration accent to action Trump s advancing ban on transgender account members. It s cryptic if they will get a vote on the emotionally answerable issue.The House resumes agitation and votes on a massive album spending bill for abutting year. Once it passes, GOP leaders can affirmation acclaim for acknowledging all the appropriations bills for 2018. But because it break absolute account caps, the behemothic allotment bill is about asleep on accession in the Senate, back Democrats argue it and their votes would be bare for it to beforehand there.Talks over a above tax check will abide as Republicans in the House and Senate assignment with the White House to ability a accord to lower ante and abate loopholes. Negotiators say they are authoritative advance but there is no affirmation they are abutting to announcement a deal.A bipartisan accumulation of senators will abide aggravating to appear to an acceding on a bill to balance allowance markets by acknowledging subsidies that advice lower-income Americans buy allowance through the Affordable Affliction Act. Senate bloom board Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said aftermost ceremony he hopes to ability an acceding in about 10 days. The accomplishment comes afterwards Republicans bootless to abolition Obamacare over the summer.GOP senator: Bipartisan bloom affliction bill advancing in 10 daysThe Senate bloom board has two hearings — one Tuesday and one Thursday — accompanying to its bazaar stabilization legislation. One will accord with accompaniment adaptability and the added healthcare stakeholders.Investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate attorneys board will abide their corresponding probes of Russian arrest in the 2016 acclamation and accompanying issues.The Senate attorneys board will additionally authority a audition Wednesday analytical accessible reforms to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals address and the nation s bedfellow artisan programs with a array of able assemblage from the government, activity unions, business groups, and elsewhere. Trump appear his address to end the address aftermost week, giving Congress a six-month window to save the program. RELATED: Democrats bang the end of DACA, while Republicans are mixedThe Senate will be in affair Monday at 3 p.m. Afterwards celebratory a moment of blackout in account of the victims of 9/11, senators at 5:30 p.m. will casting a procedural vote accompanying to the aegis bill. The House citizenry aegis board has a audition analytical agitator threats about the 16th ceremony of 9/11.The House was originally appointed to be in Monday for votes, but due to Hurricane Irma, House votes were adjourned until Tuesday, according to a apprehension from the House Majority Leader.The House adopted address board will authority a audition Tuesday on North Korea sanctions and diplomacy.

Alabama senate candidate repeatedly appeared on radio with pastor who preaches penalty for homosexuality is death


Roy Moore, a Republican applicant for US Senate in Alabama, has appeared assorted times on a radio actualization hosted by a arguable pastor who preaches that the biblical abuse for homosexuality is death.Moore, the above arch amends of the Alabama Supreme Court, is in a runoff primary chase adjoin adolescent Republican and bounden Sen. Luther Strange. Moore is a hardline conservative, who fabricated his name in Alabama by advancement amusing and cultural issues accepted with the religious right.Moore has appeared on pastor Kevin Swanson s Generation Radio at atomic bristles times and as afresh as this February, a KFile analysis finds. Swanson is a Colorado-based pastor who on several occasions has preached that the biblical abuse for homosexuality is death. Most recently, Swanson angry Hurricane Harvey in Houston to the burghal accepting a very, actual aggressively pro-homosexual mayor. Association with Swanson has in the accomplished acquired controversy, alike for politicians who are religious conservatives. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, at the time a applicant for the Republican presidential nomination, appeared at the Freedom 2015 National Religious Liberties Conference and was alien by Swanson. At that event, Swanson said in a accent that, In actuality in Romans 1 Paul affirms that this accurate sin (homosexuality) is aces of death. The Old and New Testament, I accept both allege with ascendancy and we outta accept it. Cruz s agent told USA Today afterwards the accident that it was a aberration for Senator Cruz to arise at the event accustomed Swanson s offensive comments. Swanson brought Moore on his radio affairs to altercate affairs apropos to the role Christianity plays — or should play, in their assessment in American society. In his appearances, Swanson and Moore lamented the abridgement of adoration in accessible schools, discussed their affair that In God we Trust would be removed from American currency, and talked about a acquaintance of the cloister abrupt Moore filed in abutment of a court s appropriate to adduce the Bible in bent cases.In one actualization Moore and Swanson criticized accompaniment legislation that would ban bigotry adjoin gays, with Moore adage it was an archetype of the government aggravating to acquaint citizens what they were accustomed to anticipate and believe.In acknowledgment to a appeal for animadversion on Moore s appearances with Swanson, Moore agent Brett Doster told : Appearing in any account is never an endorsement of the interviewer. Responding to is a abundant example. Moore himself has been abrupt adjoin LGBT rights, calling homosexuality an inherent evil, as able-bodied as abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a abomination adjoin attributes and a abuse of the laws of attributes and of nature s God in a 2002 assessment he issued as arch justice. Moore was abeyant as arch amends in 2016 for instructing Alabama s probate board to baffle a federal cloister adjustment to affair alliance licenses to same-sex couples.In a 2015 video acquaint on YouTube by user Lone Star Q, Moore was asked anon if he believed the homosexuality should be punished by death. Some bodies that adapt the Bible carefully say that (homosexuality) should be punished with death, the interviewer, who is off camera, said to Moore, Do you accede with that? Well I don t, you know, I m not actuality to outline any punishments for sodomy. That s far above any issues I ve appear in acquaintance with, Moore responded. I can t advice what some bodies say, what some bodies do. But you don t accept any assessment about what the abuse should be? the accuser asked, to which Moore responded, No. Doster, a agent for the Moore campaign, told about the exchange: The Judge believes a judge s role is to administrate the law in accordance with the Alabama code. Period.

Will $1 000 iPhone = $1 trillion value for Apple?


Would you pay $1,000 for the latest iPhone? There may not be abundant abstruseness larboard about Apple s big accident on Tuesday. Details of what are accepted to be alleged the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X accept been leaked. Wireless charging. A bigger camera. A bigger screen. And a abundant college price. But Wall Street is aflame nonetheless. Apple s banal rose 2% Monday morning, allotment of a broader bazaar rally. Apple (AAPL , Tech30) is up about 40% this year. The alone banal in the Dow that s done bigger is Boeing (BA ) , with a 55% gain. Apple is aloof 2% beneath the best aerial that it set beforehand this month. The company s bazaar bulk is a amazing $835 billion. If the banal goes up 20% more, Apple will become the aboriginal accessible aggregation account $1 trillion. Sure, CEO Tim Cook may face criticism if the aggregation prices the highest-end adaptation of the new iPhone at $1,000 or more, as rumored. Yet analysts anticipate bodies will still be added than blessed to carapace out. Related: Apple s big iPhone acknowledge — here s what to apprehend Wall Street forecasts that Apple s sales in the division that ends in December will be up added than 10% from a year ago and that antithesis per allotment will access about 15%. And for Apple s abutting budgetary year, analysts anticipate sales will acceleration 15% — to $261.6 billion. Wall Street is admiration that antithesis will be up added than 20% abutting year. Simply put, added iPhone sales should addition appeal for Apple s Macs, acquirement from Apple s iTunes music abundance and App Abundance and potentially alike iPads and Apple Watches — the accepted iPhone aura effect. Related: Christmas in September? Businesses basic for abutting iPhone Macquarie Research analyst Benjamin Schachter wrote in a address Monday that he is in the alleged super-cycle camp apropos the iPhone. We apprehend the abutting iPhone to accommodate innovations that will be acutely visible, marketable, and advantageous for the mass-market globally. he said in the report. Despite these aerial hopes, Apple s banal still trades at a reasonable appraisal of beneath than 15 times antithesis forecasts for abutting year. That s a abatement to the broader market. The S&P 500 is admired at about 17 times estimates for 2018 antithesis — and profits are alone accepted to access 11% abutting year. Apple is alike cheaper if you exclude the iNormous bulk of banknote it has on its antithesis sheet: $261 billion. That makes up about a third of Apple s all-embracing bazaar value. Subtract that from the amount (pardon the pun) Apple business, and Apple trades for a little added than 10 times antithesis estimates for abutting year. So alike admitting there is a lot of burden on Apple to bear a buzz that will eat into the bazaar allotment of Samsung s Galaxy band and others active on the Google/Alphabet (GOOGL , Tech30) Android operating system, the banal is still analytic priced. And investors assume appealing assured that Apple s best canicule are still ahead. (New York) Aboriginal appear September 11, 2017: 10:53 AM ET

A rare look inside LAPD s use of data


How you use government abstracts every day A academy professor s two-and-a-half year activity has brought the acid bend of badge assignment out of the shadows. Back 2011, Silicon Valley-based software close Palantir has helped the Los Angeles Badge Administration assay data, alignment from authorization plates photos, to rap sheets, cartage tickets, listings of bankrupt backdrop and more. The company, which additionally works with government agencies such as the CIA and FBI, is agilely transforming how badge operate. Palantir doesn t acknowledge how abounding audience are application its tools, but badge departments in both California and New York accept ahead formed with the company. Sarah Brayne, a folklore assistant at the University of Texas in Austin, conducted added than 100 interviews of admiral and noncombatant employees. She went on ride-alongs in convoying cars and a helicopter, and watched abstracts analysts acknowledgment queries from detectives. Brayne additionally empiric capacity accept the new technologies. Her after-effects were appear online in the American Sociological Review aftermost month. Experts say that Brayne s assignment is a window into the approaching of law enforcement. It illuminates the affiance big abstracts holds for authoritative badge assignment added efficient. But it additionally shows its perils: how data, which is about anticipation to be cold and fair, can aggravate biases. Civil rights attorneys and advocates for boyhood communities, amid others, accept criticized the use of abstracts by badge departments. Nineteen cities accept advised aldermanic proposals accompanying to badge surveillance, according to the ACLU. The Los Angeles Badge Administration and Palantir both beneath to animadversion for this article. What follows are six of Brayne s best arresting findings. 1. Surveillance today is aberrant Aloof as Facebook fabricated it accessible for you to clue your friends, Palantir simplifies law enforcement s adeptness to adviser abeyant criminals. Its belvedere is agnate to a amusing network. Basic advice such a person s name, gender, academy affiliations are entered. Admiral sometimes almanac this abstracts on agenda cards back they stop citizens on the street, say, afterward a cartage accident. Advice is calm not alone on the individual, but the bodies with them at the time. Additional abstracts comes from government agencies, or abstracts the administration purchases from clandestine companies. Related: 15 years afterwards Boyhood Report: A cautionary blur is abandoned Already a actuality is in the system, admiral can accept automatic alerts on their smartphones. For example, an active may be triggered back an individual s car is apparent active into a defined neighborhood. The Los Angeles Badge Administration has chip cameras installed on its cars and forth streets into Palantir s system. The cameras photograph authorization plates, agriculture their time and breadth into the system. Another example: If a doubtable coffer robber s agent is bent on camera activity abreast a defined bank, a badge administrator may accept an alert. Abstracts already captivated in abstruse silos, acute assorted searches, is now centralized and added accessible to admission to aid investigations. 2. Citizens after badge acquaintance can be tracked Brayne begin that Los Angeles databases additionally included individuals who haven t had absolute acquaintance with law enforcement. For example, aloof accepting a articulation to a actuality of absorption is abundant to be in the city s Palantir system. This could be a simple as actuality in a fender bender with a assemblage member. There s alike a lover class in Palantir — a adventurous accord with a actuality of absorption could advance you to be in a database, too. Already you re listed, admiral can accept alerts about you. I d attention adjoin the cerebration that if you accept annihilation to hide, you accept annihilation to fear, Brayne told Tech. That argumentation rests on the acceptance of the acceptable state. It rests on the acceptance that actors are entering advice after error, ageism or discretion. For example, African Americans are seven times added acceptable than white Americans to be abominably bedevilled of murder, according to analysis from the Civic Registry of Exonerations. 3. Sharing abstracts helps cops do their jobs The Los Angeles Badge Administration covers a huge breadth — 500 aboveboard miles, the agnate of 22 Manhattans. Distant yet accompanying crimes may not be affiliated to anniversary other. But in Palantir, it s easier for detectives to see connections. An administrator can assurance up for alerts about a specific blazon of abomination with keywords such as marijuana, robbery, male, 5-foot-11. They may apprentice that a aide is aggravating to break a agnate blazon of crime. There s additionally a account in planning operations, Brayne found. If the cops are activity to chase a home, they can chase Palantir for accordant data. Admiral ability be warned about a gun registered abutting door, a assemblage associated on the block or a accreditation issued for a adjacent crime. In one example, Brayne recalled how admiral zeroed in on a car complex in a alternation of chestnut wire thefts. Admiral chose to chase for authorization plates photographed abreast area the wire was stolen, during a accordant time window. This gave them a account of cars present at all three locations. 4. Not all admiral adulation the new surveillance accoutrement From the outside, badge departments may assume like a monolith, alive in lockstep to exhaustion up abstracts and adviser citizens. But Brayne begin the department s added than 12,500 advisers accept assorted opinions on big abstracts systems. Not every analysis in the Los Angeles administration is application Palantir, and some don t alike apperceive what it is. Others are alert of it. All we re accomplishing appropriate now is, Let s aloof aggregate added and added and added abstracts and article acceptable will aloof happen. And I anticipate that s affectionate of ambitious thinking, a noncombatant agent in the administration told Brayne. The acceleration of surveillance additionally agency that cops can be watched like never before. A about-face to badge cars automatically advertisement their breadth every bristles abnormal wasn t accustomed by the badge union, Brayne noted. 5. Big abstracts has a role in asperity Individuals in low-income, boyhood areas were added acceptable to accept their risk abstinent by police, the allegation showed. In 2011, Los Angeles started a affairs in such a adjacency that articular abiding offenders, who were accustomed a point amount and ranking. Points were awarded for a agitated bent history, assemblage affiliations, above-mentioned arrests with a blaster or for actuality on acquittal or probation. Anniversary time an administrator chock-full an alone on the list, a point was added to their score. The convenance has been explained in badge administration abstracts but not abundant in media letters afore now. The danger, Brayne warns, is that abstracts can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. An alone with a aerial point amount is acceptable to accept added badge contact. Added interactions will alone accession their score, arch to alike added interactions with police. According to a January 2017 letter from Los Angeles badge arch Charlie Beck, 12 of the department s 21 convoying capacity acclimated the quantified accident appraisal affairs at the end of 2016. 6. Laws haven t kept up with technology Big abstracts policing changes the bold on warrants and built-in violations, too. Cops are appropriate to accept a accreditation to accretion assertive insights, but now they can use able databases to bear the aforementioned allegation after one, Brayne reported. Privacy is additionally an issue. Noncombatant advisers told Brayne they were because new sources, such as alarm abstracts from pizza chains, and abode advice from acquaintance lens rebates. Every atom of abstracts — whether calm by government agencies or clandestine companies — can be potentially advantageous for law enforcement. What affectionate of approaching do we want? The LAPD s use of Palantir is a admonition of the implications of data. Technology can be a acrid sword. Andrew G. Ferguson, a assistant at the University of the District Columbia law academy and columnist of the accessible book The Acceleration of Big Abstracts Policing, believes Brayne s allegation acknowledge the approaching of policing. He says a civic chat charge be opened, and the accessible is abundantly in the dark. The New York Badge Department, which has appear little about its antecedent use of Palantir, beneath to animadversion to Tech. For abate badge departments, technology such as Palantir s may be too expensive, according to Brayne. A contempo Wired address said that California law administration agencies spent over $50 actor with Palantir back 2009. We charge to alpha talking — afore the technology gets too far and too avant-garde — about whether we re adequate with this growing abstracts accumulating about the citizenry, Ferguson said. (Washington) First appear September 11, 2017: 11:42 AM ET

As Irma raged Floridians stopped to take care of creatures great and small


By now, you ve best absolutely apparent the video of the flamingos at Busch Garden arrogant to assurance because of Hurricane Irma. Or the manatees who were rescued afterwards the storm sucked up baptize from a bay and larboard them stranded. But they weren t the alone ones. As Irma ripped its way through Florida and millions of bodies evacuated, Floridians weren t aloof cerebration about themselves. They chock-full to accomplish abiding that creatures – abundant and baby — were additionally safe from harm s way. Safe at the zooAt Zoo Miami, flamingos, as able-bodied as airy spoonbills, were confused to a acting asylum in a hurricane-resistant anatomy at the zoo.So were the pelicans … the cheetahs …… and the vultures. Oh, and the porcupines too. The all-inclusive majority of the zoo s animals, however, rode out the storm in their own enclosures.Safe in jailIt s not aloof inmates who hunkered bottomward abaft confined to escape Irma s wrath. Some 250 animals — like Mo the sloth — from the Monroe County Sheriff s Office s beastly acreage in Key West were confused to the burghal bastille to delay out the storm.Alpacas, snakes, horses and the added animals were placed in captivation cells, forth with all the aliment they required. Trash cans were abounding with beginning baptize so they had article to drink. Safe with the sitterSome bodies artlessly larboard the pets with the sitter. A Paw Above, a pet sitting business in Hollywood, Florida, was inundated with pet affliction requests as owners larboard town. Employees said they took affliction of 20 dogs and 21 cats.Safe in addition stateThis assistant bluff at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea, Florida, was one of the aftermost to be abandoned from the facility. Added animals at the lab, two sharks and a loggerhead sea turtle, were beatific to Atlanta afore the storm hit.Safe with the ones who adulation themSome animals artlessly hunkered bottomward with their owners in pet-friendly shelters, like this one at the Miami-Dade County Fair.

They opened their home to Irma evacuees and made a birthday wish come true


Cesar Sanchez and his ancestors heeded Broward County s aborticide adjustment for Hurricane Irma as anon as they could and larboard their home in Weston, Florida, on Thursday.They had no abstraction area they would end up. They had no accompany or ancestors alfresco of Florida. Alone one affair was certain: Their babe would about-face six years old on Saturday, September 9, and they would not let it canyon afterwards a celebration. Thanks to the affection of strangers, they begin a abode to absolve amid new accompany in the exurbs of Atlanta. God brought us to assurance and he begin us a home with a admirable family, Sanchez told , speaking in Spanish. God absolve America. The Sanchez ancestors is one of abounding axis to breezy networks of community-based coalitions basic to advice evacuees in Irma s path. Sanchez s wife begin out about one such accumulation from a WhatsApp accumulation babble consisting of connected ancestors and friends.The Atlanta Hurricane Solidarity Project began as a Google doc of bodies accommodating to host evacuees. Through chat of mouth, association groups, mosques and churches abutting the effort, and the affiliation formed a website area bodies can assurance up as hosts, and evacuees can appeal shelter. Since Friday, the accumulation has placed added than 100 bodies and 20 pets, said advance Mary Hoyt. Best of the requests appear in back bodies are on the alley in agitated chase approach afterwards actuality angry abroad from hotels and shelters. It s been an backbreaking but blood-tingling brace of days, Hoyt said. We accept been afflicted by the generosity of Atlantans. It has been actual affective to allege with bodies on the buzz while they were driving, aloof be an advance for them back they were in crisis. That s how the Sanchez ancestors came beyond the group. They alone accustomed in the United States from Venezuela in 2016, afterwards beat the country s political and bread-and-butter instability. They had no accompany or ancestors alfresco of Florida to break with. They had spent two canicule in a Tampa auberge that was appointed to accommodation and could no best accumulate them.Fellow advance Nabil Taha got the alarm from the Sanchez ancestors about 10 p.m. Saturday night. Afterwards acquirements added about the needs of the Spanish-speaking ancestors of four, he accomplished out to Kathie Butler in Lawrenceville. The retired assistant and her bedmate don t allege Spanish, but they accept a 5-bedroom abode with a backyard, absolute for hosting an ad-lib party.Sanchez and his wife accustomed with their two children, whom they requested not be named, backward Saturday night. A band of alternate acknowledgment instantly formed, associates of both families said. The Sanchezes were adequate to accept a abode to break with warm, affable hosts; the Butlers were captivated to advice a ancestors in charge — abnormally back they saw the little babe cutting a pink, bedazzled altogether tiara. I was a little afraid not alive what was coming, but back they came through the door, they re aloof the best admirable people, Brett Butler said. We instantly knew we were activity to be friends. Their aboriginal appeal was to celebrate. All the Sanchezes had brought with them were cases of water, some claimed furnishings and the essentials for a child s birthday: a white, vanilla-frosted block with bubble sprinkles, a airship and a Moana baby for a gift. They brought the block into the abode and sang Happy Birthday in Spanish, again in English. The carousal connected through Sunday, as three added Sanchez ancestors accustomed — first, with a cossack breakfast, followed by broiled steaks and caprese bloom for dinner.Sanchez s 17-year-old son initially served as translator. As the day went on, it got easier for the Butlers to acquaint through gestures and glances and a bit of burst Spanish, they said.Monday, it s Sanchez s about-face to accomplish breakfast: Venezuelan arepas, or cornmeal patties, blimp with accolade eggs, amazon and ham, or reina pepiada, a array of craven bloom with avocado and onion. He can t delay to allotment the cuisine of his citizenry with his hosts. It s not bright back they ll leave, but Kathie Butler said she s blessed to comedy host as continued as necessary. Afterwards that, she s attractive advanced to visiting them in Florida one day. We re accompany for life, she said. For the time being, we re adulatory the actuality we accept new accompany and guests to entertain.

How Singapore elected a president without a vote


Singapore Singaporeans were meant to go to the acclamation at the end of abutting anniversary to vote for a new president, but they ll no best accept the chance, with alone one applicant condoning for the race.Former Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has emerged arrive by default, afterwards added presidential hopefuls fell abhorrent of new rules. I can alone say that I affiance to do the best that I can to serve the bodies of Singapore and that doesn t change whether there is an acclamation or no election, she told reporters Monday.What should be a moment of anniversary — Halimah will be Singapore s aboriginal changeable admiral — has accepted advancing for several affidavit and appears at allowance with Singapore s acceptability as a technocratic and able burghal state. While the appointment of admiral is abundantly a august role in Singapore, he or she has ability to veto some of the government s decisions, for archetype in budgetary affairs that blow on the country s reserves, or key accessories in the accessible service. The alone beneficiaries from this aloof presidential acclamation are Halimah Yacob and her team, as able-bodied as Singapore s opposition, which now has a new band of advance adjoin the PAP (People s Action Party). The blow of Singapore has suffered, Sudhir Vadaketh, a Singapore columnist and commentator, told . Halimah is loyal affiliate of the PAP, which dominates Singaporean government. All Singaporeans are black that meritocracy and balloter fairness, amount Singaporean values, accept been breakable to accomplish perceived political goals. Racial politicsIn this election, for the aboriginal time, candidates to become Singapore s admiral could alone appear from one ancestral group: Malays. It s a abolitionist action that would acceptable prove alienated abroad but it s one the Southeast Asian nation said was all-important to ensure bigger representation amid the country s three basic races: Chinese, Indian and Malay. It shows we don t alone allocution about multi-racialism, but we allocution about it in the ambience of meritocracy or opportunities for everyone, and we absolutely convenance it, Halimah told The Straits Times newspaper, afore declaring her ambition to claiming the election.The new rules additionally set stricter belief on the accomplishments of candidates. For example, those from the clandestine area are appropriate to be a arch controlling of a company, with at atomic $370 actor in shareholders equity. The two added Malay presidential hopefuls — businessmen Salleh Marican and Farid Khan — bootless to accretion Certificates of Eligibility from the Presidential Elections Committee on these grounds, although the Presidential Elections Committee could accept acclimatized its acumen to acquiesce them to run for the office.Critics allegation that the new rules are a way for the government to stage-manage the acclamation and anticipate opponents from running. In August, Singapore s address cloister disqualified adjoin a accustomed claiming to the new arrangement by cardinal affair administrator angry critic, Tan Cheng Bock. Tan had almost absent the antecedent presidential acclamation in 2011 to Tony Tan, a above agent prime abbot broadly accustomed as the government-favored candidate, and planned to run again. Singapore s citizenry is 74% Chinese, 13% Malay, 9% Indian and 3.2% are the ambiguously called Others. New rulesThe advertisement backward Monday by the Elections Department that alone one applicant had able marks an underwhelming cessation to a arguable acclamation agitated out beneath changes to the adopted admiral arrangement in Singapore voted through Parliament beforehand this year.Specifically, the alteration states that an acclamation will be aloof for candidates from a accurate ancestral accumulation if the antecedent bristles elections accept not produced a admiral from that ancestral group. In Singapore, it s dubbed a hiatus-triggered model. Every citizen, Chinese, Malay, Indian or some added race, should apperceive that addition of his association can become President, and in actuality from time to time, does become President, said Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore s prime minister, aftermost November afore the new aphorism was introduced.Singapore hasn t had a Malay admiral back the country s aboriginal Admiral Yusof Ishak, who served as arch of accompaniment from 1965 to 1970. Subsequent presidents accept been from the Eurasian, Chinese and Indian communities.DebateThe acclamation has additionally triggered agitation on who is Malay and aloft questions over how an individual s chase can be determined. Candidates were appropriate to be adjourned by a five-member association console to accredit their chase as Malay as allotment of the condoning criteria.Halimah, who has auspiciously stood as a Malay applicant in antecedent accepted elections, is appear to accept an Indian father. Moreover, Salleh Marican additionally has an Indian father, while Farid Khan s character agenda lists his chase as Pakistani, the government-controlled Straits Times appear What s more, critics point out that, if the ambition absolutely was to advance ancestral representation and justice, added allusive measures could be adopted.The Chinese anatomy the majority in Singapore and generally boss in positions of ability and influence. Singapore s prime abbot has consistently been Chinese, and it was alone in 2015 that the country assuredly had added than one Malay abbot in the Cabinet at one time. The Malay association about accept lower incomes and attack with institutional discrimination, such as in the armed forces. While reserving the presidential elections for alone Malays is a awful allegorical gesture, there is a charge to do added for accurate issues faced by the Malay association such as discrimination, abridgement of amusing advancement and about poverty, advocate Fadli Fawzi told . I anticipate that it is added important to focus on removing barriers and convalescent the lot of the man on the artery rather than reserving slots for one or two individuals. Speaking at a appointment on Friday, Chan Chun Sing, a abbot in the Prime Minister s Office, accustomed the aversion of the new system, adage that it would be a hard journey to argue Singaporeans that the change was necessary. He denied accusations that the amendments were fabricated for political gain. We are able to pay the political price, because we anticipate the approaching of our country is abundant added important than any political basic that we may have, he said.

Irma kills 10 people in Cuba


Havana Ten bodies accept died in Cuba as a aftereffect of Hurricane Irma, Cuban accompaniment television appear Monday. Irma anesthetized over the arctic of the Caribbean island over the weekend.Most bodies died in the basic Havana from architecture collapses, the anchorperson reported.Irma fabricated landfall in Cuba brief on Friday as a Category 5 storm, announcement into bank towns and causing calamity in below areas of Havana. Winds of 125 mph aerated roofs apple-pie off buildings, ripped copse from the arena and affected evacuations forth the coast.State-run bi-weekly Granma said all-encompassing accident had been done on the country s agronomical infrastructure, hitting important crops like sugar.

Aarifa Bhinderwala: India s pioneering pole dancer


At the end of a arenaceous lane off a alive artery in a Mumbai suburb, is a actual accustomed attractive accommodation block. Soulful music wafts out of a window. But in a first-floor accommodation article actual abnormal is happening. Central Aarifa Bhinderwala s ablaze dejected bedroom, there isn t a bed, wardrobe, or table — aloof four agleam animate poles that amplitude from attic to ceiling. Bhinderwala, 28, has been sleeping on a mattress in the active allowance for years.From her bedroom, she practices and teaches the action of pole dancing.It s a arguable activity for a woman in India, which still has bourgeois ethics aback it comes to gender norms. But Bhinderwala says she isn t out to blast stereotypes or baffle perceptions. I do it because I adulation it, she says. I am a hopeless romantic. Everything I do stems from love. Pole positionBhinderwala s adulation activity with pole dancing began three years ago while visiting her sister in Perth, Australia. She saw an advert for a pole dancing chic and absitively to try it. I admired the vibe of the class. The lights, the music, women from about the world, the aerial activity — it was like a party, she says. I begin it fascinating. After a brace of weeks, she accomplished her aboriginal inversion: an upside bottomward ball position on the pole. Previously, she had never done a handstand.For the abutting two-and-a-half years, while she completed her MA in folklore at Mumbai University, Bhinderwala shuttled amid India and Australia, area she took pole dancing courses, eventually acceptable an advanced-level pole dancer. Poling adapted the being central me, both physically and mentally, Bhinderwala tells , in amid assuming off a ambit of acrobatic moves. It is uplifting, allotment and humbling, says Bhinderwala. It s an absurd activity aback you apprentice to authority and ascendancy your own anatomy weight in the air. You airing with a renewed cocky confidence. Bhinderwala started choreographing her own pole routines to a ambit of music — soul, jazz, old Hindi cine soundtracks. It became an art form. Pole dancing in India Although the origins of pole dancing can be traced aback to the age-old Indian action of mallakhamb, in which wrestlers alternation by assuming gymnastics on board poles, pole dancing in best of the 20th aeon was associated with ailing night clubs.Over the accomplished two decades, however, pole — or vertical dance, as it s additionally referred to — has acquired into a sport, accouterment a aerial acuteness conditioning that develops amount backbone and requires acute coordination. Women, it seems, are demography aback the pole and axis it into article positive.In 2008, Katie Coates and Tim Trautman founded the UK-based All-embracing Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) and the alignment set about standardizing rules, regulations, scoring systems, policies, and board training. Today, there are added than 30 civic pole championships, a apple championship and a apprenticeship and anticipation framework, according to the federation s website.In 2015, the IPSF says added than 2,500 athletes competed in 26 countries to authorize for the Apple Championships with a growing cardinal of men and children demography part. The IPSF says its abiding ambition is the admittance of pole in all-embracing antic contest such as the Olympic Games.Coates tells that she s never heard of anyone from India aggressive in pole. India is a huge demographic, we would be captivated if it bent on there, she says.In Mumbai — a burghal of at atomic 18.5 actor bodies — can alone acquisition affirmation of two pole dancing studios. Bhinderwala operates one, and Shilpa Rane, 44, runs the other.After training in pole dancing in the US and the UK, she was one of the aboriginal women to advise it in Mumbai in 2002. Aback then, she says, the bazaar was not accessible for it. It was not advised article acceptable girls did, she tells . According to Rane, attitudes are changing. She says burghal Indian women admit pole dancing as a anatomy of fettle and they are accessible to embrace it.Bhinderwala holds accumulation classes three times a anniversary and trains for two hours every day. She doesn t acquaint her classes — she says she doesn t charge to. Word of aperture is so strong, she says, Three acceptance get addition 10, those 10 get addition 20, and my classes are full. An all-embracing ambit of women attend, from businesswomen and doctors to homemakers and models. Their ages vary, too — Bhinderwala s oldest apprentice is 49 years old.Going viralBhinderwala started to accretion acceptance in Mumbai aback media company, Culture Machine, featured her adventure on its agenda approach for women, Blush.In the video, Bhinderwala says: Not every being who is absolutely covered is bourgeois and not every being who is cutting skimpier clothes is actual ample minded. To date, it has been beheld over 1.3 actor times. We achievement that (Bhinderwala) encourages women to accurate themselves in whatever way they admiration and (inspires them to) not be bogged bottomward by dogma, says Akanksha Seda, artistic and approach administrator at Blush.Bhinderwala has absolutely acquired an audience.On Instagram, she has about 6,000 followers to whom she consistently posts pictures and videos of herself assuming complicated moves. I was assured a lot of backlash, she says. Instead, bodies animadversion on my strength. They say: This is so adamantine core, you are so strong. Her bigger fan is her mother, Nafisa Bhinderwala, a retired academy teacher. I am a appreciative mother aback I see her on top of the pole, acclimation on one limb and accomplishing inverts and adequate it all. The bruises and burns — she calls them her medals for nailing anniversary move. Nafisa is acquainted of the abrogating affiliation pole dancing has in India, but isn t fazed. I am appreciative my babe has called article different. She is breaking the belief about pole dancing and has all my support, she tells .Men s role on the poleTo advice her action become bigger accustomed and respected, Bhinderwala wants to abolish the hyper-sexuality associated with pole dancing.One way to accomplish that, she says, would be to get men to pole ball — although Bhinderwala has yet to accept a man appearance up at one of her classes, she is alive on a affairs that she hopes will address to men.Bhinderwala hopes to eradicate the sport s abrogating image.Pole dancing is gradually acceptable added accepted amid men on the all-embracing circuit. Thirty-five men registered to booty allotment in the Apple Pole Sports Championships in Holland this year. In 2012, the aboriginal year a macho class was introduced, alone bristles men took part, according to Coates. Bhinderwala says pole dancing has accomplished her acquaint about perseverance, adamantine work, and forgiveness. And it s not for the faint-hearted: the bark bruises and burns calmly as it learns to adept the sport. I account my anatomy so much, Bhinderwala says. I put it through much. My anatomy has accomplished me to forgive, because it forgives me.

Report: Some Trump lawyers thought Kushner should step down


Washington Some of President Donald Trump s acknowledged aggregation believed that his son-in-law Jared Kushner should accept stepped abreast afore letters about his abortion to acknowledge contacts with Russians during the alteration became accessible this summer, bodies accustomed with the amount told the Wall Street Journal.Although not accepted in their cessation that Kushner — a chief adviser to the President and the bedmate of his daughter, Ivanka Trump — should footfall down, some of the attorneys accurate their apropos to the President, the Journal appear Monday.People accustomed with the amount told the WSJ that staffers had amorphous to adapt a account in case Kushner did ultimately resign. Kushner did not resign, however, and charcoal at the White House.Trump advocate John Dowd denied the report, cogent the cardboard that to my knowledge that band of cerebration was never brought alternating to the President. I didn t accede with that appearance at all. I anticipation it was absurd, Dowd told the Journal. I fabricated my angle known. Marc Kasowitz, Trump s claimed lawyer, additionally issued a account to the Wall Street Journal abstinent the report: I never discussed with added attorneys for the President that Jared Kushner should footfall bottomward from his position at the White House, I never recommended to the President that Mr. Kushner should footfall bottomward from that position and I am not acquainted that any added attorneys for the President fabricated any such advocacy either. The cardboard appear that some of Trump s attorneys were abundantly anxious with the actuality that Kushner had the best alternation with Russians, some of whom are actuality investigated, while on the attack and during the transition. Attorneys additionally acclaimed that Kushner bootless to accurately address his acquaintance with adopted admiral back applying for his aegis clearance, according to the Wall Street Journal s report.The accusation that Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 US presidential acclamation has led to several probes into the admeasurement of the interference, and whether Trump s attack had any involvement. This includes assorted investigations in Congress, as able-bodied as a Justice Department analysis led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Over the summer, Kushner submitted a account to aldermanic committees, in which he denied any bunco with any adopted government: I did not collude, nor apperceive of anyone abroad in the attack who colluded, with any adopted government, he said.