13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both the House and Senate passed a federal government funding bill that will at least delay any federal government shutdown until midnight Dec. 11, when the stopgap measure runs out.The votes occurred ahead of the midnight deadline when a default government shutdown would have kicked in.The bill, which reportedly also provides emergency funding to fight wildfires and extends the expiring authority of the Federal Aviation Administration, pass the Senate 78-20 and the House 277-151.This short-term spending bill buys only two months for Congress and the White House to come to a year-end spending deal. The House will be under new Republican leadership by the time a new deal is forged as current House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he would be retiring at the end of October. continue reading »
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry is facing a strange diplomatic problem, as Mohamed Salah al-Dirsi, the acting Libyan ambassador in Cairo who was dismissed by the Libyan government, is fighting to maintain the position after the Libyan government appointed it to Tarek ibn Shoaib. Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt requested the Libyan Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to end the dispute. He denied that this has changed the relationship between the two countries or that the ministry has stopped dealing with the diplomats of the Libyan Embassy.Dirsi was dismissed one week after taking office against the backdrop of accusations that he squandered public funds of the Libyan Consulate in Alexandria. He prevented Shoaib and his staff from working from the embassy, forcing him to work from the Labor High Commission headquarters in Dokki.The interim Libyan government of Abdullah al-Thinni asked the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to consider the Labor High Commission headquarters as the official Libyan embassy building, requesting the Egyptian authorities to provide protection to Shoaib. It also noted that all financial transactions should be with Shoaib and his financial controller, Khaled Mansour.Dirsi also stormed the guest house that Shoaib said would turn into a school for Libyan students in Cairo. His supporters in Libya staged protests in front of the government headquarters in the city of Al-Bayda last week, demanding his official reinstatement.
More sporting events affected by spreading virusUNDATED (AP) — A Division III men’s basketball NCAA Tournament game at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University is believed to be the first U.S. sports event held without fans because of the new coronavirus.Yeshiva University tipped off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute Friday afternoon in an empty gym occupied only by players, employees and media members in the first-round game.Johns Hopkins said it was “prudent” to take this step after Maryland’s recently confirmed COVID-19 cases and CDC guidelines for large gatherings.In other sports news involving the virus: The agent says details of the decision are expected to be released next week, adding that Lawson was awarded around $10,000 to help offset his legal fees.Lawson was notified in August 2018 that he tested positive for a substance frequently used in the U.S. to promote the growth of beef cattle. The agent said Lawson ate what they believe to be tainted beef at a Japanese restaurant in Arkansas before the drug test.The drug test has prevented Lawson from competing for 19 months.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOROhio State settling some suits over doc abuse; cost unclear — Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had his fifth straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, providing 26 and 11 as the Mavericks clobbered the Grizzlies, 121-96. Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) added 21 points for Dallas, which outscored Memphis, 34-16 in the third quarter and moved 14 games over .500 for the first time this season.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) shot 11-for-14 while contributing 24 points and 12 rebounds to the Pacers’ 108-102 decision over the Bulls. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 16 in Indiana’s fifth win in six games after missing the previous two games because of a sore right knee.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday dropped in 20 points and Brandon Ingram missed 15 of his first 17 shots before scoring five points over the final 62 seconds of the Pelicans’ 110-104 victory against the Heat. New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson scored 17 points, ending his string of 20-point performances at 13.— Caris LeVert recorded a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in sending the Nets to a 139-120 pounding of the Spurs. Brooklyn rang up 75 points in the first half, put eight players in double figures and led by as much as 33 in front of former Net Julius Erving, one of the greatest players in franchise history.— Aron Baynes established career highs with nine 3-pointers and 37 points as the Suns beat the Trail Blazers, 127-117 to end a four-game losing streak. Baynes was 9 of 14 from long distance and 12 of 23 overall while also grabbing 16 rebounds. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) picked up his league-leading sixth shutout of the season by handling 29 shots in the Jets’ 4-0 win over the Golden Knights. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) each had a goal and an assist, while Kyle Connor added his team-high 36th goal to help Winnipeg prevent Vegas from padding its two-point lead over Edmonton in the Pacific Division.— Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) assisted on goals by Johnny Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie and Mikael Backlund in the Flames’ 3-2 win against the Coyotes. Calgary has gone 6-3-1 in its last 10 to move within three points of the Pacific Division-leading Knights.— Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) scored to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead in a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has a league-low 37 points.MLB-NEWS Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEJazz beat Celtics in BostonUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suffered their third straight home loss to fall two games behind Toronto for the second seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron and Ken Duke are tied for second.GOLF-PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOMSorenstam, Player to be White House honoreesWASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has announced that World Golf Hall of Famers Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on March 23.Player won 24 PGA Tour events and 118 international tournaments. Sörenstam completed her LPGA career with 72 tournament victories. Cuban twice walked onto the court to challenge officiating calls during the Mavericks’ loss to Atlanta on Feb. 22. The league says Cuban spoke to reporters in the arena after the game and tweeted several times that night and into the next day with comments that were highly critical, personal and demeaning to the league and its officiating staff.The NBA announced that the Mavericks’ protest of that game was rejected Friday. The league also sent a memo to teams reminding them of rules that govern conduct of owners, coaches and other team personnel during games.In other NBA news:— The Lakers have signed guard Dion Waiters, who had been a free agent since Memphis waived him last month. He was let go by the Grizzlies three days after acquiring him from Miami in the three-team trade that landed Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH’-lah) (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) with the Heat. Waiters was suspended three times while playing only three games for Mami, but his 3-point shooting prowess could be valuable as the Lakers head to their first playoff appearance since 2013.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SAN DIEGO STATE/BOISE STATE Woods decided at the last minute not to play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico and has skipped last week’s Honda Classic and this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he has won a record eight times.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-HOAG CLASSICQualifier leads at Newport BeachNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV fired a 10-under 61 at Newport Beach Country Club to take a two-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.Morland had five birdies on each nine, closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th. He was a stroke off the course record set by Tom Purtzer in 2004 and matched by Nick Price in 2011 and Duffy Waldorf in 2015. — The Magic rolled to a 132-118 win over the Timberwolves as Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead Orlando. Markelle Fultz added 24 points for Orlando, which played most of the second half without coach Steve Clifford due to illness.— Bradley Beal shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range while scoring 35 points for the Wizards in a 118-112 win against the Hawks. Davis Bertans added 17 points and Jerome Robinson had 14 for Washington, which was 15 of 31 from beyond the arc.NBA-NEWSNBA fines Cuban, sends teams memo on proper conductUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Dallas owner Mark Cuban $500,000 for “public criticism and detrimental conduct” regarding officiating. Yanks’ Judge has broken ribUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib that could require surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup.Manager Aaron Boone says he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch late last season. Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.Since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, Judge has been limited to 112 games in 2018 because of a broken right wrist and to 102 games last year due to a strained left oblique.In other MLB news: Mike Conley Jr. nailed six 3-pointers and dropped in 25 points to carry Utah past the Celtics, 99-94 in Boston. Jordan Clarkson finished with 17 points to help the Jazz overcome Marcus Smart’s 29 points.Kemba Walker had 13 points and seven assists for the Celtics, who were without injured forwards Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.The win gives Utah sole possession of fourth place in the West, a half-game ahead of Houston.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Chris Paul had 21 points and 12 assists as the Thunder hammered the Knicks, 126-103. Danilo Gallinari had a team-high 22 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored New York in each quarter and stayed 1 ½ games behind Utah for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. — Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) has finalized a $215 million, nine-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His new deal adds seven years and $187.25 million to his current contract. Yelich won the NL batting title and MVP award in 2018 as the Brewers reached Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.— One day after signing with the Red Sox, pitcher Collin McHugh says he regrets he didn’t do more to stop the Astros from breaking sign stealing rules in 2017 and 2018. McHugh is worried about the impact of the Astros’ actions on young fans. He said pitchers were led to believe other teams were stealing the Astros’ signs.— Amid widespread concern about the coronavirus, Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish decided to be extra careful after he developed a cough this week. The Japanese right-hander visited with at least two doctors and stayed away from the team for a day before throwing three innings in a simulated game. Darvish said he feels good now, but he’s still coughing a little bit.— Diamondbacks infielder Domingo Leyba has been suspended 80 games for a violation of baseball’s performance-enhancing drug program. The 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic played 21 games with the Diamondbacks last season, hitting .280 with five RBIs.— Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the Mets after going 2-for-13 in spring training, including his first extra-base hit in four years of exhibition play. The 32-year-old outfielder batted .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season. NFL-NEWSPay bump for Chargers’ EkelerUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (EHK’-lur) has been rewarded with a four-year, $24.5 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed.Ekeler had a breakout season while scoring 11 touchdowns for the Chargers last season, finishing seventh in the league and fourth in the AFC this season with 1,550 scrimmage yards. He has gone from an undrafted rookie in 2017 to special teams standout before becoming a featured part of the Los Angeles backfield.PGA-BAY HILL Associated Press March 6, 2020 Hatton, Kang share Palmer leadORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton and Sung Kang are co-leaders at the midway point of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Hatton fired a 3-under 39 and Kang shot a 68 that puts them 7 under through two rounds, one stroke ahead of Danny Lee.Matt Every ballooned to an 83 that allowed him to join the wrong list in PGA Tour annals by going from the 18-hole lead to the weekend off.Rory McIlroy is two strokes back following a 73, tying him with Harris English and Sungjae Im. Aztecs reach conference title game againLAS VEGAS (AP) — Fifth-ranked San Diego State is 30-1 after advancing to the Mountain West Tournament title game for the third straight year.Malachi Flynn had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists as part of the Aztecs’ 81-68 comeback win over Boise State. San Diego State trailed by 16 with about five minutes left in the first half before outscoring the Broncos, 64-31 the rest of the way.KJ Feagin added 21 points and six rebounds for the Aztecs, who made 15 3-pointers and shot 49.1% from the field.NHL-SCHEDULE Devils surprise BluesUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues’ eight-game winning streak has been stopped by an unlikely team.Dakota Mermis scored his first NHL goal and fellow defenseman Connor Carrick got his first of the season as the Devils doubled up the Blues, 4-2.Cory Schneider made 31 saves to help the worst team in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division end a 12-game skid against the defending Stanley Cup champions.Vince Dunn and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues, whose winning streak began with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Feb. 18. NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHabs great Henri Richard diesMONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens star Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’) has died at 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.The speedy center won a record 11 Stanley Cups during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Canadiens from 1956-75. Richard played a team-record 1,256 regular-season games and is third in club history with 1,046 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Jason Day had to withdraw after five holes Friday because of back issues that have hampered him in recent years.PGA-PLAYERS-WOODSTiger still not ready, will miss The Players ChampionshipORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss The Players Championship for the first time when not recovering from any of his nine surgeries.His agent says Woods is still bothered by a back issue but adds that it’s not a long-term concern. — The NHL has sent a memo to teams urging players to limit contact with fans because of the coronavirus outbreak. The move follows a similar directive this month by the NBA, which has told its players to stop high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking items for autographs.— Chicago State plans to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament next week after canceling regular-season games because of concerns about the spread of the virus.TRACK AND FIELD-LAWSON CLEAREDLawson cleared for competitionUNDATED (AP)— American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson has been notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has been exonerated of a doping offense, according to his agent. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has reached an unspecified settlement with nearly half of the roughly 350 men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor who was jokingly known among some athletes by nicknames like “Dr. Jelly Paws.”The settlement is the first for accusers of the late doctor, Richard Strauss, who they say groped and otherwise mistreated students for two decades while school officials who knew of concerns did little to stop him. Strauss died in 2005.Ohio State wouldn’t disclose the dollar amount.
The Rays have lost their Cy Young winner for a while.Tampa Bay has placed reigning American League Cy Young award winner Blake Snell on the injured list with a broken toe on his right foot, according to the Tampa Bay Times. #Rays put Snell on IL with fractured right toe— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 16, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIt initially was unclear when Snell sustained the injury, as he has thrown at least six innings in all four of his starts this season including his most recent appearance on April 13.However, Snell said he broke the toe — ESPN.com reported it was the fourth toe on his right foot — when he dropped something on the foot Sunday at home.#Rays Snell said he was getting out of the shower Sunday night, decided then to move a decorative stand in the bathroom that he didn’t realize was in 2 parts, and as he lifted it the bottom piece, made of granite, fell on his right foot. That fourth toe is a bruised red mess. https://t.co/KHUOk5FcBL— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 16, 2019According to ESPN.com, the move to the IL is retroactive to Sunday, and Snell is expected to miss just one start. He has posted a 2.16 ERA while going 2-1 in 2019.Snell won the Cy Young last season after posting a league-best 1.89 ERA while going 21-5.Tampa Bay is off to a hot start this season, leading the AL East by 5 1/2 games with a 12-4 record entering Tuesday’s play.
Citation: ‘Superfast’ internet cable to cross Mediterranean sea (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-superfast-internet-cable-mediterranean-sea.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Quantum Cable Chairman Nasos Ktorides said after signing on Tuesday an agreement to lay the cable that the $200 million project is expected to come online in 2020.Ktorides said the cable will have 40 times more capacity than existing internet cables on the Mediterranean seabed. He said that’s enough capacity to handle as many as 80 million high-definition video calls between Asia and Europe simultaneously.The 4785-mile (7,700 km) cable will reach Bilbao, Spain, where an equally powerful internet cable now connects Spain with the U.S. state of Virginia. Google, Facebook team on undersea cable to Hong Kong This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world’s internet traffic at peak time. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Chris Sun was trying to persuade homeless people to accept free money, which, in this case, was harder than it seemed. Samaritan isn’t alone in this tech space. Seattle’s startup culture also spawned WeCount, a web app that allows donors to give items rather than money to homeless people.Although donations given through these apps are important for the companies’ success, both are hoping the real solutions will come from getting the public and homeless people more connected.High-tech manifestationKumar, a Christian, sees his app as more than just a way to give money—it is a high-tech manifestation of the Bible’s Good Samaritan.”If you read the story of the Good Samaritan, it’s so much more about stepping into someone’s mess,” Kumar said. “It’s all about going and treating someone’s wounds, and giving your to-do list and your transportation and your time, not just your money.”That’s what happened for Michael McCollugh, who left West Baltimore to get away from drugs and violence. But he could not work in Seattle because of disabilities—liver damage and the loss of his spleen and gallbladder—caused by a car accident years ago. He was homeless on the streets of Seattle for 501 days, until two months ago.”It was the longest year and a half of my damn life,” said McCollugh, 44. “I wouldn’t wish being homeless on my worst enemy.”While staying at a shelter in Queen Anne, McCollugh saw someone wearing a beacon around his neck. McCollugh tracked Kumar down and got one himself. Kumar introduced McCollugh to Rob Snow, one of the startup’s interns at the time, who became McCollugh’s real-life Good Samaritan.McCollugh has received about $500 from Samaritan users, but the breakthrough came from Snow. McCollugh had trouble finding a landlord willing to take his state-funded rental voucher. Snow helped out, taking McCollugh around to check out apartments; two months ago they found a place in Shoreline.This is the highest calling Kumar can think of for the app: making real-life connections. Nineteen other people have gotten into housing with help from Samaritan app users, the company said.But there’s another value in these type of apps—the required 30-day check-in at nonprofits like the Millionair Club. These relationships are a reason Angele Leaptrot, the Millionair Club’s senior program director, said the app is “the smartest thing I’ve seen in a long time.””If there’s a beacon in this building, I can pull (Samaritan) up and see what this person needs,” Leaptrot said. If it says on someone’s profile that they’re looking for work, Leaptrot can say, “That’s what we do here.”And if someone is coming through a nonprofit’s doors regularly once a month, that person is more likely to move into housing.”There’s that old saying: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink,” said Graham Pruss, co-founder of the web app WeCount. “But if you lead that horse to water again and again and again, they’ll probably drink.”Some hesitationNot all nonprofits have jumped at the opportunity to join Samaritan.Union Gospel Mission is one Samaritan partner that already sees more than 500 people a day throughout King County, said Terry Pallas, chief program officer at UGM.Staff members don’t always have time to sit down with beacon-holders to update or renew their beacons, and Pallas said some beacon-holders can get confrontational. UGM is trying to hire staff specifically to work with beacon-holders, but if it can’t, the partnership probably won’t continue, Pallas said.”I think the worst part of my job is working with nonprofits,” said Kumar. “There seems to be a fair amount of territorialism here … It’s like, ‘Whoa, what are you doing … – you’re getting donors to donate directly to these people? … You might be siphoning off some of our funding.'”Kumar said he will change this approach if he expands, as planned, to more cities such as New York and Austin, Texas. He is finding nonprofits that want to introduce the app themselves—insiders who will be allies, instead of it being “this hotshot, tech-bro crew from Seattle,” Kumar said.Whether or not this is a solution to homelessness remains to be seen, but curiosity surrounds the app. At the Millionair Club, Nadia Karavan was getting her first beacon. Katherine Brown, a grad student and volunteer, put it around Karavan’s neck.”Wow,” Karavan said.”Yeah,” Brown said. “It’s, like, the future.” Citation: Homeless? This startup has an app for that (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-homeless-startup-app.html The role of animal companions in the lives of homeless people This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As people lined up for lunch at the Millionair Club in the Belltown neighborhood, Sun asked if anyone had heard of the Samaritan app. Some were apprehensive, so Sun explained: It’s a cashless way to give directly to homeless people, via a smartphone app.”Can I get one, man?” a man in line said. Yeah, Sun said, and held up a Bluetooth-enabled “beacon” for the man to wear.”And it labels me as a hobo?” the man asked.Startup culture is about solving problems. In Samaritan’s case, the problem is that in Seattle most people want to help with the city’s unprecedented homeless crisis but they don’t know how.Samaritan isn’t the only social venture with that mission, but if it’s going to grow, it will need to team with the nonprofits that have been working against homelessness for decades. Samaritan is a for-profit, at least for now, and its relationship with nonprofits has been strained at times.Here’s how it works. Download the app, enable your phone’s Bluetooth, and if you pass by a homeless person with a Samaritan beacon, the app notifies you. Read their story and choose to donate to them.Donations can be redeemed at participating restaurants and stores, including Safeway, but not for alcohol.Even though beacons are preloaded with $10, some homeless people will not accept one. Some think it’s going to track them and give their info to the government. In fact, the company did initially collect location data, but stopped in March because it didn’t see the benefit, founder Jonathan Kumar said.Privacy experts who reviewed the app did not find significant concerns beyond the risks posed by a normal smartphone app.Other homeless people have used the beacons but let them expire because they are required to meet with staff at a nonprofit partner like Millionair Club every 30 days. If they don’t, they can’t access the money.Samaritan, launched in September 2016, has 7,000 downloads in Seattle, and Kumar says donations total around $2,500 a month. The company has a small staff funded in part by angel investors and a grant from Vulcan. The company makes money off a small sliding fee on top of the donation, as high as 7.5 percent. Explore further ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.