Citizenship event attracts thousands

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by
first_imgThey made their way to the United States from 100 countries with the hope of freedom and the chance to become an American. That dream came true Friday for 7,018 immigrants, who took the oath of citizenship during two joy-filled ceremonies at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “It’s so amazing,” said Maria Elena, 33, a Mexican immigrant who got her green card in 1997, five years after arriving in the United States. “For the right to vote. For my husband. For my children. Everybody in my family is a citizen,” she said, “and I wanted to be one, too.” Omar Espejal was smuggled across the border from Tijuana and into California with his family when he was 13. They later became legal residents, and Friday – 17 years later and after only six months of waiting – he and his wife were able to embrace the “American” in Mexican-American. “It’s a great honor to be part of a nation. There’s not another one like this in the world,” said his wife, Imelda, whose family immigrated with green cards in 1989. Every person spoken to noted one new privilege above all else: the right to vote. “No. 1, I can vote,” said Akeem Lambert, an 18-year-old college student who emigrated six years ago from Guyana in South America. “I already felt like I was part of the community, but it is officially saying, `You are welcomed into society. You are one of us.”‘ That, in fact, was the message from President Bush, who spoke to his newest constituents via videotape. “Today, the United States is not only your home, it is your country,” the president said in a message recorded long before the recent round of immigration-reform discord. “You now go forward as citizens of a free nation.” After the second ceremony, California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference outside the exhibition hall and encouraged people to register to vote. “It’s important that you speak out. Just the other day, some 500,000 people marched for the right to have the American Dream,” Villaraigosa said, referring to the rally in downtown L.A. over a proposed immigration reform bill. In fiscal 2005-06, some 500,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens, including 95,000 in the Los Angeles region. It takes the district Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services an average of seven months to process citizenship applications, according to officer-in-charge Mary Esther Johnson. The more difficult task is getting into the country as a legal resident, which can take years. brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3436160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs politicians grapple with immigration reform and the debate over immigrants’ rights continues, the citizenship ceremony held each month in Los Angeles was a reminder that people don’t simply want to live in the United States – they want to be a part of the nation’s blood. “It warms my heart to know that so many of you were willing to strive so hard to become part of this country,” Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh said after the afternoon session. “America is a land of immigrants.” Walsh related how his grandparents had arrived at Ellis Island from Ireland, poor and lacking job skills. “Here, in just two generations, their kids have made it,” he said. The new citizens had immigrated from Afghanistan and Australia, China and Colombia. Mexico was the source of the largest number to the Los Angeles region – 1,842 people – followed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Iran and China. last_img

Young Galaxy Mature for Its Age

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_img(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Remote galaxy that should be young looks well-behaved and mature, “truly surprising” astronomers.Using the Herschel Space Telescope, astronomers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory have identified a “young” galaxy that looks mature, according to a JPL press release.  Because of lookback time, distant galaxies appear how they looked when they were young.  Galaxy S0901 is 10 billion years old, according to distance estimates from gravitational lensing and spectral analysis, which would mean it was quite young when light started its journey toward us.  James Rhoads of Arizona State likened it to a 10-year old “acting in unexpectedly mature ways.”  Tech Times says the astronomers were “startled” by this galaxy.The implications go beyond finding an outlier.  Rhoads said, “This is a truly surprising result that reminds us that we still don’t understand many details of the evolution of the universe.”National Geographic reported another “outlier” galaxy that doesn’t fit the cosmic evolution saga. Segue 1, a dwarf galaxy in the Local Group, has “failed to evolve normally” for all the time it must have been a sister to the Milky Way; i.e., it has low metallicity for a galaxy that should have seeded its stars with heavy elements during its long lifetime. “For some reason, this little guy has managed to survive for 13 billion years,” Ana Frebel (MIT) says. “It’s truly amazing.”What doesn’t work in the real universe seems to work in computers.  Nature boasted of a new simulation that “reproduces both large- and smaller-scale features of a representative volume of the Universe from early in its history to the present day.”  New Scientist claimed, “baby model cosmology grows up to look like the real thing.”  Did it include all the galaxies that didn’t evolve?  The article did admit that there were failures in the model: “For instance, small galaxies in the simulation produced stars too early, so they appeared older than we observe them to be today.”  In addition, “some of the processes through which galaxies grow up such as star formation and black hole radiation, are still not very well understood – making it difficult to tell whether the simulation gets them right.”In a piece called “What’s next for cosmology?” in Science Magazine, Joseph Silk (author of The Big Bang), with Jens Chluba, discussed what new measurements are needed in the wake of the highly-publicized BICEP2 observations of polarization modes consistent with inflation (3/17/14).  His optimism is tempered by realizations that “information reaching our telescopes is scrambled.”  Teasing out information with new instruments will be “immensely challenging,” and “Innovative design concepts are needed” to probe what may require “new physics” needed to “probe unexplored physics and help anchor the Big Bang theory.”We’ve reported numerous instances of this “early maturity” pattern over the past decade: so many, that early maturity should be seen as the new pattern, and early “fidgeting” the exception.  Logically, it can be argued that the more details of the evolution of the universe that secular astronomers still don’t understand, the more likely they don’t understand much at all, including whether the universe evolved.  And if they can’t understand the objects within the cosmos, how can they claim to understand the cosmos itself, with all of its inflation weirdness and “new physics”?  Tell that to Neil deGrasse Tyson.Incidentally, Evolution News & Views has been observing the Cosmos 2.0 series and issuing a good series of critical analyses on each episode.last_img read more


Social Services Minister Gives Summary of Ministry

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle provided an overview of the agencies that fall under her purview in her contribution to the ongoing Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Thursday, June 15, 2017.Minister Rolle outlined the ministries and services including the Ministry of Social Services proper, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, and the Department of Urban Development.Parliamentarians were also given a summary of the nine divisions managed by the department of Social Services and committed to enhancing delivery of service to reflect respect, courtesy and high performance. The divisions are: Childcare Facilities, Children and Family Services, Community Support Services, Disability Affairs Division, Family Island Division, Health and Social Services Division, School Welfare Division, Senior Citizen’s Division, Community Affairs Division and Department of Rehabilitative Services.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is currently restructuring the operations of Urban Renewal to direct attention to the development of inner-city spaces and the environment under the new “Inner-city Revitalization Project” said Minister Rolle.According to Minister Rolle this is in keeping with the Government’s mandate to strengthen the Ministry’s relationship with governmental and non-governmental agencies, to achieve the goals under Urban Renewal and to advance its projects.“We intend to operate a program that is budget friendly, quality based and people oriented. There will be within this period a transformation of identified inner-city areas, an intensive mass clean-up campaign, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, as well as the enhancement of special projects such as the Urban Games, Urban Band and Competition and Basketball Tournaments among a few others,” said Hon. Rolle.Consideration is being given to the implementation of the Urban Cadet Corps, a club designed to impart discipline and community consciousness in which youth are prepared to be guardians of the nation’s future.Minister Rolle remarked that the elderly comprise other targeted groups for the Ministry.“It is these individuals who built this country and laid the foundation for our families: it is those grandfathers who engaged contracts on projects abroad in order to send monies back home to take care of families during the troubling economic periods of our development,” said Minister Rolle.“We owe our seniors a debt of gratitude, and Social Services and Urban Development will do its part to pay its portion on behalf of the many Bahamians who can now enjoy the suburbs because of the price and sacrifice of those who paved the way for us and endured the toil and struggles inherent in the urban life.”Moreover, Minister Rolle announced that the Department is reviewing the possibility of carrying out remedial work to assist seniors and the disabled who have suffered roof damage as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew.“I think it is incumbent upon this Minister to make it abundantly clear that I did not say we are considering repairing homes, or replacing washrooms, or building additional rooms onto the house, or giving young people who can work, priority in this exercise.“We have a small budget unless or until we receive generous donations; and therefore we are considering patch work to ensure that vulnerable individuals among us are properly protected from the rain especially as we are now in the hurricane season.”She announced plans to secure a facility to house an Urban Library and Research Center to ensure that children of all ages have access to books and information necessary to competently sit national examinations.Consideration is being given to hosting Old Folk Tale Story-telling Time at the centers to assist with cognitive development of the aged and to teach history and social studies to young people.Furthermore, Minister Rolle informed Parliamentarians that if adequate funding is secured, it is the Ministry’s intention to conduct remedial home repairs within this budgetary period; however, she emphasized that the Commission cannot commit to building homes or paying for the clearing of land that individuals clear down and request Urban to pay for.“If Urban did not approve the clearing down and receive financial clearance prior to the clearing down, there is no way and certainly there are no funds in this budget to accommodate such potential misuse of the public’s funds,” said Minister Rolle.In addition to a request for legislation to govern its function, Urban will have a new face, outlook, and organizational structure.#magneticmedianews Related Items:last_img read more


Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All “Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B,” Wilander said. “The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.”No peeking, ChromeOne notable aspect of Apple’s proposal is that it would keep the browser maker from knowing what ad activity the browser is measuring. “The browser vendor should not learn about the user’s ad clicks or conversions,” Wilander said. That would keep Google from knowing what its billion-plus Chrome users are up to.Firefox maker Mozilla gave Apple’s idea a warm reception and said it’ll participate in discussions about it.”We believe ad click attribution is an important use of cross-site measurement on the web today. In fact, we’ve identified it as such in our antitracking policy,” said Steven Englehardt, Firefox privacy engineer. “We’d like to explore solutions that allow for it without putting users’ privacy at risk, and believe Apple’s proposal is one possible solution.”Privacy has become a high priority in tech with Facebook’s Cambridge analytica scandal, the growing use of facial recognition, the abundance of digital traces we leave online and the unceasing data breaches and leaks. “The future is private,” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg declared at the company’s developer conference in April.Millions of people use ad blockers in their browsers, but browsers are getting more assertive about blocking tracking, too. Brave blocks all ads and trackers by default, Mozilla has begun a shift to blocking some trackers, and Safari has its Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Earlier this month, Google’s Chrome team announced its own effort to curtail tracking using cookies.Do Not Track lives on, sort ofAn effort called Do Not Track, through which you could set your browser to tell website publishers and advertisers that you didn’t want to be tracked online, fizzled in part because advertisers didn’t like it. Newer browser approaches to dealing with tracking are taking unilateral action.The Interactive Advertising Bureau, which represents online advertisers and publishers, doesn’t like what’s happening, calling for clear federal regulations governing personal data — an idea it calls “Do Not Track Plus.” “The work being done by big platforms and browser makers is useful, because it will contribute to a federal or global solution. But it won’t substitute for it,” IAB Chief Executive Randall Rothenberg and public policy leader Dave Grimaldi said in a May blog post. “We shouldn’t have a thousand different methods for managing digital privacy, confusing consumers and sowing chaos among businesses. And we shouldn’t make consumers push endless consent buttons on websites and apps, or burrow deep into browser tools to manage who’s doing what with their data.”Originally published May 22, 8:38 a.m. PT.Update, 11:29 a.m.: Adds comment from IAB and Mozilla and further background. Internet Advertising Privacy Safari Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 reading • Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you in Safari Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors A new standard to keep advertisers from tracking you across the internet is built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview.Apple has built new browser technology designed to let advertisers figure out when their ads successfully convinced you to buy something — but without tracking you across the internet and harvesting personal details to do so.The plan, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution and detailed Wednesday, is now built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview 82. And Apple is proposing it become something all browsers can embrace as a standard.”As more and more browsers acknowledge the problems of cross-site tracking, we should expect privacy-invasive ad click attribution to become a thing of the past,” said John Wilander, the Apple programmer behind Safari’s earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention project, in a blog post about the new technology.The move increases Apple’s pressure on tech companies to protect privacy — and spotlights its ability to profit from that push, in contrast to giants like Facebook and Google whose businesses rely on online ads.Apple angered the ad tech industry with its earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology, which reins in cookies — especially third-party cookies that ad companies place on websites they don’t operate.Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Today’s ad technology often tracks you as you go from one website to another, a process that relies on small text files called cookies that an advertiser or website can instruct your browser to store. Cookies can record that you saw a particular ad on one site and then bought the advertised product on another site, information that’s very useful for advertisers but that can harvest huge amounts of data about online behavior.Apple’s approach, in comparison, measures whether ads were successful within the browser instead of leaving it to advertising companies that track you online. It reports its result, but with a randomized delay between 24 and 48 hours so advertisers can’t track people by pinning down the timing of their actions. Apple 1:25 Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more


Anne Hathaway is pregnant again Expecting her second child with husband Adam

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgGetty ImagesThe Devil Wears Prada actress Anne Hathaway is expecting her second child with husband Adam Shulman. She announced the same on Instagram as she shared a picture of her visible baby bump. Further delving a little into the details of infertility and conception hell, Hathaway stated how neither of her pregnancies has been an easy feat.Taking to Instagram, Hathaway shared a lovely mirror selfie with her flaunting a tiny baby bump. She captioned the image as, “It’s not for a movie…⁣⁣ #2 ⁣ ⁣All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.” Although the sex of the baby is still a mystery, it is one suspense that we don’t mind dealing with. Hathaway has often been very private about her personal life so it is not surprising that she will keep the sex of her second baby a secret till the due date at least. Anne HathawayInstagramAnne Hathaway along with her husband of seven years, Adam Shulman, first became parents in 2016 to a beautiful baby boy, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, in 2016. Earlier as she discussed pregnancy and the difficulty surrounding it, Hathaway spoke to The Sunday Times and was quoted saying, “I’m not perfect, but if I’m frustrated or distracted, I’m good at making sure he’s safe and walking away, calming down and then coming back to him. Further speaking about the harshness of motherhood, I fall short every day, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m going to learn from it.” Anne HathawayInstagramParenting has not been an easy feat but Hathaway found an ideal way to communicative effectively with her son, by taking a leaf out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s parenting books. “They get down on the child’s level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered,” she explained to the newspaper. “I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan,” she added. We can’t wait to see more of Hathaway’s pregnancy pictures!last_img read more


3 Rohingyas held with 3kg gold Tk 300000

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by
first_imgA Rohingya refugee repairs the roof of his shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File PhotoPolice arrested three Rohingyas along with 3 kg gold and Tk 300,000 from Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila on Tuesday night.The arrestees are Aziz, 18, son of late Noor Ahmed of C-Block at Balukhali camp no. 9, Nurul Hashem, 28, son of Ilias of C-13 Block and Abul Kashem, 22, of C-7 Block.On secret information, police conducted a drive at the camp around 8:00pm and arrested the three Rohingyas, said additional superintendent of police (Ukhiya-Teknaf circle) Nihad Adnan Taian.During the drive, law enforcers seized 3 kg gold and Tk 300,000 from their possession, he said.The additional SP said they had information that a syndicate of Rohingyas used to smuggle gold from Myanmar, reports UNB.Police will continue drive against gold smuggling, he added.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas with more than 700,000 fleeing to Bangladesh from Rakhine state since 25 August 2017.last_img

Panasonic releases a solar charger with USB AA battery slots and LED

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The idea of a solar charger is not a new one. There are a whole host of them for the mobile device, but a lot of them are too expensive to be purchased by the average consumer. Other charge devices too slowly. Only time will tell which solar charger becomes the pragmatic option. Panasonic has decided to throw its hat into the ring with its new BG-BL01 charger. The BG-BL01 is a combination device, both solar battery charger and emergency LED Light. The solar power come courtesy of a HIT Solar panel, the same type of current generation panels that are found on homes. The BG-BL01 also comes equipped with a USB port, two AA Battery Charger slots and three LED lights.The device itself is surprisingly small, at just 152×104×24mm and it weighs 150g. Panasonic claims that the device will take up to 15h to fully charge two AA Batteries. With a full charge users will get up to 10 hours of the highest brightness light or up to 60 hours worth of light at its lowest brightness. The LED lamps are at a capacity of 0.12W×3. The system will also be able to power a 500mA USB powered device in about 1h and 20 minutes. Panasonic releases wireless solar charging tablecenter_img The BG-BL01 is also IPX3 compliant, which makes it splash proof but not submersion resistance. The device will be on sale by the end of August 2011 and it is expected to retail for $75. It is expected to retail for this price in both Japan and the United States. Citation: Panasonic releases a solar charger with USB, AA battery slots and LED lights (2011, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-panasonic-solar-charger-usb-aa.html Explore furtherlast_img read more