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Pelosi pledges to press Lighthizer for better enforcement on new NAFTA

first_imgWASHINGTON — The presumptive leader of the new Democrat majority on Capitol Hill says she is pressing the U.S. trade representative for better labour and environmental enforcement provisions in the new North American trade pact.Nancy Pelosi, who is meeting today with trade czar Robert Lighthizer, won’t commit to whether Democrats will support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until she’s confident those mechanisms will be in place.Pelosi — who insists on calling the agreement NAFTA, despite President Donald Trump’s contempt for the deal’s old name — also says Democrats want the Mexican government to implement legislation protecting workers and wages in Mexico.Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto formally signed the new agreement late last month at the outset of G20 meetings in Argentina.But a number of Democrats, as well as a handful of Republicans, have expressed misgivings about the deal, particularly when it comes to how wage requirements and environmental protections would be enforced.Under so-called “fast-track” provisions, Congress is limited in its ability to amend the agreement. But it needs to pass legislation implementing the deal, which is where critics expect Democrats to use their new majority in the House of Representatives to press the White House into making changes.“I’ve said this again and again — I’ve said it was a work in progress. I know it’s work, I hope it’s progress,” Pelosi told a news conference.“It has good features to it, but they don’t matter at all if you don’t have enforcement — enforcement in terms of the labour provisions, enforcement in terms of the environmental provisions. I think (Lighthizer) full well understands that. That’s our conversation.”Mexico has already agreed to pass legislation that would improve union protections for employees, protect migrant workers and address discrimination against women — legislation that Congress won’t move forward without, she said.“We’re not there to exploit workers in Mexico or exploit workers in the United States or in Canada,” Pelosi said. “That passage of the bill is fundamental to our going forward with that, and that hasn’t happened yet.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Guardiola praises David Silva

first_imgThe Citizens will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Pep has spoken of “El Mago’s” skillsOne day before the Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk match in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola has taken his time to praise David Silva.The Spanish midfielder was key to the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scoring the winning goal.And he has scored twice in the last three UCL matches.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“[David Silva] was always a problem to play against,” Pep told the press as reported by the club’s own website.“He is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, which the space in between players. He moves in those spaces.”“Few players can do it, and he is a master at that. He is enjoying it a lot. The fact he has played for so long in Premier League says everything,” he added.“I love being alongside him every day.”last_img read more

San Diego receives more state funds to reduce homelessness

first_img Posted: January 15, 2019 San Diego receives more state funds to reduce homelessness January 15, 2019 Updated: 10:25 PM Sasha Foo, center_img Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego and San Diego County are receiving tens of millions of dollars to provide emergency help and programs for those who are homeless.According to the latest count, there are more than 8,500 people without permanent housing in San Diego County.As the largest city in the county, San Diego has been sinking more money over the last year into homeless shelters and services.The city now has three large bridge shelters in operation, which are taking 700 men, women and children off the streets every night.In the last 15 months, the city has teamed up with the non-profit group, Jewish Family Service to open up two parking lots in Kearny Mesa as a safe space for San Diegans who use their cars as shelter.Last summer, the city opened up a storage center in Sherman Heights so that people who live on the street would have a place to hold their possessions.All of these programs and facilities cost money. The State of California is now providing a large chunk of that funding. “The good news is the State is stepping up to the plate,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faluconer.The City of San Diego is receiving $14 million from the state’s HEAP program which is short for Homeless Emergency Aid Program.The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is picking up $18.8 million from the same state fund.Both of these monies are one time awards, and must be spent over the next two years.There’s a third source of funding that just became available, thanks to a Senate bill authored by State Senator Toni Atkins. $2.5 million is coming to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless with a requirement to spend the money in five years.Altogether, the three grants total just over $35 million for the region.The head of the Alpha Project, Bob McElroy said the greatest need is for shelter facilities. McElroy, whose group runs one of the city’s three bridge tents said more than 30% of the people who stayed in the Alpha Project tent over the last year were able to transition to longer term or more permanent housing. He scoffed at critics who said the number of people who find permanent housing should be much higher.The longtime homeless service provider said raising those numbers will be impossible unless more low income housing units are built. “We’re short 17,000 units of new low income housing every year in San Diego. That’s from the Housing Commission. Are we going to get there anytime soon? I don’t see it. But in the meantime, we should at least have a safe place for people to go,” McElroy said. last_img read more

California DMV to close all offices for Real ID training on July

first_img Posted: June 25, 2019 California DMV to close all offices for Real ID training on July 24 AP, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles says it will close all offices for a half-day next month to train workers on the federal Real ID program.The Sacramento Bee says all DMV offices will be closed on July 24 until 1 p.m.Americans must have updated Real ID identification cards by October 2020 if they want to board airplanes or enter federal facilities without using a passport.California has struggled to implement the program since its launch last year. The Bee says the DMV provided at least one incorrect ID card to a Californian with temporary immigration status.The DMV also has asked about 3.5 million Californians who applied for Real ID cards to submit a second proof of address because the initial system didn’t meet federal guidelines. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 25, 2019 AP last_img read more

Cryogenic Phonon Scintillators to Help in Search for Dark Matter

first_img Citation: Cryogenic Phonon Scintillators to Help in Search for Dark Matter (2006, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-03-cryogenic-phonon-scintillators-dark.html What do WIMPs and MRIs have in common?Besides being acronyms, both the dark matter candidate and the medical diagnostic technique could benefit from the next generation of cryogenic scintillators being developed. While physicists are primarily focusing on the search for dark matter and answers to how the universe is built, they’re creating a detector with superior energy resolution and distinguishing capabilities that could have repercussions beyond the questions of the universe. 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. This cryogenic detector can distinguish space background radiation from the recoil energy of a WIMP interacting with the nuclei of normal matter. Labeled parts: 1 – scintillating crystal, which physicists measured different materials for best fit, 2 – reflector, 3 – light detector, 4 and 4’ – thermometer calorimeter film, which can sense a small temperature difference caused by energy released during WIMP events, 5 – particle, 6 – phonons, which result when the crystal vibrates, and 7 – light. Image credit: Mikhailik, V. B. and Kraus, H. Based on the way that galaxies spin, cosmologists believe that a form of matter which doesn’t reflect light must exist in the universe. Not only does this dark matter affect how galaxies spin, but a particular amount of it would balance out the total mass of the universe so that it’s not so light that one day it collapses back in on itself. Cosmologists wonder what dark matter could be made of that makes it so enigmatic and massive, and theorists favor a type of particle called a WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle). On very rare occasions, WIMPS may interact with nuclei in normal matter and impart a tiny amount of recoil energy to the nuclei.Although physicists may be able to detect this recoil energy, they face a couple of large challenges. For one, the amount of recoil energy is so small that current detectors haven’t been able to pick up any signals. Also, a background of space radiation and cosmic rays interfere with the energy of the nuclei, and make it difficult for detectors to distinguish the two sources. Physicists V. Mikhailik and H. Kraus from the University of Oxford are looking for materials that might work for a new type of detector called a cryogenic phonon scintillator detector (CPSD). As they report in a recent Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, CPSDs could have superior energy resolution and the ability to discriminate between particles and radiation, and possibly be able to detect rare WIMP interactions. The high hopes for the new CPSDs stem from the way that these detectors work. CPSDs are constructed of crystals that increase in temperature when energy is deposited in them. Because these scintillating crystals can distinguish the subtlest temperature differences at the lowest temperatures, CPSDs operate optimally at temperatures close to absolute zero (in the 10-15 millikelvin range, or nearly –459°F) for the best chance of detecting WIMP events. Since operating CPSDs at extremely low temperatures is an entirely new area of research, Mikhailik and Kraus experimented with different types of materials to determine which give sufficient light at extremely low temperatures. At the same time, the materials must have very low intrinsic radioactivity in order to discriminate between different types of radiation. “In the first phase of the experimental search for WIMPs, a few CPSD detectors made of CaWO4 crystals (material which is used worldwide as x-ray screen in medical diagnostics) have already been tested and delivered excellent results,” Mikhailik told PhysOrg.com. “The next experiment will plan to use different scintillation targets with a total mass of about 100 kg, which should allow verification of a WIMP signal.”The physicists’ deeper understanding of the potential of CPSDs at low temperatures also has applications in fields such as medicine and security inspection. For example, CPSD technology could enhance image quality in diagnostic tools and reduce a patient’s radiation doses. CPSDs at low temperatures could also pick up signals from neutrons and use their ability to penetrate metal shielding made of heavy nuclei, which interact predominantly with the lighter nuclei in materials of interest. “Apparently the search for cryogenic scintillators today is the science-driven initiative that will prepare the grounds for technological progress in respective areas tomorrow,” wrote Mikhailik and Kraus.Citation: Mikhailik, V. B. and Kraus, H. Cryogenic scintillators in searches for extremely rare events. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 39 (2006) 1181-1191.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Physorg.comlast_img read more

When art goes beyond boundaries

first_imgArtists express in a variety of ways, their medium, method and techniques are different. And when backgrounds, nationalities and geographical location resemble, there are bound to be certain similarities in the way an artists moves forth towards their art. To celebrate similarities Art Beyond Borders is going to organise a group show  Titled- Integrated Art ‘India and Bangladesh’ in the national Capital.There will be 20 eminent contemporary artists participating from India and Bangladesh such as Jatin Das, R B Bhaskaran, Dhiraj choudhary , Anandmoy Banerji, Swapan Das, Brinda Miller along with Rafiqune Nabi, Sheikh Afzal,Kanak Champa Chakma, Jamal Ahmed from Bangladesh to name a few. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are more than 46 works in the show and all these works were created during the residency in Lucknow hence the influence of culture, monuments and chickankari seem evident in the works.“We hope to fill the void left behind by sub continental politicking and diplomacy ….allowing art to speak” says Sandhya Singh Parmar, executive director, Art Beyond Borders.  “we aspire to bring all the eight SAARC nations on the same platform with art and cultural exchange,” she adds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAll artists worked across a multiplicity of mediums and mechanism to bring their unique perspective through charcoal and paint. Sudip Roy’s Charulata a strong female character out of Tagore’s book, Babla Seth’s sculptures with recycled iron and nut bolts stands out among colours and charcoal, Sheikh Afzal’s fascinated with city street children’s bliss couldn’t help painting them in a Canvas.R B Bhaskaran one of the most respected and talented artist to participate in the Madras movement of the 1960’s work on life cycle, Jatin Das focuses mainly on man-woman relationships. Dhiraj Choudhary’s restless line speaks volume both in his painting as well the drawings. Moniruzzaman’s Ganga Jamuni showcases the old unspoken Tahjeeb of lucknow which city has hence been proud of. Rafiqun Nabi’s “Family” portrail of under section of the society with his straight lines speaks volumes on his mastery of brushes and colours. Kanak Champa’s tribal girl’s face half lit and half darkened looks at your face, Maddona by Rokeya, her expressions in colours make women issues dynamic. Gomati by Swapan Das awakens the effects of global warming and state of River Gomati.It’s an amazing effort of Art Beyond Borders to put together such brilliance of these brilliant artists from India and Bangladesh,they truly represent the ideology of promoting creativity and diffusion of culture and and the art, initiating the interaction between local and international artists. Art Beyond Borders is a voyage in India for fostering an interactive residency programme for artists from SAARC nations. A six day workshop held in Lucknow last year produced these magnificent master pieces being show cased at the gallery.When: November 27-30 Where: 1AQ, Qutub Minar, Mehrauli Roadlast_img read more