first_imgTwo years ago, Oxford Nanopore Technologies demonstrated a revolutionary new sequencing technology at a meeting for genomicists, but it’s taken until now for it to show more data and to begin to share its new cheap, hand-held device with researchers. Meanwhile, Illumina, by far the biggest maker of sequencing machines, is about to introduce a 10-machine system that can produce 18,000 human genomes per year for less than $1000 a piece. But the machines cost $1 million apiece. Both promise to change the face of sequencing.For the full story, see this week’s issue of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 7 (PTI) As a choking blanket of smog enveloped the national capital today, a number of schools in Delhi suspended outdoor activities and advised parents to ensure their children wear masks.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also asked his deputy Manish Sisodia to consider shutting schools for a few days after the air quality dropped to the “severe” category on the air quality index in Delhi.”Dear parents, please note that due to high pollution levels/unfavourable weather conditions in Delhi, morning sports practice has been suspended for a few days,” read a message by Sanskriti School.Shri Ram School also issued a notice to parents along those lines.Tagore International School has truncated outdoor activities to once a week since Diwali considering high pollution levels.Mount Carmel School in an advisory said: “Dear parent, due to increased pollution levels and poor air quality, students are advised to wear masks to school from tomorrow.”However, doctors said long-term measures are needed in addition to masks.AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said there is not enough data on the efficacy of masks and stressed on the need for initiating a movement to protect the environment.”Masks are not very helpful as a lot of air can get inside from the sides. Also, they are tightly sealed and children and eldery find them very uncomfortable to use.He suggested implementing long-term measures and said the use of nasal filters or air purifiers can provide short-term relief only.Education institutions in the National Capital Region have also issued advisories in view of high pollution levels.advertisementSri Ram School in Gurgaon “cancelled all after-school sports activities” and ordered that all “morning activities be conducted indoors”.OP Jindal University in Haryanas Sonepat asked students not to step out of the campus, saying “the air quality in district has dropped significantly and traffic on the Sonepat-Narela road is expected to be very unpredictable due to the weather condition”. PTI GJS PLB GVSlast_img read more

first_img Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 10:57 IST Prajnesh beat Nikoloz Basilashvili and Benoit Paire in the first two rounds at Indian Wells (Photo tweeted by @ATP_Tour)Back in the Capital to commence Road to Wimbledon India Masters, tennis legend Vijay Amritraj shared his fondness at the impressive show by Prajnesh Gunneswaran in Indian Wells.The 29-year-old southpaw defeated 69th-ranked Benoit Paire, followed by a massive win against World No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first two rounds.Amritraj feels this is the best opportunity for Prajnesh to become the first Indian to break into top 50 since legendary Ramanathan Krishnan.”This is the best performance of an Indian tennis player in singles in a while. And I think he has got a very good opportunity to capitalise on it not just this week but the season,” 65-year-old Amritraj told Mail Today on Monday.”With an improved ranking, he will get direct entries into Grand Slams and repeating such results there will shoot up his ranking further. I think he is in a very good position to get into top 50s.”Amritraj, who now heads the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, praised the local boy of Chennai and was reluctant of suggesting how Prajnesh should pick up his game from here on.”My thought about his game truly immaterial of what he and his coach discuss on what they need to improve on. He is a big boy with a good serve, he got a big left-handed forehand. I would like to see him come forward a bit more but it’s up to what he and his coach decides,” said Amritraj.Speaking of his allegiance with Road to Wimbledon, which has seen rising Indian star in Mahak Jain among its ranks, Amritraj was happy with the way the initiative grew since they started.advertisement”Road to Wimbledon is a unique programme which gives belief to a rising talent that he or she is capable of playing in an international-level tournament at a very early age. The outcomes have been good as some of the players have fared really well later in their career,” said Amritraj.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Vijay AmritrajFollow indian tennisFollow Wimbledon India Masters Next Prajnesh got a chance to break into top 50: Vijay AmritrajAmritraj feels this is the best opportunity for Prajnesh to become the first Indian to break into top 50 since legendary Ramanathan Krishnan.advertisementlast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — Hoping to fend off the extinction of mountain lions and other species that require room to roam, transportation officials and conservationists will build a mostly privately funded wildlife crossing over a major Southern California highway.It will give big cats, coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes and other creatures a safe route to open space and better access to food and potential mates.The span along U.S. 101 will be only the second animal overpass in a state where tunnels are more common. Officials say it will be the first of its kind near a major metropolis and the largest in the world, stretching above 10 lanes of busy highway and a feeder road just 35 miles (56 kilometres) northwest of downtown LA.The $87 million bridge last month entered its final design phase. It’s on track for groundbreaking within two years and completion by 2023.___Follow Weber at https://twitter.com/WeberCMChristopher Weber, The Associated Press read more

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government says it’s already seeing positive results from the policies it put in place to address the housing crisis, but one expert says there’s still a long way to go.Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the government is seeing some high-end house prices starting to drop.“Right now we’ve got the speculation and empty home taxes, so part of what we need to do is monitor the impact that it has and continue to see what it does,” Robinson said in an interview Sunday.Luxury home sales drop 35% in Toronto and Vancouver, but millennials fuel rise in high-end condo salesB.C. to allow homeowner groups to fine defiant short-term rental hosts $1,000 a dayMixed-use developments make housing affordability worse — and residents more miserableBut Andy Yan, the director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, says that while very expensive houses are starting to show a decline in price, the numbers haven’t translated to mid- and lower-level units.“Sixteen months is a little bit premature to know whether the polices are a success or failure,” Yan said, referring to the approximate time the NDP minority government has been in power.“But the softening of the market and cooling of the market is something that is definitely happening.”He said despite that softening, home ownership remains out of reach for many middle- and lower-income families.To tackle the issue, the provincial government is investing $7 billion on affordable housing over the next 10 years, and has developed a 30-point plan to increase affordability.However, Yan said some of the announcements made by the government are just that — announcements.“They are not actual shovels in the ground yet,” he said.While there is some actual construction going on, he said it’s still going to take years before the promises take the shape of homes that people can move into.“It will take a combination of supply and demand policies to really get us out of the housing crisis mess,” he said.Meantime, B.C. Premier John Horgan says the housing crisis didn’t happen overnight — and it won’t resolve overnight.Addressing attendees at a housing conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Horgan said the government will have to work with partners including Indigenous communities, transition housing and social justice advocates and women’s groups to resolve the crisis.Horgan said it’s not just affecting those who have small incomes, but is creeping into the middle-class too.He said his government is doing its best to ensure that critical work staff such as teachers, nurses and construction workers have houses so that they can build the economy.British Columbia should not be a place to fear because of unaffordable housing, Horgan said. read more

Then-freshman guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Penn State Jan. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 71-56.Credit: Daniel Chi / For The LanternDespite the loss of a coach and an all-conference guard, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is still determined to win.OSU has welcomed new coach Kevin McGuff to the sidelines after two seasons at the University of Washington and nine seasons at Xavier.McGuff replaces former coach Jim Foster, who was terminated by OSU March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record.Coach Foster was “terminated without cause,” an OSU athletic department spokeswoman told The Lantern in March.McGuff must lead a team that has to fill an offensive hole left by former All-Big Ten guard Tayler Hill. Last season, Hill averaged 21.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists and was selected fourth overall by the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Draft.McGuff said a team effort is needed to fill that void.“I don’t mind having a team that has to share the ball,” McGuff said. “We have to pass the ball, play aggressively and create shots for our teammates to score. I’m fine with that.”Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston said the whole team needs to step up in place of Hill.“Not so much just myself, but the whole team needs to bring something to the table,” Alston said.The Buckeyes return three starters in Alston, junior guard Raven Ferguson, and senior center Ashley Adams. There are no true freshmen on the roster.“We do have kids that have been through the grind of a season,” McGuff said. “I’m hopeful that’ll carry us through the year. So we don’t have to worry about anyone hitting the proverbial freshmen wall.”OSU went 18-13 overall and 7-10 in conference play a year ago. This season’s schedule sees the team matched up against eight preseason ranked teams. Of those eight, four are conference opponents (Penn State, Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan State) and four are non-conference opponents that include preseason No. 1 Connecticut.Adams said the tough schedule will help OSU prepare for  difficult conference play.“We’re excited about playing teams that show us we can play in the Big Ten,” Adams said at OSU Media Day Oct. 18. “People may think we’re going to be a nobody, but if we measure up to these teams, it will make it easier in the Big Ten.”OSU is set for its season to start Friday in Morgantown, W.Va., against West Virginia. The home opener is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. against Florida Atlantic at the Schottenstein Center. read more

first_imgMarine research expeditions off the west coast of Scotland recorded record numbers of dolphins last year, says  conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.Volunteers and scientists recorded 2,303 individual common dolphins, 42 bottlenose dolphins and 94 Risso’s dolphins in the 2016 research season, up from an average 463, 14 and 12 over the previous 14 years.Dr. Lauren Hartny-Mills, Science Officer of HWDT, said: “The reasons for the high number of sightings of these charismatic dolphin species – and the broader effects on the marine environment and other species – remain unclear.”But the intriguing findings highlight the importance of on-going monitoring and research – to strengthen our understanding of what is taking place in Hebridean waters, and to ensure well-informed conservation action.”The trust’s specialized research yacht Silurian covered more than 5,000 nautical miles in 2016, during which time researchers documented more than 1,300 cetaceans and basking sharks.Alison Lomax, Director of the Trust, said: “The impressive range of species documented in our at-sea surveys last year is a powerful reminder that Scotland’s west coast ocean environment is home to remarkable marine life.”Long-term scientific studies of this globally-important habitat and its inhabitants are crucial if we are to ensure a secure future for the Hebrides’ spectacular cetaceans.”Dr Lyndsey Dodds, Head of Marine Policy at WWF-UK, said: “The heartening data captured by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust emphasizes that we have so much to learn about these charismatic creatures.”Dolphins  face a number of threats including  pollution, collision with boats and accidental entanglement in fishing gear amongst others. More needs to be done to ensure there is a coherent network of marine protected areas that are properly managed if these species are to continue to thrive.”Investing  in scientific understanding of the natural world will go a long way in helping us conserve  marine habitats for dolphins and other marine species.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Private primary schools have been threatened with a Grammar school exam ban after they were caught “coaching” children for the Eleven Plus.Schools in Kent are not allowed to teach pupils how to pass the Grammar school entry exam on the basis that this may give some children an unfair advantage over their peers.An undercover BBC reporter, posing as a parent, approached ten fee-paying primary schools in Kent and found that nine of these were giving pupils special tutoring for the Eleven Plus.It comes amid a debate about the extent to which Grammar schools should change their admissions policies to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Selective schools are under pressure to demonstrate that their entrance exams do not favour children from middle class families who can afford fees for primary schools or private tuition. Earlier this year, Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, announced a £50 million fund for Grammar school expansion, but only on the condition they can prove they will take in more children from lower income backgrounds. In a series of recordings with private schools teachers, one said: “It’s ridiculous they say you can’t be tutored for it… we prepare children for the Kent test – 100 per cent.” Ms Culley, who was headmistress for 30 years at The Mead School in Tunbridge Wells, a fee-paying primary school, said the “dream” of many parents was for their child to get a place at one of Kent’s grammar schools. Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials “It should be apparent that this is not an appropriate approach to a process which seeks to identify the most suitable type of educational placement for children leaving primary school by assessing their ability.” Of the children who are at independent schools and those who are tutored, a very large number of them would pass anywayJim Skinner, chief executive of the Grammar School Heads’ Association Others discussed how they give children examples of past papers, and mock tests “structured in a very similar way” to the Kent Test.Just one out of the ten schools denied giving any extra tutorials, saying “no school should be coaching children”.The county council said it would “always look at any firm evidence that suggests a school may have engaged in coaching”. Schools found in breach of the rules could be banned from holding future exams. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jim Skinner, chief executive of the Grammar School Heads’ Association, told The Daily Telegraph: “Those private schools have been there for many years and some will do everything they can to help youngsters to get through the Eleven Plus.”And actually, of the children who are at independent schools and those who are tutored, a very large number of them would pass anyway – it is referred to as ‘comfort tutoring’.“A great deal of effort has been put into making these tests as resistant and possible to coaching. Of course most or virtually all grammars these days are trying very hard to provide as much support as they can to primary schools.”Roger Gough, Kent County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and education, said that there is no “official definition” for “coaching”.“However, the council does highlight to schools that staff must not retain or copy materials provided for single use in earlier years in order to drill children in formats and question types and how to approach them,” he said. Three schools were warned about coaching by the council in 2016, but no further action was taken and the council has never banned a school from holding the exam.Joanne Bartley of Comprehensive Future, which campaigns against grammar schools, said: “It’s an open secret – everyone knows you pay for a primary and hope to save money on a grammar school.”She said that even with a ban on private schools coaching children for the test, some children are still in a better position than others. “There are people who pay for tutors or even just practise at home – dedicated parents with time on their hands are at an advantage to single mums,” she added.Angela Culley, who is vice-President of the Independent Schools Association, said: “Where does tutoring begin and teaching end? There is a very grey line and Kent does not actually define what ‘coaching’ means.” read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFinance Minister tours DDL operationsAugust 26, 2018In “Local News”DDL records $296M after-tax profitMarch 26, 2017In “Business”Yesu Persaud hands over reins of DDL to Komal Samaroo; remains advisor to CompanyJanuary 2, 2014In “Business” Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Chairman Komal Samaroo on Thursday called for more emphasis to be placed on developing the manufacturing and export sector.Chairman of DDL, Komal Samaroo.His concerns were grounded in the fact that Guyana’s Balance of Payment showed a US$69.5 million deficit for 2017.Samaroo was at the time addressing a gathering for the launch of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI’s) business magazine.The magazine that was launched on Thursday nightThe business executive warned that with the global market as competitive as it is, more needs to be done to lift local standards.He noted that to do this, a high level of technical competence and discipline is needed. But there are challenges even with these lofty goals. Here, Samaroo referenced the bureaucracy that some manufacturers must deal with when transacting their business.He also noted that “In today’s world, the advance in the digital and artificial technology is transforming all aspects of business,” he related. “It is important that our education system in Guyana be revamped to produce people who are fully equipped with the skill sets to manage businesses in the technical age.”“We have to export to international and regional markets. The international market is very competitive, complex and constantly changing. If one is to be successful, one has to be equipped with the market data to respond to those changes.“Our production system must meet international levels, at all times and this requires a high level of technical competence and discipline in management of manufacturing companies,” Samaroo related.The 2017 macroeconomic report speaks to below projected merchandise export earnings.According to the report, Guyana’s overall balance of payment in the 2017 fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million. This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million the previous year.GCCI President, Deodat IndarMeanwhile, at the launch of the 9th edition of GCCI’s Magazine, the Chamber’s President Deodat Indar told the gathering that the revenue generated via the Business Magazine would all be channeled towards a special fund that has been established to rebuild the Chamber’s Secretariat as he expressed his gratitude to those individuals who played a role in its overall success.The GCCI President also urged all Guyanese to tap into the countless opportunities that are available in various industries which can in turn have a positive impact on the economic health of the nation.One of the main sponsors for the launch of the Magazine, Caribbean Airlines also chimed in as it urged businesses to utilize all avenues to assist in pushing the overall growth of the economy because they too will benefit immensely. read more

first_imgThe new Phantom 4 from DJI has arrived to a fanfare and jubilation from many wanting to have the latest from the giant of small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS). That’s all well and good but what about its benefits to the commercial user? The use of small drones has exploded in the commercial sector but can a small affordable drone costing slightly more than a thousand pounds really deliver tangible benefits to a business? Well the team at COPTRZ certainly think so.Managing Director, Steve Coulson commented “The Phantom 4 is going to knock the socks off other drones in its class as its bristling with advanced tech that you just don’t see in this class of drone.”The Phantom 4 offers cool new technology including ActiveTrack, which automatically tracks moving objects and automatic crash avoidance sensors for those pilots who need a little more practice!It’s a drone that forgives the nervous and the novice. Clever advances in the GPS settings provide smart return home functionality that’ll return the drone back before the battery dies! So no written off company drone on Day one which is always good!The flight time has now been extended to 28 minutes (from 17 minutes) with a top speed of 44 mph; a new integrated gimbal for top grade camera stability; TapFly technology to enable easy operation with the touch of a finger and Optimised Vision Positioning System to raise positioning altitude up to 10 m.“The new Phantom 4 is a great entry level commercial drone for new commercial pilots and especially great for photographers, videographers. The cool new tech that normally belongs on a much bigger more expensive drone, means there has never been a better time for a company or individual to take the jump into commercial drones.” added Coulson.COPTRZ says it is the worlds’ first truly commercial drone specialist and part of the award winning Martek group based in the UK and Singapore. COPTRZ has insightfully assembled a stable of ‘best in class’ commercial drones (chosen by commercial drone pilots after rigorous use in the field) to meet the modern needs of businesses and organisations for any commercial application from filming to farming to fire fighting.“COPTRZ provides the complete service to commercial clients specific to their industry application in an unbiased and pragmatic manner. Benefits to business are huge and COPTRZ, through innovative products and shrewd business guidance ensure the customers’ business will fly and avoid a crash landing before they get started!” said Coulson.Drones are changing the face of many industries, their applications are varied and wide ranging. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a commercially viable strategy for almost any business, thanks to the reduced labour costs and improved safety and staff welfare creating immediate cost-savings.With the supply of the Phantom 4, COPTRZ are also including an essential guide to setting-up a commercial drone business, as well as a premium listing on their forthcoming pilot-finder website that will match pilots to businesses needing commercial drone services.last_img read more

first_imgTranslating Halo from the console to a handheld sounds impossible. Even if you could figure out how to create a similar look-and-feel, and even if you could make holding a phone or a tablet as comfortable as holding a controller, you’ve still only got half of the equation. You need to have a story that ties into the existing franchise, and enough in-game options that the player wants to own their character.When you look at a game like Mirror’s Edge for iOS, you see a game that meant well. Hardcore fans will appreciate the extension of the title, but in no way is it anywhere near as great as the original. 343 Studios delivered the Halo experience to mobile hardware in a unique and compelling way, while breaking the game up just enough to make it possible to play when you are out and about.UNSC Commander Sarah Palmer is the main character in Halo: Spartan Assault. While playing, you are learning about the missions your commanding officer completed right after she transitioned from ODST to Spartan-IV armor. If you’re familiar with Halo 4, these are essentially Palmer’s Spartan Ops.The game is set between Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 25 mission broken out into five sections. The missions, including story cinematics that explain in greater detail what is happening in each part of the story, feel very much like Spartan Ops.In our preview of Halo: Spartan Assault, I noted that the on-screen game controls feel as close to an Xbox controller as you could possibly get with digital joysticks. Because the joysticks on the screen are not in a fixed position, you can place your thumbs anywhere on the left or right and get the desired movement effects as you slide across the screen. This becomes useful in jungle situations, with enemies hiding behind trees or running at you with a pair of plasma grenades. In a Wraith or a Ghost, this means the right stick will also control the nose of the vehicle, since that’s where the weapons are located. In a Scorpion, it means the right stick controls the top part of the tank exclusively.Weapon loadouts are preselected at the beginning of each round, but you can choose to purchase new weapons and armor upgrades. The experience credits you earn from gameplay can be used to purchase certain items, but everything else requires game currency. Using an In App Purchase, you can trade in real money for temporary use of weapon upgrades. You get to use your purchased item during the mission you have signed up for, but lose it as soon as the mission is completed or you move on to another mission. IAP starts at $2.99 for 500 credits and moves all the way up to $39.99 for 10,000 credits. In no way do you need weapon upgrades to complete a level, but in some cases it will certainly help out your score.If you’re familiar with the weapons in the Halo franchise, you’ll notice a bit of a balance issue with some of the guns in their current state. The UNSC pistol will give you flashbacks of the original game as you one hit kill every Grunt that isn’t armored. At the same time, the shotgun’s maximum effective range is rarely far enough to make the weapon worth it, and there doesn’t seem to be a charged shot option for the plasma pistol which is also noticeably overpowered. One mission in particular saw the return of dual-wielding SMGs, though it is only the pre-configured weapon option in a couple of levels. Most of the time you rely on your trusty Battle Rifle, and whatever Covenant tech you pick up along the way.Rather than roll the game out to their entire audience simultaneously, Halo: Spartan Assault will first be available on Windows Phone. If you decide to play on Windows Phone first, and then move up to your Windows 8 tablet later on, everything you do in the game is synced. When you log in, you’ll pick up right where you left off on the phone. Additionally, all 40 achievements and the experience points earned in this game will be applied to your Spartan Career. This will be useful for anyone who participates in Halo Waypoint or the Halo 4 Spartan Career features.Halo: Spartan Assault isn’t just a good game, it’s a milestone in the evolution of mobile gaming. It’s a testament to the result of constant growth in an industry that was previously dominated by Sony and Nintendo, and has now merged in this really strange way with smartphones and tablets. As a member of the Halo franchise, as an example of high quality gaming on a mobile device, and as proof that Windows Phone hardware is more than capable of delivering a quality entertainment experience, this game is a terrific creation. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY GhostGhostBuy CreditsArmoryScorpion Battle TankTurretSimulator Startlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rectors representing the country’s largest universities on Wednesday appealed to the government to take immediate action to relieve operational problems at the institutions that have been caused by troika-mandated funding cuts, a rash of student transfers to the big universities and staff cutbacks.As administrative staff at Greek universities launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, protesting forced transfers and layoffs, the rectors gave twin press conferences – in Athens and in Thessaloniki. They appealed to Education Minister Andreas Loverdos and Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to revoke a so-called mobility scheme. The scheme put hundreds of employees on reduced pay for eight months ahead of possible dismissal and many of those workers face redundancy this month.The rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Constantinos Gatsios, said that if measures are not taken without delay, “Greek universities will close due to a lack of funding and staff.”“The state must acknowledge, in a clear and honest way, the mistake that it has made and correct it,” he said.Greek universities have lost some 1,100 staff due to the mobility scheme while funding has been slashed by more than 40 percent since 2010. Thousands of student transfers from provincial universities to the big institutions in the cities has aggravated the problem.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions 7/27 NXT Live Results: Atlanta, GA (Two Championship matches, Karen Q injured) Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Videos Articles Google+center_img WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? WWE tag team pulled from live events, Batista and RAW tonight, Former WWE star to retire Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE NXT returns to Ohio this MarchThe NXT road trip continues in March 2016 as the Superstars of Tomorrow return to Ohio!NXT’s journey around the world began last March in the Buckeye State, with their very first shows outside of Florida. Now, the hottest brand in sports-entertainment is back with their high-octane brand of action. Don’t miss your chance to see Superstars like NXT Champion Finn Bálor, NXT Women’s Champion Bayley, Apollo Crews, Samoa Joe and more!On Thursday, March 3, NXT invades the LC Pavilion in Columbus, then heads to Cleveland’s Agora Ballroom on Friday, March 4. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. local time.Tickets for NXT’s trip through Ohio go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET. For complete ticket information, visit the following websites:Columbus: Ticketmaster.comCleveland: Ticketweb.comAnd if you want more NXT action and the opportunity to meet your favorite NXT competitors, the Superstars of Tomorrow will be at the WWE Experience at the Arnold Sports Festival 2016 in Columbus! You’ll be able to check out live matches, meet & greets, Q&A sessions and a live WWE tryout.Be sure to see the Superstars of Tomorrow today when NXT comes to Ohio this March!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the Summer 2018 semester:Matthew Robert FregeauJustin Anthony LarosaAbout Wentworth Institute of TechnologyFounded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, nationally ranked institution offering career-focused education through 17 bachelor’s degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, business management, computer science, computer networking, construction management, design, and engineering.The Institute also offers master’s degrees in applied computer science, architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, and technology management.Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education and is well known for its academic excellence and cooperative education (co-op) programs, as well as community service and support for the economic growth of the region.For more information, please visit http://www.wit.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wentworth Institute of Technology via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute Of TechnologyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Defuria, Mangano & Scalese Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Defuria & Scalese Named To Dean’s List At Wentworth Institute of TechIn “Education”last_img read more

first_img Share Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Playa Hotels & Resorts Posted bycenter_img Playa Hotels & Resorts partners with Panama Jack for new hotel brand FAIRFAX, VA — Playa Hotels & Resorts has announced it will redevelop two existing all-inclusive hotels in Mexico – Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun and Gran Porto Resort in Playa del Carmen – under the Panama Jack brand in a multimillion project involving some 757 guest rooms.The hotel company says the soon-to-be Panama Jack-branded all-inclusive properties will serve “as a starting point for a much larger venture” between the two growing companies, with additional resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to follow.The Panama Jack brand, founded in 1974, encompasses everything from suncare products, eyewear, apparel, headwear, footwear and beach accessories to beach cruiser bicycles and home furnishings. The company has five retail stores at top travel destinations, with additional store openings scheduled for 2017.“Playa Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record for bringing brands into new sectors and we are delighted to welcome Panama Jack into the hotel and resort sector,” said Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotels & Resorts.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsWith its strong lifestyle identity and cultural connection with Playa’s core audience, Panama Jack “is the ideal partner for us”, he added.With a nod to vintage travel and a retro tropical aesthetic, the substantial upgrades will include Panama Jack-influenced experiential dining, entertainment and in-suite concepts, says Playa. The brand will be further integrated by way of furnishings, in-room products, signage and uniforms. Both resorts will incorporate the core of the Panama Jack business by housing retail stores complete with the brand’s clothing, home furnishings and beach products.Playa’s portfolio consists of 13 resorts totaling some 6,142 rooms in Mexico, the D.R. and Jamaica. Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. The company also owns and operates three resorts under Playa’s brands, THE Royal and Gran Resorts, as well as five resorts in Mexico and the D.R. that are managed by a third party. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Share October 21, 2018 509 Views in Headlines, News, Servicing Florida-based Ocwen Financial Corp. and Cambridge Credit Counseling, a not-for-profit U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling organization, recently hosted a free mortgage assistance event for Massachusetts homeowners having trouble making their mortgage payments.Held on Saturday, October 20, homeowners met one-on-one with Ocwen Home Retention Agents and counselors from Cambridge Credit Counseling to discuss their unique situations and to receive information about potential options to help lower their mortgage payments.“Ocwen is making a real difference across the country in the lives of homeowners struggling to pay theirmortgage,” said Jill Showell, SVP, Government and Community Relations at Ocwen. “Local borrower outreachevents, such as this one in Massachusetts with Cambridge Credit Counseling, give us the chance to workdirectly with families in need of a mortgage solution to help them better afford their homes.”Since January 1, 2008, Ocwen has completed 18,600 loan modifications for Massachusetts homeowners, which included approximately $535 million in debt forgiveness. Across the nation, Ocwen has completed approximately 787,600 loan modifications and provided billions of dollars in debt forgiveness.“Cambridge Credit Counseling is committed to working with Massachusetts and Connecticut homeownersfacing financial challenges to help them understand potential options available to avoid foreclosure,” said BeataGosselin, Housing Counselor at Cambridge Credit Counseling. “We hope homeowners will take advantage ofthis opportunity to meet with an experienced housing counselor, and work one-on-one with Ocwen’s HomeRetention team to find a solution to make their mortgage more manageable.”Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization specializing in simple, safe,financial solutions. It provides national foreclosure intervention and default counseling to consumers struggling to keep up with their current mortgage payments.center_img Cambridge Credit Counseling Foreclosure homeowners loan mortgage Ocwen 2018-10-21 Radhika Ojha Ocwen Partners with Cambridge Credit Counselinglast_img read more

first_imgTourism Australia has confirmed the rumours that Bob East will take up the position of Chair with the tourism organisation Board, replacing outgoing Chairman, Tony South.East is an existing Board member with more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism industry. Anna Guillan AM, also an existing Board member, will assume the position of Deputy Chair. Earlier this year, Ms Guillan received an Order of Australia for her service to the Australian tourism industry and to the community. One of two new directors is Bradley Woods, who for For 25 years has been one of Australia’s leading advocates for the hotel, hospitality and tourism industry. David Seargeant, CEO and Managing Director of Event Hospitality and Entertainment for 16 years, has also been welcomed to the Board appointmentsTourism Australialast_img read more

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And one modest change: no asset test. come back, Eric Hylden.Melania is scheduled to join the president on Monday in hosting a reception closed to the press for Gold Star families "She will not attend the G7 and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time" Grisham said The G7 summit will be held in Quebec on Friday and Saturday The president plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on 12 June in Singapore the first leaders’ summit between two countries that are still formally at war IDEAS Glaude is the William S Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of Democracy in Black In a recent viral video an unidentified white woman in line at a grocery store in Oregon dressed in a floral romper and black knee-high boots overheard a black woman’s phone conversation She believed this black woman was trying to sell food stamps illegally The exchange became heated and the white woman was told in no uncertain terms to mind her business “Oh it is my business” the white woman responded “Because I pay my taxes” She then said something that quite frankly stunned me: “We’re going to build this wall” This was not an oddly timed statement about her views on immigration; it was a declaration of her whiteness and by extension her view of who belonged in this country She might as well have called the black woman a nigger She didn’t She called the police instead But no this wasn’t a video of police violence or another example of some white person hurling racial epithets In so many ways the argument between these two women captured the soft bigotry that has from beneath the surface enabled American public policy and individual behavior for decades This woman years after the departure of what Newt Gingrich called in 2011 “the most successful food-stamp President in American history” saw a member of Mitt Romney’s “47% … who are dependent upon government … who pay no income tax” This white woman witnessed Ronald Reagan’s welfare queen Now she had not just a new phrase build this wall but also the confidence that the President would support her in her indignation and that the problem would soon be resolved America would be great again It is this type of outburst though blaring and easy to denounce that provides many Americans with a familiar experience: the moral comfort of having someone else to blame for our nation’s racial struggles If only we the non-racists could kick her out or lock her up It is relatively easy to blame our current struggles on these loud racists who have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump But this is typical American racial melodrama We need easily marked villains and happy endings Yet this recital of condemnation all too often hides the messiness of our own moral lives: that we aren’t absolved of our complicity simply by the politicians we support especially since the American public so rarely pushes for policies that enact our supposed commitment to racial equality The fact is that Americans have grown comfortable with racism resting just beneath the surface of our politics to be activated whenever a politician or a community needed it or some racist incident exhumed it only for us to bury it once again What has resulted is an illusion that blinds us to what was actually happening right in front of our noses and in our heads we believed that our country had become less racist because we were not as brazen as we once were Trump has shattered that illusion He rode race the third rail of American politics straight to the White House He challenged Obama’s citizenship called Mexicans rapists and criminals proposed to ban all Muslims from entering the country insisted on the need for “law and order” argued that immigration was changing the “character” of the United States and openly courted white supremacists He dog-whistled in a way that let no one feign deafness Trump promised to dismantle Obamacare and provide a “beautiful” alternative to make Mexico pay for “the wall” and to restore America’s manufacturing greatness jobs and tax relief included His pledges spoke directly to the forgotten American’s sense of victimhood: that he had been left behind during the Obama years and that his way of life was under threat Trump exists in a sweet spot between the soft bigotry of self-contradictory American liberals and the loud racism of those who shout “nigger” and demand that Latino people go back to Mexico all stuck in an economic system that cannot reconcile the startling gap between the top 1% and those busting their behinds to make ends meet Trump sits right there amid the mess and false promises with a smirk on his face But Trump isn’t some nefarious character unlike anything we have seen before He embodies the hatreds and fears that have been part of America’s politics since its founding and that erupt with every rapid change in our society and world He stands in a tradition of American politics that can be traced to Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat run for the presidency George Wallace’s bids for the presidency in 1968 and 1972 and Patrick Buchanan’s runs in 1992 and ’96 Each of these men could move a crowd with their homespun rhetoric and their willingness to speak unvarnished truth with little regard for the consequences and each sought to give voice to a deeply felt sense of white victimhood as the nation grappled with significant social transformation be it the end of the Jim Crow South or the tumult of the ’60s revolution America responded at least in words by othering them: These were marginal men and marginal thoughts The grievances were real the country said The messengers and their racial animus were the problem This separation of so-called grievance from racial animus was a grave error and it is one we are in the process of repeating In 2016 the degree to which a person deeply identified as white “strongly related to Republicans’ support for Donald Trump” political scientists John Sides Michael Tesler and Lynn Vavreck write in their forthcoming book Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America For instance among white millennials who voted for Trump a sense of white vulnerability “the perception that whites through no fault of their own are losing ground to others” and racial resentment were more important factors than economic anxiety found researchers Matthew Fowler Vladimir Medenica and Cathy Cohen of the GenForward Survey at the University of Chicago In fact Tesler says and this insight goes beyond those millennials “economic anxiety isn’t driving racial resentment; rather racial resentment is driving economic anxiety” Despite this we heard over and over again from pundits and politicians including Democrats that racism couldn’t explain the counties that voted for Donald Trump and Barack Obama that more attention needed to be given to the dire circumstances of working white men and women that Trump’s election was a white working-class often rural backlash and what was needed was a focus on Middle America This criticism coalesced with an ongoing obsession about what suburban white America was thinking All the while they decried the President’s use of explicit racism as opposed to the implicit kind they had been endorsing knowingly or not The problem was him not us It felt like folks weren’t fighting the true problem They were in fact protecting it Our narrow focus on explicit racists misses a development that explains our current moment: that much of our struggle with race today is bound up in the false innocence of white suburban bliss and the manic effort to protect it no matter the costs In the late 1960s and early ’70s for example millions of white homeowners in the nation’s suburbs for the most part racially segregated communities subsidized by state policies rejected efforts to desegregate schools through busing and vehemently defended the demographic makeup of their neighborhoods These were not people shouting slurs at the top of their lungs (although some did) They were courageous defenders of their quality of life segregated life that is These were the people of the so-called “silent majority” who insisted on free-market meritocracy and embraced a color-blind ideology to maintain their racially exclusive enclaves Their antibusing crusades taxpayer revolts and insistence on neighborhood schools cut across party lines and helped shape national politics Democrats and Republicans appealed to the interests of these voters and many turned their backs on the agenda of the civil rights movement These Americans it was argued were the true victims In his important 2006 book The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South historian Matthew D Lassiter stated clearly the effect of this moment from the late 1960s and early ’70s: The suburban politics of middle-class warfare charted a middle course between the open racism of the extreme right and the egalitarian agenda of the civil rights movement based in an ethos of color-blind individualism that accepted the principle of equal opportunity under the law but refused to countenance affirmative-action policies designed to overcome metropolitan structures of inequality Suburban white America voiced its belief in racial equality but relentlessly held on to white class privilege and all the policies and structures that made it possible Many social scientists would call this the “new racism” or “laissez-faire racism” in which white Americans failed to actively address racial inequality and in doing so maintained the racial status quo Historians like Lassiter would identify it as a key feature of modern American conservatism White people’s expressed racial attitudes by most measures have become progressively better Today according to public-opinion surveys most Americans don’t hold the views of Strom Thurmond in 1948 or George Wallace in 1968 They believe in integrated schools and reject segregated public transportation and the like In the early 1940s according to Harvard sociologist Lawrence Bobo 68% of white Americans supported formal segregation By the 1990s 96% of white Americans believed that black and white children should attend the same school But as Bobo wrote in his classic 2001 essay “Racial Attitudes and Relations at the Close of the 20th Century” these expressed commitments stand alongside “numerous signs of the gulf in perception that often separates blacks and whites” A 2017 study by the Public Religion Research Institute for example showed that 87% of black Americans say black people face a lot of discrimination today Only 49% of white Americans feel the same The disconnect between our stated commitments and our practice is so great that we can’t even agree what the problem is This is the hazy middle ground of the silent majority That same study found that 43% of Republicans said there is a lot of discrimination against whites Only 27% of Republicans said the same with regard to discrimination against blacks This makes sense Since the mid 20th century Republicans have made a living as the party of white grievance even as it puts forward “pro-growth” policies and ardently defends the benefits of small government (I know many of my friends will cry foul here and shout that this conclusion is just an indication of my singular focus on race Their evasion is part of the problem) What is less explored is the Democrats The recognition of the volatility of race led many in the party especially those who founded the Democratic Leadership Council in 1985 to work hard to win back white middle-class voters by addressing their concerns Ever since Democratic strategists and politicians have been in hot pursuit of so-called “Reagan Democrats” and aimed to speak especially after Trump’s election to what they generally described as working-class America Here they rejected bad identity politics in favor of a politics that did not alienate the white working class Bill Clinton’s strategy of triangulation reflected a cynical co-optation of Republican views that drove the party to the center-right while taking black voters among others for granted (In a way Hillary Clinton duplicated this approach in 2016 in her effort to court “Bush Republicans” who said they couldn’t vote for Trump) Meanwhile as politicians courted the ideal white voter racial inequality persisted and black political participation was distorted as we African Americans stood between a party that assumed we would support them nonetheless Americans experienced the confusing effects of this pervasive contradiction between our stated commitments and practices with the election of Barack Obama For many Obama’s ascendance signaled the end of entitlement for whites But instead his presidency occasioned a resurgence of white resentment that set the stage for Trump We experienced the vitriol of the Tea Party and saw several states seek to enact strict voter-ID laws that disproportionately impact black and brown voters sometimes successfully Obama proved our national commitment to racial equality The vehement hatred of him exposed the illusion for what it is All the talk about equality serves as a kind of cover for the actual practices that continue to reproduce differential outcomes for black and brown people and protect white class advantage Trump can promote the lie that his policies alone have produced the lowest black unemployment rate in history He gives no credit to the Obama Administration and pays little attention to black labor-participation rates He is silent about what would happen to the numbers if we include as Harvard sociologist Bruce Western suggests those who are incarcerated Trump only cites the numbers to deepen the illusion and to justify the dismissal of claims of racial inequality as simple cries of victimhood It turns out what we do reveals what we truly believe no matter the public proclamations of our commitment to a more perfect union The facts of our daily lives in this country speak volumes Studies reveal the racial bias in policing; in sentencing and rates of incarceration; in differential punishment in schools for black and brown children; in the persistence of residential segregation and its cascading effect in the life cycle of black people; in how even if an African-American or Hispanic adult earns a college degree she will still financially lag behind a white American with the same degree But all of this was the case before Trump was elected It is not enough then to decry the loud racists or to resist Donald Trump We must once and for all confront the silent majority even if until now we did not realize we are them We must confront ourselves The desire to distance oneself from Trump fits perfectly with the American insistence that we not see ourselves for who we actually are We evade the historical wounds the individual pain and the lasting effects of it all The lynched relative; the buried son killed at the hands of the police; the millions locked away to rot in prisons; the children languishing in failed schools; the smothering concentrated poverty passed down from generation to generation; and the generalized indifference to lives lived in the shadows of the American Dream are generally understood as exceptions to the American story not the rule Blasphemous facts must be banished from view by a host of public rituals and incantations We tell ourselves a particular story of the civil rights movement with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and Dr King dreaming of America as it should be Our gaze averted we congratulate ourselves for how far we have come and ruthlessly blame those in the shadows for their plight in life Our innocence secured we feel no guilt in enjoying what we have earned by our own merit in defending our right to educate our children in the best schools and in demanding that we be judged by our ability alone In this illusion Trump has to be seen as singular Otherwise he reveals something terrible about us But not to see yourself in Trump is to continue the lie We must finally reject the lie The longing for a time when matters were simpler and the angst over lost superiority over people of other races and ethnicities will not disappear on their own By 2045 America will be a majority minority nation Demography isn’t destiny and the mere fact that white people will be a minority does not guarantee the country will suddenly become a more racially just society But something fundamental is changing As a country we have been at the crossroads before the Civil War Reconstruction the New Deal the civil rights movement and found ourselves with a choice to be otherwise In each moment no matter the possibilities in front of us or the significant changes in our social imaginations the country held tightly to its prejudices and its unseemly beliefs about the value of white people Trump broke the postcivil rights consensus that America would keep its racism quiet He has unwittingly cracked a pernicious impediment one we still hear in those who in one breath decry his explicit racism and then accept policies and positions that stoke the flames of white racial resentment Surprisingly though Trump has provided us another choice another chance What has for so long been hidden or willfully ignored is now in the open Americans will have to decide whether or not this country will remain racist To make that decision we will have to avoid the trap of placing the burden of our national sins on the shoulders of Donald Trump We must address not just the nasty words but also the policies and the practices We need to look inward Trump is us or better you And by the irony of history my fate and my son’s safety are bound up with you How do we clear the space Can we clear it to debate states’ rights to argue over the necessity of a social safety net to haggle over policing and prisons or to fight about the importance of public education without the undertow of racial animus and without the attribution of bad faith I am convinced that if we are to imagine the country as a genuinely multiracial democracy we have to tell ourselves a better story about who we are how we ended up here and why we keep returning to this hell No more Pollyannaish tales about the inherent greatness of America Ours is a history of not just obvious racist monsters but also of lily white communities with nice picket fences and good schools of concerning comfort of fits and starts and abject failure rife with ordinary people doing horrific and sometimes courageous things Perhaps Samuel Beckett’s words from his 1983 novella Worstward Ho offer a more appropriate (and humble) approach to the crisis we now face: “Ever tried Ever failed No matter Try again Fail again Fail better” Forward movement is halting inhibited interrupted Our history if we’re honest suggests we will fail No matter We go on together Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the September 17 2018 issue of TIME IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors Melania’s decision not to go to Quebec is a departure from 2017, adding that the CBN believes that the 48 per cent decline in oil prices may not be transitory and made bold policy changes including closure of the subsidized Official Foreign Exchange (Forex) Window, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to their welfare.

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