Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri will be the club’s only signing in the January transfer window.Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of Sao Paulo goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan till the end of the season and will have an option to buy him for the price of around £3m, and Hodgson has ruled out any further additions to the squad beyond that.“We have two more weeks like everybody else; the work will continue if there are more possibilities that suit us, so nothing changes in that respect,” he told Sky Sports.“But to say I’m expecting it, I’d have to have a definite name in the frame who is on the verge of signing and that’s not the case.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We’d like to add a midfielder and striker ideally… on loan deals only, not to buy.”Current Palace goalkeepers Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessy are currently injured and have been sidelined for four weeks each, and the signing of Perri will provide cover.
Readers could also register to win products featured in the Beauty Awards as well as a sweepstakes to win a $1,000 Sephora gift card. Advertisers Respond, Ad Pages up 22.5 PercentThere are a total of 17 tags in the issue–13 videos and four slideshows. Of the 13 videos, seven were tied directly to winning brands in the Beauty Awards. “We don’t pick the winning brands by advertisers, it happens independent of that,” says Watt. “Seven of the videos were tied to actual winners and we did go to those brands’ agencies and ask if they wanted to be part of this.” Of those seven brands, five (Rusk, Sally Hansen, Olay, Schick and Aveeno) decided to come into the issue. Sally Hansen, Schick and Rusk were all new advertisers. Health asked for an incremental magazine ad rather than selling directly against the digital component. Ad pages in the May 2011 issue are up 22.5 percent over May 2010. The magazine is planning to repeat the program in October for its Food Awards. Health magazine’s May issue features Microsoft Tag technology as part of an effort to drive readers to bonus content online. The program requires readers to download the free Microsoft Tag app, which allows the reader to scan the issue via smartphone to see bonus video and slideshows related to the issue. The feature went live on April 19 and in the last six days the magazine has generated 5,000 downloads with many subscriber issues yet to be delivered, according to publisher Dave Watt. The Microsoft Tag program is packaged with the Health Beauty Awards, which recognize best buys among beauty products. “Microsoft presented this to us and we thought it was a really cool thing but we had to have the right idea,” says Watt. “We thought, what if we use the tags to bring the awards to life? We’d have judges appear in video to talk about the products, why they picked them and offer tips to readers such as the best way to apply eye shadow. We didn’t want editors just saying, ‘I picked Olay because of x.’ That’s not adding value, that’s just parroting what was in the magazine.”While Microsoft Tags are free to create, Health hired an outside company to shoot the videos and a mobile vendor to create connections with the tags and mobile phones. “You have to have those videos mobile-enabled to be properly viewable on smartphones,” says Health director of integrated marketing Zovig Garboushian. The video features bonus content beyond the beauty awards, including a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot with singer Miranda Lambert, yoga moves and spring style tips. “When Microsoft met with us, they said, ‘To make this work, you’ve got to have it integrated throughout the magazine, not just in one little section,’” says Watt.
Jorge Drexler Wins Song Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Miguel Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY The Complete Latin GRAMMY Awards Viewer’s Guide Karol G Wins Best New Artist At 2018 Latin GRAMMYs Maná Honored By An Array Of Latin American Talent Rosalía Thanks Women During Latin GRAMMY Win Take a look at the many ways to celebrate Latin music throughout this week leading up to the main event, Thursday’s Latin GRAMMY AwardsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 2:45 pm Get ready! The Biggest Night In Latin Music is coming on Nov. 15, but there are so many ways to enjoy the festivities in Las Vegas including and leading up to the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards from virtually anywhere in the world. Here’s how! 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The 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Maná will perform as well.Performers at the Premiere ceremony include Santiago Barrionuevo, Yamandu Costa, Jerry Demara, Rozalén, and José Alberto El Canario with El Septeto Santiaguero.This week of celebration will honor artists across a wide array of Latin cultures, styles, genres, and countries. Awards will span many fields, including General, Pop, Urban, Rock, Alternative, Tropical, Singer-Songwriter, Regional-Mexican, Instrumental, Traditional, Jazz, Christian, Portuguese Language, Children’s, Classical, Arranging, Recording Package, Production, and Music Video. While some of these have categories that bring works from different traditions together, others allow a more narrow focus within traditions, making for a rich, unique sampling of the power of Latin music.No matter your language or musical background, this multi-screen experience will be filled with excitement. 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WILMINGTON, MA — Rotary District 7903, which includes Wilmington, is offering ten $500.00 scholarships to graduating seniors that attend a Technical High School.The scholarships will be awarded to seniors that plan to pursue a trade after graduation. The funds can be used to obtain a certificate or license as well as to purchase tools for their trade (electrician, plumber, automotive mechanic, carpenter, beautician etc.)This award is funded by Annual Giving donations to The Rotary Foundation.The application can be found HERE. The application has also been sent to the Shawsheen Tech’s Guidance Department.The application deadline is April 19. The Scholarship Committee will meet in late April to select the winning candidates.(NOTE: The above information was submitted by the Wilmington Rotary Club.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Shawsheen Tech Scholarship NightIn “Education”
Toyota Motor Corp’s Executive Vice President Mitsuhisa Kato speaks in front of the company’s fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept car at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota and Honda are taking the lead in this largely untested market.Toyota’s FCV Concept is inching closer to reality and the car which has been the talk of the town is all set to dazzle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6 January. The latest FCV which made its first appearance at the recently concluded 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is expected to go into production in 2015.The FCV; a hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle from the renowned auto maker Toyota, will draw power from its fuel-cell stack and two 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tanks beneath the specially-crafted body. It will run on the compressed hydrogen power, which is a clear alternative to the usual gasoline-powered and plug-in cars, but the success of the hydrogen fuel-cell concept is still debated. In a world where the fossil fuel is running out, fuel-cell cars seem to be the only way. Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015.(Reuters)Although Hydrogen vehicles have been in news for a while now and many companies have been considering the idea, the concept has been tantalizing because of the many hurdles. Now companies like Toyota, Hyundai and Honda could clear the stumbling blocks and introduce the all-new hydrogen cars into the auto world.When Toyota FCV becomes a reality, the car will rival the Honda FCEV concept, which is also expected to mark its entry in 2015. But road to success is not straight and problems like supply of hydrogen still need to be addressed more seriously. The vehicle is also likely to boast a high price tag.Toyota Motor Corp’s FCV concept car is seen at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo November 20, 2013. Toyota wants this on the road by 2015 (Reuters)
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/2:11Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense, March 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesActing US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned any nations that might be considering anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests like the one India carried out on Wednesday to “not make a mess” in space, noting the debris that can be left behind.”My message would be: we all live in space, let’s not make it a mess. Space should be a place where we can conduct business. Space is a place where people should have the freedom to operate,” Shanahan told a small group of reporters on Wednesday, without saying whether he believed India’s test left debris.He said the United States was still studying the Indian test.”You cannot make (space) unstable. We cannot create the debris problem that ASAT tests create. So, thoughtfulness goes a long way.”India’s foreign ministry played down any risk of debris, noting the test was in low-Earth orbit and said the remnants would “decay and fall back on to the Earth within weeks.”India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.The United States ran the first anti-satellite test in 1959 when satellites themselves were rare and new.Shanahan noted that, given the increasing global reliance on space, it was important to create rules of the road for space.”I think not having rules of engagement is worrisome. So, how people test and develop technologies are important,” he said, adding: “I would expect anyone who tests does not put at risk anyone else’s assets.” Narendra Modi: It is not Modi’s Strength, It is the strength of your vote, that the world is witnessing today
Timothy SedlakA Florida man accused of trying to hack the Clinton Foundation in 2015 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday, months after he was sentenced in a related case to 42 years in prison over child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe.Timothy Sedlak, 43, is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan, according to court records. Prosecutors accused him in September 2015 of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based global charitable organisation’s network.Prosecutors have never named the organization. But a court filing obtained by Reuters said US Secret Service agents in 2015 questioned Sedlak about notes they found referencing former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.Sedlak, who called himself a private investigator, told the agents he was researching whether charities were unintentionally providing funding to Islamic militant groups, and said the Clintons “came up in his research,” the filing said.The filing’s description of the Clintons matched prosecutors’ descriptions of two previously unnamed individuals who were said to be an “executive” at the charity and an “individual who has been publicly affiliated” with it.Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair of Clinton Foundation, which was founded by her father, former US president Bill Clinton. Its full name is the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.The filing, a summary of a Secret Service agent’s interview with Sedlak, was downloaded by Reuters on Feb. 3 and soon after was replaced by a redacted version removing the Clintons’ names.A spokeswoman for Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara and Sedlak’s lawyer declined comment. Clinton Foundation representatives did not respond to requests for comment.The investigation into Sedlak, of Ocoee, Florida, predated probes into cyber attacks on Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.US intelligence agencies in January released an assessment that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort through the cyber attacks to help Republican Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.Prosecutors have said that Sedlak launched about 390,000 unsuccessful attempts to gain unauthorized access to the charitable organisation’s computer network.Following his arrest, authorities discovered files on his computers containing child pornography, including a number of images depicting Sedlak himself sexually abusing a toddler, prosecutors said.Sedlak as a result was separately charged in Florida, where a federal jury in Orlando in May found him guilty on charges including that he produced and possessed child pornography. He was sentenced in August to 42 years in prison.
Prothom Alo IllustrationA newlywed housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her in-laws over family feud at Deogaon village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.The deceased was Sushila Rani, 20, wife of Bipul Chandra of the village.Victim’s family said Sushila was married to Bipul barely two and a half months ago and since then, Bipul had been torturing her as she protested against his alleged extramarital affairs and drug addiction.Victim’s sister said the body of Sushila was found in a toilet of Bipul’s house in the morning. The body was bleeding and it bore multiple injury marks on her check, throat and forehead, she claimed.Officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said the body was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.The reason behind the death will be cleared after getting the post-mortem report, he said.
Gold bars. File PhotoMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained a suspected gold smuggler along with 14 gold bars from Putkhali border area of Benapole in Jashore on Saturday evening, reports UNB.The arrestee is Dilip Halder, 35, son of a certain Khudiram Halder.Being informed that a consignment of gold was being smuggled to India, a team of BGB conducted a raid and detained Dilip along with the gold bars weighing 1.630 kilogram worth Tk 8.5 million, said lieutenant colonel Imram Ullah Sarker, commander of BGB-21 battalion.The detainee was handed over to Benapole Port police station after filing of a case in this connection.
The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave arrive for a news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 18 July 2018. — ReutersThe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand recounted details of their ordeal on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast.Doctors, relatives and friends, some in yellow traditional garb, greeted the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, who wore T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar and carried in footballs they kicked gently on the set.“Bringing the Wild Boars Home,” read a banner in Thai that used the name of the soccer team to welcome them on the set, designed to resemble a soccer field, complete with goalposts and nets.A crowd of media and onlookers was penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since last week’s international effort to extricate them from a flooded cave complex in which they had been trapped.“I told everyone fight on, don’t despair,” said one boy, describing how the group had battled to stay alive during the excruciating days spent in the cave in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai.Another, Adul Sam-on, 14, recalled the moment when two British divers found the group on 2 July, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometers within the cave complex.“It was magical,” he said. “I had to think a lot before I could answer their questions.”That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought them all to safety over the course of three days, organised by Thai navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts.The order in which the boys eventually left the cave did not depend on the state of their health, said their coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who has been credited by some parents with keeping the boys alive.“The ones whose homes are the furthest went first, so they could tell everyone that the boys were fine,” he added.“WE ONLY DRANK WATER”The group had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on 23 June. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.“We took turns digging at the cave walls,” Ekkapol said. “We didn’t want to wait around until authorities found us.”But their efforts were to no avail, he said, adding, “Almost everyone can swim. Some aren’t strong swimmers, however.”The group, which had eaten before going into the caves, took no food on an excursion they had intended to last only an hour, and had to subsist on water dripping from stalactites in the cave, he added.“We only drank water,” said one of the boys, nicknamed Tee.“I had no strength. I tried not to think about food so I didn’t get more hungry,” added the team’s youngest member, who goes by the name Titan, and was greeted with a rousing cheer from the audience on his arrival at the news conference.Thoughts of their parents also preoccupied the boys, with one admitting, “I was afraid. That I wouldn’t go home and I would get scolded by my mother.”The boys, who sported crisp haircuts, had gained 3 kg (6.6 lb) each on average since the rescue, and ran through confidence-building exercises ahead of Wednesday’s event, said hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal.The rescue effort drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists. Excitement picked up again in the usually sleepy town of Chiang Rai ahead of the much-anticipated 90-minute live broadcast on dozens of channels.“We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in their hearts,” said justice ministry official Tawatchai Thaikaew, who asked for the boys’ privacy to be respected after the discharge, for fear the media attention could affect their mental health.But the moment was bittersweet, as two of the boys held up a framed pencil sketch of Samarn Kunan, 38, the former Thai navy diver who died while he worked underwater, laying oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.“Everyone was very sad,” said the coach, Ekkapol, adding that the boys would spend time as novice Buddhist monks to honor the diver’s memory. “They felt like they were the reason he had to die and his family had to suffer.”
A Muslim pilgrim snaps pictures of pigeons as she walks in the streets of the Saudi holy city of Mecca on 6 August 2019, a few days ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Photo: AFPMore than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar.“It’s the first time I’ve felt something so strongly—it’s striking,” said 40-year-old Indonesian pilgrim Sobar in rudimentary Arabic.More than 1.8 million visitors had arrived by midday local time on Tuesday, authorities said.Crowds of faithful from across the world wore flowing white robes as they descended on the holy city located in the west of the ultra-conservative kingdom.The pilgrims will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago.“Islam united us. We are all together… so that’s why I’m very happy,” said Leku Abibu, 46, a Ugandan mechanic who wore a beige salwar kameez.“I’m enjoying it here.”This year’s hajj takes place amid tensions in the Gulf region exacerbated by a series of attacks on oil tankers, drone strikes and interceptions of maritime traffic on the high seas.Saudi, the Gulf’s leading power, and its ally Washington accuse Iran—Riyadh’s regional rival—of being behind the attacks and sabotage operations against commercial shipping.Tehran has denied responsibility.Despite the absence of diplomatic ties between Saudi and Iran, some 88,550 Iranian pilgrims are due to take part in the hajj this year, according to the Tasnim news agency.‘No differences between us’Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims must perform it at least once in their lives if they can afford to.“There are all nations of the world, all languages. There are no differences between us,” said Nurul Jamal, a 61-year-old pilgrim from India.Mecca, closed to non-Muslims, is home to the Kaaba—a cube structure draped in black cloth embroidered in gold located at the heart of the mosque.The Great Mosque of Mecca with its Ottoman minarets sits amid skyscrapers that host upmarket malls and luxury hotels.Muslims face toward the Kaaba when praying the prescribed five-times daily.Pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times and perform a number of sacred rites.While waiting for the beginning of the hajj, worshippers roam the esplanade or pray in the mosque in stifling heat.Temperatures can surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and some pilgrims carry sun shades.Large misting machines installed at the holy sites help to make the heat more bearable.“The mosques are air conditioned, water is readily available, you just have to protect yourself from the sun,” said Algerian Kamal Bouslimani, 57.Men wear two pieces of unstitched cloth called “ihram” that leaves one shoulder exposed.Pilgrims move together in large groups, led by guides holding their national flags.Billions of dollarsGuards in khaki fastidiously lead worshippers to their five daily prayers.Traffic in the city is extremely heavy and the air quality is poor.The odour of exhaust fumes mixes with the smell of bitumen emitted by the heated road surface and many pilgrims wear face masks.Away from prayers, many of the faithful visit the innumerable shops that speckle the Holy City.Religious tourism brings in revenues worth billions of dollars.But the vast gathering also presents major logistical and safety challenges.In 2015, some 2,300 worshippers were killed in the worst stampede in the history of the hajj.Since then Saudi Arabia has sought to reassure pilgrims, deploying tens of thousands of security officers and installing cameras to oversee every corner of the holy sites.Even though the hajj lasts only five days, many pilgrims arrive weeks before and linger in the city.The total number of arrivals is limited however as each Muslim country receives a pilgrim quota.Some worshippers have spent years on waiting lists—sometimes as long as a decade—just to perform their religious duty.Outside of the hajj, Muslims can also undertake a lesser, year-round pilgrimage known as umrah.
00:00 /01:15 X According to some polls, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, the two major party nominees for president are among the most unlikable candidates in modern times. The question is, what psychology drove us to this point?Elizabeth Simas is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. She was a guest on Houston Matters Wednesday, and told me that as the sources for political discussion have increased, voters have become more polarized in their selection.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“All the choices that people have in media now, you can avoid the other side if you want. You can put yourself in an echo chamber. And when you are constantly being told that your side is right, it just reinforces that and it makes it more difficult for you to be open to compromise or hearing the other side,” says Simas.So are political parties and the media simply giving the people what they want? In some ways, yes Simas says. “Media has a profit motive and with the increased number of choices, they also have to compete for viewers, or listeners, or readers or whatever it is they’re after. They have to be responsive to where the audience is,” she says.As for the major political parties, Simas says, “The ideal of democracy is that candidates are responsive to constituents and to public opinion.”But she believes the elite control the majority of a political party’s platform. She also thinks this election is similar to one 24 years ago.“In 1992 people were dissatisfied with Bush and unhappy with that, and nobody was really thrilled with Clinton as a candidate, at least very early on in the election cycle. He was a dark horse, and what happened, you had the rise of Ross Perot.”Will Donald Trump’s campaign change future elections? Simas says that depends on how successful he is on November 8th. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
The Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association wanted to put pay parity on the November ballot, but thousands of signatures were not validated in time by the City of Houston.A trial begins today for a lawsuit seeking a court order to force the City of Houston to count the pay parity petitions, so the measure can be eligible for the next ballot.Marty Lancton is president of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.“This is a fundamental right of the citizens to petition their government. When government doesn’t recognize that, becomes a huge issue,” Lancton told News 88.7.According to the Houston Chronicle, the City Secretary counts the petitions in the order they are submitted unless the law dictates otherwise. Share
Share Thursday, December 20, 2018Top afternoon stories:Lina Hidalgo Meets With Harris County Emergency OfficialsTravis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo (center).Incoming Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is gearing up to lead the county’s homeland security office. She was briefed Thursday by emergency officials as she assembles her administration’s team.Hidalgo sat down with the county’s top disaster response officials, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, county constables and others. Hidalgo praised the officials’ work building what she described as a highly-regarded emergency operations team.Hidalgo said she sees opportunities for streamlining, implementing best practices and cutting out redundancies across county government. She said she wants to build government that’s “better and costs less.”The 27-year old and first-time office holder was elected in November as part of a Democratic “blue wave” that swept the nation’s third-largest county. She takes offices January 1, 2019.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis photo shows the outside of the detained courts at the ICE Houston Service Processing Center.Historic Backlog Plagues Immigration Courts In Texas, NationwideTexas saw a 30 percent increase in pending immigration cases over the last two years, reaching a backlog of more than 119,000 cases, according to a report by Syracuse University. That’s nearly 30,000 cases more than in September 2016.Since Trump took office, the number of cases pending nationwide grew nearly 50 percent to more than 809,000. The backlog means detained immigrants will spend months longer behind bars, even though detained cases are prioritized in the courts and tend to move much faster.Non-detained immigrants face even longer wait times, though they are given work permissions while they wait. Some court dates are scheduled as far out as 2022. Houston’s courts also saw an increased backlog, with the number of pending cases now over 53,000.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (center).Sheriff’s Office Asks Victims Of Local Security Company To Come ForwardThe Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.
00:00 /00:00 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new study from UTMB in Galveston says access to firearms — not mental health — is a stronger indicator of gun violence. Seems pretty obvious, right? But researchers say they want this to change the politically charged conversation around guns and gun violence.Also this hour: In its annual energy outlook, the Energy Information Administration projects the United States will become a net energy exporter starting sometime next year, with continued growth in natural gas exports. We examine what that means for Greater Houston’s energy industry.Plus, we bring you the second part of our special edition of The Full Menu discussing the best new restaurants in the area.And we learn how much science has built on the theories of Charles Darwin since the publication of his historic work, On the Origin of the Species.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Explore further Panthera atrox skull. Image credit: Wikipedia. More information: Per Christiansen and John M. Harris, Craniomandibular Morphology and Phylogenetic Affinities of Panthera atrox: Implications for the Evolution and Paleobiology of the Lion Lineage, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3):934-945. 2009. doi:10.1671/039.029.0314 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. Male sabertoothed cats were pussycats compared to macho lions © 2010 PhysOrg.com The best preserved fossils of Panthera atrox have been found in the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles and are mostly housed in the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Over the last 40,000 years the tar pits have trapped and preserved many animals in the thick asphalt deposits, because they were attracted to water that often covered and concealed the asphalt. Around 90 percent of the large animals found in La Brea were carnivores, presumably attracted to the area by the animals trapped in the sticky asphalt, and then becoming trapped themselves. The largest of the cat family found in the tar pits is the Panthera atrox.The new study, by Per Christiansen of the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, and John Harris of the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles in the U.S. used a range of statistical and shape analysis methods to compare large numbers of skulls of modern and extinct pantherine cats. They analyzed 23 dimensions on the skulls and found P. atrox has some similarities to lions but also many differences. The mandibular morphology is closer to jaguars and tigers than to lions. The researchers concluded that P. atrox was evolved from a line of cats that immigrated into the Americas in the mid Pleistocene, and which gave rise in the late Pleistocene to P. atrox and the jaguar.Panthera atrox was one of the largest cats ever, weighing in at over 350 kg and attacking prey animals as large as the wild horse and bison. It is believed to have inhabited open habitats, like the largest individuals of the modern jaguar, and became extinct around 10-12,000 years ago. At its height the American lion ranged from Alaska and the Yukon to Mexico.The paper was published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. (PhysOrg.com) — There has been some debate over the last century or so about whether the extinct American lion, Panthera atrox, which dates from the Pleistocene, is related to present day African lions (Panthera leo) or to the jaguar (Panthera onca). Most paleontologists consider P. atrox as a lion, and have in the past even classified the American lion as Panthera leo rather than a separate species. Now a new study has challenged previous classifications and found the American lion was a distinct species and more similar to the jaguar than the lion. Citation: Scientists say the American lion is not a lion after all (2010, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-scientists-american-lion.html