Alberta considering heading north with oil

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Alberta government is running out of options to get their oil to foreign markets.The province is blocked on all sides by widespread opposition to both the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway projects.Their latest proposal has a pipeline running from the tar sands through the Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean.APTN’s Cullen Crozier explains territorial leaders are seriously considering the idea.last_img

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General Assembly makes tangible progress to revitalize itself its President says

19 December 2007The 192-member General Assembly is well on the road to revitalizing its role within the United Nations, where the 15-member Security Council makes the binding decisions, and is planning major debates in the coming year on issues ranging from climate change to development funding to management reform, its President said today. “I think that we have made tangible progress and obvious progress in terms of improving the working methods of the General Assembly, thus making it dynamic and vital,” Srgjan Kerim said at an end-of-year news conference in New York.There was no need even for a resolution on revitalising the Assembly, he said, noting that such a resolution had become “totally superfluous” in light of the very intensive activities and the more constructive and cooperative atmosphere among Member States.“We cannot behave in terms of business as usual because the agenda, the problems, the challenges we are facing do not allow for that,” Mr. Kerim stressed. “So in that regard I have talked to Member States very often that we have to change our mindset and through this our attitude towards the General Assembly in making it a central, vital body of the United Nations which deals with the most important issues and challenges of today’s world.”He stressed the importance of thematic debates, such as the one already held on terrorism, which paves the way for the review of the Counter-Terrorism Strategy scheduled for next September.In February the Assembly will debate climate change. In April there will be an informal thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to drastically slash poverty, hunger and maternal and child mortality, and boost access to health care and education by 2015.That debate “will be focused on three crucial goals – poverty, education and health,” and include business people, academics and all those prepared to assist the UN in implementing the MDGs, Mr. Kerim said.There will also be plenary meetings in April on management reform, focusing on procurement, accountability and human resources. “That will be a very important exercise in which the Member States will be involved to give their input and their ideas and their options and solutions on what should be a very comprehensive management reform,” said the President. The coming months will be even busier than the past season. “As I said when I was elected in May this year, I promised hard work, a lot of dynamics and a vital General Assembly and I think I have [the] great support of the Member States,” he declared. Mr. Kerim also voiced confidence that the Assembly would soon adopt a multi-billion dollar budget for the UN, citing the “tremendous effort” by Japan, as well as the efforts of the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Egypt, India “and many, many countries in making sure that we will have a budget.“And we will have, but with a very clear message to the Secretary-General and the Secretariat that we would like to see more savings, more measures, more transparency in using the money because this is part of this reform and the budget is the best way we can exercise pressure to implement this reform of management,” he added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a $4.2 billion budget for the next two years. read more

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UAE and Sri Lanka agree to resolve domestic worker issues

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), arrived in Sri Lanka today as a part of his Asian Tour. Minister Nahyan was received by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake at the Bandaranaike International Airport.During his visit, Minister Al Nahyan paid Courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and had bilateral discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana. Sri Lanka invited UAE investors to invest in Sri Lanka, especially in infrastructure projects which will support Sri Lanka’s endeavors to emerge as a maritime hub in the Indian Ocean.The two Ministers decided to hold the second round of Sri Lanka-UAE Joint Commission next year in Colombo, which will be a platform to resolve several issues related to Sri Lankan domestic workers in the UAE, and discussed areas of economic cooperation including enhanced market access to value added Sri Lankan products in the UAE. Minister Marapana confirmed that Sri Lanka would also participate at EXPO 2020 in Dubai from 20 Oct 2020 to 10 April 2021. Ministers agreed on several initiatives to strengthen cultural cooperation and employment prospects for Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, which will further expand the relations between the two countries. The Ministers concluded a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Establishment of a Joint Committee for Consular Affairs, and an Agreement on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance on Customs Matters.The UAE delegation headed by Minister Al Nahyan, included UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdulhamid Al Mulla, Deputy Chief of Staff Maktoum Al Maktoum, Head of Media and Content Jamal Al Suwaidi of the office of the Foreign Minister, Desk Officer of the West Asia Department of the Foreign Ministry and Third Secretary Maryam Azizi.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana was accompanied by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Employment, Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, Department of Commerce and the Department of Customs. (Colombo Gazette) Matters related to political affairs, trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and the UAE were discussed during the bilateral meeting. read more

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Global nucleartest ban urgently needed for safer more secure world – UN

Addressing a meeting to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, observed annually on 29 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the devastation caused by nuclear testing. “I have witnessed the lasting societal, environmental and economic damage nuclear tests have caused,” he told the gathering. “Since the first test in New Mexico 70 years ago, the world has endured over 2,000 nuclear tests. Those tests devastated pristine environments and local populations around the world.“Many have never recovered from the legacies of nuclear testing – including poisoned groundwater, cancer, birth defects and radioactive fallout,” Mr. Ban continued. “Today let us also send a strong signal that the international community stands united to take action that will lead us to a safer and more secure world – a world free of nuclear weapons.” The Secretary-General said that the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was adopted in 1996, was an essential building block for achieving this goal as a legally-binding, verifiable means by which to constrain the quantitative and qualitative development of nuclear weapons. Stressing that the Treaty must enter into force in order to be truly effective, Mr. Ban called on all remaining States to sign and ratify the instrument, including China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, and the United States.The importance of the CTBT was also highlighted by the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, who underscored the need for a world free of nuclear testing.“Nuclear tests and weapons constitute an existential threat to humanity and contradict some of the fundamental principles of the United Nations,” he said. “In its current session, the General Assembly reiterated its firm commitment to the Treaty,” said Mr. Kutesa. “I would like to use this occasion to stress the importance and urgency of realizing the CTBT’s entry into force without further delay.”The Acting High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Kim Won-soo, emphasized the need to universalize the norm against nuclear testing.“It is true that we live in an increasingly complex security environment,” said Mr. Kim. “Yet we cannot allow the security environment to prevent us from making progress on nuclear disarmament. We should remember the lessons of the Cold War when arms control agreements provided valuable lessons to reduce strategic tension.“We cannot delay in taking the path to nuclear disarmament,” he continued. “We must act with urgency to reach our goal of zero nuclear weapons. And we must do so with a sense of compromise and our common responsibility to rid the world of these devastating weapons.” read more

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UN agencies provide seeds and food to break hunger cycle in Central

Household food stocks are typically lowest at this time in the planting season. Under the ‘seeds protection’ initiative, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides crop and vegetable seeds, while the World Food Programme (WFP) provides groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, and beans to the same families.“Helping families rebuild food production is an important part of the recovery in this country, as it creates a source of food and income and can help bring stability to communities,” said FAO country representative Jean-Alexandre Scaglia. “That’s why it’s critical we make sure families don’t cope with the current scarcity by eating their seeds meant for planting.”“We know that during this period, food is limited and families are already struggling,” said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Central African Republic Country Director. “The food provided by WFP ensures that the seeds get planted and families don’t go hungry at the same time. Our support now can help people escape the vicious cycle of hunger.”Three years of conflict have disrupted agriculture and severely constrained people’s access to food as they have been struggling with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods.“As peace is returning to CAR, this initiative is a beam of hope for thousands of families,” added Mr. Djossa.Another 50,000 families will be supported during the second planting season in August/September, meaning 100,000 families, or 500,000 people in total, will be supported under the initiative this year.With 75 per cent of the population depending on agriculture, FAO, WFP and their partners have been working together since the beginning of the unrest to mitigate negative impacts on agricultural production and food security; the seeds protection initiative was first implemented in 2014.FAO and WFP are supporting the Government’s initiative to revive the agricultural sector through longer-term programmes that aim to save and strengthen livelihoods and build resilience.However, the two UN agencies warn that with only half of both agencies’ funding needs secured, people in CAR face receiving only half of the support they need. read more

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ThreeMinute Thesis proposals sought

Do you have what it takes for the Three-Minute Thesis challenge? The contest to describe graduate research in 180 seconds happens April 10 at Brock. Graduate students are invited to take a new challenge during this year’s Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on Wednesday, April 10.The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition that is growing in popularity internationally and nationally has found its way to Brock and will be added to this year’s conference lineup of oral and poster presentations.Thesis master’s students and PhD candidates who enter the contest will have three minutes, and not a second more, to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate a non-specialist audience.That’s no easy task given the complexity and scope of thesis work under way at Brock says Prof. John McNamara, who is organizing the competition for the conference.McNamara has viewed many online videos of past contests held in Canada and around the world since the University of Queensland in Australia held the first 3MT challenge in 2008.“Winners from other contests demonstrate a real knack for telling their thesis stories,” he says. “They make very compelling presentations that are more casual in tone. They break down complex topics to give a clear understanding of what they are doing and how it will make a difference. They speak with enthusiasm about what they do and it’s infectious.”The contest is open to master’s or PhD students who are at the final stages of writing their thesis, or have recently defended but not yet graduated. Along with keeping to the three-minute time frame, the contestants are limited to using only one presentation slide for the duration of their talk.A panel of judges will score each presentation with the winner receiving $500 and runner-up receiving $250. As well, Brock’s winner will advance to the first provincewide 3MT competition that is being hosted by Queen’s University in Kingston on April 18.“This is a fun format that offers a meaningful exercise to help students sharpen professional communications skills – the kind of skills needed in today’s world, from grant writing to job applications,” McNamara says. “The Brock community is invited to join us for the contest. It’s a chance to hear about all great work that’s under way by our graduate students.”The conference call for proposals is open until Monday, March 4. Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in the conference in one of the following ways: give an oral presentation, display a poster or, for those eligible, compete in the 3MT. read more

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Football Justin Fields moves forward after eligibility confirmed

Then-Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against Massachusetts on Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Courtesy of TNSJustin Fields is eligible for the 2019 season. And now he wants to be done talking about it. “My dad always tells me that ‘you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’ I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life,” Fields said in a statement. “I will not be speaking about my transfer again.” This was the mentality the freshman took when speaking for the first time as an Ohio State quarterback. When asked about his prospective eligibility on Wednesday, he said time and time again it was out of his control, saying he hopes to find out soon, so he could focus on his new team. With the eligibility confirmed, Fields’ focus is now solely on filling the shoes of Dwayne Haskins: the Heisman candidate, who, after one season, is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But that was his focus all along, which is something Fields was willing to admit about his transfer from Georgia to Ohio State. “I think I made more of a business decision,” Fields said. “Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL so he knows that it takes to get there. Just the offense and how successful it was last year, I just hope to do the same thing again.” Fields said he describes himself as an exciting playmaker, one that can extend plays with his legs when they break down. He showed this in the 12 games he played with the Bulldogs last season, accumulating 328 yards through the air, 266 yards on the ground and eight total touchdowns in limited playing time. However, when he got here, Fields said he was not immediately handed the reins of the Ohio State offense. With freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin in the room, who sat behind Haskins last season, Fields said he will have to earn the starting job. “Coach Day didn’t promise me anything,” Fields said. “He told me I would have to come here and work for it. So I’m just looking forward to getting better.” While waiting for his eligibility to be confirmed, Fields said he had been learning the Ohio State offense. He said, though it’s different from the pro-style offense Georgia runs, he is picking it up relatively quickly. Fields said he is also getting used to the pre-progression reads, utilizing the wide receivers and their skill sets on the outside to make his job easier in the passing game. To Day, this was the offense that Fields was excited about when he transferred to Ohio State. “They want to be in an offense where they’re throwing at the high efficiency that we did last year, we’re throwing in an offense where it’s very pro style oriented, mixed in with the college run game, with [run-pass options]. We think we’re on the cutting edge that way,” Day said. “That’s the response we’re getting from a lot of quarterbacks around the country.” When he decided to transfer from Georgia, Fields said Ohio State did not give him a sales pitch. But the quarterback also said they really didn’t have to.“Just going based off what Dwayne did last year and how much success he had in this offense, I felt like I could come in and hopefully do the same thing that he did,” Fields said. WIth his eligibility confirmed for 2019, Fields now has the opportunity to do so. read more

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2017 IPL auction delayed until late February

The IPL 2017 player auction is likely to take place in the third week of February following a delay from the originally proposed date of February 4. Although the BCCI has not issued a final date yet, franchises understand it would be anywhere between February 20 and 25. Last November the IPL Governing Council decided to schedule the IPL 2017 tournament between April 5 and May 21.David Warner and the Hyderabad Sunrisers will be looking to defend their IPL 2016 title (AFP photo)At that time, the player auction was slotted in tentatively for February 4 but that was ruled out as soon as the Supreme Court of India dismantled the BCCI house at the start of the year by removing its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke and imposing various restrictions on the remaining eligible office bearers at the board. Although the BCCI management under its chief executive officer Rahul Johri was ready to stick to the timelines drawn last November, the court’s delay in appointing the committee of administrators put the IPL decisions on the backburner.However, with a four-member committee of administrators taking charge on Monday, the IPL is back on the priority list. The committee of administrators met with the BCCI management team to discuss the immediate decisions that need to be taken concerning IPL.“The Committee of Administrators (COA) met the concerned BCCI officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017,” a BCCI media release said. “The committee of administrators assured the franchises that it was overseeing the preparations for IPL and the ‘operational timelines’ will be sent out shortly.”On their part, the franchises have remained patient throughout the delay. Officials at several franchises said the main reason behind their confidence was the court had always made sure that cricket was never affected, both domestic and international. Also, the delay in the auction, one franchise chief executive officer said, would be an advantage because teams could scout for domestic talent in the ongoing Inter-State T20 tournament which finishes on February 18.If there is one thing the franchises are keen to get their hands on is the player roster – the final pool of players that will enter the auction. Normally the franchises get the roster two weeks ahead of the auction.“If we get the roster we can start making a shortlist of players we are after as then we come to know their availability which is always a big determining factor on which players teams pick,” one franchise CEO told ESPNcricinfo.This will be the last year of IPL before teams overhaul their rosters for the 2018 season. All existing player contracts will expire after IPL 2017 and it is expected most players will go under the hammer at the mega auction ahead of the 2018 season. There has been no decision yet on the player retention rules though.The current cycle of broadcasting rights, currently held by Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), will expire after IPL 2017. Last September, the BCCI had announced that the next cycle of IPL rights would be sold via an open tender process. Eighteen companies including Facebook and Twitter bought the invitation to tender document for television and digital rights. The bids were meant to be opened on October 24, but the Lodha Committee deferred the process until the BCCI complied with the court order of July 18 last year. (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2019 to be played entirely in India, will begin on March 23January 8, 2019In “Sports”IPL teams could be allowed to retain three playersOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”SLC softens stance, Lasith Malinga likely to be available for Mumbai Indians’ next two gamesMarch 25, 2019In “latest news” read more

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CJIA immigration officer slapped with felony charges

An immigration officer attached to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was hauled before the courts on Tuesday to answer to three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.Jonathan Rausch, 25, denied all three of the charges when they were read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge alleged that on April 1, 2018, while at CJIA, Timehri East Bank Demerara, he conspired with person(s) unknown to commit a felony by forging the Border Management System (BMS) with intent to defraud the public by purporting to show that Columbia nationals Juan Carlos and Maquilon Perez entered Guyana on March 27, 2018.Facts presented to the court alleged that on the day in question about 15:00h a Beech jet bearing registration numbers N119tc landed at the CJIA from Aruba for an emergency fuel stop and subsequently departed with Carlos and Perez without any documentation.An investigation was launched and revealed that the names of the Columbians were not featured on the manifest nor were there any embarkment or disembarkment cards in favour of the duo as is prescribed by the law.A thorough check of the BMS further revealed that the accused immigration rank allegedly entered and updated those names into the system to show that they had arrived in Guyana aboard another flight.As suspicions grew the accused was contacted, questioned and subsequently told of the allegations to which he denied.After summing up the matter the Chief Magistrate released the rank on $150,000 bail.The matter will continue on September 17, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuban National facing felony and fraud charges remandedJanuary 9, 2019In “Court”Nepal Nationals remanded for illegal departing GuyanaDecember 8, 2014In “Crime”Brazilian charged for forged immigration documentAugust 26, 2013In “Crime” read more

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Apple Admittedly Slows Older iPhones to Protect Electronic Components

first_img Surprise: Apple iPhone performance slows as the device (and its battery) ages.The struggle is real for iFans who, like clockwork, see a decline in their smartphone or tablet’s efficiency after about a year of use.Conspiracy theorists claim it’s Cupertino’s way of encouraging folks to upgrade their handset for the latest and greatest version. But, according to Apple, it’s actually the battery’s fault.In a statement published by TechCrunch, the company admitted that it deliberately slows older iPhones to prevent damage:“Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.“Last year, we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”The news broke this week after a recent Reddit post sparked discussion about the long-standing problem, addressed via benchmark tests by Primate Labs’ John Poole.“While we expect battery capacity to decrease as batteries age, we expect processor performance to stay the same,” Poole wrote in a Monday blog post. “However, users with older iPhones with lower-than-expected Geekbench 4 scores have reported that replacing the battery increases their score (as well as the performance of the phone). What’s going on here?”What’s going on—as Apple confirmed—is that the tech titan added power management to limit functionality once the battery condition declines past a certain point.As TechCrunch pointed out, it’s not just age that can negatively affect the power unit: excessive heat (whether from the sun or overuse) will also cripple a battery.But before you start sending angry tweets to Apple, remember that this is the fault of lithium-ion chemistry, not Cupertino.Which is, in large part, why graphene has gained such attention among battery manufacturers with the allotrope’s top-notch physical and chemical stability. Graphene is 100 times more efficient than copper in conducting electricity and boasts electron mobility 140 times faster than silicon. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Thieves take 5 tons of watermelon from Oregon stores

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. — Police and Clackamas County sheriff’s detectives say two men stole 17 pallets of watermelon — about 5 tons — from grocery stores in Beaverton and Tigard.Officials say they hit WinCo stores in the early morning hours of June 7. The watermelons had been left outside for sale. The men told one employee who confronted them at the Beaverton store they were removing the melons because they had black spots.The Oregonian reports surveillance video helped investigators identify two suspects — 42-year-old William Jake Traverso of Canby and 40-year-old Brad A. Taylor of Molalla. Deputies arrested Traverso on Tuesday at his parents’ home. They’re looking for Taylor.Police believe the pair sold most of the melons to small markets to support a methamphetamine addiction. Five pallets were recovered.last_img read more

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38 say flexible working is top influencer of job satisfaction globally

first_imgEmployees in western countries consider themselves to be happier in their jobs, more loyal to their employers and more productive at work, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.The Mobility, performance and engagement report, which is based on the self-assessment of 1,865 employees, found that the ability to work anywhere at any time is the top factor providing job satisfaction for respondents globally, cited by 38%.UK respondents rated this most highly, with 43% saying this was the case.In addition, the research found that just under a third (29%) of US respondents say that they are completely loyal to their employer, while 27% of German respondents say the same. However, just 5% of Japanese respondents say they have this level of loyalty to their employer.The report also found:15% of US and 10% of German respondents give themselves the maximum score for job satisfaction, compared to 6% in Singapore and 3% in Japan.A fifth (20%) of US respondents give themselves the maximum score for productivity, followed by 16% in Germany, 12% in the UK, 9% in Singapore and 5% in Japan.40% of early adopters of technology say they would never work for an organisation that did not allow them to use their own mobile devices for work.Chris Kozup, vice-president of marketing at Aruba, said: “The way we work is changing to suit the needs of GenMobile and if [organisations] do not stay ahead of the curve, they may inadvertently be creating less productive working environments that are overlooked by the best candidates.“It is clear that the freedom to work at a time that is most productive to the employee is crucial, which is why mobility is at the top of their checklist. Businesses need to evolve their offering now in order to secure GenMobile employees before their competitors do.“By doing this, the benefits will be long term and employers, both East and West, can compete on an equal footing to attract and keep talent.”last_img read more

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This Salvadoran Woman Is At The Center Of The Attorney Generals Asylum

first_img Share Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. has been allowed to stay in the U.S. for four years while her case is pending. She requested that NPR identify her only by her initials because she is afraid her ex-husband might find her.Who should get asylumMs. A.B.’s case is the latest turn in a long-running debate over who should get asylum in the United States. Over more than a half-century, immigration lawyers pushed to expand the boundaries.To understand how the U.S. asylum system works, you have to go all the way back to World War II.Millions of people were displaced after the war, including Jews who fled the Holocaust and political outcasts who escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. Many of those refugees couldn’t return home. So European diplomats gathered in Geneva in 1951 to figure out how to help them — and to establish an international framework for future refugees.“There was certainly a very strong humanitarian impulse behind it,” said David Martin, a former U.S. immigration official and a professor emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Law. “But the drafters of the treaty said, we don’t want to write a blank check.”The delegates in Geneva agreed that asylum should be reserved for people facing persecution based on race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Then, at the last minute, Martin says, a delegate from the Netherlands suggested one more factor: membership in a “particular social group.”“He was concerned that some victims might not fall within the four factors that already were listed,” Martin said. “And that’s about all we know about it. No real guidance as to who would be included.”So “particular social group” was open to interpretation. And that would turn out to be important when the United States and other countries adopted this legal framework decades later.Over the years, immigration lawyers in the U.S. have argued that all sorts of people deserve asylum as persecuted members of a “particular social group.”“There was a beginning of a shift, and a new awareness that women could get asylum, and that rape was a form of harm that constituted persecution,” said Deborah Anker, a professor at Harvard Law School and the founding director of the Harvard Immigration Refugee Clinical program.One of the landmark cases concerned the asylum claim of a woman from Guatemala named Rody Alvarado. She says her husband beat her repeatedly for a decade.“It was a form of torture,” Alvarado said in Spanish through an interpreter. “It was a matter of life and death. If I stayed, he would have killed me.”Eric Risberg/APAfter suffering 10 years of violent abuse at the hands of her husband, Rody Alvarado fled her native Guatemala in 1995 and applied for asylum in the U.S. It took a 14-year battle with federal officials over whether domestic violence qualifies for refugee status for Alvarado’s application to be granted, in 2009.Alvarado fled to the U.S. in 1995 and applied for asylum in U.S. immigration court. Initially, she won her case, but the government appealed. That’s when Alvarado started working with Musalo, the same lawyer who represents Ms. A.B. today.“You know this is clearly a situation deserving of protection,” Musalo said, “when you have someone who beats you unconscious, who throws machetes across the room at you. When you have someone who wakes you up in the middle of the night with a knife at your throat, and tells you that he can kill you, and nobody would care. And then when you go to the police repeatedly and they laugh at you, and you go to the court and the court takes no action.”Musalo has argued in both cases that these women deserve asylum because they’ve been persecuted by their husbands and ignored by their own governments.At first, some courts rejected this theory. In Alvarado’s case, a panel of 15 judges agreed that the abuse she had suffered was brutal. But they ruled the system of asylum was not intended to protect survivors of domestic violence.“It’s a grave, pervasive, chronic international problem. But this is the wrong tool to solve that problem,” said Michael Hethmon, a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which favors lower levels of immigration.While Musalo and other lawyers argued that survivors of domestic violence and other sexual and gender-based crimes deserve asylum protections, Hethmon was on the other side, writing briefs of his own.“Asylum was never designed to deal with those problems,” Hethmon said. “Asylum is not some sort of global make-a-wish foundation.”But Musalo and other immigrants’ rights lawyers didn’t give up. They kept returning to the phrase “particular social group” and insisting that domestic violence survivors do fall into that category.Gradually, that argument won out. And over the years, immigration lawyers have successfully argued for an even more expansive interpretation of asylum law — one that provides protection for women fleeing female genital mutilation, and people facing persecution for being gay or transgender.For a while, the law seemed settled.Sessions steps inLast fall, Sessions gave a speech in Falls Church, Va., at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation’s immigration judges. And Sessions made clear that he favors a strict interpretation of the language crafted at the 1951 Refugee Convention.“Our asylum laws are meant to protect those who because of characteristics like race, religion, nationality, or political opinions cannot find protection in their home countries,” he said. “That’s what it’s for. They were never intended to provide asylum to all those who fear generalized violence, crime, personal vendettas, or lack of job prospects. Yet vague, insubstantial, and subjective claims have swamped our system.”Sessions and other immigration hard-liners point to a sharp increase in asylum claims over the past decade.“We’re concerned about too many people getting asylum,” said Jan Ting, a former immigration official who teaches at Temple University Beasley School of Law.“I think it’s a legitimate question to ask,” Ting said. “Wait a minute, do we really want to say everyone who has experienced violence at the hands of a domestic partner is entitled to asylum in the United States?”But immigrant advocates say that’s an oversimplification. They say these claims are still difficult to win, because asylum-seekers must demonstrate that the abuse rises to the level of persecution and that the governments in their home countries can’t or won’t help.If there is an increase in asylum claims from the “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, Musalo argues, it’s because women are trying to escape a region where the United Nations has raised concerns about high levels of violence against women and children.“These are three countries that have the highest homicide rates in the world and the highest femicide rates in the world, and high levels of violence and killings of children and adolescents,” said Musalo.“It took us a long struggle to finally get it accepted” that survivors of domestic violence can get asylum, Musalo said. “And it’s concerning that this attorney general wants to revisit that.”Relief for Rody AlvaradoNo matter what happens, Alvarado can stay in the U.S. She was granted asylum in 2009 — 14 years after filing her initial petition.“I felt an immense happiness,” she said. “I felt, far far away from that world of suffering.”Alvarado became a U.S. citizen last year. Her story has become an inspiration for other women, women like Ms. A.B., whose own asylum claim is now in doubt.Kevin D. Liles for NPRA Bible and other religious symbols sit on a table inside Ms. A.B.’s home.“I was very confused, very sad,” Ms. A.B. said, because Judge Couch has continued to deny her asylum claim, insisting she doesn’t qualify even after she won her appeal. “I felt like they are playing with me,” she said. “Like I’m a child who was given candy, only to have it taken away.”Now her case is in the hands of Sessions. And what he decides could have big implications — not just for Ms. A.B., but for thousands of other asylum-seekers, too.Richard Gonzales contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. and her housemate have made their home into a little corner of El Salvador. She says it all reminds her of the homeland she fled to get away from her abusive ex-husband.“The violence started around 1999,” Ms. A.B. said. He hit her with beer bottles, she said, and held a gun to her head.“I remember when I was pregnant with my second child, he beat me a lot,” she said, fighting back tears. “He threatened to hang me from the roof. And I got down and covered my stomach, and he started kicking me in the back.”When her children were older, Ms. A.B. moved to another part of El Salvador. But her husband found her, she says, and raped her.“El Salvador is a small place,” she said. “I used to go to the police, but they didn’t do anything.”Finally, Ms. A.B. traveled north, crossing the border illegally into Texas. She has been allowed to stay in the U.S. while her asylum case is pending.Ms. A.B.’s case wound up before immigration Judge V. Stuart Couch in North Carolina, who has become well-known for rejecting the vast majority of asylum claims he hears. Couch wrote that the abuse Ms. A.B. described seemed “criminal” but decided that wasn’t enough to give her asylum.She appealed, and won. Still, the North Carolina judge hasn’t granted her asylum. And now Sessions is intervening.It’s not clear why Sessions picked Ms. A.B.’s case. The Justice Department declined to comment.But critics say it’s clear Sessions wants to curtail asylum as part of the Trump administration’s broader immigration crackdown.“It’s a blind spot about women, and women’s human rights,” said Karen Musalo, Ms. A.B.’s lawyer, who directs the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. “And kind of a fundamental misunderstanding about what human rights means.” “He beat me a lot”We met Ms. A.B at a double-wide trailer framed by tall pine trees. She shares the house with another immigrant from El Salvador, the only person she knew in the U.S. before she moved here.They’ve made their backyard into a little corner of El Salvador. There’s an outdoor shelter called a champa, with hammocks and a fire pit. Chickens roam free around a henhouse. She says it all reminds her of the homeland she fled to get away from her abusive ex-husband. Kevin D. Liles for NPRMs. A.B. is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering more than a decade of domestic violence in El Salvador. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has personally intervened in her cAttorney General Jeff Sessions is stirring panic in immigrant communities by moving to limit who can get asylum in the United States. Perhaps no one is more alarmed than one Salvadoran woman living in the Carolinas.She is known only by her initials in immigration court papers, so her lawyers call her Ms. A.B. She fled to the U.S. four years ago, after enduring more than a decade of domestic abuse in her home country, and requested asylum here.Now Sessions has personally intervened in her case, questioning whether she and other crime victims deserve protection and a path to American citizenship. The attorney general has been highly critical of the asylum system in recent months.“I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind difficult situations,” Sessions said at a news conference in San Diego earlier this month. “But we cannot take everyone on this planet who is in a difficult situation.”Immigration attorneys across the country are watching Ms. A.B.’s case closely. They worry that Sessions is trying to roll back years of case law that expanded who gets asylum in the U.S. — and that he’s using her asylum petition to do it.Ms. A.B. is speaking out publicly for the first time, in an interview with NPR. She asked that we not use her full name or say exactly where she is living because she is still afraid her ex-husband might find her.“In El Salvador,” she said in Spanish through an interpreter, “there’s no protection for women. Anyone who’s been there knows this.”Ms. A.B. said she had heard Sessions’ name on the news. But she didn’t really know who he was until he picked her case to review. Since then, she has learned a lot more about the attorney general.She knows that he oversees the nation’s immigration courts. That he has the power to intervene in individual cases, and to set precedent that can affect all asylum-seekers. And that, for some reason, he has singled out her case from the thousands of asylum claims filed every year.last_img read more

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Synergy Visual Arts Exhibition – Opening Night

first_imgThe D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents a visual arts exhibition featuring some of the District’s finest visual artists applying for the Fiscal Year 2018 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP). Each artist has submitted a piece that represents their body of work and artistic perspective.This exhibition captures the broad scope of the District’s dynamic art scene and provides an opportunity for the artists to express their visions directly to the public and a panel of peer reviewers. Admission is free. This event will be held in the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Center, 200 I Street SE on July 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. To register for this event, visit eventbrite.com.last_img read more

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A525 shut due to police investigation

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy South Cheshire road is closed as part of an ongoing police investigation this morning. The A525 Whitchurch Road is currently closed between Green Lane and Stafford Street in Audlem. Police are asking motorists to use alternative routes at the moment. A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Traffic restrictions are currently in place on the A525 running through Audlem, between Green Lane and Stafford Street, as officers conduct enquiries into an ongoing investigation. “Motorists are advised to find an alternative route if they can.” Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Friday, May 25 The road has been closed since at least 9am this morning. We have no further information the nature of the investigation at this stage. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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What is Digital Forensics

first_imgWho here hasn’t watched the American TV show, Mr. Robot? For the uninitiated, Mr. Robot is a digital crime thriller that features the protagonist Elliot. Elliot is a brilliant cyber security engineer and hacktivist who identifies potential suspects and evidences of any crime hard to solve. He does this by hacking into people’s digital devices such as smartphones, computers, machines, printers and so on. The science of identifying, preserving, and analyzing the evidences through digital media or storage media devices, in order to trace a crime is Digital Forensics. A real world example of digital forensics helping solve crime is the case of a floppy disk that helped investigators to solve the BTK serial killer case in 2005. The killer had eluded police capture since 1974 and had claimed the lives of at least 10 victims before he was caught. Types of Digital forensics The Digital world is vast. There are countless ways one can perform illegal or corrupt activities and go undetected. Digital Forensics lends a helping hand in detecting such activities. However, due to the presence of multiple digital media, the forensics carried out for each is also different.  Following are some types of forensics which can be conducted over different digital pathways. Computer Forensics refers to the branch of forensics that obtains evidences from computer systems such as computer hard drives, mobile phones, a personal digital assistant (PDA), Compact Disks CD, and so on. The digital police can also trace suspect’s e-mail or text communication logs, their internet browsing history, system or file transfer, hidden or deleted files, docs and spreadsheets, and so on. Mobile device Forensics recovers or gathers evidence from the call logs, text messages, and other data stored in the mobile devices. Tracing one’s location info via the inbuilt GPU systems or cell site logs or through in-app communication from apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, and so on on is also possible. Network forensics monitors and analyzes computer network traffic, LAN/WAN and internet traffic. The aim of network forensics is to gather information, collect evidence, detect and determine the extent of intrusions and the amount of data that is compromised. Database forensics is the forensic study of databases and their metadata.The information from database contents, log files and in-RAM data can be used for creating timelines or recover pertinent information during a forensic investigation. Challenges faced in Digital Forensics Data storage and extraction Storing data has always been tricky and expensive. An explosion in the volume of data generation has only aggravated the situation. Now data comes from different pathways such as social media, web, IoT, and many more.  The real-time analysis of data from IoT devices and other networks also contribute to the data heap. Due to this, investigators find it difficult to store and process data to extract clues or detect incidents, or to track the necessary traffic. Data gathering over scattered mediums Investigators have to face a lot of difficulty as evidence might be scattered over social networks, cloud resources, and Personal physical storage. Therefore, increased tools, expertise and time is a requirement to fully and accurately reconstruct the evidence. Automating these tasks partially may lead to deterioration of the quality of investigation. Investigations to preserve privacy At times, investigators collect information to reconstruct and locate an attack. This can violate user privacy. Also, when information has to be collected from the cloud, there are some other hurdles, such as accessing the evidence in logs, presence of volatile data, and so on. Carrying out Legitimate investigations only Modern infrastructures are complex and virtualized, often shifting their complexity at the border (such as in fog computing) or delegating some duties to third parties (such as in platform-as-a-service frameworks). An important challenge for modern digital forensics lies in executing investigations legally, for instance, without violating laws in borderless scenarios. Anti-forensics techniques on the rise Defensive measures for digital forensics comprise of encryption, obfuscation, and cloaking techniques, including information hiding.Therefore new forensics tools should be engineered in order to support heterogeneous investigations, preserve privacy, and offer scalability. The presence of digital media and electronics is a leading cause for the rise of digital forensics. Also, at this pace, digital media is on the rise, digital forensics is here to stay. Many of the investigators which include CYFOR,  and Pyramid CyberSecurity strive to offer solutions to complex cases in the digital world. One can also try to seek employment or specialize in this field by improving the skills needed for a career in digital forensics. If you are interested in digital forensics, check out our product portfolio on cyber security or subscribe today to a learning path for forensic analysts on MAPT, our digital library. Read Next How cybersecurity can help us secure cyberspace Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackers What Blockchain Means for Securitylast_img read more

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Divided town challenges Myanmars democracy hopes

first_imgAssociated PressSITTWE, Myanmar (AP) – There are no Muslim faithful in most of this crumbling town’s main mosques anymore, no Muslim students at its university.They’re gone from the market, missing from the port, too terrified to walk on just about any street downtown.Three-and-a-half months after some of the bloodiest clashes in a generation between Myanmar’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Muslims known as Rohingya left the western town of Sittwe in flames, nobody is quite sure when _ or even if _ the Rohingya will be allowed to resume the lives they once lived here. The Rohingya are a deeply unpopular cause in Myanmar, where even opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former political prisoners imprisoned by the army have failed to speak out on their behalf. In July, Thein Sein himself suggested the Rohingya should be sent to any other country willing to take them.“In that context, we’re seeing them segregated into squalid camps, fleeing the country, and in some cases being rounded up and imprisoned,” said Matthew Smith, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who authored a recent report for the New York-based group on the latest unrest.In places like Sittwe, “there is a risk of permanent segregation,” Smith said. “None of this bodes well for the prospects of a multi-ethnic democracy.”In the meantime, the government’s own statistics indicate the crisis is worsening _ at least for the Rohingya.While the total number of displaced Rakhine statewide has declined from about 24,000 at the start of the crisis to 5,600 today, the number of displaced Rohingya has risen from 52,000 to 70,000, mostly in camps just outside Sittwe.The government has blamed the rise on Rohingya it says didn’t lose homes but who are eager to gain access to aid handouts. Insecurity is also likely a factor, though. Amnesty International has accused authorities of detaining hundreds of Rohingya in a post-conflict crackdown aimed almost exclusively at Muslims. And in August, 3,500 people were displaced after new clashes saw nearly 600 homes burned in the town of Kyauktaw, according to the U.N. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men The U.N. estimates their number at 800,000. But the government does not count them as one of the country’s 135 ethnic groups, and so _ like Bangladesh _ denies them citizenship. Human rights groups say racism also plays a role: Many Rohingya, who speak a distinct Bengali dialect and resemble Muslim Bangladeshis, have darker skin and are heavily discriminated against.In late May, tensions boiled over after the rape and murder of a Rakhine woman, allegedly by three Rohingya, in a town south of Sittwe. By mid-June, skirmishes between rival mobs carrying swords, spears and iron rods erupted across the region. Conservative estimates put the death toll at around 100 statewide, with 5,000 homes burned along with dozens of mosques and monasteries.Sittwe suffered more damage than most, and today blackened tracts of rubble-strewn land filled with knotted tree stumps are scattered everywhere. The largest tract, called Narzi, once was home to 10,000 Muslims.Human Rights Watch accused security forces of colluding with Rakhine mobs at the height of the mayhem, opening fire on Rohingya even as they struggled to douse the flames of their burning homes.Speaking to a delegation of visiting American diplomats earlier this month, Border Affairs Minister Lt. Gen. Thein Htay described Sittwe’s new status quo. Drawing his finger across a city map, he said there are now “lines that cannot be crossed” by either side, or else “there will be aggression … there will be disputes.” Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Across the street, a 57-year-old Rakhine, Aye Myint, leaned back in a rusted metal chair and peered at a group of bearded Muslim men in Aung Mingalar.“I feel nothing for those people now,” he said. “After what happened … they cannot be trusted anymore. To tell the truth, we want them out of here.”Hla Thain, the attorney general of Rakhine state, denied there was any official policy of forced segregation, saying security forces are deployed to protect both sides, not keep them apart. But he acknowledged that there were not enough police or soldiers to make the two communities feel safe, and that huge obstacles to reconciliation remain.“We want them to live together, that is our goal, but we can’t force people to change,” he said. “Anger is still running high. Neither side can forget that they lost family members, their homes.”For now, he said, the government is studying every possibility to make life “normal” again. For example: having Rakhine students attend university in the morning, while Rohingya go each afternoon.Thein Htay, the border minister, was more blunt.“We may have to build another market center, another trading center, another port” for the Rohingya, he said, because it will be “very difficult otherwise.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The conflict has fundamentally altered the demographic landscape of this coastal state capital, giving way to a disturbing policy of government-backed segregation that contrasts starkly with the democratic reforms Myanmar’s leadership has promised the world since half a century of military rule ended last year.While the Rakhine can move freely, some 75,000 Rohingya have effectively been confined to a series of rural displaced camps outside Sittwe and a single downtown district they dare not leave for fear of being attacked.For the town’s Muslim population, it’s a life of exclusion that’s separate, and anything but equal.“We’re living like prisoners here,” said Thant Sin, a Rohingya shopkeeper who has been holed up since June in the last Rohingya-dominated quarter of central Sittwe that wasn’t burned down.Too afraid to leave, the 47-year-old cannot work anyway. The blue wooden doors of his shuttered pharmaceutical stall sit abandoned inside the city’s main market _ a place only Rakhine are now allowed to enter.The crisis in western Myanmar goes back decades and is rooted in a highly controversial dispute over where the region’s Muslim inhabitants are really from. Although many Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, they are widely denigrated here as foreigners _ intruders who came from neighboring Bangladesh to steal scarce land. “It’s not what we want,” he added with a polite smile. “But this is the reality we face.”While police and soldiers are protecting mosques and guarding Rohingya in camps, there is much they cannot control. One group of 300 local Buddhist leaders, for example, issued pamphlets urging the Rakhine not to do business with the Rohingya or even talk to them. It is the only way, they say, to avert violence.Inside Sittwe’s once mixed municipal hospital, a separate ward has been established to serve Muslim patients only; on a recent day, it was filled with just four patients whose families said they could only get there with police escorts.At the town’s university, only Rakhine now attend. And at the main market, plastic identity cards are needed to enter: pink for shopkeepers, yellow for customers, none for Rohingya.The crisis has posed one of the most serious challenges yet to Thein Sein’s nascent government, which declared a state of emergency and warned the unrest could threaten the country’s nascent transition toward democracy if it spread.Although the clashes have been contained and an independent commission has been appointed to study the conflict and recommend solutions, the government has shown little political will to go further. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Elsewhere in Rakhine state, the army has resumed forced labor against Muslims, ordering villagers to cultivate the military’s paddy fields, act as porters and rebuild destroyed homes, according to a report by the Arakan Project, an activist group.In Sittwe, mutual fear and distrust runs so high that most of the 7,000 Rohingya crammed inside a dilapidated quarter called Aung Mingalar have not set foot outside it since June. It’s the last Muslim-inhabited block downtown, a tiny place that takes about five minutes to cross by foot.Thant Sin, the Rohingya shopkeeper who lives in Aung Mingalar, said the government delivers rice but getting almost everything else requires exorbitant bribes and connections. There is just one mosque. There are no clinics, medical care or schools, and Thant Sin is worried his savings will run out in weeks.The married father of five has been unable to open his market stall since authorities ordered it shut three months ago. One told him, “This for the Rakhine now,” he recalled.“All we want to do is go back to work,” he said. “The government is doing nothing to help us get our lives back.”All four roads into Aung Mingalar are guarded by police, and outside, past the roadblocks of barbed wire and wood that divide the district from the rest of town, Rakhine walk freely _ sometimes yelling racial slurs or hurling stones from slingshots. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

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first_imgThey say timing is everything, and the proverb could be used to describe how the Arizona Cardinals’ plan to rectify their void situation at quarterback.The Cardinals badly need a new one, and there are a few intriguing options expected to be available to them. And hey, what do you know, one could even be selected with the team’s first round pick, the fifth overall selection.“It depends on the quarterback,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We’ve said that that’s a position that we feel is important that we address.” I’d say so. Cardinals fans know all too well what kind of difference a quality QB can make, and it’s a good thing the head coach understands this as well.So, is there a chance that on draft night the Cardinals will submit a card with the name Newton or Gabbert written on it, or are they looking to go a different route in finding a QB?“This is the first opportunity that we’ve had, and if it’s the right fit for us then by all means,” Whisenhunt said of finding the right guy.There you have it. The Cardinals will take a quarterback with their first round pick. Or maybe not. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgRelated LinksPopular Crowd: Arizona Sports staff ranks favorite Valley athletesLarry Fitzgerald signs giant mural created by Peoria studentsCardinals sign fullback Derrick Coleman to one-year deal“I don’t look at it as I’m done. I don’t know what’s next. I’m not in a rush to decide what’s next,” he added. “I want to start a new career and do something I’m passionate about just like I was for the last 15 years — I had a lot of passion in playing the game of football — but I’m not going into retirement right now.”Palmer chatted with Dameshek about the future of the Cardinals, his favorite play and that infamous bikini he wore after losing the quarterback challenge.Below are a few select quotes from the interview:On if the Cardinals can be competitive next year: “There’s a lot of talk, the windows are closing. I think they’re keeping that window open for a sustained amount of time. It’s unbelievable to this day in age everybody thinks the window is two years or three years or four years. The window is completely dependent on your salary cap and where you are with the salary and what your quarterback situation is.”On the Cardinals’ future under first-year coach Steve Wilks: “I’m really excited about the future. They’re replacing a lot and there’s been a lot of turnover on the offensive line, the quarterback position. But they’re getting David Johnson back. There are not a lot of guys in the receiver room right now that have been there or have caught a lot of balls, but I like where they start and that’s with Michael Bidwill. By far the best owner that I ever played for. He’s passionate, he wants to win, he’s willing to do what it takes to win — it doesn’t matter. He’s all in on winning and nothing else matters. Giving Steve Keim an extension to be there through 2022, it’s a brilliant move. Steve’s come in and done a phenomenal job.” 6 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) waves to the fans as he jogs off the field after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers 38-33. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) What was his favorite quarterback challenge outfit? “I had some good ones. I dressed up as a flamingo one time, which was good. In 2014 or 2015, at the end of the year, they come out with the Pro Bowl ballots. They had just come out and I had lost the quarterback challenge bet, the bucket drill, which is what sets up the loser having to dress like a fool and look like an idiot. I had been elected to the Pro Bowl, and the next day I show up to the game and they had made like a hula shirt with a coconut shell bikini. I hadn’t been in the tanning salon for a while and I had missed my gym routine … my gym routine was a little bit off so my abs weren’t right. That’s what happened there.” Carson Palmer walked away from his NFL career without saying many goodbyes.Since his final days as an Arizona Cardinal, it seems as though he doesn’t regret the timing, and he doesn’t miss the game.That said, he’s searching for the next chapter in his life.“I’m not a retiree. I can’t just shut ‘er down and sit on the couch and eat Cheetos,” Palmer said when he joined the Dave Dameshek Football Program podcast this week. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories What was his favorite play as a player?: “It wasn’t that spectacular of what I did, it was more what Larry (Fitzgerald) was able to do with the ball. It was in 2015, it was in overtime in a playoff game against Green Bay. Something happened up front, the pocket collapsed, I did a spin move — which I got made fun of a bunch because I’m not a spin-move kind of guy — that’s not my deal. Spin move, I rolled out to the right … I threw it back across the field to Larry and Larry ran, I don’t know, 114 yards down the field and won the game. I guess if there’s one play — again, aside from my very unathletic looking spin move — the play was made by Larry and the tackles he broke and the guys that were blocking downfield.”On Wilks: “I think every coach wants to … make it their own. (Former coach Bruce Arians) did it a very different way than most. From what I can tell, and I don’t know Coach Wilks, but he seems kind of like he’s going to do it his way no matter what, regardless of the culture that was previously there. But I’m excited about it. I’m excited to not be playing anymore and not be in OTAs right now and practicing football at this time of year, I’m enjoying that part of it. From a distance and watching it, you can’t help but watch it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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