Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) underlined the need to improve military readiness, address the threat of climate change and eliminate waste at the Pentagon, after the House Democratic Conference elected him on Friday to become chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “As chairman, I will work with my colleagues to promote transparency and congressional oversight, enhance military readiness, combat inefficiency and waste at DOD, advance green technology in defense and address the threat climate change poses to our national security, fight for an inclusive military and move towards a responsible approach to nuclear weapons,” Smith said in a written statement. He was widely expected to be named chairman of House Armed Services after serving as the committee’s ranking member.Smith also said he would address the military’s unrealistic set of requirements driving demands for a massive defense budget for fiscal 2020, reported Stars and Stripes.Separately, Smith slammed President Trump’s statement that he is considering declaring a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Diverting money from these military construction accounts could have substantial impacts for service members at installations across the country and on defense projects that are important in supporting readiness, training, operations, and quality of life for military personnel and their families,” Smith said in a written statement.DOD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Volkswagen on Wednesday revealed the latest iteration of its ID R all-electric racing car, which on Thursday will begin testing towards the company’s goal of setting a new lap record at the Nürburgring. The eventual goal is to beat the existing electric-car ‘Ring record of 6 minutes, 45.9 seconds, which was set by the Nio EP9 in 2017.The Volkswagen ID R already has some pretty serious lap times under its belt, having set a new Pikes Pike International Hill Climb record and an electric-car record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With Germany’s famed Nürburgring not only the international benchmark against which all modern cars are tested, as well as being in VW’s homeland, it’s no surprise the company has its eyes set on trouncing Nio’s Green Hell lap time. As at Pikes Peak, the ID R will be driven by racing driver Romain Dumas.Enlarge ImageA new wing, new brakes and other technical changes prepare the ID R for the Green Hell. Volkswagen The ID R has been modified significantly for use at the Nürburgring, starting with new electronics for charging and discharging the twin lithium-ion battery packs on the track. Whereas at Pikes Peak the ID R was able to extract about 20 percent of the power it needed through regenerative braking, at the Nordschleife VW said it predicts that figure will only be about 10 percent.The car’s aerodynamic elements have also been redesigned, with a new front spoiler and fully enclosed underbody designed for higher speeds. The new rear wing reduces the ID R’s total height by 8.7 inches compared to prior versions. Overall, the car has 33 percent less aerodynamic drag than the Pikes Peak version, yet VW still claims total downforce is “roughly twice as much” downforce as a Formula 1 car. A drag reduction system can temporarily lower drag by 20 percent.Enlarge ImageThe ID R as it appeared at Pikes Peak. Volkswagen Other changes include the installation of carbon-fiber brake discs, which VW says are not only lighter than the car’s prior ceramic discs but also lighter. All told, the ID R weighs “less than” 2,425 pounds, including the driver.As when it campaigned at Pikes Peak, the ID R will have plenty of power at its disposal. Its twin electric motors produce 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, directed to the road through Bridgestone Potenza race tires. VW claims the car will accelerate to 62 mph in just 2.25 seconds, with top speed estimated at 168 mph. Even more incredible is that around the ‘Ring, VW expects an average speed of more than 112 mph. 0 Tags The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable More From Roadshow 2020 Lotus Evora GT first drive: A reminder to drive Electric Cars Performance Cars 18 Photos 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 first drive: A standout track star Volkswagen Volkswagen
The internationally acclaimed videogame, Minecraft, is going to turn 10-years-old on May 17, and players and developers alike are looking back at the progress the game has made.To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, the game which blew up the internet has been made available on web browsers for free. Classic Minecraft is now available to play through the official Minecraft website. This version goes back 10 years to the historic time when the game took its first baby steps.Featuring a wholesome 32 blocks (most of which are dyed wool) to unleash that creative force inside players, the devs urge fans to “play the original and wonder how it ever got so popular”. This web version is set by default to Creative mode because that is the only mode available. This means no Zombies or Creepers or those weird Ender-things. ‘The Perfect Marionette’ has been created on Minecraft by Uchio TokuraimgurThis sure brings back a wave of nostalgia for someone who played and left the game before the bountiful updates came in. It takes players back to a simpler time when there was no complex crafting system, no villagers to trade/trap and no little piggies to poke. Just a tiny, randomly generated map with a single biome and a whole lot of ocean to surround it.There is a “bonus gift” for players who will return to the site tomorrow. A message at the bottom of the landing page contains a message for visitors: “Want to enjoy three spectacular anniversary sales and a free bonus gift? Return on May 10, 2019, to enjoy savings on Minecraft Marketplace content, Minecraft merch and Minecraft itself!” A screenshot from Minecraft shows a typical forest villageMinecraft WikiMinecraft thrives on its (very passionate) community. Several YouTube channels are dedicated solely to videos featuring various mods and fan-made adventures in its multiplayer mode. Microsoft recently teased a Minecraft mobile app featuring AR technology, more of which will be revealed on the day of the anniversary – May 17. Close 11 Most Anticipated Games Of 2019 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:09?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 …
The world’s largest solar power plant was commissioned by Adani Group on Wednesday. Located in Tamil Nadu, it would produce 648 MW of electricity.Adani Green Energy said that the plant was built in a span of eight months at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district. According to a report in Mint, the solar power plant is connected to a 400 kilovolt substation of Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation and is valued at Rs 4,550 crore.The 8,500 workforce built the plant using equipment and machinery from across the world. They installed an average capacity of 11 MW a day.Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Conglomerate, told the publication that the plant restores India’s aim of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world.The solar power plant project is reportedly in line with the Tamil Nadu government’s solar energy policy to generate 3,000 MW.What does the solar plant comprise of?The plant comprises 380,000 foundations, 2,500,000 solar modules and 27,000 metric tonnes of structure. It also includes 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometre of cables, the Hindu reported. In addition, by connecting to the Kamuthi 400 KV substation, the solar plant becomes the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location.
A female sub-inspector of Savar model police station was found hanging at her staff quarters room on Saturday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Tahmina Akhter.Officer-in-charge of the police station Mohsenul Kadir said other residents of the staff quarters spotted Tahmina hanging from a ceiling fan when they peeped through a window of the room getting no response from her after repeated calls.Later, they recovered the body breaking open the door, said the OC, adding that the reason behind the death was yet to be identified.The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for autopsy, the police official said.
A guardsman is reflected in a puddle as he sits on his horse while tourists photograph him, in London Photo : ReutersLondon police investigated more murders than their New York counterparts did over the last two months, statistics show, as the British capital’s mayor vowed to fight a “violent scourge” on the streets.There were 15 murders in London in February against 14 in New York, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service and the New York Police Department. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in New York.In the latest bloodshed, a 17-year-old girl died on Monday after she was found with gunshot wounds in Tottenham, north London, a day after a man was fatally stabbed in south London.”The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital – every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy,” a spokeswoman for Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement on Tuesday.”Our city remains one of the safest in the world … but Sadiq wants it to be even safer and is working hard to bring an end to this violent scourge.”Including January’s figures, New York had still experienced more murders so far this year than London. The cities have a similar-sized population.Gun violence is much less of a problem in Britain, which has strict gun control laws, than in the United States, and most British police are not equipped with firearms.But British politicians and police are increasingly expressing concern about London’s rising murder rate, which is driven by a surge in knife crime. Of the 47 murders in London so far this year, 31 have been committed with knives.Britain’s interior ministry said it was consulting on new laws to further restrict dangerous weapons, including banning online stores from delivering knives to residential addresses and making it an offence to possess certain weapons in public.”This government is taking action to restrict access to offensive weapons as well as working to break the deadly cycle of violence and protect our children, families and communities,” a Home Office spokesman said.Khan, who has been in office since May 2016, is from the opposition Labour Party. Before him, Conservative Boris Johnson was mayor for eight years. The national government has been run by the Conservatives since 2010, with Prime Minister Theresa May previously serving as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.
By: John Longhurst News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: John Longhurst Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Catholicism Share This! John Longhurst,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: John Longhurst We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsAmerican evangelicals American religion Canada homepage featured nones United States,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts John Longhurst ‘Who will be our Rachel now?’ Progressives reflect on movement without Held Evans Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada.“It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.”“In Canada, there is a more accepting social environment for leaving religion. There’s less of a social stigma,” added Thiessen.The two researchers decided to study nones in Canada when they found most of the information about the rapidly expanding group of religiously unaffiliated came from the U.S.“We wanted to see what was similar, what was different,” said Wilkins-Laflamme.The big difference, they found, is that the decline in religious affiliation started earlier in Canada.Just 4% of Canadians said they had no religion in 1971. The number spiked to 12% in 1991 and 17% in 2001. The nones’ rise began later in the U.S., from 5% in 1972 to 8% in 1990 before jumping to 14% in 2000.Photo by Ali Tawfiq/Unsplash/Creative CommonsAs the notion of being nonaffiliated caught hold more quickly in Canada, it seemed more normal sooner, the researchers said.At the same time, evangelicalism continues to have a much stronger influence in the U.S. than it does in Canada. This, along with a stronger sense of Christian nationhood in the U.S., makes it harder for some Americans to “come out” as having no religion, the researchers say, noting that in parts of the U.S. “a fervent stigma exists toward those in the religious none community.”With religion playing a less important role in Canadian public life, Canadians don’t view their country as a “Christian nation.” That also makes it increasingly easier for Canadians to say they don’t belong to any religious group.If anything, the researchers say, “rather than stigmatizing religious none identification, there is a sense among some that the stigma is reserved in part for those who are overly religious.”The researchers also said that Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism makes it easier for Canadians to be nonreligious.“Canadians are exposed to lots of worldviews,” says Wilkins-Laflamme. “They grow up realizing their view is one among many.”Wilkins-Laflamme and Thiessen said that the lack of religion in so many Canadian homes makes a return to religion by Canadian nones unlikely.“As the religious none population has grown in recent decades, it is more common for children to be born into families with parents who say they have no religion,” they say.In contrast to previous generations, where nominally religious parents may have exposed their children to some religious beliefs and rituals, religious nones today “are raising their children without any formal exposure to religious beliefs or behaviors in the home, at school and in the community.”There is “nothing, socially speaking, that would compel younger generations to turn to religion,” Thiessen noted.“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.” will be published by early 2020.
U.S. Coast GuardAnchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.A man from Katy, Texas is still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Timothy Morrison on Monday. The incident comes amid a broader re-thinking of drilling rig safety rules. The explosion happened in Louisiana waters, and the platform wasn’t subject to federal regulations.Still, being on any rig is inherently dangerous. We know that from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and regulators are rethinking rules designed to keep that scale of an explosion from happening again.“The ultimate goal is to identify ways to remove or reduce some of the burden on the industry,” said Greg Julian, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is handling the review.At a September forum in Houston, the Bureau heard recommendations from oil and gas companies. The American Petroleum Institute has a 50-page list of parts of the rule it wants deleted or changed. Companies say it costs time and money, and the administrative burdens distract from a focus on safety.Alexandra Adams, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, doesn’t agree.“This review is just simply bad policy and puts workers, and our resources, at risk,” she said.There’s still no timeline on when the Bureau’s review will be completed. Share
Share Shelby KnowlesUniversity of Texas at Austin faculty and students protest Texas’ recently passed campus carry law on Nov. 10, 2015.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld Texas’ campus carry law, delivering another clear victory to the state in a longshot, long-running lawsuit brought by University of Texas at Austin professors opposed to the law.In July 2016, three professors claimed that a 2015 state law that allows licensed gun-owners to carry concealed weapons into most public university buildings would have a “chilling effect” on free speech in their classrooms. But a federal district judge threw out their case in July 2017, saying the professors didn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears.”Accepting that logic and advancing it yet further, a three-judge panel on the appeals court this week rebuffed the professors’ free speech claim as well as two other constitutional challenges they had made.Like the lower court, the 5th Circuit panel found that the professors lacked standing to challenge the law because they had not sufficiently shown how it might harm them.“[The professors] cannot manufacture standing by self-censoring her speech based on what she alleges to be a reasonable probability that concealed-carry license holders will intimidate professors and students in the classroom,” Judge Leslie Southwick wrote for the unanimous panel.Renea Hicks, the lawyer to professors Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter said late Thursday night it was too soon to comment on any potential plans for an appeal. But he said he does not expect to try to move the case forward at the 5th Circuit, historically a politically conservative appeals court.“I seriously doubt there’ll be a request for rehearing or rehearing en banc at the 5th Circuit level,” Hicks said. The plaintiffs have 90 days from the ruling to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a named defendant in the lawsuit, praised Thursday’s news.“The lawsuit was filed because the professors disagreed with the law, not because they had any legal substance to their claim,” Paxton said in a statement Thursday. “The right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed for all Americans, including college students, and the 5th Circuit’s decision prevents that right from being stripped away by three individuals who oppose the law enacted by the Legislature.”The clear, unanimous ruling overwhelmingly sided with Texas’ arguments.In addition to the free speech claim, the professors had also lobbed a Second Amendment complaint, that the campus carry law was unconstitutional because guns on campus were not “well regulated”; and a Fourteenth Amendment complaint, that the professors were denied equal protection under the laws because there was no “rational basis” for where guns were allowed — on public campuses but not most private schools, for example.The appeals court found both arguments unconvincing. Texas had good reasons — property rights and public safety among them — for allowing guns in some school buildings but not others, the court said. And the panel rejected the professors’ reading of the Second Amendment.Texas’ campus carry law, passed in 2015 and effective at four-year schools in 2016, drew immediate outcry from campuses like the UT-Austin. But since it went into effect, that outrage has largely quieted down, and it has been hard to identify much impact on campus life.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
Onalaska Independent School DistrictLynn Redden, Superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District.An East Texas school district says it regrets a critical comment about the Houston Texans quarterback made by its superintendent.After the Texans Sunday game and reflecting on how quarterback Deshaun Watson held the ball as time expired at the end of the game, Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, wrote on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page “You can’t count on a black quarterback.”In a statement that was posted on social media, the school district categorized Redden’s comment as “inappropriate” and the superintendent argues he thought his comment was private.Onalaska is located about 90 miles north of Houston.Social media users have criticized Redden’s comment because they think it’s racist.I feel sorry for the 9 black students in Lynn Redden’s school district in Texas, knowing that their superintendent adheres to white supremacist logic about the cognitive abilities of black Americans. There’s no way that doesn’t filter down. #Onalaskahttps://t.co/i5e5PLIQcC— Christoph Mergerson 🇫🇷⚽️🏆 (@mergerson_jms) September 19, 2018 #Onalaska Superintendent Makes Racist #Facebook Post, Not Held Accountable https://t.co/qrYthmw59F #DeshaunWatson #HoustonTexans#Texans #TX #texas— HumanismRising (@LetHumanismRing) September 19, 2018 Share
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. ET on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.The chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, announced the vote as the committee began its meeting.Kavanaugh has just picked up a key vote of support from a committee Republican, Arizona’s Jeff Flake.Republicans have slim 11-10 majority on the committee. With Flake’s support, Kavanaugh’s nomination is expected to clear the committee and go to the full Senate.The Senate could begin taking procedural votes over the weekend ahead of a final confirmation vote early next week.Several Democratic Judiciary Committee members walked out of the hearing this morning. Share
The Links will hold its 8th annual Red Dress event Feb. 5 at the Army Navy Country Club, 2400 18th Street, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event is broken into two segments, the segment from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. will include heart healthy buffet reception with refreshments and free health screenings. The segment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. will have a panel discussion. Panelists include Dr. Patricia McNeil, Holy Cross Hospital; Dr. Cynthia Crawford-Green, Washington Hospital Center and Dr. Kelly Epps, INOVA. Allson Seymour from Fox 5 News will emcee the event. To RSVP for the event, email RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a woman died after being electrocuted at Tapan in South Dinajpur.The victim, Poli Mondal (22), was found lying on the road adjacent to her house on Sunday evening after she was electrocuted.It happened when she touched an electrical post.Locals rushed the victim to a hospital in Balurghat where the doctors pronounced her brought dead.According to police, the victim’s husband Antim Mondal is a farmer by profession.They applied for a new electrical connection around six months ago. It was alleged that they did not receive any connection. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice came to know after interrogating the locals that they took connection by illegally tapping power line.The woman might have tried to tap the power line on Sunday when she somehow got electrocuted.Police have started a probe in this regard. They are, however, to confirm the exact cause of her death.They are probing if she was electrocuted while tapping the power lines or there is any other reasonbehind her death.During interrogation, the victim’s husband confessed that they were involved in the corrupt practice of tapping power lines only because they were denied a new connection.He alleged that they applied for a new connection six months ago but they were yet to get a connection.Police are also verifying the statement of the deceased’s husband.
Bobby Fischer is considered by many to be the greatest chess player ever and certainly the greatest American to ever play the game. His story is an amazing one, coming from humble roots in a single parent household in Brooklyn to winning the World Championship in 1972. However, Fischer’s life and legacy are clouded by decades of odd behavior, public outbursts, life as a recluse, and more. He reportedly hated the film, Searching for Bobby Fischer claiming it used his name to generate profits but he was not compensated.Bobby Fischer in 1972. Photo by Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0 nlMuch has been written about him since he passed away in Iceland in 2008 at the age of 64 including the 2015 film starring Tobey Maguire titled Pawn Sacrifice. Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about one of the most intelligent people of the 2nd half of the 20th century.AdChoices广告inRead invented by Teads Dominating at an Early AgeFischer in 1960. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0Fischer began playing chess at a very young age, competing against his sister and mother until they were neither available nor interested in playing him. He often played matches against himself at a young age until he was able to find a proper coach and guidance.In 1956, Fischer became the youngest United States Junior Chess Champion by defeating nationwide competitors many years his senior – he was only 13. A little over a year later, he would win the U.S. Championship becoming the youngest ever to hold the title.“You Don’t Learn Anything at School”William Lombardy and Fischer analyzing, with Jack Collins looking onAt the age of 12, based on his incredibly high IQ and his achievements playing chess, Fischer was given a scholarship to Brooklyn Community Woodward. He later went to Erasmus Hall High School until he dropped out at the age of 16 and only because he couldn’t do it sooner. He stated at the time, “You don’t learn anything in school.” Interestingly enough, Fischer attended Erasmus Hall at the very same time as iconic performers Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond.Dominating the Local CompetitionFischer in Amsterdam in 1972. Photo by Anefo – Dutch National Archives CC BY-SA 3.0 nlStarting in 1957, Fischer won eight U.S. Championships in chess over the next 10 years. His streak was only broken because he chose to skip the 1961 tournament while he was preparing for international competition and the 1964 tournament didn’t take place.Not only did he win all eight tournaments, he dominated them. Out of all his matches in those championship tourneys, Fischer only lost three games. He won 61 and drew 26.Talking the TalkBobby Fischer (middle) at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, with FIDE chairman Max Euwe (right) and director of the American chess federation Ed Edmonson (left)Clearly an American in nature, at the 1962 Chess Olympiad in Varna, Bulgaria, Fischer called his own shot in advance of playing Argentinian Grandmaster, Miguel Najdorf. Fischer predicted that he would beat his Grandmaster opponent in only 25 moves. He did it in 24 moves at the age of 19.Bringing Chess to the LimelightFischer aged 17 playing 23-year-old World Champion Mikhail Tal in Leipzig. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0From 1970 to 1972, Fischer was dominating his competition everywhere in both five-minute “blitz” and traditional matches. He was undaunted and eager for a shot at the World Championship.When Fischer agreed to play the World Chess Champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, it became an international event. Fischer had lost a game to Spassky the previous year in a tournament. Ironically, none of the major U.S. networks were interested in covering the match so PBS stepped in to broadcast the historic head to head competition between the Soviet and American.The match was full of controversy with Fischer arriving late, losing two games at the beginning, and getting encouragement from Henry Kissinger to complete and win the match. Fischer did return to the match and dominated afterwards, giving PBS its best ratings in history and making Fischer a household name. It wasn’t long before parents of all backgrounds were teaching their children the game.Odd Behavior and Bank Robbery?Fischer in Cuba, March 1956. Photo by RAYMOND BRAVO PRATS CC BY-SA 4.0After becoming such a celebrity, Fischer chose not to defend his World Championship title and it was then forfeited to the current Soviet champion, Anatoly Karpov, in 1975.This began a weird era for Fischer who renounced his Judaism, joined an upstart church named the Worldwide Church of God, donating huge sums of money to its leaders and also making fiercely derogatory remarks about his former faith.During this time, Fischer’s appearance was a bit unkempt and it resulted in him being mis-identified as a suspect in a robbery. He was summarily arrested and held for two days in Pasadena before being released.A Fugitive From the United StatesPhoto by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0053 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0In 1992, a Yugoslavian businessman organized a rematch between Spassky and Fischer with a $5 million purse ($3 million to the winner). Both of the players agreed to the match. However, the U.S. State Department had other ideas since Yugoslavia was then under sanctions by the U.S. and they wanted no American participating in the event, which they found “harmful” to U.S. foreign policy.Fischer in AmsterdamFischer went to Yugoslavia anyway and won the match against a much older and less competitive Spassky. Fischer reportedly spat on a U.S. Treasury letter to him warning him of the implications of his participation.At this point, Fischer never returned to the U.S. and instead lived in Southeast Asia for the next decade or so. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the U.S. Department of Justice.Fischer Died a Citizen of IcelandGrave of Bobby Fischer in Laugardaelir Church Cemetery, Selfoss, IcelandFischer moved to Japan in 2000 and was living there after the 9/11 attacks that saw significant changes in the way the U.S. State Department handled visas and passports.Although his U.S. passport was current, he was detained at a Japanese airport when attempting to take a flight to the Philippines because the U.S. had revoked his passport and had asked Japanese officials to detain him on the outstanding warrant from the 1992 Yugoslavian affair.Related Video: The Modern Day Revival of the Knights TemplarFischer was held in a Japanese prison for several weeks awaiting extradition to the United States. Despite many appeals from the chess community and journalists, the U.S. would not budge.Fischer in Belgrade for the USSR vs. Rest of the World match in 1970. Photo by Stevan Kragujević CC BY-SA 3.0 rsFischer then applied for citizenship first in Germany, which was declined, and then to Iceland. Because of his significant influence in “putting Iceland on the map” in 1972 and due to his popularity, Iceland’s parliament approved his citizenship and granted him a passport.Read another story from us: Two Chess Pieces were Found Hidden in a Barn to Protect Against Evil SpiritsFischer renounced his U.S. citizenship, moved to Iceland, and lived there the remainder of his days. He passed away from renal failure surrounded by some close friends and was buried in a Christian cemetery 30 miles outside of Reykjavik.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major North Staffordshire road will continue to be closed overnight for the next two evenings as roadworks continue. The A34 Stone Road will be shut in both directions between the A5035 Longton Road (Trentham Roundabout/Trentham) and the A51 (Dalraston Island/Meaford). The road is shut between 9pm and 5am on Thursday night (May 31) and Friday night (June 1), according to traffic data company INRIX, having previously been closed on Wednesday night. Staffordshire County Council are carrying out the works on the road. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said motorists should factor the closure into their travel plans. He said: “Work is ongoing on the A34, Stone Road, at Meaford & the roundabout at Strongford. The road will be closed in both directions between points A and B (Image: Inrix) “Although this is not city council work, it is having an impact on our roads & your journey may take longer. “The road will be closed overnight tonight and tomorrow from its junction with the A5035 (Longton Road) to Meaford to allow these works to take place safely. “Diversion routes will be signed.” Read MoreFirst class! Post Office will deliver a new branch in town centre after community has been left without a facility for months 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.
### 19Dec Rep. Albert’s system to evaluate economic incentives headed to governor for consideration The state House provided its final approval to Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs, sending the measure to the governor for consideration.Albert’s measure would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend changes to the state’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide business tax incentives with the goal of promoting job creation and economic development.“We owe it to taxpayers to study these programs thoroughly and determine whether they work in Michigan’s best interests,” said Albert, of Lowell, chair of the House Financial Liability Reform Committee. “Are these incentives worth the money Michigan invests or forgoes? The best way to truly find out is with an open, honest and complete evaluation from an independent reviewer.“Whether you lean for or against economic incentives in general, we should all be able to support this huge step toward an accountable and transparent government.”An independent analysis of each incentive program would help determine which programs should continue, which should be improved and which should be eliminated. Evaluations would determine whether stated goals of incentive programs are being met. Reviews also would consider economic impact and effects on other businesses, along with impact on the state budget.House Bill 6052 is now awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s review. Categories: Albert News,News
The continued strength of YouTube along with mobile gains helped Google parent company Alphabet to report significant second quarter growth.Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube showed “strong momentum” and said that video is the “killer format on mobile”.Though the company did not break out specific figures for YouTube, Pichai reiterated its claim that YouTube reaches “more 18-34 and 18-49 [year-olds] than any other TV network, broadcast or cable.”“Every indication we see is that the growth is very, very strong, being driven by mobile, and it’s growing globally as well. Overall, I think engagement is very, very healthy,” he said.The Google boss revealed that more than 1,000 YouTube content creators are now crossing the 1,000 subscribers mark every day.He also highlighted the gains YouTube is making in the live video space, with YouTube’s live–stream time up threefold since the beginning of the year.The service also now supports 360 degrees live video and also the ability for creators to ‘go live’ direct from the YouTube mobile app.“Earlier in the quarter, we teamed up with BT to live–stream the Champions League and Europa League finals on YouTube in the UK. This special event was UK’s biggest ever live–stream,” said Pichai.“All these innovations are a big reason why partner revenue has averaged 50% growth over the last three years.”Overall, for the quarter ended June 30, Alphabet reported a 21% year-on-year increase in revenue to US$21.5 billion (€19.4 billion), while net income climbed 24% to US$4.88 billion.Alphabet chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said that the primary driver for growth was the increased use of mobile search by consumers and that the company also benefited from solid growth in desktop and tablet search as well as continued strength in YouTube and programmatic advertising.“Our terrific second quarter results, with 21% revenue growth year on year, and 25% on a constant currency basis reflect the successful investments we’ve made over many years in rapidly expanding areas such as mobile and video. We continue to invest responsibly in support of our many compelling opportunities,” said Porat.