4 myths about Git and GitHub you should know about

first_imgWith an aim to replace BitKeeper, Linus Torvalds created Git in 2005 to support the development of the Linux kernel. However, Git isn’t necessarily limited to code, any product or project that requires or exhibits characteristics such as having multiple contributors, requiring release management and versioning stands to have an improved workflow through Git. Just as every solution or tool has its own positives and negatives, Git is also surrounded by myths. Alex Magana and Joseph Mul, the authors of Introduction to Git and GitHub course discuss in this post some of the myths about the Git tool and GitHub. Git is GitHub Due to the usage of Git and GitHub as the complete set that forms the version control toolkit, adopters of the two tools misconceive Git and GitHub as interchangeable tools. Git is a tool that offers the ability to track changes on files that constitute a project. Git offers the utility that is used to monitor changes and persists the changes. On the other hand, GitHub is akin to a website hosting service. The difference here is that with GitHub, the hosted content is a repository. The repository can then be accessed from this central point and the codebase shared. Backups are equivalent to version control This emanates from a misunderstanding of what version control is and by extension what Git achieves when it’s incorporated into the development workflow. Contrary to archives created based on a team’s backup policy, Git tracks changes made to files and maintains snapshots of a repository at a given point in time. Git is only suitable for teams With the usage of hosting services such as GitHub, the element of sharing and collaboration, may be perceived as a preserve of teams. Git offers gains beyond source control. It lends itself to the delivery of a feature or product from the point of development to deployment. This means that Git is a tool for delivery. It can, therefore, be utilized to roll out functionality and manage changes to source code for teams and individuals alike. To effectively use Git, you need to learn every command to work When working as an individual or a team, the common commands required to allow you to contribute a repository encompass commands for initiating tracking of specific files, persisting changes made to tracked files, reverting changes made to files incorporating changes introduced by other developers working on the same project you are on. The four myths mentioned by the authors provides a clarification on both Git and GitHub and its uses. If you found this post useful, do check out the course titled Introduction to Git and GitHub by Alex and Joseph. Read Next GitHub addresses technical debt, now runs on Rails 5.2.1 GitLab 11.3 released with support for Maven repositories, protected environments and more GitLab raises $100 million, Alphabet backs it to surpass Microsoft’s GitHublast_img read more

Uber introduces Base Web an open source unified design system for building

first_imgUber’s design and engineering team has introduced a universal system called Base Web design system, which was open sourced in 2018. Base Web is a suite of React components implementing the “base” design language quickly and easily creating web applications. At Uber, developers, product managers, operations teams, and other employees have to interact with different web applications on a daily basis. As all of these web applications function differently, it puts an additional overhead of learning how to interact with them most effectively. To reduce this time and effort, Uber wanted an universal system, which will act as “a foundation, a basis for initiating, evolving, and unifying web products”. Having a universal design system helps teams of engineers, designers, and product managers to easily work together. It also helps new engineers and designers to quickly get an hang of the possible components and design tokens used by a given engineering organization. One of the key reasons for introducing Base Web was to make it easy for developers to reuse components. Uber’s design and engineering team after talking to its engineers determined that they mainly needed access to: Style customizations The ability to modify the rendering of a component So, they introduced a unified overrides API, which comes with the following benefits: Eliminates top-level properties API overload There is no longer extra properties proxying inconsistently across the composable components Allows you to completely replace the components. Uber is now using Base Web across teams to create its web applications. “Open sourced in 2018 to enable others to experience the benefits of this solution, Base Web is now used across Uber, ensuring a seamless development experience across our web applications,” reads the announcement. To read the official announcement, visit Uber’s official website. Read Next Uber open-sources Peloton, a unified Resource Scheduler Introducing ‘Quarkus’, a Kubernetes native Java framework for GraalVM & OpenJDK HotSpot Uber and Lyft drivers strike in Los Angeleslast_img read more

This modest threestar Canadian hotel rolled out red carpet for Will Kate

first_imgThe royal couple were reportedly given the hotel’s top suite, a 380-square-foot premium king room equipped with a fireplace, LCD TV, microwave, mini fridge, iPod dock and, of course, a Jacuzzi. The room costs approximately $200 per night. It was reported that William and Kate were “delighted” with their accommodations.The hotel’s ‘celebrity’ status reached a new high with the arrival of the Will and Kate. Previously, Coast High Country Inn claims to have hosted major stars like Robin Williams and Woody Harrelson.While in Whitehorse, the royal couple visited the MacBride Museum to learn about Yukon’s history, and also enjoyed a community festival on Main Street.Thank you to everyone in Yukon who came out to welcome The Duke and Duchess to Whitehorse and Carcross today! #RoyalVisitCanada ? PA pic.twitter.com/RwmtFe16UE— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 29, 2016 Share Exciting to have welcomed #WillAndKate to Whitehorse today! #RoyalVisitCanada #RoyalTourCanada #RoyalTour @KensingtonRoyal #Yukon pic.twitter.com/zETyxflcWK— Yukon Hotels (@yukonhotels) September 28, 2016 This modest three-star Canadian hotel rolled out red carpet for Will & Kate Travelweek Group WHITEHORSE, YUKON — Royalty, they really are just like us! While on their official eight-day visit to Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge raised a few eyebrows and won the hearts of many for staying at a modest three-star hotel in Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory.Known for being down to earth, William and Kate checked into the Coast High Country Inn, which is easily identifiable from the street with its 40-foot-tall Mountie statue and white and green exterior. The night spent at the hotel was dubbed the couple’s ‘date night’, reports Lonely Planet, as it was the only night they spent away from their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who stayed behind at Government House in Victoria, BC with their nanny.According to Coast High Country Inn’s website, the hotel has a “range of well-appointed, recently renovated rooms for you to choose from, including Jacuzzi, kitchenette and pet-friendly options.” All rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee, plus guests have access to the fitness and business centres.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list? << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, September 29, 2016 last_img read more

ACVs 50 BOGO deal offers sun savings in Mexico Caribbean

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: ACV&ME, BOGO, Caribbean, Mexico, Promotions ACV’s 50% BOGO deal offers sun savings in Mexico & Caribbeancenter_img Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is reminding agents that its Buy One, Get One at 50% promotion with deals for summer travel expires Feb. 24.Clients can save on departures June through September 2019, to Mexico and the Caribbean.The offer is applicable to new bookings with nonstop flights in Economy Class on select Flight & Hotel packages and departure dates only, and with a minimum seven-night stay.ACV’s travel protection plans, CareFlex and CareFree, can be added to the booking for more flexibility and peace of mind, as well as extra commission.With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or Visa gift cards. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 last_img read more

Costa Rica appeals court orders new trial for security guard who killed

first_imgNo related posts. Jorge Guevara, a hotel security guard whoshot and killed 16-year-old U.S. tourist Justin Johnston after mistaking him for an intruder in June 2011, has won the right to a new trial even though a criminal court last September issued a 15-year prison sentence and ordered him to pay the family $650,000.A Sentencing Appeals Court in San Ramón, Alajuela, northwest of the capital, ruled in favor of an appeal filed by Guevara’s attorney that claimed “the original trial court did not establish Guevara’s intent to kill Johnston.”Johnston’s parents must now return to Costa Rica next month to participate in a new trial over their son’s death.“The court’s ruling overturned the previous sentence and now a new trial is scheduled for September 16-27,” judicial branch spokeswoman Teresita Arana said.On the morning of June 2, 2011, Justin Johnston and another student – part of a Spanish Club group from the United States – left La Cangreja Lodge in La Fortuna, San Carlos, a popular tourist destination in north-central Costa Rica, and returned after a group curfew. When they returned, the two students attempted to enter the hotel without being noticed, passing through an adjoining property with a barbed-wire fence, according to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).Jorge Guevara testified at trial that he fired a warning shot into the air, frightening the teenagers, who began running towards the hotel. He fired again in the direction of the students and fatally wounded Justin. Johnston’s parents say his classmate testified “there was no warning shot.”“Devastating, we received the news of Guevara being granted a new trial from the appeals court on Justin’s birthday. We were actually at the cemetary,” John Johnston, Justin’s father, told a local Fox News affiliate in McLouth, Kansas – Justin’s hometown – last Friday.“It’s possible that pressure measures related to the death of our son could be portrayed negatively related to the tourism within Costa Rica,” he said. “We’re very concerned that the process may not be above board.”The Johnstons have spent more than $100,000 on both U.S. and Costa Rican attorneys, they told Fox News. They must now return to Costa Rica with Justin’s classmate, a key witness. John Johnston’s wife, Wendi, said, “The cost of justice won’t deter us.”The parents said that before the first trial, witness statements were mistranslated, and they were asked to sign documents that misstated the facts in order to have their son’s body returned to the U.S.“From the very start, we’ve been very concerned about what is happening within the country to allow things to be fair,” John Johnston said.The Johnston’s have created a nonprofit foundation called “Remembering Justin” that has awarded $20,000 in college scholarships to McLouth, Kansas, high school students.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Abuelos y Nietos Two Generations Together helps bring the children home

first_img“Abuelos y Nietos: Two Generations Together” tells the inspirational story of families reunited for the first time. Documenting the journey of a group of 14 children who travel 5,000 kilometers from Worthington, Minnesota, in the United States, to San Marcos, Guatemala, the film offers an insight into a generation who are being punished by a broken immigration system.Today in the United States some 4.5 million U.S. children have at least one undocumented parent. Although they are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as all U.S. citizens, many grow up with the constant fear of familial separation.U.S.-born Lisa M. Kremer, project coordinator of “Abuelos y Nietos,” decided to organize the trip when a close friend asked her to visit the friend’s family in Guatemala on her behalf.“That, I think, was the real inspiration for ‘Abuelos y Nietos’ because I felt the strongest sense of guilt, and I was really struck by the injustice of that, and the thought was: The parents can’t go, but most of their children are U.S.-born citizens and they have the same rights and freedoms that I do.”So, after much planning, preparation and fundraising, and two preparatory trips to Guatemala by Kremer, in July 2013 a group of 10 volunteers took 14 kids to Guatemala. They met not only their grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, but also siblings. One boy even saw his mother for the first time in four years.“I have never experienced such joy and anticipation, and it was an incredible moment for me because I had already met these people, they knew me, and we were able to share that joy.  It was a moment like no other when these children were literally enveloped by their families of origin, by the grandparents and aunt, uncles, cousins, and in two cases, siblings, who had been waiting years to meet these children,” Kremer said.  “There were smiles, tears, and close embraces that had been awaited for too long. It was probably one of the most incredible and defining moments in my life.”  “I believe firmly that this has been a touchstone in the lives of these children, and it will help to define who they are and what they will do with their lives. Some of them already talk about a future that involves both Guatemala and the U.S., and they take very seriously their opportunity to be a symbol and a spokesperson for so many children like them,” she added.Acclaimed Guatemalan-U.S. filmmaker Luis Argueta travelled with the group to document their journey and highlight the importance of heritage.“I’m beginning to realize that this is much larger than one grandchild meeting a grandparent. This is part of an effort to reconstruct collective memory and repair the broken links of knowledge and tradition that are passed from generation to generation. The whole process makes me cry tears of joy and deep sadness,” Argueta said. “Abuelos y Nietos” is hoping to make a similar trip next year to reunite another group of U.S.-born citizen children with their grandparents in Guatemala. As well as organizing fundraisers for upcoming trips, the organization continues to provide education and support to immigrant families, especially those who face separation because of their status.Learn more about the project and visit the documentary’s Kickstarter campaign here. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Meet Sandra Cauffman the Tica codirecting NASAs current mission to Mars

first_img When you’re not directing space missions, what do you like to do?I am married and have two sons who are 22 and 19.As a hobby, I do hot yoga. It’s a 90-minute routine in 105 degrees. I also enter competition on the rowing machine. I also love to cook. I am always making up new recipes and I haven’t killed anyone yet.Do you ever cook any Costa Rican dishes?Of course! I am always making rice and beans and I love yucca. I make picadillo all the time.When did you first become interested in space and in the idea of working at NASA?When I was 7 years old watching the Apollo 11 moon landing. At that time, it was a momentous event and everyone wanted to watch the first human on the moon. I was just another one of those people, but at that moment I decided that I wanted to go to the moon.I didn’t go to the moon and I don’t think I could ever be an astronaut. I am too old now anyway. But I knew what I wanted to do. The world has gone around and around many times since then, and I didn’t go to the moon but I am working about as close as I can get.Can you talk about the challenges you faced here in Costa Rica before moving to the U.S., and how you got to where you are today?I had a very hard childhood until I was about 17 years old. My mother was a single parent. I grew up in Hatillo and went to the the Escuela República del Paraguay and the Colegio Luis Dobles Segreda. It was very hard at the very beginning because when I was little my father treated us very badly. So eventually, my mom separated from him.We started roaming from place to place and my mom had 2-3 jobs at a time. Then, when I was 17, my mom married my adopted father, who was from the U.S. I went to the University of Costa Rica for three years and then my father moved our family to the U.S. where I finished school in Virginia [at George Mason University]. They only accepted 31 of my 120 credits, but I graduated with two degrees, one in electrical engineering and one in physics. I always joke that I took the 7-year plan, but I did get those degrees and it was worth every minute.After I graduated, I went to a job fair and I got hired on the spot for a contractor for NASA. I worked there for three years and once I became a U.S. citizen I was able to apply at NASA. I got the job and I have been here for 23 years now.What advice would you give to other young Ticos who want to work at NASA or another large science and technology firm one day? One of the things I always tell kids is don’t stop dreaming. Dream and dream and try to reach those goals because the more impossible the dream is, the further you will go trying to reach it. You may never reach your lofty dream or your lofty goal, but don’t settle for less. Don’t just assume because you came from a poor family that you can’t achieve what you want to achieve.You don’t know what opportunities may arise. You need to be ready to grab them and go with them. There is some luck involved sometimes. I was lucky my mom met my dad and that he brought us here, but there are a lot of opportunities in Costa Rica. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but the country is full of smart and talented people.What would you like to see Costa Rica do to grow science and technology sectors here?I think there are a lot of things that Costa Rica can do to attract the technology sector in terms of incentives. There are a lot of companies that would love to go to a stable country with smart people, and the government needs to decide what kind of incentives they want to give. A lot of space technology could be developed in Costa Rica, but there has to be a will and a desire. Somehow the ball has to start rolling.My intention after I retire is to go and help with this in Costa Rica, but I don’t know in what way yet. I would like to do something like what Franklin Chang has done by starting a company or a foundation to help kids. [Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang founded Ad Astra Rocket Company in Liberia]. Something to help further sciences and science education in Costa Rica. On Sunday, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution satellite (MAVEN) will complete its 10-month, 442 million-mile journey to mars. Using data gathered by MAVEN, scientists hope to discover what the red planet may have been like billions of years ago and use that information to develop future Mars missions. There are about a million cool things we could say about MAVEN and the implications of its mission, but maybe one of the coolest (and most pertinent to us here) is that the deputy project manager is from Costa Rica. We spoke with Sandra Cauffman to find out what MAVEN is all about and learn about her journey from a southern San José barrio to the offices of NASA. Costa Rican Sandra Cauffman, deputy project manager for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution satellite. (Courtesy of NASA)TT: Can you tell me a little bit about what MAVEN is and what the goal of the project is?SC: Maven is a satellite that we are going to put in orbit around Mars. We launched last Nov. 18, and it is going to arrive at Mars this coming Sunday at 9:50 p.m. EST. The purpose of the mission is to study  Mars’ upper atmosphere, and it is the first mission solely dedicated to studying the martian upper atmosphere.Why is NASA interested in studying the upper atmosphere of Mars?Well, first of all, we have never done it. There is evidence that Mars had water on the surface, but the atmosphere right now is not thick enough and does not provide enough pressure to sustain water on the surface. So we want to study the processes that have occurred on Mars over billions of years that have contributed to that loss of atmosphere to space.We know that Mars does not have a magnetic field like Earth does. That magnetic field protects Earth from solar winds that strip the atmosphere. Since that protection doesn’t exist on Mars, over the years it has become a desert-like planet. It is very dry, very airy and the atmosphere is very thin. So the satellite is going to try to analyze the processes causing this to happen, it is going to measure the rate of escape of the gas to space and we are going to try to extrapolate how Mars was 14 billion years ago and uncover if it had water. The implication is that if it had water it probably had some form of life.We also want to see if the same thing that happened on Mars is occurring here on Earth with climate change, and if there is anything we can do about it to prevent Earth from becoming like Mars.This project is an early scout mission to send humans to Mars, correct? What is NASA hoping to learn about Mars that would one day help send people there?This is a piece of the puzzle for the human Mars missions that we have planned in the future. Several satellites we have sent have already measured radiation, and this one is to study the atmosphere. We have another that will launch in 2016, a lander, and it is going to analyze the heat flow on Mars.We want to understand what Mars is like is so we know how to prepare astronauts in the future for a trip there. To do that we need to analyze the planet and know everything we can about it.What is your role in the MAVEN mission? I am the deputy project manager, responsible with all aspects of the mission. I work very closely with the project manager and the two of us have oversight over all of the technical schedules of the mission. We work directly with the principal investigator for the mission, Dr. Bruce Jakosky, who in 2003 was the one who had this idea to study the Mars upper atmosphere. Of course, we also have a whole team to help manage this mission. We have over 400 people working on different aspects of MAVEN.What is your day-to-day at NASA like now and how will that change once MAVEN gets to Mars?I am part of the development team and am responsible for taking the idea for a mission and helping it become a reality.We have a lot of requisites we need to meet. We have to make sure all of the instruments are meeting the requirements. Project management really is all about risk management. We have to make sure we look as far ahead as we can in order to prevent any problems that we may perceive now before they become an issue.Once we launch the mission and do the full checkout, my job is done and I move on to another project from the beginning. I am not part of the operations team. In fact, I already started working with another scientist, developing another mission. So once we are in orbit, I have about five more weeks on this project while we do the final instrument check and then I move on.How does it feel to be approaching the end of this very large project?It is exciting any time you get to this stage.The launch is scary and one of the most critical moments. When you see the rocket take off, then the separation, then the solar panels raise up, you breathe easier. You know that is just a really critical moment. But, once you know that the satellites are fully operational and gathering the scientists data, that’s the moment we prepare for. What we want is to obtain data for scientists who want to discover something new, and now we are all very excited that we are almost there.We are all holding our breaths because three days out the satellite is completely autonomous. We uploaded the script already and we hope that the satellite will start executing the commands around 9:50 p.m. EST on Sunday night. For 33 minutes it needs to be trying to slow itself down in order to grab onto the orbit of Mars. Once we know it is securely around Mars we are all going to breathe a little bit better.We know we did everything we could but once it is out in orbit, we cannot change anything. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:Costa Rica’s Franklin Chang pushes space agenda in Washington NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology Costa Rica’s first satellite project enters decisive stagelast_img read more

OAS meeting backs Argentinas claim to Falklands

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Canada echoed Britain’s position on the Falklands: that the islands’ residents have the right to decide their own future. The U.S. took no position.Both Argentina and Britain claim the islands, which are known as the Malvinas in Latin America. The two countries fought a war over them in 1982.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Quick workouts for men Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) – Most participants in the Organization of American States annual meeting in Bolivia have backed Argentina’s claim to the Falklands Islands and are calling on Britain to begin talks toward a peaceful resolution of the dispute.Various foreign ministers from OAS member states on Tuesday read resolutions supporting Argentina. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said his government has extended its hand to Britain to “start a dialogue and resolve this colonial conflict.” Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Obama encouraged about Europes progress

first_imgLOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama is “encouraged” about progress in dealing with Europe’s debt crisis following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama and Merkel discussed the importance of taking steps to promote financial stability in the euro zone. He says the two leaders would work together to build support for “what needs to be done in Europe and in the world” to stabilize the financial system and support jobs and economic growth. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Obama and Merkel met on the sidelines of the G20 summit as European leaders attempt to find a way to contain a debt crisis that threatens the global economy. It follows Greek election results that mean the country is more likely to stick to tough austerity measures.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories last_img read more

US honors SKorean killed in daring rescue mission

first_img Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOKThe train made it to the Daejeon station but the mission failed and Dean was later captured. U.S. officials say Kim and 27 of the commandos were killed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ErrorOK ErrorOK SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – U.S. military officials are honoring a South Korean train engineer who died on a dangerous mission to rescue an American general in the early days of the Korean War.U.S. Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John Johnson on Tuesday gave relatives of Kim Jae-hyun the U.S. Defense Secretary’s Exceptional Public Service Award.The U.S. military says the 28-year-old civilian volunteered to engineer a train carrying 30 commandos on a mission to save Maj. Gen. William Dean on July 19, 1950. Dean’s division had been surrounded by North Korean soldiers in Daejeon during the North’s push south after invading on June 25 to start the Korean War. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Sothebys closer to coveted China auctions with JV

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img AP Business WriterHONG KONG (AP) – Global auction house Sotheby’s said Friday it’s setting up a Chinese joint venture that will allow it to become the first foreign company to hold art sales in the world’s biggest fine art market.The company said it signed a deal to set up Sotheby’s (Beijing) Auction Co. with Beijing GeHua Art Co., a Chinese state owned company. Sotheby’s will own 80 percent of the venture, which still needs Chinese government approval. The venture marks a major expansion into China for Sotheby’s. The company and rivals such as Christie’s hold regular auctions in Hong Kong attracting many mainland Chinese buyers but have been blocked from doing the same on the mainland.Christie’s licensed its name to China’s Forever International Auction Co. in 2005. But Sotheby’s new venture, which gives it majority control and responsibility for day-to-day operations and management, will allow it to leap ahead of its perennial rival.The new venture will focus on auctions and selling exhibitions of “non-cultural relics” such as contemporary art, wine, watches and jewelry. It will also have access to a “free port” project that GeHua is developing in Beijing. Free ports are tax-exempt secure storage facilities used to house art and other valuables.The first auction will be held on Sept. 27 at a Beijing museum where a single sculpture, by Chinese artist Wang Huaiqing, will go on the block.China was the world’s biggest fine art market in 2011 for the second year in a row, accounting for 41 percent of global sales of paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and drawings worth $4.8 billion, according to market information provider Artprice. Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

6 decades later probe to solve political murder

first_img Quick workouts for men `’The fact that Di Rupo is there doesn’t hurt to make sure things proceed,” said Mahoux.As a historian, Gerard stands above the political fray.He’s just happy he can keep digging.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) In 1950, the Cold War was raging and fighting in Korea had just started. Belgium was bitterly divided between right and left over whether to welcome back from exile King Leopold III, who was long seen as having been too accommodating to Belgium’s Nazi occupiers.Amid the tensions, Leopold handed over power to his son Baudouin. The following week Lahaut was dead.Historians have long suspected that rightwing pro-Leopold forces were behind the assassination _ but that the government took little interest in solving the case because Lahaut was a Communist. In the political climate pitting the West against the Soviets, and with investigators not nearly as well-trained as those of today, the cold-blooded murder of the charismatic parliamentarian turned into a cold case.Who fired the shots is not essential to Gerard and his team, nor to the politicians who have forced the murder back onto the public agenda. Now, it is more about who ordered the killing, and why the investigation never yielded results.`’It is not an issue of going after the culprits, they must be dead,” said socialist senator Philippe Mahoux, one of those who pushed for the new inquiry. `’But to know what really happened, that is fundamental.” Sponsored Stories `’There must have been resistance in those days to let the truth emerge,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. `’We have to know whether there were dark forces behind this … If there is no solution it feels like a cover-up.”Despite clear political overtones, the case was treated as a common crime. A month after the killing, Communists were banned from all public functions as the Korean War made the Cold War even colder.The case was officially shelved in 1972. Lahaut’s murder turned increasingly into a half-forgotten historical oddity. Delving into the history of World War II and its Cold War aftermath was long difficult for a country struggling with memories of collaboration, postwar repression and anti-Communist action.A prominent socialist European parliamentarian first took the lead in reviving the Lahaut probe by gathering some (EURO)40,000 ($52,000) in private sponsorship as of 2009 and followed by (EURO)150,000 ($194,000) in subsidies from authorities from Lahaut’s French-speaking region in Belgium last year.Then, over the summer, came (EURO)200,000 ($258,000) from the national government itself. All sources of financing bear a left-wing stamp. Government interest _ and funding _ has opened up since last year, when Elio Di Rupo became the first socialist prime minister in over 35 years. Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories If ever a murder had the hallmarks of a political assassination, the August 1950 slaying was it. But, who was behind it? And why? It’s a murder mystery swallowed up in the fog of Cold War politics. Now, 62 years later, the Belgian government has approved fresh funds to solve the crime, convinced the moral implications echo down to this day.The probe is part of a historical reckoning in which Belgium is revisiting several buried crimes, citing a “duty to remember.” They include the involvement of authorities in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi era and government links to the assassination of Congolese prime minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961.It’s up to silver-haired historian Emmanuel Gerard to crack the Lahaut case.One recent afternoon, Gerard pored over papers from 1950 found in the archive of a former interior minister. In uneven black-and-white typeface, a shadowy informer named Andre Moyen wrote to the former minister about the `’execution” of Lahaut, dismissing the postwar Communist leader as `’after all, an agent of the USSR.”A careful historian, Gerard says the missive in itself proves nothing. Yet it could be an indication that Belgian authorities, alarmed at signs of leftist foment in the country, might have known something about Lahaut’s slaying and chose to keep silent. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – The story goes that when Prince Baudouin took the oath to succeed his father after years of tumult over the monarchy, Communist leader Julien Lahaut shouted from the crowd: “Long Live the Republic!”A week later, two men turned up at Lahaut’s door in Belgium’s coal and steel heartland and shot him four times with a Colt 45 revolver at point blank range. The killers sped away by car into the gathering darkness and were never caught. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img

Mexico City holds fashion show on main square

first_img Top Stories Some of the onlookers expressed delight at the sight of the long, white runway stretched out across the five-century-old colonial plaza.Seventeen-year-old student Andrea Mendoza says a show like Friday’s “encourages people to get to know more about fashion and fashion shows.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MEXICO CITY (AP) – The tall, lanky models on the runway at a show by the U.S. clothing firm Express may not have been out of place in the fashion world, but they did stick out on Mexico City’s vast, wind-swept main plaza.Passers-by, motorists and taxi drivers stopped Friday to watch the “Rock the Sidewalk” showing of the firm’s casual styles, ranging from swim suits to cocktail dresses.The women’s collection featured colors ranging from muted to neon, while the men’s fashions were more neutral. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Filipino marines kill 6 Muslim extremists in clash

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The difference between men and women when it comes to pain MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine marines killed at least 6 Muslim extremists and captured one of their jungle lairs in fighting in the south, military officials said Monday.Backed by village militias, the marines launched an assault over the weekend after several Abu Sayyaf militants were monitored in their jungle lair near Talipao town on Jolo Island, marine brigade commander Col. Jose Cenabre said.Marine officers involved in the fighting said three militants were killed in a clash and three more died later in military shelling. Six village militias on the side of the marines were wounded. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Marines were clearing the captured Abu Sayyaf encampment of booby traps and searching for homemade bombs and rebel documents.Abu Sayyaf gunmen are still holding more than a dozen hostages in jungle-clad Jolo in Sulu province, including two European bird watchers who were kidnapped last year. The captives were not in the Abu Sayyaf encampment that came under attack over the weekend, Cenabre said.The United States lists the Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for kidnappings for ransom, beheadings and bombings, as a terrorist organization. There are an estimated more than 300 Abu Sayyaf armed fighters who have survived years of U.S.-backed Philippine offensives.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

A look at EURussia tugofwar over 6 east European nations

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan’s major oil reserves and decade-long economic boom make it an attractive potential partner for the EU, which needs to diversify its energy sources away from a heavy dependence on Russian gas. The problem is that the EU also says that the rule under President Ilham Aliev has major human rights problems. Don’t expect any warmth in Riga, since Aliev is one of the few leaders of the 34 nations involved who decided not to show up. Still, EU president Donald Tusk on Thursday accepted an invitation to come visit Baku as the EU seeks a new agreement with Azerbaijan after Aliev declined one offered under the terms of the Eastern Partnership.BELARUS: The EU has long had difficult relations with Belarus, one of Moscow’s closest allies, and has sanctions in place because of human rights abuses and treatment of political opponents. Yet there’s a new push for a breakthrough in relations, especially after President Alexander Lukashenko has started to display more independence in his dealings with Putin. Lukashenko also improved his standing by helping to broker the Minsk cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine. The EU will be looking for a diplomatic opening from Lukashenko’s top people in the absence of the leader himself in Riga. Nothing much can be expected in the near future, since Belarus also recently joined Moscow’s EEU. In addition, Russia wields substantial “soft power” in Belarus, supplying all of its gas imports and taking nearly half of Belarus’ exports. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A quarter century after the Iron Curtain that once divided Europe opened, the European Union nations and Russia are again involved in a tug-of-war, this time over six former Soviet Republics.EU leaders are courting the six at a special summit in Riga that opened Thursday, offering better economic cooperation and promising financial aid and help for good government. Moscow, meanwhile, is doing what it can to keep the countries within its sphere of influence. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The same issues were at the heart of the 2013 Eastern Partnership held in Vilnius. It was at that meeting that Ukraine’s then-leader, Viktor Yanukovych, abruptly decided to turn his back on the EU and embrace Moscow instead. In addition to sparking the current conflict in Ukraine, the incident refuted any notion that a re-alignment could be smooth.The EU has since decided it needs a piecemeal approach to courting the six nations. Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are considered closer to the fold, while Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus are at arm’s length at best.Here’s a look at the six nations and what’s at stake for each at the 2015 summit, which concludes Friday:ARMENIA: The mountainous country stepped back from seeking an economic association deal with the EU two years ago and joined Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union early this year. It is heavily dependent on Russia, both for economic and military reasons. Still, the EU does not want to give up on the country and is seeking relations in all areas that do not overlap with its membership in the EEU. Its unresolved dispute with Azerbaijan over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region is an impediment to closer EU relations. Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona GEORGIA: The former Soviet republic has already taken a step away from Moscow by signing an economic association agreement with the EU. Little love is lost between Russia and Georgia since the latter lost some 20 percent of its territory after the 2008 war. The EU is seeking increased ties but it is still stopping short of granting the country visa-free access. While Georgia is doggedly seeking to spin out of Russia’s orbit by seeking NATO membership, Russia is applying pressure by tightening military and economic ties with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the two regions Georgia lost in 2008.MOLDOVA: The EU has perhaps warmed most to the small nation of Moldova, which borders EU member Romania. The two already have signed an economic association agreement and Moldova has secured visa liberalization with the EU, making it easier for residents to travel in EU countries?. Russia has a foothold in Moldova’s separatist Trans-Dniester region, where some 1,500 Russian troops are deployed, but Ukraine’s decision Thursday to block transit access for those troops could weaken Russia’s influence.UKRAINE: Ukraine is by far the biggest prize when it comes to economic potential and political influence, as the last 18 months of turmoil and fighting have shown. After the demise of Yanukovych, the new government has followed a pro-EU course, but has little to show for it because of the military conflict in the east and the loss of Crimea to Russia. The economy is in tatters and swathes of territory have been destroyed by fighting. The EU keeps pushing for political reform in Kiev and is promising an 11 billion euro (dollar) aid program to keep the nation afloat. 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Ireland reports 26 abortions last year 3 to deter suicide

first_img Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ireland legalized life-saving abortions after the 2012 death in the hospital of a 31-year-old woman who was undergoing a protracted miscarriage but denied an abortion because her fetus still had a heartbeat. Days later the woman, an Indian dentist, died from blood poisoning.___Online:Report http://bit.ly/1QZserCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s Health Department says doctors last year performed 26 abortions to protect women’s lives, including on three women who had threatened to kill themselves if denied one.Monday’s report is the first to document abortion in Ireland.The predominantly Catholic country bans abortion in its constitution. But the government in 2013 legalized abortions in cases where doctors judge that continued pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s life. Granting an abortion to prevent a suicide requires a unanimous recommendation by a three-doctor panel. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice South Korean media reported the six workers were on top of the storage at the time of the explosion, but fire officials said they couldn’t immediately confirm the reports.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan, according to the officials.The exact cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately known. But fire officer Kim Jung-sik said that gas trapped inside the storage might have triggered the blast.last_img read more

Engine blast grounds Qantas A380s causes delays

first_imgThe infamous Qantas A380 now grounded Three Qantas flights normally operated by A380s have been delayed by 24 hours, while other A380 operated Qantas flights will instead use different aircraft following yesterday’s engine explosion on Qantas Flight 32.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters last night that Qantas “will suspend all A380 take-offs until we’re fully comfortable that we have sufficient information…about QF32”.“We will suspend those A380 services until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met,” he said.Scrabbling for alternative aircraft to service flights, Qantas announced today’s Melbourne to Los Angeles QF93 flight has been delayed by 24 hours as have two Sydney bound Los Angeles flights, QF12 and QF108.A Boeing 747-400 will replace the A380 for QF11 (Sydney to Los Angeles) and QF31 (Sydney to London via Singapore) and a British Airways chartered Boeing 777 will operate QF10 (London to Singapore) with the final Singapore to Melbourne sector replacement to be advised.Passengers affected by delays caused by the suspension of A380 services have been contacted, Qantas said.According to Qantas, over 70 Qantas international flights, not serviced by A380s, will operate as scheduled into and out of Australia today.Speaking to ABC’s Lateline Qantas A380 pilot and Australian and International Pilots Association president Barry Jackson said Qantas have made a “very cautious move to ground the whole fleet [of A380s] and at significant cost to the company” adding that “it was a conservative approach”.Mr Joyce, however, made clear that passenger safety was Qantas’s number one priority, regardless of time and subsequent cost.Singapore Airlines whose A380s, like Qantas’, use a Rolls Royce engine were advised by Rolls Royce and Airbus to conduct precautionary checks, although other A380 carriers have taken no steps to ground their A380 fleets, News.com.au reported.Airbus said they have dispatched a team of specialists to Singapore to “provide full technical assistance” to investigations into yesterday’s flight, while Changi Airport advised that Runway 2, which has remain closed since QF32 landed yesterday, will reopen later today.e-Travel Blackboard will stay on top of any updates and will post details as Breaking News Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more