160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Musician/entertainer Dave Winstone will perform New Orleans jazz, 3:30 p.m., Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento. Call (818) 225-7616. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.com. WEDNESDAY Conejo Valley Garden Club will meet, 9:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 1000 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 497-2949. “Rumpelstiltskin”, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., noon, Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: Call (800) 606-0424. Taste of the South Black History Month celebration, 3 p.m., Van Nuys Recreation Center, 14301 Vanowen St. Call (818) 765-8131.
When you see a science headline in the form “How the …. got its ….” prepare for a laugh. Now, even some evolutionists are laughing.How the Daffodil Got Its Trumpet: That’s the literal headline on Science Daily. Answer: it’s not a modified petal, “as previously thought.” (Since it looks like a petal, “it’s easy to see why this was believed for so long.“) Instead, the daffodil took a stamen, the male pollen-producing organ, and twisted it into a trumpet.How the Rhinoceros Beetle Got Its Horns: Kipling could hardly be more creative than the plot told by Live Science. Since it was found that the horns don’t interfere with the bugs’ flight, the bugs were free to develop their horns into elaborate ornaments to attract mates. “Because the horns don’t impair the beetles’ ability to fly, they might be unconstrained by natural selection,” a grad student at U of Montana said, working on his storytelling skills, armed with the creative powers of Darwin’s “stuff happens” law (9/15/2008). Here’s his youthful attempt: the beetle said, “Mate with me! I’m so healthy I can support a totally useless appendage!”How the Hippie Used Flower Power: Helen Pilcher wove an elaborate tale on New Scientist trying to explain “How flower power paved the way for our evolution.” The upshot: flowering plants attracted bugs. Bugs attracted hominids, inspiring them to develop hands for swatting them, teeth for munching them, and binocular vision for seeing them. “The primates evolved grabbing hands and feet, and digits with nails and sensitive pads that helped them to move around these fine branches and manipulate the food there.” Did they evolve those things on purpose?How One Insect Got Its Wings: Switch on a fruit fly gene, get a wing. It’s simple, according to Science Daily. “The events could be responsible for this big event in evolutionary history, when the insect got its wing.” This must be the truth. Switch off that gene, and the fly doesn’t get a wing. Does that mean it’s no longer a “fly”?How the Tarsier Got Its Bulging Eyes: The better to see you with, my darling. Those bulging eyes “shed light on evolution of human vision,” according to PhysOrg. This just-so story replaces an earlier “prevailing view” about the origin of tricolor vision—the notion that it “evolved only after they started getting up with the sun, a shift that gave rise to anthropoid (higher) primates, which, in turn, gave rise to the human lineage.” But isn’t it odd that tarsiers, which are only active at night, have such good daytime-adapted color vision? Thus the new story: “These contradictory lines of evidence led the authors to suggest that early tarsiers were instead adapted to dim light levels, such as twilight or bright moonlight,” the story goes. “These light conditions were dark enough to favor large eyes but still bright enough to support trichromatic color vision.”How the Killer Cells Made Humans What They Are Today: Natural killer cells were “vital” to human evolution, according to a just-so story published by Medical Xpress. The photo of Laetoli footprints adds to the mystery. Once upon a time, genetic bottlenecks threatened human ancestors migrating out of Africa. Two professors “suggest that modern humans mated with archaic humans such as Neanderthals, which re-introduced receptor diversity and thus improved the survival rates of individuals carrying genes from these genetically divergent parents.”How the Fish Got Its Butt Fin: An unusual “anal fin” on a fossil fish has the science media speculating, working up the just-so story to explain it. According to Live Science, one storyteller said, “Rather than gradual acquisition of complex characteristics, maybe there was a bit more experimentation and odd acquisitions.” Science Daily, promising “new insight into evolution” in its headline, got into full Kipling mode with this quote: “It’s not clear why the fins are positioned so far back on the fish, or what advantage they might have provided. However, they do show that our early vertebrate ancestors tried out lots of different body plans before settling on two arms and two legs. If they hadn’t then our bodies would have looked very different!” And that, children, is how a fossil fin on a fish’s butt “shed more light” on our evolution.Laugh Out LoudConsidering the recklessness of many “adaptationist” stories that “misuse” evolution, a festival is being schedueld at MIT to laugh at evolutionary just-so stories. Called the “BAH!” Festival (Bad Ad-Hoc Hypotheses), the event was sold out and promises to be an ongoing event. A cartoon on the festival page illustrates the problem: an evolutionists suggests that babies are shaped like footballs and need to be burped because early human ancestors punted them like footballs from village to village. According to the website, “The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.” Live Science calls it “Survival of the Funniest.” Seven lectures will amuse listeners with “internally coherent, even convincing — but ultimately hilariously absurd — explanations of evolutionary adaptation” and “ludicrous conclusions supported by careful evolutionary explanations.”Pure satire, the festival is intended, first of all, to make people laugh. But, like most good satire, the event also pokes fun at a real issue, in this case, the misuse of evolutionary theory.The major criticism for evolutionary theorists is hyperadaptationism, “over-the-top” evolutionary ideas that try to explain too many of an organism’s features as adaptations….Taking part in the festival “shows an awareness of the issue and the ability to joke about it and understand it,” ….Case in point: the “aquatic ape” hypothesis (a proposed period of sea-going humanity) was used to explain human hairlessness, taste for seafood and enjoyment of swimming. “Clearly, it’s crazy” a festival organizer said, even though it was presented in all seriousness and offered as the “best contender” for a phenomenon lacking a good story (see 9/22/09, #7).Isn’t it great that evolutionists are starting to laugh at themselves? Help them out! LOL (laugh out loud) and wish them LOL (lots of luck).If winners of the BAH! Festival are announced, we will try to inform you here.BAH BAH quack cheap, have you any fool?Yes sir, yes sir at the BAH Festival.One for the Master (Darwin),One for the dame (science teacher)One for the little boyWho learns it in the lane.BAH humbug, can’t take it any more;Gone to Seattle to get the true score. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#cybersecurity#data science Related Posts Ryan Ayers is a researcher and consultant within multiple industries including information technology, blockchain and business development. Always up for a challenge, Ayers enjoys working with startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. When not at work, Ayers loves reading science fiction novels and watching the LA Clippers. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Ryan Ayers Cybersecurity is of increasing importance to enterprise and public leaders. In their efforts to mitigate cybercrime, organizations are increasingly leveraging data to protect sensitive information. Now, the world’s computer scientists are levering big data technology to stay ahead of hackers. But, the key will be to improve global cybersecurity.Statistical research, among other data science techniques, is generating impressive advancements in cyber defense. Time is of the essence in this regard. As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands the digital universe, cybercriminals are leveraging this increasingly prominent attack vector to compromise information networks.Data on the front lines of cyber defense.Historically, the media represented hackers as mischievous teens with a penchant for wreaking havoc. More recently, however, the media — as well as the general public — increasingly recognize that hackers are cunning craftsmen who compromise networks for profit.On the other side of the coin, ethical hackers acquire the same skills as cybercriminals to protect sensitive enterprise data. In addition, data scientists develop programs that detect unusual traffic to thwart the work of cybercriminals.Although cybersecurity is a global problem, the United States experiences the most incidents of cyber breaches.According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. organizations were attacked by cybercriminals over 100 times in 2018. The intrusion events represented the most significant number of breaches in any single country in the world.Due to the rise of cyber breaches, many organizations employ ethical hackers to protect their sensitive data. White hat hackers start their work by learning what information needs protection. Furthermore, they develop theories as to what hackers could do with that information. Ethical hackers also assess an organization’s current cybersecurity resources and practices.Ethical hackers are using varying tools to discover and repair network vulnerabilities.Their toolkit includes software designed especially for cybersecurity. As an example, information security specialists use the NMAP tool for port scanning and identifying operation systems. They also use Nikto or Metasploit to scan for Web server attack vectors.Increasingly, cybersecurity specialists use big data analyses to test for network aberrations. Data, however, is not the only new resource in the ethical hacker toolkit.The latest in high-tech cyber defense.A growing digital universe generated by innovations such as social media and the IoT has provided hackers with an increasing amount of valuable bounties. Today, expert hackers collaborate with criminal syndicates and even government agencies to compromise organizational networks.Digital malicious actors are skilled at finding any and every vulnerability in a network. Hackers easily bypass advanced security measures that enterprises believe will keep their information safe. Resultingly, security vendors are working on creative technologies to stymie cybercriminals.One company is working on what could become the evolution of the firewall. Illusive Networks specializes in using virtual and augmented reality to create facsimiles of enterprise networks.The idea is that the faux digital networks will contain malicious actors by providing a harmless twin environment. Once hackers have entered this false environment, they will continue their efforts to compromise the network and eventually give up, or administrators will kick the intruders out of the system.The technology is a new branch of cybersecurity called deception technology. Illusive Network officials express that their innovation can map potential attack vectors, help administrators patch vulnerabilities and provide real-time forensic reporting.Skilling up for the fight.Professionals across many industries and fields leverage data to improve operations. However, select professions are only open to individuals with mathematics or statistics training. These professionals help organizations solve intricate information related problems. They also analyze data generated by emerging innovations such as deceptive technologies. What’s more, they work with security vendors to develop new, powerful cybersecurity resources.The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine gathered to discuss cybersecurity in 2018. The main topic was the rapidly growing threat that’s emerging because of security gaps in the Internet of Things.According to symposium literature, malicious actors have executed notable cyber attacks using IoT devices. Standard technologies such as firewall and encryption are designed to stop these intrusions. However, cites the group, IT professionals need new countermeasures to discover and react to malicious activity. The conversation about securing the IoT and neutralizing cyber threats is an ongoing discussion among IT security experts.Data scientists are developing amazing technologies to protect the world’s information. Time, however, will tell which side will emerge as the victor.One day, data scientists may succeed in creating impenetrable information networks. For now, researchers are looking to innovations such as deceptive technologies as the next best alternative to bulletproof security. Soon, malicious actors could face myriad obstacles, making network intrusion a trivial pursuit. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…
The Maharashtra government is planning to implement its Streets with Cycle Track project in 10 cities to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.A Government Resolution (GR) was recently issued naming Amaravati, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nasik, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon as the 10 cities where the Public Works Department (PWD) will lay cycle tracks on roads. A committee of four comprising the Additional Director General of Police (Traffic), Secretary PWD (Roads), and two members of NGO Mission Olympics will study the project and provide technical inputs. The committee will choose the roads for implementing the project and suggest modifications to the road design if necessary. It will also have the power to seek the help of organisations that promote cycling.Dedicated lanesThe GR stated, “It has been observed that people do not use cycles due to the absence of dedicated lanes. In several industrial towns, employees travel a distance of seven to eight kilometres to get to work. Setting up dedicated tracks would encourage them to cycle to work, leading to easing of traffic congestion and reducing of pollution levels.”The project will be implemented in other cities in the State based on the success of the project in the 10 cities. However, Mumbai and Thane, which witness the worst traffic snarl-ups, have been omitted from the first stage of implementation. A senior PWD official said clogged roads and ongoing infrastructure work in the cities led the department to omit them from the project for now. “It will be difficult to set up dedicated cycle tracks in these cities now. Roads are overflowing with traffic with ongoing metro work.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 18, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., 71Louise (Nardo) Russo, 87Previously Lived In Wilmington:Thomas Joseph Donahue, 75Michael O’Brien, 62Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”
Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 8 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comments An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Share your voice Best Buy $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Computers Gadgets Tablets Computer Accessories,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See all the best laptops of CES 2019 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Now playing: Watch this: Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read the Rylo camera preview $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $999 See It $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It See It See at Turo HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $210 at Best Buy 17:56 Tags Well, that’s one PC out there, at least. Sarah Tew/CNET The long retreat continues for the PC market.In 2019, sales of computing devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets, are expected to drop 3.3 percent around the world, according to a new forecast from market researcher IDC. That continues a trend that’s been going on for years now.The computing device market will shrink to 372.6 million shipments in 2023, according to IDC’s release. Detachables, notebooks and mobile workstation will increase their market share in the next five years. “While the long-run [personal computing device] market remains in persistent decline, the constitution of the market continues to churn for the better,” said Linn Huang, research director for devices and displays at IDC, in the release. “And with ray-tracing ramping up and 5G-connected, dual-screen, and foldable devices on the not-too-distant horizon, consumers and professionals will likely find something compelling at the premium end.” Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon
A collage of the movies which will be telecast on Puthandu (2019).PR HandoutKollywood cine-goers will get to watch some of the hit movies on television this Puthandu, also known as Tamil New Year (April 14). From Rajinikanth’s Petta to Vijay Sethupathi’s Seethakathi, leading channels have decided to telecast big movies in what is considered as a battle for the TRPs.Indeed, the celebration will begin on Saturday and end on Sunday, festival day. Here, we are giving you the list of movies which will be telecast on Vijay TV, Sun TV and Zee Tamil:Vijay TV Movies: Movie Name: Seethakathi Telecast Timings: Saturday (13 April) at 10.30 am Vijay Sethupathi’s Seethakathi is a cricially-acclaimed movie, directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan. The movie is about a veteran theatre artist who forays into the world of cinema.Movie Name: Banumathi Telecast Timings: Saturday (13 April) at 2.00 pm Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi’s Banumathi is the Tamil dubbed movie of hit Telugu hit film Fidaa. The movie revolves around an NRI and a village belle, whose relationship went through a lot of troubles, leading them to part ways, but destiny brings them together.Movie Name: Adanga Maaru Telecast Timings: Sunday (14 April) at 11.00 am Jayam Ravi’s Adanga Maaru is a thriller, directed by Karthik Thangavel. It is revenge story of an ex-cop who avenges the death of his loved ones.Movie Name: Saamy 2 Telecast Timings: Sunday (14 April) at 5.30 pm Hari’s Saamy 2 stars Vikram and Keerthy Suresh in the leads. It is an action thriller story about a cop seeking revenge against those who killed his parents.Sun TV Movies Movie Name: LKG Telecast Timings: Sunday (14 April) at 11 am RJ Balaji’s LKG turned out to be a surprising hit at the box office. It is a political satire which is a humorous take on the current-day politics and politicians.Movie Name: Petta Telecast Timings: Sunday (14 April) at 6.30 pm The biggest among the festival movie is Petta, which is credited to be the highest grossing movie of 2019 in Kollywood. It tells the story of a warden who has pledged to save the life of his loved one from enemies.Zee Tamil Movies Movie Name: Lakshmi Telecast Timings: Sunday (14 april) at 3.30 pm Prabhu Deva and Ditya Bhande’s Lakshmi is musical dance movie. The movie tells the story of a 10-year old girl, who dreams to win a competition.Zee Tamil has preferred to screen 2.0 once again it a matter of a week. The Rajinikanth-starrer was telecast last weekend.Telecast timings: Sunday (14 April) at 6.30 pm The movie is a sequel to 2010 blockbuster Enthiran – The Robot. It is a science fiction which throws light on the electo-magnetic radiation caused due to mobile phones.
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUTGov. Greg Abbott plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling that invalidated two of the state’s congressional districts.Texas Governor Greg Abbott told a radio program on Wednesday that he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a federal ruling that could force state lawmakers to redraw two congressional districts in Texas before the 2018 elections.A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Tuesday that two districts drawn by state lawmakers in 2013 intentionally diluted the voting power of minorities.The state has been using interim maps since 2013, because the original maps put into place in 2011 were also struck down by federal courts.Michael Li, a lawyer with the Brennan Center for Justice, said it’s hard to tell whether an appeal to the Supreme Court would affect impending changes to the congressional maps before the 2018 elections.“It’s possible that everything gets put on hold until the Supreme Court decides, but it’s also possible that the court lets that go forward,” said Li, who is part of a team representing plaintiffs in the cases. “I think everyone is sensitive with the close timing of the election and everything that it may make sense to go ahead and redraw the maps now.”Li said there are a lot of variables that could change how this plays out.“The question now is who redraws the maps,” he said.The court has asked state lawmakers to go into another special session to redraw the two districts that were invalidated: District 27, which is represented by Republican Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi, and District 35, which is represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin.“So the normal practice is that a Legislature gets the first shot at redrawing maps,” Li said, “and the court has given the Legislature that shot.” If they don’t agree to hold a special session to redraw the maps, then the state and plaintiffs go back to court for a hearing in September to hash it out.The court also still has to rule on the statehouse maps, which could also delay a special session.Li said legislators will probably want to wait to see if they have to redraw both sets of maps before going into another session. He said it is possible, however, that all this could be sorted out in time for the 2018 elections.“If all the cards align, and the changes aren’t that massive, then it’s possible that maps could be in place by September or early October,” he said. “But right now everything is up in the air.” Share
Howard University (10-22) finished off its less than stellar 2017-2018 regular-season basketball campaign with a loss to Coppin State University 78-71 on March 1.Howard sophomore guard Charles Williams led the Bisons in scoring with 29 points while freshman guard RJ Cole put in work filling the stat line with 25 points, 10 assists and cleaned the glass with six rebounds in a losing effort.Bowie State University players huddle up during a previous CIAA game. (Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr.)“We made some shots and got some stops,” said Howard University Head Coach Kevin Nickelberry. “They got hot early in our zone, so we went man-to-man. RJ [Cole] and CJ [Charles Williams] were unbelievable.Howard has an opportunity to earn an NCAA Tournament bid if the Bison win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament. The No. 8 Bison beat the No. 9 Florida A&M University 88-78 in the first round of the tournament on March 6 at Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.“I am proud of these guys,” Nickelberry said. “I believe in them, and they believe in each other. I’m looking forward to the tournament next week.”George Washington University (14-17) fell to Dayton University 88-78 on March 3. George Washington senior guard Yuta Watanabe led the way with 20 points while sophomore guard Arnaldo Toro and Jair Bolden scored 13 points respectively in the loss.The Colonials will compete in the Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference Tournament at the Capitol One Arena in Washington, D.C. spanning from March 7-10 with hopes of playing in March Madness if they can win their conference.Georgetown University (15-14) could not muster a win against Villanova University in the regular-season finale. Georgetown junior center Jessie Govan went off for 30 points and pulled down eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to score a victory without one of their best players on the floor.“Not having Marcus (Derrickson) hurt us,” Georgetown Head Coach Patrick Ewing said. “It’s hard to play a great team like Villanova without one of your best players. They’re a very good team and were the No. 1 team in the nation for a long stretch of the year for a reason.”The Hoyas will play in the Big East Tournament as a No. 8 seed at Madison Square Garden in New York City scheduled for play March 7-10.Bowie State University (14-15) fell to Johnson C. Smith University in the semifinal round of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament 80-71 on March 2 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.Bulldogs sophomore guard Cameron Hayes led his team in scoring with 20 points and senior point guard Ahmaad Wilson scored 17 points while dishing out five assists in the loss as Bowie State could not defend its title.The University of Maryland (19-13) got knocked out in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament against Wisconsin University 59-54 at Madison Square Garden on March 1. Terrapins sophomore guard Kevin Huerter scored 20 points, Bowie native and sophomore guard Anthony Cowan pitched in with 16 points and freshman forward Bruno Fernando scored in double-figures with 12 points against the Badgers.
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROHe has been the voice of our city, interviewing more politicians and public figures than we can count, all with the goal of understanding the big issues of the day so D.C. residents can be informed citizens and make smart decisions about their lives. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as Kojo Nmandi Day in honor of his work and legacy.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as the date to celebrate radio host Kojo Nnamdi’s work and legacy. (Photo Credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU)“Kojo has been doing this for more than two decades and, in many ways, is the heartbeat of D.C. and embodies everything it means to be a Washingtonian,” Bowser said in a ceremony for the broadcaster. ‘Everybody in this building knows you go to Kojo when you have something to say.”“Kojo is tough but fair and definitely aided by that sweet carribean accent in asking the questions that drive at the truth and hold our public officials accountable,” Bowser added. “Kojo Nmamdi Day” is a precursor to a burst of events in celebration of Nnamdi’s 20 years hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” every weekday at noon on WAMU.A native of Guyana, Nnamdi immigrated to the United States in 1968. He was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. He hosted “Evening Exchange” a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT-TV at Howard University from 1985 – 2011. Prior to that he worked as a news editor, and then news director for the local program “The Daily Drum from 1973 to 1985.Nnamdi told the AFRO that he still pushes to get real answers from each person he interviews.“The challenge for me is to try to get the individuals I’m interviewing, especially someone who’s a public figure who interviews quite frequently, to get that person to either A) say something they haven’t said before or B) take a deeper look at policies or statements,” Nnamdi said. “I try to get little nuggets that keep the listener interested.” Working as a radio host for years has its benefits and challenges according to Nnamdi.“Being on radio has advantages and disadvantages,” Nnamdi said. “A disadvantage is people can’t see you. But that has its advantages. Since people can’t see you they are forced to use their imagination and figure out what I look like, what our guests look like.”“It’s also intimate. The relationship to radio is so much more intimate.”Having interviewed countless people, Nnamdi said he doesn’t keep a dream list of possible interview subjects. But he does find himself discovering a passion for someone he didn’t think he would until they were in the booth with him.One example Nnamdi used was Harry Belafonte, actor, musician and activist.“I could never imagine myself interviewing Harry Belafonte, but followed his career for a long time,” Nnamdi said. “He’s fascinating.”As far as the next big scoop, Nnamdi is pretty clear where we need to turn the needle of focus. “The next big story of our time is the rise of White nationalists around the world,” Nnamdi said. “I think most of us have never lived through a period were we saw a marginalized population being pushed back against the way we are seeing it now.”He added that maybe our ancestors during reconstruction felt the push back that many are feeling and seeing now.Thankfully Nnamdi is here to guide us through the process every step of the way. “Kojo 20 Celebration,” is set for June 6. For more information please go to: https://thekojonnamdishow.org/2019/04/26/get-tickets-kojo-20-celebration-june-6th