Democrats Step up Pressure to Negotiate Higher Spending Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his call for Republicans to negotiate higher spending levels for domestic agencies as well as the Pentagon if he is to sign any fiscal 2016 appropriations bills.“I’m calling on Republican leaders in Congress to come to the table with Democrats, sit down, negotiate a budget that protects our national security and our economic security,” Obama said at a VFW convention in Pittsburgh.“I’ve said I will veto any budget that locks in the sequester. It is not good for our country,” he said.The defense spending and authorization bills advanced so far this year in Congress allow DOD to sidestep the budget caps by stashing $38 billion in the department’s overseas contingency operations account. Non-defense agencies, though, still would be forced to adhere to the Budget Control Act limits under the FY 2016 spending bills crafted by the GOP.The president’s remarks come with only 16 legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year. Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday also attempted to increase the pressure on the GOP to begin budget talks, reported CQ Roll Call.“As of right now, it’s as if the Republican leadership is paddling calmly down the river with a huge waterfall ahead,” Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said during a press conference. “The fact that they’re not scrambling to come to the table to work this out suggests that they’re perfectly happy with a government shutdown.”At this point, most lawmakers believe at least one continuing resolution will be necessary to avoid a shutdown.“Unless there’s some great negotiating done over August, I can’t imagine we don’t have some kind of short-term extension at the end of September,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior appropriator.So far it’s not clear when — or if — Republicans plan to meet with their Democratic colleagues or the White House to negotiate increases in the defense and non-defense spending caps.At the press conference with Van Hollen, Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said she doesn’t believe serious discussions will begin before August, according to the story.last_img read more

DJIs Osmo Mobile 3 is the phone stabilizer weve been waiting for

first_img 0 DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a smaller, lighter phone camera stabilizer 12 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 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. 2:50 Share your voice Post a comment Mobile Tags The redesigned Osmo Mobile 3 lets you fold and go.  Joshua Goldman/CNET Motorized phone camera stabilizers are great for getting smooth and steady shots from your phone — assuming you use it. For me, it’s one of those products you buy with the best intentions and then don’t use because it’s simply too large, awkward and fragile to bring with you all the time. DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 tackles this with a unique folding design that makes it more compact and easier to toss in a bag and go. And it’s $10 less than its predecessor.Available today for $119, the redesigned gimbal unlocks and folds fast and has locks to keep it from swiveling around. You can even throw it into a standby mode so you can partially shut it down, fold it and move to a new location and then quickly unfold and immediately start shooting. The whole device is lighter and more compact than previous models, but still runs for up to 15 hours on a single charge.Note that CNET may get a commission when you buy through any of the links on our site.See it at DJIThe new design also addresses a few issues users had with the Osmo Mobile 2. The gimbal no longer blocks the ports on your phone so you can connect an external mic and charge your device off the Osmo’s battery. You also no longer need to manually rotate your phone from landscape to portrait as it can now do it with a button press and position the camera right-side up.DJI Osmo Mobile 3From left to right: DJI Osmo Mobile, Mobile 2 and the new Mobile 3. Joshua Goldman/CNET A slider on the grip’s side lets you activate your phone’s zoom and a trigger in front will automatically switch between your phone’s front and rear camera. In selfie mode you can even use hand gestures to start a self-timer for photos and video. The trigger will also do things like recenter the camera and start DJI’s ActiveTrack feature that automatically tracks a subject and keeps them centered in the frame.The Osmo Mobile 3 uses DJI’s Mimo app it introduced with the palm-sized Osmo Pocket in November 2018. Although you can use the Osmo Mobile 3 with your phone’s camera app, Mimo is what gives you all the unique features like ActiveTrack and gesture controls. Mimo also enables you to create panoramas and shoot motion time-lapse and hyper-lapse videos. There’s a Story mode as well that will take your videos and edit them into short, social-friendly clips using one of 13 templates.Though mainly known for its camera drones, DJI has spent much of the past year building out other categories. Last month it introduced a first-person view HD video transmission system for drone racing and a compact motorized gimbal for pro cameras. In June, DJI introduced a $500 RC robot rover with a mini cannon made for students. It launched its first action cam in May, the DJI Osmo Action. DJI’s Osmo Pocket is an amazingly small stabilized 4K… DJIlast_img read more

9yearold Pune boy scales Mt Kilimanjaro in just 7 Days Sets his

first_img[Representational Image]ReutersIn just seven days, nine-year-old Advait Bhartia managed to trek Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. The expediditon ended on July 31.The mountain is 4,900 metres from the base and 5,885 metres above sea level. It is situated in Tanzania and is the highest peak in Africa.But, that’s not all.At the age of six, Advait scaled the Mount Everest base camp and after his feat at Mt. Kilimanjaro, he has set his sights on Mt Elbrus in Europe.Advait trained for two months every day continuously to prepare for his trek. His training included playing football, cricket and tennis as well as parkour and climbing 100 floors. This was part of his daily routine.This training was to include his cardio-vascular strength. He was to trek in temperatures ranging from 21 C to -25 C.Advait went with his mother on the trek but she had to stop at 1000 feet because she couldn’t handle the climate, however, Advait carried on under the supervision of the expedition leader, Samir Patham.Talking to PTI, Advait said, “This trek was really difficult but fun at the same time. When I was summitting (sic) the Everest Base Camp, we were living in wooden houses but during the Kilimanjaro trek, we stayed in tents and it was a good experience being exposed to snow and the surroundings.”He added, “I could have completed the trek faster but the mountains were very beautiful and I took a lot of breaks to take in the beauty.”last_img read more

2 detained for making fake news sites

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in a drive detained two people in connection with publishing fake news after developing fake websites of Prothom Alo and some other national newspapers from Tongi in Gazipur and Mohammadpur areas on Thursday. DuplicateThe law enforcement did not disclose the identities of the detainees as yet, reports UNB.Tipped off, a team of RAB-2 conducted separate drives at Tongi in Gazipur and Mohammdpur area and detained two people for making false reports after creating many fake websites.last_img read more

Entrepreneur markets interfaith meats to combat surge in religious hate crimes

first_img News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jonathan Harounoff Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW YORK (RNS)  — After the latest wave of attacks at places of worship, from Poway, to Sri Lanka, to New Zealand and Pittsburgh, Mohammad Modarres felt an added sense of urgency in his latest business venture, Abe’s Eats. Modarres, an Iranian-American entrepreneur, seeks to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths’ most stringent dietary laws. It is Modarres’ hope that his company will make the point that the Muslim and Jewish communities, often thought to be opposed, can find strength in combating rising bigotry and hate crimes.To ensure the meat reaches what is considered the gold standard of kashrut (Glatt kosher) and halal (Zabihah), the butchering process for Abe’s Eats is overseen by a Shokhet, or kosher slaughterer, alongside a Muslim equivalent who gives a prayer at the moment of sacrifice. Mohammad Modarres. Courtesy photoBefore Abe’s Eats, Modarres, a Muslim, founded Interfaith Ventures, a nonprofit that hosts Friday night interfaith dinners, known as Shabbat Salaam, nationwide for the past few years. The synagogue and mosque attacks are part of a sharp rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes. A 2017 FBI report showed that in the United States hate crimes had increased for the third consecutive year, with an almost 23-percent spike in religion-based hate crimes and a 37-percent rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes alone. “When a more established immigrant community helps another one be better embraced in the larger American narrative, it means we all become stronger,” Modarres said at the close of a TED talk he gave last June about Abe’s Eats that was titled “How to build a more inclusive dinner table.” Modarres was quick to note that Abe’s Eats is not just a meat company. “We are using something as tangible as food to normalize our religious diversity and alleviate Jews and Muslims of hate crimes. Meat happens to be one of the more complex foods to produce under both Kosher and Halal dietary laws; so I started there.”“In these tumultuous times, if you can bridge gaps, rather than divide them, then that’s really important,” said James Chambers, executive director of Halal Food Standards Alliance of America, who added that he was intrigued by the concept of Abe’s Eats. But he stressed that production of halal and kosher meats are intricate processes and expressed concern that Abe’s Eats will not make interfaith understanding a priority over proper butchering.Over the past few years, Modarres has worked with mashgiachs (kosher supervisors), halal experts, imams, rabbis and sustainable farmers to create a product that he believes will promote inclusivity and bridge religious divides through the medium of food. “The idea stemmed from when I invited my Muslim and Jewish friends to Shabbat Salaam dinners in California two years ago in order to discuss how we were going to tackle the latest wave of religious bigotry,” said Modarres.“What I found fascinating was that even though we were coming together at these events to celebrate our commonalities, we still separated over our dietary habits.”In late 2017, Modarres organized an outdoor interfaith food gathering in Times Square, drawing 600 people who lit Shabbat candles and celebrated religious diversity. Its success inspired Modarres to produce high-quality religious foods that are not restricted to a single religious community.Hundreds gathered at Times Square for an interfaith Shabbat lighting ceremony in late 2017 to celebrate religious diversity. Photo courtesy of Abe’s EatsAbe’s Eats has a sound business model, too. With the kosher and halal food industry in the United States alone worth an estimated $38 billion, the two-in-one meat venture will be able to serve “multiple faith communities while allowing (strictly observant) Jews and Muslims to eat from the same plate,” according to Modarres.  Since 85 percent of kosher and halal foods are bought by Americans with no affiliation to Judaism or Islam, he said, the consumer-base potential is enormous for meat that is produced to high standards. “Demand is growing for sustainably sourced foods not found in factory farming,” said Modarres, which is why his venture promises 100 percent grass-fed, organic meat raised by American ranchers for environmentally conscious consumers. But Modarres is taking no chances and will launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to help finance a marketing campaign and defray other expenses, using the hashtag ‘#UnityInDiversity,’ which Modarres says is designed to “show the world that behind the color of our skin and the stereotypes of our religious or cultural beliefs, there are dreams and passions that can resonate with everyone on a human level.”Modarres believes that support from Kickstarter will also go to prove that identifying with Islamic and Jewish communities can withstand the uptick in attacks on religious communities. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Jonathan Harounoff Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism By: Jonathan Harounoff A profitable ‘mismatch’ pairs strict Islamic islanders and partying Wester … Jonathan Harounoff,Load Comments,Vatican, Catholic colleges weigh-in on emerging AI ethics debate Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! Jonathan Harounoff News Tagshalal homepage featured interfaith cooperation kosher,You may also likelast_img read more