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    Spain court cuts prison sentence for King’s brother-in-law

    MADRID ( ) – Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday cut a more-than six-year jail sentence for the King’s brother-in-law to five ,爱上海419Tatum,years and 10 months for charges including tax fraud and embezzlement after an appeal, the court said.

    Inaki Urdangarin was found guilty and sentenced to six years and three months in February last year for using royal connections to overcharge regional governments through public contracts to stage sports and tourist events and with tax fraud.

    Urdangarin lives wi,爱上海Samara,th Princess Cristina and their four children in Switzerland.

    The original ruling by a provincial Mallorcan court came after a six-year investigation and amid a slew of corruption cases against politicians and public figures.

    One such case ended in May with the jailing of dozens of high-ranking People’s Party (PP) politicians and a上海419论坛 vote of no-confidence against the party’s leader and then-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rajoy lost the no-confidence motion and was ousted to be replaced by Socialist Pedro Sanchez.

    Under Spanish law, Urdangarin can appeal t,上海贵族,上海419论坛Malcolm,宝贝论坛Quiana,he sentence in the Constitutional Court.

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    Turkey says Iran supports potential Turkish operation in north Iraq

    ANKARA ( ) – Iran has voiced support for a potential Turkish operation against Kurdish militants just over its border in northern Iraq, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.

    The Turkish military has ramped up air strikes in northern Iraq targeting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) bases in Qandil, close to the Iraq-Iran border, where high-ranking members of the militant group are thought to be located.

    The government has also said Turkish troops have deployed roughly 30 km (nearly 20 miles) inside northern Iraq, not far from Qandil.

    “Our offer to Iran was to carry out the operation together. Iran, in its remarks at least, has voiced very important support,” Canikli told a roundtable interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

    There was no immediate confirmation of his assertion from Tehran.

    Canikli said Turkey was also in full agreement with Baghdad on a potential operation into Qandil, adding that Ankara was in talks with “all possible countries” on the matter.

    Iraq, however, said it would not accept any Turkish operation against Qandil or other PKK strongholds.

    “The Iraqi government will not accept any advance on its land by Turkish forces in pursuit of,上海龙凤419Karina, the PKK elements currently present in the Sinjar, Makhmour ,爱上海419India,and Qandil mountains,” Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the Iraqi News Agency.

    He added that the Iraqi government would “absolutely not allow” any aggression from inside its land agains,上海419论坛Cara,t Turkey or other states.

    Canikli however said there were “serious attacks and infiltration” into Turkey from Qandil, and that Turkey would remain in northern Ir,上海贵族宝贝论坛James,aq until all terrorists groups were removed.

    “Our goal now is to be a lasting presence there until terror is completely removed, we will remain in northern Iraq,” he said.

    With a large Kurdish population of its own, concentrated in the southeast, Ankara has long resisted Kurdish ambitions for independence in Iraq, Syria or Iran爱上海, fearing it could inflame separatism inside Turkey.

    An offensive against the PKK in Qandil would mark Turkey’s third cross-border operation since 2016, with the first two targeting Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria.

    Last week, Turkey and the United States also endorsed a roadmap for the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organisation linked to the PKK, from the northern Syrian city of Manbij.

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told Pentagon reporters that Turkish and U.S. officials would meet in Germany this week to discuss the details of the roadmap, namely joint patrols inside Manbij to secure the region.

    Canikli also said officials would discuss the Manbij roadmap during talks in Germany this week.

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    Greece says agreed to recognize Macedonia as ‘Republic of North…

    ATHENS (爱上海 ) – Greece has agreed to recognize Macedonia under,上海龙凤419Hayes, the name ‘Republic of North Macedonia or “Severna Macedonja”, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.

    Athens and Skopje have reached a deal,上海419论坛Eleanor, to settle ,爱上海Damian,a long running dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic’s name, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said earlier on Tu,上海419论坛Sage,esday.

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    Michigan Senate set to vote on expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

    ( ) – The Michigan state Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a bill to expand Medicaid, the health program for the poor, under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder broke with other Republican governors this year to support Medi,爱上海Caroline,caid expansion through Obamacare, and the Senate is expected to approve a version of a bill passed by the state House in June.

    Republicans hold a 26-12 majority in the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville believes he has the support to approve the measure in a vote on Tuesday or Wednesday, his spokeswoman Amber McCann said.

    Fewer than half of Senate Republicans are expected to vote for the bill, but Senate Democrats have pledged their support. If there is a 19-19 tie, Republican Lieutenant Governor,上海贵族宝贝论坛Satch, Brian Calley is expected to break a tie in favor of the expansion.

    Because it differs from the version approved by the House in June, the Senate bill, if approved, would return to the House for a final vote before it could go to the governor to be signed into law.

    The measure would infuse the state budget with billions of dollars in federal funding to pay for it.

    An additional 325,000 people would be covered in fiscal 2013-14 with $1.7 billion of federal funding, increasing to more than 400,000 people the following fiscal year, according to a Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency analysis.

    The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid 爱上海coverage to otherwise ineligible individuals and families who earn up to 133 percent ,上海419论坛Ferdinand,of the federal poverty line, about $15,500 for a single adult and $26,500 for a family of three in 2014.

    Snyder has said the program would save taxpayers and businesses money while improving the quality of life for people not currently covered.

    Medicaid expansion is one of the healthcare law’s biggest provisions. But a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year allows states to opt out. As of August 1, 23 states and Washington had acc,上海千花网Gavin,epted the expansion, while 21 states had turned it down, according to the consulting group Avalere Health.

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    Italy’s PM may push back meeting with French president: source

    ROME ( ) – Italy’s 爱上海419new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte may push back a planned meeting on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris,上海龙凤419Ramona, amid a diplomatic spat over immigration policy, an Italian,爱上海Harper, government source said on We,上海419论坛Keane,dnesday.

    Conte is “tending toward pushing back the ,上海千花网Leanne,trip to Paris,” the source said. “At the moment the conditions (for the meeting) don’t exist,” he added.

    Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday said he wanted an apology from Macron for saying on Tuesday that Rome had acted with “cynicism and irresponsibility” by closing its ports to a migrant ship.

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    China’s Xi says U.S., China should make most of bilateral mechanisms

    BEIJING ( ) – Chin上海419论坛a P,上海419论坛Katie,resident Xi Jinping told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday that Washington and Beijing should make the most of bilateral mechanism,爱上海Faust,s, amid escalating trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

    Pompeo told Xi during their ,上海千花网Santino,meeting that U.S. President Donald Trump truly values his relationship wit,上海419论坛Rainey,h Xi.

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    British gay rights campaigner briefly held in Moscow over protest

    MOSCOW ( ) – Russian police briefly detained veteran British campaigner Peter Tatchell in Moscow on Thursday after he attempted to hold a one-man protest near the Kremlin in support of gay rights on the first day of the World Cup.

    At the opening ceremony on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin spoke of showing the world a hospitable Russia and stressed sport’s ability to build bridges and overcome differences.

    Tatchell’s protest, held three hours before the ceremony, involved the activist unfurling a small banner near the Kremlin’s walls calling attention to what his foundation described as Russia’s mistreatment of LGBT+ people.

    “President Putin has failed to condemn and act against the homophobic witch-hunts in Chechnya, which have seen scores of LGBT+ people arrested and tortured, with some even being killed,” Tatchell said in a statement. He said he had been detained in Russia twice before.

    Two men from Chechnya, a deeply conservative Muslim region of Russia, told last year they had been detained by police and subjected to torture because they were gay.

    A Russian newspaper said several detainees had been killed. Chechen authorities said all such allegations were false.

    Russian police quickly shut the protest,上海419论坛Rainey, down, with one officer telling Tatchell to stop what he was doing.

    “During the World Cup it is forbidden to hold any action like this against Putin, against all these things,” the poli上海龙凤419ceman said. Tatchell told the policeman he wanted to meet Putin to discuss gay rights in Russia.

    The activist said he spent an hour and 40 minutes in police custody before being released.

    “Senior officers were stern but the apprehending officer very helpful, friendly and polite,” the campaigner said, adding he was receiving support from the British embassy.

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson later wrote on Twitter: “Pleased to hear @PeterTatchell is well, and my thanks to our consular staff in Moscow at @ukinrussia for providing speedy support to him.”

    Tatchell said he was,上海千花网Dahlia, required to appear in court on June 26, accused of breaking a federal law on the holding of public meetings and demonstrations, as well as a presidential decree that prohibits protests during the World Cup.

    Piara Powar, executive dire,上海龙凤419Mae,ctor of European anti-discrimi,上海419论坛Park,nation network FARE, opened a temporary diversity center in Moscow on Thursday to support soccer fans worried about any racism or homophobia.

    Tunde Aderibigbe, head of protocol for Nigeria’s football federation, said he believed the Russian government had done its best to deal with the issue of racism.

    “We have been meeting a lot of (fans) and they are very cheerful. There hasn’t been any cause to think there is going to be something like that,” he said.

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    De Blasio: I’ll pay female athletes equally if elected president

    Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday said if elected president he would sign an executive order to guarantee equal pay for women and men athletes — despite glaring discrepancies in pay in his administration.

    De Blasio, speaking on CNN before the ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes for the US women’s soccer team, said he would insist that Congress pass an amendment to the Amateur Sp,上海419论坛Benjamin,orts Act “requiring equal pay for men and women in all of our national sports teams.”

    If that failed, de Blasio, a Democratic presidential candidate, said he would sign an executive order “to force” the US Soccer Federation to ensure equal pay.

    He would also support the Fairness Paycheck Act that requires employers to report annual pay data and justify differences in pay.

    But, as the Post reported on Sunday, there’s a gender pay gap at the top of his administration.

    Although women make up half of City Hall’s 10 highest earners, the men – including de Blasio – hold four of the five best-paying jobs, with annual salaries that range from $258,000 to $403,000, records show.

    Because of that, men in the administration earn an average of $58,400 a year more than their female colleagues, leaving the women earning just 81 cents for every dollar earned by the men.

    Hizzoner was asked by the Post about the pay discrepancy in City Hall.

    “T爱上海he numbers are so clear we have an administration that’s over 50 percent women in the top positions absolute equity in the top positions there’s a handful of higher paid positions at this moment in history some are men and some are women,” he said.

    De Blasio rides with the USWNT during their ticker tape parade on WednesdayReuters

    The issue of equal pay arose when it was revealed that the US women’s soccer team earns less than the men’s team even though they’ve won four World Cup championships since the early 1990s while the men have won zero.

    T,上海龙凤419Santino,he women’s team defeated the Netherlands on Sunday to win their latest championship.

    “They are heroes in more than one way,” de Blasio said on CNN. “These women are not just heroes on the field, they are leading a discussion in America and demanding change we need.”

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    Children of det 爱上海ained Uyghurs held in mass boarding schools, research claims

    Hong Kong (CNN)Children of parents detained in China’s vast system of “re-education camps” in the far west region of Xinjiang are being separated from their families and placed in huge, purpose-built boarding schools as part of a “coordinated state campaign” to provide “full-time or near full-time care for all children from a very young age,” new research has found.

    According to independent researcher Adrian Zenz and the BBC, children are being placed in “highly secured, centralized boarding facilities,” whether or not they have other relatives who could serve as guardians. Zenz, a German researcher who has emerged as one of the leading experts on China’s vast system of camps targeting the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, drew on open-source, government documents, both state and private media articles, propaganda and evidence from former detainees.

    In one township where ethnic Uyghurs constitute a majority of the local population, government data show that “well over 400 minors have both parents in some form of internment, with many others having one parent interned,” Zenz wrote in his report, “Break Their Roots: Evidence for China’s Parent-Child Separation Campaign in Xinjiang,” he added. The report was published in The Journal of Political Risk.

    “Children whose parents are in prison, detention, re-education or ‘training’ are classified into a special needs category that is eligible for state subsidies and for receiving ‘centralized care.’ This ‘care’ can take place in public boarding schools or in special children’s shelters.”

    But the parents have, in some cases, been detained without charge or trial, according to a 2018 report from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. And Zenz says that the children’s other relatives are not given the chance to provide custody for the children.

    Chinese authorities did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the report.

    Up to 2 million people are estimated to have been detained in Xinjiang since early 2017. Activists and former detainees have described mass camps in Xinjiang where inmates live in jail-like conditions and receive repetitive lessons in Chinese propaganda.The Chinese government says the “vocational” camps are intended to combat Islamic extremism, and state media reports there have been “no major terror attacks” in Xinjiang since the campaign began.

    Most accounts have focused on the fate of adults placed in the camps, but Zenz and other researchers warn of a parallel crisis of children being separated from their parents and channeled into state care.

    “Driven by multi-billion dollar budgets, tight deadlines, and sophisticated digital database systems, this unprecedented campaign has enabled Xinjiang’s government to assimilate and indoctrinate children in closed environments by separating them from their parents,” Zenz said. “This separation can take various forms and degrees, including full daycare during work days, entire work weeks, and longer-term full-time separation.”

    Open source information and statistics show that in some Uyghur-majority areas in southern Xinjiang, preschool enrollment has more than quadrupled in recent years, exceeding national growth rates by over 12 times, according to Zenz’s research. The youngest child placed in an “educational institution” was just 15 months old.

    Citing reports by security companies involved in procurement, Zenz said that many of the schools were highly secured buildings with surveillance systems, perimete,上海龙凤419论坛Lennon,r alarms, and “4-layered 10,000 Volt electric fences atop their high walls, totaling 26,600 meters in length, and segmented into 176 ‘defense zones’.”

    Speaking to the BBC, which commissioned part of Zenz’s research, a senior official with Xinjiang’s Propaganda Department denied there were many families where both parents had been detained.

    “If all family members have been sent to vocational training then that family must have a severe problem,” Xu Guixiang told the broadcaster. “I’ve never seen such a case.”

    On Twitter, Zenz described his findings as showing “detailed evidence for systematic, state-initiated parent-child separation, weaponized education (and) cultural genocide.”

    Uyghurs — a predominantly Muslim, Turkic-speaking ethnic minority who were historically the majority in Xinjiang — have long complained that their culture and religion were being marginalized by the authorities. For years, activists focusing on Uyghur language and culture have faced pressure and even detention, accused of spreading “extremism.”

    Zenz’s research comes amid extra tension in Xinjiang as the region marks the 10th anniversary of ethnic unrest in the capital Urumqi, when protests over attacks on Uyghur workers in southern China turned violent following a government crackdown. In the wake of that incident, all internet acces,上海龙凤419Quincy,s to Xinjiang was cut off for almost a year and numerous Uyghur websites were taken offline permanently.

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    NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade 上海龙凤419论坛, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

    BRUSSELS — NATO military officials are exploring whether to upgrade their defenses t,上海龙凤419Christopher,o make them capable of shooting down newly deployed Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles after a landmark arms treaty dissolves next month, according to three European officials.

    Any change to the stated mission of NATO’s current missile defense system — aimed at threats from outside the region, like Iran — would probably divide the alliance’s member countries and enrage Russia, which has long said it views NATO’s missile defense site in Romania and one under construction in Poland as a threat to its nuclear arsenal and a source of instability in Europe.

    “It would be a point of no return with the Russians,” said Jim Townsend, a former Pentagon official and expert on the alliance. “It would be a real escalation.”

    The United States announced in February its intention to withdraw from the 31-year-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987 in the waning years of the Cold War, citing Moscow’s years of violations, a step the NATO alliance supported.

    The treaty, which prohibits missiles with a range of 310 to 3,420 miles from Europe, will be terminated on Aug. 2 unless Moscow and Washington come to agreement to revive it in the next few weeks.

    NATO ambassadors will make one last attempt to push Russia to withdraw its new cruise missiles and revive the treaty on Friday in Brussels.

    Discussions about new missile defense measures are at their earliest stages, officials cautioned. NATO’s chief spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, denied that any studies of the feasibility of upgrading the ballistic missile defenses were underway. She said the alliance had repeatedly made clear that the existing ballistic missile defense system “is neither designed nor directed against Russia.”

    But the alliance is considering new air and missile defenses, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced last week without reveali,上海千花Charles,ng details. And given the rising threat of the Russian cruise missiles, NATO members are expected to order the alliance to study defense options, either after the October defense ministers’ meeting or the December leaders’ summit, a senior alliance official said.

    Such an order would require all 29 allies to agree to it. But some officials think that if the treaty ends, the allies will at least be willing to examine the options. The senior official said that if the allies ultimately could not agree on shifting the mission of the ballistic missile defense sites, they may be open to a compromise that would introduce new systems to defend against Russian cruise missiles.

    The push for improved defenses is fueled by Russia’s fielding of a new class of missiles as well as the expected demise of the treaty — a casualty of deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States. Eastern European countries, particularly Poland and the Baltic states, believe they are under growing threat of nuclear bullying by Moscow and have been eager to see the alliance develop new defenses.

    Based on intelligence from multiple allied agencies, NATO countries have forged a consensus that the new Russian nuclear-capable cruise missiles pose a threat. The missiles, some American and European analysts fear, could give Moscow significant leverage, using the threat of attack to force other countries to de-escalate or give in to Russian demands during a crisis.

    The relationship between Russia and the West has spiraled downward since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Russia’s destabilization of Ukraine forced the alliance to reinforce its eastern flank with new troop deployments and military exercises. Moscow responded with its own military upgrades, ultimately including the deployment of a new class of ground-based cruise missiles that the West said violated the I.N.F. treaty. Russia’s election interference, its intervention in Syria and the attempted poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer in Britain further heightened tensions.

    Any move by NATO to redirect its missile defenses or expand its system with new capabilities could be a tipping point. Russians have never believed the alliance’s denials that its interceptor system would not eventually be used to shoot down Russian missiles. The system has remained a persistent irritant for Moscow, which questioned why the alliance still needed it after Iran agreed in 2015 to pause its nuclear enrichment program and threatened to direct missiles at the alliance interceptor sites.

    The NATO Aegis defense system in Romania in 2016. The systems there and in Poland are currently incapable of firing the interceptor used to strike intermediate-range missiles.CreditKay Nietfeld/Picture-Alliance, via Associated Press
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    North 爱上海 Carolina woman, inspired by popular movie, arrested after trying to poison fiance with eye drops: police

    A North Carolina woman was arrested over the weekend after police say she took inspiration from a popular movie to try and poison her fiance.

    Jaymee Cruz, 31, was charged with distributing noxious/deleterious food after officers with the Ro,上海龙凤论坛Osman,wan County Sheriff’s Office say she put Visine eye drops into her soon-to-be husband’s soda, WBTV reported.


    The incident took place June 15 at their home on Grandeur Drive. Cruz’s fiance reportedly saw her poison his drink and confronted her about it. That’s when he took their 6-month-old daughter and locked himself in a bedroom, calling 911.

    Jaymee Cruz, 31, was charged with distributing noxious/ deleterious food after officers with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office say she put Visine eye,上海贵族宝贝论坛Edith, drops into her soon-to-be husband’s soda. (Rowan County Sheriff’s Office)

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    Jeopardy James honors Alex Trebek wi 爱上海th donation

    “Jeopardy!” champ ends record-breaking streak

    “Jeopardy James” Holzhauer made a donation to pancreatic cancer research in honor of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year. Holzhauer learned about a fundraising walk in his Illinois hometown and donated over $1,000 to it after organizer Ann Zediker reached out, she told CBS News in an interview.

    Zediker was following Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak on the popular game show when she realized he was from Naperville, Illinois — the town where she’s lived the last 20 years. She found him on Facebook and figured, why not invite him to the2019 Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk?

    “We were watching every day,” Zediker said Thursday. “‘[I said] I’m going to reach out to him. Maybe he’ll come t,上海龙凤论坛Fatma,o the walk.’ He was such an inspiration.”

    Holzhauer, who now lives in Las Vegas, won’t be around for the July 14 event, but he made a donation to the walk, which is raising funds for the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.

    According to the foundation’s fundraising page, Holzhauer gave $1,109.14 and said it was for “Alex Trebek and all the other survivors.” Why the odd dolla,上海419论坛Natalie,r amount? The digits correspond to the day of his daughter’s birth.

    Zediker’s mission is personal. Her father died in 2010 from the disease and started organizing annual walks to raise money to find a cure for it. “There’s a lot of emotion tied to this cancer because it’s so lethal,” she said. “Typically, if we’re lucky, one or two survivors attend.”

    She hopes those who attend next month’s event in Naperville will “have nice moment of healing and support.”

    Trebek told People magazine in May that he is “near remission” less than three months afterannouncing his diagnosisof stage 4pancreatic cancer— an illness with a five-year survival rate of only 9 percent. Trebek called his positive response to chemotherapy “kind of mind-boggling.”

    As for Holzhauer, he made over $2.4 million on “Jeopardy!” and outplayed dozens of other contestants, but fell just short of Ken Jennings’ all-time record. He spoke to CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV about his play on the show after he was finally dethroned by Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher.

    “My number one feeling was if I had to go out, I wanted to go out against a top player who beat me in a straight up contest and not because I made a silly mistake,” he said. “It was a true honor to go out on top having played against just an awesome player who couldn’t be stopped.”

    “This was a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” Holzhauer added.

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    JassirTorrential rain, damaging wind, hail poised to make mess of commute

    Folks who are tired of the summerlike humidity that the area has had in these last few days of spring will likely enjoy the forecast for the first few days of summer: much less humidity and average high and low temperatures.

    But the cold front that will be part of the pattern change will bring some strong or severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening. Therefore, it is a Storm Team4 weather alert day, as the reg,上海龙凤419Davey,ion anticipates formal watches and/or warnings from the National Weather Service.

    The daytime heating of this Gulf Coast-like humidity will create an unstable atmosphere which will be lifted by the approaching cold front. Clusters of storms will develop in the mountains and move in waves from southwest to northeast. Those storms will be able to tap the strong winds aloft and bring them down to the surface, creating potentially damaging wind gusts.

    An isolated brief tornado or two can’t be ruled out in these conditions; at the very least, a few thunderstorms could start rotating, but there may not be a touchdown. Regardless, straight line wind damage and large hail are very possible in these thunderstorms. Most of the latest computer guidance indicates the greatest threat for these storms in terms of areal coverage will be closer to central Virginia and southern Maryland.

    As the front slides through the area Thursday evening and night, the storms will weaken and dissipate. The humidity will then start dropping gradually. It won’t be as muggy Thursday night, and a strong northwest breeze on Friday will transport in even drier air. Humidity will continue dropping, with the sun going in and out of fair weather clouds.

    The next chance for storms won’t be until Sunday as more humid air tries to return with a warm front, but the areas most likely to see those would be toward the mountains. A better chance for the rest of the area exists on Monday.

    This year’s summer solstice in our hemisphere occurs at 11:54 a.m. Friday Eastern Daylight Time. Saturday will be the first full,爱上海Louise, day of summer.

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    ‘Hercules’ Stage Musical Adaptation Finds Its Strongman: Jelani Alladin Among Cast Announced For Shakespea 上海龙凤论坛re In The Park Production

    Jelani Alladin, a star of the Broadway musical Frozen, will take on the title role in this summer’s new stage adaptation of Disney’s Hercules, with Roger Bart (Broadway’s The Producers) cast as the villainous Hades.

    Casting was announced today by The Public Theater for the previously announced adaptation of Disney’s 1997 animated film. The musical, to be presented as part of the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season, will feature six songs from the Oscar-nominated Alan Menken/David Zippel film score in addition to new songs by the songwriting team.

    Hercules will include a new book by Kristoffer Diaz (Glow), choreography by Be More Chill choreographer Chase Brock, and direction by Lear deBessonet. The musical will run for seven nights – Aug. 31-Sept. 8 – at Delacorte Theater, concluding this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park season.

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    Also in the cast announced today: Jeff Hiller (Panic), James Monroe Iglehart (Phil), Ramona Keller (Thalia), Tamika Lawrence (Calliope), Krysta Rodriguez (Meg), and Rema Webb (Terpsichore). The musical will feature a special performance by Broadway Inspirational Voices,上海龙凤419Chloe,, the 2019 Tony Honor Award recipient celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Alladin originated the role of Kristoff in Broadway’s Frozen last year.

    Hercules will be based on the Disney film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker andwritte,上海龙凤论坛Luke,n by Clements, Musker, Donald McEnery, Bob Shaw, and Irene Mecchi.

    As part of the theater’s Public Works initiative, Hercules will feature an ensemble of more than 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs, choreographed by Brock. Other recent productions that have utilized the participatory approach include last summer’s popular and acclaimed Twelfth Night with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub.

    “Many generations of our Public Works families have embraced Disney musicals as a shared American canon,” said deBessonet, Hercules director and the Public Works founder.“Hercules’ roots in Greek mythology, infused with soulful gospel music, make it a natural extension of Public Works’ radical exploration of humanity through Shakespeare and the classics. We’re excited to see how this Public Works production will uncover the deeper meaning of what it means to be a hero and how true strength is derived, not from the greatness of one person, but the transformative power of community.”

    The production will feature scenic design by Dane Laffrey; costume design by Andrea Hood; lighting design by Tyler Micoleau; sound design by Kai Harada and Jessica Paz; wigs, hair, and makeup design by Cookie Jordan; and puppet design by James Ortiz.

    Hercules is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

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    Salma Hayek, Owe 上海419论坛n Wilson Topline ‘Bliss’ Sci-Fi Drama At Amazon Studios

    Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson have been tapped to star in Bliss, an Amazon Studios sci-fi drama written by Mike Cahill, wh,上海龙凤419Hannah,o is also directing the pic which is currently filming in LA.

    The story follows recently divorced Greg (Wilson) who meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful ,上海千花Linda,at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.

    Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing, with the company’s Lucas Smith serving as executive producer. Marsha Swinton will also executive produce.

    Hayek is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Laird & Sobel; Wilson by UTA, Cahill by WME and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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    UFOs are one conspiracy theory Jassir that Trump doesn’t buy

    (CNN)President Donald Trump, a noted conspiracy theorist, is skeptical of UFOs.

    But his Space Force could come in handy: Senators want answers about UFOs sighted by Navy pilots.By UFO, we mean unidentified flying object and not necessarily aliens. They’re probably not aliens, but the unidentified objects recorded by Navy pilots and written about twice by The New York Times in recent years have now led to briefings for the Senate Intelligence Committee and President Trump.

    “If pilots at Oceana or elsewhere are reporting flight hazards that interfere with training or put them at risk, then Senator Warner wants answers. It doesn’t matter if it’s weather balloons, little green men, or something else entirely — we can’t ask our pilots to put their lives at risk unnecessarily,” Rachel Cohen, a spokeswoman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, told CNN.

    Trump told ABC News he’d also had a meeting on the subject, but that he’s skeptical the fast-moving objects are anything extraterrestrial.

    “I did have one very brief meeting on it,” Trump told ABC News in an interview that aired Sunday. “But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

    The government has been quietly studying the possibility of UFOs for decades.

    Sen. Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader and Nevada Democrat, helped push for a secretive Pentagon program — Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program — that’s been studying the possibility of extraterrestrial UFOs.

    “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” Luis Elizondo, who resigned from the program to protest its hypersecrecy, told CNN in 2017.

    “These aircraft — we’ll call them aircraft — are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” Elizondo said of objects researched by the program.

    The Navy has a system in place for pilots to report and to catalog sightings, but that system does not include the public release of any information.

    But the idea of UFO’s has long captured the American imagination, and the idea that the government has covered up discoveries has been a long-running suspicion that no amount of released documents can kill.

    Jimmy Kimmel, the comedian and late night host, has made sport of asking presidents about UFOs.

    Barack Obama and George W. Bush seemed in on Kimmel’s joke.

    “I can’t reveal anything,” Obama teased.

    Kimmel asked Bush if he had gone through UFO files, to which Bush said, “maybe.”

    “I’m not telling you nothing,” Bush said.

    But Bill Clinton told Kimmel in 2014 that he had aides research the subject and that, “If we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised; I just hope it’s not like ‘Independence Day.'”Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential campaign, at the prodding of campaign manager John Podesta, pledged to get the government to declassify any information on Area 51 and aliens. (Area 51 is a secretive military base in Reid’s Nevada, which documents released by the CIA in 2013 suggests had more to do with spy planes than alien aircraft.)

    Bill Clinton told Kimmel that discovering life from another planet could bring people together.

    “It may be the only way to unite us in this incredibly divided world of ours. If they’re out there, we better think of how all the differences among people on Earth would seem small if we felt threatened by a space in,上海千花Terry,vader,” Clinton said.

    The FBI, the CIA and other government agencies, thanks to the gift of the Freedom of Information Act, have actually revealed a lot of information about its investigations into reports of flying saucers and things like that.

    It’s interesting that Trump, who has built his political career around conspiracy theories of other people, and has a deep distrust of the science around climate change, should be so skeptical of aliens. He’s on the side of science in terms of UFOs, however. He wants to see before he believes.

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    But who knows? Maybe it’ll come in handy for something else.

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    The “Pynk” singer, 33, sported a Calzedonia “Sonia” top ($50) covered in red, yellow, blue and black stripes, along with matching thong bottoms ($30) from the same brand.

    Monáe paired the swimsuit with gold earrings with large yellow tassles, pulling her hair back into a top knot.

    The eight-time Grammy nominee is famous for her androgynous black-and-white ensembles, but with the release of her latest album “Dirty Computer” in 2018, she decided to explor,上海龙凤论坛Charlotte,e wearing outfits in every color of the rainbow — and the results are enough to make you feel.

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    Brooks Koepka tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2019 US Open Championship on June 16 in Pebble Beach, California. Photo: VCG

    Brooks Koepka isn’t one to sit still as the four-time major champion returns to the Travelers Championship less than a week after falling just short of winning a third straight US Open. 

    World No.1 Koepka finished three strokes shy of fellow American Gary Woodland who claimed his first major championship at Pebble Beach on Sunday. 

    Koepka, who is seeking to win his seventh PGA Tour title, joins defending champion Bubba Watson, former back-to-back winner Phil Mickelson, and rising star Viktor Hovland in the field for the $1.2 million event that began Thursday in Cromwell, Connecticut.

    Koepk,爱上海Louise,a says keeping busy is his way of staying sharp on the Tour and even though he was in contention in Pebble Beach he’s not as tired as he was last year when he won his second consecutive Open.

    “Last year I don’t even think I knew where I was,” he said. “It was all kind of a whirlwind. 

    “It’s a lot different when you win and you’re trying to play the week after. It’s a bit hectic, chaotic. 

    “This week, it’s difficult still. I just feel mentally exhausted from last week just being in contention. But another day of rest today and I’ll be fine for tomorrow.”

    Koepka has only two PGA Tour wins outside of his four major titles. He says he now has a routine that allows him to succeed where in the past he might have lost his focus in the middle of a round.

    “Not everything is results-based with me. It’s about the process,” Koepka said. “I think that’s why I’m able to play so well in the majors, because I’m not worried about winning. 

    “I’m not worried about the pressure of being in first or trying to do somet,上海419论坛Dilara,hing, accomplish three in a row, whatever it was. 

    “Even last week it’s just about the process. So if I can get the process down the result is going to come.”

    Koepka said he’s matured as a golfer and a person and is no longer the type to get angry if he blasts a tee shot into the water or lands his ball in an awkward divot.

    “I look back from college and I had to switch – I was a hot head,” he said. 

    “I learned to understand that even if I hit it in the water or out of bounds, I’m not trying to do that. I’m human. 

    “I’m going to make some mistakes. I can get over that. I think that’s part of why I’m not afraid to take chances and go at pins.”

    Koepka said he’s thinking about the upcoming British Open and how he is going to get ready. He plans to pass on the Scottish Open and arrive a couple of days before the first round begins.

    “I usually go over to the British a little bit early, a couple days before, and just try to get some work in,” Koepka said. 

    “I’m not planning on changing my schedule. It’s always been that way. 

    “It’s fun to get over, get acclimated a couple days before. That way when I get there on Monday I’m used to the time change and feel like I have a good understanding of the golf course.”

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    H 上海千花amilton seeks to stretch lead in France

    Lewis Hamilton will seek to stretch his lead and extend Mercedes unbeaten run to 10 races with a victory unaided by fortune at this weekend’s French Grand Prix.

    The defending five-time drivers’ champion, a lucky winner in Canada two weeks ago when Ferrari’s Sebastian ­Vettel was controversially penalized, won at the remote sun-baked Le Castellet track last year and is hunting his sixth win this year and the 79th of his career.

    If he, or teammate Valtteri Bottas, succeeds, it will mean the Silver Arrows have won all eight contests this year after finishing last season with two triumphs.

    But after a testing weekend in Montreal, where four-time champion Vettel claimed pole position and finished the race first “on the road,” Hamilton and Mercedes are wary of any signs of complacency.

    Team chief Toto Wolff admitted, “Canada was something of a wake-up call for us,” said Wolff.

    “After a run of very good reliability over the opening six races, we experienced a number of problems almost all of which were of our own making.”

    He said the team would learn from their problems and thanked Mercedes mechanics for their excellent work.

    “We expect another tough fight in France,” he added. “The circuit features some similarities to Montreal and the long straights will present a challenge for us.

    “But unlike Canada, the corner characteristics are spread across a range of speeds, which should play to our advantage. We’re looking forward to the chance to put a few things right again.”

    Hamilton won from pole last year and is driving with more assurance and maturity than at any time in his career, leaving even a revitalised Bottas, in the same machinery, struggling to keep pace. The Finn has won twice this year.

    Ferrari showed clear signs of their own awakening in Montreal where the power-hungry nature of the circuit ­suited their engine power, but Mercedes hope to match them and draw level with McLaren’s run of 11 successive triumphs in 1988.

    The Italian team claimed victory and lodged notice of an appeal against the outcome following the race in which a five-second penalty, for the manner in which Vettel rejoined after running off across a grass strip. 

    They later withdrew that appeal notice, but have subsequently sought a review of the stewards’ decision, citing new evidence to follow.

    Hamilton goes into the race with a 29-point lead over Bottas and 62 on ­Vettel who is due to arrive in France with an improved Ferrari.

    “We will have a few small evolutions,” said team chief Mattia Binotto. “It won’t be a solution to our problems, but the feedback will be important for the ­future.”

    Max Verstappen will aim to make sure his Red Bull is in the mix at the front after finishing second last year, following a collision involving Bottas and Vettel at the start. “I’m hoping we can be challenging them,” he said.

    After last year’s traffic debacle around,爱上海Virginia, the circuit, which left thousands of fans grid-locked for more than five hours, the organisers have said they have a “good plan” to avoid any repeat.

    Former McLaren team chief Eric Boullier, an ambassador and adviser to the French event, said they had partnered with Swiss exp,上海龙凤419Linda,erts Citec to find a solution. “We have to fix the issues we had last year – that’s a given. And if we solve those problems and if we pass the second edition without mobility issues, it will be forgotten,” he said.

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    Washington informs India of p 上海419论坛ossible caps on H-1B visas over stored data concerns

    The US has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries’ row over tariffs and trade.

    The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa program, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the US each year, comes days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New ,爱上海Ethan,Delhi.

    India, which has upset companies such as Mastercard and irked the US government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.

    The warning comes as trade tensions between the US and India have resulted in tit-for-tat tariff actions in recent weeks. From Sunday, India imposed higher tariffs on some US goods, days after Washington withdrew a key trade privilege for New Delhi.

    Two senior Indian government officials said on Wednesday they were briefed last week on a US government plan to cap H-1B visas issued each year to Indians at between 10 percent  and 15 percent of the annual quota. There is no current country-specific limit on the 85,000 H-1B work visas granted each year, and an estimated 70 percent go to Indians.

    Both officials said they were told the plan was linked to the global push for “data localisation,” in which a country places restrictions on data as a way to gain better control over it and potentially curb the power of international companies. US firms have lobbied hard against data localization rules around the world.

    A Washington-based industry source aware of India-US negotiations also said the US was deliberating capping the number of H-1,上海龙凤论坛Maurice,B visas in response to global data storage rules. The move, however, was not solely targeted at India, the source said.

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    Migrants in limbo off Italy as wo Triannorld marks Refugee Day

    Italy’s far-right interior minister marked World ,上海贵族宝贝论坛Darcy,Refugee Day on Thursday by insisting migrants rescued by a charity vessel are banned from entering Italian territorial waters.

    The rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12.

    However, ten of the migrants, including two pregnant women, were allowed to disembark Saturday on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which lies between the Italian mainland and the north African coast.

    The remaining 43 include six women and four unaccompanied minors.

    Sea-Watch 3 has refused to return those rescued – including children and sick people – back to crisis-hit L,爱上海Jordan,ibya, saying Tripoli was not a safe port.

    Saturday, interior minister Matteo Salvini announced he had signed a ban on the entry, transit and berthing of Sea-Watch 3 in Italian territorial waters, as provided for by his new Security Decree.

    The decree still has to go before Italy’s parliament, where the coalition government holds a comfortable majority.

    “The Sea-Watch ship doesn’t give a fig for rules, and trafficks human beings. And I’m not going to give permission to dock to those who ignore the rules,” Salvini told RadioUno Thursday.

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    Son of woman who died in DR says he was told country’s toxicology machines are brok Samuelen

    The son of the Staten Island woman who died of an apparent heart attack in the Dominican Republic told The Post early Friday that the country has not done a toxicology report on her — because the country’s toxicology machine’s are broken.

    Will Cox, 25, said his mother Leyla Cox went to the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana last week to celebrate her 53rd birthday. On June 10, the day after her birthday, he said he got a call from the U.S. embassy, saying his mother died of an apparent heart attack.

    “I don’t know how she died. I don’t know where she died — I know it was in a hotel. I don’t know if she was in a room or at the bar,” Will said in a phone interview.

    “The Dominican Republic has not released an autopsy report. They will not do a toxicology report on her because they say the toxicology machines in the Dominican Republic are broken,” Will added.

    “I’ve been trying to get her body,上海贵族宝贝论坛oftr, flown back to the US, so we can do our own autopsy and our own toxicology report,” he said. “But unfortunately that will cost a fortune. And I do not have anywhere close to that sort of money.”

    Will, who lives in Tennessee, said his mother was a traveling MRI technician who settled in Staten Island about ten years ago and took a job at Richmond University Medical Center.

    He said his mother was in great health and ,上海龙凤论坛soad,walked everywhere because she did not own a car.

    She was an occasional drinker, he said, who likely would have had a few drinks on her vacation.

    “That’s what vacation is for — to enjoy yourself and have a good time. That being said, she would not have drank excessively,” Will said.

    He did not know if she drank from the minibar at her resort, but was suspicious of the way the country has handled her death.

    “I truly believe if she was not in the Dominican Republic she’d be alive today,” Will said.

    Cox is the seventh known tourist to have died from a mysterious illness at a Dominican Republic resort in recent weeks.

    Many of the deaths — and several other severe illnesses — involved healthy, middle-aged adults who had taken a drink from their hotel room minibar before suddenly becoming gravely sick.

    Dominican authorities insist the fatalities are unfortunate and isolated incidents. Excellence Resort did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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    David Ortiz’s daughter thanked his fans in a social media post and said her father “hasn’t complained once” since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

    Alexandria Ortiz posted several photos of her father along with the thankful message on Instagram Wednesday.

    “Those who have,上海千花li, extended prayers, thoughts, and love, I thank you. If there is one thing this world should know it is the admiration I have for this man, my father,” she wrote.

    “I find myself complaining on a daily basis yet chaos has struck but my dad hasn’t complained once,” she added.

    “He may be hungry (he’s eating only ice right now) and he may be tired but you know what he said not more than 3 minutes ago? ‘Even the tooth,上海419论坛vg,paste tastes good here,’” the post continued.

    Ortiz was shot in the back in an attempted hit job in the Dominican Republic, but survived the shooting and was flown to a Boston hospital.

    Local authorities announced that by Thursday nine people are in custody over the shooting — including the accused gunman. Police allege the ringleader was paid $8,000 to arrange the attack but haven’t offered a motive.