The vote, held June 15, marked the first time in the nearly 80 years since the program’s inception in Texas that both chambers of the Texas Boys State legislature voted in favor of seceding from the Union. Founded by the American Legion in 1935, Boys State operates in nearly every U.S. state and had its first meeting in Texas in 1940. In 2016, the Houston Chronicle noted that a secession bill won overwhelming support in the Texas Boys State Senate, only to fail in the House by a mere four votes. Ahead of the vote, one of the bill’s main backers told Texas Boys State News that “history is looking down upon us and it is our opportunity as Texas Boys State to be the first to secede. It is our opportunity to go down in Texas Boys State history.”On June 15, the boys marched to the Texas State Capitol to vote on the legislation, according to their blog.
June 26, 2017 11:06 UTC
A tourist boat holding about 160 passengers capsized on June 25 in a Guatapé, Colombia reservoir, leaving at least six people dead, according to officials. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)“Five minutes after leaving everything was normal” a survivor told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. Officials said it is not yet clear why the boat sank. “Everyone shouted and pleaded ‘help, help.’ ”As water flowed onto the boat, passengers were sucked under it, the Associated Press reported. Survivors are pictured after the tourist boat Almirante sank Sunday in Columbia.
June 26, 2017 11:05 UTC
A new patent application filed by Amazon outlines the company’s vision for vertical cylindrical structures that will enable drones to deliver customer purchases directly to their homes. While this all sounds a little like a futuristic space-age comic book tale, it’s actually a present day, 2017, plan under consideration at Amazon, Amazon management submitted the patent because it wants to speed up home delivery as a competitive edge. Since the acquisition of Whole Foods Markets for $13.7 Billion about a week ago, Amazon will have to move its warehouses closer to customers and use drones for the last few miles for speedy home delivery. Food delivery is very tricky business that needs quick and timely delivery to meet product health guidelines and preserve freshness. Amazon will to have a sophisticated space-age flight control system to manage these drones as they leave or enter the building and to prevent collisions on their flight path.
June 26, 2017 11:03 UTC
Their worries miraculously disappear whenever the military wants to start a new war. Let’s begin with a recent editorial in the Washington Post alleging that single payer in the U.S. is simply unaffordable. Defense budgets and those that pad them operate in an alternate universe where military spending, somehow, isn’t spending. One common rejoinder to this complaint is that military spending is about national security and protecting lives and is thus sheltered from such calculus. Defense budgets and those that pad them operate in an alternate universe where military spending, somehow, isn’t spending.
Source:Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2017 11:01 UTC
Irbil, Iraq (CNN) Only a "couple of hundred" ISIS fighters remain in Mosul, as a US-led coalition continues to rid the terror group from Iraq's second-largest city, a coalition spokesman said Monday. "There is still tough fighting to go," Col. Joseph Scrocca told CNN, stressing that the operation to clear ISIS from the Old City in Western Mosul has been led by Iraqi forces. "In the Old City, just a few fighters can hold things up for some time," Scrocca said. "The ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) and coalition must be deliberate to protect the civilians that are still alive but quick enough to save them from starvation. Iraqi Security Forces launched the offensive on the historic district of the Old City in western Mosul on June 18.
June 26, 2017 10:52 UTC
As channels for sharing important information, influencers, journalists and social media all offer their own advantages. Journalists and influencers are routinely contacted by firms, and not all consumers are the right audience for every piece of news. When your company has significant news to share, finding the right channel will mean the difference between the right audience seeing the information and the message getting lost in the noise of day-to-day business. Below, 12 Forbes Agency Council members share how they determine which channel is best to reach out to. Don't Reinvent The WheelWhen you have big news, share it first with the reporters who have covered your company before.
June 26, 2017 10:52 UTC
Many of the dominant index-driven large-cap REITs absorbed most of the decline in value, while the small-cap REITs have managed to fly under the radar. My top performing Small Cap REITs (in the Forbes Real Estate Investor) year-to-date were Hannon Armstrong +30.8%, Global Healthcare +19.1%, and Community Healthcare +16.8%. These under-analyzed Small-cap REITs flying under the radar can offer better potential for growth over the long term. Let’s take a look at these 3 Small Cap REITs that are “poised to profit”. 3 Small Cap REITs Poised To ProfitJernigan Capital (JCAP) is a commercial real estate mortgage REIT that lends to private developers, owners and operators of self-storage facilities.
June 26, 2017 10:52 UTC
In a closely watched result, Adcetris, a cancer drug sold by the biotech firm Seattle Genetics and the Japanese drug giant Takeda, outperformed traditional chemotherapy in front-line Hodgkin lymphoma, a result that is likely to lead to a broadened approval from the Food and Drug Administration. So the success of the Adcetris study, called Echelon-1, is welcome news. "These are mainly young people who will have a lot of years ahead of them," says Clay Siegall, the chief executive of Seattle Genetics. "It’s a little different from drugs that are out there that help cancer patients, but they are aimed at getting a certain percentage of cancer patients a few extra months," Siegall says. Seattle Genetics will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 AM Eastern time.
June 26, 2017 10:41 UTC
The Chicago Cubs come to town for four games against the Nationals this week before meeting again in Chicago later in the season. They will be facing one of the toughest tests the National League has to offer in this Nationals lineup. Jason Heyward is on the disabled list, though he could return by the end of the Nationals series. Among the newcomers is Ian Happ, a 22-year-old rookie who hit third in the Cubs’ lineup Sunday. PITCHING PROBABLESMonday: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. RHP Eddie ButlerTuesday: RHP Max Scherzer vs. RHP Jake ArrietaWednesday: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP John LackeyThursday: RHP Joe Ross vs. LHP Jon Lester
June 26, 2017 10:30 UTC
Tizeti is a Nigerian technology company that has one clear mission - to bring affordable and reliable wifi internet to Lagos, before moving across the country and beyond Africa. We provide fast Wifi technology and unlimited, uncapped Wifi internet through our own solar power base stations. What can Wifi.com.ng offer customers that other internet service providers in Nigeria and across the continent cannot? We pride ourselves in providing an internet service that is not only fast, affordable, unlimited and uncapped, but is most importantly - undisruptive. We aim to be the go-to internet service provider in Lagos and ensure that we are fully functional here.
June 26, 2017 10:30 UTC
About 16 million people remain affected by heat warnings and advisories in southern California, southern Nevada and parts of Arizona. Utah fires rageA helicopter carries water through thick smoke to drop on the Brian Head fire June 24. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands said Sunday that 1,140 personnel were now fighting the massive Brian Head Fire that started June 17. Since April, the state has experienced more than a dozen large wildfires "aided by high temperatures, winds, and available fuels," his office said in a statement. Two of the largest are in southern Arizona and Utah.
June 26, 2017 10:22 UTC
The artist as agitatorPhotos: Beautiful creations made of unexpected materials Ink made from soot – India-based Graviky Labs uses polluted air to create paint and ink. Hide Caption 1 of 13 Photos: Beautiful creations made of unexpected materials Ink made from soot – They are currently experimenting with a prototype product called Air Ink. Hide Caption 9 of 13 Photos: Beautiful creations made of unexpected materials A shelter made from rubber – This structure made of recycled rubber strips. Hide Caption 10 of 13 Photos: Beautiful creations made of unexpected materials A dress that disappears with water – Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan creates innovative pieces. Hide Caption 11 of 13 Photos: Beautiful creations made of unexpected materials A dress made from furniture – Chalayan also turns furniture into clothing.
June 26, 2017 10:18 UTC
Oil prices inched up on Monday amid anticipation that the oil glut may abate as refineries come back online later this year. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.99% to $45.99 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were trading up 1.1% at $43.48 a barrel. The gains had additional support from bargain hunters who stepped in after crude futures...
Source:Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2017 10:18 UTC
Story highlights Government seals deal with Democratic Unionist PartyPM May secures governing majorityLondon (CNN) Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has finally secured a governing majority in the UK Parliament after agreeing a £1 billion ($1.2 billion) deal with a political party with 10 MPs from Northern Ireland. Under the deal, the 10 lawmakers from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will back May's minority government over the Queen's Speech -- which sets out the legislative program -- as well as bills relating to national security and Brexit. In return, the UK government has pledged an extra £1 billion ($1.2bn) investment over the next two years from the British government, in addition to £500 million ($600m) already committed. "I welcome this agreement which will enable us to work together in the interest of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home," May said in a statement. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, was pictured with May at Downing Street.
June 26, 2017 10:17 UTC
When I first spotted the roller coaster, it didn’t elicit the expletive that slipped out when I saw the steepness of the nearby Thunderbolt. [New York Times]• Today, Time Inc. will remove a time capsule placed in the Time & Life Building. New York Today is a weekday roundup that stays live from 6 a.m. till late morning. Follow the New York Today columnists, Alexandra Levine and Jonathan Wolfe, on Twitter. You can find the latest New York Today at nytoday.com.
Source:New York Times
June 26, 2017 10:16 UTC