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The 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday gave its highest accolades to Bruno Mars, an upbeat master of danceable pop, even as the show wrestled with a range of social and political topics including immigration, race and the #MeToo movement.

Mr. Mars won all six of the awards he was nominated for, including the top prizes of album, record and song of the year. The next most rewarded artist was Kendrick Lamar, the provocative and critically admired rapper from Compton, Calif., whose five wins included a sweep of the rap categories.

Sometimes talking about all the things you like and jumping in the Cadillac to go cruising with your girl is all you need to get by. At Sunday night’s (Jan. 28) 2018 Grammy Awards that was more than enough for Bruno Mars, who took home the song of the year songwriter’s award for his catalog of all his favorite things, “That’s What I Like.”

Mars, who came into the night as the third-most nominated act with six nods — and who already took home best R&B performance and best R&B song for “That’s What I Like” and best R&B album for 24K Magic earlier in the evening — took the stage in dark aviator shades, a sparkling purple jacket and black jeans to pay homage to his crew of over a decade while holding the golden gramophone aloft as his seven-man gang of co-winners sprayed out behind him.

“All the music business horror stories you see in the movies we’ve been through all of it,” he said with a smile. “And this is the first time on this album that we all came collectively as a group and put this song together and put the album together, so fellas it’s an honor to share this with ya’ll tonight. These are my brothers.” Mars then introduced his co-writers, who included Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence and the Stereotypes — Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip.

The win was all the sweeter since it bested the year’s most inescapable hit, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” as well as such stiff competition as JAY-Z‘s emotional “4:44,” Julia Michael‘s raw “Issues” and Logic‘s moving anti-suicide anthem “1-800-273-8255.”

Andrew McCabe dejará de trabajar inmediatamente pero permanecerá en la nómina hasta marzo para obtener los beneficios jubilatorios

Por: AFP

El número dos de la policía federal de Estados Unidos, Andrew McCabe, renunció tras ser blanco de duras críticas del presidente Donald Trump, que lo acusaba de parcialidad a favor de la oposición demócrata, dijo el lunes una fuente del gobierno.

McCabe dejará de trabajar inmediatamente, pero permanecerá en la nómina de la Policía Federal estadounidense (FBI, por sus siglas en inglés) hasta marzo para poder obtener los beneficios jubilatorios.

La salida de McCabe, de 49 años, era esperada para principios de este año, cuando se convirtió en elegible para pensionarse tras dos décadas en el FBI.

Su partida se produce tras recibir durante meses críticas de parte de los republicanos por su lealtad al exdirector del FBI, James Comey, que fue despedido por Trump, y por su supuesta preferencia por los demócratas.

McCabe y Comey tuvieron papeles clave en la investigación del FBI sobre HillaryClinton, la rival demócrata de Trump en las elecciones de 2016, finalmente absuelta de malas prácticas por uso indebido de un servidor de correo electrónico personal cuando era secretaria de Estado del anterior presidente Barack Obama.

Ambos participaron también en las etapas iniciales de la investigación, aun en marcha, sobre si la campaña de Trump coludió con funcionarios rusos durante la carrera electoral.

Trump ha rechazado repetidamente las acusaciones de colusión, calificándolas de “noticias falsas”, y ha acusado al FBI de parcialidad por continuar con la investigación, ahora en manos del fiscal especial Robert Mueller, que también fue director del FBI.

McCabe era un objetivo republicano en parte porque su esposa Jill se postuló como demócrata para una banca en el Senado del estado de Virginia en 2015.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, asegura que él es “la persona menos racista”.

“Si me estás diciendo que es gente horrible, gente racista, definitivamente me disculparé si quieren que lo haga”, asegura

Por: NTX

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, aceptó ofrecer una disculpa pública por haber retuiteado videos de un grupo de extrema derecha británico con contenidos antiislámicos.

“Si me estás diciendo que es gente horrible, gente racista, definitivamente me disculparé si quieren que lo haga”, aseguró Trump en su primera entrevista internacional.

Durante una conversación con el periodista británico Piers Morgan, el mandatario estadounidense aseguró que no sabía “nada” de la organización “Britain First”, un grupo antiislámico y xenofóbico.

Aseguró que él es “la persona menos racista”, e insistió que su tuit fue una noticia importante en Reino Unido, pero no en Estados Unidos.

Trump retuiteó tres videos en los que presuntamente musulmanes están atacando a un hombre con muletas, otro donde destruyen una imagen de la virgen María y uno más donde avientan a una persona de un edificio.

Durante la primera entrevista internacional desde el Foro Económico Mundial que se realiza en Davos, Suiza, Trump aseguró que su única intención es “combatir el terrorismo islámico”.

“Lo hice porque soy un gran creyente en luchar contra el terrorismo radical islámico”, aseguró el presidente estadounidense.

Durante la entrevista, transmitida por la televisión local ITV, el mandatario confirmó los lazos que lo unen a Reino Unido, en especial con Escocia, y aseguró que no quiere “causar ninguna dificultad”.

Tras los tuits que publicó en noviembre pasado la primera ministra británica Theresa May aseguró que “fue un error” haberlo hecho.

Después de varios días Trump eliminó los tuits.

    Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva entregó hoy su pasaporte a la policía por medio de sus abogados, después de que un juez le prohibiera salir del país cuando faltaban pocas horas para viajar a Etiopía con el objetivo de participar de un evento organizado por la FAO y la Unión Africana.

    El abogado Cristiano Zanin, uno de los que representa a Lula da Silva en media decena de causas abiertas contra él, depositó este viernes el documento en la sede de la policía federal de Sao Paulo.

    “A nuestro entender fue indebido porque restringe el derecho de ir y venir del ex presidente”, señaló el abogado, en referencia a la orden del juez Ricardo Leiteemitida anoche para retirarle el pasaporte y prohibir su salida del país por riesgo de fuga.

    Lula tenía previsto viajar a Etiopía este viernes para participar en una reunión sobre el combate al hambre en África.

    Su organización, el Instituto Lula, tiene una cooperación con la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) y la Unión Africana para utilizar como modelo los programas de sus gobiernos (2003-2010) para la reducción del hambre en África hasta 2025.

    Los abogados de Lula dijeron que tomarán medidas legales para “revertir” la decisión del juez, que atendió un pedido del Ministerio Público al entender que Lula da Silva podría pedir asilo o residencia en Etiopía, país sin acuerdo de extradición con Brasil.

    La orden judicial se produjo apenas un día después de que la Justicia de segunda instancia ratificara la culpabilidad de Lula da Silva en una trama de corrupción y lavado de dinero, además de elevar su pena a 12 años y un mes de cárcel.

    Sin embargo, la prohibición de viajar al exterior – y el deber de notificar a la Justicia cualquier viaje dentro de Brasil – no está vinculada a esta causa contra el ex presidente.

    Lula da Silva, que tiene aún media docena de causas abiertas, está imputado en la Justicia federal de Brasilia por un supuesto delito de tráfico de influencias en el proceso de compra de 36 aviones cazas suecos por parte del Ejército brasileño durante la presidencia de Dilma Rousseff.

    El Partido de los Trabajadores (PT), que ayer lanzó la candidatura de Lula da Silva a la presidencia y desafió a la Justicia diciendo que no respetará una eventual inhabilitación política del ex mandatario, calificó la retirada del pasaporte como “un episodio más de la odiosa persecución judicial”.

    La ONG condenó el experimento, e instó a las autoridades a detener la financiación de estas prácticas

    (Por: EFE)  La ONG de defensa de los animales PETA calificó hoy de “espectáculo de terror” el experimento hecho por un equipo de científicos chinos, que ha clonado a dos primates genéticamente idénticos con el mismo método que se usó para crear a la oveja Dolly en 1996.

    “La clonación es un espectáculo de terror: una pérdida de vidas, tiempo y dinero, y el sufrimiento que tales experimentos causan es inimaginable”, apuntó la organización en un comunicado.

    La revista especializada Cell publicó ayer un estudio en el que explica que un equipo de científicos chinos ha clonado recientemente a dos primates genéticamente idénticos por primera vez.

    Los primates, dos macacos de cola larga, fueron creados mediante una transferencia nuclear de células somáticas, es decir, a partir de células del tejido de un primate macaco adulto, en un procedimiento llevado a cabo en el Instituto de Neurociencia de la Academia China de Ciencias en Shanghái (China).

    Según Personas para el Tratamiento Ético de los Animales (PETA), debido a que “la clonación tiene una tasa de fallo de al menos el 90 %”, estos dos monos “representan la miseria y la muerte en una escala enorme”.

    “Este experimento, y todos los demás experimentos en animales, deben finalizar de inmediato”, exigió la organización, que recordó que quienes llevan a cabo estas prácticas reciben constantemente fondos para realizar “experimentos monstruosos” en animales, y clonar monos es “la última ‘Frankensciencia”.

    Hace ocho semanas una macaco hembra dio a luz a un clon, creado a partir de células de tejido, la misma técnica usada con la famosa oveja Dolly, y diez días más tarde nació un segundo mono, idéntico al primero, en el mismo centro.

    Los dos clones, llamados Zhong Zhong y Hua Hua, están sanos, aseguraron los investigadores chinos quienes explicaron que la principal razón para clonar a estos primates es porque son muy cercanos a los humanos.

     

    Estará basado en las “decenas” de reuniones que republicanos y demócratas han mantenido sobre el asunto

    Por: AFP

    La Casa Blanca anunció este miércoles que el lunes presentará un “marco legislativo” para la reforma migratoria, que republicanos y demócratas “pueden respaldar”.

    El tema migratorio, motivo recurrente de tensión entre ambos partidos, fue la principal causa del cierre parcial del gobierno, que dejó a cientos de miles de trabajadores sin paga durante tres días esta semana.”La

    “Casa Blanca dará a conocer el lunes un marco legislativo que representa un compromiso que los miembros de ambos partidos pueden respaldar”.

    “Tras décadas de inacción por parte del Congreso, es tiempo de trabajar juntos para solucionar este tema de una vez por todas”, declaró a la prensa Sarah Sanders, portavoz del presidente Donald Trump.

    Este “marco” está basado en las “decenas” de reuniones que republicanos y demócratas han mantenido sobre el asunto, señaló.

    “Satisfará los cuatro pilares acordados: reforzar la seguridad de la frontera (con México) y tapar vacíos legales, poner fin a la reunificación familiar (migración en cadena), acabar con el programa de lotería de visas y dar una solución permanente (a los beneficiarios del programa) DACA”, que protege a 690 mil personas llegadas a Estados Unidos siendo menores de ser deportadas.

    Los tres primeros “pilares” son prioritarios para los republicanos, mientras que el tema de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, en inglés) es crucial para los demócratas.

     

    (AP) Oprah Winfrey has said she is not interested in running for US president and that she does not “have the DNA” for it.

    The talk show host and actress sparked speculation that she could be in line for the job following her rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier in January, with many high profile stars backing her for the post.

    But Winfrey (63) has now said she has no desire to put herself forward as a Democratic candidate for the 2020 election.

    She told US magazine InStyle: “I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not.

    “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”

    Referring to her best friend, CBS News anchor for This Morning Gayle King, Winfrey said: “Gayle – who knows me as well as I know myself practically – has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’.

    “So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you – it would be good for everyone else’.”

    She added: “I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”

    Winfrey made an impassioned call for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights” at the Golden Globes, prompting her peers and fans to call for her to run for office.

    As she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Winfrey told the audience: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.”

    She added: “I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.”

    Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks were among the stars who shared their backing for Winfrey.

    Donald Trump said earlier this month that he would “beat Oprah” if she ran against him at the next election.

    An executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandates that the state contract only with internet service providers who treat web traffic equally.

    Net neutrality may not be the law of the US, but it’s now the law of New York state.

    On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order (PDF) that requires New York state agencies to only contract with internet service providers that follow net neutrality principles. This means ISPs doing business with the state must promise to treat internet traffic equally, preventing them from favoring some websites over others.

    Cuomo’s order says net neutrality “means ISPs will not block, throttle, or prioritize internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications.”

    New York is the second state to make net neutrality its policy, after Montana, where Gov. Steve Bullock signed an executive order on Monday. The Federal Communications Commission narrowly voted in December to get rid of the net neutrality regulations which guaranteed traffic on the internet was treated equally, and prevented broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content. The FCC also voted to eliminate the legal foundation granting the agency oversight over internet service providers.

    “The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”

    The FCC declined to comment.

    Supporters of net neutrality say the rules, which were adopted in 2015 under President Barack Obama, are necessary to ensure broadband companies don’t abuse their power as gatekeepers of the internet. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter supported the 2015 rules. But broadband providers say the rules were too onerous and stifled investment. Broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon support the FCC’s repeal of the rules.

    The issue has become politicized on Capitol Hill with Democrats supporting the old rules, while many Republican lawmakers support the repeal of the rules, arguing the regulations went too far.

    Net neutrality supporters have vowed to continue to fight for protections. Before the ink was even dry on the FCC’s order to remove net neutrality regulation, lawmakers in states across the country vowed to use a mix of legislative action and legal moves to fight the FCC’s repeal. Attorneys general from 22 states, including New York, filed a lawsuit last week to block the repeal. The executive orders signed by the governors in New York and Montana are another prong of this strategy. And they could end up having the most immediate effect in making sure that companies comply with the old rules, according to Travis LeBlanc, former head of enforcement at the FCC and a partner at the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

    State and federal governments often use procurement policies to enact policy initiatives, he explained. For example, governments may require businesses they contract with not to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation regardless of whether there is a law that prohibits such practices. The effect on broadband service could be significant because companies can’t easily offer internet service that complies with net neutrality requirements for government agencies and not also apply the same policies to consumer services.

    “The more states that adopt such measures, the more effective it becomes,” LeBlanc said. “And when you have big states like New York or California adopting such a policy, it can set the national standard.”

    For this reason, LeBlanc said it’s significant that New York has signed on to this approach.

    “If you’re a wireless carrier, it’s going to be very difficult to avoid blocking and throttling and paid prioritization in New York, but not do it in Texas or someplace else.”

    But there could still be legal challenges. Republicans on the FCC have made it clear that the repeal should be applied nationally and that states shouldn’t try to adopt their own rules. They argue forcing companies to comply with individual state requirements for services that cross state boundaries is too onerous for companies providing broadband services.

    “The order makes plain that broadband will be subject to a uniform, national framework that promotes investment and innovation,” Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said in his statement before the FCC’s vote last month. “Broadband service is not confined to state boundaries and should not be constrained by a patchwork of state and local regulations.”

    But LeBlanc says a legal challenge over a state’s procurement policy that protects net neutrality is likely to fail.

    “No one is required to do business with a state or federal government,” he said. “That’s a voluntary choice and if you want to do business with New York or Montana, you have to agree to the terms they set.”

    He added that under the proposal, “Israel would have to pay.”

    Unless the Palestinian Authority shows that it wants to make peace, the US will “not have anything to do with them any longer,” US President Donald Trump said Thursday in Davos before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “I can tell you, Israel does want to make peace, and they [the Palestinians] are going to have to want to make peace too, or we aren’t going to have anything to do with them any longer,” Trump said. “This was not brought up by other negotiators, but it is brought up by me.”

    Trump did not hide his anger toward the Palestinians for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in Israel this week, saying that the US will withhold aid funds to them until they return to negotiations.

    The Palestinians, he said, “disrespected us” by not “allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid support.”

    That money, Trump said, will not go to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”

    Trump said that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December has taken that issue off the table, and that previous negotiators have never gotten beyond that point.

    Trump did not hide his anger toward the Palestinians for snubbing Vice President Mike Pence during his visit in Israel this week, saying that the US will withhold aid funds to them until they return to negotiations.

    The Palestinians, he said, “disrespected us” by not “allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid support.”

    That money, Trump said, will not go to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”

    Trump said that his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December has taken that issue off the table, and that previous negotiators have never gotten beyond that point.

    “You won one point,” he said to Netanyahu regarding Jerusalem, “and you’ll give up some points later in the negotiations, if it ever takes place.”

    Trump said he was not sure if those negotiations will ever begin. “They [the Palestinians] have to respect the process also, and they have to respect the fact the the US has given tremendous support to them over the years, in terms of monetary support and other support. We give them hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Why should we do that as a country if they are doing nothing for us?”

    Netanyahu said that the US-Israel relationship has never been stronger, and that he and Netanyahu are close personal friends.

    The embassy move to Jerusalem,  he said, “is way ahead of schedule by years,” and “we anticipate having a small version of it open there some time next year.”

    Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County

    Hall” on Thursday, January 18, 2018, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) presented Ms. Dinorah Santos with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2018.

    The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding members of the community. Ms. Dinorah Santos is a community leader and a devoted mother of four children and five grandchildren who grew up in Puerto Rico, she has dedicated her time to providing social and educational support for members of the Hispanic and Migrant communities across Western New York, and is the latest recipient of this distinguished award.

    Ms. Dinorah Santos desire to positively impact the Hispanic community has led her to participate in several initiatives that deal with the youth in the community, from 2001 to 2006 she served as an Outreach Educator for the Batavia Migrant Program where she tutored hundreds of children and provided translation assistance to agriculture laborer families learning how to navigate the social service system. She has also has served as 21st Century Program Co-Director, Summer Youth Supervisor and After-school Program Coordinator at the Belle Center on the West-Side of Buffalo. Ms. Santos has volunteered with the WNY Hispanic American Veterans Committee and helped to establish the first monument at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park which honors the memory and service of all past, present and future Hispanic American Veterans in Western New York.

    The Erie County Legislature recognizes Ms. Dinorah Santos as Citizen of the Month for January 2018 and applauds her commitment to and passion for advocating for the

    Puerto Rican and Hispanic community and for constituents throughout Erie County.

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