US Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a sharp critic of big banks and unregulated capitalism, entered the 2020 race for president on Monday, becoming the first major candidate in what is likely to be a long and crowded primary marked by ideological and generational divisions in a Democratic Party desperate to beat President Donald Trump.
In an 8:30 a.m. email to suspporters on New Year’s Eve — 13 months before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses — Warren said she was forming an exploratory committee, which allows her to raise money and fill key staff positions before a formal kickoff of her presidential bid. Warren also released a video that leaned on the populist, anti-Wall Street themes that are sure to be central to her campaign message.
“I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster,” she said in the video. “And what I’ve found is terrifying: these aren’t cracks families are falling into, they’re traps. America’s middle class is under attack.”
“But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future,” she continued. “We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us.”
The race for the 2020 Democratic nomination is poised to be the most wide open since perhaps 1992, with the party leaderless and lacking obvious front-runners. After a midterm election that saw many women, liberals, minorities and young Democrats win, the primaries and caucuses next year are likely to be fought over not only who is the most progressive candidate but also which mix of identities should be reflected in the next nominee.
Warren, 69, is among the best-known Democrats seeking to take on Trump, who has already announced his re-election campaign, but she also faces challenges: recent controversy over her claims to Native American heritage, skepticism from the party establishment and a lack of experience in a presidential race.
Two potential top-tier candidates who have run before, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, are eyeing 2020 and are expected to disclose their plans this winter.
Novelist Abeer Almadawy ,chose as The best personality in 2018 by the Egyptian British Academy
In the light of the media and press efforts in various fields of science and culture and the dissemination of the message of peace and tolerance in the world, the Egyptian British Academy led by Professor Amal Hussein, Chairman of the Board of Directors chose and honored the novelist and writer Abeer Almadawy, the founder and chairman of Castle Journal,the British group for Journalism and Media and the chief editor of all its newspapers and magazines.
Abeer Almadawy welcomed the honoring as the best personality of 2018 by the Egyptian British Academy, which is distinguished by its extensive experience and excellence in academic and educational work.
"Honoring and choosing me is a medal of honor I wish I would be worthy"
Dr. Amal Hussain, President of the Academy, congratulated Dr. Abeer Almadawy on the selection and honor . She said ;
" This honor is for your role and your great efforts in providing distinguished media, high culture and efforts aimed at promoting science and culture and advancing peoples with a message of peace and world Tolerance.
It is noteworthy that this is the third honors in 2018 for the novelist and writer Abeer Almadawy , who was received the honor of the Organization of Alsaida Development and World Peace, and the Association of Supervision and Nakhwa of Iraq.
An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died shortly after midnight on Christmas Day after being apprehended over an illegal entry attempt within the past month.
In a statement, US Customs and Border Protection said the eight year old had displayed "signs of potential illness" on Monday and was taken to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where the boy was diagnosed with a cold and a fever. He was released with medical prescriptions yet returned to the hospital on Monday evening after he began vomiting, where he died just hours later, the statement added.
The agency said that the cause of death had not been determined, and that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector-general and the Guatemalan government had been notified.
On December 8, a seven year-old Guatemalan girl died two days after she was apprehended together with her father for illegal entry into the United States as part of a group of 163 undocumented immigrants. According to human rights activists, the girl died from septic shock, fever and dehydration. The US authorities said that the girl did not consume any food or water for several days. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Jakelin's death was "a very sad example of the dangers of this journey."
Central American migrants, part of a caravan hoping to reach the U.S. gets settled in a shelter at the Jesus Martinez stadium, in Mexico City, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Thousands of Central American migrants have arrived at the stadium, still hundreds of miles away from their goal of reaching the U.S. a day before midterm elections in which they unwittingly became a central issue.
In January 2017, Trump signed an executive order that initiated the process of building a wall along the US-Mexico border. The Trump administration has requested $5 billion for the project from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) budget, which Democrats and some Republicans oppose. The president believes that the wall will stop illegal migration as well as human and drug trafficking. However, after facing opposition to his initiative, Trump has declared that the federal government would be in a state of partial shutdown until he and the Democrats are able to reach a deal on border security issues.
Thailand Approves Medical Marijuana in New Year's 'Gift'
Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world's strictest drug laws.
The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in an extra parliamentary session handling a rush of bills before the New Year's holidays.
"This is a New Year's gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people," said Somchai Sawangkarn, chairman of the drafting committee, in a televised parliamentary session.
While countries from Colombia to Canada have legalized marijuana for medical or even recreational use, the drug remains illegal and taboo across much of Southeast Asia, which has some of the world's harshest punishments for drug law violations.
Marijuana traffickers can be subject to the death penalty in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
But in Thailand, the main controversy with legalization involved patent requests by foreign firms that could allow them to dominate the market, making it harder for Thai patients to access medicines and for Thai researchers to access marijuana extracts.
"We're going to demand that the government revoke all these requests before the law takes effect," said Panthep Puapongpan, Dean of the Rangsit Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Aging.
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Kevin Spacey is facing a felony charge of sexual assault for allegedly assaulting a former Boston TV news anchor's teenage son in 2016.
According to the clerk's office, Spacey will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or over at Nantucket District Court on January 7.
Globe, Cape and Islands, Massachusetts, District Attorney Michael O'Keefe told the Boston Globe that a hearing was held on December 20, where Clerk Magistrate Ryan Kearney issued a criminal complaint for the charge "against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey".
Longtime Boston journalist Heather Unruh accused Spacey last year of sexually assaulting her son at a Nantucket bar in July 2016.
The former news anchor for ABC affiliate WCVB claimed Spacey provided her 18-year-old son with numerous drinks before reaching down his pants and grabbing his genitals. Her son had told Spacey he was 21, Unruh said.
As news of the looming charges emerged, Spacey then raised eyebrows with his bizarre return to social media for the first time since 2017.
On Twitter and Instagram, the Usual Suspects actor shared a link to a YouTube video featuring Spacey delivering a three-minute monologue in character as his former House of Cards protagonist, Frank Underwood.
Except Frank Underwood was killed off between Seasons 5 and 6 of the hit Netflix series after Spacey was unceremoniously dismissed after numerous accusations of sexual misconduct came to light.
In Monday's video, titled "Let Me Be Frank," Spacey spoke directly into the camera, as was Underwood's wont, and bemoaned his current state of affairs.
But the line between Spacey and the character remained fuzzy, as he eviscerated those who wished to see him confess and lambasted others who rushed to judgment without facts.
"We're not afraid, not of what we said, not of what we did and we're still not afraid," Spacey said, ostensibly as Underwood. "Because I promise you this: If I didn't pay the price for the things that we both know I did do, I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do."
In the video Spacey appears to address the decision to kill off his character on the show following his firing last year. He also appears to reference the real-life allegations of sexual assault that surfaced last year, derailing his career. The video depicts Spacey in a kitchen setting wearing an apron bedecked with Santa Claus imagery.
"Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial. Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth," Spacey says.
It could not immediately be confirmed if Spacey was in fact behind the video. Netflix declined to comment. A source close to Netflix said the streaming giant had no involvement with the video.
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The International ceramics museum in Faenza, near Ravenna, will host two big exhibitions next year 2019, on Miquel Barcelò in the spring and Pablo Picasso in November.
The first exhibit will be for the Spanish artist Barcelò's ceramic production ,it will be inaugurated at the end of May.
While The other exhibit, whose exact date has yet to be released, is a unique project conceived for the museum in Faenza, where the artist's work will be displayed alongside the permanent collection, in particular local art, organizers said.
The show 'Picasso. La sfida della ceramica' (Picasso. The challenge of ceramics) will open on November 1 next year.
The 60 pieces to be showcased will be loaned by the Musée Picasso in Paris.
It is said that the exhibit is part of the project 'Picasso Mediterranée', which over the past two years has contributed to the organization of over 40 events across Europe, involving 100 institutions.
The permanent collection of Faenza's ceramics museum already includes artwork donated by Picasso to help it rebuild its contemporary collection after artwork was destroyed during World War II.
Mammals like humans lose their ability to smell with age. Researchers have now investigated why this happen. For the analysis, the researchers followed the stem cell development in the brain of mice with so-called confetti reporters.
Disorders of the sense of smell impair the quality of life
A few years ago, researchers from the USA reported on their study, according to which the nose not only contained 10,000 different odors but perceives about a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) odors. However, if the olfactory cells do not work properly, you will lose a lot of quality of life. Disorders of the sense of smell mean a massive restriction in the everyday life of those affected. However, with increasing age, the sense of smell in humans ̵
Stem cell-derived olfactory nerves
In mammals, the formation of nerve cells (neurogenesis) is predominantly restricted to early childhood and occurs in adulthood only in a few regions of the forebrain.  Such an exception are olfactory nerves, which result from several intermediate stages of stem cells.
"The production of these nerve cells is running out with increasing age," explains the head of the working group at the Institute of Computational Biology (ICB) of Helmholtz Zentrum München. Carsten Marr, in a Communication.
"We wanted to clarify in the current work, how it comes to it and what contribution the stem cells have," said the scientist.
To pursue this question, formed Dr. Marr with mathematician Lisa Bast and stem cell researchers Filippo Calzolari (today at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry of the University Medical Center Mainz) and Prof. Dr. med. Jovica Ninkovic is an interdisciplinary team of experts.
"Our approach to the current work works through so-called confetti reporters in mice: we bring individual stem cells and all their progeny – so-called clones – to glow in a specific color," explains Dr. Calzolari.
In this way, the researchers were able to track the development of individual clones and distinguish them as dots of different colors, giving the procedure its name.
"By comparing young and older mice, we wanted to find out in the next step what contribution single stem cells and intermediate stages contribute to the neurogenesis of the finished olfactory cells, "continued Calzolari.
Fewer cells develop into olfactory cells in old age
However, the systematic evaluation of images is hardly manageable for humans: the available data were extreme heterogeneous and a comparison of young and old brains difficult.
Marr and his team to bear. They are specialists in the quantification of single-cell dynamics, ie the question: which and how many cells of a large association are developing further?
Scientists use artificial intelligence, design mathematical models and program algorithms that evaluate the image data for them
"We compared the confetti measurements with several mathematical models of neurogenesis," explains Lisa Bast.
"In this way, we found that, especially in certain intermediate stages – the so-called transit amplifying progenitors – the In addition, the analysis shows that so-called asymmetric cell division in stem cells as well as their resting phases increased in older mice.
"This means that fewer cells develop into olfactory cells and become inactive in the elderly Stem cell pool remain, causing the product According to Jovica Ninkovic,
the work is the first to allow scientists to quantitatively study the behavior of nerve stem cells in the living mammalian brain using a mathematical model. (Ad)