Michael Thomas Receives Record Deal • FootballR


As Ian Rapoport reports, the New Orleans Saints have become with Wide Receiver Michael Thomas agreed on a $ 100 million contract extension for 5 years. The contract is said to include $ 61 million in guarantees. This makes Thomas the best paid Receiver the NFL-History and the first offensive player, apart from Quarterbackswho signs a $ 100 million contract.

The 26 year old twice Pro-Bowler thus replaces Odell Beckham Jr. ($ 18 million a year) as the top earner among the Receivern from.

Thomas was last in a holdout, around before his final season Rookie-Contract to force a contract extension. Thomas was reportedly asking for $ 22 million a year while the Saints didn’t want to go over $ 18-19 million.

With the deal, the Saints are securing one, if not the most productive, young boy Receiver the league. He ended his first three seasons with at least 90 balls caught and 1,100 yards each. Last season the league led with 125 trapped passports for 1,405 and 9 Touchdowns an.

Whether Thomas will hold the salary record for a long time, however, must be doubted, since the contract of Atlanta Falcons Receiver Julio Jones, could top it again.

Michael Thomas was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 2nd round (# 47) in 2016. In 47 games he caught 321 passes for 3,787 yards and 23 Touchdowns. He was 2 times in the Pro Bowl elected and awarded once as All-Pro.

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A visit to Trump’s “rat nest”

It’s actually about rats. But the first thing visitors see on that day are oysters. They are in wire baskets on the quays of the inner harbor Baltimore raised – not for human consumption, of course, but later as a natural water filter in the Chesapeake Bay being able to be exposed. Demonstration objects are exhibited on the lively waterfront. You can touch the rough shell of the noble shells.

“Just Play!” – a simple game – is written on colorful flags on the promenade, over which white and black youths whiz on e-scooters, while tourists enjoy the view of the water with a glass of beer or wine. “No human being would want to live here,” has Donald Trump claims. Something can’t be right with the American president. Or with Baltimore. Or with both.

In fact, the port city is fighting on the American Atlantic coast for a long time with their bad image. The decline of heavy industry has hit them hard. The predominantly black population has been since the end of the Second world war shrunk from a million to 615,000. “O Baltimore! Man, is it hard to just live, just to live, ”complained in 1977 Randy Newman wistful in a famous song. A quarter of a century later, the drama series “The Wire” painted a bleak picture of drug trafficking, corruption and crime in the city. With a wild Twitter tirade, in which he defamed the birthplace of the US national anthem as “disgusting, dirty hole infested with rats and rodents” Trump at the weekend the reputation is finally ruined.

The series “The Wire” already painted a dark picture of the city

“I am the last to claim that there are no problems,” says Leon Pinkett. The eloquent city councilor descends the steps of the city hall in an elegant dark blue suit. A proud dome sits enthroned on the four-story Empire style building. Under Pinketts Shirt cuff peeps out an orange plastic bangle with the inscription “Stop the gun violence!”. Yes, there is too little affordable housing, the infrastructure is deteriorating and there are deficits in the schools, the Democrat politician admits: “But there are many cities.”

“I am the last to say that there are no problems,” said City Councilor Leon Pinkett.
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Has two decades ago Pinkett a semester in Munich educated. It was a great time, he reports. But he was born and grew up in Baltimore, and here he lives with his family. “I just looked at the menu again,” jokes the African American with his well-groomed three-day beard bitterly: “Baltimore lies in the USA. And the president bears responsibility for the country. ”He sees an important reason for the high crime rate in the city Pinkett in the lack of job opportunities for the black underclass. The local politician demands that the president should take action here. Instead, he aggravates the problem by teasing the community of bad talk and huge holes in public budgets with tax cuts.

The city center and poor district are less than 5 kilometers away

It all sounds very reasonable. And still you can go through with a ride Pinketts Do not avoid the constituency of the impression that the problems are somewhat greater than the politician describes. Less than five kilometers separate the city center from the poor district of West Baltimore, where many episodes of “The Wire” played. There are no shops here. But countless dilapidated houses with broken roofs and barred doors and windows. Lost figures sway along the side of the road in the intoxication of drugs. Dirt and garbage are lying around on the sidewalks. A hydrant was broken open on a street corner. A dog tries to cool off in the massive water jet. “What three things in life are free?” Someone sprayed on the wooden crate of a ruin a few streets away: “1. Education, 2. a prison sentence, 3. death. ”It is supposed to be an encouragement. But for many here, only the last two options seem to exist.

When darkness falls, it becomes dangerous in some corners. Danger to life. With more than 300 murders a year Baltimore one of the most violent cities in the world USA. On a website on the Internet, you can follow the development on a daily basis. Every murder is recorded with the date and details of the victim. Virtual needles on a city map indicate the crime scene. This hot July alone killed 39 people. If you fight your way through the statistics of horror, you’ll notice that only two of them were white.

If in Baltimore when darkness falls, it becomes dangerous

Baltimore is a divided city. While in civil Mount Vernon the fountains splash and the world famous in the Meyerhoff concert hall Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays, the city further west or north actually looks as depressing as it was portrayed in “The Wire”. Still defends itself David Simon, the series’ s screenwriter, decided against the political rights taking over his series. “There’s a party at our block today,” he wrote over the weekend for a photo that showed him on the steps of his house with guitar: “This is a city with good Americans who earn something different than a fraudulent, dull, and self-possessed failure like their president. ”Since then he’s been firing tweets after another. Trump abuse the city to fight its uncomfortable black MP Elijah Cummings to rush the head of the House Control Committee, the author argues: “The complex problems of Baltimore he doesn’t care about Deut. “

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You can see it similarly in the local newspaper “Baltimore Sun“. Under pressure from economic conditions, the editorial team moved to the industrial area on the outskirts of the city, but continues to critically monitor the development of local politics, which is full of corruption scandals. The black mayor had to wait until May Catherine Pugh resign after the sheet revealed that she had sold a children’s book she had written to urban societies for half a million.

“This city has a lot of problems,” says opinion editor Peter Jensen of the “Baltimore Sun”.
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“This city has a lot of problems,” says opinion editor Peter Jensen. Nevertheless, he has the most powerful counterattack at the weekend Trumps Failure delivered, for which it has since been celebrated online. With its wide braces and rolled-up shirt sleeves, from which two massive forearms spring up, shines Jensen to have emerged from a journalist film of the last century. He has been writing comments in his newspaper for 15 years, six every week. In the meantime, 3000 should have come together, he calculates with amusement: “But this was a little different.”

Actually wanted to Jensen enjoy his free saturday when he from Trumps Tweet heard. “The president calls my home the worst place in the world that is unsuitable for human settlement?” The journalist was certain that the repulsive rat metaphor was “full of racism”. After a short discussion with his boss, she was fine Jensen sure: “This is the one chance to fight back.” In a short time he chopped up a brilliant settlement with the president. “It is better to have a couple of rats than to be one,” he wrote about it – a deliberate crossing of borders. “All newspapers have struggled with it as they have with the phenomenon Trump bypass. We usually stick to the rules while he’s marauding like a street fighter, ”says Jensen: “But sometimes you have to choose an emotional language to clarify the seriousness of the situation.”

Many in Baltimore are convinced that Trumps Target attacks on the majority black population

Jensen knows what he’s talking about: Amidst that of Trump A heated mood against the “lying press” had a confused man in the sister newspaper “The Capital” shot five colleagues last year. Since then, a security guard has been protecting the editorial rooms of the “Sun“.

Many in Baltimore are convinced that the president attacked the city primarily because the majority of its population is black. “That didn’t surprise me at all,” says Kobi Little: “This is the native version of his dirty-hole countries.” Little is sensitized: the Baptist pastor worked in for seven years Tanzaniabefore heading the local group of the black civil rights movement NAACP took over. Describe on the surface Trump The 48-year-old analyzes objective grievances in a calm voice: “In fact, he uses a dog whistle to stir up his base with hostile language.” Little criticizes the connection of dirt, laziness and brutality with African-Americans to white racists: There is a direct link to slavery and its policies. ”Talk about it Trump of course not.

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“I hope that the hatred that this man emits strengthens the country’s resistance,” said Pastor Kobi Little.
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Nevertheless, Little is demonstratively optimistic in the conversation: “I hope that the hatred that this man emits strengthens the country’s resistance.” Baltimore just actually get that impression. “I received tons of letters, most of them positive,” reports the journalist Jensen: “Many people are angry with the President.” Just hours after the Twitter tirade from the White House, thousands gathered online behind the hashtag #WeAreBaltimore. With 3.7 million page impressions, the editorial in the local newspaper broke all records. “Trump underestimated the pride of the people here, ”believes the city council Pinkett: „Baltimore has grown together in a way that I have never experienced before. ”How robust this movement is still to be seen. In any case, the oysters from the harbor basin are to be released in nine months.

By Karl Doemens / RND


Spectacular opening in Florida – ahgz

HOLLYWOOD / TAMPA. Two expansion projects of the Hard Rock International (HRI) group will open in Florida, USA this October. On October 3, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, the largest casino in Florida, starts. On October 24th, the world’s first guitar hotel with a casino complex will follow, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. In both projects …

On Amazon Prime Video in August: Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in Carnival Row, the doctors at Code Black … – News Séries

Amazon Prime Video has unveiled its program for the month of August which contains “Carnival Row”, a fantastic series with Orlando Bloom but also season 2 of “The Terror” and the integral of “Code Black”.


ALEX, season 2 – August 6

The crime thriller made in Sweden returns for its second season on the platform.


CODE BLACK – August 26

This medical series with Marcia Gay Harden and Rob Lowe takes us behind the scenes of an understaffed emergency department that must do everything to save lives. The 3 seasons that compose it will be available in full on Amazon Prime Video.


THE TERROR, season 2 – August 16

The second season of this horror series headed by Ridley Scott will be broadcast just four days after the American broadcast, at the rate of one episode per week.


UGLY BETTY – July 29

You missed this American remake of Lisa’s Destiny during its broadcast on TF1? Don’t panic, you will be able to find all 4 seasons on the platform.


CARNIVAL ROW, season 1 – August 30

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne are the main characters in this detective series, set in a fantasy world during the Victorian era, where mythological and human creatures must learn to live together.

Films and docu-series


Shot around the world, this documentary series in 6 episodes tells us about the stories, the passions, the emotions and the triumphs lived through the prism of the most popular sport in the world.

FREE MEEK – August 9

Discover the life of rapper Meek Mill, from his rise in the world of music to his incarceration.


The documentary series returns in four parts to the 2018/19 season by plunging us into the heart of one of the biggest European football clubs.

Primaries in the United States: dates, candidates, election procedures

2020 is election year in the United States. For president Donald Trump is about the Reelection, in Florida he recently announced his motto for his second term: On “Make America Great Again ”follows“ Keep America Great “. There seems to be little resistance to Trump within the Republican Party, so far there is only one opponent from within the ranks.

In complete contrast to the Democrats, where more than 20 applicants already apply for the Presidential election Announced in 2020. The most prominent candidates include the former vice president Joe Biden, the last competitor of Hillary-Clinton Primaries, Bernie Sanders, and the current mayor of new York, Bill de Blasio.

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When do they find Primaries in the United States instead of?

The Primaries to Presidential election in the United States usually take place in the election year between January and June. When exactly, each state or administrative zone regulates itself. Traditionally, the states hold Iowa and New Hampshire first Primaries from.

These are the confirmed dates of the 2020 presidential primaries:

February 03, 2020: Iowa

February 04, 2020: new York (Primary could be postponed to April 28th.)

February 11, 2020: New Hampshire

February 22, 2020: Nevada

February 29, 2020: South Carolina

March 03, 2020: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, CaliforniaMaine Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, OklahomaTennessee Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Democrats Abroad (Official association of eligible Democrats living abroad)

March 10, 2020: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington

March 17, 2020: Arizona, Florida, Illinois

March 24, 2020: Georgia

April 04, 2020: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana

April 07, 2020: Wisconsin

April 28, 2020: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

May 02, 2020: Kansas

May 05, 2020: Indiana

May 12, 2020: Nebraska, West Virginia

May 19, 2020: Kentucky, Oregon

June 02, 2020: Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

June 07, 2020: Puerto Rico (Primary could be brought forward to March 29th.)

June 16, 2020: Washington, D.C.

Dates for the state Wyoming as well as for the outside areas American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Virgin Islands are not confirmed yet.

Dates of the Pre-election campaign in the United States

Before the actual Primaries there are several duels in which the applicants present themselves to the electorate and announce their positions. In total, the Democrats will hold twelve such “primary debates”, six of them in 2019. Since there have so far been only one opposing candidate among the Republicans Donald Trump there are no duels scheduled.

These are the previously known dates for the Pre-election campaign:

June 26 and 27, 2019:
First part of the first democratic TV debate

June 30 and 31, 2019:
Part two of the Democrats’ first TV debate

July 30 and 31, 2019:
Second Democratic TV debate

September 12 and 13, 2019: Third Democratic TV debate

October 2019: Fourth TV debate by the Democrats

November 2019: Fourth TV debate by the Democrats

December 2019: Fourth TV debate by the Democrats

February 3, 2020: begin the Primaries in Iowa

July 13 to 16, 2020: At the Democratic National Convention, the Party congress the Democratic Party in Milwaukee, the delegates determine their presidential candidate.

August 24-27, 2020: About a month later, the Republicans officially designate their candidate at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte.

The presidential candidates (from left to right) Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris during the second TV debate on the selection of the democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential election.
Source: Al Diaz / TNS via ZUMA Wire / dpa

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No Primaries with the republicans?

The Republicans have alongside President Donald Trump only one candidate positioned so far. But all the louder: the 73-year-old Bill Weld designated a possible one Reelection Trumps as a “political tragedy”. The former governor of Massachusetts however, no serious opportunities are included. For this, the president enjoys popularity ratings that are 90 percent too high among Republican supporters.

If it stays that way, the Republicans could turn up Primaries waive – provided William Weld is the only opposing candidate to withdraw his candidacy. Most recently, ex-president stepped in George W. Bush as the only Republican party candidate in the United States Election campaign to Presidential election 2004. Bush succeeded Reelection then against the democratic challenger John Kerry.

Wide range of applicants to the Democrats

It only took four weeks for the incumbent president to just get in White House moved in Election campaign for his Reelection 2020 started. The day he took office on January 20, 2017 was enough Donald Trump the documents for his participation in the Presidential election 2020 with the federal electoral authority. The Republican served as early as no US president before him Reelection.

Many applicants have already positioned themselves among the Democrats, the Trumps Reelection want to prevent. The first democrat was enough John K. Delaney his candidature in late July 2017. The Congressman represents the US state Maryland in the House of Representatives. Since then, more than 20 candidates have announced themselves as challengers for the presidency.

These are the previously confirmed candidates for the Democratic Party:

Joe Biden, US Vice President under ex-president Barack Obama

Bernie Sanders, Senator out Vermont

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend (Indiana)

Elizabeth Warren, Senator out Massachusetts

Kamala Harris, Senator out California

• Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas

Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator out new York

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

John K. Delaney, former congressman Maryland

• Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman Hawaii

Mike Gravel, former senator from Alaska

Tim Ryan, Congressman from Ohio

Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio (Texas) and youngest member of the cabinet Obama

Joe Sestak, former congressman Pennsylvania

Marianne Williamson, Author and activist

Michael Bennet, Senator out Colorado

Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts

Amy Klobuchar, Senator out Minnesota

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

Cory Booker, Senator out New Jersey

John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado

• Wayne Messam, Mayor of Miramar (Florida)

• Andrew Yang, lawyer and entrepreneur from Manhattan

Tom Steyer, Hedge fund manager

These are the most promising Democratic candidates for the Presidential election 2020.

What role do donations play in Pre-election campaign?

Tax regulations are a major reason why many candidates announce their candidature two years before the election. Larger donations and expenses for the Election campaign are in the United States only allowed after submitting an official declaration of candidacy. The earlier this is submitted, the more time the candidates have to collect money and spend it on the costly campaign.

How do they work Primaries?

The Election process the Primaries in the United States is complex. In a multi-stage process spanning several months, the political parties vote on their candidate for the upcoming one Presidential election from. In 2020 this will take place on November 3.

To this end, in all 50 states, in Washington and in the outskirts of the United States Elections (the so-called primaries) or meetings (the so-called caucuses) are held. A distinction is made between open and closed primaries. In addition, there are both primaries and caucuses in some states.

Bound and Unbound Delegates

Both Primaries US citizens indirectly decide whom to send to the presidential race. That is, they designate delegates from their state, who are then on the Party congress of their party (the Democratic or Republican National Convention) elect the respective presidential candidate. The so-called tied delegates are expected to vote in accordance with the will of voters in their home country.

In addition to the bound delegates, there are also unbound delegates in both parties. The term “super delegate” has established itself above all with the democratic party, although it is now also used for unattached delegates of the republican party.

The super-delegates are high-ranking party members, i.e. mostly current or former incumbents and party leaders. You are free to choose your own favorite and therefore free. In the democratic party, super-delegates make up almost 15 percent of all party delegates. Republicans consider the three party leaders in a state or territory to be unattached delegates.

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Books in the suitcase, “Vanessa and Virginia” by Susan Sellers

• Vanessa and Virginia, by Susan Sellers, Translated from English by Laurent Bury, Otherwise, 296 p., 18 €

Vanessa Bell was not only the sister of one of the greatest novelists of the XXe century, she was a woman painter, passionate and free at the start of a singularly corseted British century. Specialist in Viriginia Woolf’s work, Susan Sellers has chosen first-person narration from the perspective of older sister Vanessa speaking to her great accomplice and rival.

A documented fiction, from their childhood until the Second World War and the suicide of Virginia, which reveals a passionate and fusional relationship between the two sisters. Gradually stands out the portrait of a loving, fiery, possessive and jealous sister, whom creation has never left.

Burning rivalry

Susan Sellers had the audacity to take place in the midst of a tragic family history, a childhood punctuated by family dramas. Very young, the Stephen sisters undergo sexual abuse of their half-brother George before successively losing their mother, their sister Stella, their brother Thobby then their father in 1906. Ghosts that will haunt both, plunging Virginia , from the death of their mother, in a deep neurasthenia, a madness of which the narrator recognizes to have been “ protected ” After a suicide attempt, following a romantic breakup, ” Ness “Signs a pact – which she will keep – with Virginia never to do it again.

If the relation which links the two inseparable is given to see in a salutary and benevolent light (they will never be abandoned), the academic places at the heart of his novel the burning rivalry which will spare neither one nor the other.

“You succeeded where I failed”

Commenting on her pictorial compositions like her dreams, the painter specifies the more immediate and sensual relationship with her art, in the image of her less intellectual personality than her sister: ” When I paint, I only think about what’s in front of me

Before the words of her sister, she perceives a ” way to survive “Which she refuses to see in her artistic practice. The writer envies the painting of her eldest, her family lifestyle, her rich love life and freed from norms. While the painter deplores the lack of recognition, regrets not selling her paintings and jealous of her sister’s genius: ” I was anxious to see my work more and more marginalized compared to yours “Before admitting:” but I also enjoyed my darkness

Faced with the impossibility of painting the portrait of her mother, she declared sharply: ” you succeeded where I failed ” In early spring 1941, however, Virginia was nicknamed ” Billy Who goes down into the river with his pockets full of stone.


Yellow fever epidemic with 89 cases and one death

The secretary general of the Ivorian presidency Patrick Achi, one of the closest collaborators of President Alassane Ouattara, announced Thursday on social networks that he was affected by the coronavirus.

“This Thursday, April 16, I tested positive for Covid-19. So I am confined to my home although I have no symptoms,” said Achi on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Aged 64, Mr. Achi is close to the president whom he often meets. Several times minister, he succeeded in January 2017 as secretary general to Amadou Gon Coulibaly, another close friend of the president when he was appointed Prime Minister.

Mr. Gon Coulibaly was also designated as the candidate for the Ouattara coalition for the presidential election in October 2020.

“I am followed by wonderful health workers who will surely help me overcome this ordeal,” writes Mr. Achi on the networks, stressing: “This is the place to remember that this virus is extremely contagious. I therefore invite you again to strict compliance with barrier measures, social distancing and screening in order to stop the spread of the virus together. “

Achi is the second political figure, after Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko, known as “Hambak”, to be affected by the virus.

“Hambak”, another key man in President Ouattara’s regime, announced on April 6, also on social media, that he was infected with coronavirus. He has not given official news since.

He was behind Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly for the 2020 presidential election, when many observers believed that he was more charismatic and better able to represent the ruling party.

Côte d’Ivoire has 688 confirmed cases and six deaths from coronavirus, according to the latest official report.


Donald Trump: dispute over Baltimore escalates – mud fight on Twitter

Donald Trump continues his tirades against the city of Baltimore and the government. Now a civil rights activist has also become part of his criticism.

Update from July 30th, 10:05 a.m .: US President Donald Trump recently caused accusations of racism again with numerous tweets. He described African American MP Elijah Cummings as a “brutal tyrant” and his constituency in the city of Baltimore as “hideous, rat and rodent chaos.”

The pastor and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton had responded to the allegations and made his way to Baltimore. This displeased the US President, as he announced on Twitter: “The next thing Pastor Al will show up is to complain and protest. Nothing is done for the needy. Sorry! ”He wrote. He berated the Afro-American Sharpton as a “troublemaker” and “cheater”.

Sharpton replied a short time later: (…) If he really thought I was a fraud, he would bring me into his government.

But that wasn’t enough for Trump. In further tweets, he continued his tirades about Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore – with violent, possibly criminally relevant allegations. Billions of dollars have been pumped into Baltimore over the years – nothing has changed for the better. “The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went, ”he railed.

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Because of Trump’s rant: CNN presenter fights back tears on TV

US President Donald Trump (l) and CNN presenter Victor Blackwell.

© dpa / Carolyn Kaster / Twitter CNN

First report from July 29th, 9.12 a.m .: Atlanta – Donald Trump once again spoke out on Twitter about a member of the Democratic Party and verbally attacked him. After the US president had already asked four female congressmen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to return to “their country”, the anger of the 73-year-old was now directed against another MP.

The Democrat Elijah Cummings has been a member of the US Congress for his constituency in Maryland for over 20 years and recently also expressed criticism of the US President’s migration policy. As so often, Trump’s answer was not long in coming. “Elijah Cummings has shown himself to be a brutal tyrant who berated the great men and women of the border guards for the circumstances on the southern border,” Trump accused his opponent on Twitter. Cummings did not have the right to criticize the situation on the border with Mexico, as the conditions in his own constituency around the city of Baltimore were much worse, said the US President.

Donald Trump on Baltimore: “Rat and Rodent Infected Chaos”

The border was clean, efficient and well run, while the Cummings constituency was a “rat and rodent mess,” Trump concluded with the congressman. The last sentence in particular probably made Victor Blackwell angry. The 38-year-old African American is a television presenter for CNN and grew up in Baltimore himself. The statements of the US President about his hometown and the congressman of his district had clearly angered Blackwell when he went on the air on July 27th.

After the moderator had summarized the situation for the audience and read the mentioned tweets by Donald Trump, he turned his attention to the exact choice of words of the president. This is not the first time Trump has used the word “infected” when criticizing the political actions of African American MPs. The 73-year-old used the same vocabulary when he asked the four female congressmen to return to their home countries “infected by crime”.

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But even before that, Trump often addressed African-American politicians with a similar choice of words, and Blackwell also draws his conclusion from this: “When he talks about infection, he talks about black and brown citizens.” As the moderator of the overall context, back to the situation wants to come back to Cummings district, however, he comes to a standstill.

It is probably a mixture of anger and sadness that silences the 38-year-old. Blackwell remains silent for several seconds, visibly fighting for composure, before he continues with tears in his eyes. “I lived there from the day I came home from the hospital to the day I went to college and a lot of the people who are important to me still live there today,” the CNN host said in the direction Trump.

“The people there love their children, who swear the oath on the flag just as the children in the constituencies whose MPs support you, Mr. President. They are Americans too. ”Blackwell utters these words in an almost shaky voice and continues to struggle to keep his composure, before he avoids a commercial break.

The clip, published by CNN, received nearly 27,000 likes on Twitter. But those are not the only worries the US President has this week, because there is another change in personnel in Trump’s environment. There is also news from North Korea: Kim Jong Un has tested missiles for the second time within a week. Trump had clearly positioned himself after the first test.

There was a lot going on in the Democrats’ TV debate. The favorites Sanders and Warren defended their leftist ideas, while the moderate candidates spoke of “fairytale politics”. Trumps are known not to fear escalation. Not even in the trade dispute with China. But now there are drastic allegations against the US President: Are Trump’s tweets ruining the US economy?


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Do you know where the water we drink in Los Angeles comes from?

When you turn on the tap in your home in Southern California, you can’t imagine all the effort and challenges behind transporting the vital liquid you consume for drinking, cleaning, and watering your plants and gardens over hundreds of miles. and other multiple uses.

You also don’t know where that water you drink comes from, nor would you think that a significant percentage comes from the Colorado River that is born in the state of the same name. Much less would it occur to you that the Colorado River is running out of water and the chances are strong that Southern California communities will be affected.

“A crisis is coming. We have to negotiate and reach agreements and commitments to protect our communities, ”says Jon Christensen, associate professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and founder of the Laboratory for Narrative Environmental Strategies.

“It is also a matter of equity and justice that implies writing new rules for water distribution, more efficient agriculture, working on conservation, reducing runoff and using less water,” he adds.

Aerial view of the Colorado River Aqueduct. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

Where does it come from?

25% of the water we consume comes from the Colorado River; in 30% of the north of the state, of the Sacramento and San Joaquín rivers; between 5 and 10% of Owens Valley; and 35% comes from local sources such as rain, recycling and storage.

“The Colorado River supplies two countries, Mexico and the United States. In the country, seven states have benefited, including California, ”says Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

He stresses that the biggest pressure on Southern California is about an eventual drought and how to be prepared.

“While all of the states that share Colorado River water have done a good job of preventing it from being wasted and reducing consumption, the possibility of a long drought is always present. You never know how many years it may last. We live in a desert state and we are suffering the impact of climate change, ”says the MWD official.

In Los Angeles, it has been possible to reduce water consumption per person in the last 30 years from 215 gallons to 100 gallons a day. “We have achieved it with a more efficient use. People already turn off the water while brushing their teeth, and toilets have been designed that require less water, ”says Kightlinger.

Other measures have included the lining of canals and the placement of sprinkler irrigation systems (uniform and constant irrigation).

But Angelenos have to know that the water they drink and use every day is a precious resource that they have to take care of, highlights the MWD general manager.

In March, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) was announced that aims to further reduce water consumption by 2026, thus avoiding the risk of depletion of reserves that are at their lowest level since 1960.

The Whitsett Pumping Plant where the Colorado River aqueduct begins. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District).

Who transports the water to LA?

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has developed an entire system to transport and deliver water to 26 agencies serving 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties through the Aqueduct of the Colorado River from Lake Habazu, west of the California-Arizona border to bring it as far south as the Golden State.

“In the last century, we’ve taken water from the river, moved it through dams and canals to grow a hydraulic empire of farms and cities along the semi-desert Colorado River basin. As this river approaches the desert, most of its water has been diverted to Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexicali and the vast agricultural lands in between, ”says John Fleck, director of water resources from the University of New Mexico in his book Water is for Fighting Over.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California was established in 1928 to build and operate the Colorado River aqueduct, which has been the backbone for the supply of imported water in Southern California for more than 70 years.

The MWD built and operates the 242-mile aqueduct since the Great Depression. After the population boom that followed World War II, it was expanded to its full capacity of billions of gallons of water a day to meet the demand of the growing population of Southern California.

Weymouth Water Treatment Plant. (Araceli Martínez / La Opinion).

Diversification of supply sources

In early April, the Ethnic Media Services organization brought in six journalists, including The opinion, on a two-day tour to see the infrastructure of the Metropolitan Water District, from dams and lakes to water treatment plants. After talking with experts, the journalists were able to see the path of the water through mountains, valleys and canals to reach the treatment plants and the keys of Southern California. Without all this infrastructure, it would not be possible to supply water to the entire region.

In 1960, along with other agencies, MWD built the State Water Project that includes the California Aqueduct to transport the vital liquid from the north to the south of the state. But after the droughts of the 70s, 80s and 90s, the Metropolitan District had no choice but to diversify its portfolio and focus on the conservation and development of local sources of supply.

Deven Upadhyay, deputy manager of the MDW, reveals that by 2040, dependence on the Colorado River to meet California’s water needs will be reduced by 15%, while conservation and recycling will increase to a third of the total consumed. “Each agency is taking action on desalination, recycling and use of groundwater,” says Upadhyay.

In 2000, Diamond Valley Lake, the largest dam in Southern California, was built to store water in rainy years for the dry season. “Lake Diamond Valley receives water not only from the Colorado River but also from Northern California through the State Water Project,” says Mickey Chaudhuri, assistant manager of the water operations system.

“The focus of Lake Diamond Valley is that it be a safe and emergency reserve for six months to meet the needs of drinking water,” he says.

View of the Copper Basin Dam on the Colorado River Aqueduct. (Araceli Martínez / La Opinion).

The Lake Mead Dam on the Colorado River is 140 feet below capacity, according to Mark Cook, the manager of the Hoover Dam that feeds Lake Mead. This lake, the largest reservoir in the country, has a capacity of more than 25 million cubic feet, but has been below capacity since 1983.

The contingency plan approved by Congress, in collaboration with the partner states, will bring water to Lake Mead and Powell, two of the largest reservoirs on the Colorado River, in order to maintain optimal levels of storage.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California also financed the construction of the imposing and historic Hoover Dam, during the Great Depression, on the bed of the Colorado River, located on the border between the states of Arizona and Nevada, 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The dam’s power plant has been transmitting electrical power from the Colorado River since 1936.

“The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel. His story is so incredible that he energized the states around him. Just look at how Las Vegas is full of lights. The water we use in the Metropolitan Water District makes California not a desert but a beautiful garden where millions of people live, ”says Olivia Zavala, an MWD employee.


when the creator of “The Wire” responds to Donald Trump

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“The Wire”, saison 3
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The comments of the American president on Baltimore did not leave indifferent, Saturday, July 27. After a CNN presenter from this city of Maryland, it’s David Simon who cracked a scathing retort.

David Simon, best known for having created the series The Wire (Bugged in VF) which brilliantly maps Baltimore, defended the city against the caricatural and stigmatizing portrait that the President of the United States made of it on Saturday, July 27. On Twitter, Donald Trump had notably compared Baltimore to a “brothel infested with rats and rodents”. It is therefore without restraint that the filmmaker retaliated: “If this empty suit, this racial hate fraud were to go to West Baltimore for five minutes and meet the American citizens who endure life there, he would have pissed himself on it.”

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When other netizens asked Simon what he meant by that, he clarified: “That means the President, if he (came to Baltimore and) got out of his limo and found himself a racial minority, he would piss himself on just because of that. The humanity of everyone he met wouldn’t matter to him, only their lack of whiteness and uneasiness. So he won’t come. “ He continues in another message: “He doesn’t give a shit about Baltimore or anybody else. He’s a bunch of crap. And only those who are so fecal can be fooled.”

Some Twitter users called out to Simon, insisting that The Wire precisely proved the validity of Trump’s opinion. It was without counting on the acerbic response of the showrunner and screenwriter who did not go dead hand, defending the complexity of his series and believing that only “a bunch of idiots, trolls and morons” can see a story “which speaks only of Baltimore rather than the forces deployed against and in every American city”.