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Afghanistan Refugees In America

Caroline Clarin, who works from her rural Minnesota home and attempts to bring hope to those who convey heart-wrenching messages of desperation from a world away, has had her phone ringing for days with pleas for aid from Afghans.

Ms. Clarin, who headed a US Department of Agriculture program in Afghanistan, and her wife, Sheril Raymond, have assisted in the immigration of five Afghans and their families from her program since 2017. They are now attempting to assist over a half-dozen more Afghans and their families in escaping Afghanistan.

Americans around the country are scrambling to assist Afghans fleeing their homeland following the Taliban's quick takeover. Those pitching in are everyone from volunteers at refugee resettlement groups to individuals like Ms. Clarin and Ms. Raymond who are helping on their own, all motivated by compassion.

 

More than 2,000 Afghans have been transported to Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia since late July, with thousands more on the way. Afghan government employees and their families may be eligible for special immigrant visas. Due to a backlog of visa applications, tens of thousands of others who also qualified have been left behind.

Nonprofit groups that operate on a combination of government grants and private donations provide temporary food and shelter help refugees during the first 90 days. Long-term services, such as language and citizenship programs, are available, but they are expected to become self-sufficient.

 


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  • 18 Sep 2021
    One week down, 17 to go. After the NFL season's first week, several teams showed early promise as potential contenders. Only time will tell as the season progresses, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs look like they have pieces in place to return to Super Bowl. This week's slate of games begins Thursday night with an NFC East showdown between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. Here are the top 10 teams heading into Week 2. 10. Buffalo Bills Tre'Davious White of the Buffalo Bills celebrates breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field Nov. 24, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Denver 20-3.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Record: 0-1 Week 1 result: 23-16 loss to Steelers Outlook: The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens were also considered for the No. 10 spot in this week's rankings. However, the Bills came in at this spot despite a home loss to the Steelers. Buffalo will try to get back on track next week against the Dolphins in Miami. 9. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the run against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium Dec. 27, 2020.  (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 20-16 win over Washington Outlook: Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and one touchdown in a tough road win over the Washington Football Team. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 100 yards. A showdown between the Chargers and Cowboys will go down in Week 2. 8. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts to cheering fans at the end of an Oct. 4, 2020 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 28-16 win over Colts Outlook: Russell Wilson completed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards with four touchdowns in a big win over Indianapolis. Wideout Tyler Lockett had TD receptions of 23 and 69 yards. The Seahawks will take on the Titans next. 7. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signals at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions In the first half in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.  (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 41-33 win over Lions Outlook: San Francisco held a 28-point lead before Detroit made a late attempt at a comeback. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards with a rushing score. The 49ers travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 2. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium Dec. 13, 2020.  (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 23-16 win over Bills Outlook: Down 10-0, the Steelers managed to pull out a victory over the Bills in Buffalo. Pittsburgh defensive end T.J. Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble. Next up for the Steelers is a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. 5. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-3 win over Packers Outlook: Jameis Winston took care of business in his debut as the starter for the Saints. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards with five touchdowns in the dominating win. New Orleans will travel to Carolina to square off against the Panthers in an NFC South matchup. 4. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-13 win over Titans Outlook: Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with five total touchdowns in a dominating 38-13 victory over Tennessee. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 83 yards with two scores. Arizona will host the Minnesota Vikings next. 3. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half  against the Chicago Bears Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 34-14 win over Bears Outlook: Quarterback Matthew Stafford dazzled in his debut with the Rams. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Los Angeles will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 2. 2. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes grins during a November 2020 game against the Carolina Panthers.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 33-29 win over Browns Outlook: Facing a 22-10 deficit at the midway point, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs outscored Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. Kansas City will square off against the Ravens in Baltimore. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) drops a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 9 game at Raymond James Stadium.  (Jeremy Reper/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 31-29 win over Cowboys Outlook: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 379 passing yards and four touchdowns in the comeback victory to kick off the 2021 NFL season. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • One week down, 17 to go. After the NFL season's first week, several teams showed early promise as potential contenders. Only time will tell as the season progresses, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs look like they have pieces in place to return to Super Bowl. This week's slate of games begins Thursday night with an NFC East showdown between the Washington Football Team and New York Giants. Here are the top 10 teams heading into Week 2. 10. Buffalo Bills Tre'Davious White of the Buffalo Bills celebrates breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field Nov. 24, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Denver 20-3.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Record: 0-1 Week 1 result: 23-16 loss to Steelers Outlook: The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens were also considered for the No. 10 spot in this week's rankings. However, the Bills came in at this spot despite a home loss to the Steelers. Buffalo will try to get back on track next week against the Dolphins in Miami. 9. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the run against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium Dec. 27, 2020.  (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 20-16 win over Washington Outlook: Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and one touchdown in a tough road win over the Washington Football Team. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 100 yards. A showdown between the Chargers and Cowboys will go down in Week 2. 8. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts to cheering fans at the end of an Oct. 4, 2020 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 28-16 win over Colts Outlook: Russell Wilson completed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards with four touchdowns in a big win over Indianapolis. Wideout Tyler Lockett had TD receptions of 23 and 69 yards. The Seahawks will take on the Titans next. 7. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signals at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions In the first half in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.  (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 41-33 win over Lions Outlook: San Francisco held a 28-point lead before Detroit made a late attempt at a comeback. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards with a rushing score. The 49ers travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 2. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium Dec. 13, 2020.  (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 23-16 win over Bills Outlook: Down 10-0, the Steelers managed to pull out a victory over the Bills in Buffalo. Pittsburgh defensive end T.J. Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble. Next up for the Steelers is a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. 5. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-3 win over Packers Outlook: Jameis Winston took care of business in his debut as the starter for the Saints. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards with five touchdowns in the dominating win. New Orleans will travel to Carolina to square off against the Panthers in an NFC South matchup. 4. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-13 win over Titans Outlook: Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with five total touchdowns in a dominating 38-13 victory over Tennessee. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 83 yards with two scores. Arizona will host the Minnesota Vikings next. 3. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half  against the Chicago Bears Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 34-14 win over Bears Outlook: Quarterback Matthew Stafford dazzled in his debut with the Rams. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Los Angeles will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 2. 2. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes grins during a November 2020 game against the Carolina Panthers.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 33-29 win over Browns Outlook: Facing a 22-10 deficit at the midway point, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs outscored Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. Kansas City will square off against the Ravens in Baltimore. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) drops a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 9 game at Raymond James Stadium.  (Jeremy Reper/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 31-29 win over Cowboys Outlook: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 379 passing yards and four touchdowns in the comeback victory to kick off the 2021 NFL season. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • 18 Sep 2021
    Beginners in the running world may not know how to breathe while running - but it doesn't have to be the massive stressor your mind makes it out to be.  Your heart rate and muscles will change once you start running faster, but panic can also set in.  You can get faster and feel less stressed when you run if you learn how to breathe effectively. You might even start to appreciate the wind in your hair and your breathing as you pound the pavement. Here's how to breathe while running - and if different breathing patterns can reduce the stress on your lungs when you're running.  How should you breathe when you're running? Running harder will make you out of breath since your respiratory system is used to breathing a certain way. You can breathe better if you relax as much as you can. Nick Anderson, head coach for Saucony and GB & EA running coach, says people go out way too fast and don't learn to pace themselves. What happens if you run too fast? You can only operate in anaerobic mode for a short period before you need to slow down to get back into aerobic mode." Tana von Zitzewitz, a master trainer at Barry's UK, says nasal breathing gives you a lot of oxygen and helps your body get rid of carbon dioxide. Ten runners were tested for six months on nasal breathing by Colorado State University. Their breathing rate and breaths per minute decreased when they inhaled more oxygen and exhaled more carbon dioxide. When you inhale, your nose should be your point of entry, and when you exhale, your mouth should be your point of exit. She feels good about how hard she's working when she runs with Tana, a UKA Run Leader. Run at a pace you can hold a conversation with someone next to you in your early weeks: "If it's hard for you to talk to someone next to you, you're running too hard. As you get fitter, you can run at a different pace." What's the deal with rhythmic breathing? Running is said to calm the nervous system by breathing rhythmically. Studies on running and cortisol levels have also shown that running can increase levels of cortisol in the body, a hormone linked to stress if you're running at a moderate to high intensity.  Breathing rhythmically isn't natural, but it can calm your body. How should it be done? Breathing out is necessary for emptying the lungs. Taking in five deep breaths, holding them for five seconds, and exhaling them through your mouth. A study at the University of Utah found that rhythmic breathing is an excellent way for runners to reduce stress on their respiratory systems, which in turn reduces respiratory muscle fatigue. It also improves breathing efficiency through improved gas mixing, transport, and exchange. "Rhythmic breathing and running require a lot of concentration," von Zitzewitz told Live Science. "You have to count the steps you take inhaling, then exhaling, then counting each step." Take five minutes to do the breathing exercise while listening to relaxing music. You can try this technique on a slow jog once you become comfortable with it and see if it helps you improve your running, then you can gradually incorporate it into your routine. von Zitzewitz suggests that, if this technique is too laborious for you, being more aware of your breathing while running will help you run better. When running long distances, start slowly and remember to breathe. You should be able to breathe effortlessly in through the nose and out through the mouth once you get up to a steady pace. You will fatigue if it becomes too labored too quickly, and so your pace will not be sustainable, so you will need to make small adjustments. Running improves with practice by making small, consistent improvements over time. Start with your base pace and add little improvements over time. As well as Pranayama, she states it helps you be more flexible in your lungs and helps you breathe more effectively when you're running, and suggests, "Make sure to warm up and activate your lungs prior to your run by doing these deep breathing exercises." Do you breathe differently when you run? You'll naturally find that your form is off if you're breathing laboriously or are stressed when running.  If you aren't relaxed while running, you'll naturally slouch. If your shoulders are down, your back is straight, and your hips are forward. The hardest thing about running is learning how to relax, but if you breathe correctly you can quickly accomplish that. It should then correct itself by itself, but if you still feel stressed, Anderson advises runners to let go of stress, yet stay aware of posture. She says, "Drop your shoulders down and raise your arms - this will take your mind off the stress your breathing is causing."
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  • Beginners in the running world may not know how to breathe while running - but it doesn't have to be the massive stressor your mind makes it out to be.  Your heart rate and muscles will change once you start running faster, but panic can also set in.  You can get faster and feel less stressed when you run if you learn how to breathe effectively. You might even start to appreciate the wind in your hair and your breathing as you pound the pavement. Here's how to breathe while running - and if different breathing patterns can reduce the stress on your lungs when you're running.  How should you breathe when you're running? Running harder will make you out of breath since your respiratory system is used to breathing a certain way. You can breathe better if you relax as much as you can. Nick Anderson, head coach for Saucony and GB & EA running coach, says people go out way too fast and don't learn to pace themselves. What happens if you run too fast? You can only operate in anaerobic mode for a short period before you need to slow down to get back into aerobic mode." Tana von Zitzewitz, a master trainer at Barry's UK, says nasal breathing gives you a lot of oxygen and helps your body get rid of carbon dioxide. Ten runners were tested for six months on nasal breathing by Colorado State University. Their breathing rate and breaths per minute decreased when they inhaled more oxygen and exhaled more carbon dioxide. When you inhale, your nose should be your point of entry, and when you exhale, your mouth should be your point of exit. She feels good about how hard she's working when she runs with Tana, a UKA Run Leader. Run at a pace you can hold a conversation with someone next to you in your early weeks: "If it's hard for you to talk to someone next to you, you're running too hard. As you get fitter, you can run at a different pace." What's the deal with rhythmic breathing? Running is said to calm the nervous system by breathing rhythmically. Studies on running and cortisol levels have also shown that running can increase levels of cortisol in the body, a hormone linked to stress if you're running at a moderate to high intensity.  Breathing rhythmically isn't natural, but it can calm your body. How should it be done? Breathing out is necessary for emptying the lungs. Taking in five deep breaths, holding them for five seconds, and exhaling them through your mouth. A study at the University of Utah found that rhythmic breathing is an excellent way for runners to reduce stress on their respiratory systems, which in turn reduces respiratory muscle fatigue. It also improves breathing efficiency through improved gas mixing, transport, and exchange. "Rhythmic breathing and running require a lot of concentration," von Zitzewitz told Live Science. "You have to count the steps you take inhaling, then exhaling, then counting each step." Take five minutes to do the breathing exercise while listening to relaxing music. You can try this technique on a slow jog once you become comfortable with it and see if it helps you improve your running, then you can gradually incorporate it into your routine. von Zitzewitz suggests that, if this technique is too laborious for you, being more aware of your breathing while running will help you run better. When running long distances, start slowly and remember to breathe. You should be able to breathe effortlessly in through the nose and out through the mouth once you get up to a steady pace. You will fatigue if it becomes too labored too quickly, and so your pace will not be sustainable, so you will need to make small adjustments. Running improves with practice by making small, consistent improvements over time. Start with your base pace and add little improvements over time. As well as Pranayama, she states it helps you be more flexible in your lungs and helps you breathe more effectively when you're running, and suggests, "Make sure to warm up and activate your lungs prior to your run by doing these deep breathing exercises." Do you breathe differently when you run? You'll naturally find that your form is off if you're breathing laboriously or are stressed when running.  If you aren't relaxed while running, you'll naturally slouch. If your shoulders are down, your back is straight, and your hips are forward. The hardest thing about running is learning how to relax, but if you breathe correctly you can quickly accomplish that. It should then correct itself by itself, but if you still feel stressed, Anderson advises runners to let go of stress, yet stay aware of posture. She says, "Drop your shoulders down and raise your arms - this will take your mind off the stress your breathing is causing."
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  • 18 Sep 2021
    According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a third of sharks and rays on Earth are endangered. Earlier reports by the group claimed the loss was mostly due to overfishing and ocean pollution.  The latest IUCN Red List includes a reassessment of the world's shark and ray species, which finds 37% are in danger of going extinct. It shows there are few effective management measures in place for much of the world's oceans. Sharks and rays are being overfished. 31 percent of these species are in danger due to habitat loss and climate change.". RBGS Kew's Eimear Nic Lughadha says reassessing sharks and rays is important for maintaining the value of the Red List as a barometer of biodiversity. While shark and ray statistics are strikingly similar to those for plants, habitat loss and degradation pose the greater threat of extinction than climate change." Red List of Threatened Species includes 138,374 species, of which 38,543 are deemed threatened with extinction. Researchers published a new study, published in Current Biology, that found that 32% of chondrichthyes species were at risk for extinction, including sharks and rays. "That statistic increases to more than one-third (37.5%) if Data Deficient species are assumed to be threatened in the same proportion as assessed species," the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group said in a post following the news. Chondrichthyes have lived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years and three species have not been seen in nature for several decades, according to the Smithsonian Magazine.  That said, the species are considered to be exceptionally susceptible to overfishing because they tend to grow slowly and produce few offspring and pollution and habitat degradation are key risks.  Climate change currently impacts 10.2% of threatened chondrichthyes, the IUCN's shark group said.  Despite countless commitments to improve the management of fisheries in the tropics, too many of these inherently vulnerable species have been heavily fished for more than a century by a variety of fisheries that remain poorly managed," Colin Simpfendorfer, adjunct professor at James Cook University, said in a statement. "As a result, we fear we will soon confirm that one or more of these species has been driven to extinction from overfishing, a deeply troubling first for marine fishes. Our goal is to make this study a turning point in efforts to prevent further irreversible losses and secure long-term sustainability."
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  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a third of sharks and rays on Earth are endangered. Earlier reports by the group claimed the loss was mostly due to overfishing and ocean pollution.  The latest IUCN Red List includes a reassessment of the world's shark and ray species, which finds 37% are in danger of going extinct. It shows there are few effective management measures in place for much of the world's oceans. Sharks and rays are being overfished. 31 percent of these species are in danger due to habitat loss and climate change.". RBGS Kew's Eimear Nic Lughadha says reassessing sharks and rays is important for maintaining the value of the Red List as a barometer of biodiversity. While shark and ray statistics are strikingly similar to those for plants, habitat loss and degradation pose the greater threat of extinction than climate change." Red List of Threatened Species includes 138,374 species, of which 38,543 are deemed threatened with extinction. Researchers published a new study, published in Current Biology, that found that 32% of chondrichthyes species were at risk for extinction, including sharks and rays. "That statistic increases to more than one-third (37.5%) if Data Deficient species are assumed to be threatened in the same proportion as assessed species," the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group said in a post following the news. Chondrichthyes have lived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years and three species have not been seen in nature for several decades, according to the Smithsonian Magazine.  That said, the species are considered to be exceptionally susceptible to overfishing because they tend to grow slowly and produce few offspring and pollution and habitat degradation are key risks.  Climate change currently impacts 10.2% of threatened chondrichthyes, the IUCN's shark group said.  Despite countless commitments to improve the management of fisheries in the tropics, too many of these inherently vulnerable species have been heavily fished for more than a century by a variety of fisheries that remain poorly managed," Colin Simpfendorfer, adjunct professor at James Cook University, said in a statement. "As a result, we fear we will soon confirm that one or more of these species has been driven to extinction from overfishing, a deeply troubling first for marine fishes. Our goal is to make this study a turning point in efforts to prevent further irreversible losses and secure long-term sustainability."
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  • 22 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan's Taliban have tried to offer hope that the country - and the world - won't return to the 1990s hard-line regime. According to Al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: "Our nation is a Muslim nation, whether 20 years ago or now." "But when it comes to experience, maturity, vision, there is a huge difference from 20 years ago." Both the United States, which invaded after the Taliban government sheltered Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda members, and the Afghans scarred by the militants' violent struggle for power and oppression have sided with skepticism. Burqa-clad women sit outside a door in Herat in 1999. Per-Anders Pettersson / Getty National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that it's "premature" to say whether the Biden administration recognizes the Taliban as governing power in Afghanistan. The Taliban must show the rest of the world who they are and how they plan to proceed, Sullivan said. "Track record isn't good." In the early 1990s, the Taliban were formed to fight the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. This group was led by Mullah Omar, who died in 2015, after the country plunged into civil war after many fighters who had expelled the Soviets turned on each other. The group, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam and ruled the country as an emirate without a parliament or elections from 1996 to 2001, was initially hailed for attempting to restore order. After the U.S. overthrew the Taliban, democracy and equal rights became enshrined in the constitution, if not in daily life for many Afghans, and the lives of minorities and urban women improved. The Taliban still controlled parts of Afghanistan during this time. So they took over state hospitals and schools and ran their own justice system. Afghans viewed the central government as corrupt and inefficient, so they preferred the Taliban. Taliban fought U.S.-backed governments in Kabul for 20 years. Since 2009, more than 100,000 civilians have been killed or injured. Other groups blame the Taliban for planting improvised explosive devices in public places, often injuring civilians, and for assassinating prominent Western and liberal figures.. In the first six months of this year, the group was responsible for nearly 40 percent of civilian casualties, more than any other party to the conflict, according to the United Nations. Taliban leaders have denied targeting civilians. In February 2020, the militants made a deal with the Trump administration that all U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan within 14 months. When this didn’t happen, the Taliban launched an offensive to take back the country. While the Taliban — run by a supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, and three deputies, Mawlavi Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the powerful Haqqani militant network, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the Taliban's political office in Doha — now control three-quarters of Afghanistan, their capacity to govern is unclear.
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  • Afghanistan's Taliban have tried to offer hope that the country - and the world - won't return to the 1990s hard-line regime. According to Al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: "Our nation is a Muslim nation, whether 20 years ago or now." "But when it comes to experience, maturity, vision, there is a huge difference from 20 years ago." Both the United States, which invaded after the Taliban government sheltered Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda members, and the Afghans scarred by the militants' violent struggle for power and oppression have sided with skepticism. Burqa-clad women sit outside a door in Herat in 1999. Per-Anders Pettersson / Getty National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that it's "premature" to say whether the Biden administration recognizes the Taliban as governing power in Afghanistan. The Taliban must show the rest of the world who they are and how they plan to proceed, Sullivan said. "Track record isn't good." In the early 1990s, the Taliban were formed to fight the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. This group was led by Mullah Omar, who died in 2015, after the country plunged into civil war after many fighters who had expelled the Soviets turned on each other. The group, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam and ruled the country as an emirate without a parliament or elections from 1996 to 2001, was initially hailed for attempting to restore order. After the U.S. overthrew the Taliban, democracy and equal rights became enshrined in the constitution, if not in daily life for many Afghans, and the lives of minorities and urban women improved. The Taliban still controlled parts of Afghanistan during this time. So they took over state hospitals and schools and ran their own justice system. Afghans viewed the central government as corrupt and inefficient, so they preferred the Taliban. Taliban fought U.S.-backed governments in Kabul for 20 years. Since 2009, more than 100,000 civilians have been killed or injured. Other groups blame the Taliban for planting improvised explosive devices in public places, often injuring civilians, and for assassinating prominent Western and liberal figures.. In the first six months of this year, the group was responsible for nearly 40 percent of civilian casualties, more than any other party to the conflict, according to the United Nations. Taliban leaders have denied targeting civilians. In February 2020, the militants made a deal with the Trump administration that all U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan within 14 months. When this didn’t happen, the Taliban launched an offensive to take back the country. While the Taliban — run by a supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, and three deputies, Mawlavi Yaqoob, son of Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani, leader of the powerful Haqqani militant network, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, who heads the Taliban's political office in Doha — now control three-quarters of Afghanistan, their capacity to govern is unclear.
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  • 22 Aug 2021
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently exposed a scheme that hijacks social media and mobile phone accounts and nets criminals millions. According to the Department of Justice, criminals conspired to steal cryptocurrency through a practice called "SIM-swapping." Declan Harrington, 21, of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office. Due to crypto accounts worth millions of dollars, SIM-swapping has become a lucrative crime. Authorities say Harrington and his co-conspirators targeted people they thought had a lot of cryptocurrency and "high value" social media account names. DoJ says they stole (or tried to steal) more than $530,000 in cryptocurrency from 10 victims across the country. Two of the victims' social media accounts were also hacked by one of the conspirators. Sim swapping net millions With the rise of cryptocurrency accounts worth millions of dollars, SIM-swapping has become a lucrative crime. Mobile phone SIMs contain unique ID numbers for each subscriber. In SIM swap, the SIM (linked to the subscriber) is switched to the criminal's SIM. After that, the attacker resets the password for the mobile phone account. THWART TOP PHONE HACKERS WITH ONE SIMPLE STEP The DOJ said cybercriminals can then access the victim's account without authorization by resetting the victim's log-in credentials. Europol reports that several people were arrested for attacks that stole more than $100 million earlier this year. Millions of victims were targeted, including internet influencers, athletes, and musicians, Europol said. There have been other high-profile cases in the last few years of criminals netting millions.   Following are the final steps in a criminal SIM swap: Identify digital currency keys, wallets, and accounts held in the victim's accounts. Defeat SMS-based or mobile application-based two-factor authentication on any accounts with control of the victim's phone number. "Steal currency: Transfer the digital currency from the victim to the attacker's account."
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  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently exposed a scheme that hijacks social media and mobile phone accounts and nets criminals millions. According to the Department of Justice, criminals conspired to steal cryptocurrency through a practice called "SIM-swapping." Declan Harrington, 21, of Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, according to the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office. Due to crypto accounts worth millions of dollars, SIM-swapping has become a lucrative crime. Authorities say Harrington and his co-conspirators targeted people they thought had a lot of cryptocurrency and "high value" social media account names. DoJ says they stole (or tried to steal) more than $530,000 in cryptocurrency from 10 victims across the country. Two of the victims' social media accounts were also hacked by one of the conspirators. Sim swapping net millions With the rise of cryptocurrency accounts worth millions of dollars, SIM-swapping has become a lucrative crime. Mobile phone SIMs contain unique ID numbers for each subscriber. In SIM swap, the SIM (linked to the subscriber) is switched to the criminal's SIM. After that, the attacker resets the password for the mobile phone account. THWART TOP PHONE HACKERS WITH ONE SIMPLE STEP The DOJ said cybercriminals can then access the victim's account without authorization by resetting the victim's log-in credentials. Europol reports that several people were arrested for attacks that stole more than $100 million earlier this year. Millions of victims were targeted, including internet influencers, athletes, and musicians, Europol said. There have been other high-profile cases in the last few years of criminals netting millions.   Following are the final steps in a criminal SIM swap: Identify digital currency keys, wallets, and accounts held in the victim's accounts. Defeat SMS-based or mobile application-based two-factor authentication on any accounts with control of the victim's phone number. "Steal currency: Transfer the digital currency from the victim to the attacker's account."
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  • An "Olympic bat" the size of a human thumb flew over 1,200 miles from London to Russia before being killed by a cat. When a resident of the small Russian town of Molgino in the Pskov region saw the female Nathusius' pipistrelle bat on the ground, it had been damaged by the feline. According to the Bat Conservation Trust in the United Kingdom, she weighed only 8 grams (.28 ounces) and was rescued by a Russian bat rehabilitation organisation before succumbing to her injuries. Nathusius pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii), Europe. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) The bat had "London Zoo" scrawled on it when it was discovered, indicating that it had traveled 1,254 miles. Brian Briggs, a bat recorder, had ringed the bat in 2016 in Bedfont Lakes Country Park near Heathrow in west London. "This is a thrilling prospect. It's wonderful to be able to help with international conservation efforts to conserve these magnificent animals and learn more about their interesting lives "Briggs stated. According to a news statement from the Bat Conservation Trust issued last Thursday, the voyage was one of the world's longest known bat migrations, the furthest known record from Britain across Europe, and the only long-distance movement documented "like this" from west to east. The journey was one of the longest known bat travels globally, the furthest known record from Britain across Europe, and the only long-distance movement recorded "like this" from west to east, according to a press release last Thursday from the Bat Conservation Trust.  
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  • 22 Aug 2021
    Caroline Clarin, who works from her rural Minnesota home and attempts to bring hope to those who convey heart-wrenching messages of desperation from a world away, has had her phone ringing for days with pleas for aid from Afghans. Ms. Clarin, who headed a US Department of Agriculture program in Afghanistan, and her wife, Sheril Raymond, have assisted in the immigration of five Afghans and their families from her program since 2017. They are now attempting to assist over a half-dozen more Afghans and their families in escaping Afghanistan. Americans around the country are scrambling to assist Afghans fleeing their homeland following the Taliban's quick takeover. Those pitching in are everyone from volunteers at refugee resettlement groups to individuals like Ms. Clarin and Ms. Raymond who are helping on their own, all motivated by compassion.   More than 2,000 Afghans have been transported to Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia since late July, with thousands more on the way. Afghan government employees and their families may be eligible for special immigrant visas. Due to a backlog of visa applications, tens of thousands of others who also qualified have been left behind. Nonprofit groups that operate on a combination of government grants and private donations provide temporary food and shelter help refugees during the first 90 days. Long-term services, such as language and citizenship programs, are available, but they are expected to become self-sufficient.  
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  • Caroline Clarin, who works from her rural Minnesota home and attempts to bring hope to those who convey heart-wrenching messages of desperation from a world away, has had her phone ringing for days with pleas for aid from Afghans. Ms. Clarin, who headed a US Department of Agriculture program in Afghanistan, and her wife, Sheril Raymond, have assisted in the immigration of five Afghans and their families from her program since 2017. They are now attempting to assist over a half-dozen more Afghans and their families in escaping Afghanistan. Americans around the country are scrambling to assist Afghans fleeing their homeland following the Taliban's quick takeover. Those pitching in are everyone from volunteers at refugee resettlement groups to individuals like Ms. Clarin and Ms. Raymond who are helping on their own, all motivated by compassion.   More than 2,000 Afghans have been transported to Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia since late July, with thousands more on the way. Afghan government employees and their families may be eligible for special immigrant visas. Due to a backlog of visa applications, tens of thousands of others who also qualified have been left behind. Nonprofit groups that operate on a combination of government grants and private donations provide temporary food and shelter help refugees during the first 90 days. Long-term services, such as language and citizenship programs, are available, but they are expected to become self-sufficient.  
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    Seeing Jurassic Park left me gobsmacked, which is not a term I use often. The first dinosaur I remember seeing in 1993 was a brachiosaurus and I remember clutching my popcorn with wide eyes. I shouted with excited jibes as I walked out with my parents: "Can we really make dinosaurs viable again, Dad? Were we able to? Can we?” Reading Natasha Bernal's piece in Wired UK highlighting the growing field of biobanking animal cells brought back memories. Bernal answers the question of whether extinct animals could be brought back with a tentative yes as science has proven, for years, that "frozen cells of extinct animals can be used to revive species" - however, that is not what biobanking is all about. Cloning is intended to prevent further loss of species, rather than to bring back existing species. With a species' decline, its genetic pool shrinks, and frozen cells from extinct animals can potentially be used to prevent extreme inbreeding.  Tullis Mason is one of Bernal's case studies, a guy who wears shorts even while wearing a lab coat. The family farm in Shropshire, England, is home to Matthew's artificial insemination company for racehorses. However, on the side, he is also planning to save the animal kingdom by building the biggest biobank of animal cells in Europe. While Mason uses a device like a condom to hook up an elephant penis, Bernal describes the science and the ethics the article discusses as not always dignified. The dinosaurs may not be coming back to life any time soon, but with the help of biobanking, life may still find a way to thrive on this planet.  
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  • Seeing Jurassic Park left me gobsmacked, which is not a term I use often. The first dinosaur I remember seeing in 1993 was a brachiosaurus and I remember clutching my popcorn with wide eyes. I shouted with excited jibes as I walked out with my parents: "Can we really make dinosaurs viable again, Dad? Were we able to? Can we?” Reading Natasha Bernal's piece in Wired UK highlighting the growing field of biobanking animal cells brought back memories. Bernal answers the question of whether extinct animals could be brought back with a tentative yes as science has proven, for years, that "frozen cells of extinct animals can be used to revive species" - however, that is not what biobanking is all about. Cloning is intended to prevent further loss of species, rather than to bring back existing species. With a species' decline, its genetic pool shrinks, and frozen cells from extinct animals can potentially be used to prevent extreme inbreeding.  Tullis Mason is one of Bernal's case studies, a guy who wears shorts even while wearing a lab coat. The family farm in Shropshire, England, is home to Matthew's artificial insemination company for racehorses. However, on the side, he is also planning to save the animal kingdom by building the biggest biobank of animal cells in Europe. While Mason uses a device like a condom to hook up an elephant penis, Bernal describes the science and the ethics the article discusses as not always dignified. The dinosaurs may not be coming back to life any time soon, but with the help of biobanking, life may still find a way to thrive on this planet.  
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  • 22 Aug 2021
    Perhaps you have felt disappointed when you start an especially vigorous workout routine only to see the scale go above the weight you started with. Is there a biological reason behind why exercise makes me gain weight? There are many aspects to the answer. Exercise does not make you fat. Weight gain after working out is most likely a combination of several factors, but you shouldn't give up. Professor Corinne Caillaud, an Australian professor of physical activity and digital health, says people typically don't realize the health benefits of exercise even when they gain weight. In regard to weight management, exercise is important, but diet also plays a role, said Caillaud. A person who notices their weight increasing should review the quantity and quality of the food they're eating, she said. What and how much they eat can explain their post-exercise weight gain.  "Unfortunately, a lot of people think that they can eat more because they've exercised," Caillaud said. Although eating junk food occasionally may not be harmful, exercising will likely not counteract the effects of increasing the frequency with which you consume it.  The weight gain may be due to a few different biological factors, even if your diet hasn't changed. It is possible to overstrain your muscles if you aren't accustomed to good workouts and then go all out. According to University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, when this happens, your muscles are damaged by microtears, but these are not cause for concern, since your body helps repair the damage by sending nutrition to the muscles. As a result, your muscles ache the next day, but eventually your muscles grow.  
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  • Perhaps you have felt disappointed when you start an especially vigorous workout routine only to see the scale go above the weight you started with. Is there a biological reason behind why exercise makes me gain weight? There are many aspects to the answer. Exercise does not make you fat. Weight gain after working out is most likely a combination of several factors, but you shouldn't give up. Professor Corinne Caillaud, an Australian professor of physical activity and digital health, says people typically don't realize the health benefits of exercise even when they gain weight. In regard to weight management, exercise is important, but diet also plays a role, said Caillaud. A person who notices their weight increasing should review the quantity and quality of the food they're eating, she said. What and how much they eat can explain their post-exercise weight gain.  "Unfortunately, a lot of people think that they can eat more because they've exercised," Caillaud said. Although eating junk food occasionally may not be harmful, exercising will likely not counteract the effects of increasing the frequency with which you consume it.  The weight gain may be due to a few different biological factors, even if your diet hasn't changed. It is possible to overstrain your muscles if you aren't accustomed to good workouts and then go all out. According to University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, when this happens, your muscles are damaged by microtears, but these are not cause for concern, since your body helps repair the damage by sending nutrition to the muscles. As a result, your muscles ache the next day, but eventually your muscles grow.  
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  • 15 Aug 2021
    Beyoncé, who turns 40 next month, looked back on her life and career during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar released Tuesday. In the cover story, the singer said she can come across as “closed off” because of a conscious decision she made years ago. “I’m grateful I have the ability to choose what I want to share,” she told the magazine. “One day I decided I wanted to be like Sade and Prince. I wanted the focus to be on my music, because if my art isn’t strong enough or meaningful enough to keep people interested and inspired, then I’m in the wrong business. My music, my films, my art, my message — that should be enough.” Beyoncé said she has intentionally set boundaries between her public persona and personal life. “My family and friends often forget the side of me that is the beast in stilettos until they are watching me perform,” she said. “Those who don’t know me and have never met me might interpret that as being closed off,” she said, adding that “the reason those folks don’t see certain things about me is because my Virgo ass does not want them to see it. ... It’s not because it doesn’t exist!” Beyoncé also said she found new ways to practice self-care during the pandemic, including using CBD to help alleviate soreness and insomnia — which has led to her planning to grow her own hemp and make her own honey. “I’ve even got hives on my roof,” she said.
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  • Beyoncé, who turns 40 next month, looked back on her life and career during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar released Tuesday. In the cover story, the singer said she can come across as “closed off” because of a conscious decision she made years ago. “I’m grateful I have the ability to choose what I want to share,” she told the magazine. “One day I decided I wanted to be like Sade and Prince. I wanted the focus to be on my music, because if my art isn’t strong enough or meaningful enough to keep people interested and inspired, then I’m in the wrong business. My music, my films, my art, my message — that should be enough.” Beyoncé said she has intentionally set boundaries between her public persona and personal life. “My family and friends often forget the side of me that is the beast in stilettos until they are watching me perform,” she said. “Those who don’t know me and have never met me might interpret that as being closed off,” she said, adding that “the reason those folks don’t see certain things about me is because my Virgo ass does not want them to see it. ... It’s not because it doesn’t exist!” Beyoncé also said she found new ways to practice self-care during the pandemic, including using CBD to help alleviate soreness and insomnia — which has led to her planning to grow her own hemp and make her own honey. “I’ve even got hives on my roof,” she said.
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