Kick it Out: Education is key

first_imgPremier League Education not punishment key in anti-discrimination fight – Kick it Out Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 20:17 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Stoke City Premier League Crystal Palace v Chelsea Liverpool v Manchester United Manchester United Chelsea Morata Romelu Lukaku Premier League has been in the spotlight due to illicit chanting in the early part of the season but it’s vital to inform fans of what causes offence Anti-discrimination organisation Kick it Out says educating rather than punishing fans should be top priority after a start to the Premier League season marred by illicit chants.Controversy has raged over a Manchester United chant which involved a racist stereotype around Romelu Lukaku while Chelsea fans came under fire for a chant towards Alvaro Morata deemed anti-Semitic.Furthermore, a Leicester City fan was fined for homophobic abuse following a game against Brighton & Hove Albion in August. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Kick it Out has previously condemned the behaviour of the offending fans but wants to provide more education and information in order to better explain why these chants are unacceptable.“Education sits central to everything we do,” CEO Roisin Wood told Goal at the Leaders in Sport summit at Stamford Bridge.“We have no interest in banning fans unless it’s proportionate to what they’ve done. What we’re interested in saying to some fans is that it’s not what the player wants and not what the club wants.“Some fans have actually come through to us and said ‘we do find that offensive, we don’t want to hear that’.“That’s what’s important, to educate fans. We’re not there to punish you. You’re supporting your player, your club, I get that, so talk to us about some of the things you could do to help.”Anti-discrimination efforts Europe-wide are under the spotlight this week with Lazio being forced to play their next two Serie A home fixtures in front of an empty Curva Nord following racist chanting towards two Sassuolo players last weekend, while UEFA has opened proceedings against Spartak Moscow after a Liverpool under-21 player suffered abuse in a UEFA Youth League match last week.And, despite the chanting in the Premier League, Wood believes British football remains at the forefront of the fight against discrimination across the continent.“I think we’re still leading the way,” she says. “We’ve come a long way in the last 25 years. Is there loads to do? Absolutely there is. But I still see some of the things coming through to us from Europe and I’m talking to people who have travelled abroad with some of the teams and they say you’re not going to hear here what you’re hearing there.“We’ve still got loads to do but I think we’re not very good at communicating what we do sometimes. We need to get better at that. The messages of diversity and inclusion, I just don’t think we tell the world that all the time.”The Leaders Sport Business Summit, taking place during Leaders Week at Chelsea FC, gathers 1800 director level executives from all over the world to share intelligence and spark discussions that will help shape the future of sport. For more information please visit: Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

British Columbia RCMP appeal for help in finding missing family of four

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – The RCMP in British Columbia is asking for the public’s help in trying to locate a family of four that has not been heard from since Monday.Surrey RCMP say the Anderson family was reported missing on Tuesday evening.They were last seen on Sunday and a family member spoke to them at about 9 p.m. on Monday.Police say the family is known to frequent Minoru Park in Richmond, B.C., and it’s also possible the Andersons are driving to Alberta.They are looking for 43-year-old Sheldon Anderson, 45-year-old Nona Anderson and the couple’s two daughters, Chanel and Mariah, who are 13 and 10 respectively.Police say the Andersons’ vehicle is a 2002 tan coloured Toyota Sienna minivan with Alberta licence plate BGZ 2221.last_img read more

US home construction climbed 5.7% in April

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.The Commerce Department said Thursday that homebuilding rose 5.7% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 million. But housing starts fell 2.5% from a year earlier, suggesting that would-be home buyers are facing a shortage of new houses.Construction of single-family homes increased 6.2% to 854,000 but was down 4.3% from a year earlier. Building of apartments and condominiums rose 2.3% to 359,000 and was up 1.4% from April 2018.From March to April, housing starts surged 84.6% in the Northeast and 42% in the Midwest but fell 5.7% in the South and 5.5% in the West.Housing permits, an indicator of future activity, rose 0.6% to 1.3 million, the first uptick since December.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

Government defends delisting diaspora groups

The Government today defended the de-listing of several diaspora groups and individuals earlier accused of having links to terrorism.State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijeywardena, speaking in Parliament, said that the de-listing was carried out following a comprehensive study conducted out on the groups and individuals by a high level committee. He said that the even the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) which was de-listed has not publicly denounced separatism and continues to promote ‘Eelam’ on its official website.The Government recently de-listed eight organisations and 267 persons. Sri Lanka proscribed 16 organisations and 424 individuals under Gazette Extraordinary No. 1854/41 on 21 March 2014 using powers under the United Nations Act No. 45 of 1968. (Colombo Gazette) Opposition Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma earlier questioned the basis on which the groups and individuals were cleared of links to terrorism. He said that the study concluded that the diaspora groups and individuals who were de-proscribed recently were not involved in terrorism related activities over the past three years. read more

One prisoner killed several hurt in attempt to escape from UN jail

The 15 prisoners were seized Thursday in Datule village and because there was no more space in Ndromo prison they were placed in an office which some of the military peacekeepers used for sleeping, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said in Bunia.In the early evening the prisoners broke down the door and went outside. While struggling with those prisoners who were trying to seize his weapon, the sentinel fired and “there are one dead, one person seriously wounded and three people slightly injured,” but none succeeded in escaping, MONUC said.The injured were taken to a hospital in Bunia, the capital of the Ituri district, and MONUC said it was investigating the incident further.On Friday militia members ambushed and killed an officer and eight soldiers from MONUC in the same district as the “blue helmets” continued their efforts to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) from looting, extortion and other acts of harassment by local militias. It was the worst attack on MONUC since the mission was launched in November 1999. read more

Accenture to create 300 new tech and design jobs in Dublin

first_img 10,782 Views ACCENTURE HAS ANNOUNCED the creation of 300 new jobs as part of plans to “grow and deepen its presence” in Ireland.The new jobs will be in the field of design and technology, while 100 of these will be located at The Dock, the company’s new research and innovation hub which officially opens today.The professional services company already employs over 2,200 people in Ireland.New employees will work across a range of areas including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and in industries ranging from financial services to consumer goods.The Dock will be based in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, and is described as one of the world’s “most connected and intelligent buildings”, as it uses sensors to learn from occupant behaviour, reacts to user feedback and allows the building to continually evolve.In January last year, the company announced also announced 250 new jobs for Dublin.There are currently 107 jobs listed under the search term “Dublin” on the company’s website.Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the news, describing it as a move “which further cements Ireland’s position globally as a technology hub”.Accenture Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme said the company was “proud to build on [its] long history in Ireland”.Read: These are the companies Ireland’s graduates most want to work forRead: 20 Under 20: Ireland’s brightest and most inspirational rising stars Friday 10 Feb 2017, 7:59 AM Share39 Tweet Email5 The Taoiseach welcomed the news. The Taoiseach welcomed the news. Image: Sam Boal/ Feb 10th 2017, 7:59 AM center_img Accenture to create 300 new tech and design jobs in Dublin Around 100 of these new roles will be in The Dock, the company’s new research and development hub. Short URL Image: Sam Boal/ By Sean Murray 46 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Asthme attention aux médecines non conventionnelles

first_imgAsthme : attention aux médecines non conventionnellesSelon une récente étude de l’Université de Montréal les enfants ne parviendraient pas à maîtriser complètement leur asthme avec les médecines non conventionnelles.L’Université de Montréal met en garde les parents dont les enfants asthmatiques ont recours aux médecines non conventionnelles, puisque selon les résultats de son étude, ces enfants auraient deux fois plus de risques de présenter un asthme mal contrôlé. L’étude, dirigée par Francine Ducharme, professeure au département de pédiatrie de l’Université de Montréal, s’est portée sur 2.000 enfants de six ans touchés par différents asthmes. Elle a montré que ceux qui utilisaient des médecines douces dans le but de maitriser leur asthme avaient plus de difficultés à contrôler leur maladie que les autres enfants.Ainsi, Francine Ducharme explique à Santé News : “Des études antérieures ont montré que près de 60% des parents croient que les médecines parallèles et complémentaires peuvent être utiles dans le traitement de l’asthme. Pourtant, des études bien conçues n’ont pas permis de démontrer que les thérapies comme l’acupuncture, l’hémopathie, la médecine chiropratique ou la phytothérapie sont efficaces dans le traitement de l’asthme”. Et alors que sur les enfants étudiés, 13% suivaient des médecines douches, Francine Ducharme ajoute : “Les parents n’ont peut-être pas conscience des risques qui leur sont associés, notamment les réactions indésirables qu’elles peuvent induire, leurs interactions possibles avec les médicaments conventionnels”. Ainsi, il n’est pas recommandé de subtiliser un traitement conventionnel part une médecine douce, quelle qu’elle soit.Le 3 décembre 2010 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Carte Vitale loublier vous coûtera plus cher

first_imgCarte Vitale : l’oublier vous coûtera plus cherProchainement, il est possible que votre médecin vous fasse payer plus cher la consultation (aujourd’hui fixée à 23 euros), si vous oubliez votre Carte Vitale. La majoration s’élèverait à cinquante centimes d’euro.Si jamais vous devez consulter un médecin, vérifiez bien au préalable que votre Carte Vitale est bien rangée dans votre portefeuille, au risque de payer votre consultation un peu plus cher que prévu. Certes, la majoration annoncée n’est pas astronomique, 0,50 euro, mais elle a le mérite d’énerver les patients et l’Assurance maladie qui refuse cette hausse des tarifs. En fait, cette majoration est avant tout imposée par la Sécurité sociale qui a fait savoir qu’elle facturerait aux médecins 50 centimes d’euros à chaque feuille de soin envoyée. Celles-ci auraient coûté 200 millions d’euros à la Sécurité sociale en 2009, rapporte Le Parisien.Le premier syndicat de médecins libéraux, la CSMF, a réagi en affichant dans les cabinets médicaux le message suivant : “Si vous ne présentez pas la carte vitale, quel qu’en soit le motif, l’Assurance maladie impose à votre médecin une pénalité de 0,50 EUR qu’il rajoutera au tarif de votre consultation”. L’Assurance maladie appelle tous les assurés et patients à refuser de payer cette majoration, l’estimant non-justifiée.Le 10 février 2011 à 14:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save on Switch Pro Controllers and JoyCons

first_imgWant a more traditional gamepad for your Switch? Amazon is currently discounting Nintendo’s own Pro controller by 19 percent, so here’s the chance to up your game. • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $56.99 at Amazon (List price: $69.99).Alternately, you can get a second set of Joy-Cons for just $69 when you place your order at Walmart. If your current controllers are starting to wear out, this is a pretty decent deal. • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (L/R) Controller (Neon Red/Neon Blue) for $69 at Walmart (List price: $79.99).Enter coupon code “200OFF1599” at checkout, and you can save $280 off of this superb gaming laptop from Alienware. Enjoy full HD gaming wherever you go. • Alienware m15 Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core 15.6-Inch 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop with RTX 2060, 16GB RAM for $1399.99 at Dell Home (Coupon code: 200OFF1599 – List price: $1679.99).Want to play in comfort? Click today’s digital coupon at Amazon, and you can enjoy this Respawn gaming chair at a 14 percent discount. And if you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can even have it assembled for you. • Respawn 110 Racing Style Gaming Chair with Footrest, Lumbar Pillow, Adjustable Headrest for $120.32 at Amazon (Coupon code: Clip $4.67 Coupon – List price: $139.99).For a limited time, you can take 43 percent off the retail price of Azul – a tip-top board game that’s easy for just about everyone to play. • Azul Board Game by Plan B Games for $22.85 at Amazon (List price: $39.99).Note: Terms and conditions apply. See each retail site for more information.For more great deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Device gives Woodland man with digestive disorder hope for a new life

first_imgZack Groen doesn’t know what “normal” feels like.Groen, 25, was an average, healthy baby. But by age 6, he had fallen off of the growth chart. That’s also when the frequent vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy started.“I haven’t ever really felt much different,” said Groen, who lives in Woodland.By the time Groen was 9, he weighed less than he did as a 6-year-old. He saw numerous specialists who ran a litany of tests looking for tumors and leukemia and lesions in his upper gastrointestinal tract. Everything came back negative.Finally, when Groen was 11 and weighed just 43 pounds, he was diagnosed with celiac disease — an immune reaction to eating gluten that can damage the small intestine and prevent the absorption of nutrients.After cutting gluten from his diet, Groen experienced some improvement. He had occasional stomach issues, but, for the most part, the gastrointestinal symptoms went away. He stopped missing school. His grades improved.But by the time he reached his senior year at La Center High School, the stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea were again daily occurrences.last_img read more

Weather Eye Northwest weather remains difficult for forecasters

first_img“The Rise and Fall of Weather Forecasting.” That sounds like a good title for a book, especially after the variety of weather we have endured the past week or so and with the forecasts of windstorms and snowstorms and not really much of either materialized.I started a book on Northwest weather and haven’t completed it as I ventured into writing my first fiction novel. But I will return to the weather book eventually, which will talk among other things about the ups and downs of weather forecasting here in the Pacific Northwest.There was more kinds of weather around the Northwest on Wednesday than I can describe in this column but everything from rain, snow, hail, thunder, winds, flooding, blizzards to name a few. A large storm off the coast fueled high winds and surf along the coastal strip and heavy snow in the Cascades. Even the Columbia River Gorge received upwards of six inches of snow from the Oregon towns of Cascade Locks to Hood River.The combination of southerly winds and lack of heavy precipitation to bring down the snow level eliminated the threat of snow here in Clark County, except at the highest elevations. Snow did fall in the Olympia-to-Everett areas early Wednesday, however.We aren’t through with the active weather as more rain and wind and low-elevation snow daunts the Northwest. As heavier precipitation falls, snow levels behind the cold front will drop again to the Coast Range and foothills. Snow levels remain low through the weekend.last_img read more

Clouds delay Midnight Sun Baseball Game

first_imgFairbanks annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game continues Wednesday night after being suspended early that morning due to low light.Download AudioThe Alaska Goldpanners are off to a strong start in the 111th edition of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game at Fairbanks Growden Park. The home team is leading the Kenai Peninsula Oilers 8 to nothing through 6 innings, in the suspended game.With 6 innings done and a team ahead, the game could have been considered complete, but as clouds blocked the midnight sun after 1 AM, umpires and coaches instead opted to halt play for half an hour, and then, when conditions didn’t improve, rather than break tradition by turning on the stadium lights, delayed the remainder of the game until tonight.The final 3 innings of the Midnight Sun Game will be followed by a second game on Wednesday night at Growden Park.last_img read more

Sarees presented to Goddess Mahakali

first_imgSecunderabad: Former trustees of Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Devathanam P Rammohan Yadav, K Srinivas Goud, Bachu Mahesh, Jagdish Prasad Varma, Kondapur Mahesh Yadav on Tuesday presented handloom sarees for the decoration of the deity to mark the ‘Shravana Masam’. Local Corporator Athelli Aruna Srinivas Goud, temple EO S Annapurna and some devotees offered ‘Vodi Biyyam’ to the goddess. Among those present were Lalitha Parayanam members, veda pundits, chief archaka, temple staff, devotees.last_img read more

Jet Airways lenders may be facing dilemma of writing off 80 dues

first_imgJet Airways aircraft are seen parked at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, April 13, 2019. The airline shut down all operations from April 17. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File PhotoThe lenders to grounded private airline Jet Airways may have tactically erred in failing to keep the airline airborne by releasing emergency funds, some circles believe. The airline management suspended all flights from Wednesday (April 17) after the debt-laden carrier failed to secure operational funds from the banks. The airline had only five planes airborne when the decision came.The lenders were unable to decide on the amount they should release to the stricken airline, whose fleet of 120 aircraft had dwindled to five in a matter of months. While the management’s demand was at least Rs 1,500 crore, which the lenders, who are looking for buyers for up to 75 per cent stake in the company that Naresh Goyal founded, initially accepted. Later reports said the lenders were considering releasing Rs 1,000 crore as some lenders belonging to the State Bank of India (SBI)-led consortium were sceptical of the bids. The lenders finally released only Rs 200 crore, which was not enough to keep flying the airline that owes lenders and other stakeholders Rs 8,500 crore.There were reports that some of the lenders wanted to apply the squeeze on the emergency funds to hasten the bidding process after four bidders were chosen. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, the foreign strategic partner of Jet who holds the 24 per cent stake in Jet that they bought in 2012, is the only airline in the fray. Another bidder Indigo Partner is a US-based private equity firm with controlling stakes in US-based American Frontier Airlines and Chilean low-cost startup JetSmart. The state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and US private equity fund TPG Capital that specialises in leveraged buyouts, has little exposure to the aviation sector. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner of Etihad Airways. The UAE national carrier, which holds a 24 per cent stake, is the only airline to bid for the Jet rescue plan. Courtesy: etihad.comThe bidders may have wanted the airline to remain airborne when they board it as part of the lenders’ rescue plan, but now that the airline is grounded they may not be in a hurry to see the planes back in the sky, according to observers. This is because the grounded airline has increased the bidders’ bargaining power against the creditors to the stricken airline, which Naresh Goyal founded in 1992 as India’s first private airline.”The investors are ready to provide funds. However, the lenders have made it overly challenging for any bid to work in the time frame required,” said a person close to the development who was quoted in a report in the Economic Times. “The lack of interim funding has forced Jet to shut operations. The lenders see this as an opportunity to expedite the sale process. But this does not allow time for adequate due diligence,” he added. Jet has net debt of about Rs 8,500 crore on its books and dues to lessors and vendors add up to about Rs 3,500 crore. The potential investors are prepared to take on only 20 per cent of the airline’s debt.An estimate says Jet will require up to Rs 20,000 crore over the next three years even with the many austerity steps the investors plan to implement. This includes funding towards estimated losses, dues and investments in improving the operations, according to the report.last_img read more

DACA UPDATE Congressman Calls Trumps Chief Of Staff A Liar

first_img Share Jacquelyn Martin | APYurexi Quinones, 24, of Manassas, Va., a college student who is studying social work and a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies next to Ana Rice, 18, of Manassas, Va., far right, in support of DACA, outside of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump plans to end a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children and call for Congress to find a legislative solution.The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out a program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally (all times local):President Donald Trump says he has a “great love” for the young immigrants protected by the DACA program.Speaking before a meeting with administration officials and congressional leaders Tuesday, Trump says he has a “great heart” for the young people. He says he hopes “Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.”The Trump administration announced Tuesday it’s phasing out the program and leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative. The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation.Trump says he has spoken with members of Congress who “want to be able to do something and do it right.” He adds that he thinks “long-term, it’s going to be the right solution.”__A Republican senator is urging President Donald Trump to get personally involved in advancing legislation that would put a select group of young immigrants on a path to U.S. citizenship.Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says Trump should “work the phones” to get the votes needed to pass the bill Graham is sponsoring with Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.Their legislation would allow young immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they meet several requirements. They have to have come to the United States as children, graduate from high school and pass background checks.Graham says the bill “is a good down payment on what will eventually be a comprehensive solution to a broken immigration system.”__A Democratic congressman is calling White House Chief of Staff John Kelly a liar after President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois lashed out at Kelly, the former head of the Homeland Security Department, on Tuesday. The lawmaker says Kelly has “no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the president’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”Gutierrez says Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the mass deportation of so-called “Dreamers” would be prevented. The lawmaker says Kelly, a former Marine, is a “disgrace to the uniform he used to wear.”Former President Barack Obama calls President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the so-called DACA program “cruel” and “self-defeating.”The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it’s rescinding the program and leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative.Obama did not mention Trump by name in his statement but says a “shadow has been cast” over some of the nation’s best and brightest young people. He says targeting them is wrong “because they have done nothing wrong.”Obama says it’s up to members of Congress to act and he joins his voice with the majority of Americans who hopes Congress will step up. The White House says it wants Congress to come up with a plan to replace the program the Trump administration is phasing out, which shields young immigrants from deportation.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump wants to see “responsible immigration reform” from Congress. She says it should also include controlling the U.S. border, improved vetting and enforcing immigration laws.The administration is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the government stops renewing permits for people covered by the program.___1:45 p.m.Mexico says it “deeply regrets” the Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, and the Mexican government is urging U.S. lawmakers to pass a replacement.The Foreign Relations department says in a statement that “it is undoubtedly the sole responsibility of U.S. citizens and institutions to determine U.S. immigration policy … but in the current situation, the Mexican government has a moral imperative to act.”The department said Tuesday that Mexico would provide legal defense services for any of its citizens affected by the decision. The department said of the young immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” that Mexico “will receive with open arms any dreamers who return.”___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is defending his decision to phase out a program protecting young immigrants from deportation, saying he is giving Congress a “window of opportunity” to act.Trump is stressing in a statement that he is “not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.”The program created by former President Barack Obama has given nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country.Trump says he is not in favor of punishing children for the actions of their parents.But he says: “Young Americans have dreams too.”___11:45 a.m.House Speaker Paul Ryan says Barack Obama’s existing policy for immigrants brought to the country as children was a “clear abuse of executive authority” and now it’s incumbent upon Congress to act.In a statement Tuesday, the Wisconsin Republican says the heart of the issue is “young people who came to this country through no fault of their own.”Ryan says it is his hope that the House and Senate — with the president’s leadership — will find consensus on a permanent legislative solution to the issue. He says it is important to ensure that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute “as a valued party of this great country.”Ryan’s statement came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was rescinding the program known as DACA.___11:45 a.m.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children “a deeply shameful act of political cowardice.”Pelosi also said in a statement that the widely expected announcement on Tuesday was a “despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America.”The California lawmaker said the decision requires immediate action from the Republican-led Congress, and Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership must hold a vote immediately to address the issue.___11:15 a.m.The Trump administration has announced that it will wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called the program known as DACA as an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”He says the Trump administration is urging Congress to find an alternate way to protect young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.Sessions says the U.S. needs to have a lawful immigration that “serves the national interest” and the U.S. cannot admit everyone who wants to come to the country.___10:26 a.m.President Donald Trump will phase out a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. He will call for Congress to find a legislative solution to protect the immigrants, who are often called “Dreamers.”That’s according to two people who were briefed on the plan set to be announced later Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly before the announcement.Trump suggested in an earlier tweet Tuesday that it would be up to Congress to ultimately decide the fate of those covered by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.DACA has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.— By Jill Colvin.__8:25 a.m.President Donald Trump says Congress should “get ready” to take on immigration legislation.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce Tuesday it will end in six months a program that shields from deportation young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.The decision to delay the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, would give Congress time to act. But Congress has struggled to act on immigration because of divisions within the Republican party.Trump tweeted early Tuesday: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”__3:38 a.m.Potential battles may lie ahead for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in the wake of his decision on whether to keep the program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.Some Republicans want to maintain the program while others want it ended. Waiting for the president’s decision are those who came to the U.S. illegally as children and in some cases have no memories of their native countries.Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but with a six-month delay. Congress could use that extra time to pass legislation that would address the status of the so-called Dreamers.The Justice Department says Attorney General Jeff Sessions will address the DACA program at a Tuesday morning briefing.last_img read more

Texas Coastal Bend Residents Continue To Rebuild After Hurricane Harvey

first_imgDAVID MARTIN DAVIES / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOWeeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Fulton damage and debris line the streets.Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on Aug. 25 and became the state’s most costly storm on record, causing almost $200 billion in damage. Houston bore the brunt of it and has received the most attention. But many frustrated residents of Aransas County say more help is needed.The sound of power saws and drills permeates the streets of Fulton — a town of 1,300 located about a half hour northeast of Corpus Christi. Some are calling this the DIY recovery because residents aren’t waiting around for aid. They’re picking up their tools and getting to work, including the mayor, Jimmy Kendrick.“I’m trying to build a fence back,” he said, while gesturing towards a half-completed project. Lumber, tools and other equipment are scattered around the yard.Kendrick said Hurricane Harvey gave his home a wallop and not many in Fulton were spared.“The eye hit right where you’re standing right here,” he said. “This is where the eye came aboard.”There’s a new raised concrete slab where the garage used to be. But a structure will be coming soon, Kendrick said.He said his roof leaks and only the front of the house has electricity.“I live in this half of the house right here where the living room is with my wife because that’s where the air conditioner’s at,” he said.For Kendrick, taking the rebuilding into his own hands isn’t just necessary — he said it’s therapeutic.“What you hear right now is people trying to get out of that depression stage – that down stage and get into something positive,” he said. “Once you are using your hands, (you’re) building something, (you’re) seeing something improve, then you are making it better for yourself.”Recently, Kendrick and other coastal bend officials testified at a hearing before state lawmakers.“Our community is hurting. It’s hurting bad,” he told lawmakers.He said to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Disaster Impact and Recovery that the stress of dealing with Harvey’s destruction is getting to be too much for him and the town.“Folks, I didn’t sleep last night from one o’clock to three o’clock. There are times that I sat there and thought about sticking a gun in my mouth and pulling the trigger, folks,” he said.The mayor of nearby Port Aransas, Charles Bujan, was there too. He told lawmakers that Port A city facilities alone suffered at least $47 million in damage.“Our fire equipment and fire department suffered major damage. Our public works building was completely destroyed with most of the vehicles. Our (emergency medical service), and police and constable and court — municipal court building is totally destroyed. Our library is destroyed and all of the books in it. Our marina is not usable and completely 80 percent destroyed. Our 12,000 acre nature preserve was heavily damaged with all the walkways gone,” he said.Bujan said to deal with future super storms, the city will raise all its public buildings by 15 feet. He also expects the city council to require all new construction be raised. And to protect the city, it needs a seawall on the bay side of the island.“Our city needs help. We’ve suffered many storms but nothing like Hurricane Harvey. This storm has dealt us a deadly blow. As mayor I’m reaching out to you on this panel and this state government for assistance,” he said.Kendrick said he asked his community what it needs most.“Every one of them said ‘Pay my bills. Help me pay my bills.’ ” Let’s start giving money to people,” Kendrick said.There’s no indication the state plans to give money directly to Hurricane Harvey victims, but one organization is.On Saturday, the Taiwan-based humanitarian organization Tzu Chi Foundation set up rows of tables and chairs in Fulton’s fire department station, where residents received free debit cards.CREDIT DAVID MARTIN DAVIES / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOThe Taiwan-based humanitarian organization Tzu Chi Foundation gave out gift cards to aid Fulton residents.“It can not be used to buy tobacco or alcohol,” said Chi Yao, a spokesperson for Tzu Chi. He said the amounts on the cards vary depending on the family size and the need. The foundation is also providing emergency relief to victims of Mexico City’s Earthquake, Hurricane Irma and the California wildfires.“We don’t ask for anything in return.”But Chi said his group, which is rooted in Buddhism, wants to spread the word of love, stewardship of the planet and vegetarianism.Rockport Police Commander Jerry Lawing said the arrival of the Tzu Chi Foundation was a welcomed surprise and its help means many people in Aransas County will be able to have a traditional Thanksgiving.“We didn’t know anything about these people and now we got to be real close friends,” he said.Lawing added whether the people of the Coastal bend feast on real turkey or tofu turkey, they will now have plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving thanks to those who are helping their community recover.David Martin Davies can be reached at or on Twitter @DavidMartinDavi Sharelast_img read more

Houston Scientist James Allison Wins Nobel Prize

first_img Share MD Anderson Cancer CenterDr. James P. Allison in his laboratoryThe Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday to two researchers from the United States and Japan for advances in discovering how the body’s immune system can fight off the scourge of cancer.The $1 million prize will be shared by James Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Kyoto University.Watch the moment the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is announced. Presented by Thomas Perlmann, Secretary-General of the Nobel Committee.— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 1, 2018Allison is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, according to MD Anderson. Allison and Honjo’s parallel work concerned proteins that act as brakes on the body’s immune system and it constitutes “a landmark in our fight against cancer,” said a statement from the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, which selects winners of the annual prestigious award.Allison studied a known protein and developed the concept into a new treatment approach, whereas Honjo discovered a new protein that also operated as a brake on immune cells.2018 #NobelPrize laureate James P. Allison studied a protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realised the potential of releasing the brake and unleashing our immune cells to attack tumours. He developed this concept into a new approach for treating patients.— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 1, 2018“I’m honored and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition,” Allison said in a statement. “A driving motivation for scientists is simply to push the frontiers of knowledge. I didn’t set out to study cancer, but to understand the biology of T cells, these incredible cells that travel our bodies and work to protect us.”Last year’s prize went to three Americans for work in identifying genes and proteins that work in the body’s biological clock, which affects functions such as sleep patterns, blood pressure and eating habits.The physics prize is to be announced Tuesday, followed by chemistry. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday and the economics laureate will be announced next Monday. No literature prize is being given this year.For more on Allison and Honjo’s discoveries and background, click here. last_img read more

Orlando trauma Surgeon and survivor speak Federal appeals court upholds net neutrality

first_img#Orlando Dr. Cheatham reinforces that there are 6 still in critically ill condition & he wouldn’t be surprised if death toll rises— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) June 14, 2016 Advertisement Orlando shooting survivor Angel Colon gives the details of his miraculous survival. Was shot three times in the leg and trampled.#Orlando survivor Angel Colon tells his story. Shot 3x & trampled so he played dead as he continued to get shot. ?— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) June 14, 2016Orlando trauma surgeon at hospital that treated Pulse shooting victims speaks out. 6 victims still in critical condition. (Yahoo!)Dr. Cheatham: We have the best nurses in the world. (Applause breaks out).— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) June 14, 2016center_img U.S. District Court of Appeals in D.C. defines internet as a utility, upholds net neutrality. (NY Times)Newly discovered planet orbits two suns. (Fox-5 San Diego)Could Larry David make a Curb comeback? (Hollywood Reporter)Bear steals beer from golf cart in Anchorage. (NBC-2 Anchorage)‘Alcoholic’ bear cub climbs into golf cart, steals sips of beer: Ben HooperANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 14 (UPI) -…— John Cremeans (@OddPlanet) June 14, 2016last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg on Why Facebook Wont Remove Fake News and 3 Other

first_img 5 min read July 18, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img “We’re not kids in a dorm room anymore, right?”That’s what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode, in a recent podcast interview. The full transcript is available here, but we pulled out some of the key takeaways — including the company’s plans for regulating “fake news,” its new AI tools for monitoring content, Zuckerberg’s own mentor and what he sees as the new frontier for technology.1. Facebook will not remove “fake news” — it will simply reduce that content’s distribution.Zuckerberg said he grapples with the balance between giving people a voice and keeping the community safe. “In this case, we feel like our responsibility is to prevent hoaxes from going viral and being widely distributed,” he said.When it comes to false news, Zuckerberg’s approach is to make sure that the top items going viral or being distributed by Facebook on a large scale aren’t hoaxes or blatant misinformation. If users flag content as a potential hoax, it’s sent to a team of fact-checkers, and if they say it’s provably false, Facebook will reduce that content’s distribution and move it down in News Feed.But the company won’t remove content from the platform — even if it’s provably false — unless it attacks individuals or will likely result in physical harm. “I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” Zuckerberg said. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.” Moving forward, organizations posting provably false content on their own pages will only be checked by a reduction in distribution via News Feed.2. The company will prioritize monitoring fake accounts, advertisements and Facebook Live broadcasts.Zuckerberg said the company is prioritizing monitoring on a large scale. Facebook’s content review team now numbers 20,000 people, he said, and the company is pouring resources into artificial intelligence (AI) tools that identify and remove fake accounts, as well as tools that flag and remove terrorist content.Another thing Zuckerberg touched on: With the launch of Facebook Live, some individuals began to use it to broadcast self-harm or — “in a few cases” — suicide. He said the company built more AI tools and hired a team of 3,000 so they could up response time to Live videos within 10 minutes. (The company’s typical response time for content ranges from hours to one day.)“In the last six months, we’ve been able to help first responders get to more than a thousand people who needed help quickly because of that effort,” he said.Related: The Biggest Revelations and Strangest Moments From Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Testimony3. Zuckerberg named Bill Gates as his mentor.Zuckerberg called Microsoft founder Bill Gates one of his chief mentors and inspirations — even before he knew him personally. “Growing up, I admired how Microsoft was mission-focused,” he said. “It was a company that had a clear social goal. … It was like an Apollo-like goal to me.”Zuckerberg says he admires Gates’s “second act” with charitable giving, saying he hopes to follow in the philanthropist’s footsteps by making it a priority right now.As for others he admires? Zuckerberg emphasized the team he works with on a daily basis — specifically that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg taught him much of what he knows about leadership, business and building organizations. “I always tell people that you should only hire people to be on your team if you would work for them,” he said.4. Virtual and augmented reality is the new frontier, according to Zuckerberg.Every 10 to 15 years, Zuckerberg said he sees a new computing platform emerge that’s better at capturing the human experience. That’s why he thinks virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will soon be a “really big deal.” He brought up the history of the internet, saying it started as primarily text, moved to emphasize images, then prioritized video — and he says he believes VR and AR are likely next.“I do think that we’re gonna move towards this world where eventually you’ll be able to capture a whole experience that you’re in and be able to send that to someone,” he said. “I think that that’s just going to be an amazing technology for perspective — taking and putting yourself in other people’s shoes [or] being able to feel like you’re really physically there with someone even when you’re not.”Related: Here’s What Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony Could Mean for the Future of Facebook Register Now »last_img read more