EU demands more effective struggle with hate crimes

first_imgBRUSSELS- Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council of the European Union concluded Friday its two-day meeting in Brussels on combating hate crime. The Council invited member states to consider the experience of other EU countries in extending the scope of punishable hate crime offences within their criminal legislation, and the inclusion of other bias motives behind these offences, and ensure prompt and effective investigation and prosecution of hate crimes ensuring that bias motives are taken into consideration and throughout criminal proceedings.The council also invited EU members to take appropriate measures to facilitate the reporting of hate crimes by victims and as far as possible also associations supporting them, including measures to build trust in police and other state institutions; collect and publish comprehensive and comparable data on hate crimes, the number of convictions, the bias motives behind these crimes, and the punishments handed down to offenders. EU countries are also invited to ensure that victims of hate crime are assisted, supported and protected; and steps are taken to educate the public on the values of cultural diversity and inclusion, and aiming for all sectors of society to have a role in combating such intolerance.The council also invited the European Commission to assess current legislation of the union and submit the report to the council, whereas the Fundamental Rights Agency is invited to continue assessing the extent of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate crime through EU-wide surveys.last_img read more

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FM meets Panamanian ViceMinister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgRabat – Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, met Thursday in Rabat, in the presence of Minister-delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida with Mayra Arosemena, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama.The two officials discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations to the level of a multidimensional strategic partnership, welcoming the decision of Panama to open its embassy in Morocco.The Moroccan diplomat also welcomed Panama’s decision to withdraw its recognition of so-called SADR and its willingness to work together with the UN efforts to reach a solution to the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara. He stressed that Morocco has made every effort at the UN Security Council in order to reach a final and lasting political solution to this conflict by proposing the Sahara autonomy initiative that was hailed by the international community, and by launching development programs in the southern provinces of the Kingdom.For her part, the Panamanian official welcomed Morocco’s role in the stability and development of Africa, thanks to its strategic geographical position.She highlighted the economic potential of the Kingdom, including its expertise in economic and financial matters, as well as the role of the Moroccan private sector in Africa.last_img read more

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Kabyle Leaders Hails Moroccos Plea for Kabylie

Paris – A Kabyle leader hailed Morocco’s plea in favor of the self-determination of the Kabylie region in Algeria, during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the UN creation in New York.“I am glad to hear this plea since the main goal of the Kabylie’s provisional government (GPK) is to put the issue of Kabylie’s sovereignty on the UN’s table,” said GPK’s second in command Lyazid Abid in a response on Tuesday on Website “tamurt.info“.Abid noted that the cause of Kabylie is very legitimate and the recognition of the GPK is logical.Either the right of self-determination is available for all peoples, or no one gets it, he added. Last Friday, the deputy permanent representative of Morocco’s permanent mission to the UN Abderrazzak Laassel said that “it is deplorable that the legitimate aspirations of Kabylie’s native people are muzzled, their human rights are breached on a daily basis and their legitimate representatives and leaders are persecuted and exiled.”With Map read more

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Drinking tea could boost food security UN agency says

28 June 2010Calling for more people in tea-producing countries to drink tea, the United Nations agriculture agency has spotlighted the potential for the industry to enhance food security by increasing farmers’ incomes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), tea exports cover the entire food import bill of Kenya, the world’s largest tea producer after China. Meanwhile, earnings from tea exports constituted half of agricultural export revenue and 60 per cent of food imports in Sri Lanka, another top producer. “Tea can be an important contributing factor to a nation’s food security,” said Kaison Chang, Secretary of FAO’s Inter-Governmental Group on Tea, the world’s only tea authority. In a new report, the agency urged tea-producing nations to market the drink more heavily at home and to publicize its health benefits abroad, cautioning against increasing the size of tea plantations, which would dampen crop prices in the long run. “Scope for expansion in consumption in traditional import markets like the United Kingdom and Russia is quite limited but in the countries where tea is produced, the per capita consumption is much lower and so there is a lot more market potential,” Mr. Chang pointed out. Consumers in tea-producing countries drink just one-tenth of the amount of tea compared to people in mature import markets, FAO said. The agency’s composite price for tea – the indicative international price for black tea – climbed by 13 per cent last year, pushing prices to record levels due to droughts n some of the major tea-producing regions of Asia and Africa. read more

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AsiaPacific most prone to natural disasters but lacks preparedness – UN report

Countries in Asia and the Pacific are more prone to natural disasters than those in other parts of the world, with people in the region four times more likely to be affected by natural catastrophe than those in Africa and 25 times more vulnerable than Europeans or North Americans, a United Nations report released today shows.Future disaster risk reduction strategies in the region should be considered within broader development frameworks and multisectoral budgetary processes that address economic inequities and social and environmental imbalances, according to the study, which was unveiled at the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea.The first of its kind, the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010 – prepared by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) – notes that natural disasters had disproportionate impacts on human development in the region.The region lacked comprehensive natural disasters assessment capacity, the reports notes, adding that while it generated one quarter of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), it accounted for 85 per cent of deaths and 42 per cent of global economic losses due to natural disasters.In a video message to the Conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to include disaster risk in national development policies and strategies on climate change.“There are proven ways to reduce risks and cope with the aftermath of a disaster – compulsory and routine risk assessments … environmental protection … sound urban planning and building codes … early warning systems … public education and insurance,” Mr. Ban told delegates.The report considers the socio-economic impact of disasters, and suggests ways of reducing vulnerability to disasters to protect development gains. It emphasizes that disaster losses are linked to and exacerbated by poverty, and that the vulnerability of the poor stems from multifaceted socio-economic and environmental imbalances.“Unless these imbalances are addressed, people who are constantly exposed to disaster risk are more likely to remain poor and more vulnerable to disasters, perpetuating a vicious cycle from which it is extremely difficult to break free,” said Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in a joint statement with Margareta Wahlström, the UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.During the conference, ESCAP will also organize a technical session on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.The conference follows the one-day pre-conference event on 24 October which looked into introducing innovative tools for reducing the impact of typhoon-related disasters in the region. 26 October 2010Countries in Asia and the Pacific are more prone to natural disasters than those in other parts of the world, with people in the region four times more likely to be affected by natural catastrophe than those in Africa and 25 times more vulnerable than Europeans or North Americans, a United Nations report released today shows. read more

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Brahimi urges funding for Afghan Interim Authority

“We have said before this new Administration needs to pay salaries to its employees, they have not been paid for the past six months and salaries are also needed for the next six months,” said Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi. “To pay salaries you need cash,” Mr. Fawzi told reporters in Kabul.Referring to the Start-Up Fund created for that purpose, Mr Fawzi said that despite some pledges, “very little cash” had come through. “It is time for the international community to stop talking and to start delivering help; in particular the Afghan Authority is counting on the international community to help pay salaries, and that help is not coming as fast as it should,” he said.Established following talks in Bonn last month among various Afghan factions, the Start-Up Fund sought $20 million, of which some $17 million were pledged and $3 million received.Mr. Fawzi also reported on meetings held over the weekend between Mr. Brahimi and members of Afghan civil society, the Interim Administration and the diplomatic community in Kabul. These included talks with the United States Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Sultan Ayub Khan, and the Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.Also this weekend, Mr. Brahimi attended the inauguration of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul, where Mr. Ayub Khan announced a contribution of $100 million towards the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Mr. Brahimi expressed his satisfaction to see Pakistan “resuming business in Afghanistan,” which would help the Kabul authorities to turn a new page in their history – one of progress, reconstruction and peace. read more

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At UN Iraqi Vice President warns of dangers of providing arms to

“We would like to draw your attention to the danger of providing the fighting parties with weapons, which only leads to more violence, blood and loss of life,” the Vice President said in his speech to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “This situation endangers the social fabric of the Syrian people, whom we cherish and (for whom we) fear for their unity and sovereignty.”Vice President Alkhuzae also cautioned against “negative regional and international interference,” saying it could “adversely impact the Syrian issue, and may cause unlimited chaos… that may spare not even those who interfered.”In Iraq’s view, he continued, only “negotiations and peaceful solutions” stand any chance of ending the crisis, which otherwise risked drawing in the region.“Solving the crisis by force could double the costs incurred by the Syrians and the region,” the Vice President said. “I hope that all of the parties realize that the bet on the military solution is a dangerous move.”He called on world leaders to support the “international and Arab initiative” promoted by the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, and warned that continued violence could “lead the region (into) a spiral of fighting known only to God.”Vice President Alkhuzae delivered the warnings on Syria after recalling his own country’s path towards democracy. But he said that, in Iraq’s case, “confronting terrorism caused a lot of blood, tears and money,” yet “rewarded our people with everlasting immunity against violence and gave us protective vaccines against the use of force and arms to deal with our differences.”On the question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraqi Vice President said his country’s position mirrored that of the wider Arab world in its support for the establishment of a State of Palestine within the “occupied Palestinian territories, with Jerusalem as its capital.”“We also declare our unequivocal rejection of the policies of repression, Judaization and usurpation of land practiced by Israel,” he said.Looking beyond conflict in the Middle East, in his statement, Vice President Alkhuzae touched on the question of “discriminatory policies” targeting religious and ethnic minorities, saying that Iraq condemned the “inhumane violations of the rights of Muslims in Myanmar.” He said they faced a “genocide that (the) world’s conscience” should not ignore. Recent tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, as well as at least 64,000 people displaced.Referring to an anti-Islam video produced in the United States, and which led to a violent reaction in several cities around the world, the Iraqi Vice President echoed other Muslim leaders speaking from the Assembly rostrum in commenting on the “repulsive abuses” directed against the Prophet of Islam, and the ensuring protests.He said the protests had “almost rocked” East-West relations, and called for a “sincere look” at the prospect of internationally banning such offending material with a measure that “criminalizes anyone who insults heavenly religions, disrespects religious symbols, or insults the Great Prophets and Messengers.”“The recurrence of these obscene actions will supply terrorists with excellent material to attract angry youth and use them in violent actions that threaten peace and security,” he said, adding that the Islamic world was itself unable to bring about such a measure, but that Iraq believed the UN was “able to play a central and constructive role in this issue.”Vice President Alkhuzae is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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Google releases Android 3 Honeycomb SDK to developers

first_imgGoogle needs to do a lot with the next version of their Android operating system, codenamed Honeycomb… namely, bring it up to par with iOS in the tablet OS space. That’s an area even Gingerbread isn’t very good at, and so Honeycomb is going to say a lot about Android’s long term viability as an OS for larger screen touch devices.Luckily, it seems things are shaping up nicely so far. Google has just revealed the Android 3.0 SDK, which not only includes a refined UI framework for large-screen devices and all sorts of other tablet-centric tweaks, but also support for multi-core processors, high-quality 2D and 3D graphics, Bluetooth A2DP and HSP.The first thing you’ll notice about the developer preview is the new Honeycomb UI which stretches the system bar at the bottom of larger displays and gives global status info, while a top action bar allows you to manage your apps. The browser gets multiple tab support, allowing for more comfortable full-screen navigation, and it even supports Chrome bookmark syncing, multitouch support for JavaScript and plugins, and auto-sign-on into Google accounts.Honeycomb also gives enterprise customers some new stuff to love, including support for encrypted storage, password expiration and e-mail.Honeycomb’s looking great so far, but there’s many months yet before we get it. Until Google can get a release candidate of Honeycomb out the door, Android is just not going to be on firm footings in the tablet space.Read more at Androidlast_img read more

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Naughty Dog used Google SketchUp for Uncharted 2 development

first_imgWhen SketchUp was first released by @Last Software in 2000, it was billed as a 3D content creation tool for everyone. While modelers were paying thousands of dollars for complicated packages such as 3DS Max and AutoCad, here’s was a new tool that cost significantly less and was extremely easy to pick up and create with.Google noticed this fluid design tool and decided to buy @Last Software in 2006. End users were the real winners in that deal as rather than having to pay to use SketchUp, we got it for free.What no one knew until now, not even Google, was that Naughty Dog use the 3D tool for concept 3D designs. More specifically, Robh Ruppel, art director at the game developer, used it for his initial 3D design work on Uncharted 2.The thing to remember here is that Naughty Dog is a studio that will have site licenses for powerful modeling packages like Maya and Max, yet Ruppel chose to use SketchUp because “it’s so fast” and allowed him to make design choices that translated over to the game as he was actually creating the environments as he went.While budding 3D modelers can turn to the open source Blender software to learn the skills they need, don’t forget that SketchUp is also a serious modeling tool and one that may eventually help you get your foot in the door at a developer like Naughty Dog.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

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Celtic threatened with legal action

first_imgCeltic Football Club have been warned they face legal action if they fail to meet victims of paedophile Jim Torbett.Torbett, who is the founder of the Celtic’s Boys Club was jailed for six years on Monday for sexually abusing three boys over an eight-year spell.After continuous criticism, the Gers issued a statement on Wednesday expressing “deep regret” over Torbett’s crimes.However, solicitors insist it did not go far enough and has issued the Scottish champions with an ultimatum.In a message to the Celtic board, solicitor Patrick McGuire said, according to the BBC:“Please meet with me and my clients now and let us get this situation sorted out.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is an opportunity for Celtic to right the wrongs of the past and to lead the way in Scottish football where a club believes survivors and lives up to their responsibilities.”“I truly hope you do but if not then we will see you in court.”Kenny Campbell, who’s a former player of the Celtic Boys Club, said:“What makes me so sad is the way Celtic have just ignored me and other survivors.”“I see they have issued some sort of apology but it’s not enough.”“They need to accept responsibility for what was done and settle these legal cases.”last_img read more

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Senate Passes Bill That Gives Victims Of Crime A Voice

first_imgThe legislation is anticipated to cost $44.9 million in the upcoming fiscal year and $56.4 million the following year. The legislation anticipates 421 new inmates in the first year, 736 in the second year and 769 in the third year. House Bill 49 passed the Senate by a 20-0 vote and is now on its way to the House of Representatives for concurrence.  The final day of the regular session is Wednesday. Senator Peter Micciche: “The bill is about placing victims first, and ensuring that those who choose to break the law pay the consequence while we work with them to turn their lives to a better path. However, it makes a clear statement, through this repeal and replace we prioritize public safety, protecting Alaskans, putting victims and the law abiding first, and removing those from our communities who are a threat to safety and security.” House Bill 49 was introduced to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91, a criminal justice overhaul that passed in 2016. Micciche says it’s expensive but the value to Alaskans is “priceless.”: “It’s going to be expensive. But, the reality of it is over time if our drug laws, criminal justice laws, and our rehabilitation is successful and you look at the effect chronically on Alaskans effects on crime I think that that long term evaluation is that those costs can come down dramatically.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate unanimously passed it’s version of House Bill 49 on Tuesday. A bill that will enact changes that are tough on criminals and give police and prosecutors the tools they need to make Alaska safe. It would require the state reopen the Palmer Correctional Center, according to Micciche. According to the latest cost estimates of the Senate’s version of House Bill 49, the legislation would cost the state more than $101 million over its first two years. The legislation, which is largely in line with Governor Dunleavy’s proposal for crime, would put more people behind bars for longer.last_img read more

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What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of December 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, December 9, 2018.Sunday, December 9No MeetingsMonday, December 10The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.) Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, December 11NoneWednesday, December 12The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 6:30pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. The agenda will be posted HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. (An Executive Session begins at 6:30pm. Regular session may begin prior to 7pm.) Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, December 13The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, December 14No MeetingsSaturday, December 15No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

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Mushing Explained Video Gearing up from the paws up

first_imgSled dogs and mushers endure some of the most brutal weather on the planet. In this episode, we talk to mushers and veterinarians about the gear that is necessary for completing long-distances trips.Leading mushers like Aaron Burmeister and Cody Strathe explain the basics necessary to keep dogs and mushers performing at an elite level over 1,000 miles of mountains, rivers, tundra, and ice.Custom coat pockets, strategic insulation, dog booties, and high tech boots are all part of the gear strategy that mushers utilize to reach the burled arch in Nome.last_img read more

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Balaraksha Bhavan for orphans inaugurated in Nirmal

first_imgNirmal: Endowments Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy along with Zilla Parishad Chairperson Koripelli Vijaya Laxmi, District Collector M Prashanthi inaugurated Balaraksha Bhavan office at Gollapet in Nirmal district on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Minister said that Balaraksha Bhavan officials should treat the orphaned children like their parents and always stood behind them. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us He further added that the staff should give courage and encouragement to the orphans and school dropouts and provide good education so that they become good citizens of tomorrow. During the programme the Minister distributed dresses and released pamphlets. Zilla Prishad chairperson Karepelli Vijaya Laxmi, Nirmal MPP Rameshwar Reddy, library chairman, E Rajendar, FACS chairperson Ramkishan Reddy, Zilla Parishad CEO Sudheer, Bala rakshana Bhavan Officer Murali others were present.last_img read more

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Trump orders end to Dreamer immigration programme

first_imgDemonstrators hold signs during a protest in front of the White House after the Trump administration on Tuesday scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a programme that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the US illegally as children, in Washington, US, 5 September. Photo: Reuters US president Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped a programme that protects from deportation almost 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children, ordering a phased-out dismantling that gives a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the immigrants’ fate.Trump’s action, announced by attorney general Jeff Sessions, rescinds a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The administration presented the move as necessary to show respect for the country’s immigration laws, and said nobody covered by the programme would be affected before 5 March.The programme, created by Democratic former president Barack Obama, is supported by Democrats and many business leaders, and hundreds of people protested outside the White House over Tuesday’s announcement. Democrats and civil liberties advocates blasted Trump.“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America,” said Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.Sessions said the action does not mean the DACA recipients are “bad people.”“To have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest, we cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It’s just that simple. That would be an open-border policy and the American people have rightly rejected that,” Sessions said.In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said, “I do not favour punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”The move to end DACA marked the latest action by Trump that is sure to alienate Hispanic Americans, a growing segment of the US population and an increasingly important voting bloc. Most of the immigrants protected by DACA, dubbed “Dreamers,” came from Mexico and other Latin American countries.Trump’s order, deferring the actual end of the programme, effectively kicks responsibility for the fate of the Dreamers to his fellow Republicans who control Congress.But Congress has been unable since the president took office in January to pass any major legislation and has been bitterly divided over immigration in the past.Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order in 2012. Sessions said the Trump administration concluded that Obama exceeded his authority in setting up the program, which has long been the target of conservative hard-liners on the issue of immigration.Elaine Duke, acting head of the Homeland Security Department, issued a memo rescinding DACA. The department will provide a limited window – until Oct. 5 – for some DACA recipients whose work permits expire before 5 March to apply to renew those permits. This would mean that some beneficiaries of DACA could be in the country through 2019.DACA recipients whose work permits expire will be considered to be in the country and eligible for deportation, but will be a low priority for immigration enforcement, administration officials said.Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act. “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.There were some signs that Congress might be willing to act, with a number of senior Republican lawmakers coming forward to express an interest in protecting the Dreamers.The president’s decision may have been forced by nine Republican state attorneys general, led by Texas, who had threatened a legal challenge in federal court if Trump did not act to end DACA. A number of Democratic state attorneys general have threatened legal action to defend the programme.House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan called on lawmakers to find a long-term solution for the young people affected by the reversal of the program.“At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them it’s the only country they know. Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years,” Ryan said.‘PEOPLE OF LAW’Trump made a crackdown on illegal immigrants a centrepiece of his 2016 election campaign and his administration has stepped up immigration arrests. But business leaders say immigrants make important economic contributions and that ending the DACA program would hit economic growth and tax revenue.There are deep divisions in the United States over the fate of roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, most of them Hispanics. As a presidential candidate Trump promised to deport all of them.He left the DACA announcement to Sessions, with whom the president has had tensions arising from the investigation into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia.“We are people of compassion and we are people of law. But there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration law,” Sessions said.DACA was created by Obama after the Republican-led Congress failed to pass comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform legislation that would have created a pathway for citizenship for certain illegal immigrants.The programme protects nearly 800,000 young men and women from deportation and allows them to work in the United States legally. The group is a small fraction of the overall population of illegal immigrants in the United States.DACA supporters argue that the people covered under the program were raised and educated in the United States and were integrated into American society, with scant ties to their countries of origin. Opponents of the program argue against amnesty for illegal immigrants and say that such immigrants take jobs from US citizens.The programme’s demise would mark the latest action by Trump to erase key parts of his Democratic predecessor’s legacy.This includes pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord, abandoning a 12-nation Pacific trade deal, seeking to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare law, rolling back environmental protections, reversing parts of Obama’s opening to Cuba and removing protections for transgender people.last_img read more

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US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

first_imgA sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., 26 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersA federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal.US district judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act.The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. “Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place,” it said in a statement.At the US Supreme Court, five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench.Conservative Republicans have long opposed President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare plan which he signed into law in 2010.President Donald Trump made abolishing the program one of his main campaign pledges.The Texas-based judge said that the full Obamacare program was unconstitutional because in last year’s tax overhaul, Congress eliminated a penalty for people who failed to sign up for the program if they did not already have their own health insurance.The 2012 case was over whether such a penalty was legal — but now that it is gone, O’Connor says the whole Affordable Care Act should be stricken down because that provision is “the keystone” of the program.President Trump lost no time in tweeting his delight at the court’s ruling on a complaint brought by several Republican attorneys general and two Republican governors.”Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” Trump wrote on twitter.”As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!” he said.Trump urged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic House of Representatives speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi to “pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare.”- ‘Monstrous endgame’ -Angry Democrats vowed to fight back as they blamed Republicans for what they see as a debacle that will leave millions of Americans without healthcare.Polls consistently show that the ACA coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing health conditions has strong popular support — an issue the Democrats used with great success in the recent November midterm elections in which they won control of the House of Representatives.O’Connor’s late Friday ruling “exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable healthcare,” Pelosi said in a statement.While the court’s “absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision,” she said.She vowed that when Democrats take over the House of Representatives in January, lawmakers “will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process” to uphold Obamacare.Opposing the Republican lawsuit were 17 Democratic attorneys general led by Xavier Becerra of California.They argue that the tax law changes do not mean that the whole Affordable Care Act becomes unconstitutional.The Texas ruling “is an assault on 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions” and on “the 20 million Americans who rely on the A.C.A.’s consumer protections for healthcare,” Becerra said in a statement.”Our fight to save Obamacare is far from over. We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans’ healthcare away,” he tweeted.West Virgina Democratic senator Joe Manchin, a state where Trump is popular and whose conservative attorney general is one of the lawsuit plaintiffs, issued a statement attacking the ruling as “misguided and inhumane.”last_img read more

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HPD Asks For Help To Solve A 2013 Cold Case

first_imgPhoto: Courtesy of the Johnson family (Provided through the Houston Police Department)Dameon Johnson was found shot to death on March 19th 2013 at the 8200 block of Peachtree Street, northeast of downtown Houston and the Houston Police Department is asking for the public’s help to solve the case.The Houston Police Department (HPD) asked Monday for help from the public to solve the homicide of Dameon Johnson, who was found shot to death on March 19th 2013 at the 8200 block of Peachtree Street, north of downtown Houston.According to the initial HPD news release from 2013, “Dameon Johnson, 36, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.”The news release added that “officers responded to a call regarding a major traffic accident” and then “discovered Mr. Johnson in a ditch along the roadway.” Johnson’s vehicle, a 2008 white Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, was in a ditch on the opposite side of the street and the truck did not appear to be involved in a traffic accident.Further investigation determined Johnson was on his way to work at the time the shooting occurred.Johnson’s murder has become a cold case and, during a press conference held at HPD’s headquarters, Lieutenant Warren Meeler explained that the lack of witnesses has made the investigation “very hard.” “But I know that somebody out there knows something,” Meeler added.“We have no motive, nothing was stolen, so that’s what makes it so much more difficult to solve,” the HPD lieutenant noted.Members of Johnson’s family were at the press conference and his mother, Linda Johnson, emphasized the request for help from the public. “Just, just call and tell us something please. This is been on our hearts so long and we need some closure, and this… I know this won’t give us closure, but it will let us know that people out there did care about our son, ’cause he cared about so many people, so many,” said Johnson, who was visibly emotional.Johnson’s daughter, Asia Johnson, who was 7 years-old when the crime occurred, was also emotional and said: “We need peace. It is very hard to not have an amazing father and I only had one word to say when this happened and my one word was: “Why?””“I feel that, whoever this evil person is should confess and pay for it,” the victim’s daughter added.Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-308-3600.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/UiP9svvQJV— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 19, 2018 LIVE on #Periscope: HPD investigators & family make plea for information on March 2013 fatal shooting at 8200 Peach… https://t.co/Ewsj2MH684— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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Germany ranked number one seven times

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P This International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked Germany as the number one meetings and conventions destination in Europe for the seventh time running.The German Convention Bureau managing director Mathias Schultze said Germany’s success as the number one meetings destination was attributed to its excellent value for money and broad range of high quality meeting hotels, convention centers and event venues.In addition, Berlin was ranked number four in the world wide city rankings behind Paris, Barcelona and Vienna.   Munich, Hamburg, Dresden and Leipzig were also able to increase their position resulting in five German cities in the top 100 of the world-wide ICCA rankings.“One major prerequisite for the large number of meetings and conventions is that Germany is setting standards world wide as a science and high tech destination,” Mr Schultze said.“The high standards that Germany has to offer in this field, are a sound argument that will have even more weight in the future,” Mr Schultze concluded.last_img read more

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MGIC Adds Two Industry Veterans to Staff

first_img June 18, 2014 490 Views Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) announced the addition of two industry professionals to help advance the company’s business and product development efforts.Joining the firm as managing director for the Southeast Sales Region is William Todd Pittman, who brings with him more than 29 years of experience in sales and sales management. Pittman joins MGIC from Quarles, an Atlantic-based petroleum supplier, where he worked as sales director. He also spent 25 years with the PMI Group, where he was an account executive, area sales manager, managing director, and VP.Meanwhile, Geoffrey Cooper has returned to MGIC as director of customer solutions. Since 2008, Cooper has served as the director of single-family housing at the Wisconsin Housing and Development Authority. Before that, he was MGIC’s director of emerging markets and director of corporate communications and public policy.”As the housing market and overall economy continue to improve, MGIC is ready to help our customers achieve their mortgage lending goals,” said Cheryl Webb, SVP of field operations at MGIC. “Adding top talent like Todd and Geoff to our team allows us to provide a best in class customer experience.” Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Movers & Shakers 2014-06-18 Tory Barringer in Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img MGIC Adds Two Industry Veterans to Staff Sharelast_img read more

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Report of UFO sighting in the north

first_imgA UFO was spotted over the Kasivera area in the north on Thursday night, according to Turkish Cypriot Kibris newspaper.The paper published photos of the purple flying object along the coastal area which were reportedly taken by astronomer who uploaded it to his website.UFO sightings have been reported in the north on occasion in the past.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue Book10 Longest-Range Electric Cars of 2019 Kelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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