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H.S. Sidhu back as Punjab STF chief

first_imgIn a major administrative reshuffle, the Punjab government on Thursday transferred 26 IPS and five PPS officers in the State.Harpreet Singh Sidhu, who was posted as Special Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, has been given charge of the Special Task Force as Additional Director-General of Police. He will replace Gurpreet Kaur Deo, who will take over as ADGP (Crime). Last year, Mr. Sidhu was removed as STF chief after a reported tussle between him and the then DGP Suresh Arora.Promotion for threeThree IPS officers — Prabhod Kumar, Rohit Choudhary and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota — have been promoted to the rank of Director-General of Police. Mr. Kumar has been posted as Special DGP and Director (Bureau of Investigation) while Mr. Chaudhary will take over as Special DGP (Policy and Rules). Mr. Sahota will be Special DGP (Armed Battalions) in Jalandhar.An official statement said ADGP (Admin) Gaurav Yadav has been given additional charge of the litigation wing. ADGP Ishwar Singh has been given charge of law and order while Jitendra Kumar Jain, ADGP (Policy and Rules), will hold additional charge of SCRB as Director.last_img read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17. “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Film stars now head to Wankhede to cheer for Team India

first_imgAs the formidable Men in Blue look to end the 28-year World Cup drought, their fans in Bollywood are also ensuring that they are there to cheer the team as it takes on the unpredictable Sri Lankans at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.While most of the commoners have been striving to secure a ticket for the finals to fulfil their dreams to witness the clash of titans, some Bollywood A-listers have already got their seats booked in the stadium.Superstar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao, who were seen cheering Team India against archrivals Pakistan in Mohali, would be there for the finals too.Actor Lara Dutta would also stand by the Indian cricket team along with her friends. A true cricket fan, she has committed to be there for the match instead of supporting her newly married husband, tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, who is playing in Miami.Dino Morea, who was in the midst of his Pakistani fans in Mohali during the Indo-Pak clash, is now heading towards Wankhede trailing Dhoni and his boys.Actor Suniel Shetty, along with wife Mana and son, actress Minissha Lamba and Jeetendra’s actor son Tusshar Kapoor have also booked their tickets at Wankhede.last_img read more

Akkulam Tourism village to get makeover

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, June 13(PTI) Akkulam Tourism Village, the prominent tourist centre in the district, is set to get a new lease of life.State Minister for Tourism, Devaswom and Co-operation, Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the work for the second phase of the Tourism Village, at an outlay of Rs Five crore, here today.The second phase aims to turn the Village into an activity centre with facilities for visitors to spend an entire day.”The coming days would see this centre rising like a Phoenix from total destruction, and the project would be completed in 18 months,” the Minister said.He opined that there have been more efforts to close down the centre than to revive it in the past few years.”The government is planning to form a tourism policy that would better the lives of local residents,” he said.The second phase will see the village sporting a modern music fountain, artificial waterfall, amphi theatre, art installation, cycling track, ropeway, restaurant, parking area, and yoga and meditation centre.An adventure tourism project, landscape beautification, and a cricket pitch are also part of the project.The 2.5 acre plot on the hilltop will be developed as a View Point, keeping its wildness intact.The pond and its premises will be renovated, and small boats will be provided for visitors. PTI JRK ROHlast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi appoints Bengaluru MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao as Karnataka Congress chief

first_imgMLA Dinesh Gundu Rao was appointed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi as President of the party’s Karnataka unit on Wednesday.Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot announced the appointment of Gundu Rao.Gehlot also announced Bidar legislator Eshwar Khandre as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s Working President — a post earlier held by Gundu Rao.The party appreciates the hard work by outgoing KPCC President G Parameshwara who led the party for the last eight years and is stepping down from the responsibility.- GehlotGUNDU RAOGundu Rao, 48, is a fourth-time MLA from Gandhinagar assembly constituency in Bengaluru central and second son of former Congress Chief Minister R Gundu Rao.He was a Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister in the previous Siddaramaiah government.This (post) is a huge responsibility. I am humbled and happy about the appointment and I believe that I can discharge my duties as the state Congress chief.- Gundu RaoGundu Rao visited Sringeri in the state’s Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 km from here, to seek blessings from the head of Sringeri Mutt.ESHWAR KHANDREKhandre, the former Municipalities and Local Bodies Minister, is a lawmaker from Bhalki assembly segment in Bidar.G PARAMESHWARAParameshwara is the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition government in the state.Parameshwara took it to Twitter, reacting to Gundu Rao’s appointment as the new state unit chief.Hearty congratulations to Shri @dineshgrao on being selected as the President & Shri @eshwar_khandre as Working President of @INCKarnataka.I’m confident you will lead the party ably and take it to newer heights.(2/2)advertisementDr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 4, 2018With Parameshwara handling the cabinet portfolios of Home, Bengaluru City Development and Youth Empowerment and Sports, handling the party President post as well would be difficult, KPCC Vice-President B K Chandrashekar said.Parameshwara has very heavy portfolios and it will be difficult for him to pay attention to the party matters as well, especially with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.- ChandrashekarDespite Gundu Rao’s popularity within the party, his appointment as the state unit chief less than a year before the Lok Sabha polls gives him very little time to prepare, he added.We (Congress) have lost the state election (on May 12) and are in a coalition government. With less than a year left for the Lok Sabha polls, he could have done well with more time of at least two to three years.- ChandrashekarThe most important “burden” that Congress has is to develop a strategy for the ensuing general election to counter the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Viswanathan Anand in joint lead after draw vs Richard Rapport in Tata Steel chess

first_imgViswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black with Richard Rapport of Hungary to stay in joint lead on six points after the end of the ninth round of Tata Steel Masters chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.Tackling his first of the two back-to-back black games in a row with ease, Anand had a level position on board for the major part and is now in a three-way tie with four rounds still remaining in the first super tournament of the year.Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia joined Anand and world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the lead following a fine victory over Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi.Ding Liren of China played out a draw with tailender Vladimir Kramnik to be joint fourth along side Dutchman Anish Giri who was held to a draw by compatriot Jorden Van Foreest.In the other decisive game of the day, Teimour Radjabov slipped against fellow Russian Vladimir Fedoseev and both are now at a fifty percent score with Duda Jan Krzysztof of Poland.For Anand, the Queen’s gambit declined has been working well for a long time and the ninth round was no different. Rapport tried his hands at a variation that leads to early endgame and the queens got traded as early as on eighth move.The trading of queens led to a miniscule advantage for Rapport and that’s what it remained when the game ended.The Hungarian is known for his uncompromising approach but the aura of Anand baffles even the greatest of swindlers in the chequered squares. In the end, a draw was agreed when the players reached a rook and opposite coloured bishops endgame.advertisementAnand’s big test comes as early as in next round when he takes on Carlsen who will have white pieces. The chances of Anand winning will rise hugely if he can hold Carlsen as he will have two white games to bank on in the next three rounds.Carlsen was up against recently crowned American champion Samuel Shankland and for once he also did not get any complications running. Shankland remained slightly better for most of the game while the Norwegian was solid and the draw was a just result in the end.In the challengers section, Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa suffered a defeat at the hands of Russian-turned-Canadian Evgeny Bareev. The French defense by Bareev led to a pawn plus heavy piece endgame where the young Indian could not hold his position.Pairings Masters round 9: Richard Rapport (Hun, 3.5) drew with V Anand (Ind, 6); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 3.5) drew with Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol, 4.5); Samuel Shankland (Usa, 4) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 6) beat Vidit Gujrathi (Ind, 4); Anish Giri (Ned, 5.5) drew with Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 4); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 5.5); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 4.5) lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 4.5).Also Watch:last_img read more

Big Day Five Ahead At Super Trans Tasman

first_imgDay five of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series is shaping to be the biggest yet, with eight games back-to-back and a lot on the line for the Australian teams. In the Masters divisions, Australia and New Zealand have both won two series each, with Australia claiming the Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s and New Zealand winning the Senior Mixed and Women’s 30’s. The Masters Trans Tasman title rests with the team who wins the third and deciding Men’s 30’s decider, and after two very exciting games so far, the third match will no doubt be an exciting spectacle.Games start at 10.50am NZ time, with each of today’s eight games played on the stadium field. In the Open’s division, Australia needs to take out the Men’s and Mixed games two to level the series back at 1-all after their respective losses yesterday. The Women’s Open team will be hopeful of taking out game two today and taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series after their 6-3 win yesterday. Stay tuned to the website and the Touch Football Australia Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and tuned to the TFA YouTube channel over the coming days to see all of the highlights of the Masters Trans Tasman Series and Open’s Trans Tasman Trans Tasman Day Five10.50am – Men’s 50’s12.00pm – Men’s 40’s1.10pm – Senior Mixed2.20pm – Women’s 30’s3.30pm – Men’s 30’s4.40pm – Mixed Open5.50pm – Women’s Open7.00pm – Men’s OpenRelated LinksSTT Day Fivelast_img read more

Gambhir demands actions against those who attacked Muslim man

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician and the BJP’s East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir on Monday condemned the attack on a Muslim man in Haryana’s Gurugram and demanded exemplary action against the culprits. “In Gurugram Muslim man told to remove skull cap, chant Jai Shri Ram. It is deplorable. Exemplary action needed by Gurugram authorities. We are a secular nation where where Javed Akhtar writes ‘o palan hare, nirgun aur nyare’ and Rakeysh On Mehra gave us the song ‘arziyaan’ in Delhi 6,” Gambhir said in a tweet. His remarks came after a video went viral in which a Muslim man was purportedly seen in Gurugram being asked to remove his skull cap and to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram:. The Gurugram Police has registered a case. The police has also taken the CCTV footage to identify the culprits. No one has been arrested yet.last_img read more

News media advocacy group criticizes Canada Post flyer distribution plans

first_imgOTTAWA — An advocacy group representing print and digital news media in Canada is criticizing Canada Post plans to expand its commercial flyer distribution service.News Media Canada says Canada Post’s move to distribute packaged commercial flyers would “seriously harm” a primary revenue source for most newspapers. The Canada Post strategy relies on an “unfair advantage,” namely the ability to access mail boxes in apartments and condos, the advocacy group says.The group is asking the government to restrict Canada Post from using a tool given to them by the government to directly compete with local newspapers.Newspapers have traditionally been the main delivery source for flyers that advertise products for local businesses, and the practice is a major revenue source for many media outlets.News Media Canada is arguing the move by the Crown corporation runs counter to the recent direction the government has taken in providing support for news media.“At a time when our industry is knee-deep in transition, this deliberate undercutting of one of newspapers’ foundational revenue pillars by a federal Crown Corporation is very troubling,” said John Hinds, head of News Media Canada.The Liberal government has promised almost $600 million in tax credits and incentives for some media organizations over the next five years.Outlets that meet certain qualifications will receive a 25 per cent tax credit on salaries for some newsroom employees, while media organizations will also be able to apply for charity-like status.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

At TIFF premier Lady Gaga invites an authentic and real look into

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Gaga was expected to perform after the film screened and the grand piano onstage made it clear that was in the cards. But TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey said the singer decided to flip the order.She came onstage in a flowing pale peach dress with long, ruffled sleeves and ribbon accents to serenade Moukarbel with a dramatic, slow-tempo and full-throated version of “Bad Romance.” The audience responded with a standing ovation.The documentary opens and closes with Gaga being lifted aloft by wires at what she sees as her career-defining moment: her February halftime Super Bowl performance. Lady Gaga and Chris Moukarbel attend the world premiere of the pop star’s documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two” during the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre Friday. (EMMA MCINTYRE / GETTY IMAGES FOR NETFLIX) Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Lady Gaga bares both body and soul in documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday night.Like the rest of the audience at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Gaga (real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) was seeing the movie for the first time.But first, she had a surprise and a dedication for Chris Moukarbel, the director of the documentary, available Sept. 22 on Netflix. Twitterlast_img read more

AuroraCanniMed takeover battle goes before provincial regulators

first_imgTORONTO – An acrimonious takeover battle between two Canadian marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight Wednesday at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.Lawyers for both provincial regulators argued that Aurora Cannabis’ request to lessen the consideration period for its all-stock offer be rejected but that CanniMed Therapeutics shareholders’ rights plan to push back against its suitor be removed.Kate McGrann, a lawyer representing staff at both the Ontario Securities Commission and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, also told commissioners at the joint hearing that Aurora (TSX:ACB) should be able to buy up to five per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares on the open market.Wednesday’s hearing in Toronto kicking off the joint proceedings comes roughly one month after Aurora launched an all-stock, unsolicited bid to acquire Saskatoon-based CanniMed, one of the first licensed marijuana producers in Canada, after both companies called on regulators to intervene.CanniMed has said that Aurora’s offer is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of the Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources (TSXV:HIP), and launched a shareholders’ rights plan to push back.CanniMed has alleged that Edmonton-based Aurora worked jointly with some of its shareholders and Aurora has disputed this, while launching a dissident circular in a bid to thwart the Newstrike acquisition.last_img read more

Rhodia deal boost for Madagascar rare earths project

first_imgRhodia, a member of the Solvay Group, and Tantalus Rare Earths have announced the signing of a letter of intent relating to technical co-operation for the development of an optimal process for generating rare earth concentrates from the large near surface Tantalus rare earth project in Madagascar and the exclusive supply of these rare earth products to Rhodia. The Tantalus project is emerging as one of the largest clay hosted rare earth resources outside of China, with 130 Mt of rare earth bearing clays already identified from a small portion of the project area on the Ampasindava Peninsula in north-western Madagascar.Analysis of the Tantalus material has shown that approximately 20% of the rare earths are in the valuable “heavy” category. A definitive technical co-operation agreement and offtake agreement for up to 15,000 t/y of rare earth products from Tantalus will follow the letter of intent. Tantalus CEO Mr David Rigoll said: “After discussions with all of the major participants in the rare earths processing and supply sector, we are pleased to have agreed terms with the world’s number one producer of rare earth products Rhodia as our exclusive technical and marketing partner to assist in fast-tracking our Tantalus project to commercial production.” Fréderic Carencotte, Industrial Director for Rhodia Rare Earth Systems, added: “This agreement represents a further step in our sourcing diversification strategy. The composition and nature of this deposit, i.e. ionic clays, seems very promising for reliable and competitive access to heavy rare earths.”last_img read more

Easter comp for the kids

first_imgStudents from prep to year 10 are asked to get creative and enter the Pascha 2013 Competition organized by the Association of Greek Orthodox Parish and Community schools of Melbourne and Victoria. With the theme The celebration of Orthodox pascha in Greece, students can enter anything they like, whether it be a poster, drawing or essay that explains how Easter is celebrated in their region of Greece. Entries should preferably be in Greek and prizes will be given for the best entry in each category: early learning (prep-grade 2), primary school (grade 3-6) and secondary school (years 7-10). The competition closes Friday May 17 and entries are to be sent to the Archdiocese of Victoria, 221 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, 3205. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The UCL and Real Madrid are inseparable says Solari

first_imgLos Blancos boss Santiago Solari believes the European competition is part of the club’s history and go hand by handReal Madrid and Viktoria Plzen will face off tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions League.And for interim manager Santiago Solari, Los Blancos and the European tournament go together.“It’s always very nice, this competition, which is linked to the history of our club, inseparable,” said Solari according to Goal.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“When we hear the Champions League anthem, we all get excited. It’s fantastic to be back in this competition. This is my third game in this role, so I’m very happy that I get a chance [in the Champions League]. I enjoyed it a lot as a player.”“When you look for a solution to a problem in football, it’s never just one thing, it’s step by step,” he added.“We’ve taken two steps, two games. We had to play well to win them, you don’t win games without doing things well, and they were tough games.”“We did a lot of good things in these two games and we have to do what we did well again, but also improve what we didn’t do well. Every team can always improve,” he commented.last_img read more

ACLU Sues Trump Administration over Decision to Exclude Most AsylumSeekers Fleeing Domestic

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about carrying out President Donald Trump’s immigration priorities at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.The American Civil Liberties Union has launched another sweeping challenge to President Donald Trump’s administration, this time in a federal lawsuit over the administration’s “gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.”The case, filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., takes aim at a June 11 decision from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating that, in general, victims of gang violence and domestic abuse do not qualify for asylum in the United States.“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” Sessions wrote. Immigration advocates were quick to condemn the decision, saying it upends decades of precedent. The decision is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to systematically narrow the path to refuge in the United States, experts say.Immigration attorneys working with migrants in detention facilities in Texas and across the country say the decision has had major impacts on asylum-seekers in the months since it was handed down.Katy Murdza, who works with asylum-seekers in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention through the Dilley Pro Bono Project, told The Texas Tribune last month that far more of her clients are being denied at the first stage of the asylum process, the “credible fear” interview.In general, asylum-seekers must demonstrate that they face persecution in their home countries due to “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Before Sessions’ decision, that generally included victims of gang violence or domestic abuse.In the new lawsuit, the ACLU claims that Sessions’ decision “unlawfully [changes] the credible fear standard,” making it more difficult for asylum-seekers to state their claims. Migrants who are apprehended near the U.S.-Mexico border may be placed into what’s called the “expedited removal” process, allowing immigration officials to deport them more quickly. Migrants can delay or avoid deportation by demonstrating a “credible fear” of returning to their home countries, the first step toward attaining asylum in the United States.The ACLU claims the new standards do not give migrants sufficient opportunity to argue their case and argues asylum protections have historically included “women fleeing gender-based persecution.”“This is a naked attempt by the Trump administration to eviscerate our country’s asylum protections,” said Jennifer Chang Newell, a managing attorney with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “It’s clear the administration’s goal is to deny and deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”“Our nation’s immigration laws provide for asylum to be granted to individuals who have been persecuted, or who have a well-founded fear of persecution, on account of their membership in a ‘particular social group,’ but most victims of personal crimes do not fit this definition — no matter how vile and reprehensible the crime perpetrated against them,” a Justice Department spokesperson said in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “The Department of Justice remains committed to reducing violence against women and enforcing laws against domestic violence, both in the United States and around the world.”last_img read more

Texas Rep Will Hurd Houses Only Black Republican Wont Seek Reelection In

first_imgEric Gay/APRep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, announced Thursday he won’t run for reelection in 2020 after only narrowly surviving last fall in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton.Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the lone black Republican in the House, announced Thursday evening he won’t run for reelection in 2020.Hurd’s surprise decision is not only a setback for a party in need of diversity, but it also means there will be one less rare member of the GOP caucus who’s willing to speak out against President Trump. The 41-year-old’s exit makes it tougher for Republicans to hold onto his swing district near year and is also an ominous sign for his party’s chances of winning back the House as retirements continue to mount.I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019“I left a job I loved in the CIA as an undercover officer to meet what I believed to be a need for new leadership in Congress on intelligence and national security matters,” Hurd said in a statement. “I wanted to help the Intelligence Community in a different way by bringing my knowledge and experience to Congress. I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way. I want to use my knowledge and experience to focus on these generational challenges in new ways. It was never my intention to stay in Congress forever, but I will stay involved in politics to grow a Republican Party that looks like America.”First elected to Congress in 2014, Hurd represents a perpetual swing district that is one of the largest in the country, stretching from San Antonio to just outside El Paso and taking in over 800 miles of the Southern border. Hurd is also the last Republican to represent a district along the U.S.-Mexico border.But Hurd has opposed Trump’s push for a border wall, saying that “building a 30-foot-wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least efficient way to do border security.” Hurd also pushed for a permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Hurd has taken vocal stances against Trump in other instances, too. Last year in a New York Times op-ed, Hurd — who had been an undercover CIA officer for almost 10 years before being elected to Congress — asserted that Trump was being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.“The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans,” Hurd wrote. “By playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad.”Hurd was also one of just four House Republicans who voted for a resolution to condemn Trump’s racist tweets last month attacking four freshmen Democratic women of color. His positions and willingness to speak out against Trump made sense, given the political and demographic makeup of his district. The 23rd District is almost 70% Latino, and Hillary Clinton won it by about 3.5 percentage points in 2016. Last year’s midterm elections left Hurd as one of just three House Republicans to sit in a district carried by Clinton, not Trump.But Hurd only barely survived in 2018 to win reelection by just 926 votes over Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran who had already announced she was seeking a rematch in 2020. But without Hurd, who was seen by Republicans and Democrats alike as an unusually strong GOP incumbent, the Cook Political Report moved their race racing for this seat from Toss Up to Lean Democratic.Hurd’s shocking decision also makes him the ninth Republican so far this cycle — and sixth in just over the past week — to announce his retirement, a number that is expected to grow especially as members head home for August recess. It’s far from surprising to see retirements grow for the minority party in the wake of losing the House. But the high number already coupled with decisions from some surprising lawmakers in addition to Hurd — such as Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, who also serves as the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2020 recruitment chair — signals that many within the GOP caucus also likely doubt Republicans can win back the House next November, where they need either 18 or 19 seats, depending on the outcome of a re-do election in North Carolina next month.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

NMA Hosts Interactive Summit on AfricanAmerican Health Issues

first_imgHealth disparities among gender and races, and a review of the inaugural summit’s National Action Plan was the agenda for the National Medical Association (NMA) second Summit on African-American Health. The event was held April 17 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C.NMA, the nation’s largest organization of African-American physicians, and about 20 people from diverse organizations convened to address working together in raising awareness about access to healthcare and health inequalities among the African-American population.”If we in healthcare help begin to consider and discuss how those sectors of health inequalities occur and are disproportionately affecting persons of our community, we would much likely get a better quality of outcomes and would decrease the mortality rate in our community,” said Rahn Kennedy Bailey, chair of the Summit on African-American Health and 113th president of the NMA. Bailey said there is a difference in the rate of access to health care amongst the different minority populations. African-American women and men between the age range of 25 and 75 in 2006 had the largest death rate from heart disease and stroke compared to other men and women in the same age range from other ethnic populations. From 2005 to 2008, the people with the largest prevalence of hypertension age 65 were African American. The infants of African-American women had death rates twice as large as infants of White Americans in 2006.According to Bailey these statistics are inexcusable, especially as the United States has more healthcare opportunities than other countries. “The Affordable Care Act has tremendous opportunity to address issues of disparities in our community,” said Bailey to the AFRO. “Our goal would be to get everybody insured, especially in states where there is a large Medicaid population, like the South and often in the African-American communities who may be indigent or have a job that does not provide insurance.”During the summit, Michael LeNoir, summit co-chair, said, “Our purpose is not only to get a message out, our purpose is to engage our partners to give life to what they are doing.”Summit program director Sharon Allison-Ottey echoed LeNoir’s comment and agreed that collaboration between organizations sharing the same mission and values need to come together to expand the messaging pipeline.When Allison-Ottey asked how organizations and advocacy groups can collaborate to educate the community, Reginald Ware, CEO of, suggested that his organization could break the research down into a basic educational series. This breakdown would be shared on the website.Ronae Neal, 20, a Biology major student from Prince George’s Community College representing the United Black Fund, said the summit provided an immense amount of information on health issues in the African-American community. “I want to grow into the health industry, so I thought this would be great for me to come and hear about all the ideas [the good things and bad things] that the group has and the way that the health system can be improved,” she said.A working group session was later formed to engage the attendees in identifying and defining the strategies and tactics for the summit’s National Action Plan objectives that were assembled last year.last_img read more

New Report Shows Rising Gas Prices Work Schedules Cramp Car Travel

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMediaSoon, the school year will be in the rear-view mirror, and families across the nation will hit the road for a good old-fashioned summer road trip—but, maybe not as many.Nearly half of American drivers say that rising gas prices are stopping them from heading out on a road trip this summer, according to results of a motorist study released by, the school year will be in the rear-view mirror, and families across the nation will hit the road for a good old-fashioned summer road trip. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)To kick off the season, surveyed 1,000 drivers to find out how they feel when behind the wheel, what their family road trip experiences are like, what they do to cope with traffic and what types of mishaps they’ve had due to poor road found that 44 percent of people said that gas prices are preventing them from taking the family on a road trip. That’s an increase from 36 percent last year.Another reason drivers may skip a summer road trip is that they can’t take time off from work. Nearly one-third of respondents pointed to not being able to take off time, according to the survey.The research also revealed that the vast majority of people enjoy family road trips, despite some respondents mentioning that a family member had a meltdown before the adventure was underway.More than 90 percent say they’ve taken a family road trip over the past five years.Only 17 percent of respondents claim to prefer air travel over road trips.Most of those who favor the road say those trips are just more enjoyable than heading to an airport.While on the road, 44 percent of drivers surveyed say they feel contentment when driving. A mere 10 percent feel either stressed or “rage-y.”However, one noted headache associated with road trips is traffic.Approximately 11 percent called people who they weren’t particularly close to because they were bored.The survey also found that poor road conditions also caused 20 percent of drivers to have a one-car accident; 19 percent report getting into an accident with another car.To view the full report and methodology visit, read more

Researchers find antioxidants can dispel static electricity

first_imgCredit: Chris Darling via Wikipedia. More information: Control of Surface Charges by Radicals as a Principle of Antistatic Polymers Protecting Electronic Circuitry, Science 20 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6152 pp. 1368-1371 DOI: 10.1126/science.1241326AbstractEven minute quantities of electric charge accumulating on polymer surfaces can cause shocks, explosions, and multibillion-dollar losses to electronic circuitry. This paper demonstrates that to remove static electricity, it is not at all necessary to “target” the charges themselves. Instead, the way to discharge a polymer is to remove radicals from its surface. These radicals colocalize with and stabilize the charges; when they are scavenged, the surfaces discharge rapidly. This radical-charge interplay allows for controlling static electricity by doping common polymers with small amounts of radical-scavenging molecules, including the familiar vitamin E. The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by rendering common polymers dust-mitigating and also by using them as coatings that prevent the failure of electronic circuitry. Despite centuries of observation and work, scientists don’t really understand how static electricity works, which is a problem because our evolution has led us to a heavy reliance on electronic devices—one tiny spark can render them useless. Sparks can also set off explosions when they occur around gasses and flammable liquids, thus, research continues to find a way to stop static electricity from building up, or from being released in destructive sparks. In this new effort, the research team from Northwestern appears to have found a way to allow polymers to discharge harmlessly using nothing but antioxidant coatings.Scientists don’t really understand how it is that friction causes static electricity to build up, but one thing is clear, most have been overlooking the relationship between charge buildup and free radicals that also exist on a surface. To learn more, the researchers caused static to build up on several types of polymers then took a closer look using atomic force microscopy (a type of microscopy that can map the location of molecules). In so doing, they noticed that static charge builds up in clumps, and it’s the clumps that eventually provide a channel for the release of the charge. More importantly, they also noticed that the clumps also had free radicals mixed in with them—a phenomenon that made the researchers wonder if simply applying an antioxidant might cause the release of both the free radicals and the charge in a slow safe manner.To find out they created several batches of coatings with vitamin E and other antioxidants as a base and applied them to several types of polymers then applied a charge in two different ways: directly through contact with another material, or indirectly using an electrostatic charge. They found the coatings they developed worked to dispel static electricity buildup no matter how it got there—and were able to witness their success as the polymers no longer allowed dust to collect on their surfaces.The research team has applied for a patent on their coatings, but if their findings can be replicated by other scientists, it will mean the end of run-around solutions to static buildup and the damage that it can cause. Journal information: Science Northwestern research team turns theory of static electricity on its head ( —A team of researchers at Northwestern University has found that applying antioxidants such as vitamin E to polymers can cause static charge buildup to disperse without an associated shock. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe their study of static electricity and how they found a previously unknown relationship between charges and free radicals.center_img Explore further Citation: Researchers find antioxidants can dispel static electricity (2013, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more