UN food ships converge on Iraq as health teams fan out across

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities that ships were arriving in the region with tens of thousands of tons of food and staff members were working around Iraq to assess the conditions of silos, mills, warehouses and food agents.”The WFP logistical machine continues to build up steam as we race to ensure that 27 million Iraqis can again head to the food agents in their neighbourhoods and receive their regular monthly rations in May,” spokesman Khaled Mansour said.The unloading of 28,500 tons of wheat from the United States, the largest in-kind contribution to the WFP emergency in Iraq, continued in Mersin, Turkey, over the weekend and was expected to be completed tonight. A further 37,000 tons of wheat from Russia purchased under an old contract from the UN Oil-for-Food programme was scheduled to begin unloading tomorrow in the port of Toros, also in Turkey.An Oil-for-Food shipment of 32,500 tons of food reached Aqaba, Jordan, yesterday from Thailand, while a second Oil-for-Food shipment of 50,000 tons of wheat grain from Australia arrived there on Saturday. Since the war, the UN Security Council has entrusted Secretary-General Kofi Annan with administering humanitarian supplies from the programme, under which Iraq was allowed to use a portion of its oil revenues for food and medical purchases.For its part the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was rapidly expanding its work around Iraq, from Mosul and Kirkuk in the north, to Tikrit, Diyala, Baghdad, Nasiriya and Basra in the south.”WHO’s national staff – 327 – have been working flat out to support the re-establishment of the health situation in Iraq,” spokesperson Fadela Chaib told the briefing. She added that where needed, WHO was coordinating delivery of essential supplies and equipment, and was on the alert to detect and respond to disease outbreaks. The agency was also carefully monitoring hospital security, the status of essential services including water and electricity, and the overall condition of health facilities.As an example, Ms. Chaib cited a recent urgent request from Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad for insulin, as the hospital had completely run out of the life-saving medication for diabetes. WHO in Jordan purchased 600 vials – each vial lasts a patient two to four weeks – rented a taxi and sent it back to Baghdad, ensuring replenishment of stocks only hours after the initial request. The Jordan office has 2,500 more vials of insulin ready to go.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) said water was now available in Baghdad but at very low pressure and households needed to collect it from the main tap, normally located next to the main door, and boil it before drinking. Water supply was gradually improving, but chemicals for water treatment were in short supply.Spokesperson Veronique Taveau said a UN inter-agency mission reached Basra, Iraq’s second largest city, yesterday to carry out a humanitarian assessment. The situation there was improving but still tense, she added. Water supply remained inadequate in many areas, garbage collection was problematic and there were occasional blackouts. All hospitals were functional and protected by the military and 50 per cent of staff were reporting to work.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said some schools in the south were reopening but in many cases, it was simply not possible yet. As an example, spokesman Simon Ingram cited Az-Zubair, where out of 124 schools five were completely destroyed in the war and 40 more were thoroughly looted. UNICEF was helping to make up the shortages by distributing “school-in-a-box” kits, each of which provides basic classroom materials for up to 80 children.”It’s a start, but only a start,” Mr. Ingram added. read more

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UN agencies to help monitor Georgian elections

The UN Department of Political Affairs, the Development Programme (UNDP) country offices and the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme have teamed up with the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the operation.UNV deployed six volunteers in the week before Christmas in response to a request from the UNDP country office in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to provide technical assistance in key areas such as voter education and registration and support to media centres, as well as electoral monitoring and observation.On very short notice, UN Volunteers were recruited from Romania, Burundi, Ghana, Burma, the Philippines and New Zealand.”We had to leave our homes and families in a big rush with Christmas and New Year celebrations waiting at the door,” said Caius Suveti, a UNV administration officer in Tbilisi.The turmoil leading to Mr. Shevardnadze’s resignation arose from protests of parliamentary elections in November which the Vienna-based OSCE declared “seriously flawed.” read more

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Developing countries lag far behind in cultural trade says UNESCO report

Between 1994 and 2002, international trade in cultural goods increased from $38 billion to $60 billion, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report said. But “while globalization offers great potential for countries to share their cultures and creative talents, it is clear that not all nations are able to take advantage of this opportunity,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura noted. “Without support to help these countries participate in this trade, their cultural voices will remain marginalized and isolated.”According to the report – Flows of Selected Cultural Goods and Services, 1994-2003 – Latin America and the Caribbean accounted for only 3 per cent of the total trade of cultural goods in 2002, one point more than in 1992, though far behind other world regions. Oceania and Africa have not shown any progress, with a combined share of less than 1 per cent in 2002.The report analyzes cross-border trade data from about 120 countries and presents new methodology to better reflect cultural trade flows, contributing to UNESCO’s effort to collect and analyze data that clearly illustrate the central role of culture in economic, social and human development.The United Kingdom was the biggest single exporter of cultural goods in 2002 with $8.5 billion followed by the United States ($7.6 billion) and China ($5.2 billion). The US was the biggest importer of cultural goods at $15.3 billion, followed by the UK ($7.8 billion) and Germany ($4.1 billion), according to data based mainly on customs declarations. read more

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Its in our best interests to bite our tongues Kennys White House

first_img 34 Views ADMITTING THAT ENDA Kenny is right is a difficult thing to do, particularly when it involves his resilient decision to visit Donald Trump on St Patrick’s Day.Kenny has said that he will continue the sixty-four-year-old tradition of meeting the US President in The White House on St Patrick’s Day, despite nationwide pleas for him to cancel.The controversial decision received the feverish backlash of TDs, journalists and a huge wave of the angered Irish public. One petition against the trip has successfully obtained well over 30,000 signatures.Anti Trump sentiment is understandableIt’s completely understandable why such resentment for Trump exists. His temporary ban on people from a number of countries – mainly Muslim – from travelling to the United States, has startled the world. It is less understandable, however, why people are shocked.Much of the controversies which have dominated his first weeks in office involve promises he clearly made before being voted in. Despite our predominant disapproval of Trump’s actions here this week, it is in Ireland’s best interests that Mr Kenny does travel to the White House on March 17.Securing relations with the USAs the new US President operates with such ruthless intent, wouldn’t ensuring that relations with him remain as secure as possible be a wise strategy? Cancelling the trip would get massive attention both here and in the US, undoubtedly straining what has traditionally been a positive connection between our two nations.A negative air may already exist between the two leaders. Before the election, Kenny openly labelled comments made by Trump as “dangerous and racist”.Considering the comments may have been brought to the attention of Trump, however unlikely that is, cancelling the visit would only add fuel to the fire. A fire we should be doing utmost to keep quietly under control.Trump spinWould Trump be in anyway perturbed by the news that he was not receiving a hand-delivered bowl of shamrocks from Enda Kenny? It’s safe to assume that he wouldn’t be. In fact it’s unlikely he wouldn’t waste much time thinking about it at all. The problem would most likely arise from what Trump has branded the “crooked media”.If Kenny cancelled the trip, the news would undoubtedly transpire into embarrassment for Trump, at the hands of the media. We can safely assume this would not sit well with the 45th President.We must also look at how we have failed to bring issues to the fore in the past. Petitions were unheard of when bombs bombarded innocent middle eastern civilians during the Obama administration, when Iraqi detainees were inhumanely tortured under Bush, or while US-backed terrorist groups toppled President Assad, creating the current refugee crisis.Why do we suddenly feel the need to make our disapproval known?Is it because this time it is Trump? If so, fair enough, the man does himself little to no favours in the popularity stakes. But is it right to differentiate between leaders based on their popularity?There is also the uncertainty that Brexit has brought. Our closest neighbours have basically broken continental ties, leaving us somewhat isolated and uncertain about what the future holds.We have yet to learn what implications the controversial referendum result will have for Ireland. So ensuring that we have as many friends in the political world as possible, especially as powerful as the US, seems vital.Economic prudence for IrelandTrump has named Ireland as a nation that hosts US companies at the expense of their home economies. He has also clearly declared his intentions to dramatically lower corporate tax rates to lure such companies back to home soil. With 700 US companies having subsidiaries in Ireland and employing 150,000 people, perhaps we should be cautious.Very little could happen that might deter Trumps intentions to take back US companies – a bowl of shamrocks definitely won’t have much influence – but having a conversation with him surely wouldn’t hurt our case. That’s considering Mr. Kenny is up to the task.Judging by what has been an eventful first twelve days in office for Trump, many more shocks could well be on the horizon.We must bite our tonguesThe genuine intentions of the people of our country, one of the most welcoming and charitable nations in the world, must be admired. Seeing struggling people having an outlet suddenly denied has unnerved many of us, as we continue to hold our doors open. But sadly, on this occasion it seems to be in our best interests to bite our tongues, as bitter as it is.If anything, the meeting does provide the rare opportunity for our leader to engage in talks with one of the most powerful world leaders. It is an ample opportunity for Enda Kenny to express any concerns he may have. It’s likely he won’t, much to the dismay of our peeved population.Andrew McGinlely is a freelance writer, blogger and opinion sharing enthusiast from Co Galway. His work has featured in The Journal.ie, The Irish Independent, Writing.ie and A Lust For Life.‘Not in my name’: 30k sign Irish petition against Kenny visiting Trump on St Patrick’s Day>Enda Kenny says he will tell Trump in person that he disagrees with his travel ban> https://jrnl.ie/3219475 Short URL By Andrew McGinley Andrew McGinley Feb 7th 2017, 6:30 AM center_img Share108 Tweet Email ‘It’s in our best interests to bite our tongues. Kenny’s White House visit gives us a rare opportunity’ Enda Kenny must visit Donald Trump this St Patrick’s Day, writes Andrew McGinley. 45 Comments Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Goblins of the SpiderUniverseWill They Appear in Homecoming

first_imgStay on target Jake Gyllenhaal Avoids Questions About Mysterio in Sinister SixSony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man Split Spider-Man Homecoming is just around the corner! While we don’t know much one thing we do know is that it is tied to the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is simply good enough for most fans.One thing that put the nail in the coffin for our favorite web-slinger in theaters was his endless amount of villains. Studios are wanting more too quickly. Sam Rami’s third installment of the series showed the confusion on hand. Sony tried picking up the pieces when they rebooted the series with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Before they could get another installment in, red flags from reviews began to pop up all over. This would kill what was to be a larger look into Spider-Man’s most iconic enemies, the Sinister Six.After leaked emails stirred the pot at Sony, it felt like hard to obtain franchises quickly began to free up. Sony and Marvel came to an agreement to let Spider-Man swing into their popular main line pictures, only if Sony could still obtain the Spider-Man license to release stand alone films.In Homecoming, our main villain The Vulture is played by Michael Keaton. We’ve also heard rumors that The Tinkerer may be the one behind the Vulture’s mechanical suit. Plus room for a third villain, maybe teased for the next movie? My thought is, could it be the Green Goblin? Could it be any Goblin for that matter? Let’s break down some of Parker’s most vicious villains, The Goblins.GREEN GOBLINNorman Osbourn has always been a thorn in Spider-Man’s side. The owner of Oscorp has done despicable things to not only to Peter and his loved ones but to Norman’s son Harry Osbourn as well. The Green Goblin always seems to be Spider-Man’s main nemesis in any reiteration of his tale. We saw William Defoe portray the Green Goblin in Raimi’s films. Then years later, we are reintroduced to the Green Goblin in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, only this time the baddie ends up being Peter’s close friend Harry Osborn. This was possibly the worst iteration of the character, more-so than Rami’s Robo Green Goblin. Why has the Green Goblin been so difficult to adapt to film? Both actors who portrayed Norman were diabolical. I honestly blame the look. The Green Goblin has always had a terrifying look to him. A pointed nose almost reaching a pointed chin, with an almost cartoon-like grin from ear to ear. Early makeup tests of Raimi’s Goblin (that are floating out there) show exactly how the character should have looked from the beginning. Could we see the return of Spider-Man’s most diabolical enemy in Homecoming? I honestly don’t think so. The character needs time to breath. I say Let the Sinister Six build throughout a few more films and have Norman step in to bring them all together. And for the love of Aunt May, give us the practical effects Green Goblin mask that we all deserve!HOBGOBLINWho is The Hobgoblin?! Either of the Kingsley twins? The Kingpin’s son, Richard Fisk? Ned Leeds? How about the Jason Macendale? The character of Hobgoblin has always been a conundrum for fans of the comics. So much so that the creators had a hard time pegging down the character to one identity. This is probably why we never saw an adaptation of Hobgoblin in any of the movies. Now would be a great time to maybe hang up the green cowl for the orange one. In Homecoming, give us a more vicious Goblin. One that is closer to the Macendale Hobgoblin where he is transforming underneath the mask. I’ve always enjoyed the Hobgoblin’s look over the Green Goblin. Plus I really enjoy that he uses actual jack o’lanterns and not cybernetic bombs. Though not very practical, there are ways of getting around this with magic entering the Marvel Universe with last year’s hit, Doctor Strange.DEMOGOBLINHave you noticed that each iteration of the Goblin gets more and more extreme? Some would say almost out of hand. The 90’s were an “edgy” time and with that came more edgy villains. Demo’s essence was fused with late Hobgoblin wielder Jason Macendale’s after he sold his soul to N’astirh for more power. After a battling Moon Knight and Ghost Rider, Hobgoblin was able to split off from his demon half, thus creating Demogoblin. An extreme hellfire version of his original goblin form infused with mystical powers. Obviously, we would not see Demo until Hob was thrown into the mix for a film adaptation. But even if they tried to get past that, involving the ‘Righteous’ storyline into the mix, would be a bit intense for a Spider-man film. This is also why we will probably never see Cletus Kasady in a Spider-Man film.GREY GOBLINDid you know Gwen Stacey and Norman Osbourn had twins? Marvel loves twins! Twins Gabriel and Sarah were in hiding until Peter Parker went to find them and tell them the truth about their deranged father. Spider-Man meets them on the Brooklyn Bridge, the same bridge Gwen on. Gabriel, being brainwashed by his father lashes out at Spider-Man thinking he is his father (yet another lie by Norman) tries attacking Spider-Man only to have police fire at them, wounding Sarah as she almost perishes the same way her mother did. Luckily Spider-Man rescues her and Gabriel runs off to infuse himself with the goblin serum after finding out that Spider-man was actually telling the truth, creating The Grey Goblin. This is one of the newest version of the Goblin. If used in Homecoming they would have to ditch the entire backstory as Peter is still a kid but would ultimately make no sense.JACK O’LANTERNThough, not a Goblin at all. Jack o’lantern controls Oscorp technology of his very own, flying around on a glider chucking pumpkin bombs like the Goblins before him. The original Jack o’lantern ends up being ex-CIA agent Jason Macendale, AKA: The Hobgoblin. Before dawning the Hobgoblin outfit, Jason became a hitman for hire after leaving the CIA. The beauty of Jason Macendale’s character is that he goes between both Hobgoblin and Jack o’lantern identities. These could be two brand new villain IP’s in one that Marvel has not even toyed with yet. Plus I feel each identity would look amazing in a new Spider-Man picture. Of course, there were other versions of Jack o’lantern in later comics. Steven Mark Levins, his brother, and Mad Jack. With these stories, the Jack o’lantern character gets very mystical having his head detach from his body and explode on enemies. I highly doubt we will see ol’ Jack in Homecoming. But if we did, I’d probably jump out of my seat in pure joy that this character as finally gotten the attention it deserves.So looking over all the Goblins, it looks as if Green Goblin still reigns supreme being the most cohesive villain for Spider-Man to battle. Though I’m confident that Sony will steer clear of the Goblin story for the first film and give Peter a more grounded storyline. I honestly didn’t even touch on Peter turning into a goblin himself and the over the top War Goblin army. Hell, even Ultimate Goblin would be a bit much for the film franchise. Honestly, I’m anticipating Jack to take us by surprise. But I’m not holding my breath.last_img read more

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Gerrard slams decision over Candeias red card appeal

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says common sense must prevail following the harsh dismissal of Daniel Candeias last week.Referee Willie Collum gave Daniel Candeias a second yellow card after Rangers scored the second goal in their 2-0 win at St Mirren, but footage showed Anton Ferdinand as the aggressor seconds earlier, the incident angered Gerrard who’s preparing his team for Sunday’s visit of Motherwell.“I think he is a good referee in general, he has been picked by UEFA to be a referee,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“It is not a personal issue at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human. It is my responsibility to support the referees and officials in this country, it is not a big talking matter.“It is just a clear mistake and we are trying to get it resurrected and we see how it pans out.“I just think we need common sense in the game and if mistakes occur we should have a panel in place to resurrect them – not just from a Rangers point of view, from a football point of view.“If clear mistakes are made you should be able to resurrect them.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.After the match last weekend, Rangers released a statement that read: “This is by no means the first time errors of judgment have been made in matches involving this official and clearly there is an underlying issue which requires to be addressed.”Gerrard called for common sense in the wake of losing their appeal against Candeias’s second yellow card.“You have seen the statement that the club have released. I haven’t got any more to add to the statement, only that I am disappointed with the outcome.“I was hoping common sense would prevail, it hasn’t so far. So we carry on pursuing it as a club.“I don’t expect anything, I will wait and see what happens.”last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to shooting death of his son

first_imgMan pleads guilty to shooting death of his son Posted: February 6, 2019 February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:14 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 92-year-old man who shot his son in the head as he slept in his father’s Old Town residence pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter and is expected to avoid prison time.Richard Landis Peck had been facing a murder charge in the death of his 51-year-old son, Robert, who defense attorneys and Peck’s friends said was abusive to his father.Defense attorney Doug Gilliland said that under the terms of the plea agreement, Peck will be sentenced March 28 to three years probation and placed under house arrest.Gilliland called the resolution “a compassionate end to an unfortunate case.”The nonagenarian was arrested the evening of Nov. 14, after going to a neighbor’s house in the 2300 block of Juan Street and telling her that he had just shot his son, according to police. Officers arrived moments later and found the victim dead in his father’s residence.Gilliland alleged in previous court hearings that his client’s son was an alcoholic who was psychologically abusive toward his father, while the elder Peck was described in letters written to the court by friends as a “kind” man and “quiet gardener” who had never been in trouble with the law.Robert “Robbie” Peck was going through a divorce and had moved in with his dad about three months earlier, Gilliland said. Within those 90 days, the defendant feared for his safety and called police twice, the attorney said.In one instance, Robert Peck was held for a mental health evaluation, and in another instance, police said it was a family matter and they didn’t want to get involved, according to Gilliland, who said the defendant’s housekeeper was also “terrified” of his client’s son and wanted to quit.A dog in the home was kicked repeatedly and was found floating in a pond, the defense attorney said.The defendant’s family had been trying to intervene for some time and were unsuccessful in trying to get Richard Peck to spend some time away from San Diego in Athens, Georgia, Gilliland said.The attorney said Richard Peck told family members that his son was trying to make changes to his will.The day of the shooting, Robert Peck smashed his father’s telephone and told him, “I’m going to see you again” as he went off to bed, Gilliland alleged. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Crews contain Coconut Creek apartment fire to 1 unit

first_imgCOCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were able to stop a fire that broke out in an apartment in Coconut Creek from spreading to the rest of the building, Saturday morning.According to the Coconut Creek Fire Department, the blaze tore through a unit on the fourth floor of a building along Victoria Place, inside the Wynmoor community.Firefighters were forced to use a portable hydrant to reach flames that sparked in a back bedroom. They extinguished the flames before they could spread to any other homes.Officials deemed the apartment a total loss.There are no reports of any injuries.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Surveillance video shows driveby shooting at Checkers

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police continue to search for a man and woman seen on video opening fire at a fast food drive-thru in Pembroke Park.New surveillance video showed the two pulling up to a Checkers, Thursday, along Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Southwest 40th Avenue, at around 4 a.m.Related: Checkers employee shot in parking lot in Pembroke ParkInvestigators said when employees told them the restaurant was closed, the pair drove around and opened fire, striking an employee in the leg.“Gunshots, that was it,” said a Checkers worker, “and one of my employees got hit.”Deputies said they are looking for the white SUV seen on surveillance.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

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Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring Interns

first_imgSALEM, MA — Congressman Moulton offers internships throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters in both his Washington, D.C. and Salem offices.Internships in the Washington, D.C. office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. Internships in the Salem district office are intended for current undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and students currently enrolled in graduate school. In some circumstances, high school students intern at the Salem office contingent upon their scheduling availability, and they are highly encouraged to apply.These internships are a great opportunity for interested students to gain hands-on experience in the legislative process. To apply, please fill out this form and attach a cover letter and resume. A staff member will be in touch within a few weeks. Feel free to call the office with any questions you may have.The deadline to submit an application for a Spring 2019 internship in Congressman Moulton’s office is November 9, 2018.(NOTE: The above information is from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Seth Moulton Seeking Spring InternsIn “Government”Congressman Seth Moulton Seeking Fall InternsIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill To Help Student Loan Borrowers Avoid DefaultIn “Government”last_img read more

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Political Perspectives Flooding In The Bayou City

first_img Share More than a foot of rain hit Houston earlier this week and showers lingered until Thursday. Eight deaths have been blamed on flooding that inundated the area. Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue.  Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.last_img read more

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On New Years Day Many LowWage Workers Will Celebrate With A Raise

first_imgAs midnight strikes on New Year’s Eve, many minimum wage workers will have an extra reason to celebrate: They’ll be getting a raise.In 18 states and 20 localities, lawmakers are forcing up the minimum wage on Jan. 1.For years, a large number of state and local governments have been driving up wages in response to federal inaction. Congress has kept the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour since 2009.If lawmakers in Washington had adjusted the minimum to match inflation as measured by the federal Consumer Price Index, it would be about $8.50 today.As of New Year’s Day, workers in the following states can expect a round of raises: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Those states already meet or exceed the federal minimum wage, so these new raises will push up the bottom even higher. For example, in Ohio, the state minimum wage is $8.15 an hour. After Jan. 1, it will be $8.30.From Albuquerque, N.M., to Tacoma, Wash., many cities are taking wages to even higher levels than the state minimums. For example, in California, 11 local governments are sending the minimum wage to $13 an hour, or even more. In Mountain View and Sunnyvale, the wage floor will rise to $15.Michael Saltsman, the managing director of the conservative Employment Policies Institute, is concerned about what he calls the “unintended consequences” of the wage increases, such as job losses for low-wage workers. The institute supports the views of restaurant owners and others who benefit from lower minimum wages.“This is a life or death issue for businesses,” Saltsman says. “I think you will see an increased rate of businesses not being able to make the math work as they’re forced to give a raise to their best paid employees in the house. They can’t offset that through higher prices.”That’s not the way unions see the impact. Damon Silvers, policy director for the AFL-CIO, a union organization, says wage hikes help the economy by giving low-wage workers more cash to spend.“It puts money in motion,” Silvers says. “We’ve seen the distribution of income and wealth skew very much to the top of the income scale. The fact is that rich people don’t spend money the way that middle-class and poor people do, and that makes our economy weak. Raising the minimum wage puts more money in the hands of people who need to spend it.”The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that about 80 million workers over age 16 are paid an hourly wage, and of those, about 700,000 still earn just the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.And about 1.5 million have wages set below $7.25 an hour, primarily because they are in exempt “service” jobs – that is, they work in restaurants and other jobs where tips boost compensation up to at least $7.25 an hour.The states with the highest percentages of hourly workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage in 2016 were Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. None of these states will see a hike in 2018.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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This School Program Trains Young Women To Run For Office Take A

first_img Share BILL ZEEBLE / KERA NEWSEight members of the Royse City High School Ignite Chapter. Vilma Ledferd (white jacket) saw the need for a women’s political organization at the school and reached out to form the school chapter.Vilma Ledferd, 17, who sang Saturday at the Women’s March in Dallas, is already experienced using her voice for women’s rights. Wanting to get others involved, she launched a local chapter of Ignite, a national nonprofit encouraging female students to get into politics, last year at her high school. The Royse City High chapter is one of the state’s first and most active in a co-ed public school. The group gathers every month and talks politics, campaigns and what’s hot in the news. “It’s very crucial for women to get groups like this,” Ledferd said. “Many rights have been denied, and many people are voiceless in communities and in areas that need more political women to understand their issues.”Anne Moses has believed that forever. She founded Ignite eight years ago so more women could win elections. She says women make up half the population, but don’t hold anywhere near half the elected seats.“We have pretty much flat-lined over the past several decades,” Moses said. “I mean, we have these kind of fits where we jump a few percentage points, but basically, we’re creeping up very, very slowly, and we’re not getting to parity anytime soon. In fact, at the current rate of change, it’s going to be at least 150 years until the United States reaches political parity.”At first, Moses says Ignite grew slowly, targeting schools because that’s where the young women are. Some members have since run for office thanks to Ignite’s inspiration.Margo McClinton Stoglin grew up in a political family, understands the power of speaking out and the need to be heard. She runs Ignite in Texas, which has several dozen chapters in middle and high schools — many of them in North Texas. There are also college chapters.“Many times we don’t believe that we deserve to be at the table,” Stoglin says. “And I wouldn’t want any woman, who believes she can but is afraid to step up, to ever feel like they didn’t have that chance. So we at Ignite encourage them and train them.”Over the past year, Moses says interest in Ignite has accelerated.“As you can imagine, in this particular political and social climate that we’re in right now, everything has changed,” Moses says. “This year alone, we thought we were going to be in about 20 cities in 10 states, and we are already in 35 cities in 15 states.”Issues that hit homeBack at Royse City High, Ignite brings in speakers, like elected officials, and occasionally sends members to regional conferences where they meet like-minded young women with their own inspiring stories. Cheyenne Mosley, 17, says it would be wrong to assume her fellow members all believe the same thing, or vote the same way.“I personally don’t lean left or right,” Cheyenne says. “I don’t see myself as part of any political party. My views can go in either direction.”At their monthly meeting, Ignite members take on all sorts of issues like birth control and women’s health, and want politicians to understand their needs and interests. They say many men don’t seem to get it. Junior Karina Revilla, 17, says the issues aren’t always exclusively female either. Sometimes, they’re personal. She brings up CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, whose funding has been challenged recently.“That’s an issue close to my heart,” Karina says, “because I grew up on that program. And I know I wouldn’t have had the proper health procedures — because I was a very sick baby — without that program.”Karina fights tears. She also mentions another issue in the news, DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came here as children to stay in the country.“One of my older brothers is a recipient of that program. When these programs get cut, people get hurt,” Karina said.Running for office, even winning a seat, may not fix all the problems these students identify. Stoglin says it would be a start, though.“And really, what’s at stake? Our democracy,” Stoglin said. “If we don’t have people that represent all of us, who are part of the United States fabric, at the table, how can we say we’re a strong democracy?”Stoglin says every voice should be heard at the table.last_img read more

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Watch Dogs on PC with Ultra settings requires a Core i7 GeForce

first_imgIt’s a little over a month now until Watch Dogs will see a release across consoles and PC. Those picking up the console version of the game don’t have any hardware tweaking to do, but if you want to enjoy Watch Dogs as Ubisoft intended on PC, you’re going to need to run it on Ultra settings.But what constitutes Ultra settings? Jonathan Morin, creative director for Watch Dogs, has divulged the required PC spec via his Twitter account.Apparently the PC gameplay video Ubisoft released was recorded on a PC with a Core i7-3930K and a GeForce GTX Titan graphics card. However, the Ultra spec for the game that’s shipping next month includes a Core i7-4770K and a GeForce GTX 780. Those two components alone will set you back at least $800.Of course, you can run the game on much less powerful hardware, with the minimum spec being a Core 2 CPU and GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, but you won’t be seeing the graphics at anywhere near their best. The only other things you definitely need are 6GB of RAM and a 64-bit copy of Windows installed.You will also benefit from having a Nvidia rather than an AMD-branded graphics card, but only slightly. Morin confirmed the game supports the Nvidia-only TXAA (Temporal Anti-Aliasing), which creates smoother, clearer images by combining MSAA multisample anti-aliasing, post processing, and some temporal filters Nvidia created.So, who’s upgrading their rig in time for May 27? Or is this a game you think will be better experienced on one of the next-gen consoles?last_img read more

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Republican politician caught on tape implying orphanges are better than LGBTI adoption

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity in schoolsGay Star NewsLGBT people twice as likely to be asked about their sex lives at workRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/republican-politician-orphanges-better-than-lgbti-adoption/ GAYSTARNEWS- A Republican lawmaker from New Jersey was caught on tape implying that children in orphanges are better off than being adopted by LGBTI people. Rep. Chris Smith | Photo: Wikimedia/US Congresscenter_img A clear bias?Smith never states a clear opinion in the recording, though his voting history speaks for itself.On LGBTI rights alone, he has voted for numerous bills against them.In 2013, he voted to protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. He also voted yes on a Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2004 and two years later wanted the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.In regards to adoption, he voted for a ban on gay adoptions in DC in 1999.Studies, however, have shown LGBTI parents and household are just as happy and loving as straight ones, if not moreso.A study in Australia found children brought up by LGBTI parents are generally ‘happier and healthier’. A more recent study in the US found LGBTI parents are just as good as straight parents.GSN reached out to Smith’s office for further comment and clarification.More from Gay Star NewsGay son reunites with birth dad after 35 years and finds out he’s also gayThese women publicly shamed two gay men for raising a child togetherGay dads petition against US bill that threatens adoption rightsGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Representative Chris Smith made the remarks at Colts Neck High School on 29 May. He was at the school to address and discuss issues with student constituents.The Washington Blade obtained the recording of his exchange last week.It started with a student, Hannah Valdes, telling Smith about her gay older sister and how she wants to adopt one day. She then asks Smith his opinion about why LGBTI may be ‘less of a legitimate parent’.Smith side-steps answering by saying: ‘The issue, legally, is moot at this point especially with the Supreme Court decision.’ He adds her sister is ‘legally able to adopt’.Valdes presses, inquiring why Smith believes her sister shouldn’t be able to.Smith responds: ‘You know, I do believe that there are many others who would like to adopt who can acquire a child.’At this point in the conversation, another person chimed in, asking what makes these other people ‘more legitimate’ than Valdes’ sister.‘Well, you know, in my opinion, a child needs every possibility of,’ Smith begins saying in the recording before cutting himself off.Then he brings up orphanges.‘Orphanges are still a possibility for some kids,’ he says. Right before the tape ends, another person starts to ask if Smith means he believes children are better off in orphanges than with LGBTI parents. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Indian antigraft crusader quits Delhi government

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Kejriwal accused the Congress party, which controls the federal government, and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party of colluding with each other and big businesses to pillage the country.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Kejriwal has led protests and hunger strikes against government corruption. They include sit-ins demanding public access to government documents, lower electricity rates and transfer of control of the New Delhi police from the federal Home Ministry.He said Friday he would recommend that new elections be held in New Delhi.Kejriwal formed a political party and assumed power in New Delhi in December with the support of the Congress party, which lost badly in state elections.His party controls 27 of the 70 seats in the state legislature and the Congress party eight. One lawmaker recently quit Kejriwal’s party following differences over implementation of various policies. The remaining seats are held by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Socialist Party legislators.The showdown between Kejriwal and the Congress party came over a 2002 federal Home Ministry order which said that the New Delhi state government could only enact laws with financial implications with its approval.Kejriwal defied the order on Friday and sought to introduce the ombudsman bill in the state legislature, saying the Home Ministry order was arbitrary.Congress party leader Arvinder Singh Lovely said his party supported the creation of a strong ombudsman but Kejriwal should first seek the federal government’s approval. The Congress party voted against introduction of the bill. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Patients with chronic pain give advice NEW DELHI (AP) – Anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit Friday as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the Indian capital.Kejriwal’s resignation came after the Congress party, which backed his 49-day-old minority government, voted with the opposition to block the bill.He told his supporters that the Congress party was scared that its officials who had ruled the Indian capital for the past 10 years would be prosecuted on corruption charges if the law came into force. Check your body, save your life 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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Supreme court rejects murder suspects bid for case review

first_imgThe supreme court on Wednesday rejected a bid by a double murder defendant to have a judicial review of his case claiming his human rights had been violated.Loizos Tzionis, 33, claimed his right to a fair trial and presumption of innocence had been compromised and had asked the supreme court to approve submission of a motion to cancel an order authorising a second post mortem on the victims.The court said the applicant did not explain how his rights to a fair trial and presumption of innocence had been violated but aside that, he had not shown that it was the right time for the court to issue an order.The judge said she had nothing before her to prove that an attempt had been made to submit evidence in the case that the applicant would find objectionable.“The course of the case and the possibility of presenting testimony regarding the findings of the two post mortems have not yet been clarified,” the court said.The legitimacy of the post mortems should be decided in the trial, it added.“The applicant cannot dispute the legitimacy of the orders with a prerogative writ before they are presented,” the court said.Tzionis, along with three other defendants, his 22-year-old friend Marios Hadjixenophontos, girlfriend Sarah Shams, 21, and his 23-year-old half-brother, Lefteris Solomou, had been charged with killing Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59 in April 2018 in Strovolos, NIcosia.Shams is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday after she pleaded guilty to robbery and the other charges against her were dropped, as she agreed to testify for the prosecution.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Sure To Impress! Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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