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          Pope's meditation to focus on human trafficking      Comment   Translate Page      

By The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is dedicating this year’s Good Friday meditations to victims of human trafficking.

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          Fisher-Price recolherá cadeiras de balanço após morte de bebês      Comment   Translate Page      

NOVA YORK — A Fisher-Price anunciou o recolhimento de 4,7 milhões de cadeirinhas de balanço automáticas após morte de mais de 30 bebês desde que o produto foi lançado, em 2009. A cadeira, que pode ser programada para simular o movimento de ninar, estaria levando ao tombo das crianças, devido a uma instabilidade. O anúncio do recall foi feito na noite de sexta-feira, dia 12.

A Comissão Americana de Segurança de Produtos de Consumo (CPSC, sigla em inglês) alertou que consumidores que compraram qualquer modelo da "Fisher-Price Rock 'n roll and Play sleeper" devem parar de usá-la imediatamente e contactar a empresa para reembolso.

No Brasil, o "Fisher Price Rock 'n roll and Play sleeper" é disponível pela loja online Babytunes. São indicadas para uso de recém-nascidos.

A Secretaria Nacional do Consumidor (Senacon), órgão do Ministério da Justiça e Segurança Pública, já abriu investigação.

— Caso a há fabricante tiver feito recall no exterior, mas não adotar a mesma política no Brasil, não estão descartadas medidas sancionatórias — diz Luciano Timm, titular da Senacon.

Consultado, o Inmetro informou que convidará a Fischer-Price para uma reunião a fim de obter informações sobre a eventual presença desses modelos no Brasil, além de colher mais dados sobre que procedimentos a empresa adotará no país, diante do risco identificado nos Estados Unidos. É que apesar de não ser regulamentado pelo instituto, o produto faz parte do escopo regulatório, explicou o órgão.

De acordo com a Associated Press, o recolhimento foi anunciado depois de uma semana que a Comissão alertou a população a não usar este tipo de balanço com crianças maiores de 3 meses, já que elas tem mais probabilidade de conseguirem rolar na cadeirinha.

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O fundo destinado ao reembolso do produto pela Fisher Price cobre em torno de 4,7 milhões das cadeirinhas, que custam entre U$40 e U$ 149 (R$155 e R$577, respectivamente).

As cadeirinhas de balanço possuem um cinto de segurança que prendea cintura e pernas do bebê. Diversos produtos similares, inclusive da própria Fisher-Price, têm uma haste por cima do produto, que poderia ajudar a impedir que o bebê caia, o que não ocorre neste modelo.


          California Judges Hand Trump Rare Court Win By Allowing Return Of Migrants To Mexico      Comment   Translate Page      

It might be a sign of the apocalypse, but a panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit has temporarily blocked a California judge's order to halt a Trump administration policy to allow the return of some asylum seekers to Mexico while they await their court dates - handing the administration a rare victory in the courts.

According to the Associated Press, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Friday, blocking a ruling by San Francisco Judge Richard Seeborg, who delivered a temporary injunction on Monday blocking the policy while challenges filed by civil liberties groups moved forward.

Seeborg justified the injunction by arguing that the policy failed to take into account the dangers that migrants might face in Mexico.

Migrants

The three-judge panel set a Tuesday deadline for civil liberties groups to submit arguments for why the policy should be discontinued while the issue winds its way through the courts. The panel set a Wednesday deadline for the White House to argue why the policy should remain in effect.

The government asked the panel to reconsider the injunction, arguing that Seeborg's argument was made in error, and that keeping the migrants in the US, where federal facilities are overflowing, forcing the government to release more asylum seekers amid an unprecedented surge in border-crossings. More than 100,000 migrants crossed into the US via the southern border in March - a 12-year high.

The circuit court managed to block the injunction before it took effect, meaning there was no interruption to the Trump administration's plans to start returning some migrants to Mexico, according to the AP.

Though the decision doesn't mean the policy will be upheld indefinitely - it could still ultimately be ruled unconstitutional - but it does underscore how San Francisco judges have been a persistent thorn in the administration's side when it comes to immigration policy, contributing to the White House's six percent win rate on legal challenges surrounding its policies.

Panic

At a time when appropriations authorized by Trump's national emergency declaration appear to be moving forward in spite of a flurry of legal challenges, one can't help but wonder if this marks a turning point in the administration's struggle to implement its immigration agenda, as the crisis at the border - which Democrats declared "fake" as recently as February - has now been widely acknowledged, as municipal officials from border cities like McAllen, Texas, which have strained under the influx of migrants requiring shelter, medical care and other services, have warned of a "system-wide collapse."


          Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down      Comment   Translate Page      
Mr Ibn Auf quit a day after becoming military council chief



Sudan coup leader Awad Ibn Auf steps down

By BBC

The head of Sudan's military council has stood down a day after leading a coup that toppled long-time leader Omar al-Bashir amid a wave of protests.

Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV, naming as his successor Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan.

The army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by elections.

But protest leaders say they will not leave the streets until the military hands over to a civilian government.

Mr Bashir's downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices.

Mr Ibn Auf was head of military intelligence during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. The US imposed sanctions on him in 2007.



The new man in charge is also a top military figure, but the Associated Press news agency reports that his record is cleaner than other Sudanese generals. He is also said to have met with protesters to hear their views.

Mr Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the Darfur conflict.

However, the military council has said it will not extradite Mr Bashir, who denies the charges, although he may be put on trial in Sudan.

How did the latest drama unfold?

Despite Mr Bashir's removal on Thursday, demonstrators had refused to disperse, camping out outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, in defiance of a curfew.

In its first response, the military council came out and denied it was seeking power, telling the protesters that they would decide the country's future, while the army maintained public order.

A few hours later, Mr Ibn Auf announced he was resigning and would be replaced by Lt-Gen Burhan.

"In order to ensure the cohesion of the security system, and the armed forces in particular, from cracks and strife, and relying on God, let us begin this path of change," he said.

Protesters celebrated his abrupt departure but the Sudan Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the demonstrations, later announced that the sit-in would continue.

"We call on the armed forces to ensure the immediate transfer of power to a transitional civilian government," they said on Facebook.

They further called for the abolition of "arbitrary decisions by leaders that do not represent the people" and the detention of "all symbols of the former regime who were involved in crimes against the people".

"Until these demands are fully met, we must continue with our sit-in at the General Command of the Armed Forces," the SPA said.

Meanwhile, police said at least 16 people had been killed by stray bullets at the protests on Thursday and Friday.




          Ассанжа хотят выдать Швеции      Comment   Translate Page      

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          ‘I know nothing’: Trump changes tune on WikiLeaks      Comment   Translate Page      
By Jonathan Lemire and Eric Tucker Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a far cry from “I love WikiLeaks!” President Donald Trump declared that “I know nothing about WikiLeaks” after its disheveled founder Julian Assange was hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to face charges, a stark contrast to how candidate Trump […]
          Shields wants to lift women’s boxing into mainstream – Associated Press      Comment   Translate Page      
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          More Bad News for Lightning: Nikita Kucherov Is Suspended for One Game      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Yankees Hold White Sox to One Hit in C.C. Sabathia’s Return      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Game Of Thrones: Here's Where All Of The Key Characters Were At The End Of Series 7      Comment   Translate Page      

We’re not going to mess around because there’s a lot of revision to get through. 

A new series Game Of Thrones is tantalisingly close, so this is the last chance saloon when it comes to brushing up on your knowledge before the action starts. 

Given the tremendous amount of characters who’ve made it this far (RIP to those we’ve lost along the way), you’d be forgiven for forgetting where we left a number of them. 

So here’s our guide on just that...

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

We’ll start with these two, as 1) They were together and 2) You probably haven’t forgotten them, so let’s just get that out of the way.

During a heated meeting with Cersei Lannister et al., Jon swore his allegiance to the Mother of Dragons, an unwise yet undeniably hot move. It was no surprise then, when Jon and Daenerys ended up in bed together.

As this was happening, viewers got confirmation that the characters are related, which is a fact that will presumably provide the starting point for an incredibly awkward conversation at some point.  

Cersei Lannister

While many other characters are in the North (or heading North) to fight the Army of the Dead, Cersei is sticking to her guns and remaining in King’s Landing.

Following Jon’s pledge of allegiance, she was understandably furious and refused to stand her armies down so the others could fight the dead without worrying about another threat.

A meeting with Tyrion then saw Cersei change her mind, telling Jon and Daenerys that her armies would join with theirs and face down the terrifying enemies in the North… unfortunately, this was a total lie and she has no plans to help. Classic Cersei.

Euron Greyjoy

God, we hate him. Euron was last seen storming out of King’s Landing and telling the inhabitants of the mainland that they can fight the terrifying White Walkers without him.

But after lying to Jon, Cersei revealed the truth – Euron has actually gone to Essos to pick up more paid-for soldiers, who will help defend King’s Landing when the time comes.

Arya and Sansa Stark

While their brother has been dealing with the Queen and his aunt (nope, we’re not over it), the Stark sisters have eradicated a threat closer to home, in Winterfell. The long-separated sisters’ reunion began with a series of tense exchanges, as Arya refused to forgive Sansa for her role in their father’s death, and Sansa tried to come to terms with the fact her little sister is now a cold-blooded (and highly-skilled) killer.

In one of the most welcome twists in Game Of Thrones history, the sisters ended the series by taking down Littlefinger, whose conniving ways were finally rumbled by Sansa. Exercising her powers as the Lady of Winterfell, Sansa ordered Littlefinger’s execution and Arya happily obliged in slitting his throat. It was family bonding, the Game Of Thrones way.

Jaime Lannister

When Cersei revealed that she wasn’t actually going to help fight the Army of the Dead, Jaime was understandably furious, having what might be his last ever falling out with his sister and riding off.

As if his position wasn’t clear enough, Jaime was seen literally approaching a fork in the road as he headed North and tussled with whether to stay true to his sister (who may or may not be expecting his baby!) or save the entire human race.

Given that season eight will probably complete his much-talked about redemption arc, it seems the Kingslayer will go through with choosing the latter.

Gendry

Gendry played a heroic role in episode six of the seventh series, running back to Eastwatch to send a raven and notify Daenerys about Operation: Kidnap A White Walker going a wee bit wrong.

Worryingly, he hasn’t been seen since collapsing at the gate and (again, worryingly) HBO haven’t bothered making a season eight character poster for him. While we reckon it’s highly unlikely he’s been killed off – he might be Cersei’s son and therefore a possible heir, after all – we’re still going to breathe a sigh of relief when he appears on screen next.

Yara Greyjoy

Currently a prisoner on Euron’s ship, Yara is not having a good time of it. That could be about to change…

Theon Greyjoy

He’s properly back and Reek is no more. Theon was last seen dashing after Yara, following a much-needed pep talk from Jon ‘Actually he’s a Targaryen’ Snow.

Rescuing his sister won’t be easy though and things are set to be complicated further by the fact Theon thinks Euron is sailing back to the Iron Islands to take cover, rather than to Essos to become even more entangled in this war.

Brienne of Tarth

Determined to keep her oath to Catelyn Stark (RIP), Brienne represented Sansa Stark at the King’s Landing meeting, bringing her face to face with old friend Jaime.

Meeting over and help secured (only it’s not, because Cersei is playing all of them), Brienne is accompanying the gang back to the North, to fight the White Walkers. Seeing Brienne absolutely slay this battle is something we have been looking forward to for months so no, we won’t be addressing the fact many people think she’ll be one of the first to die, OK? And anyway, she looks like she’s doing a fine job in the trailer.

Tyrion Lannister

Having made it out of King’s Landing alive, the Hand of the Queen was last seen en route to Winterfell with Daenerys and Jon. He was also in the corridor as the aunt and nephew duo went to bed together, meaning he’s potentially the only person truly aware of how seriously they’re taking their allegiance.

Bran

Don’t they grow up fast? It seems like just yesterday that Bran was scaling the walls of Winterfell and catching incestuous couple numero uno in the tower together and look at him now. 

Having gone on both a physical and spiritual journey as winter settled in, Bran is getting used to his new full-time role as the Three-Eyed-Raven. Putting his skillz to good use, Bran has been spying on the Night King’s army and will hopefully be able to offer vital information during the upcoming battle.

He’s one of only two people to know the truth about Jon’s parentage. The other person is…

Samwell Tarly

After calling time on his pretty shoddy stint with the Night’s Watch (well, apart from when he killed a White Walker, actually), Samwell headed to the Citadel to train to become a maester. When ravens from the North arrived, carrying warning message about an army of *dead* people, the experienced maesters did not see what the fuss about.

Trusting Bran’s messages, Samwell bailed on his training and headed North, where his tête-à-tête with Bran confirmed Jon is not a bastard after all. Nice work in the end, really.

The Night King

Alarmingly, the last time we saw the Night King, he was riding the dragon formerly known as Viserion over a gigantic hole in the Wall. This was the final scene of season seven and is something we’ve lost a lot of sleep over since.

Thanks to the fact he now has a dragon, the Night King and his army of White Walkers made light work of smashing through the gigantic structure designed to keep them out of the seven kingdoms.

Lord Varys

Varys’ years of scheming have paid off and he’s been rewarded for helping to orchestrate Daenerys’ return to Westeros with an advisory role.

When we left him, he was sailing back to Winterfell with Daenerys, Jon and everyone else crammed in on that boat. All in all, he’s doing well but his actions in season seven were a little more muted than we’d have liked. We’re hoping he goes BIG in the final season, with levels of conniving to match the intensity and scale of the hotly-anticipated battle scenes.

And Jorah Mormont

He’s also on the boat, and pretty livid about the fact Daenerys seems to be valuing Jon’s advice above his own. Just wait until he finds out what’s happened…

Oh, and Davos Seaworth 

It’s a massive boat.

Melisandre

Last time we saw her, The Red Woman was riding off to Essos (having been exiled by Davos and Jon) but we can expect to see her back in Westeros at some point, given her promise to “to die in this strange country” – a fate she claims Varys will share.

The Hound 

After being rattled by the quest to capture a White Walker, namely because fire is going to be a pretty key component in taking them down, The Hound was back to his usual tough self just in time for the big group meeting. Before playing a key role in the show and tell, The Hound took a few seconds to have a go at his partially-dead brother, which really set the tone for the meeting.

Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion

Tormund

As the Night King and his dragon made light work of destroying the Wall, Tormund and Beric could be seen among those fleeing for safety. After an agonising two-year wait to find out if they would make it out alive, fans finally discovered the characters’ fates when the first season eight trailer showed them very much alive. Phew.

Qyburn

While everyone else at the last episode’s summit recoiled at the sight of the White Walker, mad scientist Qyburn was visibly loving it. Quietly one of the most powerful men in Westeros, Qyburn is probably one of the only people who sway Cersei’s mind but he’s fiercely loyal to her to. Let’s just say, we’ll be keeping a very close on him from Monday.

Bronn

Now a Lord, Bronn stepped out of the dragonpit meeting to have a drink with Podrick instead and missed out on seeing the White Walker IRL. With Jaime and Tyrion (who are now on opposite sides, but both about to fight for the same thing) headed off to the North, will he follow them?

Missandei and Grey Worm

Perhaps the most consistent pair of people in the seven kingdoms, these two obviously remain at Daenerys’ side.

The Mountain

Last seen in our nightmares. On screen, he’s still guardian Cersei. But yeah, he’s mainly in our nightmares.


          ‘Massive and intensely harmful’ twister devastates elements of Franklin      Comment   Translate Page      

FRANKLIN, Texas -- About a dozen people have been injured in Texas after powerful storms spawned at least one suspected tornado and damaged several homes, authorities said Saturday. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a suspected tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is…

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          N.B.A. Playoffs: D’Angelo Russell Scores 26 in Nets’ Game 1 Win Over 76ers      Comment   Translate Page      
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          This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th - 13th      Comment   Translate Page      

Five Years Ago

This week in 2014, former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden was getting pathetically aggressive, calling Dianne Feinstein too emotional to judge the CIA torture report (which we were only learning about via piecemeal leaks), and calling congressional staffers "sissies" while accusing Ron Wyden of not acting like a man. At the same time, Mike Rogers was still pushing his "Ed Snowden is a russian spy" angle, while Snowden himself was saying the NSA lied in its claim that he didn't raise concerns through proper channels, and telling the Council of Europe about how the agency spied on Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Meanwhile, Hollywood was piling on to the already-dead Megaupload with a far-reaching lawsuit that packed in multiple attacks on the internet in general, and was quickly followed by the RIAA filing a virtually identical suit of its own.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2009, Amanda Palmer was sharing insights into how her fans support her work while Trent Reznor was taking his business model experiments into the mobile space, and a new service was announced that would let musicians pre-fund their releases (and it's not around anymore — but two weeks later, Kickstarter would launch).

The Associated Press announced its plans to sue news aggregators, Fox fired a movie columnist for reviewing a leaked copy of Wolverine, old-industry guard like U2's manager and Andrew Lloyd Weber were out trashing the internet, and Hollywood's favorite lawmakers were preparing for the next big copyright expansion push.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2004, we saw the first court ruling to state that online content aggregation was legal, setting the stage for later tantrums like the AP's, and the outrage of some publishers today. Gmail was the new kid on the internet block and people weren't sure how they felt about it (or whether it violated EU data privacy laws), just as mathematicians weren't quite sure how they felt about proofs that rely on computer calculations — while some clueless analysts were very sure about how much they hated the "fad" of camera phones. Google and Yahoo both stopped accepting ads for online casinos, seemingly out of the blue until we learned of some nasty letters recently sent out by the DOJ.

This was also the week that we saw the beginnings of a terrible idea that simply refuses to die, and rises like a zombie every now and then to this day: the WIPO broadcast treaty.



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          Luke Walton llega a un acuerdo para dirigir a los Kings      Comment   Translate Page      

ESTADOS UNIDOS. Luke Walton será el nuevo entrenador de los Kings de Sacramento, apenas un día después de dejar a los Lakers de Los Ángeles luego de tres temporadas de saldo negativo, informó a The Associated Press una persona con conocimiento directo del acuerdo el sábado

Walton, de 39 años, fue despedido el viernes por los Lakers después de finalizar la campaña con récord de 37-45. La persona habló bajo condición de anonimato debido a que no se ha finalizado el acuerdo. Se prevé un anuncio formal en los próximos días.

El gerente general de Sacramento Vlade Divac despidió el jueves a Dave Joerger después de que el entrenador ayudó a desarrollar a los jóvenes Kings para convertirlos en aspirantes a playoffs antes de concretar la 13ra temporada consecutiva con saldo negativo de la franquicia.

Los Kings terminaron 39-44, a nueve juegos de un lugar en la postemporada después de permanecer empatados en el octavo sitio de la Conferencia Oeste hasta el último partido antes de la pausa del Juego de Estrellas.

Sacramento logró su mayor cantidad de triunfos desde que finalizó la temporada con récord de 44-38 en 2005-06, la última temporada del técnico Rick Adelman. Eso puso fin a una racha de ocho apariciones consecutivas en playoffs y los Kings no han vuelto a la postemporada desde entonces, la sequía en activo más prolongada de la NBA.


          Community college four-year degrees are smart policy, not mission creep (opinion)      Comment   Translate Page      

Presidents of America’s public universities are worried that community colleges have strayed from their mission. The source of their concern? The growing push by community colleges, state legislatures and student advocates to grant two-year colleges the authority to award some bachelor’s degrees.

According to Inside Higher Ed’s Survey of Community College Presidents, 70 percent of public university presidents worry that community college baccalaureate programs are evidence of “mission creep.” An even greater share disagrees with the idea that community colleges are well positioned to help low-income and place-bound students complete a bachelor’s degree. And about half of the presidents do not think community colleges can help address disparities in bachelor’s-degree attainment across different racial and ethnic groups.

Community college presidents feel otherwise -- and a growing body of research backs them up. Eighty percent agreed with the statement that their institutions are “in a strong position to offer bachelor’s degrees to students who would otherwise not have access to them due to cost or location,” and 85 percent agreed that giving them degree-granting authority could help close gaps in degree attainment.

Community colleges have been at the center of efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment for over a decade -- whether it was the Obama administration’s American Graduation Initiative or today’s College Promise campaign. But the system we have developed to get community college students to the finish line of a bachelor’s degree does not work very well and may even be making the problem worse.

It is built on the premise that students can transfer easily from a community college to a four-year institution and complete their degree. But the transfer process is rarely easy. According to a 2017 GAO report, community college students lose an average of 37 percent of their credits during transfer. The more credits a student loses, the less likely they are to complete a bachelor’s degree.

There is also evidence that the transfer process is fueling racial and ethnic disparities in degree attainment, as African American and Hispanic students are more likely to start in a community college and thus are more likely to lose credits along the way to a bachelor’s degree, a phenomenon that researchers call the “racial transfer gap.”

Community colleges are the right place to focus efforts to increase bachelor’s-degree attainment. They are home to 40 percent of undergraduate students, and even though many enroll with the goal of completing a bachelor’s degree, fewer than 15 percent will get there. Moving the needle on degree attainment will depend upon increasing that share. But colleges need freedom to explore new strategies beyond transfer.

A growing number of states agree and are granting their community colleges authority to award some bachelor’s degrees themselves. Rather than putting the onus on community college students to go out and find a bachelor’s degree program, they are bringing the bachelor’s degree to the community college.

The degrees are generally work force oriented -- many are bachelor’s of applied science -- and most states require the college provide evidence of unmet labor market demand and/or ensure the degree does not duplicate programs offered by local public universities.

Florida was among the first states to try the approach and has taken it the furthest, with nearly 200 degree offerings in fields like nursing, IT, business and education. All but one of the state’s 28 predominantly two-year institutions offer at least one bachelor’s degree, which cost an average of $13,000, well below what students would pay at a public university. In 2018, more than 6,000 students graduated from those programs.

Would these same students have been just as successful at one of the state’s public universities? It is impossible to know for sure, but a recent study found that enrollments in universities located near one of the colleges actually increased after it started offering bachelor’s degrees. The same study found that enrollments in for-profit institutions, which charge many times more for tuition than public institutions, went down significantly in areas where community colleges offer bachelor’s degrees.

Data from the Florida Department of Education indicate that three out of four students enrolled in the bachelor’s programs were from underserved populations. More research is needed, but these findings suggest that community college bachelor’s degree programs in Florida are serving a different group of students than most public universities -- and providing students an affordable alternative.

On March 15, Wyoming became the 26th state to pass legislation allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. A headline from the Associated Press captures the moment this way: “UW fails to nix bill on 4-year degrees at community colleges.” The University of Wyoming, the state’s one -- and only -- public four-year institution, opposed the law, arguing that it contradicted efforts toward greater “efficiency and streamlining.” But for residents of Rock Springs, located 200 miles west of Laramie and home to Western Wyoming Community College, a much more convenient route to a bachelor’s degree will soon open up.

To be sure, state policy makers need to be careful as they consider which degrees two-year colleges should award. The policy emphasis on labor market value is well placed. But as the degree requirements for good jobs continue to rise, ensuring sufficient access to affordable bachelor’s degrees is the bigger challenge. And the fact is, community colleges are well positioned to offer bachelor’s degrees to low-income and place-bound students, and they can help address disparities in degree attainment.

They are more diverse, more affordable and more likely to enroll underrepresented students than their public four-year counterparts, and they operate in many more communities. Leveraging community colleges to expand access to valuable bachelor’s degrees isn’t a case of mission creep -- it’s smart policy.

Mary Alice McCarthy is director of the Center on Education and Skills at New America.

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          Review of "Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction"      Comment   Translate Page      

The best-known saying from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell goes, "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." I am not at all sure the reader is meant to take this as practical advice. The poet moves back and forth between spiritual revelation and satire so often and so quickly that keeping track is difficult. "You never know what is enough," we read a few dozen lines later, "unless you know what is more than enough." That sounds altogether more balanced and common-sensical. But like the earlier quotation, it appears in a section called "Proverbs of Hell," a manifesto of rebellion against prudence, moderation and other boring heavenly virtues.

In her teens and early 20s, Judith Grisel took the road of excess to someplace close to the point of no return. In Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction (Doubleday, 2019), she recalls the "abrupt shift of perspective coincident with guzzling half a gallon of wine in my friend's basement" at the age of 13: all "desperate strivings for self-acceptance and existential purpose" disappeared, and she felt at peace and genuinely alive. The following day was another matter, of course, but she had plenty of opportunities to return to that state of mind, or at least to try.

Over the next several years, she ran the gamut of mind-altering substances -- taking as much as possible, as often as possible -- only to find each one betraying its promise of relief: "It didn't take all that long before the drug's most reliable effect was to ensure the alienation, despair and emptiness that I sought to medicate." Never Enough does not quite belong to the genre of the recovery narrative: it provides enough detail about Grisel's life as an addict to be appalling without becoming sensationalistic, while saying relatively little about how she got clean. But a turning point came when a fellow cokehead observed that they could never have too much of the drug. Addiction makes "enough" impossible.

After three decades of sobriety, the author -- a professor of psychology at Bucknell University -- takes her experience as a reference point while introducing the lay reader to the neuroscience of addiction. Her own education and laboratory work were driven by the hope of finding a cure for addiction. Today, she writes, she is "not especially hopeful about the prospects of solving something as complex and intractable as addiction anytime soon." She also find herself "increasingly skeptical that the solutions are ever going to be found solely in the brain." This admission comes after a couple hundred pages laying out some of the knowledge that has accumulated on the brain's responses to mood-altering substances. But no end is in sight.

The chemistry and physiology of the human nervous system seem almost perfectly designed for substance abuse. Find a neurotransmitter or a receptor in the brain, and there is probably something you can absorb to interfere with it in pleasurable, even ecstasy-inducing ways. But the central nervous system is self-monitoring and self-regulating, and it "counteract[s] the changes in neural activity produced by the stimulus in an effort to return brain activity to its neutral, homeostatic state." Grisel calls the changes in neural activity involved in intoxication "the a process," which elicits an equal but opposite reaction, "the b process," returning things to normal state. The b process manifests itself at various intensities depending on the substance and quantity consumed: hangovers, "crash and burn" depressions, an unbearable craving for the substance and so forth. "Generated by a powerfully adaptive nervous system," the author says, "the b process learns with time and exposure. Repeated encounters with the stimulus result in faster, bigger and longer-lasting b processes that are better able to maintain homeostasis in the face of disruption."

The more familiar term here would be "building up a tolerance." An increase in the stimulus (two lines of coke instead of one, vodka instead of an equal quantity of beer) can override the compensatory b process -- but only for so long. Furthermore, the brain's processing powers come into play: "It uses its exceptional learning skills to anticipate disruptions, rather than wait for the changes themselves, and begins to dampen drug effects before the drug has even been delivered." The brain's responsiveness can also trigger cravings for a drug when users find themselves in a place or with people they associate with the drug.

Some substances induce such a powerful disruptions in the nervous system that the compensatory process becomes agonizing; reports of the ecstasy and the crash following first-time methamphetamine use make addiction sound just about unavoidable. But many people -- most, probably -- can have a drink or smoke a joint without unleashing an escalating battle within the central nervous system that ends up in abjection. Grisel is clearly not one of them: she writes of continuing to feel cravings for various substances she hasn't touched in 30 years. "Even today," she writes,

I’m confounded by people who can drink or use other drugs but don’t. For me, and others like me, nothing short of impending doom (and often even that) would provide enough incentive to forgo pharmacological stimulation. People who stop after only one drink, mete out cocaine like a banker or keep a bag of weed around for months are entirely foreign to my experience and beyond my capacity to comprehend. On the other hand, I am able to relate to the depravity in this story from the Associated Press: "Man Accused of Trying to Swap Baby for Beer." Apparently, someone called the police after this man offered her a 3-month-old baby in exchange for two 40-ounce beers. I’m sad to say that I really do understand the perversion of values that enables such an insane proposal, and while responsibility has to be attributed to the addict, it seems obvious that no person in what might be called a "right mind" would do such a thing.

What determines whether an individual has that kind of susceptibility? Grisel notes the appeal of a seemingly logical approach to the problem: behavior leads back to neurophysiology, which leads in turn back to the human genome, where one day we might locate the sorts of markers that indicate someone prone to taking the road of excess to an early grave. Grisel's sense of progress is much more somber: "It seems to me that the more deeply we look at anything, the more complex and mysterious it becomes. It’s as if with each additional data point, our realization of how very little we understand increases proportionately; like an onion that grows as it’s peeled." She identifies four types of factors seemingly in effect in creating the sort of bottomless addiction that might well have killed her: besides genetic susceptibility, they include binge consumption, the unfinished development of the brain during adolescence and "a catalyzing environment," including obvious influences such as childhood abuse or a lack of positive role models. "It's not necessary to have all four," she writes, "but once some threshold is reached, it's like breaching a dam -- virtually impossible to rebuild."

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Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US  —  PHOENIX (AP) — An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier …


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PHOENIX – An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country.

The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. Many of these locations have more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities, with some of the nation’s biggest immigration advocacy groups based in places like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. The downside for the immigrants would be a high cost of living in the cities.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University announced this week that an analysis found that immigrants in sanctuary cities such as New York and Los Angeles are 20% less likely to be arrested out in the community than in cities without such policies.

“With immigrants being less likely to commit crimes than the U.S. born population, and with sanctuary jurisdictions being safer and more productive than non-sanctuary jurisdictions, the data damns this proposal as a politically motivated stunt that seeks to play politics with peoples’ lives,” said George Gascon, district attorney for San Francisco.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated over the situation at the border, where tens of thousands of immigrant families are crossing each month, many to claim asylum. His administration has attempted several efforts to stop the flow and he recently shook up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security.

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted. He added that, “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”

Wilson Romero is an immigrant from Honduras who chose to settle in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Romero, 27, was separated from his daughter, now 7, by federal authorities at the U.S. border at El Paso, Texas, last year and jailed for three months before being released and making his way to live with his mother in San Jose, California. There he was reunited with his daughter, who attends public kindergarten.

Romero says he goes about daily errands in public without worry of discrimination. His daughter has made friends and has playdates with the children of Mexican American families. It’s a far cry from his hometown in the violence-plagued outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, that he fled after his brother-in-law was killed.

To him, the biggest problem with being in the Bay Area is the high cost of living. The former textile factory worker relies on his mother’s income from waitressing for food and clothing, and he’s started thinking about asking legal permission to move to North Carolina, where an uncle resides and says it’s cheaper to live and work.

“To tell the truth, it’s a little tight now, financially speaking,” said Romero, a former textile factory worker, who said he doesn’t know of any charities that may be willing to help.

The plan discussed by Trump would also have financial, logistical and legal issues.

The transportation of immigrants who are arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be burdensome and costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement is already stretched thin, having released over 125,000 immigrants into the country pending their immigration court since Dec. 21. They are currently being released mainly in border states.

Flights chartered by ICE cost about $7,785 per flight hour, according to the agency, and require multiple staffers, including an in-flight medical professional. The agency also uses commercial flights. Doing longer transports would increase liability for the agency, especially considering that many of the immigrants in its care are families with young children.

And despite the consideration given to releasing the immigrants on the streets to sanctuary cities, the Trump administration actually has plenty of jail space to detain families. As of April 11, the nation’s three facilities to detain immigrant families were nowhere near capacity, including a Pennsylvania facility housing only nine immigrants.

It’s also unclear how long the immigrants would stay in these cities because they are required to provide an address to federal authorities – typically of a family member – as a condition of their release.

“It’s illogical,” said Angela Chan, policy director and senior attorney with the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus. “It’s just alarming that they are spending so much effort and so much time to engage in political theater.”

The Trump administration has long pushed back against cities with sanctuary policies, which generally prohibit local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration police, often by refusing to hold people arrested on local charges past their release date at the request of immigration officers. Over 100 local governments around the country have adopted a variety of these polices

“New York City will always be the ultimate city of immigrants – the President’s empty threats won’t change that,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said in a statement.

But Trump seemed ready to step up his fight with the cities, vowing to “give them an unlimited supply” of immigrants from the border.

Associated Press writer Karen Matthews contributed to this report.


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Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent but leave open the possibility of returning to school.

Herro is the third Wildcats underclassman to enter the draft, joining forward PJ Washington and guard Keldon Johnson. The 6-foot-5 player from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says in a news release Friday that he wanted to see where he stood in the draft process and make an informed decision, "but also leave my options open."

New NCAA rules allow players to sign with an NCAA-certified agent and still return to school. He has until May 29 to decide on coming back for his sophomore season. The NBA Draft is June 20 in New York.

Herro was Kentucky's No. 2 scorer at 14 points per game with 60 made 3-pointers on 36% shooting.

He was named Southeastern Conference Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press. SEC coaches selected him to the All-Freshman Team and All-SEC second team.


          Jeremiah Masoli Earned his way to Fame, and Johnny Manziel Lost His      Comment   Translate Page      

Johnny Manziel is well on his way to becoming an afterthought in the football world, while Jeremiah Masoli, a quarterback with a similar past, is entering his prime.

Johnny Manziel's Career

The sad story began at Tivy High School near San Antonio, Texas. Manziel was evidently athletic from the beginning of his high school career, playing wide receiver. Tivy slowly transitioned Manziel to their full-time quarterback and following his senior season, he had recorded over 5,200 yards of total offence and 77 total touchdowns.

The story gets significantly better before becoming significantly worse.

College

In 2012, Johnny Manziel reigned as king of the sporting world. The redshirt freshman quarterback earned numerous awards including first-team All-SEC, consensus All-American, SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the year, Manning Award, Davey O’Brien Award and the Heisman Trophy.

Following a freshman season unlike any that the sporting circle had ever witnessed before, the 2013 off-season raised some concerns for Texas A&M. There were accusations that Manziel was signing autographs for money. The accusations resulted in the Aggies which suspending him for the first half of their 2013 season opener.

After another Heisman calibre season in 2013, Manziel elected to enter the NFL draft. Barry Switzer called Manziel out for what he believed him to be, telling the media that he was arrogant.

Professional

Fast forward three years later, and the Cleveland Browns had drafted Manziel and he has since departed from the NFL.

The period of time in which many Manziel followers lost interest was when he was negotiating with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a potential contract.

Red flags began popping up everywhere. Manziel was reportedly demanding close to league-high salary requests from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which was unheard of — especially due to his troubled past.

Through his actions, Manziel portrayed he was doing the CFL a favour by travelling up to Canada to play football. Manziel possibly expected NFL dropouts to open up his spot. Before such could happen, the former Browns pivot was introduced to some of the world’s best football players.

Jeremiah Masoli's Career

One of those elite football players was a patient, calm 5’9 quarterback named Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli's spent six CFL seasons on the sidelines, with the exception of a few starting stints in which he shined.

Masoli has a remarkably similar history to Manziel. Masoli was a college standout at Oregon before falling into legal trouble. He then transferred to Ole Miss and played his final collegiate year for the Rebels. Like Manziel, Masoli had a brief shot at the NFL before trying his hand at Canadian football.

The enlightening difference between the two elusive quarterbacks is that Masoli made a mistake and Manziel has a noticeable character flaw.

In 2010, the Birmingham Alumni Club honoured Masoli with their leadership award. He then waited patiently for over half a decade to be the starting quarterback of a professional football franchise. Throughout that period of time, Masoli backed up his supposed repentance by staying out of legal trouble.

Manziel followed his initial apology by wreaking havoc for the Cleveland Browns due to constant partying and legal issues. After he sought help and treatment for his issues, Manziel entered the CFL and convinced commissioner Randy Ambrosie that his repentance was genuine and his sincerity true.

Assumptions without evidence are wrong when they place a person in a negative light, but when there are leads that point to the assumption it is difficult to turn a blind eye.

The CFL banned Manziel because he did not follow the procedures that he had agreed to with Ambrosie. Speculations arose that Manziel broke his covenant purposely in order to become eligible to sign a deal with the United States newest football league, the AAF, which has now stopped operations.

The Last Word

While at Texas A&M, Johnny Manziel caused frustration for his coaching staff. When he played with Cleveland, Manziel further embarrassed an organization in turmoil. And when he resided in Canada, Manziel bolted from a struggling organization that sold out to welcoming him into the organization long-term.

Masoli made a mistake and repented. Manziel has a significant character flaw that has a ripple effect. The CFL should have seen it coming.

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          Crisis invade la segunda ciudad más grande de Venezuela      Comment   Translate Page      
Solo queda el recuerdo de sus luminosas y modernas avenidas en las que era fácil cruzarse con portentosas camionetas tripuladas por ricos hacendados o empresarios vestidos a la última moda que hacían pensar a muchos en el esplendor de un país petrolero.

Vías casi desoladas y en completa penumbra, repletas de basura y escombros; pequeñas camionetas que fungen como transportes públicos, atestadas de pasajeros sentados hasta en el techo; kilométricas filas de vehículos a las puertas de las gasolineras, y decenas de personas cargando todo tipo de envases plásticos con agua, se han convertido en la escena constante de la ciudad occidental de Maracaibo, la segunda mayor del país.



A las puertas de su mayor centro comercial, símbolo de los años de opulencia, ahora pernocta una tanqueta blanca de la Guardia Nacional y algunos uniformados que hacen parte de la vigilancia que se instaló en el lugar tras los saqueos del mes pasado que arrasaron con casi seiscientos comercios en la ciudad.

Tras el apagón nacional del 7 de marzo la capital del estado petrolero de Zulia, donde habitan cerca de 2 millones de personas, entró en una profunda crisis, con cortes de luz que suelen extenderse por más de doce horas y que han dejado a una de las ciudades más calurosas del país suramericano sin agua agravando de manera dramática las condiciones de vida de sus habitantes.

Las autoridades atribuyen las fallas eléctricas en el Zulia a problemas de generación ocasionados tras el apagón nacional de inicios de marzo, mientras analistas y opositores sostienen que las dificultades son consecuencia de la falta de mantenimiento de los equipos y deficiencias de las plantas termoeléctricas donde se hicieron millonarias inversiones que se perdieron entre la corrupción y la adquisición de equipos obsoletos y de mala calidad.

La crisis eléctrica desatada hace mes y medio mantiene paralizado cerca del 75% del parque industrial y comercial del Zulia, y los pocas empresas que logran bandear la situación es gracias a plantas eléctricas, indicó a The Associated Press Ricardo Acosta, vicepresidente de la mayor cámara empresarial de la entidad.

Bajo un sofocante sol y en medio de un terreno baldío, repleto de arbustos y basura, un puñado de personas, armados de envases plásticos de todas las dimensiones, se aglomeran desesperadas a las orillas de un canal de desagüe de aguas negras para recoger algo de agua de un enjambre de las delgadas mangueras negras.

“Ahora sí es verdad que estamos mal aquí. Estamos sin agua, sin luz, sin comida”, afirmó Ana Karina Gómez, una humilde ama de casa de 30 años, tras cargar cuatro botellones plásticos repletos de agua hasta una destartalada carretilla.

Gómez indicó que al menos una vez por semana debe acudir junto con su esposo al improvisado desagüe para llenar algunos botellones que luego deben cargar por más de un kilómetro hasta su vivienda ubicada en un barrio pobre en el norte de Maracaibo.

“Vean el desastre. Desde marzo aquí lo que estamos en sobreviviendo”, expresó Manuel Briceño, un obrero de un hospital público de 55 años, mientras señalaba con su brazo derecho al grupo de personas que recolectaba agua.

En medio del complejo contexto el líder opositor y jefe de la Asamblea Nacional, Juan Guaidó, inició el sábado una visita de tres días al Zulia, estado que está bajo el control del oficialismo.

El viaje de Guaidó al estado petrolero se enmarca en una campaña de visitas por todo el país que emprendió el mes pasado el dirigente, que ha sido reconocido como presidente interino de Venezuela por más de medio centenar de países, para organizar a los sectores opositores y tratar de elevar las presiones internas contra el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro que han decaído en el último mes.

“Para solucionar la grave crisis debemos definitivamente cambiar”, expresó Guaidó luego de una visita que realizó a la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Chiquinquirá, una de las devociones de la virgen María con más seguidores en Venezuela.

En declaraciones a la AP el dirigente indicó que venía al Zulia a ofrecer el “compromiso” a los pobladores para enfrentar el “tan duro” contexto en el que viven. “Es increíble, es como si estuviéramos en 1900”, agregó.

Cigilfredo Uzcátegui, un contador y académico universitario de 70 años, no pudo ocultar la alegría que le causó ver en el dirigente opositor en la iglesia, y confesó sonriente, desde una de las entradas del templo, que “esta visita de él le hacía mucha falta al Zulia porque nadie viene a alentarnos en esta tragedia que vivimos”.
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          Hazara protesters refuse to end Quetta sit-in amid Centre’s assurances       Comment   Translate Page      

QUETTA: Amid tight security, the Hazara community members continued their protest against the Hazarganji blast for a second consecutive day despite heavy rain in the city and the federal government’s assurance to the affected families of action against militant organisations and effective implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

The protesters, who were joined by workers and leaders of the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) on Saturday, blocked the western bypass, which links the provincial capital with main highways, by placing heavy boulders and barricades and burning tyres and set up camps in the area.

At least 19 people, including eight members of the Hazara community, were killed and 48 others were wounded in the suicide blast whose responsibility was claimed by the Qari Husain faction of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan on Friday.

Relatives sit in a Quetta hospital on Saturday near a man who was injured in the suicide attack a day before.—AFP
Relatives sit in a Quetta hospital on Saturday near a man who was injured in the suicide attack a day before.—AFP

However, according to Associated Press, the militant Islamic State group in a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website claimed it had targeted the Shia population and the Pakistani army. The group also released a photograph of the bomber along with his name, Agence France-Presse (AFP) added.

Militant Islamic State group claims responsibility for suicide attack, releases bomber’s photo

As the protest against the killings continued, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi arrived in the provincial capital and met the affected families.

Speaking to the media in Hazarganji after offering condolences to the families, the minister said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government was seriously pursuing the investigations into the suicide attack. He said the federal government claimed full responsibility of protecting its citizens regardless of their caste, creed, religion or province.

He said, “Yesterday’s attack is condemnable and the federal government will fully cooperate in the investigation with the provincial government.”

He assured the protesting families that the government would fully implement the NAP and would take strict action against the terrorist organizations and their facilitators.

The federal minister also went to Hazara Town where he condoled with the families of the suicide attack victims on the behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He strongly condemned the incident that targeted the Hazara community.

He said: “Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued a clear direction to all law enforcement agencies and cabinets to ensure that no religious or political groups affiliated with terror groups are exempted from action under NAP. Terrorism does not have any religion and we have fought this war for the past 20 years. Now, we are at the tail-end of our fight against terror.”

QUETTA: Members of the Shia Hazara community on Saturday protest against killings in Friday’s suicide attack. At least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded by the blast apparently targeting members of the minority community at a crowded fruit market.—AFP
QUETTA: Members of the Shia Hazara community on Saturday protest against killings in Friday’s suicide attack. At least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded by the blast apparently targeting members of the minority community at a crowded fruit market.—AFP

He said terrorism could be eliminated through education. “We will have to improve the state of health, education and security in the country or development will not be possible in the country.

“While this incident is horrifying, we are happy to see that Balochistan now has a chief minister who is far-sighted and dedicated,” Mr Zaidi said, adding that the first and foremost challenge was to turn Pakistan from a security state into an economic state.

However, the protesters refused to call off their sit-in. They said the protest would continue until all their demands were met.

The protesters were demanding that elements involved in the suicide attack be arrested and steps be taken to ensure protection of the community and implementation of the NAP without any discrimination.

They said the government had failed to protect the Hazara community.

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A large number of people also staged a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club after marching on main roads.

Later, Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) president Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal visited the protest camp of the Hazara community and expressed solidarity with the protestors. He strongly condemned the suicide attack and said that the government had failed to give protection to the people.

He vowed to fight against terrorism as he did in the past and assured the community of full support from his party.

Published in Dawn, April 14th, 2019


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RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday swore in a new government headed by a loyalist from his dominant Fatah party, a move rejected by his rivals Hamas as a blow to unity efforts.
Mohammed Shtayyeh, an economist and longtime Abbas adviser, will serve as prime minister of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA). Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and Finance Minister Shukri Bishara will continue in their positions.

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With a vote of 56-42, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a clean energy bill that would require the Evergreen State to use 100 percent clean energy for its electricity needs by 2045. The Associated Press reports that the amended bill goes back to the state Senate, but is expected to pass and get signed by Gov. Jay Inslee as one of his campaign promises.

The bill would require coal to be phased out by 2025, relying on a large amount of hydroelectric power until the state finds more carbon-free sources. This bit of legislation would potentially provide an even more stark juxtaposition of the conservative and progressive movements, with the Trump administration reportedly mulling over the idea of turning military bases on the coast of Washington state into coal export facilities.

When this bill is signed into law it will make Washington the fourth state, following Hawaii, California, and New Mexico, to commit to a 100 percent clean energy solution. 


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ATLANTA, Ga. — The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday. Transgender men will be allowed to enroll in the school for the first time in 2020. Students who identify as women […]
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          Here are the 41 best photos from the Masters so far      Comment   Translate Page      

Masters Best Pictures 2019David J. Phillip/AP

The Masters is the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, and it is also one of the most beautiful events in sports.

The beauty of the Masters is one of many things that make it so special, and the talented photographers at the Associated Press and Reuters capture that artistry in their work. 

Read more: 36 things that make the Masters one of the quirkiest events in sports

We've collected the best photos so far. Take a look below.

Jack Nicklaus hits a ceremonial tee shot to start the tournament.

Mike Segar/Reuters

The patrons celebrate a Justin Thomas birdie.

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Jason Day chips with the iconic Masters scoreboard in the background.

Mike Segar/Reuters


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Reporter-Herald photographer Jenny Sparks placed second in the feature photo category of the 2018 Colorado Associated Press Editors & Reporters contest, with her photo "City in bloom."
          Winners announced in Kentucky AP broadcasters contest      Comment   Translate Page      

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Winners were announced Saturday in the annual Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition to honor the best in college and professional broadcast journalism in 2018.

The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing thousands of U.S. newspapers broadcasters. The Kentucky AP awards were sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.

TV Division I (Louisville and Lexington):

Feature Reporting: 1, Gilbert Corsey and Emily Evans, WDRB-TV, Louisville, "Billboard Mystery Solved"; 2, Gina Glaros and Jeff Gordon, WDRB-TV, Louisville, "Standout Piano Player."

Public Affairs: 1, Laura Krueger, Justin Allen and Renee Shaw, Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington, "Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic: A KET Forum "; 2, Barton Bill and Miranda Combs, WKYT-TV, Lexington, "Fake Service Dogs."

Sports Feature: 1, Lee K. Howard, WKYT-TV, Lexington, "A Wish Granted"; 2, Morgan Lentes and Randy Ragsdale, WLKY-TV, Louisville, "Jersey Surprise."

Sports Prep Show: 1, WLEX-TV, Lexington, "High School Sportszone"; 2, WKYT-TV, Lexington, "Game Time."

Sports Special: 1, Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV, Louisville, "Racing in the Bluegrass: Sights and Sounds"; 2, WHAS-TV, Louisville, "Cardinal Countdown."

Feature ' Sports Videography: 1, Scott Eckhardt, WLKY-TV, Louisville, "Van Berg Legacy"; 2, Tyler Ross, WLEX-TV, Lexington, "Father Christmas Bikes."

News Videography: 1, Beth Peak, WHAS-TV, Louisville, "Who Killed Cowboy?"; 2, Tom Round, WDRB-TV, Louisville, "The Bees of Cave Hill Cemetery."

Political Coverage: 1, Rob Harris, WHAS-TV, Louisville, "Votable"; 2, Renee Shaw, Carl Babcock and David Hadley, Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington, "Legislative Update."

News Promotion: 1, Josh Kidd and Scott Brady, WDRB-TV, Louisville, "Defining Season"; 2, John...


          Crisis invade la segunda ciudad más grande de Venezuela      Comment   Translate Page      
Solo queda el recuerdo de sus luminosas y modernas avenidas en las que era fácil cruzarse con portentosas camionetas tripuladas por ricos hacendados o empresarios vestidos a la última moda que hacían pensar a muchos en el esplendor de un país petrolero.

Vías casi desoladas y en completa penumbra, repletas de basura y escombros; pequeñas camionetas que fungen como transportes públicos, atestadas de pasajeros sentados hasta en el techo; kilométricas filas de vehículos a las puertas de las gasolineras, y decenas de personas cargando todo tipo de envases plásticos con agua, se han convertido en la escena constante de la ciudad occidental de Maracaibo, la segunda mayor del país.



A las puertas de su mayor centro comercial, símbolo de los años de opulencia, ahora pernocta una tanqueta blanca de la Guardia Nacional y algunos uniformados que hacen parte de la vigilancia que se instaló en el lugar tras los saqueos del mes pasado que arrasaron con casi seiscientos comercios en la ciudad.

Tras el apagón nacional del 7 de marzo la capital del estado petrolero de Zulia, donde habitan cerca de 2 millones de personas, entró en una profunda crisis, con cortes de luz que suelen extenderse por más de doce horas y que han dejado a una de las ciudades más calurosas del país suramericano sin agua agravando de manera dramática las condiciones de vida de sus habitantes.

Las autoridades atribuyen las fallas eléctricas en el Zulia a problemas de generación ocasionados tras el apagón nacional de inicios de marzo, mientras analistas y opositores sostienen que las dificultades son consecuencia de la falta de mantenimiento de los equipos y deficiencias de las plantas termoeléctricas donde se hicieron millonarias inversiones que se perdieron entre la corrupción y la adquisición de equipos obsoletos y de mala calidad.

La crisis eléctrica desatada hace mes y medio mantiene paralizado cerca del 75% del parque industrial y comercial del Zulia, y los pocas empresas que logran bandear la situación es gracias a plantas eléctricas, indicó a The Associated Press Ricardo Acosta, vicepresidente de la mayor cámara empresarial de la entidad.

Bajo un sofocante sol y en medio de un terreno baldío, repleto de arbustos y basura, un puñado de personas, armados de envases plásticos de todas las dimensiones, se aglomeran desesperadas a las orillas de un canal de desagüe de aguas negras para recoger algo de agua de un enjambre de las delgadas mangueras negras.

“Ahora sí es verdad que estamos mal aquí. Estamos sin agua, sin luz, sin comida”, afirmó Ana Karina Gómez, una humilde ama de casa de 30 años, tras cargar cuatro botellones plásticos repletos de agua hasta una destartalada carretilla.

Gómez indicó que al menos una vez por semana debe acudir junto con su esposo al improvisado desagüe para llenar algunos botellones que luego deben cargar por más de un kilómetro hasta su vivienda ubicada en un barrio pobre en el norte de Maracaibo.

“Vean el desastre. Desde marzo aquí lo que estamos en sobreviviendo”, expresó Manuel Briceño, un obrero de un hospital público de 55 años, mientras señalaba con su brazo derecho al grupo de personas que recolectaba agua.

En medio del complejo contexto el líder opositor y jefe de la Asamblea Nacional, Juan Guaidó, inició el sábado una visita de tres días al Zulia, estado que está bajo el control del oficialismo.

El viaje de Guaidó al estado petrolero se enmarca en una campaña de visitas por todo el país que emprendió el mes pasado el dirigente, que ha sido reconocido como presidente interino de Venezuela por más de medio centenar de países, para organizar a los sectores opositores y tratar de elevar las presiones internas contra el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro que han decaído en el último mes.

“Para solucionar la grave crisis debemos definitivamente cambiar”, expresó Guaidó luego de una visita que realizó a la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Chiquinquirá, una de las devociones de la virgen María con más seguidores en Venezuela.

En declaraciones a la AP el dirigente indicó que venía al Zulia a ofrecer el “compromiso” a los pobladores para enfrentar el “tan duro” contexto en el que viven. “Es increíble, es como si estuviéramos en 1900”, agregó.

Cigilfredo Uzcátegui, un contador y académico universitario de 70 años, no pudo ocultar la alegría que le causó ver en el dirigente opositor en la iglesia, y confesó sonriente, desde una de las entradas del templo, que “esta visita de él le hacía mucha falta al Zulia porque nadie viene a alentarnos en esta tragedia que vivimos”.
          СМИ: Число погибших при обрушении жилых домов в Рио-де-Жанейро достигло восьми      Comment   Translate Page      
Еще 16 человек числятся пропавшими без вести, отмечает агентство Associated Press
          Winners announced in Kentucky AP broadcasters contest      Comment   Translate Page      
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          Baseball roundup: Sabathia is solid in return to Yankees (Associated Press)      Comment   Translate Page      

Associated Press:
Baseball roundup: Sabathia is solid in return to Yankees  —  CC Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit (Lafayette High) came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday to end a four-game slide.


          Like his team's fans, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is living with ups and downs of the pitching staff (Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal ...)      Comment   Translate Page      

Tom Haudricourt / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Like his team's fans, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is living with ups and downs of the pitching staff  —  Josh Hader's performance has been the highlight for the Brewers' pitching staff.  He didn't give up an earned run in his first six outings.  (Photo: Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press)


          Angels survive Cubs' rally and escape with a victory (Maria Torres/Baltimore Sun)      Comment   Translate Page      

Maria Torres / Baltimore Sun:
Angels survive Cubs' rally and escape with a victory  —  Angels first baseman Justin Bour dives to snag a groundball hit by the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo during the first inning.  (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press)  —  It was about 3 1/2 hours into the Angels' 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon.


          Media Claims Trump ‘Changed His Tune’ on WikiLeaks with Assange’s Arrest      Comment   Translate Page      

Now that Julian Assange has been arrested, President Trump takes a different view of WikiLeaks, according to a story Friday by the Associated Press. “‘I know nothing’ – Trump changes his tune on Wikileaks,” reads the headline on the news story for the wire service media outlets small and large across the country depend on […]

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          Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings      Comment   Translate Page      

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil’s main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Environmentalists say it’s the latest example of how Bolsonaro, who campaigned on promises to revive Latin […]
          AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin      Comment   Translate Page      
NEW ORLEANS -  The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on
          NBA first-round playoff series capsules      Comment   Translate Page      
By The Associated Press Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: —— EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA's best record, Giannis Antetokounmpo
          Knights of Malta Conspire to Kill Condom Scandal      Comment   Translate Page      

Knights of Malta seek to discredit pope’s probe of ouster  By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) – The head of the embattled Knights of Malta is seeking to discredit a Vatican investigation into the removal of a top official over a condom scandal, insisting that he followed the rules in the dismissal. In […]

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          M5s, ecco i nomi delle cinque donne capolista       Comment   Translate Page      

Alessandra Todde per le Isole, Chiara Maria Gemma per il Sud, Daniela Rondinelli al Centro, Maria Angela Danzì nel Nord Ovest e Sabrina Pignedoli nel Nord Est.

Sono le cinque candidate capolista M5s alle europee, indicate dal capo politico Luigi Di Maio.


          Luigi Di Maio: "Non ci sarà alcun aumento dell'Iva. A breve buone notizie su Alitalia"      Comment   Translate Page      
Five star movement leader and deputy Premier Luigi di Maio talks during a press conference, in Rome, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. France is sending its ambassador Christian Masset back to Italy Friday following the biggest diplomatic dispute between the two countries since World War II after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with French yellow vest activists seeking to run for the European Parliament, causing France to recall the ambassador to protest perceived Italian meddling in French domestic politics. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

"Non ci sarà alcun aumento dell'Iva". Così il vicepremier Luigi Di Maio, a Torino per presentare la 'casa delle tecnologie emergenti', un incubatore di startup e di imprese innovative che avrà sede proprio nel capoluogo piemontese.

Di Maio interviene anche su Alitalia: "Spero di essere l'ultimo ministro che si occupa della crisi di Alitalia. Sta andando tutto per il meglio, ma serve molta prudenza e attenzione. Sia i commissari che l'ad di Ferrovie dello Stato stanno facendo un lavoro molto attento, con l'obiettivo di rilanciare Alitalia, che a febbraio è stata la compagnia aerea più puntuale del mondo", afferma Di Maio a Torino per presentare la 'casa delle tecnologie emergenti. Il lavoro che stanno facendo i commissari e le Ferrovie con Delta, nonché le manifestazioni di interesse arrivate, dimostrano - conclude - che è una compagnia competitiva".

Il vicepremier annuncia anche le cinque capolista per le elezioni europee del 26 maggio. "Presenteremo 5 eccellenze che in vari settori, tecnologie, amministrazione pubblica, università, competenze manageriali si sono distinte. Non nascondo di averlo chiesto anche a Paola Pisano (assessora all'Innovazione del Comune di Torino, ndr), ma con la sua risposta ha dimostrato l'affetto e la voglia che ha di continuare a lavorare per Torino e per la sua crescita innovativa e tecnologica. Ha dimostrato di essere una persona seria, attaccata al lavoro che fa ogni giorno. Per me la richiesta era un riconoscimento al lavoro fatto con la sindaca Appendino e tutta la giunta sul tema dell'innovazione".

"Sicuramente avanzerà qualche centinaio di milioni di euro dal reddito di cittadinanza perché non arriveremo mai al 100% delle richieste. Questi soldi verranno messi nel progetto per gli aiuti alle famiglie che fanno figli, sul modello francese". Dice ancora il vicepresidente del Consiglio Luigi Di Maio a Torino. "L'andamento degli aiuti alle famiglie in Italia, dopo i 20 mila euro annui e fino a 50 mila - ha affermato - crolla, mentre il grafico degli aiuti negli altri Paesi ha un andamento lineare.

In un momento di difficoltà economica a livello europeo, e oserei dire mondiale quello che dobbiamo fare è mettere in sicurezza il ceto medio, quelle famiglie che già nella crisi del 2008 sono andate man mano scivolando verso la povertà e dobbiamo continuare a proteggerlo anche perché deve aiutarci in un'altra crescita quella demografica che è probabilmente più importante anche di quella economica".


          I 64 migranti della Alan Kurdi sbarcano a Malta. Salvini: nessuno arriverà in Italia      Comment   Translate Page      

I 64 migranti a bordo della nave Alan Kurdi "sbarcheranno a Malta" e "saranno ridistribuiti tra Germania, Francia, Portogallo e Lussemburgo": lo ha reso noto il premier maltese, Joseph Muscat, in un tweet. La soluzione arriva - spiega - grazie a "un efficace coordinamento della Commissione europea e Malta". Nessuno dei migranti soccorsi resterà a Malta "che non può assumersi questo onore da sola", ha aggiunto Muscat.

"Ottime notizie! Come promesso, nessun immigrato a bordo della nave Alan Kurdi arriverà in Italia. Verranno trasferiti in altre nazioni europee, a partire dalla Germania che è il paese di quella ong. E ora anche La Valletta fa benissimo a denunciare la pressione indebita e pericolosa delle Organizzazioni non governative. La vicenda della Alan Kurdi rafforza la collaborazione tra Italia e Malta contro i trafficanti di esseri umani: non possiamo essere lasciati soli a fronteggiare sbarchi e trafficanti di esseri umani. Ribadiamo, con forza, che le ong non sono al di sopra della legge. Noi e Malta siamo stati i primi a dirlo, e ora se ne accorgono in tutta Europa". Lo dice il ministro dell'Interno, Matteo Salvini.


          "Silvia Romano è viva"      Comment   Translate Page      

Secondo quanto scrive il Corriere della sera Silvia Romano, 23 anni, cooperante italiana, rapita il 20 novembre scorso in Kenya, sarebbe viva.

«Siamo sicuri che Silvia è viva, tutti i nostri sforzi sono concentrati nelle ricerche», hanno assicurato gli investigatori kenyani prima di consegnare a Carabinieri del Ros, due giorni fa - secondo quanto racconta il Corriere della sera - il fascicolo con gli atti raccolti sino ad ora, compresi i verbali dei due sequestratori arrestati pochi giorni dopo il prelevamento della ragazza. Ovviamente il caso è seguito a stretto giro dalla Farnesina e dagli uomini dell'Aise, il servizio segreto per la sicurezza all'estero.


          The Latest: Mississippi university escapes storm damage      Comment   Translate Page      

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a powerful storm system moving through the southern United States (all times local):

11:12 p.m.

Officials say there's some debris from a possible tornado but no injuries or building damage at Mississippi State University.

The 21,000-student university ordered students into basements late Saturday night as a tornado approached the campus in Starkville.

Residents report trees down and at least some minor structural damage to residential areas nearby, including some areas where students live off campus.

Mississippi State spokesman Sid Salter says university officials are still looking for damage, especially in outlying areas of campus. The debris on the campus may have been dropped by a tornado that had been confirmed on the ground southwest of the campus.

Heavy rains were also producing flash flooding in the area.

Starkville was full of visitors Saturday because Mississippi State held its spring football game and a baseball game.

6:15 p.m.

Authorities say a possible tornado has touched down in western Mississippi, causing damage to several businesses and vehicles.

John Moore, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson, says a twister was reported Saturday in the Vicksburg area of Mississippi and was indicated on radar. No injuries were reported.

News footage from the area showed shattered windows and rooftop debris from businesses, flooding in parking lots and cars with windows smashed out.

Moore tells The Associated Press by phone that meteorologists haven't yet confirmed it was a tornado. Severe storms crossing a big swath of the South, including parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, have knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding. Damage also has been...


          Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings      Comment   Translate Page      
Brazil_Oil_Exploration_58228The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil's main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
          Nanaimo RCMP warning everyone to keep a close eye on their drinks      Comment   Translate Page      
Date rape drugs were reportedly used on two women at an undisclosed Nanaimo nightclub on April 5.

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

NANAIMO — Police are warning partygoers to never leave their drinks unattended and not wait to report something suspicious at a club or event.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said two women reportedly had their drinks spiked at a downtown Nanaimo nightclub on Friday, April 5.

He said it's a difficult incident to track due to how quickly date rape drugs activate and how easy they can be to slip into a drink.

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          Embiid playoff status uncertain      Comment   Translate Page      
With the 2019 postseason around the corner, Sixers center Joel Embiid and two other potential All-NBA players are battling nagging injuries that may threaten their availability for the start of their respective playoff series. Embiid, who missed 14 of the team’s final 24 games due to left knee soreness, continues to deal with that issue and was only a partial participant in Friday’s practice. The big man called the situation “extremely frustrating,” and he and general manager Elton Brand both indicated that there’s no guarantee Embiid will be able to play in Game 1 vs. the Nets on Saturday. His status will be updated soon. Also, Pistons power forward Blake Griffin, who was forced out of action for the club’s must-win, regular-season finale on Wednesday due to his own left knee injury, is still considered day to day, head coach Dwane Casey said on Friday (link via The Associated Press). Like Embiid, Griffin isn’t necessarily a lock to play in Game 1. Detroit opens its first-round series vs. the Bucks on Satur
          Digital enhancement for numbers (Go figures!)      Comment   Translate Page      
This article was originally published on The Editors’ Weekly, the blog of Editors Canada At the ACES conference in Providence, Rhode Island, in late March, the Associated Press announced changes to their recommendations for handling numbers and debated some others. … Continue reading
          Почти 10 человек погибли при обрушении домов в Бразилии      Comment   Translate Page      
По меньшей мере восемь человек погибли под завалами жилых домов в Рио-де-Жанейро, сообщило в воскресенье агентство Associated Press.
          Четыре человека пострадали в результате стрельбы в Мельбурне      Comment   Translate Page      
Как минимум четыре человека ранены в результате стрельбы у одного из ночных клубов Мельбурна, сообщило в воскресенье агентство Associated Press.
          Спортсмен в Англии изнасиловал любовницу одноклубника ради секс-турнира      Comment   Translate Page      
Чтобы победить в своеобразном секс-турнире, известный австралийский крикетист Алекс Хепберн изнасиловал в Англии спящую женщину, сообщают СМИ.

Преступление Хепберн совершил 1 апреля, пишет Sport24 со ссылкой на Associated Press.

Женщина спала в его квартире после секса по обоюдному согласию с Джо Кларком, который был на тот момент одноклубником Хепберна.

Хепберн в 2013 году приехал в Англию, где и продолжил карьеру игрока в крикет.

Сообщается, что со своими одноклубниками по команде округа Вустершир он участвовал в сексуальном соревновании, для которого спортсмены даже создали группу в WhatsApp.

Хепберн очень хотел победить, потому решился на изнасилование.

По информации источника, после того, как его признали виновным, Хепберн рыдал в зале суда, закрыв лицо руками. 30 апреля ему назначат наказание.


          Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings      Comment   Translate Page      

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil’s main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Environmentalists say it’s the latest example of how Bolsonaro, who campaigned on promises to revive Latin […]
          AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin      Comment   Translate Page      
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday. The people spoke to The Associated Press
          A mysterious condition makes marijuana users violently ill, and it reveals a hidden downside to the drug's growing popularity      Comment   Translate Page      

alice moon last supper chs cannabis

  • Frequent marijuana use appears to be causing a mysterious syndrome characterized by severe nausea and repeated vomiting.
  • Little is known about the condition, which is called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS.
  • Business Insider interviewed half a dozen patients diagnosed with CHS, as well as emergency-room doctors who've treated it and scientists who are studying it.
  • Patients say the condition has turned their lives upside down. Experts are concerned it may be more common than once believed.
  • Marijuana is gaining acceptance in the US as more states legalize the drug. But we're just beginning to understand the variety of benefits and risks associated with it.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

Alice Moon once reviewed marijuana edibles for a living. So when a doctor told the 29-year-old Californian that she had to stop using cannabis because of a newly discovered syndrome, it threatened to turn her world upside down.

Before giving up the drug, she wanted one last hurrah. She'd end five years of daily weed use on a high note, she thought.

At a special dinner that evening, Moon ate a five-course cannabis-infused meal prepared by the award-winning chef Holden Jagger. Between dishes, Moon and the other guests were encouraged to take hits of an assortment of joints,  hand-selected to complement the flavors in each dish.

Before the meal began, Moon joked with Jagger that it would be her last supper.

A few hours later, she was at home vomiting uncontrollably. She'd spend the next few days in the hospital.

Moon had previously been diagnosed with a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS.

Very little is known about CHS, which was first identified in the early 2000s. The recognized hallmarks of the condition are heavy, consistent marijuana use, violent vomiting and nausea, and a tendency to use extremely hot baths or showers for relief.

Initially believed to be very rare, CHS has increasingly cropped up in medical journals and emergency rooms (ERs) around the world. There is no known cure. The only long-lasting treatment is quitting cannabis completely.

The condition may be preventable, however, which is one reason doctors and researchers say they want more people to know about it. Research suggests that more adults are using marijuana in recent years; whether that has to do with more states legalizing the plant remains unclear.

Cannabis isn't one drug. It is a plant with hundreds of compounds. Each of them could have a unique effect on our health. But we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what those effects look like because the drug was widely illegal for decades, experts say.

Marijuana's benefits could include relief for the symptoms linked with serious health conditions, from pain and nausea to digestive issues and seizures. At the same time, its risks might include addiction, reduced cognitive performance, and CHS.

"We must recognize that the full range of potential adverse health consequences from cannabis consumption are not fully understood," Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wrote recently in a major medical journal.

CHS could affect millions of Americans, but we don't know much about it

In interviews that Business Insider conducted with doctors, researchers, and more than half a dozen people who have symptoms of CHS, people painted a picture of a severe but still mysterious illness. Some researchers estimate it could affect millions of Americans; others hope it is less common.

Because marijuana remains illegal on the federal level and the condition was only recently identified, exact numbers on how many people have CHS are difficult to pin down.

The syndrome appears to affect people who consume marijuana heavily across all backgrounds, ages, and genders. Most say they've consumed cannabis several times a day for between two years and up to multiple decades. They describe a condition that appears suddenly and without warning, sometimes hours after marijuana consumption.

For people who've been using marijuana for years, it's as if a switch gets flipped. After the first occurrence, every time someone with CHS uses cannabis, they risk becoming violently ill. Using pesticide-free marijuana, edibles, concentrates, CBD-only products, or vape pens doesn't make a difference, they say.

In some cases, as with other chronic conditions, CHS appears to cause flare-ups that are difficult to predict. Patients can sometimes go weeks without symptoms and then suddenly suffer a particularly intense bout.

Many people with the condition end up in emergency rooms or urgent-care centers, and some are admitted to the hospital. Complications can range from mild to severe and include problems such as infections, kidney failure, and significant weight loss.

If left untreated, CHS can be deadly.

'People don't relate it to marijuana'

alice moon chs cannabis 2Initially, Moon was hesitant to believe that her illness was related to marijuana.

She'd been using the drug for half a decade with no symptoms. To make things more perplexing, she had first turned to cannabis as a way to relieve occasional pain and nausea linked to things such as menstrual cramps. Doctors say Moon isn't alone in her initial disbelief.

"People don't relate it to marijuana because they’ve been smoking for decades" with no recognizable issues, said Dr. Joseph Habboushe, an associate professor at New York University Langone Health and the lead author of a study on the condition published last year.

Moon had been using various forms of marijuana (edibles, concentrates in vape pens, and several strains of the flower form) daily for about three years. Then one day in 2016, several hours after smoking part of a joint, she ended up bowled over with nausea.

After that, she’d get sick to her stomach roughly every month or so. Thinking that alcohol might have something to do with her symptoms, she quit. It didn't help.

cannabinoid hyperemsis syndrome CHS graphic

She tried improving her diet. Nothing worked. Eventually, she wound up in an urgent-care center, where doctors diagnosed her with heartburn.

Moon's symptoms continued for more than a year. The only thing that helped was spending hours in a steaming-hot bath. 

In 2018, things took a turn. She was throwing up every week. A specialist she saw around that time said it could be CHS and told her the cure was to quit using marijuana. She didn't want to believe it, but she decided she needed to try quitting.

But before giving it up, she went to one last cannabis event. Moon described it as her last supper.

Moon spent that evening — and most of the next two weeks — in the bathroom. Every day, her vomiting was so bad she felt like she could barely come up for air. One morning, she was so weak that she passed out on her front lawn. At that point, she'd had enough.

'I was in denial. I didn't want to believe it was true.'

She quit marijuana completely for three months and was symptom-free. Then she tried CBD, hoping there was some form of cannabis she could enjoy. One day she took 200 milligrams of CBD in capsules. That night, she ended up in the ER.

Within about a week in the ER, Moon developed three ulcers, a hernia, and an infection. She dropped 12 pounds from her already slender frame, missed Christmas with her family and New Year's with her friends.

"I looked like I was dying," she recalled. 

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In Colorado, where marijuana is legal, CHS was recently identified as one of the leading drivers of emergency-room visits tied to cannabis.

For a study published last month, researchers looked at ER visits between 2012 and 2016 and concluded that stomach issues such as nausea and vomiting were the main cause of the trips, ahead of reasons such as intoxication and paranoia. Of the stomach issues, CHS was the most commonly reported problem.

"CHS is certainly not very rare," Dr. Andrew Monte, the lead author on the study and an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, told Business Insider. "We see it absolutely every week in our ER."

For Moon, it took a CT scan, an MRI, and an endoscopy to rule out other issues before she took her doctor's initial diagnosis to heart: She had CHS, and she had to stop consuming marijuana.

"I was in denial. I didn’t want to believe it was true," she said. "Cannabis is my world. It's my whole life."

Hot showers give temporary relief, but the only cure is quitting

Researchers first began describing the symptoms of CHS in the early 2000s, but it was not until recently that doctors in different hospitals around the world began defining it as a unique syndrome. Initially, it was often lumped in with other digestive conditions that share some of its features, such as cyclic vomiting.

It is still unknown how many cases of cyclic vomiting could actually be CHS, Habboushe said. Conversely, it’s also possible that some cases of CHS are something else entirely. Complicating things further, some people initially turn to marijuana to help with their nausea and vomiting. (The federally approved THC-containing drug Marinol is prescribed to treat the nausea and vomiting caused by treatments for cancer and AIDS.)

One of CHS's most distinctive features is the tendency for patients to use hot baths or showers to temporarily relieve the symptoms. Other standard remedies for nausea, such as anti-nausea medications, don't work.

Habboushe believes heat helps because of something to do with the way CHS interferes with the body's natural temperature and pain controls. For some reason, hot water signals to the body that everything is okay, and the pain and nausea from CHS subside for at least as long as the water remains scalding.

"It was this need to be swaddled," Susie Frederick, a 30-year-old Portland resident who was told she might have CHS last year, told Business Insider. "That feeling of needing comfort all over."

Frederick asked Business Insider not to use her real name because she works in the cannabis industry.

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Frederick is unsure whether her symptoms are CHS or something else, perhaps something linked to hormonal changes. She has a history of other digestive issues, head injuries, and problems with her gallbladder, which complicate things.

Frederick said her episodes of vomiting and nausea tend to happen when she's on her menstrual cycle and when she's traveling or dealing with added stress. She had her first episode after she got a small upper-arm birth-control implant, which releases the hormone progestin to prevent pregnancy.

"It’s hard for me to say distinctly that CHS is actually what's happening. It does mimic quite a few other things," Frederick said. 

The nausea linked to CHS appears to be stronger and more intense than the typical nausea linked to things such as motion sickness or pregnancy, according to patients.

Barry Howard, a 28-year-old chef in Birmingham, Alabama, said what struck him most about his CHS was the feeling that he urgently needed to rid his body of something, such as a toxin. Business Insider isn’t using Howard’s real name because he lives in a state where cannabis is illegal.

"It’s not a normal, 'Oh, I’m sick to my stomach' feeling. You feel like your insides want to come out — like you’re trying to push something out," Howard told Business Insider.

Brian Smith died of dehydration after struggling with CHS for months

If someone with CHS keeps using marijuana, severe complications may unfold. In one case, a 17-year-old in Indiana named Brian Smith died after struggling with CHS for more than six months.

Regina Denney, Smith's mother, told Business Insider that Smith was first diagnosed with CHS in an emergency room in spring 2018. On the way to the hospital, he had been vomiting so badly that she had to pull to the side of the road about five times.

At the ER, doctors told Denney that her son was severely dehydrated and warned her that his kidneys, the body's natural toxin-filtering system, were on the verge of shutting down. 

At first, Denney thought his symptoms were related to the heartburn he'd been diagnosed with at age 10, which they'd been treating for years with doctor-prescribed medications such as Prilosec.

After putting Smith on fluids and running a series of tests, they decided to keep him in the hospital overnight.

While waiting on the results, a doctor asked Smith if he smoked marijuana. When he said yes, the doctor said she thought he had CHS. The doctor said CHS is caused by cannabis, and she told Smith the cure was quitting. She didn't say it could be deadly.

'All we'd ever heard about marijuana were the benefits'

Like others diagnosed with CHS, Smith was somewhat doubtful. He'd been using marijuana for years without problems. Nevertheless, he agreed to stop until he saw a specialist.

"All we’d ever heard about marijuana were the benefits," said Denney. "How it helps nausea, how it helps appetite."

The specialist, a gastroenterologist, confirmed the ER doctor's diagnosis a few days later and didn't run any additional tests. He said Smith had CHS and needed to stop using marijuana. Although Smith and his mom still had their doubts, she urged him to stop smoking.

The next two months were excruciating for Denney. Although her son had stopped vomiting — at least as far as she could tell — he continued to lose weight. He also occasionally complained about nausea. At first, she assumed it was related to his heartburn. But one day when she noticed his shoulder blades poking out from the thin cotton of his T-shirt, she began to suspect he was using cannabis again.

"He was skin and bones," Denney said.

Then one night, Denney got up in the middle of the evening to find her son on the couch in the living room holding his stomach. He said he didn't feel good. The next morning, he started vomiting violently. Between sprints to the bathroom, where she'd bend over to hold a bucket under her son and rub his back, and the kitchen, where she was making dinner for her infant grandson, Denney called the doctor.

They'd send some medicine for her to pick up at the pharmacy, they said. But when Denney picked it up, it was the same anti-nausea medication he'd gotten at the ER. After she told the doctor that the medicine they ordered didn't work, they said they would order something else. In the meantime, she went back home.

All of a sudden, at home, Smith collapsed. He grabbed his back, near his kidneys, then his chest. He told his mom he couldn't breathe. Denney immediately called 911. 

By the time the paramedics arrived, Smith had stopped breathing. They tried CPR. Smith was pronounced dead half an hour later.

On her birthday, Denney received her son's coroner's report. When Smith died, he had been severely dehydrated, according to the document. The cause of death on the report, which Business Insider viewed, read "dehydration due to CHS."

Denney couldn't believe it.

"I said marijuana couldn't have killed my son. It doesn’t take people’s lives," she said.

When Denney was cleaning out her car a few days after Smith died, she pulled her son's backpack from the backseat. Inside, she found an unsealed baggy of edibles that looked like candy.

"I have to do something to make people aware," Denney said. "I don’t want anybody to have to go through this. No parent should have to lose a child, especially to something like this."

'People say I work for the feds'

Some people with CHS are hesitant to talk about the condition out of fear that they’ll be viewed as opposed to marijuana and efforts to legalize the plant. Moon and Howard said they got significant pushback from friends, family members, and other people in their communities when they told them about CHS. 

After Moon shared an article that someone recently published about her experience with the condition, her inbox was flooded with hate mail.

"People say I work for the feds. People say I should leave the industry," she said.

Clinicians and researchers are studying marijuana compounds for their potential ability to treat dozens of ailments, and there's already a cannabis-based drug to curb epileptic seizures.

But, at the same time, as research into cannabis' potential benefits continues, a dicey marijuana-as-a-cure-all trend has sprouted. As they seek to take advantage of the growing public perception of cannabis as universally beneficial, hundreds of companies are hawking everything from CBD-based lotions and drinks to cupcakes and candy — many of them without research to support their claims.

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People such as Moon, Frederick, and Howard — people who turned to marijuana because they said it helped with other health issues — appear to be caught in the middle. Frederick began using cannabis for sports injuries and said she also used it to help her transition off a high dose of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. 

Howard first turned to marijuana because he thought its therapeutic qualities outweighed its risks.

Howard, who was working toward a college scholarship, had played soccer competitively in high school when he developed a compression fracture in his lower back. The injury left him with lifelong pain. Wanting to avoid opioid painkillers out of concern he'd become addicted, he turned to cannabis.

"If anything, I thought [marijuana] was helping what I was going through," Howard said.

'This doesn't mean marijuana is bad or good'

man smoking marijuana weed cannabisMonte and Habboushe emphasized that most CHS patients are using very high levels of marijuana — far higher than what they’d consider standard or "recreational" use. To them, that suggests that while CHS is severe, it may also be avoidable with moderate cannabis consumption.

"Using in moderation is probably the best answer to help people avoid this," Monte said. "People who are using 10 times a day are likely at a high risk. Even just daily use is probably too much, unless you’re doing it for medical purposes."

Despite her struggle with CHS, Moon hasn't left the marijuana industry. She no longer reviews cannabis products, having given up any form of the drug, including CBD. Today, she works for multiple marijuana companies and serves as the head of public relations for a cannabis tech startup called Paragon. 

"I'm passionate about cannabis, and I believe in its healing properties. But I also recognize that maybe I’ve had too much," she said.

Since her son Brian's death, Regina Denney has created her own Facebook group in his memory. She hopes to raise awareness about CHS. 

"My goal is to bring something positive out of the heartbreak," she said.

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          U.K. pressured not to overlook Swedish claims on Assange      Comment   Translate Page      
LONDON – British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him.

There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation stemming from his 2010 visit to Sweden. The complaints from two women eventually led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London rather than return to Sweden for questioning.

Some are calling for the British government to extradite Assange to Sweden, if it makes an official request, rather than to the U.S., which seeks him on conspiracy charges.

More than 70 British lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sajid Javid to "do everything you can to champion action that will ensure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request."

Prominent Conservative Party lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office minister, said Saturday that it's "quite disturbing" to see the sexual allegations minimized.

He said the testimony of the two women makes it "essential" that Assange face justice, to either be cleared in a Swedish court or be convicted.

Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated. He claims the sex was consensual.

Sweden suspended its investigation into possible sexual misconduct against Assange two years ago because he was beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status. Prosecutors said the investigation could be revived if his situation changed.

Assange was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is now in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, waiting to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain and facing an extradition request from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.

WikiLeaks says Assange will fight the U.S. extradition request and has been meeting with his legal team to plan his defense.

He has not had a chance to enter a plea in response to the U.S. charge, but he says all of his WikiLeaks actions are those of a legitimate journalist.

If Britain receives competing extradition requests, lawyers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considerations usually include which request came first and which alleged crime is more serious.

Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the U.S. After Assange's arrest, Corbyn praised him for exposing U.S. atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan when WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of confidential U.S. documents in 2010.

British politicians are free to lobby the government for a certain course of action, but it's up to the courts to decide whether the U.S. request for Assange's extradition – and a possible future request from Sweden – should be honored.

The Home Secretary, a senior Cabinet official, can block extradition under certain circumstances, including cases where a person might face capital punishment or torture in the country seeking their extradition.

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange after two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden. Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape case could be reactivated since the statute of limitations for that runs until August 2020.

After Assange's arrest this week, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson was tapped to look into a request from a lawyer for one of the accusers, to find out whether the case can be pursued.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported being raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she would "do everything" to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted.

The extradition process is not swift, and Assange could appeal several times if decisions go against him. It's expected it would take a year or longer for him to be sent to the United States or possibly to Sweden even if he ultimately loses in court.


          Trump wields power on pipeline, energy projects      Comment   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – Eager to jump-start the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline and other energy projects, President Donald Trump has acted to assert executive power over pipelines and such infrastructure.

He issued a new permit for Keystone XL and insisted this exercise of presidential authority was not subject to judicial review. Then he signed an executive order clarifying that the president alone has the power to grant permits for cross-border projects such as pipelines. A separate order makes it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects on the basis of environmental concerns.

Taken together, the actions amount to a broad assertion of power that reverses more than 50 years of precedent that delegated decision-making on energy projects to individual agencies.

Trump has shown a willingness to override his own agencies to accomplish his aims. His actions, if upheld by the courts, could consolidate power over energy projects at the White House, increasing the influence of the president’s political advisers and potentially cutting out experts and career officials throughout the government.

“Too often badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies and radical activists,” Trump said Wednesday before signing the executive orders at an event in Texas.

Pipeline opponents say Trump acted illegally. They have asked a federal court to block the new Keystone permit, arguing that it is an effort to get around an earlier court ruling.

But one legal expert said Trump’s approach might succeed.

“He has now created a whole new decision-making structure” for cross-border pipelines, said Richard Pierce, a law professor at George Washington University.

If the courts follow a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, they may find that action taken by the State Department in approving or rejecting the pipeline “is nonreviewable, because it doesn’t qualify as final agency action,” Pierce said. Further, Trump’s decision would not be subject to review because of a separate law that declares the president is not an agency and therefore is not bound by rules that apply to agency actions.

“That’s a very clever approach that might well work,” Pierce said.

Trump’s actions are “typical of this presidency,” said Holly Doremus, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She said Trump frequently seeks to stretch the limits of his power, and she cited Trump’s declaration of an emergency that he says allows him to shift more money to construction of a promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the case of Keystone, Trump appears to be arguing that the new presidential permit, issued March 29, gets around restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act or other laws, because the statutes apply to executive-branch agencies but not to the president, Doremus said.

“If the president is the only discretionary decision maker, NEPA simply does not apply,” she said.

While Trump’s theory is plausible, it is unclear who is the ultimate decision-maker on Keystone XL, Doremus said. The pipeline would ship crude oil from the tar sands of western Canada to U.S. refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Both a 2015 rejection of the project by the Obama administration and a 2017 approval by Trump were issued by the State Department under terms of a 2004 executive order that delegated presidential authority for cross-border projects to that agency.

Trump’s executive order revokes the 2004 order, issued by President George W. Bush. Bush’s action extended an executive order first issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

“It’s surprising that the president would come in and single-handedly try to circumvent 50 years of precedent for these types of projects by just issuing a permit himself,” said Doug Hayes, a Sierra Club attorney who has sued to block the Keystone project in court.

In November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other impacts when it approved the pipeline in 2017. Morris ordered a new environmental review of the pipeline.

The White House said the new permit issued by Trump “dispels any uncertainty” about the long-delayed project, which was first proposed a decade ago by Calgary-based TransCanada.

Trump’s move on Keystone XL reinforces the idea that “the presidential permit is indeed an exercise of presidential authority that is not subject to judicial review,” according to the White House.

Under the new order, federal officials still would conduct environmental reviews of the project, but they would be carried out by agencies other than the State Department, the White House said.

TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the administration’s action “clearly demonstrates to the courts that the permit is (the) product of presidential decision-making and should not be subject to additional environmental review.”

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said it was “strange” that Trump issued the executive order after granting the new permit.

“The White House is making the argument supposedly that he has untrammeled authority and doesn’t have to obey the laws of Congress” in approving a cross-border pipeline, Tobias said. “I’m dubious and I think a number of other people are, too.”

Kathryn Watts, a law professor at the University of Washington, said it’s unclear what happens next. Trump’s permit wades into “uncharted, unsettled” legal territory, she said.

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Associated Press writer Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana, contributed to this report.


          Quebec proposes ban on religious clothing for public workers      Comment   Translate Page      
MONTREAL – A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious clothing is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their religion – or to be free of it.

The measure introduced late last month would prohibit civil servants, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers and other people who interact with the public from wearing symbols of religion while at work.

It would apply to Sikh turbans, Christian jewelry and Jewish yarmulkes, but the focus of the controversy has been over hijabs worn by many Muslim women in Quebec.

“The proposed legislation will affect Muslims more than other groups, as they are the fastest-growing religious group,” said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.

Muslims represent about 3% of Quebec’s 8.3 million people.

Thousands of demonstrators attended a recent march in Montreal to protest the measure, with some holding signs saying, “No one tells women what they can wear” and “It’s what’s in my head, not on my head, that matters.”

Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is from Montreal, has spoken ill of Bill 21: “It’s unthinkable to me that in a free society we would legitimize discrimination against citizens based on their religion,” he said.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim and even secular groups across the province have denounced the measure, as have school boards, political parties and some municipal leaders.

However, on Friday, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said that while she personally opposes the bill, Montreal would not disobey it if it is passed.

That said, city council members will vote next week on a bipartisan declaration that argues Quebec already is secular and doesn’t require additional legislation.

Earlier this month, Quebec Premier Francois Legault told reporters that the bill would reinforce gender equality in the province. The new measure also would help him make good on an electoral promise.

“I think at this point in Quebec in 2019, people who are in an authority position, which includes teachers, [shouldn’t wear religious symbols], I think it’s reasonable. It’s fair,” he said. “We have to think about what’s best for our children.”

The history behind the measure is rooted in Quebec’s “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s, a movement that weaned the province away from political and cultural domination by the Catholic Church. But critics also say it’s motivated by more recent growing anti-Muslim sentiment.

The debate also pits two ideas of secularism against one another: A stricter European interpretation and a North American version that embraces the idea of religious freedom.

Quebec is torn because it shares a long history and language with France – which along with Denmark, Belgium and Austria has banned face-covering garments – but it’s also heavily influenced by North American culture, said Bertrand Lavoie, a researcher at the University of Sherbrooke who in 2018 published a book on the relationship between Islam, religious freedom and public institutions in Quebec.

“What’s unique to Quebec is that these two concepts of secularism are facing off in the public sphere, among politicians, academics, lawyers and even judges,” Lavoie told The Associated Press.

Many who support Bill 21 say that even if women choose to wear the hijab, the garment is rooted in the idea of women’s inferiority. Prohibiting it, they say, would help promote gender equality.

“The hijab is a symbol of oppression. It’s an invention by Islamists to control women,” said Ameni Ben Ammar, an accountant in Montreal who immigrated from Tunisia, a majority-Muslim country, in 2013.

“They convinced women it would protect them from sexual assault. For me, it’s an insult to both men and women,” she said, referring to the hijab’s resurgence in the 1970s.

The debate has tangled issues of gender, race and religion, with Muslim women caught in the crosshairs, said Saaz Taher, a doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal who is studying ethnicity and citizenship.

“Racialized women’s bodies are constantly a topic of public discourse. We feel [authorized] to judge the best way for women to be free and emancipated,” said Taher, who added that Muslim women should be allowed to wear the hijab by choice.

Lavoie said anti-minority sentiment in the province has grown since 2001, when a Sikh boy brought a kirpan – a ceremonial dagger – to school. The incident caused a debate over how far the province should go to accommodate religion.

In 2007, a provincial commission studied the issue and suggested that only people yielding coercive power, such as judges, police officers and prison guards, should abstain from wearing religious symbols.

Bill 21 is Quebec’s fourth legislative attempt since 2011 to regulate the wearing of religious symbols for people working in the public sphere, and for the first time it invokes a constitutional clause allowing local governments to override some constitutional rights.

Lavoie said that’s a clear sign backers know the measure is discriminatory.

“The public’s perception is that there’s a problem (with Islam), and if there’s a problem, we have to fix it,” Lavoie said.

The province was stunned in 2017 when a gunman opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, killing six and wounding 19, and racist groups appear to still be growing.

“I’ve never seen it like this,” said Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Montreal Council of Muslims, who immigrated to Quebec from Egypt in 1972 and believes Bill 21 is an outcropping of anti-Muslim sentiment.

“This hate was manufactured. This hate did not come by accident,” he said.


          Attorney Michael Avenatti, Sometime Scourge To Trump, Now Faces Federal Charges      Comment   Translate Page      
Updated at 9:43 p.m. ET Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who attained national prominence as a legal antagonist of President Trump, has been arrested on federal bank fraud and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors in California say he embezzled client money to pay his own expenses and debts. Avenatti was arrested in New York on separate federal charges. He was released released on $300,000 bond, according to The Associated Press. Avenatti spoke to reporters after he was released, saying, "As all of you know, for the entirety of my career I have fought against powerful, powerful people and powerful corporations. I will never stop fighting that good fight." He said he was "highly confident" that he would be "fully exonerated and justice will be done." Authorities there say he tried to extract more than $20 million from shoe giant Nike by threatening to use his ability to attract public attention if the company failed to meet his financial demands. Avenatti had written on Twitter on Monday , before the
          Texas Storms Leave Two Children Dead, Several People Hurt      Comment   Translate Page      
Two children were killed and about a dozen people were injured in Texas Saturday after powerful storms spawned at least one suspected tornado and damaged several homes, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available. Large storm system In Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a suspected tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. National Weather Service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower. The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. Possible tornado in Mississippi Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.
          This Week In Techdirt History: April 7th - 13th      Comment   Translate Page      

Five Years Ago

This week in 2014, former NSA and CIA boss Michael Hayden was getting pathetically aggressive, calling Dianne Feinstein too emotional to judge the CIA torture report (which we were only learning about via piecemeal leaks), and calling congressional staffers "sissies" while accusing Ron Wyden of not acting like a man. At the same time, Mike Rogers was still pushing his "Ed Snowden is a russian spy" angle, while Snowden himself was saying the NSA lied in its claim that he didn't raise concerns through proper channels, and telling the Council of Europe about how the agency spied on Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Meanwhile, Hollywood was piling on to the already-dead Megaupload with a far-reaching lawsuit that packed in multiple attacks on the internet in general, and was quickly followed by the RIAA filing a virtually identical suit of its own.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2009, Amanda Palmer was sharing insights into how her fans support her work while Trent Reznor was taking his business model experiments into the mobile space, and a new service was announced that would let musicians pre-fund their releases (and it's not around anymore — but two weeks later, Kickstarter would launch).

The Associated Press announced its plans to sue news aggregators, Fox fired a movie columnist for reviewing a leaked copy of Wolverine, old-industry guard like U2's manager and Andrew Lloyd Weber were out trashing the internet, and Hollywood's favorite lawmakers were preparing for the next big copyright expansion push.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2004, we saw the first court ruling to state that online content aggregation was legal, setting the stage for later tantrums like the AP's, and the outrage of some publishers today. Gmail was the new kid on the internet block and people weren't sure how they felt about it (or whether it violated EU data privacy laws), just as mathematicians weren't quite sure how they felt about proofs that rely on computer calculations — while some clueless analysts were very sure about how much they hated the "fad" of camera phones. Google and Yahoo both stopped accepting ads for online casinos, seemingly out of the blue until we learned of some nasty letters recently sent out by the DOJ.

This was also the week that we saw the beginnings of a terrible idea that simply refuses to die, and rises like a zombie every now and then to this day: the WIPO broadcast treaty.



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Более 70 британских парламентариев обратились с призывом экстрадировать основателя сайта разоблачений WikiLeaks Джулиана Ассанжа в Швецию, сообщает Associated Press.
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          Pa. lawmakers push to eliminate litter and single-use plastic      Comment   Translate Page      

(Harrisburg) — Plastic straws, plastic bags, and Styrofoam food-takeout containers could be on their way out in Pennsylvania if some Democratic state lawmakers get the change they want.

The group has announced a package of 13 bills that tackle environmental and health problems posed by waste, litter and single-use plastic. The bills aim to alter the behavior of what they call a “throwaway society” with bans and taxes to punish use of plastic items that can be used only once, while pushing for incentives for recycling and waste reduction.

“When your food comes to you and it’s in a Styrofoam container, you’re unlikely to say, ‘No, I don’t want it anymore.’ They’re not going to give you the food in your hands, but you’re stuck,” said David Masur, executive director of PennEnvironment, who pushed for the bills. “So we need laws to balance out and have check and balances in a marketplace that often has us putting consumption over the things that are better for [our] planet, our health, our quality of life.”

The “Zero Waste PA” legislative package is led by State Rep. Tim Briggs of Montgomery County. In February, he introduced a bill that prohibits restaurants and stores from dispensing their food in plastic plates, cups, or any other polystyrene container, including Styrofoam — and he wanted to broaden the scope to try to solve the bigger waste and litter issue.

“Recycling is broken in Pennsylvania,” Briggs said at a news conference Wednesday morning in Harrisburg. “If it’s e-waste, if it’s what we recycle [at] the curb going to incinerators, going to the landfills … The whole system needs to be reworked.”

Wilfredo Lee, / The Associated Press Photo

FILE PHOTO: A large soft drink with a plastic straw from a McDonald’s restaurant is shown.

The package includes a bill from Montgomery County Rep. Mary Jo Daley that would prohibit plastic straws from being distributed, except at the request of a customer. Another measure, from Philadelphia Rep. Donna Bullock, would increase fines on illegal dumping. A 2-cent fee on non-reusable plastic bags at big grocery stores was presented by Philadelphia Reps. Brian Sims and Jared Solomon.

A bottle bill that gives 5 cents per container returned was announced by Bucks County Rep. Wendy Ulman. Legislation that would prohibit the distribution of products with packages made with non-recyclable plastics, unless the company selling the item takes the packaging back, was proposed by Chester County Rep. Melissa Shusterman. And a measure that puts a 20-cent deposit on cigarette packs was offered by Philadelphia Rep. Chris Rabb.

“Cigarette litter, 30 percent of all of our litter, is among the most toxic of all commonly littered items, containing a multiple of chemicals,” Rabb said at the news conference. “These chemicals casually tossed into our environment zip into our soil and our water supply. They contaminate our crops, our drinking water, and the animal and fish that we eat.”

Bucks County Rep. Perry Warren announced a bill that would reduce the number of plastic water bottles sent to landfills by requiring newly constructed state buildings and those undergoing renovations to water and pipe infrastructure to install water-bottle filling stations.

Another set of bills presented by Reps. Danielle Friel Otten, Parry Kim, Mary L. Isaacson, and Elizabeth Fiedler seeks to reduce waste by improving recycling and composting, or by increasing the disposal fees at landfills and incinerators.  And a bill from Rep. Mike Zabel of Delaware County calls for implementing best practices for electronic-waste recycling.

Fiedler, who represents a district in South Philadelphia, proposed increasing the disposal fee at municipal waste landfills to $8 per ton from $4, to reduce the amount of trash imported into the state from New York and New Jersey.

“It is important that we address the waste and trash that we produce, and some of these societal norms that we have that result in us producing more and more,” said Fiedler, a former reporter at WHYY. “As we all know, there is no Planet B, so we better take care of the one we have.”

The American Progressive Bag Alliance, representing the plastic-bag industry, has been actively lobbying in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to push back against bans and fees. Its representatives say plastic-bag taxes don’t reduce waste and litter, and instead make groceries more expensive for lower-income communities.

PennEnvironment’s Masur said that even though fees may increase the cost of some items by a few cents, taxpayers also pay the cost for cleaning streets and waterways.

“A lot of the bills we’re talking about today have been test-driven in other states or municipalities,” Masur said. “And I think Pennsylvania can tap into that to ensure that these laws are successful and follow that same track record of reducing our waste in our throwaway society.”

The legislative package is the first step in a journey that could last many years, Masur said. His organization’s next steps are to work for bipartisan support of the bills in the State House, getting partner legislation in the State Senate, and having public hearings that would lead to votes on the existing bills.

 

WHYY is the leading public media station serving the Philadelphia region, including Delaware, South Jersey and Pennsylvania. This story originally appeared on WHYY.org


          Ivanka Trump Bucks Donald Trump’s Policy Priorities, Follows Hillary Clinton’s Footsteps In Africa      Comment   Translate Page      

Ivanka Trump

Running largely contrary to Donald Trump’s “America First” philosophy of foreign policy, the president’s advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump is now in Africa where she is working towards development of a global women’s program, The Associated Press reports. Ivanka Trump is currently visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast as part of the initiative through what is a four-day trip.

The president’s daughter will be visiting with women working in the local coffee industry and taking a tour of a women-run textile factory. Ivanka Trump will also be meeting with leaders and making an appearance at a World Bank policy summit.

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          Ivanka Trump Bucks Donald Trump’s Policy Priorities, Follows Hillary Clinton’s Footsteps In Africa      Comment   Translate Page      

Ivanka Trump

Running largely contrary to Donald Trump’s “America First” philosophy of foreign policy, the president’s advisor and daughter Ivanka Trump is now in Africa where she is working towards development of a global women’s program, The Associated Press reports. Ivanka Trump is currently visiting Ethiopia and Ivory Coast as part of the initiative through what is a four-day trip.

The president’s daughter will be visiting with women working in the local coffee industry and taking a tour of a women-run textile factory. Ivanka Trump will also be meeting with leaders and making an appearance at a World Bank policy summit.

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          В Техасе из-за мощного торнадо погибло двое детей      Comment   Translate Page      

В городе Франклин штата Техас (США) в результате торнадо погибло по меньшей мере 2 человека, еще минимум 10 человек получили ранения

Капитан Алтон Лендерман из офиса шерифа округа Анджелина сообщил, что в результате падения дерева от сильного ветра на автомобиль, который пытался уехать, погибли дети 8 и 3 лет, сообщает "ДС" со ссылкой на Associated Press...

          "The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty" with Hal Bock      Comment   Translate Page      

“The Cubs became a metaphor for the underdog, the loser, lovable or not, that we as a species can’t help but instinctively pull for.”  -Joe Mantegna, actor

"The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty: Before The Curse" by Hal Bock

The last time the Chicago Cubs played in the World Series, World War II had just ended.  The last time they won a World Series, World War I had not yet begun.  But from 1906 - 1910 the Cubs not only played in the World Series four of the five years, they won two World Championships, as well.  It was a time when the Cubs ruled baseball, and no one could have imagined the roller coaster adventures that were ahead for this grand old franchise.

Distinguished writer Hal Bock returned to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on a May evening and told the story of this legendary team, the characters who were central to its success, and the misfortunes which have plagued the team ever since.  During our Q&A, we had a wide-ranging baseball discussion.  Listen in and enjoy...


Hal Bock was a sportswriter and columnist with the Associated Press for over 40 years.  During that time he covered 30 World Series, none of them including the Cubs.



          "Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball" with Hal Bock      Comment   Translate Page      


“A beautiful compilation of the finest work of a uniquely talented artist.” -Bob Costas


Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin’s best drawings devoted to baseball.  From Babe Ruth to the Baby Mets, Willard Mullin, “Sports Cartoonist of the 20th Century,” was there.  Beautiful, tearful, insightful, morally charged, and outrageously hilarious cartoons.  Gehrig, DiMaggio, Musial, Berra, Mantle, Mays, the Brooklyn Bum, and hundreds more make history anew in this astounding collection.


Join Hal Bock from his December appearance in the Clubhouse and learn why millions of baseball fans from the ‘30s to the ‘70s looked forward to Willard Mullin’s cartoons in their daily paper.


Hal Bock, an Associated Press sportswriter for over 40 years, specialized in baseball.  He covered more World Series than any AP sportswriter in history.  A New York City native, Hal’s passion for sportswriting was cultivated by boyhood trips to the ballpark with his father, a postal worker and sports enthusiast who sometimes wrote poetry.



          Column: Golf's most endearing charm: Fending off Father Time - Associated Press      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. Column: Golf's most endearing charm: Fending off Father Time  Associated Press
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          Pedro Ávila brilló en su estreno con los Padres       Comment   Translate Page      

El novato Pedro Ávila brilló en su primera apertura en las Grandes Ligas, tras lanzar hasta el sexto inning, en el triunfo de los Padres de San Diego 7-6 contra los Dbacks de Arizona, el jueves por la tarde en el Chase Field de Phoenix.

Pedro Ávila brilló en su estreno con los Padres

Ávila, de 22 años de edad, apenas hizo la segunda salida de su carrera por encima del nivel Clase A y trabajó 5.1 innings en los que aisló cuatro hits y una carrera limpia, mientras que ponchaba a cinco, golpeaba a uno y cedía un par de boletos.

Esa actuación convirtió al derecho en el abridor venezolano número 27 que se estrena en las Mayores recorriendo al menos cinco capítulos desde la lomita, pero apenas el decimosegundo que combina ese número de entradas con por lo menos cinco abanicados, de acuerdo con el motor de búsqueda de Baseball Reference.

Ávila, reserva de Bravos de Margarita en la LVBP, tuvo un inicio difícil, tras otorgar una base por bolas y encajar tres hits, uno de ellos impulsor de Adam Jones, en el primer inning, pero de allí en adelante retiró a los siguientes 12 bateadores a los que se enfrentó.

En el sexto, el manager Andy Green le quitó la bola luego de golpear a Jones y caminar a Eduardo Escobar, después de dominar a David Peral con línea al jardín central.

“Al principio me sentí un poco ansioso, pero al final fue una experiencia fantástica, dijo el derecho a la agencia Associated Press.

El bullpen de los religiosos desperdició una ventaja de cinco carreras, negándole el triunfo al recluta Ávila, que había subido a las Mayores luego de su primer inicio en Doble A, pero Manuel Margot sacudió un cuadrangular en el octavo, que significó la diferencia del desafío.

Ávila hizo un total de 85 lanzamientos, 55 de ellos en zona buena. El tirador criollo abrió con strike a 13 de los 23 rivales a los que se enfrentó, según ESPN.com.

El recién llegado se mostró como un veterano en el montículo, de acuerdo con el San Diego Union-Tribune, mezclando su recta con el cambio, una efectiva curva y el slider. Pero es poco probable que se quede con el equipo, al menos en el futuro inmediato, pues el Green descartó una rotación con seis brazos. Aunque el equipo seguirá subiendo y bajando el talento disponible en sus granjas.

“Tenemos más profundidad”, dijo Green al San Diego Union-Tribune. “Tenemos profundidad en toda la organización. Contamos con muchachos a los que continuaremos trayendo y usando. Tenemos jugadores en las Ligas Menores que nos gustan mucho, un par de ellos que enviamos de regreso hace relativamente poco tiempo y que serán una gran parte de esto. Durante todo el año, habrá que cambiar el grupo. No van a ser los mismos siete muchachos durante todo el año o los mismos ocho. Vamos a tener que confiar en esa profundidad, porque tenemos una rotación joven, a la que no estamos pidiendo que pase a menudo de las seis entradas”.

El zurdo relevista Robbie Erlin fue enviado a la sucursal Triple-A para hacerle espacio a Ávila. Robbie puede regresar en 10 días o antes, si se produce una lesión, pero existen otras posibilidades para San Diego, como aseguró Green.

La victoria dejó en el primer lugar del oeste de la Liga Nacional a los monjes por primera vez desde el 5 de abril de 2011, con balance de 9-5.

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          2 children dead, many homes damaged as storms pummel South      Comment   Translate Page      

DALLAS — Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said.

The Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured.

Lufkin is about 115 miles northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available.

In Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles south of Dallas.

The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph. Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days.

Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes.

Weather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they've received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower.

The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday.

Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

Winds of up to 60 mph were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles north of Houston.


          Migrants break border gate, force their way into Mexico (Associated Press)      Comment   Translate Page      

Associated Press:
Migrants break border gate, force their way into Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States.


          Iranian who removed headscarf sentenced to year in prison      Comment   Translate Page      

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The lawyer for an Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest says she has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader. Payam Derefshan told The Associated Press a court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of encouraging […]
          Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner      Comment   Translate Page      
Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner

ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) — A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.

“It looks like it was accidental. My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point, fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper.

Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and bright blue heads and necks.

The San Diego Zoo’s website calls cassowaries the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch, dagger-like claw on each foot.

“The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says.

Cassowaries are not raised for food in the U.S. but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds.

To obtain the mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper.

Wildlife officials did not answer phone calls late Saturday from The Associated Press and it could not be learned what happened to the bird.


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          Jalen Mills (Eagles) arrêté pour une bagarre contre un joueur NBA      Comment   Translate Page      
Jalen Mills des Eagles a été arrêté samedi à la sortie d’une boîte de nuit de Washington. Son adversaire du jour : Devin Robinson, joueur de basket pour les Washington Wizards. C’est ce que rapporte l’Associated Press. Les deux joueurs sont accusés de trouble à l’ordre public. Selon le rapport de la police, les deux […]
          Brazil to auction oil camps despite environmental warnings      Comment   Translate Page      
Documents obtained by the Associated Press show that the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil's main environmental body.
          Iranian who removed headscarf sentenced to year in prison      Comment   Translate Page      
TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said Sunday. Payam Derefshan told The Associated Press a court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of encouraging public “corruption.” […]
          Eagles CB Jalen Mills Arrested      Comment   Translate Page      
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested last night in Washington D.C. following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, reports Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press (via the Washington Post). The two athletes were charged with disorderly affray, which Fendrich describes as fighting in a public place. According to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post, the […]
          Endangered whale experiencing mini-baby boom off New England      Comment   Translate Page      
By The Associated Press An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said. The North Atlantic right whale...
          Atlantic Yards Report: Goldman's Carey: "if you take a look at the revenue projections of new stadiums or renovated stadiums, you don't miss by much" (except Barclays?)      Comment   Translate Page      
A 4/1/19 Associated Press article, Tottenham Stadium follows US financing model, explains that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London will gain revenue not just from tickets but also 
          UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange      Comment   Translate Page      

LONDON – British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him.

There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation stemming from his 2010 visit to Sweden. The complaints from two women eventually led him to seek refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London rather than return to Sweden for questioning.

Some are calling for the British government to extradite Assange to Sweden, if it makes an official request, rather than to the U.S., which seeks him on conspiracy charges.

More than 70 British lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sajid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ensure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”

Prominent Conservative Party lawmaker Alistair Burt, a former Foreign Office minister, said Saturday that it’s “quite disturbing” to see the sexual allegations minimized.

He said the testimony of the two women makes it “essential” that Assange face justice, to either be cleared in a Swedish court or be convicted.

Assange, 47, has denied the sexual misconduct allegations, which he claims are politically motivated. He claims the sex was consensual.

Sweden suspended its investigation into possible sexual misconduct against Assange two years ago because he was beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status. Prosecutors said the investigation could be revived if his situation changed.

Assange was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is now in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London, waiting to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain and facing an extradition request from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.

WikiLeaks says Assange will fight the U.S. extradition request and has been meeting with his legal team to plan his defense.

He has not had a chance to enter a plea in response to the U.S. charge, but he says all of his WikiLeaks actions are those of a legitimate journalist.

If Britain receives competing extradition requests, lawyers say the Home Secretary would have some leeway in deciding which takes priority. Considerations usually include which request came first and which alleged crime is more serious.

Most of the lawmakers who signed the letter are from the opposition Labour Party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wants Britain to refuse to send Assange to the U.S. After Assange’s arrest, Corbyn praised him for exposing U.S. atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan when WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of confidential U.S. documents in 2010.

British politicians are free to lobby the government for a certain course of action, but it’s up to the courts to decide whether the U.S. request for Assange’s extradition – and a possible future request from Sweden – should be honored.

The Home Secretary, a senior Cabinet official, can block extradition under certain circumstances, including cases where a person might face capital punishment or torture in the country seeking their extradition.

Swedish prosecutors opened an investigation into Assange after two women accused him of sexual offenses during a 2010 visit to Sweden. Some of the sexual misconduct accusations are no longer viable because their time ran out. But Swedish prosecutors have said a rape case could be reactivated since the statute of limitations for that runs until August 2020.

After Assange’s arrest this week, Swedish prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson was tapped to look into a request from a lawyer for one of the accusers, to find out whether the case can be pursued.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the woman who reported being raped by Assange, told The Associated Press that she would “do everything” to have the Swedish case reopened so Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted.

The extradition process is not swift, and Assange could appeal several times if decisions go against him. It’s expected it would take a year or longer for him to be sent to the United States or possibly to Sweden even if he ultimately loses in court.

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Associated Press writer Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed.


          Large, flightless bird attacks and kills its fallen owner      Comment   Translate Page      

ALACHUA, Fla. – A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his farm in Florida, authorities said Saturday.

The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.

“My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the newspaper. He said first responders got a call at 10 a.m. Friday and rushed the man to a hospital for trauma care but he died.

The county sheriff’s office identified the victim as Marvin Hajos, 75, and said a death investigation has been opened.

“Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr. Hajos,” said Lt. Brett Rhodenizer, a sheriff’s office spokesman, in an email to the paper. “The cassowary involved remains secured on private property at this time.”

Cassowaries are similar to emus and stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 130 pounds, with black body feathers and distinctive, bright blue heads and necks.

The San Diego Zoo’s website calls the cassowary the world’s most dangerous bird with a four-inch (10-centimeter), dagger-like claw on each foot. “The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour (50 kph) through the dense forest underbrush,” the website says.

Cassowaries are eaten in parts of New Guinea. The birds are not raised for food in the U.S., but are sought after by collectors of exotic birds, according to authorities.

To obtain a mandatory permit, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission requires cassowary owners to have “substantial experience” and meet specific cage requirements, spokeswoman Karen Parker told the newspaper. She said the commission lists the cassowary as a type of wildlife that can “pose a danger to people.”

Wildlife officials did not answer phone calls late Saturday from The Associated Press and it wasn’t immediately known what would happen with the bird.


          Iranian woman who removed headscarf as public protest sentenced to 1 year in prison       Comment   Translate Page      

An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said Sunday.

Payam Derefshan told The Associated Press that a court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of encouraging public "corruption."

Movahed was arrested in November. Derefshan, who first revealed the verdict to local media on Sunday, said she is on a pardon list but the release procedures are still underway. There was no official comment. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei occasionally issues pardons, usually tied to public holidays.

Movahed, 32, was dubbed the "Girl of Enghelab Street" and briefly arrested in 2017 after she took off her headscarf and held it in the air.

Video clips of the protest were widely shared on social media, and authorities briefly detained 29 women on similar charges the following year.

Three have reportedly been sentenced to two years in prison and some others are believed to have left the country.

Iranian court proceedings are usually closed to the public and verdicts are often not publicised.

Iranian law requires women to dress conservatively and cover their hair in public. Those who violate the rules are usually sentenced to two months in prison or less and fined around $25.

Authorities have adopted a tougher approach toward the protests, which they say are part of a campaign orchestrated from abroad by opposition groups and social media networks.


          Police flag graphic stirs turmoil      Comment   Translate Page      

By The Associated Press

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — An American flag graphic on the side of freshly painted police cars is dividing a small coastal city in Southern California.

Some people in Laguna Beach feel the flag design is too aggressive while others are astonished that anyone would object to the American flag, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

The city council will decide at its Tuesday meeting whether to keep the logo or choose an alternative.

Artist Carrie Woodburn said at a March council meeting that it was "shocking to see the boldness of the design" when the newly painted Ford Explorers rolled out.

"We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn't really represent our community," Woodburn said.

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          Boy thrown from mall balcony undergoing treatment      Comment   Translate Page      

By The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remained hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell nearly 40 feet after a man who apparently didn't know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday.

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          Deaths reported in severe storms in Texas      Comment   Translate Page      

By The Associated Press

DALLAS — Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said.

The Angelina County Sheriff's office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's car in Lufkin while it was in motion.

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          One dead in shooting outside Australia nightclub, three injured - Reuters      Comment   Translate Page      
  1. One dead in shooting outside Australia nightclub, three injured  Reuters
  2. Drive-By Shooting Outside Australia Nightclub Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured  HuffPost
  3. Melbourne nightclub shooting leaves one dead, three injured  BBC News
  4. Security guard gunned down outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran, three others injured  Herald Sun
  5. Shooting at Australia nightclub leaves 1 dead, 1 critical  The Associated Press
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          Acidente com avião de pequeno porte deixa mortos no Nepal      Comment   Translate Page      

Três pessoas morreram e quatro ficaram feridas no aeroporto de Tenzing Hillary, em Lukla. Aeronave que ia para Katmandu bateu em helicóptero que estava parado no aeroporto de Lukla, no Nepal, na manhã deste domingo (14) Ang Tashi Sherpa / AFP Um avião de pequeno porte derrapou e colidiu enquanto decolava com helicóptero que estava parado no aeroporto do Nepal, perto do monte Everest, na manhã deste domingo (14). Três pessoas morreram e quatro ficaram feridas, de acordo com a Associated Press. O avião decolava no aeroporto de Tenzing Hillary, em Lukla, com destino a Katmandu, a capital do país. A aeronave derrapou atingindo o helicóptero, afirmou Raj Kumar Chhetri, autoridade da aviação local. Os mortos são o piloto do avião e dois policiais que estavam perto do helicóptero estacionado. As companhias aéreas da Summit Air, proprietária do avião, e a Manang Air, dona do helicóptero, são especializas em transportar nepaleses e turistas para áreas remotas do país. O aeroporto é considerado um dos mais perigosos do mundo por causa da pista curta e da localização difícil. Ele está situado a uma altitude de 2.845 metros. Apenas helicópteros e aeronaves de pequeno porte podem utilizar o terminal aéreo.
          Seychelles President’s Underwater Plea: Protect Our Oceans      Comment   Translate Page      
In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean’s surface, the Seychelles president Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the “beating blue heart of our planet.” President Danny Faure’s call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, came from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming. He spoke during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths. Oceans cover more than two-thirds of the world’s surface but remain, for the most part, uncharted. We have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor, Faure said. “This issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time,” the president said from a manned submersible 400 feet (121 meters) below the waves, on the seabed off the outer islands of the African nation. Wearing a Seychelles T-shirt and shorts, the president told The Associated Press after his speech that the experience was “so, so cool. What biodiversity.” It made him more determined than ever to speak out for marine protection, he said.  “We just need to do what needs to be done,” he said. “The scientists have spoken.” ​Role of oceans underestimated The oceans’ role in regulating climate and the threats they face are underestimated by many, even though as Faure pointed out they generate “half of the oxygen we breathe.” Scientific missions are crucial in taking stock of underwater ecosystems’ health. Small island nations are among the most vulnerable to sea level rise caused by climate change. Land erosion, dying coral reefs and the increased frequency of extreme weather events threaten their existence. During the expedition, marine scientists from the University of Oxford have surveyed underwater life, mapped large areas of the sea floor and gone deep with manned submersibles and underwater drones. Little is known about the watery world below depths of 30 meters, the limit to which a normal scuba diver can go. Operating down to 500 meters, the scientists were the first to explore areas of great diversity where sunlight weakens and the deep ocean begins. 300 sub deployments By the end of the mission, researchers expect to have conducted over 300 deployments, collected around 1,400 samples and 16 terabytes of data and surveyed about 25,000 square meters (269,100 sq. feet) of seabed using high-resolution multibeam sonar equipment. The data will be used to help the Seychelles expand its policy of protecting almost a third of its national waters by 2020. The initiative is important for the country’s “blue economy,” an attempt to balance development needs with those of the environment. “From this depth, I can see the incredible wildlife that needs our protection, and the consequences of damaging this huge ecosystem that has existed for millennia,” Faure said in his speech. “Over the years, we have created these problems. We can solve them.” ​5% of oceans protected Currently, only about 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. Countries have agreed to increase the area to 10% by 2020. But experts and environmental campaigners say between 30% and 50% of the oceans outside nations’ territorial waters should get protected status to ensure marine biodiversity. Researchers hope their findings also will inform ongoing United Nations talks aimed at forging the first high seas conservation treaty, scheduled to conclude this year. Environmental groups argue an international treaty is urgently needed because climate change, overfishing and efforts to mine the seabed for precious minerals are putting unsustainable pressure on marine life that could have devastating consequences for creatures on land as well. Oceans will be one of the seven main themes of this year’s U.N. climate summit in Chile in December. Scientists’ work just beginning While scientists are nearing the end of their expedition, much of their work is just beginning. In the next few months, researchers at Oxford will analyze the samples and video surveys and put them together with environmental data collected. “When we pull them together we can understand not just what we see in the areas that we’ve visited but what we might expect in other regions in the Seychelles,” said Lucy Woodall, the mission’s chief scientist. This is the first of a half-dozen regions the mission plans to explore before the end of 2022, when scientists will present their research at a summit on the state of the Indian Ocean. Billions of people live along the ocean’s shores in Africa and Asia. 
          Iranian who removed headscarf pardoned from year in prison      Comment   Translate Page      

The headscarf has been in mandatory in Iran since the Iranian revolution in 1979 [File: Majid Saeedi/Getty] The lawyer for an Iranian woman who removed her headscarf in a public protest says she has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader. Payam Derafshan told The Associated Press news agency that […]

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          Man ‘close’ to Wikileaks co-founder arrested in Ecuador      Comment   Translate Page      
A man with close ties to Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested while trying to leave Ecuador, the country’s interior ministry says. Interior Minister María Paula Romo did not name the man but said he had been arrested for “investigative purposes”. An unnamed government official told the Associated Press that the man is Ola [...]
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Analysis: Safety rules give homes better chance in wildfires  Associated Press

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna's father sped ...


          Greta Thunberg il 17 aprile incontrerà il Papa a Roma      Comment   Translate Page      

Greta Thunberg, la sedicenne attivista svedese diventata simbolo della lotta ai cambiamenti climatici sarà a Roma per partecipare venerdì allo sciopero per il clima in piazza del Popolo. Greta, in un tweet, annuncia di essere "sul treno per il Parlamento europeo, il Senato italiano, il Vaticano e la Camera dei deputati durante le feste di Pasqua".

"Lo so che è vacanza - aggiunge -, ma la crisi climatica non va in vacanza e nemmeno noi".

Da tempo si parlava di una sua presenza a Roma e in molti si sono attivati affinché la giovane ambientalista possa essere ricevuta in udienza da Papa Francesco la cui Enciclica Laudato sì è uno dei documenti alla base dell'impegno in favore della cura e protezione dell'ambiente, del clima e degli ecosistemi della attivista vegana scandinava. Dalla Santa Sede per ora non esiste nessuna notizia ufficiale anche se in diversi uffici vaticani che hanno fra i loro compiti anche le questioni ambientali e climatiche nonché quelle sulle migrazioni si parla di questa eventualità, indicando mercoledì 17 aprile, durante l'Udienza generale, l'incontro con Papa Francesco.


          Macron è il Mosè europeo?      Comment   Translate Page      

Stabilità e sicurezza non sono sinonimi dell'Europa di oggi. Una possibile matrice terroristica dietro l'attacco al tram dove sono morte 3 persone nei Paesi Bassi; una minaccia di bomba a Bruxelles che era un falso allarme ma che ha fatto crescere tensione vicino al quartier generale dell'Unione Europea, forzando l'evacuazione dell'edificio; antisemitismo e neonazismo emergono da una parte all'altra dell'Europa: questi sono i titoli della realtà europea di questi giorni.

Quale tipo di leadership è necessaria per risolvere i problemi brucianti del Continente?

Nel quadro socio-politico, dopo che la protesta dei "gilet gialli" ha disgregato la capitale francese in uno stato di anarchia, le autorità hanno minacciato che se queste manifestazioni diventeranno di nuovo violente potranno essere vietate.

Come risultato di questo incontenibile disordine in corso, il quartier generale principale della polizia è stato saccheggiato. In quattro mesi da quando il movimento ha cominciato a emergere opponendosi alla tassa sul carburante, le proteste, contro quelle che sono considerate le politiche elitarie del presidente Emmanuel Macron, sono già degenerate in rivolte e vandalismo.

Molto probabilmente nello sforzo di provare a capovolgere la pressione crescente che sta vivendo, il presidente Macron mira a porsi come il leader d'Europa portando avanti l'ideale di un continente unito sotto lo slogan di un "Rinascimento europeo" e la sua proposta di come raggiungere questo elevato obiettivo è stata recentemente pubblicata sui 28 maggiori quotidiani in tutta Europa.

In una lettera aperta agli europei scrive che "mai dalla seconda guerra mondiale l'Europa è stata così necessaria, ma mai in tale pericolo". Per migliorare i diritti sociali dei cittadini e facilitare scambi commerciali tra i Paesi membri, Macron suggerisce la costituzione di un'agenzia europea per combattere il fenomeno del fascismo nel Continente, istituendo un corpo di polizia di frontiera e un'agenzia comune per i rifugiati per tutti i Paesi dell'Unione europea. In aggiunta a queste misure e come parte della spinta verso l'unificazione, Macron critica la decisione britannica della Brexit per lasciare l'Unione europea.

Non sono pienamente d'accordo con la posizione presa da Macron. Fraintendere il desiderio di resistenza alla disintegrazione sociale dell'Europa con un nuovo rinascimento di un'Europa unita, potrebbe fare più male che bene. Perché, come dicono i saggi della Kabbalah, "Disperdere il malvagio è buono per loro e buono per il mondo", Mishna (Sinedrio 71b).

Il malvagio, secondo la saggezza della Kabbalah, è in realtà un gruppo di persone che si lascia guidare dalla natura egoistica che continua a separarle. In altre parole l'Unione europea è solo la copertura di una falsa unione.

Fino a quando gli europei non restringeranno ed equilibreranno il loro egoismo, ossia il proprio benessere a spese degli altri, sarà per loro impossibile vivere insieme in pace, come attestano centinaia di battaglie e guerre sanguinose che nella storia li hanno afflitti. Senza Paesi potenti come la Russia o gli Stati Uniti, o stati dell'Africa e del Medio Oriente che hanno messo pressione sul continente europeo da ogni direzione, gli europei si sarebbero da tempo divorati gli uni con gli altri. Queste sfide esterne li hanno in qualche modo forzati a una forma di vaga unione.

Tuttavia la chiamata di Macron all'unificazione corrisponde nient'altro che a una strategia per un guadagno economico e politico. Dentro questa chiamata, non riesco a vedere alcun "attuale Mosè" che possa guidare il suo popolo verso un ordine sociale stabile e sicuro, al contrario l'egoismo, che è la forza dietro tutti gli squilibri sociali, cresce sempre più tra i leader e in generale tra la gente, non solo in Europa ma in tutto il mondo.

Allo stesso tempo l'umanità emerge come un sistema globale e integrale che lega insieme nazioni, economie e culture. Di conseguenza i problemi di Europa, America e Asia hanno la stessa radice comune, ossia il meschino e crudele egoismo. Ma anche la soluzione è la stessa, cioè un metodo che trascenda questo egoismo attraverso una forma di educazione fatta specificamente per risolvere questo problema. E Macron non lo possiede.

Fino a quando non si realizzerà questo piano educativo, quelle voci europee che insistono a indurire leggi contro i criminali che mettono in pericolo la sicurezza interna dell'Europa sono corrette. Ancor di più, chiunque dimostri odio, incitamento o violenza verso gli altri deve essere espulso.

L'approccio liberale che crede che sia possibile integrare qualunque immigrato, secondo un'ampia apertura mentale, è percepito da molti immigrati come una debolezza da cui poter trarre vantaggio. Se non si troverà un processo adeguato di integrazione, la crescente massa di immigrati da diverse nazioni e culture, potrà diventare la ricetta per l'aumento dell'agitazione.

Un processo di integrazione efficace non ha bisogno di cancellare le unicità culturali dell'immigrato, piuttosto ogni nuovo arrivato e a ogni cittadino europeo dovrebbe essere educato a come unirsi in un territorio comune al di sopra delle differenze. Come si può trasformare l'Unione europea in un vero blocco unito?

Si può innanzitutto attraverso un cambio di prospettiva. "L'Europa come una famiglia" dovrebbe essere lo slogan stampato sulla bandiera del Continente. È questo lo spirito di progresso che deve soffiare su una vera Europa unita.

Se Macron e i leader mondiali vogliono guadagnare un grande rispetto e lasciare un'eredità che duri nel tempo, devono costituire un sistema educativo che unisca tutti i cittadini europei. Devono inculcare un tale spirito di unione che possa elevare tutti ad avere una sensazione che non ci sono differenze tra tedeschi o spagnoli, tra cristiani o musulmani e tra locali o immigranti.

Siamo tutti nati nudi e tutti moriremo nudi, in questo modo il nostro essere umani deve unirci al di sopra di tutto il resto.


          #LamortedellaSinistrainItalia      Comment   Translate Page      

La morte della sinistra in Italia è stato un omicidio, frutto di una azione scientemente messa in capo, finanziata e gestita da lontano con capitali internazionali ingenti. Si è partiti dalla fine degli anni 80 con lo smembramento fino alla rottamazione, la svendita culturale prima che materiale dei nostri beni comuni, delle nostre fonti di approvvigionamento primario, l'affermazione della supremazia dell'interesse privato sull'interesse pubblico che si è imposta con le regole del mercato e delle esigenze del lavoro, poi con il ricatto della crisi economica, non importa se questa è stata colpa, o anche strategia dei mercati finanziari.

Fino al punto che oggi un vero difensore della Costituzione ci appare sovversivo dello stato de quo se quella costituzione, la legge con vero senso dello stato e del diritto, se la sua lettura si pone quale pretesa di un ritorno alla lettura letterale della carta, che il bene pubblico sia considerato sempre preminente sul bene privato. Sovversivo e rivoluzionario. Ascoltate l'audizione di Paolo Maddalena giovedì al Senato sul ddl consumo del suolo, ricorda a tutti cosa eravamo e cosa siamo diventati e ci sprona a tornare ad essere quello che avremmo dovuto essere. Un'altra Italia, come un' Italia di una volta che non riusciamo neanche più ad intravedere, forse a ricordare, sepolta sotto i decenni, sepolta sotto la speculazione, sotto la dialettica di un'arrogante volontà di affermare l' interesse di pochi su quello di tanti, che per il momento ha vinto su tutto e continua a vincere perché non ci si pone neanche la questione, non la si mette al centro del dibattito e dell'analisi politica, benché ne sia il cuore.


          Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, April 14, 2019      Comment   Translate Page      
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:33 a.m. CDT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines say two people have been arrested and charged with attempted murder after a man with a gunshot wound to his neck was thrown from a car into a parking lot. The Des […]
          Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020      Comment   Translate Page      
The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday. Transgender men will be allowed to enroll in the school for the first time in 2020. Students who identify as women but […]
          Doug Casey: Orwell’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True      Comment   Translate Page      
via caseyresearch: Justin’s note: Stop saying offensive words. That’s what the Associated Press (AP), the world’s largest news agency, is telling reporters. The AP puts out a stylebook every year that includes universal guidelines ... Read more
          Vida Movahed, Iranian woman who removed headscarf in public, pardoned by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei      Comment   Translate Page      

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said Sunday.

Payam Derefshan told The Associated Press a court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her ...

          Sunday News: From the Editorial pages      Comment   Translate Page      

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TWISTING THE TRUTH WON'T MAKE PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM ACCOUNTABLE: The twisted logic and fractured use of facts is worthy of the work of Cold War-era Soviet propaganda operations. Under a chilling headline, “Senate Democrats File Bill to Cut Funding for Opportunity Scholarships,” the release warns that legislation will “siphon money” away from scholarship for poor students to attend private schools. Instead, the money will go to the “largest and wealthiest school districts” in the state. Here is the truth. No one in North Carolina – not a single child -- who qualified for the so-called “Opportunity Scholarship” private school vouchers, has been denied a dime. In fact, in the current school year, of the $54.84 million available for the vouchers, $35.56 million has been obligated. More than a third of the money won’t get used to help educate anyone.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-twisting-the-truth-won-t-make-private-school-voucher-program-accounta...

NC SHOULD BE WARY OF ARIZONA CHARTER OPERATOR: North Carolina’s charter school program has grown increasingly ripe for financial exploitation since Republican lawmakers lifted the state’s 100-school charter cap. North Carolina now has 184 charter schools with 15 more approved to open this fall. According to the Public School Forum, a group that supports traditional public schools, 20% of North Carolina’s charter schools are operated by for-profit companies, most of them based outside of the state. This week, the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board recommended taking that trend even further. It asked for state approval of Wake Preparatory Academy, a K-12 charter school that wants to open in Wake Forest in 2020. The school would be the first in North Carolina for Glenn Way, founder of the American Leadership Academy charter school chain in Arizona. Through ALA and its related companies, Way made about $37 million by building and operating Arizona charter schools, according to The Arizona Republic.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/article229085379.html

TEACHERS' RALLY WILL VOICE CONCERNS LEGISLATORS NEED TO HEED: Don’t let the partisan political fog machines cloud things like April’s pollen. North Carolina’s public school teachers aren’t coming to Raleigh for a holiday. They are not “far left” crazies. They don’t care who properly funds our public school system just so someone does. They are coming because the current legislative majority enacted a series of devastating cuts to our public schools in 2011 and 2013. Our education system has yet to recover. Educators want the legislature to follow the North Carolina Constitution’s mandate to provide a “sound basic education” along with the funding to meet court rulings so every student has “equal opportunities” no matter where they live. North Carolina courts continue to say the General Assembly has failed to live up to its constitutional duty. Teachers are coming to Raleigh to get the General Assembly to do its job.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-teachers-rally-will-voice-concerns-legislators-should-heed/18321666/

APPLY COAL ASH STANDARDS TO WATER IN CAPE FEAR RIVER BASIN: “We did a thorough analysis of the six sites and it wasn’t a decision that was made by other reasons than the science,” the secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re making these decisions so that they are most protective of public health and the environment.” If that’s the way DEQ is doing business henceforth, then we can reasonably expect that some of the same standards will be applied to the water in the Cape Fear River Basin, which suffers from pollution from many sources, some known and others unknown. Science tells us that the river carries some dangerous ingredients. We’re all familiar by now with the threats posed to human health by the GenX and related chemicals in the river. All those per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — known collectively as PFAS — have caused considerable alarm and sparked expensive action in communities downstream from the Chemours Fayetteville Works, which is adjacent to the river, near the Cumberland-Bladen county line.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20190414/fayetteville-observer-apply-coal-ash-standards-to-wa...

TRUMP AND THE ANNIHILATION OF SHAME: In days bygone, the prescribed method for avoiding shame was behaving well. Or, if it couldn’t be avoided, feeling deep remorse and performing some sort of penance. By contrast, the Trumpian method for avoiding shame is not giving a damn. Spurious bone-spur draft deferment? Shrug. Fraudulent business and charitable practices? Snigger. Outrageous personal invective? Sneer. Inhumane treatment of children at the border? Snarl. Hush-money payoffs to porn-star and centerfold mistresses? Stud! The annihilation of shame requires two things. First, nerve: Whatever else might be said about Trump, it takes immense brass to lie as frequently and flagrantly as he does without apparently triggering any kind of internal emotional crisis. Ordinary mortals tend to blush when caught out in some kind of mischief. Trump smirks. But it also takes public acquiescence. It was once the useful role of conservatives to resist these sorts of trends — to stand athwart declining moral standards, yelling Stop. They lost whatever right they had to play that role when they got behind Trump, not only acquiescing in the culture of shamelessness but also savoring its fruits. Among them: Never being beholden to what they said or wrote yesterday. Never holding themselves to the standards they demand of others. Never having to say they are sorry.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/opinion/charles-van-doren-trump.html

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

MARIAN LEWIN: WE NEED TO FUND BETTER ELECTION SECURITY: While much attention has been focused on absentee ballot fraud in the 9th Congressional District, little attention has been paid to improving the accuracy of our state’s voter rolls to curtail other types of election irregularities. These election security problems cannot be addressed with Voter ID. The Electronic Records Information Center (ERIC) is a nonprofit, state-controlled membership organization that would allow North Carolina to identify inaccuracies and improve integrity of our voting systems while improving security. In Virginia, South Carolina and West Virginia, ERIC identified more moved, deceased and duplicate voter records than those states achieved alone using their own records. The League of Women Voters urges the N.C. General Assembly to provide funds to allow North Carolina to join ERIC, as well as to provide necessary technology upgrades and election processes. By making these investments, the General Assembly can truly be the impetus for improving the accuracy and security of our voting systems and regain voters’ trust in our elections.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article229148459.html

BEN BAGBY: PARSING THE LOADED LANGUAGE OF THE GUN DEBATE: Staunch supporters of the Second Amendment often refer to the founders’ original intent when invoking their right to buy the guns they want. “The right of the people to bear arms will not be infringed” seems to be the key sentence in that belief. So the NRA is “up in arms” about the recent federal ban on bump stocks as well as the effort to ban the AR 15 rifle. They claim that these bans violate their Second Amendment rights. If the dictionary definition of arms is used they have a point: “weapons and ammunition; armaments.” Using that argument why shouldn’t anyone be able to buy any “arm” as part of that constitutional right? The reason lies in what Antonin Scalia wrote in the court opinion in the “Heller” case: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is NOT UNLIMITED. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry ANY weapon whatsoever in ANY manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” That argument alone justifies laws banning weapons such as bump stocks, bazookas and grenade launchers. The same argument should be used in the effort to ban the AR-15. In the effort to stem the tide of mass shootings, that would be a sensible approach to honor the Second Amendment while allowing Americans to continue to own guns for protection, hunting and sport shooting.
https://www.starnewsonline.com/opinion/20190413/letters-april-13-loaded-language-of-gun-debate

EMBER PENNEY: CLEAN UP THE HAW RIVER: I live right on the Haw River in Pittsboro. Unfortunately, it is one of the most endangered rivers in the country. The No. 1 pollutant in the river is sediment that comes from a multitude of sources, including developments and clear-cutting. It runs off and combines with fertilizers and sewage to form a polluted runoff. The phosphorus and nitrogen that come into the water create algal blooms, and this algae takes all the dissolved oxygen out of the water, killing the fish. The Haw River runs through six counties: Alamance, Forsyth, Rockingham, Guilford, Orange and Chatham. If you live in any of these, chances are your drinking water is affected by the Haw. I encourage all to ask your state senators to reinstate the Jordan Lake Rules. It’s our water, let’s make sure it’s clean and liveable.
https://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article229078779.html

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          Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in country      Comment   Translate Page      
By Astrid Galvan and Morgan Lee Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and […]
          American flag graphic on police cars divides California town      Comment   Translate Page      

(Associated Press) An American flag graphic on the side of freshly painted police cars is dividing a small coastal city in Southern California. Some people in Laguna Beach feel the flag design is too aggressive while others are astonished that anyone would object to the American flag, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The city […]

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          Traffic stops by metro Phoenix deputies plunge amid overhaul      Comment   Translate Page      

PHOENIX (AP) — Officers at the sheriff’s office in metro Phoenix have made 52% fewer traffic stops in the years since a judge concluded they had racially profiled Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols. Arpaio’s successor, Sheriff Paul Penzone, and others tell The Associated Press that the decrease is driven by officers’ fears that […]
          Midwest Sports Headlines: 4/14/19      Comment   Translate Page      
Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Derek Dietrich hit a tiebreaking homer off Adam Wainwright in the seventh inning and added a two-run triple as the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth straight game, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 in the raucous Estadio de Beisbol de […]
          Historic HBCU Moment: Morehouse College To Admit Transgender Men In 2020      Comment   Translate Page      

Morehouse To Admit Transgender Men In 2020

The country’s only all-male historically black college made a historic move this weekend. Morehouse College told The Associated Press that their board of trustees voted Saturday to begin admitting transgender men next year.


          Британские парламентарии попросили выдать Ассанжа Швеции      Comment   Translate Page      
Более 70 парламентариев обратились к главе министерства внутренних дел Великобритании Саджиду Джавиду с просьбой экстрадировать основателя WikiLeaks Джулиана Ассанжа в Швецию, передает Associated Press
          Eagles' Jalen Mills, Wizards' Devin Robinson arrested for fighting      Comment   Translate Page      
Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested Friday night in Washington D.C. following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, reports Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press (via the Washington Post). The two athletes were charged with disorderly affray, which Fendrich describes as fighting in a public place. According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the two engaged in a verbal altercation that escalated into a fight on the sidewalk. Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight, and he was eventually released before being taken department’s 2nd District station. That will the same location where Mills was ultimately detained. Mills joined the Eagles as a seventh-round pick back in 2016, and he started throughout the team’s 2017 Super Bowl run. This past season, Mills appeared in only eight games after suffering a foot injury. The 25-year-old finished the season with 36 tackles and nine passes defended. Mills is projected to start the season as the team’s third co
          Washington is about to become the next state to pass a 100% clean energy bill      Comment   Translate Page      

With a vote of 56-42, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a clean energy bill that would require the Evergreen State to use 100 percent clean energy for its electricity needs by 2045. The Associated Press reports that the amended bill goes back to the state Senate, but is expected to pass and get signed by Gov. Jay Inslee as one of his campaign promises.

The bill would require coal to be phased out by 2025, relying on a large amount of hydroelectric power until the state finds more carbon-free sources. This bit of legislation would potentially provide an even more stark juxtaposition of the conservative and progressive movements, with the Trump administration reportedly mulling over the idea of turning military bases on the coast of Washington state into coal export facilities.

When this bill is signed into law it will make Washington the fourth state, following Hawaii, California, and New Mexico, to commit to a 100 percent clean energy solution. 


          Democrats condemn Trump plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities as 'cruelty'      Comment   Translate Page      

Democrats condemn Trump plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities as 'cruelty'President also criticized over reports he urged CBP chief to close Mexico border, offering a pardon if he broke the lawMigrants from Central America are seen inside an enclosure, where they are being held by Customs and Border Protection El Paso, Texas, on 29 March. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersDemocrats have accused Donald Trump’s administration of “cruelty” and using people as political pawns in the wake of reports that presidential aides considered a plan to release migrants in sanctuary cities.At least twice in the past six months, the White House weighed a plan to pressure US immigration authorities to release people detained at the border in these cities, which limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, according to the Washington Post.Trump confirmed that his White House was considering such a plan on Friday afternoon, contradicting his own Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which told reporters it had rejected the plan.Trump tweeted: “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.... The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”In an earlier statement, DHS said: “This was a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”Democrats said the proposal was another example of the Trump administration’s extreme measures to curb legal and illegal immigration.They also highlighted that viewing such a move as punishment was unusual, since it would affect cities that already welcome more immigrants than the rest of the country, such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.“It takes a truly warped mind to think that releasing families who sought asylum at the border in Sanctuary Cities would be a ‘punishment’,” said New York City’s comptroller, Scott Stringer, on Twitter. “These families are just seeking a better life, and Sanctuary Cities exist because we *want them here*.”Trump also faced criticism over fresh reports that he had urged his soon-to-be acting homeland security secretary to close the southern border, and said that he would pardon the official if he were to run afoul of the law.Two people familiar with the private conversation told the Associated Press the conversation with Kevin McAleenan, then the Customs and Border Protection commissioner, came during the president’s trip last week to Calexico, California.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss what was said.It was not clear whether the president was joking or why McAleenan would find himself in personal legal jeopardy. But the comments came just a day after Trump told reporters that he was delaying his threat to close the border because Mexico appeared to be stepping up its efforts.“At no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal,” a DHS spokesman said.The government has said the US-Mexico border is at a “breaking point” because of the crowds of Central American families seeking asylum there, though its policies have so far focused on deterrence, instead of responding to the factors driving people to flee Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.“The cruelty of this administration never seems to end,” said Julián Castro, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president ahead of the 2020 election.Speaking at a CNN town hall event on Thursday night, Castro compared the sanctuary cities proposal to family separation, which failed to deter people from coming to the border.“Now they are talking about bussing families to particular cities to target political opponents,” Castro said. “These folks want us to choose cruelty as a weapon against people and against political opponents.”Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Amy Klobuchar, said Trump was “literally using human beings as pawns in a political game”.“Instead of passing comprehensive immigration reform he does this: White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes,” Klobuchar said on Twitter.In January 2017, the Trump administration instructed the US attorney general to withhold funding for sanctuary cities, but the decision was quickly challenged in court. In November 2018, a federal judge ruled the crackdown was unconstitutional.



          German Lawmakers Consider Nationalizing Private Apartments To House The Poor      Comment   Translate Page      

While Mario Draghi continues to lament the lack of inflation that the ECB's massive balance sheet - now at 41% of Europe's GDP -  has failed to spark, and is contemplating even more aggressive measure to create higher prices, to one group of people, the ECB's reflationary efforts have been more than successful: Berlin renters who are furious that the median rent has more than doubled since 2011, soaring past 10 euros a square meter, meaning a 1,000-square-foot apartment costs more than $1,100 a month (still be a bargain in most other major cities),

And as the anger over soaring rents grows, so do the protests: last weekend, 50,000 protesters took part in a march against rent increases in Germany's capital city, which was organized by an affordable housing advocacy group in an effort to collect signatures for a referendum that would push the city to expropriate apartments from large landlords, and transfer some of the city's increasingly expensive residential rental properties to public ownership.

Protestors with a banner reading ’Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen and Co.’ in Berlin on April 6; Getty Images.

If the group gathers enough signatures — about 20,000 — the city's government will have to consider a plan to seize more than 250,000 apartments from their corporate owners, The Associated Press reported.

The proposal targets for-profit companies that own more than 3,000 apartments in Berlin: "These are companies that are coming in and seeing a really profitable market," Thomas McGath, a spokesperson for the group that organized the campaign, told NPR. "It's not your normal mom and pop landlord."

In other words, far from not sparking inflation, the ECB has not only doubled Berlin rents, but sparked a historic backlash that may result in the confiscation and the nationalization of big, corporate chunks of the housing market.

And here's where it gets especially troubling for the ECB: under German law, the plan technically could happen. As NPR reports, Article 15 of the German Constitution states that "land, natural resources and means of production may, for the purpose of nationalisation, be transferred to public ownership."

Furthermore, while Germany has the lowest proportion of home owners in the European Union, renters are by far in the majority in Berlin. That makes rental costs a political issue. Merkel’s government has taken tentative steps by passing legislation to limit rent increases and pledging to invest more than 6 billion euros in affordable housing.

Ah the irony: East Germany, in its passionate desire to "tear down this wall", never really considered the long-term consequences of a free market (even if one manipulated entirely by the ECB), and is suddenly feeling nostaglic for the good, old days of communism, where things such as private property did not exist.

"At the beginning, some of the fathers of the constitution thought, 'Well, there could be a situation where the market ... gets out of control and then it could be important to get this regulation," Ralf Schoenball, a reporter for the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, told KCRW Berlin. But Schoenball said the article has never been used before.

Well, congratulations, Mario Draghi: your monetary policies are about to force the first European nation to revert back to socialism.

As for those who think that Germany's anger at soaring rents is a flash in the pan and will soon be over, think again. As Bloomberg reports, during last weekend's demonstration, a blond-haired girl carried a wooden placard as she marched with her parents and thousands of others at a demonstration against soaring rents. Her sign had a stark message: “My future? Sleeping under bridges.”

The girl’s poignant protest highlights the emotionally charged nature of the housing debate in Germany, and Berlin in particular. In the capital city, where residents have been buffeted by a sudden surge in costs, a movement is gaining momentum for a radical solution: nationalizing big chunks of the housing market.

Protesters in Berlin carry a giant "rent shark" at a march against rent increases on Saturday. Michael Sohn/AP

Furthermore, unlike any typical, disorganized grassroots movement, this one is very clear in their demands: the organizers have started collecting signatures for a referendum to push the city to expropriate apartments from large landlords - companies that own more than 3,000 units like Deutsche Wohnen SE and Vonovia SE.

The advocacy group has named its campaign "Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co," which translates as take possession of the real estate company Deutsche Wohnen, which owns about 160,000 residential and commercial units.

"There are a lot of stories about the Deutsche Wohnen ... that they raise rental fees, that they try to get rid of tenants with old contracts with low rental fees," Schoenball told KCRW Berlin. "A lot of tenants are afraid that they could be put out of their apartment."

The final straw for the activists according to Blocame last year, when Deutsche Wohnen agreed to buy 800 residential and commercial units on Karl Marx Allee, an imposing Stalinist boulevard in the former communist east. Residents fearing rent increases mobilized, and the city sought to block the deal in court. Naturally, the property company - one of the main winners of Berlin’s housing boom - has rejected demands to turn over its property.

“We won’t allow our assets to be expropriated,” Deutsche Wohnen Chief Executive Officer Michael Zahn said during a panel discussion in Berlin this week. “That’s just not going to happen. We’re not living in a banana republic."

We wouldn't be so sure: the activists need to collect 20,000 within six months and another 170,000 by February. While pushing the state to buy apartments won’t increase supply, campaigners argue that the measure would send a signal to landlords that they need to play fair or risk losing their assets.

Of course, landlords are merely responding to market supply and demand  - if rents this high were uneconomical they wouldn't exist. The question is why are such high prices suddenly affordable. For the answer, look to this man, who has injected trillions in both Europe's capital markets and, to a far lesser extent, the economy. The result are rents that are unaffordable for the majority of the population, but since they were never the marginal price setters, well.... take your protest from Berlin to Frankfurt, and ideally inside the lobby of the ECB.

"Expropriation is creating a lot of emotions right now," Zahn told AP in an email. "But it won't create a single apartment." AP also reported that the company said, on average, its apartments are about 645 square feet and cost about the equivalent of $650 to rent, and that the company follows government rules for calculating permissible rent increases based on neighborhood averages.

So will Berliners be successful in pushing through the first nationalization of property in modern German times? It remains to be seen: if the campaign can pass its first hurdle and collect 20,000 signatures, the city's government will be tasked with drafting a counterproposal that satisfies the grassroots group. If the government fails, the group will need to rally another 170,000 signers to move the proposal to a referendum and then to a ballot, where a majority will be required to pass it.

As Bloomberg adds, the chances of the referendum’s success may not be so far-fetched. The German constitution allows for expropriation in the interests of “socialization” in return for adequate compensation. Berlin has a vibrant track record of civic activism, with a 2014 referendum successfully forcing the city to back off plans to sell parts of the former Tempelhof airfield to developers.

While most mainstream politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin’s mayor, are against using taxpayer money to buy apartments, there has been tentative support. Robert Habeck - co-leader of the Greens, the second-strongest party in Germany in recent polls - has said state housing purchases need to be considered to counter speculation.

The risk is that such state intervention could scare away investors needed to bolster supply, which is the only real long-term solution. The German construction industry association warned that compensation for expropriated owners could run to 36 billion euros ($41 billion), enough money to build over 220,000 rental units on government land.

“What we really need to do is build, build and build again,” said Stefan Koerzell, a senior official at the German Trade Union Confederation, which supports the referendum. The growing crisis is a “wake-up call” for politicians, he said at a press conference in Berlin.

And since a flood of supply isn't happening any time soon, the schism between renters and property owners is only set to grow, potentially with dire consequences:  on a panel with the Deutsche Wohnen CEO, Rouzbeh Taheri - one of the leaders of the referendum campaign - said he and other activists were treated like “pesky mosquitoes” by the property company. As public backing grows, he had a warning: “Try spending a night with a thousand mosquitoes and see what happens.”


          EU: Sopesa Trump plan para enviar a migrantes a ciudades santuario      Comment   Translate Page      
El presidente Donald Trump quiere explorar una propuesta rechazada dos veces para enviar migrantes a ciudades santuario, informó el domingo la Casa Blanca, aunque no sea la solución preferida para arreglar el sistema migratorio.

La secretaria de prensa de la Casa Blanca, Sarah Sanders, dijo que es una de muchas opciones sobre la mesa. La administración Trump está lidiando con un influjo masivo de centroamericanos que cruzan la frontera y que han llevado al sistema de inmigración a un punto del colapso.

Las leyes dificultan el regreso rápido de los migrantes, y muchos pasan años en Estados Unidos esperando que se atiendan sus casos. Otros solicitan asilo y esperan mucho tiempo, pero mientras viven y trabajan en el país como querían.

Las ciudades santuario, como Nueva York y San Francisco, son aquellas que prohíben a las autoridades locales cooperar con los agentes federales de migración, a menudo rehusándose a mantener retenidos a migrantes.

Sanders dijo que la idea sería repartir la cantidad de migrantes para que el peso no caiga únicamente en “una o dos comunidades fronterizas”.

“Al presidente le gusta la idea y los demócratas han dicho que quieren que estas personas entren en sus comunidades, así que veamos si funciona y todos obtendrán una victoria”, dijo Sanders. “Una vez más, esta no es la situación ideal”.


Trump tuiteó el sábado por la noche que Estados Unidos tiene el “derecho legal absoluto de transferir a inmigrantes ilegales a Ciudades Santuarios”.

Personas que están al tanto de las discusiones dicen que el plan ya se rechazó dos veces, primero en noviembre y nuevamente en febrero, porque funcionarios de Seguridad Nacional dijeron que costaría mucho tiempo y dinero.

Las personas no estaban autorizadas a informar públicamente y hablaron con The Associated Press bajo condición de anonimato.

El plan podría hacer más difícil para las autoridades del Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) arrestar a las personas que enfrentan la deportación, ya que las llamadas ciudades santuario no cooperan con el ICE.

Sanders hizo los comentarios el domingo en “This Week” y “Fox News Sunday” de ABC.
          US serviceman kills woman, himself in Japan: foreign ministry      Comment   Translate Page      
A U.S. service member fatally stabbed a Japanese woman in Okinawa on Saturday before killing himself, according to Japan's foreign ministry.The Associated Press reported that the deaths of a U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a Marine unit and a resident...
          Game Of Thrones Theories: 7 Of The Most Interesting Predictions – And How Likely They Actually Are      Comment   Translate Page      

For two years, Game Of Thrones fans have been being trying to guess what will happen in the eighth and final series. 

This has resulted in plenty of theories – some more likely than others. 

Ahead of the first new episode, we’re breaking down seven of the most intriguing, and which ones have a strong chance of being right... 

1. Littlefinger is still alive 

We know it’s wrong to wish ill on people, but this is Game Of Thrones and some of them deserve it.

After seven seasons of scheming and plotting murders, Lord Petyr Baelish met a grisly end in the series seven finale, when Arya Stark slit his throat. 

“That’s that,” you might think. Sadly, this may not be the case.

Getting your head around this one involves casting your mind all the way back to series four, but thankfully, YouTube user Neo has broken it down: 

Thank you, Neo. 

Likelihood? It would be incredibly clever for bosses to have planted the seeds for this so long ago. And so much so, that we’d actually forgive them for bringing him back.

2. Daenerys Targaryen will be pregnant with Jon Snow’s baby 

In the last couple of episodes, the Mother of Dragons mentioned that she can’t have kids on a number of occasions.

So many times in fact, that it seemed a little too obvious – the writers clearly want to make sure we know she believes is. Is this the set-up for a not-so-shocking shock pregnancy? 

Likelihood? Erm... maybe? The writers made such a point of Daenerys’ inability to conceive that there has to be more to it. 

If she is pregnant, it could spell the end for her though as Targaryen children have often killed their mothers previously (with Jon and Dany both doing so themselves). 

3. Cersei is faking her pregnancy

Then there’s the Queen (for now), who claimed to be expecting another child with brother, Jaime, at the end of series seven.

Cersei made sure Tyrion knew – and indeed, this was the first anyone heard – before he returned to Team Daenerys, probably certain he’d pass the information on. This could potentially rattle Daenerys, who currently believes herself unable to produce an heir. 

Cersei then told Jaime, while trying to gain leverage. It was convenient, to say the least. 

Likelihood? The latest trailer didn’t help solve this, as there were no shots of a visibly pregnant Cersei. Faking a pregnancy would be very her as well, we’ll say that much. 

4. And that she’ll die at the hands of Jaime

Having clung on through numerous onslaughts on the Lannisters, and outliving all of her children (apart from one, maybe, but we’ll get to that) Cersei’s time could soon be up. 

According to fans and bookies alike, she’s likely to die at some point before the closing credits roll on series eight. But when? And how?

Let’s talk about the ‘Valanqor’ theory, and try to keep this as clear as possible.

A previous flashback scene showed a young Cersei visiting a fortune teller, who correctly predicted events including her children becoming kings and all being killed. 

As Cersei was leaving, the oracle added: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

This line has been agonised over endlessly as “valonqar” means “little brother” in High Valyrian – and Jaime, born two minutes after Cersei, is technically younger. 

Cersei does, of course, have two brothers and not one, but given the closeness and toxicity between the twins, it would round both her story and his redemption arc off well if he killed the queen.

Likelihood? We reckon this will happen. 

5. The Dead Ned Theory 

This one has been kicking around for a while and following the release of the series eight trailer, plenty of fans were fussing over it again.

The first scenes of the trailer show assassin Arya Stark running through the crypts at Winterfell and given that she’s been trained to be completely fearless, everyone is wondering why she’s so terrified. 

After brightening up the very dark trailer, some Redditors appear to have found that two men are behind her. Could they be Ned Stark and the undead Kings of Winter, awoken from their crypts?

Could it be that they had awoken from their graves? As our HuffPost US colleagues have pointed out: “Why else would there be catacombs full of the corpses of lords and ladies if not for an epic reason?”

Read their detailed breakdown of this line of thinking here

Likelihood? It’s a slight leap when there are plenty of living men who could be chasing Arya. But whatever it is, we’re terrified that she’s terrified. This is not going to end well. 

6. And the Lady Stoneheart Theory 

Never mind Ned – in the books, it’s his wife, Catelyn Stark, who rises from the dead. 

If you’re planning to read them at some point then we should warn you that a spoiler is coming, OK? Right...

In George RR Martin’s novel, a zombified version of Catelyn, called Lady Stoneheart, rises from the dead and seeks revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding.

Now Arya did spend a lot of season seven getting revenge on them, but back at Winterfell, as she spoke to Brienne of Tarth about her oath to protect the Stark daughters, a mysterious figure could be seen in the background:

See? In the door way. It’s creepy, to say the least. 

Likelihood? This feels like a bit of reach, especially as Arya has pretty much had the whole revenge thing covered. 

That hasn’t stopped one of the show’s stars from backing the theory though. 

7. Bran is the Night King 

This theory first began gaining serious attention while series seven was still airing and dates back even further than that. 

Thanks to Bran’s complex ability to time travel and alter the past, it’s all a bit weird but basically people think Bran could accidentally become the Night King during a trip back in time.

The two of them are often wearing similar outfits and have similar abilities too, with HuffPost US pointing out that the Night King can see Bran while he’s in visions.

Then in the series finale, the White Walkers could be seen making their way through Westeros, having broken down the wall with the help of their brand-new dragon. 

Redditor sannybop points out that it formation of the Army Of the Dead is very similar to the Stark direwolf symbol. Could this mean there’s some sort of link between the Starks and the White Walkers? And could that link be Bran? 

Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran, doesn’t think so.

Claiming it “seems a little bit far-fetched”, he previously told HuffPost: “Then again, I’d have said the Hodor theory was unbelievable had I just read it on an internet forum, but I’ve seen when people put pictures of me and the Night King together [and say,] ‘Yeah, that’s confirmed! They look identical! They look exactly the same!’ 

“Do I really look like some ancient evil ice zombie?”

Likelihood? Our gut instinct is that some sort of Bran-related reveal is clearly coming but ultimately, we agree with Isaac – this does seem a little far fetched. 

With the discovery that Bran could time travel and perhaps influence the past in season six, fans pointed out that it’s possible he could eventually become the Night King, maybe by accident in the past. 

Evidence includes similar-looking outfits worn by both Bran and the Night King, as well as some thinking the pair have similar abilities ― with the Night King being able to notice Bran while he’s in visions and possibly using his all-seeing powers to pre-plan the wight attack at the frozen lake in season seven, episode six.


          GLT Earns 7 Awards From Associated Press      Comment   Translate Page      
The Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association has honored GLT for journalistic excellence with seven awards, including individual staff honors and stationwide recognition for Outstanding News Operation.
          “Hostile… Aggressive” Migrants Breach Mexico’s Southern Border, Join Caravan      Comment   Translate Page      
Just in case you were worried that we might run out of illegal aliens that the President could ship to sanctuary cities, fear not. The next caravan from Honduras and Guatemala is on the move in southern Mexico and the number of travelers is increasing. They just received hundreds of additional recruits when a mob of significant size broke through the fences at one border crossing, overwhelming police in the area and moving to join the caravan heading north. Rather than peaceful asylum seekers, authorities described them as being hostile and aggressive. (Associated Press) Mexican authorities said a group...
          Long shadow of Toys “R” Us closure boosts competitors, leaves toymakers reeling      Comment   Translate Page      
Toymakers are struggling to stay afloat in a world without Toys “R” Us. Mattel saw its annual sales fall by 8 percent last year, according to The Associated Press. Hasbro had a 12 percent drop in sales, as the sudden absence of Toys “R” Us stores made it harder to find shelves for their products. Competing retailers like Target, Walmart and Party City all expanded their toy offerings since last spring, when Toys “R” Us ... [more]
          США пожаловались на невозможность предугадать шаги России      Comment   Translate Page      
Запад не способен просчитывать действия России так точно, как этот делалось во времена холодной войны, заявил главнокомандующий Объединенными вооруженными силами (ОВС) НАТО в Европе американский генерал Кертис Скапаротти.

В интервью Associated Press Скапаротти отметил, что США и Советский Союз понимали сигналы друг друга во времена холодной войны. «Я обеспокоен тем, что мы теперь не знаем их (россиян – прим. ВЗГЛЯД) так же хорошо», – приводит его слова ТАСС.

Контакты с потенциальным противником, по его мнению, являются «очень важной частью сдерживания».

«Поэтому я считаю, что нам следовало бы более плотно общаться с Россией. Это обеспечило бы взаимопонимание и осознание того, почему мы делаем то, что делаем», – заключил Скапаротти, уточнив, что для достижения заявленной им цели необязательно чрезмерно интенсифицировать контакты с Москвой.

В апреле бывшие высшие чиновники США написали статью, в которой рассказали о том, как не допустить ядерного конфликта Америки и России, а также повысить уровень безопасности.


          Nation’s Only All-Male Historically Black College to Start Enrolling Transgender Students Born Female      Comment   Translate Page      
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The nation’s only all-male historically black college announced a new transgender policy after its board of trustees approved it on Saturday. Morehouse College in Atlanta will begin accepting transgender men next year, college leaders told The Associated Press. "I think Morehouse having...
          Powerful Storms Continue to Move Across South      Comment   Translate Page      
Powerful, deadly storms continue to move across the South on Sunday after producing suspected tornadoes and damaging several homes. National Weather Service meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, moving into Alabama. Multiple people were injured and several homes were damaged in Hamilton, Mississippi, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. A tornado was reported in the area 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Memphis, Tennessee, at the time. At least one mobile home was destroyed, throwing a man from the mobile home. No fatalities were reported. The roof of a hotel in New Albany, Mississippi, was damaged, although the cause was unclear. Mississippi State University's 21,000 students huddled in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school's campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family's car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. The large storm system also knocked out power to thousands and caused some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small Central Texas city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. The weather service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. Meteorologist Monique Sellers said they've received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower. Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.
          IDEMIA Launches Enhanced Security Smart Cards Resistant to Quantum Computers - Associated Press      Comment   Translate Page      
IDEMIA Launches Enhanced Security Smart Cards Resistant to Quantum Computers  Associated Press

Press release *content* from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.


          Adam Silver ponders big changes to NBA, from midseason tournaments to shorter games      Comment   Translate Page      
NBA commissioner Adam Silver discussed a wide range of ideas to change the league's format during a news conference Friday covered by the Associated Press, entertaining the possibility of midseason tournaments and changes to how much basketball is played under the league's logo. Silver, who has discussed ideas like this before, openly admitted that the NBA's regular season could be losing its luster. Via the AP: ''The format we have in place now - I'm a traditionalist on one hand, but on the other hand it's 50 years old or so, presenting an 82-game season, and there's nothing magical about it,'' Silver said.
          Comment on New York Times Suggests “Terrorist” Label for Israel by felix1999      Comment   Translate Page      
<b>Off topic - The media oozes with bias and lies. Another unprovoked attack on a 5 year old white boy by a black male. The boy has life threatening injuries and may die. Look how Roto-Rooter (Reuters) reports this news story:</b> <b>Reuters Propaganda Headline: “Man Arrested After Boy Falls from Balcony”?…</b>. Posted on April 13, 2019 by sundance This is infuriating…. Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda (BLACK) is charged with attempted homicide after throwing a random five-year-old (WHITE) boy from the third level of the Mall of America. <b>The Minnesota Mall of America is well known for danger and violence due to its proximity to a large Muslim population near Minneapolis.</b> That's Omar's district. However, it is not politically correct to talk about it openly…. thus Reuters pulls out the cultural Marxist headline transcriber. <b> How does Reuters present the story:</b> https://theconservativetreehouse.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/reuters-propaganda-3.jpg https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/04/13/reuters-propaganda-headline-man-arrested-after-boy-falls-from-balcony/#more-162496 <b>‘A monster did this... Landen is fighting to stay with us every second’: Wellwishers donate $315,000 in hours for five-year-old boy who was critically injured after being thrown off third floor balcony at Mall of America by a stranger. Landen Hoffmann is the five-year-old boy who suffered life-threatening injuries after he was thrown from a third-floor balcony in the Mall of America </b> Landen's cousin, April Hoffmann, asked people to pray for him on her Instagram page on Saturday Wellwishers have donated more than $310,000 on a GoFundMe page * Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was arrested Friday at the mall in Bloomington, Minnesota * He has been charged with attempted homicide and is currently being held at the Bloomington Police Department * Witnesses say he either pushed or threw Landen from a third-floor balcony * Officers gave the child first aid along with witnesses, the local police chief said * Witnesses say a woman at the mall was screaming hysterically after the child was thrown * 'Oh my God, my baby, someone threw him over the edge,' she was heard yelling By ARIEL ZILBER and ROD ARDEHALI FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS PUBLISHED: 00:35 EDT, 14 April 2019 <b>Naturally at the Daily Mail - " The comments below have been moderated in advance." Censorship to avoid truthful comments. At least this time there was some honestly in their reporting. </b> <b>Landen Hoffmann is the five-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-floor balcony at Minnesota's Mall of America on Friday</b> https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/04/14/03/12246884-6920195-image-m-2_1555210454715.jpg <b>Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda was arrested Friday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has a history of violence, police problems and at one point banned from the mall.</b> https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/04/14/05/12212650-6920195-Emmanuel_Deshawn_Aranda_was_arrested_Friday_at_the_Mall_of_Ameri-m-14_1555216374681.jpg <b>View from the third floor of Mall of America in Minnesota</b> https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/04/12/19/12204698-6916735-image-a-19_1555093080920.jpg
          I socialdemocratici vincono le elezioni in Finlandia. L'estrema destra (alleata di Salvini) frena: è terzo partito      Comment   Translate Page      
Il partito socialdemocratico è in testa nelle legislative in Finlandia, davanti ai conservatori e all'estrema destra, secondo risultati parziali. Guidato dall'ex ministro delle Finanze Antti Rinne, il partito socialdemocratico otterrebbe il 19,1% dei voti, mentre il populista ed euroscettico Veri finlandesi il 15,1% e il partito della coalizione nazionale il 17,2%.

Il partito socialdemocratico ottiene la maggioranza relativa alle elezioni parlamentari in Finlandia, dopo circa il 35% di schede scrutinate. Sotto le aspettative i populisti di estrema destra dei 'Veri Finlandesi', che si piazzano soltanto quarti con circa il 15%. I sondaggi li davano come seconda forza nel nuovo parlamento.


          Brasil: Hongo daña césped de estadio a meses de la Copa América      Comment   Translate Page      
A dos meses del comienzo de la Copa América en Brasil, un hongo ha dañado el césped en un estadio que albergará tres partidos relevantes.

El problema en la Arena Corinthians de Sao Paulo se deriva de una competición de camiones con ruedas gigantescas que se realizó aquí en diciembre, comentaron ejecutivos del inmueble.

Una lona de plástico colocada sobre el pasto durante ese evento generó condiciones de humedad que lo afectaron.

Desde enero, jugadores y técnicos se han quejado de que hay demasiada arena y de que el césped está dañado en el estadio, con capacidad para 40.000 espectadores, que albergó el partido inaugural de la Copa del Mundo de 2014. Funcionarios han prometido reemplazar la superficie a tiempo para la Copa América.

Andrés Sánchez, presidente de Corinthians, dijo que el estadio cerrará sus puertas después del 21 de abril, cuando se dispute la final del campeonato paulista. La colocación del nuevo pasto llevará un mes, y el Corinthians no jugará ahí sino hasta que haya concluido la Copa América, dijo Sánchez.

“No estamos cerrando por la Copa América, sino por el Corinthians”, dijo Sánchez a un grupo de periodistas. “Desafortunadamente, después de que vinieron los camiones esto empeoró, y no pudimos recuperar la cancha. Debimos haber dejado de jugar ahí en el comienzo del año. Cometimos un error y ahora haremos lo que sea necesario”.


Los organizadores del espectáculo de camiones no respondieron a una petición de declaraciones que les envió The Associated Press.

La Arena Corinthians será sede del encuentro de la fase de grupos del 22 de junio, entre Brasil y Perú, seguido por un duelo de cuartos de final en el que bien podría aparecer la Argentina de Lionel Messi seis días después. El último encuentro en el recinto será el 6 de julio, para definir el tercer puesto.

Los organizadores de la Copa América consideran que la decisión de Corinthians no tendrá un impacto sobre el certamen, y monitorearán la colocación del césped. Pero deberían estar preocupados, a juzgar por algunos antecedentes.

Antes del Mundial de 2014, hubo varios retrasos y dificultades en los preparativos, incluido un accidente que mató a dos trabajadores. Y el inmueble no quedó concluido para el partido inaugural entre Brasil y Croacia.

No se esperaba usar la Arena Corinthians durante la Copa América. El estadio del Palmeiras, Allianz Parque, fue elegido originalmente para albergar los tres partidos, pero un desacuerdo entre organizadores del torneo y operadores de ese estadio llevó a que la Conmebol anunciara el cambio en noviembre.

El Maracaná de Río de Janeiro, donde se jugará la final del 7 de julio, ha pasado también por varios problemas.

Sede histórica de dos finales mundialistas, el estadio está en medio de una batalla legal entre la compañía que lo operaba hasta fechas recientes, el gobierno de Río de Janeiro y los clubes locales Flamengo, Fluminense y Vasco da Gama.

Wilson Witzel, gobernador de Río, canceló el acuerdo con los operadores, encabezados por la cuestionada constructora Odebrecht, y ofreció un nuevo convenio a Flamengo y Fluminense para el recinto con capacidad de 87 mil aficionados.

Los operadores anteriores han advertido con acciones legales.

Ejecutivos de Vasco se han negado a pagar al Maracaná bajo el nuevo acuerdo, que llevaría también a decisiones judiciales impredecibles.

El anfitrión Brasil enfrentará a Bolivia para inaugurar el torneo el 14 de junio, en el Morumbí de Sao Paulo.

Habrá también cotejos en el Mineirão de Belo Horizonte, la Arena do Gremio en Porto Alegre y la Fonte Nova de Salvador. No se debió edificar ningún nuevo estadio para el torneo.
          Bolsonaro to Auction Offshore Oil Fields in the Northeast Despite Warnings From Environmentalists      Comment   Translate Page      

By Peter Prengaman And Mauricio Savarese, The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro plans to auction seven offshore oil fields in the northeast despite contrary advice from analysts of Brazil’s main environmental body, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Environmentalists say it’s the latest example of […]

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