First Nation leaders say feds Ontario ignoring cannabis jurisdiction

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFirst Nation communities in northern Ontario say Canada and the province are ignoring their jurisdiction as they roll out their cannabis legalization plans.Earlier this summer, Ontario approved eight First Nations to apply for on-reserve cannabis stores.But some communities are going ahead and exploring their own

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Jan. 21.New Fortress Energy – New York, 22 million shares, priced $17-$19, managed by Morgan Stanley/Barclays. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: NFE. Business: Fortress-backed owner of LNG liquefaction and regasification facilities.The Associated Presslast_img

Modi to address rally in Jammu on March 28

first_imgJammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in the outskirts of Jammu city on March 28 in support of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, a senior BJP leader said Monday. Sitting BJP MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jitendra Singh are seeking re-election from the Jammu and the Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the state. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally to be held at Panchayat Doomi, tehsil Bhalwal, in Jammu on March 28,” BJP national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters here. Khanna reviewed the arrangements of the rally at a meeting of party leaders here after inspecting the venue site. BJP state president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders from the state were present in the meeting. The grand start of the BJP’s ‘Vijayrath’ in the region will take place from this rally, Khanna claimed. He told party leaders that people will be visiting in large numbers to listen to their popular leader and hence, adequate security and other arrangements should be ensured in connivance with the local administration.last_img read more

LinkedIn relies more on users than AI to dump bad profiles

first_imgNew Delhi: In February, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer B. Chandrakala found a LinkedIn fake account running in her name. After registering a case under the Information Technology (IT) Act, the police swung into action and got LinkedIn to shut that fake account. Under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an illegal mining case in Uttar Pradesh, Chandrakala was shocked to see the fake account being run on LinkedIn in her name using her photograph and designation and publishing objectionable obscene content. Not just fake accounts, there have been several cases of fraudsters impersonating staffing agencies on the LinkedIn platform and people keeping duplicate or multiple profiles with ease. The goal of such people, according to Bruce Johnston, a famed LinkedIn sales and marketing consultant, is to harvest email addresses from connections, identity theft, phishing, spear phishing and other scams and impersonation. The real game is to identify such problems first-hand — via Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled algorithms which the company has invested heavily in — in order to weed out bad actors quickly and act pro-actively, without waiting for users to flag such content. “As fake profiles can be replaced just as quickly as they are detected and stamped out, this is a real problem,” wrote Johnston in a blog post some time back. Human-centric AI and Machine Learning (ML) is helping — to a great extent — Facebook, Twitter and Google stamp out bad content, terror-related posts, political interference, misinformation, abuse and several other inauthentic behaviours even before users flag them. LinkedIn said that “one of the ways we ensure that accounts are real is by building automated detection systems at scale for detecting and taking action against fake accounts”. “Unfortunately, LinkedIn is the target of bad actors who constantly try to create fake accounts,” the company said in a recent blog-post. The company, however, does not have a satisfactory answer when it comes to identifying a person who is between jobs or has joined at some other place but keeps old or multiple profiles on the platform. “Members come to LinkedIn to connect with their community, learn from each other and access opportunity. The best way to do that is to keep their profile updated, including sharing news and insights,” says the Microsoft-owned platform. LinkedIn gives users the option to flag inappropriate or fake profiles on its platform – profiles that contain profanity, empty profiles with fake names, or profiles that are impersonating public figures. The company told IANS that while there may be multiple reasons why members take more time to update their profiles, it is possible for other members to report inaccurate information. “We take each report very seriously and our team reviews each case individually. If the information is inaccurate, we take action, which can include removing the content,” said a LinkedIn spokesperson. Specifically for fake accounts, said LinkedIn, it investigates suspected violations of our Terms of Service, including the creation of false profiles, and take immediate action when violations are uncovered. “A human element will always be necessary to catch fake accounts that have evaded our models,” said the company. “While we strive to take down fake accounts before they interact with our members, we also get signals from our members who report suspicious activity on the site,” the company added. It, however, appears that LinkedIn at the moment relies more on users than its AI and ML solutions to keep its platform sanitised.last_img read more

Morocco protests expulsion of Syrian refugees by Algeria

first_imgRabat – Morocco has deplored Tuesday the plight of Syrian refugees, including women and children, expelled by Algeria and sent official protests to the authorities of that country, Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement according to MAP.“Moroccan authorities have raised the question of the expulsion of Syrian refugees (as was the case in the past with Sub-Saharan Africans) by the Algerian authorities to Moroccan territory through the eastern borders kingdom,” said a statement from the Interior Ministry.According to the same source, “Just during the period from 26 to 28 January 2014, Algerian authorities turned back 77 Syrian nationals, including 18 women and 43 children [some are less than two months old].” MWN with Agencieslast_img read more

Monk dies from burn injuries

He set himself on fire outside the Kandy temple to protest against cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka. People in the area used water to douse the flames and he was then admitted to hospital in serious condition.Leading Buddhist monks condemned his actions saying it set a bad example. He had earlier staged a walk from Kattaragama to Colombo to protest against cattle slaughter. A private television station which ran a mini documentary on him soon after he set himself on fire and seemed to have known in advance of his attempt also came under harsh criticism. (Colombo Gazette) The monk who set himself on fire outside the Kandy Temple yesterday succumbed to his injuries late this evening.The Buddhist monk set himself on fire outside the Dalada Maligawa Temple demanding an end to cattle slaughter. The monk is a member of the Sihala Ravaya. Identified as the venerable Bohowatte Indararatna thero, the monk was also a one-time member of the JHU. read more

Girl in Singapore finds missing Sri Lankan Tamil father

She says he mother had posted newspaper advertisements in Sri Lanka through a Singaporean lawyer looking for her father from the time he left to the year 2000 but there was no luck.She also published a post on her Facebook which was republished in the Singaporean media recently.“I am searching for my biological Father, Kanagasundaram Somasundaram (Age 60). He left us 27 years ago, My mum (Vimala) and me when I was 1+years old. After a workplace injury that cut off one of his fingertip, he left to Sri Lanka in 1991, since then he has not returned to Singapore. I’m looking for my father so that my mum and ‘I’ have some closure to some of the questions that has been pondering us. My mum is still not married or attached to anyone as she still respect my father as her husband,” the Facebook post read. Durga Keshav had said last week that Kanagasundaram Somasundaram left her family in Singapore and came to Sri Lanka in 1991 but never returned.Keshav said that her father left Singapore following a workplace accident in which one of his fingertips was injured. Somasundaram has two younger siblings, a brother and sister and is a resident of Pandivirichchan near the Madhu Church.“My father was a teacher who taught Arts in Sri Lanka and India before he came to Singapore to work as a carpenter. I have a couple of documents to proof of his birth, village certificate, registry of marriage certificate, special pass entry document. The last information that we knew about him was that in 1994-1995 he had left to either Canada or Australia with his new family (not sure of the authenticity of the info),” Durga Keshav said.Durga Keshav says she was not looking to get anything from her father other than just find him and get closure. (Colombo Gazette) Kanagasundaram Somasundaram was born in Point Pedro, Jaffna and is a Sri Lankan Tamil. “After so much of questioning and getting proofs from them, It is confirmed that my dad is still around. I have spoken to my dad. He still has all the letters that my mum wrote to him and the photographs as well. He also asked if it’s ok to be in contact with him, and If I will even call him back. No plans of meeting him or his family as I don’t want to disturb them. My step siblings have requested to speak to me as they have accepted the truth. However, I would want to  travel to Sri Lanka in the near future to know my roots,” Durga Keshav told the Colombo Gazette. A girl in Singapore has found her father in Sri Lanka after a story appeared on the Colombo Gazette and other websites saying she was looking for him.Durga Keshav said that she has received various messages from her paternal relatives and cousins with regards to her father. She was a one year old when her father left but and Durga Keshav later launched a campaign to locate her father who she believed was either in Sri Lanka or Australia. read more

Beer mugs sold at HomeSense stores recalled

TJX Canada is recalling select glass beer mugs that were handmade in Poland and sold at HomeSense locations across the country. Health Canada says the beer mugs can break if used for hot liquids and result in potential laceration or burn.There has been one report of the glass breaking in Canada, which involved a burn. Roughly 1,525 mugs were sold at HomeSense stores between January 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017. Consumers are advised not to use the glass beer mug for hot liquids or return it to the nearest HomeSense for a refund. read more

Facebook moderators develop PTSD because they are exposed to the worst content on

first_img Show more Moderators have to track the content on FacebookCredit:Diego Azubel /EPA Dr Mary Aiken was speaking at the Hay FestivalCredit: Clara Molden for The Telegraph And she said the company, and other social media giants, were failing in their duty to protect children.”Why can’t we ask more of these companies? Ask more of our political representatives? It’s not just parents who are responsible, there’s a collective responsibility. There’s an expression: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ this is also true in cyberspace.”She added: “It’s not credible for a company that practically knows the colour socks you’re wearing, to not know there’s an eight-year-old on the site. Of course they know there are young people on their site, but we just haven’t forced them to do what we do in the real world. “You cannot buy alcohol at this age, you cannot buy cigarettes. Why have we just allowed the social media companies to do what they want? So it’s up to us as a society to push back.”She says companies are giving parents “false reassurances” by claiming their sites are moderated: “You can’t use human moderation of two billion people, you just can’t.”Facebook declined to comment.  Dr Mary Aiken was speaking at the Hay Festival “When Facebook say that they’re hiring 3,000 moderators, I’d say two things,” she told an audience at the Hay Festival.”You’ve two billion members, one post a day – that’s two billion pieces of data. No good, having 3,000 moderators.”And secondly, I have a major ethical problem with 3,000 young people coming out of college and being exposed to that extreme content and being used as human filters by any commercial entity.”In her work studying the effects of exposure to harmful online content, Dr Aiken said that “we see post traumatic stress disorder, early signs of it, in the content moderators who are looking at extreme content. It’s only a matter of time before we see post-traumatic stress disorder in children who are looking at extreme content.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Facebook The minimum age requirement for holding a Facebook account is 13, but Dr Aiken said much younger children were logging in. Facebook moderators are developing post-traumatic stress disorder because the company is using them as “human filters” for the most horrific content on the internet, according to a leading cyber expert.The social media giant announced this month that it is hiring an extra 3,000 moderators to review terrorist material, child exploitation videos and hate speech.But Dr Mary Aiken, a forensic cyberpsychologist who studies the impact of technology on human behaviour and is academic advisor to the European Cyber Crime Centre at Europol, said the move was highly irresponsible. Moreover, she said, it is a useless number when set against Facebook’s two billion users.last_img read more

Klopp expects more from me at Liverpool this year says Georginio

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that coach Jurgen Klopp expects more involvement from him this seasonWijnaldum was signed by Klopp in the summer of 2016 from Newcastle United and has since become a regular at Anfield after making 94 appearances in all competitions.But the Netherlands international has now disclosed that Klopp is urging him to have a bigger involvement in the team’s general play for the new campaign.He told the club website: “He said that I have to be more involved in games, and that there was too many times that I was not involved and that it was easier to play a bad game.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I was busy with that and last season he was really busy with the No.6 position while my head was in the No.8 position,“But he said that’s also the next step, that you can play in more positions than only one because you have the qualities to play there and you can help the team to do better.”Wijnaldum has played the full 90 minutes in both of Liverpool’s opening games of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.last_img read more

Jayne We can do better — can our elected representatives

first_imgAs the 114th Congress opens up shop, I am struck by one overwhelming thought: We can do better.I know, I know, this doesn’t exactly qualify as prescient political insight. I mean, many Americans would agree that the 113th Congress failed to make, say, the top 110 in terms of effectiveness and in terms of bolstering the national psyche. Yet, while there is common ground to be cultivated in the notion that we can do better, the difficulty comes in vastly different definitions of “better.”All of which is a roundabout way of getting to the point of this missive — 1956. Yes, 1956. You know, the age of Eisenhower and Elvis and post-war prosperity. Not that I actually remember any of it; I’m not quite that old. But 1956 has become a bit of an Internet meme among those who wonder how our political parties evolved into what they are today.You see, 1956 was a presidential election year, with Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower being re-elected over Adlai Stevenson. A presidential election means the parties publish platforms to spell out their most dearly held beliefs, and the Republicans of 1956 appear to have inhabited some alternate universe when compared with Republicans of today.For example, the 1956 GOP platform called for federal assistance to low-income communities; for an extension of the minimum wage; for expansion of unemployment benefits to cover more people; for the strengthening of labor laws so more workers could join a union; for the assurance of equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender; and for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment.As you likely know, many of these planks would cause an aneurysm among today’s true Republican believers. For example, regarding assistance for low-income communities, the 2012 Republican platform stressed that the federal government “has spent billions more on poorly designed and ineffective housing assistance programs.” The 2012 GOP platform, while not directly addressing minimum wage or equal pay, decried “unprecedented uncertainty in the American free enterprise system due to the overreaching policies of the current administration.”last_img read more

Students sing pray for linemen who restored power to their school in

first_imgSONADORA, GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — A school in Puerto Rico has been in the dark for almost half a year. But when the power finally came back on at Amazing Christian School, children and staff were ecstatic to have their electricity back.Most of the island was left without power for months following Hurricane Maria, which made a direct hit back in September. Since then, linemen from across the U.S. have come to Puerto Rico as part of the massive effort to restore electricity.The school posted video of the moment when linemen got the power up and running to their building, with both students and teachers screaming, cheering, and even breaking out in song once the lights came back on.When the linemen themselves came into the school to greet everyone, kids gave them celebrity treatment, offering high fives and singing to them in appreciation.Two members of the staff led the group in prayer, asking God to bless the workers who had come to the island from New York to restore power after Hurricane Maria.Amazing Christian School is located approximately 15 miles south of San Juan. A school representative told Fox 13 they feel lucky to have their lights back on, since many nearby areas are still without power.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Greenspun Acquires Nevada Online Employment Network

first_imgGreenspun Media has acquired Recruiting Nevada, an online network of Nevada area employment Web sites. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Greenspun hopes the acquisition will expand the company’s career opportunities offerings for its numerous Nevada area publications. Home News Community Newspapers, a Greenspun newspaper group, has partnered with Recruiting Nevada for the last two years.Late last month, Greenspun announced folded the print version of Las Vegas Life magazine and moved its content online. The company also announced plans for what it calls a “category crushing” Web portal for the Las Vegas market on Memorial Day weekend. Over the next six months, Greenspun says it plans to hire 30 to 50 online staffers to help operate the portal.last_img read more

Eatala swings into action asks doctors to end strike

first_imgHyderabad: Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday assured the agitating doctors that he would take apprehensions expressed by them in regard to National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrshekar Rao. The Minister, in a meeting with the doctors, urged the latter to resume their duties and not to leave the patients in lurch. Rajender reached out to doctors’ fraternity in the State over the NMC row. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He has been in touch with IMA (Indian Medical Association) Telangana unit office-bearers, who have represented their concerns of the doctors to the authorities. The IMA members appealed to the Telangana government to take a proactive role and muster the support of non-BJP ruled States on the issue and mount pressure on the Centre to make amendments to certain clauses. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Also, the Minister got in touch with members of Telangana Junior Doctors Association, who already on protest path. The junior doctors boycotted duties including emergencies in teaching hospitals like Osmania, Gandhi, Kakatiya (Warangal), RIMS (Adilabad). He had called the doctors for a meeting to request them to withdraw the strike and also take their feedback and inputs on the NMC Bill that got passed in both houses of Parliament a few days ago. According to doctors, the Health Minister assured them that he take their concerns to the notice of the Chief Minister shortly. The doctors, however, decided to continue the strike.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Celerio Bookings Cross 32000 Company to Double its Capacity

first_imgMaruti Suzuki’s much acclaimed hatchback offering Celerio has reportedly garnered more than 32,000 booking in the domestic market since its launch in February. Seeing the increasing demand for Celerio in India, Maruti, the country’s largest car maker is planning to ramp up the production capacity of the car to 10,000 a month, suggested a new report.The company which has discontinued the production of A-Star and Ritz is currently having a production capacity of 17,000 cars a month, to enhance the production of Celerio, reported Economic Times. Maruti has reportedly written to its vendors seeking the practicability of doubling the production of its latest hatchback.Unveiled at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, Celerio is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).The Celerio, which was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now marketed in the domestic market at ₹3.76 lakh. The AMT equipped LXi and VXi variants are now on sale for ₹4.14 lakh and ₹4.43 lakh respectively.Previous reports had said that the company is receiving 1,000 bookings per day, out of which more than 50 percent bookings is for AMT Celerio .Maruti Celerio, an Overview Under the hood, Celerio packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm and is offered in six variants in the country – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission – and claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both versions.The Lxi variant of the car house features like power steering, air conditioning and heater, while the Vxi offers power windows and manually adjustable ORVMs, in addition to the features offered in Lxi. The top variant Zxi comes loaded with a slew of features like fog lamps, height-adjustable driver seat, anti-lock braking system, electrically adjustable ORVMs and ABS. The Celerio is offered in the market in seven paint jobs.last_img read more

Multicity protests denounce Trump immigration policy

first_imgThousands march through downtown Minneapolis Saturday, June 30, 2018, to demonstrate agains the Trump administration`s immigration policiesThey wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What’s next? Concentration Camps?”In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the weekend.Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His “zero tolerance policy” led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.Those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided.A Brazilian mother separated from her 10-year-old son more than a month ago approached the microphone at the Boston rally.”We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen. So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me,” she said through an interpreter, weeping.”Please fight and continue fighting, because we will win,” she said.The crowd erupted.In Portland, Oregon, police ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Some arrests were made.Walden Paige, of Marshalltown, Iowa, center, looks on during a rally to protest the Trump administration`s immigration policies, Saturday, June 30, 2018The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups – Patriot Prayer and antifa – took to the streets. People in the crowd were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs and police used flash bangs to disperse the clashing protesters.In Washington, DC, an estimated 30,000 marchers gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest protest of the day, stretching for hours under a searing sun. Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off.Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical “Hamilton,” sang a lullaby dedicated to parents unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.”It’s upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages,” said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. “Seeing everyone together for this cause, it’s emotional.”Around her, thousands waved signs: “I care,” some read, referencing a jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when travelling to visit child migrants. The back of her jacket said, “I really don’t care, do U?” and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday.”I care!! Do you?” read Joan Culwell’s T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver.”We care!” marchers shouted outside Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration’s “barbaric and inhumane” policy has seemed to transcend political lines.”This is the issue crossing the line for a lot of people,” said Robin Jackson, 51, of Los Angeles, who protested with thousands carrying flags, signs and babies.Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including US Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to “not worry or lose your spirit” and wrote that “the radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police.”He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.In Trump’s hometown of New York City, another massive crowd poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, “Shame!” Drivers honked their horns in support.”It’s important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families – that treat people as less than human, like they’re vermin – are not the way of God, they are not the law of love,” said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.Though seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators packed the rallies, others were new to activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to act after heart-wrenching accounts of families who were torn apart.Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from Maine to Florida to Oregon; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the international bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27. People braved the heat in Chicago and Atlanta to march.Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet.Five people were arrested outside an ICE office in Dallas for blocking a road. At least one arrest was made in Columbus, Ohio, when protesters obstructed a downtown street. Light-rail service temporarily shut down in Minneapolis as thousands of demonstrators got in the way of the tracks. A rally in Portland, Maine, grew so large that police had to shut down part of a major street.But in Dodge City, Kansas, a 100-person rally led by a Catholic church felt more like a mass than a protest.In rural Marshalltown, Iowa, about 125 people gathered for a march organized by Steve Adelmund, a father of two who was inspired after turning on the news on Father’s Day and seeing children being separated from their families and held in cages.”It hit me in the heart. I cried,” he said.”If we can’t come together under the idea of ‘Kids shouldn’t be taken from their parents,’ where are we?” he asked. “We have to speak out now while we can, before we can’t.”Drum beats and horns sounded as thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco.”We came here to let the president know that this is not acceptable,” said San Francisco resident Barry Hooper, who attended with his wife and two daughters.His 7-year-old daughter Liliana clutched a sign she made, saying, “Stop the separation.”Three thousand miles away in Washington, protesters ended their march at the white-columned Justice Department. They stacked their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against its grand wooden doors.”Fight for families,” one sign demanded.last_img

Senate Republicans Offer New Health Bill

first_img Share AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is pursued by members of the media while walking the hallways on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, July 13, 2017. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. plans to roll out the GOP’s revised health care bill, pushing toward a showdown vote next week with opposition within the Republican ranks.The Latest on the Republican push on health care (all times local):11:55 p.m.Senate Republicans are adding billions of dollars to their teetering health care bill, hoping to win support from GOP senators who may be opposing the legislation.According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, a new version of the measure would add $14.5 billion for states.Part of that money is aimed at sparsely populated states. Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday all but closed the door on supporting the bill, while Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is undecided.A table says Arizona would get 14 percent more money than under President Barack Obama’s law, Kentucky 4 percent more and Texas 49 percent more.Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Texas’ Ted Cruz have all expressed opposition to the bill.Democrats say the numbers are misleading.___12:35 p.m.Sen. Ted Cruz says he’s against the Republican bill that would erase much of President Barack Obama’s health law.If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive.Cruz spokesman Phil Novack says the senator said Sunday in Austin, Texas, that “right now, they don’t have my vote.”The bill would lose if three GOP senators vote “no” in a showdown this week.Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kentucky’s Rand Paul say they oppose the bill. GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Sunday it’s “very difficult” to think she’d vote “yes.”Cruz says he doesn’t think Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee supports the measure. A Lee aide did not immediately answer a request for comment.___11:10 a.m.A White House adviser insists the Republican health care bill would protect people with pre-existing conditions.That’s despite the fact the bill would loosen the rules under the Obama health law — by giving states waivers that would let insurers charge more, or tailor benefits to discourage people with costly conditions from signing up.White House legislative director Marc Short says Republicans plan a Senate vote, probably Wednesday, on the latest and last-ditch effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.Short was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and said — four separate times — the bill protects people with pre-existing conditions.___10:25 a.m.Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina still thinks there’s a path forward for a last-ditch effort to end “Obamacare,” even after his friend, Sen. John McCain, said he opposes the bill.Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Graham says Republicans are “moving forward” with a bill he co-sponsored with Illinois Sen. Bill Cassidy to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate and can only afford to lose two votes.Graham mentioned Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul has said he’s a “no” and Collins said on CNN Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to see herself backing the bill.___10:15 a.m.The White House legislative director insists the latest bill to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law is “not dead.”Marc Short acknowledges the last-ditch GOP bill remains short of the needed votes. But Short says the White House is continuing its effort to win over “the last couple senators to get there.”He tells “Fox News Sunday” there might be small bill revisions to “refine the formula” deciding how much money goes to each of the 50 states. The bill would establish block grants to states.Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate and can only lose two votes.Republican Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain have said they would vote no. Sen. Susan Collins on Sunday said she found it “very difficult” to envision backing the bill.___10 a.m.Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he’s unlikely to change his mind on the Republican health care bill in Congress.The president’s hoping Paul and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will swing behind the latest bill to undo “Obamacare” to save the bill in the Senate.Paul says on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the bill wouldn’t actually repeal the Affordable Care Act. That’s because it would replace major parts of the law with block grants for states to design their own programs.Paul says the bill would keep most “Obamacare” spending and reshuffle the money into block grants that would set up “a perpetual food fight” among states over the formula.He suggests he might be open to the bill if it just repeals the Obama health care law with a bill that doesn’t create block grants.___9:26 a.m.Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she finds it “very difficult” to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill that would repeal the Obama health care law.Her likely opposition leaves the Republican drive to fulfill one of the party’s chief campaign promises dangling by a thread.The Maine moderate’s comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” leave her all but certain to join two GOP senators who’ve declared their opposition — Arizona’s John McCain and Kentucky’s Rand Paul.Unless the White House and party leaders can persuade at least one of the three to come around, three GOP “no” votes will be enough to kill the legislation because all Senate Democrats oppose it.The measure would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act and shift money and power to the states.last_img read more

Govt taking all steps to combat spread of dengue assures Hakim

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has taken every possible measure to prevent the spread of dengue and there is no reason to panic, state minister for the department Firhad Hakim said on Friday.Coming down heavily on those who have criticised the Urban Development department for not taking appropriate measures to prevent Dengue, Hakim said: “We have taken up the matter seriously and our aim is to reduce the number of persons afflicted with the disease to zero.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim met all the officials of the municipalities of North 24-Parganas at Writers’ Building to take stock of the situation. He said there was news of unknown fever from some areas. “But no need to panic. The municipalities have intensified their vigil and prompt actions are being taken.” He will meet officials of all the state municipalities on August 14.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked all the civic bodies in the state to take up anti-larvae drives seriously. As the mosquitoes have changed their breeding season, all the civic bodies had began awareness campaigns from January. At the onset of monsoon, the anti-larvae drives have been intensified by them. In North 24-Parganas there are many closed factories and abandoned mills, particularly in areas surrounding Barrackpore where the garbage has not been cleaned and there are broken sheds that hold rain water. The mosquitoes lay egg in clear water and it takes only seven days for the pupae to become adult mosquitoes. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already made a move to enter the houses that have been kept under lock and key for years, in presence of police, to clear the garbage and spray mosquito repellants.last_img read more

Second Playa del Carmen taxi driver killed in 24 hours

first_imgPolice were quick on scene after the reported murder, arresting one male they found carrying a weapon. Less than 24-hours earlier, another Playa del Carmen taxi driver was shot and killed outside the Bali subdivision while sitting inside his unit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A taxi driver from the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union was found shot multiple times in a Playa del Carmen neighborhood, the second in less than 24 hours. center_img The taxi driver was gunned down while inside his unit on Avenue 130 and Calle 20 in Colonia Ejido.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday May 31 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .20:28Delays on trains between Stafford and WolverhamptonA Network Rail spokesman said:A fault with the signalling system between Stafford and Wolverhampton is causing delays of up to 60 minutes to journeys between these stations.This is expected until the end of the day .”20:20Yellow Weather Warnings for rain in force for Stoke-on-Trent until Friday nightMet Office weather warnings are in force in the region until 10pm on Friday night. More here.19:30One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6One lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. The vehicle has broken down just after J18. 18:47Three lanes closed on M6 northbound at junction 20A Highways England spokesman said:#M6 northbound J20-J21 #ThelwallViaduct. 3 lanes closed due to a collision and stranded vehicle in the middle of the road. Police have just arrived on scene. “17:39Accident reported in BurslemReports of accident on Sandbach Road between B5050 North Road and Sneyd Hill / Hot Lane / Nevada Lane. (Image: Inrix)17:30Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions between A5007 Church Street (City Road Interchange) and A52 Shelton Old Road / A5006 Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange). 17:29Queuing traffic on A53Queueing traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).17:14A34 closed overnight due to roadworksThe road will be shut in both directions – with a council now urging motorists to factor delays into their journey. More here.16:47Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Getting reports of a collision and a broken down vehicle between j18 and J16 #M6 southbound. Long delays in the area. Traffic officers en route and we will update as soon as we know more. “16:31Signalling problemDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Stafford and Wolverhampton due to signalling problem. 16:18Slow traffic on A34Very slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road in both directions between The Village (Astbury) and New Road (Brownlow Heath). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in place outside Astbury Meadow Garden Centre.15:44Heavy traffic on M6Heavy traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) was closed until around 15:15. 15:11Hundreds left without power following Stoke-on-Trent power cutMuch of the city centre is reported to have been affected. More here.13:45Broken down car on M6 SouthboundThere’s one lane closed and very slow traffic due to a broken down car on the M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed within the smart motorway works. A caller reported two separate breakdowns between this stretch, however at this time only one has been confirmed. 13:11Man, 18, taken to hospital with serious injuries after car collides with lamppost and treeAn 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries yesterday, as his car collided with a lamppost and a tree.Officers were called to reports of a collision on the A538 Congleton Road, on the outskirts of Congleton, at 6.30pm.The incident, which involved a silver Ford Mondeo Zetec, caused the 18-year-old driver to suffer serious injuries, landing him in hospital.An 18-year-old woman, who was a passenger, was taken to Macclesfield District General Hospital as a precautionary measure.Read the full report here.The accident has taken place on the road near the Plough Inn12:44Police name Stoke-on-Trent man, 26, who died hours after being found covered in bloodGrieving relatives are still waiting to find out exactly what caused the death of a 26-year-old man who was found wandering the streets covered in blood.Police and paramedics treated Joshua Ball after discovering him in Newchapel and he was taken to hospital.But he suffered a cardiac arrest on his way to the Royal Stoke University Hospital and died around five hours later.Now a post-mortem examination has failed to confirm the exact cause of Joshua’s death and further investigations will have to be carried out.Read the full story here. 12:43Man rescued after climbing onto roof to escape from flat fireA man was rescued by firefighters after he climbed onto a roof to escape a fire last night.Crews from Hanley and Longton attended the blaze at a first floor flat on The Parkway, in Hanley, at around 6.25pm.Firefighters used the aerial ladder platform to bring the man to safety, and used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to put out the fire.Read our full report.Emergency services at the scene of the incident (Image: Stoke-on-Trent Live)11:51Crash between lorry and car on A50There’s queuing traffic on the A50, with one lane closed due to a crash involving a lorry and a car involved on the Westbound stretch at A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).Lane one (of two) is closed Westbound up to the roundabout. 11:10What’s on at the Festival in a Factory this year? Here’s the eclectic line-up coming to Emma Bridgewater very soon…One of the highlights of our cultural calendar here in the Potteries, the Festival in a Factory is back for its fifth year – with arguably its most eclectic line-up to date.Also known as the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, the festivities at the Emma Bridgewater Factory will take place from June 7 to 9 this year.Curated by Emma Bridgewater herself, along with husband and designer Matthew Rice, and former Stoke Central MP Tristram Hunt, there will be a range of fascinating author talks, panel discussions, workshops and performances – all across the charming canal-side setting, from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled courtyard.Tickets for all events are £8. Find out what’s lined-up in our round-up here.Prue Leith will be sharing highlights from her memoir Relish (Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire)10:29Broken down lorry on M6 SouthboundOne lane is closed and there’s slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound at J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). Lane one (of three) is closed. 10:04How are the roads looking in Stoke-on-Trent?Barring the resurfacing work and temporary traffic lights on A50 Victoria Road between Philip Street and A52 Leek Road (Joiner’s Square), which are causing some delays, the roads are remarkably clear at the moment.08:43Today’s weather forecastAccording to the Met Office, early fog and low cloud will lift to give some sunny spells through the day. There will be thunderstorms though, with some torrential downpours, and hail and lightning are likely. Maximum temperature 24 °C. 08:27Man taken to hospital after unattended chip pan causes flat fireA man was taken to hospital after a flat fire which broke out in a kitchen late last night.The blaze on Ramsey Road, in Cross Heath, was caused by a chip pan which had been left unattended.Firefighters from Newcastle were called at 10.56pm and were on scene for around 40 minutes.Read the full story here. (Image: Sentinel reader)08:16Fire at nursing home in CheadleWe are aware that there was a fire at The Woodhouse, on Lockwood Road, in Cheadle, at around 8.40pm last night. Fire crews from Longton and Cheadle attended. We will bring you more on this as we get it. 07:40Stoke-on-Trent motorcyclist to appear in court today after driving on closed road at Isle of Man TTA Stoke-on-Trent man is to appear in court today after driving on a road which was closed for the Isle of Man TT.At the end of Tuesday’s practice it was revealed that the 44-year-old motorcyclist overtook the ‘roads open’ car at the 33rd milestone, putting him onto the closed road.You can read the full story here. The road was closed (Image: Copyright Unknown)07:14Good morningWelcome to today’s live blog, where we’ll be bringing you the latest news, weather, travel updates and more. 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