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Posted by: | Posted on: October 20, 2020

Democrats should just give Trump his border wall

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionSomeone, somewhere, somehow is going to have to give President Donald Trump a piece of wall to stand in front of.It might as well be the Democratic congressional leaders Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The wall is not a good idea; it’s a colossal boondoggle in the making.That’s why many Republicans as well as Democrats oppose the president’s signature initiative.Walls are ill-suited to much of the geography of the U.S.-Mexico border, and much of that geography happens to be owned by private citizens who do not want a 30-foot eyesore destroying their property.Engineering problems will probably prove less daunting than the legal sort.Both pale before another ingenious threat: ladders.Practicalities sometimes get tossed aside in the immigration debate, mostly because immigration policy is forged by joining two irreconcilable ambitions.On one side is the drive for human freedom for people who illegally crossed the border to build better lives and join the fabric of America. Given those facts, a piece of wall is a small concession that Democrats (and border-state Republicans, most of whom also oppose the idea) should make.A wall is a symbol to Trump voters and a promise he desperately wants to fulfill.It’s a symbol Democrats can exploit, as well, reassuring swing voters that they are not the party of “open borders.”Sure, it’s a waste.But a brief, discrete stretch of tremendous, Trumpian edifice may be the incongruous price of human freedom. Francis Wilkinson writes editorials on politics and U.S. domestic policy for Bloomberg View.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census And even if they did, it’s far from fool-proof.Many employers, regardless of industry, cut corners. (Ask Trump.)One way or another, billions of dollars will be spent on security to ransom Dreamers, and eventually others, and much of that spending will be sub-optimal.For example, the doubling of the Border Patrol since 2004, and the deployment of sophisticated surveillance technology, has unquestionably made it harder to cross the border illegally.However, the nature of the crossings has changed as well.Many more immigrants are fleeing violence in Central America and are happy to turn themselves in to U.S. agents once they cross.Drones, surveillance towers and increased personnel merely facilitate the meet and greet.center_img Meanwhile, the militarization of the border has led to the professionalization of sneaking across it.Immigrants now pay increasingly high fees to cartels to secure passage.Enriching those cartels was not exactly the desired outcome.Other expenditures would surely be more cost-effective.The Border Patrol could make good use of paved roads and better technology.But spending money wisely on proven deterrents won’t fulfill the requirements of a political deal: Immigration conservatives must get something expensive and concrete in exchange for freeing Dreamers, even if that something turns out to be wasteful and largely symbolic.Indeed, the Trump administration has already proposed cutting useful programs to fund the symbolically satisfying sort. On the other is a fierce determination to prevent people from crossing the border illegally, period.There is no way to make sense of these contrasting visions except by compromise that fulfills neither.Thus, the price of freedom for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including Dreamers brought here as children, can only be some form of increased security.Conservatives in Congress cannot face their voters if they agree to legalization, let alone citizenship, for all 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. without being assured that the process will not repeat itself in another few decades.A brief review of American history and a survey of its lengthy borders, staggeringly vast coastline, thousands of airports and magnetic attraction to strivers suggests that this may be an elusive goal.  The only genuine security against illegal immigration is a system, such as E-Verify, to prevent undocumented immigrants from gaining employment.Many industries, including agriculture, construction and food processing, are not eager to adopt E-Verify.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

COVID-19: Jakarta extends PSBB through Ramadan

first_imgAnyone found violating the PSBB measures, such as individuals participating in public gatherings and offices of nonessential companies remaining open, will be punished to educate the public, Anies went on to say.Under the PSBB regulations, all workplaces, except those in essential sectors such as the financial, fuel, food, medicine, retail, water, communications and logistic sectors, must remain closed and implement work-from-home policies.Nonessential workplaces found operating during the PSBB period will be sealed up, while their business licenses will be revoked if they continue to violate the restrictions.“The provincial administration and the Industry Ministry are reviewing the businesses that previously received permits to continue operating during the PSBB period. If we find that they are not in an essential sector, [the administration] will ask the ministry to review their permits,” Anies said.Read also: Indonesia to evaluate partial lockdown as companies, factories continue business as usualThe Jakarta administration will continue to distribute social aid to around eligible 1.2 million families including packages of staple food, cloth masks and soap worth around Rp 150,000 (US$9.63).Anies added that the administration would update its data on the social aid beneficiaries, as many people were continuing to lose their jobs due to the crisis. The updated data and distribution map will be able to the public at corona.jakarta.go.id.Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, had recorded 3,383 cases with 301 fatalities and 322 recoveries as of Wednesday. Nationwide, 7,418 cases have been recorded with 635 fatalities.While the number of confirmed cases is continuing to increase, Anies said fewer bodies had been buried according to COVID-19 protocol following the implementation of PSBB measures. The Jakarta administration announced on Wednesday that the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will be extended until May 22 as the COVID-19 outbreak has yet to subside.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan made the decision to extend the restrictions – initially slated to end Thursday – for another 28 days after consulting with health experts and the Jakarta Health Agency.“The key to implementing PSBB measures is for all parties to be disciplined,” Anies said during a press briefing at City Hall on Wednesday. Topics :center_img “If we are disciplined, stay at home and reduce our activities outside, Insya Allah [God willing] this outbreak will be overcome soon.”The governor also urged Muslims to conduct religious rituals during Ramadan, such as tarawih (evening prayers), at home with their families rather than in congregations. He also urged Jakartans not not to participate in the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in compliance with the government’s recent ban.Read also: Coronavirus outbreak may end in June with ‘mudik’ ban: IDIThis year, Ramadan will last from Friday until May 24.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

Ready-built home makes choice easy

first_img MORE: Brisbane suburbs to watch in 2019 The bathroom at one of Plantation Homes’ newest projects.“Undercover alfresco areas have been designed to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining zone, perfect for balmy Queensland evenings,” Mr Van Haren said.He said Westwood’s location made it attractive as an affordable option for buyers.“We are excited to have launched the next platform for the ready-built program by Plantation Homes,” he said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: While most greenfield developments sell either land or land-and-house packages, Plantation Homes’ Westwood community in Heathwood, near Forest Lake, is simplifying the process by building 26 homes and then selling them ready for their new owners. Plantation Homes has launched its all-new boutique community in Heathwood.The choices when deciding to build are often a headache to navigate, but a development in Brisbane’s southwest offers a solution. Five homes are completed, on offer now and ready to move into, with another 21 homes soon to available.This allows prospective buyers to walk through their future home and make a decision to move in, without the wait.Plantation Homes’ ready-built division general manager Ben Griffiths said it removed the guesswork from buying property.Mr Griffiths said the concept had been rolled out to many Planation Homes sites across the state. “We have our own in-house team of experts, selecting suitable blocks of land for construction in popular land estates across southeast Queensland,” he said. “These homes have been designed specifically to cater to the area, making them ideal for growing families and multi-generational households.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe new masterplanned community was unveiled in August. Each double-storey home has four bedrooms, an airconditioned living area, a double garage and landscaped gardens.Plantation Homes southeast Queensland regional manager Ron Van Haren said the properties were ideal for entertaining guests and for growing families. The kitchen at one of Plantation Homes’ newest projects.“All with the unsurpassed quality and style that Queenslanders have come to expect from a Plantation Home, ready-to-move-in package.” The properties hotter than the heatwave Home builder adds ‘spice’ to new design Plantation Homes was recently named the 2018 HIA Queensland Professional Major Builder, the company’s seventh consecutive win in that category.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

Marine-i Backs ARC Marine Artificial Reef Project

first_imgARC Marine, who have invented a pioneering system for building artificial reefs, have received a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i to enable them to progress to the next stage of their project.Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.ARC Marine’s system for building artificial reefs is called Reef Cubes. This patented invention is a robust and simple interlocking modular system that is said to be ideal for restoring complex marine environments. It has a wide range of applications, but one of its most important roles is to help protect vulnerable fish stocks and other marine species whose habitats are at risk.Tom Birbeck, director of ARC Marine, explains:“Much of our world’s fisheries are now over exploited. Unless the current situation improves, there is a real danger that stocks of all the species that we rely on for food could collapse within 30 years. Our reefs can protect the aquaculture which many of these precious species rely on. These include scallops, crabs, lobsters and shoal fish – all very important commercial species.”Professor Lars Johanning of the University of Exeter, who leads the Marine-i team, says:“ARC Marine have developed an excellent strategy and business plan for their technology. This is a product that has applications around the world and is rich in opportunity. ARC Marine’s Rapid Innovation Grant of £2,000 will enable them to purchase the diving equipment they need to carry out extended mooring and installation trials in preparation for a full commercial launch.”“With the excellent help and support of the Marine-i team, we have ambitions to become the industry leaders in marine eco-engineering and conservation projects, operating from our base at Penryn in Cornwall. In addition to the grant support, we have received outstanding advice and insights from the Marine-i experts and their associates. For a young company like ours, that is simply invaluable,” Tom Birbeck adds.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2020

Alarm at ADHD drug use

first_imgWaikato Times 21 May 2012Prescriptions for drugs to treat hyperactivity have soared in a decade with more than 100,000 Kiwi kids now on medication. That’s a jump from around 60,000 being prescribed such drugs in 2001….The huge rise in numbers has one expert convinced the drug is being over prescribed and kids misdiagnosed because of it. It’s widely agreed that up to 5 per cent of school children are affected by ADHD, but the number of children prescribed the drug last year puts that number at around 12 per cent. That’s a concern to psychologist and behavioural expert Frances Steinberg, who believes shoddy, lazy diagnostic processes are resulting in children labelled with ADHD when they are suffering other problems such as foetal alcohol syndrome, sleep deprivation or anxiety. Dr Steinberg said diagnosing ADHD was a complex process, that required a lot of time to get right. “But it’s a lot easier to write a script and see what happens.” While the drugs might show some positive effect in the short term on those without ADHD, they wouldn’t long-term, leaving the child misdiagnosed and untreated for their real problems. “In the long run we’ll have an entire generation whose needs are not being met.” But developmental paediatrician Andrew Marshall disagreed, saying the increase was down to a better understanding of the condition and the drugs to treat it. While in an “ideal world” a paediatrician would have 10 hours to diagnose a child, that wasn’t realistic “… but you can get it right – most of the time – very efficiently and being efficient and safe is what doctors are good at”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6955902/Alarm-at-ADHD-drug-uselast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Dismissed Grenada journalist to stage protest

first_img Share Tweet 54 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img LocalNews Dismissed Grenada journalist to stage protest by: – March 31, 2012 Share Rawle TitusST GEORGE’S, Grenada — On Monday, local journalist Rawle Titus will be staging what he describes as “a protest moment” in front of the Grenada prime minister’s office from 9:00 am that morning.“I have no choice but to make this public statement because the prime minister’s office to this day refuses to take responsibility for their role in my dismissal from the Grenada Advocate newspaper,” Titus said.“During my protest moment I will be hand delivering a personal letter to the prime minister’s office which I will be making public. The letter will also contain polite but specific request to the prime minister himself,” he added.Titus said he will also be demonstrating publicly how the prime minister’s office is responsible for the economic homicide which it has inflicted on his family.Titus, who is also president of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG), and fellow Grenadian journalists are blaming the government for his dismissal as a senior reporter at an independently weekly, The Grenada Advocate, which is owned and controlled by the proprietors of the Barbados Advocate.MWAG, in a statement issued earlier this week, claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office “pressured” the paper’s owners into firing Titus over a news item that was published on March 9 in the Advocate.“The Media Workers Association of Grenada is calling on the Tillman Thomas administration to match its words with appropriate action in regards to media freedom in the country. We have growing concerns about increasing incidents that will suggest that those guarantees are coming under attack,” MWAG’s statement said.“This latest incident follows a series of other developments we have been monitoring in the past,” said MWAG.“In one instance, an official claiming to call from the Prime Minister’s Office, called a local radio station questioning the reason why one of its announcers were reading on-air, an online blog that was deemed critical of the administration. In another instance, one radio station was also queried about the possibility of dropping a regional radio news service after it aired a series of reports on the Grenada political situation.”The association said its members “take an extremely dim view of any attempt to bring pressure, no matter how subtle, on any media company.”Meanwhile, press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) confirmed that there are strong grounds for suspecting that the dismissal of Titus was the result of direct political pressure by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas and his press secretary. RSF has called on the government of Grenada to provide a frank explanation of a matter liable to endanger media independence.“We understand the alarm expressed by the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) ever since the Grenada Advocate told Titus his contract was being terminated,” RSF said. “The evidence brought to our notice is solid enough to substantiate the claim that there was direct political interference in the functioning of a reputable independent newspaper.“We urge Prime Minister Thomas to disown the pressure that his office brought to bear on the Grenada Advocate’s management and to reiterate the commitment to freedom of information that he expressed when he took office in 2008.”RSF said it also hopes that the Grenada Advocate will reverse its decision to fire Titus.In the 9 March article that apparently prompted his dismissal, Titus reported that the prime minister had selected the ruling National Democratic Congress candidates for the next general elections without bothering to consult with the party’s leaders. Other media have since carried reports that tend to support his claim.The prime minister’s press secretary, Richard Simon, wrote twice to the Grenada Advocate requesting a retraction and apology. It was after receipt of the second letter – of which RSF has been sent the text of key passages – that Titus was told that his contract would end on 31 March.“The MWAG has told us that this is not the first case of its kind. Two radio stations also recently received warnings from the prime minister’s office about their political reporting,” RSF said.Although the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), to which Grenada belongs, achieved a good ranking (25th) in the latest RSF press freedom index, cases of direct political pressure on journalists or their news media are occasionally reported.There has, however, not been a case of this gravity since the Grenada Today weekly had to be liquidated in 2009 as a result of a libel suit by former prime minister Keith Mitchell.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2020

NegOcc guv backs PUV upgrade: ‘I am all for it’

first_img“I think the issue here is really thecause of modernization of the jeeps. I am all for it, for the modernization,”said. Lacson said he backs the government’smodernization bid despite today’s nationwide transport strike against theproject. The Land Transportation Franchisingand Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is tasked to implement the PUV ModernizationProgram (PUVMP) that aims to provide a reliable, safe, adequate, accessible,environment-friendly, efficient, and comfortable public transportationservices. They also claimed that the LTFRB wantsto consolidate the franchises by way of forming corporations, adding that allcooperatives formed will ultimately be abolished and subsumed by thesecorporations. “We are compliant with all thepolicies set by the LTRFB,” she said. (Witha report from PNA/PN) He added though that support is neededto help drivers and operators invest in new jeepney units. Meanwhile, Vallacar Transit Inc.(VTI), the operator of Ceres buses, which provides majority of the bustransport service in Negros Occidental, is not participating in the transportstrike.center_img Jesideth Marquez-Seballos, VTI legaland media relations manager, said the bus company has already completed themodernization of its fleet in 2014. BACOLOD City – Gov.Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental supports the modernization of publicutility vehicles (PUVs). In Negros Occidental, two majortransport groups – Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros Inc. (SSTONE)and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations Inc. (FEBACDA) – will jointoday’s nation-wide strike. Lacson noted that a lot of passengerjeepneys, especially those in Metro Manila, are already old, thus the need tomodernize PUVs. In a statement, both SSTONE andFEBACDA said that drivers and operators are not against the modernizationitself, but the cost of Class 3 vehicles which is P2.4 million per unit.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Harold D. “Sonny” Russell

first_imgHarold D. “Sonny” Russell 77, of Moores Hill passed away Monday June 11, 2018 at Harbourt Terrace in Indianapolis.  Harold was born Friday January 31, 1941, the son of Lawrence and Mildred (Young) Russell.   He was a farmer and worked at the Aurora Utilities.  He enjoyed farming, listening to music at Little Nashville and spending time with his family.Harold is survived by son:  David Russell of Moores Hill; daughter: Kimberly Russell of Indianapolis; brother: Joe Russell of Aurora; 1 Granddaughter: Sara Russell.  He was preceded in death by his parents and the mother of his children, Betty (Giblin) Russell.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 16, 2018 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Charlie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, in Moores Hill. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the South Sparta Community Church or Moores Hill United Methodist Church. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home of Moores Hill is entrusted with arrangements;  16717 Manchester St. Box 156 Moores Hill, IN 47032. (812)744-3280. Go to www.sibbettmoore.com  to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

AFN Shocked By Coach Adu Uruemu’s Death

first_img Promoted Content11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Most Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has learned with shock and sadness the untimely death of veteran athletics coach,Adu Uruemu. “This is a very sad moment for track and field in Nigeria. We are still struggling to get over the passing of coaches Tobias Igwe and John Obeya. Now death has dealt us in the athletics family another blow. Coach Uruemu was more than a coach to his athletes. He was a father and a mentor and very helpful to all athletes. He was an optimist and championed the cause of the development of athletics in Nigeria. Until his death, he was the Secretary-General of Nigerian Athletics Masters,’ said George who recalled that coach Uruemu has produced a lot of Nigerian athletics talents some of whom are already in the United States to further their education and career. ‘Sprinter cum jumper, Ruth Usoro is one of the athletes Uruemu has produced for Nigeria. Ruth is fourth in the Nigerian all-time indoor list for long jump after leaping to a new 6.57m personal best last February. She is also one of the track and field athletes adopted in the adopt-a-talent programme by the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. Coach Uruemu also coached long jumper, Omoshola Omolayo who is also on a track and field scholarship in the USA,’George added.Uruemu, a former sprinter cum quarter-miler also trained sprinters Bamidele Taiwo, David Sule, and Okey Ezuika to national stardom and was behind the success story of Nkem Ezealah,the young athlete who died from a car crash a few years ago. read also:AFN Ordinary Congress Postponed Due To Covid-19The AFN president says the federation will send a condolence message to the family of coach Uruemu and prays that God grants the family the fortitude to bear this great and irreparable loss. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Uruemu, head coach at Arena Athletics Academy died on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Lagos after complaining of a headache. He was aged 54. In a statement made available on Monday, AFN president, Olamide George said that the passage of Uruemu has devastated the athletics family in Nigeria.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Ferdinand put career before country

first_img The 34-year-old Manchester United defender could have answered England manager Roy Hodgson’s call but instead chose to extend his playing career. Ferdinand told the Sunday Sun: “Basically, I could play for another three or four years – or play two or three games for England and be finished in a year. It wasn’t a contest. I couldn’t sacrifice my fitness for the sake of a few more England caps. It would not have been fair on United, it would have been a disservice to the club and to England.” Ferdinand also revealed he considered quitting the game when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. He said: “Sir Alex leaving did make me think: Is it time for me to go too?” Ferdinand also revealed just how much his chronic back injury affected him. “Two or three years ago people were saying I was finished and I remember those dark days,” he added. “I was in a depressive state, I will admit that. “They weren’t easy times and I couldn’t play to the highest standard. You think negative thoughts. I had 18 months of being injured on and off.” Rio Ferdinand has revealed he put career before country when he decided not to play for England again.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more