Egyptian Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting His Moroccan Underage Student

Rabat – An Egyptian teacher is accused of sexually assaulting his Moroccan underage student.According to security sources quoted by the Egyptian media, the Moroccan father of the 5-year-old student allegedly assaulted by her Egyptian teacher, had filed a complaint against the said teacher, accusing him of sexually assaulting his daughter.The Moroccan father presented medical reports confirming that his daughter had been subject to a sexual assault perpetrated by her Egyptian teacher. The girl’s refusal to go to school prompted the father to ask about the reason. She then told him about what is being committed against her inside the classroom.The Egyptian teacher, however, denied the accusations, saying that he hugged his Moroccan student as he would do with his own daughter. read more

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Zinedine Zidane Warns Team of Atletico Madrid Menace

Rabat – Real Madrid’s coach, Zinedine Zidane, has issued a warning to his players about the danger Atletico Madrid poses ahead of Tuesday’s play-off match.Real Madrid is set to host their rival, Atletico Madrid, in their first Champions League semi-final game, scheduled to take place at Bernabeu stadium. Zidane told the press that reaching the Champions League semi final round is a great achievement for his club. Real Madrid has beaten Atletico Madrid  before, in the 2014 and 2016 finals. They also defeated them in the 2015 quarterfinal round. Despite these achievements, however, Real Madrid’s coach stated at a pre-match press conference that those results would not prevent their opponents from trying their best in tomorrow’s game.“It was positive for us but this is completely different, another semi-final, and they will do everything to try and get through,” explained Zidane. read more

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Ban welcomes Iraqs accession to treaty outlawing chemical weapons

The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (CWC) is the first multilateral treaty to ban, with international verification, an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. “The Secretary-General in his capacity as Depositary of the Convention congratulates the Republic of Iraq on its decision as it demonstrates its commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “The Secretary-General firmly believes that reaching universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention will significantly promote international peace and security and urges the remaining States not party to take the necessary measures to accede to the Convention as early as possible.”The use of chemical weapons against Iraq’s Kurds in 1988 was one of the major charges brought against ousted president Saddam Hussein. 13 January 2009United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Iraq’s accession today to the international treaty banning chemical weapons, a step bringing the total number of ratifications to 186 States Parties. read more

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In Sri Lanka UN political chief visits camps for displaced

“I saw some efforts under way to make areas suitable for resettlement, both through clearing landmines and rehabilitating schools and economic infrastructure, said B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, who arrived in the country yesterday.“I also met with people in the camps who want to leave and return to their homes, but cannot do so, and are understandably growing impatient and anxious about their future,” he added. In May the Government declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending more than two decades of fighting. There are some 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing in camps in northern Sri Lanka. Mr. Pascoe, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Bhaila, visited Mannar, where he witnessed preparations to construct a water reservoir for resettled communities, and received a briefing and demonstration by the armed forces on progress in clearing mines from the surrounding Mannar Rice Bowl region.The delegation then visited two IDP camps and a rehabilitation centre for former LTTE members in Jaffna, before concluding the field visit at the Manik Farms camp in Vavuniya, the largest of the country’s IDP camps. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern about developments regarding the IDPs, as well as the political process and a possible accountability mechanism for alleged human rights violations committed during the armed conflict. Speaking at his monthly news conference in New York, Mr. Ban said he had discussed these issues with President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Monday, and then dispatched Mr. Pascoe to follow up.“I have asked him to deliver my letter to the President outlining the concerns of the international community and immediately report back to me,” said the Secretary-General, who also reiterated his concern at the continued detention without charge of two UN staff members in Sri Lanka. Mr. Pascoe is expected to conclude the two-day visit tomorrow in Colombo, where he will meet with President Rajapaksa and other Government officials, as well as with opposition and Tamil politicians, members of civil society and UN representatives. 17 September 2009The United Nations political chief travelled today to northern Sri Lanka to get a first-hand look at the situation of displaced civilians living in Government-run camps, and the status of preparations for their resettlement. read more

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Michelin launches new OperTrak mining tyre management system

first_imgMichelin Earthmover has released MICHELIN OperTrak, which it describes as “a comprehensive, easy to use web-based tyre and rim management system designed to monitor tyre activity and optimise budgeting, forecasting, inventory and performance.” OperTrak assists users in gaining the maximum value from their tyre assets, with cited benefits including real time web-based data and information; a comprehensive fleet inspection tool; customisable budgeting and forecasting; multiple user input and retrieval capability; and complete fleet data consolidation. The system is available to end users and key accounts through Michelin representatives and its dealers. “MICHELIN OperTrak is the solution that many fleets have been waiting for,” said Michael Reich, Manager for MICHELIN OperTrak. “Users will have the opportunity to experience the advantages of real time data access and customisable reports whether they are operating an individual site or a multinational corporation.” OperTrak generates easy to read reports for inventory management, budgeting, projected wear, tyre performance, failures and damages and fleet inspections.  Reports can be exported in several formats. OperTrak can consolidate information from multiple company sites and be configured through various organizational levels. The information can be viewed by region, zone, state, site or other criteria to meet user needs. Data within other tyre tracking systems can be transferred at no additional cost, while he software and data are ISO227001 certified.last_img read more

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The Irish star who could help Liverpool make Premier League history

first_imgThe Irish star who could help Liverpool make Premier League history After a difficult season for the club, Shane Duffy chats to The42 about hoping to inspire Brighton to a positive result against Man City today. Image: Gareth Fuller We can’t worry about what other teams are expecting. We just have to go there, focus on ourselves and try to win the game. That’s what we do every game, so it’s just another game for us.”It has not been an easy season for Brighton. It was only last weekend that they were confirmed as mathematically safe from relegation, after Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Cardiff consigned Neil Warnock’s men to Championship football next season.However, Duffy dismisses any suggestions that it will be trickier to motivate themselves for the match now that their Premier League status is secure for another campaign.“Not at all. We’re professionals, we want to win every game we play in.It’s a big game and it’s obviously Man City as well, so it’s more motivation to try to win every game. It’s in front of the home fans too, so it’s [an opportunity] to say bye to them for this season. So it’s one we’re going to take as normal and try to win.”City have already faced Brighton twice this season, with Duffy featuring on both occasions. When the sides met at the Etihad in the Premier League last September, it was a comfortable enough 2-0 win for the hosts, as goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in the 29th and 65th minute respectively saw them over the line.The FA Cup semi-final at Wembley was not quite so straightforward, however. Gabriel Jesus put City ahead after four minutes, and it proved to be the decisive goal. The win was far from convincing though, with the reigning Premier League champions struggling to create clear-cut chances thereafter. Kyle Walker was fortunate to avoid a red card after a VAR review and Aymeric Laporte had to clear a Glenn Murray shot off the line, while the Seagulls were given a standing ovation for their efforts at the final whistle.“They are one of the best I’ve played against,” says Duffy. “We know the challenge. Liverpool have been right up there as well. Both of them probably deserve it but only one of them can win [the title], so it all comes down to the last day — you never know in football. We just have to wait and see.” Duffy will be hoping to prevent Sergio Aguero from adding to his 20 Premier League goals today. Source: Rui VieiraAnd how does he plan on stopping an attack set to feature world-class players such as Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero?“We have meetings and videos. We all know [their strengths]. We’ve played them twice already this season. Hopefully, we still have an idea of what they’re going to be like and we can just try our best to stop their strengths.“We’ve got our own [strengths] we can try to [utilise] and hopefully they’re enough on the day.”It has not been an entirely satisfactory season for Brighton. Even if they beat City, they will finish on 39 points — one fewer than they managed last year. They are also likely to finish 17th — two places below where they came in their only other season in the Premier League.Chris Hughton’s men have won just two league matches this year — back-to-back victories against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace last March. They went on to lose five of their next six top-flight fixtures, but have shown signs of improvement of late, drawing 1-1 away to Arsenal last weekend in a game that effectively ended the Gunners’ top-four hopes.Nevertheless, Duffy says the team have been disappointed with their overall performance in recent months.We’ve got ourselves in a situation that we had to dig ourselves out of. If you don’t get the results, it leads to bad momentum. It can suck you in right away and that’s what happened. We had a disappointing second half of the season, but the main aim at the start of the season was to stay in this league and that’s what we did. “I think you’ve always got room for improvement. We’ve got to strengthen in the summer and the players we signed this year, hopefully the experience of playing in this league [will help them] push on for next season.”On a personal level though, the Irish international says it has been an “okay” campaign, though he remains eager to improve his game next year.Brighton’s defence has been pivotal to their survival. Only two teams, Cardiff and Huddersfield, have scored fewer goals than the 34 they have registered. But only one side in the bottom eight, Newcastle, have a better defensive record than their goals-against tally of 56. Duffy was recently voted the club’s Player of the Season for his efforts, and arguably no one has done more than the centre-back to ensure Brighton will remain in the top flight next season.“I just try to improve every day,” he says. “I’m very lucky that I’m at a place where I’m playing most weeks and I’m playing regularly, so that helps. You learn a lot about yourself playing every week. So it’s just steady progression and hopefully I can keep getting better.” Brighton boss Chris Hughton has been instrumental in helping Duffy to develop as a player. Source: Gareth FullerThe 27-year-old former Foyle Harps youngster has come a long way over the past few years. He appeared five times in the Premier League for Everton during the David Moyes era, but generally found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Goodison. He was consequently sent out on loan to Scunthorpe in League One, and Burnley as well as Yeovil in the Championship. In 2014, he left the Toffees permanently, signing with Blackburn for an undisclosed fee. And after some impressive performances at Ewood Park, he joined the club’s Championship rivals Brighton in 2016, helping them gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season there.“You always question it,” he says of his time playing in England’s lower tiers. “Because you’re dropping down the leagues and you know how difficult it is to get [to the Premier League]. But I’m very lucky to go this club and we’ve just progressed every year since I’ve been here. I’m happy that I’m back [at the top level] and the aim is to stay there for as long as I can.You’ve always got a point to prove every week you go out onto the pitch. You always feel like that and I don’t have anything against Everton. That was the perfect club for me at the time, it was always just very difficult to break through and I wasn’t ready to play there.“I went down a different route learning the game. Hopefully I’m getting better and can keep progressing, that’s the main aim.“[Chris Hughton has] been huge for me. He’s given me the opportunity to come here and play regularly. He’s done a lot for me, on and off the pitch. He helps a lot every day and I’m lucky to have him as a manager.” Duffy believes Irish youngster Aaron Connolly has the potential to go far in the game. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesDuffy is not the only Irishman earning plaudits at Falmer Stadium. Galway native Aaron Connolly was recently named the club’s Young Player of the Season and is also one of three Irish players nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award.The young striker is highly thought of at the club. He has already appeared for the Seagulls in the EFL Cup and recently spent time on loan at Luton. The 19-year-old will be hopeful of advancing to the next level imminently and Duffy believes he has the potential to establish himself in the club’s first team.“He’s got everything in front of him. He’s a big player for us and for the Ireland squad. It’s all about him learning and progressing. Hopefully he can get a chance here. If not, he might have to go and play somewhere and improve. But the main aim for him is to break in here and hopefully he can come on the Ireland scene and score some goals for us. He’s a top lad, a good player and has a good head on his shoulders.”Even after the Man City match, Duffy cannot afford to relax amid the end of the club’s season. Barring injury, he will almost certainly be involved in Ireland’s two Euro 2020 qualifiers next month against Denmark and Gibraltar on 7 and 10 June.We had two good results in our last two games, so everyone’s excited to go back in and get back together. We only had a week or so with [Mick] and it was great. Hopefully he’s got more ideas and we’ve got a couple of weeks together now. It’s one we’re all looking forward to. Two big games and it’d be the perfect start if we can get the two wins.“I’ve a lot of time for Martin O’Neill as well. He gave me one of the best experiences of my career. It was just one of those things where it was a new phase and a new voice [was needed]. And that’s what is, everyone has had a fresh start and everyone is trying to improve, impress and is eager to play for the new manager.”Ending Man City’s title hopes would certainly be ideal preparation, as Duffy prepares to do battle once more with Christian Eriksen and co. Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Paul Fennessy 57 Comments https://the42.ie/4629123 Short URL Subscribe 33,965 Views center_img May 12th 2019, 7:01 AM Shane Duffy was recently named Brighton’s Player of the Season. Image: Gareth Fuller Share10 Tweet Email1 Shane Duffy was recently named Brighton’s Player of the Season. Sunday 12 May 2019, 7:00 AM SHANE DUFFY SPENT nearly six years at Everton as a youngster, so it’s no surprise that he has been getting text messages from their supporters all week.While the Toffees fans would generally wish their former player no ill will, they will be hoping he fails miserably in his task today.Man City face Brighton this afternoon (Sky Sports Main Event, kick-off: 3pm), with Pep Guardiola’s side knowing a win would see them crowned Premier League champions.However, if Duffy and his team-mates can succeed where nearly everyone else has failed and deny City a victory, Liverpool could claim a first title since 1990 and first-ever triumph in the Premier League era by overcoming Wolves.Nevertheless, the Derry native insists he will not be concerned about the fates of other teams this afternoon.“Everyone knows what the occasion is, it’s one we’re looking forward to,” he tells The42. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Commonwealth Law Ministers Will Share Best Practices to Develop Technologies to Improve

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 25, 2017 – Nassau – Commonwealth Law Ministers met in Nassau for four days to discuss law reform for civil and criminal justice, and the application of the technology to achieve objectives.   The conference was held at Baha Mar convention centre, October 16-19, 2017 under the theme “Strengthening the Rule of Law Through Technology.”Commonwealth Secretary General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland (Baroness Scotland), Q.C. told the media in the Closing Press Conference: “We know that our Commonwealth jurisdictions are facing many challenges today.   So, this was a really important moment for us and I thank the Bahamas Government and the Attorney General, the Hon. Carl Bethel, Q.C. for generously hosting us.”She said: “The whole point of this conference was to bring the Law Ministers together to be able to discuss issues of common interest and to produce packages and tools to assist all our Ministers; and I believe we have achieved our aim.”Baroness Scotland described the meeting as having “a wide-ranging agenda” that included currently discussed hot topics such as “the Rule of Law and Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Management, Countering Violent Extremism, International Humanitarian Law, Separation of Powers, Judicial Independence, and Child Early Enforced Marriage.”“Each of these topics has important bearings on the everyday lives and livelihoods of Commonwealth citizens and on their personal welfare and individual dignity.   The outcomes of their discussions, I am confident, will help countries to uphold the Rule of Law and deliver to these citizens a justice system that is fair and efficient and responds to modern challenges,” said Baroness Scotland.“Understanding these challenges, Law Ministers have emphasized and agreed on a number of key points.  With regards to the theme of ‘Strengthening the Rule of Law through Technology’, Ministers looked at technology’s ability to promote efficiency, accuracy, quality of services, and long-term cost effectiveness in many areas including the preparation of legislation, the use of video and teleconference systems in court proceedings, police, and prosecution and court case management systems, e-filing and documentation, legal and digital identity, and more effective communication with and between law enforcement and justice institutions,” she said.She added that the Law Ministers proposed that small and developing countries be supported “through the sharing of best practices and solutions from across the Commonwealth to develop technologies that can improve their justice systems.”The Baroness balanced the Ministers’ conclusions with: “They also looked at the other side of the coin — the challenges technology poses, including threats to privacy and issues of cyber security.   At the meeting, the Commonwealth presented a new secure messaging mobile app, which will be trialed in 2018.   This app will help countries collaborate to tackle cross-border organized crimes and cyber crimes.  The Law Ministers agree, that in order to meet their sustainable development goals, they need sound legal frameworks to develop and improve health, education, employment, financial and other critical services.”She continued, “They discussed how they will work with law reform bodies, national parliaments, the judiciary and law ministries to make their aspirations a reality.  They also turned their attention to the fight against terrorism.   Ministers considered a raft of recommendations, including strategies to review and strengthen legal frameworks and legislation to prevent the grooming and recruitment of foreign terrorists, and to stop them from crossing borders and being funded.”   The Law Ministers agreed to share experiences and put in place measures to address the phenomenon of foreign terrorists, in line with the United Nations Resolution 2178.“They also agreed that non-coercive measures should be adopted, when necessary and/or in combination, with criminal justice approaches that where appropriate, member countries can be able to rehabilitate and reintegrate returning terrorists and stop the recruitment, training and organizing, transporting or equipping of anyone to commit acts of terror,” said Baroness Scotland.“On the issue of countering violent extremism, Ministers agreed that coordinated action and drawing on lessons learned from right across the Commonwealth was essential as a way forward.   They also emphasized that tackling the issue of extremism online was best achieved through cooperative engagement through global communications service providers.   Regarding the implementation of international humanitarian law, Ministers reiterated its importance and committed to consider ways to promote and implement these laws in their countries.”Baroness Scotland added that Law Ministers also discussed Child Early and Forced Marriage and expressed their strong support for its prevention and elimination.“They recognized Child Early and Forced Marriage as one of the barriers to the achievement of sustainable development; the full realization of human rights for women and girls, and the elimination of violence against women and girls,” said The Baroness.“Law Ministers recognized the increasing impact of climate change and natural disasters on our member countries and expressed solidarity with all Commonwealth member countries, effected by natural disasters and extreme weather events in recent months including, and in particular, those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.”Baroness Scotland emphasized that Law Ministers stressed the need for practical and technical assistance, in dealing with the challenges of climate change.“The focus on national implementation of the existing global framework for climate change as contained in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.“Ministers highlighted the importance of effective laws to support the smooth operation of relief efforts during and after natural disasters including the accountability of relief agencies and the import, export and transit of emergency items,” said The Baroness.“We have responded positively to their requests to continue to cooperate with other international organizations including the international federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and the British Red Cross to help countries review and strengthening their legislation.”Baroness Scotland also said, “These are just the highlights of the critical discussions that took place during the course of the meeting.  To assist governments to turn to their aspirations into action, we have offered them some new tools: Our new ‘Legislative Drafting Handbook and Guide to Law Reform’ will help countries to implement effective legislation in a host of areas, including climate change, ending early enforced marriage, and gender equality.   It would particularly be of value for small jurisdictions, facing unlimited challenges to drafting or reforming legislation.”According to Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Legal Exchange is a knowledge portal that will support member countries by providing access to the laws of 52 states.   The website is one of the series of products from the Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform launched by Baroness Scotland in July, and would provide technical assistance and an online platform with best practice guides, model law standards, templates and legal insights on climate change, human rights, and a whole range of other issues, aimed at supporting governments wishing to either advise existing laws or draft new legislation.She concluded the meeting with the press conference adding that the legal exchange website contains the database of statutes and Commonwealth model laws, which have been digitized, categorized, and cross-referenced, making it easier for governments and Law Ministers to access and download.  The site also provides an online community of practice for government lawyers from across the Commonwealth, enabling countries to share information on current law reform initiatives.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption: Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland and Bahamas Attorney General, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel addressed the media, October 19, 2017 on the conclusions of the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) at Baha Mar Convention Center.  (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)last_img read more

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Reds can win the double Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson feels Liverpool have what it takes to complete a Premier League and Champions League double this season.Heading to the tail end of the campaign, the Reds are still in the driving seat to win the title and equally fancy their chances of winning the Champions League.Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s game, Henderson described the clash with Bayern as “the biggest of the season” and promised to carry on with that mentality till the end of the campaign.“If we had to choose, we’d choose both,” he replied when asked which competition he would rather win.“We prioritise game by game, no matter what competition it is, so Tuesday night for us is the biggest game of the season. And then so on and so on.“It’ll be like that until the end of the season, that’s how we approach every game.“That’s what we need to do, it’s not about favouring one competition.“I feel we have a good enough squad to be able to challenge in both competitions as best we can, and hopefully at the end of the season we see we’re champions of at least one, if not both.”Bookmakers fancy Klopp’s men to scale through to the quarter-finals, considering the Bavarians inconsistent form this season.Henderson, though, thinks Bayern should not be written off ahead of the clash.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Daily Mail: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson eyes Premier League and Champions League glory https://t.co/Or8qpeu8Hy #lfc #ynwa pic.twitter.com/wvD11ZCIOs— Liverpool News 365 (@iLiverpoolApp) February 18, 2019“It’ll be very tough,” the England midfielder added via FourFourTwo.“They’re only two points off Dortmund in the domestic league and have been consistent finalists and semi-finalists [in the Champions League].“They’ve got world-class players so we know how difficult it will be but having said that we feel confident in the group that we can go and hurt them.“It’s up to us to show that tomorrow night.“The amount of big games we played last year can only help us.”Up next after Bayern is a big clash away to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.last_img read more

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Firstgraders mostly enjoy green eggs and ham during event to promote reading

first_imgWhy: Celebrating birthday of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.What: Green eggs and ham event.Years of event: 17.First-graders served: 7,000.Number of schools: 48.Number of eggs: 12,000.Read Across AmericaSeuss fun and gamesAbout 120 wiggling first-graders at Harmony Elementary School waited their turn to have tall, striped hats placed on their heads on Wednesday morning. Then the kids and their parents sat down to tuck into a breakfast of green eggs and ham.As they ate, the Cat in the Hat — who bore a striking resemblance to first-grade teacher Alex Schiewe — began reading the classic children’s book “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. He was aided by first-grade teacher Nancy Frank.“I do not eat green eggs and ham.“I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”It was the 17th year Beaches Restaurant & Bar has prepared a green-eggs-and-ham breakfast for first-graders during Read Across America Week. The event celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages parents to be volunteer readers in their children’s classrooms. By week’s end, community volunteers will have served 12,000 green eggs to 7,000 first-graders in Vancouver and Evergreen district schools, said Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches.Each student received a copy of the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” provided by each district’s nonprofit foundation.Published in 1960, the picture book by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, is among the best-selling picture books of all time.“My favorite Dr. Seuss book is ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’” said Sumalita Anuchin, 7, who wore a pink sparkly sweatshirt and a blue and white Cat-in-the-Hat chapeau.last_img read more

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Bungled coverage puts off a biopsy

first_imgScott Sheffield of Camas has been paying the premiums for his health plan since December. But a week ago, Sheffield learned his insurance company has received only two of those payments.As a result, his insurance company, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington, said it won’t be covering any of his services until he’s up-to-date on his premiums. Sheffield enrolled in the plan through the state-based insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, and pays his $420 monthly premiums through the exchange, as well.“I was never notified by the state or LifeWise, but basically, I haven’t had any insurance for months, and I didn’t know it,” Sheffield said.Sheffield appears to be one of the thousands of exchange plan customers impacted by system defects and data issues plaguing the site for the last three months.According to the exchange, the system defects are affecting less than 5 percent of its more than 164,000 customers. The exchange underwent a system update last weekend to address the some of the issues and has developed an internal task force to work on the remaining defects.last_img read more

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Mother of MSD victim takes on new role as School Safety Director

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – The mother of one of the students killed in the Parkland shooting will be appointed to a new leadership role.April Schentrup will be reassigned from her role as Principal of Pembroke Pines Elementary School to Director of School Safety and Security.In her new role, Schentrup will implement new policies and procedures to keep students safe.Schentrup lost her 16-year-old daughter, Carmen, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on Valentine’s day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Cherry Hill Community Revived by New School

first_imgBy Renee Foose, Special to the AFROBaltimore City School No. 159 opened in 1945 following World War II in the Cherry Hill community that was established for returning soldiers.  “At the time, there were two sessions, a morning session from 8-12 and an afternoon session from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.,” said Barbara Singleton, 77, of Glen Burnie.“ I was one of the first students to attend 159, and the school was the heart of our Cherry Hill community,” Singleton told the AFRO.Cherry Hill Elementary alum and current volunteer, Barbara Singleton, holds her certificate from Towson State Teachers’ College, class of ‘63. (Courtesy photo)Singleton is not only started her formal education at Cherry Hill Elementary, but she continues as an intricate part of the process as she now volunteers at the school several times a week.  She attended Cherry Hill and later Dunbar High before enrolling at Towson State Teachers College, now Towson University.  “I was the first Black person at Towson to graduate from the Cherry Hill community” she said. Singleton graduated in 1963 and was one of 13 African American teachers in a graduating class of 368 students.  She then began her teaching career in Baltimore City Schools and retired after several decades.Cherry Hill Principal Tracey Garrett said Singleton “is part of our school. She works with our fourth and sixth grade students, and follows a groups of seventh graders. She helps teachers with whatever they need to make our students successful.” Garrett, who has led the school for 9 years is also an alum of Cherry Hill and is passionate about bringing fellow alumni back to the school to interact with students. “At our end of the year celebration for eighth grade students, Ms. Singleton tells students to be mindful of their choices, and to always do their best so they can have opportunities in life. She also encourages them to remember where they came from and to come back to Cherry Hill,” Garrett said.Despite never having the opportunity to teach at Cherry Hill Elementary, the school remains close to her heart.  Singleton, along with several other original students, are writing a book about their shared experiences and the Cherry Hill community.  “It is important for us to share the memories, pictures, and family values we learned from Cherry Hill.  The effects of education, religion, and community pride are still part of our lives now” she said.Cherry Hill Elementary has had many of the same heating and cooling issues seen in many City schools over the years.  That changed when officials and community members came together last fall to celebrate a renovated and state of the art new school.  Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration opened the renovated school after investing $48 million to modernize the facility to meet the needs of today’s students.  Some of the new features at the school include technology labs, upgraded infrastructure for teaching and learning, laptops for teachers and students along with common learning areas.  The school is designed to be an extension of the community, and a sense of that community lives on in several of the original students from more than seventy years ago.last_img read more

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Dentists wont have to perform the root canals we all fear for

first_imgRoot canals suck. There’s nothing enjoyable about having the nerve and blood vessels scraped out of your tooth’s root. While some dentists will tell you the procedure is no more painful than having a filling, the recovery on a root canal can be excruciating. And if you’re like me, you put them off for as long as you can.Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and the University of Nottingham know this too. So they decided to end the war on cavities and create a biomaterial that not only repairs teeth, but regenerates the dentin that gets destroyed with tooth decay.This could be the end of replacement fillings and root canals as we know it.See, when you go in and get a tooth fixed, the material dentists use to fill a tooth, be it metal or a composite base, damages the tooth. It also breaks down over time and you wind up having to go back and get that filling replaced ten to fifteen years down the line. Sometimes the tooth needs to have a root canal, a deeper filling done, or worse, an extraction and an implant or bridge put in.No matter how much  you brush, or floss, or take care of your teeth – having an old-school or current filling is just going to damage your tooth somewhere down the line.This new synthetic biomaterial works in conjunction with the pulp tissue that is already inside the tooth. It stimulates the stem cells it comes in contact with, and the process of healing and regeneration begins. It’s kind of like getting a new Doctor Who, but with less time travel involved.The research team behind this won second prize in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies competition. With this success, and the award to back the research, the team will help medical and other industries become aware of their findings, and hopefully move this discovery into practical, every day application. This super-tooth material can’t come out soon enough.Of course, the real question on everyone’s mind is how quick someone will bust out a new update to Frozen Dentist Office with this.Clean your teeth on these biomaterial bones.last_img read more

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Entrepreneurcom Goes Mobile

first_imgApril 1, 2011 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We at Entrepreneur.com are here for you. And if you’re an Android and Blackberry user, Entrepreneur.com is now wherever you are. Entrepreneur.com has gone mobile with a free new app.You’ll get a continuous stream of inspiration with answers, insights and news from Entrepreneur.com. And there’s easy social sharing for your fans and tweeps.If you have an iPhone or iPad, you might already have our print magazine apps (but there’s no “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” thing going on).You can download them all here.  Register Now »last_img read more

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Whats Known About the SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident

first_imgDuring a series of engine tests of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft this past Saturday, the vehicle experienced what the company has characterized as an “anomaly.” Based upon an unauthorized leaked video of the accident, the company was counting down toward a firing of the Dragon’s SuperDraco thrusters when the vehicle exploded.SpaceX has not validated the video, but it is consistent with verbal accounts of the failure that have been shared with Ars.After the accident, large dramatic clouds of orange smoke billowed above Landing Zone 1, where SpaceX conducted Saturday’s engine tests. According to one source, the orange plumes were the result of between one and two tons of nitrogen tetroxide—the oxidizer used by Dragon’s SuperDraco engines—burning at the location. After a dramatic weekend, what follows is a summary of what we know, what we don’t know, and where SpaceX goes from here. More Great WIRED StoriesThe quietly lucrative business of donating human eggsLA’s plan to reboot its bus system—using cell phone dataTristan Harris vows to fight “human downgrading”How to make your smart speaker as private as possibleMove over, San Andreas: There’s a new fault in town🏃🏽‍♀️Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter NASA recently signed a deal with Russia to purchase two additional Soyuz seats, for one crew member each, which will ensure a US crew presence on the station through September 2020. The agency may well now be forced to return to the Russians yet again to procure more seats through the end of 2020.What does SpaceX do now?Undoubtedly, the company had a busy Easter weekend. The first step is to determine what happened and then work with NASA to fully understand the problem; they would then devise a fix to ensure the problem never happens again. Internally, the company’s engineers may already know what occurred.I would also be hugging NASA were I in SpaceX management—leaning on the agency for its expertise in human spaceflight systems as well as seeking cover from political fire. After a Falcon 9 rocket launch failure in 2015, in which the CRS-7 supply mission to the International Space Station was lost, the agency stood by its commercial cargo partner. NASA human spaceflight chief William Gerstenmaier offered public support for the company, beat back congressional doubters, and helped SpaceX get back to flying quickly. During past accidents, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been fairly forthcoming about the cause of the failures, and we hope for similar transparency with this accident. I would argue that, since this vehicle will eventually carry humans and is funded largely by NASA, transparency is essential to ensuring public confidence in the vehicle and company’s processes.Was anyone hurt?Thankfully no. The last time we saw this dramatic of a ground-based spacecraft failure was during the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, which cost three human lives. Fortunately, no one was harmed during Saturday’s accident, which speaks well of SpaceX’s safety practices during such dynamic tests. Had humans been injured or killed, it would have undoubtedly complicated the already complex road ahead for SpaceX.What does this mean for commercial crew flights?NASA provided multibillion-dollar contracts to SpaceX and Boeing in 2014, with the intent of bringing their Dragon and Starliner vehicles into service for getting U.S. astronauts to the space station. Before this accident, SpaceX and NASA had been targeting early October for the first crewed Dragon mission to the station. Now, that will almost certainly be delayed by at least several months, into 2020. Before Saturday, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft was behind Dragon in terms of development, and is also unlikely to fly humans before early 2020. In recent years, some NASA critics have viewed the agency as “holding back” SpaceX during the development of the Crew Dragon vehicle with unnecessary paperwork and requirements. This may be partly true, but NASA is the customer, and clearly there are hazards yet to be found in the Dragon (and probably Starliner too). The fact is that NASA needs SpaceX to succeed, and so the company and the space agency are presently in a position where it’s best for everyone if they work together side by side, identify and fix the issue, and move on.There is a precedent for this. After the Apollo 1 fire revealed multiple problems with the first version of the spacecraft, NASA worked closely with the Apollo capsule’s contractor, North America Aviation (now a part of Boeing) to accelerate design of a much safer updated capsule design. The fire occurred in January 1967, and the updated “Block II” Apollo capsule made its first spaceflight less than 21 months later. The design would go on to fly a historic succession of lunar missions.Don’t discount SpaceXIt would be easy to write off SpaceX as a reckless company. But the reality is that this is a company moving rapidly in a lot of different directions—building the world’s largest operational rocket (Falcon Heavy), perfecting first stage reuse, launching more rockets than any other company, trying to recover payload fairings, and building an unprecedented, next-generation vehicle called Starship.center_img This accident should offer a clarifying moment for SpaceX and Musk that it really must get commercial crew right—and that putting humans on a Falcon 9 rocket, inside a Dragon spacecraft, raises the stakes. This is not easy. It is very hard. What was destroyed?The Crew Dragon capsule in question is the same one that successfully flew a demonstration mission to the International Space Station in March. The spacecraft was being prepared for a launch abort test this summer. During this test, the Dragon would have launched from Florida on a Falcon 9 booster and then fired its powerful SuperDraco engines to show that the Dragon could pull itself safely away from the rocket, in case of a problem with the booster before or during flight.Now that SpaceX has lost this capsule, it must find a substitute for this launch abort test. It is not clear whether it will fabricate a boilerplate vehicle with a SuperDraco system of eight thrusters, or repurpose one of the Dragons it has built for crewed flights to the space station. Either way, this is a significant materiel loss for the company.How did it happen?We don’t know. According to the leaked video, the anomaly occurred within the final 10 seconds of the countdown, and it is not entirely clear whether the SuperDraco engines had begun to fire. One source indicated that the company has a lot of data about the failure—this was a ground-based test, so the vehicle was heavily instrumented—so theoretically finding the root cause of the accident should be more straightforward than if a problem had occurred during a real flight. The best-case scenario, in terms of causing delays for SpaceX, would be that someone mishandled the ground systems equipment. The worst-case scenario is that there is some undiscovered but fundamental design problem in SuperDraco thrusters. There should be little doubt the company can come back from this. SpaceX has shown a propensity for responding to failures with speed and an ability to fix problems. After the CRS-7 failure in 2015, they were flying again six months later. Remarkably, the return to flight mission also was the first successful Falcon 9 landing.After the Amos-6 launch pad failure in 2016, the company was flying again less than five months later and has had its most successful run since then. The company can get beyond this accident, but now that humans are involved it will require focus, transparency, and closely working with NASA to move on.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.last_img read more

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Palm tree on fire in Surat Road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? A palm tree was on fire last night (Friday) in Surat Road.Nearby rubble was burning and the leaping flames resulted in the palm tree also catching fire.Firefighters managed to save the tree from being totally destroyed.No one was injured.It took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the blaze.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 17, 2008 Three Kansas Facilities Pick PACS From NovaRad Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more November 17, 2008 – To improve imaging and workflow, three Kansas medical facilities selected NovaRad as their imaging technology provider. The facilities include Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Hodgeman County Health Center in Jetmore and Sabetha Community Hospital in SabethaThese new contracts bring NovaRad’s total number of installations in Kansas to 28.NovaRad was selected by the Kansas facilities because it offered a turnkey system at reportedly affordable price including 24 x 7 IT support, freeing the facilities from having to maintain in-house IT. For those facilities that currently have in-house IT, the remote support will enable IT teams to refocus their time managing other applications for the organization rather than maintaining the radiology systems. For more information: www.novapacs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | March 16, 2010 F18 PET Diagnoses Coronary Artery Disease Better than SPECT X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more March 16, 2010 – Preliminary results from the single-center study suggest that compared to SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), flurpiridaz F18 PET MPI has a higher diagnostic specificity for detecting right coronary artery disease and a higher accuracy for evaluating the extent of stress-induced myocardial perfusion abnormalities with coronary angiography as the gold standard.The data were featured today in a presentation by Jamshid Maddahi, M.D. FACC, professor of molecular and medical pharmacology (nuclear medicine) and medicine (cardiology) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the lead principal investigator of the study, at the American College of Cardiology 59th Annual Scientific Session in Atlanta. The results came from data on flurpiridaz F18 (formerly known as BMS747158), its novel compound in development as a positron emission tomography (PET) MPI agent.The study of nine patients compared rest-stress flurpiridaz F18 PET MPI, with rest-stress technetium-99m (Tc-99m) labeled single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for the detection and evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). “These initial results, in a very small patient population, are encouraging, as they already show significant improvements in diagnostic accuracy using PET imaging with flurpiridaz F18 as compared to SPECT imaging with Tc-99m for the detection and evaluation of coronary artery disease,” said Dr. Maddahi. “A product that could demonstrate increased diagnostic specificity would provide physicians with a useful tool to reduce the number of false positive results often associated with SPECT imaging, and, therefore reduce the number of unnecessary cardiac catheterizations.”Nine patients from a single study center underwent same day rest-stress Tc-99m labeled SPECT MPI and separate day rest-stress flurpiridaz F18 PET MPI and coronary angiography. For each patient, 17 myocardial segments were visually scored for each rest and stress image by independent observers who were blinded to the other results. Summed stress scores, summed rest scores and summed difference scores were determined for each patient from the segmental scores. The percentage of narrowing in each coronary artery was evaluated blindly, and greater than 70 percent luminal diameter narrowing was considered significant. Findings showed that the overall accuracy for correct identification of diseased coronary arteries was 93 percent (25/27) for PET and 78 percent (21/27) for SPECT. Six patients were found to have CAD with both SPECT and PET, and for the three patients without CAD, all three were found to be normal through PET imaging and two were found to be normal through SPECT. Of the nine diseased coronary arteries, PET detected all and SPECT detected eight. Of the 18 normal coronary arteries, PET imaging identified 16 of the 18 arteries while SPECT found 13 of the 18. Specificity for the right coronary artery was significantly higher through PET imaging compared to SPECT: 100 percent compared to 43 percent. Flurpiridaz F18, a fluorine 18-labeled agent that binds to mitochondrial complex 1 (MC-1), was designed to be a novel myocardial perfusion PET imaging agent for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). The agent is currently in phase two clinical trials. Phase one studies, also led by Dr. Maddahi, indicated that flurpiridaz F18 is well-tolerated and demonstrates radiation dosimetry that is comparable to, or less than, that of other PET imaging agents. The data also showed high myocardial uptake at rest that significantly increased with pharmacologically induced stress as well as a ratio of myocardial to background uptake that was favorable and improved over time, suggesting strong potential as a myocardial perfusion PET imaging agent for patients both at rest and under stress. For more information: www.lantheus.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

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Study US immigration reform would cost 63 trillion

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. political battle raged Monday over the cost of Senate-proposed immigration reform, with a conservative think-tank warning the plan to legalize 11 million undocumented workers would soar to $6.3 trillion.The Heritage Foundation, in a report released shortly before amendments are proposed to the bipartisan bill, said legalized immigrants’ costs such as Social Security, Medicaid health care for the poor, and unemployment insurance would stack up dramatically faster than many U.S. lawmakers would realize.The report is certain to galvanize some conservatives in Congress who are opposed to the plan, seen as the most ambitious immigration reform effort in a generation and which was rolled out last month by a “Gang of Eight” senators – four Democrats and four Republicans.U.S. President Barack Obama envisions immigration reform as a major and viable second-term accomplishment, after Republicans who lost last November’s election said it was crucial to reach out to minority communities such as Hispanics, the largest beneficiaries of any immigration deal.But Heritage said the millions of immigrants who would be legalized through “amnesty” would generate massive fiscal deficits over the long term, driven in large part by extra pressures on health care for low-income Americans, public education and services like police, fire and roads.The bill creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 million people living in the country illegally, but under certain conditions like tighter border enforcement and after a 13-year wait, during which time they will not be entitled to government aid.The foundation’s study argued that while immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally would start to pay taxes once they register legally, when they become citizens they will be net recipients of government funds.It said they would receive those benefits for five decades, if their retirement pension is included, with their cost to government coffers pegged at $9.4 trillion, while they will pay just $3.1 trillion in taxes.“No sensible thinking person would read this study and conclude that, over 50 years, that it could possibly have a positive economic impact,” Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, a Republican former senator, said at a press conference.Report co-author Robert Rector warned that the costs jump to about $160 billion per year about 35 years from today, when the bulk of the group reaches retirement age.But pro-reformers immediately assailed the Heritage plan as ignoring the prospect that millions of immigrants would become substantial contributors to the nation’s economic prosperity.Doug Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office who now heads the American Action Forum, said the Heritage Foundation report did “mislead people about the genuine budgetary impact” of immigration reform.“The notion that 50 years from now all 12 million who are here illegally will be collecting full benefits is a vast overstatement,” he told reporters, adding that under Heritage’s formula, the immigrant experience begins and ends in poverty.“There’s no American dream, there’s no upward mobility for anyone” according to Heritage, Holtz-Eakin said.The report more than doubles the cost estimated in a 2007 Heritage study, which said a Senate plan for immigration amnesty being considered that year – but which ultimately failed – would cost a net $2.6 trillion. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Pentagon official Russian nuke talk playing with fire

first_img Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia is “playing with fire” by suggesting it would threaten the use of nuclear weapons in territorial disputes, and the Obama administration believes this is part of a Russian intimidation campaign against the NATO alliance, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Thursday.Robert Work, the deputy secretary of defense, said he’s troubled by what he calls Russian provocations. He described Moscow’s defense strategy as seeking to control the escalation of security tensions by raising the nuclear ante. Work was testifying on the administration’s approach to modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, which is hampered in some cases by outdated equipment and facilities, at a cost some say is unaffordable given budget constraints and other priorities.Work said the administration still aspires to a world without nuclear weapons but first must deal with the fact that Russia and China are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “Anyone who thinks that they can control escalation through the use of nuclear weapons is literally playing with fire,” he told a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on U.S. nuclear strategy and plans for nuclear modernization.Work did not cite specific Russian statements but appeared to refer to President Vladimir Putin’s comment in March that he had been ready to ensure that Russian nuclear forces were on high alert during tensions over Russian annexation of Crimea. Putin has made other moves to emphasize the readiness and power of the Russian nuclear arsenal.Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who testified alongside Work, criticized Russian talk of a potential nuclear escalation in Crimea as part of its “bluster and threats” against the West.“It’s very important that the Russians understand that far from being de-escalatory, first use of nuclear weapons in a conflict like that risks uncontrolled escalation,” Winnefeld said.“Senior Russian officials continue to make irresponsible statements regarding its nuclear forces, and we assess that they are doing it to intimidate our allies and us,” Work said. “These have failed. If anything, they have really strengthened the NATO alliance solidarity.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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