While immigration reform proposals work their way through Congress, representatives of the all-volunteer humanitarian group No More Deaths (NMD) visited Notre Dame as part of a national speaking tour Thursday. NMD is a faith-based coalition formed in 2004 that is focused on addressing human rights issues taking place at the Mexican-American border, NMD representative Kate Morgan-Olsen said. Morgan-Olsen said NMD provides immigrants with much-needed medical assistance and material goods, both by walking along desert paths to find migrants and leaving supplies in various sites where migrants hopefully will find them. “What we do is effective. We walk the trails that migrants walk. We don’t run into everyone, but for those we do run into, it changes their lives,” she said. NMD operates at two sites along the border: a Desert Aid project camp near Arivaca, Ariz., and a site in Nogales, Ariz. Nogales site is a city split by the border wall and NMD provides services on both the American and Mexican sides. Morgan-Olsen said the group provides medical treatment for many minor injuries that can prove deadly in the harsh desert environment. “To treat more serious injuries we have to call 911 and that means deportation. We consider it an abuse of human rights that someone is forced to consider walking through the desert instead of receiving adequate medical attention,” she said. Morgan-Olsen said government immigration and immigration-related policies contribute to the conditions underlying the many deaths that occur in the desert along the border. “The Secure Fence Act is the nail in the coffin on border militarization. … There are seven mountain ranges in the portion of the desert where we have our Desert Aid camp and checkpoints on all paved roads,” she said. Morgan-Olsen said Operation Streamline is especially problematic because it does not give immigrants the legal rights they deserve, including a chance to apply for asylum. She said the program involves presenting immigrants 10-at-a-time before a judge, asking them if they plead guilty and sentencing them on the spot. “One of the worst policies on the border is the Department of Justice’s program called Operation Streamline,” she said. “It’s something we really believe is not an example of justice.” Morgan-Olsen said NMD used motion sensor cameras to document border patrol agents vandalizing an NMD aid drop sight. “We consider destroying lifesaving supplies in this hostile environment to be murder,” she said. She said there are also cases in which Border Patrol agents shoot or taze migrants to death. She cited one such case when a young man was killed on the Mexican side of Nogales when he was not attempting to cross the border. Morgan-Olsen said her group’s efforts to work with the Border Patrol are thwarted by the high turnover rate among agents – especially among the leadership – and the lack of independent oversight. Sophomore Lucas Garcia shared his own experience during the question-and-answer portion of the lecture. Garcia said he was pulled over in his car while traveling in New Mexico with his family for “driving a little too fast.” Garcia said the behavior and the questions asked by the police officer indicated the stop was a case of the profiling Morgan-Olsen had mentioned. “He wouldn’t tell us how fast we had been going, and he seemed to be searching for a reason to ask us to step out of the car. He asked us if we had any weapons, he asked how we got the car, where we were from, where we were going. … This really does happen. It’s not just that thing going on down in Arizona,” Garcia said. Junior Shannon Lewry, who worked with NMD in January as part of the Center for Social Concerns’ Border Issues seminar, said she was glad the speaking tour included a stop at Geddes Hall and found the plight of migrants affected her as powerfully as ever. “It was great to see No More Deaths at Notre Dame after working closely with them in January. Even after seeing the human rights violations firsthand in Tucson, it’s still just as disturbing and troublesome each time you hear about them,” she said. Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]
Star Files Just when you thought that James Franco was done showing some skin, he’s at it again. At least this time, it’s for a great cause. The Of Mice and Men star made a surprise appearance at Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! on June 22. “I do topless selfies,” Franco reminded us. WE REMEMBER. Broadway.com favorite Lesli Margherita and newly crowned RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio then got him to face the wall for a body cavity search. And that’s when the magic happens. Or something. Take a look at the clip below and congratulations to all involved—the annual event raised $1,386,105 this year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. James Franco View Comments Lesli Margherita
Prolonged dry weather has prompted an elevated drought response for northwest Georgia. Effective Nov. 17, 2016, some 52 counties must adhere to a Level 2 drought response and 58 counties must exercise a Level 1 drought response. Rainfall has been scarce since August, and water conservation is the banner message. The Georgia Water Stewardship Act of 2010 establishes certain outdoor watering protocols to conserve water during times of drought. These rules apply to all properties served by state-permitted water systems.In a Level 1 drought response, a public information campaign is initiated to explain drought conditions and the need for water stewardship and conservation. Normal outdoor watering should be done following best management practices and is allowed between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. any day of the week.For existing landscapes, a Level 2 drought response brings the odd/even watering schedule by address for sprinkler systems. For even addresses (those ending in zero, 2, 4, 6 or 8), watering is allowed as needed on Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. For odd addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9), watering is allowed as needed on Thursdays and Sundays between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.Sprinkler systems should always be properly maintained and adjusted. Much less water is lost to evaporation during the fall and winter. To prevent extreme dryness and plant desiccation in the winter, use minimal irrigation – a 1/2-inch of water per week or less – during periods of dry weather. While natural precipitation is generally sufficient to prevent plant desiccation in established landscapes during the fall and winter, the current extremely dry conditions may require supplemental watering to help prevent plant damage.Under all levels of drought response, new plant material can be installed under a 30-day exemption period. Once the establishment period has expired, the drought-response watering practices must be followed accordingly.The drought response allows for the following exemptions:Handwatering using a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzleFood gardensHydroseedingDrip irrigation or soaker hosesHorticulture crops intended for sale, resale or installationAthletic fields, golf courses and public recreation areasMaintenance or calibration of an irrigation systemWater from private wells and bodies of water on property (not exceeding state withdrawal limits)Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)Commercial pressure washingFollow responsible watering practices and properly manage irrigation systems to protect plant health while promoting a culture of water conservation in Georgia. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications on drought management are available at extension.uga.edu/publications. Stay informed on the latest drought information for your area.For more information on proper watering practices, visit: www.GeorgiaTurf.com, www.GeorgiaWaterSmart.com and http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation.
We’ve got another diverse array of videos clips for you this week. First up, a couple of Mexican black bears free solo a sheer cliff face. There’s also a set of flying Frenchies, some epic shredding of fresh Canadian single track, and a look at the trailer for the Carbondale, Colorado-based 5 Point Film Festival. This is highly-acclaimed film fest is coming to the Southeast this summer with events in Asheville, North Carolina on August 14 and 15. Blue Ridge Outdoors is proud to partner with the good folks at 5 Point to bring one of the country’s best outdoors film festivals to the Southeast for the first time.
continue reading » The world is in the middle of a tech revolution. And the payments sector is arguably the most affected. Consumers want more control over their finances than ever; and how they pay for items, manage their budgets, and spend money is changing on a daily basis. Traditional financial institutions, such as credit unions, must learn from the rising demand in payment options and adapt.Fintech is chasing consumers’ digital experience demand. Nearly $60 billion was invested in fintech in the first half of 2018, including the $12.9 billion acquisition of Worldpay by Vantiv, according to Chris Skinner’s Blog. The investment in the first half of this year exceeded all of 2017!As a result, new fintech players are popping up every day, and any one of these new technologies could be the next change catalyst in payments. To help busy credit union executives keep up-to-date on the terminology, WorldPay has developed this handy cheat sheet of commonly used terms in the payments market. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
User @tembakauharam, meanwhile, suggested that the ministry’s name be changed to “the Morality Ministry of Indonesia.”Kementrian moral indonesia— Kim Jong Jun (@tembakauharam) May 4, 2020“Kominfo” became a trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, with many people complaining about the ministry’s lack of sensitivity over which issues were important to handle immediately.“Kominfo works really fast to block websites providing pirated movies or pornographic content. But when it comes to data theft, as just happened to Tokopedia, the ministry does nothing,” user @afandi_shan tweeted.Topics : Indonesian netizens have turned to memes to criticize the Communications and Information Ministry’s apparent blasé attitude toward a major data breach affecting millions of users of homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia.According to a recent report by cybersecurity research collective Under the Breach, an as-yet-unidentified party managed to hack into the tech company’s database in March, gaining access to the records of more than 15 million Tokopedia users in the process.Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate summoned the company’s representatives to his office to discuss the incident on Monday, but his statement after the meeting, which only repeated what Tokopedia representatives had already said, did little to reassure worried customers. “Tokopedia has explained that user accounts and financial data are safe,” Johnny said.Read also: Tokopedia data breach exposes vulnerability of personal dataNetizens jumped on the statement and contrasted the minister’s cavalier response to major data theft with how the ministry is quick to respond to supposed pornographic or pirated content online.Twitter user @martabakiju posted a meme showing cartoon character Squidward, representing the ministry, closing his eyes to data breaches while becoming wide awake when looking at pornography. “A kominfo moment,” @martakiju tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the ministry by its local abbreviation. The tweet has garnered more than 5,000 likes and 5,000 retweets as of Wednesday afternoon. Kominfo momen pic.twitter.com/9PMH7nubFS— Elvin (@martabakiju) May 4, 2020Fellow Twitter user @_mardial_ posted a similar meme, this time with a character from popular Japanese anime Naruto, which has been retweeted more than 6,400 times and liked 9,600 times.Another user posted a meme depicting the ministry tackling pornography while ignoring hacking and privacy breaches.pic.twitter.com/Bm5J5uNUpW— mardial (@_mardial_) May 4, 2020
Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Britain to allow three-person IVF by: – June 28, 2013 Share Share Tweet 26 Views no discussions Opponents fear that other forms of genetic modifications could followThe UK looks set to become the first country to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people, after the government backed the IVF technique.It will produce draft regulations later this year and the procedure could be offered within two years.Experts say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child.Opponents say it is unethical and could set the UK on a “slippery slope”.They also argue that affected couples could adopt or use egg donors instead.Mitochondria are the tiny, biological “power stations” that give the body energy. They are passed from a mother, through the egg, to her child.Defective mitochondria affect one in every 6,500 babies. This can leave them starved of energy, resulting in muscle weakness, blindness, heart failure and death in the most extreme cases.Research suggests that using mitochondria from a donor egg can prevent the diseases.It is envisaged that up to 10 couples a year would benefit from the treatment.However, it would result in babies having DNA from two parents and a tiny amount from a third donor as the mitochondria themselves have their own DNA.‘Clearly sensitive’Earlier this year, a public consultation by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) concluded there was “general support” for the idea and that there was no evidence that the advanced form of IVF was unsafe.The chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: “Scientists have developed ground-breaking new procedures which could stop these disease being passed on, bringing hope to many families seeking to prevent their future children inheriting them.“It’s only right that we look to introduce this life-saving treatment as soon as we can.”She said there were “clearly some sensitive issues here” but said she was “personally very comfortable” with altering mitochondria.Scientists have devised two techniques that allow them to take the genetic information from the mother and place it into the egg of a donor with healthy mitochondria.The result is a baby with genetic information from three people.They would have more than 20,000 genes from their parents and 37 mitochondrial genes from a donor.It is a change that would have ramifications through the generations as scientists would be altering human genetic inheritance.Objections to the procedure have been raised ever since it was first mooted.Dr David King, the director of Human Genetics Alert, said: “These techniques are unnecessary and unsafe and were in fact rejected by the majority of consultation responses.‘Designer baby’“It is a disaster that the decision to cross the line that will eventually lead to a eugenic designer baby market should be taken on the basis of an utterly biased and inadequate consultation.”One of the main concerns raised in the HFEA’s public consultation was of a “slippery slope” which could lead to other forms of genetic modification.Draft regulations will be produced this year with a final version expected to be debated and voted on in Parliament during 2014.Newcastle University is pioneering one of the techniques that could be used for three-person IVF.Prof Doug Turnbull, the director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at the university, said he was “delighted”.He said: “This is excellent news for families with mitochondrial disease.“This will give women who carry these diseased genes more reproductive choice and the opportunity to have children free of mitochondrial disease. I am very grateful to all those who have supported this work.”The fine details of the regulations are still uncertain, yet it is expected to be for only the most severe cases.It is also likely that children would have no right to know who the egg donor was and that any children resulting from the procedure would be monitored closely for the rest of their lives.Sir John Tooke, the president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “Introducing regulations now will ensure that there is no avoidable delay in these treatments reaching affected families once there is sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy.“It is also a positive step towards ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of cutting-edge research in this area.”BBC News Share
Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,regional police director, lamented that there were still persons going out oftheir homes beyond the curfew hours. “From a total of 234, we are down to106 cases, comparing the period from Feb. 16 to March 16, and from March 17 toApril 16. While there were several violators,Pamuspusan said, the total crime incidents dropped to 45 percent. ILOILO City – Violators of the curfewhours being imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)in Western Visayas have reached 5,181, data from the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6) showed. Aside from curfew violators, 346persons were also arrested for disobedience to authorities. “Meanwhile, if we compare it to thelast year’s data, we have a remarkable decrease of 63 percent (229) from 362cases, down to 133 cases for the period March 17 to April 16, 2019 versus thesame period for 2020,” he said. Pamuspusan, meanwhile, laudedpolicemen for keeping the region peaceful and orderly one month into theimplementation of the enhanced community quarantine. From March 18 to April 20, the topthree areas with the most number of violators were Bacolod City (1,888), NegrosOccidental (1,480) and Iloilo City (1,258). “We do not know what is in store fortomorrow, so let us always be ready,” he said. (PNA) Pamuspusan also told police personnelto take care of themselves as they continue to fight an unseen enemy. “As of April 20, a total of 5,068 werewarned, 57 were fined and 56 were arrested, totaling to 5,181 violators in theregion,” Pamuspusan said. “Indeed, staying at home will not onlykeep you safe from COVID-19 but it is also the best way to prevent crimes,” hestressed. The decrease in crime volume could beattributed to the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, EnhancedManaging Police Operations (E-MPO) and the establishment of checkpoints, saidPamuspusan. The PRO-6 set the 300 for regularfiling of charges while 46 others were subject for inquest.
On Senior Night, Alex Bischoff was outstanding on the mound. Bischoff pitched 9 innings of no hit baseball while striking out a school record 20 batters. Unfortunately, the FC offense was unable to push across a run and Bischoff had reached his pitch limit. Joe Fields came in in relief, not allowing a hit in 2 innings until Rushville finally broke through with a few hits and 2 runs in the top of the 12th.In the bottom of the 12th, FC led off with a Dalton Durbin walk and Joe Fields single. After Dominic Reeves sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd with a bunt, Senior Evan Ariens came through with a 2 rbi single to right. Ariens advanced to 2nd on an error. Freshman Hunter Geis entered as a pinch runner and with two outs, Senior Tommy Ratz delivered a game winning, walk off double to right center to score Geis.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach DErek Stang.
Mourinho spoke of short celebrations after the Wembley win and captain John Terry insisted they had been postponed until the end of the season, when he hoped there would be further cause to party. Yet at times it appeared as though Chelsea’s defenders had a hangover as the pace of Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Stewart Downing found holes. Terry was booked for pulling down Valencia in the first half and cautious thereafter, with Chelsea indebted to a number of fine saves from the restored Thibaut Courtois – namely from Cheikhou Kouyate and Sakho – as the Hammers pressed forwards. Ramires struck a post on the counter-attack and had a header well saved by Adrian, while Willian spurned a late chance for a second to settle the contest. The Hammers now have one win in 11 league games to slip further down the standings – and Sam Allardyce appears to be running out of time to convince his bosses to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season. Chelsea’s players, meanwhile, have two days off before resuming preparations for next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Paris St Germain. Courtois returned in place of Petr Cech and Oscar replaced Willian following Chelsea’s win at Wembley as Mourinho made two changes, with Kurt Zouma continuing in midfield as Nemanja Matic completed his two-match suspension. Kevin Nolan replaced Alex Song for the Hammers, who had to make a further change after seven minutes when Winston Reid limped off and James Collins came on. Chelsea almost went in front while the Hammers were preparing to make the switch, but Diego Costa could only meet Oscar’s cross with his shin and the ball went over. Kouyate halted Costa as the striker bore down on goal and was then booked after catching Zouma with a flailing arm. Terry was shown a yellow card after being caught flat-footed by Valencia, with the Blues skipper clearly concerned by the pace of the West Ham attack. Courtois saved from Kouyate at close range before Chelsea struck when Cesc Fabregas fed Ramires down the right, he crossed and Hazard converted. There was a hint of offside, but Hazard – shorter than the 5ft 8in he is credited as on the Chelsea website – got the benefit of the doubt and reacted with surprise at scoring with his head. Costa was looking to end a five-match scoring drought and should have done so when played through by Hazard, but Carl Jenkinson made a fine last-ditch tackle as the striker shaped to shoot. Jenkinson next showed his attacking ability, crossing for Sakho, but Courtois made a fine reflex save. Chelsea’s defensive jitters continued in the second half. Kouyate’s mishit shot fell for Sakho, who turned Gary Cahill and shot just wide. Then Downing’s cross from the left was missed by Cesar Azpilicueta, bounced off Terry and fell for Sakho, who s wung a leg at it and saw Courtois parry before Zouma cleared. Chelsea were playing on the break and Ramires surged down the right after fine link-up play between Hazard and Costa. The Brazil midfielder cut back on to his left foot but his shot came back off the inside of the post. Ramires then had a header saved by Adrian, who was the quieter of the two goalkeepers. Courtois saved from Sakho, yet again, after Downing fed the striker before the goalkeeper spilled a Valencia effort. The ball went to Sakho, but Cahill intervened, turning the ball behind for a corner. Kouyate ran at the Chelsea defence and chased a return pass from Sakho but ran into Terry, stopping him in his tracks. West Ham protested but Terry had already turned. Kouyate went off soon afterwards after treatment on his head. The Hammers continued to forge forwards in search of an equaliser, but Sakho headed over Downing’s cross. Substitute Nene claimed handball against Cahill, who blocked his shot, but referee Andre Marriner dismissed the appeals. Willian, on for Oscar, then spurned a chance for Chelsea’s second, but the Blues did not need it. Chelsea followed up their Capital One Cup victory with a hard-fought 1-0 win on their return to Barclays Premier League business at West Ham. Press Association Jose Mourinho won a first trophy of his second spell as Blues boss with a 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday and Chelsea remain well placed to add a first Premier League title in five years. The Hammers had one win in 17 against the Blues entering the contest but refused to be cowed by the leaders and deserved more, only for Eden Hazard’s first-half header to settle the contest, keeping Chelsea five points clear of second-placed Manchester City.