Deal approved to greenlight Folsom St development

first_img 0% “When developers are willing to work with the community good projects can be built quickly,” Ronen said in a statement. “My door is always open to any developer or community member who wants to be part of the solution and will help us build affordable housing.”The eight off-site units will not be built at a later date, unlike off-site units provided by many other developers. Instead, Axis will purchase eight units of existing housing and bring them into the city’s small sites program, which preserves buildings with relatively few units that currently house rent-controlled, low-income tenants at risk of displacement. The buildings Axis agrees to buy will then be transferred to a Mission-based nonprofit to maintain and manage as affordable housing units.The deal also includes an agreement that Axis will lease 5,200 square feet of ground-floor space to an arts nonprofit for just $1 per year for the next 55 years.Axis also agreed to use only union labor in the construction of the project, and offer 4,000 square feet of free outdoor community art gallery space on a publicly accessible walkway between Folsom and Treat streets.Both arts spaces are to be managed by a Mission-based nonprofit, though one has not yet been named.A mural along the side of the building that currently stands on the site, a restaurant fixture warehouse, was painted by children attending Jamestown Community Center and Cesar Chavez Elementary School. That mural will be removed, but under the agreement, it will need to be taken down intact enough to be reconstructed elsewhere. Axis must develop a new mural with the original designers in a publicly accessible location, as well as collaborate with Calle 24 on another mural on the wall of the building that faces Parque Niños Unidos.Members of the Axis Development Group could not be reached for comment by press time, but made a statement released through Ronen’s office.“We are thrilled to have reached an agreement with Calle 24 and look forward to bringing new homes to the Mission. We appreciate Supervisor Ronen for taking a leading role in making this outcome happen. The Latino Cultural District is deeply important to the Mission and we are proud that our project will add much-needed housing, good jobs, and substantial art and culture space for local artists,” wrote Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Managing Partner at Axis Development Group, in the statement.An appeal of the project on environmental grounds, brought by Calle 24, has been scheduled to be heard at the Board of Supervisors several times and tabled in order for the parties to reach an agreement. Its next hearing would have been Tuesday afternoon. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Activists and the developer of a 117-unit mixed-use project at 2675 Folsom Street have come to an agreement under which the activists opposed to the development will drop their appeal and the project will be able to go forward. As part of the agreement, the developer of the project will make more than 5,000 square feet of arts space available to a nonprofit nearly for free for the next 55 years and will purchase eight units of existing housing to hand over to a housing nonprofit.Supervisor Hillary Ronen acted as the mediator between the Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor group, which had appealed the project, and Axis Development. Under the deal, counting both 23 on-site and eight off-site units, an equivalent of 27 percent of the project’s units will be below-market-rate, compared with 20 percent in the original proposal.The deal is the second brokered by Ronen between Calle 24 and a developer in the Latino Cultural District, with the other at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue yielding a million-dollar donation and a temporary homeless shelter.“I think we’ll keep pushing any other developers that come here,” Arguello said. “We’re setting a different kind of standard, not just for the Latino Cultural District, but for the whole neighborhood.”last_img read more

DAs change of heart in SFPD police shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez

first_imgThis past April, District Attorney George Gascón announced he would not file charges against the officers who killed 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant Amilcar Perez Lopez with six bullets to the back. No trial, no day in court, no reprimand.Think of the recent, outrageous verdict in the Philando Castile case–except Amilcar’s case was never even brought to trial. The following piece was written by Father Richard Smith, the vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist on 15th and Julian Streets and a leading advocate for justice in the five police shootings that have taken place in the Mission since 2011.  Max Szabo, District Attorney George Gascon’s press officer responded and we have included his response below as well as a final answer to Szabo’s response by Father Smith.   Flip-flop #3: “Serious breach” or simple “screwup”? On the night Amilcar was killed, but before the DA’s independent investigators could examine the crime scene, police directed the Medical Examiner to remove Amilcar’s body. At any homicide, the decedent’s body is critical evidence. So in a KQED interview Gascón understandably described the body’s removal as “a serious breach of protocol”. Separately to me, he said this breach had made his work “much more difficult”, requiring outside forensic experts to reconstruct the crime scene, causing significant delays.But then, as reported in Mission Local and in the July 25, 2016 meeting with community leaders,Gascón flip-flopped, saying the removal of Amilcar’s body was not a serious breach after all, but simply “a screwup” whose impact on the investigation was unclear.Why his reversal in favor of the police? A disturbing bias toward police. In each of these three key areas, Gascón endorses police-serving accounts which he previously disbelieved, without so much as questioning their reliability in his report. As civil rights attorney Ben Rosenfeld correctly concludes: “[Gascon’s report on Amilcar’s killing] resolves contradictory evidence in favor of the officers, omits details that are unhelpful to them, and enlists a so-called expert to explain, in feats of mental gymnastics, how officers who first claimed Perez Lopez was lunging at one of them managed to shoot him six times in the back of his body.”Despite Gascón’s recent calls for police reform, his three flip-flops in this investigation of an actual police shooting reveal an underlying bias in favor of the police. They provide cover for the unjustified violence by police against people of color. They portend more whitewashes to come in the SFPD shooting investigations his office has yet to complete.Because DAGascón has some explaining to do about these and many other issues his report raises, community leaders invited him to a town hall meeting in the Mission. Although he did not respond to it, that invitation still stands. Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% During the two-year investigation leading to his decision, three flip-flops by Gascón offer a glimpse into how he got here –and how his ongoing investigations into the many other SFPD-involved shootings may unfold.Flip-flop #1: The credibility of the police. On June 2, 2016, after several community leaders and I had a meeting with Gascón in his office, I asked him about Amilcar’s case. He told me he did not believe the police officers’ accounts of Amilcar’s killing.By that time, he had examined almost all the testimony from police, the community, the bystanders, along with available video and audio recordings. Although he was still awaiting a report from an outside expert, he believed the officers had shot Amilcar when he was running for his life. But Gascón subsequently reversed himself. In his final report exonerating the police, he said they had fired in self-defense and to protect another person.What had changed? Certainly not the known facts, which remained substantially the same. Even the long-awaited outside expert had introduced no new evidence, but had simply interpreted what the DA’s office shared with him.So, why Gascón’s flip-flop favoring the police version of events? Flip-flop #2: The credibility of a key police witness. In a later meeting with community leaders on July 25, 2016, Gascón told us he believed the key witness for the police was “a liar.” Indeed, many in the neighborhood already knew this witness to be an alcoholic and a bully, and in the days after Amilcar’s killing, he had provided several conflicting accounts to police, to Gascón’s investigators, to an investigator for Amilcar’s civil attorneys, and to neighbors. Gascón’s candid assessment of this witness was not surprising.What was surprising was the full credence the DA’s final report gave this witness, without even a whiff of skepticism.Why the 180-degree reversal presenting this witness’ testimony favoring the police as credible? 0% The DA’s press spokesperson, Max Szabo responded:We believe the public deserves an opportunity to review the evidence, legal analysis and our conclusion which is why we published a detailed account of the investigation.  In relation to what Father Smith is alleging, however, please see the attached charts which show where witness statements and physical evidence either confirmed or contradicted the police officers’ statements.Courtesy of DA George Gascón’s office.Courtesy of George Gascón’s officeWe understand that Father Smith and others in the community are frustrated with the outcome in this case, especially being as though the decedent was shot in the back.  Ultimately, it appears Father Smith concludes that the officers must be guilty of a crime because their statements are contradicted by some of the physical evidence, in that Officer Reboli’s statement that Mr. Perez-Lopez was coming towards him with the knife when he fired his weapon appears to contradict the physical evidence (being as though Mr. Perez-Lopez was shot in the back).  I do not mean to trivialize the use of force expert’s analysis about how Mr. Perez-Lopez could have turned after Officer Reboli had already made the decision to shoot, but ultimately the shooting would still have been justified even if Perez-Lopez had been running away from Reboli him when he made the decision to shoot.This is because, even if Mr. Perez-Lopez was running away from the officers when they fired their weapons –  thereby opening the door to the possibility that they did not have a fear for their own safety – the direction Amilcar would be running would still give the officers a reasonable belief that Abraham P was in danger.  Therefore, even under this scenario, pursuant to the law, the officers could have a “reasonably subjective belief that they were acting in the defense of others.”  Discharging their weapons in the defense of others is a legally permitted justification for use of force.As the DA has said, we will never know what exactly happened in those split seconds – which direction Amilcar was facing, and to whom he posed a threat when the officers made the decision to shoot.  But ultimately, given the proximity of a suspect with a knife to the officers and Abraham P – of just a few feet – the law does not distinguish between whether he was shot coming towards the officers or running towards Abraham P.  The law gives significant deference to officers in situations in which they have to make split second decisions.  Our role is to apply the evidence to the law and to determine if we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, to 12 objective jurors, that the officers did not have a reasonably subjective belief that they were acting in the defense of others.To be clear, since taking office in 2011 the DA has prosecuted at least 18 law enforcement officers for crimes including assault under color of authority (excessive force), perjury, and more.  So the suggestion that we chose not to charge officers in this case for some untold reason – other than that the evidence didn’t support filing charges – defies logic.Sincerest Regards,Max SzaboFather Smith’s ResponseThe DA’s office has still not addressed our concerns. We did not allege the officers are guilty of anything. Rather, we’ve said from the beginning this tragic police killing should have been brought to trial where evidence from both sides could have been weighed and evaluated, where witnesses from both sides could be examined and cross-examined, all in the light of day. Then a jury could have decided.We, and the officers, should have been given our day in court.As it was, DA Gascon took it upon himself to decide in favor of the officers. The decision is questionable for many reasons, not least of which is the DA’s own apparent bias toward the police.So the question remains: Why so much flip-flopping by the DA? Why did he end up endorsing the very police-serving accounts he previously disbelieved, without even questioning their reliability in his final report?last_img read more

New 300000 square foot warehouse coming to Port of Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new 300,000 square foot warehouse is expected to be constructed at the Port of Wilmington by the end of next year.A real estate development firm out of Jacksonville, Florida called Chesterfield is behind the project.- Advertisement – The facility will be located 0.9 miles form the port’s south gate and will have a minimum 32 foot clear height, as well as more than 100 dock doors.It will sit on a 23 acre plot of land and an adjacent eleven acre plot is available for expansion.The goal is to attract companies in the distribution and logistics sector to become tenants of the warehouse.last_img

Coast Guard rescues two men after boat hits object off Carolina Beach

first_img A boat crew from the station launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat to assist the boaters. Once they arrived on scene, a boat crew member boarded the men’s boat with a dewatering pump to keep the boat from sinking.“Anything can happen, anywhere, at any time when out on the water,” said Fireman Nolan Jackson, a crew member on the Coast Guard boat. “Know your boat, know your safety gear and be prepared to contact the Coast Guard as soon as possible if anything were to happen.”Related Article: Child hit by Jeep in Carolina Beach has died from injuriesThe crews were able to keep up with flooding and make it to the Wrightsville Beach Wildlife boat ramp under the boat’s own power and it was trailered out of the water. A large gash could be seen in the hull.The boaters were wearing life jackets when the Coast Guard crew arrived and no injuries or pollution were reported. Coast Guard helps 2 men to safety after their boat hit an object off North Carolina coast. (Photo: Coast Guard) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two men whose boat began taking on water after hitting an object Wednesday morning, about 13 miles off Carolina Beach.At 9:10 a.m., they contacted Station Wrightsville Beach watchstanders stating they had struck an object off the coast, were taking on water and their bilge pump failed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Officials say amount of debris has already surpassed that of Matthew

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County officials are two weeks into debris cleanup, and they say they have gotten to around 20% of the county so far. But, if you are still waiting for the county to come out and clean up the debris from your home, you are not alone.Almost every house in the Northchase neighborhood has piles and piles of debris covering their front lawn. Some residents say that finally getting rid of this debris will be a step towards some normalcy back in their lives.- Advertisement – “I don’t know how they want to get it all or where they want to put it all. Everything has debris on it,” said Terry Reed, who lives in Northchase.Reed says he just wants everything gone.“It’s going to be great to get back to normal. You’re kind of living in a disaster, and it would be nice to get back to a normal routine,” said Reed.Related Article: Brunswick County Schools announce calendar changes due to FlorenceThere are 48 zones in the New Hanover County, and Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman, says they have crews in all but three.“As of yesterday, we have picked up 200,000 cubic yards of debris. And just for perspective, the entire Hurricane Matthew amount was 88,000. So we’re already well past Hurricane Matthew and we’ve only been out there collecting for two weeks,” said Suleyman.In addition to collecting fallen trees and debris, beginning Monday, crews will start collecting carpets and furniture. He hopes to be finished before Thanksgiving. Residents are doing their part to speed things up.“It takes a lot of time. You can’t do it in one day. Fortunately, we got the bulk of the debris picked up today, so that helps. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Reed.New Hanover County officials say they are working as hard as they can to make this process quick and effective. But residents like Reed say the Northchase neighborhood still has a long recovery process ahead of them.last_img read more

Pedestrian hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County

first_img A state trooper at the scene said a man was hit and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.No word on the extent of the victim’s injuries. His identity has not been released at this time.We’ll have more details as they become available. Man hit by car on Highway 17 in Brunswick County on April 22, 2019 (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A pedestrian was hit by a car Monday morning on Highway 17 in Winnabow.It happened at 10:40 a.m. in the southbound lanes near the Han-Dee Hugo’s.- Advertisement – last_img

Ukraine enters uncharted new era after comedian wins presidency

first_img SharePrint ReutersReuters Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide.The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.With over 90 percent of the vote counted, Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the vote with Poroshenko winning just under 25 percent.Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, is now poised to take over the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine.Declaring victory at his campaign headquarters to emotional supporters on Sunday night, Zelenskiy promised he would not let the Ukrainian people down.“I’m not yet officially the president, but as a citizen of Ukraine, I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union  look at us. Anything is possible!”Zelenskiy, whose victory fits a pattern of anti-establishment figures unseating incumbents in Europe and further afield, has promised to end the war in the eastern Donbass region and to root out corruption amid widespread dismay over rising prices and sliding living standards.But he has been coy about exactly how he plans to achieve all that and investors want reassurances that he will accelerate reforms needed to attract foreign investment and keep the country in an International Monetary Fund programme.“Since there is complete uncertainty about the economic policy of the person who will become president, we simply don’t know what is going to happen and that worries the financial community,” said Serhiy Fursa, an investment banker at Dragon Capital in Kiev.“We need to see what the first decisions are, the first appointments. We probably won’t understand how big these risks are earlier than June. Perhaps nothing will change.”WEST WATCHING CLOSELYThe United States, the European Union and Russia will be closely watching Zelenskiy’s foreign policy pronouncements to see if and how he might try to end the war against pro-Russian separatists that has killed some 13,000 people.U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Zelenskiy and pledged to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity, while European Council President Donald Tusk congratulated the Ukrainian people on what he called a show of democratic maturity.Zelenskiy said on Sunday he planned to continue European-backed talks with Russia on a so far largely unimplemented peace deal and would try to free Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia, which is holding 24 Ukrainian sailors among others.Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin’s closest ally in Ukraine, last week outlined ways in which Ukraine and Russia could mend ties, though Zelenskiy has given no indication of being open to the prospect.Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Ukraine now had a chance to “reset” and unite its people.Zelenskiy has pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro-Western course, but has sounded less emphatic than Poroshenko about possible plans for the country of 42 million people to one day join the European Union and NATO.Poroshenko, who conceded defeat but said he planned to stay in politics, said on social media he thought Zelenskiy’s win would spark celebrations in the Kremlin.“They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian President, Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence,” he wrote.Critics accuse Zelenskiy of having an unhealthily close working relationship with a powerful oligarch called Ihor Kolomoisky, whose TV channel broadcasts his comedy shows.Zelenskiy has rejected those accusations.One of the most important and early tests of that promise will be the fate of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest lender, which was nationalised in 2016.The government wrested PrivatBank from Kolomoisky as part of a banking system clean-up backed by the IMF, which supports Ukraine with a multi-billion dollar loan programme.But its fate hangs in the balance after a Kiev court ruled days before the election that the change of PrivatBank’s ownership was illegal, delighting Kolomoisky but rocking the central bank which said it would appeal.Zelenskiy has repeatedly denied he would seek to hand PrivatBank back to Kolomoisky if elected or help the businessman win compensation for the ownership change.The IMF will be watching closely too to see if Zelenskiy will allow gas prices to rise to market levels, an IMF demand but a politically sensitive issue and one Zelenskiy has been vague about.Zelenskiy gave few new policy details on Sunday, but said he wanted a new general prosecutor to replace incumbent Yuriy Lutsenko, and spoke of wanting new generals to work in the army.His unorthodox campaign traded on the character he plays in the TV show, a scrupulously honest schoolteacher who becomes president by accident after an expletive-ridden rant about corruption goes viral.Zelenskiy has promised to fight corruption, a message that has resonated with Ukrainians fed up with the status quo in a country that is one of Europe’s poorest nearly three decades after breaking away from the Soviet Union.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Missionary priest creates wheelchair tricycles for disabled in Ghana

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Bro. Trevor Robinson with two disabled persons who were given a trycicle wheelchairBro. Trevor Robinson with two disabled persons who were given a trycicle wheelchair Looking at the “last among the last”, marginalized, vulnerable and without any help,  living on the streets of Tamale, a town in Ghana with more thatn 300,000 inhabitants, Brother Trevor Robinson, an English missionary of the White Fathers (the Society of Missionaries of Africa), had the evangelical desire to dedicate time and energy to improve their living conditions.On the streets of Tamale, you see boys and adults with disabilities. In those conditions, disabled people can only stay near their home. The rest of the world does not exist for them and, above all, they live in a degrading condition.50 wheelchairs a weekExploring the possibilities to remedy that situation, Brother Trevor designed a wheelchair tricycle that enables the person to sit in a wheelchair-type bike seat and move pedals with their hands, thus enabling them to have mobility.According to FIDES news agency, from the project to the first prototype, the step was short and, thanks to the help of volunteers and donors, Brother Robinson started the work of recovering useful material, such as pieces of old bicycles donated by friends or acquaintances.“When I started, I thought of turning this tricycle into an opportunity for street kids. I asked some of them to help me. At first, we produced about ten a week. Now, slowly, we have reached fifty,”  said the missionary. The total price of a tricycle for disabled people is about 250 euros.Regaining hope“They have been given to men, women and older children who are too poor to purchase a wheelchair like this for themselves. Some people offer us a little money if they have it — but for the most part, those who are receiving them are too poor to pay anything at all. The wheelchair tricycles allow people to have dignity.“When a disabled person manages to obtain one of these means he enters a new dimension and regains a hope of life. Thanks to the tricycle, he can move anywhere. This allows him to relate with many people and to grow. Not only that, but his muscles become stronger and this improves his physical health condition. Now there is a glimmer of gratitude and light in their lives.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Piracy rate at 80 percent in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement While the global rate of software piracy stands at around 42 percent, in Africa it is closer to 80 percent, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).The highest rate of piracy is in Zimbabwe, where 92 percent of software is being used illegally.“You could call it a developing world phenomenon,” says the BSA’s legal affairs manager Warren Weertman, who points out that a similar problem exists in Asia. Nor, he says, is it hard to understand why it happens. – Advertisement – “What you see is a proliferation of counterfeit or unlicensed copies of software being made available, often at a significantly reduced price,” Weertman says. “So people will often feel, ‘why buy a copy of Microsoft Office for what could be a couple of hundred dollars when you can pick up a bootleg copy for a couple of dollars?’.”[related-posts]Industry leaders, including the BSA and Microsoft, have been campaigning hard to convince both consumers and governments that software piracy doesn’t just hurt tech multinationals.It’s an uphill battle; in Africa, as Weertman points out, intellectual property (IP) rights are rarely enforced even when they are enshrined in law.From an economic perspective, it behooves African governments to work harder on the issue, Weertman believes. Along with generating tax revenues, buying licensed software also creates jobs, says Weertman.“When people are making use of licensed software, chances are that there will actually be in increase in jobs to support that legitimate IT infrastructure in markets,” he says. “It’s not just about lost tax. It actually goes to the heart of the issue of employment.”Pirated software can also cost a customer or business more when it stops working or works slowly, Weertman says, and comes with security risks.”We find that in most copies of counterfeit software a lot of the security features have been disabled.”One of the most crucial steps towards enforcing IP rights is for African governments to update their legal frameworks, Weertman says, which in some cases can be decades old. South Africa’s copyright act, he says, dates back to the 1970s, and although it has been modified several times since then, “it’s still not up to date with the digital economy that exists in the world today”.Microsoft has mounted a campaign to fight piracy across the continent. Monique Ferreira, Microsoft’s anti-piracy manager for South Africa, says the company focuses on educating the public about the security risks of piracy and the consequences of being caught — many consumers, she says, aren’t even aware they’re breaking the law. But they also work closely with the police and governments across the continent, trying to boost enforcement.A focus on law enforcement has yielded results in the past. Piracy rates in Russia fell from 73 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2011, says Weertman, largely due to rigorous prosecution of IP offenders by local police.But, he admits, many African consumers are simply unable to afford software licenses. “It can be a tricky debate, because ultimately it is important that people do get access to software,” he says.Microsoft has been finding ways for cash-strapped consumers to access legal versions of its products. These include offering pared-down versions of its Office suite at a reduced price, and a program allowing schools and universities licensing Office for their staff to install it free on students’ computers.Source: Zdnetlast_img read more

AlphaGo Does it Again – Beats Another Worlds TopRanked Player in the

first_imgChinese Go player Ke Jie puts a stone against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during their first match at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer Advertisement A year after South Korean grandmaster Lee Se-Dol was trounced to Google’s  AlphaGo DeepMind AI – making it the first time in history a computer programme to beat a top player in a full contest, the AI is doing it again as it beat the world’s top-ranked player; a 19 year old Ke Jie in a 3000 year old ancient Chinese board game Go in the first of three planned games on Tuesday.According to reports by Reuters, the game was streamed live on Google-owned video sharing platform; YouTube, while Executives from DeepMind that developed the program sent out updates live on micro-blogging website; Twitter.With two more games left, Ke will face the AI once again on Thursday and Saturday. – Advertisement – “AlphaGo’s successes hint at the possibility for general AI to be applied to a wide range of tasks and areas, to perhaps find solutions to problems that we as human experts may not have considered,” Demis Hassabis, Founder at DeepMind said ahead of this week’s matches, NDTV news reports.AI’s ultimate goal is to create general or multi-purpose, rather than narrow, task-specific intelligence something resembling human reasoning and the ability to learn.Chinese Go player Ke Jie reacts during his first match with Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China May 23, 2017. REUTERS/StringerFor what we know, AI has previously beaten humans in cerebral contests, starting with IBM’s Deep Blue defeating chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, but according to reports, AlphaGo’s win against Lee last year is considered the most significant win for AI as yet.Notably, Go is most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, involves two contestants moving black and white stones across a square grid, aiming to seize the most territory. According to Reuters, the board game is favored by AI researchers because of the large number of outcomes compared to other games such as: chess.Go is considered perhaps the most complex game ever devised, with an incomputable number of move options that puts a premium on intuition. And according to Google there are more potential positions in a Go game than atoms in the universe.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]wansea head to Italy on the back of an entertaining, if ultimately fruitless, 4-3 defeat against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.As old Brucie Forsyth would say: “Good game, good game my loves but nothing in this game for losing 4-3”.As well as Swansea played, you can’t help but wonder if they had been thrashed 5-0 they would be better placed for this match (6pm ITV4). At least with that kind of defeat they would have downed tools relatively early in the match whereas they’ve ended up having a tough match, only four days ago, and now have to regroup.I thought the first leg of this match was a pitiful affair. In the end 0-0 might not have been considered a bad result for Swansea but worryingly they had 69% of the possession and failed to take advantage.I was hardly that impressed with Napoli either but Rafa Benitez’s side are hard to beat at home – they’ve lost just one league game at home this season and remember also overcame Arsenal 2-0 at the Stadio San Paolo in the group stages of the Champions League earlier this season. They have a manager with a first class CV for this competition.Napoli will again rely on Pepe Reina in goal as Rafael was injured in the first leg at the Liberty Stadium and substituted at half time. Both keepers pulled off some excellent saves to keep Napoli not only in it but as odds on favourites to progress in the Europa Cup.The winners will go on to play Porto or Eintracht Frankfurt in the next round and I’m taking Napoli to defy a one goal handicap on the Star Sports, three way handicap, at around 5/4.As for Swansea. It’s been nice to see you, to see you nice……No preview yesterday – busy with the Cheltenham videos – hope you’ve checked them out on the site but we had a nice result on Tuesday with Olympiacos (+1) against Man U. And to think I could have backed them at -1 too. Didn’t they play well (EDITOR: Enough of the Brucie quotes now please.)RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points NAPOLI (-1 goal – 3 way handicap) at around 5/4 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 45.25 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 34.53 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Fat and Soggy Chips

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks go, to great friend of Star, Max Shoes, for coming to London this afternoon, to deliver me four pairs of shoe-repairs. Max’s shoes improve with age (a bit like my sexy French teacher, at school, I always used to think) and it’s always great to give business to such a professional. On arrival, Mr Shoes also delighted me, by presenting me with a cream cake (was it a Choux cake Ben?, editor), he had just purchased from Selfridges! What a guy!! Thank you, Mr Shoes.Here is a photo of Max, a true dog-man, with his new greyhound, that recently ran one of it’s first races at Perry Barr.In other news:Santa Maria Del Sur came to Queenstown Road, in Battersea, and made a big noise. Good reviews were published, and the crowds flocked. But how times have changed. Yet another London restaurant, that’s become arrogant, and sat on it’s laurels. I had the misfortune of going this evening: There were only a handful of people there, the service was simply halfwit-level, the main course; tasteless, and the chips; just fat and soggy. I ended the pain, well before, my normal march on, for the dessert. Santa Maria Del Sur. Completely gone. 1.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Wigan Athletic v Gillingham

first_img[dropcap]L[/dropcap]eague One action tonight with the SKY cameras at Wigan for the visit of Gillingham.It’s very much a top of the table battle. Gillingham (2nd) have the chance to go top (even with a draw) over current leaders Burton and Wigan (5th) can consolidate their play-off/promotion hopes in their first attempt to get back into the Championship after last season’s relegation.Both teams arrive in good form, particularly Gillingham who are on a winning run of four, including their last two away games.Wigan have not exactly been scoring goals for fun at the DW Stadium but may just have the edge with home advantage to win this one.The reverse fixture finished 2-0 to the Gills in August.Wigan Athletic v GillinghamLeague One19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HDHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2015 LEAGUE ONE Gillingham 2-0 WiganFeb 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Gillingham 2-1 WiganDec 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP Wigan 2-0 GillinghamApr 2004 LEAGUE DIV 1 Gillingham 0-3 WiganOct 2003 LEAGUE DIV 1 Wigan 1-0 GillinghamMay 2000 LEAGUE DIV 2 Wigan 2-3 GillinghamApr 2000 LEAGUE DIV 2 Gillingham 2-1 WiganDec 1999 LEAGUE DIV 2 Wigan 2-0 GillinghamMar 1999 LEAGUE DIV 2 Wigan 4-1 GillinghamNov 1998 LEAGUE DIV 2 Gillingham 2-0 WiganHome win on Wigan at evens with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK WIGAN for 9.5 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 44.79 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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Baker Institute Awarded Major Grant for Energy Studies

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794 BAKER INSTITUTE AWARDED MAJOR GRANT FOR ENERGY STUDIESThe James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University has received a major grant to conduct a two-year study into energy markets and their impact on the international economy by the Center for International PoliticalEconomy (CIPE). These studies will cover the geopolitical, cultural, religious and ethnic factors involved in the world’s energy producing regions, particularly the Middle East and Central Asia, and the impact on theprice, security and supply of energy. The grant will be in the amount of $300,000 annually, in addition to in-kind contributions for assigned fellows to theproject.“This research award is yet another measure of the high regard for Rice and the Baker Institute in academic and policy circles,”said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. The Baker Institute was chosen along with two other institutions to conduct a series of initial international studies by CIPE. The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University will undertake a two- year study to assess security relationships in the Pacific Rim, and the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston will conduct a two-year study aimed at defining emerging international economic trends and the policy impacts of new patterns in internationalcapital flows.“The selection of the Baker Institute for this study will initiate our research agenda on energy, the Middle East and Central Asia, where approximately three-fourths of the world’s energy reserves are located,” said Edward Djerejian, director of the BakerInstitute. CIPE, which will maintain offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization formed with the intent to be a recognized leader in the sponsorship of original research, learned deliberation and quality publication of papers related to keyinternational issues. Recently, a reception was held in Washington, D.C. to announce the CIPE’s sponsorship of these initial studies. Professor Richard Stoll, associate director of the Baker Institute, and Stephen Smith, an alumni governor of Rice’s Board of Governors, represented the university at the proceedings which included Clinton Administrationofficials, members of Congress and corporate executives. ### AddThislast_img read more

Election Day What Schools are Saying

first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Election Day: What Schools are Saying It’s election day in the U.S., so for our international readers: whoops! Let’s check out some of the day’s big stories coming out of U.S. schools.Engineered Electioneering – Kellogg Insight“When it comes to persuading voters, the timing of a candidate’s message may be as important as the message itself,” Kellogg Insight explains.The overall conclusion of how to approach election messaging comes from new research by Angela Y. Lee, Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management. With Concordia University of Montréal Assistant Professor Hakkyun Kim and University of Minnesota Professor Akshay R. Rao, the trio’s research finds surprising details that former U.S. President Barack Obama successfully utilized in 2008.In short, the group’s research finds that voters are more responsive to grander, large-scale ideas the further the election is away. However, as Election Day draws closer, more concrete ideas take precedent. ​“[Obama] was emphasizing abstract themes and capturing the imagination of caucus goers, while his opponents were capturing the attention of the D.C. establishment, who then spent a fair amount of time dissecting and critiquing their various plans to fix health care, get out of Iraq, and what have you,” Rao says of Obama’s 2008 campaign.Northwestern Kellogg research finds that sweeping campaign messaging is more effective when Election Day is further away; a campaign tactic utilized heavily by Barack Obama in 2008.The trio note that this approach goes beyond politics. In fact, they argue, the methods can be utilized successfully by marketing in other industries.Insights from the study, Lee notes, may help consumer goods marketers develop more persuasive messages and may also help public health officials design more effective campaigns against such health threats as obesity and smoking. For example, she says, messages that urge people to lose weight or quit smoking as an immediate goal should provide concrete information on how the objective can be achieved.You can find out more about the research here.Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways – The ConversationAs the political landscape rapidly shifts in the U.S. and elsewhere, the internet bot game becomes increasingly important. In The Conversation, Tauhid Zaman, Associate Professor of Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management analyzes just how much of an impact these elements may have on Election Day.His research found that bots had a much smaller presence than others may have speculated: “less than 1 percent of the active Twitter users.”In addition, Zaman’s work, with his students net another surprising result: Twitter bots helped Hillary Clinton in 2016 more than Donald Trump.The reason for this, Zaman concludes, is that the effectiveness is not due to the volume, but rather how much individual bots perform. The research finds that there were more Trump-supporting bots in ’16, however, Clinton bots tweeted more on average. He does, however, note that the research only gives a small window into the potential impact bots have.It’s worth noting that our analysis looked at a relatively small number of users, especially when compared to the voting population. And it was only during a relatively short period of time around a specific event in the campaign. Therefore, they don’t suggest anything about the overall election results. But they do show the potential effect bots can have on people’s opinions.Click here to read more about Taman’s work.The Election Just Ahead – The Harvard GazetteHarvard staff writer Christina Pazzanese, in her newest piece for The Harvard Gazette, details the relative uncertainty of what may happen on Election Day this year. “With polling often inaccurate in the last election, no one can confidently predict what the results will be this time, despite any evident trend lines going in,” she writes.The focus of her piece lies on three principle elements: youth turnout; hacking; and ideology. On youth turnout, Pazzanese immediately notes that youth demographics have the worst statistical rates of turnout cycle after cycle in the U.S. With infused commitment to voter registration at the Boston university, turnout could reach a record high. However, like Pazzanese says, polling can be “often inaccurate.”If results from a new Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) Youth Poll are accurate, turnout among Harvard students could reach a high. Forty percent of voters age 18‒29 say they will definitely vote in the midterm, according to the findings released Oct. 29. Though poll director John Della Volpe said the organizers don’t expect that many to turn out, past trends indicate that, even accounting for the usual gap of -7.5 points between those who say they will vote and those who actually do, the figure suggests young voters will turn out in significantly greater numbers than in many years past. The only midterms in which young voters turned out at a greater rate than their typical 18‒20 percent were in 1986 and 1994, he said.In regards to voter ideology, Pazzanese paints a more ambiguous outlook.“Amid such rapid change, political analysts and practitioners have struggled to keep pace, especially since 2016 showed how off-track most had gotten. Many hoping to understand how voters think and behave now recognize that polling and opinion data aren’t delivering a rich enough portrait of where the electorate is moving ideologically, and why.”Tackling ideology movement in 2018 is endearingly challenging, but left-leaning political data service Catalist, co-founded by current CEO Laura Quinn, a visiting fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at HKS, may have a new approach. The company organized voters into less-than-traditional groups, by approaching potential voters in a different manner.“So instead of asking questions about expected topics like the Affordable Care Act or gun ownership, which cause people to self-sort into partisan groups, Catalist asks about things that don’t signal an obvious right or left response, but gets at someone’s values. These are queries like ‘Is it morally good or bad to leave a dog out in the rain, or for a soldier to refuse to obey a potentially illegal order from commanders?’” Pazzanese writes. The results are as follows:Quinn notes the grouping is not a total encapsulation of the electorate, however. “None of these things perfectly explains why people are the way they are. People are complicated, and they change. It’s the constellation of things that you believe that give you a sense of the person.”You can read more about election day from The Harvard Gazette here. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman center_img RelatedThe Connection Between Social Mobility and Democracy, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Is Social Mobility Essential to Democracy? – Kellogg Insights Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management professor of managerial economics and decisions sciences Georgy Egorov, along with MIT Sloan’s Daron Acemoglu and Chicago Booth’s…April 19, 2018In “Chicago”Best Business Schools for Marketing: Part IThis article originally appeared in its entirety on The “four Ps” (product, price, place and promotion) and the “three Cs” (customers, competition and company) may not have become completely passé, but there’s some serious shifting taking place in the world of marketing. Companies must reach global audiences of consumers,…April 8, 2016In “Featured Home”Better Advice, Getting Kids To Stop Drinking Soda, and More – ChicagoLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. A New Way to Persuade Kids to Drink More Water and Less Soda – Kellogg Insight Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business recently published an article that surveyed a number of strategies that…October 4, 2018In “Chicago” Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Fears Remain After Evacuation Lifted for 200K Californians

first_img Share Show Discussion Fears Remain After Evacuation Lifted for 200K Californians By The Associated Press February 15, 2017 Updated: February 15, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US center_img The water from the Feather River flows through Oroville, Calif., Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Water levels at Lake Oroville, which feeds the river are continuing to drop, stopping water from spilling over the spillway. Thousands of Northern California residents were asked to evacuate their homes Sunday evening after authorities warned the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam could fail at any time unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) OROVILLE, California—The stress of evacuation and an uncertain future were enough for Donald Azevedo and his family to opt to stay a few more nights in an emergency shelter rather than risk having to do it all again.The family was among the nearly 200,000 Californians who live downstream from the country’s tallest dam who were told they could return home but warned they may have to flee again if repairs made to the battered Oroville Dam spillways don’t hold.The fixes could be put to their first test later this week with the first of a series of small storms forecast for the region expected to reach the area Wednesday night.“There is the prospect that we could issue another evacuation order if the situation changes and the risk increases,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Tuesday, telling residents they could return home but to remain vigilant.That’s why Azevedo wasn’t budging yet.“My plan is to stay here,” said Azevedo, who evacuated from Marysville with his wife, Tasha, their four Chihuahuas and more than 30 relatives. They spent two nights at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, Calif. and he planned to wait out this week’s upcoming storm before returning home. Many at the shelter said a drive that should have taken one hour took six hours on Sunday. Truck after truck line the Oroville Dam roadway as the effort to stabilize the emergency spillway continues Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. Officials say the decision to lift the evacuation order for nearly 200,000 people living below a damaged dam in California has taken into account updated weather forecasts. A storm later this week is expected to be colder, with less rain. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP) Truck after truck line the Oroville Dam roadway as the effort to stabilize the emergency spillway continues Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, California. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)“I’m not trying to risk traffic, being stuck in floods. I’m safe where I’m at,” Azevedo said.Many other evacuees, such as Oroville resident Margaret Johnston, couldn’t wait to get back home.“You don’t appreciate home until it’s taken away from you,” said Johnston, 69, who spent the last two nights sheltering at a church in Chico, California. As she packed the blankets, pillows and clothing she had hastily thrown into a black garbage bag, she reflected on the mad rush to leave, the chaos, confusion and bottleneck traffic on the drive out. “It was just frustrating. Very frustrating.”Residents living below the Oroville Dam were suddenly ordered to evacuate Sunday afternoon after authorities had assured them for nearly a week that the dam was sound despite a gaping and growing hole found in the structure’s main spillway.The order came after authorities feared an earthen emergency spillway used when the lake behind the dam overflows its capacity appeared ready to fail Sunday because of erosion.Two days after issuing the evacuation order, officials lifted it Tuesday but uncertainty remained.Repair crews work to repair the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. The barrier, at the nation's tallest dam, is being repaired after authorities ordered mass evacuations for everyone living below the lake out of concerns the spillway could fail and send a 30-foot wall of water roaring downstream. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Repair crews work to repair the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Over the weekend, the swollen lake spilled down the unpaved emergency spillway for nearly 40 hours, leaving it badly eroded. The problem occurred six days after engineers discovered a growing hole in the dam’s main concrete spillway.State and federal officials ignored calls in 2005 from environmental groups to armor the earthen spillway in concrete to prevent erosion. Federal regulators concluded the earthen spillway could handle a large amount of overflow after water agencies that would have had to pay for the upgrade argued it was unnecessary.Related CoverageEvacuation Lifted for 200,000 Californians Living Below DamOthers fear the real test is still to come in the weeks ahead when a record amount of snowfall melts in nearby mountains.The California Department of Water Resources said Tuesday night the Oroville Dam’s water levels continued to decrease but it didn’t say by how much.State water officials said earlier Tuesday the reservoir’s water level had been reduced 15 feet by Tuesday afternoon. Officials hope to continue using a damaged main spillway to drain the lake another 37 feet in preparation for coming rain. They say they have drained enough water that the emergency spillway will not be needed to handle runoff from the approaching storm.A helicopter lowers a load of rocks to fill in a hole near the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. The barrier, at the nation's tallest dam, is being repaired after authorities ordered mass evacuations for everyone living below the lake out of concerns the spillway could fail and send a 30-foot wall of water roaring downstream. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) A helicopter lowers a load of rocks to fill in a hole near the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Oroville, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Forecasts call for 2-4 inches of rain and snow in the foothills and mountains starting Wednesday night. But the storm was looking colder than initially projected, meaning less rain and less runoff than last week’s storms.Dozens of construction crews were working around the clock dropping 1,200 tons of material on the earthen emergency spillway per hour using heavy equipment and helicopters and the area is being continually monitored with the help of drones carrying cameras, the state water agency said.Preliminary estimates say permanently fixing the hole in the main spillway could cost $100 million to $200 million, Croyle said. Experts are drawing up plans for repairs that will begin after the spring runoff season ends.Related CoverageCalifornia dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years agoGov. Jerry Brown said late Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved his request for federal assistance with the Oroville dam situation.State officials clearly were on the defensive about their decision to call for mass evacuations Sunday, just a few hours after saying the situation was stable, forcing families to rush to pack up and get out.Honea, the county sheriff, said Tuesday that the call to order nearly 200,000 people to higher ground protected lives and bought time for water experts to address the problems.But after two days away from home, tens of thousands of evacuees were growing weary. They welcomed the news they could return home but vowed to heed the sheriff’s warning to remain vigilant.Rod Remocal said he and his wife would now be ready to leave their Biggs home near the dam at a moment’s notice after fleeing in a rush Sunday.“We’re all coming back and pack and be ready this time,” Remocal said. “This time we’re going to be on call like they said.” Share this articlelast_img read more

Video Doctor Curses at Patient Tells Her to Get Out

first_img Share this article Video: Doctor Curses at Patient, Tells Her to ‘Get Out’ Doctor releases a statement, says her allegations are not trueBy Jack Phillips October 12, 2017 Updated: January 18, 2018 US News Show Discussion Sharecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A Florida woman posted a video showing what appears to be a doctor cursing and yelling at a woman after she complained of a long wait line.Jessica Stipe posted a smartphone video on her Facebook page, writing that she was “severely sick” and went to the Gainesville After Hours clinic for a check-up. She made an appointment at 6:30 p.m., but by 7:45 p.m., she had not yet seen a doctor.She was in “severe pain and throwing up in a trash can,” she wrote.“All they had me do was pee in a cup to see if I’m pregnant … ummm I know I’m not,” she wrote. “I asked for my co pay back so I could leave and go back home to bed and try to be seen elsewhere tomorrow because I’m just miserable that all I want is my bed.”Then, a doctor got angry at her when she asked for her money back. “My daughter recorded it because they were so rude. When he saw it was being recorded he snatched my baby’s phone and shoved her when she tried to get it back,” she wrote.Stipe is seen telling the doctor that they should tell people with appointments that they won’t be seen in a “timely manner.” “Are you kidding me? Do you know how many people … I got seven rooms back there,” the physician yells at her.Then, when she says that she wants to leave, the doctor tells her to “get the hell out.”“Get the [expletive] out of my office,” he shouts.The physician, Dr. Peter Gallogly, released a statement.“Ms. Stipe had been increasingly belligerent and abusive to the office staff, cursing and threatening them with violence, because she was unwell and had been waiting to see me for more than an hour,” he said in the statement, adding that she got a refund but refused to leave, CBS4 reported.He added: “I went to the front desk only because after Ms. Stipe received her refund, she refused to leave the office, and continued her abusive behavior towards staff. Despite repeated requests from the office staff, she repeatedly demanded to see me instead of leaving.”The video, he said, was heavily edited and taken out of context.“When I walked into the waiting room, Ms. Stipe (and her daughter) cursed and threatened me as they had done with the office staff previously,” he wrote.Stipe then told CBS4 that the doctor’s statements are “absolutely not true.”“What you saw is what it was,” Stipe added. “This is just ridiculous.”“At the very end of the events, I most regrettably lost my temper, and spoke to the two women in a most unprofessional manner. I make no excuses for my unacceptable behavior,” Gallogly wrote.The video can be seen here (WARNING: there is profanity):Recommended Video: Kayaker Rescues Iguana Swimming Miles From Shorelast_img read more

White House Says Order by Hawaii Federal Judge Is Dangerously Flawed

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article A block placed by a Hawaii federal judge on a presidential proclamation limiting travel from eight countries with security risks, is undercutting the president’s ability to keep the country safe, the White House said in a statement.Judge Derrick Watson blocked the revised version of the so-called travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect on Oct. 18.“Today’s dangerously flawed district court order undercuts the President’s efforts to keep the American people safe and enforce minimum security standards for entry into the United States,” the White House said in a statement.The presidential proclamation which was issued on Sept. 24 places limits on citizens from eight countries traveling to the United States.Almost all citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen would be banned indefinitely from entering the United States as of Oct. 18. Some Venezuelan citizens will be restricted, and Iraq citizens will not be subject to restrictions, but will face heightened scrutiny.The new rules do not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, and visas already issued to citizens from those countries will not be revoked. Once the nonimmigrant visas expire, however, they will be subject to the new restrictions. The White House said that the decision to restrict travel on the countries came after an extensive review by the Secretary of Homeland Security and other cabinet members.“These restrictions are vital to ensuring that foreign nations comply with the minimum security standards required for the integrity of our immigration system and the security of our Nation,” the White House statement said.The White House said the Justice Department will defend the travel restrictions.Earlier this month the Supreme Court decided not to take action on a different challenge from the state of Hawaii on an earlier version of the travel ban. That ban is set to expire on Oct. 24.The Supreme Court also dismissed another case originating in Maryland. The Justice Department had requested the case be dismissed because the ban in question had been replaced already by an updated one.Review ProcessThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reviewed almost 200 countries between March and July to identify those that needed to provide more information with visa applications to satisfy U.S. authorities that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat.One criterion was document integrity—for example, whether a country issued passports with an embedded chip or not, or whether the country could provide evidence that their citizens are who they say they are.Other criteria include whether the country is a known or potential terrorist safe haven; whether it is a participant in the Visa Waiver Program; and whether it regularly fails to receive its nationals who are subject to orders of removal from the United States.The DHS initially identified 16 countries as being “inadequate” and 31 additional countries as “at risk” of becoming “inadequate” based on those criteria.The State Department then spent 50 days engaging with those countries to help them meet the criteria and avoid travel restrictions.“Those engagements yielded significant improvements in many countries,” the proclamation states. “Twenty-nine countries, for example, provided travel document exemplars for use by Department of Homeland Security officials to combat fraud. Eleven countries agreed to share information on known or suspected terrorists.”Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Show Discussion US News center_img Share President Donald Trump at a press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in the Rose Garden of the White House on Oct. 17, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) White House Says Order by Hawaii Federal Judge Is ‘Dangerously Flawed’ By Jasper Fakkert October 17, 2017 Updated: October 18, 2017last_img read more

New Jersey Community to Fine OutofTown Drivers in Bid to Decrease Traffic

first_img New Jersey Community to Fine Out-of-Town Drivers, in Bid to Decrease Traffic By Bowen Xiao December 28, 2017 Updated: December 28, 2017 Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News A community in the state of New Jersey announced they would be fining out-of-town commuters driving through their streets.The reason—to decrease the traffic and congestion the drivers bring.Officials from the small town of Leonia said they will close 60 streets to out-of-town drivers. Police officers will be able to fine commuters $200 if they drive through those streets between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to The new rule will go into effect on Jan. 22.For residents who live or work in Leonia, the city hall will provide them with a bright yellow tag to hang in their rearview mirror. Police officers will not fine drivers with a yellow tag.“It’s an extreme initiative, I’ll be the first to admit that,” Thomas Rowe, the city’s police chief told “However the traffic that we deal with is completely extreme.” The town’s traffic problems stem from navigation apps like Waze and Google maps that lead highway drivers through their streets as a shortcut.The traffic is reportedly so bad that during rush hour, police categorize the traffic the way one would hurricanes. Leonia is located about a mile away from the George Washington Bridge, which leads directly into New York City.Rowe said that about 15,000 cars travel through the town every day. The town’s population is only about 9,200 and they employ 18 police officers in total.The new move is legal, according to Leonia Mayor, Judah Zeigler, who told that said the measure has been “thoroughly” researched and that they have “no doubt the ordinances we passed are legal and would withstand any potential legal challenge.”Executive Director of the NJ League of Municipalities, Michael Darcy, also stressed the rule was legal, even though it was an “extreme” form of “traffic calming.”“I think they’re certainly within their rights to do this,” Darcy told “They aren’t just doing this to gate off the community, for example. They’re talking about the safety of the residents, emergency vehicles having access. It’s a problem there.”According to the New York Times, town residents of Leonia have difficulty pulling out of their own driveways.One such resident, Melissa Soesmann, said she would even “plead” with drivers, so she could get out.“It’s horrific, and it’s all the time,” she told the newspaper. “They will see that you are trying to get out, but they won’t let you. People are cranky; it’s the morning. By the time they are up here, who knows how long they have been sitting in traffic.”Officials from the town said they are also working with Waze so their software will not direct drivers through Leonia.Steve Carrellas, director of government and public affairs for the New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association has a different opinion.“This ordinance is illegal and it will be a matter of which force ends its reign of wishful thinking: the courts, political pressure or the expected inability to enforce it, which will be overwhelming,” Carrellas told said the new rule is outrageous and that drivers have “a right to public roads subject to reasonable regulations, like speed limits and turn signals.” From Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Share Town of Leonia, NJ. (Screenshot Via Google Maps) last_img read more