first_imgShareCONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: LECTURER AT CREEKMORESYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS MULTICULTURAL EDUCATIONSonia Nieto, a leadingeducator on the teaching of children, will speak about educating multiculturalchildren during the Hazel Creekmore Symposium sponsored by Rice University’sCenter for Education on March 27-28.The topic of this year’ssymposium is “Effectively Educating Latino Students: What Teachers Need ToKnow.” Nieto, a professor ofeducation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will meet with communityleaders, administrators, teachers and students during the symposium. Nietoresearches multicultural education, the education of Latinos, immigrants andother culturally and linguistically diverse students. The lecture will beginat 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center. A reception and booksigning will follow the talk.In addition to thelecture, Nieto will serve on a panel at 10 a.m. on March 28 in FarnsworthPavilion at the Student Center. The topic will be “What Keeps Teachers Going,Despite Everything.” Both the lecture and the panel discussion are open to thepublic. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis center_img About adminlast_img read more

first_img Share this article Video: Texans Form Human Chain to Rescue Elderly Man From Floodwaters By NTD Television September 2, 2017 Updated: September 2, 2017 Show Discussion Share Maritza Castillo and her husband went out to pick up her brother who was flooded in, but ended up saving a stranger.The couple could not get to Maritza’s brother because the roads were flooded, so they had to turn around.As they stood at a traffic light on their way back on Interstate 10 in Houston they witnessed a chilling scene. The surging floodwater picked up a large SUV with an elderly driver inside and began to sweep the vehicle away.“My heart started beating fast,” Castillo told CNN.Maritza and her husband rushed out of their car to help. So did about two dozen other drivers on the road. The water was shoulder-deep at some points, so someone suggested that they form a human chain to stay safe.People began to link their arms and eventually, the chain reached the man’s car. After some initial trouble with the door, the good Samaritans pulled the man out of the car. Castillo said that the man was taken to a hospital and reunited with his son.Trump Visits Harvey Victims in HoustonU.S. President Donald Trump flew to Houston on Saturday, Sept. 2, to meet with victims of Hurricane Harvey and see the effects of the record-setting storm while he presses for a multibillion-dollar aid package.Trump, facing the first natural disaster of his administration, was joined by his wife, Melania, as he passed out food and hugged, kissed, and played with children at Houston’s NRG Center, a 700,000-square-foot facility that is now the city’s largest emergency shelter.Trump, who is making his second trip to the stricken state this week, asked Congress late on Friday for an initial $7.85 billion for hurricane recovery efforts. The request comes as Washington faces tough budget negotiations.U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017.   (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) U.S. President Donald Trump visits with survivors of Hurricane Harvey at a relief center in Houston, Texas, U.S., September 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)Trump told reporters at the center that his administration was moving fast to provide the financing for aid to the devastated region.“We are signing a lot of documents to get money,” he said.Trump, alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, appeared relaxed as he posed for photographs with volunteers and chatted with those relocated to the shelter.Melania, the sleeves of her blue denim shirt rolled up, hugged a woman and chatted with a child.“It has been a wonderful thing,” Trump said of his meetings with the children as he helped serve food to evacuees amid shouts of “Thank you, sir.”Reuters contributed to this report. From NTD.tvcenter_img US (Screenshot/YouTube)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

first_img Tourniquets, Once Out of Favor, Helped Save Lives in Vegas Shootings By Reuters October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 Share this article Share Legacy of Lost LimbsThe tourniquet’s bad reputation has some basis in fact: When limbs go too long without blood-flow and function cannot be restored, amputation may be necessary. But while in earlier days, especially on the battlefield, medical attention was often delayed for hours, today most trauma victims get help before a tourniquet becomes dangerous.The thinking began to change when a retrospective analysis suggested that up to 10 percent of Vietnam War combat deaths could have been avoided had tourniquets been applied in the field. Beginning in the 1980s, the Israeli military demonstrated tourniquets could be effectively applied on the battlefield with little risk.The pendulum swung further when studies of early casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan found that tourniquets appeared to improve survival. One study done in a Baghdad hospital found that 87 percent of patients who came in with tourniquets survived. Among those who were good candidates for tourniquets but did not receive them, there were no survivors.By 2005, the military had completely embraced tourniquets and began issuing them to all American combat personnel.Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images) Ukrainian National Guardsmen practice using improvised tourniquets under the supervision of American soldiers during Operation Fearless Guardian on April 21, 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. (Pete Kiehart/Getty Images)A “No Brainer”Civilian trauma care was slower to change. Until the Sandy Hook shooting, the conventional wisdom remained that bleeding could be controlled well enough with manual pressure for paramedics to get injured people to hospitals. But that approach proved useless in “hot zones”—mass casualty scenes strewn with victims at risk of bleeding to death in minutes with a shooter still active.In 2013, when makeshift bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon and wounded more than 200 people, the success of improvised tourniquets reinforced the growing recognition that they could save lives.Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Boston Marathon bombing survivors Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky celebrate at the finish line with their dog Rescue after Downes completed the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)“You can give someone an hour of training and an inexpensive bleed control kit and empower them to save their own life or the life of the person next to them,” said Dr. Alex Eastman, medical director of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “That is just a no-brainer for every community in this country.”The Bautista sisters are home again in Fontana, California. Paola, who had surgery hours after the shooting, faces at least one more operation. Daisy is looking after her.“She’s good,” Daisy said in an interview. “There’s pain. But she’s good.”By Lisa Girion When the sniper’s bullet shattered Paola Bautista’s arm, her sister and a stranger in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival got her to cover. Then they focused on the bleeding.Daisy Bautista stuffed a sock into the hole in her sister’s arm, and the man who was helping them pulled a belt tight above the wound. That improvisation may have saved Paola’s life, preventing the kind of massive blood loss that is the single greatest cause of trauma death.Bautista, a country music lover from California, is one of several Las Vegas shooting victims who benefited from the use of a controversial and centuries-old life-saving tool that is making a comeback—the tourniquet.Although it has been around since the Middle Ages, the tourniquet fell out of favor in recent decades because of concerns that it increased the risk of amputation. Now, that notion has given way to a new medical consensus that it is better to save a life than a limb – and to recent battlefield evidence that the risk of amputation today is quite low.After Las Vegas shooting, veteran medic pushes more public training on combat tourniquets:— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) October 7, 2017The new view entered the medical mainstream after the 2012 mass slayings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A group of doctors published the “Hartford Consensus,” a compendium of best practices and guidelines headlined by a call to revive the tourniquet. Since then, more than 200,000 police officers in major U.S. cities have been trained to use the low-tech lifesaver. The National Security Council, with trauma and emergency care groups, has launched a “Stop the Bleed” campaign to promote training among civilians. And shopping malls and airports have begun installing bleed control kits – including tourniquets – on public walls next to emergency defibrillators.“We want to turn it into the next CPR,” said Ian Weston, a paramedic and executive director of the American Trauma Society.Weston belongs to a small but growing corps of instructors who teach bleeding control. The free classes were designed to take less than an hour—“quick, down and dirty,” he said, “in the hopes that more people would take advantage of the training.”#LASVEGAS MASSACRE Chaos as barrage of bullets fly in worst mass shooting in US History. Prayers up for all! Video via @rtbleck @fox5ny— Lisa Evers (@LisaEvers) October 2, 2017 People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgRecommended Video: What is MS-13?  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News It had been a long time coming.The speed of Monday’s jaw-dropping sell-off on Wall Street had traders and investors bumped and bruised. But few seemed surprised that a pullback had actually happened. Some were looking for the right time and opportunity to wade back in—but wary of catching a falling knife.“We finally got the correction we were all kind of figuring would happen,” said Paul Nolte, portfolio manager at Kingsview Asset Management in Chicago. “It feels a lot more painful only because we haven’t seen it in 14-15 months or so, and it’s certainly, from the way we look at it, healthy.”Stocks have been on a bull run since 2009, accelerated in the last year by strong earnings and the Trump administration’s corporate tax cut. The S&P 500 rose 19 percent in 2017 alone.But with valuations sky high after the buying binge carried deep into January, something had to give. The down days started last week. The shakeout accelerated on Friday, with the S&P’s biggest drop since September 2016 after jobs data raised the specter of inflation and spooked investors.Monday started out in the red, but calm. The afternoon was anything but, as frantic selling set in. “The market panicked for whatever reason,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors in New York said in the afternoon. “The sharp reversals you saw in the last hour or so is recognition of the fact that things got overdone.”Catch a Falling Knife?The Dow briefly entered correction territory on Monday with a 10 percent dip from its Jan. 26 record. It ended down 4.6 percent on the day, while the S&P 500 fell 4 percent.Since the S&P’s Jan. 26 all-time high it has fallen 7.8 percent. Of its 11 sectors, energy led the decline with a 10.5 percent drop followed by a 9.4 percent drop in healthcare and an 8.8 percent drop in materials. The best performer was utilities with a decline of just under 4 percent (3.97) followed by real estate which fell 5.1 percent and telecom, which fell 5.5 percent.After the close of trading, equity futures traded sharply down, indicating another day of selling was ahead.“If I were running a hedge fund, I wouldn’t be rushing to buy; I’d be waiting,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.No S&P sector looked like a safe bet in the current environment.“I have a strong feeling that this sell-off is going to intensify because bears are seeing blood on the Street and all they want is right in front of them,” Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets, LondonEven so, some investors went shopping as they kept their focus on strong economic data and earnings growth.The utilities and real estate indexes performed better than the S&P on Monday, but with declines of 1.7 percent and 2.7 percent, the traditionally defensive sectors could hardly be called safe havens.These are considered bond proxies, and along with consumer staples and telecommunications, are seen as relatively safe in even the dourest markets due to their high dividend yields and predictable if slow growing earnings.But with interest rates rising, the dividend yields look less competitive compared with bond yields.That leaves some strategists talking up cyclical sectors such as financials, industrials, materials and technology as beneficiaries of a strong economy.Looking for the Safest Bet“Right now there’s no safe place to hide,” said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York.However Pavlik said he bought stocks on Friday, and on Monday as he was banking on a continuation of strong economic growth and a rapid increase in U.S. earnings.“This is not going to be a protracted sell-off. This is going to happen relatively quick because the economic numbers are still so good,” he said.Since the S&P’s financial sector fell 5 percent on Monday, some investors said they saw the decline as a buying opportunity as bank profits are boosted by rising interest rates because they can charge customers more for borrowing money.“You have a great opportunity to buy financials here,” said Phil Blancato, CEO of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management in New York. “With a strengthening consumer that’s going to continue to borrow and spend your best opportunity is in financials and technology.”In particular Apple Inc, which fell 6.7 percent in the last two sessions, looked like a bargain to Blancato, who said he bought the stock Monday. “Apple is getting very inexpensive.”While the broader market is punished by inflation anxiety, Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group in Minneapolis says investors should buy stocks in energy and materials companies and in a diverse array of commodities to profit from rising commodity prices.“If commodities rise maybe stocks go down over all. Even energy and materials stocks might come down but they might outperform,” said Paulsen.By Sinéad Carew Share US Stocks Plummet, Triggering Global Sell-Off By Reuters February 6, 2018 Updated: February 6, 2018center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., Feb. 5, 2018. Many signs are pointing to an end of economic expansion. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Grocery company Kroger is warning customers about an unauthorized coupon that’s circulating widely across social media websites.The post that allegedly gives people a coupon states that people must first take part in a short survey and will then receive a coupon.Kroger, however, stated that it does not have any such giveaway and is not supporting one.“Attention Kroger Customers: There is currently an unauthorized ‘$250 Kroger Shopping Coupon’ circulating across social media. This giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by the Kroger Company. We recommend not engaging with the site or providing any personal information. Our team is actively working to address this issue,” Kroger stated in a post on Facebook.The survey asks people for personal information, which Kroger warned people should not give.Some users said the survey was easy to spot as a scam. “I saw this and immediately knew it was a scam,” said one.“I’m confused about how people think Kroger would stay in business if they gave away $250 ‘coupons’ away,” said another. “It’s common sense, people.”“Just AMAZING how many of these fake ‘coupons’ people fall for … they whine about their privacy, but will give some random website their contact info every time, if they think they’re going to get something free,” added another. “smh [shaking my head].”From NTD.tvWatch Next:Trump Moves to Protect American Intellectual PropertyTrump imposed the tariffs in response to years of unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft by the communist regime. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber The Kroger Co. corporate headquarters on July 15, 2008, in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Show Discussion Kroger Issues Warning About ‘Unauthorized’ Coupon on Social Media By Zachary Stieber July 10, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US News Sharelast_img read more

first_img US News A display shows foreign exchange rates against Turkish liras in Istanbul on Aug. 2, 2018. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he stands by his opposition to high interest rates, amid sharp declines in the value of the lira, saying the currency’s weakness doesn’t reflect the country’s economic realities.Speaking to supporters in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast on Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed suggestions that Turkey was in a financial crisis similar to those seen in Asia two decades ago—damping expectations of a boost in rates to support the currency.The Turkish lira has lost about 40 percent of its value this year, largely over worries about Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation, and worsening ties with the United States.“Interest rates are an exploitation tool that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Erdogan said. “Nobody should try to make us fall into this trap, we won’t be fooled by this plot. Nobody should get excited.”Erdogan, who has called himself the “enemy of interest rates,” wants cheap credit from banks to fuel growth. However, investors fear that the economy is overheating and could be set for a hard landing.His comments on interest rates—and his recent appointment of his son-in-law as finance minister—have heightened perceptions that the central bank isn’t independent. Erdogan’s remarks also knocked back investors’ expectations of a rate increase from the central bank. The central bank raised interest rates to support the lira in an emergency move in May, but didn’t tighten monetary policy at its most recent meeting.On Aug. 10, the lira sank to a fresh record low, falling as much as 17 percent at one point, prompting calls from investors for central bank action to shore up the currency.On Aug. 12, Erdogan dismissed the plunge in lira as the result of a plot against the country, and said it doesn’t reflect economic reality.“What is the reason for all this storm in a tea cup? There is no economic reason for this. … This is called carrying out an operation against Turkey,” he said.DeadlineTurkey’s spat with the United States has weighed further on the lira. The two NATO allies have been at odds over a wide range of issues: diverging interests in Syria, Ankara’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems, and more recently, the case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical pastor on trial in Turkey.After Brunson had been in jail for almost 20 months, a court in July ordered him to be moved to house arrest. Since then, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have called for his release, while Ankara says the decision is up to the courts.Washington, in response, sanctioned two Turkish ministers, and Trump on Aug. 10 announced the United States would double tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey, saying relations with Ankara were “not good at this time.”“Our response to those who wage a trade war against the whole world, and include our country in that, would be heading towards new markets and new alliances,” Erdogan said.Earlier this month, a Turkish delegation went to Washington and met with American counterparts, but there was no breakthrough.On Aug. 12, Erdogan revealed details of talks between the two countries over the pastor, saying the United States had given Turkey until Aug. 8 to release the pastor.“If we did not release him, they said they would sanction us. … What happened? Immediately, we have imposed the same sanctions on their ministers,” Erdogan said.By Humeyra Pamuk Turkey’s Erdogan Stands by Opposition to High Interest Rates By Reuters August 12, 2018 Updated: August 12, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Share A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate the Obama administration’s 2015 landmark net neutrality rules and reject the Trump administration’s efforts to pre-empt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet.The states, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, filed a lawsuit in January after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December along party lines to reverse rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.Several internet companies filed a separate legal challenge on Monday to overturn the FCC ruling, including Mozilla Corp., Vimeo Inc., Etsy Inc., and numerous media and technology advocacy groups.The FCC handed sweeping new powers to internet providers to recast how Americans use the internet—as long as they disclose any changes. The new rules took effect in early June but major providers have made no changes to internet access.The states argue the FCC reversal will harm consumers.The states also suggested the FCC failed to identify any “valid authority” for pre-empting state and local laws that would protect net neutrality. Governors in six states have signed executive orders on net neutrality, while three states have enacted net neutrality legislation.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly said he believes the rules will be upheld and will encourage additional investment by providers. A spokesman for Pai did not immediately comment late Monday.The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, like Comcast Corp., AT&T Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc., whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order, but the rules were opposed by internet firms like Facebook Inc., Inc. and Alphabet Inc.The FCC failed to offer a “meaningful defense of its decision to uncritically accept industry promises that are untethered to any enforcement mechanism,” the states said in a statement.The U.S. Senate voted in May to keep the Obama-era internet rules, but the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House.The state attorneys general suing represent states with 165 million people—more than half the United States population—and include California, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.The states argue the FCC action could harm public safety, citing electrical grids as an example. They argue, “The absence of open internet rules jeopardizes the ability to reduce load in times of extreme energy grid stress. Consequently, the order threatens the reliability of the electric grid.” Twenty-two States Ask U.S. Appeals Court to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules By Reuters August 21, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington Feb. 26, 2015. (Yuri Gripas/File Photo)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussion By David Shepardson last_img read more

first_img Two LSU football players were trying to sell an electronic item when one of them fatally shot an 18-year-old man trying to rob them, police said Sunday.A statement released by Baton Rouge police does not identify the players, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the players are running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because LSU and police have not released the players’ names.The man killed was identified by police as Kobe Johnson. He was not an LSU student and died at the scene Saturday.LSU players called the police, waited at the scene, were questioned and were released while the investigation continues.After Johnson displayed a weapon, one of the players pulled out a handgun and fired multiple times, police said. Authorities have not said whether the player was licensed to carry the firearm he used.Edwards-Helaire, a Baton Rouge native, has rushed for 626 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games this season. Small, a freshman who also is from Baton Rouge, has played sparingly. It remains to be seen how LSU will handle their playing status when the Tigers finish the season against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.The only comment so far from LSU has come from athletic director Joe Alleva, who said in a statement that the university was “in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this terrible situation.”“Right now, our concern is for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes,” the statement said. “They have been involved in a traumatic incident and we have made our counselors available to assist immediately.”Alleva deferred all other questions to law enforcement.The shooting was the second involving an LSU athlete in the past three months. In late September, Tigers basketball player Wayde Sims, also a Baton Rouge native, was killed by gunfire on a street near Southern University’s campus while trying to defend a friend who’d been involved in a fight.By Brett Martel Police: LSU Player Kills Man Trying to Rob Him, Teammate By The Associated Press December 23, 2018 Updated: December 23, 2018 Crime and Incidents Clyde Edwards-Helaire #22 of the LSU Tigers reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2018. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Nathan Phillips, center with glasses, and other Dakota Access Pipeline protesters march in North Dakota. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Native American Who Confronted High School Students Has Violent Criminal Record, Escaped From Jail By Zachary Stieber January 24, 2019 Updated: January 24, 2019 Share The Native American activist who approached a group of teenagers in Washington on Jan. 18, with video of the incident going viral, has a violent criminal record that includes a prison escape.Nathan Phillips, whose given name is Nathaniel R. Stanard, was charged on May 8, 1974, with assault and escape from prison, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.An edition of The Lincoln Star the next day provided more details: Stanard, then 19, was “charged with escaping from the Nebraska Penal Complex where he was confined May 3,” it stated.Stanard initially pleaded innocent to assault but changed to a guilty plea on June 19 of that year and was fined $200, according to The Lincoln Star.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A year earlier, Phillips had also gotten in trouble with the law.Then 18, he was charged with two counts, one for intoxication and one for the destruction of property. The latter was dismissed and he was sentenced to one year of probation for the former on Oct. 30, 1973, according to the Journal Star. On Nov. 22, 1975, he was sentenced to 12 days in jail for two counts, a minor possessing alcohol and intoxication, according to the Journal Star.Stanard was also charged multiple times for driving-related issues. On Aug. 28, 1973, for instance, he was fined $40 for driving in a negligent manner. Nathan Phillips (C), with other protesters near the main opposition camp against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 22, 2017. (Teray Sylvester/Reuters)Phillips’s life has come under examination after he sparked the incident on Jan. 18, sparking a slew of news stories that relied heavily on an edited video clip that, devoid of context, appeared to show a group of high school students jeering him as banged a drum in the face of one.Phillips made several allegations that were later proven false, such as saying the students blocked his passage to the Lincoln Memorial when, in fact, there was ample space on either side of them to pass by.Full video footage showed that the students, facing obscenities hurled by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a fringe religious group that often accosts people in New York City and Washington, responded by launching a series of school spirit chants. Into the fray waded Phillips, beating his drum and invading the personal space of one of the students while another Native American activist shouted at the group to “go back to Europe.”Phillips, who also lied about being a Vietnam veteran, has suggested that the student he confronted, Nick Sandmann, be expelled for standing and smiling.“At first I wanted the teachers and chaperones to be reprimanded, some fired, for letting this happen,” Phillips told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “For the students, I was against any expulsions, but now I have to revisit that.”He also slammed Sandmann after the student said he believed he was being peaceful by standing still and not reacting to the activist drumming in his face.Nick Sandmann in crowd Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, looks at Nathan Phillips, a Native American anti-President Donald Trump activist, after Philipps approached the Covington Catholic High School student in Washington on Jan. 18, 2019. (Survival Media Agency via AP)“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” Sandmann said in a statement.“I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” Sandmann continued.“He stole my narrative,” Phillips said. “From the time I hit that first beat of the drum until I hit the last beat, I was in prayer. Now all of a sudden, he’s the prayer guy and the passive one.”In a speech in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington the day after the incident, Phillips again berated the students and said that they should be punished by colleges that had accepted them, reported the Daily Caller.“We demand that the students of Covington Catholic High School be reprimanded—not just by the school officials as seniors, but by their upcoming universities,” he said.From NTD News Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgA sign reading “Looters will be shot!!” sits in front of a flooded home on Turtle Bay in Fort Smith, Ark., on May 29, 2019. (Ben Goff/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Levees Strained as Arkansas River Stays at Record Levels By The Associated Press May 31, 2019 Updated: May 31, 2019 Share The Arkansas River held steady at record levels on May 30, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding.Officials expected hundreds of homes to flood in Fort Smith, Arkansas’ second-largest city. In nearby Van Buren, officials warned that a levee protecting a mostly rural area was “showing signs of significant leakage and deterioration.”Just across the border in Oklahoma’s Muskogee County, the conditions have already prompted the evacuations of more than 2,400 people and flooded nearly 1,100 homes, according to the local emergency management department.Arkansas officials kept a watchful eye on a weakened levee in rural Crawford County on the western edge of the state. Sheriff Ron Brown said an 80-foot-wide section of the levee slid down on May 28, but workers were able to reinforce it to prevent the levee from being breached.Brown said the levee was still at risk of failing. If that happens, about 250 people and 150 structures would be at risk.All other levees in Arkansas were in good shape as the river level remained at a historic crest on May 30, according to Col. Bob Dixon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But he said local levee boards should have a plan in place in case a levee fails, because the flooding is expected to persist for days if not weeks. “My concern is, they are designed for a temporary load and they are holding a lot more water than they have been tested on before,” Dixon said.Meanwhile, portions of the raging river showed signs of receding upstream in northeastern Oklahoma as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scaled back releases from a hydroelectric dam near Tulsa, about 104 miles (167 kilometers) northeast of Fort Smith.Powerful storms that dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of the region over the past month have overwhelmed the Keystone Lake reservoir, which drains a watershed of about 22,000 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas.Lt. Col. Adam Weece said releases from the dam into the swollen river have fallen from a high of 275,000 cubic feet per second on May 29 to 240,000 cubic feet per second.“We’ve been stepping down the release overnight. It’s a gradual process,” Weece said, noting that the Corps plans to reduce flow to 100,000 cubic feet per second by June 4.The river’s level in Tulsa crested on May 29 and had fallen by almost 2 feet by May 30, according to the National Weather Service.Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on May 30 that more than 400 homes have been voluntarily evacuated because of the flooding. The Republican said he directed another $250,000 in state funds toward the flood response and requested federal assistance from the Trump administration.At least one death in Arkansas has been blamed on the flooding. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker activated the National Guard to respond to recent severe flooding there.“Just spoke to Governor @AsaHutchinson of the Great State of Arkansas to inform him that FEMA and the Federal Government will do whatever is necessary to help out with what has turned out to be Record Flooding. Asa and local officials are doing a great job!” President Donald Trump said in a May 28 post on Twitter. last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Supreme Court Allows Bladensburg Cross to Stay on Public Land By Matthew Vadum June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019 US News Sharecenter_img Visitors walk around the 40-foot Maryland Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers in Bladensburg, Md., on Feb.13 ,2019. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo) Share this article WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court rejected arguments that a large Latin cross must be relocated from public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington because its prominence supposedly implies government endorsement of Christianity.The ruling about the Bladensburg Peace Cross in American Legion v. American Humanist Association was handed down June 20. By a vote of 7 to 2, justices held that Maryland isn’t violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by allowing the cross on public land and spending taxpayer dollars for its upkeep. The Trump administration backed the American Legion in the litigation.“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.“It has become a prominent community landmark, and its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of ‘a hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.’”There should be a “strong presumption of constitutionality” in favor of “retaining established, religiously expressive monuments, symbols, and practices,” he wrote. It may be “especially difficult” to ascertain the “original purpose or purposes” of practices, symbols, or monuments that “were first established long ago.”American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad hailed the ruling, calling it “an overall victory for freedom.” “This was not just about a single cross,” Reistad said in a press release. “This was about the right of a community to honor its fallen heroes.”The American Legion was founded in 1919 and reports having two million members.The American Humanist Association tried unsuccessfully to prove that the concrete and granite cross that honors 49 local soldiers who died in World War I was purely sectarian. The American Legion helped pay for construction, which was completed in 1925. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which owns the small traffic circle in the center of a busy three-way junction in Veterans Memorial Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, took over the memorial in 1961, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.Previously, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Humanist Association, finding the cross is the “preeminent symbol of Christianity” and even in the context of a memorial, it “serves not simply as a generic symbol of death, but rather a Christian symbol of the death of Jesus Christ.”An exchange between Monica J. Miller, counsel for the American Humanist Association, and justices during oral arguments Feb. 27 summed up the case for removing the cross.“I’m not aware of any case or reason to say that a large Latin cross can be stripped of its religious meaning. … Its meaning as a war memorial is distinctly for Christians,” Miller said.Justice Neil Gorsuch asked Miller if the Ten Commandments, which he pointed out are depicted in a frieze in the courtroom, were “too loud.”“This is the only area I can think of … where we allow people to sue over an offense because, for them, it is too loud,” Gorsuch said. “Why shouldn’t we apply our normal standing rules and require more than mere offense to make a federal case out of these?”Miller answered it was more than a case of “mere offense.”“We’re talking about the government being the speaker and essentially giving you the message as the non-Christian in your community that you are a lesser citizen,” he said.In response to a question from Justice Stephen Breyer, Miller added that the cross isn’t “just some sort of passive display that people don’t take note of.” It is more “like a billboard,” ingraining “in your mind … [an] association between … being Christian and having valor, having courage.”In the new opinion, Justice Alito acknowledged that the cross “came into widespread use as a symbol of Christianity by the fourth century,” but today, “there are many contexts in which the symbol has also taken on a secular meaning.”The use of the cross in registered trademarks such as those belonging to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Bayer Group, and some Johnson & Johnson products today is “indisputably secular,” he added.The U.S. military stopped using rectangular slabs to mark graves during World War I, replacing them with crosses, Alito wrote. “[W]hen Americans saw photographs of these cemeteries, what struck them were rows and rows of plain white crosses. As a result, the image of a simple white cross “developed into a ‘central symbol’” of the conflict and lost any exclusively religious associations it had.In a dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sided with the Humanist Association’s position on the cross.Today, the court “erodes” its commitment to religious neutrality, “diminishing precedent designed to preserve individual liberty and civic harmony in favor of a ‘presumption of constitutionality for longstanding monuments, symbols, and practices,’” Ginsburg wrote.The presence of the Peace Cross on a public highway “elevates Christianity over other faiths, and religion over nonreligion.”The left-wing group People for the American Way blasted the ruling. PFAW Senior Fellow Elliot Mincberg said Ginsburg was justified in commenting that the decision “erodes” government neutrality toward religion. last_img read more

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe year began with an end — an end to “challenging times” for former Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque.In January a judge acquitted Levesque on criminal charges for his involvement with a police investigation of former city mayor Keith Hobbs.The Thunder Bay Police Services Board saw the decision as a win.“We’re all feeling really good going forward for the reputation of the city and the reputation of the police.” said former board chair Jackie Dojack.But with 11 months left in the year, the police force’s troubles were far from over.Jan. 28 marked the one year anniversary of an incident that rattled many, when 34-year-old Barbara Kentner was hit in the stomach by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle.The young mother succumbed to the injury months later.Community members came together to remember her.“I don’t want anyone to forget what happened to her,” said Nichole Langdon, who helped organize a vigil for Kentner.Brayden Bushby faces second-degree murder charges for Kentners’s death.In March the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) found two Thunder Bay police investigators guilty of disorderly conduct and neglect of duty for their work in the death investigation of Stacy Debungee.It was Debungee’s case that prompted the OIPRD to review 37 more police investigations, most of them involving Indigenous people.It was a good indication of what was yet to come.“Because of all these facts I’m here to call for the resignation of Chief Levesque,” Chief Robin McGinnis of Rainy River First Nation said at the time. “And if he refuses to resign, I’m calling for the board to fire him.”The police board did not fire the chief, but Levesque quietly announced his retirement shortly thereafter.Two years ago Angelique Eaglewoman made history when she was appointed the first Indigenous dean of law in Canada.She then made headlines again in 2018 after resigning over alleged systemic discrimination at the hands of her employer, Lakehead University.Eaglewoman filed a $2.6 million lawsuit against the institution, which is still before the courts.In the midst of a heavy year, jingle dress dancers united to share cultural teachings with students.But it was much more than a lesson.“There’s been a lot of, like a negative atmosphere around the rivers and the seven students inquest and I was beginning to see it was all negative stuff, so I wanted to bring some positivity and some culture and just some pride and identity,” said Cheryl Suggashie, one of the dancers and an organizer of the event.Then, in December, the OIPRD’s report “Broken Trust” was released.The two-year investigation into the TBPS confirmed what many Indigenous people had been saying all along.“Overall I found that systemic racism exists in Thunder Bay Police Service at an institutional level,” OIPRD Director Gerry McNeilly announced.Two days later the Thunder Bay police were further disgraced with the release of Senator Murray Sinclair’s report for the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.That report echoed its predecessor’s findings of overt and systemic racism.It also recommended a solution — to dissolve the board and replace it with a single administrator.“We acknowledge unequivocally that systemic racism exists both in the service and the board,” said Tom Lockwood, the police board’s new administrator.Among the chaos in Thunder Bay, some milestones were reached.Sylvie Hauth was named the city’s first female police chief, and Celina Reitberger was appointed the first Indigenous chair of the police board.In January APTN will continue bringing you coverage from Ontario’s far north.On Jan. 15 we are slated to find out if Brayden Bushby will stand trial for the death of read more

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFrustrated with the estimated 100,000 seals swimming off the coast of British Columbia, commercial fishers are now calling for a yearly harvest.“An annual commercial harvest will bring back balance,” says Thomas Sewid of the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society.Media from across the world have been focusing on what some are calling a war on seals and sea lions in the waters off the B.C. coast.One Facebook video shows a local fisherman tossing a small explosive, known as a bear banger, into a group of sea lions in the Straight of Georgia.People were horrified by the video – and reaction on social media was harsh.No seals appear to be harmed in the video.Sewid says he understands the reason behind the bear banger.Sewid is a Kwakwaka’wakw commercial fisherman originally from Alert Bay, B.C.He’s watched the numbers of pinnipeds grow all his life.(Photo courtesy: Pacific Balance Pinniped Society)Pinnipeds are marine mammals that have front and rear flippers.“The pinniped population in B.C. waters has exploded in the last 25 years,” he says. “And they’re hungry.”“As commercial fisherman the frustration is we are seeing closures and restrictions constantly.  We know that the population of salmon and other fin fish are dropping considerably and then we have to try to catch herring and we have hundreds of sea lions in our nets.”Sewid says a controlled commercial harvest run by First Nations will enhance critically low fish stocks.“Give us First Nations the right under food, social, ceremonial to not only continue our harvest, but expand it so that we have these markets established to sell every part of the seals and sea lions we harvest,” he says.“Thus bringing back the balance within our waters once again.”(Fisherman Thomas Sewid says, “An annual commercial harvest will bring back balance.” Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Sewid’s group proposes to bring the seal population down by half – harvesting a few thousand each year.Carl Walters, a fish biologist and a professor emeritus with the University of British Columbia, supports the harvest.“First Nations people have been harvesting seals along the coast for thousands of years and the current population size out there is about double what it was in the late 1800’s when the last small pox outbreak really devastated the First Nations populations along the coast,” Walters says.“This situation today out here is way out of line with anything from the last several millennia.”Pinnipeds eat millions of tonnes of commercially valuable fish.“The biggest change we see in the Georgia Straight is that Chinook and Coho salmon have dropped about 90 per cent since 1970, as the seal abundance has gone up,” says Walters.“So what used to be the most valuable fishery in B.C. is now a tenth of what it was back then.”(This sea lion was shot in the eye and is recovering at the Vancouver aquarium. Photo courtesy: Vancouver aquarium) The hunting of seals has been banned along the west coast since the 1970s – but the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society’s formal proposal to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) could change things.“Together with DFO we are going to be analyzing the pinniped meat and blubber so that it meets Canada food standards certification for human consumption and pet food consumption,” says Sewid.But a west coast seal harvest won’t win the government any public relations points –  and there will be stiff opposition to any sort of cull.In a statement to APTN News, DFO says there are no plans to authorize a large scale fishery or cull of seals or sea lions at this time.But over 100 different First Nations are in favour of the harvest – and an annual hunt would mean much needed jobs.“We’re looking at over 4,000 jobs created in B.C. alone for people to go out harvesting pinnipeds and spin off industry supporting that,” Sewid says.“That is a lot of money going into our coastal communities.” read more

first_imgCombining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.Designer: Tom HyltonSharePinShareFlipSharePocket896 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Google+ St. Charles Cancer Center Grand Opening Celebration LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter E-Headlines Tumblr Facebook 0 Patients, family members, friends, donors, caregivers, physicians and all those interested in attending are invited to the grand opening celebration for the new St. Charles Cancer Center. The event will begin at 5:30pm, August 14 with a short program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the facility and refreshments in the healing garden. Dr. Dhara MacDermed will play the cello during the event accompanied by an 89-year-old cancer survivor.“We started this journey many years ago to build a comprehensive cancer center where all services are available in one location,” said Dr. Linyee Chang, medical director of the St. Charles Cancer Center. “It is time to celebrate the incredible amount of time, effort and resources that have gone into making this healing facility a reality.”The $13 million cancer center was designed and developed with input from caregivers and patients. Floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall of the medical oncology room will give chemotherapy and other infusion patients a healing, peaceful view during their treatment. Exam rooms have separate entrances for patients and staff, so that patients have a direct route with little congestion in the hallways. Work areas for physicians, nurses and other patient care support staff are located in an open, central area where the entire team can communicate easily and better coordinate care.The new Les Schwab Medical Oncology Wing opened to patients July 1, while the John D. Picchetti Radiation Oncology Wing renovation will be complete this month.Thanks to community donations, St. Charles Foundation has raised 97 percent of its $5.7 million capital campaign toward the project.“This event is one way we hope to show our gratitude to the Central Oregon community for coming together and supporting cancer services in our region,” said Lisa Dobey, executive director of St. Charles Foundation. “Please join us as we celebrate the care and service this new center will provide our community for decades to come.” By CBN St. Charles Cancer Center Email Share. on August 12, 2014last_img read more