Jonathan Powyer is a high achieving referee with a difference.Jonathan is deaf but this hasn’t stopped him from achieving incredible things in Touch Football. At last weekend’s New South Wales Touch Association Referees Awards night, Jonathan was recognised with an elevation to a state referee, Level 4, currently the highest level a deaf referee has achieved in New South Wales, his next goal will be his Level 5 at the National Touch League.Jonathan is a committee member and one of the driving forces behind Deaf Touch Football, also managing to officiate and play at the Deaf National Championships. The Deaf National Championships is now an annual event with third event being held in Brisbane late last year.Jonathan’s passion for Touch Football has seen him travel around the country, refereeing the sport he loves. With an innate ability to read the game Jonathan’s rise in the refereeing stakes shows no sign of slowing. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Jonathan on his achievement and thank him for his contribution to the game.Related LinksNSW Referee Awards
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers, Celtic rival Burnley, Huddersfield for Fran Solby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillem II striker Fran Sol is a target for a raft of British clubs.The Mirror says the 26-year-old, currently plying his trade in Holland with Willem II, is one of the Eredivisie’s top-scorers with 12 goals already to his name.Sol is nominally out-of-contract at the end of the season, although there is a one-year option in favour of his club who are certain to activate it given his current form.Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch him during the past few months.But they are not alone. Burnley, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Leeds, Derby and Swansea have also checked on him.
Members of the Senate have approved a further three-month extension of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.All 17 Senators attending Friday’s (June 29) sitting at Gordon House voted unanimously in favour of the extension under the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No. 2) Resolution, 2018, which will see the enhanced security measure being maintained in the Division until October 2, 2018.Addressing the sitting, Leader of Government Business in the Upper House and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the extension is needed for the continued success of the security forces’ crime fighting strategies being undertaken in the area.She noted that citizens have also voiced their support for the extension and emphasized that “it is important that we respect their desire to live in circumstances where they are not (in) constant fear of extortion and murder.”The Minister disclosed that the security measures implemented have, to date, yielded a 26 per cent reduction in murders and shootings in the Division.“The State of Public Emergency… has saved and is saving lives… (and has) disrupted criminal and gang activities… (thereby enabling) neighbours (to now be) standing up outside and talking, children being able to safely go to school and parents to be safely able to go about their lawful business,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith pointed out that the measures have also been bringing back a sense of law and order to the communities. “You get feedback from the people who say, ‘don’t let it stop yet… keep the soldiers and the police there… life is better now’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith further noted that the State of Public Emergency forms part of institutional changes, policy enhancement, legislative amendments and operational strategies being undertaken by the Government.Responding to a suggestion from the Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Donna Scott Mottley, that the State of Public Emergency be lifted to determine its effectiveness, Senator Johnson Smith argued that “now cannot be the time to test for an academic consideration”.“It must be that if the heads of the security forces are saying to you – ‘now is not the time… (to) lift these measures (as) we cannot guarantee that we will not lose the gains that we have already made’… (that) it (is) a responsible Government that would say ‘we will go to Parliament and we will seek the extension that you need’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith said, however, that the Government “will undoubtedly test the effectiveness when the States of Emergencies are eventually lifted”.During the State of Public Emergency, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without warrants. It also gives them the power to stop and question persons, and seize property.On March 18, the Governor-General, by Proclamation, declared a State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.He further declared that said Proclamation shall, unless previously revoked, remain in force for 14 days or for such longer period, not exceeding three months, as both Houses of Parliament may determine by a Resolution supported by a two-thirds majority of all members of each House.It was previously extended from May 3, 2018 until July 3, 2018.The Constitution provides that a period of Public Emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety.
Related Story: Top think tank VP facing probe over ‘racially prejudiced’ remarks about Indigenous peoples, Asians Bloom is currently under an internal investigation by an external ethics officer after he was secretly recorded by a former employee, who is an Algonquin man, making racialized generalizations about Indigenous peoples, Asians and people from the Caribbean community.He is currently on a leave of absence.Dalton, who moved to Ottawa from Toronto with her ailing mother, worked for the think tank from April 11 to Aug. 29 when she was suddenly fired over the use of a corporate credit card.Dalton, who is of Mohawk, Innu and Metis heritage, reported directly to Doug Watt, a director in the think tank, who works essentially as the deputy to Bloom, who is vice-president for industry and business strategy.Watt faced a human resources investigation over the summer triggered by multiple complaints alleging abusive behaviour toward employees, APTN National News has learned. Watt received a warning as a result of the investigation.According to Dalton’s court filing with the Ontario Superior Court, she faced a chaotic and disorganized workplace when she entered the Conference Board.“(Dalton) discovered there was a very high turnover of employees with the Board as a result of the negative, toxic work environment,” according to the statement of claim. “(Dalton) was directed to take over two projects from an employee who had recently announced his departure. The projects were in disarray.”Dalton alleges she was assigned tasks that had nothing to do with her areas of expertise, which focused on Indigenous peoples and the justice system.Jennifer Dalton is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian and Aboriginal studies.The statement of claim states that Watt gave her an interim performance review in June that concluded she had a “bright future with the Board.”She was fired on Aug. 29 after a series of meetings on the use of her American Express corporate credit with had run up a $6,700 bill.The statement of claim states Dalton had agreed to pay the balance with payroll deductions and vacation pay. Dalton was told she was facing a possible suspension before being dismissed, according to the statement of claim. Three days before she was fired, Dalton suffered a migraine headache which forced her to stay home.The statement of claim alleges that Dalton faced “harassment and bullying” from Barb Hogberg, the vice-president of human resources, during the process.Dalton alleges she raised this issue with Bloom and Watt. After this complaint, Hogberg immediately suspended Dalton without pay and revoked her access to the building and computer network, according to the statement of claim.The Conference Board of Canada’s statement of defence in the case denies Dalton’s allegations about the workplace environment in the think tank. The statement of defence also alleges Dalton was initially informed by American Express that the corporate credit card was only for business expenses.The document alleges Dalton used the corporate credit card for expenses at Aldo, Nordstrom, Chateau Laurier and a dinner in Chelsea, Que. The Conference Board of Canada states in the document it proposed paying off the credit card debt and allow Dalton to repay the sum with payroll deductions.“Dalton flatly refused this offer, claiming she could not afford such a deduction from her pay,” said the statement of defence.The statement of defence said the Conference Board refused Dalton’s proposal to pay off the credit card through her vacation pay.“The Board declined the arrangement, as it believes vacation time is vital to employee health and did not want Dalton working many months without time off,” said the statement of defence.None of the allegations contained in any of the documents filed as part of this lawsuit have been proven by a court of law.Dalton declined comment because she is involved in ongoing legal action.The Conference Board of Canada said in a statement the investigation of Bloom is “underway and proceeding as expeditiously as possible.”The statement said the Conference Board would not comment on any circumstances “regarding individual employees” or active lawsuits.“Your questions involve personal and confidential matters which can’t be discussed in the media,” said the statement.Dalton—whose research has delved into the high rates of Indigenous inmates in prison, the impact of the Supreme Court’s Gladue decision and applying Indigenous knowledge to the justice system—worked in the same department as Veldon Coburn, an Algonquin academic tasked with working on a Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) contract to update a training program with exercises aimed at Indigenous inmates.Veldon Coburn secretly recorded his boss at the Conference Board of Canada because he was tired of hearing his racist comments.Coburn, who also left the Conference Board, secretly recorded Bloom during a Sept. 13 meeting discussing concerns over the objectives of CSC with the program update. Coburn told Bloom he was uncomfortable with CSC’s approach which he viewed amounted to “tokenism” because officials wanted beads and moccasins used in the examples.CSC wanted to update its training exercises based on a workshop run by its corporate arm, CORCAN, which produces moccasins, drums and key chains made by inmates and marketed as hand-made Indigenous items to stores in Ontario for resale.Bloom disagreed with Coburn, according to the recording, and told him people wanted to “see themselves” in the program exercises.“I think the case for Indigenous people, you see more often, at least from what I read, people who will be silent, you know. Yes, you the person who punched somebody, but the silence thing is an issue,” Bloom told Coburn, according to the recording.Bloom also told Coburn, Asians don’t know how to say “no” and that most of the people in Toronto jails are from the Caribbean community.Coburn said he recorded the conversation because of Bloom’s statements in a previous meeting where the vice-president questioned Indigenous peoples’ work ethic.During the recording, Coburn attempted to bring up Bloom’s past statement on work ethic by referring to labour force research data that contradicted the assertion. Coburn faced a dismissive retort from the vice-president.“We don’t have time to look at the data, so if there is something that is not clear, don’t do it, we don’t have any time. This thing has blown its budget beyond belief,” said Bloom, in the recording. “I don’t know anything about that one. I have no idea. It sounds to me it’s nothing where there is good evidence on it, just use real things.”Coburn sent his concerns to Hogberg in emails, but he said the human resources head did little to deal with his concerns about Bloom’s “racially prejudiced” remarks.“I am without words to describe how it feels when a non-Indigenous person lectures me on how I should feel and I must accept their denigrating view of Indigenous peoples, that I should not be offended by racist views of Indigenous peoples,” wrote Coburn, to Hogberg on Sept. 30, while he was off work on vacation. “My ancestry and heritage notwithstanding, the views expressed by Michael (Bloom) should not be held by anyone. They are the same, tired, stereotypical perspective of Indigenous peoples as inferior, the same ones used for decades to depict Indigenous peoples in a negative light, and they have no basis in fact.”Hogberg did not address any of Coburn’s points in her response, which came a little over an hour later.“Thanks for your note,” wrote Hogberg, adding that he could extend his vacation. “Veldon, I was pleased to read that you are getting some rest on this vacation.”Prominent professor Hayden King, with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, said Coburn faced a “classic” case of the type of willful ignorance on Indigenous issues and the racist and stereotypical views perpetuated by officials at the highest levels of corporate and political Canada.“The head of a research think tank, supposedly privileging data and evidence, who relies on anecdotes and assumptions about the nature or culture of Indigenous peoples as passive or incompetent or whatever to shape his organization’s orientation,” said King. “All the data in the world wouldn’t matter. And I think this helps confirm that when industry and government speak of inclusion, they often do mean tokenism. They mean: ‘We seek to validate our status quo, thinly veiled assimilative agenda.’ And when Indigenous—or racialized people—refuse to acquiesce to this role or perspective, they are marginalized, excused, and belittled.”Correctional Service of Canada refused to comment on whether the views of Indigenous peoples held by Bloom would taint the product delivered by the Conference Board of Canada to the federal prison agency.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office also would not comment on the possible impact the views of the top think tank official handling the CSC contract at the think tank could have on the final product delivered to Ottawa.Goodale’s office oversees CSC.Federal Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers has repeatedly raised concerns about the “disturbing reality of Aboriginal overrepresentation in Canadian correctional populations.” Indigenous inmates account for 23 per cent of the total inmate population, yet Indigenous people comprise 3.8 per cent of the total population of Canada.On any given day, there are about 3,500 Indigenous people in federal prisons, according to data released by Sapers’ email@example.com Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAn Indigenous scholar alleges the Conference Board of Canada operates under a “toxic work environment” which created a high “turnover” of employees at the think tank, according to a document filed as part of a lawsuit in Ontario.The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 15 by Jennifer Dalton, currently a visiting researcher at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Canadian and Aboriginal studies. The lawsuit alleges Dalton was wrongfully fired from the think tank, which is one of the most prominent organizations of its kind in Canada.Dalton, who is seeking at least $175,000 in damages, worked in a department headed by a Conference Board of Canada vice-president named Michael Bloom.Michael Bloom, VP, Conference Board of Canada
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday evening released its first list for the Lok Sabha elections that are just weeks away, naming four candidates in Gujarat and 11 in Uttar Pradesh. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi will contest from his current seat, Amethi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will fight from her constituency, Rae Bareli.Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Gandhi bastion in Uttar Pradesh, are the only seats Congress had won in the state in the 2014 general elections. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe list of 15 candidates does not include Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had recently announced her political debut and was made the Congress’s General Secretary for UP East. While senior leader Salman Khursheed will contest from Farrukhabad, where he had contested and lost in 2014, RPN Singh will contest from Kushi Nagar. The other leaders on the list for UP are Imran Masood from Saharanpur, Jitin Prasad from Dhaurahra, Annu Tandon from Unnao, Rajaram Pal from Akbarpur, Brij Lal Khabri from Jalaun and Nirmal Khatri from Faizabad. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’The Congress had recently announced that it will contest all 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh after it was left out of their alliance by Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati. In Gujarat, senior Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki will contest from Anand. He had won the Lok Sabha elections from Anand in 2004 and 2009. But he lost to Dilipbhai Patel of the BJP in 2014. Raju Parmar will contest the elections from Ahmedabad West seat, Prashant Patel will contest from Vadodara, and Ranjit Mohansinh Rathwa will contest from Chhota Udaipur seat.
New Delhi: Delhi police has arrested a man from Jaipur Rajasthan for the murder of Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain who was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday.Fifty six year old Dinesh Dixit was arrested from Jaipur on Monday evening for the murder. Police said that Dixit has told police that he was in contact with the deceased lady for the past several months and has also visited her many times in the past. The two met in a social media platform. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesPolice investigation led cops to a white swift desire car which was seen entering the Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka sector 7. On investigation the number plate, it was found to be fake. However, further investigation led cops to Dixit, who the police got to know frequented Meenu Jain in the society. “On his last visit , Dixit visited the deceased on 24 April and remained there till the nest morning. He has disclosed that he smothered the lady and fled to Jaipur with the robbed items”, said DCP Dwarka Anto Alphonse. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarVinod Kumar Jain who now works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported. The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening but Meenu did not receive the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her at her flat in Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka sector 7 but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. Unable to get the door opened and suspecting something amiss the duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side. As they entered the house they saw Meenu Jain lying on floor unconscious. They also found that the house was ransacked and some items missing from the house. “Since the door too was locked from outside, and there was no sign of forced entry we always suspected that someone known has committed the murder.” said a senior police officer.
Freelance journalist Kim Calvert, along with financier David Wright, today is launching Singular Communications, publisher of Singular, a magazine for singles.According to Calvert, who also serves as editorial director, Singular aims to “create and serve a large and fast-growing community for like-minded singles who have active social lives and are comfortable with their single lifestyle.”The bi-monthly glossy title will be direct-mailed to 63,000 single people aged 30 or older in the Los Angles area. With a cover price of $4.95, the magazine also will be available through subscription and on newsstands. “We are the first media company to speak to single customers in a way that relates to and affirms their lifestyle choice,” said Wright. Today, over half of the California adults are currently single—we represent a powerful force and we’re excited to build a community through this magazine and our online destination.”In addition to the print magazine, Singular Communications will produce Singularcity.com and SingularCity-branded events.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been announced the permanent manager of Manchester Untied.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty ImagesManchester United has just announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to be the permanent manager of the football club. The announcement was made on the club’s official website on March 28, merely days before United’s Premier League game against Watford. The Norwegian manager was appointed on a temporary basis after former manager Jose Mourinho was sacked in December. He has now been offered the full-time role at Old Trafford and been given a three-year contract. “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjaer. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.” Solskjaer will manage United till the end of the seasonMatthew Lewis/Getty ImagesSince taking over, Solskjaer has been a resounding success at the club winning 14 of his 19 games and losing only thrice. Under his management, United has amassed more points in the Premier League than any other club in the same duration. Solskjaer also oversaw an unprecedented European night against PSG at the Parc des Princes when United became the first team to win a Champions League tie after losing the first leg at home by two or more goals. Pleased with his performance since taking charge, Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward said, “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.””More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.” Old Trafford is a happy place once again.Gareth Copley/Getty Images”I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”Solskjaer started his managerial career at United when he was in charge of the club’s reserve team for a spell of three years till 2010. Prior to that, he played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team for 11 years since 1996. Solskjaer is a massive fan favourite at Old Trafford and also scored the stoppage-time winner at Camp Nou in the 1999 Champions League final which made United the first and only British club to win the treble.
Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao in Judgemental Hai KyaTwitterA special screening was organised by the makers of Judgemental (Judgementall) Hai Kya two days prior to its release. And despite being mired in controversies be it from film’s title change or verbal spat with a journalist, Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao seems to managed to impress the audience.Moviegoers who got a chance to watch Judgementall Hai Kya before the release, have been pouring in appreciation tweets. While Kangana and Rajkummar are being hailed for their fabulous performances, the film’s gripping narrative and thrilling situations seems to have struck the right chord with the audience.Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, Judgementall Hai Kya is touted to be a suspense thriller which revolves around Kangana and Rajkummar Rao’s characters who are the prime suspects of an unprecedented murder case. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailendra Singh, the movie is all set to hit theatres on July 26.So before you make a choice whether to book tickets for Judegementall Hai Kya at a theatre nearby you, take a look at what audience has to say on Twitter about this Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s film.EXCLUSIVE First Review #JudgementallHaiKya from UAE Censor. A Well Made Film in all aspects. #KanganaRanaut does it all. Her magnetic smile, shouting eyes and priceless expressions makes this one of her best performances. She Nailed it. @RajkummarRao also Stole the Show. ???? pic.twitter.com/HJ1oJOo3Sv— Umair Sandhu (@UmairFilms) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya Internal reports says, the movie is outstanding and the ending has an unexpected twist . It will leave u shocked.Kangana is phenomenal and outstanding. Rajkumar rao at his best. Reviews – 5/5?????#KanganaRanaut pic.twitter.com/ayWP54wjOz— Sanjukta Sarkar ? (@Sanjukta_SS) July 24, 2019I watched #JudgementallHaiKya …It’s one of the most brilliant movies of 2019.@RajkummarRao amazed me with his performance and @KanganaTeam as always she nailed it. I’m sure the movie will be blockbuster, so i wish all the best to the team. @balajimotionpic @ektaravikapoor— Team Pranutan Bahl (@maithasaeedalm4) July 24, 2019watched #JudgementalHaiKya today in UAE. It is one of the best thriller movie in recent years. It will keep you hooked to your seat till the last scene. #KanganaRanaut and @RajkummarRao will completely surprise you?— Rizwan (@RizwanSRKian) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya StraightUp how effing proud am I there are so many friends involved in this film! This tweet is going to spill so stay with me! ? @ektaravikapoor @ShaaileshRSingh Boss Partnership! #Kangana FIRE?? I want to hug, scream at & hug Bobby, all at the same time!— Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) July 24, 2019
The leaders of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya League (BSPMSOL) speaks at the National Press Club on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Photo: UNBThe leaders of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya League (BSPMSOL) on Tuesday urged the government to stop disorder, corruption and harassment by police on roads, reports UNB.They made the call while launching the BSPMSOL at the National Press Club.SM Shah Alam, convener of the organisation, said the BSPMSOL has been formed to prevent disorder, corruption and ensure security of owners and workers on roads.”Police sergeants harass them in the pretext of checking vehicle documents and driving licenses,” he said.BSPMSOL member secretary Ismail Hossain Bachhu demanded withdrawing “false cases” filed against transport owners and workers.He also demanded arranging rest houses for labours at every bus and truck terminal as well as mobile hospitals for labourers injured in road accidents.Welcoming the BSPMSOL, prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said he will assist the organisation.”I hope you all will play roles to stop extortion and disorder in the transport sector,” he said.Awami League adviser Mukul Bose also welcomed the organisation and asked its members to continue their activities against corruption in the sector.
Share APA South Texas jury has sentenced a 34-year-old Mexican national to death for the fatal 2014 shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.The Cameron County jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday before sentencing Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval in the capital murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr. It also sentenced him to life imprisonment for attempted capital murder in the shooting of Vega’s father.According to testimony, Vega and his family were spending the day fishing when Tijerina tried to rob them. Tijerina’s attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense.
Share Updated at 10:45 a.m. ETPresident Trump is planning to use an executive order to strip birthright citizenship from America’s laws, rather than trying to change the Constitution through an act of Congress. The potential move, which would likely trigger numerous legal challenges, would seek to end the conferring of citizenship to children of noncitizens who are born in the U.S. — which is currently guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said. He discussed the plan in an interview with Axios on HBO that is slated to air Sunday.Birthright citizenship is granted in the 14th Amendment’s first sentence: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”The concept is based on jus soli — “right of the soil” — meaning that children born in the U.S. have a claim to citizenship, even if their parents lack legal documentation to be in the country.Trump has mentioned the idea of voiding the amendment before, most notably in August of 2015, when the birthright issue became part of his hard-line policies on immigration as a presidential candidate. Now Trump is discussing the birthright citizenship law roughly one week before U.S. voters will head to the polls for the 2018 midterm election.The amendment became law in 1868, as a rebuke to the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, which held that freed slaves were not U.S. citizens. Since then, its meaning and reach have been debated in courtrooms and in American society, with many questions centering on the phrase “the jurisdiction thereof.”“That means that they are subject to the laws of the United States, that they can, for example, be prosecuted for violating American law,” constitutional law professor Suzanna Sherry told NPR in 2015.The law excludes the children of foreign diplomats — and in the 1860s, it was intended to give peace of mind to immigrants.As Sherry, who teaches at Vanderbilt University, told NPR in 2015, “the United States had experienced quite a bit of immigration, and immigration was viewed as a very good thing. And so this was essentially putting out a welcome mat to immigrants by ensuring that their children born here would be citizens.”To change the law, Sherry said, you would need to either amend the 14th Amendment through Congress or ask the Supreme Court to overturn its earlier interpretation of the law and limit its benefit to people who are in the U.S. legally.The president says he has the power to act on his own.“You can definitely do it with an act of Congress,” Trump said in the Axios on HBO interview. “But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.”He added, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years, with all of those benefits. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous, and it has to end.”Birthright citizenship is the law of at least 30 countries, including many U.S. neighbors in North and South America. All of the countries in Europe grant citizenship by jus sanguinis — by “right of blood.”The president said he has spoken about the issue with the White House counsel. As for when it might happen, Trump said, “It’s in the process. It’ll happen — with an executive order.”Responding to the president’s words, Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, predicted, “This will set up the court fight.”CIS identifies itself as a nonpartisan think tank, but it has called for tougher U.S. immigration policies, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated it a hate group.If Trump moves ahead with his plan, Krikorian said via Twitter, “the order will be enjoined, case will eventually reach SCOTUS, which then will finally have to rule on the meaning of “subject to the jurisdiction.”Critics of birthright citizenship have said it encourages pregnant women who want to immigrate to travel to the U.S. to have their babies, hoping to gain citizenship for their children and potentially ease their own path to becoming U.S. citizens.While it’s difficult to track the exact number of children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally, the Pew Research Center has reported that in 2014, 3.2 million children — nearly 6 percent of all K-12 students in the U.S. — had at least one unauthorized immigrant parent and were citizens because they were born in the U.S.Krikorian said the executive order is “long overdue,” but Trump’s idea to revoke birthright citizenship is “ill-timed” and misguided, says Kristen Clarke, the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.“Aside from being unconstitutional, such an executive order would exacerbate racial tensions, exploit fears and drive further polarization across the country at a moment that calls for the promotion of unity and inclusion,” Clarke said.Jess Morales Rocketto, whose Families Belong Together group has fought the Trump administration’s family separation policy along the U.S.-Mexico border, was more blunt.“This is ethnic cleansing,” Rocketto said. “This is an attempt to whiteout America’s history and heritage as a nation of immigrants. And it’s unconstitutional.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uOn the eve of the Baltimore CeaseFire (August 4-6), which has garnered international attention, we conclude our series of conversations on violence and homicide, focused on solutions, with two of the movement’s organizers, Erricka Bridgeford and Ellen Gee.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
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Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read June 8, 2016 It’s one thing to get a package delivered to your door by drone, but how would you like to be the delivery?The Ehang 184 is a single-passenger pilotless drone made by EHang, Inc., a 2-year-old electronics startup based in Guangzhou, China. The vehicle made its debut in January at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and was given the OK by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to start testing in the state this year.Related: How Drones Will Change Your BusinessThe company doesn’t have FAA approval just yet, but EHang’s partnership with the governor’s office and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) has made it possible for the vehicle to be flown at the Nevada UAS (unmanned aerial systems) test site.“EHang’s selection of Nevada to test its people-carrying drone marks a thrilling addition to the innovative companies testing throughout our state to advance the commercial drone industry. I personally look forward to the day when drone taxis are part of Nevada’s transportation system,” GOED’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Specialist Tom Wilczek said in a statement about the agreement.Related: Scientists Are Training Drones to Find Lost HikersThe Ehang 184 looks a little like the nose of a helicopter, but instead of wings on the top, it has four legs with two propellers each. The vehicle runs on a battery and weighs 440 pounds, and when it gets into the air at about 11,500 feet, it can fly for roughly 23 minutes at a little over 60 mph.So who knows? If all the regulatory and engineering stars align, maybe you could actually hail a drone taxi one day. Enroll Now for Free
Yesterday, the team at Docker announced that Docker Store and Docker Cloud are now part of Docker Hub. This makes the process of finding, storing and sharing container images easy. The new Docker Hub has an updated user experience where Docker certified and verified publisher images are available for discovery and download. Docker Cloud, a service provided by Docker helps users to connect the Docker Cloud to their existing cloud providers like Azure or AWS. Docker store is used for creating a self-service portal for Docker’s ecosystem partners for publishing and distributing their software through Docker images. What’s new in this Docker Hub update? Repositories Source: Docker Users can now view recently pushed tags and automated builds on their repository page. Pagination has now been added to the repository tags. The repository filtering on the Docker Hub homepage has been improved. Organizations and Teams Organization owners can now view the team permissions across all of their repositories at one glance. Existing Docker Hub users can now be added to a team via their email IDs instead of their Docker IDs. Automated Builds Source: Docker Build Caching is now used to speed up builds. It is now possible to add environment variables and run tests in the builds. Automated builds can now be added to existing repositories. Account credentials for organizations like GitHub and BitBucket need to re-linked to the organization for leveraging the new automated builds. Improved container image search Filter by Official, Verified Publisher, and Certified images guarantees a level of quality in the Docker images. Docker Hub provides filter by categories for quick search of images. There is no need of updating any bookmarks on Docker Hub. Verified publisher and certified images The Docker certified and verified publisher images are now available for discovery and download on Docker Hub. Just like official Images, even publisher images have been vetted by Docker. The certified and verified publisher images are provided by the third-party software vendors. Certified images are tested and supported by verified publishers on Docker Enterprise platform. Certified images adhere to Docker’s container best practices. The certified images pass a functional API test suite and also display a unique quality mark “Docker Certified”. Read more about this release on Docker’s blog post. Read Next Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB): Docker, Microsoft partner on an open source cloud-agnostic all-in-one packaging format Docker announces Docker Desktop Enterprise Creating a Continuous Integration commit pipeline using Docker [Tutorial]
The ongoing ICLR 2019 (International Conference on Learning Representations) has brought a pack full of surprises and key specimens of innovation. The conference started on Monday, this week and it’s already the last day today! This article covers the highlights of ICLR 2019 and introduces you to the ongoing research carried out by experts in the field of deep learning, data science, computational biology, machine vision, speech recognition, text understanding, robotics and much more. The team behind ICLR 2019, invited papers based on Unsupervised objectives for agents, Curiosity and intrinsic motivation, Few shot reinforcement learning, Model-based planning and exploration, Representation learning for planning, Learning unsupervised goal spaces, Unsupervised skill discovery and Evaluation of unsupervised agents. ICLR 2019, sponsored by Google marks the presence of 200 researchers contributing to and learning from the academic research community by presenting papers and posters. ICLR 2019 Day 1 highlights: Neural network, Algorithmic fairness, AI for social good and much more Algorithmic fairness The first day of the conference started with a talk on Highlights of Recent Developments in Algorithmic Fairness by Cynthia Dwork, an American computer scientist at Harvard University. She focused on “group fairness” notions that address the relative treatment of different demographic groups. And she talked on research in the ML community that explores fairness via representations. The investigation of scoring, classifying, ranking, and auditing fairness was also discussed in this talk by Dwork. Generating high fidelity images with Subscale Pixel Networks and Multidimensional Upscaling Jacob Menick, a senior research engineer at Google, Deep Mind and Nal Kalchbrenner, staff research scientist and co-creator of the Google Brain Amsterdam research lab talked on Generating high fidelity images with Subscale Pixel Networks and Multidimensional Upscaling. They talked about the challenges involved in generating the images and how they address this issue with the help of Subscale Pixel Network (SPN). It is a conditional decoder architecture that helps in generating an image as a sequence of image slices of equal size. They also explained how Multidimensional Upscaling is used to grow an image in both size and depth via intermediate stages corresponding to distinct SPNs. There were in all 10 workshops conducted on the same day based on AI and deep learning covering topics such as, The 2nd Learning from Limited Labeled Data (LLD) Workshop: Representation Learning for Weak Supervision and Beyond Deep Reinforcement Learning Meets Structured Prediction AI for Social Good Debugging Machine Learning Models The first day also witnessed a few interesting talks on neural networks covering topics such as The Lottery Ticket Hypothesis: Finding Sparse, Trainable Neural Networks, How Powerful are Graph Neural Networks? etc. Overall the first day was quite enriching and informative. ICLR 2019 Day 2 highlights: AI in climate change, Protein structure, adversarial machine learning, CNN models and much more AI’s role in climate change Tuesday, also the second day of the conference, started with an interesting talk on Can Machine Learning Help to Conduct a Planetary Healthcheck? by Emily Shuckburgh, a Climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans team at the British Antarctic Survey. She talked about the sophisticated numerical models of the Earth’s systems which have been developed so far based on physics, chemistry and biology. She then highlighted a set of “grand challenge” problems and discussed various ways in which Machine Learning is helping to advance our capacity to address these. Protein structure with a differentiable simulator On the second day of ICLR 2019, Chris Sander, computational biologist, John Ingraham, Adam J Riesselman, and Debora Marks from Harvard University, talked on Learning protein structure with a differentiable simulator. They about the protein folding problem and their aim to bridge the gap between the expressive capacity of energy functions and the practical capabilities of their simulators by using an unrolled Monte Carlo simulation as a model for data. They also composed a neural energy function with a novel and efficient simulator which is based on Langevin dynamics for building an end-to-end-differentiable model of atomic protein structure given amino acid sequence information. They also discussed certain techniques for stabilizing backpropagation and demonstrated the model’s capacity to make multimodal predictions. Adversarial Machine Learning Day 2 was long and had Ian Goodfellow, a machine learning researcher and inventor of GANs, to talk on Adversarial Machine Learning. He talked about supervised learning works and making machine learning private, getting machine learning to work for new tasks and also reducing the dependency on large amounts of labeled data. He then discussed how the adversarial techniques in machine learning are involved in the latest research frontiers. Day 2 covered poster presentation and a few talks on Enabling Factorized Piano Music Modeling and Generation with the MAESTRO Dataset, Learning to Remember More with Less Memorization, Learning to Remember More with Less Memorization, etc. ICLR 2019 Day 3 highlights: GAN, Autonomous learning and much more Developmental autonomous learning: AI, Cognitive Sciences and Educational Technology Day 3 of ICLR 2019 started with Pierre-Yves Oudeyer’s, research director at Inria talk on Developmental Autonomous Learning: AI, Cognitive Sciences and Educational Technology. He presented a research program that focuses on computational modeling of child development and learning mechanisms. He then discussed the several developmental forces that guide exploration in large real-world spaces. He also talked about the models of curiosity-driven autonomous learning that enables machines to sample and explore their own goals and learning strategies. He then explained how these models and techniques can be successfully applied in the domain of educational technologies. Generating knockoffs for feature selection using Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) Another interesting topic on the third day of ICLR 2019 was Generating knockoffs for feature selection using Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) by James Jordon from Oxford University, Jinsung Yoon from California University, and Mihaela Schaar Professor at UCLA. The experts talked about the Generative Adversarial Networks framework that helps in generating knockoffs with no assumptions on the feature distribution. They also talked about the model they created which consists of 4 networks, a generator, a discriminator, a stability network and a power network. They further demonstrated the capability of their model to perform feature selection. Followed by few more interesting topics like Deterministic Variational Inference for Robust Bayesian Neural Networks, there were series of poster presentations. ICLR 2019 Day 4 highlights: Neural networks, RNN, neuro-symbolic concepts and much more Learning natural language interfaces with neural models Today’s focus was more on neural models and neuro symbolic concepts. The day started with a talk on Learning natural language interfaces with neural models by Mirella Lapata, a computer scientist. She gave an overview of recent progress on learning natural language interfaces which allow users to interact with various devices and services using everyday language. She also addressed the structured prediction problem of mapping natural language utterances onto machine-interpretable representations. She further outlined the various challenges it poses and described a general modeling framework based on neural networks which tackle these challenges. Ordered neurons: Integrating tree structures into Recurrent Neural Networks The next interesting talk was on Ordered neurons: Integrating tree structures into Recurrent Neural Networks by Professors Yikang Shen, Aaron Courville and Shawn Tan from Montreal University, and, Alessandro Sordoni, a researcher at Microsoft. In this talk, the experts focused on how they proposed a new RNN unit: ON-LSTM, which achieves good performance on four different tasks including language modeling, unsupervised parsing, targeted syntactic evaluation, and logical inference. The last day of ICLR 2019 was exciting and helped the researchers present their innovations and attendees got a chance to interact with the experts. To have a complete overview of each of these sessions, you can head over to ICLR’s Facebook page. 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State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, today addressed attendees of the Michigan Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day event on the Capitol lawn.Hosted by Honor for All, a group that seeks to raise awareness for PTSI, the event commemorated veterans who have died as a result of PTSI.Rep. Barrett, chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and a U.S. Army veteran currently serving in the National Guard, introduced House Resolution 108 to declare June 27, 2015 as PTSI Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.“We’re trying to erase the stigma with Post Traumatic Stress and increase outreach to our veteran community suffering from these hardships,” Rep. Barrett said. “We want those who are untreated to step forward to receive treatment so that they can go on to lead healthy and sustainable lives.”The Department of Veterans Affairs reported 500,000 veterans sought PTSI care from their medical centers in 2012.It is expected that approximately ten thousand veterans will return to Michigan each year over the next three to five years. After spending a significant amount of time in combat and exposure to traumatic events, many will be at a high risk for PTSI.### Categories: Barrett News 25Jun Michigan PTSI Awareness Day hosted on Capitol lawn