Migrant rights activists march at DNC

first_imgOver 500 undocumented and other immigrants and their supporters held a Migrant Rights March on July 25, the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  Activists came from as far away as Georgia, Louisiana, Illinois and Tennessee to demonstrate their commitment to immigrant rights at the site of the DNC and to stand in sharp contrast to the attacks on immigrants that had been launched earlier by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his acceptance speech.Juntos, the #Not1More Campaign, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, the Congress of Day Laborers and other groups gathered in South Philly. They rallied and then began to march from Capitolo Field, in a neighborhood where many Mexican, Honduran and other Central American migrants live and work. As the temperature reached 95 degrees, organizers handed out bottles of water and fresh peaches from a nearby shopping area, long known as the Italian Market, but where many vendors from Latin America and Asia now sell produce and run stores and restaurants.Their demands were clearly stated on many colorful banners and signs: “Moratorium on deportations NOW,” “Dismantle ICE” [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], “End all detentions” and “Ni [email protected] más” [Not one more]. Another sign, “Shut down Berks,” referred to a facility 60 miles west of the city where hundreds of refugee mothers and their children are being held in the Berks Family Detention Center. One Latina held a sign reading: “The only ICE we want is water ice,” referring to a frozen delicacy popular in the Mid-Atlantic Region.Marchers chanted “Undocumented! Unafraid!” “No papers! No fear!” and other slogans in Spanish and English as they walked down Ninth Street, up Lombard and then down 13th Street through the “Gayborhood,” where participants wearing “Soy Queer [email protected]” shirts led the chant “Out of the closet! Into the streets!”  The march ended at City Hall, where a short rally was held.The next day, in a strong show of Black and Brown solidarity, a migrant contingent carried a “Dismantle ICE” banner in protests led by two coalitions: “Black DNC Resistance against Police Terror and State Repression” and “Shut Down the DNC.”  Fernando Lopez spoke at a City Hall rally from the back of a pickup truck, leading the crowd in chanting, “Dismantle ICE! Defund the police!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Adel Al-Hasani, a freelance journalist working as a fixer for foreign media outlets, who has been held arbitrarily for nearly five months in Yemen’s second largest city, Aden, in the south of the country. February 11, 2021 Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Follow the news on Yemen RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 28, 2020 Find out more January 6, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more News Organisation United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF RSF_en to go further After Hasani’s arrest on 17 September in Aden, which is controlled by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), no one know where he was until he managed to call his wife a week later. Another month went by before she and his lawyer were finally able to visit him in prison and confirm that he was in reasonably good health. Often employed as a fixer by foreign media such as the BBC, CNN and France 24, he was facing possible prosecution on a charge of “illegally facilitating the entry of foreign citizens” into the region controlled by the STC, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates.On the eve of his arrest, Hasani received a call from an Emirati intelligence officer who told him to stop working as a fixer. At the time, he had been working with foreign reporters who were arrested on 12 September by the military police in the nearby port town Mocha, on arriving in the Bab Al-Mandab strait, and were themselves held for six days.Despite diplomatic and political pressure on STC representatives for the past five months, Hasani’s fate still hangs in the balance. When RSF contacted STC spokesman Nizar Haitham at the end of September, he said he would “follow up the case.” While a court decision has approved the journalist’s release in the meantime, he is nevertheless still behind bars.“We call on the South Yemen authorities to release Adel Al-Hasani in the name of the press freedom they claim to protect,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Keeping him in detention is just a way to win time because the accusations against him don’t stand up. Adel Al-Hasani must be freed at once in accordance with Yemeni law.”According to the information obtained by RSF, a local security force is preventing Hasani’s release by bringing new accusations against him linked to his past reporting. In an audio message recorded in prison (a copy of which has been obtained by RSF), Hasani says he no longer trusts his country’s judicial system because it is subservient to politics.The STC nonetheless said in a statement in July 2019 that it was “clear about its commitment to the protection of human rights and freedoms across South Yemen, particularly for media personnel who play a critical role in reporting on the realities on the ground.”RSF has meanwhile learned that another freelancer, Mohammed Waleed, was arrested when anti-terrorist forces raided his home in the Aden region on the night of 1 February and finally released him on the 9th. His family does not know why he was arrested.Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News News Receive email alerts Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosionslast_img read more

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Oireachtas Insurance Report to be acted on without delay – McConalogue

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous articleCouncillor Jack Murray urges local public not to speculate over cause of man’s tragic deathNext articleWinter readiness campaign launched admin Google+ Facebook Twitter By admin – November 26, 2016 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Oireachtas Insurance Report to be acted on without delay – McConalogue A Donegal Deputy is calling for the Oireachtas Insurance Report to be acted on without delay.Deputy Charlie McConalogue says this is a matter of urgency.The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, was charged with investigating the spiralling costs of motor insurance and have accused the insurance industry of “cartel-like” behaviour.Deputy McConalogue says this is a major financial burden for people …Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/charlieweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Pinterest GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

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As new year kicks off, Obamacare brings profound changes to U.S. health care

first_imgAs Obamacare ramped up on January 1, 2014, the United States underwent a profound change in its health care system, according to health policy expert John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health.McDonough spoke Jan. 6, 2014 on Dr. Timothy Johnson’s “Truth About Obamacare” podcast on WBUR’s CommonHealth. Johnson, MPH ’76, is retired medical editor for ABC News.“I’m hard-pressed to think of another day of such important consequence” in U.S. health care, said McDonough, a regular panelist on the four-month-old podcast series. He listed four major changes that took effect at the beginning of the year: The health insurance industry is now no longer able to deny people insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions; 2.1 million people chose a private plan for health insurance coverage after a December enrollment surge; 3.9 million people are newly enrolled in Medicaid; and Americans are now required to have health insurance—under Obamacare’s “individual mandate”—or pay a tax penalty. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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The Other Half of the 5G Story

first_img5G is not just about building a new telecom network or standard – that’s only half the story. What about the story of how telecom is intersecting with other industries, industrial plants, transport infrastructure companies, oil fields and ships, all of whom are leveraging 5G and LTE technology, to transform their business models? Picture everything from oil rigs in the North Sea reporting their daily yield back to base, search and rescue missions at sea, companies connecting buildings for efficient energy usage, and industrial plants making medicines.Smart factoriesAs a case in point, ABB Power Grids – who provide solutions to meet the growing demand for electricity with minimum environmental impact – is now using the 5G-ready Ericsson Industry Connect solution (based on the Virtual Edge Platform 4600) in a shop floor production environment at its factory in Sweden. The advantages are clear: low latency, a robust and secure private network, efficient and improved production quality, plus increased flexibility in the maintenance and upgrade of production lines.Opening up new possibilitiesIt’s clear from this example that while 5G is a huge enabler in its own right, it’s also advancing the already strong trend towards IT and OT convergence, serving as the glue to connect diverse technologies on the factory floor with everything from edge computing, predictive maintenance and vision-based quality systems through to machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Over the last four years, Dell Technologies has been working to build the most comprehensive ecosystem of partners in order to solve business challenges for customers in different vertical industries across a range of use cases. All these solutions run on top of our Industrial IoT/data architecture, built for scale-up with predictable cost.As we couple all this with 5G technology, we start to access a whole new world of data possibilities and business insights. Imagine the power of combining autonomous vehicles for material transport on the factory floor or mine, cameras on the conveyor belt, a drone to inspect the quality of parts, IoT data from the sensors on the production line, plus structured telemetry data from control systems, all interlinked through a 5G mobile network.Uniting expertiseI believe that designing and delivering these next-generation communication networks demands a range of expertise from multiple partners working together. To address this need, Dell Technologies Design Solutions has structured its organization to work with both the leading communications infrastructure providers and the largest industrial companies, all under one “OEM G20” team umbrella. In this way, we’re bringing together expertise in telecoms, IoT, IT infrastructure and industrial automation.As we have the same teams working with both industries, we can support both sides in their 5G ambitions, helping to design the right communications infrastructure and ensuring its subsequent deployment into industry. This puts us in a wonderful position to support innovation in the first instance, and importantly ensure that is made quickly available to industry.Partnership will determine the futureI hope that our shared work will influence other industries and help accelerate 5G and LTE deployments around the globe. In turn, that should help drive broader innovation as the more we can automate and seamlessly interlink technologies, the more time we all have available to develop new products and services. While it’s impossible to predict all the possible solutions that might emerge, I believe that having an open and responsive ecosystem to help deploy that ingenuity is critical.How are you deploying 5G in your company? Do share your stories. Interested in learning more? Take the first step and contact us today. Learn more about Telecom Solutions from Dell Technologies Design Solutions.Learn more about IT/OT Convergence in the 5G arena by listening to a recorded editorial webinar, hosted by RCR Wireless News here.Follow us on Twitter @DellTechDesign and join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies Design Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

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