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Biden says U.S. to hit 100 million virus goal on Friday

first_imgHomeFeaturedBiden says U.S. to hit 100 million virus goal on Friday Mar. 19, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsBiden says U.S. to hit 100 million virus goal on FridayGuest Author3 months agoBiden ZEKE MILLER, Associated PressWith the U.S. closing in on President Joe Biden’s goal of injecting 100 million coronavirus vaccinations weeks ahead of his target date, the White House announced on Thursday the nation is now in position to help supply neighbors Canada and Mexico with millions of lifesaving shots.The Biden administration revealed the outlines of a plan to “loan” a limited number of vaccines to Canada and Mexico as the president announced the U.S. is on the cusp of meeting his 100-day injection goal “way ahead of schedule.”“ I’m proud to announce that tomorrow, 58 days into our administration, we will have met our goal,” Biden said. He promised to unveil a new vaccination target next week, as the U.S. is on pace to have enough of the three currently authorized vaccines to cover the entire adult population just 10 weeks from now.Ahead of Biden’s remarks, the White House said it was finalizing plans to send a combined 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico and Canada in its first export of shots. Press secretary Jen Psaki said the details of the “loan” were still being worked out, but 2.5 million doses would go to Mexico and 1.5 million would be sent to Canada.“Our first priority remains vaccinating the U.S. population,” Psaki said. But she added that “ensuring our neighbors can contain the virus is a mission critical step, is mission critical to ending the pandemic.”The AstraZeneca vaccine has not yet been authorized for use in the U.S. but has been by the World Health Organization. Tens of millions of doses have been stockpiled in the U.S., waiting for emergency use authorization, and that has sparked an international outcry that lifesaving vaccine is being withheld when it could be used elsewhere. The White House said just 7 million of the AstraZeneca doses are ready for shipment.The initial run of doses manufactured in the U.S. are owned by the federal government under the terms of agreements reached with drugmakers, and the Biden administration has faced calls from allies across the globe to release the AstraZeneca shots for immediate use. Biden has also fielded direct requests from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to buy vaccines produced in the United States.Global public health advocates say wealthy nations like the U.S. need to do far more to help stem the spread of the pandemic. The World Health Organization on Thursday issued a report that fewer than 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa thus far. That’s the equivalent of what the U.S. administers in a matter of days.Biden did move to have the U.S. contribute financially to the United Nations- and World Health Organization-backed COVAX alliance, which will share vaccine with more than 90 lower- and middle-income nations, but the U.S. has yet to commit to sharing any doses.From his first days in office, Biden has set clear — and achievable — metrics for U.S. success, whether they be vaccinations or school reopenings, as part of an apparent strategy of underpromising, then overdelivering. Aides believe that exceeding his goals breeds trust in government after the Trump administration’s sometimes-fanciful rhetoric on the virus.The 100 million dose goal was first announced on Dec. 8, days before the U.S. had even one authorized vaccine for COVID-19, let alone the three that have now received emergency authorization. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic.By the time Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, the U.S. had already administered 20 million shots at a rate of about 1 million per day, bringing complaints at the time that Biden’s goal was not ambitious enough. He quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days.Now the U.S. is injecting an average of about 2.2 million doses each day — and the pace is likely to dramatically rise later this month in conjunction with an expected surge in supply of the vaccines.According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, injections of 96 million doses have been reported to the agency since Biden’s inauguration, but those reports lag the actual date of administration. Vaccination trend lines pointed to Biden breaking the 100 million mark on Thursday, with the numbers likely to be confirmed by the CDC as soon as Friday.The president has moved to speed up deliveries of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as to expand the number of places to get shots and people who can administer them, with a focus on increasing the nation’s capacity to inject doses as supply constraints lift.The risk in setting too rosy expectations is that an administration might become defined by its failure to meet them, such as in May 2020, when President Donald Trump said the nation had “prevailed” over the virus.At the time, the country had seen about 80,000 deaths from the virus. This week, the U.S. death toll topped 538,000. Trump’s lax approach and lack of credibility also contributed to poor adherence to public safety rules among the American public.Tags :Bidenshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUpdate: Missing woman has been locatedDon’t Try This At HomeYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agolast_img read more

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Covid case numbers continue to rise in Donegal

first_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Covid case numbers continue to rise in Donegal Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications North inishowen: 59 cases (347.8 per 100k)South Inishowen: 54 cases ( 241.4 per 100k)Milford: 16 cases ( 116.4 per 100k)Letterkenny: 99 cases ( 332.2 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar: 156 cases ( 602.6 per 100k)Glenties: 29 cases (121.2 cases per 100k)Donegal: 51 cases (192.5 cases per 100k)Previous 14 day figures up to September 28North inishowen: 19 cases (112 per 100k)South Inishowen: 26 ( 116.2 cases per 100k)Milford: 10 cases ( 72.6 cases per 100k)Letterkenny 59 ( 198 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar 156 ( 606.2 per 100k)Glenties 34 (142.1 cases per 100k)Donegal 17 (64.2 cases per 100k)Precious 14 day figures, up to September 21North inishowen: less than 5 casesSouth Inishowen: 13 (58.1 cases per 100k)Milford: 5 cases (36.3 cases per 100k)Letterkenny 24 (80.6 cases per 100k)Lifford/Stranorlar 87 (336.1 cases per 100k)Glenties less than 22 (92 cases per 100k)Donegal 8 (30.2 cases per 100k) Pinterest By News Highland – October 8, 2020 WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous article53 more Covid 19 cases in Donegal as national total reaches 40,000Next articleIncreased penalties for Covid rule breaches in NI News Highland Latest electoral area figures show the incidence of Covid 19 in Donegal continues to rise, with slight falls in the figures for Lifford /Stranorlar and Glenties, but increases in other areas.In the week up to last Monday evening, there were 59 cases in North Inishowen, a rate of 347.8 per 100k, and 54 cases in South Inishowen, a rate of 241.4 per 100k.The contrasts with 19 and 26 cases respectively the previous week.Milford registered 16 cases, a rate of 116.4 per 100k, up from 10 cases the previous week, while Letterkenny had 99 cases, a rate of 332.2 cases per 100k. That’s up from 59 cases the previous week.There was a marginal fall in Lifford/Stranorlar with 156 cases, a fall of three. It still has the county’s highest incidence rate of 602.6 per 100k.Glenties had 29 cases in the week to Monday, that’s 121.2 cases per 100k, five less cases than the previous seven days.The Donegal electoral area had 51 cases, a rate of 192.5 cases per 100k, up from 17 cases the previous week.Figures in full – Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

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Hotel startup Selina’s fantasy pitch meets grim reality

first_imgSelina president Yoav Gery and co-founder Rafi Museri (Illustration by The Real Deal)It’s a millennial’s dream: traveling the world while working, drinking, exploring and meeting like-minded nomads in chic hotels.That’s what Selina is selling. Backed by high-profile investors including WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, the London-based startup operates dozens of hostels with co-working space in vacation spots across the globe.But after a bungled launch in the United States, Selina’s millennial fantasy is colliding with financial reality.For months its executives have been unable to persuade investors to commit to a $500 million real estate investment fund to buy U.S. properties. It hasn’t helped that it has opened only two of more than a dozen Selina-branded locations slated to launch here last year. And now the coronavirus pandemic has crippled the hospitality industry.“Some have chosen to invest and some have not. But we consistently receive positive feedback”— Yoav Gery, Selina presidentAt the same time, the executives have been trying to secure a $75 million convertible loan to cover operational costs until next year, according to internal documents obtained by The Real Deal.Some would-be investors have balked at Selina’s pitch, which forecasts that revenue will explode from $70 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion in 2024. The documents also anticipate the number of beds growing nine-fold over that time to 130,000 — which would make it one of the 10 largest hotel operators in the world.Alongside these lofty goals, Selina says it will be profitable by 2022 and plans to raise more equity next year at a valuation as high as $2 billion, according to the documents.But the projections are largely contingent on the company succeeding in the U.S., where it has fallen well short of its goals.Yoav Gery, president of SelinaYoav Gery, Selina’s president, said its message has been well received.“We’ve met, and continue to meet with, many potential investors around the world,” he said. “Some have chosen to invest and some have not. But we consistently receive positive feedback about our brand, our model and our team.”Gery said the company is in talks with a lender to fund operational costs and expects to close on that convertible loan before the end of the month. The company is also in the process of securing a $60 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund growth projects in South America, he said.The president said Selina is talking to “multiple” potential partners for its $500 million U.S. real estate investment fund, but there is no timeline on when it will close.Rough environmentSelina’s fundraising efforts began prior to the coronavirus outbreak, and Gery said the company will likely shift its financial goals in light of the economic disruption. Hotels have been hit especially hard as travel has been drastically reduced.“The No. 1 need of this generation is to socialize”— Rafi Museri, Selina co-founder and CEOBut even before the pandemic, raising money for growth-focused startups had become difficult. Since the implosion of WeWork last fall, investors, bankers and even consumers have become wary of engaging with firms perceived to be like it.These headwinds are particularly true of hospitality startups. This month, Lyric, an Airbnb-backed firm that offers apartments to business travelers, said it would close a third of its 600 units and cut staff. Oyo, an online hotel listings platform that has raised $3 billion, mostly from SoftBank Group, has let 5,000 employees go and pulled out of multiple cities.Even Airbnb, the darling of hospitality startups with a $31 billion valuation, is facing an uncertain future after posting losses ahead of a planned public offering this year.Rafi Museri, co-founder of Selina (Credit: Skift)To appeal to investors, Selina has billed itself as the solution for a growing market of what it calls “digital nomads” — workers who, the company hopes, will stay in its picturesque locations year round.“The No. 1 need of this generation is to socialize,” Rafi Museri, Selina’s co-founder and CEO, said in an interview. “That means the No. 1 goal of this company is to connect people.”The message has attracted a broad audience, raising $345 million from big-name investors including Tom Barrack’s Colony Latam Partners, billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries and Peruvian conglomerate Grupo Wiese. (Colony and Access declined to comment, and Grupo Wiese could not be reached.)“We believe it has all the risks of WeWork in there. If vacancy rates go up, the economy takes a downturn, that’s a risk level I don’t want”— Santosh Rao, Manhattan Venture Partners head of research“There’s a lot of smart investors who are investing with these guys, and that instills confidence in people like myself,” said Avra Jain, a Miami-based hotel owner who expects to open two Selina-occupied properties next month.The image that Selina cultivates recalls that of WeWork under the controversial Neumann, who touted the idea that it was more a state of being than an office-space company. The parallels may explain why Neumann, who was ousted from WeWork last summer, personally invested millions of dollars in Selina. He did not respond to requests for comment.Museri dismissed the similarities as a “coincidence” and noted that Selina is a hospitality company that invests in distressed assets, while WeWork leases premium office space.“I see zero synergy,” Museri said of the two companies. “It’s so different.”Some investors in the hospitality sector, however, see red flags. Santosh Rao, the head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners, an Airbnb investor, characterized Selina’s business as a mix of Airbnb and WeWork, “but we believe it has all the risks of WeWork in there.”“It’s essentially the same model: take the space and rent it out for living,” Rao said. “In the event that vacancy rates go up, the economy takes a downturn, that’s a risk level I don’t want to be exposed [to].”A backpacking brainstormThe idea of Selina, Museri told Forbes two years ago, is embodied by a fictional 29-year-old woman from Latin America who travels the world and is “honest, humble, beautiful. She hosts you, she hugs you. You want to be with her.”Museri came up with the idea several years after he and his friend Daniel Rudasevski backpacked across Central and South America and launched a real estate firm, Dekel Holdings, to buy and redevelop properties in distressed neighborhoods in Panama.The two Israelis figured they could do the same thing with distressed hotels by turning them into stylish hostels where people could rent desks — a working environment for thousands of travelers who pass through the region. The first Selina was launched in Venao, a surf town on Panama’s Pacific coast, in 2014.After opening a third location, the two men were introduced to Gery, who previously held executive roles at Marriott International and Morgans Hotel Group. Gery set about fundraising, and secured early investors, including Adam Neumann, who was building his own real estate leasing empire at WeWork. (Gery said he and Neumann met through “a friend of a friend.”)Behind the idyllic hostels — now in more than 70 locations — is a novel business arrangement. Selina identifies distressed properties, then finds a regional partner to buy them and shoulder redevelopment costs. In return Selina commits to leases of 20 to 40 years. With some landlords it agrees to profit-sharing.The model is being replicated in other countries with 10 partners who have committed more than $450 million to buying and redeveloping property, according to the firm’s internal documents. In Mexico, for example, DD3 Capital Partners has committed to providing over $150 million. With these commitments, Selina has said it can open another 77,000 beds.Men of many hatsThrough a holding company called Kibbutz, Museri and Rudasevski hold a 29 percent stake in Selina and an 84 percent stake in Dekel, according to people familiar with the business. In three properties leased by Selina — in Colombian cities Medellin and Cartagena, and in Panama City, Panama — Dekel is an investor, attaching the co-founders to both landlord and tenant entities.Such arrangements have raised eyebrows at other firms, including WeWork, which used its real estate investment fund, ARK, to buy properties that would be leased to WeWork. The issue troubled stakeholders at properties such as the Lord & Taylor building in Manhattan as the company prepared to go public because executives holding roles in both buyer and tenant entities stood to benefit.Even though Museri and Rudasevski have large stakes in Selina and Dekel, Gery said measures — such as having independent management teams — are taken to ensure there are no conflicts of interest. (The two co-founders left their executive roles at Dekel when Selina was founded.) Gery also noted that Dekel’s real estate investments are dwarfed by those of WeWork, which paid, for example, $850 million for the Lord & Taylor building.“We wanted to make sure they’re completely separated in terms of conflict rules,” Gery said. “Yes, the two individuals are involved in both. But legally, contractually, functionally, operationally, [Dekel and Selina] are two separate entities.”One person familiar with Selina’s business told TRD this was a red flag. So was the firm’s valuation of $1.8 billion, by one internal estimate, on forecasted $200 million revenue this year. And with coronavirus running amok, the firm’s reliance on an ability to keep expanding and raising more capital poses yet another hurdle.“Whenever someone tries to grow, grow, grow and then they have to raise money for operations — how can you sustain growth without capital?” said one person familiar with Selina’s business.Headaches statesideA major pillar of Selina’s growth strategy has been opening hotels in the United States. In March 2019 it announced a plan to open 15 by the end of the year.But after delays, lawsuits and permit issues, only two are operating here under the Selina flag.“Definitely the strategy of the U.S. … took me longer to understand,” Museri said. “Now, we’re sitting on a very good strategy.” He said Selina has 12 properties “signed, opened or under development” in the country.The former Tower Hotel in Miami’s Little Havana (Credit: Barlington Group)Some headaches remain. Selina is suing the former owner of a Woodstock, N.Y., property over undisclosed permit issues that have prevented its hotel from being completed at the site. A Selina hotel in Miami’s Little Havana was supposed to open in September 2018 but still hasn’t.The landlord of its flagship location at the Hotel Americano in Chelsea is facing a foreclosure action by a lender after defaulting on loan payments. Selina holds a management agreement with Mexican hotel magnate Moises Micha that is contingent on the landlord maintaining ownership of the building.“The underlying issues have nothing to do with Selina or its operation of the property,” said Gery, the president.Bill Fuller, whose firm Barlington Group owns the Little Havana property, the former Tower Hotel, blamed the delay on a regulatory dispute, not Selina. He said the hotel is slated to open in July.The company recently opened a location in New Orleans and expects to open two others next month in Miami, owned by Jain’s Vagabond Group. Selina Miami River and Selina Miami Gold Dust will feature yoga rooms, a cinema and a library.“They do this innovative hospitality approach,” Jain said. “I think they are doing it better than anybody.” She boiled down the company’s U.S. issues to the nuances of regulation and red tape.She expressed confidence in her arrangement with Selina because she has a profit-sharing arrangement. “We are sort of betting on their success,” she said.Correction, March 23, 2020: An earlier version of this story misstated the firm of Santosh Rao. He is head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Jax to host NALA Convention

first_img May 1, 2010 Regular News Jax to host NALA Convention Jax to host NALA Convention The nation’s largest annual gathering of paralegals will meet July 14-17 in Jacksonville for the NALA 35th Annual Convention.The convention will open with a keynote address by Daniel K. Bean, a commercial trial lawyer with Holland & Knight in Jacksonville. Barbara P. Burke, Ph.D., a Maitland attorney, is also on the agenda.Bean’s practice includes public/private partnership work for domestic and international clients, and providing preventive legal counsel to clients in order to mitigate future litigation costs. Burke has worked in Florida private practice and in-house as underwriting and claims counsel for title insurance companies for more than 20 years. She will be presenting a course on mortgage foreclosures and bailouts.Convention attendees who arrive early are invited to an early bird reception and orientation on Tuesday evening, July 13. Annual NALA business meetings, including election of officers and regional directors, spotlighting the annual LEAP (Leadership Enhancement and Preparation) class, along with a two-day vendor exhibition and a social agenda, round out the convention.Three-day institutes will be featured in the educational program, including a Bankruptcy Institute, an Elder Law Institute, and a Veterans Law Institute.The wide-ranging educational program will also include four tracks of half-day courses in paralegal practice and substantive legal topics.The Essential Skills track is a perennially popular program for paralegals preparing to take the CLA/CP certification examination. It is also valued by experienced paralegals wanting to refresh their “basic” knowledge and skill sets.The Corporate Law Track will feature courses on mergers and acquisitions, secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code, and a discussion on dealing with the avalanche of data to be dealt with in managing records.The Litigation Law Track will present courses on intellectual property litigation, medical records/injury law, and a course on introduction to electronic discovery.A presentation on energy issues and employment law will fill out the “Hot Topics” track.Prestigious Member Exchange pre-sentations by two selected NALA members will be the principal educational program on the last day of the convention. Patricia J. Gustin will present some motivational ideas to paralegals who may find themselves languishing, and Kristina M. Hopkins and Jaye L. Koch will speak regarding the place of humor on the workplace.For more information visit, or call (918) 587-6828.last_img read more

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After Hours: Tara Lewis

first_imgAfter Hours: Tara LewisAssociate, Cushman & Wakefield of ArizonaWith C&W for 1 yearBorn in St. Louis, Mo., studied at James Madison University and Arizona State UniversityResponsibilities:Responsible for valuation, economic underwriting, market research and analysis, conducting property tours and assisting in the overall disposition of assets.Favorites:Sports/teams: Washington RedskinsActivities:Reading, watching documentaries, golf, PinterestDestinations:Been to Canada, London, Spain, Maui, Switzerland, Belgium, Amsterdam, Italy. Would like to see Egypt, Normandy and AntarcticaWhat did you think you’d be when you were growing up?:When I was a kid I wanted to get my Master’s degree in everything. Today I am just as decisive.What accomplishment are you especially proud of?:Completing The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. It was unlike any other race. The course was punishing, the scenery breathtaking. The high of crossing the finish line was worth all the suffering.What would people be surprised to know about you?:I am an incurable DIYer.AdviceReceived:Find something you love to do so much you can’t wait for the sun to rise and do it all over again.To Share:Look at the others in your career pool and always do more than they do. Take on extra tasks and volunteer when others won’t.last_img read more

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Olympic postponement relieves the pressure – Atkinson

first_imgWorld champion swimmer Alia Atkinson fully agrees with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and has expressed compassion for those affected by the novel coronavirus. “So many people are suffering, so many people are burying their loved ones or don’t even have the ability to do so because of the virus or quarantine, so it’s really sad, just the fact of how big this got and where we are right now but because of that, waiting and postponing the Olympics is definitely the right choice, and whenever we start back, I think everybody would at least be on the same playing field or at least a much fairer one that it is right now,” said Atkinson, a two-time 100 metres breaststroke Olympic finalist. With the 2021 World Athletics Championship deferred to make space for the Olympics next year, Atkinson intends to use the extra time to prepare well for Tokyo. “It’s just me and getting back my head set, not thinking about the short-term goal in five months, but thinking of it in a year, plus, trying to get back to things that I was working on without thinking, oh, time’s running out,” she reasoned.The 31-year-old Jamaican started her Olympic career in 2004 and since then has established herself as one of swimming’s enduring stars. At the 2014 Short Course World Championships, Atkinson tied the World Record and became the first black woman in history to win a world title in swimming, and that was Jamaica’s first gold swimming medal in the World Championships. She has a practical view of the Olympic rescheduling. “Everybody will have to change their calendars and try again,” the star breaststroker resolved. PRESSURE OFF The four-time World champion says the pressure is off.“Now I have more time, so I think in that aspect, it is a bit easier for me because I don’t have to feel rushed or pressured if I’m not swimming where I think I should be, if I’m not performing where I think I should be, and that’s always great for any athlete, especially around the world where many people are stressed out,” she explained. However, even when she spoke from a sporting perspective, Atkinson’s thoughts were with the fight against the virus. “I think right now we’re in a good spot because now, we can sit back and relax, think about the things that we need to do personally, mentally, for our families, for our communities, and humanity can start to heal,” offered the 2015 Long Course World silver and bronze medal winner.last_img read more

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Carter stuns Red Force as Pride snatches victory

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Captain Jonathan Carter struck a magnificent career-best hundred as Barbados Pride defied the odds to pull off an exhilarating run chase and upset Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by four wickets here yesterday. Resuming the final day at Kensington Oval on 15 without loss in pursuit of 324 for victory, Pride recovered from a disastrous first session to reach their target late in the evening and notch their third win of the Regional Four-Day season.The left-handed Carter was at the heart of the Pride success, stroking an unbeaten 149, and it was he who hit the winning runs when he smashed off-spinner Bryan Charles over long off for his fourth six. He also lashed 14 fours in an innings which spanned 185 balls in just over 4-½ hours at the crease, and marked his fifth first class hundred and his side’s first of the season.Carter received excellent support from 21-year-old all-rounder Shamar Springer who struck a mature 66 in only his fourth first class game while wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott again impressed with an unbeaten 48, to follow up his first inning half-century. Left-arm seamer Daniel St Clair finished with two for 59 but Red Force’s spin trip of leg-spinners Imran Khan and Yannic Cariah, along with Charles, all proved ineffective.In fact, curiously, Cariah sent down only seven overs, despite his five-wicket haul in the Pride first innings.Starting the day with the odds in their favour, Red Force quickly made inroads as they removed both openers inside the first hour with 24 runs on the board. Left-hander Shayne Moseley edged St Clair to Jeremy Solozano at first slip to fall for six while Rashidi Boucher nicked one from ex-Test pacer Ravi Rampaul to second slip for 15.Arriving at the crease at 10:37 am, Carter immediately displayed his intent as he put on 29 for the third wicket with Aaron Jones (11), 28 for the fourth wicket with Kevin Stoute (11) and a further 23 for the fifth with Nicholas Kirton (11).However, he lost partners steadily, leaving Pride tottering on 104 for five at lunch. Jones missed a drive at Charles and was bowled, Stoute drove Imran Khan to be caught at cover and Kirton tapped a return catch to Cariah on the stroke of lunch. However, Carter kept his nerves and more importantly, found two willing partners with whom he shared invaluable partnerships. First, he added 128 for the sixth wicket with Springer who struck five fours and a couple of sixes in a knock spanning 105 balls and 127 minutes.Together, they kept Red Force without success in the second session, steering Pride to 229 for five at tea, with Carter reaching triple figures about 25 minutes before the break.Springer, however, fell in the second over following the resumption, lbw to St Clair but Walcott arrived to add a further 94 in an unbroken seventh stand with Carter. Walcott’s knock was a breezy one, requiring just 56 deliveries and including seven fours and his resistance killed off any hopes Red Force had of any late comeback.last_img read more

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Apartment doors at Grenfell Tower could only withstand 15 minutes of fire: Police

first_img Related iStock / Thinkstock(LONDON) — Doors to apartments in London’s Grenfell Tower could resist fire for half as long as they were intended to, authorities said this week. London’s Metropolitan Police experts tested a Grenfell Tower apartment front door, designed to resist fire for 30 minutes, and found that it only resisted fire for about 15 minutes, police said in a statement.The test was part of what the police described as a “comprehensive investigation” into what happened when a huge fire engulfed the 24-story Grenfell Tower on June 14, 2017. The Metropolitan Police said the forensic examination phase is ongoing and they are not able to comment on what impact the test result could have on the criminal investigation. The fire killed 70 people, according to the Metropolitan Police. A stillborn baby was also recorded as a victim.The Metropolitan Police has previously said that exterior cladding, fitted to the building, failed all safety tests.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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What the law says should happen to asylum seekers at the US border

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Immigrants from that caravan that crossed Mexico and drew the attention of President Donald Trump have arrived at a U.S. border post – and are trying to seek asylum.But what happens once they do – and how does the law require they be treated?When an immigrant comes to a U.S. port of entry to request asylum, that person must declare to the customs officer a “credible fear of persecution” in his or her country of origin.Under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 protocol, and adopted into U.S. law, the U.S. must recognize refugees that fear persecution and are not able to get help from their home country.Anyone who declares they are seeking asylum at a U.S. port of entry is then moved to undergo a secondary interview, during which another customs official must confirm the credible fear claim.The asylum seeker is placed in a holding area before being transferred to a separate detention facility under Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, while he or she awaits a hearing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services called adjudication.Adjudicators, who are often judges, decide if the person is allowed to stay in the United States under refugee status.Asylum-seekers may face a variety of legal steps and different judges. The decisions made by different judges or by the same judge with regard to different people from the same countries can vary widely, according to one recent study by Temple University and Georgetown law schools, published in the Stanford Law Review.“The chance of winning asylum was strongly affected by whether or not the applicant had legal representation, by the gender of the immigration judge, and by the immigration judge’s work experience prior to appointment,” the authors said.In that same study, the authors found a correlation between being accepted for asylum and the individual’s education, gender, prior work experience, country of origin – and the time at which the adjudication happened. The authors called this “refugee roulette” because of the unpredictable nature of the process.The number of refugees who can enter the country under the Immigration and Nationality Act comes from the president’s recommendation to Congress.Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which clearly defines refugees under the aforementioned United Nations Convention. The refugee program is run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, through the Department of State. Each year, the director sends a report to Congress, which is used to determine how much funding will be allocated to the program the next year.A downward trend in asylum acceptance rates was shown between fiscal years 2011 and 2016, according to Syracuse University’s TRAC Immigration study, and asylum seekers may be denied based on the number of applications versus acceptances from their home countries.For example, the study said, asylum seekers from Mexico were denied about 90 percent of the time during the study period.According to the nonprofit Migration Policy Institute, the number of refugees admitted in fiscal year 2016 was almost 85,000. The president proposed cutting that number to allow a maximum of 50,000 refugees to enter the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Google Challenges Amazon’s Drone Delivery Program With Project Wing

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Amazon#drones#Google#Google X#Prime Air#Project Wing Google has been secretly testing delivery by drone, the company announced Thursday.A team of engineers at Google X, the technology company’s long-range research lab, safely carried out more than 30 1-kilometer test flights this month. The deliveries, consisting of items ranging from a chocolate bar to first aid, took place in Queensland, Australia to avoid the Federal Aviation Administration’s strict U.S. restrictions on drones.See also: Why Commercial Drones Are Stuck In Regulatory LimboNow that Amazon has almost convinced the world its delivery drones aren’t a publicity stunt, the world may be ready to accepting Google at its word. The Google X drone is a quadcopter, but it looks nothing like the ones many U.S. hobbyists use for aerial photography and other projects, or Amazon’s Prime Air octocopter. Instead, it relies on fixed wings for fast forward flight, and its four rotors for vertical takeoff and landing. The company released a YouTube video to show how it flies.Project Wing, as the video labels the drone, is capable of carrying a roughly four-pound package. Meanwhile, Amazon says Prime Air can carry up to five pounds. Despite the design differences, it’s apparent that Google’s drone could realistically compete with Amazon’s.See also: Amazon Tells The Feds It Really Wants To Test Drone DeliveryAccording to Astro Teller, Google X’s Captain of Moonshots—what Google calls its biggest, craziest ideas—delivery is just the beginning. Google envisions being able to use the drones for humanitarian solutions, too. “Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation,” Teller told the BBC.Screenshot via Google X lauren orsinicenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more