Six things we are looking forward to at the 2016 National Touch League

first_imgIt’s officially National Touch League week and we can’t wait for all of the action to commence on Wednesday! We thought we’d compile a list of what we’re looking forward to most at the event. 1.     The return to the home of Touch Football, Coffs Harbour!The last time we were here was last year’s World Cup in May, so we are excited to be back at C.ex Coffs International Stadium for this year’s event. 2.     The return of elite level competition It feels like a long time between National Touch League events, so we can’t wait to see the best of the best take to the field in Coffs Harbour this week, including the Elite Eight series. 3.     The new-look Queensland Elite Eight teamsThe Queensland Elite Eight teams recently announced that they have aligned with the Queensland NRL Clubs, the Broncos (formerly Chiefs), Cowboys (formerly Outlaws) and Titans (formerly Stingrays). We look forward to seeing them take the field this week in their new look colours on Wednesday! 4.     Touch Football on TV!Last week we announced that Power Productions will be live streaming our grand finals on Saturday and they will appear on Fox Sports 1 in early April. Read more here and stay tuned for the links for Saturday’s finals. 5.     Hopefully lots of sunshine! We all know that Touch Football events and rain go hand in hand, but we are hoping that this time we can break the tradition with four beautiful days of Coffs Harbour sunshine. Our fingers are crossed! 6.     Plenty of live Touch FootballFor the first time, every single game on field one at the 2016 National Touch League will be live streamed to the TFA YouTube channel, so if you can’t make it to Coffs Harbour for the event, you won’t miss out. You can see all the links here. What are you looking forward to most? Let us know on your social media pages. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2016 NTLlast_img read more

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We are confident of moving with this squad to WC: Carey

first_imgNew Delhi: Emboldened by Australia’s remarkable turnaround in the ODI series against India, vice-captain Alex Carey Tuesday said they are “really confident” of entering the ICC World Cup with a squad good enough to play like defending champions. The five-match series is poised at 2-2, thanks to Australia’s back-to-back wins after staring down the barrel at one stage. “As a player in the Australian cricket side we have been working hard in the last 12-18 months. Some success has started to come our way. We are really confident moving with the squad we take to the World Cup,” Clarey said on the eve of the series-deciding game here. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherCarey said it will only add to the strength of the side when Steve Smith and David Warner rejoin the side after serving out their bans. “Those are definitely some big names that might come back into the line. The guys that are in the side are performing well, so it’s only healthy for Australian cricket that the guys in the side are playing well and these guys that have done really well in the past have definitely put their hand up for selection when they are available.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHe said he was not surprised by the way the Australian batsmen tackled India’s formidable spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have tormented batters with their guile in recent times. “There has probably been a fair bit of media (analysis) about Australia playing against spin in the past. We have worked really hard on playing spin bowling in the nets over 12-18 months. I guess to see some reward, again it’s no surprise, but the guys are doing so much hard work off the field,” said Carey. The match will be played on a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket which may assist slow bowlers. Carey, though, said they are capable of handling whatever is thrown at them. “We played some local Indian bowlers that we tried in the nets, so I guess it’s really a good experience. Guys getting out there in the middle to have the confidence to take on their spinners got to be a great confidence tomorrow.” He said the strength of the Australian team at the moment is that they have plenty of options. “We take a lot of confidence that we trust the batters to perform their role. When Ashton did that the other night he did really well. They (Indians) are world class bowlers and I am sure they want to bounce back and it’s up to our batters to have a game plan to negate that. We trust the players to perform their role and take on the best bowlers in the world and do a good job.” Carey said it will be a contest to watch for since they have the momentum and India would be keen to bounce back after two defeats. “We were out under pressure early in the series. Some games were really close and now we have the series level at 2-2. It is obviously exciting going into tomorrow with the series on the line. Obviously (we will) take some momentum from the last game. The boys are felling confident. “India are going to bounce back quickly but I guess for us we thought we played some pretty good cricket in the first two games and we just fell short so to have the series at 2-2, really excited. I am really looking forward to and so are the guys.”last_img read more

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Frontcourt provides relief in Ohio State womens basketballs 9770 win

OSU forward Alexa Hart (22) looks for space around defending Virginia Cavaliers forward Sydney Umeri (44) on Dec. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. Photo Credit: Greg Bartram | USA TODAY SportsThe Ohio State women’s basketball team has relied heavily on the explosiveness of the nation’s top-scoring duo during the 2015-16 season.That wasn’t the case Thursday evening at the Schottenstein Center against the Indiana Hoosiers.Top Buckeye guards, sophomore Kelsey Mitchell and senior Ameryst Alston, were held in check early on in Columbus, prompting the OSU frontcourt to come alive. The extra effort was definitely needed for the No. 5 Buckeyes (11-3, 3-0) to fend off Indiana (9-6, 1-2) at home, 97-70.“They came out ready to play right off the jump,” OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper said. “We had to match their intensity, and once we matched it we actually took it to another level after that.”The Buckeyes have struggled immensely with their perimeter defense this season, ranking dead last amongst Big Ten teams in 3-point defense. A lack of outside pressure has allowed teams to attack OSU with an onslaught of long-range jumpers from the tip.Matters were no better on Wednesday when Indiana opened up the first quarter of play shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.“I think putting more pressure on the ball, not letting them see the open man,” Cooper said of the team’s solution to Indiana’s hot start.Multiple missed layup opportunities also stymied OSU from overcoming Indiana. However, OSU sophomore Alexa Hart and Cooper continued to work the interior, sparking a 10-3 run that knotted the contest at 18 after one quarter of play. Hart registered a double-double on the night, scoring 18 points and collecting 13 rebounds.Despite breaking out of an early shooting slump, the Buckeyes still could not entirely pull away from the Hoosiers. That’s because OSU’s elite scorers Mitchell and Alston continued to be held in check by Indiana, combining to shoot 4-of-18 from the field in the first half.“The way (Indiana) came out, the way they shot the ball, I think that prevented us from doing things that we usually do,” Mitchell said.Nevertheless, OSU’s presence in the post continued to eat away at Indiana. Cooper provided a 14-point first-half spark off the bench, leading a Buckeye frontcourt that outscored the Hoosiers 32-18 in the paint over the first 20 minutes. Cooper finished the night shooting 10-of-16 from the field, tallying 23 points and eight rebounds.“I like the energy and it gives us a different look when she comes in,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said of moving Cooper to the bench.The Scarlet and Gray brought a 40-35 advantage into halftime and built some early momentum after the break. OSU’s first 3-point conversion two minutes into the second half from Mitchell brought the Buckeyes’ lead to seven and led to an Indiana timeout.Mitchell, who finished with 23 points on the night, led the team with 15 points in the third quarter on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field, opening up a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.“Sometimes when you’re not sure about yourself and you have a slow start it can wear on you,” McGuff said. “But I do think we have a lot of confidence about how we’re playing.”OSU continued to pull away via not letting up on the Hoosiers, sustaining an aggressive and pesky press on defense. That tenacity brought the team’s turnover margin to a plus-10 mark by the game’s end, and helped the Buckeyes finish with 16 points off of turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds.The Buckeyes will continue their Big Ten schedule with a matchup against Rutgers (10-4) on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Crew enters home playoff contest in need of goals

An unmistakable confidence has pervaded Columbus Crew training sessions in the week leading up to this Saturday’s home-leg playoff match against the Colorado Rapids, despite trailing 1-0 in total goals scored. “We are very confident that we can overcome this deficit,” said Columbus head coach Robert Warzycha on Thursday. Warzycha’s assertiveness has rubbed off on Crew players. Andy Gruenebaum, who will be the Crew’s starting goalkeeper Saturday, is relishing the pressure. “We’re all very confident, it is true,” Gruenebaum said. “No one is freaking out, there’s no frantic behavior. This is what we play for, to be the higher seed and to have this game at home.” The Rapids were aggressive and took advantage of defensive miscues by Columbus en route to a 1-0 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the opening leg of the series on Oct. 28. Gruenebaum hopes to guide the Crew to a stronger defensive showing Saturday. “As a defensive unit, we need to keep a high line and maintain pressure on the ball and their big playmakers like Conor Casey and [Omar] Cummings,” Gruenebaum said. Robbie Rogers started in the midfield for the Crew in the first leg match at Colorado and provided insight into Saturday night’s must-win contest. “It’s positive in the locker room right now, we’ll be keeping the ball better and we’ll tighten it up on defense,” he said. With the Crew organization expecting a sizable turn-out for Saturday’s match, Rogers sees the loyal Columbus fan base as the final piece of the winning equation. “Just being here at home with all the fan groups is special,” Rogers said. “We have a close connection with all the people in this stadium. They’re the best in the MLS, so the atmosphere is going to be in our favor. This is in our hands.” read more

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NCAA approves tougher violations rules Gene Smith sees improvement in flawed system

The NCAA Board of Directors released a new, more stringent set of rules Tuesday for enforcing athletic programs’ adherence to codes of conduct. The new rules try to simplify and accelerate what has traditionally been a long and complicated rule-enforcing process. The rules also aim to increase the severity of the sanctions and make punishments more uniform instead of treating things on a case-by-case basis, according to the announcement posted on ncaa.org.  Among the most notable changes involve holding head coaches more accountable for the actions of their staff. Now, violations by any member of the staff will reflect on the head coach, unless he or she can prove their personal effort for an “atmosphere of strict compliance.” There was also a change in tiers of violations. Rather than categorizing a violation as “major” or “secondary,” there will now be four levels, with a level one violation being the most “severe breach of conduct.” The NCAA could potentially disqualify a team for multiple years of postseason play and fine the program millions of dollars for a level one violation. Other consequences for various levels of infractions include harsher scholarship reductions, recruiting limits and head coach suspensions. Suspensions for coaches as well as programs can range from 10 percent of the season to a full season. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions will expand from 10 members to 24, speeding up the infractions process and handing out violations in a more timely manner. In Ohio State football’s case, this could have meant serving out OSU’s bowl ineligibility during the 2011 season rather than the current season. The last of the most significant changes in the new set of rules includes a more consistent penalty system. Sanctions will no longer be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and the new standards will ensure equal treatment – and punishment – across the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert said the rules aim to eliminate the temptation for teams to do whatever it takes to win. “We have sought all along to remove the `risk-reward’ analysis that has tempted people — often because of the financial pressures to win at all costs — to break the rules in the hopes that either they won’t be caught or that the consequences won’t be very harsh if they do get caught,” Emmert said. “The new system the board adopted today is the result of a lot of hard work and membership input devoted to protecting the collegiate model.” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he agrees with the new rules and says they help to solve a “flawed” system. “I am supportive of the new legislation,” Smith said. “It provides clarity and transparency to a system of enforcement and infraction management that was flawed. It also will improve the ability for cases to be handled more expeditiously.” Emmert began the process of establishing a new set of rules in August 2011. The new enforcement structure will take effect on August 1, 2013. Dan Hope contributed to this article
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Charlie Austin banned for two games after abusive gesture

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-game ban by the English FA for his gesture during the club’s 3-1 home loss Manchester City, Goal claims.The former Queens Park Rangers striker was booed when he was substituted off in the 68th minute and appeared to make an abusive sign towards the travelling City fans last month.The Football Association charged the 29-year-old with making “an abusive and/or insulting” gesture and he will miss the next Premier League against Leicester City this weekend as well as the FA Cup replay against Derby County on January 16.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…This is not the first time Austin has found himself in disciplinary matters with the FA. In 2016 the striker received a three-match ban for violent conduct following an altercation with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.Austin also was shown a red card as a QPR player during a 2-0 win against Burnley, after finding the back of the net against his former club.The striker’s suspension leaves Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl with only Shane Long, Sam Gallagher and Michael Obafemi as his only options in attack.last_img read more

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Official Ronaldo accepts €188m deal over tax evasion

first_imgPortuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a fine and suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain after appearing before a judge today in MadridThe 33-year-old has been accused of defrauding the Spanish government since 2017 after allegedly using shell companies outside of the country to hide the earnings he made from image rights between 2011 to 2014.But now the prolonged court battle has finally reached its end with Ronaldo having struck a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities.This saw the Juventus forward plead guilty in exchange for a suspended two-year sentence with Ronaldo not required to spend any time in prison due to being a first-time offender in Spain.Now BBC reports that Ronaldo turned up smiling and giving a thumbs-up to everyone as he entered the courtroom with the case lasting about 15 minutes.The star had hoped to enter the courtroom through the backdoor for security reasons due to his fame, but his request was denied by the judge and so, therefore, he came through the front door.Ronaldo was then seen arriving out of the courtroom today in Madrid smiling with his Spanish partner Georgina Rodriguez and paused to sign some autographs for fans before leaving in a black van.However, today’s outcome didn’t come without a heavy price as Ronaldo will be required by law to pay €18.8m in fines.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Below is a video by Spanish journalist Rubén Cañizares showing the moment a smiling Ronaldo arrived at the Madrid courts.Así ha llegado Cristiano Ronaldo a la Audiencia Provincial. De la mano de Georgina, firmando autógrafos y sonriente: “Estoy perfecto” pic.twitter.com/zandMqqMGm— Rubén Cañizares (@Ruben_Canizares) January 22, 2019Meanwhile, the Portuguese’s former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso also appeared in court today for the first time, charged with similar image rights offences which amount up to €2m from between 2010 to 2012.But the 37-year-old Spaniard has denied breaking any laws in Spain and told journalists “Yes, all good” as he arrived in Madrid.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges in Spain in recent years.last_img read more

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Construction Of Diagnostic Centres Continues

first_img Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:diagnostic centres, jamaica, National Education Trust Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 24 (JIS) – The Government has allocated $20 million to continue the construction of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.Details of the allotment are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project will be financed through the Consolidated Fund and is being implemented by the National Education Trust.Diagnostic centres will be located at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester; and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland. The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Apples star witness will testify in Qualcomm case after all

first_imgGetty A key witness in Apple’s patent case against Qualcomm will testify at the trial after all, a development that follows the iPhone maker saying yesterday that he was no longer intending to appear.The two tech giants are warring over three patents that Qualcomm says Apple infringed when it developed some versions of its iPhone. One of those patents allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device has booted up. Apple has argued that one of its then-engineers, Arjuna Siva, co-invented the technology and should be named on the patent. Siva had been expected to testify at the trial, which is taking place in San Diego. But on Thursday, Apple lawyer Juanita Brooks said the engineer wouldn’t appear on the advice of newly retained counsel. On Friday, the situation changed again, when Brooks said Apple had filed subpoenas for Siva and Matt Warren, his counsel. Siva, Brooks said, had gotten yet another new attorney, who was amenable to having him testify. Siva, who now works at Google, is expected to testify in court on Monday.The patent case is just one part of a wide-ranging legal saga between the two companies. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by tech giants tincluding Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The agency argued Qualcomm’s high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market, which has driven up the cost of phones and hurt consumers. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision.The San Diego trial, presided over by US District Judge Dana Sabraw, is more technical than the other parts of the legal battle. But it could have implications for how your phone is made and how much it costs.Aside from the boot-up patent, the companies are fighting over two others. One of them deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem. On Friday, Qualcomm said it wants $31 million in damages from Apple. That’s based on $1.40 per allegedly infringing iPhone.On Thursday, Apple initially alleged witness tampering because Siva’s new counsel was a former attorney at Quinn Emanuel, the law firm now representing Qualcomm.Originally published March 8, 9:27 a.m. PT.Update, 1:25 p.m.: Adds information about damages. See All Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Qualcomm Apple reading • Apple’s star witness will testify in Qualcomm case after all Apple • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tech Industry Tags 4 Commentslast_img read more

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Pixel 3a series is coming to India same day of launch Flipkart

first_imgThe e-commerce website, Flipkart has teased the most anticipated and cheaper Pixel device from Google. The search giant is expected to launch a new Pixel series – Pixel 3a and 3a XL, on May 7 in San Francisco in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) time zone. Now, Flipkart has confirmed that the new Pixel series is coming to India on the same day. So, the launch in India is scheduled for 8 May as the time difference with IST (Indian Standard Time) is almost 12 hours.The teaser page has quoted “Help is on the way. Something big is coming to the Pixel universe.” With the launch of the new Pixel 3a series, Google is going to foray into the mid-segment smartphone market. Recently, Google has admitted the pressure in the premium smartphone category and has revealed the sales of Pixel 3 is not as good as Pixel 2. Pixel 3a launch in India confirmedFlipkartPixel 3a is a lite version of the Pixel 3 and will get cheaper price tag than the flagship smartphone. A budget phone from Google can change the fate of Pixel phone series, which is performing very poor in terms of sales.Pixel 3a: What we know so farPixel 3a will sport a 5.6-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels, while Pixel 3a XL will feature a 6-inch FHD+ OLED display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. As per the Geekbench listing, this cheaper Pixel device is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, which will be coupled with 4 GB RAM. Ahead of its official debut, the smartphones have received Bluetooth SIG Certifications, which reveals that the devices will support Bluetooth 5.0. Google Pixel 3a’s design language is similar to the flagship Pixel 3, which was launched in October 2018.Evan Blass (@evleaks)/TwitterGoogle Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were leaked in official press render, divulging a design similar to the Pixel 3 phones. But the smartphone is likely to come with a plastic body instead of glass. Google Pixel 3a is also expected to sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and could be fuelled with 3,000mAh battery.Previously, a Pixel 3a with purple paint job was spotted online. It features a yellow button on the right side. Other than it, it is also rumoured that an Iris colour variant is also in the pipeline. As the launch date draws closer, more info will come about the upcoming Pixel series. So, stay tuned with us to get update swiftly. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:37Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Google Pixel 3 XL leaked photos hint at notch display, wired USB-C budscenter_img Closelast_img read more

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School teacher suspended over sexual harassment

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA teacher of BIAM Laboratory School in Singra upazila of Natore was suspended on Thursday evening on charges of sexually harassing several female students of the school, reports UNB.The accused Fazlul Rahman is a mathematics teacher of the school.Singra Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sushanta Kumar Mahato said a total 13 students and 11 parents submitted written complaints against the teacher on 11 April for sexually harassing them.Later, a three-member probe committee, formed by the upazila administration, found involvement of the teacher, he said.Based on the probe report, the school management committee has decided to suspend the teacher.last_img read more

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City Of Houston Community Groups Work To Reach SpanishSpeaking Flood Victims

first_imgFlorian MartinState Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, speaks about the importance of getting flood recovery information to Spanish-speakers.The Greenspoint area in north Houston was one of the hardest-hit during the recent flooding.Its population is about two-thirds Hispanic, many of whom speak little or no English.State Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, said when he visited a temporary shelter the night of the flooding, he noticed that not a lot of Spanish-speakers were coming in.That’s why he and Mayor Sylvester Turner decided to partner with community organizations to reach out to Spanish-speaking flood victims.“They shouldn’t fear the city of Houston, or these organizations because they were just there to help,” Walle said. “They weren’t ICE, you know. And I don’t mean that in a joking way. I’m being very serious about that. They’re not immigration authorities. They’re just there to help.”Mary Moreno is with the Texas Organizing Project, one of the groups that’s doing outreach among Greenspoint residents.She said they are going door to door to make sure Spanish-speakers get all the information they need.“A lot of it is disseminated in English,” Moreno said. “So if it’s not on Univision, or Telemundo, or in one of the Spanish-speaking papers, they’re not getting it.”Moreno said she wants flood victims to know that their citizenship or immigration status doesn’t affect their eligibility for help.You do have to be a legal resident in order to get assistance from FEMA. But it’s sufficient to have one family member who is a citizen or green card holder. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:16 X Listenlast_img read more

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Trump Signals Support For Legislation Easing US Ban On Pot

first_img Share APPresident Donald Trump.President Donald Trump said he’s inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana.Asked Friday about a proposal that would reshape the nation’s approach to pot, Trump said he would “probably end up supporting that.”The federal ban has created a conflict with more than two dozen states that have legalized marijuana in some form.The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders. Some U.S. restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is co-sponsoring and Trump said he supported him.When asked about the measure, Trump told reporters in Washington that “we’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”last_img read more

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Attorney General Calls for DC to Become 51st State

first_imgBy Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO               National grassroots coalition, 51 for 51 released a video last week starring District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine as a call to action to pass a law to make D.C. the 51st state in America.The coalition, which is made up of groups in D.C and nationwide, are requesting that residents in D.C. have voting representation. This effort will allow the 700,000 individuals who live in D.C. to have a voice in Congress, with 51 votes in the Senate and have “control over local laws,” according to 51 for 51 press release. Attorney General Karl Racine teamed up with the grassroots coalition 51 for 51, advocating for D.C. to become the 51st state. (Courtesy Photo)“[There are] folks who serve their country and still do not have a voting member in Congress,” Racine said in the video. “Its residents want to pass laws that reflect their values and Congress can come in and essentially overrule the will of the people.”Some issues the Attorney General believes D.C. residents should have an influence over through voter representation include societial issues such as  marijuana laws, abortion, reproductive health, gun violence prevention. But unfortunately, Congress is able to override voters stance due to Congressional regulation.The grassroot coalition makes the point that D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve in the military, impact the national economy, among other contributions to the country, but have no authority to influence on the laws that are made and how their tax dollars should be used, according to its website. D.C. residents actually pay the highest federal taxes per capita even though they have no representation in Congress, the Associated Press reported.“Although Congress has denied D.C. statehood, we still have to perform the functions of a state in addition to those of a city government,” the 51 for 51 site states. The coalition is hoping Sept. 19 will be the first step towards change. The House of Representatives will be holding its first hearing in 26 years to discuss D.C. statehood and the hearing will be led by Rep. Elijah Cummings.Ten organizations have recently supported this effort and the coalition within in the past month, including national gun violence prevention groups and partners from states advocacy groups such as Guns Down America, March For Our Lives DC,  Blue Rising, and Progress North Carolina.Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives announced his support in D.C. becoming a state in May. Thirteen presidential candidates have also endorsed 51 for 51. Some include Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Marianne Williamson.“Having your vote count, having a say in how the federal government proceeds, those are democratic principles,” Racine said. “It has nothing to do with socialism. This is what every other state has. This is what D.C. deserves. It’s all about democracy. D.C, statehood needs to move forward.”To learn more about 51 for 51 and their efforts to make D.C. the 51st state in America check out their website at https://www.51for51.org/ and follow their Twitter: https://twitter.com/51for51.last_img read more

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