Women’s March organizers respond to controversy leading up to rally

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A national board member with the Women’s March defended the organization’s co-president amid a growing controversy over the latter’s relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has drawn criticism for his alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Linda Sarsour, a Women’s March national board member, said that she believes in co-president Tamika Mallory’s leadership, calling her a “woman who stands up for all people.”Sarsour made the comments during an interview with on ABC News’ “The Debrief.” Mallory defended her relationship with Farrakhan on “The View” earlier this week.Sarsour said that tension leading up to the third annual march in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities across the country isn’t totally surprising because bringing together women of different backgrounds can be “messy.”“We understand that there will be schisms, there’s going to be hard conversations that need to be had,” she said. “So we will work through this as a women’s movement because we are focused on what the real threat to this country is, and it is this administration and white supremacy.”Watch the video below for the full segment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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US sets rain record for 3rd time this year as Gulf prepares for tropical system

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rainfall from a potential tropical storm system as officials revealed that the country has broken the record for the wettest 12-month period for the third time this year.The news comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that there have been six $1 billion weather and climate disasters so far this year. Since 1980, there have been 250 such events — an average of six a year.A tropical depression is expected to form in the Gulf by Thursday and will likely hit somewhere between the western Florida panhandle and the northern Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced Tuesday.The system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall in the affected areas, but it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of any potential wind or storm surge impacts at this time.Rainfall in the U.S. has broken records a stunning three times this year, with above- to much-above average participation in the Deep South through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys as well as the East Coast, according to the NOAA.The precipitation total for June was 3.3 inches in the contiguous U.S., about .37 inches above the average, according to NOAA. The contiguous U.S. saw 19.05 inches in total precipitation in the past year, 3.74 inches above the average and the wettest such period in the 125-year record.Flooding persisted along many of the major river systems and their tributaries across the central U.S., including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River.The nation’s capital saw more than 3.4 inches of rain on Monday — a daily record — with most of it falling in a single hour as nearby regions saw half a foot and flash floods.More than 100 water rescues were required in and around Washington, D.C., on Monday, including 15 people saved from vehicles trapped by high water.Flash flooding also was reported Tuesday morning in south-central Nebraska, some parts of which just saw 9 inches of rain. Areas of North Dakota received up to 5 inches of rain overnight, also producing flash flooding.More flooding is possible later on Tuesday as a new system moves through the Plains and western Great Lakes. The most severe storms are likely to be in Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska, all of which could see damaging winds, hail or an isolated tornado.This system on Wednesday is expected to head east and produce severe storms in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are again the most likely threats.NOAA also announced Tuesday that above average temperatures in June were observed across 11 states in the U.S.Alaska experienced its second-warmest June in state history. The average temperature in June was 54 degrees, 4.8 degrees above the long-term mean.Florida saw its third-warmest June on record.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A new supercontinent self-destruct mechanism: evidence from the Late Triassic–Early Jurassic

first_imgWe present a new conceptual model where supercontinents, by focusing subduction on narrow areas of the 670 km mantle discontinuity, trigger superplume events and initiate their own fragmentation. This supercontinent-triggered superplume mechanism for continental break-up is examined in light of the Mesozoic fragmentation of Pangaea–Gondwana. We summarize the evidence for a superplume event that occurred between 227 and 183 Ma ago, during the Late Triassic–Early Jurassic break-up of Pangaea–Gondwana. The evidence reviewed includes flood magmatism, kimberlite emplacement, plate reorganization and tectonism (including ophiolite obduction events), reversal rate frequency of the geomagnetic field, marine anoxia, deposition of carbon-rich sediments, including oil source rocks and coal, the carbon isotope record, major mass extinctions, and global sea levels. This Late Triassic–Early Jurassic superplume event was comparable in scale with those in the late Proterozoic (c. 800 Ma) and during Cretaceous times (c. 120–80 Ma). Similar to the mid-Cretaceous event, an extended phase of plume magmatism is implicated, with two oceanic and three continental large igneous provinces being emplaced.last_img read more

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Safety bus: expensive and under-used

first_imgStudents have reported delays of up to an hour for the OUSU safety bus. The bus is run as a joint scheme between Oxford University and Oxford Brookes, with both paying £10,000 a year to subsidise the cost of running the bus.However, only 30% of the bus’s passengers are University students, the remainder coming from Brookes.The programme costs around £30-35,000 a years to run. The portion of this not covered by University subsidies is made up from the £1 donations those who travel on the bus are asked to pay, as well as sponsorship from Domino’s pizza and the Oxford University Press. Both companies have advertising on the vehicle. This covers the costs of hiring the buses, insurance and petrol.Some students phoning the bus helpline have revealed that they been told they will have to wait for between 40 and 60 minutes before the bus can reach them. Reasons for the long waits include the service being short-staffed or in another place at the time of calling.One Oxford student, who asked not to be named, phoned the safety bus on a Saturday night and was told she would have to wait 40 minutes for the bus. Her journey from The Regal on Cowley Road to St John’s college would normally take less time to walk than to wait for the bus. “Needless to say,” she told Cherwell, “I went in my skimpy skirt and high heels alone back to St John’s.”Cherwell phoned the service at 2am on a Monday night. After trying 4 times over the course of a 15 minute period we were told we would have to wait about 40 minutes for the bus to reach us in Cowley.Katherine Wall, OUSU Vice-President (Women), said that the long waiting times were in part due to a shortage of volunteers, which means that some nights they cannot run both buses which operate as part of the scheme. There are currently around 90 student volunteers who run the service as drivers and coordinators. Only 3 of these students come from Oxford University. OUSU is currently running a campaign both to increase usage of the bus and to get more University students to volunteer. The bus can cater for between 300 to 450 students in a week. Its busiest evenings are Monday and Wednesday, as these are clubbing nights for Brookes students.The long waiting times reported are a concern in a city where crime rates are well above the national average. In 2008/9 rates of violent crimes in Oxford were twice the average in England as a whole (29.9 in Oxford versus a 15.0 average countrywide). 1.3 out of every 1000 Oxford inhabitants are the victims of crimes of a sexual nature compared with only 0.9 in the rest of the country. The bus has no timetable and will pick people up from anywhere and drop them anywhere within the Oxford ring road.Lucie Acraman, who now co-ordinates the volunteers for the bus, has been volunteering herself since 2006. She first used the service in her 1st year at Oxford Brookes University.She said, “I liked the atmosphere on the bus. It was much nicer than taking taxis. I decided to volunteer in my second year to get to know people and give something back.“My worst experiences on the bus are definitely being mobbed by over 50 drunk students when we pulled up outside a club to pick up a caller. It’s not easy fending off lots of people trying to get on one bus but we obviously couldn’t take everyone in one go,” she said.“The busiest times of the night are always between 2am and 3am when the clubs close. After 3am we take no more calls but the night doesn’t really finish until 4am when we drop off the last people.“Most people behave well on the bus but we occasionally have to throw people off if they’re acting unsafely. People aren’t generally sick on the bus itself particularly since we have a policy where we fine people who throw up. Mostly people will stop the bus or use the bag provided.“We always try to make sure we see people get into their houses. When people are in a bad way we’ve even sometimes had to put them into bed and find a house mate to look after them. We’ve had to take people to hospital a few times before as well – particularly the nights when the clubs run roller discos!”First year Brasenose lawyer Eilidh Brown said, “I can understand why people at our university don’t want to volunteer. I just don’t think I would have the time. “The service isn’t as integral to Oxford University students as it is for Brookes’ students. We just don’t live as far away.”The Safety bus scheme has been running since 2002 and was originally started by Oxford Brookes University. At that time it was the first scheme of its kind in the country but it has now been adopted by several other universities including Southampton, Bradford and Keele. The bus is now run as a joint scheme between the two universities in Oxford.The Safety bus works every night from 9pm – 3am apart from Sundays when the service stops running at 1am.last_img read more

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Islamic Center suspends imam for anti-semitic remarks

first_imgJERSEY CITY – The Islamic Center of Jersey City has suspected suspended imam Aymen Elkasaby who delivered an anti-Semitic sermon earlier this month.According to several media reports, Elkasaby said, “So long as the Al Aqsa Mosque remains prisoner in the hands of the Jews, this nation will remain humiliated.” The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says the imam called for the destruction of “plundering oppressors.”According to the media reports, in the sermon Elkasaby, imam at the Islamic Center for Jersey City, called Jews “apes and pigs” and prayed for Allah to kill them “down to the very last one.”This came as a response to the announcement by President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the nation of Israel.Jerusalem contains holy places for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and past American presidents have resisted naming the holy city as the capital in order not to worsen tensions in the area.The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to vote on a resolution Thursday morning condemning Trump’s proclamation. But the president warned any countries that supported the resolution might lose U.S. foreign aid.While other mosques have reacted throughout the area, including the posting of a sign at a mosque in Union City saying “Hands off Jerusalem,” the Jersey City speech has drawn significant criticism from a number of groups.In a statement issued to the press, Islamic Center president Ahmed Shedeed denounced Elkasaby’s comments and said the imam has been suspended without pay and will undergo training.The Islamic Center of Jersey City on Park Street has been on the forefront opposing rise of “Islamophobia” in America, exacerbated by what they called inaccurate and inflammatory statements by public figures like Trump and another Republicans.Jewish groups have been very vocal in condemning Elkasaby’s statements, calling them “anti-Semitic and dangerous.”In a letter to the center, U.S. Senator Cory Booker called the remarks “abhorrent.”The local branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the anti-Jewish statements.The Islamic Center has a history of cooperation among local faiths, and regularly holds meetings among Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders.Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who has been on the forefront of battling anti-Muslim rhetoric from the Trump Administration, said the statements by Elkasaby do not reflect the community.“Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and as an administration we have held our values of inclusion, acceptance and celebration of differences above all else,” Fulop said. “We know that our residents share these values, and as a city, we stand together against instances of hate and division, whether they occur on a federal level or a local one. There is no place for intolerance among the hundreds of thousands of diverse residents who call Jersey City home.”last_img read more

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Fire Severely Damages Ocean City Home

first_imgFirefighters extinguished a blaze at a home on Asbury Avenue. A fire broke out Thursday night that left an Ocean City vacation home badly damaged at 42nd Street and Asbury Avenue.There were no injuries reported, according to a city press release.At about 8:34 p.m., the Ocean City Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 4256 Asbury Ave.The owners of the vacation home were in town but not inside the residence at the time of the fire, the release said.A neighbor first reported the fire. One dog was found and removed from the home and brought to its owner.Fifteen firefighters were first on the scene from Station 3. They reported heavy fire coming from the front deck area of the home.The second floor and exterior of the structure suffered extensive damage.Crews extinguished the blaze and protected the adjoining neighbor’s house from damage.Other crews then assisted with putting out the fire, salvage, overhaul and emergency medical services.Under the command of Acting Deputy Chief William Martin, the fire was placed under control in about 45 minutes.Marmora, Upper Township EMS and Margate fire departments assisted.The cause of the fire is under investigation.last_img read more

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Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

first_imgA new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ.“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to investigate the protective ability of vitamin D supplementation, but while some found a protective effect, others did not. Meta-analyses of these trials, which aggregate data from several studies that may have different designs or participant qualifications, also had conflicting results.To resolve these discrepancies, the research team — led by Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London — conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of trials in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. While traditional meta-analyses compare average data from all participants in each study, individual participant data meta-analysis separates out the data from each individual participant, producing what could be considered a higher-resolution analysis of the data from all studies.The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Camargo, who is a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (U.K.).last_img read more

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Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit held in Russia

first_imgFrom July 9 to July 11, 2019, the second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Sverdlovsk Region, and the Russian Export Center are the key organizers of the second edition of GMIS. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin welcomed the summit’s participants.As a global forum covering all industries, the summit brought together the world’s leading experts and key players in the field of industrial production, education and science to identify new global challenges to industrial development and jointly develop an approach to their solution, as well as their role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, as reflected in the U.N. agenda on sustainable development 2030.Within the framework of the program, several thematic sessions, panel discussions, and presentations related to the main topic of the summit — nature-like technologies took place in Yekaterinburg-Expo. According to Badr Al Olama (Harvard Law School, 2005), head of GMIS organizing committee, “Our ways of living and working are having an irreversible impact on nature, and our future.”Juan Carlos Reyes Garcia (from left), Roman Lyadov, Mikhail Akim, Andrey Berezin, Sheriff Refaat, Shishir Shrotriya, and Alexander Rodriguez. Credit: The Roscongress FoundationAndrey Berezin (HES’2017) moderated the section “The Role of Young Professionals in the Transition of Industry to Sustainable Development.” Among panellists were Sheriff Refaat, co-founder and director of Business Development of N-Gage Consulting; Shishir Shrotriya, adviser for science and technology at the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Russian Federation; Alexander Rodriguez (HES’2016), founder and managing lawyer of International Blockchain Legal; Mikhail Akim, vice president, ABB Ltd. and chairman of the Modernization and Innovation Working Group for the Association of European Businesses, Roman Lyadov(HBS’2011) – Chief Executive Officer of GTLK Europe DAC; Juan Carlos Reyes Garcia (HES’ 2017), lead consultant, Efficiency.ca.During the discussion, the panelists outlined the critical role of public-private cooperation in the development of young professionals. Panelists agreed the role of education in public-private cooperation is of paramount importance, as education contributes to the development of human capital, in other words, education is a training of young professionals who develop innovative technologies in the industrial sector to solve global problems and improve quality of life.Director of the UNIDO Center in the Russian Federation, Head of ITPO UNIDO Moscow, Sergey Korotkov and Svetlana Erkenova, the vice president of the MED “Living Planet,” national expert of the UNIDO, noted the importance of youth-related issues in industrial development discussed within Innovation Theatre at GMIS’2019.  According to Bruno S. Sergi, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, “Russia is moving towards a greener economy based on  the concept of preservation of natural resources and development of innovations.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The three-character play features Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones) and Andrew Brewer (Cougar the Musical). Based on the international best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, the show features a straight woman, a seductive model, and well, of course, the gay man who’s got the tips for um, you know. Audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: a woman’s gay best friend. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2018 Battle of the sexes! The play Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man officially opens February 9 off-Broadway. Written by Altar Boyz producer Matt Murphy and directed by Tim Drucker (Fat Camp), the comedy will run at the 777 Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Manlast_img read more

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Spring Head-to-Toe from Columbia Sportswear

first_imgColumbia means a lot of things to a lot of different people, from skiers to anglers to backpackers and travelers worldwide. But for springtime in the Blue Ridge, it’s a brand I continually turn to for waterproof, bug-proof, breathable apparel and footwear.Their motto is “Trying Stuff since 1938,” and while simple, it’s a statement not only about the innovation but also the humility with which the company approaches the outdoor market, in an effort to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, and bringing technical products to the market that help people enjoy being outside.  This Spring, Columbia is incorporating its Omni-Freeze ZERO, Omni-Wick EVAP, Insect Blocker and Omni-Shade proprietary technologies across several styles for a head-to-toe kit ideal for southeastern climes. image015The Zero Rules SL gives you a wicking, breathable technical tee for hiking and trail running for under $40, when you can easily spend twice that, and it’s jam packed with features. In a nutshell, the Omni-Freeze ZERO cools the surrounding fabric when it becomes wet, the Omni-Shade UPF 30 blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays, antimicrobial helps reduce the stink factor, and Omni-Wick pulls moisture away from the body and enables perspiration to evaporate more quickly.For hikes, pair it with the Insect Blocker Cargo Pants ($80), also a technical, breathable material but impregnated with Columbia’s Insect Blocker technology to keep ticks and mosquitoes at bay. Throw the Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket ($90) in your pack — and leave it there — for when it gets buggy but you’re too hot to put more clothes on, and don’t want to cover yourself in bug spray.Columbia’s trail shoes are also a shocking value for the money, although these days they compete right up against other top shelf brands; and with the company’s OutDry (a waterproofing technology out of Italy they snatched up lock, stock and barrel two seasons ago for use exclusively in shoes, gloves – and packs in the Mountain Hardwear brand), they are even more competitive. image021The new-for-spring Conspiracy Razor OutDry ($110) are lightweight, waterproof, nimble and soft; while being lugged, welded, and reinforced for performance and durability.Finally, for less than $100 ($99.99 in men’s and women’s), add the new EvaPOURation rain jacket to your kit. It’s a full-featured jacket with pit zips, hood, and simple (versatile) styling that blends Columbia’s Omni-Tech, Omni-Wick Evap, and Omni-Shield tech for a completely waterproof breathable shell.(Click here for an explanation of all of Columbia’s apparel technologies.) col spr 14 imageslast_img read more

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