first_imgShare3MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Israeli ambassador to the United Nations to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 5 HOUSTON – (March 31, 2016) – Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, will speak on “Israel and the United Nations” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 5.The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.Ambassador Edward Djerejian, the Baker Institute’s director, will give welcoming remarks.What: A presentation titled “Israel and the United Nations.”When: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Danon was appointed ambassador in October 2015 and previously held senior positions in Israel’s cabinet and the Knesset (parliament). Danon has served as Israel’s deputy minister of defense and minister of science, technology and space. He was first elected to the Knesset in 2009 and subsequently served as its deputy speaker, chair of the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee and chair of the Special Committee for the Rights of the Child.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1783. A live webcast will be available at the registration page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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first_imgNew Hampshire woman receives message in a bottle from her father after 50 yearshttps://t.co/K60EKlnHLc pic.twitter.com/0YoshV9C9O— KTVQ – Q2 News (@KTVQ) October 26, 2016 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharecenter_img HAMPTON, N.H. — A bottled message sent out to sea by a New Hampshire man more than five decades ago has been returned to his daughter.WMUR-TV reports the message was discovered by Clint Buffington of Utah while he was vacationing in the Turks and CaicosBuffington says he found a Coke bottle half-buried in the sand. The note inside the bottle said, “Return to 419 Ocean Blvd. and receive a reward of $150 from Tina, owner of the Beachcomber.”The Beachcomber was a Hampton motel owned by the now-deceased parents of Paula Pierce in 1960.Pierce’s father had written the note as a joke and cast it into the Atlantic Ocean.Buffington flew to New Hampshire to deliver the message to Pierce. She made good on the promised reward. Message in a Bottle Sent out to Sea Is Found 5 Decades Later By The Associated Press October 28, 2016 Updated: October 28, 2016 US last_img read more

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first_img Norwegian police say they investigating a pedophile network that is suspected to involve at least 51 people, reported The Associated Press, which added that it includes the abuse of infants.There is at least one case of a suspect acknowledging abuse of his own children.Deputy Police Chief Gunnar Floystad told AP that it’s Norway’s largest abuse case to date; they’ve arrested 20 men so far, with three convictions, in western Norway. The 31 other suspects are from other regions in the country.Lawyers, politicians, and other high-level members of society have been arrested.Floystad said he couldn’t reveal more details following the conclusion of the investigation, known as “Dark Room,” which started in 2015.Prosecutors said the perpetrators met on the the dark web, using encryption and anonymity to hide their tracks. “In at least one of these cases, the defendant has admitted assaulting his own children,” Police Lt. Hilde Reikerås said at a press conference, reported NewsInEnglish.no. “The material shows assaults on children of all ages, also babies,” Reikerås said. “We have been shocked and surpised over how many people have been involved with these networks,” added Janne Heltne of the Vest Police District.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share (ScoWill/iStock)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Lawyers, Politicians Among 20 People Arrested in Norwegian Child Abuse Network By Epoch Newsroom November 21, 2016 Updated: November 21, 2016center_img Show Discussion Share this article Europe last_img read more

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first_img Country music legend Dolly Parton says she’s establishing a fund to help victims of the wildfires that burned hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains area and left seven dead.She says The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation are establishing the My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 monthly to Sevier County families who lost their homes.More than 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg on Monday night and many of them are still nervously awaiting word of when they can get back in the city to see if they still have homes.“I have always believed that charity begins at home,” Parton said on her website. “And that’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies — including the Dollywood Theme Park; the DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; plus my Dollywood Foundation to help me establish a ‘My People Fund.’The flames reached the doorstep of Dollywood, the theme park named after Parton. The park was spared any significant damage and will reopen Friday. Fire erupts on both side of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Nov. 28, 2016. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) Fire erupts on both side of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Nov. 28, 2016. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)Thick smoke from area forest fires looms in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 28, 2016. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) Thick smoke from area forest fires looms in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Nov. 28, 2016. (Brianna Paciorka/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)Parton said she hopes the financial assistance will help people who lost everything get back on their feet again.Epoch Times contributed to this report. Share Dolly Parton performs onstage during the 2016 Medallion Ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Dolly Parton Establishes Fund to Help Tennessee Wildfire Victims By The Associated Press December 1, 2016 Updated: December 1, 2016center_img US Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img US Show Discussion President Trump Signs Memo Undoing Obama-Era Policy on Transgenders in Military By Jasper Fakkert August 25, 2017 Updated: August 27, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article U.S. Army soldiers carry a critically wounded American soldier on a stretcher to an awaiting helicopter near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on June 10, 2010. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) President Donald Trump signed a memo on Friday officially reversing an Obama-era policy that allowed transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.The memo puts back in place the policies and practices that applied before June 2016 that generally banned transgenders from serving in the military.The policy was changed by President Barack Obama in his last year in office. Besides allowing transgender people to serve in the military the military was also ordered to pay for the medical costs incurred for hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.“In my judgment, the previous Administration failed to identify a sufficient basis to conclude that terminating the Departments’ longstanding policy and practice would not hinder military effectiveness and lethality, disrupt unit cohesion, or tax military resources,” read the memo signed by President Trump.The memo also pointed to the fact that further study is needed to determine whether the policy changes under Obama had those negative effects.Sex-reassignment surgical procedures for military personnel will no longer be funded by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security under the new policy. One exception being if transgender military personnel had already started treatment and discontinuing the treatment would be dangerous to the individual’s health. The new policy will not go into effect until March 23, 2018. Defense Secretary Mattis has until February 21, 2018, to come up with a plan for how to return to the previous policies as well as for ending the funding for sex-changing medical procedures.It is unclear yet what will happen to transgender individuals already serving in the military. The memo gives Secretary Mattis the authority to determine how to address the issue.The policies passed by Obama were set to go into effect on July 1, but Secretary Mattis delayed the implementation for six months to conduct a review of the policy’s potential impact on the “readiness or lethality” of the military.The delay did not prevent military personnel already serving to start transitioning their gender, which under previous policies would have resulted in the individual being automatically discharged.As part of the implementation of the policy all soldiers received mandatory training on the issue.In the training female soldiers were informed that males who identified as women would start using the female barracks, bathroom and shower facilities, warning them that the “Soldier still has male genitalia.”The training calls on soldiers to treat the transgender individuals “with dignity and respect,” but said that “transgender soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not ‘match’ other Soldiers.”The training instructs the female soldiers to bring up with their chain of command concerns over sharing their shower facilities and barracks with men.Following the announcement of the policies in 2016 various practical concerns have been raised.The new policy would have allowed men to serve in the military while meeting the physical criteria for women, not for men.The minimum requirements for the Army Basic training for a male soldier aged between 17 and 21, is 35 push-ups. For a female soldier it is 13 push ups.“It was nothing but ‘social engineering and political correctness’—not any new medical research—that led the Obama administration to reverse this policy,” according to Tony Perkis, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and president of the Family Research Council, in a statement on the organization’s website.Allowing transgendered soldiers in the military would affect deployment and consume precious time and resources in training that would otherwise be unnecessary, Perkis said.Soldiers should be able to be deployed anywhere at any time, without specialized medical care. But transgendered individuals require ongoing medical care in the form of hormone treatments for the rest of their lives. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits South of Anchorage By Epoch Newsroom November 27, 2017 Updated: November 27, 2017center_img A moderate earthquake struck in the Prince William Sound about 105 miles southeast of Anchorage, Alaska, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The quake hit Monday afternoon, and it was felt in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. There were no reports of damage.The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was felt in the Prince William Sound, Kenai Peninsula, and in other places, The Associated Press reported.There was no tsunami damage, AP reported. US News (USGS) last_img read more

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first_imgBREAKING: Dogs that @goochland Sheriff’s office says mauled Bethany Stephens to death euthanized Saturday. Family gave permission. Presser at 4pm. @CBS6 pic.twitter.com/QqZH6poCVC— Laura French (@lfrenchnews) December 18, 2017 Share this article US News Officials do not suspect foul play in Stephens’ death.Investigators are still evaluating statements made by other witnesses.“We had a number of witnesses came forward and we were able to put a time frame together and people’s movements together and they don’t fit with that particular narrative,” the sheriff noted. “Having said that, we are still following up on those; we are still doing forensic tests.”A local police official, Sgt. Mike Blackwood, stated that the dogs were left with her father. They were, as he put it, held up “in the cold” inside a small kennel before the attack.“[Stephens’ father] wasn’t taking care of them — it wasn’t his responsibility,” Blackwood alleged.Shawn Whitlock, who is an investigator with the sheriff’s office, told the Washington Post that there were no signs that she was killed any other way.“Nothing that said domestic violence. Nothing that said she was stabbed. Nothing that said she was shot. No bones, no injuries to the throat area. . . . There was no particular bleeding inside the esophagus, which would’ve been conducive with choking her out. None of that,” Whitlock told the Post.But officials noted the questions surrounding details of the case.“I don’t think there’s any way we can definitively say what caused the attack,” Agnew told the Post. Show Discussion Friend of Virginia Woman Killed by Dogs Claims ‘Story Doesn’t Add Up’ By Jack Phillips December 20, 2017 Updated: December 21, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A friend of the Virginia woman who was killed by her pet dogs can’t believe what happened.Bethany Stephens, 22, was found dead in a wooded area last week at around 8:20 p.m. local time off Manakin Road, Goochland, Virginia, according to local broadcaster WTVR. Her father had called 911 after 8 p.m. to report that he found her in the woods.Deputies who responded to the incident described a grisly scene, saying the dogs were eating her, a local sheriff said.“Let me cut right to the chase, the most important detail that we did not release because we were worried about the well-being of the family is that in the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning…we turned and looked…I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the ribcage on the body,” Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said on Monday, Dec. 18,  in an update.But a friend, Barbara Norris, told WWBT in Richmond that it’s unexpected that her dogs would attack Stephens.She said, “Those dogs would not attack her. They’d kill you with kisses … I can’t tell you if it was a blunt force or if it was a mauling, but I know those dogs didn’t do it… The only time they got aggressive is if they thought there was a threat going towards her.” Barbara Norris said she can’t belive that Bethany Stephens’ pet dogs would kill her. (WRIC screenshot)Friends told WRIC that Stephens had been receiving death threats before the attack.The family of Stephens gave permission for the pit bulls to be put down.“The injuries were very severe,” Agnew added. “The most prevalent damage…the damage was so extensive [on the body] that there was nothing left to compare the bite marks to.”last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Share Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) wants to introduce a little transparency into the operation of Confucius Institutes in the United States.In an interview with The Epoch Times, Wilson explained why he introduced the Foreign Influence Transparency Act of 2018 on March 20, a bill that seeks to require a foreign entity in the United States that promotes the political agenda of a foreign government to be registered as a foreign agent.Under the existing Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), foreign entities operating in the United States who represent the interests of foreign powers must disclose the nature and basic information of their operations, so as to facilitate transparency and public knowledge of their relations with foreign countries.The current FARA law, however, allows exemptions in the cases of “religious, scholastic, academic, or scientific pursuits or of the fine arts.” The exemptions have allowed Confucius Institutes, which are funded and controlled by the Chinese communist regime, to be expanded across hundreds of American college campuses while still not being registered nor monitored in the FARA database.Confucius Institutes have come under increasing scrutiny as they face widespread criticism that they serve as a propaganda arm of the Chinese regime. Some observers have even accused them of spying for the Chinese intelligence.“I appreciate and support the exchanges [with China], but there needs to be disclosure as to the elements of government involvement in these exchanges,” Wilson said. “[Confucius Institutes] don’t have to be banned, but they have to be identified so students, parents, and administrators know they are funded by a foreign political party.” Wilson was referring to the Chinese Communist Party in the one-party state of the People’s Republic of China, whose propaganda minister has said that Confucius Institutes serve as “an important part of China’s propaganda setup.”According to draft text of the Foreign Influence Transparency Act provided to The Epoch Times, the bill would require foreign entities promoting a foreign government’s “political agenda” in the United States to be registered under the FARA act, even if they claim to be operating in an academic or scientific setting.It would also require U.S. colleges and universities to disclose donations from foreign sources of $50,000 or more. Currently, they are only required to do so if the amount exceeds $250,000.Wilson stressed, however, that he appreciates any positive exchanges with the Chinese, and that Confucius Institutes can stay as long as they provide transparency so that Americans can better understand their intent. According to Wilson, China’s cultural and historical heritage was important to his father, who served as a member of the Flying Tigers in World War II, the group of volunteer American airmen who helped defend China against the Japanese.Various members of the U.S. Congress, including Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have made statements or sent letters asking colleges and universities in their states to cut ties or end relations with Confucius Institutes on their respective campuses.Correction: Congressman Wilson’s office has not sent a letter to Harris Pastides, the president of the University of South Carolina, regarding the university’s Confucius Institute, as was originally asserted in this article. The Epoch Times regrets the error.  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article Congressman Explains Why Confucius Institutes Should Be Registered as Foreign Agents By Paul Huang March 21, 2018 Updated: March 22, 2018center_img China-US News U.S. House Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) speaks during a news conference on May 19, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murdererslast_img read more

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first_img#BREAKING: @GwinnettPd on the scene of a tragic double shooting in Lawrenceville. We’re told two male teens are dead after one accidentally shot another and then took his own life. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/NPDpU3nXYs— Claire Simms (@Claire_FOX5) December 31, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A Georgia teenager killed himself after accidentally shooting and killing his friend hours before ringing in the New Year on Dec. 31.The Gwinnett County Police Department said a group of teens gathered in a shed in Lawrenceville on Monday when one of them took out a gun and accidentally shot another member of the group, ABC News reported.Two teens ran, but police said the boy who fired the shot stayed behind and called 911. Show Discussion Share Teen Kills Himself After Accidentally Shooting and Killing Friend on New Year’s Eve, Police Say By Jack Phillips January 1, 2019 Updated: January 1, 2019 Neighbors Speak OutThe shooting occurred at 3:15 p.m. local time along Riverlanding Circle in Lawrenceville, described as an upscale Atlanta suburb.“You know, it’s New Year’s Eve and to have this happen so close to home, it’s just really devastating,” an unnamed neighbor said. “And now, we’re just in a state of panic to know who these two children are. Are they children of our community where we can reach out to their families? So this was just really unexpected. Nothing like this ever (happened) in this neighborhood,” one neighbor said.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The owner of the property with the shed doesn’t appear to have any connection to the teens, Wilson told the Gwinnett Daily Post.“The (shed) is kind of a shack that kids hang out in, so we’re kind of like, ‘Oh my God,’” said Riverlanding Circle resident Barrie Hunter, reported the Post. “We’ve lived here for 18 years—this is the first crazy thing (like this) to happen.”According to another unnamed neighbor, the shed is a local hangout spot. “The kids used to play in it when they were younger,” the resident told the Daily Post. “Now, what goes on—who knows.”Andrew Tran told WSB that he used to go to the same shed. “I was shocked because just thinking about it, it could have been my friends,” he said.The two teens’ identities were not released pending notification of their families.Other details about the shooting are not clear.Suicide HotlinesIn the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.In the United Kingdom, suicide hotline Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or one can email jo@samaritans.org.In Australia, the crisis support service hotline is 13 11 14 (Lifeline).Other worldwide suicide hotlines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Officers discovered one teen dead inside the shed, the report said. Afterward, police “heard a single gunshot while attempting to locate the involved parties from the initial 911 call,” officials said.“Officers located a male with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound a short distance from the makeshift shed,” a statement from Gwinnett police read.Local news outlet WSB-TV reported that the teens were 16 to 18 years old. Their names were not released by officials.“It appears that a group of four males were gathered in a makeshift shed. At some point, a gun was displayed. The gun was fired and one subject was struck. Then the men then ran from the shed. Two of the friends heard what they described as a pop and found who we believe was the initial shooter, deceased of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Ashley Wilson with the Gwinnett Police Department said, elaborating on the incident to WSB-TV.last_img read more

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first_imgWATCH LIVE: Police respond to active scene at Gloucester County UPS Facility#BREAKING: Police have surrounded a United Parcel Service facility in New Jersey in response to a reported active shooter.MORE: https://bit.ly/2AMDzYf由 FOX 29 发布于 2019年1月14日周一 Active Shooter Reported at New Jersey UPS Facility: Police By Jack Phillips January 14, 2019 Updated: January 14, 2019 BREAKING: Police surround area where active shooter poses threat at UPS Facility in NJ由 Point Pleasant Patch 发布于 2019年1月14日周一 Local and county authorities have responded to an incident in Logan Township, Gloucester County. Media inquiries should be directed to those entities. #alert— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) January 14, 2019 Crime and Incidents QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article A Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman told the news outlet that the “situation is contained,” without elaborating.“We have an active incident in place,” chief of staff Tom Gilbert also said. “Tactical elements were deployed.”Law enforcement officials are now “fact-gathering,” Gilbert said, but he didn’t elaborate.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An active shooter situation has unfolded at a UPS facility in Gloucester County, New Jersey, according to local news reports on Jan. 14.A spokeswoman for the county told NJ.com that the shooter is at the UPS warehouse in Logan Township.The building is located on Birch Creek Road, but police have since blocked off roads in the area.The warehouse is located in an industrial park.center_img Scene outside the UPS facility in Logan Township, NJ. Police agencies confirm an active shooter situation. No word on injuries pic.twitter.com/MfPy8RQ2hH— Dan Patrick (@6abcDan) January 14, 2019 ACTIVE SHOOTER: Multiple law enforcement agencies have responded to an active shooter situation at a UPS facility in Logan Township, New Jersey. WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR: https://6abc.cm/2RsQQ2v由 6abc Action News 发布于 2019年1月14日周一 Share “The students and staff in SWSD are all safe and our administration is on alert,” the statement said. “Thank you for your continued support.”Other details about the incident are not clear.New Jersey State Police also wrote that it is responding to the scene. This is a breaking news story. More details to follow.It comes a few days after a shooting at an Alabama UPS facility left three people dead, including the gunman, said police. “UPS is working with law enforcement as they respond to an active shooter situation at one of the company’s supply chain processing facilities in Logan Township, New Jersey,” the firm said, “We cannot provide information about the identity of people involved at this time.”The Swedesboro-Woolwich School District also issued a comment to the Courier-Post that it “is aware that there is an active police situation in Logan Township. Please be assured that our central office administration are in constant communication with our local police department, and we are also fortunate to have a Woolwich Police Officer (School Resource Officer) on site each day.” Logan Township’s schools were also placed in a “modified” lockdown, the Courier-Post reported.Fox29 reported that the incident started at around 9:20 a.m. local time.birch creek road via google A Google Street View image shows Birch Creek Road in Logan Township (Google Street View)ABC 6 Action News said that a number of police vehicles and officers are outside the UPS building, and police officers “could be seen ducking behind police vehicles outside a loading ramp.”UPS issued a statement about the matter, NJ.com reported. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share this article President Barack Obama shakes hands with Alan Krueger as he announces him as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Aug. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Jason Furman, who also served as chair of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, also wrote: “Alan Krueger taught me about economic policy for more than two decades. His convincing empirical research on the most important questions is a lasting legacy. A devastating loss.” I cannot believe my friend, CEA colleague, and extraordinary economist @Alan_Krueger has passed away. His contributions to the field are immeasurable. His ability to examine and communicate important economic data, questions, and findings was remarkable. Rest in peace, Alan. https://t.co/f7Zh40eubt— Lisa D. Cook (@drlisadcook) March 18, 2019 It’s hard to believe that Alan Krueger is dead. He was a hero to me: A great economist, an extraordinary public servant and policymaker, and a helluva mentor and teacher. And he took extraordinary delight in everything he did and everyone he touched. https://t.co/TIEts4nHhw— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) March 18, 2019 He’s survived by his wife, Lisa, and their two children.Obama issued a statement on his death.“He saw economic policy not as a matter of abstract theories, but as a way to make people’s lives better,” Obama wrote, reported NBC News. “He believed that facts, reason, and evidence could make government more responsive, and his enthusiasm and curiosity was truly infectious.” I can barely begin to tally all the groundbreaking insights Alan Krueger brought to labor economics. Not just an outstanding theorist and empiricist, he worked tirelessy to apply his, and the discipline’s, insights to policy and real world problems. https://t.co/JBdQrDj9z9— Greg Ip (@greg_ip) March 18, 2019 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Adviser Under Former Presidents Obama and Clinton Takes His Own Life: Reports By Jack Phillips March 18, 2019 Updated: March 18, 2019 Another Obama official, Jared Bernstein, who served as chief economist for Vice President Joe Biden, wrote that Kreuger “believed that if you want to know the answer to something, sometimes you have to go out and get the data yourself, something very few economists do,” CNN reported.Added Lisa Cook, an economist and White House aide for Obama:: “I cannot believe my friend, CEA colleague, and extraordinary economist @Alan_Krueger has passed away. His contributions to the field are immeasurable. His ability to examine and communicate important economic data, questions, and findings was remarkable. Rest in peace, Alan.”“It’s hard to believe that Alan Krueger is dead. He was a hero to me: A great economist, an extraordinary public servant and policymaker, and a helluva mentor and teacher. And he took extraordinary delight in everything he did and everyone he touched,” tweeted Justin Wolfers. “It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics took his own life over the weekend,” his family said in the statement to Reuters.Kreuger was a prominent economics professor at Princeton University. He had taught at the university since 1987.“The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him,” said the statement. A former economics advisor to former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton reportedly killed himself over the weekend, said his family on March 18.Alan Kreuger, 58, served in the last two Democratic administrators as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor under Clinton and as head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers for Obama.His family didn’t elaborate on the cause of death or other circumstances surrounding his death, Reuters reported. Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_imgA person holds a gun in a file photo. (George Frey/Getty Images) Florida Senate Passes Bill Expanding Armed Teachers Program By The Associated Press April 24, 2019 Updated: April 24, 2019 TALLAHASSEE—Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday, April 23.The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland high school. While Democrats and Republicans agreed on nearly all other provisions in the bill, the one sticking point was a proposed expansion of a “guardian program” that allows guns in schools.Right now, only teachers who have a role outside the classroom, such as an athletic coach, can participate. The vote was 22-17, with all but one Republican in favor and all Democrats opposed.The bill would make all teachers eligible for the program if they volunteer, undergo a psychological evaluation, are trained by a sheriff’s office and the school districts approve. It passed on a 22-17 vote with all Democrats against and all but one Republican in favor. Democrats argued there’s a greater chance of a student being accidentally shot than being killed in a mass shooting. Republicans said a teacher might be able to stop a shooter before police can arrive at a school.Republicans repeatedly emphasized the voluntary nature of the program.Manny Diaz Jr. Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah, closes on his Senate Bill 7030: Implementation of Legislative Recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in the Florida Senate in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 23, 2019. (Phil Sears/Photo via AP) “This bill does not arm one single, solitary teacher,” said Republican Sen. Manny Diaz. “What this bill does is provide the 67 school districts, the 67 different communities in this state, with the ability to do what they need to do to protect our kids.”So far, 25 districts have approved participating in the guardian program.Over and over, supporters noted that there were fewer than four minutes between the first and last gunshots during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three faculty members dead on Feb. 14, 2018. Diaz said in some rural counties it could take more than 20 minutes for law enforcement to arrive at a school during a shooting.“Those that have law enforcement 20 to 25 minutes away need another option to protect those kids,” Diaz said.But Democratic Sen. Bill Montford, the former Leon County school superintendent, said the Legislature should provide districts the money so they can hire “real, true, well-trained law enforcement” instead of arming teachers.“What I have noticed in the last 40 years is that teachers have been asked to take on the responsibilities that our communities simply can’t address,” Montford said.Lauren Book Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, holds back tears as she talks about the shooting victims while debating Senate Bill 7030: Implementation of Legislative Recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in the Florida Senate in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 23, 2019. (Phil Sears/Photo via AP)“When parents fail, we ask our teachers to be parents. When mental health services fail, we ask our teachers to be counselors. When social services fail, we ask our teachers to be social workers. Now one more time—one more time—when the safety of our students is at risk, we’re asking our teachers to be law enforcement people. And that’s wrong.”He said he knows the program is voluntary, but after working in education for 40 years, he said he also knows teachers will feel pressure to volunteer.“What we’re telling teachers is that if you want protection for you and your children, then do it yourself,” Montford said.The bill was based on recommendations from a commission formed after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Both sides said they support the other parts of the bill, including provisions dealing with mental health assessments and reporting violent incidents and potential threats at schools. A companion bill is awaiting a House vote.Authorities say former student Nikolas Cruz carried out the Parkland attack. Cruz, now 20, faces the death penalty if convicted.By Brendan Farrington Show Discussion US News center_img Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

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first_imgBrian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall, with a group of Angel parents, whose children have been killed by illegal aliens, in front of the new half-mile section of border fence at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Show Discussion US News New Border Wall Symbolizes Hope, Security to Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones By Charlotte Cuthbertson June 3, 2019 Updated: June 8, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img EL PASO, Texas—A particular half-mile of new border fencing has brought significant meaning to many Americans that the existing 654 miles don’t hold.It was built from donations that started pouring in late last year, when combat veteran Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe account after Congress failed to appropriate the amount President Donald Trump requested for a border barrier.As the first piece was being completed in a high cross-border crime area near El Paso, Texas, several Angel families—those whose loved ones have been killed by illegal immigrants—traveled to Sunland Park, New Mexico, to see it for themselves.border security Construction continues up Mount Cristo Rey on the new half-mile section of border fence built by the We Build the Wall group at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Michelle Balogh, the sister of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, said the new wall symbolizes “security for our country, for our agents, for us Americans.”Terry was killed in a shootout in 2010, while attempting to arrest five illegal aliens near Nogales, Arizona. “They were here to do harm,” Balogh said. “I’m not saying that every illegal comes over here to do harm, but there’s a lot of criminal, illegal aliens that come here to commit crime, kill our Americans, and get away with it.”She said seeing the new wall is “bittersweet” and that Terry would be “absolutely ecstatic” to see it. “It’ll be protecting his brothers in green.”border security Michelle Balogh, sister of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, at the new half-mile section of border fence built by We Build the Wall at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)In January, Kolfage set up the nonprofit We Build the Wall, which has raised $23 million so far. The half-mile just completed cost about $8 million, with much of the cost due to the extensive earthworks required to build up the side of Mount Cristo Rey. The steepest incline sits at 31 percent.We Build the Wall board member Kris Kobach said that Border Patrol agents told him that an average of 100 illegal aliens and an average $100,000 in drugs crossed the half-mile section every day.‘She Didn’t Die in Vain’Michelle Root’s daughter Sarah was killed in January 2016, the night of her university graduation.“She was rear-ended by Edwin Mejia, who was street racing; a 19-year-old illegal alien that came over unaccompanied at age 16 in 2013,” Root said. “His blood alcohol was 0.241, he was going 70-plus miles an hour, plowed into the back of my daughter’s SUV, severed her spine, caused her to be brain-dead, and therefore, took her life.”Root said the new fence means Sarah didn’t die in vain.“This wall means the world to me,” she said. “It reignites the fire within me to see what can be done. And to see that private citizens—American citizens—donated to this, and we have wonderful people working on it. Things our government couldn’t do, us American people could come together and do.”border security Michelle Root talks about her daughter Sarah, who was killed by an illegal alien in 2016, at the new half-mile section of border fence built by We Build the Wall at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Kolfage said the average donation was $67 and that $2 million was raised purely with $5 donations.“I realized that everyone can have an impact and if you think you can’t have an impact, then you’re wrong, because everyone who donated had a big impact,” he said.Donations started rolling in again over Memorial Day weekend, as word of the construction spread. Kolfage said more than $1 million was raised in a couple of days.One of Kolfage’s biggest donors was a 7-year-old boy from Austin, Texas. Benton Stevens set up a hot chocolate stand and donation website over the winter, raising $22,000 for the wall.Stevens helped Kolfage cut the ceremonial ribbon for the wall on May 30. He said he raised the money because “Trump really wanted the wall built, because all the illegal immigrants were coming in and bringing drugs and stuff.”Stevens has a lemonade stand planned for summer, with a goal of raising $50,000.border security Benton Stevens, 7, and Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall, cut the ribbon at the official ceremony for the new half-mile section of border fence built from donations, at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)‘America’s Wall’Bobby and Kiyan Michael traveled from Jacksonville, Florida, to be at the official opening.“We’re here as Angel parents, because losing a child to illegal immigration is a loss that’s totally preventable,” Kiyan said. “And for us to be able to come and witness this wall going up, knowing that it will save lives, knowing that it will save other parents from experiencing what we’ve experienced—it means a lot to us, it means everything to us.”The Michaels recently testified before their state Legislature to help prevent Florida from becoming a sanctuary state.“It makes our fight that we do every day, day in and day out … it makes it have meaning,” Kiyan said. “This is America’s wall built by Americans, for Americans, to keep Americans safe.”Bobby said he was impressed with not just the wall, but the technology, lighting, sensors, and road that come with it. A surveillance tower at the top of the hill will allow agents to see 15 to 20 miles in any direction.“All of this is one complete package,” he said. “God bless America.”border security Construction continues up Mount Cristo Rey on the new half-mile section of border fence built by We Build the Wall at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Wall SpecsMike Furey, the director of construction operations for We Build the Wall, said the materials used by Fisher Industries for the construction are of superior quality.“We’re using 75- to 100-year steel. It’s a higher grade of carbon. We’re not using the 25- to 35-year steel,” he said. The fence stands about 20 feet above ground and the steel slats are about 4 inches apart.“And when we go into the ground, we go in approximately 7 feet. And those same [fence] panels that are held by the excavators, they get locked in by the concrete, and we pour in a 4,000 PSI slump [that] dries in two hours. So the wall is permanently affixed. There’s no footer poured and then placed in or on top—we actually pour around the bollards.”Furey said that inside each bollard is 10 feet of concrete as well as two pieces of 1.25-inch hardened rebar.“So if anybody does get to the wall, past the sensors, they have to cut through the first high carbon steel, which will take approximately a half-hour,” he said. “Then they have to get through the concrete and then they have to get through the rebar. It’s an impossible task.”Underground sensors will detect movement within 40 feet of the wall and notify Border Patrol, as well as trigger audio and visual deterrence features. Furey said the sensors can tell the difference between a rabbit, a human, a small truck, and a large vehicle. They can also detect seismic activity, in case someone tries to tunnel underneath.The paved road next to the wall is one of the biggest bonuses to Border Patrol, who used to take up to 20 minutes to get to the top of Mount Cristo Rey on a bumpy, winding gravel road. Now, agents can get to the top of the hill in less than 30 seconds.border security Mike Furey, director of construction operations for We Build the Wall, on site at the new half-mile section of border fence at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)“We’ve actually, literally, in this first half-mile, going up a 31 percent grade, and have cut off 19 drug trails, walking trails, and trafficking trails,” Furey said.He said the first day he got to the site, on May 22, at 10 p.m., an Army helicopter was hovering without lights about 200 feet above them on what would become the construction site.“The landowner said, ‘Watch this,’” Furey said. “And the Army turned the helicopter lights on and there had to be 300 people running in every direction, right on the property. … It was like a Bugs Bunny movie. They were running everywhere. It was crazy.”Furey said that as the equipment and workers rolled in over the next few days, the number of illegal aliens reduced to 250, 70, 30, and then, zero.As the fence was being completed, Kolfage sent out a tweet, saying 15 armed cartel members had approached the wall and intimidated the construction crew.Future PlansKolfage said the group plans to keep building as long as funding allows. “We have made a list of every single landowner on the U.S. border, and we have constantly been going down the list and making contact with each one, networking and figuring out who fits the mold for what we want to do,” he said. “Currently, we have about 10 properties in the pipeline after this.”Tommy Fisher, president and CEO of Fisher Industries, which constructed the wall, said he has a different design in mind for the Rio Grande Valley, where the river acts as the international border.“We can build a flood wall along with border protection,” Fisher said. “We can actually clean the river, build a back-filled wall, give the agents an elevated view, and build something that will last 150 years.”Fisher said he was told by the Army Corps of Engineers that a fence couldn’t be built up the 310 vertical feet of Mount Cristo Rey, where the fence was just completed.“I believe in my heart that I can outbuild the U.S. government,” Fisher said. “Out of all the great jobs Fisher’s done over the 25 years that I’ve run the company, this has probably been the most challenging, the highest quality, with the fastest speed we’ve ever done.”border security The new half-mile section of border fence built by We Build the Wall at Sunland Park, N.M., on May 30, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)Sunland Park city officials stopped construction for about 30 hours on May 29, as lawyers worked out permitting issues the city brought up. We Build the Wall had a building permit for the wall, a building permit for the cement pedestals that the lights stand upon, and a grading permit.Kobach said a permanent easement for 24/7 access and control of the property has been given to the U.S. government, but if Homeland Security wanted a full title transfer, that would happen.“We aren’t trying to tell the Border Patrol what to do. Our objective is to simply give them this gift and let them decide what to do with it,” he said. Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Share Share this articlelast_img read more

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Passenger photographed shoving feet through armrests on Singapore Airlines flight

first_imgPassenger photographed shoving feet through armrests on Singapore Airlines flight A Reddit member shared an image online of a pair of feet emerging from behind his seat on an airplane. User Craftiest shared an image on Reddit showing the passenger seated behind, resting her feet on his armrests.Craftiest explained: “It was a Singapore Airlines flight from Manila to Singapore. It was a Boeing 777…Unfortunately I do not have a foot fetish to take advantage of the situation.”How did Craftiest resolve the unpleasant experience?“I was talking to my seat neighbour when it happened. We cracked up about it as it was so unbelievable, took some photos (because you do, for Reddit! haha). We turned around, she was passed out. But we nudged them far enough to not see them. I put my cushion in the gap, and fell asleep myself all the way to landing,” he wrote.Other Redditors did not seem as non-confrontational as the OP. One user claimed they “would have torn a page out of the inflight magazine and paper cut her right between the toes.” August 21, 20172 Commentscenter_img Bloglast_img read more

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Ryanair sacks cabin crew who staged photo of themselves sleeping on the

first_imgRyanair exposes fake photo of cabin crew sleeping in crew room. Watch video here: pic.twitter.com/tzTn6EHsKH— Ryanair (@Ryanair) 17 October 2018 November 14, 20180 Comments Blog The Ryanair flight attendants pictured lying on the floor at a Spanish airport last month have been sacked by the airline.Six Ryanair cabin crew members that were pictured sleeping on the floor of a Spanish airport office have been fired.According to the airline, the photo was staged to protest at their treatment in the early hours of October 14 after delays caused by Hurricane Leslie.The photograph was posted on the Facebook page Ryanair Must Change.Ryanair responded by posting CCTV footage on social media showing the Portuguese-based crew members “staging” their photo.center_img The budget carrier said the former employees damaged the company’s reputation and “caused an irreparable breach of trust with these six persons”.Luciana Passo, head of the SNPVAC cabin crew union in Portugal, promised a swift response to the Irish airline’s “awful” decision. Ryanair sacks cabin crew who ‘staged’ photo of themselves sleeping on the floorlast_img read more

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The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA but the soul

first_imgDesigned by IKEA, and Powered by Sonos, you’re looking at the Symfonisk, a range of offerings by the two collaborating companies. Designed as a table-lamp-speaker and a bookshelf-speaker, the Symfonisk aim at merging home-decor with smart-technology, and powerful audio to create products that simply enrich houses. The table-lamp comes with a lamp and lampshade at the top and a speaker at the bottom, while the bookshelf speaker is designed to occupy the spatial footprint of an encyclopedia (something that’s sorely missed from today’s bookshelves).Designed in signature IKEA fashion, the lamp and speaker sport a home-friendly design, and can be customized. The lamp comes with a detachable lampshade and the ability to put a bulb of your choice in it, while the bookshelf speaker can be placed horizontally, vertically, or even be hacked to be used as a wall-mounted shelf! Both products use a combination of plastic and fabric, and IKEA’s designed them to be easy to pull apart and clean (IKEA even experimented with chucking parts in the dishwasher!)As far as the audio hardware is concerned, Sonos told The Verge that both products have two class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer. Given their size and their relatively starting-range price, the speakers won’t quite match up to the standard set by Sonos’ other products, but the idea was to partner with IKEA to build truly uplifting home-decor, which I can’t help but agree with! The lamp and speaker are both controlled by Sonos’ mobile app (and they support Apple AirPlay 2 too), with support for IKEA’s own smart-home app coming soon.Designers: IKEA & SonosSharePinShareFlipSharePocket966 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgBusinesses Reminded to Clear Hydrants / Sidewalks Cindy Kettering, Deputy Fire MarshalBend Fire & Rescue541-322-6383   0 on December 18, 2012 E-Headlines As the snow continues to pile up here in Central Oregon, Bend Fire and Rescue needs your help in keeping fire hydrants visible and accessible during the winter months.  In an emergency situation seconds count. If firefighters cannot quickly locate and access a fire hydrant, precious time can be lost which may result in death, injury, and greater property loss.Help the local fire and police departments by keeping snow cleared away for at least three feet all the way around fire hydrants near your home and/or business. Also, keep a path clear from the fire hydrant to the road.In addition, access to and egress from buildings can be challenging in these inclement weather conditions. Keep driveways and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice as much as possible to give easy access and prevent injuries due to slipping on icy walkways. Now is also the time to check your emergency exits. Doors that are marked “Emergency Exit Only” or that are not routinely used may be quickly blocked by snow and ice buildup. Don’t cut off your escape route.  Remove ice and snow regularly from these areas in order to maintain your emergency exits.Plan ahead for a safer winter – clear snow from exit doors and around hydrants today. Tumblr Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Share. LinkedIn Email By CBNlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Facebook Share. Twitter Pinterest Tumblr OSU President Ed Ray to Deliver State of the University Address in Bend As efforts continue this spring to secure capital funding for the expansion of Oregon State University’s branch campus, OSU’s President  Edward J. Ray will visit Central Oregon on Monday, May 13 to deliver the State of the University address.Community members, as well as OSU-Cascades’ supporters, and OSU and OSU-Cascades alumni, and are invited to the presentation. In the address, President Ray will cover recent significant achievements of the land grant university in research and licensing, enrollment, philanthropy and new facilities.It will also include the expansion of OSU-Cascades into a four-year university and its anticipated educational, economic and community impact in Central Oregon. OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson will join President Ray for a question-and-answer session.The reception and presentation are free and will take place at The Riverhouse from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception is hosted by the OSU Alumni Association.To RSVP, contact 877-678-2837 or OSUalum@oregonstate.edu or visit www.OSUalum.com/sou.center_img Email E-Headlines LinkedIn By CBN on April 30, 2013 Google+last_img read more

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first_img Google+ 0 Twitter on February 27, 2014 Tumblr By CBN Share. LinkedIncenter_img Facebook Pinterest Dutch Bros. Coffee partners with Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods, the makers of the all-natural, gourmet oatmeal in a cup, which will now be available at all Dutch Bros. coffee stands throughout Central Oregon including locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters. Dutch Bros. Coffee will serve up the 12 oz, portable Straw Propeller Oatmeal in a cup to its customers, retailing for $3 each, and available in the following flavors: Wholly Oats, PB&J, Apple Crisp and Blueberry Blitz. Straw Propeller, the two-year old, woman-owned and operated company, incorporates distinctive flavors into its Oatmeal and Muesli with ingredients like curry, cherry, chia and peanut butter chips to please any palate – from breakfast purists to those who like to push culinary boundaries.  “Dutch Bros. is one of the largest and most successful coffee chains in Oregon, and we are thrilled to be associated with such a great brand,” said Patricia Bartelson, the owner of Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods. “It is a natural fit as we are both based in Oregon and are expanding rapidly across the country.” Every quarter the company donates 10 percent of its after tax profits to organizations throughout Central Oregon that provide assistance to area residents. “Dutch Bros. is proud to partner with a local company that emulates our platform for giving back to the community,” said Bill Smith, the co-owner of Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters.  “It’s so much more than just a good cup of coffee or a cup of gourmet oatmeal.”Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods began in 2011 when Tony and Patricia Bartelson and their two boys decided to share their homemade oatmeal recipes with the world. As an active family on the go and with food allergies to deal with, oatmeal had always been a staple in their house. They loved creating new flavors to take camping, hiking and to soccer games or wherever their next adventure led them. Tony started his manufacturing career in the cereal industry, and Patricia is a Registered Nurse. Together they combined their work experience and creative food style to bring this innovative, gourmet oatmeal to the marketplace. Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods uses fresh, real food ingredients combining them to give you anything but typical, predictable flavors. Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country’s largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company, with 214 locations and 2,000 employees in seven states. Dutch Bros. serves specialty coffee, smoothies, freezes, teas and its private-label, flavor-infused Dutch Bros. Blue Rebel energy drink. Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Bend, Redmond and Sisters are locally owned and operated by Bill and Carol Smith. Dutch Bros. Central Oregon supports various local causes, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Healthy Beginnings, NeighborImpact, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the local chapter of American Cancer Society.www.strawpropellergourmetfoods.com, www.dutchbros.com. E-Headlines Dutch Bros. Coffee Adds Redmond-based Straw Propeller Gourmet Oatmeal to Central Oregon Locations Emaillast_img read more

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Oregon Again Strongly Supports Equal Access to Abortion

first_img Email The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon yesterday celebrated Oregon Life United’s failure to place an extreme anti-abortion constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot.Sponsored by Jeff Jimerson, former State Senator Marilyn Shannon and Suzanne Belatti, Initiative Petition 61 would have embedded in the Oregon Constitution a definition of abortion that includes some commonly used forms of contraception, and would have created unequal access to safe, legal abortion by prohibiting the use of so-called “public dollars” to pay in any way for abortion or certain contraceptives through the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance policies for employees of the state, school districts, cities, counties or any “public” entity.“Oregon voters remain strongly supportive of equal access to safe, affordable reproductive health care, including abortion,” said Michele Stranger-Hunter, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.Stacy Cross, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and lead petitioner on objections filed with the Attorney General and the Oregon Supreme Court over the proposed ballot title, said: “When a woman is living paycheck to paycheck, denying coverage for an abortion can push her deeper into poverty. Studies show that a woman who seeks an abortion but is denied is more likely to fall into poverty than one who is able to get a safe abortion.”Kimberly McCullough, Policy Director of ACLU of Oregon, also filed comments with the Supreme Court. She noted, “Today, the sponsors of this dangerous effort seemed to admit that they faced a difficult, if not impossible, challenge to convince voters to take away healthcare rights from Oregonians.”Kara Carmosino of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, another plaintiff, added: “Limitations on abortion can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, particularly for those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care, such as low-income women, immigrant women, young women, women of color and LGBTQ people.”This marks the third consecutive failure by Jimerson and Shannon to bring this measure to Oregon voters. They have never been able to collect enough signatures to even warrant having the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office undertake a verification process.The only times measures proposing to limit funding for abortion in Oregon have been on the ballot, in 1978 and again in 1986, Oregon voters soundly defeated them.Contact Info:Jimmy Radosta, jimmy.radosta@PPAOregon.org E-Headlines By CBN Facebook Oregon Again Strongly Supports Equal Access to Abortion Google+ Twittercenter_img on May 10, 2016 Tumblr Share. LinkedIn 0 Pinterestlast_img read more

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