District 9 Candidates on Teachers and the Housing Crisis

first_imgMelissa San Miguel, education advocateCommunities of color, women and young people have often been disenfranchised and forgotten by our political system. We’ve had to fight for equality and equity in areas like housing, education, and job opportunities. As Supervisor, I will work on tackling the systemic barriers that make it difficult for these communities, my communities, to live and thrive.As a member of the Democratic County Central Committee, I will tackle the barriers to our political enfranchisement. I have seen firsthand how young people and women do most of the important and hard political work, like registering voters and setting up actions, and receive few leadership opportunities or an actual seat at the table. I will work to engage and register our young people who are part of my generation and include those who work in tech; promote the next generation of women leaders and people of color; and support SF policies that serve our underserved communities. My work on the DCCC will continue my efforts to empower communities in all facets of our lives.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to info@missionlocal.com and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked. Respuestas en español aquí.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261We have an affordability crisis in our city. This crisis has been caused by a decade of failure to meet demand for housing, and almost no construction of new affordable housing in our district.How can you dedicate affordable housing to teachers (or anyone) when not a single unit of housing affordable for working families has been built in our community over the last 7 years? That is the real problem we are facing.The legislation introduced earlier this year put an important pause on a few evictions but did nothing to stop the displacement so many working families are facing.Our affordability crisis is affecting all of the people that our city relies on, such as: teachers, firefighters, nurses, construction workers and small business owners to name just a few.We need to put an end to the “all talk” approach which has defined these issues in recent years, and start actually building the housing that our local families so desperately need.We need a Supervisor that is going to deliver results for all of us.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyI have come to the conclusion that on issues of gentrification and displacement the City tends to favor developers and lobbyists and never the community. Our teachers under this current market have been hit the hardest. We have forgotten that they are a vital component of community as they shape and form the lives of our children. I have great respect for them, growing up in a household with teachers. Creating legislation to protect them from eviction is a step but not a solution. The bottom line, teachers need more compensation for the work they perform. Market rates are not accommodating to teachers’ lack of income. Therefore, I propose a salary increase of 8% and a realistic cost of living increase of 6% yearly. In addition, set aside community housing exclusively for teachers through land dedication. Only when we start investing in our school and educational systems, the community will grow as a whole.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic ClubI will fight for building affordable housing specifically for teachers and support them receiving a higher salary so our teachers can afford to live in San Francisco.David Campos’ legislation is great and I support it, but we must seek ways to prevent teachers from being evicted all year around. Like Officers and Firefighters, out teachers are first responders for our children and deserve to be treated as such.We must ensure that teachers can qualify for the current affordable housing and that down-payment assistance is available and increased when teachers look to buy.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposAs one of the authors of the Eviction Protection for Teachers Legislation I know the seriousness of the teacher shortage caused by high housing costs and low teacher salaries.I’ve worked closely with teachers for over a decade and am proud to have received the sole endorsements of both our San Francisco Public School Teachers and our City College Faculty. San Francisco’s housing crisis has a devastating effect on teachers, who spend an average of 64 percent of their salary on rent in the city, according to a special report by the Chronicle.Supervisor David Campos took steps earlier this year to help teachers avoid one aspect of housing instability by preventing evictions during the school year — but that still leaves them to displacement in the summertime and does nothing about the high housing costs that burden teachers and other city workers.We asked our District Nine candidates what they would do specifically to keep teachers in San Francisco given the prohibitive cost of living.What strategy will you pursue to ensure that teachers are able to remain housed in San Francisco?  0%center_img First and foremost give teachers a raise – as Supervisor I will be an outspoken advocate for livable salaries for teachers.Be laser focused on building housing in District 9 that’s affordable on teacher’s salaries and reserve units specifically for educators.Place a city attorney in our school system whose job is to defend educators facing evictions and unfair rent hikes. 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Saints take on Hull FC in the second game of the s

first_imgSaints take on Hull FC in the second game of the six-match extravaganza in Newcastle on Saturday.“It’s great for us as players to play at venues like the Etihad in Manchester and St James Park,” he said. “You want to play in a big, iconic stadiums – that is why you play the game. Of course, your main goal is to play at Wembley or Old Trafford. There’s no silverware involved in this game but it is a big game, in front of the big crowd and away from the M62 corridor. This is a special game and one we are desperate to win.“Hull are flying high at the moment and we are expecting to face a team that is full of confidence. They have a powerful pack and big outside backs. We have to manage their strengths and exploit their weaknesses. Above all, we need to perform well and if we do that we should go in the right direction to get the points.“As a team we have been up and down in form all season and the last couple of weeks have seen performances that are not what we associate our standards with. A lot of things have happened this year but we have to learn to react better to difficult situations. This comp is ruthless and we have to perform.“Being out of the cup is a travesty for the town, the fans and the players. We want to play in big games and we are gutted as a group. We have had some negative comments thrown our way and they are probably justified.“We are trying hard and have to stick together through this tough period. That includes the fans as well, if they can continue to support us as they have done all year we can turn it around.”New head coach Justin Holbrook will be in situ for the game – overseeing whilst Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi take the reins.“The new coach coming in gives everyone a fresh start,” Kyle added. “He brings new ideas and is a new face. Everybody will be out to impress and hopefully it will bring out the best in us. Having him around will bring stability and the boys will know the direction going forward.“We have 10 games left and if we win two or three we will start climbing the table. We are looking up and not behind us but on the flipside if we lose two or three then we know what is coming.“We have to win and climb the table. There is no better way to do that than at the Magic Weekend at St James Park in Newcastle.”last_img read more

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Cape Fear after 65day patrol

first_imgUSCGC Diligence leaves port on new mission on March 28, 2017 (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington Saturday from a 65-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.Primary missions during the patrol included search and rescue, and alien migrant interdiction and counter drug operations in support of the Coast Guard 7th District’s Operation Southeast Watch.- Advertisement – According to a press release, Diligence patrolled the Windward Passage, between the west coast of Haiti and east coast of Cuba, to prevent, deter and respond to illegal migration ventures. Crew watched for home-made sail freighters that are known to be overloaded, unstable and lack basic safety equipment.Official say the Diligence’s crew transferred custody during the middle of the patrol, of a 225-foot motor tanker, nine suspected drug traffickers, and approximately 1,900 kilograms of cocaine to law enforcement officials in St. Petersburg, Florida. Diligence’s crew maintained chain of custody during the two-week, 1,000-mile tow of the fuel-laden tanker with no power or propulsion from the western Caribbean Sea to St. Petersburg. The tow coincided with Hurricane Irma’s destructive pass through the northern Caribbean and Florida which required storm avoidance.Following Hurricane Irma and Maria, Diligence continued to focus on the priorities to deter illegal migration and drug traffickers from taking advantage of the natural disasters.Related Article: Wilmington police warn of city-wide money scamDiligence concluded the patrol with Aviation Standardization, a three-day assessment of the cutters flight operations capabilities.“I am thoroughly impressed with the crew’s resiliency throughout this dynamic patrol,” said Cmdr. Rob Mohr, commanding officer of the Diligence. “From start to finish, they exceeded all expectations and adapted remarkably to a multitude of schedule changes as a result of this busy hurricane season. I couldn’t be more proud of the crew.”last_img read more

WPD Man arrested after shooting sends three to hospital

first_imgWilliam Lamb, 43, was arrested in connection to a shooting Friday night that left three people injured. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — William Lamb, 43, was arrested in connection to a shooting Friday night that left three people injured.Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force from the Wilmington Police Department located Lamb Wednesday night. He is being charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police responded to the 1300 block of Buckingham Avenue around 8 p.m. February 16 in reference to a ShotSpotter notification. Upon arrival, officers located two gunshot wound victims – Deshawn Robinson, 41,and Darnell Morris, 31, both of Wilmington.Robinson also suffered a stab wound. Both were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A third gunshot wound victim, Damon Charles, 40, also of Wilmington, arrived at the hospital a short time later.last_img read more

Boil Water advisory in effect in Lake Waccamaw

first_img Town officials say this does not include the Wooded Acres Subdivision. This advisory will continue until further notice.Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphoning and introduction of bacteria into the water system.Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advised that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.Related Article: Woman with two wombs gives birth twice, nearly a month apartVigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.This office is strongly urging the water consumers to conserve water whenever possible.  This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued. LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) – The water consumers of the Lake Waccamaw Water System in Columbus County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a broken water line.The advisory is in effect from 2506 Canal Cove Rd. and continues to the end of Waccamaw Shores.- Advertisement – last_img read more

CSX still investigating train derailment

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — CSX is looking into what caused a train to derail Thursday morning in Wilmington.CSX says an empty well car, which typically carries shipping containers, derailed around 4:30 a.m.- Advertisement – A CSX rail car train derailed in Wilmington on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Photo: Hope Benton/WWAY 1 of 2 Police directed traffic into and out of the port.The well car was returned to the tracks just after 9 a.m.  CSX says no one got hurt and there was no damage.CSX had recently resumed service to the port following Hurricane Florence. Their first inbound train ran on Tuesday night. A CSX rail car train derailed in Wilmington on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Photo: Hope Benton/WWAYlast_img read more

Lassanas life mattered NGOs support vigil for murdered migrant

first_img SharePrint Over 60 NGOs, International organisations and citizens are supporting a remembrance ceremony tomorrow for Lassana Cisse Souleymane.Souleymane from the Ivory Coast, was shot and killed in a hit and run shooting in Hal Far on the evening of April 6th. Two Ghanians were also shot during the incident.The organisers say that they are standing in solidarity with the migrant community in Malta, ‘who continue to experience violence, who do not feel safe.’‘We stand in condemnation of racism and wanton acts of hatred.’Residents in the open centres need to be safe – UNHCRBirżebbuġa murder: What do we know up to now?Updated: Man murdered and two injured in BirżebbuġaThe organisers also call on the Maltese Police Force to step up its efforts to find the perpetrators of the crime and the authorities to better protect the migrant community.The remembrance ceremony is set to take place on Saturday morning from 11AM at Triq il-Gebel Hal Far. Visitors are invited to bring flowers.‘Lassana’s life mattered. He mattered to his family, to his friends, and he mattered to us. Such brutal acts of violence cannot and must not be ignored or tolerated.’WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Travel arrangements for Maltese abroad – MEP Elections 2019

first_img SharePrint Travel arrangements are being made for eligible voters residing abroad to enable them to vote in Malta at the forthcoming MEP Elections on the 25th May 2019.For this purpose, Air Malta plc will be making available return air tickets on its regular scheduled services at a charge of €90, inclusive of taxes and other charges, to persons who are eligible to vote in Malta at the forthcoming MEP election. Reservations may be made at the Air Malta Call Centre on this specific number (+356) 21 418 214. The centre will be open between Monday to Saturday from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, and on Sunday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm as from Tuesday 30th April at 8.00 am.Inbound travel to Malta is possible from 13th May 2019 to 25th May 2019, and return travel is from the 25th May to the 6th June 2019. Those persons who opt for early voting on the 18th May 2019 can travel to Malta from 13th May till the 17th May 2019 to be able to apply at the Electoral Office, Naxxar Counting Complex by 12.00 pm of the 17th May 2019 at the latest. They may then fly back as of the 18th May 2019, but not later than the 6th June 2019.These travel arrangements are available for:Eligible voters, including those married to foreigners, studying, working or undergoing medical treatment abroad; and(b)      Dependents of the persons referred to in (a) above.Person to whom this directive applies must be eligible voters whose name appears in the Electoral Register published on the 13th April 2019.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Which new destinations will you be able to fly to from Malta

first_imgSummer is here, and for many, summer also means that a much awaited holiday abroad is round the corner too! Thanks to the airline Volotea, this shall also mean that you’ll be able to fly to new two destinations in Italy.The Malta International Airport has announced that through the company Volotea, direct flights to Verona and Genoa in Italy have been launched.The inauguration of these two new destinations landed within a day of each other, in what can be described as exciting news for locals who love to travel!Despite the fact that both cities are found in the northern part of Italy and are only three hours away from each other, their offering is different and those who visit these two cities will have the opportunity to enjoy aspects which are different to one another.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Lost polar bear taken to Siberian zoo to be treated

first_imgA stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya PravdaA stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya Pravda A famished polar bear picked up this week after it wandered lost into a northern Russian city hundreds of kilometres from its Arctic habitat was taken on Friday to a zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk for treatment.The two-year-old female polar had appeared, starving and exhausted, in the northern nickel-producing city of Norilsk on Sunday.It then became ill and almost died after scavenging for food on a rubbish heap in Norilsk and urgently needed treatment, oil company Rosneft which works in the region said in a statement.The company said it had taken part in the operation to transport the bear from Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk.“The bear is receiving all necessary treatment and healthy food,” it said.Climate change has been damaging polar bears’ sea-ice habitats and forced them to scavenge more for food on land, bringing them into contact with people and inhabited areas.It was unclear how the animal had ended up in Norilsk but Oleg Krashevsky, a local wildlife expert who saw the polar bear in Norilsk, said it was possible it had simply got lost. He said the bear’s eyes were watery and that evidently it could not see well.Krashevsky said it was unclear what would be done with the polar bear as it looked too weak to be taken back to its natural habitat. A stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Vyacheslav Yarinskiy A stray polar bear is seen on a garbage dump at the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Chvanov <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A stray polar bear is seen in the industrial city of Norilsk, Russia June 17, 2019. Picture taken on June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Irina Yarinskaya/Zapolyarnaya Pravda Zookeepers take pictures of a female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, after its’s arriving at the Royev Richey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushincenter_img A female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, eats meat inside a quarantine cage after arriving at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin SharePrint WhatsApp A female polar bear, which was found stray in the industrial city of Norilsk, looks out of a quarantine cage after arriving at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushinlast_img read more

MTN Uganda contributes to the digitalization of the Kampala Public Library

first_imgAdvertisement KCCA ED and MTN CEO officiating the event.On 12th/7/2013, MTN Uganda, in partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have re – established the Kampala Public Library (KPL) creating a one-stop centre for members of the general public and specific groups such as tourists and investors to utilise the facility to request for and receive information about Kampala city.With the growing trends in technology, MTN Uganda has bridged the library’s digital divide and increased the utilization of information technology in the acquisition of modern knowledge for lifelong self-learning. The MTN Foundation has provided equipment and internet connectivity solutions to KCCA.Speaking at the handover ceremony, the CEO MTN Uganda Mazen Mroué reaffirmed MTN’s commitment in providing ICT support to improve service delivery of the library and stated that the connectivity will create online linkages to the centre to increase its usage and visibility. This is also in line with the MTN Foundation’s corporate social responsibility areas for 2013 which include Education, Health and National priority areas. – Advertisement – KCCA’s Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi commended MTN Uganda for their contribution towards the expansion of the facility and stated that the company’s technological support will go a long way in creating a facility that will offer comprehensive and timely information about Kampala City.KCCA seeks to expand the use of the current facility by introducing new uses for the existing areas and incorporating technological aspects, themes and other elements that will enhance the image of a modern area of information usage and consumption.The Kampala Public Library fully revamped now boosts full free WiFi connectivity as well as brand new desktop computers to aid users of the facility get access to more online resources during their research or casual reads.A member of the technical team from KCCA equally pointed to the construction of an Online Library Catalog to boost the full digitization of the library facilities.MTN’s contribution equally went towards the remodeling of the children’s library, with donation of more reading facilities for children.last_img read more

Microsoft says companies stand to make a lot of money selling data

first_imgMicrosoft partner and Director of Azure IoT Sam George at a confrence where Esri Inc Collaborated with Microsoft to Incorporate Location Services and Spatial Analytics on Novemeber – 2, 2015. Image Credit: UrbanaWorld Advertisement Everything is connected whether you know it or not.Beyond just Nest smart thermostats or Fitbit fitness trackers, big businesses are putting connected smart devices to work in their manufacturing plants, their machine equipment, and even their dairy farms.This means huge opportunity for some of tech’s biggest companies: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all have initiatives to help enterprise customers take advantage of the rising tide of smart devices and the so-called Internet of Things, or IoT. – Advertisement – Microsoft is certain that this is the “new normal,” says Microsoft Partner Director of Azure IoT Sam George, and that the company has the keys to helping businesses get there.“It’s not hype, it’s a real benefit,” George says.But then, there’s an endgame that most people haven’t considered yet.Daunted Smart devices are going mainstream in fits and starts. Consumers don’t always understand the value of things like connected refrigerators, but businesses are farther ahead George says that he sees the move happening in the enterprise on a “daily basis.”But it took a while to get there. “I think a lot of people ignore it because they’re daunted by the technical challenge,” George says.That’s why Microsoft sells the “IoT Suite,” designed to be a complete system for connected devices to report back up to its Microsoft Azure cloud, helping customers sift through the immense amounts of data that they generate and actually get some use out of that data.The technical work is mostly done on the backend, so companies don’t need teams of experts just to get started connecting everything.“We can provision these things so you don’t have to guess,” George says.For instance, elevator company Thyssen Krupp uses Microsoft IoT Suite to help do preventative maintenance on over 1 million elevators. The company attached smart sensors to its elevators, tracking everything from door-opening speed to the alignment of the shaft, so technicians can come fix an elevator before it breaks, not after.You, as an elevator rider, would never even notice. All you’d know is that there were fewer elevator outages than there were before.[related-posts]The cool but creepy part The part that’s equally cool and creepy is what happens after everybody and their competitor gets on board with smart devices: a big secondary market for data.“We think data is going to play an important role,” George says.George gives an illustrative example. A weather company wanted to refine its models for predicting rain. But to check its math, it would need to match its predictions against reality to see where it’s been raining. And it only has a finite number of weather stations to gather that data.The solution this company found, George says, was clever. By partnering up with an auto manufacturer that had been gathering data on customers’ windshield-wiper usage, the weather company got access to a goldmine of research material.Similarly, if you install one of those trackers in your car that lets the insurance company see how fast you drive and other safety stats, they also get tons of data on other stuff, including when you’re in the car and where you like to go.That data could be valuable to a whole lot of companies, and it has the potential to be a “secondary revenue source” for any company riding this wave, meaning a huge marketplace for data.Microsoft currently has no plans to get into that space, and George expects companies will go straight to each other for this stuff.If this sounds creepy, George says it’s not like any company would be dumb enough to try to sell your personally identifiable data, and this isn’t wildly different from companies like Facebook, Google, or Microsoft itself passing your data to advertisers.“It’s the internet of your things, and the internet of your data,” George emphasizes.[Business Insider ]last_img read more

Facebook Live a new way to do events perhaps life

first_imgAdvertisement With Facebook Live you can use your phone to share a moment instantly with the people you care about. This means your friends, family or fans can be there with you, and you can respond to their comments and see their reactions.To respond to the live video chatting trends in the world, Facebook introduced Facebook Live last summer and reports an overwhelming uptake of the feature since, with many people making it a way of life, practically. From sharing moments with families, journalists breaking news and holding conversations globally to simply telling stories of our everyday life and hobbies.Facebook has now responded by giving you more. More features, more ways to discover, share, and interact with live video, and more ways to personalize your live broadcasts with filters, yes FILTERS and even the ability to doodle your videos while live.Live for Groups and Events – Advertisement – “Going live” on Facebook feels special because you are going live with the people you care about. The new Facebook Live features is giving you the ability to go live in Facebook Groups and Facebook Events. Live in Groups allows you to broadcast to just the people in the Facebook Group – so you can go live in your family group, or share a workout plan in a fitness group.Live in Events means you can go live from a birthday party to allow those that can’t make it to join the fun, and a performer can go live backstage to the people who’ve RSVP-ed to the event to give them a sneak peak. You can even use Events to schedule a live Q&A session. Interactive Features: Live Reactions, Replay Comments, Live FiltersFacebook Live has been made interactive and fun: Live reactions, replaying comments made while live and Live filters will make it even more so.Live Reactions makes it easy for your viewers to express their feelings in real time during a live broadcast. Using the same reactions that Facebook added to News Feed, viewers can select Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry, and the reactions animate right on top of the video. Live Reactions appear in real time and disappear quickly so broadcasters and other viewers can get a sense of how people are feeling at different points during the live video – it’s like hearing the crowd applaud and cheer. When your friend reacts to your video or to a video you are both watching together you’ll see their profile pic and a little starburst before their reaction appears.Discover more live videos: Invite Friends, Live Video Destination and Live MapBy tapping the invite icon, you have the option to send an invitation to a friend to watch with you right from the live video. They will receive a push notification with your invitation and accept it to join your stream. Talk about going on trips without leaving your couch, or is this just another enemy of the “FOMO” crusade!Facebook is rolling out a dedicated place on Facebook’s mobile app where you can discover live video that the world is talking about, live video from the friends and creators that matter most to you, and live video on topics you’re interested in.From that place, you can also search live and non-live videos, and choose to go live yourself. Simply tap on the new video icon in the app to navigate to this new space.Finally, if you want a visual way to explore public live broadcasts that are currently happening around the world, Facebook Live also comes with a Facebook Live Map on desktop. People in more than 60 countries can now share live video, and we’ve been inspired by all the different global broadcasts. The Facebook Live Map gives you a window into what’s happening in the world right now.How’s that for some competition for Snapchat?[Source: Facebook]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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first_imgHORSE RACING2.00 NottinghamFirst Drive 2/1 > 6/42.40 NewburyDaybreak 14/1 > 11/13.40 NottinghamSir Billywright 4/1 > 3/14.05 HaydockJoshua Reynolds 7/4 > 6/45.35 NewmarketGlenys The Menace 6/1 > 3/15.45 HamiltonHernando Torres 3/1 > 5/28.45 NewmarketRobbie Roo Roo 9/2 > 7/2FOOTBALLScottish League Cup Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD15/8 Ross County 7/5 Hibernian 12/5 DRAWTHE OPENCALL FOR OUR LATEST IN-PLAY PRICESBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 21 Julylast_img read more

SIMON NOTT Tales from the Cheltenham betting ring

first_imgCHELTENHAM SUNDAY: The weather was back to sunshine, the readies and clobber dried out, so all well in the ring at Cheltenham for Sunday of the November Meeting. Having said that, there were several firms who had decided to head to Fontwell or give Sunday a swerve altogether, boss Ben in the latter camp. Going by turnover in the opening Velcourt Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle they weren’t bad judges. Business was timid to say the least. There appeared to have been a wholesale gamble on Evan Williams’ Wild Magic in the morning from 8/1 into 7/2. That move no doubt influenced the drift on original jolly Melrose Boy which went off at 11/4 and went on to win as it liked, the gamble unplaced. The books had little option but to chase the favourite out so cost them plenty. A bad start.A story did reach me between races that is typical ‘bookmaker’. A bookie who shall remain nameless received a phone call to say their elderly mother had fallen, thankfully unhurt. The layer was of course relieved but also a little annoyed, ‘It’s Cheltenham, she could have at least waited until after the last or better still, tomorrow!’Just three ran in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices Steeplechase despite there being £1,565 prize money on offer for fourth. Once again business was modest, the 6/4 second favourite North Hill Harvey won the race which ensured we had a small cop in the book.Of the five that went to post in the Shloer Steeple Chase it was Fox Norton that was sent off jolly. It was quite humorous to see a trio of possibly well-refreshed lads running around with £600 begging evens while the 5/6 was splintering into 4/5 all around them. That price looked exceptional value a few minutes later as Colin Tizzard‘s hotpot hosed in unchallenged. At least there was no bookmaker anywhere cursing ‘I should have laid those lads evens’. Nobody likes an aftertiming bookie.The Unibet Greatwood Hurdle was of course a competitive betting heat. Sadly rather than relish the challenge the punters appeared to zip their pockets and join the ranks of the Royal Standbacks. There was a bit of a move for The New One, a member of staff jumped off the stool and availed himself of the 8/1 with the fractions each-way with benevolent Barry of the Pinno firm. ‘I’ve tucked up the Tash’ he joyously proclaimed, ticket waving in the air. Sadly premature as it turned out, Elgin won the race at 10/1, The New One? Where every ‘clever’ each-way finishes, fourth.Beaten a whisker!Martyn of Leicester must have had a good race because he found time to come and moan about our very own Ricky. That’s now ‘Ricky the Racereader’ – at least with Martyn. According to he of Leicester it was Ricky’s fault that he lost £1,400 on the second race. ‘He told me the jolly was nowhere, I started counting the money then it sprouted wings and got up to be second and land the bogie forecast’ Or words to that effect. Luckily Ricky was elsewhere at the time so blissfully unaware of the weight of blame on his shoulders.The running of SkyBet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle was delayed due to low sun. Nicky Henderson’s Dame De Compagnie was initially uneasy in the market drifting to 11/8 but that price dropped with the temperature and the sun, eventually going off at tips-on 10/11. However it wasn’t the favourite but Slate House that had his backers raising the roof winning at 5/2, while the jolly finished stone last.The concluding race of the meeting, the High Sheriff Of Gloucestershire’s Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race was a competitive betting heat with several horses backed but to very modest stakes. Vocarium was the one combined weight of money saw shorten from 7/2 into 11/4 but it was 4/1 Crook’s Peak that won the race delighting those who had been hollering ‘Go on Dickie’ and not so much the bookmakers paying out with slightly numbing fingers. Let’s do it all again in December. Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

MBA Student Government Leadership Summit to take place at Rice Nov 1718

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775MBA Student Government Leadership Summit to take place at Rice Nov. 17-18HOUSTON – (Nov. 15, 2016) – Student government leaders from the country’s top MBA programs will gather at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Nov. 17-18 for the MBA Student Government Leadership Summit to discuss leadership challenges and best practices.Rice’s Jones School is recognized as a top-20 business school.The conference is designed to shape America’s future leaders through MBA student government leadership presentations, roundtable discussions on best practices, nationally recognized speakers and networking opportunities, according to organizers.Featured speakers will include Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com; Annise Parker, professor in the practice at Rice and senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Neighborhood Centers Inc.; Todd Dewett, president of TVA Inc.; and Dorit Donoviel, director of the Biomedical Innovation Laboratory and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine. For a complete list of speakers and the agenda, see https://business.rice.edu/mba-student-government-leadership-summit.The event is hosted by the Jones Student Association, Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.What: MBA Student Government Leadership Summit.When: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Donoviel’s presentation will be at 7:40 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Omni Houston Hotel, Colonnade Room, 4 Riverway.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium and Anderson Family Commons, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.Members of the news media who want to attend (at no cost) should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Rice expert Be concerned about how apps collect share health data

first_imgShare7EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health dataKirsten Ostherr available to discuss medical privacy in the digital ageHOUSTON — (Oct. 19, 2017) — As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates only a fraction of those. Americans should be concerned about how these apps collect, save and share their personal health data, she said. Kirsten Ostherr Return to article. Long DescriptionKirsten Ostherrhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0403_SCIENTIA-Ostherr-1jdr0st.jpgImage courtesy of Rice UniversityThis release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Ostherr on Twitter @KirstenOstherr.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis touch phone and smart watch with mobile app health sensorcenter_img Return to article. Long Descriptionhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0601_HEALTH-b.jpgImage courtesy ThinkStockPhotos.com/Rice University Kirsten Ostherr Return to article. Long DescriptionKirsten OstherrOn Oct. 26 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host a gathering of national experts to discuss “Data Privacy in the Digital Age.” Ostherr, who is a professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, has been doing research on health and medical media for over 20 years, from “old” media like celluloid films used for medical education to “new” media like smartphone apps. She will present “Trust and Privacy in the Ecosystems of User-Generated Health and Medical Data” during a panel discussion.“Members of the general public, including patients, have begun to play a newly important role in collecting data about health and disease,” Ostherr said. “With the rise of mobile apps and the growth of smartphone and wearable-device use, people’s daily lives have become experiments ‘in the wild.’”The data collected through these devices offer new opportunities and challenges to researchers who want to gather information about human behavior outside the controlled settings of lab-based studies, she said. However, what the researchers can achieve with the user-generated health data relies heavily on participants’ willingness to share their data, even when doing so may not serve their own best interests.“Part of my research is looking at ways the boundaries between medical and nonmedical environments are dissolving through the proliferation of apps that allow people to manage their own care outside of clinical settings,” she said. “In some ways those boundaries are breaking down because a lot of things that used to only happen inside of hospitals can happen outside of them now.”Federal and state policy regulations that shape how personal health data is shared are currently in place. They set rigid boundaries between traditional clinical settings or “medical domains” and domains outside of traditional clinical settings, Ostherr said. But depending on how an app is classified by the FDA, the health-related data an app collects might not be protected.She said apps that make medical or therapeutic claims are considered a medical device and must go through the FDA procedures for approval and regulation. For some companies, that process is worth the time and effort, because their product could become covered by insurance.But the vast majority of apps provide “helpful hints” in response to user-entered data, such as ideas for alleviating symptoms of a migraine.“If your app carefully sidesteps claiming any kind of medical intervention, then it’s a health and wellness app and not a medical device — and it is not regulated,” Ostherr said.Regardless of whether an app is regulated, Ostherr said, they are all “capturing tons of personal data, some of which would be classified as personal health information if it were subject to oversight by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.”And, she said, the likelihood that the data from the unregulated health apps makes its way back into a medical setting where a patient could benefit from a physician’s review of that data is “almost nil.”Ostherr has a forthcoming book on the topic, “Quantified Health: Learning From Patient Stories in the Age of Big Data.” She is available for media interviews prior to, during and after the Washington, D.C., event.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.For more information or to schedule an interview with Ostherr, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Images for download:last_img read more

MBA Startup Spotlight NYU Stern

first_img regions: New York City Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Almost 14 percent of working-age Americans—that’s 27 million people—are starting or running new businesses, according to a 2015 report by Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). The study also found 51 percent of working Americans believe there are good prospects for starting a company in the coming years.As a result, it’s more important than ever for business schools to provide a strong entrepreneurial education and support for new businesses. With so many MBAs and business students looking to a future of entrepreneurship, support for startups becomes a crucial factor for many in choosing an MBA program.Thankfully, many business schools and MBA programs already have support systems in place for students starting new businesses or trying to break into entrepreneurship. At the New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, a number of programs and events allow NYU entrepreneurs and their business ideas a chance to develop and thrive.EventsThe W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at NYU Stern offer a number of events for entrepreneurs throughout the year. One such event is an entrepreneurship Boot Camp, designed specifically for contestants in the $300K Entrepreneurship Challenge. Most recently, the boot camp focused on the theme “Making a Compelling Pitch.” Other events have given students the chance to attend an Entrepreneurs Festival—featuring more than 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and 50 NYU startups—and the Langone Speaker Series, which most recently hosted Ragy Thomas, founder of Sprinklr, a social media management platform for enterprises.Stern Venture FellowshipA new fellowship program available to MBA students at Stern can take the place of a traditional summer internship for students. Fellows chosen to take part in the program benefit from workshops and access to NYC and Silicon Valley tech companies, as well as a $10,000 stipend, dedicated workspace at the university’s innovation lab, and access to one-on-one mentorship from business professionals. Students will also spend one week in California for a “Silicon Valley Immersion Week,” visiting a number of Stern alumni spread across various tech firms. Throughout their second year in the MBA program, students receive continued support and mentorship, with the chance to take a faculty-supervised independent study as an optional course credit.$300K Entrepreneurs ChallengeThe $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge at Stern looks for new and innovative ideas with the power to truly disrupt and impact the world. The competition offers three venture tracks—the New Venture Competition, Social Venture Competition and Technology Venture Competition—each of which offers prizes from $75,000 to $100,000 to be shared among the winners. The competition is open to all students, researchers and alumni of NYU.Startup AdvisingEntrepreneurs at NYU are given the opportunity to book appointments with business professionals for mentorship and advice in the startup process. Students can meet with advisors for general feedback and use the time however they feel will be most productive for their work. Students can also access advisors for more specialized guidance on particular subjects. A Marketing, Legal and Accounting Help Desk also provides guidance on everything from marketing strategy to in-depth legal and financial concerns. In addition, students have access to NYU’s Entrepreneurs-in-Resident (EIRs), experienced professionals who bring a track record of launching successful entrepreneurial ventures. Students can use the EIRs as coaches, mentors and consultants to help their businesses in their early stages.Mission: AppossibleMission:Appossible is a mobile app competition available to all NYU students, alumni and faculty. Contestants have the chance to participate in coaching sessions and workshops and will also receive technical assistance for building their mobile app. Winners of the competition will be awarded $10,000 in cash and will have their app developed by Messapps.Student GroupsStudent groups at NYU are another great way that student entrepreneurs find support within the Stern community. For MBAs interested in innovation, groups like the Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (EEX) and the Social Enterprise Association (SEA) offer resources and support. The EEX aims to help entrepreneurs—whether current students or alumni—to meet their goals and achieve success, while the SEA provides resources for students who want to use their business knowledge for social good, whether in the for-profit, non-profit or public sectors.center_img MBA Startup Spotlight: NYU Stern RelatedFinancial Times Ranks the Top MBAs for EntrepreneursLeading entrepreneurs in the business world today can often be seen as trailblazers, standing strong and independent in an often cutthroat world. What isn’t seen as often is the kind of support—whether financial capital or mentorships—that can help get an idea off the ground. In recent years, business schools and…July 9, 2018In “Featured Home”Starting a Business Straight Out of School? How HBS Supports Student EntrepreneurshipThis coming weekend, Harvard Business School (HBS) will host an annual Entrepreneurship Conference sponsored by its own homegrown Entrepreneurship Club. The conference brings together hundreds of participants including “founders, joiners, and venture capitalists,” all of whom hope to connect through a smorgasbord of lectures, panels, chats, and networking sessions. This year’s conference, scheduled for…March 30, 2018In “Boston”Real Humans of the NYU Stern MBA Class of 2019Clear Admit recently profiled many of the standout students from the NYU Stern MBA Class of 2019, which you can read below. New York University’s Stern School of Business got the party started this summer as the first leading business school to share a profile for its incoming Class of 2019.…February 23, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

Congress Members Speak with Conviction and Eloquence at Capitol Falun Gong Rally

first_img Share Commemorating July 20 Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img WASHINGTON—On a blistering hot day in front of the U.S. Capitol, several members of Congress, the chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and several speakers from faith and human rights organizations condemned the 18-year persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and questioned China’s fitness to be a friend and ally of the United States and other civilized nations.At the annual event, hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners from across the country assemble each year to publicize the atrocities in China and seek support from Congress and the U.S. government in general. It was the 18th anniversary of the day when the Chinese regime officially launched the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.What kind of country murders, tortures, imprisons peaceful individuals seeking enlightenment through meditation and better health? — Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman, Human Rights Committee of the House of RepresentativesThis year, there was much enthusiasm for the actions that the new administration and the American people can do to stop the prosecution.Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), referring to a report released by Freedom House earlier this year, said: “Falun Gong practitioners are subject to widespread surveillance, arbitrary detention, imprisonment, and torture, and they are at a high risk of extrajudicial execution. And despite China’s best efforts to deny or whitewash the truth, there is good reason to believe that its practice of organ harvesting continues to this day.”She referred to House Resolution 343, which expresses concern by the House of Representatives on “persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China.” The resolution, which Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored, was passed unanimously in June 2016. At the rally, she called for the immediate end of the persecution of Falun Gong and the “ghoulish” practice of forced organ harvesting by the Chinese communist regime.‘One of the Greatest Crimes’Turning to who is culpable for the crimes against humanity, Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-N.J.) statement was the most succinct: “The Chinese Communist Party has sought to stamp out Falun Gong practice [in] China. Their brutal campaign to eradicate the Falun Gong is one of the greatest crimes of the last two decades. The blame for these crimes lay squarely on the shoulders of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Smith, in a letter addressed to the rally.Smith is chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations of the House of Representatives, and in that role, holds hearings and drafts legislation on human rights. He eloquently laid out the moral question for the U.S. government in its relationship with the China regime:“What kind of country murders, tortures, imprisons peaceful individuals seeking enlightenment through meditation and better health?“Can we ever trust such a country as an ally? As a security partner? As a trusted partner in trade? Of course, the answer is no,” Smith said.This point of view was echoed by the chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who also provided a letter of support. “Ultimately, China can never be a responsible stakeholder as long as it persists in subjecting its own people to abuse, torture, and repression, and continues to deny them basic human rights.”Dr. Daniel Mark , chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), said that since his commission’s creation, it has requested each year for the State Department to designate China as a “Country of Particular Concern,” or CPC, meaning that China is one of the worst violators of religious freedom in the world. Mark noted that USCIRF is unlike any other government agency in that it focuses exclusively on freedom of religion or belief.Robert Herman, vice-president of Freedom House, underscored the importance of religious freedom, especially for the United States. “Religious liberty is in the American DNA. It is part of our heritage. Religious liberty is a pillar of our democratic system,” Herman said.Members of Falun Gong protest their persecution in China at a rally in front of the nation's capital on July 20, which date is the 18th anniversary of when communist China banned the practice. They hope to elicit the support of the U.S. Congress. (Lisa Fan/ Epoch Times) Members of Falun Gong protest their persecution in China at a rally in front of the nation’s capital on July 20, which date is the 18th anniversary of when communist China banned the practice. They hope to elicit the support of the U.S. Congress. (Lisa Fan/ Epoch Times)The international community will have to confront the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) about its intolerance and crimes in order for real progress to be made in setting a new course. “This requires that American politicians and the international community dispense with any notions that the CCP is a legitimate government,” said Alan Adler, executive director of Friends of Falun Gong, who hosted the event.This requires that American politicians and the international community dispense with any notions that the CCP is a legitimate government. — Alan Adler, executive director, Friends of Falun GongForced Religious ConversionsOther members of Congress focused on the fact that while the CCP is unrestrained in its violations of religious freedom, yet Falun Gong practitioners remain nonviolent in their response.Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.) was especially disturbed by the efforts by Chinese authorities to “transform” Falun Gong practitioners through forced religious conversion, “efforts to force religious conversion have culminated in thousands of Falun Gong practitioners being held in prisons, detention centers, and forced labor camps, under deplorable conditions, simply for their beliefs,” he said. He offered that governments should not be dictating a person’s belief and faith. “It is incomprehensible and unacceptable for people to be treated in such a cruel, inhumane, and degrading manner.”Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), who is well-acquainted with Falun Gong practitioners in the Philadelphia area, admired Falun Gong for practicing nonviolence throughout the persecution.Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) also said, in a letter of support, “Your peaceful commitment to human rights remains an example to others.”Dr. T. Kumar, International Advocacy director for Amnesty International, referred to Falun Gong members as “nonviolent and peaceful people.”Falun Gong saves the world from evil forces. — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.)Practitioners Are RemarkableRothfus explained that the three principles of Falun Gong—truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance—are sincerely practiced by adherents. “The people that I have met at this event and over the years truly embody these traits, especially regarding their response to the human rights violations in China,” he said.Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said that the Falun Gong practitioners in the audience and those residing in communist China are owed a special thanks. “Falun Gong saves the world from evil forces,” he said, adding that the China mainland and the Chinese people are under the control of a “clique of gangsters” who repress its people and threaten the world. The Falun Gong response “reminds us” of the nefarious intentions of the regime, which many people in the United States don’t care about or understand, he says. “The good people of America stand with you. We will win this fight for humanity and make it a better world.”Two Falun Gong practitioners protest the brutal persecution and deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China at a rally in Washington, D.C. on July 20. They are holding the photos of two victims of the persecution. (Lisa Fan/ Epoch Times) Two Falun Gong practitioners protest the brutal persecution and deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in China at a rally in Washington, D.C. on July 20. They are holding the photos of two victims of the persecution. (Lisa Fan/ Epoch Times)Faith McDonnell, director of religious liberty programs at The Institute on Religion & Democracy, admired the resilience of Falun Gong practitioners. She quoted the saying, “I survived the fire because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.” Falun Gong practitioners survived the fire of communist oppression and brutality because of the fire inside them, she said. MacDonnell has spoke at the annual rally for 12 years.Herman observed, “There should be no doubt that Falun Gong practitioners are changing China rather than the other way around.”Taking ActionSeveral speakers talked about actions that can be taken to help end the persecution of Falun Gong.I call on President Trump to use his influence to stop this repression of Falun Gong! — Dan Fefferman, president, International Coalition for Religious Freedom“Congress and the administration must work to pressure China to end this horrific persecution,” said Rachel Wagley, a staffer who spoke on behalf of Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). Wagner wants to see the enactment of laws that will curb the practice of organ tourism. American medical facilities need to exercise caution in admitting doctors from China who apply for U.S. exchange programs, she said.David Cleveland, senior lawyer for Catholic Charities of Washington, was appalled at China using Falun Gong practitioners as a “living donor bank” in providing organs on demand. He said that U.S. medical schools should stop training doctors from China in organ transplantation. He also said the District of Columbia should rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy as “Falun Gong Plaza.”Mark said that his organization’s CPC designation was just words and that we need more than words. The president, State Department, and Congress can act, he said. He mentioned the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that enables the “U.S. government to target individual officers, not just whole governments, who abuse religious freedom.”Dr. Linda Lagemann from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights said some Chinese psychiatrists are guilty of “inventing mental disorders to justify the incarceration of Falun Gong members.” An example that gives away their true intentions is the invented disorder of “delusions of reform.”“[Falun Gong practitioners] are forcibly injected with psychotropic drugs, receive massive amounts of electroshock through acupuncture needles, endure forced sleep deprivation, and are tied up for long periods of time,” she said.Lagemann said that as “these are unconscionable atrocities and require immediate action,” the International Criminal Court should get involved. The ICC can prosecute the psychiatrists and officials for crimes against humanity, she said.Dan Fefferman, president of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom, said: “I call on President Trump to use his influence to stop this repression of Falun Gong. Mr. Trump, speak to your new Chinese friends about the rights of Falun Gong.”Letters of support not already mentioned came from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Rep. Phil Poe (R-Md.), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kas.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.). Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) condemns the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and its massive live organ harvesting of nonconsenting persons. The rally was on the West Lawn of the Capitol, July 20. (Lisa Fan/ Epoch Times) Congress Members Speak with Conviction and Eloquence at Capitol Falun Gong Rally By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times July 21, 2017 Updated: July 23, 2017last_img read more