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first_imgA handful of US lawmakers have a unique argument for asking President Donald Trump not to slash the food stamp program – they themselves once relied on it.The Republican president this week proposed $15 billion in cuts to the $71 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, as part of his $4.8 trillion budget plan.Trump argues that many Americans receiving food stamps do not need them, given the strong economy and low unemployment. His administration already has tightened eligibility guidelines for the food assistance program. In their letter to Trump, nine Democratic lawmakers said they had each participated in the program “during times of financial struggle for our families.”Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi said he was a toddler when his parents, immigrants from India, received food stamps for a couple of years in the 1970s.”My parents don’t like to talk about it,” he said. Krishnamoorthi’s father was an engineering student in New York, whose job as a teaching assistant did not pay much. When that was suspended, “things were really rough” for them, he said.Asking the administration to “remove all intended cuts” to the program, the lawmakers said in their letter: “We are writing today on behalf of the over 36 million American families who currently depend on SNAP, like ours once did, to make ends meet and help the next generation achieve upward mobility.” It was signed by Senator Patty Murray and eight House members: Krishnamoorthi, Barbara Lee, Robin Kelly, Rashida Tlaib, Salud Carbajal, Jahana Hayes, Gwen Moore and Alma Adams.Trump’s proposals for food stamp cuts are not expected to pass. Even when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, the administration could not get lawmakers to approve them, and Democrats now control the House of Representatives.But the Trump administration has already stiffened eligibility guidelines for food stamps, a move projected to end benefits for nearly 700,000 people.Krishnamoorthi said it was important to send a message to the Trump administration that “you really are touching on a support system that a broader swath of society utilizes than you may think.”The congressman said he did not have a memory of the food stamps, “but I remember I was not hungry.”Topics :last_img read more

first_img“This bill is considered important to increase business certainty, simplify business procedures and generate new jobs.”Deni said the government and the House should raise public awareness on the legislation, explaining that the 26 percent of people knowing about the bill was a small number for such an important matter. “Seventy-four percent of the respondents still don’t know about the bill. Therefore, it is a task for the government and the House to raise public awareness about it,” he said.Read also: Labor groups plan nationwide rallies against jobs bill as deliberation continues Most Indonesians who are aware of the omnibus bill on job creation want the House of Representatives to pass it, hoping the regulations could increase the number of jobs, a survey by Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) shows. According to the study, which surveyed 2,215 people from July 8 to 11, 52 percent of the 26 percent of people who said they knew about the bill wanted the House to pass it. Meanwhile, 37 percent of them said they did not support the bill and 11 percent did not answer.”The majority of people who know about the job creation bill said it would bring benefits to the country’s economy,” SMRC research director Deni Irvani said in a statement on Tuesday. The survey also revealed that opposition to the bill was higher among those with higher education and income as well as those living in cities.Among those who know about the bill, 42 percent of highly educated people rejected it. Fifty-four percent of the people with income exceeding Rp 4 million (US$274.31) who know about the bill also rejected it. Among those who know the bill, only 49 percent of people living in cities support it.According to the report, support for the bill was stronger among people of lower socioeconomic status and those living in rural areas.”Support for the bill is higher among women in rural areas, those of higher age, lower education and lower income, and among blue collar workers and the unemployed.”The deputy chairman of social and political research institute Cakra Wikara Indonesia, Dirga Ardiansa, questioned the survey’s objective, saying the SMRC should highlight the 74 percent of the respondents that still don’t know the bill.“They are hiding something by highlighting that 52 percent of Indonesians support the bill, while really [only] 26 percent of the people are [even] aware of the bill,” he said.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutes“The survey should not highlight the [aspect of] who support the bill and who doesn’t, but the fact that 74 percent of the people still don’t know about the bill. The SMRC’s survey tries to lead the readers to a certain public opinion. The way it is presented is biased,” he added.The government expects the House to finish deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation by early September, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has said.The omnibus bill includes 80 articles to revise prevailing regulations related to investment and business permits. Several of the articles are expected to improve the ease of doing business.The bill also contains 19 articles to revise regulations on land acquisition, which has become one of the biggest obstacles for direct investment in Indonesia. Some investment projects have been in limbo for years due to land issues, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).The omnibus bill also includes five articles related to employment. However, the government decided to delay deliberation on these articles in response to mounting pressure from labor unions over fears that the articles would lure investment at the expense of workers’ welfare.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMuhammadiyah, one of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organizations, has criticized what it called an excessive use of force by police officers against people protesting against the controversial Job Creation Law over the past week.Busyro Muqoddas, the head of Muhammadiyah’s legal division who formerly served as a Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairperson, said the repressive measures taken by police personnel against members of the public contradicted their mission to protect and serve civilians.“The National Police is not a tool of the ruling power,” he said on Wednesday, “Therefore, it must side ethically with the people.” Busyro went on to say that the violence committed by the police force had to be fully accounted for. The general public and the press played an important role in exposing possible abuses of power by the police as a form of control, he said.Read also: Hundreds remain unaccounted for after jobs law protestsPolice brutality represented a step toward political mayhem, Busyro claimed.“If it goes out of control, [violence] will continue to happen, breeding a brutal form of democracy expressed through police brutality,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.On Tuesday, four medical volunteers affiliated with the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center reportedly fell victim to police brutality while doing their job to monitor the protests against the jobs law in Jakarta.Human rights activists and civil society groups have called out the police for using excessive force against protesters and journalists during protests against the controversial law last week, with hundreds of reported cases of alleged assault and of missing people. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgDeveloped to assist the small farmers of the community subsidize their income and livelihood the Cockrane Rabbit Festival has grown from strength to strength over the last seven years.The Festival which was originally held on the Sunday preceding the August Monday has been heralded by villagers and patrons alike as one of the events in the Dominican calendar of activities to look out for.Over the last 3 years however the festival has been rained out although many patrons have and will brave inclement weather to attend the feast put together by the dedicated members of the committee.This year however it is hoped that no one will have to brave rains and muddy fields to attend the event which has had a change of date but still promises to leave the Dominican public satiated and satisfied with another well organised festival with a twist this time around.Members of the Cockrane rabbit festival committee have indicated that they are poised to give patrons of the festival the same wonderfully prepared rabbit delicacies. Fun games and sporting activities will form part of the event as well.One of Dominica’s up and coming bands the Fanatik band has also been contracted to add a bit more pizzas and entertainment quality to the twilight and evening hours of the festival.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews The popular “Rabbit Festival” is on again this year on May 1st. by: – April 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgMetal detectors will be commonplace at Great American Ball Park next year.CINCINNATI – The Reds begin a 7-game home stand Friday evening and fans entering Great American Ball Park (GABP) may see some upgraded security procedures.The organization has installed metal detectors at the stadium’s main entrance and will be in place for the 7:10 p.m. game against the New York Mets.Attendees will be asked to remove cell phones and metal objects from their pockets before entering the stadium. Standard bag checks also remain in place.Metal detectors will be instituted at every GABP entrance by the start of next season as part of a league wide security plan. Every Major League Baseball park will have detectors in 2015.Major League Baseball has been working with the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to safeguard ballparks.last_img read more

first_imgThe Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association (SEIMA) announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees live from the stage at the inaugural Whiskey City Summer Fest event at Lawrenceburg Civic Park. “The concert and new Civic Park stage was the perfect setting for this year’s announcements,” said Brian DeBruler (SEIMA Board Member/Sol Records) who was an organizer of the event with the City of Lawrenceburg, and Lawrenceburg Main Street.SEIMA was largely showcased at the event with emcee/host Jim Helms, (Hall of Fame Member) official concert t-shirts and a guitar giveaway signed by all the performing artists. Performances from Robin Lacy and Dezydeco, The Renegades, and Pure Grain highlighted regional music alongside the headliner Delbert McClinton. Local musician Rick Giltner was the winner of the Alvarez acoustic/electric Whiskey City Summer Fest guitar.The 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees were announced by Jim Helms and Brian Noble (SEIMA Board/Hall of Fame Member) between performances. “It was a great opportunity to increase community awareness and support of our organization,” said Noble. The inductees for 2019 are: Educators: William Switzer – (posthumous induction) , Gary Holdsworth, Patsy Holdsworth (posthumous induction) and Musicians: Eddie Heinzelman , Doug Heller, Russell Griffith, Brian DeBruler, Michelle DeBruler, David Lacey, Goose Ingles (posthumous induction), and Nick Ullrich.The official Induction and annual awards ceremony will be taking place on Saturday November 2nd 2019 at the Gibson Theater in Batesville. The awards show will feature live performances and a night of story-telling by inductees. This year’s event will feature Nashville artist and hit songwriter Radney Foster. Foster’s career includes thirteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Charts and 2 Top Ten hits with “Just Call Me Lonesome” 1992, and “Nobody Wins” 1993. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Jack Ingram. Foster’s longtime sideman and guitarist Eddie Heinzelman (2019 Franklin County inductee) will be performing with him.In addition to its annual Hall of Fame inductions promoting the area’s rich musical heritage, SEIMA has launched a new scholarship fund for high school seniors looking to further a career in music that will be first awarded in 2020. Proceeds from the event go to the scholarship fund, and continued efforts to promote local music awareness, local music appreciation and music education efforts for the future of local music. For more information on the Southeastern Indiana Musician’s Association, please visit their website at www.seimusic.org.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sign Germany striker Timo Werner from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Sky Sports said on Thursday.The report added that Werner has a 55 million euro ($62.45 million) release clause which expires on June 15 and that Premier League club Chelsea had offered the 24-year-old a contract worth 200,000 pounds per week. Werner is second-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 25 goals, four behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.He has made 29 appearances for Germany, scoring 11 times.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichChelseaPremier LeagueRobert LewandowskiSky SportsTimo Wernerlast_img read more

first_imgTeams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 23, 2020 Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Associated Press Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative.The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week. The Latest: Czech soccer league restarts after 73-day halt Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoNumerically, the numbers representing the slump are dauntingly similar.One year ago, the Badgers started the season 20-6-1 before winning just once in their final nine games heading into the playoffs.Fast-forward to today, where, after being swept by Minnesota State this weekend, the Badgers are now 3-7-1 in their last 11 games after starting the season losing only twice in their first 22 contests.After Saturday’s 7-3 upset drubbing, UW head coach Mike Eaves acknowledged that his team is floundering a bit, but also made it clear that despite this being the third-straight year involving a second-half slump, this year’s situation is different.”It’s a different scenario. We lost our starting goaltender; we get him back. Have we done some things different this year? Absolutely,” Eaves said. “We’ve backed off on Mondays, we’ve created rec days. When people say, ‘Same old, same old,’ I don’t think they’re on the inside knowing what’s going on.”At his Monday news conference, the fourth-year head coach further addressed what needs to be done to pull his team out of a slump, including a small change in the practice schedule this week.”Today is a day that we would normally leave to the men to have a recreational day, but based on where we’re at right now, we need to get back to some fundamentals and some basics, so we’ll get back to that type of practice today,” Eaves said.At the same time, Eaves is not planning on pushing the players too much harder during those practices. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be pushing themselves.Following a 20-minute players-only meeting subsequent to Saturday’s defeat, the Badgers acknowledged they have to get back to practicing harder. While they may have led some to believe that the coaching staff wasn’t pushing them enough, they were more adamant about how it was their responsibility to work harder, especially at drills that they began to take for granted.”I think guys are trying to find answers too. So they’re looking at each other,” Eaves said. “Good for them that they had a team meeting … but at the same time … we just need to go back to some square-one things. We’ll go back and primarily do the same things we’ve done.”Getting Elliott back: There’s no question that the loss of Elliott to injury six weeks ago hurt the Badgers. But getting him back in the lineup may have been just as altering to the Badgers.”When we became the 18-2-2 team that we were … we had a young goaltender who developed himself into one of the top players in the country. And our team fed off that. … He gave us confidence to play in front of him,” Eaves said. “With Brian getting hurt, that was a change for us. And now, with Brian coming back and maybe not being where he [was], I see guys getting caught in between.”While getting him back has prompted yet another change, Eaves also said his team isn’t hitting the panic button.”I don’t think [panic] has set in,” he said. “There [were] times when we had systems breakdowns before, and who was there for them? Brian. And that allowed them to make mistakes … and now they’re in between.”Eaves also confirmed that Elliott is, if not at 100 percent healthy, he is very close, and that Eaves suspects the junior will start Friday when Wisconsin opens its regular season finale against St. Cloud State.”I think it’s just mentally believing and knowing he can stop the puck,” Eaves said. “When you stop the puck it builds your confidence level up. That’s what he’s got to do this week in practice and then carry that into this week in practice.”UW’s ranking drops: The weekend sweep dropped Wisconsin, which was No. 2 in USCHO.com’s national rankings last week, into a tie for the No. 5 spot in the most recent poll.In the PairWise rankings, the Badgers clung to the No. 2 spot.”I’m not a numbers guy, either,” Eaves said. “I’m trying to work on daily practices and figuring out where guys are at emotionally, mentally and physically. Those are things that we can control.”Minnesota carried the No. 1 ranking again this week, earning all but two of the No. 1 votes.The Gophers are followed by Miami (Ohio), Boston University and Michigan State, while Colorado College will share the fifth spot with UW this week.Eaves feels that, whether Elliott can return to his prior form or not, the Badgers can find their way back and achieve their ultimate goal of a national championship as the season winds down.”I think that if everybody chips in, if everybody gets better in all areas of their game, then that would perhaps [pull us through],” Eaves said. “If [Elliott] gets back to a certain level and our defense and forwards play a little higher level, knowing where Brian’s at, then that will all help.”last_img read more

first_imgSir Partha Dasgupta, the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of economics at the University of Cambridge and the 2016 recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, gave a lecture on sustainable development in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Thursday.The Tyler Prize was established by John and Alice Tyler in 1972 and has been administered by USC for 43 years. The award seeks “to recognize those individuals who have contributed in an outstanding manner to the scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the environment of the world,” according to their website. Recipients are recognized at a ceremony in Los Angeles with a commemorative medallion and a $200,000 prize.Dasgupta was born in Dhaka, British India (now Bangladesh) and has received degrees from the University of Dehli and the University of Cambridge. Throughout his tenure, he has taught at a number of prestigious research universities including Stanford University, Cornell University and the London School of Economics.As a prominent economist, Sir Partha has published 23 books and more than 300 articles. His research has covered a broad range of topics and global problems, notably sustainable development and his effort to “[bridge] the gap between environment and the human condition.”Dasgupta was a pioneer in forging the concept of “sustainable development” in the 1970s, years before the term was popularized in the environmental community. His research has focused on the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies, suggesting the interconnectedness of poverty, population, resources and biodiversity. He has also advocated for intergenerational well-being, as opposed to traditional metrics such as GDP, to become the most significant ways to measure and observe sustainable development over time.Though recognizing that the value of certain things cannot be quantified in any objective way, he stressed the importance of assigning economic value to assets, including natural resources and social capital, among others. By doing this, as opposed to thinking of nature as having intrinsic worth separate from economic value, environmentalists can provide more tangible incentives for individuals and institutions to act in more sustainable ways.Julia Marton-Lefevre, the chair of the executive committee of the Tyler Prize, said that Sir Partha is the first economist to ever receive the Tyler Prize.“We feel that the work that Partha Dasgupta has done has really made a contribution in the way we are trying to address the way we measure well-being,” Marton-Lefevre said. “And we felt that it was very important that, for him, well-being wasn’t only for people like us, in comfortable countries like this one, but also to think very seriously about the fate of the more than 2 billion very poor people on the planet.”Autumn Mizuno, a freshman majoring in international relations, said Partha helped to change her perspective on sustainable development.“I never really associated putting a value on nature as a way to instigate change with regards to environmental policy in the way we look at the world,” Mizuno said.Marton-Lefevre also commented on urgency of this issue in light of global sustainability efforts.“This is the year that sustainable development goals have been set by all our governments,” Marton-Lefevre said. “And the idea is that all of these goals are related to each other. That’s what his work has illustrated, and let’s hope it works.”last_img read more