Preventing a cellular identity crisis

first_imgIf you want to declare your identity to the world, you might buy a Prius, grow one of those rat’s-nest hipster beards, or get a tattoo of Justin Bieber. Cells, of course, rely on different ways to establish who they are and what they do. Now, researchers say they’ve discovered a novel mechanism that marks the identities of different kinds of cells in the human body—and prevents them from transforming into another type altogether.Scientists learned decades ago to read the basic genetic code by which cells convert a string of DNA bases into a protein’s amino acids. But for more than 10 years, they’ve been trying to crack what’s known as the histone code, a more complex cipher embedded within organisms’ genomes. Histones are the proteins that DNA coils around in chromosomes. Chemically tweaking histones in a variety of ways can adjust the activity of genes, turning them up or down. For example, cells shut off genes by attaching three methyl groups to a specific spot on a histone type known as H3. But affixing three methyl groups to another H3 location, a modification known as H3K4me3, has a different effect. Cells typically add the H3K4me3 tags to histones in small sections of the genome, but researchers noticed that sometimes the tag can sprawl across much larger areas, modifying broad swaths of histones.To find out whether these large blocks of histones carrying H3K4me3 tags convey a message in the histone code, molecular geneticist Anne Brunet of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues traced their occurrence in more than 20 different cell types. They found that the longest stretches pinpoint different sets of genes in different types of cells. As a result, the researchers realized they could discriminate liver cells from, say, muscle cells or kidney cells based only on the chromosomal locations of the largest H3K4me3 blocks. In addition, they noticed that these stretches tended to mark genes that are crucial for a cell type’s function or that help make it distinct. 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As the researchers revealed online today in Cell, they applied RNAi to dial down the genes that carried large blocks of H3K4me3 tags and found that it impaired the cells’ ability to reproduce and to spawn neurons. However, the progenitor cells could still divide normally if the researchers quieted genes that had only short sections of H3K4me3 tags or none at all. In other words, the presence of long stretches of H3K4me3 markers might help cells keep their identities for life. Although cells have several methods for establishing who they are, “we’ve discovered a new signature,” Brunet says.Epigenomicist Peter Scacheri of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, is impressed by the paper. “I think it will rock the [research] community,” he says. Although many other scientists have studied H3K4me3 tags, “the concept that this one mark can distinguish all these cell types—that’s a real shocker,” he says. Measuring the tags is easy, he notes, so the discovery could allow quick identification of cell types, which would be useful in situations such as cancer diagnosis.last_img read more

Sushil Kumar: The most searched athlete on Google during CWG 2014

first_imgSushil Kumar strikes a pose after winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth GamesThe Indian athletes’ brilliant performance in the Commonwealth Games created quite a buzz online as well with gold-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar being the most searched on Google.As the curtain went down on the 20th Commonwealth Games, India notched up 64 medals.Ranking fifth in the tally after England, Australia, Canada and Scotland, the Indian medal tally stood at 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze medals.Sushil remained the most searched athlete as the Indian wrestling squad put forward some spectacular performances scooping 13 medals, including five gold medals.Badminton remained the most searched sporting discipline as Parupalli Kashyap became the first Indian man to win a badminton gold at the Games in 32 years.It was a historic win as he clinched the gold for India and generated a lot of buzz online. Boxing and Wrestling stood second and third respectively among the highly searched disciplines during the games.Other Indian athletes, who were widely searched online included Vijender Singh (Boxing), Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling), and Vikas Gowda (Athletics) and Parupalli Kashyap (Badminton)last_img read more

Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland Open

first_imgStar India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged her third consecutive gold in women’s 53kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.The 24-year-old prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition.Vinesh had earlier beaten Sofia Mattson of Sweden, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist, in the quarterfinals of this international tournament.The top Indian woman wrestler had stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.Former national hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, who is also involved with Olympic Gold Quest, congratulated Vinesh on her success.Also Read | Let’s not talk about boycott but dropping shooting from CWG also unfair: Sakshi MalikAlso Read | Caster Semenya barred from competing in 800m at world championships Also Seelast_img read more

10 months agoRef chiefs tell Chelsea: Kane penalty was legit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ref chiefs tell Chelsea: Kane penalty was legitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRef chiefs insist Harry Kane’s penalty was legit for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semifinal victory over Chelsea.Directors from PGMOL – Professional Game Match Officials Limited – have fully backed referee Michael Oliver and VAR official Graham Kavanagh over the Harry Kane penalty decision in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.The Mirror reports they insist the picture Chelsea offered post-match as proof the Tottenham striker was offside in the lead-up to the penalty incident that produced the only goal of the night was misleading as the ball is blurred in it, and therefore had already been played.PGMOL uses VAR officials at the Premier League’s in-house broadcasting facility at Stockley Park alongside Hawkeye technology which also showed Kane was onside.Prem bosses could use the Hawkeye pictures in stadiums next season to avoid another Kane confusion episode. last_img read more

a month agoEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester return

first_imgEmile Heskey: Eck blocked Leicester returnby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmile Heskey has revealed he was blocked from joining Leicester City a second time.Heskey has revealed that Alex McLeish denied him the chance to leave Aston Villa for Leicester City.He told LeicesterLive: “McLeish said I couldn’t go. “He said I couldn’t leave, that they needed me, and then barely played me again.“I wanted to know where I stood and if I wasn’t in anyone’s plans, I would have been going home to Leicester. But to tell me they needed me but then not to play me again, more or less, I didn’t see the logic behind it.“It would have been good to come back, it would have been nice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goal

first_imgWATCH: Barcelona B whiz Alex Collado hits stunning individual goalby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Collado is pushing for a fresh first team chance at Barcelona.The 20 year-old winger is starring for Barca B and scored a wonder goal on the weekend against Atlético Levante.Collado made his senior debut last season against Celta Vigo and is rated highly by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.In July of last year he signed a contract until 2021 with a buyout clause of €50m while he is a B player – which will rise to €100m when he is promoted to the first team. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Internet suspended following communal clash in Jaipur

first_imgJaipur: Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jaipur for 24 hours after two groups clashed over an attack on a bus carrying pilgrims, police said on Tuesday. On Monday night, a communal clash erupted between two communities here at Eidgah road after some people pelted stones at a bus going to Haridwar in front of the Galta Gate on Delhi Road, leaving 12 people injured, confirmed Police Commissioner Anand Shrivastav on Tuesday. Some policemen were also injured in the incident after which the police used tear gas and force to disperse the crowd. Internet services have been suspended for 24 hours and heavy police force has been deployed as a precautionary measure in Ram Gunj, Transport Nagar and Galta Gate areas, said Shrivastav. Meanwhile, police have registered case against 25-30 people but no arrest has been made so far.last_img read more

Experts say NS intimate photos case unlikely to deter teens

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – It had all the trappings of a typical teen romance, until it became part of a high-profile case that shines a light on the consequences of mixing digital images and sexuality.The 14-year-old girl had known the boy since they were young. When they talked in class, he would compliment her looks and tell her that he liked her.The boy would talk about how they could trust each other, according to court documents, then asked her for photos, including full nudes.“He asked her repeatedly and explained that it was ‘no big deal,’” the documents said.The boy is one of six male teenagers in Bridgewater, N.S., who have admitted to distributing intimate images of at least 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 without their consent. They will be sentenced in Bridgewater provincial court Monday.When the six were charged in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old and the other two were 18. However, all were under 18 when the offences were committed, which means their identities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victims’ identities are also protected.The case is one of Canada’s largest involving a relatively untested law designed to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.A Crown attorney said in March that he hopes the case raises awareness about the criminal consequences of this kind of behaviour, but experts say the law may do little to deter teenage sexuality.“It’s not clear that the law will be deterrent one way or the other, especially in the world of teenage hormones and sexuality run amok,” said Wayne MacKay, a law professor at Dalhousie University.Documents submitted in court said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing dozens of intimate images of girls in various states of undress, including fully nude.An agreed statement of facts said everyone who uploaded photos either knew outright or were “wilfully blind” to the fact that the subjects didn’t consent to their distribution.In the statement, the photos’ subjects cited a variety of motivations for sending the images.Some young women felt pressured by what they described as persistent requests for intimate images, while others said they were vying for boys’ affections or just joking around, the statement said.The document said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked for sexual photos by one of the accused over the course of several days, despite persistent rejection.“The next day at school (the boy) and his friends were clustered near her locker and gave her the impression that they were talking about her. She felt pressured,” the document said, noting that she ended up sending the photos out of fear that he would spread a rumour about her.McKay said it can be hard to draw the line between flirtation and coercion in intimate images cases, particularly when they involve young people.He said the Bridgewater case shows the digital distribution of such images can reinforce high school social dynamics — like boys bragging about their sexual conquests, while girls are shamed for theirs — but said technology poses new potential for harm.“I still think it’s important that we not minimize too much because that does send the wrong message that this is just boys being boys,” he said. “Some of these things have gone on forever, but because of the nature of social media and technology, the images and the damage is ongoing forever, potentially.”The intimate images bill, which became law in 2015, was introduced after the death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, which captured national attention.The 17-year-old died by suicide in 2013 after a photo — of what her family says was a sexual assault — was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S.Lara Karaian, a criminology professor at Carleton University, said in the age of “sexual romance 2.0,” the circulation of intimate images has become the norm, and teens’ attitudes have shifted accordingly.“This is not a trend that is going away. This is a new mode of sexual expression for young people,” Karaian said in an interview. “How much are we willing to use the law against so many young people who are doing this?”McKay agreed that the legislation on intimate images has lagged behind the pace of technology and said we have to look outside the courtroom to address this growing phenomenon.In the Bridgewater case, McKay said the distribution of images appeared to be so “systematic” that he thinks legal consequences could be appropriate.He said the six accused could face court-ordered restrictions at the sentencing hearing Monday, including a prohibition on access to the Internet.“For young people in the modern world, limiting their social media is what they’ll take note of,” he said. “For some, it may even be a bigger deterrent than time in custody.”— By Adina Bresge in Halifax.last_img read more

Preserving worlds biodiversity vital for economic development UN official warns

11 February 2010Saving the world’s myriad diverse species, which are being lost to human activity at an unprecedented rate that some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression, is vital not just for environmental reasons but for the economic well-being of humankind, a senior United Nations official said today. “Without preserving biodiversity and preserving our natural habitat, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) just cannot be achieved,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group Director Veerle Vandeweerd warned, referring to targets set by the 2000 UN summit to slash a host of social ills, from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Stressing the importance of the UN naming 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity, she cited former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who in 1993 said that the library of life is on fire. “And 17 years later the library of life, which is our biodiversity, is still on fire,” Ms. Vandeweerd told a news briefing in New York.The reason why UNDP is “so involved in biodiversity and why we think it is so important is indeed because biodiversity is not about greenness, biodiversity is about the economy, and biodiversity is about the life of people at the community level.“The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of natural resources impact first and foremost the poor and the women and the vulnerable and we should not forget that three quarters of the world’s population depend on natural resources for their daily living and their daily survival, from the food, the shelter, the recreation, everything; three quarters of the world population is directly related to biodiversity on this planet.”In launching the Year, the UN has stressed that the variety of life on Earth is vital to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide health, wealth, food and fuel. “Humans are part of nature’s rich diversity and have the power to protect or destroy it,” the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), says in summarizing the Year’s main message, with its focus on raising awareness to generate public pressure for action by the world’s decision makers. The Convention, which opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, entered into force at the end of 1993 and now has 193 Parties, is based on the premise that the world’s diverse ecosystems purify the air and the water that are the basis of life, stabilize and moderate the Earth’s climate, renew soil fertility and pollinate plants.Yet human activity is causing this diversity to be lost are irreversibly at a greatly accelerated rate. As an example, Ms. Vandeweerd cited marine species. “In fact, the last frontier of the world lies in the ocean and it’s sad to see that we are destroying our oceans so quickly before we even know which biodiversity is harboured in the ocean,” she said.“The deep sea biodiversity is something that we are just coming to know, is already being destroyed by all kinds of fishing. We are still discovering new species in the deep sea every single day and before we even discover them we are killing them.”UNDP is working in two key areas in the field of biodiversity: to unleash the economic potential of protected areas (22 per cent of Earth) to help communities there achieve more sustainable livelihoods; and in the rest of the world to insert biodiversity in the economic sector such as agriculture, forestry, mining and tourism.“For us there is no doubt that the Year of Biodiversity hopefully should become a year when we pay much more attention to biodiversity and conservation… where the world will pay at least as much attention to biodiversity as to climate change,” she concluded. read more

Canada and US remain quite far apart on softwood lumber Freeland says

MONTREAL – Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed.Freeland offered the blunt assessment before meeting members of Quebec’s forestry sector, who for nearly two months have been charged duties for shipping softwood south of the border.“Our positions are still quite far apart,” she said after addressing the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal. “But I think that talking is always a good thing and that is something that we are doing very actively and energetically.”Her comments come after Raymond Chretien, Quebec’s softwood lumber envoy, said earlier this month that he was optimistic the trade dispute could be resolved before NAFTA renegotiations get underway in mid-August. He also warned, however, that the softwood standoff could last for years if an agreement isn’t reached prior to those NAFTA talks.There are “good grounds for reasonable parties” to strike a deal, Freeland said, pointing out the U.S. economy’s dependence on Canadian lumber because it can’t produce enough to satisfy its own needs.“We remain of the view that a negotiated settlement would be the best outcome for Canadians and Americans — very much including, by the way, middle-class Americans who want to buy a house or at summertime maybe they want to build their deck.”She said the federal government remains confident in its position that the duties on Canadian producers are punitive and without foundation.In late April, the U.S. set countervailing levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects.A decision on anti-dumping duties is set to be announced June 23 that could add another 10 per cent to those tariffs.On June 1, Ottawa announced a financial aid package worth $867 million for the lumber sector to weather the impact of the duties. But some fear that could embolden arguments from the U.S. lumber lobby that its counterparts in Canada are unfairly subsidized.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard vowed to continue fighting for the interests of his province’s forestry industry, no matter how long the trade battle lasts.“If they think they will tire us out and at some point we will throw in the towel, they’re mistaken,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version quoted federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland as saying Canada and the United States were “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood agreement. Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland delivers a speech in the House of Commons on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Freeland says Canada and the United States remain “very far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Canada and U.S. remain ‘quite far apart’ on softwood lumber, Freeland says by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban appoints veteran UN official as assistant SecretaryGeneral for peacebuilding support

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. Mr. Fernandez-Taranco has worked for the United Nations for over 30 years, both at UN Headquarters and in the field, managing increasingly complex development, political, peacebuilding, human rights and humanitarian operations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and Europe. He has served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in the Department of Political Affairs since July 2009. Prior to that, he served as UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania. From 1994-1998, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco served as Deputy Special Representative of the Administrator in the West Bank and Gaza Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He was also the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP from 2001 to 2006 and Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti (1998-2001).In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson extended the UN chief’s gratitude to Ms. Judy Cheng-Hopkins – who held the Peacebuilding Support post since 2009 – for her dedication and able leadership. read more

CV Show 2009

If your business is freight transport, then the 2009 Commercial Vehicle Show is THE place to go.  If you mean business, you just can’t afford to miss it. With the accent firmly on reducing operators’ running costs and caring for the environment, exhibitors will be presenting the very latest in transport, distribution and logistics equipment and systems. Go to to register now. The CV Show will be held from 28-30 April 2009.  It is owned by the CV Show Partnership, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), a professional sector of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).  Crystal Communications handles stand space sales and marketing for the Partnership.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “2009 will be the Show’s 10th anniversary.  When the Show Partners (the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers) made the decision to amalgamate their three separate events, we knew that we were on to a winner; not just for ourselves but for the industry as a whole.  The CV Show is now the only transport show in Europe that is run BY an industry FOR an industry.” Six months since record numbers of visitors attended the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show, on-line registration is already open for free entry to the 2009 event.  And with six months to go before the doors open on 28 April, over 350 exhibitors have booked stands covering more than 70,000 square metres of the NEC Birmingham. “This is further proof, if proof were needed, of just how successful the Commercial Vehicle Show has become,” said Road Haulage Association Chief Executive, Roger King. read more

UK engine production declines 70 in February

UK engine manufacturing down -7.0% in February, with 235,595 units built.Double-digit drop in domestic output as manufacturers respond to market demand.Proportion of engines built for export grows, highlighting the importance of frictionless trade. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “February’s figures reflect the uncertainty in the industry among buyers and manufacturers alike. Progress needs to be made in securing a relationship with the EU that safeguards international trade and frictionless access to overseas markets. It is shocking that manufacturers are still in the dark over what their international trading situation is going to be in just a matter of weeks.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Murdered teacher Implicated exboyfriend released on bail officers under close arrest

The ex-boyfriend of 22-year-old Kescia Branche -who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital while being treated after she was brutally beaten- along with the four Police Constables who were detained by investigators for questioning, have been released.Dead: Kescia BrancheThis is according to acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, who told this publication that the ex-boyfriend was released on bail, while the Police Constables have also been released but remain under close arrest.Investigators are now said to be pursuing the driver whose taxi Branche used on the night of the incident.The Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher’s battered body was discovered in an unconscious state on the morning of November 5 at Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she later succumbed without ever regaining consciousness.A post-mortem examination conducted determined that she died of haemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head.Branche, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, had left home for a night of partying. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 cops grilled over teacher’s death, 2 placed under close arrestNovember 9, 2017In “Crime”Departmental changes, disciplinary actions for cops fingered in Teacher’s murderDecember 22, 2017In “Crime”Teacher’s murder: Force granted extension to further detain implicated suspectsNovember 13, 2017In “Crime” read more

Volvo wheel loaders achieving record hours in Indias Gevra coal mine

first_imgAn Indian mining and logistics company is running three long-lasting Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) wheel loaders that, combined, have logged a record 150,000 h. Sainik Mining and Allied Services, one of the largest contract mining and logistics companies in northeastern India, is a major Volvo CE customer, with over 30 Volvo EC460 excavators and 11 wheel loaders of various models working in the region. any of these machines are on the job 16 hours a day, seven days a week in Gevra, Asia’s largest open pit coal mine, located near Korba in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, as well as on other projects.Open since 1981, the Gevra mine has produced as much as 100,000 t/d of coal. Sainik’s machines load the coal into railway cars, where it is transferred for boiler firing at power plants around India. The Sainik fleet is remarkable in that it includes three Volvo wheel loaders that have each clocked more than 50,000 h. The latest machine to cross 51,000 h is an L120E that was purchased in 2004, while an L120D has clocked up 54,000 h. These are significant milestones in the tropical conditions of Chhattisgarh, where temperatures can reach 48°C. For its wheel loaders, Sainik holds ‘blue’ customer service agreements with the dealer SVP Mining and Technology, and as yet, the wheel loaders have only had to have routine maintenance and overhauls.“We are very happy with our Volvo wheel loaders,” says operations manager Satish Kadian. “Because of their longevity and reliability, we want to purchase more of these machines as we gradually retire the older ones. We’re working with Volvo CE to have them buy back some of our older wheel loaders so that we can make room for new equipment.” Buying back older equipment helps to reuse and recycle parts that are still in good condition; which Volvo states “enforces its core values and its dedication to environmental care.” It also helps the customer to generate more cash-flow to invest in new machinery. For now, Volvo CE reports that the three veteran wheel loaders are still going strong.last_img read more

Luka Karabatic to miss VELUX EHF CL Final4 2018

← Previous Story Wacker Thun new Swiss champions in dramatic finish! Next Story → Saint Raphael “gives” title to PSG Handball? luka karabaticPSG HandballVELUX EHF CL Final4 One of the strongest defensive line players in European handball, Luka Karabatic, is forced to miss upcoming VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne due injury. Experienced line-player of Paris Saint Germain Handball needs more time to recover from injury which he got in quarter-finals clash against PGE Vive Kielce.“It is to early for Luka to come-back, but we believe that Abalo and Kounkoud could be ready for Saturday”, said coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, who has a chance to win two more titles, EHF CL and French Championship, in the last week of his era in the “City of Light”.PSG Handball will meet HBC Nantes at first semi-final on Saturday 15.15 hrs in Cologne’s Lanxess Arena. read more

10 arrested at Free Our Future immigration protest

first_img July 2, 2018 600 protestors organized by @ConMijente descend upon Downtown San Diego. Here is a snippet of the energy the crowd brought, marching from #ChicanoPark to Downtown #SanDiego. Details on @KUSINews at 6 &10— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:32 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ten people were arrested during a protest today in downtown San Diego.Hundreds of people gathered there to protest against what they say are President Trump’s immigration policies when things began to get out of hand. KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez explains it began as a very large crowd, roughly 600 to 800 people showed up, many of whom were bussed in from other cities.At one point they locked arms and blocked the federal building. Then some repelled down the Westin Hotel next door, trying to hang a banner. It was chaotic she said, take a look for yourself.RELATED STORY: KUSI’s Dan Plante breaks down US Border Patrol’s “Operation Streamline” Ed Lenderman, Ashlie Rodriguez, Posted: July 2, 2018 10 arrested at “Free Our Future” immigration protest The protestors are upset because 2,000 immigrant children are still being detained at the border and have not been reunited with their family members. They are also calling for the #TrumpAdministration to abolish #ICE— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 10 PEOPLE ARRESTED: 600 protestors organized by @ConMijente descend upon Downtown #SanDiego. This is video of just a few of the protestors who were arrested for trespassing, conspiracy and obstruction, after hanging a banner on the @WestinSanDiego . Details on @KUSINews at 6&10— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 Ed Lenderman, Ashlie Rodriguez last_img read more

Apple Amazon Google join industry push to protect DACA

first_img Share your voice Tech leaders are joining arms to push lawmakers to protect DACA recipients.  Getty Images Tech execs are urging lawmakers to protect Dreamers.  More than 100 business leaders — including tech heavyweights like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Apple’s Tim Cook and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — signed a letter demanding Congress work on a legislative solution to protect people who have grown up in the US after coming here illegally with their parents. The letter, which was organized by The Coalition for the American Dream, was published Monday in full-page ads in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.”Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have determined that if Congress fails to act, our economy could lose $350 billion in GDP, and the federal government could lose $90 billion in tax revenue,” said the letter. “Now is the time for Congress to pass a law to provide Dreamers the certainty they need.”The letter comes as President Donald Trump on Jan. 25 agreed to reopen the government after a 35-day shutdown without the $5.7 billion in funding he’d demanded for a border wall, according to CBS News. However, another partial shutdown looms as negotiations over the budget and border security have reportedly stalled.DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, was established in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama. It grants children who immigrated illegally to the US temporary protection from deportation and gives them permits to work legally here. In 2017, the Trump administration ordered an end to DACA. In 2018, tech giants including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon signed a joint letter to Trump and congressional leaders urging them to protect Dreamers.The Coalition for the American Dream, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for additional comment. Google referred to the letter. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Tags • Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments Apple See All reading • Apple, Amazon, Google join industry leaders in push to protect Dreamers Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 3 Politics Tech Industry Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon Google Applelast_img read more