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Trump repeats vow to defeat ‘radical left’ in July Fourth speech

first_imgThe administration held a fireworks display over the National Mall as night fell after Trump’s speech, despite Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser’s warnings that the mass spectator event would defy health officials’ guidance during the pandemic.Just steps from where Trump spoke, peaceful protesters marched down blocked-off streets around the White House, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Lincoln Memorial. They were confronted by counter-protesters chanting, “USA! USA!” but there were no reports of violence.Millions of Americans have been demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. In addition to achieving police reforms in some cities, some protesters have removed Confederate statues and other symbols of America’s legacy of slavery.”There have always been those who seek to lie about the past in order to gain power in the present, those that are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are,” Trump said on Saturday. “Their goal is demolition.” US President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to defeat the “radical left,” in an Independence Day speech at the White House that condemned recent protests against monuments to historical figures as attempts to destroy the United States.Trump claimed without evidence that 99 percent of coronavirus cases in the United States were “totally harmless.” In fact, many states marked a record number of new COVID-19 cases. In Texas alone, 7,890 patients were hospitalized after 238 new admissions over the past 24 hours.Trump, who has faced criticism over his handling of the pandemic, said China must be “held accountable” for failing to contain the disease. Trump’s Fourth of July remarks doubled down on his speech the previous evening at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota where he accused “angry mobs” of trying to erase history and painted himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism.Just months before November’s presidential election, opinion polls in key states show Trump trailing his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden wrote a Fourth of July opinion piece that struck a contrasting note with the Republican president and accused him of finding “new ways to tarnish and dismantle our democracy” every day.In a separate letter to donors, Biden said: “We have a chance now to give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed, a full share of the American dream.”Trump, in his speech, also said the United States would have a vaccine or therapeutic solution to the virus “long before” the end of 2020. Such a success could help the US economy and Trump’s chances of re-election.On Thursday, a top US health official said he was optimistic the Trump administration’s vaccine-acceleration program “Operation Warp Speed” will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year-end.Apart from fireworks spectators in Washington, activists of different stripes also appeared willing to disregard health warnings.Roar of the Deplorables, a bikers group, said via social media that they planned to gather to protest against what they call “the anti-Trump regime” and celebrate the nation’s birthday.Freedom Fighters DC, a new activist group which seeks to rally ethnically diverse supporters, especially the Black population of Washington, is one of the anti-racism groups ignoring the mayor’s heed to refrain from gathering.”Black folks are not free from the chains of oppression, so we don’t get to truly celebrate Independence Day,” said Kerrigan Williams, 22, one of the founders of the group, which will host a march and an arts demonstration on Saturday afternoon.”We’re marching today to showcase that Black folks are still fighting for the simple liberties that the constitution is said to provide.” Topics :last_img read more

PA.gov That Works: State Websites Get a New Look

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PA.gov That Works: State Websites Get a New Look January 08, 2019 Mobile-friendlyAbout 40% of all users are accessing state websites from a mobile device. Our new enterprise template ensures that state websites are accessible from any device — including phones and tablets.Because our enterprise template was designed with mobile in mind, users have a similar experience on mobile and desktop.AccessibleAccording to the CDC, 21 percent of Pennsylvanians have some type of disability — including disabilities that impact vision, hearing, mobility, and cognition.We’re committed to serving all Pennsylvanians, and that means ensuring Pennsylvania’s official websites are designed with web accessibility in mind.Our new enterprise template has gone through extensive testing to ensure it adheres to accessibility best practices, giving special attention to screen reader user experience.center_img By: Kate Landis, Deputy Chief Digital Officer PA.gov That Works,  The Blog PA.gov That Works is a series of blog posts dedicated to Pennsylvania digital initiatives. In this post, we’re talking about the latest updates to the Pennsylvania state website enterprise template.We’ve been hard at work to redesign PA.gov and improve how we connect Pennsylvanians with government services.In 2018, we turned our focus to improving Pennsylvania’s state websites. Our guiding principles were simple:It should be easy to know you’re on a state website, andIt should be easy for all Pennsylvanians on all devices to find what they’re looking for.With those principles in mind, we created a new enterprise template to give all state websites a common look and feel, to improve mobile experience, and to make our websites more accessible. 60 state agency, bureau, and office websites have since been converted to the new template.Common Look and FeelOur new template ensures state websites look similar and function in a similar way. This means users can be confident they’re on an official state website and can more easily find what they’re looking for.New features that you can see on state websites using the enterprise template that help achieve this common look and feel are:A bar at the top of website indicating users are on an official Pennsylvania government website.Google translate.A search feature accessible from the top navigation.An icon bar that features popular services and information.A standardized footer that links to the contact form and social media for that agency, office, or bureau.A new, mobile responsive contact form.last_img read more

From the Daintree to the Coral Sea, this Tropical North Queensland trophy home has it all

first_imgEagles Nest at Rocky Point.There are 23,000 screws in the roof, 50 tonnes of steel in the walls and over 300 power outlets throughout the house.Solid Tasmanian oak adorns everything from skirting boards to window frames.According to agent Lynn Malone of LynnMalone HOME, seeing really is believing when it comes to Eagles Nest, which is planned for auction on May 3.“Going there is just magical,” she said.“There is a vista from every aspect, north, south, east and west.“On one side is the Daintree Rainforest, then the Great Barrier Reef, so you’re in the middle of two world heritage listed sites.” Eagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The couple returned to Australia two decades ago after years living in the United States, where Malcolm founded the software company, Ultradata, which became one of the leading US suppliers of turnkey computer systems for financial institutions like credit unions. They searched up and down the Queensland coast before deciding to build their dream home – Eagles Nest – on a 1.5ha high ridge in Rocky Point, just north of Port Douglas.“We wanted to build our dream home in a dream location,” he said.“And there isn’t a more dream location anywhere in the world if you ask me.”It’s hard to argue with him.Eagles Nest remains as elegant today as it when it was first built almost 20 years ago. From the sky, 1000sq m of Indonesian-inspired, white turreted roof emerges from a blanket of green rainforest and farmland, bordered by the sparkling Coral Sea. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.Not surprisingly, the retired software developer is reluctant to sell his piece of paradise in the tropics.“You look at the beauty of the place and wonder whether you’re doing the right thing,” he said.“It will be tears of blood when we do transfer to another owner.”But Malcolm and his wife, Cheryl, spend at least half of the year travelling overseas or in their Sydney home and believe it’s time to downsize.“We’re not getting any younger and we appreciate we need to make the most of the time we have left,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point.The den – Malcolm’s favourite spot – is the only upstairs element of the house because he doesn’t believe in stairs.Measuring a liberal 8×8 metres and opening onto a 15×4 metre private balcony, this is the ultimate retreat.There is also a vestibule, where Malcolm and Cheryl display furnishings and collectibles gathered during their travels. Eagles Nest at 10-12 Hibiscus Court, Rocky Point, is for sale.FROM his desk in his private den, Malcolm McKellar reckons he has the best view in the world.He’s enjoying a glass of scotch as he admires his backyard on another stunning afternoon in tropical Queensland.“From where I’m sitting I can see the Coral Sea to the east, Port Douglas, down through Cairns looking south, over Mossman Valley a carpet of green…and the northern end of the Great Dividing Range,” he said.The only thing Malcolm can’t quite catch a glimpse of from this room is the Daintree Rainforest to the north, but you can see that from just about every other room in the house.center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoEagles Nest, Rocky Point, is for sale.The house is on two separate titles and has a 360-degree unobstructed outlook, which was born out of the couple’s desire to be near the water but not directly on the beach.Light-filled open-plan living areas spill on to the wraparound verandas, perfect for taking in the dramatic views and enjoying the tropical climate.There are four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, along with a large kitchen, library and gymnasium. Eagles Nest.Oh, and did I mention there’s a tennis court, swimming pool and spa, and helicopter pad?If a chopper isn’t your style, there’s plenty of room to park your wheels in the three-car garage.And the McKellars have spared no expense when it comes energy-efficient features, structural integrity and quality inclusions.“I’m a great believer in function over form,” he said.“We’re in the tropics and this can be a demanding environment so we designed the place to be low maintenance externally and internally.” Sunset at Eagles Nest, Rocky Point. Picture: Cheryl McKellarMs Malone said the property offered the ‘sea change’ many buyers yearned for, but without the isolation.Cairns is just a 15 minute helicopter ride away, while the Cairns international airport offers a convenient gateway to the rest of the world.last_img read more

Young home buyers are making moves on this Brisbane suburb

first_img55 Gray St, Carina.A four-bedroom, two-bathroom property at Gray St, Carina, has sold for the highest street price in the past six months.The property, at 55 Gray St, was sold for $567,000 on April 7 by Tracey Ashley, of RE/MAX – United Vision. 55 Gray St, Carina.Ms Ashley said a family bought the home as their friends lived in the area.“They loved the fact of downstairs living for the children to use and the park nearby,” she said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202055 Gray St, Carina.Ms Ashley said a lot of first homebuyers were trying to get into the area.“With Gray St being near the new Minnippi Parklands this property was very popular,” she said. “This year so far we have sold three other homes in Carina in the $600,000 range and they have all sold within the first week and over the listed price.”center_img 55 Gray St, Carina.The property, on a 405sq m block, features a sunroom at the front, while upstairs there is a separate lounge and dining with reverse cycle airconditioning, and polished timber floors. Downstairs is a laundry, a bathroom with separate toilet and access to the fully fenced back yard.last_img read more

If Love Is Love, Why Not Three Men ‘Marrying’?

first_imgCharisma News 24 February 2015If “love is love” and “everyone should have the right to marry the one they love,” then why can’t any number of people come together in “marriage”?On Valentine’s Day, three men in Thailand were “married,” and immediately, they became an Internet sensation.As reported on gaystarnews.com, when Joke, Bell and Art posted their “wedding” pictures online, “the Internet went crazy,” with one Facebook post receiving 50,000 Likes and more than 1,000 comments.Why not? After all, “love is love,” right? How can any gay activist object? As Art commented on Facebook, “Love occurs unconditionally and is not limited to only two people. Love brings peace to the world.”For years I’ve been talking about our ongoing descent into sexual anarchy, also warning that the moment you redefine marriage, you render it meaningless.The events in Thailand simply confirm what we’ve been saying all this time: If marriage is no longer the union of one man and one woman, then it can be anything: Two men, two women, three men, three women, or an almost infinite number of other possibilities.http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/48454-if-love-is-love-why-not-three-men-marryinglast_img read more

No summer move for Sterling

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling is going nowhere this summer as they have no intention of selling one of their prize assets despite his contract dispute being played out in the full glare of the media. Rodgers suggested the player’s decision to go public was a mistake but partly excused it on the grounds of his inexperience. “He didn’t have permission by the club, it was something that surprised us all to be honest,” he added. “People who look after players will have different ways of working and I’ve seen that in my years in football with different experiences. “He is a young player who is still learning on and off the pitch and sometimes you will make mistakes as a youngster. “Our relationship is strong, which is important. He knows I am working in the best interests of the club and him. “He will learn as time goes on, like we all do, you make mistakes in life – especially when you are young.” In his interview Sterling said money did not interest him as much as winning trophies and part of his reasoning for not signing a new deal was because he wanted to reassess him ambitions and admitted he was flattered by reported interest from Arsenal – coincidentally Saturday’s opponents. Rodgers insisted Liverpool was a club where he could fulfil those dreams but also pointed out it was a two-way relationship and the England international had his part to play. “Raheem is saying his ambition is to win trophies and be successful – it is perfectly aligned with what we are trying to do,” he said. “Arsenal are a fantastic football club but this is Liverpool, one of the great clubs of the footballing world, and it is an honour for Raheem to be playing here. “Raheem has been involved in the first team for two and a half years and the player he is today – and he still has a lot of improvements to make – is because of the environment we have created here. “He still has learning and development to make on the pitch and off it and we feel this is a great place for him. “He has made it clear recently he is very happy with his football. I think he is trying to put off all talk about contracts and money – he is a boy who genuinely loves his football. “It is now about continuing and nurturing the development of a player who has made huge strides and someone we believe we still have a lot of input into his development to come so he can consistently be a player at the top of his game. “It is not something we are overly concerned on and I am confident by the end of the season we will find the solution.” It produced more speculation about Sterling’s future but Rodgers is adamant they will not be backed into a corner by the fear of losing one of their brightest talents. Liverpool rejected advances from Arsenal for Luis Suarez two years ago, with owner John W Henry famously saying “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?” after rejecting a £40million plus £1 offer from the Gunners who mistakenly believed they had triggered the Uruguayan’s release clause. “He is not going anywhere in the summer so we will very much focus on trying to make him the best player we can,” Rodgers said of Sterling. When it was suggested to the Reds boss that money talks he added: “I think we as a club have shown that is not the case. “Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and the owners have made it clear – and we’ve seen it before – that money does not come into it. “The club is not going to sell and if it doesn’t want to sell it won’t sell, it is simple as that. “Money has never been the objective for the club. Whatever player – Raheem or anyone – leaves here it will always be on the terms of the club.” Liverpool remain in a position of strength as Sterling’s current contract, worth a reported £35,000 a week, runs until the summer of 2017. In an interview not sanctioned by the club the 20-year-old denied he was a “money-grabber” for turning down a reported £100,000-a-week contract and said no amount of money would persuade him to sign a new deal before the summer. Negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season, at the request of the player and his representative, so for Sterling to fan the flames now came as something of a surprise to Reds officials. last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know as School Starts Tomorrow in PBC

first_imgMeanwhile, the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee has made a decision on the issue over whether the state has the right to force schools to reopen.On July 6, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order that required public schools statewide to reopen their campuses on weekdays or risk the possibility of losing state funding. With the school year set to begin with virtual-only learning in Palm Beach County on Aug. 31, parents, students and staff are making last-minute preparations.“This will not be a typical year,” said Dr. Donald Fennoy, the Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County, said during a news conference last week.The district made the decision in July to delay reopening until the end of August, and to offer remote instruction exclusively for the time being.Schools are slated to reopen their campuses one week after the county moves to phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan. However, parents and students would still have to option to continue with virtual learning at that point, if they so choose.For now, students will follow a regular bell schedule, and teachers will offer live classes every weekday, just as they would on campus.“Please know, the school board and I are committed to reopening our campuses as soon as it is safe to do so,” Fennoy added.A recent district survey revealed that nearly 20 percent of students will choose to continue learning online when phase 2 begins, while 37 percent will return to campus. Another 39 percent remain unsure.District officials emphasize that parents and students may not move between online and campus learning from one week to the next.Last week, the district sent all families an email with a guide to the school year, available here.In addition, the district has established a hotline at (561) 969-5840 to answer questions about the start of the 2020-21 school year.The school district’s IT Service Desk is available at (561) 242-4100 Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.The first day of school on Monday will be very different than any school year before. But one thing hasn’t changed. We are here for you and we are in this together. #GoingTheDistancePBCSD @AngelaBrentHar1 @ShineonSPES pic.twitter.com/OEZW1uu0Hg— PBCSD (@pbcsd) August 30, 2020 Last Friday, the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Corcoran and Gov. Ron DeSantis, by issuing a stay Lee County Circuit Court Judge Charles Dodson’s ruling that the state mandate was unconstitutional.Nonetheless, the case will not necessarily go straight to Florida’s Supreme Court, as the appeals court struck down that request from both sides in the case.Final briefs in the case are due by Sept. 9, according to the News Service of Florida and Miami television station WFOR.The Florida Education Association (FEA) originally brought the issue to Dodson, arguing that the state’s mandate violated the Florida Constitution’s guarantee of “safe” and “secure” public schools.Now, FEA President Fedrick Ingram is fighting back.In a statement released after Friday’s ruling, he says, “We are going to keep fighting because lives are at stake. This is not about closing schools or opening schools. This is about allowing local districts to do what is best to protect local families.”Last week, Dodson had issued a temporary injunction leaving decisions up to local school districts.Allowing Dodson’s order to stay in effect “would threaten to interfere with the ongoing reopening of schools by local districts and disrupt plans that families have made with respect to their children’s education,” the state’s lawyers have argued.Nearly 60 percent of the 2.8 million public school students in Florida have registered for in-person classes, state education officials say.850 WFTL wishes everyone success and safety during the new school year.last_img read more

Marketing class working with the FBI

first_imgStudents enrolled in Practicum in Advertising and Promotion Design (MKT 406) are helping to find the next generation of federal investigators here at USC.To gain practical experience in marketing, students enrolled in the class have been developing their skills by implementing marketing campaigns for various clients — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.MKT 406 is a class that allows students to get hands-on experience running real marketing campaigns. The class partners with EdVenture Partners, a non-profit organization that helps find clients interested in working with the class. This year, the FBI has chosen to utilize the class’s resources to promote a campaign it hopes will enhance the number of applicants to the agency.Professor Therese Wilbur, who has taught the course since 2006, believes the class is vital for students preparing for a career in marketing.“We execute campaigns for clients,” Wilbur said. “This course really stands out on a résumé.”At the beginning of the semester, the school gave the class a budget of $3,000 to run an effective campaign for the client. The FBI hired the class to run a marketing campaign to recruit 100 applicants for the FBI — 50 forensic accountants, who have similar responsibilities to financial analysts, and 50 for the specialist investigation division, who gather intelligence and perform physical surveillance.“The overall objective is to develop an integrative communication program that delivers on two objectives: investigative specialists and forensic accountants. The class has to research and develop a campaign that emits those objectives,” Wilbur said.To start, the class conducted primary research on student perceptions of the FBI.Using that information, they brainstormed ideas for the campaign and condensed them into a campaign message and final strategy.FBI representatives arrived on campus at the beginning of March to provide feedback for the campaign’s direction. The campaign was launched shortly after.“We executed the campaign across the West Coast,” Wilbur said. “After we execute, we will evaluate the results to see how or if we met [the FBI’s] objective.”Lauren Peterson, a senior majoring in communication and a student in the class, said three different campaigns were originally pitched: “Investigate your Future,” “You’re the Missing Piece,” and “Think. Do. Live.”“Now, we are doing ‘Think. Do. Live.,’ which was our strongest point,” Peterson said. “That’s what will be on all the posters and T-shirts, which are meant to recruit applicants.”Benjamin Gutierrez, a senior majoring in public relations, said he thinks the class promotes marketable skills.“This class provides real world experience for students,” Gutierrez, who is the public relations director for the class, said. “It demonstrates why it’s important to have good writing and communication skills. That’s what employers are looking for.”Gutierrez said the class operates like a real public relations agency.“Students understand how to deal with conflict and the clients’ boundaries,” Gutierrez said. “The class is almost like a full-time job.”The students said running the campaign taught them about what works and what doesn’t in marketing campaigns.“Trying to get donations during a tough economy is hard,” said Tobi Ogundipe, a senior majoring in music industry, and a member of the class. “Our budget is pretty small to reach who we want to reach — undergraduates. So I’ve learned to utilize the contacts we have, from campus representatives to local businesses.”The class also benefits the client, Gutierrez noted.“The FBI gets hardworking students. I feel like they get really great results from qualified students,” Gutierrez said.Peterson noted that one benefit of the class, aside from gaining valuable experience, was addressing FBI stereotypes.“It’s interesting to know what the FBI actually does. Everyone has this image from the media of what they are about,” Peterson said. “They are secretive about a lot of things, but you just have to work around it.”Gutierrez embraced the stereotype as another obstacle to tackle through the campaign.“It’s a challenge for us to break down the stereotypes of FBI agents and communicate that to everyone else,” Gutierrez said.In fact, he said he has seen what makes the FBI so rewarding to work with.“It’s every public relations agency’s dream client,” Gutierrez said, “They don’t shoot everything down, they have constructive criticism.”Ogundipe said she saw firsthand the FBI’s intelligence in working with USC students.“I think the FBI is really ahead of the curve when it comes to teaming up with college students,” Ogundipe said. “They need to use undergraduates to put the word out there.”As part of the campaign, events will be held on campus April 6 and April 8. The first event will be for investigative specialists, and the second event will be mainly a meet-and-great for graduate students interested in applying to the FBI.Wilbur said the benefits of taking the course are long-lasting.“This course has really opened doors for previous students in terms of getting interviews,” Wilbur said. “It’s all a potential employer wants to talk about.”Students currently taking the course are not surprised.“This is not your typical class,” Peterson said. “This is a group of USC students putting on an entire campaign for the FBI. This proves that USC students can do real-world work. How often do you get to prove it?”last_img read more