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07 декабря, 17:07

Powell Industries (POWL) Beats on Q4 Earnings & Revenues

Powell Industries, Inc. (POWL) reported adjusted earnings per share of 54 cents in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 3 cents

06 декабря, 17:30

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Health Insurance Innovations, MoneyGram, Lawson Products, Applied Industrials and AK Steel

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: Health Insurance Innovations, MoneyGram, Lawson Products, Applied Industrials and AK Steel

05 декабря, 21:17

The Best Performing "Trump Stocks"

The Best Performing "Trump Stocks"

05 декабря, 16:09

SALENA ZITO: Democrats dancing with insanity. That is how many of Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues it to…

SALENA ZITO: Democrats dancing with insanity. That is how many of Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues it took to vote her back into power despite having lost her third consecutive chance at winning back the majority from the Republicans. Her win over Youngstown Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan for Minority Leader proved two-thirds of those House Democrats have […]

02 декабря, 13:51

5 NBA Teams That Should Tank the 2016-2017 Season

Every NBA team wants to make it to the playoffs, but there are some teams that are better off tanking now so they can improve later.

01 декабря, 02:32

Michigan Is Still Fighting A Court Order To Provide Water To Flint

Nearly three weeks after a federal judge ordered Michigan officials to deliver bottled water to Flint residents who lack access to safe drinking water, the state continues to fight it. The preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson on Nov. 10, calls for state and city officials to deliver bottled water to all Flint homes unless residents decline it or it is otherwise verified that the home has a properly installed, functioning water filter. The state appealed that ruling in a Nov. 17 court motion, calling the ordered water distribution a “herculean effort” that “would be on the magnitude of a large-scale military operation” and extremely costly. The state estimates it would cost at least $10.5 million monthly to carry out and is seeking an emergency motion to block the order. A ruling on the state’s motion is expected from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any day now. Until then, state and city officials are required to file a status report on their compliance with the order by Dec. 16. In a Tuesday call, representatives of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which along with the American Civil Liberties Union is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, criticized the state of Michigan for “spending its time litigating as opposed to assuring safe water to its residents.” The NRDC filed a brief Monday with the 6th Circuit describing the “harsh, on-the-ground reality” of Flint residents who are still “struggling to obtain enough safe water to meet their daily needs.” The organization is calling on the court to deny the state’s motion for a stay. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); “We’ve got an ongoing crisis to this day,” NRDC Midwest Director Henry Henderson said. “People do not have access to safe water. This is not consistent with what we expect to happen to residents of the United States of America.” The brief, authored by NRDC attorney Sarah C. Tallman, argues that the city’s and state’s response to drop off water filters at homes and operate water distribution sites is leaving many people behind, particularly residents without cars, the elderly and sick, and those who lack the “tools, strength or know-how to properly install, use and maintain filters left at their doors.” That situation, the brief continues, will only worsen as winter approaches and temperatures plunge. In response to the criticism, Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, asserted that the state is continuing to provide bottled water and filters to all Flint residents, “as we have been for months now, while also working on the plan for the massive logistics rollout needed to meet the order’s requirements.” Heaton also noted that the state has teams made up of Flint residents hired using Department of Labor grants along with state workers who are going door-to-door to check that provided water filters have been properly installed and maintained by residents. The state previously emphasized that at least 96 percent of Flint’s water customers have filters, so that would mean only about 4 percent of the city’s residents would require ongoing water delivery. Still, in a separate filing to the court Tuesday, attorneys for Flint joined the state in calling the district court’s injunction “overbroad” and noted that the city lacked the resources required to comply with it. State health officials are still urging Flint residents to drink the tap water only after it has been filtered to remove lead contamination that was first confirmed in September 2015 by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician. Residents of Flint, a high-poverty, predominantly black city, had been complaining about the quality of their water soon after the city left the Detroit water system and switched its drinking water sources to the polluted, highly corrosive Flint River in April 2014. Since then, Gov. Snyder and President Barack Obama have declared states of emergency in Flint, and the city has begun the slow and expensive process of replacing its lead water service lines throughout the city.  According to the city, a total of 260 homes through the end of October have either gotten new service lines or had their lead lines capped. In total, at least 30,000 Flint homes need service lines replace. It’s going to take a lot of money to make that happen, and Flint officials and activists alike are hopeful that federal assistance will play a key role. David Goldston, NRDC’s director of government affairs, called on Tuesday for Congress to approve immediate funding to help the residents of Flint before the end of its lame-duck session. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives authorized up to $170 million in aid to address Flint’s ongoing water crisis in late September, $50 million short of the level of funding the Senate proposed as part of the Water Resources Development Act both the House and Senate approved earlier this year. “Congress has done little but dither for the entire duration of the Flint crisis,” Goldston said. “The Republican leadership finally said they would insure money went to Flint, so in the next week or two we will see if they fulfill that promise.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Flint’s aid is on track to be approved “one way or another” ― either through the water act or as part of a broader stopgap spending measure ― before year’s end. ―― Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email [email protected] -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

01 декабря, 02:32

Michigan Is Still Fighting A Court Order To Provide Water To Flint

Nearly three weeks after a federal judge ordered Michigan officials to deliver bottled water to Flint residents who lack access to safe drinking water, the state continues to fight it. The preliminary injunction, issued by U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson on Nov. 10, calls for state and city officials to deliver bottled water to all Flint homes unless residents decline it or it is otherwise verified that the home has a properly installed, functioning water filter. The state appealed that ruling in a Nov. 17 court motion, calling the ordered water distribution a “herculean effort” that “would be on the magnitude of a large-scale military operation” and extremely costly. The state estimates it would cost at least $10.5 million monthly to carry out and is seeking an emergency motion to block the order. A ruling on the state’s motion is expected from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any day now. Until then, state and city officials are required to file a status report on their compliance with the order by Dec. 16. In a Tuesday call, representatives of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which along with the American Civil Liberties Union is a plaintiff in the lawsuit, criticized the state of Michigan for “spending its time litigating as opposed to assuring safe water to its residents.” The NRDC filed a brief Monday with the 6th Circuit describing the “harsh, on-the-ground reality” of Flint residents who are still “struggling to obtain enough safe water to meet their daily needs.” The organization is calling on the court to deny the state’s motion for a stay. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); “We’ve got an ongoing crisis to this day,” NRDC Midwest Director Henry Henderson said. “People do not have access to safe water. This is not consistent with what we expect to happen to residents of the United States of America.” The brief, authored by NRDC attorney Sarah C. Tallman, argues that the city’s and state’s response to drop off water filters at homes and operate water distribution sites is leaving many people behind, particularly residents without cars, the elderly and sick, and those who lack the “tools, strength or know-how to properly install, use and maintain filters left at their doors.” That situation, the brief continues, will only worsen as winter approaches and temperatures plunge. In response to the criticism, Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, asserted that the state is continuing to provide bottled water and filters to all Flint residents, “as we have been for months now, while also working on the plan for the massive logistics rollout needed to meet the order’s requirements.” Heaton also noted that the state has teams made up of Flint residents hired using Department of Labor grants along with state workers who are going door-to-door to check that provided water filters have been properly installed and maintained by residents. The state previously emphasized that at least 96 percent of Flint’s water customers have filters, so that would mean only about 4 percent of the city’s residents would require ongoing water delivery. Still, in a separate filing to the court Tuesday, attorneys for Flint joined the state in calling the district court’s injunction “overbroad” and noted that the city lacked the resources required to comply with it. State health officials are still urging Flint residents to drink the tap water only after it has been filtered to remove lead contamination that was first confirmed in September 2015 by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician. Residents of Flint, a high-poverty, predominantly black city, had been complaining about the quality of their water soon after the city left the Detroit water system and switched its drinking water sources to the polluted, highly corrosive Flint River in April 2014. Since then, Gov. Snyder and President Barack Obama have declared states of emergency in Flint, and the city has begun the slow and expensive process of replacing its lead water service lines throughout the city.  According to the city, a total of 260 homes through the end of October have either gotten new service lines or had their lead lines capped. In total, at least 30,000 Flint homes need service lines replace. It’s going to take a lot of money to make that happen, and Flint officials and activists alike are hopeful that federal assistance will play a key role. David Goldston, NRDC’s director of government affairs, called on Tuesday for Congress to approve immediate funding to help the residents of Flint before the end of its lame-duck session. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives authorized up to $170 million in aid to address Flint’s ongoing water crisis in late September, $50 million short of the level of funding the Senate proposed as part of the Water Resources Development Act both the House and Senate approved earlier this year. “Congress has done little but dither for the entire duration of the Flint crisis,” Goldston said. “The Republican leadership finally said they would insure money went to Flint, so in the next week or two we will see if they fulfill that promise.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that Flint’s aid is on track to be approved “one way or another” ― either through the water act or as part of a broader stopgap spending measure ― before year’s end. ―― Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email [email protected] -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 ноября, 22:08

FACT SHEET: White House Announces New Commitments to the Fair Chance Business Pledge and Actions to Improve the Criminal Justice System

Since the President took office, this Administration has been committed to reforming America's criminal justice system and highlighting the importance of reducing barriers facing justice-involved individuals trying to put their lives back on track. Over 2.2 million men and women are incarcerated in American prisons, and over 11 million spend time in our jails, and the vast majority of them will return to their communities. Improving education and job opportunities for these individuals has a recognized effect of reducing crime, and will make our communities safer.   Today, the White House is hosting a convening on criminal justice reform to discuss the progress and advancements that have been made over the past eight years and the opportunities that remain to tackle persistent problems. This event is part of the Administration’s continued efforts to bring together Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from activists engaging in communities around the nation to law enforcement and elected officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to formerly incarcerated people who are earning their second chance. In conjunction with this event, the White House is announcing a round of new signatories to the Fair Chance Business Pledge and a series of Administration actions to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system including: •    Final Office of Personnel Management “Ban the Box” Rule  •    Federal Bureau of Prison Reforms •    White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report These announcements build on the Administration’s longstanding commitment to reforming the criminal justice system, improving reentry outcomes, and removing unnecessary obstacles facing formerly incarcerated individuals.  Fair Chance Business Pledge In April, the White House launched the Fair Chance Business Pledge encouraging companies to take action to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, including individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. The pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities and expand their talent pools by eliminating unnecessary hiring barriers facing those with a criminal record. Today’s signatories to the Fair Chance Business Pledge bring the total number of pledged employers to over 300. The companies and organizations that have signed the pledge collectively employ over 5 million Americans. The new commitments come from a diverse range of employers including: Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, CVS Health, Gap, Intel, Kroger, LinkedIn, Monsanto, Perdue Farms, Shinola, Target, Tyson Foods, Union Square Hospitality Group, and WeWork.  Additionally, Glassdoor created a Fair Chance Pledge badge that companies can add to their profile on the website to proudly demonstrate their commitment to maintaining hiring and training programs for individuals with criminal records.  The Department of Justice recently funded the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSGJC) to assist Second Chance grantees and the field at-large through the National Reentry Resource Center. The award includes funding to provide employer-focused outreach and education to promote fair chance hiring practices. A coalition of Fair Chance Business Pledge Signatories has committed to working together with CSGJC and other external partners to share their successes in adopting fair chance hiring practices and encourage other businesses to follow suit. Today’s announcement is further evidence of the private sector’s support for a more fair justice system, and the Pledge is one of many initiatives where the White House has successfully partnered with the private sector to increase opportunity for all Americans.  By signing the Fair Chance Business Pledge, these companies are: Voicing strong support for economic opportunity for all, including the approximately 70 million Americans who have some form of a criminal record. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to take action to reduce barriers to a fair shot at a second chance, including practices like “banning the box” by delaying criminal history questions until later in the hiring process; ensuring that information regarding an applicant’s criminal record is considered in proper context; and engaging in hiring practices that do not unnecessarily place jobs out of reach for those with criminal records. THE FAIR CHANCE BUSINESS PLEDGE We applaud the growing number of public and private sector organizations nationwide who are taking action to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, including individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. When around 70 million Americans – nearly one in three adults – have a criminal record, it is important to remove unnecessary barriers that may prevent these individuals from gaining access to employment, training, education and other basic tools required for success in life. We are committed to providing individuals with criminal records, including formerly incarcerated individuals, a fair chance to participate in the American economy. Companies and organizations interested in joining the Fair Chance Business Pledge can do so by signing up here. Today’s signatories include: •    Al Abbas Cookies •    Alley Taco •    American Eagle Sealcoating and Asphalt LLC •    Amity Foundation  •    Andrews Funeral Home •    Avalon Breads •    Berry Much Yogurt  •    Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce  •    Brooks Lumber •    Butterball Farms, Inc. •    Byblos •    C.W. Morris - J.W. Henry Funeral Home •    Capital Area ReEntry Coalition  •    Capitol City Contracting, Inc. •    Carpenter's Shelter •    Cava Grill •    Center for Living and Learning •    Clif Bar •    Colorado Mountain College •    Court Programs, Inc. •    CPG Partnership Strategies LLC •    CSI Saddlepads LLC •    CVS Health •    D.C. Central Kitchen •    Dillard & Associates •    DRP Systems  •    Ecolibrium3 •    Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute •    Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color •    Fair Chance Workforce Interface LLC •    FoodCorps, Inc. •    Friends Outside  •    Gap •    GeoFi •    Get Ready Driving Academy •    Glassdoor •    Golden State Foods Corp. •    Grandy's Coney Island •    Green Dot Stables •    HopCat Detroit  •    InService Enterprise, LLC •    Intel Corporation •    Isidore Electronics Recycling •    IT Total Care, Inc. •    JAX Chamber •    Jeff's 40 Minute Cleaners •    JSJ Staffing, LLC •    Kansas City Community Source, Inc. •    Konsultera •    The Kroger Company •    Lawson Screen & Digital Products, Inc. •    Life Restoration CEDA •    Linden Resources •    LinkedIn •    Los Angeles Black Worker Center •    Los Angeles Conservation Corps •    Lou's Deli •    Makin' Movez LLC •    Maria's Italian Kitchen •    Mark O's Bar & Grill •    MI United •    MOD Pizza  •    Moe Appliance •    Monsanto •    National Dry Goods Company •    Newton Brown Urban Design  •    Nexus Services, Inc.   •    NXIS Enterprises, LLC •    Olive Branch Village Project •    O'Neill Construction Group  •    Oscar's Coney Island •    Pass Job Connection •    Perdue Farms, Inc. •    Pet Supplies Plus •    Phyllis Wheatley Community Center •    Portland Bottling Company •    Q Stride Inc. •    RECAP, Inc. •    Restoration Law Center •    Roman Labor Services Corp.  •    Root & Rebound •    Saucy By Nature •    Shinola Detroit, LLC •    Skill Source Group •    St. Louis Wing Company LLC •    Stratford University •    SunHarvest Solar •    Super Tek Group •    TakeAction Minnesota •    Taqueria El Nacimiento •    Target •    TBS Facility Services Group  •    The CPAI Group, Inc. •    The Grey Door Boutique  •    The Lancaster Food Company •    The Last Mile •    The National Incarceration Association •    The Pate House •    The Phax Group, LLC •    The Water Station •    Transmedia Capital  •    TransNation Holdings, LLC •    Trinosophes •    Tyson Foods •    Union Square Hospitality Group •    Vaughan's Public House •    Virginia Employment Commission •    WeWork •    Work in Progress •    Year Up •    Yuca's •    Zaraxo Federal “Ban the Box” Rule Today the Office of Personnel Management is finalizing a rule to ensure that applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot to compete for Federal jobs. The rule effectively “bans the box” for a significant number of positions in the Federal Government by delaying the point in the hiring process when agencies can inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer is made. This change prevents candidates from being eliminated before they have a chance to demonstrate their qualifications. As the nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government should lead the way and serve as a model for all employers – both public and private. Banning the box for Federal hiring is an important step. It sends a clear signal to applicants, agencies, and employers across the country that the Federal Government is committed to making it easier for those who have paid their debts to society to successfully return to their communities, while staying true to the merit system principles that govern our civil service by promoting fair competition between applicants from all segments of society. Federal Bureau of Prison Reforms As part of the Justice Department’s deep commitment to a fair, effective criminal justice system, the Department announced today a series of reforms at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designed to reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of inmates’ safe and successful return to the community.  Today the department released a memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates on reforms to residential reentry centers including covering the cost of obtaining state-issued IDs for inmates prior to their release from custody. Additionally, BOP is creating a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system and providing additional services for female inmates when the BOP facility in Danbury, Connecticut, resumes housing female inmates later this month. The Danbury facility will also house BOP’s first-ever integrated treatment facility for female inmates. Last year, with the Department’s support, BOP retained outside consultants to review the agency’s operations and recommend changes designed to reduce the likelihood of inmates re-offending after their release from prison. As part of today’s announcement, BOP is launching a new website, justice.gov/prison-reform, that compiles current and ongoing reforms at BOP, and includes the final reports from the outside consultants.   White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report Today the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR) is issuing its first annual report to President Obama, “Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs.” This report documents the significant steps that the 22 federal agency members of WH-LAIR have taken to integrate civil legal aid into programs designed to serve low-income and vulnerable people where doing so can both improve their effectiveness and increase access to justice. Co-chaired by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz, and staffed by the DOJ Office for Access to Justice, WH-LAIR was established to help provide legal assistance to Americans in need to further our shared goals of breaking the cycle of domestic violence and elder abuse epidemic, ending homelessness among veterans, and helping to remove obstacles to employment for jobseekers. Recognizing the power of legal aid to both increase the availability of meaningful access to justice and improve outcomes in many federal programs, WH-LAIR agencies have been working together since 2012 to integrate legal aid into their programs, policies and initiatives. The report addresses key federal priorities where civil legal aid improves program outcomes, and also describes agencies’ efforts to partner with legal aid organizations to meet the needs of special populations, including veterans and servicemembers, tribes and tribal members, people with disabilities, people with criminal records, crime victims and disaster survivors. ###

30 ноября, 20:48

The Coming Immigration Wars In Trump's America

This story originally appeared in Capital & Main. Sign up for email alerts from Capital & Main. Maria Elena Durazo knows about immigrant workers, labor and civil rights. She has been the hospitality union UNITE HERE’s General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity since 2014. Before that she was the first woman executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which represents 600,000 workers, many of whom are immigrants and Latinos. She became a force for labor and living standards in the nation’s second-largest city—and a thought-leader for the rest of the nation. When she was growing up, Durazo’s farm-worker family picked crops up and down the West Coast. Recalling that time, she told film maker Jesús Treviño, “As migrant farm workers, my dad would load us up on a flatbed truck and we would go from town to town and pick whatever crop was coming up. I think of my dad when he had to negotiate with contratistas [contractors]. I knew we worked so hard and the contratistas were chiseling us down to pennies. What was pennies to them meant food on the table for us.” Durazo spoke with Capital & Main about the threats to working people and immigrants from a new Trump administration—and how to fight back. About This Series Capital & Main: Let’s begin with the Big Question: What do you see as the next battle fronts for labor and immigration — what needs defending? Maria Elena Durazo: There is a great degree of worry about Trump giving permission to do harm in our communities, to immigrant families and immigrant neighborhoods–permission for people to attack, to harass kids, adults. Our job in the labor movement is to create safe-work places. Here in Los Angeles, and in a number of cities, officials are standing up and saying we’re not going to allow our local police to cooperate with ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.] Our schools are saying we’re not going to allow ICE to come in. Families have an earthquake plan. Who do you call? How do you react? How do we protect ourselves? That’s the very first level, and we have to give confidence to our communities. We know how to be safe. Let’s remember that and do that stuff right away. The president-elect has said he intends to cut federal funds to cities that don’t collaborate with federal authorities on immigration policies. Local municipalities are saying no—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has staked out his position–but what happens? Los Angeles could lose $500 million this fiscal year. Remember the threats around apartheid? There were threats that pension funds in cities that divested from South Africa would be breaking the law…threats of lawsuits. Then divestment happened across the board. But it took a few to start it, to have the courage to say we’re not going to be threatened that way. Some people called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief”—news reports cite 2.4 million “removals” during his administration. Is that title fair? He certainly dramatically increased the number of border patrol agents. We in the labor and immigrant rights movement had big clashes with President Obama. He did try to do a version of [having] local law enforcement cooperate with ICE. We fought that. At first he didn’t agree with giving deferred action to young people. [DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the Dreamers.] We pushed back, and he eventually agreed with it. He tried very hard to get a complete overhaul of the immigration laws and immigration system. He tried in his way. We certainly pushed in our way. We got as far as bipartisan Senate approval of a piece of legislation. Other Republicans were adamant about blocking him at every single step. He only got as far as the enforcement part of it, which is why he was given the title. But other than DACA, he was never able to get the other pieces of legislative immigration reform. What lies ahead for the DACA students? There are some 750,000 young people completing their educations and working under a temporary protected status — it seems that makes them a very vulnerable population for deportation. Unless we fight back harder they present an opportunity for Trump to be able to say, “See? I’m doing things. I told you I was going to do something.” How real is President-elect Trump’s immigration rhetoric–“round them all up”? Should people be as afraid as they feel? We should be worried about that. Not just worried, we should be acting on what he pledged to do, and what he continues to say he’s going to do. The people that he’s considering for these different [government] positions are very serious. It’s not a threat. It’s a very explicit promise. The other danger is to use the term “criminals” as a pretext to deport millions. [Trump] never said the majority of immigrants are hard-working men and women. There are at maximum a few hundred thousand immigrants [and] some that have had a run-in with law enforcement. That’s the pretext for going after millions. That’s the scary part because he knows people in this country could fall for that. How many civil rights laws in our history have been violated–as recently as George W. Bush, as far back as what was done to Japanese Americans? In the 1950s we had the deportations of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants. It wasn’t in the millions, but it certainly was at least in the hundreds of thousands. We’ve been through this. Are we in a position to fight back and refuse? How do we refuse? There’s no doubt in my mind we have all the makings across this country to push back and show him. We won marriage equality, we’ve pushed and we’ve won a number of things on the environmental front. A million people march in the streets. We’ll disobey and we’ll have solidarity. We’re showing that in Los Angeles. We’re showing that in other cities. We have police chiefs saying they will not cooperate. That’s a very powerful thing that we have on our side. Community-based organizations saying we’re going to set up family safety procedures. The school districts saying, “We’re not going to allow that.” I spoke with Reverend James Lawson, the other day– when I talked to him he said, “We know how to win. We’ve got these victories. Feel proud and great about them. This guy, there’s no way we’re going to let him destroy our country.” Major industries in this country benefit from the immigration system being broken. Are they going to go along with mass deportations– an enormous disruption in the economic system? It’s a new opportunity to exploit immigrant workers even more. Wage theft will just go through the roof because there will be such a dramatic increase in this atmosphere of fear. There are sectors of our economy where employers will love it because they’ll be more in control. They know that 12 million people are not going to be deported overnight. But they’re going to take advantage of that fear. A chicken-processing plant in a Southern right-to-work state wouldn’t be happy if all its undocumented workers were deported. No, they wouldn’t be happy, but let’s say Trump says, “You’re not going to like that. But how about if I give you unfettered guest workers?” They’ll be provided an alternative on that level. That’s one way that they could look at it. Look at these high-tech industry leaders that pretend to be so liberal. What do they want? Guest worker status for “highly skilled” workers—to be able to have them here, to work them. They don’t care about them being permanently allowed to live in this country. There are industries like hospitality, where I expect those employers to defend their work force. In the past they’ve shown courage by publicly being on the side of [immigration] legislation. But they haven’t really taken much risk. Now it’s going to take more risk to defend their work force. Courage. Leadership. They’re going to have to do more than just sign off on legislation. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 ноября, 15:00

The best crime books and thrillers of 2016

Mark Lawson finds murder in the Scottish Highlands, terror in Paris and visions of war at the Vatican• Vote: What was your favourite book of the year?Crime writing turned up in unexpected places this year. The usually mystery-sniffy Man Booker prize shortlist found a place for Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project (Contraband), a smart amalgam of legal thriller and literary game that reads as if Umberto Eco has been resurrected in the 19th-century Scottish Highlands. Ian McEwan also blurred genre boundaries in Nutshell (Jonathan Cape), an ingenious rewrite of Hamlet as a murder story in which a foetus is both detective and possible victim.The crime reader’s dream of a long, labyrinthine novel that you never want to finish is magnificently fulfilled by Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama (Riverrun). This Japanese super-seller, translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, is a police-procedural conspiracy thriller involving two disappearances that also rivetingly dramatises the mindsets and lifestyles of contemporary Japan. Continue reading...

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29 ноября, 19:38

4 Tips for Living on Only One Income

You and your partner can survive on one income. Here's how.

28 ноября, 20:00

No Longer Anonymous: Alexis Kanda-Olmstead Overcomes the Terror of the Publish Button

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead talks about her blog's origin story, her inspirations, and Blogging University.

24 ноября, 14:12

The 5 Best NBA Players Trapped on Bad Teams

The following 5 players may test the waters of free agency in order to finally compete for a championship while there is still gas left in the tank.

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23 ноября, 16:45

Reliance Steel & Aluminum (RS) Rises: Stock Gains 5.8%

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (RS) was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise almost 6% on the day.

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22 ноября, 17:56

Earnings Estimates Moving Higher for Lawson (LAWS): Time to Buy?

Lawson (LAWS) has seen positive earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and year, in addition to decent short-term price momentum.

21 ноября, 17:37

'Hamilton' Star Brandon Victor Dixon Says Cast Has 'Nothing To Apologize For'

”Hamilton,” an overwhelmingly popular musical about the political foundations of the United States, captured the attention of President-elect Donald Trump this weekend when castmate Brandon Victor Dixon read a message to a singled-out audience member after a performance  in New York City.  That audience member was Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and the message read, in part: “We, sir, we are the diverse America, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.” Shortly after Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the hit theater production, delivered his impassioned words on Friday night, Trump took to Twitter to demand the “overrated” “Hamilton” cast apologize for “harassing” Pence. Early the following Monday morning, Dixon appeared on “CBS This Morning” to deliver a simple response: “There’s nothing to apologize for.” When asked by CBS why he and his castmates at Richard Rodgers Theatre decided to speak directly to Pence, Dixon explained that “Hamilton” is a politically-conscious production with a platform capable of reaching a global audience. “The producers, the creatives, and the cast ― we recognize that ‘Hamilton’ is an inherently American story told by a definition of the American community,” he said. “We are men, women of different colors, creeds and orientations. You know, the resonant nature of the show throughout the world, throughout the global community, demands we make statements when there are important issues facing us as a community. So we wanted to stand up and spread a message of love and unity considering all the emotional outpour since the election.” He added: “Conversation is not harassment. I was really appreciative that Vice President-elect Pence stood there and listened to what we had to say. And you know, I know that some people have said that a one-sided conversation or lecture is not conversation, but it was the beginnings of a conversation I hope that we can continue to have.” Dixon also explained that “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda helped craft the statement along with producer Jeffrey Seller and director Tommy Kail. Seller called Dixon an hour-and-a-half before curtain to see if he would be interested in sharing their words. Dixon explained how he read the message to the cast and made some adjustments ahead of his end-of-show speech.  Proud of @HamiltonMusical. Proud of @BrandonVDixon, for leading with love. And proud to remind you that ALL are welcome at the theater.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 19, 2016 For the record, Pence said that he really enjoyed the performance and wasn’t offended by what was said. He is, according to Dixon, welcome to come to the show again ― as is Trump ― to have a conversation with the cast backstage. Dixon had a message for the individuals coping with fear following the election of Trump, too: “For me, I think the most important thing to me with respect to all the emotions everyone is feeling after this election is to make sure that people recognize we are not alone. We are here together. And we need to listen to one and other and speak to one and other, and maybe those of us who feel their voice has been marginalized or might become marginalized ― it’s important that they recognize that there are allies all over the place.” Dixon has been widely supported by past and present “Hamilton” castmembers in New York City and Chicago in the days following his performance: Proud of my @HamiltonMusical peeps. Y'all make me So Very proud.— Christopher Jackson (@ChrisisSingin) November 19, 2016 Hillary was boo'd at @HamiltonMusical during primaries, Lincoln was killed at the theater, Pence was asked to be fair. I say he got off easy pic.twitter.com/DyRDpfTp7O— Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDiggs) November 19, 2016 LIVE YOUR TRUTH!OWN YOUR POWER & STRENGTH!NEVER LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL SMALL!I LOVE YOU❤️ ❤️ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/gzqBSd2Ppl— Javier Muñoz (@JMunozActor) November 19, 2016 #Squad #ActionsAreLoudest #FocusedTongues @HamiltonMusical @BrandonVDixon Thank You #SpreadTheWord https://t.co/3iNbPSG6su— The Incredible Oak (@OakSmash) November 19, 2016 'Love is love is love is love is love is love' https://t.co/jemWH0W1aj— Lexi Lawson (@LexiLawson) November 19, 2016 We stand together. https://t.co/Y2NPgRUMzI— Mandy Gonzalez (@_mandygonzalez) November 19, 2016 So proud of my cast members and their grace❤️ https://t.co/dSNXD0e8bq— Carleigh Bettiol (@cmbettiol) November 19, 2016 A message to anyone willing to listen. A powerful moment in time. #Hamilton #love #together… https://t.co/TMwVwAed8D— Jevon McFerrin (@JevonMcFerrin) November 19, 2016 My friends we can never ever be afraid to stand for what's right and what's real. Liberty and justice for ALL!❤️✌ — Wallace Smith (@WallaceSmith007) November 19, 2016 Wow. So proud of my hamilfam right now. https://t.co/UMW4jvIB3e— Miguel Cervantes (@MiggstaC09) November 19, 2016 Bonus: Even Miranda’s dad chimed in. Good night! I'll sleep 2 hrs like a well fed baby knowing @HamiltonMusical gave voice 2 our anxiety as we hear Trump/Pence positions & appts— Luis A. Miranda, Jr. (@Vegalteno) November 19, 2016 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 ноября, 18:06

Dollar Charges To 14-Year High, Bond Tantrum In Full Swing

The dollar climbed to its highest level in almost 14 years against a basket of currencies on Friday, while U.S. bond yields were set for their biggest fortnightly rise in 13 years on bets U.S. inflation and interest rates are headed higher. A growing perception that the economic policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will push up consumer prices helped put the dollar on track for its biggest two-week rise against Japan’s yen in almost 30 years. European shares nudged down .GDAX .FTSE .CAC and U.S. stock futures ESc1 pointed to a flat open for Wall Street. In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS slipped 0.4 percent to hover just above four-month lows touched earlier in the week. It logged its fourth straight week of losses. The dollar’s rise against the yen JPY= raised hopes of an earnings boost to Japanese exporters, helping lift the Nikkei average .N225 to a 10-month high. The blue-chip Japanese stock index closed 0.6 percent higher. Data on Thursday suggesting the U.S. jobs market is tightening and inflation is gaining traction have bolstered a view that U.S. growth and inflation could accelerate if the Trump administration cuts taxes and increases fiscal spending. Last week’s unexpected U.S. election result has prompted investors to ditch their once rock-solid conviction that growth in developed economies will remain tepid because of tough competition from emerging market economies with lower wages. That has led to a repricing of assets, most notably in currency and bond markets. “What we’re looking at is a broad shift of investment back to the U.S.,” said Richard Cochinos, Citi’s head of G10 currency strategy in London. “There are expectations for tax cuts next year - which were part of the Trump campaign’s promises - and then there’s also the idea of what type of fiscal boost are you going to have. That’s what’s driving asset prices – it’s people’s expectations for the fiscal impulse next year,” he said. Federal Reserve policymaker James Bullard said on Friday he is leaning toward supporting a rate rise in December, adding that a plethora of potential changes under Trump could affect future policy. BONDS RUMBLED The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield US10YT=RR rose to 2.34 percent, its highest since December. It is up about 51 basis points over the last two weeks - the biggest fortnightly rise in 13 years. Global bond indices are set for their biggest two-week loss in decades in a sign that a three-decade bull run for fixed income could be at a turning point. Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index is poised to record a 4 percent loss over the last fortnight .BCGA, its steepest fall since at least 1990, according to Reuters data. In Europe, Italian bonds IT10YT=TWEB have borne the brunt of selling as investors fret about the political repercussions of a referendum next month that could further destabilize a country battling a banking crisis and a weak economy. Italian banking stocks came under renewed pressure on Friday from referendum jitters. Italy’s bank sector index .FTIT8300 fell as much as 4.2 percent to its lowest level since October 5. Following Trump’s election win, there was also some focus on France, where the vote for the conservative candidate for the French presidency takes place this Sunday. Rising bond yields across the globe also reflect a reassessment of the Federal Reserve’s policy path down the road, beyond a likely rate hike in December. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday that Trump’s election has done nothing to change the Fed’s plans for a rate rise “relatively soon.” Money markets are starting to price in one or more rate hikes next year, a sea change from before the election when they priced in a less than 50 percent chance of a 2017 rate hike. The dollar rose to 110.92 yen JPY=, its highest level since last May. The euro EUR= slumped to $1.0583, a low last seen almost a year ago. The dollar’s index against a basket of six major currencies .DXY, =USD rose to 101.37, its highest level since April 2003. It has risen over 4 percent in the last two weeks, its biggest fortnightly rise since March 2015. WEAK EMS A rising dollar is a problem for some emerging economies that could see potentially destabilizing capital outflows. The Turkish lira TRYTOM=D3 fell nearly 1 percent to a record low. The Mexican peso MXN=, a lightning rod for market anxiety over Trump, more than matched the lira’s fall. Investors were disappointed the central bank raised rates by only 50 basis points to 5.25 percent on Thursday to stem the sell-off, which saw the currency plunge to record lows after the election. Gold XAU= fell to a 5-1/2-month low of $1,203.52 per ounce on the back of a stronger dollar. Brent crude oil prices were set for their first weekly gain in five on renewed hopes that OPEC might agree production cuts, but a stronger U.S. dollar capped gains. (Additional reporting by Hideyuki Sano in TOKYO and Jemima Kelly in LONDON; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt and Hugh Lawson) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 ноября, 18:00

Over 350 Campuses Join in the Healthy Campus Challenge

November 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment, when people can obtain health care coverage for 2017 through the Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplaces allow individuals to shop for and compare plans to find one that’s right for them, and most HealthCare.gov consumers can find a plan for $75 or less per month, less than the cost of a cell phone bill. Already, we have seen strong interest: Over a million people selected plans through HealthCare.gov in the first 12 days of open enrollment.  But HealthCare.gov is not the only place we have seen a great deal of interest. Recently, we launched the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, an effort to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in enrollment efforts to help get more students and young people enrolled. Promoting higher education and making it more affordable, from community colleges to four-year institutions, has been a central focus of the Obama Administration and our economic agenda.  Having good, affordable coverage while getting an education can help provide Americans peace of mind and make sure that education doesn’t get unnecessarily sidetracked by a health problem.  Campuses submitted an application to participate in the Challenge, and committed to fulfilling a specific set of open enrollment outreach actions.  These include hosting in-person enrollment activities on campus, sending e-mails around deadlines to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community neighbors reminding them of the opportunity to enroll, and using public social media platforms to highlight the open enrollment period.  The response was remarkable: Over 350 campuses had representatives submit applications to participate. These campuses are in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. They are in big cities and small towns. They are four-year institutions and community colleges, schools with tens of thousands of students and schools with just a few hundred students. And they have all committed to making their campus, and their community, healthier by getting individuals enrolled in coverage before open enrollment ends on January 31, 2017.  In the coming weeks, the below campuses have agreed to take the lead in their communities, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them in their efforts. I hope every American will join us in leading within their own community, encouraging friends and neighbors to join the 20 million people who have gained access to quality and affordable care in the last 6 years.  Drawing from the example of the below campuses, spread the word on social media using #GetCovered, e-mail your friends and family, or host an event in your community. Remember, the deadline for coverage starting January 1, 2017 is December 15, so now is the time to let people know about the affordable options available to them on the Marketplaces. Together, we can help millions more realize the promise and peace of mind that comes with having quality, affordable health insurance.  Healthy Campus Challenge Participants A-B Tech Community College Academy College Adelphi University Alabama A&M University Alamo Colleges Alaska  Career College Albright College Alcorn State University Allan Hancock College Allen County Community College Alverno College American Baptist College Argosy University Arizona Summit Law School Arkansas Baptist College Arkansas State University Mid-South Arkansas Tech University Art Institute of Atlanta Ashland University Athens State University Atlanta Institute of Music and Media Augsburg College Bacone College Bakersfield College Bastyr University Baton Rouge Community College Bay Area Medical Academy Bay State College Belmont University Bennett College Bethune-Cookman University Blackhawk Technical College Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences Bloomsburg University  Bluefield State College  Bluegrass Community and Technical College Bowie State University Brightwood College, North Hollywood Bristol Community College Brookhaven College Broward College Bunker Hill Community College Butte-Glenn Community College  Cabrillo College Cabrini University California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University Channe Islands California State University Fullerton California State University, Los Angeles  California State University, Northridge Camden County College Cankdeska Cikana Community College Cape Cod Community College Capital University Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Capitol Technology University Carl Albert State College Carroll Community College Cecil College Central Arizona College  Central Penn College Cerritos College Charlotte School of Law Chatham University City College of San Francisco City Univeristy of New York School of Law Clarion University Clark Atlanta University Clark State Community College Clinton College Coahoma Community College Colby-Sawyer College Coleman University College of St. Scholastica College of the Siskiyous CollegeAmerica Columbia Basin College Columbia Gorge Community College Columbia University Teachers College  Columbus State Community College Community College of Beaver County Community College of Denver Community College of Philadelphia Concord University Concordia University Converse College Corinth Academy of Cosmetology Cosumnes River College Cottey College Cowley County Community College Creighton University Cuesta College Cuyamaca College Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Dallas County Community College Davidson County Community College Delgado Community College Delta College DePaul University Durham Technical Community College Edgewood College Edison State Community College Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine El Camino Compton College El Centro College Everest College Evergreen Valley College Five Towns College Florida International University  Florida Memorial University Florida National University Fond Du Lac Tribal & Community College Fort Peck Community College Fortis College Fullerton College Gallaudet University George Mason University Georgetown University Georgia Piedmont Technical College Germanna Community College Glendale Community College Goucher College Governors State University Grayson College Grossmont Community College Guilford College Guttman Community College Hacienda La Puente Unified School District-Adult Education Harcum College Harold Washington College Harris- Stowe State University Hawaii Community College Hennepin Technical College Howard University Humboldt State University Huston-Tillotson University Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana University, South Bend  InfoTech Career College Irvine Valley College Ivy Tech Community College, Southwest and Wabash Valley Regions J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Jarvis Christian College Jefferson College Jefferson State Community College JFK Muhlenberg School of Nursing Kean University Kettering College Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Keystone College Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College LaGuardia Community College Lake Area Technical Institute Lake Erie College Lane College Lane Community College Laramie County Community College Las Positas College Lawrence Technological University Lawson State Community College Lenoir Rhyne University Lincoln University Lincoln University of Missouri Little Big Horn College Livingstone College Lone Star College Long Beach City College Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Medanos College Louisiana Delta Community College, Jonesboro Louisiana State University, Shreveport Louisiana Technical College, Mansfield Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Lourdes 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College Northeastern Junior College Northeastern State University Northern Virginia Community College Northpoint Bible College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Northwestern State University Norwalk Community College Notre Dame De Namur University Ohio Dominican University Ohio Northern University Olympic College Orange Coast College Oxnard College Pacific Lutheran University Palomar College Pasadena City College Paul Mitchell The School Esani Penn State Abington Pennsylvania College of Technology Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pensacola State College  Perimeter College, Decatur Perry Technical Institute Pierpont Community & Technical College Prairie View A&M University Prince George's Community College Princeton University Quinebaug Valley Community College Ranger College RCBH College of Health Careers  Rhode Island College Richland College Rider University River Parishes Community COllege Riverside College of Health Careers Rogue Community College Rose State College Rust College Rutgers University  Sacramento City College Saddleback College Salish Kootenai College San Diego City College San Diego Mesa College San Joaquin Delta College Santa Fe Community College Santa Monica College Santa Rosa Junior College School for International Training Shaw University  Sitting Bull College South Louisiana Community College  South Puget Sound Community College Southern California University of Health Sciences Southern Maine Community College Southern Methodist University (SMU) Southwestern College Spartan College of Aeronatuics and Technology Spencerian College St. Catherine University St. Charles Community College St. Cloud State University St. Norbert College Stanbridge College Stony Brook University Sullivan University Summit Salon Academy SUNY Empire State College Susquehanna University Tarleton State University Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Harriman Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Whiteville Texas A&M University, Commerce Texas A&M University, San Antonio Texas College Texas Health and Science University Texas Southern University The Art Institute of San Antonio The College of Health Care Professions The College of New Jersey The Commonwealth Medical College The University of Arizona The University of New Orleans The University of Southern Maine The University of Southern Mississippi Transylvania University Trevecca Nazarene University Trocaire College Tusculum College Umpqua Community College Union County College Union Theological Seminary United Tribes Technical College Universidad Central del Caribe University at Buffalo University of Baltimore University of Central Missouri University of Central Oklahoma University of Cincinnati University of Delaware University of Hawaii, Hilo University of Houston University of Idaho University of Illinois at Chicago University of La Verne University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Maine University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Memphis University of 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18 ноября, 17:41

Two men jailed for killing Pizza Hut delivery driver

Mark Lintott and Joel Lawson jailed for total of 22 years over death of Ali Qasemi, who was punched during ‘snatch and grab’Two men who killed a Pizza Hut delivery driver then “laughed and joked” as they ate the stolen pizzas have been jailed for a total of 22 years. Ali Qasemi, 45, was lured to a false address by Mark Lintott and Joel Lawson, floored with a single punch before the pair stole their takeaway order of three pizzas worth just over £50. Continue reading...

18 ноября, 04:25

Michigan Fights To Avoid Delivering Water To Flint Residents

Michigan is fighting a judge’s order to deliver water to Flint residents who do not have safe drinking water, claiming it would be overly expensive for taxpayers and require a “herculean effort.”   Last week, U.S. District Judge David Lawson ordered the state to deliver four cases of bottled water weekly to each resident who needs it in the wake of the ongoing crisis that has left the city with lead-contaminated water since 2014. Attorneys for the state filed a motion Thursday to stay the order while they appeal the decision in a lawsuit brought by several advocacy groups. “The herculean effort required by the court order would be on the magnitude of a large-scale military operation,” Anna Heaton, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder (R), wrote in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. “The resources to accomplish this would only be available through the activation of the National Guard or the hiring of several logistics companies.”  The state’s motion says it would cost at least $10.5 million monthly to deliver the estimated 400,000 cases of water each week, and warns that using Flint relief money for water delivery could defund other efforts like nutritional assistance programs for kids.  Lawson’s order “increases the scope of the State’s emergency response to an unnecessary and insurmountable degree,” according to the state’s filing. “It’s sad that the State of Michigan continues to disenfranchise the community of Flint,” Pastor Allen Overton with the Concerned Pastors for Social Action said in a statement. The group is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “What happened to Governor Snyder’s pledge that he would work to fix Flint’s drinking water crisis? This action today inflicts more harm on a city that’s already hurting,” Overton added. The state argues that 90 percent of houses and most apartments have water filters installed, bottled water is available at pickup locations throughout the city and responders already have a system to deliver water to residents who can’t pick it up on their own. The state does not have to deliver water to households if they verify that they have working water filters installed, Lawson wrote. The problem is that providing filters hasn’t guaranteed that they are installed or used correctly, he said.   Lawson also noted testimony from residents who hadn’t been able to receive water despite state efforts. “[The plaintiffs’] evidence raises serious questions as to the efficacy of the emergency response,” he wrote. “Indeed, the endeavor of hunting for water has become a dominant activity in some Flint residents’ daily lives.”  The brief cited the drawback of adding millions of plastic bottles to Flint’s trash and recycling, which Heaton called a “potential public health risk.”   They also said logistical issues would be a major hurdle: It might be impossible to find a warehouse big enough to store the necessary water and they’d have to obtain more than 100 new trucks, the motion states. In 2014, after Flint left Detroit’s water system and started drawing water from the Flint River, residents began complaining about their tap water’s smell, taste and appearance, and claimed it was causing health issues. Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality initially denied that there were any issues with the water. The city, under the state’s direction, had failed to treat the water with chemicals that prevent corrosion, allowing lead that lines pipes to leach into the water. Any amount of lead exposure is a health risk, particularly for young children, and can stunt their brain development. State and federal regulators eventually confirmed that water samples at Flint homes had dangerous levels of lead and acknowledged a pediatrician’s findings that the number of children in the city with elevated lead levels in their blood had increased dramatically. The city switched back to the Detroit water system, which draws from Lake Huron, last fall. In the aftermath, Snyder and Obama both declared emergencies in Flint at the beginning of this year, and the state began recovery efforts. The state offered free water filters to residents and has begun replacing lead service lines. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that properly filtered water in the city was safe to drink. Both Snyder and the the federal government have been widely condemned for their handling of the water crisis, with some critics calling the denial of an essential service to the city’s predominantly black residents, many who are poor, a case of environmental racism.    the media doesn't cover it anymore and the govt might not care but flint still does NOT have clean water. it's been YEARS. #FlintWaterCrisis pic.twitter.com/a1lUlhXI1e— #1 kimberly hater (@apunkgrl) November 17, 2016 The Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the plaintiffs in the current lawsuit, criticized Michigan for again denying help to residents. “Seeking to delay the federal court order that the State immediately fix Flint’s water crisis is an obvious insult to the people of Flint, whose tap water has been contaminated with lead for more than two years,” NRDC Midwest Director Henry Henderson said in a statement. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 июля, 19:05

Самая большая частная яхта в мире

Немецкая компания под названием Lürssen, которая специализируется на выпуске элитных и роскошных яхт выпустила в 2013 году самую огромную в мире мега яхту, назвав ее Azzam.Данная яхта является самым большим чартерным моторным судном. Фото 2. Помимо того, что модель класса Аззам является самым большим судном на всем свете, даже больше чем яхта самого Романа Абрамовича, она также является одной из самых скоростных в своем классе. Её размеры поражают. Только представьте: 180 метров – это два футбольных поля или 12 железнодорожных вагонов. При этом Azzam может легко разгоняться до максимальной скорости 30 узлов (55 км/ч). В этом ей помогают две газовые турбины общей мощностью 94 000 л.с., четыре водомётные установки и турбокомпрессорный дизельный двигатель Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C мощностью 108 920 л.с. (80 088 кВт).Это самый большой двигатель в мире: его длина – 27,1 м, высота – 13,4 м, вес – более 2 300 т. Изначально разработанный для контейнеровозов, он идеально подошёл для 180-метровой мега-яхты. Можно не сомневаться, что при таких габаритах на борту мега-яхты осталось достаточно места, чтобы реализовать любые фантазии заказчика. Даже главный салон у неё не имеет аналогов в мире: длина – 29 м, ширина 18 м.Фото 3. Для обслуживания судна таких внушительных размеров необходимо пятьсот человек экипажа. В бак яхты этого класса можно залить около одного миллиона топлива, что дает возможность своему владельцу и гостям путешествовать по миру круглый год, при этом не заходить в порт для заправки судна. Одним из достоинств яхты класса аззам является, то, что она с легкостью может ходить по мелководью на очень большой скорости.Фото 4. Дизайном внутренней отделки занимался популярный и талантливый французский дизайнер, имя которого Кристоф Леони. Знаменитый дизайнер в своей работе придерживался стиля ампир.Фото 5. Подробной информации об интерьере судна на данный момент нет, однако известно из достоверных источников, что площадь самого большого салона azzam составляет тридцать на двадцать метров, данный салон не содержит столбов, которые разделяют внутреннее пространство. Также известно, что длина открытой террасы составляет свыше восемнадцати метров.Фото 6. Интерьер яхты, Кристоф Леони оформил в великолепном императорском, дорогом и роскошном стиле. Большинство мебели, которые гармонично размещены на судне, являются антикварными, изготовленными из ценных и дорогих пород деревьев.Частично антикварная мебель расписана золотом и украшена ювелирными камнями. Говорят, что яхта этого класса на своем борту имеет подводную лодку, а также вертолет.Фото 7. Конструкторы сообщили, что данное судно является наиболее сложным и длительным проектом фирмы. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi является ведущим инженером, который занимался строительством суперяхты.Фото 8. Заказчик и текущий владелец яхты Azzam – Халифа ибн Зайд Аль Нахайян, президент ОАЭ и эмир Абу-Даби, чьё состояние оценивается Forbes в 15 миллиардов долларов США. Постройке судна предшествовал конкурс проектов, в котором победили экстерьер от миланской студии Nauta Yacht Design и интерьер от французского дизайнера Christophe Leoni. Техническое управление постройкой осуществляла компания Burgess Yachts. Главным инженером выступил Мубарак Саад аль Ахбаби. Была версия, что вот этот Принц на белой яхте владелец яхты.Фото 9. Nauta Yachts является итальянской компанией, которая занималась проектированием судна класса Azzam, а непосредственно строительством этой великолепной и величественной мега яхты занималась немецкая фирма Lurssen, которая расположена в городе Бремен.Фото 10. Известно, что стиль, в котором оформлены внутренние помещения Azzam, близок к неоклассицизму начала XIX века – времени правления Наполеона Бонапарта. В отсутствие фотографий с борта мега-яхты – их ещё никому не удавалось получить, даже авторитетным международным яхтенным изданиям – можно представить нечто напоминающее императорские спальни в Версале.Фото 11. Azzam зарегистрирована как чартерная яхта, однако открытой информации о возможности и стоимости её чартера нигде не представлено. Крайне редко яхту можно встретить в Аравийском море, ещё реже в Средиземноморье. В мае 2015 года очевидцам удалось увидеть её проходящей Гибралтар. В настоящее время – и большую часть времени года – Azzam пришвартована в порту Халифа в Абу-Даби.Фото 12. Фото 13. Фото 14. Фото 15. Фото 16. Фото 17. Фото 18. Фото 19. Фото 20. Фото 21. Фото 22. Фото 23. Фото 24. Фото 25. Фото 26. источникиhttp://yachtrus.ru/yacht-azzam/http://www.themilliardaire.co/yacht/azzam-the-worlds-largest-yacht-5927/http://ruyachts.com/journal/azzam-lurssen-0960/http://www.pravda.ru/photo/album/21532/http://www.infoniac.ru/news/Azzam-samaya-bol-shaya-yahta-v-mire-sdelano-v-Germanii.htmlВот еще несколько интересных кораблей: вот например действительно ли Экраноплан необходим нам … как покойнику калоши, а вот Самый длинный в мире контейнеровоз. Помните про Невезучего великана «Thomas W.Lawson» и Самая большая подводная лодка в мире. Вот еще Мобильная платформа десанта или пирс в океане и знаменитая Неуязвимая Вайолетт