Casablanca – A Moroccan suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the U.S. was arrested by the FBI on Monday in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The suspect will not be charged for his terrorist intentions.El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, the 27-year-old Moroccan arrested for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on a school and a federal building, was found incapable of planning the terrorist attack he had claimed to be plotting. According to Le360, the FBI discovered that Fahti lacked the technical knowledge to carry out the attack using a radio-controlled, drone-like toy, as he had claimed.Fahti was arrested at his home in Bridgeport after a conversation with undercover FBI agent Anabela Sharp divulged his intentions, according to the same source.The suspect admitted to plotting a terrorist attack targeting a school and a federal building, using a drone-like toy loaded with explosives.The conversation between Sharp and Fahti in Arabic recorded by the FBI revealed that Fahti intended to use two drones to carry out the attack.The suspect said he was planning to use income from drug trafficking and money laundering to bring his plan to fruition, according to Le360.Yet Fahti will not be charged for of falsifying declarations to a federal immigration judge, which allowed him to stay in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa had expired, according to the Connecticut Post.Fathi also lied about the profession of his father. He had told immigration services that his father was governor of Marrakech, and that he was a member of Jamaat Ansar El Mehdi and follower of the separatist movement.He claimed that he was persecuted and harassed by Moroccan security officials as a result of his political and religious views. He used this claim to justify his extended stay in the United States.Edited by Jessica RohanPhoto: ALEX BRANDON, AP© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat – An inter-ministerial commission will be set up to coordinate and evaluate governmental policies to as a means of ensuring coherence and enhancing the effectiveness of governmental strategies, announced head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani during a parliamentary session on August 1.The commission, whose inauguration date wasnot specified, “will be responsible for coordinating public policies in order to develop the necessary tools to evaluate their effectiveness and impact on [citizens],” announced the head of the government.The new inter-ministerial commission will be chaired by the head of government as president of the administration and the head of its programs, El Othmani explained during the monthly session devoted to public policy in the House of Councilors. The creation of the commission comes in line with royal instructions, commitments made by the government, and the recommendations of the first national conference on governance held in 2013, he added.The committee also aims to develop self-evaluation systems to integrate and unify policies for evaluation into strategic planning procedures. An integrated computer system will be devotedto monitoring and evaluating public policies, as a method strengthening the commission.El Othmani explained that the computer system aims to “equip the government with an advanced mechanism to assess the level of achievement in relation to the objectives drawn in the various sectors and to measure the level of coherence and effectiveness of strategies and programs.”In a speech on Saturday on the occasion of Throne Day, King Mohammed VI lashed out at the political elite, telling them they must take their responsibilities seriously or quit public office.The King’s speech heavily criticized politicians and other public officials, who he said have neither followed up with development policies and projects in the kingdom nor properly done their duties.In response, El Othmani said that it is high time for the parties to shape up and adapt to the “political and democratic evolution” of the country.Commenting on the July 29 speech, El Othmani told news outlet Le360 that the parties must “engage effectively” in the political scene to serve the greater good of the citizens and the nation. read more
TORONTO — U.S. Steel plans to lock almost 1,000 unionized workers at its Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ont., this weekend.Notice of the lockout was sent to the United Steelworkers Union on Thursday under a mutual agreement to give 72-hours notice of a strike or lockout.On Tuesday, the union membership voted 70% to rejected a final contract offer from the company that would eliminate cost-of-living wage increases, reduce holidays and amount to a virtual standstill in wages.William Ferguson, president of Steelworkers Local 8782, said workers would have received an extra $1 an hour under the company’s latest offer, but that had already been mandated under the cost-of-living clause in the previous agreement.In all there, are 978 members of the bargaining unit at Nanticoke, he said.The union offered earlier this week to keep its members on the jobs and negotiate further, but that was rejected by the company.The lockout it slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.The Canadian Press read more
“We need the help of foreign governments and agencies and we are very pleased with the assistance we have been receiving. We are on the verge of some major breakthroughs and we are preparing criminal cases right now.”The former president and his family deny the allegations and claim they are the target of an orchestrated political witch-hunt by the new government.Particular attention has focused on the Colombo Port City harbour reclamation project off the city’s historic seafront Galle Face Green. The $1.3 billion (£830 million) scheme, funded by China as part of its drive to establish way points across the Indian Ocean, has been dogged by accusations of financial misdeeds and pay-offs. The Telegraph has also learned that British experts from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have trained Sri Lankan investigators as the former colony beefs up its previously weak police financial crimes units.Sri Lanka was ruled as a family business during 10 years under Mr Rajapaksa, the self-styled “warrior king” who packed key ministerial positions with his brothers and close relatives as he sought to establish a new political dynasty. “Since we took office in January and we have found widespread evidence that funds were siphoned off from major government projects,” said Mr Samaraweera, a senior Rajapaksa aide until they split in 2007.“We have asked for help from the authorities in Britain, the US, India and several other countries, as well as the stolen assets recovery unit at the World Bank, as we try to identify assets stashed abroad in offshore accounts, property and business investments. Samaraweera told The Telegraph that the net was already closing on the Rajapaksa clan during an interview at his constituency office in the southern coastal town of Matara. The Government led by the United National Party (UNP) which was in power before the Parliamentary election today, had obtained assistance from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK to investigate allegations of fraud by the former United People’s Freedom Alliance Government, Britain’s ‘The Telegraph’ reported.Mangala Samaraweera, the foreign minister, revealed on Sunday that Sri Lanka requested the assistance of several states, including the UK, as it investigated alleged widespread financial abuse by relatives of ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa. British officials said they could not comment on current investigations. But Hugo Swire, the Foreign Office Minister for Asia, said that the assistance was provided by the SFO as part of the Government’s focus on anti-corruption programmes. “We’re leading a real drive on this across the world and are supporting a number of governments, including Sri Lanka’s, on tackling corruption,” he said.“The SFO have already provided training for the Sri Lankan authorities and we stand ready to provide further support, if requested.”Krishantha Weliamuna, the head of the new government’s anti-corruption task force, told The Telegraph that several investigations were now finished and awaiting indictment from the attorney general. He said that Sri Lanka’s financial crimes unit has been bolstered by training from British SFO officials. (Colombo Gazette) read more
TORONTO – Nordstrom is bolstering its expansion north of the border with plans to open a second location in Toronto.The high-end U.S. retailer announced Monday that it will open a new location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in fall 2016.The three-level, 188,000-square-foot store will be housed in the mall’s $331-million expansion, with construction is set to begin in January 2014.Nordstrom’s store in the Yorkdale mall will serve as an anchor for a broader 298,000-square-foot expansion.Last September, Nordstrom disclosed plans to open its first Canadian stores.The Seattle-based retailer will move into renovated space vacated by Sears Canada at the Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Chinook Centre in Calgary and the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. A new store will be built at Toronto’s Sherway Gardens.Sears announced last year it would sell back leases for three of its stores to its landlord, Cadillac Fairview, for about $170 million, as the retailer worked to revamp its struggling Canadian operations.The Calgary Nordstrom location is slated to open for business in fall 2014. Nordstrom stores in Ottawa and Vancouver are set to launch in spring 2015, with the Toronto Sherway Gardens location opening in fall 2016.Canadians can currently purchase items directly from Nordstrom’s website with shipping fees that include the cost of duties at checkout.The Canadian expansion will mark the retailer’s first locations outside of the United States, where Nordstrom currently operates 242 stores. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nordstrom adds another Toronto location to Canadian expansion plans by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:29 pm MDT read more
Remains of Star Trek creator, his wife and ‘Scotty’ to be included in proposed space archive by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2013 3:31 pm MDT LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Remains of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife and the actor who played Scotty will get a final resting place in the “Final Frontier” under plans announced Thursday to launch a space archive.The project is being developed by the Houston company Celestis, which for years has offered a service that takes partial remains into space and then brings them back.Celestis announced the new project a day before a launch from Spaceport America takes its 1,000th capsule into space. Ashes from the Roddenberrys have been on previous flights.But this time they will stay in space. Plans call for the archive to be launched with a large experimental solar sail planned by NASA next year. The public can pay to have digital files, photos and DNA samples included. Also on the mission will be hair from science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
The media questioned him, fans were angry with him and some even wanted him benched. Terrelle Pryor needed a big game, perhaps more than ever before in his brief career. And when it was all said and done Saturday, that’s exactly what he had. He gave perhaps his best performance in a Buckeye uniform during a 38-7 route of Minnesota.Pryor finished the day with 239 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go along with his team-leading 104 yards and a touchdown on the ground. For all the criticism, which Pryor has consistently said he’s willing to shoulder, Pryor has accounted for more than two-thirds of the Buckeye offense. If there was any doubt that the offense lives and dies with him, the contrast between the Purdue and Minnesota games might put it to rest.In Buckeye losses, Pryor has just two touchdowns compared to five turnovers. In wins, he has 17 and 10.But it is performances like Saturday’s that make the rest of the team comfortable putting the game in the hands of its sophomore quarterback. “I don’t like to hear people say that he hasn’t improved from last year,” sophomore center Mike Brewster said. “He tries his hardest every game, and a lot of times the blame should be put back on us for not doing our jobs. … After the [Purdue] game, [Pryor] stepped forward and told us the blame should be put on him and that he’s working to get better. We just told him that we’re all behind him and that we love him, and we’re always here to support him.”Injuries don’t slow down offenseThe injury problems on the Buckeye offense began two weeks ago when starting tailback Dan Herron went down. They continued Thursday when starting left tackle Mike Adams was ruled out. They concluded midway through the second quarter against Minnesota when starting tailback Brandon Saine left the game with a possible concussion.Thanks to timely contributions from backup linemen Jim Cordle and Andrew Miller and running backs Jordan Hall and Jermil Martin, the offense didn’t miss a beat, putting up 31 points in the second half of Saturday’s game to go along with 509 yards of total offense.“You know, it has hurt us not having Boom,” coach Jim Tressel said. “We obviously weren’t excited about the prospects of playing the second half or whatever without Brandon. Jordan stepped up … and Jermil did a heck of a job.”Hall and Martin each scored the first touchdowns of their careers during the second half Saturday. Hall, a true freshman, wasn’t as out of place as one might think being in the backfield with Pryor; the two played together at Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania.Martin, a redshirt freshman who is now making the transition to running back, felt good just to make a contribution on the field after nearly two years of doing so in practice.“It was a dream come true,” Martin said of his touchdown. “I’ve always had that drive and motivation, and it was great to go out and show it today. Terrelle told me ‘good job,’ and that I was finally proving myself.”Meanwhile, up-front, the offensive line made a drastic improvement from the Purdue game despite the injuries. After giving up five sacks in the loss last week, the line only allowed its quarterback to be brought down once against Minnesota.“Andrew Miller was ready and Jimmy Cordle was ready, and fortunately we got those guys back because they were gone there for a while,” Tressel said. “We’d have been really in trouble if that [injury to Mike Adams] would have happened two weeks ago.”Posey breaks free, breaks outIf DeVier Posey wasn’t Pryor’s favorite target already, 161 yards receiving and two touchdown catches, each longer than 57 yards, should be enough to get him there. Posey now leads OSU receivers in yards and touchdowns and has nearly twice as many catches as the next best on the team. Furthermore, his 161 yards against Minnesota were the most for a Buckeye receiver since Ted Ginn’s 167 in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame.A hamstring injury slowed down Posey’s development in the off-season. Now fully healthy, the sophomore receiver is ready to step into a playmaking role for the offense. He was one of the few bright spots for OSU in the loss to Purdue, with multiple big plays and a touchdown in the fourth quarter that led a near-comeback.Posey carried the momentum from the closing minutes a week ago into the Minnesota game, improving from his slow start early in the season.“I feel, personally, that I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet,” he said. “I haven’t reached my full potential, especially because of my hamstring issue early on. I’m learning a lot and really trying to incorporate that knowledge onto the field.”Defense continues dominanceNot to be overlooked in Saturday’s performance was the defense, which has allowed just seven touchdowns in the last 27 quarters. Two of those, one against Indiana and one against Minnesota, came against OSU’s second and third teams after the Buckeyes had already secured their win.It has been tough to predict which offense will show up, the explosive one or the turnover-prone one, but the defense has been consistant. If the Purdue game was a letdown, then Saturday was business as usual for the Buckeye defense. “We just needed a positive result after last week and we were happy to get it,” junior linebacker Brian Rolle said.All season long, the defensive charge has been led by the line. The rotation of as many as eight players has swarmed opposing quarterbacks for most of the season, resulting in 23 sacks on opponents thus far. Three of those sacks came from the hands of junior Thaddeus Gibson Saturday, a career high and the fifth-most in OSU history. The defensive pressure the line created allowed the Buckeyes to force four turnovers, including the first career interception by senior linebacker Austin Spitler.“I have to give all the credit to the defensive line,” Spitler said. “They got good pressure and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”Senior defensive lineman Doug Worthington stressed the importance of needing to move on from the Purdue loss, even if the fans and media might have made it difficult.“We wanted to make sure we came out and redeemed ourselves in front of our fans,” Worthington said. “We worked on a lot of things this week and tried to put the Purdue game out of our heads. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all about moving forward.” read more
With yesterday’s announcement of the Lumia 900 on AT&T, Windows Phone 7 finally has a flagship phone in the US. While there have already been mid-to-high-end Windows Phones from HTC and Samsung, this is the first stateside offering from the Microsoft/Nokia alliance aside from the middling Lumia 710. What better time, then, to compare the flagship devices on the three major mobile platforms?Design and dimensionsAttractiveness is a subjective area, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any better-looking handsets than these three. Apple, Nokia/Microsoft, and Samsung/Google have come to three gorgeous — yet distinctive — designs. Which is the most attractive? That comes down to personal taste.The Lumia 900 has the same width as the Galaxy Nexus, but is slightly shorter and moderately thicker. It sits somewhere in between in the super-sized form of Google’s flagship and the smaller iPhone 4S.WeightDespite being much larger than the iPhone — and packing an LTE radio — Samsung has done a great job of making the Galaxy Nexus the lightest of the three phones. The Lumia 900, meanwhile, is a fairly beefy phone. Its display is smaller than the Galaxy Nexus’s, yet it packs an extra 25 grams. You could argue that the phone’s polycarbonate plastic build makes the tradeoff worthwhile; but on weight alone, the Lumia 900 is relatively heavy.DisplayThe Galaxy Nexus has a huge 4.65-inch display, but that’s taking its virtual buttons into account. In most cases, the actual screen real estate will be about the same as the Lumia 900. That means 4.3 inches, the same as most high-end Androidphones from the last couple of years.Meanwhile the iPhone 4S maintains the smaller 3.5-inch size that Apple has stuck with since the first iPhone in 2007. The rest of the industry is going XL, but Apple has (thus far) stuck to its “3.5 inches is the perfect size” guns. We’ll see if that changes with the iPhone 5.The iPhone and the Nexus, however, easily trump the Lumia in terms of pixel density. Basically, it has the lowest resolution and less pixels-per-inch by far. Images and text will appear sharper on Apple’s and Google’s offerings, but one thing the Lumia 900 has up its sleeve is ClearBlack tech on its AMOLED display. Windows Phone 7’s tiles implement lots of black, and the display makes the most of this. Is it enough to overcome the lower pixel count? Much of that will come down to personal taste.CPUThe iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus both carry dual-core processors, but the Lumia 900 is stuck in the old days of single-core CPUs. With that said, it’s clocked fairly high (1.4GHz) and its little brother, the Lumia 800, is no slouch in the speed department. In other words, you may not be missing a dual-core chip as much as you might think.RAMThe Galaxy Nexus is the clear winner in the RAM department, doubling the 512MB of the iPhone and Lumia 900 with one full gigabyte.StorageThere are some similarities in terms of storage, but the Lumia 900 lags a bit. Apple offers three storage options for the iPhone 4S, and Samsung packs 32GB into the Galaxy Nexus, but the Lumia 900 only has option, 16GB. This will be plenty for most people, but there aren’t any chances for expansion.BatteryIf the above specs look confusing, it’s because the Lumia 900 has yet to have its battery thoroughly tested. The estimates for the 4S and Galaxy Nexus should be sound, but, at this moment, we only have the electrical charge of Nokia’s handset on record.CameraThe iPhone 4S probably has the best camera of the bunch, but the Lumia 900 can give it a run for its money better than most phones. Its 8MP camera is identical to the excellent camera found in the Lumia 800 and the N9. The iPhone will shoot higher-resolution video, at 1080p next to the Lumia 900’s 720p.IntangiblesThe Lumia 900’s greatest differentiating factor is its status as the Windows Phone flagship that the US has been waiting for. Windows Phone 7 is a beautiful platform, but it hasn’t sold well. The Lumia 900 will give Americans a glimpse of the tiled interface on an impressive piece of hardware. Few electronic devices feature such an attractive combination of hardware and software. It will be interesting to see how US customers react to the first fine fruit born of the Nokia and Microsoft alliance.Even if the App Store were the only differentiating factor for the iPhone, it would still be a major distinction. It houses more apps than the Android Market does, and many more apps than the Windows Phone Marketplace. Additionally, you could argue that it also has more quality apps than either of the other platforms.The Galaxy Nexus, meanwhile, is still the only phone that ships with the latest and greatest edition of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. The update may signify the biggest leap forward for Android since the launch of Eclair in late 2009. Though it offers features like Face Unlock, Panoramic photos, and lock screen actions, it’s the overall improvements to the UI that define ICS. It’s smoother, quicker, and more attractive than any previous version of Android.More Geek.com comparisonsiPhone 4S vs. Galaxy NexusGalaxy Nexus vs. Droid RazrLumia 800 vs. iPhone 4SiPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet read more
Renowned matador dies after slipping on his cape and being gored by bull Spaniard Ivan Fandino had acquired a reputation for fighting bulls other matadors had declined to take on Ivan Fandino Source: YouTubeRENOWNED SPANISH BULLFIGHTER Ivan Fandino has died in hospital after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France, according to a medical service source.The 36-year-old stumbled in the bullring after catching his feet in his cloak and was gored by the bull, whose horn punctured his lung.The Basque fighter was performing at the Aire-sur-l’Adour bullfighting festival in France with fellow matadors Juan Del Alamo and Thomas Dufau.Fandino had won an earlier fight and cut off the bull’s ear. He was photographed being carried away from the scene by his colleagues with blood seeping through his embroidered traditional costume.Hospital authorities declined to comment but an independent medical source told AFP that Fandino had suffered two heart attacks in the ambulance and died later in hospital in the nearby town of Mont-de-Marsan.The last time a bullfighter was killed while performing was in July 2016 when Spanish matador Victor Barrio (29) was gored in the chest live on television. Just over a month earlier, 64-year-old Mexican fighter El Pana died after weeks in hospital, having also been gored in the chest.Hailing from Ordonu close to the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao, Fandino was well known for his daring, never hesitating to fight bulls that his colleagues had declined to take on. In Bilbao in 2012 he single-handedly took on six bulls put forward by six different breeders.The centuries-old tradition of bullfighting remains popular in Spain, with around 1,800 shows a year before a total audience of some six million “aficionados” who see the sport as an art integral to Spanish culture.But authorities are under increasing pressure to clamp down on the sport on animal rights grounds.Activists renewed calls for a total ban after Barrio’s death, saying the tradition is both cruel and anachronistic, while a year ago the regional government of Castilla y Leon banned the killing of bulls at town festivals.The nationalist regional government of the northern Catalonia region outlawed the practice in 2012, but Spain’s Constitutional Court overturned the ban in October 2016.© – AFP, 2017Read: A childhood shattered by ‘grown-up stuff’ – the diary of an eight-year-old girl who survived AleppoRead: Huge Portugal forest fire kills 43 and injures dozens more Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 1:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/3450523 Short URL By AFP 64,946 Views Share2979 Tweet Email3 159 Comments Jun 18th 2017, 1:01 PM read more
The Marshall Stanmore II Voice is a more fully realized version of a previous model. Instead of just connecting to other devices via Bluetooth (and sometimes weirdly distorting audio in the process) this speaker integrates with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant depending on which version you pick. And no matter what audio quality stays high and accurate.Once connected to your digital assistant of choice, the Marshall Stanmore II Voice behaves like a premium smart speaker. Using an app or your voice you can command it to perform all sorts of tasks, including playing music with superb clarity. And the mic does a great job at cutting through noise to pick up your voice from over 20 feet away.The smart functionality is fortunately layered on top of a very solid, attractive speaker. Again, I’m no audiophile myself, so my words couldn’t do it justice. But the performance is crisp and impressive across the spectrum, including with perennial Ziff Davis deep bass-heavy audio test track “Silent Shout” by The Knife. Just be sure to bring your own audio cables.For more on the Marshall Stanmore II Voice check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com.More on Geek.com: Stay on target Geek Pick: Dolby Dimension Headphones Let You Actively Listen to MoviesGeek Pick: Roku TV Wireless Speakers Deliver Powerful, Stereo-Quality AudioGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls I’ve got a lot of respect for hardcore audiophiles. I like to think my ears can appreciate a good sound. But they’re practically morons compared to the ears on these folks, detecting the subtle differences in quality when even casually listening to music. And people with taste that refined deserve hardware that suits their needs.That hardware should also keep pace with the rest of technology, without compromising its core functionality. So if you’re looking to get you a smart speaker that can do both, check out the Marshall Stanmore II Voice. read more
For the Crystal Palace manager, winning the prestigious tournament would be the highlight of his career.English Premier League team Crystal Palace will visit Football League One side Doncaster Rovers tomorrow in the FA Cup Fifth Round.They will meet at Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday, as the “big guns” of the Premier League are already out of the competition: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal.And for manager Roy Hodgson, winning the prestigious tournament would be the highlight of his career.“Winning it would certainly be a highlight and something I would be extremely proud of and glad to do,” said Hodgson to Sport BT.“There will be some good Premier League teams left in the quarter-finals, and in the semi-finals, too, so sooner or later you will come up against a team like Manchester City or Chelsea.”“But I will worry about that when we get there. Let us concentrate on this game first and if we win, then we will see what fate brings and the draw sends us,” he added.“It would be a fantastic situation to find myself in, and I would love to do it, even if I only got a finger on the trophy.”“We are in for a big challenge,” added Hodgson.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“They are doing well at the moment and we have an awful lot of respect for them.”“We have watched a lot of videos of them playing, and we have been impressed by what we have seen,” he added.“They are on a good run of results and it is a home match for them, so it is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.”“We are talking about a team on the verge of the Championship, so we are preparing for a tough ask.”Crystal Palace is in the 13th position of the English Premier League table with 27 points.The team has only won seven matches out of 26 played, with six draws and 13 loses.👀 There were some familiar faces involved the last time we faced @drfc_official #CPFC 🦅 pic.twitter.com/vrkR3HmYK9— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 16, 2019 read more
Posted: December 19, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 19, 2017 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Advocates, faith leaders, attorneys and immigrant families gathered Tuesday night for the launch of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coalition modeled after others in the state that aims to prepare for and respond to what organizers describe as inhumane immigration enforcement activitiesVolunteers gathered at St. Jude’s Shrine of the West church at 6 p.m. to pledge to protect immigrant families. People shared stories in English and Spanish and prepared to knock on doors in the region to inform families of resources available from the rapid response network, according to the group.The network is a coalition of nonprofits that will pool resources to respond to actions such as immigration checkpoints, raids and arrests. The group has a 24-hour hotline to document such activities, provide emergency assistance and connect affected people with resources.Members include the San Diego Organizing Project, the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the Employee Rights Center and the Jewish Family Service of San Diego.There are several organizations that use the rapid response model in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, and elsewhere in Southern California, such as the Los Angeles County Rapid Response Network.The San Francisco group’s hotline offers services such as verification of rumored immigration enforcement activity and emergency attorney services, according to its website.The San Diego network’s hotline can be reached at (619) 536-0823. Volunteers launch response network to protect undocumented immigrants read more
FILE – In this June 11, 2008 file photo, former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, speaks in Wiesbaden, Germany. Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law this week was a little-noticed section that will let the U.S. complete ratification of two treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: Terrorists wielding radioactive bombs. Nunn said: “Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe-some of it poorly secured.” (AP Photo/Daniel Roland, File ) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law was a little-noticed section that will let the United States complete ratification of two long-stalled treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: terrorists wielding radioactive bombs.“Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured,” said former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization in Washington that works on the issue. “We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most material. They will go where the material is most vulnerable.” Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes When President Barack Obama signed the surveillance law last Tuesday, attention focused on how it ends the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. The last drafts of that legislation, however, included 15 paragraphs permitting the U.S. to formally endorse two nuclear terrorism treaties after years of delay.The Senate ratified both treaties in 2008, but it has taken seven years to pass legislation needed to bring U.S. law in line with them. That’s what was needed for the U.S. to complete the ratification process.One treaty is the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which took effect in 2007.Nations that sign it pledge to enact laws to criminalize certain nuclear terrorist actions and punish individuals who possess or use radioactive or nuclear material and devices or damage nuclear facilities. President George W. Bush signed the convention in 2005, but until last week, the Senate had never approved the necessary legislation.The surveillance law also will let the U.S. finish ratification of the 2005 amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. The original treaty called for securing material during international transport. But by the late 1990s, it became clear that this would not be enough to prevent nuclear terrorism because the material is all over the world. The amendment requires nations to enact standards to protect nuclear material while it’s stored and transported domestically, and take criminal action against individuals who try to steal, smuggle or damage facilities.NTI President Joan Rohlfing said a terrorist needs only a “soda can’s amount of plutonium or enough highly enriched uranium to fill a 5-pound bag of sugar” to make a nuclear weapon.“In failing to ratify these treaties, the United States is dangerously out of line with other countries that also have nuclear weapons and nuclear materials — among them Russia, China, India and the United Kingdom — all of which have ratified both treaties,” said Rohlfing, former senior national security adviser to the energy secretary. “Failure to ratify these treaties is an embarrassment.”It’s unclear exactly why it took the Senate so long to pass the legislation implementing the treaties.The House did its part in 2012 and again in 2013, but the issue hit a snag in the then-Democratic controlled Senate where, among other things, there was disagreement over whether to authorize the death penalty for nuclear terrorism offenses. Some Democrats who oppose the death penalty weren’t comfortable with that. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I, introduced legislation last month to authorize the death penalty, making it a crime to support nuclear terrorists and allow the government to request wiretaps to investigate suspected nuclear terrorism. These provisions, however, were not included in the surveillance measure that Obama signed into law. The senators could still push these provisions in future legislation.“Fears of nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation are rising, especially as Iran moves closer to obtaining the world’s most dangerous weapons,” Grassley said in introducing his bill last month. “In this environment, it’s obvious that the government needs the ability to seek the death penalty for nuclear terrorists under the appropriate circumstances.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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