Biden commemorates Veterans Day in Philadelphia as Trump goes to Arlington.

first_imgPresident Trump participated in a brief, silent Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a 15-minute visit to the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial, a morning of somber reflection for both men even as Mr. Trump continued to falsely accuse Mr. Biden of stealing the election from him.Mr. Trump’s visit — a tradition for the occupant of the White House — was his first public appearance since a news conference last Thursday where he lied about the vote count and attempted to undermine the integrity of the electoral system.- Advertisement – “For many years, I have said that we as a nation have many obligations, but we have only one truly sacred obligation: to prepare and equip our troops we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families when they return home,” Mr. Biden said in the statement. “Fulfilling our promises to our veterans and military families, caregivers and survivors is critical to our national security, because it is how we will ensure that future generations continue to volunteer to serve.”The president-elect visited the black marble memorial on Wednesday with his wife, Jill Biden, and the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney. Mr. Biden did not make public remarks, but he took pictures with a few groups of people after the presentation of the colors and a brief ceremony that was presided over by a local judge. The Bidens placed a wreath of flowers at the memorial before departing.Both Mr. Biden and Dr. Biden wore masks while at the memorial.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden has made several speeches in that time, including one on Tuesday in which he assailed attempts by the president and his Republican allies to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court. In a statement on Wednesday, he recalled the stress of his son Beau’s military deployment and reiterated some of the veterans’ policies he proposed during the campaign, including ones that would expand health care — with an emphasis on women and L.G.B.T.Q. veterans — and address veterans’ mental health.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Trump emerged from the White House for Veterans Day without a mask, and he did not wear one at the military cemetery, in an apparent violation of its coronavirus guidelines. All visitors to Arlington are required to “wear face coverings while on cemetery grounds,” according to its official Twitter account. “Anyone not having a face covering in their possession at cemetery entry points will not be granted access to the cemetery.” Since then, as the coronavirus pandemic has surged across the country to record levels, Mr. Trump has made little effort to continue governing, raging on Twitter about baseless claims of voter fraud. The president has been seen traveling back and forth from his Virginia golf course. His official schedule has been empty all week. At the cemetery, Mr. Trump stood next to Vice President Mike Pence, who also did not wear a mask. The president looked uncomfortable in the rain but played his role: he approached a wreath and stood for a moment of silence before retreating and saluting as a lone trumpeter played TAPS.Last year, Mr. Trump returned to New York for the holiday, participating in the city’s 100th annual Veterans Day Parade.last_img read more

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Australia starts virus testing blitz to curb surge in Melbourne

first_imgTopics : Around 200 soldiers were deploying to Melbourne over the weekend to help with the testing offensive in 10 suburb “hot spots”, where officials are going door-to-door to track the virus.Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has set a goal of testing 100,000 people in 10 days in the targeted suburbs.Around 20,000 tests were carried out in the first 24 hours of the effort, state deputy chief health Officer Annaliese van Diemen said on Friday.Morrison’s chief health adviser played down the likelihood that the Melbourne outbreak would evolve into a broader “second wave” of the epidemic.”We’re very likely to see more such outbreaks, not just in Victoria — it could be anywhere in the country,” said Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.”We’re prepared, we’re responding and we’re very, very comfortable with the way things are going.”But the Melbourne outbreak has rattled officials elsewhere in Australia.In neighboring New South Wales, officials said they would bar Victorians from attending professional sporting events when they begin allowing fans next week — a particularly stinging move in the sports-mad country.Australia has recorded roughly 7,500 coronavirus cases and 104 deaths in a population of 25 million, with several regions believed to be effectively virus-free. The outbreak has rattled people across Australia, with major supermarket chains on Friday re-imposing nationwide limits on purchases of toilet paper and paper towels to counter a surge in panic-buying not seen since the first days of the pandemic in March.”Stop it, it’s ridiculous,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said when quizzed about the public rush on stores at a press conference.The chains slapped the buying restrictions on stores in Victoria earlier this week, but extended them after noting excessive demand spreading to other states.”While the demand is not at the same level as Victoria, we’re taking preventative action now to get ahead of any excessive buying this weekend and help maintain social distancing in our stores,” Woolworths Supermarkets said in a statement.center_img Health workers fanned out across suburbs of Melbourne Friday in a testing blitz aimed at choking off a surge in coronavirus cases in Australia’s second-biggest city.Officials reported another 30 new COVID-19 infections in the city overnight in a continuing outbreak that has raised fears of a second wave in Australia, which looked like it had successfully contained the epidemic.It was the 10th straight day of double-digit rises in new cases in Melbourne and surrounding Victoria state, while most other Australian regions have seen no or low single-digit new infections for weeks.last_img read more

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Indonesian women whipped for online pimping

first_imgNeither of the women wore disposable face masks, unlike in some other recent whippings.The two hijab-wearing suspects were arrested in March along with five sex workers, who could also face a flogging if found guilty of violating Islamic law, said Aji Asmanuddin, head of Langsa’s Islamic sharia agency.”They were punished for violating sharia by advertising [sex] through the internet,” Asmanuddin said.Officials were struggling to crack down on the area’s booming online sex trade, he added. Topics : Two Indonesian women have been publicly whipped nearly 100 times each for selling sex workers’ services online, an official in the country’s conservative Aceh province said Tuesday.Aceh, at the tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic sharia law, which allows flogging for a range of offences including prostitution, gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and gay sex.The punishment was handed down Monday in Langsa city where dozens gathered to watch the pair get lashed, despite bans on crowds over coronavirus fears.center_img “This is the first [pimping] case in Langsa although we believe there are many of them out there,” Asmanuddin said.”We just don’t have the necessary tools to monitor them online.”Rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end. But the practice has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population.last_img read more

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Teenager, 13, among Bay girls under 16 who have given birth

first_imgNZ Herald 27 September 2014A Tauranga 13-year-old who had a baby this year is the youngest person to have given birth in the Bay of Plenty in the past seven years – an event described as a tragedy by a lobby group leader.The teenager is among 25 girls under 16 who have given birth at Tauranga Hospital since 2008.Figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board under the Official Information Act show the 13-year-old was the youngest person to have a baby at one of the region’s hospitals since 2008.Bay of Plenty child protection teams co-ordinator Detective Sergeant Lew Warner said police had investigated a case involving a pregnant 13-year-old this year but would not reveal any details of the situation or the investigation’s outcome.“We’ve dealt with issues in the past to try to ascertain who the (baby’s) father is because it’s technically statutory rape,” he said. “We take it extremely seriously.”Such cases were a rarity, Mr Warner added.The father would be charged if police could identify him. The maximum penalty for statutory rape is 20 years in prison.Child, Youth and Family were notified of underage pregnancies, he said.But CYF regional director Sue Critchley would not confirm whether the organisation had investigated or taken any action in the case of the 13-year-old Tauranga girl, citing privacy concerns.“Child, Youth and Family’s focus would be on the safety and wellbeing of the young mum and her baby,” she said.“When cases like this are referred to Child, Youth and Family we assess if the young mum has good family support and whether there are any care and protection concerns for her or her child.“If those supports are in place and both are safe and well there would be no need for Child, Youth and Family to be involved.”Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said any case of a 13-year-old becoming pregnant was a tragedy.“Any pregnancy for a young teen is very difficult both physically and emotionally.“Official statistics show that there were approximately 80 on average abortions for 11-14-year-olds each year, so a 13-year-old giving birth is a tragic reminder that we need to do more to prevent young people becoming sexually active.”Throughout the Bay of Plenty 51 girls under 16 years old gave birth between the start of 2008 and August 19 this year but the figures have dropped steadily from 12 in 2008 to five last year and three so far this year.Mr McCoskrie said he was pleased the number of teen mothers was dropping.“It does raise a number of issues including the fact that most people would be horrified that young teenagers are sexually active, have got pregnant, and the figures also wouldn’t include girls who got pregnant but were sneaked off for an abortion without their parents knowing – as is allowed under the law,” he said.“We believe the downward trend, which is similar to the drop in abortions, is because of better information around pregnancy, fetal development and the consequences of sexual activity, which young people are now able to access via the internet.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11332633last_img read more

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Nancy M. (Collett) Green

first_imgNancy M. (Collett) Green, 83, of Batesville, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Batesville, Indiana.She was born Sunday, September 4, 1932 in Otway, Ohio, daughter of the late Willard Franklin and Nancy Garnett (Snook) Collette.Nancy married WWII veteran, Edward Green Jr. on August 9, 1947. Nancy enjoyed playing cards, doing word puzzles and spending time doing things for and with her family.Surviving are her son, Paul (Karen-dec) Green of Crawfordville, FL, her daughters, Brenda (Robert) Walton of Aurora, IN, Pamela Feezle of Aurora, IN, and Tammy (Terry) Wiegand of Osgood, IN; 7 grandchildren, Kelly (Milton) Harrington, Crawfordville, FL., Aaron (Janellen) Green, Tallahassee, FL., Shawn Barrett, New Orleans, LA., Ryan (Danielle) Barrett, Harrison, OH., Andy (Bonnie) Walton, El Paso, TX., Matthew (Julie) Walton, Fishers, IN., and Kimberly (Dave) Penrod, of Bluffton, IN.; 7 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren; broher, Gorden (Phyllis) Collett of Westerville, OH. and sister, Janice (Collette) Fry; several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward and 3 infant children.Friends will be received Saturday, April 30, 2016 from Noon – 2:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home.Services will be immediately following the memorial visitation at 2:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad or charity of donor’s choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

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Thigh injury keeps Diafra Sakho sidelined for Everton clash

first_img Manager Slaven Bilic revealed the Senegal international has suffered a rupture in his thigh, which also forced him to miss last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Watford. However, Bilic expects Sakho, who has scored five goals this season, to be fit in time to face Tottenham in a fortnight. West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been ruled out of Saturday’s home game against Everton through injury. Press Association “Sakho is out,” said Bilic. “It is not a major thing. “He did not get injured in training but after training, before the Watford game, he felt something. “Unfortunately it is a small tear, a rupture in his thigh. The prognosis is he will be back for the game after the international break. “It’s a setback as he is a very important player to us. He dictates the rhythm of the game a lot, with his pace, quality and determination and the way he harasses defenders. ” “It’s a blow, for sure. But it’s not a major setback.” Better news for Bilic is the return of defenders Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna from spells out injured, with at least one of them poised to go into the starting line-up in place of suspended centre-back James Collins. The Hammers will also be boosted by the return of Alex Song after the international break. The former Arsenal midfielder has yet to make an appearance since re-signing from Barcelona after undergoing summer ankle surgery, but he is set to play in a friendly against Charlton this week. “Song started training before Watford and he’s been with us for one week now,” added Bilic. “He’s okay, there’s no problem whatsoever, he’s injury-free and now it’s a matter of fitness and match-fitness. “We have a friendly game on Wednesday which he will play in and hopefully he’s going to be fit soon.” last_img read more

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Loss of Shaughnessy hurts UW defense

first_imgThe loss of freshman defensive end Matt Shaughnessy hurt in more ways than one in Wisconsin’s 20-10 loss to Iowa Saturday.Not only did the Badgers lose one of their most steady players on the defensive side of the ball and their best player this season on the front line, but his replacement, Kurt Ware, made a mistake that led to seven Hawkeye points.Shaughnessy went down on Iowa’s first touchdown of the game after it appeared his leg gave out while working around a block.He was helped off the field and later carted to the locker room. There was no official word after the game, but head coach Barry Alvarez said he thought it was “pretty serious.””He’s obviously a critical player for us and a guy who’s been there for us all year,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said.Shaughnessy was replaced by Ware, who at times looked good, making four tackles, including one sack; he also had a pass breakup.But nobody will remember Ware for those statistics; rather, they will remember his costly roughing the passer penalty.With an incomplete pass on second-and-10 from their own 20, the Hawkeyes would have been looking at third-and-long.”It was an opportunity to get off the field and we weren’t able to do it there,” Bielema said.The Badgers weren’t able to get off the field because on the incompletion, Ware came streaking in and hit Iowa quarterback Drew Tate well after he had gotten rid of the ball, giving Iowa the first down, and they drove the rest of the field to take the lead.Ware admitted that his emotions got the best of him.”I lost my head a little bit,” Ware said. “It was a big penalty for the team that helped them drive the ball all the way down the field. I place the blame on myself.””That had to be real late,” Alvarez said. “I don’t even know where he came from. I thought that was a huge penalty.”Wet, but not wild: The announced attendance of 83,184 fans was a new Camp Randall record, but at most times during the game, one never would have guessed it.While the Badgers’ dismal offensive performance was undoubtedly a factor, the rainy weather put a damper on things, drenching the fans’ commemorative towels as well as its thunder.The stadium was eerily quiet throughout Saturday’s loss.The rain also made an impact on the field.UW quarterback John Stocco was 12-of-18 for 157 yards and the lone Badger touchdown in the first half of the game.”I thought he really threw it well early,” Alvarez said. “I thought he was really crisp early and I thought our protection was excellent early. It totally broke down in the second half.”The rain really started coming down in the third, and when Stocco was able to bide some time and throw, his accuracy went down because of a wet ball.”There were a couple [plays] — even a couple short throws — where I thought the ball slipped out of his hand,” Alvarez said.Cornerback shuffle: After a rough outing against Penn State, senior Brett Bell did not get the start at cornerback against Iowa. Instead, defensive coordinator Bret Bielema went with senior Levonne Rowan and freshman Allen Langford.Bell did join the unit when the defense called for three cornerbacks in nickel situations.Rowan and Langford weathered the storm, playing solid despite a few big plays as Tate passed for 224 yards on 21-of-34 attempts.”I really thought at times they played well, but obviously we gave up a couple plays there in the second half that can’t happen,” Bielema said.Rowan tweaked his ankle in the third quarter, putting a damper on his Senior Day as he finished with three tackles.”I think we played fairly well,” Rowan said. “We gave up a couple plays, but they have some good receivers.”Freshman Jack Ikegwuonu replaced Rowan when he left the game.Calhoun sets another mark: With a 20-yard catch midway through the first quarter, Badger running back Brian Calhoun etched himself in the Big Ten record books.The junior became the second player in conference history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and at least 500 yards receiving in the same season.Iowa’s Ronnie Harmon was the only other player in league history to achieve the mark, doing so in 1985. That season, Harmon finished with 1,166 rushing yards and 699 receiving yards.Calhoun had just 18 yards on 15 carries and eight receptions for 69 yards in Saturday’s game. He now has 1,274 rushing yards and 556 receiving yards with one game left on the schedule.last_img read more

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Archivist engages in outreach

first_imgFor USC Libraries Special Collections archivist Michaela Ullmann, every day is an adventure into the lives of World War II era German exiles.Bookworm · USC Libraries Special Collections archivist Michaela Ullmann glances over historical poems at Doheny Memorial Library. – Deena Khattab | Daily TrojanUllmann, an exile studies librarian, received her master’s degree in cultural anthropology in Germany. Exile studies, however, go much deeper than basic anthropology. Ullmann’s work focuses on the group of German-speaking exiles who fled to Southern California during World War II.In addition to collecting papers and materials, Ullmann analyzes the impact of this community of exiles on the Los Angeles cultural scene. She finds materials that show how German exiles influenced the Los Angeles art, music and literary movements of the time.Today, her work influences Holocaust researchers and writers, as well as students at USC.“The work that we do here affects people. Every day, people are influenced by our materials, and we have a direct connection to the scholarly work that they produce using our materials,” Ullmann said.Beyond curating the exile studies collection, Ullmann also engages in library outreach. She invites professors and their classes to experience Special Collections for themselves, tailoring the content of the archive to fit the needs of the visiting class.“I really love being connected with students and seeing that what we do gets somewhere. It doesn’t stay in a box. We create excitement and engagement,” Ullmann said.The students Ullmann connects with most are those who work at Special Collections.“I always enjoy having student workers be involved in this. It’s interesting for them but it’s also interesting for me to see how their experiences and perspectives affect their work,” Ullmann said.Lisa Ebiner Gavit, a junior majoring in philosophy, works at Special Collections with Ullmann.“It is really fascinating to sort through the primary sources,” Gavit said. “It is both challenging and rewarding to try to piece together the story of a family or an individual simply by looking at their photos and reading their letters and notes.”Ullmann said her biggest obstacle is making sure all students, not just the students who work there, are aware of the research resources housed in the archives.In order to further connect the students with the available primary materials, Ullmann began hosting what she calls “petting zoo” sessions at Special Collections. During these sessions, students can browse the materials and interact directly with primary sources. The goal of these petting zoos is to get students thinking about the documents and potential research projects they can create using the materials.But the outreach does not end there. Ullmann and the Special Collections staff have recently launched a Primary Sources Research Award. Students can submit papers and assignments that they used primary sources to complete to win a $500 award. These papers can be previously competed for class — the only criterion is that the student used primary documents from any USC Library, including the Cinematic Arts Library or the East Asian Studies Center, to write the paper.In order to further help students in their quest to find research materials, Ullmann is working on an online tutorial to show students how to access the archives. She hopes that if students are better acquainted with the system, they will feel more comfortable coming into the library to do research.“Many undergraduate students don’t know that they are more than welcome to come and work with these materials,” Ullmann said. “We’re trying to get rid of their fear of the unknown.” Follow Deena on Twitter @deenakhattablast_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 24.Crimes against a personAt 2:59 P.M. on Jan. 22, a non-USC male at the United University Church reported he sustained injuries to his thumb and had pain in his knee after he was struck by cans of food during an argument with his co-worker. The man declined medical treatment and the co-worker was not available for questioning.At 6:38 P.M. on Jan. 23, a student was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at 36th Place and Vermont Avenue. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the student to California Hospital Medical Center to be treated for multiple injuries. The Los Angeles Police Department was asked to conduct a traffic investigation.Crimes against propertyAt 10:26 P.M. on Jan. 22, in a parking lot of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the vehicle of a non-USC man rolled backwards after he exited the car while it was still in gear. The vehicle hit a staff member causing minor injury.At 3:16 A.M. on Jan. 24, a waiter from the Denny’s at Jefferson and Hoover reported that two suspects left the restaurant without paying for their meals.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 11:01 P.M. on Jan. 23 as paramedics were entering campus, the light bar on the top of a Los Angeles Fire Department vehicle hit the top of the entrance booth at Gate 3, damaging some roof shingles.last_img read more

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Rugby World Cup: Chieka steps down as Australia coach after exit

first_img 10 months ago Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada players garner praise for rescue efforts 10 months ago Roger Federer takes rugby quiz, picks favourite to win Rugby World Cup 10 months ago Rugby World Cup: England beat Australia 40-16, reach the semifinals SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 20th October, 2019 18:39 IST COMMENT WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 20th October, 2019 18:39 IST Rugby World Cup: Chieka Steps Down As Australia Coach After Exit Australian rugby coach, Michael Cheika, has quit as the team’s coach after they witnessed a humiliating 40-16 defeat to England in the World Cup quarterfinals 10 months ago Spirits are high as Japan reaches Rugby World Cup quarterfinal Ruchit Rastogi 10 months ago JapanVsScotland Rugby World Cup match continues, despite typhoon alert Australian rugby coach, Michael Cheika, has quit as the team’s coach after they witnessed a humiliating 40-16 defeat to England in the World Cup quarterfinals. Michael’s contract was up at the end of 2019 and he has taken the decision of not renewing his contract after failing to take his team to the semifinals.Chieka’s post-match interviewAs the Australian rugby team failed to make it to the semifinals for the third time since 2007, Cheika was bombarded with questions about his future in a post-match interview. He said that it was really early to talk about what the future had planned for him. Michael said that it was a really bad thing to ask someone just after someone’s world cup dreams were over. He also said that if anyone really cared for someone who was still feeling bad about such a loss then they should ask questions that actually matter. Cheika stated that he very well new about what the media outlets actually wanted but said that they should also think about other people’s feelings as well.Read: Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada Players Garner Praise For Rescue EffortsCheika’s promiseCheika had previously promised that he would quit if his team failed to lift the World Cup trophy. He mentioned in this interview that he wanted some time to take a decision after talking to his wife. He also said that he did not regret his decision at all and added that he still felt an attachment towards the team as not a lot of people are given this chance and it was an honor to coach this team.Read: Rugby World Cup Matches Get Cancelled As Hagibis Approaches JapanA humiliating 40-16 lossIn the events that preceded this, the English team earned a place in the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years as they beat Australia 40-16 on October 19. England outscored the Australian team by 4 tries to one in order to match up to their win against the same team in 2017. They have now beaten Australia a total of 7 times while being managed by Eddie Jones.Australia has failed to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals for the third time in 9 World Cups they have been a part of. All three of their ousters from the tournament have come at the hands of England.Read: Spirits Are High As Japan Reaches Rugby World Cup QuarterfinalRead: Boxing Coach: Military Games To Help In Olympic Qualifier Preparation(With inputs from agencies) Written Bylast_img read more

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