Maduro Fails Venezuelans on COVID-19

first_imgBy Noelani Kirschner/ShareAmerica May 05, 2020 Hospitals across Venezuela face supply shortages that affect both doctors and patients. According to a national survey conducted on April 2 and certified by the National Assembly, 92 percent of the health sector doesn’t have soap on site. The same survey found that 61 percent doesn’t have face masks, and 79 percent doesn’t have disposable gloves.The National Assembly has voiced its concerns in a statement, saying, “The sentinel hospitals where 60 percent of the cases of coronavirus in Venezuela are concentrated are not in condition to care for the patients infected by COVID-19.” Sentinel hospitals are selected to collect data in an area with a high probability of encountering cases of a disease.On a health ministry website, Nicolás Maduro listed 46 medical centers his regime claimed were “prepared” to receive COVID-19 patients, according to a Reuters report.Now, he and his allies are punishing journalists, doctors, and National Assembly members for speaking out against the substandard state of medical infrastructure in their country.A freelance Venezuelan journalist, Darvinson Rojas, tweeted March 20 about the discrepancy between the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the Maduro regime and the number reported by hospitals and journalists.One day later, Rojas was arrested by Maduro’s special police force, which claimed it received an anonymous tip that Rojas had been diagnosed with COVID-19, even though he had not, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. His parents were also detained and questioned by police but eventually released the same night.Upon release, Rojas’ father told a local reporter he could hear police questioning his son about his March 20 reporting on COVID-19 statistics.Rojas was finally released on April 2 with restrictions on his freedom, according to media reports in Venezuela.Similarly, Dr. Rubén Duarte posted a video on social media asking the Maduro regime for equipment so his hospital could meet minimum health codes to treat coronavirus patients. In retaliation the Maduro regime’s counterintelligence agency detained Duarte.National Assembly member Tony Geara tweeted that a local hospital in a southern state of Venezuela didn’t have running water. Police responded by searching his house for four hours. Maduro’s secret service then arrested him while he was preparing to bring food to a neighbor in need, according to the National Assembly.On March 31 the U.S. government released a plan for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained, “The urgency for this has become all the more serious in light of the Maduro regime’s failure to adequately prepare for and address the global COVID-19 pandemic.”last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Events for February 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS HOMEAmnesty International resurrects its Human Rights Concert series for the first time since 1998, attracting an unprecedented lineup including The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Cold War Kids, The Fray, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, Cake, Colbie Caillat, Madonna, Pussy Riot and many more! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $54.50-$255. 8 p.m. February 5BOB MARLEY: THE MAKING OF A LEGENDCelebrate the Reggae legend’s birthday with ultra-rare footage of the Wailers’ first practice and a young Marley back home in Jamaica, singing songs and strumming his guitar way before he was famous. Jammin’! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 6STEVE EARLESolo and acoustic, the multi-Grammy Award winner will be performing songs spanning his more than 30-year career as well as raw, intimate versions of gems from his latest, The Low Highway. With Brooklynite-by-way-of-Louisville singer/songwriter Dawn Landes, who’ll be serenading numbers off her latest, Bluebird. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35, $50.8 p.m. February 8[colored_box color=”blue”]HOPS & PROPS CRAFT BEER FESTIVALEnjoy unlimited craft beer samples from more than 50 microbreweries spanning LI and the nation while admiring priceless antique planes, helicopters and even spacecraft and learning about the Island’s rich aviation history! Feast on platters from many local restaurants! Meet the brew masters! Smoke some premium cigars! Yes, yes, yes! There’ll be music, souvenir beer glasses and even a Beer Bus to get you to and fro safely! Not-to-be missed! Cradle of Aviation Museum, 51 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City.cradleofaviation.org $65 online/$75 DOS. $20 designated drivers. 7-10 p.m. February 8[/colored_box]THE FAB FOUR: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTEPaul, Ringo, John and George are celebrating the eve of the 50th anniversary of their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with this show-stopping performance at the ’Mount, mop-toppin’ through all the hits from their pivotal years, complete with costume changes. Expect pure Beatlemania unrestrained, and hopefully “Octopus’ Garden,” Blackbird,” “Rocky Raccoon” and “Long, Long, Long.” Not to be missed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20, $25, $30, $50. 8 p.m. February 8ROSIE O’DONNELLThe multi-Emmy Award-winning TV, theater and movie star, celebrity blogger, New York Times-bestselling author and outspoken LGBT activist brings her hilarious, in-your-face brand of comedy to these special appearances, guaranteeing nonstop laughs and truly unforgettable nights! Governor’s, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.com $40-$70. February 8 & 9PENGUIN ENCOUNTERSThe Polar Vortex is a summer walk in the park for these uber-cute flightless birds! This 45-minute interactive experience allows tikes and adults to get up-close-and-personal with these fascinating creatures, meet and even pet the baby African penguins! Oh, how they swim, waddle, feed and shake those tail feathers! Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $50 plus Aquarium admission. Daily: M-F 1:30 p.m., Wknds 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Daily through FebruarySATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTIESA whole lotta bumpin’ and grindin’ to celebrity DJs spinnin’ the most infectious Hip Hop, House and Rock, every Saturday night! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15 fellas/$10 ladies. 9:30 p.m. Every Saturday NightA CONVERSATION WITH NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE JODY WILLIAMSJoin the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose tireless efforts led to the international banning of landmines in an interactive discussion, wine and cheese reception and book signing of her memoir My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 advance/$15 door. 7 p.m. February 10BRANDI GLANVILLEThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star will be signing copies of her new relationship guide Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media is Ruining Romance, which chronicles her dating misadventures and bedroom escapades in the wake of her divorce from actor Eddie Cibrian. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. February 12[colored_box color=”green”]IMAGINE: JOHN LENNONTwo hundred and forty hours of John & Yoko’s personal videos mesh together to form an intimate and moving collage of the Beatles legend’s life, accompanied afterward by a discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 12[/colored_box]THE PSYCHIC SISTERSMediums Jolene Paterson and Linda West will communicate with attendees’ deceased loved ones, offering guidance and hope, with proceeds benefiting The Marcie Mazzola Foundation, whose mission is to “help better the lives of abused and at-risk children.” Spiritual guidance for a great cause? Tough to beat. YMCA Boulton Center, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50. 7:30 p.m. February 13SHPONGLETRON 3.0A sensory explosion of sound experimentation punctuated by Moroccan drums, acoustic guitars, silver flute, double bass, Turkish operatic singing, cello, backing vocals and traditional sounds, melded together and set on fire by Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen). Yeah. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50, $35. 8 p.m. February 13BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’SFall in love this Valentine’s Day, not just with your main squeeze, but the classic that encapsulates the craziness and romanticism of love itself. Afterward, enjoy chocolates, champagne, wine , live music by harpist Skyla Budd, long-stem roses and a romantic photo together in the Sky Room! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15 members/$20 public. 7:30 p.m. February 14ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 12Whether you’re devoid of a significant other to snuggle with or find public brawling romantic, this is an unforgettable Valentine’s Day Massacre matchup guaranteed to turn this special day on its heels and begging for mercy! The main event: Undefeated Chris Algieri ”The Pride of Huntington” challenges world-ranked Baltimore native Emanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor in a grudge match broadcast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50, $60, $100, $150, $200. 7:30 p.m. February 14THE QUEERSForget roses. Forget hand-holding, lovey-dovey smooching and PDAs. Forget love. Choose punk rock. This is an insanely rare, do-not-miss “Death to Valentine’s Day” gig for all the jaded, broken-hearted and anti-social misfit romantics whose hearts are just too damn big to find perfect matches for. Two sets, with Love Songs for the Retarded performed in its entirety. Tell Joe and Jug Head Peter Chin sent ya! Insane. With Night Birds & The Scandals. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., Manhattan. mercuryloungenyc.com $15 per set; $25 for both. 7 & 11 p.m. February 15MARC ANTHONYThe Grammy Award-winning Latin crooner returns home. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $65-$185. 8 p.m. February 15LET’S EAT: FOOD ON FILMTwo of the best things in life converge in a cinematic gastrointestinal smorgasbord of local dishes paired with featured food from each film, including Miso Vegetable Chowder, Veggie Sliders, Pasta Pomodoro and brownies, among others, along with a guest speaker to serve up some delectable data about the feast! Yum! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $40 advance members/$50 public/$55 DOS. 6:30 p.m. February 16MR. BEERY’S BAND BATTLE TO END CYSTIC FIBROSISTwenty five bands spanning a variety of musical genres will be rocking out all day and night to raise attention and much-needed funds to end cystic fibrosis. Now in its 18th year, this mega-music fest also features food and drink specials, prizes, gifts, and a raffle that will include BBQs, computers and a brand-new Fender electric guitar! The Band Battle is not only the perfect event to hear some of the best New York, Long Island and out-of-state bands, but also help find a cure to this unforgiving disease (Mr. Beery has raised between $7,000 and $20,000 per event toward the cause)! Come show your support and celebrate music and life! This annual must-witness event is not-to-be-missed. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage. mrbeerys.com $10. All day, all night, starting at noon. February 16[colored_box color=”blue”]BILL BURRThe standup funnyman, actor and host of Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast will unleash his comedic fury upon all those in attendance, leaving them gasping for air while they laugh and yelp uncontrollably amid his hilarious observations on dating, sports, politics and life in general. Yes, he’s that funny. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50 & $39.50. 8 p.m. February 19[/colored_box]TAJ MAHAL TRIOThe legendary blues and roots multi-instrumentalist will be performing songs spanning his more than 45-year career creating some of the most moving and varied musical visions ever conjured. This is one of those rare shows that must be experienced to be believed. Your life and those of all who you meet in the future will be that much more enriched because of your attendance. Not an exaggeration. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $75, $80. 8 p.m. February 19RINGLING BROS. BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS LEGENDSThis brand-new show involves daring death-defying feats, unbelievable demonstrations of super-human strength and strange, mysterious creatures—such as a unicorn, Pegasus and Woolly Mammoth—along with tons of mesmerizing acrobatics, trapeze acts, choreography, elephants, saber-toothed lions, tigers, cheetahs and even gymnastic kangaroos and baby pigs! Don’t forget the clowns! Tons of fun for the whole family! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $30, $60, $85. 10:30 & 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m. February 20 through March 2BETWEEN THE BURIED & MEHeavy metal chaotic nirvana at its loudest and finest. With Deafheaven, Intronaut and The Kindred. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $18, $20, $38. 7:30 p.m. February 21BOB WEIR & RATDOGThe former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist and former bassist Rob Wasserman keep the legendary band’s music alive for future generations of Dead Heads, delivering a ferocious mix of classics sprinkled with covers and originals. Jerry would be proud. Phish fans, if you haven’t experienced Ratdog live you are surely missing out. So get your dance on, bro. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50 & $49.50. 7:30 p.m. February 21 & 22[colored_box color=”green”]KANYE WESTThe Yeezus Tour hits the Coliseum—Yeezianity disciples will surely follow—but will the Jesus Christ lookalike!? Only one sure way to find out! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $39.50, $74.50, $104.50, $150. 8 p.m. February 23[/colored_box]THE TOASTERSThese ska pioneers headline a mega-ska-surf-rock-punk-reggae fest guaranteed to get you up and a-skankin’! With Mrs. Skannotto, The Pandemics & The Shipwrecks. 89 North, 89 N. Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $12 GA/$22 seated. Doors 5 p.m. February 23DONOVAN: RARE CLIPS (1964-1970S)Archival TV performance footage, promotional clips and early live concerts transport viewers on the complex musical journey that is this influential Scottish Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s storied career, including “Catch the Wind,” “Colours” and “You’re Gonna Need Somebody When I’m Gone,” among many others. Guest speaker Bill Shelley will host a discussion afterward. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. February 25JOHN EDWARDThe acclaimed psychic medium, lecturer and author will be “Coming Home” to connect those in attendance with deceased family members, friends and loved ones. Will he be able to tell us when the Polar Vortex will return to the North Pole, for good, though? Probably not. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $100, $150, $225. 7:30 p.m. February 25THE PRINCESS BRIDEThe cult classic hits the “Big Screen” in all its gushy glory, accompanied by a delicious sampling of local craft beers from Great South Bay Brewery! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $8. 7:30 p.m. February 26“WOMEN OF THE WORLD” ART & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONFeatures artwork from more than 50 Long Island artists and is being presented by Nassau Comptroller George Maragos. 1550 Franklin Ave. Mineola. Free. 6-9 p.m. February 26STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKSIndie singer/guitar god of Pavement infamy. With Disappears. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Manhattan. boweryballroom.com $25 ADV/$30 DOS. February 26 (Music Hall of Williamsburg with Endless Boogie February 27)[colored_box color=”blue”]WAR HORSEA National Theatre Live performance complete with life-sized galloping horse puppets that have been winning over audiences worldwide, this timeless tale of a boy and his horse’s love and survival is not to be missed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members/$25 public. 2 p.m. (Also March 6 at 7 p.m.)February 27[/colored_box]MIKE BIRBIGLIAWhether you’ve laughed uncontrollably watching one of his three Comedy Central specials, listening to any of his highly praised, equally hilarious comedy albums, his New York Times-bestselling book Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories, during his movie of the same name, or had the good fortune of experiencing his standup comedy and theatrical routine live, you know that Birbiglia is synonymous with uproarious, side-splitting hilarity. Expect the award-winning funnyman to crank it up a notch at this gig, and your belly to hurt the next day from laughing so damn hard. Not-to-be missed! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 7:30 p.m. February 27. Win tickets to this show! To enter, email contests@longislandpress.com with the subject “Mike Birbiglia Tickets.”MIKE DELGUIDICE & BIG SHOTSince Billy’s doing a residency at MSG for the next several months and tickets are expensive and uber-hard to come by, this is the next-best thing! Hey, they’re the only BJ tribute band with members of The Kid’s band, and they’ll be playing his hits, not the obscure stuff he’s cranking out in the city! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $10 ADV/$15 DOS. 9:30 p.m. February 28JOEY KOLAThe veteran funnyman, and Bethpage Best of LI 2014 Best Comedian, will be inciting uncontrollable, “I-can’t-breathe” laughter and ear-to-ear smiles from all those in attendance that will continue long after this can’t-miss gig! Hilarious! The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. govs.com $22. 8 p.m. February 28GET THE LED OUTFresh off their latest Grammy win for Best Rock Album, The Almighty Led Zeppelin—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham—hit the ‘Mount for an intimate gig showcasing the virtuosity and absolute power that has defined their career for the past 45 years! Hey, a blurb writer can dream, right!? While not the Real McCoys, these boys, known as “The American Led Zeppelin,” will tear through Zep’s unparalleled canon, and yes, they will rock. Expect “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Stairway To Heaven,” among many more classics. Will they attempt the violin-bow madness of “Dazed And Confused”? Or the crushingly brutal sadness that haunts “Tea For One”!? As I said, a blurb-writer can sure as hell dream. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50, $34.50, $50. 8 p.m. February 28BAND OF HORSESIntoxicatingly infectious indie rock darlings, all-acoustic. With Sera Cahoone. The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Manhattan. thetownhall.org $40. 8 p.m. February 28DEEPAK CHOPRAThe holistic health/New Age mega-guru and author will be sharing his alternative medicine knowledge to audience members in an intimate appearance poised to inform and inspire. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50 7:30 p.m. February 28last_img read more

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ICU Day over the years

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948.The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more involved. Credit unions and associations throughout the world celebrate the day with fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics and parades. continue reading »last_img read more

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The pros and cons of cold, hard cash

first_img 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We all love cash. But is it smart to keep cash on you all the time? Here are a few pros and cons of our favorite green paper…Pro: It’s easier to visualize your spending: If you often use a credit card, you can find yourself swiping without much thought. Start using cash more frequently and I guarantee you’ll pay more attention to how much you’re spending every day. Simply using cash for meal purchases can make a huge difference when it comes to your spending habits.Con: It can’t magically return: I hope you’ve never been mugged, but if you have, you were probably more concerned about the cash in your wallet than the plastic. You can always cancel a credit card, but you can’t do anything about lost cash.Pro: It keeps the marketing away: I’ve talked about Amazon a lot. I’ve warned you how it can make your spending habits go nuts, but it can also save you quite a bit of money on the things you frequently buy. One downside however, is that not long after you look at a product online, you’ll see ads for the product popping up everywhere you look on the internet. Just today, I googled “Rack Room Shoes” and ten minutes later saw a sponsored ad on Instagram for (you guessed it) Rack Room Shoes. Retailers must love it, but it can be annoying for the rest of us. Cash solves that problem. You can’t shop online with cash, so you’ll be seeing a lot less of these ads.Con: Your credit score doesn’t care about cash: Behaving when it comes to your credit cards is a great way to build up a good credit score. If you’re not using your cards frequently, you won’t be helping yourself too much. Obviously, there are other ways to build good credit, but this is definitely something to think about.last_img read more

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Planes propel German doctors fund’s returns

first_imgThe German Versorgungswerk for doctors in Westfalen-Lippe, ÄVWL, in 2013 outperformed its minimum return target, aided by an infrastructure portfolio which offers loans to airlines for the acquisition of planes.The €10.5bn fund, joint winner of the country award at the 2013 IPE Awards, reported a net return of 4.4% last year, above the 4% discount rate applied to its future pension payments.Andreas Kretschmer, managing director at the ÄVWL, told the current issue of IPE: “Our main aim is not to achieve the highest return possible per year but to achieve stable returns over the long run.”One important building block for its strategy is infrastructure which according to the ÄVWL was “generating stable cashflows above the discount rate and with it a constant basis of returns”, something that could not be said for “most simply structured fixed-income securities and corporate bonds” in the current environment. One “focus” for the infrastructure portfolio was asset-backed loans for the construction of airplanes, the ÄVWL said in a newsletter to its members this week.The fund had announced in its 2012 annual report that it would look into such loans for ships and planes – the 2013 report has yet to be published.Such investments fit into the ÄVWL’s “three-pillar strategy”, which it continues to emply according to Kretschmer – with the strategy focused on bonds, real estate and mortgage-backed or similarly asset-backed loans.The fund is managing all the bonds in-house, some of them directly and some in a self-managed Spezialfonds.As for real estate, which includes project developments, the ÄVWL said it was investing in this asset class both directly as well as via fund-structures.Kretschmer said the ÄVWL was able to take on the real estate development risk because it had been building up a sufficient risk buffer and had the necessary understanding in-house.In total, the risk buffers put aside make up roughly 16% of overall assets under management at the Versorgungswerk.This buffer, as well as the long-term nature of the investment strategy, allow the ÄVWL to predict “despite very unfavourable conditions for re-investment” with what it regards as a “large degree of certainty” that the discount rate of 4% would remain unchanged and that it will be achieved annually until at least 2018.For details on the funds asset allocation and return expectations see Pensions In Germany in the current issue of IPE.last_img read more

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Joseph Mariathasan: Can UK benefit from US immigration woes?

first_imgImmigrants from Iran, one of the seven Islamic countries on Trump’s excluded list, founded – or account for many leadership positions at – leading US tech giants including Twitter, Dropbox, Oracle, Expedia, eBay, and Tinder.India’s famed institutes of technology (IITs) have long provided a steady source of the highest calibre graduates for America’s high tech industries. Examples include Vinod Khosla, an IIT Delhi graduate who is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, which amongst other achievements invented the Java programming language.As Ananya Bhattacharya writes, during the 1980s and 1990s, the trajectory of an IIT graduate was fairly predictable: Get a B-Tech degree from one of India’s premier schools, make a beeline for one of the top universities in the US, and settle down abroad with a high-paying job.Google CEO Sundar Pichai is a good example of that, as are many of the partners at Goldman Sachs and other US financial firms. Pichai went from IIT-Kharagpur in West Bengal, to study material sciences and engineering at Stanford University, secured an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and ended up in Silicon Valley.But a survey of nearly 20,000 alumni from IIT-Bombay reveal that the number of students going to the US has dropped dramatically since 2000. Some 41% of respondents who graduated prior to 2000 settled abroad, while only 15.8% who graduated post-2000 have done so.Clearly, a key reason for this has been the increasing attractions of India itself as its economy flourishes. But what also comes through from the survey is a declining interest in the US. As Bhattacharya points out, while four out of five graduates living in foreign countries reside in America, the US has become less of a magnet for more recent graduates. Among the post-2000 IIT-Bombay graduates, Europe has become a more popular destination, alongside the Middle East, and east and south-east Asia.Trump may not be the cause of the overall trend of declining interest in the US from India’s IIT graduates, but his actions are clearly exacerbating the trend. While that may be a loss to America, it may be gain to Europe generally and a post-Brexit Britain more specifically.While Europe faces populist parties with strong anti-immigrant platforms and similar problems, the UK’s post-Brexit strategy needs to embrace the potential benefits of immigration, albeit within a well thought-out strategy. Whether the UK can provide the environment that will attract the best and brightest in the world alongside a Trump-led isolationist America may well determine the future long-term success of a post-Brexit Britain. The murder last week of an Indian IT specialist in Kansas, in what appears to be a hate crime, has sent shock waves through India. Indian parents are going to be more reluctant to send their children to the US for further education.President Trump’s clampdown on immigrants may end up creating a climate of hostility that would ultimately backfire on America’s long term economic prospects.The great strength of the US has always been that it has managed to attract the best and brightest from across the world to its shores. Silicon Valley would not be where it is today without Chinese and Indian immigrants. Immigrants have founded half the start-ups in recent years. But the rate of start-ups has declined significantly, primarily as a result of immigration policies in the US. Trump’s isolationist stance is likely to exacerbate this trend significantly.Whether Donald Trump wins or loses his legal battle on immigration, the chilling effect on potential new highly qualified immigrants will not be to America’s benefit, although it may be to Europe’s.last_img read more

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Court grants preliminary approval of $215 million Tyndall settlement

first_imgPlaintiffs have the option to object or opt out of the settlement within 90 days following the notice date, according to court documents. “We believe that these meaningful and important changes go a long way toward strengthening our University,” Austin said. In a memo, Interim President Wanda Austin said the preliminary approval allows the settlement administrator to notify plaintiffs about their compensation, which ranges from $2,500 to $250,000. “This is a very important step forward in healing our community,” Austin wrote. “It is an important milestone for those former patients seeking certain resolution without reliving their painful experiences.” Gloria Allred, who represents 62 plaintiffs in the class-action, said she is against the settlement. Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan “This is a very important step forward in healing our community,” Austin said in the statement. “It is an important milestone for those former patients seeking certain resolution without reliving their painful experiences.” Additionally, it requested that USC submit all documentation about Tyndall’s tenure before moving forward with the settlement, the Daily Trojan previously reported. Two weeks ago, the University made public a 600-page report detailing decades of complaints against the former gynecologist and USC’s handling of his misconduct. “Awarding victims $2,500 to no more than $250,000, in my opinion, is inadequate compensation for the emotional distress that the victims suffered,” Allred wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “I believe that most of more than 700 individual victims who have already filed suit in state court, including my 62 clients, will opt out of the class settlement if the settlement is approved by Judge Wilson.” A federal judge granted preliminary approval of the proposed $215 million class-action settlement between USC and alleged victims of former gynecologist George Tyndall Thursday. A final approval hearing is scheduled on Jan. 6, 2020, when the court will reexamine if the settlement terms are fair and reasonable. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson originally denied preliminary approval of the settlement in April, citing a lack of information and further amendments. The settlement provides tiered compensation to nearly 17,000 former patients. The court called for additional stipulations regarding widespread institutional reforms, such as appointing women’s health advocates, improving methods of reporting misconduct and increasing scrutiny of healthcare professionals, following the original proposed settlement.  A final approval hearing is scheduled on Jan. 6, 2020, when the court will reexamine whether the settlement terms are fair and reasonable. The court called for additional stipulations regarding widespread institutional reforms, such as appointing women’s health advocates, improving methods of reporting misconduct and increasing scrutiny of healthcare professionals, following the original proposed settlement. “Awarding victims $2,500 to no more than $250,000, in my opinion, is inadequate compensation for the emotional distress that the victims suffered,” Allred said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “I believe that most of more than 700 individual victims who have already filed suit in state court, including my 62 clients, will opt out of the class settlement if the settlement is approved by Judge Wilson.” Additionally, it requested that USC submit all documentation about Tyndall’s tenure before moving forward with the settlement, the Daily Trojan previously reported. Two weeks ago, the University made public a 600-page report detailing decades of complaints against the former gynecologist and USC’s handling of his misconduct. Austin added the University has been leading efforts to strengthen oversight at the Engemann Student Health Center by improving reporting protocol and hiring an all-women team of board-certified physicians.  Austin added the University has been leading efforts to strengthen oversight at the Engemann Student Health Center by improving reporting protocol and hiring an all-women team of board-certified physicians.  “We believe that these meaningful and important changes go a long way toward strengthening our University,” Austin said.  In a memo to the USC community, Interim President Wanda Austin said the preliminary approval allows the settlement administrator to notify plaintiffs about their compensation, which ranges from $2,500 to $250,000. “This settlement gives every single woman who saw Tyndall a choice in how they want to participate and hold USC accountable, while also forcing the school to change to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” said the plaintiffs’ class counsel in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “The Judge’s order is an important step toward providing each survivor the relief and measure of closure she deserves, and we look forward to obtaining final approval.” Gloria Allred, who represents 62 plaintiffs in the class-action, does not agree with the settlement.  Plaintiffs have the option to object or opt out of the settlement within 90 days following the notice date, according to court documents.  This article was updated on June 18, 2019 at 2 p.m.last_img read more

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Ireland Second Best in Glasgow qualifier loss

first_imgAlso in Group D, Germany cruised to a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in Nuremburg.Earlier, Poland extended their lead at the top of table after a 4-0 win over Georgia in Tbilisi.The results tonight mean that Ireland have slumped from second in the group to fourth place behind Germany and Scotland (based on head-to-head results), with all three teams now on 7 points behind Poland.Elsewhere in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Northern Ireland’s impressive start to the qualifiers was brought to a halt after a 2-0 loss to Romania in Bucharest. Also in Group F, minnows the Faroe Islands shocked Greece 1-0 in Athens, while Hungary beat Finland by the same margin.And in Group I, Cristiano Ronaldo scored late to give Portugal as 1-0 win over Armenia, while Denmark came from behind to beat Serbia 3-1. Martin O’Neill’s side were beaten 1-0 at Celtic Park. Shaun Maloney’s brilliantly-taken goal in the 75th minute was enough for Scotland to claim a fully deserved win against an Irish side that struggled to create many chances on goal.Scotland keeper David Marshall was called on to make two good saves from Shane Long and from Aiden McGeady, but the closest Ireland came to getting an equaliser was deep into stoppage time when a free-kick by Robbie Brady was sent crashing off the crossbar by Scotland defender Grant Hanley.last_img read more

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Angels to activate Justin Upton on Monday in Toronto

first_imgUpton is expected to get days off more frequently than usual, at least initially, as Ausmus tries to “ease him in a little bit,” he said. The artificial turf at Toronto’s Rogers Centre is further reason that Upton may get a day off, or be the designated hitter, during the four-game series.The Angels will have to make a difficult roster decision to create a spot for Upton. Both Goodwin and Puello have performed well, and neither can be optioned. They also could make room by moving an infielder, like Wilfredo Tovar or Luís Rengifo, but that would leave them with no one on the bench who plays second, third or shortstop.They also could option Justin Bour, but Bour has homered in each of the two games he’s played since he’s come back. Bour fits as a platoon partner with Albert Pujols at first base because he hits left-handed.The Angels are also preparing for the return of Andrelton Simmons, perhaps by the weekend. Simmons, who had a Grade 3 ankle sprain, is scheduled to face live pitching early in the week and then do a rehab assignment.Related Articles ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Justin Upton, who was hurt just days before Opening Day, is finally set for his 2019 debut.Upton will be activated for the Angels game on Monday in Toronto.“It’ll be good to have him back,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Obviously he’s been an offensive performer for a long time. It’s a big bat to add to our lineup.”Although the Angels have gotten better than expected production out of Brian Goodwin and Cesar Puello, they nonetheless rank 26th in the majors with a .706 OPS out of left field. Last year Upton had an .808 OPS, and his career OPS is .826. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros A normal rehab for a Grade 3 sprain would be eight to 12 weeks, and Simmons could be back in less than five weeks. Last year he had a Grade 2 sprain from slipping on the dugout steps, and he missed just 10 days. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I don’t want to jinx him because he’s not all the way back, but it seems like two years in a row, with similar injuries, he’s come back a lot quicker than anticipated,” Ausmus said.ALSOTrevor Cahill, on the injured list because of a back problem, threw a bullpen session on Sunday and “looked good, felt good,” Ausmus said. Cahill is scheduled for another bullpen on Tuesday. The Angels haven’t decided yet if he’ll make a rehab start…The Angels became the first team since 2010 to have four straight victories by the same score. They won 5-3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the streak only interrupted by a 9-4 loss on Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks had four straight 3-1 victories in 2010.UP NEXTAngels (opener, followed by RHP Félix Peña, 4-1, 4.55) at Blue Jays (RHP Edwin Jackson,  1-4, 10.22), 4:07 p.m., Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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