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“The facts set forth before the court portray reactive governance — responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the government’s own making,” the judge wrote in the opinion. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution. This is particularly so in the treatment of migrants, many of whom are asylum seekers and small children.”
But outside Capitol Hill, a new front for accountability opened this week: The Mexican government’s human rights arm, along with its counterparts from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras, launched a formal complaint against the Trump administration at the Organization of American States. Normally a sleepy regional organization with headquarters by Washington’s National Mall, the OAS is now poised to become—by default—the most significant institutional response to Trumpism in what is otherwise a town under one-party control.
So there is still much to be done to get rid these of dream-stealing restrictions, which are all-too common in low-wage businesses like temporary agencies and fast-food companies. A study published last year by the Princeton economists Alan Krueger and Orley Ashenfelter found that 80 percent of franchisers examined in the quick-serve restaurant industry made use of these arrangements. (These restrictions don’t prevent workers from jumping to another company altogether.)
Another NCU professor points out that reading is important to a child’s overall development. Dr. Jennifer Duffy, Graduate School Dissertation Chair at NCU, said “Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in society. Words – spoken and written – are the building blocks by which a child’s mind grows. Reading is not only essential to a child’s verbal and cognitive development, but it also teaches the child to listen, develop new language, and communicate. Additionally, books open a child’s imagination into discovering his or her world,” according to Dr. Duffy.
The law won't expunge convictions — but it will shield these crimes from public review in an effort to help those living with criminal histories the opportunity to more easily find jobs, education and housing without the hardships often associated with living with a record.
"Paid parental leave makes so much sense, it always made sense, but it makes even more sense in the 21st Century when people are working so hard with such long hours and struggle to make ends meet," de Blasio said at the announcement. "It's a fundamental manner of fairness to make sure people have this opportunity."
Bankrate.com Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride expects the Federal Reserve to hike rates three more times by the end of the year…and that could mean higher yields on cash accounts. McBride expects the savings accounts to yield as much as 2.3% and 5-year CDs t0 pay 3%. For some context, the best rates available on savings accounts currently is about 1.55%, while the national average is a puny 0.25%, according to Bankrate.com. And the best rate on a 5-year CD is about 2.5%, with the national average closer to 2.2%.
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and a key voice during the tax reform debate, today discussed the many ways in which tax reform is already working for American families. One of Thune’s examples was the lowering of utility rates across the United States, including in Rapid City where Black Hills Energy is working with regulators to pass tax savings on to South Dakotans.
Considering that these metrics are from 2012, it's likely that people are spending even less time traveling outside their houses these days. U.S. government data show that e-commerce has been a steadily growing portion of total retail sales for a decade.
The team used the CRISPR approach to introduce S-TRAIL to the cancer cells using two methods and found that in mice with primary brain cancer, recurrent brain cancer, and breast cancer that had metastasized to the brain, the engineered cells that were re-introduced to the body went directly to the tumors and also killed the cancer cells. Both types of engineered cells were able to significantly reduce tumor size in the mice that got the treatment compared to the mice that didn’t. Furthermore, researchers also reported that the mice that got the treatment lived longer as well.
Irrespective of government action, America is well on its way to achieving the Plan’s goals even with the Plan locked-up in federal courts for the last two years as Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 13 other attorneys general sue to prevent repeal. Coal continues to decline as other energy sources, including renewables, become increasingly cost-competitive and businesses and homes across the country reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiencies and increase their use of wind and solar energy. It is likely that judicial proceedings will prevent the Administration from repealing and replacing the plan before the 2020 election.
"It is great to see that the hard work of the Mersey Forest Partnership is recognised in the new 25 Year Plan for the environment. We particularly welcome the focus on how, by creating new community woodlands, we can help to improve health and wellbeing of our communities and also the increasing focus on how natural flood management can help reduce flood risk. We look forward to using this impetus to continue to deliver the Mersey Forest Plan."
The man who thinks trees talk to each other (Thomas R.)
The key to it, he says, is the so-called woodwide web – trees message their distress in electrical signals via their roots and across fungi networks (“like our nerve system”) to others nearby when they are under attack. By the same means, they feed stricken trees, nurture some saplings (their “most beloved child”) and restrict others to keep the community strong.
Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "These statistics are hugely encouraging and show we have almost halved the greenhouse gases emitted in Scotland – underlining our role as an international leader in the fight against climate change.
Top 10 Happy Environmental Stories Of 2017 (Thomas R.)
First-of-a-kind surveys of forests in Karen state in southeast Myanmar also yielded records of at least 31 species of mammals, including tigers, Asian elephants, Phayre’s langurs and dholes. The region was previously out-of-bounds for scientists due to security and political reasons. Similarly, surveys in Thailand’s Eastern Forest Complex revealed the world’s second known breeding population of Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti), making Thailand home to two breeding populations of this tiger subspecies.
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