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Somalis face 'slave ship conditions' on failed deportation flight

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:39:56 +0000

Ninety-two Somali immigrants, set to be deported from the US, found themselves shackled at the hands and feet and kept aboard a plane for two days earlier this month. That part of the story is not in dispute. The Somalis left Louisiana on Dec. 7. Their flight, chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was bound for Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. But the plane never arrived. After landing in Dakar, Senegal, on Africa's west coast, the one-way flight became a round trip, back to the US. Why that happened, though, remains subject to dispute.  The 92 immigrants, now being held at the Krome and Glades detention facility outside Miami, are consulting with their lawyers. The passengers say they were denied food and water and weren't allowed to use the bathroom. “One of my colleagues characterized them as slave ship conditions,” says attorney Kimberly Hunter, who represents two of the passengers on the flight.  “ICE disputes accounts about lack of adequate food, water and

MC Afrikan Boy's 'Wot It Do?' is a call to action

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:12:04 +0000

MC Afrikan Boy, Olushola Ajose, returns with his latest track, "Wot it Do?" It’s a danceable, club-ready track that aims to bring people to the dance floor. The Southeast London Afrogrime musician bursts with energy, pairing neatly woven references to childhood nursery rhymes with a range of influences within grime, early afrobeat and Nigerian juju. In the new video, Afrikan Boy jumps and dances on rooftops alongside a team of brightly dressed people. He says the song is a "call to action, taking inspiration from recent travels abroad and meeting new people, to memories of my youth from old school songs my mum used to sing to us in Yoruba." Afrikan Boy had breakthrough success after he appeared on M.I.A.’s album Kala  and became one of the first artists on her label, N.E.E.T. Recordings. However, now he’s coming into his own sound and creating music that brings people together. The references are not heavy-handed, but his call to action is hard to pass up. Afrikan Boy is set to release

Republicans Are Hoping To Pass Tax Bill By Christmas

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:53:00 +0000

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Australia reckons with the national tragedy of child sexual abuse

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:51:49 +0000

“A national tragedy.” That’s how the Australian prime minister characterized the findings, released Friday, of a five-year investigation into child sexual abuse. Malcolm Turnbull on Friday extended his gratitude to thousands of survivors who were brave enough to tell their stories. “It’s been very tough, often harrowing work,"  he said, "but above all I want to thank and honor the courage of the survivors and their families who’ve told, often for the first time, the dreadful stories of abuse that they received from people who actually owed them love and protection." The investigation involved 8,000 testimonies of child sexual abuse going back decades and occurring in all sorts of Australian institutions, including schools, foster homes, sports clubs, the military and churches.   “Tens of thousands of children have been sexually abused,” the report said. (Read the final document here.) "We will never know the true number. It is not a case of a few 'rotten apples'. Society's major

Are These Condom Ads Too Sexy For TV?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:44:00 +0000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-vwRFu0RhE On Monday, India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory to the country's 857 television channels requiring them to immediately cease airing condom commercials between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The statement prohibits "advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/inappropriate for viewing by children." On Tuesday, the second-most populous nation in the world woke to headlines like "Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are 'indecent '" and " Ban on condom ads symptom of schizophrenia over sexuality, morality ." Online outrage was immediate, with netizens lampooning the ban, the timing and the moral policing. One site satirized the news, thanking the government for saving Indian culture . A tweeter noted that showing racy condom ads after 10 p.m. would be counterproductive , because people would be having unprotected sex, not watching TV, by then. But there are

Fort Lauderdale's Problematic Sewage System Gets An Update

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:40:00 +0000

Fort Lauderdale's troublesome, aging sewage system just got a major update, according to a new city report . A 30-inch force main--a main support sewage line--that runs underneath SW 2nd St. started to repeatedly break near the end of 2016. So, the Public Works Department's Go Big, Go Fast campaign started with an emergency declaration to replace the pipe at the end of September this year. After the damage, sewage trucks had to pump waste from one manhole to another to get the sewage to the city’s wastewater plant for treatment. But not anymore. The new force main is now in place--and it has backup pipes. The second phase of the the process, pressure testing the pipe, is scheduled to start on Dec. 18. The Fort Lauderdale Public Works Department expects to have the entire project completed by the end of May 2018. It’s costing the city $14.5 million dollars.

China's Import Policies Are Affecting U.S. Recycling Companies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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How TV Foreshadowed The #MeToo Movement

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Where Does The #MeToo Movement Go From Here?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Hopes Investigation Will Change Fraternity Culture Across The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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An Outsider's View Of How the U.S. Treats Its Most Vulnerable

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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We LYLAS, But It's Time To Say TTFN As AOL Instant Messanger Signs Off For Good

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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President Trump Had Harsh Words For The FBI

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Trump Could Have Tax Bill On His Desk Before Holiday Break

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Alabama Democrats Describe Doug Jones' Win As 'Euphoria'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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GOP Releases Final Version Of Tax Overhaul Bill

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Nearly A Year In Office, Trump's Presidency Remains Defined By Russia

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:23:00 +0000

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Education Leaders Mull How They'll Pay For Puerto Rican Students

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:14:35 +0000

Nearly 10,000 students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enrolled in Florida’s public schools since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Caribbean. Education leaders haven’t yet quantified the financial impact of absorbing them into schools. But it’ll likely take a combination of funding from the state and federal governments to cover the costs. While visiting a Coconut Grove elementary school late last month, Gov. Rick Scott said the state has reserves that could be used to help. “We'll work with each of the school districts to make sure that they have the resources to be able to take care of these students,” the Republican governor said after holding a press conference to tout his budget proposal for next year. Also attending the event was Miami-Dade County Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who jumped in to support the governor’s statement that he has offered help to affected districts. “The very first question that the governor asked me was: ‘How many

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:14:00 +0000

Rex Tillerson is ready to talk. The U.S. Secretary of State says hes open to negotiating with North Korea without preconditions . “Let’s just meet and let’s — we can talk about the weather if you want,” Tillerson said on Tuesday in Washington. “We can talk about whether it’s going to be a square table or a round table if that’s what you’re excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face? And then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards.” The White House and Tillersons own State Department quickly conflicted this offer of diplomacy . Well talk about where negotiations with North Korea stand and why Tillerson and President Trump dont seem to be on the same page. Plus, the fallout over Trumps decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel , the next chapter of leadership in South Africa and what the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox means on a global scale. GUESTS Nancy Youssef , National security