O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 4

first_imgWednesday Jan 29, 2014 O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 4 Alex Payne and O2 Inside Line are back to look ahead to the start of the Six Nations with France vs England on Saturday. Both teams have now named their teams, which include uncapped players for both sides, including at flyhalf for France.* England included youngsters George Ford, Jack Nowell, Luther Burrell and Anthony Watson in their squad, who according to coach Stuart Lancaster, have impressed at club level and in training.“We are excited about the players we are taking to Paris and what a great place to open our RBS 6 Nations campaign against a French team who will be massively motivated, especially after the last two games between us,” Lancaster said.In this week’s O2 Inside Line fans get an exclusive look into life in the England camp, with Dylan Hartley and Brad Barritt starting off with their Player Analysis and their views on the French team.Some of the funniest things to happen on a rugby pitch are then discussed, we see some of the team training and then operations manager Tom Stokes runs through what his job entails.*Updated: Both teams have now been namedEngland team:Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Luther Burrell, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May, Owen Farrell,  Danny Care, Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola Replacements Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Lee Dickson, Brad Barritt, Alex GoodeFrance squad:Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Maxime Medard, Jules Plisson, Jean-Marc Doussain, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Nicolas Mas, Alexandre Flanquart, Pascal Pape, Yannick Nyanga, Bernard Le Roux, Louis PicamolesReplacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Yannick Forestier, Rabah Slimani, Yoann Maestri, Antoie Burban, Damien Chouly, Maxime Machenaud, Gael FickouWhat are you predictions for France vs England this weekend? (Sat, 18:00 Paris time)ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error O2 Inside Line Related Articles 377 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 9 – England… 378 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 8 379 WEEKS AGO O2 Inside Line – Season 4 Episode 7 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Hillside House / SAOTA

first_imgArchDaily Interior Designer: Area:  1687 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” MASS Beverly CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Los Ángeles, United States Lighting Design: Lux Populi Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938650/hillside-house-saota Clipboard Architects: SAOTA Area Area of this architecture project Woods + Dangaran ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938650/hillside-house-saota Clipboard Design Team:Mark Bullivant, Philip Olmesdahl, Alwyn De Vos, Eugene Olivier, Conrad MartinContractor:Fortis DevelopmentLandscaping:Chris SosaArtwork:Creative Art PartnersProperty Agents:Oppenheim Group & Bond Street PartnersCity:Los ÁngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adam LetchRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)MetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. SAOTA’s Hillside home in Los Angles is located immediately above Sunset Boulevard on a promontory just one over from Pierre Koenig’s landmark Stahl House. The site is a 20 000 square foot estate, featuring 300-degree views over the LA skyline and the city basin below, and the design was conceived of more as a self-contained oasis rather than a conventional house. The Stahl House served as a key point of departure. The forms and articulation of Hillside’s roof planes, which were pushed as far forward as possible so that they could create meaningful external covered living spaces, set its architecture in dialogue with the iconic silhouette nearby and connect it to the drama of its context.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!© Adam LetchThe projecting eaves and soffits create a fifth façade proved fortuitous in creating a sense of identity because the wraparound perimeter views necessitated the carefully controlled placement of solid walls and extensive use of glass to maximize the panoramic potential of the site. Consequently, the architecture is defined through the floating, overlapping horizontal floor and roof plates curating specific view axes rather than mass walls or external structure. The steep approach from below resulted in a dramatic entrance through a top lit central atrium rising via a 12 car underground garage and an indoor waterfall cascading into a courtyard  before surfacing into the centre of the living level in a dramatic moment of revelation as a dead-on view of downtown LA opens up.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe program is arranged around this focal view, loosely forming two wings, one oriented east-west, and the other north-south. The largely open-plan interior, in the absence of mass walls, has been articulated vertically and through volumetric changes to rationalize the layout. References to modernist construction techniques are picked up in the articulation of the steel columns and the sensuous and tactile use of timber and limestone on the floors and wall, which is carried extensively throughout the interior and exterior detailing. Some of the identifying features such as the cut-outs in the roof have been reprised in the detailing of the interior ceilings to add interest.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!ElevationsSave this picture!© Adam LetchIn keeping with SAOTA’s extensive experience in developing seamless indoor/outdoor open-plan living spaces appropriate to their base in Cape Town, South Africa, where the Mediterranean climate and topography are very similar to that in LA, they conceived of the program as a series of living rooms connected to extensive covered outdoor terraces. These outdoor spaces are in turn enclosed by a vast undulating infinity pool and lush landscaping along the perimeter, subtly screening neighboring properties (and ensuring their privacy) with climbing ficus trees. In keeping with the principles taken from the Stahl House and the ground-breaking Los Angeles Case Study Houses, which were built between 1945 and 1966, the generous allocation of outdoor space maximizes the potential of the livable climate, reconnecting contemporary LA architecture with a somewhat lost aspect of its modernist heritage.Save this picture!© Adam LetchProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Mimuro / Ohmura Nakamura AtelierSelected ProjectsMiura Showroom / Takenaka CorporationSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Adam Letch Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Hillside House / SAOTA Architect of Record: Hillside House / SAOTASave this projectSaveHillside House / SAOTA Photographs Manufacturers: Antonio Lupi, Henge, Minotti, Porada Projects Save this picture!© Adam Letch+ 43Curated by Hana Abdel Share United States Park Lane Projects Project Manager: 2019 “COPY” CopyAbout this officeSAOTAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsLos AngelesOn FacebookLos ÁngelesUnited StatesPublished on May 05, 2020Cite: “Hillside House / SAOTA” 04 May 2020. 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African-American jobless rate stays high

first_imgDespite the unemployment figures released Sept. 4, indicating that the rate of joblessness has gone down to 5.1 percent, the figures among African Americans remains more than twice that of whites.Historically, since the advent of the tabulation of jobless statistics, African Americans have maintained consistently higher figures for those looking for work who cannot find employment. This is a symptom of how national oppression overlaps class exploitation.That African-American unemployment rates over the course of the last five decades are consistently double that of whites illustrates that institutional racism is still alive and well within the economic structures of the United States. The massive closings of industrial facilities in the last four decades, as well as outlawing affirmative action in many states, have served to restrict employment opportunities and fuel the substantially higher levels of poverty among the oppressed.An article published in the Aug. 8 Atlanta Black Star says “that [the] percentage masks the unemployment disparities between white Americans and minorities across individual states. Right now the national unemployment rate for white Americans is about 4.6 percent, for Hispanics, it is 6.5, and for Blacks, 9.1.” This same article continues: “On the record, Washington, D.C., hit the peak of Black unemployment with a 14.2 percent rate. New Jersey followed with 13 percent, South Carolina was at 12.8 percent, and Illinois at 11.5 percent. Tennessee holds the lowest rate of Black unemployment, which is equivalent to the highest rate of white unemployment in West Virginia.”Compounding this problem is the failure of the federal government, the U.S. Congress and the corporate community to even address this glaring crisis. Instead, law enforcement agencies across the country have intensified the repressive apparatus of the state, killing African Americans in astronomical numbers and placing many more in the clutches of the prosecutorial offices, the courts and the prisons.Political context for jobless ratesLatino/a unemployment continues to be disproportionately high as well, but African Americans have the highest rate in the country of the ethnic groups in the Economic Policy Institute study entitled “How the Economy Has Performed for Workers This Year.” The study, published Aug. 25, reveals that pre-recession and “post-recession” jobless rates for African Americans are basically the same.The EPI analysis Algernon Austin published in his June 19, 2013, study entitled “50 Years of Recessionary-Level Unemployment in Black America” holds true today: “The figures show the average of the annual unemployment rates for whites and blacks from 1963 to 2012. It also shows the average of the national unemployment rate during recession years in this period. The average unemployment rate for the recession years is 6.7 percent. Over this period, whites have an average unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, significantly below the recession average.” This observation continues, stressing, “In fact, for most of the 50 years, the white unemployment rate was below 5.1 percent, at times falling to as low as 3.1 percent. By contrast, the average unemployment rate for blacks over the past 50 years, at 11.6 percent, is considerably higher than the average rate during recessions of 6.7 percent. In only one year (1969), did the black unemployment rate dip slightly below the recession average to 6.4 percent. Thus, over the last 50 years, the black unemployment rate has been at a level typical for a recession or higher.”The lower rate in 1969 coincided with the advent of urban rebellions and revolutionary mass organizing in the industrial, civic and educational arenas. The repressive apparatus of the U.S. during this period saw the wholesale attack on a wide range of organizations from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party and other community and youth formations leading to political assassinations, forced exile and domestic imprisonment.  Oftentimes economists link unemployment in the African-American community with the lack of funding for schools in urban areas. Others include educational achievement with previous career experience. Nonetheless, the upcoming generations of African-American students are finishing colleges and universities at increased rates, yet a degree is still not enough to protect African Americans from the systemic institutional racism still permeating the work force. With no governmental or judicial pressure to establish guidelines and quotas in hiring practices, it is almost impossible to prove in court the intent to discriminate.  The Center for Economic Policy Research undertook an evaluation of hiring practices in 2014, which revealed that 12.4 percent of African-American college graduates ranging in age from 22 to 27 were without jobs in comparison to 5.6 percent of college graduates overall in the same age category.EPI Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity and Economy Valerie Wilson was quoted in the Sept. 7 Black Enterprise magazine: “Even when you compare blacks and whites with the same backgrounds, blacks get less employment opportunities. When we say racial discrimination, we often have overt practices in our minds. But it’s taken on different forms. It’s not as blatant as it once was, but it still plays out in decisions and perceptions about blacks,” she emphasized. Labor participation rate worst in decadesThe recent jobless figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources fail to properly account for the decreasing labor participation rate, which is the lowest in four decades. Tens of millions of people have dropped out of the official labor market in large part because of the lack of jobs and the stagnation in wages.The website of zerohedge.com on Sept. 4 notes that “the main reason why the unemployment rate tumbled to the lowest since April 2008 is because another 261,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force, as a result pushing the total number of U.S. potential workers who are not in the labor force, to a record 94 million, an increase of 1.8 million in the past year, and a whopping 14.9 million since the start of the second great depression in December 2007 while only 4 million new jobs have been created.”Even according to the BLS, the labor participation rate is hovering around 62 percent, meaning that nearly 40 percent of the work force either is not seeking traditional jobs or is employed in the informal sectors of the economy. In many African-American urban communities, such as Detroit, centers of employment are located miles outside of their neighborhoods. The lack of public transportation and non-ownership and access to vehicles hamper African Americans’ ability to reach areas where hiring is taking place even for low-wage employment. This absence of transportation resources, coupled with institutional discrimination, creates conditions that are potentially volatile socially.In areas where rebellions and mass demonstrations have erupted over the last 13 months — specificly St. Louis County, Mo., and Baltimore — both have high rates of unemployment and poverty. Also the repressive nature of the municipal police and courts places further obstacles to obtaining employment due to the rate of traffic stops, citations and incarceration.Until these issues are addressed on a national level, the situations prevailing in African-American communities across the country will remain tense. Anti-racist movements, including Black Lives Matter, must continue their efforts to halt the arbitrary harassment, physical abuse and killing of African Americans. At the same time the growing resistance to state-sanctioned violence must expand to include an economic program demanding jobs, quality education, public services and a guaranteed income.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgSt. Vincent Hospital nurses’ strike enters eighth weekBecause of their dedication to improving the standard of care for their patients, nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., remain on the picket line. Their demands include a safer nurse-to-patient ratio (meaning the level of care necessary for each patient is a factor when determining nurse staffing), a pool of nurses who are trained to care for the more critically ill patients in intensive care units and a team of rapid response nurses who can be dispatched when a patient needs to be quickly stabilized during a life-threatening event.credit: MNA websiteHaving nurses with critical care specialty training as well as rapid-response nurses can greatly improve survival rates of the sickest patients. Adequate staffing decreases the risk of error and improves the overall recovery rate for patients. Tenet Healthcare Corporation, which owns St. Vincent’s, is estimated to have wasted over $35 million on replacement nurses and police details to break the strike rather than using their dollars to meet the nurses’ reasonable demands.Reports from inside the hospital of substandard care by replacement staff are filtering through to the nurses on the picket line. The community wants their nurses back in charge of their care, and the St. Vincent nurses are committed to delivering quality care to their community. The first round of talks between the Massachusetts Nurses Union (MNU) and Tenet is set for April 26. (Framingham Source, April 18)UAW strikes Volvo truck plantAfter a frustrating month of contract negotiations, close to 3,000 United Auto Workers Local 2069 members went on strike April 17 at the Volvo Truck plant in Dublin, Va. Workers complain of concessions in the past three contracts while the company makes huge profits. UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry stated: “The UAW is disappointed that Volvo Truck has failed to present a substantial offer by the March 16 contract deadline, despite a contract extension. Our goal remains to achieve a fair tentative agreement for our members, their families and the community of Dublin, Virginia.” The UAW proposed April 26 as the date to resume contract negotiations. (Detroit Bureau, April 20)The strikers have already won support, garnering large donations of food and drink. “We are happy to stand with you, our brothers and sisters, as you demand fair wages, retirement and other benefits from a prosperous corporation such as Volvo,” said Kristy Vance, president of the Western Virginia Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) chapter. (WDBJ, April 19)If the strike drags on, the UAW, with $790 million in its Strike and Defense Fund, should increase weekly strike benefits — currently $250 per week with medical coverage.Kroger refuses hazard pay for workersDue to the hazards of the COVID-19 pandemic, some municipalities in southern California now mandate a higher hourly wage for workers in retail stores and pharmacies with 300 or more workers. The “hero pay” ordinance passed in Long Beach increases pay by $4 an hour. (Press Telegram, April 26)The Kroger grocery chain announced that, rather than comply with the ordinance, it would close two stores in Long Beach: Ralph’s and Food 4 Less. Mayor Robert Garcia would like to take action against Kroger and pointed out the company made so much in profits that it spent “nearly a billion dollars in 2020 to buy back its own stock shares.”Kroger has previously announced closure of three grocery stores in L.A., after the Los Angeles City Council voted in February that large grocery stores must pay workers an extra $5 an hour for about four months. (tinyurl.com/yetv85j2)A company spokesperson claimed the ordinances are “misguided” and that the municipalities have “overstepped” by guaranteeing that workers are compensated for continuing to provide essential services to their communities during the pandemic. (Fox Business, April 18) The United Food and Commercial Workers condemned Kroger’s store closures.This practice of private entities disregarding governmental measures that raise workers’ living standard is not new. In 1929, Harvard University fired 20 women janitors rather than comply with the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Commission’s demand to pay the women an extra 2.5 cents per hour. Harvard Alumni reacted to the firings calling them “Harsh, stingy, socially insensitive and considerably short of the highest ethical standards of the time.” (The Crimson, April 29, 1974)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Senator O’Domnhaill backs party leader as Fianna Fail decide not to contest election

first_img Google+ Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp News Twitter Senator O’Domnhaill backs party leader as Fianna Fail decide not to contest electioncenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Fianna Fáil leader is denying the party’s finished as a political force, after deciding not to contest the Presidency in October – the first time in its history it won’t contest a national election.The Parliamentary Party agreed not to run a candidate – and the leader says the focus has to be on renewing and rebuilding Fianna Fáil and regaining the trust of the people.Party leader Micheal Martin says he will advise members how to vote in the election once nominations close, at the end of next month.And Donegal Senator Brian O’Domnhaill has agreed with his party leader, and he says Fianna Fail are certainly not finished……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/bri1pm.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – September 1, 2011 Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Previous articleTwo more golden eagle chicks born in Donegal this SummerNext articleNo agreement to sell Donegal Creameries’ dairy division as talks continue News Highland last_img read more

Tonight: Ithaca City School District budget hearing at 5:30 p.m.

first_img The hearing can be attended via Zoom or in-person at the Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School, though how many people can attend in-person considering COVID-19 guidelines. More information can be found on the initial budget proposal here from the Board of Education’s first April meeting. The budget webpage is here. Additionally, there will be a Board of Education candidates forum Wednesday night, featuring three incumbents running for re-election in Nicole LaFave, Moira Lang and Ann Reichlin plus challenger Kelly Evans. Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler Tagged: ann reichlin, budget, ithaca city school district, kelly evans, moiralang, nicole lafave, schools Your education news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca City School District’s 2021-2022 budget will be under discussion Tuesday evening as it faces its first and only formal public feedback session solely dedicated to the budget before the annual referendum takes place. Matt Butler last_img read more

FL woman relives hippo attack: ‘I didn’t feel any pain, it was just more of survival’

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A Florida woman said her life flashed before her eyes last month when she was attacked by a hippopotamus while canoeing during an African safari.Kristen Yaldor and her husband, Ryan, were enjoying a canoe safari on Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River on Dec. 1, when one of the guides saw hippos on the right side of the river and instructed guests to paddle to the left, away from them, tour operator Wild Horizons said in a statement after the attack.“I didn’t have any fear getting into the canoe whatsoever thinking that something like this would happen,” Kristen Yaldor told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Thursday. “He did tell us with his binoculars he did see hippos, a group of hippos up on the right-hand side.”“But when I had looked over, the only thing that I saw was just a back of a hippo went underneath [the water]. I didn’t know what that meant. I didn’t know if it just submerged itself, or if that meant it was starting to charge underwater,” she added.Yaldor and her husband said they were riding in a two-person canoe when the attack happened. As they paddled, a hippo emerged from underneath and capsized the canoe.“Something popped up underneath our canoe, more towards the middle, to the front. And I could see that it was a back of a hippo,” Kristen Yaldor said. “The canoe tipped forward to where I fell into the water toward the deep side.”“For about 45 seconds total, I was underneath the water, from what I estimated. I didn’t feel any pain. It was just more of survival,” she added.Ryan Yaldor was also knocked in the “murky, dirty” water, but he managed to swim back to shore. When he turned around and screamed for his wife, she popped out of the water, her right leg still in the hippo’s mouth, he said.“She was gone. She was nowhere to be seen, just disappeared,” Ryan Yaldor told GMA. “And I can see the other canoe, farther down, and they’re just standing there, screaming, you know, hoping that she’s gonna come back up to the surface.”Kristen Yaldor, who described herself as a wildlife enthusiast, said she fought the hippo as much as she could, punching the animal several times in the face.“I was very close to feeling myself running out of air … I had to do something to try to get it to let go,” Kristen Yaldor said. “I grabbed its mouth to try to put it off my leg and I could feel its face and the leathery feel of its mouth and the front of his nose on my leg.”She said she fought the hippo, who may have been protecting her calf, until it eventually released her. She then swam toward the shore, where her husband helped her out of the water and into the nearest canoe.“I was more terrified when it let me go,” she said. “And then I attempted to swim to shore after that. I ended up backstroking — about five backstrokes. And then I could reach the paddle of the guide on the shore. My fear then was that it was gonna come after me again. And then I didn’t think I could survive, if it came after.”She was first taken to a small clinic in Zimbabwe and then transferred to a hospital in Johannesburg, a journey that took 14 hours from the time of the attack, according to the couple.The hippo’s teeth caused a ragged fracture to her right femur, for which she has had two surgeries — one to repair the break and a second to remove the dead tissue, she said.She may need additional surgeries as well.“They say that most people that do survive hippo attacks don’t make it to the hospital,” her husband said. “If [the bite] was an inch or so in another direction — she probably would have bled out in the canoe and not made it any past that.”Before embarking on the tour, guests are given a safety briefing and are required to practice paddling, in an effort to ensure they “are familiar with the mechanics of rowing down a river, and are competent to do so,” Wild Horizons said in a statement.“We would like to stress that while our guides are expertly trained and qualified to manage trips such as these, and that every preparation is painstakingly made, nature is unpredictable,” the company added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

96 people charged in Texas marriage fraud scheme to get Green Cards

first_imgPattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock(HOUSTON) — Nearly 100 people in Texas have been indicted on federal marriage fraud charges, in a scheme allegedly aimed at securing U.S. Green Cards for Vietnamese nationals, according to officials.The alleged ringleader of the scheme, Houston resident Ashley Yen Nguyen, had associates operating throughout Texas and Vietnam, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a press release. The indictment, which names 96 people, was filed on April 30 in the Southern District of Texas, but it remains under seal.The suspected criminal organization allegedly created 150 sham marriages in the past six years, ABC Houston station KTRK-TV reported.“Marriage fraud is a serious crime,” USCIS Houston Director Tony Bryson said in the statement. “This indictment reveals how successful our working relationships are with our law enforcement and intelligence partners when it comes to investigating marriage fraud. USCIS remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring national security, public safety and the integrity of the immigration system.”Each “beneficiary spouse” allegedly paid Nguyen between $50,000 to $70,000 to obtain full U.S. permanent resident status, according to the ICE statement. The agreements allegedly dictated that individuals would pay an additional amount for each benefit he or she received, such as admission into the U.S., conditional U.S. permanent resident status an, finally, full U.S. permanent resident status.The organizers allegedly went so far as to prepare fake wedding albums that included photographs, the statement said.The suspects also allegedly provided false tax, utility and employment information to USCIS, it said.Several individuals also allegedly acted as guides for those who traveled from Vietnam to petition for residency in the United States, according to ICE. The guides acted “under the guise” that they were meeting their fiances, but they were actually “beneficiary spouses paying the criminal organization to circumvent U.S. law,” the statement said.The couples involved in the fraudulent marriages did not live together and did not intend to do so, “contrary to the official documents and statements they submitted” to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in Houston, the statement said.“The spouses only met briefly, usually immediately before they obtained their marriage license, or not at all,” the statement read.Attorney Trang Le Nguyen was also charged with preparing paperwork associated with at least one of the fraudulent marriages and allegedly instructed a witness who provided information to law enforcement to “go into hiding” and not travel by air, according to ICE. That attorney was charged with obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice and tampering with a witness. ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for her.The indictment remains sealed for those who have been charged but are not yet in custody, according to ICE. It includes 47 counts of marriage fraud, 50 counts of mail fraud, 51 counts of immigration fraud and 51 counts of false statements under oath in a matter relating to the registry of undocumented immigrants, according to ICE’s statement.The charges — conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and tampering with a witness, victim or informant — all carry possible 20-year federal prison sentences, the release said.On Monday, several family members of some of those indicted trickled in and out of court, according to KTRK-TV.Marc Carter, the attorney for the alleged ringleader, Nyugen, told KTRK-TV that his client was included in the indictment “because she’s helped people.”“The government in these detention hearings always try to make these salacious kind of statements and arguments,” Carter told KTRK. “They were also making a point to let the judge know she is a naturalized citizen that is somehow less than someone born here.”A federal judge ruled that Nyugen was a flight risk, and she is being held, as is her husband, according to KTRK-TV. Nyugen’s daughter was released after posting a bond, KTRK-TV reported.Carter did not immediately answer ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Peatling propels E. Washington past S. Utah in OT

first_img Tags: Big Sky/Eastern washington Eagles/Mason Peatling/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Associated Press January 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Peatling propels E. Washington past S. Utah in OT FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMason Peatling scored 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and Eastern Washington rallied to beat Southern Utah 81-78 in overtime.Peatling’s 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation knotted it at 71 to force the extra session. Jacob Davison’s 3 with 53 seconds left brought Eastern Washington within 71-65.Southern Utah led 40-38 at halftime and extended it to 63-52 when Andre Adams made a layup with 9:36 left in regulation. Peatling scored a layup with 7:55 left to start a 7-0 run in just under three minutes.Dwayne Morgan led Southern Utah with 22 points. Written bylast_img read more

USA: Ingalls Newest, Technologically Advanced Warship William P. Lawrence Sets Sail

first_img USA: Ingalls Newest, Technologically Advanced Warship William P. Lawrence Sets Sail View post tag: Naval View post tag: sail View post tag: News by topic American Flags blew in the wind and crowds of Ingalls shipbuilders lined the banks in Pascagoula Thursday. They gathered to watch the Willia…By Patrice Clark (wlox)[mappress]Source: wlox, May 20, 2011; View post tag: technologically View post tag: Ingalls Industry news May 20, 2011 View post tag: newest View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: usa View post tag: sets View post tag: Lawrence Share this article View post tag: Advanced View post tag: P. View post tag: William Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Ingalls Newest, Technologically Advanced Warship William P. Lawrence Sets Sail View post tag: Warshiplast_img read more