by Joe Guzzardi, August 12, 2018The refugee resettlement industry is in full panic mode. Some may question whether “industry” is the correct word. But the multi-million dollar budgets voluntary agencies (volags) have at their disposal and the lofty salaries the directors earn reveal that resettlement is a big and lucrative business, largely American taxpayer-funded.Aided by a favorable Supreme Court decision, President Trump wants ever-fewer refugees. To the contractors’ dismay, last year President Trump threw out 5,000 as his recommended cap. As of July 1, 2018, the State Department has admitted 16,229 refugees, a pace well below this year’s 45,000 ceiling.With the October 1 deadline looming for the president to make his annual determination on the FY 2019 refugee ceiling, the stakes are high for the nine federal contractors. Lower refugee totals put at risk volags’ substantial cash flow that includes $1,950 for each refugee and each child with the contractor pocketing $750 in federal and state grant money, as well as other perks. To protect their monetary interests, the volags gathered on Capitol Hill this month to lobby for higher refugee totals.Six of the nine volags are religious-based groups. By lobbying on Capitol Hill, they ignore the church-state separation principle. When Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other Founding Fathers wrote about religious liberty’s importance, they also condemned church interference in federal policy. Moreover, the IRS specifically prohibits churches and other nonprofits from engaging in a political activity like lobbying. The IRS code that pertains to 501(c)(3) volags states that they must completely refrain from political campaigning.Yet in his August 3 op-ed published in the widely read and influential news magazine, The Hill, Rev. John McCullough, Church World Service CEO and president wrote a scathing commentary that attacked President Trump’s long-standing wish for fewer refugees, a sentiment many Americans share.David Robinson, the State Department’s former Refugee Bureau acting director, shared his from-the-front perspective. Robinson wrote that “the federal government provides about 90 percent of its collective budget” and its lobbying umbrella “wields enormous influence over the Administration’s refugee admissions policy. It lobbies the Hill effectively to increase the number of refugees admitted for permanent resettlement each year…. If there is a conflict of interest, it is never mentioned… .The solution its members offer to every refugee crisis is simplistic and the same: increase the number of admissions to the United States without regard to budgets… ” Note the repeated references to lobbying even though the law prohibits it.Like other federal immigration legislation, the 1980 Refugee Act and its consequences went unchallenged until the current administration. Proving the folly of never bucking the status quo, Refugee Resettlement Watch’s Ann Corcoran wrote that nearly four decades after the last American left Vietnam, the U.S. still accepts Southeast Asian refugees. More than 1.5 million have entered and contributed to nonrefugee chain migrants.Congress should turn its attention to the hard math behind refugee resettlement: refugees immediately access food stamps, public housing, cash assistance, healthcare and childcare. The Department of Health and Human Services doles out approximately $1.5 billion in grants to state and local agencies, schools, and nonprofits for refugee-oriented legal advocacy, language education, mental-health services and domestic-violence prevention.Continuing refugee business, as usual, is a mistake; resettlement contractors profit, while the American communities where refugees are relocated struggle through difficult transition periods. The multi-millions in dollars the U.S. spends domestically on refugee programs would go 12 times as far if distributed in refugees’ home regions to provide for their shelter and care until they can safely return home. No nation including the U.S. can indefinitely accept the world’s displaced populations.FOOTNOTE: Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at [email protected] City-County Observer posted this article without bias, opinion or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited finished top of Group L in the Europa League while Club Brugge dropped into the competition after they finished third in their Champions League group behind Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are also in a similar situation after they topped their Europa League group, while Olympiacos moved into the competition after they finished third in their Champions League group behind Bayern Munich and Tottenham.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 12:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW IN FULL Wolves vs EspanyolSporting Lisbon vs Istanbul BasaksehirGetafe vs AjaxBayer Leverkusen vs PortoFC Copenhagen vs CelticAPOEL vs FC BaselCluj vs SevillaOlympiacos vs ArsenalAZ Alkmaar vs LASKClub Brugge vs Manchester UnitedLudogorets vs Inter MilanEintracht Frankfurt vs Red Bull SalzburgShakhtar Donetsk vs BenficaWolfsburg vs MalmoRoma vs GentRangers vs Braga Arsenal and Manchester United are in the hunt for the Europa League trophy (Getty Images)Arsenal will play Olympiacos in the Europa League round of 32, while Manchester United will face Club Brugge.Elsewhere, Wolves will play La Liga side Espanyol, while Scottish champions Celtic face FC Copenhagen.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will head to Portugal to face Braga.The first-leg ties will be played on February 20, while the return fixtures will be played on February 27.ADVERTISEMENTDue to the city clash between Porto and Braga, Rangers will play their return leg away to Braga on February 26. Advertisement Europa League round of 32 draw: Arsenal vs Olympiacos; Man Utd vs Club Brugge
Joseph E. Glaub, of Guilford, was born on March 15, 1947 in Batesville, the son of John L. and Bertha Wilhelm Glaub. He graduated from Batesville High School and on October 11, 1969, he married Linda Guenther at St. Anthony’s Church in Morris. Joseph worked at Romweber until 1980 when he moved to Erlanger, KY and became an employee of the current Kanefusa-retiring from there in 2005. He and his family returned to Indiana in 1994, and resided in Guilford. Joseph loved fishing, camping, painting, Saturday morning gatherings with former BHS classmates, and spending time with family and friends. On July, 3, 2017 at the age of 70, he passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital with his family by his side. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, and again on Friday from 9 until 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran – Hubbell’s Corner. Pastor Tom Frey will officiate the service at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow and burial will be at a later date. Those surviving who will cherish Joseph’s memory include his wife of 47 years, Linda Glaub; beloved son, Eric, and 2 precious grandchildren, Brian (age 12) and Drake (age 7), and their mother, Abby Jones. Also surviving is one sister, Delores (Emil) Litzinger of Morris; brothers, John (Aggie Simmermeyer) of St. Mary’s, James (Rita Barnhorst) of Morris, Martin (Merita Flaspohler) of Morris, Jack of Batesville, and Robert of Sunman. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jerry (Barb Laker) of St. Mary’s. Memorial contributions can be directed to the American Diabetes Association or a Charity of Choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for the family of Joseph Glaub.
Nemanja Vidic is set to leave the club this summer, and it remains to be seen what role loyal servant Giggs will take on, with Dutchman Louis van Gaal the leading contender to be appointed David Moyes’ full-time replacement following the World Cup. Ferdinand – who joined United from Leeds in July 2002 for a then record £30million – feels he still has plenty to offer. “I am fit, I am healthy and I want to continue playing,” said Ferdinand, who will be part of BBC’s World Cup coverage team in Brazil. “I have spoken to a lot of mates of mine in the game and they all say the same thing – keep playing for as long as you can. “The club at the moment is in a position where they can’t really make any decisions about anything. “For me to be saying I want to do this or that is irrelevant, because we have got to see who becomes the new manager and boxes will be ticked from there. “I just want the best solution for the club. Whatever it is, then I will respect it. After that I am open to offers. “But I would rather wait and see what happens at United and then there will be a decision to be made.” The 35-year-old former England captain has been in and out of the side in a season of transition at Old Trafford, with his contract set to expire in the summer. Indeed Ferdinand did not make the match-day squad for the final home game against Hull this week as interim manager Ryan Giggs gave a glimpse into the future. Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand remains determined to play on next season – but admits he has no idea if that will be at Manchester United. Ferdinand believes United must look to consign their “disappointing season” to the history books and move on under the new manager. “There is no point harping on about what David Moyes did and what went wrong. We have got to turn the page,” he said. “You can’t move forward if you keep looking back. A new manager will come in and he’s the person we’ve got to get behind, to work with and make sure he gets it right. “It is important everyone works together to continue the process of winning as that is what we are. “We are a team that’s won lots of titles and cups and we want to get back to that.” Ferdinand will join the likes of former England striker Gary Lineker and World Cup winner Thierry Henry and out in Brazil as a pundit, which he admits will offer a “strange” experience to be looking in from the outside. Having played through the continual bitter disappointment of failure by the so-called ‘Golden Generation’, Ferdinand feels a reality check on expectations this summer could be just what is needed for Roy Hodgson’s squad. “It is a brilliant position for them to be in, they have been given almost a free hit to go there and to produce,” he said. “They have a great bunch of young players and I think attacking-wise it is the best condition we have gone into a tournament with for years, in terms of fitness, youth, fearlessness through age, and guys who have done well this season with their clubs. “If they can replicate the form they have shown for their clubs in an England shirt in this tournament, then we are in for some exciting times.” Ferdinand believes disappointing club campaigns for any of the United players selected for the 23-man finals squad will have no impact on England duty. “You can have a Manchester United player with the emotion of winning from over the years, or the disappointment of a season going into a World Cup, but once you go in an England squad, you put it in a box, to one side and you are 100 per cent focused on doing well for England,” he said. “It is so intense and you are so encapsulated in the England scene that what happened before does not come into your mind at all because you are so tuned into what you are doing.” Press Association
The indoor track and field season continues this weekend as USC competes in the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas. The 17th-ranked men’s team and seventh-ranked women’s team seek to continue their good form. Last weekend, the Trojans battled their opposition and the high altitude as they competed in the New Mexico Classic in Albuquerque. They overcame those challenges to secure four wins — a shotput sweep, men’s triple jump, women’s 4x400m relay — a school record in the women’s 4×400 relay and several personal bests.The events in Fayetteville will kick off Friday with the women’s mile run. Junior Destinee Brown, who placed sixth in this event’s finals last weekend, will be joined by sophomore Deanna Hill, who placed fifth in the same event, Gabriella Cantrell, a sophomore who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m finals, as well as sophomore Ky Westbrook and senior Alexis Faulknor.The men’s 60m dash will include freshman Dominic Davis, senior Just’N Thymes and sophomore Adoree’ Jackson, who placed fourth overall in last weekend’s 60m final. Sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr, redshirt freshman Zyaire Clemes, Thymes and sophomore Jadon Joyner, who posted a time of 22.10s alongside Jackson last week, will represent USC in the men’s 200-meter dash this weekend.The women’s 200m dash will involve seven Women of Troy — all of the 60m dash competitors as well as Jasmyne Graham and Jaide Stepter. Hill will look to get first place this time around, as she was beaten out for it by a mere 0.003 seconds in Albuquerque. Cantrell will try to improve the already great time of 23.65s she posted in the finals last weekend.Stepter will hope to win again in the women’s 400m dash, after she posted a new school record at 52.30s in the finals. The Trojans must have liked Albuquerque’s banked track because right behind her were junior Amalie Iuel, with a second place time of 52.73s and sophomore Kendall Ellis, in third place, with a time of 53.42s. For the men’s 400m dash, USC will be sending Clemes and sophomore Ricky Morgan Jr., who managed a sixth place overall in the New Mexico Classic’s 400m finals.The Trojans were competitive in last week’s 4x400m relay races and will try to be once again. The men and women’s squads will both feature one change from last week’s successful squads. The women’s roster will include Ellis, Iuel, Stepter and Cameron Pettigrew, who will be replacing Hill. The men feature Clemes, Morgan Jr., Jackson and Robert Ford. The women’s one-mile race will feature seniors Katerina Berdousi and Jenna Tong, who placed 3rd and 7th respectively last weekend. The pair will also compete in the women’s 3000m run alongside sophomore Rebekah Ent. Freshmen pair Nicolaus Jakowec and Trent Rule will compete in the men’s 3000m.Ford and Jordon Wallin, two sophomores, will participate in the men’s 800m race, while as many as four Trojan women — redshirt sophomore Rebekah Ent, freshman Rachel Glynn, Pettigrew and freshman Mikaela Smith — will compete in the women’s 800m.Hurdlers to look out for include sophomore Marquís Morris, who narrowly missed out on last weekend’s 60m HH finals, and freshman Graham, who placed seventh in the women’s 60m HH finals, which only included three college athletes. Iuel and freshman Lyndsey Lopes will join Graham in the 60m HH this weekend.The Trojan long jumpers will comprise of Faulknor, Iuel and Margaux Jones for the women, while Jackson and Eric Sloan will represent the men. The high jump event will include one USC athlete: sophomore Randall Cunningham. The triple jump competition will feature Dominic Smallwood, who placed seventh last weekend, and Sloan, who jumped a personal best last weekend to claim first place in an impressive display of athleticism.Last but not least, USC’s shot-putters will try to sweep the event once again. Last weekend redshirt sophomore Nick Ponzio and senior Tera Novy won the men’s and women’s events, respectively. Freshman Nathan Bultman managed a third place throw in the men’s event, while junior Tanya Sapa secured second place in the women’s with a personal best throw. Talented Freshman Matthew Katnik will compete alongside Ponzio and Bultman this weekend.The Trojans have two more competitions left in this year’s indoor season: the MPSF Championships later in the month and the NCAA Indoor Championships in early March. These precede USC’s first outdoor competition in mid-March: the Trojan Invitational.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue developmentby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.”He’s really mature now,” said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.”Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us. “Three years later, he’s the captain right now, also he’s more mature, he’s able to take and to organise some of the players – for us he’s a very important player.”
oxford tweetThe No. 25 Florida Gators are back in the AP Poll and will host the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels next weekend in an SEC showdown. In anticipation of the match-up, the Oxford Police Department trolled the Gainesville P.D. on Twitter this afternoon.Hey @GainesvillePD, welcome to the @AP Top 25. We’ll be saying bye to ya after Saturday.— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015Nothing too shocking about them doing that, but what was surprising was the type of joke that followed: one mocking former Florida head coach Urban Meyer’s decision to leave the Gators for health reasons in 2010 before resurfacing as the Ohio State head coach in 2012. The tweet has since been deleted but here is a screen-shot of it. oxford tweet Naturally, the Oxford P.D. got a ton of backlash from Ohio State fans, and quickly. We’d like to welcome the Ohio St fans to our timeline. #toosoon #WeMeanNoHarm— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) September 27, 2015The two departments have since gone back and forth with each other and kept it good-natured, which is a good thing.
zoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals Terminal operator APM Terminals Gothenburg has launched The Gothenburg Gateway, a new concept in Swedish logistics.With this move, the company ensured that a container placed on a freight train anywhere in Sweden is loaded onto a large ocean-going vessel within 48 hours. Additionally, the approach is expected to reduce the transit time to Shanghai by at least a week.The Gothenburg Gateway combines fast, efficient freight trains from all over Sweden to Gothenburg, an efficient container port that loads between trains and ships, as well as more ocean-going vessels calling the port.“Via The Gothenburg Gateway it should take a maximum of 24 hours to reach Gothenburg by freight train, and a maximum of 48 hours in total to place a container on an ocean-going vessel,” Henrik Kristensen, CEO APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.Asian markets one week closer“We analyzed how long it takes for a container to reach Shanghai – an important Asian market for Sweden. The Gothenburg Gateway will help reduce this time by at least one week, as well as offering an efficient and climate-smart solution.”In the future, APM Terminals wants to service Sweden with three ocean-going vessels per week in order to provide the most competitive delivery solution.“We now want to take the next step and further develop our port, develop logistics to and from the port, and develop logistics solutions around the port,” continues Kristensen.“The Gothenburg Gateway is a concept to ensure future growth for Swedish industry and trade,” he concludes.During the launch of the concept, the mayor of Gothenburg, Axel Josefson, said that he believed the initiative in Gothenburg should be given priority. He emphasised the importance of planned investments for dredging and the rail network happening as soon as possible.
The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge last week called on the highest levels of government to form a global partnership to stop the illegal trade in wildlife – a trade that presents a grave threat not only to our natural world, but also to our global security.The conference took place in the St James’s Palace State Apartments, London.The conference featured speeches from The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge, a short film highlighting WildAid’s work with Yao Ming to end the demand for ivory in China, and remarks on effective demand reduction through communication by WildAid’s Executive Director, Peter Knights. The audience consisted of more than 160 NGOs and government representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America that play a role in the illegal trade: those that are a source of the wildlife and related products; those where the contraband crosses their national borders; and those whose citizens fuel the demand for the illegal products.“We face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever, and we must treat it as a battle, because it is precisely that,” remarked HRH The Prince of Wales. “It is clearly vital to tackle the demand for such products amongst consumers by recruiting the help of every form of media to communicate more widely and effectively its disastrous consequences.”“As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals,” he added. “Humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. Their destruction will diminish us all.”In recent months, the killing of elephants and rhinos has reached epidemic levels with losses threatening certain populations of African elephant with extinction for the first time within a decade. Both the black and white rhino are also under unprecedented attack for their horn on a scale previously unseen. According to conference organizers, “experts are finding increasing evidence that the illegal activity is being driven by international organized criminal networks and, in some cases, terrorist and rebel militia groups. It seems no country with valuable wildlife populations is immune from the activity, which not only robs citizens of natural resources, but also contributes to global instability.”“The poaching and trafficking crises invariably coincide with rapid economic growth in consuming markets,” said WildAid’s Knights. “We can only solve these crises in consuming nations as we did until 2008, with stronger laws in consuming countries and consumer awareness that reduced demand. When the buying stops, the killing can too.”WildAid was honored to stand with The Prince of Wales and the British Government to put what has become a battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. The meeting focused on promoting international efforts to:· reduce demand for endangered wildlife and related products in markets around the world;· increase capacity for global law enforcement against the organized syndicates engaged in this activity; · assist rural communities to find long-term, viable alternatives to the trade.Convened by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), it is hoped that this conference will be the first stage in a process which will result in key countries signing a “Declaration” at a meeting in Autumn 2013 to commit at the highest levels to end the illegal trade in wildlife.Source:WildAid
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