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|Omar, Tlaib host news conference on travel restrictions ||Week 2 preseason takeaways: Is Taysom Hill becoming Drew Brees' heir apparent? |
Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan plan to host a news conference Monday afternoon on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel last week. At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Tlaib and Omar, who had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group, are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.
| There could be a backup quarterback battle brewing in New Orleans. Here's a look at all the big takeaways from the second full week of the 2019 NFL preseason. |
|French hiker missing in Italy nine days found dead ||Raiders GM: Time for AB to be 'all-in or all-out' |
The body of a French hiker who disappeared nine days ago south of Naples was found Sunday, local Italian authorities said. "The body of Simon Gautier has been found a short while ago," the authorities in Sapri, near Belvedere di Ciolandre where the 27-year-old hiker was found dead. Gautier called for help on August 9, saying he had fallen down a cliff and broken both legs, but was unable to give his location other than "in the middle of nowhere, on the coast".
| Antonio Brown has departed Raiders training camp again over his helmet issue, leading general manager Mike Mayock to issue the wide receiver an ultimatum: "It's time for him to be all-in or all-out." |
|Man tells cops he may be hit-and-run driver in fatal crash. He thought he hit a deer ||Jets' Gase blames self for Williamson's torn ACL |
A Palmetto man has come forward to tell authorities he may have been the one involved in the fatal hit-and-run that killed a 13-year-old boy and a 47-year-old man walking along U.S. 19 early Sunday.
| Jets coach Adam Gase blames himself for playing Avery Williamson late into the second quarter of Thursday's preseason game. After Williamson suffered a season-ending injury, Gase decided running back Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason. |
|Plague-infected prairie dogs cause shutdown of Colorado wildlife refuges ||Braves' Acuna pulled after not running out single |
Parts of a Colorado wildlife refuge remained closed off on Sunday after officials first discovered plague-infected prairie dogs there in late July.Wildlife and nature areas near Denver have been shut down as officials continue efforts to stem the spread of the disease.Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000 acre nature area northeast of Denver, was able to partially reopen on Sunday.The refuge is home to many species, including bison and bald eagles, and where the plague concerns first developed in the black-tailed prairie dog.Plague-infected fleas were biting the prairie dogs, and officials began closing affected areas "as a precautionary measure to prioritise visitor health and safety, while also allowing staff to protect wildlife health," according to a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Certain areas remain closed because of the risk posed by hiking through them and taking pets. Dogs are less susceptible to plague than cats, but may pick up fleas that can infect other animals and people, Gilbert Cazier, an environmental health specialist in the Tri-County Health Department, said."If you bring the dog home and he sleeps in your bed, those fleas can then jump and get onto you," Mr Cazier said.Though the plague can now be treated with antibiotics, it has a dark history and, according to the CDC, was responsible for the death of 60 per cent of Europe's population during the Black Death.In 1900, rat-infested ships sailing from areas with plague problems led to epidemics in US port cities, but the last epidemic was in Los Angeles in the 1920s.Today, most plague cases are reported in the western part of the United States, with an average of seven cases reported every year in recent decades. The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, often infects small rodents like rats, mice, and in the most recent incident in Colorado, prairie dogs. Fleas can then transmit the disease to humans and other larger mammals. In addition to fleas, humans can contract plague from coming into contact with the body fluids of infected animals, or by breathing in the coughed droplets of plague bacteria.Bubonic plague is responsible for 80 per cent of plague cases in the United States every year, according to the CDC. A boy in Idaho contracted bubonic plague last year. In 2017, Arizona officials warned residents after discovering plague bacteria fleas. And sadly, in 2015, a star high school athlete died from plague in Colorado.Plague continues to afflict some communities around the world. In 2017, an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar killed 202, according to reports by the World Health Organisation.Health officials in Colorado have been coating prairie dog holes with an insecticide powder. As the prairie dogs enter their holes and brush up against the powder, Mr Cazier said, it kills the fleas on them and prevents the spread to other animals.Some parts of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and nearby areas will remain closed through Labor Day Weekend, officials announced on Friday. The areas include parts of the wildlife refuge and other open spaces in Commerce City, a suburb outside of Denver. Officials did clarify that Dick's Sporting Goods Park, an event venue nearby would continue to host all events, but that parking was restricted to asphalt parking only, since nearby grassy areas had prairie dog populations.The Washington Post
| Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from Sunday's win against the Dodgers after he stood at the plate admiring a long fly ball that did not leave the park. |
|Iranian tanker at centre of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar, shipping data shows ||Bears, Browns attracting most Super Bowl bets |
The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further. British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar around 11 p.m. (2100 GMT), Refinitiv shipping data showed.
| There are more bets on the Bears to win the Super Bowl than there are on any other team at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. |
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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy
Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to â€œcriticize the government and other organizations.â€ So why would that be relevant in a democracy?
Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?
â€œCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.â€ -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nationâ€™s military, the mindâ€™s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagonâ€™s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Capitalism and The Wealth Gap
When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.