first_imgThe 2008 Coopers 5-a-side Challenge is set to go off on Sunday 24th of February with some fast and furious touch in the sun. The Glenelg Foreshore again hosts the 14th Annual Challenge and it promises to be more exciting than ever with the rising standard of touch and carnival atmosphere. The nomination form is attached and be quick as the tournament is limited to 24 teams and it fills up quickly!Once again this is a very popular tournament and fills very quickly and I encourage everyone to enter a team and join the fun is the sun. More information can be found at the Touch Football SA website www.touchsa.com.au and the nomination form can be downloaded below.Related Filesentry_form_colley_reserve-pdflast_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

Welding to close a lane on the Taylor Bridge yet again this

first_imgYRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau says that most of the welding will be done on the sides of some of the bridge deck’s floor beams, but that the work needs to be done during daylight hours, hence the hours of the closure.He said that some welding will also be done on the bridge’s metal deck, which is the reason for the lane closure.Charbonneau explained that while the work is listed on DriveBC.ca as running until July 26th, there is a possibility that the work could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.He added that YRB is asking motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone, and is apologizing for any delays that motorists experience. TAYLOR, B.C. – You’ve got three guesses why the Taylor Bridge is once again down to single-lane traffic this week, and the first two don’t count.Highway maintenance crews will be reducing Highway 97 over the Taylor Bridge down to single lane-alternating traffic between now and July 26th as welders once again make their way onto the bridge to conduct repairs.The repairs will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction.last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls in Big Ten Tournament ending its season

Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey (37) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on March 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Kaley Rentz / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team arrived at the Big Ten Tournament confident and motivated.The Buckeyes (14-19-3, 8-11-1) turned that into a 3-1 win against Penn State in the Big Ten quarterfinals, but couldn’t make it pass the semis. OSU’s confidence and motivation wasn’t quite enough, as the Buckeyes lost to No. 13 Minnesota, 3-0, to end their season Friday evening.Even though the Buckeyes didn’t make the championship game, coach Steve Rohlik had a positive outlook on the losing season. While he said he was proud of the team as a whole, Rohlik stressed the importance of the Buckeyes’ upperclassmen.“I’m even prouder of our eight seniors,” he said. “What they’ve done for our program, they’ve sent this program in the right direction. So, obviously I thank them.”Senior assistant captain forward Matt Johnson said even though the end result was disappointing, he was proud of his teammates’ desire to end the season confident and unified.“We really found our identity and started to roll with it,” Johnson said. “Going off of last year, we were very confident, just like this year, we beat every team in the conference. There was nobody we didn’t think we could beat.”Moving forward, the Buckeyes will be without eight seniors, who have seen the program transition from the hiring of a new head coach and a change of conference to the Big Ten from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.“It’s really an incredible group,” Rohlik said. “They’re the ones that have been a big part of where this culture is and where it’s going. Their leadership pulled us along over the last couple months. They’re a big part of why we had a chance.”For Johnson and senior captain forward Tanner Fritz, the final game was emotional, but the two said they are excited for the program’s future.“​I see the program going, obviously, in the right direction,” Johnson said. “We do everything right here. We do it the right way. We have the great staff. To me, you just can’t get a better program.”“We’re always pushing to get better, and I know they’re going to do that in the following years,” Fritz added. “The only way to go is up from here.”Next year, the Buckeyes will look toward a new group of upperclassmen to lead them in the right direction.OSU has three key players returning in captain Sam Jardine, leading goalscorer Anthony Greco and 6-foot-5-inch defenseman Craig Dalrymple.   Beyond that trio, forward Nick Schilkey, defenseman Josh Healey and goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins are all set to be back for another season as well.But regardless of the players, Rohlik said the team’s progression starts with the coach.“I mean, first and foremost, I’m going to have to take some time to reflect on myself because it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “I’ve got to be better.”With the return of a solid foundation, Rohlik said he is eager for the Buckeyes to come out with swagger, determination and success in the Big Ten next year.“The one thing that I want is to let people know we’re going to show up every night,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to come at you and play hard and our guys are going to leave it on the line. That’s our identity and that’s what we try to leave here today.” read more

Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell era ends with stunning 9578 loss to Central

Central Michigan redshirt freshman guard Micaela Kelly shoots a layup during the first quarter of the Chippewas’ win against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at St. John Arena on March 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIn a stunning upset, the third-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team fell 95-78 to 11th-seeded Central Michigan Monday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Along with the loss comes the final game for five seniors on the Buckeyes’ roster, including senior guard Kelsey Mitchell.The only silver lining for Ohio State came when Mitchell scored her 20th point with 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter, which moved her into second place all-time in NCAA women’s history for career scoring. Mitchell struggled to find her shot all night, finishing with 28 points on 11-of-29 shooting.Central Michigan’s 14 3-pointers and 25 made free throws played a huge part in its victory. Along with its relentless defense that held the Buckeyes to just 40 percent shooting, Central Michigan ensured nothing went right for Buckeyes during their final game.Central Michigan fell behind after the first quarter, but blew the door off with a 25-6 second quarter. After a 15-9 Ohio State first quarter lead, the Chippewas went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter. The Buckeyes did not score their first second-quarter field goal until there was three minutes remaining. “I thought for a stretch there we got really good shots,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “We missed probably four layups at the beginning of the second quarter, shots that we normally make. Then we just didn’t handle it very well cause I think we let that spill over to the defensive end. We lost a bit of focus and intensity.”Senior guard Cassie Breen and junior guard Presley Hudson combined for 19 of the Central Michigan’s 25 points in the quarter. Breen’s 12 points came in all sorts of fashion. She went 3-for-4 from the field, making 2-of-3 shots from 3s, and made all three attempts from the free-throw line. As is often the trend with the Buckeyes, when Mitchell struggled, so too did Ohio State. Mitchell shot 2-of-8 in the second quarter with her team finishing the quarter 2-of-13 from the field — with six turnovers on top. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga couldn’t find any offense either, shooting 1-of-3 and splitting a pair of free throws.It didn’t get any better in the third quarter with Central Michigan’s onslaught continuing. Any glimmer of hope vanished when the Buckeyes were outscored 33-25 in the third quarter. Central Michigan’s seven 3-pointers put the game away for good, for it maintained a 67-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.“We tried to play hard and compete,” Mavunga said. “Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off of our mistakes. we had a lot of turnovers which is really unlike us. That really showed, it hurt us down the stretch. We had good possessions here and there, but Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off what we did wrong.”Central Michigan held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, even with a valiant push from the Buckeyes. Senior forward Tinara Moore’s 20 points, along with Breen’s 22 and Hudson’s 28 points were enough to sustain its lead throughout the game. Ohio State finished Mitchell’s final season as both Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, posting a 28-7 overall and 13-3 conference record. read more

United rumors didnt affect me Maguire

first_imgLeicester City’s Harry Maguire insists rumors of a move to Manchester United didn’t affect him all summer long.The defender was linked with a move to Old Trafford after stellar performances at the World Cup with England but the player says he expected the club to reject any advances for his services and those rumors didn’t affect his preparations for the upcoming season.“I want to be on the pitch, whether it is for someone else or for Leicester,” said the 25-year-old, according to Sky Sports.“There was always going to be interest over the summer after the team doing so well in Russia but the owners reiterated I was not for sale and I respected their decision.”“They gave me the opportunity to play for this club, such a good club on the rise and I respected their decision.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“My mind has been fully on Leicester since then.”“I’ve been really impressed since I came back. The people brought in seem to have fitted in really well and I think we’ll only get better.”“I’m an ambitious player and I think we have a really good, talented squad. If we stick together, we can be a real force this year.”Maguire scored an injury-time winner against Southampton on Saturday and his manager, Claude Puel says the defender commands “respect” for keeping his feet on the ground after his World Cup exploits.last_img read more

Lloris backing no justification for drink driving Pochettino

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino never considered stripping skipper Hugo Lloris of the captaincy amid recent drink-driving charge.However, Pochettino revealed his support for the French World Cup winner is no justification for his actions.Lloris, 31, was arrested in the early hours of Friday before being released on bail and will face a magistrates’ court hearing on September 11.But he played a key role in helping Spurs defeat Manchester United 3-0 by keeping a clean slate in the game.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I never considered that,” said Pochettino when asked about rumours Lloris could be replaced as captain by Harry Kane.“I was in contact with him. So bad experience for him, he apologised (to) our fans, us, the club, he showed his regret and apologised (to) all the country because the responsibility is massive.“It is a massive lesson for everyone; he is punishing himself, he feels so sorry and so bad because he knows he made a big mistake.“But, in the same way, I think it is out of character, and we are going to of course support him, but we cannot justify (it).”last_img read more

Inter defender Its important that Gonzalo Higuain doesnt score

first_imgInter defender Milan Skriniar has described Gonzalo Higuain “a great striker” but won’t give him all his attention as they play against Milan.However, he also states that it is important that the Argentine striker doesn’t score.The first Derby della Madonnina of the season will happen on Sunday night. Pipita on his own has scored consecutively in his last five games.“It’s important that he doesn’t score,” Skriniar told ESPN via Football Italia.“But it’s not just him, there’s also their other attackers. He’s a great striker – maybe one of the best in Italy – but if he doesn’t score and somebody else does, it’s still the same.Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusHiguain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“So we’ve got to try not to concede, to score a goal or two and win this game.“I’ve not yet lost to Milan in a [Serie A] derby, the first derby was amazing. We won 3-2, with a goal in the 95th minute from Mauro [Icardi] to complete his hat trick. It was great for us and great for our fans.“The second time was 0-0 but this is the third in Serie A and I hope to win it. We need to prove that we are better, and we’ve got to give everything.“We are convinced that we are stronger than we were last year, but we’ll see on the pitch.”last_img read more

Pink To Receive 2017 MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award

first_imgNews Email Pink To Receive 2017 MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award Twitter Facebook Pink: 2017 VMAs Video Vanguard Award Honoree pink-receive-2017-mtv-vmas-video-vanguard-award GRAMMY winner set to receive the same honor awarded to Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Britney SpearsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 15, 2017 – 12:19 pm GRAMMY.comPink is having a killer couple of months, including the release of her latest single, “What About Us,” and news about her upcoming seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma. As if that isn’t enough, she is set to receive the 2017 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards.From her three GRAMMY wins to her chart-topping hits, unforgettable videos like “Get The Party Started” and “Lady Marmalade,” and acrobatic live shows and philanthropy efforts, Pink is a natural candidate for the Video Vanguard Award.Established in 1984, the inaugural year of the VMAs, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award honors artists who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of music and film. The first three recipients were David Bowie, the Beatles and Richard Lester. Since then, GRAMMY winners such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears have taken home the honor.In addition to accepting her award, Pink will perform “What About Us” live during the awards show, along with performances from Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, and Fifth Harmony, among others.The VMAs will be held Aug. 27 at The Forum in Los Angeles, with Katy Perry serving as host.Pink Drops New Single, ‘Beautiful Trauma’ Album Artworklast_img read more

Wilmington Arts Council Looking For Entrants For Spring Art Show

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Art Center’s 39th Annual Art Exhibit Set For May 31-June 1; Still Time To EnterIn “Community”Wilmington Art Center’s 35th Annual Art Exhibit Set For June 5-7, Still Time To Enter!In “Community”Wilmington Cultural Council Has $5K In Grants Available To Wilmington Organizations & SchoolsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons, as well as cash prizes, in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition.The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The reception and exhibit are open to the public, and free of charge.Exhibit Hours:Friday, June 1, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Exhibit Opening Reception, with refreshments & live musicSaturday, June 2: noon-4pm: ExhibitTo enter, submit your application and entry fee before May 25th to the Wilmington Arts Council, c/o Town Hall in Wilmington.  Entry forms can be downloaded HERE. For additional information, please call Jean Chang at (978) 886-9224, or email jeanachang@comcast.net.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Arts Council.) Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Australia fears attack on Western interests in Bangladesh

first_imgFlags of Bangladesh and AustraliaThe Australian government is once again wracked by fears that a terrorist attack might hit Bangladesh in the coming days, although the intended target would be so-called ‘Western interests’, reports news agency UNB.”Days of national significance, such as Victory Day (December 16), can provide an opportunity for terrorist attacks,” Canberra said in an updated alert issued on Wednesday.Bangladesh has never witnessed a terrorist attack on December 16, when usually the country is in a buoyant mood celebrating Victory Day in the Liberation War in 1971.The travel advice then morphs into something like a security briefing, as it asserts a “high threat” of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh, claiming to have “reliable information” in this regard, right down to potential/likely targets, with ‘Western interests’ .It would be only fair for anyone reading this bit to expect the Australian government has also passed on all the ‘reliable information’ in its possession regarding the ‘high threat’ of an attack and any potential list of targets to the US/UK.”Stay alert and maintain an active awareness of your environment. Ensure you have robust security plans in place. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh,” it wrote for the Australian travellers.Meanwhile, the UK said while the last terrorist attacks to take place occurred in March 2017, targeting security forces, there is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings.”There’s also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks; you should consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities,” reads the security alert.last_img read more

Texas Has Hired Its First Ever Director Of Human Trafficking Prevention

first_imgDFPS staff photographer Sean MathisHuman Trafficking and Child Exploitation (HTCE) Director Kim Grabert.Earlier this year, the Tribune’s Sold Out series examined how state policies — including a severely underfunded child welfare system — failed to help child sex-trafficking victims. Since then, lawmakers set aside a budget increase of more than $500 million for the foster care system, and the governor’s office approved new funds for trafficking prevention initiatives — which includes the state’s first-ever Director of Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation.Kim Grabert, who in July came to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from a similar agency in Florida, said in an interview with The Texas Tribune that she hoped to help multiple state agencies cooperate to help Texas trafficking victims.We talked with Grabert about what the state is doing to track down runaways, whether online data-mining could help find victims, what should be done about the lack of specialized homes for recovered teens, and what Texas can learn from Florida’s example. Below are her answers, which have been edited and condensed.Texas Tribune: Why was your position created, and what do you see your specific role as being?Kim Grabert: The position came out of a grant through the governor’s office, and really the position was created so that I can focus all my time on one topic.My background and my strength is really in all the collaborative team-building, and the ability to kind of look at what’s going on everywhere, figure out where we can plug in, and where is the opportunity to leverage what’s already existing.We’re going to introduce a screening tool, so [DFPS will] be using the same one that the governor’s office is using [and that] their grantees will be using, so we can get really good evaluation information out of that.And then we’re going to be looking at our continuum of care and understanding where there’s opportunities to build specialized placements or specialized services [for trafficking victims], and how can we work with what already exists, through education, to grow the population that they’re serving. TT: You came here from Florida. In your time here, have you seen things that Florida is doing on child sex trafficking that Texas is not, and are there things that Texas has to learn from other states?KG: I think there are things that Texas is doing that are totally innovative and cutting edge and ahead of the curve on a national basis, and it’s really around this multi-disciplinary structure, the coordinated care model, that everybody in a local, regional area are targeted. That’s amazing, and it really brings in some of the work that’s occurred in other places, but it brings it in with an ability to look at what didn’t work in the other places and try to fix that here.I definitely think there were unique aspects to Florida’s system that don’t exist here, and vice versa. So it’s hard to draw exact comparisons. They’ve done a lot of frontline training here. We want to build on that, and really give people who have an interest in this in-depth knowledge and really start to build subject experts around trafficking because the issue is really complex.The one thing I see in both those states that I think is absolutely critical is the partnerships that exist among the players.TT: When you say the players, who are you talking about?KG: It’s the Legislature, it’s the state agencies who are involved … so health departments, your child welfare, your juvenile justice entities, governor’s office. It is your non-governmental organizations, it’s your faith-based community, it’s your survivor leadership … of course law enforcement.The reality is we all want to help victims. And we also have to recognize that there’s different mission statements for all those people that are involved, and so collaborating becomes really important in making sure that we’re always doing what’s in the best interest of the child.One of the things about this population is, treatment needs to be long-term. It can be extremely expensive … where’s the opportunity for prevention? Who’s treating the community children? What programs and services are able to cross across conservatorship and community, and where are all those opportunities to serve the entire spectrum of the population and not just carve out specific pieces?TT: One of the issues that we have written about when it comes to trafficking is the difficulty surrounding child runaways. In your opinion, what can DFPS do better when it comes to tracking down runaways?KG: I think they’re doing a good job right now. When I got here, I was able to sit in on some of the work groups that they have going on, to really look at those kids that are missing from care, where there may be issues that we specifically need to address about a provider — are there opportunities for training around those issues?Sometimes people say runaway and they think, ok, well, it is what it is.But for teenagers, just because they are 15, 16, 17 years old, they have the ability to make a phone call or they have the ability to ask for help. They really are high-risk victims when they’re on the street and running because they don’t see their own exploitation, and they don’t recognize the grooming. And they don’t recognize that they’re being targeted, and it makes them very vulnerable.The whole implementation of these [DFPS] special investigators is awesome. The fact that they have these staff who are being assigned as soon as a child is reported missing, and to start working those cases, has really ramped up the idea of a sense of urgency. The commissioner has spoken with regards to the criminal analyst position. I think that’s really the last piece that’s really going to help us, to have somebody that is really going to be utilizing social media and utilizing the Internet to reach out and find these kids.TT: My last question, which you touched on earlier, is that a lack of specialized placements for recovered victims has been one of the biggest challenges that we’ve written about. What are you guys doing about that?KG: There’s two issues around what you’re saying. One is that we have to recognize … the majority of these children live in their community when they’re trafficked. They live in their homes; they live with a relative. They’re not in the custody of child welfare at the time they’re trafficked.So we have to be able to identify youth that are in our conservatorship, we have to be able to identify them as having those at-risk factors and making sure that we are cognizant of providing services that are specific to their needs. But again we don’t want a boilerplate response. Every child that’s identified as a trafficking victim does not need a specialized safe house or safe home.I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of survivors around the nation and even those that are very healed and who’ve been out of the life for a very long time and are survivor-leaders, they still have ongoing needs.So we have to have a mechanism to be able to provide a response for those kids who are in the community and not in formalized care, whether that’s juvenile justice or child welfare. When parents or caregivers reach out and want help, there has to be a mechanism and to have funding to give for that type of treatment.And there has to be an expectation by the community as a whole that government is not going to be able to fund the treatment of sex-trafficking alone and in totality. Everybody has to step up.We need our churches, we need all of our agencies to come together and look at where are the opportunities to use the funding streams we have. Where can those entities and the community seek out foundations and where will they need to do fundraising? Where can individuals and corporations step in?This has to be a community-wide response because of how comprehensive the needs are, and how long they are. They’re going to go past that child turning 18. And we have to make sure that we can transition them into adult programs or into adult services.This is a huge issue. It’s easy to say we just need to do these couple of steps, but it’s bigger than that. Sharelast_img read more

Gov Greg Abbott Signs Several School Safety Bills In Wake Of Shooting

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneFrom left: State Sens. Jane Nelson, Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen look on as Gov. Greg Abbott talks about bills he’s signed to improve school safety and provide greater mental health resources to students, in Austin on June 6, 2019.Capping off a yearslong effort to prevent another school shooting like the Santa Fe High tragedy, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a series of bills into law Thursday that would, among other things, strengthen mental health initiatives available to children and allot money to school districts that can go toward “hardening” their campuses.A sweeping school safety measure, Senate Bill 11, instructs school districts to implement multihazard emergency operation plans, requires certain training for school resource officers, ensures school district employees — including substitute teachers — are trained to respond to emergencies, and establishes threat assessment teams to help identify potentially dangerous students and determine the best ways to intervene before they become violent.The bill is, in part, a product of Abbott convening lawmakers soon after last May’s shooting at Santa Fe High, which left 10 dead and another 13 wounded. Before signing the measure Thursday at the Texas Capitol, Abbott said that SB 11’s passage was made possible through the efforts of House and Senate lawmakers and fruitful discussions that came out of a series of roundtable discussions he hosted shortly after the shooting.The legislation addresses “not only the tragedy that took place at Santa Fe,” Abbott said at Thursday, “but will do more than Texas has ever done to make schools safer places for our students, for our educators, for our parents and families.”Republican state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen — who both represent the Santa Fe school district — said they were pleased with lawmakers’ headway this session as it relates to school safety and mental health initiatives.“It is unfortunate that the events such as what happened at Santa Fe occurred, but we are taking action to do everything that we can reasonably do,” Bonnen said.The law, which Bonnen and Taylor authored, also resurrects this session’s largest mental health bill, and creates a Texas Mental Health Consortium aimed at bringing together psychiatric professionals from Texas medical schools and other health care providers to connect children to mental health services.Aside from SB 11, Abbott signed a separate mental health bill Thursday by state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, that increases mental health training for educators and other school professionals and improves students’ access to mental and behavioral health services.“We are taking a very significant step forward,” Price said of his legislation. “We’re reducing the stigma that is associated with mental illness, and we’re equipping our counselors, administrators and educators throughout the state of Texas to identify children in crisis — again, all with parental consent.”While both the mental health and omnibus school safety measures garnered bipartisan support in the House and Senate, their success came as a number of other school safety bills drew heavy criticism from Democrats and gun control advocates. The third bill Abbott signed into law Thursday abolishes the cap on how many trained school teachers and support staff — known as school marshals — can carry guns on public school campuses.The signing of that bill disrupted the harmony between Texas Republicans and gun control proponents who, otherwise pleased with the bill signings, lamented that the marshal bill passed and another “red flag” law measure — which would have allowed courts to order the seizure of guns from people who are deemed an imminent threat — never gained traction at the Capitol.“I think ultimately that’s going to be something we need,” said Ed Scruggs, vice chair for Texas Gun Sense. “In most cases there are signs. There are threats that are made or social media posts — something is occurring that’s tipping people off that we could have a problem here.”Asked by reporters Thursday whether he supports “red flag” laws, Abbott said that “right now” such a measure wasn’t necessary in Texas — though he asked lawmakersto consider the idea shortly after the shooting. “We think the best approach is what we passed in the combination of these bills,” the governor said.Still, Scruggs gave a thumbs-up to lawmakers for their progress on school safety bills and said that “overall, things were positive.”Gun control groups like Scruggs’ weren’t the only ones to laud Texas’ leadership for their work this session to help prevent — or at least mitigate — another mass shooting. Survivors, too, said lawmakers surpassed their expectations as it related to making progress on school safety legislation this year.“We were really pleased with SB 11. The pieces that were personal to me are in there,” said Flo Rice, a former Santa Fe High substitute teacher who was shot in both legs last May. “I’m really pleased. I feel like they worked very hard, they listened to us and the community and made strides to really protect our children.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

In rhythm and verses

first_imgShe was shocked to see the condition of Haveli which was occupied by a Taal and a PCO was operating from there. In order to restore the Ghalib’s Haveli to its rightful place Sharma formed a committee Ghalib Memorial Movement with eminent people.They then approached Sheila Dikshit to help in getting the Haveli Vacated and make it into a Heritage site. With the then CMs interest and their relentless efforts the Haveli was finally restore and is now a befitting Memorial to the great poet. To commemorate the event Sharma has been organising Ghalib’s Birth-Death Anniversary every year which includes a Candle Light Procession to Ghalib’s Haveli from Town Hall and a cultural programme based on Ghalib’s writing. The evening’s programme is a culmination of this year’s Ghalib’s Death Anniversary Celebration.  The event is scheduled for  8 February at Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Max Muller Marg. Head over for this one!WHEN: 8 February, 6:30 pmWHERE: Multipurpose Hall, IIClast_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics Upcoming plays

first_imgIndia’s biggest theatre extravaganza, is finally heading towards its finale. The festival saw some prominent groups and artists presenting the best of their plays. In its last phase, a couple of other fabulous performances, which can be enjoyed by theatre lovers include:FridayADHE ADHUREWriter: Mohan RakeshDirector: Robin DasGroup: Individual Performance, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 40 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh, NSD LOKA SHAKUNTALA Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWriter: K.V. Subbanna Director: CR JambeGroup: Antharanga Havyasi Nataka Thanda, Shimoga Language: KannadDuration: 1 hr 50 minsTime: 6:30 pmLocation: Kamani SaturdayTHE HOUSE OF USERWriter: Edgar Allan PoeDirector: Goge BamGroup: NSD Diploma Production, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 15 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh AKA-NANDUNWriter & Director: Bhawani Bashir YasirGroup: Ensemble Kashmir Theatre (EKTA), J & KLanguage: KashmirDuration: 1 hr 25 minsTime: 5 pm Location: Shri Ram CentreA STRAIGHT PROPOSALWriter & Director: Happy Ranjit Group: Unicorn Actors Studio, DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 2 hrsTime: 8:30 pmLocation: Abhimanch, NSDlast_img read more

How to interact with HBase using HBase shell Tutorial

first_imgHBase is among the top five most popular and widely-deployed NoSQL databases. It is used to support critical production workloads across hundreds of organizations. It is supported by multiple vendors (in fact, it is one of the few databases that is multi-vendor), and more importantly has an active and diverse developer and user community. In this article, we see how to work with the HBase shell in order to efficiently work on the massive amounts of data. The following excerpt is taken from the book ‘7 NoSQL Databases in a Week‘ authored by Aaron Ploetz et al. Working with the HBase shell The best way to get started with understanding HBase is through the HBase shell. Before we do that, we need to first install HBase. An easy way to get started is to use the Hortonworks sandbox. You can download the sandbox for free from https://hortonworks.com/products/sandbox/. The sandbox can be installed on Linux, Mac and Windows. Follow the instructions to get this set up. On any cluster where the HBase client or server is installed, type hbase shell to get a prompt into HBase: hbase(main):004:0> version1., r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016 This tells you the version of HBase that is running on the cluster. In this instance, the HBase version is 1.1.2, provided by a particular Hadoop distribution, in this case HDP 2.3.6: hbase(main):001:0> helpHBase Shell, version, r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016Type ‘help “COMMAND”‘, (e.g. ‘help “get”‘ — the quotes are necessary) for help on a specific command.Commands are grouped. Type ‘help “COMMAND_GROUP”‘, (e.g. ‘help “general”‘) for help on a command group. This provides the set of operations that are possible through the HBase shell, which includes DDL, DML, and admin operations. hbase(main):001:0> create ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘metrics’0 row(s) in 1.7250 seconds=> Hbase::Table – sensor_telemetry This creates a table called sensor_telemetry, with a single column family called metrics. As we discussed before, HBase doesn’t require column names to be defined in the table schema (and in fact, has no provision for you to be able to do so): hbase(main):001:0> describe ‘sensor_telemetry’Table sensor_telemetry is ENABLED sensor_telemetry COLUMN FAMILIES DESCRIPTION{NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOOMFILTER => ‘ROW’, VERSIONS => ‘1’, IN_MEMORY => ‘false’,KEEP_DELETED_CELLS => ‘FALSE’, DATA_BLOCK_ENCODING=> ‘NONE’, TTL => ‘FOREVER’, COMPRESSION => ‘NONE’, MIN_VERSIONS => ‘0’,BLOCKCACHE => ‘true’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘65536’, REPLICATION_SCOPE =>’0′}1 row(s) in 0.5030 seconds This describes the structure of the sensor_telemetry table. The command output indicates that there’s a single column family present called metrics, with various attributes defined on it. BLOOMFILTER indicates the type of bloom filter defined for the table, which can either be a bloom filter of the ROW type, which probes for the presence/absence of a given row key, or of the ROWCOL type, which probes for the presence/absence of a given row key, col-qualifier combination. You can also choose to have BLOOMFILTER set to None. The BLOCKSIZE configures the minimum granularity of an HBase read. By default, the block size is 64 KB, so if the average cells are less than 64 KB, and there’s not much locality of reference, you can lower your block size to ensure there’s not more I/O than necessary, and more importantly, that your block cache isn’t wasted on data that is not needed. VERSIONS refers to the maximum number of cell versions that are to be kept around: hbase(main):004:0> alter ‘sensor_telemetry’, {NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘16384’, COMPRESSION => ‘SNAPPY’}Updating all regions with the new schema…1/1 regions updated.Done.0 row(s) in 1.9660 seconds Here, we are altering the table and column family definition to change the BLOCKSIZE to be 16 K and the COMPRESSION codec to be SNAPPY: hbase(main):004:0> version1., r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016 hbase(main):005:0> describe ‘sensor_telemetry’Table sensor_telemetry isENABLEDsensor_telemetryCOLUMN FAMILIES DESCRIPTION{NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOOMFILTER => ‘ROW’, VERSIONS => ‘1’, IN_MEMORY => ‘false’,KEEP_DELETED_CELLS => ‘FALSE’, DATA_BLOCK_ENCODING=> ‘NONE’, TTL => ‘FOREVER’, COMPRESSION => ‘SNAPPY’, MIN_VERSIONS => ‘0’,BLOCKCACHE => ‘true’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘16384’, REPLICATION_SCOPE => ‘0’} 1 row(s) in 0.0410 seconds This is what the table definition now looks like after our ALTER table statement. Next, let’s scan the table to see what it contains: hbase(main):007:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ROW COLUMN+CELL0 row(s) in 0.0750 seconds No surprises, the table is empty. So, let’s populate some data into the table: hbase(main):007:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’, ‘temperature’, ’65’ERROR: Unknown column family! Valid column names: metrics:* Here, we are attempting to insert data into the sensor_telemetry table. We are attempting to store the value ’65’ for the column qualifier ‘temperature’ for a row key ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’. This is unsuccessful because the column ‘temperature’ is not associated with any column family. In HBase, you always need the row key, the column family and the column qualifier to uniquely specify a value. So, let’s try this again: hbase(main):008:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’, ‘metrics:temperature’, ’65’ 0 row(s) in 0.0120 seconds Ok, that seemed to be successful. Let’s confirm that we now have some data in the table: hbase(main):009:0> count ‘sensor_telemetry’ 1 row(s) in 0.0620 seconds => 1 Ok, it looks like we are on the right track. Let’s scan the table to see what it contains: hbase(main):010:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810397402,value=65 1 row(s) in 0.0190 seconds This tells us we’ve got data for a single row and a single column. The insert time epoch in milliseconds was 1501810397402. In addition to a scan operation, which scans through all of the rows in the table, HBase also provides a get operation, where you can retrieve data for one or more rows, if you know the keys: hbase(main):011:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’COLUMN CELLmetrics:temperature timestamp=1501810397402, value=65 OK, that returns the row as expected. Next, let’s look at the effect of cell versions. As we’ve discussed before, a value in HBase is defined by a combination of Row-key, Col-family, Col-qualifier, Timestamp. To understand this, let’s insert the value ’66’, for the same row key and column qualifier as before: hbase(main):012:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’66’0 row(s) in 0.0080 seconds Now let’s read the value for the row key back: hbase(main):013:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’COLUMN CELL metrics:temperature timestamp=1501810496459,value=66 1 row(s) in 0.0130 seconds This is in line with what we expect, and this is the standard behavior we’d expect from any database. A put in HBase is the equivalent to an upsert in an RDBMS. Like an upsert, put inserts a value if it doesn’t already exist and updates it if a prior value exists. Now, this is where things get interesting. The get operation in HBase allows us to retrieve data associated with a particular timestamp: hbase(main):015:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30′, {COLUMN =>’metrics:temperature’, TIMESTAMP => 1501810397402} COLUMN CELLmetrics:temperature timestamp=1501810397402,value=65 1 row(s) in 0.0120 seconds We are able to retrieve the old value of 65 by providing the right timestamp. So, puts in HBase don’t overwrite the old value, they merely hide it; we can always retrieve the old values by providing the timestamps. Now, let’s insert more data into the table: hbase(main):028:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170307/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’43’0 row(s) in 0.0080 seconds hbase(main):029:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170306/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’33’0 row(s) in 0.0070 seconds Now, let’s scan the table back: hbase(main):030:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956, value=33 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941,value=67 3 row(s) in 0.0310 seconds We can also scan the table in reverse key order: hbase(main):031:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {REVERSED => true} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956,value=33 3 row(s) in 0.0520 seconds What if we wanted all the rows, but in addition, wanted all the cell versions from each row? We can easily retrieve that: hbase(main):032:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {RAW => true, VERSIONS => 10} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956, value=33 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810496459, value=66 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810397402, value=65 Here, we are retrieving all three values of the row key /94555/20170308/18:30 in the scan result set. HBase scan operations don’t need to go from the beginning to the end of the table; you can optionally specify the row to start scanning from and the row to stop the scan operation at: hbase(main):034:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {STARTROW => ‘/94555/20170307’} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 2 row(s) in 0.0550 seconds HBase also provides the ability to supply filters to the scan operation to restrict what rows are returned by the scan operation. It’s possible to implement your own filters, but there’s rarely a need to. There’s a large collection of filters that are already implemented: hbase(main):033:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {ROWPREFIXFILTER => ‘/94555/20170307’} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 1 row(s) in 0.0300 seconds This returns all the rows whose keys have the prefix /94555/20170307: hbase(main):033:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, { FILTER => SingleColumnValueFilter.new( Bytes.toBytes(‘metrics’), Bytes.toBytes(‘temperature’), CompareFilter::CompareOp.valueOf(‘EQUAL’), BinaryComparator.new(Bytes.toBytes(’66’)))} The SingleColumnValueFilter can be used to scan a table and look for all rows with a given column value. We saw how fairly easy it is to work with your data in HBase using the HBase shell. If you found this excerpt useful, make sure you check out the book ‘Seven NoSQL Databases in a Week‘, to get more hands-on information about HBase and the other popular NoSQL databases out there today. Read More Level Up Your Company’s Big Data with Mesos 2018 is the year of graph databases. Here’s why. Top 5 NoSQL Databaseslast_img read more

83 of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise

first_img Travelweek Group WASHINGTON — Low water levels on Europe’s rivers made 2018 a challenging year for river cruising but that hasn’t stopped this one-time cruise niche, and now a cruise industry phenomenon, from posting double-digit growth.River cruises in Europe have seen a 53% year-over-year growth to eastern waterways (Rhine, Moselle, Danube, Elbe) and a 30% growth to western channels (Soane, Seine, Loire) as well as a 24% growth to the south (Douro, Rhone, Dordogne, Garonne, Po), according to CLIA’s 2019 Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report.River cruises remain one of the top trends in the cruise industry, says CLIA. And close to four out of five travel agents (79%) say a river cruise is a good way to introduce ‘new to cruise’ travellers to cruising. Agents surveyed in CLIA’s report also say river cruises are ideal for clients looking for new or different experiences, smaller ships, destination immersion and a relaxed way to see Europe.“The results of last quarter’s survey were no surprise,” says Rob Huffman, Vice President Sales, USA, Scenic Group. “We’ve seen tremendous growth for both of our river cruise brands – Scenic and Emerald Waterways – on the traditional European routes like the Danube, as well as on newer routes like the Douro.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Here are some of the CLIA report’s top findings:Cruise bookings, spending upFour out of five travel agents (84%) say bookings are up when compared to last year. Additionally, 83% reported spending is up, as well. More than a quarter of agents (28%) reported clients are spending greater than 10% more than one year agoAlaska still strongAlaska has been consistently the top growth destination for the last three years of the report. More than two-thirds of travel agents (67%) reported seeing increased interest in the Northern-most U.S. state. Alaska has gained an even wider margin than in the past.Destination interest up double digitsSome cruise destinations have seen a double-digit spike in interest from just a year ago. In Mediterranean Europe increased interest has jumped from 25 percent to 42% (up 17%) over the past year. South America has seen growth in interest from just 9% last year to 20%.Travel Agent Knowledge and AdvocacyMore news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTOverwhelmingly, travel agents stated the most beneficial attribute for travel clients is the ability to providing valuable experience and product knowledge (86%). Agents also reported another travel agent benefit is the ability to leverage relationships and expertise if something goes wrong (81%).For the full report see: https://cruising.org/-/media/ta-outlook/travel-agent-cruise-industry-outlook-december-2018.pdf 83% of agents say clients are investing more dollars in their cruise vacation Share Wednesday, January 23, 2019 center_img Tags: CLIA, Statistics Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down then

first_imgAs the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.”If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.”We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.””Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.”He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.”[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.”It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.”President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.”This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.”I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.”Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.”It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more