September 2, 2003CENTURY PLANT: This cluster of Century Plants [Agave Americanan] grows behind the Ceramics Apse. One of the plants has begun to grow its flower stalk. This first photo was taken on 5/1 of this year. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> There is a remarkable difference in size on 5/6. >>right>> This photo was taken on 5/12. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> 5/22 We did not measure the size but the push of this plants effort is amazing. >>right>> On 5/28 little branches have sprouted at the top portion of the stalk. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> On 6/9 buds have grown on the branches and >>right>> on 6/27 the beautiful flowers are visited by busy bees. [Photo & text: sa] The stalk of this plant turns into a very light, hollow wood, with solid branches and large seedpods on those branches. It has been observed that this kind of stalk can be used for a version of the aborigin instrument digereedoo. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]
Modern Times Group (MTG) has agreed to sell its 80% stake in Swedish broadband service provider Zitius to TeliaSonera in a deal that values Zitius at SEK380 million (€42 million).MTG said it had decided to sell the stake as the Swedish open access model – where multiple service providers can deliver services to end users over third-party access networks – had evolved to the point where it no longer made strategic sense to own a broadband service provider.MTG acquired Zitius in August 2012 and invested in the expansion of the company’s operations. It said that Zitius had expanded its number of connected households by 12% and the number of households that subscribed to at least one of its services by 34% in the course of 2013.“The Open Access market in Sweden has evolved rapidly over the last 16 months. The increased competition between communications operators has resulted in large contracts changing hands, as well as significant improvements in the services available in the different networks. This proves that the Open Access network model is both sustainable and benefits consumers through freedom of choice. As a result, it is no longer necessary for MTG to own Zitius,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and CEO of MTG.“We have a platform agnostic pay-TV strategy in the Nordic region and we will continue to offer our free TV and pay TV channels to subscribers in Zitius’ networks, as well as distribute our channel packages through a broad range of other third party pay-TV networks.”
Does the Fed’s official ending of its policy of forward guidance matter to savers? Absolutely. Jim Rickards recently published an excellent article detailing how the Fed’s protective guidance allowed “banks to make excess profits to restore the capital they lost in the 2008 crash.” Rickards chronicles the failure of various Federal Reserve schemes and confirms what many of us, including yours truly, already suspected: As can be seen from this history, the entire process of forward guidance has been an elaborate farce in which markets and investors have played their assigned roles. Federal Reserve officials have told me privately that they have no idea what they are doing—something they never say publicly. They simply try some policy as a kind of experiment. It if appears to work, they may do more of it. If it appears to fail, they promptly abandon it. The biggest mistake investors can make is to believe the Fed knows what they are doing—they don’t. The whole mess reminds me of a familiar tale, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. It took a child to point out what everyone could see: “But he has nothing on!” Whispers ran through the town until the townspeople all finally echoed the child, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” The Fed is naked and we all know it. But the consequences of its folly go far beyond embarrassment. Banks are doing just fine; savers, not so much. While the Fed has strongly hinted that it will raise rates, market predictions of when that will happen keep getting pushed back. Interpreting the Fed’s published statements has become a running joke. Like a naked emperor, most of the options for income investors in this environment ain’t pretty. But Money Forever Portfolio has unearthed a portfolio of rare gems designed to provide income and capital protection no matter what the next Fed experiment turns out to be.
In March, I interviewed Cedric Habiyaremye, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student at Washington State University who is trying to get Rwandan farmers to grow and eat quinoa. How’s his project going? Cedric Habiyaremye, 31, wanted Rwandan farmers to get excited about quinoa because of its nutritional punch. But now, he says, they’re a little too excited.The Ph.D. student at Washington State University started his project to popularize the crop in his home country last year. He had researched which varieties would grow best in Rwanda’s environment in an earlier program. And local farmers found quinoa easy to grow.But Habiyaremye doesn’t want to hand over the seeds to just anyone yet. He wants to make sure that farmers know that quinoa must be washed several times before eating it. “Quinoa has [a compound] called saponin, which is very bitter. If they eat it without washing it, they will be disappointed.”Habiyaremye is happy to report that his Quinoa Model Farmers Project, which distributes varieties of quinoa seeds to Rwandan farmers and trains them to grow, harvest and cook it, now has 209 participants, up from just 12 in March.In May and June, a couple of Rwandan news stories profiled his project — and it ignited a quinoa craze across the country, he says: “After those articles were published in the Rwandan media, it created a high demand for the seeds nationwide.””It brings the biggest smile and joy to my heart,” he adds.Despite the fervor, he wants to take things slowly and strategize with the project participants, he says, making sure they know how to prepare quinoa properly after harvest.While the farmers are testing out the quinoa on a small scale now, Habiyaremye has big plans for the crop in the future. “I don’t want people to just grow quinoa in the country for a year or two and then stop, or lose interest,” he says. “I want them to understand how to incorporate quinoa in their existing farming system. And that starts with education.” Through the project, farmers receive a quarter pound each of three quinoa varieties to yield up to 5 pounds of quinoa, free of charge. It’s enough for farmers to grow quinoa in their farms year-round and share seeds with others in the community, he says. His efforts to bring quinoa to Rwanda have brought him to the international stage. In July, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a think tank, asked him to serve as the youngest member of a global agriculture task force, which includes big names like Ertharin Cousin, the former executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP).”Cedric embodies the entrepreneurial, resilient spirit that is needed to transform the agricultural sector,” says Vanessa Taylor, assistant director for the group’s global food and agriculture program. “His compelling personal story, connection to smallholder farmers and research interests in agronomy and crop science make him a valuable addition to our task force.”That personal story starts when he he was a boy. His family fled to a refugee camp in Tanzania during Rwanda’s civil war. The WFP provided meals to people in the camp, and when Habiyaremye saw the trucks coming, he said that he was full of joy because it meant he’d get to eat.”It’s so crazy!” says Habiyaremye. “Life is what you make of it, you know? If you’re positive, you’ll attract positive people. I didn’t let my circumstances [being a refugee] define me — and I think that’s what brought all these opportunities to me.”Meanwhile in Rwanda, Habiyaremye’s biggest quinoa supporter — his mom, Agnes Mukankwaya — continues to evangelize the crop in her community. She just discovered she could make a kind of flour by drying up the leaves and grinding it.”You know how people sprinkle sesame seeds on food? She does that with the quinoa meal,” he says. “Now I’ve started to do that, too!”Her peers call her the Queen of Quinoa, says Habiyaremye.And what does that make him?”If she is the Queen,” he says, “that makes me the Prince.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The disabled author of an acclaimed new investigation into the impact of austerity on disabled people has backed calls for an independent inquiry into links between the government’s policies and the deaths of benefit claimants.Frances Ryan (pictured) said there was an “urgent” need for an inquiry to investigate the failings of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its links to the deaths of disabled people claiming benefits.She has become the latest high-profile figure to back the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition*, which calls for an inquiry into such deaths, and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by ministers or senior civil servants to be passed to police.The petition also calls for a recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to change its policies and practices urgently to make the safety of all benefit claimants a priority.Ryan’s new book, Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People**, argues that those in power have turned on disabled people, who have become objects of “suspicion, demonization and contempt” since 2010.Ryan told Disability News Service: “In Crippled, I look at multiple cases of people who have died after having their benefits removed.“Some were found ‘fit for work’ but due to the inaccuracy of the assessment system, were so ill they died shortly after.“Some were starved, frozen, or had lethal health conditions triggered because they had no money for food, electric, or heating.“Others like Jodey were left in desperate states and sadly took their own lives.”She added: “Coroners have repeatedly pointed to ‘fit-for-work’ tests as a contributory factor in a number of disabled people’s deaths.“Suicide is deeply complex and it’s vital to report on these cases responsibly, but it isn’t hard to see how people are becoming vulnerable.“Remove social security from a disabled person too disabled or ill to work and it’s like pushing someone off a cliff and feigning surprise when they hit the beach.”Her book brings together much of the research that has exposed the impact of austerity on disabled people in the last decade, but it also hears the stories of individuals whose lives have been blighted by cuts to their support.It is, she says, “a rallying cry against the shrinking of the welfare state and the hardship the austerity agenda is causing disabled people”.Her book has been praised by high-profile figures such as film director Ken Loach, and shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has said: “This devastating book should shake our political system to its foundations.”Ryan concludes in the book that disabled people “have been routinely driven into destitution, pushed from the workplace and stripped of the right to live in their own homes”, while the benefit system is in chaos, with disabled people “forced through a system defined by hostility and humiliation”.And she says society has now reached the point at which “a cocktail of austerity and long-standing prejudice towards disabled people is leading to the sort of large-scale negligence that at its extremes is tantamount to abuse”. *To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committee**Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People, by Frances Ryan, is published by Verso Books
Microsoft Sells Google-Bashing Mugs, T-Shirts on its Website Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Taking its year-long campaign against Google to the next level, Microsoft has begun selling “Scroogled”-branded merchandise on its website.The software giant’s online store features a variety of anti-Google merchandise, from t-shirts to hoodies to mugs. Like the Scroogled ads on TV, the descriptions about each item are centered around the idea that Google is exploiting users’ private information. For instance, a $7.99 mug that features the phrase “Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data” – and is already sold out – boasts this description: “Put 15-ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still calm. And fully caffeinated.”Related: Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Search for New Microsoft CEOThen there’s this biting description of an $11.99 Scroogled t-shirt: “Gulled. Humbugged. Buffaloed. Wire-tapped. Extorted. Sold out. Chicaned. Fleeced. Scammed. Conned. Surveilled. Double-dealt. Ensnared. Suckered. Sandbagged. Gossiped. Scandalmongered. Flimflammed. Skullduggered. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. Beguiled. Cheated. Fooled. Double-crossed. Defrauded. Hoodwinked. Swindled. Duped. They’re all just synonyms for being Scroogled – and you can get them all on this American Apparel 50/50 t-shirt.”A rep for Microsoft told Ad Age the merchandise is not an aim to make money, but to give consumers a way to express their feelings about Google’s privacy practices.The items, which range from $7.99 to $25.99, include free shipping and free returns, according to the website.Related: Microsoft Axes Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Employee-Ranking System Lyneka Little November 21, 2013 –shares 2 min read
Brand value 2019 (US$M) Alcohol Ping An 7 Category 33,167 138,158 140,953 3 Retail 9 4 2 Tencent China’s Most Valuable Brands Grow a Record 30% to $889.7 Billion in 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Ranking – With Alibaba the New Number One PRNewswireMay 6, 2019, 8:21 pmMay 6, 2019 4% 8 5 9% 26,967 Telecom Providers Banks AlibabaBrandZKantarMarketing Technologymobile-centricNewsWPP Previous ArticleAmazon or Alibaba: Freedonia Compares These Global E-Commerce LeadersNext ArticleSAP Offers New SaaS Solution to Onboard Millions of Partner Users, Granting Access to Sensitive Data Without Regulatory Risk Brand China Construction Bank 39,103 -21% Technology There is vast potential for further brand growth overseas as China moves beyond the industrial focus of its Belt and Road initiative towards establishing leadership in areas including AI, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and green energy. One such business is Home Appliances and IoT brand Haier, ranked 15th in the Top 100 with a brand value of $16.3 billion. The report also shows the investments brands make to build value are measurably rewarded in the stock market. The BrandZ China Top 100 stock portfolio, comprising the same 100 brands, has outperformed the MSCI China Index by almost four times, growing 111% since July 2010 vs. 28%.David Roth, WPP, says: “China’s stock market volatility over the past year has provided a real-life stress test for valuable brands, which continued to outperform the market. Put simply, valuable brands deliver superior shareholder returns. $100 invested in the MSCI China Index in 2010 would be worth around $128 today. That $100 invested in the BrandZ™ China Top 100 would now be worth $211. The threshold to enter the BrandZ China Top 100 has more than doubled from $311 million in 2018 to $681 million in 2019, demonstrating the continued pace of growth for Chinese brands increasingly recognised as leading the way in innovation. Against a backdrop of heightened competition and disruption, building stronger brands is what it takes to stay in the game.”Alibaba’s brand value has grown 136% over the past five years in BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands, outperforming the Top 100 overall which increased 92% over the same period. Since first appearing in the ranking in 2015 following its IPO, Alibaba’s rise to the number one spot in 2019 reflects the growth of a brand which has contributed to transformational changes in the Chinese market. In BrandZ’s ‘Brand Power’ metric of brand equity, Alibaba scored particularly strongly for being ‘Meaningful’, suggesting the brand known for coining the term ‘New Retail’ has successfully created closer connections with its consumers.The Brand Power metric also looks at how brands perform in being Different (distinctive), and Salient (coming to mind at the moment of consideration). While Chinese brands generally score well for being Meaningful and Salient, they do not perform as well in being viewed as truly distinctive from the competition or as trendsetters.Doreen Wang, Global Head of BrandZ at Kantar, adds: “Whether going abroad or expanding domestically, the potential for brand growth is huge for China’s most valuable brands. But realising it requires the knowledge and expertise needed to surmount new challenges. This report highlights the importance for Chinese brands to build difference in the domestic and global marketplace.”Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019The BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands report is based on a deep understanding of what motivates consumers, how to fulfil their expectations and how to build powerful and valuable brands that consumers and investors love. The full report along with charts and videos can be found here or via the app, available for download fromor from iTunes or Google Play. All BrandZ valuation results are also available for Bloomberg subscribers at their fingertips.BrandZ’s top-five 2019 takeaways for building valuable brands in China:Build difference – As the China market becomes even more competitive the importance of Difference increasesGo deep – China is growing fastest in lower tier cities; relying on insights gained from competing in coastal metropolises can help – but can also create misunderstandingRefine the brand experience – Standing out from sameness requires delivering a memorable brand experience by personalising one or more aspects of the brandBe intelligent – To produce the extreme convenience lifestyle favoured by Chinese consumers, the path to success involves a combination of human and artificial intelligenceBuild a powerful brand – At the point of sale – physical or online – a powerful brand enjoys an important edge against all other brands trying to convert consumers to customers.Background and methodologyCommissioned by WPP, the valuation behind the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands was conducted by brand equity research experts Kantar. The methodology mirrors that used to calculate the annual BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking, which is now in its 13th year.The ranking combines rigorously analysed market data from Bloomberg with extensive consumer insights from over 3.7 million consumers around the world, covering more than 166,000 different brands in over 50 markets – including opinions from nearly 290,000 Chinese consumers on over 1,100 brands in 75 categories.The ability of any brand to power business growth relies on how it is perceived by customers. As the only brand valuation ranking grounded in consumer opinion, BrandZTM‘s analysis enables Chinese brands to identify their brand’s strength in the market and provides clear strategic guidance on how to boost value for the long-term. The eligibility criteria are:the brand was originally created in Chinathe brand is owned by a publicly traded enterprise, or its financials are published in the public domainBank brands derive at least 20 percent of earnings from retail bankingChinese unicorn brands have their most recent valuation publicly available. (In prior years, only publicly-traded or audited companies were eligible).The suite of BrandZ brand valuation rankings and reports includes Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru), The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, UK, US.Marketing Technology News: eSentire Report: Volume of UK Cyber Attacks Increased by Over 140 Percent in 2018 1 Baidu 10 Technology 6 Technology JD Alibaba Moutai Insurance Entertainment Sees Largest Category Growth of 186%; Technology Accounts for 26% of Total ValueAlibaba has been crowned the most valuable brand in China for the first time in the annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ranking, published by WPP and Kantar, having grown its brand value by 59% year-on-year to $141 billion.Despite China’s slower economic growth and international trade tensions, the total value of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands increased 30% to $889.7 billion, the highest annual rise since the ranking launched in the year 2011. The growth has been fuelled by brands accelerating their expansion into China’s lower tier cities, which have seen rapid development and rising consumer buying power, and increasingly positive attitudes to Chinese consumer brands with a global presence.13 of the 24 categories increased in value, with Entertainment seeing the largest year-on-year growth of 186%, followed by Education (57%) and Retail (55%). Technology accounted for the most brands in the Top 100 (11), contributing 26% of the ranking’s total value and dominating the top 10 leaders in terms of Overseas Presence with six brands – double the number last year. These include the world’s largest drone-maker DJI (no.50, $2.8 billion), robot company UBTECH (no.85, $910 million), smartphone maker Xiaomi (no.11, $20.6 billion), Lenovo (no.47, $2.9 billion), Huawei (no.6, $33.2 billion) and ZTE (no.72, $1.2 billion).The study, expanded in 2019 to include four new categories – consumer finance, entertainment, lifestyle platforms and transport – reveals how the digitisation and sophistication of Chinese consumers is creating a unique marketplace of products and services available with unprecedented speed and convenience. Innovators in AI, e-commerce, New Retail and social media perform strongly. The fastest rising brands are video streamers iQiyi (no.28, $5.6 billion) and Youku (no.31, $5.0 billion), up 158% and 136% in value respectively. For the first time, the ranking also incorporates unicorn brands based on their most recent valuations publicly available to reflect the dynamism of the Chinese market and the impact of these brands.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Releases World’s First Collaborative AI Technology, Empowering All Staff in an Enterprise to Assist Technologists with Bot BuildingXiaomi, services booking app Meituan (no.13, $19.9 billion), food delivery app Ele.me (no.24, $7.3 billion) and consumer finance brand Lufax (no.26, $6.9 billion), which specialises in peer-to-peer lending, are the most valuable brands among a record number of 17 newcomers to the ranking this year. Their success, according to BrandZ, has been driven by a mobile-centric, convenience-driven Chinese lifestyle.The Top 10 BrandZ™ China Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands Rank 2019 21% % Change vs 2018 21,183 40,725 Huawei 7% 26,710 59% 36,555 22,841 14% 58% 38% 45% China Mobile Retail ICBC Banks
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 19 2018There just aren’t enough kidney transplants available for the millions of people with renal failure. Aside from a transplant, the only alternative for patients is to undergo regular dialysis sessions to clear harmful cellular waste from their bodies. Now, scientists report in ACS Nano a new urea sorbent that could accelerate progress toward the development of a lightweight, wearable artificial kidney with the potential to make dialysis more convenient, comfortable and effective.Dialysis typically requires three visits every week to a health care center, where patients are tethered to a machine for hours. Not only is this cumbersome, but health outcomes with the treatment are poor. The problem is that kidneys filter blood around the clock; dialysis just can’t do as good of a job when performed for only a few times each week. Scientists are eager to develop an artificial kidney that could be worn all the time, continuously performing dialysis. One obstacle, though, is urea, which must be removed to maintain the body’s nitrogen balance. Currently, dialysis deals with urea using an enzyme that breaks the molecule down into ammonia and carbon dioxide, but the amount of material required to perform this reaction is too big and heavy to be comfortably worn on the body. So, Babak Anasori, Yury Gogotsi and colleagues wanted to try a new approach.The researchers turned to an emerging nanomaterial called MXene, two-dimensional nanosheets of metal carbides. Instead of breaking down urea, MXene can capture the compound by sandwiching urea molecules between its nanometer-thin layers. At room temperature, the material could capture 94 percent of urea from the discarded materials from dialysis machines. When tested at body temperature (98.6 F), the material could hold onto even more urea. Furthermore, MXene did not kill cells, suggesting that it could be safely used in people. The researchers conclude that the material could help turn the concept of a comfortably wearable artificial kidney into a reality. Source:https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2018/acs-presspac-october-17-2018/taking-steps-toward-a-wearable-artificial-kidney.html?_ga=2.256303115.1602730744.1539923896-1531772223.1518084339
Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 21:36 IST Defence Ministry informed the Parliament about the land encroachment problem. (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOver 9,600 acres of defence land across the country faces encroachmentRajnath Singh’s ministry informed the Parliament on MondayArmy had written to the govt last year saying encroachment has caused them lossesOver 9,600 acres of defence land across the country faces encroachment leading to legal battles between the Ministry of Defence with various states and municipal bodies.Defence land spread over 9622.807 acres has been reported to be encroached across the country, the Ministry of Defence informed Parliament on Monday.Uttar Pradesh, with over 2,000 acres of encroached defence land tops among the states while Maharashtra comes second with 923 acres.Other states with large tracts of land belonging to the defence forces include Haryana (538 acres), Rajasthan (475 acres), West Bengal (558 acres), Assam (460 acres) and Bihar (478 acres).Conflict-hit Jammu and Kashmir with sensitive installations that are always under the target of terrorists, also has 339 acres of defence land encroached.In national capital Delhi, 111 acres of defence land have been encroached upon.Last year the Army had written to the Ministry of Defence stating that over 1,200 acres of its land has been encroached upon, leading to financial problems as it did not get equal value of the land against the land encroached or transferred to state governments.The Army has proposed that with state governments failing to give equal value land they be asked to pay money that can be put to use for various projects and given a push to modernisation plans.However, the proposal could not fructify any positive results for the Army.”Detection, prevention and removal of encroachment is a continuous exercise. Action for removal of encroachment on defence land is taken under the provisions of Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 as well as under the Cantonment Act, 2006. Cases are also taken up with state or municipal authorities for resolution of the problem,” MoD said in Parliament.The government has also has undertaken steps like digitisation of land records and audits of defence lands to check encroachment.”Court cases are being pursued to evict encroachers. Close liaison is being maintained with revenue and civil police authorities to detect attempt to encroach upon the defence land by encroachers,” MoD stated.Defence lands located in isolated locations are being fenced and regular patrolling is being carried out to safeguard the lands from encroachers and unauthorised construction.Also Read | Kargil War anniversary: Rajnath Singh lights Victory Flame from National War MemorialAlso Watch | Kargil Torch: Army will reignite eternal flame to celebrate 20-year anniversary of warFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee They fight to keep our land safe but 9,600 acres of defence land leaves MoD in legal tangleThe Ministry of Defence has informed the Parliament that over 9,600 acres of defence land across the country has been encroached upon.advertisement Next
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Heaven Ministries and the Trump campaigns new "liason for Christian policy" arranged the meeting Bramnick says which lasted for about a half hour and then included time with Trumps son Eric During the discussion Bramnick said he shared NHCLCs immigration reform platform with Trump Unlike Trumps immigration proposalwhich calls for building a wall along the US-Mexico border and deporting millionsNHCLCs plan has five pillars One secure the borders through a federal certification process that does not specify a new wall Two provide current law-abiding undocumented immigrants to pursue a path to citizenship which would only be completed after all other current legal immigration applications have been processed Three grant guest worker visas for currently undocumented immigrants Four deport undocumented immigrants who are felons and serious misdemeanor offenders Five create an integration process for newly legalized undocumented individuals to assimilate into American society including learning English and American civics The group opposes Trump’s call to forcibly deport all undocumented immigrants now living in the country Since locking up the nomination Trump has continued to speak about his plans to build a wall on the southern border and force Mexico to pay for it in part by threatening to block private money transfers from the US to Mexico In his stump speeches he casts undocumented immigrants as criminal outlaws who threaten not just the American people but the legal frameworks of the country “Mr Trump has always been very clear on his position” said Hope Hicks a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign when asked if the meeting signaled any policy shift But the meeting fits into a larger Trump strategy of reaching out to recent opponents in an attempt to find common ground Bramnick says they also discussed the erosion of religious liberty and protection of Israel The five other pastors who also attended Bramnick says included televangelist Sid Roth Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries an Asian-American pastor a representative of the Cuban-American community in South Florida and the father of Colombine victim Rachel Scott This week Trump accepted an invitation to send a video message to the NHCLCs Latin Leaders Fest in Anaheim Clinton has also agreed to send a video message The event is a leadership conference for some 1200 attendees and includes Christian music performances and sessions on business education ministry and Israel The candidate videos will be shown Friday night These steps are only the beginning if Trump really wants to try to make amends Rodriguez the president of NHCLC hopes Trump will apologize to the Latino immigrant community for his "hurtful erroneous and dangerous statements" and he wants to know what Trumps actual immigration solution is beyond all his talk of a building a border wall and deporting millions “Latino evangelicals are more divided than white evangelicals on Trump" he warned An internal NHCLC poll of 120 Latino evangelical pastors and denominational heads taken in late Marchwhen Texas Sen Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov John Kasich were still runningshows Trump’s challenge Two thirds found more hope in the Republican party than the Democratic party and nearly as many voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election But at the time only 4% said theyd vote for Trump while nearly half said they would vote for Cruz and a quarter chose Kasich Clinton got about 15% of the vote The poll found that the top issue for these Latino evangelical leaders was the economy followed closely by immigration reform A third of participants also said they see themselves as independents most say their views reflect the Latino community more broadly and nearly all said they are eligible to vote in the election Bramnick says he plans to make an endorsement in the weeks ahead Rodriguez who had advised Rubio Bush and Cruz says he will not endorse a candidate from either party but his ultimate goal is to help protect the 11 million undocumented people in this country "I want to pass immigration reform" Rodriguez told TIME last month "I have to work with the political realities that we have" Additional reporting by Zeke J Miller Contact us at editors@timecomIDEAS xoJanecom is where women go to be their unabashed selves and where their unabashed selves are applauded When I was 22 I met my husband Pete I was immediately drawn to his quick wit his passion for life and his ability to do anything he set his mind to He seemed invincible In the years that followedwe would share many memorable experiences We spent our time together hiking and backpacking exploring foreign lands and daydreaming about the future In the midst of it all we exchanged wedding vows and welcomed two precious babies to the mix while vowing to never allow the expanding size of our family to interfere with our plans to seek adventure Along the way we developed a grandiose vision for our lives both independently and collectively and lived a life free of fear We believed that as long as we had each other all would be right with the world That is until one fateful day in December 2011 Pete had been feeling unwell for some time but naively believed it wasnt anything serious After all he was invincible While I was visiting family out of state with my mother and our children I received the call that changed my life forever Pete had been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer He was 31 years old There is absolutely no way to give voice to exactly how I felt in that moment The easiest way to describe it would be to say the world stood still While everything around me continued to buzz with life my own had begun crumbling before me We started out strong and brave I was convinced God would save him and was unwilling to accept any other way But as the weeks and months progressed we realized claiming victory wasnt as easy as giving God an ultimatum With each chemo session each new set of scan results and each dose of pain medication we realized we were losing the battle On March 18 2013 the unthinkable happened when my husband closed the chapter on his earthly life leaving me a widow at 28 years old with two young children Leading up to his passing he had received hospice care in our home for five excruciating months during which I witnessed cancer strip him of every last human ability he possessed During that time I was forced to face the facts he was never invincible and neither was I Unfortunately the same is true for every one of us life is fleeting There is a distinct feeling of surrender laced with anger and sadness which envelops a person when they realize their life is out of their control It is a feeling I now know too well one that has continued to befriend me even still Fortunately when I have been unable to carry myself due to the weight of the burden of loss family and friends have come alongside me to bolster me up Before loss I didnt fully understand the necessity that is human relationship but now I know I would never have survived without it In the wake of my loss I felt bereft For years I felt I had a purpose that was bigger than my own vision for my life I was my husbands wife his lover his friend and in the final months of his life his caretaker During his battle with cancer each day had been lived with a newfound urgency When he was no longer present I struggled to identify my purpose and questioned every reality I had ever known I wondered who I was without him by my side Steeped in the pain of my loss each day felt weighted with the emotions of the day before and as they piled on top of one another the muck and mire of such intense feeling seemed too much to navigate on my own There were days I cried incessantly While other days I felt an overwhelming desire to tell everyone about what had happened to me to us I felt as though the word "widow" was etched into my forehead On those days I told my story so stoically oftentimes to absolute strangers that it made me wonder if they questioned its authenticity Even still there were days I escaped in an effort to connect with him I longed to revisit the places we enjoyed together While in those familiar places I felt at peace knowing I could cry uninhibited without feeling pressured to conform to societys made up grief timeline Slowly but surely I began making a concerted effort to confront my grief and loss and eventually it became more natural to move forward Still there is not a day that goes by that I do not look at my children and wonder "Why them why me" While the pain of loss remains so raw at this point there is no other way than to accept that it will always be this way There is absolutely no explanation and no justification for what has happened it simply is what it is Fortunately acceptance does not mean apathy Acceptance simply means my energies are better spent elsewhere I am proud to say that where I am now is a place of identifying the lessons learned through my trials recognizing the beauty in the day-to-day and expressing gratitude for the time I did have with my husband Through my loss I have become a stronger more impassioned woman who is slowly coming into myself recognizing my own needs and pursuing my own future As for our children they will continue to work through the loss of their father as will I but they will take their cues from me I must continually remind myself that they will mimic the way I grieve The last thing Pete would have wanted is for us to stop living which is why I have made a genuine effort to put one foot in front of the other no matter how intense the pain may be Because our youngest son was only 2 years old when Pete passed away I feel it is especially critical to speak of the sacred memories we shared while their daddy was with us in the flesh However I feel confident he is with us in spirit so I guess in that way he was invincible its just not the way I ever would have imagined Alysha StGermain wrote this article for xoJane Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors "Donald Trump showed a tremendous understanding and concern for the undocumented immigrants.
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