Rep. Banks sets record straight after Dems accuse him of skipping out on $1.9…

first_img WhatsApp Rep. Banks sets record straight after Dems accuse him of skipping out on $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Twitter (Photo supplied/Jim Banks for Congress) Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) says the Indiana Democratic Party is wrong on two counts. Banks was accused in a Democratic Party news release Saturday, of not voting on the $1.9 trillion relief bill, and of ‘putting QAnon before Hoosiers”.“Congressman Jim Banks: Putting QAnon before Hoosier families. Banks doesn’t care about his constituents at all, and it’s why we cannot trust him,” read the statement.A Tweet cited by the Democratic Party said Banks and several Republicans chose not to be in DC for the vote, citing the “ongoing public health emergency”.NEWS: Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday’s votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn’t attend “due to the ongoing public health emergency.”But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 26, 2021Banks explained to WIBC’s Tony Katz at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, that he was scheduled to speak at CPAC, and headed out of DC to make it to the conference in Orlando.His vote was by proxy, a move made possible by rules put in place by Democratic members of the House.“I’m not gonna apologize for being here at CPAC,” he said. “I wouldn’t have voted any different if I was there in person, as I did voting by proxy against the monstrosity that was this $1.9 trillion, so-called COVID relief deal.”Banks said Democrats are also wrong about CPAC or the Republican Party being connected with QAnon conspiracy theories. He said the accusations don’t deserve a response.“Almost all of us on the Republican side voted to condemn QAnon last year. QAnon is not a part of the Republican Party,” he said. “They don’t want us to talk about the $1.9 trillion spending deal. They want to talk about these hairbrained conspiracy theories and try to link them to the Republican Party because they don’t have anything better to say.” Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMan, 19, wanted for murder in South Bend in police custodyNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 1, 2021 1 411 Facebook IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Press release: Minister announces new transfer option for mortgage interest support

first_imgFollow DWP on: Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 David Abbey, MySafeHome Limited Managing Director, said: The ability to transfer an SMI loan balance will also apply to those who have previously received this form of support but are no longer claiming benefits.And to ensure vulnerable customers or those with additional needs are fully supported, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has today issued 2 videos explaining Support for Mortgage Interest and setting out how to apply. These videos form part of a new range of fully accessible products offering helpful information in alternative formats.More informationSMI is available to claimants in receipt of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit.This assistance helps to keep claimants in their own homes and avoids additional cost to the taxpayer that would be incurred in the event of homelessness as a result of repossession.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 3267 5087 Disabled people and others receiving SMI will now be able to transfer this support to their new property when moving home, rather than having to repay the loan and reapply, Minister Will Quince announced today.SMI is the help offered by government to owner-occupiers in times of need. It is paid as a loan and contributes towards the interest on people’s mortgages if they are in receipt of certain benefits, to protect them against repossession and keep them in their own homes.Previously, those receiving an SMI loan were required to repay the balance once a property is sold or transferred, provided there is enough equity after the mortgage has been paid off. They would then be asked to reapply for the loan on their new property.However, the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Will Quince, confirmed today that anyone with an SMI loan secured against their property will now be able to request their loan balance to be transferred to their new home when they move.The policy shift will ensure those looking to move home to secure better employment will not face barriers to progressing in work. This follows the Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd’s recent call for a new government focus on helping people to move to higher paid, higher skilled roles.This important change will have a particular benefit for those who move into a new property due to a disability or health condition, as they will continue to receive uninterrupted support towards their mortgage payments.Will Quince, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, said: Allowing vulnerable people with disabilities to port their SMI loan reaffirms the government’s full support for HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) and we’re delighted that this change should give many more individuals the opportunity to choose where and how they live their lives. This measure helps some of the most vulnerable people to stay in their homes and live independently. And we are now making it easier for people to keep this support, even when moving house. Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTubelast_img read more

Harvard China Fund calls for fiscal year 2011 proposals

first_imgThe Harvard China Fund, under the Office of the Provost, is now accepting 2011 fiscal year grant proposals from Harvard faculty, programs, and Schools. The purpose of the fund is to support interdisciplinary research and teaching about and in China, to focus Harvard’s considerable strengths in the field toward directly tackling challenges that face China, and to improve communication and collaboration between Harvard’s faculty and Schools, and Chinese universities and research institutes.Grant proposals may be in any field, but preference will be given to projects for which funding might not be otherwise available from traditional sources. During this phase of the program, the Harvard China Fund expects to fund several proposals at the $100,000 to $200,000 range, and encourages applicants to seek matching funds.For more information, visit the Harvard China Fund Web site.last_img read more

Student recognized for genetic research on malaria

first_img Read Full Story As an undergraduate working in malaria researcher Dyann Wirth’s lab at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Caleb Irvine was curious why malaria transmission was on the uptick in the Thiès region of Senegal, in spite of efforts to control the disease there. In July 2014, he traveled there to study the DNA of the most common malaria parasite in the region and uncovered important new information about recent genetic changes in the parasite population. In recognition of his efforts, he was honored with a Harvard College award called the Hoopes Prize.Irvine was following up on the Wirth lab’s recent finding of a rebound in genetic diversity in the most prevalent malaria parasite in the region, Plasmodium falciparum — a potentially worrisome trend that suggested problems with malaria control efforts in Thiès.But Irvine’s finding — that the parasite’s genetic diversity had declined following its rebound — “provided new evidence showing that fluctuations in genetic diversity might not necessarily indicate a problem with malaria control efforts,” explained Rachel Daniels, research scientist in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, who served as a mentor to Irvine in the Wirth lab along with principal research scientist Sarah Volkman. “Caleb’s results raised interesting questions that we hope to further explore about how parasite populations may change in response to pressure — both from the natural environment and human interventions.”Irvine’s novel approaches and observations “will likely result in a major study,” said Wirth, who nominated Irvine for the prize.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s student government association introduces ‘Lemonade and Le Mans Mass’ event

first_imgInstead of returning to their dorms after Wednesday Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Le Mans Hall, Saint Mary’s students can now join their fellow Belles for refreshments and snacks complimentary of the Student Government Association.Junior Terra Nelson, along with Anna Zappa, who serve on the mission committee for student government, helped organize the event with Kathy Ogden, student body vice president.“Kathy approached us in the beginning of the year about possibly creating a signature dorm Mass,” Nelson said in an email. “Anna and I loved this idea and talked to [vice president for mission] Judy Fean about starting this as soon as possible. Anna and I both wanted to create a culture of community and fellowship after weekly Wednesday Mass.”Modeled after Notre Dame’s signature Masses, Lemonade and Le Mans Mass, was chosen to be inclusive to as many students as possible — because everyone loves lemonade, Nelson said.“We wanted to have a late-night snack that was beloved and refreshing,” she said. “Popcorn is usually gluten free, dairy free, nut free, et cetera, making it in a healthy snack for all Belles. As for lemonade, we wanted the Mass to have a catchy saying. Lemonade and Le Mans just had a nice flow. Many dorms at Notre Dame have signature Masses — Milkshake Mass, Mass Snacks at Stanford on Sunday, et cetera — and we wanted to bring that same energy and excitement for Mass at Saint Mary’s. We could see that many Belles would travel off campus to attend Mass so we decided to bring that same love for Mass [to] our own campus.” In each dorm at Saint Mary’s, there is a chapel, making the convenience of attending Mass high for those who live on campus. Although convenient, attending the same chapel each Mass lacks diversity of location. This event can help give those who do not live in Le Mans the chance to attend another hall’s building’s Mass.“I think [after-Mass events are] a good time for people to regroup and talk with their friends; it promotes fellowship,” first-year student Emily Tomczak said. “Having food is always an incentive, whether that is good or bad and it will draw people in to attend the service. For me, I went to see how good the lemonade was and how the service was conducted.”While Fr. Stephen Newton said he enjoys the community-building aspect of a signature Mass, he also stresses the separation of the events.“I really appreciate it. Whatever we can do to create and sustain community around the liturgy is great,” Newton said. “It is good to have people continue what they experienced in the liturgy outside the chapel, but that event is separate and distinct from Mass. Things we have done in the past that are somewhat similar include Birthday Sunday, when we have cake after the 7 and 9 p.m. Masses in each of the dorms.”The Lemonade and Le Mans Mass will be held every Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel on the third floor of Le Mans. Tags: Le Mans, Lemonade and LeMans, signature masslast_img read more

Casino developers move into Blackpool

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South Korea says it is battling ‘second wave’ of coronavirus

first_imgHealth authorities in South Korea said for the first time on Monday it is in the midst of a “second wave” of novel coronavirus infections focused around its densely populated capital, stemming from a holiday in May.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) had previously said South Korea’s first wave had never really ended.But on Monday, KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said it had become clear that a holiday weekend in early May marked the beginning of a new wave of infections focused in the greater Seoul area, which had previously seen few cases. “In the metropolitan area, we believe that the first wave was from March to April as well as February to March,” Jeong said at a regular briefing. “Then we see that the second wave which was triggered by the May holiday has been going on.”At the end of February, South Korea reported a peak of more than 900 cases in a day, in the first large outbreak of the coronavirus outside of China.An intensive tracking and testing campaign reduced the numbers to single digits by late April.But just as the country announced it would be easing social distancing guidelines in early May, new cases spiked, driven in part by infections among young people who visited nightclubs and bars in Seoul over the holiday weekend. “We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter,” Jeong said. “Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue.”As of midnight Sunday, South Korea reported 17 new coronavirus cases, the first time in nearly a month that daily new cases had dropped below 20. It was a drop from the 48 and 67 cases reported in the previous two days.South Korea has reported a total of 12,438 cases, with 280 deaths.While Jeong called for vigilance, she also said that as long as people maintain two-meter spacing, they may take off masks in certain circumstances in hot weathercenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Early detection can save lives says president of Dominica Cancer Society

first_img Share Share 129 Views   no discussions LocalNews Early detection can save lives says president of Dominica Cancer Society by: – October 7, 2011 Mrs. Vinna RoyerThe Dominica Cancer Society has embarked upon an awareness campaign of prostate cancer geared at educating and sensitizing men of the importance of early detection which has the potential to save their lives.President of the Dominica Cancer Society, Mrs Vinna Royer who is also a cancer survivor told a press conference this morning that ‘early detection can save lives’.“It was the dream of Cylma Green that we should take the cancer society seriously and get the word out there and the word that she wanted to get out there and the word that we are still pressing to get out there is that, ‘early detection in many cases of cancer, early detection can save lives’. I am standing here as a testimony of the fact that early detection can save lives.”Mrs Royer noted her organization’s mission to promote prevention of cancer while at the same time offering support to cancer patients.The president also sought to dispel the notion that a cancer diagnosis is a death patients and appealed to those already affected by the disease not to suffer alone.“Our mission is to promote the prevention and the management of cancer and to provide support for those who are living with cancer in Dominica. We are here to save lives; we are trying to save lives by advancing the word that early detection can save lives, that a diagnosis of cancer does not necessarily mean a death sentence. In fact it does not mean a death sentence, you don’t have to wrap up and die. We are here telling people that we are here to support you; we are asking you not to suffer alone, to reach out and let someone know, let somebody help you. We are here to empower people; we are here to let people know the facts, to encourage people to learn about the disease,” she said.Nurse Helen Royer admonishes men to get tested earlyHealth Promotion Unit Coordinator Nurse Helen Royer explained that there are several barriers to a man being hesitant towards having a digital rectal exam.“Men are more squeamish about having a physical examination. It’s easy for a woman to walk into a health centre and get undressed and there’s no deal. But for a man to think of just getting undressed, it is already a problem so that is one of the barriers. So it’s normal that a man just goes to a clinic to access screening or physical examination. Men are not really apt to take care of their own health and I do not want to be negative, the fact that men will maybe seek attention; it only happens when they are really sick. So men will take their wives to the health centre for screening, they will take their children for screening but they will come to the health centre or the private doctors when they are already sick.”She also noted that another barrier is that ‘men do not access health information or health programs as easily as women’ and men feel that they are macho, strong and should not show emotion. She also explained that women tend to show more interest in seeking health information than men do.Nurse Royer however advised that ‘prostate cancer is very treatable if it is caught very early.’She further emphasized that the benefits of an early examination far outweighs the discomfort of the screening procedure.“Even if you may be thinking of the procedure; I know most men speak speaking to them the problem is the procedure for screening, they do not want to have a digital examination especially by another man that is one of the problems we have. But when you look at the benefits of just having an early screening, it far outweighs the problem of just having the discomfort. You have to understand the fact that you are a man already puts you at risk because prostate cancer is for men.”Dr. Hendricks Paul says all men are at risk of getting prostate cancer but early detection can help.Meantime Dr. Hendricks Paul explained that all men are at risk of suffering with prostate cancer except if they are prepared to get rid of their sex hormone. “All men if they live long enough will get cancer of the prostate. You do not have a choice in that matter unless you are prepared to do something very drastic, something very dramatic which most real men will not do. Since prostate cancer is a set hormone dependent cancer, if I get rid of your sex hormones as a man you will not get cancer of your prostate but you will not do other things also.”Dr. Paul also stressed that men who are above the age of forty-five are at risk of being affected by cancer of the prostate, and the ‘majority of people who get cancer of the prostate are above the age of sixty and usually seventies and eighties.’According to Dr. Paul while men are responsible to seek medical advice as well as digital rectal exams, doctors are also responsible to advise all their male patients above the age of forty-five to get tested.Men are being advised to change their lifestyles, cut down on alcohol and smoking, watch their diets, exercise regularly and it is imperative that they get tested early as early detection can save lives.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Fernandes: I wanted to follow Ronaldo, Rooney

first_imgBruno Fernandes has said Manchester United’s history of stars persuaded him to join the club. Month of March Man U player of the month Bruno Fernandes The Portugal international followed the footsteps of countrymen, Cristiano Ronaldo, by swapping Sporting Lisbon for United for €55m in January. Fernandes told the club’s official website: “You look in the past and when I’m younger, you look at the players who play for Manchester United and you see the biggest stars in the world. “You see the best players in the world. You have players from everywhere and also, we talked a lot and I told you about Cristiano.Advertisement “I looked at Manchester with more interest when Cristiano was here because it’s normal when you have Portuguese players in some teams, you look at them more than other teams. “But at that moment, I started to look at Manchester in a different way because you see Cristiano but then you see also the team and you have Scholes, you have Rooney, you have Giggs and you have [Roy] Keane, [Eric] Cantona before. read also:Fernandes: Man Utd still believe in Pogba “You have a lot of players… I don’t know… [Ruud] van Nistelrooy… I can stay here for hours saying all the names of players for Manchester United. Also Nani, who’s played with me. You have big stars playing here!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?center_img Loading… last_img read more