Florida’s new tourism supremo has vowed to take full advantage of a massive $2.5billion initiative to attack the causes of the “red tide” that blighted major parts of the Sunshine State’s coast in 2018, and implement a new focus on the environment under her leadership. Dana Young is the first woman to take the reins as CEO of official tourism marketing corporation Visit Florida, and her appointment by new governor Ron DeSantis represents a major change in both the politics and the thinking of the state’s senior figures. Republican DeSantis broke with decades of traditional party policy by announcing the $2.5b water policy reform within 48 hours of taking office, insisting his newly-signed Executive Order would protect Florida’s environment and water quality by “ensuring immediate action to combat the threats which have devastated our local economies and threatened the health of our communities.” Environmental programmes had been allowed … [Read more...] about Can a $2.5bn eco-initiative save Florida’s beaches?
“I JOINED [the Delta Gamma sorority at Harvard University] because I was looking for a group like my high-school friends that shared the same values and would come together regardless of major or extra-curriculars,” says Becca Ramos, chapter president of Delta Gamma in 2016. “There were so many nights when we studied together into the small hours. We’d go to each other’s thesis presentations. I went to one of my sisters’ presentation on volcanoes. I knew nothing about volcanoes except that they exploded, but I was so proud of her.” That support network is not available to Ms Ramos’s successors. Under new rules, introduced in 2016, members of what Harvard’s administration calls “unrecognised single-gender social organisations” are no longer eligible for campus leadership positions (such as captaincy of sports teams) or for dean’s letters of recommendation for scholarships such as the Rhodes or Marshall. If the … [Read more...] about Harvard’s policy against single-sex clubs is not working
The partial shutdown of the United States government has become the longest closure in the country's history as it entered its 22nd day. The milestone was passed as the clock ticked past midnight into Saturday in Washington DC. President Donald Trump has refused to approve a budget unless it includes funds for his long-promised wall on the Mexican border. But Democrats have rejected his request for $5.7bn (£4.5bn). Mr Trump and nervous Republicans have been scrambling to find a way out of the deadlock, which left federal workers without pay on Friday. Earlier the House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay when the government reopens, although the chambers are not sitting over the weekend. Mr Trump is said to have privately considered declaring a national emergency to build a wall between the US and Mexico without a new stream of cash from Congress. However members of his own party have been fiercely debating that idea, and the president has urged Congress to … [Read more...] about US partial government shutdown becomes longest in history
Donald Trump has claimed the United States is being invaded at it southern border and “gangs and human traffickers can easily pour in” as he continued to fight for his border wall. Speaking after a visit to Mexico, the president warned of a “humanitarian crisis at our southern border”, tweeting: “I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion!” In a post on Friday, he added: “I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY. “The steel barrier or wall should have been built by previous administrations long ago. “They never got it done – I will. Without it, our country cannot be safe. Criminals, gangs, human traffickers, drugs and so much other big trouble can easily pour in. It can be stopped cold.” It comes as the US president edges closer to … [Read more...] about Trump claims US is being ‘invaded’ as row over wall funding continues
A FORMER Nazi prison guard who had been living in New York for years has died in Germany after being deported last year. Jakiw, Palij, 95, an ethnic Ukrainian, was a former Nazi collaborator who worked as a concentration camp guard in the SS during the Second World War. Palij died on Wednesday in a care home in the German town of Ahlen, according to reports in the local media. US ambassador Richard Grenell, who lobbied for Germany to take Palij, said he had been informed of the death. He credited US President Donald Trump with seeing through Palij's August 2018 deportation after it had been stalled for a quarter-century. Grenell said: "It would have been upsetting to many Americans if he had died in the U.S in what many viewed as a comfortable escape.” Palij was the last Nazi facing deportation from the United States when he was taken from his Queens home on a stretcher and put on a plane to Germany. "An evil man has passed away. That, I guess, is a positive," said Rabbi Zev Meir … [Read more...] about Nazi death camp guard, 95, dies in Germany just months after Donald Trump deported him