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All of Fremont's hotels and motels trained on signs of human trafficking
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Where education is most important, Spagnotti said, is within hotels and motels, where approximately 70 to 80 percent of human trafficking nationwide occurs. In 2015, Spagnotti helped with a Coalition pilot program aiming to teach Omaha hotels and ...

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Why Hotels Need Less Technology
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If you have stayed in a hotel in the past year, chances are you've had a run in with a light switch. No, not that standard flip on, flip off version you'll master before walking. We are talking those "futuristic" multi-sensory panels that control your ...


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Blue Jays place Steve Pearce on disabled list

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays placed outfielder Steve Pearce on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right calf on Monday and recalled right-handed reliever Leonel Campos.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 15, 2017

On May 15, 1963, U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper was launched into space atop an Atlas rocket in the final Mercury flight. He completed 22 orbits.

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From 16th June to 15th July 2017, Berlin will be the venue of the International Garden Exhibition ? the largest gardening festival in the World. This is the first time ever that the festival will take place in Berlin, but it is expected that the festival will host more than a million of You would be surprised that there are grants available for left handed students in college or looking to go to college from all European countries. For the first time, there will be more than 1000 exhibitors present.

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This is SPCA, A society that prevents cruelty to animals in Singapore. Animals can’t speak like humans do. When it comes to loyalty, An animal can be trusted more than a human. This is how an animal shows People get Head Lice removal done in New York. This Singaporean organization aims to give home to these animals who were abandoned by their owners.

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The Office Of Government Ethics May Have Just Trolled Donald Trump

Did the Office of Government Ethics just throw shade at President Donald Trump on Twitter? It sure seems that way.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. On Thursday, it was reported Comey refused Trump?s demand for loyalty at a private dinner in January, something the White House denied.

And on Friday, the ethics office tweeted the following message:

The post did not reference Trump directly, but many tweeters took it to be a subtle dig at the president:

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Colombia: 112 Dead After Rivers Overflow, Toppling Homes

An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes and killing at least 112 unsuspecting residents in their sleep, authorities said Saturday.

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What It’s Like To Be A Transgender Teacher In Donald Trump’s America

NEW YORK ? Bahar Akyurtlu had been teaching for about four months at a high school in Harlem before several students began bullying her. When she walked down the halls, clusters of students would shout at her, referring to her as ?mister.? In stairwells, students would yell that her voice sounded like a man.

The harassment didn?t surprise her, even if it stung, cutting to the core of her identity. Sadly, she sees it as one of the occupational hazards of being a transgender teacher, she said.

In February, the Trump administration rolled back protections for transgender students. It rescinded guidance that called on school districts to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender.

LGBTQ students were not the only people in schools that this action impacted. Transgender educators ? even if the move did not necessarily impact the bathroom they use ? had to watch as the rights of LGBTQ students were severed, while facing their own, unique workplace challenges.

The exact number of transgender people who work as educators are unknown, and overall, exact data on the issue is hard to come by. But the ones who do work in education often have to navigate a sticky web of parents, students and colleagues who have varying levels of acceptance, amid a backdrop of minimal workplace protections, The Huffington Post found after interviewing seven transgender educators in March.

These educators are a self-selecting group who have been open about their gender identity at work. Not all transgender people have the same luxury or choose the same path.

Trump?s bathroom rollback was unsurprising for Akyurtlu, who is in her second year of teaching math at a high school for teens who are behind in credits. The 31-year-old teacher said she is ?well aware that any protections we do have are extremely recent and extremely tenuous.? That?s why she is trying to coach her students to be vigilant about fighting for social justice.

Earlier this month, she restarted her school?s previously dormant Gay Straight Alliance club. Indeed, she has formed supportive relationships with some of the school?s LGBTQ students. They sometimes act as her protector if any students targeted her. Last year, she watched as some of them got in shouting matches with their intolerant peers.

While Akyurtlu feels lucky to have an accepting school administration and colleagues, she wishes there is more she could do for her transgender students, she said in a recent interview in her teacher?s union office. Last year, she kept a watchful eye on the few transgender students who attended the institution.

Akyurtlu would remind their teachers to refer to them using the proper pronouns and call them by the correct names. When she would spot these students in the hallways ? they tended to stick together  ? she would try and cram in as much advice as possible.

?Anytime I saw them I would bring them aside and be like OK, ?Where are you getting your healthcare needs taken care of? What kinds of hormones are you taking? Here?s some organizations you can go to if you get into legal trouble ? just try to educate them about their health needs and rights,? said Akyurtlu, who started working as a teacher after spending time as a graduate student at Cornell University and then working in the nonprofit sector with LGBTQ groups. ?Hell, I didn?t have any teachers growing up who would have supported gay kids. Hell, sometimes they were the nastiest ones.?

It breaks Akyurtlu?s heart, though, that the students didn?t end up sticking around. Several months before a few of them would have gotten their high school diplomas, they dropped out.

She doesn?t blame them for leaving school ? noting that they had ?all of these needs and all of these traumatic things going on, and I?m supposed to teach you geometry??

Thankfully, she has heard that at least one of them is alive and seems to be doing OK. She worries about the others. With a group that has high rates of criminalization and suicide, the statistics can be daunting.

?We have to make a priority of them and not just settle for the kids with accepting parents or the school that unveils unisex bathrooms. I think we have to really be willing to not just admit these girls exist but that they are part of our community,? Akyurtlu said.

Sam Long, a transgender educator in Denver, had a vastly different experience from Akyurtlu in explaining his gender identity to students. While Akyurtlu did not have control over how and when her kids made this discovery? she supposes they found out on the internet ? Long prepared a carefully crafted speech for his students.

Long didn?t initially plan on telling his students his story this year. Long works at a charter school that just opened and currently only serves ninth-graders. He wanted to wait and see how the school?s culture developed.  

Then the election happened. Suddenly it seemed urgent to open students? eyes to the diversity that surrounds them, especially after he heard wise-cracking students make jokes about LGBTQ issues.

Long asked his administration if he could tell his story to the students in a daily school-wide meeting. Based on scheduling, they said, he wouldn?t be able to do it until February. Soon, February became March.

The day before the event, he was nervous, repeatedly reminding himself to watch for students? reactions instead of rushing through the speech. But he was ultimately surprised at how well it went. Weeks later, he said he could see what a positive effect his words had on his relationship with students.

Standing in front of the entire grade in the school?s front hall, Long told attentive students and colleagues how he transitioned between his sophomore and junior year of high school, and faced intense discrimination from his school administrators.

Long?s high school wouldn?t let him use the male restrooms, so he would either wait to secretly use a male restroom in an isolated part of the school, or go in the woods outside. When he tried to go on an overnight field trip with the school?s jazz band, he was told he wouldn?t be allowed to room with male or female students, and would have to pay his own way for a single room if he wanted to attend. He didn?t have the money.


Hell, I didn?t have any teachers growing up who would have supported gay kids. Hell, sometimes they were the nastiest ones.

After facing so much intolerance from teachers and administrators, he sued the school years later so that future students might not have to face the same isolation ? a story which he thinks his students appreciated.

?I talked about how much of a gift it is to have your identity and be comfortable with your identity,? Long said. ?I think they noticed how important it was symbolically for me to share my story. To show that level of vulnerability is important to this community.?

Referencing an old quote from the author John Shedd, he wanted to show his students that ?ships are always safe in the harbor but that?s not what ships are made for.?

Whereas Long thinks some of his students might have previously thought of him as a ?boring straight man? or ?as somebody to whom school and academics has always come easy to,? they soon learned the reality. ?I had a horrible time at school and a hard time at home and I was homeless for a period of time,? he said. ?That?s definitely not something they would have assumed.?

 Long and Akyurtlu are lucky in that they are both able to be open about their identities at their jobs. In many ways, they are exceptions. All around the country, transgender teachers have been fired and punished for their identity.  

But Akyurtlu hopes this won?t hold other transgender people back from going into education.

?I know it seems like possibly the hardest job in the world to do when you?re transgender and you will deal with some things, and it will be hard, but it?s hard for everybody, and we can do it,? Akyurtlu said. ?I think it?s really necessary for students to be able to see a transgender person in this role, to normalize it in such a day to day constant way really makes a big impact.?

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Rebecca Klein covers the challenges faced in school discipline, school segregation and the achievement gap in K-12 education. Tips? Email: Rebecca.Klein@huffingtonpost.com.


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Michael Moore Claims Donald Trump Has Already Made A ‘Declaration Of War’

Michael Moore appeared at ?Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU? on Friday night, and discussed his time interacting with the non-profit back when he was a teenager.

After his segment on the livestream event, The Huffington Post caught up with Moore backstage, where the filmmaker elaborated on the various anti-Donald Trump statements he?s made recently.

?We?re already past the point, probably, of reversing what climate change has done to this planet,? Moore told HuffPost. ?Some say we?re on the precipice, some say we?re too late, some say we?re going to be too late very soon.?

Pointedly, Moore continued:

For him to tear up every single regulation instituted by President Obama on climate change and for him to say that that will no longer be a concern when they make their decisions, is not just a fuck you to the rest of this world, but it?s a declaration of war against the actual planet.

The documentary filmmaker has been vocal about resisting President Trump and contributing to future progress. 

?Individually you all have to take a stand… We are now in the Trump era,? Moore said at Watch Us Run, HuffPost Women?s inauguration day event. ?You?re going to have to put some serious thought into putting yourself on the line.?



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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ Gets An Unexpected Latin Remix

Ed Sheeran and reggaeton may not seem like an obvious fit, but Zion & Lennox are here for it.

The Puerto Rican reggeaton duo is behind the Latin remix to Sheeran?s ?Shape of You,? posted Friday on YouTube. The British superstar and Zion & Lennox are both under the Warner Music label. 

?We were thrilled to work on this amazing track because everything about it is beautiful,? the boricuas told Billboard. ?The rhythm, which is very Caribbean, everything. It?s very representative of what he can do with music. We saw him last year and he had a country song, you?d never imagine it?s Ed Sheeran. For us it was great news to be able to make this happen. The result is epic.?

The song sounds very similar to Sheeran?s version, keeping most of its original rhythm. Zion & Lennox?s remix features several Spanish-language lines.

Listen to the Latin remix of ?Shape of You? above.

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Helping kids find out what they want to be when they grow up is Kidzania’s business – but is it using big brands too much?

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Has Abe got Trump’s measure? Golf diplomacy puts Japan back on the green

Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women’s University

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managed to be the first foreign leader to visit then president-elect Donald Trump last November. He was already embarking on his activist personal diplomacy to counter the bellicose rhetoric Trump occasionally aimed at Japan during his election campaign, accusing the country of unfair trade practices and currency manipulation, and threatening tariffs against imports.

Trump even implied an end to the US-Japan alliance, stating that Japan, along with other US allies, should develop its own nuclear weapons. But Abe’s first official meeting with President Trump last week – the second world leader after British Prime Minister Theresa May – has already achieved Japan’s most fundamental diplomatic goal: ensuring the continuity its security alliance with America.

The trip follows a successful preliminary visit to Japan the previous week by the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and a similarly positive phone call between Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Mattis praised the country’s financial contribution to the hosting of US bases in Japan (around 75%, with most bases in Okinawa) as a “model of cost-sharing“. And he issued a statement that the US would continue to defend Japan’s claims over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (claimed as the Daioyus by China), under the US-Japan Security Treaty.

Maintaining the status quo

Reassured by his firm endorsement of the value of Japan’s contribution to the expense of the alliance, the first stage of Abe’s trip to the US produced exactly what was hoped for. In a joint press conference following talks after Abe’s arrival in Washington DC, Trump said:

We are committed to the security of Japan and all areas under its administrative control and to further strengthening our crucial alliance. The bond between our two nations and the friendship between our two peoples runs very, very deep. This administration is committed to bringing those ties even closer.

A joint statement released afterwards confirmed the US remains committed to defending Japan’s claims over the Senkaku Islands under Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty, including use of conventional and nuclear military capabilities, if necessary.

The controversial relocation of the main US military air base on Okinawa will also continue. While maintaining rights to international freedom of flight and navigation in the East China Sea, Abe and Trump also hoped any actions that would escalate tensions in the South China Sea could be avoided.

But, in the first such encounter under the Trump administration, the US Navy has already reported an “unsafe interaction” between one of its reconnaissance aircraft and a Chinese aircraft during a patrol over the South China Sea.

And this is despite Trump having followed up his greeting letter to Xi Jinping, where he expressed hope they can work productively together, with his first phone call to the Chinese leader. During the call, he reiterated the USA’s long-held adherence to the “One China” policy after all.

The problem of trade

Before and during the visit, ignoring criticism from opposition parties in Japan, Abe remained uncritical of Trump’s controversial – and possibly unconstitutional – immigration ban. Abe is hardly in any position to criticise it, given Japan’s own paltry record of accepting refugees. Despite a record number of over 10,000 applications, Japan only accepted 28 refugees in 2016.

North Korea’s first missile launch test of the year, held in the middle of Abe’s US visit, also gave the two leaders an immediate opportunity to display the ongoing strength of the alliance. In a joint news conference, Abe condemned the test as “absolutely intolerable”, while Trump declared “the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%.”

While the defence relationship may have been secured, trade remains the main area of contention. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Japan strongly supported is now likely to be doomed, due to Trump’s condemnation of multilateral trade pacts.

Abe hopes Trump’s hostile campaign rhetoric against Japan over trade can also be mollified.

Appealing to Trump’s populist economic nationalism, Abe brought along a plan called the US-Japan Growth and Employment Initiative. Projected to be worth around US$450 billion, it pledges potential investment by Japanese corporations in the US – in infrastructure, energy, and robots. The package, which promises the creation of more than 700,000 jobs in America over ten years, could be incorporated into a potential bilateral trade deal with Japan.

At their Washington meeting, Abe and Trump agreed to commence talks on a bilateral trade agreement, in place of the TPP. A new US-Japan economic dialogue group is to be established toward that end, to be led by US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who also held their first separate meeting in Washington.

As with the TPP though, concluding a bilateral trade treaty is likely to be long, complex, fraught process, particularly over agriculture.

Work and play

After the formal Washington meetings, Abe flew to Florida with Trump on Air Force One, accompanied by first ladies Melania Trump and Akie Abe, to the president’s extravagantly luxurious Mar-a-Largo resort, to play golf for the weekend. The White House stated the cost of Abe’s visit to the resort, including golfing fees, would be paid for by Trump as a personal gift.

This is a further sign of the apparently warm personal ties that Abe has managed to cultivate; Trump has already accepted an invitation to visit Japan later this year.

If Abe returns with US trade relations relatively intact, as well as the military alliance, he will have taken advantage of the erratic and turbulent first weeks of the Trump administration to secure favourable strategic and economic relations. His government is likely to be supported by the Trump administration, as it was by president Barack Obama’s, to continue increasing defence spending, and pursuing further constitutional change.

In return, Abe is likely to encourage the US to challenge China’s recent domination of the South China Sea, and compete with the expansion of Chinese influence into the Indian Ocean region, through its planned massive “One Belt, One Road” land and sea transport infrastructure project.

Abe’s US visit could, in fact, eventually turn out to have been an important step in reviving his long-held ambition for a “security diamond” between Japan, the US, India and Australia, which he proposed during his first term as prime minister in 2006-2007.

These four states may now be more willing to revive this idea for a strategic alliance, but if it does proceed, this could threaten a Cold War-style hegemonic confrontation in the Asia-Pacific region. And it could have potentially catastrophic consequences if armed conflict breaks out over territorial disputes.

Abe is one of the most energetic practitioners of diplomacy among modern Japanese prime ministers. By flattering Trump’s ego, he has proved adept at handling Trump’s inexperience in foreign policy. He has managed to successfully challenge one of Trump’s strongest held attitudes, publicly expressed as long ago as 1987, that the US is being exploited by its allies in providing for their military protection.

Abe has demonstrated to other world leaders how to approach President Donald Trump: pay the price to strike a deal that panders to corporate interests and geostrategic nationalism of both sides.

This first official US visit has thus potentially become Abe’s most far-reaching diplomatic achievement so far. That is, if the notoriously temperamental, inconsistent and contradictory Trump can be counted on to stick to his deals.

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Craig Mark, Professor, Kyoritsu Women’s University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Park Geun-hye Nears Her Downfall

Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun presides over a plenary session to vote on the impeachment bill of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

Following weeks of tense political scandal, the South Korean National Assembly voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 234-56 on a motion…

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div>Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun presides over a plenary session to vote on the impeachment bill of South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. (Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji)

Following weeks of tense political scandal, the South Korean National Assembly voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 234-56 on a motion…

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