EU aims to reform asylum policy

Only a handful of EU member states are ready to accept asylum-seekers. Now, the European Commission is trying to reform the bloc’s asylum rules, but few of its proposals seem to break new ground.

The European Commission will table a plan on Wednesday aiming to reform the bloc’s asylum system and organize a fair redistribution of asylum-seekers across the EU. It’s the latest in a series of similar, albeit unsuccessful, reform attempts made in 2015 and 2016.

The recent blaze that destroyed the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, EU diplomats have said, has lent the debate new urgency. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to scrap and replace the existing Dublin Agreement that governs where people can apply for asylum in the EU.

But with unanimo...

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The Disquieted Muses: An exhibition at the Central Pavilion

An exhibition realised by the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts – ASAC and curated for the first time by the artistic directors of all six departments (Art, Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre) with the cooperation of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rai Teche and other Italian and international archives.

THE DISQUIETED MUSES.
WHEN LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA MEETS HISTORY

La Biennale di Venezia, to mark the 125th anniversary of its foundation, presents Le muse inquiete (The Disquieted Muses). When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History, an exhibition by the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts – ASAC, held in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale from Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

This is the first exhibition to be curated by all the artisti...

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Fox News Defends ‘All-American’ Kenosha Shooter: ‘Little Boy’ Just Protecting ‘His State’

Fox News devoted multiple segments on Tuesday night to defending accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, describing the 17-year-old charged with shooting several Kenosha protesters as an “all-American” and a “little boy out there trying to protect his community.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who justified the shootings earlier this summer, kicked off his program Tuesday night by airing a video detailing the August shootings produced by a fundraising group led by Rittenhouse’s attorney, L. Lin Wood.

The heavily narrated video, which purportedly details Rittenhouse’s actions that night, largely uses previously shown footage while portraying the victims as criminals, going so far as to show their rap sheets when identifying them...

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Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.

This equates to one in five of all deaths from heart disease, warn the report’s authors, who urge all tobacco users to quit and avoid a heart attack, stressing that smokers  are more likely to experience an acute cardiovascular event at a younger age than non-smokers.

Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease. But if tobacco users take immediate action and quit, then their risk of heart disease will decrease by 50% after one year of not smoking.

“Given the...

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals the Real Reason GOP ‘Can’t Wait’ to Replace RBG

After taking the summer off and hosting the virtual Emmy Awards on Sunday, Jimmy Kimmel is back in his Hollywood theater this week. And the late-night host has a theory about why the Republican Party is so eager to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election.

Kimmel began his monologue on Tuesday by recognizing National Voter Registration Day. “If you don’t register, you can’t vote,” he told viewers. “And if you don’t vote, you won’t get a sticker. And also, there’s a psychotic individual in the White House who could use some removing right now.”

“It’s hard to believe that we are only 42 days away from Donald Trump refusing to accept the results of the election,” he added, before turning to the “other vote that could happen very soon” in t...

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Jorge Zuñiga Blanco discusses the role artificial intelligence has in better accounting

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a standard phrase of late, and it is hard to separate the exposure from viable prospects that AI has built on a solid principle.  Basically, AI is one of the most excellent thoughts in structure creation and dynamic, and the proportion of examination and responsibility with client interactions have progressed into self-evident, usable procedures and advances that are changing how individuals make decisions, while taking out the risk of human error. Jorge Zuñiga, a successful entrepreneur and eCommerce specialist, offers information into how this headway is changing the accounting space.

The development of AI and its blend into different kinds of tech and solutions doesn’t mean it’s an original thought...

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No, Beer Sales Aren’t Booming

Since last March there hasn’t been much good news to celebrate, so I can understand why many people have been happily trumpeting the success of brewers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The only problem with that story is that it’s just not true. Believe me, I’d love for the drinks industry to be booming, except, sadly, it’s not.

Think about it: how can beer sales be up when almost every place that sells beer by the pint is closed or only running at 25 percent capacity? No packed bars. No packed stadiums. No packed concert arenas. No packed race tracks. Given all the challenges of 2020, it boggles the mind that people could believe that somehow brands were raking it in or even doing OK.

To understand why this myth persists, it helps to realize that the beer business has two main p...

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Ann Marie Puig offers tips to develop the best negotiating strategies in sales

Where it truly matters, everybody, generally, envisions the best result for themselves.  They can’t battle the impulse to consider what’s in their own special force to roll out an improvement.  In any case, to change into a really incredible negotiator, you need to understand how to set aside unadulterated cockiness.  In such a case, that all you care about is serving yourself, you’ll blow the course of action before you begin.  Ann Marie Puig is a long-time entrepreneur and philanthropist from Costa Rica, and offers negotiation methodologies that are shown to achieve more significant results.

Negotiations are a sensitive issue, paying little heed to the circumstance...

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Trump Expands Ban on Racial Bias Trainings and ‘Sex Scapegoating’ to Federal Contractors

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he is prohibiting government contractors and grantees from offering racial sensitivity and diversity training to employees.

In a series of tweets, Trump wrote, “A few weeks ago, I BANNED efforts to indoctrinate government employees with divisive and harmful sex and race-based ideologies. Today, I’ve expanded that ban to people and companies that do business…with our Country, the United States Military, Government Contractors, and Grantees. Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don’t, there’s nothing in it for you!”

Russell Vought, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, confirmed that the president had signed the executive order...

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Fungal Disease Awareness Week and Protecting At-Risk Residents of Puerto Rico

Yesterday marked the beginning of Fungal Disease Awareness Week. The week of recognition, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was created to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases. It is also meant to raise awareness that some fungal diseases currently go undiagnosed in Puerto Rico and across the rest of the United States, leading to serious illnesses and even deaths.
 
While fungi are a natural part of the environment, there are some species that are known to cause infections in humans. Even though most people exposed to these do not become sick, for anyone with a weakened or suppressed immune system they could cause to a dangerous infection.
 
A research paper published several years ago by the National Center for Biotechnology Info...

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