Suedwestumfahrung Nein Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:26:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Suedwestumfahrung Nein 32 32 Governor and REMDR announce pre-filing of Clean Futures Act Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:26:12 +0000

NMED Secretary James Kenney


SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) announced Friday that House Bill 6, the Clean Future Act, was pre-filed by Rep. Nathan Small.

The bill will be sponsored in the Senate by Senator Siah Correa Hemphill. This bill requires New Mexico to have a net zero emissions by 2050, among others, and is a governor’s priority bill.

Led by the Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources, the Clean Future Act (CFA) would establish New Mexico’s emissions reduction targets in law.

More specifically, the CFA establishes the following objectives:

  • By 2030, direct statewide greenhouse gas emissions must be 50% below 2005 levels;
  • By 2050, all statewide greenhouse gas emissions must be fully offset (“net zero”); and
  • In 2050 and beyond, direct greenhouse gas emissions will also be capped at 10% of 2005 levels, ensuring a further reduction in absolute emissions against the 2030 target. not rebound simply because they can be offset.

“The codification of this administration’s aggressive climate goals ensures that New Mexico remains on a clear and continuous path to net zero, no matter who is in the Roundhouse,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “There really is no time to lose in mitigating the impacts of climate change, and this legislation builds on our significant progress to continue to address this challenge in a meaningful way.”

The bill also provides:

  • A requirement that the New Mexico Department of Environment (NMED) request the Environmental Improvement Council by June 30, 2025 to enact rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sources subject to the Air Quality Control Act.
  • Annual reporting requirements for the state government on emissions and emission reduction activities, including the impacts of climate change on disproportionately affected communities.
  • REMDR and NMED annual report on the state’s progress toward meeting the greenhouse gas emission limits established in law. These reports, and the actions outlined therein, will prioritize coordination and consideration of environmental and economic progress for communities disproportionately affected.
  • Requirement for agencies to assess and identify additional policies and strategies annually to reduce emissions, such as energy efficiency opportunities for low-income households.

“The Clean Future Act is an important starting point for additional climate action in New Mexico,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst, secretary of REMD. “We look forward to incorporating public comments and advancing this bill through the legislative session.”

“We are entering the race to net carbon emissions with the proposed Clean Future Act,” said NMED Secretary James Kenney. “Once the law is signed, reducing greenhouse gas emissions will remain a top priority for New Mexico for years to come.”

“I am proud to sponsor the Clean Future Act which once again demonstrates New Mexico’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases,” said Rep. Nathan Small. “By reducing emissions, we can ensure a healthier environment for all New Mexicans.”

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments on the bill to by noon Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

the semi-final will not be a walk in the park, but Emma Turner is looking forward to it Sat, 15 Jan 2022 11:11:02 +0000

CORSTORPHINE COUGARS skipper Emma Turner has spent her week walking her dog as part of her job with a company called Sal’s Pals, but this afternoon she will take to the pitch with her rugby buddies during the semis -Tennent’s Premiership women’s play-off finals.

It’s been an exciting top-flight season so far with the Turner Cougars and Stirling County really upping their respective games to cause trouble for the top two from the pre-pandemic era – Watsonians and Hillhead/Jordanhill.

The Edinburgh-based Cougars came flying out of traps at the start of the 2021-22 campaign and won their first five outings, including away triumphs at Myreside and Hughenden, as well as positive results against County, Heriot’s Blues and Cartha. That left them leading the pack halfway through the regular season in a six-team league.

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At the end of the regular season, Watsonians were top of the standings after a strong second half while Hillhead were second, the Cougars third and Stirling County fourth.

All of this means Watsonians host Stirling County at Myreside this afternoon in a play-off semi-final while Hillhead/Jordanhill and Corstorphine meet in the last four at Hughenden in Glasgow.

Both matches kick off at 1.30pm and Turner, a 22-year-old second row, said: “The team can’t wait for this game, it’s been a while since we’ve played a competitive game but we’ve had this Hillhead/Jordanhill game has been in our sights for a while now.

“Over the past couple of weeks the extended squad have been training hard ahead of this one and the spirit in the group is very good. So many players have raised their hands for selection that I think coaches Eric Jones and Gav Paul have had some positive selection headaches and everyone is pushing in the same direction.

“We know how good a Hillhead/Jordanhill team can be in their time and we respect them, but this season has shown us that we have the ability within us to compete with the best teams in the country and we believe in our own abilities. . .

“Last summer – and at the start of this season – there was a great atmosphere around the team, led by the tireless work of Eric, and we had a good mix of experience and young people who are reunited after the pandemic who were all just desperate to play rugby.

“First we beat Stirling County and then going to Myreside and winning 17-0 gave us confidence because Watsonians were the [2019-20] champions.

“A win at Heriot’s followed before an 11-5 win at Hillhead. It was a day where we learned a lot about the group because it wasn’t the best match, but we deepened and tactically we played very well to come out on the bright side.

“From then on things got a bit more hectic, but we certainly weren’t hard on ourselves. We know we’ve had a good season so far and we want to continue in this semi-final.

Corstorphine and Hillhead’s second regular season meeting was part of the final ‘split points’ weekend in December when the six clubs gathered in Stirling to mark the sad passing of County and Scotland player Siobhan Cattigan.

As a result, this weekend will be just the second time the two clubs have locked down since rugby resumed and as the Glasgow squad boast Scottish players like Louise McMillan and Evie Wills in their starting XV, the Cougars have a former internationalist in Tanya Griffith at 10 years old, an exciting pairing center for Sula Callender and Jess McClintick and a solid pack to keep them going.

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So how did Turner get into rugby – and, indeed, how did she start walking her dog?

“I started playing rugby under Stevie Leckie when I was a pupil at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and I loved the game,” she explains.

“When I left school I started playing for the RHC, then when the club split in two I stayed with the women’s team as we became the Corstorphine Cougars.

“At this point we moved to Union Park and had to rebuild things, but Eric gave the setup a real focal point and things have only gone from strength to strength since then.

“In terms of dog walking, I was a modern apprentice with Scottish Rugby working in local primary schools in Edinburgh before the pandemic which was great, but when that role was no longer available I had to look for new other things I could do.

“I love dogs and like many people I had a puppy during one of the lockdowns and then a job opportunity came up with a company called Sal’s Pals.

“Caring for and walking a number of dogs from Monday to Friday certainly has its challenges, but I love it and it’s really fun.”

It should be a close encounter in Hughenden and many expect a close semi-final in Myreside as well.

County had one of their best performances of late to defeat ‘Sonians 48-19 at Bridgehaugh in October and it stung the Edinburgh side as they won their next four league matches thereafter.

The final is scheduled for January 29.

Meanwhile, the fifth and sixth place play-offs between Heriot’s and Cartha have been postponed due to Covid concerns and, according to the Scottish Rugby website, will now be played on January 22.

PLACE: Hughenden at 1:30 p.m.


Hillhead/Jordanhill: E Barlow; McGowan C, McHugh H, Wills E, Bennet K; C McDonald, M Wales; P Abernethy, S Kyalikunda, A Johnston, K Yeomans, H Telling, F Campbell, L McMillan©, D Lee©*. Subs: H Lockhart, F Wood, R Millar, M McDonald, L Mills.

*Louise McMillan and Debbie Lee are co-captains

Corstorphine Cougars: K Feeney; E Mullen, J McClintick, S Callender, L Berlinghof; T Griffith, Z Turner; M Danks, K Fraser, E Dunbar, E Turner©, R Moody, L Park, L Glendinning, F Cooper. Subtitles: to be confirmed.

KEY BATTLE: Evie Wills vs. Sula Callender

PLACE: My residence at 1:30 p.m.


Watsonians: J Lyons; F McGhee, S Clements, B McNamara, M Nelson; C Bain©, R Law; A Tucker, K King, S Donnelly, N Brown, S Jones, S Kearley, L Wilkie, F Walker. Subs: J Relph, R Sinclair, C Lauder, S Macey, B Nelson.

County of Stirling: N Henderson; K Wilson, R Shankland, R Cox, F Keys; B, J Hutton Streets; A Luke©, P Benson, S Maclean, K Lindsay, S Murdoch, L Hagan, H Davis, E Gallagher. Subs: G Duncan, J Farrell, E Hanson, A Coyle, E Sinclair.

KEY BATTLE: Rachel Law vs. Jodie Hutton

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James opens gubernatorial campaign with gospel appeal | News Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:00:00 +0000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Company owner Tim James appealed to evangelical Christian voters as he opened his Republican campaign for governor of Alabama on Wednesday, railing against the threat of “Marxism ungodly,” quoting scripture and claiming that God called the conservative state to lead the nation.

Standing in front of the white-domed Capitol with Christian music and next to a flag decorated with a cross, the son of former Governor Fob James, after a prayer, attacked GOP leaders, including Governor Kay Ivey, who is seeking another term, over the approval of medical marijuana and an education system that trails much of the nation.

James, a toll road promoter who said he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, said Republican leaders had not done enough to fight vaccination mandates, allowing one to take effect at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before the office of the State Attorney General. intervened. James said he would fight the “casino barons” to keep Alabama from becoming “the Las Vegas of the South.”

While Alabama “has always been mocked for our values,” James said, it supported the formation of Israel years before it became a nation in 1948 and has a special place in the future of the nation. nation. Support for Israel is a core issue for many evangelicals.

“We stand at the gate of our State Capitol and seek God’s forgiveness for America’s sins, and we decree in the name of Jesus that Alabama shall lead America in years to come, to her position of authority among the nations, from which authority has been granted by God to our creation,” said James, who quoted the scriptures.

Angela James said her husband is a warrior who is ready to lead a ‘crusade’ and has the same evangelical zeal and spiritual discernment as his mother and father, who were elected to four-year terms in 1979 and re-elected for a second term in 1995.

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” she says.

James has previously championed far-right positions, including criticizing legislation that allowed students to do yoga in public schools.

James ran for governor in 2002 and 2010, when he narrowly missed the GOP runoff, finishing about 200 votes behind eventual winner Robert Bentley, who was elected governor that year. and later resigned.

Former Books-A-Million executive Lew Burdette; Lindy Blanchard, who served as Ambassador to Slovenia under former President Donald Trump; corrections officer and former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George; and Opelika pastor Dean Odle also announced their candidacies against Ivey.

Djokovic’s ruling matches Australia’s tough immigration line – FOX13 News Memphis Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:01:50 +0000

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – (AP) – To people watching from afar, the treatment of tennis star Novak Djokovic by Australian immigration authorities might have seemed harsh.

But Australia has long taken a tough stance on immigration, including storing refugees in offshore detention camps and preventing overseas citizens from returning home during the pandemic. Many of its policies have been condemned by critics.

Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, risks being deported from Australia after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday revoked his visa for the second time, citing health and “good order” considerations “.

He is not the first celebrity to undergo severe treatment.

British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins was kicked out of Australia last year after breaking quarantine rules. In 2007, American rapper Snoop Dogg was refused entry due to previous criminal convictions.

And in 2015, Australian authorities threatened to euthanize Pistol and Boo, Yorkshire Terrier dogs belonging to actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who had entered the country on the couple’s private jet. The dogs survived; the couple’s romance did not.

Djokovic’s saga began earlier this month when he arrived in Melbourne to play at the Australian Open, hoping to cement his place in history as the first man to win 21 tournaments. of the Grand Slam.

But he ended up spending four nights confined to an immigrant detention hotel after authorities rejected his exemption from Australia’s strict vaccination rules and canceled his visa.

On Monday, he won a legal fight over procedural reasons that allowed him to stay and train, before Hawke made his decision on Friday. Djokovic is expected to appeal but lacks time and options.

Australia grants unusual authority to its immigration minister, who many refer to as the minister’s “divine powers”. Hawke can essentially overturn courts to deport people, with limited grounds for any appeal.

Kian Bone, a migration lawyer at Macpherson Kelley, said Djokovic may not have time to form an effective appeal before playing, forcing him to forfeit.

“Australia has always had highly codified and heavily legislated immigration policies,” Bone said. “And compared to other countries, we give extraordinary power to the Minister of Immigration.”

Australia’s modern history began with her as the beneficiary of tough immigration policies, with Britain sending tens of thousands of criminals to Australian penal colonies for 80 years, before stopping the practice in 1868.

When Australia formed its first federal government in 1901, one of its first mission orders was to pass the Immigration Restriction Act, which sought to prevent people of color from Asia, the Pacific Islands and elsewhere to enter.

The policy of “white Australia” continued for decades before the last vestiges were eliminated in the 1970s.

One of the victims was Filipino-American Lorenzo Gamboa, who enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and was evacuated to Australia when the Philippines fell to Japan. He married an Australian and had two children. When he was discharged from the military he attempted to return to Australia but was refused permanent residence and was forced to leave.

His case sparked outrage in the Philippines and sparked a major diplomatic rift with Australia. He was finally allowed to settle in Australia in 1952.

In 2001, Australia implemented the “Pacific Solution” in which asylum seekers who tried to reach Australia by boat were sent to detention centers in Papua New Guinea or Nauru, rather than being allowed to stay on the Australian mainland.

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been accommodated on the islands until their numbers have been reduced in recent years. The scores still remain.

Journalist Behrouz Boochani, who had previously fled Iran, was held against his will on the islands for six years.

Using a smuggling phone and social media posts, Boochani detailed the unsanitary conditions, hunger strikes and violence in detention camps, as well as deaths caused by medical negligence and suicide.

He eventually used his phone to write a book, sending excerpts in Farsi to a translator via WhatsApp. Entitled “No Friend But the Mountains”, the book won a prestigious Australian award, the Victorian Prize for Literature. But he was never able to travel to Australia to collect his prize.

In 2019, Boochani fled to New Zealand, where he now lives.

New Zealand has strong ties to its neighbor, but Australia’s tough stance on immigration has caused tensions, especially in recent years after Australia began to enforce stricter policies on immigration. deportation of criminals to New Zealand.

Last year, New Zealand reluctantly agreed to repatriate suspected ISIS activist Suhayra Aden and her two young children, who had been detained in Turkey.

Aden had lived most of his life in Australia and had dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship. But Australia stripped him of his citizenship under its anti-terrorism laws, leaving New Zealand to take responsibility for his repatriation.

Despite protests from New Zealand, the Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has upheld its decision on Aden. It was equally resolved on Djokovic.

“The Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hawke said in a statement Friday.

ChuMinh Tofu Deli serves free meals at Little Saigon in Seattle on Sundays Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:17:32 +0000

Since opening all vegan Tofu ChuMinh deli in Little Saigon in 2011, Chef Tanya Nguyen has carved a place for herself in Seattle’s pantheon of plant-based restaurants. In addition to its plentiful selection of soy curries, banh mi, pho, noodle dishes and buffet, ChuMinh is also drawing attention for its free Sunday lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday meal is made possible with the help from a group of dedicated volunteers who call themselves “egg rolls,” a nod to ChuMinh’s popular side dish.

For Nguyen, serving free food to those in need is a “dream come true”; she is grateful to her clients, volunteers and homeless neighbors. “They have wonderful hearts,” she said. “Just by talking to them, I can feel it, how grateful and beautiful their hearts are and how much love they have for others. “

Volunteers – longtime clients and friends, service activists and neighbors – arrive around 10 a.m. on Sunday, set up a folding table under the restaurant’s awning, and set up a food station with options like rice, curry, etc. vegetable dishes, and, of course, Nguyen’s popular vegan spring rolls served hot. As the pandemic began in 2020, the Egg Rolls reinforced their commitment to helping homeless people in Little Saigon, distributing donated items like socks, disinfectant, blankets and other survival supplies, as well as the Sunday meal. The additional aid arrived around the same time as the city swept away the homeless camps in the region in April and May 2020, despite the city’s promise to suspend sweeps during the pandemic.

Members of the Egg Rolls volunteer group distribute free food at ChuMinh Tofu deli in Little Saigon.
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Volunteer Nathan Bombardier said a dedicated effort to feed those in need began about three years ago, with only “Tanya, two family friends and her husband. In a few months, regular customers got involved.

In early 2020, the group began to coordinate through a group chat, a “call for eggs,” says John Bartlett, a long-time client who volunteered last year; throughout the pandemic, the number of volunteers grew to over 50. Bartlett, who also participated in community spring clean-up events in the International District of Chinatown, said, “Tanya has been doing this for years… he’s someone who really does it out of the goodness of his heart.

The collaboration with the volunteers was done organically. Regular customers understood Nguyen’s generosity and volunteered to help. “They started asking us if we needed volunteers,” she recalls. “Do you need help with this? “Oh, yeah,” I say of course. “

Volunteers serve egg rolls and cups of stew to people.

Volunteers distribute free food outside the ChuMinh Tofu deli in Little Saigon.
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From the start, Nguyen made it a point to never refuse anyone who asked for free food, as long as the busy pace of the deli allowed. In fact, what Nguyen considers the success of his restaurant is having the ability to feed those in need. It goes back to a story she read as a child about a successful woman who, because she had more than enough, started cooking and feeding those in need. The story had a lasting impact on Nguyen’s generosity. “I think that’s one of the reasons [I give to others]. Deep down I still remember that story, ”she said.

Even though ChuMinh’s Sunday meals have received more attention in local news, Nguyen still does not accept any direct donations for the food she prepares and gives. The Egg Rolls accept donations through Venmo (@TheEggrolls with note “donation”) which helps purchase take-out boxes, masks, sanitizer, socks and toiletries, and provides reimbursement for food worker permits $ 10 from volunteers. Donations like blankets, winter coats or other supplies are best dropped off in a grocery store or a heavy-duty trash bag labeled “for Egg Rolls” during Sunday lunch. “We need travel-sized toiletries, new socks and underwear, and reusable bags or backpacks,” said volunteer Chloe Huber.

The Egg Rolls plan to create a separate community meal fund. “Right now, guests who come during the week to ask for food that Tanya usually serves for free,” Huber explained. This floating meal fund would help cover the cost of someone needing food during the week, paying for trips to the ChuMinh buffet – a seemingly bottomless feast with rice, steamed vegetables, Mongolian tofu. , curry and sesame balls.

For now, Nguyen is trying to give egg rolls to as many people as she can. “We welcome everyone,” she said.

Report Cites Conflicts Between Sheriffs and Campaign Donors Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:10:58 +0000

Massachusetts sheriffs have received more than $ 2.6 million in campaign donations from entities that could benefit from doing business with their offices, according to a new report that recommends changes to limit potential ethical conflicts.

The report, from Common Cause and Communities for Sheriff Accountability, examines campaign contributions to 48 sheriffs in office in 11 states and documents more than $ 6 million in donations that its authors say create potential conflicts of interest, including over $ 1.6 million from construction and real estate companies. companies, $ 326,878 from representatives of legal firms and related services, $ 286,826 from transportation companies, $ 216,847 from telecommunications and technology companies, over $ 290,000 from companies and health professionals and $ 70,679 from energy companies.

“Sheriffs are politicians who make important decisions about the health and safety of millions of Americans – and they should not be offered for sale to the highest bidder,” the report said.

The report tracks cases of apparent conflicts of interest, including overlaps between campaign contributors and entities with which a sheriff’s office or prison contracts, rather than those that specifically violate ethics or fundraising rules. campaign of a state.

In a Massachusetts overlap, the report says correctional health care provider CPS Health Care spent more than $ 20,365 on sheriffs campaigns here, and sheriffs paid $ 9.82 million in contracts to CPS from 2012 to 2021. Securus Technologies has communications contracts with Norfolk and Essex Prisons. counties, and two Securus representatives “are responsible for more than $ 7,000 in contributions to the sheriffs of the counties of Essex, Hampden, Middlesex and Norfolk,” the report said.

Hampden Sheriff Nick Cocchi said in a statement his office complied with all state laws regarding awarding contracts and “never engaged in ‘pay to play’ tactics.” .

“What the public needs to understand is that the sheriff’s office cannot and does not take individual campaign contributions into account when awarding contracts and offers. State law determines who the bids are awarded to and the Commonwealth must approve all vendors, ”Cocchi said.

The report’s authors recommend policies prohibiting donations to sheriff campaigns from entities doing or seeking business with sheriff’s offices, strengthening transparency and disclosure laws, and changing the way campaigns are funded to give small donors a bigger role.

Five tips for getting an insanely low rate on a personal loan Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:35:48 +0000

Personal loans are popular options for Australians looking to finance home renovations and other large expenses. With personal loan rates at record highs, they are also useful tools for debt consolidation and repayment.

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British Home Office backs down on Syrian asylum seeker case | Europe | News and events from across the continent | DW Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:18:45 +0000

The case concerns a 25-year-old Syrian who arrived in the United Kingdom in May 2020. He allegedly escaped forced conscription into the army in 2017 to avoid being forced to kill other Syrians.

The man, who has not been named for his protection, said his return to Syria would be life threatening. He would be targeted as rebellious, arrested and possibly killed, he said.

In his letter of rejection to the man, reported by The Guardian newspaper, the Interior Ministry said he could return safely to Syria. “I am not convinced to a reasonable degree of probability that you have a well-founded fear of persecution,” the Interior Ministry wrote, according to The Guardian.

In what appears to be a turnaround, the Home Office tweeted on Tuesday that “Under the current circumstances, we are not sending people back to Syria. The UK government agrees with the UN ruling that the Syria remains dangerous for them “.

The Home Office confirmed his statement to DW.

“Fair but firm”

In 2021, the UK introduced a major overhaul of its immigration and asylum system. Addressing Parliament In December, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the new law represented a “comprehensive, fair but firm long-term plan that tackles the challenge of illegal migration head-on” .

“Asylum seekers deemed to have arrived in the UK illegally will no longer have the same rights as those who arrive in the country through legal channels,” Patel said. “Even if their application is successful, they will be granted temporary refugee status and risk being held responsible for their removal indefinitely. “

“Asylum seekers may be deported from the UK while their asylum application or appeal is pending, which opens the door to asylum treatment abroad,” she said .

A disturbing movement

Although information on the case of the claimant in question remains scarce, the government’s position is a disturbing and surprising development, said Rim Turkmani, research director for Syria in the Conflict Research Program at the London School of Economics.

Turkmani, who testified before the UK’s Select Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Syrian crisis, said that although the level of violence had declined in parts of Syria, the safety of people was still at risk, especially when political motives are involved.

“Avoiding conscription in Syria after 2011 is indeed a political declaration of men who refuse to join an army that attacks civilians, commits war crimes, and where they can be positioned in positions where they must participate themselves. attacks on civilian areas. avoiding conscription puts the person at risk of detention, which, as many human rights organizations have documented, could mean torture and even death. The mere fact that this person has applied for asylum puts them at risk if returned to Syria, “she told DW via email.

A number of UK refugee charities that DW contacted said they were unable to comment on this particular case at this point.

In a statement to DW, Mariam Kemple Hardy, Campaigns Manager at Refugee Action, said: “It is beyond belief that the Home Office is declaring Syria a safe country. Frankly, if this government does not grant more of refuge for Syrian refugees, to whom will it grant asylum? This decision lifts the drawbridge for those fleeing war and persecution. It does not even meet the bare minimum that one would expect from a government claiming to meet its obligations on the world stage.

A spokesperson for the Home Office previously told DW in a statement that he did not comment on individual cases, but added that “all asylum claims are considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with policy current published “.

A dangerous precedent?

If the British authorities decide to return the Syrians to areas they deem safe, this could have far-reaching implications.

“First, the Syrian authorities and their allies will use this to pretend that Syria is safe for the return of all refugees. when it is not. Other countries will feel more comfortable adopting the British and Danish line. Most European countries need few excuses in this anti-immigration climate to make it harder to seek asylum, ”Turkmani said.

A protest by a group of Syrians in front of the Swedish embassy in Copenhagen

Countries like Denmark and Sweden have made it harder for Syrians to seek asylum

In 2020, Denmark declared the Syrian capital, Damascus, safe. Authorities have since revoked or failed to renew Danish residence permits for hundreds of Syrians in the region. Sweden has adopted a similar policy.

While UK authorities appeared to back down in this particular case, it highlights the hard line Patel is pursuing on immigration and asylum in order to counter criticism that she is not doing enough specifically to stop the refugee boats arriving from France.

“This case could make her seem tough in the eyes of these critics showing that she is ready to crack down on asylum claims as well as immigration. The atmosphere in Britain unfortunately remains very anti-immigration as we are. we saw in the Brexit referendum, and too many people don’t understand the difference between asylum seekers and other immigrants, ”Turkmani said.

Petition to ban Cornwall trail hunting on public lands Wed, 12 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 A petition asking Cornwall Council to ban hunting meetings on trails owned by council and on public lands is expected to be debated in County Hall next week.

The petition has collected over 10,000 signatures in support of Action Against Foxhunting Cornwall’s appeal.

It is expected to be debated by Cornwall councilors at their plenary council meeting on Tuesday.

The original petition read: “Action Against Foxhunting Cornwall notes that in January 2019 Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency and pledged, among other laudable policies, to protect our wildlife for future generations. We therefore ask that the council respect this commitment and henceforth prohibit all Trail Hunts meetings on public space and lands belonging to the council.

Deborah Hall, who set up the original petition, said she was happy councilors had the opportunity to debate the issue.

She said, “We want to prevent these hunts from having these encounters and crossing public lands. By supporting this call, the council will also show that it does not support the hunts.

“Wildlife is in decline and the city council has recognized this by declaring a climate emergency and an ecological emergency. These hunts damage wildlife habitats by sending packs of dogs through wildlife areas – not the best way to protect wildlife.

“A lot of people support this – most people thought the hunting ban had stopped all of this from happening and when we explain that dating still takes place, they are surprised. They expected it to be illegal when it was banned, but it still continues.

“We think a lot of them are crossing public land and could cross council-owned farms. If the council supports this ban, it will show that it does not condone this action. ”

Deborah said supporters of the petition will address the council online during the meeting and explain the basis of the appeal.

She added that other councils elsewhere in the country have supported similar bans on hunting to access public lands.

“When we go out on the streets to tell people about it, they are always surprised, we were delighted to get so much support for the petition – we never expected so many signatures.

“We believe the council will follow the opinion of the majority of the public if it supports this call.”

Cornwall Council will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to discuss the petition.

Where to eat during New York City Winter Restaurant Week 2022 Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:44:18 +0000

After the pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 summer program (a first in 30 years of history) and last year’s winter program shifted to take out and delivery only , this month’s return from New York Restaurant Week marks the first winter in three years that the program will once again offer on-site dining experiences.

First launched in 1992, the iconic biannual restoration program led by NYC and company entices diners to dine out with specially prepared meals at great prices, and has long been a way for New Yorkers to explore new cuisines, eateries and dishes in restaurants across the five boroughs. With Winter 2022 NYC Restaurant Week running from Jan. 18 to Feb. 13, over 440 restaurants participate throughout or select weeks with special offers of two-course lunches or three-course dinners priced at $ 29. , $ 39 or $ 59.

From Queens to the Upper East Side, there’s no shortage of wallet-friendly options to give you a special break. Below are offers from 10 participating restaurants that we recommend first before checking off the rest of your long list.

The information listed here may be subject to change depending on how the situation evolves with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Please check for the latest available updates or contact each property directly for more information.