President Donald Trump has called for new rules for asylum seekers, including charging them a fee, limiting their ability to work legally and demanding that the courts resolve their claims within 180 days.The plan, outlined in a White House memo released Monday evening, is the administration’s latest attempt to solve the immigration problem throughout the U.S.-Mexico border.Trump’s latest memo is one of several steps the administration is has planned as part of a broader strategy at the border.Trump issued a separate memo last week, aimed at combating visa stays. The administration has also discussed the possibility of building tent cities along the border and is reportedly researching an external study that suggests the president use “emergency regulation” to detain families longer.”This strategic exploitation of our Nation’s humanitarian programs undermines our Nation’s security and sovereignty,” the White House memo says. “The purpose of this memorandum is to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process.”The memo directs Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, to propose the new regulations within 90 days.It also suggests that a fee charged should be charged to those applying for asylum “not to exceed the costs of adjudicating the application” as well as a fee when applying for employment authorization.Furthermore, it calls to prohibit people who entered the U.S. illegally from being authorized to work “before any applicable application for relief for protection from removal has been granted.”McAleenan, who Trump put in charge of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure is expected to discuss the problems occurring at the border with Congress on Tuesday.
“It wasn’t about the points or how many points we won by,” Griffin said, alluding to playoff franchise records set by the Clippers in both departments. “It was about the way we played. I just think we realized that if we play our game and do things that we work on, we’d be successful.“I think that was what helped us. We play well when we’re relaxed.”Credit to defense, benchCoach Doc Rivers agreed that his team was able to play a more free and easy Game 2 than two days earlier. He gave credit to the bench for that.“Blake was awesome last night, and DJ (DeAndre Jordan) and CP (Chris Paul),” said Rivers, whose team will play at Golden State on Thursday in Game 3. “And our bench was phenomenal. Our bench won that game. Really. The starters were great, too. Our bench came in the end of the first, stretched the lead, I thought it allowed everybody to just go relax and play.” The Clippers lost to Golden State by four points (109-105) in their Western Conference playoff series opener Saturday at Staples Center. Then they smacked the Warriors around Monday night and won by 40 (138-98) in a performance that could arguably rank as the Clippers’ best of the season.Whereas Blake Griffin was hardly a factor Saturday because of foul trouble and some other Clippers did not take care of business down the stretch, Monday was the complete opposite. Griffin scored 35 points, the team shot 56.6 percent from the field and 91.4 percent from the free-throw line, and the bench contributed mightily with 58 points.“You always hope to play a well-rounded game like that,” Griffin said Tuesday at practice. “But I just felt going into the game we were so much more relaxed and we were going to play better. Fortunately, we did, and it was the way we played.”Griffin explained. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin put his spin on that.“They took the game to another level,” he said of the reserves. “The defensive intensity didn’t drop off, it went up. They made some shots, they were scrambling.”Speaking of the defense, Rivers doled out kudos to sixth-man Jamal Crawford, who has been struggling of late to find his shot.“My star of the game was Jamal defensively,” Rivers said. “Jamal defensively, I didn’t even know those two things would ever be said. But really, he made three defensive plays yesterday.“We got on him after Game 1 because of his defense. We said nothing about his offense. We just felt his offense dictated how he played defense, and I thought yesterday he came out and defended.” Doc isn’t sayingRivers and Warriors post Jermaine O’Neal, who played under Rivers at Boston, got into a heated conversation late in the second quarter Monday. Both received technicals. Rivers was asked what was said, but he balked.“Oh, I don’t know, it’s just a lot of talk,” he said. “I coached Jermaine and so I think it’s a little bit of that, in a good way. And to me it was more fun than anything else.”O’Neal later came back over to the Clippers bench, not necessarily to apologize.“No, he just said, ‘Hey, we’re good, right?’” Rivers said. “And I said, ‘We’re always good.’ But this is a competition, and that’s all I was saying. I don’t like getting into stuff like that. I think that’s for the players.“I don’t ever really think a coach should get involved. But I thought in that instance, it was needed.”
By John BurtonRED BANK — Borough residents who live in the Districts 3 and 7 wishing to vote in today’s primary election should be aware that their polling places have been changed.For those voters in District 3, the new polling location is at the United Methodist Church of Red Bank, 247 Broad St.In District 7, the polling site will be Volunteer Fire Independent Engine Company, 32 Mechanic St. according to information provided by the borough.Polling sites will remain open until 8 p.m.Andrea Brock of Fair Haven gets signed in by election official Michael Galano before casting her primary election vote on Tuesday, June 4, at the Fair Haven Community Center. According to officials, as of 10 a.m. only 11 voters had turned out to vote at this poll. Polls will stay open until 8 p.m.. Scott Longfield
Carrillo, who was arrested May 2 in the latest case, was arraigned Friday on one felony count of vandalism. He’ll be back for a hearing May 16 at East Los Angeles Superior Court. He’s being held at Men’s Central Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. It’s the second time he landed in trouble in connection with tagging in Montebello. He was convicted last year of one felony count of vandalism. He served time in county jail, received five years probation and was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution, Navarro said. He said Carrillo got out of jail in January. Then on April 25, the detective said he noticed Whittier Boulevard got tagged by someone with the same moniker Carrillo used last year. “Same tag. Same type of writing,” Navarro said. Navarro and a probation officer went looking for Carrillo and found out he was staying with a friend in Montebello. They caught up with him in Monterey Park last week when he visited a family member. There was a short foot chase. He said the probation officer took him in for allegedly violating probation. Getting rid of graffiti is a focus of city officials and police here. Capt. Ralph Newcomb said the city spends about $600,000 a year in cleanup costs, staff time and enforcement. From Jan. 1 to April 10, the police department’s Special Investigations Gang Task Force arrested 50 minors and seven adults for misdemeanor vandalism and seven juveniles and six adults for felony vandalism. They have filed 57 misdemeanor and 13 felony vandalism cases with the District Attorney’s Office. Taggers who are convicted also get hit in the pocketbook. The courts, so far, have awarded Montebello about $40,000 in restitution from graffiti cases filed last year. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A man convicted of vandalizing parts of the city last fall is in trouble again, accused of tagging. Former Rosemead resident Jeremia Carrillo used the same tagging moniker which helped tie the latest vandalism to him, according to Montebello Detective Ismael Navarro. He declined to say what the moniker was. The detective said Carrillo, 22, admitted to the latest incident, citing personal problems. He told police he got evicted and that his grandmother had died. “He took it out on the walls,” Navarro said.
M-Pesa, the world’s largest mobile money network, has enabled millions of Africans to gain access to safe and secure banking solutions. The idea has become a pioneering innovation for the continent, and is now used as a model for similar systems around the world.Mobile money markets are hugely popular in Africa, offering easy, secure methods of payment and transfer of funds using simple text-based mobile technology. M-Pesa, a leader in the industry, celebrates 10 years of dominance in countries such as Kenya and Uganda. (Image: Flickr)CD AndersonLaunched by telecommunications group Vodafone/Safaricom in 2007, M-Pesa (“pesa” is Swahili for “money”) has become a way of life for 30 million Africans in 10 countries. More than 80% of Kenyans use the service. The network also enjoys market dominance in Tanzania and Uganda.The ingeniously simple method of money transfers made via cellphone messaging (SMS) has connected many to formal banking systems and enabled opportunities for small business and informal commerce, as well as played a part in helping to eradicate poverty, particularly in rural areas.The system uses simple, text-based technology available on older cellular phones. While more sophisticated mobile banking is the norm around the world, the simplicity of M-Pesa is that customers do not need bank accounts to use the network.The adoption and rise in popularity of mobile money networks in Africa has been steady. M-Pesa and its various competitor networks now not only include money transfers and other standard banking procedures, but also healthcare provision, access to international money markets and long-term lending.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)In 2016, according to Vodafone, M-Pesa was used in six billion transactions. Additionally, research by Digital Frontiers found a 22% drop in female-headed households living in poverty in areas with access to M-Pesa. The same study noted that the source of income for almost 200,000 women in rural areas shifted from the low-income, labour intensive agricultural sector to more prosperous small business creation. The research also showed an increase in saving and investing money through using the M-Pesa network.M-Pesa transactions are expected to surpass $1.3-billion (R17-billion) in the next three years, according to research by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)The future of mobile money markets presents both growth opportunities and challenges. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore told CNN that the network wanted to focus on developing a better user experience, with an eye on increasing the use of smart device technology in Africa compared to standard text-based mobile technology.As with any innovative product, a focus on developing more ground-breaking mobile financial services is also a key objective. “One of the big problems has been the relative clumsiness of using M-Pesa,” Collymore said, adding that new, simpler solutions would work hand-in-hand with better technology, such as the “tap and pay” method and EMV smart chip cards.Another focus is breaking into new markets, the rest of Africa primarily, but also increasing its presence in Asia, Eastern Europe (M-Pesa is used in Romania and Albania, which has a large informal economy, often operating without bank accounts) and the Middle East.M-Pesa was introduced in South Africa in 2010, gaining more than a million users. It aimed to conquer a market of 13 million economically active people who did not use bank accounts. However, because of stricter banking regulations in South Africa, as well as the development of more tech-savvy banking products, the system found little foothold in the country.Tracking the growth of the mobile money market in Africa over the last 10 years. (Infographic: CNN)While more and more competing mobile and smart phone banking systems are aiming to provide services for larger transactions, M-Pesa aims to keep the focus on what made it the dominant, most longstanding player in the market, namely safe, convenient micro-banking (M-Pesa does not transact anything larger than $675 (R8,000).“The banking sector across the world has always ignored the so-called base of the pyramid. We haven’t because we understand that the base of the pyramid needs to be served and there’s also commercial viability in doing that.”Source: CNN, AFKInsiderWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
It’s been pretty chilly outside, if you haven’t noticed. A number of people have asked me how our air-source heat pump is making out in the cold weather. I wrote about the system last fall, well before we had moved in. Is it keeping us warm? We’ve only been living in the house for a few weeks, but here’s a quick report.So far, so good. Our 18,000 Btu/hour Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump (MSZ FE18NA indoor unit and MUZ FE18 outdoor unit) is doing remarkably well in keeping us comfortable. We don’t have any oil or gas heating in the house, only the electric heat pump and a small wood stove that we’ve fired up twice so far. The indoor heat pump unit is mounted on a wall next to our kitchen, and it’s been operating pretty steadily in this cold weather. (Even though we’ve heated with wood for decades and have all the wood we could ever use, I’ve been curious how the house will do just on electricity, so have refrained from using the wood stove.)A thermometer in a bookcase on an outside wall diagonally across the kitchen-dining-living space from the heating unit is reading 66°F as I write this, with the outside temperature about 12°F. A thermometer in our upstairs bedroom read 70° when I got up this morning, and has typically been about 68° — and remarkably uniform. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Ductless Minisplit Heat PumpsJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House Will Minisplits Replace Forced-Air Heating and Cooling Systems?Installing a Ductless Minisplit SystemTwo Years With a Minisplit Heat PumpLooking for the Best Minisplit OptionMinisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy HomesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseNew Englanders Love Heat PumpsLoving My MinisplitsAre Seven Heads Better Than Three? Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Monitoring our energy consumptionWe have an eMonitor (made by PowerWise Systems of Blue Hill, Maine) installed to track the home’s overall electrical consumption as well as the consumption of a number of individual loads. The monitor has clips that clamp onto different circuits in the electrical panel as well as the electrical main coming into the panel, and it somehow measures electricity flow through those cables. We’re tracking consumption separately for our heat pump heating system, our heat-pump water heater, and our heat-recovery ventilator.Most of the time the air-source heat pump has been drawing about 2,500 watts, with very brief spikes up to about 3,400 watts (I suppose those spikes occur when a pump or fan kicks on). To put this in perspective, the 2,500 watts in the standard heating mode is about twice what our KitchenAid toaster draws (1,200 watts), though of course the toaster operates for only short periods of time.Since we hooked up the eMonitor and started collecting data (five days ago), our Mitsubishi heat pump has used 221 kWh of electricity — during a fairly cold stretch. This is about what the entire solar-electric system on our barn cranked out during this period — and roughly three times the output of that portion of our PV system allocated to the house. (It’s a “group-net-metered” system, with two-thirds of the output going to neighboring homes.)It will be interesting to look at this data over the course of months and years to see how the electricity consumption averages out over time and how that compares to our solar production. Heat distribution with point-source heatingBecause our heat source is on a downstairs wall, I had been very curious how effectively heat would be distributed throughout our 1,600-square-foot house. The main kitchen-dining-living space keeps a fairly even temperature in the high-60s. A downstairs study or guest room at the far corner of the house and separated from the heat pump by a hallway and doors (with the door open) stays a little cooler, though watching a movie there last night was fine with a sweater.Upstairs, the bedroom on the north side of the house has maintained a remarkably constant 68-70°F on all but the coldest nights. When the outside temperature dipped to -6°F, our bedroom dropped to the mid-60s. Last night, with the outside temperature down to 7.5°F, we actually closed our door to keep the bedroom a bit cooler, and the temperature dropped from 70°F to 67.8 by morning.I don’t have a thermometer in the south bedroom, which is being used as a home office by my wife, but it feels about the same. There are two double-hung windows instead of a single casement window, so there is certainly more air leakage, but there is also solar gain through those windows. The bottom lineAll in all, we are very satisfied with the air-source heat pump. It works well, in large part because our house is so energy efficient. This is a superb heating option (and cooling, by the way) for a house with a very well-insulated building envelope. Once we install the low-e storm windows on the double-hung windows on the south and east sides of the house, we should do somewhat better. (With our superinsulated house, the south and east windows are a weak point, both relative to air leakage and R-value.)And on a cost per delivered BTU basis, with the air-source heat pump we’re spending just 58% of what we would spend on oil heat (assuming an Energy Star oil boiler operating at 83% efficiency with #2 heating oil at $3.91 per gallon vs. electric heat in an air-source heat pump with a coefficient of performance of 2.25 and electricity costing 15¢ per kWh). (You can plug in your own assumptions and compare fuels on BuildingGreen’s online calculator.)Plus, on an annual basis we should be producing as much electricity with solar as we consume — net-zero-energy. So we’re pretty happy. Warm and happy. When the mercury dropped to –6°F a few days ago, the house got colder. I saw one reading on the outside wall downstairs as low as 61°F and our bedroom got down to about 65°F. It was chilly enough that I fired up our small wood stove for the first time, and that fairly quickly raised the downstairs temperature to a comfortable 68°F. With our tight construction there are few drafts.