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In a photo taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, immigrants on U.S. soil try to jump a second wall before border police arrived and arrested them on Dec. 2, 2018. <span class="copyright">(Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press)</span>
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In a victory for the Trump administration, the justices rejected the claim that immigrants who seek asylum have a right to a full federal court review through a writ of habeas corpus, even if their claims are judged to be not credible.

The 7-2 decision came in the case of a Sri Lankan immigrant who was caught late at night 25 yards north of the border with Mexico near San Ysidro, Calif. He was interviewed by an asylum officer who concluded he did not have a "credible fear of persecution," which would trigger a further hearing. A supervisor and immigration judge agreed his claim did not deserve further review.

But last year, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a broad ruling in his case holding that the federal law authorizing "expedited removal" of border crossers was unconstitutional in cases such as his.

Lawyers for Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, the Sri Lankan man, said due to "communication problems," the asylum officer did not learn of his full story. It included his being detained and beaten by army officers for supporting a Tamil political candidate. The 9th Circuit ruled it would violate the Constitution's right of habeas corpus and due process of law to deny a federal court review for such cases.

The Justice Department appealed and argued the ruling could unravel the "expedited removal" process set by Congress in 1996 and lead to a "flood" of lengthy appeals.

The Supreme Court agreed and reversed the 9th Circuit, ruling neither habeas corpus nor due process of law gives those who cross the border illegally a right to have a full review of their claims in the federal courts.

"While aliens who have established connections in this country have due process rights in deportation proceedings, the court has long ago held Congress is entitled to set the conditions for an alien’s lawful entry into this country and that, as a result, an alien at the threshold of initial entry cannot claim any greater rights" beyond those set in the 1996 law, said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. in Department of Homeland Security vs. Thuraissigiam. He was referring to the right to be interviewed by an asylum officer and a review by an immigration judge.

Over the last five years, 77% of those interviewed by an asylum officer were found to have a credible claim, he said. As a result, the "expedited removal" process is limited to one in four of those who make an asylum claim.

Alito said habeas corpus "has traditionally been a means to secure release from unlawful detention." In the case of the Sri Lankan man, "the government is happy to release him, provided the release occurs in the cabin of a plane bound for Sri Lanka," he said. But instead of seeking his release, the migrant's goal is "to obtain authorization to stay in this country."

The 9th Circuit had cited the high court's rulings extending habeas corpus rights to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, but Alito said those detainees sought to be released and go home, not permission to live in the United States.

Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg concurred in the result, but did not join Alito's opinion.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. "Today's decision handcuffs the judiciary’s ability to perform its constitutional duty to safeguard individual liberty and dismantles a critical component of the separation of powers. It will leave significant exercises of executive discretion unchecked [and] increases the risk of erroneous immigration decisions that contravene governing statutes and treaties," Sotomayor wrote.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, who argued the case, said he was disappointed.

“This ruling fails to live up to the Constitution’s bedrock principle that individuals deprived of their liberty have their day in court, and this includes asylum seekers. This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger," he said.

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It’s been a month since the police killing of George Floyd sparked mass protests across the United States and compelled various prominent Democrats and Republicans, including Donald Trump himself, to vow serious action and police reform. In that time, the president has lost interest in doing much of anything about it, according to two people who’ve discussed the matter with him in recent days.

“He’s done with that,” one of the sources said. 

Never known for his sustained focus, the president’s mind has been particularly adrift this week, wandering to various tangential topics such as the desire to defend monuments and statues—particularly those honoring racist and Confederate figures of history—from being torn down by protesters. Late Monday night, Trump took to Twitter and began posting videos of random Black men attacking a white man and a woman, lamenting why social and racial justice protesters in America weren’t out in the streets about that instead. By Thursday morning, he was accusing leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement of treason and insurrection.

And he’s already signalled that should nothing on police reform get done, he will simply heap blame on his political enemies. When asked about the Senate reform bill on Wednesday, the president told reporters it would be nice if it were to pass but then accused Democratic politicians of wanting to “take away a lot of the strength from our police.”

Trump’s interest in police reform always appeared to be fleeting. But early on after the Floyd killing became national news, the White House put together stakeholder meetings and solicited ideas to create some sort of reform framework. Trump himself met with law enforcement officials and family members of victims of police killings. 

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But the president grew impatient. In mid-June, he signed an executive order that fell far short of what numerous reform advocates and protesters have been calling for, but did offer grant incentives to departments that increased their police training on use of force.

At that point, said the source who discussed the issue with Trump, the president believed he was basically done. “He believes his executive [order] was a home run,” the source said.

Alas, few feel the same way. But progress on filling in the massive gaps has proved difficult for lawmakers on the Hill and the window to craft a compromise has likely shut for the time being, possibly until after the election.

Democrats and Republicans’ dueling proposals, rolled out within days of each other earlier this month, had areas of common ground. But the Senate GOP bill, led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), does not include several reforms that Democrats consider must haves, including an outright ban of the kind of chokehold that Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin used to kill Floyd; a ban on the no-knock serving of warrants that led to Breonna Taylor’s killing by cops in Kentucky; or anything related to qualified immunity, which can shield officers from lawsuits stemming from their conduct on the job.

Instead, the Senate GOP bill emphasizes various areas of additional training for police officers and would establish a national database of cops’ records so that police departments know if potential hires have records of misconduct. The bill would also make lynching a federal hate crime. 

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Civil liberties groups have panned the measure, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying it “throws billions of dollars at studies and commissions when we know the real problem at the core of American policing.” And congressional Democrats have insisted that their House legislation should be the barometer for reform—Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Karen Bass’s (D-CA) bill, which passed the chamber on Thursday, addresses all the areas that Scott’s does not. They also say they are keenly aware that, no matter what happens, Trump will tout his own executive order as the be-all, end-all solution to police brutality.

“Regardless of how little Republicans actually do, how many more Black Americans are murdered or how many dog-whistles Trump sends, he will lie and claim he alone solved the problem,” said a Senate Democratic aide.

But Republicans like House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have accused Democrats of wanting to defund the police and “push[ing] bills that will make our officers less safe.” And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has argued that Democrats should focus on simply improving their chamber’s bill through the amendment process. Both he and congressional Republicans have aggressively blasted what they see as Democrats’ obstructionism: Scott, the Senate GOP’s only Black member, sought to torch Democrats in a floor speech Wednesday, arguing that they didn’t want to do anything now but instead wait until after the November elections to see if they won back the White House and the Senate, a feeling that is widely shared within the Senate GOP ranks.

Democrats, charged Scott, were working to “not allow this party to be seen as a party that reaches out to all communities in this nation.”

With negotiations coming to near a standstill, the White House could play a role in brokering some sort of compromise. But, so far, the president’s team has shown no interest in that route. 

“The White House is behind Sen. Tim Scott’s bill, we’ve made that clear,” said a senior administration official. “The president acted, and acted quickly, but we’ve more or less exhausted the options that could be done through an [executive order] and need the legislative branch to act.”

Trump’s absence from the talks comes as his own advisers recognize the debate over police reform, and racial justice matters more broadly, could have a significant impact on his reelection. And it’s taking place as some have privately attempted to get him to engage on the matter more, mindful that they could tag former Vice President Joe Biden with having helped create the criminal-justice pitfalls that are consuming the United States today. But according to three sources familiar with the discussions, there is growing frustration that Trump routinely jumps between adopting a “tough on crime” persona and trying to grab the mantle of a criminal justice reformer—never comfortable settling on just one. 

“He wants to have it both ways,” said one senior White House official. 

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2020 has brought on a lot of changes for the world and, at the top of that list, was many businesses shutting their doors and sending their employees home to work remotely. 

Are your employees still performing at the same level? Are they responsive? Or are they getting distracted by the day-to-day activities around their home? 

Building trust with your remote employees, and knowing they will still stay productive, is something that is extremely important in making this new dynamic working successful.  

Let’s review some key points from this infographic by Online Psychology Degrees to see how employers can build trust and prepare for what the future of the workforce holds.

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Pandemic aside, when compared to working in a traditional office setting, 91% of employees say they have a better work-life balance when working remote, 79% experience increased productivity and focus, and 78% feel reduced stress. 

Employees with flexible options also enjoy their job more and 82% feel more trusted by their employer. 

But the benefits don’t stop at the employees, employers experience them too!

Remote offerings can make your workplace more desirable for millennial and Gen Z talent and grow your talent pool immensely. Remote means you can find the best employee for the job no matter their physical location.  

Employers will also save on in-office expenses: no coffee, utilities, and even no rent!

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While the benefits are enticing, working remotely also comes with a new set of challenges.  

Managers worried about their employees' performance can begin to micromanage and employees may overcompensate by working too much to make sure they are being recognized. This can quickly result in burnout. 

This is where the trust comes in.

Leadership can help show employees  trust by providing clear direction and resources needed to accomplish tasks. 

Another key component here is to have regular communication and a great tool to do this with is a video hosting platform like Zoom

At IMPACT, we have daily and weekly team meetings as well as a once a week all-hands meeting so that the whole team feels aligned and heading toward the same goals. 

According to the infographic, employees at organizations that value trust feel 106% more energy, 76% more engaged with tasks, 74% lower stress levels, 40% less likelihood of burnout, and 29% overall higher feeling of life satisfaction.

For more ideas on how to support your remote team check out this article.  

What does our future workforce look like? 

Since the coronavirus outbreak, 67% of employers are actively making arrangements so that jobs previously done in the office can be done from home. 

CNBC states in one of their recent articles, “Of the more than 1,200 employees surveyed between April 16 and April 17, nearly 20% said their employer is actively discussing how they can make remote work more of an option in the future. 

With all of those facts, it is hard to ignore the idea that remote work life may be here to stay. 

If you want to learn more about how you can embrace the future and shift to a remote work environment check out some tips here and read the full infographic below.

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This week is National Picnic Week and the good news is that the sun is shining, lockdown is being eased and there’s plenty of places in the Midlands to head out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Research out this week to coincide with the celebration has named the UK’s five favourite National Trust picnic sites.

Unfortunately none of them are in the Midlands – but there are plenty of areas within an hour’s drive of Coventry which are just as lovely.

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The research has been compiled by Leisure Range Cookers, which has also produced a range of no-fuss recipes to make for the perfect picnic.

Researchers considered the average TripAdvisor rating of each National Trust site, along with the number of TripAdvisor reviews to come up with a score for each area. The higher the score, the more satisfied the visitors.

Top five sites in the UK and their score

  1. Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland (95)
  2. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Yorkshire (67)
  3. Carrick-a-Rede, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (66)
  4. Cragside, Northumberland (65)
  5. Bodnant Garden in Conwy, Wales (60)

Top picnic spots within an hour’s drive of Coventry

Since driving to another part of the country is not advised at the moment, CoventryLive looked at all the picnic spots and their scores to come up with the most recommended places to go near Coventry and Warwickshire.

Here’s what we found:

  • Calke Abbey, South Derbyshire and Leicestershire (56)
  • Stoneywell, South Derbyshire and Leicestershire (52)
  • Wightwick Manor, Shropshire and Staffordshire (52)
  • Charlecote, Warwickshire (52)
  • Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire (51)
  • Upton House, Warwickshire (50)
  • Coughton, Worcestershire (50)
  • Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire (50)
  • Packwood, Warwickshire (49)
  • Greyfriars House and Gardens, Worcestershire (46)
  • Clent Hills, Worcestershire (46)
  • Croome Court, Worcestershire (44)

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A view shows a Buffalo Police vehicle parked in front of the city hall before a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Niagara Square, in Buffalo, U.S., June 5, 2020.
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  • Quentin Suttles, a 30-year-old Black man, is suing the city of Buffalo, New York, after a video surfaced showing police punching him in the head several times during a May arrest.

  • The five minute video starts off peacefully, and end with Suttles on the pavement whimpering with an officer striking blows to his head.

  • A lawyer for Suttles filed a claim that accuses the city, police department and Buffalo Police Commissioner of not properly training officers in use of force.

  • Erie County District Attorney is also investigating the incident.

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When Quentin Suttles, a 30-year-old Black man, was arrested on May 10, a bystander filmed an officer punching him in the head several times.

This week, an officer's body camera video, which shows the police interaction with him in full, was released. 

WKBW reporter Madison Carter shared the video on Twitter.

The five-minute video shows an officer searching Suttles' body, as he speaks to him in a firm, but conversational voice. 

As it goes on, though, Suttle can be seen being thrown to the ground. An officer punches him in the head repeatedly, and Suttles is heard whimpering, pleading for his partner to record what was happening.

"You can't hit him like that," a woman yells as two Buffalo, New York, police officers are leaned on top of him, one of them striking him in the head.

"He's trying to eat the drugs," one of the officers yells back toward the woman.

Suttles then tells the officers, "I'm dying," and blood can be seen on the ground under his head.

Now the Erie County District Attorney District Attorney's office has launched an investigation into the incident and Suttles plans on suing the department and the city, local media — including WKBW and Buffalo News — have reported.

The police department has also opened an internal affairs investigation, according to Buffalo News.

An attorney for Suttles filed notice of the claim in the state's Supreme Court. It says that Buffalo Police Officers Ronald Ammerman and Michael Scheu used excessive force when they pulled him over and arrested him.

The claim also accuses the city, the police department, and Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood of not properly training officers in use of force and not providing adequate supervision of their actions, according to WKBW.

Police said in their report, which was obtained by WKBW, that they pulled Suttles over after smelling a strong odor of marijuana and observing him driving "the wrong way." 

"While conducting pat down, searched defendant did push off vehicle and fight with officers," the police report states, according to the station. "Defendant continued to fight and reach in his pants, ignoring officers command to stop resisting."

WKBW reported that the officers also said they recovered a white powder substance from Suttles' left pocket, and that he had tried to destroy drugs during the arrest.

The claim by Suttles' attorney Joshua Ramos, though, accuses the officers of  "prolonged grabbing of his genitals while finding no contraband." 

Suttles suffered a fractured shoulder blade and orbital bone as a result of the incident, according to legal papers viewed by Buffalo News. 

Despite the injuries, police didn't seek medical treatment for Suttles the next day, Ramos said in the claim viewed by Buffalo News. 

Ramos gave a copy of the suit to local media outlets on Thursday, according to the News. The claim could not be found on the state's Supreme Court online database Friday.

In May, when Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown first saw the cellphone video taken at the scene, he said he was concerned with police actions. 

"As Mayor of the City of Buffalo, a very diverse city, I am sensitive to any instances of conflict between members of our community and our police department," Brown said in a statement released at the time. "Like others, I am concerned by what I saw on that video, however, I do not have all of the facts regarding this situation."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday to protect monuments, memorials and statues facing new scrutiny amid fresh debate over the nation's racist beginnings.

Trump had promised to take action earlier this week after police thwarted an attempt by protesters to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson in a park across from the White House.

The order calls on the attorney general to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law any person or group that destroys or vandalizes a monument, memorial or statue. Federal law authorizes a penalty of up to 10 years in prison for the “willful injury” of federal property.

The order also calls for maximum prosecution for anyone who incites violence and illegal activity, and it threatens state and local law enforcement agencies that fail to protect monuments with the loss of federal funding.

Trump announced earlier Friday on Twitter that he had signed the order and called it “strong.”

Earlier in the day, the president used Twitter to call for the arrest of protesters involved with the attempt to bring down the Jackson statue from Lafayette Park.

He retweeted an FBI wanted poster showing pictures of 15 protesters who are wanted for “vandalization of federal property."

Trump wrote, “MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!”

He also said on Twitter that he had scrapped plans to spend the weekend at his central New Jersey home to stay in Washington “to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced.”

“These arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped," Trump tweeted. "I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!"

Protesters on Monday night attempted to drag the Jackson statue down with ropes and chains. Police repelled the protesters and sealed off Lafayette Park, which had been reopened to the public for more than a week after protests against the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minnesota. On Tuesday, police cleared out the entire area around the corner of 16th and H streets — and pushed demonstrators away from the intersection, which had recently been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza by the city.

Statistics released by the Metropolitan Police Department show that nine people were arrested Tuesday night and a total of 12 arrested between Monday and Wednesday. There were no protest-related arrests Thursday, according to the MPD data.

Demonstrators have grown increasingly emboldened about targeting statues deemed offensive or inappropriate. On June 19, or Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, cheering crowds puled down a statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike. The statue stood on federal land and had withstood previous attempts by the Washington, D.C., government to remove it. According to participants, police officers were on the scene but did not attempt to interfere.

The targeting of the statues has become a rallying cry for Trump and other conservatives. Immediately after the Pike statute was toppled and set ablaze, Trump called the incident a "disgrace to our Country!” on Twitter.

On Tuesday he tweeted, “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.”

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On Tuesday, Shares of TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), gained 3.35% to $70.06.

TripAdvisor declared its Travelers Choice(TM) awards for museums around the globe, top tips from contributors for visiting museums, in addition to top-rated value hotel options for travelers near award-winning museums.

In total, 591 winners were identified, counting the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. The awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for museums around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Honoring nearly 600 institutions worldwide, the Travelers Choice awards have recognized the favorite museums that serve as cultural treasure troves for our community of millions, said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. These world-class museums provide an enriching experience that can be both inspiring and educational for travelers around the globe.

TripAdvisor, Inc. operates as an online travel company. The company operates through two segments, Hotel and Other. Its travel research platform aggregates reviews and opinions about accommodations, destinations, activities and attractions, and restaurants that enable consumers to plan and book hotels, vacation rentals, flights, activities and attractions, and restaurants.

Shares of ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ:ARMH), inclined 3% to $45.04, during its last trading session.

New wearable technologies, counting a malaria alert bracelet for infants, a water purification band, and an ear-worn pneumonia monitor, are among the 10 ideas selected for the final stage of the Wearables for Good design challenge. Launched in May 2015 by partners UNICEF, ARM and frog, the objective was to create the most globally inclusive design competition ever. Less than three months later, teams and individuals from 46 countries, covering six continents, had entered with 250 design ideas presented to the judges.

The 10 shortlisted teams comprise of innovative designers, engineers and technologists who have all created remarkable new wearable and sensor-based devices capable of assisting the world’s most vulnerable people. This is a departure from the current mainstream wearables market, which is mainly focused on lifestyle devices for the developed world. The Wearables for Good design challenge expands that focus, showing how wearables can save lives by tackling maternal and child health issues in the most difficult physical and energy-constrained environments.

The finalists’ design ideas address issues counting health, the availability of potable water, sanitation and hygiene, and child protection. The teams will now move into the next phase of the competition where they will attempt to turn their concepts into working prototypes.

The accomplished projects will be presented in October, with the two winners declared in November at a tech event in Helsinki, Finland and ARM TechCon (Santa Clara, US). The winners will each receive a prize of $15,000, together with incubation and mentoring from UNICEF, ARM and frog.

ARM Holdings plc, together with its auxiliaries, designs microprocessors, physical intellectual property (IP), and related technology and software. The company also sells development tools that enhance the performance of embedded applications.

Shares of Energy Focus, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFOI), declined -15.05% to $13.94, during its last trading session.

Energy Focus, declared the pricing of a registered underwritten follow-on offering of shares of its common stock by it and certain of its stockholders at a public offering price of $17.00 per share. The Company is offering 1,500,000 shares of its common stock and the Selling Stockholders are offering an additional 1,500,000 shares of their common stock on the same terms and conditions. The Company and the Selling Stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of common stock on a pro rata basis. The offering is predictable to close on September 16, 2015, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Company will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares by the Selling Stockholders.

The Company anticipates to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance its growth efforts and for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is acting as lead book-running manager for the offering. Canaccord Genuity Inc. is acting as book-running manager and Rodman & Renshaw a unit of H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC is acting as co-manager for the offering.

Energy Focus, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and installs energy-efficient lighting systems and solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Products and Solutions.

Finally, Shares of Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NASDAQ:SNTA), ended its last trade with 0.50% gain, and closed at $2.01.

Synta Pharmaceuticals declared the appointment of Alan C. Rigby, Ph.D., as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Rigby brings over 20 years of academic and industry experience in the areas of structural and computational biology, drug discovery, and translational research of small and large molecules in oncology. Most recently, Dr. Rigby served as Vice President, Global Antibody Drug Conjugate Biology, Oncology Research, for Eli Lilly and Company at their New York site.

Dr. Rigby joined Eli Lilly and Company in 2010. Among his responsibilities there, he served as the Global Vice President of Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) Biology and was responsible for leading the Eli Lilly-ImmunoGen ADC collaboration, advancing novel therapeutics within the Lilly Oncology Pipeline. Dr. Rigby was also responsible for establishing and executing on translational collaborations with academic medical centers within greater New York City.

Before joining Eli Lilly in 2010, Alan was the Principal Investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded independent academic laboratory and the Director of the Drug Discovery and Target Validation Program within the Center for Vascular Biology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rigby has served and continues to serve on national and international granting councils counting the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Genome Quebec’s PRIVAC. He is the North American Editor for Current Computer Aided Drug Discovery and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Future Medicinal Chemistry. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, a book chapter and has more than 10 patents that have published or are pending. Dr. Rigby holds an Honors BSc. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of novel oncology medicines for cancer patients.

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Glastonbury Tor has been named as one of Britain's most popular picnic hotspots.

Meeting other people for a socially distant picnic in a park has become a popular past time since coronavirus lockdown measures were eased.

In celebration of National Picnic Week, Leisure Range Cookers has complied a list of the nation's favourite picnic foods, as well as the top locations full of picturesque picnic spots.

Leisure Range Cookers has used National Trust locations and analysed TripAdvisor ratings to reveal where in the UK has the most picnic spots, as well as which ones come out on top.

Their study found Glastonbury Tor was the seventh most popular picnic hotspots and beat the likes of Stourhead and Calke Abbey.

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The National Trust site has benches on the way up to the Tor and has plenty of open space to pitch up for a picnic.

TripAdvisor reviews have praised the popular Somerset landmark for its "impressive views" and "well worth the walk just for the views."

The number one picnic spot in the UK is Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. You can see the top 10 UK picnic Spots, their location and the overall score based on the number of reviews and ratings, below:

Picnic spot

Location

Overall Score

Giant's Causeway

County Antrim

95

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

North Yorkshire

67

Carrick-a-Rede

County Antrim

66

Cragside

Northumberland

65

Bodnant Garden

Conwy

60

Lanhydrock

Cornwall

59

Glastonbury Tor

Somerset

57

Hardwick

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

56

Stourhead

Wiltshire

56

Calke Abbey

South Derbyshire and Leicestershire

56

Their study also found the UK’s most popular picnic food is the classic sandwich, followed by crisps, fresh fruit and sausage rolls.

The top sandwich filling could be somewhat divisive as tuna mayonnaise is revealed as the most popular with 22.9 per cent of people in the UK naming it as their favourite.

For those who are heading out for a picnic, it is advised that people follow social distancing measures and sanitise hands to stop any spread of germs.

People are also advised to bring their own picnic blankets and food and avoid sharing items with other people.

Vijay Bhardwaj, marketing director at Leisure Range Cookers, said: "When full coronavirus restrictions were placed, it meant that socialising was off the menu in the UK, but as restrictions are eased and we're able to have small gatherings outside, a picnic is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

"You must ensure you’re staying to the UK Government’s advice of social distancing and keeping two meters apart.

"It's great to see some British classics like sausage rolls and scotch eggs make it on the list and whilst it’s easy to purchase these from a shop, it can be a fun and rewarding experience to make your own at home."

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The U.S. military is in jeopardy of falling behind Russia and China in some crucial areas of weapons and technology, including hypersonics, AI and quantum computing, according to senior Congressional leaders. 

Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a straightforward message to both Russia and China from the Senate floor June 25th while making a case for a strong 2021 military budget, flatly saying “there is no way you can defeat us—so don’t even try.” 

Inhofe provided a lot of detail about strategic, political, economic and military concerns regarding both Russia and China, citing massive increases in the military budgets of both countries. 

“China increased its military spending by 83 percent from 2009 to 2018. Over essentially the same time frame, Russia grew its defense budget by 35 percent,” Inhofe said. He made the point that Russian and Chinese military expansion was by no means limited to size and scope but, perhaps of equal or greater significance, massively invested in technological progress. 

“Last October, China paraded a hypersonic weapon, showing off a technology we don’t even have yet,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe offered a number of specific reasons why both China and Russia concerns are fast-growing at the Pentagon. Among the military’s worries are Chinese global economic and military expansion, such as Beijing’s incursions into Africa with the construction of a new military base right near U.S. forces in Djibouti. He also made a point to emphasize growing antagonistic behavior toward the United States, Taiwan and other allies in the Pacific region. 

Inhofe did not stop with the Pacific but also made reference to China’s killing of twenty Indians along the border in their recent clash, and criticized Russia’s support of the Assad regime in Syria. 

A strong, growing military budget prioritizing near-term modernization as well as longer-term oriented science and technology research are needed for the innovations to win any future war. Along these lines, Inhofe did say progress was being made with respect to a number of needed technical leaps forward, such as current weapons development efforts at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

“Right now, we’re outranged and outgunned by Russia and China. Fort Sill is leading the Army’s modernization efforts on long-range precision fires to restore our combat advantage,” he said.

With this example, he was likely referring to the Army’s Extended Range Cannon Artillery and Precision Strike Missile programs engineered to massively expand the attack range and effectiveness of U.S. weapons systems. The ERCA, for example, has already fired 155m artillery close to 70km and Army developers have now fired three test shots of its Precision Strike Missile, a new weapon intended to fire as far as 500km. 

“The current missiles can go about 350 km and this will go beyond 500 km eventually. We are almost doubling the range with existing launchers so we are not having to invest in new launchers. We can now put two missiles in the launcher as opposed to what we can do now, which is one,” General John Murray, Commander, Army Futures Command, told TNI in a recent interview about the new weapon. 

In his remarks, Inhofe also expressed strong support for the House Armed Services’ Committee’s Indo-Pacific initiative, a legislative proposal seeking to add $6 billion in funds to step up U.S. weapons and forces in the Pacific. 

“We know that the way we preserve peace is by demonstrating our strength,” he said.

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I’ve worked in five Republican presidential campaigns. Four won the nomination and two won the White House. It’s a presidential election summer but I am trying to do everything I can to help elect a Democrat: Joe Biden.

Another four years of Donald Trump would be a disaster for America and the world. They would also be a disaster, and likely fatal, for the Republican Party. The reality is that President Trump is a symptom, not the source, of the disease that is ravaging the Republican Party. Only by confronting that sickness can there be a possibility of a cure.

The Republican Party has lost its way

In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower got 36% of the African American vote. In 1964, that number fell to 6% for Barry Goldwater. One could have argued that once the Civil Rights bill, which Goldwater opposed, became law, many of those former Republican African Americans would return to the party. But it never happened, and Republicans have never come to grips with the reasons.

For decades, Republicans told themselves that African Americans would be drawn back to the party if only Republicans understood how to communicate with Black voters.

This launched a cottage industry of Black Republican consultants hired by the RNC to help white Republican candidates and campaigns deliver their message to non-white voters. “If you talk about ‘good’ jobs not just jobs, African Americans will hear you,” was a standard of these lessons.

It was all nonsense. African Americans heard Republicans clearly; they just didn’t like what they were hearing. The party that revered Ronald Reagan’s line, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I'm here to help,’” never realized that to many African Americans and lower income whites, the federal government was the last best hope for a better life.

After the 2012 election, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus commissioned a so-called “autopsy” to analyze the reasons the party had only won the popular vote once since 1988. The need to reach out to non-white voters, to appeal to younger voters and women was presented not just as a political necessity but a moral mandate for a governing party.

Joe Biden: We must urgently root out systemic racism, from policing to housing to opportunity

All of that was thrown aside a few years later when the party embraced the white grievance candidacy of Donald Trump. Trump didn’t bend the party to his will, he gave the party an excuse to quit pretending it really cared about anything but power.

Biden is right choice for Republicans

I’ve helped elect Republican governors or senators in over half the country, and I have given up any hope that there is some line Trump can cross to make more than a few Republicans in Congress stand for the principles they all swore to believe. The only way to save the Republican Party is to crush Trump and Trumpism and rebuild. It’s why I say, when I am asked what to do about the party I worked in for so long, “Burn it to the ground and start over.”

That starts with electing Joe Biden. Most importantly, Biden is a decent man with a seriousness of purpose that is totally lacking in the Trump administration. The alternative is four more years of a Republican Party that endorsed Roy Moore and stands silently by as Attorney General Bill Barr shreds the rule of law.

In Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 2020.
In Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 2020.

It is possible the party can squeeze out enough white voters and suppress enough non-white voters to eke out a victory for Trump.  But it is impossible for that party to grow and prosper beyond November 3rd.

Today in America over half of those 15 and under are non-white. There is good reason to believe that when they turn 18 they’ll register as Democrats. That is a stage four cancer warning for the Republican Party. Had George Wallace won the Democratic nomination and been embraced by the Democratic establishment, what would that have meant for the future of the party?

So it is with Republicans and Trump. We have a president and vice president who refuse to say the words “black lives matter” and seem more determined to defend Confederate statues than the Constitution.

A change of course: Six ways to make sure Joe Biden wins and Donald Trump loses in the November election

I spent years working to defeat Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. In those battles, I passionately believed Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney would make better presidents, but I never feared for the country if a Democrat won. That’s how a civil society must function. But today I do desperately fear for the country if Trump wins, again. History tells us that once hate is unleashed and legitimized by a major political party, it is difficult to stop. History will judge each of us on what we did to defend America in this tenuous moment.

America or Donald Trump? That’s how this Republican sees the November choice. I say to my Republican friends: I know what side I’m on, do you?

Stuart Stevens is a Republican consultant, writer and currently serves as a senior advisor to The Lincoln Project. His book, "It Was All A Lie: How The Republican Party Became Donald Trump," will be published in August. Follow him on Twitter: @stuartpstevens.

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