Migrants fill Tijuana shelters more on way to US border

first_imgMigrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border November 15, 2018 AP, Posted: November 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next moves.Hundreds of migrants have arrived by bus in Tijuana since Tuesday, occupying the little space still available in the city’s shelters and spilling onto an oceanfront plaza sandwiched between an old bullring and a border fence topped with recently installed concertina wire.Some men climbed up on the fence to take a look at the other side Wednesday. Women and young children sleeping in tents on the plaza could see Border Patrol agents carrying machine guns in camouflage gear with San Diego’s skyline in the distance.The Juventud 2000 shelter squeezed in 15 women and their children, bringing occupancy to nearly 200, or double its regular capacity. Others were turned away. Several dozen migrants, mostly single men, spent the night at a beach that is cut by the towering border wall of metal barsThe first arrivals generally received a warm welcome despite Tijuana’s shelter system to house migrants being at capacity. Migrants lined up for food while doctors checked those fighting colds and other ailments.Some migrants said they would seek asylum at a U.S. border crossing, while others said they might attempt to elude U.S. authorities by crossing illegally or perhaps settle in Tijuana. But all of about a dozen people interviewed Wednesday said they would first wait for others from the migrant caravan to arrive and gather more information.“We have to see what we’re offered, just so they don’t send us back to our country,” said Jairon Sorto, a 22-year-old Honduran who arrived by bus Wednesday.Sorto said he would consider staying in Tijuana if he could get asylum from Mexico. He said he refused to consider Mexico’s offer of asylum in the southern part of the country because it was too close to Honduras and he felt unsafe from his country’s gangs.U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meanwhile, visited U.S. troops posted at the border in Texas and said the deployment of military personnel ordered by President Donald Trump provides good training for war, despite criticism that the effort is a waste of taxpayer money and a political stunt. Most of the troops are in Texas, more than 1,500 miles from where the caravan is arriving.On Wednesday, there was no evidence of caravan members at Tijuana’s main border crossing to San Diego, where asylum seekers gather every morning. The San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, processes only about 100 asylum claims a day, resulting in waits of five weeks even before migrants in the caravan began to arrive.The first wave of migrants in the caravan, which became a central theme of the recent U.S. election, began arriving in Tijuana in recent days, and their numbers have grown each day. The bulk of the main caravan appeared to still be about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) from the border, but has recently been moving hundreds of miles a day by hitching rides on trucks and buses.Mexico has offered refuge, asylum and work visas to the migrants, and its government said Monday that 2,697 temporary visas had been issued to individuals and families to cover them during the 45-day application process for more permanent status. Some 533 migrants had requested a voluntary return to their countries, the government said.The Central Americans in the caravan are the latest migrants to arrive in Tijuana with the hope of crossing into the United States. Tijuana shelters in 2016 housed Haitians who came by the thousands after making their way from Brazil with plans to get to the U.S. Since then, several thousand Haitians have remained in Tijuana, finding work. Some have married local residents and enrolled in local universities.Claudia Coello, a 43-year-old Honduran, said she was exhausted after four days of hitchhiking and bus rides from Mexico City with her two sons, two daughters-in-law and 1-year-old grandson. As she watched her daughter-in-law and grandson lying inside a donated tent, she said she would wait for caravan leaders to explain her options.A few people pitched tents at the Tijuana beach plaza while most, like Henry Salinas, 30, of Honduras, planned to sleep there in the open. Saying he intended to wait for thousands more in the caravan to arrive, Salinas said he hoped to jump the border fence in a large group at the same time, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.“It’s going to be all against one, one against all. All of Central America against one, and one against Central America. … All against Trump, and Trump against all,” he said.On Wednesday, buses and trucks carried some migrants into the state of Sinaloa along the Gulf of California and farther northward into the border state of Sonora. The Rev. Miguel Angel Soto, director of the Casa de Migrante in the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan, said about 2,000 migrants had arrived in that area.Small groups were also reported in the northern cities of Saltillo and Monterrey, in the region near Texas.About 1,300 migrants in a second caravan were resting at a Mexico City stadium where the first group stayed several days last week. By early Wednesday, an additional 1,100 migrants from a third and last caravan also arrived at the stadium.Like most of those in the third caravan, migrant Javier Pineda is from El Salvador, and hopes to reach the United States. Referring to the first group nearing the end of the journey, Pineda said, “if they could do it, there is no reason why we can’t.” center_img AP Updated: 11:18 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more



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Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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Tips For Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

first_imgMeredith Rizzo/ NPRHeading someplace where you could get traveler’s diarrhea? Try packing some prophylactic pills containing bismuth subsalicylate, such as Pepto BismolWhen planning a summer trip abroad, it’s easy to think, “Oh, I’ll just hop over to a travel clinic, and they’ll tell me everything I need to know — and do — to keep from getting sick.”But that’s not always the case.A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.“That’s very unfortunate,” says Capt. Gary Burnett, who leads the Traveler’s Health branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. That risk is very real.”With international travel, Burnette says it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic, and then discuss the items with your doctor.So, to kick off the summer travel season, we’re offering two tips that are often overlooked by clinicians.1. Pack the pink pillsLet’s start with what you’re most likely to suffer from while traveling: food poisoning. About a quarter of travelers will get gastrointestinal problems within the first two weeks of an international trip, studies have found.The major advice clinics give is, “Watch what you eat.” The CDC even has an app to help you decide whether or not to put that raw cheese or carnitas into your mouth.The app is appropriately name “Can I Eat This?”That strategy won’t hurt, but also might not help. Science just doesn’t back it up, says Daniel Leung, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah.“There have been only a few studies on the topic, and they’ve shown that dietary discretion does not seem to change the risk of getting traveler’s diarrhea,” Leung says. “Even people who are eating street food or aren’t being very careful may not be at higher risk.”But science does support another strategy; a prophylaxis that clinicians often overlook. We even missed it when we reported on this topic back in 2015.It’s cheap, safe and … it’s a beautiful pink color.Yep, I’m talking about Pepto Bismol, or any generic alternative with the same active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate.Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.The study wasn’t super big, just 182 students traveling to Guadalajara, Mexico, but it was a randomized, placebo-controlled study, which is the gold standard design for medical trials. And it showed a dose-dependent effect. A lower dose of one tablet, four times a day reduced the risk by 40 percent rather than 60 percent.“The findings showed fairly clearly that Pepto Bismol is effective at preventing diarrhea,” Leung says.So why don’t we hear more often about this strategy?“For one thing, the study is old,” Leung says. “A second might be because drug companies don’t widely market Pepto Bismol.”And some travelers might find it tough to take pills four times a day, he says.But even less frequent doses might be helpful, Leung says. Bismuth subsalicylate is known to have antimicrobial properties, and it may actually form a protective layer on top of the intestinal wall.If you do get sick, Leung says, the pink pills may come in handy again. Bismuth subsalicylate can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics, Leung says.2. Remember the routine vaccinesThere’s a good chance you might need a vaccine, says Burnette, even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.That’s because the CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on “routine vaccines,” no matter the destination.“You know, we try to stress this, with both travelers and clinicians, because some clinicians won’t check to see if you’ve completed routine vaccinations, such as the measles,” Burnette says.Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, Burnette recommends using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.“It will suggest the vaccines and medications you probably need, and it will ask you to take those recommendations to your doctor about four to six weeks before you travel,” Burnette says. “I think it’s very helpful and can certainly make the whole process of preparing for trip a lot easier.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more



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MK2 to Equip VR Venues Around the World Scandinavias Nordisk Brazils Arvore

first_imgOne year after launching Europe’s first and biggest VR space, MK2 is set to start commercializing VR plug-and-play equipment for global exhibitors who are looking to launch VR venues in theaters, museums, and institutions, among other placesCalled the MK2 VR Pod, the equipment which MK2 will be distributing worldwide is considered to be an “end-to-end premium and white-labeled product line,” the company said.“Providing state-of-the-art technology to fill the void of white-label solutions in the virtual reality space will be a catalyst for making VR a requisite part of consumers’ entertainment expectations,” said Elisha Karmitz, MK2’s managing director. “Adapting VR is a natural next step for the cinematic community, and MK2 aims to be their trusted partner in delivering quality and memorable experiences.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The company has already sold its VR plug-and-play equipment to high-profile film and media groups such as Nordisk in Scandinavia, Arvore in Brazil and a banner in Asia. Other partners include public institutions, notably the National Public Library of France. Karmitz said Nordisk will open VR venues in Copenhagen and Oslo in April, while Arvore will launch its venue in San Paulo in May.Karmitz said MK2 had the “ambition to create the biggest open VR distribution network in the world.” The company expects that more than 70 pods will be installed within the first half of 2018 and more than 200 pods by year’s end.MK2’s premium catalog of curated VR experiences from topnotch production partners such as Felix & Paul Studios, Atlas V, WITHIN and SuperHot Team will also be available to customers.With this expansion in the VR field, MK2 firms up its status as one of Europe’s pioneering film groups. Headquartered in Paris, the company has produced more than 100 films, operates more than 26 movie theaters spanning 200 screens and boasts a library of more than 800 films from prestigious directors such as Charlie Chaplin and Xavier Dolan.Mk2’s VR equipment can be purchased via http://www.mk2vrpod.comlast_img read more



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