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Paralympians still don’t get the kind of media attention they deserve as elite athletes

With no international spectators and limited domestic crowds, the importance placed on broadcasting the Paralympic Games is greater than ever before. When the Games were postponed in 2020, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons argued that the Paralympics were needed more than ever to put disability back at the heart of the inclusion agenda. …

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Algeria suffers from devastating wildfires, but faces big challenges in addressing them

Dozens of forest fires have raged through forest areas across northern Algeria. So far at least 90 people have reportedly died as a consequence. Natural hazard expert, António Bento-Gonçalves, provides insights into wildfires in Algeria and what must be done to manage them better. In recent years major fires, with devastating consequences, have occurred in …

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Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Further Strengthens Board – Five New Directors Named

New York, NY – August 25, 2021 – The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members: Allison Allen; Cecil Brooks, Jr.; Deirdre Guice Minor; Elan Keller; and Tom Veripapa. The new group of directors represent a breadth of industries and functions. “It is critical to …

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Ida carves path of destruction across Louisiana, leaves low-lying towns stranded

By Devika Krishna Kumar and Brendan O’Brien Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, knocked out power to over 1 million homes in Louisiana on Monday and prompted rescue operations in flooded communities around New Orleans as the weakening storm churned northward. Ida made landfall on Sunday as …

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New York Schools Face First Full Vaccine Mandate

Last Monday, Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that all staff in New York City public schools must have received their first vaccine dose by September 27th. The mandate would cover nearly 148,000 workers, paving the way for other local governments to do the same.  Over a month ago, De Blasio had stated that educators who …

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CDC eviction ban ended by Supreme Court: 4 questions about its impact answered by a housing law expert

The Supreme Court on Aug. 26, 2021, ended the Biden administration’s ban on evictions, putting millions at risk of losing their homes. The ruling, by a divided court, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its authority in continuing a moratorium on evictions after Congress failed to pass new legislation. We asked legal …

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Thousands march in Washington, U.S. cities for voting rights

By Merdie Nzanga and Nathan Layne Thousands of protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities on Saturday to demand protections for voting rights, aiming to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation to counter a wave of ballot restrictions in Republican-led states. Held on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic 1963 March on Washington, …

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New York defines illegal firearms use as a ‘public nuisance’ in bid to pierce gun industry’s powerful liability shield

Could calling the illegal use of firearms a “public nuisance” bring an end to the gun industry’s immunity from civil lawsuits? New York will soon test that notion. State lawmakers recently amended New York’s public nuisance statute to specifically include marketing and sales practices that contribute to gun crimes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill …

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Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why

Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers – at least not yet. Today the U.S. has around 43,000 public EV charging stations, with about 106,000 outlets. Each outlet can charge only one vehicle at a time, and even …

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Eric Adams — New Challenges, New Responses

By Daniel Rose New York’s presumptive incoming mayor, Eric Adams, will confront daunting conditions more alarming than those imaginable only a short time ago. A man of beliefs and convictions but open to discussion and – where indicated – prudent compromise, Eric Adams may be able to provide the effective leadership New York desperately needs. …

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