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Harvard, MIT sue ICE to protect int'l students from 'illegal' rules

19 hours ago  
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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two educational institutions filed a lawsuit in District Court in Boston on Wednesday morning against the two federal agencies. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar the DHS and ICE from the enforcing federal rules that will force international students to leave the US. Lawrence Bacow, president, Harvard University 'It's bad public policy, illegal'Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow said in an email to affiliates, "We believe the ICE order is bad public policy, and that it is illegal. We'll pursue this case vigorously so that our international students — and thos..
                 

Japan floods kills 34, many in elderly homes

3 days ago  
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Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats rescued more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. More than 40,000 defence troops, the coast guard and fire brigades were taking part in the operation. Large areas along the Kuma River were swallowed by floodwaters, with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waving at rescuers. People from a nursing home are being rescued in an inflatable boat in Kuma village At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, where 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday, rescue continued on Sunday. Sixty-five residents and about 30 caregivers were trapped at the riverside care facility S..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: 18-year-old's DIY COVID-19-themed prom dress goes viral

4 days ago  
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Peyton Manker, a student from Illinois, has been making waves on social media for designing a one-of-a-kind prom dress. Her mum, Suzy, shared photos of a dress she created single-handedly, using 41 rolls of duct-tape for the Stuck at Prom contest. The competition challenges those graduating high-school to make their own prom attire using as much duct tape as possible. The winner gets a scholarship of $10,000 (about R7.5 lakh) and the results will be announced on July 21. The 18-year-old decided to create her dress around the Coronavirus pandemic. "I decided to make the dress based on the pandemic because I knew no one in the competition was going to be able to re-create it. I knew it would stand out in that way, and wanted it to be based on what was happening in the world," she told Insider Magazine. The teen's prom was cancelled, so, she never got to wear it in front of her schoolmates. However, the whole world knows about it now as her mother's post has been shared over 2.5 lakh time..
                 

Be ready for more COVDI-19 surges: WHO

7 days ago  
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The World Health Organisation says countries must strive to ensure that the "new normal" simultaneously prioritises health and the economy so they can recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Woochong Um, the director general for the Asia Development Bank's sustainable development and climate change sector, said the pandemic would reduce developing Asia's growth to its lowest in six decades. Um says the pandemic has spared no economy in the region. WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Takeshi Kasai says communities must be prepared for more case surges in the future. He says as long as the virus is circulating somewhere, no country is safe, and that we must continue responding to the current situation and preparing every corner of every country for the possibility of large-scale community transmission. People march in Minneapolis, demanding temporary cancellation of rents and mortgages as COVID-19 ravages the economy. PIC/AFP First case in US border campAn international disas..
                 

'Social distancing stickers removed from seats at Donald Trump's rally'

10 days ago  
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Despite the US topping the list of COVID-19 hit countries, thousands of "Do Not Sit Here, Please!" stickers were removed from the seats at the President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, reported The Washington Post. The arena management had reportedly pasted 12,000 do-not-sit stickers on the seats as part of the safety protocol amid the pandemic. However, hours before the rally, the campaigners asked the event management to remove the stickers, a person involved in the event said. Donald Trump Billboard Magazine, the first to report about the actions during the Trump's campaign, reported that a video created by a third party showed Trump staffers walking down the aisles of the BOK Centre and peeling off stickers from thousands of chairs before the rally. "They also told us that they didn't want any signs posted saying we should maintan physical distance in the venue," the magazine quoted Doug Thornton, executive VP for ASM Global, as saying. Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said,..