U.S. court reviews Trump’s decision to exclude undocumented immigrants from population count

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – US Supreme Court justices will consider President Donald Trump’s move on Monday that seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the total population figures used to assign legislative districts to states, a aspect of his tough policy towards immigration.

US President Donald Trump at the White House, Washington, USA, November 20, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria

The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority and includes three Trump-appointed magistrates, is scheduled to have an 80-minute oral hearing via teleconference.

The judges will decide the case expeditiously and their ruling would be known before the end of the year. That would make it difficult for President-elect Democrat Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20, to review Trump’s plan if it is ratified.

Opponents of Trump’s July provision include several New York-led states, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. They claim that the Republican president’s move could exclude millions of people and lead to California, Texas and New Jersey losing seats in the House of Representatives.

Lower House districts are based on the state’s population numbers from the national census that is conducted every 10 years.

His opponents have said that Trump’s plan reduces the political influence of states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants, including California, by not counting their actual population and taking away seats in the lower house. If California loses districts, that could possibly mean that Democrats would lose seats in the House of Representatives, which would benefit Republicans.

There are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States without documents. Until now, governments counted everyone, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. The Constitution of the United States requires that the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives be based on “the total number of people in each state.”

Those who reject the measure claim that Trump’s policy violates both the Constitution and the Census Law, a federal law that outlines how the census is conducted. Trump’s attorneys said in court documents that he acted within his authority and that the plaintiffs lack the necessary legal grounds to present a case.

A three-judge panel from New York ruled against the government in September. Federal courts in California and Maryland have reached the same conclusion in other cases, however, a court in Washington ruled in Trump’s favor.

By statute, the president must send Congress a report in early January with the population of each of the states and the corresponding number of districts for the House of Representatives.

Once states are assigned districts, they draw their boundaries, which will be used in the 2022 legislative elections. The number of seats in the lower house of each state also determines the number of votes the state has in the Electoral College, the system used to determine the winner of the presidential elections.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Edited in Spanish by Ricardo Figueroa


Los Angeles bans almost all types of meetings due to covid pandemic


The Angels / 28.11.2020 00:03:14

Los Angeles California will restrict meetings from Monday, except those organized for religious or protest purposes, to stop the advance of the covid-19authorities announced Friday.

The order imposed in the second largest city of United States It will be in force from Monday and will last at least three weeks, until December 20, said the Department of Public Health county of The Angels.

During this period, “residents are advised stay at home as much as they can, “the agency said in a statement.

“Is it so prohibited the public and private meetings with people outside their homes, except for reasons of faith, based on (religious) and protests which are constitutionally protected rights, “he adds.

The order was taken at a time when the average new cases daily in The Angels exceeded the 4,500 in the week.

The Angels has registered more than 7,600 deaths from coronavirus -more of a third of those in all of California– although the virus is increasingly prevalent in remote rural areas of the state.

Last week Califonia imposed a night curfew on much of its territory and The Angels dinners banned in the restaurants.

The order announced this Friday reduce the audience cap in various businesses that can continue to operate, including shops, gyms Y libraries.

The schools They will remain open unless there are outbreaks of the virus.

“These measurements are for next three weeks and still allow many essential and nonessential activities in which residents must be wearing a mask and distanced, “he said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health.


The La Niña phenomenon and the winter weather of Southern California – Telemundo 52

Winter is typically the rainiest season in Southern California, but due to the strengthening of the La Niña pattern in the Pacific, this winter appears warmer and drier than normal.

La Niña and El Niño are opposite phases of what is known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle. La Niña is the cold phase and develops due to below-average temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. This affects weather patterns around the world. In the US, the high pressure in the eastern Pacific generates storms in the northern part of the country rather than in the south.

Eric Boldt of the National Weather Service in Oxnard says we will still see rain, except that we may fall short of what we would normally like to have in a normal season.

In the last 150 years, industrial activities have caused an increase in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and this, among other things, has caused an increase in temperatures on earth.

“We still have to be prepared for those strong individual storms that could still cause problems with flash floods and debris flows, especially near places where there were recently fires and now burning soils are observed,” he said.

Since 1950, there have been 22 La Niña phenomena. Most have been on the drier side with below-average rainfall, but there have been major storms during the dry years. The most recent La Niña winter in 2017-2018 was below average, but heavy rains came in January after the Thomas fire.

“On January 19, that was the Montecito debris flow. It was a heavy rain event with very high rainfall rates in a short period of time,” said Mark Jackson, a NWS meteorologist in Oxnard. “So again, just because the seasonal forecast could mean we will have a better chance of below-normal rainfall does not mean there will be no rain, and it only takes one storm to create a lot of problems.”

The most recent drought monitor shows that 96% of California is under a drought with abnormally dry conditions for Southern California. A dry winter could extend the already record-breaking fire season.

David Gomberg of the NWS says that because this year we have been exceptionally dry and have had record heat waves throughout the summer, our vegetation is at a very critical stage. “As we move into December and January, we may still be entering fire season at that time.”


Consulates of Guatemala and Honduras make call to help victims

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PORTLAND, Pray. – The storms caused by hurricanes Eta and now Iota have caused death and destruction in Central America. This left 130 deaths in the Central American region and dozens of disappeared. At least 19 deaths have been attributed to Iota, but this number is likely to continue to rise, authorities reported.

The consulates of Guatemala in Seattle and of Honduras in San Francisco they make a call to help the victims.

“Among those that we can mention Izabal, El Progreso, Santa Rosa, Quiché, Huehuetenango, Zacapa, Jutiapa are the departments that have been greatly affected, also the Petén as a result of this situation,” said Claudia Gatica, Consul of Guatemala in Seattle .

The Gatica Consul confirmed more than 373 thousand affected, 93 thousand evacuated and 46 deaths only in Guatemala due to the Eta storm. Although due to the pandemic they cannot open collection centers in the Pacific Northwest region, they have other ways for people to make a safe donation.

“Invite compatriots to support us by making virtual purchases for those of us who are in the Northwest of the country and can transfer this support to our collection center, which is the Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles, California.”

What is most needed are non-perishable foods and medicines that still have the seal.

If you want to make a monetary donation, Consul Gatica said that you can do it through the Banco de Guatemala and other certified institutions such as the Red Cross of Guatemala.

It is unknown if the Guatemalan community has organized collection centers in Oregon, but the Honduran community has organized and has opened two non-perishable food and item donation centers.

“Honduras really needs us, it needs us to be able to contribute our bit and we are also calling on the entire Honduran community to join this cause,” said Rosa Escalante, owner of the ‘Sabor Catracho’ business, one of the two places in Portland where donations are received. ‘Sabor Catracho is located at 742 NE 181 Ave. They have received donations of clothing, shoes, and diapers. The second donation site for Honduras is located at Mobile Auto Glass Shop, 816 N. Lombard St.

Another way to help is through the Honduran Consulate.

According to Consul Sofia Valverde, Honduras estimates that there are approximately 3 million people affected and 500 shelters. If you want to send items, she suggests that you do so through the consulate to save on shipping costs.

“We are assuming the cost, if they do not consign it to us, we send COPECOS (Permanent Contingency Committee) to Honduras at no cost to people, but we do have to have it in our consulate, in our collection centers as such. ”.

If you wish to make a donation through other community-organized centers or individually, as has been done in Portland, the shipping cost is up to you.

“You can work with churches, with NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the point here is to bring aid to Honduras, that is, either with us as a government, with churches, with NGOs as it is to bring that grain of sand and that light of hope, any help is good ”.

The biggest priority in Honduras, Consul Valverde said, is non-perishable food and mats.

They are moving the food donations by air so that it arrives sooner. Donations of clothes, shoes, among other things, are being sent through containers.

Another option is to shop online with designated supermarkets in Honduras to make direct purchases and avoid the cost of shipping.

Consul Valverde suggests that if you want to make a separate monetary donation without involving the consulate, do so through international organizations such as the Honduras Red Cross, since the Honduran Consulate does not accept such donations.

List of needs in Guatemala:

List of needs in Honduras:


CalOSHA seeks to standardize protections against COVID-19 – Telemundo Bay Area 48

SAN DIEGO- The push to protect workers from COVID-19 in workplaces and commercial settings across California could take a big step forward Thursday with sweeping changes under consideration.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, or Cal / OSHA, which is in charge of protecting employees from safety hazards, is now considering its toughest stance yet on COVID-19 protections.

Cal / OSHA will vote on the “COVID-19 Emergency Prevention Regulations“Which would create a standard to be followed by all employers.

Companies would have to implement detailed hazard assessment and training plans.

Employers would be responsible for providing PPE and requiring the use of face masks.

If workers stay home for exposure reasons, they would not be penalized for missing work.

The current proposal, which is being pushed by unions and organizations that promote workers’ rights, could also force companies to provide free tests to all employees who may have been exposed if a positive case is identified in the workplace. .

Although Cal / OSHA has already issued guidelines on what employers should do When it comes to COVID-19 protections, those guidelines don’t carry much weight when it comes to legal enforcement.

While employee safety is a top priority for most businesses, some critics of this plan believe that it is nothing more than red tape that will cost more time and money for already struggling business owners. You can read more about the guide and Current Cal / OSHA COVID-19 resources here


California imposes curfew on increase in Covid-19 cases

The Angels.California imposed on Thursday a curfew in much of its territory to stop the rapid increase in cases from Covid-19announced the governor of this US state, Gavin Newsom.

The obligation to stay at home will be in force from 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 a.m. It will go into effect on Saturday night and will remain in effect until December 21.

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“The virus is spreading at a rate that we have not seen since the start of this pandemic, and the next few days and weeks will be critical in stopping the increase. We are raising the alarm,” Newson said in a statement.



Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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