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San Diego, Partners Expand Homeless Shelter During Bad Weather



San Diego, Partners Expand Homeless Shelter During Bad Weather
The resident of a homeless shelter. Courtesy of the San Diego Housing Commission

Mayor Todd Gloria announced Wednesday that the city is working with service providers to increase the shelters available for San Diegans who are homeless during inclement weather.

In recent weeks, the city’s Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Division, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the Regional Task Force on Homelessness have been reaching out to providers including the Alpha Project, Father Joe’s Villages, People Assisting the Homeless, San Diego Rescue Mission and other organizations to identify locations to add beds.

“It’s critical to expand shelter options to more San Diegans who are homeless, especially as we enter the coldest and wettest season of the year,” Gloria said. “By working with groups in our city, we can give more people the opportunity to get into a warm and clean environment on those cold, rainy days when they need it most,” he said.

Gloria has made tackling homelessness one of the cornerstones of his government and the need to get homeless people into safe shelters – especially in bad weather – was made clear earlier this year.

On March 15, a 72-year-old man was charged with driving a station wagon that drove into a San Diego homeless camp on B Street near San Diego City College, killing three people and injuring several others.


UK cold weather forecast: Britain turns ice blue as icy Arctic explosion hits – new maps | Weather | News




UK cold weather forecast: Britain turns ice blue as icy Arctic explosion hits - new maps |  Weather |  News

Britain has been ravaged by Storm Arwen and Storm Barra in recent days, but a new cold front is poised to take hold of the country in the run-up to Christmas. The latest temperature maps produced by WXcharts show a frigid weather system hurtling toward the UK from Sunday 19 December.

Air temperature models show a huge area of ​​cooler air moving south from the Arctic and Scandinavia.

By the evening of December 19, all of Scotland, Wales and the north and center of England are turning a light blue hue.

The maps suggest this will lead to sub-zero temperatures.

The northern areas of the UK will be hardest hit by the colder conditions.

The BBC’s long-term forecast says Scotland and Northern Ireland “may still be affected by Atlantic weather systems during this period”.

The forecast says conditions will be determined by a high pressure area over Europe and a low pressure area over Iceland.

This will also mean a period of wet and windy weather for much of the UK.

Strong storms are about to raise temperatures over central and northern parts.

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The BBC’s long-term forecast of December 13-19 says: “High pressure should begin to settle over Western Europe during the week as the Atlantic storm moves further north than in the previous week.

“This should be good for the southern half of the country by midweek, but Northern Ireland and Scotland could still be affected by Atlantic weather systems.

“In the beginning of the week it will be more settled over England and Wales, but maybe still windy.

“It will be stronger for the first half of the week with occasional showers over Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

It adds: “The temperature is expected to be around 2-3C above average in the first half of the week, and to drop slightly closer to average over the weekend.

“The risk this week is that the high above Europe is less developed and the low near Iceland deeper and further east. This would lead to wetter and windier conditions in Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

The Met Office’s long-term forecast of Dec. 13-22 adds: “Generally restless in the north at the start of the period, with strong westerly or southwest winds lasting periods of heavy or sustained rain and the occasional risk of bring storms.

“Probably drier and brighter in many central, eastern and southern locations, although periods of rain cannot be ruled out.”

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The Best Parties and Restaurants to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dallas




New Year’s Eve Dallas Happiest Hour

lIt’s hard to believe we’re getting closer to the end of 2021. After two tough pandemic years, do you think we are ready for a fresh new start to make resolutions and resolutions. But first, let’s celebrate and enjoy champagne in the city we love so much. Here are the best parties and restaurants to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dallas and ring in 2022.

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EDM artist Illenium will perform at Lights All Night this year. (Courtesy of Illenium)

New Year’s Eve parties

The longest running EDM festival in Texas, Light all night, returns this year on December 30 and 31 at the Dallas Market Hall. Ring in the new year with performances from Above & Beyond, Loud Luxury and DJ Snake on Friday nights. Or come out Thursday night and catch Deadmau5, Illenium, Joyrde and more.

Go downtown AT&T Discovery District on New Year’s Eve for a Roaring 20s themed party. There will be live music, a live countdown to midnight on the 104-foot media wall, a costume contest, balloon drop at The Exchange, 360-degree photo booth, and party favors for the first 500 guests.

the Statler will also hold a Black and White Party to celebrate 2022 from December 31st at 9pm. Taking place in the hotel’s 12,000-square-foot ballroom (transformed into a modern Black and White Party recreation of Truman Capote’s 1966 “Party of the Century”), guests can enjoy music from Party Machine Band, a casino experience , party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $125 per person.

After dinner at The Village’s Meridian (see below), head to the apartment community’s brand new hotel, The Drey, for a black-tie after party. From 9 PM to 1 AM, the party includes a four-hour open bar, champagne toast, and a midnight breakfast buffet. tickets cost $130 per person or $100 for villagers.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with complimentary champagne and more at Dallas restaurants. (Courtesy of Happiest Hour)

Dallas Restaurants Celebrate 2022

This New Year’s Eve, Uchio and Uchiba offer special omakase dinners. Bee Uchio, you can pay $400 for two to enjoy items such as otoro, A5 wagyu, caviar, and white truffle. For $200 for two people at Uchiba, you get bites including oysters, king crab, foie and black truffle. Each dinner will consist of eight to ten courses.

At the Ritz Carlton, Dallas, fears will host a New Years weekend brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with á la carte items from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. On New Year’s Eve, Chef Dean Fearing will also prepare a four-course dinner for $250 per adult, $125 vegetarian and $45 per child. It includes caviar and a glass of champagne for those over 21. Reserve your spot here.

Meridian at The Village Dallas is offering a festive five-course dinner on December 31. For $195 per person (and two and a half hours of your time), you’ll receive a complimentary glass of champagne and a choice of dishes such as salted swordfish belly, potato gnocchi, maitake and broccoli di Cicco lasagna, and wagyu short rib. The dessert is a citrus cake and you can add à la carte items and wine pairings for an extra charge.

Another new hotspot at Victory Park’s W Hotel, Villa Azur celebrates the new year with “Fifty Shades of Villa Azur.” Doors open at 5pm for live shows, dancers, music, a DJ and an exclusive a la carte menu featuring wagyu, Tomahawk steak, seafood towers, caviar and more. Reservations are required by emailing [email protected] or by calling the restaurant. There is a minimum food and drink requirement for all reservations after 9pm. The dress code is “upscale chic – voluptuous & sensual.” Do what you want with that.

Multiple Harwood District places organize New Year’s Eve celebrations. happiest hour will be hosting a Megaparty on New Years Eve from 8pm to 2am. General admission tickets cost $45 and all rooftop entry is $80. Guests are encouraged to wear futuristic cocktail attire as they enjoy a live DJ, countdown, and balloon drop at midnight. in Deseo will also celebrate with a Latin NYE party from 5pm. It consists of a three-course dinner, plus a rooftop experience with tickets starting at $50. French restaurant Mercat Bistro hosts a French-style three-course dinner with matching wines for $120 per person. Menu items include sea bass starter, duck l’orange, and chocolate millefeuille. And last but not least, Harwood Arms offers food specials and a performance by a dueling piano duo for the occasion. Enjoy braised pork shank, black-eyed cassoulet, jalapeño soda bread, and more.

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What is the lawsuit about, why did refugees bring it?




Rohingyas sue Facebook for $150 billion over Myanmar violence: What the lawsuit is about, why refugees filed it

The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim group forced to flee persecution and violence in Myanmar as of 2017. An estimated one million live in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh. About 10,000 have ended up in the United States

Rohingyas sue Facebook for $150 billion over violence in Myanmar: What is the lawsuit about, why did refugees bring it?

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On Tuesday, Rohingya refugees in the United States sued Facebook parent Meta Platforms for more than $150 billion over what they say the company has failed to stop hate speech inciting violence against the Muslim ethnic group by the military. rulers and their supporters of Myanmar.

Lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit in California on Monday, saying Facebook’s arrival in Myanmar helped spread hate speech, misinformation and incitement to violence that “was a substantial cause and eventual perpetuation of the Rohingya.” -genocide”.

Lawyers in the United Kingdom have given notice of their intention to initiate a similar legal proceeding. Facebook, which was recently renamed Meta, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But who are the Rohingya? And why did they file the charges?

Let’s briefly examine this:

The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim group forced to flee persecution and violence in Myanmar as of 2017. An estimated 1 million people live in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh. About 10,000 have ended up in the United States.

The joint legal claims of Rohingya refugees are being filed on behalf of everyone worldwide who survived the violence or had a family member who died from it.

But why are they suing Facebook?

In 2018, United Nations human rights experts investigating attacks on the Rohingya said Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech.

More than 10,000 Rohingya have been killed and more than 150,000 have been subjected to physical violence, according to the law firms organizing the cases.

The lawsuits say Facebook’s algorithms amplify hate speech against the Rohingya and that it wasn’t spending enough money to hire moderators and fact-checkers who spoke the local languages ​​or understood the political situation.

They also say Facebook has failed to close accounts and pages or remove posts that incite violence or use hate speech directed against the ethnic group.

AN Reuters That year’s investigation, cited in the US complaint, found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. Almost all were in the main local language, Burmese.

The swear words included posts calling the Rohingya or other Muslims dogs, maggots and rapists, suggesting that they be fed to pigs, and urging them to be shot or exterminated.

The posts were tolerated despite Facebook rules specifically prohibiting attacking ethnic groups with “violent or dehumanizing speech” or comparing them to animals.

The Rohingya’s claims were substantiated by the revelations in internal company documents that former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen provided to Congress and US securities regulators this fall. The documents may also support potential legal action by other groups around the world who have been harmed by hate speech and misinformation on the Facebook platform.

Myanmar was one of several places mentioned in documents uncovered by Haugen and reviewed by The AP, which also include detailed content checks in Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, India and Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates.

Years after it came under scrutiny for contributing to ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar, recently revealed internal Facebook documents reveal that the company continues to struggle to define and moderate hate speech and misinformation on its platform in the country.

It is the latest in a series of allegations that the social media giant has fueled misinformation and political violence, as set out in redacted internal documents obtained by a consortium of news organizations including The Associated Press.

What does the lawsuit say?

Launched in Myanmar in 2011, Facebook gave millions of residents access to the internet for the first time, according to the lawsuit filed in the California Superior Court for San Mateo County. But according to the lawsuit, the company has done little to warn people about the dangers of online misinformation and false accounts — tactics used by the military in its campaign against the Rohingya.

According to the lawsuit, Facebook knew that rewarding users for posting dangerous content and allowing fake accounts created by autocrats to flourish would radicalize users.

“The resulting Facebook-fueled anti-Rohingya sentiment motivated and enabled Myanmar’s military government to engage in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” the lawsuit said.

Another youth-led group of Rohingya in a refugee camp in Bangladesh says it will file a separate complaint against Meta in Ireland on Thursday. It is not a lawsuit, but a formal complaint to the watchdog Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development calling on the company to offer some recovery programs in the camps.

What does Facebook say?

Facebook said in its statement on Tuesday that it is shocked by the crimes committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar and has built a team of Burmese speakers and invested in technology to take action against harmful misinformation there.

According to the BBC, Facebook admitted in 2018 that it had not done enough to prevent incitement to violence and hate speech against the Rohingya.

With input from agencies

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