President Drew Faust and Eric Balderas ’13 paid a visit to Sen. Richard Durbin’s office on Capitol Hill Wednesday (Sept. 15) to express their gratitude for his support of the DREAM Act and his assistance in helping the Harvard student avoid deportation earlier this year.“Eric and I want to thank Senator Durbin for his sponsorship of the DREAM Act, which would throw a lifeline to thousands of students from across the country like Eric, who, through no fault of their own, face uncertain futures due to their immigration status,” Faust said. “These young men and women are working hard in school and are dedicated to a future living in and contributing to our communities or serving in the military. I believe it is in our best interest to educate all students to their full potential.”A biology concentrator, Balderas came to the United States from Mexico at age 4, with his parents. He was arrested on June 7 as he tried to board an airplane back to Boston after visiting his mother in Texas.With Balderas facing deportation, Harvard officials brought his case to the attention of Durbin and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. The deportation was stayed after the Illinois senator contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement.Durbin has been one of the top proponents of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, federal legislation that would provide certain undocumented immigrant students the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency, provided they arrive as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and complete two years of college or military service in good standing.“Eric’s goal in life is to become a cancer researcher, but he can’t reach that goal because he does not have legal status,” Durbin said. “America would be better off if we give talented young immigrants, like Eric, a chance to contribute more fully to the only country they’ve ever known.”The bipartisan bill could be brought to the floor as early as next week, Durbin said.
President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to continue to respect measures to guard against the new coronavirus as “low-risk” business activities resumed in most of the country on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.So-called low-risk businesses – including many shops, factories and workshops – resumed operations across the country, with the exception of the capital Tehran, where they will re-open from April 18.”Easing restrictions does not mean ignoring health protocols … Social distancing and other health protocols should be respected seriously by people,” Rouhani was quoted saying. Topics : Schools and universities remain closed, and a ban on cultural, religious and sports gatherings has been imposed. Iran is also likely to ban all public events marking the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which starts in late April.Yet health authorities have repeatedly complained that many Iranians have ignored appeals to stay at home, warning of a second wave of the outbreak. The death toll in Iran has reached 4,357 with 70,029 infected cases.”If people become arrogant over the relatively better situation now and disregard anti-corona health measures … we will surely face a hard and heavy phase [of the disease],” Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on state TV.News agencies carried pictures showing heavy traffic on inner-city freeways in Tehran and crowded buses and subway cars, despite warnings by officials that public transport was behind more than 20% of the spread of the coronavirus.Meanwhile, Iran executed a death-row prisoner who had allegedly led a mass prison escape, IRNA reported, after fears of a coronavirus outbreak led to riots in several institutions.IRNA said the man, Mostafa Salimi, had been sentenced to death over security offences including involvement in a clash that killed two security officers some 16 years ago. Salimi’s name has long featured on lists of Kurdish political prisoners facing execution issued by rights group Amnesty International.Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 people from jail, including political prisoners, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, officials have said.IRNA reported government spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying on Saturday: “In case of a long-term shutdown, some 4 million people could be out of work … Four million non-state employees face stoppage or reduction in activities, reduction of salaries and expulsion.” Many government offices also re-opened, with two-thirds of their staff to reduce crowding. In Qom, a city of 1.2 million, which was the early epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak, some 24,000 businesses were expected to re-open, state TV said.”We have disinfected the shop and are providing gloves for customers,” a bookseller in Qom told state television.The Islamic Republic is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the COVID-19 respiratory disease and has been struggling to curb the spread of the infection. But the government is also concerned that measures to limit public activities could wreck an economy which has already been battered by sanctions.High-risk businesses including theatres, swimming pools, saunas, beauty salons, schools, shopping centers and restaurants have yet to re-open.
The best woman tennis player from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Dea Hardzelas, is currently 397th tennis player on WTA ranking. Compared to last week’s list, Herdzelas has progressed 42 positions and is back among the top 400 in the world.Other BH tennis players have also made progress, Jelena Simic is the 512th world player, and is better for four positions than seven days ago, while Ema Burgic-Bucko has moved to eight positions and is currently 563rd.The first place is taken by the American Serena Williams, second is German Angelique Kerber and third is Czech Karoline Pliskova.Spaniard Garbine Muguruza advanced to the fourth position, which is for two places better than the previous list, and by one position better are British Johanna Konta and Polish Agnieszka Radwanska in sixth and seventh place. Romanian Simona Halep fell from fourth to the eighth position.(Source: klix)