US defense secretary broadens cooperation with Vietnam

HANOI – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday to deepen cooperation in security and pandemic recovery, after Washington vowed support for Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China. Vietnam and the Philippines, Austin’s next stop, are among China’s fiercest opponents in the territorial disputes in the South China … Read more

Advocates call on Canada to efficiently extract Afghan interpreters in light of laborious process

OTTAWA — After new help was announced by the federal government for Afghan interpreters under threat from the Taliban, advocates are crying foul over tight deadlines and complicated English-language forms. Responding to news on Wednesday that the government is giving those who helped Canadian military on the frontlines only three days to gather documents and … Read more

Millions of workers trapped in insecure jobs, as MPs and unions demand shake-up

A study by the Living Wage Fouundation reveals the scale of the problem Low-paid staff are particularly impacted ( Image: Getty) Millions of workers are stuck in insecure jobs paying less than the Real Living Wage, a report reveals today. Researchers found 3.7 million grafters – 12% of all employees – are in low-paid work … Read more

Republican Senator Paul Bettencourt Discusses Texas Voting Bill And The State Of Politics – Houston Public Media

State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk. During the special legislative session called by Gov. Greg Abbott, voting restriction bills, House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 1, were filed. … Read more

ZZ Top: Bearded bassist Dusty Hill dies in his sleep at 72

HOUSTON — ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill, the long-bearded bassist for the million-selling Texas blues rock trio known for such hits as “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” has died at age 72. In a Facebook post Wednesday, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hill died in his sleep. They didn’t give a cause … Read more

‘Mental health and youth service cuts must be reversed to stop the blight of knife crime’ – Voice of the Mirror

More needs to be done to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife, but we also need to reverse Tory cuts to youth services and mental health provision Knife crime has killed 30 people in England and Wales this year ( Image: Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror) Finish this knife blight Since … Read more

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse Passes Amendment To Increase Wildland Fire Management Funds – CBS Denver

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado may be in line to get more money for fighting wildfires. Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse passed an amendment through the U.S. House to increase federal funding for wildland fire management by $2 million. (credit: CBS) Neguse is the Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. The … Read more

It’s harder for Gen-X, people aged 45 and older to land jobs, new study finds

TORONTO — It’s become harder for workers 45 years and older to secure jobs, according to a new study. Hiring managers perceived mid-career job seekers as having weaker skills compared to younger candidates, despite the former often outperforming the latter. Generation, a non-profit organization who conducted the study, found “the most overlooked employee bracket” are … Read more

US and Russia hold ‘substantive’ strategic stability talks as Moscow raps Biden for comments

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman led a delegation of US officials in a meeting with Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov, the first in a series of “integrated Strategic Stability Dialogue” talks arranged in June at President Joe Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. These strategic talks come as Russia is … Read more

After Judge’s Ruling on DACA, Many Urge Congress To Act On A Permanent Solution – Houston Public Media

Supporters of DACA protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in November 2019.It was near the end of the workday when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Houston issued his decision on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Edna Yang, an immigrant advocate in Austin, was working from home. Hanen … Read more