U.S. stocks are higher approaching the close Wednesday with the Dow hitting a record high intraday.
U.S. stocks are higher approaching the close Wednesday with the Dow hitting a record high intraday.
The Michigan women's gymnastics team won the national championship for the first time in program history on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Red Sox earned their seventh comeback win of the season thanks to an offense that stayed hot Saturday afternoon against the White Sox.
Ambassador Robert C. O'Brien shares a global perspective on human trafficking. Former White House Czar and Special Advisor for Human Trafficking, Heather Fischer, and Human Trafficking Survivors: Julie Whitehead, Coco Berthmann and Elizabeth Frazier LOGAN, UT, April 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Malouf Foundation hosted their inaugural Human Trafficking Policy and Education Summit. As part of its mission to provide education, promote healing, and ensure justice for trafficking survivors, the Malouf Foundation invited political leaders, industry experts, as well as trafficking and abuse survivors to share how they are working to make a difference against one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world. Six separate panels covered many facets of trafficking. Sam and Kacie Malouf welcomed guests and introduced the day’s moderator, Lanhee Chen, director of Domestic Policy Studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. Keynote speaker for the event was former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien. Ambassador O’Brien shared a global perspective on trafficking, discussing the international implications of an industry worth billions and adding topical context to help distinguish labor and sex trafficking. “I want to thank the Malouf Foundation for having me today. Forums like these are essential to build awareness on these violations of human rights, and it’s our moral responsibility to continue having these discussions,” said O’Brien, after the event. “It was especially moving to hear survivors of trafficking speak.” Directly following Ambassador O’Brien’s keynote address, Coco Berthmann, Julie Whitehead, and Elizabeth Frazier—three survivors of sex trafficking—shared their stories. These women are passionate activists who use their experience and first-hand knowledge to inform policy and affect change. The panel was moderated by Heather Fischer, who served as the first-ever White House Czar and special advisor for human trafficking. Whitehead said, “The Summit was an amazing platform to share our insights on the different aspects of our experiences and how that knowledge might help current and future survivors, as well as help spread awareness to everyone from law enforcement, politicians, and the general public.” She continued, “It was a very validating experience and left me feeling empowered. Using my story in a positive and impactful way is important in helping me cope with my trauma, so I am very grateful to have been a part of the Summit.” Fischer said, “It was an honor to facilitate this conversation with survivors. I know from experience that prioritizing survivor voices is absolutely essential for this cause, and I was glad to see the Malouf Foundation make that a focus of the event.” Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), then added his insights on domestic trafficking and the important role of bipartisanship in effective policy. Senator Lee reported a success story of public-private partnership, where he was able to partner with the Malouf Foundation to assist an aftercare initiative that brought ten Venezuelan women recently rescued from sexual servitude to the United States. These survivors are now able to pursue healing in a safe house. In the afternoon sessions, Representatives Blake Moore (R-Utah), Burgess Owens (R-Utah), and John Curtis (R-Utah), narrowed in on trafficking in Utah—and why they’re committed to education and awareness. Topics included planned legislation and how to achieve authentic bipartisan support and long-term success. Elizabeth Smart, founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, and Deondra Brown, a member of The 5 Browns and founder of Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, discussed their experiences and initiatives. Survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual assault, Smart and Brown communicated the stigmas, setbacks, and misconceptions around cases like theirs, and how attendees at the Summit could help empower survivors. "Deondra and I had the privilege to discuss child sexual abuse and how to best help anyone recover from past trauma,” Smart shared. “Abuse, trafficking and exploitation are difficult topics, but it's important to discuss these issues so as a community we can all heal and move forward together. This Summit promotes both healing and actionable solutions. Together, we can make a difference." The closing panel focused on the public-private partnership, a major avenue for many of the guests to get involved in the cause. Panelists were Ambassador John Cotton Richmond from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Sam Malouf, co-founder of Malouf™ and the Malouf Foundation, David Stirling, co-founder and CEO of doTerra and the Healing Hands Foundation, and Steve Young, co-founder of the Forever Young Foundation. Conversation centered on how government and businesses can work together to affect change. Sam Malouf said, “Today’s event accomplished more than we could have ever imagined. Kacie and I were so grateful to host these initial conversations at our headquarters, but we know that this is only the beginning.” He added, “There is so much more work to do. During periods of open questions with panelists, two attendees came forward as survivors of abuse. The goal of the Malouf Foundation is to continue creating spaces like today’s Summit to empower survivors.” Attachments Ambassador Robert C O'Brien Human Trafficking Survior Panel and Former White House Traffickng Czar Heather Fischer CONTACT: ALICIA RICHMOND Malouf Foundation 801-599-1794 firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr. 17—Steven Folks is determined to keep Anniston history alive and connected to the city's youth. Folks, Anniston's city manager, was at the West Anniston Gateway Park Saturday morning alongside key figures from the city's Black community. A film crew had set black and white rocking chairs on the concrete patio, where in a few moments Folks' local icons would sit and be interviewed about ...
Apr. 17—The USC Aiken softball team picked up a sweep over Lander on Friday on Senior Day. The Pacers are now 5-11 overall and 5-9 in league play while the Bearcats fall to 13-13 on the year and 0-8 in PBC play. USC Aiken won by scores of 9-7 and 6-4. It marked the first sweep of Lander by USC Aiken since the 2015 season. In game one, USC Aiken found itself trailing 4-0 in the third inning. ...
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) with a Goal vs. Detroit Red Wings, 04/17/2021
Jaccob Slavin (Carolina Hurricanes) with a Goal vs. Nashville Predators, 04/17/2021
Apr. 17—PIEDMONT — Alex Odam has a future beyond high school in basketball. Jacksonville State and UAB have offered Piedmont's sophomore, and that's only the beginning. He's testing his hoops mettle for Atlanta-area AAU's Team Forrest, coached by former Georgia Tech player James Forrest, this spring. Odam plays competition sure to improve his game and broaden his prospects. For now, the ...
Apr. 17—JACKSONVILLE — Tommy Miller's Jacksonville Christian team made school history with a Final Four appearance in 2020. A year later, the Thunder came one win short of matching history. For coaching JCA back to the Northeast Regional final with a completely revamped lineup, Miller repeats as The Anniston Star's Class 1A-3A Calhoun County boys basketball coach of the year. JCA finished as ...
Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Lakers) with a dunk vs the Utah Jazz, 04/17/2021
Dennis Schroder (Los Angeles Lakers) with a 2-pointer vs the Utah Jazz, 04/17/2021
Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) with a deep 3 vs the Utah Jazz, 04/17/2021
A video posted to Twitter Saturday afternoon showed the single-engine vintage plane make a "soft" landing in the shallow surf near Cocoa Beach
The Mets nearly wasted another Jacob deGrom start, but they battled back in the top of the seventh for a 4-3 win in game one of the doubleheader.
Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) with a Goal vs. Florida Panthers, 04/17/2021
Andre Drummond (Los Angeles Lakers) with an alley oop vs the Utah Jazz, 04/17/2021
Ronnie O'Sullivan started his World Championship defence with a 10-4 win over Mark Joyce on Saturday as fans were allowed back into sporting events in England for the first time this year. Six-time world champion O'Sullivan, 45, was playing on the first day of the tournament and despite a sloppy start he never looked threatened by Joyce as he entertained the reduced crowd. "It was really nice to have the crowd in because if there was no crowd I could have sunk even lower into my chair," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
Condensed Game: Matt Olson, Aramis Garcia and Mark Canha all went yard while Cole Irvin threw 6 shutout innings to lead the A's to a 7-0 win
Protests were held in Raleigh and Durham Friday night, calling for more police accountability.
Moments before Saturday's UFC Vegas 24 event went live, the fight card lost its co-main event. Lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose were expected to meet in the co-featured fight. Both fighters officially weighed in on Friday. UFC officials confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the lightweight bout was cancelled due to an undisclosed injury to Klose. The heavyweight bout between former champion Andrei Arlovski and Chase Sherman was elevated to the co-main event slot. The main card will still feature five bouts. The women's flyweight bout between Tracy Cortez and Justine Kish was moved from the preliminary fight card to the main card. In the main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker faces No. 8 ranked Kelvin Gastelum, who replaced the injured Paulo Costa. The two were slated to meet in UFC 234 main event in February 2019 but Whittaker was forced out of the fight the day of the event due to an abdominal hernia. During Friday's weigh-ins at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Stephens shoved Klose during the face-offs. The two had to be separated by security. UFC Vegas 24 face-offs video: Stephens nearly shoves Klose off stage