Swiss vote on limiting jobs, residency for EU citizens

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland cast ballots Sunday on a nationalist party’s proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country.

The measure, championed by the populist Swiss People’s Party, would give preferential access to jobs, social protection and benefits to people from Switzerland over those from the 27-nation bloc that surrounds it.

If passed, the proposal would further strain the rich Alpine’s country’s deep and lucrative ties to the EU, of which it isn’t a member. It could also lead to reciprocal disadvantages for millions of Swiss citizens if they want to live or work in the EU.

Roughly 1.4 million EU citizens live in the country of about 8.2 million, while around 500,000 Swiss live in EU countries.

In a similar referendum in 2014, the Swiss narrowly voted in favor of limiting access of EU citizens to live and

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, on the Battle Over RBG’s Seat and Making Every Vote Count

a person sitting on a table: Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund, Inc.

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund, Inc.

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With the President and Attorney General waging an unceasing disinformation campaign to undermine public confidence in the presidential election, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), is bracing for post–Nov. 3 battle. In an earlier stint at the LDF, one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations, Ifill specialized in litigating voting-rights cases. After leaving to teach law and write books, she returned in 2013, as the first female director to head the organization founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940. (The LDF became a

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Pizza Hut restructuring vote secures 5,000 jobs

Pizza Hut Restaurants has won a bid to secure its future and 5,000 jobs though 450 roles remain under threat.

a store in a brick building: Pizza Hut and rivals in the casual dining sector are still facing curbs on trading because of the coronavirus crisis

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Pizza Hut and rivals in the casual dining sector are still facing curbs on trading because of the coronavirus crisis

The company, which comprises only the dine-in restaurant franchise in the UK, announced earlier this month that it was seeking an insolvency mechanism known as a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to slash costs as it moved to recover from the effects of the coronavirus lockdown.

a close up of a sign: Pizza Hut takeaways are not part of the Restaurants business which is focused on dine-in franchises

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Pizza Hut takeaways are not part of the Restaurants business which is focused on dine-in franchises

Proposals to close 29 under-performing restaurants and cuts to rent bills across its remaining estate of 200 sites were agreed in a vote by creditors including landlords.

The chain could have potentially collapsed without the support as the wider dining sector – while boosted by

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly

Gov. Tom Wolf, as promised, vetoed a bipartisan-backed bill on Monday that would have given local officials’ authority this year to decide whether to hold K-12 sports and activities and set crowd limits at events.

This action shows his determination to urge Pennsylvanians to adhere to his 25-person limit for indoor events and 250 for outdoor contests to control the spread of COVID-19, even though a federal judge has declared those limits along with other pandemic-related restrictions the governor ordered as unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration has requested a stay on that order while appealing U.S. Western District Court Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling.

In his veto message, the governor said, “We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to

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Science is at the root of our progress and well-being; don’t vote for science deniers

Science sometimes tells us things we don’t want to know. But rather than blame the scientists for having found out something, our forefathers and mothers empowered science to help solve problems. Without science, we wouldn’t be able to transplant organs or treat HIV/AIDS; have the medicines that many of us depend on daily; have the technology to send people into space; or be able to grow enough crops to feed the world.

Pretending that we don’t know an inconvenient fact doesn’t make it untrue; it forfeits our power to respond creatively and to explore policies that will have maximum impact at minimal cost. Delayed action due to ignorance and denial carries a huge cost when problems become crises and our response must be much more dramatic, more costly and more difficult.

Our greatest successes as civilization has evolved have been because we used what scientists discovered

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Vote Joyce Rankin for another term on Colorado’s Board of Education for District 3

Editor’s note: This represents the opinion of The Denver Post editorial board, which is separate from the paper’s news operation.

The Denver Post editorial board would like to see what Joyce Rankin can do to push elementary school literacy with another term on the state Board of Education. Rankin, a Republican from Carbondale, has represented the 3rd Congressional District on the board since 2015.

The powers of the board are limited in Colorado where local school districts are rightfully given most control over their curriculum and programs, but one thing the board does have control over is the implementation of state laws like Colorado’s READ Act.

The READ Act was passed in 2012 (Rankin’s husband sponsored a recent revision of the bill in the General Assembly). It requires benchmark testing of students in preschool through third grade to assess literacy skills, with a goal that all students will be reading

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