The Last 24™


By Jueseppi B.



Lets get right to it…..


Remarks by the President on Creating Jobs Through Tourism


President Obama Speaks at the Baseball Hall of Fame


Published on May 22, 2014

President Obama visits the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to talk about the Administration’s efforts to increase travel and tourism in the United States.




Remarks by the First Lady at Girls International Education Roundtable


The First Lady Drops by Girls International Roundtable


Published on May 22, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama drops by a discussion with international education experts, and talks about the need to educate women and girls around the world.




On The Clock – SelectUSA with Jeff Zients


Published on May 22, 2014

Director of the National Economic Council Jeff Zients goes “on the clock” to talk about the importance of investing in the United States and continuing to create jobs for workers here at home.




The 2014 NSTAC Annual Meeting


Published on May 21, 2014

The President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) holds its annual meeting, May 21, 2014. NSTAC is comprised of various chief executives from major telecommunications companies, network service providers, information technology, finance, and aerospace companies.




Raw Video: The President Takes a Surprise Walk


Published on May 22, 2014

The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren’t expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.




Remarks by the President Designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument


President Obama Designates the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument


Published on May 21, 2014

At the Department of the Interior, President Obama gives remarks before designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region as a National Monument.




President Obama to Host White House Science Fair


Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Terrorist Attack in China



Vice President Biden Delivers a Statement to the Press


Published on May 22, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is joined with Turkish Cypriot Leader Dervis Eroglu and the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, as he delivers remarks to the press in Nicosia, Cyprus after meeting with both leaders individually and then together. http://www.whitehouse.gov




Vice President Biden Speaks to Romanian Civil Society


Published on May 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks to civil society groups, students and political leaders at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest, Romania.




Mark Cuban: “I’m A Prejudiced Bigot”


Published on May 22, 2014

“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for bold statements, and he made a few Wednesday at a conference in Nashville on the topic of banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said in an interview shown at the annual GrowCo convention hosted by Inc. magazine, according to The Tennessean.




Arlington National Cemetery Honors Fallen Heroes


Published on May 22, 2014

Marking the start of Memorial Day weekend activities, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment placed American flags before each grave marker and honored those who have served and fallen. (May 22)




The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated


On what would have been his 84th birthday, Harvey Milk had a stamp dedicated in his honor at the White House. A number of distinguished guests attended the ceremony, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.


Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.




Assessing Cybersecurity Regulations



Countdown to White House Science Fair: Meet Girl Scout Troop 2612 — Bridge Designers, STEM Enthusiasts


We’re geeking out about the upcoming fourth-ever Science Fair here at the White House this Tuesday, May 27, 2014. We are prepping the halls for wall-to-wall gizmos, gadgets, robots, apps, and science projects – and the amazing kids who created them. To share our excitement about the Fair – and its focus this year on young women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) – we’ll spend the next few days introducing you to some of the stellar STEM females who are packing up their inventions and research projects and headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.




Girl Scout Troop 2612 – including Avery Dodson, 7; Natalie Hurley, 8; Miriam Schaffer, 8; Claire Winton, 8; and Lucy Claire Sharp, 8 – put their preparedness skills into action as part of the Junior FIRST Lego League’s Disaster Blaster Challenge. The Challenge invites thousands of elementary-school-aged students from across the country to explore how simple machines, motorized parts, engineering, and math can help solve problems posed by natural disasters like floods or earthquakes.


Recalling the recent, damaging summer floods in Estes Park, Colorado, the Troop noticed that first responders weren’t able to easily reach certain communities because bridges had been washed out – and set out to design a solution. The girls invented the “Flood Proof Bridge,” and built a model of their idea – not only mechanizing the bridge using motors and the correct gear ratios, but also developing, from scratch, a simple computer program to automatically retract the bridge when flood conditions are detected by a motion sensor in the river bed.


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May 21st 2014: Photos of the Day


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Presidential Actions


Presidential Memorandum — Establishing a National Goal and Developing Airport Specific Action Plans to Enhance the Entry Process for International Travelers to the United States



SUBJECT: Establishing a National Goal and Developing Airport Specific Action Plans to Enhance the Entry Process for International Travelers to the United States


The U.S. travel and tourism sector is critical to the Nation’s prosperity and drives economic growth. In 2013, international visitors alone supported more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs.


Executive Order 13597 of January 19, 2012 (Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness), mobilized the Federal Government to increase visa processing capacity, expand the Visa Waiver Program, and expand expedited traveler programs, all without compromising national security requirements.


The National Travel and Tourism Strategy, published 2 years ago, set a target of attracting and welcoming 100 million visitors by 2021, which the United States is on track to meet. To ensure we properly welcome and process those visitors at our airports, I am directing the Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security (Secretaries) to develop a national goal for improving service levels for international arrivals, including the time passengers spend waiting for primary inspection, i.e. passport control, and other steps of the arrival process. The Secretaries shall also develop airport-specific action plans that include actions from both private and public sectors to measurably improve the entry experience and reduce the wait time for international arrivals to those airports. The goal and action plans shall be consistent with efforts that have already demonstrated significant improvements through partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international airports, such as improvements at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare over a 12-month period that have resulted in average wait times of just 15 minutes and reduced the percentage of travelers with more than 30-minute wait times from 29 percent to 14 percent.


The purpose of this goal and action plans is to maximize the economic contribution of travel and tourism for business, leisure, academic, medical, and other lawful purposes by improving the experience of international travelers coming to the United States, in particular their experience with passport control and customs processing at airports in the United States.


The experience of an international arrival at one of our airports is not limited to the interaction with the U.S. Government. Airports, airlines, and local governments figure heavily into the arrival’s experience — and they have an essential role to play in creating a positive first impression. Therefore, as part of the action plans, the Secretaries will identify opportunities for private and nonfederal public sector actors to help achieve the goal, and ask for their public commitment to take specific actions to improve the entry experience for international guests.


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to remove barriers to traveler entry while continuing to protect our national security, public health, and safety, I hereby direct as follows:


Section 1. National Goal for Improving the Entry Process for International Arrivals. (a) Within 120 days of the date of this memorandum, the Secretaries shall, in consultation with the Tourism Policy Council established by the United States National Tourism Organization Act of 1996, National Security Council, National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisers, Office of Management and Budget, Secretaries of State, Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, and other executive departments and agencies (agencies) as appropriate, develop the following:


(i) in consultation with private and nonfederal public actors, a national goal for improving the experience of international arriving passengers, including expediting the arrival and entry process for international visitors to the United States. In developing the goal, the Secretaries shall consider all steps the Federal Government can take to improve the arrivals experience, including by expediting primary inspection and customs clearance, while maintaining public health and national security. In addition to steps to be taken by agencies, the Secretaries shall identify opportunities for both private and nonfederal public sector actors to help achieve the goal; and


(ii) in consultation with airlines, airport authorities, worker representatives, State and local governments, and appropriate private and nonfederal public actors, airport-specific action plans to measurably improve the international arrivals’ experience and reduce the processing time for international arrivals in at least 15 U.S. gateway airports. The action plans shall draw upon the lessons and successes of the targeted pilot efforts that demonstrated significant service level improvements and wait time reductions at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports. These action plans could include automating paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94, implementing Automated Passport Control kiosks, expanding the DHS Global Entry program, and airports entering into voluntary partnerships with stakeholders to provide increased services on a reimbursable basis.


(b) In developing the goal and action plans as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries shall establish metrics for measuring progress in implementing the action plans and achieving service-level improvements, taking into account the Federal Government’s responsibility to protect the safety, public health, and national security of the United States and its visitors. These metrics shall include measurements of wait times that consider the entire arrivals process (from landing to exiting the airport), private sector effects on the arrivals process, and traveler perceptions of their experience.


(c) In developing the goal and action plans, the Secretaries shall consult with existing non-governmental entities and advisory councils with relevant expertise and experience, such as the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board within the Department of Commerce, for continued input and advice.


Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:


(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or


(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.


(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law, and subject to the availability of appropriations.


(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


(d) Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of this memorandum.




Nigerian Schools Close To Protest Boko Haram Kidnappings.




Some Education News: Ramarni Wilfred, 11, With Higher IQ Than Einstein, Wanted By Mensa.


Mentally Ill Inmate, Bradley Ballard, Died After 7 Days In NYC Cell, Denied His Medication.


Harvey Milk Stamp Unveiling Ceremony.





Chibok Schoolgirls: Abuja teachers protest


Published on May 22, 2014

Chibok Schoolgirls: Abuja teachers protest, demand compensation for slain teachers’ families



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  1. My….. I think sometimes this is my favorite post of the day. All things in one place, plus other new things. I love how you do this. Your efforts, most appreciated. You are spectacular.


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