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Catalan leader goes to court after Canada refuses him entry for speakingCatalan leader goes to court after Canada refuses him entry for speaking

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec nationalist group is claiming the Canadian government revoked a travel permit for the exiled former president of Spain’s Catalonia region.The Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says the Canadian government did not provide a reason for cancelling Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont’s travel permit on March 31, two days before he was to arrive in Quebec.Puigdemont has hired a Montreal-based immigration lawyer and today filed a motion contesting the decision in Federal Court.Puigdemont was scheduled to take part in an event organized by the nationalist group, which advocates for Quebec independence as well as for stronger laws to promote French in the province.The former Catalan president fled Spain in 2017 to avoid prosecution after his regional government held an unauthorized referendum on independence. Puigdemont is currently in exile in Brussels and is considered a fugitive by the Spanish government.He faces up to 25 years behind bars if found guilty of rebellion and misuse of public funds.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Indigenous families in BC share vision to end Millennium ScoopIndigenous families in BC share vision to end Millennium Scoop

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsThere is an urgent need to shift the child welfare system from being apprehension-based to prevention-focused.That’s the conclusion of a report released on Tuesday by West Coast LEAF, a British Columbia based organization.Indigenous leaders, families, and activists have been advocating for transformative change for decades.Those involved in the new report say it reveals the failures of the government of B.C. to meet it’s obligations to provide adequate, accessible, and culturally safe prevention based supports for Indigenous families.‘Pathways in a forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare’ centres on the voices of 64 caregivers who share their stories of fighting to keep their children out of government care in BC, where Indigenous children are 15 times more likely to enter government care than their non-Indigenous counterparts.As of 2018, there were 6,698 children and youth in care in BC, of whom 4,252 were Indigenous.One in five Indigenous children in the province will come into contact with the child protection system as some stage in their childhood.The 112 page report shares experiences of families disrupted and separated by the child welfare system.Ongoing colonialism, pervasive and systemic racism, and gaps in supports and services that could keep families together are among the harms identified.“Communities and nations must have full jurisdiction over child welfare for all their children, including those living off reserves, and they must be provided with resources to provide the same level of services to their children as are offered to non-Indigenous children,” Elba Bendo, project lead and West Coast LEAF’s Director of Law Reform says.In a press release, Frances Rosner, a Métis lawyer and a member of the project’s advisory committee says “the current system is marked by fear, power imbalances, and arbitrary decision-making.  Pointing the finger at an Indigenous parent who has survived colonial violence and expecting them to carry the burden of intergenerational trauma alone is cruel.  BC clearly has a failed child welfare system in desperate need of a complete overhaul.”The report includes more than 30 recommendations for improving systemic and legislative reforms, financial supports, prevention based efforts, and advocacy for parents and Indigenous communitiesdward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

Nonunion pay expected to increase 32 in 2013Nonunion pay expected to increase 32 in 2013

TORONTO — Non-union workers across Canada can expect wage increases of 3.2% on average next year, according to an annual survey by Mercer.The global business consultancy said Monday that the projected wage increases would match actual increases in base pay reported for 2012. They would also be up slightly from the average of 3% in 2011 and 2.9% in 2010.Mercer’s 2012/2013 Canada Compensation Planning Survey, conducted annually for over 20 years, includes responses from more than 750 employers across Canada and reflects pay practices for approximately two million non-union workers.[np-related /] The results cover increases in five categories: executive, management and professional (sales and non-sales), as well as workers in the office, clerical and technician classification and those in the trades, production and service sector.Mercer said the results are indicative of a steadily increasing trend that will also see top-performing employees — some 6% of the workforce — enjoy even higher increases as companies strive to retain critical talent.“Differentiating salary increases based on performance is the norm and remains an effective way for employers to wisely spend their reward dollars on the most impactful employees,” said Iain Morris, leader of Mercer’s human capital consulting business for Canada.“Since many companies are still working with limited dollars, taking a holistic approach to total rewards using internal workforce analytics as well as external market data to set appropriate programs for each employee segment is the smart approach,” Morris said.Mercer’s survey shows that in 2012 highest-performing employees received average base pay increases of 4.9% compared with 2.9% for average performers, about 60% of the workforce.Regional and industry differences were also a factor, with Western Canada continuing to lead the way with higher increases than the rest of the country.For example, the Calgary and Alberta markets forecast an average increase of 3.3% for 2013 compared with 2.9% for Montreal and Quebec.Oil and gas companies lead the way with a forecasted increase of 4.2% for 2013 while high tech/telecommunications and public sector/not for profit forecast increases of 2.4% and 2.5% respectively when salary freezes are included, Mercer said.The Canadian Press read more

UN report finds peace operations yield major dividends for many countries inUN report finds peace operations yield major dividends for many countries in

Among the highlights mentioned in the “Year in Review: UN Peace Operations 2002” are the independence of East Timor, renamed Timor-Leste, following UN stewardship under a Transitional Administration, and the progressive restoration of peace and security in Sierra Leone with UN support for the disarmament and demobilization of former combatants – leading to the dissolution of the armed rebel movement – and for the conduct of national elections.Other accomplishments include the establishment of the Interim Authority and the Transitional Administration in Afghanistan, in line with the Bonn Agreement that the UN help broker, and the successful completion of the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), the most extensive police reform and restructuring operation ever undertaken by the UN.In all, the UN maintained 15 peacekeeping operations and 13 political and peace-building missions in 2002. The operations ranged in strength from a handful of international and local staff, to thousands of military, police and civilian peacekeepers.According to the report, as many as 90 UN Member States contributed uniformed personnel to these operations, which as of November, saw some 44,000 military personnel and civilian police deployed in peacekeeping operations around the world. Working with these uniformed personnel were some 3,661 international and 7,962 local civilian staff.In the course of the year, 52 civilian and military personnel lost their lives while engaged in UN peace operations. read more

Yemen gets UN loan to upgrade roads for at least 300000 peopleYemen gets UN loan to upgrade roads for at least 300000 people

With roughly three quarters of Yemen’s population living in over 100,000 isolated villages and settlements, the Government will upgrade dirt roads in the most disadvantaged areas, improving access to markets, health centres and schools for 300,000 people under a new pact reached with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).At a signing ceremony at IFAD’s headquarters in Rome earlier this month, the agreement spelled out the partial financing of the $10.4 million Pilot Community-Based Rural Infrastructure Project for Highland Areas as a loan to Yemen of $9 million and a grant of $400,000, both from IFAD. The rest would come from the Government.IFAD said the project would upgrade 215 kilometres of dirt roads and a further 100,000 people would benefit from improved access to safe water.“Women spend up to seven hours a day collecting water and the sources they use are frequently polluted. This contributes to disease and to the high child mortality rate in rural areas. In addition, the burden on women negatively affects family income and the education of girls who help collect water,” the Fund said.The road improvements and drinking water supplies will be planned, implemented and managed by the communities themselves, the Fund said. Over the 27 years since it was established, IFAD has financed 18 initiatives in Yemen, with loans and grants totalling $170 million.Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world, IFAD said, and the lack of basic social and economic activities and services is an obstacle to reducing poverty. The country has about 60,000 kilometres of dirt tracks and trails, mainly constructed by communities in the 1970s and 1980s, but they have deteriorated. read more

BRP anticipates another strong year after posting record results despite weatherBRP anticipates another strong year after posting record results despite weather

MONTREAL – Recreation vehicle manufacturer BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO) is forecasting another good year after generating record adjusted profits in fiscal 2016 despite a mild winter, a weak economy in Western Canada and a strong U.S. dollar.The maker of Ski-Doo personal watercraft, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles and the Can-Am line of on-road vehicles, earned $200.8 million in normalized profits last year as revenues rose 8.6 per cent to $3.8 billion.Including one-time charges, net income decreased to $51.6 million from $70.1 million.The Quebec-based company said it expects revenues with grow between four and eight per cent in fiscal 2017, helped by the launch of new products, particularly side-by-side on-road vehicles.“We feel we are in a good position to face the uncertain economic environment,” CEO Jose Boisjoli said Friday during a conference call.While Western Europe, Scandinavia and Asia Pacific remain strong, Western Canada, Latin America and Russia remain a challenge and the U.S. is very competitive, he told analysts.Retail sales in Canada decreased by four per cent to $700 million last year as the industry was hurt by a weak economy in Western Canada.BRP said Ski-Doo gained market share even though retail sales for snow machines were down as a result of a mild winter in North America. Industry sales decreased by up to about nine per cent while sales in Western Canada were off by about 25 per cent.Boisjoli said the company grew its Can-Am brand by entering the side-by-side market with its Defender model, and plans to introduce a new offering every six months for the next four years.The company capped the year by posting a $28.7-million net loss in the fourth quarter, compared with $8.5 million profit a year earlier.The rising value of the American dollar ate away at the profit by triggering a $70.3-million, non-cash writedown of its outboard motor business.After adjusting for foreign exchange, restructuring and impairment costs and income taxes, BRP’s normalized profit was $86.8 million or 75 cents per share, down from $116.5 million or 98 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Revenue for the three months ended Jan. 31, 2016, grew 3.8 per cent to $1.11 billion, including a $98-million gain from the higher value of the U.S. dollar compared with the loonie. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2016 5:49 am MDT Last Updated Mar 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRP anticipates another strong year after posting record results despite weather read more

Syria UNArab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peaceSyria UNArab League envoy says Security Council must push for productive peace

“We would very much like to continue this Geneva process, but we would like the help of the Council and of all those who can help to make sure that if, and when, we have the third round, it will be a little bit more productive than the second round,” Lakhdar Brahimi told journalists in New York after briefing the 15-nation body. Two rounds of talks earlier this year, the first in January followed by a second round in February, saw both sides sticking to their positions and yielded only modest cooperation on a humanitarian issue related to aid access in the long-besieged Old City of Homs.The basis of the talks is full implementation of an action plan adopted in the so-called Geneva Communiqué of 2012, the first international conference on the conflict, which calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.In a statement yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the inability of the international community, the region and the Syrians themselves to put a stop to the three-year old conflict. Both Mr. Ban and Mr, Brahimi are expected to brief the General Assembly tomorrow on the situation in Syria.He appealed in particular to the Russian Federation and the United States, as the initiating States of the Geneva Conference, “to take clear steps to reenergize the process”.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 9 million others driven from their homes. In addition, there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees registered in the region: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). read more

Football No 10 Ohio State routs UNLV Rebels in 5421 blowout victoryFootball No 10 Ohio State routs UNLV Rebels in 5421 blowout victory

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon scores in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBy the time Ohio State’s slow-arriving student section filled up, the Buckeyes had already taken a 7-0 lead against UNLV as speedy H-back Parris Campbell raced 69 yards for the opening touchdown on the offense’s second play. The Scarlet and Gray extended the early lead, continued to build upon it and never allowed the Rebels to even feign a threat as Ohio State dominated, winning 54-21 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett marched his team down the field at will against an overmatched, less-talented UNLV defense, completing 12-of-17 passes for 209 yards and five touchdowns and subbed out before halftime. “Probably the same thoughts as everybody else,” coach Urban Meyer said. “Let’s go do it against a team that’s equally matched.”Seven players — wideouts Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Campbell and walk-on C.J. Saunders and tight end Rashod Berry — caught touchdowns for the Buckeyes, the most in a single game in Ohio State history. Barrett overthrew sophomore wideout K.J Hill on one of his first passes of the game, but settled in as the Buckeyes scored on all but one of his drives. Campbell led Ohio State with three catches for 105 yards, but fumbled near the goal line on his team’s third drive of the game.The Rebels offense stood no chance facing off against the Buckeyes’ stout defense. An aggressive, blitz-heavy defensive front pressured redshirt freshman quarterback Armani Rogers the entire game. Late in the first quarter, backed up at the 2-yard line, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones stuffed a run and forced Ohio State’s first safety of the season.Ohio State redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Buckeyes racked up four sacks and a season-high 13 tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa led the Buckeyes with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.“It builds confidence,” Bosa said. “And it just allows you to go through your progressions and just get more used to playing out there. It’s helpful and nice.”Rogers competed 11-of-19 passes for 88 yards. The Rebels, buoyed by junior running back Lexington Thomas’ 55-yard touchdown, rushed for 41 yards on 176 carries.With 3:32 left in the second quarter while leading 37-7, redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett, and first-team All-American center Billy Price subbed out of the blowout.Haskins threaded the needle to Saunders for his first touchdown of the game, a 28-yard strike across the middle. The strong-armed quarterback went 15-for-23 and 228 yards and tossed two touchdowns. He hit Berry late in the third quarter who rumbled for a 38-yard touchdown, the first of the defensive end-turned-tight end’s career.“I was just determined to get to the touchdown, get into the end zone and [I] was speechless,” Berry said.Haskins later threw an interception to linebacker/defensive back Javin White, who took it 65 yards for a touchdown, the first pick-six thrown by an Ohio State quarterback this year.“That’s inexcusable. Throw it right to the guy,” Meyer said. “Obviously it’s a young player, a freshman. And they’ve gotta go through that.”Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took 14 carries 95 yards. Once again, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber did not play. He has dealt with a hamstring injury since the beginning of fall camp and missed the first game of the season. Defensive tackle Robert Landers, offensive guard Matt Burrell, linebacker Chris Worley and cornerback Shaun Wade also did not play for Ohio State due to injuries.Ohio State will look for its third consecutive victory when the Buckeyes head to Piscataway, New Jersey, next Saturday to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. read more

SSAB brings 24hour access to Hardox Wearparts in nine locationsSSAB brings 24hour access to Hardox Wearparts in nine locations

first_imgHardox Wearparts offers customers quick, 24-hour access to thousands of wear products through a unique online interface. This guaranteed fast, easy service for customers is now available at nine of SSAB’s centres across the world including the US, Chile, the UK, China, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and two locations in Canada: Vancouver and Montreal. The new service – Hardox Wearparts Web shop – provides customers with easy access to product details such as dimensions, materials, tolerances, logistics, on-site service. The Hardox Wearparts Web Shop concept was initially launched in the US.“This will enable customers to start a dialog contacting SSAB at any time – day or night – which will help expedite the wear part replacement process,” says Johan Anderson, Head of Business Strategy and Marketing, Hardox Wearparts. “Downtime in this business is costly, and the new service can help us to get customers up and running quicker.” Visitors to Hardox Wearparts Web Shops will find products conveniently categorised by market segment, which includes mining – movable and fixed; cement; recycling; energy; quarries, construction, metal works and agriculture.Once customers click on a specific segment, they can choose the equipment and appropriate wear part needed which can be either a standard or custom part. Then they can request a quote online and receive a quick response to their request from a representative at the local Hardox Wearparts Center convenient to the customer’s location. Customers can also register their account and keep track of previous enquiries, thus making the reorder process easy and convenient.“SSAB is dedicated to helping customers solve their toughest wear challenges,” says Anderson. “Through our knowledge, expertise and products, we’re able to help customers to boost their productivity and prolong the service life of their machinery and equipment. The Web Shop is one of many value added services we can offer our customers.”The Web Shops are initially available at nine of SSAB-owned centres and more web shops are coming soon. Interested parties can access the Web Shop at http://www.hardoxwearparts.com/shop and then select the specific location that is most convenient.last_img read more

68 IN A ROW FC Barcelona Lassa set new ASOBAL record68 IN A ROW FC Barcelona Lassa set new ASOBAL record

FC Barcelona Lassa set a new record in ASOBAL by winning 68 matches in a row! They broke the last record of 67 consecutive winning clashes of BM Ciudad Real. The Spanish champions beat Ciudad Encantada 34:21 in the ASOBAL Round 7. That put team from the second biggest Spanish city ahead of two biggest rivals – La Rioja and BM Granollers.34 – FC BARCELONA (18+16): Saric (Pérez de Vargas, m.31 a 60); Gurbindo (2), Kopljar (2), Noddesbo (2), Sarmiento (3), Wallouz (5), Ariño (1), siete inicial, Syprzak (4), Aleix Gómez (2), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Sigurdsson (3,1p), Lazarov (5, 3p), Viran Morros (-) y Daniel Dujshebaev (1)21 – GLOBALCAJA CIUDAD ENCANTADA (9+12):Leo Vial (Samuel Ibañez, m.40 a 57); Vainstein (4,2p), Thiago Alves (2), Frade (3), Rafa López (-), Zejak (4), Tolmos (3), siete inicial, Javi Fernández (-), Mendoza (-), Sergio López (2), Miguelón (3, 1p), Mateo (-) y Casas (p.s.)STANDINGS: 5Villa de Aranda8 2Naturhouse La Rioja13 12Bada Huesca4 4Fraikin BM Granollers10 8Frigoríficos Morrazo Cangas6 6SD Teucro7 7Ángel Ximénez Puente Genil6 15Globalcaja C. Encantada3 1FC Barcelona Lassa14 10Go Fit4 13BM Guadalajara4 9BM Benidorm5 ASOBALFC Barcelona Lassa 14Helvetia Anaitasuna3 16BM Aragón0 3Abanca Ademar León11 11Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto4 ← Previous Story EHF CL: SG Flensburg and Skjern win on Round 5 start Next Story → Daniel Sarmiento to Saint Raphael? read more

Voiture électrique la première station déchange de batteries européenne ouvre ses portesVoiture électrique la première station déchange de batteries européenne ouvre ses portes

first_imgVoiture électrique : la première station d’échange de batteries européenne ouvre ses portesLe groupe Better Place vient d’ouvrir la première station d’échange de batteries européenne pour les voitures électriques. Dans cette station inaugurée au Danemark, les automobilistes pourront changer la batterie de leur véhicule aussi simplement que s’ils faisaient le plein d’essence.Malgré leurs avantages écologiques et économiques, les voitures électriques peinent à se faire une place sur les routes européennes, à cause de leur prix toujours très élevé, mais aussi de la faible autonomie de leurs batteries. Mais le groupe Better Place entend remédier à ce problème grâce à la création d’une station où les utilisateurs de voitures électriques pourront remplacer leur batterie. La première d’Europe vient d’être inaugurée, au Danemark, rapporte le site de LCI. Elle a été construite à Gladsaxe, en périphérie de Copenhague, et Better Place prévoit d’en installer vingt autres dans le pays au cours des neuf prochains mois. À lire aussiDes archéologues découvrent une hache viking géante au DanemarkLe principe des ces stations est très simple. L’automobiliste devra seulement passer une carte magnétique sur la borne d’accueil, afin que sa voiture soit identifiée. Le remplacement de la batterie est ensuite automatiquement lancé. L’automobiliste n’a même pas besoin de quitter son véhicule. Un bras robotisé se charge de changer la batterie en quelques minutes seulement.En mars, la compagnie américaine a ouvert un centre Better Place à Hellerup au Danemark. 3.000 personnes s’y sont depuis rendues, et la grande majorité d’entre elles (90%), ont assuré songer à acheter un véhicule électrique après leur visite. Un bilan des plus encourageants alors que Better Place et Renault lanceront à l’automne la commercialisation de la voiture Fluence Z.E. “Je suis convaincu que, grâce au modèle avec batterie interchangeable, nous avons surmonté le dernier obstacle à la commercialisation en masse de la voiture électrique : l’autonomie. D’après l’intérêt que nous avons suscité à ce jour, j’estime également que cette voiture sera la plus vendue au Danemark dans les toutes prochaines années”, s’est félicité Johnny Hansen, PDG de Better Place Danemark, lors de l’inauguration de la première station.Et Henrik Bang, le patron de Renault Danemark, de se réjouir à son tour : “Notre alliance nous permet d’exploiter tout le potentiel des voitures électriques en leur conférant une autonomie virtuellement illimitée, puisqu’il n’est plus nécessaire de patienter de nombreuses heures pour le rechargement. Les consommateurs danois sont ravis d’être à l’avant-garde de la transition vers un modèle de transport plus respectueux de l’environnement”.Le 1 juillet 2011 à 18:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Waiting for the day Article 370 scrapped Sushmas last tweetWaiting for the day Article 370 scrapped Sushmas last tweet

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 7: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had welcomed the abrogation of Article 370 in what would become her last tweet. The veteran BJP leader, who passed at AIIMS here on Tuesday night after a heart attack, had in a tweet, both in English and Hindi, said she had been long waiting to “see this day”. “Pradhan Mantri ji – aapka hardik abhinandan, main aapne jeevan mein is din ko dekhne ki prateeksha kar rahi thi Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she had posted. In a post on Monday, she had complimented Union Home Minister Amit Shah on his performance in the Rajya Sabha in introducing and passing the resolution on abrogating Article 370 and the bill bifurcating the state.प्रधान मंत्री जी – आपका हार्दिक अभिनन्दन. मैं अपने जीवन में इस दिन को देखने की प्रतीक्षा कर रही थी. @narendramodi ji – Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 6, 2019last_img read more

Black on Black Crime Police ThugsBlack on Black Crime Police Thugs

first_imgDr. John L. HudginsAlmost a month ago as I stopped for my morning 7/11 coffee in Baltimore County, Inoticed several young people sitting outside the store. As I got my coffee (actually chocolate) a Black woman police officer came in and had a brief discussion with the person behind the counter, an elderly White woman.  As I was leaving, a young White male officer had joined the Black female officer and they were discussing trespassing with the youngsters.  One young man was quite persistent with the questions; “What have I done? How am I trespassing?  As the two officers attempted to explain the situation, another officer, a Black male corporal, arrived.  He walked past the first two officers into the store, talked with the cashier and came out confronting the young people (actually two Black males and a White female).  The first young man persisted with the questions.  The Black male officer became agitated and said, “You need to get off the premises before I throw your ass in jail.”  Next, he slammed the questioner against the wall, placed handcuffs on him and forced him into the back seat of his patrol car and drove away.  The other two officers simply watched.A few weeks ago a video was released showing a Baltimore City Police officer attacking a Black male at the corner of Greenmount and North avenues.  Apparently there were some words between the officer and the male leaving a store.  The officer appears to push past other officers and commenced to beating the man.  This action was caught on the city police camera.   The officer was a Black male.A Baltimore County police officer in Randallstown chased down a young Black man who he thought had thrown rocks at his home and choked the young man to death.  The officer was a Black male.Earlier last year as his fellow officers watched and sought shelter, a Baltimore City Police officer shot and killed his girlfriend from an upstairs window as she pleaded for help.  The officer was a Black male.A few years ago as I left class at Coppin State University, an unmarked police car followed a young man in a jeep onto the campus.  Two officers (plain clothes) were in the car, a White male and a Black male.  The Black male, a rather large individual proceeds to almost pull the young man from the jeep and briefly searched it.  He then called a Black woman officer to search the female passenger.  Interestingly the White male officer stepped back and simply watched the whole occurrence.  When apparently nothing was found the officers got into their cars and left.  Word is the young man had come to campus to pick up his mother after class.For the last few months our attention has been focused on the tragic, probably malicious shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. by a White police officer.  We have noticed the many parallels across the country where White police officers have been brutal and homicidal especially toward Black males.  Ironically if the police officer had been a Black male, most of us would not have heard of the shooting/homicide.During slavery there were a few Black males who became overseers, a job normally reserved for poor Whites.  These chosen Blacks were often as brutal if not more brutal than their White counterparts.  They were apparently chosen for their strength, their obedience and their insensitivity to the suffering of other Blacks who also were enslaved.During the twentieth century many police departments including Baltimore had desegregated by adding Black police officers.  These officers were restricted to policing in the Black community and were not allowed to arrest Whites.  My understanding is that in Baltimore they also were not even assigned patrol cars.  This desegregation came in many cases after much protest and political action on the part of the Black community.  The feeling at the time was that Black officers in police departments would be more sensitive and concerned about issues affecting the Black community including White police brutality against Black citizens. Because of this feeling the assumption was often made that Black police officers were generally better for the African-American community.This history often gave Black police officers a pass when it came to issues involving police behavior in the African-American community. Thus the misbehavior by Black police officers was ignored by the White community (why should they care) and the Black community pretended that it did not happen.  In time African Americans gained political control of many of the larger cities with Black mayors, Black City Council majorities and yes, Black police chiefs.  In too many cases these advances meant very little in terms of police behavior in the rank and file, poor and working class Black communities.  In many cities like Baltimore the police departments remained controlled by the White ranking officers even with a Black police chief.  The Black police chief was almost symbolic as the majority White police department was controlled by the very White ranking officers.  It is likely that some of these hierarchies encouraged and expected maximum application of force by Black police officers against the Black community.  The Police color became “blue” and Black officers were expected to fall in line much like the Black overseers during slavery.  This took place despite the rampant racism and discrimination they themselves experienced within these departments.Today the African-American Community must demand fairness and civility not only from White police officers but all police officers.  It is likely that a significant amount of the 5.7 million dollars paid in police brutality cases by the city of Baltimore involved Black police officers.   Black police officers should no longer get a pass when it comes to abusive behaviors in the Black community. In true fashion, they rarely if ever commit such atrocities in the White community.  If anything Black police officers should be held to a higher standard in providing protection for the Black community.  The expectation to protect and to serve should not stop at White middle class neighborhoods.  Black police officers should take the lead in providing high quality non abusive services to the communities of their families, relatives, church members, former classmates and fellow travelers in what continues to be an often very racist society.  They should be an active part of the solution.  They must not be a major part of the problem and be allowed to take shelter under the cover of their skin, a skin which they in too many instances demonstrate that they do not cherish and in some cases even hate.  Obviously there are many good, professional, caring and concerned Black police officers everywhere.  The thugs however should be sent packing away from inflicting harm and abuse in the African American Community.Dr. John Hudgins is associate professor of sociology at Coppin State University.Follow the AFRO online and on Facebook for opportunities for citizens to share their encounterslast_img read more

The Best in SciFi Books This WeekThe Best in SciFi Books This Week

first_imgAlso out this week is The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal. The novel is the second in a series about an alternate America where the trajectory of the planet is changed when a meteor crashes into Washington D.C. in 1960. The first installment, called The Calculating Stars show that with Earth set to become inhospitable to humans due to the fallout of the meteor, humanity colonizes the moon. Now, in The Fated Sky, astronaut Elma York must grapple with if she can leave behind her husband for a mission to Mars that could save humanity. Or it could just get her killed.Aphrodite V #2This a new graphic novel from Bryan Hill and Jeff Spokes is fascinating. A biomechanics woman living in near-future L.A.,  Aphrodite V follows the title character as she seeks to stop an evil machine. She teams up with a human that doesn’t trust androids but can they learn to trust each other enough to stop the bad guys?Entertainment BuzzAnd just because I can’t help myself, a little bit of adaptation news. Apple has officially signed off on turning Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels into a television series. Good luck to them, because there are exactly zero* women in the first book and only one in the second.*There is one walk-on role but she says one line and is never heard from again in the book.Science Fiction in all its forms has become such a part of our society and bridged the gap from niche genre to pop culture phenomenon. There is something for everyone if you dig deep enough. The Wailing Blade is a great new comic series. There are a ton of amazing Sci-Fi TV shows to binge right now. Observe the best eclipses in Sci-Fi history too. You’ll find something you love in the world of Science Fiction for sure right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Honestly, this is the best week of the year to kick off a science-fiction round-up. One of the most prestigious award ceremony in the genre — the Hugo Awards — were held on August 19 at the World Science Fiction Convention in downtown San Diego. Winning a Hugo Award is a major feather in any sci-fi/fantasy author’s cap, as the winners are chosen by a vote of the fan community. It’s like the MTV Video Music Awards, or the People’s Choice Award, only good.News RoundupThis year, women won in nearly every category. Out of seventeen categories, women took home trophies in fifteen of them. Perhaps the greatest achievement of the evening belonged to N.K. Jemisin, who made Hugo history when her novel The Stone Sky took home the win for Best Novel. The book is the third in her Broken Earth series, which means Jemisin has now won Best Novel for every single installment of this saga!Other major winners included Martha Wells novella All Systems Red, Suzanne Palmer’s novelette The Secret Life of Bots, and newcomer Rebecca Roanhorse, who not only took home the award for Best New Writer but also Best Short Story for Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience. On the graphic novel side, Monstress author Marjorie M. Liu and artist Saga Takeda respectively took home awards for Best Graphic Story and Best Professional artist. AdChoices广告Reading RecommendationsIf you’re looking for new cuts of sci-fi to read as summer fades into fall, the genre has you covered. This week’s new releases include an alternate American Civil War and an alternate universe where space colonization is a reality. The Black God’s DrumsFirst up is Djèlí Clark ‘s debut novel. Set in New Orleans in a steampunk version of the American Civil War, readers follow a girl called Creeper who creeps (zing!) abroad an airship. From the description:“Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums. But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her ulterior motivations. Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.”The Fated Sky Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm… center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Girl mounts on molesters bike gets him arrestedGirl mounts on molesters bike gets him arrested

first_imgKolkata: A youth identified as Subodh Sharma was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl on Monday night at the Survey Park area. Sharma was detained by local residents and he was reportedly beaten up by them.According to the police, on Monday, around 10:45 pm, the girl was returning home, which is close to the incident spot. While she was walking down the road, Sharma, who was riding a bike, moved towards her from the opposite direction. While passing by her Sharma allegedly stared at her. But the girl did not pay attention. However, the girl saw that Sharma took a U turn after he passed by her. This time while passing by her he pulled her clothes and tried to quickly escape from the incident site. However, the girl spontaneously got on the pillion seat of the bike while he was trying to escape and started screaming. Sharma realised that he could be caught so he bit her on the finger to set himself free. Her finger started bleeding but she kept on shouting. Hearing the girl scream, local residents came out of their homes and nabbed Sharma while he was trying to escape. He was immediately caught and the girl was rescued. Later, she was rushed to a local hospital for first-aid. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocal residents beat up Sharma for molesting the girl. Later, Survey park police station was informed. After sleuths reached the spot, Sharma was handed over to the police. The girl along with her parents went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Sharma. Based on the complaint a FIR was initiated under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC.last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Former Cardinals’ Head Coach When it comes down to whether or not Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald retires, former head coach Bruce Arians gave his two cents Friday.“I truly believe he would like to play in the right system, and everything that falls right, I think he’d like to play one more year and come back one more year and come in second,” Arians said on the Burns & Gambo Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Larry Fitzgerald watch players during an NFL football organized team activity, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 1 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It wouldn’t come as much of a shock should he decide to stay for another season given his 2017 campaign.Last season, he reeled in 109 receptions, tying his career-high he set in 2015, for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns. He also had his first pass completion when he connected with fellow receiver Jaron Brown for 21 yards.If Fitzgerald were to stay, he would have a legitimate shot at passing Terrell Owens at 15,934 yards for second on the all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald is currently at 15,545. He could also make a run at former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez at 1,325, for the No. 2 spot on the all-time receptions list. At 1,234, Fitzgerald needs 92 to pass him — a number he’s surpassed seven times in his career.But his on-the-field performance isn’t the only thing that gives Fitzgerald his All-Pro demeanor, according to Arians.“You can never talk about Larry until you talk about the person, what he means to the organization,” Arians said. “Being able to have him as a leader on how to do everything right in your life as a player and then play hard, practice hard, all those things, that all comes second.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories last_img read more

1 What do you do at Skyscanner Im a Databa1 What do you do at Skyscanner Im a Databa

first_img**1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**I’m a ‘Database Developer’ for the company – helping organize all the information Skyscanner receives from the outside world: flight prices, airline route information, and more – and making it available to users quickly and reliably.2. What kind of flight geek are you?Definitely and shamelessly a technology geek. A few years ago, I ‘modified’ a game console of mine to stream films from my computer to the TV over a wireless network. I like pushing the capabilities of the devices I own.3. What best generally describes your travel style?I’ll fly anywhere if the price is right. A couple of years ago, a friend and I stumbled across a five-star hotel in Boston which was desperate to fill rooms. Neither of us had been to Boston before, but the flight + accommodation packages available were at such a huge discount, we grabbed the tickets within a few minutes of seeing them.4. What’s your ideal holiday?Somewhere warm, with plenty of things to see and bars/restaurants to check out. Having friends around also makes a big difference as it’s always good to pick up some genuine local tips and recommendations!5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?A friend, or friends plural if that’s an option! For long flights, someone to play chess with would be good too, although last time I flew transatlantic, there weren’t any travel chess boards on sale in any of the connecting airports…bizarre.6. Do you fly with children?I don’t have kids, so none of my own at least!7. How do you decide where you want to go?Spur-of-the-moment trips aside, I usually have a pretty good idea about where I’d like to go a few months in advance. Often it’s to visit friends somewhere, or for an event/concert/festival.Add in a bit of local research – chatting to folks, reading a few websites – and I’ve got a trip.8. How do you decide when you want to go?It’s a bit of a mixed bag. If there’s a specific event to catch, then that can tie down the travel dates but generally I’ll have a bit of a hunt around and see if there are any off-season opportunities. It can make a huge difference to flight and hotel prices.9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?All the cross-referencing and double-checking that has to be done. I’m fussy about the details and like to make sure that trips are going to be comfortable, at sensible hours, and competitively priced.Although I’m generally happy with the end results, it often means spending far too much time flicking between web pages, maps, and all kinds of other reference material.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to help?At the moment I’m working with some of our route management technology, to make sure that we can continually improve our flight coverage worldwide. The more ticket options we can show, the more likely people are to find the travel options to suit them, at the best price available.Longer-term, I’m doing my best to ensure that we can collect and present as much flight and travel related information as possible. There’s a balance to find between displaying ‘too much’ information, and oversimplifying the information that’s out there.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?An old favourite, and with good reason, it has to be our flexible search options. If I want to go to somewhere in the USA this summer, but I don’t care when or where – Skyscanner can show what’s available and for how much. It’s a fantastic way to get ideas for a trip.12. What’s your dream feature?Film festival integration – a way to view the films showing at film festivals across the world on a calendar, with travel prices to catch all the best features. For budget reasons I stick with the number 22 bus to local cinemas at the moment, but I can dream!13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why?The Internet Movie Database is brilliant – although I wonder if it would benefit from a bit of a design overhaul. Impressively, you can still download the entire content of their ratings/films/credits database for free.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?When travelling to Spain to visit friends last year, I wrote a database query taking our calendars into account, to work out the best time to visit. That’s probably not even the geekiest thing I’ve done.15. Worst travel experience?Staying in a budget chain hotel in a fairly rough part of urban Los Angeles; no harm encountered, but not exactly the most relaxing atmosphere, and made Hollywood seem even more distant from reality. First time I’d come across bullet-proof glass at the counter in a fast food restaurant!Meet more Flight Search GeeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Dario Villanueva-AblanedoIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura Wilsonlast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Friends and admirers will gather Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at the New York Public Library for a tribute to Philip Roth, who died in May. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2018 6:12 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 11:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Friends and fellow writers pay tribute at Roth memorialcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Philip Roth had it all planned.“Many years ago, I received in the mail a letter in which he outlined the instructions for his memorial service,” his close friend Joel Conarroe told a gathering of hundreds Tuesday during a tribute at the midtown Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. The author of “American Pastoral,” ”Portnoy’s Complaint” and other celebrated novels was as precise about his death, Conarroe explained, as he had been about his life and work.Attendees included Robert Caro, Salman Rushdie, Mia Farrow and Don DeLillo and speakers ranged from Conarroe, president emeritus of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, to fellow authors such as Edna O’Brien, Norman Manea and Judith Thurman. The setting, the library’s Celeste Bartos Forum and its glass domed ceiling, was requested by Roth. So were the speakers, even though the list changed over time as such previous choices as Saul Bellow and William Styron passed away. Roth also picked out the music, Gabriel Faure’s “Elegie in C Minor, op. 24, which ended the nearly 2 1/2-hour ceremony.Roth died in May. He was 85.According to Conarroe, Roth wanted as much laughter as tears, and guests shared memories of his wit and of the surprising tenderness for a man so direct and unsparing in his work. Thurman spoke of driving around Connecticut with Roth as he searched for a proper burial spot, what he called “A tomb with a view.” New Yorker staff writer Claudia Roth Pierpont noted that he referred to his Manhattan neighbourhood, where other authors lived nearby, as “Writers’ Block.” Roth never had children, but friends remembered his rapport and sense of play with their kids, whether collaborating through email on stories with them or sitting on the floor of his darkened studio and shining a light on the ceiling to make the room seem like a planetarium.Roth despised sentimentality nearly as much he hated death, but he apparently had exceptions. Bernard Avishai, a Dartmouth College professor who wrote a book about “Portnoy’s Complaint,” remembered Roth’s improbable joy after adopting two kittens. “I am really hypnotized,” he said of them. But his feelings changed and his mood was darker the next time Avishai spoke with him.“I had to return my dear two kittens,” Roth told him. “I fear I have become dependent.”Roth often struggled with depression and physical ailments but his friends described a contented man over the last few years, after he shocked the literary world by revealing that his 2010 novel “Nemesis” would be his last book. Retirement did not leave him helpless, but liberated. He read, swam, walked, socialized and referred to his post-publication years as a welcome return to the rebellious but loving son he had been when growing up in Newark, New Jersey. “I am home,” he liked to tell friends. “I won.”His health rapidly failed in 2018 and he spent his final weeks in the hospital, a farewell poignant and comical. Various ex-girlfriends looked in on him. Manea, just three years younger than Roth, recalled that he and his friend competed over who had more stent procedures. Pierpont remembered Roth looking around his hospital room and expressing relief that he didn’t have to write about it. Even the nearness of death, what the longtime atheist called “the enemy,” did not throw him.“I have been to see the great enemy and walked around him and talked to him,” he told the writer Ben Taylor. “And he is not to be feared. I promise.”last_img read more