Hearing expected in BC human rights case involving transgender inmate

first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for a transgender woman who was forced to stay in a men’s jail says his client hopes her human rights case against the British Columbia government will change policies for other inmates.Dan Soiseth said his client Jaris Lovado, who calls herself Bianca, was incarcerated at the Surrey Pretrial Centre for five months last year before being moved to a women’s facility after filing multiple complaints.The Justice Ministry tried to have Lovado’s complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal dismissed, but the tribunal ruled the case is worthy of a further hearing.BC Corrections has a policy of housing inmates according to their self-identified gender unless health and safety concerns can’t be resolved.The ministry told the tribunal that during a previous stay at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, Lovado engaged in inappropriate relationships with female inmates and posed a safety risk to women who may have experienced trauma.It also said Lovado displayed a “male persona.”“We don’t know exactly what that means,” Soiseth said.Soiseth, who represents the Community Legal Assistance Society, said there was no evidence provided of any safety concerns and it’s not unusual for inmates to have relationships.He said the main issue is that Lovado, who was serving time for fraud-related charges and breaching conditions of release, faced discrimination as a transgender person and her needs were not met until she complained.Lovado was moved to the women’s facility in Maple Ridge last September after she agreed to meet behavioural expectations.The tribunal’s written decision stated Alouette Correctional Centre initially declined to accept Lovado as a transfer based on information from BC Corrections that she’d been living in the community as a male.The decision said an April 26, 2016, email from the deputy warden to the assistant warden at Surrey Pretrial said Lovado refused to be skin frisked by a male but that the deputy said Lovado should undergo that procedure because she had “all the equipment of a male.”Lovado requested a “female Alouette Centre diet” while at Surrey Pretrial but was told that wasn’t possible, the ruling said. The tribunal noted BC Corrections branch did provide her with female underwear including bras and make-up from Alouette.Corrections said in its application for dismissal that staff at the Surrey Pretrial Centre ensured Lovado was placed in areas where she could have adequate privacy.“It says it also ensured Ms. Lovado’s physical and mental health-care needs were addressed in a timely manner,” the ruling said.Lovado did not respond to requests for comment, and the Justice Ministry said it could not provide information until the election writ is returned.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Traffic cops fill potholes on busiest road in Old Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: The failure of public agencies in the city to meet its deadline of revamping the city roads ultimately compelled the policemen to go beyond their call of duty and fill up the potholes. Two traffic policemen went the extra mile to ease vehicular flow at Agrasen Chowk, one of the busiest intersections in Old Gurugram, on Thursday. With MCG delaying repair work, they plugged potholes in the area to ease jams and reduce the risk of accidents. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderZonal officer of traffic police, ASI Yaduveer and constable Ajay, arranged cement, concrete and other items and dirtied their hands to finish the pending work. The activity, which is not part of their job, was lauded by commuters. Many of them clicked pictures and some offered financial help which the cops declined. Agrasen Chowk, located next to Sadar Bazaar, witnesses heavy traffic coming from the Old Railway Road and moving towards Rajiv Chowk. The potholes were slowing down vehicular movement, leading to snarls of a kilometre or more. Earlier, Yaduveer had requested junior engineers of both SDO and MCG to plug the potholes but to no avail. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn Wednesday, a biker met with an accident due to the potholes and was injured. “On Thursday, after coming to work I first arranged cement, concrete and other items. Then, we started plugging the potholes,” Yaduveer said, adding traffic movement was diverted for some time owing to work. On Wednesday, police commissioner Muhammad Akil held a meeting with traffic police, directing them to take steps at their level, if required, to improve the traffic situation. A senior police officer said that it was appreciable that cops went beyond their official duties to resolve such problems but “the civic agency should have filled the pothole”. “During monsoon, police ensured the city kept moving. Now, they are taking steps to resolve jams,” Rajeev Yadav, a resident of Sector 4, said, adding it exposed the inefficiency of government agencies.last_img read more

Nepalese peace process at crossroads as UN mission ends mandate – Ban

The peace process in Nepal is at a crossroads as the United Nations winds up its mission there, with the major challenge remaining to integrate 19,000 personnel from the Maoist army which fought a decade-long civil war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.Other issues could also lead to fresh conflict and Mr. Ban calls on all sides to make the necessary compromises, overcome their mistrust and put the country’s needs above their partisan interests.“Rapid steps are needed to secure the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel in a mutually acceptable manner, which the United Nations would have liked to see prior to the departure of UNMIN in order to avoid any vacuum,” he tells the Security Council in the report, referring to the UN Mission in Nepal.The political mission, set up in 2007 at the request of a then seven-party Alliance Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to assist in the peace process that ended the war and monitor the management of Maoist arms and armed personnel, ends its mandate on 15 January. Other outstanding issues include the promulgation of a new constitution by 28 May.“Nepal’s journey towards sustainable peace is not finished, and the prolonged political deadlock that has hampered progress has become a growing concern for Nepalis and the international community alike as key timelines and deadlines approach in the coming months,” Mr. Ban says.“While the Government and the Maoists agreed in September 2010 that the remaining tasks of the peace process would be largely completed by mid-January 2011, this has so far proved elusive,” he writes, warning that other commitments in the peace accord have yet to be addressed and “hold the seeds of fresh confrontation” if expectations remain unmet. The polarized relations and deepening rifts among and within the political parties and associated mistrust which remain at the heart of the stalemate are not insurmountable, he stresses, voicing confidence that the advances made in Nepal’s unique peace process will not easily be reversed.“The parties can and must find a way out of this situation,” he writes. “They have in the past made major compromises, and they must soon do the same. None of them can afford to put the entire process and the fruits of their hard work at serious risk. No one side can expect to win at the expense of others.”Mr. Ban notes that while the security situation is relatively calm throughout the country, it remains fragile in the Terai region with continued reports of killings and abductions by criminal and armed groups targeting the business community and sometimes young children, primarily for ransom.On human rights, he reports no substantial progress in addressing impunity and ensuring accountability for violations committed during or after the conflict. 30 December 2010The peace process in Nepal is at a crossroads as the United Nations winds up its mission there, with the major challenge remaining to integrate 19,000 personnel from the Maoist army which fought a decade-long civil war, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. read more

Nuclear emergency response must be upgraded in light of Japanese crisis –

21 March 2011The international emergency response framework for dealing with nuclear power plant accidents needs to be reassessed and communications improved in light of the current crisis in Japan, the head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety said today. “Nuclear power will remain an important and viable option for many countries as a stable and clean source of energy,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told an emergency meeting of his Board of Governors in Vienna, noting that the situation at Japan’s earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious although “we are starting to see some positive developments.”Mr. Amano, who has just returned from a flying visit to Japan, said the current emergency response framework was designed largely in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the then Soviet Union, the worst ever civilian nuclear accident, and before the impact of the so-called information revolution.“It reflects the realities of the 1980s, not of the 21st century,” he stressed, putting the speed and huge volume of information among the most significant changes since then.“The responsibility of the IAEA is to provide authoritative and validated information as quickly as possible, but doing this under the current arrangements inevitably takes time and has limitations,” he said. “Some countries are reviewing their plans in the light of Fukushima. The agency’s role in nuclear safety may need to be re-examined, along with the role of our safety standards.”It is already clear that arrangements for putting international nuclear experts in touch with each other quickly during a crisis need to be improved, he added, highlighting the role of the IAEA as the forum where discussion on the lessons learned from Fukushima should take place. “A thorough review of the accident will be necessary, in which peer review will have an important role to play,” he said.Turning to the latest situation at Fukushima, Mr. Amano noted the high levels of contamination measured near the plant and the concerns of millions of people in Japan, neighbouring countries and further afield about possible dangers to human health, environmental contamination and risks to foodstuffs.“The agency is doing all it can to provide accurate and factual information. I have confidence that the Japanese Government will address public concerns properly,” he said.IAEA radiation monitoring experts have begun sending back measurements to Vienna headquarters, first from Tokyo and now from locations close to the Fukushima site, and additional staff will fly out from Vienna shortly to strengthen the team. The agency is also deploying its in-house expertise on radiation contamination of foodstuffs.“I have no doubt that this crisis will be effectively overcome. Nature can be cruel. But human beings are brave, resourceful and resilient, as the people affected by the tsunami have shown in the last 10 days,” Mr. Amano said, calling the work of the emergency teams labouring mostly without electric power and at elevated radiation levels nothing short of “heroic.”Explaining IAEA’s role, he noted that its Emergency Centre was activated immediately after the 11 March quake and tsunami, which according to latest media reports have killed at least 15,000 people, and has been working around the clock ever since, in constant communication with counterparts in Japan and other countries.But he stressed that the IAEA is not a “nuclear safety watchdog” and that responsibility for nuclear safety lies with Member States. The agency acts as a hub for international cooperation, establishing safety standards and providing expert advice, but, in contrast to its role in the nuclear non-proliferation (NPT), nuclear safety measures are applied voluntarily by each individual country, with IAEA’s role being supportive.On his trip to Japan, Mr. Amano said he assured Prime Minister Naoto Kan, other Government ministers, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) that operates the Fukushima plant,- and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) that the country could count on the full support of the international community, both practical and moral, in overcoming the very serious situation.He urged the Japanese authorities to further improve the provision of information to the IAEA. “My message was well received,” he said. “Prime Minister Kan expressed his strong commitment to ensuring the highest transparency in information sharing and said every effort would be made to improve the collection and provision of information.” read more

Canadian airlines rules on comfort animals range from dogs to miniature horses

Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and are a truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities.Unusual animal encounters at the airport have been making headlines in recent weeks.United Airlines turned away a passenger who tried to board a flight with an emotional support peacock last month, and a Florida woman claimed last week that an airline employee told her to flush her dwarf hamster down a toilet after refusing to let the pet on the plane.Passenger rights activist Gabor Lukacs, who has waged numerous legal battles against Canadian airlines, said the attention paid to these sensational cases undermines the rights of people with disabilities who need emotional support animals to fly comfortably.“We need to move away the focus from the animal to the fellow passenger,” said Lukacs.“The animal is not there as a kind of luxury, they are simply there to make sure that a person with a disability is able to enjoy the same way to travel as people who don’t have disabilities.”Air Canada and WestJet both have policies on their websites regarding emotional support animals and require that a passenger provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional certifying the need for the animal.Air Canada only allows emotional support dogs on their flights.WestJet accepts a much broader range of emotional support animals including cats, miniature horses, pigs and monkeys, and said decisions about other “unusual animals” are made on a case-by-case basis, except for those that pose health risks such as rodents and reptiles.Neither airline agreed to be interviewed about their policies.Lukacs said Canadian airlines are obliged to accommodate emotional support animals for people with disabilities and failure to do so would amount to a form of discrimination.He said the only exception would be if the animal poses a substantial risk of harming other passengers, but insisted that overwhelmingly, pets on planes cause little disruption.Douglas Tompson said on a recent flight from Saskatoon to Toronto he was seated near a passenger who took her cat out of its carrier and started playing with it, to the coos of flight attendants.His throat started to tingle.Tompson, who is highly allergic to cats, said the flight attendants had to give him a Benadryl from a first-aid kit to reduce the redness and swelling, but he was still itching and wheezing as he boarded his next two flights on his more than 24-hour journey.He said he was told to give the airline a doctor’s note about his allergy so they could create a “buffer zone” if he were to again share a plane with a feline.“The flight crew make a big deal about peanut allergies … I wish that they’d make the same announcement for cats,” Tompson said.Lukacs sees the allergy issue in terms of two passengers having different disabilities, and both deserving to be accommodated.While some have expressed suspicions about pet owners seeking fake documentation for emotional support animals, Lukacs said trying to fly with an animal under false pretenses would amount to “fraud.”“As a matter of equity … we don’t consider that people should be paying extra just because they have a disability,” he said.“They have the right to the flight and enjoy travel the same way as anybody else.” read more

Court recalls notice issued on Gota and six others

The Attorney General had advised that legal proceedings be filed and the FCID sought the intervention of the court to issue notice on Rajapaksa and six others. (Colombo Gazette) The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is investigating the allegations ans has submitted a report on the findings to the Attorney General. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today recalled the notice issued on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others to appear in court on September 07.The Colombo Magistrate’s Court had issued notice on Rajapaksa and six others over the case related to the misuse of public funds during the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum.

Lego launches Beatles Yellow Submarine set

first_imgThe Lego set even includes a mini figure of Jeremy Hillary Boob — a fictional character from the film voiced by Dick Emery, who describes himself as an “eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist, good dentist too”.Mr Szeto, an amateur musician, said: “I have always been drawn to the music of The Beatles. The creation of the Yellow Submarine model was really my way of showing my affection for The Beatles, as well as trying to pay a small tribute to The Beatles phenomenon. When a sea monster and a fisherman tangle it’s up to The Beatles to come to the rescue in their #LEGO Yellow Submarine! @LEGOIdeas pic.twitter.com/QF9xyLKlBg— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) 12 October 2016 Next stop, Penny Lane! Introducing John, Paul, George, Ringo and their iconic Yellow Submarine in #LEGO form on November 1st. pic.twitter.com/ivwZ82FfMV— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) 12 October 2016 A Beatles fan has had his dream creation realised after toy giant Lego launched its Yellow Submarine set including mini figures of the much-loved band.Lego models of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were unveiled after Kevin Szeto put forward the request to the company’s ideas section.The 550-piece set allows fans to take a surreal trip under the sea in a yellow submarine in Lego’s version of the 1968 musical fantasy film inspired by The Beatles.The animated adventure was a groundbreaking surreal tale featuring characters from Beatles songs, but with actors voicing the band members.center_img “The Yellow Submarine is bright, fun, and colourful, which also made it a good subject to translate into Lego form.”Lego designer Justin Ramsden said seeing The Beatles in Lego form “is a dream come true”.He added: “I watched the film when I was younger and was really inspired by how it oozed so much imagination – comparable to how I view Lego elements.”I’m also a massive fan of The Beatles, having grown up with their music all my life, so to see The Beatles in Lego form is a dream come true.”The Lego set will be available worldwide in stores from November 1 at a cost of £49.99. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Diablo III Journey through Act I

first_imgWith all of the launch day hiccups behind us, the Blizzard fans of the world can sink their teeth into the realm of Diablo once again. Like the previous games, Diablo III is split up into Acts. When you have finished one act, you are sent into the next one, and that character can never return from that point. You must soldier on into the rest of the story, and discover the truth of the fallen star.Having just completed Act I, we’re going to give you a brief overview of the game so far, as well as some tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way. Don’t worry, we’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum.Characters and groupsThroughout the game, each character type will find themselves in areas that apply to specific strengths and weaknesses. Barbarians deal more damage than anyone else (in the beginning of the game), but they are woefully unable to deal with ranged enemies other than rushing up and smashing them to bits. Additionally, because you have to rush in to kill the baddies, you are far more likely to be affected by things like fear, stun, and blindness, which can all get you killed.The opposite end of this scale, the Wizard, pretty much dies whenever something yells too loudly, if you do not keep an arsenal of healing potions handy. Your spells work at a great range, so it isn’t generally hard to keep the undead masses away from you. When in doubt, however, run away. The Monk, Demon Slayer, and Witch Doctor each have a balance of skills that put them nicely in between these two outliers. The Demon Slayers ability to treat a pair of pistol crossbows like submachine guns is really entertaining, for anyone who is lamenting the lack of firearms in the Diablo franchise.Click to enlargeWhatever character you choose, be aware that the game is much more entertaining if you have a group of people running different characters — four barbarians won’t be nearly as fun as mixing it up with the other classes. Teamwork style kills can be a lot of fun if you work well with your team. Also, if you bought the Collectors Edition, be sure to hop into your inventory and equip the awesome-looking Archangel wings that came with your copy of the game. Everyone else in your party will ooze with jealousy.Graphics and gameplayFor anyone who has played a Diablo game in the past, you will find yourself right at home. Be at the ready with a fearsome right and left click, and you’re ready for most of Act 1. As you level up, you’ll unlock some of the extra features to your character, and it you start to play with button combinations. By the time you leave Act 1 most people will be doing at least a third less of the mindless mouse mash, but even then most characters will not have unlocked all of the basic functions.You’ll beat Act I anywhere between level 15 and 20 depending on if you were in a group and whether and how much of the map you explored. By the way, there are achievements for fully exploring the maps, as well as books that will give you additional story information.Graphically, Diablo III is great. Small things, like the animation when you knock down a bookshelf, or when a little demonic frog explodes, really show the attention to detail that the Blizzard team have given. When you equip different armor and weapons, no matter how small, if there’s a change in gear there will be a change on your avatar. You won’t be eyeballing an opponent and saying “I wonder if he’s got the Vampiric Bracers of the Lion” but the character certainly begins to take shape as you equip them. Later in the game, in fact, dyes for your items become an item you can buy. Color matching your gear is something Blizzard picked up in World of Warcraft, and it looks like that trend will continue in Diablo III.Much to the excitement of gamers the world over, there are very few cinematics and the ones you do see you can bypass quickly. Personally, I have enjoyed what few in-game videos I’ve seen so far, but it is great to know that Blizzard is making it easy to move past those videos. Especially if you are playing through with a third or fourth character, you really won’t need to see it again. Interestingly enough, if you are in a group and your friends bypass the video, your character will be left standing still while everyone else goes and continues the game.Final ThoughtsSo far, Diablo III is exactly what I hoped it would be. The multiplayer is what really makes the game. Playing this game solo is certainly a lot of fun, but the challenges and entertainment of running through a horde of demons with a few other people really makes the game a lot of fun. The battle system is designed to really make the game more challenging as you invite more players to the game, so especially in the early levels it is important to focus on teamwork.See you all at the end of Act II!last_img read more

Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3863733 By Christina Finn Last night, TheJournal.ie asked Permanent TSB’s spokesperson whether the bank could provide a further breakdown on how many customers had not engaged in over seven years. They said that no further information was available.The request for a further breakdown of the figures was submitted again today.The spokesperson said the bank would  not be providing any additional information beyond what was in the statement yesterday.Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness, who is chair of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, told the Sean O’Rourke programme on RTÉ earlier today that it was not true that only people who are not engaging or are failing to pay their debt would impacted by the sale.McGuinness said families who are engaging, and homeowners who have reached arrangements with PTSB will find their loans thrown into the loan bundle and sold on. Solidarity’s Mick Barry and Paul Murphy, with protesters outside Permanent TSB on Grafton Street today. Source: RollingNews.ieDonohoe told TheJournal.ie this afternoon that Ireland has a “legal framework that has ensured that loan owners have been protected from the kind of difficulties that we feared in the past”.I will review that legal framework now again… to make sure it is as strong and as fair as it needs to be. Share88 Tweet Email1 FINANCE MINISTER PASCHAL Donohoe has said he is conscious of the concerns of some homeowners who have engaged and reached a mortgage arrangement with PTSB, that they may not have their deals honoured by the buyer of the lender’s €3.7 billion loan book.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has been defending its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in recent days, and the issue dominated Leaders’ Questions yesterday.TheJournal.ie highlighted to the minister this afternoon that some homeowners who have already made arrangements with the bank about paying their debt, such as split-mortgage arrangements, could have their deal thrown out if the loans are sold on.The minister didn’t deny this was a possibility, stating:I am very conscious, as you have highlighted, that there will be people that have restructured their mortgages that will need to engage with the lender again in the future and I am conscious of the worry they will have.The minister said that “no legal rights that anyone has in the future will be affected in any sale, when and if that sale happens”.The current legal rights of any home loan owner will be maintained.Fianna Fáil has sought to challenge the government on this issue in recent days, and has launched a bid to block the planned PTSB sale to an unregulated vulture fund.The party finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has proposed legislation to bring vulture funds in regulatory line with other banks and financial institutions.The party is concerned that there are currently gaps in the protections available to mortgage-holders if the loans end up in the hands of vulture funds (which are so-called because they buy assets at low prices with a view to selling them on for a profit).CEO of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association, David Hall told TheJournal.ie that under the present rules, subsidiary companies, that essentially act a middle-man between the mortgage holder and the vulture fund are regulated by the Central Bank, but the international vulture fund is not.“The government are trying to deflect against the fact that thousands of mortgage-holders did the right thing, they engaged with the banks, they did everything they could to meet their payments, the bank offered them a deal, they signed that deal and have adhered to the contract,” said Hall.Is the minister going to underwrite these agreements made with PTSB, and ensure that the buyer of these loans adhere to the agreements reached?He questioned why such mortgage-holders who have engaged with the bank should be included in the sale, stating that under the code of conduct rules a “non-cooperating” borrower can only be deemed so if the homeowner is in arrears for three months and “where a borrower has not entered into an alternative repayment arrangement”.Defending the sale In a statement last night confirming it intended to move ahead with the sale, Permanent TSB said that around €2 billion worth of the loans it planned to sell on were comprised of private dwelling home loans.It said the loans were “typically owned by customers who have not engaged with the bank, whose mortgages are unsustainable or who have been unable to meet the terms of various treatments put in place”.Of this portion of Project Glas, some account holders have not engaged with the Bank for over 7 years and on average the loans are over 3.5 years in arrears. Feb 21st 2018, 3:44 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Solidarity activists protest outside a Permanent TSB branch in Dublin. Image: Niall Carson 122 Comments Short URLcenter_img 23,461 Views Many have made no payments at all for years. Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has been defending its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans. Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 3:44 PM The minister said he was meeting with Michael McGrath to discuss Fianna Fáil proposals on to how to beef up vulture fund regulation, and he would also discuss the issue with the Central Bank today.“I have always indicated that I would keep the legislation as to how these matters are dealt with under review. Today I will be asking the Central Bank on any further views they might have on the legal and regulatory arrangement that we have in how these matters are dealt with,” he said.“I am deeply conscious of the worry and concern that an announcement like this has made,” said the minister. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe Source: Leah FarrellHowever, he went on to say that as minister, he must ensure the bank has a viable future.I need to ensure that PTSB has a secure future in Irish banking, which I believe it does. In order to do so, they need to, at the request of the regulator [the European Central Bank], address issues that are there, and what I will aim to do is build on the legal and regulatory environment that we have to make sure that everybody is treated as fairly as possible and I will do that work across the coming weeks.“The future health of PTSB is vital to the Irish economy – it is our third biggest bank it has deposits of over €17 billion, it has over 2,000 people working in it – it is a vital element of how Irish banking can lend more to Irish companies, citizens and businesses in the future,” he said.The level of non-performing loans with the bank stand at 28%, said the minister, adding that this is five times the European average and exceptionally high.“It is very important in the coming period that the issue of non-performing loans in that bank be addressed,” said Donohoe, who added that it was the European Central Bank that has indicated that level of non-performing loan has to come down.“PTSB are required to meet that direction.“The are required to do this by the Central Bank  – this is a European Central Bank which we have assigned responsibility to, to regulate banks that go above a certain size and the are being required to do that because the level of non-performing loans, such as on their balance sheet now, is a great difficulty for that bank now and could be a more acute difficulty if economic circumstances change in the future,” said the minister.While the minister said he will be reviewing what regulations are already in place, in the same breath, he said the rules in place appear to be working:“I will look at the regulatory environment that we have, the regulatory environment that has facilitated the elimination of a large number of non-performing loans in the banking sector in the last number of years – that has avoided the type of house repossessions that we feared in our darkest days. It is a strong environment that has the right level of regulation in place, but I will look at it afresh in light of the kind change that could develop to ensure it is as strong as it needs to be.”The minister also said he is “confident” that the legal and policies in place at present will prevent mass home repossessions that have been threatened.‘Many have made no payments at all for years’: PTSB defends controversial €3.7 billion mortgage sell off>‘It’s not fair’: Fianna Fáil poised to block PTSB loan sale to ‘unregulated’ vulture funds> Image: Niall Carson Solidarity activists protest outside a Permanent TSB branch in Dublin.last_img read more

Venizelos to lead PASOK

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet in Brussels on Monday to take the final decision on Greece’s new bailout in what is likely to be Evangelos Venizelos’s last participation in such a meeting after he was named PASOK’s only candidate in an upcoming leadership election.It was expected that former Citizens’ Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis would take part in the contest but he failed to collect the 94 signatures from national council members in order run for the party presidency.Venizelos was boosted considerably by the support of key party figures such as Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos.Despite the fact that Venizelos will be the only candidate, the election will still go ahead on Sunday, when PASOK supporters will be asked to pay 2 euros to cast their ballots at town halls around the country.“I am fully conscious of the responsibility that I am taking on,” said Venizelos. “But this responsibility is collective and we will act as a team.”A recent Public Issue survey for Kathimerini suggested that support for the Socialists was at just 11 percent. But this did not deter Venizelos, who claimed that the center-left party could win the general elections.“I am fully aware of the opinion polls and I know in detail what Greeks are going through,” he said. “But after the completion of the PSI [private sector involvement] deal, a big window of opportunity has opened to win back some lost ground and to rebuild our pride, as citizens of Europe, not pariahs in the eurozone.”Monday’s Eurogroup meeting should result in the new 130-billion-euro bailout for Greece being approved as Athens agreed with most of its private bondholders on Friday a debt restructuring scheme that will reduce Greek debt by about 100 billion euros.However, the schedule still remains tight for the government over the next few weeks as it has to begin recapitalizing the country’s banks and implementing some of the reforms it has agreed with its lenders.A team of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund officials are due in Athens this week to check on the government’s progress and to draw up the 2013-16 plan. The head of the EU Task Force for Greece, Horst Reichenbach, is also coming to Athens on Monday to deliver a progress report.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Neos Kosmos at 60

first_imgOn Thursday, Neos Kosmos celebrated six decades of continuous publication with a thick, heavy, memory-filled edition spanning 72 large format pages. To put this into perspective, consider that it all started with a meagre four-page edition on 13 February 1957. Those four pages were crammed with news from Greece and about Greeks in Melbourne, and put together in a tiny office on Niagra Lane in the CBD by a group of passionate people under the leadership of Dimitris Gogos. OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEOS Neos Kosmos was not the first Greek newspaper to be printed in Australia. Greek papers have been printed in Australia for 114 years now, starting with Stratis Venlis Australia, first published in 1913. Sicne that time more than 110 Greek newspapers have been issued in one format or other. When Neos Kosmos was first published, there had been at least 17 serious, persistent attempts of newspapers catering for the needs of Greek migrants. But Neos Kosmos was different from the start, which is why it remains Australia’s oldest Greek newspaper, the one with the largest circulation, and by all accounts the largest and most influential Greek publication outside Greece. In a way, Neos Kosmos’ success is all about momentum. The paper was the original product of its time, chronicling the wave of mass migration coming from Greece in the 1950s and 60s. The paper became the voice of these migrants, helped them set foot in Australia, to find an identity and become an integral part of the community, while at the same time, Neos Kosmos itself became an advocate of multiculturalism, migrant rights and workers’ rights. Important as it may have been for this large population of Greek migrants to have a platform of information about the motherland, at a time where information was a luxury, if Neos Kosmos became a success, it is because it was never just about the news. It was – and remains – an example of journalism as engaged citizenship. Neos Kosmos was the first newspaper in Australia to advocate for migrant rights and to bring to the forefront the endemic racism that existed in some sections of Australian society at the time. It became an important voice in the debate on creating a multicultural nation. A HUB FOR LEFT-LEANING GREEK MIGRANT WORKERS Having moved to Little Bourke Street, the offices of Neos Kosmos soon became a meeting point for Greek migrants. The paper acted as a sort of welfare agency for them, covering the gap left by the Australian Government, when the economic crisis of 1961 hit. Having gained people’s trust with its reporting of the news, the paper provided Greeks with information on their rights, and served as a hub for Greek job-seekers to meet with potential employers within the community. And it was never just about the Greek identity. From the early days, Neos Kosmos was associated with progressive-thinking, left leaning people, organisations and unions, to an extent unprecedented by any other ethnic newspaper. In a way, Neos Kosmos was the news outlet that the founders of Democritos were hoping to have one day, when they founded the Greek communist union in 1935. The paper became a voice for Greek migrant workers, writing about their rights, their struggles, their continuous effort to tackle racism, discrimination, injustice and make a place for themselves within the community. In doing so, it has been tightly connected with Democritos and the other Greek migrant workers’ associations, such as Plato (in Adelaide) and Atlas (in Sydney). The 60s was an era of political turmoil, both inside Australia and abroad and there was no cause that Neos Kosmos was not involved in, from workers’ rights within Australia, to the ongoing struggle for the self-determination of Cyprus to the fight against dictatorship. At the time Melbourne was filling up with graffiti urging the restoration of democracy in Greece, Neos Kosmos was campaigning against the shameful regime – which fell apart after committing the ultimate act of betrayal against Cyprus. Neos Kosmos’ anti-junta campaign was not restricted to editorial. The paper was instrumental in bringing to Australia one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary composers, Mikis Theodorakis, a living embodiment of the anti-dictatorship struggle internationally. Another leader of the international anti-dictatorship campaign, Andreas Papandreou, made a stop in Australia while in exile, before his triumphant return to Greece, which resulted in him becoming the prime minister who led Greece through the 80s, defining the decade. THE GREEK COMMUNITY TO THE FOREGROUND Closer to home, Neos Kosmos helped establish the first Modern Greek choir at Melbourne University, the Australian Greek Welfare Society, the Greek Song Festival, the Antipodes Festival, Greek Language studies at La Trobe University and successfully advocated for the portability of migrant pensions from Greece. This was the 1970s, a time when Neos Kosmos was located at 235 Russell Street, near the Lonsdale Street corner in the heart of the CBD i.e. at the epicentre of Melbourne’s Greek precinct where many Greek businesses thrived. The first wave of Greek immigrants had settled and thrived. Migrant workers were on their way of becoming middle class. A second generation of Greek Australians were growing; their grasp of Greek was limited but they wanted to be in touch with the community and their parent’s motherland. Neos Kosmos started printing news in Greek to address their needs. It was now a large newspaper, selling over 30,000 copies a week; its readership had some core things in common – Greek ethnicity, progressive values, forward thinking – and becoming a diverse group. Meanwhile, Australia was reinventing itself as a multicultural country, a policy largely associated with Gough Whitlam’s brief – but largely impactful – stint as prime minister. Neos Kosmos used any leverage it had gained to support and advocate multiculturalism, to the point of lodging the first application for what would become the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Australia’s international beacon of what a state-run multicultural media organisation should be like. The outstanding growth of the 80s saw Neos Kosmos cementing its place within the community media ecosystem, profiting from healthy revenue, through advertisements and classifieds. This continued well into the 90s. The paper had relocated to 600 Nicholson Street in North Fitzroy, and, more importantly, it was moving to cyberspace, developing its first website in 1996. Technology was transforming the world of communication and this is still going on. Neos Kosmos was moving in all directions. The Monday and Thursday editions – by then a staple of the Greek community – were printed in full colour; the English pages were on the way to becoming what is now Saturday’s edition (which was launched in 2010), with a parallel newsroom of its own; the paper focused on strengthening its ties with the community, becoming the go-to place for local news; meanwhile, the online edition was gaining readership and followers from around the world, confirming what is now common knowledge: that Neos Kosmos is the most significant news outlet of the Hellenic diaspora. WITH AN EYE TO THE FUTURE The launch of Neos Kosmos’ new website in 2000 resulted in 30-35 per cent of the traffic coming from beyond Australia, including Greece, Cyprus, and the US. This was further enhanced after the website was redesigned in 2009, becoming bilingual. It is now a point of reference for the broader diaspora – and its next overhaul is under way, with an aim to make the user experience even better. By 2010 the English supplement was almost forty years old; it was time for it to become a proper weekly print edition of its own, catering for the needs of the third-generation Greeks who needed to stay in touch with their culture. Now, six decades on, news is still our business, and so is education; language; the mission of educating Greeks on language, culture, politics, history. Offering them the complete Hellenic perspective. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Halfnaked man wrecks Seattle marina

first_imgSEATTLE — A witness fired a shotgun to stop a man who was using a stolen 35-foot boat to ram other boats and docks Sunday night at the Queen City Yacht Club on Portage Bay in Seattle.Police say the man suffered minor wounds to his head and hand. He stopped ramming boats and was trying to get away when police arrived and took him into custody.Police say the 22-year-old was naked from the waist down and apparently high on drugs. He was jailed for investigation of theft and property damage charges.The witness who fired the shotgun was questioned at the scene and released.last_img

Police Large fire begins in RV spreads to home

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A large RV went up in flames in Davie, Monday morning, in a fire that spread to a nearby home.7SkyForce HD was over the scene, just west of the Davie Road Extension and north of Stirling Road, where the house and RV caught on fire.According to Davie Police and Fire Rescue, the fire began in an RV and later spread to the house, which is located on a private roadway off Davie Road.A woman who was inside of the home that later caught on fire said she first saw the burning RV next to her residence. Then, suddenly, her home became affected by the flames.The emergency call went out to first responders at around 8 a.m.The woman was treated for smoke inhalation and released on the scene.The fire also caused ammunition, propane tanks and other hazardous materials to explode inside the home’s garage, which was destroyed. According to firefighters, the home was 2,000 feet away from the water supply, making it difficult for them to put out the flames.However, after roughly 45 minutes, crews were able to extinguish the flames.The RV and garage were deemed a total loss.Because of the hazardous materials in the garage and the size of the fire, environmental protection workers were called in to assess what, if any, impact there has been on that front.Authorities shut down southbound traffic on Davie Road Extension near Southwest 57th Avenue for hours, but the roadway has since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ikea smart blinds set to go on sale in the US this

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Now playing: Watch this: Read Google Home Hub review 0 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Check out Ikea’s Tradfri smart lights HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental We’re still waiting to find out how much they’ll cost. Ikea Ikea’s Fyrtur smart blinds are expected to launch in the US in October, the Swedish retailer confirmed on Friday. Ikea says you’ll be able to control the blinds with an included remote and its Trådfri smart home app, as well as voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant.An Ikea spokeswoman said the price for the blinds will range between $129 and $179 — that’s well below competing products from Lutron and Somfy.The voice-compatible smart shades were previously scheduled to launch in April, but Ikea delayed them to make firmware improvements. There’s not much information yet on what sizes the shades will come in yet, but Ikea previously said they’ll launch with a single color option: gray. The blinds will sell in two styles internationally, Fyrtur and Kadrilj, but only the former will be available in the US. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Best Buy The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it Boost Mobile Post a comment Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 9 Photos I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo This robot builds Ikea furniture $59 at eBay The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazoncenter_img $155 at Google Express 1:02 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review $999 $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Smart Home,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Share your voice $520 at HP 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Feb 28 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews In speech to JBER troops, Trump praises Alaska, military and DunleavyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageReturning to Washington D.C. from peace talks in Vietnam, the president gave a 20-minute speech, his first in-person address in Alaska.North Slope village tribal government sues over ConocoPhillips’ drilling plansElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlong with five environmental groups, the Native Village of Nuiqsut is challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of ConocoPhillips’ exploratory drilling plans this winter in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.Anchorage School District says Dunleavy budget could cut programs to the bare minimumWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn the Anchorage School District, the largest in the state, officials say they’re used to going through budget negotiations with lawmakers. But they say this year’s proposed cuts are on a different scale.Federal agency delays final environmental review of Alaska’s gasline projectRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission attributed the delay to the state’s gasline corporation.Southeast hatcheries concerned over drought in the areaJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauIt’s official: most of Southeast Alaska is in a drought.The panhandle’s been blessed with a long spell of blue skies.Family of St. Mary’s man sues trooper who shot himEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeLast summer, an Alaska State Trooper fatally shot a man in the lower Yukon Delta community of St. Mary’s. Now his family is filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the trooper.Juneau considers proposal to offer more shore power to cruise shipsAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauAllowing more cruise ships to connect to shore power when they visit Juneau might mean less pollution and more money for the local electric utility. But could Alaska Electric Light & Power handle the increased volume?Students watch as Anchorage high school stage becomes courtroomJohanna Eurich, KYUK – AnchorageEveryone knows that traveling from villages to go to court in regional hubs is not cheap. The question before the Alaska Supreme Court is which state agency should pay the cost for juvenile defendants whose parents can’t afford the airfare.last_img read more

Missing girl found dead in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: A 19 year old girl who went missing three days back was found dead in Penuballi mandal of Khammam district on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Tejaswini of Kupenakuntla in the mandal. It was said after the girl was went missing her family members approached the local police. The police were searching for the girl and they found dead body in Lankapalli hillocks in the mandal. The family members of the girl were accusing that a youth called Nitin was responsible for the death of Tejaswini. It was said that the they both happened to be friends while studying engineering diploma at Penuballi.last_img

Pirojpur BCL leader held with Yaba

first_imgPolice in a drive arrested a local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in possession of 74 pieces of yaba tablets from Khadiza Medical area in Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur on Monday night, reports news agency UNB.The arrestee was identified as Ehsanul Haque Montu, 29, son of Abdus Sattar, a resident of Patakata village under Dhanisafa union of the district and the vice-president of the Mathbaria upazila unit of BCL.Mathbaria Police Station officer-in-charge Tariqul Islam said on secret information, a team of police conducted a drive in the area and arrested Ehsan along with 74 pieces of Yaba pills.A case was filed against Tariqul in this regard, said the OC.Contacted, BCL Pirojpur district unit BCL general secretary Khairul Islam Mithu said organisational measures are being taken against Ehsanul Haque over the incident.last_img read more

CBC Conference Mixes Celebrity and Politics

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROYou may be able to argue about whether politics and celebrity mix, but what is hard to contest is the impact of celebrity on politics. Case in point was a panel discussion, “Music, Criminal Justice and Racial Equality” where hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium to see Meek Mill talk about his life during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference on September 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.The famed hip hop artist was joined on stage by such heavy hitters as author Michael Eric Dyson; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who hosted the event; Jeffrey Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group; Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History and Affiliate faculty member in African Studies, at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County and CNN host Van Jones, who also served as moderator of the event.Rep. Hakeem Jeffries hosted the high-powered discussion on the criminal justice system at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. (Photo by Micha Green)Mill, 31, was once again in the center of news cycle this weeks as he recently stopped a famous long running feud with fellow rapper, Drake. The duo would go on to share a stage and perform together in Philadelphia the next day. During the panel discussion, Jones praised the artist for creating a dialogue of peace for young people.“That means for all of us people, they (Mill and Drake) created a license for us to do a ‘Meek and Drake,’” Jones said to thunderous applause. “Because this brother has been willing to do things others aren’t willing to do. Admit to addiction. Come out of prison and fight for prison reform. And make peace with someone you’ve been been beefing with for years.”Much of Mill’s life has been on public display. He was constantly on every music magazines’ “one to watch” list. He released three albums, “Dreams and Nightmares,” “Dreams Worth More than Money” and “Wins & Losses,” as well as several critically acclaimed mixtapes. He was also convicted of selling drugs and gun possession in 2008. He was released from prison in 2009 but then began a long battle with his judge over parole and violations.Throughout this process, even in the documentary about his life, produced by entrepreneur and rapper Jay-Z, the Philadelphia native has been candid about his personal life and the struggles he went through in the prison system. He garnered some high profile supporters including Kevin Hart, rapper T.I., Internet entrepreneur Michael Rubin and many others.His public battle over probation violation has sparked debate about how the criminal justice system still punishes people long after they have served their sentences.Mill was quick to point out in the panel discussion that while his celebrity may have shed light on issues in prison, being a celebrity shouldn’t have any bearing about treating someone fairly.“There was one guy….a CO…. and like Kevin Hart and my friend Michael Rubin came to see me and he was like he was like ‘Wow I gotta open my eyes up to this guy.’ And I was like why does it take a celebrity and a guy who’s a billionaire for you to open your eyes?” Mill told the audience.“One of the reasons we put the panel together, we wanted to make plain that the contemporary experience that Meek is going through really traces back to the origins of this country,” Congressman Jeffries said. “If we don’t put that in context we won’t be able to navigate forward in the most thoughtful and powerful way.”“All of us have this all hands on deck responsibility. The hope is that you leave inspired to participate in this democracy because that is what those who have come before us have consistently done.”last_img read more

Muhammad Alis Greatest Trash Talking Moments

first_imgMuhammed Ali, born Cassius Clay, is one of the best-known boxers in the history of the sport. He was an Olympic gold medalist in 1960. Four years after that he became heavyweight champion of the world for the first time and took that title again twice more during the ‘70s.Over the course of his career, he had 56 wins, 5 losses, and 37 knockouts, finally retiring from boxing in 1981.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years later. After he retired, he did a lot of philanthropy and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. Ali died June, 2016.Muhammad Ali in 1966. Photo by Dutch National Archives CC BY-SA 3.0 nlAlong with his notable achievements in and out of the boxing ring, he also had another notable gift — talking trash. During his life he uttered a number of quotable remarks, some of which have become deeply embedded in our culture. Here is a sampling of some of the best, courtesy of ABC News:“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. George can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. He thinks he will, but I know he won’t. They tell me George is good, but I’m twice as nice. And I’m gonna stick to his butt like white on rice.”Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, (second from right) at the 1960 Olympics.Ali said this just before his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman. The fight was held in Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 30.In front of 60,000 spectators, Ali knocked Foreman out in the eighth round. Ali won the fight, but this battle call to his opponent may have a larger role in increasing his fame.“I have wrestled with an alligator, I done tasseled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning, threw thunder in jail. That’s bad. Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so bad, I make medicine sick.”1960 Olympians: Ali won gold against Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (1956 and 1964 bronze medalist).Any man can brag, but few can do it in rhyme, and even fewer can back it up.“If you like to lose your money, then be a fool and bet on Sonny, but if you wanna have a good day, then put it on Clay.”A pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves is preserved in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. Photo by Mark Pellegrini CC BY-SA 2.5“Ain’t Liston ugly? He’s too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty, like me.”“I predict that Liston will go at eight to prove that I am great. If he wanna go to heaven, I’ll get him in seven. He’ll be in a worse fix if I cut it six. And if he keeps talkin’ jive, I’ll cut it to five.”President Reagan “punching” Muhammad Ali in the oval office, 1983.Ali fought Sonny Liston twice in heavyweight title fights. According to Boxing News, many fans and professionals believe that at least the second fight, and very possibly the first as well, were fixed.Liston was generally considered to be unbeatable, yet he quit in the first bout, and the second time they fought he went down from a punch that many didn’t see. Of those who did see it, there is a general consensus that it shouldn’t have had enough power to take him down.Bust photographic portrait of Muhammad Ali in 1967. World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg.Liston himself expressed a great deal of surprise after the first fight about Ali’s power and skill, so it could simply be that he wasn’t expecting to have to work hard for a win.“Whatever truculent means — if that’s good, I’m that.”Ali in 1974.After being called “truculent” by Howard Cosell, this was Ali’s response. The boxer and the sports announcer had an unusual relationship, according to the New York Daily News.Both men had had their share of nay-sayers among the public and the media, for various reasons, but they were also allies. Cosell’s Wide World of Sports gave Ali a platform to give his side of the story.Ali gave Cosell a platform for being a journalist, and not just an announcer.“Joe’s gonna come out smokin’ but I ain’t gonna be jokin’. I’ll be peckin’ and a pokin’, pourin’ water on his smokin’. And this might shock and amaze ya, but I will destroy Joe Frazier.”Joe Frazier in June 2010. Photo by Arvee Eco CC BY-SA 2.0Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier fought three times between 1971 and 1975. Newsday described the fights as “a brutal trilogy,” saying that it began as an embodiment of the culture war taking place in America at the time, and ended up defining the essence of the sport.Frazier won the first of the three fights between them, on March 8, 1971, and it was the first loss in Ali’s career.By the time they had the second fight, in 1974, neither was currently a champion any longer, but Ali beat Frazier in a unanimous decision. That second fight was really a stepping stone to the Rumble in the Jungle, where Ali reclaimed the heavyweight title.The final fight between the two titanic boxers was the “Thrilla in Manila,” a truly brutal bout that Ali eventually won. He later said it was the closest he had ever come to death.Read another story from us: Hasta La Vista, Dollar – James Cameron Sold the Original Terminator Script for $1No matter the fight or the circumstances, Muhammed Ali always maintained his cocky attitude and quick mouth, and that was part of why America loved him, and why he will forever be an icon.last_img read more

Birds coaxed to relocate at Ingula

first_imgHistorically, Ingula has always had a stable population of Southern Bald Ibis (SBI) nesting in the basin of the Bedford dam. It was known that the nesting sites would be flooded when the dam filled up. What was not known was how the birds would react.The situation provided the ideal opportunity to see if the birds could be coaxed to relocate. An artificial nesting site was designed and constructed by blasting out a large section of hillside to make a new cliff face.Along the top, several recessed openings were made and the area was covered with shot-crete to prevent it from crumbling.It was the first time such an attempt was made. It was hoped that the birds would move of their own accord, but as the dam only filled up during 2016, they never attempted to move until forced to abandon their original nests.At the beginning of 2016, the first birds moved to the new site, but still they did not attempt to nest in the recesses. Instead, they nested on the ledges below. To get a better picture of their activities, BirdLife South Africa Project Manager Robin Colyn set up a camera trap to monitor them. He confirmed that 10 birds were roosting there and some showed early breeding behaviour.The experiment continues – an attempt will be made to alter the recesses to make them more ‘natural’.For now, the water level in the dam has stabilised just below the new nests.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more