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Taking New Steps To Fight Childhood Obesity

first_imgNova Scotia is taking more action to fight childhood obesity. Premier John Hamm announced today, March 5, $300,000 towards theOffice of Health Promotion’s Active Kids, Healthy Kidsinitiative. More investments in healthy and active lifestyleswill also be announced within the next 60 days. “Today’s healthy children are tomorrow’s healthier province. This money and this program is about giving parents, educatorsand community leaders the tools they need to ensure our childrenlive longer, healthier lives,” said the premier. “As a provinceand as a society, we must do more to make healthy living apriority, especially among our young people.” The funding was confirmed today at a luncheon for communityorganizers for Active Kids, Healthy Kids. The $2.4 millionprogram, launched in 2002, is a three-year strategy to increasethe number of children and youth who exercise regularly andmaintain a healthy lifestyle. “Healthy living does not require our kids to be great athletes,nor should it ever exclude families on the basis of income,” saidthe premier. “All it requires is a sensible commitment to gooddiets and good physical activity, and a commitment from each ofus — including the government — to making these choices as easyand accessible as possible.” In December 2002, Premier Hamm established the Office of HealthPromotion, under the leadership of minister Rodney MacDonald, toimprove the long-term health of Nova Scotians, through suchmeasures as reducing the number of obese children. A recentreport from the Canadian Population Health Initiative says thatobesity rates have increased significantly among children overthe last 20 years.last_img read more

Decoding phase-III

first_imgApril 23 will witness the most crucial Lok Sabha Election of 2019, the date on which 117 constituencies across 14 states will vote. NDA, UPA, and anti-Modi alliances have been leaving no stone unturned because there are very high stakes in this phase. It would be opening the window on the next government formation, not only because the largest number of seats is going to poll but also it would mark the end of the election on 303 seats leaving only 240 seats for the next four phases. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the election on four seats – Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, and Gauhati – election process in Assam will be over. Barring Gauhati, which BJP is most likely to retain, NDA nowhere has the upper hand. The effect of NRC is clearly visible on voters. They are sharply polarised on communal lines. However, the poll mathematics is not that much in BJP’s favour as they have presumed. In the final reckoning, BJP is most likely to lose two seats out of seven they have in the state which has 14 altogether. Also Read – Insider threat managementFive seats – Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, and Khagaria – in Bihar are being contested tooth and nail. It is NDA vs UPA, and no one is assured of their victory. The impact of NYAY is visible. Anti-incumbency against NDA working. But the alliance of the BJP, JD(U), and LJP have tilted the poll arithmetic in their favour except in Araria which is an RJD seat presently. With seven seats – Surguja, Raigarh, Janjgir-Champa, Korba, Bilaspur, Durg, and Raipur – going to poll in this phase, election in Chhattisgarh will be over. INC is clearly winning Durg and Korba and giving a tough fight to BJP in Surguja and Raipur. However, BJP seems to have the upper hand in Raigarh, Janjgir-Champa, and Bilaspur. In the final reckoning, BJP is likely to win five, and INC four out of 11 in the state. The rest two seats are emanating conflicting signals which may go to any side depending on the swing of votes on the polling day. The UTs, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, have two seats altogether, one in each. Both seats are presently held by BJP, albeit with a very small winning margin of 3.83 and 10.73 per cent respectively. Due to their proximity to Maharashtra and Gujarat, where BJP is strongest compared to all other states in the country, the party seems to have considerable influence on voters. However, INC in Dadra and Nagar Haveli is not far behind. In Daman and Diu too, INC has made the BJP’s walk-over a little difficult. Anti-incumbency against BJP seems to be working. BJP seems to be comfortable in North Goa, but they are in trouble in South Goa this time. Both the seats are presently held by the party. Their winning margin in South Goa in 2014 was only 7.96 per cent. The party has been weakened since then and there is anti-incumbency too. They need to exert more to save this site for themselves from the INC onslaught. Gujarati pride is working more effectively in favour of Modi in Gujarat than his so-called charisma. All the 26 constituencies in the state are going to poll in this phase, and in most of them, BJP is comfortably placed. However, in Anand, Bardoli, and Sabarkantha, BJP candidates are in a close contest with INC. BJP had won these seats in the height of Modi wave in 2014 by margins of only 6.65, 10.44, and 7.88 per cent which has given great hope to INC of snatching these seats from BJP. INC and all other political parties are putting their best efforts to make this happen. Since the election in Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir will be held in three phases from now, it is not clear which side the wind is blowing. Mehbooba Mufti of PDP had won this seat in 2014 defeating Mirza Mehboob Beg of JKNC by a margin of 17.71 per cent. This is the only constituency in the country where elections will be held in multiple phases. She has lately become Modi’s bête noir and, therefore, BJP is trying its best to sabotage her chances of a win. Mehbooba has more than once voiced her concern about the misuse of security forces by Modi at the helm of affairs in the Centre, and there is a rumour in the area that the administrative system is indirectly, and by default, in favour of JKNC. However, it would be too early to say anything about this constituency before the fifth phase of the election. With the election in 14 constituencies – Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellari, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere, and Shimoga – in this phase, the election in Karnataka will be complete. Anti-incumbency and counter-anti-incumbency against BJP and UPA respectively had made the situation volatile in the state. BJP has upper hand in Shimoga, and Uttar Kannada, but in Bagalkot, Dharwad, and Bidar they are in a close contest with UPA. In Belgaum, Bijapur, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, and Devangere, BJP candidates are struggling to retain their seats which the party had won with a slender margin in 2014, even while riding on Modi Wave. INC is most likely to retain their Chikkodi, Gulbarga, and Raichur seats. In the final reckoning, it seems, BJP may lose eight seats out of 17 they presently hold among the 29 seats in the state. Even in the worst of situations, UPA is likely to bag at least 16 seats. All the 20 constituencies will be voting in Kerala. There is UPA vs LDF this time too, and BJP or NDA may not be able to even open their account. With Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad, prospects of INC have brightened a little compared to LDF. There are close fights in almost all seats except in Ernakulam, Kottayam, Malappuram, and Palakkad held presently by INC, KEC(M), IUML, and CPM respectively. They are most likely retaining their seat. However, there will be no cake-walk for Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad, the seat which was won by the INC in 2014 by a slender margin of only 2.31 per cent. There are 13 constituencies in the state where the winning margin was less than 5 per cent. Obviously, the state is witnessing toughest political battle compared to all the states in the country. BJP and Shiv Sena have an edge over their adversaries in Maharashtra. A total of 14 seats are going to poll in this phase. BJP is comfortable in Jalgaon, Raver, Pune, Ahmednagar, Sangli, and Jalna. SHS is comfortable in Aurangabad and Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, but struggling to retain its Raigad seat which it had won by a very slender margin of 0.22 per cent in 2014. NDA has put NCP in a vulnerable position in Baramati, Madha, and Kolhapur which NCP had won by small margins of only 6.63, 2.36, and 2.65 respectively. NCP is comfortably placed in Satara and SWP in Hatkanagle. Out of six seats – Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri, and Bhubaneswar – in Odisha, only Sambalpur presents a challenge to BJD which the party had won by a slender margin of 3.15 per cent in the last election. In all others, they will have a comfortable win. There is a triangular fight on Sambalpur seat where BJD, BJP, and INC are pitted against each other. BJP was runner-up last time and INC was not also far behind. Ten seats of Uttar Pradesh – Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Bareilly, and Pilibhit – are to vote in this phase. BJP is most likely to retain Utah, Bareilly, and Pilibhit, but will be losing Moradabad, Rampur, and Sambhal to SP-BSP alliance which they had won by a slender margin of 7.79, 2.47, and 0.49 per cent respectively despite the Modi wave in 2014. There is a tough fight in Aonla between the two with a slight edge of SP-BSP alliance. SP will retain its Firozabad, Mainpuri, and Badaun seats. Among the five constituencies in West Bengal, INC is comfortably placed in Maldha Dakshin and AITC in Balurghat. However, in Malda Uttar, Jangipur, and Murshidabad, the fight is between INC and CPM. Unexpected results may come out from these seats. INC had won the first two of three by small margins of only 5.70 and 0.74 per cent while the CPM had won the last by a margin of only 1.44 per cent. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Top UN rights official ends visit to Peru with call for consolidation

“It has been heartening to see the bold steps Peru has taken to emerge from a dark period of its history,” said Mary Robinson, lauding the country for setting up its Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for advancing efforts to do away with unjust laws and practices. “Peru has also continued to accept international human rights treaty obligations and extended an open invitation to the investigators of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights,” she noted.At the same time, the High Commissioner pointed out that a number of concerns remained. Among those she cited overly broad and repressive anti-terrorism legislation left over from the previous regime, the considerable number of people still unjustly imprisoned, allegations of torture and abuse of power by police and military officials, discrimination against indigenous people, women and Afro-Peruvians, and deficiencies in the administration of justice.Mrs. Robinson also called attention to the poor realization of economic, social and cultural rights in Peru, due in large part to the gap between rich and poor there.”Vigilance and continued resolve are needed at this critical moment,” she said, calling on the authorities to consider drawing up a national plan of action on human rights and pledging her support for this endeavour. When she arrived in the country on Wednesday, the High Commissioner signed an agreement with the Government aimed at broadening cooperation on human rights.”This agreement means commitments from my Office and from Peru,” said the High Commissioner, who met during her visit with a number of senior officials, including President Alejandro Toledo, as well as members of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

Buckeyes return home for Big Ten matchup

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will play in front of a home crowd for the first time in a month Friday night, fresh off a 12-game, three-week road trip. The Buckeyes completed almost their entire non-conference schedule on the road, winning nine non-conference road matches during the stretch and losing only to 16th-ranked Kentucky (1-3). They also split in Big Ten play during the trip, defeating Wisconsin (3-2) and dropping all three sets to ninth-ranked Illinois. Going 12 games without a home crowd’s support isn’t easy, but it was an early learning experience for the team. “We had to rely on ourselves to bring energy,” senior middle blocker Allie Schwarzwalder said. “We had to stick together through the good games and the bad games.” The trip may have been a success, but the Buckeyes are eager to get used to the routine of playing in front of a home crowd again. “It’s going to be great to actually sleep in my own bed before the match,” sophomore outside hitter Emily Danks said. There is no better team to return home to play than OSU’s bitter rival to the north. “Michigan is a good way to open the home season,” senior setter Betsy Hone said. “I think it will be a very good crowd.” Although back in the comfort of St. John Arena, the Buckeyes know they have their work cut out for them to navigate the grueling Big Ten schedule. “We have a goal to be Big Ten champs, the Big Ten is wide open this year,” Hone said. “It’s a long season, obviously you want to steal games on the road and protect your house at home.” This is exactly the part of the schedule that the team has been waiting for. “It’s definitely a lot more fun playing the Big Ten schools,” Schwarzwalder said. “The student sections are awesome, bigger turnout for Big Ten games always get you a little nervous.” The Buckeyes know that to compete, they have to improve week-to-week starting with defense. “Defense wins championships so we have been trying to settle down our defense and get into a rhythm,” Hone said. The Buckeyes’ experience will come in handy throughout the rest of the schedule. “This is probably one of the most experienced teams of the four years that I have been here,” Hone said. That experience plus a deep bench puts the Buckeyes in the mix to contend for the Big Ten title. “I think this is the biggest year for potential for us,” Schwarzwalder said. “We just have a lot of depth.” Friday, the Buckeyes will finally get to play in front of a scarlet-and-gray crowd, and would love to see as much of it as possible. The fact that the Buckeyes have learned to play so well on the road will be key as they continue through the season, but may spell trouble for teams welcoming the Buckeyes onto their home court. “I think we are going to do good things,” Hone said. read more

Independence Day messages

President David GrangerPresident David GrangerGuyanese,Guyana’s 52nd Independence anniversary is an occasion for celebration. It commemorates a departure from past degradation. It articulates the nation’s aspiration for present and future generations.Independence was not the result of a single event. It was the culmination of three hundred and fifty years of resistance, revolt and struggle against conquest, degradation, enslavement, indentureship and exploitation – the most dehumanising characteristics of European colonial rule.The ancestors of the Guyanese people – Africans, Amerindians, Chinese, Europeans (including Portuguese), Indians and persons of mixed descent – fought against colonial rule.  Their descendants, today, are the beneficiaries of their sacrifice. The words of our National Anthem remind us: “We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains…”Independence was the future for which our fore-parents fought but did not enjoy. Their struggle, inspired by workers’ agitation, embraced all social classes and gained political momentum with the introduction of constitutional change and the achievement of universal adult suffrage.Independence, once achieved, enabled the elimination of the worst forms of discrimination, the extension of universal primary and secondary education and the emergence of local economic enterprises, among other changes.Independence ushered in an era of national pride which has buoyed Guyanese society. National symbols – such as the national anthem, awards, coinage, flag, institutions, patriotic songs and stamps – helped to define our distinctive identity. Guyana took its place as a sovereign state in the international community.Public education, at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, became more accessible with the introduction of new multilateral schools, technical institutes, teachers’ college of education and a university.Our policy for universal primary and secondary education will ensure that every child has a place in school by improving attendance through the provision of buses, boats and bicycles. Reforms of the public education sector are designed to improve attainment at examinations.Public infrastructure, with the construction of new aerodromes, bridges and highways and the extension of public utilities and services such as the supply of electricity, housing and water, enhanced the quality of life.Public health services, through neighbourhood clinics, local health centres and regional hospitals, improved child care, reduced the incidence of child mortality, non-communicable and vector-borne diseases among our growing population of children.Social development has been emphasized by the reintroduction of the National Cadet Corps, the National Youth Corps and the reform of the New Opportunity Corps which enabled more children to attain their full potential.  Increased emphasis on arts, culture and sports will help children to enjoy a happier childhood.Guyana is a bountiful country. We are reminded, daily, about our potential. We are on the way to establishing a ‘green state’ in which the environment will be better protected, sustainable development of our natural resources will be pursued, cheaper and more abundant energy from renewable sources will be provided and the well-being of present and future generations will be assured.Guyanese are a beautiful people. We, the children of the continents of earth – Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe – are on the way to creating a more cohesive society.Independence is to be valued and safeguarded. Independence has laid the foundation for a more inclusive and democratic society which will guarantee the good life for the next generation. Independence is the best time to remember that children are our future. We need to bequeath to them, much more than we inherited from our own parents.Happy Independence Anniversary to every Guyanese, wherever you are!People’s Progressive Party CivicOn the occasion of our nation’s 52nd  Independence anniversary, the People’ s Progressive Party (PPP) extends warmest greetings to all Guyanese, both at home and in the Diaspora.Our attainment of Independence resulted from a hard-fought process, evidenced in sustained struggles, during which selfless sacrifices were made.It was a moment of tremendous joy and pride for all Guyanese when the shackles of colonialism were cast off.  As the Golden Arrowhead was first hoisted 52 years ago, not only did it mark the end of one era and the beginning of another, but it heralded the rise to self-governance and a renewed sense of hope and expectations for the future.Since Independence, our country has faced many challenges. The continued struggles for democracy, its return and preservation, by the PPP also bolstered the conditions that supported unprecedented progress and prosperity for all our people. Guyanese remained resolutely committed to nation building and the PPP recognizes and salutes their valuable efforts.As we observe another anniversary of our Independence, our Party urges reflection on the valiant efforts, which made past successes possible. Looking ahead, our Party urges all Guyanese to remain motivated by a strong sense of patriotism, as well as steadfast and hopeful in the face of current challenges.This year also marks the 100th birth anniversary of our Party’s Founder and its indomitable Leader, the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan. As we reflect on the virtues of Independence and the freedom from colonialism, it offers another opportune moment to be inspired by his invaluable contributions through his relentless and unselfish struggles to free our nation.Happy Independence to all Guyanese!People’s Progressive PartyGAWU’sThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is indeed especially pleased to join and extend best wishes as our country celebrates another milestone as an independent state. We need to recall, at this time, that there was near absolute consensus amongst our then leaders that we needed to shed the Constitutional and other chains with which we were then wrapped. Independence brought us and we joyfully welcomed our new status as citizens of Guyana, no longer colonial subjects tied to a “mother” country. It also brought heavy responsibilities to safeguard and deepen our newly won freedom and to ensure a prosperous future for our citizens. The onus was now ours to chart our own course and it was recognized that our freedom could not be delinked from the need for economic independence, social justice, and democratic institutions and norms. Those objectives had to be our guide as a people. They had to be realised and sustained. GAWU feels certain that the attainment of Independence, which we fought for, motivated the social and economic progress of our country and was a decisive turning point for our all-round development. There are successes in several fields nationally while, at the regional and international level our country has earned recognition and respect in spite of certain deficits experienced in governance. Our democratic culture which resurfaced over twenty (20) years ago, still, today again faces new challenges. Notwithstanding, the trials and setbacks the nation experienced and, most likely will face, we cannot deny the very many significant achievements as we steadily overcame the negative legacy of colonialism.The GAWU is aware that several key objectives are yet to be reached. One of these is our economic sovereignty which we see as crucial to safeguard our political independence especially in the context and circumstances that we see unfolding in today’s world.The prospects for our country to grow and develop, despite, current setbacks, remain encouraging and we need to tackle the various tasks before us in a collective and united spirit. In this respect, our people, especially our working people needs to be encouraged and become involved in the decision-making levels of our society.As we celebrate this historic anniversary, GAWU urges that we all recognize that we have a responsibility to let our democratic culture prevail. It is one of the strong strands that binds our nation and makes it united and free.Additionally, we share the belief that our independence will be secured and strengthened over time when every citizen is given to enjoy the fruits, benefits and opportunities of our collective efforts and work. It is unfortunate to observe that our 52nd Independence Anniversary finds us as a nation poised with further declining economic fortunes with the sugar industry being an example of this reality. While this has certainly cast a pall over the nation, we must, nevertheless, life high the banner of freedom and celebrate our Independence.Happy Independence Anniversary to all Guyanese!CARICOMThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated Guyana on its 52nd Anniversary of Independence, praising its role ‘at the forefront of all initiatives fostering Caribbean unity’.Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Guyana’s President HE David Granger, also noted that the country’s five decades of self rule has seen it advance socially, economically and in other spheres.“Guyana has made major global contributions particularly in academia, the arts, both visual and literary, and in sport. It is also a leader in preservation of the environment as part of its aim to become Green Guyana,” Ambassador LaRocque said.“As the Community moves to increase resilience, Guyana has a critical role to play given its Head of Government has responsibility for Agriculture in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet,” he noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndependence Day messages from political parties, civil societyMay 26, 2015In “Opinion”President Granger urges evolution as Guyanese celebrate IndependenceMay 26, 2015In “Politics”We must persevere to realize the Independence goals of our ancestors -PPPMay 26, 2017In “latest news” read more

Womens Junior WCh Serbia Korea Russia and Brasil are the Group Winners

In Brno and Ostrava (Czech Republic) is finished the first part of the Women’s Junior World Championship. Serbia, Korea, Russia and Brasil are the Group Winners and they will have big chance to qualify for the 1/4 Finals.Here are the matches of 1/8 Finals, which will be played on Sunday:Serbia – CongoCroatia – RussiaHungary – Czech RepublicSpain – SwedenDenmark – KoreaBrazil – PolandNorway – AustriaRomania – France BrnoCzech Republic handballJunior women’s handballOstrava ← Previous Story Argentina’s 14 to travel to London decided Next Story → Junior ECh (Turkey): Slovenia, Spain and Norway already at TOP8! read more

Bundesliga Round 33 Neuhausen relegated

andy schmidbjarte myrholFlensburgmarcel schillerneuhausenrhein-neckar loewenzweite bundesliga ← Previous Story Christian Spanne to leave Wisla Plock Next Story → Austria sold 2700 tickets for “match ball” against Russia Neuhausen is the second team about which is certain that they are going to be relegated and play in the “Zweite Bundesliga” next season. They were hosts this round against huge favorites Rhein-Neckar Loewen, and were bitterly defeated with 21-32 (12-15). At the moment being 3 points behind Gummersbach and with one game left for them – it’s all clear, relegation. For the Mannheim side this means moving again two points clear ahead of Flensburg on the second place with Flensburg having a game in hand, and the victory leaves Fuchse Berlin without the possibility to hope for the second place. Andy Schmid led the “Lions with 7 goals, while Bjarte Myrhol had 6. Neuhausen’s best was Marcel Schiller with 6 goals.In the other game today, Frisch auf Goppingen soundly defeated Grosswallstadt with 38:20. read more

Shatter condemns thuggery during Gilmore car protest

first_imgJUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has described the behaviour of some members of Éirígí and the People Before Profit Alliance at a protest in Dublin his morning as “disgraceful”.A car carrying Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald outside The Base youth club on Blackditch Road in Ballyfermot was forced to turn back this morning as a result of the heated demonstration.Both Cabinet members had been invited to join about 80 children at an event organised by UNICEF at the centre.“Despite the fact that this was an event organised for children, Éirígí and the People Before Profit Alliance protesters engaged in violence, thuggery and shouted expletives,” said Shatter.The vehicle was surrounded by people and pelted with eggs as it tried to enter the car park. The Minister said there were also people “beating the roof and side of the car”, as well as “hitting the windscreen…posing a serious risk that they would break the glass.”“It was fortunate that it was the Tánaiste’s garda driver who drove the Ministers to this event and was in a position to ensure their safety,” added Shatter.We all recognise the right to peaceful protest. But it must represent a new low, even for the protesters involved, that they would engage in such disgraceful behaviour designed to disrupt an event organised for children and to do so with complete disregard for the affect of their actions on the children.“These individuals clearly have no respect for democratic values, for individual rights of freedom of expression and are clearly incapable of recognising the importance of the Children’s Rights Referendum and of ensuring that both adults and children have available to them the fullest information relating to it.Their attempt to justify their conduct as representing any real concern about the issue of child benefit is rank hypocrisy.One man, aged 28, was arrested at the scene and was charged in court this afternoon. Shatter said the Gardaí have assured him that they will fully pursue any illegal behaviour that occurred this morning.The Minister also called on TD Richard Boyd Barrett to condemn the actions of protesters and to give assurances that his movement will not engage in similar conduct in the coming days or weeks at events relating to the Children’s Referendum.Boyd Barrett was not available for comment but TD Joan Collins said she would question whether there was any People Before Profit members involved in throwing eggs or other violent behaviour.“We’ll have to check out who of our group was involved but we would never encourage people to take those actions,” she told TheJournal.ie. “As far as we were concerned, people linked with People Before Profit were engaged in a peaceful protest.”VIDEO, PHOTOS: Eamon Gilmore’s car egged by protesters in Dublinlast_img read more

Europe wants to spend €12 billion on brains but scientists are angry

first_imgDOZENS OF NEUROSCIENTISTS are protesting Europe’s €1.2 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter issued today, more than 190 neuroscience researchers called on the EU to put less money into the effort to “build” a brain, and to invest instead in existing projects.If the EU doesn’t adopt their recommendations, the scientists said, they will boycott the Human Brain Project and urge colleagues to do the same.EU spokesman Ryan Heath called for patience, and said it was too early to say whether the project is a success because it had only been under way for nine months. He said the EU plans to rigorously review the scientific progress made and the project’s management every year.Henry Markram, who heads the Human Brain Project at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, suggested those who signed the letter of protest did so because they didn’t understand the venture.In an interview, he said the project, established in 2013, would bundle the work of some 100,000 neuroscientists worldwide the way that CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, has done for particle physics.He acknowledged the brain project may have done a poor job telling scientists how they may benefit, even if they aren’t directly involved.“I think we need to communicate more that it’s going to actually help them get more funding,” Markram said. “They feel that money is being taken away, that it’s going to distract from the important work that they’re doing. There is really not a threat.”The Human Brain Project involves 112 institutions across Europe and the pooling, sharing and organisation of their data on brain research. That information will be used to reconstruct the workings of a human brain on computers.“Only through simulations can you do some things that aren’t possible in the lab,” said Markram.MORE IN SCIENCE: Read: Man headbangs so hard at Motorhead gig his brain bleeds > Read: An airbag slammed into a 17-year-old’s eye before she had time to blink >last_img read more

Thai police want to arrest Red Bull heir over 2012 hitandrun

first_img Apr 28th 2017, 8:38 AM http://jrnl.ie/3362903 Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images 11,947 Views Share Tweet Email By AFP Friday 28 Apr 2017, 8:38 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments THAI POLICE HAVE asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull empire over a deadly 2012 hit-and-run, a belated move to end the impunity enjoyed by the super-rich scion.The Thai public is closely watching whether the court will issue the warrant — the first against Worayuth Yoovidhya, who has spent years ducking hearings on charges linked to the death of a policeman who was mowed down by his Ferrari on a Bangkok street.The scion — nicknamed “Boss” — was 27 at the time of the crash and has freely dipped in and out of Thailand over the past five years but never been arrested.Several of the charges against him have expired during that time.But the most serious offence — a possible 10-year sentence for reckless driving that resulted in death — is valid until 2027.For many in Thailand, the case has become a byword for the special treatment enjoyed by elites in a justice system notoriously bent by cash and influence.“(The arrest warrant) is being deliberated on in the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court,” Colonel Kachornpong Jiitparkpoom, the superintendent of Thonglor police station, told AFP .Prosecutors called on police to request the warrant after Worayuth missed yet another deadline to appear yesterday– a move that critics say was long overdue.The Attorney-General’s office said it would also explore applying for the extradition of Worayuth, who has been seen in recent weeks in London.Worayuth’s lawyer has previously said his client was unable to come to Bangkok because of business in the UK.Worayuth’s grandfather Chaleo Yoovidhya co-founded the Red Bull brand with Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz in the 1980s.Chaleo died in March 2012 aged 89, leaving his eleven surviving relatives with a collective wealth of $22 billion, according to Bloomberg.- © AFP 2017Read: Arkansas execution spree ends after another man is put to deathRead: ‘No plans for zero hours contracts’ for McDonalds in Ireland after UK u-turn Short URL Thai police want to arrest Red Bull heir over 2012 hit-and-run The scion — nicknamed “Boss” — was 27 at the time of the crash.last_img read more

Analysis The CJ Stander nontry that could have changed the first Test

first_img By Murray Kinsella 22 Comments Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 10:30 AM Analysis: Ireland take punishment from Israel Folau’s freakish aerial gameIreland under pressure in Melbourne but Schmidt feels they aren’t far off Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41,177 Views JOE SCHMIDT PINPOINTED it as being one of the most decisive moments of the first Test, while several Irish players wondered what might have been had CJ Stander been awarded a try in the 43rd minute in Brisbane last weekend.Ireland would have gone 13-8 ahead after the probable conversion and moved into a strong position from which to potentially see out the game.Firstly, it’s worth examining the positive Irish play that built the opportunity.Conor Murray fields an Australian kick and we see something relatively rare from Ireland – two passes on a kick return.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveThe two passes from Murray to Rob Kearney and Kearney to Jack McGrath are simple, but that movement of the ball allows McGrath to make the first carry in more space than would have been the case for Murray or Kearney.It’s encouraging from Ireland and it sets them up for a strong second phase, after Stander, Iain Henderson and John Ryan resource the ruck.James Ryan had another superb game for Ireland, making 15 tackles and carrying 16 times for an average gain of 2.7 metres per carry, an impressive figure.Ryan is obviously an explosive athlete but another reason he is so effective at carrying the ball is the timing of his runs, with a fine example below.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBefore we dig into Ryan’s carry, it’s worth noting that this is possibly a missed chance for Ireland to attack out wide.As we can see below, the Wallabies have four defenders on that side of the ruck, whereas Ireland have six attackers.It may well be a moment where Joey Carbery [10] reflects that he could have demanded the ball from Conor Murray with a pass behind Ryan [5], although we don’t know if he was getting a call from the outside to flash the ball wide.Either way, the Wallabies defence is stretched and Ryan runs an excellent line off Murray into space as David Pocock [6] worries about Ireland’s numbers out wide and leaves a gap on his inside.As is consistently the case, Ryan arrives at the perfect time to take the pass and break the gainline.Coming around the corner from left to right, Ryan delays his run intelligently, staying slightly hidden in behind the ruck and ensuring that by the time Murray picks the ball and looks to pass, Ryan is accelerating up to full speed close to the gainline.It seems like a very obvious thing to point out, but it is something that other ball carriers don’t do all the time.Often, we see carriers arriving a little early in their eagerness to work hard into position, but Ryan is clever enough to time his arrival and that allows him to punch over the gainline – defenders having less time to react to his running line at a soft shoulder or sliver of space.Ryan gets beyond Pocock’s tackle as the flanker turns in recover – he can’t get a shoulder on – and offloads skillfully to Jordi Murphy, who has run a positive support line.James Ryan, arguably entering from the side, clears out the jackaling Brandon Paenga-Amosa at the subsequent ruck, while John Ryan stands over the ball as the guard.There’s another hint of opportunity on the outside edge on the third phase, as we can see below.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveCarbery moves the ball to Peter O’Mahony and Henshaw, having tucked to the inside of the Ireland captain, runs a clever line back to his outside.With Caleb Timu worried about O’Mahony carrying the ball and marking up on him [indicated by red below], there is a brief window for the Ireland flanker to pop the ball to Henshaw bursting to his outside.With Samu Kerevi isolated on the edge of the Wallabies defence and Jordan Larmour [23] holding width just out of shot, there may have been a linebreak on for Ireland at this point, although Timu could well have drifted off O’Mahony and tackled Henshaw.Instead, O’Mahony – who did pass sharply five times in this game, as well as showing off his grubber-kicking skill – opts to dummy the pass to Henshaw and carries, with Henshaw, Carbery and Henderson resourcing the ruck.Ireland move infield again and John Ryan makes a carry directly into Pocock.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveAs we know, Ireland had real problems with Pocock at the breakdown but they nail him in this instance as the exceptional Wallabies back row stays on his feet after the tackle and looks to clamp onto the ball.Jack McGrath is the first arrival for Ireland and he does a superb job with his ‘barrel,’ hammering his left shoulder into Pocock with real aggression and firmly wrapping his right arm around Pocock’s left leg to remove one of the pillars that keeps him on his feet.James Ryan, having initially been cleverly impeded on his way to the ruck by Paenga-Amosa, hammers in as the second arrival and targets Pocock’s arms, i.e. his connection to the ball.Having had his hands on the ball, Pocock appeals for the penalty but Ireland’s vicious ruck work on him is successful and they are ready to strike on the next phase.Ireland did seem to lack a creative decision-making touch in their backline at times in the defeat last weekend, but Bundee Aki delivers exactly that here.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveAki is at first receiver for Ireland and he runs a clever line arcing outwards initially but then subtly straightens at Kurtley Beale’s inside shoulder, as indicated in white below.The threat of Aki carrying the ball lures Beale into sitting down on his heels, even though Michael Hooper [7] has worked across to cover Aki.Jordi Murphy runs a switch underneath Aki [green], hoping to draw off Hooper, who instead sticks on Aki.With Beale sitting down on Aki, there is suddenly space on the Wallabies inside centre’s outside shoulder and Stander runs a superb line to take advantage of that, as indicated in red above.Bernard Foley is the next defender outside Beale and expects the centre to drift off Aki and deal with Stander, given that Hooper has Aki covered.But with Aki threatening his inside shoulder, Beale commits and Stander intelligently changes his running line at the last split-second, angling back in towards Aki’s pass and outside Beale.Foley has to turn in on Stander late [yellow above] and as a result, can’t get a shoulder into the tackle, leaving the accelerating Stander to burst through his despairing arms and clean through the defensive line.Defensive sweeper Will Genia, circled below, has advanced past the ball in behind the defensive line and is slow to react to Stander’s break.It means Stander is suddenly into open country as he gets up to full sprinting stride, the ball tucked into his right arm after he has used his left to help him beat Foley’s tackle attempt.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveBefore examining Stander’s actions in behind the line, let’s underline the quality of the scramble defence from Wallabies wings Marika Koroibete and Dane Haylett-Petty here, their work-rate to save what looked like being a try truly standing out.We can see Koroibete circled in yellow below, while Haylett-Petty is off screen sprinting across from the left-hand side of the Wallabies’ backfield.Obviously, their pace helps greatly here but the work-rate is sensational, with both players covering major ground at high speed and producing a try-saving tackle on Stander.What of the Ireland number eight’s decision-making?There have been suggestions that he should have straightened and drew in Haylett-Petty before hitting Rob Herring [circled in white below] on his left.But that option would have almost certainly resulted in a tackle on Herring by the hard-working Koroibete, as indicated in yellow above.Perhaps more realistic would have been a pass to Herring as he cuts underneath Stander [white below], who arcs out to his left in an attempt to get away from Haylett-Petty.With Aki [red] and Murphy [green] also in support, a switch pass from Stander to Herring in this freeze-framed split second above might well have resulted in a score for Ireland, Herring having two further players to support him even if Haylett-Patty can readjust and tackle the hooker.But it is infinitely easier to point that out with the benefit of freeze frames and multiple replays, rather than when moving at top speed in a noisy, high-pressure Test match.What was going through Stander’s head in this moment?“I see Rob but I don’t know what’s going on behind me so I don’t know if there’s another guy [one of the Wallabies] who can intercept the pass or maybe hit him and I go down and he goes down,” explains Stander.“If I look back and I know Jordi and Bundee were there, it’s tough, but I didn’t know that at the time.“So in my head, the momentum will carry me over [the tryline] but if I go down [before the tryline] Rob’s there to clean up with the ball after.”It’s a fair explanation from Stander – he wasn’t certain which Wallabies players were in behind him, potentially waiting to pick off the ball or hammer Herring with an immediate ball-and-ball tackle.Stander backed himself instead, switching the ball into his left hand and looking for the fend on Haylett-Petty. Stander’s main regret is the manner in which he attempted to finish once he was over the tryline.Click here if you cannot view the clip above“If I look back on it, if I’d have just sat and put the ball down between my legs [I’d have scored], but that’s hindsight,” says Stander.“It’s so quick on the pitch, you just want to get the ball on the floor.”Indeed, looking back with our freeze frames, there was a window for Stander to sit up and possibly dot the ball down between his legs, although his momentum lends itself to rolling forward and having a go at finding grass.Haylett-Petty does superbly on the ground, first lifting his right leg up to trap the ball…… and then, as Stander looks to bring the ball over him, Haylett-Petty wraps it with his left arm.The ball does potentially nick the ground as Stander looks to force it down through Haylett-Petty’s arm and Stander’s own left arm, which is initially underneath the ball too.“I reckon there’s a bit of grass there I surely grounded the ball on,” says Stander. “I’d say that was a 50-50.”Referee Marius van der Westhuizen, positioned on the far side of this pile of bodies, has no view at all of a possible grounding, while assistant referee Paul Williams is late arriving and can’t make a clear decision as a result.Van der Westhuizen halts play and says to Williams, “I don’t have a clear grounding – [should I ask the TMO] try, no try?”Williams responds, “It looks held up to me, but I’d definitely have a check.”Van der Westhuizen calls in television match official Ben Skeen and says, “Ben – try, no try, please.”Joe Schmidt was frustrated that van der Westhuizen didn’t ask Skeen the “other question,” that being, “is there any reason not to award the try?” but it’s clear from the replays and the match officials’ dialogue that neither van der Westhuizen or Williams had clear reason to believe it was a try.In fact, Williams’ view was that it looked to have been held up, so it does seem fair to ask the TMO for a “try or no try” decision.Just over a minute later, Skeen returns a verdict: “Marius, the footage is inconclusive, so the outcome is an attacking scrum.”“Yeah, ok,” replies van der Westhuizen and signals the Ireland scrum.Damagingly for Ireland, they fail to take their five-metre chance from that scrum, going through 19 phases against the firm Wallabies defence before Pocock pounces for a turnover penalty.Stander has swiftly moved on and won’t be losing sleep over the non-try. He says that “one thing I’ve learned from my dad” is that if you dwell on the near-misses, “it’s going to drag you down.”“Hopefully, if I get in that same position then I’ll know what I’m going to do.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share14 Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Jun 12th 2018, 6:36 AM https://the42.ie/4065879 Analysis: The CJ Stander non-try that could have changed the first Test The Ireland number eight says he knew Rob Herring was in support but backed himself.last_img read more

Les pigeons allaitent aussi leurs poussins

first_imgLes pigeons allaitent aussi leurs poussinsCertains oiseaux comme les pigeons produisent du lait pour nourrir leurs petits. Des chercheurs se sont penchés sur le fonctionnement et l’origine de ce surprenant phénomène.S’il est communément admis que l’allaitement est une des caractéristiques spécifiques des mammifères, de nouvelles recherches révèlent que certains oiseaux produisent également du lait pour nourrir leurs poussins. Les scientifiques ont en effet observé, que les pigeons tout comme les flamants roses et les manchots empereurs, produisent une substance laitière, appelée lait de jabot et contribuant au renforcement du système immunitaire des juvéniles. Autre fait étonnant : la lactation n’est pas exclusivement réservée aux femelles puisque les mâles produisent également la substance.Contrairement au lait des mammifères, la substance laitière produite par les oiseaux est produite au niveau du jabot, un diverticule placé sur l’œsophage des volatiles. Cette poche permet notamment de stocker les aliments avant qu’ils n’atteignent l’estomac. Les cellules épithéliales qui tapissent le jabot subissent au cours de leur développement de nombreuses transformations, accumulant graisses et protéines jusqu’à devenir des composantes du lait de jabot. Une substance pour renforcer les défenses immunitairesÀ lire aussiPourquoi ne voit-on jamais de bébés pigeons dans les rues ?Une étude publiée dans le BMC Genomics journal déroule les résultats d’une enquête menée sur les pigeons et destinée à comprendre les origines de cet étrange phénomène. Selon les observations effectuées par les chercheurs, les pigeons qui allaitent leurs petits ont tendance à présenter des gènes favorisant la production d’antioxydants et de protéines immunitaires. Le lait de jabot permet donc de protéger les poussins des maladies, tout comme le lait des mammifères contenant des nutriments essentiels au développement précoce.De manière générale, les pigeonneaux sont nourris à la béquée par le mâle et la femelle qui leur fournissent exclusivement du lait durant la semaine suivant leur éclosion, puis un mélange de lait et de graines durant la seconde semaine. Les petits sont ensuite sevrés au bout de 18 jours. “Ce mécanisme est un exemple intéressant d’un système d’analogie dans les mécanismes d’évolution. Le lait produit par le pigeon remplit une fonction similaire à celle du lait des mammifères, toutefois ces deux substances sont produites par des mécanismes différents” conclut l’étude. Le 24 septembre 2011 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Anchorage officials call spice crisis unsustainable

first_imgOfficials in Anchorage were told Wednesday that spice-related incidents are creating an unsustainable burden on emergency responders in the city.A meeting of the city’s public safety committee was dominated by personnel discussing the toll its taking on their staff, resources, and budgets.In his report to the committee’s Assembly members, Fire Chief Dennis LeBlanc said that while many believed problems with spice peaked this summer, things have gotten much much worse since then.So far in October there have been days where up to 48 percent of all emergency transports are spice-related, and additional vehicles have had to be called in from Eagle River because the entire Anchorage fleet is already responding to incidents. Acute reactions to the drug have led to field intubations in five to seven percent of response calls, a dramatically higher rate than normal. LaBlanc and others say emergency responders and hospital staff are dealing with extreme exhaustion as a result of so many spice-related cases.Assembly Member Paul Honeman chairs the public safety committee, and sees many unknowns as far as where the supplies of spice are coming from, and why so many people are using it in spite of the dangers.“This seems to be a very quick and easy high,” Honeman said, adding “There’s much to be said and learned about what’s in those products.”The mayor’s administration introduced an ordinance earlier in the week that would impose criminal penalties on using and selling spice and similar products. A large part of the measure is letting officers obtain warrants that allow them to build larger cases against manufacturers and sellers.The police department is currently investigating spice-related cases with federal partners from the DEA.last_img read more

Samsung chief Jay Y Lee arrives in court for closing arguments in

first_img Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee arrived at Seoul District Court on 7 August for closing arguments in his bribery trial. Lee, 49, has been in detention since February, and on trial for charges including bribery and embezzlement as part of a scandal that led to Parks ouster. Lee has denied wrongdoing. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:37Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Samsung chief Jay Y Lee arrives in court for closing arguments in bribery triallast_img read more

Trump Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

first_imgJonathan Lemire Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Trump said American Jews who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came amid Trump’s ongoing feud with Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who are Muslim.Trump has closely aligned himself with Israel, including conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the congresswomen are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Tlaib is a U.S.-born Palestinian American; Omar was born in Somalia.“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday (Aug. 20). “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”A number of Jewish groups noted that accusations of disloyalty have long been made against Jews, including in Europe during the 1930s. Ann Lewis and Mark Mellman of Democratic Majority for Israel called it “one of the most dangerous, deadly accusations Jews have faced over the years. False charges of disloyalty over the centuries have led to Jews being murdered, jailed and tortured.”At Trump’s urging, Israel last week blocked Omar and Tlaib from entering the country. Israel later agreed to a humanitarian visit for Tlaib to visit her grandmother, who lives in the West Bank. Tlaib declined, saying her grandmother had ultimately urged her not to come under what they considered to be humiliating circumstances.Trump called Omar a “disaster” for Jews and said he didn’t “buy” the tears that Tlaib shed Monday as she discussed the situation. Both lawmakers support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a global protest of Israel.Trump’s comments were denounced swiftly by Jewish American organizations.“At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased — due to the president’s emboldening of white nationalism — Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope,” said Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America.Logan Bayroff of the liberal J Street pro-Israel group said it was “no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews.”The Republican Jewish Coalition argued that Trump was speaking about people being disloyal to themselves rather than to Israel.“President Trump is right, it shows a great deal of disloyalty to oneself to defend a party that protects/emboldens people that hate you for your religion,” the group said in a tweet.American Jews don’t necessarily support everything that Israel does, nor are they the most single-issue voters.Recent polling shows that a majority of Jews identify as Democrats.According to AP VoteCast, a survey of the 2018 electorate, 72% of Jewish voters supported Democratic House candidates in 2018. Similarly, 74% said they disapprove of how Trump is handling his job.A Pew Research Center poll conducted in April found that among Jewish Americans, 42% said Trump is favoring the Israelis too much, 6% said he’s favoring the Palestinians too much and 47% said he’s striking the right balance. Jews were more likely than Christians to say Trump favors the Israelis too much, 42% to 26%.Omar was roundly criticized by members of both parties for saying during a town hall earlier this year that she wanted to discuss “the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”This is not the first time Trump has been criticized for remarks seen by some as anti-Semitic. In 2015, Trump, then a candidate, spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition and made a similar comment.“You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money,” he said then. “You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.”Later in the campaign, he tweeted a graphic critical of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, that featured a six-pointed star, a pile of cash and the words “most corrupt candidate ever.” The star was believed by many to be the Star of David, which is featured on the Israeli flag. The campaign denied that the star carried any special meaning.The president first attacked Omar and Tlaib, and two other Democratic congresswomen of color, last month by telling them to “go back” to their home countries. All four are United States citizens.(Lemire reported from New York. AP Polling Editor Emily Swanson contributed to this report.) News • Photos of the Week Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Darlene Superville Jonathan Lemire Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Utah Mormon official removed from local position after voyeurism arrest Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Darlene Superville By: Jonathan Lemire Share This! By: Jonathan Lemire By: Darlene Superville News By: Jonathan Lemire News Share This! By: Darlene Superville Share This! About the authorView All Posts Darlene Superville,Load Comments,International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail&# … Tagsanti-Semitism Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Israel Rashida Tlaib tweets,You may also like Share This! Share This!last_img read more

Panel Compares Home Rule Struggle to Ongoing Battle for Statehood

first_imgHoward University professor Michael Fauntroy, The Honorable Sterling Tucker, and former House Committee Staffer Nelson Rimensnyder discussed the nearly 30 percent of Americans who believe District residents are not required to pay taxes.To recognize the 40th anniversary of the first election process held under the Home Rule Charter, D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections, in partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, recently convened a public program to discuss the legislative process of gaining Home Rule.  WAMU radio moderator Martin Austermuhle facilitated that panel discussion, which included The Honorable Sterling Tucker, the first elected City Council chairman in 1974, Howard University political science professor Michael Fauntroy and former House Committee on the District of Columbia staffer, Nelson Rimensnyder.After decades of hard-fought political battle, social engagement and civic outrage, the District was granted Home Rule—the ability to directly elect its own mayor and City Council—in 1974. Prior to 1974, the District was governed by either three presidentially appointed commissioners (1874-1967) or a presidentially appointed mayor-commissioner and nine-member council (1967-1974).  Forty years later, with the push for statehood stalled by a lack of passionate engagement by residents, members of the panel acknowledged that a similar level of ennui existed while attempting to gain Home Rule.Tucker said that a misconception exists that the people Washington just decided they wanted Home Rule, rose up and achieved it. “A major problem we had with Home Rule was apathy.  A lot of people who grew up without Home Rule had no sense about what that really meant.  We had to create in Washington itself, among the people who lived in the city a desire for it and a hunger for it.  We don’t have that for people wanting statehood, frankly.  There is not that hunger and that thirst and that fight for it,” Tucker said.Fauntroy, whose work, Home Rule or House Rule: Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia, leads the discourse in documenting the city’s fight for legislative autonomy, said that while he believes statehood is theoretically still possible, achieving it would require a committed effort by proponents of statehood to inform the nation about how the city currently operates. He also believes that there must be an impassioned desire among residents to seize it.Newspaper publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, whose father Calvin Rolark fought tirelessly for Home Rule, gauged questions from panel attendees on the continued fight for statehood.“I think it’s theoretically possible [to gain statehood], though I don’t think there is enough energy in the streets to make it happen. Ultimately you have to scare the members of Congress by un-electing some of them as we saw in 1972 and there is not enough energy to un-elect people in any significant way,” Fauntroy said. “I am probably a little less hopeful now than I was at the time that I wrote Home Rule and this was over a decade ago, in part because I think that the kind of street mobilization that you need is not on the radar of many of the people who need to be in the streets and organizing not just here in the District but around the country to try to get this done.  I’m frustrated, very frustrated by that generally.”Citing the 1994 adoption by the D.C. Council of Act 10-222 that states: “No D.C. resident shall be required to make federal income tax payments until such time as the District is granted full representation in both houses of Congress.” Rimensnyder labeled District residents as third-class citizens.“Some leaders like to go around saying that we are second-class citizens, but in fact, we are third-class citizens because we are behind Puerto Rico and other territories.  We are the only Americans taxed without our consent and I think that is the message we have to take to the country and the Congress we are tired of being taxed without our consent.  That is what this country was founded—it is in our Declaration of Independence,” Rimensnyder said.last_img read more

Report Blacks 7 Times More Likely than Whites to Be Wrongfully Convicted

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMediaBlacks are seven-times more likely than Whites to be wrongfully convicted of murder; they’re also three times more likely than White people to be wrongfully convicted of sexual assault.This is all according to The Innocence Project, which recently shared the harsh reality of being Black behind bars and the survival mechanisms innocent people employ to overcome being wrongly convicted.“From their very first interaction with the police, to being arrested, booked, charged, convicted, and sentenced, Black people are discriminated against and disproportionately criminalized at every stage of the criminal justice system,” according to the Innocence Project report, “#BlackBehindBars: Sparking a conversation on the Black wrongful conviction experience in the U.S.”Black people in the United States have never been given a presumption of innocence in the criminal justice system, said Karen Thompson, the Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)The report, which focuses on incarcerated individuals that have benefitted from the efforts of the Innocence Project, notes that to be a Black exoneree in America means:-You are one of the 222 Blacks (out of 365-total exonerees of all races), proved innocent by DNA since 1989, when the first exoneration by DNA occurred. This includes the 84 Blacks on death row that were exonerated (from a total of 164 exonerees of all races)-You spent an average of 10.7 years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit vs. 7.4 years for White exonerees (approx. 25 percent longer, on average)Samuel R. Gross, a law professor at the University of Michigan, and the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations said in a July 2015 opinion piece for the Washington Post that he co-authored a study which shows that 4.1 percent of defendants who are sentenced to death in the United States are later shown to be innocent: 1 in 25.“Death sentences are uniquely well-documented. We don’t know nearly enough about other kinds of criminal cases to estimate the rate of wrongful convictions for those,” said Gross. “The rate could be lower than for capital murders, or it could be higher. Of course, in a country with millions of criminal convictions a year and more than 2 million people behind bars, even 1 percent amounts to tens of thousands of tragic errors.”For Black and Brown inmates, discrimination often extended past prison walls.“In West Virginia, where I was locked up, all of the guards were White. White inmates got the best jobs and were given a level of trust that Black inmates did not get,” said Kenneth Lawson, the co-director of the Hawaii Innocence Project. He added, “The way prison is currently structured, I found myself forced to practice not trusting anyone in prison. I practiced this until it became automatic.”Exoneree Jabbar Collins said he was only 21 when he was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.“I spent the next 16 years of my life there, all while prosecutors hid crucial evidence, and yet, not one prosecutor who hid evidence was punished or disciplined. I ask you, how is this fair?” Collins said.“Wrongful convictions are one of the scourges of our criminal justice system,” Nora V. Demleitner, a Roy L. Steinheimer, Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, told NNPA Newswire.“Yet, generally we’ll only find out about them for serious crimes with lengthy sentences. And, in those cases, the stakes are sufficiently high for outsiders to become interested and for attorneys to fight,” added Demleitner, who also serves as editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and is the lead author of “Sentencing Law and Policy.”Demleitner also sits on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative and the Collateral Consequences Resource Center.“Even though prosecutors tend to argue that charges are based on the strength of the evidence rather than prior convictions, African Americans may only come to the police’s attention as potential suspects because of a prior criminal record, however minor,” Demleitner said. “So, the over-policing of minority neighborhoods that increases the chance for a police encounter likely also contributes to false convictions.”Dr. Shakti Butler, who consulted on Disney’s Academy Award-winning film “Zootopia” and has created widely used educational films and curricula addressing implicit bias and racial equity, told NNPA Newswire that the system continues to be alarmingly and increasingly unfair to African Americans.“When I see data that speaks, yet again, to the gross inequities that impact Black People in this country my heart breaks,” Butler said.“Isn’t it clear that data alone changes nothing? Data often validates and hardens perspectives that keep reproducing the status quo … We need action that dismantles systems of oppression and trauma. That action will only begin to take form once we address such uncomfortable questions and issues with vigorous courage, love and respect,” Butler said.Black people in the United States have never been given a presumption of innocence in the criminal justice system, said Karen Thompson, the Innocence Project senior staff attorney.“Their entire relationship to justice is not a standard of not guilty but one of not guilty yet,” Thompson said.To view the report and the various experiences of those exonerated, click here.Also, follow #BlackBehindBars on social media.last_img read more

Microsofts Xbox 720 Kinect motion sensor specs leak

first_imgI expected the focus today to all be on Sony and the launch of the PlayStation 4 at 6pm EST. But Microsoft is stealing some of the attention away by allowing its next-generation Kinect sensor specs to leak.It’s expected that the Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) will ship with a second-generation Kinect motion sensor in the box. But how has Microsoft improved on the original?According to the spec leak VGLeaks has been handed, the new sensor is all about higher precision motion tracking of a larger area. Kinect v2 will still be focused on the same depth range (0.8m to 4m), but has had its field of view (FOV) increased to 70 degrees horizontally and 60 degrees vertically. So it is capable of viewing a much larger area and now no longer needs the tilt function because of it.In terms of what Kinect v2 can detect, Microsoft has improved things considerably with better color and depth streams. The color stream has increased to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 captured at 30fps, while the depth stream is 512 x 424. For comparison, the original Kinect had a 640 x 480 color stream and 320 x 240 depth stream. Overall this means the new sensor is capturing at a much higher resolution (better accuracy) and can detect objects that are up to 3x smaller. Microsoft has also added an Active Infrared stream to the device. It streams at 512 x 424 and 30fps, and will allow the Kinect to better cope with a much wider range of lighting conditions.The latency of the sensor has been reduced significantly, with the new rating being 60ms compared to 90ms of the existing Kinect. Microsoft has also moved to using USB 3.0 rather than 2.0 in order to cope with the extra data being collected and passed to the console.From the player’s point of view these revisions mean that Kinect v2 will be capable of tracking up to 6 people at once. It will also be able to better track skeletons, so open and closed hand states are recognized, more of your body’s movements and positions (sideways on to sensor, for example), and it can better handle standing and sitting players as well as big differences in player heights.As for the Kinect unit itself, apparently we should expect a device that looks very similar to the original Kinect. It will still be separate from the console and connected via a cable, and the best place to position it will be above your TV if possible.last_img read more

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Does Indeed Have a Battle Royale

first_imgStay on target ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition’ Gives You Less Ga…The SCUF Vantage Black Ops 4 Controller is for Serious Call of Duty Players Last month, reports began to circulate about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 not having a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, the game would focus on the franchise’s ever-popular multiplayer modes. The most interesting part of the reports said Black Ops 4 would contain its own version of battle royale. Today, all of these rumors have pretty much been confirmed during the official Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reveal stream.Today’s presentation began with a trailer for multiplayer. Unlike Black Ops 3, this mode is more “boots on the ground.” Don’t expect robots or much in the way of futuristic technology. We see each of the mode’s different characters and what their special abilities are. There was a particular focus on shields, which can be used both for defense and offense. More than previous multiplayer modes, this one is all about keeping players engaged in the action. Being able to heal oneself during the middle of a fight is one way for players to remain in the game.Weapons are more customizable than ever. Each one has their own set of attachments, which help make them unique for each player. Operator mods help guns go beyond core functionality, and the true predictive recoil system gives each weapon a different feel. As explained during the stream, every weapon can be seen as its own character.Though the game doesn’t have a traditional campaign, story elements are woven into each of the multiplayer modes. For example, there is a solo mode where players can play as one of the specialists from multiplayer. Here, they’ll not only learn how to play as each player class, but also learn about the characters’ backstories.It wouldn’t be a proper Call of Duty experience without zombies. Though Black Ops 4 gives players the opportunity to team up with friends to fight off undead hordes, it’s doing so in a new way. The four main characters, Scarlet, Bruno, Diego, and Shaw, must travel through time in order to stop an evil organization hellbent on destroying the world. In the trailer, we see the heroes fighting zombies in Ancient Rome (perhaps inspired by the abandoned Call of Duty: Roman Wars concept?), the doomed Titanic, and Alcatraz. These settings constitute the three launch-day zombie modes: IX, Voyage of Despair, and Blood of the Dead (respectively).The zombie modes will have a new feature named Callings. These post-launch updates have seasonal content, limited-time challenges, and more. Players can also make the zombie experience their own via the mutation system. Here, they can adjust difficulty settings, zombie speed, player damage, and other gameplay elements. A new mode called Zombie Rush is tailor-made for newcomers who may find the traditional zombie mode intimidating.It’s no surprise that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is coming to PC. What is unexpected is the fact the game will be exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net. The port is being handled by Beenox and features dedicated servers, uncapped framerate, 4K resolution and HDR support, and a redesigned user-interface. The controls have also been tweaked for players who prefer to play with keyboard and mouse. Players can take advantage of Battle.net features like friend lists.Last but not least is the announcement of a battle royale mode called Blackout. According to the developers, this map is 1,500 times bigger than Nuketown. Based on today’s presentation, it appears this oversized map is composed of famous maps from the previous Call of Duty titles. Though this battle royale mode is similar to PUBG and Fortnite, it is designed to feel like Call of Duty. It still has the signature controls, and fluid gameplay players have come to know. Players can use different vehicles and engage each other on land, sea, and air. Unfortunately, there was no actual gameplay shown for this mode. We can assume we’ll see it in action during E3.Expect Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to land on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 12.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Suspends Operations Following Hack

first_imgJanuary 5, 2015 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Updated 5:15 p.m. ET with statement from BitstampFueling fears of a Mt. Gox-caliber meltdown, Bitstamp — the world’s second most-trafficked USD bitcoin exchange — ceased operations today in the wake of a hack.The Slovenia- and UK-based bitcoin marketplace temporarily halted withdrawals, then later completely shut down, after discovering that some of its operational “hot wallets” were compromised yesterday.Related: Bitcoin Named Worst-Performing Currency of 2014In a statement to Entrepreneur late Monday, Bitstamp said that less than 19,000 BTC, or about $5.1 million at today’s pricing, was lost and assured that all customers will be able to recover the balances they held before service was halted. “This breach represents a small fraction of Bitstamp’s total bitcoin reserves, the overwhelming majority of which are held in secure offline cold storage systems. We would like to reassure all Bitstamp customers that their balances held prior to our temporary suspension of services will not be affected and will be honored in full.”The site is being transitioned onto a “new safe environment” and is expected to resume service in coming days, the company said. Related: Microsoft Is Now the Largest Company in the World to Accept BitcoinThe trouble at the popular exchange couldn’t come at a worse time for the ultra-hyped virtual money, only days ago dubbed the world’s worst-performing currency of 2014. Today its price fell below $270, the cryptocurrency’s lowest value since 2013. According to the CoinDesk Price Index, which Bitstamp was just temporarily suspended from, Bitcoin is currently trading at $270.Related: Where to Stash That Cryptocash? This Man Put It Under His Skin. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more