Body of Lankan refugee who committed suicide cremated

Ravindran had pleaded with Duraipandian not to mark him absent since it would affect his prospects of getting government benefits meant for the refugees. The body of the Sri Lankan refugee, S Ravindran (48), who committed suicide near a refugee camp at Uchapatti in Madurai on Sunday, was cremated after the post-mortem yesterday, The Hindu newspaper reported today.Police said that a case of abetment to suicide was registered against retired Revenue Inspector Duraipandian, who was accused of having shouted at Ravindran to go ahead with his suicide plan. When Duraipandian refused to heed his plea, Ravindran climbed up a tower and touched a high-tension electric line and fell down dead. Leaders of various political parties and organisations staged a protest claiming that it was Duraipandian who drove Ravindran to commit suicide, and sought action against him. (Colombo Gazette) During a periodical roll call on Sunday, Duraipandian had marked absent for Ravindran, who had gone out reportedly to attend on his son who was admitted to a hospital. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey earns 4 points in the Big Ten against

Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins protects his goal during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternFreshman goalie Matt Tomkins returned to the lineup as the Ohio State men’s hockey team took four points from a weekend series against Michigan State.Tomkins, who sustained an injury during a 6-1 victory against Niagara Nov. 9, tallied 59 saves over the two games as OSU (11-6-1, 1-2-1) earned its first-ever points in the Big Ten play.A season-high crowd of more than 8,000 Saturday saw the Spartans ride an early lead all the way into the third period, only for the Buckeyes’ junior forward Darik Angeli to score midway through the final stanza.Neither team could find the winning goal in the final minutes or in the overtime period. The shootout ended 3-2 in favor of Michigan State, as Angeli was stopped by sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand, giving the Spartans (6-10-3, 0-2-2) the extra point in the Big Ten conference standings.Friday night’s game saw the Buckeyes — who are tied for second in the Big Ten in goals per game with 3.25 — continue their strong attacking in a 5-3 victory. Leading the charge was junior forward Ryan Dzingel, whose three goals, to go along with an assist on a goal by junior forward Nick Oddo, extend his streak of games with at least a point to 10.Dzingel credited the play of his two linemates, Oddo and freshman forward Nick Schilkey, as the key to his recent success.“I feel like our line has been clicking and we know where each other are on the ice,” Dzingel said. “I enjoy playing with these guys and I was just fortunate enough to get a couple goals.”Michigan State coach Tom Anastos said after Friday’s game his team “had to be better” in the defensive zone.“I thought it was a big difference in our game because (defense is) really part of our identity,” Anastos said. “That’s the expectations we have, so that was much more in alignment with how we should be playing all the time.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play against Big Ten opponents for the rest of the regular season. Coach Steve Rohlik said the competitive nature of the two games against Michigan State is something that will be repeated ad nauseam in the Big Ten.“It’s going to be a broken record every weekend,” Rohlik said. “It’s going to make our players better and it’s going to make us (as) coaches better.”Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to Minneapolis for two games against No. 1 Minnesota. Their first game against the Gophers is outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, home of Minnesota’s football team. Puck drop for the game is set for 9 p.m. Friday. read more

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Women who want to get pregnant should move to the countryside study

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. Professor Antonio La Marca, who led the new study at the University of Modena,… The results showed a “reproductive disadvantage” even in areas significantly less polluted than the official European limit, which some parts of the UK regularly breach. They corroborate recent research from the US which indicates that smoking can hasten the menopause by as much as two years. Women who want to have children should consider moving to the countryside to improve their fertility, scientists have suggested following a new study. Research in Italy found women living in polluted areas are likely to have a shorter window in which to conceive due to the damage done by toxic particles to their ovarian reserve. read more

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CONSOL CEO asks government to take a positve role in mine safety

first_imgIn testimony yesterday before the Utah Mine Safety Commission meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, CONSOL Energy President and CEO J. Brett Harvey called on government and industry to work together to eliminate all coal mining accidents. “We can no longer run our mines with an unspoken assumption that a certain number of accidents are simply inherent in our business,” Harvey told the Commission. “You want that number to be zero, and the public wants the number to be zero. And we must all make it our business to see that this happens.”The Utah Mine Safety Commission was assembled by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., in response to the Crandall Canyon mine disaster. It has been charged with “the task of evaluating Utah’s role in mine safety, accident prevention and accident response.”Harvey, a native of Utah and a fourth-generation coal miner, said that effective mine safety must be a combination of several components, including 1) the law and compliance; 2) the technology/safety interface; and 3) the culture of safety. “Clearly, this Commission will consider changes or additions to Utah law with regard to mine safety and make recommendations to the legislature,” explained Harvey. “As you do, let me offer several observations:“First, do not recommend changes to law or regulation based solely on what can be learned from Crandall Canyon,” Harvey noted. “There are more than 700 underground mines in the US, and every one is unique.” He said the lessons learned from a single accident may provide only limited instruction for the broader industry.“Second, don’t assume that safety laws and safety are synonymous,” he contended. “Laws, by themselves, are not enough to guarantee safety.” He noted that all states have numerous laws regarding highway safety, yet highway accidents continue to occur.“Third, don’t assume that compliance with the law and achievement of safety goals necessarily go hand in hand.” Based on research in the last six months, Harvey said CONSOL discovered that 90% of the company’s safety supervisors’ time is spent on compliance issues such as escorting inspectors, with little time left to focus on accident prevention activities such as observing employees at their work sites.“Fourth, I have seen little evidence to convince me that two agencies are better than one in administering safety laws at a single site — particularly if the standards being administered by each agency are different from one another,” he said. He noted that mine fatalities and accidents occur in states with and states without their own safety agency.Nevertheless, Harvey added that, “compliance with the law is an obligation of every company, every mine manager and every employee.” He said that failure to comply with the law was unacceptable job performance. “However, if we limit ourselves, as an industry, only to complying with the law, we will not eliminate accidents. Compliance with the law is only one element in the safety triad.”A second, according to Harvey, is the technology/safety interface. Effective technology, properly applied, can be an important component of an overall effort to eliminate accidents, he said, listing CO monitoring systems, automatic temporary roof supports, coal bed degasification systems and applications of digital technology in mining as important advances that have improved safety.However, Harvey offered a caveat. “While being receptive to technology- driven shifts in the safety paradigm, I am not suggesting that we always be first-adopters. Like all businesses, mining companies keep a close eye on costs,” he said, “and we are understandably reluctant to invest millions of dollars in technologies that are unproven.”Harvey said there needs to be a balanced approach to technology. “It would be a mistake for government, in the emotional aftermath of a mine tragedy, to mandate unproven technologies in the name of ‘doing something.’ But, at the same time, companies should not use the fact that a technology is still emerging as an excuse to do nothing.”Harvey completed the safety triad model by pointing out its most important component: the human element. He said companies must create a culture of safety.“At CONSOL Energy, our commitment is to a culture where safety trumps production, where it trumps profits, where it trumps all other rules, policies or procedures,” he said. “Certainly, it includes a discussion of the role of the individual and the need for each employee to make safety a core value in their lives.” Harvey said individual work safety is a condition of employment at CONSOL Energy. “We hold every employee — salaried and hourly alike — responsible for working safely.”Harvey said there is room for government to be a part of the culture of safety. “I certainly understand that a proper function of government is to enforce the law,” he said. “What I am asking is whether there is a role for government beyond that of antagonist or opponent. Can the government be more than just a policeman?” Harvey asked the Commission to consider how the government might acknowledge, reward and encourage safe work.While US mine fatalities were reduced from 1,068 in 1975 to 22 in 2005, Harvey believes that the industry must never be satisfied until all accidents and fatalities are eliminated. He said it is unfortunate that the high-profile nature of the recent mine accidents obscures the fact that total injury rates for US coal mining, based on MSHA records dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, are as low as they have ever been. “In fact, the coal industry has a better overall safety record than many other industries or sectors of the U.S. economy and we are far ahead of countries such as China, where the coal mine fatality rate is 13 PER DAY.” said Harvey.In concluding his testimony, Harvey became philosophical in describing his response to a question by industry observers interested in what he hopes his legacy at CONSOL will be. “Without hesitation, my answer is the same every time. I say that I want to be remembered as part of the generation of miners who eliminated accidents in coal mines,” said Harvey.last_img read more

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NMA finds crucial flaws in EPAs mercury emissions proposal

first_imgThe NMA has filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal creating national mercury emission standards for a gold mine ore processing and production area source category, which falls in the hazardous air pollutant section of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The Nevada Mining Association, NMA and several member companies that own and operate gold ore processing and production facilities developed comprehensive comments on the EPA proposal. Firstly the NMA found that the agency did not adequately justify a basis for listing gold mining as a source category under section 112 (C) (6) of the CAA, while highlighting that Nevada is already implementing an effective mercury control program – that the EPA previously agreed satisfies the need for a federal program. The NMA also pointed out that existing sources of emissions should have three years to comply with Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards, rather than the two years proposed. The NMA feels that since little, if any, benefit would be realised in terms of improved compliance with MACT standards the EPA should exclude gold mine ore processing and production area sources from Title V requirements.Summing up the EPA’s proposal the NMA commented that it would be inappropriate and unnecessary for the EPA to include certification or management practices for hydrogen cyanide emissions in a rule developed to address mercury emissions.last_img read more

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Murray Roberts Cementation embarks on strategic positioning initiative

first_imgAimed at realising its vision to expand its footprint deeper into the African continent, Murray & Roberts Cementation has embarked on a strategic positioning exercise driven by two primary thrusts — safety and operational excellence. This initiative has seen certain structural changes being introduced to the company’s leadership, designed to ensure that projects are delivered safely, within scope, on time and within budget. “Although these changes are fairly new, they’ve already brought more focus to the business and we’re seeing the benefit in our results,” Chris Sheppard, Managing Director of Murray & Roberts Cementation, says. “We’ve reduced our projects in distress from four to one and, except for this one project, all other projects are delivering good results.“We’re working hard to elevate our safety performance to a level that differentiates us in the global market and ensures that we’re invited to the tendering table. Our recent safety performance, although not where it needs to be, includes a full 13-month fatality-free period, which was a first for the company. We’ve seen improvement in our general safety performance over the past three years and we’ll continue to build on the practices and behaviours that underpin this performance.”During 2013 the company created the new position of COO to take responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of projects, as well as continuous improvements in on-site safety. Newly appointed COO, Pete Ferreira (pictured) also “owns” the project management methodology of the business and, to this end, heads up a newly established Project Management Office (PMO) that provides a project methodology standardisation service embracing includes lessons learnt, risk and issue registers, governance and administration support. Ferreira is also responsible for the project management capacity of his team and the overall wellbeing of this discipline.“In parallel with Pete’s appointment, on assessing our business about a year ago, we realised that the whole discipline of project management was not where it needed to be and we enlisted a reputable service provider to redress this issue. This company has helped us launch a project management development programme under the auspices of PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) that has led to the creation of a project management framework. Falling under the PMO, the purpose of this framework is to embed the discipline of project management in our business and elevate it from being an optional service function offering to a line-driven way of doing business. In addition, all our project managers are now required to be certified by the Project Management Institute and we believe that by making this stand, we’ll ensure a superior project management service offering on all our projects.“While I retain oversight of operational matters, the COO’s overriding objective is to achieve operational excellence, freeing me up to create and implement a strategy that will lead our company into the future,” Sheppard says. “This includes assessing the company’s capabilities, developing strategic business relationships and ultimately delivering our Africa growth strategy. This strategy derives from the increased curtailment of projects in the South African mining space since 2012 that has prompted a focus on growing our business elsewhere.”Murray & Roberts Cementation has also reinstated the position of Technical Director, which has been dormant for the past three years. Sheppard says this decision was based on the need to develop a stronger technical health within the company’s operations. Mike Wells, previously an Operations Director, has been appointed to this position bringing with him a depth of technical knowledge and experience to fulfil this role on the Executive Committee.“Even with the best intentions, in any restructuring of the business that leads to changes in roles and responsibilities, there can be a migration back to previous functions, so as we move forward we’re putting a great deal of emphasis on role clarity,” says Sheppard. “We’ve redesigned our governance, structures and systems to support the changes and there’s a high level of engagement with the Executive Committee. We have a healthy dynamic among the senior leadership team that invites a lot of open debate and we hold one another accountable to the role changes. Our own performance contracts also reflect the changes and ensure we’re focusing correctly.“In addition, there’s increased engagement with our clients with a view to improving our performance. Based on our efforts to boost safety, operational excellence and project management, the ultimate objective is that clients will see a continuous improvement in project delivery.”last_img read more

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Cat D11 Dozer set for a revamp

first_imgCat is updating its D11 Dozer with new load-sensing hydraulics, high-horsepower reverse and the latest technology as the OEM looks to provide higher material movement at a lower cost per tonne.Engineered to be rebuilt multiple times, the new D11 has a redesigned main frame delivering lower total cost of ownership over the life of the machine, Cat says. Time-saving service updates reduce daily maintenance and boost machine uptime.The machine is being trialled in North America this year before being rolled out commercially in the June quarter of 2019.New load-sensing hydraulics and new drive train components deliver up to 8% fuel efficiency gains compared with the previous model, Cat says.The variable hydraulic pumps adjust output to meet demand, which saves energy, reduces heat generation and extends component life, according to the company. The new stator clutch torque divider provides improved drive train efficiency and, when combined with the new, high-horsepower reverse function, the machine delivers 4-8% greater productivity while burning less fuel.The redesigned structures and components increase reliability and durability for higher utilisation. For example, the larger equaliser bar features an improved bearing design to increase reliability.“The new D11 also improves on the time-tested elevated sprocket undercarriage with a more robust track roller frame to extend component service life. Replaceable bearings on the ripper and blade pin boreholes and new push arm trunnion bearing inserts offer fast replacement and extend component life,” Cat says.The D11 is available with a choice of emissions solutions to meet regional requirements, the Cat C32 engine delivers power ratings of 634 kW forward and 712 kW reverse for increased performance. A new single-plane cooling system design better dissipates heat to maintain consistent operating temperatures, even in extreme heat, and it provides easier core cleanout. This is of importance to the Tier 4 Final solution, which generates more heat than the Tier 2 equivalent.In addition, improved reversing fan function delivers greater reverse airflow for radiator cleanout, Cat says.The company also highlights a 30% larger engine oil sump capacity, which extends preventive maintenance intervals to 500 hours in challenging environments, giving customers more uptime.“The ground-level electrical centre provides convenient access to the lockout control, engine shutdown switch, and switches for access ladder raise/lower and remote-control mode options.“Service technicians can also fill the Auto Lube system and change the coolant and hydraulic, engine and powertrain oil from the ground,” Cat says.Standard features built into the new D11 offer improved access to the operator compartment, with the cab door mounted for either left- or right-side opening. Delayed egress lighting allows the operator to exit an illuminated dozer, while access lighting is controlled from either the cab or ground-level electrical centre.The new operator station features high-definition touchscreen displays with scalable electronic architecture, while the dynamic fluid monitoring system displays fluid levels and warns the operator of low-fluid conditions.Caterpillar is now offering a range of standard and optional technologies for the new D11 to allow work to be “done more efficiently, more accurately and at a lower cost”.Standard Automated Blade Assist makes use of pre-set blade pitch position to increase efficiency while reducing operator workload. Fuel efficiency and productivity are optimised through Enhanced Auto Shift, which automatically selects the optimal gear and engine speed based on powertrain load and desired ground speed.The D11 is also available with AutoCarry™, which automatically changes blade position to keep track slip at a minimum to optimise productivity when pushing a load. The optional Auto Ripper Control reduces operator fatigue and decreases machine wear by monitoring and automatically adjusting engine speed and ripper depth to minimise track slip.Cat Product Link™, also available, enables remote reporting of critical operating data like machine location, operation and condition, and allows data tracking from anywhere through VisionLink™.Available Cat MineStar™ technologies for the D11 include Terrain for grading, which guides the operator in grading to plan and boosts productivity by reducing rework. Command for dozing offers multiple levels of remote control as well as semi-autonomous operation, which enables a single remotely located operator to manage several dozers.last_img read more

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Apple Launches iAd Producer

first_imgWith news of Apples first iAd on the iPad, it seems that Apple has launched a new app for the Mac called iAd Producer which is aimed specifically at developers and designers who want to create iAds. iAd Producer will automatically manage the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript used in the advert. You can grab iAd Producer from Apple’s developer website and to run the software you need Mac OS X 10.6.5, Safari 5 and iOS SDK 4.0.The iAd Producer interface is said to bring together all of the key elements of your iAd content in a single design window. You can choose the type of iOS device you’re building for, and iAd Producer will give you an overview of the structure and flow of your iAd, as well as a visual editing canvas for each of the individual pages.AdChoices广告On paper the software seems intuitive to use and in some ways Apple have been wise to do so, after all if the platform made creating iAds difficult they would be losing a large percentage of revenue generated by said ads.Read more at macstorieslast_img read more

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Poll Would Donald Trumps presidency put you off visiting the US

first_imgPoll: Would Donald Trump’s presidency put you off visiting the US? The New York tourist board believes it will get less tourists this year because of President Trump’s policies. SINCE TAKING OFFICE in January, the Trump administration has been a source of controversy for policies such as the travel ban and it is believed that the President may be acting as a deterrent for people to visit the US.The New York tourism board has said that the city will get around 300,000 fewer tourists this year, a drop it has attributed to the rhetoric and policies of Donald Trump.Travel search engine Kayak has said that searches from UK citizens looking to go on holiday in the US have “fallen off a cliff”.And, research from the Global Business Travel Organisation estimated that the US lost out on $185 million in business travel flights amid the uncertainty around the travel ban introduced by President Trump.So, today we’re asking you: Would Donald Trump’s presidency put you off visiting the US? By Sean Murray Yes (10644) Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (8753) Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images No interest/No opinion (562) YesNoNo interest/No opinionVotecenter_img Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 8:47 AM Poll Results: 106 Comments 31,300 Views Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images Apr 4th 2017, 8:47 AM http://jrnl.ie/3322920 Short URLlast_img read more

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He said in football there were 2 types of people those who

first_img Follow us: the42.ie Jun 24th 2018, 7:46 AM 7 Comments Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 5:07 PM 28,966 Views ‘He said in football there were 2 types of people – those who pay bribes and those who accept them’ Buzzfeed investigative reporter Ken Bensinger chats about his acclaimed new book on the Fifa corruption scandal. http://the42.ie/4086294 Serbian press slams ‘provocative’ Swiss celebrations>‘I’d love to have played in another World Cup… But I don’t regret any of my actions’> Image: Getty Images Chuck Blazer was a key figure in the Fifa corruption scandal. THE ARREST OF several Fifa officials back in 2015 was a sensational news story.While it was not the first time members of the association had been accused of bribery, many within soccer felt the organisation was too powerful to ever be properly held accountable for their actions.The extraordinary fallout following this controversy sent shockwaves through the world of football, with Sepp Blatter ultimately stepping down as president of Fifa and subsequently receiving a six-year ban from the sport, while not many other senior figures associated with the organisation survived the scandal with their reputations intact.A critically acclaimed new book by Buzzfeed Investigative Reporter Ken Bensinger, entitled ‘Red Card: Fifa and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports’ takes a detailed look at the IRS and FBI’s painstaking investigation into the world of football administration, which has for decades been rife with corruption. The story provides a comprehensive re-telling of the lengths these investigators went to, in order to expose the wrongdoings of countless senior officials.The book is in equal parts entertaining, depressing and insightful in painting a picture of the many Machiavellian and self-serving figures who helped run the sport for many years. It also shows both the slyness and at times, sheer incompetence of these individuals. Consider the following amusing passage:‘On Sunday, Jack Warner, out of jail on bond, released two video-taped interviews he’d conducted, dressed in the lime green colours of his political party. He, too, accused the United States of conspiring against soccer, claiming that “no one gives them the right to do what they are doing.”‘As proof of the plot, Warner held up a printout of a news article from an American publication: “Fifa Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup in United States,” the headline read.“If Fifa is so bad, why is it the US wants to keep the World Cup?” Warner asked, an incredulous look on his face. “Take your losses, like a man, and go.” But Warner’s allegations soon turned him into a punchline when it was revealed that the article he had cited had come from The Onion, a satirical publication.”We chat to Bensinger below about his new book…How did the book come about?I’m an investigative reporter and not necessarily a sports specialist. I’ve done sports stories from time to time but it isn’t the only thing I cover. Most of the stories I’ve done are not about sports, so in that sense, it was a departure.When I started with Buzzfeed News in 2014, I had a story list with different ideas. Towards the top was to write a profile of [the late American football administrator who held a number of positions at the top level of the game] Chuck Blazer. He’d been on my radar for some time, because he’s such a larger than life figure, but because of the quirks of football and the fact that the US doesn’t care for the sport that much, he’d kind of escaped a lot of public attention. He just wasn’t a really well-known figure here or anywhere for that matter.I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, my previous job with the LA Times I wanted to do it, but the limitations of a print newspaper with [a word count of] 2,000 made it [difficult].So I convinced the editors in my new job to let me do a big long profile of Blazer that ran right before the last World Cup in June 2014. It was one of the first thorough deep looks at him and his legacy. After that, I moved on to a totally different topic to do with immigration policy in the US and it was nothing at all to do with football.A year later, May 2015, we have these infamous arrests in Zurich. Within a couple of days, it comes out that Chuck Blazer was one of the principle co-operators in the case, wearing a wire and providing information to the Department of Justice for their case.So it suddenly made me the worldwide expert on Chuck Blazer and football corruption, which I wasn’t, but everyone thought I was.I’ve been wanting to write a book for a long time. But typically for a journalist writing a book, it has to be a labour of love. With the wife and kids and mortgage, it didn’t feel like I could lose money on a book, so this was an opportunity to do something on a topic I’m very interested in, where at the very least, it wouldn’t be a financial disaster for me.So I looked at it, put together a proposal and sold the book within three or four weeks. Soon thereafter, a movie option was sold to Warner Brothers to make a feature film about it as well.What most surprised you during the research? The World Cup trophy (file pic). Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe thing about Fifa corruption is that people are not surprised it is corrupt, but it is surprising to see how widespread it is. The phrase that the prosecutors used was ‘endemic’.The question we’ve all thought about if you follow the game at the very highest level — cash for votes and that sort of thing — as I reported, it was at every level. From the top in Zurich all the way down to youth leagues in Paraguay, there are these mirror instances of the same sort of corruption. That was surprising to me.The other thing was how incredibly unhelpful so many people were and how uninterested they were in telling the story. So it took a lot of knocking on a lot of doors to get people to open up and let me understand how this all happened.Another thing that’s surprising is how many people think they know what happened or what this case is all about and they’re just totally wrong. That’s been interesting to see — people think they get it and they don’t. That’s been interesting to watch.One of the things that’s striking about the case is that there were no real whistleblowers. People only owned up to their wrongdoing after they got caught. It’s a pretty damning indictment on people who run football, isn’t it?That’s right. Some people have been called ‘whistleblowers’ in this. Chuck Blazer, for example, has been called a whistleblower. I strongly object to the use of that term. The only reason Chuck Blazer ends up co-operating and wearing a wire and helping the investigation is because they had his back to the wall. It wasn’t out of the goodness of his heart. He co-operated because the prosecutors gave him a choice: ‘You either help us or go right to jail.’ This is a guy who hadn’t paid or even filed taxes in more than 15 years.The idea that he was coming to them of his own free will and being a nice guy who was trying to save the sport is just factually inaccurate.So I think it reflects a culture of people in the sport who liked it as it was — the way the corruption benefited them and they could all get rich off the sport. The people who were involved didn’t want it to change. That’s the nature of that beast. It was a really cosy world for those people. For them, one of the worst things that could happen was for the DOJ [United States Department of Justice] to stick its nose in their business.Who are the heroes of this story? By Paul Fennessy Then-Chilean FA president Harold Mayne-Nicholls pictured in 2010. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesI think you’re not going to find too many heroes on the football administration side.Blazer told investigators that in football there were two types of people — those who pay bribes and those who accept them. I think that’s a little bit of an over-simplification. There’s a third category — those who know bribes are being taken, turn a blind eye and don’t say anything about it. That category is pretty large as well — people who, because of their own interests, are not willing to blow a whistle or urged to say anything.So it’s hard to find people who actually stood up for the sport. There were a couple. I don’t think they are heroes of my story per se, but they are certainly interesting and relevant. For example, there was a guy who was head of the Chilean Football Federation by the name of Harold Mayne-Nicholls. His name came up because he was one of the few guys who refused to take a bribe. They tried to give him bribes and they wouldn’t take it. That South American football mafia kind of ex-communicated him because they wouldn’t take a bribe.It was a bit like that movie Serpico, where it’s not optional — you’re supposed to take a bribe. Apparently, the head of the Uruguayan Football Association went the same way. For the real heroes, you’ve got to point towards law enforcement.The standout person is a guy named Steve Berryman, who is this IRS agent in California, who is about as far from all this action as possible. He’s someone who grew up in England. His father was in the airforce, he was stationed over there, so he grew up playing football and loving the sport. He came back to the US and has followed the sport ever since then. He’s a big Liverpool fan and he got involved in the case after it was about a year old. He’s the one who got them Blazer and he’s the one as an IRS agent who has to look at taxes.FBI agents already on the case — it’s part of American law enforcement that the FBI can’t just look at someone’s taxes. Very few people can look at tax returns, so the FBI wasn’t actually aware of Blazer’s tax problems until the IRS got involved. So he brought them Chuck Blazer. And he didn’t just do that — he also brought them incredibly sophisticated money-tracing techniques, which allowed them to piece together where all the bribes had been paid. Who received them? How long? Et cetera.In the trial, he did three days of testimony, which is a long time. And when it was over, one of the defence attorneys — despite being on opposite sides — came up and gave him a hug and told him what a wonderful job he did, which is a testament to how important he was in this case. Several people on both sides told me that there would be no case if not for Steve Berryman.Would it be fair to say modern soccer flourishing and corruption are inextricably linked? The 1978 World Cup saw the introduction of commercial sponsorship. Source: DPA/PA ImagesI think it kind of is. There’s sort of an original sin in modern football — in the early 1970s, João Havelange was the first non-European president of Fifa. Havelange is Brazilian and has I think a noble desire to democratise the sport and bring into to the developing world. The parts of the world where they don’t play the sport much and really don’t have the opportunity to — Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, these kind of places that didn’t really have the sport.What he very quickly discovered is he didn’t have any money to pay for that. Fifa had revenue at that time, which largely consisted of ticket sales from the World Cup, international friendlies and that sort of thing. That was it — there was very little TV money, there was basically no sponsorship money, a few drips of advertising, but really, it was ticket sales. It wasn’t enough money to pay for this type of programme. He had made this campaign promise and knew if he didn’t deliver it, he would be a one-term president.So he had to find a way to pay for it, and the way to pay for it was to open Fifa up to huge commercial sponsorship, so that’s when Adidas and Coca Cola get involved. They sponsor the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, and other companies are providing cover and helping to protect him, give him the resources he needs to deliver.And so it’s a bit of a Faustian bargain — you owe the devil, now the corporate interests have a massive stake in the game. And it doesn’t take long before bribes start happening. Money starts coming in, people start realising the commercial value of the sport, then people start demanding under-the-table payments. And I think it dates back to then when the corruption started, [leading to] 40-plus years of this commercial aspect and this corruption. And I think unwinding that is going to be really tough.How did Jack Warner [the former Vice President of FIFA and President of CONCACAF] get away with his egregious behaviour for so long and how does he continue to do so to an extent? Former CONCACAF President Jack Warner. Source: EMPICS SportWarner has been fighting extradition since the get-go. He was indicted the same time as the others. He was arrested and detained briefly in Trinidad and Tobago, where he’s from. He spent a night in jail there and was released on bond. He has been fighting extradition ever since, so going on two years of fighting extradition.He hasn’t won but he hasn’t lost either. There are going to be hearings in the fall and he could get extradited — if he gets extradited, it’s going to be a huge story.Maybe he’ll plead guilty, but he strikes me as the kind of guy who’s going to fight. That would lead to one heck of a trial. We can all agree that once you’ve got Warner in a court room, it’s going to be a spectacle, it’s going to be a show with a lot of noise.For a lot of people, he symbolises the peak of Fifa corruption. The Platonic ideal of a corrupt soccer official seems like it’s Jack Warner. Particularly when you look at some of the really dirty ones who are no longer with us — the one that immediately springs to mind is [former president of the Argentine Football Association] Julio Grondona. He was equally repugnant and horrendous in his corruption. He died [in 2014], so they couldn’t get him.So Warner is one of the last remaining great prizes from that generation. But other figures who didn’t get quite as much attention turned out to be just as filthy. One that stands out to me was Jeffrey Webb, who was Jack Warner’s successor [as President of CONCACAF].Webb was really corrupt in all kinds of ways. The irony with him is he went around telling everyone how clean he was. He campaigned for CONCACAF President on being clean and being a reformer. But the whole time he’s saying this, he’s involved in some of the worst filth in the history of the sport.Would you be optimistic about the new Fifa regime? They have promised change, but people on the outside understandably tend to be quite sceptical when they hear that. Current Fifa President Gianni Infantino has vowed to instigate change within the organisation. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesI think there’s no question the sport is trying to make steps towards being cleaner. I think it is such a deeply ingrained culture that it’s sort of fighting against itself. We saw evidence of that recently when it turned out the entire Ghanaian football association had to be disbanded because of the depth of the corruption. There was video-tape evidence of these people taking bribes, including the president of the association. So it’s a reminder that these things are really still deeply a part of the fabric of this sport.I’m not sure Gianni Infantino is a saint or someone who’s going to save the game. I think there’s maybe a hope that capitalism will save the day.There’s the fact that the united bid of the US, Canada and Mexico was chosen over Morocco — I wouldn’t call it a triumph, but I would say it’s an indication that the old Fifa corruption may be evaporating in favour of one that’s maybe more interested in just pure profit.After seeing Qatar win the 2022 tournament, it would have been reasonable to expect that Morocco would have won that bid. The fact they didn’t suggests that perhaps there’s a new focus.You convey well in the book the painstaking work that went into the FBI investigation and how easily it could have fallen through. What was the biggest challenge facing the investigators? A view of the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where several officials were arrested on suspicion of bribery. Source: Martyn ZieglerI think one of them was that they had to be ultra secret. Because it’s CONCACAF, it was an international investigation. So a lot of the people they were targeting were in countries outside of the US and some of them are countries that don’t extradite their citizens.There was a concern that if any word of the investigation got out to anybody, it could blow the whole thing. So they had to work without a lot of the co-operation they would normally get from other countries. They would have been asking Switzerland and Brazil for financial records that would help them, but in this case, with really only one or two exceptions, they had to keep it ultra-secret and not ask anyone for any help, so that was sort of like doing it with their hands tied behind their back. It made the case longer and much more difficult. But in a way, it may have galvanised them and made the case that much more thorough, because it was sort of a higher bar they had to jump over, they had to be double, triple sure that they were doing it right.The World Cup is taking place in Russia right now. There’s so much baggage with that successful bid and a number of people who backed it are now disgraced. Should people at least feel conflicted in supporting the event? Or does the average person’s love of soccer simply override everything else?I think soccer fandom is pretty compulsive. People love the sport so much they’re willing to overlook the black marks of the game. People say: ‘Fifa makes me sick, but I love to watch the World Cup.’ We’ve seen it over and over again. We’ve seen World Cups held in Argentina when there was a military dictatorship going on there and literally torturing people less than two kilometres from the stadium where the final was held. People seem to be able to hold their nose and watch the matches.I think there are fans who have said: ‘That’s it. I’m done. I’m not going to watch it anymore.’ And there’s definitely some small percentage of that.I think there’s a third category of fans, which is sort of like: ‘I’m covering my ears, I don’t want to hear anything about the corruption. I don’t care. I just want to appreciate the game. That’s what I’m seeing.’So I guess those that would like reform would like to say: ‘Look, just boycott this. Just don’t watch the games.’ There’s no question that a viewership decline in the World Cup would do more than anything to change Fifa, but I don’t really anticipate it. The interest in the sport is just growing and it’s becoming more and more popular.Finally, what do you make of Sepp Blatter showing up in Russia at the World Cup as a guest of Vladimir Putin recently? Sepp Blatter, left, pictured watching the recent Brazil-Costa Rica World Cup match. Source: Imago/PA ImagesI think it’s kind of both shocking and not at all surprising. It’s a strong reminder of who’s in charge here. This is Vladimir Putin’s world and this is his tournament. The fact is, just a few days ago, he’s sitting in the presidential box with Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president.And a week later, he’s with Sepp Blatter, who’s banned from the sport for six years and who isn’t supposed to be there. Somebody was saying ‘maybe he’ll buy tickets and go by himself,’ as he’s not supposed to go in an official capacity. But what’s more official than sitting in the presidential box with the president of the host country?To me, it’s just Putin saying: ‘I can do whatever I want. People cheated to get this World Cup. It sparked a criminal investigation and brought many people down. It gave Gianni Infantino his job. But I don’t care. I’m going to invite the guy who was thrown out of the sport.’ It’s a big middle finger to the whole world as far as I can tell.‘Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports’ by Ken Bensinger is published by Profile Books. More info here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Short URL Share12 Tweet Email2 Chuck Blazer was a key figure in the Fifa corruption scandal. Image: Getty Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Amber Rudd says no evidence Johnsons government trying to get deal with

first_img By Conor McCrave I support the Prime Minister in getting a deal and not leaving without a deal. But I have not seen enough work into actually trying to get a deal. When earlier in the week I asked No 10 for a summary of what the planning was actually getting a deal, I was sent a one-page summary. There is not enough work into actually getting a deal, which is not what the prime minister signed up to try to do.“There is no evidence of the deal. There is no formal negotiation taking place. There are just a lot of conversations,” Rudd said, adding that too much effort is going into no-deal preparations.  Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 2:25 PM 54 Comments Updated Sep 8th 2019, 2:25 PM BRITISH MP AND cabinet minister Amber Rudd has resigned from the Conservative party in response to Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit. Rudd was appointed as work and pensions secretary by former prime minister Theresa May last year and was reappointed when Johnson took over the premiership in July. In a letter to Johnson yesterday, Rudd resigned from her cabinet position as well as her membership of the Conservative party, citing a lack of “reassurances” from the Government, and follows a string of people to leave the party in recent days. “This has been a difficult decision. I joined your Cabinet in good faith; accepting that ‘no deal’ had to be on the table because it was the means by which we would have the best chance of achieving a new deal to leave on 31 October,” she said. “However, I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main objective. “The government is expending a lot of energy to prepare for ‘no deal’ but I have not see the same level of intensity go into our talks with the European Union who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop.”Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today, Rudd accused Johnson’s government of not doing enough to secure a new deal with the EU.  https://jrnl.ie/4800428 36,853 Views Amber Rudd says no evidence Johnson’s government trying to get deal with EU Theresa Coffey has replaced Rudd following her resignation last night. Amber Rudd is the latest in a string of prominent Tory MPs to quit the party. Image: Alberto Pezzali Sep 8th 2019, 7:38 AM Whatever happens we will get ready to come out on 31 October and we will serve this country and its people with the energy and commitment they deserve.According to three separate polls published today, his message still appears to be resonating with British voters.They show Johnson’s Conservatives either holding or extending their lead over the main opposition Labour Party to around 10 percentage points.On Thursday Johnson’s brother Jo Johnson also resigned as a minister and MP over a “conflict of family loyalty and the national interest,” while on Tuesday Philip Lee resigned as member of the Conservative party saying “it was no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests”. Johnson also withdrew the whip from 21 Tory rebels who are unable to vote as members of the Conservative party on Tuesday, which Rudd said was an “assault on decency and democracy”. Johnson is due in Dublin tomorrow for a meeting with the Taoiseach. Additional reporting from Adam Daly and – © AFP 2019 Image: Alberto Pezzali Amber Rudd is the latest in a string of prominent Tory MPs to quit the party. He will be keeping this government’s promise to leave on the 31st. Javid gave few specifics about what Johnson will do should parliament tell him to ask for an extension after turning down his election challenge.“We have a plan, which is to stick to what we have been doing,” Javid said.Winning with voters Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested that one option would be for the government to challenge parliament’s potential delay request in court.“It will be challenged in the courts,” Raab told Sky News.“What we are going to do with that legislation is test very carefully what it does and doesn’t require and that’s not only the lawful thing to do, I think that’s the responsible thing to do,” Raab said.And Johnson himself said in a letter to two Sunday newspapers that his government would “simply carry on” if his election call is turned down.“We will surmount all the obstacles in our path,” Johnson said. There is this huge machine preparing for no deal. You might expect in the balance between getting a deal and no deal 50/50 in terms of work, but it is not that, it is like 80-90% of government time going into no deal.Johnson moved quickly to replace Rudd, appointing MP for Suffolk Theresa Coffey as work and pensions secretary.Johnson is adamant that he needs the no-deal threat to wrest a better agreement from Brussels at a leadership summit on 17-18 October.He is instead seeking to hold an early general election on 15 October that could give him a mandate to take Britain out on time and at any cost.But parliament has mandated Johnson to seek an extension should his approach fail by 19 October.Lawmakers are also expected on Monday to block his call for a snap vote for a second time. This appears to leave Johnson with few other options but to resign – something two top ministers said on Sunday he would not do.“The prime minister will not be resigning,” interior minister Sajid Javid told the BBC today. 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Lionel Scaloni warns rivals that Argentinas best is yet to come

first_imgArgentina manager Lionel Scaloni believes there is more to extract from his side following an unspectacular 1-0 friendly win at Morocco.After a shock 3-1 defeat to Venezuela last weekend, Argentina headed over to Morocco without captain Lionel Messi.The Barcelona superstar picked up a knock in his first game back for nearly nine months. Thus, Paulo Dybala took Messi’s place in the line-up but was unable to be much of a threat due to a clear lack of chances.Windy conditions during the second half made things even trickier for Argentina before substitute Angel Correa scored a match-winner seven minutes from time.While the Atletico Madrid forward was able to spare Scaloni’s blushes, the 40-year-old accepted his side must improve.“Argentina’s best version is always to come, as happens with all the other teams,” said Scaloni, according to Fox Sports.“There is no team always at their 100 per cent.“Obviously it was impossible to show a good game, both for Argentina and Morocco [because of the wind]. But we will achieve our best version with a lot of hard work, and we have some time to get ready for that.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“As we all know Morocco are a hard team, with a lot of good players, who are capable of complicating any team. This time they faced an eager Argentina. We are eager to play, to get results, to defend these colours, and that is really important for us.“It was a difficult game for Morocco because they were playing with the home crowd pressure and also maybe the wind did not help them either.”Argentina will next be in action in this summer’s Copa America tournament in Brazil, with Colombia awaiting them in their Group B opener on June 16.Despite concerns over Messi’s participation in the competition, Scaloni stated on Monday that it’s clear the 31-year-old will be in his squad.⚽ #SelecciónMayor@Argentina 🇦🇷 1 – #Marruecos 🇲🇦 0¡Final del partido! Con gol de Ángel Correa, el Seleccionado Nacional triunfó en el estadio de Tánger! pic.twitter.com/iNVfmcktmO— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) March 26, 2019last_img read more

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3DAY BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST

first_img Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTHIS IS THE PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THE BAHAMAS FOR TODAY TUESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2015.GENERAL SITUATION: A VERY WEAK COLD FRONT ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL CONTINUE PUSHING SOUTHEASTWARDS WHILE DISSAPPATING TODAY.NORTHWEST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND MILD TODAY…TURNING FAIR TONIGHT.WINDS: SOUTHWEST TO WEST AT 15 KNOTS AHEAD OF THE FRONT BECOMING NORTH TO NORHTEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BEHIND THE FRONT.SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET AHEAD OF THE FRONT BECOMING 2 TO 4 FEET BEHIND THE FRONTCENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDSWEATHER: PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM TODAY…TURNING FAIR TONIGHT.WINDS: VARIABLE LESS THAN 10 KNOTSSEAS: LESS THAN THREE FEET OVER OPEN WATERDAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 77° F 25° COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE IN NASSAU 64° F 18° CSUNRISE AT 6.52 AM AND SUNSET AT 5.56 PMMOONRISE AT 5.55 PM AND MOONSET AT 6.32 AMHIGH TIDE AT 7.22 AM AND LOW TIDE AT 1.04 AMHIGH TIDE AT 7.39 PM AND LOW TIDE AT 1.46 PMEXTENDED FORECAST: HIGH PRESSURE WILL DOMINATE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE ISLANDS WEDNESDAY AND SHIFT EASTWARDS AS ANOTHER FRONT PUSHES INTO THE BAHAMAS LATE THURSDAY/EARLY FRIDAY.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNYA ND WARM DURING THE DAY…TURNING FAIR AT NIGHT.WINDS: EASTERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER OPEN WATERS.FORECAST FOR THURSDAY:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND WARM DURING THE DAY. WITH INCREASING CLOUDS AND THE CHANCE FOR SHOWERS BY NIGHTFALL AS A FRONT MOVES INTO THE NORTHERN BAHAMAS.WINDS: S TO SW 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND SE TO S 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CNTRL/SE BAHAMAS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE CNTRL/SE BAHAMAS. Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weatherlast_img read more

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TRS to lay foundation for construction of party offices today

first_imgMinisters will lay the foundation at nine places and the ZP chairmen will take up the task at remaining areas. Meanwhile, TRS working president and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao will lay the foundation of the party office in his assembly segment. Currently, the TRS party has party offices at Khammam and Wanaparthy. The party decided to have party offices in all the 31 districts and submitted an application to allocate lands. The government allocated the land in two phases leaving the Warangal and Hyderabad. The land is these districts is yet to be identified. The TRS party is spending Rs 60 lakh for each party office and are expected to get completed by October, 2019.last_img read more

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Two Years after Campus Carry Took Effect Has Anything Changed

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X It has been two years since Texas’s campus carry law went into effect.And it’s likely to stay. Last month, a federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit by three professors at the University of Texas at Austin that argued the law stifles free speech.So, I wanted to find out what, if any, tangible effect the law has had on college campuses since its implementation.First, I was wondering if there’s any way of knowing how many students bring guns to campus. So, I checked right here at home, with the University of Houston Police Department.“There would be no way for us to know that because we don’t ask the question,” Lt. Bret Collier, acting captain for UHPD’s patrol division, said.One indicator could be how many people leave their firearms with the campus police because they’re planning to be in what’s called an exclusion zone.Universities designate certain zones on campus where guns are not allowed. At UH, that includes science labs, dorms, the daycare facility and sporting facilities, among others.Collier showed me where students can surrender their guns.“We bring out a safe. It’s a small safe, thumbprint,” he said. “So, they get to put their thumbprint in, put the device in the box and then we take it to the back and store it.”Between August 2016, when campus carry took effect, and last month, there have only been 31 requests to store a firearm at UHPD – never more than six in one month.Of course, this doesn’t tell us how many students overall are armed. Theoretically, all requests for storage could come from the same person.So, I called up a student who advocates for the right to take guns to college campuses.Quinn Cox, the southwest regional director for Students for Concealed Carry, and an accounting major at UT in Austin, wouldn’t say whether or not he himself is carrying.“That’s the beauty of concealed carry,” he said. “No matter where you go, it’s concealed. No-one’s going to know.”But Cox’s group came up with an estimate for how many Texas students carry on campus. The group used data from concealed carry licenses, for which you have to be 21 or older to qualify.“From basically 21 to 23, the licensure rates and the carry rates there as compared to how often other people carry, and we’ve determined that it’s a little bit above 1 percent of the student population that is licensed to carry,” he said. “Now whether they carry or not, we have no way of knowing that.”Not much empirical research has been done on this topic. One that comes close is a 2011 study by four researchers at Sam Houston State University (SHSU).It surveyed undergraduate students in different SHSU buildings to determine how many classrooms would on average contain at least one firearm.The most conservative estimate puts that number at 18 percent of rooms.Michael Cavanaugh, one of the researchers, who now teaches criminal justice at the University of Houston Downtown, said the results vary significantly by building.“One of the interesting findings was that the (criminal justice) building at Sam Houston had the highest number of people that would carry,” he said. “The art building would have the lowest number of people that would carry.”Cavanaugh suspects the overall numbers to be higher now that the law is actually in effect.Either way, has there been any kind of effect on safety – negative or positive?Not at UH, according to Collier.“Just anecdotally, I think that the types of incidents we have with guns on or adjacent to campus are the same as the ones we had before,” Collier said. “It’s people that are not licensed to carry.”Cavanaugh said there have been very few incidents statewide.“Right when the law was implemented, they had a couple of incidents,” he said. “I think there was one at Tarleton State of a gun going off and then for the last two years, I mean, it’s really been pretty silent.”There have been a few more minor incidents. A year ago, a License to Carry (LTC) holder accidentally discharged his gun in his Texas A&M dorm room, and in February pistols were found in women’s restrooms at the University of Texas on two separate occasions.But Hannah Shearer, an attorney with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the lack of violent incidents doesn’t tell the whole story.  “I think it’s the impact of students not applying and professors not taking positions at Texas universities because they don’t want to be in a situation where they have to allow guns in the classroom,” she said.Shearer also points to the high rate of suicide among college students, which guns on campus might only exacerbate, and the potential for confusion during mass shooter events as an argument against firearms on campus.But two years after it took effect, there is little hard data to assess the impact of Texas’ campus carry law. Share center_img 00:00 /04:00 – / 3 Listenlast_img read more

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FaithBased Orgs Enter Affordable Housing Fight in DC

first_imgMayor Muriel Bowser hosted a Faith-Based Housing Expo as part of her effort to produce and preserve affordable housing in the District. The event, which briefed religious leaders about the development process, connected them to financers, developers, and city leaders, and provided technical assistance, was held Dec. 5, at the House of Lebanon Senior Apartments in Northwest.“Creating affordable housing means safer, stronger neighborhoods and allows our residents to share in the District’s prosperity,” said Bowser. “Religious leaders play a critical role in many communities throughout the District, and we want to engage and inform them in the development process so that they can continue to help move our city forward.”Loretta Steele, a member of the 19th Street Baptist Church, said she attended the expo to get a clearer understanding of what ways she and other congregants could do to help alleviate the need for affordable housing. She noted that in D.C., middle class individuals making incomes around $50,000 need financial assistance to afford to stay in the District.“This is not a new concept by any means, because the city has offered incentives in the past, under Marion Barry, to church leaders to help build and secure decent housing for working people,” Steele said.  “Affordable housing is not about people on welfare who everyone thinks destroys things and breeds crime.  There are respectable people in this city making livable wages – more than fifty thousand a year – who suddenly cannot afford to be here.”In addition to providing safe, livable units at affordable prices, the goal of faith-based housing, where churches are either owners or managers of affordable income units, is to help support and anchor whatever social services residents may require.Since taking office, Mayor Bowser has made affordable housing a major focus of her administration.  Earlier this year, she committed a historic $100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) to expand affordable housing opportunities and create more pathways to the middle class for District residents. To date, those funds have yielded over 1,300 affordable units.  Mayor Bowser also created a Housing Preservation Strike Force, a team tasked with developing an action plan to preserve existing affordable housing in the District.Faith-based development initiatives currently help to support more than 60 faith-based partners at various stages of the development process, providing more than $15 million in Enterprise grants, loans and tax credit equity including more than $1.5 million in loans and $13.8 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity.last_img read more

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Easing Reentry for the Newly Freed

first_imgShyrce Hall (left), Lynn Twyman, Program Administrator for the Baltimore Police Community Collaboration’s reentry and youth programs; Officer Robert Horne, Coordinator for the Baltimore Police Community Collaborative Division’s Reentry Program, gave a presentation on community policing to Col. Edward Jackson’s (BPD retiree) criminology class at Baltimore City Community College.Shryce Hall was an active participant in the unrest that erupted in Baltimore’s streets last April. Why?“Just to go against the police,” she said, revealing a photo of her screaming at a patiently poised officer and waving a wad of cash in the camera. The death of Freddie Gray brought back memories of Hall’s own negative experiences with police officers in the past.Why the cash? She was prepared to be arrested, because she knew what she was doing was wrong. But her ill feelings toward the police defeated her conscience.“It was my bail money,” the 51-year-old mother of two told the AFRO.Looking back, Hall is not proud of her behavior that day. She then believed that the police only came around to make arrests. Today, she has a different perspective, especially since she now calls a policeman her friend.“I had no respect for the police until I met Officer Horne,” said Hall. The two crossed paths at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), where she was a detainee, preparing to transition back into the community. Officer Robert Horne was there to help her. As reentry coordinator for the BPD’s Reentry Program, his job is to assist returning citizens with accessing the resources they need to meet with success on the outside.The Reentry program is one of four community outreach initiatives established by the Community Collaboration Division (CCD) of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). The purpose of the program is for the BPD to collaborate with community and faith-based organizations to deliver evidence-based transitional services behind the wall as well as accountability and services beyond prison walls.One of the services provided is ELEVATION, a 12-week life skills training program that “teaches men and women detainees to set personal goals and be accountable for life choices.”  Officer Horne is among four officers assigned to facilitate group sessions in collaboration with workers of Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign, a movement launched in 1996 to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Classes address anger management, drug education, parenting, relationships and spiritual growth. The spiritual aspect of rehabilitation is critical to transition, said Horne, who has volunteered with the Department of Corrections as chaplain for the Muslim population for 18 years.The CCD has also established partnerships with the Center for Urban Youth and Families’ STRIVE program to provide workforce readiness and retention services and Baltimore Cares, an organization that provides treatment for mental illness and substance abuse disorders.When Hall was released two months ago, a team of reentry officers showed up to assist with the transition. She had no food, no money, and an overdue electric bill. These are among some of the barriers people face when reentering the community following incarceration.  Unaddressed and exacerbated mental health issues, housing, and unemployment are others. But because of her participation in the reentry program, most of those barriers were removed.“I heard about what they do while I was in the detention center, but I actually experienced it once I got home,” said Hall. “I was dazed and confused; I called them as soon as I was released and they were there. I was taken care of. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have their support.”Success stories have created a buzz among inmates at other correctional facilities and are advocating for the expansion of the program. Out in the community, however, tensions are high and trust is low between the police and the people.Horne said he believes the media continues to fuel the public’s fear and mistrust of law enforcement.  “There’s more to policing than writing tickets and locking people up.  Unfortunately, people get their information from the te‘lie’vision, and the media will take every opportunity to dehumanize the police. There are many of us out here working to win the heart of the community. It makes our job easier and reduces recidivism,” he said.last_img read more

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Thug violently beats gay man he blames for turning his brother gay

first_imgHomophobe who attacked gay couple offers to hug them in courtMan who yelled homophobic abuse at gay couple spared jail, then offers hug to victims insteadShocking footage shows gay man verbally abused and then punched in surprise attackRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kent-attack-brother-gay/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Folkestone Magistrates’ Court (Photo: Google View) ‘The victim said the defendant then started blaming him for being one of the reasons that the defendant’s brother was gay, saying the victim had slept with his brother.‘He then said to the victim the only reason he was letting him live was because he was being nice.’Pope then told the defendant to call the police or he would be killed.‘The 999 operators could hear Pope in the background saying, “get the police or I will fucking kill you, I’m going to come down and finish you off, you fucking cunt”,’ said Kachingwe.Pleads guiltyPope pleaded guilty yesterday to causing actual bodily harm. He said he was ashamed of his actions. Pope’s defending barrister, George Crowe, said his client had shown great remorse. He also said Pope has experienced mental health issues.‘There is a number of underlying issues here. Drink is the main one, but there are mental health issues as well.‘He hasn’t touched drink since.’Although pleading guilty at magistrates’ court, due to the severity of the attack, he will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court at a later date.H/T: KentLive Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Luke Pope, of Douglas Avenue, Whitstable, shared a taxi with the victim after leaving a nightclub in Ashford, Kent, on 2 February.After being dropped off, he began his attack, knocking the victim to the ground.A statement from the victim was read out yesterday when the case came to Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.‘He kicked me in the ribs a couple of times. I tried to curl up in the fetal position to protect myself.‘He was squeezing my neck. At one point I thought I was going to pass out.‘He then let go and smashed my head on the floor.‘He then took my mobile phone off me. He left me on the floor, and threw me over a low fence and into a stream.‘Then he made me beg to call an ambulance. I had to ask three or four times before he called one.’‘Get the police or I will fucking kill you’Prosecutor Anna Kachingwe added more details. She said the defendant had called the victim dirty, disgusting and wrong.‘The victim believed this took place due to his sexuality.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A 29-year-old man in Kent, England, has pleaded guilty to a violent assault on a gay man. It ended with him taunting the man and making him beg to call for an ambulance. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Australians increasingly embracing multigenerational travel

first_imgAustralians increasingly embracing multi-generational travelExpedia.com.au has today released further findings from its annual State of the Nation report, revealing Australians are increasingly embracing multi-generational travel, seeing it as an opportunity to spend quality time with the whole family, not only a chance for a free trip from the oldies and a helping hand with the kids.In the lead up to the Easter holidays, Expedia is seeing searches for family hotel rooms increase more than 20% year-on-year*, as more than a third (35%) of Australian travellers report they have been on holiday with more than one generation of their family in the last two years, rising to 46% among Australian parents** with children 17 and under.Close to two thirds of Aussie parents (63%) always took multi-generation holidays prior to having children, believing they are a nice way to spend time as a family (92%). Who foots the bill is also a consideration, with 45% agreeing to trips being funded by the older generation.Regardless of who pays, parents value the additional help looking after the kids on a multi-generation holiday with 80% saying it makes their holiday more relaxing. Men appreciate the extra sets of hands more than women with 81% of men saying multi-generation travel makes their holidays more relaxing versus 76% of women.Four in ten Aussie parents (38%) admit they probably wouldn’t invite grandparents, aunties or uncles if it wasn’t for the free babysitting. Expedia.com.au travel expert, Kelly Cull, says: “A multi-generation escape with parents, kids, siblings and grandparents has a positive impact on all family members as they explore, learn and laugh together. What’s more, children get to enjoy the company of other relatives while parents can catch some brief moments alone.”“There are lots of excellent accommodation options on Expedia.com.au, like serviced apartments, for travelling tribes that allow everyone to share the fun but also have their own privacy, which is important.”Expedia.com.au’s top five recommended destinations for travelling tribes this Easter:The WhitsundaysFijiHawaiiTasmaniaNew ZealandAussie parents not deterred by long-haul travel with kidsLonger flights can lead to cabin fever and restless children however the State of the Nation report reveals extended travel time doesn’t deter Australian parents. On average, Aussie parents are willing to travel up to 12 hours with their kids to reach a destination.Travel time aside, parents are taking kids on holidays abroad thanks to greater affordability of overseas destinations and cheaper flights. Close to eight in ten (79%) Australian children*** (aged 17 and under) have been overseas. ExpediaSource = Expedialast_img read more

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The Week Ahead Freddie Mac to Release Q1 Financial Results

first_img Share Financial Results Freddie Mac 2017-04-30 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Freddie Mac to Release Q1 Financial Results On Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST, Freddie Mac will hold a conference call to discuss its Q1 2017 financial results. The call will be webcast on the Freddie Mac website as well, and will be replayable for approximately 30 days following the event.All materials related to the call will be available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s website.Freddie Mac’s previous results, for Q4 2016, showed a net interest income of 14.4 billion for the full year, down 4 percent year-over-year. Q4 alone had a comprehensive income of $3.9 billion, almost half of the full year comprehensive income of $7.1 billion. This was a $1.6 billion increase in comprehensive income for the quarter.Also, this week, congress will vote on a federal funding bill. On Friday, Congress extended the funding deadline for another week with a vote of 382-30, avoiding a government shutdown over the weekend. The Associated Press (AP) stated that Congress plans on passing the complete funding package sometime this week, which will finance the federal government $1 trillion through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.“We’re willing to extend things for a little bit more time in hopes that the same sort of progress can be made,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) told The Washington Post on Friday morning.A government shutdown would have slowed the mortgage process and even prevented some buyers from closing, as access to tax information and social security would have been halted during the shutdown.This Week’s ScheduleCensus Bureau Construction Spending report for March, Monday, 10:00 AM ESTAEI National and State Mortgage Risk Indices Update Conference Call, Monday, 11 a.m. ESTCollingwood Managing Director Tom Booker joins Jim Bohannon Radio show, Monday, 11 p.m. ETFederal Reserve Financial CHOICE Markup, Tuesday, 10 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday 7 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. ESTcenter_img April 30, 2017 537 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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