Vancouver mayor to apologize to residents of Chinese descent for past wrongs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will formally apologize next month for past discrimination against residents of Chinese descent.The apology will acknowledge the wrongdoings of past legislation, regulations and policies of previous city councils.“The historical wrongs of Vancouver City Council need to be addressed, particularly as the city is focused now on being a city of reconciliation and that extends beyond our First Nations to people of other cultures who faced racism and discrimination in the past,” Robertson said in an interview Monday.“This is an important step to address that historic travesty and move forward.”Robertson will make the apology on April 22 as part of a larger Chinatown Culture Day event.Former city councillors Bill Yee and Maggie Ip will also read it in Chinese languages.Robertson said delivering the apology within the community at a public event rather than at a government building would help convey the city’s “intention to make sure that Chinese culture is supported and embraced.”Between 2016 and 2017, the city established an advisory group of Chinese and non-Chinese experts and community leaders to help guide the development of a formal apology, which was approved by council in November.Their report said residents of Chinese descent weren’t allowed to vote when the city incorporated in 1886 until 1948, after veterans of the First and Second World Wars lobbied for voting rights. The City of Vancouver also advocated for discriminatory policies like the federal head tax and barred Chinese-Canadians from civic employment between 1890 and 1952.City policies and practices also included various attempts at segregation in schools, public spaces like swimming pools, and other public areas including residential housing, hospitals, and even cemeteries. Because of restrictions at local cemeteries, Chinese residents had to be returned to China for burial, the report said.The City of New Westminster became the first B.C. municipality to formally apologize to Chinese-Canadians for past discrimination in 2010.In 2015, Chinese-Canadians received an apology from former premier Christy Clark on behalf of British Columbia for more than 100 racist laws, regulations and policies of past B.C. governments.She pointed to Chinese immigrants’ contributions to building the national railway system, noting that one Chinese worker died for every mile of track between Vancouver and Calgary.In 2006, the federal government offered an apology for the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants and included $20,000 in compensation for families or surviving people who paid the tax.Thousands of Chinese immigrants arrived in Canada starting in the 1880s to help build the country’s railway, but starting in 1885, the federal government imposed a head tax of $50, which rose to $500 by the early 1900s.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Bill Yee and Maggie Ip were current city councillors.last_img read more

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Notley encouraged by industry interest in building new Alberta refinery

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government has met with about a dozen companies about potentially building a new oil refinery.Last month the province invited the industry to pitch a brand new refinery or an expansion of an existing one, as long as it uses Alberta-produced oil.Notley said at the time it was too early to provide specifics on what the province might offer in any construction deal.Notley told cabinet ministers in Calgary Monday that the demonstration of interest so far has been encouraging..@RachelNotley in #yyc says there’s been lots of interest in building a new oil refinery and the process is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/HlNDGKFx6R— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) January 28, 2019“Not only does this kind of upgrading create good-paying, long-term jobs for Albertans, but it also helps us hedge against the issues of pipeline capacity and the differential,” said Notley.She adds the energy diversification unit of the government will continue to meet with companies, which have until Feb. 8 to submit a Request for Expressions of Interest.“Albertans have been getting pennies on the dollar for this for far too long, and that has to change, and so we need to move on it, and we need to change the history of previous governments’ failure to make real progress on this matter,” said Notley.Another project was announced last week, in which Notley says Calgary-based Value Creation Inc. is on track to invest $2 billion in an upgrading facility in Alberta and create more than 2,000 construction jobs and another 200 full-time positions once it’s up and running.READ MORE: Notley announces new investment from Calgary energy company — With files from City Newslast_img read more

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Darius Rucker To Perform At Cox Charities Benefit Concert

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Cox Charities Benefit Concert featuring country music star and former Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker.The concert will be held on Friday, September 21st at 7:00 pm at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk and tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.All proceeds from the concert will be used by Cox Charities to award grants to qualified non-profit organizations that provide educational programs that further the academic achievement and development of young people through science, technology, mentoring, literacy and other areas promoting youth education. Over the last three years, 19 Hampton Roads area organizations have been awarded grants through Cox Charities including: Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, the Center for Child and Family Services, Children’s Harbor, Homes FORKids, Preschool Partners and REACH.“I consider my life a testament to the importance of investing in our youth,” said Gary McCollum, SVP and general manager for Cox Virginia. “From an early age, youth organizations and caring mentors taught me the value of education. It has been the key to my personal success. Country music star Darius Rucker’s performance this year will help the young people in Cox Virginia’s communities reach their highest potential.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Youth who emerged from Ontario foster care propose improvements to system

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new report was released Monday on child welfare in Ontario, but with a unique twist.This one was produced by young people who have experienced the foster care system.It found that Crown wards are more likely to be involved with the criminal justice system, face homelessness and less likely to pursue higher education.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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Ottawa march calls for justice for hitandrun victim Brady Francis

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsA Mi’kmaq student is calling on the RCMP to take a hit-and-run incident in her home community seriously, following the not-guilty verdicts in the deaths of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie.Carolyn Simon, a Carleton University student, organized an eight-kilometre justice march from the university to RCMP headquarters in Ottawa on Friday.The message: Brady Francis’s family should not go through what the relatives of Boushie and Fontaine had to endure.“We don’t want the person responsible to not be accountable for his action,” Simon said. “This is more to just kinda tell them to do this case fairly, to treat this case with respect and to do their jobs.”Francis, a 22-year-old member of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, was killed in a hit-and-run two weeks ago.“It just didn’t make sense that somebody like him would be taken so soon,” said Simon, who knows the Francis family. “And it’s affected a lot of people in the community because it just shows it doesn’t matter who you are we’re all not safe.”Activist Jocelyn Wabano Iahtail said Indigenous people are collectively grieving over the verdicts in the recent Boushie and Fontaine trials.“With Colten and Tina we reflect upon our own losses. All of this comes back again just like it was yesterday,” she said.Boushie, a 22-year-old from Red Pheasant First Nation, was shot and killed on a Saskatchewan farm. Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014. She was just 15 years old. The accused in each case walked free.Meanwhile, the RCMP continues to investigate the death of Brady Francis.So far, no arrests have been made.last_img read more

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Artificial intelligence improves highway safety in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Artificial intelligence is helping improve safety along a stretch of Las Vegas’ busiest highway.The Nevada Highway Patrol says a yearlong partnership between area public safety agencies and a startup technology firm resulted in a 17 per cent reduction in crashes along a portion of northbound Interstate 15 just west of The Las Vegas Strip.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Waycare, a provider of artificial intelligence-based mobility products and services for smart cities, helped lead the crash prevention pilot program.They hope to use it in the future in other parts of the Las Vegas Valley, including a stretch of U.S. Highway 95 between I-15 and the Rainbow Boulevard curve.The program uses in-vehicle information, cameras, sensors and other traffic data to develop prediction models to reduce congestion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Airbus A380 makes emergency landing at BIA

The airline was on its way to Dubai from Sydney when it made the emergency landing owing to a technical fault.“Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai… was diverted to Colombo due to a technical fault,” the airline said in a statement that gave no details about the nature of the problem. The passengers on the plane were taken to local hotels while the airline addressed the technical issue. (Colombo Gazette) An Emirates Airbus A-380 with over 500 passengers on board, made an emergency landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning. read more

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Iraq earns an additional 418 million euros under UN oilforfood programme

According to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Baghdad exported 17.4 million barrels of oil last week at an average price of $21.45 (€24.05) per barrel. During the same period, the UN oil overseers, on behalf of the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions against Iraq, approved three more oil purchase contracts covering 5 million barrels of oil, bringing the total number of approved contracts to 149. As of 13 April, there were 1,682 contracts worth $3.52 billion on hold, the oil-for-food programme reported. Most of those — 1,138 contracts worth over $3 billion — were for humanitarian supplies, while the remainder was for oil industry spare parts and equipment.The statistics released today also showed progress in the housing sector, with the committee having approved a cumulative total of shelter-related goods worth $1.1 billion. Materials worth $98 million have arrived in Iraq, where imported building materials were being sold at less than 50 per cent of their cost. A review of distribution sites in Baghdad showed that some 54 per cent of the beneficiaries were located in low- or medium-low income areas. read more

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Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions asset disclosure

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 1:59 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, questions Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin at his confirmation hearing before the committee, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Treasury pick defends foreclosure actions, asset disclosure WASHINGTON – Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick as Treasury secretary, clashed with Democrats during a lengthy confirmation hearing Thursday over his handling of thousands of mortgage foreclosures and his failure to initially disclose to the committee nearly $100 million in assets and interests in a Cayman Islands corporation.Mnuchin said the failure to disclose the assets was an oversight that he had corrected when it was brought to his attention by staffers of the Senate Finance Committee. He said he had followed the advice of a lawyer who believed the disclosures were not necessary.But Democrats seized on the issue as evidence of serious ethics challenges among Trump’s Cabinet nominees.“Never before has the Senate considered such an ethically challenged slate of nominees for key Cabinet positions,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.In the hearing, Democrats on the Senate panel challenged Mnuchin’s explanations, suggesting it was because he did not want to reveal his involvement in a business that could be used as an offshore tax haven. Mnuchin said he had never used the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes.After the hearing, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, predicted to reporters that Mnuchin will get confirmed and indicated he hoped to have a committee vote next week. But one Democrat, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, announced that he planned to vote against Mnuchin.“Mr. Mnuchin’s cozy ties to Wall Street raise serious red flags that demand serious answers,” Brown said in a statement.Not surprisingly, Mnuchin’s performance drew praise from President-elect Donald Trump. At a luncheon in Washington, Trump said Mnuchin was “getting grilled” by the committee but “he’s doing a fantastic job.”Mnuchin, one of many wealthy business executives Trump has picked for his Cabinet, told the Senate panel that he had turned over 5,000 pages of documents to the committee and that some of the questions were complicated.According to a memo written by the Democratic staff on the committee, Mnuchin did not initially disclose $95 million in real estate — a co-op in New York City, a residence in Southampton, New York, a residence in Los Angeles and $15 million of real estate in Mexico. In addition, Mnuchin initially failed to disclose $906,556 of art work held by his children, the memo said.The memo said that following meetings with committee staff, Mnuchin amended his disclosure forms and also disclosed his position as director of Dune Capital International in the Cayman Islands, the site of many offshore tax havens.When pressed by Democrats to explain the omissions, Mnuchin said, “I did not use a Cayman Island entity in any way to avoid taxes for myself. There was no benefit to me.”Democrats also attacked Mnuchin’s record when he ran OneWest bank, saying he failed to do enough to keep people from losing their homes. All of the criticism on the committee came from Democrats. Republicans widely praised Mnuchin’s record in business, indicating their support for his nomination.During the hearing, Mnuchin defended his handling of thousands of foreclosures during the height of the financial crisis, saying he had worked hard to assist homeowners to refinance so they could keep their homes.“Since I was first nominated to serve as Treasury secretary, I have been maligned as taking advantage of others’ hardships in order to earn a buck,” he said in testimony. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was questioned about his actions after taking over the failed IndyMac, whose collapse in 2008 was the second biggest bank failure of the financial crisis. Mnuchin assembled a group to buy the bank from the government, renamed it OneWest and turned it around, selling it for a handsome profit to CIT Group Inc. in 2014.Mnuchin denied press reports that said he ran a “foreclosure machine.” He told the Senate Finance Committee that his bank extended over 100,000 loan modifications to borrowers who had fallen behind in their mortgage payments.But several Democratic senators raised examples of residents in their own states who they said were not treated fairly in dealing with OneWest, including elderly homeowners, members of the U.S. military and one example of a person who lost their home although they were behind in their payments by less than $1.Mnuchin said that not all of the bank’s decisions on foreclosures had been correct.“To the extent there were any errors, I am sorry for that,” he said.Mnuchin at various times was offered the chance to clarify statements that Trump has made on such issues as the value of the dollar and whether it would ever make sense to default on the government’s debt. Mnuchin said that the administration believed over the long-term that a strong dollar was a major benefit to the country. He said threats to default on the government’s debt as a negotiating ploy in budget negotiations was a bad idea.Mnuchin’s supporters include Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He called Mnuchin a “leader and a manager through his career, demonstrating an ability to make tough decisions and to be accountable.”Mnuchin, who as Treasury secretary would serve as the administration’s chief economic spokesman, also faced questions about Trump’s ambitious plans to double the country’s growth rate through tax cuts, reduce government regulations and boost government spending on infrastructure projects.During the campaign, Trump also vowed to target countries including China and Mexico that he contended are pursuing unfair trade practices that have cost millions of U.S. jobs. He has said one of his first actions after taking office will be to label China a currency manipulator. It would be Mnuchin’s Treasury Department that would make that finding.Mnuchin worked at Goldman for 17 years, making partner in 1994 and overseeing the firm’s mortgage trading desk before becoming chief information officer. He left Goldman in 2002 and, after running an investment fund set up by billionaire investor George Soros, he and two former Goldman colleagues set up a new hedge fund, Dune Capital Management in 2004.___Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin contributed to this report. read more

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World hunger falls but number of undernourished remains unacceptably high – joint

The State of Food Insecurity in the World report released in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), confirmed a positive trend, which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92.“China alone has reduced the number of undernourished people by 138 million in this period, while the 10 countries that have achieved greatest success in reducing the total number of hungry people in proportion to their national population are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cuba, Georgia, Ghana, Kuwait, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Thailand and Venezuela,” FAO said in a press release.The overall trend in hunger reduction in developing countries means that one of the key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is within reach, “if appropriate and immediate efforts are stepped up,” the report said.To date, 63 developing countries have reached the MDG target, and six more are on track to reach it by 2015, it said.”This is proof that we can win the war against hunger and should inspire countries to move forward, with the assistance of the international community as needed,” the heads of the three UN food agencies wrote in their foreword to the report.The report noted how access to food has improved rapidly and significantly in countries that have experienced economic progress, notably in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia. Access to food has also improved in Southern Asia and Latin America, but mainly in countries with adequate safety nets and other forms of social protection.Despite significant progress overall, several regions and sub-regions lag behind.‘In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than one in four people remain chronically undernourished, while Asia, the world’s most populous region, is also home to the majority of the hungry – 526 million people,” according to the report. Undernourishment trends: progress made in almost all regions, but at very different rates. Source & credits: FAO “Very slow progress was recorded in several African countries, including Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, where the number as well as prevalence of undernourished people in the population increased,” according to the report. “The same was true of Asian countries such as the Democratic Republic of Korea, Iraq, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, among others. In Latin America, El Salvador and Guatemala show relatively slow progress, despite the good performance of the region as a whole.”With the number of undernourished people remaining “unacceptably high”, the agency heads stressed the need to renew the political commitment to tackle hunger and to transform it into concrete actions.Latin America and the Caribbean have made the greatest overall strides in increasing food security. Meanwhile Oceania has accomplished only a modest improvement.The FAO, IFAD and WFP report specifies that hunger eradication requires establishing an enabling environment and an integrated approach.This year’s report includes seven case studies – Bolivia, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi and Yemen – that highlight some of the ways countries tackle hunger and how external events may influence capacity to deliver on achieving food security and nutrition objectives. The findings and recommendations of the report will be discussed by governments, civil society, and private sector representatives at the 13-18 October meeting of the Committee on World Food Security, at FAO headquarters in Rome.The report will also be a focus of the Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome from 19-21 November, which FAO is jointly organizing with the World Health Organization. This high-level intergovernmental meeting seeks renewed political commitment to combat malnutrition with the overall goal of improving diets and raising nutrition levels. read more

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Yemen amid major roadblocks an unprecedented response to an unprecedented tragedy

The world’s largest humanitarian responseLise Grande stressed that “humanitarians have been and will continue to do everything they can do” to address these devastating levels of need.To date, the humanitarian response, called “very efficient” by Mr. Lowcock, has achieved a lot. This led several of the high-level representatives attending the event, including the Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs and various top donors, to congratulate the humanitarian community.According to Ms. Grande, the more than 150 relief organisations in Yemen are reaching “more people in absolute terms and a higher percentage of the population than in any other humanitarian response” in the world.To name only some of the achievements listed by the Humanitarian Coordinator, every month, 8 million Yemenis receive food assistance; 1.7 children and pregnant or lactating women are receiving nutritional support; millions are receiving emergency cash transfers; over 1 million people are receiving protection services; and a third cholera outbreak was avoided with medical teams responding within 24 hours, instead of one week as was the case in 2017.The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, noted that 11 million people have been reached with vital health services, including vaccinations against cholera, diphtheria and polio. In addition, 2,000 disease surveillance sites have been established with trained personnel so any response required can happen in a timely fashion.The expansion of the humanitarian operation across the country was made possible thanks to three factors, said the Humanitarian Coordinator: deconfliction, strong collaboration with the Government and local actors; and the support of donors above all.Priorities ahead and remaining roadblocksMs. Grande listed three priorities for humanitarian organisations: reduce hunger and roll back malnutrition; prevent another cholera outbreak; and protect civilians at any cost.She also provided the international community with a long list of requirements, topped by the need for the warring parties to stop fighting. “Humanitarians cannot solve the conflict in Yemen, only politicians can,” she stated.Humanitarians cannot solve the conflict in Yemen, only politicians can – UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande Other requirements included: the need for ports to remain open, the creation of a line of credit for importers of basic commodities, the creation of a medical aid corridor, the transfer millions of dollars in cash directly to families in need, as well as additional unearmarked funds for the response to continue.These requirements were echoed by the other high-level speakers of the event, including WHO’s Dr. Tedros, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements, and the CEO of Save the Children International Helle Thorning-Schmidt who said that “saving lives in Yemen is an uphill battle” due to the many challenges faced by aid groups.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), organizer of the event, impediments to humanitarian action include movement restrictions, attempted interference and harassment, fluctuating commercial import levels, and collapsing basic health, education, water and sanitation services.Closing the event, the United Kingdom, Canada Kuwait, the USA and Denmark pledged their continued support to the international response to the Yemen crisis. During a high-level event at UN Headquarters in New York, chaired by UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, officials of the humanitarian and donor communities exchanged views on the scale of the need, what has been accomplished so far, and the roadblocks which remain across Yemen.A tragedy of unprecedented proportionsThe event started with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande stating that “there is no other place in the world where people are suffering so greatly”.The unprecedented scope and depth of the crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has been repeatedly reported: three-quarters of the population require some form of basic assistance to survive; over 2 million internally displaced; 16 million in need of medical help.  The figures are near-impossible to grasp.The Humanitarian Coordinator painted a concrete picture: “One child is dying every 10 minutes because of the conflict… 70 per cent of girls are being married before 18 as a coping strategy… 8.3 million people have absolutely no idea when they wake up in the morning where their meal will come from… one in four Yemenis are malnourished…”She also explained that the country’s currency, the Yemeni Rial, has depreciated by 300 per cent compared to pre-crisis rates. “If the depreciation continues, we believe 12 million people could be at risk of starvation”, she stressed.  Conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the world before the crisis – escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of the Yemeni presidency. Airstrikes and ground-fighting have become a daily occurrence for millions of civilians. “It is officially estimated that 16,000 people have been killed,” said Ms. Grande. “The real numbers are probably a lot higher,” she added.Hundreds of thousands of families no longer have a regular source of income – including teachers, health workers, water and sanitation workers and other public servants. They have not been paid a regular salary in two years.The Humanitarian Coordinator noted that the situation is particularly desperate in Hudaydah, an opposition-held governorate in western Yemen, where “vulnerability levels” are the worst and where, in the past three months alone, half a million people have been forced to flee their homes. read more

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Football Safety Jordan Fuller receives his first career start in Ohio States

OSU sophomore saftey Jordan Fuller speaks with the media on March 30 in the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — With just a year of experience at the college level, safety Jordan Fuller lined up with the starters for Ohio State’s first defensive series of the season.Fuller has been embroiled in a battle with Erick Smith to win the starting spot vacated by Malik Hooker, who left the university early to enter the NFL draft. On Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, coach Urban Meyer expressed a desire to have Smith and Fuller split reps at strong safety. “I think they’re both going to play because to answer your question, there’s been not, in my mind, that much separation between the two,” Meyer said.Smith was joined in the third level of the defense by free safety Damon Webb, who is the only returning starter from last season’s defensive backfield. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley also left for the NFL draft in the spring and were selected in the first round.Though Smith has never started for Ohio State, he has played in 33 games and been on the field for 162 defensive snaps. He has 35 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup in his three seasons as a Buckeye.Fuller, who hails from Old Tappan, New Jersey, played in all 13 games as a freshman last season, but mostly played on the Buckeyes’ special teams unit. The former four-star prospect played 71 snaps on defense last season and picked up 15 tackles. read more

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VeteransForKaepernick Silences Critics Who Claim Kaepernicks Protest is Disrespects

Veterans express their support for 49ers player Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick (Twitter)After Colin Kaepernick announced he won’t rise for the national anthem during the upcoming football season, many bashed him. The criticism of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback stems from his supposed lack of patriotism. But one group is standing in solidarity.The hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick emerged on Twitter Aug. 30, and many soldiers voiced their experience as Black men and women in the military and at home.Blorenzo pointed out his grandfather served in Vietnam twice but was unable to rent a home in America because of his race.#VeteransForKaepernick Although my grandfather served two tours in Vietnam, he couldn’t even rent a home near his base b/c he was black.— Blorenzo (@blorenzo) August 30, 2016User blasianbri’s grandfather had a similar experience while attempting to book a hotel room in his uniform.My grandfather, a black man, was denied a hotel room WHILE IN HIS SERVICE DRESS. #VeteransForKaepernick— blasianbri (@blasianbri_) August 30, 2016And Ms. Bordeaux’s veteran fiancé continues to get placed in handcuffs during traffic stops.My fiance served not 1 BUT 2 tours in Iraq and STILL gets pulled out of his car, handcuffed and sat on the curb by #VeteransforKaepernick— Ms.Bordeaux (@InezBordeaux) August 30, 2016@Troncat_Montana called out others who try to explain military members’ feelings without being a part of it.People who haven’t served trying to tell us how we feel ? #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/LQo8EgfkgQ— LeBron Flocka James (@Troncat_Montana) August 31, 2016Nicole shared that her quarter-century-long military service was to protect the First Amendment rights of all Americans.@Kaepernick7 I served 25yrs in the AF to protect everyone’s 1st Amend rights. I support you #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q7r7PfvryA— Nicole (@dcmbrdiva) August 31, 2016@JoeOnDemand shared his reason for serving: Kaepernick’s right to protest and not police brutality.I serve for his right to protest.. I don’t serve for Police Brutality.. #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q6GUNTwHDO— Airbnb Papi (@JoeOnDemand) August 31, 2016Phillip Richardson held freedom in a higher regard than America’s anthem.I’m riding with 7…I fought for freedom not a song #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/LZYUoHCbOT— Phillip Richardson (@prich8604) August 31, 2016And @LiberationBrown did not separate her Blackness from her status as a soldier.Because I’m a black woman in and out of uniform #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/sBIhPQvmiB— Liberation Brown (@LiberationBrown) August 31, 2016Other Twitter users largely supported the hashtag.Benjamin Dixon tweeted naysayers’ realization about #VeteransForKaepernick.When they realize they cant say anything about #VeteransForKaepernick w/o “disrespecting” the flag or the country pic.twitter.com/2Z9Ty4WGOE— Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) August 31, 2016And Awesomely Luvvie shared a sappy reaction to the veterans’ support.This #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag got me like pic.twitter.com/E6K9OanVUq— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) August 31, 2016But some reactions were less than favorable.Heinrich accused supporters of being new military members who “don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.”#VeteransForKaepernick is everything I expected: a bunch of kids with a day in the military that don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.— Heinrich (@BEASTMASTERTOAD) August 31, 2016And Jarami Feith deemed it “stupid” and compared it to the #POWsForTrump hashtag.#VeteransForKaepernick is a lot like #POWsForTrumpReally, really stupid.— Jarami Feith (@JarBomb) August 31, 2016Some accused Kaepernick of being anti-military for his stance. However, he made it clear he has “great respect” for the individuals who served. The athlete also shared he has family and friends who fought for the nation.He took issue with the way police treat veterans on American soil.“I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for,” he told press Aug. 28. “And have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.” read more

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Sarah Montague takes aim at Today shows falling listener numbers

If there was one person unlikely to lose much sleep over the plummeting number of listeners tuning into Radio 4’s Today programme, it would be Sarah Montague. 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. The former Today show host jumped ship to host World at One after being left  “incandescent with rage” when she discovered she was paid significantly less than her co-presenters on the flagship current affairs show. Today has lost almost a million listeners in the last 12 months, with figures falling from 839,000 from 7,655,000 to 6,816,000 in… Montague could be forgiven a touch of schadenfreude when she tweeted on Thursday: “There is a news programme on @BBCRadio4 that has not lost listeners over the quarter @BBCWorldatOne. Just saying…” read more

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Tickets EHF EURO 2012 W 15000 sold most in Nis

DenmarkEHFEHF EURO 2012EURO 2012franceMacedoniaSweden ← Previous Story Mladen Rakcevic back to playing after six months Next Story → Renato Vugrinec joins RK Metalurg! The selling of tickets for the upcoming European Championship for Women which will take place in Serbia between 4th and 16th December started on Monday 17.09.2012. Only a week passed, and already 15,000 tickets has been sold, which means the European Championship is to be played in full halls.Most of the tickets (%) have been sold for the games in Nis, where the fans of France, Denmark and Sweden. There are still tickets left for the matches, and these can be acquired at www.tickets.rs as well as other authorized resellers throughout the host country and everywhere in the countries participants. read more

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Sonys headmounted personal 3D viewer will release on November 11 in Japan

first_imgMost home theaters probably consist of a decently sized HDTV, set-top box, and a DVD player. Perhaps you’ve got a PlayStation 3 or a dedicated Blu-Ray player, if you’re bold. 3D is not quite there yet, but it’s slowly making its transition from the big screen to the living room. Sony is gearing up to enhance the home theater experience with the HMZ-T1, a head-mounted 3D display.The device is a futuristic headpiece that looks akin to Cyclops’ visor without the eye-blasts. Two 0.7-inch 1280×720 OLED panels sit in front of the eyes. According to the press release, the HMZ-T1 has separate panels for each eye that “deliver independent HD quality” which makes 3D possible. The headset also achieves a 45 degree viewing angle through an optical lens that significantly reduces aberration and distortion. The HMZ-T1 has integrated 5.1 surround-sound headphones to provide theater-like acoustics. The viewer has the experience of viewing a 750 inch screen from about 20 meters away.The technology is impressive for its size. The HMZ-T1 requires a processor unit that it must remain plugged into in order for it to work. Taking off the headset will turn off the display, and the viewer can continue to watch content on the television. The HMZ-T1 will also work for 2D entertainment.The headset made its debut at CES 2011 and will become available in Japan on November 11. The likely price point is around 60,000 yen which is a bank-unfriendly $783. There’s no word of a US release yet.I can only imagine the experience of walking into a living room and seeing a family decked out in these headsets. The HMZ-T1 seems like a thing of the future. Sony seems ready to bring 3D into the home despite a recent study that found 3D doesn’t necessarily enhance the experience. Rather, it triples the likelihood of headaches, but perhaps Sony’s contraption can buck that trend.I’m not sure if I’d want a device hugging my skull when I settle down to watch Star Wars, but I can’t speak to the comfort level of the HMZ-T1. Sony’s done well in the home theater department. The HMZ-T1 could be the next best thing, but yen or not, my wallet isn’t quite ready.If you had the cash to burn, would you pick up the HMZ-T1?See more at Sony Japan, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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Gardaí called in after €3000 stolen from the Dept of Childrens coffee

first_imgGardaí called in after €3,000 stolen from the Dept of Children’s coffee ‘honesty box’ The culprit has yet to be found and no one has been disciplined over the incident. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/ErichFend Mar 23rd 2019, 12:06 AM GARDAÍ WERE CALLED in to investigate the theft of €3,000 from a major government department after its ‘honesty box’ funds for Nespresso coffee pods disappeared from a filing cabinet.However investigators were unable to uncover who was behind the theft at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and no staff were disciplined or sacked over the incident.The theft also forced an overhaul of the department’s honesty-box procedures to prevent a repeat occurrence.An internal audit report said the money was first noticed missing from the ground floor of the department’s then offices for support staff on Mespil Rd in Dublin at the end of 2017.The funds were periodically pooled from €1 payments staff made for Nespresso coffee pods provided by the department. The pods were paid for out of the department’s budget on the condition that staff chipped in for personal use of coffee machines.While the honesty-box cash was supposed to be regularly transferred into the department’s bank account, no payments had been made between early May and when the theft was reported – more than seven months later.Department officials said it was impossible to work out exactly how much money had been stolen as there had been no regular counting of the funds, however it was estimated that €3,000 in cash had disappeared. Source: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.iePoor securityThe internal report noted that no one in the department appeared to have been given formal responsibility for looking after the cash, a fact that “the high turnover of staff … in 2016/17 may have contributed to”.  The funds were also regularly dipped into by staff looking for change.Security arrangements were “not sufficient”, it added, as the key to the filing cabinet was kept in a staff member’s desk and everyone in the departmental unit knew where it was located.The cabinet also contained “official files and consequently (was) accessed regularly”, the report said. The department had around 240 staff across its entire operations at the time.Although the amount added to the honesty box was counted weekly, there were no running tallies of the total sum – which meant it was impossible to tell whether one or a series of thefts had occurred over an extended period of time.“Security was so weak that the theft may be by … members of staff or anybody with access to (the office). It may have occurred early or late in the evening or by an opportunist during the day,” the report said.Departmental staff had tried lodging cash at the bank in mid-August, but this attempt failed as the local branch had changed its opening hours and was closed when they arrived.No subsequent attempts were made to deposit the money, and the slip for the attempted lodgement also went missing with the funds.A spokesman for the Department said gardaí had investigated the theft and advised that “in the absence of relevant new information the investigation cannot be progressed any further at this time”.He added that no staff had been disciplined or dismissed as a result of the incident, however tightened internal controls for cash management meant that the chance of a repeat occurrence was “considered negligible”.These included the pooled money being kept in a locked cash box that was stored in a safe, with the funds overseen by a senior staff member. 40 Comments Image: Shutterstock/ErichFend Share73 Tweet Email2 47,153 Views https://jrnl.ie/4556234 By Peter Bodkin Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Constitutional review may lead to Golden Dawn being outlawed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias suggested the government is considering measures that could lead to far-right Golden Dawn being outlawed.Speaking to Real News weekly, Dendias suggested that the next Parliament could approve such legislation as part of a constitutional review.“The constitutional review gives us the ability to exclude from the party system outgrowths such as Golden Dawn,” he said.The extremist party responded by suggesting that Dendias was insulting 426,025 Greeks that voted for the party. It received almost seven per cent of the votes in the last election. Golden Dawn said New Democracy and PASOK should be banned for being involved in financial scandals.last_img read more

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Vancouver Police Department opens record division

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department on Tuesday opened to the public its own records division after 20 years of contracting out the service to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The impact on users — cops, records requesters and others — should be minimal, minus the fact that they’ll go directly to the source for records questions.Vancouver police Chief James McElvain said he expected the two agencies might be fielding each other’s wrong number calls for a bit while people adjust.Over the past several weeks, the department has gradually phased out more duties from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, which had managed the Vancouver Police Department’s records, gradually over several weeks, and the transition is 100 percent complete.The city spent a little more than $1 million to set up its new records unit, including remodeling work at the West Precinct and hiring a consultant, according to the police department’s budget office.last_img read more

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Bayern Munich confirm interest in Hernandez

first_imgBayern Munich has confirmed their interest in signing Lucas Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, according to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.The German champions have already completed the signing of Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this month, with the France international expected to join the club in the summer.Bayern also has Chelsea and England youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi on their radar and have submitted a third offer in the region of £35million for the 18-year-old.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).The signing of Pavard doesn’t mean the Bavarians don’t also want to sign the fellow Frenchman Lucas Hernandez.“[Lucas Hernandez] is an interesting player who plays at Atletico Madrid, but there is nothing concrete to report as we have to see if the move is possible,” Salihamidzic said, according to Marca.Bayern are reportedly willing to meet the defender’s buyout clause, while Atleti boss Diego Simeone indicated that Hernandez is a vital part of his team.last_img read more

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