Montreal mayor and police chief apologize for past antiLGBTQ raids and arrests

first_imgMONTREAL – Puelo Deir, one of the grand marshals in this year’s Pride Parade in Montreal, was at city hall Friday and said he had no idea the mayor and police chief were going to apologize to the LGBTQ community.“I thought: Oh. My. Gay!” Deir said in reaction to Mayor Denis Coderre’s formal apology on behalf of the city for institutional discrimination toward the community.But behind the jokes are dark memories of a time in Montreal when armed police used to force their way into gay bars, he said.“Not only did the police show up with machine-guns and cameras, but they took photos of people, which ended up in the newspapers,” Deir said. “It destroyed lives.”Coderre said “we have a tainted past and the best way to cure it is to recognize it and the best way to reconcile is to recognize what happened.”“There were some bad moments with the police force and the city administration and I would like to, on behalf of the municipal administration of the City of Montreal, offer my apology.”Police Chief Philippe Pichet said, on behalf of the force, he “regrets the events that were produced during police raids on gay bars during the 1960s to the 1990s. The actions attacked the dignity of the people concerned.”Deir, who co-founded a popular series of annual gay events in the city, said police raids on gay bars during that period were regular.One of the most infamous occurred in 1990 at the Sex Garage loft party, which is considered to be a turning point in the history of the city’s LGBTQ community.“People just used to take it,” he lamented. “It wasn’t until Sex Garage that we said we wouldn’t take it anymore.”The subsequent protests and violent police reaction are credited with sparking the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement in Quebec.Valerie Plante, mayoral candidate and city councillor in the district that is home to Montreal’s gay village, said her party called on the mayor a week ago to make a formal apology.“It’s a big victory for the whole LGBTQ community,” Plante said. “People had been telling us about it and we also have the example of Toronto, which did something similar.“I’m glad it was done.”Last summer, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the force “regrets” a series of raids in 1981 that netted hundreds of gay people.He noted that event wasn’t the only time police had harassed the LGBTQ community, but that “the February 1981 event was the most dramatic in its destructiveness and in the number of men arrested — some 300.”Coderre said Montreal will create a new policy of sexual diversity and gender plurality, which will include hiring someone to work as a liaison between Montreal and the LGBTQ community.Montreal’s Pride Parade takes place Sunday.last_img read more

Orlando Bloom Visits Syrian Children

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit last week to Jordan where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict – now in its fourth year.Orlando Bloom joins students during a Grade 6 English class, at Omar Bin Abdul Aziz Boys School in the northern city of Irbid, capital of Irbid GovernorateCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0437/Giovanni Diffidenti“These children have witnessed more extreme violence than any child should,” said Bloom after a visit to Za’atari refugee camp near the Syrian border on Thursday. “What is most terrifying is that they become a lost generation. Without urgently needed education, protection and psychological support their pain and bitterness will turn into aggression years from now.”

The British actor arrived in Jordan on Tuesday, 8 April. The next day he visited a Syrian family in Irbid who fled violence in Aleppo two years ago. Like so many other families who have come to Jordan or neighboring countries, what little savings they had are gone, and life is becoming increasingly difficult.“These are families that had lives most of us can relate to. Parents had jobs. Kids went to school and got to play. This war obliterated their lives and uprooted them from their homes and now they are living in precarious situations with little or no hope for their futures,” said Bloom. “They don’t want to live like refugees, with no dignity or respect. They just want their lives back and a future for their children.”In Za’atari, Bloom visited a UNICEF-supported school that lends the children a sense of normalcy to lives that are far from normal. With a population of over 100,000 women, children and men, Za’atari is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Families live in tents and tiny caravans in a harsh desert area with freezing temperatures in the winter and extreme heat in the summer.UNICEF and partners are providing life-saving support through vaccinations, medicines, education, clean water and safe areas for children to play. But with needs far out-pacing resources, UNICEF is urgently seeking additional funding to address what has become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.Since the conflict in Syria erupted three years ago, a total of some 5.6 million children have been severely affected. UNICEF has warned that the future for these children inside Syria and living as refugees in neighbouring countries hangs in the balance as violence, the collapse of health and education services, severe psychological distress and the worsening economic impact on families combine to devastate a generation.In host countries throughout the region, 1.3 million Syrian children are now living as refugees. Host communities are often overwhelmed and there is limited access to clean water, nutrition or learning opportunities.UNICEF has been calling for an end to the cycle of violence in Syria along with further steps to keep children impacted by the conflict safe and to provide them with inner healing through psychological care along with better access to education.Bloom, well known for roles in blockbuster films such as The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in October 2009. Prior to his appointment, Bloom visited UNICEF supported schools in Nepal to help advocate on behalf of the rights of children, including access to quality education and clean water. In 2012, the actor met with children and youth in Cape Town, South Africa, to learn more about their lives and the importance of having safe areas for children to play and participate in recreational activities after school.last_img read more

Province restricts access to area near Tommy Lakes wildfire

first_imgThe fire continues to grow and is now listed at over 20,000 hectares.  For more information on the fire, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has put an area restriction in place for Crown land near the Tommy Lakes wildfire.The fire is still listed at over 20,000 hectares in size and is approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  This area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon (Pacific time) on July 31, 2018, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.The order applies to Crown land within the boundaries listed below or as outlined in the black border on this map.You can also view a copy of this map at Boundary: Coordinates 57◦ 20.85’N x -121◦53.95’W (located north of the Tommy Lakes Road bridge, crossing Holman Creek) bearing east 47 kilometres to coordinates 57◦20.85’N x -121◦ 07.10′ W (located near Pickell Creek).East Boundary: Coordinates 57◦ 20.85’N x -121◦ 07.10’W (located near Pickell Creek) bearing south 26.8 kilometres to coordinates 57◦ 06.40’N x -121◦07.10’W (located at Beatton River near the end of Two Creeks Road).An evacuation order remains in place due to the Tommy Lakes fire for an area north of Prespatou.  For more on that, click here.last_img read more

Rental vacancy rates drop in Fort St John says Smook

first_img“Things did start to pick a little bit beginning of 2018 and they have just continued to pick up as well. The last couple months have actually been very good”, said Smook.In 2017 the vacancy rate in Fort St. John had been at 30 percent.Smook says the rental vacancy rate currently sits at 12 percent with a lot of them being the older apartment buildings, with houses and duplexes sitting at 7 percent.Smook expects rental vacancies to continue to drop well into 2019.You can see the whole conversation with Wanda Smook FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The rental market in Fort St. John is beginning to pick up, following a slump in the market.Wanda Smook, of Action Property Management, spoke with Trevor Bolin on the ‘Trev Talks’ show on Friday about the current status of the city’s rental market.Smook says rental vacancy rates have been dropping since the start of this year.last_img read more

Over 400 families affected by drought in Trincomalee

The 440 families are from three District Secretary Divisions in Trincomalee.Among those affected are 200 families in Muthunagar, 225 families in Mangaiyoothu and 15 families in Weligama. (Colombo Gazette) Over 400 families have been affected by the drought in Trincomalee, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.According to the DMC, 1381 people from 440 families have been affected by the drought.

SLFP Ministers who voted against PM to resign from their posts

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers who voted against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by backing the no-confidence motion on him, have decided to resign from their Ministerial posts.Accordingly the SLFP Ministers will step down from their posts and have obtained the approval of President Maithripala Sirisena for the move. Minister Dilan Perera said that the SLFP Ministers and SLFP Parliamentarians who will be resigning from their roles in the unity Government, will sit in the opposition benches in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekera, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, S.B. Dissanayake, Dilan Perera and Susil Premajayantha are among the SLFP Ministers who will resign from their posts. read more

Mother calls 911 after toddler gets stuck inside garage

A two-year-old child is back with his mother after a commotion prompted officers to attend a home in Norfolk County on Feb. 4.A frightened woman called 9-1-1 after she heard something in her garage that sounded like someone was trying to break into her home. Officers arrived on scene and found the woman’s two-year-old son was stuck inside the garage. The toddler had somehow managed to get inside the garage without his mother’s knowledge. The child was not injured during the escapade and was swiftly reunited with his mother. read more

Malaysia urged by UN agency to protect refugees in crackdown on migrants

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Malaysia to continue demonstrating a strong humanitarian commitment in its crackdown on tens of thousands of illegal migrants and strongly denied charges that it had issued protection letters indiscriminately ahead of the move.“We have stringent procedures in place for registration, verification, interviewing and then determination of refugee status,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva on the fourth day of the crackdown.“This ensures that only people who require international protection by the international community are documented by UNHCR,” he added of media reports that the Government would take action against illegal migrants even if they carried UNHCR documentation. Other press reports claimed UNHCR had been issuing refugee protection letters “indiscriminately” ahead of the crackdown.According to latest reports, more than a dozen people with UNHCR documentation, mainly Acehnese from Indonesia and Chins, an ethnic minority from Myanmar, have been arrested in the round-up and sent to immigration detention centres.“We swiftly responded by sending UNHCR staff to the centres to ensure the refugees are not deported. We hope the authorities will release them shortly,” Mr. Redmond said, adding that the agency was aware – and concerned – that false documents are in circulation, but measures have already been taken to deal with the situation.For several weeks UNHCR has been voicing concern that some 35,000 people of interest, including ethnic groups from Myanmar, people fleeing from Indonesia’s Aceh province and Cambodians, could be caught up in the crackdown that seeks to round up an estimated 400,000 illegal workers and their employers.“We continue to appeal to all officials involved in the crackdown to respect people registered and documented by UNHCR and to refrain from taking any action against groups of concern to the UN refugee agency,” Mr. Redmond stressed.Earlier in the week, the agency said it had been encouraged to see press reports quoting the Malaysian Home Minister as saying foreigners who cannot return home due to political pressures should be allowed to remain in the country and permitted to work.“UNHCR would see this as a genuine gesture by the Malaysian Government to protect persons of concern to UNHCR,” Mr. Redmond noted. read more

Quick hits News and notes from Ohio States bye week

It’s a bye week for the Ohio State football team, but coach Luke Fickell still met with reporters on Tuesday. He discussed the team’s extra week to prepare before the Oct. 29 matchup with Wisconsin, the quarterback situation and the team’s lack of passing in OSU’s 17-7 victory over Illinois. New backup quarterback? Senior Joe Bauserman may have lost his job as OSU’s backup quarterback. Fickell hinted that redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton may have passed Bauserman and would enter a game if anything happens to freshman starter Braxton Miller. “It just depends on what the situation is, but you know, I think Kenny (Guiton) probably has taken a few more reps last week than Joe (Bauserman),” Fickell said. Injury update Travis Howard appeared to have injured his ankle during the Illinois game on Saturday, but Fickell said he doesn’t expect him to miss any time. “Travis ran around out there today,” Fickell said. “He looked all right. I think he was just, you know, a little bit of a twisted ankle at the moment.” Fickell also said Miller doesn’t appear to be slowed by the ankle injury he suffered during OSU’s 34-27 loss at Nebraska. Bye week The Buckeyes don’t have a game this week, but are still practicing and preparing for the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers, who come to Columbus on Oct. 29 for a game that is scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. Fickell said the extra week to prepare is a definite advantage for his coaching staff, but even with the extra time, only so much can be done. “You can’t overdo it,” Fickell said. “You can’t be, you know, thinking you can reinvent the wheel in an extra week, but you got to get better at what you do. Yes, we know there’s a lot of things we can get better at.” Passing game OSU only completed one pass Saturday against Illinois, a 17-yard touchdown strike from Miller to senior tight end Jake Stoneburner. The lack of passing is something Fickell hopes to improve. “You got to attempt some more and you got to throw some more to get better at it,” Fickell said. “That’s not the only thing we have to work on, but we see ourselves getting better at it.” A reporter also asked about Miller seeming to struggle to throw a spiral at times, but Fickell said he has confidence in his quarterback. “He throws a good football,” Fickell said. “He really does and I think it comes down to patience and being relaxed and you know, getting more used to what you do. “He’s getting better and he’s going to continue to get better.” read more

Immersive Technologies simulators play major role in MCC Contracts strategic training program

first_imgImmersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment simulators have recently come under high praise – in February they were awarded first prize in the category of Machines & Products Display at the International Mining Exhibition in India. Now MCC Contracts (MCC) has followed the likes of BHP Billiton, Vale and Rio Tinto by strengthening its operator training program with the acquisition of several Advanced Equipment simulators from Immersive Technologies. The investment includes three base simulators and four Conversion Kits to support a range of equipment. Each simulator is supported with a comprehensive customer support program to ensure maximum utilisation and MCC has taken a further step by utilising Immersive Technologies’ unique training systems integration program. With strong support by MCC, the company expects over 300 equipment operators to be trained and assessed on the Immersive Technologies’ advanced equipment simulators with the goal of improving operational skills and increasing site safety, productivity and reduced equipment maintenance.MCC Group Training Manager, Pieter Page: “I am convinced that we are going to see financial benefits from the programme which we did not deem possible. The time has come for us to develop a very different breed of operator, and Immersive Technologies’ simulation technology is going to play a major role in achieving this objective.”Immersive Technologies Regional Manager of East & Southern Africa, Anthony Bruce: “This is a strategic investment by MCC Contracts in order to maximise, measureable returns of mobile machinery & operators deployed across multiple mine sites. The simulators will greatly assist the company’s efforts in strategic workforce development improving safety and increasing site profitability.”last_img read more

The Wii Mini is real arrives December 7 Updated

first_imgUpdate: Nintendo has now officially confirmed the Wii Mini on its website and also confirmed a $99.99 price point. But, and we have no idea why they thought this was a good idea: it’s also exclusive to Canada. Surely that won’t last long?Yesterday there was a rumor doing the rounds that Nintendo was set to release a brand new version of the Wii console called the Wii Mini. The new machine would be significantly smaller than the current Wii, is expected to ship with a Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, and Sensor Bar, and hopefully carries a much lower (sub-$100) price. I also said I’d like to see a game thrown in the pack, too.Well, it looks as though this wasn’t just a rumor. Best Buy Canada has the image you see above visible on its homepage along with confirmation of the December 7 release date. Unfortunately, clicking on the image does not lead to a page full of details about the Wii Mini.If the image is correct, though, then the Wii Mini is indeed a smaller unit. Just look at its proportions next to the Wii Remote Plus in the image. I’d guess the new machine measures just 157 x 170mm, with a depth probably similar to the existing Wii. That 157mm width would match the current console, with the space saving coming from the depth (currently 215mm).If that’s final packaging, then it doesn’t look as though Nintendo has included a first-party game in the box, which is unfortunate. However, if the price is very low then retailers will surely offer discounted games with a Wii Mini purchase and still make it a tempting deal.Would a cheap Wii Mini tempt you into a purchase? If so, how cheap would it need to be?Best Buy Canada, via CVGlast_img read more

Vlahos investigated investors in dark over payout

first_imgInvestors who paid huge sums for shares in the racehorse ‘Jimmy’ – Black Caviar’s half-brother – face a wait of at least a week before learning if they earn a share the $5 million insurance pay out. Veterinarians euthanised the $5 million colt on Sunday because he was in pain from laminitis; the colt’s feet began to twists and he could hardly stand from this disease. Meanwhile, investigations into the colt’s former owner Bill Vlahos are continuing. Mr Vlahos’ trustee in bankruptcy is preparing to trace the proceeds of the racing identity’s failed punting club The Edge as Racing Victoria investigators and company administrator’s trawl through the books and records maintained by Mr Vlahos’ BC3 Thoroughbreds. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Intel fête les 40 ans de son tout premier microprocesseur

first_imgIntel fête les 40 ans de son tout premier microprocesseur Intel célèbre cette semaine le quarantième anniversaire de la puce 4004, le tout premier microprocesseur programmable lancé sur le marché. La firme américaine amorçait alors la révolution numérique qui a profondément changé notre société. Intel revient sur ses 40 années d’évolution, avant de s’intéresser à ce que pourraient nous réserver les quatre prochaines décennies.Le microprocesseur a 40 ans ! Intel célèbre en effet le quarantième anniversaire de sa puce 4004, le tout premier microprocesseur du monde à avoir été commercialisé. Moteur de la révolution numérique, il a amorcé un changement profond de notre société en démocratisant l’accès à l’information, se félicite Intel, dont la fondation remonte à trois ans seulement avant le lancement de cette puce révolutionnaire. La firme a dignement fêté l’événement, à Paris notamment, où une soirée anniversaire a été organisée la semaine dernière. C’est le 15 novembre 1971 que la puce 4004 a pour la première fois été dévoilée, dans les colonnes du magazine Electronic News. Ce petit processeur basé sur une architecture 4-bits atteignait une fréquence de 108 kHz. En quarante ans, cette technologie a évolué de façon incroyable. “L’actuelle seconde génération de processeurs Intel Core est plus de 350.000 fois plus performante, tandis que chaque transistor y utilise à peu près 5000 fois moins d’énergie. Durant cette même période, le prix d’un transistor a été divisé par près de 50.000” souligne la firme. A l’époque, la puce conçue par Martian Hoff et Federico Faggin intégrait 2300 transistors. Aujourd’hui, les microprocesseurs peuvent en accueillir jusqu’à 2 milliards, et bientôt 3 milliards pour le Poulson, la nouvelle génération de processeurs, de processus de fabrication en 22 nm, qui succédera à l’Itanium 9300 “Tukwila”, dès le premier semestre 2012. Et cette évolution n’est pas près de faiblir. “Le nombre impressionnant d’avancées lors des 40 années qui viennent risque d’égaler, voire de surpasser, l’ensemble des innovations accomplies par l’humanité au cours des 10.000 dernières années de son histoire”, affirme Justin Rattner, directeur de la technologie d’Intel.À lire aussiIntel propose deux nouveaux produits sans fil innovantsBrian David Johnson, “chasseur de futurs pour Intel”, a tenté de découvrir aux quatre coins du monde, de Rio à Tokyo, en passant par Stockholm, la manière dont nous vivrons dans 40 ans. De son voyage, il ressort que “les systèmes informatiques seront sensibles à ce qui se produit autour d’eux, et anticiperont les besoins des utilisateurs. (…) Les futurs appareils sensibles au contexte, qui iront des PC aux smartphones en passant par les automobiles ou les télévisions, seront capables de conseiller les utilisateurs et de les guider pendant leur journée, plus à la manière d’un assistant personnel que d’un ordinateur traditionnel” prévoit Intel. La firme assure toutefois préférer inventer ce futur, plutôt que de le prévoir.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police Man taking paintball gun out of trunk causes scare in Miami

first_imgSo far, Cruz said, no arrests have been made in this incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A man who was seen taking a paintball gun out of the trunk of his car caused a scare in the City of Miami.According to Miami Police Cmdr. Freddie Cruz, a woman saw the man as he removed the paintball gun from his car, which was parked next to a Regions Bank, at around 12:45 p.m.,  Friday.Police said people observed the man walking to a building next door, and they called police fearing the paintball gun was a rifle.Miami police responded with a massive presence and detained a man who, they said, fit the description of the subject.They closed roads in the area of Flagler and Second streets and Southwest 41st and 42nd avenues, as heavily armed police searched the area.Investigators also placed Kenlock Park Elementary, Kenlock Park Middle and Henry M. Flagler Elementary schools on lockdown as a precaution.Those lockdowns have since been lifted and the perimeter has been broken down. last_img read more

ZP chairperson ZPTC members swearin

first_imgRangareddy: Newly elected ZP chairperson of Rangareddy district AnithaHarinath Reddy, vice chairman Eata Ganesh and other members were sworn in by District Collector Lokesh Kumar at ZP office, Khairatabad. On Friday, the first meeting of the new zilla parishad body was held and the newly-elected ZPTCs and co-option members took oath and assumed charge. Maheshwaram ZPTC Anitha Reddy was the first to take oath, followed by Nandigama ZPTC Eata Ganesh, and other ZPTCs. MLC Patnam Mahender Reddy, MLAs ManchireddyKishan Reddy and Anjaiah Yadav congratulated the newly elected members. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Minister for Panchayat Raj conveyed his wishes to the newly elected members through a message. In his message, the minister said that the state government has been a role model to the rest of nation for its ideal governance and innovative developmental projects such as Mission Bhagiratha, Haritha Haram and Kaleshwaram. He said that the representatives of local bodies could play a key role in successfully implementing the developing and welfare projects of the state and taking the fruits of welfare schemes to the beneficiaries. He wished that they partner with the state government in realizing the goal of Bangaru Telangana.last_img read more

WATCH AAP supporter slaps CM Arvind Kejriwal during roadshow in Delhi

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal were slapped during a roadshow in New Delhi on May 4, 2019.IANSAam Aadmi Party (AAP) president and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by an AAP supporter during a roadshow in the national capital on Saturday (May 4) evening.The 33-year-old man, identified as Suresh, has been a supporter of Kejriwal’s party. The man used to work as an organiser of the AAP’s rallies and meetings.Kejriwal was campaigning for an AAP candidate for New Delhi, Brijesh Goyal, in Moti Nagar of New Delhi when the incident happened. The Chief Minister was atop a truck, interacting with supporters when Suresh climbed the vehicle and slapped him. Suresh was immediately caught by AAP workers and handed over to the Moti Nagar Police. The police charged him Section 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code. It is not known if he will face a jail sentence for his actions.Suresh owns a repair shop in Kasturi Nagar in New Delhi. #WATCH: A man slaps Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his roadshow in Moti Nagar area. (Note: Abusive language)— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2019Reports claim that Kejriwal’s security team had received inputs from the police one week earlier that he would be attacked. The police had asked the team to increase the chief minister’s security by adding more police personnel but were denied the request.”There was no specific input about any particular event but we were alerted about a possible physical attack on Mr Kejriwal when he was either out on a morning walk or participating in a public event such as a road show,” a police source was quoted as saying by The Hindu.Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia did not try to hide his anger that the Delhi Police knew about the impending attack and did not do anything to try and stop it.Sisodia tweeted “It’s appalling that the Delhi Police knew of the impending attack on the CM and it did not try to stop it. Clear that it’s a conspiracy and is being controlled from the top. CMs security is the job of Delhi Police and they are under oath to ensure it. Then why this callousness?”This is not the first time Kejriwal has been attacked by angry civilians.Earlier, an angry civilian threw chilli powder at him in November last year. Before that, a shoe was hurled at Kejriwal in 2016 when he was addressing civilians regarding phase 2 of the odd-even scheme for vehicles in order to curb pollution in the union territory.In 2014, Kejriwal was slapped by an angry auto driver when he was campaigning for the assembly elections in Sultanpuri district of northwest Delhi.last_img read more

DC Mayor Announces New Grants to Improve Safety in Religious Institutions

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to The AFROImmediately following the tragic massacre of Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced nearly $1 million in grants to help support security and preparedness for non-profit organizations and religious groups. Managed through D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), according to a city press release, the grants can be used to purchase physical security enhancements such as cameras, new doors, locks and gates.The move has been lauded as a swift and decisive one by Bowser supporters, while some debate whether increased security will improve safety at all.After last week’s hate-crime mass shooting at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue, where 11 people were killed, two worshipers were injured and four officers were wounded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a grant to improve safety in religious institutions throughout the city. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)“On the heels of tragedy, we continue the work of building a more peaceful world – a world in which hatred and evil are erased and our country has common-sense gun control,” Mayor Bowser said in a statement sent to the AFRO. “ And as we continue this work, we remain focused on defending D.C. values and celebrating and uplifting our city’s unique and strong sense of inclusivity and diversity.”Totaling $976,500, grants range between $30,000 and $150,000 and will be given out to nine District non-profits. These groups are: Adas Israel Congregation, Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, North Campus, The National Presbyterian Church, The Georgetown Synagogue – Kesher Israel Congregation, Sixth & I Synagogue, New Bethel Baptist Church, Washington National Cathedral, and the Jewish Policy Center.In addition to offering grants, HSEMA will also hold an event series aimed at helping nonprofits and religious institutions prepare for emergency situations.In the same statement sent to the AFRO, HSEMA Director Dr. Christopher Rodriguez said, “Through workshops across the District, we will empower and educate nonprofits about the importance of conducting physical threat assessments, encouraging personal preparedness to their communities and developing robust applications to secure future funding.”last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires As of the latest 2013 Pro Bowl returns, Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington sits just on the outside look in, as the San Francisco 49ers linebacking duo of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowmanlead in fan voting.While the Cardinals’ eight-game losing streak has likely detracted national attention away from the team’s star linebacker, head coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t afraid to do his own grandstanding for Washington this week. “I think so,” Whisenhunt said when asked if Washington should be headed to Hawaii at season’s end. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. I think about how lucky we were to get his contract extended with the way he’s played.”With one sack over his final four games, Washington would become the first player in franchise history to record 10 sacks and 100 tackles in a single season. Washington would become just the fourth inside linebacker since 1985 to achieve the feat.“Hopefully he gets that,” said Whisenhunt in reference to the rare accomplishment. “We’ve seen signs of it, him building up to it, and he’s developed into an outstanding football player. There is no question about it.”Whisenhunt said the organization was impressed with his speed when they selected him out of TCU in the second round of the 2010 draft. However with maturity, the Cardinals coach said he’s using that speed to be a weapon all over the field.“I think his understanding of the defense [is better],” said Whisenhunt. “He now understands his speed and it makes him tough.”It should be noted that Whisenhunt wasn’t the only one stamping Washington’s ticket to Honolulu. In their Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet released earlier this week, lobbied for Washington to start alongside Willis for the NFC. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories In addition to his high sack and tackle totals, Washington has one interception, one fumble recovered and two fumbles forced in 2012.Pro Bowl voting concludes on December 17, with an announcement of the two teams set to come nine days later on December 26 at 5:00 p.m. Arizona time.last_img read more

UTEP names Mike Price interim head coach

first_imgThe move comes one day after Sean Kugler resigned after posting an 18-36 mark over four-plus seasons, including an 0-5 record to start this season.“I’ve asked Mike if he could help us in this situation,” AD Bob Stull said in a statement. “He has thankfully agreed. We’ve lost two coaches, and while we have two fine coordinators who are capable of doing the job, I just felt like it was important to bring in somebody with head coaching experience that is familiar with El Paso and our program.”Price said he is not a candidate for the full-time position. “I was surprised and flattered by Bob’s call and appreciate the opportunity to help this program one more time. I am not interviewing for the future job, and I’m not going to be the future head coach,” he said. “I’m going to manage the program and provide leadership for the rest of the year.”Price, 71, served as UTEP’s head coach from 2004-12, taking the program to its highest point in decades. His tenure began with consecutive 8-4 campaigns with appearances in the Houston and GMAC bowls, the program’s first back-to-back bowl trips since the 1953-54 seasons. His 2004-05 teams also made the only AP poll appearances in Miners football history; the club lasted one week at No. 24 in 2004 and climbed as high as No. 23 over a 4-week stay in ’05.The program dipped from there, reaching only one more bowl game before Price announced his retirement at the close of the 2012 season with a 48-61 record over his nine seasons. He has not coached since. Price also served as Weber State’s head coach from 1981-88 and as Washington State’s head coach from 1989-02. He took the Cougars to two Rose Bowls, the program’s first Pasadena trips since the 1930 season. Price parlayed the second Rose Bowl appearance into the Alabama job, but resigned just days after due to an off-the-field scandal. He spent the 2003 season out of football, and rejoined the game upon his hiring at UTEP in December of 2003.The first game of Price’s second stint as UTEP’s head coach will come against 2-time defending Conference USA champion Western Kentucky on Saturday in El Paso.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. Former Miners coach Mike Price has returned to the sideline as interim head coach, the program announced Monday night.Mike Price Interim Head Coach for the #Miners— UTEPFootball (@UTEPFB) October 2, 2017 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2019 11:44 am PDT Tony-nominated ‘Ferryman’ tackles N. Ireland Troublescenter_img NEW YORK — Jez Butterworth tackles Northern Ireland’s Troubles in “The Ferryman,” which has received nine Tony nominations.Butterworth admits he was both compelled and reluctant to write the play about the height of the Troubles, which is based on the family tragedy of his partner Laura Donnelly.He says, “I’d wanted to write a play about harvest and about a large family for some time … it wasn’t till I met Laura Donnelly and learned her family history with the disappeared that the two halves came together.”Donnelly, who received a Tony nomination for her role in the play, won an Olivier for her performance in the London version, and the play won the award for best new play.The Tony Awards take place Sunday in New York and air live on CBS.John Carucci, The Associated Presslast_img read more