By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe snowmobile smuggling her across the frozen St. Lawrence River broke down before reaching the other shore.The woman, identified as “Confidential Source 2” or “CS-2” in a federal U.S. court document, was briefly stranded on the ice until someone arrived to make repairs. When the snowmobile again started purring it travelled to a white house near the shore in St. Regis Village, Akwesasne. The village is in Quebec, within Canadian territory, but is only accessible through the U.S.It had already been a long journey for the woman, described in the court document as hailing from a country in the Caribbean, and it was about to get worse, eventually leading her to a stay at the Great View Motel in Fort Covington, NY and then a cab ride into the hands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.Her story, and that of a group of Polish nationals who were also caught on U.S. soil after being smuggled across the St. Lawrence River in February, is detailed in documents filed in August with the U.S. federal court’s Northern New York District. The documents offer a revealing glimpse into the human smuggling networks that pass through Akwesasne with tendrils stretching from Toronto to New York City, from Philadelphia to New Jersey.Akwesasne straddles the Canada-U.S. border and is also divided by the boundaries of New York State, Quebec and Ontario. The St. Lawrence River flows through this complicated multi-jurisdictional area. Two sections of Akwesasne, St. Regis Village and Snye, sit in Canadian territory and hug the river, but both are only accessible by road through the U.S. The roads from both areas cross an unguarded international border with only speed limit signs, switching from kilometres to miles, indicating a change in country.CS-2’s journey across the river began in Toronto, 437 km west of Akwesasne. According to an affidavit supporting a criminal complaint against Akwesasne residents John Benedict and Angela Johnson, who were eventually indicted on conspiracy to bring aliens into the U.S., she flew in to Pearson International Airport on Feb. 1 and stayed with friends in the city.The affidavit, signed by U.S. Border Patrol agent Jay Stiles, states that CS-2 wanted to visit family in a “large city in the Eastern Coast of the United States.” It also states that her friends put her in touch with an “alien smuggler” in the U.S. who charged her $9,000 US for the trip across the border.She was allegedly picked up in Toronto on Feb. 23 by two men who drove a gold coloured van. The men picked up two other women in the city and then drove East on Hwy 401 to the Monte Carlo Motel in Cornwall, Ont., which sits across the river from Akwesasne. Once they were all booked into one room, the men demanded payment.The next day, the three women were picked up in same gold van and driven to a mall parking lot in Cornwall where they were taken by taxi to a lighthouse on Cornwall Island, which sits in the St. Lawrence River and is part of Akwesasne Mohawk territory in Canada.A blue van arrived at the same spot at around the same time carrying four men and one woman. Then, several snowmobiles appeared. The man who was driving the gold van handed one of the snowmobile drivers an envelope with cash, the affidavit alleges.The five people from the blue van were put into a sled towed by a snowmobile and taken across the frozen river. The three women were then told to hop onto the back of the other snowmobiles and they crossed the ice.Once at the white house in St. Regis Village, the three women were told by a “heavy-set Native American” woman who lived there to get down into the basement.While the women waited in the house, another load arrived on shore. This time it was a group of four Poles who were also being smuggled into the U.S. from Canada.The Polish connectionA man, identified as “Confidential Source 1” or “CS-1” in the affidavit, was at the house when the Poles arrived. The man driving the snowmobile offered CS-1 $800 US to drive the Poles from the house to a Wal-Mart parking lot in Massena, NY.A Mitsubishi Galant with New Jersey license plates and two men inside was circling the parking lot when CS-1 arrived with his carload of Poles, who quickly switched vehicles. It was 7:55 p.m. on Feb. 24. The Galant pulled out onto State Route 420 and headed west, only to be stopped five minutes later by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.A separate “confidential source” had tipped off authorities about the movement of “illegal aliens” and the area was under surveillance.The car was allegedly driven by a man from Belarus named Mikita Palaukov who was allegedly accompanied by Oleh Solomon, originally from the Ukraine.Solomon allegedly said he was being paid by a “friend” in Philadelphia who wanted him to transport the Poles to Brooklyn in New York City.Two of the four Poles had previously been deported from the U.S. They both pled guilty to “unlawful re-entry into the U.S.” One of the four was old and ailing and agents decided against charging him. The fourth had no record of having been deported from the U.S. and pleaded guilty to entering the U.S. without inspection.Things fall apartBack at the house, things were going wrong for CS-2. The three women faced a demand for an extra $900 US which was handed over. The basement was “filthy, dirty, cold and had soda bottles that appeared to be filled with urine on the floor as well as human feces.” CS-2 told investigators “the stench was horrible and she felt claustrophobic.” She wasn’t allowed to open the basement door. It was slammed in her face, the affidavit states.“CS-2 had to urinate in a cup in the basement because there was no bathroom. No food or water was provided to three women in the cold basement until the next day,” said the affidavit.At about midnight on Feb. 25, a second “Native American” woman told them they would be taken to a warehouse and picked up by a blue van. No blue van appeared at the warehouse and they went back to the white house and down into the basement. CS-2 was eventually allowed to make a phone call and she contacted “her American smuggler.” But she had been cut loose. The smuggler told her that “she could not pick her up due to a death in the family.”CS-2 wanted to return to Canada, but was told she didn’t have enough money for a return journey and that the river was melting.At 7 p.m. they were finally driven by a young man aged about 21 to the Great View Motel in Fort Covington, NY, along Route 37. They were told to lie down in the back for the 15 minute journey. One of the women booked a room in the motel and called a taxi from Malone, NY. They wanted to go to Albany, NY.Unbeknownst to the women, U.S. Border Patrol agents received a tip a female “illegal alien” was staying in room 124 of the motel, which overlooks a field.Agents were waiting as the taxi pulled out of the motel and headed south. Agents pulled the taxi over at about 11 p.m.“All three women admitted that they were travelling together. Due to their inability to produce documents confirming their claims of citizenship as well as their difficulty in answering basic questions regarding their residences and related information, all three women were transported . . . for further questioning and additional record checks,” the affidavit said.CS-2 did not have “an immigration history that could be accessed.” One of the women was a confirmed Canadian citizen. The affidavit is silent on the third woman.Pleadings and chargesAkwesasne resident Ian Tarbell pleaded guilty to “bringing aliens to the United States for commercial advantage and private gain” as part of a plea agreement in connection to the smuggling of the four Poles.He was released, detained after violating his conditions, and released again at the end of August. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 27.Benedict, Johnson and Solomon are scheduled for jury trial for Nov 4 in Utica, NY.Benedict and Johnson both face a two count Grand Jury indictment on conspiracy to bring aliens into the U.S.Solomon faces one count in the same indictment on conspiracy to bring aliens into the U.S. and one count of transporting aliens.The indictment is dated Aug. email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
“I look at how and why Site C progressed at this time. Why this project, why now,” said Cox. “It goes and does extensive fact-checking with scientists, asking the question over and over again: is this project in the public’s best interest?”Cox said that she’s also spoken with several well-known residents of the Peace River Valley, including Ken and Arlene Boon, who have had their land expropriated by BC Hydro to make way for the dam’s reservoir.The book launch will be taking place at the North Peace Museum in Fort St. John beginning at 6:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be hosting a book launch of a book chronicling the ongoing saga of the Site C dam.Victoria-based journalist and author Sarah Cox will be launching her debut book “Breaching the Peace” at the Museum tonight. Cox said that she became interested about the history and the current story of the third dam on the Peace River after former Premier Gordon Campbell made an announcement in 2010 that the provincial government would be proceeding with construction of the project. She said that after travelling to the Peace Region, she decided that the rest of the province should hear about the story of the dam, and the people who would be affected by Site C’s construction.
Bringing together some 60 heads of State and government and close to 6,000 participants – including children – the United Nations General Assembly today opened a special session that for the first time in the history of the UN’s main legislative and deliberative body is formally devoted to the situation of young people under the age of 18. The three-day meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, which is reviewing progress made for children since the landmark 1990 World Summit for Children, marked the first time that young people presented their case directly to the Assembly.“We are children whose voices are not being heard: it is time we are taken into account,” 13-year old Gabriela Azurduy Arrieta of Bolivia told participants. “We want a world fit for children, because a world fit for us is a world fit for everyone.” Audrey Chenyut, 17, from Monaco emphasized that children were the engine for development “We are not the sources of problems; we are the resources that are needed to solve them,” she said. “We are not expenses; we are investments.” Han Seung-sooAssembly President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea agreed on the need for action to reach international targets. “We must be serious and open about the challenges that remain – about the unfinished business of the last decade,” he said. “Unless we are inventive, creative and adaptable, we will be unable to respond to the issues that have emerged since 1990 or to the challenges and opportunities that may face us in the future.” Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, who chaired the session’s preparatory committee, reported on the proposed outcome document, entitled “A World Fit for Children.” The text contains a political declaration to mobilize support for a global movement that would help build a world fit for children. It also comprises a review of progress achieved so far, as well as an action plan which aims to provide all children with access to basic education, the best possible start in life, and ample opportunity to develop their individual capacities, she said.Some two dozen heads of State and government, as well as numerous high-level ministers, also addressed the session today, describing their national efforts on behalf of young people and advocating global action to advance children’s rights. Reviewing progress made over the past decade, many cited sobering statistics and argued that much remains to be done to meet international goals for children’s well-being. Kofi AnnanUN Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the participation of these and other young people in the special session, which is being attended by delegates from 180 countries – including nearly 400 children – and another 3,000 representatives from non-governmental organizations. “The children in this room are witnesses to our words,” he said. “They and their peers in every land have a right to expect us to turn our words into action: to build a world fit for children.” The Secretary-General recounted a list of successes – such as the moon landing, the eradication of smallpox and the end of apartheid, which were all accomplished within recent memory. “How can we fail to do the same with the pledges that have been agreed by all the countries of the world?” he asked, referring to the goals set out in the UN Millennium Declaration adopted in 2000. “Especially as we know from experience that for every dollar invested in the development of a child, there is a seven-dollar return for all society?”
It feels like depth has always been an issue for Thad Matta-coached basketball teams. It’s not that the Ohio State players who are on the bench aren’t talented, but more that those players on the bench stay on the bench. Matta has a tendency to find a few guys that he really trusts, usually five or six guys, and rotate that small group instead of giving them a rest and letting younger players grow. Although Matta’s success here at OSU can’t be questioned, his system has started to show its weakness in recent seasons when fatigue begins to set in during the NCAA Tournament. This year though, that formula has changed out of necessity rather than revelation. Matta has been swapping about eight players consistently, with three players – junior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward Deshaun Thomas – averaging about 30 minutes a game. But outside of Thomas, the Buckeyes don’t have a consistent second scoring threat. A few players have stepped into the role on a game-by-game basis (like Craft, Smith Jr. or sophomore forward Sam Thompson) but aren’t able to keep it up over an extended stretch. It is a perplexing problem, but many fans think they have the solution. Sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross has been singled out by some fans for his natural scoring ability as the obvious choice to take some of the pressure off of Thomas’ shoulders. Against Wisconsin Tuesday, Ross totaled eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. For the most part, Matta has remained defiant and Ross continues to sit on the bench for many of OSU’s contests this season. Ross is only averaging 17 minutes a game, despite being second on the team behind Thomas in terms of scoring efficiency. And while, relatively, Ross’ time on the court isn’t anything to snicker at, it’s not reflective of a player with the potential to be an elite scorer. But why wouldn’t Matta play Ross if OSU is so desperate for a second option? Thomas can’t carry the team on his own forever. Although the fans have a point about Ross being a talented scorer, the problems with Ross might outweigh the rewards. As good as Ross is on offense, he is equally bad on defense. It is hard to imagine that on an OSU team, a squad that has been known for its defense since Matta took over the program in 2004, that someone who is such a defensive liability would get significant playing time. Notice during the final five or so minutes how rare it is for Ross to receive minutes. He might aid in games during the middle stretches, but never starts and never closes, a sign of Matta’s lack of trust in the young forward. Although his outing against the Badgers shows marked improvement, it is still not enough to convince Matta to give Ross a more significant role. He might see more playing time come his way during certain games this season, but don’t expect for him to play vital minutes against Michigan Tuesday or Indiana on Feb. 10. For the Buckeyes to make a run in the NCAA Tournament similar to last season’s, they need someone to come out of the woodwork to help Thomas. Ross might be that guy someday. But for now? He’s not quite the answer.
Judge Rebecca Poulet QC warned both teenagers they could face custody when they return to court for sentencing on 17 June. 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. Two teenage neo-Nazis, linked to a group that called Prince Harry a “race traitor” for marrying Mehgan Markle, are facing jail after admitting terror charges.Polish national, Michal Szewczuk, 19, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five of possessing documents that could be useful to a terrorist, when he appeared at the Old Bailey.His co-defendant, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, had previously pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism.The charges relate to a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division, which posted extreme racist material on the GAB social media platform.In one post, a picture of the Duke of Sussex was set against a swastika with a gun pointing at his head and the slogan: “See ya later, race traitor!”The group is an off shoot of the American Atomwaffen Division, which encourages terrorism and worships Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson.Szewczuk, who used an online pseudonym, posted comments that called for the “systematic slaughter” of women. He also pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the possession of bomb making documents and other extremist terrorist material.At an earlier hearing, prosecutor Jessica Hart described how Szewczuk and Dunn-Koczorowski had shared the Sonnenkrieg Gab account, with both posting from the same account at different times.
Microsoft is expected to announce and hopefully launch a successor to the Xbox 360 at some point in 2013. But what will the machine be called?The obvious choice is a doubling of the digits to create the Xbox 720, but is that really a name Microsoft wants to run with. A recent push to secure domain names through arbitration suggests otherwise.A man in China called Cheng Juan has just seen a number of Xbox-related domain names taken away from him and handed to Microsoft. These include XboxCompanion.com, XboxLiveTV.com, XboxTablet.com, and XboxPhone.com. But there are two more on the list that make less sense to have registered: Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org.Now it could just be that Microsoft demanded ownership be handed over for all Xbox domains he held. However, with Windows 8 also being released soon, and Microsoft pushing out the operating system to more than just the desktop, the Xbox 8 name does make some sense.If the next Xbox is going to run Windows 8 and have some form of its interface as a base, then including an 8 with the name makes sense from a marketing point of view. You can run your PC and tablet on Windows 8, your phone on Windows Phone 8, and then you have your Xbox 8. It all lines up, right?Another advantage of using Xbox 8 is it is a higher number than Sony will use with the PlayStation 4. It’s a small detail, but why do you think we got the Xbox 360 instead of the Xbox 2 when the PS3 was coming to market.Whatever the final name of the machine, we’ve already seen Microsoft’s plans for its underlying hardware. If they deliver on the 6x performance gain over the Xbox 360, I don’t think anyone will really care what they call it.Read more at Fusible
How Trump’s win boosted Japan’s top rubber mask maker Though Obama masks were more popular, the company’s manager says he has high hopes Trump will catch up. Share Tweet Email Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 7:10 AM 6,698 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Nov 27th 2016, 7:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/3099280 By AFP Image: Chris O’Meara/PA THE JURY IS still out on what Donald Trump’s election victory means for close US ally Japan. But at least one local business has emerged a winner.Ogawa Studios, the country’s top rubber mask maker, has seen surging demand for their version of the billionaire real-estate magnate since his shock 8 November win.“I am not sure if Mr Trump’s election victory is a good thing for Japan, but for us, a rubber mask maker, the demand has increased many times since he won,” said senior manager Takahiro Yagihara.“Mr Trump is always angry and yelling during his speeches, and that kind of performance is a great model to make a face mask out of,” Yagihara told AFP at his studio in Saitama, north of Tokyo. Source: Eugene Hoshiko“It wouldn’t have been the case with (Hillary) Clinton.”Trump has caused concern with campaign comments in which he said Japan should pay more to support US troops in the country and should even consider developing nuclear weapons.He has also promised to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement championed by President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The company started selling the Trump masks, which cost 2,400 yen (€20), in May and had shifted about 1,800 by election day. Source: Eugene HoshikoBut demand surged after Trump won, with sales of 5,000 masks within several days, Yagihara said.Ogawa Studios expects to ship a further 8,000 Trump masks by the end of this year, he added.The studio’s array includes those of politicians, cartoon characters, sumo wrestlers and even one modelled on a bronze statue of the Buddha.One of the more successful masks was of Obama, Yagihara said.“The popularity of Mr Obama’s was far beyond that of Mr Trump’s but I have high hopes he will catch up,” he said.© – AFP, 2016Read: Trump is selling gold-trimmed Make America Great Again Christmas ornaments for $149> Short URL Image: Chris O’Meara/PA
Les Français associent une alimentation saine à un meilleur vieillisementUne grande majorité de Français estiment que la capacité de bien vieillir dépend notamment d’une alimentation saine ainsi que d’une vie sociale importante.Sur demande du Groupe Prévoir, l’Ifop a récemment mené un sondage, demandant aux Français comment ils expliquaient le fait que certaines personnes vieillissent mieux que d’autres. Ainsi, 58% des sondés ont expliqué que selon eux, bien vieillir passe avant tout par une alimentation saine. Près de la moitié des sondés pensent également que rester en forme lorsque le temps passe peut être la conséquence d’une vie sociale bien remplie. Suivent alors la pratique d’une activité physique et la culture pour expliquer un bon vieillissement. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Pour autant, les Français concèdent que la bonne volonté ne suffit pas et qu’un manque d’argent peut freiner certains à sortir, à faire du sport, ou bien à acheter des aliments plus sains. Le manque de temps, de volonté et d’équipements à disposition sont également cités par les personnes interrogées, rapporte Le Parisien. Concernant le lien entre vieillesse et apparence, près de 9 Français sur 10 sont persuadés qu’il est possible de bien vieillir sans avoir recours à la chirurgie esthétique, aux crèmes ou au Botox.Lors de ce sondage, il a également été demandé aux Français de choisir la femme qui incarne au mieux la notion de “bien vieillir”, et c’est Line Renaud qui a été plébiscitée en premier, avant Simone Veil, Jane Fonda et Claude Sarraute. Du côté de la gent masculine, Clint Eastwood a été plébiscité, devançant alors Sean Connery, Charles Aznavour et Jean d’Ormesson.Le 5 mars 2011 à 18:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
During World War I hundreds of English footballers contributed to their home countries to fight in what is called the Great WarDuring Remembrance Day, Crystal Palace took some time to remember those players turned soldiers that ended up helping their countries in World War I.According to the team’s official website “during World War I, a number of footballers who played, had played for or were contracted to Palace traveled to Europe to serve their country on the battlefields of Belgium or France.”“Players that would go on to serve in the army, or even indeed the navy, would usually simply walk into a local recruitment office and then eventually be posted to a division.”Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Many footballers who had [or would] play for Palace signed up for service in the army, but sadly not all would return home,” the team explained.“Eight players that are known to have played for the Glaziers tragically perished during the conflict, including Richard Hawker and Joseph Bullock who would both receive the Victory and Bristol medals for their bravery.”Of those that served, the following played for Crystal Palace and are known to have lost their lives:Joseph Bulcock (1909-1914, 146 games, 2 goals)Richard Harker (1905-1907 & 1911-1912, 83 games, 19 goals)Edwin Myers (1909-1912, 23 games, 1 goal)George Smith (1907-1908, 11 games, 2 goals)Jimmy ‘Ginger’ Williams (1909-1914, 149 games, 57 goals)Norman Wood (1909-1910, 1 game, 0 goals)Donald Bell (Signed a contract with Palace, but there is no record of him playing to date)Edward Bell (Played for Palace’s reserve team)
Jury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco Updated: 3:30 PM November 30, 2017 , Posted: November 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN FRANCISCO (KUSI) — A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant charged in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. According to CNN, the jury found 54-year-old Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide charges, but he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.The handgun belonged to a Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that it had been stolen from his parked car in San Francisco a week before Steinle was shot.Prosecutors called Steinle’s father as their first witness.Through tears, with a packed courtroom hanging on every word, Jim Steinle recounted the final moments of his daughter’s life after she was shot.He told the court that he and a family friend were visiting his daughter and they went for a walk on the popular waterfront.The elder Steinle said he heard a loud “bang” and his daughter collapsed in his arms, saying “’help me, Dad.’”Jim Steinle said her eyes were closed and she had trouble breathing.”I couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” he said, choking back tears. “She didn’t have any health problems.”He rolled her on her side and discovered a bullet hole with little blood. Paramedics arrived and she was later declared dead at a hospital.Garcia Zarate had acknowledged shooting Steinle in the back. He has said he was handling the handgun when it accidentally fired.Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot Steinle. He had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge.The shooting touched off a political furor during last year’s presidential race, with President Donald Trump citing the killing of 32-year-old Steinle as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.
BT and Travis Perkins (pictured) are among those shortlisted in the Best use of benefits technology category for the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.This category recognises organisations that have used benefits technology to effectively meet the needs of both their employees and their business.The full category shortlist is:BT, BT Your Rewards Launch (Entered by Benefex)Travis Perkins, myPerksUniversity of Lincoln, Linc-On Benefits PlatformThe winning organisation will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.
ADC AUTHOR Air Force Col. Marc Packler, commander of the 375th Communications Group at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., has been recognized as a recipient of ADC’s 2019 Military Leadership Award. Serving as the chief of the base’s cybersecurity command, Packler has catapulted the St. Clair County, Ill., region toward becoming a cybersecurity, and STEM education leader.Packler and other Defense Community Award honorees were recognized Monday at a lunch ceremony during the Defense Communities National Summit.Packler’s work places a high focus on youth education. Through partnerships with 22 area schools and universities, the Midwest Cyber Center and Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, he has brought cyber education and career opportunities to more than 14,000 area students. Through these programs, he has helped transform the St. Clair County region into a cybersecurity hub.Another area of importance for Packler focuses on intelligent infrastructure improvement across the country. Packler has spearheaded large-scale projects to renew, harden and robust outdated software, harnessing collaboration from across the U.S. to continuously improve infrastructure.“Col. Packler’s enthusiastic leadership has strengthened our cyber defense posture and educated the next generation of cyberspace warriors, all while developing the workforce at Scott Air Force Base through numerous community partnerships,” said Col. Joseph Meyer, Installation Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing. “These efforts have had a huge positive impact both on and off the base.”
Listen We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /50:43 X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The City of Houston is slated to notify hundreds of homeowners they’ll need to make more repairs after Harvey. Nancy Sarnoff with the Houston Chronicle lays out who’ll be receiving these letters in the coming weeks.Also this hour: Author Reza Aslan talks about President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Aslan is the author of numerous books, including God: A Human History. He spoke onstage with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen at a recent Brazos Bookstore event at The Ballroom at Bayou Place.Then: Is Houston closer than ever to getting an NHL team? New Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta recently met with National Hockey League officials as part of what he describes as the “very early stage of evaluating what opportunities may exist” to either relocate an NHL franchise here or establish an expansion team in Houston. We discuss what it would take to bring a team here.Plus: It’s the end of the year, and we offer you a chance to ask an expert questions about your taxes.And comedian Hari Kondabolu discusses The Problem With Apu, his documentary about his issues with character Apu from The Simpsons. He says the tired Indian stereotype needs an update. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
For many the uprising of April 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray was a tipping point moment in Baltimore’s history. Those perilous hours after Gray’s funeral ultimately revealed the character and resiliency of some of the most underserved communities in our city. In addition, they shed light on some individuals and entities that have been courageously doing vital work in those communities for years and some cases, decades.However, the difficult days that followed have also revealed that many of those individuals and entities and their sometimes life sustaining work has been chronically and in my mind, criminally underfunded.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)I’m not suggesting laws have been broken by denying dollars to some of these people and groups in favor of more “established” syndicates (although there are laws against larceny in our city). But, it seems particularly egregious that many of Baltimore’s largest, most influential non-profit organizations have for years, consistently received the lion’s share of the millions of non-profit dollars (exponentially more money has flowed into the city after the death of Freddie Gray), to the demise, or diminution of so many who deserve a healthy share of those resources.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), the grassroots think tank wants to change how the non-profit money gets chopped up.“For years we have critiqued the nonprofit industrial complex in Baltimore and how it undermines authentic Black empowerment,” wrote Dayvon Love, director of Research and Public Policy, for LBS in an Op-Ed on the group’s website titled, “For Black People When White Saviors Aren’t Enough.” He went on.“What we have argued is that the notion of White supremacy in the nonprofit sector is manifested in three key ways.”Love makes his case by stating: the boards of many of the nonprofits that are supposed to serve Black people are in bed with the corporate sector and mostly White; the social networks deemed to be legitimate by the non-profit sector are mostly White; and the non-profit sector’s White dominatedleadership is dismissive of community based, African/Black methodologies and considers them inferior.Love’s colleague, Adam Jackson, CEO of LBS, co-chaired the Children and Youth Fund Task Force, which began its work in Feb. The group, made up of community leaders, youth program service providers and City government representatives, was established by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, to make recommendations on the Youth Fund’s governance. The fund has $12 million a year set aside from property tax revenue to aid youth programs in the city. The task force concluded its work in May and crafted a set of values that would radically change the way Baltimore funds youth programs, who makes the decisions within that funding apparatus and ultimately, which programs get funded.More broadly, if LBS has its way, the nonprofit funding infrastructure currently in place (which seems inherently inequitable and racist) in Baltimore will be dismantled and replaced with one authentically rooted in the city’s disenfranchised communities.“Black people are often relegated to a position of having to beg White people for acceptance and resources. As a result of this dynamic Black people who are advocating for resources often frame the solution to this problem in terms of pressuring White people and the government to do more for us,” wrote Love of LBS.The Baltimore City Council is scheduled to review the recommendations of the Children and Youth Fund Task Force in September, and perhaps vote for their implementation. If the group’s recommendations are fully established, it could redistribute funding of Baltimore’s youth programs and dramatically shift the balance of the city’s nonprofit infrastructure.“This frame is disempowering because it easily folds right into the notion of Black people as being dependent on White power,” Love wrote.“This disempowerment has diminished the emphasis on building our own institutional wherewithal to solve our own problems and has allowed people outside of our community to make a living off of our suffering.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.
On Dec. 5, the D.C. Council passed a bill, authored by council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4), titled “The Office on African American Affairs Establishment Act of 2017.” The bill would create an office to develop, implement and support policies and programs for Black advancement in the District. The office would also have the authority to write grants for organizations that support Black communities in D.C.Brandon Todd, who represents Ward 4 on the D.C. Council, recently authored a bill that would create an office in D.C. that would solely deal with the city’s Black population. (Courtesy photo)“I was there at the D.C. council chambers when the bill was introduced,” Ward 7 Resident Cinque Culver told the AFRO. “This is a good thing. African Americans represent 46 percent of the city’s population and they should be studied and recognized for their contributions.”Since its inception on July 16, 1790, the District has had a significant Black population because of its location close to Maryland and Virginia and its status as the nation’s capital. In the 1850s, the District was noted for having more free Blacks than slaves within its borders. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law that freed slaves in D.C.In 1955, the District was hailed as the first major city in the country to have a Black majority, with 51 percent of the population at that time. In 1975, the city made major headlines when census figures showed that 71.5 percent of all District residents were Black, which was a high percentage at that time in the nation for a major city and a state-level jurisdiction. The high percentage of Blacks led to the District becoming known as “Chocolate City.”However, the Black population dipped below 50 percent in 2010 as more Whites moved into the city while many Blacks left to live in Prince George’s County and other Washington, D.C. suburban areas.While Todd’s legislation would not have been taken seriously 20 years ago, Culver said it is needed now more than ever. “The African American population should be supported just like all of the groups in its population,” he said. “The city is gentrifying and the city’s past history needs to be remembered and celebrated.”Aaron Holmes, running for the Democratic at-large position on the D.C. Council in 2018, told the AFRO he likes Todd’s bill for its grant-making authority. “I think it is important for the District government to give grants to organizations that work to help African Americans in the city,” he said. “These organizations will help African Americans prosper in the city and preserve our history and legacy.”Todd, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations, held a hearing on his legislation on July 6, with the majority of witnesses indicating the bill is needed. The council member emphasized during the hearing that his bill would put the OAAA on par with the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs such as Latino Affairs, Office of Asian and Pacific Islanders and African Affairs.While the OAAA bill has support, there are also doubters. “I don’t like this bill at all,” Ralph Chittams Sr., told the AFRO. He said the District has always had a strong Black presence and for many years was run administratively and or vicariously by Black people, and that the city has long had Blacks in management positions even before the Civil Rights Movement.“This bill is saying that Black people need help in order to function in D.C.,” he said. “To me that is racist. Council member Todd is saying that we as Blacks are incapable of succeeding in a city that we play a major role in managing.”Chittams said that Todd’s grant-making authority to OAAA is suspicious. “To me, those grants are going to go to the usual cronies,” he said. “You will have these fake non-profits that will get D.C. government money and the leaders of these non-profits will pay themselves a big fat salary while doing nothing for Black people. This is welfare for the well-connected.”The bill is headed to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) for her consideration. Bowser is a political ally of Todd’s and she is expected to sign it.
Adding to the cost and complexity of the project would be the actual connecting together of the individual parts, likely with fiber optics and a controller that would have to not only position the nodes on the network, but would have to account for time lags as well, and as much as 20 GB of data per second from each of the telescopes.Like the Large Hadron Collider project, most of those involved in the SKA project expect that if it’s completed as hoped, new discoveries will be made with it that no one as yet can possibly imagine. (PhysOrg.com) — Proving that a lot of little things can go a long way, a group of astronomers have revealed plans to build and install a radio telescope array out of thousands of small inexpensive dishes, spread out over thousands of miles of remote territory. Known as the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) the telescope would be the largest of its kind ever created, and would give scientists clues about the creation of the universe, help understand dark matter, or even maybe, perhaps, help receive signals from other intelligent life forms.The SKA, so named because of the collective size of the dishes that would make up the system, would be comprised of over 3000 relatively inexpensive dishes that when connected together, and coordinated with a new, as yet undeveloped supercomputer, would result in a single radio telescope capable of delivering 50 times greater sensitivity than anything currently operating. And if that’s not enough, it would also provide 100 times the resolution.The group, comprised of scientists from over twenty countries, expect costs to be in the neighborhood of $2 billion, with construction starting sometime in the next decade and completion in 2024.A site for the proposed telescope has not yet been chosen, though several countries are vying for selection and the scientific prominence and influx of international cash that would result. The problem is, there are few optimal sites, due to the fact that all of the dishes would have to be situated in a place so remote that no people, cars, phones or other noise making devices would be in the vicinity. Currently, the leading contenders appear to be a block of countries in southern African and Australian and New Zealand. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Artist’s impression of the SKA dishes. Credit: SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions Artist’s impression of the SKA dishes. Credit: SPDO/TDP/DRAO/Swinburne Astronomy Productions Artist’s impression of the three cores of the SKA central region. Citation: Group sets plans for largest radio telescope ever (2011, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-group-largest-radio-telescope.html Australia, South Africa, short-listed for giant telescope More information: www.skatelescope.org/ Explore further The telescope would in actuality be comprised of both conventional dish receivers and flat plates that that can be controlled electronically to listen and point to different parts of the spectrum. © 2010 PhysOrg.com
Advertisement In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals last night, the Thunder humiliated the Warriors 133 – 105. The Warriors trail in the series 2 -1. The Warriors now await the NBA league office’s decision whether Draymond Green will be suspended for Game 4 for his viral low blow on Thunder Center Steven Adams in the second quarter.Green’s now infamous groin kick has been seen on social media on a continuous loop in GIF and Vine form since it happened. The debate is raging whether he should be suspended.After the game, Green told reporters the shot wasn’t intentional. The media and fans appear to largely disagree. In The Herd today, Colin said Green shouldn’t be suspended. He gave two primary reasons:1.) It’s very hard to prove intent. Green probably kicked Adams intentionally, but no one can prove it. 2.) Steven Adams wasn’t severely hurt and won’t miss the next game.The Green kick on Adams happened while the two big men were battling in the post. Post play in the NBA is physical by nature. Contact is expected. The kick may have been intentional, but it occurred where a lot of physical contact is common.If Russell Westbrook gets his legs taken out while attempting a dunk on a fast break, it’s different. That type of contact for a perimeter player isn’t common in the flow of the game. There’s also a risk of serious injury.If Green kicked a star player, as opposed to a marginal player like Adams, Colin would favor a suspension.“There’s a difference between robbing a 7-11 and robbing a bank. Robbing a bank is a federal crime, and kicking Steven Adams is different than kicking Kevin Durant if he continued to play, but wouldn’t be the same player in the series.”Former NBA league executive Stu Jackson joined The Herd today to discuss the Green incident. Jackson served as the NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations from 2007 to 2013. His responsibilities as Executive VP included handing down player discipline and suspensions.He went inside the NBA’s internal decision making process in levying suspensions. Jackson said the ultimate decision regarding Green will be made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. His decision may differ from the the recommendations of league executives.He recalled instances where former NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed his recommendations for punishment.“Most times I would take a recommendation to David Stern, and he would say, ‘Yes, let’s go with it, just tell me when it’s going to be announced.’ In case he needs to respond. But there were those times he would basically tell me over the phone ‘Are you out of your mind?’ I would respectfully respond and tell him all of the reasons why I arrived at the decision, and he would say, ‘We’re not doing that.’”In making the ultimate decision regarding Green, Commissioner Silver has to consider more than the act, including sponsors and television contracts. Jackson noted, “A commissioner of a professional sports league has many other things to consider other than the world of discipline on the floor. It’s his right to do that. He has to weigh his concerns from a broadcast standpoint against what the rules are.”
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fitzgerald wants to win but it has to be killing him to not be the focal point of the offense anymore. Rumors are, he is being phased out of the offense. But more than likely age is catching up to him. The hands are still great, but he is not, and never was, a speed guy. In this offense if you can’t get separation you are not having the ball thrown to you. With Fitz playing more inside it limits his opportunities. It’s more of a mental game inside where you have to be ready to adjust your route depending on what the safety does. It’s more of a thinking mans position where you read the play. Never one to blow by guys, Fitzgerald excelled at positioning on the outside. He was big but not quick. When he was in his prime he was better once he got that big body moving down the field. Things have changed for Fitzgerald. He still believes in his ability but no longer does everyone else. With all he has meant to this organization you can only hope things don’t end badly. Fitz may have to be the good soldier here, keeping quiet about his touches, about his father’s Twitter account and just talking about winning. He can do that. He loves to win. And as bad as Week 1 was for him, Fitz isn’t going to end up with 30 catches. He is too good for that. He will have his games where he grabs 5 or 6 balls and puts up good numbers. But today Fitzgerald is a former star very likely on his way out of Arizona. He is clearly not in the Cardinals long-term plans. He is not their number one wide receiver anymore. That distinction goes to Michael Floyd. And judging by the first game he is not even one of their top three options.In fact, Fitzgerald was not even targeted in the first three quarters of the Monday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers. His final numbers on the game — 1 reception for 22 yards. And on the two biggest plays of the game, the 3rd and 9 completion to Floyd for 16 yards and the 13-yard touchdown to John Brown, #11 wasn’t even on the field. He was watching from the sidelines.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or in this case a saber metric geek — to say Fitzgerald is on his way to a third consecutive year of failing to reach 1,000 yards. And at 31-years-old and with a cap hit of $23.6 million for next season, he may never reach those numbers again.Fitzgerald is still a star in fans’ eyes. They love him, and rightfully so. He has meant so much to this organization and they would love to see him retire a Cardinal. But chances of that happening are slim. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Larry Fitzgerald is arguably the greatest player to ever wear an Arizona Cardinals uniform. He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and for a time held the title as the game’s best wide receiver. But those days are long gone. From 2005-2011 Fitzgerald had six seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving and in four of those seasons he went over 1,400 yards. He was a 6-foot-3 matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators and cornerbacks. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share But in the end the final stats will be average. And average doesn’t allow you to cash in on $23.6 million. – / 61 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Go back to the e-newsletterCelebrity Eclipse will join sister ships Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Millennium during the northern hemisphere summer for the 2019 Alaska season. The ships’ range of itineraries will boast 13 destinations, with more than 40 extended port visits, bringing guests close to Alaska’s must-see wonders.“With Celebrity Millennium emerging fresh from the Celebrity Revolution – the largest investment the brand has ever made to modernise our fleet – longer port visits, and one-of-kind cruise tour experiences, our 2019 Alaska season is shaping up to be the most impressive yet,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Add to that the addition of Celebrity Eclipse and we have what promises to be an unrivalled season of unexpected splendour in the region.”Celebrity EclipseCelebrity Eclipse is the perfect complement to the majestic stretch of coastline that is the Pacific Coast. Sail round-trip from Los Angeles, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, or from San Diego to Vancouver, on an array of 7- to 9-night Pacific Coastal sailings.Embark on round-trip sailings from Vancouver through the Inside Passage, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier and more. Guests can settle in with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket at The Lawn Club or on their spacious, private verandah, and watch the awe-inspiring scenery unfold before them. These are whale-breaching, breathtaking modern luxury sailings previously only offered on Celebrity Infinity.The 2019 Pacific Coastal season features 10 destinations, including Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina and more. Overnight stays in San Francisco mean guests can explore all the city’s must-sees, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Painted Ladies, head into the wine country and sample the best local vintages, and enjoy the legendary restaurant scene and nightlife.Celebrity MillenniumModern luxury travellers looking to venture farther into the vast expanse of the region can enjoy alternating open-jaw sailings out of Vancouver, British Columbia, or Seward, Alaska, aboard Celebrity Millennium.Fresh from her multi-million-dollar revitalisation, part of the Celebrity Revolution, Celebrity Millennium returns to Alaska. Redesigned staterooms will make unwinding after a day of adventure easier than ever, and renovated public venues will complement the destinations guests will visit along this Seward-to-Vancouver (or vice versa) route.Celebrity SolsticeOnce again, Celebrity Solstice embarks from Seattle for a round-trip exploration that visits Victoria, Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, and traverses the incredible Tracy Arm Fjord.Under the starry Alaskan night sky, guests can enjoy the iconic gastronomic adventure A Taste of Film, which pairs films that evoke a specific cultural, culinary or destination experience, with cuisine that brings the scenes on the screen to life through guests’ tastebuds.Cruisetour ExperiencesGuests looking for a more in-depth encounter with Alaska are invited to embark on a Celebrity Alaska Cruisetour; pairing a modern luxury Alaska sailing with a guided land tour that takes them deep into the heart of Alaska, complete with luxury motor coaches, glass-domed trains, authentic lodging, and a knowledgeable, local tour director with them every step of the way. With 11 Alaska Cruisetours to choose from, ranging from 9 to 13 nights, Celebrity offers Alaskan adventures for every modern explorer.Celebrity Canadian Rockies Cruisetour’s invite guests to journey into the heart of this majestic region. Embrace nostalgic flair with an overnight rail journey aboard VIA Rail’s train, The Canadian. The route between Jasper and Vancouver offers daylight views of the mountains, which guests can take in from the domed cars, parlour cars, and their own private cabin. Guests can choose from two different Canadian Rockies Cruisetour options ranging from 12 to 13 nights.Go back to the e-newsletter
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