By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSaskatoon police are investigating a claim that a man was taken on a starlight tour by officers resulting in him being hospitalized.A police news release said dispatchers received a call from a woman at approximately 1:40 a.m. saying a 19-year-old man had been driven outside of city limits and forced to walk home.The alleged starlight tour was said to have happened Monday evening.A starlight tour is when police pick up an individual and drop them off outside of town forcing them to walk back. It’s particularly dangerous in frigid temperatures. The temperature overnight in Saskatoon reached below -30 C.But alleged victim Drayton Bull told APTN National News he doesn’t remember much of what happened, including if he was in the back of a cruiser.Bull said he was at the casino to have a couple beers and then went to his brothers for a couple more. He was “highly intoxicated” and left to go to his dad’s house.He doesn’t remember what time he left but remembers waking up outside of his father’s at about 10:30 p.m.What happened between then is what’s in question.Bull said when he left his brother’s he remembers a police car going by “really slow” and trying to hide so they wouldn’t take him to the drunk tank.He then blacked out and came to again. He then remembers a man in black pants behind him. He blacked out again and was running on trails he jogs in the summer. The next thing he remembers is waking up outside of his dad’s home. His step-mom called Saskatoon police claiming they had driven Bull outside of town.“I am hoping (my memory) will come back in the next couple of days,” said Bull.Bull was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion. He also has a large sore on his head.Police said they take allegations of starlight tours seriously.Police said all patrol cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but none of their cars came up as being outside city limits during the alleged time.As of Jan. 1 police vehicles also have audio and video technology. The systems are activated when the back door is opened, or when the siren is activated.The GPS was a recommendation made at the inquiry looking into the death of Neil Stonechild. Stonechild, 17, was taken on a starlight tour in November 1990 by Saskatoon police. He died as a result.Police also said Bull was not a subject of a police computer check, either nationally or locally, during the alleged time frame.Police said they will check the in-car camera once they speak to him.This allegation comes about a week after a man in Brandon, Manitoba wrote on Facebook that he was taken on a starlight tour only to recant the statement hours later.APTN National News spoke to Jay Moosetail and he said police threatened to do it and roughed him up a bit but he was just mad and made it up. Moosetail was leaving a house party and waiting for a cab when approached by police.He was adamant Brandon police called him a “dirty Indian” and said “Idle No More mother****er” before email@example.com@afixedaddress
Federal safety officials plan to question representatives from engine maker CFM International and Boeing about the fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet this year.The National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is expected to last several hours.The board is still investigating the April 17 accident, in which an engine fan blade broke and debris hit the plane, killing a woman who was blown partly out a broken window. Pilots landed the crippled plane safely in Philadelphia.Investigators are focusing on the design and inspection of engine fan blades. After the accident, CFM recommended more advanced and frequent blade inspections, and regulators made those changes mandatory.They will also look into the design of the engine housing, which is supposed to prevent pieces from breaking loose.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.CBS said Friday that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”The money is coming out of Moonves’ $120 million severance package. Whether Moonves will receive the remaining balance of that money hinges on the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.In a joint statement, the 18 organizations praised the donations as a significant step while also calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation.The Associated Press
After hearing a briefing in New York by a senior UN official on the latest developments concerning the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the President of the Security Council said its 15 members welcomed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the security situation in the country, and hailed progress made in the implementation of key benchmarks.”Council members reiterated the importance of strengthening the Sierra Leone army and police and urged the Government of Sierra Leone and donors to work together,” Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile said in a press statement. “They also encouraged the Government to continue its efforts to stop illicit diamond mining and smuggling.”In addition, members welcomed the Secretary-General’s intention to provide support to this year’s local elections in Sierra Leone through UNAMSIL, according to Ambassador Muñoz, who also encouraged continued cooperation between that mission and other UN operations in West Africa.Meanwhile on the ground, UN peacekeepers and the Sierra Leone Armed Forces conducted a joint tactical operation code named “Exercise Hammer Strike.”The exercise is part of various training programmes aimed at building the capacity of the Sierra Leone security sector as the UN Mission winds down its work. The 10-day operation emphasizes coordination at various tiers of command between UNAMSIL troops and the Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Video of Council President reading statement
U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market shakes off a three-day slump.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 109 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 16,430 as of 9:38 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,889. The Nasdaq composite rose 36 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 4,250.The stock market is coming off a three-day slump. The Dow closed 222 points lower on Monday after a late-afternoon slide. The Dow is down 1 per cent for the year, and the S&P 500 index is up 2 per cent.Micron Technologies rose 5 per cent, the most in the S&P 500.Crude oil fell $1.02 to $84.70 a barrel.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.21 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 7:42 am MDT US stocks open higher as market shakes off three-day slump; Micron Technologies leads gainers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In times of uncertainty, it’s nice to have a security blanket.Lately, as the offense has struggled to find consistency, quarterback Terrelle Pryor has used the time to develop a sense of security in fellow sophomore and starting wide receiver DeVier Posey.The pressure felt by Pryor is not on him alone, but the recruiting class he was a part of. The 2007 recruits were some of the most coveted in OSU’s history, and several of those young players have been thrust into big roles on offense early in their careers.“I don’t feel like it’s pressure on him, I feel like it’s pressure on everyone,” Posey said. “Even though he’s the quarterback, we’re part of the offense too.”Posey, like Pryor, was highly touted. The five-star recruit from Cincinnati was seen by many as the “go-to guy” Pryor would need. His rare blend of size, speed and hands allows him to make plays down field with speed or over the middle as a possession receiver.Posey and Pryor’s connection on the field has become more apparent this season, especially in the last few games.The duo only hooked up once for a score in the Buckeyes’ first four outings, but Pryor has found Posey for five touchdowns in the last four games.Although Posey has been Pryor’s main target recently, he knows Pryor is trying to make whatever play he can.“I feel like the quarterback that he is, he’s just trying to find someone,” Posey said. “I think he finds Dane [Sanzenbacher] in big situations, he finds Ray [Small] in big situations and even Duron [Carter]. I really don’t feel like he’s just looking for me, I feel like he’s just looking for somebody to throw to. To be a great quarterback, you have to spread the ball around, and I feel like he’s trying to do that.”Posey had a career-high nine receptions and a touchdown against Purdue, but the Buckeyes’ loss to the Boilermakers put a damper on the numbers. While Posey and Pryor connected quite a bit two weeks ago, it wasn’t the offensive output the Buckeyes needed against a Big Ten opponent. That has seemed to be the story of OSU’s young offense this season, but Posey and Pryor have become the lead playmakers together.“We’ve definitely had drives when we’ve been on the same page, it’s just been a little bit bumpy certain games,” Posey said. “But we know what we’re capable of. We’ve shown it in spurts, we’re just hopeful that we can do that more.”The chemistry between Posey and Pryor has been key for big plays. All of the combo’s touchdowns in the last four games have been for more than 20 yards. Big scores from outside the red zone give the offense momentum.“It feels good, but it’s better for our offense,” Posey said of becoming more of a playmaker. “As an offense, we needed plays like that. We need big plays for our feeling. Last week was so rough, it just makes us feel better.”Pryor hooked up with Posey eight times for 161 yards and two scores in OSU’s win over Minnesota. Both touchdowns were bombs hurled by Pryor, who found an open Posey for 62 and 57 yards.“The touchdowns feel good, but I’m only half of the equation,” Posey said. “Terrelle made great passes. I know he’s definitely relieved, he’s going to be able to relax now. But I know he’s going to want to do more, because that’s just the kind of kid he is. He always wants to get better.”Pryor’s progression in his second year has been heavily scrutinized by fans and the media. Posey, however, has also been making strides, but his biggest critic may be himself.“I feel like I still have a lot of learning to do,” he said. “I feel like I can make more plays. I always feel like when I leave the game, I’m not satisfied. I feel like that’s how I have to be. I feel, personally, that I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet. I haven’t reached my full potential. I’m learning a lot and really trying to incorporate that knowledge onto the field.”Like Pryor, the coaches know that with time, bigger things will come from the young receiver. His big play recently, however, hasn’t gone unnoticed.“We felt like DeVier was always going to end up being a good player and he’s steadily done that,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He had a little bit of a hamstring or something in preseason where he missed a bunch of time and didn’t develop quite like we’d hoped early on there, but DeVier’s going to be a good player. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s a learner.”Only sophomores, Pryor and Posey have time to grow and progress together, something that could be key for the Buckeyes‘ future.
Her body was found three months later ditched and buried in a suitcase.The murder occurred after she allegedly brought shame on her family by fleeing her abusive arranged marriage and pursuing a relationship with another man.Honour is due to start filming at the end of this year.An ITV spokeswoman said: “Gwyneth Hughes, who has written Honour, has spoken at length with Banaz’s younger sister, Payzee, to give her the assurances she needs about the drama which focuses on the investigation into Banaz’s death.” An ITV drama starring Keeley Hawes about a young woman murdered in an honour killing has sparked a row with the victim’s family who claimed they were not consulted about the show.The broadcaster announced last week it had commissioned Honour, a two-part drama centred around the real-life murder of Banaz Mahmod by her father and uncle in January 2006.The show received immediate criticism for focusing on Caroline Goode, a former Scotland Yard detective who will be portrayed by Hawes, instead of Ms Mahmod herself.And now the victim’s younger sister Payzee Mahmod, 30, has joined those voicing discontent after claiming none of her family members were aware of the show and were not consulted by scriptwriters.Speaking to the BBC, Ms Mahmod said: “It doesn’t really sit too well with me that that’s the angle they chose to go with because that’s not Banaz’s story. That’s somebody else’s story. “This is about somebody who lost her life very tragically. It’s not about somebody getting to tell their story.”I don’t believe that it’s honouring Banaz.”Banaz Mahmod, who lived in Wimbledon, south west London, was just 20 when she was murdered by her father, uncle and three accomplices in 2006. Banaz Mahmod was strangled to death and buried in a suitcase in January 2006Credit:PA/Met Police 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.
A TOTAL OF 34 strategic infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green light by Government, it was announced today.The projects will cost a total of €226 million with the Government hoping they will result in 23,000 additional homes being delivered by 2021.The projects are aimed at delivering vital infrastructure to areas which would allow homes to be built there, and will be financed by the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF).As part of the Government’s Housing Action Plan, €150 million was to be released by the Exchequer to finance these type of projects (with local authorities providing €50 million themselves).Local authorities had to submit proposals for projects in their area, with the successful 34 projects announced today by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.The vast majority of the housing to be delivered will come from the private sector; however, Coveney said today that “at least 10%” of the housing built will be used for social housing under planning laws.This means a minimum of 2,300 additional social housing units will come from the €226 million of funding.Bridges, new or upgraded roads, parks, sewer works, community facilities and roundabouts are among the types of projects financed by the fund.In total, 14,000 of the proposed new homes the be built as a result of these projects will be in Dublin, with 3,000 being built in Cork.Some of the projects and fund allocations include:Dodder Bridge (€15.75 million)The Dodder Bridge in Dublin will be a public transport bridge linking Britain Quay on the South Quays with York Road and the Poolbeg peninsula close to the Tom Clarke Bridge at Ringsend.This will make the Poolbeg Peninsula more accessible to the rest of the city. The peninsula is in the process of being a designated a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) for building on. The expected area where the public transport bridge will be built. Source: Google MapsWith the bridge built, and proper public transport supplied to the area, the Housing Department states that 3,000 new accommodation units could be built (1,500 by 2021).The entire infrastructure project will cost an estimated €31.5 million, with half of this being provided by the LIHAF and the other half by the Department of Transport.Cherrywood (€15.9 million)The major urban housing development site of Cherrywood in south Dublin will see money committed to revamping its roads.Infrastructure projects are centred around the construction of the Druid’s Glen Road and bridge which will improve access to the area.The Housing Department states that LIHAF funding will contribute to the provision of 2,000 units by 2021. There are plans for an additional 6,000 also to be built in the area as part of SDZ masterplan.Donabate Distributor Road (€15.5 million)This will see the construction of a road and a bridge over the Dublin to Belfast railway line in the north of Dublin.The construction of the bridge will see increased road network capacity in the area and allow for land to be developed there.It is expected that 1,200 units will be built in the area as a result by 2021.A full list of the different projects is below: By Cormac Fitzgerald http://jrnl.ie/3311132 Source: Housing Department(You can find a detailed list of all the projects here)DeadlinesSpeaking today, Coveney said that the releasing funds to local authorities was contingent on the authorities following through with the projects so that houses could be built in the allotted timeline.“It’s really important that if we allocate money for infrastructure to deliver houses that it’s actually happening on the ground,” he said.And that is why we’ve asked each local authority to put in place a manager to specifically manage these projects to get them delivering on time and fulfilling the promises that have been assessed through the assessment process.Coveney also advised local authorities who had been unsuccessful in their proposals that he would be applying for additional funding in the future for more projects.Read: ‘It could have fallen into the street’: How a derelict building in Dublin’s Blackpitts was transformedRead: ‘The correction’: Should the government forgive some of Ireland’s mortgage debt? 31,120 Views Mar 28th 2017, 4:13 PM Bridge to Poolbeg among 34 infrastructure projects worth €226 million given green light Funding was announced today for projects across the country. Share29 Tweet Email9 Short URL The Poolbeg chimneys The Poolbeg chimneys 39 Comments Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 4:13 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk Share38 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4523115 AN ALLEGATION OF sexual assault was made at a children’s only hostel in Dublin city centre, TheJournal.ie has learned.The complainant reported the incident at Lefroy House – a nighttime-only hostel for youths based on the quays – in the past two years. Lefroy House is based on Eden Quay in Dublin City Centre and is run by the Salvation Army. It is an emergency night service which provides shelter to young people. The centre’s capacity is for seven young people, male and female, aged between 12 and 18 who are homeless, out of placement or unable to return to family. While Lefroy House caters for seven children at any given time, around 100 minors have used the facility in the past two years.During a particularly tumultuous time at the centre last year, gardaí were called to the property at least 17 times in a four-month period. The calls were made for various reasons, including minors acting in an intimidatory or violent manner. Separately to those 17 incidents, documents seen by TheJournal.ie show how an allegation of sexual abuse was made by a service user at the centre. It is understood the allegation was made by one child about another. There is no suggestion that anyone who works or volunteers at the centre was involved in any wrongdoing. Allegations of sexual abuse within National Children’s Residential Services are reported to what is known as the Significant Event Notification (SEN) team and Tusla. It is not known if the allegation was forwarded to gardaí or if a statement was made by the alleged victim to the authorities. A Salvation Army spokeswoman said: “We would like to reassure the public that we take the responsibility of safeguarding seriously and fully understand that it takes a lot of courage to come forward. Any concerns around safeguarding are investigated thoroughly and we actively encourage people to report their concerns to the police and contact our safeguarding unit.”TheJournal.ie sought clarification from Tusla regarding the date of the incident and if gardaí were notified. In response, the Child and Family Agency said it could not comment on individual cases. Children as young as 12 have availed of Lefroy House’s services. Currently, children can stay overnight but have to leave in the morning – and return at 5pm if they need shelter on subsequent nights. A number of previous clients have asked for the centre to open all day instead.Inspection reports of the centre are carried out by Tusla every year. The 2017 report – the most recent available – shows that the standard of significant event recording and reporting was “generally competent”.Responding to queries, Tusla said: “Tusla is satisfied that all reports of sexual abuse claims within Lefroy House have been made (there are no outstanding incidents of alleged abuse which have not been notified to Tusla), there is appropriate oversight of this unit and all reports made, as with other residential units.“The investigation of sexual abuse claims are carried out on an individual basis by the child protection and welfare social work teams, and resolution of these reports can vary depending on the circumstances of each individual complaint.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 4th 2019, 12:06 AM Allegation of sexual assault made at homeless hostel for minors Lefroy House is based on Eden Quay in Dublin City Centre and is run by the Salvation Army. Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk By Garreth MacNamee 2 Comments Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM 15,904 Views
One of the darkest aspects of the combined effects that the refugee crisis and the financial default was revealed last week, as the Racist Violence Recording Network (www.rvrn.org) reported a spike on hate crime in Greece during 2015. The harrowing statistics are presented in the RVRN 2015 annual report, analyzing the quantitative and qualitative findings of racist violence and hate crime recordings by the organizations participating in the Network. During the period of January – December 2015, the RVRN recorded, through interviews with the victims, 273 incidents of racist violence with more than 300 victims. In 75 incidents, immigrants or refugees were targeted due to their national or ethnic origin, religion or colour. In 185 incidents LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex)persons were targeted. From the 185 incidents against LGBTQI people, in 10 incidents, the victims have been targeted as activists. In 5 incidents, human rights defenders were targeted either because of their action in favour of refugees and immigrants, or because of their anti-Semitic action. In five incidents sacred or symbolic spaces or spaces used by collectivities were targeted. Finally, for the first time one incident against a member of the Muslim community and two incidents against Roma children were documented. The RVRN was established five years ago by the National Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Greece, in order to monitor human rights violation in Greece and contribute to effectively addressing the issue. The Attorney at Law of the Greek Council for Refugees, Vassilis Kerassiotis, pointed out that the majority of incidents of racist violence are not brought to justice and for this reason, the RVRN covers the gap between reality and judgments on racist crimes. However, he expressed the hope that the recent legislative measures will facilitate the investigation of racist motive and will lead to the increase of decisions on racist crimes. Commenting on the findings of the report, the representative of the Greek Forum of Migrants, Samsidin Indrisu, urged the Greek media to give the necessary publicity to incidents of racist violence. As for violence against the members of the LGBT community, the President of Colour Youth-Athens LGBTQ Community, Filippos Paganis, explained that victims of violence due to sexual orientation or gender identity are often young persons depending from their family which does not provide them with the necessary support. For this reason it is extremely important that the LGBT organisations are empowered through their participation in the RVRN and so more victims surmount the obstacles and share their experiences. From its side, the RVRN called the Greek government to intensify its efforts towards two concurrent ends. First, to adopt a set of measures aiming to put an end to impunity for racist attacks and to support in practice victims of racist attacks. Secondly, in light of current developments, the State must act preemptively by promoting actively tolerance and respect for diversity. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Recommended for you Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – It was in heat three of the men’s 4x400m relay that we saw former World Junior Champion and Grand Turk son of the soil Delano Williams represent; a part of Team Great Britain in that hot event which ultimately took Great Britain to the finals of the IAAF BTC World Relays Bahamas and made them an automatic qualifier for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The squad did not medal in that final race of the meet, which culminated the two days of relays but overall Team GB placed sixth in the Men’s 4x400m which gets the group into the Summer Games next year. The Turks and Caicos’ Delano Williams, who is Jamaica trained as a sprint champion and apart of Team Great Britain which is Olympics bound in advance of the races, told the Jamaica Gleaner not to expect to see him in the sprint relays, in fact Delano is now angling for the 400m where there is less GB competition for spots on that particular squad. In the end, it was the US which pulled out with 61 points after winning the most gold medals at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays staged in Nassau; Jamaica was second with 46 despite a surprising defeat for Usain Bolt and his team in the Men’s 4x100m relay, Great Britain was in eighth place gaining 15 marks while the Bahamas rounded out the top ten with 11 which included two silvers and saw the revival of Golden Girl, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the 4x100m sprint; B Final. Related Items:delano williams, relay, rio olympics, UK, world relay games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delano Williams return home postponed due to weather
Preview • 2019 Toyota Avalon: Looks weird, but it’s better across the board More about 2019 Toyota Avalon 1 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible Matching the sportier exterior look is a black interior with plenty of red accents. Red contrast stitching is present throughout and the front headrests receive stitched TRD logos. A splash of suede is also present on the seats, and for those in cooler climates, they’e also heated. Just one options package will be available for the 2020 Avalon TRD: a Premium Audio package with factory navigation. Add another $1,760 to the price for those upgrades.Toyota also has a second TRD sedan in the pipeline that will likely be slightly more accessible; last year, the brand showed off the 2020 Camry TRD alongside the Avalon TRD. We’re looking forward to taking both for a spin in the coming weeks. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5:51 2019 Toyota Avalon is a comfy cruiser if you can get… Share your voice Sedans More From Roadshow Toyota Avalon TRD is not for the olds 10 Photos Review • 2019 Toyota Avalon: Smooth operator with acquired-taste looks Tags Comment 2018 BMW M4: Sharper performance means bigger trade-offs Enlarge Image Toyota It’s becoming more and more difficult to find sportier sedan offerings as the industry largely shifts to SUVs and pickups. Yet, Toyota is spicing things up for two of its sedans. That includes the traditionally reserved Toyota Avalon.Following its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota’s official website has included the 2020 Avalon TRD in the vehicle’s build configurator and it’ll set buyers back $43,295 to start, including the mandatory destination charge. The price nets an individual all of the goods included with the trim, but any color other than silver or black costs an extra $425.How does the Avalon TRD earn its badge? Toyota slaps a set of 19-inch matte black wheels, Piano Black front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffusor along with slightly larger front brake discs on. The front and rear brake calipers also don a red paint color because sportiness.Aside from the black aero accents and a rear spoiler, the biggest difference is a TRD suspension. Toyota drops the ride height by 0.6 inches with a TRD-tuned set of coil springs, shocks and under braces. Overall, the automaker said at the model’s debut that the suspension setup is meant to bolster driving dynamics. The Avalon has never been much of a sharp performer, which makes that an intriguing proposition. The power won’t exactly rival true sports cars. There’s still a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque under the hood. The brand does include a TRD exhaust to create less of a muted soundtrack. The exhaust outlets are also polished stainless steel. Toyota Toyota
By AFRO StaffCamille Cosby, wife of famed comedian Bill Cosby who was recently convicted in a Pennsylvania court with the drugging and raping of plaintiff Andrea Constandt, is now in the public crosshairs after a spirited defense of her husband in which she compared his conviction to the horrors of slavery and lynching.In her three-page public statement, Camille Cosby begins by comparing her husband’s treatment during his legal battles to that of a slave with no rights.FILE – This Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)“‘We the people’ are the first three words of our nation’s Constitution, but who were those people in 1787? Dr. Howard Zinn, the renowned, honest historian, states in his bestselling book, A People’s History of the United States: ‘The majority of the 55 men who framed the Constitution were men of wealth in land, slaves, manufacturing or shipping.’ Clearly, most people were not included in that original draft of the Constitution; no women, Native Americans, poor white men; and, absolutely, no enslaved Africans,” she wrote.“Now enters an American citizen, Bill Cosby,” she continues. “The overall media, with their frenzied, relentless demonization of him and unquestioning acceptance of accusers’ allegations without any attendant proof, have superseded the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which guarantee due process and equal protection, and thereby eliminated the possibility of a fair trial and unbiased jury. Bill Cosby was labelled as guilty because the media and accusers said so… period.”Mrs. Cosby goes on to compare the public outcry against her husband to that of a “lynch mob,” and suggests his conviction was comparable to the case of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old Black teen who was tortured and killed when a White woman falsely accused him of sexual harassment.The 74-year-old’s public defense of her husband is being dragged on social media.“Camille Cosby takes ‘stand by your man’ down to a blind disgusting level. She should go to jail right along with Cosby,” one user wrote.“A woman is normally not responsible for what her husband does but I think Camille Cosby deserves every bit of criticism she’s getting…definitely an exception to the rule,” Twitter user Yashad Ali said in his post.Another Twitter user compares Camille Cosby to “Dr. Frankenstein” and Bill Cosby to the “monster.”And, CNN commentator and former White House aide Keith Boykin uses Cosby’s own words against him, citing Bill Cosby’s 2004 speech to NAACP: “Camille Cosby might want to hold off on the ‘Black Power’ statement and re-read the words of her husband from his infamous ‘pound cake speech.’ “We cannot blame white people…Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals.’”
The plays staged during the Bharat Rang Mahotsav has touched many issues from woman safety to the hygiene of the city but that’s not it, during the final days plays have more metaphysical themes and audience learnt much about human behaviour by watching these plays.Hey Manush was an urgent wake-up call for human beings to take notice of the destruction and chaos that surround our world now. The play opens to a universe before creation, and then leads us to the evolution of life. It talks about the constant struggles of human against nature for existence. The humans discover fire and invent various tools and techniques to fortify their position. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With time they use their creativity and talents to create good lives for themselves and others, but greed, lust, anger, pride, and jealousy transform them into cruel beings driven by the desire to control. The play mentions the Kurukshetra War and World War II, both of which result in mass destruction and death. We are in the twenty-first century – a world of weapons, nuclear power, but still a world that is dangerous and carries the potential of large scale destruction. After discovering so many things, it is time, Hey Manush asks, for man to discover themselves. The play Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNight’s End was story of Krishnan whose born into a family of Kathakali artistes and trained in the form since childhood.Krishnan runs away from his native village in Kerala and becomes a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. In moments of emotional intensity the Kathakali artiste in him finds solace in dancing. The play traces Krishnan’s attempts to enlist the help of the tiger-hunting Mogiya tribals to save the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya, the drummer, his romance with Chandni Mogiya and his encounters with the poaching mafia. The play explores the themes of abandonment and individual responsibility; the loneliness, loss and love experienced by individuals caught in complex socio-political webs as they struggle to survive. Play Penalty Kick was inspired by a Malayalam short story Higuita by NS Madhavan. Higuita is a Columbian football player renowned for his fabulous, canny scorpion kick and in the story he is the measured metaphor for Father Gee Varghese, a priest in Delhi, who in order to save a poor tribal girl, Lucy Marandy, from Bihar, faces the pimp Jabbar. Higuita creates its own syntax with its subtle connections of crisscrossing dialogues and images that reflect the sensibility of change.Uney Purey Shahar Ek is translation of Girish Karnad’s Kannada play Benda Kaalu on Toast. Story of a city which used to be something else and that something else is history now. The history of this city is the chain of events, ambitions, aspirations, frustrations and efforts of the people who loved it even when it was a mere piece of land. Over it they built a town that later ruled the country.People’s dreams made it grow bigger. However, the dreams of people on this piece of land no longer form a part of the city’s future, it now thrives on the dreaming people themselves and not on their dreams. It is a complete city full of incomplete people. Yet, even if one piece of this jigsaw is lost, the picture will still be complete.Dolls theatre from Kolkata, performed an hour long non-verbal play titled Taming of the Wild. This performance in modern puppetry comprises of four episodes which explored themes like The World Within, Floral Tribute, Movements in Wilderness and Call of the Wild.
A new blood test developed by researchers at John Hopkins University has taken science a step closer to early cancer detection.The innovative blood test is a huge leap forward in cancer screening in that it can detect signs of eight different types of cancer before symptoms begin to appear in patients. Authors of the study say these eight particular types of cancer are responsible for more than 60 percent of cancer deaths in the United States.The test, which is called CancerSEEK, works by looking for 16 genes and 10 proteins that are linked to cancer. Team research leader Nickolas Papadopoulos, a professor of oncology and pathology at Johns Hopkins said, “The goal is to look for as many cancer types as possible in one test, and to identify cancer as early as possible.”The study, which was published in Science, tested 1,005 patients who had cancers including colon, pancreatic, breast, lung, live, ovarian or esophageal. The ability to detect traces of the disease varied from one form of cancer to another, however, the blood test was able to detect cancer anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time.For cancers such as liver, ovarian, esophageal or stomach, the accuracy range improved, ranging from between 69 percent to 98 percent.Although researchers are excited about the progress in the work, they are calling it a “first step” and say that more studies are needed before the test is ready for routine use.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1e2f4/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> EasyJet has joined forces with Airbus and Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NAIR) to trial groundbreaking technology that has been designed to help carriers avoid volcanic ash-type disruptions. The technology, known as Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector (AVOID), uses infra-red technology to detect volcanic ash up to 1000km away, at altitudes of up to 15,000m.”The ash detector will enable our aircraft to see and avoid the ash cloud, just like airborne weather radars and weather maps make thunderstorms visible,” said Andy Hamilton, CEO of EasyJet. When the whole air fleet eventually adopts this new technology, it will become possible to map precise real-time volcanic ash concentration areas throughout the entire world. The ash sensors would make such things as the recent European airspace shutdowns a thing of the past.“This is a huge step forward,” said Andy Hamilton, whose company—EasyJet—is contributing $1.2 million to aid the research. “This pioneering technology is the silver bullet that will make large-scale ash disruption history.”Dr. Fred Prata, a scientist from NAIR, is leading the ash sensor project and is currently conducting tests to trial the new technology. “We need to validate the technology. We haven’t done this yet on a commercial jet,” Prata told the London Times.Since there is not a large amount of ash currently erupting from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the testing is currently being done in the region of small active volcanoes in Sicily.Prata has warned the airlines to go forward with the research and not put it off till later, since the Icelandic Volcano is currently sleeping. “There will be a next time. Volcanoes have been around for millions of years,” he said.As a direct result of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption on April 15, the aviation industry has lost over $3 billion, as 100,000 aircraft were grounded for weeks with millions of passengers stranded at airports unable to fly. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was criticized for being too conservative with the airspace shutdowns, which resulted in huge losses for a number of airlines. CAA’s CEO Andrew Haines has commended EasyJet’s decision to sponsor the research. “The CAA welcomes the fact that airlines are considering innovations such as this and we will do all we can to facilitate them,” he said in a statement. “It is essential that the aviation community works together to develop solutions to minimize disruption, should ash return.””I very much hope that this is a sign that the industry is ready to play its part in finding a fundamental solution … rather than pretending that the problem does not exist,” he added.EasyJet has announced plans to have 12 of its planes equipped with ash sensors by the end of this year, which will put the airline at a distinct advantage over other airlines, should another volcanic eruption eventuate. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
Majestic Princess arrives in Port of Keelung, TaipeiPrincess Cruises deploys three ships to Taiwan in 2018Princess Cruises is deploying three ships in Taiwan for the first time in 2018. Majestic Princess, Sun Princess and Diamond Princess will offer over 50 sailings, providing 140,000 domestic guests and 14,000 Fly-Cruise international tourists with unique itineraries to Japan and authentic onboard experiences. Majestic Princess, the newest ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, accounts for half of this season’s voyages.Majestic Princess has commenced her inaugural homeporting in Keelung, Taipei and will sail round-trip from Taiwan to Japan from April to July, visiting ports in Japan such as Okinawa, Ishigaki, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Kochi on 3-to 7 night itineraries. The key highlights are the spring and summer flower festival cruises. The 143,000-ton Majestic Princess with a capacity of 3,560 guests is expected to attract over 8,000 visitors to the Port of Keelung in a single day.“The Fly-Cruise packages appeal to our guests from Southeast Asia as they do not have to fly too far to experience a Royal-class ship such as Majestic Princess, which has been proven popular with our Asian guests who enjoy the many new facilities tailored specially for Asians,” said Farriek Tawfik, Director Southeast Asia, Princess Cruises.Unique itineraries and exclusive onboard facilities for memorable experiencesMajestic Princess’ world-class facilities include the largest duty free shopping onboard any cruise ship, with nearly 1,100 square meters of luxury boutiques. Princess Cruises is also elevating the dining experience to a new level with its exclusive debut of “Dine with Michelin Star Chefs” onboard Majestic Princess from May 5 to 8. Diners will be able to enjoy gourmet cuisine designed by two Michelin Star awarded chefs for the speciality restaurants onboard Majestic Princess – Chef Richard Chen who designed the menu for the Chinese specialty restaurant Harmony; and Chef Emmanuel Renaut who created the menu for the French bistro La Mer.Sun Princess’ itineraries are also popular due to the short duration of three to four days. Sun Princess will complete her dry dock in July in Singapore and will sail to Keelung for her homeporting season for the summer from July to September. Guests for the Taiwan sailings will be the first to enjoy the enhanced facilities onboard Sun Princess including celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s SHARE restaurant.Diamond Princess will offer departures from Taiwan for cruises around Japan in a series of fall foliage itineraries to Japan’s major cities – Tokyo (Yokohama), Osaka, Nagoya and Okinawa. Guests will also be immersed in an atmosphere of Japanese culture onboard Diamond Princess with features including the largest Japanese bath at sea, origami classes and a Japanese restaurant for guests who wish to have a taste of Japan onboard.Source = Princess Cruises
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