Thank You To Touch Football Volunteers

first_imgNVW is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than six million Australians who volunteer across the country. The 2012 National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, 14 May to Sunday, 20 May 2012 and the theme for this year is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts.’Touch Football has volunteers at many levels of the sport, from affiliate administrators through to referees, coaches, selectors and panel/executive members and the sport wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of these valued volunteers. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, has praised the efforts of the volunteers involved in the sport of Touch Football, saying that their hard work is greatly appreciated. “Volunteers are a valuable and integral part of any sporting association and on behalf of Touch Football Australia I thank each and every one for their contribution,” Maguire said. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all of its volunteers for their contribution to our sport.last_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

Mental Health Association of New York City Honors Patrick J Kennedy

first_imgOn Tuesday night the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) brought together over 300 supporters, guests and business leaders to call for greater awareness and support for the many faces of Mental Health.Mental Health Association Of NYC Gala Honors Patrick J. KennedyWABC Eyewitness News Anchor Bill Ritter hosted the emotional evening honoring Patrick J. Kennedy and focused on the personal stories of those challenged and the need for early detection and greater awareness.Every speaker on stage spoke about why they too were one of the many faces of mental health or a part of the vast support system connected in some way to the cause. Host Bill Ritter talked about the huge disparity between the numbers- one in four adults in this country has had a mental health challenge – and the resources devoted to mental wellness.Longtime MHA-NYC CEO and President Giselle Stolper highlighted the organization as a force for mental wellness as exemplified by such programs as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Veterans Crisis Hotline, NFL Lifeline and 164 network crisis centers. “In 2015 alone,” she said “these programs provided life saving assistance to 1.5 million people people across the country. And locally, in partnership with New York City, we answered up to 12,000 calls a month from people in crisis.”Sarah Vander Schaaff, a writer and blogger, whose honesty and courage about her own obsessive compulsive disorder in the Washington Post received international acclaim, urged the audience to talk openly with their children and friends and embrace “the wisdom and help, medical and behavioral, that can lessen the pain and anxiety or depression and limit our mental well-being.”Antigone Davis, the head of Global Safety at Facebook, talked about their moving work with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to enable “compassionate connections on Facebook and our efforts to provide support for those dealing with depression and thoughts of self harm.” Working collaboratively with experts in the field, Facebook has developed enhanced tools and resources for when people encounter this kind of content. Davis added that this work was a labor of love for her, having lost someone she knew well to suicide while in college.It was 21-year-old D.J. Wilkerson, who brought the audience to its feet with his story of survival and ultimately triumph. Wilkerson, said he he had been called a “nothing” for much of his life. He began a self described “decline”, faced trouble with the law, dropped out of school and was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward of a hospital. He turned his life around, with the help of MHA-NYC’s Adolescent Skills Centers and beamed as he described his GED, two internships, successful job at GAMESTOP and educational and career dreams.The night came to a perfect close when Amy Kennedy, Education Director of the Kennedy Forum and wife of former Rhode Island representative Patrick J. Kennedy accepted the night’s award as a champion of mental health on her husband’s behalf. Kennedy said the lessons learned from Wilkerson’s story, and all those shared throughout the night, were a perfect example of the need for more education and early intervention to help all those struggling with mental health challenges.Event Chairs for the MHA-NYC 2016 Gala included: Jennifer Ashley, Ph. D., Global Director of Human Resources for CBRE, RIc Clark, Senior Managing Partner and Global Head of Real Estate at Brookfield, and CEO of Brookfield Property Partners, Charles P. Fitzgerald, founder and and Senior Managing Partner of of V3 Capital Management, L.P.Other notable guests included: Rebecca Jarvis, Chief National Correspondent ABC News, Tamsen Fadal, anchor at WPIX TV, former New York Rangers defensemen Tom Laidlaw, former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro and former New York Jets defensive back and broadcaster John Dockery.Sponsors for the MHA-NYC 2016 Gala included: Brookfield, CBRE Group, Inc., Cynthia Eckes, V3 Capital Management L.P., Cynthia Zirinsky, Jennifer Ashley, Ric Clark, Sheri & Kevin Danehy, Charles Fitzgerald, Diana Gaines, Alison Lewis & Newmark Grubb Knight, Frank, Alaina Melichar, Morgan Stanley, Alston & Bird, Balyasny Asset Management, EY, Facebook, Inc., Gracie Square Hospital, Bernie Groveman, Robert Gottesman, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Kelly Drye & Warren LLP, Meyer Mintz & Berdon LLP, Montefiore Medical Center, National Football league, Joseph F. Peyronnin, III and Susan Zirinsky, Ellen and Alan Rutsky, Anderson, McCoy & Orta, Beacon Health Solutions, Lawrence Calcano, Johnson &Johnson, Magellan Health, Paul Massey, Michael Nissan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., Corbett Price, Lynn Sherman, S. Donald Sussman for Paloma Partners, Kenneth and Anna Zankel.last_img read more

Silicon Valleys Jumio launches AI lab in Montreal to hone ID verification

first_imgMONTREAL – Jumio has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal, adding to the city’s ranks of machine-learning firms.The Silicon Valley company says it plans to work on fraud detection and data extraction as part of a push toward refined identity verification.Jumio says the satellite lab, which numbers seven employees after quietly opening last month, will have 30 engineers and specialists by the end of next year. The lab expands on work underway at the company’s Vienna-based AI hub.Over the past year, Ottawa and Quebec have pledged more than $300 million toward AI development in Montreal, while tech giants Google and Microsoft Corp. have invested in machine learning research.Startups in the city are exploiting AI to build technology applicable to everything from tumour detection to navigating the immigration process.In 2016, Jumio filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. business following government investigations into financial irregularities, but raised US$15 million in funding a few months later.last_img read more

Hydro One Q3 profit drops to 194 million from last years strong

first_imgTORONTO ONTARIO, – Hydro One Ltd. is reporting that its net profit decreased by 11.4 per cent in the third quarter to $194 million.The parent company of Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility says it earned 32 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with $219 million or 37 cents per share a year earlier.The prior year’s profits were boosted by regulatory catch-up revenues and a lower effective tax rate.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits slipped 4.2 per cent to $227 million or 38 cents per share, from $237 million or 40 cents per share in the prior year.Revenues were $1.61 billion, up 3.1 per cent from $1.52 billion, reflecting higher consumption from favourable weather.Hydro One was expected to earn 35 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.61 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

Lottery for Ontario retail cannabis licences to take place next week

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government will accept entries next week from those looking to enter a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences in the province.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says expressions of interest can be submitted online Monday through noon Wednesday, with the draw to take place on Friday and results to be posted within 24 hours.There is a $75 fee to submit an expression of interest and those selected through the lottery will have five business days to turn in their application along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The commission says the rules have been established to encourage the opening of retail cannabis stores by April 1 — the first day they will be allowed in Ontario — and those who are not committed to meeting that deadline should not sign up for the lottery.Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally through a government-run website.The province had initially said it would not put a cap on retail stores but later announced it would only hand out 25 retail licences this winter, with no date set for additional licences to be granted. The Progressive Conservative government said the move was in response to a national cannabis supply shortage, which it said can only be tackled by the federal government.Though the retail licence lottery is set for next week, Ontario municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of hosting cannabis shops.The commission says the retail licences will be divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

House behind police tape on the citys east side

first_img The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.last_img read more

Overflowing oil production continues to dampen oilpatch outlook prices

first_img“You can think of it as a bathtub that’s full. And as long as the bathtub is full, the pressure on the (price) differentials is going to be bad,” said Birn, the vice-president of North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit.“So you’ve got to drain it. And building rail, it will help. You’re seeing announcements around production curtailments and that’s an attempt to accelerate the meeting between supply and demand to drain the basin.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced this week the province would buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.But Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party, says it would provide faster relief if all companies in Alberta were forced to temporarily halt 10 per cent of their production.Canada had total production of about 4.6 million barrels per day of oil in September, with 4.3 million bpd produced in the West, according to the National Energy Board.That month, the country exported 3.47 million bpd of oil, with almost all of it going to the United States. Crude-by-rail exports rose to a record of almost 270,000 bpd. CALGARY, A.B. – Oil market analyst Kevin Birn likens Western Canada’s crude supply to a bathtub with a drain that’s too small to keep up with the increasing volume pouring out of the tap.As barrels of surplus oil lap the edge of the tub, desperate producers are forced to sell at rock-bottom prices to avoid a big mess.Meanwhile, no one seems to agree on how to either turn down the tap or install a bigger drain. After hitting highs of more than US$52 per barrel in October, the discount on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate settled at about US$29 per barrel on Friday, according to Net Energy, about double the discount it typically fetches due to lower quality and transportation costs.Upgraded synthetic crude from oilsands mines was selling at an US$18.50 discount to WTI (it typically trades near par) and Edmonton light oil was receiving about a US$23 discount, although it is of similar quality to WTI.In an update report on Nov. 21, Scotiabank analysts said the wider-than-usual discounts will cost the Western Canadian oil industry $15 billion to $39 billion of earnings in 2019 compared with a scenario where pipeline capacity is adequate to take away export production.It added the Alberta government could miss out on $1.5 billion to $4.1 billion (roughly $350 to $950 per Albertan) in royalty revenue in 2019.center_img The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the cumulative economic impact of discounts nationally was at least $13 billion from the start of 2016 to the end of October this year.The oil industry’s problems are mainly due to the failure to build export pipelines to match increases in oil production, said Birn.The 525,000-bpd Northern Gateway pipeline was approved in 2014 by the federal Conservative government and then rejected by the Liberal government in 2016. The 1.1-million bpd Energy East pipeline was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. due to “changed circumstances” in 2017.That leaves the Line 3 replacement pipeline as the most likely to come into service next, adding more than 370,000 bpd of export capacity when it starts up in late 2019, after both the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project and the Keystone XL pipeline were recently ordered halted by courts in Canada and the U.S.A hint of the trouble ahead came late last year when the Keystone pipeline was shut down for 10 days due to a leak in South Dakota and the heavy oil discount doubled to as much as US$29 per barrel, Birn said.The discount fell during the summer when oilsands production declined due to planned and unplanned project shutdowns in northern Alberta but rose again in the fall as refineries in the United States that use western Canadian heavy oil had their own maintenance shutdowns.Meanwhile, production continued to increase, driven by projects like Suncor Energy Inc.’s 194,000-bpd Fort Hills oilsands mine which began ramping up in late 2017.Birn said it’s tough to say where prices will go from here. Winter is the most active season for drilling in Canada and production normally rises but early indications are that the industry won’t spend as much as usual this year.Voluntarily production cuts, increases in crude-by-rail exports and a plan by the 80,000-bpd Sturgeon Refinery to begin processing bitumen will likely help moderate discounts in the months ahead, he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Robert Griffin III Sidelined After Injury Scare

Washington Redskins coaches decided to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday after he bruised his knee during a hit from 335-pound Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.Doctors cleared Griffin to return in their 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos, but coaches opted to keep him off the field.After falling to the ground in pain, Griffin’s left knee was examined by doctors.“I think it just scared me,” he said.The left knee isn’t the same knee that Griffin had surgery on in January, after he tore his ACL in last year’s playoffs.When asked about Griffin’s left knee Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: “I think he’s fine. Doctors felt like he could have went back in.”Griffin told the media after the game: “We decided it was smart to just keep me off the field and be ready to go next week.” read more

Athletic Club Bilbao coach Gaizka Garitano claims clubs situation is still

first_imgDespite an outstanding performance last Sunday, Athletic Club Bilbao boss Gaizka Garitano believes his club’s situation is still bad.Last Sunday Garitano side played an impressive 2-0 victory at home to Sevilla leaving the Basque giants with 11 points in Garitano’s five games in charge and 15th in a congested midtable in La Liga.“Our situation is delicate, it has improved, but it is still bad,” Garitano – who replaced Eduardo Berizzo last month – told reporters, as quoted by Football Espana.“What matters most is the points, not how we got them or who we had before.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“When you’re struggling you need to make sure you are tough to beat at home, that you pick up points and can gain some momentum from there.“However I’m also happy about other aspects of our game, we played very well and were solid defensively, we knew if we scored we would be in a strong position.“They have lost very few games but we had a game-plan and the players perfected it.last_img read more

25 flurelated deaths reported in San Diego last week

first_img25 flu-related deaths reported in San Diego last week KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There were 25 influenza-related deaths reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season’s total fatalities in the region to 231, the county Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.Last week also brought the end of a weeks-long downward trend in the total number of lab-confirmed flu cases, which officials say was caused by a spike in influenza B cases. That strain accounted for 335 of the 835 cases confirmed last week and represents double the percentage of influenza B cases for the whole season, according to the county.“A high number of deaths can typically be associated with severe seasons when the influenza A/H3 virus causes most of the illnesses,” said county public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “The flu is still going strong and we’re seeing an increase in influenza B cases which typically occur later in the flu season. That is why it’s important that people continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures.”The vaccine protects against influenza A H3N2, pandemic H1N1-like and two influenza B strains.Wooten said the use of detailed reporting systems also contributes to high numbers compared to prior years and in other parts of the country.This continues to be one of the region’s worst flu seasons on record.There were just 39 deaths at this time last year and 2,777 total confirmed cases, compared to 231 deaths and 15,135 cases this season.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211. Posted: February 7, 2018last_img read more

Formal trial in Holey Artisan attack case begins

first_imgThe formal trial in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case began on Monday with the deposition of a prosecution witness before a tribunal in Dhaka.Dhaka anti-terrorism special tribunal judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman partially recorded the testimony of Ripon Kumar Das and adjourned the recording of deposition for Tuesday.After framing charges against eight ‘militants’ in the case, the tribunal on 26 November fixed 3 December for recording the statements of witnesses in the case.Of the eight accused, six are now in jail while two others have been on the run.The six accused are Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Mahmudul Hasan Mijan, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashidul Islam alias Ryash, Boro Mijan and Hadisur Rahman Sagor.The two absconding accused are Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled.On 23 July, the police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.Hasnat Karim, a North South University teacher who was one of the hostages and later detained, was acquitted of the charges since there was no evidence of his complicity with the attack, according to the police.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July 2016.A total 21 people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.last_img read more

One Week Later Las Vegas Moves From Response To Recovery

first_imgMarcio Jose Sanchez/APPersonal belongings and debris litter the Route 91 Harvest Festival grounds on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Authorities said on Sunday that some items can now be returned to their owners.“We’re past the response portion of this terrible incident. This is all about recovery now,” said Clark County Deputy Chief John Steinbeck, who also serves as the county’s emergency manager. “It’s going to be a very, very long process. But we want to work as hard and as focused as we can on it, and help the people that are in need for recovering from this, and heal together as a community.”Steinbeck said that the family assistance center, which was first set up to help the families of those killed in the attack, was now shifting to meet the needs of anyone who attended the festival – whether that means counseling, financial assistance, or legal aid.“We’re simply here to serve you in what you need, and not in what we think you need,” he said.NPR’s Sarah McCammon reports that a lawyer for one of the victims of the shooting has filed court papers to freeze the assets of the shooter, Stephen Paddock. Paddock killed himself as police closed in.The attorney, Richard Chatwin, represents Travis Phippen, who was wounded in the arm during the festival. His father, John Phippen, died in the shooting. In the court filings, Chatwin asked the Clark County public administrator to take control of Paddock’s assets, including his home in Mesquite, Nevada.“We need someone sooner than later to secure the assets of Mr. Paddock,” Chatwin told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s unlikely we’re going to have anyone else who could manage Mr. Paddock’s estate step up and be willing to do so.”Paddock’s younger brother, Eric, told the newspaper that he would like to take control of the assets and handle disbursement to victims.Country star Jason Aldean, who was performing at the festival when the shooting began, appeared last night on Saturday Night Live. He sang “I Won’t Back Down,” by Tom Petty, who died Monday of cardiac arrest.“Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night,” Aldean said. “You can be sure that we’re going to walk through these tough times together every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit — it’s unbreakable.” A week after the shooting that took 58 lives and changed many more, Las Vegas is picking up the pieces.For the first time since the barrage of gunfire tore through the Route 91 Harvest Festival last Sunday night, some of those who attended the event can pick up belongings that were left behind as they fled for safety.“The sheer size of the space and the amount of personal items that were left there, it’s just a huge undertaking,” said Paul Flood, Unit Chief in the FBI Victim Services Division. He said the items included purses, wallets, cell phones, and chairs: “Whatever was dropped when people started running.”The FBI and the Nevada Attorney General’s office is coordinating the return of those items. At a press conference Sunday, Clark County officials distributed maps of the festival site, with letters A through F assigned to different areas. Items left behind in Area A can now be picked up at the family assistance center at the Las Vegas Convention Center.Las Vegas authorities are allowing people to return to ONE section of the concert site to retrieve belongings from last Sunday. #LasVegas pic.twitter.com/BRqAiBFTUp— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) October 8, 2017Authorities said they had collected and transported seven truckloads of personal items just from Area A.Flood said that for safety reasons, some of the items needed to be cleaned before they could be returned, though he shied from saying they needed to be cleaned of blood. Sharelast_img read more

Investigation of Fatal Explosion at Gas Drilling Rig Owned by Houston Company

first_img Share U.S. Chemical Safety BoardThis photo shows the wreckage of the Patterson-UTI Drilling rig after a deadly January 2018 explosion.A federal investigation of an explosion and fire that occurred in January and that killed five workers at an Oklahoma natural gas drilling rig owned by a Houston-based company has made new findings.The explosion may have started after natural gas escaped from the well and safety equipment failed to prevent it, State Impact Oklahoma reported.Patterson-UTI Drilling owns the rig and new findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) suggest the accident occurred after workers removed pipe from the well.Investigators said that more than 100 barrels of drilling fluid were pushed into the drilling site’s mud pits before the blowout, far above levels that should have triggered alarms — and a strong indicator natural gas was flowing into the wellbore.Lead investigator Lauren Grim said the agency is examining the blowout preventer, a last-chance device used to shut down an uncontrollable well. “We are analyzing the data and testing the equipment to identify why the blowout preventer did not function,” she said.Investigators are also scrutinizing other equipment and crew experience, training and communication to see if proper procedures were followed and if workers missed any warning signs before the explosion and fire.The agency is also working to determine what ignited the fire.Fined by OSHAIn July, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited and fined Patterson-UTI Drilling and two Oklahoma City firms, Crescent Consulting and Skyline Directional Drilling, for improperly operating a heat lamp near the combustible opening of the well.OSHA also cited and fined Patterson-UTI Drilling and Crescent Consulting for not maintaining proper controls during drilling.The CSB investigation is expected to continue for months. A final report could include recommendations for industry and regulators.In a statement released after the agency updated its findings, a Patterson-UTI Drilling spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the investigation, will work to understand any related recommendations and is committed to workplace safety.At least three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed over the accident. Michael Lyons, an attorney who represents the family of one of the men killed, said the new information showed the accident “was 100 percent preventable.” “This disaster was the product of multiple failures to adhere to safe oilfield drilling practices,” Lyons said.last_img read more

Misconduct Allegations Continue to Dog BPD

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comMore allegations of police misconduct are being aimed again at the beleaguered Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The latest charges are being leveled by Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board (CRB) in reference to the case of Keith Davis, Jr.This week, the CRB said Davis was wrongfully charged after being shot by police officers. He is currently in jail on handgun charges and is facing a murder charge connected to the June 2015 shooting death of Kevin Jones, a security guard at Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore. Davis was shot hours later by Baltimore police after allegedly running from the scene of a car crash, according to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.The Baltimore Civilian Review Board says the Baltimore Police Department, headed by Commissioner Darryl Desousa (standing behind Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh), wrongfully charged Keith Davis. (Courtesy photo)However, the CRB, after studying the Davis case for nearly two years, concluded in a report released April 10, that two BPD officers should be terminated and two others suspended connected to the Davis case. The report also indicates all the bullets found at the scene of the shooting were fired by police and a gun police said had Davis’ prints on it was never fired. The CRB report also notes inconsistencies in police testimony and internal affairs interviews.Davis’ wife, Kelly, has maintained her husband’s innocence from the beginning.“The ink is holding officers accountable saying that they did something so egregious on that day that they are calling for them to be terminated,” said Kelly Davis during a press conference, as she held the CRB report. “This is the ink that we’ve been waiting for. The fight does not stop until my husband crosses that threshold of my home.”Melba Saunders, of the State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement concerning the Davis case and the CRB report. “The Civilian Review Board is an important body to help bridge the gap of community distrust in the justice system. However, the board’s findings are separate and apart from the criminal proceedings currently pending against the defendant, for which we cannot comment. Therefore, the criminal investigation into the alleged actions of the defendant has no correlation with the use of force applied by the police in the apprehension of him,” Saunders stated.Jill Carter, director of the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights, which oversees the CRB, told the AFRO that out of 263 complaints considered by the CRB, 62 were sustained by the board and out of those 62, only two were upheld by the BPD.“I’m hoping this will highlight the need of the CRB to strengthen its authority,” Carter said.“When police have been allowed to police themselves, it has been a colossal failure.”Davis is scheduled to head to court for the murder charge next month.last_img read more

Discussed food and spices with PM MODI Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

first_imgCliched as it may seem for chefs to love their spices, for Sanjeev Kapoor, one of the most celebrated ones on television, that was the topic of an ‘interesting’ discussion when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and whipped a meal up for him in Abu Dhabi.During Modi’s trip to Abu Dhabi in August, Kapoor was flown in specially to prepare a vegetarian meal for the strictly vegetarian prime minister.“I spent over an hour with the prime minister and we were only talking about food and spices and the treatment through spices. It was interesting to discuss with the PM the correct use of spices and the miracles they can do when used correctly,” Kapoor told reporters when he was capital. Chef Kapoor also eagerly shared an anecdote Modi had related to him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The PM told me the story of someone he knows, who had a heart issue and doctors said nothing could be done to correct it. Then he was advised to empty a capsule and fill it with freshly ground red chilli. He (Modi) said the man never had a problem after that,” said the chef, recalling his hour-long conversation with the prime minister. The right combination of spices are the trick to dish out the best food,” Kapoor said. “For me, when I’m cooking with Indian food, spices are very important as I literally have to breathe them. The use of spices makes Indian food unique,” Kapoor added. He said a combination of cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are his favourites from his spice-box and, barring cumin, he can even use the other three in his desserts! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“All these spices —cumin, clove, pepper and cardamom are so diverse that they can create magic by changed combinations. One can accentuate pepper, underlay it with cloves, with a hint of cumin and cardamom, it’s like a whole another world,” said Kapoor as his senses came alive while speaking of spices. It is only Indian food that can take as little as two or three spices to as many as 20 in the same dish, unlike any other cuisine in the world, Kapoor added. Through his cookery shows as well, he always tries to bring in relevance to food to suit the times, Kapoor said, adding that it doesn’t mean that he serves the same at his restaurants as is depicted on his TV shows.“For the very reason, that I know how to target my audience and I know what to sell, that all my books sell so well. One needs to know what to write so as to make it sell,” the celebrity chef added.His chain of restaurants, Yellow Chilli, would soon be hitting the Gulf markets in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other places within the next four months, he added.last_img read more

Food hacks to lower fatal heart disease risk

first_imgThe findings showed that both plant-based and seafood-based omega-3s lead to about 10 per cent lower risk of fatal heart attacks. “Our results lend support to the importance of fish and omega-3 consumption as part of a healthy diet,” said Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston, in the US. Fish is the major food source of omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid, docosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Fatty fish such as salmon, trout, anchovies, sardines and herring contain the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Fishes also  provide specific proteins, vitamin D, selenium and other minerals and elements. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid found in walnuts, flaxseed oil, and canola oil and some nuts and their oils, said the paper. For the study, a total of 19 studies were involved from 16 countries. 7,973 people developed a first heart attack over time, including 2,781 deaths and 7,157 nonfatal heart attacks. “This new global consortium provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand how blood biomarkers of many different fats and fatty acids relate to diverse health outcomes,” Dariush noted.last_img read more

Vanessa Brookman Turner Broadcasting System poache

first_imgVanessa BrookmanTurner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe.Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role.At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s bouquet of kids and entertainment channels in the UK, Nordic and Baltic territories, which include Cartoon Network and TNT.Working out of Turner’s EMEA headquarters in London, Brookman will report to senior VP and managing director, UK and northern Europe Ian McDonough.“This follows our recent hire of [UKTV’s] Dan Fahy as senior director of commercial development, and demonstrates our commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent,” he said.“The newly created VP, content and creative role also exemplifies our commitment to acquiring and developing the best content for our channels and I am confident that Vanessa’s great track record and experience will be a critical asset. Our business is poised for future growth.”Before Viacom-owned VIMN, Brookman was head of fiction and children’s at BBC production division BBC Vision.Overall, Turner operates more than 170 channels in around 200 territories.last_img read more

Intelsat 33e Multiple headwinds including price co

first_imgIntelsat 33eMultiple headwinds including price competition reflecting over-supply of wide-beam capacity, compounded with currency challenges contributed to a 9% drop in second quarter revenue for Intelsat to US$542 million, and a decline in EBITDA of 13% to US$411 million.Intelsat said that downward trend would continue ahead of the entry into service of four new satellites launched this year, which it said would generate incremental revenue in the second half.Media revenue was US$211 million in the quarter, down 5% thanks to the transition of some US customers to more efficient compression standards and the impact of currency fluctuations in Russia.2Q media business was driven by distribution in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Intelsat said that media business growth would be delivered by the entry into service of Intelsat 31 this month and the launch of Intelsat 36 in August, which supports South African DTH from 68.5° East. The satellite will enter service in the fourth quarter.Intelsat’s order backlog slipped over the quarter but remains healthy, with orders of US$9.2 billion as against US$9.3 billion in March.The company said it would compete for an estimated US$3.3 billion in incremental revenue opportunity through to 2021 that will be generated by applications including enterprise broadband, wireless infrastructure, the Internet of Things and commercial and maritime applications.The company said its 2016 launch programme remains on track with Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 scheduled to launch from French Guiana in August.Intelsat said that it has singed 20 new contracts for its next-generation high throughput Epic NG fleet since April 27, including TIM Brazil.last_img read more

Powerpuff Girls Turner has renewed its carriage de

first_imgPowerpuff GirlsTurner has renewed its carriage deal with UK cabler Virgin Media, adding a raft of on-demand content to the roster of linear nets.Liberty Global-owned Virgin has secured Turner channels including Cartoon Network (Powerpuff Girls), Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and CNN International and the Cartoon Network HD net has been added to the line-up for the first time to Virgin’s Irish customers.Many of the shows on the Turner channels will be added to Virgin’s catch-up service, meaning it will be available to Virgin’s TV subs for 30 days after its initial transmission.The box-set content available on catch-up includes kids series Regular Show, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Scooby Doo, Mr Bean, The Tom and Jerry Show and Fireman Sam.Virgin said the new deal also guarantees it rights to “support Virgin Media’s future product launches”, which it told TBI meant it had rights for new functionality that will be added to its set top box releases.David Bouchier, chief digital entertainment officer at Virgin Media said: “Our new deal with Turner means our customers will be able to access a wealth of on-demand programs, as well as continuing to enjoy some of the very best TV from channels as diverse as Cartoon Network, TCM and CNN International.”Ian McDonough, senior VP and managing director, Turner, Northern Europe added: “We’re very excited about strengthening our much valued partnership with Virgin Media, built around our premium kids and entertainment brands.“We look forward to working closely with Virgin Media to deliver entertaining channels and on-demand content that captures the growing appetite of our audiences for many years to come.”last_img read more