first_imgTORONTO – A notorious bank robber who was dubbed the “Vaulter” for his technique of jumping over bank counters has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.York regional police say Jeffrey James Shuman pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of robbery with a firearm.They say the 55-year-old French-American citizen was sentenced by a judge on Tuesday and was given a 34-month credit for time already served.Police said at the time that he was wanted in connection with 21 bank robberies between 2010 and 2015 — 15 in the Greater Toronto Area, four in Calgary, and one each in Hamilton and Ottawa.Police had spent years trying to catch Shuman without success. The Canadian Banking Association also put out a $100,000 reward for his capture.Shuman was arrested on an international warrant in Switzerland in September 2015.He was extradited to Canada in February 2016 to stand trial.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Liberal candidate running against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Burnaby, B.C., byelection has bowed out of the race after singling out Singh’s ethnicity in an online post.Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background and her choice of words wasn’t well-considered and didn’t reflect her intent.She says she “sincerely” apologizes to Singh and has deep respect for him as the leader of his party and for his public service.Wang says after consideration with her supporters she has decided to step aside as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection.She says she believes in the progress that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team are making, and doesn’t wish for her comments to be a distraction.StarMetro Vancouver reported Wednesday that Wang wrote on Chinese social media platform WeChat that she was the “only” Chinese candidate in the riding, rather than Singh, who she identified as “of Indian descent.”More to come.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec-based professional service firm WSP Global Inc. is expanding its U.S. presence by agreeing to purchase Berger Group Holdings Inc. for US$400 million ($520.8 million).The U.S. firm operating under the name Louis Berger is active mainly in transportation, infrastructure, environment and water sectors, along with master planning.It has about 5,000 employees, mainly in the U.S. along with Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and Latin America.Founded in 1953, Louis Berger’s American operations account for about 70 per cent of US$480 million in annual net revenues.Its portfolio includes service contracts for the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Statue of Liberty, the George Washington Bridge, the World Trade Center and most recently emergency management services for temporary power in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria.The company has been selected as part of a joint venture to provide project management services to build Qatari capital Doha’s first metro and supervise construction of three stadiums for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.The acquisition is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter will be funded through a loan from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.WSP expects to realize about US$15 million in cost savings within one year and incur US$50 million in integration and restructuring costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:WSP, TSX:CM)last_img read more

Keshap and Verma, the U.S. envoy to India, both trace their origin to Punjab. He was the deputy political counsellor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi from 2005 to 2008. “We want to help build a lasting peace and fellowship among Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious communities, including credible justice, accountability and reconciliation that can facilitate closure for those who suffered and lost loved ones during the war,” Keshap added.He said that Maldives faces challenges with youth unemployment, rising extremism, and social unrest.“We want a better relationship with Maldives, so that we can deepen cooperation. And we want to help it return to the democratic path on which it courageously embarked a few years ago, and look forward to strengthening our relationship when that happens,” Keshap added. He is currently working as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau of State Department. He joined the Foreign Service in 1994. Indian-American Atul Keshap has been confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, becoming the second Indian-origin diplomat to be posted to the region after Richard Rahul Verma, The Hindu newspaper reported.Keshap (44), a former official at the US Embassy in India, was on Wednesday confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the country’s envoy which would be his first Ambassadorial posting. His father, Keshap Chander Sen, who was from Punjab, was a U.N. development economist working in Nigeria where Keshap was born in June, 1971. His mother, Zoe Calvert, had been in the U.S. Foreign Service when she met and married Mr. Sen in London. She had also served at the U.S. embassy in India.“My parents’ service and my upbringing instilled in me a firm dedication and commitment to American values, and led me to a career in the Foreign Service,” Keshap said in his confirmation hearing on June 23.He had said since January, Sri Lanka has made progress on challenging issues, from fighting corruption and media censorship, to beginning the long process of healing after decades of war. Keshap also served as special assistant for the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia for the under secretary of state for political affairs.In 2003, he moved to the White House as director for North African and Middle Eastern regional affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was also the director for UN Human Rights in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 2008 to 2010. “We want to help the Sri Lankan people strengthen democracy, civil society and human rights, including media freedom and freedom of religion,” he said. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Genivar says Quebec construction inquiry won’t stop integration of British firm by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2012 6:01 pm MDT MONTREAL – Engineering and consulting firm Genivar Inc. said its focus on integrating a large British acquisition won’t be diverted by the potential examination of its activities by the commission looking into corruption in Quebec’s construction industry.Police raided the Laval, Que., offices of Genivar and Aecom Technology Corp. on Tuesday as the Charbonneau commission investigates municipal contracts and alleged corruption involving the mayor of the city north of Montreal.CEO Pierre Shoiry said Genivar has systems in place to monitor and ensure the proper governance of its 15,000 employees around the world. It has also put in place a chief ethical officer.“It’s very difficult for me to comment on anything that I’m not aware of,” he said on a conference call to discuss third-quarter results when asked by an analyst about the commission’s impact on its activities.The company said it was cautiously optimistic about growth prospects in the province next year after a stable performance in the quarter that should continue in the final period of 2012.However, it added: “the Charbonneau Commission is ongoing and recent political changes could impact market conditions, especially in the mining industry where the new government is considering the implementation of new rules and policies, which could impact capital expenditure investments,” it said in a report accompanying the quarterly results.Genivar said the performance of its Canadian operations remained resilient in the third quarter.Activity is growing in Alberta, mainly in the oil and gas segment, following a slowdown caused by a change in the provincial government.Meanwhile, Ontario remains intensely competitive and a challenging business environment. Government contracts are likely to be affected by the Liberal government’s decision to prorogue the legislature until a new party leader is chosen as premier.Maxim Sytchev of Alta Corp Capital said investors are concerned about what’s happening in Quebec’s engineering and construction market.“Thankfully, the Quebec exposure for Genivar has been shrinking,” he wrote in a report.The province accounts for 47 per cent of its Canadian business and municipal infrastructure is 17 per cent or about $50 million. It is also only three per cent of Genivar’s revenues since its acquisition of British company WSP Group Plc.In its results, Genivar reported improved net earnings and soaring revenue for the third quarter in the wake of the acquisition.Results from the quarter ended Sept. 29 include those of WSP, which it acquired in a $442-million friendly takeover deal Aug. 1.Genivar (TSX:GNV) reported net earnings of $16.2 million, or 36 cents per share, in the quarter compared with net earnings of $14.1 million, or 54 cents per share, in the comparable 2011 period when the company had fewer shares.Revenue rose 129 per cent to $396.1 million from $173.1 million.“Now that the transaction with WSP is closed, our main focus is on managing the integration of our global support functions and connecting our operations in order to optimize collaborative working and capitalize on the opportunities made possible by the transaction,” Shoiry added in a statement.“While we have already begun the integration of WSP’s former environment and energy division into our regional structure, our next focus will be to fully integrate U.S. operations so that we can leverage this solid platform to pursue growth.”Shoiry said key sectors for producing revenue synergies had been identified and were being audited.Genivar said that excluding foreign exchange variances, net earnings would have been $18.1 million in the 2012 quarter, compared with $12.2 million in 2011.Sytchev said the results were “pretty good” but noted it will take time for the market to “warm up to Genivar again.”“As we said at the onset of the WSP acquisition, we think that moving away from a Canada-centric model makes sense. In the short-term, however, bringing on-board an entity larger than Genivar’s legacy operations will be challenging,” he wrote.Shares in Genivar closed up 18 cents to $21.25 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in trading Wednesday. read more

“The deaths of seven more participants in the Gaza demonstrations, and the wounding of more than 200 others this past Friday, indicates that the Israeli security forces are not heeding the international criticism of their use of lethal fire against Palestinian demonstrators,” said UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk in a statement, explaining that protesters “appear to pose no credible threat to Israeli security forces.”Two of the Palestinians killed on Friday were boys aged 11 and 14. One Gaza-based human rights group, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, estimates that 163 of the injured demonstrators were shot with live fire.The demonstrations at the border fence against Israel’s longstanding blockade and the deteriorating living conditions in Gaza – referred to by Palestinians as the “Great March of Return” – started on 30 March. Since then, more than 150 have been killed by the Israeli security forces and more than 10,000 demonstrators have been wounded; over half by live fire, the expert’s statement explained. Some are now left with devastating and life-long injuries.“International human rights law imposes strict obligations on the use of force by law enforcement officials,” said Mr. Lynk. “Lethal force against demonstrators is absolutely forbidden unless strictly unavoidable in the case of an imminent threat to life or threat of serious injury,” he stressed, insisting that “many of those killed and wounded appear to have presented no such imminent threat”.“The killing and wounding of demonstrators, in the absence of any strictly-measured justification, and within the context of occupation, may amount to willful killing, which is both a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and a war crime,” he warned. “It is also a serious violation of international human rights law and its protections for the rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”The human rights expert expressed hope that the independent and international Commission of Inquiry, launched in May by the Human Rights Council, will be able to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the deaths and injuries in Gaza over the past six months.“Accountability is paramount in the global quest to advance human rights and to bring perpetrators to justice in accordance with the rule of law,” Mr. Lynk said. As the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate, tensions are rising in the Strip. On Monday, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) temporarily withdrew part of its international staff from Gaza following a “series of worrying security incidents affecting its personnel”, including harassment by individuals protesting recent measures resulting from UNRWA’s limited funding.However, the agency continues to carry out its relief operations to the best of its capacity and several international staff, including the head of operations, will remain in Gaza. read more

first_imgThe father left the children alone when he went to St James’ Park, the court heardCredit:Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The father left the children alone when he went to St James' Park, the court heard Detail of the case has emerged in a ruling published by a judge following a private family court hearing in Newcastle upon Tyne.The man had asked Judge Simon Wood to rule he had to see his younger son.But Judge Wood has dismissed his application. He said the family involved could not be named.The man complained his ex-wife had deliberately alienated the younger boy from him.But she denied his allegation and said he was unable to prioritise his children’s needs.She said his decision to leave the youngsters home alone was a “culmination of circumstances”.The woman said neither the 14-year-old boy nor his older brother, now 19, wanted to see him.center_img Judge Wood said neither teenager was “alienated” as their father suggested.The judge said the man lacked “insight” into the harm he had caused.He said the man was “utterly obsessed” with placing blame on his ex-wife while saying he was a “wholly innocent victim”.Judge Wood said the man had denied leaving his children home alone while going to watch Newcastle.The man said he had left them alone for “an hour or so” while taking his St James’ Park season ticket to a friend.He said the boys were aged eight and 13 at the time and he denied doing “anything inappropriate”.The February 5, 2011 game turned out to be one of the most famous in Newcastle’s recent history.Arsenal had gone 4-0 up but the home side came back to earn a 4-4 draw. A Newcastle United fan whose ex-wife accused him of leaving their two sons home alone while he watched his side play Arsenal has lost the latest round of a long-running family court fight.She said she stopped letting him see the boys six years ago after he went to St James’ Park and left them unsupervised while they were staying at his home.The man had not seen his younger son, now 14, since and has now failed in his latest bid to be allowed to meet up with the youngster.last_img read more

Buducnost finally overcame the bad luck they had in the past few years, and will play in the final this year. Coming in Montenegro with a two goal advantage from Norway, it was supposed to be a rather uneasy task knowing that Larvik plays very well away, but the Montenegrin team made sure that nothing slips past their hands, and already in the first half had 10-7, while in the 41st minute the score was 15-7 for the home team, and from this point it was well known who will play in the final.On Saturday, Gyori beat Oltchim with 31:23, and annuled the 4 goals defeat from Romania. Gyori-Buducnost in the final, undoubtedly the best teams in this year’s Champions League.Budućnost – Larvik 23-13(10-7)Budućnost: Bulatović K. 3,Cvijić 2, Popović 7, Miljanić 2, Knežević 1, savić 4, Jovetić 2, Radović 1, Đokić 1.Larvik: Riegelhuth 2, Sulland 3, Larsen 1, Johansen 2, Kurtovic 2, Blanko 2, Breivang 1. ← Previous Story Serbia at the Olympics! Spain easily beats Poland Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 27): HSV beats RNL, Wetzlar get past Burgdorf read more

first_imgPope Benedict arrived in Paphos, Cyprus, on 4 June, concerned about minority Christian communities in the region. Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply saddened” by the killing of  Catholic Bishop Padovese in Turkey, but he believed the murder was not politically motivated. His visit to Cyprus is the first time a pontiff has gone to the island. Bishop Luigi Padovese, who was to meet the Pope in Cyprus, was stabbed to death at his home. His driver, Murat Altun, has been charged with murder. It is thought the man had mental health problems. Benedict spoke of his “profound sadness” over the stabbing of Padovese. ‘A personal thing’ “We are still awaiting a full explanation but we don’t want to mix up this tragic episode with Islam,” he said. Cyprus’ President, Dimitris Christofias, described the Pontiff’s visit as historic and said ”Cyprus is in need of your words of peace, given the difficult situation the island is facing”. The pope also met with Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II, who took the opportunity to condemn the occupation of the island’s north by Turkish troops. “Turkey has barbarously invaded and conquered by force of arms 37 percent of our homeland,” Chrysostomos said. The archbishop went on to say that Turkey has plans to annex the occupied territories. The Pope did not respond to the archbishop’s remarks. Chrysostomos also asked for the Pope’s help in safeguarding Christian monuments, noting that artworks had been “sacked” by the Turks. Benedict’s trip had prompted threats of a boycott by traditional Orthodox clerics. The pontiff did not visit the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, as it is not recognised as a legitimate state by the United Nations. In the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, the Pope stayed at the apostolic nunciature, which lies in no-man’s-land – the buffer zone separating the Greek Cypriot side from the territory occupied by Turkey since 1974. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgSécheresse : le gouvernement vient en aide aux exploitantsCe lundi 23 mai, 42 départements français sont soumis à des restrictions d’eau. Alors que la saison s’annonce extrêmement difficile pour les agriculteurs, le gouvernement tente de les aider à faire face en les autorisant à faucher dès maintenant, près d’un mois avant la date initialement fixée.Nous ne sommes que le 23 mai et déjà, plus de quarante départements sont touchés par la sécheresse. Une situation qui rappelle le souvenir de l’été 1976 et face à laquelle le gouvernement tente de réagir au mieux. Ainsi, le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire a annoncé ce matin sur Europe 1 avoir levé “les contraintes qui pèsent sur les mesures agro-environnementales”, et notamment l’interdiction de faucher. À lire aussiDes archéologues découvrent le plus vieux pain au monde sur un site de JordanieLes exploitants de certains départements ne devaient pas être autorisés à faucher avant le 15 juin prochain. Mais “nous sommes en situation de crise sur plus de la moitié du territoire”, a souligné le ministre. Anticipant les réactions des écologistes, Bruno Le Maire a évoqué les faibles rendements de céréales auxquels s’attendent les agriculteurs, ainsi que les élevages qui ne tarderont pas à souffrir eux aussi de la sécheresse. Le 18 mai dernier, le ministre avait annoncé que les éleveurs pourraient faire paître leurs troupeaux sur les jachères si les bêtes venaient à manquer de nourriture dans les semaines et mois à venir.En outre, Bruno Le Maire a annoncé que le Fonds national de garantie des calamités agricoles, doté de 100 millions d’euros environ, serait débloqué au cours du mois de juin. “Pour cela, je vais rassembler les préfets de région dans les tout prochains jours, sous huitaine, pour faire le point avec eux, exploitation par exploitation, des besoins financiers”, a expliqué le ministre.Le 23 mai 2011 à 17:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThere are many misconceptions about Muslim women: They don’t have a right to an education, aren’t allowed to earn money or get inheritances or choose whom they marry — the list goes on.“These are some things that are brought up over and over again,” said Shanaz Tejani-Butt, who will address the topic during a talk Nov. 10 at Washington State University Vancouver.Tejani-Butt, a professor at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, will also talk to WSUV students earlier in the week. She’s quick to say she’s not a religious scholar but regularly gives talks on Islam and women’s rights and is involved in several humanitarian organizations, such as PathWays PA, Humanity First USA and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.As part of her talk, she aims to separate the religion of Islam from Middle Eastern culture.“We tend to use culture to define our piety,” Tejani-Butt said. “It’s nothing to do with the religion. It’s the culture of the country.”Saudi Arabia, for instance, recently repealed its ban on female drivers but still places other restrictions on Saudi women.“It’s the culture that has dominated, and they’ve used religion as a cover to justify the cultural biases or imbalances or traditions,” said Arif Humayun, one of the co-founders of Circle of Peace, the interfaith group that is organizing the talk.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#Freeportwomankilledbypolice, #magneticmedianews, #TheresaJessicaThompson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The grand-daughter of former government minister and Member of Parliament for Marco City, David Thompson was that police reservist shot to death on the weekend in Grand Bahama.  Theresa Jessica Thompson-George, 24 years old was killed at a business on Oakes Street, gunned down and it has the island shaken up.  The young woman’s father is crying out on Facebook with tributes and photos and memories and questions.   Troy Thompson said, “I feel like I will cry for years and it’s hard to even think.  I lost my baby to the increasing violence in our country.”Police have not identified a motive as yet for the shooting on Saturday April 1 around 9:30pm which adds to the soaring murder count for The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#TheresaJessicaThompson#Freeportwomankilledbypolicelast_img read more

first_imgSDSU West collects over 100,000 signatures for SDCCU stadium site proposal KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:08 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Backers of an initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion announced Friday that they have collected 100,000 petition signatures, far more than necessary to qualify for the ballot.“Supporters have successfully gathered many more than the required 71,646 signatures,” said Kim Kilkenny, of the Friends of SDSU Steering Committee.“Once verified, these signatures will qualify SDSU West for a 2018 ballot,” Kilkenny said. “With overwhelming support for SDSU and the positive impacts the university provides to our community, San Diegans clearly support SDSU West to ensure the Mission Valley stadium site is used to benefit the public, provide a place for SDSU to grow and thrive, and guarantee a permanent, public river park and open space.”The Friends group had until the end of March to collect signatures but members previously indicated that wanted to wrap up the signature drive by the end of the year. They plan to submit the petitions to the county Registrar of Voters next week.If enough signatures are verified, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the initiative or place it before voters. A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, qualified earlier this year and will go onto a 2018 ballot.It’s believed that if both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved in an election, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The initiative would lead to the sale of the property to SDSU, which would be required to create a comprehensive development plan.Last month, school officials outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. December 29, 2017center_img Posted: December 29, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDCCU Stadium, SDSU West FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgClark County Sheriff’s Deputy James Naramore stops a truck driver at Northeast 10th Avenue and Carty Road on Sept. 20. Deputy Chris Luque is not what one would expect from the sheriff office’s most ticket-happy patrol deputy. He’s not old or intimidating-looking, and he doesn’t walk around with a chip on his shoulder. So far this year, though, the 30-year-old has given out 109 tickets for speeding and 61 for using a cellphone or texting while driving. Luque has been with the sheriff’s office five years and works enforcement out of Hazel Dell. He does traffic stops on top of his normal 911 calls and assignments as a drug recognition expert. He’s not an engineer, so he can’t make cars any safer, he said. But he can make people safer. “Every traffic stop is education,” he said.He got into traffic enforcement because he saw it as the best opportunity to change driver behavior and keep the motoring public safe. By educating people now, he could prevent a serious accident later, he said. When he pulls people over, some argue with him, some are honest, but more often than not, he said, drivers recognize their error. At 33 percent of his traffic stops, he lets people off with a verbal warning. The agency average is 54 percent. “What we try to do is get people to modify their behavior,” said Fred Neiman, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “If we can accomplish that in a warning instead of a penalty or a citation, I think we’re just as successful.”last_img read more

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A social media threat prompted additional police presence outside of a Doral school.Officers could be seen outside of John I. Smith K-8 Center, located near Northwest 52nd Street and 104th Court, early Monday morning.The extra police presence was a precaution in response to a social media threat made against the school.It remains unknown what social media platform was used to post the threat.The threat is being investigated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services and the Division of Forestry responded a fire off Scout Lake Rd near Blexes Ave on Saturday afternoon. Sarah with DOF: “The Blexes Fire has been completely gridded and no smokes or heat was found. The fire is now controlled by the speedy response of firefighters.” More details will be posted as they are made available. CES transferred the fire over to DOF once the initial attack was complete and HEA arrived on scene to access the powerline damage.center_img According to CES Deputy Chief Dan Grimes, the fire was a 1/10th of an acre and caused by a tree that had fallen on a powerline in the area due to the increased winds. A Fire Weather Watch issued by the National Weather Service is still in effect through Saturday evening for hot, dry, and windy conditions. A Fire Weather Watch is an alert to firefighters and land managers to the high potential for conditions to develop that could lead to an increase in fire danger and rapid fire spread.last_img read more

first_imgA hotel boy was punched to death by his co-worker at a hotel in Alexandar Bazaar of Ramgati upazila in Lakshmipur on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Riaz, 16, son of Safu Majhi, a hotel boy of the ‘Grameen Hotel’.Officer-in-charge of Ramgati police station Iqbal Hossain said that hotel boy Abir, 17, son of Abdul Hye, a resident of Nagar Charkolacopa village, locked into altercation with Riaz over sitting on a chair at the hotel around 10:00pm.At one stage, Abid punched Riaz, leaving him unconscious.Later, Riaz was rushed to Noakhali General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police, meanwhile, arrested Abir.last_img read more

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterWho protects the protectors? It’s the question several officers of color and associated affinity groups are asking the executive leadership of Prince George’s County as a lawsuit has been filed against the Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) charging racial discrimination, authorities recently announced.In the U.S. District Court of Maryland, 12 officers of color in addition to the United Black Police Officers Association and the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association NCR, submitted a 65 page document against Prince George’s Police Department as well as Police Chief Henry P. Stanwinski, III, Deputy Chief Christopher Murtha, Deputy Chief Administrative officer for Public Safety Mark A. Magaw, and Major Kathleen Mills, Commander of the Internal Affairs Division.A screenshot of ACLU Maryland’s call to action after officers of color and associated affinity groups filed a lawsuit against the Prince George’s Police Department for racial discrimination. (Courtesy Photo)According to the suit the PGPD allegedly “engaged in patterns of retaliation against officers of color who file complaints or otherwise cooperate with efforts to investigate White officers who engage in misconduct.”The suit goes on to explain indeed some of the heinous prejudices these officers have experienced.“Among other things, these White officers:  Commit vicious racist acts, including using racial slurs to refer to other officers or civilians such as ‘nigxer,’ ‘spic,’ or ‘baboon,’ and circulating offensive racist images depicting people of color,  abuse their power against civilians, including using force to intimidate and brutalize civilians and engage in other misconduct, including theft of Departmental funds or property.”The suit claims that the Chief and Deputy Chief were aware of the alleged conduct. And when officers brought the information to the attention of leadership, the complainants were “targeted for retaliation,” according to the suit.The complaint goes on to say that officers of color were treated more severely than their White counterparts when it came to disciplinary infractions, that the department was a hostile environment for officers of color and those who sought for justice were either suspended or transferred out of the department. Some were fired outright and others were “ blackballed” from being able to find work in other other enforcement agencies.The officers and associations are seeking new policies that address racial and discriminatory practices within the police force as well as recuperating lost wages for officers who were suspended without pay, that officers that were fired be reinstated to their old positions, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.“The goal is to set institutional reform that will provide equitable promotions and support officers when there are complaints,” said Dennis Corkery, with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, one of the attorneys representing the officers.Captain Joseph Perez who joined the PGPD in 1998 and was speaking on behalf of the HNLEA said, “We’d like to see changes from the top. I’m talking about the executive leadership that failed to respond to concerns from the community and within the force.”Perez has served for over twenty years in law enforcement. As a kid growing up at first in New York he was familiar with youth and their interactions with police and made the decision to join the force. “It was like if you can’t beat them join them,” Perez said. “Make a difference from the inside.”In the complaint Perez charges that, “because of his national origin and advocacy, the PGPD has launched an investigation into bogus charges and has continually refused to promote him to Major, while promoting less qualified White Captains to that position.”Despite the lawsuit and the battle the officers and community face, Perez sees a silver lining, having received calls of support and similar stories from officers of color all over the country.“I think we’re going to be the catalyst for change,” Perez said.The Prince George’s Police Department is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in the State of Maryland, according to their website, with more than 1,500 police officers serving and nearly 900,000 residents and business owners.The PGPD could not be reached for comment as of AFRO press time.last_img read more

first_img © 2018 Journal information: Nature Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further More information: Shan Li et al. Modulating plant growth–metabolism coordination for sustainable agriculture, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0415-5AbstractEnhancing global food security by increasing the productivity of green revolution varieties of cereals risks increasing the collateral environmental damage produced by inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. Improvements in the efficiency of nitrogen use of crops are therefore essential; however, they require an in-depth understanding of the co-regulatory mechanisms that integrate growth, nitrogen assimilation and carbon fixation. Here we show that the balanced opposing activities and physical interactions of the rice GROWTH-REGULATING FACTOR 4 (GRF4) transcription factor and the growth inhibitor DELLA confer homeostatic co-regulation of growth and the metabolism of carbon and nitrogen. GRF4 promotes and integrates nitrogen assimilation, carbon fixation and growth, whereas DELLA inhibits these processes. As a consequence, the accumulation of DELLA that is characteristic of green revolution varieties confers not only yield-enhancing dwarfism, but also reduces the efficiency of nitrogen use. However, the nitrogen-use efficiency of green revolution varieties and grain yield are increased by tipping the GRF4–DELLA balance towards increased GRF4 abundance. Modulation of plant growth and metabolic co-regulation thus enables novel breeding strategies for future sustainable food security and a new green revolution. The green revolution was characterized by big increases in crop production in developing countries—it came about due to the increased use of pesticides, fertilizers and changes in crop varieties used. One of the changes to the crops came about as rice and wheat plants were bred to grow less tall to prevent damage from wind and rain. While this resulted in improved yields, it also resulted in the use of more nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are environmentally harmful. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if it might be possible to re-engineer green-revolution crop varieties in such a way as to restrict height and therefore retain high productivity, while also using nitrogen more efficiently.Prior research had shown that proteins in the DELLA family reduced plant growth. Crop breeding in the 1960s led to varieties of rice and wheat with genetic mutations that allowed the proteins to build up in the plants, thus stunting their growth. Unfortunately, DELLA proteins have also been found to be the cause of inefficient nitrogen use in the same plants—as a result, farmers used more of it to increase yields. To overcome this problem, the researchers crossbred varieties of rice to learn more, and found that the transcription factor OsGRF4 was associated with nitrogen uptake. Using that information, they engineered some varieties of rice to express OsGRF4 at higher levels, which, when tested, showed higher uptake of nitrogen. The team then planted the varieties they had engineered and found that they required less nitrogen to produce the same yields—and they were just as stunted. They therefore claim that it is possible to grow green-revolution crops that require less nitrogen.center_img A team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences in China and the University of Oxford in the U.K. has found a way to grow green revolution crops using less nitrogen with no reduction in yield. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their research efforts and the results they found when planting newly developed plant varieties. Fanmiao Wang and Makoto Matsuoka with Nagoya University offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Matchmaking for sweet potato? It’s complicated Citation: A way to get green revolution crops to be productive without needing so much nitrogen (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” fired on all cylinders at the box office this weekend and not only came out on the top of the charts but also scored a franchise-best opening.The sixth film in the series grossed $61.2 million in its first weekend in theatres, which is also one of star Tom Cruise’s best launches.The jukebox musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” came in second place with $15.1 million, while “The Equalizer 2” took the third spot with $14 million. Both films were in their second weekend.Next was “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” with $12.3 million in its third week in theatres. The weekend’s other opener, the animated “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” opened in fifth with $10.4 million. The Warner Bros. film cost $10.5 million to make.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” Paramount, $61,236,534, 4,386 locations, $13,962 average, $61,236,534, 1 week.2. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” Universal, $15,100,095, 3,514 locations, $4,297 average, $70,524,620, 2 weeks.3. “The Equalizer 2,” Sony, $14,020,017, 3,388 locations, $4,138 average, $64,251,362, 2 weeks.4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Sony, $12,253,640, 4,005 locations, $3,060 average, $119,177,141, 3 weeks.5. “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” Warner Bros., $10,411,189, 3,188 locations, $3,266 average, $10,411,189, 1 week.6. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Disney, $8,766,100, 3,013 locations, $2,909 average, $183,490,227, 4 weeks.7. “Incredibles 2,” Disney, $7,257,113, 2,616 locations, $2,774 average, $572,880,761, 7 weeks.8. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal, $6,729,735, 2,685 locations, $2,506 average, $397,508,235, 6 weeks.9. “Skyscraper,” Universal, $5,341,455, 2,773 locations, $1,926 average, $59,091,215, 3 weeks.10. “The First Purge,” Universal, $2,215,400, 1,400 locations, $1,582 average, $65,469,275, 4 weeks.11. “Unfriended: Dark Web,” OTL Releasing, $1,470,910, 1,547 locations, $951 average, $7,364,340, 2 weeks.12. “Sorry To Bother You,” Annapurna Pictures, $1,373,791, 802 locations, $1,713 average, $13,275,212, 4 weeks.13. “Blindspotting,” Lionsgate, $1,281,548, 523 locations, $2,450 average, $1,750,532, 2 weeks.14. “Eighth Grade,” A24, $1,269,046, 158 locations, $8,032 average, $2,917,883, 3 weeks.15. “Three Identical Strangers,” Neon Rated, $1,196,412, 433 locations, $2,763 average, $6,696,733, 5 weeks.16. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?,” Focus Features, $704,445, 464 locations, $1,518 average, $20,048,382, 8 weeks.17. “Sicario: Day of The Soldado,” Sony, $675,691, 574 locations, $1,177 average, $48,726,565, 5 weeks.18. “Ocean’s 8,” Warner Bros., $635,839, 518 locations, $1,227 average, $137,293,754, 8 weeks.19. “Uncle Drew,” Lionsgate, $483,789, 532 locations, $909 average, $41,375,460, 5 weeks.20. “Leave No Trace,” Bleecker Street, $470,622, 291 locations, $1,617 average, $4,647,620, 5 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2018 5:02 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in a scene from “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” (David James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance via AP) center_img Box Office Top 20: New ‘Mission: Impossible’ hits No. 1last_img read more