Brady is all ears for national deaf team

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksDeaf team a possiblity By BEN HARRISAn historic milestone could be achieved at next year’s X-Blades National Touch League tournament if David Brady gets his way.Touch Football Australia’s general manager of business operations is hoping to set-up an Australian deaf team to play at the 2014 national competition.Brady is deaf himself and has to rely on two hearing aids.He has been hearing impaired since he was born but his disability doesn’t stop him from doing day-to-day tasks or participate at this year’s National Touch League.Brady is playing in the men’s 40s division for the ACT Pirates.After orchestrating a very successful inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australian National Championships in January, Brady wants to take that next step by establishing an Aussie representative team.“Next year we hope to have an Australian deaf team here at the tournament,” Brady said.“Already I can see it will be an interesting challenge. It will be completely different for the referees and the opposition but we have to get it together and hopefully this message goes out to all the kids out there, the boys and the girls, we will try and get a team together and come to this fantastic tournament.”Brady said touch football has a distinct advantage over many other sports in the country as it can be played by anybody.“If you can’t play footy anymore when you get to the masters you are able to still play with the ball in hand,” he said.“But more importantly for the kids, a lot of kids who have cochlear implants can’t play contact sport. Touch football is one of those sports that they can aspire to. “If their brothers or sisters play rugby or rugby union and feel left out, touch football is a way of being included and being part of it.“Anybody who is deaf or hard of hearing, get yourself to a touch team and keep on trying. Nothing is impossible.”Unable to hear while playing is very difficult but Brady said he manages.“Playing in the deaf games… it was completely different with styles and tactics and coming into a hearing competition, you see how organised they are and there is a big difference between the communications. It is a big learning curve.Brady is not the only deaf person playing at this year’s NTLs.Greg Quinn is playing for the Pirates in the men’s 45s.“Greg is one of the best players but he has a harder job because he plays in the middle and I play on the wing so I’ve probably got an easier job,” Brady said.“Greg has got to make more calls, try to work out what is happening with his teammates. He is one of the smartest players I’ve met in my life.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Nunavut politician to ask legislature to consider civilian RCMP oversight

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – A Nunavut politician wants the territory to review how it investigates violence complaints against the RCMP in light of recently released documents and videos.Adam Arreak Lightstone, a member of the legislature from Iqaluit, says he’ll use the legislative sitting that begins Tuesday to demand Nunavut reconsider its police oversight.“It’s really important to ensure there’s accountability in the investigation process,” he said. “There’s a reason why most jurisdictions in Canada have a civilian oversight body to prevent police from investigating police.”The Ottawa and Calgary police forces currently investigate complaints against Nunavut RCMP.Lightstone’s concern stems from documents detailing complaints about RCMP use of force. Obtained by freelance reporter Thomas Rohner under freedom-of-information legislation, they included a 2015 letter from the territory’s legal-aid service to then-justice minister Paul Okalik.“The Department of Justice has requested that the Legal Services Board document and share concerns … relating to the allegation that instances of excessive use of force by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police appear to be on the rise in Nunavut,” it said.The letter, citing client confidentiality, does not include specifics.Signed by board chairwoman Madeleine Redfern, it refers to “a recent trend of hearing of and witnessing visible injuries to our clients.”A separate letter said the board had information on 30 cases of excessive use of force.The documents include cellblock video of RCMP officers striking and pepper-spraying an Inuit in custody.The letter said Nunavut legal-aid lawyers had begun notifying the RCMP Public Complaints Commission as well as filing civil suits.“For every client that is prepared to proceed with formal civil action seeking damages for the harm suffered … there are five clients who advise that they have no interest in pursuing civil relief due to fear of possible recrimination,” the letter said.In a recent email, Redfern said concerns persist.“I did recommend to (a legislature committee) that the RCMP receive cultural orientation and training, including on the use of force … I also did recommend that the standing committee consider a recommendation that (Nunavut) undertake research and a review of an appropriate RCMP oversight body.”Redfern said there were 27 civil cases filed between 2014 and 2017.Chief Supt. Michael Jeffrey, Nunavut RCMP’s commanding officer, said Mounties responded to 27,000 calls and held 7,500 people in custody last year. The force received 13 complaints between 2016 and 2018, he said.“We really strive for there not to be any complaints at all,” he said. “However, it’s just part of policing. There will be times mistakes may happen or the public may perceive there was excessive force.”He said the RCMP try to prepare officers for Arctic policing. Members posted to remote locations are encouraged to become part of the community to make people feel more comfortable.Jeffrey said both civilian- and police-led investigations are independent. He said it’s up to the government to decide if a civilian body would inspire more public confidence.“The RCMP would comply fully with either.”Lightstone said he understands Nunavut RCMP have a tough job.“They do their job very well and they do keep our communities safe. The RCMP definitely have their hands full in our territory.”But he points out that Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are the only places in Canada that don’t have civilian oversight. Yukon contracts with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, an independent police watchdog.“I think that’s something that would work within our territory,” he said.Such oversight was debated in the Nunavut legislature in 2015. A committee has been studying it since 2016.“The Department of Justice completed a cross-jurisdictional scan comparing all models of policing oversight across Canada and is reviewing the viability of these options,” said spokeswoman Matilda Madekufamba.Lightstone said he has solid support from many of his fellow MLAs — especially after they saw the cellblock footage.“They were all just as shocked as I was. They’re all in agreement with me.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Rights groups call on Trudeau to raise plight of prisoners held in

first_imgOTTAWA – A Montreal woman whose father has been imprisoned in China wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press for the release of him and more than a dozen other prisoners, but she isn’t optimistic.It has been more than 15 years since Ti-Anna Wang last saw her father, Wang Bingzhang, who has been in solitary confinement in China after his arrest and trial for trying to foster democracy — a legal process widely derided as a sham.Wang pressed her case with Trudeau last year when he first visited China, but she’s sensing a momentum in Sino-Canadian relations that leaves her discouraged: the focus, she says, is all about deepening trade ties with China, and not speaking frankly about human rights.“It speaks volumes about what our government prioritizes in terms of importance,” Wang said Thursday. “It’s indicative of a misguided hierarchy of values.”Her father, one of the first generation of Chinese students permitted to travel abroad, got his doctorate at Montreal’s McGill University, but was abducted by Chinese agents in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China, where he was convicted.The Wang case is one of 16 that a coalition of Canadian human rights groups led by Amnesty International wants Trudeau to raise directly with Chinese leadership after he touches down in Beijing next week.In addition to that list of political prisoners adopted by Amnesty, the daughter of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities renewed her plea for Trudeau to help her family.Amy Chang, 24, told Trudeau in a letter this week that last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, were jailed after a customs dispute with the government.Trudeau will be paying his second visit to China in 16 months, part of a renewed push by the government to deepen economic relations.In announcing his return trip, Trudeau’s office emphasized the need to strengthen trade, investment and job creation. He also plans to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance.Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve says in a letter to Trudeau that the human rights situation has deteriorated since his visit to China last year.That includes a clampdown on human rights lawyers and moves to curtail freedom of assembly and expression, says Neve.The fact that so many Canadians or people with Canadian connections are behind bars in China has consequences for any future trade deal, he said.“Now is the time to be very serious about this when we are considering taking the Canada-China relationship to even deeper levels.”The coalition wants Canada to push for mandatory human rights assessments in any potential free trade negotiation with China.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne appears to be playing down expectations that Trudeau will announce formal trade talks next week.The minister said in a speech Thursday that Canada wants to ensure a level playing field for small- and medium-sized companies. And he suggested human rights would be part of the discussion.“Canada has always set a bar and has always sought to move the dial for human progress through engagement.”last_img read more

Canadas auto industry at risk if GM closes Oshawa plant union president

first_imgOTTAWA — Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors’ plan to close its car plant in Oshawa, Ontario puts it on the brink of leaving Canada completely.The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union represents about 2,500 workers at the factory the carmaker plans to shut at the end of 2019.After meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dias said GM has moved production of five models of vehicles to Mexico and the United States in the past few years, and if the Oshawa plant closes, the company will have only one left here.Dias argues that if General Motors stops making cars in Canada, it would devastate the parts industry and that would cause big trouble for other car companies.He says labour standards in Mexico are low and Trudeau has to work with President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs from shifting south.Dias says the revamped NAFTA deal should help eventually, but the parts that apply to the auto sector won’t kick in for years and by then it could be too late.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Ohio State linebacker Jordan Whiting still chasing NFL dreams

Jordan Whiting could be playing for an Ohio State football team that won all 12 of its games last season, or playing for a Louisville team that upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Formerly an OSU linebacker, Whiting transferred to Louisville prior to the 2012 season. He was not eligible to play for the Cardinals last season, due to NCAA rules requiring players who transfer between Football Bowl Subdivision schools to sit out one year before playing for their new school. His career at Louisville, however, ended before it even began because of a failed drug test. “When I first got here, I was hanging out with a buddy of mine, and unfortunately, hanging out with him, not really thinking too clearly, I decided to take a few hits of marijuana,” Whiting told The Lantern in January. “I failed my first drug test of my college career.” This wasn’t the first time Whiting made a mistake that affected his college football career. On Dec. 23, 2010, Whiting received a one-game ban as one of six OSU football players suspended for receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Those violations, dubbed “Tattoo-Gate” by many, eventually resulted in the Buckeyes vacating the results of their 2010 season, being banned from postseason play in 2012 and losing nine scholarships over a three-year period. Whiting said his violation came as a result of accepting a discount on a tattoo and said he did not realize he was receiving a discount at the time. “It’s a learning experience and unfortunately some rules, even though we don’t necessarily agree with them, they still are rules,” Whiting said. Whiting said the hardest part of the situation was dealing with the criticism he and his suspended teammates received. “I learned that some people can be very cruel,” Whiting said. “A lot of the guys, not necessarily me, but some guys were getting death wishes via email. “None of those athletes, including myself, ever would bring harm to any other person out here,” Whiting added. Whiting has tattoos on both of his arms, his chest and his back, which he said “mean everything” to him. “My tattoos are all religion and family,” Whiting said. “I don’t have one tattoo that you could look at and be like, ‘What does that mean?’ or ‘Why would you get that tatted on you?’ or anything like that. “I love tattoos,” Whiting added. “I guess you could say it’s somewhat of an addiction.” Whiting remained with the Buckeyes in 2011 after serving his suspension but transferred to Louisville that spring. His three-year career at OSU consisted of one redshirt year and two playing seasons, but only one career tackle. Whiting said he became more mature as a result of his experience at OSU. “It was a growing pain that I had to go through,” Whiting said. “I think me being at Ohio State, it wasn’t for me to shine as an athlete, it was for me to grow up as a man.” By blowing his opportunity to play at Louisville with his failed drug test, Whiting said he disappointed himself and his family. “I made a bad decision, and unfortunately that bad decision did lead to me not being a part of the team anymore,” Whiting said. “I don’t blame them for that decision, I don’t blame anybody else but myself, but you live and you learn and you move on, and that’s the only thing you can do.” Whiting hasn’t given up on his football dreams quite yet. He said he is continuing to pursue a career in professional football. He told The Lantern earlier this month that he had not yet received interest from NFL teams leading up to the 2013 NFL draft. “I’m not ready to tell the game goodbye, and not under these circumstances,” Whiting said. “I’d rather tell the game goodbye under circumstances that I cannot control. Whether it be because I got hurt, or whether it be because I got cut from a team, or retirement … I can accept that, but I cannot accept telling the game goodbye off of my bad decisions. I feel like I have a lot to bring to a team.” OSU assistant coach Luke Fickell said it is critical for Whiting to take advantage of any opportunity he gets if he is going to make it at the next level. “He’s a guy that’s got some physical tools and ability, and you know, anybody that finds the right place and the right situation and at the right time has a chance to be successful,” Fickell said. “You have a chance and you get an opportunity, the window is slight and you got to take advantage of all those opportunities.” Etienne Sabino, who is pursuing his own NFL dreams and could be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as an outside linebacker, played with Whiting at OSU from 2009-2011. He said Whiting “looked good in drills,” although Whiting did not get much chance to play. “He definitely had a lot of ability,” Sabino said. “He has a lot of potential, and I know he’s a strong kid so I wish him the best of luck.” Whiting said it would mean “the world” to him if he gets a chance to play in the NFL, but he is also working on other pursuits. He is enrolled to resume classes at OSU this summer and work toward completing his degree in marketing. He is also a founder of a marketing consulting company (J. Infinity LLC) and is writing a book, which he said is titled “A Developing Man.” Whiting said he also wants to start a foundation to benefit and mentor low-income children. Whiting said he “would never make the same mistake twice,” has learned from his mistakes and hopes young athletes can also learn from his story. “I’ve played over 17 years of football and I’ve been a part of five different organizations,” Whiting said. “I’ve earned 12 championship rings, 10 in high school, 2 in college. I’ve been to three BCS bowl games and I was one season away from what I would like to see as my blowout season. But one thing that prevented all that from happening was one bad decision. And that’s all it takes.” read more

International School Student wins Primary School Bee

first_img Final Day of National Primary School Spelling Bee National Spelling Bee attracts 11 high schools Related Items:international school, jenna hatmin, spelling bee Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – National Primary Spelling Bee champion is Jenna Hatmin; a student of International School of the Turks and Caicos. Hatmin, with 46 points at the end of the rounds won a MacBook Air 13” with Core i5 and a wireless printer to sweeten the feel of her new title. The students were so sharp this year that they exhausted the seen words list and when into unseen words before a winner was named. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Best Institute wins FortisTCI Primary Science Quiz; Science Fair today Recommended for youlast_img read more

The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBridgetown, Barbados, 9th February 2017 –  Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region. Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life. The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of GDP in the Caribbean, thus creating a significant drain on Caribbean economies, and threatening development prospects.Recognizing the critical need for leadership and cross sectoral action to address this health issue, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and with funding from CDB hosted a meeting to develop a road map to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The opening ceremony took place earlier this week at the Barbados Yacht Club, and was marked by the presence of the Barbados Minister of Health, The Honourable John D. E. Boyce and other high level officials from regional institutions.In his welcome remarks, Dr C. James Hospedales, CARPHA Executive Director said “The meeting will look at how we can together accelerate action on the ground, in countries, in the food environment and nutrition area, especially for the most vulnerable – our children.  The meeting is historic as it gathers at least half of CARICOM Institutions to focus attention on a key development challenge through implementing a 6-point policy package for healthier less obesogenic food environments.”  He went on to say fiscal and trade measures, mandatory nutritional labeling to empower consumers and elimination of trans fats from food supplies are among the areas that must be addressed, buttressed by region wide and sustained information and communication.President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Professor Trevor Hassell, congratulated CARPHA in hosting the meeting and stated that “HCC strongly supports this initiative since the issue at hand, namely childhood obesity and overweight and consequential epidemic of NCDs, present a significant health and development challenge for the people of the Region requiring as it does a multi-sectoral, whole of society response.  This requires active participation and engagement of the public sector, both health and non-health, civil society and the private sector working hand in hand and contributing in their respective areas of expertise and influence.”Ms Jessie Schutte Aine, PAHO Programme Coordinator for the Caribbean told the gathering there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children who are overweight or obese in the Region. She added that childhood obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic, putting children at risk of developing serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and leading to premature death and disability later in life.  She stated available data indicates that in one generation, the Caribbean has moved from problems of 2 malnutrition and underweight children to the other extreme. According to Ms Schutt Aine over the last 35 years, there has been a major shift in diet moving away from staple foods that are indigenous to the Region, towards foods that are highly processed.“NCDs has long been identified as one of the three super priorities for Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH)”, stated Dr Rudolph Cummings in his opening remarks. The Programme Manager for Health Sector Reform at CARICOM stressed the need for a more genuine effort at harnessing the intersectoral energies that are required to make a difference in our NCDs problem and congratulated CARPHA on hosting the meeting.Through a virtual presentation, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, also underscored the need for the Region to take decisive action, and stated that the “timing of this action cannot be overstated and the opportunity to develop a road map is welcomed in order to deal with the issue.” Mr Cox explained that a “strategic alliance between the private sector, public sector and civil society is necessary to affect change and move in concert.”“As a Caribbean Region, we have faltered in our response to the epidemic in childhood obesity with many countries in the Region reporting prevalence rates in excess of 30% in the pre-teen and teenage population. Collectively, we are well positioned to drive this important element of the health agenda within CARICOM,” stated Honourable John D. E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados in his feature address.  Minister Boyce went on to say there is a need for greater enforcement of the policy of physical education in schools. He believes that more time should also be allotted for physical education sessions, even during the ‘exam’ term.In closing the Minister thanked CARPHA for its work in developing appropriate regimes to the childhood obesity epidemic, and its technical support to developing surveillance systems, health promotions strategies, and policies options for addressing childhood obesity.The Regional High Level Meeting to Develop a Road map on Multi-sectoral Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Improved Food and Nutrition Security takes place from 9th – 10th February 2017 at the CXC Headquarters. The focus of the meeting is to foster collaboration between regional economic and social sector institutions to support the implementation of a 6-point policy package developed by CARPHA as part of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health initiative (CCH-IV). #MagneticMediaNews #ChildhoodObesitycenter_img Related Items:#ChildhoodObesity, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs at CARICOM Caucus in Mexico

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, June 21, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) participated in the CARICOM Caucus on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Mexico in preparation for the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers on the situation in Venezuela and the 47th OAS General Assembly.   Seated next to him is Chet Neymour, Charge d’Affaires, and behind (centre left) Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.Press Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Being left out motivated me to work hard – Mallik Wilks

first_imgLoan striker Mallik Wilks says that being left out gave him the motivation he needed to work as hard as he should.The 19-year-old added that it was a lesson to him, as one should never get too comfortable, or risk losing one’s spot to another. Wilks also made a scoring return to the starting line-up in the 3-3 draw with Gillingham after he was laid back at Rochdale.“I was buzzing to get on the score sheet because I got left out of the team last week so I had to prove a point,” said the Leeds United frontman via The Star.“I had to work hard in training and play well when I came on at Rochdale, and that’s what I did.“It taught me that I cannot get too comfortable. There’s always someone fighting for your spot, which is a good thing for this team.“My performances had dropped. I was careless on the ball,” he added.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“When I saw Alfie May score two goals [against Grimsby] I thought this is a bit scary! He’s been training well to so he deserved it.”“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down and I thought it was going to be a repeat of Fleetwood but the good thing was that none of us panicked,” he said.“We played good football and we should’ve got all three points.“We’re annoyed with the sloppy goals we’ve given away and the fact we had so many shots and only scored three.” He added:“It’s a good learning curve for us, fighting all the way to the end and showing good team spirit.”last_img read more

Everton rules out big transfer plans for January

first_imgFor Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, the team is focused on the transfer market window of the summer, not on the one from this month.Everton director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out a “big” transfer window for the team in January.According to the executive, the team is focusing on the summer transfer window instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” he said to Sky Sports.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”“If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good,” he concluded.last_img read more

San Diego City Council President delivers State of the District Address

first_img January 23, 2019 Posted: January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCITY HEIGHTS (KUSI)- San Diego City Council President Georgette Gomez is setting big goals for District 9 and all of San Diego. She shared her goals at tonight’s State of the District Address in City Heights.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez is in City Heights with more on this story. Do you live in the @CityofSanDiego? If so, do you know your district and council member? Tonight I’m going to Council President Georgette Gomez’s @GGomezD9 State of the District event, to discuss District 9. It’s starts at 6 p.m. at 4350 El Cajon Blvd. Details on @KUSINews at 6. pic.twitter.com/TO3I5gBNh8— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego City Council President delivers State of the District Addresslast_img read more

Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police

first_img August 19, 2019 Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation co- authored by a San Diego lawmaker that redefines when law enforcement officers can use deadly force.AB 392, co-written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, will hold law enforcement officers liable for homicide if an investigation finds the use of deadly force on a civilian was necessitated by the officer’s ownactions. Law enforcement will still be able to use deadly force as self- defense, but only when “necessary.”Weber co-authored the legislation, dubbed the California Act to Save Lives, with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in the state Senate.“We were told by so many that it could not happen and we had felt that we were at the brink of failure at one point in this whole process,” Weber said. “I felt the weight of the families. It’s been a difficult journey because they entrusted me with trying to make change. My greatest fear is that if we had failed, those who want to make change will never work to do it again.”Weber and McCarty introduced a similar bill last year after two Sacramento police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, but it made little progress in the legislature. Weber said she battled with former Gov. Jerry Brown and opposition from law enforcement over the bill, even threatening a hunger strike last year.The two officers were not charged in Clark’s death. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert ruled in March that they were legally justified in killing Clark because they said they felt they were in imminentdanger. The decision prompted public outcry and further inflamed the national conversation about police violence and its ties to race.“It’s one thing to sign a piece of paper, pass legislation,” Newsom said. “It’s another to change hearts and minds, to change culture. To change the way people conduct themselves, to hold themselves to a higher standard …That’s the work that we, collectively as a community, need to manifest at peril of missing this moment and missing the point of this moment.”At one time, AB 392 appeared stalled again amid unresolved tensions between state legislators and law enforcement officials. That tension dissolved when the two sides struck a deal in May to amend the bill by changing “reasonable” to “necessary” and removing language mandating officers to use lethal force only after using non-lethal alternatives.As a result of the deal, state law enforcement groups like the California Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California and California State Sheriffs’ Association shifted their official stance on the bill from opposition to neutrality.A second piece of legislation, currently mired in the Assembly’s committee process, would require law enforcement agencies to train officers in accordance with AB 392. SB 230 would also standardize de-escalation trainingrequirements statewide in an effort to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page.SB 230 is supported, in part, by a coalition of PORAC, the California Police Chiefs and the California Association of Highway Patrols.“Together, AB 392 and SB 230 will modernize our state’s policies on the use of force, implementing the very best practices gathered from across our nation,” CPCA President Ron Lawrence said. “Once both bills are signed and take effect, the real work can begin using the training made available to officers by SB 230 to implement the AB 392 standard.”Whether SB 230 will become law in addition to AB 392 remains to be seen.In May, the San Diego City Council voted 6-2 in favor of a resolution supporting the bill. The previous month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the bill.Both votes came after contentious public hearings and opposition from local law enforcement organizations like the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and the San Diego Police Officers Association, which argued that law enforcement agencies already have policies designed to keep law enforcement officers in check.AB 392 passed in the Senate 34-4, with four senators declining to record a vote, while the Assembly approved it 68-0 with 12 assembly members declining to vote.It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Posted: August 19, 2019last_img read more

Beyoncé JAYZ To Be Honored With GLAAD Vanguard Award

first_img Twitter Beyoncé & JAY-Z To Be Honored With GLAAD Vanguard Award Beyoncé & JAY-Z To Be Honored At GLAAD Awards beyonce-jay-z-be-honored-glaad-vanguard-award Facebook The GRAMMY-winning pair will receive the honor for their work as LGBTQ+ allies at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 28Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2019 – 2:44 pm On March 11, GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ social justice non-profit organization, shared they will be honoring Beyoncé and JAY-Z for their work as allies of the gay community at their 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.center_img Email News The GRAMMY-winning pair will be presented with the organization’s Vanguard Award, which, as GLAAD explains, “is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Beyoncé and JAY-Z are longtime allies and supporters of the LGBTQ community who use their global platforms to share messages that inspire and change the world for the better.”The annual awards ceremony celebrates “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues” in the media, recognizing LGBTQ+ changemakers—and their biggest allies—across music, film, TV, print media and more.”Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement on their site.She continues: “When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color and marginalized communities everywhere.”GLAAD points to the couple embracing the queer community on their social-media platforms, in their music and videos, and more. They highlight Beyoncé choosing to include queer individuals and couples in her videos for “All Night” and “Formation,” the latter which won Best Music Video at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. They also underscore her advocacy for the community, as she continues to speak up against laws that would discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community and proudly supports marriage equality.The org explains that JAY-Z also publically supported the nationwide passage of marriage equality, and points to examples of celebrating LGBTQ+ leaders in his work. The music video for “Family Feud,” from his 4:44 album, opens with a quote from the late social justice writer James Baldwin, a queer black man, and features a cameo from transgender activist Janet Mock.”Smile,” also from 4:44, tells the story of Jay’s mother, Gloria Carter, who came out as a lesbian publically for the first time on the song. Both Jay and Carter were presented with GLAAD’s Special Recognition Award at the 2018 event for the touching, personal song and video.Jay and Bey are among the top GRAMMY winners of all time. Most recently, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, they each earned another GRAMMY, for the collaborative album they released as The Carters. The powerful LP, Everything Is Love, won Best Urban Contemporary Album.GLAAD will also hold an awards ceremony in New York City on May 4, where another GRAMMY-winning musical/pop culture icon, Madonna, will be honored with the Advocate For Change Award. The nominees up for awards this year include GRAMMY winner Brandi Carlile, GRAMMY nominees Janelle Monáe, SOPHIE, plus Hayley Kiyoko, Christine and the Queens, Troye Sivan and BROCKHAMPTON.The L.A. event will be hosted by Ross Mathews and will feature special guests that include the cast of “Queer Eye” and GRAMMY winner Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.VINCINT, Brandon Stansell, Linda Perry & More LGBTQ+ Artists Share Their Journeys To Self-AcceptanceRead morelast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 31 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 31, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: The Wilmington High School Baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Jake n Joes Bar & Grille (230 Mishawum Road) in Woburn on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 11:30am to close (12:30am Friday). Bring this flyer and 20% of your bill will be donated to the WHS Baseball program. Applies to dine-in and take-out only, not delivery.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Going Native: Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. Mabel & Jerry Performance at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 3 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 16, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers likely, mainly between 11am and noon, then a chance of rain after noon. Patchy fog between 10am and 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.Early Voting: Early voting continues today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Health Department is hosting a Flu Clinic for Wilmington’s youth (ages 5-18) on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, at Wilmington Town Hall.This flu clinic is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Register your child(ren) HERE.Here is what you need to know about the town’s flu clinics:Free of Charge.Nasal and Injectable will be available.Remember to bring your insurance cards.Vaccine will be available even if you do not have insurance.Anyone allergic to eggs or egg products must not take this vaccine.Anyone with a fever should delay vaccination.All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.If you have a question, please contact the Wilmington Health Department at 978-658-4298.In The Community: Wilmington seniors are invited to a FREE Thanksgiving dinner at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury). Doors open at 5pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm. This annul event, sponsored by the Elks, will also feature raffle prizes and dancing. Interested seniors should reserve their free tickets at the Senior Center’s Front Desk. The Elks are holding a similar event for Tewksbury seniors the following week.In The Community:  Wilmington Youth Soccer has organized its Second Annual “Treats For Troops” collection from Thursday, November 1, 2018 through Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Shawsheen School Fields.  (Collections will take place from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and 8:45am to 3pm on Saturday.) Wilmington Youth Soccer players are encouraged to donate their leftover Halloween candy. Candy should be placed in the marked boxes. Candy will be donated to Wellesley Dental Group’s 11th Annual Community Candy Drive, which benefits the U.S. Troops serving overseas. Have a question? Contact Bill Lanagan at wlanagan[at]thayer.org.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Thursday Baby Times at 9:30am. Time for Twos at 10:30am. LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Pints & Pages Book Group at 7pm. Jerry Thornton talks about his new Patriots book, “Five Rings” at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St Johns Prep

first_imgDANVERS, MA — St. John’s Prep recently announced the names of Wilmington students who earned academic honors for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.Headmaster’s List (A- or above in all courses)Alex FlynnJonathan MoradPrincipal’s List (B+ or above in all courses)Nicholas AckermanJames CallahanCameron EichHonor Roll (B or above in all courses)Vincent CallahanNicholas Morad(NOTE: The above information is from St. John’s Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”last_img read more

State Rep Dave Robertson Discusses Education Senior Care Combatting Opioid Dependency In

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is a press release from State Representative Dave Robertson’s office:Ending late Thursday evening, Representative David Robertson and the House of Representatives passed the House version of the 2020 budget in a critical step setting out the course of state investments over the next fiscal year. Focusing especially on education, senior care, environmental programs and the opioid epidemic, the $42 billion dollar budget also boosted local aid in order to reduce local property taxes and provide municipalities with revenue needed for local services and operations.“I am proud of this budget. The House, under Speaker Robert DeLeo and Chairman Michelwitz, worked with other Chairmen and Representatives to create a community-facing budget.” Said Representative Robertson from the floor. “We sought to help towns like Tewksbury and Wilmington by increasing educational aid, unrestricted general aid the towns may use at their discretion, and other support. This will help strong community services while maintaining livability within our homes.”A highlight of the education portion of the budget was the increase of state aide to school districts by $30 per student, which reflects a recommendation by the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Convened in 2015, the commission studied state aid to schools and advised recommendations to support educational services as their mission adapts and changes. The total increase, topping out at $218 million dollars, is given to each town to ease the demand on property taxes and support schools locally. In addition to general aid the Special Education Circuit Breaker, which reimburses schools for extra-support for students requiring additional assistance received a nine million dollar increase.In the Health and Human Services portion of the House’s budget, our senior populations should be happy to know that many programs that they rely on benefitted greatly. With nursing home costs rising, and their necessary services needed by more and more of Massachusetts’ aging population, the FY2020 budget sought to address this growing problem through an increase in supplemental funding for nursing homes across the Commonwealth and an emergency task force aimed at helping to bring stability to the industry to mitigate or end the ever-increasing costs of the industry. In addition to these nursing home changes, funding increases to municipal Councils on Aging across the state should be able to reach out to and positively affect more seniors in their communities.In addition to addressing funding changes in education, and senior care programs, the FY2020 budget continues the Legislature’s hard push to fighting opioid addiction. This public health crisis has touched nearly every household across the Commonwealth through one form or another. Last year Massachusetts ranked among the top ten states with drug overdose deaths involving opioids, with over 2,000 people succumbing to an opioid overdose in Massachusetts, and with a disproportionate (population wise) percent of those deaths occurring in Middlesex County. In addition to funding to substance abuse and recovery services to help those in need, the House budget gives all EMS and ambulance companies access to bulk-purchase naloxone, making it more available for use in the field, especially in communities whose emergency services have had difficulties being fully funded.“Families throughout the Commonwealth, including Tewksbury and Wilmington have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and I hope the funding in our state budget will provide us with a framework to continue to build an appropriate response to this overwhelming issue, and to stop the tragedies and help save lives,” said Robertson. “But, this critical funding in the House is just that, a starting point for us as a community to continue to build from in our fight.”Local earmarks for Tewksbury and Wilmington included direct subsidization for lot improvements at Livingston Street fields and a new ambulance in Tewksbury, as well as renovations to be made to the Buzzell Senior Center in Wilmington. The budget will next be debated by the Senate before consolidation and gubernatorial review in the coming weeks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson & His Colleagues Help Tewksbury Take Official Possession Of Livingston StreetIn “Government”last_img read more

ATT and CBS end blackout restore service

first_img 6 Comments AT&T CBS DirecTV Share your voice CBS and AT&T’s contract dispute affected subscribers of DirecTV Now and other services. Getty Images CBS channels will be restored Thursday for AT&T’s DirecTV, DirecTV Now and other pay-TV customers, after the two companies reached a deal and ended a nearly three-week blackout.CBS and AT&T said Thursday that their multi-year deal will cover the CBS-owned stations of its namesake broadcast channel, the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel across DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse, as well as the upcoming TV platforms that AT&T hopes to launch. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)AT&T aims to launch a Netflix-like streaming service called HBO Max in spring 2020, but that isn’t expected to carry live channels. The blackout hit AT&T pay-TV customers in 17 cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore — as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. It stemmed from a dispute over the rates that AT&T pays CBS to carry the channels, after the companies’ 2012 agreement expired last month. In a brief joint statement, the companies didn’t disclose financial terms.”CBS and AT&T regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience,” they said.  Tags TV and Movies TVs Mobilelast_img read more

ESAs Mars rover has a bummer of a parachute problem

first_imgThis illustration shows the ExoMars rover on Mars. ESA Next year was shaping up to be a big one for Mars rovers. NASA is aiming to launch its Mars 2020 rover and the European Space Agency is also planning to send off its own ExoMars rover. But the ESA’s schedule might be in jeopardy after a series of parachute testing failures. ESA shared the news Monday of an “unsuccessful high-altitude drop test.” The rover, named Rosalind Franklin for the DNA pioneer, is meant to be gently lowered down to Mars with the help of two main parachutes attached to a descent module. exomars-2020-parachute-deployment-sequenceEnlarge ImageThis graphic shows the parachute deployment sequence for ExoMars. ESA Those two parachutes each have a smaller pilot chute that helps deploy the bigger chutes, one of which would be the largest ever flown on a Mars mission with a diameter of 115 feet (35 meters). That parachute passed a low-altitude drop test in 2018, but a high-altitude drop test for all four parachutes in May didn’t work out as planned.The deployment mechanisms worked properly for the May test, but the main parachute canopies were damaged in the process, ESA said. The space agency tweaked the parachute design and tried again last week, but once again the parachute canopy suffered damage. The test module descended from a high-altitude helium balloon down to Earth with just the drag of a small pilot chute to slow it down.ExoMars team leader Francois Soto described the test failure as “disappointing.” Mars parachute experts from ESA and NASA will help troubleshoot the issue.  Dying space missions remembered in inspiring final images ESA Mars rover named after Rosalind Franklin, brilliant DNA pioneer Scientists finally know where they’re sending the new Mars Rover Share your voice Post a comment Rover fever 14 Photoscenter_img 0 Mars rovers Space Sci-Tech Space missions are notorious for delays and ESA will need to sort out the parachutes very quickly if it hopes to stay on track to launch the rover in mid-2020. ESA is already planning a new main parachute test before the end of the year. ExoMars is a joint effort between ESA and Roscosmos. The rover is designed to drill into Mars and analyze the soil in search of evidence of life on the dusty planet.The rover itself is on track for completion soon, but the landing systems will need to work flawlessly before they’re given the green light to go all the way to the red planet. Tagslast_img read more

Diabetes cases reach 422 million as poorer countries see steep rises

first_imgThere are four times more people living with diabetes today than there was in 1980. On the eve of World Health Day, which focuses this year on how to beat diabetes, the World Health Organization (WHO) says the number of patients with the condition has reached an all-time high of 422 million compared to 108 million in 1980.In its Global Report On Diabetes, the WHO also emphasises that priority should be put on prevention and research for treatments. Diabetes directly caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012, and led to 2.2 million further related deaths mainly due to a raised cardiovascular risk. However, the reports authors say many of these deaths could have been avoided by promoting healthier habits and improving care and treatments of the disease. Promoting healthy lifestylesThe report points out that the diabetes epidemic is fuelled by unhealthy lifestyles, and by rising obesity. It is indeed a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In 2014, over a third of adults worldwide were overweight and more than 1 in 10 were obese.The WHO advocates population-based prevention strategies. For example, smoking is a risk factor for diabetes and the report highlights that it can be reduced by a combination of legislative, regulatory, fiscal and educational measures. These include graphic warnings on cigarette packs, bans on advertising and increased tobacco taxes. More importantly, the organisation says that healthy eating and exercising should be even more promoted than it already is. An adequate diet includes replacing saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids and eating enough dietary fibre (present in lentils, beans, peas and other fruits and vegetables). The WHO has published a complete set of guidelines that can be checked on its website. If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid excessive weight gain, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement.Increasing access to different medicinesThe Sustainable Development Goals, signed in 2015, introduced the so-called target 3.4, which strives to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 30% by 2030. In order for this to be achieved, more needs to be done to increase availability and affordability of life-saving medicines. In the case of diabetes, access to insulin is crucial, but there are huge inequalities worldwide with regards to accessing it.Around 100 years after the insulin hormone was discovered, the Global Report On Diabetes shows that essential diabetes medicines and technologies, including insulin, needed for treatment are generally available in only one in three of the worlds poorest countries, points out Dr Etienne Krug, director of WHOs Department For The Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.To beat diabetes and make the World Health Days slogan become a reality, countries still have a long way to go.last_img read more