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Delegates to UN forum stress key role of green economy to sustainable

24 February 2011A transition to a low-carbon “green economy” is crucial for sustainable development, environment ministers from across the world stressed today, concluding the gathering of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The ministers, who have been meeting at the agency’s headquarters in Nairobi since Monday, noted that next year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development or “Rio+20” in Brazil will be an opportunity to accelerate a global transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy.Green economies would be stronger and geared towards social equity and human well-being, while reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity, the ministers said, calling on UNEP to support countries keen to “operationalize” the transition.The ministers, who also constitute the Global Ministerial Environment Forum, expressed concern that the overall efforts of the UN and Member States in respect to the ‘environmental pillar’ of sustainable development remain weak, underfunded and fractured.In their summary of discussions, many delegates said countries needed to move beyond pinpointing shortcomings and to focus on a real reform agenda in the run up to Rio+20.“The efforts to strengthen international environment governance should be about more than rationalization of fragmentation and seeking efficiencies,” said the ministers.“Instead it should be about re-envisioning and even dreaming about what is required institutionally for environment and sustainability, and putting this in place,” according to the summary of the meeting, whose chair was Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Minister for Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs of Spain and newly elected President of UNEP’s Governing Council.The summary will form a key input of ministers responsible for the environment into the year-long preparations for the Rio+20 conference, which is scheduled for early June 2012. read more

Sharks tornadoes and taxes Cape Cods had a tough summer

Cape Cod businesses are dealing with a challenging summer that’s included heightened shark fears, freak tornadoes and new taxes.Local chamber of commerce data suggests lodging and beach visit numbers are down, one year after the famous tourist destination dealt with two shark attacks , including Massachusetts’ first fatal one in more than 80 years.Colette Cummings, owner of Ducks in the Window toy shop, says tourist activity has been noticeably lighter but hasn’t yet hurt her bottom line.And Gail Knell, co-owner of The Ebb Tide, says she’s looking forward to the fall season to recoup thousands of dollars her restaurant she lost during the tornadoes.Wendy Northcross, the chamber’s CEO, says she expects August tourism numbers to rebound.Local officials are also urging beachgoers to remain vigilant as last year’s fatal attack happened weeks after Labor Day.Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press read more

Residence Awards to honour outstanding students

Students who have worked to improve life in residence will be honoured at an awards ceremony on Friday, March 31.The 35th annual Residence Awards dinner takes place in Lowenberger Dining Hall and will be livestreamed by BrockTV.The event recognizes students who shined while taking on various work and volunteer roles within residence, including Residence Life staff, the Residence Action Council, Living Learning Communities peer mentors and service desk staff, as well as individual students who made residence an enjoyable place to live.Awards will be presented to more than 100 individuals.Trophies and plaques will also be presented to groups of students in a friendly competition for Residence Cup points — and bragging rights.The dinner begins at 4:45 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 6 p.m. read more

New lecture series looks at Masonic Lodge and its role in society

A Free Mason’s magazine from 1794Brock University and Ontario’s Freemasons — looking to shine a light on one of society’s more intriguing institutions — are creating a lecture series that organizers hope will lead to the formal study of the role of Freemasonry in Western history.On Saturday, April 17, one of Europe’s leading scholars on the topic will give the first annual Charles A. Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies. Andreas Önnerfors, a history lecturer and Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism at the University of Sheffield in England, will give his presentation “Perceptions of Freemasonry from the 18th Century to the Internet.”The series is named for the late Charles Sankey, a former Chancellor at Brock University and a Mason who donated his extensive personal collection of Masonic literature to the Gibson Library at Brock. Subsequently a number of other Freemasons added more titles to the collection, creating what is today one of the largest archives of Masonic material at a Canadian university.Raymond Daniels, Ontario Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada, hopes the lecture series will be the first of three steps that culminate in the permanent study of Freemasonry. The second stage would be a world conference bringing a number of Masonic scholars together at Brock. But the ultimate goal is the creation of The Sankey Centre for Masonic Studies, with a Chair in Masonic Studies. Daniels says establishing a Chair is a long-term project that will require an endowment of about $4-million, which he hopes the Masons themselves will be able to raise.Andreas ÖnnerforsDaniels said the Centre would study fraternalism in sociological terms. It would also examine the contribution of Freemasonry to Canadian society over the last 300 years, as “people are not aware of the impact Freemasonry has had on the development of western civilization in this part of the world.”He said fraternalism has been in decline, and its historic role would be in danger of being overlooked without formal study of its contributions.“At one time in Ontario, even small communities would have a number of lodges and associations. Now we’ve gone through this period of a generation that simply didn’t join anything. Technology has isolated people from one another, made interaction with others increasingly impersonal. Nothing can take the place of interacting with other people.”Rosemary Hale, Dean of Humanities at Brock, says the project represents a breakthrough for academic study.“Brock is honoured to be expanding on Charles Sankey’s legacy, given his relationship with the University, the community and Freemasonry,” said Hale. “The opportunity to build on this lecture series and establish a centre of academic study and learning would be a first in North America, and something Charles would be proud of.”The April 17 lecture is at 3 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre at Brock University. The event is free but tickets are required. To reserve, contact the Brock Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257 or boxoffice@brocku.caQuick links:• Sankey lecture promotional poster (PDF)• Sankey lecture on Masonic studies (PDF) read more

Magic Johnson Was Never Cut Out To Do This
Magic Johnson Was Never Cut Out To Do This

Just before the start of free agency last June, Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson made a relatively blunt declaration when he said he’d willingly step down from his post if he failed to sign star players. So it was a legitimate jaw-dropper when Johnson, just nine months after landing the world’s best player, opted to resign Tuesday during a tearful, impromptu press conference in the bowels of Staples Center prior to the team’s season finale.Yes, this was a trying year for Johnson and the storied franchise, which fully expected to return to the playoffs after getting LeBron James. But the playoffs didn’t happen, and while Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka deserve a lot of the blame for why things went wrong, no one thought it would result in this — at least not this soon, and certainly not in the bizarre manner in which it played out.In the coming weeks, there will be ample opportunity to analyze what comes next for the Lakers, who still have LeBron, a young supporting cast and enough cap space to make the kind of signing that could make them an actual contender again out West.Normally, we’d be prone to view a team president’s sudden resignation as a sign of enormous trouble for a franchise. The fact that we aren’t talking about how much this will damage Los Angeles speaks volumes about Johnson and how ill-prepared he was for the front-office job in the first place.Team owner Jeanie Buss, who got wind of the resignation after reporters did, now has an enormous task. She has to tap the right person, but based on her hiring of Magic — a choice she made based on trust and their almost 40 years of friendship after contentiously ousting her brother in 2017 — we don’t know yet who she’ll get or what level of experience that person will carry.Nonetheless, that role is vital, both to restoring the franchise to its rightful place — this 37-win season marked a Lakers’ record sixth-straight year with no postseason — and obviously for maximizing the 34-year-old James’s window for championship contention.What we do know now is that Johnson, an all-time great on the hardwood and one of the more personable businessmen in America, simply wasn’t prepared for the cutthroat front-office life, an issue we touched on briefly back when he was hired. Johnson himself says that leaving the role of president will make him happier, as it will allow him to return to his old life, away from the sourced reporting that, to him, likely felt like anonymous backstabbing. And back to a life where he can freely mentor and tweet to congratulate players leaguewide — something he couldn’t do as an executive, because of the tampering rules.From the outset, Johnson struggled with how to play inside those rules. Even more concerning about his front-office tenure: He often struggled to properly assess the value of players and what they brought to the table. Months after taking the gig, he traded a young, talented point guard in D’Angelo Russell to get Brook Lopez and his expiring contract, as well as the pick that would become Kyle Kuzma.1The move also gave L.A. the ability to dump Timofey Mosgov’s hefty contract. While Kuzma has been fine for a young player, Russell has since become an All-Star who has led Brooklyn back to the postseason. And Lopez — whom L.A. let walk in free agency last summer — has been one of the NBA’s best floor-spacing bigs, giving Milwaukee exactly what this shooting-starved Lakers club needs.2On a cheap, $3.3 million contract, too.Similarly, 24-year-old Julius Randle had a career year (21 points, 8 rebounds a game) in New Orleans after the Lakers let their former No. 7 overall pick go in free agency despite his relatively modest price tag.3He signed a two-year, $18 million deal with New Orleans. Instead, L.A. followed up on its LeBron move by then agreeing to deals with Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, leaving it woefully deficient from a perimeter-shooting standpoint. The head-scratching decisions weren’t limited to the perimeter, though: The Lakers also offered talented big man Ivica Zubac to their Los Angeles counterparts at the deadline, reportedly befuddling the Clippers by trying to unload a solid young player unnecessarily.None of this even gets into the fact that Johnson and the Lakers took their sweet time — waiting until it was likely too late — to try to deal for a second star, which was borderline malpractice considering James’s age. Depending on how you look at it, the failed play to acquire Anthony Davis at the trade deadline was either just the Pelicans being stubborn or them being realistic — and smart — after realizing that the youngsters L.A. was offering in return weren’t good enough (particularly when James was injured) to justify dealing away a franchise player.But that doesn’t excuse the Lakers not being more aggressive two summers ago, when they could’ve made a play for Paul George, who’d made it clear that L.A. was his destination of choice before Oklahoma City gambled on a deal for him. Nor does it explain why the Lakers didn’t do more to engage the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard (and pair him with LeBron) before he was ultimately sent to Toronto. In either case, having a second star likely would’ve provided L.A. with the insulation it needed to withstand a James injury and make the playoffs regardless.And there were the problematic mixed messages that Johnson sent: the preseason comments about how new LeBron teams always take a while to find their stride and the need for patience, but then the reports about him going off on coach Luke Walton just weeks later, apparently for not meeting the expectations he’d just tamped down. Then there was his suggestion that the young players who’d heard their names rumored in potential Davis deals simply needed to be hugged and nurtured after the whole ordeal, which he followed, one day later, by saying that those same players needed to be treated like men, rather than babied through the media.Had Johnson remained on the job, his next true test as team president was a decision about Walton’s future. Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he’d been given the authority to fire Walton, who has history with the Lakers as a former player and still has a good friendship with Buss. But Johnson said he didn’t want to pull that trigger and instead opted to step down himself.Now, it’s Buss’s turn to make a decision again. And while the stakes are incredibly high, with the team at an important crossroads, the Lakers can take solace in the fact that they’re almost certain to now get a more analytical, experienced front-office type than they had in Magic, who was never really meant for the unforgiving nature of an NBA job like this to begin with. read more

Ohio State womens hockey desperate for offense in series at Minnesota State

OSU senior forward Julia McKinnon (17) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe turn of the calendar hasn’t translated to better results for the Ohio State women’s hockey team, but it will get a two-game crack over the weekend against the bottom-feeder of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.OSU (7-17-0, 3-15-0) is set to travel to Mankato, Minnesota, over the weekend to take on Minnesota State. The Buckeyes swept the Mavericks (3-19-2, 0-17-1) in a home series in October, and they hope to have the same success this weekend. The Scarlet and Gray enter the weekend having only won one game in their last six contests, but they hold strong with the belief that their work in practice will begin to translate into in-game success.“We haven’t really let off the gas pedal as far as working the girls,” OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said. “They’ve had a couple of really tough days of practice as far as battling and skating, and their work ethic has been great.”The Buckeyes are on an eight-game winning streak against the Mavericks and they believe that outworking their opponent will help extend the streak to 10 after this weekend.“First and foremost we have to outwork them,” Duggan said. “I thought this past weekend we played a really good brand of hockey and we just have to continue doing that and focus a little more on bearing down and putting pucks in the back of the net. Stick to our gameplan and we’ll hopefully have a successful weekend.”Struggling to light the lampLast weekend, OSU outshot St. Cloud State 25-20 in the first game and 37-17 in the second, but lost both contests 2-1. The team has been happy with its improved offensive production in terms of shots but is still looking to score more goals.“This week we’ve definitely focused on getting those gritty goals,” senior forward Julia McKinnon said. “Not all goals are going to be nice, so I think just getting greasy goals and going to the front of the net and continuing to shoot, one of them are going to go in.”Duggan said she thinks that beyond the ability to score goals, the team also needs to have the drive to put the puck in the back of the net.“It’s a skill but it’s also a will to want to score, you have to bear down and we’ve been really preaching that this week in practice,” Duggan said. “Some of the drills we’re doing are catering to getting more of those garbage goals around the crease versus just the shots from the outside.  I think not staying on the perimeter as much and trying to insert ourselves more into the slot area. So that’s been a priority this week in practice and hopefully that translates this weekend.”OSU has scored just three goals in the last four games, so the team has made that one of the most crucial elements to improve upon.“You can’t win games only scoring one goal a game,” McKinnon said. “I think just moving forward we have to get those goals because you can’t win one-goal games”In the second game of the October series, OSU shut out Minnesota State. Duggan said she believes staying strong defensively depends on eliminating shots off rebounds.“If we continue to stick to the systems and play tough defense, let (sophomore goalie) Alex (LaMere) see all the shots and eliminate their second and third chances, I think that’s the recipe for success defensively,” Duggan said. “The girls know that, so I think they should be ready defensively.”The puck is scheduled to drop in Mankato at 3:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.Up nextOSU will continue to set up temporary residence in The North Star State the weekend after taking on the Mavericks when it is slated to travel to Duluth to face OSU coach Jenny Potter’s alma mater, Minnesota Duluth, which swept OSU in December. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 5:07 p.m. the following day. read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Gangland gun seizures, an Italian helicopter crash and Ewan McGregor’s talk show snub – it’s the Evening Fix. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH Armed gardai at the scene in Greenogue business park in Rathcoole Co Dublin where a stash of guns and significant firearms and ammunition where seized. Source: Sam Boal/ Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM Jan 24th 2017, 9:00 PM By Garreth MacNamee Share Tweet Email Source: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images#UK The British Supreme Court has ruled that the UK’s exit from the EU must be put before Parliament before Article 50 is triggered.#US: The US Attorney for the district of Massachusetts last night tweeted a picture which shows $20 million hidden under the box spring of a bed in Boston.#FRANCE: Roman Polanski has decided against hosting the ‘French Oscars’ after pressure from women’s groups and the government over his child rape case.#ITALY: Six people died in a helicopter crash close to site of the avalanche which claimed the lives of at least 15 people last week.#ISRAEL: Over 2,500 settler homes have been approved for the West Bank following Trump’s ‘encouragement’.PARTING SHOTWhat would any day be if two celebrities weren’t at each other’s throats? Well, 24 January belongs to Ewan McGregor and Piers Morgan. McGregor refused to appear on ITV’s Good Morning Britain this morning after realising Morgan was the host. An all-out Twitter war was waged….until tea time and then everything was fine again. No Comments Short URL Get our daily news round up: INTERNATIONAL  Gardaí seized at least 15 guns which were to be used in gangland shootings.The Irish Girl Guides revealed they are to start allowing transgender children into their clubTwo Aer Lingus employees and a Chinese national were up in court today over an alleged illegal immigration ring.An insurance broker who claimed he’d been assaulted has lost a €60k damages claim against a Dublin nightclub.Irish actress Ruth Negga was nominated for an Oscar and her Limerick family are going mad.Gardaí have arrested a man in relation to the gangland murder of Eddie Hutch Snr.Raping someone while they’re asleep is to be explicitly illegal under new legislation which aims to tackle the issue of consent.The 1982 cold case murder of Charles Self is being reinvestigated as gardaí issue an appeal for information. 16,698 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

County nears end of measles outbreak

first_imgThe county is nearing the end of its measles outbreak after the first case was announced Jan. 4 by Clark County Public Health.At the Clark County Board of Health meeting Wednesday, Public Health Director Dr. Alan Melnick said if the county can make it through Sunday without any new confirmed measles cases, his office will officially declare the outbreak over Monday morning.The end date was decided upon by Public Health, the Washington Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Melnick explained at the meeting.Melnick said the state and CDC were fine with the end date being today. However, Melnick said he wanted to count 42 days — or two incubation periods — from four days after rash onset, or the last day the last confirmed case was contagious, which was March 17. The CDC and state suggested counting from the first day of rash onset, before agreeing with Melnick’s proposal.“We, Clark County Public Health, want to be a little more conservative. … I’d rather be a little bit later than a little bit sooner on this,” Melnick said at the meeting.Clark County’s outbreak has tallied 73 confirmed cases, and cost the state more than $1 million to fight. Melnick said it has cost the county more than $800,000, and Public Health employees had to shift duties during its peak to assist in outbreak response. That meant county nurses, food inspectors, septic workers and other employees put their regular duties on the back burner.last_img read more

Houseboat sunken vessel pose problems

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Most area residents are probably familiar with the story of the ill-fated Davy Crockett, beached and broken on the Columbia River shoreline.Not every languishing boat turns into a multimillion-dollar federal recovery effort, but there are no shortage of mini-Crocketts.One currently sits on the bottom of Lake River, just downstream of the main access bridge to the south end of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. The 32-foot cruiser sank Saturday, right alongside a houseboat that had been illicitly towed to state-owned aquatic land just last month.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said the U.S. Coast Guard stepped in to minimize the threat of oil leaking into the river.The houseboat owner is Lance Balderree, Neiman said.“The Coast Guard federalized the response,” he said. “They hired a contractor Friday night and took diesel, fluids and pollutants off the boat as it was sinking.”He said he is planning to work with the state Department of Natural Resources to have the vessel removed from the river bottom. The DNR operates a $1.7 million derelict vessel program, which helps local jurisdictions remove relatively small threats to marine safety or the environment. “We are going to try to recover (the cruiser),” Neiman said. “It’s going to be a lot harder to do. It would have been easier if it was floating.”last_img read more

Big quake strikes off California no tsunami threat

first_imgEUREKA, Calif. — A very strong earthquake that struck offshore rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damage.The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about 4 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6.The quake was felt widely across the region but both fire and sheriff’s officials in Humboldt County said early Monday that they had no reports of any damage or injuries. Humboldt County includes most of the populated areas closest to the epicenter.“We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet,” Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Knight told The Times-Standard of Eureka ( The National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami danger for the region.“It was a big bump and then it rolled for about 30 seconds,” said Diana Harralson, 64, who lives in an apartment in Rio Dell, about 55 miles southeast of the earthquake’s epicenter. “It was a real good shaker.”last_img read more

Thieves steal construction equipment from Pinecrest church
Thieves steal construction equipment from Pinecrest church

first_imgPINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – The two men loaded the piece of construction equipment onto a flatbed and drove away from the Kendall United Methodist Church along Southwest 76th Avenue and 104th Street, Sunday.The church had been using it to help with post-Irma cleanup.“A lot of people put in some time and volunteered and donated to buy it, and then for it to be stolen right in the middle of the day on Sunday,” Pastor Ruben Velasco. “It’s just one less thing that we can do for the community. We’re a church that cares about our community.”The backhoe is a yellow John Deere 410D.If you spot the piece of equipment or know anything about this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kenai Continues Work On Accelerated Funding For Bluff Project
Kenai Continues Work On Accelerated Funding For Bluff Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution approving the request for accelerated funding for the Pre-Construction Engineering and Design Phase of the Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project up to the estimated cost of $1,000,000. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting in December that he would be pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “What we are waiting on right now is the signing of the directors report, which is supposed to happen this month. Until that is signed, which signals the completion of the feasibility phase, they can’t move forward with the design phase. Once we get that signed report we will hopefully be moving forward with the design phase.”  If the project goes through to construction, the PED phase contribution would be credited towards the City’s 35% matching requirement, according to Ostrander. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Ostrander: “Already there has been a request submitted to the Corps to consider acceleration of the design. So, the corps needs to consider that request, and approve it. Assuming that the corps does approve the accelerated design process then the money would go towards that.”  The Kenai City Council will look at the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday, January 16.last_img read more

Planning for early retirement This is how you calculate if you can

first_imgGeneral view shows tourists on the sandy beach of Olhuveli island in Maldives.ReutersEarly retirement is not a very far-fetched idea anymore.  In fact, more people are retiring early from their jobs and pursuing their dreams of travelling the world or simply spending more time with their loved ones.For instance, Doug Brown and Lisa Zandt, who were sales and marketing managers at major Fortune 500 companies in the US, decided to retire early and spent nine years sailing the world. We were doing well financially and had always been enamored with the sailing lifestyle,” Lisa told Bankrate. “We got to the point where the stress of the corporate life was too much.” The couple then sold their house and cars and bought a sailboat to live their dream. “Living on a boat outside of the US was much less expensive than living in the US,” she said, adding: “You don’t need $10 million to retire.” British author and scriptwriter Jonathan Clements once said: “Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” So how do you know it’s time to retire and you have enough money to last you a lifetime? A woman reacts as she reads a board showing the Real-U.S. dollar and several foreign currencies exchange ratesReutersThat is when you apply the 4 percent rule. The rule, first articulated by financial adviser William P Bengen, determines the amount of funds that one can withdraw from a retirement account each year – which is 4 percent of your savings — ensuring a steady flow of income where all the expenses are covered. Here’s how it works. Let’s peg your yearly spending at $40,000. That means that in order to retire, you’ll need to get your retirement portfolio to $1 million. Through the 4 percent rule, each year you can withdraw $40,000, which is usually the interest and dividends earned on the retirement account and investment portfolio. While the rule has been followed by many and there have even been a few success stories, many experts argue that the rule, also known as the Bengen rule, does not really apply to everyone. “Retirement experts have clustered around a 4 percent withdrawal rate, but there’s really no one size fits all that works for everyone,” Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, told the Alert Investor. Experts believe that retirees should calculate their finances as per their needs and not blindly depend on the 4 percent rule. In fact, Bengen himself has said that the “4 percent rule is not a law of nature”.”I always warned people that the 4 percent rule is not a law of nature,” he told the New York Times. “It is entirely possible that at some time in the future there could be a worse case.”last_img read more

2 Baltimore Schools Officers Charged after Video Probe
2 Baltimore Schools Officers Charged after Video Probe

first_imgThese photos provided by the Baltimore Police show Anthony Spence and Saverna Bias. The two Baltimore schools police officers, have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while a second officer stood by. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Spence is also charged with second-degree child abuse. (Baltimore Police via AP) BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Baltimore schools police officer have been charged after cellphone video surfaced showing one of them slapping and kicking a teen at a school while the second officer stood by.Anthony Spence, 44, and Saverna Bias, 53, turned themselves in Tuesday night, city police announced in a statement Wednesday morning. Both are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Spence is also charged with second-degree child abuse. Online court records show both posted bond and were released Wednesday.Spence acknowledged in a telephone conversation with The Associated Press on Friday that he was the subject of a criminal investigation into the actions captured on cellphone video last week at the REACH Partnership School. Spence said last week that he wouldn’t discuss the matter because the news media would “twist” the story.“Right now I’m the bad guy,” he said. He referred questions to his lawyer, Michael Davey, who didn’t immediately respond to a phone call Wednesday morning.City police began a criminal investigation into last week’s incident at the school after the eight-second clip surfaced. The school district has its own police force separate from city police. The school police department is handling the internal investigation and city police said in the statement Wednesday that the case is now in the hands of the city’s State’s Attorney’s Office’s public integrity unit.School officials initially said officers responded to a reported intruder, and that the young man in the video wasn’t a REACH student. On Friday, the school system said in a statement that he is “believed to be a student on the school’s roster,” as asserted by his lawyer, Lauren Geisser. Geisser has said he’s a 10th-grader.On Monday, Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton met with parents to discuss the video and said he will review training and selection of school police officers.The two officers were put on paid administrative leave. School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin is also on leave, but officials have not said why.last_img read more

Recounts Ordered in Florida Senate Governor Races
Recounts Ordered in Florida Senate Governor Races

first_imgBy BRENDAN FARRINGTON and KELLI KENNEDY, Associated PressTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount. His office was unaware of any other time either a race for governor or U.S. Senate in Florida required a recount, let alone both in the same election.Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech as he is joined on stage by his wife R. Jai Gillum, right, and running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum lost the Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)The recount sets up what could be several days of political tension in this deeply divided state. President Donald Trump tweeted without evidence that the elections were being stolen.Protesters gathered at an elections office in Broward County, which is quickly becoming a battleground in the recount. The protesters waved signs, used bullhorns and even harangued a food delivery person at one point, asking if there were ballots inside the food bags.The unofficial results show that Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis led Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.41 percentage points in the election for governor.In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is 0.14 percentage points.Detzner ordered machine recounts in both races. Once completed, if the differences in the races are at 0.25 percentage points or below, a hand recount will be ordered, said Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell.Following the announcement, Gillum withdrew his concession in the governor’s race.“Let me say clearly, I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” he said, adding that he would accept whatever outcome emerges.In a video released Saturday afternoon, DeSantis thanked the state’s supervisors of elections, canvassing boards, and the staffs for “working hard to ensure that all lawful votes are counted.He said he is preparing to become the state’s next governor.“It is important that everyone involved in the election process strictly adhere to the rule of law which is the foundation for our nation,” he said, adding that the election results were “clear and unambiguous.”In a statement, Scott implored the state’s sheriffs to “watch for any violations and take appropriate action” during the recount.Scott and his supporters, including Trump, have alleged that voter fraud is underway in Democratic-leaning Broward County, where the Republican lead has narrowed since Election Day. There’s no evidence of voter fraud and the state’s election division, which Scott runs, said Saturday that its observers in Broward had seen “no evidence of criminal activity.”The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Friday it has not launched any investigation into election fraud.Florida’s 67 counties will decide when to begin their recounts, but they must be completed by Thursday. Revell said Saturday that recounts can’t begin until the county canvassing boards post a public meeting notice, hold that meeting and then do a public test of equipment.Elections officials in two large counties in the Tampa Bay area — Pinellas and Hillsborough — said they would begin recounts Sunday morning.Machine recounts must be finished by 3 p.m. Thursday.The Associated Press had called the governor’s race for DeSantis. Following the recount announcement, the AP retracted its call. It is AP policy not to call a race that is facing a recount. No new call will be made until the recount is complete and the results of the election are certified by Florida officials.The scene was reminiscent of the 2000 presidential recount, when it took more than five weeks for Florida to declare George W. Bush the victor over Vice President Al Gore by 537 votes, and thus giving Bush the presidency.Florida was mocked for the way it handled the infamous 2000 recount, especially since there was no uniform process then on how to proceed. That has changed, with the Legislature passing a clear procedure on how a recount should be conducted.Florida is also conducting a recount in a third statewide race. Democrat Nikki Fried had a 0.07 percentage point lead lead over Republican state Rep. Matt Caldwell in the race for agriculture commissioner, one of Florida’s three Cabinet seats.___AP writer Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale and Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg contributed to this report.last_img read more

Two in hospital after three vehicle accident on A51

first_imgThe approximate location of the accident (Image: Inrix/Google) Paramedics also attended an accident on the A52 in Swinscoe in the Staffordshire Moorlands following an accident on the road at around the same time earlier today. The road was partially blocked following the accident, which was affecting traffic between Leek and Ashbourne. Read MoreMan performs sex act at Staffordshire fishing pool No one was injured in that collision, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. For the latest news from the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated traffic and travel channel here. For live updates from across the region each weekday, visit our live news service here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a busy North Staffordshire road this morning. The collision happened on the A51, near the Swan with Two Necks pub and the junction with the A53 in Blackbrook in Newcastle Borough at around 8am. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. She said: “We transported two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Firefighters were required to extricate the patients. “One had neck pain and the other had a hand injury.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said firefighters from Newcastle and Loggerheads had been called at around 8.41am today. She said: “The incident was near the Swan with Two Necks pub and involved three vehicles. “We released one female casualty.” The A51 remains closed in both directions near the A53 and Wharmadine Lane, according to traffic data company INRIX. Recovery is understood to be under way as of publication, with the accident also having a knock-on effect on traffic on the nearby A53. Read MoreMenswear stolen after raiders target shoplast_img read more

After missing the past two weeks due to a hamstrin

first_imgAfter missing the past two weeks due to a hamstring injuryhe has been battling all season, Todd Heap was back on thefield Sunday for the Cardinals 23-20 victory over the St.Louis Rams. Heap told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo he haddifficulty running in the open field and turning on anextra gear he is used to, but he was able to do shortermovements like blocking at the line of scrimmage.Running back Beanie Wells probably didn’t notice anythingwrong with Heap’s play on the line, as he ran for aCardinals single-game record 228 rushing yards. “It was a lot of fun,” Heap said. “We haven’t had thatmuch success running the ball this year.”Heap said the team set a goal for at least 125 yards inthe ground game against the Rams. Still, Heap has been known as a receiving tight end, butthe injuries have held him back all season long.“I’m not 100 percent yet, that’s the most frustratingthing,” Heap said. “I’ve seen guys go through it beforeand I’ve never been through one quite like this.”The hardest part for Heap has been being able to know whathe can and cannot do.“And that’s the most frustrating part is you don’t knowhow far to take it where you’re not going to re-injure it,you’re not going to set yourself back another threeweeks.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Elton Johns songwriter to unveil new visual art a

first_imgElton John’s songwriter to unveil new visual art at exhibit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 5:19 am PDTcenter_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Bernie Taupin is known for his behind-the-scenes work with Elton John, but the British songwriter’s visual artistry is stepping into spotlight in an art exhibit.Taupin’s artwork called the “Bernie Taupin: The Artist, The Raconteur & His Blowtorch” will be unveiled at the Galerie Michael on Friday. The exhibit runs until June 20 and will feature 20 life-size sculptures and artwork made from barbed wire, shattered guitars and various American flags.Taupin says veterans and family members of service members killed in action donated the flags. The flag artwork includes images of Captain America and Johnny Cash along with chicken wire.Taupin is credited for co-writing John’s popular songs “Rocket Man” and “Bennie and The Jets.” The songwriter is portrayed in John’s biopic “Rocketman.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: Landrum Jr., The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 17 2012Different Skies the annual festiv

first_imgOctober 17, 2012Different Skies, the annual festival of electronic and experimental music returned to the Colly Soleri Music Center for its 10th year. Different Skies 2012 participants [from left]John Krikawa: keyboards, Russel Foster: drums and guitar, Otso Pakarinen: keyboards and guitar, Allan Goodman: guitar, keybords and audio mix, Mike Medley in the chair: keyboards, aebea & iPad, Dave Fulton: keyboards, Giles Reaves: keyboards and drums, and Tim Walters: bass and manta. Some have attended the week-long Different Skies Music Festival since its beginning in 2003.[photo by Sue Kirsch]It was an intense week for the group. After enduring several days of strong rains and hail that interrupted rehearsals and flooded the floor of the stage, Different Skies nevertheless gave a terrific performance on Saturday evening, October 13.[photo by Jeremy Schevling]A good-size crowd wrapped in coats and blankets in response to a chilly Saturday night, enjoyed Different Skies’ program of brand-new compositions. Within the week the musicians wrote the music, practiced each others compositions in group and put together a program of distinctly personal pieces. All this with highly skilled musicians![photo by Jeremy Schevling]Video images, including a beautiful collection of time-lapse photography taken by Giles Reaves during the week at Arcosanti, were projected on a screen behind the musicians. [photo by Jeremy Schevling]last_img read more

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