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Yemen Shipments at Hodeidah Port Down 50 Pct

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Around 50 percent of the shipment of food to Yemen has been cut as many ships are refusing to dock at the country’s port of Hodeidah due to the escalation of fighting, UN said. As explained, shipping companies appear to be reluctant to call at Hodeidah as they see the insecurity in the port.“Over the last two weeks, the activities have been cut by half.  If this continues, it will have a drastic and immediate impact, not only on WFP’s availability to distribute food, but also on prices in local markets,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary‑General, said.With the port receiving around 70 percent of imports, a decrease in deliveries of wheat and other supplies would affect food stocks in Yemen, Al Jazeera cited a spokesperson of UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) as saying.The multi-year conflict in Yemen is pushing millions of people to the brink of famine. According to WFP’s data, some 17.8 million Yemenis are food insecure, 8.4 million of which severely so.last_img read more

Province Commits to New Yarmouth Ferry Operation

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first_imgThe province will commit to a new cruise ferry operation for Yarmouth and will seek partners in the venture to revitalize the southwest Nova Scotia economy and bring more U.S. visitors to the province. Premier Darrell Dexter today, Sept. 7, accepted the report from an expert ferry panel appointed in April. The report lays out the conditions under which a successful and profitable ferry service from Maine to Yarmouth can operate. “I have said all along that the province would support a ferry service that could stand on its own, a service that could be successful and profitable,” said Premier Dexter. “We now know that ferry could exist, with the right business model and the right partners.” The report illustrates the decline of the previous ferry operation due to decreased ridership and increased fuel costs. By 2009, Nova Scotians were covering the ferry’s losses of almost $7 million annually. However, the report indicates that a successful and profitable ferry service is possible with an operator who has a sophisticated marketing strategy, who can leverage a strong tourist experience in southwest Nova Scotia and provide a high-quality on-board experience for passengers. Based on the conditions outlined in the report, the province is prepared to commit up to $21 million over seven years for a new cruise ferry operation in Yarmouth. Over the coming weeks, the province will put out a call for expressions of interest for potential private-sector ferry operators and will begin discussions with the federal government, business and municipal leaders in southwest Nova Scotia, and stakeholders in Maine. “The province cannot do it alone this time,” said Premier Dexter. “For this new Yarmouth ferry to work, the federal and municipal governments will need to come to the table, and businesses and residents of southwest Nova Scotia will need to throw their support behind it. “Nova Scotia now has a plan for a successful, profitable and stable ferry service that can carry 130,000 people every year through southwest Nova Scotia. Now the work must begin to turn the vision in this report into reality.” The panel report estimates there will be about $5 million in start-up costs for baseline research, advertising, vessel acquisition and financing, and roughly $21 million will be needed to cover early years operating losses. A federal government study indicates that up to $13 million would be needed to repair and refurbish the Yarmouth terminal facilities, owned by the federal government. With these investments in place, the panel report suggests that a new Yarmouth-Maine cruise ferry business could break even around the seventh year and achieve a modest profit after that. The full ferry panel report is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/yarmouth-ferry-study.asp .last_img read more

Desperate Bangladesh face a mustwin game against Afghanistan

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first_imgSouthampton: Eager to keep the semi-final hopes alive, a desperate Bangladesh will have their work cut out when they take on a spirited Afghanistan in a do-or-die World Cup encounter here Monday. England’s defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Friday breathed air into Bangladesh’s hopes of securing a semifinal berth and the ‘Tigers’ will be keen on making the most of the situation starting with a win over the bottom-placed Afghanistan. The Mashrafe Mortaza-led side, which is currently placed at sixth spot with five points, has batted pretty well so far in the tournament. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev After hunting down a target of 322 against West Indies in just 41.3 overs, Bangladesh fought admirably in a 382-run chase against Australia, finishing with an impressive 333/8. The promotion of Shakib Al Hasan up the order has been one of the highlights of the World Cup. The all-rounder is just 22 runs behind Australia’s David Warner, who is the tournament top scorer. The bowling, however, has been their undoing, as Bangladesh have conceded scores in excess of 320 in each of their last three completed games and the bowlers will have to step up to make life easier for their batsmen. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships On the other hand, Afghanistan, who are still in search of their maiden win in the tournament, will be drawing a lot of positive from their previous game against India. The Afghans fell agonisingly short of India’s target, losing by 11 runs on Saturday. But the team will take a lot of confidence from the fact that they restricted the famed Indian batting unit to 224 for 8. Given their experience of the conditions here, captain Gulbadin Naib will expect his spinners to weave their magic once again against an in-form Bangladesh batting line-up on Monday. The weather is expected to be warm. The dryness of the pitch is expected to bring spin into play, much like it did during the game between India and Afghanistan. The Afghan batsmen though, will have to focus on staying at the crease for longer periods to get the desired result. Against England, they played out 50 overs for the first time in the tournament. “We lost badly in the first half of the tournament, but we have played some good cricket in the second half and I am happy with the way the team has performed. This is tough cricket against high-ranking teams, and you have to fight your best,” Gulbadin Naib said after the loss to India. Squads: Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Aftab Alam, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Alikhil. Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun. Match Starts at 3 pm.last_img read more

Why FNs see pipeline expansion as a threat to their cultures

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first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:An update to last season’s coverage of Indigenous resistance to pipeline expansion.Guests from the Unist’ot’en Camp explain why this is a threat to their cultures.The Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Treaty #3 talks about whether or not TransCanada will ever get their consent for the Energy East project.And then John Carruthers, the President of Northern Gateway Pipelines, tells us why he’s hopeful that all can come to a reasonable solution to outstanding disagreements.last_img

Rally planned in Saskatchewan ahead of court date of man accused of

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first_imgAPTN National NewsNORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – Family and friends of Colten Boushie have been busy preparing signs and placards for people to carry outside a Saskatchewan courthouse Thursday where a farmer accused of fatally shooting a First Nations man is to make an appearance.APTN will be at the rally and have a full report.Gerald Stanley will be in a North Battleford courtroom to face a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.A Facebook group called “Justice for Colten” said the rally, about showing respect and support for Boushie’s family, is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. CST.Boushie was killed Aug. 9 after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm in the rural municipality of Glenside, west of Saskatoon.A cousin, who was also in the car, said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and turned onto the farm for help.Robert Innes, a University of Saskatchewan Indigenous studies professor, said the rally will give people a chance to express their concerns about the racial discourse that is unfolding after the shooting.“It helps to highlight the issue of racism on one hand, but also support for the family on the other,” said Innes, who plans to attend another rally for Boushie outside a Saskatoon court.Another rally is planned in Regina. The Facebook page also urges people across the country to make a sign “Justice for Colten” and stand with it somewhere public at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.Racial tensions have flared since Boushie was killed.First Nations leaders said the first RCMP news release about the shooting was biased. It said that people in the car had been taken into custody as part of a theft investigation. They were released without charges.Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said the RCMP statement “provided just enough prejudicial information” for people to draw the conclusion that the shooting was somehow justified.RCMP Supt. Rob Cameron said police handled the investigation fairly and competently. He also said he welcomed the opportunity to discuss the FSIN’s concerns.On Monday, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Facebook to condemn what he called “racist and hate-filled” comments after the shooting.“This must stop” Saskatchewan Premier steps in as racists posts explode after Indigenous man shot on farmSome of the comments on social media sites were anti-First Nation, while others supported vigilante justice against the suspect in the case.One widely-circulated screen grab from a Saskatchewan farmers group on Facebook said: “His only mistake was leaving three witnesses.” That group has since been closed.The National Farmers Union put out a statement Wednesday expressing sadness over Boushie’s death and the comments that have followed.“As farmers, we condemn the rampant racist remarks that have circulated since the death of Colten Boushie, including comments made on the ‘Saskatchewan Farmers’ Facebook group. We also commit ourselves to building relationships of solidarity, mutual respect, and friendship with our Indigenous neighbours, and to honouring our obligations as treaty people,” said the union.Innes said the racial divide isn’t going to be solved any time soon.“When people are celebrating the death of an Indigenous man and calling for the killing of more Indigenous men, we have to acknowledge that there is racism in this province.”— with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Finance Minister Bill Morneau vows to pursue Trans Mountain project despite court

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first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government has not made a decision on whether to appeal today’s ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Ottawa will push ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.But the political fight the feds have been facing over the project is also not going away.dward@aptn.calast_img

Provincial government submits reference question to BC Court of Appeal

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first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Joined by Attorney General David Eby and Environment and Climate Change Minister George Heyman at a press conference Thursday morning, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the details of the government’s reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal about whether it has the right to limit the amount of oil and diluted bitumen being imported to the province.The reference question concerns provincial autonomy, particularly the rights of B.C. to regulate the environmental and economic impacts of heavy oils, like diluted bitumen, transported through the province. It was filed today in the B.C. Court of Appeal. For its reference, the B.C. government is asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the Province authority to regulate impacts of heavy oils, like diluted bitumen, which, when released into the environment, would endanger human health, the environment and communities.“We have asked the courts to confirm B.C.’s powers within our jurisdiction to defend B.C.’s interests, so that there is clarity for today and for the generations to come,” said Horgan. “Our government will continue to stand up for the right to protect B.C.’s environment, economy and coast.”In January, the provincial government proposed a second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response and recovery from potential spills. The regulations would apply to pipelines transporting any quantity of liquid petroleum products, as well as rail or truck operations transporting more than 10,000 litres of liquid petroleum products. The government said the proposed regulations would ensure geographically appropriate response plans, improve response times, ensure compensation for loss of public use of land and maximize the application of regulations to marine transport. “We have been clear from the outset that the appropriate way to resolve disagreements over jurisdiction is through the courts, not through threats or unlawful measures to target citizens of another province,” said Eby. “This reference question seeks to confirm the scope and extent of provincial powers to regulate environmental and economic risks related to heavy oils like diluted bitumen.”This will be the third reference question that B.C. has sent to court. The first was regarding the constitutionality of polygamy, and the second was related to third-party advertising in elections. The B.C. Court of Appeal is the highest court to which the Province can send a reference question.“Our government is working to protect our economy, environment and communities by making sure we have effective spills prevention, response and recovery in place,” said Heyman. “A single spill of diluted bitumen would put at risk tens of thousands of jobs across B.C. We have a responsibility to ensure that every measure to reduce risks is in place, and that those responsible for spills are held accountable for fixing any environmental damage they cause.”last_img read more

Security Council to discuss linkage between conflicts and underdevelopment

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Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, which holds the monthly presidency of the 15-member body for February, said today that the session would focus on “a theme which is very dear to Brazil, very dear to the developing countries, which is the relationship between security and development.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will brief the high-level debate on 11 February, has frequently stressed the essential linkage between peace and development. Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota will preside, and Ms. Viotti said several delegations have already told her their foreign ministers will attend, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, India and Portugal. “The idea is not to bring development issues to the Council but to take a more comprehensive approach to the issues of peace and security, having in mind the fact that many conflicts have an underlying cause that is sometimes related to issues of poverty, social inequality, of illegal exploitation of natural resources, the problem of youth unemployment, the lack of opportunities especially for the youth,” she told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “We would like to take this broader view on peace and security and also explore a little bit the interlinkages,” she said, adding that the Council would focus on how it can best operate with others organs in the system like the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in dealing with conflicts.At a summit in September at the start of the General Assembly annual debate, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers from the 15 Member States held the Council’s first meeting in nearly two decades devoted to updating the tools at its disposal for its ever-expanding role of keeping peace, recognizing the linkages between security and development.In a presidential statement, the Council reaffirmed “that international peace and security now requires a more comprehensive and concerted approach;” underlined the need to address root causes of conflicts, noting that development, peace and security and human rights are interlinked and mutually reinforcing; stressed the importance of preventive diplomacy; and reiterated its commitment to strengthening its partnership with regional organizations. 2 February 2011Beyond the country-specific issues that are usually before it, such as the Middle East conflict and Sudan, the Security Council will this month devote a high-level session to some of the root causes underlying conflict in the world, like poverty and under-development. read more

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Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose Gotabaya

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Silva also said that he had already indicated his willingness to make a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Gotabaya Rajapaksa yet his statement has not been obtained. Silva says he feels there is no one better than Wickremesinghe to lead the UNP. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Former Minister Mervyn Silva says he has evidence to expose former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Speaking to reporters today, Silva said that he is prepared to reveal details related to Rajapaksa and the Welikada prison killings. Meanwhile, Mervyn Silva also said that he fully supports the United National Party (UNP) and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Stranger enters elders home

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A concerned citizen contacted police on March 25 after witnessing an unknown man enter their elderly neighbour`s home on Highway 3 in Dunnville.Police say the stranger asked the resident if he would like to have his driveway repaired, and the resident let the unknown man into his house.The neighbour went to check what was happening and saw the unknown leaving a room inside the house, and then leave in his vehicle.The OPP investigation determined that no theft occurred. The police are still reminding the public to use extreme caution when allowing unknown persons into their home.

TT businessman killed in bar

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related9-yr-old boy shot dead in T&T ……hit by stray bullet during bar gunplayAugust 20, 2016In “Crime”Three men shot dead at T&T bar limeMarch 3, 2017In “latest news”Gun attack on T&T family: Businessman killed, daughter woundedMay 29, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) A businessman who went to a bar to meet someone was shot dead in Curepe on Wednesday evening.Ramlochan Jamuna, 63, died at the scene.Jamuna lived at Bamboo Boulevard, Valsayn, and owned a radiator shop in central Trinidad, police said.At around 6 p.m. he and two of his workmen went to Roxanne’s Bar at the corner of Sellier and Riverside Roads.Jamuna bought beers for three, as they waited there to meet someone, police were told.Around 6.15 p.m. a man walked up to Jamuna and fired several shots at close range. The killer ran out in the busy streets and escaped.Jamuna’s killing took the murder toll to 429, according to an Express tally. read more

This mother and son team just won a major award for Ireland

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first_img Source: Corleggy Cheeses/Twitter Another Irish winner at the cheese awards was Macroom Buffalo Cheese, which picked up a Gold Cheese Award.Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella is made by Johnny Lynch at his farm in Cill na Martra near Macroom in West Cork. Johnny Lynch with the Macroom buffallo mozzarellaLynch has the only milking herd of buffalo in Ireland, and started producing the cheese in 2015.Supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta, Lynch has a herd of 200 buffaloes on his 140-acre farm.Other Irish cheesemakers to win gold status at the awards include St Tola Ash Log, made by Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, and Supervalu Signature Tastes Gubeen.Read: We finally know why there are holes in Swiss cheese 18,377 Views 15 Comments AN IRISH HANDMADE cheese made by a mother and son team in Cavan has been ranked in the top 2% in the world, after scooping a Super Gold award at the World Cheese Awards in Spain. Silke Cropp with the award winning cheese Source: Conor McCabe Photography LtdCorleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is made by Silke and Tom Cropp in Belturbet in Cavan.It was one of only 66 of the 3,021 cheeses on show at the awards in San Sebastian to attain Super Gold status.When it comes to making beautiful cheese, patience is a virtue, according to Silke.She said: “We believe in the slow food philosophy. It takes time for wonderful cheeses to develop and now expert judges have ranked us to be among the finest cheeses in the world. Dec 3rd 2016, 12:00 PM This mother and son team just won a major award for Ireland at the World Cheese Awards Corleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is now ranked in the top 2% in the world. http://jrnl.ie/3115409 Share Tweet Email4 We are overwhelmed by all the lovely messages of congrats & best wishes for getting Super Gold Award #worldcheeseawards @guildoffinefood…. pic.twitter.com/eVceY7TDSi— Corleggy Cheeses (@CorleggyCheese) November 18, 2016center_img Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 12:00 PM Here it is folks! The World Champion Cheese – Kraftkar from Tingvollost in Norway #WorldCheeseAwards @IntCheeseFest pic.twitter.com/ijMK2xWWre— Guild of Fine Food (@guildoffinefood) November 16, 2016 We feel that the aroma and taste strike a perfect balance between rich and mild. While highly commended, it did not win the title of World Champion Cheese. That honour was granted to Norwegian blue cheese Kraftar.Kraftar was then heralded as “the best cheese ever made” in a follow-up champion of champions awards. Source: Guild of Fine Food/Twitter Short URL By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vancouver couple prove theres no age limit on romance happiness

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first_imgIn June 1998, bride-to-be Norma advised her fiance that she’d give him 20 years and then consider renegotiating their contract. She was a few months ahead of schedule when she announced, a week before Valentine’s Day, that Victor has nothing to worry about.“He’s my sweetie,” said Norma Goetz, 78.“She’s my cookie,” said Victor Goetz, 89.A shared passion for books, classical music, museums and theater is one thing that never stops drawing these relocated culture vultures together, they said. Also key is religious faith, even though the details differ for each of them. But devotion to a big, blended family is the main thing.The shaggy tale of how Victor and Norma met, merged and moved, first to a big home in Seattle and then a compact one in east Vancouver, is a perfect example of how life’s unpredictable and even tragic detours can still lead to happiness and love, Norma Goetz said.“Life turned left instead of right,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. And we’ve had a lot of fun.”Travel and a twistNew Jersey native Victor Goetz started out an Orthodox Jew. Arkansas native Norma Owings, who moved to Portland as a teenager, grew up Catholic. The “religion corner” in their living room features not just artistic crucifixes and Stars of David but also icons from the Greek Orthodox faith, which both embraced for a while, to differing degrees, when they lived near Seattle.last_img read more

Texas May Have To Go Hat In Hand To The Feds Again

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first_img Share JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTSeveral weeks ago, a federal court ruled Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted the voting power of minorities when it drew up congressional districts in 2011; last week the same court ruled the Texas House maps also were drawn with the intent to discriminate.Today, the court begins hearings on how to remedy this situation, which could include requiring the state to get federal preclearance before any new maps or voting rules go into effect.Preclearance works like this: Say a state wrote a new rule on voting procedures or drew up new political maps after the census. A state that’s under preclearance can’t just start putting that law or map into effect. It needs to get permission.Specifically, the state needs to get those laws or maps OK’d by the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington, D.C. Then, the court or the DOJ can either let the state implement it, or they can block it if they think it will adversely impact minority voters.For decades, a list of states and counties that had to do this was included in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Due to its long history of discriminating against minorities, Texas was on the list.But in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down that part of the law.“Like many others across the country, I am deeply disappointed – deeply disappointed – with the court’s decision in this matter,” then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at the time.During a brief response to the ruling that summer, Holder explained why federal preclearance was still needed. He cited Texas as the first example.“Last year a federal court cited the value of the Voting Rights Act in blocking the Texas congressional redistricting map on the grounds that it discriminated against Latino voters,” he said. “In that case the court noted that the parties – and now I am quoting, this is from the court – the court noted that ‘the parties provided more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space or need to address here.’”LISTEN: KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsThe Supreme Court’s reasoning for striking down Section 5 was that the list of states and counties that had to adhere to federal preclearance was outdated. Justices claimed they shouldn’t be held accountable for the past anymore.But there were other parts of the Voting Rights Act that stayed intact.Michael Li with the Brennan Center for Justice says because of the recent rulings on Texas redistricting, Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act could apply. That section of the law allows courts to prescribe preclearance if a state discriminates.“Because the court found that Texas was intentionally discriminatory, the court could – as the plaintiffs have requested – bail Texas back in to preclearance coverage under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act,” he says.So, even though the state doesn’t have to be held accountable for the past anymore, the law still has some power in the present.Before the rulings on the congressional maps, another federal court ruled the state voter ID law from 2011 was discriminatory. All this gives Li, who is part of the plaintiffs’ legal team in this case, more ammunition to ask for Texas to be placed back under federal preclearance.Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.last_img read more

Mayor Pughs Confederate Burden

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first_imgTo be clear, if Mayor Pugh woke up one morning and said, hypothetically speaking of course, “You know, it’s time to blow up all four of those damn Confederate monuments,” the mayor couldn’t get it done without navigating significant fiscal, legal and procedural hurdles. The influence of the Maryland Historical Trust, in particular, on a possible removal of any or all of the statues seems rather outsized.That there are so many prohibitions woven into the fabric of city governance, blocking the removal of monuments to the Confederacy (although Maryland officially sided with the Union during the Civil War!) in a predominantly Black city, with a Black mayor, Black City Council president, and a majority Black City Council is really the definition of the structural racism that allowed these four statues to be erected in Baltimore in the first place.In November of 2015, I wrote about the removal (in less than 24 hours) of a statue crafted by sculptor Pablo Machioli, in protest of the Confederate monuments, placed near the Lee-Jackson monument in Wyman Park Dell. The protest statue of a Black woman, a baby on her back, and golden fist raised to the sky was taken to a storage facility in Druid Hill Park near the Baltimore Zoo. Less than 24 hours after that, she was hauled back to the Copycat Building, an artist enclave, where Machioli lived. Again, less than 24 hours later vandals defaced the statue, scrawling the words, “nigger” and “White power,” on her Black body. I also gave the following historical context in that November 2015 column, for the Lee-Jackson monument:“When the Lee-Jackson monument was erected in May of 1948, more than 3,000 people attended the ceremony including the Governor of Maryland, William Preston Lane, Jr., and Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro. Baltimore was (and still is) one of the most segregated cities in America and in 1948 the many of the  city’s Black leaders were part of the vanguard of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and had been for decades.”The installation of this monument to two of the greatest icons of the Confederacy was perhaps a not so subtle reminder back then to “uppity Negroes,” to remember their place.The point is those four statues were never really meant to be monuments to the Confederacy, they were and still are monuments to White supremacy.The commission to study what should be done about the monuments during the SRB administration was formed in September 2015, shortly after the CharlestonMassacre. Even South Carolina, under the leadership of then South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley, mustered the will to finally take the Confederate flag from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse after the diabolical acts of Dylan Roof.Last month, New Orleans, deep in the heart of Dixie, rid itself of all of its Confederate monuments, including one of Robert E. Lee.Yet, in 2017 Baltimore’s monuments to the Confederacy remain. White supremacy put them here and White supremacy keeps them in place. At least for now.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9. Former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake left behind a 500 pound gorilla as she walked out the door of her office at City Hall last December for current Mayor Catherine Pugh to clean up behind. Actually, SRB left four gorillas; four Confederate monuments, sprinkled mostly along the Charles Street corridor, icons of White supremacy in the minds of many. And they all weigh vastly more than 500 pounds.The problem of what to do about Baltimore’s four Confederate statues: the Robert E. Lee- Stonewall Jackson Monument in Wyman Park Dell, the Roger B. Taney Monument in Mt. Vernon Place (the Taney monument technically is not in memoriam to the Confederacy, but it honors the Supreme Court justice who wrote the infamous Dred Scott Decision of 1857), the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Mt. Royal Avenue near Mosher Street and the Confederate Women of Maryland Monument at Bishop Square Park, is now Pugh’s problem.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Anthony McCarthy, Mayor Pugh’s spokesperson recently told AFRO contributor Kenneth Burns that the mayor is studying a report compiled by a seven member panel during SRB’s administration. The panel recommended the removal of two of the statues; Lee-Jackson and Taney and historical context crafted for all four of the monuments.“She is looking for several options in regard to the recommendations for the statues,” McCarthy told Burns.last_img read more

At 19 Wisconsins Youngest Lawmaker Aiming High

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first_imgBy Ivan Moreno, The Associated PressIn some ways, Kalan Haywood is a typical 19-year-old: His spare time is spent eating out with friends, going to movies, bowling and binge-watching Netflix.Not that Haywood has much time on his hands now that he’s a state lawmaker — Wisconsin’s youngest. The Milwaukee teenager’s days in the Legislature can be jam-packed.In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, Wisconsin state Rep. Kalan Haywood prepares to record a video responding to Gov. Tony Evers’ budget address at the state Capitol in Madison. Haywood, a Democrat, is one of three lawmakers nationwide who were 19 when they were elected in November, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)On a recent day, a committee he’s a member of listened to a presentation on Wisconsin’s economy. Afterward, he dashed to another floor of the Capitol to join the Legislative Black Caucus, which was hosting constituents, business owners, and community groups. Then he rushed to his office to meet with a lobbyist before joining the caucus again, this time to discuss criminal justice and education with constituents. A half hour later he was in the Capitol’s basement to film a response to the budget address Democratic Gov. Tony Evers would give later that day.That was all before lunch.Being the youngest also has downsides. When all the meetings are over, Rep. Haywood is a college sophomore with homework to do.“It’s kind of lonely,” he said. “Because who can I go have lunch with? There’s nobody there my age. I stay in my office a lot.”Haywood, a Democrat, is one of three lawmakers nationwide who were 19 when they were elected in November, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Del. Caleb Hanna, a West Virginia Republican, and Rep. Cassandra Levesque, a New Hampshire Democrat, are the other two.Four months into Haywood’s tenure, the hectic schedule doesn’t appear to faze him. After all, he’s had his eyes on public office since he was 8.___In second grade, he remembers wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase to school on a hot day in May and telling friends he couldn’t play because his outfit would get dirty. His goal was to someday be mayor.Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett once attended a groundbreaking for a property owned by Haywood’s father, Kalan Haywood Sr., who runs the real-estate development company Haywood Group. Seeing Barrett step out of an SUV with men in trench coats, the younger Haywood thought being mayor “was the coolest thing.”In fourth grade, when former President Barack Obama first took office, Haywood had another thought: “Maybe if I work hard enough I could be Obama.”At 13, he worked his first campaign, knocking on doors for state Rep. David Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat.___When the lawmaker who represented Wisconsin’s 16th District decided not to run again last year, Haywood saw an opportunity. Like his parents before him, he grew up in the district. His mother was the first in her family to graduate from college and his father was raised by a single mom.Haywood’s district includes a part of downtown booming with development that has reached neighborhoods like Brewer’s Hill, a now-gentrified area where his family has lived his whole life. But elsewhere in the district, predominantly Black neighborhoods still have some of the highest poverty and crime rates in the city.“There you’re seeing houses boarded up, trash on the streets, empty fields, high crime. It’s a big issue to me,” he said. He wants to find ways to push development beyond downtown to those areas as well, he said.To be elected, Haywood defeated four Democratic primary opponents and faced no Republicans in the general election. He chose one of his opponents, Danielle McClendon-Williams, to run his office at the Capitol. There’s not a hint of animosity between them.“We’re here to serve people,” said McClendon-Williams, 41.Meeting with a group of lobbyists in his office recently, he summarized what’s important to him like this: “To break the cycle of poverty. That’s the overall theme.”___Democrats have limited power in the Wisconsin Legislature because Republicans control both chambers by wide margins. But Haywood is still aiming high. He wants to reduce high rates of incarceration among Black men and to revamp the state’s funding formula so poorer districts get more money.“He’s one to watch,” said Democratic Rep. Jason Fields, a lawmaker whom Haywood has known for years and considers one of his heroes. “The future for him is wherever he wants to go.”Sen. Lena Taylor, another Democrat Haywood admires, said she’s seen him tackle his inexperience by seeking out mentors and not being afraid to ask questions.“I hope that he constantly remembers that he’s so inspiring to so many young people,” she said.___Back in his office after a long day, it’s hard to imagine how he has time for schoolwork or a social life.Mondays and Fridays are for the classes he takes online at Cardinal Stritch University, where he is pursuing a degree in business administration with an emphasis on finance. On Sunday, he goes to church and then it’s off to the library to work on homework for 6 or 7 hours. He’s home around 10 p.m.When he spends times with friends, it’s usually movies, dinner, or bowling. Other times, he said, “I’m like, ‘You know what? Let’s do something I’ve never done before.’” Recently that was ice skating.“I really want to go indoor skydiving. I’m too chicken to go actual skydiving,” he said, with a laugh.The attention Haywood has drawn is amplified because Wisconsin also has the longest-serving state lawmaker in the country: Sen. Fred Risser, a Democrat who has spent 62 years in the Legislature. The pair met about 20 times during the year’s first two months, mostly for portraits and interviews for articles.“We’ve been a pretty hot-ticket item this year,” he said, calling his 91-year-old colleague an “inspirational guy.”“70 years from now, there’s no telling what I can do,” Haywood said.last_img read more

In a realm of variations

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first_imgAll the art enthusiasts over the city can head on as Kala Mela 18 presents the group  exhibition titled Drishta that kick started yesterday. The show that exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations is curated by Sanchit Jain and is organised by Iqbal Krishan. The show was inaugurated by Yogendra Chandela, Mayor of North Delhi on 1 July  and the guest of honour was Meenakshi Lekhi. The aim of this event is to give a better platform to emerging artistes from all over India. Some of artistes exhibiting their  works  are Poonam Rana, Shuchi Khanna, Krupa Shah, Iqbal Krishan, Hemraj, Shridhaer Iyer, Manish Pushkale and Fida Khan, Mansa Bedi. Other participating artistes include  Santosh Kumar Sahni, Sanchit Jain, Ahish Kumar, Sadhna Tiwari, Anuja, Diksha Kain, Reena Choudhary, John Luis, Manoj Bhatti, Tarun Kumar, Seema, M Hosakoti, Rini Pant, Somnand Gadakari, Chirnjeev Panda, Sanjay Kr Biswal, Jyotika Nagar and Srinivasan Royal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kala Mela 18 has been organising fairs with painters to reawaken the appreciation for paintings among the people. These fairs comprise of different portrait works from contemporary artistes. Their motive is to bring renaissance in the realm of art and painting and invoke the lost interest for painting and art in masses. We reside in a society where aspiring painters are forced to switch profession because our vision has become shrouded with a thought that it is full of struggle and their lives get marred. Kala Mela 18 helps those artistes to come forth and show their talent. Till now it has successfully accomplished five of its fairs which boasts of works form more than 200 artistes from almost every state.When: On till 4 July Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 10 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

Kurdish leader reiterates his forces need for arms

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first_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   5 ways to recognize low testosterone 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories “We have been given assurances from the U.S. administration that they care about this issue … and they assured us that the peshmerga will receive the necessary weapons.”Barzani also said the Kurds still want to have a referendum on becoming independent from the rest of Iraq, but said he won’t push it while the nation is embroiled in a fight against IS militants.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Speaking through an interpreter, Barzani told a group of reporters that despite pledges from Baghdad made several years ago, his forces did not receive “a bullet or a piece” of weaponry from Baghdad.The House Armed Services Committee last week supported the authorization of the president’s request of $715 million for security assistance to Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, but stipulated that 25 percent of the funds be given directly to Kurdish and Sunni forces involved in the fight. That drew opposition from both Obama and — ironically — an influential Shiite cleric in Iraq, an opponent of the U.S. military between 2003 and 2011.The cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, threatened to attack American interests if the U.S. sends arms directly to Sunni and Kurdish fighters. The Iraqi government in Baghdad also rejected the provision. It said the move would only foster more division in the region at a time when Iraq is trying to reconcile factions in the country, especially in response to the threat from IS.“I would like to reiterate: If it were up to us, we would like to get them directly,” Barzani said, thanking U.S. lawmakers for crafting the legislation. “We have not backed down from our position. We insist that the weapons get to the hands of the peshmerga. Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani, left, walks to West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where he is scheduled to meet with Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq said Friday that he has not backtracked on his request for the U.S. to bypass Baghdad and directly supply weapons to his forces, but said he wouldn’t interfere in a disagreement over the issue between Congress and the White House.Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq, said the Obama administration this week reassured him that the Kurdish military, known as the peshmerga, would get the weaponry it needs. The peshmerga has been a major force in repelling the Islamic State group’s onslaught in recent months, but it complains it is not getting enough weapons from the Iraq federal government in Baghdad.last_img read more

Supreme Court allows use of child abuse evidence

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first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories The case involves Darius Clark, a Cleveland man convicted of beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son. Clark says the trial court denied him the constitutional right to confront his accuser when it said the boy didn’t have to testify, but still considered statements he made to preschool teachers describing abuse.The Supreme Court reversed a lower court and upheld Clark’s conviction.The court’s ruling resolves a split among lower courts about the role played by teachers, social workers and others who have a legal duty to report suspected child abuse that they notice in the course of their work. Ohio’s highest court had ruled that the duty to report abuse effectively turned teachers into agents of the state for law enforcement purposes, even though no police were initially involved.Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said the fact that teachers have a legal duty to report child abuse suspicions to authorities does not transform a conversation between a concerned teacher and a student into a law enforcement mission aimed at gathering evidence for prosecution.“Their questions and (the child’s) answers were primarily aimed at identifying and ending the threat,” Alito said. It was nothing like “formalized station-house questioning” or police interrogation. WASHINGTON (AP) — Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday.The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories center_img Alito added that it is “extremely unlikely” that a 3-year-old child would intend his statements as a substitute for trial testimony.The case began in 2010 when preschool teachers at a Head Start program asked the boy about bruises and welts they saw around his left eye. Asked who caused the injuries, the boy said “Dee,” referring to Clark.Clark was later indicted, and the court allowed the teachers to testify at trial about statements the boy made identifying Clark. The boy was deemed “incompetent” to testify. Clark was convicted of felonious assault and child endangering.A state appeals court overturned Clark’s conviction and the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed, ruling that teachers who are legally bound to report possible cases of abuse are in the same position as law enforcement officials when they question children.Rejecting that view, Alito said the teachers’ “pressing concern was to protect (the child) and remove him from harm’s way.”Forty-two states filed a brief supporting Ohio. They argue that excluding from evidence the statements children make to teachers, counselors and others who must report abuse will only protect abusers and impair the ability of states to protect children. Comments   Share   The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers submitted a brief arguing that children are susceptible to suggestion and giving unreliable testimony. The group said defendants have a constitutional right to cross examine witnesses, even when they are children.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more