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No Islamic State link in Easter attacks Sri Lankan investigator

first_imgColombo: A senior Sri Lankan investigating officer probing the Easter terror attacks which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds has said that the bombings were not directly linked to the Islamic State (IS) as earlier claimed. Senior Deputy Inspector General of the Criminal Investigations Department Ravi Seneviratne testified before the country’s Parliament Select Committee (PSC), which was appointed in May to investigate the April 21 attacks, that the suicide bombers were inspired by the IS theology but there was no evidence directly linking them to the group. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe said on Wednesday that investigations were ongoing to probe if there were more suspects linked to the bombings which targeted three churches, three luxury hotels and two other locations, Colombo Page reported. Seneviratne told the panel that remnants of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the group that was held responsible by the government for the attacks, had persuaded the IS to claim the bombings. Director of the Criminal Investigations Department Shani Abeysekera told the committee that all those involved in the terror blasts had either died or arrested and the country was returning to normalcy. Abeysekera said since the attacks, large stocks of weapons and ammunition had been seized and further investigations were ongoing. The police said there were over 100 suspects in custody to date, who were directly or indirectly linked to the suicide blasts and security forces were continuing to conduct island wide operations to catch more suspects. Seneviratne also said that he was not satisfied with the action taken on the prior warnings received before the bombings — one of the most brutal attacks in the island nation since the civil war ended in 2009.last_img read more

Ryan Getzlaf To Host Annual Golf Shootout For CureDuchenne

first_imgThe 5th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout benefiting Cure Duchenne will be held September 12 at Sutra Lounge in Costa Mesa, Calif. and September 13 at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif.Hosted by Ryan Getzlaf, captain of the Anaheim Ducks, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout is a two-day charity golf event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne.Each foursome includes a professional athlete or celebrity as a fifth player. Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates and coaches including Bruce Boudreau, Scott Neidermayer, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano, Frederik Andersen, Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Clayton Stoner, Brian Sutherby, Dany Heatley, Kent Huskins, Bob Murray, Andy Sutton and Emerson Etem have played in past tournaments.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne is a progressive muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Boys are usually diagnosed at age 5, are in a wheelchair by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.Getzlaf Golf Shootout sponsors include Patriot Environmental Services, Bauer, CNC Motors, Gateway One Lending, Fullmer Construction, Mark Beamish Waterproofing and The Sports Corporation.For sponsorship information go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.last_img read more

The Vancouver Art Gallery Presents Takashi Murakamis Works in FirstEver Retrospective to

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are delighted to offer Canadian audiences the opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings and sculptures by one of the world’s most influential and visionary artists,” says Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “In tracing Takashi Murakami’s development as an artist over the course of three decades, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg draws attention to some of the major themes and cultural conditions that have shaped his artistic practice. We can’t wait to welcome countless visitors from Vancouver and beyond to this monumental exhibition, and for the general public to experience his work every time they pass by our Georgia Street facade.”The exhibition opens with Murakami’s early paintings from the 1980s that synthesize traditional Nihonga-style painting techniques and formats with contemporary subject matter, and goes on to trace the artist’s shift in the 1990s toward a distinctive, anime-influenced style known as Superflat. From his signature animated flowers to the iconic character Mr. DOB, a mouse-like figure that serves as part- ambassador and part self-portrait, the works in the show offer an in-depth look at Murakami’s unique Superflat universe.The exhibition also features works from a recent body of paintings depicting groups of wizened Buddhist monks (Arhats), including the ten-panel 100 Arhats (2013), an ambitious work of stunning intricacy and craftsmanship. A departure from the commercial pop aesthetic that first garnered him popular acclaim, the Arhat works mark Murakami’s return to his training in traditional Japanese painting in order to find a response to the suffering caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan in 2011 that killed more than 15,000 people.“The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg highlights Takashi Murakami’s dedication to exquisite craftsmanship as well as his boundless imagination moving freely within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic decisions and cultural inspiration, from Buddhist folk traditions to art history to popular culture,” says Bruce Grenville, senior curator. “This wide-ranging exhibition offers a serious engagement on issues affecting Japan and the larger world today, from media culture to globalization to the threats of nuclear power.”Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling.About Takashi MurakamiTakashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, where he received his BFA in 1986, his MFA in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1993. He is the founder of the art production and management company Kaikai Kiki, which evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory founded in 1996.Murakami is well known for his high-profile projects with brands such as Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, Issey Miyake, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Roppongi Hills and ComplexCon, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People.” From 2003, he was included in ArtReview‘s Power 100 for ten consecutive years. He has also been engaged in a wide range of artistic undertakings such as curating exhibitions and collecting art and other curiosities for his personal collection. Between 2002 and 2014, he regularly organized “GEISAI,” a project intended to discover and nurture young artists from Japan and Taiwan. In all, approximately 20,000 artists participated in these projects. In response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, he launched New Day, a charity initiative that carries out art auctions and other activities to help Japan recover from natural disasters.Murakami has also ventured into film and animation productions, releasing his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is currently working on the sequel of Jellyfish Eyes as well as an animated television series, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess).Advanced tickets can be purchased here: murakami.vanartgallery.bc.caMajor Sponsors:  Brian and Andrea HillSupporting Sponsor:  Coromandel PropertiesAdditional Support:  Chan Family FoundationGenerous support for Murakami’s Georgia Street Façade project:  Artworkers Retirement SocietyAt the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the exhibition was supported by:  Lead support provided by Kenneth C. Griffin, Helen and Sam Zell, Anne L. Kaplan, Cari and Michael Sacks, Galerie Perrotin, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Gagosian, Andrea and Jim Gordon, and Susan Gaspari-Forest and Robert Forest.Major support provided by Blum & Poe and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.Generous support provided by The Bluhm Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Jennifer and Alec Litowitz, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., Matt Bayer and Joyce Yaung and the Bayer Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Robert J. Buford, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej, and Dana and Brian L. Newman.Exhibition-Related Public Programs + Events Lecture with Takashi MurakamiWhen: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.Where: Simon Fraser University, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the ArtsThis lecture with renowned artist Takashi Murakami examines his ever-shifting and always evolving interests. Conceived in dialogue with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, this lecture will examine his ongoing research-based practice through a series of interlocking ideas. Working across disciplines — from painting and sculpture, to anime and fashion — Murakami has created works that effectively blur the boundaries between vernacular and fine art, eastern and western philosophies and aesthetics and politics. By reflecting on his thirty years of making, including working with collaborators as diverse as Louis Vuitton and Kanye West, Murakami will propose different means for engaging with history and shaping the future through the specific lens of an artistic practice.Tickets can be purchased here.Murakami’s Birthday Bash and After PartyWhen: Friday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m. for the After-PartyWhere: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) and The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street)This special evening will celebrate Takashi Murakami’s birthday and the opening of his first retrospective exhibition in Canada, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. The evening will begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery with an exclusive exhibition preview with the artist, followed by a seated dinner at the Commodore Ballroom, and an after-party headlined by Grammy Award-winning DJ Mix Master Mike. Proceeds from this event support the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibitions and education and public programs.Tickets can be purchased here. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Vancouver Art Gallery is excited to kick off its spring season with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (February 3 – May 6, 2018), the first- ever major retrospective of Takashi Murakami’s work in Canada.Featuring over 55 impressive paintings and sculptures, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg offers an in-depth survey of the evolution of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, while highlighting the artist’s role as a committed and often conflicted cultural commentator. Spanning three decades from his earliest mature work to his recent large-scale creations, this extraordinary exhibition will include a recently produced five-metre tall sculpture and two specially created multi-panel paintings.For Murakami, connecting with his audience and allowing his artwork to be accessible to the general public are integral aspects of what he stands for as an artist. Murakami has created a new major public art project featuring a skull surrounded by octopus tentacles which will cover the Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, extending the exhibition outside the traditional confines of the Gallery space. Advertisement Facebook The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (PRNewsfoto/The Vancouver Art Gallery)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Migiro urges action by all development partners to reach antipoverty goals

Stressing the need to address the disparities in today’s world by striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged action by all partners to achieve the time-bound anti-poverty targets that were set by world leaders meeting at the United Nations in 2000.”Midway to the MDG target date of 2015, the world has registered mixed progress towards these targets,” she said in an address at Boston University yesterday, hailing advances in many parts of the world, including a number of Asian countries.While there has also been progress in a number of African States, there is growing poverty in the continent overall, she said. “The reality is that Africa’s current growth, while commendable, is still insufficient when set against the tremendous distance the continent needs to cover.” African governments must continue with institutional reforms that promote good governance and accountability, said Ms. Migiro, a former foreign minister of Tanzania. “They should especially improve transparency in the use of domestic and external development resources.”She praised the efforts of development partners while calling for further action. “Donor nations and development partners should demonstrate leadership by bringing the quality and quantity of their development assistance in line with their stated commitments,” she declared.The Deputy Secretary-General called for a series of measures, including lowering existing trade barriers, agricultural subsidies, and restrictive rules on investment. “Ultimately, progress towards the Millennium Development Goals requires leadership from all sides,” she said, pledging the UN’s full support in this process.Also on Tuesday, Ms. Migiro accepted the Boston University Award, saying she was “humbled and inspired.” She praised the institution’s long-standing ties to Africa. “This university houses one of the oldest African studies programmes in this nation. Its reputation as a centre of teaching and research on Africa is second to none,” she said. 18 April 2007Stressing the need to address the disparities in today’s world by striving to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged action by all partners to achieve the time-bound anti-poverty targets that were set by world leaders meeting at the United Nations in 2000. read more

Basil now speaks of 19 A

The Minister recalled that both the TNA and the LTTE had at one time strongly opposed the 13th Amendment and the LTTE had even assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi over that issue. He noted that the  13th Amendment to the constitution was introduced to resolve issues faced by Tamils in the north of the country. Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the government will not hesitate to introduce a 19th Amendment to the constitution (19 A) if it feels the 13th Amendment has some shortcomings.Speaking to heads from the Tamil media, the Minister said that the laws should be made to fulfill the expectations of the public and if those laws have shortcomings then they need to be amended. He said that if anyone attempts to misuse the 13th Amendment the public themselves will call for its withdrawal.The Minister said the government is also ready to repeal or amend the 13th Amendment through a referendum. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Volunteer work leads to masters thesis for Brock student

Master’s student Ashley Hobden with children in a favela or shanty town in Rio de Janeiro.After finishing her undergraduate degree in psychology and child and youth studies at Brock University, Ashley Hobden spent a good part of a year volunteering in impoverished communities in Brazil.She worked with families and children living in the mountainside shanty towns known as favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The lifestyle and culture of the favela was quite different than what Hobden experienced growing up in Burlington, Ont. The concept of childhood began to interest Hobden as she continued with her volunteer work, particularly what childhood means and how it’s defined.“I started to question the ideologies and assumptions about what it means to be a child,” she says. “When we think about children, there’s a tendency to subject our experiences, attitudes and views universally – a one-size-fits-all idea of the childhood experience.”Those questions led Hobden back to Brock last September to begin a master’s degree in child and youth studies. Her thesis work also means a return to Rio de Janeiro this year to spend four months studying the daily life and cultural practices of the favela as it relates to the childhood experience.“It’s not uncommon in the favelas in Rio to walk into a bar at 11 p.m. and see kids sitting at a table with parents. Your immediate reaction is to think that this is wrong, but this is cultural,” she says.“Around Christmas, you’ll find six-year-olds signing up their families for a campaign to be provided with food. Your first thought is to ask why they are doing this and not their parents. But you have to put aside your preconceived notions as to what you think is right or wrong. Instead, you have to ask yourself ‘What can we learn from this?’”Hobden hopes her research will bring new understanding to alternative approaches to viewing childhood, and the impact culture and society have on the perceptions and concepts of childhood.“By looking at childhood in certain ways, there are implications in regards to policy, practice, and education for children,” she says. “I think there are huge implications for seeing childhood in cultural ways and recognizing the importance of cherishing children’s voices in developing and shaping policy that affects their lives.”Hobden is one of about 125 graduate students presenting research at the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference on April 10. The annual showcase of graduate student research and scholarship will feature oral and poster presentations, the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Contest, and the presentation of the Graduate Mentorship Awards.The conference runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza 300 and 400 levels and the Cairns 300 level. All are welcome. read more

Northern residents call for permanent fix for washed out Highway 903

The provincial ministry of highways and infrastructure has said it’s developed a plan to repair the road — one that involves putting in more culverts.Iron says that’s not enough. She’s among the northern residents calling on the government to seriously invest in Highway 903, to pave it and install a bridge instead of coming up with Band-Aid solutions.“It’s about time they pave the damn roads. They cause so many deaths because they’re a crazy mixture of sand and clay. Soft spots suck you in and yank you all over. They’re crazy dangerous,” Iron said, adding that logging traffic increases the hazards.David Horth, director of communications at the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, said contractors are on site draining water from the area and working on a temporary crossing that is expected to be open by the end of the week.The temporary crossing will go over a cofferdam being put in place to allow for a permanent repair.“In the short term, our focus is on opening the road to light traffic,” Horth said, adding that the ministry will assess load limits for heavier vehicles, and heavier trucks will be detoured onto a different road — Highway 155 — where overweight permits may be available for local hauling.He said he expects contractors to be on site and working on a permanent repair by mid-September. He expects that to be completed by the fall, subject to weather conditions.“We realize that the impacts of this washout are significant for people, and we’re doing everything we can to fast-track repairs,” Horth said.A design team has proposed that the single culvert that washed out be replaced with additional culverts to reduce risk of future washouts, he added.“This means repairs can be done more quickly and it’s quite a bit more cost-effective.”Highway 903 is a 120-kilometre stretch of road that runs from Cole Bay south to Highway 55, just east of Meadow Lake. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Former Canoe Lake First Nation Chief Guy Lariviere wrote to Highways Minister Greg Ottenbreit to say that Highway 903 was built in the late 1980s as a forestry road. Nearly 60 kilometres of the road was paved in the early ’90s and residents of Canoe Lake have been asking for the road to be paved ever since. They say paving would improve safety because the road is heavily used and crashes happen often.“People drive through for their banking in Meadow Lake, they drive back and forth all the time and it’s not safe,” Lariviere said. “It’s time to make some kind of progress. The end result: we want pavement on that road. It’s half-paved. There’s another 40 or 50 miles to go.”According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), there were 451 collisions, 178 injuries, and five deaths on Highway 903 from 1988 to Aug. 22, 2018.Wallace Couillonneur of Cole Bay said he missed a family funeral because of the washed out road.“Normally it wouldn’t have been so difficult, just go to Dorintosh and cut across, but what would have been 1.5 hours is instead over four and gas is expensive. The washout is causing a lot of problems for people,” Couillonneur said. “The road should have been paved a long time ago; I don’t know why we’re still on a gravel road with no bridge there.”He said the Band-Aid solution will cost money that could have been used to pave the road instead, and he wonders if the community will have to have to wait another 20 or 30 years for a paved road.Buckley Belanger, the NDP MLA who represents the northern riding, said the state of the road is unacceptable.“This is a huge hole, 100 to 150 yards long and 100 feet deep, with cracks along the edge that suggests parts are going to keep falling into the river,” he said.“It’s affecting the regional economy: forestry, services, shopping, those people working in Meadow Lake; it has a drastic negative effect overall for everyone.”Belanger said he doesn’t think culverts will solve the problem.“They need a bridge, look at this expanse. Perhaps culverts are the quickest way to get it operational, but is that an adequate solution?” he asked. “They’ve had problems with this are before. Do we take the Band-Aid approach and get people using it quicker, or the good solution: design and finance and build a bridge?”Related Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Jessica Iron is terrified to think of what could happen if her six-month-old baby gets sick.Iron lives in Cole Bay, roughly 400 kilometres north of Saskatoon.The nearest hospital is in Meadow Lake. Until this summer, it was about a 60-minute drive down Highway 903.But the culvert under the road gave way this summer and the road washed out. If residents of Cole Bay want to get to Meadow Lake, they need to canoe across the washed-out road and catch a ride or drive a roundabout route under construction that could take them up to three hours.“It’s frightening to think of what would happen if my baby needed a hospital,” Iron says. “What about all the pregnant women? Lord help them if they have complications or go into labour. Or the sick people.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Residents of Cole Bay, Jans Bay, and Canoe Lake First Nation are concerned about the condition of Highway 903, which collapsed this summer and is now under repair. A line of culverts wait to be installed along Highway 903. ‘People are going to go without food’: Washed-out road poses challenges for northerners read more

Annan urges G8 to put scourge of HIVAIDS on agenda of upcoming

“It is serious in Asia, in eastern Europe, in the Caribbean, even in the United States,” Mr. Annan said at a press conference in Geneva, where he is attending the annual meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council. “The statistics this year indicated that the infection rate has risen dramatically. So we cannot let our guards down and I hope everyone will join the fight.”The Secretary-General said the Global AIDS and Health Fund he initiated earlier this year was doing well and that he hoped that by the end of the G8’s meeting in Genoa, Italy, there would be pledges of over $1 billion. “But let us not forget that the target is an additional $7 billion to $10 billion a year,” Mr. Annan added. “This is not a fund limited to Governments alone, it is open to private companies, to foundations, to individuals, and I think if we all pull our efforts we can make the target.”On other issues before the G8, the Secretary-General said that the question of poverty was an important one, as was the whole issue of globalization and the resulting inequalities between countries. “I think it is important that we recognize that while globalization can be a positive force and has been a positive force and is not a new phenomenon, we need to take into consideration the inequities and the concerns of the poor and the marginalized,” he said. “This is something I hope the G8 will be very conscious about.” read more

Nyko Power Pak doubles 3DS battery life

first_imgOne of the concerns facing anyone who has pre-ordered a 3DS is just how long the battery life is for the device. A lot will depend on how high you turn up the 3D effects, with 3-5 hours quoted as a minimum. Recharge time is expected to be 3.5 hours. In some cases, such as a long flight, that’s not going to be enough so a spare battery will be required.Peripheral manufacturers aren’t going to miss an opportunity when they see one, and Nyko is the first to jump with an extended battery pack option for the new handheld. On the 3DS launch day you will be able to pick up the Nyko Power Pak+ which promises to double the battery life of Nintendo’s device. At worst that means a minimum of 6 hours play time, and easily 10+ if you go 2D.While it looks bulky, Nyko has designed the Pak+ battery add-on to be easily gripped while playing on your 3DS through the inclusion of finger rests. It’s going to make your arms get tired quicker due to the extra weight, but then that’s the price you pay for wanting to play for longer between charges.A few days after launch, and even though Nintendo is shipping a charging base with the machine, Nyko is releasing its own version. The Nyko Charge Base includes an on/off switch and an LED indicator light. It’s main purpose is to allow you to charge your 3DS with the Power Pak+ attached. Otherwise you will need to disconnect it from the device and charge is separately.In terms of pricing, the Power Pak+ on its own will cost $19.99 and the Charge Base is $10 more at $29.99. However, if you opt for the Charge Base it includes a Power Pak+. Both accessories require the use of the AC adaptor that ships with the 3DS as they are not supplied with their own.Read more at WiiNintendolast_img read more

Geek deals Windows 8 preorder for 70 349 laptop and a GoPro

first_imgGeeks take note: Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 to the public on October 26th. Recently we are starting to see the first PCs coming preloaded with Windows 8 and now we even have a pretty smoking hot deal on a pre-order for Windows 8 itself.Unlike prior editions of Windows, notably Windows 7, Windows 8 only comes in two consumer editions. No longer is there Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and others; instead, you get Windows 8 (intended for the masses) and Windows 8 Pro (for power users).Most people will actually be fine with regular Windows 8, as Pro primarily adds network and security features like BitLocker, Domain Join, Encrypting File System, and others. However, users coming from Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate will have to use Windows 8 Pro to upgrade. Windows Media Center is also not included by default in any version of Windows 8, but can only be purchased and installed in Pro.So while most don’t need the Pro version, there’s no reason to get the base version with this deal. Amazon is offering a pre-order for Windows 8 Pro at just $69.99 with free shipping, marked down from the MSRP of $199.99. They are also tossing in a $30 Amazon.com credit, good for anything on their store.The only downside is that this promotion can disappear at any time, so head over and snatch this up ASAP!Pre-order: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro w/$30 bonus Amazon credit for $69.99 + free shipping(normally $199.99 | credit emailed 30 days after purchase | may end any time)Our other top deals:Toshiba Satellite C850D-BT2N11 15.6-inch AMD laptop for $349.99(normally $489.99 | use instant savings | ends Oct. 21)Dell S2230MX 21.5-inch 1080p LCD monitor for $129.99 + free shipping(normally $189.99 | use instant savings | ends Oct. 22)GoPro 11MP HD HERO2 Motorsports Edition Camera for $239 + free shipping(normally $299 | use instant savings | ends Oct. 22)last_img read more

Sexton out for Leinsters Champions Cup quarterfinal clash with Ulster

first_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 108 Comments Leinster take no risks with Sexton after out-half pulls up with ‘leg niggle’Rob Kearney, meanwhile, drops to the bench as Jordan Larmour starts at fullback for Leo Cullen’s side.Adam Byrne and Dave Kearney take their place on the wings, while Garry Ringrose and Rory O’Loughlin make up the midfield pairing.Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong are named in a powerful forward line for the reigning champions. Cronin is the only one of the trio to retain his place following last week’s defeat at Murrayfield.Rhys Ruddock also retains his spot and captains the side from blindside flanker, with Seán O’Brien and Jack Conan completing the line-up.Andrew Porter could make his 50th appearance for the province from the bench. There was no room for James Lowe among the replacements for tomorrow’s game.You can find Ulster’s line-up here.Leinster (v Ulster):15. Jordan Larmour14. Adam Byrne13. Garry Ringrose12. Rory O’Loughlin11. Dave Kearney10. Ross Byrne9. Luke McGrath1. Cian Healy2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Scott Fardy5. James Ryan6. Rhys Ruddock (captain)7. Sean O’Brien8. Jack Conan Share22 Tweet Email2 36,367 Views JOHNNY SEXTON WILL play no part in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final derby with Ulster on Saturday evening [KO 5.45pm, BT Sport 3]. Leinster’s Johnny Sexton is out of tomorrow’s Champions Cup clash with Ulster. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSexton did emerge as a doubt this week after failing to come through Thursday’s training session and also didn’t feature in last week’s PRO14 defeat to Edinburgh.Ross Byrne had been on standby and slots in at number 10 for tomorrow’s European tie. He lines out alongside luke McGrath to complete the half backs. By Cian Roche Replacements16. James Tracy17. Ed Byrne18. Andrew Porter19. Mick Kearney20. Dan Leavy21. Jamison Gibson-Park22. Noel Reid23. Rob KearneyMurray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman look ahead to a huge weekend for the provinces in Europe and Ryan Bailey catches up with Ian Keatley on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Friday 29 Mar 2019, 12:15 PM https://the42.ie/4566780 Sexton out for Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Ulster Ross Byrne lines out at number 10, while Jordan Larmour also gets the nod at fullback ahead of Rob Kearney. Mar 29th 2019, 12:15 PM Short URL Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New bill requires assessments of potential parolees convicted of sexual violence

first_img Posted: September 6, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom September 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a new bill that may make it more difficult for the courts to release sexually violent predators into the community.The bill, co-sponsored by San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, requires all those convicted of a sexually violent crime to go through an extensive risk assessment before they can be released on parole.Senate Bill 141, a bill authored by State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, was inspired in part by the case of a San Diego man convicted of murder and rape with a foreign object in 1989, and is now eligible for parole. New bill requires assessments of potential parolees convicted of sexual violence KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Army Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member shortly before the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.The base’s senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said there is a “strong possibility” that Spc. Ivan Lopez had a “verbal altercation” with another soldier or soldiers immediately before Wednesday’s shooting, which unfolded on the same Army post that was the scene of an infamous 2009 mass shooting.However, there’s no indication that he targeted specific soldiers, Milley said.Lopez never saw combat during a deployment to Iraq and had shown no apparent risk of violence before the shooting, officials said.The 34-year-old truck driver seemed to have a clean record that showed no ties to extremist groups. But the Army secretary promised that investigators would keep all avenues open in their inquiry of the soldier whose rampage ended only after he fired a final bullet into his own head.“We’re not making any assumptions by that. We’re going to keep an open mind and an open investigation. We will go where the facts lead us,” Army Secretary John McHugh said, explaining that “possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully.”A hospital official expressed optimism Thursday that none of the 16 people who were wounded in the shooting would die.Three critically wounded patients at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in nearby Temple were expected to survive. Several others were to be discharged Thursday, said Dr. Matthew Davis, the hospital’s trauma director.last_img read more

IBTimes Exclusive Watch and explore the iconic Benito Villamarin home of Real

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:39Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … On matchdays, the stands are awash with green-and-white striped flags, whilst the sound of clapping hands and chants reverberate around this magical arena, where the locals are ‘packed in like cannonballs’ (“apiñados como balas de canon”), as another of the phrases inked into a mid-tier ribbon at the Benito Villamarin reads. According to the club, the player in question “could be any one of us celebrating a goal, it’s a moment of euphoria and glee, which is what we want people to come here and enjoy.” Home of Real Betis Closecenter_img When setting foot inside the stadium, the visitor is immediately struck by how the lush green of the hallowed turf and the white tones of the limestone that surrounds the pitch coincide with the colour scheme in the stands, which are dominated by a Betis player who spans the seats of the three tiers behind the goal in the form of a mosaic. Real Betis is a club where the allegiance is passed down from grandparents to parents and in turn on to their children, creating a strong sense of belonging and a fervent passion for the badge in the process. The spiritual and geographical hub and heart of this club is their iconic stadium Benito Villamarin. This is the home of Real BetisOn a matchday inside this arena, thousands of fans belt out hearty renditions of ‘Olé, olé, olé, Betis, olé’, a song that these supporters have grown up with and is central to their childhood, teenage and adult memories. This rich heritage is palpable around the streets of Seville and has been immortalised by the monument that stands proudly outside the ground. The moment of truth is here, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, the ball is in the centre circle and 90 minutes of pulsating action await, during which the only thing on the minds of every member of this model Real Betis family is summed up by the famous Andalusian-accented motto: ‘Viva er Betis, manque pierda!’ (Long live Betis, even if they lose!).last_img read more

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

first_imgTHE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  Hello, Howard!  (Applause.)  H-U! AUDIENCE:  You know! THE PRESIDENT:  H-U! AUDIENCE:  You know! THE PRESIDENT:  (Laughter.)  Thank you so much, everybody.  Please, please, have a seat.  Oh, I feel important now.  Got a degree from Howard.  Cicely Tyson said something nice about me.  (Laughter.)  AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you, President! THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  To President Frederick, the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, fellow recipients of honorary degrees, thank you for the honor of spending this day with you.  And congratulations to the Class of 2016!  (Applause.)  Four years ago, back when you were just freshmen, I understand many of you came by my house the night I was reelected.  (Laughter.)  So I decided to return the favor and come by yours. To the parents, the grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, all the family and friends who stood by this class, cheered them on, helped them get here today — this is your day, as well.  Let’s give them a big round of applause, as well.  (Applause.) I’m not trying to stir up any rivalries here; I just want to see who’s in the house.  We got Quad?  (Applause.)  Annex.  (Applause.)  Drew.  Carver.  Slow.  Towers.  And Meridian.  (Applause.)  Rest in peace, Meridian.  (Laughter.)  Rest in peace. I know you’re all excited today.  You might be a little tired, as well.  Some of you were up all night making sure your credits were in order.  (Laughter.)  Some of you stayed up too late, ended up at HoChi at 2:00 a.m.  (Laughter.)  Got some mambo sauce on your fingers.  (Laughter.)  But you got here.  And you’ve all worked hard to reach this day.  You’ve shuttled between challenging classes and Greek life.  You’ve led clubs, played an instrument or a sport.  You volunteered, you interned.  You held down one, two, maybe three jobs.  You’ve made lifelong friends and discovered exactly what you’re made of.  The “Howard Hustle” has strengthened your sense of purpose and ambition.  Which means you’re part of a long line of Howard graduates.  Some are on this stage today.  Some are in the audience.  That spirit of achievement and special responsibility has defined this campus ever since the Freedman’s Bureau established Howard just four years after the Emancipation Proclamation; just two years after the Civil War came to an end.  They created this university with a vision — a vision of uplift; a vision for an America where our fates would be determined not by our race, gender, religion or creed, but where we would be free — in every sense — to pursue our individual and collective dreams. It is that spirit that’s made Howard a centerpiece of African-American intellectual life and a central part of our larger American story.  This institution has been the home of many firsts:  The first black Nobel Peace Prize winner.  The first black Supreme Court justice.  But its mission has been to ensure those firsts were not the last.  Countless scholars, professionals, artists, and leaders from every field received their training here.  The generations of men and women who walked through this yard helped reform our government, cure disease, grow a black middle class, advance civil rights, shape our culture.  The seeds of change — for all Americans — were sown here.  And that’s what I want to talk about today. As I was preparing these remarks, I realized that when I was first elected President, most of you — the Class of 2016 — were just starting high school.  Today, you’re graduating college.  I used to joke about being old.  Now I realize I’m old.  (Laughter.)  It’s not a joke anymore.  (Laughter.) But seeing all of you here gives me some perspective.  It makes me reflect on the changes that I’ve seen over my own lifetime.  So let me begin with what may sound like a controversial statement — a hot take. Given the current state of our political rhetoric and debate, let me say something that may be controversial, and that is this:  America is a better place today than it was when I graduated from college.  (Applause.)  Let me repeat:  America is by almost every measure better than it was when I graduated from college.  It also happens to be better off than when I took office — (laughter) — but that’s a longer story.  (Applause.)  That’s a different discussion for another speech.  But think about it.  I graduated in 1983.  New York City, America’s largest city, where I lived at the time, had endured a decade marked by crime and deterioration and near bankruptcy.  And many cities were in similar shape.  Our nation had gone through years of economic stagnation, the stranglehold of foreign oil, a recession where unemployment nearly scraped 11 percent.  The auto industry was getting its clock cleaned by foreign competition.  And don’t even get me started on the clothes and the hairstyles.  I’ve tried to eliminate all photos of me from this period.  I thought I looked good.  (Laughter.)  I was wrong.  Since that year — since the year I graduated — the poverty rate is down.  Americans with college degrees, that rate is up.  Crime rates are down.  America’s cities have undergone a renaissance.  There are more women in the workforce.  They’re earning more money.  We’ve cut teen pregnancy in half.  We’ve slashed the African American dropout rate by almost 60 percent, and all of you have a computer in your pocket that gives you the world at the touch of a button.  In 1983, I was part of fewer than 10 percent of African Americans who graduated with a bachelor’s degree.  Today, you’re part of the more than 20 percent who will.  And more than half of blacks say we’re better off than our parents were at our age — and that our kids will be better off, too. So America is better.  And the world is better, too.  A wall came down in Berlin.  An Iron Curtain was torn asunder.  The obscenity of apartheid came to an end.  A young generation in Belfast and London have grown up without ever having to think about IRA bombings.  In just the past 16 years, we’ve come from a world without marriage equality to one where it’s a reality in nearly two dozen countries.  Around the world, more people live in democracies.  We’ve lifted more than 1 billion people from extreme poverty.  We’ve cut the child mortality rate worldwide by more than half.  America is better.  The world is better.  And stay with me now — race relations are better since I graduated.  That’s the truth.  No, my election did not create a post-racial society.  I don’t know who was propagating that notion.  That was not mine.    But the election itself — and the subsequent one — because the first one, folks might have made a mistake.  (Laughter.)  The second one, they knew what they were getting.  The election itself was just one indicator of how attitudes had changed.  In my inaugural address, I remarked that just 60 years earlier, my father might not have been served in a D.C. restaurant — at least not certain of them.  There were no black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  Very few black judges.  Shoot, as Larry Wilmore pointed out last week, a lot of folks didn’t even think blacks had the tools to be a quarterback.  Today, former Bull Michael Jordan isn’t just the greatest basketball player of all time — he owns the team.  (Laughter.)  When I was graduating, the main black hero on TV was Mr. T.  (Laughter.)  Rap and hip hop were counterculture, underground.  Now, Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday night, and Beyoncé runs the world.  (Laughter.)  We’re no longer only entertainers, we’re producers, studio executives.  No longer small business owners — we’re CEOs, we’re mayors, representatives, Presidents of the United States.  (Applause.) I am not saying gaps do not persist.  Obviously, they do.  Racism persists.  Inequality persists.  Don’t worry — I’m going to get to that.  But I wanted to start, Class of 2016, by opening your eyes to the moment that you are in.  If you had to choose one moment in history in which you could be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be — what nationality, what gender, what race, whether you’d be rich or poor, gay or straight, what faith you’d be born into — you wouldn’t choose 100 years ago.  You wouldn’t choose the fifties, or the sixties, or the seventies.  You’d choose right now.  If you had to choose a time to be, in the words of Lorraine Hansberry, “young, gifted, and black” in America, you would choose right now.  (Applause.) I tell you all this because it’s important to note progress.  Because to deny how far we’ve come would do a disservice to the cause of justice, to the legions of foot soldiers; to not only the incredibly accomplished individuals who have already been mentioned, but your mothers and your dads, and grandparents and great grandparents, who marched and toiled and suffered and overcame to make this day possible.  I tell you this not to lull you into complacency, but to spur you into action — because there’s still so much more work to do, so many more miles to travel.  And America needs you to gladly, happily take up that work.  You all have some work to do.  So enjoy the party, because you’re going to be busy.  (Laughter.)  Yes, our economy has recovered from crisis stronger than almost any other in the world.  But there are folks of all races who are still hurting — who still can’t find work that pays enough to keep the lights on, who still can’t save for retirement.  We’ve still got a big racial gap in economic opportunity.  The overall unemployment rate is 5 percent, but the Black unemployment rate is almost nine.  We’ve still got an achievement gap when black boys and girls graduate high school and college at lower rates than white boys and white girls.  Harriet Tubman may be going on the twenty, but we’ve still got a gender gap when a black woman working full-time still earns just 66 percent of what a white man gets paid.  (Applause.)  We’ve got a justice gap when too many Black boys and girls pass through a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.  This is one area where things have gotten worse.  When I was in college, about half a million people in America were behind bars.  Today, there are about 2.2 million.  Black men are about six times likelier to be in prison right now than white men.  Around the world, we’ve still got challenges to solve that threaten everybody in the 21st century — old scourges like disease and conflict, but also new challenges, from terrorism and climate change.  So make no mistake, Class of 2016 — you’ve got plenty of work to do.  But as complicated and sometimes intractable as these challenges may seem, the truth is that your generation is better positioned than any before you to meet those challenges, to flip the script.  Now, how you do that, how you meet these challenges, how you bring about change will ultimately be up to you.  My generation, like all generations, is too confined by our own experience, too invested in our own biases, too stuck in our ways to provide much of the new thinking that will be required.  But us old-heads have learned a few things that might be useful in your journey.  So with the rest of my time, I’d like to offer some suggestions for how young leaders like you can fulfill your destiny and shape our collective future — bend it in the direction of justice and equality and freedom. First of all — and this should not be a problem for this group — be confident in your heritage.  (Applause.)  Be confident in your Blackness.  One of the great changes that’s occurred in our country since I was your age is the realization there’s no one way to be black.  Take it from somebody who’s seen both sides of debate about whether I’m black enough.  (Laughter.)  In the past couple months, I’ve had lunch with the Queen of England and hosted Kendrick Lamar in the Oval Office.  There’s no straitjacket, there’s no constraints, there’s no litmus test for authenticity.  Look at Howard.  One thing most folks don’t know about Howard is how diverse it is.  When you arrived here, some of you were like, oh, they’ve got black people in Iowa?  (Laughter.)  But it’s true — this class comes from big cities and rural communities, and some of you crossed oceans to study here.  You shatter stereotypes.  Some of you come from a long line of Bison.  Some of you are the first in your family to graduate from college.  (Applause.)  You all talk different, you all dress different.  You’re Lakers fans, Celtics fans, maybe even some hockey fans.  (Laughter.)  And because of those who’ve come before you, you have models to follow.  You can work for a company, or start your own.  You can go into politics, or run an organization that holds politicians accountable.  You can write a book that wins the National Book Award, or you can write the new run of “Black Panther.”  Or, like one of your alumni, Ta-Nehisi Coates, you can go ahead and just do both.  You can create your own style, set your own standard of beauty, embrace your own sexuality.  Think about an icon we just lost — Prince.  He blew up categories.  People didn’t know what Prince was doing.  (Laughter.)  And folks loved him for it.  You need to have the same confidence.  Or as my daughters tell me all the time, “You be you, Daddy.”  (Laughter.)  Sometimes Sasha puts a variation on it — “You do you, Daddy.”  (Laughter.)  And because you’re a black person doing whatever it is that you’re doing, that makes it a black thing.  Feel confident. Second, even as we each embrace our own beautiful, unique, and valid versions of our blackness, remember the tie that does bind us as African Americans — and that is our particular awareness of injustice and unfairness and struggle.  That means we cannot sleepwalk through life.  We cannot be ignorant of history.  (Applause.)  We can’t meet the world with a sense of entitlement.  We can’t walk by a homeless man without asking why a society as wealthy as ours allows that state of affairs to occur.   We can’t just lock up a low-level dealer without asking why this boy, barely out of childhood, felt he had no other options.  We have cousins and uncles and brothers and sisters who we remember were just as smart and just as talented as we were, but somehow got ground down by structures that are unfair and unjust.  And that means we have to not only question the world as it is, and stand up for those African Americans who haven’t been so lucky — because, yes, you’ve worked hard, but you’ve also been lucky.  That’s a pet peeve of mine:  People who have been successful and don’t realize they’ve been lucky.  That God may have blessed them; it wasn’t nothing you did.  So don’t have an attitude.  But we must expand our moral imaginations to understand and empathize with all people who are struggling, not just black folks who are struggling — the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender person, and yes, the middle-aged white guy who you may think has all the advantages, but over the last several decades has seen his world upended by economic and cultural and technological change, and feels powerless to stop it.  You got to get in his head, too. Number three:  You have to go through life with more than just passion for change; you need a strategy.  I’ll repeat that.  I want you to have passion, but you have to have a strategy.  Not just awareness, but action.  Not just hashtags, but votes. You see, change requires more than righteous anger.  It requires a program, and it requires organizing.  At the 1964 Democratic Convention, Fannie Lou Hamer — all five-feet-four-inches tall — gave a fiery speech on the national stage.  But then she went back home to Mississippi and organized cotton pickers.  And she didn’t have the tools and technology where you can whip up a movement in minutes.  She had to go door to door.  And I’m so proud of the new guard of black civil rights leaders who understand this.  It’s thanks in large part to the activism of young people like many of you, from Black Twitter to Black Lives Matter, that America’s eyes have been opened — white, black, Democrat, Republican — to the real problems, for example, in our criminal justice system. But to bring about structural change, lasting change, awareness is not enough.  It requires changes in law, changes in custom.  If you care about mass incarceration, let me ask you:  How are you pressuring members of Congress to pass the criminal justice reform bill now pending before them?  (Applause.)  If you care about better policing, do you know who your district attorney is?  Do you know who your state’s attorney general is?  Do you know the difference?  Do you know who appoints the police chief and who writes the police training manual?  Find out who they are, what their responsibilities are.  Mobilize the community, present them with a plan, work with them to bring about change, hold them accountable if they do not deliver.  Passion is vital, but you’ve got to have a strategy. And your plan better include voting — not just some of the time, but all the time.  (Applause.)  It is absolutely true that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, there are still too many barriers in this country to vote.  There are too many people trying to erect new barriers to voting.  This is the only advanced democracy on Earth that goes out of its way to make it difficult for people to vote.  And there’s a reason for that.  There’s a legacy to that. But let me say this:  Even if we dismantled every barrier to voting, that alone would not change the fact that America has some of the lowest voting rates in the free world.  In 2014, only 36 percent of Americans turned out to vote in the midterms — the secondlowest participation rate on record.  Youth turnout — that would be you — was less than 20 percent.  Less than 20 percent.  Four out of five did not vote.  In 2012, nearly two in three African Americans turned out.  And then, in 2014, only two in five turned out.  You don’t think that made a difference in terms of the Congress I’ve got to deal with?  And then people are wondering, well, how come Obama hasn’t gotten this done?  How come he didn’t get that done?  You don’t think that made a difference?  What would have happened if you had turned out at 50, 60, 70 percent, all across this country?  People try to make this political thing really complicated.  Like, what kind of reforms do we need?  And how do we need to do that?  You know what, just vote.  It’s math.  If you have more votes than the other guy, you get to do what you want.  (Laughter.)  It’s not that complicated.  And you don’t have excuses.   You don’t have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar or bubbles on a bar of soap to register to vote.  You don’t have to risk your life to cast a ballot.  Other people already did that for you.  (Applause.) Your grandparents, your great grandparents might be here today if they were working on it.  What’s your excuse?  When we don’t vote, we give away our power, disenfranchise ourselves — right when we need to use the power that we have; right when we need your power to stop others from taking away the vote and rights of those more vulnerable than you are — the elderly and the poor, the formerly incarcerated trying to earn their second chance.So you got to vote all the time, not just when it’s cool, not just when it’s time to elect a President, not just when you’re inspired.  It’s your duty.  When it’s time to elect a member of Congress or a city councilman, or a school board member, or a sheriff.  That’s how we change our politics — by electing people at every level who are representative of and accountable to us.  It is not that complicated.  Don’t make it complicated. And finally, change requires more than just speaking out — it requires listening, as well.  In particular, it requires listening to those with whom you disagree, and being prepared to compromise.  When I was a state senator, I helped pass Illinois’s first racial profiling law, and one of the first laws in the nation requiring the videotaping of confessions in capital cases.  And we were successful because, early on, I engaged law enforcement.  I didn’t say to them, oh, you guys are so racist, you need to do something.  I understood, as many of you do, that the overwhelming majority of police officers are good, and honest, and courageous, and fair, and love the communities they serve.  And we knew there were some bad apples, and that even the good cops with the best of intentions — including, by the way, African American police officers — might have unconscious biases, as we all do.  So we engaged and we listened, and we kept working until we built consensus.  And because we took the time to listen, we crafted legislation that was good for the police — because it improved the trust and cooperation of the community — and it was good for the communities, who were less likely to be treated unfairly.  And I can say this unequivocally:  Without at least the acceptance of the police organizations in Illinois, I could never have gotten those bills passed.  Very simple.  They would have blocked them.  The point is, you need allies in a democracy.  That’s just the way it is.  It can be frustrating and it can be slow.  But history teaches us that the alternative to democracy is always worse.  That’s not just true in this country.  It’s not a black or white thing.  Go to any country where the give and take of democracy has been repealed by one-party rule, and I will show you a country that does not work.  And democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right.  This is hard to explain sometimes.  You can be completely right, and you still are going to have to engage folks who disagree with you.  If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral purity, but you’re not going to get what you want.  And if you don’t get what you want long enough, you will eventually think the whole system is rigged.  And that will lead to more cynicism, and less participation, and a downward spiral of more injustice and more anger and more despair.  And that’s never been the source of our progress.  That’s how we cheat ourselves of progress. We remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory, the power of his letter from a Birmingham jail, the marches he led.  But he also sat down with President Johnson in the Oval Office to try and get a Civil Rights Act and a Voting Rights Act passed.  And those two seminal bills were not perfect — just like the Emancipation Proclamation was a war document as much as it was some clarion call for freedom.  Those mileposts of our progress were not perfect.  They did not make up for centuries of slavery or Jim Crow or eliminate racism or provide for 40 acres and a mule.  But they made things better.  And you know what, I will take better every time.  I always tell my staff — better is good, because you consolidate your gains and then you move on to the next fight from a stronger position.  Brittany Packnett, a member of the Black Lives Matter movement and Campaign Zero, one of the Ferguson protest organizers, she joined our Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  Some of her fellow activists questioned whether she should participate.  She rolled up her sleeves and sat at the same table with big city police chiefs and prosecutors.  And because she did, she ended up shaping many of the recommendations of that task force.  And those recommendations are now being adopted across the country — changes that many of the protesters called for.  If young activists like Brittany had refused to participate out of some sense of ideological purity, then those great ideas would have just remained ideas.  But she did participate.  And that’s how change happens. America is big and it is boisterous and it is more diverse than ever.  The president told me that we’ve got a significant Nepalese contingent here at Howard.  I would not have guessed that.  Right on.  But it just tells you how interconnected we’re becoming.  And with so many folks from so many places, converging, we are not always going to agree with each other.  Another Howard alum, Zora Neale Hurston, once said — this is a good quote here:  “Nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person.”  Think about that.  That’s why our democracy gives us a process designed for us to settle our disputes with argument and ideas and votes instead of violence and simple majority rule.  So don’t try to shut folks out, don’t try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them.  There’s been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view, or disrupt a politician’s rally.  Don’t do that — no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths.  Because as my grandmother used to tell me, every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own ignorance.  Let them talk.  Let them talk.  If you don’t, you just make them a victim, and then they can avoid accountability.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge them.  Have the confidence to challenge them, the confidence in the rightness of your position.  There will be times when you shouldn’t compromise your core values, your integrity, and you will have the responsibility to speak up in the face of injustice.  But listen.  Engage.  If the other side has a point, learn from them.  If they’re wrong, rebut them.  Teach them.  Beat them on the battlefield of ideas.  And you might as well start practicing now, because one thing I can guarantee you — you will have to deal with ignorance, hatred, racism, foolishness, trifling folks.  (Laughter.)  I promise you, you will have to deal with all that at every stage of your life.  That may not seem fair, but life has never been completely fair.  Nobody promised you a crystal stair.  And if you want to make life fair, then you’ve got to start with the world as it is. So that’s my advice.  That’s how you change things.  Change isn’t something that happens every four years or eight years; change is not placing your faith in any particular politician and then just putting your feet up and saying, okay, go.  Change is the effort of committed citizens who hitch their wagons to something bigger than themselves and fight for it every single day.  That’s what Thurgood Marshall understood — a man who once walked this year, graduated from Howard Law; went home to Baltimore, started his own law practice.  He and his mentor, Charles Hamilton Houston, rolled up their sleeves and they set out to overturn segregation.  They worked through the NAACP.  Filed dozens of lawsuits, fought dozens of cases.  And after nearly 20 years of effort — 20 years — Thurgood Marshall ultimately succeeded in bringing his righteous cause before the Supreme Court, and securing the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that separate could never be equal.  (Applause.)  Twenty years.  Marshall, Houston — they knew it would not be easy.  They knew it would not be quick.  They knew all sorts of obstacles would stand in their way.  They knew that even if they won, that would just be the beginning of a longer march to equality.  But they had discipline.  They had persistence.  They had faith — and a sense of humor.  And they made life better for all Americans. And I know you graduates share those qualities.  I know it because I’ve learned about some of the young people graduating here today.  There’s a young woman named Ciearra Jefferson, who’s graduating with you.  And I’m just going to use her as an example.  I hope you don’t mind, Ciearra.  Ciearra grew up in Detroit and was raised by a poor single mom who worked seven days a week in an auto plant.  And for a time, her family found themselves without a place to call home.  They bounced around between friends and family who might take them in.  By her senior year, Ciearra was up at 5:00 am every day, juggling homework, extracurricular activities, volunteering, all while taking care of her little sister.  But she knew that education was her ticket to a better life.  So she never gave up.  Pushed herself to excel.  This daughter of a single mom who works on the assembly line turned down a full scholarship to Harvard to come to Howard.  (Applause.)  And today, like many of you, Ciearra is the first in her family to graduate from college.  And then, she says, she’s going to go back to her hometown, just like Thurgood Marshall did, to make sure all the working folks she grew up with have access to the health care they need and deserve.  As she puts it, she’s going to be a “change agent.”  She’s going to reach back and help folks like her succeed. And people like Ciearra are why I remain optimistic about America.  (Applause.)  Young people like you are why I never give in to despair.  James Baldwin once wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Graduates, each of us is only here because someone else faced down challenges for us.  We are only who we are because someone else struggled and sacrificed for us.  That’s not just Thurgood Marshall’s story, or Ciearra’s story, or my story, or your story — that is the story of America.  A story whispered by slaves in the cotton fields, the song of marchers in Selma, the dream of a King in the shadow of Lincoln.  The prayer of immigrants who set out for a new world.  The roar of women demanding the vote.  The rallying cry of workers who built America.  And the GIs who bled overseas for our freedom.  Now it’s your turn.  And the good news is, you’re ready.  And when your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, or you should just settle — you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years:  Yes, we can. Congratulations, Class of 2016!  (Applause.)  Good luck!  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  I’m proud of you.                                   END                12:33 P.M. EDT (May 7, 2016) 11:47 A.M. EDT President Barack Obama delivers Howard University’s commencement speech during the 2016 Howard University graduation ceremony in Washington, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Obama says the country is “a better place today” than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as “one indicator of how attitudes have changed.” ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)(Howard UniversityWashington, D.C.)last_img read more

Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Celebrates 40th Anniversary

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comThe Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has been one of the most impactful in its community since its inception in 1979. Their 40th anniversary provided them with an opportunity to laud those who were pillars in the foundation and who have helped it become one of the most influential chapters in the nation during the ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park.As a chapter that began much like a startup company, Hyattsville/ Landover has leveraged the professional success of its brothers to form the direction of its vision.  It is also a chapter that gained political capital through its four decades of community service.   During its 40 year existence they have remained committed to the youth of Prince George’s County through a “strong organizational foundation that serves both the community and provides programs for youth,” says 18th Chapter Polemarch Michael K. Pitts.The Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter of Kappy Alpha Psi Fraternity celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ceremony at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park. (Courtesy Photo)This chapter’s local influence has been noteworthy through various initiatives that began without fanfare and remains behind a silhouette of the many lives it has touched.   High school students in Prince George’s County have benefitted from the chapter’s Guide Right Program, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparation and financial aid workshops.   The progressive vision of the chapter has been an example for others throughout the fraternity nationwide.“Our achievements over the last four decades demonstrate how the chapter established a paradigm for community service for fraternities and sororities I Prince George’s County,” says Clarence Jones, the chapter’s historian and chairman of the 40th anniversary of the Awards Planning and Celebration Committee.  “We crossed a mediocre threshold, creating a new threshold and a new threshold of helping others.  These four decades tell the story of how a new era of in community service began to take hold.”During a, sometimes, emotional evening among the brotherhood, laughs and spirits flowed with memories and camaraderie they forged through the years of its volunteer work in Prince George’s County. The chapter’s precedent was acknowledged for how it’s standard has raised the bar for other alumni chapters around the country.  This chapter has been noted for being at the forefront of supporting Kappa Alpha Psi’s national level and has been supportive all around in working with the divine nine. which is the consortium of Black Greek fraternities and sororities.Thomas L. Battles, Jr., the 33rd Grand Polemarch of the national organization, was the keynote speaker and gave credit to this local alumni chapter for evolving from its humble beginning, where it gave men who were interested a chance to pledge to become a member of the vanguard of civic impact.  The men of the Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter developed much of the mentoring programming that many national undergraduate and graduate chapters utilize regularly.“This chapter has been at the front of young and old training for leadership,” Battles Jr. said.  “We have always been able to count on the Hyattsville/ Landover alumni chapter to support what we are trying to accomplish through our work in conjunction with the divine nine.”Battles, Jr. also challenged the chapter to continue its leadership in mentoring, especially leading up to the 2020 presidential elections.  While he and the rest of the leaders of the divine nine are moving towards establishing a political action committee to ensure that challenges facing HBCU’s, he was resolute about equipping a new generation with skills necessary to advocate for themselves and to try to change the direction of the country.“We’ve got to teach kids how to tell their story,” Battles, Jr. said.  “Kids are dying these days because they can’t express themselves to authorities.”last_img read more

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

Delhi gets an Aussie dose

first_imgThe nation is acquiring interest in documentary films, especially since the BBC’s documentary on Nirbhaya rape case created quite a stir in the International platform. Australian documentary films are nonetheless awe-inspiring as they also deal with interesting issues and are creatively presented to the audience. The national Capital also witnessed some of the Australian Documentaries as India International Centre hosted a film festival where award-winning documentaries were shown from July 23-25.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Two documentarians Martin Butler and Pat Fiske, who happened to be in the city for their documentary films, talked about film-making, Australian historical heritage and much more.When asked whether getting into film-making was harder than continuing in the industry, Martin Butler said, “Both are extremely hard but getting started is harder because one does not have the funds or contacts that would facilitate in becoming a documentary film-maker. Money is invested in your work once you gain experience in film-making. Experience makes it easier to get noticed.” Pat Fiske added, “During our time in the 70’s we had access to government funds which was provided to promote film-making and we could explore the art of film-making and learn on the job. At that time the government was putting in a lot of money so we learned by participating but nowadays film schools have come up which did not exist in our time (to Butler) wouldn’t you agree? To which Butler replied “Yes. It is indeed tough to become a documentarian and I suspect one has to be lucky.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTalking about the industry, Butler added, “The Australian film industry is quite big compared to the size of the country and they make quite a number of feature films each year. It is nothing like the size of India obviously, but I think that Australia is stronger in documentary film-making. There are a number of complicated reasons for that but Australian films are bold and they take on interesting, confronting topics and subjects and use them in an innovative way. Indian audience should be advised to watch Australian films, especially, the documentaries. There are a lot of interesting subjects covered, I’d be surprised if they’re already covered in India.” Martin Butler talked about his documentary First Footprints, where he described Australia’s ancient history. He explained how it covers the history of fifty thousand years before the arrival of White Australians. He said, “It is generally assumed that the Aboriginal Australians were too primitive though the research has found out that they were technologically advanced. They were pioneers in sea faring being the first people in the world to cross the ocean. They had explored the ocean when nobody else did. They were also the first ones to make pictures and sculptures. If one would visit the remote areas of Australia, one would find such sculptures and paintings.” He added that Australia is also rich in cultural heritage like India.Pat Fiske, described her two documentary films Scarlet Rose and Love Marriage in Kabul that were shown in the festival.Scarlet Rose follows the extraordinary life of an Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele —people with disability.In the documentary Love Marriage in Kabul, Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman who has dedicated her life in helping orphans in Afghanistan. She is the founder of Mahboba’s Promise and a mother figure for thousands of orphans and widows currently supported by her programs. The story revolves around one of the girls from her orphanage who falls in love with a boy-next-door and all the problems that she faces in getting them married.last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more April 19, 2011 – Andrew Einstein delivered the Douglas P. Zipes Distinguished Young Scientist Award Lecture entitled “Effects of Radiation Exposure During Cardiac Imaging: How Good Is the Data?” at this year’s American College of Cardiology annual scientific sessions. The field of cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography has been proactive and responsible in developing and employing significant radiation sparing techniques in response to the concerns raised by Einstein and others.The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) considers radiation exposure during imaging a matter of utmost importance and supports the tremendous amount of work by vendors and clinicians to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from diagnostic cardiac CT angiography. Firstly, the SCCT verification program supports the rigorous published cardiac CT training guidelines, which mandate extensive education in radiation safety and radiation reduction techniques for all Level II and Level III certified clinicians. In fact, radiation exposure from cardiac CT has been reduced by about 80 percent (15 mSv to 3-4 mSv) through advances in technology, protocols and algorithms, especially within the last two or three years. The average radiation exposure dose for cardiac CT angiography is now equal to and often less than that of invasive diagnostic cardiac angiography and is substantially lower than that of cardiac SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) and PET (positron emission tomography) imaging. Published reports document radiation doses for common cardiac diagnostic tests as follows: prospective (state of the art) CT angiography protocols: 2-4 mSv; retrospective (older) CT angiography protocols: 12-18 mSv; diagnostic invasive coronary angiography: 7 mSv. SPECT perfusion studies: 12 mS; average annual background radiation exposures (United States): 3 mSv. A 2010 article by Raff et al entitled “Radiation dose from coronary CT angiography: Five years of progress (published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Vol. 4, No. 6, November/December 2010) demonstrates the significant radiation reductions resulting from advances in the field. This point is illustrated by the following figure from his article (reproduced with the permission of Elsevier (Copyright Elsevier 2010).Figure 1 (B) Radiation dose by year. Blue symbols indicate research reports by publication date; blue line, linear regression of reported research doses; red squares, multicenter clinical reported doses listed by year data collected; red line, linear regression of reported clinical survey doses.In addition, preliminary data suggest that cardiac CT angiography may reduce the number of unnecessary SPECT and invasive angiographic studies. The SCCT also supports the inclusion of radiation dose reporting in the same document as the clinical report.Further work in this area is ongoing and there have been more recent publications, including abstracts at these very scientific sessions, documenting the effectiveness of these radiation-sparing techniques.The SCCT recommends that diagnostic radiation be utilized judiciously, in line with the principles of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) and that it be individualized to each patient, weighing the radiation exposure risk versus diagnostic testing benefit. Diagnostic radiation should only be prescribed when the benefits of a particular test are felt to outweigh any potential harm from the resulting radiation exposure. In addition, the SCCT recommends following the published guidelines and appropriate use criteria regarding indications for diagnostic and screening cardiac imaging studies.Matthew Budoff, M.D., FSCCT, professor of medicine, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, SCCT president adds, “We [SCCT] vigorously support awareness of radiation safety and the adoption of a policy of responsible diagnostic radiation use. We encourage ongoing efforts to continue the excellent work taking place in the area of diagnostic radiation reduction techniques and radiation exposure monitoring. We are encouraged that the increased awareness has led to improvements in patient dose. Most of our members have reported dose reductions up to 70 percent at their institutions for cardiac CT angiography.”For more information: www.SCCT.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more center_img Feature | April 19, 2011 CT Angiography Field Proactive With Significant Radiation Reduction Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

Thats fair While offense makes the highlight sh

Thats fair While offense makes the highlight sh

first_imgThat’s fair.While offense makes the highlight shows, the cliché“defense wins championships” is around for a reason. Afterall, ifpeople didn’t have old-school beliefs that sound smart butare notaccurate to hang onto, what would they have?A half-truth.Three of the last six Super Bowl winners did so with eliteoffenses, but the Packers, Saints and Colts would not havehoistedthe Lombardi Trophy had their defenses not improved to thepointwhere they could actually stop somebody. The Giants — whowontwice — earned their rings via excellent defense, and theSteelers, well, we’re not going to talk about them.The point? A football team can win a lot of games with a gooddefense or offense, but will not win a title unless theother sideof the ball is at least decent.As of right now the Cardinals are halfway to where theyneed to be. – / 42 D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Most people believe that however the Arizona Cardinals’QBs go this year, so will the team.The idea makes sense, but it’s wrong.While the QB position is indeed the most importantposition in sports, the Arizona Cardinals will besuccessful in 2012 for one very simple reason.Or, rather, 11 or so simple reasons at a time.The defense.Through just more than a week of camp so far the Cards’defense has a decided advantage over the offense. Everyonefrom defensive end Calais Campbell to head coach KenWhisenhunt have said that can be expected early on. “It’s been that case, been that way a lot of times becausedefense is more reactionary where offense is more learningwhat you have to do and being in the right spots,”Whisenhunt said Thursday. “But it all ends up balancingitself out, hopefully.”It won’t. Arizona’s defense, which finished 18th in the NFL fortotal yards allowed, 17th in passing yards allowed and21st in rushing yards — while giving up 21.8 points pergame — is going to be good. Damn good. Ray Horton’s group has dominated training camp not becausethe offense is terrible (though that could very well be apossibility), but because it is easily the most talentedgroup on the team.Think about it: the defense boasts two players who havemade the Pro Bowl in Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett aswell as three more who will make it at some point in thenear future in Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington andPatrick Peterson. Add emerging players Sam Acho, DanWilliams and O’Brien Schofield as well as solid startersin Paris Lenon, William Gay and Kerry Rhodes, and you havea defense with far more depth than holes.This isn’t to say the Cardinals will have a top-10 defensethis year. Wait, yes it is. center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Talent has not been an issue on the defensive side of theball for a while, and in Horton the team finally has acoach who can get the most out of his players. We saw thedefense evolve from a confused group to a confident oneover the final nine games of the 2011 season — seven ofwhich the Cardinals won — by giving up an average of 18.3points per game. They had allowed an average of 26.14 points per contestover the previous seven. Improve much? Yes.Room to improve even further? Absolutely.For all the good the defense did in 2011, it created fewerturnovers than just five other NFL teams. That will have to change if the Cardinals are to go frombeing a solid defense to an elite one. If it does, theCardinals will not only make the playoffs, but be a threatto go deep into them. The good news is it will change as the team’s passrush improves (see Acho and Schoefield), leaving thetalented anddeep secondary (hello, Patrick Peterson) tocreate more turnovers. While Peterson would like to pick off more than the twopasses he did as a rookie, that’s not exactly his goal.“I want to get to the point where teams don’t even want tothrow my way,” he said. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more