In Buffalo, N.Y., Black Lives Matter protest cop brutality

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On Sept. 4, hundreds of protesters took to the streets and gathered outside the district police station in North Buffalo in the busy Hertel Avenue shopping area. The demonstrators demanded the firing of over a dozen cops with histories of police brutality and called for their salaries of almost $1.5 million to be allocated for community needs instead. Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 4. (Photo: RJ Red)The demonstration was a culmination of days of protests and confrontations with police, stemming from an incident days earlier when police lined up to defend racists who attacked a Black Lives Matter protest. When BLM demonstrators had tried to march on Hertel Avenue, they were threatened by two white men who disrupted the BLM protest, brandished knives and hurled racial slurs at demonstrators. last_img read more

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post

first_img Previous articleDiseases from Weather Infecting some Indiana Corn CropsNext articleLower Corn Prices in Near Future Gary Truitt SHARE Gina McCarthyThe Senate has approved Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was 59 to 40. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says McCarthy is an excellent and well-qualified individual to lead the EPA. He looks forward to working with the new EPA Administrator to continue to advance the growth and development of sustainable biofuels. According to Buis – McCarthy is known for her willingness to examine issues with a fair and open-minded approach. He says she will continue to serve as a leader and advocate for advancing the Renewable Fuel Standard and other important domestic energy policies. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen also referred to McCarthy as approachable and open to dialogue. He says she is a thoughtful, solution-oriented professional who will handle the tough job ahead with grace. National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel says McCarthy is a strong, dynamic leader who knows the intersection of environment and energy issues as well as anyone in the nation. Steckel adds McCarthy has demonstrated strong support for the RFS and NBB believes she will provide outstanding leadership at EPA.Dinneen extended an invitation to McCarthy on behalf of the U.S. ethanol industry to visit bio-refineries for an up-close, hands-on explanation of the resource-efficient production process. He says the industry’s workforce is proud that their product is creating a lower cost, cleaner fuel choice for American drivers while creating jobs domestically and revitalizing rural America and would be happy to share that pride first-hand. Dinneen says there is perhaps no better context in which to understand the importance of the RFS than to see it in action.Source: NAFB News Service Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 18, 2013 last_img read more

Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Lula

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba Dear Mr. President,On the eve of your visit to Cuba, the press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the lack of press freedom in that country. As you know, 75 dissidents were arrested during the crackdown which the Cuban government began on 18 March. They included 26 independent journalists. Accused of carrying out actions “against the independence or territorial unity of the state,” they were given summary trials and sentenced to up to 27 years in prison. Four other journalists were already in prison prior to the crackdown. With a total of 30 detained, Cuba is the world’s biggest prison for journalists.Your long friendship with President Castro and your ideological affinities with the Cuban regime are well known. However, no democrat of the left or right would understand if these affinities were to take precedence over respect for human rights. For this reason, we urge you to intercede on behalf of the 30 detained journalists and to meet with members of their families and with representatives of the opposition and human rights activists. If you do not make any gesture on their behalf, you personal credibility and Brazil’s image will be seriously affected internationally.The 30 journalists currently detained are: Ricardo González Alfonso José Luis García Paneque Omar Rodríguez Saludes Jorge Olivera Castillo Pedro Argüelles Morán Miguel Galván Gutiérrez Edel José García Díaz Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona Manuel Vázquez Portal Adolfo Fernández Sainz Hector Maseda Gutiérrez Fabio Prieto Llorente Oscar Espinosa Chepe Pablo Pacheco Avila Mario Enrique Mayo Carmelo Diaz Fernández Mijail Barzaga Lugo Alejandro González Raga Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta Raúl Rivero Castañeda Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández Normando Hernández González Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez Ivan Hernández Carrillo Alfredo Manuel Pulido López José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández Bernardo Arévalo Padrón (imprisoned since 18 November 1997) Carlos Alberto Domínguez (imprisoned since 23 February 2002) Lester Téllez Castro (imprisoned since 4 March 2002) Carlos Brizuela Yera (imprisoned since 4 March 2002)We must point out that the sanctions against these journalists, who challenge the state’s monopoly of news reporting, did not end when they were sentenced. They were subsequently transferred to prisons several hundred kilometres from their homes, their right to family visits was restricted and several are ill or have lost an alarming amount of weight because of poor conditions of detention. The government meanwhile continues to harass those journalists who have not been arrested.Confident that you will be receptive to this appeal, we would be grateful if you would let us know you intentions as regards our recommendations and if you would keep us informed of the outcome of your meetings.We look forward to your reply.Sincerely, RSF_en CubaAmericas CubaAmericas 25.09.2003President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has no plans to meet with Cuban dissidents during his 26-27 September visit to Havana, according to the programme for the visit released by the Brazilian foreign ministry yesterday. Several dissidents contacted the Brazilian embassy in Havana during the past few days to request such a meeting.____________________________________ New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has written to “Lula,” the Brazilian president, onthe eve of his 26-27 September visit to Cuba to ask him to intercede withFidel Castro on behalf of the imprisoned journalists and to request ameeting with their families. “Your affinities with the Cuban regime are wellknown, but no democrat would understand if these affinities were to takeprecedence over respect for human rights,” the organisation said in itsletter. May 6, 2020 Find out more News In an open letter, Reporters Without Borders appeals to President “Lula” to meet with the families of the imprisoned journalists News Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaPresident of the RepublicBrasilia D.F.BrazilParis, 23 September 2003 Robert MénardSecretary-General October 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation September 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Lula News News October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31 About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Share Save Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31 A status conference for a lawsuit filed by Wall Street investment firm Fairholme Funds against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of Treasury is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, according to a spokesperson in the chambers of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney.In late January, Sweeney denied the government’s attempt to stay court proceedings in the case, ruling that Fairholme could continue to pursue its lawsuit against the government, which was originally filed in 2013. The suit claims that the sweeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits into Treasury, a practice authorized by Congress in August 2012, equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” which is forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.The GSEs have been under conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since September 2008, at which time they needed a government bailout totaling $188 billion to stay afloat. They returned to profitability in 2012 and are predicted to earn about $21 billion a year for the foreseeable future, according to Fairholme CEO Bruce Berkowitz on a conference call with investors in early February.”Today, Washington bureaucrats are unlawfully holding these profitable companies captive in a perpetual conservatorship,” Berkowitz wrote in a letter to shareholders in January. “Congress never authorized Treasury to become Fannie and Freddie’s ‘overlord’ – forcing the companies to spend all their capital on executive branch prerogatives and circumventing the legislature’s appropriations process. Indeed, the power of the purse remains vested in Congress under the Constitution. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 does not authorize any federal agency to use these two publicly traded, shareholder-owned companies as a piggy bank. Yet, in an unprecedented abuse of executive power, the bureaucrats have illegally expropriated and de facto nationalized two of the most valuable companies in the world with apparent impunity. Worse still, their actions are now endangering our housing market, making it more difficult for lower- and middle-income Americans to access mortgage credit.”The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in September 2014 on the grounds that the government had been given the authority by Congress under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to sweep GSE profits into Treasury.At the same time he dismissed the Fairholme suit, Lamberth also rejected a similar suit filed against the government by Perry Capital. Fairholme appealed Lamberth’s ruling and Sweeney, in the Court of Federal Claims, revived the case four months later. Fairholme has reportedly been gathering information for the case in order to bolster their argument that the Court of Federal Claims, not the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., has jurisdiction over the case.Analyst Peter Chapman noted that there is no record of Fairholme serving any subpoenas for the case to date, and that it has not been revealed for certain who they intend to depose. Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely tell Sweeney that no witness Fairholme could depose at this stage could help determine whether or not the Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction in the case.Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely present an argument at the upcoming status conference that Sweeney’s court does not have jurisdiction over the case with the claim that “shareholders hold physical shares in Fannie and Freddie in their brokerage accounts.  The same shares that held prior to execution of the Third Amendment are still there today, and the speculators who purchased shares following execution of the Third Amendment still own those same shares today. The government’s taken nothing.  The losses some shareholders have realized are merely a reflection of reality in owning common stock in insolvent companies, and the shareholders who acquired shares at their absolute bottom and have realized a profit can’t be heard to complain.”A spokesperson from Treasury declined to comment on the case, and an attorney for Fairholme Funds, David Thompson, said they did not have a comment at this time. Subscribecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fairholme Funds GSE Profits Lawsuits Treasury 2015-03-25 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Fairholme Funds GSE Profits Lawsuits Treasury Sign up for DS News Daily March 25, 2015 938 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 3/25/2015 Next: Shift from Bank to Nonbank Lending Causing Rise in Default Risk for Agency-Backed Loans Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Garda warning over posting ‘staycation’ content online

first_img Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Twitter Garda warning over posting ‘staycation’ content online FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleTony McNamee looks ahead to Harps and St. Pat’sNext articleTeen due in court over throwing petrol bomb in Derry News Highland By News Highland – August 7, 2020 center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai in Donegal are further warning people about the dangers of posting certain content online which could make your home more vulnerable to burglaries. Holidaymakers putting their location up on various social media platforms could in turn alert a criminal to their vacant home.Donegal Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Paul Wallace says in normal circumstances the warning would be primarily geared towards those heading abroad.However, he says with staycations being the popular alternative this summer, the same measures still apply:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Mandatory Evacuations Forces Florida Residents to Abandon Homes

first_imgGary Wagner’s condo is located in Key West, and he also owns property in Fort Myers. Wagner says he’s keeping in mind that material things can be replaced. “It’s a matter of the house or the condo. It ain’t–we don’t have anyone living there, that it’s a matter of life and death. It is a concern to us in dollars, but we do have flood insurance.”Wagner says he’s never risked staying through a hurricane.Irma has already proven deadly in the eastern Caribbean. It’s expected to impact Florida this weekend.Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to take this storm seriously and prepare now.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Mandatory Evacuations Forces Florida Residents to Abandon HomesSEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 Lauren Leslie LAUREN LESLIE EVANSVILLE, INDIANA People living here in the Tri-State who have homes and loved ones in Hurricane Irma’s path are hoping for the best. 44New caught up with an Evansville man who owns a six-story condo in the direct path of Irma. Just hours ago, mandatory evacuations were ordered for Florida residents.last_img read more


first_img THIS LAND IS OUR LAND Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comWoody Guthrie (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie 1912-1967) came of age in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. When one hears Woody sing about the America of those times Guthrie’s personal experiences and perceptions should be considered. In that context, his song’s ironic lyrics that point out America might not have been made for everybody speak to those Americans left out by our Founding Fathers, who were all well-to-do white men.James Madison (1751-1836) is called the Father of the United States Constitution for good reason. He conceived of and drafted most of the Constitution including its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. Madison and the rest of the fifty-five well-to-do white men who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May 25 to September 17, 1787 met in secret. The public and the media were excluded and the delegates were sworn to secrecy.Madison and his fellow Virginian, George Mason (1725-1792), were of like mind in believing average citizens were not equipped to govern themselves and, therefore, a Constitution needed to provide for a government to consist of capable representatives who could provide for the common good. Such groups as women, Negroes and Native Americans were not to have a say in determining their own destiny. Over the years since 1787 we have slowly and gradually addressed some of the Founders’ omissions.Slavery was abolished almost one hundred years late by the XIIIth Amendment and women were given the right to vote by the XVIIIIth Amendment in 1920. Young men who could be drafted to fight for their country at age eighteen but could not vote until age twenty-one, were fully enfranchised in 1971 by the XXVIth Amendment.America from the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century until this very day has struggled with what were, are and ought to be the ideals of our country’s government. Competing interest groups such as religious sects, LGBTQ citizens, immigrants, political parties, social and cultural associations, news media and countless others exert pressures and vie for recognition and inclusion in our American dream of equality and equal opportunity. In short, America calls itself a melting pot, but it is often more of a bubbling cauldron of competing aspirations.As we near our mutual birthday on July 04, we may wish to re-examine the base upon which our national dreams were founded and candidly evaluate our progress. Of course, it is only human that in a country of over three hundred million people we will always have disagreements on what directions to go and the best methods for getting there. And we should, also, probably both recognize the genius of our Founders and remember they were simply humans too.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Panel debates salt and obesity

first_imgA panel discussion at the FoB conference, chaired by Julian Hunt of the Food and Drink Federation, touched on the issue of salt.Paul Molyneux, quality director of Hovis, said that salt had been reduced by 30% since 2000. But Dr Susan Jebb disputed the figure and said there was still more for the industry to achieve.She also mentioned portion size and said there was over- consumption with overly large portions of food items and meals.She pointed out there could be as many as 750 calories in a muffin and stressed the importance of compensating – a high intake one meal should be followed by a low intake on the next eating occasion.Meanwhile, Scott Clarke of Tesco noted that people should exercise more. “It’s about balance in life,” he said.last_img read more

Weather Update

first_imgA large, slow-moving low-pressure system brought extremely humid air into Georgia mid-month. It triggered days of intense rainfall, producing what was estimated to be a 500-year flood around Atlanta, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The highest rain totals estimated by National Weather Service radars were 15 inches to 20 inches in Douglas County and other areas east and west of downtown Atlanta. Twenty-one counties were declared eligible for federal disaster funds. Preliminary damage estimates were $500 million to $1 billion. Thousands of homes were affected, and 500 were destroyed or significantly damaged. The flood is considered the worst since 1919, when flood waters almost destroyed West Point in western Georgia.Parts of four interstates were closed. I-20 remained closed for more than 24 hours as flood waters rose 3 feet over the pavement and inundated Six Flags Over Georgia. Following the rain, Lake Lanier rose 1.5 feet in 24 hours. Lake Allatoona rose almost 9 feet during the week after. More than 130 dams and many bridges now require stability inspections.Four water-treatment plants in Atlanta were damaged and dumped raw sewage into the Chattahoochee River. A pipe in a levee near Macon broke and discharged millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Ocmulgee River at the end of the month. Citizens were urged to stay out of the flood water. Some communities issued advisories to boil water.Ten people were killed, most while driving onto roads covered by moving water. Seven deaths were in Douglas County, where the heaviest rainfall occurred. Additional deaths occurred in Carroll, Chattooga and Gwinnett counties.The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 10.68 inches in Macon (7.42 inches above normal). The lowest was in Alma at 1.59 inches (1.75 below normal). Atlanta received 8.94 inches (4.85 inches above normal), Athens 9.86 inches (6.33 inches above normal), Columbus 5.30 inches (2.23 inches above normal), Augusta 3.63 inches (.15 inch above normal), Savannah 2.43 inches (2.65 inches below normal) and Brunswick 4.57 inches (1.67 inches below normal). By Pam KnoxUniversity of GeorgiaHeavy rains caused record flooding in north Georgia in mid-September, while other parts of the state experienced and normal to below-normal rainfall. Forty-eight Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers reported 15 inches or more total rainfall for the month. The highest single monthly total was 22.86 inches near Kennesaw in Cobb County. However, two observers in Douglas County reported overflowing rain gauges. An observer in Lilburn in Gwinnett County reported 21.79 inches. The highest daily rainfall reported by a CoCoRaHS observer exceeded 11 inches in a few hours near Douglasville on Sept. 21, when the rain gauge overflowed. The Carrollton observer nearest the area of maximum rainfall reported 10.64 inches in 24 hours ending that morning.The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring site at Dallas in Paulding County reported 16.15 inches for the month, including 5.61 inches on the Sept. 20 and 4.54 inches on Sept. 21.Numerous daily and monthly rainfall records occurred at National Weather Service cooperative observing stations around the state. Dallas and Carrollton broke 30-year records of heaviest daily rainfall. Atlanta broke a daily maximum rainfall of 3.52 inches on Sept. 19, and Macon broke daily records with 2.32 inches on Sept. 17. No tornadoes were reported. Scattered reports of strong winds or small hail where reported four days resulting in toppled trees or scattered power outages. The heavy rains in north Georgia caused extensive damage to nurseries, vineyards and hay fields. Many counties reported rot in cotton and insect infestations. Fieldwork came to a stop in many areas. In other areas, the rain was beneficial to crops and harvesting proceeded at a good pace.Temperatures across the state were near normal in September except in Augusta where the average temperature was 75.6 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal). (Pam Knox is the assistant state climatologist and a program specialist in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Family Road Trip Advice

first_imgDear Road Tripper,My two-year old and I recently drove ten hours. Without a video player. Sure, when he grew sleepy, his whines turned to howls and then full on screams until he finally relented to sleep’s whisper. His discomfort tormented me from the driver’s seat. I twisted my arm to hold his foot, providing the comfort of a mama’s hand. Sometimes that worked and his cries subsided to whimpers. Sometimes it didn’t.When I told a friend who asked whether I’d used a video player that I hadn’t, her gasp led me to question whether I’d unknowingly committed a mild form of child abuse. I pointed out that I’d grown up going on road trips without the distractions of modern technology. She asked whether I found it necessary to make my child suffer in the same way given that society had come so far.Or have we. I thought back to the place where I first started writing for fun — the gas station where I worked the 5 pm to midnight shift most weekday nights. I was a junior in high school and I knew that if I wanted to go to college, I’d have to pay for it. We lived in a rural area and most nights were slow. At first I’d stare at the cars whizzing by on the highway. I started telling stories about the people driving, guessing at where they were headed. Some of those stories made me sad, others made me smile. I wrote down my favorite ones and let a teacher read them. He encouraged me to enter a writing contest. I won at the state level, beating out kids from fancy schools whose parents carted them from one after school activity to the next. I’m convinced that the stillness of working in that sterile environment nudged me to imagining a more entertaining world, whereas the kids busy taking extracurricular activities never benefitted from the same luxury of doing nothing at all.The gaps between where we are and where we dream to be can be uncomfortable, like working late nights at a gas station or sitting for a long time in a car. Inhabiting those in-between spaces requires the type of quiet that can be boring. These days we too often drown the uncomfortable spaces with the noise and distraction technology provides. But in that quiet wasteland, creativity takes root, cultivating a sense of wonder and hope. When we encourage our children to press their foreheads against the window and stare, they’ll take in plenty of strip malls and roadside construction. Those ugly and drab landscapes serve to accentuate the beauty of driving over glistening rivers and seeing the rainbow after a storm.On our road trip, my toddler learned about cranes and back hoes, tractor trailers and buses. We talked about the color of the clouds and greeted the arrival of the moon like a long lost friend. I’m pretty sure the road trip would have been easier with a video player, but then we would have missed out on scanning the horizon. Listening to my toddler’s delight at pointing out when we were going downhill or over a bridge reminded me just how often we find the extraordinary in the mundane.Road Tripper, consider unplugging and allowing your child’s mind the freedom to wander and marvel at the scenery.Enjoy your trip!Mountain Mama Dear Mountain Mama,Our young family is taking a long road trip. My wife and I are debating on whether to buy a video player to occupy our toddler during the long haul. What’s your opinion about using a video player to help children endure long periods in the car?Thanks,Road Tripperlast_img read more