Ghaziabad: In a tragic road accident, a 53-year-old wife of an Indian Air Force officer was crushed to death after a speeding truck hit her when she was riding pillion on a motorcycle at Hindon bridge in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad on Sunday evening.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Karuna Mishra, a resident of Indian Air Force colony in Ghaziabad. “The woman was travelling on a motorcycle along with her husband Kamal Mishra (55), who works as a Junior Warrant officer with Indian Air Force,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe incident occurred on Sunday evening around 4 pm when the victim was going with her husband to meet one of his colleagues in Raj Nagar extension area. “A speeding truck hit their motorcycle from behind and couple fell on the road but somehow the woman’s saree got stuck into the truck and she was dragged to nearly 200 meters along with the truck and sustained severe injuries,” said reports. “A few passerby conveyed information to police and a team rushed to the spot. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared the woman dead on arrival while her husband has been critically injured. Police have seized the truck but the driver fled from the spot after the incident,” said JK Singh, Station House Officer of Sahibabad police station. “Following the incident, an FIR under section 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at Sahibabad police station,” Singh added.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostlt lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was rose 5.20 cents at $5.2160 a bushel; Dec. corn was was off .40 cent at $3.7360 a bushel; Dec. oats fell 7.60 cents at $2.8440 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans lost 2.60 cents at 9.14 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle was up .15 cent at $1.1755 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was gained 1.67 cents at $1.4512 a pound; Dec. lean hogs rose .20 cent at .5472 a pound.The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On September 18, at approximately 5:07 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 666, 5 km north of Grovedale.Police say a pickup truck had rolled as a result of the incident. The 68-year-old male driver from Grovedale was declared deceased on scene.Next of kin has been notified and the identity of the deceased will not be released. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is being asked to call Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Kolkata: The government has pared its holding in Coal India Ltd to 72.33 per cent in the current fiscal from 78.5 per cent in 2017-18, the mining major said on Monday. Following the recent buy back of 0.72 per cent of shares, the promoters (government) holding is now at 72.33 per cent, the company said in an exchange filing. The FIs stake in the miner stood at 18.63 per cent, followed by FIIs at 6.3 per cent, it said, adding, public shareholding was at just 2.74 per cent. In the 2018-19 fiscal, the government has received in excess of Rs 18,000 crore by twin dividends and stake sale by various modes like public offer and ETFs. During the last fiscal, the total payout to government was around Rs 10,000 crore, without any stake sale.
Rabat – A Moroccan notary had disappeared after allegedly swindling millions of dirhams from her clients and fleeing to the United States.The notary abandoned her notary practice and her clients, allegedly fleeing to the United States as a millionaire, according to daily newspaper Al-Sabah.She allegedly misappropriated millions of dirhams worth of clients’ money, including individuals and real estate developers. Each time her clients come to her office to claim their money, they were informed by a trainee notary that she was traveling abroad to heal from cancer.According to Al-Sabah, the notary’s repeated visits to the United States were meant to prepare for a permanent residency there, which she finally obtained.Despite a legal complaint filed against her on January 13th, the notary could still manage to move between Morocco and the United States, according to the same source.The clients claim that the notary had accomplices at the borders, especially at the Casablanca Mohammed VI International Airport.The trainee notary is also involved in the case, the source said.
The two-day meeting, which ended yesterday in Geneva, called for Israeli compliance with international law and last year’s advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that the construction of a wall, which Israel says it is building for security reasons, is illegal where it runs on occupied territory and should be torn down. The final document, read out at the closing session by Victor Camilleri, Rapporteur of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which convened the Meeting, expressed serious concern at the continued settlement activities in the West Bank including in and around East Jerusalem, and cautioned against any transfer of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. The participants voiced great dismay that continued construction of the barrier further exacerbated the already deteriorating socio-economic situation of the Palestinians and stressed that urgent attention by donor countries and the international community was needed to redress this dismal and unacceptable situation. They supported the continued engagement of the so-called Middle East diplomatic Quartet – UN, European Union, Russia and United States – in efforts to resolve the conflict and stressed that a Palestinian State should be territorially contiguous along the 1967 borders, which included the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. The Quartet has produced a Road Map plan calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to take parallel and reciprocal steps leading to two states living side by side in peace, originally by the end of 2005.
In a statement, the Council welcomed, however, the reconstitution of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) and noted the establishment of a commission to evaluate and verify the elections held in 2015, stressing the need for the commission to be technical, apolitical, transparent and complete its work within its 30-day mandate. “The members of the Security Council noted the increasing number of challenges Haiti faces; they can be best resolved through close coordination between a democratically elected Government, Haitian civil society, and Haiti’s international partners,” the statement said. Reiterating their strong condemnation of any attempt to destabilize or manipulate the electoral process, in particular through violence, the Council urged all candidates, their supporters, political parties and other actors to refrain from violence or any action that can further disrupt the electoral process and political stability. The Council also urged all actors to resolve any electoral disputes through constructive engagement and the appropriate legal mechanisms, and for the Government of Haiti to hold those responsible for any violence accountable. Welcoming the continued efforts of the UN, other multilateral agencies, regional organizations and UN Member States in supporting Haiti’s “critical needs,” the Council also commended the Haitian National Police, with support from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), for their efforts to maintain peace and protect the civilian population. In addition, the Council said it looked forward to the planned field visit of Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous to Haiti. The visit is aimed at “conveying to Haitian actors the sense of urgency expressed by the Council towards a swift conclusion of the electoral cycle as well as at assessing MINUSTAH’s contribution to the overall situation on the ground, with a view towards this providing options that could inform future steps towards its appropriate configuration,” the statement said. The members Council also expressed their intention to continue to follow closely the situation in Haiti. On 14 February, the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert as the island nation’s interim President, one week after former President Michel Martelly departed without a successor. On 25 April, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was deeply concerned that the agreed-upon date for holding elections in Haiti – 24 April – had not been met. That date had been set following an agreement – known as the 5 February Agreement – between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process.
Software company ThreeDify has announced the general availability of ThreeDify GeoModeler, its high performance orebody modeller based on a state-of-the-art 64-bit Linear Octree modelling kernel. Located in Ottawa, ThreeDify provides innovative 3D software solutions through a wide range of products. The company believes that the software offers “a highly efficient and cost effective way to carry out geological modelling, strategic mine planning and 3D visualisations.” Complimentary to the main software products, ThreeDify also offers a variety of lightweight 3D design, model viewing and graphing tools deployed as add-ons to Microsoft Office.“ThreeDify GeoModeler is the result of a persistent research and development conducted by the ThreeDify R&D team. GeoModeler represents a paradigm shift in orebody modelling: instead of using conventional block models that are severely confined by the size of the deposit being modelled, a linear-octree based orebody modeller is capable of modelling and visualising ore deposits of any size, shape and complexity. With GeoModeler, geologists no longer need to compromise precision due to the size of their deposit” said Dan Jiang, CTO of ThreeDify.
Global provider of mining conveyor solutions, Martin Engineering, has completed a Conveyor Safety and Productivity Symposium in Antalya, Turkey, introducing strategies and innovations for improving safety practices while enhancing profitability. More than 40 management and supervisory personnel attended the event, representing a wide range of industries, including aggregates/cement, mining, coal/power, steel production and dry bulk handling.Hosted by Martin Engineering Turkey, the symposium featured content selected specifically to address current issues facing local industries. Speakers included former CEMA (Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association) President and recently retired Martin Engineering Chief Technical Director, Todd Swinderman, who spoke on “Safety by Design,” emphasising that design is the single most effective method of safety improvement, outperforming even guards and controls. He described the company’s EVO Modern Conveyor Architecture, a new approach that encourages engineers to question the design of every component in a conveyor system, looking for ways to redesign for safer operation, better fugitive material control and serviceability. “It’s an incremental approach that applies from head to tail on a conveyor. It’s a quest for safe, clean, profitable systems, examining every aspect of design and looking for ways to upgrade without significantly driving up cost.” Also speaking was trainer and field expert Michael Tenzer of Martin Engineering, who drew on 23 years of experience to create his presentation, “Innovations,” which highlighted recent technical developments that have led to proven solutions for common industry problems.
The British goverment’s Secrect Intelligence Service department called MI6 has carried out a rather amusing, but also very important website hack.The terrorist organization al-Qaeda has a number of ways to get new recruits, or teach existing members how to make bombs, and generally cause upset and violence in whatever area of the world they operate. One such information point is a new English-language online magazine that had information on how to make bombs using common househols items in your kitchen.AdChoices广告Anyone reading the instructions could make an effective homemade bomb, and MI6 weren’t about to let that happen. So rather than just removing the information from the website, they instead decided to replace it.The document is entitled “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” and was signed as written by “The AQ Chef”. MI6 allowed the recipe book to remain in place, but instead of bomb making instructions it now tells you how to make cupcakes. More specifically, it’s “The Best Cupcakes in America” written by Ellen DeGeneres.Taking such action potentially has a much greater impact than just removing the document. For one it shows al-Qaeda that their network is far from secure. At the same time it will cause a bit of confusion throughout the group and hopefully make any potential new lone-wolf recruits think the whole thing is a joke, therefore discrediting the terrorist group to some extent.al-Qaeda has reissued the magazine with the original content, but MI6 will continue to try and replace the content in the hope of creating some great cooks instead of bomb makers.Read more at The TelegraphMatthew’s OpinionTerrorists and terrorism in general rely heavily on fear, and their public attacks are carried to generate as much fear as possible. A response like this from MI6 is very clever. It is amusing for us, the general public, and therefore removes some of that fear. For al-Qaeda it will surely cause anger and embarrassment, but hopefully also make them question just how well they are doing as an organization. If MI6 can insert cupcakes into their magazines, what else are they accessing?The fight against terrorism is as much about destroying reputations as it is about preventing bombings. Hacking websites and uploading cupcake recipes is a great way of achieving the former and I look forward to seeing what MI6 do next.
Jewish communities in the US have faced a string of anti-semitic threats so far this year Over 500 headstones were damaged at the weekend at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Mar 4th 2017, 8:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/3264059 Rabbi Joshua Bolton surveys the damaged headstones in Philadelphia Image: Jacqueline Larma Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article JEWISH CENTRES AND schools across the US coped with another wave of bomb threats earlier this week as officials in Philadelphia made plans to repair and restore hundreds of vandalised headstones at a Jewish cemetery.Jewish Community Centres and day schools in at least a dozen states received threats, according to the JCC Association of North America.No bombs were found. All 21 buildings — 13 community centers and eight schools — were cleared by Monday afternoon and had resumed normal operations, the association said.It was the fifth round of bomb threats against Jewish institutions since January, prompting outrage and exasperation among Jewish leaders as well as calls for an aggressive federal response to put a stop to it.On Friday, a man was arrested on suspicion of being behind eight of the threats.“The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out — and speak out forcefully — against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country,” said David Posner, an official with JCC Association of North America.“Members of our community must see swift and concerted action from federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators who are trying to instill anxiety and fear in our communities.”The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are probing the threats.Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the vandalism and bomb threats serious, unacceptable behavior and said the department will “do what it can to assist in pushing back … and prosecuting anybody that we can prove to be a part of it.”“We are a nation that is a diverse constituency, and we don’t need these kind of activities,” Sessions said. People evacuated from a Jewish community centre yesterday Source: Wilfredo Lee AP/Press Association ImagesHundreds of headstones, some of them more than 100 years old, were cut in half, local media reported Sunday.A local rabbi, who was unnamed, told ABC television affiliate WPVI that the affected graves at the historic Mount Carmel Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia’s northeastern Wissinoming neighborhood also included those of one-time members of the Quaker and Muslim communities.“We’re not interested in any narrative about victimisation and as heartbreaking as this is, we are strong together,” the rabbi said.“I just met two congregants of mine who were here, one of whom has relatives. His way of responding was to go row by row and count, and he’s counted over 500 tombstones.”New Jersey resident Aaron Mallin discovered the vandalism on Sunday when he came to visit his father’s grave at the cemetery.“It’s just very disheartening that such a thing would take place,” he told WPVI.Police say they are investigating the vandalism.The Anti-Defamation League has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon posted a statement on Twitter saying, “#Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecration is shocking and a source of worry. Full confidence #US authorities catch and punish culprits.”Latest anti-Semitic attacksThe attack comes a week after more than 100 headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri.The incident prompted a Muslim-led crowdfunding campaign to raise more than $100,000 to repair the cemetery, and a visit by Vice President Mike Pence.Among more recent attacks, vandals spray-painted swastikas on several cars, highway overpasses, buildings and an elementary school playground over the weekend in Buffalo, New York, The Buffalo News reported.After remaining silent on the subject for several days, President Donald Trump today decried the anti-Semitic threats against Jewish community centers across America as “horrible” and “painful.”Other groups have also been targeted. On Wednesday, a drunk white man fatally shot an Indian engineer and wounded another in Kansas City, screaming racial slurs and telling them “Get out of my country!”With reporting from the Associated Press© – AFP 2017Read: The FAI’s new marketing guru has accused fans of anti-semitic abuseRead: President Higgins: “We must share vigilance of not letting anti-Semitism spread again” Image: Jacqueline Larma 8,320 Views By AFP 48 Comments Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM Short URL Rabbi Joshua Bolton surveys the damaged headstones in Philadelphia
Le réchauffement climatique oblige les éléphants de mer du sud à plonger plus profondSelon une étude menée par des chercheurs allemands, les éléphants de mer de l’île Marion au sud de l’océan Indien sont dorénavant obligés de plonger plus profond pour attraper leurs proies et ce, en raison du réchauffement climatique. Triste temps pour les éléphants de mer du sud ! Une étude dirigée par des chercheurs de l’Institut allemand Alfred Wegener pour la recherche polaire et marine de Bremerhaven, confirme l’incidence du réchauffement climatique sur une colonie de mammifères marins vivant dans les eaux bordant l’île Marion, au sud de l’océan Indien. Ceux-ci seraient en effet obligés de plonger plus loin dans les profondeurs marines pour obtenir leur nourriture. Les éléphants de mers de la colonie, réputés pour leur prouesse en matière de plongée passent la plupart de leur temps à chasser des calamars et poissons situé à environ 1000 mètres de profondeurs. “En raison de l’augmentation des températures de l’eau, ces proies se déplacent vers le bas pour rejoindre de plus grandes profondeurs, et obligent les éléphants de mer à les suivre” explique dans un communiqué, Horst Bornemann un des membres de l’équipe.Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, le chercheur et ses collègues ont disposé sur la tête de trente membres de la colonie un émetteur satellite de la taille d’un poing. L’appareil en question, a été conçu pour mesurer la position de chaque animal ainsi que la profondeur, la température et la salinité de l’eau chaque fois qu’un d’entre eux plonge. Quand il refait surface, les données récoltées par le dispositif sont envoyées directement par satellite à des institutions de recherche qui se chargent de les analyser. Les résultats montrent que lorsqu’un éléphant de mer plonge plus profond dans une eau à plus haute température de sorte qu’il dispose finalement de moins de temps pour rechercher sa nourriture. Bien que cette relation de cause à effet doit être considérée à l’échelle de chaque individus, les chercheurs ont pu établi des modèles plus généraux qui se vérifient sur l’ensemble de la colonie. Selon les analyses, éléphant de mer femelle plongerait entre 9 et 10 mètres plus profond pour un degré celcius d’augmentation de la température de l’eau, bien que des distances allant jusqu’à 100 mètres pour chaque degré aient été observés sur quelques-uns d’entre eux. Quel avenir pour les éléphants de mer ?Les chercheurs s’attèlent désormais à trouver un moyen de déterminer si les éléphants de mers de l’île Marion parviennent à se nourrir à de telles profondeurs. Pour ce faire, ils envisagent de déposer dès le mois d’avril des détecteurs sur la mâchoire des animaux afin d’en révéler les éventuels mouvements lors des plongées. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Il est encore difficile de prédire si la colonie d’éléphants de mer sera en mesure de s’adapter au réchauffement des eaux. Deux alternatives sont envisageable pour leur avenir: étendre leurs terrains de chasse vers des masses d’eau plus froides de l’Antarctique ou plonger encore plus profond, une option difficile en raison des limites physiologiques quasiment atteintes actuellement. Découvrez en images les éléphants de mer de l’île Marion sur Maxisciences Le 19 février 2012 à 13:45 • Maxime Lambert
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Gwendoline Christie in all her glory. Mike Coppola/Getty Game of Thrones final season returns in 10 days for us mere mortals, but the stars of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga were up and about for the season 8 premiere in New York City on Wednesday.None more so than Gwendoline Christie, who practically scorched the red carpet wherever she set foot and set Twitter into a frenzy of praise and adulation. You could practically hear a “we’re not worthy” chant ring out across the Twitterverse.Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in the show and has become one of the most beloved still-alive characters, was dressed in an Iris van Herpen gown that demanded attention. It truly is, as my millennial, fashion-forward friends tell me, “a look”. Gwendoline Christie…..chop my head off with a sword….— Jennifer Con Crud Cheek (@JenniferCheek) April 4, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Give her the throne.#GoTPremiereNYC pic.twitter.com/Agj2yqBD6r— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) April 4, 2019 Game of Thrones returns on Sunday, April 14 and we fully expect Christie’s Brienne of Tarth to continue being absolute fire. While Christie was certainly Twitter’s pick of the night, Pedro Pascal, who played Oberyn Martell in the show’s fourth season before having his eyes gouged out and brain exploded, was having a lot fun too. Game of Thrones OBERYN MARTELL IS HERE BABY #GameOfThrones #GoTPremiereNYC pic.twitter.com/iLSA1CX7ja— ellen (@dansaryas) April 3, 2019 Just had a look at the Game of Thrones premiere photos and I’m sorry but Brienne of fucking Tarth is an absolute GODDESS 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/OQKARYfiO3— Emma Summer (@emmasummeruk) April 4, 2019 Share your voice Comments 5:50 Sexual orientation: Gwendoline Christie at the #GameOfThrones New York premiere pic.twitter.com/7ofON1aOUG— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) April 4, 2019 My feels 😭❤️#GoTPremiereNYC pic.twitter.com/ISJH5jWEJh— Jon Snow🐺❄ (@BasileiaSnow) April 4, 2019 Lady Brienne of Tarth would like our attention. pic.twitter.com/yjlt7bsWq6— Naima Cochrane (@naima) April 4, 2019 Game of Thrones Season 8: All your questions answered… 2 brienne of m fukkin tarth has arrived pic.twitter.com/q4ApGseHin— Jeanette Hayes (@jeanettehayes) April 4, 2019 Online BRIENNE OF TARTH EVERYBODY #GoTPremiereNYC pic.twitter.com/B7CbksbwzF— 𝐩𝐚𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 (@adoregrande) April 3, 2019 Tags
On Tuesday researchers wrapped up a month-long cruise through the unusually warm waters of the Bering Sea. They’re investigating how the second year of a warming pattern is affecting the ecosystem, including the nation’s largest fishery, pollock.Download AudioSorting a catch from the trawl net. Researchers hold walleye pollock over brown jellyfish.(Alex Andrews/NOAA/ABL)Onboard the research vessel Oscar Dyson, a dozen scientists have been trading 12-hour shifts as the ship traced a grid over the eastern Bering Sea Shelf from Unimak Island up to about 60 degrees north.Janet Duffy-Anderson is a research biologist with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Centers. Her co-lead on the Bering Sea project is Phyllis Stabeno, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.Stabeno explains at each stop, the ship’s researchers take both physicial measurements — temperature, salinity, nutrients – and biological samples.“So you pull in your last net, fish and everything comes in and you begin sorting them… But the ship now is moving to the next station, takes about 2-3 hours to get to the next station…So everybody is MADLY running all their samples so they can be ready to do this again.”The goal of this daily hustle is to study the effects of an unusual phenomenon in the Bering Sea: last year the waters warmed dramatically after a 7-year cold spell.Deploying the fishing net (Alex Andrews/NOAA/ABL)This sudden warming bodes ill for some species, including walleye pollock. Duffy-Anderson says the last time there was an extended warm spell…“…was between 2001 and 2006, and for the pollock during that period, it was a very poor recruitment period for pollock.”The poor pollock return, she says, is due to a deficiency in the fish’s food source… During warm years the plankton, or copepods, that pollock eat are not fatty and nutritious as plankton during cold years.“And what we see is the fishes that eat that prey base are also in worse condition in warm years than in cold years. They’re not getting this high-fat diet. They’re getting kinda more like a potato chip diet, I guess.”Duffy-Anderson says this skimpy warm-weather diet results in skinny pollock that have a hard time surviving the following winter.In contrast, pollock during a cold spell are eating fat-rich plankton…“…and so by the end of the summer they’re short and fat and they can make it through the winter much more successfully than the long-skinny guys in warm years.”Duffy-Anderson says the warm years cause another disturbing trend: an increase in cannibalism among pollock.“In the warm years, when the nutrient base is poor, they go after each other. A drop in pollock survival may be the biggest economic impact of this new warm spell… but these scientists say the changes go much deeper than a single species.”Stabeno says historically, Bering Sea temperatures would fluctuate randomly from year to year – a warm year, followed by a cold, followed by a medium year, and so on.But over the last fifteen years, those brief highs and lows have stretched out into five, six or even seven-year periods… Stabeno says this could signal a big change in the region’s climate patterns.“Has the Bering Sea shifted from this high year-to-year variability to a more stanza – where you have groups of warm and groups of cold, which would have profound impacts on the ecosystem if it happens. And we don’t know if it is… Is this a random occurrence? Statistically, it’s looking less and less like it.”With the warm mass of Pacific water known as the Blob and El Nino in the forecast, continued warm conditions are expected.The Oscar Dyson completed its Bering Sea cruise and returned to Dutch Harbor Tuesday. Duffy-Anderson and Stabeno say a “snapshot” of data will be provided to NOAA fisheries managers and the North Pacific Management Council within a month.A more thorough analysis of the data will be released in about a year.The milky turquoise water caused by coccolithophores with the ship stern in the foreground (Peter Proctor/UW/PMEL)
Srinagar: On Sunday leaders of various political parties in Jammu and Kashmir met first at Mehbooba Mufti’s residence and then at Farooq Abdullah’s. After the meeting Abdullah said: “I appeal to both the countries, India & Pakistan not to take any step that may accelerate the tension between the two countries.” He said the all-party has promised to protect the special status of the state. Leaders of NC, Congress, PDP, Awami National Conference, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement and Communist Party of India (Marxist) attended the meeting.
The deaths of several unarmed Black men at the hands of police officers and grand jury decisions to not indict them have set off a spate of protests in cities across the world – and on the Internet.Ferguson Protestor’s rally at Gallery Place in D.C. Nov. 30. (Photo by Travis Riddick)“This activism definitely indicates a palpable concern within a range of communities with these verdicts,” said Darnell Hunt, an expert on race relations and director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The fragility of Black life…that Black people, especially Black men, can be attacked and the people who perpetrate these killings get away without an indictment speaks to the existing racial problems in our society.”Cyberactivsm has defined this new movement. Thousands have taken to Twitter and other social platforms, trending hashtags such as #Can’tBreathe, #HandsUpDontShoot and #BlackLivesMatters, which speak to the public’s outrage with the blatant injustice of the United States’ justice system.But there’s a new, somewhat different, hashtag on the scene – #CrimingWhileWhite – which draws attention to the inconsistencies and double standards in the system.#CrimingWhileWhite is sort of the flipside to #BlackLivesMatter, said Lester Spence, political analyst, Johns Hopkins University.“If #BlackLivesMatter is an attempt to say Black people are human too and should be treated fairly as citizens, #CrimingWhileWhite is making public the concept of White privilege,” he said. “It enriches the conversation.”And the concept is being publicized by those in the best position to know about White privilege – Whites.“Arrested for DUI, cop took me to drive through ATM so I’d have money to bail myself out. #crimingwhilewhite,” wrote a Twitter user with the handle @Dr24hours.User Alex Halpern posted, “Played with realistic toy guns my entire childhood, wherever we wanted. #CrimingWhileWhite,” referencing the recent cop killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.“I was 20. Stopped by cop at gas station. Under the influence & underage. He flirted with me then let me drive home. #CrimingWhileWhite,” tweeted Cassie Fox.“My 13yo son and his friends were loitering at Walgreens recently. Only his black friend got searched for shoplifting. ~ #CrimingWhileWhite,” wrote Dave Hoover.Howard University political analyst Michael Fauntroy said he doesn’t buy into the significance of this movement since it simply acknowledges an ugly and well-known reality.“I don’t think it is that big a deal because we already knew that. It is like acknowledging the sun is in the sky every morning,” he said.Hunt, the UCLA race relations expert said #CrimingWhileWhite helps explain, for example, the disparate perceptions of the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where Darren Wilson, a White officer, was not charged for killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. “When you’re White you see the police as a force to protect and to serve. When you’re Black you see the police as an occupying force,” he said. “We’re talking about divergent realities.”Acknowledging White privilege is “fundamental” to aligning those realities and fostering true racial reconciliation, Hunt added.“The problem is this nation has never really atoned for slavery or the oppression of Black, Brown, and Native American people,” he said. “And until we atone for the past and acknowledge what’s happening in the present, I don’t think we’ll be on the same page; we’ll be talking past each other.”All the experts agree that this new tide of activism will mean nothing if the movement does not outlast the moment and translate into concrete change. “It is one thing to have the tools to engage, but ultimately, we need to have that activism result in change,” Fauntroy said. And it begins with activism at the ballot box in 2016, he added. “These troubling policies are there because officials put them in place. So we can’t change the policies without changing the officials.”Spence, however, said the new level of advocacy and outspokenness among the younger generation is, itself, a significant accomplishment. “We’re talking about tens of thousands of students across the country and hundreds of thousands of students around the world who now know there is a space to protest and that they don’t have to keep their mouth shut if they see something wrong,” he said.“I hope this leads to institutional change,” he added, “but even if it does not, this has been tremendous.”
The National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, is scheduled to host 1968: Shaping the District on Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Explore D.C. as it was in 1968: a predominantly African American city in a complex time of grassroots organizing, groundbreaking initiatives, creative expression, racism, protests, and activism. This collaborative event launches a year of programming and exhibitions throughout the city marking the 50th anniversary of this historic year. Activities include: City of Stories, images and words from 1968 inspire you to share your own thoughts, feelings, and ideas about Washington, D.C.; Mapping Stories, map the events of 1968 through photographs and first-hand accounts with the Washington Architectural Foundation and the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections; Organizing History, get an up close look at community organizing posters, maps, and similar items from the year with D.C. History and National Building Museum curator Sarah Leavitt. A personal archiving workshop will also be held from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. RSVP at go.nbm.org.
By AMY FORLITI Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of a Minneapolis police officer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.Mohamed Noor was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond , a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia.In this Friday, April 26, 2019, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks to court in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, April 30m 2019, a jury of 10 men and two women found Noor guilty of third-degree murder but acquitted of the more serious second-degree intentional murder. He also was convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 death of an unarmed Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, File)Jurors deliberated about five hours Monday and six on Tuesday before reaching a decision. The verdict was expected to be read about 5 p.m. CDT.Noor and his partner were rolling down the alley behind Damond’s home and checking out the 911 call just before the shooting. Noor testified that a loud bang on the squad car scared his partner and that he saw a woman raising her arm appear at his partner’s window. He said he fired to protect his partner’s life.Prosecutors attacked Noor for shooting without seeing a weapon or Damond’s hands. They also questioned whether the loud bang was real. Neither Noor nor his partner, Matthew Harrity, mentioned it to investigators at the scene, with Harrity first mentioning it three days later in an interview with state investigators. Noor refused to talk to investigators.The death of Damond, a life coach who was engaged to be married a month after the shooting, sparked outrage in both the U.S. and Australia. It also cost Minneapolis’ police chief her job and contributed to the electoral defeat of the city’s mayor a few months later.Damond was white. Noor, 33, is a Somali American who became a police officer with a mid-career switch from jobs in the business world. He testified that he became a police officer because he “wanted to serve,” and his hiring two years before the shooting was celebrated by Minneapolis leaders eager for a more diversified police force in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.He was fired after being charged.Neither officer had a body camera running when Damond was shot, something Harrity blamed on what he called a vague policy that didn’t require it. Both men switched on their cameras in time to capture the aftermath, which included their attempts to save Damond with CPR. But Noor’s bullet hit her in a key abdominal artery, and a medical examiner testified she lost so much blood so quickly that even faster medical care might not have saved her.Prosecutors sought to raise questions about the way police and state investigators handled the aftermath. They played excerpts from body cameras worn by responding officers that revealed many officers turning them on and off at will; one officer could be heard on his camera at one point telling Noor to “keep your mouth shut until you have to say anything to anybody.” They also highlighted the lack of forensic evidence proving Damond touched the squad car.But the case still came down to jurors’ assessment of whether Noor was justified in shooting, and they had only the officers’ testimony for a picture of the key moments. During his closing argument Monday, defense attorney Thomas Plunkett told jurors all that mattered was the “precise moment” in which Noor fired his gun and that they needed to consider whether Noor acted as a reasonable officer would act in the same circumstances. Prosecutor Amy Sweasy argued the shooting was not justified.In his only public statement about the shooting, Noor testified that after he heard the loud noise, he saw fear in Harrity’s eyes and heard his partner yell, “Oh Jesus!” as he went for his weapon. Noor said Harrity was having difficulty pulling his gun from his holster. Noor said he then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at Harrity’s window and raise her right arm.“I fired one shot,” he said, later adding: “My intent was to stop the threat and save my partner’s life.”Harrity was pressed by prosecutors about why he didn’t fire. He said he hadn’t evaluated whether there was a threat by the time Noor fired. When Sweasy asked Harrity whether it would have been premature for him to use deadly force, he said: “Yes, with what I had.”Both officers testified of their trust and high regard for each other. Both cried at points during their testimony.The jury included 10 men and two women. Six of the jurors, including the two women, are people of color.If convicted, the presumptive sentences vary from four years for the manslaughter charge to 12½ years for third-degree murder to 25½ years for second-degree murder.___Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amyforliti___Check out the AP’s complete coverage of Mohamed Noor’s trial: https://apnews.com/MohamedNoortrial
In an earnest effort, a centre for hearing-impaired children – Akshat, brings to you a fund raising exhibition of art. Curated by Ina Purie, the exhibition includes works of 39 seasoned artists. Art Alive gallery in the capital will display works of art in a preview of the exhibition on 7 May. The likes of KG Subramaniyan, Gulam Sheik, Jyoti Bhatt form the group of artists who readily came forth for this exhibition. Akshat nurtures 160 students and teaches them to become self reliant and confident. This honest effort deserves your contribution; join in the efforts.