St. Louis protests expose brutal police force

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Police attacks on protesters continue, Sept. 23.Fiery St. Louis protests continue nonstop despite brutal police violence against demonstrators that is drawing criticism from city officials, reporters and the community.Protests first erupted on Sept. 15, immediately after the acquittal of a white cop, Jason Stockley, accused of murdering a young Black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley was released despite damning evidence against him.During several days of protest, on Sept. 17, the following Sunday evening, police surrounded demonstrators in a move called kettling. Without warning they closed in, using excessive force and chemical weapons to arrest everyone, over 120 people.The American Civil Liberties Union is suing St. Louis police for “unacceptable, unlawful and unconstitutional” behavior and for dispersing a crowd engaged in constitutionally protected assembly. The suit accuses police of ramming a police car into a dispersing crowd, the use of kettling, excessive force, chemical sprays, illegal arrests and destroying people’s video footage of the cops’ actions.Mayor Lyda Krewson criticized police for derisively shouting “These streets are our streets,” mocking a political slogan used by demonstrators: “Whose streets? Our streets!” However, protesters say that the mayor continues to take the side of the police. They are demanding that Krewson and the city address the racist behavior and escalating repression by city police.Many protesters caught in last Sunday’s “kettle” were knocked down and cuffed. Cops removed their goggles and sprayed them directly in their face.  Several people who were not demonstrating were arrested and complained that they could not escape.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that an undercover police officer, unrecognized by other cops, was knocked down, cuffed and hit several times. The mayor is asking for an investigation into how cops treated that officer. (Sept. 23)Drew Burbridge, a visiting filmmaker, didn’t hear cops telling the crowd to disperse. He was caught in the kettle, pushed to the ground, grabbed and dragged away. He reported being sprayed with chemicals, knocked unconscious for 10 to 30 seconds and pepper-sprayed again when he came to. The mayor has not so far asked for an investigation into his case.U.S. Air Force Lt. Alex Nelson, who lives in the neighborhood, was trapped in the kettle, kicked in the face and blinded by pepper spray before being dragged away and arrested. The Associated Press reports that Nelson said, “I hear the police say it was their street, but it’s literally my street. I have coffee on that street, and I own property on that street.” (Sept. 23)Prosecutors claimed that minutes before fatally shooting Smith five times on December 12, 2011, Stockley announced his intent “kill this motherf**ker, don’t you know it.” They say Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car which was covered with DNA from Stockley, but none from Smith.The St. Louis demonstrations echo the 2011 Ferguson protests that helped give rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. In Ferguson, just 15 miles from St. Louis, protests erupted after the acquittal of another white cop, Darren Wilson, for the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.last_img read more

Egypt : journalist resurfaces in court after being missing for three months

first_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the warped methods used to prolong the pre-trial detention of journalists beyond the legal limit in Egypt, where Badr Mohamed Badr, an Al Jazeera journalist held since March 2017, resurfaced in court yesterday after being missing within the prison system for the past three months. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 6, 2021 Find out more Held preventively since March 2017 on charges of “membership of a terrorist group” and “spreading false news,” Badr should have been freed in March 2019 because, in theory at least, Egyptian law limits preventive detention to a maximum of two years.A court approved his release in late November 2019 but it was not carried out. Instead he went missing on 3 December, the date when the prison administration stopped providing any information about his case, leaving his family without any news of him for nearly three months.He finally resurfaced yesterday when he was brought before a Cairo security court on the grounds that he is to be the subject of a new investigation on suspicion of crimes that were not, however, specified.“As if nothing untoward had ever happened, the Egyptian justice system has reversed its decision to free Badr Mohamed Badr and has brought him back to light after a disappearance of several months,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “To keep journalists in prison and circumvent the two-year limit on preventive detention, they reset the counter to zero by opening a new investigation.”The same procedure was used with another Al Jazeera journalist, Mahmoud Hussein, whohas been held since December 2016. The authorities said they were going free him in May 2019 but his release did not take place and they finally said it had been cancelled on thegrounds that a new investigation had been ordered.Other journalists, including Moataz Wednan, Hassan Al-Banna Mubarak and Mostafa Al-Aasar, have also been held for more than two years in violation of the two-year limit on detention without trial.Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned Help by sharing this information February 1, 2021 Find out more News January 22, 2021 Find out more News to go further RSF_en News February 26, 2020 Egypt : journalist resurfaces in court after being missing for three months EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisoned News Receive email alerts Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Follow the news on Egyptlast_img read more

Freddie Mac Kicks Off 2016 With Largest Ever Delinquent Loan Auction

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago As Fannie Mae did earlier in January, Freddie Mac kicked off 2016 in a big way with residential non-performing loan (NPL) sales. On Friday, Freddie Mac announced its largest bulk NPL transaction yet—an auction of residential NPLs serviced by Nationstar Mortgage totaling $1.6 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB).The NPLs are being offered in seven pools—five Standard Pool Offerings (SPOs), which are geographically diversified, and two Extended Timeline Pool Offerings (EXPOs), which are geographically concentrated. EXPOs. While SPOs often include larger pools of loans, the loans featured in EXPOs include smaller pool sizes and a longer marketing period, and target participation from smaller investors, including non-profits and minority- and women-owned businesses (MWOBs). Bids are due on February 23 for the SPOs and March 8 for the EXPOs, and the sales are expected to settle in the second quarter of 2016.Freddie Mac’s last bulk NPL sale was completed in December when about 5,300 deeply delinquent loans serviced by Wells Fargo with an aggregate UPB of $1.1 billion were sold via auction in five SPOs. Pretium Mortgage was the winning bidder in three of the pools and 21st Mortgage Corporation and Rushmore Loan Management were the winners of the other two pools.Both GSEs have made a substantial push in the last year to follow the directive of their conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to excise NPLs and deeply delinquent loans from their residential mortgage portfolios. On January 12, Fannie Mae announced its first bulk NPL sale of 2016 and fourth overall. Like the Freddie Mac NPL auction announced on Friday, Fannie Mae’s first NPL sale of 2016 will be its biggest yet in terms of UPB, featuring 6,700 deeply delinquent loans in five pools totaling $1.35 billion in UPB. That sale includes four larger pools and a smaller Community Impact Pool targeting smaller investors, similar to Freddie Mac’s EXPOs.The transaction announced on Friday is Freddie Mac’s third bulk NPL sale worth more than $1 billion. The previous two were worth $1.1 billion each. Overall, it will be Freddie Mac’s ninth bulk Standard Pool Offering (SPO) auction since the first sale closed in August 2014 and the two EXPOs will be the second and third sold. Freddie Mac’s first-ever EXPO sold in June via auction to Corona Asset Management, and included 157 deeply delinquent loans with an aggregate UPB of about $31 million.All bidders must comply with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s enhanced requirements for NPL sales announced on March 2, which include approval by and good standing with government housing agencies (Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Ginnie Mae, and the Federal Housing Administration); evaluating borrowers for eligibility in the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP); and applying a “waterfall” of resolution tactics before resorting to foreclosure.For more information about Freddie Mac’s NPL sales, click here. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Freddie Mac Kicks Off 2016 With Largest Ever Delinquent Loan Auction Tagged with: Deeply Delinquent Loans Freddie Mac Loss Mitigation Non-Performing Loans Related Articles  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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. center_img Deeply Delinquent Loans Freddie Mac Loss Mitigation Non-Performing Loans 2016-01-22 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Kicks Off 2016 With Largest Ever Delinquent Loan Auction in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Sign up for DS News Daily January 22, 2016 2,013 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Ask the Economist: What Will be the Biggest Obstacles to Homeownership This Year? Next: SunTrust’s Mortgage Servicing Income Surges Amid Positive Earnings Report Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

Decision to close Bunbeg Post Office upheld

first_img Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Decision to close Bunbeg Post Office upheld RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleOver 1,100 Donegal householders in mortgage arrears for over 2 yearsNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 13/11/18 News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Its been confirmed that a decision by An Post to close Bunbeg Post Office has been upheld.The Post Office is one of 17 across the county earmarked for closure with a number of confirmed closures already made after appeal submissions were lodged.Following an Independent Review on An Post’s decision, as of the 1st February next year, all services at Bunbeg will be transferred to neighbouring post offices.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the disappointing news is a major blow for the community:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Local Councillor Micheal Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says in the wake of today’s news, the community must now take action:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter By News Highland – November 19, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Breaking: Four arrested in Lyra McKee murder probe

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest Breaking: Four arrested in Lyra McKee murder probe Detectives investigating the murder of Lyra McKee following violent disorder in Creggan in Derry on 18th April have arrested four people under Terrorism legislation.Aged 15, 18, 38 and 51, the four males were arrested in the city this morning in connection with the violence.They have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Musgrave Station, Belfast where they are currently being questioned by detectives.The senior detective leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, said: “As part of this morning’s operation detectives carried out searches at four houses in the city and arrested four people in connection with the violence which was orchestrated on the streets of Creggan on the evening of Lyra McKee’s murder.They are currently in custody where they are being questioned.To date, more than 140 people have provided images, footage and other details to police via their dedicated Major Incident Public Portal.People with information are still being urged to contact detectives on 101. Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – May 9, 2019 center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Previous articleFears for job losses in Donegal over lack of supports for suckler farmsNext articleMaolíosa McHugh selected to replace outgoing MLA Michaela Boyle News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Employers urged to do it themselves

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Organisationsare being encouraged to come up with their own solutions to prove how their HR policiesaffect performance, by the woman leading the Accounting for People Task Force.Thetaskforce, which launches its consultation paper today, is to produce bestpractice guidance, enabling organisations to demonstrate the value of their HRpolicies.ChairDenise Kingsmill stressed the taskforce is not attempting to come up with a‘one-size fits all’ approach, but wants employers to come up with ways ofmeasuring human capital management (HCM) to suit their individual businesses. “Ithink businesses in this country can be pretty creative when they understandwhat is best for them and I hope they will figure out what is the best way ofdoing this,” she said.However,the document, based on the latest research on HCM and discussions with experts,does provide some suggestions for how companies can start to measure theeffectiveness of their people management. Theconsultation paper finds there are two main ways in which HCM can enhanceperformance. One is through raising the skills base of employees via appropriaterecruitment and retention, training and broad-based developmental activity; theother is by enhancing employee motivation and ability to use their skillsthrough measures such as the design of their reward system, participativeproblem-solving and team work.Theconsultation document also identifies the need for some standard reporting inareas such as workforce profile, labour management relations, retention,training, and remuneration.Consultationwill remain open to mid-July when the taskforce will start processingresponses. Kingsmill plans to report to trade and industry secretary PatriciaHewitt in October.Thesubsequent guidance will enable large employers to meet new performancereporting responsibilities under the forthcoming Companies Act.Thereports, termed Operating and Financial Reviews, are expected to be publishedalong with company annual reports.Organisationswill have a duty to report on all factors material to their future performance.However, Kingsmill emphasised that businesses will have the freedom to decidewhether these ‘factors’ include their people.”Itis up to each company to decide for themselves what they report on and if theythink people are material to their success. Obviously I think they are,”she said.Sendyour views to the Accounting for People Task Force, at Room 493, DTI, No 1,Victoria Street, London. SW1 0ET or by e-mail to: [email protected] Willmott and Quentin ReadeEmployers need to ask:1.      Do we believe our people and HCM practices have an impact onperformance?2.      Do we believe our board should try and understand the linkbetween these practices and performance to ensure our HCM strategy complementsand supports the business strategy?3.      How can we demonstrate to our own and our stakeholders’satisfaction that this is happening? Employers urged to do it themselvesOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Heart rate and oxygen consumption of exercising gentoo penguins

first_imgHeart rate () and oxygen consumption () were recorded from gentoo penguins walking on a variable-speed treadmill. After an initial increase, and increased linearly with walking speed. A curvilinear regression equation best described the relationship between and . Over a 3-d period, and were recorded continuously from six gentoo penguins that had been injected with doubly labeled water (DLW). When was used to predict over the 3 d, the estimate uwas not significantly different from the measured with an error (-1.0%) that was less than that produced by the DLW method (+ 1.6%). The estimate produced by the technique was also accurate when applied both to shorter periods (30 min) and to periods of activity and inactivity. Seven gentoo penguins were also swum in a water channel, and and were again recorded. The relationship between and determined from the birds in the water channel was not significantly different from that obtained from the walking birds. It is seems reasonable that, since the relationship of most behaviors of the penguin have been determined while the animal is walking and swimming, can be used to predict the metabolic rate of free-ranging animals.last_img read more

A new percussion hammer mechanism for a borehole deployable subglacial sediment corer

first_imgSubglacial sediments have the potential to reveal information about the controls on glacier flow, changes in ice-sheet history and characterise life in those environments. Retrieving sediments from beneath the ice, through hot water drilled access holes at remote field locations, present many challenges. Motivated by the need to minimise weight, corer diameter and simplify assembly and operation, British Antarctic Survey, in collaboration with UWITEC, developed a simple mechanical percussion corer. At depths over 1000 m however, manual operation of the percussion hammer is compromised by the lack of clear operator feedback at the surface. To address this, we present a new auto-release-recovery percussion hammer mechanism that makes coring operations depth independent and improves hammer efficiency. Using a single rope tether for both the corer and hammer operation, this modified percussion corer is relatively simple to operate, easy to maintain, and has successfully operated at a depth of >2130 m.last_img read more

New Maritime Strategy to Increase US Navy’s Forward Presence

first_img View post tag: New New Maritime Strategy to Increase US Navy’s Forward Presence Authorities View post tag: sea View post tag: US March 17, 2015 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today New Maritime Strategy to Increase US Navy’s Forward Presence View post tag: Naval The US sea services released a new maritime strategy, a plan that describes how the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will design, organize, and employ naval forces in support of national security interests and homeland security objectives.The new strategy, titled, “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready,” accounts for changes in the global security environment, new strategic guidance, and a changed fiscal environment.The essential functions of the maritime strategy released in 2007 were adjusted to include a new function called “all domain access” which underscores the challenges forces face in accessing and operating in contested environments.The new strategy emphasizes operating forward and engaging partners across the globe, especially in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Increasing Navy’s Forward PresenceThe strategy calls for increasing the Navy’s forward presence to 120 ships by 2020, up from about 97 ships today. This includes forward-basing four ballistic missile defense destroyers in Spain and stationing another attack submarine in Guam by the end of 2015.The Navy is scheduled to increase presence in the Middle East from 30 ships today to 40 by 2020.The strategy reinforces the continued need to strengthen partnerships and alliances by stressing the importance of operating in NATO maritime groups and participating in international training exercises.Additionally, the strategy outlines plans to maintain readiness by implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan, which improves readiness and leads to a predictable cycle for maintaining, training and deploying carrier strike groups and amphibious ships.The document features four sections: global security environment, forward presence and partnership, seapower in support of national security, and force design: building the future force.Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: americas View post tag: Maritime View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Security View post tag: services View post tag: strategy View post tag: issue View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Oxford students working with community

first_imgThe Student Consultancy and Community Action Groups Oxfordshire are working together to get students involved in the local community. The programme lasts 8 weeks, pairing students with local Small and Medium Enterprises, charities or community organisations.Jon Williams, a team leader and Medicinal Chemistry DPhil candidate at Jesus, described the current student contribution, saying “there are seven teams of students working on different Community Action Group projects, including stock management at Sandford Farmer’s market and developing marketing strategy at Dean Court Community Centre.”Williams explained the benefits brought by the programme as “mutual, in that we are able to contribute positively to the local community, whilst also developing key employability skills, such as market research, data analysis and presentation skills.“Working with a small community organisation means there is real potential for tangible impact.” At the moment, Williams’ team is working on funding and market research at the Barracks Lane Community Garden, hoping to boost involvement in the garden.Jonathan Black, a director at the Careers Service described the projects to assist local organisations as “ a progressive and value adding link between ‘town and gown’” that will “undoubtedly build a positive image of the university and its students within these groups.”Black further stated that the programme attracts students from across the range of colleges, year-groups and subjects and provides an opportunity “to break out of the ‘bubble’ and engage with the local community, while learning useful consulting skills, experiencing team work and developing business awareness.“Most students do not want to be consultants in their future, but see this as a way to learn what consulting is about, in a successful and supportive programme.”The students are expected to add value to the organisations with which they work; Black expressed that the Careers Service hopes for students to come up with “well-researched and useable suggestions to the strategic problems facing these groups.”When asked for comment on the new projects, the University press office agreed that “this community engagement has benefits not only for the individuals concerned but also for the University as a whole, deepening the University’s relationship with the city and the region.”Moreover, the press office reiterated its goal “to make a major contribution to improving the quality of life of people in the region”, and cited the great works done by Oxford students dating back centuries: “Oxford students pioneered student volunteering in the 19th century, and the student body today is heavily involved in voluntary community activity of every kind.”The Student Consultancy has been swiftly expanding and will have co-ordinated 47 projects and nearly 200 students over the 2011-12 academic year. The Careers Service hopes to further grow this figure to around 25 projects per term, it has recently received a grant from HEIF enabling the project to grow to 100 students a term.last_img read more