‘We don’t accept their apology, we want action!’

first_imgAfter 27 days of nonstop protests against police brutality in Philadelphia, city officials finally apologized for their decision to let police and SWAT units use tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets on protesters June 1. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw held a joint press conference June 25, where they admitted the use of force against people demonstrating on I-676 was “unjustifiable.” Both claimed they changed their minds about the police attacks on protesters based on videos that surfaced since the June 1 demonstration.Philly REAL Justice at protest against police May 30.Most likely the video that forced their hand was a 10-minute clip posted earlier in the day by the New York Times, in which Philadelphia police are clearly shown attacking protesters. By late afternoon June 1, around 1,000 protesters had peacefully entered the highway. With no warning, SWAT teams moved in from both sides, trapping the protesters between the two units. SWAT, state and local police fired tear gas and pepper spray toward the crowd, even as people tried to escape, but they were trapped on the steep embankment.Officers repeatedly pepper-sprayed demonstrators, in some cases pulling down people’s face masks before spraying their faces. Many people were injured during the police attack and dozens were arrested. Workers World photographer Joe Piette was injured and his camera destroyed when police fired a rubber bullet directly at him from 20 feet away. Police in tanks later pepper-sprayed him and other demonstrators who were walking home, blocks away from the highway.A key unanswered question is whether Kenney and Outlaw would have issued an apology had the Times not covered the police attack. Incidentally it took place the same day that Washington, D.C., police, reinforced by local National Guard troops, at the behest of Trump pushed peaceful demonstrators with tear gas, pepper balls and munitions from in front of the White House before Trump’s notorious photo op.Kenney and Outlaw also failed to address an outrageous 14-3 vote by the City Council on June 26 that approved Philadelphia’s fiscal budget for  2021, but took no action to decrease police funding — a key demand of multiple protests. Many see this action by a Democratic mayor and Democratic city council as a betrayal of Black Philadelphians and the entire working class of the city.Police:  Occupying force in Black communitiesOn June 26, members of the Black Philly Radical Collective held their own press conference across from the Liberty Bell. The group includes Philly REAL Justice, the Human Rights Coalition, Mobilization 4 Mumia, MOVE, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement and Reclaim Philadelphia.Speakers denounced Kenney and Outlaw for their refusal to apologize for a police attack on May 31 against peaceful protesters in the predominantly African-American area in West Philadelphia around 52 and Market Streets.  Ant Smith, with REAL Justice, stated,  “There were about 15 of us demonstrating.  Police, SWAT teams and National Guard units quickly moved in, firing tear gas and pepper spray at random people just standing on 52 Street. Police went down the streets in the hood as an army — an occupying force. “They had a tank, and as it rolled down the streets, a man in the turret just fired pepper spray and tear gas back and forth. At the end of the day we got shot at by the National Guard using rubber bullets. Several people were injured, including one woman hit in the eye and a man hit in his chest. They didn’t use this kind of force against Center City protesters the day before.”After Smith was arrested by police later in the evening of May 31, he was driven around in a police van until 3 a.m., then dropped off miles from his neighborhood in the middle of a city curfew. He called for “police out of our communities.”Kamau Mshale denounced Kenney’s and Outlaw’s press conference, noting, “Kenney is not being honest. Outlaw is not being honest. Kenney says that police were justified when they attacked protesters in the Black community. We don’t accept their apology. We want action!”YahNé Ndgo challenged those who attack Black residents because of “looting,” which  took place following the police attack. “People who went into stores to take things wouldn’t be doing this if their needs were being met. They also distributed items to community residents in need. This was not capitalist hoarding.“We call for funding of communities — not cops.  We want a decrease in funding for the Philadelphia Police Department over a five-year period until it is completely defunded.”Many Black Lives Matter activists and supporters across the city also denounced the PPD for their openly biased coddling of violent, white right-wing protesters who were allowed, on several occasions, to punch, kick, shove and threaten counterdemonstrators as police stood by, some even laughing at the attacks. The first instance of this fascist mob violence took place on June 1 in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia, with white men carrying bats, axes and even guns, threatening Black residents. Reporters who tried to cover the scene were beaten by the pro-Trump demonstrators.  In a similar scene on June 23, when 50 Black Lives Matter protesters marched to the statue of Christopher Columbus, they were confronted by 100 people with baseball bats, golf clubs and hammers. After repeatedly hurling racist slurs at a Black photographer covering the protest, one white man punched him in the face as police did nothing. Attorney Kevin Mincey, who represents some of the BLM protesters who were pepper-sprayed on June 1, stated, “If there was a Black Lives Matter protest where all the participants were carrying baseball bats, hammers and other makeshift weapons, that protest wouldn’t make it 10 feet down the street before police stopped them.” (Philly.com, June 26)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalists boycott the official press day and step up their struggle

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced support today for the journalists who plan to hold a one-day hunger strike to protest against press freedom violations tomorrow – Press Day in Iran – and to boycott an official ceremony at which the minister of culture and Islamic guidance is to award prizes to the press. News News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa August 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists boycott the official press day and step up their struggle Help by sharing this information RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced support today for the journalists who plan to hold a one-day hunger strike to protest against press freedom violations tomorrow – Press Day in Iran – and to boycott an official ceremony at which the minister of culture and Islamic guidance is to award prizes to the press.”While staging a pseudo-homage to the work of journalists, the Iranian authorities try to strip them of their right to work and push forward day by day with their campaign of repression,” the organisation said. “We reaffirm our support for the movement of Iranian journalists who bravely refuse to let themselves be gagged, and we call on the Iranian authorities to listen to their demands.”Tomorrow’s protest will be a continuation of the movement begun on 26 July with a sit-in by more than 250 people outside the Journalists Association in Tehran. It will be a day of “mourning” for the closure of the major reformist newspapers and the threats hanging over the press. Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi announced at the end of July that journalists who wrote for the closed newspapers will be banned from working altogether. They are appealing for international support and solidarity for their movement.It is also tomorrow that Emadoldin Baghi – a figurehead of the reformist press – is due to appear before the Tehran prosecutor. No explanation had been given for this summons, the latest of many Baghi has received since his release in February 2003.Baghi was sentenced in October 2000 to three years in prison for “threatening national security” and “dissemination false news.” Following his release, he edited the reformist daily Jomhouriat, which was forced to close on 18 July. He also founded a group that defends prisoners’ rights. March 18, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick asthmatics not using life-saving service

first_imgPrint Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland today launches the first national respiratory inhaler recycling pilot Previous articleUHL not worst in Trolley crisisNext articleSlow Riot release Voyeur /Burn in the City this Friday Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter MANY of the 18,000  Limerick people who suffer from asthma are not availing of a free service that could give them a much better quality of life and even save their lives.And the new chief executive of the Asthma Society of Ireland is now calling on them to avail of the society’s Adviceline service.Speaking about Limerick’s calls to the free Adviceline service, Sarah O’Connor said: “18,443 people in Limerick have asthma and we are concerned that they are not availing of the free Adviceline service. We would love to receive more calls so that we can help people with asthma feel well, keep their asthma under control, and lead the fullest life, symptom-free.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The Advicline specialist nurse works through what to do in the event of an asthma attack, follows up an appointment with a family doctor or specialist to answer any questions, deals with what triggers may be setting off a person’s asthma, and helps people to self-manage their condition“This really equips people with the information and skills to improve their health and users have provided extensive feedback that this has had a positive impact on their lives,” Ms O’Connor explained.The Asthma Adviceline is available at 1800 44 54 64.A recent partnership review undertaken jointly by the HSE and the Asthma Society of Ireland provided evidence that the service has an impact for people with asthma or parents of children with asthma, helping them to manage the condition to better effect.Commenting on the partnership, Shirley Keane from the HSE said: “Children miss an average of ten days at school each year due to asthma. Our research shows that the Adviceline service helps 70 per cent of callers aged 50 years and under, avoid missing school or work due to their asthma.”.Callers can avail of the service by calling the free phone number between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday. A call-back appointment with an experienced respiratory nurse specialist will be scheduled for a time and day that suits each individual caller.“Asthma is a long-term illness which can be complex and the advice and support offered by a specialist nurse can inspire confidence in the message of self-management and reassure callers or families of people living with these lifelong chronic conditions,” Ms O’Connor concluded.For more health news click here  WhatsApp Facebook Emailcenter_img Advertisement Dedicated Mid West virus helpline launched RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsHealthLimerick asthmatics not using life-saving serviceBy Bernie English – March 21, 2018 3755 Linkedin TAGSasthma attackAsthma Society IrelandAsthmaticshelplineinhalerinhalerslimerick last_img read more

Donegal LPT compliance 12% below national average so far this year

first_img Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Donegal LPT compliance 12% below national average so far this year Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleHistoric Herdmans Mill site bought by Strabane Euromillions winnerNext articleThree men arrested in relation to East Donegal robberies News Highland WhatsApp Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Pinterest Google+ Revenue says it has collected 310 million euro from Local Property Tax and Household Charge, over ten million ahead of target, up until the end of June.Nationally, Property Tax compliance rates so far in 2014 are estimated to be 94%. So far in Donegal this year, 8.7 million euro has been collected, a compliance rate of just over 82%..Last year, Donegal had the lowest compliance rate in the country at 89% against a national figure of 95%. Pinterest By News Highland – July 18, 2014 last_img read more

In Digital Era, Employees Working In Different States To Be Treated As ‘One Work Place’ For Purposes Of Sexual Harassment At Workplace: Rajasthan High Court

News UpdatesIn Digital Era, Employees Working In Different States To Be Treated As ‘One Work Place’ For Purposes Of Sexual Harassment At Workplace: Rajasthan High Court Akshita Saxena12 Jan 2021 7:00 AMShare This – xThe Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court has made it clear that in the digital age, posting of the Complainant in a different state from the accused would not be a barrier in prosecuting the latter for sexual harassment at workplace. “In the present digital world, work place for employees working in the Bank and who have earlier worked in the same Branch and later on shifted…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court has made it clear that in the digital age, posting of the Complainant in a different state from the accused would not be a barrier in prosecuting the latter for sexual harassment at workplace. “In the present digital world, work place for employees working in the Bank and who have earlier worked in the same Branch and later on shifted to different branches which may be situated in different States has to be treated completely as one work place on a digital platform,” a Single Bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma observed. Background The Judge was presiding over a petition filed by a Chief Manager of Bank of Baroda, accused of sexual harassment by a subordinate employee, seeking quashing of a charge sheet issued to him by the Disciplinary Authority of the Bank. The Petitioner had stated that the Authority did not have the jurisdiction in this matter for the following reasons: 1. The petitioner is working in a different State while the complainant who has lodged a complaint for sexual harassment is in another State. It was argued that in terms of Bank of Baroda Officer Employees’ (Discipline and Appeal) Regulations, 1976, inquiry could have been initiated only when the petitioner commits any sexual harassment at the work place. Since the petitioner is different from that of the complainant, charge sheet could not have been issued to the petitioner and no inquiry could be conducted. 2. The allegation in the charge sheet relating to sending of obscene messages is after working hours and therefore, also charge sheet is misconceived and inquiry could not have been conducted. Findings The Court observed that in the present digital world, work place for employees working in different branches/ States has to be treated completely as “one work place” on a digital platform. It held, “If a person may be posted in Jaipur and acts on a digital platform harassing another lady who may be posted in a different State, it would come within the ambit of being harassed in a common work place.” Rejecting the second contention raised by the Petitioner, the Court observed that even if messages are sent after working hours, it would amount to causing harassment and prima facie would come within the meaning of misconduct under the Regulations of 1976. In the facts of the case, nevertheless, the Court made it clear that the Petitioner was holding the post of Chief Manager and the work timings for officers of senior level cannot be taken into consideration as between 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM alone. Case Title: Sanjeev Mishra v. Bank of Baroda & Ors. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Story read more

Ministers urged to address ownership of Lough Foyle

first_img Ministers urged to address ownership of Lough Foyle AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleThe Score – 24/09/20Next article5,000 Donegal jobs on the line over new restrictions News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – September 25, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsAppcenter_img The Minister of Foreign Affairs has been urged to engage robustly with the British Government on the ownership of Lough Foyle.Jurisdiction over the Lough has long been disputed and Donegal Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn has appealed now to Minister Simon Coveney and Minister Charlie McConalogue to urgently draw up joint legislation to give powers to agencies to regulate aquaculture on the Lough.Deputy MacLochlainn told the Dail that Brexit hurtling down the tracks is another issue that needs immediate action to protect the fishing communities of Donegal:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/paddail1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

US Navy ballistic missile submarine changes command

first_img US Navy ballistic missile submarine changes command View post tag: USS Pennsylvania One of two crews assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) held a change of command ceremony at the Keyport Undersea Museum on January 13.Cmdr. Steven Everhart, relieved Cmdr. John Cage as commander of the Blue crew.Most notably, the Blue crew recently returned from a 92-day patrol, where they conducted a scheduled port visit to Apra Harbor, Guam. This was the first time since 1986 that an SSBN has pulled into Guam.Cage assumed command of Pennsylvania’s Blue crew March 28, 2014. During his leadership, the crew completed four strategic deterrent patrols, they received the Pacific Fleet Outstanding Trident Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the retention excellence award. Also, 121 officers and enlisted sailors received their submarine warfare qualifications, or “dolphins” during Cage’s time in command.Cage’s next duty station is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he will serve as the Director for Strategic Forces, Nuclear Weapons, and Force Protection at Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.“To the crew, the ones who really deserve all of the credit for the success of Pennsylvania during my tour, you stand a watch that most people never think about, yet it’s the one that has helped keep our country safe for almost 60 years,” said Cage.Everhart comes to Pennsylvania from Washington D.C., where he served as the executive officer of the Operations, Evaluation and Training Branch of Strategic Systems Programs.Pennsylvania is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the most survivable leg of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy ballistic missile submarine changes command View post tag: US Navy January 16, 2017 Authorities View post tag: Ohio-class Share this articlelast_img read more

Imperial College sets fees at £9,000

first_imgDespite claims that the top level of fees would only be charged in “exceptional circumstances”, Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students, has warned that virtually all London universities will charge the highest rate of fees because they do not fear losing students.Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Porter said, “Prices are set on things like perceived prestige and the desirability of location, so the demand for London universities will hold up well despite the increase in fees.”He also stressed fears that higher fees might mean students at more costly universities will be more “middle class, privately educated”, while poorer students will be “driven out”.Porter’s comments come in the wake of London’s Imperial College becoming the first university in England to formally announce that it wants to charge the maximum level of tuition fees.Imperial plans to charge £9,000 for all of its subjects from 2012 onwards. The decision has been made to “maintain the excellence of the education we provide to students.”Cambridge University is yet to complete its decision-making process but has already proposed fees of the full £9, 000, with the recommendation backed by its Council.Cambridge’s independent review warned that charging less than the top rate would raise questions about the university’s commitment to quality.Imperial College’s Rector, Keith O’Nions, commented, “Our message to the outside world is that for those who can manage Imperial’s courses, the college will work to ensure they can manage its costs.”Porter said, “It wouldn’t surprise me if universities like London South Bank and the University of East London chose to put themselves in the same price category as Imperial College by virtue of where they are, even though they don’t have the same reputation or history.”He added, “It’s right to say the reasons the market will not be a reflection of quality is because in London demand outstrips supply.”David Barclay, OUSU President, said, “OUSU is fighting against the proposal to go straight to £9,000 because we think this University has the resources to make a stand against an unprecedented change in the system which has not, and will not, be explained to prospective applicants.“At the same time we’re working to secure the most generous student support package in the country, which would include substantial fee waivers for students from the poorest backgrounds and a central bursary system which would allow all students to be able to live comfortably in Oxford without having to find a job during term.”Oxford has yet to decide its policy on tuition fee increases, but many anticipate the same decision as Imperial College.“There have been suggestions that if universities such as Cambridge and Imperial opt for the higher level of fees, it will make it harder for other leading universities, such as Oxford, to charge less.One student at Ruskin College, and member of the Oxford University Labour Club, commented, “What’s happening is an overt marketisation of education. This is a suicidal move.”Kevin Feeney, a student at Trinity College, was also against the proposals, arguing that “this reckless proposal would mortgage away students’ futures and I strongly condemn it.”However Peter Hamilton, a current student at Imperial, commented that a place at the London college is still “100% worth it. Even with the new fees the degree is worth every penny.”last_img read more

State Brief Cites Religion In Defending Fetal-Remains Statute In U. S.

first_imgabortionabotation State Brief Cites Religion In Defending Fetal-Remains Statute In U. S.Dave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThe state is continuing to defend Indiana’s fetal-remains statute that a federal judge blocked after a U.S. Supreme Court decision this year reinforced prohibitions against laws restricting a woman’s right to abortion. The state is relying in part on “astonishing” religious practices to make its case.Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is defending House Enrolled Act 1337 that Gov. Mike Pence signed into law this year. The statute requiring burial or cremation of fetal tissue was barred from taking effect when District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted an injunction blocking its enforcement.Pratt ruled that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky had shown that law’s requirements weren’t legitimate state interests, the law was likely unconstitutional, and Planned Parenthood was likely to win its challenge to the law.Pratt’s ruling in June came days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Texas law in a 5-3 decision that said strict new regulations on abortion clinics were unnecessary and constituted an undue burden on a woman’s right to abortion. Planned Parenthood this week moved for summary judgment in its favor.The state also has moved for summary judgment in its favor. A 44-page brief in support of the motion filed Wednesday lays out the state’s legal arguments about why the fetal-remains provisions are compelling state interests. But the state also relies on religious arguments, citing such authorities as the web page “10 Astonishing Death Customs of Hindus.”“In Hindu culture, the body of a miscarried fetus is always buried (rather than cremated, as is usually done for adults) to liberate the soul inside of the child,” according to the state’s brief.“Multiple Christian denominations also treat fetal remains the same as human remains. … The Roman Catholic Church is among this group. Catholic churches across the country bury miscarried or stillborn fetuses, holding ceremonies that resemble traditional funerals.“In short, there exists within American (and Hoosier) society substantial and diverse religious, cultural, and historical tradition for proper humane disposal of fetal remains, regardless whether the fetus was viable,” the state says. It also cites traditions of the Antiochean Orthodox Church and the General Association of General Baptists.The state’s brief also argues that the requirement would increase the cost of an abortion by only $6 to $12. “Such a marginal increase in cost cannot plausibly call into question the validity of the disposal requirement,” the brief says.The statute, which proponents dubbed the “Dignity for the Unborn” law, also would have prevented abortions on the basis of genetic abnormality, race, sex or ancestry. The state argues these restrictions are compelling interests in preventing discrimination while respecting a woman’s privacy interests.“The mother’s right to abortion is not so absolute that she may freely make an abortion decision based not only on whether she wants to have a baby at all, but also based on whether a particular baby is to her liking in terms of race, sex and disability,” the state asserts.“States are well within their constitutional authority to create informed consent provisions for abortion procedures,” the brief argues in support of another provision of HEA 1337 that requires information be provided about its anti-discrimination provisions. “Within this latitude, states may encourage women to carry the child rather than undergo an abortion.”In her June order granting an injunction, Pratt also said Planned Parenthood “clearly demonstrated that the anti-discrimination provisions and the information dissemination provision should be enjoined pending resolution of this litigation. It is likely to succeed on the merits of its challenges to these provisions as the anti-discrimination provisions directly contravene well-established law that precludes a state from prohibiting a woman from electing to have an abortion prior to fetal viability. Similarly, the information dissemination provision is likely unconstitutional as it requires abortion providers to convey false information regarding the anti-discrimination provisions to their patients.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Love Cheesecakes crowdfunds £90k for expansion

first_imgLove Cheesecakes has secured £90,000 to create two new retail units in the north west, after attracting more than 140 investors in just over two weeks.Love Cheesecakes raised £90k in 15 days through the crowdfunding website, Crowdcube. With the investment, it will open two mobile retail units based in shopping centres, and will double its event equipment and chilled packaging for online orders.The company designs, manufactures and sells individual fresh cheesecakes to consumers and the trade.Founder James Asquith told British Baker: “Love Cheesecakes is currently looking to create three retail units across the north west of England and is preparing to undertake a marketing campaign. It is now retail-ready and is in discussion with supermarkets.“Once we have designed and finalised our chilled packaging design and distribution service, we can start to offer our cheesecakes across the UK and for export.”last_img read more