Opponents seek to prolong conflict of interest allegations directed at Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Opposition parties took turns criticizing Bill Morneau on Monday as they tried to drag out a stinging ethics controversy that has swarmed the finance minister for weeks.Back in the House of Commons after a week away in their ridings, opposition MPs zeroed in on Morneau over his involvement in a pension-reform bill that they allege put him in a conflict of interest.Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has launched a formal examination of Morneau’s work to introduce Bill C-27, which critics insist will benefit his former company in which he owned about $21 million worth of shares.After the ethics controversy erupted, he sold off his holdings in Morneau Shepell, a human-resources company he built with his father, and vowed to place his other considerable assets in a blind trust.Morneau announced Monday that he fulfilled another promise to donate the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — an amount estimated at about $5 million. His office said he gave the money to the Toronto Foundation, where the funds will support charities for homeless youth, AIDS awareness, book banks for kids and after-school programs.That announcement, however, didn’t stop political foes Monday from taking their first crack at questioning Morneau on Dawson’s decision to take a closer look at whether the finance minister was in a conflict of interest.“The minister just said that now that he has sold all of his shares in Morneau Shepell he can now work on behalf of Canadians,” said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, who accused Morneau of hiding behind Dawson.“What does that say about the last two years while he held those shares? During that time, he introduced a bill creating the very targeted-benefit pension plans that his company designs and profits from.”New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen said the Liberal government’s pension bill is not only an attack on workers’ pensions, it’s a “massive” conflict of interest involving Morneau.“It seems this prime minister will walk across broken glass to defend his ethically embattled finance minister, but won’t lift a finger to help out Canadian pensioners,” Cullen said.In defending Morneau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused opponents of trying to undermine the integrity of the federal ethics watchdog.Trudeau called their criticisms as nothing but “cheap shots” and “mud-slinging.”Morneau’s opponents also had fresh fuel for Monday’s attacks.The Canada Post Pension Advisory Council revealed it had alerted Dawson in a letter on Sept. 18 that Morneau could be in a conflict of interest over the pension bill and its potential benefits for Morneau Shepell.Dawson, however, only opened an examination earlier this month after media reports shed light on the issue.Peter Whitaker, an elected official on the council, said Monday that Dawson’s office only responded to his letter Friday after the media started asking her questions about the message.“It’s frustrating,” said the retired postal worker, who would like to see Bill C-27 abandoned.Whitaker’s letter also noted that Morneau was executive chair of Morneau Shepell in 2012 when the company acquired the pension administration arm of Mercer Canada Inc., which is the chief actuary for Canada Post. He alleged Morneau Shepell could get an inside track on administrative business related to Bill C-27.He added that Morneau’s decision to sell his shares was “too little, too late” and insisted the bill is now tainted.Whitaker also shared an email response he received from Dawson’s office.It said that while it considers information from the public, the public doesn’t have standing under the Conflict of Interest Act. Her office added that the act does not apply to private companies, therefore it wouldn’t apply to Whitaker’s concerns about Mercer Canada.On Monday, Dawson’s office issued a public statement: “There is no requirement to follow up on a complaint from a member of the public. However, the commissioner has the discretion to self-initiate an examination, if she has reasonable grounds to believe that the act has been contravened.”Bill C-27 would amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act so that federally regulated companies and Crown corporations would have the option of setting up target benefit plans for their employees, instead of defined benefit plans.Morneau introduced it in October 2016, but it has languished on the order paper since then.Opponents, including unions, say the bill would erode the stability of workers’ defined benefit plans, while proponents say the changes would give employers more flexibility in helping their employees plan for retirement.Morneau has been facing intense criticism about his integrity for weeks now after information surfaced showing that, based on Dawson’s advice, he had not divested or placed his shares in a blind trust.“I will continue to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that her examination is completed,” Morneau said Monday in the House.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

France lauds initialing Skhirat agreement by Libyan parties

Paris – France lauded the initialing by the Libyan parties, on Saturday, of the Skhirat agreement, adding that this accord is the outcome of several months of UN-brokered talks.“We laud the work done by UNSG special representative Bernardino Leon and thank Morocco for hosting these talks,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius in a statement on Sunday.The Libyan parties have a historic responsibility, he said, noting that this agreement will open a new page in the history of Libya. France is ready to support Libya and Libyan people to implement this agreement in coordination with all its partners, said the statement.The Libyan parties to the conflict initialed, on Saturday in Skhirat, this agreement to solve the Libyan crisis which has been running for over 3 years.The signing ceremony was attended by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and speakers of the houses of representatives and of advisors, Rachid Talbi Alami and Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah respectively. read more

Ban emphasizes UNs role in global efforts on nuclear safety

20 May 2011Stressing that the United Nations has a “clear role to play” in nuclear safety, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he would present world leaders with ideas on disaster preparedness at the annual meeting of the General Assembly this September. Speaking at a video conference with the heads of UN agencies to discuss the implications of the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in March, Mr. Ban said nuclear safety is a matter of “global public interest.”“The UN has a clear role to play in facilitating this discussion,” he said. “To advance this agenda, I will convene a high-level meeting on 22 September on nuclear safety and security.” Mr. Ban said that at that meeting he would “present a UN system-wide study on the implications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.”“The report will touch on a variety of areas, including environment, health, food security, sustainable development and the nexus between nuclear safety and nuclear security. It will also present system-wide views on how to improve disaster risk preparedness.“As I said when the world marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the time has come for a global rethink on nuclear energy and safety issues. While acknowledging that each State has the right to define its national energy policy, our common objective is to deepen our understanding of the entire range of issues relating to development of nuclear energy and its safety transcending national borders. Going forward, the effects of a nuclear plant disaster – from prevention to clean-up – should be more fully reflected in the assessment of how to ensure the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and maximum safety.”The Secretary-General presented a five-point action plan on nuclear safety last month during a visit to Kiev, Ukraine. Earlier this month he told a disaster risk reduction conference in Geneva that “we must accelerate our efforts. The world’s vulnerability to disaster risks is growing faster than our ability to increase resilience. As a result of global climate change, weather-related hazards are on the rise. Nuclear safety and the threat of multiple hazards add an even greater sense of urgency.” The video conference is part of a series of such system-wide meetings with UN experts and agency chiefs to analyse the implications of the Fukushima incidents, and draw conclusions on nuclear and other risk preparedness. The meeting’s participants included: Yukio Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission; Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; and senior representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

WatchCanadians swindled out of 17 million by cryptocurrency scams this year to

TORONTO — Canadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016.The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015, which was roughly $284,000.As bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above US$17,000 mark last week, criminals appear to be increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to extort payment from their victims as well.These new figures come after police in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario warned in recent months to beware of scams involving demands for a transfer of funds using bitcoin.RCMP in Langley, B.C., last month said a woman received a call from what she believed was her husband’s cellphone and someone posing as a police officer, asking for bail to secure her spouse’s release.Police said the woman followed the caller’s instructions and paid them $5,000 in bitcoin, before receiving a call from her husband who was sitting at home and never arrested in the first place. read more

Individual killed following shooting incident in Divulapitiya

A individual was killed following a shooting incident in Henpitagedara, Divulapitiya today. The shooting incident involved an underworld gang and the Police Special Task Force (STF).The Police said that seven suspects were later arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

Commercial vehicle output remains down in May

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commercial vehicle output fell 32.2% in May, as restructuring impacts continue.Manufacturing down 22.8% over the year-to-date, with output for both home and export down.Production expected to stabilise in late summer.“UK commercial vehicle output continued to feel the effects of last year’s production restructuring with volumes down 32% in May. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, as we look forward to the end of this impact in late summer,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The next few months will also see new models rolling off UK assembly lines, which will help boost production numbers.”CV manufacturing output rolling year total CV manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for May 2014. read more

Marners magic the difference as speedy Leafs start strong vs Bruins

BROWSE Mitch Marner | toronto maple leafs If you want to count the ways the Toronto Maple Leafs have changed from the team that got pounded in this building 12 months ago, start here: Mitch Marner, swooping across the defensive zone, ready to pounce.Even while killing a penalty, he was looking for prey.All it took was the slightest bobble of the puck for Marner to close the gap, swipe it from Jake DeBrusk’s blade and break in alone. DeBrusk chased hard and hauled him down, but Marner left Tuukka Rask guessing wrong on a short-handed penalty shot that swung the entire direction of Game 1 in Toronto’s favour.It was the Leafs’ first penalty shot in the playoffs since Mats Sundin in 1999.#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Jmqywu2as2— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 12, 2019“He’s smart, man. He’s just a smart player,” marvelled teammate Jake Muzzin. “He reads the play so well he’s almost one step ahead, to be honest.“Defensively and offensively.”It is not so much Marner’s intelligence the Boston Bruins are left adjusting to in the wake of a 4-1 series-opening loss, but how it’s currently being applied.At this time last year he would have been watching that sequence unfold from the bench since Marner only added penalty-killing duties to his bag of tricks after approaching assistant coach D.J. Smith prior to the season and asking if he could do it.They started him slow, at first, but here he was in the biggest game of the year leading all Leafs forwards in short-handed ice time.And thriving.“You can tell how quick of a learner he is,” said Muzzin. “Picking up reads and having a good stick and defending and stuff like that.”“It’s got to be a little bit nerve-wracking [for opponents],” observed Nazem Kadri. “He’s a smart player with speed and lots of skill. His anticipation and his reads are pretty elite, so usually when he’s looking another skilled guy in the face he kind of has a sense of where that player’s going to go.”Marner was also a key cog in Toronto’s successful strategy at 5-on-5, which is why he ended up being called for a first star turn at TD Garden. His line with John Tavares and Zach Hyman got the better end of a matchup with Boston’s feared Patrice Bergeron trio, which has come to be known as the ‘Perfection Line’ in these parts.They had a few blemishes on Thursday, seeing Marner sweep home the opening goal against them and control 61 per cent of attempts, 78 per cent of shots and 55 per cent of shots in his shared minutes with Bergeron.Puttin’ the whole body into it. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/hjYB6MpOcI— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 12, 2019When you factor in the nine points Marner had in last spring’s seven-game loss to Boston, it’s no surprise he’s going to be even more of a focal point when Game 2 is played on Saturday.“Listen, years ago I remember people said of Wayne Gretzky: ‘Why doesn’t anyone hit that guy?’ Well, it’s not that easy,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “So I think it becomes a containment issue, play him hard, play him honest 1-on-1, obviously if you can be physical against him, great.“He competed hard for the first goal, he went hard to the net. I think we gifted him [the second one] a little bit by coming in late to our coverage on the shorty but good for him, jumping in there.“He’s a good player, he’s played well against us and we need to find an answer against him.”Mike Babcock took a different approach to the Brad Marchand-Bergeron-David Pastrnak line by using Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev against them on the back end, rather than the Morgan Rielly-Ron Hainsey pairing.That’s two new pieces Babcock didn’t have at his disposal last spring who showed well in the most critical defensive matchup the Leafs are facing in this best-of-seven. Tavares won nine of his 17 draws against Bergeron, while producing more shots, chances, attempts and expected goals in their head-to-head shifts.The prized free-agent signing added an empty-net goal for good measure.Muzzin, an effective cycle-breaker and puck distributor who arrived in a January trade from Los Angeles, provided more than 20 steady minutes in his Leafs playoff debut. He’s started just 36 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone and still saw the team control 56 per cent of shot attempts with him on the ice.“We’re a different team,” said Marner. “We did some things in the summertime and we’ve got a little more confidence in this room and we’re ready to play with it.”Most important of all for the Leafs is the fact they managed to attack against Boston’s No. 1 line without getting burned by them at even strength.It’s a fine line to walk.“They have so many threats on that line that we need everyone working together taking away options,” said Muzzin. “It’s not just one guy. All three can score, all three can pass. With me and Z and our low forward, I thought we did a good job at getting sticks in lanes, on passes and keeping them to the outside for the most part.”That left Marner to break things open.On the penalty shot, he beat Rask with a breath-taking series of dekes — finding a wide open side of the net to deposit the puck after adjusting his move to what the Bruins goaltender showed him.That gave Toronto a 2-1 lead before the game was 23 minutes old.“The crowd kind of was deflated a little bit after that,” said Kadri. “We just never looked back.” read more

Ive made myself a hate magnet Roseanne apologises for racist tweet in

first_img Monday 25 Jun 2018, 10:22 AM By Associated Press Share65 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4090152 85 Comments 27,148 Views Headlines of New York tabloid newspapers back on 30 May. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Jun 25th 2018, 10:22 AM IN AN EMOTIONAL interview, Roseanne Barr has said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of Roseanne.Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who yesterday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation.In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person a monkey”.Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of Roseanne.She also lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have,’” Barr said. ‘I’ve made myself a hate magnet’: Roseanne apologises for racist tweet in tearful interview Barr insisted she would never willingly have called “any black person a monkey”. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Headlines of New York tabloid newspapers back on 30 May. But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.Barr said of her tweet that she “didn’t mean what they think I meant”.“But I have to face that it hurt people,” Barr said.When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologise to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.ABC last Thursday announced it will this fall air a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr in it. In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.ABC swiftly axed Roseanne last month after Barr’s tweet. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said it was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”.Though Roseanne prompted outrage for jokes about minority characters and an episode some called Islamophobic, it was watched by an enormous television audience. The first episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people.“I’ve lost everything,” Barr said on the podcast. “And I regretted it before I lost everything.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hausse du prix du tabac pour fumer moins

first_imgHausse du prix du tabac : pour fumer moins ?A partir d’aujourd’hui, en France, le prix du tabac augmente de 6%, soit 30 centimes de plus par paquet de cigarettes. Les associations de lutte contre le tabac estiment que cette augmentation n’aura pas d’effet sur la consommation.En 2010, près d’un adulte sur trois fume chaque jour ou de manière occasionnelle en France. Selon le baromètre santé 2010 de l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes), le nombre de fumeurs a augmenté de 2% environ entre 2005 et 2010. Il est passé de 31,8% à 33,6%. Il s’agit du rebond le plus significatif depuis la loi Evin de 1991. L’Inpes montre également que ce sont les chômeurs qui fument le plus : ils sont 49,6% en 2010, alors qu’ils étaient 43,5% en 2005.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?A partir d’aujourd’hui, les paquets de cigarettes vont coûter 5,90 euros en moyenne. Selon les associations de lutte contre le tabagisme, les consommateurs ne changeront pas leurs habitudes si l’augmentation du prix du paquet est inférieure à 10%. Celle-ci serait encore trop timide. Aucun effet bénéfique sur la santé n’est donc escompté. Le tabagisme entraîne la mort de 66.000 personnes en France chaque année, selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Il s’agit de la première cause de mortalité évitable dans le monde.Le 8 novembre 2010 à 09:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Elon Musk Calls Nanotechnology BS

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk always goes big: driverless electric cars, self-landing reusable rockets, high-speed passenger trains.So it’s no surprise that the serial entrepreneur believes nanotechnology is “BS.”The term, coined in 1965 by Richard Feynman and popularized later by engineer and author Eric Drexler, refers to the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale (i.e., teeny tiny).Praised as an innovative way to create materials and devices with various applications, it also raises red flags about toxicity, environmental impact, and effects on global economics. (Not to mention doomsday scenarios.)But resident robot pessimist Musk doesn’t seem bothered by the idea of out-of-control self-replicating cyborgs consuming all biomass on Earth. Instead, he claims that because nano “applies to everything,” it “therefore means nothing.”“Definitely indicates BS,” he tweeted recently, linking to crowd-edited satirical site Uncyclopedia. “Sorry.”The squabble began when Musk was called out on Twitter for apparent dangers in his Tesla factories and questioned about unions for workers.Two days later, the South African businessman launched a rant against the media, proposing a site where the public can track credibility of journalists and publications.Among a flood of reactions, Musk chose to respond to Upulie Divisekera, an Australian molecular biologist and nanotechnologist who wrote that, “With all due respect, this is pathetic.”“Ahem, you have ‘nano’ in your bio. That is 100 percent synonymous with BS,” the mogul countered.The field of nanotechnology bridges engineering, chemistry, and physics; just this year, it’s been used to grow bone and cartilage tissue, kill harmful bacteria, and shrink tumors.As of Monday, Divisekera’s Twitter account appears to have been shut down (either by her or the network). But the scientist took to blogging service Medium last week to say her peace.“I’ve been very public about my Ph.D. experience on Twitter,” she wrote. “I’ve never claimed to be a great scientist, my projects were largely dead ends, but that doesn’t mean I have no authority to comment on a field I’ve been working in for more than five years.”Musk, meanwhile, allegedly bought the domain name Pravduh.com and is preparing to kick off his latest venture: media shaming.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter last_img read more

Hockinson schools have replacement levy new levy on ballot

first_imgWhen Hockinson School District residents check their ballots for the Feb. 12 special election, they’ll have two levies to vote on, one a replacement and one a new levy.The replacement school programs and operations levy is technically a “partial replacement,” Superintendent Sandra Yager said. As part of the state’s McCleary legislation — which injected $7.3 billion in new state funding for schools to be spread over four years, followed by another $1 billion in 2018 for teacher salaries — local levies were capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.In 2018, Hockinson’s levy rate was $3.43 per $1,000 of assessed value. The district is asking for the maximum it can for the replacement three-year levy, $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for each year. The money is expected to go toward keeping class sizes down, helping to fund special education programs, extracurricular activities and athletics.“We would’ve gotten almost $5 million this year (with the old levy rate),” Yager said. “Instead, we’re getting a little less than $3 million.”The second levy is a three-year capital levy for technology and school improvements that would start in 2020. For the first year, the district is asking for $0.45 per $1,000 of assessed value, followed by $0.40 per $1,000 in 2021 and $0.36 per $1,000 in 2022. The money is expected to be used for technology refreshes, safety and security upgrades, heating and cooling improvements and building capital improvements.last_img read more

2 Chevak men use Facebook to promote culture healing

first_imgTwo men are using social media to celebrate Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture in the form of comedic videos.Their Facebook page, “Can I Borrow,” has nearly 5,000 likes. Starting almost a year ago, it’s home to videos celebrating traditions and customs, with the goal of “healing through laughter.”Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, “Can I Borrow.” (Photo from “Can I Borrow” Facebook page)Cody Ferguson and Cody Pequeño, more popularly known as “Cody & Cody,” are the duo behind the popular page.The page features comedic videos poking fun at Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture and traditions. Cup’ik is similar to Yup’ik culture, but the language features a different dialect.One of their most popular videos mimics the voice inflection some women use when gossiping. It received more than 2,000 likes and shares on Facebook.Ferguson, 26, and Pequeno, 24, and grew up together in the small Southwestern village of Chevak. They used to race each other to school when they were younger.In some ways, the men are opposites. Ferguson is a bit more soft-spoken and reserved while Pequeño is more outgoing. Despite their differences early on, they eventually found a common interest in humor.One day, they decided to take their jokes to the next level and start a Facebook page. Pequeño and Ferguson say the the decision was spontaneous but they wanted the page to have a deeper purpose.“We decided that the page would help heal people through laughter,” said Ferguson.The young men said they learned the traditional ways of using humor from their elders. In Cup’ik culture, humor is used to teach unforgettable life lessons.“There was an elder from Hooper Bay who said that crying and laughter are similar–they both heal people,” said Ferguson.It’s a mantra the men use in their personal lives, as well. For Ferguson, who has suffered from depression and is recovering from alcoholism, he’s leaned on Pequeño’s humor to get through tough times.“I’d just feel better instantly ’cause we’d just laugh for hours and it really helped me continue to push forward,” said Ferguson.Recently, their videos have focused mental health awareness.Chevak is located about 20 miles east of Hooper Bay, and the cluster of suicides in the village last month, impacted the men as well.“These are our people, our own people,” said Pequeño, “and just to see and hear to that they’re hurting so much they want to take their own lives, just breaks my heart. I’m living in the same place as they are.”At the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference earlier this month, Ferguson rallied up people to produce motivational videos using the hash tag “choose life.” The video features a lot of notable people from the YK Delta and officials like Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Gov. Bill Walker.“I just wanted to make a different for what was going on at the time,” said Ferguson, “and try to help people realize suicide isn’t the answer.”The men said they’ve received praise for the video from fans everywhere, from the Anchorage airport to Greece. The videos provide a little bit of home for people who are far away from theirs.Although Ferguson recently moved from Chevak to Anchorage, the men have no plans to stop the page anytime soon.They plan to continue making videos individually, until they can meet in person again.last_img read more

Boom VS Bryant Meanwhile Homicides Port Covington

first_imgSean YoesIn case you missed it (which seems rather implausible at this point), community activist PFK Boom recently “confronted” Pastor Jamal Bryant of the People’s Empowerment Temple at the 148th “West Wednesday,” the series of police brutality protests organized by the family of Tyrone West, the man killed July 18, 2013 while in police custody. Video of Boom’s verbal evisceration of Bryant (with a pithy freestyle assist from rapper and activist Shy Lady Heroin) went viral almost instantly.Here’s the condensed version of the encounter; Boom: “We don’t want you nowhere in our city yo…the streets don’t want you here!” Bryant: “Okay.”Bryant provided a more expansive response a couple of days later during the Friday night radio show on WEAA, “Listen Up!” hosted by Faraji Muhammad.“I went down there as a pastor and let me say Faraji, I was the only pastor there. There was no cameras there, there were 40 people there. And I went down there, again I was not on program, I was not on schedule I was just there to support,” Bryant said in reference to his presence at Gilmore Homes during the West protest on May 25. “When I was leaving, an hour and 15 minutes later, I was accosted by the young lady (Heroin)…and she said, `Are you leaving?’ I said, yeah, I got to go…she says, `Okay, can you wait one minute?’ I said, sure,” Bryant explained. “Then, she brings over the gentleman and without warning, he goes into a full barrage. It was amazing Faraji, I videotaped him speaking and in his speech he says, `You all talk about us coming to the church, but the church never comes to us.’ And I’m there, the church becomes visible and tries to be a part,” Bryant added.“The rest of it plays itself out as everybody has seen now all over the media. And I think it’s just very unfortunate that people who are really working towards the same end would find themselves accosted. Baltimore police were there and he (Boom) doesn’t have that same venom towards them, but against me.”Since last week’s incident between Boom and Bryant, the pastor’s supporters and grassroots activists aligned, or who identify with Boom, have been going back and forth via social media.Meanwhile…Five people were shot at a Memorial Day cookout in North Baltimore, the homicide rate is at 108 as of May 28, and the massive billion-dollar Port Covington development deal steams full speed ahead, essentially unchecked.“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” a long-time community activist told me on background in response to the Boom, Bryant controversy. “Everybody knows he (Bryant) loves the spotlight, that’s nothing new…but, we act like we got (activist community) ADHD, too much fu@*ery going on,” the source said.Agreed.To deny the many good works Jamal Bryant and his church have contributed to many of the most disenfranchised communities in the city would be unwise. But, I saw more than a few people via social media (where everybody seems to be a tough guy or a psychiatrist) attempt to dismiss Boom as, “mentally ill,” because of the ferocity of his verbal attack upon Bryant.Let’s be clear; if chronic stress, depression, PTSD, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and racism are mental illnesses (and they are!), then about 95 percent of Baltimore City is mentally ill.Ultimately, there is a tremendous amount of anger aimed at Baltimore’s political infrastructure, otherwise known more broadly as the establishment. And in the minds of many, even beyond the grass roots activists like Boom, Bryant is a card carrying member.I’ve said it before, but we dismiss the rage of those who have been systematically oppressed, ignored and set aside for generations at our own peril.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img

Black DC Org Honors Public Relations Guru Ofield Dukes

first_imgOn Oct. 21, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Black Public Relations society is holding its inaugural Ofield Dukes Excellence in Public Relations Awards ceremony to celebrate the life and legacy of Dukes as well as honor the achievements of Washington D.C.-area practitioners, thought leaders, and academics in public relations and communications. The event is scheduled to take place at the JW Marriott in Northwest D.C.The Ofield Dukes, a public relations maverick, was known for helping D.C. locals prosper within the industry. (Courtesy Photo)“My father taught me that we are Black first and foremost. As Black people, he understood that it is our obligation to pursue excellence in every endeavor,” Roxi Victorian, the PR guru’s daughter, told the AFRO in an email. “Because, it is only with excellence that we can extend opportunities to other African-Americans, he embodied that ethos and was quick to offer anyone pursuing excellence an opportunity.”Dukes, born in Rutledge, Ala. in 1932, earned a degree in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1958 after serving for two years in the United States Army.Dukes also served in multiple presidential administrations, including serving in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration as deputy director of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity & Plans for Progress in 1964. In 1965, he became the deputy director of public affairs for the White House Conference to Fulfill These Rights, where he stayed until 1969 when he established a public relations firm, Ofield Dukes & Associates, in D.C.Dukes also led the community with his knowledge of public relations through two adjunct professor positions since 1972 at Howard University and American University. He died from complications of bone cancer in 2011 at the age of 79.Throughout his lifetime, Dukes helped in the inaugural celebration of home rule in 1975. He also helped in establishing Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday.“Ofield was not only my mentor but also my sponsor helping me secure my first job after graduation at a boutique agency that focused on supporting Washington D.C.-based businesses and city-government relations especially Franklin Square and Georgetown,” Rochelle Ford, co-editor of {Ofield: The Autobiography of Public Relations Man Ofield Dukes}, released on August 31, 2017, told the AFRO. The other editor of the autobiography is the Rev. Dr. Unnia L. Pettus, a local entrepreneur. Both women attended Howard University.last_img read more

Make it a childs play

first_imgThis is the silver jubliee year of NSD’s Sanskar Rangoli.Children across the country will come to the national capital to participate in the event.  They will present folk performing arts from North East and folk theatre from across the country.The week long event will witness various folk and traditional performances like Lav Kusha, Darz-E-Paather, Gosian Pathe, Mahishashur Mardini and  Maach. Each day all the groups invited will give their performances as well as a special performance will be lined up for later part of the evening.First three days will see art and folk performances by children practicing these arts from different regions of the country. Evenings will  feature a mythological tale in like Bali Wadh and Dwapar Lila,  Rass Leela, Yakshagana Dance Drama among others.Around 2 lakh people, mostly children, have witnessed Bal Sangam till date in the last 7 Bal Sangams. Around 85 groups have participated and showcased around 672 performances till date.last_img read more

Man arrested for derogatory remarks against Mamata Banerjee

first_imgAmbassa (Tripura): A man was arrested in Tripura’s Dhalai district for allegedly making derogatory remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in social media, a police officer said Tuesday. A West Bengal Police team arrested Tushar Sharma of Kulai area in Dhalai district on October 6 for the alleged derogatory remarks against Banerjee, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Ambassa, Asish Das Gupta said Sharma was produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Ambassa. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The West Bengal Police sought his transit remand. However, the CJM rejected the request of the West Bengal Police as the arrested person was sick and ordered for his admission in a hospital. The CJM ordered that the accused be produced before it on Wednesday. A West Bengal Police team camping in Tripura said it will again appeal for the transit remand of Sharma in the court on Wednesday.last_img read more

Bitcoin Mining Explained

first_imgA hoax, a Ponzi, and the greatest scam in history have been used to describe the Bitcoin phenomenon that has been blowing up the virtual world for the last decade, yet people are still as interested as ever. The reason behind that probably has to do with the fact that the value of one Bitcoin has risen up to around $20,000 since its inception in 2008. Yes, its value keeps rising and falling but Bitcoin mining is still a lucrative business. We had IBA Group blockchain accountants explain to us more about Bitcoin mining and how it works:What is Bitcoin Mining?To explain Bitcoin mining, we have to talk about the technology behind it, Blockchain. Blockchain was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin, in 2008. He came up with this technology to avoid the problem of double-spending Bitcoins without relying on a central server. Any transactions made using Bitcoins are recorded on blocks that connect together creating a chain of information concerning the Bitcoin used, hence the name Blockchains. Those transactions are verified and added to a public ledger by miners. So Bitcoin mining is basically the process of securing the Bitcoin network and confirming transactions.How does mining Bitcoins happen?If you are interested in starting mining Bitcoins, first, check if it is legal in your country to avoid problems with the law. Then, you need to get efficient mining equipment starting with an ASIC Bitcoin Miner because it is designed especially for this job. You should know beforehand that the process of mining consumes a lot of time and a lot of electricity. You also need to understand that it relies a little on luck, as we will explain later. Then, you can either find a Mining pool, where fellow miners help each other and split the profits, or you can choose to work solo. Last but not least, download Bitcoin mining software and create a Bitcoin walletNow, for the actual work:First, two parties decide to make a transaction using BitcoinThe transaction becomes public and broadcasted across nodes (powerful computers used for mining)Nodes collect the information and add it to a blockMiners start verifying these transactions by solving complex mathematical puzzles (here is where luck comes in)These mathematical puzzles are random and difficult, you solve them by guessing the value of the hash function. According to CoinSutra, “A hash algorithm takes data of any arbitrary size (numbers, alphabets, media files) and transforms it into a fixed alphanumeric string. The fixed bit size can vary (like 64-bit or 128-bit or 256-bit) depending on what hash function is being used”.The miner that solves the puzzle first, gets paid for the verifying and gets awarded with new Bitcoins (again luck)Once the problem is solved, the information gets added to the block and the block gets added chronologically to the chainThen, the block gets updated, validated and accepted by the other nodesWhy is it necessary?Miners are the backbone of Bitcoin. They monitor and secure the community, ensure the issuance of new Bitcoins and confirm new transactions. The process of mining is very important because it provides fairness, stability, safety and security during Bitcoin transactions.last_img read more

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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Tissue strain from cardiac motion can be seen in red around this aortic valve using a filter in the Phyziodynamic software. 123456PreviousNext Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Philips introduced its 510(k)-pending hybrid PET/MRI system. McKesson is developing PACS connectivity that allows users to wirelessly access a workstation and control it from an iPad. Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more One of the oddest items seen on the show floor was a cross-section of a real horse head preserved in plastic. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Siemens introduced its works-in-progress PET/MRI scanner at RSNA 2010. A Philips PET/MRI scan showing a breast cancer lesion from a study by the University of Geneva. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more McKesson is developing PACS connectivity that allows users to wirelessly access a workstation and control it from an iPad. Philips introduced its 510(k)-pending hybrid PET/MRI system. A Philips PET/MRI scan showing a breast cancer lesion from a study by the University of Geneva. Tissue strain from cardiac motion can be seen in red around this aortic valve using a filter in the Phyziodynamic software. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Ziosoft’s Phyziodynamic software allows 3-D images data sets of the cardiac cycle to be put in motion. Ziosoft’s Phyziodynamic software allows 3-D images data sets of the cardiac cycle to be put in motion. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Over the past several years, the focus on new technology at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) scientific meeting in Chicago has moved away from new devices to new software. RSNA 2010, held Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, emphasized this trend. The main technical advances displayed expand and simplify computer access to images, offer new advanced visualization tools, improve image quality using new processing algorithms and help lower radiation dose.The newest trend at this year’s show was the integration of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and advanced visualization software into the iPad. It seemed every major vendor was showing new compatibility with iPad personal computing devices, allowing nearly instantaneous, wireless access to any patient’s images and reports from anywhere. This introduces a new concept of what constitutes a workstation and unchains the radiologist or cardiologist from his or her desktop PACS. Many vendors also believe being able to call up images anywhere will enhance collaboration between physicians in different hospital departments, referring physicians and patients.Two key advances were also seen with regard to imaging hardware. The biggest was the unveiling of two positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) systems by Philips and Siemens. These systems have the potential to greatly reduce radiation dose by eliminating CT scans in hybrid imaging.Cassette-based computed radiology (CR) also seems to be on the way out with the introduction of affordable digital radiography (DR) retrofit systems. In addition, second-generation wireless DR detectors are being introduced to untether and untangle X-ray rooms.The Coolest Finds on the Show FloorHere is my list of the most interesting technologies I found on the RSNA technical exhibit floor. I based the coolness factor on being unique and offering new insights into how to improve workflow, clinician education and new ways to view images.3-D Hearts in MotionAdvanced visualization can make pretty pictures of 3-D anatomy, but in the case of the heart, it has so far failed to show functionality and natural movement during the cardiac cycle. PACS users can flip through sets of stacked images from a CT or MRI data set to make a sort of primitive cartoon, but it lacks the smooth flow of real anatomical motion.Using supercomputing algorithms previously used to forecast weather, Ziosoft developed the PhyZiodynamic software to take a CT or MRI data set and put it into motion. The software has an option to show a color-coded tissue strain map. At ACC last March, the software took about eight hours to process a cardiac cycle dataset, which limited its practical application. However, the company has cut processing down to about 45 minutes and is working to reduce it further.At its RSNA booth, Ziosoft offered a full 3-D rendering of a heart in motion and invited attendees to rotate and virtually dissect it. The beating heart could be sliced through while in motion, offering views of the myocardium and valves in motion as only previously seen by surgeons. The views also showed the movement of the valve leaflets and the chordae tendineae.The application of this technology holds promise in surgical planning, transcatheter valve replacements and septal shunt occlusion. It may also allow a new breed of hybrid imaging in the cath lab, where live angiography could be synchronized with a 3-D cardiac reconstruction in motion, rather than a frozen image.The company hopes to have a commercialized version of the software in 2011.An iPad that Controls PACS WorkstationsWhile many vendors at RSNA showed integration of their PACS and advanced visualization functionality with the iPad, McKesson’s engineers took the concept a step further. The company showed works-in-progress software that enables an iPad user to take the device to any workstation in a hospital and wirelessly connect with it. The iPad then becomes the controller for what is viewed on the larger, diagnostic-quality display screen. It allows the touchscreen and figure movement workflow that make the iPad and iPhone-type devices so popular. The advantage of the system is it allows quick access and viewing on diagnostic-quality screens, which will please the FDA, since iPad screens are not considered high enough quality from which to make a diagnosis.When radiologists first switched from film to PACS-based image review systems, many complained the computer forced them to stay at a desk in one location all day, rather than taking an image with them to show other physicians involved in a patient case. Many say the conversion to PACS reduced the level of face-to-face collaboration. This new method of carrying images around may return some of this lost face-to-face time with colleagues.McKesson said RSNA attendees really liked the concept of the device interface and the company plans to move forward with commercializing the technology in 2011.PET/MRI Makes its DebutBoth Siemens and Philips showed their works-in-progress PET/MRI systems. While the modalities are the same, they differ in their designs.The major obstacle to developing this hybrid imaging system has been that photo-multipliers used in PET imaging do not operate in intense magnetic fields. Siemens engineers figured out how to shield the system to integrate the PET detectors inside the MRI machine. The result is a machine a little longer than a standard MRI system.Philips solved this issue by separating the two imaging systems on either side of a room, separated by a rotating platform with the patient table. The system first loads a patient into the MRI scanner, then pulls him or her out, rotates 180 degrees and loads him or her into the PET scanner. The computer system then aligns the two images.In terms of size, the Siemens system can be installed in a standard radiology room, whereas the Philips system may require the area of about two rooms. The Siemens system obtains both the PET and MRI images simultaneously, whereas the Philips system does not.Siemens is hoping for European CE mark approval in 2011. The Philips system is currently pending FDA 510(k) approval, which the company hopes will come sometime in 2011.The ‘CSI’ WorkstationSectra introduced its new Visualization Table, a 46-inch medical multi-touch display, where multiple users can interact collaboratively with real-size, 3-D images generated by CT and MRI scanners. The table-sized display and its use of hand and finger motions to manipulate images, looks just like a prop of the hit TV shows “CSI” or “Bones.” The company envisions it being used for quick review by several physicians in multi-trauma cases. It may also have applications for medical education, clinical conferences and virtual autopsies.New Generation of Educational AidsTwo educational aids caught my eye at RSNA. Most clinicians are familiar with the Body Worlds exhibits of cadavers preserved using a proprietary preservation method that turns tissue into a polymer. Gubener Plastinate displayed preserved 1-5 mm cross-sectional body slices of various parts of the human anatomy. The specimens offer a true, detailed histological view of real anatomy that is usually only seen on CT or MR slices, but with much more detail.Another interesting educational aid from Anatomage was The Table, made of two diagnostic-quality displays preloaded with a life-sized, full-body data set scan of a patient, finished off with a photo overlay skin. The data set can be sliced to show the internal anatomy and bones. The virtual body can also be rotated or “dissected” on any axis with hand and finger movements. The system is designed to better educate clinicians about anatomy in a more interactive way, instead of relying on traditional 2-D textbook illustrations.For more information: www.rsnafastpass.com/rsna2010 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | December 08, 2010 | Dave Fornell Key Trends in Imaging at RSNA 2010 Editor shares top picks for the most interesting items on the show floor. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Siemens introduced its works-in-progress PET/MRI scanner at RSNA 2010. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read morelast_img read more

Obama US will make immigration more fair and just

first_imgRelated posts:Immigrants find themselves torn between hope, defeat on Obama’s plans Obama to request $1 billion from Congress to help Central America New immigration program seeks to reunite Central American families in US US to grant refugee status to Central American child migrants (Speech begins at minute 58:30 of the video)WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pledging to fix the United States’ “broken” immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits.In a move that infuriated his Republican critics, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in country for more than five years and who have a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident can apply for three-year work authorization.The president also broadened the program he launched in 2012 that provides temporary residency to young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16.“There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” Obama said in a 15-minute speech broadcast from the White House.The order will affect about 44 percent of the 11.3 million people — mostly from Mexico and Central America — living in the United States illegally.But he quickly stressed that the sweeping order, the most comprehensive immigration step in years, “does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.“Only Congress can do that,” he added. “All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”Obama’s executive order shifts U.S. policy from a dragnet approach to all immigrants without immigration documents to a focus on deporting convicted felons and those who pose a danger to society.People living and working illegally in the country and who meet the criteria can apply for deferred deportation from next spring, the White House said.Download and read a White House fact sheet on Obama’s executive order in Spanish and English here. Supporters cheer in front of the White House as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a nationally televised address on immigration reform on Nov. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Paul J. Richards/AFPMass deportation ‘impossible’  For much of this year Republicans have warned that unilateral action on immigration would be an illegal and unconstitutional amnesty of millions of undocumented people.But Obama shot back, saying he was taking needed action while congressional Republicans dithered.“Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character,” Obama said.The president invoked the centuries-old history of the U.S. as a compassionate nation of immigrants, described his plan as “commonsense” accountability.But in his words lay a warning, and a message to lawmakers that he would stand tough on immigration law.“If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,” he said.Since 1986, when then-Republican President Ronald Reagan granted a sweeping amnesty, all attempts at major reform of the country’s immigration system have failed.Faced with congressional stalemate, Obama — who made immigration a top priority on taking office in 2009 — has decided, with two years left in the White House, to take the matter into his own hands.Under the new rules, those applying for deferred action must have a clean criminal record, pass a background check, and pay taxes.The plan expands the program allowing temporary residency cards for minors to include those of all ages, provided they arrived in country prior to January 1, 2010 and were 16 or younger when they entered.And it also eases legal immigration rules for high-tech workers and students in “STEM” fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Recommended: For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a second Isabel Medina, 41, who doesn’t have U.S. citizenship, wipes away tears on Nov. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, as she watches U.S. President Barack Obama’s nationally televised announcement on immigration reform. Obama said lifting the threat of expulsion for five million undocumented migrants would make the system “more fair and just.” Ringo Chiu/AFPStorm brewing in Congress A new immigration law did pass the then-Democratically controlled Senate last year, but the Republican House of Representatives blocked it and failed to agree on its own alternative proposal.Republicans, who will control both House and Senate in January after a huge win in this month’s midterm elections, say Obama is going too far.Incoming Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Thursday that the new Congress will exact political retribution.“If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act,” he said.The U.S. border state of Texas wasted no time in announcing a suit.Its attorney general, Greg Abbott, the incoming governor, said: “I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law.”The political firestorm unleashed by Obama does not bode well for relations between Congress and the White House in coming months.Republicans cannot halt a presidential decree, but they can make Obama’s last two years extremely difficult — by blocking his choices for ambassadorial and administration posts, as well as judgeships.But with the 2016 presidential election on the horizon, the debate within the Republican Party on immigration will be lively, as it can ill afford to offend Hispanic voters, 70 percent of whom voted for Obama in 2012. 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Violence in Athens suburb injures 6 policemen

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Police said in a statement that the violence started when the attackers began throwing stones at the bus, then smashing the windows of nearby stores. Police arrived at the scene and came under gunfire before ending the violence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Authorities say police have clashed with about 150 people who attacked a public bus and shops in a western Athens suburb and that six officers were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.The violence occurred Monday night in the Ano Liossia suburb, where clashes have occurred from time to time between police and Greek citizens from the Roma minority.It was not clear what caused Monday night’s violence, which came as Greek politicians were trying to form a coalition government after Sunday’s national election left no party with a majority in Parliament. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more