A worldrenowned solo percussionist a mental heal

first_imgA world-renowned solo percussionist, a mental health campaigner, a digital inclusion expert and the founder of a travel review website are among the disabled people recognised in the new year honours list.The honours for non-sporting disabled recipients were swamped by nearly 60 awards for the ParalympicsGB team that brought back 64 gold medals from last summer’s Rio Paralympic Games.But the highest-ranking honour was awarded to Dame Evelyn Glennie, the solo percussionist who was made a Companion of Honour, for those who have made a lengthy and major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government.She said she felt “deeply honoured and humbled” to receive the award, for services to music.Dame Evelyn, who is profoundly Deaf, was the first person to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, and so far has amassed more than 80 international awards, including two GRAMMYs from the US music industry.Past Companion of Honour recipients include the writers Vita Sackville-West, Graham Greene, and E M Forster, composer Benjamin Britten, the actors Sir John Gielgud, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, politicians Denis Healey, Ken Clarke and Paddy Ashdown, and the disabled physicist Stephen Hawking.Dame Evelyn (pictured) said: “I count myself blessed to be amongst such an eminent list of recipients for such a distinguished award.“As a musician, I am proud to represent the arts in this way. I also hold dear the responsibility of such a respected title, which I take very seriously.“I will do my best to ensure my work and legacy continues to help empower people around the world to truly listen.”She told Disability News Service (DNS) that the award would not change how she viewed her work, and that her “aims and goals remain as stalwart as ever, with clear determination to reach far and wide”.Dame Evelyn said the award would not make her part of the establishment, but instead would have the “complete opposite” effect.She said: “The freedom and creativity has always been at the heart of what I do, no matter what comes my way or what challenges arise.“I respect the establishment, as it opens up unexpected possibilities and new avenues of exploration.”Another recipient of an award is mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, best-known for his successful social media quest to find the stranger who convinced him not to end his own life.Benjamin, who receives an MBE, said he was “in complete shock”, but was “delighted” to be recognised.He told DNS that he had considered rejecting the honour in protest at the government’s welfare reforms and cuts to disability benefits.He has spoken out publicly about disabled people whose lives have been lost as a result of those reforms, and against the cuts of £30-a-week to new claimants of employment and support allowance placed in the work-related activity group, cuts that are due to take effect in April.He said he thought the MBE might help him access contacts in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education for campaigns he is planning around the need for reform of mental health support in schools and prisons.He said that 90 per cent of prisoners have a mental health issue, while suicides in prisons were the highest ever recorded last year.He said: “There’s a suicide every three days in prisons in England and Wales now.“We’ve got a crisis in our prisons that needs urgent attention.”He added: “I hoped, perhaps naively, that the MBE might bring more credibility to my name when trying to set up meetings and make a difference. Perhaps I’m wrong. Time will tell.”And he said he still had the option of handing back the MBE if he was proved wrong.He had earlier paid tribute to Neil Laybourn, the man who persuaded him not to take his life nine years ago, and who he said he feels “forever indebted to”.He said: “I hope this accolade may give some hope to others who might be struggling that there is life after a diagnosis of mental illness and that such a diagnosis should never put limitations upon anyone.”Robin Christopherson, a founding member of the disability charity AbilityNet, is awarded an MBE for services to digital inclusion.He said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.”Christopherson, who is blind, won the special award at AbilityNet’s Tech4Good awards last July, in recognition of his two decades of work as a “digital inclusion evangelist”.He said: “I’ve had the privilege to be AbilityNet’s ambassador for technology for many years, giving me the opportunity to demonstrate to audiences across the world how tech has the power to change and even transform people’s lives regardless of any disability or impairment they may have.“AbilityNet’s mission is to help people to reach their full potential. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a revolution that has almost infinitely expanded opportunities for people with disabilities and I feel very fortunate to have played a small part in spreading the word.”Jacqui Dyer, who was vice-chair of the government’s Mental Health Taskforce, and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, an elected councillor in Lambeth, a health and social care consultant, and a mental health service-user, also receives an MBE.Dyer is a member of the ministerial advisory group for mental health, is the mental health equalities lead for NHS England, and co-chairs the process of developing the mayor of London’s mental health roadmap.Michael Holden, who founded the user-led accessible travel website Trip-ability, is recognised with an MBE.He is also an active member of Belfast Centre for Independent Living, a member of the European Network on Independent Living, and deputy chair of a patient working group at the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.Holden said: “I received a letter about the MBE but my wife Jennifer told me about it over the phone when I wasn’t at home and I immediately began to tremble with excitement.“My wife and I took our children to see the royal wedding of Prince William in London, which the children really enjoyed; my wife Jennifer and I cannot wait to see the look on their faces when we tell them we’re going to see the Queen.”Sarah Banks, who chairs the Ministry of Defence’s Civilian Defence Disability Network, which works to ensure line managers and disabled staff know where to go for advice on workplace disability issues, receives an MBE.Other disabled recipients of an MBE included Cath Caskie-Khan, chair of the Scottish Wheelchair Dance Association, and Rhona Elliot, founder of the MS Borders Racing Club, which raises money for the MS Society and awareness of multiple sclerosis by entering horses in the charity’s colours in races in the Scottish borders.Among Paralympians recognised were Lee Pearson, who receives a knighthood, Sophie Christiansen and Sascha Kindred, who receive CBEs, and Anne Dunham and Jody Cundy, who receive OBEs, while Tim Reddish, chair of the British Paralympic Association and himself a retired Paralympian, receives a CBE.Another receipient, with an MBE for services to education and disability sport, was Mike Spence, a former GB wheelchair rugby international, who coached the British team at last summer’s Invictus Games in the US, is a trustee of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, and is also a teaching assistant and former governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.Picture: Dame Evelyn Glennie, in the BBC’s Living Shakespeare serieslast_img read more

Bernie Sanders Visits SFs Mission District

first_img“Tomorrow is the most important primary,” he said. “Because of the work you have done and the work you are doing right now, I think we have an excellent chance to win this tomorrow. Two years ago in the midterm elections, 63 percent of people didn’t vote. Things are beginning to change.”Hours after his speech, however, news agencies began reporting that Hillary Clinton had reached the necessary number of superdelegates to win the Democratic nomination, which was met with significant blowback. Sanders is not giving up, saying neither candidate would have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination, leaving the decision up to superdelegates, who have yet to actually vote., Nonetheless, many in the crowd were motivated primarily by Sanders’ commitment to his values and enthusiasm.“He was very energetic and inspiring,” said Angela Blackwell, who works at the college. “It’s like he’s never given up on the dream, he’s very committed and sure of his message…It’s good to see that in person.”Another attendee, Rick Pohl, said the movement around Sanders reminded him of progressive hopes in the 1970s. “Hearing it in person made it seem more real, that I believe him more, how committed he is to his principles,” Pohl said. Mission resident Mariana Vela is enthusiastic about Sanders’ ideals, and also studied at the city college, so both the venue and Sanders’ promises to make higher education more accessible appealed to her.“He would dramatically, dramatically change the route and the lives of hardworking immigrants,” Vela said.Bernie Sanders at CCSF Mission Campus. Photo by Lola M. ChavezGlory Rubio had dropped her other plans for the afternoon to join her sister Hosanna in line to attend the rally. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Glory said. “It’s pretty symbolic considering everything that’s happening in this city.”She was referring to the recent ouster of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, the Black Lives Matter movement, and gentrification, she said. “This event being public, giving everyone the opportunity to kind of feel what he stands for, it’s more inclusive than I think the other candidates are,” Glory said.Nancy Charraga, owner of Casa Bonampak on Valencia Street, shows off the Bernie papel picado she sells in her shop. Photo via Nancy Charraga“It’s important to have it in the Mission, the neighborhood that’s dealing with gentrification on a very aggressive level,” added Hosanna Rubio. She also pointed to the significance of holding the event at a public college given Sanders’ stance on affordability of education.Among the Sanders supporters stood at least one person who, despite enthusiasm for Sanders, preferred Hillary Clinton – but didn’t want to miss the Sanders rally.“These things are electric,” said Russell Ginsberg. “If Donald Trump were speaking here, I would get in the line too, because it’s 2016…Win or lose, it’s Trump’s year…For the rest of us, it’s Bernie’s year. He’s changed the Democratic party.”Bernie Sanders at CCSF Mission Campus. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe Democratic Party at the local level was another draw for some at the event. To Hene Kelly, who currently serves on the Democratic County Central Committee, the local arm of the national party, Presidential primaries are extremely significant at the local level – as DCCC members are only elected in primary years. “We run every four years. Nobody knows our names, we only get blamed when things go wrong,” Kelly said. Her aim is to bring more progressives into the committee, citing corporate influence: “[In DCCC] the first C stands for corporate,” she said.Another candidate for DCCC attended the rally. While she, too, focuses on progressive issues like inequality at the local level, she had a broader goal.“In San Francisco, there’s this wide division between individuals,” said Pratima Gupta, a doctor and candidate for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee. But overall? “The main thing is we need to defeat Donald Trump.” Tags: CCSF • Elections • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Senator Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of more than 200 in San Francisco’s Mission District, the ZIP code that has raised the most money for the presidential hopeful’s campaign nationwide, one day before the California primary election on June 7. In his remarks at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus, the Vermont senator addressed some of his main campaign points, including concerns over the influence of big banks and financial firms on politics, global warming and the need for environmental protections, accessible higher education and political engagement. But he dismissed the notion that these are radical ideals.“Our ideas are as mainstream as motherhood and apple pie,” he said.He also stressed that his chances in the California primary hinged largely on voter turnout – with high voter turnout, he predicted, he would succeed in California, but the chances of a win are slim with low voter turnout. A recent poll had the candidates within two points of one another. 0% Find your polling place here.This post has been updated to more accurately reflect the situation regarding the Democratic nomination. last_img read more

SF police shooting shows lapses in procedure but rookie cop likely to

first_imgThe rookie cop who was still on probation when he shot and killed an unarmed suspect in December, is likely to escape criminal charges, according to several use-of-force experts.Nonetheless, most agreed that a 30-second video shows apparent and significant breaches of procedure, and one of the experts felt these were major enough to warrant firing the officer who is in his 12-month probation period. During probation, rookie officers are not protected by the union contract and can be fired without cause.“My sense is there was no immediate threat of bodily harm caused by the alleged carjacker,” said David Elliott Lewis, who spent four years as a trainer for SFPD’s Crisis Intervention Team and who spoke to Mission Local on his own accord. “There is wide latitude given when an immediate threat (exists), and that wasn’t the case here.”“Officers are supposed to shoot to protect life,” he added. “I don’t know who they were protecting. Even though [the suspect’s] actions warranted arrest, they didn’t warrant a discharge of a firearm.” Will SFPD fire Samayoa?Samayoa was four days into his 12-month mandatory probationary period when the shooting took place, which means that he is an “at-will” employee and Chief Bill Scott can fire him without a vote from the Police Commission or a so-called “Skelly hearing,” when public employees in California are given a chance respond to allegations related to their termination.Samayoa is currently on paid administrative leave. “The Chief elected to not return Officer Samayoa to duty at this time, pending additional information from the investigation,” David Stevenson, the director of strategic communications for the SFPD, wrote in an e-mail.He added that “all officer-involved shootings require a full investigation of the circumstances prior to making any termination decision.”A member of the department, who asked to remain anonymous because the member is not permitted to speak freely on the matter, said that it’s unlikely Samayoa will get fired.An officer-involved shooting has never been deemed a wrongful shooting – at least not to the police officer’s knowledge. Moreover, firing an officer and charging him with homicide would set a precedent that opens door to officers being arrested for similar situations and set off a wave opposition among department membership, the officer said.The investigationsA police shooting triggers five investigations: two by the SFPD including one by the Homicide Division and one by Internal Affairs; one by the District Attorney; one by the Department of Police Accountability and one by the Medical Examiner.The District Attorney’s office is supposed to be the lead investigator, but so far, the Police Officers Association, the police union, has been able to block that change.It’s nearly impossible to get a timeline on any of the investigations. Although several outside groups have called for faster investigations, most take 22 months or more.District Attorney George Gascon has so far declined to file charges in any case in which police have killed civilians. The investigations underlying a decision against charges have been completed in 11 of the 20 cases in which police have killed civilians since 2011; nine cases including Samayoa’s, remain open.The length of the investigations raises the question as to whether it will take so long that Samayoa will be off his 12-month probation period, making it harder to fire him without cause. One source pointed out that the SFPD contract does allow a probationary period to be extended, but it is unclear if that will happen in this case.In addition to the various investigations, Samayoa has been sued by O’Neil’s mother, who is being represented by John Burris, a civil right attorney. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Samayoa’s actions resulted in the wrongful death of O’Neil.It alleges that O’Neil did not pose a deadly threat to Samayoa or the public when Samayoa “willfully and intentionally” shot O’Neil through the patrol car’s window.Before Samayoa shoots, “Mr. O’Neil can be seen with his head facing straight forward, not attempting to confront or contact the officers whatsoever,” the lawsuit states. “He appeared to be attempting to evade the Officers which can be considered a misdemeanor crime.”The lawsuit alleges that the patrol car was moving when Samayoa fired, a violation of SFPD policy.The complaint, too, points out that Samayoa and the training officer did not activate their body cameras before the incident, also a violation of SFPD policy.The video was captured only because the cameras are programmed to capture 30 seconds of video preceding activation, and Samayoa turned it on immediately after the shooting.The communitySince the shooting occurred in December, Bayview Captain Steven Ford has been holding weekly meetings aimed at comforting the community about the incident.But at the most recent meeting on January 22, the only people in attendance were two producers from KTVU, a reporter from Tsing Tao Daily, this reporter, and one community member.Phelicia Jones, founder of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition, a group that advocates against police violence, said she doesn’t know why the meetings have seen such low attendance, but said the department could do better to spread the word.“It seems like you must be relying on community members instead of themselves to do outreach,” she said. “And the purpose of meetings is for the department to show transparency? Don’t look for the community to do outreach.”Jones said that one thing might help the community feel better.“I would take it as a glimmer of them doing something right by letting this guy (Samayoa) go,” she said. “Why are they keeping him?” 0% Lewis said he believes the officer should be fired for his actions.Others were more cautious, but pointed out significant lapses in procedure during the incident that took place Dec. 1 after a chase that started around 10:30 a.m.On that day, Officer Chris Samayoa had been on the job only four days when he shot and killed 42-year-old Keita O’Neil. The incident began after O’Neil carjacked a California State Lottery van and led police on a chase through the southeastern corner of the city. The officers eventually pursued him into a dead-end street.At that point, O’Neil fled the van. He ran past the patrol car where Samayoa sat in the passenger’s seat and a training officer was at the wheel. Without lowering the window or shouting a warning, O’Neil shot and killed the suspect.Mission Local asked four police use-of-force experts to examine the video.A majority of the experts explained that — despite shocking body camera footage that shows Samayoa shooting O’Neil in the head through his patrol car passenger window — it is impossible to tell from the footage whether Samayoa “perceived a threat.”Samayoa’s state of mind, they said, is the standard through which any use of deadly force is investigated and deemed “reasonable.” It is this bar that has consistently made police shooting cases difficult to prosecute.Shooting “reasonable?”Michael Leonesio, a former Oakland Police Officer who has investigated numerous use-of-force incidents, said that after viewing the body camera footage, he had two main questions.“Is he pulling the trigger because he sees a threat?” Leonesio said. “Or is he pulling the trigger inadvertently under stress?”He said without seeing Samayoa’s statement about the shooting, it is impossible to know whether Samayoa perceived a threat. He said it’s too difficult to tell what O’Neil is doing in the video to say objectively that O’Neil was not a threat to Samayoa.However, Leonesio pointed out that Samayoa may have had his finger on the trigger prematurely, as he noticed the hammer had been pulled back a second before the shooting took place in the footage. That led him to wonder whether Samayoa accidentally fired under stress.“Getting taken by surprise like that isn’t a comfortable thing, but it happens,” Leonesio said. “Did a threat happen? Or did he get surprised and because he didn’t have his finger where it should have been, he pulled the trigger?”Leonesio noted, too, that other officers shown in the video did not have their guns drawn immediately following the shooting. This, he said, also raised questions as to whether O’Neil had actually posed a threat. But, he said, it all comes down to what Samayoa, and not the other officers, saw.In other words, an investigation hinges on what Samayoa tells investigators. “Without knowing what this officer’s statement is and other (training) officer’s statement is, it’s difficult to tell whether it was reasonable or not,” he said.Likewise, Seth Stoughton, a professor at the South Carolina School of Law and a former police officer, agreed with Leonesio that a major factor in determining the “reasonableness” of the shooting is whether Samayoa perceived a threat. To determine that, the body camera footage has to be viewed with Samayoa’s account in mind.Yet Stoughton too raised the possibility of an accidental discharge. He said one thing from the video was clear: Samayoa drew his gun while inside the moving patrol car.“That’s usually not a great idea,” he said. “It’s difficult to effectively use a firearm from inside a car … the risks of something going wrong are magnified.”A patrol car could make a sudden stop — as it did during the incident — and an officer’s hand could tense up and accidentally fire his weapon, he said.“It makes me wonder more whether this was an accidental discharge,” Stoughton said.Stoughton also echoed Leonesio’s observations that other officers in the video did not have their guns drawn immediately following the shooting. Specifically, he said, the training officer who had been driving the patrol car walked around the car quickly without drawing his gun.“That the training officer walks around and his gun is not out, it tells us something — it could suggest he did not perceive a threat,” Stoughton said. “If he did perceive an ongoing threat, his gun would be out and he would be cornering around the car more carefully than he does.”“Even if a guy was shot, you do not take for granted that he is not a threat anymore,” he continued. “Proceed cautiously. I didn’t see that type of cautious tactical approach when the training officer just walked around.”However, Stoughton said it still leaves questions about what Samayoa perceived. The training officer’s behavior “doesn’t necessarily tell us about what passenger (Samayoa) perceived — it tells what the driver perceived,” he said.Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, said that Samayoa may have perceived a threat based on two pieces of information. Officers thought O’Neil committed a violent crime and he ran back toward the patrol car after exiting his lottery van.“I’ve never seen or heard of a suspect running back at police unless engaging in gun battle or with a weapon,” Bueermann, who was a cop for 33 years.No weapon belonging to O’Neil was found at the scene, but according to Bueermann, that does not matter.“It (police shooting at an unarmed victim) inflames the emotions of the community, but the fact that he was found to be unarmed at end of violent carjacking pursuit may not be relevant to a decision about whether officers actions are reasonable,” he said.Lewis, the SFPD Crisis Intervention Team trainer, found Samayoa’s use of deadly force unequivocally unreasonable, based on the information available to him.Lewis said he saw O’Neil running past the patrol car when Samayoa fired and therefore was not an immediate threat.“The fact that he’s still on the job is troubling,” Lewis said. “That a rookie cop not under [the union] can commit such an egregious act and still be on the job is extremely disturbing and troubling.”“There’s something broken in the system of accountability and checks and balances,” he said. 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Democracy in Action Moderates will continue to steer Californias Democratic Party

first_img Email Address Democracy was alive and well at the Women’s Building on Saturday as thousands of San Franciscans flooded into the brightly muraled community center on 18th Street to have a say in the direction of California’s Democratic Party. The throng converged on the scene to vote for the 14 delegates who will represent California’s 17th Assembly District. These delegates will, in turn, vote on the platform of the state’s Democratic Party — its endorsements of politicians and policy. California’s Democratic party holds a supermajority in the legislature and is perhaps, now, stronger than ever. The beat of a djembe drum, the strum of an acoustic guitar, and the occasional blare of a bullhorn filled the air as the line of voters wrapped around the Women’s Building and stretched all the way down both Linda and Lapidge streets. The sidewalk in front of the building was so congested at one point that a woman yelled at the top of lungs: “Democrats can’t block the sidewalk!” In the words of YIMBY Action’s Laura Foote, one of the delegates on the ballot, the scene was a total “shit show.” “There are so many ways to say it,” Foote said of the throngs of people trying to pack into the small entryway of the building. “A shit show, front to back.” But a convivial shit show. Democratic politicians from both sides of San Francisco’s political aisle — the so-called “progressives” and “moderates” — smiled and glad-handed, united by the resistance California Democrats are leading on the national stage. And yet, for all the unity, a political duel between the two factions underpinned the day’s events: Two 14-member “slates” of candidates — the progressive “Reform Democrats” and the moderate “United Resistance” — competed for votes. “It’s important because we’ve had a Democratic party that’s gone in different directions over the last two decades,” said former city Supervisor John Avalos, a delegate candidate with the progressive slate, noting that he felt the party lost its way in the ‘90s and ‘00s with its corporate leanings.John Avalos, former city supervisor and delegate candidate with the Reform Democrats.Avalos, who is also running for the executive board of the Democratic Party, said one has to “dig down” to really see the differences between the factions. In general, he said, “progressives are trying to transform the party as strong as possible [while] moderates are just trying to get in front of the issues that people really care about, but don’t want to … upset the base of support that comes from a lot of wealthy establishment folks.” Just next to Avalos, California Sen. Scott Wiener who, with Mayor London Breed and Assemblyman David Chiu, endorsed the moderate slate, downplayed the slates’ differences and reveled in the day’s strong turnout. “I love that we have thousands of people standing in line on a beautiful Saturday morning, going down several blocks and waiting it out because they’re passionate about voting,” Wiener said. “That’s beautiful.” Young Reformers Millennial-aged activists made a strong showing as members of the progressive Reform Democrats. They were poised to take the state’s party further to the left, inspired by the 2016 rise of Democratic Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. For some, the day of speeches, shaking hands, and defending one’s positions was perhaps a taste of a career in politics. “We need to keep Californians in their homes with common-sense policies like rent control and just cause [for eviction] that corporate Democrats have not supported,” said Shanti Singh, the 28-year-old co-chair of the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America chapter and a tenants’ rights activist. She delivered the criticism during a one-minute speech that each candidate gave in the Women’s Building auditorium as voters marked their ballots. “We are not winning that at a state level, even with a Democratic supermajority,” she added. “That is just a shame.”Shanti Singh, co-chair of the SFDSA and a Reform Democrat.Kevin Ortiz, a 24-year-old Mission District native and anti-gentrification activist, said he joined the Reform Democrats to defend poor and marginalized communities of color and to push the needle on housing and police reform. “We have a really progressive platform but I’m not here to have the status quo anymore,” he said, waiting in line to vote. Mia Satya, a 27-year-old progressive candidate, has been an activist since she was 14. She was initially skeptical of aligning with a political party because of the perceived corruption in party politics. “A lot of times the national party doesn’t reflect the values of local people,” she said. But in 2016, she was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate for the Democratic National Convention. “That was really my entrance into being a delegate in the party,” she said. “And I was inspired by the fact that we might actually have a socialist president who supports fundamentally changing our economic system to support the most amount of people, instead of the one percent.”Women in the ‘Resistance’ Laura Foote, the YIMBY Action executive director and delegate candidate, passed out United Resistance fliers in front of the community center. “We don’t have a housing caucus at the Democratic Party,” she said. “I think that says a lot.” Foote, who has helped spearhead a movement to speed up housing development in San Francisco, said she joined the moderate slate because of its diversity and seriousness. “It’s a group of people who want to take the state forward — who want serious, substantive policy,” she said, mentioning transit, health care, homelessness and housing as the most important areas for progress. “Every person on this slate has policy chops, understands what the issues are, and is going to fight for serious policy.”Tyra Fennell, a delegate candidate with the moderate slate, engaged a line of voters on Linda Street. She is the CEO of Imprint City, which works to activate underutilized spaces with art and culture projects. “I consider myself a ground-up person, more of a grassroots person,” she said. “I love working in a community, so I never thought of myself in politics.”Tyra Fennell, a community leader and delegate candidate with United Resistance.She said Assemblyman David Chiu and Supervisor Shamann Walton tapped her to join the slate. She couldn’t turn Chiu down, she said, because four years ago at a campaign event for his assembly bid, he approached her because she was visibly upset about getting “redlined” by a landlord in the Bayview. Chiu spoke with the landlord and she ended up getting the lease. “I like politicians who are solutions-oriented,” she said. Fennell added that she’s with the slate because it is bent on supporting the Muslim community. “When David [Chiu] took focus of the …. the Muslim community in San Francisco and how to support them with the national landscape, I really respected that.” Yemeni Representation If elected, Abdo Hadwan, a labor organizer with SEIU 87, would be the first Yemeni delegate to be represented in the state’s Democratic Party. Like the other delegates, he approached voters on Linda Street in line to make his case. “I belong to a Yemeni community that’s always overlooked,” he told Mission Local. “We are suffering from the Muslim Ban and we are immigrants, so we want to have a voice at the table.” Hadwan came to the United States from Yemen in 1998. He started working “here and there” in San Francisco and graduated from pharmacy school, but he ultimately landed work as a labor organizer, which has been his role for the last 10 years. There are more than 30,000 Yemenis in the Bay Area, according to Ibrahim Algahim, co-chair officer at the American-Yemeni Association. “After the revolution, a lot of people moved to U.S. — especially California and the Bay Area,” he said. “This is our first time being part of this campaign and the first time we have someone representing the Yemeni community … and that’s why it’s so exciting. It’s history.”Abdo Hadwan, possibly the first Yemeni delegate to the state Democratic Party.A long night? It’s unclear how long the ballots will take to count, but we will update this post when the results are in. Some volunteers said the votes took until around midnight to count in 2017, so all the potential delegates could be in for a long night of nail-biting.Update, 1/13/19: The moderate United Resistance won 13 of the 14 delegate seats for Assembly District 17, while the Reform Dems elected only Gloria Berry, a community leader in the Bayview and criminal justice activist. The other seats are now filled by Abdo Hadwan, Amber Parrish Baur, Austin Hunter, Gladys Soto, Julia Souder Prochnik, Kristen Asato-Webb, Laura Foote, Mawuli Tugbenyoh, Mick Del Rosario, Nima Rahimi, Todd David, Tyra Fennell, and Victor Olivieri. Thea Selby won the executive board seat. But do give a round of applause to the Reform Democrat candidates: John Avalos, Bahlam Vigil, Jane Martin, Kevin Ortiz, Kitty Fong, Otto Pippenger, Lorainne Bowser, Gabriel Markoff, Shanti Singh, Brad Chapin, Mia Satya, Zhihan “Han” Zhou, Gloria Achuleta. Surely, they will live to fight another day.All told, 2,033 people came out to vote on Saturday.Laura Foote of YIMBY Action and David Campos, chair of the DCCC and a former supervisor, sit on opposite sides of the city’s political aisle, yet in the end, they’re both members of the Democratic Party and agree on a lot of issues. The line to vote stretched down Linda Street.Assemblyman David Chiu waits in line.Mayor London Breed made an appearance. center_img Moderates prevail, winning 13 of 14 seats in the district Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

THE Red Vee Café Bar will once again be open this

first_imgTHE Red Vee Café Bar will once again be open this Saturday for fans who want to watch Saints take on Warrington.The venue will open at 11am as Saints U20s take on Wakefield in their Valvoline Cup Play Off match (12.30pm kick off) and will be serving throughout the day.Saints Gold will be £2 and no doubt there will be a great atmosphere when Saints kick off their Play Off match at 6pm. The bar will remain open for the Leeds v Wakefield game too.last_img

With three minutes to go the centre collected Mat

first_imgWith three minutes to go, the centre collected Matty Smith’s high bomb to score in the corner and take the roof off the ground.It was his second try of a scintillating game that was also punctuated by his world class finish mid-way in the second half.Both sides were scrappy with the ball throughout but there was no doubting it was edge of the seat stuff.Saints got off to the best possible start when they scored after just four minutes.Alex Walmsley did the damage down the middle and on the last, Smith’s high kick was plucked out of mid-air and put down by Ryan Morgan.His fifth try in five games.Saints could have extended that lead shortly afterwards but were called for a knock on after another high ball.On 14 minutes Wigan replied.Saints had to drop out following a chip into their in goal area and on the following set, Tommy Leuluai laid on a pass for Tom Davies to cross.George Williams added the extras, although they looked wide, and then slotted a penalty over on 22 minutes – ironically coming after Saints in three consecutive sets had fair shouts for high tackles.Lewis Tierney then polished off a move around the ruck on the half hour mark.Saints had been defending since their early flurry but on 34 minutes won their first penalty before Smith chipped along the floor for Taia to pounce.Percival added with the extras, but missed the chance to tie it up at half time following Saints second penalty of the match.14-12 to the visitors at the break.Saints put pressure on Wigan’s line early in the second half and won several repeat sets.Taia went close but Saints couldn’t find a way through.And, as is so often the case, on 60 minutes the visitors scored.On the last a simple chip through saw Joe Burgess touchdown after Saints failed to deal with the ball.At 18-12 the next try was crucial – and it came the way of the Saints.And it was absolute genius from Mark Percival.In broken play the centre took a pass from Theo Fages, around 20 metres out, and danced through the defence to go under the sticks.Leuluai put Wigan back ahead with a drop goal with ten minutes to go until the dramatic, last gasp introduction from Percival.Smith’s pinpoint kick was wonderful and the centre did the rest to leave the place bouncing.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Morgan, Taia, Percival (2) Goals: Percival (3 from 5)Warriors: Tries: Davies, Tierney, Burgess Goals: Williams (3 from 4) Drop: LeuluaiPenalties Awarded: Saints: 5 Warriors: 4HT: 12-14 FT: 22-19REF: Phil BenthamATT: 13138Teams:Saints: 2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 4. Mark Percival, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee.Warriors: 21. Lewis Tierney; 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall; 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai; 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 20. Willie Isa, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin. Subs: 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 28. Jack Wells, 37. Callum Field.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints trailed 16-30, but came roaring back as Coote completed his hat-trick and Tommy Makinson brought Saints back to within four points before substitute James Bentley won it in the dying seconds in dramatic fashion with Coote kicking the crucial two.You can watch all the tries in the highlights below.Next up for Saints is a trip to Anfield to face Castleford Tigers at the Dacia Magic Weekend on Sunday 26th May with a 6pm kick off. For a limited time only 2019 Members have a further opportunity to take advantage of their exclusive 50% discount on their Dacia Magic Weekend Ticket with the Flash discount running until 5pm on Sunday 19 May.last_img

Enjoy fun for the whole family at the Wilmington Kidz Expo

first_img The Kidz Expo is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Wilmington Convention Center.According to the event website, families can expect a fun-filled day to play and learn about all the important aspects of raising happy, healthy kids. Families can spend time together, enjoying activities, shopping and entertainment.There will be more than 50 vendor booths, from schools and healthcare to toy and clothing stores.Related Article: Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apartSample food & drink, play on inflatable bouncehouses, and more. Enjoy free face painting, balloon animals, pictures with costume characters and entertainment throughout the day.There will even be a celebrity appearance by Madison Hu from Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”. She will take fan photos from 1-3 p.m.Tickets start at $7 and are also available in Family 4-packs. Kids under 3 are free. Click here to buy tickets.For more information about the Kidz Expo, click here.Madison Hu stars as Frankie on the popular Disney show Bizaardvark. She is also known for her recurring guest star role as Marci on Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Saturday, enjoy an exciting, affordable and fun day out with your family at the 2018 Wilmington Kidz Expo.Jeff Hidek, Event Manager with the StarNews, stopped by Good Morning Carolina to give a preview of what to expect.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Shallotte Police searching for larceny suspect

first_imgSHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Shallotte Police are searching for a wanted man.In a post on their Facebook page, police said Charles Jeffrey Jenkins, 41, is wanted for 2 felony counts of habitual larceny.- Advertisement – He’s 5′ 8″ tall, weighs 170 pounds and has dirty brown hair past his ears with partial dreadlocks.If you know where Jenkins is, or if you see him, call the Shallotte Police Department at (910) 754-6008 or call 911.last_img

Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrates 300th bakery with giveaway

first_imgNothing Bundt Cakes (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One delectable dessert hot spot is celebrating a milestone. Nothing Bundt Cakes is opening its 300th bakery next month.As a thanks to the loyal fans of the handcrafted bundt cakes, the bakery gave away 300 confetti bundtlets at each location across the nation for 300 seconds starting at 3 pm.- Advertisement – The only location in southeastern North Carolina is in Wilmington, located at 1437 Military Cutoff Road.The first Nothing Bundt Cake bakery was start in Las Vegas in 1997.The newest location is expected to open next month in Jacksonville, Florida.last_img

NCDOT hosts info sessions on proposed changes to US 17 intersections in

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation wants to give you a chance to find out about proposed changes to a couple of intersections on US 17 in western Brunswick County.The DOT will host a meeting tonight at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary in Ash about a proposal to improve the intersection at US 17 and NC 904 near Sunset Beach and Ash. The meeting runs 5-7 p.m.- Advertisement – Another meeting is scheduled at Jessie Mae Monroe, 5-7 p.m. on July 15 to discuss a proposal to make changes to the intersection of US 17 and Hickman Rd. NW near Calabash.In both cases the DOT proposes a reduced conflict intersection (RCI) at that location. A RCI is designed to reduce potential collisions for vehicles and pedestrians by allowing drivers from a side road to only turn right. To go the other direction or cross the highway drivers would pull into a dedicated lane to make a U-turn and then go straight or turn right at the intersection.Interested residents can drop in any time during either meeting to learn more about the proposal, have questions answered and talk with NCDOT representatives. There will not be a formal presentation.last_img read more

Black sheep – The mastermind of Sri Lankas Easter Sunday bombs

first_imgFILE PHOTO: People participate in a mass funeral, of the seven victims belonging to one family, in Negombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: People participate in a mass funeral, of the seven victims belonging to one family, in Negombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran was 12 years old when he began his studies at the Jamiathul Falah Arabic College. He was a nobody, with no claim to scholarship other than ambition.Zahran and his four brothers and sisters squeezed into a two-room house with their parents in a small seaside town in eastern Sri Lanka; their father was a poor man who sold packets of food on the street and had a reputation for being a petty thief.“His father didn’t do much,” recalled the school’s vice principal, S.M. Aliyar, laughing out loud.The boy surprised the school with his sharp mind. For three years, Zahran practiced memorizing the Koran. Next came his studies in Islamic law. But the more he learned, the more Zahran argued that his teachers were too liberal in their reading of the holy book.“He was against our teaching and the way we interpreted the Koran – he wanted his radical Islam,” said Aliyar. “So we kicked him out.” S.M. Aliyar, vice principal of the Jamiathul Falah Arabic College poses for a photograph in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Lasseter Mohamed Zahran (face uncovered) is seen with a group of men purported to be the the Sri Lanka bomb attackers at an unknown location in this still image taken from video uploaded by the Islamic State’s AMAQ news agency April 23, 2019 and received by Reuters via SITE Intel Group. The AMAQ via SITE INTEL GROUP/Handout/File via REUTERS TV FILE PHOTO: People participate in a mass funeral, of the seven victims belonging to one family, in Negombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Broken windows are seen at the family home of a bomber suspect where an explosion occurred during a Special Task Force raid, following a string of suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Sri Lankan Special Task Force soldiers stand guard in front of a mosque as a Muslim man walks past him during the Friday prayers at a mosque, five days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on Catholic churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Police officers work at the scene at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negombo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Crime scene officials inspect the explosion area at Shangri-La hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo An inside view of National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ) mosque is seen in Kattankudy, Sri Lanka, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Shri NavaratnamAliyar, now 73 with a long white beard, remembers the day Zahran left in 2005. “His father came and asked, ‘Where can he go?’.”The school would hear again of Mohamed Zahran. And the world now knows his name. Sri Lankan officials have identified him as the suspected ringleader of a group that carried out a series of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in the country on April 21.The blasts killed more than 250 people in churches and luxury hotels, one of the deadliest-ever such attacks in South Asia. There were nine suicide bombers who blew apart men, women and children as they sat to pray or ate breakfast.Most of the attackers were well-educated and from wealthy families, with some having been abroad to study, according to Sri Lankan officials.That description does not, however, fit their alleged leader, a man said to be in his early 30s, who authorities say died in the slaughter. Zahran was different.INTELLIGENCE FAILINGSSri Lanka‘s national leadership has come under heavy criticism for failing to heed warnings from Indian intelligence services – at least three in April alone – that an attack was pending. But Zahran’s path from provincial troublemaker to alleged jihadist mastermind was marked by years of missed or ignored signals that the man with a thick beard and paunch was dangerous.His increasingly militant brand of Islam was allowed to grow inside a marginalized minority community – barely 10 percent of the country’s roughly 20 million people are Muslim – against a backdrop of a dysfunctional developing nation.The top official at the nation’s defence ministry resigned on Thursday, saying that some institutions under his charge had failed.For much of his adult life, Zahran courted controversy inside the Muslim community itself.In the internet age, that problem did not stay local. Zahran released online videos calling for jihad and threatening bloodshed.After the blasts, Islamic State claimed credit and posted a video of Zahran, clutching an assault rifle, standing before the group’s black flag and pledging allegiance to its leader.The precise relationship between Zahran and Islamic State is not yet known. An official with India’s security services, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that during a raid on a suspected Islamic State cell by the National Investigation Agency earlier this year officers found copies of Zahran’s videos. The operation was in the state of Tamil Nadu, just across a thin strait of ocean from Sri Lanka.“LIKE A SPOILED CHILD”Back in 2005, Zahran was looking to make his way in the world. His hometown of Kattankudy is some seven hours’ drive from Colombo on the other side of the island nation, past the countless palm trees, roadside Buddha statues, cashew hawkers and an occasional lumbering elephant in the bush. It is a town of about 40,000 people, a dot on the eastern coast with no clear future for an impoverished young man who’d just been expelled.Zahran joined a mosque in 2006, the Dharul Athar, and gained a place on its management committee. But within three years they’d had a falling out.“He wanted to speak more independently, without taking advice from elders,” said the mosque’s imam, or spiritual leader, M.T.M. Fawaz.Also, the young man was more conservative, Fawaz said, objecting, for instance, to women wearing bangles or earrings.“The rest of us come together as community leaders but Zahran wanted to speak for himself,” said Fawaz, a man with broad shoulders lounging with a group of friends in a back office of the mosque after evening prayers. “He was a black sheep who broke free.”Mohamed Yusuf Mohamed Thaufeek, a friend who met Zahran at school and later became an adherent of his, said the problems revolved around Zahran’s habit of misquoting Islamic scriptures.The mosque’s committee banned him from preaching for three months in 2009. Zahran stormed off.“We treated him like a spoiled child, a very narrow-minded person who was always causing some trouble,” said the head of the committee, Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Naushad, a timber supplier who shook his head at the memory.Now on his own, Zahran began to collect a group of followers who met in what Fawaz described as “a hut”.At about that time, Zahran, then 23, married a young girl from a small town outside the capital of Colombo and brought his bride back to Kattankudy, according to his sister, Mathaniya.“I didn’t have much of a connection with her – she was 14,” she said.Despite being “a bit rough-edged”, Zahran was a skilled speaker and others his age were drawn to his speeches and Koranic lessons, said Thaufeek. He travelled the countryside at times, giving his version of religious instruction as he went.Also, Zahran had found a popular target: the town’s Sufi population, who practice a form of Islam often described a mystical, but which to conservatives is heresy.Tensions in the area went back some years. In 2004, there was a grenade attack on a Sufi mosque and in 2006 several homes of Sufis were set afire. Announcements boomed from surrounding mosques at the time calling for a Sufi spiritual leader to be killed, said Sahlan Khalil Rahman, secretary of a trust that oversees a group of Sufi mosques.He blamed followers of the fundamentalist Wahhabi strain of Islam that some locals say became more popular after funding from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Wahhabism, flowed to mosques in Kattankudy.It was, Rahman said, an effort “to convert Sufis into Wahhabis through this terrorism”. Rahman handed over a photograph album showing charred homes, bullet holes sprayed across an office wall and a shrine’s casket upended.ONLINE RADICALIt was an ideal backdrop for Zahran’s bellicose delivery and apparent sense of religious destiny.He began holding rallies, bellowing insults through loudspeakers that reverberated inside the Sufis’ house of worship as they tried to pray.In 2012, Zahran started a mosque of his own. The Sufis were alarmed and, Rahman said, passed on complaints to both local law enforcement and eventually national government offices. No action was taken.The then-officer in charge of Kattankudy police, Ariyabandhu Wedagedara, said in a telephone interview that he couldn’t arrest people simply because of theological differences.“The problem at the time was between followers of different Islamic sects – Zahran was not a major troublemaker, but he and followers of other sects, including the Sufis, were at loggerheads,” Wedagedara said.Zahran found another megaphone: the internet. His Facebook page was taken down after the bombings, but Muslims in the area said his video clips had previously achieved notoriety.His speeches went from denouncing Sufis to “kafirs”, or non-believers, in general. Zahran’s sister, Mathaniya, said in an interview that she thought “his ideas became more radical from listening to Islamic State views on the Internet”.In one undated video, Zahran, in a white tunic and standing in front of an image of flames, boomed in a loud voice: “You will not have time to pick up the remains of blown-up bodies. We’ll keep sending those insulting Allah to hell.”“HARD TO TAKE”Zahran spoke in Tamil, making his words available to young Muslims clicking on their cellphones in Kattankudy and other towns like it during a period when, in both 2014 and 2018, reports and images spread of Sinhalese Buddhists rioting against Muslims in Sri Lanka.In 2017, Zahran’s confrontations boiled over. At a rally near a Sufi community, his followers came wielding swords. At least one man was hacked and hospitalized. The police arrested several people connected to Zahran, including his father and one of his brothers. Zahran slipped away from public view.That December, the mosque Zahran founded released a public notice disowning him. Thaufeek, his friend from school, is now the head. He counted the places that Zahran had been driven away from – his school, the Dharul Athar mosque and then, “we ourselves kicked him out, which would have been hard for him to take”.The next year, a group of Buddha statues was vandalised in the town of Mawanella, about five hours drive from Kattankudy. There, in the lush mountains of Sri Lanka‘s interior, Zahran had taken up temporary residence.“He was preaching to kill people,” said A.G.M. Anees, who has served as an imam at a small mosque in the area for a decade. “This is not Islam, this is violence.”Zahran went into hiding once more.On the Thursday morning before the Easter Sunday bombings, Zahran’s sister-in-law knocked on the door of a neighbour who did seamstress work near Kattankudy. She handed over a parcel of fabric and asked for it to be sewn into a tunic by the end of the day.“She said she was going on a family trip,” said the neighbour, M.H. Sithi Nazlya.Zahran’s sister says that her parents turned off their cellphones on the Friday. On Sunday, when she visited their home, they were gone.She does not know if Zahran arranged for them to be taken somewhere safe. Or why he would have carried out the bombing.But now in Kattankudy, and in many other places, people are talking about Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Airtel Uganda Implements The One Network Integration In East Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Kampala, Uganda, 15th January, 2015 – In line with the decisions made by the Heads of States during the Northern Corridor Integration projects initiative(NCIPI) summit held last year, Uganda joined Kenya, Rwanda & Sothern Sudan in becoming a one Network Area state for telecommunication services.The implication for Airtel Uganda is that effective 15th January 2015, roaming calls to the One Area Network and call back home rates will be charged at a flat rate of Uganda shillings 350/-Receiving calls when roaming will be absolutely free whilst international calls from Uganda to the One area Network will incur a charge of Uganda shillings 330/-Speaking on behalf of the Airtel Uganda, Mr. Prasoon Lal the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director said, “Airtel Uganda has been offering one network roaming benefit to all its customers across sixteen other African operations & the Indian sub-continent for over three years”, said Prasoon.He further added that the benefits on the Airtel platform include; No security deposits required for Both Postpaid & Prepaid customers, one can now recharge using home and visited country’s recharge vouchers Applicable in the 17 Africa countries airtel operates and one can enjoy LOCAL RATES of the visited country.last_img read more

Twitter updates rules to clarify on abusive behavior and hateful conduct

first_imgTwitter are updating their Twitter Rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. Image Credit: Guim Advertisement Twitter believes that protection from abuse and harassment is a vital part of empowering people to freely express themselves on their platform.Today, as part of Twitter continued efforts to combat abuse, they are updating their Twitter Rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. The updated language emphasizes that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, threaten, or use fear to silence another user’s voice. As always, twitter embraces and encourages various opinions and beliefs but they will also continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse.“Over the past year, we’ve taken several steps to fight abuse in order to protect freedom of expression: We’ve empowered users with tools for blocking, muting, and reporting abusive behaviour, and evolved our policy to capture more types of abusive behaviour”, Twitter said in a statement on their official blog. – Advertisement – They have also increased in their investments in policy enforcement so as they can handle more reports with greater efficiency, and bolstered educational resources through a new Twitter Safety Centre.[related-posts]One of the areas Twitter has found to be more effective in this multi-layered strategy of fighting abuse is creating mandatory actions for suspected abusive behaviours, such as email and phone verification, and user deletion of Tweets for violations. These measures curb abusive behaviour by helping the community understand what is acceptable on the Twitter platform.In conclusion, Twitter said, “Keeping users safe requires a comprehensive and balanced approach where everyone plays a role. We will continue to build on these initiatives to empower our users and ensure that Twitter remains a platform for people to express themselves.”last_img read more


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Kings Daughter to Spend an Evening at Rice

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu KING’S DAUGHTER TO ‘SPEND AN EVENING’ AT RICEUNIVERSITY“An Evening with the Rev. BerniceKing,” set for Jan. 19, is a fitting tribute for the Martin Luther King MemorialLecture, the fourth in this year’s President’s Lecture Series at RiceUniversity.The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Rice Memorial Center’sGrand Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will begin at 7p.m.The youngest child of Coretta Scott King and the late MartinLuther King Jr., King first exercised her oratorical gift and heard her callingto the cloth at age 17. She addressed the United Nations on apartheid in 1980and became an ordained minister 10 years later.She presently serves as assistant pastor at Greater Rising StarBaptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where she oversees youth and women’s ministries.Though she was only 5 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. died, Bernice isoften compared to her late father. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Spelman College and amaster of divinity and doctorate of law from Emory University. King alsoreceived an honorary doctor of divinity from Wesley College.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.### AddThislast_img read more

Flat boron by the numbers

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/2Dboron_angew_chem.jpgTwo-dimensional sheets of boron that can be lifted off a substrate are possible to make via several theoretical methods suggested in a new paper by Rice University scientists. The material could be a useful complement to graphene and other 2-D materials for electronics, they said. (Credit: Evgeni Penev/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/01/0204_BORON-2-web.jpgRice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, right, and lab members Yuanyue Liu, left, and research scientist Evgeni Penev have calculated the energies that would be involved in creating two-dimensional sheets of boron, which would be similar to – but have better electrical qualities than – carbon-based graphene. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005center_img ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFlat boron by the numbersRice University researchers calculate what it would take to make new two-dimensional materialHOUSTON – (Jan. 31, 2013) – It would be a terrible thing if laboratories striving to grow graphene from carbon atoms kept winding up with big pesky diamonds.“That would be trouble, cleaning out the diamonds so you could do some real work,” said Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson, chuckling at the absurd image.Yet something like that keeps happening to experimentalists working to grow two-dimensional boron. Boron atoms have a strong preference to clump into three-dimensional shapes rather than assemble into pristine single-atom sheets, like carbon does when it becomes graphene. And boron clumps aren’t nearly as sparkly.Yakobson and his Rice colleagues have made progress toward 2-D boron through theoretical work that suggests the most practical ways to make the material and put it to work. Earlier calculations by the group indicated 2-D born would conduct electricity better than graphene.Through first-principle calculations of the interaction of boron atoms with various substrates, the team came up with several possible paths experimentalists may take toward 2-D boron. Yakobson feels the work may point the way toward other useful two-dimensional materials.The Rice team’s results appear this week in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Rice graduate student Yuanyue Liu and research scientist Evgeni Penev are co-authors of the paper.Yakobson’s lab first reported in a Nano Letters paper last year that unlike graphene, 2-D boron rolled into a nanotube would always be metallic. Also unlike graphene, the atomic arrangement can change without changing the nature of the material. Instead of the steady rank-and-file of hexagons in a perfect graphene sheet, 2-D boron consists of triangles. But boron could have vacancies – missing atoms – without affecting its properties.That’s the theory. The problem that remains is how to make the stuff.“We are, perhaps, so close,” Penev said. “Here we have conceived a material that resembles graphene, but is always conductive no matter what form it takes. What we’re doing now is exploring different possibilities to connect our theories with reality.”The best method, they calculated, might be to feed boron into a furnace with silver or gold substrates in a process called chemical vapor deposition, commonly used to make graphene. The substrate is important, Penev said, because the atoms have to spill onto the surface and stick, but not too strongly.“You have to have a substrate that doesn’t want to dissolve boron,” he said. “On the other hand, you want a substrate that doesn’t bind too strongly. You should be able to detach the boron layer.”Then, like graphene, these atom-thick boron sheets could be applied to other surfaces for testing and, ultimately, for use in applications.The study also calculated methods for creating sheets via saturation of boron atoms on the surface of boride substrates, and the evaporation of metal atoms from metal borides that leaves just the target atoms in a sheet.“There are a lot of reasons boron could be interesting,” said Liu, the paper’s first author. “Boron is carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, with one less electron, which might bring in lots of new physics and chemistry, especially on the nanoscale. For example, 2-D boron is more conductive than graphene because of its unique electronic structure and atomic arrangement.“In fact, comparing (boron) with graphene is very helpful,” he said. “The state-of-art synthesis methods for graphene provide us good templates to explore 2-D boron synthesis.”Yakobson is thinking a step beyond the current work. “There are many groups, at Rice and elsewhere, working on 2-D boron,” he said. “To appreciate this work, you have to stand back and contrast it with graphene; in some sense, the synthesis of graphene is trivial.“Why? Because graphene is a God-given material,” he said. “It forms at the global minimum (energy) for carbon atoms – they go there willingly. But boron is a different story. It does not have a planar form as a global minimum, which makes it a really subtle problem. The novelty in this work is that we’re trying to trick it into building a two-dimensional motif instead of three.”The search for 2-D materials with varying qualities is hot right now; another new paper from Rice on a hybrid graphene-hexagonal boron nitride shows the need for a 2-D semiconductor to complement the material’s conducting and insulating elements.Yakobson hopes his study serves as a guideline for practical routes to other novel materials. “Now that there is a growing interest in a variety of 2-D materials, this may be a template,” he said.Yakobson is Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry.The Department of Energy (DOE) supported the research. Computations were performed on the National Science Foundation-funded Data Analysis and Visualization Cyberinfrastructure at Rice, along with resources at the National Institute for Computational Sciences and the DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201207972This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/01/31/flat-boron-by-the-numbers/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.edu/archives/category/group-newsImages for download:last_img read more

Baker Institute report examines Kuwaits fragile pluralism and inclusion postArab Spring

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute report examines Kuwait’s fragile pluralism and inclusion post-Arab Spring HOUSTON – (Aug. 15, 2018) – A new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy draws attention to the countervailing dynamics of pluralism and inclusion in Kuwait since the onset of the Arab Spring protests in 2010.The Kuwait Towers in Kuwait City. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThe country’s experience in particular demonstrates the fragile nature of fundamental political rights and inclusive policies in the Arab Gulf region, said A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, who edited the report, “Pluralism and Inclusion in Post-2011 Kuwait.”The report is a collection of issue briefs by authors Daniel Tavana of Princeton University, Courtney Freer of the London School of Economics, Hamad Albloshi of Kuwait University and Tahani Al Terkait of Durham University. The authors’ briefs analyze the political, religious, social and gender dynamics of pluralism in Kuwait, examining the actions of both societal and oppositional groups and regime policies.“Kuwait, one of the bright spots for democracy in the Gulf region prior to the Arab Spring protests, has since experienced mounting challenges to its pluralistic socio-political makeup,” Yildirim wrote. “Recent developments have shown the extent of the existential threat felt by the regime as the demands and actions of political opponents continue unabated. The regime’s fears have led to major changes to aspects of Kuwait’s political system — changes put in place to reduce the available maneuvering space for the opposition, thereby undermining key pillars of pluralism in the country.“While we are accustomed to the idea that the struggle for such rights moves toward greater inclusion, the past decade has shown that the assumption does not withstand the force of pushback by illiberal currents both in the Middle East and the rest of the world, including the United States.”In his brief, “The Evolution of the Kuwaiti ‘Opposition’: Electoral Politics after the Arab Spring,” Tavana examines the specific ways new electoral law hinders the opposition’s chances of winning seats in the parliament. Freer’s brief, “Kuwait’s Post-Arab Spring Islamist Landscape: The End of Ideology?” argues that cross-ideological collaboration has enabled Islamist actors to push back against the regime’s restrictive policies to curb political pluralism in the parliament. In the brief “Social Activism and Political Change in Kuwait Since 2006,” Albloshi sheds light on the dynamics of recent social activism in Kuwait. Finally, two recent events have shaped gender politics in Kuwait in recent years: the Sufoor controversy and the “My Hijab Makes My Life Beautiful” campaign. Al Terkait investigates both events in her brief “Civil vs. Religious Dilemmas in Pluralistic Society: Examples of Gender Politics from Kuwait.”The report is based on a May 5 workshop held in Kuwait City in collaboration with the Alsalam Center for Strategic and Developmental Studies and hosted by Kuwait University. It is part of a broader, two-year Baker Institute research project, “Building Pluralistic and Inclusive States Post-Arab Spring,” supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Yildirim and Baker Institute colleague Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, are the project’s principal investigators.Yildirim’s main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and Turkish politics.-30-Related materials:Report: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/7b1a34c2/cme-pub-carnegie-kuwait-080718.pdfYildirim biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/a-kadir-yildirimFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

Rice expert available to discuss how Houston balances history and development

first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice expert available to discuss how Houston balances history and development HOUSTON – (Sept. 11, 2018) – City planners are often faced with the difficult task of deciding which buildings stay and which ones go, a clash between development and days of yore. However, new research from a sociologist at Rice University suggests growth and preservation can go hand in hand.Kevin Loughran, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Rice School of Social Sciences’ Department of Sociology, is available to discuss his recent research, which examines existing work on how city dwellers use ideas about local history and culture to facilitate or oppose development. Although Loughran’s latest research focused specifically on the development of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP), he said what is happening in the City of Brotherly Love is also happening in Houston.“Although preservation has not been as strong of a force in Houston as in other cities, recent efforts, like the creation of the Houston Heights historic district and movements to preserve Midtown’s Sears building and the Astrodome – a marvel of post-World War II modernism – might signal a change,” he said. “However, judgments about which historical structures have salience as preservation projects comes down to more than architectural significance.”Loughran said these judgements rely on how a particular period of the city’s history is remembered, and which social groups claim ownership of that history.“How historical structures will be adapted for re-use is a whole other question, because buildings like the Astrodome and the Sears building aren’t going to become museums,” he said. “Once decisions are made to save them, finding ways to make the past that is embodied in those buildings feel relevant and authentic is the major challenge, particularly because these buildings don’t just have a single history, but many narratives.”For more information or to schedule an interview with Loughran, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.-30-This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Kevin Loughran bio: https://sociology.rice.edu/kevin-loughranKevin Loughran photo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/180904_-Loughran_fitlow_003-102t02e.jpgPhoto credit: Jeff Fitlow.Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/33677780_l-1-2gbsdvn.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University/123rf.com Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxq5vgPphHQVideo credit: Brandon Martin.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

US Stock Indexes Rise Ahead of Presidential Inauguration Oil Rising

first_img Share this article The American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance to the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Share U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading Friday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. Phone company stocks led the gainers. Energy stocks also rose as oil prices headed higher. Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of company earnings and outlooks.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 93 points, or 0.5 percent, to 19,825 as of 10:07 a.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 11 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,274. The Nasdaq composite index added 27 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,568.TRUMP’S INAUGURATION: Investors will be looking for clues in Trump’s midday inauguration speech about his plans on fiscal stimulus, tax cuts and trade. Expectations of lower taxes and less regulation on businesses gave stocks a boost for much of the last two months of 2016. But the possibility of increased tariffs or trade restrictions could mean drops in profits for big U.S. companies.STRONG RESULTS: Skyworks Solutions jumped 12.6 percent after the semiconductor products maker reported better-than-anticipated quarterly results. The stock was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, adding $9.89 to $88.35.BRIGHT OUTLOOK: Consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble rose 2.6 percent after releasing a strong growth forecast. The stock added $2.23 to $86.92.EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: Citizens Financial Group gained 2.8 percent after reporting fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations. The stock rose 96 cents to $35.69. BIG DECLINER: Bristol-Myers Squibb was down the most among stocks in the S&P 500. It slumped $5.18, or 9.3 percent, to $50.31.MARKETS OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 0.2 percent, while France’s CAC 40 was 0.4 percent higher. Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 0.7 percent after the Chinese government said the economy grew at a 6.8 percent annual rate in the last quarter, even as full-year growth increased 6.7 percent, the weakest in three decades. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3 percent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude was up $1.25, or 2.4 percent, at $52.62 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up $1.23, or 2.3 percent, at $55.39 a barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.49 percent from 2.47 percent late Thursday. Yields have been rising as investors expect inflation to increase.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 115.17 yen from Thursday’s 114.80. The euro rose to $1.0657 from $1.0659. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON center_img US US Stock Indexes Rise Ahead of Presidential Inauguration; Oil Rising By The Associated Press January 20, 2017 Updated: January 20, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more