Revised Regulations for Crane Operators

first_imgCrane operators in Nova Scotia will see more regulatory flexibility without jeopardizing safety beginning Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Consultation for the amendments to the Crane Operators Regulation took place between Sept. 18 and Nov. 10, and support from interested groups was strong. “We’ve been working with people in the industry for several years on the changes, and we are listening to what they have to say,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Industry wants regulations to be flexible, and permit the use of the most efficient technology without jeopardizing the safety of employees.” The consultations identified regulations that prohibited efficient operations, but did not impact employee safety. The revised regulations will reflect national standards for crane operators. The changes are part of the Department of Environment and Labour’s Competitiveness and Compliance program, which makes improvements to department laws and regulations. Its objectives are to maintain or enhance protection for Nova Scotians and their environment while contributing to the prosperity of Nova Scotia business. A bulletin with a detailed summary of the revised Crane Operators Regulations can be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .last_img read more

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

first_imgOTTAWA — Belmont Meat Products is recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Harvest Burger – Gourmet Blend – Veggie Burgers due to the possible presence of pieces of metal in the products.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the burgers were sold in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and possibly other provinces.The recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019.The CFIA says there have been reported injuries associated with the consumption of the burgers, however, it didn’t provide any further information.Anyone who purchased the burgers is advised to either throw them out or return them to the place of purchase.The CFIA says it’s making sure the recalled product is being removed from stores. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Paul McCartney And Elvis Costello Launch TV Ad For Vegetarian Meals

first_imgElvis Costello has teamed up with Paul McCartney for a campaign to launch a new range of chilled meat free foods.Video: Paul and Linda McCartney – ‘Heart Of The Country’ (with Elvis Costello voiceover)From PaulMcCartney.com: “The leaked track and accompanying animation are part of the #LoveLinda campaign [the McCartney family] have been working on alongside the Linda McCartney Foods brand. This is the first time in 15 years that the brand has done TV advertising. The TV advert shows the McCartney family as you have never seen them before in animated form.“Singer songwriter Elvis Costello has provided the voiceover to the animation which, in addition to the family, features a host of psychedelic animal characters.“Elvis Costello has been vegetarian since the early 1980s and remembers Linda McCartney and all she strove for; “Linda always talked well and made it seem that you wouldn’t be joining a secret weird society by being vegetarian.”“Produced by world renowned Passion Pictures, whose other work includes projects for The Beatles and The Gorillaz, the animation transports viewers into a fairy-tale world where characters including Horse boy, Napoleon Dog and Ballerina Cat join the McCartney family in a musical fanfare that culminates with a woodland feast.“Airing for the first time on 28 January, the animation is part of a national #LoveLinda campaign to launch the new range of chilled meat free foods from Linda McCartney.”Source:PaulMcCartney.comlast_img read more

Foxs new schedule for the fall TV season

NEW YORK — Fox’s prime-time schedule for fall 2019:Monday8 p.m. — “9-1-1”9 p.m. — “Prodigal Son”Tuesday8 p.m. — “The Resident”9 p.m. — “Empire”Wednesday8 p.m. — “The Masked Singer”9 p.m. — “Not Just Me”Thursday8 p.m. — NFL Football.Friday8 p.m. — “WWE Smackdown Live”Saturday7 p.m — “Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football”Sunday8:00 p.m. —”The Simpsons”8:30 p.m. — “Bless the Harts”9:00 p.m. — “Bob’s Burgers”9:30 p.m. — “Family Guy”The Associated Press read more

UAE to improve the welfare of Sri Lankan workers

Foreign Minister Samaraweera briefed his counterpart on the government’s political and economic plans. He noted that the formation of a National Government would create political and policy stability that would enable the country to address long-unsolved challenges facing Sri Lanka. Minister Samaraweera noted that the 250,000 Sri Lankan migrant workers employed the UAE make a tremendous contribution to Sri Lanka’s economy. He emphasized that Sri Lanka is committed to increasing the skill level of migrant workers entering the UAE – including domestic workers. He also noted that Sri Lanka would continue to engage through the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to improve inter-ministerial coordination and cooperation on migrant worker issues – including qualification recognition.The two Foreign Ministers also agreed to hold the second Sri Lank-UAE Joint Commission later this year in Colombo. Minister Samaraweera said that, just as Sri Lanka was a paradise for UAE tourists, the government’s objective was to make it a paradise for investors. He invited UAE firms, which are already a significant source of investment for Sri Lanka, to increase their investments, observing that the Government was establishing 45 economic development zones. The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nayhan, visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka.During bilateral consultations the Foreign Ministers explored ways of strengthening trade and investment ties, improving the welfare of Sri Lankan workers in the UAE, and collaborating on issues of regional and international concern. The Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Employment, the Chairman of the Board of Investment and the Director-General to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other senior officials attended the meeting.The UAE Foreign Minister also called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. read more

Instagram expands Canadian pilot removing like counts to more countries

Instagram says it’s expanding a Canadian pilot removing “like” counts from some users’ feeds to several more countries.An Instagram spokesman says the social media giant plans to roll out the test in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Italy and Ireland this week.In May, Instagram began testing a new feature in Canada preventing some users from seeing the total number of likes on other people’s photos and videos.The test hides like counts and video views on Instagram feeds, permalink pages and profiles, but users can still find out the tallies on their own posts.The spokesman says Instagram is excited by the early results of the Canadian trial, and is looking to learn more from the global community.He says the move is meant to encourage users to focus on the content being shared on the platform rather than competing for likes.The Canadian Press read more

UN Security Council extends mission in Sierra Leone for six months

The Security Council today unanimously agreed to extend for six months the mandate of the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone and stressed the importance of continued support to the West African country’s Government in consolidating stability, reintegrating ex-combatants, repatriating refugees and respecting human rights and the rule of law.The Council endorsed a recommendation by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) beginning this 30 September, given the need to continue the gradual drawdown of the peacekeeping force without jeopardizing the security situation in the country torn apart by a decade-long civil war.In adopting the resolution, the 15-member body welcomed the increasing security in Sierra Leone and encouraged “further progress towards strengthening the capacity of the Sierra Leone Police and armed forces to maintain security and stability independently.”It commended UNAMSIL for the progress made to date in the adjustments to its size, composition and deployment and welcomed the Secretary-General’s intention to continue with these adjustments.Noting that lasting stability in Sierra Leone will depend on peace in the subregion, especially in Liberia, the Council emphasized the importance of cooperation among the regional countries to this end, as well as the need for coordination of UN efforts to contribute to the consolidation of security.Members expressed strong support for “the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) towards building peace in the subregion, and encourages the Presidents of the Mano River Union member States to resume dialogue and to implement their commitments to building regional peace and security.”The Council also expressed its appreciation to those Member States providing troops, civilian police personnel and support elements to UNAMSIL and those who have made commitments to do so.Video of Security Council meeting read more

Canadian wholesale sales rise 03 per cent in January StatsCan report

Canadian wholesale sales rise 0.3 per cent in January: StatsCan report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose by 0.3 per cent in January to $49 billion, mainly due to higher sales in computer and communications equipment and supplies.In volume terms, wholesale sales were up 0.5 per cent for the month.The agency says gains were reported in four of seven subsectors, accounting for about two-thirds of wholesale sales.Sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector rose 3.2 per cent, almost offsetting a drop recorded in December.The overall increase reflects an eight per cent increase in the sales of computer and communications equipment and supplies.Sales rose in nine provinces in January, with most of the growth in dollars concentrated in Quebec, where sales were up 2.2 per cent. Ontario was the lone province that posted a decrease, with sales down 0.5 per cent, the fifth decrease since July 2012. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 8:44 am MDT read more

UN envoy welcomes indictment of former Guinean leader over 2009 stadium deaths

“I commend the national authorities for exercising ownership, leadership and responsibility over this process which seeks to bring justice to victims of crimes committed during the horrific events which took place Conakry in broad daylight,” said Zainab Hawa Bangura in a press release issued late Wednesday. “This indictment represents an important step in Guinea’s fight against impunity for the crimes that were perpetrated against unarmed civilians,” she added. A UN-led International Commission of Inquiry found that at least 156 people were killed, at least 109 women and girls raped and subjected to other forms of sexual violence, and more than 1,000 people injured as a result of the events in the stadium and the surrounding areas. Mr. Camara was the President of Guinea’s National Council for Democracy and Development at the time of the incidents on 28 September 2009. In the framework of a Joint Communique between the UN and the Government of Guinea signed in November 2011, Ms. Bangura’s Office, through the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law/Sexual Violence in Conflict, has been providing technical support to a Panel of Judges established by the Guinean authorities to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Based on more than 400 hearings, which included 200 victims and witnesses of sexual violence, the Panel has already issued 15 indictments, including against high ranking military officers. “I praise the courage and determination of the Panel of Judges to investigate the crimes committed, as well as the courage of the victims and witnesses to come forward,” the Special Representative said. “This would not have happened without their relentless efforts in pursuit of justice.” The United Nations will continue to support ongoing efforts by the Guinean authorities towards a successful conclusion of the process, including in the areas of protection of victims and witnesses, and reparations, she said. read more

Metso to help Mount Gibsons Extension plans move ahead with a complete

first_imgMetso will supply a complete crushing and screening system to Mount Gibson Iron for the Extension Hill mine. The iron ore mine site is located north of Perth in Western Australia. The order consists of feeders, a jaw crusher, cone crusher, screen and conveyors. It also includes engineering, structures, installation and project management of the new plant. The stationary plant expansion is designed to produce at a rate of 700 t/h. The delivery will be completed by January 2011.Mount Gibson iron is the leading independent Australian hematite iron ore producer. The development and construction of the Extension Hill hematite project scheduled for completion in June 2011. The production of 3 Mt/y at Extension Hill will lift total Mount Gibson production to 9 Mt/y in 2012.The value of the order is less than EUR10 million and is included in Metso Mining and Construction Technology’s Q2 orders received.last_img read more

Tested Google Glass XE7 update brings web browsing and improved voice controls

first_imgMonth two of Glass is upon us, and Google has released their next update, XE7 for Google Glass. This upgrade focuses on the separation of hands-free and hands-on navigation, and brings a much needed web browser for the platform.This month’s Glass update is all about Google paying attention to the participants in the Explorer Program. Most of the updates seen here are the result of conversations being had all over the web from the few who have their hands on this hardware. The whole idea behind the Explorer Program was to help Google define Glass, so that there was a polished and complete thought by the time Glass hit shelves.The XE6 update to Glass focused on enhancing the camera and making it more useful in situations where most 5MP shooters would struggle. This XE7 update focuses on the user, and how we interact with Glass.Separate voice and gesture controlsThe original implementation for Glass UI combined gesture and voice controls into a single menu. This confused a lot of users, because the available commands were in a vertical list, while the navigation panel on the side of Glass is horizontal. The meant that you were using a horizontal gesture to scroll down a vertical list, and while you could adjust to that quickly it was a little jarring. The benefit here was the list being compact, which meant you could see the list and speak out the command you wanted if you were so inclined. The whole rest of the UI had horizontal panels for horizontal gestures though, so ultimately a change needed to be made.There’s now a separate menu system for voice and gesture commands. If you don’t want to announce to the world what you are doing, you can swipe through individual cards with actions. If you’d rather use your voice, that system is not only intact but has been improved throughout Glass.Now, if you take a photo, record a video, or receive a card that you can act on (notification, email, SMS) there’s now a “OK Glass” at the bottom of the screen that lets you know you can activate those features with your voice. The end result is a significant boost in hands free computing, allowing you to navigate and interact with just about all of Glass with just your voice.Glass BrowserIt’s not easy to imagine using a browser on Glass. You have a 640×480 resolution display in a world where websites can be downright huge. Navigating a site with a thin strip of touch material may sound difficult to implement, but this first public attempt by Google is impressive. Navigating a site requires a pair of input mechanisms, which are split between one finger and two finger actions.With one finger actions, you have simple scrolling and link clicks. This works if you’re scrolling through text and navigating through links on a site. When you want to look around on the web, you place two fingers on Glass and literally look around with your head. Whichever direction you turn your head is the direction Glass will pan your viewing window on the page. If you reach a space where the site needs to scroll, it does so based on how severe the angle of your head is. From this same two finger gesture you can zoom in and out on any part of a website.In trying this out, I found that the Glass browser can’t handle much. While it is a unique and interesting experience, the browser itself currently crashes after a few pages of navigation. It’s still early days for this software, and when the browser works it really does work well. You can even watch videos on YouTube, though the battery limitations on Glass are such that a four minute music video costs you roughly 7% of your battery life.You’ve also got no keyboard on Glass, so anything that requires a login is off limits. Bluetooth keyboards have been used on Glass several times, and while that is certainly an option it probably makes more sense to just use your phone if you’re going to go through all of that trouble. Google will likely implement something like Chrome to Phone for Glass before too long, or just give you Android browser controls from the Glass app in the future.last_img read more

La reconnaissance faciale bientôt possible sur Facebook

first_imgLa reconnaissance faciale, bientôt possible sur FacebookLe réseau social veut faciliter le marquage des photos pour ses utilisateurs. Un nouvel outil doit donc faire son apparition dans quelques semaines : la reconnaissance faciale. Les photos seront alors marquées automatiquement.Reconnaître automatiquement nos amis et légender les photos avec leur nom sans que l’on ait à pianoter sur notre clavier : c’est ce que Facebook veut proposer à ses utilisateurs d’ici quelques semaines. L’information a été révélée par l’ingénieur Justin Mitchell, sur son blog : “Désormais, si vous téléchargez les photos du mariage de votre cousin, nous pourrons les regrouper (…) et au lieu de taper 64 fois le nom de son épouse, il n’y aura qu’à cliquer sur “sauvegarder” pour le faire apparaître en légende”. L’outil s’avère donc très pratique pour l’envoi groupé de photos.À lire aussiCette Intelligence artificielle créée par Adobe peut détecter les images trafiquéesMais pas de panique, cette option peut être désactivée pour ceux qui ne veulent pas apparaître automatiquement sur les clichés mis en ligne par leurs contacts. Il est possible de le faire en ajustant les paramètres de confidentialité sur le site.Selon Justin Mitchell, plus de 100 millions de légendes sont attribués à des photos sur Facebook chaque jour.Le 16 décembre 2010 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1017 NXT Highlights Aleister Black returns Lorcan Burch War Raiders vs Undisputed

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Pinterest Facebook WWE posted the following highlight’s from last night’s NXT on the WWE Network.center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Mertesacker on Reiss Nelsons performance in Hoffenheim

first_imgArsenal’s academy manager Per Mertesacker says 19-year-old Reiss Nelson who is spending 2018-19 season on loan with Hoffenheim is setting a fine example for young prospects to follow.The teenage sensation began to impress in Hoffenheim but not to the surprise of the manager who insisted there are differences between PL and Bundesliga and claims Hoffenheim is the club for bringing up young players.“It was the best decision for him to go there,” Mertesacker told the official matchday programme via Gunners website.“When you compare the Bundesliga to the Premier League, there are similarities but there are differences.“At the moment the Bundesliga suits him, and he went to a club where they are used to bringing up young players, educating young players and giving young players a chance in their first team. He has a young coach who will educate him and give him an insight.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Reiss is getting out of the comfort zone he was in at Arsenal, so the loan system should work brilliantly for us. Some Bundesliga clubs are very interesting for us and the way he could make an impact at Hoffenheim was by starting on the bench but then scoring immediately.“Through scoring those goals, he gained trust from the coach, from the fans, by learning some German and earning the right to start and make an impact.“I think he has done a brilliant job but that all fell into place because he wanted to go. He had a great opportunity but you need to take these opportunities and make sure you learn from those moments. Instead of being a first-team player between the under-23s and the first team, this is something different.“It’s difficult to manage and I’m really pleased and glad that it’s worked right now for him. We have other prospects we really need to think about. What’s their best path towards making an impact for our first team? There are different ways, different challenges.“Those are individuals. But I feel we are in a good place right now and those situations show us how big an impact a loan can make on a player. We need to select wisely.”last_img read more

Japan bombed an asteroid and now its preparing to collect the debris

first_imgThough JAXA is yet to confirm the separation of the target marker onto Ryugu’s surface, Hayabusa2 was programmed to offload the reflective ball before it reached its lowest altitude of 10 meters. Thus, provided it carried out those commands, Hayabusa2 will be ready to return to the asteroid and collect a second sample in the coming weeks.Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft has been tailing the asteroid Ryugu since June 2018. It’s successfully touched down on the asteroid’s surface and shot a cannonball at the spinning space rock to collect debris — so it has already achieved big things. However, it’s chief mission is to study and sample Ryugu, and then return to Earth with samples from the asteroid in late 2020. That makes the second sample collection a high stakes gambit, but with the target marker successfully deployed, JAXA will be hopeful of success.The spacecraft is also looking to drop a second exploration rover, known as Minerva-II-2, on the asteroid at some point “after July.” Tags 0 Explore asteroid Ryugu with Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft The shadow of Hayabusa 2 spacecraft can be seen on the asteroid Ryugu, May 29.  JAXA Japan’s asteroid-hunter, Hayabusa2, recently blew a nice, new crater on the desolate gray surface of the asteroid Ryugu. But what good is blowing a hole in an asteroid if you can’t go down and grab some of the debris?Hayabusa2 has already successfully sampled the surface of Ryugu, but the material it nabbed was resting on the surface of the asteroid. To gain a better understanding of the material deeper below, they need to grab another.In mid-May, Hayabusa2 attempted to drop a target marker on the surface of Ryugu, in a location where much of the debris settled. However, during the attempt, the spacecraft ran into some trouble and terminated its descent. The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) confirmed that the target marker had not been placed — and so Hayabusa2 couldn’t ready itself to lean in and collect a new sample.The target marker is incredibly important for Hayabusa2 to succeed in its touchdown, high-five and rock theft. Without the reflective ball to guide it, the spacecraft risks colliding with the asteroid or snagging itself on a rock.Not content with the first failure, JAXA decided to try again. On May 29, they set the spacecraft to descend toward Ryugu at a pace of 40 centimeters per second for a second time. Sci-Tech Post a commentcenter_img [PPTD-TM1A] May 29 at 12:21 JST. We have confirmed that the spacecraft has begun the descent as scheduled. The current descent speed is 40cm/s.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) May 29, 2019 The key to dropping the target marker is getting up close and personal with Ryugu. Hayabusa2 needed to reach a distance of around 10 meters before it would drop the target marker. It uses a special on board radar to determine exactly where it is in relation to the space rock. During a previously aborted attempt, the radar had experienced difficulty detecting this distance, and so the spacecraft ascended to save itself any drama.During their second attempt on May 29, things went a lot more smoothly. At 7:38 p.m. PT, JAXA tweeted “the spacecraft turned to rise near an altitude of 10m. There is applause in the control room!” [PPTD-TM1A] May 30 at 11:34 JST. The spacecraft turned to rise near an altitude of 10m. There is applause in the control room!— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) May 30, 2019 12 Photos Share your voicelast_img read more

Foreign Minister Jaishankar Arrives in Bangladesh to Strengthen

first_imgDhaka: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday arrived in Bangladesh to strengthen the “special” bilateral ties between the two neighbours. On his arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from New Delhi, the minister was received by his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, the Indian High Commission here tweeted. “Bangladesh is an important partner for India and a central pillar of the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy,” it said. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us This is Jaishankar’s first visit to Bangladesh after taking over the charge of External Affairs Minister. Speaking to the media on arrival, the minister said: “he is looking forward to his stay in Dhaka and is hoping to hold productive and engaging discussions on strengthening the special India Bangladesh relationship”. The visit is the second high ministerial interaction between the two sides in less than a month. Earlier on August 7-8, Bangladesh’s Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan held a bilateral meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Jaishankar, who is on a two-day tour, will start his visit by paying respect to Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday morning at the ‘Bangabandhu Museum’ in Dhanmondi. This was the personal residence of the architect of Bangladesh where he was assassinated along with most of his family members in 1975. His daughters — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana — survived as they were abroad at that time. Jaishankar will then hold a meeting with his counterpart Momen. He will meet Prime Minister Hasina in the afternoon.last_img read more

AFRO Names New Publisher Board

first_imgThe AFRO-American Newspapers on Monday named a new publisher and a new board of officers.Frances Murphy Draper, who served as president of the family-owned company from 1987-1999, will be chairman of the board and publisher. John “Jake” Oliver, who became chairman and publisher in 1986, was named publisher emeritus.Frances Murphy Draper (left), a direct descendant of the AFRO’s founder, John H. Murphy, was named the new chairman of the board and publisher of the AFRO-American Newspaper. Benjamin Murphy Phillips (right), IV, was elected president. (AFRO file photo)“I view the AFRO as our paper. And when I say ‘our’ I mean the community’s paper. The AFRO is the source for insight into what the Black community is talking about and I want to build on Mr. Oliver’s legacy. We appreciate his long service as publisher and chairman,” said Draper.Other officers elected or reelected at the Company’s annual organizational Board meeting are: Rachael Murphy Humphrey, secretary; James E. Wood, Jr., treasurer; and Kevin E. Peck, vice president of advertising. Benjamin Murphy Phillips, IV, was elected president, a position he previously held from 2014-2016.Below is the full list of the AFRO’s Board of Directors:Rev. Dr. Frances M. Draper, Chairman of the Board PublisherJohn J. Oliver, Jr., Publisher EmeritusBenjamin M. Phillips IV, PresidentRachael Murphy Humphrey, SecretaryKevin E. Peck, Vice President, AdvertisingSean EvansEdward W. GrayAndre R. DraperBeverly CarterLaura Phillips ByrdBlair Carl SmithJennifer Carter JonesRev. Dr. Marie M.P. BraxtonRodger Murphy Matthews, Sr. LTC(Ret)Dr. Oluwa Tosin AdegbolaDana PeckRev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn,Lori Murphy LeeDr. James E. Wood, Jr.last_img read more

Thousands of Police Officers Implicated in Slew of Racist Facebook Posts

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaFar too many law enforcement officers – from rookies to the highest ranking – view African Americans as “dogs.” Others believe women in hijabs are tantamount to “trash bags.” And there are those who revel in violence, claiming “it’s a good day for a chokehold.”Those of just some of the alarming public posts on Facebook written by police officers in departments across the country. They were identified by the Philadelphia-based Plain View Project, a database that chronicles police use of social media.The departments thus far implicated are Dallas, Tex; Denison, Tex.; Lake County, Fla.; Philadelphia, Penn; Phoenix; St. Louis, Mo; Twin Falls, Idaho; and York, Penn.Already, authorities in Philadelphia and St. Louis said they have opened an Internal Affairs investigation into the posts, which exceeds 3,000, according to the Plain View Project.The departments thus far implicated are Dallas and Denison, Texas; Lake County, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Phoenix; St. Louis, Mo; Twin Falls, Idaho; and York, Pa.The Plain View Project, headed by Philadelphia-based attorney Emily Baker-White, said its analysis determined that at least 328 active-duty police officers posted content that championed violence against Muslims, immigrants and African Americans.“We found a very high and concerning number of posts that appear to endorse, celebrate or glorify violence and vigilantism,” Baker-White said in a televised interview with ABC News.“We included posts that we thought could affect public trust and policing,” she said. “We also included posts that seemed to emit some sort of bias against a group of people – whether if that’s a minority faith, a minority race, ethnicity, immigration status, whatever it is. We saw a number of posts that appeared to denigrate those groups of people.”Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross confirmed that an investigation is underway in that city.“We have reviewed the social media transcriptions you provided and find many of them to be not only incongruent with our standards and policies, but also troubling on a human level,” Ross said in a statement.While some of the Facebook posts—some of which also included images of the Confederate flag—have been deleted, the Plain View Project provided screenshots of the posts in their public online database.Since its establishment in 2017, the group has compiled more than 5,000 posts from current and former officers, both in big cities such as Dallas and in smaller jurisdictions like Lake County, Fla.The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association said it has contacted the Council on American Islamic Relations to set up a meeting but declined further comment.“We strongly condemn violence and racism in any form. The overwhelming majority of our [7,000] officers regularly act with integrity and professionalism,” Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby said in a statement.Baker-White told the New York Times that the Facebook posts are far from isolated incidents and are very disconcerting.“One of the reasons that I don’t think it’s an individual problem is that these folks are talking to each other. There are a lot of posts that have eight comments underneath them, and three of those comments are by other police officers, and in those long comment threads you often see a kind of piling on,” Baker-White said.“If one guy makes a comment that’s sort of violent, another guy will say, ‘Oh, that’s not enough, I would have hit him harder.’ ‘I would have shot him.  ‘I would have killed him.’“It creates a space where officers feel like this is what they should do or think, and I fear that leads more officers to do and think this stuff,” she said.Baker-White acknowledges the tough job of law enforcement in general.“Yes, police officers have an incredibly hard job,” she said. “There’s probably an incredible amount of PTSD; there’s an incredible amount of stress. But, it’s not OK then to say, ‘Let’s go get these animals tonight.’”To view the entire report, visit https://www.plainviewproject.org/last_img read more

Beheaded body of woman found in house husband absconding

first_imgKolkata: The beheaded body of a 42-year-old woman was recovered from her house in Narendrapur area of South 24 Parganas district on Saturday. The husband of the victim, Krishna Baidya, has gone missing since the murder.According to police, her husband, Bapi Baidya who is a driver, suspected her of having an extramarital affair and tortured her for money. He has been married thrice. Krishna’s daughter from a previous marriage was the first person to find the body. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Her daughter revealed that she was supposed to visit her house. When she couldn’t contact her on phone, she rushed to her house. She found her mother’s body in the house and called police,” said a police officer. Her beheaded body was found below the bed. It was taken to a nearby hospital for post mortem. “When and how she was killed will be ascertained after the post mortem report,” said the officer. “The husband is the prime accused,” said another officer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Locals told police that for the last 20 to 25 days, Bapi had stayed home to get his car repaired. “Local residents told us that he would fight with Krishna in this period, but both looked normal the next day. However, none of the locals noticed him when he left home. It is possible that he made her consume something poisonous and than killed her,” the second officer said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Unattended garbage fire burns land five vehicles

first_imgThe fire occurred in Kantunilkín in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas west of Cancun where firemen report that a landowner set fire to old brush and garbage. Leaving the fire unattended, flames quickly spread with the help of wind. Already this season, two garbage fires in the municipality of Tulum required assistance of forest firefighters after flames quickly spread out of control, scoring more than 10,000 square meters of land. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Kantunilkín, Q.R. — Forestry firefighters were busy over the weekend after a garbage fire ended up scorching land and five vehicles in the town of Kantunilkín. The Director of Municipal Civil Protection, Alejandro Erosa Betancourt, says that the fire spread very fast due to the extremely dry vegetation and strong winds, adding that by the time members of the fire brigade arrived, the fire was out of control. Before it was completely extinguished, a large section of land along with five vehicles were destroyed due to the intentionally-set burn. last_img read more