UW-Madison police chief bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ imagery

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison’s police chief has banned officers from using “Thin Blue Line” imagery while on duty. The move by Chief Kristen Roman follows criticism on social media of a “Thin Blue Line” flag displayed at the police department’s office. The flag, which resembles a U.S. flag but has a blue stripe, is considered a sign of police solidarity, but has also been criticized as a symbol of white supremacy. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Roman says the flag has been “co-opted” by extremists with “hateful ideologies” and that her department needs to distance itself from the imagery to build trust with the community.last_img

Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors

first_imgToday I’m proud to sign #TiernesLaw, which gives our justice system more tools to hold domestic abusers accountable and strengthens protections for victims who are still at risk. pic.twitter.com/CLaSELG9YQ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 16, 2018 The Blog,  Weekly Update,  Workforce Development Tierne’s LawOn Monday, Governor Wolf signed SB 449, also known as Tierne’s Law, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta. This act amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and clarifies judges’ use of risk assessment tools when setting bail amounts to determine whether the perpetrators of domestic violence pose a continued danger to their victims.“We all know the tragic story that led us to take a hard look at our laws, and make this change,” Governor Wolf said. “We mourn Tierne’s loss with her family, and while we can never fix what they’ve had to go through, Tierne’s law will help us prevent senseless and horrible situations like this one from happening to more Pennsylvania families, and will hold perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse accountable for their heinous crimes.By signing Tierne’s Law, Governor Wolf builds on his support for victims of domestic violence. On April 6, the governor asked State House leaders and committee chairs to send him a package of domestic violence reform bills that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.“I urge the House to pass a package of domestic violence bills, including Senate Bill 501, which would fix an arcane law that allows domestic abusers to have access to guns,” said Governor Wolf. “We know that many domestic abusers use firearms to harm their victims, as was the case with Tierne, who died from a gunshot wound inflicted by her abuser spouse.”Workforce DevelopmentGovernor Wolf announced new funding for the Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center to help with the creation of two new welding training programs in Bedford and Somerset counties. These programs will help companies identify and train a skilled workforce which will inevitably help the companies succeed and grow in a rapidly-evolving economy.This investment builds on the governor’s commitment to workforce development in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday Governor Wolf announced that his administration has helped more than 2,000 companies train their existing workforces. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the incumbent worker training program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration. Additionally, on Thursday the governor announced his commitment to helping youth and young adults receive the work experience they need to succeed in college by announcing funding for local summer internship programs throughout Pennsylvania.SeniorsOn Friday, Governor Wolf announced that 41 senior centers across the commonwealth would receive grants from the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants, totaling $2 million funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery.“Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.”See a complete list of grant recipients.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018Monday, 4/16/18Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Construction Season in South Central PA, Highlights ProjectsWolf Administration Cabinet Members Host Community Event in TunkhannockGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Providing Protections for Victims of Domestic ViolenceGovernor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of HealthGovernor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting CommissionTuesday, 4/17/18Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Increase Welding Training Opportunities in Bedford and Somerset CountiesPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Expected Resignation of Rep. Charlie DentGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” HutchinsonPennsylvania’s School Safety Task Force Hears from Students, Others in the Southeastern RegionGovernor Wolf Thanks House for Passage of ‘Grandfamilies’ Legislation, Urges Senate to VoteWednesday, 4/18/18Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former First Lady Barbara BushGovernor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing WorkforceGovernor Wolf Announces $60 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 12 CountiesGovernor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Combat HazingThursday, 4/19/18Pennsylvania Investing More Than $2.8 Million to Expand Summer Internship ProgramsGovernor Wolf Celebrates Revitalization at Groundbreaking Ceremony for The Highline in PittsburghFriday, 4/20/18Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center GrantsPennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of TreasuryHighlights from the Blog:April Jobs That Pay Update: Preparing PA’s Workforce, Creating Jobs That Pay, Connecting Growing CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Signs Tierne’s Law, Urges Action on Domestic Violence Legislation (Round-up)Highlights from Twitter:When Meek Mill was resentenced to prison for parole violations, his case brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. My plan: https://t.co/hgbFL5aVyU pic.twitter.com/p3IzlJmVYU— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 17, 2018 April 23, 2018 Weekly Update: Combatting Domestic Violence, Training PA’s Workforce, and Supporting Seniors SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Weather update:Ophelia becomes a tropical storm again

first_img Share Share LocalNews Weather update:Ophelia becomes a tropical storm again by: – September 28, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Image via: amild-us-blogspot.comAt 11 am, the center of tropical storm Ophelia was located near latitude 18.7 north…longitude 59.9 west or about 240 miles north northeast of Dominica. Ophelia is moving toward the north-northwest near 3 mph…6 km/h…and this motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. Data from an air force reserve unit hurricane hunter aircraft indicates that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph…85 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles…140 km…mainly to the east of the center. The minimum central pressure reported by the hurricane hunter aircraft is 1002 mb…29.59 inches.Ophelia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches mainly over the northern Leeward and Windward Islands. Rainfall and thunderstorm activity is expected to continue to affect Dominica today. Residents in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise caution.Moderate to rough sea conditions are expected to affect the island as tropical storm Ophelia moves north of the Leeward Islands. Small craft operators and sea bathers especially on the northern and western coast are advised to exercise extreme caution.At 11 am, the center of tropical storm Philippe was located near latitude 16.4 north…longitude 38.8 west about 1500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Philippe is moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph…19 km/h…and a general west-northwest or northwest motion is expected for the next two days. On this track, Philippe is forecast to remain over open water and away from land. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph…65 km/h…with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected and Philippe could become a tropical depression by tomorrow evening. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles…280 km from the center. Estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb…29.71 inches.Forecast for Today and Tonight: Generally cloudy to overcast at times with showers and thunderstorms.Sea Conditions: Moderate to rough in open water.Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and seabathers are advised to exercise caution.We will continue to monitor the progress of these systems and keep you updated.Dominica Meterological Service 8 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Olympia Firefighters Rescue Window Washer

first_imgFacebook274Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentOlympia Firefighters responded to a report of a fallen window washer just before 10:00 on July 17, 2014.  Two window washers were working on the back side of the Capitol Terrace Apartments, a six floor complex at 1517 Capitol Way south in Olympia, just up from the capitol Campus.The first arriving unit, Olympia Ladder Truck found two window washers, believed to be from Ace Window Cleaning, hanging from their safety lines on the back of the building.  One window washer was bleeding from the head.Three Olympia Firefighter crews immediately went to work on the rescue.  One crew accessed the patient through a window on the fifth floor.  A second crew went to the roof to assure that the safety lines would continue to hold the window washers and their malfunctioning window washing platform.  A third crew carefully moved the articulated ladder truck into the narrow alleyway behind the building and extended the ladder up to the window washers.Crews assisted the first window washer out of their tangled equipment and down the ladder.  This person was treated for a head laceration and transported to the hospital.  The second window washer was then helped down the ladder.  He was uninjured.Olympia Fire Department responded with one engine, one ladder truck, a medic unit, and a command unit.  The County Special Operations and Rescue Team (SORT) was dispatched but not needed.  There were no injuries to any of the firefighters during the rescue.Olympia Fire Department remained on scene until a representative from the state of Washington Department of Labor and Industries arrived.last_img read more

Commentary: Keansburg – The Best Kept Secret

first_imgContributed by Cliff Moore |Keansburg has more to celebrate this year than its Centennial. There are over 50 new events planned to take place this year on the beach. The events include festivals, bull riding rodeos, free movies and concerts, beer gardens, food truck events, fireworks, and much more. Gratitude Migration is returning for its third year with an anticipated 3,500 attendees camping on the beach in a three-day festival in July. The NY/NJ Baykeeper will be offering free kayak rides on the Bay in August. Keansburg’s free beach was rebuilt since Sandy and the low waves from the Bay make it perfect for young families. Our Centennial Weekend in October will be three days of concerts, a parade, carnivals, a petting zoo, beer gardens, fireworks and many family-oriented activities throughout the town. Public transportation makes getting to the beach, amusement and water parks inexpensive and convenient.The newly formed Keansburg Business Alliance has reenergized the commercial growth with new restaurants, as well as a Muay Thai Gym and Wrestling Club.The Raritan Bay Brewery will be opening in the Fall of 2017 and the Pier 260 Restaurant is starting construction this month and scheduled to open by the summer of 2018. This $3 million project is a three-story restaurant and roof top bar that will have panoramic views of the Bay and New York skyline. There is currently over $70 million in projects under construction with $50 million on the drawing board. The Borough Council is also providing tax abatements and/or exemptions for the construction of commercial or industrial structures for five years.On July 5, 2016, The New York Post reported “Keansburg, NJ is the No. 1 Bargain Beach Town in the country, according to a report by RealtyTrac.” DrSketchy Asbury Park is spearheading the Keansburg Mural Project where six unique artists will be adding art and beauty by way of murals to Keansburg. The town has passed ordinances for more strict code enforcement to help improve and stimulate visual improvement to some of the Super Storm Sandy-affected areas still recovering.We are open for business and invite you to visit our town and see for yourself the tremendous opportunities and potential offered by our community. See why our once troubled community is becoming the best-kept secret and newest gem in the Bayshore. Subscribe to our blog, TheKeansburgConnection.com for more information, updates and opportunities.Cliff MooreKeansburg Economic Community Development CoordinatorThis Commentary was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Groves to face Froch in rematch on 31 May

first_imgGeorge Groves will face Carl Froch in a rematch on 31 May.A number of possible venues are being considered, including Wembley, Twickenham, Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground,.The Hammersmith man’s challenge for Froch’s WBA and IBF super-middleweight world titles in November ended in controversial circumstances when he was stopped in the ninth round.Groves was ahead, had floored Froch earlier in the fight and appeared to be well capable of continuing when referee Howard Foster halted the contest after a flurry of shots thrown by the champion.There has since been a clamour for the pair to meet again and Nottingham’s Froch was recently ordered by the IBF to fight Groves again or risk being stripped of the title.Froch had indicated that he was instead likely to fight former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lions of Ethiopia are one of a kind

first_imgA large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia. (Image: University of York) MEDIA CONTACTS • University of York  +44 190 432 0000 RELATED ARTICLES • Sierra Leone teen wows world • Moz leads in marine conservation • Six decades to survey East Africa’s flora • Acting on Uganda’s anti-Aids progress Ray MaotaA large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia – and now it has been found that they are genetically different from other lions too.DNA evidence has found that the Addis Ababa lions are genetically unique when compared with all the lion populations of Africa and Asia. With their findings in mind, researchers from the University of York in the UK and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany have urged that this species of lion be put on the endangered list.Researchers from Leipzig Zoo in Germany and the universities of Durham and Oxford in the UK were also involved in the study. There are a number of subspecies of lion (Panthera leo), including the East African, Cape, Barbary and Asiatic, while white lions are rare. Lions are the only cats that live in permanent groups. Dwindling numbersTrophy hunting has led to a decline in the lion population worldwide. In Ethiopia, apart from a few in the wild, there are just 20 of the unique animals in Addis Ababa Zoo. They once belonged to the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, who established the zoo in 1948. The species is prized by hunters for its manes.Principal investigator Professor Michi Hofreiter, of the department of biology at the University of York, said: “To our knowledge, the males at Addis Ababa Zoo are the last existing lions to possess this distinctive mane. Both microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA data suggest the zoo lions are genetically distinct from all existing lion populations for which comparative data exist.“We therefore believe the Addis Ababa lions should be treated as a distinct conservation management unit and are urging immediate conservation actions, including a captive breeding programme, to preserve this unique lion population.” Preserving their legacyThe research team took DNA samples from 15 of the lions in Addis Ababa Zoo, eight of which were males and seven females, and compared them to lion breeds in the wild.The findings could go a long way to preventing another lion species from becoming extinct; already North African Barbary lions and South African Cape lions are extinct in the wild. Setting up a captive breeding programme to preserve the lions has been suggested by the researchers.Their study was recently published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.Lead author Susann Bruche, now with Imperial College London but who conducted the research with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, said: “A great amount of genetic diversity in lions has most likely already been lost, largely due to human influences. Every effort should be made to preserve as much of the lion’s genetic heritage as possible.“We hope field surveys will identify wild relatives of the unique Addis Ababa Zoo lions in the future, but conserving the captive population is a crucial first step. Our results show that these zoo lions harbour sufficient genetic diversity to warrant a captive breeding programme.” Sightings of similar animalsBruche added that Ethiopian authorities had said that lions with a similar appearance to those at Addis Ababa Zoo still existed in the east and northeast of the country, notably in the Babille Elephant Sanctuary near Harar and southwards to Hararghe. These regions, she said, should be prioritised for field surveys.Hofreiter said: “A key question is which wild population did the zoo lions originate from and whether this wild population still exists; this would obviously make it a priority for conservation.“What is clear is that these lions did not originate in the zoo, but come from somewhere in the wild – but not from any of the populations for which comparative data is available.”last_img read more

Was not in the know of CBI raids, says Bihar government

first_img PMO role?Some reports from New Delhi said the Prime Minister’s Office had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids, apprehending law-and-order problems and seeking adequate security measures.“Information regarding raids was given by the CBI to the Director-General of Police around 7.30 a.m., some time after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order,” the official statement said.Also Read  CM awayChief Minister Nitish Kumar has been away at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly because of health issues.Mr. Kumar and his party, Janata Dal(U), have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Mr. Prasad’s claim that those were part of “vendetta politics” by the BJP and the Modi government.Security reinforcementsAdditional security personnel were deployed at the offices of the BJP, the RJD and the JD(U) in Patna while the raids were on.Additional Director-General of Police (Headquarters) S.K. Singhal said a general alert was sounded across the State in view of the political ramification of the raids. The Bihar government on Saturday rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about the CBI raids on locations linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday.“It is a totally baseless news,” an official release said.Quoting sources, reports said Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and State Police Chief P.K. Thakur were alerted by the CBI on Thursday night to the impending raids on the premises of Mr. Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other members of the family.Also Read Won’t be cowed by such raids, says Lalu ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhilast_img read more

a month agoDybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPAL

first_imgDybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPALby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala was pleased after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat of SPAL.Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Dybala cross.“It’s important to win these games. We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances, the goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

CIBC expects 50 per cent drop in new mortgages in latter half

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce anticipates it will issue half as many new mortgages in the latter part of the year as it did in the same period of 2017 amid cooling in the real estate market.The bank has noticed a slowdown in the housing market in the last few months, likely due to changes to mortgage underwriting guidelines, Christina Kramer, CIBC’s group head of personal and small business banking for Canada, said Wednesday. Those changes include a new stress test for buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance, which has made it harder for some would-be homebuyers to qualify.“When we take a look at the second half, we continue to see that there will be origination decline, probably in around 50 per cent range relative to the same period last year,” Kramer told analysts on a call discussing CIBC’s results for its second quarter, ended April 30.CIBC, the first of Canada’s Big Six banks to report second-quarter results, announced a double-digit profit bump Wednesday, handily beating market expectations despite slowing growth in mortgage lending.Concern has been mounting over the impact of a cooling real estate market on mortgage loans at Canada’s biggest banks, as national housing sales activity reach lows not seen in several years.In April, home sales dropped to a seven-year low for the month that typically kicks off the busy spring real estate season. The Canadian Real Estate Association largely blamed a new stress test for uninsured mortgages that came info effect on Jan. 1. The new stress test requires would-be homebuyers with more than a 20 per cent down payment to prove they can service their mortgage if interest rates rise.CIBC’s said its quarterly profit attributable to common shareholders was $1.29 billion, up from $1.04 billion a year ago on strong results both at home and south of the border after some U.S. acquisitions last year.On an adjusted basis, it earned $1.32 billion, or $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.06 billion, or $2.64 a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $2.81 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CIBC’s spot mortgage balance for the second quarter was $203 billion, up 6.8 per cent from a year ago, but flat compared with the first quarter. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2017, CIBC’s spot mortgage balance was up 12.4 per cent from the previous year and up 2.2 per cent from the previous quarter.In the latest quarter, the bank booked $7 billion in uninsured residential mortgage originations, down from $11 billion a year ago.“We’ve actually seen a very soft start with the spring market,” Kramer told analysts. “We don’t know whether that’s a bit of a pause in the market or consumers changing behaviour or waiting to see what happens.”The slowdown in mortgage originations at CIBC was welcomed by analysts, which had been concerned about how quickly the bank’s mortgage book was growing compared to its peers.“CIBC’s domestic residential mortgage growth was essentially flat, potentially relieving a relative overhang on the stock as investors have become increasingly concerned with CM’s relative exposure,” Barclays analyst John Aiken said in a research note.Real estate secured lending accounted for 49 per cent of total net loans across the Big Six Canadian banks during the fiscal first quarter of 2018, according to a recent CIBC World Markets report. CIBC had the highest exposure among its peers, at 62.8 per cent.Kramer said CIBC has become less reliant on real estate lending for revenues.“A year ago, two-thirds of our revenue would be directly related to our mortgage performance and our mortgage business. And today that’s about one-quarter.”In other banking operations, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management arm saw net income in the second quarter jump by 431 per cent year-over-year to $138 million, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, which closed in June 2017.The lender’s domestic commercial banking and wealth management arm earned $310 million for the quarter, marking a nine per cent increase from the same period a year ago. However, its capital markets arm saw a seven per cent decrease in net income to $249 million compared with one year ago.Despite headwinds in the Canadian real estate market, CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig said the bank expects to continue generating strong earnings growth in excess of its five per cent target going forward, if macroeconomic environment conditions remain benign or relatively positive.However, Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones based in St. Louis., said while it appears CIBC’s diversification is paying off, questions remain about how it will compensate for lower mortgage revenues.“It could be difficult for them to continue to offset such a big chunk of what’s been driving growth, over the next couple of years.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CM)last_img read more