Tina Fontaine asked for help before she died childrens advocate

first_imgSAGKEENG FIRST NATION, Man. _ A report into the death of a Manitoba Indigenous teenager says she asked for help in the weeks before she was found dead in the Red River, but social agencies told her there were no beds available.The report by Manitoba children’s advocate says that essentially left Tina Fontaine homeless and at risk for sexual exploitation.— CityNews Winnipeg (@CityNewsWPG) March 12, 2019The report by Manitoba children’s advocate says that essentially left Tina Fontaine homeless and at risk for sexual exploitation.“Tina had acute mental health needs following her father’s death but she was never provided with a single counselling session or other cultural healing, despite ongoing assessments and recommendations that this was a critical need in her life,” reads the reports from Daphne Penrose.“Further, Tina developed acute addictions in her final months of life and used many different drugs and alcohol but was unable to find the help she needed that would support her to address her underlying pain.”READ MORE: System failed Manitoba girl returned to parent without support, checks: advocateSocial workers and others ignored multiple signs that Tina was spiralling downward and in danger according to the report.Penrose said following the death of Tina’s father, victim services did not follow through with the child to provide counselling support, “despite her right to this services and the obligation of victim services to provide it during the two and half years in which they were involved with Tina’s family.”The child advocate’s report also looked into the sexual exploitation of the province’s youth–something Penrose says Manitoba has a “shameful reputation for”.READ MORE: Small things become scary, says Indigenous teen of Fontaine case, MMIWGThe report also details how Fontaine’s family was affected by a history of residential schools, the ’60s Scoop, and child-welfare agencies.“She carried a burden that was not her own,” Penrose said.Tina’s mother was 17 years old and was still a child in care when Tina was born on New Year’s Day in 1999. Both her parents struggled with addictions.Five years later, her father asked Tina’s great-aunt Thelma Favel to take care of her and her sibling on the reserve northwest of Winnipeg. It was a relatively stable time in the young girl’s life.That changed when Tina’s father was murdered in 2011. Tina’s caregiver tried to get help for the young girl from victim services. But because of questions about who was the teen’s legal guardian, she never received counselling.In June 2014, Tina left to try to reconnect with her mother in Winnipeg. When Favel didn’t hear from the girl, she called Child and Family Services for help.The report outlines how Tina’s high-risk behaviour rapidly escalated in her final two months. She disappeared, was homeless, developed addictions and was sexually exploited.But she also reached out several times for help.On one occasion Tina called Child and Family Services but no one arranged to pick her up. Workers told the teen to ride her bicycle to a shelter.There’s no evidence she arrived.The report says Tina disclosed to her child-welfare agency that she was hanging out with a 62-year-old, meth-using man. Court heard during the second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier–who was acquitted last year in Tina’s death–how the young girl was associating with the older man and he admitted he was sexually attracted to her.Social workers believed Tina had been sexually assaulted, but the agency still dropped the teenager off with a contracted care worker at a downtown hotel. Tina walked away from the hotel shortly after.Just days later her 72-pound body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River.Recommendations from the Child and Youth AdvocatePenrose makes five recommendations which she says need to be acted on quickly because children and youth are still facing the same risks and getting the same responses as Tina.The first is for Manitoba Education and Training to reevaluate the use of suspensions and expulsions in public schools. Penrose pointed to the recently-formed Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education which carefully examines the uses of those punishments so they can be limited, reduced, and phased out.READ MORE: ‘Don’t talk to each other’: Inside Manitoba’s child protection hearingsThe second recommendation is for Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living which, ten months after the province handed down a mental health and addiction strategy, has yet to reveal implementation plans.Penrose has also recommended for Manitoba Justice – Victim Services to “address the quality control measures that were lacking” in their interactions with Tina and her family. “While this system was involved for a number of years, barriers to access the service were plenty and overall, the service was not delivered to Tina in child-centred ways.”The next is aimed at Child and Family Services and its responsibility to kids in need of protection.READ MORE: ‘Traumatic to witness a lack of empathy’ says mother of apprehended newborn“What Tina might have benefited from was access to the full continuum of services for children at imminent danger, and this continuum includes safe and secure treatment facilities that are therapeutic, culturally-informed, and effective – or, as Tina described to her CFS agency, a place where it feels like home,” Penrose’s report continues.And lastly, Penrose points at Manitoba Families to create a new protocol with individually-tailored response plans for missing kids. “Access to time-sensitive safety and care information about children who are missing might mean the difference between life and death for some youth.”The report says response plans specific to each case are imperative because of a strong correlation between missing persons, sexual exploitation, and “other harms that can place young people at immediate risk of injury and death.”The highly anticipated report was released on Tina’s home reserve.Not much has changed since Tina’s 2014 death: PenroseOver the course of the investigation, Penrose said one thing had been made abundantly clear–that not enough has changed since Tina’s tragic death five years ago.“In fact, what we know to be true from the youth we are working within our advocacy program and who are still alive today, and which has been confirmed by public systems throughout this process, is that children and youth who present with the same issues today may find themselves getting the same responses and experiencing the same barriers to service that Tina did.”Penrose urges the government agencies to heed her recommendations as change cannot be put off any longer, since for many at-risk teens struggle with structural barriers for many months and years and the “downward spiral gathers speed rapidly”.She said in her report that interventions and critical response measures often–and in the case of Tina–come too late because a threshold must be met before action is triggered.“Our track record in Manitoba is not good. We are home to the highest numbers of children in care, highest numbers of youth in custody, and highest numbers of missing children. These are the outcomes when services and investments are not intensively targeted on the early years and on the prevention of crisis.”Now, according to the advocate, Manitoba needs to jump to a more proactive approach.“The solutions lie upstream. If the focus of our resources and interventions keep our eyes locked on the results of trauma, then we will ignore the reasons that cause the trauma and our province will continue to see ballooning numbers of youth involved in child and family services, youth justice, and youth who are in need of emergency detox and treatment.“We can do better.”-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jerry Garcia Foundation Announces John LennonInspired Imagine Theres No Hunger Benefit

first_imgIn its ongoing mission to support meaningful causes through the arts, The Jerry Garcia Foundation will host a Holiday Concert at the Harmonia Yoga Arts Studio on December 16th to benefit WhyHunger.Inspired by John Lennon and his song, “Imagine,” the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign endeavors to turn the dream of a world without hunger into a reality.The Jerry Garcia Foundation is donating a collection of Jerry Garcia’s visual art to the WhyHunger organization. Select pieces will be on exhibit at Harmonia on the night of the concert as well. All proceeds generated from the concert and fine art will support the WhyHunger mission.In addition, well-known rock poster artist, Stanley Mouse, has created a poster for the holiday benefit. Mouse has produced art for both the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.The concert will be presented at Harmonia, located in the former Sausalito Record Plant recording studio. The Record Plant is legendary in the music world and the building has been minimally renovated to preserve its historic integrity. Countless luminaries have graced the studio’s doors. In October 1972, John and Yoko Ono attended the Record Plant’s masquerade party opening celebration, dressed as trees.A partial list of iconic artists that have recorded at the Record Plant include: The Grateful Dead, Pharaoh Sanders, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Sly and the Family Stone, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.The Jerry Garcia Foundation has invited new talent and known artists to come together to perform in the historic space once again.“We are grateful to the many artists sharing their gifts to support a peaceful world without hunger,” said Manasha Garcia, Co-Founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.Some of the artists performing at “Imagine There’s No Hunger” are:The Sun KingsRainbow Full of Sound with Guitar Prodigy Corby Pryor, Keystone RevisitedTony Saunders (Garcia/Saunders) Special Guest Drummers Bob Steeler (Garcia/ Saunders) and Jay Lane(Primus, Bob Weir’s RatDog) Greg Winser California Homegrown Singer/Songwriter Dawaun King and Ronald Rosson- Gospel Vocals Drew Harrison- Singer/SongwriterPlus Special GuestsDoors @ 7:00 PM 
Concert @ 7:30 PM 
For ticketing information and free live stream link, please visit The Jerry Garcia Foundation.The Grateful Fiends Charity Village, an information sharing area designated for guest nonprofits will be featured in the Garden Room at the concert.The following charities are participants: WhyHunger, Bread and Roses, Musicians on a Mission, Psylodelic Gallery, Seva Foundation, Reverb, Alive Inside, Fender Music Foundation, 1% for the Planet, Reef Relief, Shimer College, Playing for Change Foundation, and Save the Bay.last_img read more

George Clooney Speaks Out On Famine In South Sudan

first_imgGeorge Clooney is speaking out about the famine in South Sudan, calling it a “government-made” crisis.Clooney, writing in a Washington Post op-ed with John Prendergast, his co-founder of the investigative initiative The Sentry, urges leaders to address the famine, target the root causes of the crisis in South Sudan, and make those responsible and profiting from human suffering in that country pay for their crimes.“Official, U.N.-declared famines are a rare phenomenon,” wrote Clooney. “The last one worldwide was six years ago, in Somalia. Famines are declared officially when people have already begun to starve to death. It is the diplomatic equivalent of a seven-alarm fire. That is where the youngest country in the world, South Sudan, finds itself today, as 100,000 face immediate starvation and another 1 million are on its brink.“The most immediate cause lies in the tactics used by the South Sudan government and its principal rebel opponent in fighting the current civil war. Government and rebel forces attack civilian targets much more frequently than they attack each other. They target the means of survival of civilian populations deemed to be unsupportive.“In South Sudan today, war crimes pay. There is no accountability for the atrocities and looting of state resources, or for the famine that results…There has been no effort to counter the networks that benefit financially and politically from the crisis. The international community needs to help make war costlier than peace for government and rebel leaders and their international facilitators.”In September 2016, The Sentry released a ground-breaking investigative report “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan.” The report exposed massive wealth accumulated by South Sudan’s President and other officials who oversaw a military offensive that contributed to the current famine. The report found that immediate family members of these officials enjoy luxurious lifestyles abroad, living in lavish estates while South Sudanese suffer.Read the full op-ed by Clooney and Prendergast in the Washington Post.last_img read more

Barrick Gold to sell half of an Argentina mine to Chinese miner

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2017 2:39 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says it is selling a 50 per cent stake in its Veladero mine in Argentina to Chinese mining company Shangdong Gold Group for $960 million as part of what it calls a “strategic co-operation agreement.”The Toronto-based gold miner says as part of the deal, the two companies will also explore the joint development of its Pascua-Lama deposit, located about 10 kilometres from the Veladero site.Barrick says a third element of the arrangement with Shangdong will see the companies look into investment opportunities on the El Indio Gold Belt along the Argentina-Chile border, which is already home to a cluster of gold mines and projects.Barrick says the deal is expected to close at the end of the second quarter, pending regulatory and other conditions, including Shandong shareholder approval.“Shandong is an ideal partner to help us unlock the untapped mineral wealth of the El Indio Belt over the long-term, while working with us to generate more value from the Veladero mine today,” said Barrick executive chairman John L. Thornton.“We look forward to working in partnership with Shandong, sharing mining and development expertise, talent, and capital in ways that will create added value for our respective owners.”“We are excited to enter Argentina’s dynamic mining industry in partnership with Barrick at Veladero,” added Shandong chairman Chen Yumin.The Veladero mine, in Argentina’s San Juan province, had proven and probable gold reserves of 6.7 million ounces as of Dec. 31, 2016. Barrick says the mine is expected to produce 770,000-830,000 ounces of gold this year.Shandong Gold, founded in 1996, has a current market cap of about $9.6 billion and produced about 1.2 million ounces of gold in 2016.This arrangement comes about a week after Barrick and Vancouver-based Goldcorp (TSX:G) agreed to join forces to advance several mining projects clustered in northern Chile.They announced on March 28 that Goldcorp will buy the 25 per cent stake held by Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) in Cerro Casale and other assets in a deal that includes US$260 million cash.Goldcorp also agreed to pay the first US$260 million of Barrick’s costs towards developing Cerro Casale as part of an agreement for an additional 25 per cent stake.Goldcorp said it would also contribute to the nearby Caspiche project, which it will acquire by purchasing Exeter Resource Corp. (TSX:XRC) in a separate transaction valued at C$247 million. Half of the acquisition price of Caspiche will be credited toward the US$260 million in Barrick’s costs that Goldcorp has agreed to pay. Barrick Gold to sell half of an Argentina mine to Chinese miner read more

The NHS is subconsciously racist says head of doctors union

In an interview with The Telegraph, he said a culture of “inequality” had stalled the careers of BME (black and minority) doctors in favour of less qualified white colleagues. His intervention follows the publication of figures showing that only seven per cent of senior clinical posts in the health service were filled by BME doctors, despite them making up a third of the workforce…. The NHS is “subconsciously racist” and routinely overlooks ethnic minority doctors for senior posts, the head of the British Medical Association has said. Chaand Nagpaul, the first non-white doctor to lead the BMA, said patients were being deprived of the most skilled clinicians because of an entrenched bias in the system. read more

Cambridge admits record number of state educated students

“But HMC also supports broadening access to such universities for bright students from all backgrounds, provided measures of disadvantage are sophisticated and intelligently applied. “They are heading in the right direction in trying to address this situation and we appreciate that it is a complex process but it is frustratingly slow.” Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, the headmaster of the £36,000-a-year Stowe School, Bucks, warned earlier this year that the number of privately educated children getting places at Oxbridge had been “driven down” as part of efforts to boost diversity.Dr Sam Lucy, director of admissions for the Cambridge colleges, said: “We have been exploring different ways to identify talented students who will thrive on our courses and help to make our student population truly representative of the UK population; this has included challenging false perceptions that put off applicants.”It is deeply encouraging to see that our actions to provide educational opportunity for all those who have the potential to study here are paying off.”Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, welcomed the latest figures but cautioned: “There is still a long way to go in improving representation given that about 93 per cent of pupils are taught in state schools in England compared to the 68 per cent admitted this year by Cambridge.”State school pupils are also under-represented at some other high-tariff universities.”These institutions are increasingly recognising that exam grades are a blunt instrument and can serve to entrench educational disadvantage unless they are understood in their context. From 2020, 250 state school students will receive free tuition and accommodation as part of a multi-million-pound recruitment bid for disadvantaged students.The scheme marks a “sea change” in the university’s admissions process, but comes amid criticism from some quarters that private school students are being “squeezed out” by the university’s diversity drive. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The reality is that a number of applicants from independent schools are bursary pupils from deprived backgrounds.”Cambridge has pledged to admit a third of its intake from the most under-represented and disadvantaged groups by 2035.In addition, it wants UK state-educated pupils to comprise 69.1 per cent of its intake by 2024.The university recently announced it will admit 67 “second chance” students from disadvantaged backgrounds, allowing post A-level applications for the first time in an effort to improve diversity. The move is aimed at admitting talented students who applied and were interviewed but “narrowly missed out” on an offer.The proportion of students admitted to Oxford from the UK state sector has also risen for the past three years, reaching 60.5 per cent in 2018.Oxford announced earlier this year that it is to offer places to students with lower grades from disadvantaged backgrounds for the first time. Leading private schools have urged Cambridge University to measure disadvantage “intelligently” after it emerged that record numbers of state school pupils will be admitted this academic year.More than 68 per cent of British students who will begin studying at the ancient institution this autumn are from the state sector. The number represents a “significant” three per cent rise on the previous year and an increase of almost 10 per cent since 2011.Both Cambridge and Oxford have come under increasing pressure to accept more pupils from state schools and has each introduced various schemes to improve diversity.One in four students starting at Cambridge this year will be from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds, according to provisional data.The gradual changes mean that the proportion of privately-educated students taking up places is falling.Mike Buchanan, executive director at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) which represents the country’s leading schools including Eton and Harrow, said: “Pupils at HMC schools are, and will continue to be, highly successful in gaining places at the most academically selective universities, including Cambridge. read more

Igor Vori to PPD Zagreb

2002–2003 Pallamano Conversano 2005–2007 FC Barcelona 2001–2002 Al.Pi. Pallamano Prato 2007–2009 RK Zagreb Igor Vorippd zagrebPSG Handball ← Previous Story Angel Montoro to La Rioja Next Story → ROMANIA: THE CHAMPION TO BE DECIDED IN THE LAST MATCH! 2009–2013 HSV Hamburg 1997–2001 RK Zagreb After seven years Igor Vori will play at PPD Zagreb again, finds out Handball-Planet.com! The 36-years old legendary line-player of Croatian national team will leave Paris Saint Germain and join his “old team” which he left in direction Hamburg in summer 2009.PPD Zagreb coach Veselin Vujović has no “top quality” on the line with Susnja, Kontrec and Sabljic, so Vori will be a good reinforcement in terms of routine and experience.VORI’S career: 2013– Paris Saint-Germain HB 2003–2005 RK Zagreb read more

MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or elerner@athletics.ucla.edu.”last_img read more

Garrison Square gets new owner new look next

first_imgAn exterior face-lift and new business tenants could be part of the future for Vancouver’s Garrison Square, which sold recently to real estate developer Killian Pacific.The Vancouver-based firm paid $3.5 million to purchase the 1970s-era shopping center from Kimco Realty Corp. of New York. Killian Pacific plans to renovate the complex, situated at the corner of East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Garrison Road. The center’s new owners also hope to attract tenants to at least two empty storefronts. New occupants could be anything from a restaurant to a dental clinic or a traditional retailer, said Mert Meeker, a marketer of the retail project. “Killian can improve the value by adding their expertise on the improvements and upgrading the tenant mix,” he said. Meeker acknowledged that Killian Pacific is not as well known for redevelopment work as it is for developing new buildings from the ground up. The company’s local developments include the Fred Meyer-anchored Grand Central center off state Highway 14 at Grand Boulevard and Bowyer’s Marketplace, which opened in 2010 and features a WinCo Foods grocery store at Northeast 119th Street and 117th Avenue.Meeker declined to comment on the cost of renovating Garrison Square. He expects the work will start this summer. Killian Pacific will recover its project costs by filling vacancies within the center.“It’s about 20 percent vacant,” said Meeker, whose work for Killian Pacific is through his employer, MBM Properties Inc. in Portland.Empty spaces include the former Ron’s Sports Page restaurant and a medical supply and equipment store vacated when the company switched locations last year.last_img read more

Homer Fish Game Sponsoring Carmen Field Ice Fishing Day

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee is sponsoring the Carmen Field Ice Fishing day at Johnson Lake. Dave Lyon with Homer Fish and Game: “It’s all about catching fish. There is no tournament  involved, it’s just about getting out on the ice and having fun with family.”  Carmen Field was a member of the Homer community who worked with the Department of Fish and Game to promote outdoor and fishing for kids. Field passed away last year from cancer. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Homer-fishing-day.mp3VmJennifer-on-Homer-fishing-day.mp300:00RPd Lyon: “Tt was a big shock to the community, and she had always done these kid fishing days. The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee took on the responsibility of maintaining the gear that she had used, and making sure that it’s available and in good shape.” The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will have gear available for anyone interested in participating. Hours of this event will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, January 6.last_img read more

How Amazon convinces police to sign up with Ring

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 5 Photos Comments Emails between police and Ring showed tactics the Amazon-owned video doorbell company used to convince officers to join its program. Chris Monroe/CNET Up to 250 police departments have joined Amazon’s Ring Neighbors program, a neighborhood watch app, but these deals don’t happen overnight. For the Chula Vista police department in California, Ring spent more than a year offering discounts and applying peer pressure with constant reminders and emails to convince officers to sign up. The Chula Vista police department signed up for Ring’s Neighbors program in May, but the courtship started in March 2018, according to documents obtained by CNET through a Freedom of Information Act request. The video doorbell company pitched the program to the police department two months before it was publicly announced.These documents detail how Ring’s staff convinced a local police department in California to join Neighbors, an app released by the company in May 2018. When police didn’t respond, Ring would follow up by noting neighboring law enforcement agencies that have joined, pushing for the Chula Vista police to join them.The tactics also offer a window into how Ring, which retail giant Amazon purchased last year for $839 million, has struck partnerships with police departments across the country.  Police consider it a tool for obtaining video in investigations, as well as creating surveillance networks in residential neighborhoods. But these relationships are cause for alarm among privacy advocates, who raise concerns that a tech giant like Amazon is helping police create surveillance networks.  “A long term goal for CVPD is to have a real-time crime center which will be doing a myriad of things. One of those things would be leveraging civilian surveillance cameras in the city to aid us in solving crime and learning about crime patterns,” CVPD’s community policing Sgt. Frank Giaime said in an email to Ring. “As the crime analysis unit’s capacity increases, I would like to integrate a program like this to help us build a partnership with the community through technology.”Ring didn’t respond to a request for comment.”No, the Chula Vista Police Department did not feel pressured in any way to partner with Ring’s Neighbors app,” the CVPD’s investigations division Capt. Phil Collum said in an email. For the CVPD, the courtship began with a cold pitch. Discounts ringingThe first email from Ring’s outreach coordinator to the Chula Vista police department came in March 2018.The message opened with an introduction and a comment on an increase in crime in the area.”I recently came across this News clip of an uptick in home break-ins in Chula Vista,” the coordinator wrote. “As an extension of Ring’s Neighborhoods initiative, I’m reaching out to share an offer to all public safety agencies that actively participate in either crime prevention or community policing.” He offered to donate a free video doorbell, as well as discounts of up to $50 for more cameras. The email also referenced a Ring pilot program that claimed it reduced crime rates. MIT Technology Review scrutinized that study last October and found that the evidence was flimsy.  The Chula Vista police didn’t respond for 10 days, and the outreach coordinator followed up, this time with a flier on different Ring products and a $50 promo code for every officer in the department on video doorbells.CPVD responded and said it would follow up, giving Ring a foot in the door. There’s no email communication between the two until about three months later, in May 2018. The same coordinator said  Raymond Pollum, Ring’s head of law enforcement partnerships, would be in the San Diego area demonstrating tools for other police departments.Pollum met with the CVPD department on May 3, 2018, and provided a demonstration of Neighbors and the police dashboard. He followed up with an email four days later and attached a memorandum of understanding “for consideration,” even though CVPD hadn’t agreed to join the program yet.screen-shot-2019-08-22-at-12-30-27-pmChula Vista’s police department promoting a Ring giveaway for National Night Out in August. Instagram The police department responded a month later, telling Pollum it sent the proposed contract to higher-ups in June. When he didn’t get a response for another month, Pollum followed up a month later, sending police a link to a crime solved in Tampa, Florida, through Ring’s cameras. CVPD didn’t respond to that message.At the same time, the department was coordinating National Night Out, an annual police-community event for promoting neighborhood safety. Ring was a sponsor for it, and its coordinator promoted contests and giveaways for free video doorbells and discounts at CVPD’s event.”We appreciate the goodies you’re sending and are most interested in having someone man a booth,” Angela Gaines, CVPD’s police community relations officer, told Ring in an email.Ring had brought 20 video doorbell kits for the police community event that August.PressuringThe peer pressure campaign started in January 2019, after surrounding police departments partnered with Ring. Pollum had given the department another demo, and sent the CVPD the memorandum of understanding again on Feb. 1. Giaime told Ring that the department was “eager” to sign the contract but needed to send it off to the chain of command for approval. He told Pollum it would take a few weeks to get a formal presentation together. Four days after Ring’s demonstration, Pollum followed up with another email. “We executed the La Mesa PD MOU yesterday, so they will join Carlsbad PD and Oceanside PD as San Diego LE portal participants,” Pollum wrote. “Not sure if peer pressure is a good thing or not, but wanted to at least make you aware that they are joining the program and will be onboarded shortly.”About three weeks later, on Feb. 21, Pollum followed up and told the sergeant that the La Mesa police department joined Ring, and the San Diego sheriff’s department approved the MOU. Again, Giaime told Pollum he would need a few weeks to put together the presentation and get approval from the command staff.  Ring followed up in a month and a half, listing even more police departments that are signing up with the company. “As Chula Vista Police Department considers the benefits of gaining access to the Neighbors Portal, I thought it might be helpful to know of other agencies in the area that have joined,” Pollum wrote on April 2. He listed the San Diego County sheriff’s department, along with police in Oceanside, Carlsbad and La Mesa, and noted that officers in Escondido and National City were considering the program. Six days after that, Ring sent another email to CVPD with the same message. “SD Sheriff’s joined a couple of weeks ago so I’m hoping to get the other major cities in San Diego onboard quickly. Can you give me a quick update on where things stand?” Pollum wrote. Giaime responded with an apology, noting that the police “had a lot of things going on” during that time.  He made the presentation to higher-ups on April 26, and four days later, the Chula Vista Police Department signed Ring’s contract, which went into effect on May 1. The department officially announced it joined three months later, on its Instagram page.After a year of emails, discounts and peer pressure from Ring’s executives, CVPD became one of hundreds of police departments to join Ring.   Share your voice Ring’s smart doorbell keeps a close eye on your housecenter_img 4:14 68 Ring convinced police to join its network through peer… Tags Security Cameras Security Ring Amazonlast_img read more

Murder case against rapist BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

first_imgLucknow: In a big development in the Unnao rape case and a massive embarrassment for the BJP, the police on Monday named MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the first information report (FIR) that has been filed in connection with the accident in Rae Bareli on Sunday. In the accident, the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured, while her two aunts lost their lives. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us As per the FIR, the BJP MLA, who is in jail, has been listed as accused number one and has been booked afresh on attempt to murder charge. Sengar’s brother Manoj Singh Sengar and eight others have also been named in the FIR. “FIR has been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15-20 others,” a police officer said. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us It may be noted that Sengar, a four-time MLA from Bangermau, was accused of raping the Unnao girl and was arrested on April 13 last year. On Sunday, a car in which the 19-year old woman was travelling with her family and lawyer was rammed by a truck in Rae Bareli. The development came as the family of the Unnao rape survivor wrote a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded an investigation by the CBI into the matter. The letter was written by Mahesh Singh, uncle of the rape survivor. Advertise With Us Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh has already stated that if the family demanded, they would recommend to the state government to institute a CBI probe into the accident. Among the two women killed in the accident, one was Pushpa Singh – a witness in the rape case. Meanwhile, ADG Rajiv Krishna said the state government would bear all the medical expenses incurred on treatment of the rape survivor and her lawyer. The duo is on life support system in a Lucknow hospital. The ADG has denied any security lapse in the matter as per initial investigation. As per him, the rape survivor had requisite security. Nine personnel were deployed on her security duty, six of them in Delhi where the survivor lives. “We have spoken to the three of the security personnel and they said that the rape survivor had asked them to stay back because there was no space in the car,” he said. Briefing reporters, Delhi Women’s Commission chairperson Swati Maliwal said the rape survivor was critical. She made the statement after calling on the family at the hospital. “The condition of the girl and her lawyer is very critical. The family wants that they should be taken to Delhi in an air ambulance. We are prepared to take the responsibility and I will talk to the concerned officials,” she said. In related developments, the Samajwadi Party, Congress and the BSP have also demanded a CBI probe into the accident. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra raised doubts over the accident and said the development was “shocking”. BSP chief Mayawati claimed the accident was a conspiracy to kill the rape survivor. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked why were the security personnel not with the victim at the time of the accident.last_img read more

Mysterious UFO filmed in skies of Russia conspiracy theorists call it hologram

first_imgYouTube: MavixxxPopular conspiracy theory YouTube channel ‘Mavixxx’ has recently uploaded a very mysterious video that shows a partly cloaked UFO hovering in the skies of Russia. According to the YouTube channel, the footage was captured on August 18, 2019, by a local resident named Tsigarev.The UFO spotted in broad daylight can be seen moving very slowly in the skies and at times, it eerily changes its shape. As the video went viral on YouTube, conspiracy theorists who analyzed the video assured that this is a proof of hologram technology tested as a part of Project Bluebeam.These conspiracy theorists outlandishly claim that Project Bluebeam is a secret mission carried out by the elites to establish a new world order. They believe that the next stage of this secretive mission will be a false alien invasion intended to mislead the general public.A section of other conspiracy theorists argues that the UFO spotted in the Russian skies could be a cloaked alien ship or a secretive military vessel. These alien enthusiasts believe that extraterrestrial from deep space has been visiting the earth for hundreds of thousands of years, and cave paintings featuring skymen and flying objects are authentic proof of their existence.However, skeptics believe that the video uploaded by ‘Mavixxx’ is a hoax and the UFO featured in the clip is generated with the help of computer graphics. Some other people argued that the UFO in the video could be actually a balloon moving in the course of the wind. A few days back, Mavixxx had uploaded another video that showed an unidentified flying object hovering very near to a tornado. After watching the video, viewers of the YouTube channels suggested that aliens might be using tornadoes and bolts of lightning to reap energy.last_img read more

Look Ma no calibration Handheld 3D scanner points and shoots

first_imgFuel3D was developed by hardware and software engineers and scientists. The scanner technology is based on work that was first developed at Oxford University toward a 3-D medical imaging system. That system was subsequently deployed in UK national health clinics, and medical facilities in the US, France, Denmark, Australia and Afghanistan. Later on, seeing a lack of quality 3D scanning options at affordable prices, a team member recommended working on such a scanner, based on their medical technology. At the time of this writing, they topped their $75,000 goal with $80,485 pledged and 31 days to go. They were originally offering an early bird pledge price of $750 for beta preproduction units but those are all gone. Pledges of $990 get a full production batch scanner with estimated delivery date of July next year. The 3D printer market is heating up but the real problem is getting a 3D scanner that can deliver a good template of what you want to print. That is easier said than done. You can get handhelds for a few hundred dollars but pricetags for high-end quality scanners can easily scare off independent artists, engineers and crafts people in search of true 3D geometry and full color and an image capture of highly textured organic and inorganic surfaces. An image capture company with offices in Greenville, North Carolina, and Oxford in the UK, Fuel3D has a product in the works which they want to swing into full production mode. Fuel3D has a working prototype of a handheld full-color 3D scanner for less than $1000. The scanner is a point-and-shoot device, and, for that price range, offers high-quality images. The company has turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to get the product out. One of their selling points is that no calibration is needed and yet the scanner can achieve a level of color resolution and detail that one would expect from a device with a far higher pricetag. “Today, a buyer could expect to pay over $15,000 for a handheld scanner that provides similar quality results,” they said. According to a Fuel3D technical paper, The Fuel3D system has the following components: The handheld unit that connects a PC or Mac via USB connection; the computer software that works with the scanner; and optical targets, to allow the scanner to track its motion during image capture.The technology behind this scanner fuses geometric and photometric stereo 3D recovery techniques.Once a shot is taken on the scanner, raw image data becomes 3D color geometrical data through the company’s software, which is included with the scanner, they said. “To run the Fuel3D software, you will need a reasonable specification computer (Mac, Windows 7 or higher, 2GB RAM, dual-core processor),”they added. Explore further Citation: Look Ma, no calibration: Handheld 3D scanner points and shoots (2013, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-ma-calibration-handheld-3d-scanner.html More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/4 … r-for-less-than-1000 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mini-CT scanner developed as a teaching tool © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Practice humanity above religion says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The world’s first museum dedicated to the life and times of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 16th-century proponent of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday.Speaking at the inauguration of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu museum at Bagbazar, without naming Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the BJP, Banerjee said despite their futile attempts to tag her as anti-Hindu, there have been vast developmental works carried out in pilgrimage sites in Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Some people lecture me on my religion and raise questions. I urge them to accept my challenge and conduct development works in Hindu pilgrimages. They try to attach an anti-Hindu tag against me. We are setting up a skywalk at Kalighat temple similar to Dakshineswar. The Dudhpukur at Tarapith has been renovated. Major development works have been undertaken in other pilgrimage spots like Bakreshwar, Kankalitala, Durgeshnandini temple and Ganga Sagar.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee further added: “Roads have been constructed in Ganga Sagar and the temple has been given a major facelift. So many development works have taken place but some people are unable to see them. Those who cannot see them must stop trying to malign me and start looking at themselves.” She also maintained: “Some people in Delhi say that I do not allow Durga Puja to take place in the state. I would like to say that lakhs of Durga Pujas are organised here. It has been turned into a big carnival by our government. What have you done? If someone asks me about my religion, I would say that I believe in humanism what Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has preached us. He taught us to love mankind. Humanity knows no religion. There are many who try to malign me at the slightest opportunity. I challenge them to chant Sanskrit hymns as I do. Do I have to prove my religion at Jagannath temple in Puri? I do not need a certificate on my religion from anybody.” During the programme, the Chief Minister also said that the museum set up by the Gaudiya Mission will be included in the tourism map of the state. The Bengal government would also consider the proposal to make it a heritage site. “The state government has already provided Rs 1.37 crore for the setting up of the museum. North Kolkata MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay will provide Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund for further development. Our government will provide another Rs 50 lakh. I would ask the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to help the Gaudiya Mission with Rs 70-80 lakh to buy another building where the museum has come up,” Banerjee said. The Chief Minister also mentioned that the KMC will set up a gate at the entrance and convert it into a tourist hub. She further added that her government has cleared 700 acre of land to ISKCON for setting up a world-class temple. “We have learnt to move forward with people belonging to different religions. Bengal is the land of Sri Chaitanya, Swami Vivekananda, Maa Sarada. They all have preached us humanity and love for mankind. They always stood for unity and preached the same,” she maintained.last_img read more

Marine archaeology bus to tour Cyprus

first_imgA touring marine archaeology bus will give children and adults the chance to learn about diving, excavation and methods of shipbuilding next month.The specially-equipped bus, which has travelled around the UK, France and Belgium will come to Cyprus on May 5 and will completes its tour on May 15. The tour starts at the Environmental Centre in Akrotiri and from there the bus will travel to all major cities and smaller communities, visiting schools in the mornings. In the afternoons, it will be parked in public places to give people the opportunity for free visits.“It is essentially a specially designed van that will host an exhibition on the enormous cultural heritage of Cyprus, there will be posters, videos, photos and some copies of objects,” Anna Demetriou, PhD student at the Marine Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Cyprus said.Outside of the bus, educational activities are planned and the process of underwater archaeological research will be explained to the public.“Children and adults will be able to learn about diving, how to do underwater excavation, there will be a so-called shipbuilding desk, a shipbuilding workshop, and a demonstration of the different methods of shipbuilding in antiquity. It is a remarkable interactive programme, and not only for children,” the PhD student said.“I would say that marine archaeology is a relatively new field, we believe that with this bus tour we will promote this subject, we will raise awareness and with this people will understand the importance of protecting our marine heritage,“ she added.The tour was arranged by the Department of Archaeological Research of the University of Cyprus (UCy) in cooperation with the Maritime Archaeology Trust. The university has incorporated undergraduate courses in marine archaeology since 2007 and is one of few tertiary institutions in Europe offering such courses.The Department of Archaeological Research was formed in 2011 as a centre for research and education revolving around marine archaeology, the study of coastal and marine landscapes.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Northern Michigans Mighty Mac scaled by Rep Maturen

first_img05Jun Northern Michigan’s ‘Mighty Mac’ scaled by Rep. Maturen Legislators from around the state and across the aisle set politics aside to climb atop the Mackinac Bridge this past weekend.State Rep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, accompanied the bipartisan troupe on its expedition.“It’s fascinating to see so much of Michigan’s two peninsulas, Great Lakes and Mackinac Island from so high above the horizon,” Rep. Maturen said. “The Mackinac Bridge is a scenic reminder of all of the tourism potential that Michigan has to offer the rest of the world.”Travelers were first able to trek across the bridge in 1957. The bridge’s 4.85 million steel rivets, 931,000 tons of concrete, 42,000 miles of wire and other components add up to an unfathomable 2.049 billion pounds in total weight.Cosponsored by the Mackinac Bridge Authority and state Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, the group learned about the maintenance and operation of the structure and brought lawmakers more than 525 feet above the water’s surface atop the south tower.“As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was impressed with the ongoing preservation efforts to ensure the safety of our motoring public,” Rep. Maturen said. “The Mackinac Bridge is a critical link between our two peninsulas from both economic development and transportation infrastructure perspectives.”The Mackinac Bridge will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017.### Categories: Maturen News,Maturen Photoslast_img read more

Rep Cole testifies on no greater than the feds legislation

first_img Tags: #SB, Cole, HB5613, no greater than feds, regulatory process State Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, testified today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee (HRRC) supporting legislation he sponsored to amend the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969 to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal regulations.“House Bill 5613, also nicknamed ‘no greater than the feds’, will increase and protect Michigan’s competitiveness by stabilizing our regulatory climate,” said Rep. Cole. “Out of state companies might not want to bring businesses to Michigan due to the threat of over-regulation.“My intention for moving this legislation is to allow the regulatory process to go through the Legislature as it was intended by the Constitution. This bill works to stabilize the regulatory process in Michigan to help continue a productive and profitable business environment.”This legislation is also one of the House Republicans top priorities and legislative goals for 2016.HB 5613 is expected to be voted on in the coming weeks.###### 18May Rep. Cole testifies on ‘no greater than the feds’ legislationcenter_img Categories: Cole News,Featured news,Newslast_img read more

Rep Lucido bills to improve juror compensation approved

first_img25Apr Rep. Lucido bills to improve juror compensation approved Categories: Lucido News,News The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously approved two bills by state Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, seeking to increase pay to jurors performing their civic duties on all legal cases, including criminal and civil proceedings.“We have otherwise law-abiding citizens ignoring a court summons in our state. Why? Because what the state and county is paying them is not sufficient to cover basic costs for serving as a juror,” said Lucido, who is also an attorney. “We have not increased our juror pay rates since 2003 and it’s time we improved our compensation, in a fiscally-responsible way.”Lucido’s legislation would increase juror pay by $5, provided there is more than $2 million in the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund over the two previous fiscal years.Currently, jurors are paid $25 on the first full day of trial ($12.50 for a half day), increasing to $40 for each following full day and $20 for a half day.“When someone does the right thing and the costs are higher than the compensation, what does that tell our fellow citizens?” Lucido said. “What we pay our jurors needs to meet economic reality, while continuing to be mindful of our state’s juror compensation fund, to thank them for the sacrifices they are making to help our legal system. Our jurors are a critical part of our justice system and they should be treated as such.”A second bill Lucido spoke to would update obsolete language in the Revised Judicature Act.House Bills 4209-4210 were supported by the Michigan State Bar Association.Both bills advance to the House for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Wentworth Cant support school budgets funding gap

first_img Categories: News,Wentworth News #### State Rep. Jason Wentworth on Tuesday voted against the House version of the state school budget, saying funding for smaller rural school districts is not on par with wealthier schools.Wentworth, of Clare, drafted an amendment to increase funding for rural schools, but it did not gain enough support to be considered.“Unfortunately, this budget does not close the funding gap that puts the schools of our communities and many other schools across the state at a serious disadvantage,” Wentworth said.  “The Legislature has been working for years to close the gap, but this does the exact opposite.“Also, this budget provides at-risk funding – in some cases, millions of dollars – to schools that are already above the state’s maximum funding per student. I realize this is just the first step in the budgeting process, and I am hopeful that in our discussions we will come to an agreement that will more evenly distribute school aid dollars across the state.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration. The measures will likely be referred to a House-Senate conference committee, where Wentworth will work to increase rural school funding. 03May Rep. Wentworth: Can’t support school budget’s funding gap Legislator says rural schools are being short-changed last_img read more