EDMONTON – A group that advocates for freedom of speech is in court to challenge how the University of Alberta dealt with a student club that staged an anti-abortion display on campus.The event in March 2015 held by the UAlberta Pro-Life club included graphic pictures of aborted fetuses.The display sparked a much larger counter-demonstration by pro-choice students and others who tried to prevent people from seeing the disturbing images.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says campus security did nothing to prevent this “mob” of students from disrupting the display and failed to adequately investigate a complaint filed by members of the Pro-Life club.“There is no doubt that they were harassed, they were surrounded and harassed mercilessly,” lawyer Jay Cameron said Thursday in Court of Queen’s Bench on behalf of members of the club.“If the university wins, the mob wins.”Last year, the university told the anti-abortion club it must pay a $17,500 security fee if it wanted to set up a similar display.The centre wants the court to rule that charging such a fee infringes on freedom of expression under the charter.It also contends that the university illegally condoned the disruption of the 2015 display even though the club had a permit.The university maintains that its discipline officer handled the case properly when he found that rules spelled out in the school’s Code of Student Behaviour were not broken by the pro-choice protesters.The officer determined that the counter-demonstration, which included students carrying signs saying “Don’t Like Abortion? Don’t Have One” and “I Am A Woman, Not A Womb”, was itself a form of free speech.“Free speech is not a clean process where people will always take turns and treat each other with deference,” reads the officer’s conclusion that was included in the university’s brief submitted to the court.“We have to expect that profound disagreements over controversial topics may be loud and vigorous. It follows that the university should tread lightly in applying disciplinary processes when people are engaging in a conflict of ideas.”Cameron said the university came to this conclusion even though campus security had initially told the pro-choice protesters that they were breaking the rules.Matthew Woodley, a lawyer representing the university, said the complaints filed by the Pro-Life club students were investigated fairly and in a reasonable amount of time.“No university rules was broken,” he said in court.In 2010, the University of Calgary found a group of students guilty of misconduct for displaying signs with graphic abortion images.The students, with the help of lawyers from Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, successfully challenged the decision in 2014.The University of Alberta case was to continue Friday with submissions expected on the school’s requirement for the Pro-Life club to pay a security fee before setting up another display.
The driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus pleaded guilty Tuesday to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Sixteen people lost their lives and 13 players were injured when Sidhu’s semi-unit and the Broncos bus collided in rural Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018. Here are some of the events that followed:April 9, 2018: Saskatchewan officials apologize for mixing up the identities of one of the dead and one of the survivors. The body of Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle, who is injured but alive in hospital.April 12, 2018: People across the country wear sports jerseys as part of Jersey Day to honour the team.April 28, 2018: Country singers and NHL players are among thousands who attend a tribute concert for the team in Saskatoon. The event raises $588,000.May 17, 2018: A trademark dispute between the team and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League over #HumboldtStrong and other slogans related to the crash is resolved. The league agrees the trademarks belong to the team and the community.June 20, 2018: A review of the Saskatchewan coroner’s office calls for it to develop a plan to respond to mass casualties such as the Broncos crash.July 3, 2018: The Broncos announce they are starting to rebuild the team by hiring Regina-born former NHL defenceman Nathan Oystrick as head coach and general manager.July 6, 2018. The driver of the truck, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is arrested at his Calgary home and charged.July 9, 2018: Parents of Adam Herold, the youngest player killed in the crash, file a lawsuit. They allege the truck driver had inadequate training and failed to stop at a flashing stop sign at the rural intersection. They also allege the bus company should have equipped the bus with seatbelts.July 10, 2018: Sidhu appears in Melfort provincial court and is released on $1,000 bail with conditions that he not drive and that he surrender his passport.Aug. 24, 2018: Chandler Stephenson of Saskatoon, a forward with the NHL champion Washington Capitals, brings the Stanley Cup to Humboldt and meets with some survivors.Sept. 12, 2018: The Broncos play their first game of the new season with only two returning players. They lose 2-1 to the Nipawin Hawks, the same team they were to play the night of the crash.Oct. 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu. Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces charges of non-compliance with various federal and provincial safety regulations.Nov. 28, 2018: A judge approves a committee’s recommendation on how to distribute $15.2 million raised in a GoFundMe campaign to support those on the bus and their families. It is ranked as the second largest GoFundMe campaign of the year.Dec. 3, 2018: The Saskatchewan government announces it will make training mandatory for semi-truck drivers starting in March. Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.Dec. 12, 2018: A safety review is released recommending 13 changes to make the intersection safer, including the removal of trees on private property that obstruct the view of drivers heading in the same directions that the bus and truck were.Dec. 28, 2018: Oystrick steps down as head coach. The team says it decided with the coach to “part ways.”Jan. 8, 2019: Sidhu pleads guilty to all counts. A sentencing hearing is set to begin Jan. 28.The Canadian Press
by Todd Cohenphotograph by Nick PironioWhen Daniel Wagner was 14, two teenage girls from his neighborhood in Port Huron, Mich., were killed in a car crash. The tragedy, and the lessons he learned from it, have shaped his life for more than four decades.About 20 miles from their destination, the girl behind the wheel “dropped a right front tire off the pavement, jerked the car back on the road, overcorrected, and got T-boned by a semi,” he says. “Both girls were killed instantly. I remember going to the funeral home for the visitation. Both caskets were closed because they couldn’t repair those girls, and there was just a picture of each of them on top of the caskets.”After the accident, Wagner’s father took him for a ride, “literally driving his car off the road and showing me how to bring it back on properly so that I never experienced something like that crash,” he says.Wagner estimates he has driven more than 1 million miles over the past 40 years and says he has “never put a dent or scratch on a single vehicle.” But he believes most people don’t know how to drive, and he is trying to do something about it.In 2010, Wagner founded Teen Driving Solutions School, a nonprofit that puts teens and their parents through a two-day course at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., near Danville, north of Durham. Wagner, who is its president, has invested $150,000 of his own money in the school, which has trained more than 200 teens from the Carolinas and Virginia. Only one of them has been in an accident since taking the course.“You can drive if you understand your vehicle and its capabilities and limitations, and you’re focused on your driving and your own limitations,” says Wagner, a Willow Spring resident and Michigan native who will be 57 this month. “We want to forever remove driving as the No. 1 cause of death for teens,” Wagner says. “They’ve been set up to fail, and they’re continually failing. I want these kids to have the ability to come home alive.What’s wrong with the way teens learn to drive?Driver education does not teach them how to drive. It teaches them how to pass the license exam. It’s the parents’ responsibility to actually teach them how to drive, and most parents don’t know how to drive themselves. And we have these graduated driver licenses, which have kicked the can down the road. While these graduated licenses have reduced fatalities for 16- and 17-year-olds, statistics show that fatalities for 18- to 24-year-olds are on the rise. They’re disconnected from the vehicle they’re driving. Our entire driving philosophy in this country is that experience is the key to safe driving.Why did you start Teen Driving Solutions School?A few years ago, several nephews and nieces started to drive. Within just a few months of their having driver licenses, every one of those kids was involved in a crash.What did you do?I started researching. I found they’re not being taught anything compared to what I was taught. I started to write a book about how to drive, and about how today’s youth are set up to fail when it comes to driving.What is the best way to drive?There are two primary things that make a safe driver. One is the use of sound judgment for making good decisions. The second thing is understanding the vehicle you’re driving. You have a 3,500-pound machine that is subject to the laws of physics.How does your school teach driving?The school literally puts these two concepts together – mental skills with vehicle control skills – in pretty much real-world scenarios. Parents and kids are required to take the course together, and we put them in the cars at different times and in classes at different times. In the classroom, parents are learning communication skills – how to be more of a coach than a parent when they’re in the right-hand seat. On the track, parents are learning three things – how to correct the bad habits they’ve developed over the last 20 or 30 years; learning how to lead by example; and learning exactly what we’re teaching their child and why we teach it that way.How bad is the problem of teenage drivers?Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and cause more than 400,000 injuries to teens a year. In Wake County, from 2008 to 2011, we lost 35 teenagers.What mistakes do parents typically make in turning over the car keys to their teens?Probably the biggest one is they don’t set the rules, the guidelines, for these kids – where you can go, who can go with you, when are you to be home. The second biggest mistake is they’re allowing teens to drive when they’re not fully qualified for that responsibility. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm about five years ago did a survey on parents’ involvement with teen drivers. What they found was that parents who are fully and actively engaged in their teens’ driving ended up with teenagers who were 50 percent less likely to be in any type of crash, 50 percent less likely to drive without a seatbelt, and 71 percent less likely to drink and drive. Those to me are phenomenal statistics. They basically cut the risk in half just by being an involved parent.What are some common driving mistakes that lead to teen crashes?The biggest one is distractions that lead them to drive off the road. Looking at a cellphone, not paying attention. Texting is a huge problem. You’ve taken your mind off your driving, and you’ve taken your eyes off your driving. Those are two critical errors.When they drive off the road, they panic and try to jerk the car back on. That’s one of the leading causes of fatal crashes. They don’t understand how this car is going to react. By panicking and bringing the car back on too quickly, they lose control, and then they overcorrect, which turns the car the other way.Where were you educated?I never went to college. I’m a self-taught, self-trained mechanic. I attended trade school during high school. Then I opened up a repair shop in a Shell gas station. I did that about two years. My actual career, which started in 1980, is selling upholstery fabrics to the bus industry. I work for a textile mill, Holdsworth Fabrics, in Mirfield, England. My territory is the eastern half of North America – Mexico, the United States and Canada.You work full-time for your business and for the driving school?It takes up most of my waking hours. I’m also interim president for Calvin’s Paws, a cat rescue charity in Raleigh.What kind of car do you drive? Cadillac CTSV. It’s a four-door sports car. 556 horsepower. Stick. I prefer stick. It’s more fun to drive. You have to pay more attention to what you’re doing because you’re in charge of the gear changes. It keeps you more engaged in your driving. I wish everyone would drive a stick.What do you do for fun?Driving on track. I’m an instructor for high-performance driving events. Clubs where members can go out on the racetrack. You learn how to drive performance cars, street cars like mine.What are you reading?I spend hours a week researching driving issues on the web.What is your favorite driving movie?Gone in 60 Seconds.What inspires you?Seeing people achieve what they’re capable of achieving in life.What is your philosophy of life?Do your best at everything you do.
Four of the 10 students presenting at Art2Wear work on their garments for the upcoming show. from left: Sydney Smith (senior), Sara Clark (junior), Gillian Paige (senior), and Sarah Cannon (senior).by Justin LeBlancphotographs by Benjamin ScottApril is crunch time at the N.C. State College of Design and College of Textiles. Student designers, models, and event planners are working overtime to prepare for our 13th annual Art2Wear Runway Show on April 25.Art2Wear is very special to me. The event contributed to a career-changing decision, when, as a student nearing graduation, I transitioned from architecture to fashion. Art2Wear gave me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for functional art, becoming an important stepping stone in my career. It led to my appearance on Season 12 of Project Runway and to my Spring 2014 collection presentation at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.This year’s Art2Wear will give a new group of students their chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: To have control of a stage where they can make their own dreams a reality. It’s a showcase for the best of the best and provides a perfect opportunity for the audience to meet top-notch designers in their transformative years.Art2Wear is also an educational event for the students, where they learn just what it takes to put on a major runway fashion event. With their imaginations running at full throttle, students have the chance to showcase their diverse interpretations of style, all centered on the event’s theme: Accelerated Evolution: Speed.I must tell you, there is no shortage of imagination. The energy has been buzzing for the past several months leading up to the event. Last year’s runway show, Hypernatural, drew more than 4,000 attendees. The atmosphere and mood were electric.We can only speculate, but the theme of this year’s show conjures up many possibilities: motion, change, technology, time, and transformation. I get goose bumps just imagining it.There will be 10 new collections featured at this year’s event designed by students from diverse disciplines ranging from Art and Design to Industrial Design.Will it be art? Will it push boundaries? Will it tell a story?I believe Art2Wear will be all of that and more – a celebration of style, art, and talent.
The pool at SkyHouse sits 23 stories above street level, making it the tallest all-residential building in Raleigh.by Jesma Reynoldsphotographs by Tim LytvinenkoIt’s a vertical world we live in, and Raleigh is going up. Young professionals and empty nesters are migrating downtown to live, work, and play, fueling demand for stylish residential projects that are reshaping our city skyline. Luxury projects like The Residences at Quorum, West at North, and SkyHouse offer owners the opportunity to live above it all in high-altitude dwellings with access to private rooftop pools and gardens. Other stalwarts like City Club Raleigh and the columnar Holiday Inn offer communal gathering spots for taking in the ever-changing views. Photographer Tim Lytvinenko takes us into this world of rarefied spaces, providing a bird’s-eye perspective of our city. Citrix employees enjoy a game of miniature golf on the rooftop course that can also be used for bocce, one of the perks offered by the tech company.Another Citrix bonus is the yoga studio, also on the roof, with aerial views of downtown.Tall glass buildings mean lots of glass to clean. Here, a window washer scales the face of the PNC building, the tallest skyscaper in Raleigh at 538 feet.Through the glass bubble chandelier of City Club Raleigh, a view looking east.A reflection of the chandelier in the Sky Ballroom of the City Club appears to hover over the city.The Hudson, converted from the old Belk deparment store on Fayetteville Street, has a roof terrace for its residents.The Raleigh skyline lights up as evening falls on the city.Spectators, seen reflected in glass, gather on the roof of SkyHouse to view Fourth of July fireworks.A Holiday Inn patron enjoys views from the 19th-floor bar and restaurant at the top of the iconic rotunda.At West at North condominiums on Glenwood South, residents take in a sunset by the rooftop pool.Humid summer nights bring evening electric storms to the city.A crowd gathers for happy hour beneath the 11-foot chandelier in the Sky Ballroom at City Club Raleigh. Located on the 30th floor of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center, the former Cardinal Club merged with the Capital City Club in 2014 and underwent a $3 million renovation.Downtown seen from the green-roof terrace at The Residences at Quorum Center. The 15-story building was completed in 2006 as one of the first mixed-use (residential and commercial) projects downtown.A young resident looks for fireworks on Fourth of July from the SkyHouse rooftop.Reflections create an illusory effect on the cityscape.Photographer Tim Lytvinenko captures his reflection from a balcony at SkyHouse.Downtown appears on the horizon as seen from the top of the CapTrust building at North Hills.
Killer Tacosby Katherine Poolephotograph courtesy Xoco RaleighDo you prefer your carne with a side of carnage? Check out Xoco Raleigh, where every day is Dia de los Muertos. Aztec for “little sister,” Xoco is the kooky kid sibling of North Raleigh’s favorite haunt Dos Taquitos. “Haunt” isn’t a bad word for Xoco, either – it seems that when the Mexican eatery opened in the Old Creamery building on Glenwood South, it had a few disgruntled former tenants to contend with. Maybe the restaurant folks shouldn’t have been surprised: After all, the building has a grim history, including damaging fires and multiple deaths, including a murder by a serial killer. Perhaps that explains why dishes fly off shelves, lights flicker on and off, and spectral voices whisper in the dark. But the Xoco staff is armed with good mojo, and happily embraces its status as otherworldly outpost. They have even gone so far as to invite a local ghost-busting firm known as ASAP (As Southern as Possible) Paranormal in to verify mysterious disturbances. Ain’t afraid of no ghosts? Then, steel your nerves with a margarita or two and order extra queso, because you never know who might be joining you for dinner.
Eamon Queeney“So many places in Raleigh are rising to the top.It’s fun to be in that growth.” —Joe Kwon, musician and local food enthusiastJoe Kwon was born in Korea, raised in High Point, and has travelled near and far. It’s downtown Raleigh, however, that he returns to after months on tour with award-winning and multiple-Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers. And he doesn’t just live in Raleigh— he’s deeply involved in its growth and development. The cellist most recently performed at Blue Cross Blue Shield’s first annual THRIVE NC festival at City Market, for example. He says it was a no-brainer to contribute with a performance of “Joe Kwon & Friends” at the culinary event supporting statewide hunger relief. “All of my friends in the culinary world were going to be a part of it, so it made sense for me to sign on. It was an easy decision.”Like music, food is a central theme in Kwon’s world. He’s also a part of the artistic team for the upcoming East Raleigh food hall, Transfer Co. The space will include vendors like Person Street Bar, Locals Seafood, and Saxapahaw General Store. Kwon says he’s looking forward to a spot that will heed the growth of this often underserved side of Raleigh. “Downtown and East Raleigh are two demographics that might not cross paths without something like Transfer Co. Hopefully we can create cross-communication, through food, that wouldn’t naturally occur.”Despite steady travel and juggling multiple projects, one of Kwon’s favorite things to do, he says, is stay at home. “We’re on the road a lot, so when we’re home, we don’t want to leave. We love hosting people and gathering around the table.” He and his wife, Emily, customized their downtown Raleigh home with intentional spaces for entertaining and hosting. “It’s such a communal thing to share memories around food.” —Catherine Currin
Courtesy Sybarite5 WebsiteChamber Music Raleigh is branching out. Fresh off of securing a permanent venue at the N.C. Museum of Art, the local chamber music presenter recently announced its new season with shows for aficionados, for children, and for most people in between.The company brings professional musicians from across the country together to perform concerts, and previously each show took place at a different Raleigh venue. Partnering with NCMA has allowed executive director Jackson Cooper to think creatively about the performances, he says. “This upcoming season is all about coming home and cherishing North Carolina.” In that vein, the company will still present at a few choice local venues, namely at Marbles Kids Museum and N.C. State’s campus. Back at the museum, Chamber Music Raleigh’s lineup includes a few spunky offerings, including an immersive concert experience where audience members pick the next piece from a “menu” of songs. “I hope this can expand the way people experience music.” —Catherine CurrinTo learn more: chambermusicraleigh.org
Bercow has done away with the traditional court dress outfit of knee breeches, silk stockings and buckled court shoes under a gown, and a wig, preferring instead to wear a suit. Having originally removed the gold frogging from the sleeves and train of the Speaker’s black silk gown, Bercow returned to the traditional design in 2016. Betty Boothroyd was the first Speaker of the House to dispense with the wig.Accusations of bias against Bercow were perhaps at their loudest in January 2019, when he defied the advice of the Commons’ clerks by allowing a vote on an amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve MP that stated that should the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal be rejected in the Commons, she would be obliged to return with a Plan B within three days, where previously she would have had three weeks to do so.Bercow’s decision had no previous precedent and whether it becomes a once-off ruling or a precedent setter will be up to his successor as Speaker. The Government argued that the decision allowed backbenchers the ability to set the Commons’ timetable rather than the Government itself, but as the Speaker is the final arbiter of the Commons’ rules, Bercow’s decision was final.Bercow has also allowed a large uptick in the number of ministers being held to account, a parliamentary mechanism whereby backbenchers can summon ministers to Westminster at short notice at the discretion of the Speaker. 12 ministers were held to account in his first year as Speaker, but the Parliament has averaged 50 per year since then.Bercow’s independence and interpretations of Erskine May have caused frustration for his former party colleagues and it will be interesting to see, should Brexit come to pass before the end of the current Parliament, whether the Speaker stays in his post until 2022 as he intends. The fractious and prolonged Brexit debates have led to heightened scrutiny and coverage of the role of Speaker of the House of Commons. The position has been occupied by John Bercow, MP for Buckingham originally elected as a member of the Conservative Party, since 2009. agendaNi examines the role of the Speaker and the precedents and bylaws that have informed his recent decisions.Speaker Bercow recently caught the media’s attention by casting the deciding vote to block a series of indicative votes on Brexit in late March. Following a parliamentary tie, where MPs voted 310 for and 310 against, Bercow cast his vote with the ‘noes’, explaining that he was duty-bound to do so because “it is not for the chair to create a majority which otherwise does not exist”.In doing so, Bercow cited the precedent of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd casting a decisive no vote in the Maastricht Treaty debates of 1993. However, on that occasion, it was discovered that an extra vote on the ‘aye’ side had been mistakenly counted and the Speaker’s vote had not been decisive. The last truly deciding vote cast by a Speaker was cast by deputy Speaker Sir Paul Dean in June 1990, when he voted with the ‘noes’ after a tie on an amendment of the law relating to the termination of pregnancies.Bercow clarified that in an earlier stage of debate, the Speaker’s role would be to facilitate progress and vote with the yes side to advance the possibility of “encouraging further debate”. However, with parliament set to be overtaken by the indicative votes should they be progressed, Bercow explained: “In a situation in which a decision would be made that a day would be allocated for particular business, I judge that it’s not right for me to make that decision if the House hasn’t, by a clear majority, done so.”Bercow also made headlines earlier in March and drew the ire of some Brexit supporters by blocking the possibility of a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. In doing so, Bercow cited Erskine May, the Parliament’s official handbook begun by Thomas Erskine May, a constitutional theorist and Clerk of the House of Commons, in 1844. Page 397 of Erskine May states that a motion or amendment that is “the same, in substance” as a previously defeated motion or amendment may not be brought forward again within a session or parliament. Bercow detailed how Erskine May outlined the precedent in this decision that stretched back as far as 1604; the rule was also used to block a repeat vote on women’s suffrage in 1912.The Speaker conceded after a question from Conservative MP Alex Burghart that, to get around his ruling, the House of Commons could simply suspend the standing orders that bar the possibility of repeat votes. Another possible step for the Government to pursue, had they been wishing to force through a third vote, would have been to prorogue and then restart Parliament, creating a new session. Such a measure would be “unusual” according to Bercow, but it does have precedent in the Clement Attlee-led Labour Government of the 1940s, who prorogued the session in order to pass the 1949 Parliament Act after it had been blocked by the House of Lords twice.The Speaker of the House is the “highest authority of the House of Commons” and has final say over how parliamentary business proceeds, including the decision over which tabled amendments will be selected for voting. Despite being an elected MP, and thus having political convictions of one form or another, the Speaker “must remain politically impartial at all times” and represents the House to the monarch, the Lords and all other authorities. The Speaker also chairs the House of Commons Commission.Bercow was elected as Speaker in 2009 after the resignation of Michael Martin. Upon election, the Speaker must surrender his party membership and should he or she wish to carry on the post after a general election, the Speaker is traditionally left unchallenged in their constituency by the major parties. As such, Bercow has been returned as an MP and then elected unopposed as Speaker in the 2010, 2015 and 2017 general elections. It is said that Bercow plans to retire in 2022, at the end of the current parliament; it has been mooted that the Cabinet plan on denying him a peerage, typically a formality for a retiring Speaker, due to what has been seen by some as “bias” during the Brexit debates.
In this series, we poll our in-the-know friends on what they love to see, do, eat and more in the Triangle. Goldsmith and custom jewelry designer, Lauren Ramirez of Quercus Studio, can often be found at the round table at Garland with friends or treating herself at Sukho Thai Massage. Read on to find out about her favorite places around Raleigh to enjoy dinner, drinks and more.What’s your favorite spot downtown? I love Garland. I sit at the bar solo, and the round table with friends. The food and service is outstanding.Where do you go when you’re feeling a ‘treat yourself’ day?Sukho Thai Massage. Thai yoga massage is my jam.What’s your hidden gem in Raleigh?Pho Far East. I order the Bun in the summer and Chao Ga in the winter. Be sure to check out the portrait of the strong horses.Tough decision, Char-Grill or Snoopy’s?Oooohhh, Char-Grill. I order the vanilla milkshake, but I do wish they had a Neapolitan.What’s your go-to coffee shop and usual order?Morning Times! They’re my people. Small hot black coffee, please.Where is your favorite place to grab lunch?Both Sitti and Living Kitchen are in heavy rotation.What’s your favorite place for a weekday happy hour?I’m not a big drinker, but Foundation is my favorite bar in town. I like a classic daiquiri made by Garrett.Is there anything else in town that you love and want to share?I frequent Cold Off the Press for fresh juice, and Boulted Bread and Pine State are my weekend spots for coffee. I love Holder Goods and Father and Son for design inspiration and special objects for my house. I clear my mind in Nash Square Park. The variety of trees and plants are impressive. Alfred, my dog, loves it too. Raleigh is a special place.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is hosting a red carpet event on Oscar night, February 24, 2019, at The Jane Club , a new and innovative women-centric venue in Los Angeles, to honor domestic workers as the true “heroines in our homes.”Inspired by the film Roma , which has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, event attendees will celebrate the incredible success of the film in shining a light on and sparking a conversation about domestic workers in our country. They will be joined by co-hosts in attendance Tarana Burke, Diane Guerrero, Rashida Jones, Eva Longoria, Olga Segura and Karla Souza. The event will have the support of Alfonso Cuarón as honorary host for this special event, as well as Laura Brown, Laura Dern, and Natalie Portman.“Domestic workers are the unsung heroines of our families and of our economy, yet they have been written out of our labor laws and overlooked in our culture,” said Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance . “With this awards night event, and thanks to the support of so many brilliant actors, activists and Hollywood luminaries, we will celebrate domestic workers with the humanity and dignity they deserve. And we will celebrate Roma — a film that so prominently centers on the story of an indigenous domestic worker.”“From TIME’S UP to Roma, one of the greatest fights in our society today is making sure that all working women are treated with dignity and respect,” said actress Laura Dern . “Roma has truly inspired audiences to reflect on the people who care for them. Domestic workers like Cleo are in the center of our lives, but too often at the bottom of our economy and society. We must do our part to ensure they have the respect and recognition they deserve.”The event, Honoring the Heroines in Our Homes , will welcome press beginning at 2:45 p.m. PST at The Jane Club with the red carpet scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST and the Awards watch party taking place from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. PST. Special guests will speak throughout the evening and a champagne toast celebrating domestic workers is planned.In advance of this incredible evening, Rent The Runway is donating 60 designer dresses to be worn to the party by domestic workers and NDWA staff, and opening up their New York City styling studio for personal fittings. MAC Cosmetics will be providing make-up and makeup artists for the event.In January, NDWA and Participant Media announced a nationwide effort of Roma community screenings for domestic workers and employers in 12 cities, including New York, Chicago, and Seattle, as part of a larger campaign to encourage viewers to take action. Last week, Netflix announced a portion from every theater ticket purchased in the month of February in the U.S. will be donated to NDWA.Domestic workers are determined to make 2019 their year to win respect, dignity and rights in the workplace. Days after the new Congress was sworn in, domestic worker leaders visited Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers and raise awareness about the first national Domestic Workers Bill of Rights . Set to be introduced later this year, the innovative federal legislation would secure rights for more than two million domestic workers across the United States , the first of its kind on a national scale.Honoring the Heroines in Our Homes, the National Domestic Workers Alliance Oscar Night Watch Party in celebration of Roma, ultimately aims to effectively spark critical conversations across the country around the domestic workers movement.To find out more about how to support domestic workers, visit: www.roma.domesticworkers.org.
“While we should never forget the atrocities committed in the past, we should be equally vigilant in seeking to abolish the contemporary forms of slavery that affect millions of men, women and children around the world,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.He noted that despite a tremendous international effort to combat the exploitation of human beings as well as the growing awareness of forced labour and the sale and prostitution of children, flagrant violations of human rights continue. The Day commemorates the uprising on 23 August 1791, when slaves of Santo Domingo in the Caribbean launched an insurrection which ultimately led to the Haitian revolution and promoted the cause of human rights.This year’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition coincides with the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade by the United States of America in 1808. Also, the freedom from slavery and servitude as a fundamental human right was recognized in Article 4 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. “Let us therefore remember the millions of men, women and children who were subjected to this most invidious denial of human rights, and those who fought tirelessly to end that tyranny,” declared Mr. Matsuura. 23 August 2008Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief today appealed to Member States to renew efforts to end all forms of oppression.
Halton police are looking for three men after a Scotiabank branch in Oakville was robbed. It happened shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday at the location at 1500 Upper Middle Rd.Police say three masked men entered the bank through the front door. One of the suspects jumped over the counter and rummaged through the drawers before grabbing some cash. The trio was last seen running in a northwest direction towards Upper Middle Road. No one was injured during the robbery and, police say, no weapon was used. All three suspects are described as black males. The first man was wearing a dark winter jacket, dark pants, black shoes, gloves, possibly yellow underwear and a black flat brim baseball hat. He was also carrying a purple and white checkered or plaid backpack. The second suspect was wearing a black jacket, dark blue pants, gloves, and blue shoes with white accents. The third was wearing a black winter jacket.Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Barry Malciew at 905-825-4747 ext 2218.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A cable television network suspended a hunting show after the program’s host and nine others involved in the production were charged in a federal poaching investigation at a national preserve in remote northwest Alaska.The Sportsman Channel on Tuesday immediately suspended “The Syndicate” from airing on the network and launched its own internal investigation, said Jim Liberatore, CEO and president of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks.“We take this situation very seriously and have acted swiftly to suspend the show, its producers and talent,” Liberatore said in a statement. “If true, what has been alleged is clearly unacceptable, unethical and against everything our networks stand for.”Prosecutors on Monday said more than two dozen grizzly bears, moose, caribou and Dall sheep were illegally killed in the Noatak National Preserve, which is north of the Arctic Circle and near Alaska’s northwestern coast. The illegal kills ended up on the show, authorities alleged.There were at least four hunts conducted in Alaska for the show over the last five years. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Skrocki, the lead prosecutor, said at a news conference Monday that all the Alaska hunts for the show were conducted illegally but were edited to appear that they were legal.The show’s host, Clark W. Dixon, 41, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, was charged in U.S. District Court in Fairbanks with two felony violations of the Lacey Act.Dixon is accused of taking a grizzly bear for a fee in 2010 without being a licensed and registered big game hunting guide. He’s also charged with conducting an illegal outfitting operation since 2009.Dixon didn’t return a message left by The Associated Press on Monday, and the phone at his home in Mississippi rang unanswered Tuesday.Nine other people, who are from Alaska, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Nevada, and two production companies face related misdemeanours or tickets.“The Syndicate” is independently produced and purchases air time on the Sportsman Channel, Liberatore said.One of the production companies cited for using footage shot in the preserve without a permit called the network’s decision to suspend the show “unfortunate.” However, the statement from Syndicate Hunting of Reno, Nevada, adds: “While disheartened, we respect their decision to do so.”It also says once it became aware of the allegations, it severed ties with Dixon and another person charged. It was unclear when the company found out about the investigation and when ties were cut. Sportsman Channel suspends hunting show amid federal poaching allegations by Mark Thiessen, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 3:40 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2015 at 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“All over the world, an alarming number of adolescent girls are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated and even murdered,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today in his message marking the third annual International Day of the Girl Child. “The threat of violence at the hands of family members, partners, teachers and peers grossly violates their rights, diminishes their power and suppresses their potential,” continued Mr. Ban, who observed that adolescent girls, in particular, faced “multiple deprivations” such as unequal access to education, sexual and reproductive health services and social and economic resources. “Girls are subjected to discriminatory social norms and harmful practices – such as female genital mutilation – that perpetuate a cycle of violence. A culture of impunity allows violence against adolescent girls to continue unabated,” he added. The International Day of the Girl Child was designated as 11 October by a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2011, to recognize girls’ rights and highlight the unique challenges girls face worldwide. This year focuses on “empowering adolescent girls: ending the cycle of violence.”As part of the Day’s global observance, governments, the UN system, civil society, and public and private institutions are being called on to join forces and reaffirm their commitment to ending violence against adolescent girls and to promote their empowerment through a number of initiatives, including investing in adolescent girls to equip them with skills, confidence, and life options; making infrastructure, services, and technology accessible to girls and effective in meeting their needs for safety, connectivity and mobility; facilitating adolescent girls engagement in civic, economic and political life; continuing to advocate for making violence against girls and women visible and unacceptable both in private and public domains; and strengthening data, measurement and the evidence base in relation to the empowerment of and violence against adolescent girls.The Secretary-General underlined the role his UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign was playing in engaging a wide range of stakeholders and actors – from governments and civil society groups to the media and global citizenry – to raise awareness and increase political will and resources in the ongoing fight against violence against women and girls. He also drew attention to a parallel campaign known as HeForShe which motivates all men to become active participants in the continuing efforts for gender equality.“As we define the post-2015 development framework and review progress achieved under the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, ending gender violence and promoting the empowerment of girls and women must be at the heart of our global agenda,” Mr. Ban declared. The level of violence and abuse adolescent girls continue to face remains distressingly high, according to a new compilation of data issued by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). An estimated 70 million girls aged 15 to 19 report being victims of some form of physical violence while around 120 million girls under the age of 20 have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts. At the same time, 70 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 who had been victims of physical or sexual violence never sought help as many said they did not think it was abuse or did not see a problem.“These numbers speak to a mind-set that tolerates, perpetuates, and even justifies violence – and should sound an alarm to everyone, everywhere,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta stated in a press release following the announcement of the latest data.“The problem is global but the solutions must be found at the national, community and family level. We have a responsibility to protect, educate, and empower adolescents. We are all accountable for ending violence against girls.” In a separate message, UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, agreed. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka warned that such widespread gender-based violence ultimately led to “a catastrophic loss of human potential” and recalled the promises made at the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a forum convened in 1995 at which Member States hammered out commitments that were historic in scope. “The promise made to girls at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing must be delivered. Protecting girls from all forms of violence and promoting girls’ empowerment must be at the heart of the global development agenda,” she stated. The Executive Director announced that UN Women was in the process of rolling out a global youth-led programme that, she said, would help prevent violence against girls and young women and challenge gender stereotypes and norms that perpetuate violence. “The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls and women. Empowering girls today makes for a safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow.”A group of independent UN human rights experts also issued a joint statement to mark the Day, as they urged Member States to bring their efforts against gender violence “to the next level” while “moving beyond awareness-raising to supporting adolescent girls as key actors in shaping the present and the future.”The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, used the occasion of the Day to call for an end to violence against women and girls, emphasizing the need to confront the scourge with “unified resolve.” “We cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of girls subjected to terrifying forms of violence, including sexual and gender-based crimes, whether in armed conflict or otherwise,” she said.
Media worker Derrick Rodgers(Jamaica Observer) DERRICK Rodgers has been missing for two months.Family members, living in Georgia and Massachusetts in the United States, fear that the worst has happened to him. The 60-year-old Lawrence Tavern resident disappeared on October 13.His niece, Natalie Redman, contacted the Jamaica Observer recently saying that the family is on edge.“We reported it to the Constant Spring police, but we were told that the family would have to physically go in and make the report. After that, we contacted the father of the church he used to attend and he was able to go in and make the report. The police say that they have since circulated a missing person report at all their precincts across the island so now we are just waiting,” Redman told the Observer.She said that the family realised that something was amiss when her mother, Rogers’ sister, sent money for him through a financial institution and the money was not collected.“He is always in contact with us. He is never out of touch. My mom always sends him money and he always calls to say thanks. When she sent the money on October 13 he never called. We called and he didn’t answer. We called [financial institution] and they said that the money was not picked up.“Right now, to be honest, we’re on edge. You have to just be bracing yourself right now for the worst. There’s no way something hasn’t happened to him. [Getting] No response from him has us worried,” Redman said.She told the Observer that her uncle worked in media and was a former employee of Television Jamaica, Best FM, and Kool 97 FM.Redman said that the family has been circulating photographs of her uncle on social media but has received no feedback.“We don’t have a physical presence in the island to do any rigid follow-ups. No one has seen or heard from him. They are only saying that they know he lives at Top Hill and that’s in Lawrence Tavern,” the woman said.Efforts made by the Observer to get a comment from the Constant Spring Police Station were not successful.On December 10, Crime Stop Jamaica put out an alert for Rodgers, citing that he was last seen alive, according to a report from the Lawrence Tavern police, in his community.Rodgers is of dark complexion, medium build, and is about 167 centimetres (5 feet 6 inches) tall. His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.“We are anxious. We are waiting, but we are worried. We are doing all that we can to find out what has happened to my uncle. It is unusual that he wouldn’t contact us for so long,” said Redman.Anyone knowing Rodgers’ whereabouts is being asked to contact the Constant Spring Police at 876- 924-1421-2 Police 119 emergency number or Crime Stop at 311. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upOctober 15, 2015In “Regional”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 17, 2015In “Regional”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 11, 2015In “Regional”
TWO VIABLE PIPE bombs were found in west Belfast today.The PSNI said that the discovery came during a security alert at Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast, which has now ended.Army Technical Officers have made safe two viable pipe bomb type devices which were discovered by police following a pre-planned search in the area.The devices have been taken for forensic examination. All roads have been re-opened and residents allowed back to their homes.
The number of hardware options available for your next minuscule, PC-powered DIY project has expanded rapidly over the past few months. The ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi maintains its position as the standard bearer, but other boards like the ODROID-X and Cubieboard have popped up with different processor and port options. Now, Via’s offering up another option: the Pico-ITX Epia-P910.It’s slightly larger than the Raspberry Pi (by about two centimeters), and there’s one major difference between the P910 and the others: it’s not built around ARM architecture. Via’s chips are x86 compatible, which makes the P910 capable of running just about any OS you can imagine — from Windows 8 to OS X and Android. It’s also got four cores clocked at 1GHz and a DirectX 11-compatible Chromotion 640 GPU that’s capable of pumping out 3D and 1080p content “flawlessly,” according to Via.Via’s also laid the P910 out like a traditional PC mainboard, with dual USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI — and a pair of SATA ports. There’s also an optional expansion board that can be snapped in to add PS/2 ports, six more USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and audio jacks. In addition to your own internal storage, you’ll also need to bring your own RAM (unlike the ARM devices).And what about the all-important sticker price? Via hasn’t revealed that yet, but with the P910 aimed at embedded systems for use in medical, logistics, and fleet management devices — as well as 3D-capable digital signage — you can safely assume it’s going to cost a lot more than $35. But if it’s compatibility you’re after and price isn’t an issue, this might just be the tiny board for you.More at Via and Liliputing
The Greek Parliament approved legislation paving the way for the part-privatisation of the Public Power Corporation (PPC-DEH) but opposition parties did not give up their efforts to force a discussion about a referendum on the sale.In the House’s reduced summer session, 51 of 100 MPs voted in favour of the creation and sale of the so-called ‘small DEH’, which consists of 30 per cent of the public electricity monopoly. One MP voted ‘present’ and another 46 opposed the legislation, whose passing was one of the six prior actions the government had to fulfil to receive a further 1-billion-euro sub-instalment of bailout funding.The approval of the legislation, however, did not settle the question of whether members of parliament will have to be recalled from their vacations and a full plenary of parliament be called to debate and vote on whether a plebiscite should be held to decide whether the electricity company should be sold off to private investors.A discussion between Parliament Speaker Evangelos Meimarakis and the House’s deputy speakers on Thursday ended in those aligned with the two coalition governing parties suggesting that the seven opposition proposals for a debate on a plebiscite for the DEH sell-off should not be counted as one proposal. They called instead for all the parties to sign the same proposal for a debate on the spin off of 30 per cent of DEH.The aim of this initiative was to make SYRIZA appear to be cooperating with neofascist Golden Dawn, one of the seven parties calling for a referendum. The main left wing opposition SYRIZA looked set to boycott the session.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, speaking on Thursday at a conference in Athens organised by The Economist, accused SYRIZA of collaborating with Golden Dawn in order to undermine the reforms of his government.The Greek Prime Minister emphasised that his main priorities are reforms, improvement of public finances, growth and law and order. Samaras also went on to predict that growth in Greece in 2015 will reach 2.9 per cent.In the meantime, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insisted again that his party wanted DEH “unified and public”, noting that electricity should remain “a right and never a luxury”.In a speech at The Economist conference, the leader of the opposition said the key aim of a SYRIZA-led government would be “the disengagement of Greece from the memorandums”, referring to the country’s loan agreements with international creditors, adding that he intended to relieve Greeks of the “punitive fixations” of the troika.Responding to calls for SYRIZA to join the government in possible talks on debt relief in the coming months, Tsipras remarked that European Parliament elections in May, which SYRIZA won, “deprived the government of the legitimacy to bind the country in any way”.Source: ekathimerini, matrix24 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Guyane : Nicolas Sarkozy annonce la création d’une université de la biodiversitéLors d’un déplacement en Guyane, Nicolas Sarkozy a annoncé la future création d’une université de la biodiversité. Celle-ci devrait permettre d’étudier les espèces animales et végétales abritées par la forêt amazonienne du département. C’est alors qu’il présentait ses voeux aux Français d’Outre-mer que le président Nicolas Sarkozy a annoncé la nouvelle. La Guyane, en grande partie recouverte de forêt amazonienne et qui deviendra une collectivité unique en 2014, accueillera bientôt une université de la biodiversité. Devant des chefs coutumiers, dans le village de Taluen sur la commune de Maripasoula, le chef de l’Etat a expliqué : “on va bientôt créer ici une université de la biodiversité pour étudier les espèces, la biodiversité de la forêt et les possibilités médicamenteuses” qu’elle peut offrir.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 mai”Les financements sont trouvés, c’est l’Université Antilles-Guyane qui va développer les laboratoires” de cette future université, a ajouté le président de la République. D’après le directeur du Parc Amazonie-Guyane, la forêt amazonienne guyanaise se trouve “dans un excellent état de conservation, c’est un milieu protégé et elle a une grande richesse biologique”. D’où la volonté d’étudier une telle région dont la moitié du sud est quasiment couverte par ce parc s’étendant sur 3,4 millions d’hectares.Au cours de sa visite, Nicolas Sarkozy a également assuré aux habitants de Maripasoula que le PAPA (Plan d’accompagnement du parc amazonien) allait être “prolongé de deux ans, de manière que vous puissiez avoir l’électricité, l’eau potable, des écoles et des infrastructures pour la santé”. Le président de la République a par ailleurs montré sa volonté de lutter contre l’orpaillage clandestin devenu un véritable fléau en Guyane. A ce sujet, “il faut absolument que le Surinam et le Guyana, qui bordent également le fleuve Maroni, engagent la même lutte” que la France a confié M. Sarkozy.”Avant de venir, j’ai écrit aux présidents du Surinam et du Guyana pour leur demander de s’engager. Le Surinam va installer un poste avec 18 policiers et militaires pour lutter contre orpailleurs clandestins”, a indiqué le président, ajoutant également que le Guyana, de son côté, venait d'”accepter d’ouvrir un consulat à Cayenne. Ça va faciliter le retour aux Guyana des immigrés irréguliers”.Le 24 janvier 2012 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambert