4 ex-Minneapolis cops indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd’s death

first_imgFirst juror in Derek Chauvin trial speaks out: “It felt like every day was a funeral” April 29, 2021 AdvertisementChauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from a 2017 arrest and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy.Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng appeared via video conference in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Chauvin was not part of the court appearance.Chauvin was convicted last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death and is in Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison as he awaits sentencing.  AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Derek Chauvin’s attorney files motion for new trial alleging jury misconduct May 6, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Civil RightsDerek ChauvinGeorge Floyd Festival honoring George Floyd to be held on street where he took his last breaths May 26, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS / AP — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd, accusing them of violating Floyd’s rights as he was pinned face-down on the ground and gasping for air, court records show.The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force, the Associated Press reported.Floyd, 46, died May 25 after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck for 9 and a half minutes, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.All four were charged for not providing medical care to Floyd. RELATEDTOPICS The three former officers face a state trial in August, and they are free on bond. They were allowed to remain free after Friday’s federal court appearance.Floyd’s arrest and death, which a bystander captured on cellphone video, sparked protests nationwide and widespread calls for an end to police brutality and racial inequities. DOJ to investigate Minneapolis policing practices after ex-officer convicted of murder April 22, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

OSC, OSFI announce cooperative arrangement

first_img Banking and securities regulators are cooperating to monitor the big six banks’ compliance with new derivatives data reporting requirements that are being adopted as part of the global effort to step up oversight of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. Canada’s largest securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), has established an arrangement with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal banking regulator, for the big six banks to report certain information about their derivatives activity to OSFI, which will, in turn, pass it along to the OSC. Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports CSA seeks changes to derivatives rules Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Ontario Securities Commission James Langton Related newscenter_img CSA delays margin requirements for OTC derivatives The cooperative arrangement was announced Thursday in a notice published by the OSC. The notice includes a letter that details the OSC’s agreement with OSFI, and it indicates that the regulators, “intend to work cooperatively to monitor compliance by the Canadian banks” with their reporting requirements. The arrangement reflects exemptive relief that the OSC granted last year to each of the big banks — CIBC, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, National Bank, TD Bank, and Bank of Nova Scotia — from their obligations to report certain counterparty data under the new trade repository reporting requirements that came into effect on Oct. 31, 2014. That relief addressed concerns that complying with certain requirements under securities law could cause the banks to breach laws in other countries that restrict the disclosure of certain information relating to derivatives trades or the counterparties themselves, and that the banks may not have access to certain information about their counterparties. The relief was granted subject to certain conditions, including that the banks report to regulators about their efforts to collect the required information about their counterparties. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

OBSI to consider new enforcement powers

first_img OBSI published a new strategic plan on Thursday that will guide the organization’s evolution over the next five years. The dispute-resolution service plans to “explore and evaluate alternatives” to its existing “name and shame” enforcement power over the next couple of years and to implement a new approach to enforcing its compensation recommendations within the five-year timeline, according to the strategic plan. A recent independent review of OBSI’s investment industry service recommends that the dispute-resolution service be given the power to make binding compensation recommendations. OBSI notes in its strategic plan that it will also launch an independent review of its services for the banking business. The strategic plan also calls for the ombudservice to review its terms of reference; to bolster training on identifying potential systemic issues; and to improve data-gathering and analytics capabilities. In addition, OBSI plans to survey both financial services firms and clients and to possibly expand its services, based on the input from those surveys along with the lessons generated by the cases it handles. OBSI is also aiming to increase its level of trust and awareness among the financial services sector and to bolster consumer awareness through several initiatives. The ombduservice is also looking to step up its internal policy work and to bolster its resiliency, including improving the efficiency and security of its technology. “Our strategic plan details clearly our key priorities. By successfully executing the plan, we hope to strengthen our public service contribution, provide thought leadership and add value to the Canadian financial services sector,” says Sarah Bradley, OBSI’s ombudsman and CEO, in a statement. “The plan is reflective of OBSI’s vision, mission and values and is a response to the opportunities and challenges that are shaping our role within the sector,” she adds. “Our plan starts with our vision, which is: Inspiring confidence in the Canadian financial services sector. We expect to do that not only by resolving disputes effectively, but by helping to reduce them as well,” Bradley says. “We have a greater role to play by sharing information about our experience, the trends we see, and emerging issues with firms, consumers and regulators.” Photo copyright: dimasobko/123RF IIROC seeks nominees for OBSI board FAIR Canada applauds Soliman report recommendations for OBSI Keywords Dispute resolutionCompanies Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton IIROC drops expanded OBSI reporting proposal The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is planning to consider possible new enforcement powers amid a variety of strategic initiatives designed to enhance its value to the financial services sector, its clients and regulators. JRC to look at expanding OBSI’s powers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related newslast_img read more

JDF Coast Guard: Protecting The Nation’s Interests Through Maritime Safety And Law Enforcement

first_imgRelatedJDF Coast Guard: Protecting The Nation’s Interests Through Maritime Safety And Law Enforcement RelatedJDF Coast Guard: Protecting The Nation’s Interests Through Maritime Safety And Law Enforcement RelatedJDF Coast Guard: Protecting The Nation’s Interests Through Maritime Safety And Law Enforcement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail At the mention of the coast guard, one immediately conjures up an image of maritime law enforcers aboard go-fast boats, negotiating the choppy waters in hot pursuit of drug traffickers or other criminals, trying to use the expanse of the sea to escape the arms of the law.But while law enforcement is indeed a primary function of the coast guard’s duties, Commander Sydney Innis, who has served as the Head of the Jamaica Coast Guard since 2002, says that maritime safety takes precedence above all else. “Certainly, maritime safety like somebody lost at sea is going to take priority over law enforcement,” he informs JIS News, noting that search and rescue operations ranks as the agency’s foremost responsibility.On average, he says, there are about 60 search and rescue cases annually and of that number, “we in fact successfully conclude in the high 90 percentages.”Of 61 such cases in the 2003/2004 fiscal year, Commander Innis reveals that 51 were closed while six are pending. In 2004/2005, of 61 lost-at-sea reports made, 54 rescues were closed, with seven pending cases, while the 2005/2006 fiscal year saw 52 search and rescue operations taking place, with 48 cases closed and four cases pending.He explains that for rescue operations, which are beyond local capability, “quite often we make contact with the United States (US) Coast Guard District 7, especially for air support and usually once they have an aircraft available, they put it at our disposal to assist us”.From the local end, he says, “our limitation is the long time it takes us to get the cases reported to us and the very rudimentary communication and navigation systems that our canoe operators and fishermen have.”“Even if they are able to make contact with us, they have no idea where they are,” the commander adds. Generally, most search and rescue involves fishermen, who make up an estimated 85 per cent of reported cases, while the remaining 15 per cent comprise yachtsmen, pleasure craft, sailboats, and aircraft, which might send off alert beacons.Pointing to other maritime focus areas of the Coast Guard, Commander Innis details that these range from the enforcement of fisheries and wildlife protection laws, and pollution control, including overseeing the clean-up of chemical spills. He says the Coast Guard’s responsibility in the event of a spill, is to manage the situation in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).Since 2003, he says the agency has responded to 30 incidents involving the spills of oil or lubricants. “We have to be there to observe that it is being (dealt with) in accordance with government regulations,” Commander Innis notes.Additionally, support is given to government agencies and the non-government agencies that have an interest in advancing the well being of the users of the marine environment, and the preservation of the marine environment in general.“We work with entities like the University of the West Indies, the environmental non governmental organisations that have an interest in preserving the marine environment, Nature Conservancy and so on. We support their activities at sea,” he states.In the area of fisheries enforcement, records show that over the last three years, the Coast Guard has seized and apprehended 10 illegal fishing vessels that were fishing contrary to their licences. Since 2003, approximately 110 kilograms of lobster and 242 kilograms of illegal acquired conch have been seized.A large part of the Coast Guard duties involves enforcement of customs laws, and as such, there is close collaboration with the Port Authority, Customs Department, and the Narcotics Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“We share information and intelligence and as much as possible,” Commander Innis says, noting that in the case of the Port Authority, members of the Coast Guard sit on their security committees and meet regularly whenever review exercises or processes are being carried out.For agencies such as the Customs Department and JCF, “we do joint operations with them where their people are embarked on our vessels and we go out, we do things together. we send people to be trained with them and they send people to be trained with us in terms of concealed compartments on vessels,” he says.“In respect of the Narcotics Police, they feed us information when they have it, and we give them feedback, we do joint operations with them as well.For example, when we apprehend drug runners, we don’t prosecute the cases, we are just ground witnesses, it is the Narcotics Police, who we hand off to, and they do the prosecution. That is how we do things, and we have a pretty good working relationship with all these agencies,” Commander Innis informs.As the Coast Guard carries out its duties in protecting the marine environment, a lot of time is spent patrolling the coastal waters. Commander Innis says that the time spent at sea depends on the class of vessels being utilised, with the routine patrol being eight days for large offshore vessels. Smaller patrol vessels, which are utilised at the out-stations in Montego Bay, Discovery Bay, Port Antonio, Black River, and the Pedro Cays, usually spend no more than 48 hours at sea.“Jamaica’s seas are fairly choppy. so you wouldn’t want to keep the small in-shore patrol vessels at sea for longer than 48 hours,” Commander Innis explains.Then there are the smaller vessels in the Coast Guard’s fleet, which are about 10 metres in length and similar to the specifications of go-fast vessels.“We hear that something is happening, 10, 15, 20 miles down the coastline, they can go quickly, get there very quickly and they can go anywhere that the target vessels are going,” the Commander says.A department of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the Coast Guard was formed in August 1963 as part of the JDF’s support and service battalion but in 1976, became an autonomous unit of the JDF.“I think initially, it was purely a search and rescue agency then as the growing of marijuana especially took hold in the 1970’s and 1980’s, we had to play a bigger role in law enforcement and that has expanded as time goes from a very small unit to now over 200 persons,” Commander Innis tells JIS News.Inasmuch as the Coast Guard has managed with its existing staff complement, the Commander acknowledges that there is need to extend beyond the current numbers. “We manage at the moment but we would like some more numbers and in fact, there is a plan to increase our numbers,” he discloses, adding that a Strategic Defence Review that was done of the JDF has made recommendations for the expansion of the staff.While the review has to go before Parliament and discussed before a final decision is made, he says “the numbers being put forward would put us in a fairly.In the meantime, Commander Innis says, plans are in place to improve the skills that exist within the Coast Guard, particularly as it relates to the upgrading of communications equipment. “Communication is key in this business that we are in.to be able to be communicate with any of our vessels at any time around our coastline is our aim,” he notes.The Commander is also optimistic that another out-station will be established in the near future in Ocho Rios. “One of the key reasons for that is the level of activity in Ocho Rios as a cruise ship pier and its proximity to other areas that in the past have had high levels of drug activity…so even though it is near to Discovery Bay [out-station] at the moment, I think a presence in Ocho Rios would also help,” he says.center_img JDF Coast Guard: Protecting The Nation’s Interests Through Maritime Safety And Law Enforcement UncategorizedAugust 21, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

World-class facilities officially opened at Broome Senior High School

first_imgWorld-class facilities officially opened at Broome Senior High School $19.3 million upgrade to Broome Senior High School officially openedMcGowan Government delivers major election commitment for the KimberleyProject involved 29 local businesses and more than 300 WA workersTreasurer Ben Wyatt has visited Broome Senior High School to officially open its new state-of-the-art facilities.The stunning $19.3 million upgrade was completed in September and provided a major boost for jobs, with more than 300 Western Australian workers and 29 local businesses involved in the project.The upgrade, which delivers on an election commitment, included a modern double-storey building with 10 new classrooms, three digital technology learning areas, a student services area and space for open events. An exciting new commercial kitchen with an alfresco area for hospitality students is a feature of the major revamp as well as two chemistry laboratories and new bike storage for students.The Cultural Centre was relocated within the school and has been enhanced with a ‘yarning circle’ and courtyard, and extensive landscaping throughout the grounds was carried out to complement the existing environment. The school car park was also upgraded.For more information about the school, visit https://broomeshs.wa.edu.auAs stated by Treasurer Ben Wyatt:“The McGowan Government made an election commitment to deliver better facilities for local school students and we have delivered. “These state-of-the-art upgrades will provide a brilliant learning environment for students.“Importantly, these impressive upgrades also provided a significant boost to the local economy, with more than 300 workers and 29 local businesses working on the project.”As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:“It is wonderful to be able to celebrate this exciting upgrade of Broome Senior High School which is providing students with the best possible facilities to enhance their learning. “These world-class facilities mean students will be able to enjoy learning in state-of-the-art buildings for years to come.”As stated by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer:“I’m proud to have delivered on this important election commitment for the Kimberley with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.“A big thank you to Treasurer Ben Wyatt for making the funds available for these additions.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, building, digital, Economy, education, election, environment, Government, Minister, project, school, students, technology, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

PCA publishes strategy for providing tied tenants Pubs Code support they want

first_imgPCA publishes strategy for providing tied tenants Pubs Code support they want Through an independent research report, the PCA has a picture of what tied tenants want from PCA communications, and what its focus should be to best meet these needs. This includes trusted, branded and accessible information sent to all tied tenants, online self-help information when they need to focus on their Code rights at a particular point in their tenancy, and managing their enquiries and needs for direct contact from the PCA.The PCA will be continuing to progress its digital communications and its efforts to become the central hub and go to place for Pubs Code information.Website improvements will underpin this, and this baseline approach will help the PCA to talk the tenants’ language, so they understand when they need the Code, and get the right type of information when they do.Next steps will involve collaborating with tied tenants, and using expert input, to test and remodel existing Pubs Code information to make sure it is easier to find, understandable and useful for those it covers, and work is already underway to look at ways to streamline enquiries from tenants and ensure they get clear and consistent responses.Users may have already spotted some changes to the PCA website and can expect to see more over the coming months as a result of further research and testing to explore ways of improving PCA engagement with tied tenants.While recognising recent progress in communicating with tenants, such as the introduction of a Twitter account and Fiona Dickie’s regular column in the Morning Advertiser, the research identified how the PCA could go further including simplifying the language in PCA publications and reaching tenants more effectively.Fiona Dickie said:The Pubs Code is complex but as the PCA I have a duty to ensure that tied tenants have access to information that is reliable, accurate, and easy to understand.We have already made progress in communicating more effectively but more needs to be done. This expert research has provided a blueprint to help us become the accessible centre for Pubs Code information and I intend to move quickly to make changes.Targeting our efforts in this way will help the range of tenants get the Pubs Code support they need for them and their business. This will be even more important as Covid-19 restrictions on pubs are lifted.Alongside this work, the PCA has also identified the need to look further into the Market Rent Only (MRO) process and has commissioned further research to understand the recent experience of tied tenants requesting MRO. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, communications, covid-19, digital, Government, Internet, language, market, meet, online, rent, research, testing, Twitter, UK, UK Government, websitelast_img read more

Ram 1500, Dodge Durango under investigation for rollaway risk

first_imgTrending in Canada The U.S. auto safety agency has opened an investigation into complaints that another 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles can roll away after the owners shift transmissions into park, a problem similar to the one being blamed in the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.The investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers Fiat Chrysler’s top-selling vehicle, the Ram 1500, from the 2013 to 2016 model years, as well as the 2014 to 2016 Dodge Durango. The rollaway complaints are similar to those that prompted the recall of 1.1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and other vehicles earlier this year, although those vehicles have different shifters.Yelchin, 27, known for playing Chekov in the film series, died in June after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his home in Los Angeles. His Jeep was among the vehicles recalled in April because of complaints from drivers who had trouble telling if they put the console-mounted shift levers in “park” after stopping. Many reported that the vehicles rolled off after the driver exited. Los Angeles police are still investigating Yelchin’s death. In the new investigation, the government says Ram pickups and Durango SUVs have dial-like rotary knob shifters that are linked electronically to the transmission. The knobs are turned to the left or right and have detents that click into gear.But in documents posted this week, the government said it received 43 complaints alleging that the vehicles rolled away unexpectedly. Owners reported 25 crashes and nine injuries, while 34 owners alleged that the vehicles moved while the shifters were in park and most said the engines were running.“Notably, none of the reports indicate that the parking brake was engaged at the time of the rollaway incident,” NHTSA said in the documents. Fiat Chrysler says it’s co-operating with the investigation, and it joined NHTSA in urging drivers to always use parking brakes when they stop vehicles.Both Fiat Chrysler shifters are different from conventional levers on the steering column or console. Most cars have console shifters that slide forward or backward to indicate the car’s gear. They used to be tied to a cable that physically changed gears. But the auto industry has developed new transmissions with the gear selection controlled electronically.Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Autotrader, says companies are trying to free interior space with innovative shifters, but drivers are having trouble grasping the changes.“It used to be all shifters basically worked the same. Now every automaker is doing their own variation on a theme,” she said. Companies have to make sure the new shifters work flawlessly and ensure that dealers educate buyers on how the shifters work, she added.The Grand Cherokee shift levers like Yelchin’s had to be pushed forward or backward to change gears, confusing many drivers. In the recall, Fiat Chrysler changed the software so the vehicles automatically shift into park if the driver’s door is opened.In the latest investigation, no recall has been issued, but one is possible. NHTSA says it’s investigating the scope of the problem and how often it happens.An owner from Tarzana, California, complained to NHTSA that his 2014 Ram rolled into a wall with his grandmother still in the vehicle in July of 2014. The owner told the agency that he shifted the truck into park while it was in his driveway and stepped out, but the driver’s door hit him in the back. The driver’s side tire rolled over one ankle, knocked him down, then rolled over the other ankle. The truck then jumped a curb and hit the wall, the owner wrote. People who complain are not identified in the NHTSA database.Two other Fiat Chrysler vehicles have the dial shifters, including the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the Chrysler 200 sedan. But FCA says those are not included in the investigation because they automatically shift into park if the driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled or the driver’s door is opened.Other automakers also use electronic rotary shifters, but the fact that they’re different from conventional shifters seems to confuse drivers. NHTSA on Tuesday posted another investigation into a different automaker’s shifters. This time, the agency is probing complaints in about 39,000 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that also have rotary shift knobs. 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CU-Boulder's Building Community Committee Hosts Meeting Jan. 26 On Hate-Free Campus

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 20, 1999 The Building Community Committee at the University of Colorado at Boulder will host an open campus discussion on “Building Community: Working Towards a Hate-Free Campus” on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Recreation Center conference rooms. The committee wants input from the campus on proposed university policy and protocol for responding to acts of hate.The Building Community committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff who began meeting early last fall to discuss a campaign to promote a community of learning, trust and common good at CU-Boulder. The campaign is a response to several incidents that occurred last year, including three hate letters that were sent to the Black Student Alliance.According to Ron Stump, dean of students, the campaign is the next logical step evolving from the report by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Civility and Building Community.”Our group is working on the means to put into practice the report’s ideas and recommendations,” Stump said. “We expect this effort to be on-going and to involve all campus members.”Goals for the campaign include establishing a community of respect and trust characterized by strong campus relationships, satisfaction with the university and success in scholarly, academic and personal endeavors. Strategies for accomplishing this include a climate assessment of the messages conveyed by university literature, educational as well as social activities and a policy forresponding to hate acts. The committee hopes that the results of the campaign will include a decrease in the number and type of hate acts and enhanced recruitment and retention of CU students, staff and faculty.Most important to the campaign’s success are cross campus conversations to encourage a responsible, caring and welcoming university community. The Jan. 26 meeting is intended to be a step in that direction.”The recent hate acts on this campus over the past year are disturbing and insulting to the entire campus,” said Tara Friedman, a junior majoring in political science. “We need to begin a serious discussion on behavior and expectations to heal and build the CU and Boulder communities.” DRAFTPROPOSED POLICY FORRESPONDING TO ACTS OF HATREDFollowing is a draft of the proposed policy and protocol on responding to Acts of Hate that will be discussed at the Jan. 26 meeting:Homophobic graffiti, abusive language, hate mail, racist jokes, anti-Semitic incidents and sexual assaults are acts that are detrimental to developing community. It is disheartening to know that 15 hate acts were reported for the calendar year as of Nov. 1, 1998. When applicable, civil and judicial action against perpetrators should be pursued to the limit. However, not all acts of hatred are currently recorded or addressed. In addition, the offer of support and counseling is not always received by the affected persons. A standard protocol needs to be developed to encourage the reporting of such acts and systematic and appropriate responses to them. The protocol would include a means to track the acts so that trends and type can be determined, and change can be measured over time.To effectively follow this protocol, faculty, student leaders and staff need to be aware of how to respond to hate acts. Cross-campus training of faculty, students and staff, as well as informational messages, are needed regarding the protocol. Ways for the University to support affected parties also need to be developed. A campus policy on hate acts including reporting (anonymously as well as formally) needs to be established and adhered to by Facilities Management, Housing, the UMC and other large departments. Such a policy should also include: descriptions of hate acts based on type; responses to such acts; a decision-making process on whether a public statement is warranted; and a commitment to clean off, remove or paint over graffiti.Types of hate acts include: o Injury to person(s)o Damage to propertyo Verbal or written acts that are personal and threatening to health or safetyo Verbal or written acts that are racist, sexist or homophobic but not personal and/or threateningo GraffitiThe University response in all cases should include full civil and judicial action within the law against the perpetrator and the offer of assistance and counseling to the affected party(ies). A public statement by the University is warranted in cases of injury, property damage or personal threat. In other cases, an immediate discussion should be held with the affected party(ies) by representatives of the Chancellor’s Office, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of Equity and Access regarding the appropriateness and content of a public statement by the University.The creation of a group to monitor and respond to reported hate acts is also proposed. Patterned after similar groups at universities like Indiana University and the University of Vermont, this group would be composed of faculty, staff and students who would be readily available to respond to complaints and provide appropriate support and assistance. The group would also review the reported acts for patterns or problems, and provide recommendations for training, policies or procedures.last_img read more

Study finds no link between youth contact sports and cognitive, mental health problems

first_img Published: Oct. 18, 2019 • By Lisa Marshall Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Adolescents who play contact sports, including football, are no more likely to experience cognitive impairment, depression or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood than their peers, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 11,000 youth followed for 14 years.The study, published this month in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, also found that those who play sports are less likely to suffer from mental health issues by their late 20s to early 30s.“There is a common perception that there’s a direct causal link between youth contact sports, head injuries and downstream adverse effects like impaired cognitive ability and mental health,” said lead author Adam Bohr, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology. “We did not find that.”The study comes on the heels of several highly-publicized papers linking sport-related concussion among former professional football players to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), cognitive decline and mental health issues later in life. Such reports have led many to question the safety of youth tackle football, and participation is declining nationally.But few studies have looked specifically at adolescent participation in contact sports.“When people talk about NFL players, they are talking about an elite subset of the population,” said senior author Matthew McQueen, an associate professor of integrative physiology. “We wanted to look specifically at kids and determine if there are true harms that are showing up early in adulthood.”The study analyzed data from 10,951 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a representative sample of youth in seventh through 12th grades who have been interviewed and tested repeatedly since 1994.Participants were categorized into groups: those who, in 1994, said they intended (during the upcoming year) to participate in contact sports; those who intended to play non-contact sports; and those who did not intend to play sports. Among males, 26% said they intended to play football. While the authors were not able to confirm directly that intention to play resulted in actual play, participants were asked the same question on intention to participate in sports during an in-home visit approximately one year later. On the whole, participants were consistent with their reporting on intent to participate in sport. After controlling for socioeconomic status, education, race and other factors, the researchers analyzed scores through 2008 on word and number recall and questionnaires asking whether participants had been diagnosed with depression or attempted or thought about suicide.“We were unable to find any meaningful difference between individuals who participated in contact sports and those who participated in non-contact sports. Across the board, across all measures, they looked more or less the same later in life,” said Bohr.Football players – for reasons that are not clear – actually were less likely to be depressed in early adulthood compared to other groups.Those who reported they did not intend to participate in sports in seventh through 12th grades were 22% more likely to suffer depression in their late 20s and early 30s.“Right now, football is in many ways being compared to cigarette smoking – no benefit and all harm,” said McQueen, who is also director for the Pac-12 Concussion Coordinating Unit. “It is absolutely true that there is a subset of NFL players who have experienced horrible neurological decline, and we need to continue to research to improve our understanding of that important issue.”But, he said, “the idea that playing football in high school will lead to similar outcomes later in life as those who played in the NFL is not consistent with the evidence. In fact, we and others have found there may be some benefit to playing youth sports.”A recent University of Pennsylvania study of 3,000 men who had graduated high school in Wisconsin in 1957 found that those who played football were no more likely to suffer depression or cognitive impairment later. But some pointed out that the sport had changed radically since the 1950s.The new study is among the largest to date and looks at those who played football in the 1990s.The authors note that, due to the design of the dataset, they were only able to measure “intended” participation. (Due to the timing of the questionnaires, however, it is likely that those who reported participation in football actually did participate).They also could not tell how long an adolescent played, what position or whether a concussion or sub-concussive head injury was ever sustained. Further studies should be done exploring those factors, they said.“Few current public health issues are as contentious and controversial as the safety and consequences of participation in football,” they concluded. “Research on the risks of participation weighed with the risks of not participating in sports will enable parents and young athletes to make educated, informed decisions based on solid evidence.”A new CU Boulder study, looking at the long-term mental and physical health of CU student-athlete alumni, is already underway. Learn more about it and see if you are eligible.Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: Does African 4G history offer lessons for 5G?

first_img GSMA Intelligence AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 AUG 2019 Intelligence Brief: Does intent matter in network automation? Related HomeBlog Intelligence Brief: Does African 4G history offer lessons for 5G? Read more Author When we think of 4G, we immediately think of an increase in mobile bandwidth, which increased mobile phone usage globally. Yet, 4G missed the commercial mark with consumers in Africa, and operators are still feeling the pinch. At GSMA’s Mobile360 Africa event, Safaricom’s Stephen Chege’s keynote speech addressed the limited usage of high-speed mobile broadband in Africa and the inevitable obstacle it has posed to the uptake of 4G services.During the event it became clear that low adoption could be attributed to a lack of consumer awareness of the wider range of uses or benefits of 4G and smartphones, and with 5G on the horizon operators could no longer afford to allow the technology to continue to be underutilised. In Q3 2019, 4G adoption was ranked at just 9 per cent and there was a call upon mobile network operators (MNOs) to begin educating consumers from urban to rural areas on the real capabilities of 4G before they could usher in 5G.The leapfrog to 3GPrior to the 3G-era, the African broadband market was vastly underserved (due largely to the emergence of mobile voice that subsequently limited the deployment of fixed line networks during the late 1990s and early 2000s). Although fixed line networks were key in delivering the popular broadband access technologies including ADSL or cable lines, mobile networks were faster, easier and cheaper to deploy, which operators sought to capitalise upon. Due to a lack of broadband services, ownership of personal computers or laptops was limited by way of sparse access.The introduction of 3G saw what we now know as the leapfrog the African market took in connecting consumers to the internet via mobile networks, thus shifting Africa into the next technological era and mobile phones became the primary point of access to the internet in the region.Despite initially filling the much needed gap of availability of internet services in the region at a low cost, 3G mobile broadband is highly limiting in its capacity with speeds that are up to ten-times slower than 4G. So why did the digital revolution stop at 3G for Africa’s consumers?The usage gap in 4GThe introduction of 4G in Africa initially saw slow rollout due to the high cost of deployment and, with no real coverage, consumers did not have access to a good 4G network that could service their capable devices. This curtailed consumer enthusiasm of the high-speed technology and, as a consequence when coverage increased (from 10 per cent in 2014 to 46 per cent in Q3 2019) usage and adoption has failed to evolve.GSMA Intelligence’s 2018 consumer survey found that sub-Saharan Africa’s connected consumers spend most of their time on traditional communications (mobile voice calls and SMS) or digital communications (instant messaging and voice calls using OTT applications, and social media networking) services (see chart, above, click to enlarge).The aforementioned use cases are all easily accessible on 3G networks and could run smoothly on feature-phones. So even if a consumer owns a smartphone and has access to a 4G connection, their uses don’t extend beyond that of a 3G-enabled device. Highlighting a key issue in the previously expected trade-off between 3G to 4G, because consumers were on a bumpy road towards 4G access, the usage of their devices has remained limited and consumers are yet to diversify their usage of the next generation access (NGA) technology.Beyond access: educating and localising to increase usageMNOs now have the burden of aiding consumers in diversifying their usage of NGA technologies by educating their consumers on the difference and the benefits: simply providing access has failed to increase adoption beyond 9 per cent. Some can argue the availability of entertainment (gaming and streaming) and lifestyle (education and health) applications in the region could have allowed for an increase in the uptake of services, however the lack of localised content has impeded uptake of popular global applications.Of course, if applications are not tailored to the wants or needs of consumers in the region, they are bound to fail and Africa is not exempt from this. Here, MNOs could focus on, or invest in, applications tailored to the region and fund the localisation of digital content that will inevitably contribute to an increase in data consumption. There will also be the short-term burden of educating consumers on the real difference between technologies and how uses differ widely between devices that can better serve their specific needs. Despite MNOs in Africa not carrying the burden of device financing, the benefits of educating the consumer on the differences of devices available will always increase adoption in the long run.We can remain sure that if 4G is not utilised to its full potential in Africa, 5G is bound to suffer a similar fate until the underlying issues are addressed. More importantly, we must stop misunderstanding the readiness of the average consumer as a barrier to investment in future NGA technologies and look at how best to educate consumers to ensure technologies are utilised.– Julie Ssali – telecoms forecast analyst – GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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