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Icy season So far 673 icebergs counted in shipping lanes off Newfoundland

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first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland’s spectacular iceberg-viewing season continues to mean major hazards in North Atlantic shipping lanes.About 673 icebergs have drifted into North Atlantic shipping lanes off the island’s east coast so far this year, said Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol.That’s almost as many as the 687 counted during the whole ice season last year, ending in late September.“There’s definitely quite a lot of icebergs still up to the north,” McGrath said Friday from her home base in New London, Conn., after surveillance flights this week over the stretch known as Iceberg Alley.McGrath said it could still be a record season, but numbers are starting to come down and many bergs have melted.She says a big question is whether winds will bring several more of the floating sculptures farther south from where they were seen earlier this week off northeastern Newfoundland.Thick sea ice in the region and in the Strait of Belle Isle is affecting ferry travel and nearby fisheries.One thing is certain: the mammoth slabs that originate from glaciers in Greenland still pose a serious danger for mariners, McGrath said.“Even the smallest iceberg can do great damage to a vessel. I would recommend that the captains still heed our warnings as they transit across the Atlantic to ensure their safety from iceberg collision.”McGrath said she knows of no incidents involving vessels that have followed the patrol’s advice.“We’ve still maintained our perfect safety record through the season.”Regularly updated reports show how ships can detour farther south to avoid icebergs, often adding hundreds of kilometres to a trip.The International Ice Patrol was formed after the Titanic sank off southeastern Newfoundland in 1912. It works with Canadian partners to track icebergs and warn captains at sea.McGrath said the height of the icy season is typically around late May to early June.The last year the number of icebergs in shipping lanes approached previous records was 2014, with a total of 1,546 — the sixth most severe season since records began in 1900.Weather conditions can quickly move them.There were just 37 icebergs observed in shipping lanes on March 27, but the number soared to 272 a few days later as a low-pressure system of strong counter-clockwise winds dramatically shifted hundreds of them farther south.last_img read more

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Darfur Ban Kimoon says peace talks must be final phase towards settlement

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10 September 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in New York today following an intensive, week-long visit to Sudan, Chad and Libya, vowed to maintain his focus on ending the conflict in Darfur and said the region’s leaders agree that next month’s peace talks to try to resolve the crisis there must serve as “a final phase for a final settlement.” Mr. Ban told reporters at United Nations Headquarters that he had been encouraged by the results of his many meetings during his trip, including those with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, Chadian President Idriss Déby and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.“My visit… was very useful and constructive in generating a momentum to bring an early resolution of the situation in Darfur,” he said, referring to the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia that has engulfed the impoverished region of western Sudan since 2003, causing the deaths of more than 200,000 people and forcing at least 2.2 million others to flee their homes.During the trip, Mr. Ban announced that the UN and African Union (AU) Special Envoys to Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, will lead full political negotiations between the Sudanese Government and Darfur’s rebel groups on 27 October in Tripoli.Mr. Ban and AU Chairman Alpha Oumar Konaré will also jointly chair a high-level meeting on the issue in New York on 21 September, while Chad is going to hold a preparatory meeting with Darfur’s rebel movements later this month.“I am encouraged. We must build upon this progress to bring peace and security and prosperity to these people,” Mr. Ban said today.The Secretary-General stressed that the region’s leaders, especially those of Sudan, “should make their utmost efforts to make this political process move smoothly, keeping the cessation of hostilities and helping the humanitarian assistance flow smoothly, without any hindrance.”He also said that troop-contributing countries have given their full cooperation to the world body on plans for deploying a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur (to be known as UNAMID), and in some cases have exceeded what is needed.“But we are still lacking in the specialized areas, like air transportation, experts in finance and some other areas,” Mr. Ban cautioned.UNAMID, which is set to take over from the existing AU mission in Sudan (AMIS) by the start of next year, is authorized to have some 26,000 troops and civilian police officers.In an interview with UN Radio, Mr. Ban said that his visit to the future headquarters of UNAMID in El-Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, indicated that the preparations are “on the right track” for a smooth transition from AMIS.He added that he was optimistic about the deployment of a separate multidimensional presence – comprising the European Union’s military component, Chadian police and gendarmes and the UN’s civilian elements – in neighbouring eastern Chad, where there has also been unrest and large-scale displacement. read more

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UN Human Rights Council unveils panel to probe deadly interception of Gaza

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23 July 2010The United Nations Human Rights Council today announced the names of the three experts who will serve on a fact-finding mission to investigative violations of international law resulting from Israel’s interception of a flotilla of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, which led to the deaths of nine civilians. Judge Karl T. Hudson-Phillips of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Desmond de Silva of the United Kingdom and Mary Shanthi Dairiam of Malaysia will comprise the panel, the Council’s President, Ambassador Sihasak Phuangketkeow of Thailand, said.Mr. Phuangketkeow called on all parties to fully cooperate with the fact-finding mission, saying he hoped its work would contribute to peace and justice in the region.“The expertise, independence and impartiality of the members of the mission will be devoted to clarifying the events which took place that day and their legality,” he noted.The three experts will now map out their plan of action and contact all relevant parties before they travel to the region, according to a press statement issued by the Human Rights Council. The panel is then expected to report on its finding to the Council at a session in September.The Council ordered the formation of a fact-finding mission on 2 June, three days after members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted the convoy of six ships in international waters. The flotilla was trying to deliver aid to Gaza, which has been the subject of an Israeli blockade since 2007. Nine people were killed and dozens more were wounded.The head of the panel is yet to be determined. Judge Hudson-Phillips served as a judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) between 2003 and 2007, Sir Desmond was the Chief Prosecutor at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in 2005 and Ms. Dairiam has been a member of UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Gender Equality Task Force since 2007.A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted today that while he hoped the Council’s panel receives the full cooperation of all parties, discussions continue on his own proposal for an international panel into the incident. read more

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UN probing how black box from Rwanda came into its possession spokesman

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Secretary-General Kofi Annan has instructed the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) – the UN’s in-house watchdog – to look into exactly what happened 10 years ago after a “black box” turned up in UN offices yesterday, spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing in New York.His announcement came after a recent article in the French newspaper Le Monde alleged that the UN was given the “black box” from the Falcon aircraft that crashed on 6 April 1994 in Rwanda, killing Presidents Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda and Cyprian Ntayamira of Burundi. Their deaths set off a chain of killings and massacres throughout Rwanda that year, with the death toll from the genocide mounting to more than 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsis and “moderate” Hutu.Mr. Eckhard said that yesterday, the UN traced the paper trail of a “black box” that was sent by diplomatic pouch from the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1994 through Nairobi, Kenya, to UN Headquarters in New York.That trail took officials to the Air Safety Unit of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, located in a building across the street from the main UN complex, where officials found a “black box” in a locked file cabinet.”I say a “black box”, not the “black box”, because what we found was in pristine condition,” Mr. Eckhard said. “In fact, when it was received in the Peacekeeping Department’s Air Safety Unit 10 years ago, the officials in charge at that time apparently concluded that it could not have been the “black box” because its pristine condition indicated that it had not been in a crash.”Because of that judgment, he added, the Air Safety experts, after unsuccessfully trying to identify its source, put it in the file cabinet and did not report it up the chain of command.Mr. Eckhard stressed that none of the senior peacekeeping officials of the time had any knowledge of it and that the first time they knew of its existence was yesterday. “They then reported this to the Secretary-General’s Office,” he said.”The “black box” is now under lock and key in this building. We intend to immediately turn it over to a qualified outside body for analysis of its contents,” he said.Asked by reporters to outline how the “black box” found yesterday came into the possession of the United Nations, Mr. Eckhard said that Roger Lambo, who headed the air operations unit for UNAMIR, sent the box by diplomatic pouch to the Peacekeeping Department’s Air Safety Unit, headed at the time by Andy Sequin. He added that the air safety experts had made some effort to circulate serial numbers found on the “black box”, but had not been able to determine its origin.Responding to another question about which officials had not been informed of the existence of the “black box”, the spokesman mentioned Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who at the time headed the Peacekeeping Department; Chef de Cabinet Iqbal Riza, who had been Annan’s deputy in the Department; Hédi Annabi, who worked in the Department and is now Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping; Chief Military Adviser Gen. Maurice Baril; and the UN Force Commander in Rwanda, Gen. Romeo Dallaire.Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was surprised to find out that a “black box” existed, “much less in this building.” He told reporters that the situation “sounds like a real foul-up, a first-class foul-up,” but that he did not think there has been any attempt to cover up.”I was incredulous when I was told it existed, because it was first raised with me when I was in Canada, following the Le Monde article, and I said ‘I don’t see why we would not cooperate with an investigation. It is our policy to cooperate and to assist in all criminal investigations, and I will look into it when I get back.’ So I called from Canada and said, ‘Check it out,’ and here we are,” he said. read more

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US wholesale prices drop 08 per cent in January driven down by

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FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, the posted cash price for regular unleaded is $1.71, as seen through a pump handle at a gas station in downtown Newark, N.J. The Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in January on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 8:50 am MDT US wholesale prices drop 0.8 per cent in January, driven down by big plunge in gasoline prices WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years.The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index declined 0.8 per cent last month, the biggest drop in a data series that goes back to November 2009 when the government changed the calculation methods for its wholesale price index.Excluding volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices edged down 0.1 per cent in January after a 0.3 per cent rise for core prices in December.Overall prices fell a revised 0.2 per cent in December and were also down 0.2 per cent in November. The string of declines reflects tumbling energy costs. For January, gas prices plunged 24 per cent, the biggest drop since a 25.5 per cent fall in December 2008.The 0.8 per cent drop in overall wholesale prices was bigger than the 0.5 per cent decline that many economists had been expecting. Much of the decrease reflected a record drop in energy costs. However, food costs also showed a sizable drop.Economists said they expected further declines in prices in coming months as falling energy prices work through the economy.“Inflation pressures remain muted,” said Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Over the past 12 months, the government’s producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches the consumer, was unchanged while core wholesale prices are up 1.6 per cent.For all of 2014, wholesale prices rose a moderate 1.1 per cent, slightly below the 1.2 per cent increase seen in 2013.Overall energy costs fell a record 10.3 per cent in January with all types of energy products showing big declines.Gas prices in January dropped as low as $2.03, according to the nationwide average surveyed by AAA. Prices have risen a bit since then and now are averaging $2.24 a gallon nationwide, still about $1.10 below where they were a year ago.Food costs fell 1.1 per cent in January, the biggest one-month decline since April 2013, with the price of eggs, pork and dairy products all falling.Various inflation measures show prices rising below the 2 per cent target set by the Federal Reserve. That has given the central bank the leeway to keep a key interest rate at a record low near zero for the past six years in an effort to boost economic growth and lower employment.The Fed in January repeated the view that it could be “patient” in deciding when to raise interest rates, reinforcing the view that the Fed’s first rate hike is not likely to occur before June. And in fact, some economists have pushed that target back to September or even later, reflecting the big drop in energy prices and a rising value for the U.S. dollar, which lowers inflation by making imported goods cheaper for American consumers. read more

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Report by UN and Gates Foundation presents vision for eradicating malaria by

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The report – From Aspiration to Action: What Will It Take to End Malaria? – urges major donors and malaria-affected countries to expand their commitment to the fight against the disease, noting that eradication could save 11 million lives and unlock $2 trillion in economic benefits.“Over the past 15 years, we have seen tremendous progress in reducing the burden of malaria globally – a direct result of our collective action – and we now stand in the unique position of putting an end to this disease forever,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. “The next five years are vital for setting in motion an ambitious-yet-achievable plan to eradicate malaria by 2040. We must double down on our commitment and move with deliberate haste to bring in new investments, develop new tools, and implement new regional strategies to see our unified goal of a malaria-free world become a reality.”According to a news release on the report, global investment in malaria has jumped in recent years by 2,000 per cent annually – from just $130 million in 2000 to $2.7 billion in 2013 – fundamentally transforming the fight against the disease.Malaria deaths have fallen dramatically – saving an estimated 6.2 million lives and averting 663 million cases of the disease since 2000 – and more than half of the world’s nations are now malaria free. These gains have accounted for 20 per cent of the total progress that the world has made in reducing maternal and child mortality under the Millennium Development Goals, and they have helped convince Asian and African leaders to commit to malaria elimination by 2040.The challenge, according to Mr. Chambers and Bill Gates, is that one billion people remain infected with the malaria parasite, and half of the world’s children remain vulnerable to death and disability caused by the disease. Malaria still kills about one child every minute. They argue that eradication is ultimately the only feasible solution to this challenge, and assert that the alternative to eradication – controlling the disease forever without eliminating it – is biologically and politically untenable.The report envisions a new approach to eradication that will draw important lessons from past eradication efforts and apply innovative strategies, tools and financing.“Eradication is the only sustainable solution to malaria,” said Mr. Gates. “The alternative would be endless investment in the development of new drugs and insecticides just to stay one step ahead of resistance. The world can’t afford that approach.” read more

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One year on Iran deal best way to ensure peaceful nuclear programme

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In a statement issued today, the Secretary-General congratulated the Council and the participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the first anniversary of the “historic achievement” and commended progress made so far.On 20 July last year, the Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), endorsing the JCPOA under which Iran pledged that it would not seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons. The resolution called the deal a “culmination of diplomatic efforts” by Iran and the so-called E3+3 – China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.In his statement, Mr. Ban said the JCPOA was “a triumph of diplomacy” for conflict resolution and prevention, and strengthened global norms for nuclear non-proliferation. He explained that, combined with a robust verification regime, the agreement ended one of the Council’s strictest sanctions regimes, and provided Iran with the opportunity for greater engagement with the international community.“Resolution 2231 (2015) heralded a fundamental shift in Iran’s relationship with the Security Council, and provided a defined time schedule for the removal of the Iran nuclear issue from the Council’s agenda,” the Secretary-General said.He also commended Iran for implementing its nuclear-related commitments, as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency, while also applauding the steps taken by the European Union and the United States.“One year on, I remain certain that the JCPOA is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and to realise the great aspirations of the Iranian people,” he said, calling for the agreement and resolution 2231 to be implemented in a comprehensive manner, based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. That would facilitate greater cooperation to achieve international peace and security, he added. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball takes one of three at Oregon Invitational

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Then-junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team left the two-day University of Oregon Invitational this weekend with a win and a pair of losses.OSU first lost to Oregon on Friday, before falling against Illinois State and defeating Central Arkansas in matches on Saturday.In the third match of the weekend and the second of the day on Saturday, against Central Arkansas, the Buckeyes won their first match of the season in four sets (25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger had 12 kills for OSU throughout the four sets, while Sandbothe added 10. León averaged more than five digs per set while Schirmer added 11 total.Schirmer had five kills in the fourth set to help spark the Buckeyes, while Mitchell, Sandbothe and Sekinger tallied three kills each.Before taking on Central Arkansas the Buckeyes held a tight match against Illinois State, but lost to the Redbirds in five sets (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 14-16).OSU held a 10-5 lead in the first set, but later gave up a 7-0 run.The Buckeyes stormed back in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 overall lead on the Redbirds, before dropping the final two sets and the match.Against Oregon, OSU kept it close in the first set before struggling in the second and third. Oregon won three straight sets (22-25, 12-25, 16-25) to knock off the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had a team-high 13 points, which included nine kills, four blocks and an ace. Sophomore libero Valeria León led the team with 11 digs. In the first game of her OSU career, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer totaled two kills and an ace.OSU finished third overall at the University of Oregon Invitational.Sandbothe was the only Buckeye named to the all-tournament squad. She led the Buckeyes with 35 kills, 20 blocks and five aces.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Friday as they host the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena. OSU is scheduled to play a doubleheader with a game against Auburn at 12:30 p.m. and another against Florida Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then slated to play Southern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

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The important role and future potential of design and 3D mining technology

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first_imgA global leader in 3D design software, Autodesk, will be a sponsor at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to showcase The Future of How Thing Are Made at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, February 9-12. Applications Engineer for Autodesk, Imraan Lambat, will be highlighting the increasingly important role and future potential of design and 3D mining technology in the African mining space.Lambat will be one of the more than 50 industry thought leaders presenting on the latest trends in the mining sector at the Indaba. Autodesk reports that he will “explore some of the following industry aspects:CAD industry revolutions, the increasingly important role of 3D design in mining and its capabilities going forward – the evolution of Autodesk from simply being a maker of design and engineering softwareInnovative uses of Autodesk cloud technologies; considering case studies in Africa mining – leading software innovation from Autodesk has not only improved life for the users of the products, but has actually made it possible for those users to imagine, design and create projects that will directly lead to better lives for billions of people around the worldThe evolving ways in which mining companies are already using Autodesk, and the future potential – Autodesk as an industry innovator using cloud, mobile and social technology to fundamentally change the way our customers are designing and creating their work.”“Autodesk is and has, for many years, been a leader in the mining sector when it comes to design software. We are looking forward to sharing our insights and software demonstrations at our stand with both the local and international mining fraternities,” says Lambat.One of Autodesk’s capabilities, Digital Prototyping “has helped us to maintain our position as an industry leader by enabling us to reduce the number of changes on the shop floor, reduce our time to market, and produce better products for our customers,” reports Chris Flynn, Director of Engineering Systems at Joy Mining Machinery.Mining Indaba attracts an array of globally recognised mining thought leaders, economic visionaries and some of Africa’s largest deal-makers for the approximately 7000 delegates set to arrive from more than 110 countries.Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Company facts:12+ million users of professional products115+ million users of consumer applications7,300 employees worldwideOver 100 products in portfolioProducts are available in 17 languagesOver the past 18 years, all winners of the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects in Film used Autodesk solutionsThe Autodesk Education Community has over 6 million members, including students and teachers, who are eligible for free access to Autodesk softwareWorldwide, Autodesk has 2,400+ Channel Partners, 3,900+ Autodesk Developer Network members, 2,000+ Autodesk Authorized Training Centres  and 250+ user groups; 300,000 AUGI (Autodesk User Groups International) Members.last_img read more

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THW Kiel won Super Globe 2011

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Super Globe 2011THW Kiel ← Previous Story Doder stays in Minden! Next Story → Rajko Prodanovic one step to Pick Szeged After a thrilling final full of emotions THW Kiel is the new IHF Super Globe Champion, as Ciudad Real missed its hat-trick after winning the 2007 and 2010 titles.THW Kiel (GER) –Renovalia Ciudad Real (ESP) 28:25 (10:14)Tough, emotions, highest tension – the 2011 Super Globe final in Doha had all ingredients of a top-notch match. 3,200 spectators watched the match of two European teams representing world class. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa and Sheikh Jawaan bin Hamad Al Thani handed over the trophy to THW captain Marcus Ahlm, and the Germans celebrated their first ever Super Globe title.The match was on the edge during all the 60 minutes – and it was a game of two completely different halves. Ciudad Real was clearly predominant before the break and had managed a well-deserved four-goal margin. Kiel was weak in attack and had to thank outstanding goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer, who saved ten shots before the break. Despite his world-class performance Ciudad Real proved strong from the wing positions, and its goalkeeper Arpad Sterbik also saved brilliantly.But the match changed totally after the break: Kiel improved in both attack and defence. It took only seven minutes for Kiel to turn the game upside down from 10:15 to 17:15. But then the Germans were shocked for a short period: Due to a foul on Guardiola committed by World Handball Player of the Year Filip Jicha, Kiel’s player was sent off. Ciudad Real equalised again to 17:17 – the game was on the edge. Yet, Kiel kept calm as emotions became hot like the desert outside. Kiel’s captain Marcus Ahlm (THW top scorer with seven goals) assumed responsibility to lead his team to manage another three-goal margin. But Ciudad Real did not give up and fought hard for every ball.Then it was Omeyer again, who saved the title for Kiel in the final stage of the match. Thanks to his 17 saves in total he became the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Although Ciudad Real caught up to just one goal again, THW kept cool, and with Kim Andersson scoring to 28:25 in the final minute the game was over.While Ciudad Real missed its title hat-trick after winning the 2007 and 2010 titles, Kiel is the first German team in history to lift the trophy. And it was the sole title Kiel’s treasury of trophies had been missing, as it already claimed several European Cup title, two Champions League titles, 16 the German championship titles and seven German Cup titles. read more

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New Orleans 19 confirmed injured following parade shooting

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first_imgNew Orleans police officers investigate the scene at the intersection of Frenchmen and N. Villere Streets in New Orleans after gunfire at a Mother’s Day second-line parade on Sunday, May 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocke)UNKNOWN GUNMEN OPENED fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans Sunday, wounding 19 people in an incident the FBI attributed to “street violence.”Those wounded when gunfire erupted in the early afternoon attack included 17 adults and two 10-year-olds, the local police department said in a statement.“Many of the victims were grazed (some by bullets that ricocheted),” it said. “At this point, there are no fatalities, and most of the wounds are not life-threatening.”The injured children — a boy and a girl — suffered graze wounds and were in good condition while a man and a woman were still in surgery late Sunday.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the shooting was unrelated to terrorism.“From all of our intelligence, we have no reason to believe it was an act of terror, just street violence,” Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New Orleans, told AFP. But “certainly today was not a normal day in New Orleans.”Recent attacks The incident comes less than a month after twin bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 260. In December, a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Connecticut, killing 20 children and six staff members.New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that shots from “maybe two different types of weapons” rang out, and that police saw three people running away immediately after the shooting.“It appears that these two or three people just for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, toward, or in the crowd,” Serpas said. “It was over in just a couple seconds.”Serpas said that up to 400 people were in the parade, which was two to three blocks long, and some 200 people in the area of the shooting.“Obviously, this is an unusual circumstance,” said Serpas, noting that similar parades are held in New Orleans ”virtually every week at this time of the year.”Map locates News Orlean’s 7th Ward, where gunmen opened fire on a Mother’s Day neighbourhood parade. (AP)Search for motive Police were searching for a motive for the shooting and appealed to the public to come forward with any clues. A cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment rose from $2,500 to $10,000 by day’s end.“It’s just a very tragic day for us,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said after visiting some of the wounded in hospital.He urged the public to help “so that we can find the people who do this and make sure that they don’t hurt innocent victims anymore.”He also called for a reduction of crime on the streets of the city known as the Big Easy.“The specialness of the day doesn’t seem to interrupt the relentless drumbeat of violence that I have talked about so much on the streets of New Orleans,” he said. “It’s a shame and it’s got to stop.”“It is important for us… to change the culture of death on the streets of New Orleans to a culture of life.”When shots rang out college students Michael Lee and Chelsea Hinshaw told The New Orleans Advocate newspaper that the crowd dropped to the ground “and we just kind of followed suit.”When the shooting stopped some fled in a panic, while others remained pressed to the ground.Lee and Hinshaw carefully approached those still on the ground to see if anyone was wounded.“I just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but we didn’t know if the shooter was still around,” Hinshaw told the Advocate.- © AFP, 2013Read: 12 people, including a child, shot at New Orleans’ Mothers Day paradeRead: Isaac makes second landfall as New Orleans faces 80mph windsRead: New Orleans braces for Isaac, seven years after Hurricane Katrinalast_img read more

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Panasonic Toughbook S10 30 pounds 125 hours Sandy Bridgeequipped

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first_imgJust when you thought that every laptop was equipped with Intel’s second generation of Core processors (aka Sandy Bridge) Panasonic has announced the release of the Toughbook S10. The 12-inch laptop replaces the Toughbook S9 as Panasonic’s business-rugged ultraportable, and is basically a component upgrade to the older model.On the exterior the S10 is practically the same as the S9. There is still the same 12-inch widescreen display (1280×800), optical drive living in the palmrest, and circular trackpad. The only notable change on the exterior is the inclusion of a single USB 3.0 port, in addition to the two USB 2.0 ones. Don’t worry, the rest of the good stuff is still there: including VGA, HDMI, and a lock slot… in case you want to make sure the laptop doesn’t go anywhere without you.The important changes to the Toughbook happened on the inside. The 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2520M processor (with vPro) means a lot more power than the previous generation, better graphics, and an extended battery life as well. The Core i5 is doing most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the S10’s improvements, but Panasonic did see fit to bump up the minimum amount of RAM from 2GB to 4GB. The system can run up to 8GB if buyers need more.Panasonic rates the S10’s battery life at 12.5 hours under optimum circumstances, which they say will make for about 8-9 hours of real-life use (with the WiFi on). That’s the Core i5 shining through again, though Panasonic has always prioritized battery life with the Toughbooks.As for a bit of trivia: At 3.0 pounds the S10 will be known, by some, as the lightest 12-inch laptop with an optical drive in its class. It is disputably the lightest 12-inch laptop with an optical drive in the world, but apparently somewhere in Japan the successor to the 2.4-pound Toshiba R600 is still sold. That model is quite long in the tooth, effectively giving the S10 the crown.The Toughbook S10 will have a street price of $2449 and will start shipping in limited quantities this month. It will be more readily available in September and will be getting its 3G certification then as well. After that happens the Gobi-equipped model will start shipping as well.s10mk2_open right LR-2s10mk2_open right LR-2s10mk2_head on LR-2s10mk2_head on DVD open LR-2s10mk2_dramatic angle left LR-2s10mk2_dramatic angle left LR-2last_img read more

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Olympic Flame Lit in Ancient Olympia

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The countdown to the Rio 2016 Games formally began Thursday morning (Greek time) with the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch in southern Greece.The Ancient Flame will travel through Greece before reaching Brazil on 3 May. Some 12,000 people will carry the flame on its journey to the Maracana Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on 5 August 2016.During the Lighting ceremony, that was successfully organized by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Olympic Flame was lit by the sunrays in the hands of the High Priestess Katerina Lehou, a ceremony honored by the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic as well as the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.The High Priestess passed the Flame to the first torchbearer, world champion in gymnastics, Lefteris Petrounias, who opened the Torch Relay for Rio. Giovane Gavio, Olympic medalist in volleyball representing Brasil, was the second torchbearer.The ritual of the dance of the priestesses, inspired by the choreographer Artemis Ignatiou, was presented to the musical composition of Giannis Psimadas. The priestesses and the dancers impressed the audience, wearing traditional costumes designed by Eleni Kyriakou.Thousands of people from Greece and abroad watched the Lighting Ceremony and applauded the performers who excelled themselves.The minister of the Interior Panagiotis Kouroublis, the Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis, the IOC Vice Presidents, Nawal El Moutawakel, Zaiqing Yu, the IOC honorary member Lambis Nikolaou, the President of the Organizing Committee of “Rio 2016” and the IOC member, Carlos Nuzman, the HOC Secretary General Manolis Katsiadakis, the President of the International Olympic Academy Isidoros Kouvelos, the deputy of the Greek Parliament, Dora Bakoyianni, the President of the Union of Centrists, Vassilis Leventis and many HOC members. The 1st torchbearer, Lefteris Petrounias, after passing the flame to the 2nd torchbearer, said: “This is the biggest moment in my career and I feel very proud. I want to thank the Hellenic Olympic Committee for this honour and all the Greeks for the warm welcome. I hope live up to their expectations and make everyone happy in Rio”.Katerina Lehou passes the FlameIn his speech, the IOC President Thomas Bach underlined: “The Flame is an ancient symbol of peace and harmony, a symbol of the power of humanity to come together despite our differences. This will be the legacy of the Olympic Games for Brazil and for the world. The torch relay will spread the message of our shared humanity to all people of the beautiful country of Brazil, a nation that is built on the idea that its strength comes from uniting all of its cultural richness. Brazil is unique in its diversity. Let the celebration of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in this vast and wonderful country show the world the true meaning of unity in diversity.”The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Capralos said: “This Flame is the strongest bond bringing together the games of antiquity with the games of the modern era. It sends messages from the older times which remain most contemporary even today. In the course of thousand years of humanity, what has remained unchanged is the constant appeal of sport and the timeless values of Olympism. These values go beyond people, history and borders; today, they are more significant than ever before, especially for the youth, our hope for the future and those to whom you addressed yourself, Mr. President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, with the renewal of the Olympic movement through the Agenda 2020.President of Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos arrives in OlympiaThe Flame holds a very special place within the heart of Greek people. We feel that it carries along its long journey a piece of our home country. Its very special messages will be sent with the Torch Relay, about to start very soon from Greece and carry on in Brazil.”On behalf of the organizing city, Carlos Nuzman said: “The fundamental meaning of the Olympic Games is the lesson that there are no rights or wrongs when we work for the generations to come. No one can build the future alone. We are humbly grateful to President Bach and the International Olympic Committee for their guidance, their help and their support. The contribution of every single person in the IOC – staff, honorary members and members – was vital. And we thank them for being with us through this amazing journey. They believed in dream and they later helped us to build it We are here, for the kindness and the hard work of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The more we come to Greece, the more we feel at home. Thank you my friends.”The Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Efthymios Kotzas, said in his speech: “Today, more than ever before, at a time where wars still leave people without a country and athletes without a flag, the message of the Olympic Games for peace and brotherhood among people, is substantial and compelling. History’s challenges did not blow out the Olympic Flame. The revival of the games 120 years ago opened a new chapter for humanity, a hopeful prospective for every human being on this planet”.last_img read more

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Google Street View la Cnil durcit le ton

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first_imgGoogle Street View : la Cnil durcit le tonFrance  – Échaudées par l’affaire Street View, plusieurs Cnil (Commissions nationales de l’informatique et des libertés) ont décidé de mener l’enquête. Une analyse des informations récupérées par Google est en cours.Depuis que Google a reconnu que ses voitures avaient récupéré des informations confidentielles “par accident”, les Cnil ont décidé de mettre leur nez dans les affaires du groupe américain afin de déterminer les causes exactes de cette “erreur”. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Mis en demeure par la Cnil française, le géant de l’Internet a dû confier début juin ces informations privées afin de comprendre comment les voitures utilisées dans le cadre du logiciel Street View ont pu collecter des informations privées telles que les courriers électroniques et les mots de passe d’utilisateurs. Il est fort possible que depuis deux ans, Google enregistre ces informations à l’insu du monde informatique. L’autorité française affirme avoir été la première à pouvoir observer les dossiers de l’entreprise, et ce depuis le 4 juin. L’Espagne, l’Allemagne, les États-Unis, le Canada et l’Australie devraient suivre la Cnil dans ses investigations. Google risque des sanctions allant de l’avertissement à de lourdes amendes.Le 18 juin 2010 à 12:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Du paracétamol pour réduire le stress et booster la mémoire

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first_imgDu paracétamol pour réduire le stress et booster la mémoire ? Plusieurs études scientifiques révèlent que le paracétamol serait bien plus qu’un simple anti-douleur. Il aurait également la capacité de réduire le stress ou encore de booster la mémoire. Des chercheurs français viennent tout juste d’entamer une nouvelle étude afin de confirmer ces effets.Si le paracétamol est déjà l’un des anti-douleurs les plus répandus, celui-ci aurait également d’autres effets bénéfiques selon des chercheurs français de l’université de l’Hôpital de Clermont-Ferrand. Plus précisément, la molécule aurait la propriété de lutter contre le stress et de booster la mémoire. Mais ces effets restent encore à prouver alors que l’étude clinique vient tout juste de démarrer. La théorie des chercheurs est en fait basée sur une précédente étude qu’ils ont eux-même conduite et qui a démontré que des gens prenant du paracétamol quotidiennement ont de meilleurs résultats aux tests de mémoire. Concrètement, les scientifiques pensent que les propriétés anti-douleurs de la molécule découlent de sa capacité à réduire la production de prostaglandines, des substances sécrétées dans le corps en réponse à la douleur ou une blessure. Plus particulièrement, le paracétamol bloquerait l’activité de l’enzyme appelée cyclooxygenase-2 laquelle stoppe la production des fameuses prostaglandines. Ajouté à cela, plusieurs laboratoires de recherche ont déjà montré que le paracétamol cible également la libération dans le cerveau, de molécules du bien-être, la sérotonine qui, en plus de dissiper la douleur, peut avoir un effet indirect sur la mémoire, en réduisant le stress. Mais plus directement, l’anti-douleur pourrait, selon les scientifiques, être capable d’activer l’hippocampe, une zone du cerveau impliquée entre autres dans l’apprentissage et la mémoire. Cependant, le mécanisme de fonctionnement n’a pas encore été identifié, précise le journal anglais Daily Mail. Des découvertes encore à confirmerEn vérité, ce n’est donc pas la première fois que les scientifiques s’intéressent aux bénéfices “cachés” du paracétamol. Mais une précédente étude réalisée sur des animaux avait plutôt démontré, qu’à faible dose, la molécule pouvait entraver le processus de mémoire. A forte dose, en revanche, les effets seraient bénéfiques. Ainsi, une récente étude suédoise a montré que le niveau d’agitation des gens victimes de démence, était réduit de 17% sur une période de huit semaines quand ils étaient traités avec des hautes doses de paracétamol. Pour établir ce qu’il en est réellement, les chercheurs français ont donc débuté le mois dernier un essai incluant 44 hommes et femmes en bonne santé, à qui ils ont demandé de prendre une dose quotidienne de paracétamol de 2 grammes, soit l’équivalent de quatre tablettes sur neuf mois. Durant cette période, l’équipe analysera alors les temps de réaction et les capacités de prise de décision des sujets, qu’ils soumettront également à des tests de mémorisation. Le même protocole serait également réalisé sur un groupe placebo de volontaires.Le traitement tant attendu ? À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Le Dr Anne Corbett, directeur de recherche à l’association Alzheimer’s Society, commente ainsi au Daily Mail : “Les problèmes causés par la démence peuvent signifier beaucoup plus qu’un simple oubli de clé ou de numéro de téléphone. Cela peut aller jusqu’à ne pas reconnaitre sa famille ou l’endroit où l’on vit. Il est donc vital de développer des traitements qui prennent en compte ces symptômes et améliore la vie des centaines de milliers de personnes vivant dans cette conditions.” Elle ajoute néanmoins : “Les recherches ont montré que le paracétamol pouvait réduire l’agitation chez les personnes atteintes de démence. Toutefois, le dernier essai s’est concentré sur la mémoire de personnes en bonne santé, c’est donc bien trop tôt pour suggérer que la molécule pourrait être la découverte révolutionnaire que l’on espère”.  En attendant les résultats, les scientifiques insistent donc sur le danger de l’automédication de paracétamol et rappellent que les recherches en sont à leurs premiers pas et que la molécule pourrait aussi avoir des effets secondaires.Le 7 août 2011 à 14:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Watch Eerie Gorilla Crow Strikes a Pose in Japan

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first_img A Twitter user captured a crow that resembles a gorilla on video and it looks like something straight out of a horror film.The creature, which is dubbed “gorilla crow,” is shown perched on its big wings and looks like an ape standing on its forearms. The video, which was shot at the Parco shopping center in Nagoya, Japan by @keita_simpson, has received over 100,000 shares on the social media platform, Newsweek noted.朝から衝撃をありがとう。心臓に悪い、 pic.twitter.com/fDlOGiumD6— LIWJATAN (@keita_simpson) June 20, 2019Keitaro told Newsweek that when he first spotted the crow, he was very creeped out since it looked like a “zombie,” but after observing its odd behavior for about a minute, he then thought it was beautiful.Once the video was uploaded to Twitter, thousands of users commented on the crow’s weird pose.? pic.twitter.com/rIPIrXGsL1— タルンドル絵理奈 (@ERINA32075634) June 22, 2019 Stay on target pic.twitter.com/Houj9MNhjD— ✎りゅう✐ (@Nbrnsk) June 22, 2019 pic.twitter.com/VArTayBkeJ— ふり (@fry__18) June 22, 2019 pic.twitter.com/WfGIS8E0yn— これこれ (@Regafino) June 22, 2019 Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ これ? pic.twitter.com/DXPlnBQw9O— 有希Верный (@yuki_Xopowo) June 22, 2019Eventually, someone finally figured out why the crow was standing like a gorilla: Kaeli Swift from the University of Washington explained that the bird, which was a large-billed crow, has a face that’s “a little out of proportion” and is a species that lives in Asia.There’s a very strange (uncredited) video of crow making the rounds on reddit. Here’s the deal. First, this is a large-billed crow, which is why the face is looking a little out of proportion. pic.twitter.com/LUYuMimvAp— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) June 22, 2019“This bird is not missing its legs and propping itself up with its wings, that would be physically impossible,” she wrote on Twitter. “Also, not that it’s relevant to the answer, but a crow without legs couldn’t fly, because it couldn’t generate any lift. So legless crow is a dead crow.”What it’s actually doing is sunning itself. When birds sun they drop their wings and cock their tails. At the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail making it look like they’re missing.— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) June 22, 2019Swift then added that the bird was sunning itself, and “when birds sun they drop their wings and cock their tails. At the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail making it look like they’re missing.”According to Swift, the “gorilla crow” exhibited a common bird behavior, which involves the bird trying to cool off from hot weather and protect its feathers.Large-billed crows are primarily scavengers that eat leftover human food and they are also known to steal food from other birds, eBird.org noted. They have been observed in various countries, including India, Japan, and Thailand.More on Geek.com:Watch: Gorillas Show Us They Don’t Like Getting Caught in a DownpourPark Ranger’s Selfie With ‘Posing’ Gorillas Goes Viral Study Reveals How Grieving Gorillas Gather Around and Groom Dead Relativeslast_img read more

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Velazquez Juventus can win the Champions League

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first_imgUdinese Coach Julio Velazquez has seen enough in the current Juventus side to tip them for Champions League glory after a 2-0 victory at the Dacia Arena this evening.Rodrigo Bentancur and Cristiano Ronaldo helped the Bianconerris to their 10th win of the season in all competitions.“Juve are too strong not for us, but for all teams,” Velazquez told Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We put in a good performance but were facing a side that can win the Champions League. We were a little too hasty in the first half, but the lads worked really hard.“We had a great chance to get back into it with Kevin Lasagna. I always want to win and pick up points, but it wasn’t easy to come back from two goals. We need the same mentality in the next few matches.“I wanted to have a balanced side with Antonin Barak and Rodrigo De Paul behind the striker, but it wasn’t easy against Juventus.”last_img read more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout leaps into 8bit Claymation and more

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first_img Tags 3:41 TV and Movies The Guardians of the Galaxy are moving into a retro-inspired art style. Disney XD Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is using 8-bit, Claymation, 3D and more styles of experimental animation in an upcoming episode.As part of a four-episode storyline, the group will jump into a Black Vortex Mirror, finding themselves in brand new worlds and brand new looks.PETER QUILLPeter Quill is getting a Claymation-style makeover. Disney XD This will allow the show to bring the Guardians into art styles such as CG-stop motion, book illustration, motion comic and the previously mentioned 8-bit video game style.There will also be a Golden Age animation style, which makes Rocket look a bit more like Mickey Mouse, and traditional CG. The claymation-style in particular gives Star-Lord a whole new look, complete with a pointy hairstyle.ROCKET RACCOONRocket Racoon goes vintage in this black-and-white animation style. Disney XD The first two Black Vortex episodes will debut on May 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The third and fourth parts will debut on May 12 at the same time on the Disney XD network and the DisneyNow website. Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Marvellast_img read more

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ONGC Videsh to raise 11 billion to fund stake purchase in Russian

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first_imgONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) seeks to raise $500 million to $1.1 billion through issuance of dollar bonds to finance its equity purchase of Russian Vankor oilfield.A fully owned subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), OVL acquired 15 percent of the oilfield for $1.26 billion and will reportedly use the proceeds from the bond to refinance bridge loans taken during the acquisition.Global rating agencies Moody’s and S&P assigned long term issue rating of Baa2 and BBB-, indicating OVL’s relatively low risk investment and capacity to meet debt obligation, respectively.Press Trust of India highlighted that both rating agencies were optimistic about OVL’s credentials. They said that the Indian state-owned ONGC, one of Asia’s largest oil exploration and production company, was robustly placed with consistent production, profitability and strong reserve positions. It added that the oil major “unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee the notes.”ONGC has restricted its guarantee amount to 109 percent of the principal amount of the bonds outstanding, said Vikas Halan, Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer to PTI. He added that the guarantee was adequate to secure the amounts due to bond holders.The news agency noted that ONGC was sitting on a pile of cash and cash equivalents of Rs. 25,800 crore with debt amounting to one third of it with one year maturity. It added the company’s balance sheet reflects other liquidity sources.last_img read more

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Open Air Drug Markets Flourish in West Baltimore

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first_imgIt’s early afternoon on the corner of Baker and McKean in West Baltimore and although it is not officially summer, the hot weather feels like the middle of July.  The corner and alley just off McKean St. are hot too, with illegal activity.It’s no secret that this corner, like more than two dozen others in West Baltimore, is one of a growing number of open air drug markets.The corner of Baker and McKean in West Baltimore is one of several open-air drug markets operating in the city. (GoogleMaps)A steady stream of people scurry back and forth to the alley beside the newly dedicated Easterwood/Sandtown Park, to buy and sell narcotics.  Late model cars and license plates from Maryland and destinations beyond, including Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, come and go throughout the day. Some longtime residents say they are fed up, yet hesitant to speak publicly about the drug activity that seems to have taken over several West Baltimore communities according to residents who shared observations, but requested anonymity for fear of retaliation.The recent announcement by Police Commissioner Kevin Davis that Baltimore Police would take on 12-hour shifts to reduce violent crime didn’t impress some residents who live near many of open air drug markets. “I didn’t see any difference,” said one resident. “Black communities with law abiding citizens are being mistreated by criminals and police,” added the resident who did not want to be identified.   “Calling 911 was not safe…residents could be identified by drug dealers.”“Drug dealers send their own representatives to community meetings. Police ride by and see the loitering on the streets and don’t stop and get out of their car,” said another resident who did not want to be identified.City Councilman Leon F. Pinkett (7th District) acknowledged the efforts of Commissioner Davis to place more police on the streets to reduce violence, but said that something also has to be done to directly address open air drug sales.“The unfortunate reality in many neighborhoods in the 7th District is that we’re not seeing any difference in the drug dealing in the community,” Pinkett told the AFRO.“There are too many communities to name. We’ve got to get a handle on this. We need help. I can’t place any more responsibility on the backs of the citizens,” Pinkett said. “We need officers to be engaged on these drug corners on a consistent basis.”Marvin “Doc” Cheatham , CEO of the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation has been vocal in demanding city and police officials shut down West Baltimore open air drug markets. “We have been reporting drug sales and distribution at 1813 Baker Street at N. McKean Avenue (J & L Market) since October of 2015, but nothing substantial has taken place,” Cheatham said.“These are daily open-air drug sales in the store, in front of the store, alongside the store, and in the alley behind the store,” Cheatham said. “Seven requests have been [made]for blue light cameras with no response from the commissioner or major,” claimed Cheatham.Western District Commander Maj. Sheree Briscoe said that she and her staff are “all in,” in terms of commitment to residents in the 7th District. “Their concerns are my concerns,” said Briscoe, who was appointed to the command post in May 2015, just weeks after riots rocked West Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death.“We’re not absent from what’s happening,” Briscoe said. “There’s no silver bullet. The drug problem is a dynamic problem,” she said, meaning that drug enforcement needed to go hand in hand with treatment and community revitalization strategies.  Briscoe said she and her team are committed to working with West Baltimore residents to resolve systemic problems leading to the prevalence of illegal drug activity.On June 10 Mayor Catherine E. Pugh held a day long “Call to Action” at Baltimore City Community College. Hundreds of people attended the day- long event which focused on employment opportunities for ex-offenders and youth initiatives.Briscoe wants residents to understand that police can’t just engage in mass sweeps or arrests to get people off the corners. “Some of the gap in understanding would diminish if the community would participate in the training,” Briscoe said.“Neighborhoods that are winning in this fight are neighborhoods who work together, who are not oppressed or live in fear,” Briscoe said.  She points to the more than 100 liquor stores in District 7, the abundance of vacant and abandoned housing, the lack of access to jobs and educational activities in the district.  “It’s easy to say, ‘Where are the Police’? But who will engage the Black men standing on the corners? Where are the programs to give them other opportunities?,” Briscoe said.last_img read more

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