Spate of Shootings Raises Fears of a Violent Summer

first_imgAntonia Okafor Cover, director of outreach for Gun Owners of America, tweeted: “If you live in Atlanta THIS might be the time to buy that gun you were thinking of getting”¦ The social experiment of having to rely on yourself for your own safety might be coming to fruition. #ATLcopwalkout” In North Carolina, three people were killed and six were wounded early Monday when unknown gunmen opened fire during an impromptu block party in Charlotte. An annual birthday party in Syracuse, New York, over the weekend was marred by gun violence that wounded nine people. –- “We’ve been distracted. We are no longer obsessing about mass shootings like we were in the past couple of years,” Fox said. “the less we have obsessed about it and talked about it and being scared of it, the less we fuel the contagion.” That increase came before the start of summer, when there is traditionally a spike during the warmer months as people venture outside more, and before Independence Day, which historically has been one of the deadliest days each year. Although mass shootings are down sharply this year, other non-suicidal gun deaths are on pace to exceed last year, according to incidents tracked by the Gun Violence Archive. “Police can’t do it alone,” Brown said. “We need partners to be effective and protect this city. We’re just asking for a little bit of help now. You give this department a little bit of help and this city will be safer from violent offenders.” In Minneapolis, people fled a popular nightlife and retail area as a shooter killed one man and injured 11 others early Sunday. Gun experts say the statistics reflect an American public increasingly stressed by the coronavirus that has roiled the economy and kept them cooped up at home, deep divisions over justice and policing, and the political divides of a presidential election year. With people focused more on a deadly virus and other woes, mass shootings no longer get the attention that can end up inadvertently spurring such crimes. A similar effect happened in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, he said. CHICAGO (AP) – A spate of shootings over the past several days has law enforcement on edge, with some warning that a turbulent brew of a pandemic, racial unrest, historic surges in gun sales and a rancorous election year could make it an especially deadly summer. Gun proponents seized on these fears when many Atlanta police officers declined to show up for their shifts after two white officers were criminally charged in the fatal shooting of a Black suspect. The scattered weekend shootings come as police face a backlash, accused of using excessive force against Blacks and other minorities, and calls to “defund” their departments by shifting money from law enforcement to social services and other community investment. “You’ve got people who are frustrated, angry, struggling in life and have been at home during this time processing all this and often processing this alone, maybe with the help with the Internet,” he said. “Once the door starts to open, there could well be an uptick in violence.” “There’s something going on at the moment, these underlying tensions,” said James Densley, professor of law enforcement and criminal justice at Metropolitan State University. “Everyone’s been cooped up for so long with the pandemic, and then we had this sort of explosion of anger and grief after George Floyd’s killing.”center_img “Now is the time to hold them accountable and step up as a people to say we can hold our communities together without more policing,” said 20-year-old Jai Simpson, a member of Good Kids Mad City who grew up on the city’s South side. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, who took over the department in April, is encouraged by police partnerships with community outreach groups, social services and other government agencies. Gun-control advocates say more firearms will only lead to more violence. And for the second time in less than 48 hours, there was a shooting in Seattle’s protest zone. A 17-year-old victim was shot late Sunday night in the area known as CHOP, for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” a day after a 19-year-old man was fatally shot and a 33-year-old man critically injured in there. Police detectives canvas the area where a 3-year-old boy was fatally shot while riding in an SUV with his father, near the intersection of North Central Avenue and West Huron Street, in the Austin neighborhood Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Chicago. Multiple people, including several children, were killed as more than 100 people were shot in a wave of gunfire in Chicago over the Father’s Day weekend that produced the city’s highest number of shooting victims in a single weekend this year. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP) Foody reported from Chicago, and Pane reported from Boise, Idaho. “If you invest in healing and restorative justice and bring the community to the table to heal and solve its own problems, you will see more and more that you don’t need police intervention,” said Kofi Ademola, an adult mentor to the anti-violence organization Good Kids Mad City in Chicago. This year has seen historic numbers of background checks being conducted for firearms purchases. Gun-rights advocates say the numbers reflect a public worried about personal safety and wanting to ensure they can defend themselves. Those worries are only being amplified amid calls to defund the police, they say. Densley said the pace of gun violence may be a harbinger of a rough summer ahead. There is perhaps one silver lining: This year is on pace to have half as many mass shootings as the record-breaking 2019. A big reason is the “contagion” effect, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University who, along with The Associated Press and USA Today, has been tracking mass killings back to 2006. “There are a lot of people experiencing stress they’ve never experienced in their lives before. These are very hard times,” said Kris Brown, president of the Brady gun-control group. Millions of dollars now funding Chicago’s police department could be more effective fueling programs for mental health, housing, support for victims of gun violence and encouraging the creation or growth of neighborhood businesses, he said. In just the past few days, more than 100 people were wounded in shootings in Chicago, including a 3-year-old boy who was killed while riding in the back seat of a car with his father. Police said the boy’s father was the intended victim.last_img read more

Huawei wins Turkmenistan Railways telecoms contract

first_imgTURKMENISTAN: Huawei has been awarded a contract to supply telecoms for the 288 km Chilmammet – Buzhun section of the north-south rail corridor which is under construction to link Kazakhstan and Iran.The Chinese firm will work with ASPMK-519 and KEC International. The scope of the contract includes provision of a GSM-R network with fixed and mobile terminals, and other data and voice communications networks. The value of the contract is not being disclosed. Huawei has made significant investments in railway technology, according to Liang Zhihui, President of Enterprise Business for the Central Asia & Caucasus Region, who said ‘transportation is one of the key sectors that we have been focused on’.last_img

Dawson Creek house fire leaves a family with out their home

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A gofundme account has been set up to help homeowner James Lockhart and Terry Woodcox as their home burnt down the evening of November 11th, 2018.Residents of the Dawson Creek community for 40 years lost everything the night of the fire and they are planning on rebuilding their home again.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and there was no house insurance. Lockhart expressed his gratitude to the Arras Fire Department and a thank you to everyone for their community spirit and support.- Advertisement -“Aside from the loss of irreplaceable memories and keepsakes, we are quite fortunate. We will be rebuilding in the spring and anyone with trades would be welcomed to help if they can or donations of building materials and/or tools would be great,” says LockartA link to the gofundme account can be found HERElast_img read more

IFC boost for cellphone banking

first_img22 November 2007The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has taken up a 10% stake in Johannesburg-based Wizzit Bank, which enables its customers to operate bank accounts using cellular phones, extending banking services to low-income earners as well as customers in rural areas.Wizzit, a division of the South African Bank of Athens, will use the funds raised to expand their cellular banking services, first in South Africa and eventually in other countries, enabling more people to participate actively in the economy.“Wizzit is a small bank with large ambitions,” Wizzit chairman Charles Rowlinson said in an IFC statement released on Wednesday, “We are proud that the IFC recognises our potential to reach the unbanked, promoting greater access to financial services and offering the poor greater opportunities.”The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and promotes sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.It will help Wizzit expand operations, determine new markets for its services, and develop penetration strategies, including identifying local partners.“Access to financial services is costly and limited in Africa, particularly in rural areas,” the IFC said. “Much of the population operates on a cash-only basis and outside of the formal banking system, even in a country like South Africa, which has a relatively sophisticated financial sector.”According to the statement, it is estimated that 40% of South Africa’s 47-million people have little or no access to formal banking. However, nearly 60% of South Africans do have cellular phones and this has created an opportunity to provide social and financial services over mobile networks.Wizzit Bank has capitalised on this opportunity, and now employs nearly 2 000 previously unemployed people, known as Wizz-kids, who have the good local knowledge and contacts that the company needs to market services directly to potential clients in neighbourhoods across the country.“Helping the financial sector become more inclusive by extending bank services to the poor is an important part of IFC’s strategy to strengthen Africa’s private sector,” said IFC chief executive Lars Thunell.“Wizzit’s innovative technology and marketing strategy are already having a strong impact by helping create opportunity for more South Africans.”A video on Wizzit is available on YoutubeSAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Enterprise Software 2015: Mobility, Cloud and Open Source

first_imgThe economy is looking up mean that business budgets will likely see healthy growth in the new year.  Forrester is predicting 4 to 6 percent growth for 2015 global IT budgets, reaching $620 billion.  Much of the growth in spending will go towards technology like analytics, mobile, as-a-service, and enterprise applications like ERP and CRM.  The US will lead IT spending, followed by India and the UK.What trends can we expect to see in Enterprise IT in 2015?Mobile  – DataArt Shares predicts that mobile-only or mobile-first policies will begin to win out in many businesses in 2015.  The report notes that “this shift means that companies will need to boost their investments in improving user experience (UX) and simplification, which can make or break user interfacing on mobile devices. In a landscape where it’s easy for consumersto switch to more user-friendly mobile brands, companies will no longer be able to simply port their Web sites to mobile anymore, meaning UX investments will be key for companies looking to remain relevant.”Hybrid Cloud – The hybrid cloud model offers businesses flexibility in managing where data resides, on-premise or remote.  Marc Malizia, CTO of RKON Technologies, said that “the cloud has been a hot topic for a number of years, with companies moving applications to the cloud for speed to execution, lower costs, higher level of service and/or preservation of capital.  As we move into 2015, we are going to see a continued increase in organizations shifting to some form of the cloud. Most will adopt a hybrid model, mixing cloud provider services with their in-house cloud computing platform.”Subscription Pricing – Engin Kirda, cofounder and chief architect, Lastline, said that “competitive pressures and new efficiencies will cause enterprise software pricing to continue to shift further toward subscription models.”Open Source – Ali Ghodsi, co-founder of Databricks, predicts that Open Source will continue to get support from businesses in 2015.  “The Hadoop-related ecosystem is projected to be $25 billion by 2020.  And Spark is now distributed by 10-plus vendors, including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Teradata, with support for all major BI tools, including Tableau, Qlik and MicroStrategy.”last_img read more

Line-ups: Roma v B Monchengladbach

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Roma are transformed amid an injury crisis for their Europa League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach. It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT). You can follow the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Celtic-Lazio on the LIVEBLOG. There is a huge injury crisis for Paulo Fonseca, missing Davide Santon, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Nikola Kalinic, Amadou Diawara, Davide Zappacosta, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Cengiz Under. Alessandro Florenzi is not being 100 per cent fit either. This means a radical rethink and it’s not entirely clear whether this is a 3-4-3 formation or a 4-2-3-1 with Gianluca Mancini moved into midfield. Nicolò Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert support Edin Dzeko, who plays on with a protective mask due to the complete lack of alternatives. The Giallorossi need a result, as they crushed Istanbul Basaksehir 4-0, but were held to a draw at Wolfsberg. Borussia Monchengladbach are currently joint top of the Bundesliga in Germany, but have struggled so far in the Europa League, losing 4-0 at home to Wolfsberger and drawing in Istanbul. They too have many players missing through injury, above all star striker Alassane Plea. Also out of action are Tobias Sippel, Tobias Strobl, Matthias Ginter, Torben Musel, Raffael, Ibrahima Traore, Keanan Bennetts and Fabian Johnson. The forwards are therefore Swiss international Breel Embolo and the son of former Parma and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram 22-year-old striker Marcus. Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Roma bench: Mirante, Juan Jesus, Perotti, Florenzi, Antonucci, Riccardi, Calafiori Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Elvedi, Jantsche, Bensebaini; Hermann, Kramer, Zakaria, Neuhaus; Thuram, Embolo Gladbach bench: Grun, Stindl, Beyer, Wendt, Benes, J Hofmann, Noß Ref: Collum (SCO)last_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi walks out of Tihar; IOA says he is welcome to resume as its chief

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi on Thursday walked out of Tihar Jail after being lodged there for nearly nine months with the Delhi High Court granting bail to him in a 2010 Games-related graft case.67-year-old Kalmadi, who was arrested on April 25 last year, left through Jail No.4 in the evening without talking to the media hours after the High Court granted him bail.Justice Mukta Gupta, who also granted bail to OC former director general and co-accused V K Verma, relied upon the judgement of the Supreme Court in the 2G scam case.”Though the trial court has directed that the trial be conducted on day to day basis, however, in the main charge sheet itself 49 witnesses have been cited. Thereafter, further witnesses have been cited in the two supplementary charge sheets. Thus, the trial is likely to take time,” the court, in its 18-page order, said.Citing Supreme Court’s judgement in 2G case, Justice Gupta said bail is rule and jail is exception and moreover, there was no allegation that the accused threatened the witnesses.”There is no allegation of money trail to the petitioners. There is also no evidence that the petitioner is threatening witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial,” the court said.Kalmadi had moved the High Court in January for bail citing the Supreme Court judgement in 2G case.Justice Gupta, who asked Kalmadi and Verma to furnish a personal and two sureties of 5 lakh each, rejected the plea of CBI that if released, the accused would influence witnesses.advertisement”I find no merit in the contention of the learned counsel for CBI the mere presence of petitioners (Kalmadi, Verma) at large would intimidate the witnesses,” the court said.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25, 2011 while Verma was arrested on February 23, 2011 in the Timing, Scoring and Result system scam which allegedly caused a loss of Rs 90 crore to the state.Justice Gupta asked Kalmadi, an MP from Pune and Verma not to leave the country without prior permission of the court.Dealing with the charges against the accused, the court said the allegation of favouring Swiss Timing by awarding the contract would be decided during the trial.”The allegations against the petitioners are of having committed economic offences which have resulted in loss to the State Exchequer by adopting the policy of single vendor and ensuring that the contract is awarded only to STL. Whether it was a case of exercise of discretion for ensuring the best quality or a case of culpability will be decided during the course of trial. There is no allegation of money trail to the petitioners,” it said.The court also said that there was no allegation that the accused may flee or avoid trial if released on bail.”Petitioner Kalmadi has been in custody for over eight months and petitioner V K Verma for ten months. There is no allegation that they are likely to flee from justice and will not be available for the trial,” it said.It also said there was no evidence that witnesses have been threatened.”There is no evidence of the petitioners threatening the witnesses or interfering with evidence during investigation or trial. There is no allegation that any other FIR has been registered against the petitioners,” it said.Kalmadi welcome to resume as IOA president, says TarlochanIndian Olympic Association (IOA) vice-president Tarlochan Singh said on Thursday that Suresh Kalmadi was welcome to re-join the sports organisation as its president again.”People have faith in Kalmadi. It is up to him if he wants to return as president. No one has complained against Kalmadi in the General Body Meeting,” Tarlochan told reporters here after Kalmadi was granted bail by the Delhi High Court.According to the IOA constitution, Kalmadi can resume the charge of the organisation as he never resigned nor was he removed by the general body meeting.”He (Kalmadi) has already spent nine months in jail. This is also a good lesson for the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and it has proved that there is no strong case against him. The bail also proves that CBI has found nothing against him,” said Tarlochan.Tarlochan hailed Kalmadi’s contribution as the chairman of the Commonwealth Games organising committee.”The Commonwealth Games was a huge success and Kalmadi has done a lot of good work as IOA president and was responsible for bringing the CWG to India. I don’t think there will be any objection if he wants to take over as the IOA president again,” he said.advertisement– With IANS inputslast_img read more

TFA Internship Applications

first_imgAre you an innovative student, looking to make a positive contribution and receive some valuable experience in a fast-paced sporting environment? Are you looking for a thrilling step ahead in your career, in what will arguably be ‘Australia’s largest sporting community’?Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the Touch Football Australia Student Internship Program in our National Office in Canberra (Deakin). The TFA Student Internship Program provides paid and unpaid placement opportunities for students undertaking tertiary studies either through University or Vocational Education Institutions. A summary of the 2016 TFA Internship roles available immediately and throughout next year, follows:TFA has a formal Student Internship Program which outlines detailed information according to appointment processes, successful candidates and organisational/operational expectations. The Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae, and complete an Expression of Interest Form addressing the Internship selection criteria and provide via email to [email protected] Applications close on Friday, 11 March 2016. To view the 2016 position descriptions and the TFA Student Internship Program please click on the following attachments. For enquiries about these exciting opportunities, please contact Tara Steel via email [email protected] or phone (02) 6212 2800.Related Filestfa_student_internship_program_framework_2016-pdftouch_football_australia_student_internship_positions_advertisements_2016-pdftouch_football_australia_student_internship_program_2016_position_descriptions-pdfRelated LinksTFA Internshipslast_img read more

9 months agoBournemouth demand huge money for Chelsea target Callum Wilson

first_imgBournemouth demand huge money for Chelsea target Callum Wilsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are demanding huge money to sell Callum Wilson this month.The Daily Star says they want £75m to sell striker Wilson to Chelsea.That sum is a staggering 25 TIMES the amount the Cherries paid Coventry for Wilson in July 2014.And it underlines their resolve to keep hold of the England forward in the current window.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted his club would go as high as £50m in order to land their target, who has scored ten goals so far this season.But Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe has since responded by reiterating Wilson is going nowhere this month.That is the club’s public stance. But, behind closed doors, the general consensus of the Bournemouth hierarchy is they would listen to any offer above £70m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more