NYPD releases sketch of a man wanted for assaulting a woman while making racist statements

first_imgNYPD(NEW YORK) — Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for allegedly assaulting a black woman while making racist statements in New York City. The attack took place on Nov. 9 at around 7:30 p.m. on Church Avenue and East 18th Street in Brooklyn.The 57-year-old victim was exiting the southbound Q train when the suspect came up behind and started punching her while making “derogatory anti-black statements,” police said. He then fled the scene. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is actively searching for the suspect who police describe as a white male in his 30s, and are seeking the public’s assistance to find the perpetrator.The female victim told police she suffered a puncture wound to her shoulder. She refused to get treatment at first, but later went to Kings County Hospital for medical attention.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford artist and masters student claim responsibility for Rad Cam climate protest

first_imgCherwell has contacted the Bodleian Libraries for comment. The protest piece consists of a human figure made of recycled rubbish, placed high on the side of the Radcliffe Camera. The figure is accompanied by a sign that reads “WHAT HEIGHT WOULD YOU GO 2 4 THE WORLD// OX RISE UP”. “Sometimes, everyone needs a new perspective. We just hope our trash man alarmed and warmed the souls of those who passed by. As people we can use any form of creativity to go above and beyond simply recycling in the fight for the environment. We can use the psychedelic exploration of a gentle protest that was worth the all-nighter. Keep an eye out for more.” Speaking about her piece, Crowther told Cherwell “If we alter our environment we will impact others and protect our future. We all walk this Earth, a place with a kaleidoscope of natural attributes. “However, the catastrophic current situation of industrialisation and our selfish behaviour means that the trees, the oceans, the animals, the air and people are unprecedentedly fragile and suffering. Earlier in April the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign and Cambridge’s Zero Carbon were prevented from carrying out a banner drop at the boat race by police. “Being random and crazy can go a long way. I joined up with some brilliant people who propelled my sculpture to send out a pro-climate change message. I teamed up with the nightclimbers and Kaya Axelsson, an activist who is studying her Masters in Climate Policy. “And we wanted to break up people’s daily routine and get them to start thinking creatively about what they can do.“I’m actually co-planning an event next term at Oxford for people want to go beyond individual action and take ambitious action on climate change. It’s called Beyond Individual Action. Mass arrests were made early on the morning of the 16th, with over 120 Extinction Rebellion members being removed from their protest sites. The Oxford branch of Extinction Rebellion also joined the movement in London, blocking Edgware Road with a contingent from Southampton.center_img Artist and Oxford student Georgia Crowther has claimed responsibility for the protest piece placed on the Radcliffe Camera. Speaking to Cherwell she said “I joined up with some brilliant people who propelled my sculpture to send out a pro-climate change message.” “The use of political pranks has a long and important history in social movements. The doll-like figure takes inspiration from rebels in in Ukraine, who during a protest ban in the 2000’s, once placed little dolls around a town squares with dissident signs which later got humorously “arrested” by police. The event follows a series of international climate protests, led principally by the Extinction Rebellion movement. Key areas of Central London were blocked by activists, including Piccadilly Circus and Waterloo Bridge. “My sculpture, the catalyst for our protest is a Climate Human. It consisted of an array of recycling and reached the public sphere through a strategic operation in conjunction with the Oxford Nightclimber’s [sic], who bravely hoisted the sculpture to their perch on the Rad Cam. “I teamed up with the nightclimbers and Kaya Axelsson, an activist who is studying her PhD in Climate Policy. My sculpture, the catalyst for our protest is a Climate Human. It consisted of an array of recycling and reached the public sphere through a strategic operation…” Collaborator Kaya Axelsson also commented on the protest stating that “We wanted people to ask themselves what more they would do if they thought that the whole world was at stake.” “We must change, and many have addressed this and acted accordingly, but a nudge is still needed. As an artist, I find it’s my duty to provide this nudge by altering our environment for the good of the planet. “The public question also goes back to the tradition of the ancient cynics, who used to perch in central public places, interrupting passersby with challenging ethical questions. Most of all though we are so incredibly inspired by the youth climate movement, which has done so much in recent months to question the ‘realities’ tacitly accepted by ‘adults’.”last_img read more

The Role of ICTs in Fighting EBOLA and Other Deadly Diseases

first_imgToday, August 5, 2014 is my birthday and as I write this article, I do so with a heavy heart and in sympathy with those families who have lost their loved ones to the deadly Ebola Virus. To those who are infected with the disease, remember, you are in our prayers. But I am also thankful to the Almighty God for allowing me to see this day, and the many that I have seen thus far. I pray and hope that He will allow me to see many more to come and in good health.Ok, that being said, Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have been and will continue to play a crucial role in combating the spread of diseases all over the world. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) which began in Guinea in December, 2013 has further confirmed this. Hence, policymakers should now see this as a wakeup call to invest, without hesitation, in the integration of ICTs and health-care resources in their societies, to save the lives of their citizens as well as other nationals resident in their countries.In recent times, Liberia has been battling a severe and very challenging public health issue that has the inclination to retrogress the gains already made in the country in the aftermath its 14-year civil war. The outbreak of the contagious Ebola disease which has already caused the suspected and confirmed deaths of over 227 people in Liberia, according to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) July 30, 2014 report, ( 346 in Guinea and 252 in Sierra Leone), is a very serious threat to the wellbeing of all Liberians and other nationals resident in the country. We heard about the two Americans who were infected with the disease, the death of the Ugandan Doctor who came to help us, the death of Brother Patrick Nshamdze Chief Administrator of the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, and of course that of our own Dr. Sam Brisbane.It is unfortunate, that health workers who are expected to help cure the sick are the ones who themselves are and have been victims of this virus. They put their lives in harms way to protect the lives of others and to get the necessary information out to the public. In doing so, many of them have lost their lives. By its gradual inflicting of serious mayhem on the socio-economic and human resource fabric of the country, one cannot ignore the parallel or resemblance between the effects of the Ebola outbreak and those of our 14-year civil war.Yet, we are neither the first nor the only country being affected by this epidemic. Guinea and Sierra Leone which also experienced their share of civil unrest are also victims of this quagmire. Moreover, since its discovery in Zaire in 1976 and hitherto the writing of this article, the Ebola attack on West Africa has been the worse recorded.Attempts to counter the disease have taken many forms and approaches; one of them being the effective utilization of ICT. ICT’s impact has been felt overwhelmingly in the fight against EBOLA. In Liberia, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has demonstrated ICT’s crucial and indispensable role by effectively utilizing its website to provide up-to-date information to Liberians here, and the rest of the world. Information provided on the website has been keeping Liberians and the world apprised of Ebola cases and this has helped galvanize sensitization of the Liberian public and mobilization of resources to combat the virus. This has also led to humanitarian assistance which is desperately needed.  A more phenomenal impact of ICT, is the Ministry’s utilization of mobile phones to battle the disease. Battling the Ebola involves countering misinformation, strengthening health teams and using other ICTs to track the outbreak. Mobile phones have proven to be effective in this endeavor because of their ubiquity and penetration in Liberia. We should therefore continue to harness them to prevent the further spread of Ebola.But as always, there’s room for improvement from lessons learned during this quagmire. For example, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s website could be made more interactive and collaborative by including a forum for discussion, a Wiki to tap into the brains of experts, and a chatroom to allow real-time communications. An online helpdesk manned by a customer service representative or health worker on 24-hour basis, to allow citizents to report issues, would be helpful as well. But most importantly, a ROBUST TELEMECINE PROGRAM must be set up to ensure that healthcare is provided to areas, especially rural areas, where there are limited expertise.The Government has not been the only one fighting this disease. Everyone has, including our mobile operators. They (mobile operators) have been doing well in terms of sensitizing the nation about the effects of the deadly virus. Lonestar Cell MTN, Cellcom, and Novafone and other internet service providers have been aggressively assisting the government in the battle against Ebola. With the increase in mobile and internet penetration, our mobile companies’ role in battling the virus cannot be overemphasized. In Liberia, almost every family has at least one of its members using mobile phones who in turn could help in the dissemination of information.  Furthermore, through mobile phones and their accompanying applications such as: whatsapp, Facebook, twitter, google plus etc., Liberians can easily reach out to families and friends. Facebook in particular, has been a very effective medium for the dissemination of information on the Ebola virus.We are in a trying time, one that requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach which means Liberians at home and abroad must amalgamate end this plague before it’s too late. The involvement of everyone is particularly important at this stage of the spread of the virus. Sensitization must be intensified and the necessary should logistics also be provided to ensure we win the battle against the Ebola virus.Now, the outbreak of the Ebola virus and the impact it has had on the sub-region have made governments and other stakeholders provide millions of dollars to counter the disease. It is my hope that the all financial contributions be utilized prudently and accounted for as well. In situations like this as was in the case of our civil war, when international support is forthcoming, the tendency for such funding to be mismanaged is highly probable.In her book titled, “Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health” (available on Amazon.com), Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett writes: “Ebola haunted Zaire because of corruption and political repression. The virus had no secret powers, nor was it unusually contagious. For centuries Ebola had lurked in the jungles of central Africa. Its emergence into human populations required the special assistance of humanity’s greatest vices: greed, corruption, arrogance, tyranny, and callousness.” Let us pray and hope that none of “humanity greatest vices” referred to by Garrett ever applies to our situation.Finally, we should learn from this situation and invest in our ICT sector to ensure that we are adequately prepared and able to effectively utilize ICTs to prevent or battle any future form of disease. It is time that we develop robust e-health system that allows healthcare workers to provide health services (without traveling), to areas with limited expertise. ICTs, as President Sirleaf noted in her speech at Georgia Tech in 2007, do indeed allow many possibilities; one of those possibilities is using them (ICTs) to live a healthy life.Until next week, Carpe Diem!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Viva l’Italia!

first_imgJacob DlaminiIt was not until an American friend pointed it out to me that I realised that South Africans are obsessed with Italy and all things Italian. Why is it, asked the friend during a visit to South Africa last year, that everything that is meant to be something in South Africa has either an Italian name or Italian as an adjective? It is true. Think of all the “Tuscan-style villas”, which are in reality ugly townhouse complexes made off the same basic plan, that dot every major city and town in the country. What about the Bella Donnas and the Via-this and Via-that you find everywhere you care to look?Then there are the “Italian” tiles, taps, marble and everything in between, including the kitchen sink, that cost a couple of grands extra because they are, well, Italian. What is up with that? Whence comes this fixation, this obsession with Italy and all its things? There is none of the colonial connection between South Africa and Italy that marks the latter’s history with Ethiopia and Eritrea, for example. I am told by an Ethiopian friend that even with that history, Ethiopians have none of the mania about Italy that South Africans have. Eritreans might play on their Italian history every now and again, my Ethiopian friend says, but even they have none of the complex and passion we South Africans have.The biggest addiction of all is in the area of clothes. Who can forget all the shops that used to line the streets of downtown Johannesburg and other cities and towns, shops with original names like Real Italian Fashion Store and Italian-Style Clothing Store? Then there were and still are places that specialise in “real Italian leather”, “genuine Italian shoes” and “real Italian fashions”. How many of these goods are actually Italian or imports from Italy? How many of them can be said to be the genuine article? You know, real leather from a genuine Italian cow? How many of them have a genuine Italian provenance?I remember a time in the 1980s when Gauteng townships were hit by an Italian craze. Everywhere you went, hip men and women would be dressed in “Matariana-style”, complete with Superga, the Italian tennis shoe that resembles the more popular Converse All-Star in its look. Sometimes, people dressed Matariana-style would wear shirts called Georgettes. I could never tell whether Georgette referred to the fabric or the design of the shirt. The shirts looked like men’s blouses to me. Expensive blouses. But hip people rocked those shirts like they were going out of fashion, which they thankfully did before the 1980s were out.Then there was, of course, the Lacoste polo T-shirt. Everyone wanted one of these T-shirts. The bolder the colour, the better. I remember the colour red being especially popular. Folks would have wardrobes full of those T-shirts.But it did not take long for some to start noticing that the crocodile on the front logo on the Lacoste T-shirts of many of those who favoured Matariana-style was not quite the genuine article. The mouth of this crocodile was opened particularly wide and was, shall we say, more boisterous than the crocodile you see on the genuine article. It was not long before townships sprouted Lacoste “experts”, people who claimed they could tell the real McCoy stuff from a mile away. It was mostly bunkum, of course. Most of these Matariana-style clothes were sourced from the same textile factories somewhere to the west of Johannesburg.South Africans are not unique in obsessing over other nations. Remember the German philosopher who complained about the French making the revolutions the Germans had thought about first? Speaking of the French, how often do we hear people extolling the virtues of the French as if they and only they know how to live. Joie de vivre and all of that je ne sais quoi malarkey! Then there are nations constantly going on about what a better world this would be if we all could keep time like the Germans. Was it not, after all, one of the fascist justifications for Benito Mussolini’s reign in early 20th century Italy that while he might have been a crap ruler, he at least got the trains to run on time? Like the Germans, presumably.The Brits may have, as some historians maintain, founded their empire in a fit of absentmindedness but we cannot ignore the fact that they may also have been driven by their pining for the sunshine enjoyed by others. Methinks the fact that the whole cheap flight business first took off in the UK is precisely because the Brits are still hankering after the sunshine of others. They cannot wait to get out of their own island.With regard to South Africa’s obsession with Italy, one must assume that the existence of so many Bella Vistas and Bella Donnas and “Italian restaurants” is not yet the problem I think it is. After all, one would expect the Post Office and Telkom to have insisted that the owners of these places come up with something more creative and original for names. Don’t get me wrong, I have no beef with South Africa’s obsession with Italy. I just wish someone would explain it to me, though.Jacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more

Smile Week to transform children’s lives

first_imgRay Maota The Smile Foundation aims to restore the dignity of children born with facial disfigurements like a cleft lip and palate. (Image: Flickr) Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, said they were humbled to be part of this philanthropic initiative. (Image: Adcock Ingram) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sanri van Wyk  Taryn Fritz Public Relations  +27 11 888 8548 or +27 72 333 1011 RELATED ARTICLES • New ward opened for Smile Week • R13.8m surgical skills centre for South Africa • Drug giant lists on JSE • Brazil health plan adapted for South AfricaTwenty children with facial disfigurement caused by a cleft lip, cleft palate or paralysis will finally get the chance to smile after receiving reconstructive surgery during the Smile Foundation’s Smile Week.The event, being held at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town from 25 to 29 July 2011, is a partnership between the foundation and pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram. The children receiving surgery are of varying ages and include Amber, who was born with a cleft palate and is only six months old.“These children’s parents, families and communities will soon celebrate the fact that they have a beautiful smile and can go off to school when they’re older without fear of being teased or isolated,” Moira Gerszt, chief operating officer of the Foundation, said in a statement.“Our partnership with Adcock Ingram began last year. With their support, we will have made a difference in the lives of almost 40 children by the end of this Smile Week.” Before the start of Smile Week, 20 children had already received reconstructive surgery.Once identified, patients are assessed to determine the severity of their condition. Depending on the extent of their disfigurement, they are then either put on the list of the nearest participating hospital, or put on the surgery list of the Smile Week in their area.According to Dr Jonathan Louw, CEO of Adcock Ingram Healthcare, the surgery provides more than just smiles. “The funding that Adcock Ingram contributes towards these life-changing operations not only lessens the deformity of these children, but ensures that every child is able to swallow both solids and liquids with ease,” he said.“Our partnership with the Smile Foundation reiterates our commitment to adding value to life and changing one child at a time.”The Smile Foundation and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital have entered a three-year partnership to implement Smile Week, with the NGO funding the surgery and associated resources required, and the hospital providing infrastructure, staff, care, treatment and expertise.The paediatric hospital recently opened the first paediatric endoscopic surgical training centre in sub-Saharan Africa. A R13.8-million (US$2-million) facility, the centre aims to develop and improve the endoscopic surgery skills of surgeons in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.Ten years of smilesOver the past 10 years, the Smile Foundation and its six academic hospital partners have given the gift of a smile to more than 700 disfigured children across South Africa.In the Western Cape alone, 80 children have received surgery since the first Smile Week was launched in the province.“We are proud to have some of the best surgeons in the world to take part in this project,” said Theuns Botha, Western Cape health minister. These doctors include Dr Saleigh Adams, Dr Dirk Lazarus, Dr Greg Hein and Dr Suvier Singh.“These operations will enable children to smile. No money can buy that. This project is a joint investment in our youth and the future wellness of our people.”The Smile Foundation sources patients through hospital referrals, word of mouth, donor referrals, media awareness campaigns and the foundation’s toll-free number of +27 87 808 8682. Its six partner hospitals are Tygerberg Academic Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in the Western Cape, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Gauteng, Universitas Hospital in the Free State, and George Mukhari Hospital in North West.last_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Casilla on his way to Leeds

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid goalkeeper Casilla on his way to Leedsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is on his way to Leeds United.Marca says Casilla is set to join Leeds and has already travelled to England, being photographed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport.This means that Luca Zidane will become the third-choice for Santiago Solari.There had been talk about recalling Andriy Lunin from his loan at Leganes, but he is now set to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska’s Mike Riley Brags About The Huskers Dominating “On & Off The Field”

first_imgNebraska coach Mike Riley walks onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/G0W1dB7zzD— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.last_img read more

Thunder Bay police say Tammy Keeash drowned – community holds vigil to

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsThe Thunder Bay police say Tammy Keeash drowned in one of the city’s floodways and at this point, no foul play is suspected.Keeash was reported missing during the afternoon of Sunday, May 7 – her body was discovered later that evening.She is the fourth child in care to die while in care of the province of Ontario since October.And is also the sixth young person to be found dead in a Thunder Bay river since 2000.On Thursday night, family and friends held a vigil to remember [email protected]last_img read more

Newly formed club football building from the ground up

The Ohio State club football team began its inaugural season Sept. 27 with a 21-20 loss to Miami University.  Despite the loss, coach Max Claman feels that the team played exceptionally well considering the circumstances.“I was surprised at how well we held up,” said Claman, a junior sports and leadership studies student. “We lost by one point despite the fact that we committed six turnovers. The Miami coaches said we played the best game by a team playing their first-ever game that they had ever seen.”Nerves were high before the game since most of the players have not stepped on a field since high school, junior safety Joe Budgake said.“I was a little nervous before the game since it was going to be the first time in three years I had stepped on a football field,” said Budgake, who is also a team captain and the club’s president.The team has had to come together in light of the fact that its original coach, Jack Solak, left to play quarterback at Florida Atlantic University.“He had a great opportunity presented to him and I can’t blame him or be mad at him for it,” Budgake said. “He got us started and still was the first club football coach. His work was greatly appreciated.”In addition to losing its coach, the team is coping with players quitting the team almost every week, leaving the team’s roster at a paltry 22. Yet the team’s chemistry is a non-issue, Claman said.“That’s the least of our problems. We’ve got great cohesion and good balance,” Claman said.  “This is club football; everyone here wants to be here.”However, since it is club football, the team members are students first and players second. When a player can’t make it to practice because of homework or a job, there’s nothing the team can do.“Obviously with two practices a week we’d like to get as many guys as we can here, but we can’t do anything about it if guys don’t come,” Claman said. “Who shows up dictates what we can run in practice.”According to the team’s Web site, Budgake and juniors Marshal Carpenter and Jordan Fleischman founded the team for those who “love football” and “understand what it takes to work hard and be successful.”“I started this club and play on the team because I love playing football and because I wanted to do something big here at Ohio State,” junior wide receiver Carpenter said.  “Ohio State University is the largest in the nation and we have every other club sport you could think of besides the most obvious, football.”The team conducted tryouts in the middle of April and practiced sparingly over the summer.In the team’s 2009 schedule, they will host Xavier and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, host and travel to Wright State and play West Virginia either in Morgantown or Columbus.  Carpenter believes the team will excel despite its lack of experience and small numbers.“We expect to win every game and beat everyone we play. That is the attitude of the team,” said Carpenter, who is also a team captain and the club’s vice president.  “We all have that same attitude and believe losing is unacceptable. With that said all of these teams are just like us; college students who love football and want to keep playing.”Claman remains cautiously optimistic about the season prospects, knowing the obstacles the team is up against.“We have to be realistic,” Claman said. “We have zero funding. Miami of Ohio’s club football team gets $12,000 a year from the university. We’re just trying to make an impact and trying to show that we’re legitimate and maybe that’ll show the university we’re legitimate.”The team hopes its unity paves a path to legitimacy, Carpenter said.“The camaraderie is amazing. All the guys get together really well. We all try to hang out outside of practice and really have a good time,” Carpenter said. “We all like to joke and have fun, but when it comes down to actually doing hard work, conditioning, or running through plays we all suck it up and get the job done.” read more

Saudi Arabia coach keen to forget feeling of shame

first_imgJuan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that he is keen to forget this “feeling of shame” as soon as possible after Saudi Arabia were thrashed 5-0 by the hosts Russia in the opening World Cup gameThe Russians proved to be too much for the Falcons on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Goals from Yury Gazinsky, Denis Cheryshev, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin sealed a convincing 5-0 win for the hosts.“The opposing team really didn’t have to make a huge effort to win this game,” said Pizzi, according to Sky Sports.“We have now to forget this feeling of shame and start thinking about the next match.”The Argentine coach conceded that the defeat will raise uncertainty over his future at Saudi Arabia.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“The way I feel right now makes that a valid point but whatever happens I’ve got my philosophy and I’ll try to do as best I can. I trust in our plans and I trust in my players and I trust we’ll have a better performance in our next game,” he said.Pizzi, who has been in charge for the last seven months after replacing the fired Edgardo Bauza in November, insists that the display did not do Saudi Arabia’s potential justice and has now urged his team to turn their focus to Uruguay in the next game.“This game should not be a point of reference. We didn’t play the way we planned to. It is left to us to be positive and start thinking about the next match,” he said.“I believe that we came into this tournament well prepared and the players were ready to show that they could play at the World Cup. We did not show today what we have done in our previous games.”Saudi Arabia’s match against Uruguay will take place in Rostov on June 20.last_img read more