New York City police disband rough street unit amid pressure for reform

first_img“We can do it with brains, we can do it with guile, we can move away from brute force,” he said.New York police union President Patrick Lynch, noting that shootings and murders rose last year, said city leaders “will have to reckon with the consequences” of a strategy that de-emphasizes proactive policing.On Friday Cuomo signed several police overhaul bills, including one banning the “chokehold” that was used in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man who was being arrested on a minor charge.The package of bills also included one that opens officers’ disciplinary records to public access. Topics : Like most US cities, New York has had daily protests demanding racial justice since the May 25 killing of Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis officer. His death has triggered national soul-searching over racial prejudice in American society and prompted calls for new ways of policing.The mass reassignment, which follows a number of policing overhaul bills signed last week by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is designed to modernize the NYPD with a uniformed staff of more than 36,000, and build trust amid heightened racial tension, Shea said.By ending the anti-crime unit, which proactively pursues street criminals, Shea said he hopes to regain support in neighborhoods alienated by the unit’s rough tactics, which have drawn a large share of complaints.Shea stressed he was not faulting the officers of the unit who he said had been doing what was asked of them. The move was closing one of the last chapters of the “stop-and-frisk” era that disproportionately targeted non-white people for random searches, he said.center_img The New York Police Department is disbanding its aggressive anti-crime unit, a move aimed at turning alienated residents into crime-stopping allies, part of a nationwide push for policing reforms following the killing of George Floyd.In a major redeployment, the country’s largest police force will reassign some 600 plainclothes officers in the anti-crime unit, the target of numerous complaints, to other duties, effective immediately, Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Monday.”Make no mistake, this is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city,” Shea told a news briefing. “It will be felt immediately throughout the five district attorney’s offices, it will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect.”last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Anniversary of the Amtrak 188 Accident (VIDEO)

first_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Videos May 12, 2016 “This week marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. And I think we learned a lot from that.“First of all, I learned a lot. I was in my second or third month as governor when that occurred and I learned that we have some remarkable emergency responders at the local level. I also learned that ordinary Pennsylvanians, in that case Philadelphians, came forward even before the emergency responders to help the victims of that crash.“I think we also learned some things from a technological point of view – how Amtrak and our railroad folks can prevent this kind of an accident from happening again.“But I think the main thing is that, when it did happen, the people of Pennsylvania responded through their emergency responders – and ordinary citizens – in a phenomenal way.” Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Anniversary of the Amtrak 188 Accident (VIDEO)last_img read more

Credit Suisse, UBS estimate 8% return for Swiss pension funds

first_imgSwiss pension funds are set to return 7.7% on average over the course of 2014, according to the latest Credit Suisse Pensionskassen Index.Credit Suisse’s estimate is considerably lower than that of Towers Watson, which, on behalf of the Swiss pension fund association ASIP, recently estimated a 10% average return.As a sample, Credit Suisse – as well as UBS – used Pensionskassen that have mandated the banks as global custodians.As of the end of November 2014, UBS estimated a 7% return for Pensionskassen in Switzerland, based on returns after the first 11 months having amounted to 6.98%. It said this would be the second highest return over the last five years, with 2012 having produced similar results at 7%, after a record high of 10.6% in 2009.Based on the Credit Suisse Index, the 7.73% anticipated return would also mark the best average performance for Swiss schemes since 2009.In a statement, it noted that all asset classes, except liquidity (-0.51%), contributed positively to the 2014 annual result.The main positive contributors were foreign equities (2.53%), Swiss equities (1.6%), Swiss bonds (1.46%), real estate (1.43%) and non-CHF bonds (0.85%).The annualised return of the Credit Suisse Pensionskassen Index since 2000 now stands at 2.84% – for the first time since the financial crisis, slightly higher than the annualised legal minimum interest rate of 2.56% that Pensionskassen must grant.last_img read more

Support for redefining marriage continues slide in polls

first_imgFrom the TVNZ website yesterday.This is despite TVNZ lobbying hard for redefining marriage including a patsy interview (with no balancing opinion) on Close Up, and then free marketing by their Breakfast programme for Tamati Coffey’s plug for the bill – not once but twice – and a ‘stacked’ interview with me and Nigel Latta (ably supported by the interviewer).A Research NZ poll in September showed that support for same-sex marriage has dropped to less than 50%, down 11% from a similar poll in 2011.Plus this one in June from Yahoo News plus NZ Herald in AugustSo when people like Nigel Latta and supporters of the same-sex marriage bill say NZ’ers are ready for it, DON’T BE SO SURElast_img

Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

first_imgThe last King of Rwanda dies at 80 Singer George Michael dies at the age of 53 in England Football legend CK Gyamfi diescenter_img Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night at the age of 89.King, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, had said in May he was in hospice care at his home after being hospitalized in April with dehydration related to diabetes.King’s death was confirmed late on Thursday on a Facebook page linked to the website of his daughter Claudette.The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.Born on a Mississippi plantation to sharecropper parents, he outlived his post-World War Two blues peers – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker – to see the rough music born in the cotton fields of the segregated South reach a new audience.King will forever be associated with his trademark black Gibson guitars, all of which he christened “Lucille” in recollection of a woman who two men fought over in 1949 in an Arkansas dance hall where he was playing.The men knocked over a kerosene lamp, setting fire to the building. King risked his life to retrieve his $30 guitar.In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time ranked King at No. 3, behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.Relatedlast_img read more

Catalan separatists burn pictures of Spanish king

first_imgThe unrest comes days before Spain’ssecond general election this year. The far-right Vox party leader, SantiagoAbascal, went further and called for Catalan president Quim Torra to be“arrested, handcuffed and brought before the courts.” (BBC) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez saidthat if his Socialist party were re-elected, he would change the law to make itclear that organizing an unsanctioned independence referendum was a seriouscrime. The leader of the main oppositionPeople’s Party, Pablo Casado, said he would lead a conservative government“whose legs don’t shake” when it comes to addressing the separatist issue. BARCELONA – Thousands of Catalanseparatist demonstrators have taken to the streets of Barcelona in protest at avisit by Spain’s King Felipe VI. Separatist protesters burned pictures of Spain’s King Felipe VI. EPA Protesters lit a bonfire on a major roadand burned pictures of the king. Some banged on kitchen pots and chanted“Catalonia has no king!” The region has been hit by weeks ofprotests triggered by the jailing of separatist leaders last month. Sunday’s poll aims to break thestalemate that emerged from the last one in April.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Defeat Lady Yellow Jackets

first_imgThe St Louis 5th Grade Lady Cardinals came up victorious for their 8th winof the season on Thursday evening beating the Laurel Lady Yellow Jackets by a score of 23-9.Scoring for the Cardinals was led by Madison Wanstrath’s 5 points, Lilly Schebler, Kate Weber, and Rhea Miller each with 4 points while Claire Saner and Sadie Wachsmann each added 2 points. Additional team contributions from Izzy Price, Izza Wonnell, and Isabelle Fitzgerald ensured that a commanding 3rd quarter lead was held onto the 4th quarter.The Lady Cardinals are currently riding an 8 game win streak and have a record of 8-2 on the season.The Lady Cardinals will finish their season next week with a game Tuesday (2/28) at home against Sunman-Dearborn and wrapping up their season on the road at St Nicholas on Thursday (3/2).Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

Lloyd Asche

first_imgLloyd Asche, 77 of Batesville passed away at his home with his family on Saturday October 28, 2017.  Lloyd was born November 11, 1939 in Ripley County to Gerald and Oneida (Shelp) Asche.  He was married to Shirley (Fox) Asche who preceded him in death.  He later married Hilda (Bolt) Asche who survives.  Lloyd was a retired employee of Cummings Engine in Columbus, and was a member of the Delaware United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.Lloyd is survived by wife, Hilda Asche of Batesville, daughters Andrea (Cecil) Franke of Dublin, Indiana;  son Steven (Teresa) Asche of Farmersburg, Indiana; stepdaughter Dana (Charlie) Jones of Lafayette, Indiana; stepson Shane (Jana) Smock of Scipio; sister Geraldine Brewington of Batesville; 9 Grandchildren and 3 Great grandchildren, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by first wife, Shirley, brothers Donald and Charles Asche and grandson Sergeant Christopher Readling.Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial donations may be made out to Southern Care Hospice and sent to the funeral home.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with the arrangements, PO Box 243, Milan 47031, (812)654-2141.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Hamilton wins Spanish GP

first_imgBARCELONA, May 13: Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the drivers’ world championship to 17 points on Sunday when he roared to an imperious victory as Mercedes scored a one-two triumph at the Spanish Grand Prix.The defending four-time world champion dominated from start to finish, save for a spell during the mid-race pit-stops, and clocked a series of record laps as he registered his second successive win.It was the 64th victory of his career – only Michael Schumacher on 91 has more – and came from his 74th pole.He joined seven-time champion Schumacher and two-time champion Finn Mika Hakkinen as a three-time winner in Spain.Finn Valtteri Bottas came home second in the second Mercedes ahead of DutchmanMax Verstappen of Red Bull who resisted late pressure from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who led Hamilton by 17 points after the opening three races this year.The German, who made a good start, was second until he took an ill-judged second pit-stop, under Virtual Safety Car conditions, midway through the race, dropping two places.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the second Red Bull ahead of Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Spaniards Carlos Sainz, of Renault, and two-time champion Fernando Alonso, of McLaren.Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India came home ninth ahead of the impressive Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.Only 14 of the 20 starters completed the race after a major high-speed crash on the opening lap, triggered by a spin from Frenchman Romain Grosjean’s Haas car, and a sequence of retirements. (Agencies).last_img read more

Making his own name

first_imgUW’s Watt didn’t even start fall camp as a fullback. A meeting between Watt and Bielema during fall camp switched him from linebacker to the backfield.[/media-credit]When Wisconsin fullback Derek Watt logged onto Facebook during the Packers game Sunday night, high school friends lit up his feed with comments about how difficult it was to believe that was indeed their former high school classmate eyeing Aaron Rodgers from the right edge of the defensive line.There was J.J. Watt, now the star defensive end for the Houston Texans and a two-year starter on Wisconsin’s defensive line, pulling down Rodgers in his navy blue No. 99 home jersey and celebrating with his own rendition of the Green Bay quarterback’s trademark “championship belt” move.“It doesn’t surprise me that he is where he is, because I know what he’s gone through, and how he’s worked, and stuff like that,” the younger Watt said. “But at times it is just pretty cool to just sit back and watch and say, ‘That’s my brother doing that kind of stuff in the NFL.’”And as much as he loves watching his brother – who currently leads the league with 9.5 sacks – rattle opposing quarterbacks, Derek is more than content as the Badgers’ starting fullback.That in itself is a feat of its own, considering Watt still planned on playing linebacker before a meeting with head coach Bret Bielema midway through fall camp. Though the redshirt freshman split time at running back at Pewaukee High School, he had never lined up at fullback.But after realizing it was the quickest way to earn time on the field, he switched sides and within months had grabbed the starting role from redshirt sophomore Sherard Cadogan. While Watt would catch two passes for 35 yards in his starting debut, Bielema said he had his “most complete game” in the 38-14 victory over Purdue.“I think the way he’s adapted, he’s a guy that’s gotten better every week,” offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. “Playing linebacker through camp, (he) was making blocks, making catches. He’s done a very, very good job for us.”In a run-based offense that values fullbacks as much for their receptions as their field-opening blocks, Watt was sure to point out the offensive line did not act alone in clearing the way for Wisconsin’s 467 rushing yards against the Boilermakers.But he plays a position that may be shared only by offensive linemen in the lack of recognition for their achievements. In two years as the Badgers’ starting fullback and four years on the field, Bradie Ewing carried the ball all of seven times for a grand total of 33 yards.Ewing took exactly zero carries as a senior in 2011. So despite UW’s affinity for running the ball, Watt isn’t exactly holding his breath for his first handoff.“You’ll be recognized through [the running back’s] successes,” he said. “We take personal pride in how our running backs do and as long as we do our thing, just cover up your guy and they can do some special things. … So we take our own credit in-house.”As much as he tries to avoid it, Derek Watt’s play will forever live in the extensive shadow cast by the legacy his brother left in two years as a Badger – a run that included second-team All-American honors in his final season. It’s not as if he didn’t understand the comparisons would come when he decided to don a cardinal and white jersey just as his brother departed for the NFL. One look at Wisconsin’s fullback leaves little doubt he’s related to the No. 11 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. The buzz cut and the distinctive facial features are there to help spark the recognition that Derek is indeed a Watt. But 3 inches shorter and 70 pounds lighter than his brother, he is best described as a less physically overwhelming version of J.J.“I’ve been kind of based off of him by a lot of people; people kind of look at us as the same,” Watt said. “But we play totally different positions. I don’t mind being compared to him in terms of how we work and our successes, but I’m definitely trying to build my own path.”Though slightly undersized for the position, the redshirt freshman has impressed his counterparts on the offensive side of the ball with an understanding of the game uncharacteristic of a player his age. After making the switch to fullback, he sought out the help of Wisconsin’s running back tandem of Montee Ball and James White before the season began. Feeding off the experience of others has clearly paid off, as offensive linemen have noticed his ability to make difficult in-game reads at the line of scrimmage.“He’s not focused on, ‘OK, my guy’s the same on this play; I’m going to go block the same,’” center Travis Frederick said. “If the [cornerback] comes, he can make that adjustment; that’s something that we really appreciate.”Taking on a greater offensive role a la Ewing, who had 20 receptions in 2011, will come with increased game exposure at a still relatively unfamiliar position. Matching up with Ewing – a fifth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason – as a member of the scout team nearly every week last year, the mentor and his prot?g? grew close.The newly professional Ewing continues to coach from afar, offering Watt pointers through text following games. As Watt continues to establish an individual identity in Madison, it’s but another legacy to overcome.“If you can play fullback the way that someone before you had and put a little twist on it yourself, that’s the best you can do,” Watt said.Follow Ian on Twitterlast_img read more