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Press release: Commission for Countering Extremism launches evidence drive

first_img Katie Morris, Head of Europe and Central Asia, Article 19 publish a comprehensive study engage widely, building a network of counter extremists establish a robust commission making recommendations about its future structure Dame Louise Casey DBE CB, led a review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated communities consult the public, including asking them to submit evidence and visiting communities affected by extremism we have the start of a powerful counter-extremism movement but brave individuals and groups face abuse and vilification – the CCE will investigate the current response to extremism and how we can help everyone to do more challenge extremism Full biographies will be available on the Commission’s blog Evidence gatheringIn the coming months, the CCE will: This is an important moment for the commission as we move from our introductory phase to a period of intensive evidence gathering, with the aim of publishing a first-of-its-kind study. I’ve already met with more than 300 experts and activists. Communities are deeply concerned about the impact of extremism. Extremism is sowing division and hate, spreading fear and undermining democratic values and human rights. But it’s also complex and changing – in 2018 the old stereotypes of far right thugs and Islamist hate preachers don’t always apply. Whether it’s far right, Islamist or other forms of extremism, we need to investigate their changing tactics such as a new-found professionalism, the intellectualising of hate, and abusing the power of social media. There are brave, inspiring counter-extremists up and down the country making a difference despite threats and abuse. I believe we have the start of a powerful counter-extremism movement. We need to understand modern day extremism better, so we can help more people to challenge it. That is why this study is so important. The public debate on extremism is increasingly polarised, leaving some nervous about speaking out. We need to investigate how we improve the debate around extremism, so it’s more constructive. We must be prepared to follow the evidence and to be as radical as necessary when it comes to countering extremism. In a further announcement, Sara today confirms that she has created a new expert group to advise and challenge the CCE on its work.The experienced and diverse panel includes grassroots activists, individuals with decades of frontline experience, leading figures on far right and Islamist extremism, experts on social media, and campaigners on freedom of speech (the full list is below).The group will meet around 4 times over the coming year to advise and challenge the Lead Commissioner.Sara was asked by the previous Home Secretary to lead the CCE in January.In March, the CCE was formerly launched as an independent body, with the publication of a charter outlining its independent role.Sara agreed the following 3 objectives for her first year: the public debate on extremism is increasingly polarised, leaving some nervous about speaking out – the CCE will consider how we can have a constructive and civilised debate on the issue work with experts and activists at local and national levels, including government, to prioritise work to address the gaps use this assessment as a springboard to commission bespoke pieces of research on critical issues Dr Azeem Ibrahim, author and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters communities are deeply concerned about extremism – the CCE will investigate the scale of the problem, the changing tactics of extremists and the harm extremism causes in communitiescenter_img Professor Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE Jamie Bartlett, author and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos Sir David Anderson KBE QC, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation work with research experts to assess current academic evidence and pinpoint the gaps – the CCE will use the government definition of extremism as a starting point for this stage – its work and research, however, will not be limited by this definition Nick Lowles MBE, Chief Executive, Hope Not Hate the government has already committed to sharing information with the commission – the CCE will also ask regulators, local councils and police forces, universities and other public and private bodies to share information on extremism Expert group Sasha Havlicek, Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic Dialogue Today’s announcements come after Lead Commissioner Sara Khan met the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to update him on the work of the CCE shortly after his appointment.Lead Commissioner Sara Khan said: Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future The independent Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) is today (Wednesday 11 July) launching an intensive period of evidence gathering with the aim of publishing a first-of-its-kind study into all forms of extremism. Lead Commissioner Sara Khan says she is willing to be as radical as needed, when it comes to looking at how to counter extremism in the future.Neither the issue of terrorism nor the government’s counter terrorism strategy (which includes Prevent) are in the CCE’s remit.Lead Commissioner Sara Khan says she wants to show people the deep, chronic harm extremism causes in communities.In the coming months, the CCE will review existing academic evidence on extremism, commission bespoke research and issue a public call for evidence. Sara wants to hear from victims, their families and all those that counter extremism.The government has already committed to sharing information with the commission.The CCE will also ask regulators, local councils and police forces, universities and other public and private bodies to share information on extremism.The evidence drive and comprehensive study will, Sara explains, help build greater understanding of extremism and engage more people than ever in tackling it.Marking the launch Sara reveals she has already met more than 300 experts and activists, and visited 10 towns and cities.She has identified critical issues for the Commission to investigate as part of its study: Sir Mark Rowley KB QPM, former Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Fiyaz Mughal OBE FCMI, founder and director of Faith Matters and founder of Tell Mamalast_img read more

Is the recession over for the poorest Americans?

first_imgby: Rich SmithHappy days are here again! (Or are they?)For the third month in a row, America’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent, according to this month’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on November jobs data. Even better, the fact that payrolls grew by 321,000 jobs — with no downtick in the unemployment rate — tells us that more Americans must be returning to the labor market.That’s great news for the middle class. And now here’s some good news for Americans still struggling to get into the middle class: The percentage of Americans who say they’re struggling just to put food on the table has dropped to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.The Magic NumberWe won’t keep you in suspense: 17.2. That’s the percentage of Americans who say they “struggled to afford food in [the] past year,” according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup.Gallup suggested a few trends that could be helping to solve the problem of hunger in America, noting that (in line with November’s unemployment data) “fewer Americans are unemployed or underemployed in 2014” than were in recent years. Also, gas prices have taken a tumble with the recent collapse in world oil prices. The fact that it now costs less money to fill up the tank may be freeing up more dollars that consumers can use to buy food. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EGS begins survey off Mozambique for Anadarko

first_imgEGS Survey, a marine survey services company, has begun a ‘major’ offshore hydrographic and geophysical survey for Anadarko’s Mozambique Area 1 (AMA1) LNG development.EGS said that the survey was expected to last up to three months and involved deploying a range of hydrographic and geophysical survey tools in a remote environment.The company added that offshore operations included shallow and deep water high resolution geophysical and hydrographic surveys, utilizing EGS’ vessel RV Ridley Thomas and the recently acquired shallow daughter craft.The surveys will support the onshore development of two liquefaction trains to be constructed by Anadarko-led Area 1.EGS VP Chris Dougherty stated that EGS worked closely with Anadarko in the time leading up to the beginning of field operations so that the team of 15 offshore geophysicists, surveyors, and engineers can be as well prepared for the variety of survey tasks to be performed at the remote site.Anadarko is developing Mozambique’s first onshore LNG plant consisting of two initial LNG trains with a total capacity of 12 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to support the Golfinho/Atum field located entirely within Offshore Area 1.In July 2017, Anadarko finalized two agreements with the Government of Mozambique which will allow the company to design, build and operate the marine facilities for its LNG project in the country.last_img read more

BC faces tough test vs No. 7 Fla St.

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Boston College’s Jay Heath, Derryck Thornton and Nik Popovic have combined to account for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 56 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Steffon Mitchell has directly created 44 percent of all Boston College field goals over the last three games. The junior forward has 10 field goals and 22 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 74: Boston College is 0-11 when it allows at least 74 points and 13-6 when it holds opponents to less than 74.STREAK STATS: Florida State has won its last 15 home games, scoring an average of 82.4 points while giving up 66.4.DID YOU KNOW: Florida State is rated second among ACC teams with an average of 75.2 points per game. BC faces tough test vs No. 7 Fla St. March 5, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBoston College (13-17, 7-12) vs. No. 7 Florida State (25-5, 15-4)Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Florida State presents a tough challenge for Boston College. Boston College has won one of its four games against ranked teams this season. Florida State is coming off a 73-71 road win over Notre Dame on Wednesday. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Special Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board to meet March 29

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Special Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at the City Administration Center, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas, to consider recommendations for the allocation of funds received from the Local Alcoholic Liquor Tax for the current year.Groups with alcohol and drug related programs that qualify for funding may submit a written request to the City Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2016.  The Advisory Board will review requests at the meeting on March 29th.  Recommendations for allocations will then be given to the City Council for consideration and approval.As per Kansas State Statute, “moneys in the Special Alcohol and Drug Programs Fund shall be expended only for the purchase, establishment, maintenance or expansion of services or programs whose principal purpose is alcoholism and drug abuse prevention and education; alcohol and drug detoxification; intervention in alcohol and drug abuse; or treatment of persons who are alcoholics or drug abusers or are in danger of becoming alcoholics or drug abusers.”The meeting is open to the public.  For additional information or questions contact the City Clerk’s Office at 326-2811.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Bulldogs Ready For New Season After A Successful 2017-18 Campaign

first_img2017-18 certainly was a banner year for your Drake Bulldogs. Since my arrival almost eight months ago, we have talked about developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in our community. I’m so proud of what I witnessed during 2018 and have been very impressed by the character and talents of our student-athletes, coaches and staff that comprise our Drake University athletics department.It is still very much summer in Des Moines, but Drake student-athletes will soon be returning to campus and beginning preparations for the upcoming academic and athletic year. Before we officially turn the page to the 2018-19 school year, let’s celebrate a remarkable 2017-18 season by Des Moines’ Hometown Team that saw student-athletes excel with record-setting flair in competition, in the classroom and in our community.The Bulldogs laid claim to five regular-season conference titles and three teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Drake’s five male Academic All-Americans also tied for tops in the nation with Navy. Across the board, Drake distinguished itself against its MVC peers as the Bulldogs amassed a .793 winning percentage against MVC foes in sports with head-to-head competition (volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, softball). That percentage was 134 points higher than the next winningest program in those sports.In addition to those team accomplishments, Drake student-athletes earned a total of 80 individual all-conference honors and three earned conference Player of the Year accolades. Additionally, softball’s Nicole Newman became the program’s first NFCA All-American after leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.  Print Friendly Version Many of those honored during the 2017-18 season are looking to maintain and build upon that success as the Bulldogs turn the page primed for a successful 2018-19 that begins in earnest Aug. 17 when women’s soccer officially opens its season followed closely by men’s soccer, volleyball, cross country and football.Your support of our student-athletes is very much appreciated by all of us at Drake, and we encourage you to assist in our continued growth in Central Iowa. There is much to be proud about at Drake University and I love the momentum and energy we are building together. This is a great time to be a Bulldog and I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming sporting events.Let’s Go Drake!Brian HardinDirector of Athletics During the 2018 spring semester, the Bulldogs had a collective GPA of 3.35, the second-highest in department history and 65 percent of Drake’s teams posted their best semester GPA in the past four years during the 2018 spring semester.Finally, a total of 70 student-athletes earned their degree in 2017-18 during fall and spring commencement ceremonies.Drake Spring Semester GraduatesDrake Fall Semester Graduates At the conference level, 65 Drake student-athletes earned academic All-Conference honors and two­ – men’s basketball’s Reed Timmer and women’s basketball’s Sara Rhine – were named their sport’s MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Timmer’s honor was the third of his career.center_img • Women’s soccer was the first of five squads to hoist a title, doing so with an unbeaten 6-0-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference action.• Women’s basketball maintained its streak of dominance with its second-straight undefeated MVC season and a perfect 18-0 league record before steamrolling through the MVC Tournament to earn the program’s 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.• Both men’s and women’s tennis earned their respective conference titles with the men winning the Summit League Tournament title to make its 11th NCAA appearance and its seventh in the last eight years.• Softball posted a 24-1 record in MVC games en route to the league’s regular-season and tournament titles to become the fifth Drake team to earn an NCAA berth in 2017-18. The team earned two wins over BYU to record the program’s first NCAA Tournament victories and appeared in the regional championship series against host Oregon. All 18 of Drake’s teams posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in 2017-18 and 16 recorded a team GPA of 3.25 or better. The average Drake student-athlete posted a 3.29 GPA during the year with 25 recording perfect 4.0 GPAs. However, those athletic superlatives pale in comparison to the wins the Bulldogs racked up academically. In the recently announced MVC Academic Awards, 192 Bulldogs earned a spot on the MVC Honor Roll with 13 being named to the President’s Council, which requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative GPA. An additional 77 were named to the Commissioner’s list for having a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.In between winning titles and racking up academic honors, the Bulldogs also stepped off campus to give back to the Des Moines community with nearly 4,000 hours of community service in 2017-18. That total was 1,000 more hours than the department completed in the previous year as Drake’s teams and student-athletes continued to ingrain themselves in the Des Moines. Coaches and staff also added to this total throughout the year and with the department’s first ‘515 Day’ in which nearly every department staff member spent May 15 (5/15) engaged in community service at various locations throughout Des Moines and Central Iowa.  Those impressive academic and athletic performances helped make Drake one of the national leaders in Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America selections. The Bulldogs’ eight Academic All-Americans tied for the fifth-most in the nation with the U.S. Naval Academy.The Bulldogs eight Academic All-Americans put it ahead of all Ivy League institutions, who had a total of 15 honorees as a conference. Drake’s eight were also well ahead of regional peer institutions such as Creighton (4), DePaul (3), Marquette (1), Bradley (3), Butler (2) and Valparaiso (1).last_img read more

Tick Talk: Mammal Blood Found in Amber

first_imgCan intact blood be preserved for 15 to 45 million years, give or take 50 million?The latest soft tissue discovery gets the Darwin storytellers hopping:Fossilized Tick Reveals Perfectly Preserved Red Blood Cells (Tia Ghose in Live Science): “A blood-engorged tick that was trapped in amber at least 20 million years ago contained perfectly preserved red blood cells, likely from a monkey.”Monkey business produces rare preserved blood in amber fossils (Oregon State press release): “Part of what makes these fossils unique, Poinar said, is the clarity by which the parasites and blood cells are preserved, almost as if they had been stained and otherwise treated in a laboratory for inspection.”The alleged “monkey business” refers to grooming, which the storytellers assume that unidentified primates were engaged in. The unseen primates, “among other hosts,” must have been around during the alleged time frame of 15 or 20 or 30 or 45 million years ago, depending on the storytelling source. These unseen primates must have been engaged in some unobserved grooming, when one of them might have removed the tick and flicked it into sap oozing from an unseen tree. Tia Ghose outlines the reasoning:The red blood cells were too big to have belonged to most mammals; the size ruled out everything but dogs, rabbits and similar creatures or primates. However, rabbits and dogs did not live in the region at that time, while paleontologists have recovered numerous primate fossils dating roughly to the same ages. So a primate is the likeliest host for the tick — and primates are known for grooming each other.The open-access paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology provides the bloody details. What is author George Poinar’s feeling about the amazing preservation?Due to the preservative qualities of the fossilized resin (Poinar and Hess 1985), not only were the fossil erythrocytes preserved intact, but also intra-erythrocytic pathogens resembling extant members of the families Babesiidae and Theileriidae of the Order Piroplasmida.Poinar’s 1985 paper, page one of which has been scanned by Taylor & Francis, says that resin possesses two features that preserve biological material: (1) ‘antibiotic qualities’ able to ‘retard or destroy’ bacteria and fungi; (2) “the ability of resin itself to preserve the tissues of embalmed organisms.” That sounds circular; that is the very ability at issue. Poinar and Hess point to Egyptian mummies as evidence that resins preserve tissue. But Egyptians used myrrh, not resin. Myrrh has other ingredients. Moreover, Egyptian mummies were not completely embedded inside a resin shell.If resin’s antibiotic qualities only retard bacteria and fungi, then a clock starts ticking (pun intended). Tens of millions of years seem ample for retarded fungi and bacteria to do a number on luscious red blood cells. If, on the other hand, resin can destroy bacteria and fungi, it can also degrade red blood cells, it would seem. Even so, the proteins will degrade in tissue over time even without the help of fungi or bacteria. Internal motions within the molecules should burst bonds and render proteins unrecognizable, given enough time. These decay rates should be measurable. A 2011 paper estimates a maximum age of 200,000 to 700,000 Darwin Years for collagen to decay to 1% of its original abundance — and collagen is one of the toughest proteins.If tree resin has such preservation qualities, couldn’t that be tested in the lab? Couldn’t a tick engorged with blood be dropped into liquid tree sap and examined after a year to measure decay rates? Wouldn’t it be better to have some actual measurement data instead of assertions by evolutionists that things can last millions of years?Here’s a five-year science project that a citizen scientist or creation laboratory could undertake. Collect six ticks that have just fed on blood from the same mammal. Embed them in separate droplets of tree sap, and put them in identical vials simulating a plausible environment for ticks. After a week, check the protein condition of the blood in one of the vials. After one year, check the protein condition in another vial. Continue each year thereafter. Graph the results. If the decay rate falls on a line, it should be possible to estimate an upper limit for preservation.If any readers know of similar published measurements, please leave a comment and link. The Darwinians are escaping prosecution by storytelling (see ‘impersonating a scientist’, 9/30/2007 commentary), claiming that soft tissue can last essentially forever. Time for the labs to get busy on the forensic investigation, so that the CEH police can start making arrests. (Visited 126 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Photos: Urban Meyer’s Basement Severely Flooded

first_imgUrban Meyer's has several feet of water in his flooded Basement.Urban Meyer Basement FloodedOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has a pretty decent contingency plan heading into the 2015-2016 season, given the fact that he has three quarterbacks capable of winning him another national championship. But he didn’t have much of a contingency plan for his basement after his sump pump broke this past weekend. Meyer’s basement flooded with what appears to be at least a foot of water after yet another rainstorm in Ohio. His wife, Shelley, tweeted out a photo of the damage – both before and after it was drained. Busted Coverage tipped us off:@mariawsyx6 @wsyx6 @SlingerWSYX6 @basementdoctor Darn! Too late for me, Maria. Mine flooded last night. #sumpumprobs pic.twitter.com/bRUW17BgBj— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 21, 2015Just home from baseball in Indy-the water AND the carpet AND the drywall are all gone. #sumpumpfail. #2muchrain pic.twitter.com/IWgOE446Xv— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 22, 2015In reality, it was probably time for an upgrade on some of the furniture down there anyway. Luckily, we’re pretty sure Meyer can afford to pay someone to fix it all.last_img read more

Bruce Carson former Harper aide fined 50000 for illegal lobbying

first_imgThe Canadian PressAn Ontario Court judge has imposed $50,000 in fines on Bruce Carson, a former Stephen Harper confidant convicted of illegal lobbying.Although Carson‘s lawyer, Patrick McCann, argued that his client was on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to pay, Ontario Court Justice Catherine Kehoe said Carson remains employable, calling the fine a necessary deterrent to others.The Crown had asked for a $50,000 penalty.Carson was found guilty in September on three counts under the Lobbying Act over work he did on a national energy strategy while director of the Canada School of Energy and Environment and later as the vice-chair of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.The judge determined he had contact with ministers and deputy ministers at Industry Canada and Environment Canada, as well as the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, while he was employed at the institute even though he was under a five-year prohibition from lobbying public office holders because he had worked in the PMO until February 2009.The court was told that, between 2009 and 2011, Carson was paid about $600,000 for his lobbying work.There have only been two previous convictions under the Lobbying Act, which resulted in fines of $7,500 and $20,000, Crown prosecutor Robert Zsigo told the judge.In her sentencing ruling, Kehoe said the gravity of the offence could not be more serious and that Carson had decided to simply ignore the prohibitions against lobbying.“It is necessary to impose a significant fine to deter Mr. Carson and others who would engage in lobbying and ignore the law, which goes to the heart of the integrity of government and public trust of government,” she wrote.She said a lesser fine would not send the right message.“I reject that a nominal fine would address the principles of sentencing in this case, as it would not address the seriousness of the offences, their ongoing nature, the impact on the integrity of government and the need to denounce such conduct.”Last year, Carson was found not guilty of influence-peddling in connection with attempts to persuade government officials to buy water filtration systems for First Nation communities, which were being sold by a company that employed Carson’s former escort girlfriend.While the judge in that case found Carson had attempted to influence high-ranking government officials, he was acquitted because the officials had no power to decide whether to buy the water [email protected]last_img read more

UPA govt did not take steps that had to be taken after

first_imgNew Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday claimed the UPA government did not take the steps it should have after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and there would have been more deterrence against such terror strikes had it been proactive. Addressing the Delhi BJP workers, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been talking about a zero tolerance policy against terrorism. “Whatever had to be done after 26/11 Mumbai attacks was not done by the previous government. Had it been more proactive, there would have been more deterrence,” Sitharaman said. In case of the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF men were killed, she said the government waited for 10-12 days and after getting intelligence inputs that suicide bombers were again going to launch attacks, the air force struck their camps in Pakistan, she said.last_img read more

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