Oakland City leadership promotes rapist cops

first_imgThe Anti Police-Terror Project pickets the Oakland Police Department promotion of rapist cops on July 14.Oakland, Calif. — Mayor Libby Schaaf and her new Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick demonstrated a blatant disregard for the failure of the Oakland Police Department’s leadership in the investigation of the 2015 rape and sexual abuse of minor “Celeste Guap,” as they promoted two of those responsible to high leadership positions on July 14.The teenager had been raped and sexually abused by Bay Area police officers.  Despite the fact that she was a key witness in as yet uncharged cases against at least eight officers, “Guap” was sent off to a Florida rehabilitation center before a single charge had been filed. “Celeste Guap” is a pseudonym used after Florida law enforcement released the teenager’s real name. (Workers.org, 9/8/2016)Yet city officials went to great lengths to protect the police officers. Not even the mainstream media were allowed inside the secretive promotions ceremony for Officers John Lois and Roland Holmgren.  The promotions seemingly occurred under the radar of Federal Judge Thelton Henderson, who held a hearing July 10 related to failures of the city leadership and the Oakland Police Department to properly investigate the child rape and trafficking scandal, brought to light in the federally sponsored Swanson-Barron report. The OPD is still under federal monitoring from the 2003 Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA).Chief Kirkpatrick has approved major promotions for the very officers who, the Swanson-Barron report found, failed to properly investigate the rape scandal, notify the federal monitor, the district attorney and mayor, and even encouraged destruction of evidence in the case.Schaaf closed her investigation before findings were even issued. Lois was promoted to assistant chief, the second-highest post in the department. Holmgren was promoted to captain, overseeing the criminal investigation division.According to the East Bay Express, the Swanson-Barron report documented the failings of Lois, Holmgren and Captain Kirk Coleman of the criminal investigation division to sufficiently investigate officer wrongdoing during the Guap case in 2015. The three were the most senior personnel overseeing the sex-crime allegations. (July 10, 2017)A brief filed by civil rights attorneys Jim Chanin and John Burris, who originally brought the class action which led to the NSA, noted: “There is no evidence that any of the officers engaging in this behavior, or any of the supervisors who observed it and apparently failed to report it, stop it, or discipline their subordinates, were ever investigated, and if appropriate, disciplined by the Oakland Police Department.”  (East Bay Express, July 6, 2017)The Anti Police-Terror Project staged a picket line outside the outrageous OPD promotions ceremony held on the outskirts of Oakland calling for “Prosecution not promotion” and the firing of rapist cops.The APTP challenged Mayor Schaaf’s and Chief Kirkpatrick’s ability to get a handle on the blatant culture of sexual abuse and general disregard for the rights of the Black community, people of color, LGBTQIA, undocumented, disabled and unhoused people of Oakland.  Endorsers of action also included the National Brown Berets, the People’s Commission for Justice, Peace Out Loud and Workers World Party.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Surprise that US soldiers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of Nicola Calipari

first_img April 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Surprise that US soldiers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of Nicola Calipari News December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very surprised” by a US army announcement that an investigation has cleared US soldiers of any blame in the 4 March shooting in Baghdad that left Italian secret service agent Nicola Calipari dead and Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena wounded. News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very surprised” by a US army announcement that an investigation has cleared US soldiers of any blame in the 4 March shooting in Baghdad that left Italian secret service agent Nicola Calipari dead and Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena wounded.”We are not convinced that everything possible has been done to establish what happened in this tragedy or to determine the responsibility of all those involved, and we reiterate our appeal for an independent international enquiry by US and Italian authorities,” the press freedom organization said.Reporters Without Borders also pointed out that the two Italian members of the commission of enquiry disagreed with its findings on two points and are planning explain their reservations shortly. “We will see then what official reaction comes from the Italian government, which has a right to demand sanctions,” it said.Sgrena today described the US army announcement as a “slap in the face for the Italian government.” According to the US investigators, “the procedures were followed to the letter” by the US soldiers involved. But Sgrena insisted again that the car in which she and Calipari were travelling received “no warning signal… no warning shot” and that “the searchlight was turned on after the shots were fired.”The car that was supposed to be carrying former hostage Sgrena to safety immediately after her release by her captors came under fire from US soldiers as it approached a checkpoint near the airport. The shots wounded Sgrena in the shoulder and killed Calipari, who was in charge of protecting her. The day following the shooting, Reporters Without Borders called on the United Nations to conduct a thorough investigation into the blunder. There has never been any response.The US high command insisted immediately after the event that procedures were followed and that the soldiers issued a warning to the car before beginning to fire. At the same time, a Pentagon official announced that the incident would be investigated. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

No client details on stolen Rape Crisis laptops

first_imgWhatsApp TAGSconfidentialinfornmation. clientslaptopsRape Crisissexual violencetheft Email Rape Crisis Advertisement Twitter Extended hours for telephone counselling service Patient files sent to outside email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RAPE Crisis Midwest has moved to assure clients that no personal information or names were stored on three laptops, stolen from their Limerick office.In a statement, the sexual violnce victim support service said: “Rape Crisis Midwest staff are shocked and saddened after experiencing a recent break in at their Limerick premises.  Equipment was stolen during the incident, a total of three laptops.“However, Rape Crisis Midwest would like to take the time to assure the public and clients that there is no question of a breach in data protection as no personal or client information was stored on the laptops.  They were only used as training tools, it is not the policy of Rape Crisis Midwest to store any personal information on laptops”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up No cash was stolen from the centre, where it is a policy to never leave cash overnight or unattended.Rape Crisis Midwest was established in 1980 and provides information and support to survivors of sexual violence in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.They currently see 80 – 85 clients a week in the three locations but are constantly under the threat of redundancy or closure due to an annual funding shortfall of €120,000.As a result of cuts in core funding Rape Crisis Midwest have now reached a point whereby it is necessary they increase their income to cover the day-to-day costs for the service.Executive Director of the centre, Miriam Duffy said, “At this time Rape Crisis Midwest would like to thank the public for their continued support and well wishes after this event.”If you are a survivor of sexual violence and need information or support please contact 1800311511 or go to www.rapecrisis.ieFor more breaking news click here center_img Linkedin Childline looking to recruit volunteers in Limerick area Break in at Rape Crisis Midwest’s Limerick premises NewsBreaking newsNo client details on stolen Rape Crisis laptopsBy Bernie English – March 7, 2018 2040 Print Them shoes weren’t made for walkin’ Facebook Previous articleThe girls from Amarillo – Redemptorist Church will hostNext articleMy Tribe Your Tribe – Musical stirrings in The Stormy Teacup Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. last_img read more

True West

first_img4/5True West is a grim family drama that plays out the disastrous relationship between two brothers. Screenwriter Austin is peacefully writing his script in California when his delinquent brother, Lee, rocks up to do it bit of burglary in the area. Lee also has an idea for a movie script, a ‘true western’ as he calls it, and eventually persuades Austin’s producer to drop his brother’s script in favour of his own. At this, the brothers go through a reversal of roles, as Austin turns to drink and Lee becomes obsessed with his screenplay. The plot unsurprisingly spirals into violence.The play is compact and tightly written, feeding on the destructive dynamics between the brothers. The interchanges between the brothers feel real, often uncomfortably so, and we get a sense of dragged-up old bitterness and a long, bad history between them. Both are played convincingly; Tom Palmer is frightening and charismatic as Lee, and Sam Caird is painfully believable as the cowed, obliging Austin. Raymond Blankenhorn makes an effective producer, evoking the outside world with slick professionalism. The claustrophobic plot is reflected in the set and the small cast. The intimate space of the Burton Taylor will enhance this and heighten the explosive atmosphere.A longing for the true West pervades, reflected in Lee’s urge to write a real Western. He speaks evocatively of the clean air in the desert, where he has been for 3 months. As things esaclate, Lee exclaims, ‘this would never have happened out on the desert.’ This is the only breath of hope in the oppressive airlessness of the play. Yet there is something compulsively watchable about True West. The brilliant, terrible dynamics between the brothers draw you in, well acted and totally gripping. By Elizabeth Bennettlast_img read more

Khris Davis makes spring debut, A’s rotation battle gets clarity

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Khris Davis was Major League Baseball’s home run king in 2018 and has homered more than any player in baseball over the past three seasons.The A’s know what they have in Davis. Nothing he does in spring training can change that. But it is still nice to actually get a look at him before the real games begin.After a left calf strain since the start of spring had limited to just taking at-bats over at minor league camp, Davis finally appeared in his first Cactus League game. The …last_img read more

Karun Chandhok: Winning Formula

first_imgKarun Chandhok, 26, F1 Race DriverKarun ChandhokFor this Chennai born race-car driver, the need for speed is a family passion. A passion Karun Chandhok inherited in his early days as he saw his father Vicky, also a professional racer in the 1980s, compete and a passion that led him to,Karun Chandhok, 26, F1 Race DriverKarun ChandhokFor this Chennai born race-car driver, the need for speed is a family passion. A passion Karun Chandhok inherited in his early days as he saw his father Vicky, also a professional racer in the 1980s, compete and a passion that led him to win the Formula Asia championship in 2001 when he was just 17. Eight years later, he is raring to go and is part of the Hispanic Racing F1 team for 2010 where he will partner the Brazilian Bruno Senna.THE MUSE: Alain Prost, the French four-time Formula 1 Drivers’ Champion, tennis ace Roger Federer, cancer-triumphing cyclist Lance Armstrong and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. “One thing that all my role models have in common is sustainable success.” The Journey: Being crowned the Asian Formula Renault V6 champion in 2006, with seven wins and nine pole positions, over the next three seasons. He competed in the Grand Prix 2 (GP2) series in 2007-08, winning a race in each year. Finishing 18th in the GP2 standings, after clinching the third place at the British event, Chandhok is one of the world’s most promising speedsters.The Mission: “It’s been the same since I was three years old, to win the Grand Prix for India,” he says.The Challenge: Lack of financial support. “There’s money only for cricket and cricketers. There is no support for any other sport or sportsperson in our country. We neither have the infrastructure nor the funding,” says a disgruntled Chandhok. But he hopes the situation will change once the F1 track in Greater Noida becomes operational next year.advertisementThe Mentor: His father, as he grew up watching him race. But besides him, it is his team that mentors him he says, as they teach him how to walk the fine line between being professional and commercially viable by structuring his life.”Karun is superdisciplined and practices daily. He is also quick to learn and puts in a lot of effort to understand the technical aspect of the sport. It is not easy to fool him because he is an encyclopaedia of information.”RICHARD CONNELL, Race engineer for the team This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 23, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on iPad.last_img read more

Canada hoping to solve US tariff dispute by G20 meetings at months

first_imgWASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is setting his sights on the end of the month as the next target date for reaching a trade-and-tariff detente with the United States.All three countries are expected to take part in a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement during the two-day G20 summit, which gets underway Nov. 30 in Buenos Aires — although Canada has warned it will be a low-key, low-level affair if steel and aluminum tariffs are still in place.There’s still time to change that, Trudeau suggested Monday during a news conference in Paris.“I absolutely brought it up,” Trudeau said of his discussions with U.S. President Donald Trump during a dinner Friday organized by French President Emmanuel Macron.One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting, said the two leaders had a good exchange on tariffs that included Trudeau making clear to the president the tariffs are hurting consumers and producers on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.“The issue of steel and aluminum tariffs continues to be a concern to Canadians, like it is of concern to many American citizens and companies,” Trudeau said.  “This is something that, as I’ve said before and as I related to President Trump, I hope we’re able to solve by the time we meet each other in the G20 in Argentina.”David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., said in an interview last week that some high-level talks on the tariff issue have taken place, and that he has extended an invitation to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer to get formal negotiations back underway.Insiders say the U.S. has been demanding quotas be imposed on Canadian exports, something Ottawa has made clear is a non-starter.MacNaughton and Trudeau have both indicated that if a signing ceremony does take place soon, it won’t include high-level dignitaries like the prime minister or Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if the tariffs — 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum — remain in place.On the Mexican side, however, there’s an expectation negotiators there are poised to agree to quotas in order to get the deal signed before Dec. 1, which is when incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s new administration could inject an unwelcome element of uncertainty.Resolving the tariff issue with Mexico is the more pressing priority for the U.S., said Dan Ujczo, a trade lawyer and partner with Ohio-based Dickinson Wright.“The actual issue is to ensure that there’s nothing that’s going to stop Mexico from signing this deal before Dec. 1, and giving relief to farm country in the U.S. to Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs,” Ujczo said.“I think Canada’s an afterthought for the U.S. right now in this process.” James McCarten, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

200k spent in August petroleum land rights sale

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After the provincial government only netted $27,000 during last month’s petroleum and natural gas land rights sale, August’s wasn’t much better.In Wednesday’s auction, the provincial government netted just $201,872.37 from the sale of a single drilling license, which was one of only three parcels of land on the auction block. The 777-hectare parcel is located near Montney, just north of Fort St. John. Stomp Energy Ltd. purchased the parcel for $259.81 per hectare.So far this year, petroleum land rights auctions have brought in just $59,670,245.38. That number, while still more than the roughly $33.6 million paid for land rights in 2015 and 2016 combined, is still well below the $173 million the Province earned last year. The next petroleum land rights sale is taking place on September 12th, when four drilling licenses and two leases will be put up for auction.last_img read more

Now KMC will be responsible for upkeep of Citizens Park

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking over the maintenance of Citizens’ Park, popularly known as Mohor Kunja, situated on Cathedral Road beside Victoria Memorial.The decision has been approved at the Member, Mayor-in-Councils’ (MMiC) meeting that was chaired by Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday. Reliance Industries that had taken over the maintenance of the park in 2015, had written to the KMC a few days ago, expressing its unwillingness to carry on with the park’s maintenance. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”We are taking over the maintenance of Citizen’s Park as the private company associated with its maintenance is no longer willing to continue its upkeep,” said Debasish Kumar, MMiC (Parks & Gardens). It may be mentioned that Reliance Industries had taken over the park’s maintenance in 2015 and was supposed to maintain the urban park for five years. The civic body had made it clear that they will not be able to do any commercial venture out of the park. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHowever, the company wrote to the Director General of the Parks & Garden department of the civic body, expressing its willingness to move out of the contract. When asked about the reason behind Reliance opting out of the contract, Kumar refused to comment. The park, which had started its journey in 2005, was one of the most vaunted projects of the erstwhile Trinamool Congress board, with Subrata Mukherjee as the Mayor. It was named as Citizens Park.last_img read more