The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced the recipients of its annual Challenges to Democracy Grant program. In its inaugural year, this grant program devotes $350,000 in support of HKS faculty as well as doctoral and postdoctoral student research that explores both the ideals of democracy and its often-imperfect practice in the real world. This year, the Ash Center will fund five HKS faculty research projects; four HKS faculty-led seminars; two doctoral fellowships for HKS and other Harvard graduate students; and one postdoctoral fellowship.For the full list of grantees, visit http://bit.ly/ashcenter.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An effort to bring people with disabilities into clearer focus on TV and movie screens is getting a boost from a major media company. NBCUniversal says that actors with disabilities will be included in auditions for each new production. The agreement was sought by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability rights advocate. This is the second pledge made to the foundation to boost auditions for people with disabilities. The first came from CBS Entertainment in 2019, and the foundation hopes other Hollywood studios follow suit. Jay Ruderman heads the Boston-based foundation and says what people see on screen can change their perception of those with disabilities.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned as “shameful” an attempt by protesters angry at coronavirus restrictions to storm parliament, saying they had abused the right to demonstrate peacefully.Several hundred people tried to get into the Reichstag building during a rally against coronavirus rules in Berlin on Saturday.”This right to demonstrate peacefully is of course a very valuable asset even during a pandemic,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a government press conference in Berlin. However, he said their actions were “a clear abuse”.”The result was disgraceful images at the Reichstag which are unacceptable, anti-democrats trying to make themselves heard on the steps of our democratic parliament,” he said.Police estimated 38,000 people, double the number expected, gathered in Berlin on Saturday to protest at restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, such as wearing masks and social distancing.Several hundred broke through barriers and a police cordon to climb the steps leading to the entrance to the Reichstag. They were narrowly prevented from entering the building by police, who used pepper spray and arrested several people.Merkel praised as “quick-witted and brave” three police officers who were seen pushing back crowds from the entrance to the Reichstag alone until reinforcements arrived.President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday invited the officers to Berlin’s Bellevue Palace to thank them for their work.Steinmeier described the protesters’ actions as “despicable”, adding: “We will not tolerate any anti-democratic smear campaign or disparagement of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Bundestag.”About 300 people were arrested in scuffles with police, in front of the Reichstag but also outside the Russian embassy, where protesters pelted police with bottles.Resistance to coronavirus restrictions in Germany has gathered pace in recent weeks with demos attracting a diverse crowd of conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and far-right or far-left activists.Health Minister Jens Spahn was spat on at the weekend as he tried to talk to protesters in the northern city of Bergisch Gladbach. Seibert condemned the incident, saying it was “certainly not democratic dialogue”.Topics : read more
46 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint China doctor admits baby theft by: – December 31, 2013 Share Zhang Shuxia admitted to selling seven babies to traffickers, state media saidA Chinese obstetrician is on trial for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers, a court and state media report.Zhang Shuxia was accused of selling seven babies. She told the parents their infants were sick, and convinced them to give them up, reports said.Ms Zhang admitted the charges in a court in Fuping, Shaanxi province.The case emerged after two parents went to the police, suspecting their child had been abducted.Ms Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, an indictment posted on Weinan Intermediate People’s Court’s verified microblog said.Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died.Ms Zhang worked in Shaanxi’s Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital.In the most recent case, a baby born on 16 July was trafficked after Ms Zhang told his parents the boy had a serious congenital disease, and convinced them to give up the child.Ms Zhang sold the baby to two other suspects, who sold the boy to a buyer in Henan province.The parents reported the case to police on 20 July after they suspected that their baby had been trafficked.The baby was found and returned to his parents in early August.Ms Zhang and several other suspects were arrested.Ms Zhang’s defence lawyer said that the parents had voluntarily given up their babies, and that she had received several awards in her work, the court said.Under China’s strict population control policies, most couples can only have one child, and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.Earlier this month, China’s top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the country’s one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.BBC News read more
Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Morocco is “fully mobilised” for its long-shot bid to host the 2026 World Cup, hoping to be a candidate “for the whole of Africa”, top sports officials said Tuesday.The kingdom “is not a non-starter — it’s a real candidate,” Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in his first public appearance as chairman of the country’s 2026 bid committee.“We are going to put in all our energy,” he told a news conference in Casablanca, brushing off criticisms that the campaign had been delayed.“Our record is and will be irreproachable.”Morocco’s fifth bid, announced in August, faces fierce competition from a three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.Fouzi Lekjaa, head of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), said he hoped the North African country’s bid would be “a candidacy for the whole continent”.“Between 1930 to 2030 — 100 years — the African continent has only organised the World Cup once,” Lekjaa said, referring to the 2010 tournament in South Africa, which beat a previous bid by Morocco.“It should not remain on the margin.”The committee has enlisted Ivory Coast legend and former Chelsea star Didier Drogba along with Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o to promote its bid.The host will be chosen on June 13, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the sport’s world governing body. The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but after suspicions over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, sparking a scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some powers and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.Morocco’s bid committee hope to win support from the 53 members of the Confederation of African Football.CAF president Ahmad Ahmad has urged the sport’s bodies across the continent to offer “free and massive support” to the kingdom.The bid committee on Tuesday’s unveiled their leadership team, social media channels and logo: red leaves on a black and white football surrounding a star that symbolises “unity and brilliance”.Responding to a question on human rights, newly added to FIFA’s selection criteria, Elalamy said Morocco had made progress on women’s and family rights.The kingdom was “one of the safest countries in the world”, he added.The committee also played up Morocco’s infrastructure, including a high-speed railway, ports, stadiums and hotel capacity.They did not reveal how much was to be spent on the bid, but said each of the last two bids had cost around $15 million (12 million euros).Share on: WhatsApp read more
London, United Kingdom | AFP | London will host a new World Cup event this summer featuring eight top nations including the United States and Jamaica, British Athletics announced on Monday.Britain, the United States, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa will compete at the London Stadium on July 14-15.The tournament follows last year’s world athletics championships in the British capital, which also hosted the Olympics in 2012.The competition format will feature all field events and track events up to and including the 1500m, with just one man and one woman from each nation in each event.Each nation will be competing for a $2 million prize pot over two evening sessions of athletics under the lights.“It’s great to see such an exciting head-to-head event confirmed to be taking place in London this summer — the concept is one that will excite everyone in athletics and is sure to attract new fans to the sport,” said Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk.Sebastian Coe, president of athletics’ world governing body the IAAF, hailed the “innovative” event. “We have eight lanes, eight top nations, eight teams and a host of world-class athletes lining up in each event to win the trophy and prize pot. This will be a fast-paced and exhilarating experience for athletes and fans.”UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos told AFP he was confident the event would capture the attention of the sporting world, even though it clashes with the World Cup final in Russia and the Wimbledon finals.“When you have a new concept in sport, actually what better time to do it than when everyone’s talking about the football World Cup,” he asked.“There is no global athletics event this year and there’s certainly space for a global team event,” he said. “The public likes medals and flags in simple terms. It’s a sugar rush of a 10-day athletics competition crammed into two days.”De Vos said he expected top stars from the competing nations to take part in London, attracted by the substantial prize pot and the chance to compete for national pride in front of bumper crowds.“We’ll select the British champion (in each event) but we don’t know what the other nations will do,” he added. “It’s up to the individual countries how they select their athletes.”Share on: WhatsApp read more
Authorities in Virginia are reporting that a man who was recently released from prison due to coronavirus concerns reportedly tracked down and killed a woman who accused him of rape.According to the report, 33-year-old Ibrahim E. Bousichi was indicted last year on several charges including rape, strangulation, and abduction. He was eventually released from prison on a $25,000 bond after his attorneys argued that keeping Bousichi in jail during the pandemic was inhumane.Judge Nolan Dawkins agreed to the release under the condition that if Bousichi made bail, he could only leave his home to meet with his lawyers and pretrial service officials.In July, authorities located the body of Bousichi’s accuser and traced the crime back to him.Authorities located Bousichi driving in Prince George County on Wednesday and pursued him. Bousichi eventually crashed his vehicle and then shot himself.He was then taken to an area hospital where as of Thursday he was listed in grave condition.The victim was not identified in the report, however, authorities did report that she was a native of Venezuela who had no family in the US. read more
Phoenix police officers escort Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, to the 4th Avenue Jail following his arrest, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix court has lowered the bond used to release Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer from jail after he was arrested on charges that he assaulted his wife during arguments at their apartment.Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Rueter on Monday reduced Dwyer’s bond from $25,000 to $10,000 and removed a requirement that the player wear an ankle monitoring bracelet. But Rueter declined a request by the player’s attorney to secure his release without a bond.Dwyer has been out of jail since posting bail hours after his Sept. 17 arrest.Investigators have said Dwyer broke his wife’s nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument, and the next day punched her and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn’t injured. Dwyer was initially booked on suspicion of aggravated assault against his son but was not indicted on that allegation.His wife told authorities the first assault occurred after she learned about Dwyer’s recent phone contact with another woman.Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault.Robert Feinberg, one of Dwyer’s attorneys, argued his client should be released on his own recognizance because Dwyer has no prior criminal history and stands zero chance of fleeing from authorities.“He wants to prove his innocence,” Feinberg said, adding that Dwyer’s wife told police on a few occasions that she doesn’t want the case prosecuted.Feinberg read to Rueter a glowing letter written by one of Dwyer’s former teachers and pointed out that the player has strong family support.“Where was that support when he was violently going after this victim?” asked prosecutor Jay Rademacher, arguing that the $25,000 bond was appropriate.Dwyer was arrested last month as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire amid a series of off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for Arizona again this season. read more
“It was a back and forth game but eventually Nigel Ziegler broke the tie with a beautiful goal from just outside the 18 yard box kicking the bottom side of the crossbar as it went in.”LVR opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Princess Margaret of Penticton before getting past North Kam of Kamloops 3-0.The win was especially gratifying for the Bombers as it came against former coach Jamie Spendlove, who now coaches at North Kam.“We were lead by our Grade 12’s this weekend with Nigel (Ziegler) scoring two, Jonah Thiele getting two and Darian Johnson scoring two,” Liddell explained.“Spencer Atkins got our other goal.”“We also have three player from the international program. Arnau Espinault, and David Grey from Spain, and Atsuki Hoshi from Japan,” he added.Wednesday, LVR edgesd J. L Crowe Hawks of Trail 4-3. 4-3.Ziegler and Jonah Thiele.The Bombers meet the Hawks in a return game Wednesday at Lakeside before heading to Cranbrook.The Bombers are now preparing for the zone championships and a date at the BC High School Boy’s Soccer Championships the last week of November in Vancouver. The L.V. Rogers Bombers got a great start to the high school roundball season by capturing the top prize at the Summerland Rockets Boy’s Soccer Tournament held recently in the Central Okanagan.Nigel Ziegler scored the only goal of the game to spark the Bombers to a 1-0 victory over Keremeos Sparks in the final.Grade 9 keeper Ryder Marzicola registered the shutout in goal.The Bombers are in Cranbrook next weekend compete in the Mount Baker Wild Tournament.“The boys were very tired, this being the third game in one day,” said Bombers coach Simon Liddell. read more
Friday Nelson tied Greater Trail Orange Crush 1 -1 as Larson Proctor scored the only goal and won player of the game. Saturday Nelson dropped a 6-1 decision to Spokane Kings.Wyatt Groenhuysen scored Nelson’s lone goal while goalie Shea Andersen was player of the game. Nelson bounced back to defeat Spokane River Rats 5 -1 later in the day.Grady Groenhuysen, brother Wyatt Groenhuysen each had a pair, while Jack Boyes, with three assists, was named player of game. Sunday Nelson concluded the tournament with a 4-0 win over Greater Trail Storm Troopers.Larson Proctor, Wyatt Groenhuysen, player of the game Dax Dewar and Grady Groenhuysen scored for Nelson.All games ended in a fun five-minute shootout with the first team to sink five pucks.Nelson won all four shootouts thanks to the amazing play of goaltender Shea Andersen.The tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Nelson Minor Hockey hosted the best tournament of the season this past weekend at the NDCC Arena as teams flocked to the Heritage City to compete in the annual Novice tournament. A total of three Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, South Okanagan and Trail/Rossland along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.In Junior Novice play, Nelson beat Trail Raptors 6-2 with goals scored by Jasper Marshall assisted by Jaxon Slomba and Haley Hutt, River Marshall assisted by Marley Fode, Brody Arjun assisted by Kieran Mucha, Jack Fode, Theo Byers-Bohigian and Wesley Jordan. The host club then edged Trail Hawks 5-4 with two goals by River Marshall and Wesley Jordan while Jasper Marshall added a single. Nelson dropped its final game to the Hawks 6-4 with goals from River Marshall assisted by Weston McBeath, Caleb Bernhardt, Jaxon Slomba assisted by Eryn Dimopoulus, and Wesley Jordan.Senior Novice results had Nelson finishing with a 2-1-1 record. read more