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30 Minutes with… Billy Vunipola

first_imgBV: I had a cheap version of the iPod Touch. I saved up all the money I got from my parents to buy it and it broke on the first day. I hung onto it for six months but it had no tunes on it.This was published in the January 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current issue. Fast feet: Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola works on his footwork during England training BV: Proud Mary by Tina Turner!RW: Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests?BV: I’m probably only saying this because I watched Avengers Assemble the other night, but the Hulk, Thor and Serena Williams. The first two don’t get on, or they didn’t in the film, so it’d be cool to see them together, and I’d like a companion to watch the fight with.RW: Who’d play you in a film of your life?BV: The Rock. He’s pretty ripped, so he’d probably not have to change that much! He’s an islander, so he would understand that side of things and he is a big boy. We’re similar in two sorts of ways.RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?BV: Teleportation would be good. You could fool a few people and if I wanted to go to Tonga I could think of a happy memory and be there.Scarlett fever! Actress JohanssonRW: Who’d you like to be stuck in lift with?BV: Scarlett Johansson. Don’t get me wrong, she’s beautiful, but not to put a move on her – though she’d probably make a move on me! It’s because she is always playing smart, action roles and is pretty handy. She’d figure out how to fix the lift.RW: What are your guilty pleasures?BV: Oh, I’ve got loads mate! Takeaways, chocolates, all the bad stuff. Well, all the good stuff! Saracens have opened my eyes about professionalism, healthy living and eating right.RW: Ever bought anything really silly? The Saracens and England No 8 talks Tests, Tonga and Tina Turner with Alan DymockRUGBY WORLD: Do you have a nickname?BILLY VUNIPOLA: Billy is my nickname because my real name is pretty long and is tough for people to pronounce. So it’s just something vague like ‘Big Billy’.RW: What are your bugbears?BV: People without manners. I’m always saying “Thank you” and “Please”. I’ve just passed my driving test so I’m probably too nice with letting people out, but I don’t like it when people are impolite.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?BV: I’d like to get a uni degree. Hopefully that will give me something to fall back on. I’ll hopefully be starting in January and that is why I passed my driving test, so that I can make it to my courses.I want to do a sports management degree and that’s what I’d like to look at when I’m done playing. Hopefully, if I have a good career, I’ll be able to help out players back home in Tonga.The Joker: hooker Schalk BritsRW: Who are the squad jokers at Saracens?BV: Schalk Brits is a dark horse and Jacques Burger is in denial. He likes to think he’s a serious dude but he’s not. Some of the Sarries coaches, like Paul Gustard, will rip boys in meetings. And no one ever knows what Chris Ashton is talking about!RW: Do you have any phobias?BV: The MRI scanner! I’m not claustrophobic, but in there I get sweaty. My shoulders touch the sides, my nose touches the top and if you fall asleep you’re in there for an hour and a half.RW: Do you have any hidden talents?BV: I’m quite a good singer actually, I’ve got a decent voice.RW: So what’s your go-to karaoke song? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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RFU deny links with Rassie Erasmus

first_imgThe Rapport newspaper reported that the World Cup-winning coach was being lined up for the England role after 2021 In December, Sweeney said that discussions were ongoing with Jones over staying until 2023. The administrator said at the time: “He’s contracted through to August 2021. There is no deadline or cut-off period to that. He’s stated very clearly he’s committed to seeing that out, so there’s no looming deadline where we need to make a pressing decision.Related: England hold nerve in sodden Calcutta Cup bout“We are talking, we’re continuing to talk. We had the review first, we’ve had a number of meetings on it. It needs to work for both sides for it to be absolutely right. If it’s the right thing for him to stay, if he wants to stay and we want him to stay then it’ll go that way. The review was very supportive. He and I sat down and talked on a number of occasions. At the moment he’s contracted through and fully committed to seeing out the contract until 2021 and we’ll take it from there.”Meanwhile, Rapport have also addressed the Daily Mail story on Saturday that suggested South Africa would join an expanded ‘Seven Nations’ in 2024 and that “things are falling nicely into place” with negotiations ongoing.Running with a headline of ‘Secret conversations over Boks in Six Nations not so far-fetched’ (in Afrikaans), the piece featured SA Rugby supremo Mark Alexander. While acknowledging there was plenty of speculation, Alexander said: “SA Rugby has not yet made a decision about what route to follow. We have to reflect thoroughly about what is best for us, because things are changing drastically at the moment; the market is changing.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RFU deny links with Rassie ErasmusThe RFU have denied reports that they have held talks with Rassie Erasmus about taking over as England coach in 2021.Afrikaans newspaper Rapport reported that Springboks director of rugby and World Cup-winning coach Erasmus was being lined up to replace Eddie Jones as England coach when his current deal expires.Erasmus, who recently stepped back as Boks head coach following South Africa’s 32-12 win over Jones’s England in the 2019 World Cup final, still has a lengthy deal up to, and beyond, the 2023 World Cup. Yet the story in Rapport claimed that there is a clause in Erasmus’s deal that will allow him to walk away earlier if he comes to an agreement with the RFU.Erasmus was present as England defeated Scotland 13-6 in the Six Nations on Saturday, but the RFU have denied all links with him.RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney said: “The reports are 100% inaccurate. There has been no meeting. There have been no talks whatsoever about any position at the RFU.”center_img Rassie Erasmus is here at Murrayfield. Interesting. pic.twitter.com/88PyeGmBCV— Charlie Morgan (@CharlieFelix) February 8, 2020 The March issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is on sale now. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Apopka Weekly Arrest Report

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. APD Arrest Report ~ March 14 – March 20The Apopka Police Department reported the following statistics for the week ending March 20th:Calls For Service           1590Traffic Citations                93Crash Reports                    25The Apopka Police Department reported 28 arrests for the week ending March 20th.  7 juveniles were arrested.Arrested and charged were 11 adults from Apopka, 1 adult from Fort Myers, 6 adults from Orlando, 1 adult from South Daytona, 1 adult from Woodbridge, 1 adult from Sorrento, 6 juveniles from Apopka, and 1 juvenile from Orlando.All of the arrests are listed here:SANTIAGO PADRO, EDGAR RAMO (29) of APOPKA – BatteryROBERTS, KEVIN JOSEPH (30) of APOPKA – ShopliftingTAPE, RONDELLE LES (21) of FORT MYERS – Operating a Vehicle Without a Valid LicenseJENKINS, NIGEL W (19) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including Armed Residential BurglaryHELTON, LACYE SKYE (24) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including DUI & Drug PossessionCOOKE, DAVID MATTHEW (27) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Hit and RunKISCADEN, BRIAN ANTHONY (32) of APOPKA – BatteryDENNISON, WILLIE JAMES (20) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Contributing to the Delinquency of a MinorPRINCE, MAURICE L (19) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Possession of Burlgary Tools With Intent to UseDANIELS, BRANDON TASHQUAN (20) of ORLANDO – Grand TheftLOEFFLER, HALEIGH MARIE (19) of SOUTH DAYTONA – Multiple charges including DUI & Drug PossessionKLENNER, JOSHUA ALEXANDER (22) of WOODBRIDGE – Multiple charges including DUI & Drug PossessionMORA, DANIELLE NICOLE (21) of ORLANDO – DUITREVINO, HECTOR (21) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including False Imprisonment and BatteryPEREZ LOPEZ, SANDRO RIGOBER (34) of APOPKA – BatteryFRANCORESENDIZ, RAFAEL (36) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including DUI & Drug PossessionOKEEFE, SEAN PATRICK (39) of APOPKA – BatterySINGLETON, THOMAS (38) of APOPKA – BatteryLEE, BRENT SHAWN (32) of APOPKA – Multiiple charges including Vehicle Burglary and Drug PossessionKISS, DAVID (28) of SORRENTO – Multiple charges including Drug PossessionDAUPHIN, VERONICA LYNN (39) of APOPKA – Aggravated BatteryJUVENILE (17) of APOPKA – BatteryJUVENILE (15) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Failure to AppearJUVENILE (16) of APOPKA – Failure to AppearJUVENILE (16) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Possession of Burlgary Tools With Intent to UseJUVENILE (17) of APOPKA – Multiple charges including Possession of Burlgary Tools With Intent to UseJUVENILE (18) of ORLANDO – Multiple charges including Possession of Burlgary Tools With Intent to UseJUVENILE (17) of APOPKA – Criminal MischiefArrest report details provided by the Apopka Police Department Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSAPDApopka Police DepartmentArrest Report Previous articleA renaissance of falcons coming to ApopkaNext articleApopka Fire Department responds to gas leak Claire Haslett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Elections set amid mass misery in Haiti

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Haitians face growing misery in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Meanwhile, the U.S. military has decided to turn over its relief efforts to civilian authorities in Haiti.The hurricane destroyed tens of thousands of homes on Oct. 4. Many that it didn’t completely flatten had their tin roofs torn off or were left with more holes than material. Then, three days and nights of torrential rain followed the winds.The extent of the devastation in Haiti was summed up by a journalist who made a quick trip along the southwest coast: All that remains of many seaside villages is their name. The city of Jérémie, the largest population center in the southwest, has been compared to Berlin at the end of World War II when that city was flattened by bombs.Despite this misery, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Peter Mulrean released a statement published in the Nouvelliste, a major Haitian newspaper on Oct. 29, explaining that “transportation was improving in the areas ravaged by Hurricane Matthew and a robust humanitarian response has developed.”Beginning on Oct. 6, the U.S. had 12 helicopters, split between CH-53 Sea Stallions and CH-47 Chinooks, two Coast Guard cutters and two naval vessels to handle logistics. There were a few hundred Marines assigned to the operation, which Mulrean claimed cost $20 million.A few days before the U.S. withdrew its militarized aid to Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, Haiti’s interim president, spoke in Ouanaminthe, a city in northeast Haiti, near the Dominican border, at the opening of a new maquiladora plant in an industrial site organized by the Clinton Foundation.Privert said at that time there were 169 communities still not reachable by land. Almost all the schools in Haiti’s southwest were destroyed or badly damaged. The ones that survived are filled with people who lost their homes.Besides the rain, hunger is a big problem. Many people in southwest Haiti depended on their farms for food. Now they have lost their harvest: corn, bananas and coconuts.A Haitian web service (hougansydney.com) reported that cops and the United Nations’ occupation force, Minustah, fired on a crowd that was stampeding to get first aid supplies from a Colombian ship in Dame Marie. One young girl was killed by a bullet to the chest.An Oct. 24 U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization report points out that most fishing gear — boats, nets, traps, docks — was destroyed, so the income and protein sources supplied by fishing are not currently available. It also points out that the seeds for winter crops normally planted in November were destroyed.The U.N. Minustah occupation force introduced cholera into Haiti six years ago after a devastating earthquake. The disease has killed nearly 10,000 people and sickened 800,000. Now, cholera has become an even more serious problem following Matthew and the rain.How serious can be seen in Randel, a town in the southwest that is an arduous four-hour hike from the nearest paved road and only accessible by mule or helicopter. Three hundred people have died there from cholera since Matthew. Randel’s cholera clinic is overflowing and has run out of beds and needles for intravenous fluid replacement. But people from the surrounding communities are still bringing in patients, too sick to walk, on their backs.Elections reset for Nov. 20Elections were scheduled for Oct. 9, but since hurricane damage would have prevented at least a third of all Haitians from voting then, the Provisional Electoral Council reset the elections for Nov. 20.The 2015 election was so obviously fraudulent that its results were discarded. It is still not clear if all the voting venues will be repaired in time for the Nov. 20 vote. The Haitian government is pushing for tents and temporary structures. It is not clear if transportation needed for the distribution of ballots will be in place.There is a lot of political maneuvering. On Oct. 19, Haiti’s highest court, the Cour de Cassation, requested the replacement of Jocelerme Privert as interim president since his time in office has expired. On Oct. 20, Ambassador Mulrean issued a statement supporting the Haitian government regarding the elections and disaster relief.Mulrean has made it very clear that the U.S. supports Privert and his government. This was so from the first days of the crisis, when he made sure Privert was on the Coast Guard overflight of the devastated areas, to more recent days.Hillary Clinton, secretary of state in 2011, was even more assertive when she person­ally imposed Michel Martelly as a candidate and then as president in May 2011.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Why U.S. imperialism hates Evo Morales

first_imgA look at these excerpts from Bolivian President Evo Morales’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 24, shows why the U.S. State Department and the CIA targeted the progressive Latin American leader.Once again we meet in the most important multilateral organization of humanity to reflect and analyze collectively on the global problems that concern the peoples of the world.We note with concern the multilateral system’s deterioration, which is the product of unilateral measures promoted by some states that have decided to ignore the commitments, good faith and global structures built for a healthy coexistence between states, within the framework of international law and the basic principles of the Charter of the United Nations.We meet in this forum to discuss and find solutions to the serious threats facing humanity and life on the planet.The threat to Mother EarthOur house, Mother Earth (Pacha Mama), is our only home and is irreplaceable. It increasingly suffers more fires, more floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts and other catastrophes.Each year is hotter than the previous one, the thaws are greater, the level of the oceans grows. Every day we suffer the disappearance of species, soil erosion, desertification and deforestation.Sisters and brothers, we are warned that if we follow this course of action, by the year 2100 we will reach an increase of 3° Celsius. That would imply massive and devastating changes.The consequences of climate change will condemn, according to data from our organization [the U.N.], millions of people to poverty, hunger, no potable water, losing their homes, forced displacement, more refugee crises and new armed conflicts.Sisters and brothers, in recent weeks we have been surprised by the forest fires that have been unleashed in different parts of the planet: in the Amazon, in Oceania and Africa, affecting flora, fauna and biodiversity.In recent weeks, fires have broken out in Bolivia, which we have been fighting against, using our financial, technical and human resources. To date, our country has spent more than $15 million to mitigate fires.We thank the International Community for their timely cooperation in our fight against the fires, as well as their commitment to participate in postfire actions.Military spending and world povertyThe arms race, military spending, technology at the service of death and the unscrupulous arms trade have increased.The financial system remains undemocratic, inequitable and unstable, which privileges tax havens and the banking secrecy that subjects weak countries to accept conditions that perpetuate their dependence.We note with sadness that the great social asymmetries continue. According to Oxfam, today 1.3 billion people live in poverty, while 1 percent of the richest kept 82 percent of the world’s wealth in 2017.Inequality, hunger, poverty, the migration crisis, epidemic diseases, unemployment, are not just local problems, they are global problems.On the other hand, the creative capacity of humanity every day surprises us with new inventions and new technological applications. They have offered great solutions to very complex problems. Technology has meant a qualitative leap for humanity. However, it is necessary that from this multilateral body agreements on the matter be established with the participation of all States.The root problem: the capitalist systemSisters and brothers, it is essential to talk about the structural causes of the different crises.Transnational companies control food, water, nonrenewable resources, weapons, technology and our personal data. They intend to commercialize everything, to accumulate more capital.The world is being controlled by a global oligarchy, only a handful of billionaires define the political and economic destiny of humanity.Twenty-six people have the same wealth as 3.8 billion people. That is unfair, that is immoral, that is unacceptable.The underlying problem lies in the model of production and consumerism, in the ownership of natural resources and in the unequal distribution of wealth. Let’s say it very clearly: The root of the problem is in the capitalist system.That is why the United Nations is more relevant and important than ever. Individual efforts are insufficient and only joint action and unity will give us an opportunity to overcome them.As we have already said, the responsibility of our generation is to give the next a fairer and more human world.That will only be achieved if we work together to consolidate a multipolar world, with common rules, defending multilateralism and the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law.Bolivia’s achievementsSisters and brothers, in Bolivia we have taken very important steps:We are the country with the highest economic growth in South America, with an average of 4.9 percent in the last six years.Between 2005 and 2019, the gross domestic product increased from $9.574 billion to $40.885 billion.We have the lowest unemployment in the region. It fell from 8.1 percent in 2005 to 4.2 percent in 2018.Extreme poverty fell from 38.2 percent to 15.2 percent in 13 years.Life expectancy increased by nine years.The minimum wage rose from $60 to $310.The gender gap in land titling for women was reduced; 138,788 women received land in 2005 and 1,011,249 up to 2018.Bolivia ranks as the third country in the world with the highest participation of women in Parliament. More than 50 percent of Parliament is made up of women.Bolivia was declared a territory free of illiteracy in 2008.School dropout rate fell from 4.5 percent to 1.5 percent between 2005 and 2018.The infant mortality rate was reduced by 56 percent.We are in the process of implementing the Universal Health System, which will guarantee that 100 percent of Bolivians access free, dignified service, with quality and warmth.We passed a law to provide free health care for cancer patients.The above data are part of the achievements of our democratic and cultural revolution, which have given Bolivia political, economic and social stability.Sisters and brothers:How did we achieve these achievements in such a short time? How is it that Bolivia has taken the path to defeat poverty and underdevelopment?Thanks to the conscience of the people, of the social movements, of the Indigenous, peasants, workers, professionals, of men and women of the countryside and of the cities.We nationalized our natural resources and our strategic companies. We have taken control of our destiny.We are building a Community and Productive Social Economic Model, which recognizes basic services (water, electricity, telecommunications) as a human right.Today we can say with pride and optimism that Bolivia has a future.Bolivia’s right of access to the Pacific OceanSisters and brothers, there is a pending issue in the region, the sea is indispensable for life, for the integration and development of the peoples.Therefore, Bolivia will not give up its right to sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.In 2015 and 2018, the International Court of Justice of the Hague, through its decisions, ruled on this. [Morales here cites rulings that show that Bolivia has the right to a coastline, which was lost to Chile in a late 19th century war, but which can still be resolved by negotiations between the two countries.] Sisters and brothers, this judicial decision has not ended the controversy. On the contrary, it is explicit in recognizing that it continues and emphasizes that it does not close off the possibility of both states finding a solution.Therefore, the United Nations Organization must monitor and demand full compliance with the decisions of the court, so that both peoples continue negotiating in good faith, to close open wounds. It is possible to promote a good neighborhood spirit, and open a new time in our relationship, to forge mutually acceptable and lasting solutions.Sisters and brothers, our countries face diverse and conflicting situations, which must be approached in a sovereign manner and solutions must be found through dialogue and negotiation, in favor of the interests of the people.Bolivia, in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations, ratifies its rejection of the economic and financial blockade imposed against Cuba, which violates all human rights.Finally, sisters and brothers, I take this opportunity to thank all member countries for their support in the various initiatives promoted by Bolivia.This year: The International Year of Indigenous Languages, The Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and the Declaration of June 21 as International Solstice Day.To conclude, we ratify our commitment to consolidate a new world order of peace with social justice, in harmony with Mother Earth to Live Well [Vivir Bien], respecting the dignity and identity of the peoples.Complete speech available in English at undocs.org/en/A/74/PV.3, pp. 36/60.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Government threat to ban Association of Iranian Journalists

first_imgNews June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Systematic harassment of the Association of Iranian Journalists by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government took a new turn on 24 June when labour minister Mohammad Jahromi threatened to dissolve the organisation.“This is yet another attempt by the Iranian authorities to silence those who defend free expression in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is vital that journalists should be able to meet, form unions and practice their profession freely. We urge the authorities to allow the Association of Iranian Journalists to continue operating.”In a 24 June letter to the association, the labour minister said it was “illegal” and could be closed down soon. The authorities have been pressing for the removal of the association’s executive committee – which has been in place since 2006 – on the grounds of alleged procedural irregularities in the voting held during its general assemblies. The association’s officials have also been pressured to include pro-government journalists in its decision-making bodies.The association’s spokesperson, Mashalah Shamassolvaezin, told Reporters Without Borders that “several letters were sent to the Iranian authorities to try to resolve these problems and find a legal way to correct the flaws in the statutes, but no answer was received.” The association also filled a petition before an administrative court in an attempt to maintain the existing executive committee, but it was rejected in April.Created in 1997 at the start of reformist President Mohammad Khatami’s term of office, the association currently has 4,000 members. Several pro-government journalists tried unsuccessfully to take control in August 2006. This independent body, the only national organisation defending journalists, has since then been in open conflict with the Ahmadinejad government.The Iranian authorities have been hounding civil society since 2005 and dozens of organisations have been banned. The interior ministry tried in August 2006 to ban the Defenders of Human Rights Centre, which 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi helped to found and currently heads. The centre plays a key role in defending free expression in Iran. Organisation News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information center_img Receive email alerts June 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government threat to ban Association of Iranian Journalists to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Concord Earns Registered Provider Organization Authorization

first_img WhatsApp MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– Concord, the largest privately-held consulting firm in the Midwest, is certified as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO). With a successful history of delivering security and compliance solutions for Fortune 500 organizations across the country, Concord believes this to be the next step in helping clients achieve great cybersecurity maturity. The Department of Defense (DoD) enacted new rules through the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which businesses must achieve in order to be awarded new contracts by the DoD. RPOs are trained in the CMMC methodology, pass an organizational background check, and are bound by a professional code of conduct. As such, RPOs can advise DoD suppliers on proper preparation for their CMMC assessment and certification. “As trusted advisors to companies large and small across the nation, Concord is consistent in our effort to maintain the highest level of cybersecurity practices and provide such knowledge to our clients,” declared Rob Peterson, Concord’s Director of Information Security. “Our cybersecurity and technology consulting services ready clients for CMMC and will help them maintain ongoing compliance – a critical concern in today’s changing business landscape.” As an RPO, Concord’s CMMC services include: – Preparing for a CMMC audit by establishing clear guidelines and audit frameworks – Undertaking gap analysis and creating overall security plans – Completing remedial activities and monitoring security performance About Concord:Concord is a technology consulting firm based in Minneapolis, MN. Founded in 2003, Concord provides strategic consulting and execution services in the cloud, integration, data, analytics, and information security space. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005663/en/ CONTACT: Florin Ibrani Concord 952-241-1090 [email protected] KEYWORD: MINNESOTA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT SECURITY TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING INTERNET SOURCE: Concord Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 11:00 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 11:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005663/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter Twitter Local NewsBusinesscenter_img TAGS  Facebook Concord Earns Registered Provider Organization Authorization WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Death Of Man In ‘Jana Gana Mana’ Video : Delhi High Court Asks Delhi Police To File Affidavit On Working Of CCTV Cameras

first_imgNews UpdatesDeath Of Man In ‘Jana Gana Mana’ Video : Delhi High Court Asks Delhi Police To File Affidavit On Working Of CCTV Cameras LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Feb 2021 2:07 AMShare This – xIn a plea seeking court-monitored SIT probe into the death of 23-year old Faizan – who was seen in a viral video of last year in which police officers were forcing five injured men lying on the ground to sing the national anthem during the Delhi riots- the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi police to file an affidavit regarding the preservation of documents and working of the CCTV cameras…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a plea seeking court-monitored SIT probe into the death of 23-year old Faizan – who was seen in a viral video of last year in which police officers were forcing five injured men lying on the ground to sing the national anthem during the Delhi riots- the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi police to file an affidavit regarding the preservation of documents and working of the CCTV cameras at the police station.The High Court was considering a writ petition filed by Kismatun, the mother of Faizan who died on February 26 last year after he was released from the police custody the previous day. The plea states that in the intervening night before his death, he had described to his mother, the torture that had been inflicted on him.On Monday(February 1), a single bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna directed the Delhi police to file an affidavit regarding the functioning of CCTV cameras of Police Station Jyoti Nagar, particularly on 24th, February, 2020 and 25th, February, 2020. If the CCTV cameras were not functioning, documents supporting that fact need to be produced, the court added.The Court has also directed the police to file an affidavit regarding the preservation of documents of evidence related to the case.The petitioner’s advocates, Vrinda Grover and Soutik Banerjee, had earlier told the Court that the police was claiming that the CCTV cameras of the police station were not working on the relevant date.The police has reportedly filed a status report in the court saying that they are still trying to ascertain the identity of officers seen in the video and that only one policeman has been “pinpointed on probable basis”.In February 2020, when North East Delhi was affected with communal riots,  a video showing five Muslim men being kicked, beaten and prodded with lathis by police-men went viral. The five men were encircled and forced by the police officers to sing the national anthem while they were lying on the ground, helpless and in a grievously wounded condition. One of the five men, the 23-year-old Faizan, was taken in custody on 24th February and released in a precarious health condition on 25th February. He succumbed to his injuries on 26th February at LNJP Hospital. The plea states that in the intervening night before his death, he had described to his mother, the torture that had been inflicted on him.It is contended in the plea that the injured Faizan had been kept in illegal detention at the Jyoti Nagar Police Station, and denied access to medical care. Further, it was only when his condition took a turn for the worse and it appeared that he may not survive, was he released. “The mere release from the police station prior to his death would not absolve the policemen of having committed murder in custody, and the Petitioner is seeking justice for the same”, states the plea. Despite a murder case being registered and the investigation being transferred to the Crime Branch, the petition claims that with the passage of nine months, “it is now clear the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch is a sham, designed at shielding the guilty men in uniform, rather than investigating the crime”. “The investigation conducted by the Respondent No. 2 does not inspire confidence, and there is a grave and real apprehension that the tardy, shoddy and sham investigation will shield the real perpetrators of the heinous crime, as they are policemen”. In light of the above, filed on behalf of Faizan’s mother, Kismatun, the plea seeks for the constitution of a court-monitored Special Investigation Team to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the custodial death of Faizan. It also seeks for periodic filing of Status Reports before the Court, and for a detailed affidavit supported by relevant material regarding the functioning of CCTV cameras at the concerned police station.The Court had issued notice on the petition on December 24. The case will be next heard on March 15.Click here to read/download the order Next Storylast_img read more

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‘Threat By Using Caste Name’ : Madras High Court Restrains National SC/ST Commission, TNHRC From Taking Cognizance Of Karnan’s Complaints

first_imgNews Updates’Threat By Using Caste Name’ : Madras High Court Restrains National SC/ST Commission, TNHRC From Taking Cognizance Of Karnan’s Complaints LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK22 March 2021 6:39 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Monday passed an interim injunction restraining the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission from taking cognizance of the complaints made by former High Court judge CS Karnan against the officers probing the abusive videos case against him, and also the judges deciding the case and the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Monday passed an interim injunction restraining the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission from taking cognizance of the complaints made by former High Court judge CS Karnan against the officers probing the abusive videos case against him, and also the judges deciding the case and the complainant.A division bench comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and AA Nakkiran passed the interim order after forming a prima facie opinion that the complaints amounted to “intimidation”, “threat by using caste name” and were an attempt to “prevent the investigating officers from discharging their duties”.The injunction will remain in force until further orders of the Court. The Court has also issued notices to the National SC/ST Commission and the TNSHRC. The case will be next considered on April 22.The order was passed in an application filed by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, after hearing Senior Advocate S.Prabakaran, assisted by CK Chandrasekaran.Karnan was arrested by the Chennai police on December 2 last year in an FIR registered over a series of abusive videos made by him in which he was seen issuing threats of sexual violence against female relations of judges. He has been under custody since his day of arrest. Earlier, the High Court had dismissed his bail application, rejecting his argument that the videos were made out of psychological stress and depression.Later, he made a complaint to the SC/ST Commission and the TNSHRC alleging that the police officers had abused him on the basis of his caste name.The High Court noted that the Supreme Court had earlier punished Karnan for criminal contempt of court for scandalizing the judiciary with his public utterances. In that episode also, Karnana had also made complaints against Supreme Court judges under the SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The High Court observed that Karnan has “once again started to indulge in the very same act” which was frowned upon by the Supreme Court.The order passed by the bench recorded as follows :”… the 9th respondent(Karnan) prima facie appears to have indulged in the acts of intimidation and threat by using the caste name and therefore, making attempts to prevent the officials of the Investigation team to investigate the cases registered against him in a fair and proper manner and in accordance with law”. Observing that a prima facie case for grant of injunction has been made out, the Court ordered :”…there shall be an order of ad-interim injunction restraining the respondents 11 and 12, viz., the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, New Delhi and the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission, from taking cognizance of the representation/compliant given or to be given by the 9th respondent and his associates against respondents 3 to 5, defacto complainant as well as against the Presiding Officers who are dealing with the cases and the officials who are dealing with the matters until further orders”.In November last year, the High Court had ordered the blocking of the objectionable videos posted by KarnanThe abusive videos of Karnan surfaced online in October, following which a group of women lawyers of Madras High Court submitted a complaint before the Chief Justice of India seeking action against Karnan.In May 2017, CS Karnan became the first sitting High Court judge to be held guilty of criminal contempt of court. A constitution bench of the Supreme Court sentenced him to six months imprisonment for his multiple acts of public utterances against judges and interference with the administration of justice. As a judge, Karnan had also extraordinary acts like passing a judicial order to stay his own transfer and issuing an arrest warrant against Supreme Court judges.After the sentence, he went into hiding. He was arrested a month later and was sent to Presidency Jail in Kolkata, where he underwent imprisonment till December 2017Click here to read/download the order Next Storylast_img read more

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Protesters gather after LA sheriff’s deputies shoot Black man during confrontation

first_imgKABC-TVBy MARC NATHANSON, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Protesters gathered in South Los Angeles Monday night after Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man who they say had a handgun and was fighting with them.The shooting occurred Monday afternoon after two deputies pulled over a man who was riding a bicycle in violation of vehicle laws, according to Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brandon Dean.The man got off the bike and ran off, Dean said, and the deputies ran him down.“Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items in his hands,” Dean said. “The deputies noticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”The suspect was struck several times, with both officers firing their weapons, Dean said.Deputies recovered the handgun that the man had been carrying, he said. The investigation is ongoing.Members of Black Lives Matter LA called on demonstrators to protest the shooting at the site of the incident. Video of the demonstration overnight, which was posted on social media, shows tense scenes between protesters and police near the scene of the shooting in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Westmont.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more