BSO releases surveillance video of 4 men in clumsy armed robbery in

first_imgDeputies said at one point, the armed robbers struggled to collect a rifle placed on the ground near the victim.At the same time, a fourth armed robber made his way out of the Volvo and into the victim’s car to take an unknown item.The bewildered victim was then approached by a calmer member of the group, who demanded something more from him while pointing a handgun.The victim then appears to peek inside of the Volvo as the assailants take off and pull out of the parking spot.However, deputies are trying to identify the victim of the armed robbery because he left the scene before authorities arrived.“So we’re looking for these four armed robbers. We’re also looking for the victim,” Carter said.Investigators said it remains unclear whether the robbers and the victim know each other, but they want to talk to the victim. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video footage of four men involved in a clumsy armed robbery outside of a Lauderdale Lakes liquor store.Cameras were rolling outside of the liquor store on the 3800 block of Northwest 19th Street, catching a newer-model, white Volvo S90 sedan parking at approximately 7:15 p.m., Sunday.Deputies said once a customer left the store, three men armed with handguns and long rifles made their way out of the vehicle.“He is accosted by three armed men,” BSO spokesperson Gina Carter said. “Even putting down their assault rifle on the floor near the victim for several seconds, and then struggling to pick that weapon up off the floor.”The crooks could be seen on the surveillance video surrounding the victim and pinning him to the ground as they searched him.The men could be seen fumbling with different items multiple times throughout the armed robbery. If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Best Netflix documentaries right now

first_img Tags More streaming recommendations Netflix original documentaries and docuseries have been knocking it out of the park lately. Not only did Netflix win best documentary feature at the Academy Awards last year — for Icarus — it’s also been nominated six additional times in that category since 2014. Here are some of the best documentaries and docuseries to stream this weekend. Documentary featuresFyre: The Greatest Party That Never HappenedStream on NetflixBy now you’ve heard plenty of debate over whether you should watch the Hulu or Netflix Fyre Festival documentary. Pro tip: Abandon all your responsibilities in life and just watch both. OK, I understand that isn’t the most realistic option. So my vote is for the Netflix one. I found it to have the most insight into the logistics of what went wrong, which I find very fascinating. They’ll Love Me When I’m DeadStream on NetflixOrson Welles spent years trying to get enough money to complete The Other Side of the Wind, a mockumentary style film about a Hollywood director played by the late director John Huston. Upon Welles’ death in 1985, the film spent decades in limbo. Fortunately, the rights were acquired in 2014 by Royal Road Entertainment and director Peter Bogdanovich helped to complete the film, which premiered on Netflix this year. But perhaps even more fascinating than watching the actual film itself is this documentary on the making of the film. It’s narrated by Alan Cumming and filled with interviews from those involved with the making of The Other Side of the Wind. This documentary is quite a wild ride and a must watch for any Orson Welles fans, or those who want a deeper look into the complexities of trying to get a film made in Hollywood. Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich in the Neflix documentary They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead Netflix QuincyStream on NetflixQuincy is a very enjoyable documentary on legendary record producer Quincy Jones. Directed by Alan Hicks and Quincy’s daughter, Rashida Jones, the film repeatedly hammers home the fact that none of us will ever be as cool as Quincy. From Quincy’s work with Frank Sinatra, to scoring countless hit films, to producing musical masterpieces like Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, it’s hard not to watch the documentary and wonder how Jones managed to accomplish so much in his career. Hint: He’s incredibly talented. The Bleeding EdgeMetacritic score: 74Stream on NetflixDocumentary film fans are probably already familiar with director Kirby Dick’s work. From his investigation of the MPAA in This Film Is Not Yet Rated to the Academy Award-nominated The Invisible War about sexual assault in the US military, Dick doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects. The Bleeding Edge tackles implanted medical devices and the lack of regulation surrounding them. Though I’m squeamish when it comes to medical details, I felt The Bleeding Edge was absolutely worth stomaching. The individuals’ stories were powerful, and the film is eye-opening. Mercury 13Metacritic score: 82 Stream on NetflixThis documentary tells the story of the 13 female pilots who were tested, in secret, for the space program in the early ’60s. Sadly, for political reasons, these women would never be sent into space. (Although Russia sent a woman into space in 1963, it’d be another 20 years before America followed suit.) But these passionate, eager women were ready to be the first pioneers in space, and the documentary does a wonderful job of recognizing an often overlooked piece of space race history.Seeing Allred (2018)Metacritic score: 68 Stream on NetflixYou have to have pretty thick skin to be an activist in the public eye. And even thicker skin if you’re a female lawyer. But Gloria Allred has championed women’s rights for decades, seeming completely immune to the childish taunts thrown her way. This documentary is a fascinating look at the life and motivations of one of America’s best-known attorneys.Strong Island (2017)Metacritic score: 86 Stream on NetflixStrong Island is an incredibly moving film about a family’s history, and its struggles with racism in America. The movie is centered on a horrific 1992 tragedy, when William Ford Jr., a 24-year-old black high school teacher on Long Island, was murdered by a white 19-year-old. Yance Ford’s documentary on his brother’s death is a heartrending film that tries to celebrate William’s potential.Icarus (2017)Metacritic score: 68 Stream on NetflixBryan Fogel’s documentary Icarus, about sports doping, may as well be called a thriller. While making the documentary Fogel accidentally uncovered a massive Russian doping scandal after meeting with a Russian scientist. Icarus is an insightful yet scary look at the complex world of sports and the politics surrounding them. Oh, and Icarus won best documentary feature at the Academy Awards in 2018.13th (2016)Metacritic score: 90 Stream on NetflixAva DuVernay’s documentary about the mass incarceration and disenfranchisement of African-Americans in the US gets right to the point. 13th has to cover quite a bit of ground, and DuVernay’s skills as a filmmaker shine through as she carefully lays out a very complex history of injustice. 13th picked up an Oscar nomination for best documentary and won three Emmys and a Peabody Award. 6 TV and Movies Casting JonBenet (2017)Metacritic score: 74 Stream on NetflixIf you’re a true-crime fan looking for answers on the JonBenet Ramsey case, this isn’t the documentary for you. (Don’t worry, there are plenty of specials, books and podcasts on this case.) Instead, this thought-provoking documentary turns the camera onto the actors auditioning for re-enactment roles and makes the viewer wonder about how we might project our own experiences onto sensational cases like JonBenet’s.Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)Metacritic score: 63 Stream on NetflixAs someone who casually enjoys Lady Gaga’s music but knew very little about her, I wasn’t expecting much from this documentary. But I found Gaga: Five Foot Two to be an enjoyable, easy watch, perfect for a lazy afternoon. Lady Gaga may have a larger-than-life persona, but the documentary really highlights the dedication and hard work required for the singer to be a superstar and pull off something as grand as a Super Bowl performance.Virunga (2014)Metacritic score: 95 Stream on NetflixVirunga was one of the first documentaries to really put Netflix originals on the map. It received a nomination for best documentary at the Oscars, the second Academy Award nomination for Netflix. At that point, people began to notice that Netflix was picking some real winners. And Virunga is absolutely a winner. The film focuses on the park rangers at the Virunga National Park in the Congo, and their struggle to protect the mountain gorillas who live there. It’s a powerful film well worth your time.  Docuseries7 Days OutStream on NetflixThe show focuses on the seven-day lead-up to major events like the Kentucky Derby or the Chanel fashion show and how they successfully come together at the last minute. In that sense it’s basically the antithesis of the Fyre Festival documentary. I highly recommend checking out the Westminster Dog Show episode, just to get a sense of how eerily accurate Christopher Guest’s mockumentary Best in Show really was. Chef’s TableStream on NetflixVolume 6 is now available on Netflix, so it might be time for you to finally check this one out. This docuseries on the culinary arts is pure visual poetry. Every episode tells the story of a different world-renowned chef. As a generally stoic person, I’ve cried maybe three times over a movie or TV show in my entire life. The first episode of Chef’s Table, which tells the love story of Massimo Bottura and his wife, had me sobbing on my couch. Make of that what you will.Making a Murderer Stream on NetflixWhen Making a Murderer first premiered about three years ago, it put Netflix docuseries on the map. Like most gripping true-crime stories, there’s been an endless internet debate over the murder of Teresa Halbach. Is Steven Avery, the man convicted of her murder, innocent or did he actually kill her? Was he framed? Dark TouristMetacritic score: 70Stream on NetflixIn this docuseries, journalist David Farrier tackles “dark tourism,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: tourists who visit deadly, tragic or violent sites. In the first episode, Farrier spends time with Pablo Escobar’s own hitman and Farrier voices his own moral conflict between finding the murderer charming and reprehensible. I don’t love true crime enough to build my holiday itinerary around a serial killer, but I’m fascinated by the people who actually would. The StaircaseMetacritic score: 95 Stream on NetflixNetflix brings us three new episodes of this true-crime docuseries, which first premiered in 2004. The series follows the trial of Michael Peterson, an author accused of murdering his wife Kathleen, after she was found dead at the bottom of their home’s staircase. After binging the entire 13 episodes and reading up on numerous theories, I still have absolutely no idea if Michael Peterson is guilty, innocent or framed by an owl. But as a true-crime fanatic, I’m obsessed with this case. Jump on the hype train! Evil Genius Metacritic score: 71 Stream on Netflix Calling all true-crime fans! Netflix has blessed us with another mind-boggling docuseries. Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is just a roller coaster of emotions. This docuseries dives into the 2003 pizza bomber case, where a pizza delivery driver was forced to rob a bank while wearing a collar bomb. A big sensitivity warning: You’ll see someone blown up in the first 10 minutes. So I highly recommend you put any kids to bed before binging this four-part series in one sitting.  The Toys That Made Us Stream on Netflix  The show is just so fantastically fun to watch. Even the way the He-Man and Barbie teams from Mattel talk about each other across both episodes was delightful. Trust me, you should take a few hours out of your day to watch this docuseries and just feel like a kid again. Dirty Money Metacritic score: 80 Stream on Netflix My sincerest apologies, because Dirty Money is definitely not a feel-good docuseries. It’ll probably fill you with rage. But I’m recommending it anyway, because damned if it’s not informative. The show focuses on corrupt corporations. It had me asking important questions like “how on earth did they get away with that?” while screaming at my TV. You’ve been warned. Wild Wild Country Metacritic score: 79 Stream on Netflix Holy bananas. Is that even a saying? Because holy bananas. Wild Wild Country is about the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the seemingly utopian city of Rajneeshpuram that his followers built in a remote part of Oregon in the early ’80s. The local people of Antelope, right next to Rajneeshpuram, even attempted to disband their own town to try to prevent the Rajneesh’s followers from taking over. The story unfolds into utter insanity: from a hotel bombing to an assassination plot to illegal wiretapping to the largest bioterrorism attack in US history. This docuseries had me absolutely hooked in the first 10 minutes. Be prepared to have your mind blown that this actually happened.  The Keepers Metacritic score: 78 Stream on Netflix I’m just going to level with you: This docuseries may wreck you emotionally. The Keepers investigates the 1969 unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a Catholic nun and high school teacher, and how her murder possibly links to a pervasive sexual predator from the school, the priest Joseph Maskill. The seven-part series was nearly impossible for me to turn off, completely and utterly gripping from the onset. Comments 2018 sci-fi, fantasy and geek movies to get excited aboutcenter_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Netflix 87 Photos Cord Cutters (OTT) Share your voice Best horror movies on Netflix Best Netflix shows How to stream every Marvel movie up to Avengers: Infinity Warlast_img read more

Anil Ambanis RCom in limbo as deal with Mukeshs Jio snaps court

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe Depart of Telecommunication’s (DoT) show-cause notice to Reliance Communications (RCom) for yet another default of license fee payment does not move the needle for resolving the crisis that the Anil Ambani-led telecom provider is facing. RCom’s dues for spectrum fees alone already amount to Rs 281 crore, according to reports.There are on-going cases in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) and the Supreme Court that have added to the travails of the company. It is already in trouble after the Rs 7,300-crore deal with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for spectrum sales could not go through as DoT refused to give the go-ahead for the deal. DoT wants Jio to guarantee the payment of the historical dues that RCom owes DoT before it can give the go ahead.Though the spectrum deal has been scrapped, Jio will continue to share the spectrum with RCom as long as it is available, according to a Jio official. “RCom continues to be a licensed operator. They have not paid, but that does not disqualify them (as a license holder) and DoT is looking into it. DoT has sent show-cause notices for not paying (dues) but the company is in a peculiar situation where there are court cases going on in NCLAT and Supreme Court,” said Anshuman Thakur, strategy head of Jio at a recent function where Reliance Industries announced its FY19 Q4 results, according to reports.”Today they are eligible to share spectrum and use that network to service enterprise customers. If there are any changes, we will get to know, because it’s between the courts and DoT,” Thakur added. Jio shares RCom’s airwaves in the 850 MHz band in 21 circles, including Mumbai, and industry experts say the scrapping of airwaves by DoT could disrupt Jio’s services. The spectrum deal for selling 122.4 MHz of spectrum in the 850 MHz band to Jio would have helped ease RCom’s debt burden. File photo of Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani speaking as his brother Anil Ambani watches in 2004. Reliance Communications is in limbo with the court cases and trouble with DoT over spectrum payments.ReutersAs the bankruptcy proceedings of RCom continue in NCLAT, their effect is already putting a strain on the other companies of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADG). RCom shares have hit the bottom while group companies like Reliance Power and Reliance Capital have been plunging. RCom share fell 4 per cent on Thursday to reach Rs 2.40. Reliance Capital fell 11.77 per cent to Rs 151.45 on National Stock Exchange (NSE). Reliance Power plunged 13.23 per cent to Rs 8.20. Reliance Infrastructure skidded 7.99 per cent to Rs 121.50. The Anil Ambani Group companies have been in trouble since the controversy erupted over his company’s involvement in the Rafale fighter jet. Rahul Gandhi-led opposition Congress party has made Rafale Defence’s role as an offset partner in the deal with French company Dassault a campaign point in the ongoing general elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Anil Ambani almost landed in jail after the Supreme Court convicted him of contempt of court for failure to pay Swedish telecom equipment vendor Ericsson. Mukesh Ambani had to step in to save the younger sibling jail time. Close Mukesh Ambani helped his younger brother Anil Ambani to pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericssoncenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Freecharge staff may approach PMO to halt sale to Axis Bank did

first_imgAn employee speaks on his mobile phone as he walks inside Axis Bank’s corporate headquarters in Mumbai July 17, 2012.ReutersIt looks like Axis Bank’s joy of acquiring digital payments platform Freecharge may be short lived as the latter’s current and former employees are said to be planning to get in touch with the Prime Minister’s Office to halt the sale of the brand to India’s third-largest private sector bank.It was earlier reported that Axis Bank was nearing a deal to buy Freecharge for about Rs 385 crore ($60 million). While Snapdeal and Freecharge remained tight lipped on the deal, Axis Bank is said to have sent out invites for an event during which it said that a “strategic announcement” would be made. However, the employees are clearly not looking forward to the acquisition.In a letter accessed by Business Standard, the employees have said that they would soon approach the PMO with their issues and also blamed co-founders Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal for the bleeding state of Snapdeal, which also owned Freecharge.The employees, in the letter, even said that the Snapdeal 2.0 plan was executed, despite the employees believing that Snapdeal’s sale to Flipkart was a better idea. They also tagged the plan as “misleading.”However, a Snapdeal spokesperson refuted these allegations and said: “The company cannot comment on unsubstantiated allegations made by unidentified sources. The board has made no decision with regard to the team composition for Snapdeal 2.0.”Jasper Infotech, a firm based in Gurgaon that also owns online marketplace Snapdeal, had been looking to sell Freecharge for two years.When Axis Bank acquired Freecharge, it was said that the firm would also acquire the latter’s about 200 employees, but its CEO Jason Kothari was likely to leave after the deal formalities are completed. PR handoutAxis Bank would also get access to about 20 million Freecharge customers and well as a million online and offline sellers.It was also being said that two private banks — one of them being Bank of Baroda — and a few other private equity firms had expressed an interest in acquiring Freecharge. Paytm too had reportedly made a bid of $10-15 million for the platform and Amazon was also said to have bid for Freecharge in the range of Rs 500 crore ($70-$80 million), according to The Economic Times.last_img read more

Amar Ekushey Book Fair begins Friday

first_imgPreparation on Bangla Academy premises is done for Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Photo: UNBThe month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, a yearly event for booklovers and publishers, will begin on the Bangla Academy premises and at adjoining Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Friday, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the book fair on the Bangla Academy premises at 3:00pm on the day.She will also unveil a book titled ‘Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’ (Volume -2) at the opening ceremony.Two foreign guests – Indian poet Shankha Ghosh and Egyptian writer and poet Mohsin Al Arishi – will grace the opening ceremony.State minister for cultural affairs K M Khalid will attend the opening ceremony as a special guest while Bangla Academy director general poet Habibullah Siraji will deliver the welcome speech with its president Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman in the chair.Bangla Academy disclosed the details of the fair at a press conference at the academy on Thursday.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will also distribute the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar at the opening ceremony.Four writers and researchers won Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar -2018 which was announced earlier.The award winners are – Poet Kazi Rozi for poetry, Mohit Kamal for literature, Syed Mohammad Shahed for essay and research and Afsan Chowdhury for research on Liberation War.The winners will receive a cheque of Tk 200,000 each at the programme.Seminars will be held at the main stage of the fair venue at 4:00pm everyday from 2-28 February followed by cultural events.Like the previous years, the venue of the fair has been extended to nearby Suhrawardy Udyan with huge changes.This year, the land earmarked for the fair was expanded to 550,000 sq-ft, 37,000 sq-ft more than the previous year. A total of 770 units were allocated to the 499 organisations.The authorities have allotted a total of 150 units at the Bangla Academy ground to 104 organisatons and 620 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 395 organisations.Last year, the authorities allotted a total of 719 units – 136 at the Bangla Academy ground to 92 organisatons and 583 at the Suhrawardy Udyan to 363 organisations.Besides, 24 pavilions have been allocated for 24 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy which was the same in the last number.There will be strict security arrangements in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.Publishers from across the country will come at the fair with a wide variety of books while Bangla Academy will exhibit 102 newly printed and reprinted books.The theme for this year’s Ekushey book fair is “Bijoy: 1952 to 1971 Ebong Naboporjay,” said Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the fair organizing committee.Visiting the fair venue, the UNB correspondent found works on the stalls and the main stage are almost finished but not fully completed.Nirapad Media and Communication, run by actor Ilias Kanchan, will oversee the total management of the fair.The fair will remain open from 3:00pm to 9:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) while it will remain open from 11:00am to 9:00pm on weekly holidays. On the 21st February, the fair will remain open from 8:00am to 8:00pm.last_img read more

55 raped in Sherpur in 5 months

first_imgAt least 55 incidents of rape were recorded in the district over the last five months from January.According to information placed at the monthly meeting of the law and order committee on Sunday, most of the victims were aged below 18. Even, women with disabilities were also not spared.Deputy commissioner of the district Anar Koli Mahbub presided over the meeting held at his conference room.Although police arrested a number of alleged rapists, there was no decline in the incidents of rape, individuals present at the meeting said.Whip Atiur Rahman Atik, adviser to the committee, expressed his concern over the rise in rape incidents in the district.He underscored the need for strictly enforcing law to deal with rape. “Steps have to be taken so that no rapist is spared,” he said, emphasising the need for creating social awareness to this end.Superintendent of police Kazi Ashraful Azim said there are directives that police will take action instantly if there is any allegation of rape. “Police have taken a zero-tolerance policy against rape.”He also claimed that police arrested all the accused in rape cases in the district.The SP said they were carrying out different programmes to create public awareness in this connection.A fourth grader was allegedly raped by a young man in Sreebardi upazila on 5 June when the Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated.According to police and the victim’s family, the girl had come to her grandfather’s house at Shalmara village to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with her relatives. When she was playing with other kids, one Akram took her to a nearby house and raped her.On 1 May, a 40-year-old man allegedly raped a Class-VIII girl in Sreebardi upazila.The victim was alone at her house at Shankar Ghosh village around noon when Ujjal Mia, the suspect, went to her house and raped her, police said quoting her relatives.last_img read more

Silk Road critics prejudiced China

first_imgChina`s political bureau member Yang Jiechi speaks during Munich security conference in Munich, Germany, on 16 February 2019. — Photo: ReutersChina has never forced debt upon participants of its new Silk Road project as “prejudiced” critics have suggested, the country’s top diplomat said on Saturday in a strongly worded defense of a key policy platform of President Xi JinpingXi’s Belt and Road Initiative, as it is formally called, envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond with massive infrastructure spending.But it has proved controversial in many Western capitals, particularly Washington, which views it as merely a means to spread Chinese influence abroad and saddle countries with unsustainable debt through nontransparent projects.The United States has been particularly critical of Italy’s decision to sign up to the plan this month, during Xi’s visit to Rome, the first for a G7 nation.Speaking to the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, Yang Jiechi, who runs the party’s foreign affairs committee, said he had noted that some in the international community believed this was a geopolitical tool and would only bring debt traps for participating countries.“This obviously shows a lack of objectivity and fair understanding of the Belt and Road initiative. It is a misunderstanding, misjudgment and is even prejudiced,” wrote Yang, a former foreign minister and ambassador to Washington.China has stressed many times that the Belt and Road is to promote joint development, he added.“The Belt and Road is open, inclusive and transparent. It does not play little geopolitical games. It does not engage in the exclusion of exclusive small circles.”Yang noted that many countries, companies and ordinary people participating in the Belt and Road project had “publicly refuted rumors” about it being a debt trap.Belt and Road projects, from their selection to their financing, go through careful risk assessments and the initiative’s principles stress sustainable development, he said.“For cooperative partners who have debt difficulties, China’s principle is to appropriately resolve this through friendly consultations, and has never pushed or forced debt” on anyone, Yang added.To date no participating country has faced a debt crisis – to the contrary many countries have been able to escape the “no development trap”, he wrote.China will hold its second Belt and Road summit in Beijing in late April.Yang said almost 40 foreign leaders would take part, but did not name them.Some of China’s closest allies have already confirmed they will come, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.last_img

Lipscomb Edges Louisville 54 in Eight Innings

first_imgWith one out in the bottom of the seventh, Hensley took a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right center field. Her team-best fourth home run of the season evened the score at 4-4. Preview NOTES: Matchup History The Lady Bisons countered in the eighth inning, using a hit, a walk and an error to load the bases. A wild pitch sent Khayla Green home to put Lipscomb back on top 5-4. With her run in tonight’s game, Melton moves her career total to 134. She is seventh on Louisville’s all-time list and needs four more to tie Esteban (2010-13) for sixth. Snyder has reached base safely in 10 straight games Melton now has 52 in her career and stands third on UofL’s all-time list, needing eight more to tie Jennifer Esteban for second. The Cards (22-13) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first when redshirt senior Sidney Melton singled, stole second and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Megan Hensley. The University of Louisville softball team erased a 4-1 deficit with freshman Charley Butler’s two-run single in the fourth and senior Megan Hensley’s home run in the bottom of the seventh, but fell 5-4 to Lipscomb in eight innings Tuesday evening at Ulmer Stadium. Lipscomb 5 – Louisville 4 Hensley had two RBIs, including a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, but a bases-loaded wild pitch in the eighth lifted Lipscomb to a 5-4 win. With her home run, Hensley improves her career total to 29 and moves into a tie for seventh with Alicja Wolny (2010-13) on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs two more to tie Kristi Cunningham (2006-09) for sixth. Hensley also moved her career RBI tally to 153. She is currently sixth on Louisville’s career list and needs four more to tie Maryssa Becker (2014-17) for fifth. Melton is now on seven-game hitting streak. Melton leads the team with a career-high 19 stolen bases and moves into a three-way tie for fifth on Louisville’s single-season record list. She needs one more to move into a tie for fourth with Coleen Coughling (2001). The Lady Bisons (24-12-1) quickly answered in the top of the second when Sarah Higgins reached on an error and Jenna Pealor followed with a two-run homer to give Lipscomb a 2-1 lead. Danielle Watson (7-10) took the loss, allowing one earned run on one hit and striking out three in 3.0 innings of relief. Snyder helped pace the Cardinals with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Lipscomb reliever Mandy Jordan (9-7) would go on to retire the Cardinals in order in the eighth to get the win. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Story Links Next Game: at Western Kentucky 4/3/2019 | 6:00 p.m. The fourth inning brought another Bison run after Amy Vetula singled, and moved to second on Destinee Brewer’s fielder’s choice. A passed ball moved her to third and she crossed the plate on a hit by Graysen Gladden to extend Lipscomb’s lead to 4-1. Photo Gallery Lipscomb added a run in the third when Hannah Devault connected on an RBI double to plate Jordan Fortel who had reached on a one-out walk. Louisville (22-13) will return to action Wednesday with a road trip to Western Kentucky. The Cards cut the deficit to one behind freshman Charley Butler’s two-run single in the fifth. Junior Caitlin Ferguson delivered a leadoff hit and moved to third on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s double to put two runners in scoring position for Butler, who drove a single to right field, scoring Ferguson and pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe and making the score 4-3. Live Stats  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nintendo Has Discontinued the NES Classic Edition

first_imgStay on target Don’t Expect Any More Nintendo Classic ConsolesKonami Announces Live-Action Contra Film and TV Series Ebay prices of the NES Classic Edition are about to skyrocket. Nintendo has just announced that it will discontinue the always-in-short-supply miniature console in North America. After the company ships the final batch of systems to retailers at the end of the month, the retro-tastic machine will be no more.“Throughout April, NOA territories will receive the last shipments of Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition systems for this year,” said a Nintendo representative to IGN. “We encourage anyone interested in obtaining this system to check with retail outlets regarding availability. We understand that it has been difficult for many consumers to find a system, and for that, we apologize. We have paid close attention to consumer feedback, and we greatly appreciate the incredible level of consumer interest and support for this product.”The source went on to add that the NES Classic Edition was always intended to be a limited-run system. Along with canceling the NES Mini, the NES Classic Controller will also be discontinued. Nintendo said that while it is discontinuing the sale of accessories for the NES Classic, that third party manufacturers may continue to produce products for the now extinct system if they so choose.AdChoices广告It should be noted that this cancellation is currently for North America. Nintendo didn’t say whether or not the NES Classic Edition would be discontinued worldwide. Since this plug-and-play console was never meant to have a long shelf-life, it is likely that it will be completely discontinued across the world eventually.This is certainly disappointing news for anyone that wanted an NES Classic Edition. Hopefully, this means that Nintendo will soon start to drop old-school titles on the Switch’s Virtual Console. That way, folks can play old games along with all of the upcoming Switch titles.Fear not if you are still craving an NES Classic, for you can always make your own.last_img read more

Reasons behind a nagging backache

first_imgPoor posture at the workplace and a sedentary lifestyle – there are many lifestyle habits that might be ruining your back, and you may not even be realising it. Doctors and health experts share what might be behind that back pain. Smartphone mania: Many people multi-task and talk on the phone while their hands are doing other things. Doing this for a few seconds isn’t going to cause an imbalance in your body, but anything more that that will cause tension on one side of your neck and upper back. This could eventually convert to back pain as well. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLifting style: Whether it is your pets, children, backpack or handbag, the way you lift has a role to play in your bone health. Incorrect and repetitive heavy lifting not only sprains and causes muscle damage, it cause a multiple of other pathological spinal issues. When lifting heavy objects, ensure that all of the weight does not fall on your spine alone. Diet dilemma: Your eating habits and weight gain – especially the ‘bulging tummy’ puts a lot of stress on lower back. It can cause back pain. A weak core compounds this effect in aggravating low back pain. Reducing dairy products, increasing smoking, soda, caffeine is definitely harmful for your bone health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpending long hours indoors: The fat under our skin gets converted to precursor of vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is a bone vitamin responsible for strengthening bones, intervertebral disc and musculoskeletal well being. Modern day lifestyle lacks outdoor activities and thereby majority of population working indoors is deficient in Vitamin D. This results in weakening of bones, early degeneration of discs and lower back pain. Mental stress: Even minor back pains can be increased by mental stress. Inability to sleep at night because of stress does not allow your body to relax properly. This can cause muscle fatigue and back spasms. Smoking effect: People who smoke are more likely to develop chronic low back pain. Smoking has been shown to have adverse effects on the brain pain circuits causing persistent low back pain. Smoking also interferes with the natural healing that body attempts after a back injury. Bad roads and long travel: The human body experiences sudden deceleration and random movements which get concentrated at the spine when a vehicle bumps over a pothole. In people who are having low back pain, this can trigger a new episode of severe pain and spasm which may need prolonged recovery time.last_img read more

Iceland president reelected for record 5th term

first_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The election Saturday hinged on how politically active the president should be. Iceland is a parliamentary democracy in which the president has traditionally been seen as a figurehead. However, the president can refuse to sign into law bills passed by parliament, triggering a voter referendum. Grimsson was the first president to wield that power.In a preliminary count, Grimsson took 52.2 per cent of the vote. Closest challenger Thora Arnordsdottir, who ran on a platform that the president should not have political views and play an active role in promoting business, had 33.8 per cent.In his New Year’s Address, Grimsson insinuated that he would not seek re-election, but decided to after being urged by a petition signed by 30,000 Icelanders. He has repeatedly said he believes he owed it to the Icelandic people to run again.Iceland’s banking sector ballooned to nine times the tiny nation’s annual gross domestic product in a decade of boom, before collapsing under the weight of debt in October 2008. The country’s three main banks collapsed in a single week.The failure of Icesave, an online subsidiary of Landsbanki bank, left 340,000 British and Dutch citizens out of pocket. Both Britain and The Netherlands reimbursed their citizens’ deposits and are still seeking repayment. Voters rejected the government-backed deal to repay them last year in a referendum _ sending the dispute to an international court. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Associated PressREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) – Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who turned his ceremonial office into a position of power and rejected a deal that would have put taxpayers on the hook for $5 billion to Britain and the Netherlands, has been re-elected to a fifth term.The vote makes him the longest-serving president in Icelandic history. Heavily criticized after the financial crisis for cheerleading the overheated business sector, he earned back support from ordinary Icelanders and became a symbol of defiance by refusing to sign legislation that would have made taxpayers pay back British and Dutch deposits in a failed online bank.last_img read more

Guterres reaffirms Unficyps importance but disappointed over lack of confidence building

first_imgUN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres has reaffirmed the importance of Unficyp to peacekeeping in Cyprus in his report circulated to the Security Council late Friday in New York but he highlighted several areas of concern as far as confidence-building was concerned.He recommended the force’s mandate be renewed for another six months until July 31, 2019.“As I concluded in my latest report on my good offices, I believe that prospects remain alive for a comprehensive settlement within a foreseeable horizon. I also remain convinced that prior to deploying the full weight of my good offices, the sides should agree on a joint way forward,” he said, adding that he urges the leaders and the guarantor powers to continue their constructive engagement with the United Nations Senior Official Jane Holl Lute and to engage with each other, to this end.“I reiterate my observations from the good offices report that continued support for a horizon of endless process without result has ended; similarly, that consensus has emerged that the status quo is no longer sustainable,” Guterres said.While the parties work to determine the best way forward in the context of the consultations, UNFICYP, he said, continues to play an indispensable role in preventing tensions at various levels from escalating and hindering dialogue and the search for a political solution.But he noted with concern the enhancements to military positions and capabilities that were recorded on both sides during the reporting period, in deliberate breach of the military status quo.Guterres said he was also concerned by the increase in unauthorised civilian incursions into the buffer zone that cause friction, especially when they occur in close proximity to the opposing forces “and when they are intended to provoke the other side or the United Nations”.But, in the continued absence of direct contact between the relevant military, police and civilian authorities, UNFICYP plays a crucial role in liaising effectively between the sides and helping resolve issues that could raise tension, he said.Guterres called on both sides to respect the authority of UNFICYP in the buffer zone and to heed the call of the Security Council to work with the mission on the demarcation of the buffer zone and to implement the 2018 United Nations aide-memoire.In addition, he encouraged the sides to consider developing, with support from UNFICYP, their own mechanisms for alleviating tensions, be they of a military, police or civilian nature.The UN chief welcomed the opening of two new crossing points at LefkaAplici/Lefke-Aplıç and Dherynia/Derinya, which inter alia promotes freedom of movement across the island and generates greater opportunities for people-to-people contact, trust-building and economic cooperation, he said.He commended President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı for seeing this long-awaited confidence-building measure implemented and encouraged them to consider the opening of additional crossing points, including in Nicosia, as advocated by the Nicosia mayors.“The diminishing hope for a settlement and low levels of trust between the two communities highlighted in recent perception surveys should be a matter of concern to all Cypriots, with the leadership on both sides having the key responsibility to work to overturn these trends,” Guterres said.“It is of concern also to UNFICYP, given its mandate to facilitate a return to normal conditions and its efforts to create conditions conducive to a lasting settlement. In this regard, UNFICYP will further increase its efforts to bring the two communities together, including beyond Nicosia, and remains ready to support cooperation in priority areas, including those identified through the recent surveys.”“The positive example of the crossing points notwithstanding, I regret that progress could not be achieved in implementing other confidence-building measures such as the interoperability of mobile phones and the further integration of the two electricity grids, which were agreed by the leaders in 2015.”He said that while confidence-building measures “cannot and should not be a substitute for genuine and results-oriented negotiations,” he was convinced that prospects for dialogue and for lasting settlement will only be enhanced through such action.“Implementation of the remaining 2015 confidence-building measures should be possible with the necessary creativity, determination and political will and I urge further work to overcome any technical or other obstacles to this end,” he added.Guterres also said that in line with the repeated call of the Security Council, including most recently in resolution 2430 (2018), he  was calling on the parties to work with UNFICYP to devise a balanced package of military-confidence building measures, which could include de-mining and further unmanning of positions.He praised the work of the technical committees in spite of the ups-and-downs in the political process and believes there is significant untapped potential for bi-communal work through the committees.“I urge the leaders to provide the Committees with the necessary flexibility and support to further intensify their efforts.  Access to religious sites across the island remains a key element for the exercise of freedom of worship as well as for building trust and I continue to urge full access to such sites, in the north and in the south,” he said.Touching on the issue of hydrocarbons, Guterres repeated that the risk of further tensions in this respect remained.“In this context, I reiterate that the natural resources found in and around Cyprus should benefit both communities and should provide a strong incentive to find a durable solution to the Cyprus problem,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Cole issues statement on governors veto of morel mushroom bill

first_img Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to eliminate the certification mandate on individuals who buy and sell morel mushrooms.Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, issued the following statement in response:“House Bill 5532 amended the state’s food code by exempting morel mushrooms from the certification process. “I am profoundly disappointed with the governor’s veto of this legislation. The Michigan Department of Agriculture’s concern with a practice that has taken place for generations by morel mushroom enthusiasts is egregious. It is a flawed, bureaucratic process implemented by a department to overregulate businesses and hinder their ability to add this unique delicacy to their menu.“This legislation was brought about by local restauranteurs that were and are continuing to struggle to purchase fresh picked, seasonal morel mushrooms. I continue to have the upmost respect and confidence that our chefs know what they are purchasing, preserving and preparing for food enthusiasts.“I’ve been in communication with the governor’s office to find a workable solution on this issue.”###### Tags: #SB, Cole, HB 5532, morel mushrooms, veto center_img 05Jan Rep. Cole issues statement on governor’s veto of morel mushroom billlast_img read more

Rep Hughes named chair of Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes has been named chair of the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee for the current 2017-18 House session.“Michigan is known for its natural resources, so I’m very appreciative of being selected to help make us a better destination for our residents and guests over the next two years,” said Hughes, of Montague. “Overseeing discussion on tourism, along with camping, year-round trail use, skiing, golf courses, and boating is a great responsibility. I look forward to highlighting Michigan attractions, especially those in west Michigan like Hoffmaster State Park, our Winter Sports complex in North Muskegon, Heritage Park in Whitehall and many more.”House Speaker Tom Leonard also announced today that Hughes will be a member of the House committees for Commerce and Trade, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Families, Children, and Seniors. Hughes served as vice chair on the Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as a member of the Commerce and Trade panel, during the 2015-16 session and feels that experience will help over the next two years.“My commitment to our veterans is well known in the Capitol and across the state, so I’m pleased to be able to continue that work,” Hughes said. “Commerce and Trade is equally crucial to obviously help continue Michigan’s comeback. I look forward to adding a Muskegon County perspective while working with my colleagues on the Family, Children, and Seniors committee.”### 26Jan Rep. Hughes named chair of Tourism and Outdoor Recreationlast_img read more

Rep LaSata encourages residents of Southwest Michigan to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

first_img05Jun Rep. LaSata encourages residents of Southwest Michigan to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend Categories: LaSata News State Rep. Kim LaSata is encouraging residents of Southwest Michigan to take advantage of the state’s annual Free Fishing Weekend, June 10 and 11, to kick off summer.“There is some fin special about summertime in Southwest Michigan,” LaSata said.  “I encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and get outside and enjoy our natural resources.”The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive all fishing license fees during the weekend so residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on lakes and rivers throughout Michigan.  All fishing regulations still apply during the free fishing weekend.  For more information visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing, or contact Rep. LaSata by calling 517-373-5240.last_img read more

Rep Miller announces two local recreational trail projects

first_img Legislator joins colleagues in approving funding billState Rep. Aaron Miller today announced funding for two local trail projects were included in a bill approved by the Michigan House for recreation projects and land acquisition.Miller, of Sturgis, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money for such projects to fund development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state.A $913,700 project will pay for development of a trail from the Three Rivers Health Trail in the city limits to Meyer Broadway Park in Fabius Township. The trail includes parking on South Health Parkway, moves north to Millard Road, and follows the Millard Road right-of-way to Meyer Broadway Park. These trails will link a number of neighborhoods and schools to parks, waterfronts, commercial centers and other heavily used facilities.The second project is a development along the St. Joseph River Water Trail to provide a river trail route accessible to people with disabilities along the St. Joseph River by installing two EZ Dock systems with built-in features to aid with river access for all users. The river trail route will provide access to the St. Joseph River and increase its recreational use and create additional fishing opportunities, at a cost of $62,500.“Our area is blessed with a richness of natural resources and beautiful vistas, and these two projects will help make these trails and amenities available for everyone,” Miller said. “These developments are a great example of the state and local governments partnering together and using dedicated funds to make life better for families in our communities.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76. Categories: Miller News,News 15Jun Rep. Miller announces two local recreational trail projectslast_img read more

New Logo for Minnesota Orchestra Speaks Volumes Plus Cool Infographic Comparing Orchestra

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesFebruary 4, 2014;MinnPostMinnesota Orchestra, which recently signed a long awaited contract with its musicians after a lockout that appeared to nearly take down the orchestral association, has bragging rights for the longest labor dispute in the history of American orchestras (at 15 months). And now, Minnesota Public Radio has done us the favor of memorializing this in a really neat infographic that compares them against Louisville (12 months) and Detroit (6 months), as well as the less notable ones like Cleveland, where the dispute lasted one day.But MinnPost also calls our attention to a change in the orchestra’s logo as they restart with the buy-in of the musicians. We likely do not need to add much narrative to the poignancy of the shift in image.Before After —Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Mississippi River Delta Native Americans Face Loss of Land and Homes to

first_imgShare42Tweet54Share5Email101 SharesBy Karen Apricot New Orleans (Flickr photo) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsOctober 23, 2017; Science DailyThe home of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians is shrinking. Dulac, Louisiana, 17 miles from the coast, has become a group of land dots in the water as sea levels rise to create a Swiss-cheese topography. According to Barry Yeoman at The Fern, “The U.S. Geological Survey said the larger Terrebonne Basin lost almost 30 percent of its land from 1932 to 2010.”The reason for the change is apparent: Humans have rerouted the Mississippi River, carved canals in the delta, and drilled for oil and gas off the coast of Louisiana. Where there were fields and forests when the senior tribe members were children, there is now water. They must use boats where they used to run. Their heritage land, including their dead ancestors, has sunk. The area floods regularly, and the coffins have been floating away.Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of the Native American indigenous tribe says, “This took a long time to evolve. It’s gotten so bad there is no way to repair it.”“It can be a bit deceiving. It’s absolutely beautiful here,” she added. “You can still see some trees in spots. But I’m on a sliver of land. Everything has changed.”The Geological Society of America presented the story about the shrinking Mississippi Delta land and its residents at their annual meeting in Seattle last month. The mission of the nonprofit is “to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.” Williams College Chair and professor for Geoscience Rónadh Cox presented the study, which she coauthored with Parfait-Dardar, for the Geological Society. Cox’s students have visited Dulac and studied the predicament of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians in time spent with Chief Parfait-Dardar.The community has been losing land at an average of 1 percent per year between 1974 and 1990, according to previous research. A more recent analysis shows that subsidence rates in the Dulac area average 12.5 millimeters (one-half inch) per year—among the highest in southern Louisiana.“Younger people, they get out. They have to survive,” she said. But that survival comes at a high cost. “We’re losing our culture and our people. You don’t just lose your home, you lose who you are.”Parfait-Dardar and others are trying to make it work, experimenting with new crops and farming techniques. According to Yeoman, “She heads an intertribal effort to restore food sovereignty—the sustainable production of healthy and culturally appropriate food—to a half-dozen of Louisiana’s Native American communities.”Moving from the land of one’s ancestors is difficult and often impossible financially for many members of the community. Many homes have been lifted off the ground on pillars up to 20 feet high. It is difficult for the elders to navigate the elevated structures, and some have not been able to afford to lift their homes. Some homes have already been abandoned.Other Native American communities affected by the sea-level rise include those who can only access their homes by boat, the Grand Bayou Atakapa tribe and the Inuit of Alaska, whom NPQ has covered previously. The first “climate refugees” in the US may be the Isle de Jean Charles band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, who are presently undergoing federal resettlement.—Marian ConwayShare42Tweet54Share5Email101 Shareslast_img read more

Fair Housing Still Just a Dream

first_imgShare27Tweet4ShareEmail31 Shares“DOJ 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 Ceremony,” HUDApril 13, 2018; New York Times and NewsdayFifty years ago, just a few days after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered and with many parts of the nation still in turmoil, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act, which, he said, “proclaims that fair housing for all—all human beings who live in this country—is now a part of the American way of life.” Though the intent of this legislation was to erase the formal and informal barriers that had kept white and black Americans living separately, the reality has only inched forward since then—if it has moved at all.Perhaps more than we even knew in 1968, where you live, particularly where you grow up, has a large impact on the quality of life. In a harmful feedback loop, racial and economic segregation reinforce each other and leave their mark on future generations. According to Natalie Holmes and Alan Berube:Inequality at the local level may be undesirable for a variety of reasons. It may diminish the ability of schools to maintain mixed-income populations that produce better outcomes for low-income students. It may narrow the tax base from which municipalities raise the revenues needed to provide essential public services and weaken the collective political will to make those investments. And local inequality may raise the price of private-sector goods and services for poor households, making it even more difficult for them to get by on their limited incomes.One of the law’s authors, former US Vice President Walter Mondale, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times that he saw the law as specifically designed to end “the large-scale exclusion and isolation of blacks from white communities. In the Jim Crow South, white and black citizens were kept apart to confirm and reinforce the idea of white superiority. Residential segregation accomplished the same result elsewhere, but on a much larger scale. The Fair Housing Act was intended to prevent and reverse all this.”Five decades later, there has been some change, but the Fair Housing Act’s vision still seems a long way off. According to Vice President Mondale, “the law has also often suffered from neglect. The public servants tasked with implementing it have often forgotten—or refused to pursue—its goal of building an integrated society. The evil of residential segregation has waned at some times and in some places…the bureaucracy has often allowed people who prefer the segregated status quo to obstruct and delay. HUD, for instance, did not get around to fully carrying out these provisions until 2015.”With the election of Donald Trump, the federal government’s priorities have changed. The Housing and Urban Development department under Secretary Ben Carson, despite it having the responsibility to enforce the Fair Housing Act, according to Newsday, “recently announced it is suspending, for as much as seven years, city and county obligations to address segregation. In addition, the very agency charged with ensuring equal access to housing has proposed striking from its mission statement the powerful words ‘build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination’ in favor of weaker language.”With this change in direction, we again must ask ourselves if the Fair Housing Act’s vision of our nation remains viable, and what does it require of us to make it happen? Is “fair housing for all” still our yardstick? For the bill’s authors, the goals were to integrate where we lived and not just to counter individual acts of discrimination on a case-by-case basis. Have we really reached a point, as the Trump Administration seems to believe, that integration is not our goal and there are few acts of discrimination left to challenge?President Johnson’s signing statement seems prescient, as it ended by recognizing “we have come some of the way, not near all of it. There is much yet to do.” Ceasing to push forward toward the FHA’s objective is to ensure that millions of Americans of color will be locked into a caste system which keeps them at the bottom, struggling for the basics of life. Fair housing remains the law of the land; advocates and policymakers still have work to do if it is to be realized.—Martin LevineShare27Tweet4ShareEmail31 Shareslast_img read more