Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Security alert in Strabane ends RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ The security alert at Spout Road in Strabane has ended.A number of suspicious objects have been removed for further examination by detectives.Meanwhile in another incident, police recovered a suspected firearm earlier today near the community centre in the Ballycolman Estate area of Strabane.It was discovered behind a row of bushes in the area earlier today and has been taken away by officers from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch for examination.Local Councillor Patsy Kelly has been reacting to today’s events:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/patsy530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articleCCTV to be installed in Derry City Cemetery following spate of vandalismNext articleBono and Ali Hewson put on affectionate show as they arrive at DiCaprio dinner with family As one of the most famous philanthropists in Hollywood, it’s little surprise Bono was first in line to support Leonardo DiCaprio’s lavish fundraising dinner. admin HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By admin – July 20, 2016 Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic
Efforts to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour in west Tyrone move will forwards with the launch of 3 new Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Castlederg later this month.This will mean that Strabane District Council area will have 5 Neighbourhood Watch schemes.The 3 new schemes cover the Castlegore, Hospital Road and Millbrook Gardens areas of Castlederg.Residents from the Castlederg area are invited to celebrate the schemes next Tuesday in Derg Valley Leisure Centre from 7.00pm Newsx Adverts Previous articleFormer Anglo director released without chargeNext articleMan in serious condition following second Derry stabbing News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – November 2, 2011 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 3 new Neighbourhood Watch schemes to be launched in Castlederg Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — An airport worker suffered minor injuries Friday, after his van plunged off the fourth floor of an airport parking lot, crashing into the roadway below.According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, the American Airlines employee, an adult male in his mid-50s whose identity has not been revealed, was behind the wheel of a company van when he drove through a wall in the employee parking garage. The van crashed through the wall and fell four stories, landing on its roof.In a statement to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV today, American Airlines said the worker had suffered minor injuries but was transported to a hospital for evaluation.“We appreciate the assistance of MDPD [Miami-Dade Police Department] and the other first responders, who quickly took care of our team member,” the airline said.WPLG-TV said the incident was still under investigation, but a spokeswoman for American Airlines said initial information showed the crash was an accident.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Government ministers have been urged to encourage the replacement of celebrity university chancellors with professional fundraisers. The initiative is a result of new recommendations from the Government’s task force on student endowments, which states that chancellors should be paid, providing they spend several days a week raising money for their university. The Government is desperate for British universities to emulate their American counterparts by becoming effective fundraisers. Chris Patten, the current Oxford Chancellor, who spends the majority of his time working at the European Commission, is unlikely to see his job change despite the proposals. Then right to vote in the election for the life-long post of Oxford Chancellor is extended to Oxford graduates only, meaning the Government has no say in the matter. A University spokeswoman informed Cherwell, “It is unrealistic for a university to tie its Chancellor down to two or three days a week fundraising. Currently money is raised through a University bursary initiative which gives sufficient help to poorer students.”ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
Criminal mischief, 100 block 1st St., at 8:00am Criminal mischief, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 8:36am Theft, 500 Atlantic Ave., at 3:43pm Theft, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:21pm Criminal mischief, 3300 block Asbury Ave., at 8:38am Ocean City Public Safety Building Motor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 7:34am October 31, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 64Vehicle Stops: 15 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 27 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 5 EMS calls Fraud, 800 block West Ave., at 12:15pm November 2, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 90Vehicle Stops: 18 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 46 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 6 EMS callsFraud, 2100 block Central Ave., at 9:47amCriminal mischief, 3800 block Central Ave., at 1:30pmDomestic violence, 900 block Central Ave., at 4:00pmNovember 3, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 75Vehicle Stops: 23 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 22 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 2 EMS calls Calls for Service: 565 & Daily Average: 81 October 29, 2017: Sunday Calls for service: 90Vehicle Stops: 23 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 44 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 2 EMS calls Criminal mischief, 3800 block Central Ave., at 1:25pm When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway. Theft, 900 block West Ave., at 9:30pm October 30, 2017: Monday Calls for service: 63Vehicle Stops: 18 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 18 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 11 Fire and 9 EMS calls Domestic violence, 1400 block Central Ave., at 9:39pm November 4, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 75Vehicle Stops: 22 Vehicle Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 28 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 2 Fire and 3 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Asbury Ave., at 10:40amTheft, 800 block 6th St., at 3:45pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Burglary, 100 block Simpson Ave., at 10:38am November 1, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 107Vehicle Stops: 34 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 47 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 7 EMS calls Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection. This week is Halloween, please drive carefully and be alert for pedestrians.
“I don’t deny myself anything. Right now, my weakness is for cupcakes. I was sent 12 of them when I got to No.1 all different flavours”Cheryl Cole kicks off her own pro-obesity campaign”Assume you’ve done Eclair Short?”following a request for names of cake-themed politicians, former deputy PM John Prescott tweets his suggestion. Others he could have chosen are Hilary Bunn, Ed Doughballs and David Macaron (Cam-a-ron, geddit? Ok, that’s enough)”I’ve always had a sweet tooth, I was hungry and thought I would have just one Jaffa Cake from a packet. But I ended up eating the whole lot and never told anybody about it. You forget so much over the years, yet this just stuck in my mind I have never done anything like it before or since” Election? What election?! The Daily Mail devotes valuable space to 65-year-old John Bibby’s non-story of returning a packet of stolen Jaffa Cakes to a shop after 50 years 666 words to be exact. A sign of the coming apocalypse, surely?
In celebration of the coming release, Organ Freeman has planned two release shows. The first takes place at The Mint in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, September 16th. The second will be held at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets and more info is available via the band’s website.Organ Freeman Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates9/16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint *9/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *9/30 – San Diego, CA – WinstonsOB10/6 – Las Vegas, NV – The Yard @ Top Golf10/5 – 10/8 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival Today, LA instrumental trio Organ Freeman has officially released their second studio album, Respect My Art, after announcing its coming release and debuting the record’s lead single, “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” (which is now in rotation on Sirius XM channel Jam_ON), last week. Starting today, Respect My Art is available for purchase via iTunes and streaming on AppleMusic and Spotify.Listen to “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” the lead single from Organ Freeman’s new album, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:Comprised of Rob Humphreys (drums), Erik Carlson (guitar), and Trevor Steer (organ/keys), the young band has already begun to make a reputation for themselves in the funk/jam scene with their unhinged live performances and eclectic, technically proficient recordings. Respect My Art is the band’s second release, following their 2015 self-titled record, Organ Freeman. The band’s newest effort leads the them largely in a new direction, as they meld EDM electronics with traditional organ trio instrumentation.Of the new record, Steer explains, “Our goal for this album was to try to create the biggest, most expansive sound we could as a three piece, so instead of writing and arranging with the instrumentation in mind, we decided not to shy away from layering or sounds that wouldn’t normally be considered in an organ trio setting.”For Respect My Art, Organ Freeman ventured outside of the standard drums-keys-guitar lineup of an organ trio and enlisted some heavy hitters to join in on the magic. They invited Theo Katzman of Vulfpeck, as well as Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz, alongside bassist Sean Hurley (Vertical Horizon), trumpet player Sean Billings (Jungle Fire), alto saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller’s Wheel) and tenor saxophonist Jesse McGinty to fill out various tracks on the album, delving deeper into previously uncharted territory for the band.However, one aspect of the album does not–thankfully–seek out uncharted territory ia the issue of song names. As an instrumental band, the names of the songs are largely open to interpretation. On Respect My Art, the band’s song names are once again hilariously engaging. With Organ Freeman, bizarre and amusing titles like “Byrd vs Fish.” “Got Change for a Nickel?,” “Don’t Eat Your Fingers,” “E.T. AF,” and “Putin and I Get Along Fantastic” pull the listener in, and the band’s explosive musicianship grabs them by the chin, slaps them across the face, and instantly converts them into a fan.You can listen to Organ Freeman’s brand new studio record, Respect My Art, below via Spotify:
Phil Lesh & Friends have announced an upcoming two-night run at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, set for Thursday, May 9th, and Friday, May 10th.For the upcoming two-night run, Lesh has recruited husband-and-wife duo Larry Campbell and Theresa Williams, along with Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, guitarist Stu Allen, and drummer John Molo.Tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends’ upcoming Terrapin Crossroads run are on sale now here.For a full list of Lesh’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.
In the summer of 1967, racial strife broke out in Newark, N.J., and Detroit, quickly followed by civil disturbances in more than 100 U.S. cities. To understand the roots of the unrest that caused havoc across the country, President Lyndon Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, chaired by Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner. A year later, the Kerner Commission issued a blistering report concluding that structural racism was at the root of the riots, and that America’s improved future depended on solving the racial divide.Fifty years after the report’s release, the Gazette interviewed Orlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard, to revisit what it found, what it recommended, why its proposals were never followed, and what should happen now.Q&AOrlando PattersonGAZETTE: In 1968, the Kerner Report concluded that “the nation was moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” What is your assessment of the situation 50 years later?PATTERSON: Since then, there have been very important changes, but also some disappointments. There is no doubt that in the public sphere, particularly in the political realm, there have been substantial improvements. A good example is the election of a black president, but we should see this simply as the result of major changes in our political system that allowed blacks to be elected as mayors, congressional and senatorial representatives, and the occasional governor in the past 50 years. The Obama election didn’t mark a post-racial era. That’s an exaggerated and absurd claim. It’s nonsense.We all know that the major disadvantages that African-Americans face have roots in their enslavement. For most of the time African-Americans have lived in this country, they have been viewed as the quintessential outsiders, as people who didn’t belong to the dominant political or moral community. That was reflected in the absence of blacks in important political positions but also in the national conversation, up to about the 1960s. That has changed completely. In addition to that, there are some important economic changes, and this shouldn’t be sniffed at. There is a genuine black middle class. Finally, there is also the strong influence of blacks in the cultural life of the country. But in spite of their presence in the public sphere, black Americans still remain quite segregated in their private lives.GAZETTE: What are the factors that allowed segregation to continue? Some experts argue that segregation is almost as bad as before, or perhaps even worse.PATTERSON: Here is the great irony: The highest levels of segregation are in the most liberal Northeastern states, including New York, which deems itself the pre-eminent liberal state. On the other hand, cities that have experienced the highest levels of integration are the new Sun Belt cities — Houston, for instance. Part of the reason is that in newer cities people don’t feel that they and their ancestors have been living there for generations. And outsiders are not seen as suspicious because everybody is an outsider in a new city.There have been some changes in education at the elite level. But by and large this has been a major area of disappointment. The number of black students in overwhelmingly majority-black schools is as great as it was when the report came out. That, of course, is related to housing segregation. Now, blacks can afford good schools if they can afford to live in places that have such schools. There was a time when they wouldn’t get in or were admitted in token numbers. But much of the progress has been at the upper-middle-class level. Those at the bottom, the black poor, are not seeing much change. In relative terms, the black poor may even be slightly worse off. They certainly are as segregated as they ever were, and the violence in the inner cities has increased substantially since the Kerner Report.GAZETTE: The report blamed “structural racism” created by “white institutions” and “white society” for the violence and the conditions of the ghettos and the inner cities. One of its recommendations was to improve the conditions of the ghettos or simply get rid of them. Why has it been hard to accomplish this?PATTERSON: There is evidence that indicates that the ghettos must go. But it’s important to know there is some ambivalence within the African-American community. For many, having a black community ensures black cultural and communal life, both of which could dissipate if blacks are integrated in the broader white community. I disagree. Ghettos never worked.When people say that black neighborhoods are needed for black culture to live on, I point to the Jews, because even as they integrated, they preserved their culture. All other groups in America recognize that staying clustered in ghettos is not good. That was true of Jews. It’s been true of Asians. That’s also true of Irish and Italians, and more recently it’s been true of Hispanics. There is a growing Hispanic middle class that is very integrated. I don’t see why black Americans can’t do the same. Researchers found that blacks who moved to better neighborhoods were better off than those who stayed in their neighborhoods with similar resources.GAZETTE: What other factors have prevented integration from happening?PATTERSON: There has always been right-wing and racist opposition to any government attempt at integration. There was already some hostility to the [federal government’s] Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing program in the late ’90s. But there is also the hypocrisy and the “not-in-my-backyard” view of many middle- and upper-middle-class people, including white liberals, who have strongly resisted attempts at building moderate-income and low-income housing in the suburbs.And finally, there is the reluctance of some black leaders to promote integration too vigorously because of the argument that we need black neighborhoods to preserve African-American traditions, racial pride, a sense of identity, as well as the political advantages of being clustered. But Martin Luther King Jr. strongly supported integration, and he referred to an integrated society as America’s beloved community. Between the right-wing opposition, the white liberal hypocrisy, and the ambivalence of black leaders, integration has faded away from the national agenda. But the main reason for the lack of integration is that blacks don’t have the income to integrate; they can’t afford to live in the suburbs or send their kids to private schools. Some can do it, and that’s some progress, but it’s not enough.GAZETTE: Some are saying it’s time for a new report on the racial divide in the U.S. Do we need a new version of the Kerner Report?PATTERSON: It can do no harm, but I don’t think it would be effective. Bill Clinton tried a National Conversation on Race, and it didn’t lead to much. What I think is more important is that the leadership within both the black and the liberal communities work together to improve the situation in the inner cities. Right now, people are fully aware of the despair and pessimism that exist in the black community, especially in regard to black youth, police brutality, black unemployment, and mass incarceration, which is an abomination. One in three black youth is likely to risk imprisonment. That’s an abomination for all Americans.We know what the solutions are: integration, education, and decent jobs. Whether we need another commission to say that again, I don’t think so. There has to be a joint effort of all communities and a massive infusion of support at the local, state, and federal level to provide better education in the inner cities because this goes beyond providing jobs. The jobs are not coming back even for white people in the Midlands, and I don’t expect them to come back in the inner cities.GAZETTE: Finally, how relevant is the Kerner Report in the era of Black Lives Matter?PATTERSON: We’re going through a period of extreme despair about the situation of African-Americans. The most extreme form of this despair is a movement called Afro-pessimism, which holds that black Americans are still viewed as they were viewed in the slavery days as different, inferior, and as outsiders.I find myself in an odd situation because the Afro-pessimists draw heavily on one of my books, “Slavery and Social Death,” which is ironic, because I’m not a pessimist. I don’t think we’re in a situation of social death, because one of the elements of social death is that you’re not recognized as an integral member of the civic community, the public sphere, and we certainly are, on the political and cultural levels. And we’re very integrated in the military, which is the quintessence of what defines who belongs. The Afro-pessimists are right, though, to point to persisting segregation in the private sphere.When the report came out, it was a period of turmoil. It was one of those times when people felt that civilization was on the brink of collapse. In a way, what is happening now is similar to what happened then. And like in the past, the right and the left are at loggerheads about which direction to take. People on the right view behavior as the reason for poverty and crime, while liberals point to structural factors, as well as racism.My take is that the problems of black America go back several centuries. The state sanctioned both slavery and Jim Crow after Reconstruction as a form of neo-slavery. When slavery was finally abolished in 1865, it ended the legal capacity of one person to own another, but the culture of slavery and the set of institutions that were built up to support that system persisted.The state also legally sanctioned and economically supported the postwar growth and segregation of the suburbs. So I see this as a state-sanctioned, structurally created problem, and therefore the state must bear a major responsibility in correcting it. The question is how we move forward. In a fair world, the state will assume its responsibility and invest in a giant, massive infusion of support at the local, state, and federal levels to reverse the situation. Maybe, on second thought, we do need another report to alert people to the fact that the level of segregation is as great as it ever was.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.