‘Juvenile lifers’: Demanding justice in Detroit

first_imgJune 18, in Detroit, organizing against ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ of young people imprisoned for life.A group of at least 80 protesters rallied in Erma Henderson Park in Detroit on Father’s Day, June 18, to show their disgust that the state of Michigan has yet to re-examine most of its cases of juvenile incarceration for life without chance of parole.Back in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that such punishments were cruel and unusual, save for extreme cases where there was no possibility of rehabilitation. In 2016, the court made their decision retroactive so that anyone sentenced before the ruling should have their case re-evaluated.Michigan currently has 363 people who were im­prisoned as juveniles and who are serving life sentences without parole, most of whom have not had their sentences re-examined. Michigan ranks second in the nation for the most juveniles sentenced to life without parole.At the protest were about a dozen individ­uals who had been previously imprisoned, including two who had been sentenced to life without parole. They were able to attend because they were granted releases after the state re-examined their cases.Family members of those unfairly incarcerated and those formerly imprisoned, as well as activists from the area, attended the protest. Members of Amnesty International, activists involved in fighting the legislation, and many people personally affected by this injustice addressed the protest.Efrén Paredes Jr., who is still serving a life sentence, called in to the event. His voice, broadcast for everyone to hear, told what the struggle is like on the inside.In 1989, Paredes was incarcerated for life without the chance of parole at the age of 15. Paredes paired with Elena Herrada, a professor at Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College who is engaged in the fight for criminal justice reform, to organize the event. They also created an online petition demanding passage of state prison reform that would impact every prisoner in Michigan. The link to the “Support Michigan Prison Reform” petition is tinyurl.com/mipr2017/.Among the demands are relief for prisoners serving life and long indeterminate sentences, and ending mandatory minimum sentencing and incarceration for victims of abuse who defend themselves. Other important issues include stopping predatory prices on phone calls home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Other Sports Athletics Federation of India refers to Hima’s ‘not so fluent’ English, attracts severe backlash

first_imgNew Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Friday got it all wrong when it referred to Hima Das’ “not so fluent english” after her historic run at the world under-20 championships, attracting the anger of fans which forced the governing body to issue an apology in chaste Hindi.The daughter of a farmer from a village in Assam’s Nagaon district, Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAFF World U-20 Athletics Championships, finishing first in the women’s 400 metre final race in Tampere, Finland.”#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!” the AFI wrote on its twitter handle.Fans expressed their displeasure agaisnt the AFI for using what could be interpreted as insensitive. Miffed, fans ridiculed the tweet and said Das was in Finland to showcase her talent in athletics and not her expertise in english language.”She has landed in Tampere for displaying her talent in track and not in English. Shame on you for what you said,” read one tweet.”She has not been featured by the IAAF for her English speaking skills,we have lot of good English speakers in India but very few who can run like her,” said another.The severe backlash was followed by a clarification by the AFI.”We apologise to the country if our tweet hurt sentiments. We merely wanted to show that Hima is fearless whether on the track or outside. Despite being from a small village, she spoke freely with the foreign media. We apologise again to those who were offended,” translated a tweet which was posted in Hindi by the AFI.The 18-year-old Das finished the race in just 51.46s to win the gold.She now joins star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014). For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NFL picks, Week 11: Raiders win, 49ers rebound, Steelers top Browns

first_imgLong story short, the 49ers remain atop the NFC playoff standings, the Raiders are in AFC contention and my Week 11 picks are in escrow:Raiders 28, Bengals 10: It’s Jon Gruden’s first three-game win streak as Raiders coach since 2001, when running back Josh Jacobs was 3 years old. Zac Taylor clears the Kyle Shanahan 0-9 bar and gets the Bengals to 0-10. Line: Raiders -10 1/249ers 20, Cardinals 12: The A’s can’t play in the South Bay but Kyler Murray, their 2019 first-round draft pick, makes …last_img

When Evolutionist Rebukes Evolutionist, Watch Out

first_img“Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” Solomon said.  Sometimes comrades need to rein in their own when they stray too far.  Kenneth M. Weiss and Anne V. Buchanan (Dept. of Anthropology, Penn State) had some stern rebukes for Nicholas Wade, who was just trying to praise Darwin in his new book Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors (Penguin, 2006).  Despite the need for a “tempered and timely treatment of an important subject,” this book did not get much praise by Weiss and Buchanan in Nature.1    This book went way over the top in drawing unwarranted genetic and evolutionary influences on human behavior, they complained: Wade seemed determined to “find simplistic natural selection behind every trait, and by a lack of attention to issues that are known to inhibit a credible understanding of complex traits, never mind their evolution.”  In rebuking Wade, however, they revealed a load of dirty laundry about evolutionary theory that may prompt quick damage control operations at Darwinism Strategic Command Center.    First, a laundry list of Wade’s logical errors, hypocrisy, and bad storytelling habits:Wade’s explanations commit various well-known errors, such as equating correlation with causation and extrapolating from individual traits to group characteristics.  Often his arguments and trait choices are laden with Western-oriented value judgements….    Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.  In The New York Times on 15 January 2006, Wade warned against journalists being too ready to accept “overstated or wrong” claims from the science literature, but in too many places where it makes a difference he has ignored his own advice.  A journalist doesn’t create facts, but he does select what to repeat and how to colour it, and Wade is long on speculating about what “is reasonable to assume”, and short on circumspection of his own, or anthropologists’, yarn-spinning.  Most of the scenarios he reports have not been rigorously tested, nor is it clear how they could be.  The book has many internal inconsistencies, and one can easily find contrary evidence or readily construct alternative ‘just so’ stories that invoke the same genetic scenario and the same kind of reasoning.(This shows that the charge of just-so storytelling in evolutionary theory sometimes comes from within the camp.)  Here’s where the review becomes especially damaging.  In criticizing Wade’s propensity for drawing conclusions on meager evidence, do Weiss and Buchanan spill too many beans?  Imagine the shock of this paragraph on a science teacher intent on convincing students that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming:How could this subject be better treated, without denying the importance of genes in human traits?  For a start, evolutionary arguments should be based on sufficiently credible, consistent and compelling scientific evidence.  It is easy to claim that a trait is due to natural selection, but responsible selection-based arguments should have substantial experimental mechanistic support, at least for the fact of selection.  That’s not the state of most current evidence.  Indeed, after 50 years of investigation, we can’t convincingly demonstrate selection for most of the red-blood-cell diseases, other than sickle-cell anaemia, that are probably coevolving with the strong selective force of malaria.  Other best-case scenarios for human genetic adaptation, such as adult lactase persistence and skin colour, are also incomplete.  Explaining selection is particularly problematic for behavioural traits because of the powerful role of culture and facultative ability, which is probably what human evolution really favoured.  Human phenotypic changes can far outpace genetic ones, making it challenging to know whether such traits are even genetic, much less what they ‘evolved for’ millennia ago.One can imagine frantic “time-out” signals offstage from the Darwin propagandists.  They go unnoticed.  “In addition, assertions of genetic causation should be built on what is already known about the difficulties of explaining complex traits, including behaviour or intelligence,” they continue, unabated.  “The extensive literature documenting the subtleties of such traits undermines simplistic ‘evolved for’ scenarios, but Wade largely ignores it.”    Weiss and Buchanan explain why traits, especially behavioral traits, are too complex to attribute to selection: “We are far from understanding either the genetic architecture or the evolution of complex biological traits, even in the best data from experimental organisms unaffected by the blur of culture.”  Gasp; just when this security leak couldn’t get any worse comes the coup de grace:But why not just enjoy the sport of fanciful speculation, even if the arguments leak like sieves?  Because it’s not just sport.  Positions on genetic determinism often correlate with social politics, and few of us are neutral or even changeable on the issues.  Wade recognizes that his ideas may not be acceptable to everyone but warns that “to falter in scientific inquiry would be a retreat into darkness”.  He seems to be warning, appropriately enough, against benighted political correctness.  But we should never become casual about how comparable ‘slopular’ science and very similar speculative evolutionary reasoning by leading scientists fed a venomous kind of darkness not too many decades ago.  Wade’s post-hoc tales often put him in step with a long march of social darwinists who, with comfortable detachment from the (currently) dominant culture, insist that we look starkly at life in the raw and not blink at what we see.  But given today’s limited understanding of complex traits, too often what one sees is oneself.Better keep this book review away from the creationists.  They could hardly have said it better.1Kenneth M. Weiss and Anne V. Buchanan, “In your own image,” Nature 441, 813-814 (15 June 2006) | doi:10.1038/441813a; Published online 14 June 2006.Thank you, Kenneth and Anne, for a common-sense, well-reasoned, historically astute, level-headed, fair-minded, disinterested, impartial, responsible, thoughtful, straight-shooting, devastating critique of evolutionary theory.  The cheers you are hearing are from your real scientific allies, the creationists.  If enough of your academic comrades read and heed your sermon, the House of Darwin will collapse from within.  Fanciful speculation?  Exaggeration?  Unwarranted claims of causation?  Arguments that leak like sieves?  Projections of oneself on the world?  Post-hoc tales?  Slopular science?  You’re right, it’s not just sport; it is a deadly game, and Charlie started it.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Toyota South Africa project to create 800 jobs

first_imgRay Maota CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl,says a development of such magnitudeshows Toyota’s ongoing commitmentto South Africa. The Hilux was South Africa’s best sellingcommercial vehicle in 2010.(Images: Toyota South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Toyota South Africa Head Office+27 11 809 9111RELATED ARTICLES• Toyota SA exports to rocket • World’s first hybrid sports car in SA • South Africa’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • Mercedes-Benz SA tops for qualityToyota South Africa’s multi-million rand investment in a parts distribution warehouse in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, will create about 800 jobs.The R363-million (US$51-million) project, announced on 17 January 2011, is Toyota’s largest investment in Gauteng province to date and follows a five-year R8-billion ($1.1-billion) investment programme in manufacturing facilities in Prospecton, Durban.The news comes a month after Mercedes-Benz South Africa made a R2-billion ($281-million) investment in its East London plant ahead of its manufacture of the next generation C-Class, which will hit global markets in 2014.The Toyota warehouse will be located near the OR Tambo International Airport and span an area of 80 000 square meters. It will be built in two phases, with the first section scheduled to open in 2012 and the second in 2015.The warehouse will house about 110 000 different parts and components to serve Toyota’s local and overseas market.Of the 800 new jobs to be created, 650 will be involved in the management, selection and distribution of parts. About 440 people will be hired to help construct the facility.CEO of Toyota South Africa, Johan van Zyl, said: “The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing,” added Van Zyl.The project is a partnership between Toyota and Investec Property Limited, the property arm of Investec, a specialist bank and asset manager.David Rosmarin of Investec Property said: “Site selection was critical due to location, size and accessibility. It has been a lengthy process and we believe that the right site has been selected to accommodate Toyota’s current and future warehousing requirements.”South African market leader for 30 years Toyota South Africa was established in 1961. It will celebrate its 50th year as a key player in the local motoring industry in 2011 and its 31st year as the market leader.For the past 30 years Toyota has sold more vehicles than any other car manufacturer in South Africa and currently holds a market share of about 23%. It has sold more than 3-million vehicles since its formation and has an annual production capacity of more than 200 000 vehicles.With sales exceeding expectations last year, Van Zyl said: “We are heartened by the strong performance in 2010, especially during the second half of the year. Although the market widely expected an increase in vehicle sales prior to the 2010 World Cup, we did not expect the market to continue at the same pace after July and in some instances even increase the rate of growth.”According to Van Zyl, Toyota had hoped to grow its sales by 20% from 2009, but it exceeded that and reached 24.7%.Although Toyota had to recall some of its stock due to faulty accelerator cables in 2010, the effects of the recall were not felt.Living up to its slogan, “Lead the way”, Toyota has been able to achieve remarkable results over the last three decades.Specialised bankingInvestec was founded by Larry Nestadt, Errol Grolman and Ian Kanto in 1974 in Johannesburg.Today the financing and asset management company operates from three principal markets, South Africa, the UK and Australia, and employs about 6 000 people.Since acquiring its banking licence in 1980, it has bought up many other small companies, including the London-based Allied Trust Bank Limited in 1992 and Reichmans Limited, a finance trade company, in 1990.The company is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and sponsors rugby, football, horse racing and tennis in all the countries from which it operates.last_img read more

Zuma to ‘outline SA govt goals, progress’

first_img14 February 2013When President Jacob Zuma takes to the podium to deliver this year’s State of the Nation Address, he is expected to tell South Africans how the proposed National Development Plan (NDP) will help the country facilitate economic growth and job creation.Zuma will deliver the annual address during a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament tonight at 7pm to allow more South Africans to access the live broadcast.The speech tonight is important as it gives South Africans an overview of what the government has done and plans to do to improve their lives.South Africa has had a busy year with labour strikes, most notably in the mining sector, as well as several service delivery protests.Zuma’s speech is likely to shed light on how government will be responding to the challenges in the mining industry, considered the backbone of South Africa’s economy.“He will share with us the focus of NDP beyond just what we can get from the plan but the practical steps that are being taken to implement and realise everything in it,” National Planning Commission Minister Trevor Manuel told SAnews.Manuel emphasised that the plan required strong leadership from government, the private sector as well as civil society.“We need everyone on board; we cannot do things on behalf of people but we can’t expect people to do things without our support,” he said.Apart from aiming to reduce unemployment from 25% to 6% by 2030, the NDP document proposes that the state expand public employment programmes to one million participants by 2015 and two-million by 2020.But with many in the private sector pinning their hopes on the planned infrastructure programme for the country, Zuma is also expected to herald details for the roll-out plan of government’s R1-trillion infrastructure projects, announced by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission last year.In what is believed to be the biggest ever infrastructure build programme undertaken by the government since 1994, authorities have identified 18 strategic integrated projects, covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy.The Cape Town city centre has been abuzz with activity preparing for the ceremony, with several streets leading Parliament expected to be closed to normal traffic this afternoon.Former Presidents, Judge Presidents, premiers, provincial speakers, members of the executive council, diplomats and former presiding officers of Parliament are expected to attend.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

How the Air Force Is Flying Toward IPv6

first_imgThe United States Air Force is one very high-tech organization, and we’re not just talking about jet fighters. The Air Force’s latest mission is a high-stakes, high-speed migration to Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6). Chances are most corporate networks aren’t as extensive or complex as the Air Force’s, but the service’s planning operations offer worthwhile lessons for many organizations.The Air Force began its transition to IPv6 earlier this summer, and expects to have its entire network migrated by the end of September 2014, the deadline self-imposed by the US government for all of its network operations. The move to IPv6 will also let the Air Force support more ad hoc networks in the field – making it more operationally agile and better able to support machine-to-machine communications.A Complex MissionSeveral years ago the Air Force established a Transition Management Office (TMO) at Scott Air Force Base, located outside of St. Louis, to help coordinate the effort. ReadWriteWeb visited with Doug Fry, Network Engineer, Air Force Network Integration Center and engineering lead for the TMO. His role is to develop network policies and operational procedures that will be carried out by the various Air Force base engineers around the world. Fry is giving a talk at the upcoming New York City Interop this fall.One of Fry’s biggest issues is maintaining the security of the network as it makes its transition to IPv6. “We can’t let unknown traffic traverse our networks, of course, but the security tools that we have in our inventory aren’t fully v6 compliant yet.”The Air Force has 130 bases and about 100 of them are IPv6 capable and ready, according to Fry. He is working on the rest right now.The Air Force base furthest along in the transition process is Eglin in the Florida panhandle, which also happens to be the service’s largest base – covering more than 600 square miles and employing more than 30,000 people. To give you an idea of the size of the base, it has 30,000 individual IP addresses assigned, to a wide mix of both computing and embedded equipment. There are two core networks, 14 access layer devices, and 5000 in-building switches. That is a lot of gear to migrate over to the new networking protocols.But Eglin’s lead role is more a matter of circumstances than anything else: the base’s aging Cisco routers and switches were due for a major refresh at the same time that the Air Force was planning the IPv6 transition. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Government#networking david strom 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now 8 IPv6 Lessons LearnedSo what are some of the lessons the Air Force has learned so far?Don’t go with your first address plan, but think about ways that you can make it more hierarchical and improve it. “We are on our fourth iteration of our address plan,” said Fry.Make sure your core and IOS routers are all IPv6 compatible and can run dual stack protocols. This seems obvious but it is worth mentioning.Make sure all your monitoring equipment is up to snuff. Eglin uses homegrown IP address assignment and monitoring programs, and of course these will have to be upgrade to handle the longer IPv6 addresses.Now is the time to make sure your entire network documentation actually reflects what is actually deployed. “Some Air Force bases are better documented than others,” said Fry.Upgrade your router firmware or replace them to handle IPv6.Build a test lab that replicates your entire network if you can afford to. “I wish we had the budget to build a lab from the beginning, it would have been helpful to learn more about IPv6 before we got down the road,” said Lee Tran, a technical advisor for the Operational Infrastructure Branch and part of the Communications Squadron for Eglin. (You can read a ReadWriteWeb a white paper about this topic here.Understand how things will change when you add new desktops or network infrastructure to your IPv6 network. “You don’t want to introduce any new vulnerabilities,” said Tran. One issue for the Air Force is being able to automatically push out security patches to its routers over an IPv6 network. “Right now we have to do this manually,” he said. Another implication is how your desktops will come with support for IPv6, and whether you want this active or not before you actually cut over to IPv6.Finally, participate in the next World IPv6 Day in June and other experiments to prove out your installation and deployment plans.“This was incredibly helpful for us, and I was glad to see that our IPv6 servers didn’t have any issues then,” said Fry.Good luck with your own IPv6 transition plans.Lead image and Air Force medallion courtesy of Shutterstock.Bottom image courtesy of the US Air Force.last_img read more

Dam-hit families say they were caught unawares

first_imgSarovar dam-hit fishermen grapple with altering breeding patterns  Sama, a fisherwoman from Pichori, said, “We venture into waters taking so much risk, and the government plans to bring in contractors from outside to take our water bodies.”Calling out to the government, she announced, “You’ve let our houses go under water, but at least leave our livelihoods alone. We’ve been fishing there for ages and don’t have any alternative occupation.”Meanwhile, Rohit Thakur, a youth member of the NBA, told the gathering, “It’s time the next generation takes over the movement and sustain it. We can leverage social media to mobilise masses and pass information about our struggle to others.”Referring to several riverine islands that had come up after the waters rose, Dadu, of Ekalbara, said, “The way to our fields is blocked now. What was just a kilometre away is now at a distant 18-20 km.”NBA leader Medha Patkar told The Hindu that members of the Prajapati community, who owned brick kilns in Dhar district, had returned to the relief camps as they were assured of a resolution at the district-level. Families hit by the Sardar Sarovar dam project took part in a public hearing in Bhopal as the protests entered the second day on Sunday, explaining how communities were affected after the swelled up Narmada backwaters submerged 178 villages in August.The public hearing was conducted by journalist L.S. Hardeniya, Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha president Jasvinder Singh, Gandhian Dayaram Namdev and former Chief Secretary S. C. Behar outside the Narmada Bhavan and was led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA).“Instead of following the Supreme Court orders in 2000, 2005, 2017 and the rehabilitation policy, the Narmada Valley Development Authority had let 178 villages submerge,” said Kamla Yadav, a farmer from Chhota Barda in Barwani district.”While the affected in Maharashtra and Gujarat had got a fair share, those in Madhya Pradesh had to do with bread crumbs,” said Pema Bhilala, a farmer from Avalda village in the district.No facilitiesThe government had told the families that they would be alerted six months in advance.“But we were caught unawares … At sites of rehabilitation, drinking water and electricity hasn’t reached yet.”Also Readlast_img read more

Yeddyurappa to induct six ministers, drops three

first_imgSetting the stage for Wednesday’s expansion and reshuffle of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers on Tuesday, ignoring suicide threat by one of them.In the much-awaited reshuffle, Yeddyurappa would induct six ministers, going ahead with his resolve to restructure the 28-month old BJP Ministry, the first ever in the south.Ministers Goolihatti Shekar (Sports), who has threatened to commit suicide if removed, Shivanagouda Naik (Adult Education) and Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education) were shown the door by Yeddyurappa, who also faced threat of resignations by ministerial aspirants to quit their assembly membership if not accommodated in the cabinet.A day after consulting the party central leadership on the exercise, Yeddyurappa recommended the sacking of the three ministers to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who promptly accepted it.An appeal by Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying point for dissidents last year, not to drop Shekar, Limbavali and Naik met with an outright rejection.Shobha Karandlaje, who fell victim to dissident activity launched by Reddy last year and a close confidant of Yeddyurappa, is all set to return to the ministry tomorrow.Others who will be sworn in on Wednesday are V Somanna, C H Vijayashanakr, A Ramdas, A Narayanaswamy and C C Patil.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: PTIYeddyurappa was reportedly furious with Shekar, an independent who supported the BJP at the time of formation of the government in 2008, for issuing the suicide threat.Similar was the fate of Naik, who had threatened to quit his assembly membership if he was dropped.advertisementLimbavali, who initially ignored the directive to resign seeking Reddy’s support for continuance, however, ultimately yielded and sent in his resignation letter, but it was too late as Yeddyurapa had already recommended his sacking.C T Ravi, a strong aspirant for ministerial berth, submitted his resignation to his assembly membership to the Speaker’s office, after his claim was ignored, but it was yet to be accepted. Speaker K G Bopaiah is abroad now.Suspected supporters of Ravi, pelted stones at three buses on the outskirts of Chikmagalur today to vent their anger over denial of ministerial post to their leader.In another development police foiled an attempt by a supporter of Shekar to consume poison in front the residence of Health Minister B Sreeramulu.last_img read more

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img