Universities and colleges in London, including Imperial College and King’s, are being asked to report to police on the organisation of student demonstrations on their campuses.In an email, an officer from Counter Terrorism Command working on the Prevent programme, which tackles extremism, said the Met anticipated a “renewed vigour” at protests that could target finance departments to highlight concern over funding cuts. It advises drafting contingency plans against student occupations.The officer added, “I would be grateful if in your capacity at your various colleges that should you pick up any relevant information that would be helpful to all of us to anticipate possible demonstrations or occupations, please forward it onto me.”
ABSOLUTESGavel Gamut By Jim RedwineWe begin 2020 with the death of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. President Trump ordered the drone/airstrike. The President said:“The attack was necessary because Soleimani was planning massive attacksagainst U.S. personnel in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.”America has been heavily involved in the Middle East since World War II. Our role until 1990 was mainly diplomatic with some force of arms as a threat. In 1990 we invaded Iraq and re-invaded Iraq in 2003 although we have not completely disengaged since our first incursion.After the 911 attacks of 2001, we invaded Afghanistan in the hopes of quelling further attacks by Al-Qaeda members who were using Afghanistan to plan operations in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. In 2014 America intervened militarily and diplomatically in the Syrian Civil War.Iranian college students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran in 1979 and held 52 American hostages until 1981. All were released. The U.S. has had a prickly relationship with Iran since but it has been almost totally a war of words and sanctions.If we point to 1990 as the metaphorical “Firing on Fort Sumter”, we have been engaged in military actions in the Middle East for 30 years. The strike on Soleimani may expand and extend our involvement. A calculation of costs and benefits of our 30 years of war is far beyond my knowledge. How does one evaluate the lives lost when there is no accounting for them? Did we eliminate terrorists or innocents, a future dictator or someone who might find a cure for cancer? We cannot know. We surely have expended trillions of dollars of the national treasure, but would we have spent it any more wisely at home?Over the last 30 years, what have we done with our lives and treasure within our own country? More particularly what have we, and I mean me too, accomplished in our system of criminal justice? If America seeks to punish foreigners for transgressions and seeks to force other countries to behave as we think best, what are we doing and how have we done on imposing justice upon and modifying the behavior of our fellow citizens whom we convict of crimes? These issues, while always at play, rise up as salient as the New Year ensues.Instead of war with Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran can we think about the legal system and Chris, Danny, Jackie, and Jason? Is it logical to compare the behavior of countries to the behavior of individuals? Is it relevant? Is it meaningful or just another method of hoping instead of helping?Each of the people named were at one time considered by our legal system to be in need of rehabilitation, much as America thinks of those named Middle Eastern countries. And while I have dealt with thousands of our fellow citizens in our legal system as lawyer, prosecutor and judge, this New Year season I have been musing about these four above-named survivors of my attempts at punishment and rehabilitation. In essence, these four were given the opportunity to modify their own behavior and they did. Each is now a productive citizen and of more import to me, each is now my friend. Do I deserve any credit; no. Do they; yes.But if society had continued to demand a pound of flesh from these, and so many others who have turned their lives around, each of them might have returned our slings and arrows with ballistic behavior. Yes, society held each to account just as we must do with other countries. But giving individuals and nations an opportunity for redemption might be worth contemplating.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
SECAUCUS – Police arrested a man who allegedly tried robbing the same gas station twice within six days, according to the Secaucus Police Department.On Jan. 21, officers received a call of an armed robbery at a Mobil gas station at 445 Route 3 East. The alleged robber allegedly displayed a kitchen knife and escaped with over $200 on foot, a police report said.Shortly afterwards, a police detective located the suspect on Cedar Avenue, which is near the gas station. The detective arrested Kareem Abdelaal, 28. He was allegedly found with a folding knife during his arrest.Officials have also identified Abdelaal as the alleged suspect in another robbery at the same Mobil station on Jan. 15.He is also a suspect in a Jan. 17 alleged burglary at the Extended Stay Hotel at 1 Plaza Dr, and a Jan. 19 robbery at the Extended Stay America Hotel on Meadowlands Parkway. Each robbery was allegedly at knife point.Abdelaal is charged with three counts of armed robbery, three counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, three counts of terroristic threats, three counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and two counts of hindering prosecution, burglary, and theft. He was lodged at the Hudson County Jail.
With research showing road surface quality continues to be an area of concern with drivers, Highways England is committed to improving journeys. The company has signed up 11 firms who can be called upon when there is a need to resurface roads. The deal could see the company spend up to £3.3 billion if it was required.Highways England’s Executive Director of Operations Nick Harris said: We know that drivers want and deserve good quality, safe roads which is why since 2015 when Highways England was created we have replaced more than 4,400 miles of road surface. This new arrangement will help us tackle uneven road surfaces faster, in a more cost effective and efficient way – keeping journeys safer and offering smoother journeys for the millions of drivers who use our roads every day. It means that, over the next 4 years, Highways England can award contracts to address poor road surfaces across England’s motorway and major A roads without having to go through lengthy bidding processes to get the work done.The framework arrangement also enables local authorities to utilise the services of the contractors, facilitating greater collaboration.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.
Research published by the Centre for Mental Health suggests that half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of COVID-19 (see the COVID-19 and the nation’s mental health report) and that those with pre-existing mental health conditions are at greater risk of significant, long term negative effects (see the COVID-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic report). ↩
Webster Hall, one of New York City’s most beloved venues, has officially announced the first scheduled performances of its grand re-opening in 2019. The four-level venue located in the East Village of Manhattan closed its doors for some serious renovations starting back in August 2017 following its acquisition by AEG Live and BSE Global. Now, BSE Global and The Bowery Presents, AEG Presents’ regional partner, are responsible for booking Webster Hall’s artist lineup, and they’ve revealed their initial plans for 2019 today.Webster Hall will open up its doors in late-April with an unannounced show and date. Then, on May 1st, singer/songwriter/poet Patti Smith and Her Band will kick off the venue’s first month back in action, representing the origins of New York City punk rock movement in the 1970s. The month of May will also feature performances from Troyboi, Sharon Van Etten, FKJ, Lawrence, Royal Trux, Broken Social Scene (x2), Old Dominion, Chromeo with a Live Band, JohnnySwim, MGMT (x3), The Japanese House, and Aaron Tveit. The rest of the summer months will see performances from Empire Of The Sun (x2), Real Estate, City of the Sun, and Emo Nite LA presents Emo Nite at Webster Hall. In the fall, Webster Hall has confirmed shows with HVOB, Tinariwen, Pinegrove, Built To Spill (x2), Mt. Joy, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Thief (x2), and Mumiy Troll.Regarding the legendary venue’s renovations, a press release details:The renovations at Webster Hall aimed to preserve the iconic features of the venue, while modernizing it to meet today’s entertainment standards and enhance the guest experience. The Lounge (formerly The Marlin Room) has been revamped to serve as a bar and meeting spot for ticketholders both before and after shows in the Grand Ballroom. Design details of The Lounge include elegant gold stenciling on the walls that pays homage to the original historic design, and fluted glass along the bar that mimics the venue’s former windows.In the Grand Ballroom, the original stage remains, while acoustics were enhanced to create an optimal live event experience. Fans and artists returning to Webster Hall will notice other new features such as central air conditioning, expanded restrooms, additional stairwells for smoother entry and exit, and the venue’s first-ever elevator that will serve guests with disabilities and speed up each show’s load-in and load-out process.Behind the scenes, an artist compound was built with upgraded amenities to provide direct access to the Ballroom stage, creating a more comfortable and inviting environment for performers and their management. The venue’s basement level, formerly known as The Studio at Webster Hall, will also return, with more details to be announced at a later date.For a full list of shows scheduled at the newly renovated Webster Hall, see below and head to the venue’s website here for ticketing information.WEBSTER HALL CALENDAR:May 1 – Patti Smith and Her BandMay 3 – TroyBoiMay 4 – Sharon Van EttenMay 7 – FKJMay 10 – LawrenceMay 15 – Royal TruxMay 16+17 – Broken Social SceneMay 19 ¬– Old DominionMay 20 – Chromeo with a Live BandMay 21 – JohnnyswimMay 22+23+24 – MGMTMay 28 – The Japanese HouseMay 29 – Aaron TveitJune 6+7 – Empire of the Sun *June 14 – Real EstateJune 15 – City of the SunJuly 26 – Emo Nite LASep 13 – HVOBSep 21 – TinariwenSep 27 – PinegroveSep 30+Oct 1 – Built to SpillOct 5 – Mt. JoyOct 9 – Chris Robinson BrotherhoodOct 10+11 – Big ThiefNov 2 – Mumiy TrollView All Tour Dates
A group of over thirty activists from the Afro-Cuban movement visited Harvard on April 14-15 to attend a gathering sponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI), Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Titled, “The Afro-Cuban Movement: Activism and Research, Accomplishments and Challenges,” this event represents the first time that Cuban anti-racist activists—writers, cultural producers, hip hop musicians, filmmakers, popular educators, neighborhood leaders, bloggers, LGTBQ activists, and lawyers—come together to assess the state of the anti-racist agenda in that country and to identify new challenges. The event also hosted a group of Afro-Cuban entrepreneurs who have managed to create successful private businesses in what is otherwise an overwhelmingly white sector.Deemed “historic” by some of the participants, the event provided a space for self-recognition and critical reflection that many of these activists had not experienced before. They noted that in the last twenty years, thanks to their disparate and mostly uncoordinated efforts, race has ceased to be a taboo in Cuban public discourse and become a legitimate subject for discussion. But they also lamented the lack of institutional bases to monitor cases of racial discrimination and to promote Afro-Cuban history and culture. They complained about an educational system in which black themes are utterly absent and called for a thorough reexamination of school curricula in Cuba. The activists also highlighted the need to regulate the emerging private sector, where racial discrimination is rampant, and discussed strategies to counter racist representations by the media. Read Full Story
History has shown that the advent of revolutionary new technologies brings about great disruption to existing businesses and business models, while at the same time creating new, larger, opportunities in virtually every industry. We are now in one of those times, and it is being driven by the accelerating adoption of new fundamental technologies—in mobile devices, in social networking, in cloud computing, and in new ways to harness the power of very large data sets, or Big Data.As a result, virtually all businesses need to rethink how they engage their customers and partners, and build new digital capabilities and business models. Many traditional industries are being redefined by digital upstarts that use mobile applications backed by sophisticated algorithms made possible by the power of the cloud and Big Data. This wave of disruption will accelerate as sensors get incorporated into every imaginable product or thing. Responding to these opportunities will require enterprises to rethink how they do product development and how technology and business can reinforce each other in more agile ways. This is not just a technology challenge but a cultural mindset challenge, a major transformational challenge for many businesses.As inevitable as these forces are, enterprises cannot walk away from their existing systems and applications. These systems are and will remain critical to running their businesses for many years to come. Business transformation therefore requires building new capabilities while enhancing, simplifying, and taking cost out of existing systems.Continue reading Joe Tucci’s letter to shareholders.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Statement, Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reiterated his opposition to abortion ban legislation and other regressive health care policies that target women and families:“Let me be clear: I will veto any abortion ban that is put on my desk. The latest bill, a six-week abortion ban, defies all practical understanding of modern women’s health care. These policies run counter to the notion of individual freedom and lack a sound scientific basis. Further, as we have seen in other states, these policies are detrimental to efforts to attract and retain businesses, entrepreneurs and workers.“My administration is committed to reducing maternal mortality and giving women, children and families the support that they need to succeed. This should be our focus, not regressive policies that make it harder for vulnerable people making difficult and deeply personal decisions.” October 21, 2019 Gov. Wolf Reiterates Vow to Veto Any Abortion Ban