Protesters ask, ‘Who killed Brandon Tate-Brown?’

first_imgBrandon Tate-BrownPhiladelphia — Organizers of a “Philly after Ferguson” town hall meeting at the Catalyst for Change Church on Feb. 11 was billed as an opportunity for dialogue on community-police relations “in the post-Ferguson era.” Dozens of protesters in the largely African-American audience used the event to demand police officials on the panel release the name of the officer who fatally shot Brandon Tate-Brown.On Dec. 15, Tate-Brown, 26, was headed home around 3 a.m. when police in Philadelphia’s Mayfair district pulled him over for allegedly driving without his headlights on. Police claim they saw a handgun in the center console of his car and asked him to get out.According to police accounts, Tate-Brown complied but struggled with the officers before running back toward his car. Claiming they felt threatened, the officers shot Tate-Brown in the back of his head.To date, police have refused to release the name of the officers involved or surveillance video from a gun shop that may have caught the encounter.Repeatedly chanting, “Who killed Brandon Tate-Brown?” people at the meeting, including Tanya Dickerson, his mother, and even some community-based panel members demanded that police release the officer’s name as well as the video.Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and Thomas Nestel III, chief of police for Philadelphia’s transit system, were both on the panel, along with Kelvyn Anderson, head of the city’s civilian police oversight board; Daily News Editor-in-Chief Michael Days; activists from Philadelphia’s Black Lives Matter movement; and others.Bethel was repeatedly challenged as members of the audience demanded transparency from the police. Derision greeted his statement that the department could not release the officer’s name out of “concern over cop safety.”Nestel was denounced for posting racist remarks on Twitter in support of a pro-police rally held at the site where Tate-Brown was killed.Dickerson, given an opportunity to address the gathering, spoke of her pain on first learning that her son had been killed from the morning news on her way to work. She condemned the police for not having the courtesy to notify her.“Brandon was tried, judged and condemned by police, not a judge. So who judges the police, who holds them accountable?” Dickerson asked the panel.“Right to know” requests to obtain surveillance footage that might show the incident were denied by police on Feb. 6. Greg Brinkley, a private investigator hired by Brown’s family, said they plan to reveal more information on the case soon: “Circumstances surrounding Brandon Tate-Brown’s death are not consistent with the police account.”Dickerson also suspects that if video exists to support the police version, they would have released it to shut her up.Surveillance video that did lead to indictmentSurveillance video contradicting the police version of a case surfaced in February when a grand jury arraigned two Philadelphia policemen for the May 2013 beating of Najee Rivera, a Latino.The assault fractured an orbital bone in Rivera’s face and left him with numerous lacerations on his head. He was charged with assaulting the officers and resisting arrest.The officers who lied to cover up their attack on Rivera might have gotten away with it, except that Rivera’s girlfriend canvassed the neighborhood where the incident took place and discovered security camera video that disputed the officers’ accounts. Charges against Rivera were dismissed.The grand jury charged officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson each with eight separate charges for the alleged assault and subsequent cover-up.  Both officers received citizen complaints since being hired, and both were found to have previously violated the department’s “Use of Force” policy.Without public oversight there is no guarantee that if video obtained by police disputes their version of events, it will ever see the light of day — as with Tate-Brown’s fatal shooting.Dickerson and her family made it clear they are not giving up. “The police have the power of finance behind them. I have the power of strangers, coming together and organizing for change. The activists and organizations made it quite clear that we are serious; it is not going away.”On Saturday, Feb. 21, the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, a major march calling for “Justice by Any Means Necessary” will take place in the Mayfair area, starting at 6600 Frankford Ave. at 2 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected]MoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Adam Vinetieri

first_imgIn September of 1996, Adam Vinetieri was the kicker for the New England Patriots.  With the game on the line, he prepared for a 40-yard field goal.  The conditions were terrible and he knew his job was on at stake.  Now, almost 22 years later, Adam is still kicking in the NFL because he made that field goal and the Patriots won the game.Adam is now with the Colts.  It brings up the point of how long someone can be effective as a kicker in pro football.  Us old timers remember George Blanda of the Chicago Bears still kicking field goals when he was past 50.  Without a doubt, it is the best position to play as a professional.last_img

The Latest: IOC to conduct annual meeting by video link

first_imgThe Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17. The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff.___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning.The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___ Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week. Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. — Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together. May 6, 2020 ___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage.Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat. Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment.Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager. The Latest: IOC to conduct annual meeting by video link Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils. The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022. Associated Press Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___ Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___ He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.”___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Middlesbrough 1-3 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ dramatic victory

first_imgInjury-time goals by Bobby Zamora and Ravel Morrison gave QPR a dramatic win at the Riverside Stadium.See also:Late goals earn QPR win at MiddlesbroughQPR looked like a team again – RedknappMiddlesbrough v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

‘Dental Surgery’ Is The Most Bizarre iPad App I’ve Ever Seen

first_imgThat’s when the game started to make sense, but it’s still a pretty odd experience. After poking around some more, I was able to can get down to fixing and cleaning teeth, filling cavities, repairing chipped teeth and so forth. Presumably, once you complete each procedure, you win the game. I don’t know, because I’m apparently an atrocious dentist who might have killed a few patients.How Did This Get So Highly Ranked?  Dental Surgery is weird for the feeling it engenders that you may have stumbled upon a Russian spam app that is opening a backdoor to all of your private information. It’s weird for the generally strange and unintuitive interface. But what’s most mind-blowingly bizarre about this thing is that a few days ago, it was the third-most-popular free iPad app on iTunes. Today, it’s still in the top five, sitting above Etsy and sharing the top 10 with Skype and a YouTube substitute. When I first opened Dental Surgery — which I discovered only thanks to its high rank in the App Store — I thought, okay, clearly Gawker or some tech blog wrote about how this app is incredibly, comically weird. That wasn’t the case. A Google search revealed virtually no media coverage of any kind. Somehow, this app had climbed the charts on its own, despite being poorly designed, hard to use and completely outlandish. Out of nearly 6,000 reviews, the majority gave the app one star, complaining about its poor quality and confusing interface. How this app rocketed to the top of the App Store charts is a mystery, and the name of its developer doesn’t yield any meaningful Google results. It makes you wonder about Apple’s quality control and, specifically, if the updates to the App Store in iOS 6, which were supposed to make it harder to game the system and easier to discover quality apps, are working.These are interesting things to ponder. But alas, Conor Martin needs some cavities filled. UDPATE: A few hours after this story went live, Dental Surgery disappeared from the App Store. As one commenter pointed out, the game appears to have been a rip-off of this Shockwave game, which is based off of a Nick at Nite program called Glenn Martin, DDS. That’s an obvious trademark violation, which is probably why the app got pulled. The questions remain: How did this app get approved in the first place? Precisely how did its developer manage to game the App Store rankings so effectively? We’ll update as we learn more.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow Things started to go downhill while I was trying to administer novocaine to a dog. I’m still not entirely sure what happened. I was trying to inject his gums with anesthesia when a message popped up, telling me I had failed. Game over. I had been doing pretty well, I think. Fixed a few cracked teeth. Filled up the novocaine syringes. The truth is, even on my fifth round of Dental Surgery, a medical simulation game for the iPad, I still wasn’t sure what I was doing. I just tapped at the screen, guessing my way through surgery to what sounded like the soundtrack of a ’90s pay-per-view porn movie. This Is Really Weird This game is completely bizarre. Upon launching it, that music is the first thing you notice: a single synthesized measure that blares and loops forever. A splash screen gives you a pretty clear idea of what the game is all about. “DENTAL SURGERY” rests above a graphical caricature of of a wide-jawed, blue-eyed man (presumably the dentist) flanked by trays of surgical implements.“Would you like to have a look at some other Excellent Games?” asks a pop-up notification. It’s unusual timing for such an inquiry — before I’ve even had a chance to play the first one.   In Dental Surgery, you operate on a randomly selected member of the Martins, a family plagued by horrendous dental problems. Even Canine, the dog has an awful maw.  The entire time, there’s a Google-served banner ad in the upper left corner, where it can awkwardly cover key elements of the interface and make it hard to see what you’re doing. Like the porn music, the banner ad never goes away. Once the game begins, it’s not obvious exactly what you’re supposed to do. Tapping the surgical tools on the right causes each one to light up and a related icon to appear nearby, I guess to clarify — using iconography that isn’t any clearer than the low-res graphics themselves — what each tool does. That’s it. You can’t pick up the utensils or use them. When I moved my finger over the patient’s teeth — surely, that’s how you make things happen in this game about dentistry! — nothing happened. A disproportionately small dental mirror, which appears to have no purpose, floats around on the screen as I moved my finger around the patient’s mouth.After I’d tapped just about everything else on the screen and wondered how this app ever got approved I realized that my first move is to prepare the anesthesia by filling gas tanks or novocaine syringes, a sort of mini-game in and of itself. Tags:#apps#games#iOS#iPad#Mobile Games#tablets 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

Is Just the Same As

first_imgKnowing what you need to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing.Having a dream and not taking action on that dream is the same as not having a dream.Having a goal and not doing the work that moves you towards that goal is the same as not having a goal.Knowing people without making investments in those relationships is the same as not having relationships.Knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally and not taking classes, doing homework, and studying independently is the same as not knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally.Possessing the ability to create value for others and not creating that value is the same as not possessing the ability to create value.Knowing how to read and not reading is the same as not knowing how to read.Wanting to make a difference but being unwilling to make waves is the same as not wanting to make a difference.It’s not enough to possess knowledge. It’s not enough to have a bigger vision. Without action, it’s the same as . . .last_img read more

Mary Kom continues to shine at World Championships, in semis

first_imgM C Mary Kom (48kg) remained firmly on course for a historic fifth successive gold by advancing to the semifinals along with Kavita (+81kg) to assure India of two medals in the sixth Women’s World Championships in Bridgetown (Barbados).Mary Kom beat Lynsey Holdaway from Wales 9-2 in the quarter-final to set up a clash with Alice Appari of the Philippines, whom she had beaten in their only face off six years ago.The mother-of-two from Manipur took a narrow 2-1 lead in the opening round and built on it in the next two rounds to be 6-2 ahead by the third round. In the final round, Mary Kom launched an all-out attack to seal the issue in her favour.”It was not all that tough for me. I had never faced her before but didn’t have to slog too much. So far so good,” the 27-year-old told PTI after the bout.”Despite the increased competition, I think I can still dominate my category. I am not bragging but it hasn’t been very tough for me despite the fact that I have already played three rounds. My body is also feeling great,” she said.Talking about her next-round opponent, Mary Kom, who was conferred the Khel Ratna award last year, said, “I know this girl. I beat her in 2004 and hopefully even this time I would win. I will try my best. I have my fingers crossed for a fifth consecutive gold.”Dubbed ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association, the Indian has the unique feat of having won a medal in each of the previous World Championships. She was silver-medallist in the inaugural edition and has not settled for anything less then a gold after that.advertisementAmong other Indians, Kavita too advanced to the semifinals by beating Adriana Hosu of Romania 9-6. She will face Kateryna Kuzhel of the Ukraine in the last-four stage tomorrow.But there was disappointment as well, with Laxmi Padiya (81kg) losing 4-18 to Kazakh Marina Volnova last night.The current edition of the World Championship features 72 countries. The increased competition has hit 2006 overall champions India rather hard with just two medals assured this time.last_img read more

Senate Panel Postpones Defense Bill Markup Milcon Spending Bill to Be Marked

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill the week of May 21, two weeks later than previously planned, a committee aide said Monday. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is expected to lead the markup for Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is recovering from brain cancer and surgery last week to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis, reported CQ. McCain has not been in Washington since late last year. Meanwhile six House Armed Services’ subcommittees will mark up their portions of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, with the full committee’s daylong markup scheduled for May 9.  … The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2019 spending bill Thursday at 9 a.m., the committee announced.last_img read more