‘CODA’ has loud message even when there’s silence

first_imgNew York (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival breakthrough “CODA” seems set to expand the conversation about diversity in Hollywood. The film, whose title stands for “Child of Deaf Adults,” won two top prizes at the festival and broke a Sundance record when Apple acquired it for $25 million. It follows a young woman who is the only hearing person in her family. She contemplates leaving the family’s struggling fishing business and her role as their interpreter to pursue her dreams at the Berklee College of Music. The cast includes Marlee Matlin, the only deaf actor to win an Oscar.last_img

Speaker explores gang relations in prisons

first_imgWhile mass incarceration may incapacitate and deter individuals from committing crimes, it can actually empower sophisticated criminal organizations, according to Benjamin Lessing. Lessing, assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, unraveled the complicated dichotomy of prison gangs in a lecture “A Hole at the Center of the State: Prison Gangs as a Threat to State Authority” on Thursday.Lessing said he focuses on organized armed violence involving non-state actors who, unlike revolutionary insurgents, are not trying to topple the state.“Crime is a transgression of the authority of the state,” he said. “If everyone is breaking the laws, there is no state authority. Criminals transgress state authority and punishment restores that authority.”His research has focused on two gangs: the Primeirio Comando da Capital (PCC) in Brazil and the Maras in El Salvador, Lessing said.“Calling them prisons gangs doesn’t convey the scope of these criminal organizations,” he said.This gang activity can be traced back to mass incarceration, Lessing said.“Sophisticated prison gangs consolidate control over inmate life — they provide an entire system of government within prison. They propagate through the prison system and project power onto the streets,” he said.Governmental actions and laws targeting both low and high level offenders may have actually made gangs more powerful, Lessing said.“Increased incarceration rates further the powers of the gangs, and therefore, beyond a certain point, punishment undermines state authority,” he said. “Mass incarceration and poorly translated gang policies transformed how the gangs were organized and actually made them more powerful.”Lessing’s research focuses on how incarceration effects the collective gang culture. He said within the prison environment, the stability these gangs can provide can create a more positive environment.“Everybody wins — prisoners, guards and politicians,” he said. “A prison guard in Brazil told me that his job is easier because of the collectivization.”However, with this increased of power within prisons, gangs also have increased their control outside of the prisons. Lessing said the first time social scientists were able to observe the strong power of gangs on the streets was during a PCC terror attack that shut down São Paulo for four days.“Prisons gangs have a unique ability to control street level drug markets, and this is an unusual thing, because these street level markets are usually extremely fragmented,” he said.In order to understand gang structure, it is critical to understand why those who are not incarcerated would support gangs, Lessing said.“Thinking about this projection of power, there is this kind of fundamental puzzle: why would people on the street take costly and risky actions on behalf of the leaders?” he said “It’s simple: what you do on the outside, you have to answer for on the inside.”According to Lessing, people on the streets do what the gang wants, even though this activity leads to an increased chance that they will be arrested. If they support the gang, they will be protected in prison — their support for the gang alleviates the blow if they are ever put in prison, he said.“It is the promise of a not-so-bad time in prison, with a higher likelihood of going to prison,” Lessing said. “If this is true, prison gangs depend on high incarceration rate. Those on the outside need to think they will go back to prison.”This ultimately contributes to a changing power structure, both inside and outside of the prison, Lessing said. Once again, Lessing said that there are both positives and negatives to this changing power structure. While it decreases the power of the state and increases the drug trade outside of prison, Lessing said this consolidation and power structure leads to less violence in gang-controlled communities, as there are fewer turf wars.“Overall, my theory says that if prison gangs are getting more consolidated and incarceration rates are increasing, the projection onto the street should increase,” he said. “This will lead to changes in the street level criminal structure and behavior.”Tags: gangs, organized crime, prison, prison gangs, state authoritylast_img read more

Professor walks 30 miles to raise money for Burkina Faso well

first_imgMichael Meyer, an associate professor in the Mendoza College of Business, completed his fourth 30-mile walk around campus yesterday in an effort to raise money to build a well in Burkina Faso.In order to complete the 30-mile trek, Meyer planned a 1.5 mile route on campus that he lapped 20 times, stopping once for a carb-break. The walk began around 6 a.m. at Keenan Hall, and went until 4 p.m. Meyer said the 30 miles is symbolic of the distances that people of Burkina Faso walk each week to get clean water.“I never want this to be about me, or for that matter Notre Dame,” Meyer said. “I always just focus on what’s happening in Burkina Faso. The kids and the mothers go out and get the water everyday, sometimes walking three to four miles everyday. When a village gets a well, suddenly the kids can go to school, the family can spend more time together and you really have an inflection point in the entire trajectory of that village.”Meyer began doing this hike around campus after hearing a 12-year-old speak at his church five years ago about building a well in Burkina Faso. This inspired his three daughters to forgo birthday presents in order to donate to similar efforts. Meyer was motivated by his daughter’s kindness and began raising money the next year by doing a 30-mile walk. “My wife and I both love this place, so we thought maybe we could do something from Notre Dame.” Meyer said “The first year, about four years ago I said in class, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’ll walk 30 miles and what I’d like is if some of you help collect money in the dorms, and we’ll be able to collect enough to build a well. It won’t be from me it’ll be from Notre Dame and we can change the direction of a village’s life forever.’”Over the past four years Meyer has raised about $12,000 to build wells for villages in Burkina Faso. Each well costs about $2,000. All the money that is raised by Meyer is donated to Engage Burkina, an organization whose goal is to bring clean water to Burkina Faso, where one in three children die before the age of 10, often due to contaminated water.“Engage Burkina will build a church and then build a well next to the church.” Meyer said. “Even though perhaps not all the people in the village are Christian, they can go get water and be preached to, with the possibility of converting to Christianity, or at least listen to a message, and get water.”Meyer works to get donations through a GoFundMe page, as well as enlisting student volunteers from his classes to go to their dorms to help raise awareness and money. Meyer said this year 87 of his 120 students volunteered to help.“My students may not remember accounting, or anything I’ve ever taught them, but they might remember this.” Meyer said. “My view is, if you’re looking at the enormity of the problem — millions of people without clean water — what good is one well? It’s only going to help 500 people maybe. But I just want to communicate to my students, that just because you can’t solve the whole problem, doesn’t mean you can’t solve some of the problem.”Tags: Burkina Faso, Engage Burkina, Michael Meyerlast_img read more

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer Calls For Investigation In U.S. Attorney Firing

first_imgNEW YORK – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a investigation into the firing of New York’s Southern District U.S. Attorney.Initially, Attorney General William Barr said Attorney Geoffrey Berman was stepping down, but Berman said he had not resigned, leading Barr to say that President Trump had fired him.“The real unanswered question here is why did the president and Mr. Barr do it? No reason was given why Mr. Berman was fired,” said Schumer speaking Sunday. “We need answers to those looming questions and the way to do it is a top to bottom investigation.”“Specifically, a three-pronged investigation involves three entities,” furthered Schumer. “I am calling for a three-pronged investigation that involves three entities. First, the Judiciary Committee, second, the Office of Professional Responsibility at DOJ and third, the Inspector General’s office at DOJ.” Berman served the Southern District of New York, where he investigated several of Trump’s associates.Barr tried to oust him Friday, but Berman said he had no intention of resigning. He added that he had learned about his supposed resignation from a press release.Berman said he wanted to continue his investigations until the senate confirmed his replacement.Now, he’s unable to do that. Saturday evening, Berman announced he was leaving the office, effective immediately.Deputy U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss will take over in an acting capacity. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Body of Fallen Los Zetas Leader is Stolen

first_img I write this comment from a place of the Dominican Republic called Moca to tell you that you have a good newspaper. I accessed this newspaper while looking for information for a news blog that I have. I liked this newspaper. Continue this way. I am a social communicator here in my town. www.radioideal995.com and my blog is correcaminodemoca.blogspot.com By Dialogo October 11, 2012 Heriberto Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” leader of Mexican drug trafficking gang Los Zetas, was killed in a confrontation with Mexican Military forces in the toughest strike against drug trafficking made by the government of Felipe Calderón. However, shortly after, his body was stolen from a funeral home. Los Zetas is the cruelest criminal organization in the country. In recent years, the group extended its power towards the northeast border with the United States, along the Mexican Gulf up to Guatemala, and is currently engaged in a deadly fight with the Sinaloa Cartel, led by another wanted drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a high security prison in Mexico, in January 2001. The Mexican Prosecutor’s Office was offering a $2.6 million reward for Lazcano, born in 1975, while the United States was offering $5 million. According to the Navy, Lazcano and one of his men died in a confrontation on October 7 near Progreso (3,500 inhabitants), in the northern state of Coahuila and on the border with Texas. The Mexican Navy published photographs of the body with his fingerprints on October 9. The pictures were taken before the body was stolen on October 8, from a funeral home in the town of Sabinas. “Facial features match those of Heriberto Lazcano,” the statement said adding that “forensic tests continue on information and samples collected during the legal autopsy.” A heavily armed commando broke into the funeral home and took the corpse around 1:30 am on October 8, said Prosecutor Homero Ramos, of Coahuila, in a press conference. Lazcano was particularly known for his bloodthirsty character. Drug trafficking expert Ricardo Ravelo, author of a book about Los Zetas, told AFP that Lazcano “set the trend of decapitating” victims and recruited Guatemalan militias to execute bloody massacres. In 2010, Los Zetas broke ties with their old Gulf Cartel bosses, generating a bloody battle in the country’s northeast. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that by the end of 2011, “El Chapo” Guzmán agreed with other criminal organizations to confront Los Zetas, whose ramifications extended through the Mexican Gulf up to Guatemala. In addition to drug trafficking, Los Zetas have practiced human trafficking and kidnapping of immigrants, extortion, and fuel theft. Among other bloody crimes, Los Zetas are accused of the massacre of 72 migrants in Northern Mexico, in August 2010, the largest slaughter attributed to a drug trafficking organization in Mexico. Another of the crimes attributed to “El Lazca” is the killing of 52 people, mostly women, in a Monterrey casino (capital of Nuevo León, north of Mexico) in August 2011, where they set the building on fire in broad daylight, apparently because the owner refused to pay for extortions. last_img read more

Expand deficit to 5%, cut taxes on rich in exchange for required COVID-19 donations: House

first_img25% Income up to Rp 50 million 15% 30% Layers of taxable income (annually) 5% Income of more than Rp 500 million Income of Rp 250 million to Rp 500 million Percentage taxed The House of Representatives has urged the government to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revise the 2020 state budget, expand the budget deficit cap and provide incentives for individual taxpayers to cope with the economic effects of COVID-19.The House’s budget committee (Banggar) chairman Said Abdullah said on Monday that the government should raise the budget deficit ceiling from the current 3 percent of gross domestic product to 5 percent. The government debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, he said, had to be kept in check at 60 percent from around 30 percent today.“Almost every macroeconomic indicator has changed significantly due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 state budget, as the government’s fiscal instrument, will no doubt change as well,” Said wrote in a public statement after a teleconferenced meeting with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Bank Indonesia governor Perry Warjiyo. Income of Rp 50 million to Rp 250 million The government should also issue another Perppu to make changes to the current income tax law to roll out incentives for individual taxpayers, Said added.“The important point is to [reduce] income tax to 20 percent for those with savings of more than Rp 100 billion,” he said. As a consequence of lower income tax for the haves, they will then be required to pay Rp 1 billion per person to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) for the COVID-19 response fund.The prevailing 2008 Income Tax Law, Article 17 “This Perppu is meant to support the public’s recovery efforts due to COVID-19, ensure the implementation of a social safety net program and help informal and small and medium businesses survive in the face of a hard economic situation,” Said added.Sri Mulyani was not immediately available for comment in response to the ideas from the Banggar. However, she previously estimated that the state budget deficit could widen to between 2.2 and 2.5 percent of GDP this year, taking into account the large government stimulus packages provided to fuel the virus-stricken economy.Read also: More cash aid, stimuli needed to soften economic shocks of COVID-19: EconomistsThe government will reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$3.9 billion) of state spending from the 2020 budget to tackle COVID-19, focusing on healthcare, the disbursement of social funds and economic stimuli for businesses and workers.The allocated sum will add to the Rp 120 trillion of stimulus packages already stipulated as the government prepares for worst-case scenarios, including the possibility of zero percent economic growth, ministers have said.“We’ve identified about Rp 62.3 trillion of planned spending that can be reallocated to priority areas put forward by the President. This includes funding for business trips, blocked funds and non-operational purchases of goods, among other items,” Sri Mulyani said.Several economists have also called for a flexible state budget to help the country cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro told The Jakarta Post. “The government should look to implement an intertemporal budget. If we pass the 3 percent limit this year, then we should compensate for the deficit over the next three to five years.”As of Tuesday, Indonesia had 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 49 deaths. Thirty people who contracted the virus have recovered. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 381,000 people and has claimed at least 16,500 lives.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva bizarrely compares Mohamed Elneny to Patrick Vieira

first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva bizarrely compares Mohamed Elneny to Patrick Vieira Elneny has been at the club since 2016 (Picture: Getty Images)Gilberto Silva believes Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny ‘resembles’ Gunners icon Patrick Vieira, but hasn’t had the game time he deserves.The Egypt international has made just 46 appearances for the club since joining from FC Basel in 2016, playing a bit-part role under former managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery.Elneny was shipped out on loan to Besiktas at the start of this season, having been deemed surplus to requirements, but Silva believes the 27-year-old was overlooked.He told France Football: ‘In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal. ADVERTISEMENT‘They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only individual who resembled [us], that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 10:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link299Shares Silva and Vieira were key cogs in the Invincible side (Picture: Getty Images)‘But they have not really had those types of players to cover the defensive midfield position. ‘Arsenal always plays positively, trying to deploy an attacking game, and it is not easy to find someone to marry the ability to play the forward game and to do the work in the shadows in the defensive phases.’Silva and Vieira formed a devastating partnership in the middle of the park, as Wenger’s 2003/4 team became the only side not to lose a single game in a Premier League season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Brazil international broke up the play, allowing his French teammate to bomb forward and join the attack.Mikel Arteta may well give Elneny a chance upon his return to north London at the end of the season, given the lack of depth in Gunners midfield.One player the Spaniard will be keen to keep hold of is top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, amid interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.MORE: Chelsea and Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi refuses to rule out transferMORE: Real Madrid make decision over Luka Jovic’s future amid Arsenal interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Saint-Etienne confirm Arsenal’s William Saliba won’t play in French Cup final

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 4:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement William Saliba will not take part in Saint-Etienne’s French Cup final against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)William Saliba will not feature in the French Cup final, Saint-Etienne manager Cluade Puel has confirmed. Arsenal signed the teenage centre-half for a fee of £27million last summer but were forced to loan him back to the Ligue 1 club for the season as part of the deal. The coronavirus pandemic saw the French domestic campaign cancelled back in March, but the cup final between Les Verts and Paris Saint-Germain is scheduled to take place next weekend. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had given his blessing and was happy to permit the player to compete one last time for his boyhood club, but the Gunners and their French counterparts failed to reach a compromise.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSaliba is said to be frustrated at having been blocked from taking in part in what would have been the biggest game to date of his fledgling career, but the chances of a resolution are dead in the water. Advertisement Saint-Etienne confirm Arsenal’s William Saliba won’t play in French Cup final Comment Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-beating-champions-liverpool-2-1-2211612/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Yes, William Saliba will be absent,’ confirmed Saint-Etienne boss Puel on Thursday. Saint-Etienne released a statement last month in which they accused Arsenal of ‘imposing absolutely unacceptable sports and financial conditions’ but the Gunners hit back with a missive of their own and claimed the French club had been unwilling follow a special training regime they had drawn up for a player who missed a swathe of last season through injury. ‘Throughout our discussions with St Etienne, our aim has been to protect the welfare of William Saliba as well as the interests of Arsenal Football Club, while honouring the terms of the loan,’ a statement read. ‘Despite the loan ending on June 30, we were willing to find a way for William to play in the [French] cup final on July 24, despite having no contractual obligation to do so.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘As William is returning from injury, we asked that St Etienne follow a clear training plan with William in close collaboration with us, to ensure he is fully fit for the start of next season. ‘To our surprise we were unable to reach agreement to this plan which was proposed by our medical experts, and we are simply not prepared to risk the welfare of an Arsenal player. ‘While it was not our primary concern, and ultimately not relevant as our training plan was not accepted, we also expected not to be financially disadvantaged by extending the loan. This was also not acceptable to St Etienne. ‘We know this is a disappointment for William but he understands we are working to protect his long-term interests and those of Arsenal.’MORE: Jermaine Pennant blasts Liverpool for missing out on Premier League record after Arsenal defeatMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang annoyed as Trent Alexander-Arnold escapes red card during Arsenal’s win vs LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye launches presidential bid

first_imgKizza BesigyeProminent Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has entered next year’s election race against veteran President Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, a report said Thursday.A key leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Besigye is currently in Britain and submitted his nomination form in absentia, according to the Daily Monitor newspaper.Current FDC president Mugisha Muntu, a retired army general, told AFP he too was submitting nomination forms to run for president.A three-time presidential election challenger and a former personal doctor to Museveni, Besigye made his last bid for Uganda’s top job in 2011.Museveni, aged 70 and the east African nation’s leader since 1986, has already been given the green light as the candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) by the party’s top body.One of Besigye’s supporters was shot and wounded on Wednesday in scuffles with police.After he lost elections in 2011, Besigye led repeated attempts at anti-government demonstrations, in which he was regularly arrested and held for a few hours before his release.Sacked prime minister Amama Mbabazi last month said he too would challenge his former close ally Museveni, sparking criticism from the government, who point out that many of political failings he speaks of happened when he was the ruling NRM party secretary-general.There was commotion at the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Wednesday after hundreds of supporters of former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye clashed with police.last_img read more

NBC Sports announce Olympic advertising record for Tokyo 2020

first_img Loading… Ninety per cent of available space is said to have been sold with five months to go before the Olympic Opening Ceremony on July 24. The IOC have reiterated their commitment to holding Tokyo 2020 as planned, despite the coronavirus outbreak. Brian Roberts, the chief executive of NBC’s owners Comcast, said he “hoped and imagined” Tokyo 2020 would still produce good results for his company. “But in the event that it didn’t, we have insurance and contractual protections,” he said. NBC Sports had previously revealed that Tokyo 2020 advertising had broken the $1 billion (£776 million/€898 million) mark in December. More than half of their advertisers are said to be new to the Summer Olympics. Read Also:American company ready to takeover top Premier League club The Tokyo time zone is considered more favourable for NBC, as morning events will air live in US prime-time. This includes swimming finals which have been moved from their normal evening time-slots. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 This is more than what was sold for the entirety of Rio 2016, while space during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has sold out. The news comes despite fears the coronavirus outbreak could lead to the postponement of the Games. “We recently surpassed $1.25 billion in national advertising for Tokyo, which exceeds our sales total for Rio 2016 and is a new Olympic record,” said Dan Lovinger, the executive vice president for advertising sales for NBC Sports. “In addition, our coverage for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics is sold out. “The momentum for Tokyo 2020 remains strong, but inventory is growing scarce as advertisers continue to value the massive reach of the Games and are eager to align their brands with the biggest media event of the year.” NBC Sports holds the broadcasting rights to the Olympics in the United States until 2032. This follows an agreement struck between the company and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2014, which sold the rights for $7.65 billion (£5.8 billion/€6.7 billion). Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Everyone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japanlast_img read more