South Bend Councilman Henry Davis Jr. issues separate statement regarding George Floyd death

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest By Jon Zimney – June 4, 2020 4 460 (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) Members of the South Bend Common Council have penned a statement speaking out about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, but not all members singed the statement. 2nd District Councilman Henry Davis Jr. says he opted not to sign the statement because, he said, the moment needs more than just a statement. Davis Jr. stated, as council members, they have the power to legislate for transformation and create and pass ordinances that provide safe communities. He says he will stand with his fellow lawmakers on legislation.Below is the statement released by eight members of the South Bend Common Council:Members of the South Bend Common Council condemn the brutal public killing of Mr. George Floyd. These are harsh words, but no words are harsh enough to express the anger, frustration, and fear caused by the scenes that have played out on television and social media innumerable times over the past week. We share in the outrage and disappointment regarding the actions of a police officer who continued to force his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck while other officers stood in inactive silence. The only words heard were Mr. Floyd’s, crying “I can’t breathe” and calling for his dead mother.Some have these feelings because they see it in terms of a black man and a white police officer. Others share these feelings because they see it in terms of a man accused of a minor crime being killed on our streets without even a chance for justice. Still others share these feelings because Mr. Floyd’s death is another example of the disregard some in our society have for human life.Whatever the precise reason for a person’s feeling of outrage, there is no denying the history of black men being killed by white police officers. That outrage has been, and continues to be, felt locally through the killing of Eric Logan last year. The original outrage is compounded by an investigation into the shooting which left many valid questions unanswered in many people’s minds. This outrage stems from historical injustices and racial disparities that have existed in our country for hundreds of years. It must change and it must change now.The residents of South Bend apparently understand the problem of uncontrolled and unnecessary violence better than many others. They expressed their outrage, frustration, and fear through peaceful calls for change instead of the violence and property damage caused by a small number of people that played across our television screens over the past weekend. You demonstrated that we are better than that.Just as the South Bend Common Council continues to fight for change and justice in the wake of condolences expressed for Eric Logan’s family, the Common Council extends its sincere and deepest condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends, as well as to the people of Minneapolis and everywhere else who are struggling to deal with the aftermath of the murder. In doing so, the Council continues to demand justice and dignity for all.In that regard, the Council will continue to work to eliminate acts of violence between police and residents as we continue to build trust between police and residents. Before the COVID-19 pandemic slowed everything down, the police, the Mayor, citizens, the Board of Public Safety and the Council were working on a policy matrix regarding use of force and equality of justice for all residents of South Bend. The Common Council is also studying and will consider the possibility of a citizen review board for policing in South Bend, together with other legislation working towards inclusive justice.Below is the statement released by District 2 South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr.:I appreciate my colleagues and their statement of empathy for George Floyd. However, there are many victims of police abuse and some reside in South Bend. I am not a signatory on the statement because I believe this moment requires more than a statement. We are lawmakers. I believe that our Common Council can legislate for transformation. Our empathy should guide our efforts to create and pass strong ordinances that provide safe communities for Black citizens. We are lawmakers and have the authority to improve unjust, inequitable, and unfair conditions. With that being said, I hope that their statement is a catalyst for the passage of a long sought after Citizens Review Board, our thorough review of the police budget, and stronger community oversight of the police collective bargaining agreement. We are lawmakers and I stand willing to work with my fellow lawmakers on legislation. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ South Bend Councilman Henry Davis Jr. issues separate statement regarding George Floyd death Google+ Previous articleMan, 46, arrested on crack cocaine, crystal meth related charges in Berrien CountyNext articlePerson struck, killed by train in western St. Joseph County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Over 6,000 acres added to Tennessee’s Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park

first_imgThe effort to conserve the Lone Star Property received tremendous support from the local community, including a generous grant from the Cumberland Trails Conference and a major fundraising effort led by TennGreen that secured donations from hundreds of individuals totaling roughly $160,000. Black Mountain, the segment just south of Lonestar near Justin P. Wilson Cumberland State Park area – photo by Chuck Sutherland “This is one of our most distinguished state parks, and this acquisition will only add to the park’s prestige,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said in a release. “We are grateful to our partners for helping us expand the reach of this park, and we know Tennesseans will enjoy the benefits of this addition.”  In a TDEC press release, the organization stated that the land, known as the Lone Star property, will support wildlife habitat and native ecology and will be a critical connecting point for the Cumberland Trail, Tennessee’s first “linear park,” which runs through 11 counties and two time zones. The land will be used to develop a significant segment of the Cumberland Trail, eventually connecting Ozone Falls State Natural Area to existing state-owned land.  Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, TennGreen, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced on Monday the addition of 6,229 acres to the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park. When completed, the Cumberland Trail will extend more than 300 miles from Cumberland Gap National Historic Park to is southern terminus at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park just outside Chattanooga.  “For people and nature to thrive, habitats need to be protected, enhanced, and restored,” Steve Law, executive director of TennGreen, said. “Our forests and lands along streams on the Cumberland Plateau are critical to conserve because they provide essential habitat to a wide range of wildlife, fish, and plant species. We’re grateful to our partners and our fellow conservationists for making this decade-long dream a reality.”last_img read more

This week: CUNA to share credit union regulatory burden at House field hearing

first_imgCUNA witness testimony on the regulatory burdens facing small businesses highlights a busy schedule this week in Congress.Robin Simmers, president/CEO of Pahranagat Valley FCU, Alamo, Nev., will testify before the U.S. House Small Business subcommittee on investigations, oversight and regulations in a field hearing titled “Regulatory Overload: The Effects of Federal Regulation in Small Firms.”The hearing will take place in Las Vegas and is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. (ET).The House will also be considering legislation related to the Highway Trust Fund Act, as well as the National Defense Authorization Act.“We will be closely following the amendment process to both bills,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “Several financial services amendments have already been filed in the Rules Committee on the Highway Trust Fund bill, and the Defense Authorization Act has been used in recent years as a vehicle for financial services policy.” continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu activity fades, H5N1 in Egypt, Israeli anthrax vaccine, funds for new lab, little-known viruses

first_img Report criticizes test of anthrax vaccine in Israeli soldiersA report by the Israel Medical Association (IMA) said hundreds of Israeli soldiers were pressured to participate in a trial of an anthrax vaccine without being fully warned of the risks, according to reports by the Jerusalem Post and Agence France-Presse (AFP). Dozens of ex-soldiers who were vaccinated starting in 1999 complained of skin, eye, and gastrointestinal side effects that still persist, the Post reported. The IMA said the vaccine trial was unnecessary because Israel, fearing attack by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, already had at least a million doses of anthrax vaccine at the time of the trial, AFP reported.[Mar 26 Jerusalem Post story] Egyptian girl has avian fluA 30-month-old Egyptian girl has contracted H5N1 avian influenza, according to news reports from Reuters and Xinhua. A health ministry spokesman said the girl is from the southern province of Qena, 450 kilometers south of Cairo, according to Xinhua. She was hospitalized with a fever Mar 23 and tested positive for the virus yesterday, the story said. If confirmed, her case will bring the World Health Organization’s H5N1 case count for Egypt to 60, of which 23 have been fatal.[Mar 27 Reuters report][Mar 26 Xinhua report] Recently discovered polyomaviruses found to be widespreadA study from the University of Colorado suggests that infection with three recently discovered human polyomaviruses, known as KIV, WUV, and Merkel cell (MCV), is widespread. The researchers tested blood samples from more than 2,200 donors, including 721 children, for antibodies to the viruses, according to their report published today in PLoS Pathogens. Among adults, they found evidence of KIV in 55%, WUV in 69%, MCV strain 350 in 25%, and MCV strain 339 in 42%. Antibodies were also widespread in children. The report says KIV and WUV may be respiratory viruses, but little is known about the potential disease associations of the three viruses.[PLoS Pathogens report][Mar 26 news release] Mar 27, 2009center_img US flu activity continues to recedeUS influenza activity continued its slow fade during the third week in March, as 24 states still reported widespread cases, compared with 30 states the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. Nineteen states reported regional activity. Three more children died of flu-related causes, one each in Kentucky, New York, and West Virginia, bringing the seasonal total to 35, the CDC said. Extending a recent trend, more than half (52.5%) of tested flu viruses were type B, the only type for which the strain in this year’s vaccine is not well matched to the circulating strains. Nationally, 2.6% of medical visits in the CDC surveillance network were attributed to flu-like illness, staying above the national baseline of 2.4%.[CDC flu update] Tufts receives $9.5 million for zoonotic disease labThe Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University will get $9.5 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to help build a biosafety level 3 lab to study zoonotic diseases, the Boston Business Journal reported yesterday. The facility’s mission will include studying possible bioterrorist use of zoonotic pathogens. The lab, with a total price of $33.5 million, is one of 13 regional labs that are being funded partly by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the report said. The facility will be built in Grafton, Mass..[Mar 26 Boston Business Journal report]last_img read more

Pharma firm Anges and Osaka University to begin testing coronavirus vaccine on animals

first_imgJapanese biopharmaceutical firm Anges Inc said on Tuesday that it and Osaka University had completed development of a DNA vaccine against the new coronavirus and that it would begin testing it in animals soon.Shares of Anges surged as much as 17% in morning trade in Tokyo, compared with a 5.3% gain in the broader market.Anges, a drug-discovery company launched out of Osaka University, announced its collaboration with the school on a coronavirus vaccine on March 5. DNA vaccines are produced using an inactivated virus and can manufactured faster than protein based vaccines, according to the company statement. Takara Bio Co is in charge of production of the vaccine and Daicel Corp’s gene-transfer technology is also being utilized, the statement said.Global pharma companies are racing to develop vaccines and treatments for coronavirus, which has reached 350,000 cases globally and resulted in over 15,000 deaths.In Japan, market leader Takeda Pharmaceutical Co is working on a plasma-derived therapy, while the active ingredient in Fujifilm Holdings Corp’s Avigan anti-flu drug is being tested as a treatment in China. Topics :last_img read more

Trump says he is ‘not interested’ in trade talks with China

first_imgFor months, Trump has blamed China for sending the coronavirus to the United States, saying that China must be “held accountable” for failing to contain the disease. The pandemic has taken a stiff toll on the US economy, endangering Trump’s hopes for re-election in November. China pledged to increase purchases of US farm and manufactured goods, energy and services by $200 billion over two years as part of the Phase 1 trade deal, but Trump has said the pandemic changed his views on the agreement.At the White House, Trump announced that he signed legislation and an executive order to hold China accountable for the “oppressive” national security law it imposed on Hong Kong.The measure approved by Congress, the latest in a series of moves aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Beijing, gives Trump’s administration the authority to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing’s new national security law on Hong Kong.Trump said he has no plans to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, few trade watchers in Washington were expecting Phase 2 negotiations to bear fruit before the 2020 election.While Phase 1 focused mainly on Chinese purchases of US goods, improved US access to China’s financial services market and some intellectual property issues, Phase 2 was meant to tackle far more difficult issues associated with China’s technology transfer policies, industrial espionage and government subsidies to state-owned enterprises.Topics : US President Donald Trump on Tuesday shut the door on “Phase 2″ trade negotiations with China, saying he does not want to talk to Beijing about trade because of the coronavirus pandemic.”I’m not interested right now in talking to China,” Trump replied when asked in an interview with CBS News whether Phase 2 trade talks were dead.”We made a great trade deal,” Trump said, of the Phase 1 agreement signed in January. “But as soon as the deal was done, the ink wasn’t even dry, and they hit us with the plague,” he said, referring to the novel coronavirus, which first emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan.last_img read more

$598m funding more than enough for AirAsia: Tony Fernandes

first_imgLike most airlines across the globe, AirAsia Group Bhd is going through a tough time navigating out of the economic turbulence brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.It was nothing short of a nightmare when it had to ground 95 percent of its fleet at the peak of the pandemic in March which saw travel restrictions worldwide.The cash-strapped low-cost carrier now needs to raise around 2 billion Malaysian ringgit (US$478.81 million) for it to be able to see through 2021. “Hopefully in the next two months or so we can announce something positive but it’s looking very good and it secures the future for AirAsia and the 24,000 jobs that are linked to the group, ” he said during a Facebook live session, hosted by prominent journalist Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.Fernandes added that a funding of 2 billion to 2.5 billion ringgit would be more than enough and his target was to have enough cash to last AirAsia until the end of 2021.He pointed out that the airline was also receiving tremendous support from its lessor and bank counterparties for its fuel hedge.“If you take those two mechanisms out and with our cash flow, we’re just about breakeven.“With those two capital raising exercises, we’re good for a long time, ” he said.Fernandes also declined to talk on another news report which stated that AirAsia may sell 10 percent of its shares to a South Korean entity, only saying that the group is doing equity raising as well.Wong, who is also the adviser of Star Media Group Bhd, raised another question on complaints by travellers on the request for refunds, to which Fernandes called for a bit of patience for AirAsia to get its business and cash back to where they were.“We’ve lost four months of cash and averagely in the quarter we could do 3 billion to 4 billion ringgit (in revenue).“My number one job is to pay the salaries of my staff and my number two job is to (ensure AirAsia) stays alive.“We’re asking for patience from our customers to give us time to recapitalize to get our cash back, we’ll pay them bonuses for their problems“If we pay all the refunds now, we may not exist. We need the loan, we need the liquidity to come in.“It’s not that I’m trying to cheat anyone or run away from obligations. We will give you much more for the money that you have put in there, ” he said, adding that 80 percent of the customers have opted for a credit shell and AirAsia is working on it for the credit to be allowed for other products like hotels or food deliveries.Having to make his staff redundant was something incredibly tough for Fernandes, something he has not done in 18 years and he is committed to getting the airline back on its feet so the group can rehire as many of them as possible.Wong also brought up the topic of a research note on AirAsia’s sister company AirAsia X Bhd that was issued by CGS-CIMB Research with an unprecedented target price of zero sen.While Fernandes found no issue with the target price since the market is fair, he said the report was uncalled for as some of the comments have hurt many people in the company.He deemed it disrespectful to the 2,000-strong staff that have worked very hard.“It’s not their fault that COVID-19 is around. It’s not their fault that Malaysia Airlines have received so much government support for the last 18 years that they were able to compete with AirAsia X.“They did a great job. AirAsia X has carried over 100 million people to places they have never thought of going and it has brought a lot of economic benefits to Malaysia.“We’re battling hard against lots of obstacles and it’s tough. We’ll fight through, we have a great board of directors and I’m very optimistic of AirAsia X.“Reports like that motivates me tremendously. I’m not someone who gets angry or sore. I read that, I take it in and I say well, let’s show him a thing or two, ” Fernandes said.This article appeared on The Star newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta PostTopics : Earlier this month, StarBiz reported that AirAsia has secured a financing package of 1 billion ringgit that it can withdraw over time, put together by a consortium of local banks, according to industry sources.Bounded by confidentiality obligations, AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes declined to comment on the matter, but said that the government has been very supportive.“It knows that airlines are probably the most affected along with the hotel industry and there’s the Danajamin loan which AirAsia is applying for.“I can say that we’ve made very good progress in both the loan side and in raising equity.last_img read more

Bumper year for one Gold Coast suburb lands it with trophy status

first_imgThe lack of supply isn’t just affecting Broadbeach with the Gold Coast as a whole struggling for stock.Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said the upcoming spring selling season was only going to increase demand.“From a buyers perspective the biggest challenge for markets is a lack of stock and we are definitely seeing this on the Gold Coast,” he said. The Star Gold Coast recently fast-tracked the launch of its second residential and hotel tower in order to keep up with demand for Broadbeach units after the popularity of its first tower. “The first residential tower, The Star Residences Gold Coast, saw a 92 per cent sell out across the 423 apartments within 19 months,” The Star Entertainment Group managing director and CEO Matt Bekier said. [email protected] Apartment stock is in limited supply across the Gold Coast.Mr Schneider said despite there being a number of new residential projects in the pipeline for Broadbeach, it still had a limited supply of apartments compared to its neighbours. “Surfers Paradise has almost 39 per cent of the future apartment supply for the Gold Coast central precinct (Labrador to Broadbeach), while Broadbeach only has about 16 per cent,” he said.“Broadbeach’s future supply should be absorbed by an increase in demand due to population growth, with the suburb expected to double its population to reach approximately 30,100 residents by 2041.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 MORE NEWS: Imagine having a theme park in your own backyard Broadbeach has gained 5.4 per cent per annum to its median apartment price in the past five years, according to Urbis.A bumper year of new apartment sales in 2018 with 236 pads changing hands, was credited to the gains. Urbis director Matthew Schneider said Broadbeach was “in its prime” being at the heart of the Coast and with $9.7 billion in infrastructure projects planned, underway or recently completed. “When a large city like the Gold Coast experiences significant growth, areas that are centrally located and well connected receive the greatest benefit, which is often reflected in a lift in property values,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Broadbeach apartments achieved prices during the March 2019 quarter that were on average 38.5 per cent higher than the overall Gold Coast median apartment price. “This can be largely attributed to the suburb’s proximity to new and improved infrastructure and amenities.” An aerial of what Broadbeach will look like when the Star Gold Coast residential towers are complete. The suburb has notched impressive growth to its median apartment price.APARTMENTS in a popular Gold Coast suburb have earned trophy status by outperforming markets across Australia. Broadbeach’s median apartment price growth in the past five years to March trumped every capital city except Hobart, independent market analyst Urbis found.The bustling beachside ’burb notched 5.4 per cent growth per annum to land it a $579,000 median apartment price, according to Urbis’ figures. Hobart gained 8 per cent per annum to its $388,000 median unit price. The Glitter Strip as a whole posted a 2.6 per cent per annum lift to a $418,000 median, eclipsing Brisbane which recorded 0.6 per cent per annum to a $430,000 median. MORE NEWS: Millionaires’ row pad packs a punch at auction last_img read more

EC Gives Nod to Maltese Tonnage Tax Scheme

first_imgThe European Commission has conditionally approved under EU State aid rules the Maltese tonnage tax scheme for a period of 10 years.The scheme will ensure a level playing field between Maltese and other European shipping companies, and will encourage ship registration in Europe.“Tonnage tax systems are meant to promote the competitiveness of the EU shipping industry in a global market without unduly distorting competition. I am pleased that Malta committed to adapt its tonnage tax system to achieve this,” Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said.“Moreover, by encouraging the registration of ships in the EU, the scheme will enable the European shipping industry to keep up its high social and environmental standards,” Vestager added.In 2012, the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the Maltese tonnage tax scheme to examine its compatibility with EU State aid rules.The Commission’s in-depth investigation found certain features of the original scheme, such as tax exemptions applied to Maltese residents and the broad scope of the scheme extending to vessels not carrying out maritime transport activities, to be in breach of EU State aid rules.As a result, Malta has committed to introduce a number of changes to its scheme to prevent any discrimination between shipping companies and to avoid undue competition distortions. In particular, Malta agreed to restrict the scope of the scheme to maritime transport and to remove those tax exemptions for shareholders which constitute State aid.Under the Maltese scheme, a shipping company is taxed on the basis of ship net tonnage rather than the actual profits of the company.If a shipping company wants to benefit from the scheme, a significant part of its fleet must fly the flag of an European Economic Area (EEA) Member State. In addition, any new entrant to the scheme must have at least 25% of its fleet subject to tonnage tax with an EEA flag.last_img read more

DFP calls for national medical insurance scheme

first_img Share 106 Views   3 comments LocalNews DFP calls for national medical insurance scheme by: – April 3, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! DFP Leader Judith PestainaThe Dominica Freedom Party is calling for the implementation of a national medical insurance scheme for the island.Leader of the party Judith Pestaina says eleven years ago, at the 2001 Caricom heads of government meeting in Nassau, Caricom prime ministers declared that “the health of a nation is the wealth of a nation,” and developed new strategic plans for health. She said it was understood that the physical well being of Caribbean people was paramount if the region was to have the necessary human resources to develop and move forward.However Pestaina said “eleven years later, we are left to wonder how realistic were those strategic plans. The case of Shernel Prince has clearly demonstrated that countries like Dominica will continue to lose their nationals without timely and adequate medical intervention”.According to her, without quality health care, there will continue to be similar cases “as there have been in the past, much to the grief and chagrin of friends and families as well as of the many Dominicans who continue to dip into their increasingly empty pockets to help those who cannot help themselves”.Pestaina said further that over the last few days, calls have been made by a number of persons for the establishment of some kind of national medical insurance scheme. This she said “would help to provide some measure of financial assistance for health emergencies, especially where the medical expertise and facilities are not available locally”.She said the initiative should be transparent and “when put in place should be administered by a group of professionals from various disciplines including health, finance, law, and foreign languages, preferably French, as we already have some links with Martinique for medical care,”.According to Pestaina, “while we recognize and applaud the assistance given by government and Dominican nationals to the late Shernel prince, unfortunately this did not have the desired result”.The DFP is also calling on government to do all that is necessary to upgrade and equip the medical institutions with the tools, “both human and material, which will enable us to get the best level of health care possible”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more