Pasadena Chef Claud Beltran Named to “Best Chefs America”

first_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Chef Claud Beltran, Executive Chef/Owner of Noir Food & Wine, has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talent as seen in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. This exquisite 386-page coffee table book is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between fellow chefs and Best Chefs America analysts.Best Chefs America is the ultimate chef’s guide to chefs. Analysts conducted more than 5,000 interviews with chefs who were nominated by other chefs, culinary professionals and food enthusiasts across the country. Chefs earning the highest scores among their peers in their region were included in this guide.The Eatery RestaurantChef Beltran recently opened The Eatery Restaurant, his new Creative Test Kitchen located at 488 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena as a natural extension of Claud & Company Catering. The Eatery’s menu changes every month styled to a different seasonal theme. Creating special dinner events such as “Sweet Garlic Night” and “Gumbo Fest”. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with A la carte, Tasting Menus, each month will unroll a new themed menu featuring a beguiling take on seasonal cuisine. Upcoming monthly menus include “Heirloom Tomato Month”, “Hail to the Pig” and “A Night in Provence” etc. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Food & Wine Pasadena Chef Claud Beltran Named to “Best Chefs America” 1st ever peer review guide of U.S. Chefs. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business Newslast_img read more

OPD offering women’s self-defense classes

first_img Facebook OPDThe Odessa Police Department will be offering its next two women’s self-defense classes on July 21 and Aug. 11.The courses are free and are limited to the first 14 applicants.The classes are intended for women, ages 18 or older, who want to learn basic self-defense.The deadline to register for the first class is July 5.Both classes will be held from 8 a.m. until noon at the OPD first floor classroom.Email registration forms to [email protected] or faxed to 335-5748.Registrations are available online. By admin – June 12, 2018 WhatsApp Local News Twitter OPD offering women’s self-defense classes Pinterest Previous articleVBS prayer walkNext articleBuice Elementary awarded for ‘transforming learning’ admin Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Donegal County Council calls for release of Hyde Park bombing accused John Downey

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleChinese national sent forward for trial on drug cultivation chargesNext articleCouncilors united against closure of Letterkenny SEN preschool News Highland Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img Donegal County Council calls for release of Hyde Park bombing accused John Downey Google+ News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – May 27, 2013 Cllr Jack MurrayDonegal County Council has called for the immediate release of Hyde Park bombing accused John Downey.The 61 year-old from Creeslough is in prison in Britain having been charged with detonating a bomb in Hyde Park in 1982 causing the deaths of four soldiers.Despite being told in 2007 that he was not being sought by British police, he was arrested last week at Gatwick airport as he traveled to Greece for a family holiday with his wife and 10 year old daughter.Sinn Fein Councillor Jack Murray has welcomed the support from the Councillors who were present to support the emergency motion supporting for his calls for Mr Downey to be released:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JackOnJohn.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chief

first_imgLast week three estate agencies based in and around Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham launched a ‘local property portal’ platform that they believe has the best chance of taking on Rightmove and winning nationally.The Negotiator Zoomed in to quiz one of the co-founders, Nigel Deekes of Acres.Aren’t portals like LocalMove just knee-jerk reactions to Rightmove’s fee hikes?Portal fees are very annoying, but I think most agents are more upset by the attitude that portals take towards agents and the outright monopoly that in particular Rightmove have.If there was greater competition and a more even balance of power in the portal market, then it wouldn’t be so bad.Agents feel like their hands are tied – it’s difficult to walk away from the big portals because if you do, you’re going to get hammered by your local competitors.Why now?Me and another agent called Paul Carr first came up with the idea nearly 15 years ago because even then we realised that Rightmove had too much power.But the time wasn’t right, and agents didn’t have the appetite to get involved. Rightmove were not seen as a big enough threat yet.Since then, we’ve been waiting for the ideal time to launch LocalMove and a year ago Paul Carr, Greene & Company and [his company] Acres all agreed that the time HAD come, so we’ve working since then to get it ready.Why ‘LocalMove’?Most people move within four or five miles of their existing homes so a national portal in reality isn’t really needed and therefore we’ve decided to focus on the ‘local’. Our strapline is going to be ‘Make the right move with LocalMove’.We think Zoopla and OnTheMarket have not reached their potential and significantly weakening Rightmove and that Boomin won’t either.Because they have all tried or are trying to be another big portal. You are not going to persuade agents to leave Rightmove on a national basis – everyone else is waiting for their local competitors to leave first.Why will your idea work?If I rang up an agent and said I’m from LocalMove then the receptionist would take my message, and no one would call me back.If I called up one of my local competitors and said it’s Nigel from Acres, they’d take my call because they know me – and that’s how the LocalMove network will grow; by agents recommending it to each other.Once agents begin to trust each other, even if you don’t like each other, then it is possible to for the main agents in a town or area to quit Rightmove safely, although some we’ve talked to have suggested a legally-binding agreement to cement it.Sutton Coldfield is one thing, what about the rest of the UK?In our local area, we are definitely leaving and between the three of us we will take 70%-80% of local listings with us to LocalMove and off Rightmove.It will only be a matter of time before house hunters in the area notice Rightmove has just 20-30% of the inventory and begin using LocalMove, which we will promote via our marketing and branches, instead. People will always go where the properties are.Once agents see it working in areas near them, then the idea will spread and, town by town and area by area, we will win the battle. I truly believe this will work.Acres Nigel Deekes LocalMove paul carr Greene & Co Rightmove January 28, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsWhere Is The Monii Money, WITMM WITMM 28th January 2021 at 10:34 amPortals occupy an unusual place in the property ecosystem. The people who pay for them (the agents) are not the users (buyers and sellers).The launch of a new portal, be it local, national or indeed global requires both the agents to list (although easy enough to scrape RM, Zoopla, OTM) and then use by the buying and selling public.Business such as Rightmove has become the default for most users. It is a byword for property. My feel is that most people could not name all their local estate agents but would know to look at Rightmove et al. It’s on a par with not knowing the name of the local car showroom so then using Autotrade. Most online buying starts or finishes with Amazon or eBay.The fundamental challenge is that these organisations are almost ingrained into the public pyche. “Yes”, local agents may know Nigel From Acres, but in 3 years time, will the buyers and sellers be choosing LocalMove over RightMove?Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 28th January 2021 at 8:49 amGood luck NigelLove the initiativeLets all support Nigel to break the hold#saynotorightmoveLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » ‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chief previous nextMarketing‘We will break Rightmove’ promises LocalMove portal chiefNigel Deekes sets out how his ‘locally focussed’ property portal will succeed where others have failed to knock Rightmove off its perch.Nigel Lewis28th January 20212 Comments3,831 Viewslast_img read more

COMMENT: Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?

first_imgUnlike their predecessor Henry II, the political elite at Westminster were no doubt positively delighted by the intervention of the Archbishop of Canterbury last week. No sooner than did the words ‘sharia law’ escape Rowan Williams’s lips, than the knights of the 24-hour media, like their 12th century counterparts, charge towards the meddlesome priest with their swords drawn. With the news cycle moving away from the turmoil in the financial markets and the Oscar Wilde-inspired and tax payer-funded sartorial habits of an MP’s son, Labour and Conservative parties alike must have heaved a sigh of relief. As pundits and journalists from across the whole political spectrum gathered to lynch the man in the mitre (or as the Sun helpfully put it, to ‘bash the bishop’), the politicians could finally catch their breaths before the next round of – inevitably – bad news. Obviously, in strict accordance with the Law of the Media Circus, the amount of vitriol and hysteria which is generated by said circus is inversely proportionate to the actual cause for alarm or concern. Since I am not a lawyer or an expert on Islamic jurisprudence, I cannot offer any particularly helpful insight into overall merit of Dr. Williams’s proposals. I am, however, literate and was able to actually read the speech which ignited this controversy. Unfortunately, this presumption of literacy was not borne out in the case of most of the self-proclaimed defenders of the rule of law and Western civilisation. In recent days, the Archbishop has extended an offer of pax, apologising for any ‘unclarity’ in his speech which might have led some to misunderstand his meaning. But really, unless by ‘misunderstand’ he meant ‘wilfully ignore large chunks of speech which directly and thoughtfully addressed the concerns rabidly paraded in the press’, I am not sure why even this muted apology was justified. Perhaps journalists these days are too busy defending Enlightenment values or pondering Britney’s downward spiral to read primary sources when these exceed their 150-word attention span limit. I am genuinely puzzled by the charge that Williams was naively unaware of the disadvantaged status of women, the problem of ‘forced marriage’, and the extreme incompatibility of some provisions of sharia with human rights, when these concerns were all dealt with at length and with evident application and research. So for the Johann Haris, Yasmin Alibhai-Browns and the rest of the muscular liberals and/or secularist paranoiacs, the solution to their nightmares of the coming oppressive theocracy is simply to learn to read. I recommend particularly the sentence (only 44 words!) where Williams insists that ‘If any kind of plural jurisdiction is recognised, it would presumably have to be under the rubric that no “supplementary” jurisdiction could have the power to deny access to the rights granted to other citizens or to punish its members for claiming those rights.’ The remedy for some of the less savoury platoons in the anti-Williams army will unfortunately have to be more radical. The drumbeat they march to is leading the faithful in a grand crusade to save Western Civilisation from what they see as the confessional and demographic threat of Islam. Of course, by no means all of Williams’s critics fall into this category; indeed, thankfully few do. But a distressingly vocal band of the usual suspects has used the controversy surrounding the Archbishop as a screen to advance their, much more sinister, agenda. Over at the Daily Telegraph for example, Damian Thompson graciously admits that Williams rejects unequivocally such abominations as the stoning of adulterous women. But Thompson points out that Williams’s fault was to find some actually accommodating things to say about sharia (shock! horror!), rather than to take Thompson’s line of comparing Islamic law to Nazism (carefully inserted by referring to the Archbishop’s speech as ‘Vichyite waffle’). Make no mistake about this: Thompson’s hatred of sharia does not stem from any special love for human rights. His astoundingly reactionary blog features frequent calls for aggressive Catholic proselytising, an end to stem-cell research and the rolling back of equal rights for women and homosexuals. So his venomous opposition to any accommodation of the Muslim community beyond reluctant toleration really comes down, not to a robust defence of liberal democracy, but to Islamophobia. Don’t take my word for it when you can read Thompson’s own mewling for yourself. Apparently when he yearns for the conversion of Jews to Catholicism, he is merely recognising the ‘universal salvific nature’ of his faith, whereas when a small mosque in East Oxford wants to broadcast the call to prayer once a week, this will ‘strengthen the sense of territorial domination that is central to modern Islamic identity’. All attempts to reach reasonable accommodation with Muslims is labelled ‘dhimmitude’, a term which refers in Islamic jurisprudence to the protected but subordinate status of non-Muslims in an Islamic state, and in Thompson’s writing to the deplorable capitulationism of woolly-minded multi-cultis to the coming Islamic domination. It is this same irrational fear – the definition, after all, of ‘phobia’ – which has inspired the recent crusade, headed by Oxford historian of science, Dr. Allan Chapman, to prevent the East Oxford mosque from broadcasting the adhan. The bow tie and deerstalker hat-wearing Chapman, who seems to have picked up both his clothes and his views from the 1890s, thinks the mosque’s request represents not an appeal to the freedom of religious expression, but the ‘right to torment the community’, afflicting him with the ‘horrible sound’ of the call to prayer and offending his no doubt legendary ‘sense of neighbourliness’. Like Thompson and his fellow-traveller Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Chapman thinks broadcasting a short prayer in classical Arabic constitutes an attempt to ‘dominate’ and ‘Islamify’ the community. Chapman has been joined by the rector of St Aldate’s church, Revd Charlie Cleverly – clearly one of God’s mysterious ways is to give people ironic surnames – who claims the professions of faith contained in the adhan make it an attempt to impose that faith on the community. I hate to break it to Revd Cleverly, but (presumably) unlike him, most Oxford residents are not fluent in classical Arabic. And when it comes to imposing one’s faith on others, frankly St Aldate’s church is hardly the most innocent of the charge. So as the latest wave of bishop-bashing breaks, spare a thought for Rowan Williams and his increasingly embattled attempt to forge mature and thoughtful debate on a difficult subject. But spare a thought also for the hoary old Islamophobes who have come out of hiding. They seem to be having trouble finding their way to the 21st century. Please, when you see them, give them a hand. Caleb Yong is a finalist in Modern History and Politics at Christ Church. The views expressed here are entirely his own.last_img read more

Adrian Staehli named Loeb Professor of Classical Archaeology

first_imgArchaeologist Adrian Staehli, whose work has challenged conventional interpretations of nudity and the human body in ancient Greek and Roman art, has been named James Loeb Professor of Classical Archaeology at Harvard University, effective next Jan. 1.Staehli is currently lecturer and associate professor in the Archäologisches Institut at Universität Zürich, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He joins Harvard’s Department of the Classics.“Professor Staehli is an engaged and accessible teacher with an alert and creative mind,” said Ingrid Monson, interim dean of arts and humanities in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “He has a solid grounding across the entire spectrum of Greek and Roman visual culture, and his work is at the cutting edge of art historical research into these antiquities. His work is provocative, promising to ignite scholarly debate and reinvent notions about the role of the ‘heroic nude’ in ancient art.”Staehli’s research focuses on sculpture and painting from the archaic Greek to the Roman imperial period, with particular attention to depictions of the human body. His close examination of ancient art’s reception in later historical periods has revealed much about the process by which subsequent analysts reach consensus on the value and meaning of antiquities. His scholarly publications range from technical differentiations of authentic and fake sculpture to treatments of antiquity in modern cinema.Staehli holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology, both from Freie Universität Berlin. Before becoming lecturer and associate professor at Universität Zurich in 2002, he served as a research assistant and lecturer there and at Universität Basel.Staehli has held visiting appointments at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif.; the Centre Gernet-Glotz at the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art in Paris; the Istituto Archeologico Germanico in Rome; the Centre Louis-Gernet at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris; the Institut für Theaterwissenschaften at Freie Universität Berlin; and the Warburg Institute and the Institute of Classical Studies in London.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to get wasted! Oh, not until 5:00? Then it’s time for the Lessons of the Week! A lot of crazy stuff has happened in the last seven days, so for your reading convenience, we compiled a list of the most important things we’ve learned this week. Ready? Let’s do this!Jonathan Groff Had Beach Body PanicWe can’t imagine Jonathan Groff looking anything but perfect in a skimpy swimsuit, but he swears he freaked out and started a juice cleanse when he saw his costume for the upcoming film The Normal Heart. Um, is it May 25 yet? Is it? What about now?Relax, Audra & Will Are Still MarriedSorry to freak you out, Broadway fans, but do you really only read the first three words of a headline before jumping to conclusions? They’re getting divorced in The First Wives Club. A reading. Look, here’s proof that they’re still together. Calm down.Ramin Karimloo Has a Secret IdentityThe Iranian Jumping Bean—Les Miz star Ramin Karimloo—has another nickname we weren’t aware of: “Tony,” the name he gives to Starbucks baristas. Ramin, we get it. When your signature drink is a skinny vanilla latte, you have to order it undercover.The Bullets Dudes Have Pretty EyesBullets Over Broadway bros Zach Braff and Nick Cordero admit they often get lost in each other’s gorgeous eyes during the show and can’t remember their lines. Glad to know we’re not the only ones. Seriously though, have you seen them? Wait, what were we talking about?NBC’s Got Trouble (Trouble, Trouble)Friends, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of awesomeness indicated by the presence of The Music Man on your television set. Seth MacFarlane, please clear your calendar for the next two years.News Flash: Idina Menzel Isn’t BeyonceWe know, it’s confusing. They both have great nicknames, they can both dazzle a crowd and they’ve both had an elevator brawl. (Oh wait, not that last one.) But Idina Menzel insists that the main reason she’s different than B is that she can’t wear crazy tall shoes. Oh please, Idina, we’ve seen you rock these. Give yourself some credit.Jersey Is Just a State of MindWe knew the Four Seasons could croon some amazing four-part harmonies, but we had no idea they could also defy the space-time continuum. After teleporting on two Jersey Boys movie posters, we discovered they could also travel to Africa, Scandinavia and Madison County. Yeah, we’re weirdos, we know.The Phantom Love Triangle Got WeirdSpeaking of weird, Sierra Boggess thinks her new Phantom co-star Norm Lewis is seriously hot, even though he previously played her father in The Little Mermaid. Meanwhile, Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted he’d propose to Boggess if he were younger. Save the creepy crushes for the show, guys.Even B’way Stars Have Nutty NeighborsWe love hearing the crazy stories of Milton the computer addict who crashed Mario Cantone’s 40th birthday party, the old lady who threw water on Leslie Uggams, Michael C. Hall’s brawling neighbors and the racist hoarder who lived next door to Tracy Letts. Does this sound like a terrific musical waiting to happen or what? Sondheim, ya busy?Watch Out For the Joshua Henry EffectHave you noticed a trend on Broadway this season? Namely, gorgeous, muscley dudes ripping their shirts off left and right? Blame it on Violet star Joshua Henry, who claims his “chustle” (that’s a combo between chunk and muscle) is the reason Broadway guys are getting bigger. Josh, you’re a saint. Idina Menzel Star Files Jonathan Groff View Commentslast_img read more

On the Twentieth Century Starts B’way Previews

first_img Star Files Kristin Chenoweth All aboard! Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth and Tony nominee Peter Gallagher begin performances in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century on February 13 at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Scott Ellis, the Roundabout production will play a limited engagement through July 5. Opening night is set for March 12.On the Twentieth Century features a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman. It follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career.In addition to Chenoweth and Gallagher, the cast includes Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn‐Baker and Tony winners Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson.On the Twentieth Century premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. On The Twentieth Century View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015last_img read more

Bradley Manning Verdict: Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy, Still Faces Life Behind Bars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Army Judge Col. Denise Lind announced her verdict against whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning July 30, 2013. The 25-year-old was acquitted of the heftiest charge, Aiding the Enemy, but still faces more than a century behind bars. (Artwork courtesy of Deb Van Poolen, www.debvanpoolen.com)A military judge has found U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning not guilty of “Aiding the Enemy,” the most serious charge the 25-year-old faced under the Espionage Act of 1917, though he still faces more than a century behind bars for leaking classified materials to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.Manning, whose case was the subject of a Press multimedia package last month, was accused of sharing more than 700,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables and military reports from Iraq and Afghanistan with WikiLeaks. The government’s prosecutors had argued that the disclosures had assisted al-Qaida.U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (Artwork courtesy of Deb Van Poolen, www.debvanpoolen.com)Ultimately, the military judge hearing the case, Col. Denise Lind, disagreed. Manning was also acquitted of one count that came from an accused leaking of a video showing a U.S. military airstrike in Farah, Afghanistan, which reportedly killed more than 100 unarmed civilians, including women and children.But Lind did find Manning guilty of almost all the other charges against him. So he now faces up to 136 years in jail. The sentencing phase could last two to three weeks with more than two dozen witnesses from both sides. He’s also expected to appeal.Manning’s prosecution has been viewed by advocacy groups, watchdogs, civil rights activists, and a handful of prominent journalists—such as Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges, renowned linguist Noam Chomsky and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Alexa O’Brien, to name but a few—as the latest front in an all-out war being waged by the Obama Administration against American civil liberties with serious ramifications for free speech and journalism.Manning’s conviction validates those fears, says O’Brien.“This verdict is act of aggression against a free press, civic society, and the conscience of a young man,” she tells the Press from Maryland shortly after the verdict.The Oklahoma-born Manning had enlisted in the Army in October 2007, and had been deployed to Baghdad as an intelligence analyst in 2009. While in uniform, he soured on the war and saw the conflict in a different light. In February, 2013, Manning had pleaded guilty to 10 of 22 charges, including giving classified cockpit gun-sight footage of U.S. Apache helicopters killing civilians in Iraq in 2007. Two of the victims were a Reuters news agency photojournalist and his assistant.The judge, Col. Denise Lind, read her verdict from the bench at 1 p.m. July 30 at Fort Meade, Md., where the trial has been held since early June. No official transcripts have been made available to the public. O’Brien and a handful of other journalists and activists—including Kevin Gosztola of FireDogLake, Adam Klasfeld of Courthouse News Service and the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Nathan Fuller—provided the only public record of the proceedings.After the verdicts in the specific charges were reported, O’Brien tweeted, “I am going back into the funeral of a young man.” Manning’s family also issued a statement, thanking Manning’s Army defense team and expressing gratitude that the judge did not find him guilty of Aiding the Enemy.“Manning didn’t have a chance,” O’Brien told the Press, from Maryland. “He faced Aiding the Enemy and eight Espionage Act Charges, two violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and five charges for stealing U.S. Government property—each at ten years a pop.“That the press just caught onto the fact that Aiding the Enemy is applicable to any person, that they are now wondering about the Espionage Act charges, speaks volumes to their negligence and dereliction of duty.”last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Helps Dedicate Monument to Old 8th Ward on Capitol Grounds, Highlights Fight Against Systemic Racism

first_img August 26, 2020 Equality,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf joined legislators and Harrisburg area elected and community leaders for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the state Capital Complex of a monument honoring the city’s Old 8th Ward. The diverse and densely populated neighborhood was razed to make way for an expansion of the Capitol property starting in the early 1900s.The event also celebrated Women’s Equality Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment.“The activists of the 8th Ward cared about equality, and they were educated about it and fought for it,” said Gov. Wolf. “The destruction of the 8th Ward disrupted this activism but did not end it. The seeds of change had been sown, and over the decades since, more wrongs were righted, and more people were enlightened.“Each passing generation recognized with increasing acuity the injustices present in the very foundation of this country.”Following his remarks, the governor participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new monument on the lawn of the K. Leroy Irvis Building near the intersection of 4th and Walnut streets in Harrisburg. A coalition of citizens, civic organizations and educational institutions created the monument. It features four statues of influential Harrisburg residents from the 1800s: William Howard Day, civil rights pioneer; Frances Harper, abolitionist and suffragette; Jacob T. Compton, sergeant in the U.S. Colored Infantry; and T. Morris Chester, Civil War correspondent.The governor also acknowledged that discrimination and racism still exist in Pennsylvania. During his remarks, the governor described efforts of his administration to create a more just Pennsylvania and dismantle systemic racism.Each year the governor has been in office he has proposed a minimum wage increase to address poverty wages and help more hardworking people enter the middle class. The governor believes too many people are struggling to get by because Pennsylvania has not raised the wage in more than a decade. The majority of states, including all of our neighbors, have a higher minimum wage.The governor also has made criminal justice reform a priority. In 2018, the governor signed the landmark Clean Slate Law that is helping thousands who committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty to get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care and education. The governor has also signed laws extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law, as well as a law to eliminate driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Last month, the governor signed two laws in his comprehensive police reform plan created in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. The laws improve mental health and background checks of law enforcement officers. The reform plan also creates a deputy inspector general within the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General to detect and end any misconduct among law enforcement agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. A new advisory commission that the deputy inspector general will oversee will review any allegations of misconduct.To expand opportunities to grow minority businesses and expand opportunities for employment, the Wolf Administration has implemented several reforms to state government. In 2017, the governor launched the Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. The administration also no longer asks job candidates their salary history, so people are evaluated on their skills and experience, rather than a past paycheck.Continuing the governor’s commitment to level the playing field for small businesses and small diverse businesses to compete for state contracts, the Wolf Administration is using new procurement policies to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and people with disabilities-owned businesses. The changes are the results of an executive order the governor signed in 2015 to create the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services. The bureau conducted a statewide disparity study, which found disparities in the state’s contracting system which resulted in new policies.To examine issues around how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and marginalized populations, the governor and Lt. Governor John Fetterman created a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity, which released a report earlier this month. The report includes six recommendations focused on these policy topics related to health disparity, ranked in order of urgency: housing, criminal justice, food insecurity, health disparity, education and economic opportunities. The task force report builds on the work of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response Team, which is battling the pandemic and health inequities that exist beyond COVID.“There’s still more to be done, but I can’t do this alone and I need the help of everyone,” said Gov. Wolf. “I need activists to continue to call on leaders to fight for equality and reform. I need educators to teach community members about injustice, so the next generations continue to be increasingly aware of systemic racism and equality.” Gov. 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