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Colombian police clash with protesters

first_imgMass protests were held in Novemberand December last year to demand concessions from President Ivan Duque’sgovernment. In separate remarks, Interior MinisterNancy Patricia Gutierrez and national police director Oscar Atehortua saidaround 20,000 people marched in 103 cities and towns across the country. Tenpolice officers were injured.(Reuters) BOGOTA – Colombian police clashed withprotesters on Tuesday, damaging some public transport infrastructure after arenewal of demonstrations. Tuesday’s protests were the first thisyear. Demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Bogota, Colombia on Jan. 21. REUTERS/LUISA GONZALEZlast_img read more

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Erin Andrews

first_imgWas Erin Andrews awarded too much money for her lawsuit?  According to court reports, Erin received $55 million as a settlement for the actions of David Barrett and the Marriott Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.As to the directive, Barrett is expected to pay $28 million and the Windsor Capital Group, owners of the hotel, were assessed a $27 million dollar fine.  The suit was the result of the peephole pictures that Barrett took while Andrews was undressing in her room.  He them electronically sent them world wide.Barrett was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 2009–a term he has completed.  They doubt Andrews will receive anything from Barrett but should get several million from the hotel group.  Experts feel the damages awarded were totally out of line for an incident in which no bodily injuries were sustained–only psychological pain.  I really have no opinion on the amount.last_img read more

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Keystone Bank Pleased with Empowerment Programme at Okpekpe Road Race

first_img”Our focus in Keystone Bank is to empower indigent women through training, education and other forms of learning, to achieve sustainable job creation and income generation in line with the global sustainable development goals,” said Bamawo who also explained why the bank partnered organisers of the Okpekpe road race as the United Nations Organisation has set promotion of gender equality and empower women empowerment as one of its millennium development goals.“Empowering grassroots and financially excluded women by giving them a voice necessitated the collaboration with the Organisers of Okpekpe road race to empower the women of Edo State and we are quite pleased with the results achieved in this first phase with 49 women trained and empowered to become business leaders. We look forward to replicating these initiatives across Nigeria,” she further said.Mike Itemuagbor, promoter of the race and chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organiser of the historic race thanked Keystone Bank for using the platform provided by the first road race in West Africa to be granted a label status by the IAAF.“IAAF road race label events are races that the IAAF designates as one of the leading road races around the world and Okpekpe is the first to be so designated in West Africa. “We are delighted with the support we enjoyed from Keystone Bank in terms of the women development programme it undertook in Okpekpe, providing them with the basic training they will need to conquer poverty and make them socially and economically relevant in the society,” said Itemuagbor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Keystone Bank, one of the fastest growing full service commercial banks in Nigeria has expressed satisfaction with the women empowerment programme it undertook at the first ever IAAF silver label road race in West Africa, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which came to a historic climax penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.All over the world the issue of women empowerment has continued to take the centre stage in development discuss and it is recognised that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life especially for women, men, families and communities.The bank’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability, Izore Bamawo, is delighted the globally rated Okpekpe International 10km Road Race offered Keystone Bank a very visible platform to empower about 49 women during its week-long programme in Okpekpe.last_img read more

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Grassley says Senate hearing will consider restrictions on police

first_imgWASHINGTON — As a response to last month’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will be taking part in a hearing today to discuss the use of force by police.Members of Congress are considering a far-reaching package of new restrictions on police forces nationwide, including a ban on chokeholds.  “What you saw on television can’t be tolerated,” Grassley says, “when he was executed by being strangled to death by the knee of the policeman.” The hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled for 1:30 P.M./Central time.Grassley, a Republican, says legislation is also under consideration that would create a national database of incidents where police use deadly force. “We don’t have every state, in fact, we have a minority of states that are really reporting what they ought to report on the number of deaths caused by police shootings,” Grassley says, “or other ways the police might kill somebody.”Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate. He’s proposing an extensive list of new rules which Grassley says will be unveiled on Wednesday, including the ban on chokeholds and the new database. “There’s another one that some people think is a poison pill and that deals with the immunity of policemen from lawsuits,” Grassley says. “That’s a little more controversial.”In an interview with Radio Iowa two weeks ago, Grassley said some issues within police departments need to be addressed by individual city councils, not by members of Congress. He noted the federal government can’t take over local policing. This week, Grassley is clarifying his earlier remarks.  “Under our Constitution, it’s difficult for the federal government to say state governments and local governments have to do this or that,” Grassley says. “Our handle here is connected with putting restrictions on federal dollars that are going out.”Reports say the bill is also expected to make lynching a federal hate crime, while urging police everywhere to use body cameras. President Trump is indicating he would support the new package of police restrictions.last_img read more

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How does a panel discussion on VS Naipaul contribute to peace in Guyana?

first_imgDear Editor,To say that I’m puzzled about the purpose of the Guyana Peace Council’s August 20 panel discussion on VS Naipaul, is to put it mildly. The very name of the entity explicitly demarcates its role to work towards peace in Guyana.So how does a panel discussion on Naipaul contribute to peace in Guyana? How about panel discussions and other endeavours relating to robbery with violence, road rage and accidents, suicide, various forms of abuse, murder suicide/femicide, alcoholism, increasing drug use, lack of employment opportunities (which is violence against the unemployed), flooding which has become regular and extensive (and which is violence against the citizenry, especially farmers) and myriad other issues that affect peace in Guyana. Currently, Voices Against Violence, (http://caribvoice.org/voices-against-violence.html) a collection of over 100 entities that are behind the annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil – launched to mark World Suicide Prevention day – is organising this year’s vigil set for September 9 in Guyana. I challenge the Guyana Peace Council to ground with Guyanese from all walks of life across Guyana by partnering in the vigil, helping to organise vigils nationwide and using the opportunity to let the nation know how they plan to address the various manifestations of violence that directly impact people’s lives on a daily basis and thereby bring about peace. The response to this challenge would clearly indicate whether they are really about peace or the Guyana Peace Council is a misnomer and a cover for something totally unrelated to peace as exemplified by the panel discussion on Naipaul.Sincerely,Annan Boodramlast_img read more

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