iStock/Sean PavoneBY: KARMA ALLEN(WASHINGTON) — Milwaukee’s outgoing health commissioner said she faced racism and received threats during her tenure — events she said contributed to her decision to resign last week.Dr. Jeanette Kowalik said she received anti-Black and anti-immigration threats from white supremacists and was faced with a racist and toxic environment as head of the Milwaukee Health Department.“It’s one thing to get into a position, it’s another thing to be supported in the position and it’s another thing to be able to bring in other people so that you’re not the one and only,” Kowalik said in a county call on Tuesday, according to ABC affiliate WISN. “I was receiving some anti-immigration, white supremacist types of threats and things before COVID.”“So of course, with Milwaukee city and county declaring racism as a public health crisis, there’s many people that rallied behind us for doing that, but there are still many people angry by that who feel they are under attack and their way of life is being threatened,” she added.Kowalik did not say if she had or planned to file any formal complaints about the alleged racism and discrimination.Kowalik said she started receiving the threats before the COVID-19 crisis took shape in spring, but it got worse after the pandemic. She said she started to notice them more in June after she sent out a statement denouncing anti-Black racism in June, and last year when the city passed a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis.“Like some other health officials across the country, I received threats of harm mailed to my office prior to COVID-19 and of course after — among them many emails authored by far-right white supremacists,” Kowalik wrote in an opinion piece for the Daily Beast published Monday. “As the only Black woman health officer in the state, the luster of being in the role wore off rather quickly. Mostly, I found myself praying that things wouldn’t get any worse.”“The job was also a personally grating one. It was a constant power struggle from day one. I was micro-aggressed, man — and ‘Karen’-splained beyond belief and subject to major passive-aggressive outbursts and plenty of double standards,” she added.Kowalik announced her resignation last week, revealing plans to take on a new role with a Washington, D.C.,-based health and policy think tank. She agreed to stay on as health commissioner until Sept. 22.“Racism kills. … It’s evil. It’s a sin, and we’ve got to change it,” she said.Kowalik highlighted obstacles related to testing, mask mandates and other public health matters when explaining her overall reasoning for her departure.Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett thanked her for her “hard” work in a statement after the announcement last week.“This is another example of how the Federal government has politicized this pandemic and the important work of public health professionals bringing out the worst in some people,” he said. “I appreciate she worked so hard to address these issues particularly during such a difficult time.”She said she opened up about her experience because she wanted to share what it was like to serve as the state’s only Black female health officer.“Anything, the rationale for me being open about my experience is to bring about change, and that’s certainly my intention here,” she said. “I’m moving into a national space, so you will continue to hear more from me at that level of what it’s like to be a commissioner — a Black, woman commissioner.”Kowalik is one of several high-profile public health officials who have resigned amid intense criticism in light of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Several women in top state positions have been fired or asked to resign during the pandemic, including in Connecticut, Wisconsin and West Virginia, where Dr. Cathy Slemp was ousted as the state health officer earlier this summer.The pushback has been especially notable for women in high-profile positions, according to an ABC News analysis.According to a 2019 report by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, 66% of top executives in local health departments were women, up from 62% in 2016.They also may be more vocal about what has been happening to them during the pandemic, NACCHO CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman told ABC News. Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has also been forthcoming about harassment, saying in April that he had received threats.ABC News’ Meredith Deliso contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
When Dan Marro needed a visual co-star for the music video for his song “Look Back on Me” the choice was easy: Ocean City.Marro, known to local diners as the acoustical “human soundtrack” at Docs restaurant in Somers Point, recently released an album “SNAFU” on which the song appears. The video features Marro at the piano of the Flanders Hotel’s second floor lobby and walking along a deserted boardwalk.“The folks at the Flanders knew me from playing numerous events there,” said Marro, 45, and they allowed me (to shoot the video). That lobby is such a majestic setting, just beautiful,” he said.Interspersed in the video are scenes of a brooding Marrow walking along the rain-soaked boards and looking out to sea.On the day of the shoot in early 2016, Director Dominic Gibase and Marro went outside the hotel and were stunned by what they saw.“There wasn’t a soul out on the boardwalk,” Marro said. “It was a dreary day that perfectly captured the mood of the song. You couldn’t pay enough to have such a great setting,” he said. “The city would have had to shut down everything. But there it was for us.“I love Ocean City, there’s nothing else like it,” said Marro, a native of Hammonton who used to come to the boardwalk as a kid. “To remember what that boardwalk is like in the summer, packed with thousands of people, and then to see it cold and isolated and lonely, it was just perfect for the video.”Gibase, of 80 South Productions, went to work and recorded some remarkable visuals for the song. It can be viewed here:Marrow’s eight-track “SNAFU” record, featuring all original music, marked a new career direction for the talented musician. For the last 15 years he has been the resident musician at Docs on Friday and Saturday nights, doing a non-stop four-hour set. He takes requests and plays “whatever comes into my head.”Largely self-taught, Marro plays piano by ear. “I started with the keyboard, and when I picked up a guitar, it just made sense to me,” he says. In addition to playing classic rock and other genres of music, Marro is also a talented mimic. He can channel numerous artists, including two of his top influences, Buddy Holly and the the Beatles. At Docs he sits in a corner of the room with just his guitar, almost part of the furniture. But his playing usually makes him the focus of attention.“When I start out around 5 p.m. it’s the early-bird crowd which is older, and by the time I’m done, the audience is largely 40 and up.”In addition to Docs, he plays regularly at the Avalon Country Club, in a duo with Tom Reilly, and at the Country Club Tavern in Swainton on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.Though working regularly, about two years ago Marro decided to make some major changes in his life.“I had gotten really heavy I was looking to change my life’s path,” he said.He proceeded to drop more than 70 pounds in just a few months. There was no real trick to his weight loss.“I decided I wanted to be thin more than I wanted that candy bar or that doughnut. Nothing tastes better than size 32 jeans.”He doesn’t like to call his weight loss the result of a diet. “If you go on a diet that means at some point you are coming off the diet. I changed my eating habits and the way I thought about food.”One of his sons, 20-year-old Brendan (14-year-old Dalton is his other son) followed Dan’s musical footsteps and is a member of local band Shut up Justice and plays Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute show.“Brendan has a closet full of Beatle costumes and I can actually fit into some of them.” Dan says.Along his new path, Marro’s self-discovery turned to his music.“I had been playing other people’s music and trying to sound like them for so long,” he said. “It was time to find my own musical voice.”Marrow always “dabbled in songwriting,” he said, but as the physical and lifestyle changes progressed, the songwriting took on a more serious bent, and almost before he knew it, there was material for SNAFU.The EP captures Marro’s struggles with love abandonment, depression, but also hope and promise of personal renewal and re-invention.The genre has been described as “indie rock” “adult alternative” and “vocal pop.”His fans simply call it “great music.”More information on Dan Marro can be found on his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/dan.marro.9
Transportation expert Janette Sadik-Khan advocates agitating for more pedestrian-friendly spaces Related Why city blocks work Shorter is better, analysts say, but if they’re too narrow, people spend too much time crossing streets Street battle Harvard Chan School researcher discusses safety, design, more Cities, riders learning on fly as bike-sharing gains momentum GAZETTE: This fall you’re teaching “Introduction to African Studies.” What is important to you when teaching students how to study this area?AGBIBOA: In my “Introduction to African Studies” course, my approach is to train students to think critically about Africa from interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives, recognizing that Africa is a continent that is at once internally diverse and internationally connected. My goal is also to equip students with the analytical tools necessary for recognizing and deconstructing reductionist and homogenizing narratives of Africa.GAZETTE: What are you planning to teach next semester?AGBIBOA: This spring I will teach a course called “Movement, Power, and Politics,” exploring the linkages between these concepts in the contemporary era. The course will discuss how issues of mobility, or the sense of not moving well enough, are central to many lives, and intersect with the spatialization and materialization of power, difference, and inequality within societies. This course is particularly relevant in an age when mobile people are increasingly treated as both a risk and at risk. I am excited about learning with students how mobility and its control both reflects and reinforces issues of class, power, and privilege.GAZETTE: What are some surprising examples of how mobility can be used to study larger issues?AGBIBOA: The trigger point for the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009 was a national law mandating the use of crash helmets for motorcycle riders. Nigeria accounts for one of the worst road accident rates in the world, so in that sense you can see the law as a policy by the state to try to protect people. But many group members felt it was against their religion to wear a helmet, and also thought the helmets were very expensive because they can cost up to $29 in a country where more than 70 percent of the people survive on less than $1 a day. The issue became a flashpoint that would morph into a face-off between the group and corrupt and trigger-happy state security forces, where 17 members were injured. So that was a way of looking at how transport regulations and the manner of their enforcement were part of the transformation of this group.On a broader level, the lens of mobility helps us get closer to understanding contemporary politics than perhaps any other frame, and it’s all around us. Many youth in Africa, and arguably in the U.S. as well, define themselves through idioms of mobility or being stuck. Mobility can sometimes map onto the frustration of not moving well from being a youth to an adult. Poverty and inequality can be mapped from who can move and who cannot, who feels stuck and who does not. I’m always trying to move the literature of mobility itself beyond the dichotomy of physical versus social mobility. I want to show how they are closely related. Daniel Agbiboa studies movement and its effects on various aspects of life. He has, for instance, examined the use of motorcycles by Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria, the role of road checkpoints in perpetuating corruption in Africa’s largest city, and the advantage of mobility for transport operators and those in global labor markets. Agbiboa, who joined the Department of African and African American Studies as an assistant professor this fall, sees free and restricted movement as integral to the development of political, economic, and social systems. His work makes connections between these intersections in West Africa.Q&ADaniel AgbiboaGAZETTE: Mobility is a wide-ranging term with many meanings depending on context. How do you approach the issue as a scholar? AGBIBOA: There’s a tendency to reduce the concept of mobility to that of migration, partly because of a narrow definition of migration from a Western-oriented agenda. I do research on mobility to expand the literature beyond migration. People around the world have always understood mobility in complex ways that migration does not do justice to, and I look at the different ways that mobility can be a contradiction. It can be expressed as a mode of survival but could be also a threat, depending on the context.GAZETTE: Can you give us an example of what you mean?AGBIBOA: I grew up in Lagos and was often struck by the level of violent extortion that took place on the roads at checkpoints and roadblocks. For my doctoral dissertation, I studied the links between street-level corruption and the high-level corruption that takes place in the city through motor-park touts, men who work as foot soldiers for the local transport unions. They extort money from transport operators that is used for party politics and protection rackets, and other forms of corruption. In the context of commercial transportation, motor-park touts are big men, and I was interested in the connection between the big man and the small man, the everyday Nigerian. My research also focuses on northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, and specifically the insurgent group Boko Haram. The conflict between Boko Haram and the state is complex, and scholars have looked at it from different angles. I’ve chosen a dimension that has arguably been neglected but is fundamental: What role did transportation and its associated politics play, if any, in the transformation of Boko Haram from a group of frustrated young men to an armed insurgent force? And how has the group’s mobile warfare impacted people who rely on transportation and access for their livelihood? Working on transportation issues for my Ph.D. helped me see the connections between movement and the production of security and insecurity. I can look at terror-stricken communities and see what’s happening on the road, especially at checkpoints, and see that there’s a lot you can learn from mobile and immobile spaces and the civilian and military relations that happen here. “Mobility can sometimes map onto the frustration of not moving well from being a youth to an adult. Poverty and inequality can be mapped from who can move and who cannot, who feels stuck and who does not.”
Garde says French will be banned because he wants his new charges to speak a common language for the sake of unity. The incoming Villa Park boss is confident the bottom-of-the-table players have the necessary spirit to move up the Barclays Premier League. “The team is unfortunate at the moment, I think. Hopefully we can pull together and improve the level,” Garde told Villa’s official website. “The situation at the moment is very difficult for everybody. “I am just arriving. I have some ideas, of course, because I have watched a lot of the games they have played since the start of the season. “I just want to work hard – and the players to have more confidence in themselves, in their team-mates, in the team, in the club because I think when you start losing you are getting low in confidence. “You cannot play winning games if you are low on confidence. “But I think the current level of the table doesn’t reflect the level of the team.” The loss to Tottenham was Villa’s seventh straight loss in the Premier League. But Garde is optimistic ahead of his challenge and spoke of his pride and determination to turn things around. “It feels very good – I am very proud to be the new Aston Villa manager,” said Garde, whose team will face Premier League leaders Manchester City in his first match in charge. “I am here to do my best – to give a lot to this big football club. “When you come into a football club there is always pressure, difficulties, problems to solve – but this is what you have to cope with. “I know it’s a huge and historic football club that needs at the moment to improve. I hope to do that.” New manager Remi Garde has told his players the Aston Villa dressing room must be a strictly English-speaking environment. As with all squads in the league, Villa are a multi-national group of players, and Frenchman Garde says there will be no favouritism. He said on AVTV: “I won’t care more about the French players than I will with the English or the Spanish or the African one. “The team is a whole team; we need to be all together. “They have to learn English quickly because I don’t want anybody speaking French in the dressing room for example because it’s very important we understand each other. “But as well it’s also important the English player speaks slowly sometimes at the beginning. Everybody has to make efforts to be a big team, because when you have such qualities in the dressing room normally we should do better. “It’s a huge task but everybody has to be concerned about that.” Former Lyon boss Garde, 49, became the sixth permanent French manager in Barclays Premier League history on Monday when he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal to replace Tim Sherwood. But his first job was to watch from the stands as his new side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham, leaving them with only four points from 11 matches. Press Association
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Ohio State received its 2014 National Championship rings earlier today, and the Buckeyes began showing them off online. The Twitter account for ESPN’s SportsCenter used OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s ring picture in a tweet, and cited the assistant in the process. A Michigan fan on Twitter responded to the tweet by acknowledging that this is the Buckeyes’ eighth claimed national championship, while the Wolverines claim 11 over their program’s history. @LeadFoot_Lads82 @SportsCenter @CoachZachSmith @DMike94 WOAH DUDE ONLY 3 MORE TO MATCH MICHIGAN.— Us Against The World (@MichiganTorei) March 27, 2015Smith was tagged in the Michigan fan’s response tweet, and decided to come up with a comeback of his own, rather than stay silent. What Smith did was take a screenshot of Wikipedia’s listing of national champions during the poll era (1936-present). During that time frame, Ohio State has four more titles than Michigan, because the Maize and Blue claim a handful of championships from the turn of the 20th century. People get confused by T-Shirts in the bookstores. Since they made a poll and intelligently ranked teams… pic.twitter.com/QbU54ob8qB— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015We are not number 1 FYI… Would not want to promote inaccurate or irrelevant information. — Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015This is a blatant shot at OSU’s biggest rival. Here is the full graphic Smith pulled his screenshot from. Notice, he cut off the first four teams and ended his photo right after including Michigan. Just another reminder why this rivalry is one of the best.
Australian cruise company Aurora Expeditions has revealed the design of its first purpose-built expedition vessel for the polar regions.Designed in cooperation with the US-based shipbuilders SunStone Ships, the ice class 1A ship will be built to the latest polar code specifications, according to the company.The new vessel, which will feature a length of 104.4 meters and a width of 8.2 meters, will be able to reach a speed of up to 15 knots.With the 7,400-ton vessel designed for expedition cruising, Aurora Expeditions said it plans to continue to provide the small-ship experience.“With the development of our purpose-built expedition ship, we stay true to our small-ship philosophy where the focus is on the experience and engagement with the environment…In the polar regions, we will have the ability to reduce passenger numbers so we can continue to visit existing landings sites as well as explore new areas where strict regulations enforce no more than 100 people ashore at any one time,” Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director of Aurora Expeditions, commented.“The vessel is the first to use the patented X-BOW technology which has the ability to pierce waves with much greater stability,” Halfpenny added.While a traditional bow vessel rises on the waves and then drops violently onto the surface of the water, Ulstein’s X-BOW vessel is less subject to the vertical motions induced by the waves, continues on course more smoothly, while maintaining its speed. Due to the fact that the ship uses less fuel to get through the waves, it also helps to save energy versus a conventional bow designed vessel, Aurora Expeditions explained.The yet-to-be-named ship is expected to be delivered in time for Aurora Expeditions’ 2019/2020 Antarctic season.Image Courtesy: Aurora Expeditions
New Delhi: To ‘support’ the automobile industry, the government has come out with a policy where organisations and researchers can buy bulk data pertaining to vehicle registrations on an annual basis. Eligible bodies can purchase the data for Rs 3 crore from the next fiscal and would be required to ensure strict security steps to prevent its theft or transfer, according to the policy approved by the government. Violation of data, the policy warns, will result in action under the IT Act and other applicable laws besides debarring the agency from access to this data for a period of three years. As per the ‘Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure’ issued earlier this month, sharing of vehicle registration data in a “controlled manner, can support the transport and automobile industry”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The sharing of data will also help in service improvements and wider benefits to citizens & Government,” the policy said. The prime focus is on delivering simpler, better and safer services to citizens and sharing of data “will also benefit the country economy”, the policy said. “There have been continuous advances in technology and the range of purposes for which individuals and organizations want access to the DL&RC data. There has been growing demand to share the data for wider benefits.” The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways collects and holds data as part of issuance of Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) and Driver Licence (DL). Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe ministry currently shares complete data with specified agencies such as enforcement agencies. The data is also shared with automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc at specified rates for each data set. Earlier this month, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has also announced going paperless and said driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the Ministry has said. Recently, the ministry amended the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, enabling issuance and use of transport-related documents in an electronic form. In the bulk data sharing policy the government has said that “Capture of old data on RC&DL (registration certificate & driving license) before the implementation of SARATHI and VAHAN has still not taken place. The possibility of a number of Vehicles having been transferred from one person to another or one location to another and the Driving License holders having relocated themselves without updating the database cannot be ruled out.” The policy makes it clear that under the circumstance, the Ministry is not in a position to ensure the sanctity of the data, which would be made available on “as-is-where-is” basis.