Millsap expresses concerns about probe into Jazz allegation

first_imgFebruary 26, 2021 /Sports News – Local Millsap expresses concerns about probe into Jazz allegation Associated Press Written by Tags: Dennis Lindsey/Elijah Millsap/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMIAMI (AP) — Former Utah forward Elijah Millsap said Friday that he has not yet heard from any investigators regarding his allegation that Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey made a bigoted comment to him during an end-of-season meeting in 2015.Millsap also expressed doubt that a fair investigation could take place regarding his claim that Lindsey, who then was the team’s general manager and now is an executive vice president, threatened to cut his “Black ass” and send him home.Millsap made the allegation in a tweet on Wednesday.The Jazz responded Thursday by saying they would bring in outside counsel to conduct a thorough investigation, and the NBA will be part of that probe as well.last_img read more

Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis Reschedules Show So He Can Go See Neil Young

first_imgDinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis is really excited to see Neil Young perform. So excited, in fact, that he’s rescheduled one of his own upcoming shows in order to see Neil do his thing.On Friday, Mascis issued an announcement via his Facebook page about his upcoming solo show in Berlin this summer. In the post, J Mascis’ camp explains,Hey Berlin, we heard Neil Young is playing on July 3rd. Like you, J would love to be at that show, and rather than compete with the Godfather of Grunge, we’re moving he Festaal Kreuzberg show from July 3 to June 3oth. Tickets for the original date will be honored, please contact your point of purchase for any ticketing questions.Related: Neil Young Announces Plans To Record New Album With Crazy HorseEarlier this week, J Mascis made headlines in the music world with the release of his grunge-inflected cover of Tom Petty classic “Don’t Do Me Like That”. You can listen to the cover below:J Mascis – “Don’t Do Me Like That” [Tom Petty cover]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>For a full list of J Mascis’ upcoming tour dates, head here.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Battery offers renewable energy breakthrough

first_imgA team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable.The novel battery technology is reported in a paper published in Nature on Jan. 9. Under the OPEN 2012 program, the Harvard team received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E) to develop the grid-scale battery, and plans to work with the agency to catalyze further technological and market breakthroughs over the next several years.The paper describes a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic (carbon-based) molecules called quinones, which are similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals.The mismatch between the availability of intermittent wind or sunshine and the variable demand is the biggest obstacle to using renewable sources for a large fraction of our electricity. A cost-effective means of storing large amounts of electrical energy could solve this problem.The battery was designed, built, and tested in the laboratory of Michael J. Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Roy G. Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science, led the work on the synthesis and chemical screening of molecules. Alán Aspuru-Guzik, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, used his pioneering high-throughput molecular screening methods to calculate the properties of more than 10,000 quinone molecules in search of the best candidates for the battery.“Imagine a device the size of a home heating-oil tank sitting in your basement. It would store a day’s worth of sunshine from the solar panels on the roof of your house …” — Michael MarshakFlow batteries store energy in chemical fluids contained in external tanks, as with fuel cells, instead of within the battery container itself. The two main components — the electrochemical conversion hardware through which the fluids are flowed (which sets the peak power capacity) and the chemical storage tanks (which set the energy capacity) — may be independently sized. Thus the amount of energy that can be stored is limited only by the size of the tanks. The design permits larger amounts of energy to be stored at lower cost than with traditional batteries.By contrast, in solid-electrode batteries, such as those commonly found in cars and mobile devices, the power conversion hardware and energy capacity are packaged together in one unit and cannot be decoupled. Consequently they maintain peak discharge power for less than an hour before they are drained, and are therefore ill-suited to store intermittent renewables.“Our studies indicate that one to two days’ worth of storage is required for making solar and wind dispatchable through the electrical grid,” said Aziz.To store 50 hours of energy from a 1-megawatt power capacity wind turbine (50 megawatt-hours), for example, a possible solution would be to buy traditional batteries with 50 megawatt-hours of energy storage, but they would come with 50 megawatts of power capacity. Paying for 50 megawatts of power capacity when only 1 megawatt is necessary makes little economic sense.For this reason, a growing number of engineers have focused their attention on flow-battery technology. But until now, flow batteries have relied on chemicals that are expensive or hard to maintain, driving up the cost of storing energy.The active components of electrolytes in most flow batteries have been metals. Vanadium is used in the most commercially advanced flow-battery technology now in development, but it sets a rather high floor on the cost per kilowatt-hour at any scale. Other flow batteries contain precious metal electrocatalysts, such as the platinum used in fuel cells.The new flow battery developed by the Harvard team already performs as well as vanadium flow batteries, with chemicals that are significantly less expensive, and with no precious-metal electrocatalyst.“The whole world of electricity storage has been using metal ions in various charge states, but there is a limited number that you can put into solution and use to store energy, and none of them can economically store massive amounts of renewable energy,” Gordon said. “With organic molecules, we introduce a vast new set of possibilities. Some of them will be terrible and some will be really good. With these quinones we have the first ones that look really good.”Aspuru-Guzik noted that the project is very well aligned with the White House Materials Genome Initiative. “This project illustrates what the synergy of high-throughput quantum chemistry and experimental insight can do,” he said. “In a very quick time period, our team homed in to the right molecule. Computational screening, together with experimentation, can lead to discovery of new materials in many application domains.”Quinones are abundant in crude oil as well as in green plants. The molecule the Harvard team used in its first quinone-based flow battery is almost identical to one found in rhubarb. The quinones are dissolved in water, which prevents them from catching fire.To back up a commercial wind turbine, a large storage tank would be needed, possibly located in a below-grade basement, said co-lead author Michael Marshak, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. With a whole field of turbines or a large solar farm, one could imagine a few very large storage tanks.The same technology could also have applications at the consumer level, Marshak said. “Imagine a device the size of a home heating-oil tank sitting in your basement. It would store a day’s worth of sunshine from the solar panels on the roof of your house, potentially providing enough to power your household from late afternoon, through the night, into the next morning, without burning any fossil fuels.”“The Harvard team’s results published in Nature demonstrate an early, yet important technical achievement that could be critical in furthering the development of grid-scale batteries,” said ARPA-E Program Director John Lemmon. “The project team’s result is an excellent example of how a small amount of catalytic funding from ARPA-E can help build the foundation to hopefully turn scientific discoveries into low-cost, early-stage energy technologies.”Team leader Aziz said the next steps in the project will be to further test and optimize the system that has been demonstrated on the benchtop and bring it toward a commercial scale. “So far, we’ve seen no sign of degradation after more than 100 cycles, but commercial applications require thousands of cycles,” he said. He also expects to achieve significant improvements in the underlying chemistry of the battery system. “I think the chemistry we have right now might be the best that’s out there for stationary storage and quite possibly cheap enough to make it in the marketplace,” he said. “But we have ideas that could lead to huge improvements.”By the end of the three-year development period, Connecticut-based Sustainable Innovations, LLC, a collaborator on the project, expects to deploy demonstration versions of the organic flow battery contained in a unit the size of a horse trailer. The portable, scaled-up storage system could be hooked up to solar panels on the roof of a commercial building, and electricity from the solar panels could either directly supply the needs of the building or go into storage and come out of storage when needed. Sustainable Innovations anticipates playing a key role in the product’s commercialization by leveraging its ultra-low-cost electrochemical cell design and system architecture already under development for energy storage applications.“You could theoretically put this on any node on the grid,” Aziz said. “If the market price fluctuates enough, you could put a storage device there and buy electricity to store it when the price is low and then sell it back when the price is high. In addition, you might be able to avoid the permitting and gas-supply problems of having to build a gas-fired power plant just to meet the occasional needs of a growing peak demand.”This technology could also provide very useful backup for off-grid rooftop solar panels — an important advantage considering some 20 percent of the world’s population does not have access to a power distribution network.“The intermittent renewables storage problem is the biggest barrier to getting most of our power from the sun and the wind,” Aziz said. “A safe and economical flow battery could play a huge role in our transition off fossil fuels to renewable electricity. I’m excited that we have a good shot at it.”William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and one of the world’s foremost experts on electricity markets, is helping the team explore the economic drivers for the technology.Trent M. Molter, president and CEO of Sustainable Innovations, LLC, provides expertise on implementing the Harvard team’s technology into commercial electrochemical systems.last_img read more

Writing about what scares you

first_imgWhen Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” went viral 14 months ago, the Harvard alumna (Ph.D. ’14 in English) and young author found the experience much like the topics she likes to write about: “disconcerting and anxiety-provoking.”A little more than a year later, Roupenian has published “You Know You Want This,” a collection of short stories that examine themes of gender, girl-into-adulthood, violence, and power. Roupenian, who grew up outside of Boston, received her M.F.A. from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan.She spoke with the Gazette in advance of appearing at the Harvard Book Store at 7 p.m. Thursday.Q&AKristen RoupenianGAZETTE: You dedicated the book to your mom for teaching you “to love what scares you.” How did she do that? ROUPENIAN: She modeled it, really. She is a huge cult horror fan and had a real spooky side underneath a perky demeanor. She was a big Stephen King fan. I’d steal the books off her shelf. She liked scary stories and she told them. Halloween in our house was the best. There was a form of entertainment about it. She was enthusiastic about it in a way that I didn’t realize had shaped me until I started writing.GAZETTE: What kind of kid were you?ROUPENIAN: At 6 or 7, I was unusually morbid. I was very bookish. I had giant glasses, and I was messy and my hair was everywhere, and I lost everything all the time, which I still do now. I was a wandering, daydreamy kid, but I did love scary stories. She had “Pet Sematery,” and the cover had the most gothic screaming cat’s face. I saw the cover and had nightmares just about the cover. Not that long after, at 10 or 11, I stole the book and I had nightmares again. As I got older, it became a solid point of contention between my mother and dad and me. He was more strict about what I should read and watch. I refused when they tried to tell me I couldn’t watch rated-R movies or read the books. We were always fighting about it. She was caught in the middle. I do remember a bad fight. She had bought me another Stephen King book, “Dolores Claiborne.” My dad was furious.GAZETTE: Growing up to be a writer can be scary. How linear was your path? ROUPENIAN: I wrote a lot in high school, then I took a break in college, when professors didn’t immediately recognize my genius. After Barnard [undergrad], I went into the Peace Corps in Kenya for two-plus years. When I got back, I had this deep desire to write about it. I was working 50 hours a week as a nanny in Cambridge, exhausted with writer’s block. I wanted to go back to Kenya, and wanted to read books about it. I worked for a time as a research coordinator in the endocrine unit of Mass. General Hospital, scheduling appointments and drawing blood, but I wanted to get the hell out of jobs I didn’t like and back to reading and learning so I ended up in grad school. I was frustrated with myself those early years in grad school. I had the most punishing imposter syndrome. I felt everyone else knew what they were doing. I couldn’t ask a question to learn anything for a long time. The place I was comfortable was talking about Kwani?, the literary magazine in Kenya, the project that would become my dissertation. It’s a contemporary magazine that came into existence at end of the dictatorship that I had experienced, and it used a mixed language called Sheng — Swahili and English, which captured being young and modern in Kenya. When I returned from Kenya in 2007, a violent presidential election shut down the hope and that flowering moment. “Viscerally, the response of it going viral was disconcerting and anxiety-provoking.” Glenda Carpio [professor of English and of African and African American Studies] was one of my advisers, as was Marc Shell [Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature and of English] and Biodun Jeyifo [professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature]. They let me go off on my own. I would disappear for six months and return with what I did. I just followed my own curiosity.During my fellowship year, I realized I wasn’t suited to be an academic. I didn’t have the commitment or skills to get through that gauntlet. I seriously considered the State Department and turned down an invitation there to finish my dissertation. Then the government shut down and that was my off-ramp. It was also during the fellowship that I was able to finish a draft of a novel set in Kenya that drew on my dissertation research. I got an agent for it, and it went out to editors and got rejected, but it gave me a sense that this was something I could do if I committed to it. So I taught for a year in History and Literature and applied to M.F.A. programs.GAZETTE: A little over a year ago, your short story “Cat Person” went viral. How did it happen?ROUPENIAN: I did a ton of submitting in 2017 and got nowhere. I kept a famous spreadsheet of rejections. Well, I had a few tiny successes. I won a prize for a horror story, but everything had largely died down. When I finished my M.F.A., my agent connected with my professor, asking if I had a novel. I didn’t, but I gave her two stories. She took “Cat Person” out to all the literary mags and got rejections. The New Yorker held onto it for the longest. [When they later accepted it,] that phone call from my agent was one of the purest moments of joy in my life. It was so far beyond anything I had been anticipating. Even if it hadn’t gone viral, [being published in The New Yorker] changed my life overnight. There was a lull, and I had a faint feeling of “Huh, is that all it is?” Later that week the story went viral, and it had a life of its own.GAZETTE: Your viral status dovetailed with the burgeoning #MeToo movement. What was that experience?ROUPENIAN: Viscerally, the response of it going viral was disconcerting and anxiety-provoking. I felt like something was happening to me and my name, to words I’d written, that I had no control over. At the same time, in the tenuous future-fearing position of a graduate student, it gave me money and time and space to write what I want to write. That was grounding, and that was real and immediate.One thing that’s hard to convey is the change in scale in my life. Over a year ago, the highest stakes of my work was my professor liking it or a small prize. Then to have the consequences of people liking or hating it, and thousands of tweets, I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s not a story I can tell yet. Not a lot of other people have experienced this, so I am feeling my way forward with my hands in front of my face.last_img read more

Hundreds rally to defend DACA

first_imgOther speakers took a more urgent tone. “No human being is illegal, especially on stolen land,” said a fourth-year student. “Even without [DACA], we are not going back.”One DACA recipient, who studied at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and is now a fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, reminded the crowd that doctors and other public servants are among those facing deportation. “As a child I was asked, ‘Why do you do this? Even if you graduate college, you will never be able to use your degree, so what is the point?’ DACA has made it possible for me to do what I love most, which is taking care of patients.”A fourth-year HMS student and DACA recipient attended the rally flanked by about a dozen of her classmates, all standing up front wearing their class white scrubs and stethoscopes. “There are only a couple of us that are DACA,” she said after the event. “But as we’ve heard here, one of the important aspects of being a doctor is advocacy. We’ve invited a lot of our peers because they care about this very deeply — not just to support their peers, but the patients they will take care of as future doctors. Tomorrow’s hearing is the next step, but it’s not about waiting passively. It’s about continuing to promote activism, pursuing the candidates and questioning them about their policies.”The rally was organized by the campus group Act on a Dream and had  21 co-sponsoring organizations. Some student organizers headed to Washington afterward to lobby members of Congress to uphold DACA’s provisions. The way ahead on the immigration issue remains uncharted, panelists say On DACA, questions top answers In testimony before Congress, Harvard graduate, chosen for a Rhodes, worries about being able to return to U.S. afterward Related Study tracks program’s benefits and limitations for undocumented young immigrants Rise in social mobility of DACA recipients High-achieving DACA recipients had help along the way from families and communities A crowd of about 250 students, faculty, and staff gathered on the steps of Harvard’s Memorial Church on Veterans Day for a Defend DACA rally that was part of a nationwide student walkout. The attending, some carrying protest signs, listened respectfully as members of the Harvard community told their stories about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status). Between speakers, there was applause and chants such as “Undocumented, unafraid. We are home and here to stay.”On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court began hearings that are likely to decide the fate of the DACA and, with it, that of an estimated 670,000 DREAMers nationwide. The DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The program allows them to continue their educations and to work. The issue has special resonance at Harvard, where DREAMers are a valued part of the community.The future of DACA is in some doubt. The Trump administration moved to end the Obama-era program in September 2017, which could leave the beneficiaries subject to deportation.  The Department of Homeland Security has since stopped accepting new applications from immigrants who would otherwise have been eligible. The Supreme Court hearings will consider the administration’s assertion that the program was unlawful, because Obama launched it without full congressional approval. If the court agreed with that argument, the program likely would be terminated. A ruling is not expected until early next summer.Harvard was among the first universities to voice strong support for DACA students and has consistently backed efforts to find a permanent legislative resolution for DREAMers and individuals who are part of the TPS program.Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Roberto Gonzales is among those who have supported immigrants in their goals, conducting a seven-year study of young people who have who have had the protections offered by the DACA program.In a question-and-answer session, Gonzelez discusses his new study here.On Monday, he urged the Harvard community to stand behind those who are now at risk. “The stress and anxiety among our students is palpable, and the wait could not be more excruciating,” he said. “For those of you most affected, my words are to be kind to yourselves and each other. Now is not the time to make drastic decisions. I call on faculty to be lenient with due dates and to keep their office doors open. And for the rest of us, it’s time to listen.” Mentors make the difference A plea to support DACAlast_img read more

New faculty: Daniel Agbiboa

first_img 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.”last_img read more

Pension progress made in South Burlington

first_imgFinancial analysts reported Monday night that South Burlington’s pension funding shortfall is still over $8 million, but noted solid gains in attempts to shore up the plan’s finances.According to an annual update for the City Council by Tracy Braun of Peoples United Retirement Services and Annie Voldman of Annie Voldman, a consulting actuary, the unfunded part of the municipal retirement fund dropped approximately $800,000 below last year’s $8.9 million shortfall.During the past decade, elected officials seemingly weren’t aware of the fund’s downward slide until they were revealed by new City Manager Sandy Miller. Paying the unfunded part of the plan through a low-interest bond was a strategy introduced during the council’s discussions.Public safety pensions have played a notably large role in the unfunded obligation, says the report summary. Starting this past July, the whole plan was 57 percent funded. However, only 52 percent of public safety pensions were funded compared to 72 percent for nonpublic safety employees.The fund’s assets, according to Voldman, increased by more than $2 million over last year, but increased expenses prevented the shortfall from continuing to shrink.last_img read more

Expanding broadband access in rural communities, just in time for school

first_img(WBNG) — Federal leaders are trying to tackle a very local problem here in the Southern Tier. “That internet connection is huge and is unfortunately an obstacle in some of our remote areas,” said Tim Ryan, superintendent of the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District. Brindisi added the fight for internet access is a big one for rural communities. Officials said this is particularly important as the school year inches near. “This crisis is hurting our economy, our small businesses, our families, and our children,” Rep. Brindisi said. “Shockingly, the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t even know what areas have access to broadband and what areas don’t.” Brindisi said the reason the federal government has such a poor understanding of who has broadband access because of the way they measure it. Currently, if one household in a community has access, the federal government determines the entire community has access, something Brindisi said doesn’t accurately represent community access. The big takeaway is New York’s 22nd congressional district, which stretches from Utica to Binghamton, has the slowest internet in the state. He said it will take action on a local and national level to solve this. Ryan said 15-20 families in his district have inadequate access to broadband. Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced Monday the results of a broadband survey from across the region.last_img read more

Arizona’s Republican AG goes on Fox to say Arizona isn’t turning red no matter how Trump lies

first_img– Advertisement – ScreenShot2020-11-11at2.46.37PM.png One of the biggest problems that Donald Trump is facing in his attempts to thwart democracy and successfully pull off a coup d’état is that the jurisdictions he is accusing of massive voter fraud and failure are under the control of Republican Party officials. These officials have been given nothing even approximating evidence that a single example of voter fraud took place, let alone massive voter fraud.On Wednesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich went on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to explain that even if the Trump administration could prove that their claims are true—and that is an “if” the size of a planet—it still wouldn’t turn Arizona from blue to red. Cavuto said, “Believe me, Attorney General, I admire your nerves of steel and a backbone to match … because a lot of people are not going to digest this very nice.” He asked Brnovich to be clear about what he was saying. Brnovich tried to be as clear as possible. Spoiler alert: Donald Trump lost big time.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Church caretaker in Depok arrested over alleged sexual abuse of 20 children

first_imgRead also: Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in TangerangHe explained that the boys had not come forward or told their parents earlier because they were either afraid or were not aware that they had been abused.Some victims reportedly experienced psychological trauma.”Some victims are experiencing anger issues. We’re currently working to help them and their families recover through counseling and therapy. It’s our main concern at the moment,” he said.Tigor said the church was still investigating the case further to possibly uncover more victims.”We hope the Depok Police will also develop the case, because even though our investigation has revealed 20 victims, only two of them have reported the abuse to the police,” he said.Depok Police chief Sr. Comr. Azis Andriansyah said SPM had been arrested on Sunday. A preliminary investigation suggested that the alleged abuse had taken place in the church area.“He would pretend to ask his victims to tidy up tools, but he instead molested them,” Azis said as reported by kompas.com on Monday.SPM was charged under law No. 35/2014 on child protection, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment. Topics : Police have arrested a 42-year-old church caretaker from Pancoran Mas district in Depok, West Java, over alleged sexual abuse.Parents had reported “suspicious behavior” of the caretaker, identified only as SPM, said Azas Tigor Nainggolan, the alleged victims’ attorney.”He often kissed and hugged the boys and put them on his lap. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids,” Tigor told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.The parents reported their suspicions to the church pastor, who conducted an internal investigation. Afterward, some 20 boys reportedly came forward and said they had been molested by SPM.”The investigation revealed that SPM has been abusing kids since 2002. All the victims are male, aged 11-15,” Tigor said.last_img read more