SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It is a tale of a love grown weary, a journey of self-discovery and the road to recovery for a New Brunswick musician, heartsick over the demise of his nine-year romance.And all of it is told in an emotionally raw sales pitch from Adam Kierstead — a self-described nerd hoping to unload the “badass” guitar he bought on impulse months after his relationship fizzled.The Kijiji ad — which had already garnered more than 3,160 visits by mid-day Tuesday — features a 2008 Gibson Reverse Explorer with pictures showcasing the telltale angular design favoured by metalheads and spandex-clad rockers.Beneath is the forlorn, 770-word story of how Kierstead acquired the used brown guitar and why he decided to part with it.It starts with the couple driving home from Cape Breton last September after a friend’s wedding, when both realize their relationship was sputtering to a halt.“We’d glance over at each other every few minutes, neither wanting to start. Finally, she did,” Kierstead writes. “So are we breaking up or what?” The response: “I guess so.”What follows is a painfully honest account of how Kierstead, a musician in several Saint John bands, coped with love’s loss.In an email to The Canadian Press Tuesday, Kierstead responded to an interview request by saying, “I am already feeling a bit sheepish about the amount of attention my ad has gotten thus far (although it does appear a sale is pending!).”In his Kijiji ad, he describes being forced to stay in “our — now her — home” for weeks after the split.“It became clear almost immediately that she was ‘winning’ the breakup — she was more social, laughing more, killing it at the gym,” he lamented. “But here I was, 32 years old, sleeping on a camping cot in my ex’s storage room while I looked for an apartment. I was miserable.”Kierstead went onto say he had never considered himself reckless or prone to excessive drinking or spending the little money he had in a foolhardy fashion.But, he says when he got a call last October from a local music store letting him know about a used Reverse Explorer that had come in, his self-restraint and presence of mind flew the coop.“I was out the door and in the car in seconds. My opportunity for in-character wanton recklessness had finally arrived,” he writes, explaining the joy he felt upon entering the store and picking up the instrument.“I plugged the guitar in and cackled as I fumbled through a couple of Slayer riffs (I did an awful job). This was perfect. This was just what I needed. I handed over the cash and left with my treasure.”Kierstead, whose Facebook profile picture features the bespectacled musician wearing a plaid shirt and awkwardly holding a gold-coloured cat, said the joy was not long-lived.A year after the purchase, he said his ex was in a new job, settled in with “a kind, gregarious, much-better-looking-than-me man who treats her like gold), and a new cat.”For his part, he said he had moved on, was happy with his own new cat and remained good friends with his former partner, even going for the odd coffee date.Then, he says he was “yanked back to reality” last week when he was out buying some beer for band practice and a man in his 50s said, “Out of my way, nerd.”Stunned, Kierstead said he flashed back to the many times in high school when he called the same thing.“I realized something: I AM a nerd. Yes. Irredeemably nerdy. I can’t play anything as completely badass as a Reverse Explorer in good conscience,” he said of his epiphany.“I have a Duo-Sonic. My amps don’t even have distortion channels, for crying out loud. I have to pass this thing along to someone deserving. It truly is time to move on.”To that end, Kierstead posted the ad listing the guitar for $900, adding that he may consider a trade for a full-size ventless dryer.“That’s mostly a joke, but also some insight into why I’m actually selling this guitar,” he states, ending on a hopeful note.“Thanks for reading. Really, I’m fine.”
VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s chief coroner says the agency doesn’t endorse what it calls “fear-based initiatives” after a funeral home launched a campaign to combat the opioid overdose crisis.Lisa Lapointe wrote an article that said although public education and awareness amidst the overdose crisis is important, scaring people from using drugs is not an effective measure in saving lives.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services in Langley, B.C., created a fentanyl prevention program in response to the high number of families coming to the chain every month after losing a loved one to an overdose.The chain’s owner, Tyrel Burton, had said in a news release that the company felt compelled to reach teens and young adults before they become addicted.The campaign uses visual aids the company described as “powerful, perhaps even controversial” that includes a poster of a grieving family surrounding a coffin under the banner reading “Will fentanyl be the reason for your next family get-together?”The coroners service has reported that more than 2,000 people have died due to illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia since January 2016.Lapointe said fear-based campaigns tend to increase the stigma surrounding drug use, which can discourage people from seeking help. She said studies in the U.S. have found campaigns to discourage the use of illegal drugs among young people had no positive effects on youth behaviour and may have prompted experimentation with substance use.She said images in campaigns should also be used strategically.“Those with lived experience tell us that images featuring drug paraphernalia can act as a trigger, resulting in the desire to use and causing more harm,” she said.Instead, she said advertisements focused on skills and strategies to cope with a threat are found to be more effective.She said data shows most of those who have died in B.C. were using drugs alone and health authorities and service providers have targeted their strategies accordingly.“In the long run, compassion and support, including prescribed medical treatment where appropriate, will be much more effective in turning this crisis around than fear and shame,” she said in the statement.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding the chief coroner’s statement.
Rajapaksa said this while speaking at an event today, the SLPP media unit said. Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the next President will be from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).He said that before the year 2019 ends he expects a President to be elected from the SLPP-led new alliance. Basil Rajapaksa also said that the main fight of his party right now is not against Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa or Navin Dissanayake but against international conspirators. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the SLPP has performed better than the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in some districts at the last elections and will do better at future elections.
Student Life and Community Experience needs bowlers for the upcoming Brock Bowls for Kids fundraiser.The annual Brock event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines and Thorold. Each year, the organization must raise more than 80 per cent of its operating budget to continue its mentoring programs.This year’s Brock Bowls for Kids goal is $15,000. Last year, it raised more than $7,000.The event will be Feb. 1 and 2 at Parkway Lanes in St. Catharines at 9:30 p.m. Sign up as an individual or join as a team of four or five. Once registered, participants can collect pledges online or in person. Space is limited to 40 teams.Sign up at brockbowls.ca
A recent enforcement blitz by Saskatchewan police in highway work zones resulted in 138 speeding tickets being issued.According to a news release from SGI, the special enforcement took place during the month of July. When passing a highway worker, flag person or highway equipment with warning lights flashing, drivers are required to slow down to 60 km/h, or the posted speed limit.Here’s the breakdown of the work zone tickets.104 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing highway workers or occupied highway equipment within a work zone. 32 tickets for exceeding 60 km/h when passing a highway worker or flag person. One ticket for exceeding 60 km/h when passing occupied highway equipment. One ticket for exceeding 60 km/h when passing highway equipment with warning lights in operation. SGI said police also issued a ticket to a driver who failed to obey the direction of a flag person or peace officer.Going 40 km/h over the speed limit comes with a $1,008 fine and four demerits. When driving through a work zone, SGI said drivers should obey posted signs or flag persons, give the road their full attention and keep a safe following distance between them and vehicle in front.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“It’s always important to remember that when you’re travelling through a work zone you’re in someone’s office – it’s up to all of us to keep those workers safe as they fix and build our province’s roads and highways,” said a statement from SGI.
Drawing on experience of conflicts ranging from the Balkans to Afghanistan, participants at the three-day meeting adopted a set of recommendations to ensure that refugee care and peace-building efforts consistently address reproductive health concerns and gender-based violence. Proposed steps include routinely implementing established reproductive health service guidelines as well as making international staff better aware of local traditions, laws and religions, and of their duties in securing women’s rights.The meeting noted that women’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with their strong community ties and flexibility, should be involved at all levels of conflict resolution and community rehabilitation to ensure that the reconstruction process as well as health and social services are firmly rooted in the needs of women.”I hope this meeting will not end with our discussion but will lead to real action and effective operations,” said UNFPA’s Deputy Executive Director, Kunio Waki at the close of the session.The meeting, which wrapped up on 15 November, drew nearly 50 representatives from governments, UN agencies and NGOs. Its findings will contribute to a forthcoming UN study on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, called for by Security Council resolution 1325 of October 2000.
WestJet sets record for passengers in a single day A new high for Calgary-based WestJet which has, for the second time in 2016, set a record in terms of guests flown in a single day.The airline is flying an estimated 74,600 guests across its network Friday, surpassing the previous benchmark of 74,247 set back on January 3rd, 2016.“We are proud to be the airline of choice for so many guests at this important time of year,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice President, said in a statement. “On behalf of more than 12,000 WestJetters, we would like to thank our guests for choosing to fly with us throughout the year.”The news comes as the airline announces its pilots have voted to accept the new expansion plans of the wide-body fleet.The vote is necessary under their agreement with the Pilot’s Association.WestJet currently has four Boeing 767 Aircraft in its fleet, some of which fly out of Calgary. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Courtesy facebook.com/westjet) by Ian Campbell Posted Dec 23, 2016 10:07 pm MDT
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Ohio State received the first commitment in its 2019 recruiting class when five-star offensive tackle Doug Nester announced his pledge to play for the Buckeyes Saturday evening on Twitter.The 6-foot-5.5, 295-pound lineman is the top-ranked player from West Virginia in the history of 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 36 overall player in the nation and the third-best offensive tackle in his class.The Huntington, West Virginia, native would be the first player from his home state to sign with Ohio State since tight end R.J. Coleman from Clarksburg, West Virginia, in 2002.Nester is the second five-star prospect to commit to a Big Ten program. He might end up blocking the first – defensive end prospect Stephen Herron Jr. – as he committed to Michigan July 29.
Chappell took to the stand to plead with the court not to take his licence away.He said it would be “a stretch” to employ a chauffeur or take taxis, after declaring his weekly income is £5,000.Chappell claimed that he suffered from “abuse” and “strong language” from other passengers when he used the train.He said he has to attend meetings four days a week as part of discussions with two parliamentary committees and the pensions regulator over the collapse of BHS.His manor house is apparently two miles from a bus stop and around 20 miles from the nearest train station.Chappell’s wife drives 100 miles each day taking his young son to a private boarding school, where his daughter is also a weekly boarder, he said. Dominic Chappell pictured arriving at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morningCredit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg I drive an average of 35,000 miles a year and I used to be a race car driverDominic Chappell A former boss of BHS who bought the retail chain for just £1 has been banned from driving for six months for speeding.Dominic Chappell, from Winterborne Clenston, Dorset, exceeded a 40mph speed limit in Andover, Hampshire, on April 6.The 49-year-old was driving a green Range Rover on Churchill Way when a police officer clocked him driving at an average speed of 63.9mph at 8.47pm.After being pulled over, Chappell told the police: “This will cost me £25,000. I’ve been driving since I was 18 and have never had an accident. Michael Levy, defending, said: “Given the isolation and his particular commitment at the moment – is it not an exceptional situation he finds himself in?”It may be there is a genuine public interest in this defendant helping these people as much as he possibly can, to the full and maximum.”Clearly if he is not able to do that the whole process is going to be more difficult and drawn out and take longer.”He added: “Because of the exceptional nature of what he’s doing and who he is trying to assist in the resolution of this very unfortunate and public mess that has arisen, I would invite the court to give him one last chance.” Chappell bought the high street business off Sir Philip Green in 2015 through his company Retail Acquisitions.Last month, he denied the £2.6 million package he took including a £600,000 salary contributed to the demise of the brand.The collapse of BHS in April has left 11,000 people out of work and a £571 million black hole in the pension fund.A former bankrupt with no retail experience, Chappell has since apologised to the staff of the chain for the demise of BHS, and insisted he made every effort to turn the ailing company around. “I drive an average of 35,000 miles a year and I used to be a race car driver.”He was disqualified from holding a driving licence for six months at Aldershot magistrates’ court on Tuesday.Chappell, who previously pleaded guilty to the offence, has 10 points on his licence for three other speeding offences in 2013, 2014 and 2015.Chappell was given six points for his latest speeding offence, bringing the total on his licence up to 16.He was also fined £665 and ordered to pay £150 in costs.Magistrate Jenny Gove said his speed was “really very excessive” and that Chappell would not suffer exceptional hardship by having his licence taken away.She added: “We don’t find exceptional hardship – it has to relate to other people who are innocent. You are the one who has to be punished.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Mr Mott says that the putcher method, which involves trapping the fish in baskets and which dates back to at least the 17th century, is environmentally sensitive and ensures salmon stocks remain stable. He had previously caught up to 600 salmon each year and earned around £60,000 from his business. Credit:Sam Billington/Environment Agenc /PA The Agency said the move was necessary to protect the salmon fisheries of the River Wye, arguing that salmon caught in the estuary included fish that originated in the waters of the Wye, which is a special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive.An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Salmon stocks are at an all-time low and it is the Environment Agency’s duty to protect them where they are at risk. We are working hard to restore salmon to healthy levels and will soon be proposing new measures to protect them. But it is only through working with others that we will preserve this iconic species for future generations.“We welcome the court’s support for the Environment Agency’s role to impose catch limits on salmon, and the recognition that Mr Mott’s case is exceptional.”He added that the Agency had accepted the court’s ruling and would work with Mr Mott to agree appropriate compensation. A fisherman fighting to keep an ancient fishing method alive has defeated the Government in the Supreme Court. Nigel Mott, who catches salmon in the Severn estuary near Lydney Harbour using a putcher rank, argued that an Environment Agency-imposed limit on the amount he could catch had rendered his business unviable. In 2012, the Agency limited his catch to 30 fish for that season and further limits of 23 and 24 salmon were imposed in 2013 and 2014.He had previously caught up to 600 salmon each year and earned around £60,000 from his business. While Mr Mott, of Sproat, Chepstow, was paid compensation on various occasions between 2004 and 2011 not to operate the fishery during particular seasons, none was paid to compensate him for restrictions between 2012 and 2014.Now the Agency will have to resume paying him compensation after a panel of senior judges dismissed an appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling in his favour.”The Agency gave no consideration to the particular impact on Mr Mott’s livelihood, which was severe,” said Lord Carnwath.He added that the case was an “exceptional case on the facts, because of the severity and the disproportion (as compared to others) of the impact on Mr Mott”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT of Brazil, the World Cup was viewed as an unrivalled opportunity to showcase Brazil as a modern, progressive country with the ability to deliver major projects both economic and cultural.In reality, this image has proven to be a domestic PR fiasco provoking unprecedented social unrest and resentment at the way in which trillions of dollars can be spent on stadia and infrastructure while there is no money for health and education, anger at how suddenly the police can be everywhere to protect foreign tourists while their own people remain the daily target of police brutality in the favelas, and at how human rights defenders who speak out for the rights of their communities face threats and the risk of assassination in a climate of virtual impunity.While those working on the issues of environmental or indigenous peoples’ rights are particularly vulnerable those demanding accountability for police violence or on the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are also frequently targeted.Violence, discrimination and poverty are at the heart of both opposition to the hosting of the World Cup and to the government’s general economic policies. Instead of delivering the new roads, public transport and other services that have been promised for years the government has simply given a green light to the private sector for the voracious exploitation of natural resources, which has brought mining and logging companies and ranchers and illegal squatters into conflict with local communities and indigenous peoples who are trying to protect their traditional way of life and the increasingly fragile environment, especially in Amazonia.Criminalising protestsThose opposed to these mega projects and who demand the right to give their free and informed consent are targeted by the state and its agencies; the mining and logging companies and the hired gunmen of the ranchers. The state attitude to social movements and popular demonstrations has been to criminalise them. The national media – ostensibly private – has actively promoted government policies, uncritically repeating the government’s discourse to smear protesters and human rights defenders as violent extremists which in turn is used to justify a violent response. This has been executed by the heavy hand of the law with frequent and excessive use of lethal force by the police, the introduction of repressive legislation such as the National Security Law, the Anti-Terrorist Law, the Anti-Mask Law (banning the use of masks in demonstrations in Rio de Janeiro), and the frequent use of surveillance and agents provocateurs against demonstrators.Rosivaldo Ferreira da Silva, known as Cacique Babau, is the leader of the Tupinamba people in Bahia. The Tumpinamba were the first indigenous people to have contact with the original Portuguese colonisers. Long marginalised from economic development and state investment in their well-being, since 2000 they have been campaigning to have their traditional lands officially demarcated. In 2009 the National Indian Foundation made a ruling recognising several areas as indigenous territory but so far the Minister of Justice has not signed it into law.In the struggle for their land rights, the Tupinambá have been the target of criminalisation, vilification, threats, torture and attempted murder, involving the state, farmers and national media. In 2008, over 130 heavily armed Federal Police invaded the Sierra Village in a military operation, on the basis of a writ for repossession of the land, a writ which was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court. Since August 2013, the Tupinambás’ land has been militarily occupied by order of the Federal Government to “ensure law and order”. However, the community complains that they continue to be the target of overt surveillance and direct violence.Silencing the oppositionCacique Babau himself has been imprisoned three times and in 2010 was held for five months in a maximum security prison because of his persistence in defending the historic rights of the Tupinamba people. In 2014, a major national media company aired a report on national news, based on false information, that aimed to discredit the campaign led by Cacique Babau. In April 2014, Cacique Babau was again arrested, this time on the basis of a warrant presented by the Federal Police in Brasilia.The existence of the warrant only came to light when Cacique Babau was issued an emergency passport to attend the canonisation by Pope Francis in Rome of Father José de Anchieta, and where it was expected that Cacique Babau would denounce violations of indigenous rights in Brazil. The Federal Police requested that the passport be suspended thus preventing the defender from travelling to the Vatican. Five days later, the Superior Court ordered his release on the grounds that there was no reason for his detention. Many other indigenous leaders have been similarly targeted.The crisis for human rights defenders in Brazil is typified by the situation in Para state which has the highest number of human rights defenders at serious risk. Brazilian NGO Terra de Direitos has recorded that in Para state alone 46 human rights defenders are at imminent risk of assassination by hired killers, quite apart from human rights defenders facing lesser forms of intimidation. Ten years ago, the National Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders was set up by the Brazilian Government and was first implemented in Para State. Despite this, the programme is now effectively paralysed due to lack of proper management, the absence of any legal framework to support its work and the lack of any consistent methodology in dealing with cases.Consider the cost of this eventOsvalinda Marcelino Alves Pereira is a rural community worker. The community she lives in is part of a resettlement programme in western Para organised by the National Institute of Agrarian Reform in an area of great biodiversity which has attracted the interest of commercial logging companies. In 2012 alone, 130 miles of illegal roads were built in the area and more than 3,300 acres of land taken over illegally by logging companies. Because she reports on illegal logging and challenges illegal land occupations she regularly receives death threats from logging companies and thugs working for the ranchers.The defence of human rights remains critically dangerous work in Brazil. According to the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission – CPT) 1,855 rural workers and activists received death threats in the past 10 years, mostly linked to their work on the issues of environmental protection and land reform. The characterisation of HRDs as “enemies”, combined with the criminalisation of their actions as a result of pressure from transnational companies and powerful economic groups, has raised the risks they face exponentially.As the world gathers around TV sets to celebrate every goal at this year’s World Cup, it is worth considering the massive cost of this event – not just in dollars, but in the changes wrought on Brazilian society in the name of the ‘beautiful game’. Perhaps it is time to pause our celebration of football players and focus instead on the courage of Brazil’s other everyday heroes.Mary Lawlor is Executive Director of Front Line Defenders. See Front Line Defenders World Cup Campaign at sportshrd.org.Read: 32 eye-opening satellite photos from every country in the World Cup#Column: The European Commission is not recognising the human right to water
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An NFL player reached an out-of-court settlement in a 2014 incident at a South Beach nightclub.Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey reached the agreement in a civil suit, Monday, preventing the case from going to trial.The football star, who is the twin brother of Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, was sued for allegedly shouting anti-gay slurs and attacking Riquan James, also known as Ricky Vasquez.The fight took place at the twin players’ birthday party at the Cameo nightclub, located at 1445 Washington Avenue, in July 2014.Details of the settlement were not released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang More From Roadshow 31 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth Cadillac Get reacquainted with the 2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Auto Tech Luxury cars Tags 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Cadillac Escalade 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery null Cadillac Share your voice More about 2019 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Enlarge ImageTrying to find a good spot can be a real bear, so Cadillac’s new ParkWhiz integration should help reduce that frustration. Cadillac General Motors has steadily added a variety of features to its Marketplace in-car app store. Whether it involves ordering pizza or reserving a table somewhere, Marketplace can make it happen through the infotainment system with minimal distraction. Now, it’s out to make parking easier for Cadillac owners.Cadillac on Friday announced that has added ParkWhiz parking compatibility to its infotainment system’s Marketplace. This new app will let Cadillac users in qualified vehicles find, book, and pay for parking. It doesn’t work for literally every parking space, but ParkWhiz has hookups with thousands of spaces across 250 US cities.Here’s how it works. Using ParkWhiz’ website or mobile app, Cadillac owners will need to set up an account, including payment information and some basic vehicle details (make, model, license plate number, that kind of stuff). After linking that account to the vehicle through the in-car Marketplace app, folks are free to start looking for parking.Don’t expect it to work on your ’91 Allanté, though. Cadillac’s Marketplace is only available on vehicles from the 2017 model year or newer, and it needs an active data plan through the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. According to Cadillac, that covers about 325,000 vehicles.Earlier this summer, GM added Domino’s to Marketplace, allowing people to order saved pizza configurations through the infotainment system. Buick rolled out Yelp integration in late 2018, giving people the chance to book table reservations in the car — no writing reviews from behind the wheel, though. Soon enough, GM won’t be the only domestic automaker in town with these capabilities, as Fiat Chrysler has similar functionality planned for the next iteration of its Uconnect telematics. 2:48 0 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more
Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das passes awayProminent Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das died at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 87. The singer breathed his last at Apollo Hospitals Ltd around 8:20pm, said family sources. Sudhin Das was taken to a private clinic at Kalyanpur in the morning after he caught fever and vomited. He was later admitted to the Apollo Hospitals, reports UNB. The body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11:00am on Wednesday so that people from all walks of life can pay their last respects to the prominent singer. Meanwhile, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed deep at the death of Sudhin Das. In a condolence message, he prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.
By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — In a reckoning five years in the making, an administrative judge on Friday recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of “I can’t breathe” fueled a national debate over policing, race and the use of force.The city’s police commissioner will make a final decision this month on whether to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, for his role in Eric Garner’s death. Pantaleo was suspended shortly after the judge’s decision became public, about two weeks after federal prosecutors closed the book on criminal charges.In this July 23, 2014 file photo, Eric Garner’s body lies in a casket during his funeral at Bethel Baptist Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, an administrative judge recommended firing a New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is white, over the chokehold death of the unarmed Garner, whose dying cries of “I can’t breathe” fueled a national debate over policing, race and the use of force. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, Julia Xanthos, Pool)Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed the judge’s report as “a step toward justice and accountability,” while Pantaleo’s lawyer and a union leader said it penalized an officer for properly doing his job. The lawyer said he will appeal to state court if Pantaleo is fired.Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, said the report brought her “some relief” but was overdue and fell short of true accountability.“It’s past time for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD to end their obstruction, stop spreading misleading talking points and finally take action for my son,” she said in a statement.Garner’s death came at a time of a growing public outcry over police killings of unarmed black men that sparked the national Black Lives Matter movement. Just weeks later, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.When a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo on state charges in December 2014, demonstrations flared in New York and several other cities.The administrative judge’s findings were provided Friday to Pantaleo’s lawyer and the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the watchdog agency that acted as a prosecutor at his department trial last spring.Under department rules, Pantaleo’s lawyer will have about two weeks to respond before Police Commissioner James O’Neill makes his decision.The attorney, Stuart London, said Pantaleo, 33, was disappointed in the judge’s recommendation but remains “cautiously optimistic” he ultimately won’t be dismissed.London and Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged O’Neill to stand up for Pantaleo, saying he’d done nothing wrong and that firing him would leave officers feeling they can’t do their jobs without losing them.“We’re calling on Commissioner O’Neill to save the New York Police Department. Allow us to be effective again,” Lynch said.Lynch said that, given the decision, police officers might be considered reckless every time they put their hands on someone. He urged officers to keep responding to 911 calls but “take it a step slower” and call for a supervisor instead of using physical force on an uncooperative suspect.Police department spokesman Phillip Walzak said Pantaleo’s suspension was standard in disciplinary cases in which termination is recommended. He wouldn’t comment further.The administrative judge, Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado, had been tasked with deciding whether Pantaleo used a chokehold — banned by police department policy — to take Garner to the ground during a confrontation on a Staten Island street.Pantaleo’s lawyers argued he used an approved “seat belt” technique to subdue Garner, who refused to be handcuffed after officers accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes.London said that while Maldonado found that a chokehold was used, she concluded in her 45-page report that a lot of the contact with the neck was accidental and unintentional. The report has not been made public.In a bystander’s video, it appeared that Pantaleo initially tried to use two approved restraint tactics on Garner, much larger at 6-foot-2 (188 centimeters) and about 400 pounds (180 kilograms), but ended up wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck for about seven seconds as they struggled against a glass storefront window and fell to the sidewalk.The footage showed Garner crying out, “I can’t breathe,” at least 11 times before he fell unconscious. The medical examiner’s office said a chokehold contributed to Garner’s death.Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Fred Davie said Maldonado’s recommendation confirmed what the agency argued at the trial: that Pantaleo’s use of a chokehold caused Garner’s death.The Rev. Al Sharpton, appearing with two of Garner’s children, called on O’Neill to “immediately and unequivocally” to accept the recommendation.He added: “This is not justice for the Garner family. Justice for the Garner family would have been a federal proceeding or a criminal proceeding in the local courts.”Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and put on desk duty after the death but continued to draw a salary, with his pay peaking at more than $120,000 in 2017, according to city records.Last month, federal prosecutors announced they would not bring criminal charges against Pantaleo following a five-year civil rights investigation.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Friday urged the Justice Department’s Inspector General to review Attorney General William Barr’s role in the decision.Presented with opposing recommendations from two Justice Department units, Barr sided with prosecutors in Brooklyn who said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to make a case.Garner’s death has dogged de Blasio since it happened in his first year in office.His initial statements after the death were critical of the officers involved, and he talked publicly about having had to warn his own son, who is black, to be careful during any encounters with police. Then, as protests flared, a disturbed man angry about the Garner and Brown cases ambushed and killed two New York City police officers as they sat in their cruiser.Lynch, of the police union, said at the time that the mayor had “blood on his hands” over the killings. Police turned their backs on de Blasio at the officers’ funerals.De Blasio, who like Gillibrand is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, also wound up infuriating police reform advocates because of the department’s yearslong wait to begin disciplinary proceedings against Pantaleo. The city said it wanted to avoid interfering in the federal civil rights investigation.Chants of “Fire Pantaleo” interrupted de Blasio at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. Protesters briefly interrupted de Blasio’s news conference Friday chanting the same thing.___Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.
Related posts:Costa Rican motorists soon won’t have to wait for police to clear minor car accidents Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Waze now gives Costa Rica drivers advice on skirting vehicle restrictions 10 ways life in Costa Rica has been transformed, and you didn’t even notice Josefinos and the rest of the Central Valley’s commuters lament the morning and evening standstill traffic. Cars are suddenly turned into turtles, inching forward slowly but surely. Theautopista is no more. It’s merely a glorified concrete trail.Ticos who take their coffee with the cup half empty might see this as a nuisance that comes with life in the Central Valley. The cup half full? It’s actually an opportunity. After all, no law exists saying that this needs to be the reality forever. There can be alternatives to this mind-numbing lifestyle that keeps us hunkered down behind the wheel for hours on end in any given week. Alternatives that keep us moving, taking pollutants out of the air we breathe, and allowing us to spend more time with our families – already a priority in the Costa Rican lifestyle. As commuting in a car because less and less attractive, the door opens wider and wider for improved public transportation.We’re already seeing alternatives take hold. Cartago recently opened Central America’s first bikeshare program to complement their bikeway. The Association of Athletes Against Road Rage and Disrespect (ACONVIVIR) are busy advocating for another bikeway that will connect La Sabana with the University of Costa Rica in 20 minutes, or 15 minutes for cyclists with a little extra fire in their engine. Finally, the Costa Rican Institute of Railways (INCOFER) is actively bringing back train transportation to Costa Rica.Lest we get too glossy-eyed with visions of hopping from bike to train, there is still the risk of taking unnecessary steps backward. The $485 million highway-expansion project of Ruta 32 comes to mind, which calls for expanding the two-lane highway into four lanes for 105 kilometers.Don’t Be PhoenixWidening Ruta 32, we’re told, will ease congestion. It makes perfect sense, if you don’t think about it too much. More concrete means more space for more cars. That, however, is precisely the problem: It will bring more cars, negating the point of widening the highway in the first place. Unless you’re Phoenix, Arizona, with endless vistas of beautiful land to soil with ever-widening slabs of concrete, it’s not a particularly feasible solution. Plus, it’s ugly. Just take a look at Phoenix.Professors Gilles Duranton and Matthew Turner studied this phenomenon of road widening in 2011 at the University of Toronto. I can spare you the academia and summarize their conclusion: more roads cause more traffic. It turns out that widening highways to relieve congestion is akin to loosening your belt in order to lose weight.Sadly for U.S. citizens, this has been the infrastructure development strategy of the United States. We built highways, and cars came to those highways. Suddenly too many cars were driving on the highways, so we expanded them. Then we did it again, and again, and again. Suddenly, historic neighborhoods were sliced in half so Mr. Jones could get home to the wife and kids without activating those muscles in the left ankle for braking. Many were fine with this system, so long as they weren’t the ones getting the raw deal. Now the United States is in an infrastructure crisis, unable to maintain overbuilt roads and highways, or raise taxes to pay for them. Bridges are crumbling across the country while some states continue with attempts to move boldly and blindly ahead with multi-billion dollar highway projects. Bucking the status quo isn’t easy.A Chance to Change CourseSome Ticos and longtime expats might think Costa Rica is truly experiencing the infrastructure crisis. Tico roads are legendary among just about everyone who has had the pleasure of bouncing along on them. That said, at least Costa Rica doesn’t have concrete pouring out of every corner of the country.This is an opportunity. Costa Rica can take a look at countries that have become the car’s best friend, namely North America – especially the United States – and see what that wormhole has led to. Obesity, asthma, poverty, segregation, abandoned neighborhoods, and far less opportunity than what Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty promised.At least the United States can’t afford to keep mowing down the highway. Change is inevitable and has been happening. But we are at an extreme disadvantage compared to a country like Costa Rica, because we’ve already devoted so much space to auto-oriented infrastructure. We have created cities based entirely around the automobile. Cities around before the car were, in many cases, simply gutted to make room.Costa Ricans can make a choice. They can look at clogged Ruta 27 or 32 and see an opportunity to move Ticos differently. Rail trafficked goods just fine until President José María Figueres Olsen pulled the plug on the national network, allegedly in an attempt to boost the trucking industry. Now INCOFER’s annual budget is but a fraction of just one road project at $17.3 million. These mixed-up spending priorities became a rallying cry of the university student activist group Nuestro Nombre Es Costa Rica during the last presidential election.Look AroundYoung people the world over, especially in Costa Rica, are increasingly environmentally conscious and prefer to move around on foot and bike. Good thing we recently found out that a whopping 98 percent of Ticos believe in climate change, so it shouldn’t be difficult to show the country that bringing more cars onto the roads through highway expansion is a bad idea.Look at countries that have invested in alternative transportation. This is the Switzerland of Central America, eh? Well, Switzerland has 5,063 kilometers of rail compared to Costa Rica’s 278 and not coincidentally ranks first in Yale’s 2014 Environmental Performance Index. Costa Rica ranked 54th. Or how about the Dutch, our friends who helped make the bikeshare in Cartago a reality? The Netherlands boasts over 35,000 kilometers of bicycle paths with more on the way. Looking at Latin America, Colombia in particular has taken a very progressive approach to providing alternative transportation infrastructure. Their Ciclorutas de Bogotá is one of the most extensive systems in the world.With the recent anniversary of Costa Rica abolishing the military, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the benefits that decision has had for human development in this country. One was the government’s ability spend those funds on education and healthcare. Smart spending choices are a national tradition. So it’s not only sensible, but very Costa Rican, to ask whether spending $485 million on expanding a highway for a system of travel only accessible to the only 18.8 percent of Costa Ricans who own a car is money well spent.Costa Rica is a jaw-droppingly beautiful country. The highways and the congestion they demand offer a contrarian image. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate transportation spending priorities to keep this country beautiful, and invest in alternative forms of transportation that all Ticos can enjoy for generations to come.See also: Four ways San José excels at urbanism – no, that’s not a typoJoe Baur is an author, writer and filmmaker who has worked for a variety of publications, including Matador Network, Yahoo! Travel, National Geographic and BBC Travel. He lives in Ciudad Colón. Follow him at @BaurJoe and joebaur.com. Facebook Comments
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