Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A common thread follows all of the media’s hind-sighted revelations of their Bill Cosby coverage: He was intimidating, he was respected, and he was a beloved figure.As such, they were reluctant to challenge him publicly. From his biographer Mark Whitaker to Erin Keane of Salon, Cosby was allowed to slip through the cracks, despite numerous allegations of the most heinous order because of those reasons. This is why Cosby had been shocked into silence when NPR reporter Scott Simon raised the subject in a radio interview. Cosby had enjoyed a long precedent of the unspoken rule that such things would remain unspoken.In a Sept. 7th op-ed in The New York Times titled “Rape and Rotherham” columnist Ross Douthat wrote of a small industrial town in England where gangs of Pakistani men raped approximately 1,400 girls. According to Douthat, a combination of political and racial correctness led to the perpetuation of these crimes, and more so, to them being overlooked and gotten away with.“The crimes in Rotherham,” Douthat wrote, “seem scripted to vindicate a reactionary critique of liberal multiculturalism: Here are immigrant gangs exploiting a foolish Western tolerance; here are authorities too committed to ‘diversity’ to react appropriately; here is a liberal society so open-minded that both its brain and conscience have fallen out.”Which brings us to Bill Cosby, who as of this post has had at least a half-dozen women accuse him of sexual harassment, ranging from forced oral sex to rape. The famed comedian has declined to even comment on the troubling allegations in recent interviews (the few whereby journalists actually dared to ask).In a society that idolizes celebrity above all, that elevates certain personas as “successful” based on box-office dollars and bookability, we have unwittingly created a culture of exploitation. By equating celebrity with power, Hollywood built a system whereby a sovereign can rule (and overpower) underlings.This is not unique to Hollywood. We have seen this in the Roman Catholic Church. We watched it unfold in Penn State. We have been here before. But there is another dimension in this case: Is it possible that in our effort to elevate a black persona to such royalty in an effort to show just how liberal and just how post-racial we are, we gave less credence to claims about his sexual impropriety? Is it then possible that we not only created the culture that allowed him such omnipotence, but celebrated it as a way to revel in our open-mindedness?It’s important to realize not only that these allegations came to light long after they had been reported by white females, but only caught the nation’s attention at the hands of Hannibal Buress, a black male comedian. Was this the only such scenario that could have brought such a damning indictment on Cosby? Have we learned once again that political correctness does little more than to mask an underlying problem and that racism, sexism, and a rampant rape culture is alive and well in Obama’s America?And is this something Bill Cosby not only recognized, but cultivated as a cloak under which he hid his alleged misdeeds? Cosby has been known in recent years less as the pioneer who brought the Huxtables into our living room in the ‘80s, but as a harsh critic of contemporary black culture. His rants have taken no prisoners, challenging his fellow African-Americans to “do a better job.”For example, in a speech to the NAACP, he launched this invective: “People putting their clothes on backward: Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong? People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?”Is it possible that his offense was also his best defense? Was he pointing fingers away from himself so forcefully so that no one would dare look his way? Douthat counsels us to look not at the old framework from which sexual predators have come before, but at the circumstance through which we enable them to be born. Precisely, those to whom we give a blank check in the form of respect, love, and the power of intimidation. To those we are afraid to challenge publicly.“Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape,” writes Douthat.Bill Cosby was a man we could feel good about not only because he presented a vision of a true progressive America but in part because he made us feel good about ourselves, by showing us how non-racist we were. And yet by not holding his feet to the fire we demonstrated exactly how unequal the system is—in very much the same way we dismiss all criticisms of Obama as racist. Are most critiques of Obama based in some racial bias? Most likely. However, denying that some opposing viewpoints have actual legitimacy does a disservice to us all.By holding any figure above the fray, by failing to question and challenge anyone who carries power, is the first step to creating a window through which evil can fester.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 42-year-old man died after he crashed his car, causing it vehicle to burst into flames in his hometown of Baldwin over the weekend.Nassau County police said Gregory Balmir was driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Grand Avenue when he crossed over two lanes of traffic at the corner of Woodside Avenue, where he crashed into a utility pole and a building shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
As the coronavirus pandemic weighs on its operating earnings and stock price, Berkshire Hathaway ramped up its stock repurchasing program even more in the third quarter, nearly doubling the record buyback from the second quarter.Warren Buffett’s conglomerate bought back $9 billion of its own stock, it was revealed Saturday in its third-quarter earnings report. That’s up big from the $5.1 billion level during the second quarter that turned heads when it was announced and brings Berkshire’s total buybacks to $15.7 billion for 2020.Berkshire repurchased more than $2.5 billion in Class A shares and about $6.7 billion in Class B stock during the quarter. This blew away the UBS estimate for a total quarterly buyback of just $3.2 billion.- Advertisement – In his annual letter released earlier this year, Buffett discussed when he and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger would decide to repurchase stock.“Our thinking, boiled down: Berkshire will buy back its stock only if a) Charlie and I believe that it is selling for less than it is worth and b) the company, upon completing the repurchase, is left with ample cash,” Buffett wrote. “Over time, we want Berkshire’s share count to go down. If the price-to-value discount (as we estimate it) widens, we will likely become more aggressive in purchasing shares. We will not, however, prop the stock at any level.”Buffett also defended the practice in general at the Berkshire annual meeting in May.“When the conditions are right, it should also be obvious to repurchase shares and there shouldn’t be the slightest taint to it any more than there is to dividends,” he said.Despite a nearly 20% comeback in the third quarter by Berkshire Hathaway’s class A shares, the stock is still widely underperforming the S&P 500 this year. The share have lost 8%, compared to a 10% total return for the S&P 500.Buffett’s buyback spree comes as the Oracle of Omaha has made relatively few big moves this year. In late August, Buffett announced that Berkshire had taken stakes of at least 5% in Japan’s five leading trading companies: Itochu Corp., Marubeni Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., and Sumitomo Corp. But the company has announced no other major acquisitions this year.Even after the record buybacks this year, Berkshire’s cash pile still stands at $145.7 billion through the end of the third quarter.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. – Advertisement – Buffett’s repurchase spree comes amid a tough time for its operations as the global economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus, directly impacting the company’s wholly owned businesses which include railroads, utilities and insurance.Berkshire said its operating earnings came in at $5.478 billion, down more than 30% from the year-earlier period. But the company’s net earnings — which account for Berkshire’s big investments in the public market like Apple — skyrocketed more than 82% on a year-over-year basis to $30.137 billion. Apple, Berkshire’s biggest stock holding, rallied more than 26% in the third quarter. Coca-Cola gained 10.5% over that time period. Though Buffett has cautioned investors not to pay attention to those net earnings because the investing gains are unrealized and volatile.Does Buffett think the stock is cheap?- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Warren BuffettGerard Miller | CNBC
West Leihitu Police chief First Insp. Johan Anakotta confirmed the incident: “We received a report from Larike village secretary about a foreigner who was stranded on a beach in Lai hamlet.”The police chief added that Claude set his lifeboat on fire upon landing on the beach.“I don’t know why he decided to burn his lifeboat. However, the locals managed to rescue him. The Lai village chief immediately reported him to the authorities.”Johan said the police’s village-level security and public order officers (Bhabinkamtibmas) brought the Frenchman immediately to the community health center in Alang village, located near Larike.Claude underwent a medical checkup at the COVID-19 post at the district.“The medical process is still ongoing. He told us he had decided to return to his home country soon,” Johan said. (dpk)Topics : A Frenchman was found stranded on Thursday evening on a beach in Lai hamlet in West Leihitu district, Central Maluku regency, Maluku, apparently after his boat sank.The man, identified as Alain Michael Claude, 62, told the West Leihitu Police that his boat sank in waters off the hamlet after being hit by heavy seas. Claude claimed he managed to survive after escaping on a lifeboat.Claude also told the authorities that he sailed by himself and planned to go to the provincial capital of Ambon, before eventually returning to France.
“The biggest difference was just confidence,” said three-time Roland Garros champion Williams when asked to explain the stark difference between the first and second sets.”I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena. So that was it. I just started playing like that.”Victory also took Williams’ first round record at the Slams to 75 wins in 76 appearances. Her only loss at the first hurdle was to Virginie Razzano in Paris in 2012.”I love the clay and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding,” added Williams. Serena Williams believes the key to leveling the all-time Grand Slam record of 24 titles is to play like Serena Williams.The 39-year-old American made a slow but successful start to her latest pursuit of Margaret Court’s record with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 win over Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round on Monday.World number 102 Ahn served for the opening set at 5-4 but Williams forced a tie-break she dominated before charging through the second set to book a clash with Tsvetana Pironkova for a spot in the last 32. “I do think her level dropped a little bit in the beginning of the first set and I took advantage of that. “I think her level was so high in the first set that I just needed to lift my level more than what I did.” Topics :
Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Blair County PennDOT’s Bryan T. Chamberlain
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Blair County PennDOT’s Bryan T. Chamberlain September 05, 2018 Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in Blair County to honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Equipment Operator Bryan T. “Chipper” Chamberlain.Mr. Chamberlain, 30, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. He passed from injuries sustained while making Pennsylvania roadways safer.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately until sunset, Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the day of Chamberlain’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.
868 Samford Road, Mitchelton. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.The private guest quarters has a huge bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe.Mr Savage said his family had enjoyed many gatherings at his home over the years.“My daughter loves to have pre-drinks here with her friends before going out,” he said.He said once the front door to the home was closed it was an extremely quiet property.“You can’t hear a thing outside,” he said. 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage said he would love to see another family buy the home.He said standout features of the property included the 180 degree views to the city and out to Moreton Bay.“We can see the cruise ships leave at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon,” Mr Savage said.“We really love sitting on the back deck in summer with a beer,” he chuckled.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“In the winter we pull the shades down and enjoy the fire.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Brisbane builder Glenn Savage is selling his stunning masterpiece after seven years.His home at 868 Samford Rd, Mitchelton, feels somewhat empty at the moment with only he and his partner living there.Mr Savage, who runs Glenn Savage Building Services, is selling the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home to retire and move to the coast.“This home is far too big for just the two of us,” Mr Savage said.“With the three levels, it’s actually ideal for two families.” 868 Samford Road, Mitchelton.Mr Savage, who enjoys swimming, said he loved the saltwater swimming pool and so do his family when they visit.He said the main reason for buying the land was the access to a private road.The home features guest quarters which could be perfect for friends, family or visitors who need a place to sleep.
Rosenberg WorleyParsons has been awarded contracts for modifications on the Neptune operated Gjøa semi-submersible platform.The Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation & Commissioning (EPCIC) contracts cover topside modifications to be carried out on the Gjøa platform as part of the Duva and Gjøa P1 projects.The contracts are awarded under the existing Gjøa topside modification frame agreement signed with Rosenberg WorleyParsons in 2018. Neptune has awarded the call-offs on behalf of the Duva and Gjøa field licenses.Neptune Energy Norge’s managing director Odin Estensen said: “We are pleased to award these contracts to Rosenberg WorleyParsons under the existing frame agreement. This work is important in order to maintain the fast-track schedule for developing Duva and Gjøa P1 as subsea tie-backs to Gjøa. The project demonstrates our commitment to pursuing growth opportunities and further strengthens Gjøa’s position as a hub for the wider area.”The modification contracts will last until 2021 and the services will be led and executed by Rosenberg WorleyParsons in Stavanger.
NZ Herald 9 Dec 2011New Zealand’s poor child abuse record has been laid bare in a major international study. It has been named as one of six countries and states where there is no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades. The study, led by Professor Ruth Gilbert from the University College London Institute of Child Health (ICH), used three types of child maltreatment indicators; violent deaths in children, hospitalised injuries related to maltreatment, and involvement with child protection agencies. The indicators were gathered from health and child protection agencies, and compared trends in children aged under 11 across New Zealand, England, Sweden, the USA, Western Australia and Manitoba in Canada. The study found large variations in the frequency of involvement with child protection agencies, but little difference between the rates of maltreatment-related injury or violent death. Contributing author and Otago University research fellow Dr Pauline Gulliver said it was concerning there had been no apparent change in child maltreatment rates in New Zealand.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10772101READ the report http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61087-8/fulltext
Share Tweet Share NewsRegional Trinidad government thanks police for not abandoning duties by: – August 16, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views no discussions Flag of Trinidad and Tobago. Photo credit: flags.netPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The government of Trinidad and Tobago has commended the members of the protective services for their “expressed and demonstrated commitment to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and to maintaining their commitment to protect and serve with pride.”The government noted that Monday’s call for a day of “rest and reflection” by a very few dispassionate personnel, was met with very little response and has, in fact, bolstered the image of the dedicated members of the Police Service as men and women who continue to rank amongst the nation’s finest.The government said it continues to acknowledge and appreciate the Trinidad and Tobago Police Services’ sworn loyalty to their country and its citizenry, and expressed, on behalf of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, genuine gratitude for not abandoning their duties.Caribbean News Now