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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0200
Reports of Side Effects with Cosmetics Increasing
Reports of adverse events associated with cosmetics and personal care products sold in the U.S. more than doubled last year, due in large part to complaints about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data ... Discuss
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Scientists Try to Break Nigeria's Cycle of Replanting Bad Yams
Ladi Adaikwu's top-shelf merchandise is hidden in a mud-brick shed in a warren of narrow alleyways in Angwan-Dodo, a farming village close to Nigeria's capital city Abuja. The steel door is secured with a heavy padlock, and when she opens it, a shaft ...
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT
Could the Best Memory System Be One that Forgets?
Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember. Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they ...
On Sunday, police stopped Istanbul Pride, a yearly LGBT march in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul. Police officials reportedly used rubber and plastic bullets and sprayed tear gas to prevent the participants from parading, after the Istanbul Governor's office ordered them on Saturday not to conduct the march, asserting security reasons. This marks the third consecutive year activists were banned from holding the rally.
File photo of 2013's Istanbul Pride. Image: Lubunya.
The statement released by the governor's office read, "no application that suits the methods was made to our governor's office", though the organisers of the march disagreed. Homosexuality has been legal in Turkey for almost a century, but the governor's office reported "serious reactions against the march." Activists found checkpoints and a large number of police near Istiklal Avenue.
The pride organisers reported 41 were arrested by the police. Far-right Alperen Hearths was amongst nationalist groups calling for prohibiting the parade. Last week, on June 19, KÃ¼rÅat Mican of Alperen said, "We will not allow them to walk. Wherever they march, we'll also go. We will close down that street and they will not be able to go there. If we want, our numbers can reach 200,000".
In a statement by the organisers of the rally, on Sunday, they said, "Our security will be provided by recognising us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom". Turkish legislators have yet to enact laws shielding the LGBT community from hate speech and ensuring civil rights. In 2010, Selma Aliye Kavaf, then-Minister of Women and Family Affairs said, "I believe homosexuality is a biological disorder and this disease needs treatment." ((tr)) Turkish language: Ben eÅcinselliÄin biyolojik bir bozukluk, bir hastalÄ±k olduÄuna inanÄ±yorum. Tedavi edilmesi gereken bir Åey bence. After the unsuccessful attempt to conduct the parade, organisers released a statement on Sunday, saying, "We are not scared, we are here, we will not change[...] You are scared, you will change and you will get used to it."
Istanbul Pride was first organised in 2003, attracting by varying reports from tens of thousands to possibly a hundred thousand people in 2014. That was the last actual march before it was blocked three times in the last three years. Last year, the organisers were not granted permission for Istanbul Pride after Istanbul faced militant attacks. The 2015 march was stopped as it was about to start, and police used water canons and tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Elson Hooi opened the scoring for CuraÃ§ao in the tenth minute. The defending champions were trailing the team ranked 70th in the FIFA ranking. Rosario Harriott scored an equaliser for the Jamaicans after a free-kick in the 82nd minute of the game. But within two minutes, Hooi, who previously played for Dutch football clubs NAC Breda and FC Volendam, netted another goal, restoring CuraÃ§ao's lead. The match ended 2â1.
In 2013's competition, CuraÃ§ao did not manage to win a single game. Before Sunday's final, CuraÃ§ao's goalkeeper said, "Being in the final is a wonderful feeling". He added, "But I must say, Jamaica is a dangerous team. They have no European players in their team and they are still in the final. They have speed, unity and physical players. So, on Sunday, we need to work hard for our victory." He won the 2016â17 KNVB Cup with Dutch Eredivisie (Dutch league) club SBV Vitesse.
CuraÃ§ao defeated hosts Martinique 2â1 in the semi-final. In the third-place decider, French Guiana defeated Martinique 1â0. Sloan Privat scored the only goal of the match in the 74th minute. CuraÃ§ao, Martinique, French Guiana, and Jamaica are to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup which is scheduled to be played next month in the United States. CuraÃ§ao has never featured in a Gold Cup tournament.
Yesterday, Judge Leslie Ghiz declared a mistrial in the case of University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who was on trial for the fatal shooting of Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop in 2015. Tensing is white and DuBose was black. The trial took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the second mistrial of Tensing for this crime.
The jurors told the judge they were "almost evenly split" after deliberating for 31 hours. Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. Nine of the jurors were white, and three were black.
A crowd of protesters gathered outside the courthouse. One, Charles Campbell, said, "This is a miscarriage of justice, this is unacceptable[...] We cannot allow this in our city. We cannot allow this in our country. I'm here to share solidarity with the family of Sam DuBose, and the family of all these people who are being gunned down by police officers with impunity." De Bose's family has requested that all protests remain peaceful.
Tensing did not deny fatally shooting DuBose, instead arguing he feared for his life during their encounter. Tensing was wearing a body camera when he pulled DuBose over for the lack of a front license plate on his vehicle. DuBose stopped the car but did not show Tensing his license and registration when asked. Tensing told DuBose to step out of the car, and DuBose refused and began to drive away while Tensing's hand was still inside the vehicle. The images from his camera grow shaky and difficult to parse at around that point. Tensing called out "Stop! Stop!" and then shot DuBose in the head. The entire incident took under two minutes. Two other officers, also present, also recorded the incident. At the time, Tensing was 25 and DuBose 43. The University of Cincinnati agreed to pay over US$4 million to DuBose's family, and educate DuBose's 12 children.
Tensing is the third US police officer in roughly a week to be tried but not convicted for shooting a black man, though his is the only case to end in a mistrial. Jeronimo Yanaz was acquitted for killing Philando Castile and Dominique Heaggan-Brown for killing Sylville K. Smith.
ISIS Brutality Becomes a TV Series
During the 30-days of Ramadan, and while Muslims in the Arab world have been fasting since May 26, millions have tuned into Saudi Arabia's MBC to watch the first ever series about ISIS. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:04:00 GMT
How a Democracy Can Implode
In 2014, voter turnout for mid-term elections plunged to the lowest rate in 72 years. The overall national turnout was a disgraceful 36.3 percent. Sun, 28 May 2017 12:32:00 GMT
Current Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Republicans currently have top-to-bottom control in 25 states, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature. If we've learned anything from this last election, it's that political complacency is no longer an option. Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:33:00 GMT
U.S. Senate Seats up for Reelection in 2018
The U.S. Senate elections will be held on November 6, 2018. Thirty-three of the 100 Senate seats are up for reelection. The Republicans will be defending just 8 seats, while the Democrats will be fighting for 23, plus another 2 held by independents. The winners of those seats will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, until January 3, 2025. The time to start organizing is now. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:26:00 GMT
Khalid al-Asaad Slaughtered by ISIS
Khalid al-Asaad, an 83-year-old caretaker of antiquities in Syria, was beheaded by ISIS, but did not receive the same attention as a slain lion. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:52:00 GMT
Video: Dr. Kizza Besigye sworn in as Uganda’s president on May 11, 2016
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition leader Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye was sworn in today May 11, 2016 as Uganda’s president, with thousands of Forum of Democratic Change (FDC) supporters cheering him. Besigye asserted that any swearing in by his opponent Yoweri Museveni, would be illegitimate because he (Besigye) won the election, and has evidence to support his [...] Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:45 +0200
Senior sheriff official resigns after racist e-mails discovered
Newscast Media LOS ANGELES—A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department resigned Sunday following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said he accepted the resignation of his chief-of-staff Tom Angel after the emergence of emails he forwarded from his [...] Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:45 +0200
Venezuela’s Maduro continues to hold the pieces together
Newscast Media CARACAS—It’s a new time in Venezuela. On Sunday, the clocks in the South American country were brought forward to save electricity. The switch to daylight saving time could be a harbinger of political change. Over the past several days, more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have signed a petition for a referendum to recall [...] Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:45 +0200
Massive data leak of offshore intrigues has world leaders panicking
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—World leaders have scrambled to react to the leak of a trove of documents linking many of them to secretive offshore companies that enabled vast sums of money to move around the world hidden from law enforcement and regulators. A massive report called The Panama Papers, published simultaneously by multiple news organizations in [...] Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:45 +0200
Museveni’s men accused of stealing Mbabazi’s evidence
Newscast Media KAMPALA—Opposition group Go Forward, that filed a lawsuit against Uganda’s dictator Yoweri Museveni, on behalf of Amama Mbabazi, has accused the Uganda Police of breaking and entering the offices of lawyers representing Mbabazi. Crucial evidence and numerous computers are now missing, as the case unfolds to determine whether or not Museveni rigged the [...] Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:06:45 +0200
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