Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cutout Photo: Elvert Barnes / CC BY-SA 2.0ALBANY – A decades-old law that kept law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records secret in New York appeared to be headed for an overhaul this week as state lawmakers moved to act on a number of police accountability measures prompted by street demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.The state law, known by its section title, 50-a, was passed in the 1970s to prevent criminal defense attorneys from subjecting officers to cross-examinations about irrelevant information in their personnel file. The law applies to jail guards and firefighters, as well.But over the years, the law also draped a veil over most records of alleged police misconduct. Formal complaints about excessive force by officers are not public in New York. In recent years, police departments have cited the law in refusing to say even whether officers have been punished.The Democrat-led Legislature planned to pass a repeal this week and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he intends to sign it, noting that such records are already available for other government employees, such as teachers and toll takers. “Their records will be available,” Cuomo said. “It is just parity and equality with every other public employee.”The leaders of a coalition of police unions argued in a statement Monday that releasing such records, including complaints, could leave officers facing “unavoidable and irreparable harm to reputation and livelihood.”The legislation would provide officers with some privacy protections, including redaction of home addresses, personal phone numbers and email addresses.The legislation was among a package of police accountability bills that began to move through the legislature Monday, and some of which were passed. The state Senate and Assembly passed legislation that bans police chokeholds, guarantees the right to record police activity and collects more data on deaths in custody.Another bill that makes it easier to file civil lawsuits against people who call 911 and falsely accuse someone of criminal activity based only on their race or background also passed.A vote on opening police disciplinary records could come as soon as Tuesday.Meanwhile, the protests that sparked the reform push continued around New York City on Monday, and organizers urged people to stay in the streets.Protest organizer Carlos Polanco was cheered by hundreds at Washington Square Park as he asked for further change, including diverting funding from the city’s police department to the school system, social workers and programs that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment.“This is the closest we’ve ever been” to lasting reforms, he said, but added “we don’t want crumbs. We want all of it.”Later in the day, Polanco urged a crowd gathered at Gracie Mansion to call their senators and demand that the state’s police records law be repealed Tuesday.Civil liberty and criminal justice reform groups have long pushed for a repeal of the law, but that effort got new momentum amid huge protests over Floyd’s death and images of violent confrontations between officers and demonstrators.Only New York and Delaware have state laws that provide law enforcement “with special carve outs from records disclosure,” according to a statement from advocacy groups including Common Cause New York and the New York Public Interest Research Group.“What’s become increasingly clear over the past few days is how much a lack of transparent accountability measures leads to police acting with impunity in our communities,” said Michael Sisitzky, lead policy counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union.“We’ve seen police officers drive cars into crowds of protesters and pull down a person’s face mask in order to pepper spray them,” Sisitzky said. “We’ve seen lawmakers arrested and pepper-sprayed while attempting to mediate.”Critics of the repeal include Republican Sen. Patrick Gallivan — a former sheriff in Erie County, home to the state’s second largest city, Buffalo — who noted the overwhelming number of complaints against officers are deemed unfounded.“I think people are calling for a reform that doesn’t get at any of the problems that we face as a society,” Gallivan said in an interview.The law gained widespread attention in 2016, when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio argued it prevented the release of disciplinary records of the police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.Garner’s death — after he refused to be handcuffed for allegedly selling loose, untaxed cigarettes — came at a time of a growing public outcry over police killings of unarmed black men that gave impetus to the national Black Lives Matter movement.Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, last year urged Cuomo and New York state lawmakers to repeal a law that she has said “is harming me and my family.”
Folk revivalist Tre Burt brings back the blaring harmonica, primitive acoustic picking, and craggy vocals of old-school protest heroes like Woody Guthrie and early-era Bob Dylan. And he became directly associated with another songwriting icon back in January, when he released his debut album, “Caught It from the Rye,” on the recently departed John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records. Throughout the effort Burt exudes plenty of Prine’s enlightening blue-collar sentiments in sparse songs like “What Good,” a country-blues meditation on the passing of time. But with his traditional delivery, he’s largely focused on singing about social ills, rebuking wealth inequality in the powerful “Undead God of War” and lamenting the country’s persisting divisiveness in “Only Sorrow Remains.” This quintet from Richmond, Va., is a well-oiled machine, mixing jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop into a seamless blend of high-energy groove music. The group has honed its sound through their well-reputed live throwdowns—sharing stage time with the likes of Kamasi Washington and Galactic—but with touring in limbo, earlier this fall they went ahead and released a new studio album, “#Kingbutch.” The record often goes retro, exploring the territory of Parliament Funkadelic and Herbie Hancock’s “Head Hunters,” and the space-soul jams also travel into the realm of 90s rap via the refreshing rhymes of MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney, who leads the hard-hitting title track. Fusion can be indulgent, but these guys flex their chops while taking it to an impressive level of fun. Tre Burt Butcher Brown From a folk revivalist to an emerging jazz-funk band, check out these new acts on the rise. It goes without saying that these artists will have limited performance options in the near future, so consider supporting them by purchasing a physical album. Back in April, S.G. Goodman released a stellar debut album, “Old Time Feeling,” produced by fellow Kentuckian Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Like the Jacket’s early sound, Goodman blends Southern roots music with raw garage rock, but all of her songs are emphasized by her dynamic voice, which features a vibrant bluegrass warble that recalls the pioneering clarion earthiness of Hazel Dickens. On her new album, Goodman shares the struggles of growing up as a farmer’s daughter and coming out as a gay woman in the rural South, but she also carries a message of instilling positive change. In the title track, a gritty, distorted barn-burner, she sings, “The Southern state is a condition, it’s true/ I’ve got a little proposition for you/ Stick around and work your way through/ Be the change you hope to find.” S.G. Goodman Kendall Street Company This emerging outfit from Charlottesville, Va., is a top prospect in a field of new young jam bands. Led by singer-songwriter Louis Smith, the quintet blends feel-good pop songcraft with experimental elements of psychedelic rock, and since forming in 2013 the group has gradually built a loyal fan following while sharing stages with the likes of Umphrey’s McGee and Leftover Salmon. Last month the band released “The Stories We Write for Ourselves,” a new studio album co-produced by Scott Gordon (Ringo Starr, Alanis Morissette). While “Go On” showcases the group’s instrumental prowess, with a hard-hitting, horn-driven breakdown, lead single “Lady in Green” resonates with the present moment, as Smith sings about overcoming adversity and looking forward to better days ahead. 49 Winchester Isaac Gibson—leader of up-and-coming southwestern Virginia outfit 49 Winchester—channels plenty of Chris Stapleton’s lived-in grit in “Everlasting Lover,” a twangy, homesick ballad that leads off the country-rock band’s third album, “III.” Throughout the effort, the group covers even more familiar ground that will please fans of Southern roots heroes like Tyler Childers and Drive-By Truckers, but there’s plenty of originality here, too. With his hearty voice, Gibson offers compelling takes on the rural grind in songs like “Hays, Kansas” and “Long Hard Life,” and in “The Road Home” he sings from the perspective a hard-working musician missing his better half. He’s probably wishing he could play that one for a rowdy bar crowd right about now.
As a leader, you’re shaping the minds of young professionals and preparing them to be leaders in the not-so-distant future. As a parent, you get the privilege of creating young leaders in your home. Here are four lessons you can teach your kids to get them on a path to leadership.How to communicate: One of the biggest problems in the workplace is a lack of good communication. By teaching your kids how to effectively communicate from a young age, you’re setting them up for success down the road. Make it so your kids are comfortable enough to talk to you about whatever it is that is bothering them, while setting the example of what it looks like to be a good listener.How to learn from mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. Teach your kids that mistakes happen and they’re a great way to learn valuable lessons. It’s also a great time to teach children about getting back up after you fall down. Instill persistence in your children and teach them the importance of persevering.How to ask for help: You can’t always find success if you’re completely on your own. Even the most talented pro athletes have top notch trainers, coaches, and teammates. Teach children about the importance of teamwork, and how help from others can propel them to success.How to use their head: The answer to every problem isn’t always right in front of your eyes. Coming up with new ways to solve a problem is vital in leadership. When your kids are facing issues they find tough, give them opportunities to come up with interesting ways to solve them. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
Louisiana-based ship manufacturer Gulf Craft has delivered an Incat Crowther-designed fast support vessel to the U.S.-based vessel owner, Seacor Marine.Images by: Incat CrowtherIncat said on Tuesday that the vessel, named Libby L. McCall, was Seacor Marine’s third vessel in a series of new monohull FSVs.According to Incat, the first two FSVs of the series were the Liam McCall and the Liam J. McCall with one more vessel under construction.The company added that Libby L. McCall featured redundancy to mitigate against downtime or loss of functionality due to mechanical complications. Five Cummins QSK 60 diesel engines coupled to Twin Disc MGX 61500 SC gearboxes provide for main propulsion power.Electrical power is derived from three Cummins QSM 11 generator sets, each producing 290 kW and offshore station-keeping and dockside maneuverability is enabled by three Thrustmaster bow thrusters each outputting 200 hp. Station keeping is enhanced through a Kongsberg DP-21 system.Specially designed gangways are also provided on each side of the vessel to provide safe boarding means to both crew and passengers.“This latest delivery is a testimony to Incat Crowther’s valued partnership with Seacor Marine and Gulf Craft, with all three parties sharing a commitment to service and a philosophy of innovation,” Incat said.Gulf Craft also built two Express Plus class of FSVs for Seacor. The two are sister vessels Najla McCall and Alya McCall with two more still under construction.Earlier this month, Seacor Marine acquired three FSVs in exchange for the private placement of 603,872 shares of its common stock to domestic U.S. holders affiliated with the McCall family of Louisiana. Seacor has operated the acquired vessels for the past ten years under a revenue sharing pooling agreement along with four of its owned FSVs of similar specification. As part of the transaction, this pooling agreement was terminated.In addition, Seacor Marine last week entered into definitive agreements for the acquisition of three platform supply vessels (PSVs) from COSCO Zhoushan, an affiliate of COSCO Shipping.
Governor Ron DeSantis says he is issuing an executive order for those traveling to Florida from New York and surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14-days.Gov. DeSantis made the announcement Monday during a press conference in his Tallahassee office.DeSantis says since New York and many surrounding states have been issued mandatory lockdowns, many people are fleeing to Florida which does not have one. While the state of Florida makes a lot of it’s money through tourism, the governor says that at least 100 flights a day leave the New York area which has been called an epicenter for the virus, and head to Florida. Of those flights, at least one person per flight, is infected with the new coronavirus.DeSantis says he has been in touch with federal officials about the flights, however, he has not received a response from them as of yet.For now, DeSantis says travelers arriving from the area will be screened and told they must self-quarantine. DeSantis also said that those travelers will not be allowed to stay with family members or friends because that is how the virus is spread.Additionally the governor stated that anyone found not following quarantine measures is subjected to be arrested on a second-degree misdemeanor charge which may result in a 60-day jail sentence.
Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers That activism is ongoing. On Friday, More Than A Vote announced an initiative to raise $100,000 for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which will go toward paying the outstanding fines and fees of people convicted of felonies which are preventing them from voting. In 2018, Florida passed an amendment in its general election to allow people with felony convictions the right to vote, and MTAV has targeted aid to help affected people exercise that right. James’ Miami Heat teammate Udonis Haslem has been one of the regional leaders for MTAV on the issue.As teammate Anthony Davis said Thursday night: “When he speaks the whole world listens.”But James has also been troubled by many developments since then, including the election of Donald Trump who he has feuded with in the past. While Pew polls last month showed some two-thirds of American adults support Black Lives Matter and discourse on race in America has increased since the death of George Floyd, James seemed to question the notion that true progress has been made, citing profiling incidents he continues to see on video.“I mean, 2016 Barack (Obama) was our president. We know what’s going on now,” he said. “So is that that progress? I don’t think, I think we all can see and say that’s not progress, the conversation that’s being had right now, and how many people are really listening, or are just having conversations trying to make things happen? I think that’s progress, but we got a long way to go.”The Lakers have identified James as one of the most grounded leaders in their group as tension began to build last month and protests spread. Frank Vogel said on Zoom calls, James was one of the loudest voices in rallying teammates to action.Vogel himself said he’s learned a lot in the past two months from his colleagues and players.“I want to personally recognize that I’ve lived a life of white privilege,” he said. “So I don’t experience the same things that people of color have experienced throughout their life and with these conversations over these past few weeks, couple of months, I’ve heard story after story after story of incidents where friends of mine were profiled, and treated unfairly because of the color of their skin. And it’s not right.”James is clear that his is a point of view structured by being Black. He’s said in the past he has Black children that he fears could one day be subject to the same profiling and violence he protests against now.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat sense of frustration fueled comments that James made after a Thursday night scrimmage against the Dallas Mavericks, a game that was largely inconsequential to start with, and even moreso after James spoke.He started in a way that’s been common in the NBA restart at Disney — talking about his desire to see charges brought against Louisville police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March. But it also was a meditation on how James, who has been one of the league’s high profile voices for social change for close to a decade now, has been frustrated by stops and starts, and even backward movement for what he views as progress in America.James has posted many messages on social media about Taylor, including a post last week that read: “Dear Breonna, I’m so sorry this is taking so long.” Other prominent NBA stars including Paul George and C.J. McCollum have thrown support behind Taylor’s family in the last week during media availability sessions, and James said he viewed it as a responsibility as one of the league’s leaders to do the same.“I want her family to know and I want the state of Kentucky to know that we feel for it and we want justice,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And this is a wrong situation that’s going on in my eyes and in a lot of other eyes, not only here in America but I bet in the world as well.”In the last eight years, James has been a key figure in some of the NBA’s most memorable calls for social justice, calling for more accountability for violence against Black people. The photo of his Heat team donning hoodies was a powerful statement after the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. In 2016, he, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony gave a speech at the ESPYs challenging athletes to be more committed to social justice causes. Through his foundation, his I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, and an emerging voting rights organization More Than A Vote, James is commonly cited as one of the foremost athletes attempting to change the world beyond the court. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> In LeBron James’ eyes, Black Lives Matter is not a movement.Before he was a world-renowned athlete a millionaire several times over, James was poor and Black. He and his single mother moved from home to home, and James nearly had to repeat fourth grade because he missed 83 days of school while weathering housing instability.One gets the sense from James that he wonders where he would be if he had not had the gifts and work ethic that helped make him one of the most accomplished basketball players ever. To him, Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement, subject to the whims of popular culture — it is a daily struggle for Black people to feel that their lives are valued in America.“When you wake up and you’re black, that is what it is,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a movement. It should be a lifestyle. This is who we are. … I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because, unfortunately, in America and in society, there ain’t been no damn movement for us.” But James also said he wants to see more frank and open conversations with perspectives that don’t reflect his own. The increasing divisiveness of discussions of race and social injustice are also something he wants to see change.“I think one of the best things in life is communication,” he said. “No matter what, if you could just sit there and talk to someone look at someone eye to eye and say how you feel, no matter if they like it or not. You can respect them. Somebody might not agree I don’t agree what you say. But if I can look you dead in your eye and you can you can look back at me and say Listen, to each his own, I don’t agree with that, then I can respect you out of that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs