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New Candidate JAS Reporting for Duty

first_img Related Items:go out and vote, Jas Walkin leaves classroom and enters political arena Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 1, 2016 – Just Another Soldier is the mantra and the acronym for Jas Walkin of North Caicos who on Thursday officially announced that he is going at large as an independent candidate and that his move is more about change, than it is about winning in the next General Election.“I have found that too many Turks and Caicos Islanders have been let down by simply a change in government, what we need now is a change in governance, so I can garauntee you that as an independent member of parliament, that I will affect change, and the first thing that i’m going to do is, I’ve never hide this from this country, my desire and my vision for this country is to help  coalition government, and i’m gonna do everything that I can to run with that kind of government.”Jasmin Walkin is well known as an over comer, outspoken and passionate, he is an educator and says he is exiting the Raymond Gardiner High School classroom to do what he has always taught his students to do, with his slogan ‘reporting for duty.’  “I want every home in this country to report for duty.  I want every voter in this country to understand that the stakes are too high to stay at home.  I want every voter to understand that this country is under siege, this may be our last stand.  We must report for duty.” Jas was introduced by his wife, the ceremony guided by his sister and it happened at the Occasions Ball Room at Airport Hotel with a healthy audience in support, cheering him on.  Some were dressed in army fatigues, as was Jas complete with a military beret.  “Because the one thing this country need is just another soldier, so those are the people that I expect to go to the poll.”It was an impressive roll out and included Walkin’s first manifesto, he said; that document in booklet form is called The TCI Road to Success, and Jas said it gives his vision of a Turks and Caicos built without crippling and costly shortcuts.  The announcement by Jasmin Walkin came at the 40th anniversary of a transition in TCI Politics brought on by the country’s only national hero, the late Right Excellent JAGS McCartney.last_img read more

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New bill proposed to change law regarding police use of deadly force

first_imgNew bill proposed to change law regarding police use of deadly force April 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police use of deadly force is once again front and center in California following the death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento last month.Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego has introduced a landmark change in the law to address deadly police shootings.Last year, police shot and killed 162 people in California, only half of whom were armed with guns. Clark did not have a gun. He was holding a cellphone.Shirley Weber’s bill is called the “Police Accountability and Community Protection Act.” Its purpose is to change the law to somehow ensure there are reasonable alternatives to deadly force.“We’re not saying people can’t use lethal force but we’re saying oftentimes there are alternatives that can be used. I think we saw that with the video that we saw last week, that there were other alternatives,” Weber said.The alternatives include warnings, verbal persuasion or other non-lethal methods of resolution or de-escalation. It also establishes that a homicide by police is not justified if the officer’s gross negligence contributed to making the force deadly, as claimed in the case of Stephon Clark.“People weren’t facing each other, people were behind a house, they could have employed a number of things that are there,” Weber said.The video Weber referred to was police chasing Clark into a backyard where he was shot several times. Police say he was approaching them in a threatening way and thought he had a gun.An autopsy showed Clark was hit eight times in the back.“The proposition that he was assailing the officers, meaning he was facing the officers is inconsistent with the prevailing forensic evidence as documented by autopsy,” said Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist.The autopsy report sparked widespread protest demonstrations and rallies for justice.The ACLU is supporting the change in the law, relying on recommendations from legal experts and policing experts.Weber said the legal standard is very permissive to police officers who use deadly force, and in many cases, no matter whether the individual was unarmed or even cooperative, it ended with the death of a civilian.A representative from the San Francisco District Attorney’s office agrees.“Our current legal standard, as you’ve seen nationwide, very few police are charged with illegal use of deadly force and even fewer are convicted,” they said.Weber said the existing law gives cover to police killings and it has widened the rift between grieving communities, especially communities of color. Steve Bosh Updated: 5:53 PMcenter_img Steve Bosh, Posted: April 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Relationship Sours between McCain Pentagon

first_imgThe relationship between civilian leaders at the Pentagon and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) appears to have bottomed, following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s failure to brief top lawmakers prior to the official release last week of the fiscal 2017 budget request.Typically the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would brief the chairmen and ranking members of the armed services committees and defense appropriations subcommittees. Carter said he had other commitments and, instead, the Pentagon offered the deputy defense secretary and the Joint Chiefs vice chairman.McCain felt slighted, and he and the panel’s ranking member, Jack Reed (D-R.I.), declined the invitation, reported Defense News.“It’s not so much frustration, but a manifestation of the disconnect between the Pentagon and congressional committees, and it isn’t just Republicans that he decided not to meet, it’s Democrats as well,” McCain said.McCain was upset that Carter had time to preview the budget a week early in a speech at the Economic Club in Washington, before visiting a handful of military installations in California and Nevada.“I have seen many secretaries of defense, I haven’t seen an environment like this,” McCain said. “It comes from the top, the attitude of the entire administration towards Congress.”Reed, along with other members of the “Big Eight” — the heads of the armed services committees and defense appropriations panels — did not share McCain’s pique, however, according to the story.“I’m not sure I have thoughts about it one way or another,” said Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, dismissing the notion of a growing rift with Pentagon leadership. “Sounds to me like those are Senate issues,” Thornberry said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more