LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS During my first month I got a fractured sternum and collapsed lung. I was in hospital for a week and with the language barrier I didn’t know what was happening. But things have been great since then.Are you glad you went? Clermont is a great place to work on individual skills. Jason White was there in my first year and was a big help with rugby and off-the-field things. I am working on all areas of my game and it’s a big aim to play at this year’s U20 World Championship. When did you first play?My dad Les was a minis coach at Howe of Fife and I joined the club when I was six. Later I played for Strathallan and Bell Baxter High School.How have you ended up at Clermont Auvergne?They contacted me after I played for Scotland U18 against France in 2012. I was shocked at first, then it all happened really fast and I signed the following week.Was moving to France as an 18-year-old tough? RW verdict: Brave enough to move to France, this young No 9 won four Scotland U20 caps this spring.Want to keep up to date with rugby’s hotshots every month? Why not subscribe to Rugby World? Click here to see our latest subscription deals, or find out how to download the digital edition here.
ArchDaily Pearl House / MXMA Architecture & Design “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Montreal, Canada Architects: MXMA Architecture & Design Area Area of this architecture project Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/959683/pearl-house-mxma-architecture-and-design Clipboard Canada ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/959683/pearl-house-mxma-architecture-and-design Clipboard Photographs Pearl House / MXMA Architecture & DesignSave this projectSavePearl House / MXMA Architecture & Design Save this picture!© Annie Faffard+ 19Curated by María Francisca González Share 2018 Projects Photographs: Annie FaffardProject Manager:Maxime MoreauTeam:Isabelle. A. Jolicoeur, Gabrielle MorinContributors:Francis RaymondContractor:DemonfortCity:MontrealCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Annie FaffardRecommended ProductsKitchen Furniture / CountertopsApavisaSlabs – LinetopStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Arctic White – Colorfeel CollectionWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroThe architect’s concept and strategyPearl House was born from a strong and simple concept: as a design element, a house must be a place of sanctuary.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardTo achieve this, the architect imagined the house as a single large box containing the original residence as well as the new primary suite. He then removed a portion of this box to create a void, an inner courtyard, a protected place that highlights the large maple tree in the middle of the garden. This subtraction allowed for the passage of natural light through the entire plan of the house, revealing surfaces with warm, contrasting textures. The backyard became a soothing indoor-outdoor space where the family could gather to have a meal, play, or simply relax.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardAn important issue in the modernization of this house was the relationship between the different sections of the roof. The existing house had a hip roof, in addition to the flat roof of the mezzanine, the shape of which was not compatible with the architectural style of the house. In order to create a continuous and homogeneous volume, the architect chose to demolish the mezzanine and then extend the surfaces of the existing roof to cover the new primary suite, while respecting the existing alignments, lines, and eaves. Consequently, the shape of the original house evolved naturally to become part of a harmonious whole.Save this picture!The house’s L-shaped plan is divided into four zones. The first, to the north, is a connected series of intimate spaces. The children’s bedrooms, located in the original house, take advantage of the existing windows, which allowed for minimal work on the facade. A new bathroom separating these rooms ensures acoustic comfort. In the new extension, the primary suite is aligned along the same axis. It includes a spacious bathroom and a walk-in closet. A 20-foot-wide patio door allows the couple to fully enjoy the garden from their bedroom.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardThe living room, kitchen, and dining room have been grouped together to form a large living area in the center of the house. With a height of 15 feet, generous floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of built-in storage, and transformable living spaces, the large room invites family members to share unique moments while enjoying abundant natural light and a soothing view of the outdoors. At the west end are functional spaces such as a garage and a vestibule with a laundry area. Finally, facing the backyard, a large cedar terrace frames the first floor, allowing the interior spaces to project outward while giving the impression of a more spacious home.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardIn celebration of woodThe idea of encasing precious interior spaces within a shell became an opportunity to celebrate natural light and vegetation, but also to showcase wood as durable and living material. In the backyard, the vertical walls and soffits that make up the new roof are covered with planks of western red cedar. To strengthen the relationship between the interior and exterior, the same wood was also used inside the residence. The white oak floors, in the same tone as the walls and ceilings, lend an inviting and warm character to the rooms. Save this picture!© Annie FaffardAn environmentally friendly homeSpecial emphasis was given to the use of certified wood and metal to create durable and environmentally friendly exterior cladding. The exterior walls, composed of staggered posts, provide superior thermal insulation that is cost-effective over the long term. To illuminate the living spaces and recover solar thermal energy naturally, high-performance glazed windows were placed on the southern facing side of the building. In addition, all the trees on the property were preserved.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardCentral to the design of the new house was the large maple tree located in the heart of the garden, which became an architectural element in its own right, honored for its ecological, aesthetic, and social benefits. Additionally, the team planted three new trees to reduce the heat island effect. With its style, materials, spatial organization, and variable energy strategies, Pearl House is the very definition of environmentally friendly architecture, greatly enhancing the quality of life of the family who dreamed of living in contact with nature.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardThe kitchenDrawing inspiration from materials, colors, and textures, the Pearl House kitchen is a warm space, open to the whole family, and perfectly integrated into the overall concept of the home. The black metal shell, which wraps around the body of the house, folds inward to become wall-length black cabinets: the central element of a sophisticated kitchen. This innovative gesture reinforces the idea of architectural continuity between the inside and the outside.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardThe color black, which in Korean culture represents both mastery and a cycle of our existence, is echoed in the matte black finish of the cabinets and countertops. In this way, the fully integrated style of the kitchen lends a new beginning to the very heart of the house, an expression of cultural identity very dear to the homeowners. The dark kitchen furniture also stands in stark contrast to the bright white oak floors and the abundant light of the interior spaces. Finally, the multiple storage spaces, which meet the family’s daily needs, are hidden behind large doors and integrated into the interior architecture to create a functional place with a true minimalist aesthetic.At last, Pearl House can be viewed as a precious work of art, an innovative and protective shell containing a treasure: a family.Save this picture!© Annie FaffardProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Ostrava / ti2 architektiSelected ProjectsHouse-I / N.A.OSelected Projects Share Houses Area: 2128 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMXMA Architecture & DesignOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMontrealCanadaPublished on April 07, 2021Cite: “Pearl House / MXMA Architecture & Design” 06 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
London Book Fair invites applications for Charity of the Year The London Book Fair (LBF) is looking for its Charity of the Year 2015. It is inviting applications from publishing-related charities only.The selected charity will be supported by the London Book Fair at the Fair and afterwards. It will receive support at the Fair, including a stand in the charities pavilion. It will also benefit from access to the international publishing community, together with help in marketing, PR and social media.The London Book Fair is a global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. It will take place from 14-16 April 2015 at Olympia in London.Last year’s charity of the yearLast year the London Book Fair Charity of the Year 2014 was Book Aid International.Alison Hubert, Director of Book Aid International said:“In the year of our 60th anniversary, being The London Book Fair Charity of the Year in 2014 was a wonderful opportunity. The exposure that the partnership with LBF gave us was invaluable for building and strengthening relationships with the publishing sector. Thanks to UK publishers, this year we hope to be able to send libraries in Africa close to one million new, relevant books.” Advertisement Tagged with: charity of the year corporate AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The closing date for applications for London Book Fair Charity of the Year 2015 is Friday 14 November 2014. The chosen charity will be announced in December 2014. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 October 2014 | News
After a month-long Department of Justice investigation on the way that the Ferguson Police Department, City Council and its court system act against the majority African-American residents and the working-class poor, the DOJ offered a settlement through a consent decree. A consent decree is a negotiated judicial and binding settlement. It’s an agreement that avoids further litigation in order to challenge investigatory findings, usually over discriminatory and disparate treatment of individuals, groups of individuals or organizational entities.The DOJ investigation began when then Attorney General Eric Holder was forced to visit Ferguson, a poor and disenfranchised suburb of St. Louis. This followed mass uprisings protesting the police killing of an unarmed 18-year-old African American, Michael Brown. A grand jury let officer Darren Wilson off.The Ferguson police met the protests with a horrendous display of military hardware, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, machine guns and tear gas, overwhelming force usually reserved for imperialist wars. It turned out the Pentagon had been selling such equipment for years to local police agencies, starting with the SWAT teams in Los Angeles, to suppress uprisings and rebellions the corporate media usually call “riots.”Last year, Ferguson city attorneys signed the consent decree. Now, according to current Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Ferguson’s City Council recently rejected the same after 26 weeks of negotiations. Lynch announced that the DOJ “is filing a lawsuit in federal district court against the city of Ferguson, Mo., alleging a pattern and practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the 1st, the 4th and the 14th Amendments of the Constitution and federal civil rights laws.” (CNSNewis.com, Feb. 11).One of the most egregious charges stated in the 131-page agreement against the police, besides outright police brutality, is the practice of what can only be described as a shakedown.City officials and the city courts not only encouraged but mandated a corrupt system in order to “balance the budget” on the backs of the predominantly poor African-American residents by a system of fining them for minor infractions and then imposing harsh and unrealistic fines and penalties for “late payment.”That part of the consent decree stated that the city of Ferguson “will … eliminate all pending charges, fines, and fees related to Failure to Appear violations without requiring a defendant to make a bond payment, appear in court, or take any other action.” (DOJ v. City of Ferguson, P. 10, Section IV., Part 37) Besides the fines, prison terms were also given to the “non-compliant offenders.” This was the main way that the city would generate revenue. (The Atlantic, Feb. 1)Mayor James Knowles and the Council introduced six amendments to the consent decree that were an insult to the people of Ferguson. They were also a political maneuver that would increase the property and sales taxes on the residents of Ferguson, as well as remove the successor clause from the consent decree: “This amendment would effectively allow the city to circumvent compliance with the decree by dissolving the existing Ferguson Police Department and either replacing it with a new entity or contracting their services to another municipality. The City of Ferguson is attempting to evade any responsibility for the years of predatory racist policing.” (Kayla Reed, Organization of Black Struggle, Feb. 15).Consent decrees no substitute for mass struggleNo investigation and/or consent decrees would ever have been initiated without street heat and mass mobilization and organizing by oppressed communities independent of ruling-class control.In an article in Workers World, Fred Goldstein wrote: “The Ferguson investigation would never have taken place without the rebellion that began there and swept the country, resulting in the Black Lives Matter movement. Tens of thousands of youth, Black, Brown and white, mobilized for months, disrupted downtown shopping areas, invaded malls, blocked highways and roads, and generally caused havoc in major and minor cities from one end of the country to the other.” (Workers World, March 9, 2015).This same tenacious and determined mass struggle took place after the police murder of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.As a first step in tandem with many other demands of the oppressed, there must be real community control of the police where the residents of those communities have the power to hire, fire, investigate and prosecute police injustice and racist atrocities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Previous articleCity protests over sealing of Mother and Baby home recordsNext articleFoul play ruled out after body found in city Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. THE NUMBER of cases of Covid-19 in some areas of Limerick have more than tripled, according latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre.Meanwhile the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has reported ten deaths and 1,545 confirmed cases in the city and county between February 28 and October 16.Those worst hit are people who live in what are considered socially deprived areas, according to the CSO.Half of Limerick’s electoral areas have been affected, according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre figures.There have been 600 cases of the virus reported across city and county in the last two weeks, with the overall incidence rate now standing at 300 per 1,000 head of population.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The highest incidence was in the Adare/Rathkeale electoral area where the incidence was doubled to 442 per 1,000 head of pollution.As of 8pm on Tuesday, the HSE reported that there were 19 confirmed cases and seven suspected cases being cared for at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).One of those hospitalised is being treated in intensive care and the hospital currently has two critical care beds and two general hospital beds free.There were 90 cases of Covid confirmed in Limerick over the last two weeks compared to just 21 between September 23 and October 5. Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Print WhatsApp ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Advertisement Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions NewsHealthBig increase in Limerick Covid casesBy Bernie English – October 29, 2020 3299 Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Facebook TAGSCovid 19 Linkedin Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Here is my bulls*it avoidance toolkit – Treat every day like it is April Fool’s Day! #AnnSteveTalk re-edit on vaccines, disinformation on Covid-19 and…
Pinterest $47.14 Billion Medical Spa Services Market – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020 – 2030 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Twitter Twitter DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– The “Medical Spa Market by Services – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020 – 2030” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The Global Medical Spa Market size was valued at USD 13.82 billion in 2019 and is predicted to reach USD 47.14 billion by 2030, with a CAGR of 11.8% from 2020-2030. Medical Spa is an amalgamation of medical clinics and traditional spas, offering soothing, relaxing, therapeutic, and luxurious spa experience along with specialized medical treatments. It involves skin care, nutrition, exercising advice, cosmetic procedures, facial treatments, light & laser treatments, and chemical peels among many other services. This is a unique form of treatment and care therapy that involves healthcare professionals from different fields. Medical spa is a healing treatment that aids in the improvement and preservation of health, along with fortifying development in immune system. The upsurge in the demand for minimally invasive medical treatments such as body sculpting, injectables like Restalyne, Juvederm, and Botox, chemical peels, tattoo removal and others; supplements the growth of medical spa market. Market Dynamics and Trends The rising pollution levels, stressful lifestyles, adulteration of food products, maleficent farming techniques, use of hormones and biological substrates in dairy products, as well as exposure of skin to harmful chemicals; are leading humans to the modern-age problems like premature hair-loss, early aging, skin problems, obesity, hormonal issues, and other such physical, mental, and emotional ordeals. Consequently, the growing trend of health & fitness culture, changing lifestyles, as well as higher adoption of skin care solutions and facial treatments, are expected to proliferate the growth of global medical spa market. Furthermore, rising level of stress, difficult work-life balance, and machine-like lifestyles of individuals, generates a need for vacations, in-order to rejuvenate the body & mind, and bounce back to normal. This scenario, coupled with wellness packages offered by hotels & resorts, tend to propel the growth of global medical spa market. However, high cost associated with the procedure and lack of skilled healthcare professionals in this field is expected to impede the growth of medical spa market. Moreover, factors such as upsurge in medical tourism, increase in per-capita disposable income, and expansion of present infrastructures by the major market players, are anticipated to create several lucrative opportunities for growth in the global medical spa market. Geographical Analysis North America is expected to hold the major market share maintaining its dominance in the global medical spa market throughout the forecast period, owing to higher adoption of medical spa treatments in this region. Furthermore, factors such as presence of developed healthcare infrastructure, increased awareness regarding the benefits of medical spa treatments, as well as expansion and development of new medical spa centers by the prominent market players are expected to supplement the growth of medical spa market in this region. Asia Pacific is expected to demonstrate a substantial growth in global medical spa market, holding the highest CAGR values throughout the forecast period. Factors driving the growth of the medical spa market are, growing demand of cosmetic & beauty enhancement procedures, increasing fitness trend, higher inclination towards healthy lifestyles and increasing medical tourism in this region. Competitive Landscape The medical spa market is highly competitive and consists of various market players. Some of the major market players include Biovital Medspa, Allure Medspa, Chiva Som, Canyon Ranch, Inc., Hyatt Corporation, Clinique La Prairie, True Skin Care Center, Sciton, Inc., Westchase Medspa, Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa, Lumenis Ltd., Cynosure, Inc., Spa Vitoria, Lanserhof and Syneron Medical Ltd., among others. The prominent players have adopted product launches and collaborations as their key strategies to gain substantial share in the medical spa market. For instance, in January 2020, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, the ruling player of the medical spa market, announced a collaboration between Hyatt and Headspace, with an objective to bring mindfulness exercises, guided meditations and sleep content to millions of employees, corporate customers and guests. Furthermore, in March 2020, the giants of medical spa market, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Terra Group, and Turnberry, announced a collaboration with a plan to open a new 800-rooms Grand Hyatt hotel on the Miami Beach, by 2023. Managed by Hyatt, this 17-story hotel located in the heart of the city shall enhance Miami Beach Convention Center with luxurious aesthetics, new public spaces, privately funded infrastructures, improved connectivity, and resiliency upgrades. Key Topics Covered: 1. Introduction 1.1. Report Description 1.2. Research Methodology 2. Market Snapshot, 2019-2030 Million Usd 2.1. Market Snapshot 3. Porter’s Five Force Model Analysis 4. Market Dynamics 4.1. Growth Drivers 4.2. Challenges 4.3. Opportunities 5. Global Medical Spa Market, by Services 5.1. Overview 5.2. Body Shaping 5.3. Hair Removal 5.4. Facial Treatments 5.5. Tattoo Removal 5.6. Scars & Striae 5.7. Others 6. Global Medical Spa Market, by Region 6.1. Overview 6.2. North America 6.3. Europe 6.4. Asia-Pacific 6.5. Rest of World 7. Company Profiles 7.1. Allure Medspa 7.2. Biovital Medspa 7.3. Canyon Ranch Inc. 7.4. Chiva Som 7.5. Clinique La Prairie 7.6. Hyatt Corporation 7.7. Sciton, Inc 7.8. True Skin Care Center 7.9. Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa 7.10. Westchase Medspa For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/4f8uzh View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005431/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Voting underway in Local and European elections in Donegal Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleMammy to the rescueNext articleCounting of votes in North’s Local elections to begin this afternoon News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – May 23, 2014 Facebook Voting takes place today in the Local and European Elections, with polling booths open until 10 o’clock tonight.Across the five electoral areas, 83 candidates will contest the 37 seats available on Donegal County Council, an increase of 8 to reflect the abolition of Town Councils.Meanwhile, there are four seats up for grabs in the extended Midlands – North West European Constituency.There are over 125,000 people eligible to vote in Donegal, with an electorate of over 31,000 in the Letterkenny Electoral Area, where there are 10 seats available.Inishowen, with 9 seats, has just over 30,000 voters, while there are 6 seats each in Donegal and Glenties, both with just over 22,000 voters, and Stranorlar with just over 19,000.It is not necessary to have a polling card in order to cast your vote, but you must be on the register to be able to vote – people are being advised to bring identification with them to their polling stations.There are two ballot papers, one for the Local Elections and the other for the European Elections, with all the papers going into the same box.The papers will be seperated and verified in Letterkenny tomorrow, with the European votes being sent to Castlebar and the council votes to the count centres in the five electoral areas.The counting of votes proper will begin on Sunday.
Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Previous articleUpdate: No hard border on the island of Ireland post BrexitNext articleMan shot in the ankle in Derry overnight News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Storm Caroline: The latest on Donegal road conditions here WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Snow and ice remains a danger on the roads this morning – with road users urged to take extra care.A status orange warning remains in place for Donegal until this evening.Below is a list of updates regarding road conditions this morning, it will be updated regularly so keep refreshing this page:Gardaí urging motorists to exercise caution on the N13 Ballybofey/Letterkenny Rd, especially between Stranorlar and Drumkeen, due to slippery conditions.Reports of slippery road conditions on the Meenaroy side of Glenties.Reports of treacherous conditions on Ramelton/Milford Rd (R245) due to sleet and slush. Gardai advising road users to avoid Ramelton town itself if possible.Heavy traffic into Letterkenny on the Ramelton Rd (R245) due to stop/go system at Loughnagin for works.Legnahoorey outside Letterkenny to Buncrana & Caution needed. Roads OK from Burnfoot to Buncrana. took 20mins extraBack of errigal road is very bad with heavy laying snowSnow and ice along the N15 at McGrory’s Brae & also through Barnsmore Gap. Passable with extreme care.Roads are treacherous in and around Rathmullen.Kilmacrennan to Letterkenny road covered with snow.Significant accumulations of snow on the Muff road with traffic moving slowly.Dungloe to Donegal road treacherous.Road from Castlefinn to Derry passable with care.Reports that the Convoy to Ballybofey road has not been gritted with motorists urged to take care.Motorists are advised that Ballagh Rd outside Clogher is currently closed due to a lorry blocking road. The road is expected to remain closed for several hours. Local diversions are in place.School Closures Friday 8th DecemberSessiaghoneill School, BallybofeyTrentagh National School Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – December 8, 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Google+ Pinterest Pinterest
Marilyn Nieves/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — A police sergeant was awarded nearly $20 million by a Missouri jury in a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit he filed after allegedly being told to “tone down your gayness” by a police commission board member. The jury sided with Sgt. Keith Wildhaber in the suit he filed against St. Louis County, claiming he was passed over for promotions, and discriminated against and retaliated against because of his sexual orientation.Wildhaber’s attorneys called the jury verdict “historic.”“His bravery and courage in standing up for what is right should be an inspiration for employees everywhere,” Wildhaber’s lawyers, Russ Riggan and Sam Moore, said in a joint statement to ABC News. “Justice was served in this trial, and no client could be more deserving than Keith. The jury acted as the conscience of the community and spoke loud and clear in its verdict.”The St. Louis County Circuit Court jury, which reached its verdict on Friday following a week-long trial, awarded Wildhaber a $19.9 million judgment, including $17 million in punitive damages.Wildhaber claimed in his suit that while conducting a security check on a restaurant owned by John Saracino, a member of the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, he was allegedly told by Saracino that the police command staff “has a problem with your sexuality.” Wildhaber claims Saracino went on to offer him advice on how to achieve his goal.Wildhaber claimed that Saracino allegedly told him that if he wanted to get promoted, “you should tone down your gayness,” the lawsuit stated.Saracino denied ever saying such a thing to Wildhaber.Wildhaber claimed he was passed over multiple times for promotion despite having “a clean disciplinary history, excellent performance reviews, and a strong resume for being promoted to Lieutenant,” according to the suit.The suit alleged that Wildhaber’s superiors, namely St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, refused to promote him “because he does not conform to the County’s gender-based norms, expectations, and/or preferences.”Wildhaber complained to management numerous times, and in April 2016 he filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Missouri Commission on Human Rights alleging “unlawful employment discrimination due to the County’s failure to promote him based on his sex/gender.”A month later, Wildhaber claims his superiors retaliated by was reassigning him from a day shift to a midnight shift and by transferring him to a precinct that was 27 miles from his home.He filed a total of five complaints with the EEOC and Commission on Human Rights, alleging discrimination and unlawful retaliation.The Missouri Commission on Human Rights eventually issued Wildhaber a notice granting him the right to sue the county.Following the verdict, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page recommended that members of the Board of Police Commissioners and Belmar be replaced, saying, “The time for leadership changes has come and change must start at the top.”“Our police department must be a place where every community member and every officer is respected and treated with dignity,” Page said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “Employment decisions in the department must be made on merit and who is best for the job.”Belmar has not commented on the jury verdict or on calls for him to be replaced, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police told ABC News on Tuesday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
william87/iStock(NEW YORK) — Police are investigating an arrest that was captured by a bystander in a pair of videos in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday night that showed a man apparently getting assaulted by several police officers and arrested for allegedly smoking weed in a park.“I never thought it would happen to me,” said Fritzroy Gayle in one of the videos, who was stopped by a plainclothes NYPD officer from the 69th Precinct.Fritzroy Gayle, 20, was on his way home from his second job when his mother Daphane Gayle called and asked him to pick up a few items from the store.At some point, the young man met up with another man and went to 100% Playground near Glenwood Road and East 100th Street.Anti-crime police officers in plainclothes observed the two men in the park smoking a lit marijuana cigarette, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.“As the officers approached the individuals, they fled the location,” the spokeswoman said.At some point, a young woman, who says she was on her way home from work and that she noticed the “undercover cop” and one of the suspected men with his back against a metal gate. She started recording.“What crime did I commit? Tell me! What’s the problem?” the unidentified man asked the plainclothes officer while both of his hands were in the air. “I did not commit a crime.” Civil rights activist Rev. McCall held a rally outside of the 69th Precinct on Thursday at 4 p.m. “We will not be silent,” said Rev. McCall.“I keep telling God that I’m grateful that he is alive, that’s all I can give thanks for,” said Daphane Gayle who is contemplating filing a notice of claim against the city and the NYPD. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. “Help me!” screamed the man as he is seen on the video getting thrown to the ground.The first two-minute video appears to show some half dozen police officers tackle, knee, kick and stomp on the man while he’s on the ground pleading for help.“I never been arrested a day in my life,” the apprehended man is heard saying in between cries. Meanwhile, more bystanders gathered and are heard asking for the officers to stop.“Do you need me to call someone?” asked the woman — who identifies herself as “Velvet” — and who recorded the videos. She said she regrets not asking him for his parent’s contact information sooner, she posted later on Twitter.Meanwhile, the man’s 58-year-old mother was calling her son nonstop when he did not get home at his usual time of 7:30 p.m.“All I know is he was not dead when they took him away,” she wrote in a Twitter thread.“Upon apprehension, one individual was arrested and the second individual was issued a summons,” the NYPD spokeswoman said. “This incident is currently under internal review.”Just as Daphane Gayle was getting ready to go to her son’s friends house to make sure he was safe, her daughter in Florida called alerting her to the video that made it’s way from Twitter onto Facebook.“My heart was racing. I couldn’t even speak. I thought they were going to tell me he was dead,” said Daphane Gayle, adding, “I kept looking at it and was saying to myself is this going to end like another Eric Garner situation.”Garner was stopped by police in Staten Island and was seen on video grasping for his last breath as several officers attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. Garner’s last phrase “I can’t breathe” became the battle cry for anti-police brutality rallies lead by activists and civil rights groups like Black Lives Matter.Garner’s July 2014 death was captured on cellphone video. He was 43.Daphane Gayle raced to the precinct at 2 a.m. she said, and sought answers as to why her son was being detained, to no avail.“I waited and waited and waited, they couldn’t even tell me why he was there,” said Daphane Gayle who is traumatized that the video plays repeatedly on social media. “It wasn’t until someone told me to call Rev. McCall that they let my son go.”Daphane Gayle said her son had bruises all over and his pants were ripped.“This traumatized him and it traumatized me,” she said. ” I know the police are here to protect, but the way they were hitting him kicking him … he didn’t even have anything on him.”Both New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea “have concerns” about the caught-on-camera arrest.“I don’t like what I saw obviously — it’s not what we’re trying to do here,” said de Blasio at a press conference Thursday. “I don’t want any officer to stand on someone’s leg if they don’t have to. I want more communication between officers and the people they’re confronting.”“When you have two people take off running — I’ve been in that situation myself — and you don’t know what you have. … we will have to take a look at the entirety of it,” said Shea. “The end is what concerns me. I’d love to have a different outcome where we wind up on the ground wrestling with somebody.”ABC News’ request for more information about the arrests from NYPD was not immediately responded to but the man seen in the video was arrested and released Thursday afternoon, according to sources familiar with the case.Shea did not identify the weed smoking suspects, but said they are ages 20 and 18. The man seen in the video was charged with possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration.Since July 2014, the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that individuals would not get prosecuted for some marijuana charges. Under the leadership of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, the policy was expanded in 2018 to not prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases, including those involving smoking in public.“The only individuals currently prosecuted for these offenses are those who pose a threat to public safety (e.g. driving with burning marijuana), create a genuine nuisance (e.g. smoking on public transportation or in a schoolyard where children are exposed to smoke) or are involved in violent criminal activity (i.e. “drivers of crime”),” according to a 2018 announcement about the policy change.The NYPD has discretion to arrest anyone for marijuana possession, but Gonzalez “has called for the issuance of civil summonses as a response to low-level marijuana use and possession, as opposed to criminal summonses that make up the current response to most low-level marijuana offenses.”Criminal court summonses are issued in order to avoid arrest and getting fingerprinted “unless they fail to show identification,” according to the state’s Unified Court System.“Civil summonses are similar to traffic tickets, and compliance is ensured through fines, not warrants and arrests. In addition, civil summonses carry no possible jail time and are adjudicated by the City’s administrative tribunal, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH),” according to the city’s Criminal Justice Reform Act.A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said “We are aware of the concerns regarding this arrest and will be reviewing the incident.”After the videos were posted, they were liked over 100,000 times, retweeted over 54,000 times and received over 4,200 comments including a thread by city criminal defense attorney Rebecca Kavanagh.“Regardless of the reason for the stop (because I am sure NYPD will come up with a reason like a report of a gun) there is no possible justification for this horrific use of violence,” wrote Kavanagh.The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) was also alerted on Twitter about the video and has created a thread to explain to the public and the women who posted the video on how to file a complaint.THREAD: The CCRB has been made aware of a video recording of an incident that took place last night in Canarsie, Brooklyn. After being tagged on Twitter, the Agency notified the video’s owner of how to file a CCRB complaint if they believe police misconduct occurred.— NYC CCRB (@CCRB_NYC) March 5, 2020 Pt 2. This shit was just completely unnecessary. Yes the guy was in the park but he has a right to be in there because it closes at 9pm. This happened in Canarsie, Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/hHjPq3JY2c— Velvet (@TheVelvetRope__) March 5, 2020 I’m walking home from work and this undercover cop was holding this man. The guy asked for the cop to identify himself, he ignore that. He asked what crime he commit, he ignore that too. I pulled out my phone. You can hear the guy screaming “I never thought it would happen to me” pic.twitter.com/YW2dI3g8fk— Velvet (@TheVelvetRope__) March 5, 2020 The officer appears to ignore the man’s questions and radioed for backup. A gaggle of uniformed and non-uniformed police officers rushed over.