Sunday, June 25, 2017

Comics, Art and Culture Collide at Comic-Con® San Diego



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Comics, Art and Culture Collide at Comic-Con® San Diego









Each year, costume-clad artists, creative geeks and Hollywood elites flock to San Diego to nerd out at the largest Comic-Con® in the world. An oasis for creativity, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, this is a place where everyone comes together to celebrate art and imagination, learn from the experienced, and hail the greats.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

THIS MONSTER DOESN'T REPRESENT US - SHE THINKS SHE RULES



PR INSTITUTE SAYS MARK-VIVERITO SLASHED FUNDING AFTER PARADE DISPUTE


Mark-Viverito took CUNY’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College — headed by Edwin Melendez — and reduced their funding by $500,000

At the same time, CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College — which has received the same funding as the Puerto Rican center for the past three years — saw its allotment continue at the $970,000 level in fiscal 2018


METRO
Yoav Gonen

June 23, 2017 | 11:34pm



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Melissa Mark-Viverito and Edwin MelendezJames Messerschmidt/Jose DeJesus at Center for Puerto Rican Studies


City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is being accused of slashing an annual grant to a respected Puerto Rican institute by nearly half this year as retribution for the director’s unwillingness to publicly support convicted terror leader Oscar López Rivera’s starring role in the recent Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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Since Mark-Viverito took the helm of the council in 2014, CUNY’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College — headed by Edwin Melendez — has received $970,000 in discretionary funding each year.


But after a flap within the Puerto Rican community over the parade’s initial decision to honor López Rivera with a “National Freedom Hero” award, the center saw its funding cut to $500,000 for fiscal 2018, council budget records show.


Mark-Viverito is a vocal supporter of López Rivera, despite his former leadership role in the FALN — a Puerto Rican terrorist group that took responsibility for more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and ’80s that killed five people in New York City. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy and spent 35 years in prison before then-President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in January.


“Melendez apparently refused to publicly defend the Puerto Rican Parade’s honoring of Oscar López Rivera,” Angelo Falcon, director for the National Institute for Latino Policy, wrote in a newsletter that first reported the funding cut on Friday.


“If anything, this shows the problems that such political funding can have: What Mark-Viverito gives, on the one hand, she can easily take away with the other if you don’t play ball with her,” he added.


Falcon told The Post that several people told him “Melissa was pissed off at [Melendez] and ‘boom!’ ”


At the same time, CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute at City College — which has received the same funding as the Puerto Rican center for the past three years — saw its allotment continue at the $970,000 level in fiscal 2018.

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Asked about the allegations of political retribution by Mark-Viverito, Melendez told The Post, “I have no comment.”


In an e-mail response to Falcon, Melendez confirmed the funding cut without addressing the issue of political payback.


“We have learned that this City Council allocation has been reduced for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2017. Our core services will continue unaffected,” Melendez wrote in the e-mail. “We will continue to identify sources of funding that will permit Centro to continue offering the engagement and dissemination activities to the community in accordance to our mission.”


A City Council spokeswoman did not address the allegations directly, saying instead the council was proud to support CUNY research initiatives.


“Our $2.14 million in funding, which includes the addition of the newly funded Haitian and Mexican Studies Institutes, will continue to give students the resources to make the most of their studies and to support important research on these diverse communities,” the spokeswoman said.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AMÉN: LA MÚSICA ES MELODÍA, ARMONÍA Y RITMO.


THE MAN YELLS 'ALLAHU AKBAR!' AS HE STABS COP, HE'S FROM TUNISIA BUT MEDIA KEEPS CALLING HIM CANADIAN

Stabbing of Michigan police officer at airport called an 'act of terrorism
'FBI has charged Amor Ftouhi, a 49-year-old "Canadian", after a police officer was stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport in Flint

A flare is set to block a lane into Bishop International Airport Wednesday in Flint, Michigan. The attacked officer is now in stable condition. Photograph: Shannon Millard/AP

Oliver Laughland in New York and Ashifa Kassam in Toronto

Wednesday 21 June 2017 19.46 EDTFirst published on Wednesday 21 June 2017 13.26 EDT

Amor Ftouhi, 49, originally from Tunisia, allegedly stabbed a police officer multiple times Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan


A police officer in Flint, Michigan, was stabbed in the neck at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, in an attack US officials are describing as an “act of terrorism”.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, originally from Tunisia, allegedly stabbed a police officer multiple times Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan
FBI has charged Amor Ftouhi, a 49-year-old "Canadian" from Quebec, with causing violence at an international airport, special agent David Gelios told reporters on Wednesday evening.


The officer, Jeff Neville, was rushed to hospital and is now in stable condition.

The FBI said Ftouhi entered the US legally through a New York border crossing on 16 June. Days later he made his way to the Bishop International Airport. “He spent a little time in the restroom. Dropped both bags and came out, pulled out a knife, yelled ‘Allahu akbar’, and stabbed Lt Neville in the neck,” Gelios said. “He made a statement something to the effect of, ‘You have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and we are all going to die.’”

The suspect, who had attacked the officer with a 12-inch serrated knife, was taken into custody shortly afterwards. There was little to suggest that the attack was part of a wider plot, said Gelios. “At this time, we view him as a lone wolf attacker.”

US attorney general Jeff Sessions said he had spoken to the FBI about the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He was “proud of the swift response” by authorities of both nations, he said in a statement. “I want to assure all our law enforcement across the nation, any attack on someone who serves and protects our citizens will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Canada’s public safety minister Ralph Goodale issued a statement calling the incident a “heinous and cowardly act”. Canadian law enforcement agencies are in touch with their US counterparts and assisting them in every way possible, Goodale said.

Cherie Carpenter, a witness to the stabbing, told local news the male assailant appeared “blank, just totally blank” after he was arrested by local police.


Ftouhi reportedly lives in Montreal where he works for a large insurance company. On Wednesday afternoon, local media reported a large police presence outside an apartment believed to be connected to Ftouhi.

City officials in Flint said that local police officers had been stationed around city hall following the incident.

“Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning,” said Flint mayor Karen Weaver. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day. I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe.”

THANK GOD THEY FIRED HER DUMB ASS



An adjunct professor at a New Jersey community college is questioning why she was suspended after appearing on Fox News. 
Lisa Durden says she learned about the suspension June 8 when she arrived to teach a class at Essex County College. 
Durden, who is black, had appeared two days earlier on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," where she discussed a Memorial Day event for black people only that was staged by a Black Lives Matter group. 
Durden says her suspension letter didn't mention her appearance but said administration officials discussed it with her. 
The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from a school spokesman.
Jeffrey Lee, the school vice president who signed the suspension letter, issued a statement noting the college's attorney "has handled this matter in a way that complies" with state law.