Source: Sustainable Pulse
Environmental, advocacy and organic farming organizations have sent a letter Thursday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball along with Cornell University President David Skorton and Agricultural School Associate Dean Susan Brown, urging them to release information to the public about the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York and to stop any outdoor trials until more adequate information is available.
In September 2014 several of the organizations commented on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed field release of Oxitec’s GE diamondback moths at Cornell University. The agency did not contact the organizations to address their myriad concerns, and months later, the groups found out through a separate correspondence with the USDA that the GE moth permit had been quietly approved with no press release or other public notification. (more…)
By Alec Cope
We Are Change
Luke Rudkowski reported from Munich, Germany that the true number of police protecting the delegates at the 2015 G7 Summit; is 38,000 police officers. CNN also reported that the number would be 17,000 officers. (more…)
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Source: The Independent
As many as 64 students were sexually abused at one of New York City’s most elite private schools between the 1960s and 1990s at the hands of 24 members of staff, according to a report released today.
Commissioned by a group of students who were themselves once enrolled at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, the new report suggests that sexual abuse of minors there was far more widespread than originally thought. A 2013 report from the Bronx District Attorney’s office identified only 25 victims.
Allegations of sexual misconduct by teachers and other staff members at Horace Mann first surfaced in 2012 article in the New York Times Magazine. The case was investigated by the DA’s office but no charges were filed because the alleged assaults fell beyond New York statute of limitations.
The new investigation led by a former judge and sex-crime prosecutor Leslie Crocker Synder found that both girls and boys were victims at the school, but the larger number of cases involved boys. In some cases a single victim was assaulted by more than one member of staff.
“Between 1962 and 1996, more than 20 reports of sexual abuse were made by victims, their parents, teachers or witnesses to Horace Mann’s teachers, administrators or trustees. Incidents were reported across administrations and across decades,” the report says.
“None of the reports was forwarded to law enforcement. In addition, [the] investigation does not indicate that the school ever shared a victim’s report with the victims’ parents. In most cases, the abusers were allowed to stay at the school for years or decades after the first incident was reported.”
There was no immediate response from the Horace Mann School. However, it is thought to have privately reached settlements with some former students who came forward with claims of abuse after the revelations surfaced three years ago. In at least one case it is thought to have paid a sum in excess of $1 million.
SOURCE: Mint Press News
New York State has long been notorious for heavily restricting and banning weapons. Critics have suggested that the bans that started with firearms could end up banning anything and everything the State decided citizens should not be trusted with. Meanwhile, New York has seen some of the most militaristically-armed police forces in the nation. (more…)
New York Daily News
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into custody Thursday in Manhattan on corruption charges, the Daily News has learned.
The impending arrest of Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was first reported overnight by The New York Times. (more…)