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first_img4 p.m.: French protesters set fires, clash with policeDemonstrations in support of George Floyd are ongoing overseas, including in the French cities of Paris and Lyon.Protesters there are setting fires and clashing with police officers, who are responding with tear gas.The French are not only showing solidarity with George Floyd, but also the family of a French black man who died after being arrested by police in 2016.3:22 p.m.: Minnesota Dept. of Human Rights to investigate police departmentMinnesota’s Department of Human Rights is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department after filing a civil rights charge related to Floyd’s death, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday.The investigation will examine the “policies, procedures, and practices over the past 10 years” to determine if the police department “has engaged in systemic discriminatory practices towards people of color,” a statement said.If so, the investigation will work to “ensure any such practices are stopped,” the statement said.Walz called this investigation “only one of many steps to come in our effort to restore trust with those in the community who have been unseen and unheard for far too long.”As protests spread across the Twin Cities, about 123 people were arrested Monday and early Tuesday, mostly for curfew violations, authorities said. About 13 guns were seized, police said.A total of 604 people have been arrested since Friday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, and dozens of fires have been reported in the last several days. Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.Here is how the news unfolded on Tuesday. All times Eastern:10:39 p.m.: Trump objects to GOP criticism of church photo opPresident Donald Trump lashed out at fellow Republicans who have criticized his decision to clear protesters out of Lafayette Park Monday evening prior to a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.He called out Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who were all critical of the violent removal of peaceful protesters with flashbangs and smoke canisters.“You got it wrong! If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before?” he tweeted, though it was a different group of protesters and Monday’s group had not been violent. “People liked my walk to this historic place of worship! Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ben Sasse.”8:58 p.m.: Police close Soho to New York ProtestersPolice blocked streets in Soho just after New York’s 8 p.m. curfew started.Several boutique stores in the expensive Manhattan neighborhood were damaged by protesters over the weekend. Sidewalks were taped off and barricades were placed in the street preventing anyone from entering.Even though the curfew banned nonessential workers from being outside, some protesters continued to march throughout the city.8:00 p.m.: Boston protesters hold die-in at Franklin ParkThousands of protesters rallied peacefully in Boston with a massive “die-in” demonstration in Franklin Park.The crowds laid on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the exact time former officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck.The protesters stayed in the park for at least two hours.“The peaceful protest at Franklin Park has come to a conclusion. As participants vacate the area, we respectfully remind individuals to remain committed to peace,” the Boston police said.7:10 p.m.: DC protests rally behind gate near White HouseAs Washington, D.C., approached its 7 p.m. curfew, thousands of protesters once again gathered outside the White House.A chain-link fence was set up just outside the section where officers fired flash bang grenades and tear gas into the crowd 24 hours earlier. The crowd shouted at police officers on the other side but remained peaceful, with some taking a knee.When some protesters climbed street lights, others in the crowd screamed for them to climb down.National Guard troops were still deployed in the city, including a group that was lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.7:05 p.m.: Minneapolis school board votes to cut ties with policeIn a unanimous decision, Minneapolis school board members voted Tuesday night to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department following its actions in Floyd’s death.The school superintendent’s office will devise an alternative plan to serve its students, according to the board.6:47 p.m.: Dr. Birx calls on mayors to test all protesters for coronavirusDr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for its coronavirus task force, said during a video appearance at The German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum that she worries about the spread of COVID among protesters around the country.Birx said she is particularly concerned with footage that shows many of the protesters not wearing face coverings and with the possible spread to elderly persons.“And so we’re really trying to do the work with mayors to expand testing availability over the next week or two so that the individuals who were involved in the peaceful protest can get tested,” she said.7:10 p.m.: DC protests rally behind gate near White HouseAs Washington, D.C., approached its 7 p.m. curfew, thousands of protesters once again gathered outside the White House.A chain-link fence was set up just outside the section where officers fired flash bang grenades and tear gas into the crowd 24 hours earlier. The crowd shouted at police officers on the other side but remained peaceful, with some taking a knee.When some protesters climbed street lights, others in the crowd screamed for them to climb down.National Guard troops were still deployed in the city, including a group that was lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.7:05 p.m.: Minneapolis school board votes to cut ties with policeIn a unanimous decision, Minneapolis school board members voted Tuesday night to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department following its actions in Floyd’s death.The school superintendent’s office will devise an alternative plan to serve its students, according to the board.6:47 p.m.: Dr. Birx calls on mayors to test all protesters for coronavirusDr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for its coronavirus task force, said during a video appearance at The German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum that she worries about the spread of COVID among protesters around the country.Birx said she is particularly concerned with footage that shows many of the protesters not wearing face coverings and with the possible spread to elderly persons.“And so we’re really trying to do the work with mayors to expand testing availability over the next week or two so that the individuals who were involved in the peaceful protest can get tested,” she said.6:38 p.m.: New York protesters take knee outside mayor’s mansionHundreds of protesters in Manhattan marched to Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s residence, and took a knee.The protest was largely peaceful and there were even volunteers giving out face masks and hand sanitizer. Afterward, the crowd made its way to Central Park, according to eyewitnesses.New York’s curfew is slated to go into effect at 8 p.m.6:12 p.m.: George Floyd’s daughter, girl’s mother make 1st public appearanceGianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd, and her mother, Roxie Washington, made their first public appearance since his death at a news conference Minneapolis City Hall.Washington held back tears as she talked about Floyd and lamented that their child won’t grow up with him in her life.“If there’s a problem and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore,” she said.Floyd moved from Houston to Minneapolis for better job opportunities and to provide for his family, Washington said.“I want justice for him. Because he was good,” she said.“And this is the proof that he was a good man,” Washington said, referring to Gianna.5:47 p.m.: Denver cop fired over social media postThe Denver Police Department said it has fired an officer and begun an internal affairs investigation after he posted an inappropriate photo on social media while policing the city’s protests.Officer Thomas McClay posted a picture of himself and two other officers in riot gear with the caption, “Let’s start a riot,” on Instagram, according to the department. The post was taken down, however, police officials said it violated the department’s social media policy and was “inconsistent with the values of the department.” 5:27 p.m.: Florida police place cop who put knee on back of black suspect on leaveThe Sarasota, Florida, Police Department said an officer who was videotaped putting their knee on a black suspect during an arrest last month has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.A video of the unnamed officer putting their knee on Patrick Qwashawn Carroll’s neck was put on social media Monday and tagged the department. Police Chief Bernadette DiPino reviewed the video and other footage of the May 18 arrest, immediately initiated a formal internal affairs investigation and placed the officer on administrative leave, according to the department.“Chief DiPino was disturbed to see an Officer kneeling on the head and neck of an individual in the video. While it appears the Officer eventually moves his leg to the individual’s back, this tactic is not taught, used or advocated by our agency,” the department said in a statement.According to the Sarasota Police Department, Carroll, 27, did not require medical attention and did not complain of injuries. He was later charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, resisting arrest and domestic violenceThe police are asking anyone who had more information or footage of the arrest to contact them.Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died. 2 p.m.: Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeralGeorge Floyd’s family has accepted an offer from boxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for his funeral, Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ABC News.Floyd, who is from Houston, will be laid to rest there on June 9.His family plans to march with protesters to Houston’s City Hall Tuesday afternoon.1:40 p.m.: NY trooper pushing back demonstrators gets hit by speeding SUVA 19-year veteran trooper of the New York State Police was pushing back a crowd of demonstrators in Buffalo on Monday night when he was hit by a speeding SUV, authorities said.A Buffalo police officer was also hit by the car and a second trooper was run over.Troopers fired at the SUV, state police said, and then the driver and passengers were taken into custody.The veteran trooper was taken to the hospital with a shattered pelvis and broken leg, state police said. The other officers suffered minor injuries.Those in the SUV were not seriously hurt.1 p.m.: Surveillance video released from fatal police shooting in LouisvilleAuthorities on Tuesday released surveillance video from an incident which caused the death of David McAtee, a black man shot by officers in Louisville, Kentucky, during protests.McAtee owned a local BBQ restaurant which was frequented by police officers, Mayor Greg Fischer said.At about 12:15 a.m. Monday, members of the Louisville police and Kentucky National Guard were trying to disperse a crowd when they “were fired upon,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. The local police and National Guard returned fire, “resulting in a death,” Beshear said.Video footage from McAtee’s restaurant and a neighboring business appeared to show officers approaching McAtee’s business, police said Tuesday.McAtee then appeared to fire a gun outside his restaurant, toward the officers, police said. Officers took cover and returned fire, police said.From the footage it appears McAtee fired first, police said.Authorities cautioned Tuesday that the video does not provide all of the answers.Why officers were approaching McAtee’s restaurant in the first place is under investigation, police said.The officers have not yet been interviewed, police said.Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has since been fired after it was announced that no body camera footage was available of the shooting, The Louisville Courier Journal reported.Conrad previously said he would retire at the end of June after facing immense pressure following the March death of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman who was shot dead by police while in her home.The Kentucky State Police will independently investigate McAtee’s death, the governor said Monday.12:15 p.m.: Despite overnight looting, Chicago to move into next phase of reopeningAmid overnight looting, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised Tuesday, “we are 110% dedicated to you successfully reopening safely and securely.”Lightfoot said she was with one business owner who “burst into tears” and “broke down” as she looked at the devastation to her store.Despite the unrest, Lightfoot said Chicago will move into phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening on Wednesday.“We want economic activity to resume peacefully and safely in every single neighborhood, especially those hurting the most,” Lightfoot said.11:12 a.m.: Nearly 700 arrested in NYC, curfew extended through the weekIn New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, nearly 700 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation.Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts.Some officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting. It also appeared officers were shot at, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, condemning it as “unacceptable.”“I know people want peace,” de Blasio stressed Tuesday, “and I know the want change.”“I know we will overcome this,” he said, adding he’s asked community leaders to “step forward” and “take charge.”“Do not let outsiders attack your community …do not let criminals attack your community,” the mayor said. “I’ll be standing by you.”New York City will now be under a nine-hour curfew each night this week, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m.The mayor on Tuesday asked those who want to protest to do so during the day, and then return home.He also said he’s very worried that protests are leading to the spread of the coronavirus.10:40 a.m.: Senate Judiciary to hold hearing on George Floyd’s death, policing in USSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he’s planning to hold a hearing on June 16 to examine Floyd’s death and policing in the country, promising to “take a deep dive” into the issue.“It’s a long-overdue wake-up call to the country that there are too many of these cases where African American men die in police custody under fairly brutal circumstances,” he said. “It’s clear to me that policing among men in the African American community is a topic that needs to be discussed and acted upon, and I expect this committee to do its part.”“I’d like to get to the root cause of it. Mr. Floyd’s case is outrageous on its face, but I think it speaks to a broader issue,” said Graham, R-S.C. “We just need to get to the bottom of what happened and what we can do to fix it.”Graham called community policing “the anecdote.”“I don’t know how to make that a reality, but we’ll have a hearing along those lines,” Graham said.9 a.m.: More than 500 arrested overnight in NYCIn New York City, despite an 11 p.m. curfew, more than 500 people were arrested overnight as peaceful protests devolved into moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation. Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many retailers have boarded up their storefronts. Several officers were hit by cars of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.7:35 a.m.: Minnesota Attorney General says he is considering all charges for Derek Chauvin, including first degree murderMinnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison confirmed he is “considering all charges” and that “all options are on the table,” when it comes to prosecuting Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.Speaking to ABC News’ Good Morning America, Ellison, who has taken over the prosecution in Floyd’s death, warned that the case must be dealt with methodically and that prosecuting Chauvin would not necessarily be easy.“Generally, jurors resolve all doubts in favor of the police,” said Ellison. “The system is such that there are certain immunities police have, there are certain presumptions. There are relationships that police have that are established over the course of years. And the fact is if you just look at the Freddie Gray case, people looked at that video and were quite certain that there needed to be a conviction. No one was.”“The fact is these cases are not easy,” said Ellison. “And anybody who says they are has never done one.”Ellison was reluctant to give a firm deadline on the timeline of the case but confirmed that the public could see charges very soon.“We are having a fresh review from what the county attorney has already done … and we are looking at this case with fresh eyes,” said Ellison. “There is nobody who has culpability who will not be held accountable.”Said Ellison: “The public has an expectation that there will be, there will render assistance when necessary, that [police] will not add harm. Just saying ‘I didn’t know’ and ‘I was following orders’, I don’t think is working for the public anymore. That is not a comment about the evidence or the law. It is a comment about where the public’s mind is these days.”Ellison said that he and his team are moving “expeditiously” but warned that they also have to move carefully which could take more time than the public would like.“There are numerous videos, numerous witness statements, a lot of stuff to go through for us to do due diligence,” Ellison stated. “We are not going to prolong this any longer than is absolutely necessary to do that due diligence and we are moving expeditiously, yet we have to move carefully. I know that is unsatisfying to people. They want, what they want immediately, and of course people have waited too long and have been too patient over the years but this case must be done methodically and we are doing that right now.”6:49 a.m.: Las Vegas police officer in critical condition and on life supportLas Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo held a brief press conference to update the public on the two shooting incidents that took place amid protests happening across the city last night.In the first incident, an officer was engaging with protesters near the Circus Circus hotel and casino and was shot.“Our officers were attempting to take rocks and bottles from the crowd,” said Lombardo during the press conference. “Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out and our officer went down.”The suspect in that shooting has been taken into custody but Lombardo said the police officer who was shot is in “extremely critical condition and on life support currently.”The second incident occurred at the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard when officers who were posted at the federal building to protect it from protesters encountered a suspect at approximately 11:22 p.m. armed with multiple weapons and appeared to be wearing body armor.When authorities approached the individual, the suspect reached for one of those weapons and was subsequently shot by the responding officers.The suspect later died at the hospital.“This is a tragic night for our community,” said Lombardo. “With these protests, which are leading to riots, one tragedy is only leading to another … our investigations into both these incidents will be ongoing throughout the morning.”“What has occurred is utterly, utterly unacceptable and I hope the community sees it that way too,” he concluded.5:43 a.m.: Peaceful protests in New York City devolve into night of lootingPeaceful protests over the death of George Floyd devolved Monday night into jarring moments of vandalism, looting, fire and confrontation in New York.There were more than 200 arrests and widespread vandalism in Midtown Manhattan and along Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, much of which went down after the citywide 11 p.m. curfew.Luxury brands and big box retail stores in Rockefeller Center and the Upper East Side had windows smashed and spray painted. Many more retailers boarded up their storefronts, giving the heart of a vibrant city already shuttered for the virus the look of blight.There were also several reports of officers being hit by vehicles of protesters fleeing the scenes of vandalism and looting.4:14 a.m.: Two police officers shot in Las Vegas in separate incidentsTwo police officers have been shot in separate incidents in Las Vegas as people protest the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, authorities said.One officer was shot near the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and the other officer was shot about two miles away in the 2800 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard.The condition of the two officers is currently unknown. Police have said the scene is active and have asked the public to avoid the areas.3:22 a.m.: Four police officers shot in St. Louis on a night of violent protestsSt. Louis Police Chief Hayden John Hayden held a press conference regarding four officers that were shot amid protests last night.He confirmed that all four officers have non life threatening injuries. Two were shot in the leg, one was shot in the foot and the other was shot in the arm.Police Chief Hayden said that a peaceful protest began around 3 p.m. with a couple of thousand people in attendance but that sometime later a group of about 200 people started looting.The group reportedly ignited fireworks and set them off aiming at the officers. Hayden also said the officers, who he said exhibited restraint throughout the entire ordeal, also had gas thrown on them.That is when, he said, several officers, who were standing on the line, all of a sudden felt pain and realized that they had been fired upon with four of them being hit, according to Hayden.The Police Chief also confirmed that there are still reports of gunshots being fired in the city that they’re trying to get under control.The officers were taken to hospital and treated for their wounds. The investigation into who shot them is ongoing.1:57 a.m.: LAPD Chief apologizes for equating looters with officers involved in Floyd’s deathLos Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore apologized for a remark he made during a mayor’s press conference Monday afternoon where he said: “We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers … We didn’t have protests last night. We had criminal acts.”The comment was met with immediate backlash and Black Lives Matter LA called for Moore to be fired in a tweet.Several hours later, Police Chief Moore, amid much criticism, issued an apology on Twitter saying that he misspoke during the press conference.12:44 a.m.: Protests mostly peaceful in NYC, Denver, LouisvilleNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted late Monday night that any unrest has calmed down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the site of clashes between protesters and police over the last few days.De Blasio said protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful on this latest night of demonstrations, but that some people during the evening caused some damage that won’t be allowed.In Denver, protesters at the State Capitol took a knee and observed eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence — the same amount of time Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck before Floyd died. Only the sound of helicopters above and honking in the distance could be heard.Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer also said protests in his city were largely peaceful.The mayor said the peaceful demonstrations honored the memory of David McAtee, the local restaurant owner who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers early Monday morning.12:27 a.m.: Streets quiet in nation’s capitalThe city of Washington, D.C., has been relatively quiet tonight compared to the violence of the past weekend, law enforcement and homeland security officials tell ABC News.Officials report sporadic disturbances in Chinatown, where tear gas was deployed near the Convention Center.City and federal law enforcement, as well as the military, has had a heavy presence on the city streets, with aircraft, including a Black Hawk helicopter, patrolling overhead.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Odyssey of stow-away noctuid moths to southern polar islands

first_imgHigh southern latitude island environments are unusual in having relatively low or, in some cases, no non-indigenous species (NIS). Here we describe the accidental transport and survivorship of moths (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae) on a research vessel travelling from southern South America (Montevideo, Uruguay) first to the cool temperate Falkland Islands and then onwards to Maritime Antarctic Signy Island (South Orkney Islands). On the vessel’s arrival at Stanley, Falkland Islands, from Montevideo we found eight live (and 30 dead) individuals of two species of South American noctuid moth (Pseudaletia adultera Schaus and Peridroma saucia (Hübner)), presumed to have been attracted to the ship’s lights while in port. Neither of these is indigenous to the Falkland Islands. Five of the eight living moths (all P. adultera) survived the four days the ship was moored in Stanley and one survived a further four day journey across the Polar Front to Signy Island. Southern oceanic islands are particularly vulnerable to invasion by NIS, with human (shipping) activities being the main route of arrival. With increasing shipping throughout this region some measures have been proposed or adopted to reduce the risk of NIS transfer.last_img read more

Effect of climate and moss vegetation on ground surface temperature and the active layer among different biogeographical regions in Antarctica

first_imgGround surface temperature (GST) and active layer thickness (ALT) are key indicators of climate change (CC) in permafrost regions, with their relationships with climate and vegetation being crucial for the understanding of future climate change scenarios, as well as of CC feedbacks on the carbon cycle and water balance. Antarctic ice free-areas host simplified ecosystems with vegetation dominated by mosses and lichens, and an almost negligible anthropogenic impact, providing a good template of ecosystem responses to CC. At three different Antarctic Conservation Biogeographical Regions (ACBR) sites in Antarctica located between 74° and 60°S, we compared barren ground and moss vegetated sites to understand and quantify the effects of climate (air temperature and incoming radiation) and of vegetation on GST and ALT. Our data show that incoming radiation is the most important driver of summer GST at the southernmost site, while in the other sites air temperature is the main driver of GST. Our data indicate that there is a decoupling between ALT and summer GST, because the highest GST values correspond with the thinnest ALT. Moreover, our data confirm the importance of the buffering effect of moss vegetation on GST in Antarctica. The intensity of the effect of moss cover on GST and ALT mainly depends on the species-specific moss water retention capacity and on their structure. These results highlight that the correct assessment of the moss type and of its water retention can be of great importance in the accurate modelling of ALT variation and its feedback on CC.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka on why winning the Australian Open felt ‘really special’

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Two-time Grand Slam champion and Australian Open winner Naomi Osaka has now had two of what she calls the “happiest moments” of her life. “It felt really special,” she said Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America of her Australian Open victory. “I think, well, everyone, if they win a Grand Slam, it feels like one of the happiest moments of their life.” Osaka edged Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Australian Open, her second consecutive Grand Slam title. With the victory, Osaka rose to No. 1 in the rankings. Though Osaka is now at the very top of her sport, she is still a 21-year-old who got tough love from her mom, Tamaki, after the Australian Open. “My mom, she was upset at me and she kind of yelled at me to go to sleep,” Osaka said. “I think that was the most important thing for her.” Osaka’s sister, Mari, was so excited that she said things “I don’t think I should repeat here,” Osaka said. “For me, she is like my biggest supporter in a way because we always check each other’s matches and we tend to give each other therapy when we lose,” Osaka said of Mari, who is also a professional tennis player. Osaka’s first Grand Slam title, the 2018 US Open, was both historic and controversial. Osaka’s straight-set victory over Serena Williams made her the first Japanese player to win a grand slam singles title ever. During the match, Williams sparred with an umpire over a warning for coaching, being penalized first a point, then a game, before eventually losing to Osaka. Williams was fined $17,000 after the match for a total of three code violations during her loss. Osaka stayed focused during the controversy, something she advises other people looking to be their best to do. “I would just say everyone has their own paths so you should just keep going and never give up and don’t compare yourself to other people,” she said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img January 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Naomi Osaka on why winning the Australian Open felt ‘really special’last_img read more

Hilda’s Harlem Shake reaches House of Commons

first_imgGeorge Galloway MP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons urging St Hilda’s College to reinstate librarian Calypso Nash.Nash was controversially fired for not preventing a ‘Harlem Shake’ in the college’s library at the end of last term. The motion claims that “the College authorities seem to have suffered a severe sense of humour loss” and describes the Harlem Shake as an “incident for which the Librarian bears no responsibility.”It goes on to inform Parliament that “St Hilda’s College was named after Hilda of Whitby who was noted for her wisdom and good advice” and suggests “that the College authorities should draw on St Hilda’s wisdom in relation to this incident.”Furthermore the motion “urges the College authorities to think again [and] see the funny side of this.”Ron McKay, a spokesperson for Galloway, told Cherwell that the motion was submitted “because of a gross injustice and the over-reaction of the authorities.”JCR President Esther Gosling said, “The response to the story has been overwhelming and was never expected. The support for our quest for the reinstatement of the librarian is very much appreciated. We hope the matter will be resolved soon.”Another Hilda’s student, Ellen Gibson, told Cherwell, “For once, I wholly agree with Galloway. Nash was not involved in the Harlem Shake and was not in a position to stop it and so her dismissal is completely uncalled for. “Also, the disciplinary attitude which seems to have been taken towards this incident in general seems excessive- the dance lasted only 30 seconds and did not cause major disruption; the JCR unanimously decided to support those being penalised demonstrating how little offense was caused to those who actually use the library.”The Bradford West MP’s motion also refers to the JCR motion recently passed at St Hilda’s. It mandated the JCR President to ask for a written reason from the college explaining in detail their decision to fire Nash from her job.The ‘Harlem Shake’ at Hilda’s has become an “online sensation”, according to the Commons motion. The Mirror, The Telegraph, and The Times  have all reported the issue, following Cherwell’s coverage of the episode earlier this week.St Hilda’s College declined to comment.last_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: Enjoy Indian Summer Weekend in OCNJ

first_imgCrowds jam Asbury Avenue in Ocean City NJ on May 2, 2015 for the Spring Block Party.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Oct. 9.Dear Friends,This weekend is the city’s annual Indian Summer Weekend. Our residents, guests and businesses all look forward to an excellent weekend full of shopping, food and events highlighted by the Block Party and boardwalk fireworks show.Saturday is the annual Fall Block Party on Asbury Avenue with more than 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. Saturday evening offers family entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The third annual Spooks N Kooks costumed surf contest will also be held Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Eighth Street Beach. We will hold the official ribbon cutting of the new skate park at noon on Saturday. The weekend also features seafood vendors in front of the Music Pier and Boardwalk and downtown table sales throughout the weekend.Following the weekend, work will begin on the next phase of the boardwalk reconstruction program, starting from where the last phase stopped just north of 7th Street, to the north side of 8th Street.I would also like to share with you that the mechanical issues at the Aquatic and Fitness Center have been repaired and the pool will be open tomorrow afternoon.I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Local unemployment rate continue post-pandemic drop

first_img Local unemployment rate continue post-pandemic drop Twitter Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – September 22, 2020 0 220 WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews “3D Employment Graph” by Chris Potter, CC BY-SA 2.0 The unemployment rate in St. Joseph County is back down to single digits.The jobless rate for August came in at 8.2 percent, down two points from July.St. Joseph and LaPorte Counties are both in the Top Five for unemployment in the state.Elkhart County’s rate also dropped two points to 6.1 percent for the month. That’s below the statewide rate of 6.4 percent. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleGasbuddy: Pump prices likely steady, unless hurricanes interfereNext articleMosquito spraying to ward off EEE set for Tuesday in Elkhart County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

News story: Stamp of approval for dealerships trained to work with electric cars

first_img Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads are good news, as we seek to end the sale of new conventional diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040. The accreditation recognises businesses with knowledge, capability and commitment to electric vehicles, and will help to encourage more car owners to switch to a greener alternative. Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries new scheme to recognise dealerships skilled at selling and servicing electric vehicles ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’ brand aims to increase confidence of consumers key to government’s ambition to end sale of new conventional diesel and petrol cars The standard for electric vehicle dealer accreditation has been developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Successful dealerships will be known as ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’ and recognised for their commitment to training, their quality advice, and their effective service.Following a pilot scheme, in which the electric vehicle skills of 12 dealerships were audited, it is already estimated there will be 130 Electric Vehicle Approved sites across the UK by the end of 2019.center_img Car dealerships with staff skilled in selling and servicing electric vehicles will be formally approved and promoted by a new government-backed scheme, it has been announced today (15 May 2019).With uncertainty and poor advice having been identified as a key barrier to electric vehicle ownership, the scheme aims to create a trusted brand, increasing the confidence of drivers looking to buy an electric vehicle.The scheme will also encourage car dealers to develop their expertise in servicing electric vehicles, as the country continues to move towards a zero-emission future – backed by the government’s comprehensive £1.5 billion Road to zero strategy.Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

Eric Clapton’s ‘I Still Do’ Embraces The Past Amid An Uncertain Future

first_imgFor his twenty-third studio album, I Still Do, legendary blues guitarist Eric Clapton revisits his musical roots while pondering a potential end of the road. With only two original tunes out of the album’s dozen tracks, and only one written by Clapton alone, it’s easy to wonder if Clapton is running low on things to say. Granted, with selections from Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale and Robert Johnson‘s respective catalogs, he’s certainly choosing material of the finest pedigree.  With recent health problems causing some distress and a lifetimeof rock n’ roll excess, it’s no wonder that the music of his latest release feels like the work of a weary man. That said, there seems to be a little fire left amid all the smoke and the signals of a potential retirement on the near horizon.Helping capture the guitarist’s vision was legendary audio guru Glyn Johns, who’s production work on Clapton’s seminal Slowhand album helped it become one of Clapton’s creative and commercial peaks. Johns has had a hand in capturing iconic music from more than just Clapton, producing and engineering landmark music from Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Who, The Rolling Stones and many more. To help the visual aspect of the piece, Clapton again turned to a previous collaborator, artist Sir Peter Blake, who designed perhaps the most recognizable and beloved album artwork of all time: Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles.Clapton’s selection of artists to cover shows a tendency towards familiar ground. Opening the disc with a perfectly distorted guitar riff that feels as if it’s carved from the core of the blues itself, Clapton shows off the soulfulness that has earned him a place atop any “All Time Greats” list. His work on the opening track, Leroy Carr’s “Alabama Woman Blues,” seems a little formulaic in the context of his renowned body of work.The Bob Dylan penned “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” uses the backing vocalists to their best effect, merging Clapton’s beloved clean tone in a way that stirs memories of fiery leads past. Clapton’s most engaged performance on the record is a rollicking take on Robert Johnson’s “Stones In My Passway.” Hearing him tear into the work of his declared idol sets the rest of the more dispirited performances that make up the balance of I Still Do in sharp and slightly unflattering relief.The two Clapton originals, “Catch The Blues” and “Spiral,” do add something to the Clapton catalog. Though reminiscent of numerous other compositions, “Catch The Blues” shows that there’s still some some different avenues not exhausted. “Spiral” follows in that vein, with a stellar use of flat notes and sharp fills that counterpoint the gruff and grumbley voice that has spawned legions of imitators. A call and response moment in the middle of “Spiral” surely sends chills down the spines of his devoted fan base.Watch the video for Spiral below:Closing I Still Do with the classic standard “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Clapton’s acoustic work shows that, though his spirit might be weary, it hasn’t fully faded.  When he sings “I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you,” it’s a clear signal of what’s on his mind.  If Clapton does choose to take his final studio bow, he will have capped one of the most remarkable music careers in modern history, But something about the promise of the two originals on the album has his loyal admirers hoping for at least one encore before the final curtain.last_img read more

Georgia peach harvest

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSlammed by a devastating spring freeze and then a harsh drought, Georgia farmers are bringing this year’s peach crop to market. At least they’re getting good prices now. And the peaches are extra sweet, says a University of Georgia scientist.”It’s not an easy story to tell,” said Kathy Taylor, a peach specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Winter brought good weather to Georgia peach orchards and supplied ample chill hours to set the trees up to produce a good crop. Then what peach farmers dread the most happened: Freezing temperatures hit Georgia on Easter weekend, zapping developing fruit and crushing what could have been a good year.Prices have been strong for the early crop, Taylor said, about 30 percent to 40 percent higher than this time last year. Farmers pack boxes weighing 24 to 25 pounds each for shipping. Smaller peaches are bringing around $10 per box and larger fruit as much as twice that.The Easter freeze wiped out peach production in South Carolina, another large peach-producing state. “What’s left in Georgia is pretty much all there is for the Southeast,” she said.Georgia peaches are famous for their sweetness. This year will help solidify that reputation, she said. Sugar content, also known as the soluble solids, is reported as 50 percent to 75 percent higher this year. “That’s very sweet,” she said.An average good-tasting peach contains around 10 percent soluble solids. This year’s fruit has 15 percent to 17 percent. The surge in sweetness is due to the drought this spring, she said. The fruit is less diluted by water, concentrating the sugary taste.Most of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grows in middle Georgia. In Crawford and Taylor counties, growers have found 65 percent of the crop remains for harvest. But in Peach and Macon counties, only 25 percent remains. Overall, the freeze left less than 50 percent of the peaches in middle Georgia, Taylor said.And the peaches being brought in from orchards are having to be graded closely to make sure quality fruit gets packed, she said.The freeze left about 70 percent of the crop in south Georgia. But this region accounts for only about 10 percent of the state’s production each year.The peach harvest runs from May to August in Georgia.Other than keeping track of the peach industry, Taylor also conducts research on peach tree management in Byron, Ga. The freeze severely affected her research orchard, along with other orchards in the area.But there is a silver lining. “We’ll be able to learn more about freeze effects,” she said.For example, she has investigated ways to use girdles around tree trunks to increase the sugar concentration in the fruit. Other than making the fruit taste better, sugar in a peach can also act much like antifreeze in a car, she said.She plans to compare the fruit on the girdled trees to the fruit on nongirdled trees to see if the girdles helped fruit withstand the freeze better.last_img read more