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Protests over death of George Floyd turn violent again despite curfews, National Guard

first_imgFloyd, 46, died on Monday after video showed a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. It touched off outrage that has swept across a politically and racially divided nation in the midst of a polarizing presidential campaign and recently released from strict stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic that threw millions out of work.Minority communities were hit especially hard by the pandemic and those clamp-downs.On Sunday afternoon, a tanker truck drove into a throng of demonstrators on I-35 in Minneapolis, which had been closed to traffic. The driver was pulled from the cab and beaten by protesters before being taken into custody by Minneapolis police. It did not appear any protesters were hit by the truck.Authorities imposed curfews on dozens of cities across America, the most since 1968 in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, which also happened during a presidential election campaign and amid the upheaval of anti-war demonstrations. Read also: George Floyd: ‘Gentle giant’ killed in US police custodyLooting in CaliforniaIn Santa Monica, upscale stores were looted along the city’s popular Third Street Promenade before police moved in to make arrests. The vandalism followed a largely peaceful march earlier in the beachside city. Further south, in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach, a group of young men and women smashed windows of a shopping mall and looted stores before they were dispersed ahead of a 6 p.m. curfew.In Washington, D.C., protesters set fires near the White House, the smoke mixing with billowing clouds of tear gas as police sought to clear them from the area.Sporadic violence broke out in Boston following peaceful protests as activists threw bottles at police officers and lit a cruiser on fire. Philadelphia announced a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew after a day of protests and looting.Several hundred demonstrators marched through downtown Miami chanting: “No justice, no peace,” past a detention center where inmates could be seen in the narrow windows waving shirts.The demonstrations brought out a diversity of people, a point one young black woman noted at a march in Culver City, California on Sunday. “It means a lot to see people other than black people joining the demonstration,” said Candace Collins.Protests spread around the globe, with events in London and Berlin on Sunday and others on Monday including in New Zealand, Australia and the Netherlands.The eruptions of violence have not let up despite the arrest on Friday of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, 44. He has since been charged with third-degree murder. Three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest have yet to be charged.In New York City, police arrested about 350 people and 30 officers suffered minor injuries during clashes. Mayor Bill de Blasio said police conduct was being investigated, including widely shared videos showing a police vehicle lurching into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with debris in Brooklyn.De Blasio said he had not seen a separate video showing an officer pulling down the mask of a black protester to spray something in his face.Among those arrested for unlawful assembly on Saturday night was de Blasio’s 25-year-old daughter, Chiara, according to a New York Police Department source, who said she was issued a “desk appearance ticket” and released.Protests have also flared in Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Dallas, where rioters were seen on video beating a store owner who chased them with a large machete or sword. Police said on Sunday he was in stable condition.Thousands of people gathered peacefully on Sunday afternoon for a rally in St. Paul as state troopers surrounded the state capitol building. About 170 stores in the city have been looted, its mayor told CNN.While covering the protests in Minneapolis on Saturday night, two members of a Reuters TV crew were hit by rubber bullets and a Reuters photographer’s camera was smashed as attacks against journalists covering the unrest intensified.In response to the protests, Target Corp announced it was temporarily closing 100 stores, about 30 of them in Minnesota.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has called protesters “thugs,” will not federalize and take control of the National Guard for now, national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday.Trump said on Sunday the U.S. government would designate anti-fascist group Antifa as a terrorist organization. It was not clear how many of the protesters participating in demonstrations are from Antifa.”Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors,” Trump said on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. “These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW.”National Guard soldiers were deployed in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, as well as Santa Monica.Topics : Looting broke out on Sunday in Southern California, a tanker truck drove into marchers in Minneapolis and demonstrators clashed with police in Boston and Washington, D.C. as the United States struggled to contain chaotic protests over race and policing.National Guard troops were deployed in 15 US states and Washington, D.C. as darkness fell in major cities still reeling from five nights of violence and destruction that began with peaceful protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.”I hate to see my city like this but at the end we need justice,” said 18-year-old Jahvon Craven as he stood on an overpass watching protesters below on Interstate 35 in downtown Minneapolis moments before an 8 p.m. curfew went into effect in that city.last_img read more

Texas governor Abbott orders wearing of masks in effort to avoid lockdown

first_imgTexas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday decreed that face masks must be worn in all counties with over 20 coronavirus cases, billing the measure as a requirement to avoid another economic shutdown.Wearing face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus is unpopular among Abbott’s conservative Republican base in Texas, but he said in a video released on Thursday that the action was now absolutely necessary.”In the past few weeks, there has been a swift and substantial spike in coronavirus cases,” Abbott said. “We need to refocus on slowing the spread. But this time, we want to do it without closing down Texas again.” Face masks must be used in all public buildings and outside when social distancing of at least six feet (2 meters) cannot be maintained, the governor said. Those violating the order will be given one warning. After that, they can be issued a fine of up to $250. Nobody can be jailed for defying the order, he said.About a third of the 254 counties in Texas have reported fewer than 20 coronavirus cases – making them exempt from the order.The governor also gave local authorities the ability to ban outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.On Sunday, a far-right anti-mask rally was held on the grounds of the Texas Capitol attended by about 150 people. After avoiding major outbreaks in April and May, Texas has become a coronavirus hotspot. It reported nearly 8,000 new infections on Thursday.The rate of people testing positive for the virus has gone from 4.5% in late May to 14%, Abbott said. Hospitalizations averaged less than 1,700 per day in late May. By Thursday it was about 5,700 daily.”These spikes are not just limited to the big cities,” Abbott said. “Ninety-one counties had record high numbers [of cases] in the past three days.”Abbott’s order marks a major reversal. For over two months, he ignored calls by the Democratic leaders of Texas’ metropolitan areas to mandate mask wearing.He refused to allow leaders in Houston to enforce their own face-covering mandate with penalties, undercutting their ability to slow the spread of the virus. Hospital officials in Houston have said intensive care beds there are now in short supply.Abbott said he is not issuing a stay-at-home order, but is asking people to remain home if at all possible.”We must do more to slow the spread without locking Texas back down,” Abbott said. “We are now at a point where the virus is spreading so fast, there is little margin for error.” Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Names 13 New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

first_imgReturning Commissioners Anne Ard (Centre County)Donna Barbetti (Lackawanna County)Dana Brown (Allegheny County)Jessica Brubaker (York County)Im Ja Choi (Montgomery County)Rep. Madeleine Dean (Montgomery County)Susan Jacobson (Philadelphia County)Denise Johnson (Crawford County)Jazelle Jones (Philadelphia County)Leslie Anne Miller (Delaware County)Nancy Mills (Allegheny County)Deborah Melamut Minkoff (Montgomery County)Tina Nixon (Dauphin County)Lesley Ridge (Erie County)Abaigeal Rooney (Northampton County)Jessica Rothchild (Lackawanna County)Patti Stirk (York County)Rosa Stroh (Dauphin County)Randi Teplitz (Dauphin County)Michelle Zmijanac (Allegheny County)For more information on the Commission for Women, contact or 717.831.3224. October 18, 2017 Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of 13 dedicated business, civic, and community leaders to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The new commissioners, along with 20 returning commissioners, were sworn in by Secretary of State Robert Torres at the Governor’s Residence.“Women today are still facing remarkable challenges in both the workplace and at home, which is why it’s so important to have a strong statewide advocacy arm in the Pennsylvania Commission for Women,” Governor Wolf said. “This Commission has worked tirelessly over the last two years to represent the best interests of Pennsylvania’s women and girls, and with the addition of these 13 new members who are equally as passionate and dedicated, we will work together to ensure women are treated equally in this commonwealth and that their rights are protected.”“Now, more than ever, women need to be active and engaged so that our voices are heard and interests are represented,” said Commission Chair Randi Teplitz. “The Pennsylvania Commission for Women looks forward to continuing to work with Governor Wolf and other policymakers on behalf of the women and girls of Pennsylvania.”The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of women and girls in Pennsylvania.Below is a full list of the individuals that have been appointed as members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women:New AppointeesRep. Karen Boback (Luzerne County)Rep. Carolyn T. Comitta (Chester County)Andrea Feinberg (Montour County)Kristen Houser (York County)Claire E. Kelling (Centre County)Grace McGregor Kramer (Lackawanna County)BJ Leber (Allegheny County)Sen. Judith Schwank (Berks County)Salima Suswell (Philadelphia County)Tiffany Tavarez (Philadelphia County)Lesley Ward (Dauphin County)Tracey Welson-Rossman (Montgomery County)Erin Willford-Skipworth (York County)center_img Governor Wolf Names 13 New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pooling all your dreams together This Northern Beaches home goes beyond expectations

first_imgThe home is listed for offers over $699,000BUILT to perfection, this Northern Beaches home has gone above and beyond all expectations for the Morris family.The sophisticated 760sq m Trinity Beach property has proven practical and magical since it was built in 2008.Owners Sally and Evan Morris have enjoyed watching their daughters Chelsea, 10, and Ebony, 8, grow up in their dream home. “We wanted to build our family home, back then the girls were just babies,” Mrs Morris said.“It was one of the first houses in there … and now it is a full neighbourhood.“We wanted something light, airy and bright that could be completely opened up.“We designed it so the pool was basically in the middle of the house, meaning you can see everything that goes on from the kitchen.“The girls learned to swim in the pool and ride their bikes out the front. They have a cubby house in a special part of the garden – it’s just been an amazing home for them.”The four-bedroom home has mountain views and is across the road from a popular family park.Other notable features include a spacious covered deck, split-system airconditioning, a double lockup garage and Caesarstone kitchen.Dual indoor living areas, as well as the comfortable outdoor deck, make entertaining an absolute breeze.“It is the best place to just sit back, chill and watch the sun set behind the mountains,” said Mrs Morris, a professional photographer.“We’ve had heaps of great Christmases, barbecues and parties.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It feels like a big community here, there are always so many kids playing in the park and on the street.” 5 Catamaran Circuit, Trinity Beach, was built in 2008The home is just a short walk from Trinity Beach while schools and shopping centres are also nearby.Mrs Morris said it was time for a “change of scenery”, but added she would be sad to say goodbye to the property.The median house price at Trinity Beach was $495,000 as of last November, according to the latest figures from Core Logic.The delightful home at Catamaran Circuit is open for inspection today from 11-11.30am.Selling agent Karl Latham of Elite Real Estate said it was an opportunity not to be missed.“Secluded from the road this desired park side residence offers complete privacy while accentuating the beautiful mountain views,” Mr Latham said.“A one-off original design to seamlessly flow from the indoors to outdoors, this bright airy home has all the inclusions for the relaxed coveted lifestyle.“Flooded with natural light this is a meticulous home with no expense spared, positioned in one of the most sought-after streets in Bluewater.”“It has everything on offer for beautiful and stylish living.”last_img read more

Dr Grossman – How DO you to talk to kids about sex?

first_imgVIDEO: How DO you to talk to kids about sex? US sex-ed critic gives practical tips LifeSiteNews 28 August 2015Talking to their children about sex is “anxiety provoking to say the least,” for parents, says American sex-ed expert, Dr. Miriam Grossman.“Some people just can’t even do it, and that’s okay,” the New York-based psychiatrist told the crowd of 1,000 who packed a Mississauga conference hall August 18 to hear her critique of the Ontario Liberal government’s controversial sex-ed curriculum.After Grossman explained how the Liberal sex-ed curriculum is dangerously flawed and ideologically driven, she used the question-and-answer session to give parents much appreciated and sometimes humorous practical advice on how to teach their children about “the birds and the bees.”“If you feel you can’t do it, maybe there’s someone else in the family or in the constellation of people that you know you can trust that could do it,” said Grossman, author of “You’re teaching my child WHAT?” and an internationally sought-after speaker on sex education.A child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with 12 years’ clinical experience treating students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) clinic, Grossman said explaining sexuality and procreation to children is “a process,” that “shouldn’t ideally happen all at once. A child is not a miniature adult, and absorbs…new information differently than adults do.”And parents need to be sure just what their child wants to know.To illustrate this, Grossman referred to her earlier story about a father who gave his son every detail on human procreation after the boy asked him, “Dad, where do I come from?”After the father finished, his son replied, “Well, that’s funny, because Johnny told me that he came from Montreal.”“Try to find out what your child is really getting at, and, don’t give it all at once,” Grossman said. “You start with a little bit at a time…and you know, there’s so many variables here, and people have their own traditions and their own ways of explaining things, and something that might be right for my family might not be right for your family.”She also advised that, when confronted with a four, five, six or seven-year-old asking about a pregnant woman, or where babies come, a parent can ask, “What a good question that is. What do you think?”And parents can also legitimately put off the discussion when appropriate, telling the child, “That’s really not something you need to know about right now.”“Wow, what a novel idea: Telling a child that they could wait until they’re older to discuss that subject,” Grossman said, adding that parents wouldn’t brook a six- or even fifteen-year-old child asking how much money they made or had in the bank. “Excuse me? Not every subject has to be an open book.”However, the time will come when a child needs to know “about how her body’s going to change, about reproduction, about how a new life is created.”That time, Grossman advised, is puberty, or “as puberty is beginning,” and this is especially so for girls, who, if unprepared for the surprise onset of menstruation “might think [they’re] dying.”“The actual nitty-gritty about the birds and the bees and intercourse” can “be told in bits and pieces, or it can be told all at once, if you feel it’s necessary,” she said, adding that it’s beneficial if the parent acknowledges his or her awkwardness, because the child will think: “This must be such an important subject that my mother or my father is sitting there squirming, but he’s doing it anyway. I’m really loved.”“And the children need to understand that as you grow up, you change a lot, not only physically but emotionally,” Grossman said, “and what may seem odd or disgusting when you’re ten years old, or whatever age, it becomes something very special and beautiful when you’re older and you’ll understand it later. You don’t have to understand it now.”Know your child and guard your homeBut as an essential foundation for this discussion, parents must both know their children and guard their home from the encroachments of a culture that Grossman described as “very, very sexualized” and “really horrible.”“Children need parents who are loving but are also firm and authoritative,” she asserted.  “They don’t need best friends. They need us to guide them, to know what they’re doing, to be on top of what they’re doing.So parents need to be aware of whom their child is “hanging around with, and what kind of movies are they watching…what’s going on with your child.”“You need to know that anyway, even if it’s not about sex education,” she pointed out. “Try and know your child. Every child is different.”And Grossman emphasized that it is “extremely important to be careful about what your child is exposed to in the home, in terms of television and Internet, obviously.”Children need to understand that “just like you have garbage you take out of the house, you put it in the garbage bin, it’s dirty, it smells…there are other things that also don’t belong in the house.”And children learn quickly what is, and is not, permissible inside the home, Grossman said. “Me, I keep kosher…If I go into a store, my kids know from a very young age, we don’t eat that.”So they are used to the idea of “the world outside and the inside world, of inside your home, and inside your heart as well.”Parents can also convey this by telling their children that “the world is an upside-down place, and sometimes the most special, holy subjects are…just thrown in the gutter. And that’s a bad thing. In our family, in our tradition, we don’t do that.”“Sexuality is one of the subjects that in this upside-down world, it is sometimes just in the gutter,” she said. “And so I want you to tell your child to come to me when you have questions, I will give you the straight story about it.”Grossman herself is “not even sure,” as she stated in her seminar, that sex education should be in the schools: “I believe sex education should be at home for those parents that want to do it.”She also noted that parents “can make mistakes. We all make lots of mistakes but it’s okay, you can always come back and do it differently,” adding that this is “another wonderful message for your child. You know what, it’s okay to make mistakes, you can always go back and try and fix it.” read more

Hoosier racer making his name on the big stage

first_imgConcord, N.C. — An Indiana racecar driver could be the next upstart in the sport. Mitchell, Indiana native Chase Briscoe picked up “Most Popular Driver” in the Camping World Truck Series while earning “Rookie of the Year” in 2017.Briscoe ran the 2017 season in a Ford F-150 prepared by Brad Keselowski Racing owned by NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski. Keselowski made the difficult decision to cease operations in order to possibly pursue a higher tier series.Recently, the Ford Driver Development program announced big 2018 plans for Briscoe. He’ll pilot a Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 12 Xfinity Series races, run select races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, Trans-Am TA2 and serve as a Ford test driver. Biagi-DenBeste Racing will put the 22-year-old in the cockpit for one Xfinity Series race as well.“I’m excited for next year just because I’m going to be doing multiple things,” Briscoe said. “I’m not committed to just one series, which is good because I probably haven’t run 50 pavement races in my entire life. I feel like I’m at a point where I learn a ton every single race, so to get a chance to run some IMSA and Trans-Am races, in addition to my Xfinity schedule, is going to be a huge deal.”*Briscoe started in quarter midgets in 2001 and five years later graduated to 410 sprint cars. In 2006 he beat a record set by racing legend Jeff Gordon by becoming the youngest driver to win a 410 sprint car race. Briscoe joined Bill McAnally Racing in the K&N Pro Series West in 2013 after finishing second in the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge.After a test session with Cunningham Motorsports in 2015 he was signed to compete in the ARCA Racing Series and made his debut at Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis. He finished tenth in that race and fifth in a race at the Salem Speedway later that year. In 2016 he went ARCA racing full-time and picked up six wins on the way to a series championship by a 535 point margin.In 2017 he joined Brad Keselowski Racing in the Camping World Truck Series. During the year Briscoe won at Homestead-Miami Speedway, scored a third place at Daytona International Speedway and raced for his first pole position at the Dover International Speedway.*Quote courtesy of NASCAR.comlast_img read more

Mary Ann Merkel

first_imgMary Ann Merkel, age 92 of Batesville, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born August 8, 1925 in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Marie (Nee: Strasser) and William Stecher.  She married Martin Merkel May 14, 1949 in Cincinnati and he preceded her in death October 26, 2006.  Mary Ann was a cafeteria worker for the Batesville Community School Corporation before retiring.  She was a member of Holy Family Church and the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary.She dearly loved her grandchildren.  A large bowl of candy was always out for them to help themselves………..depending on who you asked.  Apparently Mary Ann had a sweet tooth as well.  An excellent baker, her oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, brownies, angel food cake and pies were family favorites.  For years she would work the crossword and Jumble puzzles in the newspaper as well as being an avid reader, checking out three or four books a week from the library. Don’t miss T.V. shows included Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and The Lawrence Welk Show.Mary Ann is survived by her daughters Ruth (Alan) Roell of Lebanon, Indiana, Margie (Rob) Lipsey of Brownsburg, Indiana; sons Marty (Connie) Merkel of Indianapolis, Larry (Teresa) Merkel of Batesville, Joe Merkel of Indianapolis, Jim Merkel of Batesville, Tony Merkel of Avon, Indiana; brother William Stecher of Cincinnati; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Laverne Stecher.Visitation is Friday, January 12th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church.  Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or St. Anthony’s Haiti Fund in care of Weigel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 36, Batesville, Indiana 47006.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Tri-State remembers fallen officer

first_imgBy Rob NugentPOCOLA, Okla. (May 6) – Muldrow pilot Kayden Menasco captured the IMCA Modified checkers for the first time this season Saturday at Tri-State Speedway over Jason Payton and Stephen Muilen­burg.Pre-race ceremonies honored the late Danny Martinez Jr. and several law enforcement vehicles from area agencies joined parade laps during the playing of the National Anthem.Martinez, a Fort Smith Police Department officer and racer, was killed in the line of duty just over 10 years ago.last_img

Cricket News Murali Vijay confident of making a comeback in the longest format

first_img New Delhi: India Test Opener, Murali Vijay has been going through a rough patch for quite some time now when it comes to his time in the white jersey. First, he was dropped from the national side after the first two disaster Tests against England, after he bagged a pair at the home of cricket. Lord’s, but the resilient opener made it to the team against Australia after a good run in county cricket.However, Vijay could only manage 11,18,0 and 20 in the four innings he played in Australia in the first two Tests in Adelaide and Perth. The team management’s patience with him was over and he was dropped for the next Test in Melbourne. But Vijay, in an interview with Sportstar made a flamboyant statement and said that he was all set to play in the Boxing Day Test match and was gutted to be dropped for Hanuma Vihari. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights “I feel hurt that I am not a part of the Indian team. I am not disappointed. But really hurt. I expected to play the Test. In fact, I was sure I would play the Test. I had batted well in the second innings of the second Test at Perth. I felt I was only one inning away from form,” Vijay said.“People don’t know or understand me. I don’t see myself competing or feeling threatened by the newcomers. Two years back, I said Prithvi Shaw would play for the country. I am happy for them,” he added. Vijay further said that he is optimistic of making a comeback into the Indian team. He feels that he has scored close to 4,000 runs in Tests for India in difficult conditions like England and Australia and said that he delivered at a time when India had openers like Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.On his future, Vijay says that he will play until his heart wants him. “I am fit and only 34. I have more Test cricket left in me. Lately, I have been receiving some good deliveries. Then, there have been other factors,” Vijay said that he will have his moments for the Indian team again, before signing off. Murali Vijay confident to make a comeback in the longest format soon. Vijay was gutted to be left out for Hanuma Vihari. Vijay last played against Australia in the series Down Under. last_img read more

Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs

first_imgCHENNAI Super King (CSK) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 22 runs in the first of two IPL 2019 matches yesterday.CSK posted a total of 160-3 in their stipulated 20 overs. Their captain MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first.Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis gave the home team a good start. However, KXIP spinners – with Ravichandran Ashwin being the destructor-in-chief – bogged down the scoring rate in the middle overs.MS Dhoni came up with a good finish at the end, however, as 44 runs were scored off the final three overs to get the score up to 160.The KXIP innings got off to a rocky start, with Harbhajan Singh capturing the wickets of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in the same over. KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan consolidated in the middle part of the innings but ran out of ideas as the spinners choked the scoring rate.With this, CSK have 8 points from 5 matches and KXIP continue to have 6 points, also having played 5 matches.last_img read more