Lions 2013: Tour villains

first_imgWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: British and Irish Lions coach Clive Woodward (L) points out a dangerous tackle on Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll by New Zealand All Black captain Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu, during a press conference in Wellington, 26 June 2005. O’Driscoll dislocated his shoulder and is out of the tour due to the tackle. The All Blacks defeated the British and Irish Lions 21-3 in Christchurch 25 June to take a 1-0 lead in the three Test series. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) Evangelical Christian fly half Jaco van der Westhuyzen made an unlikely bid for acrimony on this tempestuous tour, taking on the mantle of chief wind-up merchant in a cheap-shot ridden midweek match for the Southern Kings. The former Leicester Tiger was also sin-binned for a cynical late hit on Riki Flutey.When the Test series rolled around though, the physicality intensified to a frankly intimidating level. Pocket battleship Heinrich Brussow and Bakkies Botha – on a personal crusade against Mike “blue eyes” Phillips – thrived, but abrasive flanker Schalk Burger crossed the line by gouging Luke Fitzgerald’s eyes at Pretoria. How only a yellow card resulted will forever be a mystery. He was later banned for eight weeks for his misdemeanour. Stepping over the line: Schalk Burger tackles Mike Phillips during the 2009 Series but he was later banned for gougingBy Charlie MorganTHE NAMES of yesteryear’s Lions heroes roll off the tongue with consummate ease. Way before the latest promotional offering, when they stepped aboard a galleon set sail for Australia, dressed in late-19th century attire, JPR Williams and Willie John McBride became synonymous with the British and Irish Lions.With any luck, a few Warren Gatland’s crew will be canonised over the next six weeks, too. But what of the hosts? When plotting a way past the trio of gnarled southern hemisphere giants, Sir Clive Woodward always used to call his imminent opposition “the bad guys”. And, at certain points, certain individuals lived up to that moniker perfectly.So without further ado, here is a run-down of the villains that have (dis)graced the past four tours.1997Motor-mouthed winger James Small warrants a mention here, if only on the basis that his appearances for Western Province and South Africa brought about priceless sledging matches. His main adversary John Bentley has dined out on the expletive-ridden exchanges ever since, not least because his dry Yorkshire wit produced the famous comeback: “You’re a bully. And bullies don’t like being bullied.”During a 64-14 battering for his side, though, Mpumalanga second row Marius Bosman shamefully entered the realms of thuggery by launching a horrific hack at Doddie Weir on the periphery of a ruck, he hyper-extended the left knee of his opposite number and sent the popular Scot packing with lacerated medial ligaments. Fly-on-the-wall footage of incensed team doctor James Robson breaking the bad news to Weir is gut-wrenching stuff.Red mist: Duncan McRae is sent off 2001 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Duncan McRae’s x-rated pummelling of Ronan O’Gara during a hot-tempered tussle against the Waratahs registers on any roll of ignominy, and lumbering lock Justin Harrison – immortally christened “plank” by Austin Healey – made such a fantastic anti-hero for Australia A and the Brumbies that he earned a victorious Wallaby debut in Sydney’s decider.But for an underhand act that altered the course of the series, Nathan Gray takes some beating. The Lions led 11-3 and looked rampant half and hour into the second Test when the abrasive centre sent a savage flying elbow into Richard Hill face. It ended the brilliant blindside’s trip and, from there, George Smith ran riot at the breakdown, allowing George Gregan to orchestrate a momentum-shifting rout.2005Demonising Dan Carter for derailing the siege on New Zealand with pure skill seems very unfair. Given the fly half’s sublime performances that emasculated the best of Britain and Ireland though, it is somewhat tempting. Carter’s haul of 44 points in the first two Tests definitely laid sturdy foundations for a humiliating “blackwash”, leaving the Lions faithful shell-shocked.However, there was the small matter of a double-spear tackle before that. Precisely 45 seconds into proceedings in the First Test, Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga up-ended captain Brian O’Driscoll as he tried to counter-ruck, dropping the Irish skipper onto his shoulder. Screams of pain were audible to television viewers thanks to the microphone of referee Joel Jutge, but the Kiwi pair were never punished and BOD was out of the tour.The evidence: Sir Clive Woodward points at foul play2009last_img read more

Mystery shop project shows important role of legacy communications

first_imgDr Claire Routley, head of consultancy, Legacy Voice, added:“The legacy brochure is a key part of your legacy fundraising collateral. It’s a great opportunity – and sometimes the only opportunity – to inspire people with the potential of legacy giving. It can share the impact gifts in wills can make to the organisation, and, just as importantly, how legacy giving can meet their need to make a difference to a cause that mattered to them and carry on their influence, long into the future.”  305 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: legacy fundraising legacy strategy A mystery shop of legacy communications by Legacy Foresight and Legacy Voice has highlighted the important role legacy communications play in encouraging people to leave a bequest. Legacy Foresight has partnered with Legacy Voice in a project to mystery shop the top 50 legacy charities and find out how well charities perform when responding to an initial enquiry.The project, Legacy Inspire, focuses on the legacy brochure and communications received to assess the initial supporter experience potential legacy donors are receiving and how different charities compare.Among its findings, it discovered that:When someone leaves a gift, they are buying into the long-term vision and mission of the organisation, embracing the ‘why’ rather than just the ‘how’. Legacy brochures need to communicate those longer-term aims alongside what the charity might be doing today1/10 of the top 50 charities did not respond to the enquiry for more information. Basic mistakes were also made, such as misspelling names and titles. Several were very slow to arrive. These initial basic hygiene factors, it says, can leave lasting impressions in the mind of the supporter and could be costing the charities in lost legacy incomeTelling legacy supporters’ stories is highly effective; by communicating what others are planning it can help to normalise legacy giving, leverage social influence and can emphasise impact on beneficiariesLegacy Foresight’s recent research revealed that on average only 40% of pledgers and 5% of prospects go on to leave a bequest, with effective stewardship essential to convert more interest into action.The Legacy Inspire Summary Report includes the key elements for success, practical advice and ten top tips for creating a great legacy brochure, and is available to download here.Richard Hill, programme manager, Legacy Foresight, said:“We all recognise the vital importance of legacy income for charities, now more than ever. Legacy Inspire aims to shine a spotlight on examples of great legacy communications and to give charities the evidence and insight to improve their initial contact with legacy donors.“We hope that Legacy Inspire will create a positive and constructive conversation about what makes an effective piece of legacy communication and give fundraisers the tools to engage and inspire more of their supporters to act to make that all-important gift in their Will.” Advertisement  306 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 22 September 2020 | Newscenter_img Mystery shop project shows important role of legacy communications AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Media coverage curtailed after Burkina Faso coup

first_imgNews May 5, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the situation in Burkina Faso, where the soldiers who staged a coup d’état yesterday have silenced most privately-owned radio and TV stations and are controlling the state-owned national TV broadcaster, RTB. News September 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media coverage curtailed after Burkina Faso coup to go further The coup began when members of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) – former President Blaise Compaoré’s praetorian guard – stormed the presidential palace during a cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon and took transitional President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other government officials hostage.At the same time, other members of the RSP quickly surrounded RTB headquarters, forced privately-owned radio and TV stations in Ouagadougou to suspend broadcasting, and roughed up several journalists.This morning an army officer read out a statement on the air at RTB announcing that the “National Council for Democracy” had taken power.“We call on the RSP and the rest of the army to act with restraint towards the civilian population and journalists and to allow the media to operate freely,” said Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“In their address, the army said they want inclusive elections. For this to be possible, it is essential that all radio and TV stations are allowed to broadcast without any restrictions and that their reporters are free to move about the city in order to cover developments. Firm orders must be issued to this effect.”Privately-owned broadcasters among RSP’s first targetsAt Radio Oméga – a leading Ouagadougou-based radio station that provided objective coverage of last October’s uprising – RSP soldiers told editor in chief Albert Nagréongo that he should suspend all live broadcasts if he did not want the station to be burned down.The station’s staff complied but the soldiers nonetheless fired in the air as they left and set fire to several motorcycles in the courtyard. The station’s personnel and equipment were spared but the soldiers warned that, “if we come back, it will be worse.” Station manager Alpha Barry asked “the heads of the RSP to make their troops see reason.”At least two privately-owned TV stations were forcibly closed yesterday. At one of them, BF1, members of the RSP manhandled and even whipped journalists and the station is now closed. Privately-owned Burkina Info TV is also closed.Several journalists were the victims of RSP violence while out reporting. Burkina 24 said one of its reporters was injured when soldiers dispersed a crowd that had gathered in Ouaga 2000, near the presidential palace and not far from BF1’s headquarters. A Droit Libre TV crew that was trying to cover developments was roughed up and its cameras were seized.The signals of radio stations broadcasting from Ouagadougou, including local retransmission of Radio France Internationale (RFI), were disconnected yesterday. According to some sources, RFI retransmission resumed this morning. Newspapers appeared but it is unlikely that the Ouagadougou population was able to buy them from newsstands.Ranked 46th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Burkina Faso has enjoyed diverse and good quality media, but they have suffered as a result of the unrest that has shaken the country since President Compaoré’s removal last October.Boureima Ouédraogo, the editor of the newspaper Le Reporter, was sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 300 euros in a libel case in July – a surprising decision given that, a week before, the transitional government approved a bill decriminalizing media offences. Help by sharing this information Burkina FasoAfrica RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Burkina Faso Burkina FasoAfrica Organisation Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Receive email alertslast_img read more

New charge of tax evasion brought against imprisoned newspaper editor

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more News News News April 9, 2021 Find out more to go further News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia The national security ministry has brought yet another charge against Eynulla Fatullayev, the imprisoned editor of two daily newspapers, Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan. He is now also accused of concealing around 215,000 euros of the newspapers’ income to evade tax.This is the second time an additional charge has been brought against Fatullayev since he was given a 30-month sentence for “insulting the Azerbaijani people” in April. Charges of terrorism and inciting racial hatred were brought against him in July.The tax evasion charge was added following interrogation of the staff of the two newspapers, which have been closed down by the authorities. Journalist Uzeir Jafarov of Gundelik Azerbaijan said the sole aim of the new charge was to keep Fatullayev behind bars. He faces the possibility of an additional two-year sentence.After a week-long visit to Azerbaijan, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg said on 7 September that it was vital that Azerbaijan should stop bringing criminal prosecutions against journalists for defamation. He said he asked President Ilham Aliev to release the seven journalists currently in prison but thought it was unlikely that this would happen. The president, who is trying to improve Azerbaijan’s image abroad, did however assure Hammarberg that he would pay close attention to the report that Hammarberg plans to issue on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan. —————————————————————–13 juillet 2007More harassment by national security ministry in Fatullayev caseBaku appeal court judge Rasul Safarov issued a ruling on 11 July confirming the Sabail district court’s decision to keep newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev in the national security ministry’s detention centre. Fatullayev is serving a 30-month sentence for libel but new terrorism charges were recently brought against him.Four employees of Gundelik Azerbaijan (one of the two newspapers he edits) – Famil Jafarli, Jeyhun Nagiyev, Aynur Elgunesh and Neymat Huseynli – have meanwhile been questioned as witnesses by the national security ministry. Jafarli said they were asked what pseudonym Fatullayev used as a byline for his own articles. Each was questioned for about half an hour. So far, more than 20 people working for Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan (Fatullayev’s other newspaper) have been interrogated.Reporters Without Borders condemns this constant harassment of both Fatullayev and his colleagues, which shows that the government is determined to suppress their newspapers. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation September 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New charge of tax evasion brought against imprisoned newspaper editor Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

HSE confirms that Nazareth House flu outbreak is over

first_imgNewsx Adverts HSE confirms that Nazareth House flu outbreak is over WhatsApp The HSE has ordered a deep clean at the Nazareth House in Fahan before any new residents can be admitted.The Executive made the order as it confirmed that a flu outbreak at the nursing home was officially over.The HSE has confirmed that the outbreak at Nazareth House, Fahan,was officially declared over at the weekend and said a report into the outbreak would be made public.All residents at the home who were suffering from symptoms of influenza had since recovered, the HSE confirmed.In a statement the HSE said that new residents will be admitted once a terminal clean has been completed – adding that no further investigation is under way but a watching brief will be kept for the next week or so.A report will be written and it will be made available to the public as soon as possible.Six residents in their 80s and 90s died at the Sisters of Nazareth care home between March 22nd and April 2nd as a result of the outbreak.At one stage up to 14 residents at the 48-bed facility were infected and had to be segregated from other residents. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCondemnation of bomb left outside Police officer’s family homeNext articleSinn Fein to raise Donegal DEIS cuts in the Dail News Highland Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – April 17, 2012 Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Facebook Google+last_img read more

[Covid 19 Spike] Patna High Court Decides To Conduct Complete Functioning Of Court Exclusively Through Virtual Mode Till April 17

first_imgNews Updates[Covid 19 Spike] Patna High Court Decides To Conduct Complete Functioning Of Court Exclusively Through Virtual Mode Till April 17 Nupur Thapliyal5 April 2021 6:23 PMShare This – xThe Patna High Court has decided to conduct complete functioning of the Court “exclusively through virtual mode” from 6th April to 17th April 2021 owing to the recent surge in covid-19 cases in the State. The modification came in view of the new guidelines issued by the Government of India and the State Government dated 3rd April 2021 in the wake of recent spike in the covid-19 cases turning…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Patna High Court has decided to conduct complete functioning of the Court “exclusively through virtual mode” from 6th April to 17th April 2021 owing to the recent surge in covid-19 cases in the State. The modification came in view of the new guidelines issued by the Government of India and the State Government dated 3rd April 2021 in the wake of recent spike in the covid-19 cases turning out to be positive. The notice, issued by the Registrar General of the High Court, reads thus: “As directed, kindly take notice that in view of fresh Guidelines issued by the Government of India and the State Government dated 03.04.21 and in consideration of recent spike in the cases of Corona Positive, the competent authority has been pleased to decide that the functioning of the court shall be conducted “exclusively through virtual mode “from 06.04.2021 to 17.04.2021. Consequent upon, the Notice Number- III (Mar/21), IV (Mar/21) & VI (Mar/21) published in cause list dated 05.04.2021 are kept in abeyance till further order. ” Furthermore, the notice also provides that the entry in the High Court premises will be “strictly prohibited” unless authorized till further orders.Similar decisions of suspending physical hearings in High Courts and district courts have been taken recently by respective High Courts owing to the sudden surge in covid-19 cases in various States. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday decided to keep in abeyance its plan to resume physical hearing of cases till April 18 by declaring that the physical hearings in the High Court, district courts and tribunals in the Union Territory shall be conducted strictly through virtual mode. Similarly, Bombay High Court also modified its SOP which further notifies that Bombay High Court at its principal seat in Mumbai will hear criminal matters physically, while civil matters will be taken up through video conferencing. It was also decided that the CJ’s court will function in a hybrid format, and hear matters, both, physically and virtually. Additionally, Madhya Pradesh High Court also issued additional SOPs for functioning of the High Court and subordinate courts on Saturday. The said SOPs came into effect on Monday. Click Here To Read NoticeSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Establishments across country begin shutting down

first_imgjarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — There are at least 3,244 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the United States and at least 61 coronavirus-related deaths in the country as of Sunday.COVID-19 has reached 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. More restaurants and schools are closing across the nation to try to stop the spread.Globally, there are more than 162,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,800 deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and ABC News reporting.Here’s how the news is unfolding Monday. All times Eastern:8:18 a.m. NBA star on the ‘scariest part about this virus’Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell, one of several NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19, has no symptoms, he told Good Morning America Monday.“If you were to tell me I could play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I would be ready to lace up,” he said. “I’m blessed that’s the case.” Mitchell spoke to GMA anchor Robin Roberts via video Monday as he self isolates.“I don’t have any symptoms — I could walk down the street. If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus — you may seem fine, be fine, and you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.”7:28 a.m. Stock futures pointing down at least 5%As it stands, stock futures are pointing down 5%. They’re “limit down” which means that they have hit their limit and can’t go any lower until markets open.“Limit down” is similar to circuit breakers when the market is open to keep stocks from heading into free fall. Stocks are expected to fall even further as there are exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which mimic the S&P 500 which are down around 9% right now.The first circuit breaker kicks in if S&P 500 falls 7%.7:16 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells ABC News that federal assistance and a unified approach is needed to take on coronavirus“Look, we have been behind this disease from day one. We saw the disease developing in China back in November. We weren’t ready for it, and we’ve been playing catchup ever since,” Cuomo told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.Cuomo continued: “You have to get ahead of this, right? It’s not fighting the last war, it’s fighting the next war. The next war is going to be overwhelming our hospital systems. You look at any of these projections and you see that coming. When you see that chart of the curve, I see it as a wave and the wave is going to break on the hospital system. We don’t have the capacity to build more hospitals quickly. The only way would be if the army corps of engineers came in, worked with the states to retrofit existing buildings.”Cuomo also railed against what he called the “patchwork quilt” approach has so far allowed to go on.“This federal government has to get more engaged,” Cuomo said. “There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work. It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.”Said Cuomo: “If I say you can’t go to a bar in New York, you know you’ll go to New Jersey, you’ll go to Connecticut, you’ll go to wherever you can be served. That’s the last thing we want. Set the national standards and let’s live with them. Otherwise, again, you come up with this ad hoc system that’s not going to work.”7:10 a.m. China relaxes travel restrictions in HubeiChina is relaxing travel restrictions in the hardest-hit virus province of Hubei and sending thousands of workers back to jobs at factories desperate to get production going again.The move comes as Chinese officials say the outbreak that spread from Wuhan starting in December has mostly run its course domestically, while they remain vigilant against imported cases.5:30 a.m. Jack Ma says first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from ShanghaiJack Ma tweeted that a huge shipment of masks and coronavirus testing kits is now en route to the United States from Shanghai.The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020The shipment is said to contain 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and one million masks. Ma has urged international cooperation to fight the health crisis.5:13 a.m. Russia closes borders with BelarusRussia has announced it is closing its border with Belarus, one of its major entry points to Europe, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Goods will still be allowed to cross the border, but the passage of people will no longer be permitted.Substantial restrictions of flights to Europe from Russia also begin today. All flights to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland are to be halted, except for those leaving from a single terminal at one of Moscow’s airports and flying to the countries’ capitals. Currently only two of Russia’s borders have no restrictions linked to the virus — Finland and Azerbaijan.It comes as Russia steps up its measures in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.4:36 a.m. Roche Diagnostics has received emergency approval for a new coronavirus test it developedThe company received emergency approval late Thursday night from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to send half a million tests to labs across the country from its North America headquarters in Indianapolis.“For us, it’s been all about how do we make sure the patients who need to test, get the test at the time they need it,” Randy Pritchard, senior vice president of marketing for Roche, said.In six weeks, the company was able to develop the test when it normally takes about 18 months to identify a virus and submit something to the FDA, Pritchard said.With the new test, you can have results as fast as three days as opposed to days with some current tests.3:53 a.m. Australian TV journalist who met with Rita Wilson has virusAn Australian television journalist said Monday he has the new coronavirus and assumes he contracted it while meeting with actress-singer Rita Wilson in Sydney.Nine Network entertainment editor Richard Wilkins, 65, said he was tested because he met Wilson at the Sydney Opera House on March 7 and again at Nine’s Sydney studio on March 9. The result came back positive on Sunday.“I’m surprisingly very well,” Wilkins told Nine by Facetime from his Sydney home, where he has self-isolated since Wilson’s diagnosis.“You could’ve knocked me over with a feather last night when I got that call. It took me a couple of minutes to reel from the news that they gave me. But I feel fine. I feel 100%,” Wilkins added. “We’re assuming this is from Rita. It may not be. They’ve all said it could be anyone, anywhere, any time, such is the prevalence of this thing.”Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks have been isolated in an Australian hospital since they were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 12.3:20 a.m. Santa Monica closes pier due to public safety concernsSanta Monica has issued an executive order to temporarily close the Santa Monica Pier to the public as part of its local emergency proclamation beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from Santa Monica officials.“We welcome thousands of guests to our Pier each and every day, so we take this step out of the deepest desire to keep people at home and healthy,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “We love our Pier and the joy it brings to everyone that visits, but in this moment, we must take aggressive actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.”The City team is closely monitoring CDC, State, and County Health Department guidance to determine when and/or how the Pier can be reopened to the public.“We are in full support of this temporary closure to the public amid this health crisis. Though this will heavily impact the Pier businesses, in this historic moment it is the right thing to do,” said Negin Singh, executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation. “We know that once we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, our Pier will play an important role in serving the public with our great food, attractions, performers and free, world-class events. We all look forward to welcoming you back.”12:21 a.m. Washington to shut down bars, eliminate in-person diningWashington state is following the national trend shuttering entertainment venues and recreational facilities, and limiting restaurants to delivery and take-out.Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement Sunday night local time announcing that he will sign the statewide proclamation on Monday.The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies, although other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy, the statement said.“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease,” Inslee said.Washington’s King Country, which includes the county seat of Seattle, has been one of the centers of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.12:11 a.m. Los Angeles closing bars, clubs and gymsLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city will be closing bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until at least March 31.Restaurants will remain open only for takeout and delivery.The order extends to libraries, recreation centers and zoos.Grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks will remain open, the mayor said. In addition, the announcement included a moratorium on evictions for renters.The executive order, which came an hour after New York City made a similar announcement, puts the United States’ two largest cities under unprecedented restrictions during a national health crisis.The Los Angeles closures go into effect Sunday at midnight local time.“This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together,” Garcetti said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family wants charges dropped after teen arrested for jaywalking

first_imgTulsa Police Department By MEREDITH DELISO and MARCUS MOORE, ABC News(TULSA, Okla.) — A Tulsa, Oklahoma family is calling for charges to be dropped after a teen was arrested for jaywalking last week.Tulsa police this week released body-camera footage of the June 4 incident, which shows officers detaining two teens.“These young men are just walking. Minding their own business,” Damario Solomon-Simmons, the lawyer for the arrested teen, told ABC News’ Marcus Moore Thursday. “That’s it. That’s it.”In the blurred footage, the teens, who Solomon-Simmons said are cousins, can be seen walking in the middle of a quiet street when two officers get out of separate cars and approach them.When one of the teens asks why the officers were following them, an officer replies, “Because you were jaywalking, you broke the law, that’s why.”One of the teens is then handcuffed while on his stomach.“You guys harassing us for no reason, sir. We’re just walking, man,” the second teen says before he is also handcuffed.As one of the officers struggles to put the first teen in the squad car, the teen yells, “Call my momma!” He appears to spit, calls the officer racist and says he was punched. The officer tells the teen, “Do not headbutt me again,” then asks the other officer to “request a cage.”The first teen is placed in the caged squad car, while the second teen is released, before the 20-minute footage ends.Tulsa police said the arrest is under investigation by its Internal Affairs Unit and the department can’t comment at this time. They released the two body-camera videos in the interests of transparency, police said.Solomon-Simmons said the arrest was illegal, and that the teens were walking in an area that doesn’t have a sidewalk.He said the arrested teen is 13 and that police allegedly kicked, punched and slammed him against the door.“That is disheartening, particularly this time where police violence and brutality is everywhere,” said Solomon-Simmons, adding that the teen was afraid. “He’s seeing what happened to George Floyd. He doesn’t know what’s going to happen to him.”The death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers has touched off weeks of protests across the country.The mom of the arrested teen told Moore she was shocked by the footage.“I couldn’t believe it. I was hurt,” Tawanna Adkins said. “Why would they do him like that?”Charges against the teen include jaywalking, assault and battery of a police officer, and resisting arrest, according to Solomon-Simmons. He is calling for the charges, the latter two of which are felonies, to be dropped.The names of the officers have not been released.Tulsa Mayor G. T. Bynum responded to the incident on Facebook following the release of the footage.“I want every kid in Tulsa to feel safe to walk down the street in their neighborhood,” he wrote on Wednesday. “No Tulsa kid should have to fear being tackled and cuffed for walking down the street. I viewed that footage last night more as a parent than a mayor.”Bynum added that he is working with the police chief to review the way that particular police unit, which he said focuses on removing illegal guns from the streets, “goes about its work in general.”“[The] goal of that work should be that families feel safe in their neighborhood. This instance accomplished the opposite,” he wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Crash and Salvage Team from USS Bataan to Complete Revised Refresher Training First

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Crash and Salvage Team from USS Bataan to Complete Revised Refresher Training First August 27, 2013 Crash and Salvage Team from USS Bataan to Complete Revised Refresher Training First View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Refresher A flight deck crash and salvage team from amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) completed refresher training at Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Aug. 24. During their week at the training center, team members received hands-on training in fighting flight deck fires, proper crash and salvage procedures, and safely lifting and moving damaged aircraft using a crane.Bataan’s crash and salvage team came to NATTC, on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, for the specialized training to bring new members up to speed and to refresh veteran members’ skills.In addition, Bataan’s team was the first to go through the crash and salvage team training course following recent revisions.“The hands on training we get at NATTC is a quintessential element to being ready for our next deployment,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Sheldon Popo, Bataan’s Crash and Salvage Team leading petty officer. “Since the last time we were down here, we have swapped out more than 60 percent of the Crash and Salvage team personnel. The new team members have never done crash and salvage work, and all need the hands on experience they get here. On the ship we can’t practice firefighting with live fire on actual aircraft, or crash procedures on actual aircraft, but here we can. NATTC’s training and equipment will help our team be ready for an actual crash.”Popo was a part of the team last time they came to Pensacola, and he said the recent changes to the course have greatly increased its value.“We can now go inside the burning aircraft, and move the aircraft that apply to us on a big deck amphibious assault ship,” he said. “These improvements make this training even more realistic.”The added level of realism was one of the reasons the course was changed. Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Geoffrey Wyatt, NATTC’s Shipboard Crash and Salvage Course Leading Chief Petty Officer, explained that the fleet provided feedback on ways to improve the realism of the training.“The changes requested by the fleet were easy to safely implement, and we were able to quickly update the course and make it more realistic. The goal of the course is to make the experience as close as possible to what a crash and salvage crew will actually do in an emergency.“Now when we train with the Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD), we have them use the A/S 32 P-25 firefighting vehicle to clear a path through the fire to the aircraft door. The team then proceeds inside of the smoke filled MAFTD, retrieves ‘Rescue Randy,’ the simulated crewman, and then egress the aircraft,” said Wyatt.Another element added to the training allows the team to continue through the MAFTD using a Naval Firefighting Thermal Imager (NFTI) to locate any remaining hot spots that need to be extinguished and cooled.“All of these changes make the training more realistic, and place the tasks in the order that the teams will have to conduct them during an actual emergency in the fleet,” Wyatt said. “We have reduced the amount of classroom training and increased the amount of hands on lab training. All of this hands on training is conducted in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of our crash and salvage subject matter experts, who have returned from the fleet to instruct at NATTC.”Since its commissioning in 1942, NATTC has been committed to delivering training and increasing readiness within the Naval Aviation Enterprise. NATTC graduates approximately 15,000 Navy and Marine students annually. The majority of the student population is made up of enlisted personnel attending “A” schools, where they are learning the skills and knowledge required to perform as apprentice level technicians in the fleet. The center also provides airman apprenticeship training, personal financial management, and shipboard aircraft firefighting training. Advanced schools provide higher level technical knowledge for senior petty officers, and technical training for officers in aviation fuels, carrier air traffic control center operations, amphibious air traffic control center operations, aircraft launch and recovery equipment, and shipboard aircraft fire fighting.Additionally, NATTC supports the fleet by providing team training to ships personnel during their pre-deployment work-ups, to ensure that shipboard personnel have the proficiency required to take their ship on deployment, after a prolonged period in port.[mappress]Press Release, August 27, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: complete View post tag: Bataan View post tag: Training View post tag: Crash View post tag: Navy View post tag: from View post tag: Salvage View post tag: Revised View post tag: and View post tag: team View post tag: first Share this articlelast_img read more

HMS Duncan towed back to port after engine breakdown

first_img Authorities View post tag: Type 45 November 24, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: breakdown Royal Navy destroyer towed back to port after engine breakdowncenter_img View post tag: HMS Duncan Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy destroyer towed back to port after engine breakdown Royal Navy’s Type 4 destroyer HMS Duncan had to be towed back to Devonport after experiencing a breakdown off Plymouth.According to a report by the Plymouth Herald, a Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed this saying the ship had experienced “technical issues”.The ship was towed back to port on Tuesday, just two days after it left Devonport navy base together with a number of other ships deployed to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1.HMS Duncan, together with ships from the Spanish, German and Portuguese navies, was expected to sail to a European port after completing training in Plymouth.The Type 45 destroyers the Royal Navy currently operates experienced a number of breakdowns related to intercooler units on the ships’ gas turbines. As a consequence of a late design change that was insufficiently tested the destroyers were deemed unfit for operation in warmer waters.The Ministry of Defence confirmed in January 2016 the the ships are to undergo extensive multi-million pound engine refits.This was not the case with HMS Duncan’s breakdown on Monday, however. According to a tweet by NavyLookout, an independent online campaign to promote the Royal Navy, a burst salt water pipe and not a gas turbine failure led to the ship’s engine shutdown.Am hearing…HMS DUNCAN breakdown caused by burst salt water pipe – flood led to engine shut down. NOT Gas turbine failure this time pic.twitter.com/tdITpU8HCO— NavyLookout (@NavyLookout) November 23, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more