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Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA

first_img Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA By USDA Communications – May 5, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the finalists of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).“This short list of locations took into consideration critical factors required to uphold the important missions of ERS and NIFA. We also considered factors important to our employees, such as quality of life,” Secretary Perdue said. “Relocation will help ensure USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government, allowing us to be closer to our stakeholders and move our resources closer to our customers. Our commitment to the public and our employees is to continue to be transparent as we proceed with our analysis.”Background:As part of the rigorous site selection process, USDA narrowed the Expressions of Interest list using a set of established criteria defined by USDA, NIFA, and ERS leadership. The criteria included:Quality of Life: Subcategory examples include Diversity Index, Residential Housing Costs, Access to Healthcare, and Home and Community Safety Ranking.Costs (Capital and Operating): Subcategory examples include Commercial Real Estate Costs, CPI Index, and Wage Costs.Workforce: Subcategory examples include Labor Force Growth Rate, Unemployment Rate, and the Labor Force Population.Logistics / IT Infrastructure: Subcategory examples include Lodging Availability, Proximity to Customers, and Airport Accessibility.The top Expressions of Interest were reviewed in detail, and USDA selected a short list of locations offering existing buildings with sufficient space to meet ERS and NIFA requirements. In alphabetical order, these are the top three Expressions of Interest under consideration:While not in the top three, these Expressions of Interest in alphabetical order remain under consideration as alternative locations should the top three locations not suit USDA’s needs: Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Top 3 Finalist to House USDA ERS and NIFA Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleTrump Says Tariffs Will Increase on Chinese Goods Friday After Slow NegotiationsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 6, 2019 USDA Communicationslast_img read more

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Another journalist arrested, leading daily suspended

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts to go further News Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information center_img News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News August 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist arrested, leading daily suspended Reporters Without Borders called today for the release of Soheil Assefi, a journalist who was arrested when he presented himself to a Tehran court on 4 August in response to a summons. Neither his family nor his lawyers know where he is being held or what he is charged with. Officials from the prosecutor’s office searched his home on 31 July, taking personal documents and his computer’s hard disk.“This situation is unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “He is the third journalist to be arrested in the space of week. His detention brings to 11 the number of journalists and cyber-dissidents held in Iran, which is the Middle East’s biggest prison for the press. Iran must stop hounding journalists by bringing trumped-up charges against them.”Assefi’s detention was preceded by the arrests of Masoud Bastani and Farshad Gorbanpour, two journalists working the news website Roozonline and pro-reform newspapers, on 31 July. Bastani was freed after several hours but Gorbanpour was transferred to security section 209 in Tehran’s Evin prison on the orders of Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi. Neither was officially charged.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the suspension yesterday of the daily Shargh on the orders of the Commission for Media Authorisation and Surveillance for publishing an interview with Saghi Ghahram, a writer, poet and editor of the online exile newspaper Cheraq, in which she defended homosexuals. The commission is controlled by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Shargh was previously suspended on 11 September 2006 for publishing a cartoon that was deemed to have insulted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The newspaper had been allowed to resume operating on 13 May, after a drawn-out judicial case.Finally, Reporters Without Borders also condemns the continuing impunity in the murder more than a year ago of Ayfer Serçe, a Turkish journalist of Kurdish origin. Serçe was killed by Iranian soldiers some time between 20 and 23 July 2006 in Keleres, in the northwestern province of Azarbayjan. The Iranian authorities refused to hand over her body to her family and the exact circumstances of her death are still unclear. News June 9, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Maranatha High School Using 3D Printers to Help Combat Coronavirus

first_imgtop box 2 Maranatha High School Using 3D Printers to Help Combat Coronavirus Faculty member making masks for healthcare providers By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 3:43 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Maranatha High School is doing its part in the fight against the Coronavirus.The school’s TILE (Technology Integration Learning Environment) Lab, under the direction of Maranatha’s faculty member Miguel Almena, is utilizing its 3D printers to create reusable protective face masks for medical professionals who are facing critical shortages of necessary protective gear.Almena’s wife is a nurse at Kaiser Hospital in Downey. He learned of the needs for masks from one of her colleagues when she shared they were facing a shortage and requested the school’s help with printing 80 high filtration masks.“Mr. Almena saw this as an opportunity for Maranatha to utilize its resources to serve the needs of others, part of the school’s mission statement,” said Jade Rogers, communications director.Almena decided to take action using Maranatha’s TILE Lab equipment, which was sitting unused while the campus was closed due to the “Safer At Home” order and was stocked with plenty of raw materials just waiting to be put to good use. Almena located information on a website profiling the work of Dr. Dusty Richardson, a neurosurgeon at the Billings Clinic in Montana, who was freely distributing a print file for a 3D mask he had helped create in order to support local hospitals across the globe.The Centers for Disease Control recently said residents should wear “homemade masks” to help prevent the spread of the virus.The masks Maranatha High School has printed are about 80 percent efficient using MERV14 quality filtration that filters down to 0.3 microns. While such masks are not intended to replace N95 masks, with reported shortages impacting healthcare workers worldwide, this is one measure that Maranatha, and other schools with 3D printers, can take to join the fight against COVID-19. Until he runs out of funds or raw materials, Almena hopes to continue producing the face masks to arm more health care workers with necessary protective gear in their battle against COVID-19. Working together we can save lives.Armed with the proper print files and a plan, and able to work remotely, Mr. Almena successfully sent the first test print from his home. Having determined his plan would work, he received approval from Maranatha’s Administration team to begin printing the first batch of masks. Since each mask is reusable and can be easily sanitized, he also ordered disposable hospital-grade filtration squares which can be inserted into each mask.These were delivered along with the printed masks to the nurses at Kaiser Hospital.Organizations that would also like to produce 3D printed masks to donate to health care professionals can obtain the files and information at makethemasks.com. Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more

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Basin Trail Run 5K/10K/20K

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Basin Trail Run 5K/10K/20K By admin – June 8, 2018 Twitter Facebook Midland Athletic CompanyThe second annual Basin Trail Run 5K/10K/20K has been scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday at The Pit at Odessa Mountain Bike Park, 3611 Gillespie Lane. Twitter Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Mexican immigrants raise a valedictorianNext articleSULLUM: An overdose is not murder admin Local News Pinterestlast_img read more

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Gauhati HC Issues Procedure For Filing & Hearing Of Urgent Cases Via Video Conferencing [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesGauhati HC Issues Procedure For Filing & Hearing Of Urgent Cases Via Video Conferencing [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 April 2020 7:31 AMShare This – xIn view of extension of the lockdown, the Gauhati High Court has decided to hear only urgent matters through video conferencing via Vidyo app until May 3. The cases will be heard by the Judges at the principal seat at Guahati in rooms equipped with VC facilities. In this regard the High Court has intimated that only those Advocates who have internet connection with bandwidth of not…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?LoginIn view of extension of the lockdown, the Gauhati High Court has decided to hear only urgent matters through video conferencing via Vidyo app until May 3. The cases will be heard by the Judges at the principal seat at Guahati in rooms equipped with VC facilities. In this regard the High Court has intimated that only those Advocates who have internet connection with bandwidth of not less than 5mbps can address the court from their own residence/ office. For other Advocates who do not have internet connection, a separate facility has been arranged at the high court itself, from where they may make submissions. Listing For urgent listing, Advocates will submit “cogent reasons” via e-mail in the prescribed format. The same will be placed before the Judges holding a particular roster on a given date, and on their satisfaction regarding the urgency, the same will be listed. Filing For filings, soft copies/ legible scanned copies of the petitions along with all the annexures in pdf form have to be submitted in a pen drive, along with the hard copy of the petitions thus filed. After transferring the data from the pen drive by the Filing Section, the same will be returned to the concerned Advocate. It has been cautioned that the data in the pen drive must be exact replica of the original petition and any deviation therefrom will be viewed seriously. Further, the concerned Advocates will have to submit a certificate stating that the data available in the pen drive is the exact replica of the original petition. Video Conferencing For Virtual hearing, Advocates will be required to give intimation to the Computer Cell, three working days before proposed hearing, which in turn will provide a set of user name and password to the concerned Advocate to get connected to the concerned Court room on the date of hearing. A time slot will be allotted against each case during which the Advocate will have to conclude the arguments. In respect of outlying Benches in the States of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, the respective Registrars have been directed to publish notifications regarding Nodal Officers with their contact numbers, for enabling the abovementioned process. Further, all the District Courts in the States of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have been directed to make necessary arrangements of videoconferencing facility in the similar manner as envisaged above. Read Notification Next Storylast_img read more

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Derek Chauvin verdict reactions: Updates

first_imgCourt TV via ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — People across the United States responded to the guilty verdict that was reached in the murder trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged in the death of George Floyd.Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern:Apr 21, 10:15 amAG announces civil investigation into Minneapolis Police DepartmentThe Justice Department is launching a civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department to determine whether the police department has a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.“Accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community,” Garland said. “Public safety requires public trust.”“Justice is sometimes slow, sometimes elusive and sometimes never comes,” he said. “The Department of Justice will be unwavering in its pursuit of equal justice.”Apr 20, 11:15 pmMinneapolis police chief: ‘I respect the process and the decision’  In a statement Thursday night, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo reacted to the verdict reached in the Derek Chauvin trial, which found one of the department’s former officers guilty in the murder of George Floyd.“I want to acknowledge and thank the jurors on this case for their immense responsibility and honorable civic duty,” he said. “The verdict has been read and I respect the process and the decision.”The chief took the moment to thank the members of the force and their families.“The past year has been difficult and challenging, yet they have continued to show up and serve our community with the respect and dignity they deserve,” he said.Arradondo asked for “calm, safety and peace in our communities” in the wake of the verdict, and said the department will “strive to do our very best to earn your trust.”The chief was one of the highest-profile witnesses to testify for the prosecution during the trial. He told jurors that Chauvin violated numerous use-of-force and ethics policies in the fatal arrest of Floyd.Apr 20, 10:54 pmCelebrities, athletes react to the Chauvin verdictIn the wake of the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict, several celebrities and athletes took to social media to react.NBA star LeBron James summed it up in one word: “Accountability.”U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka, who wore masks with the names of victims of racial injustice and police brutality during the tournament, including Floyd’s, said she was “hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day.”Oprah Winfrey tweeted a photo of a young Floyd, saying she was “relieved” and “cried tears of joy as each verdict was read.”TV producer Shonda Rhimes said the verdict “does not bring back Mr Floyd. But justice is truth.”Whoopi Goldberg had a similar sentiment. “No one wins,” she tweeted. “George Floyd is still gone.”Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross said she is “weeping with grief and relief for George’s family, his loved ones, and this country.”Model Bella Hadid shared a photo of Floyd with his daughter, saying, “Thank God for justice and accountability today.”Actor George Takei, paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that “the moral arc of the universe has finally bent toward” justice.Singer Barbra Streisand thanked the jury and the high schooler, Darnella Frazier, who filmed the viral video of the “horrible act.”Apr 20, 8:40 pmMayor: ‘This is a good day in Minneapolis’Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey described a city “gripped in grief” in the 11 months since George Floyd died while in police custody, as many residents took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.“This is a good day in Minneapolis,” Frey said during a press briefing a few hours after the verdict was announced. “But let me be exceedingly clear: This is day one.”“Justice has been rendered in this case, but we still have a long way to go to achieve true justice in our city and in our country,” he said, noting that the city is “piloting new ways of policing” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.The mayor said he was “relieved” by the verdict, and thanked the jurors and witnesses who testified.“We all wanted to see justice, we all wanted to make sure that, again, this was day one of the necessary change that we needed to see,” Frey said. “And I think we all were nervous that what has happened on so many occasions, through our judicial system, where we wouldn’t see that justice would happen.”The verdict comes as the city is also reeling from the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright while being detained by police last week in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. The shooting sparked widespread protests.A curfew has not been issued for Tuesday night, “although that certainly remains an option on the table if necessary,” Frey said. “That is not the desired approach, but it is an option that will be available.”Apr 20, 8:12 pmDHS Secretary: ‘This conviction is a step toward accountability’Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas weighed in on the conviction of Derek Chauvin on Twitter, Tuesday night.Mayorkas said the verdict was “a step toward accountability,” but said “it will not erase the pain felt by the Floyd family and Black Americans.”“I speak for myself and the entire Department of Homeland Security in reaffirming our commitment to do our part to end injustice as we work to make our country a safer and more equitable Nation for all,” he tweeted.Maorkas added that DHS is in contact with state and local agencies to ensure that citizens peacefully make their voices heard.-ABC News’ Luke BarrApr 20, 7:49 pmBiden, Harris deliver address from the White HousePresident Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris reacted to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in an address from the White House.Biden called the guilty verdict a “giant step forward in the march toward justice in America” and commended the witnesses who testified, including police officers.“Most men and women who wear the badge serve their communities honorably. Those few who failed to meet that standard must be held accountable, and they were today. One was,” Biden said. “No one should be above the law. And today’s verdict sends that message.”“But it’s not enough,” he continued. “We can’t stop here. In order to deliver a real change in reform, we can and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedy like this will ever happen to occur again.”Harris called the verdict a step forward in law enforcement reform.“A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice,” she said. “We still have work to do.”Harris said she and Biden will continue to urge the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.“Black men are fathers and brothers and sons and uncles and grandfathers and friends and neighbors,” she said. “Their lives must be valued in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system, in our nation — full stop.”Apr 20, 7:45 pmJury ‘fulfilled’ its duty: Attorney General Merrick GarlandU.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland weighed on Tuesday’s verdict, stating the jury “has fulfilled its civic duty.”“While the state’s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death,” he said in a statement.Garland added that the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into Floyd’s death is still ongoing.Apr 20, 6:55 pmSenate Judiciary Committee announces police reform hearingU.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that he plans to hold a hearing on police reform next month, citing the Floyd case.“The verdict of this jury gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all,” he said in a statement.“As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the forum and the means to help move our nation nearer to that goal.”-ABC News’ Trish TurnerApr 20, 6:48 pmTeen who filmed viral video of arrest: ‘George Floyd we did it’The teenager who filmed George Floyd’s arrest and testified in court reacted after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three charges in his death.“I just cried so hard,” Darnella Frazier, 18, said in a social media post shortly after the verdict was announced. “This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious.”“George Floyd we did it!!” she said. “Justice has been served.”Frazier, a high school student, was walking to Cup Foods with her 9-year-old cousin to buy some snacks on May 25, 2020, when they witnessed police officers pinning down Floyd.Frazier said she immediately began recording the incident with her cellphone.“He was in pain,” Frazier said of Floyd during her testimony the first week of the trial. “It seemed like, he knew … he knew it was over for him. He was terrified. He was suffering. This was a cry for help.”During her emotional, tearful testimony, Frazier said she has spent nights agonizing over what she saw.“I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life,” she testified.ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Apr 20, 6:38 pmObama calls verdict ‘right thing,’ highlights activists’ work“Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing,” former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a joint statement.But the Obamas also said “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”“True justice requires that we come to terms with the fact that Black Americans are treated differently, every day,” they wrote. “It requires us to recognize that millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear that their next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. And it requires us to do the sometimes thankless, often difficult, but always necessary work of making the America we know more like the America we believe in.”The Obamas said the verdict was a “necessary step,” but noted that concrete reforms to reduce and eliminate racial bias in the criminal justice system and efforts to expand economic opportunity for marginalized communities are needed.“And as we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people — especially young people — who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work,” they wrote.Apr 20, 6:35 pmMinnesota attorney general: Verdict is not ‘justice’Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, measuredly addressed his victory shortly after the jury delivered its guilty verdict.“I would not call today’s verdict justice, however, because justice implies true restoration,” Ellison told reporters outside the Hennepin County Government Center. “But it is accountability, which is the first step towards justice.”Ellison thanked the witnesses who testified on behalf of the prosecution, including the bystanders to Floyd’s arrest on May 25, 2020, whom he referred to as a “bouquet of humanity.”“They didn’t know George Floyd,” he said. “They stopped and raised their voices, and they even challenged authority, because they saw his humanity. They stopped and they raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong. They didn’t need to be medical professionals or experts in the use of force. They know what was wrong. And they were right.”Ellison also addressed Floyd’s family, who had to “relive again and again the worst day of their lives.”“I’m profoundly grateful to them for giving us the time we needed to prosecute this case,” Ellison said. “They have shown the world what grace and class and encourage really look like. Although verdict alone cannot heal their pain, I hope it’s another step on the long path toward healing for them.To the 14 members of the jury, Ellison thanked them for their time and attention “to carefully listen to the evidence.”“They answered the call, and they served in a landmark trial,” he said, and asked that people respect their privacy if they so desire.Ellison referred to his legal team as “all Michael Jordans.”“We presented the best case that we could, and the jury heard us, and we’re grateful for that,” he said. “We had the sole burden of proof in the case, and history shows that winning cases like these can be difficult.”With sentencing in the coming weeks, the attorney general said “this is not the end.” He also said his office expects to present another case, but did not go into any detail.Apr 20, 6:25 pmCongressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reformMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.“This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges,” Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. “But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed.”Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict “should be the regular thing” rather than a surprise international news headline. “All we’re doing is saying our lives matter.”“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. “Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States.”-ABC News’ Ben SiegelApr 20, 6:25 pmCongressional Black Caucus vows to press forward on police reformMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case outside the Capitol on Tuesday, welcoming the news while vowing to press forward with police reform.“This verdict we certainly agree with, guilty on all charges,” Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said. “But we want our message to be very clear that this is just the first step. We know clearly that justice has been delayed.”Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said the verdict “should be the regular thing” rather than a surprise international news headline. “All we’re doing is saying our lives matter.”“Step one is the verdict, step two is the sentencing,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a leader of police reform legislation negotiations, added. “Now we have to focus on transforming policing in the United States.”-ABC News’ Ben SiegelApr 20, 6:08 pmDemonstrators in Minneapolis reactPeople gathered Tuesday afternoon outside of the Hennepin County Government Center and at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis to hear the verdict.While some who were gathered were celebratory, others were tearful upon learning that Chauvin was found guilty on all of the counts against him.Police departments across the United States have been bracing for this moment. A state of emergency was declared, and National Guard troApr 20, 5:48 pmThe moment George Floyd’s family heard the verdictAs George Floyd’s family watched the verdict being read, they were overcome with emotion.Bystander video footage shown in court showed Floyd talking about his family while laying on the pavement under Chauvin’s knee.“Can’t believe this, man. Mom, love you. Love you. Tell my kids I love them. I’m dead,” he said.Apr 20, 5:37 pmA ‘turning point in American history,’ Floyd family lawyer saysBen Crump, one of the attorneys for George Floyd’s family that helped settle a $27 million civil lawsuit last month, called the Derek Chauvin case a “turning point in American history for accountability of law enforcement,” after the former Minneapolis police officer was convicted on all three counts in Floyd’s death.“Painfully earned justice has arrived for George Floyd’s family and the community here in Minneapolis, but today’s verdict goes far beyond this city and has significant implications for the country and even the world,” Crump said in a statement. “But it does not end here. We have not forgotten that the other three officers who played their own roles in the death of George Floyd must still be held accountable for their actions, as well.”Antonio M. Romanucci, another attorney on the legal team, said in a statement the verdict “reinforces significant police reforms underway in Minneapolis including use-of-force reporting, a requirement to keep body-worn cameras on, and a policy for officers to de-escalate non-threatening encounters by disengaging or walking away.”He called on Minnesota state lawmakers to pass The George Floyd Arbitration Reform Bill, and for the United States Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.In March, Minneapolis’ City Council approved a $27 million settlement to the family of George Floyd.Apr 20, 5:29 pmMinnesota governor calls verdict an ‘important step forward’Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released a statement on Facebook after the verdict was read, calling it an “important step forward for justice in Minnesota.” However, he noted, the death of Daunte Wright on April 11 is a reminder that “our work has only begun.”“A year later, Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder and faces years behind bars,” Walz wrote. “But we know that accountability in the courtroom is only the first step.”“No verdict can bring George back, and my heart is with his family as they continue to grieve his loss. Minnesota mourns with you, and we promise the pursuit of justice for George does not end today,” he continued.“True justice for George only comes through real, systemic change to prevent this from happening again,” Walz said. “And the tragic death of Daunte Wright this week serves as a heartbreaking reminder that we still have so much more work to do to get there.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A new ice-core record from Lomonosovfonna, Svalbard: viewing the 1920-97 data in relation to present climate and environmental conditions

first_imgIn 1997 a 121 m ice core was retrieved from Lomonosovfonna, the highest ice field in Spitsbergen, Svalbard (1250 m a.s.l.). Radar measurements indicate an ice depth of 126.5 m, and borehole temperature measurements show that the ice is below the melting point. High-resolution sampling of major ions, oxygen isotopes and deuterium has been performed on the core, and the results from the uppermost 36 m suggest that quasi-annual signals are preserved. The 1963 radioactive layer is situated at 18.5-18.95 m, giving a mean annual accumulation of 0.36 m w.e. for the period 1963-96. The upper 36 m of the ice core was dated back to 1920 by counting layers provided by the seasonal variations of the ions in addition to using a constant accumulation rate, with thinning by pure shear according to Nye (1963). The stratigraphy does not seem to have been obliterated by meltwater percolation, in contrast to most previous core sites on Svalbard. The anthropogenic influence on the Svalbard environment is illustrated by increased levels of sulphate, nitrate and acidity. Both nitrate and sulphate levels started to increase in the late 1940s, remained high until the late 1980s and have decreased during the last 15 years. The records of δ18O, MSA (methane-sulphonic acid), and melt features along the core agree with the temperature record from Longyearbyen and the sea-ice record from the Barents Sea at a multi-year resolution, suggesting that this ice core reflects local climatic conditions.last_img read more

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Past and future dynamics of the Brunt Ice Shelf from seabedbathymetry and ice shelf geometry

first_imgThe recent rapid growth of rifts in the Brunt Ice Shelf appears to signal the onset of its largest calving event since records began in 1915. The aim of this study is to determine whether this calving event will lead to a new steady state in which the Brunt Ice Shelf remains in contact with the bed, or an unpinning from the bed, which could predispose it to accelerated flow or possible break-up. We use a range of geophysical data to reconstruct the sea-floor bathymetry and ice shelf geometry, to examine past ice sheet configurations in the Brunt Basin, and to define the present-day geometry of the contact between the Brunt Ice Shelf and the bed. Results show that during past ice advances grounded ice streams likely converged in the Brunt Basin from the south and east. As the ice retreated, it was likely pinned on at least three former grounding lines marked by topographic highs, and transverse ridges on the flanks of the basin. These may have subsequently formed pinning points for developing ice shelves. The ice shelf geometry and bathymetry measurements show that the base of the Brunt Ice Shelf now only makes contact with one of these topographic highs. This contact is limited to an area of less than 1.3 to 3 km2 and results in a compressive regime that helps to maintain the ice shelf’s integrity. The maximum overlap between ice shelf draft and the bathymetric high is 2–25 m and is contingent on the presence of incorporated iceberg keels, which protrude beneath the base of the ice shelf. The future of the ice shelf depends on whether the expected calving event causes full or partial loss of contact with the bed and whether the subsequent response causes re-grounding within a predictable period or a loss of structural integrity resulting from properties inherited at the grounding line.last_img read more

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Time and location of Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout changed to allow for ‘legitimate process’

first_img Written by November 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Time and location of Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout changed to allow for ‘legitimate process’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(ATLANTA) — Colin Kaepernick called an audible on Saturday, moving the time and location of his scheduled workout for representatives of more than 20 NFL teams, after the NFL refused to accommodate some of his requests.In a statement released by his representatives, Kaepernick said the new workout will be held at 4pm instead of 3pm, and will take place at a different location in Atlanta.“From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one,” the statement reads. “Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives.”The NFL also rejected Kaepernick’s request to allow all media into the workout for the purpose of “transparency.”Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence and racial injustice.The 32-year-old quarterback has noted previous concerns about the way the workout was arranged. He claimed he was only informed that the league planned to hold the event on Tuesday, and when his representatives requested that the workout be scheduled for a day that would allow NFL executives and coaches to more easily attend, the league rejected that idea. He also said that the league refused to provide him with a list of team representatives who planned to attend.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Professor’s ‘Test the Pet’ quiz

first_imgIs man’s best friend also the most intelligent of the animals? Do goldfish really have a three second memory? Following a similar idea to Test the Nation, the BBC’s new series Test Your Pet (airing 1 May) will pit domestic animals against a series of interactive challenges to test memory, perception and initiative. The programme is the brainchild of Dr Tim Guilford, Oxford University’s leading animal behaviourist, who was recently cleared of failing to acknowledge other scientists’ research in his investigation of how pigeons use the road network to navigate. Speaking to Cherwell, Dr Guilford said the aim of the experiments was to “get people to think differently about how their pets view the world around them,” and that the study will provide “a huge amount of interesting information that may well be of use to scientists of various sorts.” Pets whose owners have Digital TV will be able to watch Pet TV, looped images designed to examine animals’ response to stimulus. The study has the potential to be one of the largest performed, as an estimated 7.5m cats and 6m dogs are kept as pets in the UK. With the majority of research focussing on wild animals, it is hoped the study will be entertaining, as well as providing an interesting insight into a neglected field of animal behaviour.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more