Racially charged violence rages for third night in Minneapolis

first_imgTopics : Sympathy protests erupted on Wednesday in Los Angeles and Thursday in Denver, with freeway traffic blocked in both cities. In Phoenix, protesters faced off with police in riot gear at City Hall, and a rally was held at the Arizona state Capitol.Thursday night’s disturbances in Minneapolis also spread into adjacent city of St. Paul, the state capital, with fires and vandalism breaking out there.In contrast with Wednesday night, when rock-throwing demonstrators clashed with police in riot gear, law enforcement in Minneapolis kept mostly out of sight around the epicenter of Thursday’s disturbances, the Third Precinct police station.Protesters massing outside the building briefly retreated under volleys of police tear gas and rubber bullets fired at them from the roof, only to regroup and eventually attack the building, setting fire to the structure as police withdrew.National Guard troops were absent, as were members of the fire department. Protesters were later observed on the roof, and a crowd of hundreds lingered around the building for hours, feeding flames with hunks of plywood and other debris.‘Strong as hell’At a news briefing early Friday, Mayor Jacob Frey defended his decision to evacuate the precinct station due to “imminent threats to both officers and the public.”Asked by reporters if he had a response to Trump’s tweet, Frey said: “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your own finger at a time of crisis.””Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell,” he said.The Minnesota National Guard said it activated 500 of its soldiers in the greater Minneapolis area, mostly to provide security support to firefighters.The mayor said many of the troops had been posted around the city to help police prevent looting of banks, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential locations during the coronavirus pandemic.Several other buildings and a car were set ablaze and looters plundered several businesses, including a burning liquor store and nearby discount store that had been ransacked the night before. Fire officials said 16 buildings were torched on Wednesday night.The upheaval followed concerted efforts by law enforcement officials to ease tensions by promising justice for Floyd.The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold as he, too, was heard to mutter, “I can’t breathe.”Garner’s dying words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement that formed amid a wave of killings of African-Americans by police.At a peaceful daytime rally and march on Thursday around a county government center in Minneapolis, protesters pressed their demands for the four policemen to be arrested and charged.”We’re not asking for a favor. We’re asking for what is right,” civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said as he addressed the crowd.Police Chief Medaria Arradondo publicly apologized to Floyd’s family on Thursday morning, conceding his department had contributed to a “deficit of hope” in Minneapolis.Officials overseeing investigations from the US Justice Department, FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and prosecutors appealed for calm, vowing a thorough investigation.Floyd was a Houston native who had worked as a nightclub security guard. An employee who called police described the suspect as appearing to be drunk, according to an official transcript of the call. A third night of racially charged arson, looting and vandalism gripped Minneapolis as protesters vented rage over the death of an unarmed black man after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground following arrest.The latest unrest in Minnesota’s largest city went largely unchecked late Thursday, with the mayor ordering a tactical police retreat from a police station that was set ablaze.National Guard troops called out earlier in the day by the governor kept a low profile. Governor Tim Walz had ordered the Guard to help keep the peace after two previous nights of disturbances sparked by George Floyd’s death on Monday.center_img In a late-night Twitter message, President Donald Trump said he would send in National Guard troops to “get the job done right” if the “weak” mayor failed to restore order, suggesting lethal force might be needed.”Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote.The arrest of Floyd, 46, was captured by an onlooker’s cell phone video that went viral and showed a police officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as he moaned: “Please, I can’t breathe.”Four police officers involved in the arrest of Lloyd, who was accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store, were dismissed on Tuesday, but unrest has continued unabated.last_img read more

AP funds back call for ‘ambitious’ framework to grow climate bond market

first_imgAsset owners and managers worth $2.2trn (€1.8trn), including Sweden’s AP funds, have urged governments to introduce guarantees and tax incentives to encourage the growth of green bonds.A statement by 17 investors – including the four Swedish buffer funds, Dutch pension manager MN and the California Teachers’ State Retirement System – said those issuing green and climate bonds should ensure the environmental impact of issuances is independently assessed.It added that governments should encourage the market’s growth through policy initiatives and regulation, offering guarantees, tax credits and other means that allow the signatories to address climate change while meeting obligations to beneficiaries.The statement also said “clear and independent” industry standards were needed, and that all projects needed to be “sufficiently ambitious” to meet emission-reduction targets while being economically feasible. “We, as investors and fiduciaries, understand we have a responsibility to address threats to the future performance of our investments from climate change, as well as a responsibility to secure our clients’ savings through sustainable and responsible investments,” they said. The Climate Bonds Initiative is currently working on voluntary industry standards for a number of issuances, with the European Investment Bank recently joining a working group tasked with agreeing standards for agricultural bonds.The organisation also recently launched a public database of green bond issuances, including links to issuances that have been assessed externally.The call from investors comes less than a week after the climate change conference in Lima, laying the groundwork for a comprehensive agreement in Paris next year.Speaking after countries at the conference agreed a compromise text – several days after the meeting was meant to conclude – Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive at Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said it was important any deal had credibility.“Reducing emissions to stay below 2 degrees is going to require investment in clean energy far beyond the levels seen to date,” she said.“Institutional investors are willing and able to play a big role in financing a low-carbon economy but need strong policy that creates the conditions for this investment.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Investor Statement on green bondslast_img read more

Gold Coast house comes with free boat

first_imgThe couple added the second floor as part of the renovation. The boat on offer.“If they buy it furnished, the minute they settle it they can rent it out,” he said.The couple plan on travelling so want to sell their excess baggage before leaving.“We’re going overseas and planning on living in Japan for a year or two,” he said.“We’ve had our four years of fun (with the boat). We can always replace it.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MEGA MANSIONS’ PRICES SLASHED BIG SALE SETS THE BAR HIGH This is not the first time the couple have come up with a crazy marketing gimmick.In 2015, they planned to auction off the same waterfront home and boat as well as a block of four units at Miami and a 2002 Porsche Boxter Convertible.The units went under contract before auction so Mr Merz and Ms Tanaka kept their home and renovated it. The home is much more open and modern after the renovation.They planned on adding a second level first then renovating the ground floor, but wild weather early last year damaged much of the home.“The roof was half off,” Mr Merz said.“Because of the situation, we decided to do the whole lot.”They decided to stay in the house throughout the year-long renovation, an experience Ms Tanaka described equivalent to “camping”.They finished the renovation in February and were thrilled with the result.Stuart Reeder, of Ray White, said the property will go under the hammer on August 26 at 10am. The property at 120 Rio Vista Boulevard, Broadbeach Waters is going to auction later this month with the boat and furniture.HOUSE hunters planning to bid on a Broadbeach Waters home at auction this month will get more than they bargained for.Jim Merz and partner Sakura Tanaka will include their Four Winns Horizon 190 boat and furniture in the sale of their Rio Vista Blvd property.Mr Merz hoped the unusual move would sweeten the deal.center_img Jim Merz and Sakura Tanaka are taking there Broadbeach Waters home to auction this month and will include their boat and furniture. Picture Mike Batterham The home was renovated earlier this year.last_img read more

BVGA, InnoEnergy Update Report on Future Offshore Wind Costs

first_imgBVG Associates (BVGA) has published an updated report on future costs of energy for offshore wind for InnoEnergy, examining how technology innovation is anticipated to reduce the cost of energy from European offshore wind farms up to 2030.The report details 57 technology innovations that will have greatest impact on reducing the cost of electricity from European offshore wind farms.Working with InnoEnergy, BVGA has developed future technology cost models for four renewable energy generation technologies. The cost models explore and track the impact of innovations on the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) in a consistent way across the four technologies.The study centres on a cost model in which a range of technology innovations impact on the cost elements of baseline wind farms. These wind farms are defined in terms of the turbine size, site types and four points in time at which the projects reach the final investment decision (FID).This report is an update of previous reports published by InnoEnergy in June 2014 and September 2016, and uses the same input data structure.last_img read more

Bringing Suicide “Out of the Darkness” In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – With the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of many Hoosiers, mental-health advocates want to keep the conversation going, as the state and nation recognize Suicide Prevention Week this week.Lisa Brattain, the Indiana and Ohio Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says the stigma of mental illness keeps many from seeking treatment.“Stigma exists where the absence of knowledge lives,” Brattain says. “For some people it’s hard to understand this is an illness because you physically can’t measure or gauge, like you can a blood test.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 40,000 reported suicides each year; nationally and suicides rates have been on an upward trend since 1999. This fall, there are a series of walks scheduled across the state. “Out of the Darkness” is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.The next event is Saturday, Sept. 13, at White River State Park in Indianapolis.There are an estimated 23.9-million Americans coping with some form of depression. Brattain stresses, suicide is preventable and more work is needed to recognize and treat depression, and remove the stigma from mental illness.“Research has to be happening in detection and treatment options,” says Brattain. “We know from other illnesses that if research isn’t happening we never see improvements. We never see lives being saved.”Brattain encourages anyone who has had thoughts of taking their own life or knows someone who has, to call the association’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

St Kitts, Haiti end CONCACAF Under-20 campaign on losing note

first_imgSAN JOSE, Costa Rica – St Kitts and Nevis could not withstand a first half assault from United States and crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat, to finish the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with three straight lossesSebastian Saucedo struck twice while Brooks Lennon and Jonathan Lewis added one each, to condemn the Kittitians to a bottom place finish in Group B on Friday.There was also disappointment for the other Caribbean Football Union side in action as French nation Haiti disappointingly went down 3-1 to Panama in the opening game.The results ensured the elimination of both St Kitts and Haiti as Panama topped the group with a perfect nine points with the US second on six.Playing at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, Lennon opened the scoring for the US in the 16th minute when he collected Jeremy Eboisse left-sided cross and volleyed past goalkeeper Nathan Lescott from close range.The second goal arrived three minutes later courtesy of some fortune as Lewis tucked in a loose ball after Lennon’s corner.Saucedo then scored twice in seven minutes to end the game as a serious contest. His first was a spectacular long range shot from about six yards outside the box in the 35th minute and his second came four minutes from the break through a long range spot kick.St Kitts gained some consolation in the 77th minute when Romario Martin capitalized on a mix-up in the US defence to net only his side’s second goal of the competition.last_img read more

Gallo, Choo homer as Rangers avoid sweep in San Francisco

first_imgGallo, Choo homer as Rangers avoid sweep in San Francisco “We recognize the value of having extra bats and extra arms in the (bullpen), and that just kind of made Hamilton a tougher fit, particularly with us going down to a 28-man roster size later this week,” manager Gabe Kapler said. ROSTER MOVESTriggs was called up from the Alternate Training Site before the game. RHP Jandel Gustave was designated for assigment.Texas called up infielder Anderson Tejeda.QUOTABLE Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie Calhoun hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly after the Giants walked the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Joey Gallo followed with a three-run home run and the Texas Rangers beat San Francisco 9-5 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for Texas. Scott Heineman had a pair of hits including a two-run double and Jeff Mathis added an RBI single. Evan Longoria and Chadwick Tromp homered for San Francisco. Tromp’s was the first of his career, Hunter Pence tripled to snap a season-opening 0 for 23 funk. “It will get better. It will improve. I just think 2020 was meant to kind of test us all, especially right now. It’s just another test that we’re going to have to get through.” – Rangers manager Chris WoodwardTRAINER’S ROOMRangers: Woodward is hopeful that 2B Rougned Odor will be available for Tuesday’s game in Oakland. Odor left Saturday’s game with tightness in the oblique area on his right side. … OF Danny Santana was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. Santana is 1 for 17 and has not played since Tuesday.Giants: LHP Drew Smyly was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger strain. Smyly had seven strikeouts in four innings Saturday before leaving because of discomfort in the finger. UP NEXT Texas also got an encouraging outing from lefty Kolby Allard in his first start. Allard allowed one run and two hits before coming out after throwing 75 pitches in four innings.Samardzija gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and became the first Giants pitcher to make it through five innings. GIANTS SEND HAMILTON TO METSThe Giants traded outfielder Billy Hamilton to the Mets in exchange for right-hander Jordan Humphreys. Humpheys was immediately optioned to San Francisco’s Alternate Training Site.Hamilton signed with the Giant in the offseason but was not on the team’s opening day roster. The Rangers entered the day last in the AL in scoring and hits before getting season-highs in both against the Giants.They got some help from San Francisco’s bullpen, too, when reliever Andrew Triggs (0-1) walked three consecutive batters on 14 pitches to open the seventh. After Calhoun’s sacrifice fly off Tyler Anderson made it 6-5, Gallo crushed an 0-2 pitch to right-center. Gallo also singled, doubled and walked.Jonathan Hernandez (2-0) retired six batters to win.Choo pulled his second home run of the season over the right field wall into McCovey Cove off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija in the fifth. On Friday the Rangers leadoff batter hit an opposite field homer on the game’s first pitch. August 2, 2020 Rangers: Texas will remain in the Bay Area and begin a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday. LHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 0.00) starts the opener. Texas won in both of Lynn’s previous two starts this season.Giants: No starter has been announced for Monday’s game in Colorado.__More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

England players set for pay cuts due to coronavirus crisis – report

first_img(Reuters) – England’s cricket players must “realise the bigger picture” and will be expected to take a pay cut as the country’s cricket governing body (ECB) tries to deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times here reported on Sunday.More than 662,700 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus across the world and 30,751 have died, according to a Reuters tally, and the outbreak has brought global sport to a virtual standstill.England’s tour of Sri Lanka was cancelled earlier this month and the ECB announced no professional cricket will be played until the end of May.England’s home test series against West Indies and Pakistan and limited overs series with Australia from June to August are also at risk of being postponed or cancelled if the situation does not improve, leading to a further loss of revenue.“We’re looking at everything about how the game can make savings,” an ECB spokesman was quoted as saying by The Times.“There’s a formal process to go through with centrally contracted players but the game needs to pull together at this time. We believe the players realise the bigger picture.”English players on central contracts have their salaries paid in full by the ECB, who awarded 10 test contracts and 12 white-ball contracts in September last year.The Times reported players such as Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler — who play for England in all three formats — would be expected to take pay cuts of approximately 200,000 pounds during the three-month shutdown.last_img read more

5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse introduced its new head football coach Dino Babers to the media at a press conference Monday morning. Director of Athletics Mark Coyle spoke to reporters both at the press conference and afterward.Here are five interesting things Coyle said.1. On hiring the ‘best fit’“I wanted to make sure we found the best fit for Syracuse football. And how I define best fit was, simply, I wanted someone with tremendous honesty and integrity. I wanted somebody who would be focused on our students and the welfare of our students. I wanted somebody who was innovative and had an exciting brand of football. And I wanted somebody who had a commitment to winning. And I’m confident we’ve found that person in Coach Babers.”2. On why Scott Shafer was fired before the end of the season despite previously saying he’d take the season to evaluateAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Obviously if you look across the national landscape at the number of openings, I thought it was critical to give us additional time. And I can tell you having five days to actively visit and talk to different candidates was a huge help for us.”3. On Babers’ experience“What excites me about Dino is he’s done it for four years as a head coach. He did it at Baylor (as an assistant). Most of you guys are too young to remember Baylor football, but … you didn’t talk about Baylor football. Now Baylor football’s a consistent Top 25 program. I felt his pedigree at Baylor and then his four years as a head coach, his knees aren’t going to buckle. He’s been in that role (as a head coach) before.”4. On Babers and the Carrier Dome“He saw that Dome as a huge recruiting tool … He kept talking about the type of system (he runs), the weather conditions, we can do some special things. If you remember when I was hired, I talked about the Dome being a tremendous recruiting advantage. Do we need to make some updates to the Dome? No question. But again, that Dome can be special.”5. On how not going to the Bahamas with men’s basketball team helped search process“With me not going to the Bahamas, selfishly that led me at home where I could start making a lot of phone calls and have lots of conversations with people. And I truly feel those four or five days helped us to get to our final spot.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories 5 things Dino Babers said at his introductory press conference5 quick facts about new Syracuse football head coach Dino BabersSyracuse football recruits react to Dino Babers hiringStorify: Social media reacts to Dino Babers being hired as Syracuse’s next football coachPoll: Is Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?last_img read more

Top Dignitaries Set for GCU Relay Races

first_imgPatrick Ukah Top Dignitaries, led by the Delta State Commissioner for Basic and secondary education Chief Patrick Ukah will grace the finals of the 2019 GCY Relays scheduled for today at the school modern Tartan Tracks.Also, expected at the finals are the managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company as well as the GM External Relations Mr Igo Weli. Representatives of the Niger Delta Development Commission as well as the Delta State Sports Commission are expected to join the chief hosts, President General World Wide Arch. Charles Ovo Majoroh. Indeed, the local organising  committee headed by the home desk administrator Pastor Wilson Egbodje met again last week to ensure that issues bordering on security, Medicals and logistics were well managed, to ensure a hitch-free relays competition.And from the chairman Technical Committee,  Emmanuel Elili has commenced innovations aimed at authenticating the athletes identification.“We have created a database template for all the participating schools and athletes”, he said. Adding, “Now we require information and confirmation from the school principals about the year of entry, present class, age, sex and other vital bio-data, to forestall possible cheating”.“The Idea behind this relays is to ensure the right athletes, who must be eligible are allowed to participate in the spirit of fairness”.Fundamental to the GCU Relays is the development of outstanding secondary school athletes for the nation and the promotion of the sprints culture in which Nigeria has a comparative advantage over the marathon and other long-distance races.GCU Relays 2019 holds at the Schools’ Modern Tartan track built and donated by SPDC.Ex-Olympian Moses Orode Oyiki is the GCU Relays Meet Ambassador.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more