Naomi Osaka wears Breonna Taylor face mask to honor victims of police shootings at US Open

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUSTABY: KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tennis star Naomi Osaka donned a face mask with the name of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, at her debut match Monday night at the U.S. Open.Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, wore the mask before and after her first-round victory against Japan’s Misaki Doi at Arthur Ashe stadium.Osaka said she brought seven different face masks with her to the Grand Slam tournament, each honoring a different person killed by police.“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” said Osaka, according to The Associated Press. “I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story. Maybe they’ll, like, Google it or something.”“For me, [it’s about] just spreading awareness,” she said. “I feel like the more people know the story, then the more interesting or interested they’ll become in it.”Osaka, 22, joined fellow athletes in protest last month after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot seven times by police in front of his children. The shooting sparked civil unrest in Blake’s hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and across the country.Osaka protested the shooting by not competing in an Aug. 27 scheduled semifinal match at the 2020 Western & Southern Open.“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a black woman. And as a black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction,” she continued. “Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hand of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.”— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 27, 2020Osaka added in her statement that she is “exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again.”“When will it ever be enough?” she asked, ending her statement with Jacob Blake’s name, Breonna Taylor’s name, Elijah McClain’s name and George Floyd’s name.Taylor was fatally shot in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13 by police who were conducting a “no-knock” search warrant. Elijah McClain died at the age of 23 on Aug. 24, 2019, when he was walking home and stopped by Aurora, Colorado, police, was detained and put in a chokehold and administered ketamine by paramedics.George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after former police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.ABC News’ Hayley FitzPatrick contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by September 1, 2020 /Sports News – National Naomi Osaka wears Breonna Taylor face mask to honor victims of police shootings at US Opencenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

News story: MOD submits final Typhoon proposal to Belgium

first_imgThe proposal comes with the full support of the governments of the four Eurofighter nations – Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – as partners in Europe’s largest collaborative military aircraft programme.The proposal includes 34 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and associated weapons package, underpinned by the offer of a deep strategic, defence and industrial partnership between the Governments of Belgium and the UK.Speaking in Brussels, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: As well as the jets, the UK are offering Belgium the opportunity to benefit from the RAF’s experience of over ten years operating the Typhoon, and to further strengthen over 70 years of co-operation between the two forces. It proposes integration with the RAF’s Typhoon support arrangements which is considered the most cost-effective next generation combat aircraft support service. The proposal also includes a comprehensive package including a training partnership which would see personnel from Belgium and the UK jointly train and exercise together.The UK MOD is leading the proposal on behalf of the Eurofighter Typhoon partner nations and companies. The invitation from Belgium to submit a final offer demonstrates the strong confidence in the jet. The proposal to Belgium represents the most inclusive international equipment partnership presented to another European partner by the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.The proposal also offers Belgium the opportunity to establish a National Network Cyber Centre, a Cyber Innovation Centre and a Cyber Research Partnership, all underpinned by a partnership between the UK and Belgian governments.As ‘the true European solution to meet Belgium’s Air Combat Capability Program’, the selection of the Typhoon would also act as a catalyst for greater aerospace and defence industrial cooperation across Europe. There would be opportunities for Belgian industry to work more closely with the Eurofighter Typhoon industrial partners which include some of Europe’s largest defence companies. Through closer industrial cooperation Belgium and Belgian industry would also be positioned for partnership in the development of next generation combat air capabilities.The Typhoon is a highly capable, combat proven, air defence and ground attack aircraft with full swing-role capabilities utilising a full range of world-beating complex weapons. In addition to supporting RAF operations protecting the UK in the skies above Britain and globally, the Typhoon has already been purchased by nine nations around the world. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was in Qatar at the end of last year to witness Qatar’s purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft which will help sustain thousands of jobs in the UK and across Europe. Speaking at the press conference in-country, Air Vice Marshal Keith Bethell said: These proven jets offer Belgium a formidable capability which forms the backbone of European air power, as well as a comprehensive long-term defence and industrial partnership with the UK. A unique partnership with the RAF and integration with our world-leading support service mean Belgium’s selection of the Typhoon would be a powerful demonstration of us working together to support security across the continent in the face of intensifying threats. Our world-class Typhoon has led the way in combat air power and this demonstrates the continued confidence in the capability the Typhoon has to offer. With more than 20,000 flying hours on global operations to date, the Typhoon offers unparalleled reliability and proven interoperability with our allieslast_img read more

Speech: PM press statement at European Council: 14 December 2018

first_img That the EU stands ready to embark on preparations so that negotiations on the future partnership can start as soon as possible. As formal conclusions, these commitments have legal status and therefore should be welcomed.As I have always said, the guaranteed way of avoiding the backstop is to have the future partnership in place by the time the implementation period is over. The EU is very firmly committed to this course.But MPs will require further assurances, and I have discussed that this morning with my EU partners, including Presidents Tusk, Juncker and others.I note there has been reporting that the EU is not willing to consider any further clarification. The EU is clear – as I am – that if we are going to leave with a deal this is it.But my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the Council’s conclusions is in fact possible.There is work still to do and we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the further assurances that the UK Parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal.I say again. It is in the overwhelming interest of all our people – in the EU and the UK – to get this done, and as quickly as possible. If the backstop was ever triggered, it would apply only temporarily and the EU would use its best endeavours to negotiate and conclude expeditiously a subsequent agreement that would replace the backstop. At this Council meeting, I have held a series of discussions with my fellow leaders on the Brexit deal and I was crystal clear about the assurances which are needed on the backstop having heard the views of MPs in the House of Commons.I reiterated that it is in the interests of the EU as well as the UK to get this over the line. A disorderly Brexit would be good for no-one.At 27 level, the EU have published a series of conclusions.The EU made clear: that it is their firm determination to work speedily on a future relationship or alternative arrangements which ensure no hard border by 31 December 2020 so that the backstop will not need to be triggered.last_img read more

Born & Bread: Silvery Tweed Cereals, Berwick-upon-Tweed

first_imgCurrently in the hands of a fifth-generation family member, 175-year-old Silvery Tweed processes cereals and seeds for businesses including Premier Foods, Kellogg’s and Dorset Cereals.Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, cereal and seed processor Silvery Tweed can trace its origins back to Henry Ogle Short, who founded the business in 1843 after training as a miller and setting up his own mill.In the early days, Short provided goods to people in the local area, with a customer base including bakers, other millers and breweries within a 60-mile radius of its factory in Northumberland. “In those days transport links weren’t developed, so it was very much a local market,” current managing director Bob Gladstone tells British Baker.It wasn’t until the 1970s that the business started to build links with larger processors such as Premier Foods and Kellogg’s. This followed a change in consumer tastes and demand for cereal and bakery products with added value.Gladstone joined in 1999 as a trainee, working his way through quality, production, administration and sales before being appointed managing director in 2007, taking over from his father Tom.  In 2003 the business opened its commercial dry ingredients blending facility, which caters for the industrial bakery sector. This was complemented in 2006 with the addition of industrial seed cleaning and blending to remove impurities from bakery seeds such as sunflower, millet and linseed.Gladstone explains that as the business has changed and grown, he has had to take a step back from the hands-on jobs he enjoyed in the beginning to focus on long-term business objectives. “While we pride ourselves on being a family business we try to promote the fact we are a serious industrial business fit for the challenges of the 21st century,” he adds.In 2010, Silvery Tweed increased its storage capacity with a purpose-built unit to cater for larger volumes of raw material and finished products, and this is to be complemented further in 2019 with the addition of more storage and a dedicated sesame processing facility.The firm has marked its 175th anniversary with activities such as a family fun day for its staff and their families, raising funds for four local charities, the refurbishment of a local school’s home economics department, and the launch of two unique beers.Gladstone believes the business has reached this milestone by priding itself on honesty, quality and delivering on what it promises. “People still like dealing with an independent family owned business where decisions can be made quickly and efficiently to capitalise on new business opportunities,” he adds. “This has probably been our most vital attribute in recent years.”Timeline1843: Henry Ogle Short sets up Silvery Tweed Cereals1890: Silvery Tweed factory moves from Etal to Belford and Thomas Short takes over1998: A fire at the premises forces relocation to the Tweedside Trading Estate, where the business remains today1999: Bob Gladstone (pictured above) joins the business in a junior role2003: The business adds a dry ingredients blending facility to cater for commercial customers2007: As his father retires, Bob takes over the business2018: The business celebrates its 175th anniversarylast_img read more

Griffin Field Day

first_imgForest landowners will benefit from the information on prescribedburning, pine straw production, marketing and selling timber,nuisance hardwood tree control, livestock and invasive vegetationmanagement, best management practices for forest roads, managingpine strands to prevent Southern Pine Beetles and other topics. Those with wetlands on their property will want to attend thesessions on pond construction and renovation, waterfowlmanagement and stream side best management practices.Pre-registration is $20 before Aug. 29 and $25 afterwards. Registration fees include presentations, a field day programbooklet and lunch. Early registrants will receive a field daycap. Registration on the day of the event begins at 8:30 a.m.and demonstration sites open at 9 a.m. Field day demonstrationswill be repeated every 30 minutes until the program ends at 4p.m.The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Division isgranting five hours of pesticide credit in categories 21(Demonstration and Research Pest Control), 23 (Forest PestControl) and 27 (Right-of-way Pest Control) to those attendingthe field day.The Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day is sponsored by the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA WarnellSchool of Forest Resources, the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S.Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources ConservationService, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources WildlifeResources Division and Fort Valley State University. For more information, call the UGA Griffin campus at(770) 228-7318 or visit the AWFD website at.(April Reese is a student writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaSet for Sept. 18, 2003 in Griffin, Ga., the Agroforestry andWildlife Field Day has something for everyone, whether you’re aforest landowner, a wildlife enthusiast or a hunter.The field day will feature more than 30 demonstration sites andan exhibitor tent. Transportation for participants will beprovided by trams which will run throughout the University ofGeorgia’s Westbrook Farm, where the event takes place.For hunters, the field day will offer information on qualitymanagement of deer, wild turkey, dove, water fowl and quail. Forwildlife enthusiasts, there will be information on controllingwildlife damage and managing threatened or endangered species. last_img read more

4 ways to be more chill in 2018

first_imgThe New Year has arrived, and that means it’s time for a fresh start. If you felt frazzled and stressed last year, 2018 is a chance to regroup and recharge. Here are four easy ways you can be a more chill person this coming year.Nix the newsWhen the news stories we encounter are mostly negative, it can really put a damper on our mood. You’ve scrolled through your social media news feed or just turned on the news and you’re left feeling stressed and sad. So, it’s important this year you make an effort to ditch the news as often as you can. That doesn’t mean you have to stay out of touch, but remember to focus on as many positive stories as you can so the negative news doesn’t overwhelm you.Stay activeYou don’t have to drop a ton on a new gym membership, but it is vital that you get up off the couch and get going this year. Studies have shown that there is in fact a direct link between exercise and decreased anxiety and depression. Even if you can’t clear your schedule for a regular workout regime, find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine (such as taking a walk after lunch or taking the stairs instead of the elevator).Embrace a nightly routineAfter the workday is done, find things you can do in the evening to truly unwind. Start binging a new show on Netflix, curl up by the fire with a glass of wine, or even put your feet up and enjoy a good book. These small things can help you remember to relax and chill after a hectic day at the office.VolunteerThere is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you do something nice for someone else. This is especially true when it comes to volunteering for others who are less fortunate. In 2018, make a point to use your free time for a good cause. Also, check out these reasons why you should make volunteering a part of your regular routine. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Detailslast_img read more

YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: Informative forum on open government

first_imgCategories: OpinionOne of the challenges facing journalists and other citizens, particularly in the age of electronic communication, is obtaining information from government officials when they exchange so much of their information by text and email.The New York State Bar Association is hosting a number of forums on the topic, and it recently hosted a panel discussion at Syracuse University on the Freedom of Information Law. The forum, held Oct. 16, addressed a number of related topics, first focusing on the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Open Meetings Law, and the government’s efforts to fulfill FOIL requests. The panel then moved on to the day-to-day problems faced by journalists to obtain information.As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, our problems regarding open government are your problems. The state’s transparency laws are available to all citizens, not just journalists. And if professional journalists, who deal with this sort of thing every day, are having problems accessing information from the government, then the task is at least equally as challenging for other citizens.This forum by NYSBA is worth checking out, not just by journalists but by college communications/journalism professors, students and citizens.Click here for a link to a video of the forum. If you’re interested in this subject, it’s well worth your time.It’s your right to know what your government is doing. Take time to learn those rights and how you can exercise them.And as always, if you have an issue with your local government or a question about government access, you can either post a comment here or email me, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney, at [email protected] I’d be happy to help. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

LandSecs results: strong on retail, poor on offices

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Romanian funds’ Q1 slump softened by April gains

first_imgRomania’s mandatory second pillar pension funds returned -4.5% over the first four months of 2020, according to the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association (APAPR).The first quarter had seen returns for the €13bn-worth second pillar system slump to -6.7%.According to Mihai Bobocea, adviser to the board and spokesman for APAPR, 90% of the Q1 fall was caused by plunging equity markets, the Bucharest Stock Exchange falling by 24% over the period and the UK, German and French exchanges suffering similar falls.The remainder 10% loss was caused by short-term volatility in bond prices, as Romanian pension funds value all holdings on a mark-to-market basis. In fact, these bounced back into positive territory much sooner than the equity markets, Bobocea said. Bonds form the lion’s share of Pillar II portfolios, with 65% of assets in government bonds and a further 10% in other bonds, as at 31 March 2020. Listed equities made up 18.5% and UCITS 2.5% of portfolios at the same date, with the rest in bank deposits.But there was a significant recovery in April, and returns for the 12 months to 30 April 2020 were still positive, at 4%.Over the longer term, average annual returns for the three years to end-March 2020 were 2.2%, and 3% over the five years to that date.Bobocea told IPE: “We expect the recovery to continue, as the lockdown on the economy started being eased on 15 May.”Under the new “state of alert” which superseded the state of emergency, individuals may now move around their local neighbourhoods without an affidavit. Hotels, stores with direct access to the outside, dental surgeries and hairdressers’ salons have been allowed to reopen, although restaurants and bars remain closed, except for take-out services. Romania’s Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) decided to temporarily lift some investment restrictions for pension funds, allowing them to invest more than 70% of their assets in government bondsWhile Bobocea said it is too early to measure how pension fund liabilities have been affected by COVID-19, he pointed out that liabilities are “insubstantial”. In any case, all second pillar funds are defined contribution schemes.Meanwhile, on 10 April 2020, the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) decided to temporarily lift some investment restrictions for pension funds, allowing them to invest more than 70% of their assets – the previous ceiling –  in government bonds.However, Bobocea said: “The asset allocation at end-March shows the 70% limit has not yet been breached, and pension funds seem to be treating this temporary lifting of restrictions more as a precautionary measure by the ASF.”Meanwhile, last January, Romania’s finance minister Florin Citu promised that the contribution rate for the second pillar would increase back to 5% in 2021, and ultimately to 6%, as specified when the second pillar was set up.This is in line with the government’s intention to strengthen private pensions by reversing some policies of its predecessor administration, run by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), which had reduced second pillar contributions to 3.75% in 2018, before losing power in October last year.However, in the light of the COVID-19 crisis, this move is now in the balance, given that the second pillar is funded by social insurance contributions, effectively from the government budget.Bobocea told IPE: “It is obvious that Romania’s economy and public finances, like all of Europe’s, will need to show a robust recovery and reconstruction before additional government spending will be possible.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Guyana president briefs diplomats on civil unrest

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img President Donald Ramotar and other government officials met on Saturday with members of the diplomatic community in Guyana and heads of development agencies to update them on the Linden situationGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — President Donald Ramotar on Saturday morning met with the entire diplomatic community in Guyana, including development agencies and their heads, in order to brief them on developments in relation to Linden, and efforts by the government regarding the civil unrest that occurred and is still occurring there.Lindeners have burnt several buildings, vehicles, and blocked roads into and out of the town since protests began on Wednesday. During clashes with police that same day, three people were killed and several others injured. Presidential advisor, Gail Teixeira, stated that Ramotar informed the diplomatic community about the meetings with the opposition parties and business investors in Linden. He also reiterated his commitment to have an independent Commission of Inquiry, which the government had committed to since the night of July 18, 2012.Lindeners began a five- day protest against the implementation of increased electricity tariff for the town, despite having to pay less than what other consumers on the national grid pay.Teixeira said Ramotar also “informed them that today, two representatives from the parties, the APNU and the government, will be meeting to go through the terms of reference for the independent commission.” She added that the head of state wants the commission to be up and running as quickly as possible.The presidential advisor reported that the diplomats questioned the president on a number of issues to which he responded and reiterated his anxiety for the Linden community to return to normalcy so that discussions on the tariffs and other issues could proceed. He explained to the diplomats that, at a July 19 meeting with the business community from Linden, APNU/AFC, the RDC chairman and the MP for Linden, he had raised the issue to begin discussing the tariff issues. Teixeira said, “They both clearly stated that they had not come to discuss the tariff increases with the president, they were coming to discuss the security issues and that was the only thing they wished to discuss.”Teixeira said the president reiterated to the diplomats and the heads of development agencies and made it clear that “we are prepared to talk about the tariff increases, and that we want the situation settled but, we also need to find a situation where Linden has to come on board in terms of the electricity rates. It is not a case where there is no increase at all.” At a press conference on Friday evening, Ramotar stated that his administration is open to further discussion on the electricity tariff increase.Referring to the political parties, in particular APNU and other persons “who say they are representing Linden, and who may not be Lindeners, they need to get the situation under control so that normalcy can be returned,” was something the president pointed out to the diplomats, Teixeira stated.While there are also concerns about the investment climate in the region, Teixeira said the diplomats were happy that they were called and, explained that, due to the rapidly developing situation, the president had waited until Saturday to be able to meet with them. Misinformation and threats posted on social networking sites also came under discussion at the meeting. Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Guyana president briefs diplomats on civil unrest by: – July 23, 2012 Sharelast_img read more