Ben185/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — An NYPD officer is under investigation after he was filmed punching and shoving a man to the ground after he allegedly violated coronavirus social distancing orders over the weekend, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. The viral video, which was shot by a bystander and uploaded to social media, showed the plainclothes officer arresting two people, Shakiem Brunson, 31, and Ashley Serrano, 22 at a deli in the East Village Saturday evening before approaching a third person, Donni Wright, 33, with his Taser drawn. After cursing at Wright, the officer tackled him, punched and slapped his head, and put his knee on Wright’s neck while he handcuffed him, the video showed.Shea said the incident is still under investigation by internal affairs and the officer was placed on modified duty Saturday night.“I was not happy with what I saw. We can be better than that,” Shea said during the city’s Monday coronavirus update.The NYPD said Brunson and Serrano were charged with disorderly conduct and marijuana charges. Shea said one of them had a Taser that was not issued by the department. Wright was charged with resisting arrest.According to Shea, Brunson was sitting on an empty milk crate outside the deli, talking with Serrano before the arrest.The video of the arrest went viral on social media throughout the weekend, with many critics pointing out that the NYPD didn’t make similar arrests in parks and other locations where people were gathered close together in large numbers. There were over 112 summonses issued in the city over the weekend for failing to obey social distancing orders.Several elected officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, criticized the officer and his actions and demanded a full investigation. “What I saw was very unacceptable and discipline was swift,” the mayor said during the Monday briefing.City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, who represents the East Village, blasted the officer for his actions.“Regardless of what transpired before the video, what is the justification for the rage? Where’s the professionalism and de-escalation tactics we should expect? We will hold these officers accountable,” she tweeted.Shea reiterated that the NYPD has obtained more videos from the scene and is interviewing other witnesses. He said police officers are breaking up gatherings with no incidents.“I think you need to look at it in the context of hundreds and hundreds of encounters every day,” the commissioner said.De Blasio added that the NYPD has undergone several internal trainings on de-escalation tactics and community policing over the last few years.“That video was more and more of a rarity. We still have work to do, but the progress is clear,” he said of Saturday’s incident.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Saw the video from the Lower East Side and was really disturbed by it. The officer involved has been placed on modified duty and an investigation has begun. The behavior I saw in that video is simply not acceptable.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 3, 2020
October 10, 2016 / Evansville, Indiana – Over the weekend, Republican Vanderburgh County 1st District Commissioner candidate Sean Selby participated in the 95th Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Parade whose grand marshal was Evansville Olympic two-time gold medal winning swimmer, Lilly King. Over the past week, he also spent every day of the Fall Festival interacting with voters and talking about the issues important to them.Selby commented, “We received a very positive response at the Fall Festival to our platform on bettering roads, keeping taxes low, reducing restrictive regulations, opposing annexation that results in land grabs, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting businesses that create jobs, and more.”Specifically regarding keeping taxes low, at a recent United Neighborhoods of Evansville candidate forum, Selby spoke out against a proposal to raise property taxes by relaxing the property tax homestead exemption rate from 8% to 6% and by annually by 2% until completely gone. “Numerous Vanderburgh County residents have serious concerns that the Evansville City Council will vote today to increase their property taxes by relaxing the homestead exemption and I equally share in those concerns.”With USA Today reporting that nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, some residents have even said they would eventually be unable to endure these projected annual 2% increases if passed and may be forced to consider moving to other counties. “When we look at multiple economic indicators, we realize that it is an especially bad idea to consider repealing this exemption of the homesteads in Vanderburgh County residents at this time. Furthermore, many are frustrated that Evansville will be able to outnumber the county voters who have spoken so clearly on this issue. So, I have called on individual city council members to reconsider this course of action today and hopefully they will.”Later today, the Evansville City Council is slated to meet and may attempt to relax part of the property tax homestead exemption, which will lead to a tax increase of all Vanderburgh County residents for their homestead.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Boardwalk decking has been removed between Seventh Street and Eighth Street as of Saturday, Nov. 21. A scrap heap and a small section of decking near Seventh Street are all that remain before work crews can begin demolishing the boardwalk substructure between Plaza Place and Eighth Street.Crews from Walters Marine Construction made quick work this week of removing boardwalk decking.After starting work Nov. 13, they have torn up the boardwalk surface between Plaza Place and Eighth Street in all but a small portion near the Seventh Street ramp.The work represents good progress in a project to demolish then rebuild a block and a half of the boardwalk.The project faces a mid-March deadline as the start of Ocean City’s spring events season starts early this year — with Easter falling on March 27.The work is part of the third phase of a multi-year reconstruction project that will replace the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.Boardwalk travelers are being detoured around the area between Sixth Street and Eighth Street.A subcontractor reportedly has completed off-site construction of new sections of boardwalk decking, which can be transported and assembled after the boardwalk substructure is demolished and replaced.Runners, pedestrians and cyclists are being detoured off the Boardwalk at Sixth Street and Eighth Street as work continues.***Sign up for free updates from OCNJ Daily.Follow us on Facebook.
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The Faraday Battery Challenge brings together the UK’s world-class expertise across research and industry to deliver battery technologies that will power the vehicles of the future. The projects announced today emphasise how this collective expertise is being brought to bear on the biggest challenges facing the development of next-generation electric car batteries, from their power source and performance to safety and manufacturing. Today’s £23 million investment forms part of the total £274 million that will be awarded to consortia across the UK through the Faraday Battery Challenge, part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).Faraday Battery Challenge Director Tony Harper said: UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, said: Companies across the country are set to benefit from £23 million government investment to help them keep the UK at the forefront of developing the latest electric vehicle technology.Businesses ranging from small designers to major car manufacturers are among the winners of the government’s Faraday Battery Challenge announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark.It forms part of the government’s drive to maintain the UK as a world-leader in the latest technologies and emerging markets, through its modern Industrial Strategy.The Faraday Battery Challenge brings together world-leading academia and businesses to accelerate the research needed to develop the latest electric car battery technologies – a crucial part of the UK’s move towards a net zero emissions economy.It is also a key contributor to all new cars and vans being effectively zero emission by 2040.Winners include: Government invests £23 million to keep the UK at the forefront of electric car development Companies benefiting from this government investment will use it in the development of the latest battery technologies Part of the modern Industrial Strategy’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge Across the three rounds of funding competitions we have now awarded a total of £82.6 million to 63 projects. This is a massive investment in business-led battery R&D in the UK, supporting innovative technologies and helping to build a UK supply chain that can compete on the global stage”. We are committed to ensuring our world-leading automotive sector can flourish. These exciting new projects will build on the UK’s reputation for excellence, our rich heritage in the auto industry and pave the way for advances towards a cleaner economy. We will continue to invest in future car manufacturing, batteries and electrification infrastructure through our modern Industrial Strategy and today’s winners will be crucial in ensuring that the UK leads the world in the global transition to a low carbon economy – one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. Mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong who will work with experts at the Natural History Museum and mining firm Cornish Lithium to lead a new study looking to develop a UK supply of lithium, helping to meet the massive demand expected from the transition to electric vehicles A Jaguar Land Rover-led project to maximise battery performance while maintaining safety A study looking into the use of artificial intelligence in battery manufacture, led by materials technology company Granta Design. Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark said: Notes to editors Other projects that were granted funding are listed. The ISCF is delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. The Faraday Battery Challenge is a £274 million government investment into battery technology through the Industrial Strategy. It will develop safe, cost effective, durable, lighter weight, higher performing and recyclable batteries in the UK which will power the next generation of electric vehicles. As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries. This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.
NAFCU and 17 other financial industry trades joined Tuesday in urging House Financial Services Committee passage of H.R. 2213 to provide a reasonable hold-harmless period for credit unions and others implementing CFPB’s TILA/RESPA integrated mortgage disclosures rule.“We appreciate that the Bureau indicated it will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that make good-faith efforts to comply,” the groups wrote, referring to CFPB’s statement last week about the rules set to take effect Aug. 1. “At the same time, industry needs more certainty that their good-faith efforts to comply while still meeting consumers’ expectations do not expose lenders and settlement service providers to litigation during the initial period after the regulation becomes effective.”The groups said such certainty would reduce the likelihood of consumers experiencing delays or disruptions in the mortgage process. They also noted already 250 House members and 41 senators have written CFPB to urge the hold-harmless period proposed in H.R. 2213.H.R. 2213 is one of 12 financial industry regulatory relief measures – many of them supported by NAFCU – slated for discussion Thursday by the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Among those backed by NAFCU are: continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Hima Das, who has had a stunning season in international athletics, was among the 20 sportspersons recommended for the Arjuna Award, but India’s newest sprint sensation said she didn’t expect it.The list of 20 sportsperson is subject to approval by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.”I didn’t expect to win the Arjuna this year. I was thinking may be next year, I will be considered,” said Hima, who clinched the gold medal at the U-20 World Championship in Finland, on the sidelines of a promotional event organised by Adidas.Nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, Hima has been a sensation this year as she added three medals — a gold and two silvers from the 18th Asian Games — to her World Championship gold.The star sprinter won gold in Women’s 4400m and silver medals in mixed 4x400m and 400m individual event.Asked when she will start training, Hima said: “The season is over now. Next year, there is South Asian Games, Asian Championship and World Championship, so how to approach the different events and how to prepare I will do it during training.”Asked which race she holds close to her heart, Hima said: “The Finland (World Junior Championship) race remains one of my favourites and also the semifinal at Asian Games when it had started raining.”Hima had produced her personal best timing of 50.79 secs to win silver at the 400m race.”There are few targets in my mind. I will do that one by one. People expects a lot for me now and I will achieve that. I scored 50.79 at Asian Games, so even 50.78 is a step ahead,” she said.advertisement”I thrive in competition, it feels good to improve timings and create records.”Asked about the contribution of India’s foreign coach Galina Petrova Bukharina, Hima said: “She is very supportive. She herself is an Olympian and sometimes we also don’t realise her methods and later we come to know why we did a particular training. So we always come prepared everyday for the challenge that she will throw at us.”Asked if she will participate at the National Open Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on September 25.”At this moment, I haven’t decided if I will participate in the open Nationals. Lets see,” said Hima, who had withdrawn from IAAF Continental Cup which was held on September 8 and 9.Hima had crashed into a team hug with the Japanese team after she jogged over them, following the Indian women team’s 4×400 relay gold.”After we got the gold medal, they (Japan team) said hi to me and then they came to hug me, so I also hugged them.”Hima gets the crowd involved exuding confidence ahead of her races.She said: “I don’t show tension and nervousness but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.”She was given a rousing welcome by her home state after returning from the Asian Games.”I don’t get emotional too often but yes it felt good to get such a welcome ,” she said.(With inputs from PTI)
Speaking on Wednesday’s (August 1) official opening of the Independence Village at the National Arena in Kingston, Minister Grange noted that she has tremendous respect for “those who fought the good fight and sacrificed their lives in our interest”. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to persons who fought for Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence. “Every one of us has benefited from the struggles, the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, so that we could now be standing here in Independence Park celebrating Emancipation Day. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to persons who fought for Jamaica’s Emancipation and Independence.Speaking on Wednesday’s (August 1) official opening of the Independence Village at the National Arena in Kingston, Minister Grange noted that she has tremendous respect for “those who fought the good fight and sacrificed their lives in our interest”.“Every one of us has benefited from the struggles, the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors, so that we could now be standing here in Independence Park celebrating Emancipation Day.“As we usher in the Independence period, we can proudly celebrate our achievements as a nation over the past 56 years. We have shown our capabilities and have demonstrated to the world that we can actualise self-governance,” the Culture Minister said.The best of Jamaica’s culture is on show at the Independence Village, which will run until August 6.The Village opens at noon daily to the public and features booth displays, food courts, lunch-hour concerts and a children’s village.Patrons will be entertained by gold medallists in the performing arts in music, dance, speech and traditional folk forms.Events on the opening day included the ‘Augus’ Mawnin Market’, where patrons were able to purchase fresh produce, and the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen coronation show.Activities on Thursday (August 2) include ‘Mento in the Village’, showcasing traditional Jamaican folk music and dance performances.The popular World Reggae Dance Championship will be on Friday (August 3), Mello-Go-Roun’ on Saturday (August 4), and the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition finals on Sunday (August 5).Jamaicans are being urged to participate in celebrations, which conclude on August 6 with the staging of the Grand Gala.Jamaica is marking 56 years of Independence this year, under the theme ‘Jamaica 56 – One Love, One Family’.