President Jenkins reorganizes staff

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins announced Tuesday three staff members will assume new positions in his office over the next month, according to a University press release. Frances L. Shavers, chief of staff and special assistant to the president, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief diversity officer. According to the press release, Shavers will focus on staff diversity, assist in diversity efforts with students and faculty and provide advice on how the University can continue to improve its efforts in this area. Ann M. Firth, associate vice president and counselor to the president, will become chief of staff. Firth was formerly associate vice president for student affairs. Firth will work in the Office of the President to manage staff, act as a liaison with the Board of Trustees and plan the University Commencement Ceremony. Firth and Shavers will assume their new roles March 5. Fr. William M. Lies, executive director of the Center for Social Concerns, will assume the new position of vice president for mission engagement and church affairs March 19. Lies will take on key responsibilities previously assigned to the Office of the Counselor to the President. He will also coordinate with Church leaders and look to sustain and enhance the contribution of Holy Cross to Notre Dame, according to the press release. Lies will also have ecclesial responsibility for the University’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.last_img read more

Armitage professorship

first_imgWhen University of Georgia horticulture professor Allan Armitage retired in November 2010, he left big shoes to fill. Earlier this month, John Ruter was tapped to continue Armitage’s work as part of the Allan M. Armitage Endowed Professorship for Herbaceous Plant Instruction and Introduction. Armitage helped establish UGA’s horticulture department as one of the top in the country. His commitment to introduce new and improved plants translated into profits for growers and knowledge for students. As a tribute to his contributions, the UGA horticulture department and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences established the Armitage professorship.Nursery crop researcherFor the past two decades, Ruter has been a UGA horticulture professor at the CAES campus in Tifton, Ga., where he was the nursery crop researcher and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. In the Armitage professorship, Ruter will move his research and graduate programs to UGA’s main campus in Athens. “I really haven’t had much of an opportunity to be involved with undergraduates,” Ruter said. “I’m looking forward to bringing practical experience to the classroom and sharing that with students.” “Dr. Ruter has also had tremendous success with graduate students,” said Doug Bailey, UGA horticulture department head. “It will boost our graduate program by having him here in Athens.”Looking forward to teaching undergraduates The professorship is a “great opportunity to get to know people of the Athens community as well,” Ruter said, “through outreach and perennials classes as well. I hope to take students to a lot of local gardens. I’m looking forward to having that involvement.”Ruter specializes in breeding and selecting new ornamental trees and shrubs for the green, or plant, industry. In the new professorship, he will evaluate and develop new breeds of flowers, direct the Trial Gardens at UGA and teach in Athens.“Dr. Ruter has already established himself with his plant breeding and plant introduction programs,” Bailey said. “He has a keen eye. It takes a knack to know what’s needed in the green industry, and he has the gift to marry industry needs and plant materials.Breeding herbaceous plantsSince 2005, Ruter has released or co-released eight plants through the UGA Research Foundation. Four of the first five were herbaceous species that have been promoted through the Athens Select program in cooperation with Armitage. Athens Select plants are developed at UGA and are tolerant to heat and humidity.Ruter’s latest work is on an agapanthus known as Lily of the Nile. He bred the plant for fuller foliage, a more compact design and a shorter flower stem, all things the ornamental plant industry asked him to do.Ruter will keep his large test plots in Tifton, which will allow him to continue his research into camellia as a new edible oil crop suited for Georgia. He’ll also keep working on cold hardy hibiscus.Ruter is currently writing a book about conifers for the Southeast. And he co-authored a leading textbook for high school and junior colleges called an “Introduction to Horticulture.” His research has led to more than 390 publications. Over the past 20 years while serving as a commercial nursery specialist for UGA Extension, he’s given 190 state, regional and national presentations and made more than 900 visits to nurseries and botanical gardens both in Georgia and the U.S.Armitage will work for another year on a partially retired basis at UGA.last_img read more

DENNIS CAHILL HAS BEEN HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF SALES AND SERVICE

first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES THATDENNIS CAHILL HAS BEEN HIRED AS DIRECTOR OF SALES AND SERVICEBerlin, VT Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont this week announced the appointment of Dennis W. Cahill to the position of Director of Sales and Service.Cahill has more than 25 years of experience in progressively responsible positions in health insurance sales and account management, mostly with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England. He has served as vice president of sales for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, and was most recently vice president of sales and account management for Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester, Massachusetts.Cahill has an undergraduate degree in business from Babson College and a graduate degree in business administration from the University of Hartford. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Vermonters get assurances on broadband service within three years

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday secured a commitment that virtually all Vermonters will have affordable access to broadband Internet service within three years.‘When we talk about infrastructure in the year 2010, we are talking about the need to make quality, affordable broadband available to every community in the state,’ Sanders told more than 300 people who attended the town meeting that he hosted at Vermont Technical College.The Vermont Telephone Co., which won the biggest slice of $172 million of federal stimulus funds to bring broadband service to Vermont, pledged to help bring 21st century computer access to Vermont businesses, schools and hospitals. Michel Guite, the VTel CEO, pledged to the three-year timeline. He also said the broadband services would be affordable, costing $10 for a basic package and for $35 for a faster-speed service.VTel was awarded an $81.7 million grant and a $35.2 million loan. It was one of four Vermont infrastructure projects that will share in broadband funding for the state. Sanders stressed that 73 percent of the money — $125 million ‘ is dedicated to projects that will use fiber optic technology. The grants are part of $7.2 billion in stimulus funds awarded nationwide.The grants were awarded by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. Jonathan Adelstein, a top USDA administrator who heads the service, assured the audience there would be ‘vigilant oversight’ of the projects ‘to make sure it happens.’ Invited to Vermont by Sanders to hear people’s concerns firsthand, Adelstein assured the audience that ‘this project pencils out. It works.’ He called Vermont ‘a potential model for the rest of the country.’State Sen. Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans) spoke of the need for broadband access in all regions of the State, including the Northeast Kingdom towns that he represents, as a tool for economic development and to provide educational opportunities for all Vermont children.Tom Evslin, who served as Vermont’s Chief Technology Officer, also attended the meeting. ‘I think this is great,’ he said. ‘The funding that has been an obstacle for so long is now in place. We aren’t going to be behind anymore,’ he said. ‘We are going to be leading.’Sanders agreed. ‘If grant recipients do what they are supposed to do, then within three years, for the first time in America, every community in a state will have access to high-quality broadband at an affordable cost. That’s what I want, and that’s what I’m going to fight for.’Today, more than one in five Vermonters lack access to broadband, according the Vermont Center on Rural Studies. There are 84 Vermont communities that have very inferior or no broadband at all, according to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. Vermont is ranked No. 35 in the country for broadband availability and the United States is ranked 18th in the world. The infusion of funds under the economic recovery act Congress passed last year will help increase access to broadband Internet both in Vermont and throughout the United States.  Source: Sanders office. RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt., Sept. 25, 2010 ‘last_img read more

Peru Will Host World Festival Of Theatre Schools

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2010 I salute this initiative and hopefully some of the groups will visit the city of Cajamarca in Northern Peru. Peru will host the World Festival of Theatre Schools and the World Conference of Theatre School Directors in August, sponsored by UNESCO and bringing together representatives of around twenty countries, the organizers announced. Delegations from thirty-five theater schools will participate, offering free simultaneous performances on multiple stages every night from 10 to 23 August, Jorge Sarmiento, director of the School of Dramatic Arts (ENSAD), the institution organizing the event, told the press. Among the thirty-five theater schools sending delegations to Peru will be schools in China, Ukraine, India, the United States, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Colombia. During the festival, classes will be given by the directors attending the World Conference of Theatre School Directors, at which subjects such as the production of DVDs and the publication of regional journals of theater research will be addressed. The activities have been decentralized and will be held in Lima and Callao from 10 to 16 August and in Cusco (in southeastern Peru) from 17 to 22 August, Sarmiento announced.last_img read more

Ethics to take center stage in Boca Raton

first_imgTricky ethical questions facing practitioners — from conflicts with clients and their creditors to bankruptcy to metadata — will be addressed at the 2006 Masters Seminar on Ethics.The seminar, sponsored by the Professional Ethics Committee, will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23, at the Bar’s Annual Convention at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.“We are trying to appeal to a broad spectrum of the Bar by having speakers who will appeal both to people who practice in single issue areas such as bankruptcy but also in a broader spectrum,” said Tim Thomes, who chairs the PEC subcommittee setting up the seminar. “I think we have a diversified set of speakers who will satisfy lawyers. . . seeking a broad overview of issues.”The seminar, which carries 2.5 CLE ethics credits, will begin with brief remarks by Thomes. Then Franklin L. Zemel will discuss conflicts arising in deadlocked entities, followed by Jeffrey Wm. Pearson and Wade Yeakle, who will talk about a lawyer’s duty when a client orders an attorney not to pay a creditor, who in turn appeals to the lawyer to protect the creditor’s interest.Patricia Redmond will talk on ethical issues in the new bankruptcy code, and Steven W. Teppler will talk about metadata — the hidden data, sometimes including confidential matters, that can accompany e-mailed documents.The seminar will close with a discussion by D. Culver “Skip” Smith on ethical concerns when lawyers create ancillary businesses.Thomes said there will be question periods for each topic, and the speakers will also be available at the end of the seminar. In addition, Teppler will have a laptop computer after the meeting and demonstrate how metadata works, including showing how information, such as notes and editing information, can remain invisible in the background of an electronic document, but can be retrieved by someone who receives it via e-mail or the Internet.“It is going to be a lively and topical ethics seminar,” Thomes said. “We have such a good group of presenters this year that I’m personally very excited and appreciate that this type of talent pool has come forward.” Ethics to take center stage in Boca Raton May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Ethics to take center stage in Boca Ratonlast_img read more

Responding to racism will be a journey

first_imgThe mission of CUES is to help credit union leaders reach their full potential. To do this, we provide a host of actionable learning experiences for established and emerging executives and board members. These learning experiences have consistently and purposefully included courses (like this one) and content that help root out racism by teaching such skills as self-reflection, communication and how to identify unconscious bias.For centuries, racism has been our country’s Achilles’ heel. Racism results in the division of what is supposed to be the United States of America. It adversely impacts our potential as a country.Not surprisingly, racism is an extremely tough topic to address. As a nation, we’re challenged to find a common lexicon to use to talk about it, identify challenges and promote understanding. To move forward and become a more united United States of America, we’re going to have to have uncomfortable conversations. We’re going to have to challenge people’s thinking. To be sure, truly addressing the problem of racism is going to take more than a statement. It’s going to take more than symbols. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.One of the important topics that needs to be understood is white privilege. I believe the author of this article, Milwaukee Bucks star Kyle Korver, does a good job of sharing his thoughts on what white privilege is and what we need to do as a nation to address it. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Huntington Pols OK Drone Regulations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Huntington town lawmakers last week passed a law regulating drones, but its focus on protect privacy rights raised questions about whether it may violate the First Amendment.The Huntington Town Board unanimously passed the resolution with no discussion on Oct. 6. Drone hobbyists spoke out against the measure during a public hearing in July, defending the increasingly popular radio-controlled unmanned aircraft. Civil liberties experts, who said they’re watching how they law will be enforced, called its provision requiring permission for drone photography in public “problematic.”“I think there has to be a balance between people’s privacy rights…and [an] unfettered right to take pictures,” said Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who proposed the measure. He acknowledged that there is no right to privacy in public places, but said that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain places such as their backyards.A spokeswoman for the Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority has said lawmakers are similarly debating whether to propose drone regulations. So is the Town of Hempstead, Village of Saltaire on Fire Island and Federal Aviation Administration, which has estimated that drone sighting reports nearly tripled nationwide so far this year over 2014.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, citing the First Amendment right to take pictures in public places, this summer vetoed a bill the county legislature passed that would have improperly banned drone photography at county beaches. Bellone last month signed a revised version that simply created a permitting process to fly drones at county parks.Under the Huntington law, drone operators would face fines up to $1,000 or up to 15 days in jail if they don’t get permission of the owner before flying the devices over private property. Drone operators would also need permission of the town before flying one over town property, but the law did not create a formal permitting process, Cuthbertson said.Jason Starr, interim director of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Suffolk chapter, told The Long Islander that he found requiring someone to have a permit to take pictures in the public space is “problematic.”“We’ll have to see how the town will enforce the provision that requires prior permitting,” he told the newspaper.“If they think it rises to that level and there’s going to be a suit about it, we’ll figure it out,” Cuthbertson said.The law prohibits “imaging technology for aerial surveillance with an unmanned aircraft…having the capability of obtaining high-resolution photographs and/or video, or using any types of sensors, for the collection, retention or dissemination of surveillance data or information on individuals, homes, businesses or property at locations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.” It also prohibits flying drones “near or over unprotected persons or moving vehicles at a height less than 25 feet.”Among those who criticized Huntington’s drone regulation idea during a town board meeting in July was Dennis Andreas, president of Long Island Aero Modelers Association, a model airplane group that includes drone hobbyists.“Model aircraft have been flying safely on Long Island for decades,” he said. “Education, not legislation, is the answer.”Small drone sightings reported to local authorities saw a fivefold increase so far this year over all of last year on LI, according to FAA and local police, the Press exclusively reported last month. Of the more than 40 drone sightings reported by pilots, air traffic controllers and citizens in Nassau and Suffolk counties over the past two years, more than half were spotted in Suffolk.Of 17 reports in Nassau over the past two years—four in 2014, 13 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 of this year—at least eight were in the Town of Hempstead, which borders John F. Kennedy International Airport, where pilots regularly report spotting drones.Of the 23 in Suffolk in the same time span—two last year and 21 through August—most were scattered between the towns of Islip, Babylon, Riverhead, East Hampton and Southampton. Huntington officials did not specify how many drone sightings they’ve received, but none of those listed in the FAA data were from the northwestern Suffolk town.last_img read more

Booking.com highlights key areas that start-up companies in the sustainable tourism sector will focus on

first_imgBooking.com, a leader in the travel market, has announced the opening of applications for the third annual Booking Booster, financial support program for start-up companies in the sustainable tourism sector. Booking.com invites start-ups from around the world working on technology-based solutions to meet the challenges facing sustainable tourism – in different areas – to apply for support under the fund from 2 million euros.To celebrate the program’s third year, Booking.com also highlights four key areas for innovation driven by start-up companies addressing sustainability issues in the tourism industry, including projects by previous winners.More even distribution of benefits and positive effects of tourism Overcrowding in some of the world’s most popular destinations is currently one of the most urgent and important topics within sustainable tourism that is currently being addressed by a number of start-ups, in cities such as Amsterdam, Venice and Barcelona. With international tourists increasing their number of international arrivals from 25 million in 1950 to over 1,3 billion in 2017, the World Tourism Organization predicts that the sector will continue to grow at a rate of 3,3% per year until 2030. , when 1,8 billion tourists are projected to cross the border. [1]A recent study [2] by Booking.com found that most travelers are very open to the idea of ​​adapting the place and mode of travel and activities during their stay in order to more evenly distribute the positive effects and benefits caused by their trip. In fact, more than half of the world’s travelers are willing to stay out of the city center (51%) or travel outside the peak season (68%). Nearly half of travelers (47%) are also willing to skip major tourist attractions in favor of some lesser-known alternatives. Moreover, 54% of travelers say they would extend their stay with the intention of traveling outside the main tourist areas. All of this highlights the significant potential for increasing innovation in this sector to enable travelers to explore more, discover some less attractive areas and support more local businesses.Creating economic opportunities for women with the help of travel technology The rate of employed women in the most productive age (aged 25-54) is 63% globally, compared to 94% among men, and the gender pay gap is currently 23% globally. [3] As one of Sustainable development goals United Nations, gender equality and the empowerment of women are extremely important topics for Booking.com as well. The extent of this problem is also visible in a growing number of start-ups around the world that are introducing innovative concepts and business models to position travel-related services as a means by which women can generate income on their own.One of the inspiring examples within this larger movement aimed at combating gender inequality through innovation is the program Women on Wheels (Women behind the wheel) by Sakha Consulting, one of the winners of the 2018 Booster Program grant. Over the next two years, the program will provide life support for more than 1.000 poorer women who, as drivers, will earn a total of € 2 million in income for themselves and their families, while providing women across India with more than a million safe rides.Promoting inclusive growth for resource-deficient local communities In the oft-cited statistical report of the UN Environment Program, it is estimated that for every $ 100 that tourists from developing countries spend on travel, only $ 5 remains in the state and benefits the local destination and community. This represents a significant opportunity for travel service companies to help local communities make the most of the benefits of global tourism and promote an inclusive growth model for the tourism sector as a whole. In a recent Booking.com survey, nearly two-thirds of travelers (65%) said they were willing to look for more local products instead of popular tourist souvenirs. Furthermore, more than half of global travelers (53%) are interested in experiences organized by the local community, if this would help mitigate the negative impacts of tourism. [2]A great example of a growing number of start-up companies looking to solve this problem is the peer-to-peer travel platform Backstreet Academy. Its goal is to fight poverty through tourism and technology. Since winning Booster grants in 2017, the company has managed to increase the number of micro-entrepreneurs it works with in Southeast Asia by 16% and has nearly doubled the revenue it has helped generate for the local community. By enabling travelers to communicate directly with artisans through their platform, they have helped preserve 213 traditions, crafts and examples of intangible cultural heritage in 2017, and in 2018 they intend to increase that number to 240.Environmental Protection There are many complex and interrelated challenges when it comes to the environmental challenges faced by start-ups in the sustainable travel sector. These include limited access to drinking water, as well as problems related to plastic waste and depletion of natural resources. Although almost 70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, only 2,5% of the water is drinkable, and most is trapped in ice. [4]  According to the data United Nations, in the past century, water consumption has grown twice as fast (and more) than the population growth rate. For communities already struggling with a shortage of drinking water, this necessarily means relying on bottled water, which comes with an increase in operating costs, but also environmental consequences.United Nations Environment Program  is the fact that 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced worldwide every year, which is approximately equal to the weight of the entire human population. Much of this plastic waste ends up in rivers and oceans, polluting the world’s drinking water supply, threatening marine ecosystems and destroying beaches and other coastal destinations.The winner of the Booster Award 2017, Desolenator, deals with the problem of water and plastic and uses its state-of-the-art technology to use solar energy to produce drinking water from all sources.  The Desolenator team is currently preparing for a series of important pilot projects scheduled for 2019, including a project to replace all plastic water bottles at an island resort in Cambodia with their sustainable solutions. The Desolenator team believes that already in the first year of the pilot project at the Cambodia hotel, it will save more than $ 33.000 in operating costs, avoid using more than 30.000 plastic bottles and reduce their carbon footprint by more than eight tons.As for the program Booking Booster for 2019, Booking.com will select and invite 10 start-ups from the sustainable tourism sector that are ready to increase their business plans as part of a three-week acceleration program to be held in May 2019 in Amsterdam.The program will consist of a series of lectures, practical workshops and advisory trainings, and the highlight of the event will be the final presentation of ideas and the awarding of prizes of up to € 500.000 from Booking.com’s € 2 million prize pool. The purpose of these awards is to assist in the next phase of growth envisaged for selected start-up companies. All companies will also be entitled to continuous mentoring and advice from Booking.com experts, as well as various opportunities to collaborate with Booking.com on potential innovative projects and experiments in order to boost their future growth.Start-up companies from all over the world can apply for the Booking Booster Program 2019 from today (November 1, 2018). Applications can be sent until December 2, 2018, and interested start-up companies can read complete information and additional details in the section Booking Booster on the Booking Caresa website.last_img read more

Autopsy finds cop suffocated black man as US braces for more fury

first_imgAn autopsy found Monday that an African-American man whose death has set off nationwide unrest was suffocated by a police officer, contradicting a preliminary ruling, as cities including New York imposed or toughened curfews in expectation of fresh fury.Violence has erupted for three straight nights outside the White House, where a holed-up Donald Trump has brushed aside the traditional unifying role of a president, and one person was shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky, whose mayor fired the police chief.One week after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, an autopsy blamed his videotaped death squarely on a white police officer who pinned him down with his knee for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe!” Curfew in New York, death in LouisvilleNew York, the famed “City that Never Sleeps,” became the latest city to impose a nighttime curfew after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars.In the upscale SoHo district, Elliot Kurland, owner of the Leica photography store, said his entire shop was emptied by looters including clients’ property. He estimated his loss at $1 million.”I hope I have insurance,” he said.”My brother heard about it. He called me. I had been about to come here at three o’clock in the morning. My brother warned me, ‘Don’t go down. You’ll get killed.'”New York, like other cities, had just been emerging from weeks under lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic. Kurland said he was still paying employees who were not reporting to work.More than 40 cities have imposed curfews. Washington’s mayor, Muriel Browser, said a curfew will start Monday at an unusually early 7.00 pm in hopes of preventing a repeat of the destruction in the US capital — which included a fire at St. John’s, the two-century-old “church of the presidents” across from the White House.Apple, along with several other major retailers, temporarily closed most US stores, and California shut government offices in crowded areas as a precaution.It was the most widespread unrest in the United States since 1968, when cities went up in flames over the slaying of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and rekindled memories of 1992 riots in Los Angeles after police were acquitted in the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King.But unlike in Los Angeles, the latest unrest has primarily targeted property, although both protesters and police have reported non-life-threatening injuries.One person was killed, however, in Kentucky’s largest city Louisville. Police chief Steve Conrad said officers and the National Guard “returned fire” just after midnight after being shot at as they dispersed a crowd in a parking lot.The dead man was David McAtee, the owner of a popular barbecue business, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, which quoted his nephew.Louisville, the home of Muhammad Ali and Kentucky Fried Chicken, has seen especially passionate protests due to the police killing in March of an African American woman, Breonna Taylor, in her own apartment.The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead after police barged into her home, alleging that drug dealers had used the apartment to receive packages.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday he had fired the police chief, Steve Conrad, because officers did not record body-camera of the episode. Week of memorialsFloyd, 46, had been accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit bill and his aggressive arrest was caught on a cellphone camera.The autopsy revived demands for the arrest of three other police officers who stood guard for Chauvin as Floyd pleaded for his life.”We are tired of this happening. This generation is not having it. We are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old African-American woman at a peaceful demonstration at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul.Pointing to her three-year-old son, she said: “I want to make sure he stays alive.”Officer Derek Chauvin, who had remained in the police force despite persistent complaints about his behavior, had been due to appear in court on Monday but the judiciary said the initial hearing had been postponed to June 8.The delay outraged many activists, although Minnesota has made clear that it seeks to punish Chauvin and has tasked the prosecution personally with the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, a prominent former US congressman. “The evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause of death, and homicide as the manner of death,” Aleccia Wilson, a University of Michigan expert who examined his body at the family’s request, told a news conference.An initial finding cited in a criminal complaint pointed to pre-existing conditions, outraging the family.Shortly after the independent report, Hennepin County’s medical examiner released its official autopsy that called his death a homicide caused by “neck compression,” although it also said he was intoxicated and pointed to heart disease.A memorial for Floyd will take place on Thursday in Minneapolis before a service in North Carolina and a funeral on June 9 in Houston, where he grew up, family lawyer Ben Crump said.center_img Trump combative While presidents traditionally seek to bridge national divides during tumult, Trump was again holed up at the White House tweeting attacks on his political rivals and the media.In a conference call with governors that was quickly leaked to several media outlets, Trump told state leaders to “dominate” and said they were “going to look like a bunch of jerks” if they are too soft.The governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, is heard reprimanding Trump directly, saying he was “extraordinarily concerned” by the president’s “inflammatory” rhetoric.Trump has blamed the violence on Antifa, the loosely organized collective of far-left activists who advocate aggressive action to stop what they see as the rise of fascism and white supremacists.Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic opponent in November elections, met Monday with black leaders at a church in his home of Wilmington, Delaware and promised to form a police oversight commission in his first 100 days as president.”Hate just hides. Doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” Biden said. Topics :last_img read more