Minneapolis scraps plans to pay social media influencers to spread information during Chauvin trial

first_imgoatawa/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis has scrapped plans to pay social media influencers to share information during the upcoming trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.In an email sent to city elected officials and obtained by ABC News, Minneapolis’ Director of Communications Greta Bergstrom and Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations David Rubedor confirmed plans to cancel the initiative.“We would like to take a moment to address the recommendation to use social media ‘influencers’ as part of the Joint Information System information sharing strategies,” the email stated. The initiative, according to the email, came about because “we have heard repeatedly that many residents are not connected to the city’s traditional routes of sharing information.”“While we believe in and support the intention of this recommendation, we have seen the impact has caused harm. We are sorry and acknowledge that we will have to work to repair the harm that has been caused,” the email added. “At this point, we will NOT move forward with this strategy.”The initial plans were for Minneapolis to have paid partnerships with “community members who are considered trusted messengers and have large social media presence to share City generated and approved messages,” according to the city’s website.The proposal was first reported by the local outlet the Minnesota Reformer last Friday, which stated that the budget for this project was $12,000, with $2,000 paid to each influencer to share information during the trials, citing a city spokeswoman.The embattled plans immediately courted controversy from many residents of Minneapolis, who questioned the move and the city’s motives.“If you go through lengths and measures to buy a narrative, what does that say about the leadership and trust that has been eroded in the past few years?” Toussaint Morrison, a community activist in Minneapolis, told ABC Minneapolis affiliate KTSP-TV.“You buy people to tell you that your emotions aren’t valid, or that you should stay home and not protest, or that certain things are more important than justice,” Morrison added. “So I really feel that them trying to buy the narrative from social media influencers is really disappointing.”The trial of Chauvin, which is set to begin on March 8 with jury selection, looms large over Minneapolis.The white police officer, who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes in a video that horrified the nation — as well as galvanized communities across the country to demand change — faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Opening of new Calvin Coolidge exhibit postponed

first_imgThe opening of a new permanent exhibit that examines the life and times of President Calvin Coolidge is being rescheduled to a later date. ‘Calvin Coolidge: His Life & Legacy’ will not open as planned next month at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.  The state Division for Historic Preservation anticipates that the exhibit, which was scheduled to open Aug. 6, will debut later this year. ‘We are disappointed about the delay, but we simply need more time for an exhibit of this magnitude to be installed,’ said Vermont Historic Preservation Officer Giovanna Peebles. ‘When the exhibit opens, we’re confident that it will have been worth the wait.’ ‘Calvin Coolidge: His Life & Legacy’ will include interactive features, historic newsreels, a voice recognition station and a holographic image. The Division for Historic Preservation has worked closely with Media-FX, a Montreal-based design firm noted for its innovative, interpretive displays. Plymouth Old Home Day will still take place at the Coolidge site as scheduled on Aug. 6. Plymouth Old Home Day, which dates back to the early 20th century, unites town organizations in a fun-filled festival of historic music, traditional craft and farm demonstrations, wagon rides and culinary treats.  Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country.  Twelve buildings are open to the public, including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory (still making cheese using the original 1890 recipe) and 1924 summer White House office.  For more information about Plymouth Old Home Day or the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, call 802-828-3540 or visit www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge(link is external).last_img read more

Antetokounmpo scores 23 in return, Bucks beat Bulls 123-102

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 11:37 IST Antetokounmpo Scores 23 In Return, Bucks Beat Bulls 123-102 Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 10 rebounds after missing two games with a sore back, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 123-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. First Published: 31st December, 2019 11:37 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW US COMMENTcenter_img Written By Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 10 rebounds after missing two games with a sore back, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half for a 123-102 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.Antetokounmpo, the NBA’s second-leading scorer with an average of 30.5 points per game entering this one, played only 27 minutes and sat out the final 5 1/2 because of the lopsided score. He was 8 for 14 from the field with six assists.Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks and Eric Bledsoe had 15 points in 16 minutes after missing the previous eight games with a fractured right leg. Milwaukee improved to a league-best 30-5.Zach LaVine scored 19 points for Chicago but shot just 7 for 23 from the field. Lauri Markkanen and Coby White had 18 points apiece and Wendell Carter Jr. added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.Milwaukee jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Chicago missed its first six shots. The Bucks led 31-20 at the end of the first quarter and stretched it to 33-20 early in the second on a basket by Robin Lopez.But the Bulls — after shooting 9 of 29 in the first — suddenly got hot from behind the 3-point arc. White and Markkanen each had three 3-pointers in the second to trim the Milwaukee advantage. Chicago was 8 for 14 on 3s in the quarter.With just under two minutes left in the first half, White hit a driving scoop off the glass to give the Bulls a 52-51 lead, their first of the game.Antetokounmpo quickly answered with a putback on the other end to put the Bucks back on top. Milwaukee led 55-52 at halftime thanks in part to a 15-0 advantage in free throw attempts (making 12).Any chance of a Chicago upset was quickly dashed in the third. The Bucks opened with a 17-4 run for a 72-56 lead — with Antetokounmpo capping the spurt with a thunderous dunk that drew a loud roar from the United Center crowd.Milwaukee led 95-77 after three quarters. Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth for a 105-81 advantage, the Bucks’ biggest of the game.TIP-INSBucks: G Wesley Matthews sat out with a bruised right thigh. “He’s been playing through it and I think it’s at a stage where him not playing is the right move,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Hopefully, it’s just a short-term thing.”Bulls: F Chandler Hutchison missed his 15th straight game with a right shoulder injury. Hutchison has been cleared for contact and is expected to practice with the team on Tuesday. “He’ll have full contact,” coach Jim Boylen said. “I’ll get a chance to watch him play a little bit. We’ll just keep working at it.”UP NEXTBucks: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.Bulls: Host the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Jol: Gareth Bale should stay and become a Tottenham legend

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol believes Gareth Bale should stay at Tottenham and become a legend at the club.The Welshman, signed for Spurs as a 17-year-old by Jol in 2007, has risen to become one of the most talked-about players in world football this season and has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.But ahead of his Fulham side’s game against Spurs on Sunday, Jol made it clear he believes Bale can achieve greatness without going elsewhere.“I hope Bale will stay at Spurs because it’s a very good club for him,” he said.“Spurs have been getting better and better so why shouldn’t he stay there? They have a big support, they’re a big club with a big fan base and he could be a legend there.“Being linked with going abroad is always nice but it could be a risk. When I look at other players from England or from Holland – big players – who have done that it doesn’t always come off.“Whatever he decides to do he will have a big future because he is the best player in the Premier League at the moment.”Jol also admitted he tried to sign Bale on loan for Hamburg when he was manager there between 2008 and 2009.“I wanted to get him on loan in Germany at the time but other clubs were trying to get him too and Tottenham did well to keep him,” he explained.“In hindsight, getting him to sign for Tottenham was very satisfying because everyone could see then he was an exciting talent.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Comet Ocean Theory Debunked

first_img(Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Data from the Rosetta mission debunk the notion that comets brought Earth’s ocean water.  Now they’re hoping asteroids could have.The news media seem disappointed that comets are apparently ruled out as sources of water for Earth’s oceans.  Some are looking to asteroids—dry as they are—as a source.Rosetta results: Comets ‘did not bring water to Earth’ (BBC News); “Scientists have dealt a blow to the theory that most water on Earth came from comets.”#RosettaWatch: Comet water is not like Earth’s (New Scientist); “The comet’s water has around three times as much deuterium as water on Earth, the researchers found.”Rosetta Spacecraft Suggests Asteroids, Not Comets, Birthed Earth’s Oceans (National Geographic); Ice on comet 67P displays chemistry unlike seawater, the spacecraft circling overhead reveals.Mystery of where Earth’s water came from deepens (PhysOrg); “The mystery of where Earth’s water came from got murkier Wednesday when some astronomers essentially eliminated one of the chief suspects: comets.”Most of Earth’s Water Came from Asteroids, Not Comets (Charles Q. Choi on Space.com); “Today’s asteroids have very little water — that’s clear,” Altwegg added. “But that was probably not always the case. During the Late Heavy Bombardment 3.8 billion years ago, at that time, asteroids could have had much more water than they could now.”Because the early Earth probably lost most of its atmosphere when the moon formed (via an impact, according to popular theory), many planetary scientists have looked to comets, with all their volatiles, as possible delivery storks to birth the oceans.  It was known to be a problem that the deuterium ratios didn’t match, but perhaps that was due to sampling error.  Now, the Rosetta orbiter shows that the ratio is even worse than thought.But could dry asteroids replace them as water balloons? (see 11/03/09).  That seems even less likely, unless one imagines that they “could” have had more water in an unobservable period of the past.  Why, though, would asteroids’ deuterium ratios be any different from those in comets?Whatever happened, evolutionists are sure that comets and asteroids and other “impactors” could have brought something better: the building blocks of life.Giant impacts, planet formation and the search for life elsewhere (PhysOrg)Asteroid impacts may have formed life’s building blocks (Science Magazine)The further removed from empirical testing, the easier it is to speculate without fear of falsification.Here’s another case of “wrong again” in planetary science.  The secularists should be weeping over this falsification of their decades-long speculation, not trying to paper it over with even more speculation.  They have no shame.  Do materialists know how the solar system formed, with the blue-jewel of Earth blessed with water?  Short answer: No.last_img read more

Trends of the Game DVD’s Available

first_imgThe 2008 Trends of the Game DVD is now available for purchase from the TFA Online Shop http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396 The 2008 Trends series again sees current Australian Coaches giving information about current trends in skills and tactics in the game, with this year’s theme being Back to Basics. Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman’s investigates switching and how and when to perform a switch. Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad discusses the technique of defensive body position. Mixed Open Coach Bernie Morrison teaches the art of creating space, while Referee’s Director Lou Tompkins speaks about the two-by-two-by-two refereeing technique that is now being adopted across the country. Whether you are a player, referee, coach or spectator, do not miss the chance to obtain an insight into the coaching techniques of the current Australian Coaches.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea defender Zouma: Keep an eye on Yoan at Bolton

first_imgChelsea defender Zouma: Keep an eye on Yoan at Boltonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Kurt Zouma is delighted seeing his kid brother making it at Bolton Wanderers.Yoan Zouma joined Bolton in August 2018 and was made to feel at home by his elder sibling, who was on loan in the North-West at Everton last season.”We lived 20 minutes away from each other so he used to be at my house every day, always having dinner together,” Kurt told chelseafc.com.”He played in the Under-23s last season and now he’s played a few games for the first team. He has done well. He’s the same kind of player as me: big, strong and quick. He deserves what happens to him.”He has been working hard in France, where he went through a lot. Now he is here, not far from me in England. We are always on the phone; I try to give him some advice. Hopefully he gets through into bigger leagues. He’s my little brother, I love him so much and I’m very happy for him. I hope he keeps going, keeps working hard and keeps pushing in the first team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Braxton Miller Trolls Jim Harbaugh With Ridiculous Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is usually quiet and reserved – and prefers to let his play on the field do the talking. Wednesday, however, he apparently couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get in on the trolling of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh after the Wolverines head coach blasted Ohio State’s AD on Twitter.Miller took to Twitter Wednesday to re-post a ridiculous meme that was put together last offseason after Harbaugh took his shirt off during a satellite camp. Check it out:‘ what a time.. Who made this? pic.twitter.com/3buDE1nnN2— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) March 23, 2016Between Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Thomas and now Braxton Miller, it’s clear that Ohio State’s former players have no problem taking shots at their former rival. We’ll see if Harbaugh strikes back.last_img read more

Fickell calls for Ohio State football to move forward

As fans and media throughout Columbus continue to dwell on Ohio State’s 24-6 loss in Miami on Saturday, Buckeyes’ coach Luke Fickell said he can’t and won’t. “We have a 17-hour rule. After 17 hours, it’s over with,” Fickell said. “Doesn’t mean we forget about what happened or we forget the feeling of what happened, but we move on.” With the team’s 17-hour period of reflecting on the loss over, Fickell said his team will only concern itself with present problems. “Somebody asked, ‘What do you think this team is going to be in three weeks?’ I worry about today,” he said. “I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. “(One thing) the team can’t do is worry about what’s going to happen in three weeks, three months … that will eat you alive.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon, a captain for this Saturday’s game against Colorado, is eager to move forward with the season. He expects to learn a lot about his team after coming off its first loss of the young season. “We’re fired up. It’s an exciting week for us,” Simon said. “These are the weeks you kind of look forward to. You never want to lose, but you get to see what kind of team you have this week, seeing how we’re going to react and rebuild off this loss.” The other Buckeyes’ captain on Saturday will be junior fullback Zach Boren, who doesn’t plan to need rebuilding off of a loss again this season. “We’re going to go out and try and win every game,” Boren said. “No matter if it’s by one point or 50 points, we don’t care, we’re going to go out and win every game. That’s our mentality.” If the young Buckeyes can go on to win every game, Fickell said he believes it could leave Buckeye fans remembering the Miami loss as a mere bump in the road. “It’s ultimately where you end and not where you begin. We want to see improvement. That’s what our focus is going to be,” Fickell said. “But you have to move on.” “You still (have) to spend time on Colorado,” Fickell added. “We need to make sure we focus on what we’re doing, tackling on defense, ball security on offense.” Fickell said moving on involves holding every player accountable for his play, regardless of the player’s tenure with the team. “No excuses, whether they’re young or they’re old,” Fickell said. “We have such an incredibly high standard for those guys.” Simon echoed his coach’s feelings. “We’re not going to make excuses for ourselves. Miami came to play and got the job done. But our objective this week is Colorado,” Simon said. “We’re up to the challenge. Like I said, guys are in there this morning breaking down film, game planning, so we’re ready to go.” read more