Political storms swirl around California’s Newsom amid virus

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has gone from a governor in command to one lurching from one political crisis to the next as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year. He’s recently faced questions over his decisions to abruptly lift stay-at-home orders and overhaul the state’s vaccine program, and his attempt to get kids back in school is stalled. Amid a Republican-led recall effort, some Democrats are starting to whisper about the need for a backup plan should voters decide to remove him. Newsom’s slide points to the pain facing leaders as virus fatigue takes hold, vaccines remain elusive and voters stop laying blame on the Trump administration.last_img read more

Delray Beach residents say homes flooded after city took their sandbags

first_imgSome residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said  Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.last_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 3 in review: Jon Gruden cool with Antonio Brown in heat of Raiders camp

first_imgMORE: How NFL teams have fared after appearing on ‘Hard Knocks’After each of the five episodes this season, Sporting News will recap the best, worst and most bizarre of what the team has to offer from its camp in Napa, Calif., as it prepares for its final season in Oakland. Here is our review of the third episode.’Hard Knocks’ Episode 3 best moments, highlightsA Caliendo callbackWe’ve seen plenty of Frank Caliendo impressions of Gruden before, but it went to a whole other level with Caliendo addressing the Raiders in their team meeting room while Gruden watched from the side. The comedian picked up a few more bits from “Hard Knocks”: “I gotta stop cussing,” “Knock on wood” and a love of saying “Glenn-on” to refer to Oakland’s backup quarterback.If you blinked during the cold open, you might have thought it was Gruden himself.Tonight on #HardKnocks…Gruden brings in a guest close to his own heart.⁣@FrankCaliendo pic.twitter.com/wI7fS4hTGt— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 20, 2019Gruden always “all in” on ABThroughout Brown’s issues with frostbitten feet and his helmet — Gruden hasn’t criticized or called out his superstar wide receiver in any way. He knows they are in this together as the two mavericks most charged with sparking the Raiders’ offensive turnaround. “I give the guy credit for standing up for what he believes in,” Gruden said before admitting he didn’t know why it was such a big story. The 2019 Raiders were destined to be featured on “HBO’s Hard Knocks.” With coach Jon Gruden and wide receiver Antonio Brown continuing to headline the team’s training camp drama, the 14th edition of the NFL Films documentary series is already among the best. From hearing the late John Facenda again recite “Autumn Wind” during the opening credits to listening to the legendary Brent Musburger call the team’s game action, the preseason sounds and sights have made for compelling reality sports television. That turned out to be a prophetic example of the type of player he didn’t want them to be. The Chargers cut Windt on Tuesday after nine seasons with the team.Words to live by”Men lie. Women lie. Analytics don’t.” — Brown, when confronted with data showing why he has been the best wide receiver in the game.📊📠 @AB84 pic.twitter.com/kMsV8d7uz0— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 21, 2019″Some ships are made of metal, some ships are made of wood, but the best ships are friendships and that’s the way it should . . .” — Wilson, on camp camaraderie, in the most Canadian waycenter_img During Thursday’s exhibition vs. the Cardinals, in which AB didn’t play, Gruden still had praise for his glamorous grinder: “You’ve got to love guys who have energy.”The biggest tell, however, was when Gruden was comfortable enough to joke about Brown’s discomfort over his burning feet in the extra heat of camp.”Why don’t you go to a cryochamber?” Gruden suggested, cheekily referring to the solution that caused Brown’s problem in the first place.pic.twitter.com/xElikWcBNq— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) August 21, 2019Luke Willson, eh?The veteran tight end, one of the most notable Canadian players in the NFL, is reintroduced to us with his flowing hair stealing the show. Think of it as a cross between Geddy Lee, A.J. Hawk and PFT Commenter.In true Canadian fashion, we see Willson being nice and relaxed while on a ferry ride to Sausalito, marveling at the Golden Gate Bridge, with his visiting father, Mike, in tow. On cue, Mike relates how he thought Luke might be playing pro hockey, not football — and instead following his “Slap Shot” dream of becoming a real-life Hanson brother.Long hair don’t care#HardKnocks | @LWillson_82 pic.twitter.com/4kIdjWgoNH— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) August 21, 2019Darren Waller, ballerThe Raiders’ most skilled receiving tight end gets some attention for the hard work he has done in the offseason to get past the durability and substance-abuse issues he has experienced in his NFL career. We also see Waller, a converted wide receiver, staying modest in talking to “Madden” rating adjusters and missing out on two preseason touchdown catches because of an overthrow and a substitution.The highlight, however, was NFL Films having footage of when he was squandering his first big chance in Ravens camp. The contrast of an uninterested player vs. a passionate one makes us appreciate Waller’s journey a lot more.Hunter Renfrow, leading recederColor us not shocked that there was another joke about the rookie wide receiver not following the Raiders’ “bigger, faster” philosophy, or yet another one about his balding pate making him look like he was 37, not 23. The only thing that matters for Oakland is what Renfrow showed over and over at Clemson — the ability to make clutch catch after clutch catch.Gone with the WindtGruden, while prepping his team to face Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, also showed the players a clip of Chargers long snapper Mike Windt stepping on the field vs. the Cardinals — with a ball during a live play involving another ball. last_img read more

Weeping in Bassa

first_imgIt was a scene of frustration and disappointment when the foreman and members of the empanelled trial jury at the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Bassa County handed down a unanimous guilty verdict against 12 indicted defendants for multiple crimes.The defendants include people who were arrested last year following riot that paralyzed operations at ArcelorMittal site near Mount Tokadeh in Nimba County.It took a few hours for the jury on April 6 to return from their deliberation to announce the guilty verdict against the defendants.Following the jury’s pronouncement, the defendants’ constant silence in court dramatically broke into bitter weeping.The jury further disclosed that the prosecution produced sufficient and supportive evidence to convict the defendants for the commission of the multiple crimes.Those found guilty include Fred Saye, Yei Dokie, Prince Zeaduah, Jerome Zuweh, Wilson Gondo, Wuo Gballah and Peter Zuweh.The rest are Orando Kortor, William Gbanda, Saye Jebolo, Saye Garteh, and Oretha Gono,The multiple crimes included arson, armed robbery, and theft of property, physical obstruction of government function, criminal mischief, riot and failure to disperse.Others are disorderly conduct, obstruction of highway and other public passage, and criminal conspiracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Challenge of Post Conflict Liberian National Police Leadership after UNMIL

first_imgFacing the challenge of a new age in post conflict Liberian National Police leadership relies on the 13 Cs of leadership. It is predicated upon “The 13 Cs of Leadership,” but I will elaborate on six for this occasion, which I wish to call on your critical thinking and philosophical assessment. The first C is CURIOSITY AS A LEADER:Specifically LNP leadership: This is very significant because it promotes an ongoing intellectual growth. As Black African people, specifically Liberian people, we must always be intolerant of ignorance, but understanding of illiteracy. That some of our people, unable to go to school, sometimes the faults are not of their own doing, were and are more intelligent than some of our college professors and Ph.Ds and other eulogical practitioners. It is never too late or old to learn, and learning is not a new or young thing. These people must not be left behind in our quest for advancement. With your capable leadership through LNP, we can take care of our own after UNMIL.The Second C: CREATIVITY:As LNP leaders, you have to be creative, innovative, with the power to manifest something new that will attract your followers in generating a collective team-players mentality. Creativity leads to positive change agents who always strive to make sense out of senseless situations of popular interest – to make the best out of the worst situation.The Third C: COMMUNICATION:An excellent grasp of language, with specific emphasis on Police Language, is virtually essential for a leader to lead. As LNP leaders, we must be able to communicate and easily articulate ideas and persuasively discuss concepts with others. Leaders have a willingness and ultimate desire to and generously share helpful, uplifting information, ideas, and knowledge. Communication is Key to constant connection and social networking.The Fourth C: CHARACTER:This addresses the inner, spiritual beauty of a leader. Character refers to a person’s, specifically a leader’s, sense of morality, and the moral and cultural values relevant to your belief systems, or what you relatively consider right or wrong. The Fifth C: CONVICTION:To have high ideas is a necessary qualitative condition for leadership. Leaders demonstrate conviction to ideas, values, and social norms that develop personal integrity, support society, and uplift the community at large. This must be a post-conflict Liberian National Police pledge moving forward – 15 years into the 21st Century to 2017 and beyond.The Six C: COURAGE:Failure is not a blow to a man’s ambitious march to his anticipated goal, but rather a test of his determination and optimism….COURAGE…….This means being committed to high ideas, even when outvoted by a majority, even when they say ‘you failed us.’ Failure is not a blow to man’s ambitious march to his anticipated goal, but rather a test of his determination and optimism; because, in the context of LNP Leadership, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in times of difficulty and controversies.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) In essence, I would like to critically elucidate a simple synopsis of a guiding principle for a 21st Century post 911 and post conflict LNP Respect Chart:I. As a 21st Century post 911 and post conflict LNP, our will is to serve humanity.II. We will always conduct ourselves in a professional manner and maintain a professional surrounding and an enabling environment.III. We will go beyond the normal to provide compassionate and family services to each other and our first customers (the people of Liberia and our partners in progress).IV. We will treat each other and our customers with respect, dignity, compassion, and a sense of oneness in humanity, land of nativity, and nationalism.V. We are the ones to teach others that act on one term of a shared commitment – each one teaches one. One loss of life of LNP is one too many.VI. We will work together and share information and ideas through social networking and collective consciousness of Law Enforcement – Criminal Justice – with Police Science by undoing our miss-education of the past; andVII. We will collectively remain open and consider all suggestions and ideas classified and de-classified that help our unified movement as LNP. Yet, we will remain vigilant and unambiguous of our alertness in an effort to avoid public panic and paranoia. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the mind, the spirit, the soul, the community, and the world if appropriately utilized. For knowledge is power and the only cause of fear is ignorance. ”I have recently developed and presented the Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice-Police Science Curriculum to Cuttington University’s Faculty Senate, Academic Standing Committee, and it was accepted and approved to be taught at the institution. This will commence at the main campus in Suakoko with AA and BA degrees, and at the Junior College in Kakata with an AA degree, with an anticipated projection at the Cuttington University Graduate School with MA/Ph.D in Law Enforcement-Criminal Justice-Police Science. The Liberia National Police was established in accordance with section 180 of chapter 13, sub chapter “A” of the Executive Law in the Liberian Code of Law Volume 11 of 1955 within the department of Justice and reversed under Section 22.70 of the same Executive Law of June 12, 1955.Throughout the decades the LNP has educated its practitioners with certifications and qualifications. Based upon this analysis, it becomes imperative to articulate that contemporary perspectives of policing can be seen as law in action, as opposed to black letter law as printed. It is legal realism giving life to laws that are at once substance, procedural, and restorative, concerned with legality, but also with due process, and doing justice. In this way, policing in the context of the contemporary, and a 21st Century post conflict and post Ebola Liberian National Police, gives life to human rights.Victor Hugo told us many decades ago that “There is nothing more powerful in the entire world than an idea whose time has come.” I say as a follow up that “There is no vision that is greater than the fruition of a creative mind.”President of Tanzania Dr. Julius Nyerere articulated: “We are the custodians of the cultures of our ancestors, mothers and fathers. We are the perpetrators of the cultures of our children….we have no right to leave behind a culture that is less filtered than the ones our parents left to us.” The LNP leadership of post conflict Liberia must be cognizant of the fact that freedom only takes a free people to give it up. For in order to produce the future, you have to create the future. Because by truth Liberia will rise in peace again; in love, Liberia will expand with dignity again; and with redemption, atonement, and reconciliation, Liberia will never fall again. With God there are only possibilities.Honorable Director General of the Liberia National Police, to my fine and humanitarian government officials, and our UNMIL friends, I thank you ever so much for your time with us, and I appreciate all of your humanitarian safety and security obligations to our people and nation.I wish to respectfully submit to you my fellow LNP practitioners our risky obligations as police officers must be guided by what Dr. King told us many years ago that “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in times of difficulty and controversy.”I therefore wish to express to you fellow LNPs – Honorable Director General, that the faintest whisper of a heart that feels alone and abandoned comes before the heart of a loving father who will go to any length to comfort his children. Mr. Director General, the LNP is prepared and ready to comfort the nation after UNMIL. When all conscious protective mechanisms are in place, and I am optimistic that through you it will and must be done, for our domestic safety and security after UNMIL and beyond, we must take a stand against sins committed by ourselves in the past.UNMIL cannot protect us more than ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Tastiest Foods To Get You Spring Break Bod Ready

first_imgEating healthy for spring break bod success doesn’t mean you have to eat tasteless salads or go on extreme diets. Some of the healthiest food even tastes better than the unhealthy alternative and will prepare you for the upcoming beach season. Here are some healthy and delicious foods that’ll help you to feel your best. 1. Green SmoothiesGreen smoothies sometimes can get a bad rep due to their slightly off-putting appearance but with the right ingredients, they can taste sweet and just like any other smoothie. The best thing about green smoothies is that they sneak in the vegetables you need without being able to taste them. Waking up and already having a serving of vegetables in before lunch is a great way to ensure spring break bod success.2. Protein BallsProtein Balls are basically just healthy cookies in disguise. They are so yummy and a great pre-workout treat or a substitute for dessert. They often pack in ingredients with health benefits too–such as flax seeds or chia seeds. They are easy to make and normally don’t require baking so they are a great healthy snack to keep on hand in your preparation for beach season. 3. Dark Chocolate If you’re anything like me, dessert is the most important meal of the day. I have such a sweet tooth even when trying to eat healthy– so dark chocolate is a must. While it’s best in moderation, dark chocolate has several health benefits–such as reducing cholesterol. Its ok to treat yourself when preparing for that spring break bod.4. ToastEveryone loves a classic avocado toast but there’s no need to stop with just avocado. There are so many delicious and healthy ways to upgrade your toast that will help you to sneak in some extra veggies while still getting that comfort food feel. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory–toast is probably the answer. Plus, toast can be topped with lots of healthy ingredients and is a great food to eat while getting in shape. 5. Overnight OatsSometimes we resort to unhealthy breakfasts when we’re in a rush, but overnight oats are a healthy and tasty solution. You can make them the night before and just stick them in the fridge to eat in the morning. There are so many great overnight oats recipes and are made with ingredients you probably already own. This is a great and healthy way to start your morning.6. Grain BowlsGrain Bowls are personally one of my favorite dinners, plus they’re healthy and very filling. They have many of the same ingredients as a typical salad but are a bit heartier and are often made with some sort of warm grain like quinoa or brown rice. This is a great staple meal to have in the weeks to come before spring break. With spring break right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pack in all your healthy meals while you still can. Spring break body doesn’t mean dieting and eating foods you don’t like just to look good on the beach. With these healthy foods, you can eat tasty food and still look forward to getting your tan on. Sourcelast_img read more