Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(LINCOLN, Ala.) — NASCAR has launched an investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall of a Black driver who had called for removing the Confederate flag from circuit events.“We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” NASCAR said in a statement on Sunday. “As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”The organization said it would “do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”On Monday, the Department of Justice announced its Civil Rights Division is also investigating “to determine whether there are violations of federal law,” U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said in a statement.The incident happened Sunday at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway, which was hosting a Cup Series race. NASCAR said the noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. The 43 car is driven by Bubba Wallace, 26, the only Black driver in the Cup Series, NASCAR’s highest level.Wallace responded to the incident on Twitter Sunday night.“Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism,” he said.Wallace had pushed for NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate flag amid calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death last month at the hands of Minneapolis police. NASCAR subsequently announced earlier this month that it was banning the presence of the controversial flag at all events.In his statement Sunday, Wallace said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support from fans and that “we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate.”“This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down,” he said. “I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”Ahead of the Cup Series race on Sunday, protesters were seen flying Confederate flags in a parade outside Talladega Superspeedway. A plane also flew a banner of the flag with the words “Defund NASCAR.”The race, Talladega’s first and NASCAR’s second overall during the coronavirus pandemic to have fans in attendance, ended up being postponed to Monday at 3 p.m. ET at the Lincoln racetrack due to inclement weather.In a statement released Monday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey called on the NASCAR family to “rally around Bubba and his team as they compete today.” She said she was “shocked and appalled” by what happened and will assist in finding and punishing the person responsible.“There is no place for this disgusting display of hatred in our state,” she said, adding that Wallace is a native of Mobile, Alabama. “On behalf of all Alabamians, I apologize to Bubba Wallace as well as to his family and friends for the hurt that this has caused and regret the mark this leaves on our state.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund June 22, 2020 /Sports News – National Federal investigation launched after noose found in garage stall of Black NASCAR driver at Talladega
Authorities USS Vella Gulf Enters Black Sea View post tag: News by topic July 8, 2014 View post tag: europe Share this article View post tag: Black Sea View post tag: enters View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vella Gulf Enters Black Sea While in the Black Sea, Vella Gulf will conduct a port visit in Bulgaria, then head back out to sea to participate in the Bulgarian-led exercise Breeze; Romania, Italy, Turkey and Greece are also scheduled to participate in the exercise.“Vella Gulf is excited to have the opportunity to operate once more in this vital area of the world,” said Vella Gulf’s Commanding Officer Capt. Robert Katz. “It is important to support and reassure our partners, we hope our presence in the Black Sea continues to strengthen those bonds.”Vella Gulf’s presence in the Black Sea represents efforts by the United States to reaffirm its commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.[mappress]Press Release, July 08, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS Vella Gulf The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) entered the Black Sea, July 7, to promote peace and stability in the region.
Admiral Sir Mark StanhopeAdmiral Sir Mark Stanhope retired from the Royal Navy in April 2013 after 43 years of service. He was the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff for nearly 4 years, which was the culmination of a career that included command of submarines HMS Orpheus and HMS Splendid, the frigate HMS London and the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. He has had a number of appointments in NATO including working in the USA as a Deputy Supreme Commander. He is now the President of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, a member of the Council of Management of the White Ensign Association and holds a number of other maritime related charitable positions.Jeremy PennJeremy Penn has been a Trustee of RMG since 2015 and a Trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC) since 2017 and serves on the Board of Advisors for London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW), having chaired the Steering Group for LISW 2015 and 2017. He is also a Trustee of a defined benefit pension plan. He was Chief Executive of the Baltic Exchange from 2004 to 2016. Prior to that he worked for 20 years at Reuters Group PLC in a range of positions specialising in technology and marketing related to financial information as well as general management. He has lived and worked in France, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and the USA as well as the UK. He was educated at Warwick School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford and later took the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.These roles are not remunerated. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope and Jeremy Penn have made no such declarations.
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When Infrasound Music Festival released their lineup last week, one particular entry certainly caught our eye. The whole lineup is packed with performances from Noisia, Shpongle, EOTO and more, but the bottom of the billing introduced a new supergroup for festivalgoers: the Infrasound All-Stars.The All-Stars feature Michael Travis and Jason Hann, masters of percussion for The String Cheese Incident and EOTO, as well as Russ Liquid on horns and Benjamin Bamby of Ganja White Night on keys. Not only will this be the debut for the Infrasound All-Stars, but it also marks Bamby’s first performance in the US.“I’m god damn excited!,” said Bamby. “The opportunity to perform in the U.S. alongside members of String Cheese Incident, EOTO, and Russ Liquid Test is quite humbling!” Fans can expect a sonic exploration like none other, as all four are veterans of live performance production. EOTO is known for their all-improvisational approach, as both Travis and Hann are masters of sonic manipulation, powered with an extensive array of percussion and production isntruments. With Russ Liquid adding his potent support on the trumpet and more, and the low end grooves of Ganja White Night’s keyboardist Benjamin Bamby, there’s no telling what might go down.Infrasound is scheduled for June 2-6 in Highbridge, WI. Tickets and more information about Infrasound Music Festival can be found here, and you can check out the full lineup below.
As an international historian, Odd Arne Westad may be best known for bringing a fresh interpretation to the Cold War in which he argues that the era began much earlier and extended much farther than popularly thought.Those and other themes are explored in detail in a comprehensive new history of the Cold War written by Westad, the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard, where he teaches at the Kennedy School. He is also a faculty associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. In “The Cold War,” Westad traces the broad history of the era, including what he sees as its origins and its far-flung effects.The Gazette spoke to Westad about his perspective on the Cold War, including the forces that brought about and sustained the epic confrontation, and how it continues to reverberate decades after ending.Q&AOdd Arne WestadGAZETTE: What inspired your fascination with the Cold War?WESTAD: Growing up in Norway would be a part of it. Norway in the ’60s and early ’70s when I grew up was very much a kind of border region with regard to the East-West conflict. It very much felt like that when I was a child. Then when I was just out of college I was doing a lot of work with different kinds of volunteer organizations. I went to Southern Africa to work there for a while with a relief organization dealing with refugees. I did some work in Pakistan a little bit later in the mid-’80s. And that certainly also inspired me in terms of thinking about these issues, because then you got to see the impact of the Cold War in a very different kind of way. Many of the problems these people were coping with had actually been created by the Cold War in a much more direct sense than anything I had experienced where I grew up.GAZETTE: What led you to decide the time was ripe for a comprehensive history of the era?WESTAD: There were two main reasons, and they were related. We now have much better access to sources of material for the Cold War era than we ever had before, not just from the United States and Western Europe but also from Eastern Europe and Russia and even China. Even more important, you now have a whole bunch of historians and other social scientists who have worked their way through specific aspects of the Cold War. So any book of this size and scope builds on the work of others, and the timing was ripe now to draw on the work of literally thousands of others who have looked at this in more detail than I am able to do, and to try to single out what is of greatest significance for this era.GAZETTE: Most people think of the Cold War as the period between the end of World War II and the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Yet you argue that it really began decades earlier.WESTAD: I think the Cold War started in the late 19th century as an ideological conflict between capitalism and socialism. It started with the first global market crisis of the early 1890s. The radicalization of significant parts of the labor movement came out of that crisis, along with the expansion of the United States and Russia as transcontinental empires. And it ends in the early 1990s. With the Soviet Union gone, that ideological element that had its origins way back in the late 19th century is no longer there.I wanted to look at the Cold War in terms of how it was created, the people who created it, the reason why it was taken so incredibly seriously by people who I think in other circumstances would have thought very differently. That can only be explained by looking at this long time period in which it became a predominant international system. The argument is not that the Cold War determined everything from the late 19th century up to today, but that that ideological conflict influenced those things and was in turn influenced by other things that happened in other areas of human activity and human conflict. So it’s an argument really for trying to understand the Cold War within a broad 20th-century history.What had changed by the late 1940s was that most of the pretenders for international power were gone by then, and the last two great powers standing were the United States and the Soviet Union. So this ongoing ideological conflict had now become embodied in two states with a global reach.GAZETTE: You also believe we have tended to understate the broad geographical reach of the Cold War.WESTAD: I think some of that goes back to my own personal experiences. When you are in countries in Africa or South Asia, and you see the kind of tremendous impact, mostly for the worse, that the Cold War had in these regions, you necessarily become preoccupied with trying to understand this as a global conflict, including the impact it had on people’s lives. Think about Afghanistan, the origins of the conflict there. Think about the conflict in Southern Africa. These conflicts probably would not have happened without the Cold War ideological conflict.GAZETTE: With all the other sources of division in the 20th century, how did an ideological one become a predominant conflict?WESTAD: The Cold War was about the future; it was about how the world was going to be organized. It came out of the disasters that had befallen most parts of the world in the early 20th century: two world wars, the Great Depression, the battles over colonialism. The early 20th century was not a good time to be alive in most parts of the world. And the stakes then were immense. I think that explains why people of otherwise sound mind started taking somewhat abstract plans for the future of the world very seriously, to the extent that they were willing to consider blowing up the world in pursuit of these kinds of ideals. That’s what made the Cold War so immensely dangerous. We tend to forget how incredibly threatening the Cold War was as a conflict with two nuclear armed superpowers.GAZETTE: In some ways, for example with our current tensions with Russia, it almost feels like the Cold War never ended. What explains these continuing reverberations?WESTAD: There are different things that happened as soon as the Cold War was over, on a local scale. In the Russian case, there was a tremendous sense of loss. This is one of the few things in which the current Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, does have a point, that the Russian experience, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, was more or less disastrous for those people in terms of their living conditions, in terms of their sense of position, of dignity. That caused a feeling of resentment on the Russian side that has given rise to the very confrontational policies that Putin has engaged in over the last decade or so. But it’s not ideological in the same way as what you found during the Cold War.GAZETTE: The Cold War is often credited with at least offering the world respite from large-scale war. But was that worth the cost? Your book seems to argue no.WESTAD: That’s right. I think there were many much better ways in which international affairs could be and should have been organized than the Cold War in order to keep the peace after the disastrous first part of the 20th century. The Cold War was a product of the tragedies that went before. People who had gone through hell in the early part of the 20th century were willing to go through enormous sacrifices to achieve a better future, to get to that form of democratic capitalism or socialism. But there were many better ways of organizing the relationship between great powers than doing it through a Cold War kind of framework. Compared to the early 20th century, for most people in the developed world, the Cold War was a period of relative stability. But if you think Korea, if you think Vietnam, if you think the Middle East, it was not a period of great stability. It’s a period of tremendous, sometimes negative forces of change.GAZETTE: You argue that U.S. leaders lost a golden opportunity to move the world in a more stable and peaceful direction after the collapse of the Soviet Union.WESTAD: I think many things could have been done better. International institutions through the U.N., but also in other forms, could have been strengthened much more. Far more could have been done to integrate Russia, and for that matter China, into an international framework which was based on some kind of concept of common security. Especially with regard to Russia, it is now becoming pretty clear that expanding NATO in Europe, and for that matter also expanding the European Union, without there being any kind of form in which Russia down the road, very long-term, could become part of these communities — that was a very bad idea.GAZETTE: Is there any key lesson from the Cold War that could be especially helpful to today’s leaders?WESTAD: A major lesson is that having big plans for the future, to act upon one’s ideals, is not a bad thing. But one has to consider very carefully what risks one is willing to take in terms of society and in terms of international affairs to achieve these things. What really went wrong during the Cold War was that people were so afraid that the other side would win out that they were willing to do things that they otherwise would not have done, and some of these things were terribly cruel and terribly counterproductive. Not all ideals are so important that you are willing to risk the future of the world in order to achieve them.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA and others are marking the 35th anniversary of the Challenger launch disaster. Ceremonies were held at Kennedy Space Center and elsewhere Thursday to honor the seven killed shortly after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986. The pandemic kept this year’s remembrance more muted than usual. About 100 people gathered at Kennedy’s Space Mirror Memorial for the late morning ceremony, held almost exactly the same time as the accident. The widow of the Challenger commander observed the anniversary from her home in Tennessee. She says the presence of teacher Christa McAuliffe on the flight added to the crew’s legacy.
U.S. News & World Report released their list of “Best Colleges 2016” on Wednesday, and Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s earned spots on the “Best National Universities” and “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” lists, respectively.Notre Dame came in at 18th in the university category, and Saint Mary’s ranked 82nd out of the liberal arts colleges that made the list.According to a College press release, Saint Mary’s has been ranked consistently in the top 100 liberal arts colleges for the last seven years.Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney said in the press release that the ranking met the goal she set early in her presidency to move Saint Mary’s into the national liberal arts rankings.“We know that national rankings are important to many high school students in their college search. I am very pleased that Saint Mary’s College continues to be ranked in the top 100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges,” Mooney said in the press release. “Students graduate from Saint Mary’s with an education that challenges their minds, awakens their imaginations and instills in them the desire to leave the world a better place. They are supported by dedicated faculty and a campus community that helps them to succeed.”According to the press release, U.S. News uses many factors to capture schools’ academic vigor, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.Saint Mary’s strong graduation and retention rates are among the factors that contribute to its performance in the U.S. News rankings, according to the press release. At Saint Mary’s, approximately 94 percent of students graduate within four years. Tags: Best Colleges 2016, college rankings, President Mooney, saint mary’s, US News
Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 We’ve got a new friend playing singer-songwriter Carole King in the hit musical Beautiful: Broadway alum Chilina Kennedy! The new star will step in to play the Grammy-winning legend beginning March 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, succeeding the show’s original star Jessie Mueller, who will depart the production March 6. Break a leg, Chilina! We’re thrilled to have you “Home Again.” Star Files View Comments Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Long Island on Thursday to sign a bill into law requiring small local governments to devise a plan to share resources with one another.Under the law, county executives are mandated to hold public meetings with the leaders of local towns, villages, school districts and other special districts in their areas to see what efficiencies can be found. The goal is to decrease local government spending and, in effect, reduce local property taxes to ease the burden on homeowners.“I don’t believe that there aren’t more efficiencies that can be found from government,” Cuomo told a crowd of local lawmakers and supporters at the Local 66 union hall in Melville. “You are all in the basic business of providing community service. Not everyone has to do everything.”Under the law, the county legislatures must have a cost-savings plan to consider by Aug. 1. The meetings between local officials will be open to the public and televised, the governor said. Three such meetings must be held by Sept. 15, but if no plan is approved, the law mandates that the process be started over.Besides Nassau and Suffolk counties, independently operated local governments include 13 towns, 97 villages, 127 school districts and hundreds more fire districts, library districts, garbage collection districts, erosion control districts and other agencies that together contribute to the region having among the highest property taxes in the nation.Cuomo said he anticipates there will be resistance from local officials reluctant to share equipment, such as construction vehicles, or services, such as insurance. But he predicted that if they work together, the savings could be in the millions. If successful, he predicted it could “change the trajectory of Long Island” by increasing property values and stopping the Brain Drain—the trend of college graduates moving away because they can’t afford to live on LI.“Local officials, get beyond yourself,” he said, speaking directly to local government leaders while making his case. “It’s not an attack on you and your autonomy and your management…We have to work together if we want to make Long Island the Long Island we want to make it.”As a call to action, he cited a congressional bill that would end homeowner’s ability to write off their state and local property taxes, which the governor said would increase the taxes Long Islanders pay even more. He estimated it could increase taxes by $4,500 annually per family on LI.“If we don’t do something about it, we’re going to have a real problem,” he said. “This issue is more critical than ever.”