Pool via ABC NewsBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — A professional mixed martial arts fighter who testified in graphic detail about seeing George Floyd’s life being squeezed out of him by a “blood choke,” will return to the witness stand on Tuesday, presenting the defense with what legal experts say is an uphill battle to discredit him.Donald Williams II — a 5-foot-6, 135 pound bantamweight who fights under the nickname ‘DWill II’ — testified for the prosecution on the first day of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial. He said he was headed to the Cups Foods store in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when he was drawn to a commotion. He said he saw police officers pinning a handcuffed Black man to the ground and Chauvin, who is white, grinding his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck.Williams testified that he has been a competitive wrestler since he was in high school and turned professional mixed martial arts fighter in 2009. Given his training, he was allowed leeway by Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to describe the hold he said he recognized Chauvin was using on Floyd.He said Chauvin was using a “blood choke,” applying pressure with his knee on the side of Floyd’s neck, cutting off the blood flowing to his head.“His breathing was getting tremendously heavy and tremendously harder for him to breathe,” Williams said of Floyd. “You actually could hear him, you could see him struggling to actually gasp for air while he was trying to breathe. He barely could move while he was trying to get air.”In his opening argument, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell played for the jury a bystander video showing Chauvin with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for what he said was 9 minutes and 29 seconds as two other officers helped hold Floyd down. Another, identified as Tou Thao, kept Williams and other witnesses at bay as they pleaded with Chauvin to relent.Blackwell told the jury that Chauvin “betrayed his badge” when he dug his knee into Floyd’s neck “until the very life was squeezed out of him.”Williams said he locked eyes with Chauvin at one point during the street encounter.“He looked at me. It was the only time he looked at me when I said it was a blood choke,” Williams testified.He said Chauvin was also using what fighters call a “shimmy” to tighten his hold on Floyd.Williams added that he had gone fishing earlier that day with his son. Seeing the life drain out of Floyd reminded him of how he suffocated the fish in a plastic bag.He said he saw Floyd “slowly fade away like the fish in the bag” with his eyes rolling back in his head until he stopped begging for his life and went unconscious.Williams will next face cross-examination from Floyd lawyer Eric Nelson.Trial lawyer Robert DiCello told ABC News that Williams’ testimony was “unbelievably powerful for the prosecution.”“To turn to the defense, how do you deal with something like that?” DiCello said. “Well, you’re going to have to find something extraordinary about their witness to expose, something that maybe shows that he’s there just to win the fight for the Floyd family and for that whole cause, that he’s there somehow to exaggerate.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer is Oct. 13 in Ocean City. (Photo credit Grandcentralmarket.com) The Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) team will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 13 at 6th Street and the Boardwalk in Ocean City.Team AMI invites anyone to join them in this important and fun event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., a kickoff ceremony starts at 9 a.m., and the walk gets underway at 10 a.m.According to the American Cancer Society, “Every step you take is personal, and every step will help people stay well and get well, find cures and empower communities to fight back against this disease.” For walk information, including a link to join AMI’s team and/or donate to the cause, visit www.amifoundation.net/strides.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The combined output of wind and solar generation has beaten brown coal for the first time over a quarterly period in Australia’s main grid, according to new data from energy consultancy Energy Synapse.Wind and solar have beaten brown coal over weekly and monthly periods in recent times, but not previously over a whole quarter.“July to September 2019 was the first quarter ever where wind and solar (utility-scale plus rooftop) in the National Electricity Market generated more electricity than brown coal,” says Energy Synapse managing director Marija Petkovic. “This is a significant tipping point in the transition to clean energy.”According to the Energy Synapse data, utility-scale solar set a new record for electricity generation in the third quarter, despite the fact that it is not usually the best period for sunshine. The output for the last three months from utility scale solar generation was 1,300GWh – almost three times the generation in the same time last year, which reflected the growth from newly connected solar farms in Queensland such as the Clermont, Haughton, and Rugby Run installations, and despite the fact that many facilities were turned off on occasions due to negative pricing.Petkovic says wind power also set a new record for the highest ever electricity generation in the third quarter, in this case driven by new capacity coming online, particularly in Victoria, which now trails the long-term leader of wind generation – South Australia – by just two per cent.There have also been outages at units of the Loy Yang A and Yallourn, which have contributed to the dip in electricity generation from brown coal. But Petkovic pointed out that the electricity generated from variable renewables in the July-September quarter was higher than that of brown coal in any of the last five quarters.More: Wind and solar output beat brown coal in Australia for first time in September quarter Another first for Australian renewables, clean generation tops brown coal during third quarter
62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details If you are consistently not reaching your goals, the problem may not be with the effort you put toward them, but how you set them in the first place. By properly developing goals, you can not only achieve your goals but reach them faster than you thought possible. Here are some steps on how to create goals that make you want to see them through.Stretch for more than you can reachBear with me, I know it is cliché but the mantra of ‘aim for the moon and if you miss you’ll still land among the stars’ is extremely effective in setting goals. For example, if you are trying to save an additional $500 dollars a month, aim for $600. If you are trying to get in shape and think you should go to the gym 4 times a week, aim for 6.Make everything measurableThis is arguably the most important part of doing anything. Being able to see how we are progressing toward anything gives us insight into both how effective we are and how much longer it will take to finish the task. Not all things are as easy to measure as savings or a workout regimen, so you may have to spend some time thinking how you can measure your goal. Remember, being able to see how close you are to reaching your goal is great motivation.Tell people about itIn the end you are solely responsible for accomplishing your goal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t involve others. By simply telling someone you plan on doing something, you’ve made it more real. You can even choose to have people hold you accountable if you often have problems with motivation. I am thankful for a friend who likes to poke fun at my progress, regardless of the goal. There is nothing more motivating.Set time limitsSome goals aren’t reached due to not setting time limitations. The goal itself can become obsolete without a timeframe. I can say that my goal is to run a marathon. Well, over the next month I will probably run 26.2 miles, 3 or so miles at a time, every few days. So did I reach my goal? You need to set time limits on certain tasks that with help you achieve your goals. Each step should have set time limits, to help you move on to the next step. Use this as a way to schedule progress and keep up momentum.
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Further defensive grit from the hosts kept their line intact, as Devin Toner was held up short after a Brendan Macken break from deep had set up a frantic 13 phases. Connacht also won a late scrum penalty, five metres from their own whitewash, and Darragh Leader was narrowly wide with a monster penalty attempt on the resumption. The second half remained scoreless until Marmion’s magical score in the 56th minute as he broke past Madigan from a ruck and stepped inside Rob Kearney to touch down to the left of the posts. Carty converted to edge Connacht in front for the first time and Leinster struggled to respond – they leaked possession at a close-in lineout maul and Kearney was unable to control a Reddan chip through near the right corner. Gopperth ran out of space to try a drop goal late on and Connacht – with centre David McSharry putting in hit after hit – forced a final knock-on to seal the deal. Press Association Kieran Marmion’s early contender for try of the season saw the westerners take the spoils and make a bit of history in the process – this is the first time ever that they have begun a league campaign with three successive wins. Connacht fell foul of referee John Lacey’s whistle early on, allowing Leinster to take a 9-3 half-time lead with Ian Madigan successful with three of his four penalty attempts. Jack Carty kicked the hosts’ lone reply and having kept Leinster scoreless while captain John Muldoon was in the sin-bin, a superb solo try from scrum-half Marmion had Connacht leading by the 55th minute. With their scrum turning the tables on Leinster, Pat Lam’s young side showed great fortitude in defence to see out a nail-biting victory and repeat the province’s September 2012 success against the Blues. Madigan kicked the visitors into a third minute lead, rewarding his pack for an encouraging first scrum. Carty’s first attempt at goal – a difficult long range penalty – fell wide. Leinster were eager to take advantage of the wind at their backs and Madigan landed the second of two penalty attempts outside the 10-metre line. An over eager Muldoon then infringed at a ruck for his side’s fifth penalty concession of the opening quarter hour, and Madigan split the posts for a 9-0 scoreline. The home crowd finally had something to shout about when Marmion’s one-handed flick set prop Nathan White free down the left wing. Matt Healy also tested the Leinster defence before a well-struck Carty penalty opened their account in the 21st minute. The loss of Muldoon, who was carded for side-entry at a ruck, allowed Leinster advance into try-scoring range and only a forward pass from Eoin Reddan prevented Madigan from running in the game’s first try. Fourteen-man Connacht stood up to the task though, their efforts typified by man-and-ball tackles by Niyi Adeolokun and Robbie Henshaw as the rain came down from the dark Galway sky. The Sportsground erupted at the finish as Connacht held on to defeat defending Guinness PRO12 champions Leinster 10-9 and end their 11-match losing streak in Irish interprovincial derbies.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA – Alpena County commissioners are working with Northern Lights Arena to help them get back on their feet as they work to pay operational fees.County commissioners will extend the arena’s contract until the end of year to give Northern Lights more time to tie loose ends.The board agreed this week to waive the arena’s insurance bill. User fees, events and rentals help keep the doors of the facility open. That doesn’t include $60,000 payments to the county each year.Closing the facility would cost more than the amount to keep it running. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Crews work to restore power to 53,000 customersNext Annual Chowder and Chili Cook-off returns to the downtown
Shouldn’t Darwin Day be named Darwin-Wallace Day? After all, Alfred Russell Wallace is by most accounts the co-discoverer of natural selection. Papers by Wallace and Darwin were read together at the Linnean Society meeting of 1858, over a year before Origin of Species was published. Some groups are seeking to give Wallace his due in the limelight – or, in the language of presidential politics, at least let him be Darwin’s running mate. In a letter to Nature,1 George W. Beccaloni and Vincent S. Smith complained that celebrations for Darwin Day are downplaying Wallace’s role. This was not to disparage the great Darwin, for they agreed with Kevin Padian (02/11/2008) that next year’s 200th birthday should be “celebrated enthusiastically.” But 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the discovery of natural selection. There has been a long-standing attempt to marginalize the great Wallace, they argued. It almost seems intentional:This lack of interest in the 2008 anniversary is indicative of how Wallace’s achievements have been overshadowed by Darwin’s since Wallace’s death in 1913, a process certainly not helped by the Darwin ‘industry’ of recent decades. During his lifetime, Wallace received plenty of recognition from his contemporaries for his part in the discovery, as indicated by the many honours bestowed on him. These include the Darwin-Wallace and Linnean Gold Medals (Linnean Society); the Copley, Darwin and Royal Medals (Royal Society); and the Order of Merit. Isn’t it perhaps time for the current darwinocentric view of the history of biology to be revised?A website has been erected called The Alfred Russell Wallace Memorial Fund. The sponsors seek to correct the darwinocentric view of the history of biology and give Wallace more recognition.1. George W. Beccaloni and Vincent S. Smith, Correspondence, “Celebrations for Darwin downplay Wallace’s role,” Nature 451, 1050 (28 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/4511050d.Yes, it is time for the darwinocentric view of the history of biology to be revised. But adding one more misguided racist apostate storyteller is a process certainly not helped by the Darwin-Wallace industry of recent decades. Reasons why Wallace doesn’t get the press Darwin gets: (1) he was from a lower social class, (2) he delved into spiritualism and held some other weird beliefs, and (3) he did not believe that natural selection could explain man’s soul, rationality and morals. For this Darwin could only barely tolerate him. Since Wallace did not go all the way to complete naturalism, he could not share the glory of the Grand Tale that allowed Dawkins to become an intellectually fool-filled atheist. Darwin was devastated when Wallace had sent him that 1858 letter outlining the same theory of natural selection that he had been working on for years. Didn’t Darwin do the right thing, though, to share the stage at the Linnean Society with Wallace by having both their papers read together? Janet Browne in her excellent biography Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002) told how it was a scheme to protect Darwin from criticism while guaranteeing him the limelight. Darwin’s X-Men friends gave Wallace just enough press to keep him from complaining about priority, but afterwards did little to share the honor with him, and worked to ensconce Charlie as the “real” hero of the Law of Natural Selection. It was “audacious skulduggery” – as Browne termed the plan Charlie & Charlie (Darwin and Lyell) cooked up. “No pair of practised fixers could, if they wished, have cooked up a better scheme for promoting Darwin’s interests” (p. 35). Read all about it in chapter 1. The Wallace Fund site contains a quote from old man Wallace in 1913: “Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly. To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur.” Great. Let’s challenge Wallace and Darwin both. Question number one: How does Truth evolve?(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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