A Proclamation on Honoring Victims of Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana The White HouseAs a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth. JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, Constitution, District of Columbia, Federal, federal government, Government, house, India, Indiana, military, President, United States, violence, White House
The WHO situation report for 20th March confirms 24,247 new cases of infection and a death toll of 1061 for the day. Europe seems to be the major contributor to the increased no of causalities as well as new infections contributing to 816 deaths in one day. There is a spike in the number of infections in India and it is currently at 236 cases across the nation.There is a genuine need for all citizens to listen to the advice of the prime minister as well as the health officials regarding the importance of preventive action to stop the spreading of the virus. One thing is for sure this virus affects everyone from new borne to the old and no one is safe from it. Many in the young generation feel that the virus is not strong enough to diffuse their immune system and they are somewhat safe from the pandemic. It may be true that the young may have an upper hand in resisting the virus but please do note that the elders in our home are still prone to infection from you, in case you had it. It’s important everyone to note this and strictly adhere to the safety measures introduced by the respective governments.There is a need for social resistance against the virus and the way to do it is to make sure of social distancing and most appropriate will be to be within the interiors of our homes. Of course, it will be hard for many emotionally as well as physically but remember it is for the good of society. Right now, most of the restrictions in India are on the movement of the people in mass and mainly by flights and trains and I am sure there will be many more restrictions coming our way. This is a period of national emergency and India being far behind in public health care systems and many still live in close proximity, things may go out of hand if not attended properly.A statewide close down is something that we can expect soon to prevent the people from moving across the most infected states to others. In a couple of weeks, a complete shut down may be the requirement to prevent the disease. It is our duty as Indians to do everything now, so that the country may not require to take extreme steps as mentioned above.For those who are finding politics in everything, please this is not the time. If you can’t be of any help at least do stay away from unnecessary cluttering. Practice before preach is something one needs to do now and one up Manship is not the goal here. In the state of Kerala, after the Prime Minister’s appeal for a 14-hour Janata curfew the ruling left party comes with the slogan, the prime minister is asking for 14 hours but we are doing it for 50 hours. Is it really necessary to show your power now? There are 11 more new cases in Kerala yesterday, and I believe the efforts of the state administration should be to make sure to find out the people who are in contact with these new 11 infected persons and put them in quarantine. Politics in these times will serve no purpose for sure.Once again to all my young friends, you may be immune to the virus but your elder family members are not and you have to protect them from this pandemic. Avoid social gatherings and cancel all unwanted functions. Make sure to avoid all travels and stay at home for a few days. This may give the break we all are looking for in stopping the infection on its track. Come on. let’s do it together by being away from each other. Jai Hind.AK
BROOKLYN, Mich. — With a blistering lap at 202.794 mph (35.504 seconds) on Friday, Denny Hamlin won his second straight pole position in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This time, he left no doubt as to who had the fastest car. Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was fastest in opening practice—and fastest in all three rounds of knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.RELATED: Starting lineup | Weekend schedule For the second straight week, Hamlin and JGR teammate Kyle Busch (202.731 mph) will start 1-2. Hamlin edged Busch by .011 seconds to earn his second Busch Pole Award of the season, his first at Michigan and the 28th of his career. A victory from the pole would continue Hamlin’s streak of at least one victory per year, starting with his 2006 rookie season.“It is a very important streak,” Hamlin asserted. “I think about it… I thought it was all over in 2013, the year that I broke my back (in a wreck at Auto Club Speedway), and we won in the final race of the season to keep the streak alive.“You look back at the really great drivers of NASCAR, and they had long streaks, 10 years and above, of winning in a row, and you want to keep that going for sure. It’s important.”Busch was on pace for the pole before losing time through Turns 3 and 4 in the money round.“I thought 3 and 4 went OK,” Busch said. “Certainly, I don’t think it was my best time through there. The first couple of runs, we’d been fighting ‘loose,’ so you kind of drive a little differently to be ready for the loose situation, and then on the final run, we were tight.“You guard your entry or guard your center or whatever you do for the loose, and that doesn’t happen, and you’re tight, and then you’re too tight because you guarded for the loose. Just ever so slightly just missed it, I guess. Overall, I didn’t think we were going to qualify there, so we’re certainly pleased with that.“Denny’s been fast so far from unload, so good for them to capitalize on that.”MORE: Top fantasy sleepers for Michigan | What retro shirt is Dale rocking?Kevin Harvick, like Busch a six-time winner this season, qualified third at 202.100 mph. Erik Jones was fourth at 201.805 mph, putting three Gibbs Toyotas in the top four on the grid.The Richard Childress Racing duo of 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman will start from the third row after qualifying fifth and sixth, respectively. Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman completed the top 10.The No. 19 Toyota of Daniel Suarez, who had posted the third fastest lap in opening practice, twitched out of control in Turn 2 in the opening round and tapped the outside wall. Suarez posted no time for the session and will start from the back of the field.“I just got loose,” said Suarez, who had asked for adjustment after his car felt slightly tight in practice. “We just crossed the line. Once we got in the gray (out of the preferred groove), it was like being on ice.”Suarez was optimistic his team could fix the cosmetic damage and get it ready for Saturday’s two practice sessions and Sunday’s race.“I think we’ll see the 19 passing a lot of cars on Sunday,” Suarez said.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Perennial championship contender Kyle Busch said Wednesday during Daytona 500 Media Day that he and Joe Gibbs Racing officials are close to signing a contract extension.“We’re in discussions right now,” Busch said. “We’re talking. It’s all been agreed to. It’s just a matter of putting a pen to the paper, so. We’re all good.”RELATED: Pics from Busch’s winsBusch has 51 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins — second most among active drivers, behind only Jimmie Johnson — and 47 of those came in the No. 18 Toyota. He won the series championship in 2015 and is coming off one of the best years of his career. “Rowdy” won eight races in 2018 and made the Championship 4, finishing fourth in the final standings.Busch’s current deal is believed to run through 2019. He and team owner Joe Gibbs announced in November 2015 that the two sides had signed a multi-year agreement.Since that announcement alone, Busch has 17 wins and 53 top-five finishes in the ensuing three seasons.He enters 2019 nearing 200 total wins across all three NASCAR national series — his 194 victories include the 51 Cup wins, 92 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 51 in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.MORE: One thing missing for ‘Rowdy’
The Potbelly Sandwich Shop at Cornerstone Commons has closed.After three years, Potbelly Sandwich Shop has closed its doors at Cornerstone Commons in Mission.Opened in September 2015, the sandwich shop at 6803 Johnson Drive was the second of four new fast-casual restaurants to come to Mission as part of the development on the site of a former car dealership. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, PepperJax Grill and Pie Five, the other restaurants at the center, are still open.The franchise sandwich shop specializes in toasted sandwiches, milkshakes and made-to-order salads. The Mission location employed about 20 staff members.Before opening in Mission, Potbelly had two additional Kansas City area locations, one on the Plaza and one in south Overland Park. Now, Potbelly has a total of five in the metro area, four of which are in Johnson County.
The Liebherr LHM 550 crane has a maximum lift capacity of 144 tonnes at a radius of 54 m. The new crane rolled the heavy lift vessel MERI at Riverside Quay on December 4.The Port of Tyne, Newcastle now operates a fleet of five mobile harbour cranes, two portal cranes and two container gantry cranes.Steven Harrison, Port of Tyne chief operating officer, said: “This is another major investment in port infrastructure and will significantly improve the efficiency of our cargo operations.”The new crane will be fully operational by December 16, 2013. www.portoftyne.comwww.liebherr.com
Earlier this week, Gregory Quérel, the president of Necotrans group since 2013, stated: “With no intention of denying our cash difficulties, induced by the reduction of ocean freight and the general decline in raw materials prices, the opening of receivership proceedings will allow us to keep on searching for a partner while maintaining all of our activities.” The company also made it clear that the administration order is constrained to the legal structure of Necotrans’ businesses in France. with operational subsidiaries located outside France and Necotrans’ international network not being affected by those proceedings and will keep on operating normally. Ultimately the aim of the proceedings is to preserve the company’s activity and employment in Africa, from where the group obtains almost 100 percent of its revenues. www.necotrans.com
Related TopicsAlex MonsalveAngel MiguelBradley ZimmerCasey FrawleyConnor HarrellDean GreenMike PapiRob KaminskyRobbie AvilesWynton Bernard Tim Tedeschi is a writer for NEOSI and a producer/contributor for the Sports on Tap Podcast. He is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has worked as sports editor of the school newspaper, general manager of the college radio station, and play-by-play and color commentator for NAIA and high school basketball, soccer, and football. Follow him on Twitter @tim_tedeschi. Tim Tedeschi The Akron Rubber Ducks pushed their losing streak to ten games after being roughed up by the Erie SeaWolves 9-5.Erie took advantage of a shaky outing from Akron starter Rob Kaminsky to score 5 runs, all earned, in the first 4 innings. Kaminsky would only last the 4 innings, giving up 7 hits, walking 2, striking out 2, and hitting a batter in his brief outing.“Rob went out there and battled, didn’t have his best stuff, didn’t execute the way he wanted to consistently, and when he did we didn’t help him out much making plays behind him,” Manager Dave Wallace said.Dean Green got the scoring underway in the first with a 2-run single for Erie after Kaminsky started the inning with a walk and a hit batsmen. Akron tied the game in the second thanks to an RBI double from Mike Papi and RBI groundout from Angel Miguel, but the game was not tied for long.The SeaWolves regained the lead for good with an RBI groundout from Connor Harrell in the third, and added 2 more in the 4th on a miserable series of plays from the Ducks defense.Wynton Bernard hit an infield single that advanced Casey Frawley to third, but a throwing error from shortstop Miguel allowed Frawley to score on the play. Bernard then stole third and trotted home after catcher Alex Monsalve airmailed his throw to third into foul territory. After four, the SeaWolves led 5-2.Erie got the rest of their runs via the long ball. Bernard hit a solo shot to left in the sixth inning against Akron reliever Robbie Aviles. Three batters later, Green hit a mammoth 3-run blast to right field to push the SeaWolves’ lead to 9-2. Green now has 14 homeruns and an Eastern League-leading 65 RBIs on the season.While there was not much for the Canal Park faithful to cheer about, top prospect Bradley Zimmer provided some dazzling defense in centerfield in the eighth inning. He made a spectacular leaping grab in dead center to rob Green of another base hit which would would have probably gone for extra bases.“To put that kind of effort in and put his body at risk, to do that for [reliever J.P. Feyereisen] and for the team tells you what kind of player and teammate that Bradley is,” Wallace said.In the 8th, Akron loaded the bases for Papi, who delivered with a 2-RBI single to cut the lead to 9-4. Nellie Rodriguez doubled home Clint Frazier with 2 outs in the 9th, but the Ducks could climb no closer and lost 9-5.“I’m very proud of how we finished that game up, how we didn’t give in, kept battling, and made it pretty interesting there at the end,” Wallace said. “It gives me the confidence that we’re going tor come out of it. And I know we are because of that and because of how good our players are and how they’re going to continue to work and so it’s just a matter of time when we break through.”The ten-game losing streak is the longest for the Ducks on the season, but amazingly they still have a three game lead over Harrisburg for first place in the Eastern League Western Division.Akron will try to break the streak tomorrow against Erie. D.J. Brown gets the nod for the Ducks and southpaw Anthony Fernandez will start for the SeaWolves.
Almost half of the deaths in North Carolina jails over the last four years have been suicides. That’s the finding of a new report by Disability Rights North Carolina that lists suicide as the leading cause of death behind barsin the Tar Heel State.At 46 percent, the suicide rate exceeds the national average of 35 percent.Vicki Smith, executive director of Disability Rights N.C., says the lack of state mental-health services and local funding make it difficult to properly address the problem.“If we are having difficulty with state-operated mental-health programs and meeting the needs, you can imagine that the counties are not equipped to deal with this,” she says. “People who work in the jails aren’t trained mental-health providers.”Smith attributes the high rate to lax standards for identification and treatment of people with mental-health issues. The state doesn’t require standardized mental-health screenings or suicide-prevention programs behind bars. The report recommends jails have written suicide-prevention policies, staff training, screening during the intake process and suicide-resistant cells.Smith says another issue contributing to the high suicide rate among people who are incarcerated is the larger lack of mental-health services available in North Carolina.“People go to jail and there’s an assumption that they committed a crime, and so this is part of their punishment,” she explains. “But many people, the people that we’re concerned about, are going to jail because they aren’t getting appropriate services.”Disability Rights N.C. found that 80 percent of people who take their own lives in jail are men, with the highest rates among white men and white women.
Tigers win six events in road victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLA CROSSE — Marshfield won six events on its way to a 102-64 victory over La Crosse Central/Logan in a nonconference boys swimming dual meet Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.Calden Wojt won the 50 freestyle (24.79 seconds), Brian Engel took first in the 100 free (55.09) and 100 backstroke (1:05.44), and the Tigers won all three relays to earn the team victory.Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, and Wojt won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.99; the team of Ben Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, and Zach Hanson took first in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.30; and Engel, Colin Thomasgard, Kruse, and Wojt won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:00.06 for the Tigers.Marshfield will compete at the Sheboygan South Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield 102, La Crosse Central/Logan 64Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Brian Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, Calden Wojt) 1:55.99; 3. Marshfield (Colin Thomasgard, Jacob Dick, Alec Brenner, Ben Donahue) 2:08.33; 5. Marshfield (Andrew Gilkerson, Andrew Rall, Ryan McLellan, Trent Anderson) 2:35.88.200 freestyle: 1. Allan Mach (LC) 2:08.61; 2. Donahue (MAR) 2:11.79; 3. Anthony Hartwig (MAR) 2:16.74; 4. Hanson (MAR) 2:18.25.200 IM: 1. Will Hoeth (LC) 2:25.76; 2. Dick (MAR) 2:33.19; 3. Thompson (MAR) 2:33.40; 4. McLellan (MAR) 3:23.75.50 freestyle: 1. Wojt (MAR) 24.79; 3. Kruse (MAR) 25.99; 4. Thomasgard (MAR) 26.50.100 butterfly: 1. Nate Brenengen (LC) 1:04.30; 2. Kruse (MAR) 1:05.70; 3. Brenner (MAR) 1:15.21.100 freestyle: 1. Engel (MAR) 55.09; 3. Donahue (MAR) 1:00.68; 4. Wojt (MAR) 1:01.67.500 freestyle: 1. Hoeth (LC) 5:29.55; 2. Hartwig (MAR) 6:19.37; 4. McLellan (MAR) 7:40.46; 5. Alex Wuenthrich (MAR) 8:05.06.200 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, Hanson) 1:45.30; 3. Marshfield (Anderson, Brenner, Eric Tollefson, Hartwig) 2:06.30.100 backstroke: 1. Engel (MAR) 1:05.44; 3. Thomasgard (MAR) 1:12.55; 5. Brenner (MAR) 1:21.28.100 breaststroke: 1. Mach (LC) 1:11.12; 2. Thompson (MAR) 1:16.52; 3. Dick (MAR) 1:19.49; 5. Hanson (MAR) 1:33.35.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Engel, Thomasgard, Kruse, Wojt) 4:00.06; 3. Marshfield (Tollefson, Gilkerson, Hartwig, Dick) 4:25.81.