Andrew Brown Jr. in an undated photo. – Courtesy Brown Family(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) — The family of a 42-year-old Black man who was shot to death by a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy outside his home last week accused law enforcement authorities on Monday of walking back their promise to show relatives raw body camera footage of the deadly confrontation.The family members of Andrew Brown Jr., a father of seven, and their attorneys said during a news conference outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that they were expecting to see the video at 11:30 a.m. ET. But an hour before the meeting they were informed of an unexpected delay.Harry Daniels, one of the lawyers for the Brown family, said he received an email at 10:29 a.m. on Monday from Pasquotank County Attorney Michael Cox that redactions were being made to the video.“I was told by the district attorney that the family will get to see the raw footage, not the redacted version,” Daniels said. “These county administrators are walking back the promises they have made. Show the tape. If you ain’t got nothing to hide, show the tape.”Cox released a statement Monday saying that while state law allows the county to show the body camera video to Brown’s family in private, state law “also allows us to blur some faces on the video and that process takes time.”“This may be done when necessary to protect an active internal investigation,” Cox said in his statement.He said officials are working as quickly as possible to show the video to Brown’s family.“As soon as these redactions are complete, we will allow the family to view this footage,” Cox said. “We hope this occurs today, but the actual time will be driven by completion of the redactions.”Ben Crump, another attorney for the Brown family, said if the video had showed Brown doing something wrong, “they would have no problem showing that video.”Brown’s relatives, including several of his children, attended the news conference but did not speak.“It only seems to be [that] when the video has the police doing something wrong, then they’ve got to redact, then they don’t want to show it,” Crump said.Seven Pasquotank County deputies involved in the shooting that erupted last Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City have been placed on administrative leave while the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation probes the circumstances of the deadly encounter. Wooten said a Pasquotank deputy, whose name has not been released, fired the fatal shot and was wearing an active body cam at the time.In advance of the viewing by Brown’s family, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker declared a state of emergency for her city on Monday morning. The emergency declaration went into effect at 8 a.m. and Parker said it will last “until deemed no longer necessary.”Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said he plans to file a motion with a judge to release the video to the public as soon as the state Bureau of Investigation confirms that doing so will not undermine the investigation. Wooten said he could file the request as early as Monday.“It seems likely that the video and audio footage will be released in the very near future. In order to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property, City officials realize there may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage,” Parker, who is Black, wrote in the order.City offices in Elizabeth City, the county seat of Pasquotank County, were closed on Monday and government meetings, including a budget work session, were canceled.Parker’s order came despite peaceful protests that have occurred for five straight days in Elizabeth City since Brown’s death.The Pasquotank County Sheriff Department has released few details of the shooting in the town of 18,000 people.The shooting unfolded about 8:30 a.m. on April 21 when deputies from Pasquotank and Dare Counties went to Brown’s home to attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Brown that stemmed from a felony drug investigation, officials said.Deputies opened fire on Brown’s car as he attempted to drive away from his home. A first responder was recorded on 911 dispatch saying Brown was shot in the back.Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.Wooten declined to say how many deputies discharged their weapons in addition to the one who fatally shot Brown.The shooting occurred one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.Brown’s family said police found no weapons nor drugs in Brown’s vehicle or home.Wooten promised to be transparent about what occurred at Brown’s home.“If any of my deputies broke any laws or violated any policies that come out through this investigation, they will be held accountable,” Wooten said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
In a previous study, soil bacterial diversity at environmentally distinct locations on Signy Island was examined using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) profiling, and a range of chemical variables in soils was determined in order to describe variations between them. The dominant bacterial communities of all locations were found to be significantly different, although higher levels of similarity were observed between locations with similar physico-chemical characteristics, such as at penguin rookeries, seal wallows and vegetated soils. Extending this study, here soil prokaryote biodiversity was compared between 15 distinct locations in order to elucidate any interaction between four general habitat types on Signy Island (South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctic) and any influence of previous human impacts at these sites. Specific sites were selected to represent the range of different soil environments present and to cover a range of environmental factors present in the maritime Antarctic which are known to influence bacterial community composition in soils elsewhere. A diverse prokaryote community is described, again with the majority of excised and sequenced bands belonging to the Bacteroidetes. Although DGGE profiling identified significant differences in prokaryotic biodiversity between all sampling sites, aggregations of banding patterns were also apparent across the different soil environments examined. Correlations between specific DGGE profiles and 10 selected soil parameters suggested that much of this variation could be explained by differences in the levels of environmental disturbance and soil pH. In particular, a greater proportion of variation in soil bacterial diversity was explained by differences in soil properties at human-disturbed locations than at undisturbed locations, with higher explanatory values by edaphic factors in the former and soil metal content in the later. In general, our data indicate that small-scale variation is an important factor in understanding patterns of prokaryotic distributions in soil habitats in the maritime Antarctic environment.
Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Russell Returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Joint View post tag: Pearl View post tag: Russell View post tag: Harbor-Hickam View post tag: USS View post tag: Base USS Russell Returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Naval April 25, 2012 View post tag: Navy Share this article Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Families and friends welcomed back the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 23, following completion of a successful eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.“I am exceptionally pleased and proud of the tremendous performance of every Sailor aboard Russell during this challenging deployment,” said Cmdr. Joseph Carrigan, Russell’s commanding officer. “I believe I speak for each member of the crew when I say that we are thrilled to be home with our families, friends and the greater Pearl Harbor Ohana.”Russell and its crew of nearly 300 Sailors conducted a wide range of operations, including ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations, and oil platform defense. Additionally, the ship and her crew participated in multinational exercises with NATO allies and Gulf partner nations in support of theater security cooperation and operations.Mike McGuinness, the father of Seaman Matt McGuinness, flew from New Jersey to greet his son at the pier as the ship arrived.“I thought it would be a good idea to come out and surprise him,” said Mike. “This is his first deployment. He has been in the Navy for one and a half years.”While at the Arabian Gulf, Russell integrated with Carrier Strike Groups George H. W. Bush, John C. Stennis, and Abraham Lincoln, supporting a variety of missions. Additionally, Russell served as the Ballistic Missile Defense Commander platform for Commander Task Force 50 for two months, participating in 15 system operability tests, two joint air defense exercises, and a bilateral amphibious exercise with Saudi Arabia. “While deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations, USS Russell consistently demonstrated unparalleled operational excellence and mission accomplishment while conducting maritime security operations, ballistic missile defense operations, maritime infrastructure protection, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support,” said Carrigan.The officers and crew enjoyed several port visits in the western Pacific, East Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Middle East, including Guam, the Philippines, the Maldives, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong and continued the U.S. Navy’s longstanding tradition of ambassadorship.During the ship’s visit to Gan, Maldives, Russell Sailors connected with their Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) counterparts and interacted with the local community. Russell Sailors participated in soccer matches and culinary exchanges where coast guardsmen from the Maldivian coast guard ship (CGS) Shaheed Ali taught Sailors how to cook traditional Maldivian dishes aboard Russell.Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants. They operate independently for support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 25, 2012; View post tag: Returns
View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: Georgian Coast Guard US transfers two cutters to Georgian Coast Guard Authorities The U.S. has transferred ownership of two former U.S. Coast Guard cutters, Jefferson Island and Staten Island, to the Georgian Coast Guard in a ceremony at the Coast Guard yard in Maryland, on September 30.Jefferson Island and Staten Island, whose new names are Ochamchire and Dioskuria, are scheduled to be shipped to Georgia in summer 2017 after completing maintenance, upgrades, outfitting and training of Georgian coast guard crews in the Baltimore area.The Coast Guard said it would provide new equipment and technical and training services worth $5.3 million under a Foreign Military Sales letter of offer and acceptance with Georgia.The event marked the Office of International Acquisition’s first transfer of 110-foot patrol boats to a friendly nation through the Excess Defense Articles program, it was further added.“The transfer of these boats will significantly enhance Georgia’s capacity to monitor and secure its coastline, and make Georgia a stronger bulwark against regional and transnational threats,” said Nicholas Berliner, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, in his ceremony remarks.Each 110-foot patrol boat transfer also saves the Coast Guard approximately $400,000 in remediation and disposal costs.The Coast Guard decommissioned Jefferson Island and Staten Island in October 2014. The multimission 110-foot patrol boats entered service in the mid-1980s. Of the 49 original Island-class vessels, 27 remain in service. The Coast Guard is replacing the ships with 58 154-foot fast response cutters, 18 of which are in service. October 4, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US transfers two cutters to Georgian Coast Guard Share this article
Image Credit: Claire MacNeill / Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0. Graduates have responded to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic by looking for ways to make themselves more appealing to potential employers. 60% of students polled said they were planning on continuing their education beyond their undergraduate degree in order to stand out in a competitive employment market. 90% also said they wanted employers to help students by providing them with opportunities to learn key skills at university. Bright Network, who describe their mission as connecting “ambitious young people from all backgrounds with the best career opportunities” also identified how inequalities between students affected their confidence in finding a graduate position. Privately-educated students were 21% more like than those from state schools to say they had the right network to help them find employment. First generation students were also disadvantaged at continuing their education, with 70% complaining of a lack of access to adequate workspaces, and 42% saying their internet connection was consistently “poor”. Commenting on the findings, the CEO of Bright Network James Uffindell said “Our Talent Tracker continues to highlight the real and long-lasting impacts the pandemic will have on the UK’s young people looking to begin their careers. Students’ persistent concerns about fewer employment prospects, despite the great news about the vaccine roll-out, tell us that the challenges students face to secure the right graduate job will persist beyond the pandemic – we know that the economy won’t bounce back immediately. A majority of graduates surveyed (65%) said they were not confident that they would be able to get a graduate role, and 85% said uncertainty caused by the pandemic increased the amount of pressure they felt to find employment. The news comes as the UK unemployment rate rose from 4.5% to 4.8%, with people aged between 16-24 particularly badly effected. 14.6% of people within this age group who are “economically active” – excluding students or people unable to work due to illness, disability or caring duties – are unemployed. The approval of the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, which the NHS began to deliver in December, has not improved graduates’ confidence. Only 21% felt the vaccine increased their confidence that they would find a graduate role. This indicates graduates fear that the economic recovery from the pandemic will be slow. The UK economy fared worse than any other G7 nation, falling 20.4% in the three months before June 2020. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the UK suffered the second-worst hit to their economy out of 37 member nations, and that the country stood at a “critical juncture” as it leaves the EU Single Market at a time when scientists are warning of a potential “third wave” of COVID infections. “It’s imperative that as we look ahead to 2021 and a recovery from the pandemic, we ensure the next generation are given the best skills training and opportunities to help build back the economy we need”. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced students’ confidence that they will be able to find a job after graduating and what salary they will be earning, according to research from Bright Network. The research also found that the earning potential of new graduates fell from £27,000 at the beginning of 2020 to £25,980. This is despite initiatives such as the UK government’s Kickstart Scheme, which offers employers £2000 for every person aged between 16-24 on Universal Credit they employ.
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The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has published his inspection report on Stansted Airport.The completed report was sent to the Home Secretary on 1 February 2018.Mr Bolt said: Stansted is the UK’s fourth largest airport (after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester) and Europe’s busiest single terminal airport. In the year to September 2016, it handled 24 million passengers (arrivals and departures). My predecessor inspected Stansted Airport 2013. Since then, I have inspected Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports. The findings and recommendations from these inspections informed the scope of this inspection, which focused on Border Force’s immigration and customs functions at Stansted, including use of e-Passport gates. In June 2016, Stansted went from 15 to 30 gates, which at that time was more than any other UK airport. Stansted’s owners, Manchester Airport Group (MAG), are planning to make extensive improvements to the airport, including constructing a second terminal building. The intention is to have one terminal for arrivals and another for departures, which will be unlike any existing UK airport. While these plans are noted within my report, they are not explored in detail as, at the time of the inspection, they did not materially affect Border Force’s current operations. As those plans develop, Border Force’s preparations and readiness to respond to the major changes they will entail are a likely topic for a further inspection. During this inspection, as is customary, inspectors spent time at Stansted observing Border Force in action, and interviewing and holding focus groups with staff. The report reflects their views as expressed. It also reflects the views of Border Force management, informed inter alia by the results of the most recent (2017) People Survey. It is fair to say that these views differ substantially on some key points. Whether the People Survey results are a more reliable indicator of staff engagement than the views expressed to inspectors, which is Border Force’s contention given that two-thirds of Stansted staff responded to the Survey, the comments made to inspectors point to the fact that Border Force management has more to do to connect with some members of its Stansted team.The report contains 9 recommendations for improvement. Those in relation to communication and the provision of training are most relevant in terms of further improving staff engagement at Stansted. An Inspection of Border Force Operations at Stansted AirportHome Office’s response to the Chief Inspector’s report.
Finsbury Food Group has announced that Raymond Duigan joined as a non-executive director last week.The manufacturer of cakes, breads and morning goods said Duigan had extensive industry experience, having set up a specialist investment bank Stamford Partners, in the mid-1990s, which advised the European food and drink industries.Clients included Unilever, Nestlé, Mars, Pepsico, Sara Lee, and United Biscuits as well as a range of smaller businesses such as Green & Black’s, Jordans, Innocent and Ella’s Kitchen, as well as leading private equity firms.He retired from Stamford Partners in 2012, and is currently a member of the Advisory Boards of Tate & Lyle Ventures, the venture arm of the FTSE100 group, which invests globally in the food ingredients and food technology sectors, and also Active Private Equity which invests in the European consumer sector.Duigan assumes the position and duties of Ian Farnsworth, who has retired after over 15 years of service as a group non-executive director.John Duffy, chief executive of Finsbury Food Group, said: “The significant track record that Raymond has in not only the consumer and food industries, but also the banking sector will be a significant asset at this point in Finsbury’s development.“Further to the work that the board has done to provide the group a solid platform to grow upon, this appointment firmly puts acquisitive growth back on the agenda for Finsbury.”
Premier Foods – the parent company of Hovis – has confirmed this morning that it has appointed a company to look at options for investment into the bread brand.The company updated the market to confirm it had appointed Ondra Partners, a private equity group, to look at its options – following rumours it was to put Hovis up for sale.Shares in Premier Foods were up by 2.7% as markets opened on Wednesday. The company has spent £28m on restructuring its bread business this year after closing two mills and three bakeries, and losing several contracts.In a note to the London Stock Exchange, the company, which also owns the Mr Kipling, Bisto and Sharwoods brands, said: “Premier Foods notes the recent press reports regarding potential investment in its bread business.“The company confirms it has appointed Ondra Partners to assist in developing investment options for the bread business, which include co-investment by a partner. There can be no certainty that a transaction will follow at any point in the future, but the company will provide updates as appropriate.”Last year it was reported that Hovis was being positioned for sale, with investment bank Goldman Sachs brought in to seek out buyers – however, Premier Foods would not confirm that speculation at the time.Most recently, the chief executive Gavin Darby had looked like he had ruled out a sale of the brand when he said he looked to “grow” brands.