Portland braces for right wing rally, counterprotesters

first_imgiStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Portland, a city so closely associated with liberal hipsters it inspired the parody show “Portlandia,” braced for a rally of far-right groups protesting left-wing organizations Saturday, while President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy.Enrique Tarrio, national head of the Proud Boys, who describe themselves as an all-male “western chauvinist” group, and former InfoWars personality Joe Biggs, have organized an “End Domestic Terrorism” rally on Saturday at 11 a.m. local time.Members of other far-right extremist groups, including the American Guard, the Three Percenters and the Daily Stormers, were also expected to attend in the hopes of declaring militant leftists, or anti-fascists, or “anitfa,” a domestic terrorist group.Counterprotesters were also expected in droves.One right-wing militia group, Oath Keepers, disavowed the rally for fears of being associated with white supremacists.“We do not believe the organizers are taking the steps necessary to ensure that white nationalist and suspected white nationalist groups and individuals will be excluded,” said Stewart Rhodes, the group’s founder, in a statement on its website. A message to anyone who plans on using Portland on August 17th to commit violence and spread hate: We.Don’t.Want.You.Here.Stop using our beautiful city and our home to spread fear and disrupt our lives. https://t.co/CtkoxMz6rQ— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 7, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019“Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an ‘ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,’” the tweet read. “Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”The president did not, however, criticize the right-wing organizers.Previous rallies featuring right-wing groups and antifa have turned violent in Portland, prompting a warning from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.Ahead of Saturday’s rallies, Wheeler issued a video message stating, “if you’re planning on coming here on August 17th with the intent to commit violence, we don’t want you here.”It was unclear whether Joey Gibson, the leader of right-wing Patriot Prayer, will attend the rally. He and five other men have been arrested this month, on charges stemming from a violent outburst on May 1 at Cider Riot, a bar that is a haven for the city’s leftists. Videos of the May Day incident show men associated with the group spraying pepper spray, fighting and striking people with batons.He turned himself in to authorities and bailed out on Friday.Local authorities have beefed up security and have been joined by an array of other law enforcement agencies “on a scale that this city hasn’t seen in years,” Wheeler said.center_img https://t.co/BAUm1eFJWt— Oath Keepers (@Oathkeepers) August 15, 2019Early Saturday, Trump criticized antifa in a tweet, and said Portland is “being watched very closely.”last_img read more

Jeb Burton teams with Arrowhead for 2013 season

first_img“We are confident in Turner Scott Motorsports and in Jeb’s ability on the track. We know that Jeb will represent Arrowhead with class and continue the Burton family tradition of excellence in racing,” said Kathy Farley, president of Sequoyah Brands. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Turner Scott Motorsports announced Wednesday that South Boston, Va.-based company Arrowhead has signed on for the 2013 season to support hometown driver Jeb Burton as he races full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time.The 20-year-old Burton, who is racing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, has made five Truck Series starts in his career, all last season. His best finish of eighth came last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Burton name is no stranger to racing — Jeb’s father Ward is a former Daytona 500 winner, and his uncle Jeff is a 21-time winner on the Sprint Cup tour.”I am so thankful to have the opportunity to represent Arrowhead in 2013,” said Burton. “We all have high expectations for the 2013 season, including capturing the Rookie of the Year title and competing for wins in NCWTS.” Burton’s announcement comes on the tail of a string of Turner Scott Motorsports news, including the rebranding of the team, the return of Justin Allgaier and sponsor Brandt and the hiring of Scott Zipadelli.Arrowhead is a disposable electronic cigarette made by parent company Sequoyah Brands. Hometown company will adorn the No. 4 Silveradolast_img read more

N. Korea reports first suspected infection as global cases top 16 million

first_imgNo fireworks Around a quarter of the world’s 16 million confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the United States, which recorded more than 68,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.After a drop in transmission rates in late spring, the country has seen a virus surge — particularly in California, Florida and Texas, which is also bracing for the first Atlantic hurricane of the year.Daily US fatalities have exceeded 1,000 for the past four days, rapidly increasing the country’s death toll to more than 146,000.”I’m still concerned that America doesn’t take it as seriously as the rest of the world,” said British golf star Lee Westwood, voicing his hesitation to travel there despite a new quarantine exemption for professional golfers.In Latin America and the Caribbean, which also count for a quarter of total cases, governments are not planning a return to normality any time soon.New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro have been cancelled as Brazil grapples with a spiraling virus crisis.”There is no great reason to celebrate, with more than 80,000 deaths” from coronavirus in Brazil, an official told AFP. Holiday woes Meanwhile Europe has reported around three million infections — despite being largely open for summer holidays within the continent.However in a snap decision, Britain’s government said passengers arriving from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks, after a surge in cases in the Mediterranean country, with health officials pointing to nightlife as a possible culprit.The move, effective from Sunday, has reportedly caught out its Transport Minister Grant Shapps who is holidaying there.”Various government ministers would have known in advance there was a possibility of imposing a quarantine on holidaymakers returning from Spain,” tweeted opposition MP Diane Abbot.”But apparently no-one bothered to tell @grantshapps,” she joked.It marked another hit to Spain’s tourism industry, which is desperately seeking a rebound after lockdowns and border closures pushed around 13 percent of bars, hotels and restaurants to permanently close.It mirrors the fiscal pain wrought around the world by the pandemic, particularly in precarious economies where livelihoods are fast crumbling.In India, for instance, millions of migrant workers who fled cities when COVID-19 hit say they are too scared to return.Asia’s third largest economy has reported more than 1.3 million virus cases and is the third worst hit country behind the US and Brazil.”We are trying our best to bring back migrant workers, even going to the extent of giving them air tickets, COVID-19 health insurance … [and] weekly checkups by doctors,” real estate developer Rajesh Prajapati said.”But it has not reaped any positive signs yet.” North Korea declared its first suspected coronavirus case on Sunday, becoming one of the last countries to do so as the number of people infected worldwide passed 16 million.The isolated, impoverished state had until now insisted it had not detected a single COVID-19 case — even as the pandemic swept the planet, overwhelming health systems and trashing the global economy.At least 645,000 people around the world have succumbed to the respiratory disease, with North Korean arch-rival the United States the worst-hit country by far. “The vicious virus could be said to have entered the country,” leader Kim Jong Un said, according to the official KCNA news agency.Authorities locked down the city of Kaesong, near the frontier with South Korea, as state media said a defector who left for the South three years ago had returned and was suspected to be infected with the coronavirus.But experts believe the contagion is likely to have already entered North Korea from neighboring China, where the new disease emerged late last year.The pandemic’s spread is still accelerating, with more than five million cases declared since July — a third of the total number of cases since the catastrophe began.center_img Even in recent days there has been an alarming uptick in infections, including in places that had appeared to have controlled their outbreaks.One of those was Australia, which on Sunday suffered its deadliest day since the pandemic began, with 10 fatalities and a rise in new infections despite an intense lockdown effort.”These things change rapidly, but we have to say these numbers are far too high,” said Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, where the latest outbreak is centered. Topics :last_img read more

Moyes names new coaching staff

first_imgNew Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed the arrival of three trusted members of his Everton backroom team. As expected, Steve Round will become Moyes’ assistant manager, Chris Woods is installed as goalkeeping coach, with Jimmy Lumsden named coach. “I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club,” said Moyes. Press Associationcenter_img The trio replace Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, who have all been released following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire in May. Round, 42, has worked alongside Moyes since 2008, whilst former England keeper Woods had been at Goodison Park since 1998. Sixty-five-year-old Lumsden, meanwhile, has worked with Moyes since his days at Preston North End. Moyes added: “They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.” Moyes arrived at Carrington at 8am for his first official day in charge, although his players are not due to report for duty until later this week. It is a huge day of change at United. In addition to Moyes’ arrival, the Red Devils’ plush training ground is officially known as the AON Training Complex as a result of a sponsorship deal announced last April worth approximately £150million. And David Gill’s exit as chief executive means Richard Arnold now takes over as group managing director, with London-based executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward assuming many of Gill’s responsibilities on the football side. “I believe with David and his new team in place, along with our current backroom staff, we can now start preparing for the new season ahead,” Woodward said. last_img read more