Wisconsin school, police investigating photo of students posing in apparent Nazi salute

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BARABOO, Wis.) — A Wisconsin school district and local police are investigating a photo of a group of mostly white high school boys giving what appears to be the Nazi salute after it drew strong backlash on social media.The image of students in the Baraboo School District was posted on the @GoBaraboo parody account on Sunday.The tweet has since been taken down, but police and school officials promised to investigate. The photo in question is from last spring, according to District Superintendent Lori Mueller.“The school district is investigating this situation and is working with parents, staff and local authorities,” Mueller said in a statement to students and parents. “If the gesture is what it appears to be, the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue.”In a separate tweet posted on Monday, Mueller wrote, “The photo posted under the hashtag is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo.”Baraboo police also tweeted that they are assisting the district’s investigation since being made aware of a “controversial photo of a group of high school students.”The photo drew widespread disapproval, including from Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.“This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred,” the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.Not all the students in the photo participated in the gesture. Jordan Blue, a student in the top right of the photo whose arms remain at his sides, said in a statement that the photo was taken as students gathered at the Sauk County Courthouse for professional prom photos and that he “couldn’t leave the photo as it was taken within five seconds.”“The photographer told us to raise our hands kind of in a way, and I knew at that point that some my classmates are very immature,” he said in a separate interview. “So didn’t want to do that, and I saw what was happening and I felt so upset.”Jonathan Schieber, a senior who appears in the photo, told ABC News there was no discussion of any racist aspect to the photo when it was taken. It was only after the photo garnered social media attention over the weekend that he started to hear about it.Schieber, who is black, was singled out due to his race, though he had both arms at his side in the photo.“Somebody had made a meme or something, saying, ‘We even got the black kid to throw it up,’” Schieber told ABC News. “I couldn’t go nowhere without people being like, ‘Are you that kid from the picture?’ Everybody was sharing it, talking about racial profiling. I went to school on Monday and people were trying to take pictures with me — you’re going viral, all that stuff.”“I left school because I was not having it,” he added.Wheel Memories posted thumbnails of several photos from the shoot on its website in the spring, including the one in question. The photos have since been removed and the agency wrote on its site in a message that it blames “jerks” and online negativity.“It is too bad that there are those in society who can and do take the time to be jerks; knowingly and willingly to be jerks! The internet can be a wonderful tool but for some there is an overwhelming urge to destroy. The destruction may not be physical but instead it can be bullying that is intellectual or emotional,” the photo agency wrote on its website.“To anyone that was hurt I sincerely apologize,” the agency said. “To those who have harmed them, we as society often ignore them I have chosen not to do that. YOU ARE JERKS! Grow up! Be kind, Be gentle, Be civil!”ABC News has reached out to several other students in the photo who were identified through social media.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Are estate agencies being complacent about effect of Coronavirus on their businesses?

first_imgEstate agencies have told The Bank of England that they believe there is a 30% probability that the Coronavirus crisis will have a large and negative impact on turnover this year, despite warnings elsewhere that industry is likely to shut down until at least June.Published within the bank’s quarterly economic report, the property industry is below the average of 40% across all industries and much less than the accommodation and food sector, where companies say there is a 60% chance their revenues will be impacted severely by the crisis.The Bank of England says its contacts reported that the economic uncertainty as a result of the pandemic had deterred buyers and sellers, bringing transactions to a halt.“There were also reports that concerns about contagion had prompted some sellers to take their homes off the market in order to avoid holding viewings,” the report says. “Contacts thought that some buyers were staying away for the same reason.”Agree a delayYesterday the Ministry of Housing advised the public not to move home unless they were contractually bound to, or both parties were unable to agree to a delay.The report also reveals cooling sentiment within the new homes market and that the number of visitors to show homes and marketing suites has fallen over the past two weeks.Official advice to restrict travel and social interaction is expected to deter prospective buyers over the coming weeks, the report says.Only the private rental market remains relatively untouched, largely because many letting agents can continue managing properties remotely on behalf of their landlord clients and organise maintenance and repair work, which is still allowed under government guidance rules.Read the report in full.Read more: Some estate agencies aren’t taking Coronavirus very seriously. covid-19 coronavirus Bank of England March 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Are estate agencies being complacent about effect of Coronavirus on their businesses? previous nextHousing MarketAre estate agencies being complacent about effect of Coronavirus on their businesses?Bank of England says agents and developers report only 30% probability that their revenues will be significantly impacted by virus this year.Nigel Lewis27th March 202001,370 Viewslast_img read more

The Hurricane Case for Microgrids

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Public Radio International:More than half of Florida’s population is estimated to have lost power because of Hurricane Irma. Many of the nearly 7 million Floridians who remained without power Tuesday will likely have to wait weeks before it’s restored.“What we think we’ll see on the west coast [of the state] is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid,” said Robert Gould, vice president of communications for Florida Power and Light, during an interview with ABC on Sunday.What can the state do to avoid mass blackouts in the future?Build microgrids, says Francis O’Sullivan, director of research for the MIT Energy Initiative.“These microgrids … take a different approach. What you’re doing … is you’re bringing some of the generation and storage to local areas and you’re servicing — in a radial sense — that local area from one central region,” O’Sullivan said.“And what … will happen in an instance like a hurricane is that one region might get damaged, so the generation might be knocked out. That system is going to be able to break away from the others. And those other local systems are going to be able to continue to deliver service to their customers.”How to avoid blackouts in hurricanes? Model power grids after the internet, says one expert. The Hurricane Case for Microgridslast_img read more

Pogba out for three games

first_imgRelatedPosts Pogba begins 14-day self-isolation Pogba tests positive for coronavirus De Gea should save Chelsea’s second goal 100 times out of 100 – Solskjaer Manchester United have confirmed Paul Pogba is set for another spell on the sidelines after failing to shake off a persistent ankle problem.The France international first sustained the issue in United’s 1-1 draw away to Southampton at the end of September.Pogba was ruled out of France’s September internationals and missed United’s next three games before returning in the Carabao Cup last week.The 26-year-old has played through the pain in United’s last two matches and the club have now been advised to give Pogba a period of time off to rest.“Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest and conservative treatment for the foot injury sustained during the game against Southampton in August,” a statement read on the club’s official website.As well as missing Thursday’s trip to the Netherlands, Pogba is also expected to skip this weekend’s match away to Newcastle and the upcoming international break with France.Pogba has struggled to rediscover his best form for United this season after missing out on the chance to leave the club during the summer.The 2018 World Cup winner has not scored in five league appearances but has registered two assists. Tags: Paul Pogbalast_img read more

MLB hot stove: Red Sox ‘extremely unlikely’ to re-sign closer Craig Kimbrel, says team chairman

first_imgRIght hander Matt Barnes is one prospect to step in as the team’s closer in 2019. He is 20-14 with a 4.14 ERA in four-plus seasons in Boston’s bullpen. Ryan Brasier, Tyler Thornburg and perhaps other candidates could emerge this spring. Dustin Pedroia has second thoughts about decision to have knee surgery Never say never, but it doesn’t appear the Red Sox are looking to re-sign Kimbrel, who is a free agent and is still seeking a team. Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star who saved 108 games for Boston the past three seasons, earned $13 million last year. He’s reportedly seeking a six-year contract worth more than $100 million. That would be a record for a closer, eclipsing the five-year, $86 million deal Aroldis Chapman signed with the Yankees in 2016.That’s a lot of money for a reliever, especially considering Red Sox stars such as Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello will be eligible for free agency within the next couple of years. Boston already has the highest projected payroll in MLB for 2019, at $221 million, according to Spotrac. Related News For Red Sox fans hoping the team will have a change of heart and bring back ace closer Craig Kimbrel, team chairman Tom Werner put some long odds on that Monday.”I think it’s extremely unlikely,” Werner said (via MLB.com). Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez: Sluggish free agency won’t affect opt-out decisionlast_img read more

Future’s So Bright — NYS’s Matteo Faraguna earns BCSPL spot with Thompson Okanagan Intakes

first_imgIt was obvious that Matteo Faraguna has the skills to succeed in many sports.An accomplished track and field star with the Kootenay Chaos as well as a pretty good minor hockey player and skier, the 12-year-old prodigy, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Al and grandfather Guido to pursue a career in the roundball sport.Faraguna took a major step in that direction after being selected to the Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes BC Soccer Premier League squad following tryouts earlier this year in Kelowna.“I was very excited to be on the team and have the chance to get to know all of the coaches, staff and players,” the Nelson Youth Soccer star told The Nelson Daily.Faraguna played the past season for the U12 Development squad with NYS.However, needing a little more incentive in the sport, Trafalgar Middle School student decided to tryout with BCSPL in the Okanagan.“I have only known Matteo for a brief period of time, what we saw was a player that had a tremendous work rate and speed to match,” said Thompson Okanagan Technical Director Jason Thompson.“His ability in a one on one situation was very good and has a very good base of technical skill. Mateo’s compete level is very good.”The Intakes team has commenced preseason training, with Faraguna and Company completing the first week of practice.The team is preparing to attend the SX Cup Labour Day weekend in the Lower Mainland.The following weekend the Thompson/Okanagan Association hosts a BCSPL Jamboree where Intake teams from throughout the province travels to Kelowna.The U13 Intake festival happens every fall, combining all of the rookie U13 players to the BCSPL at one location. Thompson said the league runs until early November, depending on playoffs, concluding around November 25.The players have December off before returning to the training grounds in January.Second half begins February 25, running through until July.Thompson said this a long stretch for the players and there is a lot of travel during February, March and April combined with twice-a-week training sessions.“I am not surprised,” Thompson exclaimed when asked about the talent pool in the Kootenays.“We have had players in the past from the Kootenay’s that were involved. With the addition of the Whitecaps Prospects Centre there I only see players getting better and better.”Thompson said it’s that partnership between the Whitecaps and BC Soccer that is opening up high-level soccer to the entire province instead of teams being filled with players from Lower Mainland or Okanagan associations.“We speak with the regional head coaches of these academies about up and coming players and players that are displaying a high level of play,” Thompson explains.“It is a great system that benefits TOFC (Thompson Okanagan Football Club), the Whitecaps and links the players to the highest level of play that BC Soccer can provide.”“I am certain with the coaching that is provided at the Whitecaps Academies more players will come out of these areas,” Thompson adds.Faraguna, who arrived at the Intakes as a striker, is impressed with the level of coaching and competition during the first week of training.Continuing to want to grow his game has been a goal for Faraguna.And one he most definitely would like to maintain.“My goals from now on are to work as hard as I can to make the HPP (High Performance Program) and hopefully one day receive a scholarship and possibly play for the National Team,” Faraguna said.No doubt with skill from the Faraguna gene pool, — his grandfather Guido, chewed up defenses and filled nets during his time on Interior pitches while father Al, was just as skilled on those same fields in youth and senior men’s soccer, those goals don’t seem to be too far out of line.last_img read more