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(CNN) — FIFA and UEFA have suspended all Russian international and club teams from their competitions “until further notice,” the governing bodies said in a joint statement Monday.

World football governing body FIFA and European football governing body UEFA said the presidents of both organizations – Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Čeferin – “hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve in significantly and quickly so that football can again be a vector of unity”. and peace between people.

UEFA’s club competitions include the Men’s and Women’s Champions League, the Men’s Europa League and the UEFA Men’s Conference League.

Spartak Moscow were due to face RB Leipzig in the Europa League, with the first leg in Germany on March 10 and the second leg scheduled for March 17, but that fixture has now been called off.

“The UEFA Europa League matches between RB Leipzig and FC Spartak Moskva cannot take place and as a result RB Leipzig qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition,” UEFA said in a statement. communicated.

There are no more Russian teams in the other UEFA club competitions this season.

Internationally, FIFA’s jurisdiction over World Cup qualifiers means that, as things stand, Russia will not be able to play their World Cup qualifier against Poland scheduled for March 24.

The match was originally to be hosted in Russia until FIFA announced on Sunday that Russia is to play all future international matches at neutral venues without fans under the name “Football Union of Russia”, following the invasion of Ukraine.

“Following the first decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which provided for the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have decided today together that all Russian teams, whether they are national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” the joint statement on Monday read.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine.”

FIFA had been criticized for its earlier decision to allow Russian international teams to continue playing their scheduled matches, with the president of the Polish Football Association calling it “shameful”.

FIFA said on Sunday that “no flag or anthem of Russia will be used in matches involving teams of the Russian Football Union”, and added that its measures were “in accordance with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee”. .

Polish FA president Cezary Kulesza called the decision not to implement a total ban “unacceptable” and said the Polish national team would not play against Russia “whatever the name of the team”.

UEFA also announced the end of its partnership with Gazprom, the Russian-majority energy company.

Gazprom was one of UEFA’s main sponsors and its brand featured prominently on billboards at Champions League matches and in advertisements during matches.

“UEFA has today decided to end its partnership with Gazprom in all competitions,” the statement read.

“The decision takes effect immediately and covers all existing agreements, including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA national team competitions and UEFA EURO 2024.”

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Cargo ship full of luxury cars caught fire in mid-Atlantic – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/cargo-ship-full-of-luxury-cars-caught-fire-in-mid-atlantic-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 03:38:38 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/cargo-ship-full-of-luxury-cars-caught-fire-in-mid-atlantic-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ (CNN) – An abandoned freighter full of cars is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, after a rapidly spreading fire on board forced the crew to escape. The 656-foot-long Felicity Ace car carrier caught fire in the North Atlantic on Wednesday while ferrying cargo, including Porsches and Volkswagens, from Emden, Germany, to Davisville, Rhode Island . […]]]>

(CNN) – An abandoned freighter full of cars is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, after a rapidly spreading fire on board forced the crew to escape.

The 656-foot-long Felicity Ace car carrier caught fire in the North Atlantic on Wednesday while ferrying cargo, including Porsches and Volkswagens, from Emden, Germany, to Davisville, Rhode Island . At the time of the outbreak of the fire, the ship was sailing 90 nautical miles southwest of the Portuguese Azores, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Portuguese Navy.

After the fire started in the cargo hold, it spread and forced all 22 crew members to abandon ship. According to another statement from the Portuguese Navy, the crew were safely picked up and taken to a local hotel, with the rescue being coordinated by the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center in Ponta Delgada. There were no notable sources of pollution from the fire, the statement said.

The ship’s owners have arranged a tow as it continues to burn. Registered in Panama, the Felicity Alice is operated by the Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL). MOL did not respond to request for comment.

Porsche confirmed to CNN Business that a number of its cars were part of the shipment and that customers with cars aboard the burning ship are being contacted by their dealerships.

“Although it is still too early to confirm what happened and the next steps, we support – together with our colleagues at Porsche AG – our customers and dealers as best we can to find solutions,” said Angus Fitton, vice president of public relations at Porsche. North American cars. “We are in contact with the shipping company and the details of the cars on board are now known.”

Prospective Porsche owners with cars on board like journalist and host Matt Farah, who said he has a 2022 Porsche Boxster Spyder awaiting delivery, have already started receiving updates from dealers about the status of their cars. vehicles.

“The dealer confirmed that my car, along with at least a dozen other vehicles they were expecting, was on that boat,” Farah said. “They had no other information for me beyond confirming that my car was on the boat, and said as soon as Porsche Cars North America had any plans on how to proceed, they would share the plans with me. .”

Volkswagen also has customers waiting for vehicles on the burning freighter. “We are aware of an incident involving a third-party freighter carrying Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic. The vessel was en route to North America,” said Dirk Ameer, a Volkswagen spokesman. “At this time, we are not aware of any injuries. We are in contact with the shipping company to get more information about the incident.

The Felicity Ace can carry more than 17,000 metric tons of cargo, according to the Associated Press, with possibly thousands of cars on board. The Portuguese Navy said that as of Thursday the fire was continuing and an ocean patrol boat remained on site to monitor the abandoned vessel.

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Prince Charles self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/prince-charles-self-isolates-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 12:33:43 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/prince-charles-self-isolates-after-testing-positive-for-covid-19-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating, his office said Thursday. A post on his official Twitter page said Charles had tested positive on Thursday morning and was “deeply disappointed” at not being able to attend a planned visit to Winchester, England. This morning the Prince of Wales […]]]>

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating, his office said Thursday.

A post on his official Twitter page said Charles had tested positive on Thursday morning and was “deeply disappointed” at not being able to attend a planned visit to Winchester, England.

Charles, 73, met dozens of people at a grand reception at the British Museum in London on Wednesday evening. He was accompanied by his wife Camilla and was in close contact with UK Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, among others.

Charles’ office, Clarence House, confirmed that he was triple vaccinated.

It was not immediately clear what his condition was or whether Charles had recently met his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, 95, celebrated her Platinum Jubilee on Sunday by expressing her wish for Camilla to be known as Queen Consort when Charles becomes King.

Camilla continued with her engagements as planned on Thursday, visiting a sexual assault referral center in London.

Charles had previously contracted the coronavirus in March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic. Officials said he had mild symptoms of COVID-19 at the time. Charles and Camilla then isolated themselves at Queen Elizabeth II’s Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Spain’s King Felipe VI, 54, and Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, 81, also tested positive for coronavirus this week.

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Spotify CEO Says Canceling Joe Rogan Isn’t ‘The Answer’ – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/spotify-ceo-says-canceling-joe-rogan-isnt-the-answer-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 22:34:28 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/spotify-ceo-says-canceling-joe-rogan-isnt-the-answer-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ (AP) — Joe Rogan has put Spotify in a tough spot, but the streaming giant isn’t ready to part ways with the popular podcast host despite intense criticism over his comments about the coronavirus vaccine and the use of racial slurs. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also said in a message to employees on Sunday that […]]]>

(AP) — Joe Rogan has put Spotify in a tough spot, but the streaming giant isn’t ready to part ways with the popular podcast host despite intense criticism over his comments about the coronavirus vaccine and the use of racial slurs.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek also said in a message to employees on Sunday that Rogan’s racist language was “incredibly hurtful” and that the host was behind the removal of dozens of episodes of “The Joe. Rogan Experience”.

“While I strongly condemn what Joe said and agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more,” Ek said in the note. “And I want to clarify something – I don’t believe silencing Joe is the answer.”

The letter is the clearest indication yet of Spotify’s stance on Rogan’s fate with the company, as some musicians, including Neil Young and India.Arie, pulled their work from the streaming service in protest. and others may follow. Spotify reportedly paid $100 million to exclusively host Rogan’s podcast, which now threatens earnings but is also a key part of the company’s strategy to be a one-stop-shop for audio.

“We should have clear lines around content and act when they’re crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it is critical thinking and open debate that fuels real and needed progress,” Ek wrote.

He said he was “deeply sorry” for the impact of the controversy on Spotify employees. Rogan apologized on Saturday for his use of the N-word in some past episodes.

Spotify’s move is unlikely to sit well with one side of an increasingly polarized country where there is heightened sensitivity to misinformation about race and vaccines, experts say.

“If Spotify says, ‘We can’t drop it. He has the right to say whatever he wants “it continues down the line where there is this implicit support for saying racist things on these platforms,” ​​said Adia Harvey Wingfield, a sociology professor at the University of Washington. in Saint-Louis, before Ek’s letter. has been freed.

The streaming site must also decide whether offensive words are allowed elsewhere on its app, where songs containing racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant messages are available, said John Wihbey, a professor at Northeastern University and an expert in emerging technologies.

“There’s a real soul-searching to be done beyond Joe,” Wihbey said Sunday. “It’s a big computational moment for entertainment and streaming platforms to see where the window is, which is over the limit.”

In his letter, Ek announced a $100 million investment to license, develop and market “music and audio content from historically marginalized bands,” without giving further details.

Rogan’s public unrest began on January 24 when Young demanded that his music be taken down, fearing that Rogan was promoting skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines. Other artists have followed suit, including Joni Mitchell and Roxane Gay.

Spotify said it will soon add a disclaimer to all podcasts that discuss COVID-19, directing listeners to factual, up-to-date information from scientists and public health experts.

The scrutiny intensified when a video compilation emerged last week showing Rogan repeatedly using the N-word. Arie posted it to his Instagram account, using the hashtag #DeleteSpotify.

“They take this money that’s built from streaming, and they pay this guy $100 million, but they pay us like 0.003% of a dime,” the Grammy winner wrote. “I don’t want to generate money that pays for that.”

Rogan apologized in an Instagram video on Saturday, saying the slurs were “the most regrettable and shameful thing” he’s ever had to deal with and that he hasn’t used the N-word in years .

Ek told the Wall Street Journal last week that he took responsibility for being “too slow to respond” to criticism over vaccine misinformation. It took the company five days to publicly respond to Young.

“It has become clear to me that we have an obligation to do more to provide balance and access to widely accepted information from the medical and scientific communities that guides us through this unprecedented time,” Ek continued in a statement. .

Rogan is an odd mix of shock jock and host who leads discussions on public policy, arts and culture, Wihbey said, describing his brand as conservative “bro America.”

His comments were clearly racist, Wihbey said, but he hopes Rogan sees this as a chance to discuss race and vaccine issues in depth in future episodes. Otherwise, his audience might not hear the discussions, Wihbey said.

“I think bringing together that kind of audience is important,” he said. “He can say things that I think can move the needle.”

Wingfield said the controversy could be positive if it begins to shift to discussions of racial stereotypes.

“I think if Joe Rogan kind of learns from this experience and becomes a driving voice for this conversation, that could be really valuable,” she said. “But I want to stress again that it’s a pretty big if, and I don’t know if it will come to that.”

Spotify reports having 406 million monthly active users, up almost 20% from last year, and advertising has increased largely thanks to podcasts. Musicians still generate the bulk of Spotify’s profits, experts say. The company held 31% of the 524 million music streaming subscriptions worldwide in the second quarter of 2021, more than double the second place of Apple Music, according to Midia Research.

Spotify Technology’s stock price fell 0.5% Monday morning in after-hours trading. It jumped 9.2% on Friday.

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Sustainability labels on food need improvement, warns WUR research https://homepagelink.net/sustainability-labels-on-food-need-improvement-warns-wur-research/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 11:23:09 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/sustainability-labels-on-food-need-improvement-warns-wur-research/ February 07, 2022 — Sustainability labels and ratings can have a positive impact on consumer acceptance and awareness, but they do not yet promote more sustainable consumer behavior. This is the claim of a literature review, “Effective labeling of sustainable products” published by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and commissioned by the […]]]>

February 07, 2022 — Sustainability labels and ratings can have a positive impact on consumer acceptance and awareness, but they do not yet promote more sustainable consumer behavior.

This is the claim of a literature review, “Effective labeling of sustainable products” published by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and food quality.

The research posits that a more significant impact could occur by combining labels and labeling systems, linking them to other behavioral factors, and emphasizing other benefits such as health.

He also notes that encouraging consumers to change their eating habits is a factor.

According to WUR, information on consumer behavior “is an essential element in making sustainable options more accessible”.

Wageningen’s research focuses on how sustainability information on packaging influences consumer choices and possible behavioral mechanisms to support behavior change.

“Most studies show that labeling has some impact compared to no labelling. Overall, labeling accounts for 18% of consumer acceptance. Using a fair trade logo seems to have the biggest positive effect,” says WUR.

“It’s also effective in communicating the health benefits alongside the environmental and sustainability benefits. Consumers are more likely to buy a product with a combined environmental, fair trade and climate neutral certification than a product with individual labels.Research posits that combining labels, linking them to other behavioral factors, and emphasizing other benefits such as health might have a greater impact.

misunderstanding and trust
The research also notes that traffic light labels (like green-yellow-red health score) make it easier for consumers to choose a sustainable option. On the other hand, combining labels seems to be a more efficient approach than using individual labels, since having multiple separate labels can be confusing.

It seems that consumers don’t always fully understand or trust labels. The price and origin of the product are often the factors that determine whether or not a consumer buys a sustainable product.

Sometimes consumers say they’re making a sustainable choice, even when they’re not, so their intentions and actual behavior aren’t necessarily aligned, adds WUR.

“The success of a label depends on its clarity and recognition. The clearer a label, the more trustworthy it is, which in turn increases the willingness to pay for it. But labels cannot be overloaded with information,” they say.

“Sustainability must be clearly communicated and relevant to the buyer. It is effective in showing that consumer choices have an impact, and in specifying the real benefits of sustainable choices, such as the number of bees on a farm.

The literature review focused on environmental and social well-being, animal welfare, consumers, food/nutrition and communication. It relied solely on Western literary sources, with 42% of articles from Western Europe.

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Joni Mitchell says she will follow Neil Young in removing his music from Spotify over vaccine misinformation – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/joni-mitchell-says-she-will-follow-neil-young-in-removing-his-music-from-spotify-over-vaccine-misinformation-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 16:10:49 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/joni-mitchell-says-she-will-follow-neil-young-in-removing-his-music-from-spotify-over-vaccine-misinformation-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ (CNN) – Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has said she will be removing her music from Spotifyfollowing a controversy over vaccine misinformation hosted on the streaming platform. “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives,” the Canadian musician wrote in a declaration posted on its website on Friday. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young […]]]>

(CNN) – Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has said she will be removing her music from Spotifyfollowing a controversy over vaccine misinformation hosted on the streaming platform.

“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people’s lives,” the Canadian musician wrote in a declaration posted on its website on Friday. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.”

Mitchell’s decision comes after Young asked his managers and record company to order the immediate removal of all his songs from Spotify, due to vaccine misinformation spread by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan.

In a statement now deleted from its website, rolling stone reported that Young, 76, said the aftermath “potentially causes the death of those who believe this misinformation is spreading,” adding, “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”

Mitchell, known for her songs “Big Yellow Taxi” and “A Case of You”, also cited a open letter to Spotify posted earlier this month by a coalition of scientists and medical professionals calling for an anti-misinformation policy.

The letter was reposted in full on the 78-year-old singer’s website, and the authors in it highlighted a number of concerns about Rogan’s podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, which is currently the most popular podcast in the US and UK on Spotify.

CNN has contacted Rhino, the record label of Spotify and Mitchell, but has yet to hear back.

Rogan has “discouraged vaccination of young people and children, falsely asserted that mRNA vaccines are ‘gene therapy’, promoted the off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19…and spread a certain number of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories,” the authors of the open letter said.

They also said that at least two recent guests had “compared pandemic politics to the Holocaust” and said misinformation was “a sociological problem of devastating proportions and that Spotify is responsible for allowing this activity to thrive on its platform”.

Spotify later agreed to remove Young’s music from its platform, and the hashtag #RemoveSpotify went viral amid criticism from Rogan’s podcast. Apple Music too tweeted Thursday that was now”Neil Young’s house.”

Young and Mitchell together have nearly 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with Young having more than 6 millionwhile Mitchell has 3.7 million listeners.

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Regina King’s son, musician Ian Alexander Jr., dead at 26 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/regina-kings-son-musician-ian-alexander-jr-dead-at-26-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 17:25:05 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/regina-kings-son-musician-ian-alexander-jr-dead-at-26-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ (CNN) — Actor and director Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., has died by suicide, his rep confirmed to CNN on Saturday. He was 26 years old. “Our family is devastated to the core of the loss of Ian. He is such a shining light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others. Our […]]]>

(CNN) — Actor and director Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., has died by suicide, his rep confirmed to CNN on Saturday.

He was 26 years old.

“Our family is devastated to the core of the loss of Ian. He is such a shining light who cared so deeply for the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time,” King said in a statement provided by his representative.

Alexander was a musician and DJ. He played the role of “Desduné”, according to his Instagram page. He had released a new single, “Green Eyes”, on January 7 and had performances scheduled in Los Angeles later that month.

He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

King’s son paid tribute to his mother on her birthday last year.

“Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry and gangsta! To be able to watch you take this life by the neck and make it yours is something I will be forever grateful for. having as a mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. Being all you are while still having the time to be there and love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable.

King opened up about the deep love she had for her son in a 2011 interview with CNN.

“I get emotional because my son is an amazing young man, and it took me being a mother to realize how amazing a woman is. [my mother] is,” King said. “You don’t know what unconditional love is. You can say yes, but if you don’t have children, you don’t know what it is. But when you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling there is. So that’s the biggest part of me. Being a mom to Ian.

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‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf dies at 74 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/bat-out-of-hell-singer-meat-loaf-dies-at-74-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:51:34 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/bat-out-of-hell-singer-meat-loaf-dies-at-74-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ (CNN) – Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer whose explosive rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at 74, according to a statement. on his verified Facebook page. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah […]]]>

(CNN) – Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer whose explosive rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at 74, according to a statement. on his verified Facebook page.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement read. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”

Meat Loaf’s agent confirmed his death to CNN. No cause of death has been shared.

The singer, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was born in Dallas.

Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums – 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” – produced numerous hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” , “Two Out of Three That’s Not Bad” and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This).”

He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love”.

Meat Loaf has also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club,” and “Wayne’s World.”

The singer admitted that physical problems had affected his ability to perform. But in November he published on facebook that he had had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio early this year.

“The back surgeries hurt everything. Before the back surgeries I was still trying to get gigs, that’s when some of you saw or heard of me collapsing on stage and eventually quitting the UK tour. I couldn’t hit high notes because of back pain. Not a slight back pain. Pain that would bring you to your knees,” he wrote.

In 2016, Meat Loaf collapsed during a concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton and was admitted to hospital. The cause was dehydration, a spokesperson said at the time.

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Seditious conspiracy: 11 oath keepers charged in Jan. 6 riot – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/seditious-conspiracy-11-oath-keepers-charged-in-jan-6-riot-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:35:57 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/seditious-conspiracy-11-oath-keepers-charged-in-jan-6-riot-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ WASHINGTON (AP) — Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the vicious attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday. Despite hundreds of accusations Already introduced the year since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in a bid […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, and 10 other members or associates have been charged with seditious conspiracy in the vicious attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.

Despite hundreds of accusations Already introduced the year since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in a bid to prevent certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, these were the first seditious conspiracy charges brought in part of the attack of January 6, 2021.

It marked a serious escalation in the largest investigation in Justice Department history – more than 700 people have been arrested and charged with federal crimes – and underscored the work that has been done to piece together the worst cases. more complicated. The charges rebut, in part, the growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who have publicly challenged the seriousness of the insurgency, arguing that since no one had yet been charged with sedition or treason, it could not have been so violent.

The indictment alleges that the keepers of the oath for weeks discussed trying to reverse election results and preparing for a siege by buying weapons and setting up battle plans. They wrote repeatedly in discussions about the prospect of violence and the need, as Rhodes reportedly put it in one piece, to “scare the s—outs” out of Congress. And on January 6, according to the indictment, they entered the Capitol building with the large crowd of rioters who stormed police barriers and smashed windows, injuring dozens of officers and scaring away lawmakers.

Authorities said the oath keepers and their associates worked as if going to war, discussing weapons and training. Days before the attack, a defendant suggested in a text message that a boat was carrying weapons down the Potomac River to their “waiting arms,” prosecutors say.

On Jan. 6, several members, dressed in camouflage combat gear, were seen on camera pushing their way through the crowd and into the Capitol in a military-style pile formation, authorities said.

The indictment against Rhodes alleges that the Oath Keepers formed two teams, or “stacks”, which entered the Capitol. The first stack split inside the building to attack the House and Senate separately. The second stack clashed with officers inside the Capitol rotunda, according to the indictment. Outside Washington, according to the indictment, the Guardians of the Oath had stationed two “quick reaction forces” which had firearms “in support of their plot to prevent the lawful transfer of power.”

Rhodes, 56, from Granbury, Texas, is the highest-ranking member of an extremist group to be arrested during the deadly siege. He and Edward Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix, Arizona, were arrested Thursday. The other nine were already facing criminal charges related to the attack.

Sedition charges are hard to win and rarely used, but defendants face a hefty prison sentence of 20 years if convicted, compared to five for other conspiracy charges. The last time US prosecutors brought such a riotous conspiracy case was in 2010 in an alleged Michigan plot by members of the Hutaree militia to incite an uprising against the government. But a judge ordered acquittals on sedition conspiracy charges at a 2012 trial, saying prosecutors relied too heavily on hateful rants protected by the First Amendment and failed, as they should, proved that the accused ever had detailed plans for a rebellion.

Among the last successful convictions for seditious conspiracy stems from another, now largely forgotten, storming of the Capitol in 1954, when four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire on the floor of the House, wounding five representatives.

Most of the hundreds of people accused of violence face lesser crimes. More than 150 people have been charged with assaulting police officers at the Capitol. More than 50 people have been charged with conspiracy, mostly people linked to the far-right Proud Boys and Keepers of the Anti-Government Oath. No sedition charges have been brought against the Proud Boys.

Rhodes did not enter the Capitol building on Jan. 6 but is accused of helping to ignite the violence. Jonathan Moseley, an attorney who said he represented Rhodes, said Rhodes was supposed to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising in a deposition, but that deposition was quashed.

“He’s been under a lot of suspicion as to why he hasn’t been charged” so far in the Jan. 6 riot, Moseley said. “I don’t know if it’s in response to those discussions, but we think it’s unfortunate. It’s an unusual situation.

A second attorney representing the group, Kellye SoRelle, said she would release a statement later and said Mosley was not representing Rhodes.

Rhodes said in interviews with right-wing hosts that there were no plans to storm the Capitol and that members who did have gone rogue. But he continued to push the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, while the posts on the The Oath Keepers website described the group as a victim of political persecution.

Other defendants in the plot argued in court that the only plan was to provide security for the rally before the riot or to protect against possible attacks by far-left antifa activists.

Rhodes, a former US Army paratrooper and Yale Law School graduate, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009. The far-right group recruits current and former military, police and first responders. Several of those arrested are veterans.

Rhodes appeared in court papers in the conspiracy case for months as “Person One.”

Authorities say he held a GoToMeeting call days after the election, telling his supporters to come to Washington and let President Donald Trump know “the people are behind him.” Rhodes told members they should be ready to fight antifa and that some oath keepers should “stay on the outside” and be “ready to go in armed” if necessary.

“We are going to defend the president, the duly elected president, and we are asking him to do what it takes to save our country. Because if you guys don’t, you’re going to be in a bloody, bloody civil war, and a bloody – you can call it an insurrection or you can call it a war or a fight,” Rhodes said, according to reports. court documents. .

Authorities said Rhodes was part of an encrypted conversation on Signal with oath keepers from multiple states prior to Jan. 6 called “DC OP: Jan 6 21” and it showed the group was “activating a plan to use force. ” That day.

On the afternoon of the 6th, authorities say Rhodes told the group via Signal, “All I see Trump doing is complaining. I don’t see any intention on his part to do anything. So the Patriots are taking this into their own hands. They’ve had enough.

Around 2:30 p.m., Rhodes had a 97-second phone call with Kelly Meggs, the reputed leader of the group’s Florida chapter, who was part of the military-style pile, authorities said. About 10 minutes later, Rhodes sent a photo to the group showing the southeast side of the Capitol with the caption “South side of US Capitol.” Patriots are knocking on doors. Around the same time, members of the stack formation forced their way into the Capitol, prosecutors say.

He was expected in court on Friday in Texas.

More than 70 defendants are still being held for rioting. At least 183 defendants have pleaded guilty to charges related to the Jan. 11 riots. At least 78 of them have been convicted, including 35 people who have been sentenced to prison or prison terms or to sentences already served.

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Tiffini Hale, ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ and Party member, deceased at 46 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports https://homepagelink.net/tiffini-hale-mickey-mouse-club-and-party-member-deceased-at-46-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 16:23:55 +0000 https://homepagelink.net/tiffini-hale-mickey-mouse-club-and-party-member-deceased-at-46-wsvn-7news-miami-news-weather-sports/ [ad_1] (CNN) – Tiffini Hale, former cast member of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” and singer of pop group The Party has died on Christmas Day, according to some of her co-stars and bandmates. She was 46 years old. “It is with the greatest of broken hearts that we share the sad news of […]]]>


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(CNN) – Tiffini Hale, former cast member of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” and singer of pop group The Party has died on Christmas Day, according to some of her co-stars and bandmates.

She was 46 years old.

“It is with the greatest of broken hearts that we share the sad news of the passing of our beloved sister, Tiffini Talia Hale”, reads an article on The Party’s Facebook page. “Earlier this month, she suffered a cardiac arrest which left her in a coma. After many prayers and with her family by her side, our dearest Tiff breathed her last on Christmas morning. She is now resting peacefully.

The post, which was signed by his “Mickey Mouse Club” co-stars Deedee Magno, Chasen Hampton, Albert Jeunepierre Fields and Damon Pampolina and “the whole family of the Mickey Mouse Club,” asked for the confidentiality of Hale’s family. while they were crying.

“Tiffini’s mother Nancy and sister Tanya send their love to everyone, as well as many thanks for their kind support over the years,” the post read.

Hale was one of the original cast members of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” when he debuted in 1989 on The Disney Channel and appeared on the series until 1991.

Disney took inspiration from this cast to form pop group The Party, which included Hale, Fields, Hampton, Magno and Damon.

They recorded with singles included “In My Dreams”, “Summer Vacation” and “That’s Why”.

The Party dissolved in 1993 before meeting in 2013 without Hale.

Hale returned to the “Mickey Mouse Club” in 1994, when the series added Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera as cast members.

His former co-star and band member Hampton posted a long tribute to Hale on Thursday on his Instagram account, writing “Part of her magic was that she never knew how amazing she really was.”

“She was humble, thoughtful and kind. She was playful and so funny. An incredible singer, character and dramatic actress, and when music touched me, we are unmatched by any female pop star since! he wrote. “She was an absolutely amazing performer and I’m so honored to have had her in my life.”

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