R. Kelly taken into custody after court appearance and following interview outburst

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Embattled singer R. Kelly was taken into custody following a court appearance this afternoon for unpaid child support.Kelly, who was spotted in cuffs after the hearing in Chicago, will be processed and taken to jail later today. If he makes the payment — around $161,000 — he will be released from custody, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.The amount has to be paid in full, the sheriff’s department said.The court appearance came hours after an explosive interview aired in which the singer, who faces 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, lashed out and called the allegations “not fair.”In an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, the singer, 52, referenced his past case from 2008 involving assault and abuse claims, which ended in his acquittal.“It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case,” the singer says in the clip released by the network.But King pushes Kelly, saying the new charges he’s facing involves new women and claims, whether they are from the past or not. In response, the singer says their claims are “not true.”The allegations and charges against Kelly have come after the network Lifetime aired its special “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries about the decades’ worth of misconduct allegations against the singer.“Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true,” he adds. NEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.” Kelly has pleaded not guilty; see the first clips here & watch @CBSThisMorning Wednesday at 7a ET. pic.twitter.com/5yT1QwPsIq— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019 When asked if he held any women against their will, Kelly said, making a point to speak directly to the camera, “How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I have been through in my way, way past to hold somebody. Let alone 4, 5, 6, 50 you said — how stupid would I be to do that?”According to the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office, which charged Kelly last month, three of the four accusers were younger than 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.When Kelly was charged at the end of February, the singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said he believes all the alleged victims “are lying” about his client.Kelly continued to claim his innocence to CBS, breaking down in the process.“I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement and don’t let them eat and don’t let them out … Stop it,” he said. “Y’all quit playin. Quit playin. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me y’all. I’m fighting for my f—– life.”But King continued to press Kelly, sometimes saying she finds it hard to believe the singer is innocent, explaining to him that “we are in a different time, where women are speaking out,” referencing #MeToo and other powerful movements as to why some allegations are coming out now from his past.“Now women feel safe saying these things about you,” she added.“I love women. I love all women. I love everybody. But the thing is, is that these stories on Lifetime they’re very bogus. And they’re not true. Absolutely not true,” he added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A chaplain without robes

first_imgWhen what became Harvard Divinity School (HDS) was being built early in the 19th century, legend has it that its architects took special care to locate it on the northeastern edge of campus, as far away from the Yard as possible — ostensibly so that it would remain free from the perceived malignance of the freethinking, secular Yard. Therein are echoes of the old contest between religion and secularism, faith and reason.Today, it would appear as though such a contest is largely a thing of the past. In a society described as “secular,” “post-religious,” and “pluralistic,” the ancient contest between church and state appears to have been decided overwhelmingly in favor of the latter.If “and what are you going do with that?” is the question that is most often asked of a literature student after disclosing his major at a family reunion, then to tell the world that I am studying theology is often to be met with a befuddlement beyond words. When confronted by the Christopher Hitchens-wielding types from the Yard, I suddenly discover that I am a poor apologist for the ecclesiastical vocation, as I belong to neither formal tradition nor do I have sacred dogmas to defend. On the other hand, I admit that I do not find it easy to take pleasure in the easy confidence of the local street preacher when I say that “I am attending seminary.” I am not their kind, surely.This, then, is the way I conceive of my ministry: In a gathering of skeptics, I am Christian; in a gathering of Christians, I am a skeptic. And all too often, wherever I am, I feel like a spy behind enemy lines.To attend HDS is to be misunderstood. That is the first thing I would tell a prospective student of our quaintly charming institution. Many of us are neither of “the world,” nor of the familiar world of church and clergy as defined by the religious right. Displaced from both church and marketplace, many of us struggle to eke out a path in a wilderness that calls to mind any number of same in the Bible. Ours is a “third way,” a study in paradox, a home for the spiritually homeless and displaced, a center stage where the outliers gather.The soul of HDS is not that of the world of “Ye Olde Time Religion.” But I would argue that there is something here even older than that, something redolent of a Puritanical flavor, a fundamentalism before Fundamentalism, as it were, so romantically original and American. There is that Emersonian spirit of nonconformity and dissidence, a kind of being “ill-at-ease” that drives our ministry and student engagements in such examples as the Occupy movement, campus feminism, and the anti-oppression coalition.“All roads lead to Harvard Divinity School” is a familiar quip among divinity students, dripping of irony but possessing also a deeper sense. It is not unlike saying that the heart of America is to be found as much in Ralph Ellison’s Harlem or William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha as in the bright lights of Manhattan and Los Angeles.I cannot presume to speak for all students at our fantastically diverse institution. But the place resonates with me precisely because of the ways it accords with my own life experience. I was born in central China, and I am a two-time immigrant, to England and Texas. Schooled in both the camps of Young Communist Pioneers as well as the American Bible camps of Christian Evangelicalism, the turning point for me came when I came to accept my difference with respect to the world, when I stopped fighting to belong seamlessly but rather to remain freely unintegrated. The secret, I discovered, was to speak from the margins and to listen — as Walt Whitman wrote — “to all sides and filter them from your self.”Next year, I will attend law school, which will entail a new set of challenges. I am genuinely thrilled by the prospect of one day working for the public interest in Boston. Or, perhaps, I will return to my homeland of mainland China and labor for change there. Although I am neither the quickest nor the cleverest in any classroom, I am imbued with a desire to witness and to be present to the powerless of the world.Last Aug. 8, I was strolling down Wall Street in Manhattan. It was about an hour after the closing bell on the stock exchange. The last of the traders were streaming out of the exchange after the sixth-largest daily points loss in the history of the Dow Jones. Their faces were gray and sunken like defeated soldiers. The clouds, the silence of the “troops” in orderly retreat, and the alleyway of Wall Street so narrow — it resembled an unreal scene from a movie about the Apocalypse. So were these the evildoers, the moneylenders who were driving our country to the ground? I wondered then and continue to wonder today. Who do we accuse, who do we sanction?But that evening, there I was, fiercely close to where the world was turning dark. I was a chaplain without robes, a protester with neither slogan nor song.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf: Pennsylvania es uno de los tres estados reconocidos por los CDC por el éxito en reducir la COVID-19

first_img Español,  Press Release A medida que los estados de todo el país comienzan a reabrir y casi la mitad está viendo el aumento de los casos de COVID-19, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció el viernes que Pennsylvania no es uno de ellos.Hoy, en un informe diario sobre la COVID con la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, el Gobernador observó otro hito: Los datos de propiedad de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades sobre los estados indican que somos uno de los tres estados que ha tenido una trayectoria descendente de los casos de COVID-19 durante más de 42 días. Los otros dos estados son Montana y Hawaii.“Sabemos que nuestra disminución en los casos se debe a nuestras elecciones, ya que más de la mitad de los estados están sufriendo un aumento en los casos de COVID-19 a medida que comienza la reapertura”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Muchos de esos estados están registrando aumentos significativos en el número de casos vinculados a reabrir demasiado temprano o demasiadas áreas. Pennsylvania no. Nos hemos mantenido centrados en el equilibrio entre los intereses económicos y la salud pública”.El Gobernador Wolf indicó que la decisión de exigir el uso de máscaras al visitar negocios, incluso en los condados que están en la fase verde, es otra decisión inteligente que podría tener efectos duraderos dado que es posible que haya un aumento de COVID-19 este otoño.“Recientemente, más estudios demuestran que las máscaras evitan que las personas transmitan COVID-19 a otras sin saberlo”, dijo Wolf. “Esto incluye estudios revisados entre pares publicados en revistas científicas como The New England Journal of Medicine.“Como dijo el Director General de Sanidad de EE. UU. hace unos días: usar una máscara no afecta nuestra libertad, evita que propaguemos la COVID-19 sin saberlo”.De acuerdo con otros análisis de datos, incluidos los del Centro de recursos de coronavirus de la Johns Hopkins University y The New York Times, la disminución constante de casos en Pennsylvania desde abril sitúa al estado entre los pocos que continúan aplanando la curva. Esta distinción es particularmente importante a medida que más condados vuelven a abrir.“Los residentes de Pennsylvania han hecho un excelente trabajo al demostrar cómo lograr el equilibrio entre los negocios y la salud pública”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Si seguimos así por este camino, podemos seguir siendo un modelo para otros estados y un líder a la hora de salvar vidas y medios de vida durante esta pandemia”.Para obtener la información más reciente sobre la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania, incluido un panel de datos, visite aquí.Encuentre las últimas métricas de la Carnegie Mellon University sobre la reapertura aquí.Encuentre más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English. Gobernador Wolf: Pennsylvania es uno de los tres estados reconocidos por los CDC por el éxito en reducir la COVID-19 June 17, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said Sunday that he was “fine” with LaVar’s comments, on one condition.“My only concern with any of it is for Zo,” he said. “As long as Zo’s fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.“That is just his opinion,” Lonzo Ball said. “He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. That’s just what it is.”Lakers executives met with LaVar Ball on Nov. 29 to ask him to tone down comments he had made questioning Walton’s rotations and overall usage of his son, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft. Sunday’s story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers.“Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can’t coach them guys,” LaVar told ESPN. “What is he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka attended Sunday’s shoot around but declined to speak to reporters. Magic Johnson, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been posting on social media this weekend from Lansing, Mich., where his parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.The comments reached Walton prior to a Lakers shoot around Sunday morning, which was attended by 500 to 1,000 fans as part of an American Express event. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.Walton said he “would disagree” with the assertion he had lost the locker room.“I don’t see that the players aren’t playing hard,” he said. “I think the players are playing very hard, we’ve been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we’re going to keep working and we’ll be fine. LOS ANGELES -– Lonzo Ball disagreed with his father that Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers locker room, but stopped short of an outright endorsement of his coach.“I’ll play for anybody,” the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers “are not playing for Luke no more.”Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night. It was the Lakers’ ninth straight loss. When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, “I coach as if it’s not” in jeopardy. On Sunday, he said he has been given reassurances from the Lakers front office that he has their support.“I feel very secure in my job status right now,” he said. “We talk all the time. They’re 100% behind and supporting what we’re doing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said. “They don’t want to play for him.”Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, “I don’t think so. I mean, he’s our head coach. We are going to play for him.”last_img read more

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Kenya joins Uganda in Africa Cup of Nations, Tanzania wait

first_imgUganda Cranes vs Cape Verde. Cranes have qualified for AFCON 2019. PHOTO @officialfufaKenya to play in Africa Cup of Nations after Sierra Leone disqualifiedNairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years, after Sierra Leone was disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). They join East African colleagues Uganda who qualified top of their group last month, while Tanzania could also snatch a place on the final day.Kenya’s place was confirmed Monday after CAF disqualified Sierra Leone and annulled its results in qualifiers so far played, leaving the group with just three competitors, ensuring both Kenya and Ghana go through to the finals next year.Third-placed Ethiopia cannot now qualify.“Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers and all its matches are annulled,” CAF said in a statement.Sierra Leone had played two group matches before the country’s football association was suspended by world governing body FIFA for government interference, leading to the team being barred from competition.Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the qualification of the Harambee Stars for the biennial continental tournament as a “game-changer” for the sport in the country.It remains unclear who will host Africa’s premier football tournament next summer after CAF stripped defending champions Cameroon of hosting rights on Saturday, citing delays and security concerns.Kenya last qualified for the competition in 2004.Uganda’s Group LTanzania, seeking a return to the Cup of Nations after 39 years, have to beat Uganda, who have not conceded a goal in five matches, in Dar es Salaam on the final qualifying day in March,  to have a realistic chance.All qualifiers are guaranteed at least $475,000 (415,000 euros) prize money.Congratulations #HarambeeStars?? for qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. I assure you of my support and that of the Government to facilitate and provide you with the necessary resources to ensure you are well prepared for the task ahead. Hongera! #AFCON2019 Share on: WhatsApp — Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 3, 2018StandingsUganda 5 4 1 0 7 0 13 – qualifiedLesotho 5 1 2 2 3 7 5Tanzania 5 1 2 2 3 5 5C. Verde 5 1 1 3 4 5 4FixturesMar 18-26: C. Verde v Lesotho, Tanzania v Ugandalast_img read more

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Company Launches Online Marketplace for Off-Duty Cops in Olympia

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by CopsForHireCopsForHire (CFH) is an online technology platform marketplace that allows individuals and businesses to hire off-duty cops for private and public events. Founded by Seattle-area entrepreneur David Bluhm and retired Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Finley, CFH provides a streamlined solution for law enforcement jurisdictions, the officers who work off-duty and the customers who need police support for their events.Olympia was selected as the location to launch their start-up to take advantage of specific economic growth and hiring opportunities while avoiding the regional traffic challenges impacting the Seattle and Eastside areas. The market for off-duty cops is large and growing. There are approximately 780,000 commissioned law enforcement professionals in the US today and 43 percent of them work off-duty.Presently, requests by businesses and individuals to hire an off-duty cop can be a fragmented and oftentimes frustrating experience. Streamlining this process between law enforcement and the communities they serve will help ease the growing tensions that currently exist. CFH provides a complete end-to-end solution, including detailed reporting, for all participants in the marketplace.The CFH solution is free to law enforcement to use while providing a technology platform to recover the costs to the public of resources used in the act of off-duty details. Recovering resources such as fuel, the use of a vehicle, boat, ATV or even a K-9 all represent good stewardship in terms of having clients pay for the use of these public assets when utilized for their private events. The business model is transaction fee based in exchange for hosting the marketplace and providing a secure process for the posting of jobs, managing law enforcement profiles, handling payments, and ensuring department policies and terms are adhered to.CFH recently completed a Seed and subsequent Friends and Family Series A investment round, and is now currently expanding the team and preparing for an immediate Series A1 growth round.CFH is working today with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), and plans to go live with the online marketplace in support of their off-duty details in the coming weeks.CFH is hosting an Open House on April 30 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM to officially launch their business and provide live demos of the solution to community leaders, affiliated partners, present and future investors as well as local supporters of their efforts. For an invitation, please email [email protected]last_img read more

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New Zealand Women’s Cricket team captain announces pregnancy with her teammate

first_imgAdvertisement x8wp388NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewfco( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) Would you ever consider trying this?😱1wtywcrCan your students do this? 🌚arRoller skating! Powered by Firework New Zealand women’s cricket team captain Amy Satterthwaite announced her pregnancy with wife Lea Tahuhu on Tuesday. The skipper was engaged to her New Zealand teammate in 2014 and the couple later tied the knot back in March 2017. Announcing about her pregnancy on Twitter, Satterthwaite wrote, “Lea and I are thrilled to share that I am expecting our first child early in the new year. Words cannot describe how excited we are about this new chapter”. Tahuhu, in response, retweeted her partner’s tweet and said, “And then there were 3”.Advertisement Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Zealand since August 19, 2013. The legalisation bill was passed by the New Zealand House of Representatives on April 17, 2013 by 77 votes to 44 and received royal assent on April 19. Apart from Satterthwaite and Tahuhu, South Africa women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk has also tied the knot with her teammate Marizanne Kapp. They became the first married couple to bat together in an International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament, while playing against Sri Lanka in the Women’s World T20 Championship.Advertisement Amy Satterthwaite has represented her country in 119 ODIs and 99 T20Is, while her wife Lea, has played 66 ODIs and 50 T20Is with 70 ODI and 44 T20I wickets to her name. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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