Police officers promoted to Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant

first_imgHomeLifeEventsPolice officers promoted to Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant Jan. 30, 2020 at 6:00 amEventsFeaturedLawNewsPolice officers promoted to Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeanteditor1 year agoblake coopercandice cobarrubiaschristopher skoghdouglas woodhamsmichael federicopolicerobert paschalSanta Monica Police Departmentsaul rodriguezsmpdthomas mclaughlin12345678 Several Santa Monica Police Department officers were promoted Wednesday.Candice Cobarrubias, Thomas McLaughlin and Saul Rodriguez were promoted to Captain.Christopher Skogh and Michael Federico were promoted to Police Lieutenant.Douglas Woodhams, Blake Cooper and Robert Paschal were promoted to Police Sergeant.Tags :blake coopercandice cobarrubiaschristopher skoghdouglas woodhamsmichael federicopolicerobert paschalSanta Monica Police Departmentsaul rodriguezsmpdthomas mclaughlinshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCanadian Jazz Trio at the LibraryAfter failure, California leaders vow to pass housing billYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Lawmakers mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, highlighting transphobia, grim stats

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Congressional lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls marked this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance by encouraging their social followers to speak the names of those who died of anti-transgender violence.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., were among dozens of lawmakers who tweeted in support of the 20th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, urging Americans to fight for justice for the 22 transgender women killed this year.“Hateful acts of anti-trans violence have claimed far too many lives — many whose names we’ll never know. Today we honor them,” Booker tweeted. “To those who continue to face discrimination & violence due to transphobia: I see you, I love you, & will never stop fighting for you. #TDoR2019.”Harris tweeted a similar statement, saying, “We can never stop saying and remembering their names. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we must recommit to seeking justice for the lives taken and ending this epidemic. #TDOR.”At least 22 transgender people — 19 of them trans women of color — have been killed in 2019 alone, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group. At least 29 transgender people were killed in 2017, making it the deadliest year on record, and at least 26 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, the group said.Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said the violence had reached “crisis” levels in a statement this week, noting that trans women of color represented an overwhelming majority of those targeted.“Transgender women of color are living in crisis, especially black transgender women,” David said. “Every one of these lives cut tragically short reinforces the urgent need for action on all fronts to end this epidemic — from lawmakers and law enforcement, to the media and our communities.”Since 2013 HRC has tracked at least 150 transgender deaths due to fatal violence, but the organization said the violence is hard to track due to misgendering (incorrectly applying gender labels) and transphobia.One of the most recent victims, 29-year-old Itali Marlowe, was found dead in a driveway in Houston with multiple gunshot wounds in September. Last month, 30-year-old Brianna “BB” Hill, was found shot to death in Kansas City last month. Family members and friends described her as a beloved member of her community, a fan of the Kansas City football team and said she loved spreading joy by sharing funny videos on her Facebook page, according to HRC.Police arrested suspects in both cases, but the majority of the cases have not been solved.Lawmakers and 2020 presidential hopefuls pointed to these violent attacks as examples of why the U.S. needs stronger legal protections for transgender people.In many states, including Texas and most southern states, discrimination laws do not include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving transgender people more vulnerable to job discrimination and more likely to resort to illegal activity to earn a living, according to LGBTQ rights advocates. It also makes them prime targets for violence and abuse.“When Washington ignores crises in the LGBTQ+ community, people die. On the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance, let’s commit to ensuring the safety and well-being of all Americans,” South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, tweeted.“Transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by fatal violence,” Senator Bob Casey, D-Penn., tweeted. “We must do more to stop hate crimes, enforce legislation to prosecute these crimes and prevent those convicted of hate crimes from purchasing guns.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tyler, the Creator Takes to Twitter to Slam YouTube Music Awards

first_imgYouTube will host the first YouTube Music Awards on Sunday, November 3, where the live-streaming event honors artists and songs you’ve heard over the past year.  The video service promised it would be a “new kind of awards show.”  Considering YouTube mostly consists of videos created by the public, the list of nominees included more award show regulars then expected: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Bieber and One Direction.After the list of nominees was revealed, Tyler, the Creator, a performer at the upcoming award show, had a few choice words to say about it.  In a tweet early this morning (October 23), the rapper wrote, “YOUTUBE AWARDS COULDVE FUCKING HAD NOMINATIONS ON COOL CREATIVE VIDEOS SHIT BUT NOOOO AGAIN ITS THE MOST TEENY BOPPER POP SHIT. YOU ARE BUTT.”He adds, “WHY NOT GIVE AWARDS TO JUST DIRECTORS, THESE FUCKING WEAK ASS ARTIST DONT COME UP WITH THESE SHOTS OR SIT IN COLORING FUCK THEM THEY SUCK.”Although his tweets are hilarious and dead on, there are better ways, and better comebacks.Los Angeles artist, Flying Lotus, also took to Twitter to express his criticisms about the YouTube Music Award nominations.  “Seems like the YouTube music awards are pretty much the same as the VMAs. I don’t really see the point.”Flying Lotus goes on, “If it’s all about hits sure I get it but let’s be fair. YouTube award nominations clearly don’t care about cutting edge/innovation.”He continues, “They had an opportunity to shine a light on all the artists that they helped to gain notoriety just to shit on them for uber famous acts.” His last tweet reads, “No disrespect to the nominees yadda yadda.”Tyler, the Creator, along with Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Avicii, M.I.A., and Earl Sweatshirt are all set to perform at the YouTube Music Awards held at New York City’s Pier 36.–Lindsey Winepol[Via Spin.com]last_img read more

Shumlin opposes pipeline transport of tar sands oil; governor is lukewarm about state regulation

first_imgby Andrew Stein February 20, 2013 vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin says he doesn’ t want oil from Canadian tar sands pumped through Vermont, but he is hesitant to support a bill that would give the state certain regulatory power over such a proposal.‘ I don’ t want to see tar sands pumped through Vermont,’ he said on Wednesday at his weekly press conference.The governor’ s comments come a week after Larry Wilson, CEO of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., told the House Fish and Wildlife Committee that he is ‘ aggressively’ seeking opportunities to pipe oil from Alberta’ s tar sands through Vermont.Wilson’ s company owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline, which cuts through the northeast corner of the state. If an oil company wanted to pipe a petroleum product from the tar sands region to Portland for export, it would need to use that line.To ensure that the state has regulatory authority over a proposal of this nature, Democratic Rep. David Deen, who chairs the House Fish and Wildlife Committee, and Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, introduced bills that would require such an application to undergo review by an Act 250 commission. Act 250 is the state’ s governing land-use law that controls most commercial development in Vermont.While Wilson opposes any additional regulations on his company’ s pipeline, environmental groups say the state already has that authority, and they have asked the Northeast Kingdom’ s Act 250 commission to verify whether it has jurisdiction over potential changes to the pipeline.‘ Right now the district commission is considering a jurisdictional question ‘¦ about the pipeline,’ Shumlin said. ‘ I’ m always hesitant to weigh in with legislation when you have a process under current law that is being debated and considered.‘ I think the Legislature is doing good work and asking the right question,’ he said. ‘ Let’ s see where that goes.’last_img read more

American Young, Bush Hall, London live review

first_imgSinger-songwriters Kristy Osmusson and Jon Stone – AKA American Young – have been rapidly gaining in popularity over here since the release of their first album, AY, back in 2016. They’ve become a regular fixture at many festivals in the UK country scene, including Nashville Meets London, C2C: Country to Country and Buckle & Boots, which they headlined earlier this year. Now, following the release of their latest EP Soundtrack Of Your Life, they’re back for a short tour which kicked off last night at Bush Hall in London.Accompanied by their two band members, Kristy and Jon opened their set with American Dream, from their debut album. Right from the off they showed off their incredible musicianship, with Kristy in particular shining on the atmospheric, fiddle-led intro as her fingers flew over the instrument’s neck. Jon encouraged the crowd to clap along to the sharp, driving rhythm before he and Kristy began to sing, and their harmonies were on point as usual. It was a great start to the show and definitely set the bar for the next hour and 40 minutes.Throughout the set the band drew on material from both their album and the new EP, as well as mixing in several covers. These ran the gamut from the traditional Cotton-Eyed Joe (which they paired with a soaring acoustic rendition of Love Is War) to a mash-up of the lush, heartstring-tugging Die Another Day with the Disney classic Can You Feel The Love Tonight, via a jazzy take on Just The Two Of Us and Jon’s funky, powerful rendition of the Rolling Stones’ Beast Of Burden. For me the standouts were the pair’s version of Keith Whitley’s When You Say Nothing At All, which featured a simple arrangement and gorgeous vocals that made the song incredibly moving, and a shouldn’t-work-but-did sparse spin on The Thunder Rolls and The Boys Of Summer, which saw Kristy and Jon rocking out with their band in a fiery and powerful performance.Whilst the diverse selection of covers showed off the duo’s versatility, their original material was where they really shone for me. Whether it was the emotional, piano-led Better On You or a lively, playful track like Point Of View or Something To You, which undercut its bright melody with bittersweet lyrics, their effortless vocals were absolutely stellar and they had fantastic chemistry throughout, frequently cracking jokes and telling stories. I also liked that both Kristy and Jon got their chances to stand out – Kristy on the quickfire Cheater, Cheater (which she wrote for Joey + Rory) where her sweet vocals counterbalanced the sassy lyrics, and Jon on a heartfelt rendition of A Woman Like You that highlighted the edge and depth in his voice.I was also really impressed with the new material, particularly the laid-back, rock-influenced Falling Star, which saw Kristy pacing the stage as she jammed with the band. Seminole Wind, meanwhile, is rapidly becoming a fan favourite (as evidenced by the numerous requests from the audience) with its slow, lingering intro, dramatic storytelling, thumping rhythm and vivid imagery. It showed that the band are willing to experiment and push themselves, and I’m keen to see where this takes them on their next record.Kristy and Jon closed the main part of their set with Soundtrack Of Your Life, the title track from their new EP. For me it summed up everything I loved about their performance – tons of energy, hopeful lyrics packed full of details and a joyous singalong chorus. Kristy could be seen holding her bow aloft in triumph as the song drew to a close and the crowd responded with thunderous applause.After loud demands for an encore, the band returned to the stage to perform their final three songs, beginning with Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. Kristy’s spiky fiddle was the perfect accompaniment to Jon’s soulful vocals and I also really liked how they built the layers of instruments, as well as encouraging the audience to join in. They then followed that with a beautiful version of Soldier’s Wife, which saw Kristy hit some huge notes and deliver an incredibly convincing, passionate performance, as well as a stunning a capella section at the end. Finally, they finished on Wake Me Up, which had the crowd singing and dancing along to the stomping rhythm and twangy guitars before rattling to the finish at breakneck speed.Overall I came away feeling really impressed by American Young. The connection between Kristy and Jon on stage is absolutely electric and they show it off to perfection through their outstanding musicianship and relaxed, easygoing stage presence which makes it incredibly easy for audiences to warm to them. Throw in a high-energy performance which looks like they’re having the time of their lives and those incredible harmonies, and it’s not hard to see why they’re so beloved here in the UK. They get better every time I see them and based on the new music they’re set for even bigger things in the future.Set list: 1. American Dream 2. Better On You 3. Point Of View 4. Cheater, Cheater (made famous by Joey + Rory) 5. A Woman Like You (made famous by Lee Brice) 6. Beast Of Burden (Rolling Stones cover) 7. Cotton-Eyed Joe (traditional cover)/Love Is War 8. When You Say Nothing At All (Keith Whitley cover) 9. Falling Star 10. The Thunder Rolls/The Boys Of Summer (Garth Brooks/Don Henley cover) 11. Something To You 12. Just The Two Of Us (Bill Withers cover) 13. Die Another Day/Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John cover) 14. Seminole Wind 15. Soundtrack Of Your Life 16. The Gambler (Kenny Rogers cover) 17. Soldier’s Wife 18. Wake Me Up (Avicii cover) Performance date: 29th August 2019last_img read more