The scrum put-in laws in rugby explained

first_img Ready to engage: Italy and England pack down for a scrum in the Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images A front-row player must strike the ball once it is put into the tunnel.This is traditionally done by the hooker as they are in the best position to strike the ball but either prop is also permitted to do this.This means the ball cannot be fed straight to the second row, as had previously been happening.The aim is to promote a fair contest for possession.If teams don’t strike the ball, the opposition will be awarded a free-kick.HandlingThe No 8 is allowed to pick up the ball from the second row.Previously teams had to wait until the ball came through to the back row but the No 8 is now permitted to collect it from the second row.The aim is to promote continuity and speed up play. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSThe strike Head to head: The scrum-half now puts the ball in slightly off-centre. Photo: Getty ImagesThe put-in The scrum-half must put the ball in straight to the scrum, but they are allowed to align their shoulder to the middle line of the scrum.This means they are putting the ball in a shoulder’s width towards their own team’s side of the scrum.So the ball has to be put in straight, but rather than being put in down the middle of the tunnel it is put in slightly towards the scrum-half’s own team.The referee no longer signals when the scrum-half should put the ball in.The aim is to promote a fair contest for possession while also giving an advantage to the team putting the ball into the scrum. In most cases the opposition will have infringed for that team to be awarded the put-in. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The scrum put-in rules in rugby explainedIn recent years the law surrounding the put-in at the scrum in rugby has created a lot of debate. In particular, around the fact that crooked feeds – i.e. the ball not being rolled in straight down the middle of the tunnel of the scrum by the scrum-half but angled towards their own team – have not been penalised by referees at elite level.Rugby World magazine’s letters inbox receives more emails about this topic than anything else! So it’s little surprise that World Rugby  introduced a law amendment surrounding the scrum put-in for the 2017-18 season.Referee Pascal Gauzere penalised both Wales and Scotland for not putting the ball in straight in the opening game of the most recent Six Nations while Nigel Owens penalised France for a crooked feed against Ireland in the same competition as well, but what exactly is different this season? Here are the key differences with the new scrum put-in rules explained… The law governing the scrum put-in changed at the start of the 2017-18 season – we explain what’s different last_img read more

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Royal Mail’s goodwill gesture to London Olympic bid

first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Royal Mail’s goodwill gesture to London Olympic bidcenter_img The Royal Mail has pledged to donate £1 million to London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games as a gesture of goodwill to all its customers affected by the recent industrial action.The pledge was made by Chairman Allan Leighton in a letter to Royal Mail customers. Apologising for delays encountered in receiving post, Leighton regretted that the company’s compensation scheme did not apply when services were disrupted due to industrial action.As a result the £1 million pledge was made “on behalf of all our customers.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 19 December 2003 | Newslast_img read more

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Charity shops more important for society than ever following Covid-19

first_img Almost a third of people, 29%, think charity shops are more important than ever following the Covid-19 crisis, research conducted for British Heart Foundation has found.Censuswide questioned over 2000 consumers in June and also found out that of those who think charity shops have become more important, almost three quarters (71%) say it is because charity shops provide affordable items to those with financial concerns, while 68% say it is because they raise funds for charitable causes at a time many of these causes are in high demand.In addition, over half (55%) say charity shops are vital because they prevent items from being thrown away, and 42% say they provide jobs and volunteering opportunities in community at a time the UK is facing recession. 40% also think that being sustainable and thinking about the environment when they shop is more important than before the pandemic.Younger people in particular say they are more likely to use charity shops after the pandemic than before, at almost a fifth (19%) of respondents aged 25-34 compared to 6% of those aged 55+.The same proportion of respondents aged 16-24 also strongly agree that being sustainable and thinking about the environment when they shop is more important than before the pandemic.Allison Swaine-Hughes, BHF Retail Director, said:“This pandemic has been devastating for so many of us and the reopening of charity shops is going to be vital for millions as we look to recover. Charity shops provide high quality items at affordable prices, power charitable services that have never been more in demand, reuse thousands of tonnes of items and provide a community space for so many volunteers and customers.”“Every pound raised in our shops helps us to support the 7.4 million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory diseases, many of whom are at increased risk from Covid-19. Shopping at the BHF will help us, help them.” Charity shops more important for society than ever following Covid-19 Tagged with: charity retail research Advertisement Melanie May | 10 August 2020 | News  737 total views,  2 views today  738 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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The first day in revolutionary Cuba

first_imgOct. 2 — The first full day of the 2017 “In the Footsteps of Che Guevara International Brigade” began with more than 250 delegates from 21 countries enjoying a well-prepared breakfast in the dining hall of the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp near Caimito, Cuba. As the morning progressed, many of the delegates slowly drifted away from the dining hall to explore the surrounding scenery of the camp before the start of the day’s activities.In the first item on our agenda, we marched to the monument of Julio Antonio Mella, a young revolutionary killed by the Batista dictatorship, for whom the camp is named. Upon our arrival at the site, a floral wreath was laid at the monument, and touching words were spoken by a Pioneer elementary school student in memory of Mella and the legacy he left behind.Delegations from around the world held banners, signs and flags to show their solidarity with the Cuban people. Banners from the Chicago, Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C., Cuba Coalitions in the U.S., and stunning banners from Chile and Greece, were joined by two handpainted Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero banners. Both had portraits of Che Guevara and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.The bilingual banner demanded “End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba/Fin al Bloqueo Contra Cuba.” The other echoed Cuba’s internationalism by opposing the U.S. war against Venezuela, Syria, Iran and the DPRK as well as demanding an end to the economic war on Cuba. A delegation of Puerto Ricans held a banner calling for an end to PROMESA, the bankers’ colonial financial control board, designed to squeeze the last cent out of the island’s working class.Walking where Che walkedAs we returned to the camp, the air was filled with enthusiastic cheers,  “Viva Cuba! Viva Che! Viva Fidel! Viva Mella!”Following the brief ceremony, the brigadistas congregated in the camp’s theater to watch a beautiful slideshow about Che Guevara.The song “Che Comandante” was the background music, and overwhelmed by emotion, everyone began to sing along, echoing the happiness felt in our hearts for the legendary man who fearlessly helped lead the Cuban Revolution.We were greeted by Fernando Gonzalez Llort, the president of Cuba’s Institute of Friendship. One of the legandary Cuban Five, Gonzalez Llort was imprisoned in the U.S. for over 15 years for defending his country against a right-wing overthrow. We also listened to inspiring stories from four of Comandante Che’s former associates.The day ended with a hearty dinner of rice, beans, chicken and ox-tail, followed by more music, singing and dancing at the Noche Cubana as we became acquainted with representatives of the global movement in solidarity with socialist Cuba. Indeed, a beautiful ending to a beautiful first day, a beautiful beginning to the brigade’s visit. For the next two weeks we lived, worked and traveled together, walking where Che walked.Adapted from a talk given Nov. 11 at a Workers World Party forum in New York City.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Film review: “Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office”

first_imgPostal workers wildcat, 1978.“Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office,” is a 45-minute-long film made in 1980 by Tami Gold, Dan Gordon and Erik Lewis. On December 20, postal worker activists took part in a webinar where the historic film was viewed and discussed. Below is a lightly edited review, of the film originally published in Workers World July 10, 2013.On July 21, 1978, thousands of postal workers walked off their jobs when their contract expired, saying “no” to mandatory overtime, forced speedup and unsafe working conditions.As a result of the wildcat strikes — one took place in Jersey City, N.J., at the New Jersey International Bulk Mail Center — 600,000 postal workers won a better contract. However, 200 workers were arbitrarily fired by postal management for “illegally” striking.The film shows the above events and the struggle of postal workers to win back their jobs. And it follows their fight into the streets, onto the floor of the American Postal Workers National Convention and among workers and communities nationwide.However, it took the tragic death of Michael McDermott — a 25-year-old mail  handler who worked at the N.J. Bulk Mail Center in Jersey City, who was sucked into a conveyor belt and crushed to death — to bring their hazardous working conditions to national attention.Some points underlined by the discussion in the film are relevant to the biggest challenges facing postal workers today and to the current crisis in the U.S. Postal Service. A struggle must be waged to keep postal services public and push back privatization; the community and labor must get involved to save the Postal Service.The film can be viewed at tinyurl.com/y9brpyo3.Joe Hirsch is a retired mail handler who participated in the wildcat strike of 1978. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The Skiff: Sept. 24, 2020

first_imgLife in Fort Worth The Skiff: April 15, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Skiff: April 1, 2021 Previous articleFootball ‘itching to play’ in season opener SaturdayNext articleStudents adjust to Zoom classroom challenges Alexandra Lang Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter Facebook Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ The Skiff: April 8, 2021 printVolume 119, Issue 6: All-female SGA officers make historyAlso: Volleyball team looks up to player’s influence, COVID-19 sparks decline in restaurants and bars, Honors College sees change in applicationsFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes center_img The Skiff Graduation Issue: April 22, 2021 ReddIt ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Alexandra Lang is a Journalism and Political Science double major from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked for TCU360 since her freshman year, and she is currently the Executive Editor of The Skiff. The Skiff: Digital IssuesThe Skiff: Sept. 24, 2020By Alexandra Lang – September 24, 2020 924 + posts Alexandra Lang Facebook Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/last_img read more

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In the run-up to Chancellor Merkel’s visit, the Polish government must respect freedom of the press

first_img to go further February 7, 2017 – Updated on February 8, 2017 In the run-up to Chancellor Merkel’s visit, the Polish government must respect freedom of the press Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (C,R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a welcoming ceremony in Warsaw / AFP PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression News Organisation Help by sharing this information PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Follow the news on Poland RSF_en On the occasion of the German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Poland, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of the demonstrative disregard leading politicians in Warsaw have shown for press freedom. The national-conservative government has brought television under its control and now systematically limits reporting from parliament. A few days ago, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who chairs the PiS party, emphasised the need to return private media to Polish ownership and to push German publishers out of the country.As RSF Germany Executive Director Christian Mihr stated, ‘Free and diverse media are a core element of European values. The populist campaign in Poland against German television and publishers plays into the hands of the enemies of democracy. The Polish government needs to understand that it will only have access to EU funds if it recognises the core values of the union, respects freedom of the press and also allows critical debate about the government’s work to take place on television’.TELEVISION AND RADIO UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROLSince it came to power, over 220 public media journalists have been fired, forced to quit or moved to less influential positions by the Polish government. A dossier prepared by the liberal journalist union Towarzystwo Dziennikarskie (TD) provides clear evidence of this. In October and November, this situation hit Trojka particularly hard, the third programme of Polskie Radio. Several leading editors and radio presenters were moved to other positions or fired after protesting. In an open letter, 120 of their colleagues accused editor-in-chief Barbara Stanislawczyk of ‘pre-emptive censorship’ and initiated a social media campaign in protest . On 28 October, Michal Nogas, a long-term editor at Trojka, announced that he was switching to the liberal newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. In November, TVP, which by this point had become a state broadcaster, openly encouraged its employees to quit and claim redundancy pay. According to the union TD, this led another 200 journalists to quit by mid-December.Shortly after the PiS took power, this rigorous restructuring of what had previously been public television led to noticeable changes in reporting. As a result, these channels lost huge numbers of viewers. On its main news programme Wiadomosci, the television broadcaster TVP1 campaigns against liberal government critics, and increasingly against German media that it accuses of manipulative reporting. A flawed report by the German channel ARD on the protests in the Sejm based on unsound archival material triggered this new spite. Moreover, Wiadomosci regularly decries the presence of German publishers in the Polish media market.THE ‘RE-POLIFICATION’ OF PRIVATE MEDIAIn a recent interview with Radio Opole, the head of the PiS, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, emphasized the need to return private media to Polish ownership and in particular to buy back private media from German publishing houses . Shortly after taking power, the PiS government declared that due to the large presence of German publishers in Poland it wanted to return the national media market to Polish ownership. The Bauer Media Group for example owns over 30 print titles as well as the radio broadcaster RMF Group. Through the Polska Press group, the publishing house Verlagsgruppe Passau prints 18 regional daily newspapers and nearly 100 local weekly newspapers. In October, Polish media reported plans by Poland’s state bank PKO BP to buy Polska Press. Among other titles, the German-Swiss Ringier Axel Springer Media AG prints the tabloid Fakt, the Polish editions of the magazines Newsweek and Forbes and manages the online news portal onet.pl. The chief editor of Newsweek Tomasz Lis, a harsh critic of PiS chair Kaczynski, hosted a political talk show on TVP2 until January. The new government promptly cancelled the show, which has since been aired on sources such as onet.pl.Polish owned newspapers critical of the government have also come under pressure, because state-owned companies will no longer place adverts in them. The liberal newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza saw its advertising revenues drop 21.5 per cent in the first six months after PiS took power. For the same reasons, the moderately conservative daily Rzeczpospolita has seen its budget cut by one-fifth.SYSTEMATIC RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL REPORTINGIn recent months, the Polish government has systematically restricted reporting from the Polish parliament. Journalists no longer have access to certain places such as the lobby areas surrounding the plenary hall, the restaurant or the corridor leading up to the office of the head of the Sejm. Generally, spokespersons of factions and parties now grant interviews instead of the politicians in question.On 9 January, after weeks of protests, the PiS used the media to publicly announce their supposed change of course. Little, however, has actually changed. Press conferences continue to take place in a building annexed to the parliament that journalists complain offers too little space. During the first press conference that was held there, some camera teams were unable to enter with all of their equipment and numerous reporters had to sit on the floor. Spatial separation from parliament prevents any direct contact with politicians and reporters only receive a limited number of temporary, one-day accreditations . In mid-January Newsweek Polska reported that following the protests at the end of last year, the Polish government was planning to surround parliament by a two metre high fence . In 2016, Poland fell 29 places on the RSF’s World Press Freedom Index compared to last year and currently ranks 47. May 10, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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GEEK TO ME: Smart TVs, like computers, require some maintenance

first_img Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCOLLEGE SOFTBALL: Lady Wranglers splitNext article050419_Butterfly_release_JF_07 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook WhatsApp Q: Since you’re running low on questions, here’s one: Are flat-panel TVs subject to the same kinds of errors that can creep up on computers that have been left running for long periods of time?– Del S.Fort Walton Beach, FloridaA: It is somewhat of a fallacy that errors creep up on a computer if it is left running for a long time. There is nothing intrinsic in the operation of a computer that makes it less stable or more error prone the longer it stays booted. There is also no recommended minimum or maximum time before a computer should be restarted. In fact, unless your computer is actually requesting a restart (such as when it is installing certain kinds of software) a properly functioning computer should be able to run indefinitely without being rebooted.Of course, the world isn’t a perfect place, and things don’t run perfectly all the time. I have to admit, that it is possible for poorly written software to have what is referred to as a resource leak which means the software allocates system resources such as memory, file handles, fonts, etc., but then doesn’t release them back to the operating system when it’s done using them. System resources are a finite commodity, so if such programs are left to run long enough, they can indeed cause performance issues, and sometimes the only way to get the system back to a usable state is to reboot it, thereby recovering all of the leaked resources. It is somewhat rare for modern commercial software to have such leaks, though, and I personally leave my computers up for weeks on end without any issues.As far as so-called flat-panel TVs are concerned, that term applies to virtually every television on the U.S. market today. The corollary, the bulky, heavy, cathode ray tube sets of yesterday have largely died off, although because of their relatively low-cost, they are still popular in some parts of the world; namely Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.In order for your question to be applicable to a given TV, that set would need to be not just a flat-screen, but also would need to be a Smart TV. Virtually all Smart TVs are flat-panels, but not all flat panels are Smart TVs. The mere fact of the screen being flat does not make the TV “smart.” A so-called Smart TV is one that can access the Internet, and that can be augmented with downloadable apps, just like a smartphone or tablet. The main TV at the Geek House, a big Sony LCD model, is a Smart TV, and it runs the Android operating system. That makes it capable of running the very same applications as any other Android device. It also means that, like any other computer, it requires occasional upgrades and maintenance. For example, every now and then I turn it on and get a message on the screen telling me that there’s a new firmware version that needs to be installed. This is the equivalent of Windows occasionally updating itself. The main difference is that it happens far less often with my TV than with my PC.To bring this full-circle, and address your original question, if you accept the proposition that poorly-written software can cause system problems, then yes, it is possible that a Smart TV could be subject to an accumulation of errors, or leakage of resources that could cause performance issues. However, there is a vast difference between the way people use TVs and computers. Many people who own Smart TVs don’t even realize their set has the ability to run applications, and so never exercise their set even close to the point where they might experience a problem. Also, TVs tend to get turned off when nobody is watching them, and that operation closes all running apps and resets the TV to a known good state. That means the already unlikely condition of errors in PCs is even less likely in Smart TVs.To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!)center_img Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News GEEK TO ME: Smart TVs, like computers, require some maintenance WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

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Protests against Budget 2012 scheduled for this weekend

first_img WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – January 5, 2012 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Protests against Budget 2012 scheduled for this weekend Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Google+ More protests are taking place around the county this weekend against Budget 2012.At 3 o clock on Sunday demonstrations will take place in Castlefin, Convoy, Raphoe, Ramelton, Rossnakil, Buncrana and Letterkenny.Joe Murphy, who took part in a drive-slow from Buncrana to Dublin last month, and who is organising Sundays protests, says he hopes more towns and villages will get on board.And he said he will be driving round towns and villages in Donegal this weekend trying to drum up support for the protest:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/joem830.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleHigh winds and spot flooding a possibility in Donegal tonightNext articlePSNI to investigate handling of GAA club fire investigation News Highland Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newsx Adverts Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Portland cops shot, killed alleged carjacker inside homeless shelter

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A deadly shooting in Portland, Oregon, between cops and a knife-wielding carjacker was captured on video by a terrified witness.The footage showed the man, who relatives later identified as 48-year-old John “John-John” Elifritz, ducking into a shelter in southeast Portland at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.Residents of the Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter frantically fanned out of the armed stranger’s way, as flickering blue police lights appeared to be pulsing from the front glass doors.A man in the room then shouted, “Get out from behind him!”That’s when the frame captured a bald man lurking in the recesses of the room in front of a massive cross, wearing a back hooded jacket.For a few moments, the man appeared to be ducking and sidestepping.A person, who may have been the one recording, then said “Oh my god!” and “Please God!”Dogs were barking loudly as more than a dozen policeman, some with rifles drawn, slowly entered the main room.An enclosure in the middle of the room with a tall, white railing appeared to be separating the cops and the man.Numerous police officers appear to point their flashlights at the man as they announced, “Drop the knife!”The command was repeated several times.After seconds passed and the man failed to surrender, several shots were fired.Again, a man who may have been recording the footage yelled, “Oh my God!”In subsequent statements from the Portland Police Department, multiple units were said to have responded to a pileup involving a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Southeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Southeast Stark Street.When responding officers attempted to surround the driver, police said the suspect “fled the scene of the crash.”The same car was involved in an incident three hours earlier when it “had reportedly been taken by force” on Southeast Knight Street, the police statement added.When the suspect was tracked into the homeless shelter where police “contacted” the man they believe stole and crashed the vehicle, then fled the scene, the statement said that was when “shots were fired.”Emergency medical professionals were called to the scene, but were unable to resuscitate the man, who police have not officially named pending the results of an autopsy.Protesters have been flocking to the shelter, calling the fatal shooting unjustified.Some carried signs in front of the homeless shelter blaming the police for what they say were overly aggressive tactics.The signs had charged messages like: “Murder is not protection,” “This is not a local problem!” and “Cops Stay out of my Sanctuary!”Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw asked the public to wait for the results of the department’s investigation before drawing conclusions.“The Portland Police Bureau values human life and accepts the authority to use lethal force with great reverence,” Outlaw said in a statement. “I am aware a video was taken of this incident by a community member and that video was posted to the internet. Please be reminded that deadly force investigations are extremely complex and take time. The Police Bureau is committed to transparency and will ensure the entire investigation is released in a timely manner that does not impact the integrity of the investigation.”While Portland Police Department initially was going to release the names of the cops who fired on Elifritz on Sunday — in keeping with their policy to do so in 24 hours — they have since delayed the release citing “credible threats” lodged against the officers, Portland Police Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley confirmed to ABC News on Monday.In the meantime, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also pleaded with people to not rush to any judgment regarding the fatal incident with police.“The loss of a life is always tragic,” he wrote in the statement. “My priority is to discover the facts and circumstances regarding this incident. Already, there are those who want to immediately define what happened. It would be highly irresponsible for me to participate in speculation at this time. I urge us all to allow investigators to do their work, to uncover the facts, and to report on their findings.”Morgan Pickering, who allegedly posted the video footage, told ABC station KATU-TV that Elifritz was stabbing himself in the neck with a pocket knife and that he remained a threat to officers.He suggested police were in the right when they took lethal force to neutralize him.“Police protected us, had to shoot the man,” he said.David Rogers, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon issued a rebuke after seeing the video footage of what took place inside the shelter on Saturday.“The video shows a disturbing and chaotic scene of people in the shelter running and yelling in fear, while others looked on, including one person in a wheelchair, as Portland Police officers enter the building with guns drawn,” Rogers stated. “In less than a minute, officers shoot and kill the man, while members of an already traumatized population, Portland’s homeless community, watch in horror. Was there any attempt to de-escalate the situation before officers open fire inside the homeless shelter full of innocent bystanders? If not, why not?”On Sunday a makeshift memorial was held outside Cityteam Ministries Portland Shelter to honor Elifritz.Several friends paid their respects, including his childhood friend Victoria Nevarez.“He was an upstanding individual with a family, daughter, grandchildren,” Nevarez told KATU-TV. “John-John would give you the shirt off his back. He would’ve done anything in the world for anybody.“He would take his last $5 and give it to anybody that needed it.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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