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Norwegian Anti-Racist Memorial Tagged ‘Breivik Was Right’ Ahead of 10-Year Anniversary of Attacks


Norwegian Anti-Racist Memorial Tagged
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Ahead of his attacks on Oslo’s government quarter and the Labour Party’s youth camp, which left a deep scar on Norway’s national psyche, Anders Breivik issued a manifesto voicing fierce opposition to multiculturalism and Islam and blamed feminism for what he called Europe’s “cultural suicide”.

The memorial to Benjamin Hermansen, a Ghanaian boy stabbed in 2001 by neo-Nazis, has been tagged with the text “Breivik was right” in the Oslo district of Holmlia.

The Oslo Police believe it is serious as it comes 10 years after the mass shooting on the island Utøya that left 77 dead, the bloodiest peacetime killing in Norway, and have opened an investigation into the case.

“We are taking it seriously since it is happening right now. We are almost 10 years away from the incidents on Utøya and since reference is made to Breivik in the damage that has been done, we think it is natural that we do further investigations”, Police Inspector Egil Jørgen Brekke told national broadcaster NRK.

The police have asked for tips from the public and are working to find out whether any surveillance cameras nearby filmed the incident.

The incident sparked outrage among Norwegian politicians and community workers alike.

​Jonas Gahr Støre, the leader of the Labour Party, whose youth wing Breivik had targeted, called the vandalism an extreme act.

“The intelligence service, the police, and the security services cannot fully protect us against such attitudes. We must tackle it together, it is a societal issue”, Støre told the national broadcaster.

Fellow party member and City Council leader Raymond Johansen called it “disgusting”.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg said it is “terrible” to see the memorial being tagged just before 22 July.

“I am sad and angry, and this shows how important it is that we stand up against racism and hate speech every single day”, she said.

Beatriz Jaquotot, a board member of the Benjamin Memorial Fund, called the deed reprehensible.

“There have been both tears and anger earlier today”, she said, praising the local community for quickly washing the tag away. “It’s fortunately gone now”.

Benjamin Hermansen, 15, was killed at Holmlia in Oslo in January 2001. The murder was found to be racially motivated, and three members of the neo-Nazi group Boot Boys were subsequently sentenced to prison for complicity in the murder. Throughout the entire country, marches were organised in protest against the murder. In 2003, the annual Benjamin Prize was founded in Hermansen’s memory.

Notably, US singer Michael Jackson dedicated his 2001 album “Invincible” to Benjamin Hermansen.

In 2011, Anders Behring Breivik became the deadliest mass murderer in Norway’s history, pulling off a dual attack against Oslo’s government quarter and the Labour Youth Camp on Utøya Island, killing 77 and wounding over 150.

Prior to the attacks, which left Norway’s national psyche deeply traumatised, Anders Breivik issued a manifesto voicing fierce opposition to multiculturalism and Islam and blamed feminism for what he called Europe’s “cultural suicide”. Diagnosed with narcissistic and antisocial personality disorder, Breivik has since been serving Norway’s harshest sentence of 21 years in solitary confinement.

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NHS workers who died during pandemic get fitting tribute at new Blossom Memorial Garden

Sadiq Khan opens London’s Blossom Memorial Garden

More than 230 frontline health and care workers have died during the coronavirus pandemic but the exact is believed to be much higher as many have yet to be identified in the public domain. Many of those who have died were from Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

And now to mark the 73rd anniversary of the health service, the NHS held a special memorial service in the Blossom Memorial Garden in east London.

The service was held to remember the NHS colleagues who have died during the pandemic.

The service was conducted by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the Humanist Society and included speeches from Prerana Issar, Chief People office for the NHS, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Association of Medical Royal Colleges and Elaine Thorpe, Critical Care Nurse.

NHS Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar, said: “Each of the colleagues who sadly died while caring for and protecting patients represents an irreplaceable gap in a family and a workplace.

A nurse leaves a rose at Blossom Memorial Garden

A nurse leaves a rose at Blossom Memorial Garden (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

The Blossom Memorial Garden in east London

The Blossom Memorial Garden in east London (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

“While this is a private event for families and some NHS colleagues, I encourage everyone to take a moment on Saturday to reflect and remember.

“It is no exaggeration to say that health service staff have helped to keep the country going during the pandemic, and while NHS staff have rightly been celebrated for their contribution, we know that the role played by other key workers – people keeping supermarkets open, refuse collectors, child carers and other public services – as well as the resilience of the general public, has helped ensure we can start to move forward.

“The best way for everyone to say thank you to NHS staff and other key workers is to join the tens of millions of others who have so far had their first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, and book your jabs today.”

Images from the event shows masked NHS staff lining up to place pink roses on a memorial.

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NHS staff queue to leave a rose in the garden

NHS staff queue to leave a rose in the garden (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

NHS staff bow their heads in memory of their colleagues

NHS staff bow their heads in memory of their colleagues (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

Many of the staff attended in their uniforms and were photographed bowing their heads in memory of their friends and colleagues who sadly passed away.

This comes after landmarks across England marked the 73rd anniversary of the NHS by lighting up blue.

The Wembley arch, the Liver building in Liverpool, Salisbury Cathedral and vaccination centres across England are among more than 70 sites that were lit up blue today.

Football stadiums, town halls, churches, hospitals and bridges in different parts of the country also followed suit.

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Flowers placed at Blossom Memorial Garden

Flowers placed at Blossom Memorial Garden (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

NHS queue to leave a rose

NHS queue to leave a rose (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

To date, more than 128,000 people across the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Overall there have been 4,855,169 cases of the disease recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic.

According to NHS England data, a total of 65,932,869 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and July 2.

This included first and second doses, which is a rise of 250,234 on the previous day.

NHS staff pay tribute to those who have died

NHS staff pay tribute to those who have died (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

NHS staff leave roses as a tribute

NHS staff leave roses as a tribute (Image: Jonathan Buckmaster)

NHS England said 37,859,897 were first doses, a rise of 107,959 on the previous day.

While 28,072,972 were a second dose, an increase of 142,275.

Despite the successful number of vaccinations, some UK doctors have said they want some Covid-19 restrictions retained in England following July 19.

The British Medical Association wants people to continue using face masks and called for a renewed focus on ventilating properties after a sharp recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, told Sky News: “This data coupled with some increases in hospitalisation suggests that it would be quite wrong from a public health interest to on July 19 remove all restrictions … or to give the public the expectation that we will have a pre-COVID society where no one has to take any measures to prevent spread.”

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Mosquito in Memorial Park area tests positive for West Nile Virus

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The first case of West Nile Virus for 2019 has been reported in Harris County.

Harris County Public Health says a mosquito found in the 77007 zip code has tested positive for the virus.

That zip code is in west Houston, along the Katy Freeway. It also includes part of near Memorial Park and the Rice Military neighborhood.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says though most people do not develop any symptoms if they get West Nile, one in five do get a fever, aches and rash.

To prevent bites, the CDC recommends using mosquito spray with 20 percent DEET on body parts with thin skin like wrists and ankles, use fans or blow mosquitoes away to make it hard for them to fly, and avoid peak mosquito hours, which include sunrise and sunset times.

You’ll also want to avoid doing certain things such as buying wearable devices that have DEET since they don’t cover the entire body and relying on high-tech traps, since they’re only effective in a small area.

Find more tips here.

SEE ALSO: Why your blood type could make you a mosquito magnet

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Jon Rahm tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from The Memorial with 6-shot lead

Two PGA officials broke the news to Rahm after he finished his third round.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Reigning Memorial Tournament champion Jon Rahm learned he tested positive for COVID-19 and has to withdraw from the tournament, according to the PGA.

Two PGA officials broke the news to Rahm after he finished his third round.

On May 31, the PGA says Rahm was notified he was subject to contact-tracing protocols due to being in close contact with someone who was COVID-19 positive.

Going along with the TOUR’s COVID Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to stay in the competition and enter its tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities.

Rahm had tested negative until his most recent test which was taken after he finished his second round Saturday morning and before the third round started.

The PGA says the test came back positive around 4:20 p.m. The medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which came back positive as well around 6:05 p.m.

The PGA TOUR medical advisor told Rahm immediately after he finished the third round.

Rahm will have to stay in isolation through June 15, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

“While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, throughout 50 events since the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, there have only been four positive tests (including Rahm) within competition; Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols,” the PGA said in a release.

Before learning the news, Rahm started the day strong, finishing with a 64 and a six-stroke lead in the tournament.

Now that Rahm is no longer in the tournament, 2019 Memorial Tournament champion Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa head into Sunday with a tie. Both players are 12 under par for the tournament.

Cantlay finished the day four under par for the round and 12 under for the tournament.

Morikawa put in a strong day as well, finishing the day with six under par for the round and 12 under for the tournament.

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Mostly dry Memorial Day, rain chances increase midweek

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — After a pleasant Sunday, Memorial Day is looking warmer and more humid.Clouds will increase, and skies will remain partly sunny and you could see a slight chance of a brief downpour. Right now, we are looking at only a 20% chance for the area. Rain chances increase throughout the week.

How much rain has your part of town received so far? Harris County provides rainfall totals across the city with a map from the Flood Warning System.

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Are we going to continue to see rain on Memorial Day?
We could see a couple of isolated showers on Monday, but most of us will stay dry.What about the rest of next week?
We are heading in to another wet and unsettled weather pattern for most of the week, as southerly winds keep moisture in place across SE Texas. Expect a warm, humid, and wet week ahead.

It sure has been raining a lot, hasn’t it?
Yes it has! We’ve seen over 11 inches of rain this month at IAH, that accounts for more than half our rainfall total on the year.

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Memorial Day weekend water safety: Officials warn of boat crashes, injuries and even drownings

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Leading into Memorial Day — as always — lakes and rivers are expected to be busier. 

“Enjoying the weather, a little wake-surf, a little partying, mingling, having a good time,” one lake-goer said.

Out in Devil’s Cove on Lake Travis, dozens flooded in and out Sunday as they took advantage of the holiday weekend.

With more people on the water, those who are familiar with popular areas for boating and tubing are warning safety should always be a priority.

“You get a lot of boat traffic that’s becoming unsafe — people cutting each other off, personal water crafts getting too close to boaters,” Owner of Lake Travis Scuba, Robert Weiss said.

Weiss explained that as the lake changes, some aren’t aware of deep or more shallow areas. He said this can lead to boat-scathed surfaces, and creates a risk for drowning if people aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.

Weiss urges if you’re out drinking, you should pace yourself as drownings become a concern.

“They’re not thinking about some of the possible dangers of being out on a lake,” Weiss said.

Taking a splash into some weekend fun — crowds of thousands are also showing up to the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, officials said. They’re pleading with everyone to plan ahead before taking a float. 

“This is not a swimming pool, or a ride, or attraction,” River Operations Manager for the City of New Braunfels, Amy Niles said. “If you’re not a strong swimmer, we encourage you to find some other form of water recreation. We would like all guests to use a life jacket.”

You will catch police out patrolling Lake Travis, stopping boaters when necessary.

Something else to be mindful of, is making sure you leave your valuables behind when going out on the water. 

Weiss said he and his team have found thousands of dollars worth of expensive items this Memorial Day Weekend, including a $ 30,000 watch.

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Cardano leads tepid crypto market recovery ahead of Memorial Day

Cardano’s ADA cryptocurrency was back in the spotlight Sunday, leading a tepid market recovery following news that the developer network was inching closer to launching smart contracts. 

Market update

The combined value of all cryptocurrencies rose 4.4% on Sunday to $ 1.6 trillion, according to data from Coingecko. Among the majors, it was Cardano’s ADA leading the rally with a 17% gain. ADA peaked at $ 1.70, according to TradingView, and was last seen hovering just north of $ 1.63.

At current values, Cardano was the fourth-largest cryptocurrency with a total market capitalization of $ 52.9 billion.

ADA posted a strong rebound on Sunday after languishing for much of last week. Source: TradingView.

Every cryptocurrency in the top-20 reported gains on Sunday. Bitcoin (BTC) price rose 3.5% to $ 35,833, Ether (ETH) added 4.3% to $ 2,431 and Binance Coin (BNB) climbed 6% to $ 327.

Despite the modest rally, market sentiment remains tilted to the downside this weekend, with investors continuing to speculate about whether Bitcoin has actually bottomed out. The Crypto Fear & Greed Index has fallen to 10, on a scale of 1-100 where lower scores are associated with “extreme fear.”

What’s driving ADA?

The presence of oversold conditions following the latest market correction appears to have worked in ADA’s favor on Sunday. The cryptocurrency briefly penetrated the oversold indicator on the hourly Relative Strength Index Saturday before rebounding sharply over the next 24 hours.

Prior to the May 19 crypto market flash crash, ADA was among the top-performing digital assets. It peaked at $ 2.46 on May 16 before unwinding 55% over the next week. Looking beyond the immediate shift in market sentiment, ADA fundamentals remain intact.

On a fundamental note, ADA supporters are celebrating the launch of the Alonzo smart contract testnet by Cardano’s development team Input Output Hong Kong, or IOHK. As Cointelegraph recently reported, IOHK was eyeing a gradual deployment of Alonzo’s testnet in May and June. Early adopters will have the opportunity to test Alonzo Blue, the first alpha testnet, over the next month.

As IOHK explained:

The ‘Alonzo’ hard fork will bring exciting and highly-anticipated new capabilities to Cardano through the integration of Plutus scripts onto the blockchain. These will allow for the implementation of smart contracts in Cardano, enabling the deployment of a wide range of new DeFi applications for the first time.

Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson recently indicated in a YouTube video that attention will shift to solving the scalability issue once the Alonzo rollout is complete.