In an internal report, not meant for public view, North Dakota law enforcement admits that it lacked training and experience, and had no policies in place, when it fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and other chemical agents into Standing Rock Water Protectors.
Law enforcement admits critical failures at Standing Rock during its militarized attacks on Water Protectors
Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Ryan Vizzions
North Dakota law enforcement admits that it had little experience, and no policies in place, when it fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and other chemical agents into Standing Rock Water Protectors.
In an internal report, not meant for public view, three North Dakota Congressmen are identified who aided law enforcement in the excessive force used at Standing Rock: Congressman Kevin Cramer, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and Senator John Hoeven.
Among 178 agencies named in the militarized buildup for the benefit of Dakota Access Pipeline is the unlikely agency of US Customs and Border Patrol. The report confirms that North Dakota Game and Fish was responsible for aerial spying on Standing Rock camps.
While stating the pros and cons of its SWAT Team, the report states, “There were no formal, pre-planned policies on the use of less-than-lethal munitions and riot control/chemical agents.”
The report is the North Dakota Emergency Response After-Action Report, made public by The Intercept.
The report states, “The historical lack of experience with large-scale violent protests meant that little planning had gone into the use of less-than-lethal munitions and riot control/chemical agents.”
At Monday’s opening day of play on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in London, the announcer told the crowd of spectators there were some special guests in attendance.
People who played critical roles in the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic — from transport workers to medical staffers with Britain’s National Health Service — had been invited to sit in the royal box.
But the announcer only made it partially through the list before the crowd reacted.
“Today [the special guests] include leaders who have developed the anti-COVID vaccines,” said the announcer, as the camera zoomed in on Dame Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford who led the team that developed the AstraZeneca vaccine.
For her efforts, Gilbert received a damehood earlier this month when she was named on the Queen’s birthday honors list.
When the Wimbledon crowd realized who was in attendance, they burst into wild applause that soon became a standing ovation.
As the cheering continued for more than a minute, Gilbert looked overwhelmed.
People online were extremely moved by a viral video of the standing ovation.
The Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also retweeted the video and added their thanks.
This year’s Wimbledon is the first since 2019. Last year’s tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.
Audience members are not required to wear masks when seated but are required to present a negative COVID test or show proof of vaccination status.
Sense of balance tends to deteriorate as you get older and this can cause you to lose self-confidence for many reasons. A stooping posture can negatively affect self-esteem, for example. Research also suggests balance can influence your life expectancy.
Dr Michael Mosley cited a study on his BBC podcast Just One Thing with Michael Mosley that found a “clear relationship” between how long people in their 50s could stand on one leg with their eyes closed and whether they would be alive 13 years years later.
The Medical Research Council tracked 5,000 people born in 1946 throughout their lives.
At the age of 53, they completed the tests during home visits from specially trained nurses.
In the standing on one leg with eyes closed test, men and women who were able to hold the position for less than two seconds were three times more likely to die before the age of 66 than those who could hold it for 10 seconds or more.
Those unable to do the test at all were more likely to die in the following 13 years.
Dr Rachel Cooper at the Medical Research Council said: “The majority of these studies are done in older people but we have shown that even in this younger age group, where you would not expect pre-existing disease, we are still seeing these measures are picking up some underlying ageing and disease process.”
Drilling down further into the possible explanations for this association, Dr Mosley spoke to Professor Dawn Skelton at Glasgow Caledonian University.
One possible explanation is that people are more prone to falling, incurring serious injuries, Dr Skelton said.
Dominic Raab dismisses EU threat to City of London
Wild predictions suggested the Square Mile would be devastated by the decision to quit the bloc, with Xavier Rolet, former chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, claiming more than 230,000 jobs could be lost. However, the reality has been rather different, according to a straw poll undertaken by The Economist, which asked ten City firms how many jobs had actually been moved abroad.
JP Morgan, for example, whose parent company’s chief executive previously claimed Brexit to cut 4,000 British jobs, will have moved fewer than 400 by the end of this year, while Morgan Stanley has relocated just 150 roles.
Professional services firm Ernst & Young, known as ey, said just 7,600 roles have moved from Britain to the EU since 2016,.
The New Financial think tank put the number even lower, at 7,400.
Robert Oulds, director of the pro-Brexit Bruges Group, told Express.co.uk: “It is shocking how the corporate establishment could be so very wrong about Brexit.
Boris Johnson has said he believes the City will come roaring back (Image: GETTY)
The City of London – also known as the Square Mile (Image: GETTY)
“In an attempt to undermine the referendum result and subvert democracy, the fear mongers contributed to a great deal of national pain and delayed our exit from the EU, preventing us from enjoying the benefits of Brexit until now.”
He added: “Either the prophets of doom made up scare stories to please political masters or they are incapable of doing their jobs properly.
“They need to take an honest look at themselves, if that is possible, and decide which one it is.”
Mr Oulds said everything Remainers had said about Brexit before and since the referendum had proved to be inaccurate.
Lord David Frost and Michel Barnier’s trade deal contained little detail on financial services (Image: GETTY)
Morgan Stanley’s London headquarters (Image: GETTY)
“The Bruges Group and other eurosceptics are happy to take them back to school.”
Chairman of The CityUnited Project think-tank, Professor Daniel Hodson, told Express.co.uk: “The City is a global leader in financial services. Why should it fear temporary threats from one of the several single currency financial centres within one of its many world markets?”
“The decision makers and the value added remain put and will always look for the safe, liquid, well-regulated, and most importantly non-protectionist markets that the City provides and will continue to provide.”
The CityUnited Project’s Vice Chairman, Leigh Evans, added:“We find it very encouraging that so many of those who warned of massive numbers of financial sector jobs moving from the UK to the EU have now changed their views.
Brexit timeline (Image: Express)
“There’s no doubt that Brexit will involve changes, particularly because the EU has refused to engage constructively with the UK on financial services.
“This is despite the UK having unilaterally granted EU firms access to the UK markets.”
“Nevertheless, the very small number of jobs that have moved so far, as seen in the Economist’s article, demonstrates that the City still retains its pivotal role as the key financial centre in Europe.”
Like the Capital as a whole, The City has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit in Express front pages (Image: Express)
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has predicted it will come roaring back to life once the economy is fully reopened.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “I happen to think the London economy is capable of bouncing back very strongly and the way to do that is to get people back into the centre, get people moving again, get the agglomeration effects of a gigantic metropolis like London working again.
“I think that will all come back, I think it may take a while to all come back.
“But I’ve absolutely no doubt London will bounce back very strongly, particularly when we get life going again in the artistic, the cultural sector, the theatres all the rest.”
Piers stepped down from Good Morning Britain last month, after slamming Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah.
He had said that he didn’t believe a word of her interview and blasted her claims against the Royal Family of racism, which has been vehemently denied by Prince William, who said in his own statement: “We’re not a racist family”.
Speaking out on attempts made by some members of the public to end his career after disagreeing with his views, Piers shared: “There’s been an attempt to cancel me.
“There’ve been many attempts like this before, and somehow I remain resolutely uncanceled.”