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The Blitz 80th anniversary: Brave veteran recalls praying through bombs 'Give me this day'

The Blitz 80th anniversary: Brave veteran recalls praying through bombs 'Give me this day'

The final phase focused more heavily on ports before most of the attacks attributed to The Blitz ceased in May 1941.

The Luftwaffe dropped around 41,000 tons of bombs during The Blitz, which caused issues with production, transport, and food supplies, and when ports were the focus, it impacted rifle production.

The synopsis of the new documentary into The Blitz reads: “The film offers a brand new insight into how ordinary people managed to survive with incredible acts of courage and features amazing never seen before archive footage, along with powerful interviews with those who experienced it first-hand…

“This fascinating and powerful documentary sheds light on those fateful months and how they affected the British people living in the cities under attack.

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‘Totally Unnecessary’: Veteran Police Officer Rebukes Derek Chauvin’s Conduct

‘Totally Unnecessary’: Veteran Police Officer Rebukes Derek Chauvin’s Conduct

MINNEAPOLIS — The police officer had seen hundreds of crime scenes, interviewed scores of witnesses and made his share of arrests over more than 35 years working cases in Minneapolis.

But when Lt. Richard Zimmerman watched a video of one of his colleagues kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, he saw what he described in a courtroom on Friday as a “totally unnecessary” violation of department policy.

“Pulling him down to the ground facedown and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time, it’s just uncalled-for,” testified Lieutenant Zimmerman, who is the longest-serving officer on the Minneapolis police force. His comments came at the end of the first week in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with murdering Mr. Floyd along a Minneapolis street last May.

Police officers have often been accused of sticking together on questions of misconduct — avoiding breaking a so-called blue wall of silence[1] — so the sworn testimony against Mr. Chauvin by a high-ranking officer was all the more extraordinary.

Only a day earlier, another police official, who had directly supervised Mr. Chauvin, testified that Mr. Chauvin and two other officers should have stopped restraining Mr. Floyd sooner. And in the coming week the city’s police chief, Medaria Arradondo, who has called Mr. Floyd’s death a “murder,” is also expected to condemn Mr. Chauvin’s actions from the witness stand.

All of it seemed to undermine an assertion that Mr. Chauvin’s lawyers have made a central point in the former officer’s defense — that Mr. Chauvin’s behavior as he arrested Mr. Floyd was within the bounds of his police training.

Lieutenant Zimmerman, 62, who peppered his testimony with references to his long career in law enforcement and concurred with a lawyer’s suggestion that he had joined the department as an “old-school cop” in 1985, was unwavering in his assessment of Mr. Chauvin’s actions. He often turned to speak directly to the 12 jurors[2] who are expected to decide the verdict.

“If you’re kneeling on a person’s neck, that can kill him,” said Lieutenant Zimmerman, who has led the Minneapolis department’s homicide unit since 2008. Officers are supposed to turn people onto their sides or sit them up once they are restrained, he said, because leaving them in prone positions can make it hard to breathe.

Mr. Chauvin and two other police officers had continued to pin Mr. Floyd, who was handcuffed, against the ground after he was no longer responsive. That decision, Lieutenant Zimmerman suggested, meant the officers had violated their duty to take care of someone in their custody.

“His safety is your responsibility,” he told the court. “His well-being is your responsibility.”

Lieutenant Zimmerman testified on the fifth day of the high-profile trial, which began 10 months after Mr. Floyd’s death set off global protests over racism and police abuse. Jurors have heard from more than a dozen witnesses, including the teenager who filmed[3] the widely viewed video of Mr. Chauvin kneeling on Mr. Floyd for more than nine minutes, the convenience store clerk[4] who told his manager that Mr. Floyd had paid for cigarettes using a fake $ 20 bill, and Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, who described their shared struggle with opioid addiction[5].

The testimony from police officials, though, marked a shift to a different phase of the case: Prosecutors have said they will show that Mr. Chauvin’s actions were unusually brutal — and amounted to a crime.

In cross-examining Lieutenant Zimmerman, Eric J. Nelson, the lawyer for Mr. Chauvin, suggested that the lieutenant’s experience on the streets might be dated. Lieutenant Zimmerman had not regularly patrolled the streets as a uniformed officer since 1993, Mr. Nelson noted, offering that he might no longer be familiar with the force needed. At one point, Mr. Nelson asked Lieutenant Zimmerman when he had last gotten into a fight with someone while on duty; 2018, the lieutenant answered.

Under questioning, Lieutenant Zimmerman acknowledged that people sometimes become more combative when revived after a period of unconsciousness and said that police officers had been trained to kneel on people’s shoulders, in some circumstances, while handcuffing them.

He said that once people are handcuffed, they usually present only a minor threat, though they can still be combative and try to hurt officers, such as by kicking them.

“Once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down all the way,” Lieutenant Zimmerman said. “They’re cuffed; how can they really hurt you?”

In body camera footage shown to jurors, Mr. Floyd can be seen in handcuffs when Mr. Chauvin first kneels on his neck. Paramedics testified this week that his heart had stopped[6] by the time they arrived.

All of the witnesses so far have been called by prosecutors, who are expected to call more witnesses next week, after which Mr. Chauvin’s defense team can begin laying out its arguments in earnest.

In opening statements, the defense has suggested that Mr. Floyd’s death, which the county medical examiner ruled a homicide, may actually have been caused by the fentanyl and methamphetamine found in his system. Mr. Chauvin’s defense team has also indicated that he was following procedures that he had learned in his training.

Yet Sgt. David Pleoger, who was Mr. Chauvin’s supervisor and who testified for the prosecution on Thursday, said that officers should have stopped holding Mr. Floyd down once he became unresponsive.

He also said that Mr. Chauvin had at first not divulged that he knelt on Mr. Floyd. In an initial phone call with Sergeant Pleoger, minutes after Mr. Floyd was taken to a hospital, Mr. Chauvin said that he and other officers “had to hold the guy down” because Mr. Floyd would not stay in the back of a police car and was “going crazy.” About 30 minutes later, when officials learned that Mr. Floyd’s condition was grave, Sergeant Pleoger said, Mr. Chauvin acknowledged that he had pressed on Mr. Floyd’s neck.

Lieutenant Zimmerman’s courtroom testimony was not the first time he had rebuked Mr. Chauvin’s conduct, nor the first time he had testified against a fellow officer. In a 2019 murder case against Mohamed Noor, a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman[7], Lieutenant Zimmerman testified that the scene of the shooting was well-lit[8], contradicting claims by Mr. Noor’s lawyers that it had been difficult to see. Mr. Noor was convicted of third-degree murder, the less serious of two murder charges that Mr. Chauvin faces.

After Mr. Floyd’s death and the unrest that followed, Lieutenant Zimmerman was among 14 veteran police officers who published a public letter[9] condemning Mr. Chauvin. He had “failed as a human and stripped George Floyd of his dignity and life,” the officers wrote, adding that a “vast majority” of police officers felt the same. The officers said in the letter, which was addressed to the citizens of Minneapolis, that they hoped to regain the public’s trust.

“This is not who we are,” they wrote.

Tim Arango reported from Minneapolis, and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Neil MacFarquhar contributed reporting from New York.


  1. ^ blue wall of silence (www.nytimes.com)
  2. ^ the 12 jurors (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ teenager who filmed (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ convenience store clerk (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ shared struggle with opioid addiction (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ his heart had stopped (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ fatally shot an unarmed woman (www.nytimes.com)
  8. ^ testified that the scene of the shooting was well-lit (www.startribune.com)
  9. ^ published a public letter (www.startribune.com)

Tim Arango and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

‘No one wants to see it’: Boxing veteran De la Hoya earns mockery after dropping mic to tell rapper Snoop Dogg of comeback (VIDEO)

‘No one wants to see it’: Boxing veteran De la Hoya earns mockery after dropping mic to tell rapper Snoop Dogg of comeback (VIDEO)

Former multi-weight boxing champion De La Hoya has announced his return to the ring on Triller alongside hip-hop star Snoop Dogg – then promptly dropped the mic and made a dramatic exit from the stage before being mocked by fans.

Legendary brawler De La Hoya has finally followed up on his threat to return to boxing by announcing the date of his comeback.

During a Triller Fight Club press conference hosted by rapper-turned-commentator Snoop on Friday, the 48-year-old made his intentions official, and will now follow the likes of Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr and Evander Holyfield in returning to the squared circle. 

“July 3, I’m making my comeback,” said the Mexican-American emphatically, just seconds before a dramatic mic drop.

Still without an opponent as of yet, De La Hoya commented this week to DAZN’s Chris Mannix that “we all know that a [Floyd] Mayweather fight would be massive”

In 2007, De La Hoya and Mayweather broke pay-per-view records with a tight clash that ‘Money’ edged via split decision after some felt Golden Boy Promotions supremo De La Hoya had done enough to win. 

As Mayweather is trying to reschedule a canceled exhibition bout with internet sensation Logan Paul that was originally penciled in for February 20, however, De La Hoya might need to look at initially taking on another aging former foe such as Shane Mosley or Felix Trinidad.

Retiring after a ninth-round TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao, the former six-division king revealed to Mannix that Tyson “inspired the hell out of me” to come back and that he had “been training for quite a while now”.

“I actually sparred the other day and I didn’t know I was that good,” De La Hoya added.

Not everyone is impressed, however.

“No one wants to see it,” commented one weary cynic on Twitter, while another was more elaborate.

“Did somebody ask for this?” they asked. “He can do whatever and he’s a great fighter, but was someone in the entire world hoping this would happen?”
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Veteran French Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Passes Away At 79




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Veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier passed away on March 25 (Thursday). As per the reports, the 79-year-old breathed his last due to an age-related illness at his residence in Sainte-Maxim, located in the Southerly Var region of France. The news was shared by Institut Lumiere through their official Twitter page.

With his wife Sarah, his children Nils and Tiffany and his grandchildren, the Lumière Institute and Thierry Frémaux have the sadness and the pain to inform you of the disappearance, today, of Bertrand Tavernier,” translates the Twitter post of Institut Lumiere.

Veteran French Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Passes Away At 79

The veteran filmmaker, who was born on April 25, 1941, had started his career as an assistant director. He later worked as a press officer and critic, before foraying into filmmaking. Bertrand Tavernier rose to fame with the 1974-released movie The Watchmaker At St.Paul. His 1976-released film The Judge And The Assassin won two Cesar Awards, which is French cinema’s equivalent to Oscars. His 1987-released movie Round Midnight won Herbie Hancock an Oscar for the Best Original Score.

Bertrand Tavernier was married to late French-Irish screenplay writer Claudine O’Hagen, who was known as Colo Tavernier from 1965 to 1980. The couple had two kids, writer Tiffany Tavernier and actor-director Nils Tavernier. Cole Tavernier was the screenwriter of some of Bertrand Tavernier’s most popular works, including the 1985-movie A Sunday In The Country, for which she won the Cesar for Best Adaptation. Bertrand Tavernier had later married Sarah.

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Elvis Presley army: Veteran who met The King in Germany shares how they bonded – WATCH

Elvis Presley army: Veteran who met The King in Germany shares how they bonded – WATCH
From 1958-1960, Elvis Presley had to pause his music and movie career to serve two years in the US army over in West Germany. While in the military, The King rose to the rank of Sergeant and now a fellow soldier has shared how he bonded with the star during a chance meeting. Deryl Saylors of Mississippi, the state just south of Elvis’ Tennessee home, volunteered into the army draft in February 1958 with a couple of friends.
After going through training at Fort Chaffe in Arkansas and Fort Hood, Texas, Deryl and his pals were shipped out to West Germany.

Part of the US 3rd Armored Division, he wasn’t far from where Elvis was stationed and spent some time at a training area in the mountains by Grafenwöhr

Speaking with Elvis expert Billy Stallings Spa Guy in the video below, the veteran couldn’t quite remember if it was the winter of 1958 or early spring 1959 when he was there for a training mission over four to six weeks.

Nevertheless, it was Deryl’s job to drive an officer to the post office, where a group of the higher ranking soldiers would have coffee in the warmth while he and other GIs had to wait outside in the cold.

READ MORE: Elvis Presley was ‘never same again after army’ claimed The Beatles

They shook hands and when Deryl said he was from Booneville, Mississippi, he said “it was just like two old friends had met”

The pair of soldiers talked for around 15 minutes and bonded over their connections, with Elvis saying how he’d played two shows in Booneville, so knew it well.

The veteran added: “It was just a great experience and I’ve always been glad that I got to know him just a little bit better.”

During Elvis’ two years in the army over in Germany, he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu, who he would go to marry in 1967.

As part of The King’s 85th birthday celebrations last year at Graceland, Priscilla said of Elvis: “He was a perfect soldier, but heavy on his heart was coming back and not thinking he’d be accepted again.

Heading back to Graceland was strange for him. It was what he always wanted, he wanted to get back there, but things were changing. And it did change, it did change.”

“He had the doors open for fans to come in, when he first bought Graceland. He was just so innocent and so young and carrying such heavy burdens at such a young age. [He went back] in fear of…change. Is he going to be able to keep it? Is he going to be able to afford all the things he was just getting into before the army?”

Luckily, The King went on to star in more Hollywood movies before rebooting his singing career with his 1968 Comeback Special.