Portland protest that took down statues of former presidents declared a riot by police

first_imgStelsone/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A demonstration in Portland, Oregon, that included people breaking windows and taking down statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln has been declared a riot by police.The protests were part of a “Day of Rage” declared over the celebration of Columbus Day on Monday.A mass gathering formed Sunday night in downtown Portland, where demonstrators used chains to topple the statues, the Portland Police Department tweeted just before midnight.The statues were erected in the 1920s, and several other statues that were considered possible targets were removed, The Oregonian reported. A statue of Thomas Jefferson was pulled down by protesters in June.About 200 people were in the crowd, according to the local newspaper.A glass window for the Oregon Historical Society was smashed with a police officer standing inside, ABC Portland affiliate KATU-TV reported. Police warned that anyone taking part in the vandalism was subject to a citation or arrest. About an hour after their initial tweet, Portland police declared the protests a riot and instructed all those marching to disperse or else crowd control measures such as tear gas and impact weapons would be used.The city has been experiencing months of unrest following the May 25 death of George Floyd, who died as a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes as three other officers watched on.In July, President Donald Trump’s administration deployed federal law enforcement to Portland, sparking tension between federal and local authorities and a public feud on Twitter between Portland’s mayor and a top homeland security official.Trump, who has put “law and order” at the forefront of his campaign for re-election, tweeted, “Put these animals in jail, now” Monday morning and criticized “The Radical Left fools in Portland” for not wanting “any real help.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pac-10 could force Big Ten to act fast on expansion

first_imgPac-10 could force Big Ten to act fast on expansion Luke FeuerhermJune 9, 2010Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA busy few days, complete with private meetings, ultimatums and pleading, has assured one thing âÄî the slow-moving, speculative threat of a minor athletic conference re-shuffling is over. Replacing it is the imminent prospect that the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences will emerge from repositioning as college superpowers as they maneuver to add new members, which may result in the Big 12 being poached to extinction. Prior to the weekend, the Big Ten was slowly weighing universities from around the country as prospects for potential conference expansion. The Big Ten lost exclusive control of their timeline this weekend after major announcements from the Pac-10 and Big 12. The shift came Sunday when the Pac-10 met and handed over all decisions regarding expansion to conference commissioner Larry Scott. âÄúWhat direction that process takes still could go in different directions,âÄù Scott said at a press conference after meeting with Pac-10 administrators. âÄúEverything from remaining as we are as a Pac-10 that has some very bright days ahead of it, to a bigger conference footprint. I have the authority to take it different directions depending on various scenarios and discussions we will have.âÄù The announcement was accompanied by a report that the Pac-10 could target as many as six teams from the Big 12 including Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and either Baylor or Colorado. That scenario would leave the Big 12 with Baylor or Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska. The last two, Missouri and Nebraska, have been near the top of the list of targets for the possible expansion of the Big Ten. The Big 12 has now seemingly pinned its fate on these two schools, in hopes that retaining them will encourage the other six schools to resist Pac-10 offers by offering Missouri and Nebraska an ultimatum. âÄúNebraska has until 5 p.m. on Friday to tell us what theyâÄôre going to do,âÄù one Nebraska official told the Austin American Statesman. âÄúThe same deal for Missouri.âÄù The Nebraska official also mentioned the possibility of extending the deadline to June 15. This ultimatum would force the schools to predict whether a formal invitation will be granted by the Big Ten, who may wait until 2011 to make a final decision. Conversely, the Big Ten may now be forced to act before Friday on acquiring the two schools or cross them of their list. In addition to the ultimatum, Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little lobbied Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman to stay. Kansas is currently at risk of being left out of the discussion completely, along with Iowa State and Kansas State, which could devastate their programs. âÄúThere are some universities that survive and thrive without a large athletic program,âÄù Gray-Little told The Associated Press. âÄúI hope we donâÄôt have to test that out.âÄù Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was not available for comment, and a spokesperson for the conference said the Big Ten was in a âÄúsilent phase.âÄù The Big Ten, whose 11th member, Penn State, was added in 1990, has been rumored to be targeting numerous schools in addition to Nebraska and Missouri. Schools from the Big East as well as Notre Dame are said to be possible additions. Notre Dame, the last school not affiliated with the military to maintain its conference independence, has been approached by the Big Ten in the past. However, Notre DameâÄôs athletic director Jack Swarbrick told the New York Times that they have not had talks with the Big Ten. Prior to this week, the Big Ten had the luxury of setting its own timetable. âÄúOur announcement in December has caused institutions and conferences to consider their futures, and that has had an impact on our deliberations,âÄù Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon said at a press conference following a meeting between Big Ten administrators. This weekendâÄôs announcements could result in a decision in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Marlink Provides Data Communication Services for Van Oord’s Rock Placement Vessels

International Dredging and Offshore Contractor Van Oord has chosen Sealink customised VSAT from Marlink to provide data communication services for three offshore rock placement vessels. The five year contract covers Marlink’s provision of end-to-end services and includes facility to provide ad-hoc coverage should the vessels be operating in extreme remote areas. The Sealink Service Agreement, which provides 24/7 access to expert front-line support is also a key part of Marlink’s provision under the contract.Sealink will be installed aboard the Stornes (26,000Te), which has been operational since late September 2011, Nordnes (24,000Te) and Tertnes (9,785Te). The vessels are used for Subsea Rock Installation (SRI), a proven technique for the protection and stabilisation of offshore structures within the subsea construction field. Van Oord has developed a system making use of a flexible fallpipe, which guarantees high workability and accuracy during operations. Though deployed in high profile projects such as Ormen Lange in the North Sea, the vessels also operate in extremely remote areas, driving a high requirement for crew welfare and operational communication.The Sealink connectivity is delivered through stabilized 1.5m Ku-band antennas offering global coverage with dedicated bandwidth of CIR 512 kbps duplex and accommodation for temporary bandwidth provision up to CIR 4096 kbp duplex. The service features multiple carrier support, which provides the ability to switch from the Sealink Ku-band VSAT to any of Van Oord’s alternative carriers already installed. As part of the contract, Sealink will support VoIP traffic over VLAN and automatic beam switching ensuring seamless communication when moving between different satellites.“Sealink meets Van Oord’s very specific connectivity requirements for these specialised vessels and offers improved possibilities for both crew and operational connectivity,” comments Ab Argam, Area Manager Benelux, Marlink. “The solution we have developed is extremely flexible. Marlink will act as a one-stop-shop, providing hardware and services, as well as managing ad-hoc bandwidth and coverage when needed, which is vital for Van Oord as it is well known for operating in very remote regions. Although Sealink offers near global coverage, if a particularly remote region is not covered, we will source temporary capacity from our satellite operator partners to ensure Van Oord’s ability to communicate, and therefore operate safely and efficiently.”[mappress]Marlink, June 4, 2013 read more

How this Canadian woman catfished an NBA star and an aspiring model, almost ruining their lives

first_img Related ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Shelly Chartier is a soft-spoken Canadian woman who seems so childlike at first that she looks more like a teenager than someone in their 30s.The 33-year-old lived an isolated life for years caring for her invalid mother inside their small home in the tiny town of Easterville, located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. She only has a 6th grade education and had no contact with the outside world except for a computer and an internet connection.Given her seemingly simple and very quiet life, it’s hard to imagine that Chartier was the mastermind behind a massive “catfishing” scheme that launched an international criminal investigation and, authorities say, almost ruined the career of an NBA star, terrorized an aspiring model in Los Angeles and manipulated several other victims.“She tends to try and downplay or mitigate what she did, to pass it off on others, to make it seem as if she was just some innocent bystander who got caught up in all this,” said Mike McIntyre, reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press.In fall 2011, aspiring model Paris Dunn, who goes by her stage name online, Paris Dylan, was 17 years old when she thought she had caught the eye of pro-basketball player Chris “Birdman” Andersen. At the time, Andersen was 33 years old, playing for the Denver Nuggets, and known for his impressive plays on the court and his colorful tattoos.Over the course of several weeks, the two developed an online relationship, exchanging hundreds of messages and eventually they shared nude photos with each other. At one point, Paris agreed to fly to Denver to meet Andersen in person at the urging of someone else she met online, who called himself Tom Taylor and claimed to be Andersen’s best friend. While she was at his home, according to Paris, some of the things Andersen claimed Paris had previously said online didn’t make sense, but she brushed it off.One week after their weekend rendezvous, Paris said she was barraged with messages from who she thought was Taylor, and when she mentioned that she was going to meet another pro-basketball player, the messages became angry and aggressive. At one point, she said Taylor threatened to have her “raped, and murdered, and thrown on the side of the street.”Dunn said then Taylor told her Andersen shared the nude photos she sent him and Taylor was going to post them online along with her name, address and phone number. She then said Taylor sent her a link that included all the photos she had sent Andersen. She said the photos were then posted online for a short time.Frightened, Dunn finally told her mother what had been going on and they called the police.Andersen declined ABC News “20/20” requests for comment, and instead his attorney Mark Bryant sat down for an interview.Bryant said in February 2012, Andersen was playing an away game in Oklahoma City when he got a strange email and handed Bryant his phone. Bryant said the writer of the email claimed to be Dunn’s mother and said she knew that Andersen had spent the weekend with her 17-year-old daughter. Bryant said Andersen believed Dunn was older and she had lied about her age when she booked her plane ticket to Denver.Bryant said the author of the email was threatening to ruin Andersen’s life and career.“I respond back, ‘You’re talking to his attorney. There’s nothing that’s happened here that’s criminal. You’re engaged in extortion. Go away,’” Bryant said.He said he ended up sending her $3,000 in hopes the situation would disappear.However, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Andersen’s home in May 2012. Even if Dunn was only 17, Andersen’s relations with her are legal in the state of Colorado, where the age of consent is 15. But the nude photos of her on Andersen’s phone could be considered child pornography since Dunn was under 18.After combing through both Andersen’s and Paris’ electronic records, investigators eventually deduced that their correspondence had been occuring through fake online accounts. Detectives found IP addresses and phone numbers originating in Canada and reached out to Canadian authorities. The IP addresses were eventually traced back to Shelly Chartier.“20/20” tracked down Chartier at her home in Easterville, where she said she was the caregiver for her bedridden mother. She said she never went to the doctor or dentist — most of her teeth are gone. She said she had no outside friends, was bullied at school and dropped out at age 12 when she was in the sixth grade.“I went through a period where I didn’t leave my house for 11 years,” Chartier told “20/20.”With the internet as her only window to the outside world, investigators say Chartier allegedly tormented 11 victims over three years by making numerous fake Facebook pages impersonating a YouTube comedian, a Playboy Playmate and reality TV star, Brody Jenner.Chartier explained how she orchestrated the complex catfishing scheme she set up between Paris and Andersen.“I was bored one night and I thought, I saw this girl on Facebook on his page, and she was like, ‘Hey, call me,’ like, seeking attention,” Chartier said.So Chartier decided to create a fake profile, posing as Andersen, and message Paris.“I said, ‘Hey, it’s Chris,” Chartier said. “And she said, ‘Oh my God.’”“And then I thought, ‘I have to get him to notice her, but I couldn’t,’” she continued. “So I just texted Chris from a different app and I said, ‘Hey,’ and he said, ‘Who are you?’ and I said, ‘It’s Paris,’ and he said, ‘How’d you get my number?’ I said, ‘Facebook.’ He said, ‘Oh, OK.’”Police can’t say for sure how Chartier got Andersen’s phone number but she did, and she got a hold of Paris’ number by pretending to be Andersen on a fake profile and asking for it.For months, Paris and Andersen were communicating and they didn’t know that the entire time they were never talking to each other directly. All of their messages were coming from and going through Chartier. Chartier was also behind the messages from Taylor and created a false Tom Taylor persona to fuel the scheme on Paris.Though she expressed some remorse, Chartier said she blames Paris for falling for the scheme, especially for agreeing to get on a plane to go to Denver to meet Andersen.“Most people would also ask to talk to the person they were going to see [on the phone],” she said. “Or Skype them, or something. They wouldn’t just fly somewhere and not know this person… I didn’t tell her to fly down there, I just asked her if she would.”As for those extortion messages Andersen’s attorney Mark Bryant said he received from someone pretending to be Paris’ mother, Chartier claims she never threatened Andersen and claims she never asked for money from him, but that Bryant offered it.Investigators say there is no doubt that Chartier was posing as Paris’ mother in those messages. Gord Olson, a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Canada’s version of the FBI – who was assigned to the Andersen case, said Chartier seemed to think she hit the jackpot when she got her hands on the nude photos Paris thought she was sending to Andersen.“She saw an opportunity to get some money out of the deal,” Olson said.Olson was one of the officers who showed up at Chartier’s door to arrest her on January 15, 2013. When they arrived, he said it seemed like Chartier acted astonished.“She kind of feigned a little bit of like being surprised, I guess. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,’ that sort of stuff, but I mean, she knew,” Olson said. “She knew what was going on.”After she was arrested, Chartier met another man online through playing xBox Live – 22-year-old Rob Marku who lives in New York.“She sent me a message and I responded and it kind of went back and forth… and we took it from there,” Marku told “20/20.”As Marku and Chartier grew closer, he said his family became more suspicious.“A lot of them would say things like, ‘Oh maybe she’s not even real… and they’re using you,’ and all types of stuff,” he said. “And I said, ‘No, I know for a fact that she’s real and I’ll prove it.’”Despite warnings from loved ones, Marku went to Canada to meet Chartier.“When I first got there I was nervous,” he said. “I went to knock on the other door and she just appeared right by my side and kind of scared me.”Then Chartier claims that Marku asked her something out of the blue.“He showed up, and he came to my room and he said, ‘So you want to marry me?’ And I said, ‘OK,’” she said. “We got married in the kitchen.”A minister from a neighboring town married them. Instead of a wedding gown, Chartier said she wore pajamas.“The internet and, and all the harm that it brought in Shelly Chartier’s world… may actually have brought her something else in life and that is a husband, something that probably would have been foreign to her, this idea of actually a relationship,” McIntyre said.In September 2013, more than a year after the news of Andersen’s relationship with Dunn broke publicly, Colorado authorities told the NBA star he was not a suspect in the case but a victim of an elaborate catfishing scheme. Andersen went on to play for the Miami Heat, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Chartier eventually pleaded guilty to various charges of impersonation, extortion and making threats. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison.Having not left her home in over a decade, Chartier said she thought her life was over when she reported to prison, but in an odd way, prison life helped her become more socialized.“I was scared to go out, I was scared to do anything… Very scared of life,” she said. “This one guard said… ‘You don’t make eye contact. Like you look everywhere but me…fix that… talk to people.’”While in prison, Chartier said she got a job and learned how to talk to people, and eventually she was able to work on getting over her social anxiety.“For somebody who really has no friends, who’s had little outside contact with the world, jail could actually turn out to be a blessing,” McIntyre said.Chartier was released on Oct. 22, 2016 after serving 12 months. Looking back on the ordeal now, she said she didn’t think about the emotional toll she was taking on Paris and Andersen.“I’m stupid, just plain and simple,” she said. “I’ve never known people like that, I never knew anybody in the NBA, and thought like, I thought that was cool, I guess.”Today, Chartier is back at home in Easterville. She is serving two years probation and is allowed to use the internet only with court-ordered supervisionShe and her husband have to separate often because he’s not a Canadian citizen and has to go back to New York periodically. Chartier cannot come to the U.S. because the state of Colorado still has a warrant out for her arrest. If extradited to the U.S. and convicted, she could face 24 years in prison.Attorney Mark Bryant said he doesn’t believe justice has been served for Andersen.“This person does not seem to be remorseful to me,” he said. “The depth of this, the number of people that were involved, due respect for Canada, they had their– they’re first in line.”Paris also believes that the time she served in a Canadian prison isn’t enough of a punishment for Chartier after what she put her through.“I wish it was more,” Paris said. “As much time as she can get anywhere, I would agree with.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more