Independent Investigator and Draft Terms of Reference for Review into Tasmanian Thoroughbred Race Tracks

first_imgIndependent Investigator and Draft Terms of Reference for Review into Tasmanian Thoroughbred Race Tracks Jane Howlett,Minister for RacingHighly regarded national racing identity Mr Dale Monteith will lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around recent late cancellations of race meetings and the roles and responsibilities of Tasracing and the Office of Racing Integrity.Importantly, Mr Monteith will look into the adequacy of Tasmanian thoroughbred race track condition, safety, standards, maintenance and inspections.Mr Monteith, who is a former Chief Executive of the Victoria Racing Club and previously the Melbourne Racing Club, will commence the investigation shortly and provide a report to me as Minister for Racing by 1 March 2021 with his findings and recommendations.The Terms of Reference for the investigation will enable Mr Monteith to identify causes of the unacceptable late cancellation of important race meetings at Mowbray Racecourse on 19 November 2020 and Elwick Race Course on 27 December 2020.As Minister for Racing, I welcome Mr Monteith’s expertise, and I am certain industry stakeholders will share my confidence in his experience and knowledge of the racing industry.The Draft Terms of Reference can be found at – /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Government, identity, industry, investigation, Melbourne, Minister, race, Racecourse, Racing, Safety, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, terms of reference, Victorialast_img read more

GM, Ford plants are latest victims of bumpy auto industry reopening

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Tony Sada assembles a 2011 Ford Explorer at the Chicago Assembly Plant on December 1, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  Scott Olson / Getty Images See More Videos General Motors is delaying the start of second production shifts at two pickup plants as auto manufacturers trying to ramp up production after weeks-long shutdowns struggle to procure enough parts.GM originally planned to run two shifts next week at the factories in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Flint, Michigan, according to a spokesman.While a sport-utility vehicle facility elsewhere in its home state is still on track to boost output, the truck plants may need to give suppliers in Mexico that have been resuming work more slowly another week to catch up. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Our up-to-date timeline of coronavirus’ impact on the auto industryFord paused production for the second time in as many days at its Explorer SUV plant in Chicago earlier this week after a worker at a nearby supplier facility tested positive for Covid-19.For GM, Mercedes and Volvo, the issue has been Mexico’s restart. The nation’s government has issued conflicting and vague decrees on what factories need to do before they’re allowed to reopen, contributing to delays that have slowed production at U.S. factories reliant on imported parts. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSChevroletFordMercedes-BenzVolvoFlexNew VehiclesFlex Pickups outsell sedans in U.S. for the first time ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement The constraints led Mercedes to suspend production of GLS and GLE SUVs and C-Class sedans in Alabama this week, while Volvo was forced to temporarily idle its S60 sedan factory in South Carolina. The delay will further crimp supply of GM’s redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and is the latest supplier-related disruption to hit automakers that have been restarting operations that were shut down for weeks. Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have had to pause some U.S. production because of parts shortages.“There is strong demand for our full-size pickups and we will look to add capacity as quickly as we can,” said Dan Flores, GM’s spokesman.RELATED ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

EE boss: OTT partnerships more important in 4G world

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 FEB 2013 Home EE boss: OTT partnerships more important in 4G world BT consumer boss opens net neutrality debate Previous ArticleMWC 2013: Day 2 feature videoNext ArticleAdvertorial: Analytics-based Capacity Planning and Profitability Analytics for LTE and 3G Mobile Networks EE crowns UK gaming, video experience EE Author Related Mobile World Live is the online service dedicated to providing the mobile industry with daily news coverage & analysis of the biggest global market developments. Read more The introduction of 4G networks is forcing operators to find partners for activities they would traditionally have kept in-house, according to Olaf Swantee, the CEO of UK operator EE.“We’re having to become more like the IT industry, where there is horizontal cooperation, as opposed to the vertically integrated, traditional telco model,” he said on an MWC panel session about partnerships and M&A.Describing EE as a “networks expert”, he said it was important for operators to focus on their core capabilities in a 4G world.Building a differentiated network experience is much harder and more complicated with 4G-based data than old-fashioned voice and text, he explained.At the same time, operators will have to form partnerships if they are to take advantage of all the “new and exciting applications” to which 4G is giving rise.Swantee gave EE’s deal with Deezer – which lets customers enjoy online music as part of their data service – as an example of the operator’s approach.His description of EE’s strategy came hours before Deutsche Telekom, which owns half of the UK operator, issued a statement saying it was “handing over greater responsibility for key initiatives to national companies”, as well as “focusing on partnerships” and “innovation by cooperation”.OTT companies represented on the same panel as Swantee expressed equal enthusiasm for teaming up with operators, although Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, the head of mobile business development at Dropbox, provided a different explanation for operators’ need to find partners.“WhatsApp took their crown for instant messaging, Spotify took their crown for music services, Facebook took their crown for social networking and Dropbox is working hard on taking their crown for cloud services,” he said. “Consumers don’t want to be told what to use.” Mobile World Live Tags EE, Nokia push emergency support to the skieslast_img read more

Helios Towers plans Africa expansion with fresh funds

first_img Africa-focused Helios Towers outlined plans to expand its operation further across the continent using part of $450 million in new funds raised earlier this week, Bloomberg reported citing Ethiopia as one of its target markets.In an interview with the business publication Helios Towers CFO Tom Greenwood said the company was already in talks with potential partners over a move in Ethiopia, where the government is preparing to sell a stake in incumbent Ethio Telecom and issue licences to two new players.Though the opening of the mobile industry in Ethiopia has been delayed by Covid-19 (coronavirus)-related issues, authorities have reportedly restarted preparations. Greenwood noted the country offers a “very large opportunity” with an estimated 10,000 new towers expected to be needed over the next five years to support market growth.Other countries it is reportedly assessing include Morocco, Egypt and Madagascar.Helios Towers raised a total of $750 million earlier this week by issuing new debt: part of this was allocated to paying off some of its existing liabilities and fund expansion plans.The business currently has assets in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Ghana and South Africa, with almost 7,000 sites owned and operated by Helios Towers across these markets. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 JUN 2020 Previous ArticleBell Canada shakes off Covid-19 with 5G launchNext ArticleGoogle countersues speaker maker Sonos Tags Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Helios Towers seals $575M Omantel deal Helios Towers inks several Airtel Africa deals Home Helios Towers plans Africa expansion with fresh funds Chris Donkin Related Helios Towers Author Helios Towers resurrects London listing planslast_img read more

MacKenzie, Svoboda share McGladrey lead

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Will MacKenzie made a hole-in-one that hardly anyone saw and finished with a 45-foot birdie putt that gave him a 5-under 65 on Saturday and a share of the lead with Andrew Svoboda going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic. Svoboda, playing in the same group with MacKenzie, rallied from a careless double bogey with three birdies over his last six holes for a 66. The leaders were at 12-under 198, though the final round at Sea Island had all the trappings of a shootout. Russell Henley, the 36-hole leader, was one shot behind after another solid day except for one shot. He pulled his approach into the water on the par-5 15th hole and made bogey on the easiest hole on the Seaside course. Henley had a 68. McGladrey Classic: Articles, videos and photos Stewart Cink, winless since beating Tom Watson in a playoff at Turnberry five years ago, made eight birdies in his round of 63. Defending champion Chris Kirk is progressively getting better with rounds of 68-67-66. They were part of a large group at 201, just three shots behind. Nine players were within four shots of the lead. MacKenzie said it was his third ace on the PGA Tour, and one he’ll never forget, mainly because of the reaction. There wasn’t one. MacKenzie didn’t even know it was in the hole until he looked around the green and couldn’t find his ball. A spectator indicated with his hand that it was in the hole. ”Most anti-climactic hole-in-one I ever had,” he said. He hit an 8-iron from 178 yards on the par-3 sixth hole. He could see it was headed for the flag. He could hear it hit the stick. He might have been able to hear four fans clapping, though he can’t swear to that. And then he got to the green and was really confused. ”Finally, there was this random guy over there, like one of the four guys clapping earlier,” he said. ”They were like, ‘Yeah, it went in. Didn’t you hear us clap?’ I was like, ‘Thanks, man. You guys are low-key here.’ They’re used to seeing great shots. They’re used to your Matt Kuchars and the guys, studs. I made a hole-in-one. It means nothing other than it was a 1 on the scorecard. It was just the most boring hole-in-one ever.” But it put him into the last group with a chance to win a PGA Tour event for the first time since MacKenzie won the Viking Classic six years ago. Four players had at least a share of the lead at one point. Henley fell back with his bogey on the 15th. Fabian Gomez of Argentina was tied for the lead until he stumbled at the finish. He three-putted from 30 feet on the 16th and from 40 feet on the 17th, and then failed to get up-and-down from short of the 18th. He shot 68 and was in the group three shots out of the lead. Henley and Kirk are playing for the first time since the Tour Championship on Sept. 14. Neither was sure what to expect this week, and even though Henley didn’t finish as strong as he would like, he was happy with where he was. So was Kirk, who had five birdies and an eagle to counter his mistakes. Kirk holed out with a sand wedge from 115 yards on the eighth hole, only to bogey the next two holes. He finished strong and still had a chance to defend his title. ”I’ve managed to put three pretty solid rounds together, and hopefully I can give them a little bit of a run tomorrow,” Kirk said. MacKenzie also had his moments. He didn’t take the lead until a birdie on the 16th hole, only to lose focus on the next hole. He hit 5-iron, which was way too much club for the par-3 17th, and he was lucky to at least have a shot out of the wire grass. He chopped that over the green, got the next shot down to 7 feet and holed that for a bogey. And to cap it off, he made a long birdie across the 18th green to catch Svoboda, who had to save par with a tough chip from the right side of the green. ”I was a little jumpy,” MacKenzie said. ”So it was huge to make that bomb.” DIVOTS: The 54-hole cut was at 1-under 209, and it eliminated 17 players. Among those making it to Sunday was tournament host Davis Love III, who shot 70. … The only downside to Cink being in the penultimate group Sunday is that he likely will miss his 6:30 p.m. flight out of Jacksonville, Florida, to get to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic next week. Love is presenting the trophy and will miss that flight, too, though he is planning a private jet to New York to make the Malaysia connection. … Brian Harman, playing in the final group with his Georgia teammate Russell Henley, had a 73 and fell seven shots behind. read more

Braves, Cobb Officials Celebrate Milestone At SunTrust Park

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Accelerating the circular economy through waste to value

first_imgWaste not want not, for a circular economy The three companies were chosen from a list of more than 400 applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, who had applied to the Waste to Value Challenge last year. Bestseller Foundation had collaborated with Intellecap to run the Challenge. Recycling plastic is just one of the ways to create value from waste in a circular economy. Image: Pixabay. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Also, Kenya based, Gjenge Makers is a start-up that produces eco-friendly paving systems made from recycled plastic waste and sand. Finance and Policy Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Philanthropic organisation Bestseller Foundation has created a Waste to Value Accelerator in Kenya. BRICS Waste management is a challenge facing the whole of Africa – as countries are urbanising faster than centralised waste management systems can be created, leading to socio-economic and environmental challenges. The recycling and disposal of waste, when done at all, is handled using old and traditional methods with under-developed structures and insufficient capacities. Bestseller Foundation supports initiatives with impactful, on-the-ground prevent and rehabilitation efforts targeting vulnerable communities in urban, informal settlements characterised by a dense population and acute poverty. Bestseller Foundation MD, Jannek Hagen, said waste has always been someone else’s problem in Africa, but they’re making it their own problem: “We need to be much more circular and efficient in our use of resources and materials and much smarter in management waste, in reaping value from waste. Otherwise, we cannot sustainably support the exponential population growth over the next decades, expected to especially occur in Africa. The Bestseller Foundation is committed to supporting innovative start-ups working at the frontline to convert waste to value with the ultimate goal of creating sustainable businesses and sustainable economies.” Additional start-ups to join the Accelerator will be added over the next few months.center_img Ugandan start-up Yo-Waste is a smart waste management business that connects households and business to the nearest garbage collectors at the touch of a button. Increasingly, innovative start-ups are developing alternative solutions for better waste management which could catalyse cleaner and more circular economies across the continent. However, these potential enterprises face multiple constraints at macro and micro level which hamper their growth and scale – no supportive policies, regulations or laws; lack of access to capital; and inadequate technical skills to scale up their innovations into strong businesses. The businesses will now receive $100,000 in the form of convertible debt, as needed. Intellecap will manage the Accelerator and provide technical assistance to the enterprises between August 2020 and March 2021. Intellecap associate partner Karnika Yadav, said each enterprise will undergo a customised support programme. “The accelerator will cover topics such as waste sector market analysis, market development, product refinement, business planning and operations, financial management and financial modelling. Intellecap will address the specific gaps at enterprise level with a focus on ensuring the investment received is transformational to the enterprise, while also contributing to the strengthening of the waste sector in the region,” said Yadav. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSKenyaSustainable powerWaste managementwaste to power Previous articleSouth Africa’s latest update on climate change approachNext articleHigh demand skills in South Africa: Survey results Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation The Bestseller Foundation announced the names of the first three companies – Zijani, Yo-Waste and Gjenge Makers –  who will receive technical and finance support to grow their waste to value business. Ziyani is a Kenyan start-up that reclaims used vegetable oil from bulk cooking institutions such as hotels and restaurants. It supplies the cooking oil as raw material to other larger manufactures of soap and biofuels. Read more:Partnership promotes circularity, zero waste and sustainability strategiesKenGen seeks to build a waste to energy plant via bidding processWaste to power model gaining global momentumlast_img read more

Health care workers across the globe now eligible to fight COVID-19…

first_img Bayonne TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19felix roquehealth care workersnew jerseyphil murphy SHARE By John Heinis – April 1, 2020 5:30 pm 0 Health care workers across the globe are now eligible to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey, following an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy (D) this afternoon.By John Heinis/Hudson County View“Let me just put on the Uncle Sam hat: we need you if you’re watching and you’re a health care worker who may have retired from out of state [or] a doctor from out of the country – we need you in a big way,” Murphy said during a press conference in Trenton this afternoon.While they aren’t mentioned explicitly in his executive order, the governor noted that nurses and doctors in their last semester are also welcome to join the battle against COVID-19 here in the Garden State.“And whether you’re in New Jersey or not relevant. We’ll take folks from wherever we can find them as long as they’re properly licensed elsewhere.”On Friday, Murphy called on anyone with medical training, including retired doctors, from across the country to volunteer in New Jersey. His new directive is now taking that call international.“The DCA [Department of Consumer Affairs] is authorized to issue a license to practice medicine and/or surgery, on a temporary basis for the duration of the State of Emergency or Public Health Emergency, whichever is longer, to any physician (including any medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or the plenary-licensed equivalent in another country) who is licensed, in good standing, in another country,” the order says.“Provided that such physician submits an application on a form adopted by the DCA for such purpose and containing such information and certifications as the Director may require, and the Director or the relevant licensing board determines that such application should be granted.”Furthermore, the legislation waives scope-of-practice requirements for advanced-practice nurses and physician assistants.Allowing foreign doctors to join the efforts to combat COVID-19 was something recently suggested by former West New York mayor and pain management specialist Felix Roque, NJ Advance Media reported.Reached over the phone this afternoon, Roque told HCV he applauded Murphy’s decision, though urged them to start recruitment efforts as soon as possible and reiterated that he’d like to be directly involved.“My idea was to work with the military since the Office of the Surgeon General has that capacity. In conjunction with those surgeon generals, they have the ability to recruit doctors. If they set up an agency like this, I’d love to run it,” he said, noting that he led recruitment efforts during Desert Storm in 1991 and 1992.New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at the same presser that North Jersey hospitals are “beginning to feel the stress and strain” of the coronavirus pandemic, part of the reason why she agreed with the parameters of Murphy’s order. Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Health care workers across the globe now eligible to fight COVID-19 outbreak in N.J. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter BayonneHobokenJersey CityNorth Bergen/GuttenbergPolitics & PolicySecaucusUnion CityWeehawkenWest New York Bayonne Previous articleAG’s Office to prosecute 6 cases involving threatening cops with COVID-19, 1 in KearnyNext articleBayonne OEM: 74-year-old man is 6th resident to die from COVID-19, 156 current cases John Heinis Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Andrew Young recalls horror of witnessing moment Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis

first_imgMaury Phillips/Getty Images(MEMPHIS) — In the hour before he stepped out onto the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis and became the most famous martyr of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. started a pillow fight.Andrew Young, the former ambassador to the United Nations, Georgia congressman and mayor of Atlanta, told ABC News that King instigated the mischief in a ground-floor room that his brother, A.D. King, was checked in on April 4, 1968.“When I walked in the door, he [Martin Luther King Jr.] said, ‘Where have you been? You haven’t called me all day long,’” said Young, who had been working with King on civil rights issues since 1957. “I said, ‘Well, I’ve been in court.’”Earlier that day, Young had testified in federal court to get a restraining order lifted on the march in support of Memphis sanitation workers, who had been on strike since early February.“He said, ‘Well, you need to find a way to get me a message,’” said Young, adding that A.D. King and Ralph Abernathy, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a longtime cohort of Martin Luther King Jr., were also in the room. “I said, ‘I was on the witness stand trying to get you the right to march and keep you out of jail.’”Martin Luther King Jr. responded, “‘Oh, you’re getting smart with me’ and he picked up a pillow and threw it at me,” Young said. “And he was in a more playful mood than I had seen him in years, I mean, acting like a child. I threw the pillow back and then everybody else picked up pillows and started beating me up. It was like a bunch of 12-year-olds.”About that time, the Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, a Memphis minister, knocked on the door, to tell Martin Luther King Jr. and the others they were late for dinner at his house, Young, now 86, recalled.Young remembered Martin Luther King Jr. saying, “‘Well, let be go upstairs and put on my shirt and tie.’”“I don’t know that it makes any difference now, but that room downstairs in the corner had originally been his room,” Young said. “And the Memphis Police asked the hotel manager could they move him upstairs because they thought they could protect him better upstairs than on the ground floor. Nobody was complaining or anything, but he couldn’t have been shot in that downstairs room.”Police had every reason to be worried about protecting Martin Luther King Jr. About a week earlier, he had led a large demonstration in Memphis for the sanitation workers, who began their strike for better wages and work conditions after two workers were crushed to death by a malfunctioning garbage truck. The demonstration on March 28, 1968, had ended in violence. Stores were looted and a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by police.Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb III had imposed martial law and called in the National Guard to keep the peace.Mountain top speechYoung said that when Martin Luther King Jr. arrived back in Memphis on April 3, he was battling a bad cold and fever and didn’t feel up to giving a scheduled speech that night at the Mason Temple Church in Memphis. He asked Abernathy to speak for him, Young said.“When we got there, the church, which seats 11,000 people, was full and people were standing all over and around outside in the rain. So we had to send somebody back to pick him [Martin Luther King Jr.] up,” Young said.“So Ralph starts speaking and when he came in, of course, everybody disrupted Ralph’s speech,” he said. “So he got up and started this speech that ended [with] that he’d been to the mountaintop.”In the speech, the 39-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his own mortality, telling the crowd, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight.”The speech, which would be Martin Luther King Jr.’s last, proved eerily prophetic.Single shot rang outWhen Martin Luther King Jr. finished pummeling Young with pillows that fateful Thursday afternoon at the Lorraine Motel, Young waited downstairs for his friend to come out of Room 306 and join him on the ride to dinner at Kyles’ house.“When he came out of the room, I was down in the parking lot and I said, ‘You know, it’s still kind of cool and you had a cold, you weren’t feeling good last night. Why don’t your bring your top coat?’” Young said.“And he sort of lifted his head to say, ‘I don’t really … do I need a coat?’ And the shot rang out,” Young said.The time was 6:05 p.m.Remembering that Martin Luther King Jr. had been in a playful mood earlier, Young said he thought he was “clowning” or that someone had lit a firecracker.“And I looked up and saw that his shoes were still caught in the banister and he’d been sort of knocked out of his shoes,” Young said. “And when I ran up there, I saw that he was … there was a very clean wound that severed his spinal cord and the blood was all around him. I don’t even think he heard the shot or felt any pain.”Young said Martin Luther King Jr. still had a pulse, but he knew his friend was gone.“Basically my reaction was that, ‘OK, so you’ve gone to Heaven and you’ve left us here in hell,’” Young told ABC News.He said that in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police officers swarmed the motel.In a famous photo taken by Time magazine photograph Joseph Louw, Young is seen standing near Martin Luther King Jr.’s body on the balcony with Abernathy, Kyles, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and an 18-year-old Memphis State University student in bobby socks named Mary Louise Hunt. They are all pointing in the direction the shot came from, Young said.“The police were all over on the other street and they were running toward us with their guns drawn and we were saying, ‘The shot came from over there,’” Young recalled. “Instead of going to where the shot came from, they were coming to see about us.”Martin Luther King Jr. was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour after he was felled by an assassin’s bullet.Call to widowIt was left to Young to call Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King, who was at home in Atlanta, to break the news. He said he couldn’t go through with telling her that her husband was dead.“I said he was shot, but I didn’t tell her how bad it was,” Young said.As police and the FBI launched a manhunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s killer, which would eventually lead to the capture of James Earl Ray two months later in London, Young and other members of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle reconvened the day of the killing back in Martin Luther King Jr.’s room at the Lorraine Motel.That evening, Young and the others decided to carry on Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for racial and economic equality.Commitment to fight on“It’s something we had to do. We had no choice,” Young said. “I think we were all committed. One of the movement’s philosophies was that if somebody was struck down doing good, whatever you were doing you had to stop it and continue his works. So as soon as we came back from the hospital, we met back in his room and decided that we would have to carry on.“And for 50 years, we’ve done that,” he said. “Even though his body is no longer with us, his spirit is. I’ve been all over the world, and I’ve never been any place where somebody didn’t ask me about Martin Luther King, and that’s more than 150 countries. He has had a continued impact on the world.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family mourns couple killed together in Tennessee twisters after 58 years of marriage

first_imgCourtesy Jake Hardy-Moore(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — As residents in Tennessee began the laborious task of cleaning up and rebuilding their communities — and lives — after at least three tornadoes touched down in parts of the state, one family mourned and remembered a couple that was found dead in their home, side-by-side, after being married for nearly 58 years.“They exemplified what it was to love,” Jake Hardy-Moore told ABC News of his grandparents, James and Donna Eaton, on Thursday.The two were born and raised in East Nashville, and met when they were young children. After they married, the loving couple raised their family in Mount Juliet. The couple had three children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The large family was the pride of their lives.Early Tuesday morning, three devastating tornadoes ripped through Nashville and other areas of Tennessee, flattening homes, tossing airplanes and downing power lines, according to the governor. Winds reached at least 155 miles per hour — EF-3 tornado level — in Mount Juliet. At least 24 people were killed in total in Putnam, Wilson, Davidson and Benton Counties.The Eatons were among the victims.Before their deaths, Donna and James Eaton lived full and happy lives. Donna Eaton served in her church for 25 years.Pastor Phillip Dunn of First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet told the Nashville Tennesseean: “To know them was to love them.”“In 1977 they joined First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet. Jim served as deacon and they both taught many Sunday school classes over the past 43 years. Mr. Eaton was a storyteller and jokester. Many times laughing at his own jokes before he could even finish them. His career was in the transportation industry but his love was his family. He enjoyed playing golf and was looking forward to the spring to get back on the course,” an obituary online read. “Mrs. Eaton was finance director at First Baptist Church Mt. Juliet. When she retired, she still volunteered at the church in any way she could. Jim and Donna Eaton were married for over 57 years. They were a true example of God’s love in their family, their marriage, the community of Mt. Juliet. and beyond. They were humble, kind and lived life fully. Whether they were on their daily walks, cheering on the Cincinnati Reds, Bunko or card night, church fellowship or supporting their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren through any activity they exemplified the love of God.”The couple was generous and not only volunteered at their church, but also their local hospital. They loved their family and maintained friendships with a group they’d known since high school. That group played cards with each other every Friday night, Hardy-Moore told ABC News Thursday.“They were our family’s inspiration,” he said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more