New Coronavirus Regulations Go Into Effect In Rhode Island The latest round of reopening has arrived 2021

PROVIDENCE, RI — As the weather warms and more and more Rhode Islanders get their coronavirus vaccines, the state is taking a major step forward in the reopening process. Starting Friday, new rules go into effect, that allow for greater capacity at businesses, larger social gatherings and more.

This latest round of regulations comes ahead of more sweeping changes ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The new rules were developed with fully vaccinated people in mind, said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. As the state continues to reopen, activities like eating out at a restaurant, going to large social gatherings or being in crowded public areas become more and more high-risk for unvaccinated people, she said.

“Every day you don’t get vaccinated, your risk of getting COVID-19 gets higher,” Alexander-Scott said previously.

The new regulations are summarized below.

  • Mask-wearing: Required indoors and in public areas where 3-foot spacing is not possible. Fully vaccinated people can go maskless in outdoor spaces when distancing is possible. (Effective April 28)
  • Indoor dining: Capacity raised to 80 percent indoors or 100 percent outdoors, with 3-foot table spacing requirements. No restrictions on party size at tables.
  • Bar areas: Seated service and plexiglass dividers required.
  • Catered events: 80 percent capacity, up to 200 people indoors or 500 people outdoors. Testing prior to events is recommended, and required for student events like proms.
  • Houses of worship: 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Retail stores: 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Gyms, fitness facilities: 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Personal services (salons, barbers, etc.): 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Venues of assembly: 80 percent capacity, up to 500 people indoors and no cap outdoors; 3-foot spacing required. Department. of Business Regulation approval is required for events with 2,500 people or more.
  • Funeral homes: 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Offices: 80 percent capacity, with 3-foot spacing required.
  • Social gatherings: Up to 25 people indoors or 75 people outdoors.
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Chauvin, 3 Other Ex-Cops Indicted By Federal Grand Jury Derek Chauvin was federally indicted 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal grand jury Friday indicted former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao on civil rights violations in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was also indicted in a separate Sept. 4, 2017 incident. He is accused of holding a 14-year-old by the throat and hitting the teenager multiple times in the head with a flashlight without legal justification.

The three-count indictment in the death of Floyd claims that the four men — acting in their capacity as police officers — “willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights.” Their actions resulted in Floyd’s death, the indictment states.

Count one

Count one specifically notes that Chauvin held his left knee on Floyd’s neck — and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm — while Floyd was handcuffed and not resisting. Chauvin kept his knees on Floyd’s body even after he became unresponsive, the count states.

The indictment claims that Chauvin’s actions violated Floyd’s constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.

Count two

Count two of the indictment claims Thao and Kueng “willfully failed to intervene to stop Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.”

Count three

Count three of the indictment claims that all four ex-officers watched Floyd lying on the ground “in clear need of medical care and willfully failed to aid him.”

All four former offices “willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law, which includes an arrestee’s right to be free from a police officer’s deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs,” the indictment states.

Friday’s criminal charges announced are separate from the United State Justice Department’s civil investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
Background On Chauvin and his state trial

Federal agents had planned to arrest Chauvin at the Hennepin County courthouse if he was acquitted of all charges in the state trial that concluded April 20, sources told The Star Tribune.

It didn’t have to come to that, however, because Chauvin was found guilty on murder and manslaughter charges and was immediately taken into the custody of the county sheriff.

READ: Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty On All Counts In Death Of Floyd

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Friday’s news comes as the state prepares to prosecute Kueng, Lane, and Thao for their involvement in Floyd’s arrest on the day he died. The three former offices face one count of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and one count of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The state trial for those officers is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the Hennepin County Government Center.
The death of George Floyd

Chauvin, who is white, was charged in the death of Floyd, a Black man who died after Chauvin kneeled on him for more than nine minutes despite Floyd’s protests that he could not breathe. Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests demanding racial justice and police reform.

The racially diverse jury deliberated less than a full day before coming to a decision that concluded the two-week trial, which was closely watched as a bellwether of official responses to police killings of Black people.

“On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died faced down on the pavement,” state prosecutor Steve Schleicher told jurors in his closing argument Monday. “Nine minutes and 29 seconds. Throughout this time George Floyd struggled to breathe.”

“What the defendant did to George Floyd killed him,” Schleicher added. “It was ruled a homicide. The defendant is charged with murder.”

Schleicher praised the “noble” police profession in his closing statement and noted that “this case is called the state of Minnesota versus Derek Chauvin. This is not called the state of Minnesota versus the police.”

“This is not an anti-police prosecution. It’s a pro-police prosecution.”

Chauvin took “pride over policing,” said Schleicher. “George Floyd paid for it with his life.”

Meanwhile, Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, closed Monday by saying Chauvin’s actions on Memorial Day were consistent with what a “reasonable police officer” would do.

The verdict comes less than two weeks after another Black man’s fatal interaction with police sparked unrest in the Twin Cities metro.

Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter faces charges of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright, 20, in the Minneapolis suburb in April.
Chauvin Did Not Testify

In Chauvin’s trial, state prosecutors and Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, spent 15 days arguing about Chauvin’s culpability in Floyd’s death. Chauvin himself declined to testify in his own defense, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Floyd’s arrest and death — captured on a bystander video — was seen across the globe, sparking outrage and leading to countless protests around the country.

In court, Nelson blamed the “hostile” and “growing crowd” for distracting the four officers who were at the scene of Floyd’s arrest. He also told jurors that drugs and heart disease, not Chauvin, killed Floyd.

A “use of force” expert called on by Nelson to testify said Chauvin’s actions on the day of Floyd’s death were justified.

State prosecutors and their own medical witnesses, however, said Floyd’s behavior in his final moments was not consistent with a drug overdose and that his death resulted from Chauvin’s restraint, which cut off oxygen to Floyd.

The autopsy report from Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner, found fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system but listed Floyd’s official cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

Baker testified that drugs and heart disease played a role in Floyd’s death but were not “direct causes.”

Chauvin restraint of Floyd was “more than Mr. Floyd could take,” Baker told the jury.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a forensic toxicology expert, testified that Floyd died because of a lack of oxygen. “A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to,” Tobin told the court.


Mango Animate Will Reveal a Highly-Anticipated Text Video Maker 05-07-2021 09:25 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Mango Animate is going to release a software program that allows for making kinetic typography videos instantaneously.

Mango Animate is planning to reveal a novel text video maker( capable of altering text into videos nearly instantaneously due to progressive kinetic typography functions. This amazing and awesome software is free to everyone who wants to create their videos.

This text video maker will assist users in sprucing up their videos with eye-catching effects and personalization capabilities. This article to video maker offers several functions for the free version, such as vibrant templates to start off with, a wide collection of icons for effective storytelling, and vivid effects to impress any audience.

With this new product soon to be released, the blog to video converter is anticipated to push the limits of what this form of text video maker can carry out for its users. Perhaps the most viable aspect of this text video maker is the user-friendliness which can be used by anyone – not just professional graphic designers. Text files can be uploaded or manually imported and transferred into a video in mere seconds, with an array of voices and tonalities to choose from. Voice-overs are seamlessly aligned with displayed text and a collection of animated characters is offered for a touch of personalization.

When using the text video maker, users can start out on a template before importing their desired blog or article. Once the text is converted to video form, users can move on animating their content and customizing it to their liking. Aspects such as unique intros and outros are then added according to users’ judgment. Once the project is exported into the applicable format, it’s ready to be sent out to the chosen social channels including TikTok, Instagram, Vimeo, or YouTube.

Ivan Leung, the CTO of Mango Animate shares his thoughts on the company’s upcoming text video maker, “This software will bring revolutionary change to the animation landscape, turning boring presentations and simple text into colorful projects which deliver messages in a clear and concise manner.”

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About Mango Animate
Mango Animate is an animation company based on Hong Kong and offers both free and paid animation software to its users for highly effective video projects. Although their free templates are enough to get started, paid memberships bring ease to starting projects by offering a wider variety of templates, characters, and design capabilities.


‘Peaceful resolution’: Hourslong hostage situation at Wells Fargo bank in Minnesota ends with arrest, authorities say

After an hourslong standoff Thursday, a hostage situation at a Wells Fargo bank in Minnesota ended without any injuries and an arrest, authorities said.

“A peaceful resolution, the best outcome we could have today,” said St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson said at a news conference late Thursday.

Anderson described the suspect, identified as Ray Reco McNeary, as a disgruntled customer upset about a prior transaction. The branch manager called the police, Anderson said, and a short time later police received a panic alarm from the bank.

Customers fled, Anderson said, but five bank employees were held hostage inside the bank. And then McNeary asked police to call the FBI.

“That collaborative effort, those relationships… those were valuable to us today,” Anderson said of the FBI’s quick response.

Throughout the incident, it was unclear if McNeary had a weapon, Anderson said, and investigators are still searching and clearing the bank.

According to Anderson, some of the hostages were released by McNeary, while some “made a run for the door and made it out.” The last hostage that was being held took a chance, said Anderson, and ran for the door and tactical units made entry behind him to take McNeary into custody.
Anderson told reporters that the police department has had numerous contacts with McNeary over the past decade, including violent crimes.

Just before 2 p.m., police were sent to the Wells Fargo Bank at 200-33rd Ave. S in St. Cloud, Minnesota, about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis, for a possible robbery in progress, according to St. Cloud Police Lt. Lori Ellering.

“There are an undisclosed number of bank employees being held hostage inside,” Ellering confirmed earlier in the afternoon. “There are no reports of injuries. The SCPD and FBI are working together on this incident and are working with SWAT resources on scene.”

A bank spokesperson confirmed to the St. Cloud Times, part of the USA TODAY Network, that there was a hostage situation Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch.

“We can confirm a hostage situation at Wells Fargo’s St. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South,” said Staci Schiller, Wells Fargo spokesperson. “We are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever we can to assist the authorities in their investigation.

“We recognize this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues. The safety and security of our customers and employees is our most important priority.”

Police closed access near the bank and a crowd of onlookers gathered nearby.

The crowd was over 200 people, with many pulling their cars right up to the edge of nearby parking lots to get a good view. Police told onlookers “if you can see the window, they can see you,” to caution them, but even after police tape was set up, people still crowded to the line to watch the situation.

Many cheered when some of the hostages were released.

The first hostage was released to awaiting armed law enforcement at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday evening, according to a video posted by a local TV reporter. In the video, someone inside also hurls what appears to be a wad of cash out the door, and the bills float in the air for several seconds.

Several dozen people had watched the spectacle at the bank from a safe distance. Many cheered when some of the hostages were released.

Police and FBI had worked with SWAT teams to watch over the bank.

Law enforcement officials initially said an unspecified number of hostages were being held by a male suspect.

St. Cloud resident Abdi Kadir told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he was in the bank drive-through when the teller hurriedly told him to leave. As he drove off, he saw people running out the bank’s front door, he said.


‘West Side Story’: Rita Moreno declined audition to play Maria in OG Broadway production

Rita Moreno delivered a legendary performance as Anita in the 1961 film “West Side Story,” earning the Oscar for best supporting actress.

But the actress, now 89, had the opportunity to be part of “West Side Story” history years before the classic film came to be.

In a virtual reunion with former co-stars George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn, shared on HBO Max Thursday, Moreno revealed she was invited to audition for Maria in the original Broadway production, but turned it down due to nerves.

“I got cold feet,” she said. “I got scared.”

The source of her fear, Moreno said, was the prospect of working for legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins, who offered her the audition. Robbins conceived, choreographed and directed the stage musical and met Moreno while working on the 1956 film “The King and I.”
Though Moreno praised Robbins as a genius choreographer, she recalled he “could be unbelievably cruel to dancers.” After mounting the Broadway production of “West Side Story,” Robbins co-directed the film version alongside Robert Wise, but was fired mid-production.

“It’s one thing to be doing take after take until you get it right,” Moreno said. “But to work for someone as severe and difficult and demanding as Jerry Robbins in a Broadway situation scared the living daylights out of me.”

Though Moreno declined Robbins’ audition offer, the choreographer kept her in mind for the film, suggesting to Wise that they let her try out for Anita.

“I had developed into Anita,” Moreno said. “I no longer looked like a Maria to him. And I really didn’t. That would have been so wrong.”

Natalie Wood ended up starring in the film as Maria. Though Moreno praised Wood’s acting, especially during the film’s tragic finale, she took issue with an iconic Puerto Rican role going to a white actress.

“I don’t think she was anything like the Maria that I envisioned in my head. I think a great deal of it had to do with the fact that she was not a Hispanic,” Moreno said. “I found her wanting in terms of her interest in getting it as right as she could.”