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

Derek Chauvin’s Attorney Cites These 10 Reasons For New Trial

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.


Bobcat Sightings In CT Are On The Rise: Should You Be Worried? Your gut instinct may be to do everything possible

CONNECTICUT — The bobcat population is not only on the rise in the state, but sightings of the wily predator have been made in every municipality.

That’s not a bad thing, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. And considering the species was nearly completely wiped out here in 1972 before legal protections were enacted, it borders on being a wildlife miracle.

One reason for an uptick in sightings is the downtick in people leaving their homes, according to Melissa Ruszczyk, a technician with DEEP. Residents are seeing more bobcats in their yards because we’ve been spending more time at home gazing out windows during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Some people might think might find it hard to believe that they’re actually existing in some of these really urban areas, like Hartford Bridgeport, Danbury, Waterbury, but they are there!” she said.

A popular misconception is that the cats “come out” in the winter. In fact, bobcats are active year-round. They’re just more noticeable in the winter because there is less foliage.

For the past couple of decades, DEEP has devoted resources to get a handle on what bobcats eat while on the prowl in Connecticut. Researchers accomplish this by examining the contents in the stomachs of those cats who turn up as roadkill

“They’re eating a lot of squirrels,” Ruszczyk said. “They really like squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks and birds.”

The cats have it in them to hunt down and kill deer, but it’s less work for them to scavenge on deer roadkill. And in Connecticut, that’s one never ending buffet.

Your gut instinct may be to do everything possible to keep bobcats away from your home, but Ruszczyk suggests you may want to reevaluate that stance.

“Bobcats that live in more suburban or residential areas are really great for the ecosystem,” she said. “These animals are eating a lot of what people would consider pests. They’re doing a great job at keeping those smaller species in check.”

If, however, your idea of a pest is more in line with a 20-pound fanged feline prowling the perimeter of your gazebo, and less the chipmunk it’s chowing down on, Ruszczyk has some advice.

Rid your yard to of anything that the cat might deem attractive to the animals it hunts, such as bird feeders. If you have a concentration of the food that the prey species enjoy, you will attract those species’ predators, as well.

Suburban Connecticut’s famously manicured lawns give the cats an even greater advantage over their prey, Ruszczyk said, and present an irresistible killing field.

“A bobcat may sit in someone’s backwoods and just kind of watch,” she told Patch. If they see a squirrel in the yard, they may run out, grab the squirrel, and return to the woods.”

She recommends homeowners close off the areas beneath porches and yard sheds where varmints can feel comfortable, as bobcats interpret varmints feeling comfortable as a dinner bell.

If you’re on your way back from the gazebo and come face to waist with one of the big tabbies, Ruszczyk recommends you just make some noise (which would likely be your first instinct anyway).

“Most of these wild animals, even ones that live near people, they want nothing to do with people.”

Usually wildlife, because of their incredible senses if smell and hearing, will know you’re around before you know they are, according to Ruszczyk, “and that makes them go the other way before you know they’re ever even there.”

After you catch your breath, be sure to report the bobcat sighting to DEEP. Be prepared to have handy the date and specific location of the sighting, number of bobcats observed, and whether there were visible ear tags or collars on the animal.

The Bobcat Project

Ruszczyk is heavily involved in “The Bobcat Project,” a 3-year DEEP study intended to unravel a few of the Connecticut feline tribe’s many mysteries. Wildlife techs capture, collar and release roughly 50 of the beasts each year. The collars are programmed to drop off the cats, and when retrieved, spill information on where the animals roamed and when.

The home ranges of bobcats vary depending upon their areas, and wildlife biologists really don’t have a handle of what that is in Connecticut.

“We want to know that we have a healthy population, what they need in terms of space,” Ruszczyk said. The data will help urban and suburban planners understand where and how to build out their people spaces.

This season the project will debut a higher-tech collar, one that will recognize other collars as they come within proximity of each other.

“We’re going to be able to see how much time these bobcats spend near each other” Ruszczyk said. Bobcats are known to be solitary animals, but what does that really mean in suburban Connecticut? We’ll know next year. Trapping for the final season begins this fall.

The first two seasons were statewide, but for this final go-round DEEP made the decision to focus on gathering suburban data, and is just focusing on the Farmington Valley area and a couple of the surrounding towns.


Five Guys, Several New Business Coming To North Haven: Freda along with a new Starbucks with a drive-thru

NORTH HAVEN, CT — The recent grand opening of the iconic Ferraro’s Market was just the beginning of new businesses coming to North Haven, according to First Selectman Michael Freda.

Freda recently announced that a new Five Guys restaurant will be built on Washington Avenue along with a Starbucks featuring a drive-thru and an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Store.

The new Five Guys, famous for its burgers and fries, will be the restaurant chain’s 16th location in Connecticut.

Freda told Patch that Five Guys will be located in the empty plaza just south of GSB (Guilford Savings Bank) and directly across from McDonald’s on Washington Avenue. A new Starbucks with a drive-thru will be built in the same plaza.

The current Starbucks on Washington Avenue will likely close. Freda said it really needed a drive-thru, but it wasn’t possible at the current location, which is in the same plaza as Liberty Bank.

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts will be opening in the site of the former Boston Market on Washington Avenue.

Freda said Five Guys was officially approved recently, but it’s uncertain when it will open because it will take a while to build the plaza.

Several developments are also in the works for Universal Drive, according to Freda.

Torito, a popular Mexican restaurant chain in Massachusetts, is opening in the former Ruby Tuesday location. Freda expects that restaurant to open in July.

A Hampton Inn hotel will be next to Chick-fil-A and a Panera Bread restaurant will also be in the same plaza in front of the Cinemark movie theater, according to Freda.

Freda said a Jersey Mike’s Subs is being built on the far side of Barnes & Noble Plaza.

Freda said other projects include the continued expansion of Hartford HealthCare in the former Sports Authority space on Universal Drive.

Amazon is working on a $13 million expansion at its facility on Washington Avenue, according to Freda.

Other businesses that recently opened in town include Crossroads Coffeehouse and Bakery along with a new meat and seafood store called V’s. Both are located next to each other on Hartford Turnpike.

A new bakery, Sylvia’s Confection Connection, opened on Washington Avenue.

Desired Beauty, a new medical and personal service business to assist women who have had breast cancer and a mastectomy, is expected to open later this month on Church Street, according to Freda.

The Winchester Lung and Disease Center was recently incorporated into the Yale Health Care System on Devine Street.

“These are just some of the many projects that we are working on to continue to grow our grand list next year and add more consumer services to our town,” Freda wrote in a recent message to residents. “I can assure each and every one of our fine citizens that despite all of the difficult times that we have all gone through together, this government will never be derailed in its pursuit of delivering positive outcomes for our residents.”