Scott Olson/Getty ImagesBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Friends, families and strangers are expected to mourn George Floyd’s death and honor his life at a memorial on Thursday, the first of a handful of services to honor him. It was just over a week ago that Floyd’s death was caught on camera. His name has now become synonymous with a fight for justice and against police brutality. The service begins at 1 p.m. local time at North Central University in Minneapolis, where he lived and died.Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a “national eulogy,” and attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Floyd family, will deliver a “national criminal justice address.”Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after an officer was seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck. Officers had handcuffed him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill and were trying to force him into a squad car when he became stiff. Floyd told them he was “not resisting,” but that he did not want to get in the squad car and he was claustrophobic.Floyd eventually fell to the ground, still handcuffed, and continued to be restrained until he stopped moving. Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers at the scene — Thomas Lane, 37, Tou Thao, 34, and J Alexander Kueng, 26 — are facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.Two other memorial services will be held for Floyd on June 6 in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where Floyd was born, and Houston, Texas, where Floyd had previously lived, on June 8. A private funeral service will be held at the same location on June 9 at 11 a.m. local time, which former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend, Crump said at a press conference on Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is introducing second draft restrictions effective April 29th, 2016 for all vessels transiting the canal amid dry weather conditions brought about by the El Niño.El Niño has triggered a drought in the Canal Watershed, causing the water level of Gatun Lake to fall substantially below its average for this time of the year.As a result, the maximum authorized transit draft will be set at 11.74 meters of Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).Based on the ACP’s announcement, vessels loaded after April 1, 2016 shall comply with the draft restriction. In addition, vessels arriving with drafts over 11.74 meters TFW may be allowed transit after April 29th depending on the level of Gatun Lake at the time of the transit.ACP said that the vessels already loaded to the prevailing draft limitation at the time of the announcement will have their restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.The restriction follows the one announced in March when the maximum authorized transit draft was to be set at 11.89 m TFW effective April 18.
The boys of the Latvian U15 national team in Tallinn, at the “Audentes” sports complex, started the ongoing U15 Baltic Cup with a loss to the Estonian U16 national team – 76:93 (16:26, 38:47, 59:69). On Saturday, the Latvian U15 national team will play with the Estonian U15 teams. The game for girls will start at 15:30, for boys – at 17:45. Live games can be seen on the Estonian Basketball Federation’s YouTube channel.At the last minute, the Finnish team refused to participate in the tournament and the Estonian U16 national team took a vacancy in the boys’ society. In the fight against the oldest opponents of the year, the Latvian U15 team lost in the first half even with a difference of 17 points (28:45 – in the 18th minute), after a big break equalized the course and the result (57:57 – in the 28th minute), but by the third by the end of the quarter, the homeowners had regained a comfortable advantage.The Latvians convincingly won the fight against the baskets (57 – 37), but lagged behind the opponents in the accuracy of the throws (2p.22 / 50 – 26/41, 3p. 5/25 – 9/28), as well as made more mistakes (22-15).Krišjānis Āboltiņš scored 16 points, Edvards Egle 12.Only three Baltic national teams are participating in the girls’ tournament. The Latvian team will take part in the fight on Saturday.Schedule of other games:Saturday, August 22, at 15:30 Estonia – Latvia (girls)Saturday, August 22, at 17:45 Estonia – Latvia (boys)Sunday, Aug. 23, at 10:00 Latvia – Lithuania (girls)Sunday, August 23, at 12:15 Latvia – Lithuania (boys)