Day: November 8, 2018

12 Dead After US Marine Corps Veteran Opens Fire Inside Bar

Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a veteran of the Marines at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said.

Several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a “college country night” for students, police said.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean described the incident at the Borderline Bar and Grill as a “tragic, tragic situation.”

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California bar mass shooing suspect Marines veteran Ian Long

The shooter was found dead at the scene from a gunshot wound. Dean named the suspect as Ian Long, 28, who is a veteran of the Marines. Several law enforcement officials had earlier said he was aged 29.

Long has a history of run-ins with the police as recently as April this year, when deputies were called to his house after reports of a disturbance, Dean said.

Long was “somewhat irate,” and “acting a little irrationally,” according to the sheriff, but he was assessed by a mental health specialist who cleared him and didn’t feel further action could be taken.

Other than that, police have had “several contacts” with Long over the years, described by Dean as “minor events” such as a traffic collision and he was a victim of a battery at a local bar in 2015.

Police were at his house Thursday morning and seeking a search warrant as part of the investigation.

The weapon Long used for Wednesday night’s shooting was a Glock 21 handgun with an extended magazine, Dean said.

Law enforcement officials had earlier described him as a heavily tattooed white male. He was armed with a single handgun, was apparently not carrying a driver’s license or any other form of ID, Dean said on “Today.”

President Donald Trump sent two tweets paying tributes to the authorities and victims. He praised the “great bravery shown by police” and said “God bless all of the victims and families of the victims.”

The police officer killed was named as Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year police veteran with a wife and son who was looking to retire in the next year.

“He was hard-working, he was totally committed, he gave his all and, tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero,” an emotional Dean said. “He gave his life to save other people.”

Helus, 54, arrived at the scene alongside a colleague from the California Highway Patrol within three minutes of reports of shots being fired at around 11:20 p.m. (2:20 a.m. ET Thursday), according to Dean.

After hearing more gunfire, Helus and the Highway Patrol officer entered the building and Helus “was struck multiple times with gunfire,” according to Dean.

One college student who said he was a regular at the Borderline told the channel he had at least 10 friends inside.

“No one’s gotten back to me,” he said on camera without giving his name. “I’d like to hope for the best, but I have no idea.”

The venue opened in 1993 and describes itself as a “haven for country line dancing folks of all ages.” It says it’s hosted many famous acts including The Beach Boys.

Thousand Oaks was ranked the third-safest city in the United States this year, according to the data analysis website Niche.

It is the 307th mass shooting in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Read more at nbcnews.com

Oxford University Shunned Stormzy’s Offer To Sponsor Black Kids

Stormzy has accused Oxford University of rejecting his offer to fund two scholarships for black British students, a proposal that was instead taken up by Cambridge University.

The grime artist was speaking at the Barbican in London, where he was launching his book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far.

“We tried Oxford but they didn’t want to get involved,” Stormzysaid.

An Oxford University spokesperson acknowledged that Stormzy had been in contact but said that at the time it was unclear what the proposal was. The university would welcome the chance to work with him, the spokesperson added.

Explaining why he wanted to launch the scholarship at the book launch, Stormzy said he wanted to find the “genius and incredible minds” within the “badly behaved kids”.

“That is something I take personal pride in. I am always very inspired by that genius and … people who are smarter than me. Now I am in this position I want to do something for them.”

Earlier this year Stormzy, who is 25, revealed he would pay theundergraduate tuition fees for two students this year and two next year to attend Cambridge University, and provide them with maintenance grants, for up to four years.

He said: “If you’re academically brilliant don’t think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn’t possible.”

The Barbican audience reacted with surprise on hearing that Oxford University turned down the opportunity to host the scholarship. On Twitter, the Labour MP David Lammy said:

Stormzy, who won best album at this year’s Ivor Novello awards, has been praised for tackling social injustice, including advocating on behalf of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. He is funding two places this year and two next year.

A spokesperson for Oxford University said it was committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds.

“We have not received or turned down any offer or proposal to fund undergraduate scholarships at Oxford. We have contacted Stormzy’s representatives today to clarify we would welcome the opportunity to work together on inspiring students from African-Caribbean heritage to study at Oxford.”

Culled from theguardian.com

How You Dey? Prince Charles Goes Pidgin In Lagos

He’s better known for speaking the Queen’s English but the Prince of Wales on Wednesday tried out some words of Pidgin as he visited Nigeria’s commercial capital.

“How you dey? (How are you?)” he asked assembled dignitaries, including former heads of state, presidential candidates, leading politicians, and stars from the world of fashion, music and the arts.

Prince Charles, who turns 70 this month and winds up a tour of The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria on Thursday, said he was pleased to be back in “Lasgidi” (Lagos).

“I find it hard to believe that nearly 30 years have passed since I first came to this city,” he added in a speech at the British deputy high commissioner’s residence.

Prince Charles addressed his audience in Lagos in Pidgin English. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AFP/Getty Images

“As they say, ‘God don butta my bread’ (God has blessed me),” he said, praising the city for its dynamism and energy.

Pidgin is the widely spoken lingua franca of much of west and central Africa. The language is a cultural force, driving everything from the lyrics of Afrobeat music to movies emerging from Nigeria’s Nollywood, now the world’s second-largest film industry. West African Pidgin began in the late 17th and 18th centuries as a simple trade language between Europeans and Africans.

Lagos – home to more than 20 million people and driver of the economy of Africa’s most populous nation – is a hub of innovation and industry.

Charles, whose Prince’s Trust charity has helped launch the careers of hundreds of thousands of young entrepreneurs, said both shared the same spirit of imagination and ingenuity.

“If life dey show you pepper, make pepper soup,” he said, which roughly translates to “life is what you make it”.

Culled from theguardian.com