first_imgDespite drift toward authoritarianism, Trump voters stay loyal. Why? Despite his authoritarian tendencies, President Donald Trump’s supporters have stayed with him because of a complex interplay of economic, cultural and racial factors, resulting in a fierce, almost cult-like loyalty, said scholars at the University of California, Berkeley. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.0)More than a month has passed since the fiercely contested U.S. presidential election, and the nation’s institutions are moving day-by-day toward acceptance of the outcome that made Democrat Joe Biden the winner over incumbent Republican Donald Trump. But Trump is neither conceding nor moving on – and, it appears, the same is true for millions of his supporters.The numbers, presumably, don’t lie: Results certified by officials from both parties show Biden defeated Trump by more than 7 million votes. Since the polls closed, however, Trump has blitzed the nation with unproven claims that he was robbed of victory by widespread fraud, and today only 15% of his 74.1 million voters say Biden’s win is legitimate.“Nevada Court Hears Of USPS Witness Obstruction, Flawed Machine Inspections, And Deceased Voters” https://t.co/wuwzplRyFY– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2020How do we explain this seemingly mass rejection of democratic processes – and the rejection of verified reality? In a series of interviews, Berkeley scholars across a range of disciplines suggested that this is a story not just of numbers, but of a complex interplay of class and racial antagonism, aggravated by despair and social drift and amplified by new communication platforms, converging to what some see as a troubling psychological phenomenon.Some suggested that generations of creeping economic insecurity have inspired deep anger, compelling many voters in the white middle and working classes to embrace Trump, flaws and all, because he challenges the American status quo.Adam Jadhav, Ph.D. student in geography (Photo provided by Adam Jadhav)Adam Jadhav, a Ph.D. student in geography, traveled to rural Henry, Illinois, where he lived as a child, for research that explored the dynamics of rural populism. While the picture there is complex, he said, one hard-line conservative was blunt:Votes for Trump were “a hand grenade for the establishment,” he told Jadhav. “Trump does some stupid ass things, says a lot of stupid ass things, doesn’t keep his mouth shut when he should. [But] it was worth it to try to shake the system.”Others see a loyalty to Trump that is so intense, and so unshakeable, that it exerts a cult-like gravity.Jennifer Chatman, associate dean for learning strategies at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley photo)“Trump has claimed that he’s the ‘chosen one,’” said Jennifer A. Chatman, an influential researcher on leadership and organizational cultures and associate dean at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. “He’s said he’s super-smart, a genius. … He has established his image as the leader who is cleaning up Washington and the savior of the common person so convincingly that none of his supporters are looking beyond that to see that, in fact, many of the things he’s doing are exactly the opposite.”How ‘rational ignorance’ shapes our politicsTo understand why so many voted to re-elect Trump after four years of historic political turmoil – featuring a failed pandemic response, a devastating economic shock and a crisis in racial justice – it’s necessary to understand the forces that propelled him to victory in 2016.In recent publications, Berkeley scholars have suggested that Trump won with an unconventional coalition of white working class and middle-class Americans who were motivated by resentment: The culture and economy gave them no recognition and no respect for their work. Their industries were changing, their jobs were shifting overseas or lost to automation. They perceive that Black, Latinx and Asian people, and immigrants, are advancing at their expense.Trump supporters massed for a rally in Washington, D.C., days after Democrat Joe Biden emerged as the winner of the U.S. presidential race. (Photo by Geoff Livingston via Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)But some Berkeley scholars suggested that for many voters, support for Trump – or any leader – is a more passive choice that takes shape in a subrational sphere.Gabriel Lenz, an expert in political psychology, is the author of Follow the Leader? How Voters Respond to Politicians’ Performance and Policies (University of Chicago Press, 2012). He sees political opinion shaped by a force that is almost prosaic: an apathetic lack of awareness.Many people follow a political party as they would a football team, researchers say. Values may be less important in shaping allegiance than family tradition or the shared identity and social pressures of a community.Gabriel Lenz, UC Berkeley political scientist (UC Berkeley photo)Most low-engagement voters simply follow the cues of their preferred party leaders. If a popular leader fans division, they polarize. If the leader appeals to emotions such as sadness or anger, their passions are aroused.Lenz and other political scientists call it “rational ignorance.”“It’s hard for political junkies to believe,” Lenz said, “but most people have much better things to do with their lives than pay attention to politics. If you ask, ‘How, after the last four years, could people want more of this?’, well, people are partisan. The country is polarized. And it’s not clear that people are paying much attention to the details.”Despite reams of journalism exploring the impact of Fox News and the right-wing media ecosystem, Lenz said, relatively few people actually tune in. In fact, people often don’t understand politics or policy well at all.He points to 2018 research co-authored by Douglas J. Ahler, a former Berkeley Ph.D. student now on the faculty at Florida State University. The research concluded that many voters don’t grasp even the basic character of Republicans and Democrats.“People make large, systematic errors when judging party composition,” Ahler wrote with co-author Gaurav Sood, an independent social scientist. “For instance, Americans believe that 32% of Democrats are gay, lesbian or bisexual (only 6.3% are, in reality), and that 38% of Republicans earn over $250,000 per year (just 2.2% do, in reality).”Further, they wrote, Republicans substantially overestimate the proportion of Democrats who are Black people, or atheists; Democrats significantly overestimate the number of Republicans who are over 65. Such basic misconceptions can amplify Democrat-Republican tensions, driving politics that may be guided more by dislike of the other team than reasoned evaluation of issues.“The democratic freedoms and values that we have in this country – that’s not something that people think about on a daily basis,” Lenz explained.The QAnon conspiracy cult imagines a far-flung “deep state” effort to traffic children and impose tyranny, with President Donald Trump as the leading defender of freedom. (Photo by Tony Webster via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 2.0)‘Was I stupid? Was I blind?’When a popular leader continually employs division and misinformation to promote his goals, loyalists can drift from democratic standards – and from fact-based reality.Chatman, the Berkeley Haas leadership expert, trained as a social psychologist. Research, she said, has shown that people can be persuaded by the stories that leaders tell. If a leader makes an appealing promise, people will remain loyal, even if the leader doesn’t deliver.Trump, Chatman explained, “has framed a narrative that says, ‘I’m the turnaround guy. I’m going to drain the swamp. I’m going blow Washington up.’ And so anyone who was disaffected about government, which turns out to have been a lot of people, likes that narrative.”How far does that influence extend?Exhibit A: QAnon is a bizarre conspiracy cult united in the belief that Trump is defending the world against a vast network of Satanic pedophiles – including Democrats, Hollywood stars and others in the “deep state” – who are attempting to traffic in children and generally to threaten freedom. Trump has welcomed QAnon support and sometimes retweets their communications.One recent poll found that 56% of Republicans now believe that the improbable QAnon conspiracies are somewhat or entirely true. Only 4% of Democrats agree.In Chatman’s view, Trump is a narcissist – his actions are principally devoted to advancing his own popularity and power. And psychological processes called “habituation” and “escalation of commitment” bind the followers to their leader, she said, giving Trumpism itself some qualities of a cult.“A person’s immense loyalty to a cult is a result of small escalations of personal commitment,” Chatman explained. People begin to identify with the group and feel accountable to its members and especially to the leader. They fear that defection would let others down, or that they could be rejected by this group with which their identity has become deeply connected. So, when Trump doesn’t release his taxes, or has a dalliance with a porn star, or abuses his power, his allies develop a supportive rationale and remain ardently loyal.“Every time a person stays after one of those infractions, it’s harder for them to pull out the next time,” she said. “They have an increasing set of commitments, and if they pulled out, they’d have to say to themselves, ‘Was I stupid before? Was I blind?’“It’s much easier and more cognitively consistent to stay in and say, ‘Oh, the media, the Democrats, they’re not giving him a fair shot.’ …. That’s why we don’t see any movement in the Trump base.”In his research, Berkeley Ph.D. student Adam Jadhav found that economic and social transformation are forcing residents of Henry, Illinois, (pop. 2,200) to confront sometimes painful change. (Photo by Farragutful via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 3.0)American heartland: the shock of being left behindIn 2017, when Adam Jadhav returned to his old home town of Henry, Illinois (pop. 2,200), his research found some of the maladies described by Lenz and Chatman. Some people longed for better days gone by. Some younger men were “seething” because they no longer had a place in the local economy.But in article published recently in the Journal of Rural Studies, he described something more subtle: a quiet despair in farm country.Not so long ago, Henry was an economic hub in central Illinois. There were healthy family farms, and industries associated with the farms – Caterpillar Inc. machinery factories, tire factories. And the town was 99% white, which allowed an unchallenged racism. Jadhav was harassed because his father, the United Methodist minister, was an Indian immigrant.In recent decades, change has swept through Henry like a prairie storm. The economy has devolved. Opportunity, wealth and people – especially young people – have fled to bigger cities. Shops have closed. Churches have closed. And the people left behind mourn for what’s been lost.When Donald Trump ran in 2016, Jadhav said, the slogan “Make America Great Again” found an audience. It’s not that Trump was popular – to many, Jadhav said, he seemed “a horribly flawed candidate.” Still, Trump spoke to their values and insecurities, and Hillary Clinton didn’t.“Rural voters who have been told for generations that the urban ‘other’ is getting ahead of them, unfairly taking their hard-earned opportunity – those folks,” Jadhav said, “probably spent the last four years feeling like their guy was under assault, even if they didn’t like their guy.”What comes next, now that Trump has lost? Jadhav is of two minds.He talks tentatively of “battle lines being hardened,” and says: “I think we should see this now as a new phase in a low-grade civil war.”But at the same time, his research in 2017 found that people were welcoming, though wary, as Mexican, Indian and Filipina residents brought new economic life to Henry. And today, the Facebook pages of Henry contacts suggest they’re turning the page on Election 2020.“The latest posts have been of Veterans Day photos and Thanksgiving photos and duck hunting photos,” he said. “It seems fair to say most people are getting on with their lives.”President Donald Trump has generated intense, almost cult-like loyalty, one Berkeley scholar said, despite almost daily infractions again conventional American values. (Photo by Michael Candelori via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 2.0)The road to renewal is economic, and spiritualSteven Hayward speaks at a UC Berkeley event in 2017. (UC Berkeley photo)Conservative author Steven Hayward, a Berkeley Law lecturer and visiting scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, looks to the past for a guide to the future. The late 1960s and early ’70s were a time of upheaval in the U.S., he said, and the nation was shaken by assassinations, bombings, riots and campus unrest. Eventually, though, much of the fury burned itself out.Hayward believes that many working class people embraced Trump because he seemed to understand their sense of being left behind. But like other scholars, he suggested the Biden administration will be more conventional, bringing a calm that could reduce the “exhausting” polarization and conflict of the Trump presidency.Several scholars, however, suggested that Democrats hold some responsibility for the repairing the cultural divide – because they helped to cause it. They have increasingly lost a sense of alliance with people in rural America and the declining industrial regions, said Berkeley sociologist Neil Fligstein, and as a result, they’re seen as distant, arrogant elites.Neil Fligstein, UC Berkeley sociologist and director of the Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics. (UC Berkeley photo)“People are concerned about having a job and paying their rent,” said Fligstein, a specialist in economic sociology. To restore the connection, he said, Democrats might advance a national $15-an-hour minimum wage and infrastructure investment that creates jobs and environmental benefits.“We need to rebuild our entire electricity system,” Fligstein said. “We need to invest in putting up windmills and then retrofitting homes and buildings for energy efficiency. We need to rebuild the highway system. Trump said he was going to do that, and it’s still very popular. And all of that is labor-intensive.”Jadhav, meanwhile, goes beyond the political and economic to something nearly spiritual.Rural America – Trump’s country – must reflect on its own problems and the path to renewal, he said. To do that, it has to cast off its faith in unregulated capitalism, its reflexive hostility to government and its white supremacy.At the same time, he sees an essential need for engagement between coastal people and heartland people, metropolitan people and rural people.Without that, Jadhav sees “a slow-rolling catastrophe,” with conflicting American cultures battling nonstop through one election cycle after another – and losing the opportunity for progress.“I hate to use cancer metaphors,” he said, “but American politics has a deep-rooted metastasis. You can’t ignore it. And pretending it’s not cancer will not make it go away.” /Public Release. 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first_imgRelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor Veteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor Local GovernmentMarch 31, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Veteran Councillor in the St. James Parish Council and President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Glendon Harris, has become the 15th Mayor of the City of Montego Bay. Mayor Harris, who has represented the Maroon Town division for 22 unbroken years, was sworn into office during a ceremony Thursday March 29, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre. The new Mayor, who will also serve as Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, then performed his first official task, presiding over the election of Councillor of the Granville Division, Michael Troupe, as Vice Chairman of the council and Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay. Delivering his inaugural address, Mayor Harris expressed appreciation to the councillors and others across the parish, for the confidence they have placed in him. He pledged that the St. James Parish Council, under his leadership, will “provide a voice for the people of the parish of St. James,” and assured that the duties of the council will be executed in a transparent, accountable, responsible and non-partisan manner. He said that there are a number of issues that will be given priority during his tenure, among them are: improvement of the fire service, including the acquisition of a fire boat; upgrading of the Charles Gordon Market; refurbishing of the clock tower; settlement of the Bogue and Infirmary lands; and cleaning-up of the city. “I will continue to be the voice to lobby for a suitable fire station for the parish as well as a fire boat for the town and wider parish, as the city has been without a fire boat for over seven years.  In collaboration with the relevant authorities, I will be making representation on behalf of the citizens of rural St. James on a matter that has been on the council’s agenda for over 35 years, which is a sub-station for Cambridge and another for Maroon Town,” Mayor Harris said. He informed that a recommendation is before the St. James Parish Council for the purchasing of two vehicles retrofitted with water tank and water pump, which will serve as first response in case of fire.                              Advertisements RelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor RelatedVeteran Councillor Becomes Montego Bay Mayor By Glenis Rose, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgHurricane Warning Lifted EnvironmentOctober 25, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Meteorological Service has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for Jamaica as significant improvement in weather conditions is now being experienced after the passage of Hurricane Sandy. The island is no longer at threat of hurricane or tropical storm force winds as Sandy continues to move away. At 4:00 a.m. the centre of Hurricane Sandy was located near Latitude 20.9 degrees North, Longitude 75.8 degrees West. This is about 75 km (40 miles) east of Holguin, Cuba, or 300 km (185 miles) north of Morant Point, Jamaica. Sandy is moving towards the north near 30 km/h (18 mph) and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn towards the north-northwest and a decrease in forward speed are expected tonight and Friday. On this track, the centre of Sandy is expected to move off the northeastern coast of Cuba this morning, and be near or over the central Bahamas by tonight before moving near or over the northwestern Bahamas tomorrow. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 165 km/h (105 mph), with higher gusts. Sandy is a Category 2 hurricane and gradual weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 35 km (25 miles) from the centre, and tropical storm force winds extend up to 220 kilometres (140 miles). Although Sandy is no longer considered a threat to Jamaica, the island will continue to be influenced by bands of rain extending south of the hurricane. Residents are, therefore, advised to remain on the alert for rising waters, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Small craft operators should also continue to exercise caution until wind and sea conditions have returned to safe levels. This is the final Bulletin on Hurricane Sandy that will be issued by the Meteorological Service. Further updates on this system and current weather conditions will be included in regular forecasts and News Releases. [Original Story from the Meteorological Service of Jamaica] RelatedHurricane Warning Lifted RelatedHurricane Warning Liftedcenter_img Advertisements RelatedHurricane Warning Liftedlast_img read more

first_img Trick or treat—October is here! In addition to eating our weight in peanut butter cups and planning the perfect Halloween costume, we’ll be heading to the theater and hunkering down under the covers to catch our favorite Broadway peeps on the stage and screen. A ridiculously star-studded Elsie Fest, a binge-watching session with a heaping helping of Groffsauce, stars like Jason Alexander, Michael Urie and Anna Camp on the New York theater scene—this month’s theater geek-centric offerings may just be better than candy.October 6 – Rags Begins at GoodspeedAll aboard the next train to East Haddam, CT! Fiddler on the Roof fave Samantha Massell is among the stars set for Goodspeed Musicals’ new production of Rags. Featuring the original music of Charles Strouse and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the story follows the lives of immigrants chasing the American Dream on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Rob Ruggiero directs the production, which is set to play through December 10.Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek“Rags has one of my favorite flop musical scores by Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz. I can’t wait to see what Rob Ruggiero, who staged a gorgeous Carousel at Goodspeed in 2012, has done with this show.”October 8 – Elsie FestElsie Fest is back! Stage and screen favorite Darren Criss’ “pop culture cabaret” will bring together a bevy of Broadway stars in its third year. Jeremy Jordan, Ingrid Michaelson, Lea Michele, Alan Cumming and Norm Lewis are just a few of the greats that will be taking the stage at the outdoor music festival, which is going on this year at Central Park’s SummerStage. You never know what the artists taking the stage will have in store! Content Producer Matt Rodin”This is one of my favorite events, hands down. Every year is packed with surprise arrangements of classics and fresh takes on new songs. As a regular concert goer and a theater junkie–Elsie Fest hits the sweet spot.”October 10 – Time and the Conways Opens on BroadwayDowntown Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern returns to the Great White Way as Mrs. Conway in J.B. Priestley’s time-traveling play. Full of optimism during her daughter’s ostentatious birthday celebration, Mrs. Conway and her children’s lives are tragically transformed. The production, which is playing at the American Airlines Theatre, raises alarming questions regarding chance, choice and destiny. Content Producer Lindsey Sullivan“I fell in love with this haunting play in college. What a cast playing those darling, doomed Conways: Elizabeth McGovern, Gabriel Ebert, Anna Camp! This is easily my number one play to see this season.”October 11 – Eva Noblezada at Green Room 42Miss Saigon belter Eva Noblezada will saaang in the heart of the Theater District at swanky venue Green Room 42. The Tony nominee’s concert, titled Girl No More, will include a super colorful set list. From Amy Winehouse to Frank Sinatra, get ready for Noblezada to show off those powerful pipes in a whole new way. She will also share personal stories during what promises to be an entertaining and intimate evening.Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip”I first became obsessed with Eva Noblezada after discovering her ‘Defying Gravity’ Instagram vid with Rachelle Ann Go. If you’ve never heard her cover of ‘Valerie,’ I suggest a YouTube spiral immediately.”October 13 – Mindhunter Premieres on Netflix Two-time Tony nominee Jonathan Groff stars as special FBI agent Holden Ford in Netflix’s Mindhunter. Based on the book of the same name written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, Mindhunter explores how the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit taps into how serial killers think. What’s better than snuggling under the covers and binge-watching Groffsauce being a total, crime-solving badass? Absolutely nothing. National Editor Ryan Lee Gilbert“I love seeing Jonathan Groff onstage singing his heart out, but I’m stoked he’s getting in on the Netflix game. David Fincher’s Mindhunter looks terrifyingly good. My fingers are crossed for a Groff Emmy nom.”October 19 – Torch Song Opens Off-BroadwayTorch Song, the eagerly anticipated reboot of Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning play Torch Song Trilogy, stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Urie takes on the role of Arnold Beckoff, the Jewish gay drag artist and torch singer Fierstein played in the original production and the 1988 film version. Ruehl plays his intolerant mother. The two acting greats are directed by Moisés Kaufman. The production has already been extended. Managing Editor Beth Stevens“I’m excited to see the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking Torch Song. Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by a drag queen looking for love and family while dealing with his overbearing mother?”October 24 – The Portuguese Kid Opens Off-BroadwayA new play from Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley? We’re there! Tony winner Jason Alexander, who is perhaps best known from legendary ’90s sitcom Seinfeld, will star as Barry Dragonetti, a cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Three-time Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott will play Atalanta, the habitually widowed Greek tightwad who enlists him to settle her latest husband’s affairs. Sounds like comedy gold to us! News Editor Andy Lefkowitz”Few playwrights can craft comedy laced with moving insight like the great John Patrick Shanley. Add a lineup of acting pros like Jason Alexander and Sherie René Scott, and you have a fall must-see.”Other events to mark on your calendar this month:October 2 – Tiny Beautiful Things opens off-BroadwayOctober 5 – Too Heavy for Your Pocket opens off-BroadwayOctober 12 – Springsteen on Broadway opensOctober 13 – Friends! The Musical Parody opens off-BroadwayOctober 20 – Mandy Gonzalez’s Fearless hits earbudsOctober 26 – M. Butterfly opensOctober 27 – Falsettos airs on PBSOctober 29 – Red Roses, Green Gold opens off-Broadway View Comments (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Caitlin McNaney & Netflix)last_img read more

first_imgBelugas communicate via echolocation and she added before off shore field work or construction is done, the project must investigate how much noise they will make. Beluga whales were listed as endangered via the Endangered Species Act in 2008 and scientists recently reported that despite a recent rise in numbers, Alaska’s beluga population still appears to be in decline. Rea said there are other animals to keep in mind are Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Otters, and Harbor Porpoises, along with a multitude of fisheries, however the Belugas are the “charismatic megafauna”, or the most well known, top priority for the project. Caryn Rea is with the project as the Senior Environmental Impact Statement Adviser and her role at Conoco Phillips is Senior Biologist. She said that since belugas are migratory, the project is working to schedule off shore activities for when the whales are not in the region. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A major part of the Alaska LNG Project crossing the Cook Inlet is biological studies to ensure ocean animals are not impacted. Rea: “If we’re doing activities that produces sound that could interfere with their ability to communicate then we need to know about it. So looking at our program this year, the sonar or remote sensing activities that you’re talking about, those are actually at a higher frequency that belugas can’t hear. But there are some activities that are within their hearing range so we’re working with [National] Marine Fisheries [Service] to get approval to conduct those activities.” Rea: “So my job is to advise our team on how to minimize impacts to beluga whales. So if we’re out in a vessel, some of those mitigation measures would be slow down your vessels if you see belugas in the area, if you see belugas approaching slow down your engines or put them in idle, if you can move to avoid them and things like that, so that’s kind of the guidance I give to these guys.” This summer the project plans to use a type of sonar to map more of the pipeline’s potential route across the Cook Inlet.last_img read more

first_imgWAYNE Rooney is spotted getting behind the wheel for the first time since his two-year drive ban ended.Dressed in a matching grey tracksuit and baseball cap the former England ace hopped into his brand new £219,000 black Land Rover Overfinch – parked on a double yellow line.Wayne Rooney was pictured on the road for the first time since his two-year drink-drive ban ended – and he parked his £219k Range Rover Overfinch on a double yellow lineCredit: BackGridWayne was visiting a phone repair shop in Wilmslow near his newbuild £20million Cheshire mansionCredit: BackGridHe was seen popping out of The Device Lab, a phone repair shop in Wilmslow near his newbuild £20million Cheshire mansion.Rooney, 34, was barred from the roads after he was stopped by the police driving party girl Laura Simpson, 31, home in her VW Beetle in September 2017.He was stopped for a faulty light and officers found he had 104mcg of booze in his breath – almost three times the 35mcg limit – in Alderly Edge, Cheshire.Wife Coleen, 33, was pregnant and away with pals at the time and barred him from partying and boozing following a furious bust-up over the scandal.Rooney was caught driving party girl Laura Simpson in her Beetle while almost three times the 35mcg drink-drive limitCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd The football ace was driving Laura Simpson, 31, home when cops stopped himCredit: Rex FeaturesIt is understand she was the driving force behind Rooney cutting his contract with American side DC United and starting as player-coach for Derby County this month.She ripped into him after he was spotted getting into a lift at his Vancouver hotel at 5.30am with a mystery brunette in August last year.Rooney has had a promising start as play-coach with the Rams winning two from two and getting an assist in his first appearance.His snap getting behind the wheel comes after Zara Tindall, 38, was handed a six-month ban for doing 91mph in her Range Rover Sport.The Queen’s granddaughter already had nine points on her licence from previous offences when she was clocked on a dual carriageway at Dartley Bottom, Gloucestershire.She admitted breaking the 70mph limit on November 6 last year and was also made to pay £817 at Cheltenham magistrates court.Wayne Rooney banned from driving for two years and ordered to do 100 hours of community service for drink-drivingRooney cut his contract with American side DC United and starting as player-coach for Derby County this monthCredit: Getty Images – GettyWayne Rooney reveals gambling affected performances after blowing huge amount of cash Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.center_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Football player touch female referee s breast! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelslast_img read more

first_img Related Andia/UIG via Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Russia) — At least 11 people died Monday after a bomb exploded on a subway train traveling between two stations in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to the country’s health minister.The blast, which took place at 2:40 p.m. local time, happened between the Sennaya Ploshad station and the Technological Institute station. At least 45 people were hospitalized from the blast.Russia’s Investigative Committee called it an “undetermined explosive device.” The committee, which is the country’s primary federal investigative authority, has opened a criminal probe into what it has classified as a terrorist attack.Pictures showed passengers appearing to flee a smoke-filled station as well as what appeared to be a mangled train car.An improvised explosive device rigged with shrapnel was also found in a third St. Petersburg station, the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station. It was defused by bomb technicians and no one was hurt, officials said.President Trump called the attack “a terrible thing.”“Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing,” he said.White House press secretary Sean Spicer today condemned the St. Petersburg attack, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured as we extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones.”“Attacks like these on ordinary citizens going about their lives remind us that the world must work as one to combat violence in all forms,” Spicer said at a White House press briefing in Washington. “The United States is prepared to offer assistance to Russia and may require investigating this crime.”Mark Toner, acting spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said in a statement, “The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people.”Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in St. Petersburg for a forum, spoke in front of cameras after the explosion, alongside the president of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko.“The causes are not yet clear, and so it’s still early to talk about that, the investigation will show,” Putin said. “But, naturally, we always examine all versions, ordinary and criminal — above all, incidents of a terrorist character.”The entire St. Petersburg subway system, which serves some 2 million riders a day, was shut down and evacuated. The subway system has since resumed operations.Three days of mourning will be observed in St. Petersburg beginning Tuesday, according to Russian officials.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more