Nightclub bar – Tup Tup http://tuptup.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 02:56:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tuptup.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Nightclub bar – Tup Tup http://tuptup.org/ 32 32 Papuan-Australian woman banned from Brisbane bar due to cultural tattoos https://tuptup.org/papuan-australian-woman-banned-from-brisbane-bar-due-to-cultural-tattoos/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 02:56:00 +0000 https://tuptup.org/papuan-australian-woman-banned-from-brisbane-bar-due-to-cultural-tattoos/
Moale James has been kicked out of a Brisbane bar because of her cultural tattoos.

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Moale James has been kicked out of a Brisbane bar because of her cultural tattoos.

A Brisbane bar has come under fire for refusing an Australian Papuan woman entry because of her cultural tattoos.

Moale James, 23, was in Fortitude Valley – Brisbane’s nightclub district – with a group of friends to celebrate her partner’s birthday in the early hours of Sunday morning, and was ready to walk into the Hey bar Chica!, but a security guard, after looking at her license, said he wouldn’t allow her into the room because of her facial tattoos.

“I said, ‘It’s cultural, you still won’t let me in? The security guard allegedly replied: “No, you cannot enter the room”.

James then claimed that she went to another nightclub across the street and was told by a security guard that “they can’t categorize people and turn them down. entrance because they have tattoos on their faces”.

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The security guard at the other location, James claims, told him “the fact that [she] even told the [security guard at Hey Chica!] that these were cultural programs that he simply refused to let [her] walk in without even calling management to decide”, and calling management is generally considered part of a club’s procedure.

“Went to nearly five nightclubs last night and was only refused entry to Hey Chica!” James wrote on Sunday, claiming she wasn’t aggressive that night and that she was asking for an amendment to Queensland’s liquor and gambling policy. and its associated dress codes, along with an apology of the venue.

When posting the message on Sunday morning, James said the venue had read his messages about the incident but had not responded.

But on Monday afternoon, James wrote in a Facebook comment that she had received a response from Hey Chica! — and included screenshots of their post in his comment — but their response was “not good enough.”

The venue thanked James for “understanding the Hey Chica! staff were following procedure” and said that while they “appreciate that [their] rule caused [James] unintentional distress,” the venue “enforces a general policy that prohibits head and face tattoos at Hey Chica! as well as other entry requirements.

Hello Chica! said that while they understand this is a “strict policy”, they highlighted how they are enacting it under the Liquor Act.

Queensland liquor laws require venues to take reasonable steps to prohibit entry or remove people wearing items linked to certain criminal organizations, but James said she told the security guard that his tattoos were cultural.

Tattoos are also not currently protected under Queensland anti-discrimination law.

James also requested that the venue read his family history, which highlights the importance of reva reva to his identity and connection to his culture during a time of colonialism, which ended the “sacred” practice. ” in a “time of darkness” and, as a result, much knowledge was lost.

“Skin marking is an intimate space,” James wrote in a post documenting his own reva reva journey.

“We carry the stories of our ancestors and in doing so, everyone in the room should exude the same ‘energy’.

“We need to mark for the right reasons – not for vanity, healing or self-gratification, but to mark a moment in time to accept responsibility for brands and their stories.”

James and Hey Chica! have been contacted for comment.

This story originally appeared on Nine Honey and is republished with permission.

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Honolulu Liquor Commission Run Amok? Complaints from bar owners lead to change https://tuptup.org/honolulu-liquor-commission-run-amok-complaints-from-bar-owners-lead-to-change/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:01:49 +0000 https://tuptup.org/honolulu-liquor-commission-run-amok-complaints-from-bar-owners-lead-to-change/

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, LGBTQ+-friendly downtown bar Scarlet Honolulu became a symbol of what many in the bar and restaurant industry have called an overzealous enforcement of pandemic restrictions. .

After Honolulu Liquor Commission inspectors forced their way into the bar and assaulted one of its owners, Scarlet filed a federal lawsuit claiming the commission violated the club’s civil rights. And for every Scarlet – which has been one of the few establishments to speak out publicly against the commission and take legal action – there are others who have complained privately about what they describe as intimidation by bureaucrats with badges.

“Lots of allegations — I hear them over and over from different establishments,” says Honolulu City Council member Esther Kiaaina. “People won’t want to talk to you publicly because they’re scared.”

Scarlet Honolulu co-owner Robbie Baldwin sued the Honolulu Liquor Commission, alleging the agency’s enforcement actions against the bar constitute civil rights violations. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Bar owners and operators who spoke to Civil Beat for this story say they fear they will get themselves into more trouble if they speak out.

“What we’ve seen is that if we complain or make headlines about it, we get more inspections,” said a bar owner who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation from the commission.

City officials have also heard a lot about it.

“It’s not just one group complaining that they’re overstepping their authority,” Honolulu City Council member Andria Tupola said of the Liquor Commission. “Where’s the check and balance for that?”

While executive agencies like the Liquor Commission generally operate independently, council members and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi may have a chance to rein in the commission after some said it ran amok when applying Covid-19 restrictions.

Two recent departures have created openings at the top. To fill one of the vacancies, which is part of the five-member board that oversees the commission and chairs the hearings, Blangiardi tapped Seth Buckley, a local lawyer who specializes in working with small businesses. Buckley’s nomination is expected to be voted on by City Council on July 6.

Meanwhile, commission administrator Don Pacarro quietly resigned after nearly eight years to join the Honolulu district attorney’s office in April. Since then, the post has been filled temporarily by Anna Hirai, who has worked for the commission for more than 20 years.

Although the five-member commission – not Blangiardi – will hire Pacarro’s replacement, Blangiardi spokesman Ian Scheuring said the mayor can ensure his appointees share his vision for how government should work.

“The Mayor understands and appreciates that each commission operates independently, but given the accountability these commissions have to our communities, he also believes that each person appointed to the commission should possess the same values ​​he seeks in senior city ​​administration officials,” he said. said in a statement. “It prioritizes candidates who are committed not only to faithful service to the public, but to doing their utmost to earn the public’s trust by operating with objectivity and high integrity in all that they do.

“All appointees, including Seth Buckley, are being reviewed by the mayor with this in mind, and we look forward to the impact they will each have on their commissions,” Scheuring said.

Honolulu City Council member Esther Kiaaina.
Honolulu City Council member Esther Kiaaina, who spoke to Honolulu Liquor Commission bar owners, said, “People won’t want to talk to you publicly because they’re scared.” Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Scheuring said it would be important for Pacarro’s successor to treat bar owners fairly.

“During his tenure on the Honolulu Liquor Commission, Don Pacarro never directly challenged requests by Mayor Blangiardi and Chief Executive (Mike) Formby to conduct objective and impartial investigations,” Scheuring said. “Yet the administration continued to have concerns about the ability of commission investigators to do so, due to ongoing complaints.”

“The mayor has made it clear that the investigations must be conducted in a fair and equitable manner, and that this is the only acceptable way for the commission to operate in the future.” he added.

In an interview, Hirai said the pandemic had been a difficult time for bar and restaurant owners, as well as inspectors tasked with enforcing a series of directives issued by Governor David Ige, Blangiardi and his predecessor, the Former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

In normal times, the administrative rules the commission applies rarely change, Hirai said. And when they change, it’s the result of a deliberative rule-making process.

During the pandemic, Hirai noted, rules governing drinking places changed frequently — regarding social distancing, masks, vaccines, testing — and were implemented by executive order. To complicate matters further, bars without kitchens were treated differently than bars with kitchens. Perhaps the most onerous provision was a rule that allowed Liquor Commission inspectors to close establishments for 24 hours after finding a breach of a Covid-19 restriction.

Hirai said the 24-hour rule was not popular among bar owners, but said it caused them to follow Covid-19 restrictions.

“It wasn’t a punitive thing, it was a corrective thing,” she said. “In that sense, it worked. It got their attention, they tightened up their procedures, and that was the end of it all.

Bar owners remain skeptical

Bar owners have a very different perception. Think Club Rock-Za, the strip club on Boulevard Kapiolani. Nightclub lawyer Michael Green says Club Rock-Za invested thousands of dollars in signage and equipment to comply with Covid-19 restrictions but was cited anyway .

Among the charges, Green said, was that Rock-Za staff improperly shouted an alert to customers and staff that commissioner inspectors had arrived. Ultimately, Green said, the commission agreed to reduce the charges to a $500 fine against a nude dancer who let her Covid-19 mask slip under her nose.

Scarlet Honolulu co-owner Robbie Baldwin is also skeptical.

“It wasn’t once, and nothing has changed,” he said. “It just keeps going and going and going.”

According to the bar’s lawsuit, tensions with the commission escalated when bar workers tried to block inspectors who tried to enter through a backdoor without showing proof of vaccinations, which the bar demanded in order to comply. to Covid mandates.

After Scarlet complained to the commission, according to the lawsuit, Pacarro initiated an audit of Scarlet requiring him to produce his books for inspection – even though Scarlet had only been open six nights between July 1, 2020 and the June 30, 2021.

When the publication Gay Island Guide wrote about Scarlet’s problems with the Liquor Commission, according to the lawsuit, the commission activated the publication by shutting down a daytime event the publication was hosting at the White Sands hotel in Waikiki on the grounds that the event was too loud. The commission also suspended the hotel’s liquor license for 24 hours, according to the suit.

A lawsuit alleges that after the Gay Island Guide published an article criticizing the Honolulu Liquor Commission, the commission retaliated by shutting down a daytime event the publication was hosting at Waikiki’s White Sands Hotel and suspending the hotel liquor license for 24 hours. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Gay Island Guide is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit, which alleges commission investigators targeted Scarlet and Gay Island Guide because they are LGBTQ+ businesses.

Hirai declined to comment on the lawsuit. But she said it’s not unusual for establishments to complain about being targeted.

When a licensee is cited for an infraction or even receives a warning, she said, inspectors will follow up with another visit as a matter of policy. Additionally, she said, inspectors tend to frequent places with the greatest concentrations of bars and patrons, such as Waikiki and Chinatown, which she says can create a misperception that places in these places are targeted.

Still, Hirai said, the commission is taking a more business-friendly, collaborative approach to regulating companies under Blangiardi.

To that end, it has set up an online license application intended to speed up license renewals for its 1,486 licensees, which include retailers and breweries as well as bars and restaurants. As of June 21, she said, 1,316 had filed annual renewal applications and 1,239 had completed the renewal process.

“I believe there is a change,” she said of the commission’s stance on business. “It can be slow, with discrete steps. But I can see the movement.

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New Downtown Colorado Springs Breakfast Takes Over Oscar’s Former Oyster Bar Space | Company https://tuptup.org/new-downtown-colorado-springs-breakfast-takes-over-oscars-former-oyster-bar-space-company/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://tuptup.org/new-downtown-colorado-springs-breakfast-takes-over-oscars-former-oyster-bar-space-company/

A new daytime breakfast and lunch restaurant has opened in downtown Colorado Springs, replacing a name familiar to late-night visitors to downtown for about 20 years.

Burnt Toast debuted Friday at 112 N. Nevada Ave. in the space most recently occupied by Oscar’s Oyster Bar; before that it housed Brewer’s Republic, a bar and restaurant.

Owner Phil Duhon closed Oscar in mid-April, saying the Nevada Avenue location wasn’t attracting enough nighttime customers.

“The traffic flow in this part of Nevada is more of a daytime problem than an evening one, and it just couldn’t handle the volume it needed to pay the bills,” Duhon said.

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The closing marked the end of a nearly 20-year run for the Oscars.

It opened in May 2003 as Oscar’s Tejon Street at 333 S. Tejon St. It then operated as Oscar’s Oyster Bar, but closed in early 2019. Duhon renamed Oscar’s Midtown Grill and continued to operate at the South Tejon location, although it also closed that business about six months later.

It acquired Brewer’s Republic on Nevada Avenue in late 2019, but closed it a few months later amid COVID-19 operating restrictions on restaurants and bars. He relaunched the Oscars brand in May 2021, only to close it last April.

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“Oscar had a pretty good 20-year run,” Duhon said, adding that he was probably past his prime and it was time to refresh the concept.

Duhon said he’s had a breakfast idea in mind for years and has teamed up with downtown nightclub and restaurant owners Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli and lawyer and businessman. business John Goede to launch Burnt Toast.

Unlike the lack of nighttime traffic, the Nevada Avenue location is better suited for a daytime breakfast and lunch, Duhon said.

“During the day, I actually think it’s expedient,” he said.

“There are only three or four breakfast places downtown versus, you know, 20 lunch places,” Duhon added. “There is a larger share.”

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Burnt Toast, open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., offers a varied menu including French toast, huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos and burritos, breakfast bowls, granola bowls and snacks. traditional dishes such as pancakes, eggs cooked to order, bacon and sausage.

The lunch menu includes burgers and sandwiches served with fries, as well as salads.

Burnt Toast specializes in more health-conscious, dinner-friendly offerings, Duhon said.

The menu includes gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) options, as well as cage-free organic eggs, he said.

Burnt Toast also offers juice, fresh lemonade, cantaloupe juice and other breakfast drink options, Duhon said.

The restaurant will offer what it called the largest non-alcoholic menu in town, featuring eight non-alcoholic beers and half a dozen mocktails – often called mocktails.

“You can have a non-alcoholic mojito or an old-fashioned non-alcoholic or…even Guinness now has a non-alcoholic beer,” Duhon said. “Pretty cool options.”

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For customers who want traditional booze, however, Burnt Toast has a full bar available during restaurant hours, he said.

Burnt Toast, which employs 18 people and will eventually have about 25 people, has indoor street-level seating for about 40 people and 55 to 60 seats on the roof, Duhon said. A patio can accommodate about 40 more people, he said.

Although open during the day, Burnt Toast plans to add late-night, weekend menu items for downtown residents and visitors. Duhon said he hopes to begin service from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 8.

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22 teenagers found dead in a bar https://tuptup.org/22-teenagers-found-dead-in-a-bar/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:47:04 +0000 https://tuptup.org/22-teenagers-found-dead-in-a-bar/

Death in a South African tavern: 22 teenagers found dead in a bar

South African authorities are investigating the death in a nightclub of 22 teenagers celebrating their final exams.

According to the accounts, the bodies of the teenagers were discovered in the Enyobeni Tavern in East London, a town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, with no obvious evidence of damage or injuries.

The bodies of the teenagers were found at the tavern in the Scenery Park neighborhood early on Sunday, according to a tweet from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The families of the 22 teenagers who died have my sincere condolences, Ramaphosa wrote. “The fact that this tragedy took place during Youth Month, when we honor youth, makes it all the more tragic.”

Police said they found the majority of the victims, aged between 13 and 17, lying on the club floor, lying on tables and slumped in chairs. Police spokesman Colonel Athlenda Mathe said the reason for their deaths was still being investigated on Monday.

Police were investigating whether the victims had consumed a poison or toxin when Police Minister Bheki Cele said forensic samples taken from the victims were being transferred to a toxicology center in Cape Town.

Toxicology test results are pending, Cele said.

Unathi Binqose, a provincial security official, told the Daily Maverick newspaper that it is possible the victims consumed a dangerous substance while drinking beer or smoking hookah at the party.

According to the authorities, the individuals presented no apparent evidence of having been injured.

According to the police, they were summoned to the disco around 4 a.m. following a report of “dead bodies”.

When the police arrived on the scene, the majority of the children were already dead. Three other people died: two at a nearby clinic, one en route to hospital and one there.

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World News | SD Gov: Ban abortion pills, but don’t punish women for them https://tuptup.org/world-news-sd-gov-ban-abortion-pills-but-dont-punish-women-for-them/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:58:08 +0000 https://tuptup.org/world-news-sd-gov-ban-abortion-pills-but-dont-punish-women-for-them/

Washington, June 26 (AP) The Republican governor of South Dakota pledged on Sunday to ban mail order abortion pills, but said women should not be prosecuted for requesting them.

In apparent defiance of Justice Department legal advice after the Supreme Court last week struck down constitutional abortion protections for women, Kristi Noem has indicated in national television interviews that she will implement a plan approved by state lawmakers to restrict pills. The majority ruling by the court’s conservative justices on Friday triggered abortion bans in South Dakota and elsewhere.

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But Noem said doctors, not their patients, would likely be prosecuted for knowing about violations of what would be one of the toughest abortion pill laws in the United States.

“I don’t believe women should ever be prosecuted,” she said. “I don’t think there should be any punishment for women, ever, who are in a crisis or have an unplanned pregnancy.”

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At issue is mail-order or so-called telemedicine abortion pills, which have been on the rise in the country since 2000, when the Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone – the main drug used in medical abortions.

More than 90% of abortions take place during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, and more than half are now performed with pills, not surgery, according to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group who supports abortion rights. Abortion pills are expected to grow in demand as more than half of states are likely to take steps to ban abortions following the Supreme Court ruling.

Noem, a staunch opponent of abortion rights who faces re-election in November and is mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2024, called the distribution of abortion pills dangerous and called a special session to draw up new laws.

“These are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem said, referring to abortion pills. “We don’t think he should be available because it’s a dangerous situation for these people without being medically supervised by a doctor.”

In a state where Republicans hold supermajorities in both state houses, South Dakota lawmakers have floated proposals that would also make it harder for women to get abortions out of state. South Dakota voters rejected outright bans in 2006 and 2008, and abortion rights advocates are bracing for a similar referendum on abortion access.

In a statement Friday, President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department will protect abortion providers and those seeking abortions in states where it is legal and will “work with other branches of the federal government that seek to use their legal authorities to protect and preserve access to reproductive care.

“In particular, the FDA has approved the use of the drug mifepristone,” he added. “States cannot ban mifepristone due to disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment on its safety and efficacy.”

The South Dakota law, passed in March, requires women who want an abortion to make three separate visits to a doctor in order to take abortion pills and clarifies that women in the state cannot obtain the pills through a telemedicine consultation. The law was suspended after a federal judge ruled in February that it “places an undue burden on a person’s right to seek an abortion.”

Two drugs are needed. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone needed to maintain pregnancy. A second drug, misoprostol, taken one to two days later, empties the uterus. Both drugs are available as generics and are also used to treat other conditions.

Last year, the FDA lifted a longstanding requirement that women obtain abortion pills in person. Federal regulations now also allow mail to be delivered nationwide. Despite this, approximately 19 states have passed laws requiring a medical clinician to be physically present when abortion pills are administered to a patient.

South Dakota is one of them, joining several states, including Texas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee and Oklahoma, where Republicans have moved to further restrict access to abortion pills lately. month.

Part of the South Dakota law, which will go into effect in July, contains a section that does not depend on federal courts: increasing the sentence to a felony for anyone who prescribes abortion drugs without a license from the South Dakota Board of Medical examiners and osteopaths.

A broader court decision is pending following the Supreme Court ruling.

Noem has spoken on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.” (AP)

(This is an unedited and auto-generated story from syndicated newsfeed, LatestLY staff may not have edited or edited the body of the content)

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Oslo shooting near gay bar investigated for terrorism as Pride parade canceled https://tuptup.org/oslo-shooting-near-gay-bar-investigated-for-terrorism-as-pride-parade-canceled/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:54:00 +0000 https://tuptup.org/oslo-shooting-near-gay-bar-investigated-for-terrorism-as-pride-parade-canceled/



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Oslo’s annual Pride parade was canceled on Saturday following a fatal shooting at a gay bar that Norwegian police are investigating as a possible terror attack.

Two people were killed and eight others taken to hospital after the shooting near the London Pub, which describes itself on its website as ‘Oslo’s biggest gay and lesbian venue’.

Police received multiple calls about the shooting at 1:14 a.m. local time and arrived on the scene minutes later. They apprehended the suspect three minutes after he arrived, police said.

The suspect, charged with terrorism, is a Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, and was “known to the police”, but has so far only received “minor convictions”, prosecutor Christian Hatlo told reporters on Saturday. in Oslo.

Norway’s domestic intelligence service said it was working to clarify whether further acts of violence could be planned after the shooting. The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) announced in a tweet on Saturday that it was “notified of the shooting in Oslo on Saturday”.

“We are now providing all relevant information we have to the Oslo Police District and are working to clarify whether further acts of violence may be planned. We currently have no guidance on this,” the PST said.

Hatlo said police charged the suspect with “murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts”.

He said the terrorism charge was justified based on the number of injuries and deaths, the number of crime scenes and an “overall assessment” that the accused intended to “create a serious fear in the population”.

At the time of the news conference, police had attempted to interview the suspect but had yet to do so, Hatlo said. The suspect was taken to the police station and police told CNN there are currently no other suspects.

Regarding the charges, Hatlo said authorities would see “what the investigation will show.”

The suspect was armed with two weapons during the shooting, police said. They have not confirmed what weapons he used due to the ongoing investigation.

Flowers are laid at the scene of the shooting in central Oslo.

There were injuries on the ground inside and outside the bar when the police arrived. “The scene was chaotic, it was a hot evening and a lot of people were outside so there were people running around,” police told CNN.

Among the eight hospitalized, three people are in critical condition. 14 other victims were slightly injured.

In a statement posted on Facebook after the shooting, the London Pub condemned the incident as “absolutely awful and pure evil”. The bar said all of its employees were safe and expressed condolences to the victims and their families.

Oslo’s annual Pride Parade, which was due to take place on Saturday, was canceled following the shooting after “clear advice and recommendations from the police”.

Writing on Facebook, organizers asked everyone not to attend and said all Pride-related events were also cancelled.

“We will follow police recommendations and take care of each other. Warm thoughts and love go out to the loved ones, the injured and others affected,” said Oslo Pride leader Inger Kristin Haugsevje and leader of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Association , Inge Alexander Gjestvang, in a joint statement.

“We will soon be proud and visible again, but today we will be hosting and sharing Pride celebrations from home.”

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre also expressed his condolences to the victims, calling the shooting a “cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people”.

Støre later called for unity and said “even though we don’t know if the queer environment was the goal, the queer environment is regardless of the victim.”

“On this day, June 25, we had to celebrate love, we had to fill the streets with the colors of the rainbow, we had to showcase our community and our freedom. Instead, we are filled with grief,” he said. “Let there be no doubt. We are a community, we are a diverse and strong community, and we will never be threatened or give up on our values.

He reiterated that the author was “from an Islamist background” but stressed that “if it is Islamic terror, like PST [the Norwegian Police Security Service] emphasizes, then many Muslims will feel vulnerable now and in the times to come. And I know that many Muslims in our country are also scared and desperate. It is our joint responsibility to make it clear that no one other than the person or persons behind the attack is responsible.

The White House said it was shocked by the killings. “We are all horrified by the mass shooting in Oslo today, targeting the LGBTQI+ community there. And our home, our hearts obviously go out to all the families of the victims, the people of Norway, who are a tremendous ally,” John Kirby, the NSC’s coordinator for strategic communications, told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Biden flew to Europe.

He said the United States had been in contact with the Norwegian government to offer their condolences and offer any support they needed following the shooting.

CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Two dead after reporting shooting at London Pub gay bar in Oslo https://tuptup.org/two-dead-after-reporting-shooting-at-london-pub-gay-bar-in-oslo/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 06:14:44 +0000 https://tuptup.org/two-dead-after-reporting-shooting-at-london-pub-gay-bar-in-oslo/
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At least two people have been killed and more than a dozen injured after a Friday night shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in central Oslo, local police said.

The shooting took place at the London Pub, which bills itself as the “gay headquarters since 1979”, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported. The Pride Parade will be held in Oslo on Saturday. Police are also investigating two other locations – a bar near the London Pub and a fast food restaurant – in connection with the shooting, according to Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

A spokeswoman for Oslo University Hospital told The Washington Post that the facility had received seven patients, with another person sent to a hospital outside the Norwegian capital. Eleven people who suffered minor injuries were sent to local emergencies, she said.

Law enforcement said they arrested one person near the scene of the shooting. They have not commented on a possible motive, although a police official told NRK they do not currently believe it was a terrorist incident and evidence suggests there was a sniper.

The London Pub is located near the Storting, the Norwegian legislature. It has hosted Pride-related celebrations for years and hosted a Pride-themed drag show and bingo session on Thursday.

Oslo Pride organizers wrote on social media on Saturday morning that they were shocked by the incident and were in contact with police. Law enforcement is assessing the potential impact of the shooting on Saturday’s parade, Aftenposten reported.

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Norway has some of the most gay-friendly laws in Europe. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store marked the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of male same-sex relationships by formally apologizing for his past treatment of the LGBTQ community.

“I apologize that the Norwegian authorities have conveyed, through legislation, as well as a range of other discriminatory practices, that gay love is not acceptable,” he said. declared.

In July 2011, a Norwegian killed 77 people when he detonated a bomb outside the prime minister’s office in Oslo and opened fire on a youth summer camp run by the left-wing Labor Party. Gone, in one of the Nordic country’s most heinous crimes in recent memory. Norwegian lawmakers have since banned semi-automatic weapons such as the type of firearm used in the 2011 rampage.

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BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – They had only been open for five months before the LGBTQ+ bar in Brooklyn burned down, but Rash’s owners are determined to reopen in the same location rather than move.

“It shows resilience on both our part and that of our community,” said co-owner Jake Sillen. “I think that’s an important message to show that we can bounce back.”

A suspected arsonist doused Rash’s floor with gasoline, threw a lit cigarette at it, then ignited the gasoline with a lighter, causing an explosion and fire in early April, officials said. After the fire, co-owner Claire Bendiner described seeing “huge flames all the way to the ceiling”. Police arrested John Lhota in connection with the fire.

“During the time he was on the streets, he felt like nowhere, at least in the area, felt really safe,” Sillen said.

Two workers were injured in the fire. They both suffered burns and have made “significant recoveries” in recent weeks, according to Sillen.

Much of the damage was to the bar itself, which suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Beyond time for minor cleaning, Sillen and Bendiner were not allowed back inside to get specific structural estimates due to safety concerns.

“It takes longer than you can imagine,” Sillen said.

In the months following the fire, Rash launched a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe. They raised over $120,000. Other venues in the area also held fundraisers.

“It’s amazing,” Sillen said. “I never would have thought that in the five months we were open, we could have generated so much love and so many relationships and connections with people.”

They received messages of support from around the world, according to Sillen. People from the UK and Argentina have already planned to visit Rash while in New York.

A trial date has not yet been set for Lhota. Sillen is unsure why Lhota allegedly set Rash on fire and, although the motive for the fire is unclear, Sillen urged vigilance.

“It’s just a responsibility right now of our community, of LGBTQ (people) in our city, in any city, to be there for each other, to be vigilant, to support each other,” they said.

Lhota faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years behind bars if convicted. He faces up to 40 years in prison. US Attorney Breon Peace previously said his office would vigorously pursue the case.

“As alleged, Lhota deliberately burned down a bar and nightclub frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community, seriously injuring two of its employees and endangering everyone present, including tenants of the building as well as the first responders who fought the fire for about an hour,” Peace said. “The victims, and all LGBTQ+ New Yorkers, should be able to enjoy their evenings in peace and without fear of such a dangerous attack.”

These LGBTQ+ New Yorkers and other customers will still have to wait a while to visit Rash, but Sillen said they’re working as quickly as possible. They wish they could be open now.

“We look forward to seeing you again in person,” Sillen said.

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Boston Bruins’ historic $156,000 bill after winning the Stanley Cup resurfaces https://tuptup.org/boston-bruins-historic-156000-bill-after-winning-the-stanley-cup-resurfaces/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 08:45:12 +0000 https://tuptup.org/boston-bruins-historic-156000-bill-after-winning-the-stanley-cup-resurfaces/

A photo resurfaced 11 years ago showing a jaw-dropping bar tab worth over $150,000 has sparked outrage online.

On June 15, 2011, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena, ending a 39-year championship drought. As a result, the Bruins decided to party.

They celebrated at the Shrine nightclub at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and ended up downing over $156,000 worth of drinks in one night.

The photo of the tab was posted multiple times on social media, including Reddit, by a user called 5_Frog_Margin, who also added a caption explaining who it was: “Bruins bar tab of Boston from Foxwoods Casino after winning the Stanley Cup 11 years ago.”

The post has garnered a lot of attention among Redditors, receiving over 46,300 upvotes and 2,491 comments since Tuesday.

The average base salary for a bar staff member in the United States, according to Indeed, is around $16.20.

While the receipt contained dozens of drinks, including liqueurs, beers, wines and soft drinks, most were due to the purchase of the rare 30-litre bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne called the Ace bottle. of Spade “Midas”. , which alone costs $100,000.

Most users found the prices of some regular drinks outrageous. YounomsayinMawfk said, “$100,000 for a bottle?! [does this bottle] cure cancer?!” And HobbesNJ added, “$300 for a bottle of Captain Morgan’s? It’s criminal.”

One user, Grimjacx, pointed out, “That guy going for a Heineken light and a glass of champagne comp.” And EricJF50 replied: “I believe it was Zdeno Chara. He had a ridiculous commitment to his training regimen. I believe he had 1 light beer and a chicken wing to celebrate. Can’t remember where I read that might be wrong.”

DanaThamen explained, “This bottle is 30 litres, which is 40 regular sized bottles. Still, that would be 2500 per regular 750ml bottle.” And tysoncrosby21 said, “$2500 a bottle of premium champagne with table service is pretty normal.”

Another user, woozlewuzzle29, joked, “I bet this person wanted to split the tab equally. I had the $100,000 bottle, you had the $6 Blue Moon, so…it’ll be 50 $003 each.” Illegible added, “we all had this friend” And FlyingDragoon said, “But bro, you tasted some of mine so you owe me at least half of it.”

Another user, djchefdaddy, commented, “Shout out to the guy who ordered two Coors Lights from an open bar.” And brown_burrito joked, “He was watching his calories.”

And some thought the bill wasn’t even that expensive. IMovedYourCheese said: “$156,000 is still a pretty low number considering it will be a billionaire paying the tab (celebrating the fact that his investment has increased significantly in value due to the win).”

File image shows a group of friends celebrating. A photo resurfaced from a 2011 Hockey Championship afterparty has gone viral, sparking outrage.
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Lancaster club remains closed after death outside venue as bar manager leaves and social media accounts are deleted https://tuptup.org/lancaster-club-remains-closed-after-death-outside-venue-as-bar-manager-leaves-and-social-media-accounts-are-deleted/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:33:02 +0000 https://tuptup.org/lancaster-club-remains-closed-after-death-outside-venue-as-bar-manager-leaves-and-social-media-accounts-are-deleted/

The Glow nightclub in Lancaster remains closed following the death of a man outside the club 10 days ago. It comes as the club’s bar manager left the venue after five years with the nightclub’s social media accounts either deleted or made private.

Joshua Hughes, 22, died last Thursday (June 16) following an incident outside Glow nightclub on June 12. Police arrived at the scene in Dalton Square around 4.30am to report that a man had been involved in an altercation outside the club causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground. Police have arrested a man since the incident, but no charges have been filed at this stage.

Tributes have since been paid opposite the club which remains closed as pressure to cut ties with the venue continues. It comes as the bar manager of Dalton Rooms, part of nightclub Glow, has since announced on LinkedIn that he is looking for work.

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Joshua was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital where he underwent two emergency brain surgeries and fought for his life in a coma. The father-of-two died in hospital last week.

The club was then targeted the day after Joshua died with its Mary Street entrance splattered in blue paint. Windows in the rear entrance doors were also smashed with four out of five of them boarded up.

Opposite, floral tributes in memory of Joshua Hughes were laid and a fundraiser for the father’s family and funeral costs was set up, raising over £9,800 so far.

Since the incident outside the nightclub, Glow has taken down its Facebook page and decided to take other social media pages private, including Instagram. LancsLive made numerous attempts to contact Glow but were blocked by those we contacted or received no response.

The Lancaster University Students’ Union has imposed a suspension on all bands in its organization for working with the nightclub. A LUSU spokesperson said the nightclub “does not align with our values”, adding: “Any student group or club that enters into a new sponsorship deal or relationship around hosting parties with this venue will be immediately disaffiliated from the Student Union without consultation.”

Amy Merchant, vice president of welfare, said: “I believe the position taken by the SU is in the best interest of the welfare of our members. The union has a duty to put the welfare of the students first and we need to act responsibly. I’m really happy that many of our student clubs and groups are welcoming this decision.”

After Joshua’s death, a friend told LancsLive: “He wouldn’t hurt anyone or hurt a fly. He had a bit of everything in him. He was hard working, very family oriented and would do anything for his girlfriend and his sister and his children, he had two young children.



The front of Glow Nightclub in Dalton Square

“I’m not sure what happened but he was a devoted father and he lived in Morecambe. It’s scary how this sort of thing can happen, I don’t know what happened or how it happened people are scared i have a young child now eight months old and i will never go out now its scary for kids growing up and its not going to make them want to go out and enjoy the nightlife they should be enjoying The only word for it is shocking.

On June 16, Lancashire Police said they were continuing to investigate the incident. DCI Jane Webb, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This incident resulted in the death of a young man and my thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. They continue to be supported by specially trained officers. I would call anyone with information to come forward and talk to us. If you can help, please contact us.

Last week a 31-year-old man from Leigh was arrested on suspicion of assault under Section 18 and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Newspaper 279 of June 12. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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