Big ol' treehouse creates backyard battle royal on Seacoast
A treehouse is causing trouble on New Hampshire's Seacoast. The parents of an 8-year-old boy say they checked with neighbors before building a treehouse, and there were no objections. “Its size is imposing and dominates the field of view in our backyard and from our house,” neighbor Mark Moses said.news.yahoo.com
Russia and China expected to 'behave responsibly and not respond recklessly to aircraft carrier, First Sea Lord says, as Carrier Strike Group sets sail on maiden deployment
Russia and China are expected to "behave responsibly" and not respond recklessly to Britain's aircraft carrier, the First Sea Lord has said, as Britain’s Carrier Strike Group sets sail on its first deployment. Britain’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, left Portsmouth on Saturday night to lead six Royal Navy ships, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a frigate from the Netherlands in the largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave the UK in a generation. The seven-month global deployment is the UK Carrier Strike Group’s maiden operational deployment. The nine ships, plus 32 aircraft and 3,700 personnel, will route through the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean and on to the Indo-Pacific. Given the proximity to Russian forces in the Black Sea and Beijing’s assertive claims to disputed areas in the South China Sea, international tensions could be inflamed.news.yahoo.com
Container shipping locked in a 'significant bottleneck' as demand surges back
Maersk containers onboard the container ship Hammonia Husum, as it leaves Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images) Andrew Matthews | PA Images | Getty ImagesContainer shipping firms are locked in a "significant bottleneck" as resurgent global demand stretches capacity and drives up freight rates, Maersk CEO Soren Skou told CNBC Wednesday. Maersk, the world's largest container shipping firm, missed its own fourth-quarter profit expectations Wednesday and posted a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2021 after an "exceptional while challenging quarter." After removing capacity during the second quarter demand slump, Skou told CNBC that Maersk and other carriers now have their full container capacity deployed once again. Meanwhile a crippling shortage of containers during the resurgence in global demand sent shipping costs soaring 300% and led to delays for goods shipped from China.cnbc.com
Nike shares rip toward record high, as investors see digital bets paying off
The retailer's big bets on its digital business are clearly paying off, with online sales of its namesake brand soaring more than 80% during the latest period. It makes Nike especially well-positioned this holiday season, as a record number of consumers are buying gifts on the web. TAG raised its price target for Nike to $175 from $155. Nike shares closed Friday at $137.28, having risen more than 35% this year, bringing its market cap to $315.5 billion. Digital sales soar by triple digits in North America.cnbc.com
Virginia board renames schools honoring 2 US presidents
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Schools in Virginia honoring two U.S. presidents who sided with or praised the Confederacy are getting new names, along with an elementary that honored a superintendent who funneled money away from Black schools. The Portsmouth School Board voted 8-1 Thursday night to change the names of Woodrow Wilson High School, John Tyler Elementary School and James Hurst Elementary School, news outlets reported. Hurst’s budgets funneled money to white schools over Black schools, according to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. I just think $443,000 needs to be concentrated in the resources for students,” Board member Ted Lamb told WAVY-TV. He was the only board member who voted against the changes.
Case dismissed against Virginia lawmaker accused of damaging monument
A judge in Virginia has dismissed charges against a Black state senator who police said conspired to damage a Confederate monument in the city of Portsmouth. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the charges against Sen. Louise Lucas were dismissed Monday at the request of the city’s top prosecutor. The Commonwealth’s Attorney said the elements of the charges weren’t properly met. The charges stemmed from a protest in June during which heads were ripped off some of the monument’s statues. Many said the charges against Lucas were political and unlikely to withstand legal scrutiny.
Virginia General Election results for Casino Referendums on Nov. 3, 2020
While many eyes will be on the presidential race four different items to pay close attention to are casino votes across Virginia. Voters in Bristol, Danville, Norfolk and Portsmouth all have the chance to either approve or reject a casino being built in their city. Interested in the results of other races? Use the picker below:Find Race ResultsGet the latest Virginia Election news here
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Nike, Tesla, Stitch Fix, Peloton, Nikola & more
Nike — Shares of the apparel giant surged 8.3% on Wednesday after the company reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter. But both are a few years out, and Wall Street analysts noted that execution risk remains a concern. Stitch Fix – Shares of the online clothing styling company plunged more than 16% after a wider-than-expected loss during the fourth quarter. KB Home — The homebuilder stock fell more than 6% despite KB Home beating Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue for its fiscal third quarter. Western Digital — Shares of Western Digital soared more than 9% after the chipmaker announced it will split its flash and hard disk drive groups into separate business units.cnbc.com
Judge orders Eric Trump to testify before election in New York attorney general probe of President Trump's company
Eric Trump speaks in Portsmouth, NH on Sept. 17, 2020. Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, makes a stop in Portsmouth during one stop on his 'Make America Great Again!' Eric Trump must testify in response to a subpoena from the New York Attorney General's office before the presidential election as part of an investigation into whether President Donald Trump's company improperly valued real estate assets in official statements, a judge ordered Wednesday. Her office noted Wednesday that the judge's order will give her access to documents that have been "withheld by the Trump Organization." Lawyers for Eric Trump later said that he was willing to be deposed as part of James's probe of the Trump Organization, but only after the Nov. 3 contest between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.cnbc.com
Nike shares soar 13% as online sales jump 82%, retailer sees rebound in China
Shoppers wait in line to enter a Nike Inc. store during a summer sale in Beijing, China on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Nike shares soared 13% in extended trading Tuesday as the company reported an 82% increase in online sales and offered up an outlook that calls for demand to grow through the holidays. Nike's revenue slipped 0.6% to $10.59 billion from $10.66 billion a year earlier, but topped the $9.15 billion forecast by analysts. Sales in China rose 6%, it said, while revenue in North America, Nike's largest market, was down 2%. The company has said its digital sales now make up at least 30% of its total quarterly sales, a threshold Nike had previously aimed to hit by 2023.cnbc.com
Virginia readies to distribute future coronavirus vaccine
PORTSMOUTH, Va. The state of Virginia has been spending the last few months figuring out how to quickly distribute a coronavirus vaccine to millions of people. Dr. Norman Oliver, Virginias health commissioner, told the states Board of Health during its quarterly meeting that it will likely be late winter before a vaccine is ready. Hopefully we will get a vaccine that has gone through Phase 3 trials and has been shown to be safe and effective. An advisory work group is being assembled to ready the state to distribute the vaccine. The health department is asking for $10 million in CARES Act funding to purchase supplies and launch a communication campaign.
Police chief on leave after confederate statue charges
PORTSMOUTH, Va. The police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, is on paid leave nearly three weeks after her department charged a state senator and several others from the city's Black community with conspiring to a damage a Confederate monument. City spokeswoman Dana Woodson confirmed in an email on Friday that Chief Angela Greene is on leave and that an assistant police chief will assume her duties in the meantime. Allies of State Sen. Louise Lucas in Richmond have called the felony charges against her legally weak and political. The case is based on words that police say Lucas spoke in the hours before protesters ripped heads off Confederate statues and pulled one down, critically injuring a demonstrator. Greene became Portsmouth's police chief in 2019 after chief Tonya Chapman resigned.
State senator charged with 'injury' to Confederate monument
NORFOLK, Va. A Virginia state senator has been charged with damaging a Confederate monument in Portsmouth during protests that also led to a demonstrator being critically injured when a statue was torn down, authorities said Monday. Lucas is a longtime Democratic legislator and a key power broker in the state Senate, joining the chamber in 1992. The monument in Portsmouth consists of a large obelisk and statues of four Confederate military personnel. Felony charges leveled against a sitting state senator are to be taken seriously, and should not be sought out for political gain, he said in a statement. "It is for that reason that the Republican Party of Virginia calls for Senator Lucas to turn herself in.
Weekly poems elevate New Hampshire city's virus newsletters
Truax, the poet laureate for Portsmouth, N.H., pens a weekly pandemic poem that is included in the city's COVID-19 newsletter. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CONCORD, N.H. Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. Tammi Truax, the citys poet laureate, has been contributing to the newsletters since early April, elevating the collection of public health updates and community resources with a layer of emotion and introspection. For the July 4 holiday weekend, she produced a found poem by extracting words from an Alexander Hamilton essay. One Good Thing is a series of AP stories focusing on glimmers of joy and benevolence in a dark time.
Storm clouds hang over Trump's attempted campaign reboot
President Donald Trump walks to his vehicle after arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for a fundraiser, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MIAMI Friday was supposed to be the day President Donald Trump's campaign reboot itself got a reboot. With Tropical Storm Fay heading towards the Great State of New Hampshire this weekend, we are forced to reschedule our Portsmouth, New Hampshire Rally at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, Trump tweeted. Trumps visit to Florida was supposed to launch back-to-back days of high-profile campaigning but instead wound up being a one-off. Campaign officials privately acknowledged there had been fears all along about how many people would attend the Portsmouth rally. But there was also strong opposition to Trumps rally among some prominent New Hampshire Republicans.
Protesters tear down Richmond statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis
RICHMOND, Va. – A statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night. The statue of the president of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m. and is on the ground in the middle of an intersection, news outlets reported. In Portsmouth, protesters beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument on Wednesday, according to media outlets. A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake on Tuesday. News outlets reported the figure was toppled less than two hours after protesters gathered in the city’s Byrd Park chanting for the statue to be taken down.
Police: Man shot near Richmond protests hospitalized
RICHMOND, Va. A man in Virginia who was hit by gunfire while riding in a car near protesters in Richmond has been hospitalized for a life-threatening gunshot wound, police said. Richmond Police said gunfire shot from behind the car struck the man as he passed through protesters early Sunday morning. Authorities learned about the shooting after being called to a hospital where the man was being treated, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. A dumpster was set afire near the Richmond police headquarters, which had its front windows broken out Friday night. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported police fired tear gas to move crowds away from the building.
Coronavirus may turn the 2020 presidential campaign upside down
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at a campaign town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S. February 10, 2020. Presidential campaigns have shown no signs of adjusting their event schedules even as the coronavirus outbreak prompts several companies to cancel or postpone events. A spokesperson for the California Department of Public Health earlier this week told CNBC it is "is not recommending the cancellation of public events." More than 60 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Washington state confirmed its first U.S. death from Coronavirus on Saturday. But the candidates may need to start considering depressed turnout should concern over coronavirus keep voters at home.cnbc.com