Another lovely sunny morning as I had breakfast and did some computer work and got ready for a busy rest of the day.
The first thing was my Spanish class this time I went to Marisol's apartment for the class and I am really impressed with her… the best teacher I have had she explains everything so thoroughly and her method of teaching is quite different…we are still working on my pronunciation which will take time and then we started on some grammar….I know it is very hard for me but I am determined to try to do the best I can.
I went straight from the class to the poker afternoon where as the title suggests my streak came to an end and I lost 95 pesos…so tacos tonight for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Came home and got changed and had a bite to eat and back into town for my English class…it was a good but different class I started out reading from the text book on the subject of communication…the reading was quite heavy and I got the sense they were not really into it….so I told them to close the text book gave them each a number and then called out a number and the number picked had to come to the front of the class and talk for two minutes on anything…..this shook them up but they got into it and all did it and the subjects they chose were quite astounding…the mood changed they were engaged and active and it was a great class….I am so proud of them and after my Spanish class this morning I realize how hard they have worked to be at the level they are!!!!
Home and for a change no sports to watch so I just relaxed with some TV a nice cup of tea and now going into the tub……..
Very disturbing what is happening north of the border!!!
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Los Angeles before a smaller group briefly shut down a motorway
A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were largely peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.
There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see destruction on the scale of Monday night.
The officer who killed Michael Brown there says he has a "clean conscience".
Darren Wilson, who shot the 18-year-old on 9 August, told ABC News that in the struggle which preceded the shooting, he had felt "like a five-year-old holding on to [US wrestler] Hulk Hogan".
Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown: "I know I did my job right"
Many in Ferguson's predominantly African-American community had called for the officer to be charged with murder, but the grand jury's decision means the police officer will not face state criminal charges over the shooting.
Lawyers for Mr Brown's family denounced the grand jury's decision, saying they "strongly objected" to the way prosecutor Bob McCullough laid out the case, while condemning the violence that followed.
Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area saw some of the worst unrest on Tuesday night
A T-Mobile store was among businesses attacked by rioters in Oakland
At one point a fire set by protesters burnt across four lanes of Oakland's Telegraph Avenue
Protesters in Seattle blocked traffic
Here a cyclist blocks a road in Los Angeles
Police cars attacked
St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said Tuesday had been "generally a much better night" in Ferguson, a town of 21,000 people.
Tear gas was fired just once, he said, when rioters smashed windows at the Ferguson town hall. There was only one report of shooting, he added, when a car was set alight.
Some 2,200 National Guard soldiers were deployed to assist police in keeping order in and around the town.
Protests were reported in 13 cities: St Louis itself as well as Philadelphia, Seattle, Albuquerque, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, Chicago and Boston.
Protesters chanted "no justice"
Demonstrators across the US chanted the refrain "hands up, don't shoot" in reference to some witness statements that said Mr Brown was raising his hands in surrender when he was killed.
But many protests also referred to police killings in their own city, including a man in New York who died after being placed in a "chokehold" by a police officer.
In Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay area, rioters vandalised police cars and attacked businesses in the centre during a second night of unrest in the port city of 406,000 people.
Long-standing grievances about Oakland's police department are believed in part to be fuelling the protests there.
On Monday night, 43 arrests were made in Oakland as police struggled to control a crowd of some 2,000 people.
At the scene: Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson
There's been confrontation outside Ferguson town hall where a police vehicle was burnt earlier and tear gas still hangs in the air. There's a heavy police presence with several armoured cars and vehicles.
There is tension as police try to move people from the area - officers are saying anyone standing in the street will be subject to arrest. Some are giving chase to people in the surrounding streets and tonight they have dogs with them. A police helicopter is hovering overhead with a spotlight.
Further along, police and the National Guard face off with an angry crowd in front of the Police Department. There are fewer protesters, but a larger media presence. The crowd is jittery and there is a sense there could be further clashes.
In other incidents
- Protesters briefly stopped traffic in central Los Angeles before police moved in to clear them off
- Hundreds blocked traffic in Cleveland, Ohio, in a separate demonstration over the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by a police officer
- A car ploughed into protesters blocking a road at a rally in Minneapolis, injuring one person
Protesters in New York briefly shut down the Brooklyn Bridge
In Washington, DC, protesters gathered on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery
Inmates at a prison in Boston taped Mr Brown's name on their window
In Ferguson itself, the number of National Guardsmen was more than tripled
Speaking from Chicago on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said there was "no excuse" for destructive behaviour and criminal acts of rioting.
Accepting that "many communities of colour" had a sense of laws not being enforced "uniformly or fairly", he said he had ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to look at what steps could be taken to build trust.
What should Ferguson mothers tell their children?
A federal civil rights investigation is under way into Mr Wilson's actions, as is a broad federal inquiry into the Ferguson police department, looking for patterns of discrimination.
Speaking to ABC News in his first public comments, Mr Wilson said there was nothing he could have done differently.
"The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right," he said.
He denied witness statements that Mr Brown had put his hands up, insisting race had played no part in the confrontation