Author: Ugochukwu Gift

Palm Springs’ arrives for the Groundhog Days of quarantine

Palm Springs’ arrives for the Groundhog Days of quarantine

Though most of the films that have debuted during the pandemic never got to screen for packed movie houses, “Palm Springs” had the kind of premiere filmmakers dream of. At the Sundance Film Festival in January, the time-loop romantic comedy, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti drew big laughs, enthusiastic reviews, and a record deal for the festival. Hulu and the indie distributor Neon acqui... »

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they’ve seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches... »

Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Those receiving loans include City of Destiny, the Florida church that Trump’s personal pastor and White House faith adviser Paula White-Ca... »

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

TikTok to leave Hong Kong as security law raises worries

TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. The short-form video app’s planned departure from Hong Kong comes as various social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google, and Twitter balk at the possibility of prov... »

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data. Many were among the first to be approved for a loan in early April, when the administration was struggling to launch the lending program. And only eight businesse... »

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump’s own ethics policy, according to a report. The lobbyists identified Monday by the watchdog public citizen either worked in the Trump executive branch, served on his campaign, was part of th... »

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money through a federal program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity-owned firms. The Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection Program approved applicants from a broad swath of industries. So... »

Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now

Court Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Must Be Emptied For Now

“It took four long years, but today justice has been served at Standing Rock,” Earth justice attorney Jan , who represents the tribe, said in a statement. “If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.” The tribe sued the Corps in August 201... »

Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird Watcher In Central Park To Be Charged

Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird Watcher In Central Park To Be Charged

A white woman who called the police and claimed a Black man was threatening her after he asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York’s Central Park will be prosecuted over the incident, Manhattan’s district attorney said Monday. “Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree,” Manhattan District Attorney Jr.... »

Redefining global care: Duty, service and choices made in the time of COVID-19

Redefining global care: Duty, service and choices made in the time of COVID-19

When the WHO Representative to Oman was assigned her new duty station in Syria, traveling in the midst of the pandemic presented a formidable obstacle. All commercial flights were cancelled, and other options meant several days of travel, uncertainties and quarantines while crossing borders, and an increased chance of contracting COVID-19. “I was not content to start working on my new assignment f... »

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off. Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind. Kindness “is as bred in our bones as our anger or our lust or our grief or as our desire for revenge,” said the University of Calif... »

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen. “The Guinness Book of World Records” recognized Downs as having logged more hours in front of the... »

FBI arrests Epstein pal, accused of enabling abuse of girls

FBI arrests Epstein pal, accused of enabling abuse of girls

Brad Edwards, an attorney representing several Epstein accusers, said his clients were relieved by the charges. “Today is a very good day,” he said. The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, included counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in... »

USA unemployment rate

USA unemployment rate

U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. While the jobless rate was down from 13.3% in May, it is still at a Depression-era level. And the data was gathered during the second... »

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast. In another alarming indicator, 36 states are seeing an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus. “I think we are going to be in a very... »

Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

Feds’ mixed messages on masks sow confusion

“We just believe that what’s most important here is that people listen to the leadership in their state and the leadership in their local community and adhere to that guidance whether it has to do with facial coverings or whether it has to do with the size of gatherings,” Pence said. Early on, the government’s no mask message was unequivocal. As the first known COVID-19 infections were identified ... »

Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore

Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore

President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign ... »

Man City will give Liverpool guard of honor

Man City will give Liverpool guard of honor

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Manchester City will form a guard of honor for new English Premier League champion Liverpool when they meet next Thursday, City manager Pep Guardiola said. Liverpool took the title City have owned for the last two years this week. When English soccer resumed this month, Liverpool’s trip to Etihad Stadium was a po... »

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

American jailed in Spain was unwitting drug mule, US says

Victor Stemberger wasn’t about to ignore the emails inviting him into a multimillion dollar business opportunity, so he pitched himself as perfect for the job. In a way he was — but for all the wrong reasons. The 76-year-old Virginia man, whose family says he has cognitive issues, accepted the offer and boasted of his credentials as “an experienced businessman who does what he says he will do, and... »

Princeton to remove Wilson name from public policy school today

Princeton to remove Wilson name from public policy school today

Princeton University has announced plans to remove the name of former President Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name. University president Christopher Eisgruber said in a letter to the school community Saturday that the board of trustees had concluded that “Wilson’s racist... »

The opposition has won Malawi’s historic rerun of the presidential election, the first time a court overturned vote in Africa has led to the defeat of an incumbent leader. Lazarus Chakwera’s victory late Saturday was a result of months of determined street protests in the southern African nation, and of a unanimous decision by the Constitutional Court that widespread irregularities in the May 2019... »

Nurses, doctors feel strain as virus races through Arizona

Nurses, doctors feel strain as virus races through Arizona

They saw the ominous photos: Crowded hospitals, exhausted nurses, bodies piling up in morgues. It was far away, in New York, northern Italy and other distant places. Now, after three months of anxiously waiting and preparing, Arizona nurses and doctors are on the front lines as the coronavirus rips through the state, making it one of the world’s hot spots. The trickle of a few virus patients in Ma... »

Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks amid nationwide protests against racial injustice. “The eyes of the state, the nation and indeed the world are on this House,” the second ranking office in the Mississipp... »

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas. While much of the focus of concerns that the United States is entering a dangerous new phase has bee... »

Obama raises $7.6M for Joe Biden’s campaign

Obama raises $7.6M for Joe Biden’s campaign

Former President Barack Obama helped raise a record breaking $7.6 million from more than 175,000 individual donors ahead of his first fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “I’m here to say that help is on the way if we do the work,” Obama said during the virtual fundraiser. “Because there’s nobody that I trust more to be able to heal this country and get it back on track than my... »

Powerful earthquake shakes southern Mexico, at least 4 dead

Powerful earthquake shakes southern Mexico, at least 4 dead

A powerful earthquake centered near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least four people, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed and another injured in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Otherwise he said reports were of minor damage from the magnitude 7.4 quake, includ... »

Voting largely smooth in primaries in Kentucky, New York

Voting largely smooth in primaries in Kentucky, New York

Voting appeared to be running smoother in primaries on Tuesday than in elections held two weeks earlier in Georgia and Nevada, where voters experienced long lines and stood for hours outside polling places. While there were reports of some voters in New York and Kentucky having to cast ballots in person after failing to receive an absentee ballot, it did not appear to be causing the long lines tha... »

Trump says ‘learn from history’ instead of removing statues

Trump says ‘learn from history’ instead of removing statues

As America grapples with racism in its past, President Donald Trump lined up squarely Tuesday with those who argue that the pendulum has swung too far in favor of removing statues and other symbols of that flawed history, saying mistakes will be repeated if not learned from and understood. Trump’s campaign also sees the divide over this latest cultural flash point as a way to boost the president’s... »

Fauci hopeful for vaccine in late 2020

Fauci hopeful for vaccine in late 2020

The government’s top infectious disease expert said Tuesday he is cautiously optimistic that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021, and warned that the next few weeks will be critical to tamping down coronavirus hot spots around the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials also said they have not been asked to slow down testing for coronavirus, an i... »

Six DACA recipients rejoice over court ruling

Six DACA recipients rejoice over court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has kept alive, for now, the Obama era program that allows immigrants brought here as children to work and protects them from deportation. The high court on Thursday ruled that the Trump administration attempted to end the program improperly when it announced it was rescinding it in 2017. Since then, only people who were already enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood ... »

Trump adds to divisions in an unhappy country

Trump adds to divisions in an unhappy country

Americans are deeply unhappy about the state of their country — and a majority think President Donald Trump is exacerbating tensions in a moment of national crisis, according to a new poll from press. With less than five months until Election Day, the survey offers few bright spots for a president confronting a historic pandemic a sharp economic decline and national outrage over brutality against ... »

Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain – and now national action

Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain – and now national action

In just about any other year, June the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that the last enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of “Lift  Voice and Sing. But in 2020, as the coronavirus ravishes black America disproportionately, as economic unc... »

Decline in new US virus deaths may be temporary reprieve

Decline in new US virus deaths may be temporary reprieve

The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself. “For now, it’s too soon to be reassured that deaths are going down and everything’s OK,” said Dr. Cyrus of Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit organiz... »

Bolton critique of Trump could define tell all book battles

Bolton critique of Trump could define tell all book battles

The White House fight with former national security adviser John Bolton is the latest chapter in a lengthy history of Washington book battles, yet it will likely define future cases between the U.S. government and former employees determined to write tell alls. The government asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of the book, claiming it contains classified... »

Debate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change name

Debate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change name

The recent national debate over racism has renewed calls for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name, with Native American advocates believing the climate is right for action despite no evidence owner Dan Snyder is considering it. It could take pressure from the other 31 owners and the league office itself to force Snyder’s hand. A Redskins spokesman said the team had no comment, while ... »

Biden calls on Trump to ‘wake up’ to havoc caused by virus

Biden calls on Trump to ‘wake up’ to havoc caused by virus

Joe Biden unleashed a stinging critique Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, calling on Trump to “wake up” to the havoc caused by the pandemic and do more to prevent further harm. “Donald Trump wants to style himself as a wartime president,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said at a recreation center in the Philadelphia suburbs. “Unlike any other warti... »

Voice of protests around the world crying for peace

Voice of protests around the world crying for peace

They are nurses and doctors, artists, students, construction workers, government employees; black, brown and white; young and old. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in big cities and tiny towns in every U.S. state – and even around the world – to protest the killing of George Floyd, who died after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he plea... »

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

“That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson was charged with the rapes of three women in the early 2000s, Los Angeles prosecutors said Wednesday, the culmination of a three year investigation that resulted in a rare arrest of a famous Hollywood figure in the #MeToo era. The three counts of rape by force or fear against Masterson were filed Tuesday, and an arrest warrant issued. Masterson, 44, was arres... »

Bolton says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

Bolton says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s 6 Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser John Bolton that accuses the president of being driven by political calculations when making national security decisions. The White House was working furiously to block release of the book, whose China revelations carry echoes of Tr... »

Charleston officials to remove statue of slavery advocate

Charleston officials to remove statue of slavery advocate

Despite a South Carolina law protecting monuments, officials in the historic city of Charleston announced Wednesday that they plan to remove a statue of slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a downtown square. Mayor John Tecklenburg announced he will send a resolution to the City Council to remove the statue at a news conference on the fifth anniversary of the slaying of eight black church members... »

Sweeping change in US views of police violence

Sweeping change in US views of police violence

— A dramatic shift has taken place in the nation’s opinions on policing and race, as a new poll finds that more Americans today than five years ago believe police brutality is a very serious problem that too often goes undisciplined and unequally targets black Americans. The new findings from The Associated Press NORC Center for Public Affairs Research suggest the death of George Floyd and the wee... »

US coronavirus outbreaks spur debate over personal freedoms

US coronavirus outbreaks spur debate over personal freedoms

When the coronavirus flared in China this week, the country canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave. But with cases rising in some U.S. states, local officials have balked at even requiring people to wear masks. In the United States, which has the most reported cases and deaths in the world, authorities are wrestling with balancing demands for constit... »

Officer charged with murder for shooting Rayshard Brooks

Officer charged with murder for shooting Rayshard Brooks

Prosecutors brought murder charges Wednesday against the white Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back, saying that Brooks was not a deadly threat and that the officer kicked the wounded black man and offered no medical treatment for over 2 minutes as he lay dying on the ground. Brooks was holding a stun gun he had snatched from officers but was running away and was 18 feet, 3 ... »

When does it stop?’ Slain man’s family makes tearful plea

When does it stop?’ Slain man’s family makes tearful plea

Pleading through tears Monday, the family of a black man killed by Atlanta police outside a drive thru demanded changes in the criminal justice system and called on protesters to refrain from violence amid heightened tensions across the U.S. three weeks after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. An autopsy found that 27-year-old Ray shard Brooks was shot twice in the back late Friday by a white of... »

Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law

Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers protected by law

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title 7 that bars job discrimination because of sex, among other reasons, encompasses bias against... »

Interfaith group holds vigil outside St. John’s

Interfaith group holds vigil outside St. John’s

TOP OF THE HOUR: — A group of interfaith leaders held a prayer vigil outside St. John’s Church near the White House. — The mother of Trayvon Martin joined hundreds of demonstrators at a rally in downtown Miami. — At least seven Minneapolis police officers have quit and another seven are in the process of resigning. — Police officer shot during Las Vegas protest paralyzed. — Tulsa Health Department... »

Trump moved Tulsa rally date after learning about Juneteenth

Trump moved Tulsa rally date after learning about Juneteenth

President Donald Trump didn’t know the significance to black Americans of the date and location he chose for his first rally campaign since the coronavirus pandemic more than three months ago, key Republican supporters of the president in Congress said Sunday. Trump had scheduled the rally for June 19, known as Juneteenth because it marks the end of slavery in the United States. Tulsa, Oklahoma, t... »

Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

Jeremy Rooks works the evening shift at a Georgia fast-food restaurant these days to avoid being on the street past dusk. He needs somewhere to go at night: He and his wife are homeless after the extended-stay motel where they had lived since Thanksgiving evicted them in April when they couldn’t pay their rent. They should have been protected because the state’s Supreme Court has effectively halte... »

Blind voters fear loss of privacy with shift to mail voting

Blind voters fear loss of privacy with shift to mail voting

Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified. Blind since birth, Byington welcomed the rise in recent years of electronic voting machines equipped with technology that empowered her and others with disabil... »

Some tribes reopen their casinos despite state opposition

Some tribes reopen their casinos despite state opposition

Drivers heading down state roads leading to Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut are greeted by flashing warnings: “Avoid Large Crowds” and “Don’t Gamble With COVID.” Despite having authority to shutter thousands of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has been constrained when dealing with the sovereign tribal nations that own two of the world’s... »

US stocks bounce higher, but still end the week with a loss

US stocks bounce higher, but still end the week with a loss

Wall Street managed to end a bumpy day broadly higher Friday but still finished with its worst week in nearly three months. The S&P 500 rose 1.3% a day after dropping nearly 6% in its biggest rout since mid March. It lost 4.8% for the week, snapping a three week winning streak for the benchmark index. Small company stocks and bond yields rose, meaning investors were a bit more willing to take ... »

French leader rejects racism but colonial statues to remain

French leader rejects racism but colonial statues to remain

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed Sunday to stand firm against racism but also praised police and insisted that France wouldn’t take down statues of controversial, colonial era figures, as he addressed the issues for the first time since George Floyd’s death in the U.S. In a televised address to the nation on Sunday evening, Macron called for the nation’s “unity” at a key moment ... »

7 Minneapolis officers quit in wake of protests

7 Minneapolis officers quit in wake of protests

TOP OF THE HOUR: — At least seven Minneapolis police officers have quit and another seven are in the process of resigning. — Tulsa Health Department director wishes Trump would postpone a planned campaign rally because of recent increases in corona virus cases. — Italians deface statue of journalist who had 12-year-old Eritrean bride. — UK police arrest more than 100 after violent right-wing prote... »

Atlanta officer fired after fatal shooting of black man

Atlanta officer fired after fatal shooting of black man

Atlanta police said Sunday the department fired one officer and placed another on administrative duty for the fatal shooting of a black man who resisted arrest after failing a field sobriety test — a death that rekindled fiery protests in the city and also caused the police chief to resign. Body camera footage released early Sunday by Atlanta police showed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks appearing goo... »

Accuracy still unknown for many coronavirus tests rushed out

Accuracy still unknown for many coronavirus tests rushed out

How accurate are the corona virus tests used in the U.S.? Months into the outbreak, no one really knows how well many of the screening tests work, and experts at top medical centers say it is time to do the studies to find out. When the new virus began spreading, the Food and Drug Administration used its emergency powers to OK scores of quickly devised tests, based mainly on a small number of lab ... »

Florida migrant towns become coronavirus hot spots in US

Florida migrant towns become coronavirus hot spots in US

When much of the world was staying at home to slow the spread of the new corona virus, Elbin Sales Perez continued to rise at 4:30 am. to report to his landscaping job in a rural Florida town. Now, a couple of months later, as state imposed restrictions are lifted and Floridians begin to venture out, the Guatemalan immigrant is ill and isolated at home with his wife and children in Immokalee, a po... »

Americans maintain virus precautions as states reopen

Americans maintain virus precautions as states reopen

Most Americans say they are wearing masks. They are still by and large avoiding restaurants. And the vast majority are still staying at least six feet from others when out and about. Even as states and metropolitan areas throughout the country relax restrictions on social and economic life during the ongoing corona virus pandemic, a new poll finds that most Americans aren’t yet ready to abandon th... »

Brazil now has 2nd highest COVID death total

Brazil now has 2nd highest COVID death total

Brazil’s health ministry says the country has recorded a total of 41,828 deaths during the corona virus pandemic, meaning it has surpassed the United Kingdom and now has the second highest total in the world, according to tallies by Johns Hopkins University. Brazilian officials on Friday reported 909 deaths over the previous 24 hours. It is the hardest hit nation in Latin America, with more than 8... »

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in corona virus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona despite flashing warning signs there, too. One by one, states are weighing the health risks from the virus against the economic damage from the stay at home orders that have thrown millions out of work over the p... »

Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

In a move applauded by President Donald Trump’s conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services said it will enforce sex discrimination protections “according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as det... »

Pulling down statues of racists? Africa’s done it for years

Pulling down statues of racists? Africa’s done it for years

Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racist relics had to go. New campaigns in the US. and Europe are now following Africa’s lead. Monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers have become the focus of protests around the world, driven by... »

Police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force

Police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force

Seattle officers hold down a protester, and one repeatedly punches him in the face. In another run in, officers handcuff a looting suspect on the ground, one pressing a knee into his neck — the same tactic used on George Floyd. The officers were captured on videos appearing to violate policies on how to use force just days after Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police, setting off nationwide... »

Downplaying virus risk, Trump gets back to business as usual

Downplaying virus risk, Trump gets back to business as usual

At the White House, aides now routinely flout internal rules requiring face masks. The president’s campaign is again scheduling mass arena rallies. And he is back to spending summer weekends at his New Jersey golf club. Three months after President Donald Trump bowed to the realities of a pandemic that put big chunks of life on pause and killed more Americans than several major wars, Trump is back... »

Indian capital’s crematoriums overwhelmed with virus dead

Indian capital’s crematoriums overwhelmed with virus dead

When Raj Singh’s 70-year-old mother died from the corona virus in India’s capital, he took comfort in the prospect of a proper cremation, the funeral rite that Hindus believe releases the soul from the cycle of rebirth. But instead of chanting sacred Vedic hymns and sprinkling holy water from the Ganges River, all Singh could do was place his mother’s wrapped corpse on a wooden pyre and along with... »

Historical figures reassessed around globe after Floyd death

Historical figures reassessed around globe after Floyd death

The rapidly unfolding movement to pull down Confederate monuments around the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police has extended to statues of slave traders, imperialists, conquerors and explorers around the world, including Christopher Columbus, Cecil Rhodes and Belgium’s King Leopold 2. Protests and, in some cases, acts of vandalism have taken place in such cities as Bos... »

Business Highlights

Business Highlights

Nearly 3 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as the viral outbreak led more companies to slash jobs even though most states have begun to let some businesses reopen under certain restrictions. The ongoing wave of layoffs has heightened concerns that more government aid is needed to sustain the economy through the deep recession caused by the viral outbreak. Wi... »

George Floyd’s casket taken inside mausoleum

George Floyd’s casket taken inside mausoleum

Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin. The Seattle-based company did not say why it took action now. Ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd have focused attention on racial injusti... »

Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin. The Seattle-based company did not say why it took action now. Ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd have focused attention on racial injusti... »

Amid tears and laughter, visits resume in nursing homes

Amid tears and laughter, visits resume in nursing homes

She wore a mask and sat across the nursing home patio from her elderly mother, but Marcie Abramson’s emotions were on full display as the two connected in person for the first time in nearly three months. Like many states, Massachusetts in mid-March limited visits to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, which has exacted a heavy tol... »

George Floyd’s brother pleads with Congress,Stop the pain

George Floyd’s brother pleads with Congress,Stop the pain

George Floyd’s brother challenged Congress on Wednesday to “stop the pain” as lawmakers consider a sweeping law enforcement overhaul, so the man he looked up to won’t become just “another name” on a growing list of black Americans killed during interactions with police. Philonise Floyd’s appearance before a House hearing came a day after funeral service for his older brother, the 46-year-old Afric... »