Month: August 2020

Seattle agrees to America’s ‘most comprehensive protection’ for media and legal observers covering protests against police

Police declared a riot last month after a protest turned violent: Getty Seattle authorities have agreed to what campaigners say is the nation’s “most comprehensive protection” for reporters and legal observers covering protests against the actions of police. Following a number of incidents in which reporters and other observers covering Black Lives Matter protests were arrested or else subjected to crowd control weapons such as pepper spray, the city agreed its police force should not target such individuals. Given a nurse was sprayed in the face with pepper spray after she went to help someone pushed to the group by police, medical personnel were also included in the agreement. “This will be by far the most comprehensive order protecting protesters in the country,” David Perez. a Seattle ...

Chicago protests: Restrictions imposed after chaotic night of unrest

Chicago police will limit access to the city centre after a night of violence and looting following reports of a police shooting. Police Superintendent David Brown said the area will be restricted from 20:00 to 06:00 and a “heavy police presence” will continue until further notice. He said the “shameful destruction” was “fuelled by misinformation” about a suspect shot by police on Sunday. Social media videos showed hundreds of people looting and confronting police. As of Monday, Chicago police have arrested over 100 individuals for looting, disorderly conduct and battery against police, among other charges. In addition to widespread damage, police reported an exchange of gunfire with suspects in the early hours of Monday. City officials had temporarily s...

Police searched a United Airlines jet after a reportedly hallucinating passenger claimed there was a bomb on board

File photo: A United Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft at Newark Airport. Gary Hershorn/Getty Police met a United Airlines flight landing at Newark on Sunday after a passenger said that she thought there was a bomb on board. Police did not find a bomb, and believe that the passenger was hallucinating while under the influence of marijuana and Adderall. Video and photos from the scene show a swarm of police around the plane, with dogs checking offloaded luggage. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. A United flight from Los Angeles to Newark was forced to stop short of the gate when it landed on Sunday, after a woman on the flight stood up and said that she thought there was a bomb on board. The flight was met by police on the tarmac at Newark at 4:30 p.m., according to The D...

Dozens of public health officials across the U.S. have resigned or been fired amid COVID-19

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or been fired since the coronavirus outbreak began. Dr. Sonia Angell, seen at a February news conference in Sacramento, is leaving her role as director and state public health officer for the California Department of Public Health. (Randall Benton/The Associated Press) Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become. One of the latest departures came Sunday, when California’s public health...

Florida reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Florida shattered its record for weekly hospitalizations, making it one of the biggest coronavirus hot spots in the nation. Some 3,355 people were admitted to Florida hospitals from Sunday, Aug. 2, to Monday, the state’s COVID-19 dashboard showed. Last Wednesday alone, 621 people were admitted to hospitals, The Orlando Sentinel reported. And in total, 30,785 people have been hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. “These are devastating numbers,” Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist and assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told NBC News. The blame, Khan said, should be laid at the feet of the Florida leaders who downplayed the danger early on and who have been slow to impose mask mandates a...

Lebanese government resigns as explosion fallout continues

Lebanon’s prime minister on Monday announced the resignation of his government nearly a week after a deadly explosion in Beirut that stirred public outrage and spurred a string of ministers to step down. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab speaks at the government palace in Beirut during his address to the nation. (Tele Liban/Reuters) Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday announced the resignation of his government nearly a week after a devastating explosion in Beirut that stirred public outrage and spurred a string of ministers to step down. Diab announced the resignation of the entire cabinet in a televised evening address to the nation, characterizing the detonation of highly explosive material warehoused at the capital’s port for the past seven years as being...

Protesters met with jeers by crowd with guns in Nevada city

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — Several dozen Black Lives Matter demonstrators at a weekend protest in rural Nevada were greeted by a far larger group of counter-demonstrators, including some bearing military-style weapons and tactical gear, but a sheriff who had made controversial remarks earlier about the racial injustice movement reported no arrests or serious incidents. The clash of rallies Saturday came days after Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley attracted national attention for telling the local library not to bother calling 911 for help after board members publicly considered a statement opposing “all forms of racism, hatred, inequality and injustice” and the line “We support #Black Lives Matter.” The library abandoned plans to issue the diversity statement and the sheriff backed off, saying...

Trump abruptly escorted out of briefing room after shooting nearby

U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted from the White House briefing room Monday after a security incident outside. U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly taken from the White House briefing room Monday, but returned minutes later to explain what happened. 1:30 U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent from the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there was a “shooting” outside the White House that was “under control.” “There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” Trump said. The president said the shots were fired by law enforcement. He said he believed the individual who was shot was a...

Alstom expresses concern over finances at Bombardier’s rail unit, but takeover will likely go through

French rail giant Alstom SA is warning that problems at Bombardier’s train division may affect negotiations to buy it, but says it still plans to go ahead with the takeover deal. Alstom says that “negative developments” around Bombardier’s rail operations have prompted the would-be buyer to “take into account the consequences” during upcoming discussions over the planned $8.2B purchase of the unit. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) French rail giant Alstom SA is warning that problems at Bombardier’s train division may affect negotiations to buy it, but says it still plans to go ahead with the takeover deal. Alstom says that “negative developments” around the train unit’s operations and finances revealed in Bombardier’s quarterly ...

Dozens of public health officials across the U.S. have resigned or been fired amid COVID-19

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or been fired since the coronavirus outbreak began. Dr. Sonia Angell, seen at a February news conference in Sacramento, is leaving her role as director and state public health officer for the California Department of Public Health. (Randall Benton/The Associated Press) Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become. One of the latest departures came Sunday, when California’s public health...

Toronto dentist charged with sexually assaulting patients, sexual interference with minors still practising 

More than six weeks after being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual interference involving minors, with patients alleged to be among the victims, a Toronto dentist continues to practise. Amir Haydarian practises out of the Mount Pleasant Dental Centre in Midtown Toronto. He was charged on June 26 and July 21 with multiple counts of sexual assault, assault and sexual interference with a person under the age of 16. (Michael Aitkens/CBC) More than six weeks after being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual interference involving minors, with patients alleged to be among the victims, a Toronto dentist continues to practise. His patients, however, likely have no idea what Amir Haydarian, 54, is accused of. With the exception of a notice on the website o...

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

Puerto Ricans demanded answers Monday after botched primaries forced officials to reschedule voting at centres lacking ballots, an unprecedented decision being called a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. Puerto Ricans are furious after botched primaries forced officials to reschedule voting at centres lacking ballots. (Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images) Puerto Ricans demanded answers Monday after botched primaries forced officials to reschedule voting at centres lacking ballots, an unprecedented decision being called a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. The island’s elections commission remained silent as anger and embarrassment spread across Puerto Rico one day after hundreds of voters were turned away from shuttered centres that for unknown reasons received ballots ...

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