Special purpose acquisition company CIIG Merger will absorb an electric-vehicle maker in a transaction that values the combined company at $5.4 billion.
Despite rising cases of coronavirus infections and the spread of a new 'more deadly' variant, traders were optimistic about the UK’s vaccine rollout.
PARIS — In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, contend that French police use racial profiling in ID checks, targeting Black people and people of Arab descent. They were serving Prime Minister Jean Castex and France’s interior and justice ministers with formal legal notice of demands for concrete steps and deep law enforcement reforms to ensure that racial profiling does not determine who gets stopped by police. The organizations, which also include the Open Society Justice Initiative and three French grassroots groups, plan to spell out the legal initiative at a news conference in Paris. The issue of racial profiling by French police has been debated for years, including but not only the practice of officers performing identity checks on young people who are often Black or of Arab descent and live in impoverished housing projects. Serving notice is the obligatory first step in a two-stage lawsuit process. The law gives French authorities four months to talk with the NGOs about meeting their demands. If the parties behind the lawsuit are left unsatisfied after that time, the case will go to court, according to one of the lawyers, Slim Ben Achour. It's the first class-action discrimination lawsuit based on colour or supposed ethnic origins in France. The NGO’s are employing a little-used 2016 French law that allows associations to take such a legal move. “It’s revolutionary, because we’re going to speak for hundreds of thousands, even a million people.” Ben Achour told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The NGOs are pursuing the class action on behalf of racial minorities who are mostly second- or third-generation French citizens. “The group is brown and Black,” Ben Achour said. The four-month period for reaching a settlement could be prolonged if the talks are making progress, but if not, the NGOs will go to court, he said. The abuse of identity checks has served for many in France as emblematic of broader alleged racism within police ranks, with critics claiming that misconduct has been left unchecked or whitewashed by authorities. Video of a recent incident posted online drew a response from President Emmanuel Macron, who called racial profiling “unbearable.” Police representatives say officers themselves feel under attack when they show up in suburban housing projects. During a spate of confrontational incidents, officers became trapped and had fireworks and other objects thrown at them. The NGOs are seeking reforms rather than monetary damages, especially changes in the law governing identity checks. The organizations argue the law is too broad and allows for no police accountability because the actions of officers involved cannot be traced, while the stopped individuals are left humiliated and sometimes angry. Among other demands, the organizations want an end to the longstanding practice of gauging police performance by numbers of tickets issued or arrests made, arguing that the benchmarks can encourage baseless identity checks. The lawsuit features some 50 witnesses, both police officers and people subjected to abusive checks, whose accounts are excerpted in the letters of notice. The NGO’s cite one unnamed person who spoke of undergoing multiple police checks every day for years. A police officer posted in a tough Paris suburb who is not connected with the case told the AP that he is often subjected to ID checks when he is wearing civilian clothes. “When I’m not in uniform, I’m a person of colour,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous in keeping with police rules and due to the sensitive nature of the topic. Police need a legal basis for their actions, “but 80% of the time they do checks (based on) heads” — meaning how a person looks. Omer Mas Capitolin, the head of Community House for Supportive Development, a grassroots NGO taking part in the legal action, called it a “mechanical reflex” for French police to stop non-whites, a practice he said is damaging to the person being checked and ultimately to relations between officers and the members of the public they are expected to protect. “When you’re always checked, it lowers your self-esteem,” and you become a “second-class citizen,” Mas Capitolin said. The “victims are afraid to file complaints in this country even if they know what happened isn’t normal,” he said, because they fear fallout from neighbourhood police. He credited the case of George Floyd, the Black American whose died last year in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, with raising consciences and becoming a catalyst for change in France. However, the NGOs make clear that they are not accusing individual police of being racist because “they act within a system that allowed these practices to spread and become installed,” the groups said in a joint document. “It’s so much in the culture. They don’t ever think there’s a problem,” said Ben Achour, the lawyer. —- Follow all AP stories about racial profiling at https://apnews.com/Racialinjustice. Elaine Ganley, The Associated Press
Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella is starting talks with political parties Wednesday to form a new government after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday. The government collapsed after a key partner to the centre-left coalition pulled support for Conte’s handling of the Coivid-19 pandemic. “The widespread suffering of citizens, deep social hardship and economic difficulties require a clear perspective and a government that has a larger and more secure majority,” wrote Conte on his Facebook.He hopes to form a third government with a strengthened majority, which is "loyal to European ideals".For weeks Conte and former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose Italia Viva party was a key partner in the coalition that has ruled Italy since September 2019, have had disagreements over how the government has handled the Covid pandemic.Renzi criticised how Conte was going to spend over 200 billion euros of European Union recovery funds, saying that he was wasting an opportunity to address some of Italy's long-term structural problems.Italia Viva withdrew from the coalition earlier this month, and though Conte won confidence votes in parliament last week, he fell short of an absolute majority in the Senate.Politics in the way of Covid recoveryThe ratings agency Fitch said in a statement that the political crisis could hinder Italy's ability to relaunch its economy, and “could also increase the risk of delays in disbursing" the recovery funds.Italy was the first European country to face the full force of the pandemic, and parts of the country remain under partial lockdown. The economy has entered a recession.Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, one of the leaders of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), the largest group in parliament, urged lawmakers to get behind Conte, saying: "It is the moment of truth, in these hours we will know who defends and loves our nation and who only thinks of their own benefit."Conte now has to convince Mattarella that he can form another government, something the M5S and the other partners in the coalition—the Democratic Party (PD) and the LeU (Free and Equal) party—are hoping for. Mattarella can also mandate a new prime minister to try to form a government from the same parties, appoint a technical government to steer the country through the pandemic, or dissolve parliament and call an early election.All the ruling parties want to avoid snap elections, as the centre-right opposition, including former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini's far-right League party, would probably win.Salvini says that Conte is incapable of leading Italy through the crisis.“Let’s use these weeks to give the word back to the people and we’ll have five years of a serious and legitimate parliament and government not chosen in palaces but chosen by Italians,” he said Monday.(with agencies)
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A woman who refused to pay her taxi fare after a ride admitted on Wednesday (27 January) to using a wooden pizza pan to hit an elderly taxi driver.
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccination Wednesday, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others. “We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, the Jewish Community of Vienna organizer of the vaccination drive. More than 400 Austrian survivors, most in their 80s or 90s, were expected to get their first coronavirus shot at Vienna's largest vaccination center set up in the Austrian capital's convention center.
The lavish Ram Navami celebrations were the VHP and its associate organisations’ answer to Muharram processions in Bengal. The BJP rode on this wave to extract political benefit out of it, writes Sambit Pal
Pep Guardiola called for calm after in-form Manchester City went top of the Premier League by routing West Brom 5-0.
Dallas Mavericks (8-9, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Utah Jazz (13-4, second in the Western Conference) Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST LINE: Jazz -4; over/under is 225.5 BOTTOM LINE: Utah seeks to build upon its nine-game win streak with a victory over Dallas. The Jazz are 8-2 in Western Conference games. Utah has a 1-0 record in games decided by less than 4 points. The Mavericks have gone 4-4 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas is sixth in the Western Conference with 13.7 fast break points per game led by Dorian Finney-Smith averaging 2.5. The teams match up Wednesday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Rudy Gobert is shooting 61% and averaging 12.5 points. Gobert is averaging 14.2 rebounds and 11.5 points per game over the last 10 games for Utah. Tim Hardaway Jr. leads the Mavericks averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers while scoring 17.5 points per game and shooting 38.5% from beyond the arc. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.1 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 45.7% over the last 10 games for Dallas. LAST 10 GAMES: Jazz: 9-1, averaging 115.1 points, 49.5 rebounds, 25.2 assists, six steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.2 points on 43.3% shooting. Mavericks: 5-5, averaging 111 points, 43.9 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.2 points on 46.6% shooting. INJURIES: Jazz: Trent Forrest: out (health and safety protocols), Elijah Hughes: out (ankle). Mavericks: Maxi Kleber: day to day (health and safety protocols), Dorian Finney-Smith: day to day (health and safety protocols), Dwight Powell: day to day (health and safety protocols), Josh Richardson: day to day (health and safety protocols). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Brooklyn Nets (11-8, fifth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (9-8, sixth in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Kevin Durant leads Brooklyn into a matchup against Atlanta. He currently ranks second in the league averaging 30.4 points per game. The Hawks are 5-6 in Eastern Conference games. Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference in rebounding, averaging 48.5 boards. Clint Capela leads the Hawks with 14.8 rebounds. The Nets are 8-5 in Eastern Conference play. Brooklyn is second in the Eastern Conference scoring 119.1 points per game and is shooting 48.8%. The teams play for the third time this season. The Hawks won the last meeting 114-96 on Jan. 1. De'Andre Hunter scored 23 points to help lead Atlanta to the win. TOP PERFORMERS: Trae Young is second on the Hawks averaging 2.1 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 26.1 points per game while shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc. Kevin Huerter is averaging 12 points and 3.8 assists over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Durant leads the Nets averaging 30.4 points and is adding 7.6 rebounds. James Harden is averaging 23 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 45.7% over the last 10 games for Brooklyn. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 5-5, averaging 107.9 points, 49 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 7.8 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.5 points on 43.8% shooting. Nets: 6-4, averaging 118.5 points, 43.9 rebounds, 27 assists, 4.8 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.8 points on 47.5% shooting. INJURIES: Hawks: Kris Dunn: out (right ankle), Cameron Reddish: out (achilles), Bogdan Bogdanovic: out (knee). Nets: Nicolas Claxton: out (right knee), Spencer Dinwiddie: out for season (acl). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Portland Trail Blazers (9-7, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (7-9, 11th in the Western Conference) Houston; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Damian Lillard leads Portland into a matchup with Houston. He ranks third in the league scoring 28.7 points per game. The Rockets have gone 4-7 against Western Conference teams. Houston is eighth in the Western Conference with 35.2 defensive rebounds per game led by Christian Wood averaging 8.7. The Trail Blazers are 6-5 against Western Conference opponents. Portland is seventh in the Western Conference with 9.8 offensive rebounds per game led by Enes Kanter averaging 3.8. The teams meet for the second time this season. The Trail Blazers won 128-126 in the last meeting on Dec. 26. CJ McCollum led Portland with 44 points, and James Harden led Houston with 44 points. TOP PERFORMERS: Eric Gordon leads the Rockets with 2.6 made 3-pointers, and is averaging 18 points while shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc. Victor Oladipo is averaging 14.5 points and 3.2 assists over the last 10 games for Houston. Lillard is averaging 28.7 points and seven assists for the Trail Blazers. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 12.9 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 39.8% over the last 10 games for Portland. LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 5-5, averaging 110 points, 45.6 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.3 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.7 points on 44.0% shooting. Trail Blazers: 6-4, averaging 115.3 points, 44.1 rebounds, 21 assists, eight steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.4 points on 46.5% shooting. INJURIES: Rockets: Dante Exum: out (calf), Christian Wood: out (ankle). Trail Blazers: Jusuf Nurkic: out (wrist), Rodney Hood: day to day (thigh), Zach Collins: out (ankle), Robert Covington: day to day (concussion), CJ McCollum: out (left foot). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Washington Wizards (3-10, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (5-10, 14th in the Western Conference) New Orleans; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Washington will attempt to break its four-game road skid when the Wizards play New Orleans. The Pelicans are 2-3 in home games. New Orleans is seventh in the league with 11.2 offensive rebounds per game led by Steven Adams averaging 3.9 offensive boards. The Wizards are 2-5 in road games. Washington has a 0-4 record against teams under .500. The Pelicans and Wizards face off Wednesday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Lonzo Ball leads the Pelicans with 4.7 assists and scores 12 points per game. Brandon Ingram is averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers and 23.7 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans. Bradley Beal leads the Wizards averaging 34.4 points while adding 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Russell Westbrook is averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 26.3% over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 2-8, averaging 111.5 points, 45.9 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.6 points on 46.8% shooting. Wizards: 3-7, averaging 117.4 points, 44 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.9 points on 49.1% shooting. INJURIES: Pelicans: None listed. Wizards: Troy Brown Jr.: out (health and safety protocols), Deni Avdija: out (health and safety protocols), Davis Bertans: out (health and safety protocols), Moritz Wagner: out (health and safety protocols), Ish Smith: out (health and safety protocols), Thomas Bryant: out for season (left knee), Rui Hachimura: out (health and safety protocols). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
The 'EastEnders' star's funeral was attended by just 29 people due to coronavirus restrictions, but her loved ones want to give her a fitting send off.
One of the survivors taking part in today’s socially-distanced Holocaust Memorial Day says it is needed more than ever. Ernest Simon fled Austria in 1939 as a child having witnessed Nazi mobs burn Jewish prayer books on the street where he lived and now volunteers to speak about his experiences to young people.
FORM 8.5 (EPT/RI) PUBLIC DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITH RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY STATUS DEALING IN A CLIENT-SERVING CAPACITY 1. KEY INFORMATION (a) Name of exempt principal trader: Investec Bank plc (b) Name of offeror/offeree in relation to whose relevant securities this form relates: Use a separate form for each offeror/offeree CIP Merchant Capital Limited(c) Name of the party to the offer with which exempt principal trader is connected: Investec is Financial Advisor to Corporation Financiere Europeenne S.A. (CFE) d) Date dealing undertaken: 26th January 2021 (e) Has the EPT previously disclosed, or is it today disclosing, in respect of any other party to this offer?No 2. DEALINGS BY THE EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER (a) Purchases and sales Class of relevant securityPurchases/ sales Total number of securitiesHighest price per unit paid/received(pence) Lowest price per unit paid/received(pence) Ordinary Shares Purchases 5,000,000 50 50 Ordinary Shares Sales 5,000,000 50 50 (b) Derivatives transactions (other than options) Class of relevant securityProduct descriptione.g. CFDNature of dealinge.g. opening/closing a long/short position, increasing/reducing a long/short positionNumber of reference securitiesPrice per unit (c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities (i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying Class of relevant securityProduct description e.g. call optionWriting, purchasing, selling, varying etc.Number of securities to which option relatesExercise price per unitTypee.g. American, European etc.Expiry dateOption money paid/ received per unit (ii) Exercising Class of relevant securityProduct descriptione.g. call optionNumber of securitiesExercise price per unit (d) Other dealings (including subscribing for new securities) Class of relevant securityNature of dealinge.g. subscription, conversionDetailsPrice per unit (if applicable) The currency of all prices and other monetary amounts should be stated. Where there have been dealings in more than one class of relevant securities of the offeror or offeree named in 1(b), copy table 2(a), (b), (c) or (d) (as appropriate) for each additional class of relevant security dealt in. 3. OTHER INFORMATION (a) Indemnity and other dealing arrangements Details of any indemnity or option arrangement, or any agreement or understanding, formal or informal, relating to relevant securities which may be an inducement to deal or refrain from dealing entered into by the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any party to the offer or any person acting in concert with a party to the offer:If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state “none” None (b) Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives Details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding, formal or informal, between the exempt principal trader making the disclosure and any other person relating to:(i) the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option; or (ii) the voting rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative is referenced:If there are no such agreements, arrangements or understandings, state “none” None Date of disclosure: 27th January 2021 Contact name: Rich White Telephone number: 0207 597 5462
Actor Elliot Page has filed for divorce from wife Emma Portner. The star of Juno, Umbrella Academy and Whip It, who came out as transgender in December, married dancer and choreographer Portner in 2018. According to online court documents, Page, who is from Canada, filed for a contested divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel's in-tray: what the new Chelsea manager must tackleThe new man at Stamford Bridge must get expensive signings firing, repair squad harmony and show faith in promising youth Clockwise from top left: Edouard Mendy makes a save; Mason Mount adjusts his captain armband; Kai Havertz cuts a frustrated figure; Billy Gilmour in action; and Timo Werner reacts after having his penalty saved against Luton. Composite: Pool via AP; Shutterstock; AMA/Getty Images; Action Images via Reuters; AFP via Getty Images
The 18-year-old shared his love of trains in a new BBC documentary featuring himself and his mum.
ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 22 - 27 JANUARY 2021 In connection with the announced share buy-back program in Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S, A/S Motortramp continuously sells shares pro rata and the market is to be informed accordingly – see the attached file and announcement no. 90/2020. Kind regards, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S Martin Badsted CFO For further information: Martin Badsted, CFO, tel.: +45 3315 0451 Attachments No. 22 Managers' transactions Transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons
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