Manhattan Institute fellow discusses solutions to nationwide increases in homicides, shootings on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'
Manhattan Institute fellow discusses solutions to nationwide increases in homicides, shootings on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'
Britain’s “head start” over the EU in rolling out coronavirus vaccines means almost all over-50s in the UK will get their jab by March, the chief of AstraZeneca has said. Mr Soriot’s response to the ongoing vaccine supply row with Brussels came as the UK hit a sobering milestone. Yesterday the official death toll passed 100,000 – although one leading Sage scientist said this could rise by another 50,000 before the Covid pandemic “burns out”.
Amazon has halted sales of wines, beers and spirits in Northern Ireland and is preparing to de-list more products due to new Brexit customs rules, broadcaster ITV reported on Tuesday. The online retailer is concerned that excise duty will now have to be paid twice on shipments of alcohol which are sent from the British mainland across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, ITV reported. Britain left the European Union's single market and customs union on Dec. 31, introducing paperwork and customs declarations for those businesses that import and export goods with the bloc.
Despite rising cases of coronavirus infections and the spread of a new 'more deadly' variant, traders were optimistic about the UK’s vaccine rollout.
‘We would be happy to arrange for Harvey to make an announcement,’ said Network Rail
Pascal Soriot predicted that up to 30 million Britons will be vaccinated by March
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
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Snow came to the hills around Napa Valley on January 26 as winter storms hit the Bay Area and central California.This footage shows the snow in Howell Mountain.The National Weather Service issued flash-flood and wind advisories as rainfall picked up and wind gusts reached up to 55 miles per hour in some areas. Credit: @CphilpottCraig via Storyful
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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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.
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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
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