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Hier — 14 juillet 2020English News

Trump Administration Rescinds Order Barring Foreign Students From Taking Online Courses

The Trump administration has walked back a widely panned directive that would have stripped international students studying at US colleges of their visas if their classes were entirely online.

Major San Andreas Earthquake 'Likelier' Now After Recent California Quakes, Study Finds

A new analysis of the changes in fault stresses in Southern California has shown that there is now an increased chance of a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault - which could possibly impact up to 18 million people in the Los Angeles, California, area.

Video: Russian Combat Aircraft Intercepts US Spy Plane

The US plane was intercepted by aircraft from Russia's Southern Military District, which escorted it away from the border.

‘People Are Crazy’: MAGA Supporter Flashes Gun in US Diner After Staff Enforces Mask Policy

A US man sporting a Make America Great Again hat recently caused quite the uproar at a barbeque restaurant in Mission, Kansas, after he decided to show off his firearm to employees when being asked to follow the establishment’s mask policy.

Arizona, Texas Counties Request Refrigerated Trucks as Morgues Fill Up With COVID-19 Victims

Counties in Arizona and Texas have recently issued requests for refrigerated trucks after almost running out of space to store bodies in their morgues amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

US Navy Warship Navigates Through Contested Waters in South China Sea, Statement Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Navy destroyer Ralph Johnson on Tuesday navigated through contested waters in the South China Sea, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement.

Police Launch Appeal for Man Who Indecently Exposed Himself to Woman Walking Dog in Aberdeen

A woman walking her dog unsuspectingly became the victim of indecent exposure by an unknown man over the weekend. Police have begun their search and are now seeking information from the public.

Erdogan Says Changing Hagia Sophia's Status Fixed Historical Mistake Made in 1934

ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish authorities have fixed a historical mistake made in 1934 by turning Hagia Sophia from museum to a mosque, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.

Burger King Changes Cows Diets To Reduce Methane Emissions

Fast food giant Burger King have introduced a new “Reduced Emissions Methane Beef” range to help lower their carbon footprint. The burger chain plans to achieve this by adding small amounts of lemongrass to their cows’ daily feeds as part of its parent company Restaurant Brands International Sustainability Strategy.

NBA Reverses Course to Allow Fans to Buy 'FreeHongKong' Jerseys, After Initially 'Sabotaging' Them

Daily Caller author David Hookstead shook up social media on Monday after revealing that custom “KillCops” and “F**kPolice” jerseys can be easily purchased on the NBA’s official website, while those with the “FreeHongKong” message were not available. It seems however, that this has now changed.

Police Chief Slams UK's 'Absurd' Compulsory Face Mask Policy as 'Nigh-Impossible' to Enforce

As the United Kingdom seeks to loosen lockdown restrictions first introduced in March to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the government is looking to ensure that those going into newly re-opened shops will be wearing face masks to keep infection rates as low as possible.

Anti-Trump Lincoln Project co-founder says past tweets shouldn’t define him, then cans employee for offensive messages a day later

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The Lincoln Project, an anti-Donald Trump organization founded by Republicans, has fired its video editor Ben Howe for years-old tweets using female anatomy as an insult – despite one of its co-founders engaging in similar antics.

“Based on these unacceptable and offensive posts, and those that came to light last week, Ben Howe is no longer affiliated with the Lincoln Project, effective immediately,” Keith Edwards, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The tweets in question were emailed to the organization by the 19th News, a non-profit media outlet, and had been highlighted by other groups within the last week. 

The old posts included some by Howe, who previously worked for conservative blog RedState, calling critics a “tw*t” or “vagina” – and sometimes using more offensive language.

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“I want to be a feminist but every time I call someone a c**t I get yelled at,” another tweet from 2018 read.

In his own statement, Howe called the past writings “inexcusable” and “ill-advised.” 

On the eve of Howe’s firing, Lincoln’s co-founder Rick Wilson found himself in the hot seat during an interview on Stephen Colbert’s CBS All Access series ‘Tooning Out the News’, where his own past tweets were highlighted – but he did not show any of the remorse being expressed by Howe. 

Some of the messages referred to former President Barack Obama as a “b**ch” – an insult Wilson seems to be fond of, as in Monday’s interview he called Trump a “whining b**ch addicted to Twitter.”

“Yes, he is a b**ch. That is the biggest insult, comparing someone to a woman,” cartoon host Sarah Sabo responded to the remark. “I hate us.”

Wilson’s past support of George W. Bush and some of his other disparaging remarks were brought to light, to which he responded by saying people can move on from their past. 

“Not every quote that you have on Twitter is something you’re going to live with forever,” he said. 

Wilson’s past may not be relevant to him, but it certainly is relevant for those criticizing his organization for firing Howe. 

“This is dumb. Rick Wilson was flying the rebel flag, saying the South Will Rise Again! But @BenHowe gets fired over some Tweets,” conservative pundit Mike Cernovich tweeted, highlighting the fact that Wilson has been pictured with the Confederate flag in the past – despite an ad from his organization that criticizes Trump’s support for the very same thing.

There is no way that taken as a whole, Ben Howe's Twitter history is more offensive or vitriolic than Rick Wilson's. https://t.co/8dEygL01pp

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) July 14, 2020

Honestly, not sure how @ProjectLincoln fires @BenHowe for sexist tweets when a solid chunk of their founders do the same thing incessantly, including on cable news shows.

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) July 14, 2020

Amanda Becker, a Washington correspondent for the 19th News, even seemed confused by the firing, as the original inquiry into Howe’s tweets was intended to find out what the Lincoln Project was doing to “appeal to women.”

I asked @ProjectLincoln what they were doing to appeal to women. It turned into a different story. https://t.co/3i3znQWVdc

— Amanda Becker (@AmandaBecker) July 14, 2020

The Lincoln Project is mainly known for a series of ads, many of which were put together by Howe, targeting Trump and his administration. The president has called them “losers” and a “disgrace to Honest Abe.” 

The attention has only bolstered the group, though, as they raised over $16 million last quarter and plan to expand their operations ahead of November’s presidential election.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:44

Ghislaine Maxwell pleads NOT GUILTY to charges of procuring minors for sexual abuse

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time confidante of Jeffrey Epstein, has pleaded not guilty to charges of supplying the late financier and convicted sex offender with underage girls for trafficking and abuse.

“Not guilty, your honor,” Maxwell told Judge Alison Nathan at Manhattan federal court on Tuesday. She then waived the public reading of her indictment. The British socialite appeared at the hearing via video from the Brooklyn jail where she is currently held.

Maxwell’s lawyers have argued that the media is “wrongly trying to substitute her for Epstein — even though she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or been found liable in any civil litigation, and has always denied any allegations of claimed misconduct.”

Maxwell has been held without bail since her arrest on July 2 at her secret estate in New Hampshire. Prosecutors say she is an “extreme” flight risk and should not be released on the $5 million bail her defense has suggested.

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“The defendant has not only the motive to flee, but the means to do so swiftly and effectively,” prosecutors wrote in the court papers, citing Maxwell’s wealth and the documented history of her international connections.

Maxwell “vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence,” her lawyers declared.

She is charged with six criminal counts and accused of “identifying, befriending and grooming” at least three underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997.

Epstein died last August in a New York jail where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was officially ruled a suicide, though intense speculation has surrounded the circumstances, with many suggesting foul play. Earlier this week, the Daily Mail claimed that Maxwell was being moved between cells to “avoid assassins.”

The infamous socialite’s trial was set for 12 July 2021, with the judge yet undecided on bail.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:42

Tear gas deployed as anti-govt protesters clash with police on Bastille Day (VIDEO)

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France’s national holiday has been marred by scuffles between police and protesters, as thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate against public health support measures they deemed insufficient.

Streets in the center of the French capital once again descended into chaos as police officers in riot gear clashed with groups of angry protesters while France was celebrating Bastille Day. 

Videos posted on social media showed officers wearing helmets and body armor using tear gas and pepper-spraying crowds in a tense standoff. The protesters were seen throwing various objects at the police.

🔴Grosses tensions en cours sur la Place de la Bastille. Plusieurs tirs de gaz lacrymogènes contre des projectiles. Les forces de l’ordre doivent reculer. #14juillet #FeteNationale #Paris #BastilleDay #soignants #France pic.twitter.com/GFwAVqZ5EU

— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) July 14, 2020

La place de la Bastille sous les gaz lacrymogènes après une charge de la Brav-M. #14juillet pic.twitter.com/sC7DMW4kGu

— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) July 14, 2020

Footage captured by RT’s Ruptly video agency showed the moment tensions boiled over and the standoff spiraled into a brief and intense clash at the Place de la Bastille, as a small group of demonstrators attacked several officers. The attackers managed to strike one officer to the ground, landing multiple kicks before other officers stepped in to intervene.

Instances of violence also accompanied a massive protest march organized by a major trade union association, the CGT, together with the Inter-Hospital Collective (CIH) – a group calling for more support for public health care facilities and workers.

Plusieurs policiers pris à partie par plusieurs personnes doivent reculer et prendre la fuite sous la pression de la foule. #14juillet pic.twitter.com/ojFz3zyIuW

— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) July 14, 2020

More than 3,000 people joined the event and walked from the Place de la Republique in central Paris to the Place de la Bastille. Some 1,300 members of the Yellow Vests movement were seen among the demonstrators, France’s BFM TV said, citing police. The march also attracted some 150 “radicals,” sources within law enforcement told the French media. 

🔴Départ d’une manifestation anti-gouvernementale et des soignants en colère, pour réclamer plus de moyens pour l‘hôpital public. Nombreux #GiletsJaunes également présents. Le parcours est de République à Bastille. #14juillet #FeteNationale #Paris #BastilleDay #soignants #France pic.twitter.com/voUqyYTbEn

— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) July 14, 2020

The protesters accused President Emmanuel Macron’s government of failing to provide sufficient aid to the nation’s healthcare system amid the Covid-19 pandemic and denounced wage agreements signed just a day before as a “fraud.”

On Monday, the French government and the trade unions signed an accord that included €7.5 billion euros ($8.5 billion) for pay increases to nurses and caregivers. Under the agreement, each of them was expected to get a monthly pay boost of €183 ($208). However, some demonstrators told the French media that the wage increase should be no less than €300 ($342).

The Yellow Vests also staged a separate demonstration to protest against police brutality. Smaller rallies were held in other French cities, including Toulouse and Marseille. 

Rassemblement pour les soignants ce matin à #Marseille. Après les applaudissements, il faut des actes. Ceux du Ségur de la santé ne sont pas à la hauteur des besoins des personnels de l’hôpital public. pic.twitter.com/neVH4X4u0v

— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) July 14, 2020

Bastille Day often sees massive demonstrations, which are frequently marred by violence. Last year, the national holiday witnessed clashes between law enforcement and protesters who sought to block the iconic Champs Elysees avenue with barricades. At that time, more than 150 people were arrested in Paris. 

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:40

Banksy shares rare VIDEO of himself tagging London Tube with Covid-themed graffiti

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Mysterious British street artist Banksy has released a rare video of a man – presumably himself – painting rats on the London Underground. The trademark rodents are pictured struggling with protective face masks.

The video, showing the making of a work dubbed ‘If You Don't Mask, You Don't Get,’ was shared on Banksy’s Instagram account on Tuesday. The work features a number of the artist’s iconic rats, engaging in coronavirus-era activities.

The graffiti was painted by a man disguised as an emergency worker seemingly disinfecting the Tube. Instead of cleaning the space, however, he spray-painted images of the rodents playing around with face masks, with one of them even using the protective face covering as a parachute. One mask-less rat was depicted sneezing all over the carriage, while another painted Banksy’s tag with a bottle of anti-bacterial gel.

At the end of the video, the words “I get lockdown” are shown on the side of a station wall, followed by “but I get up again” on the train’s doors, with Chumbawamba's 1997 song ‘Tubthumping’ playing in the background.

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Rats are recurring characters in Banksy’s works, as he often paints the rodents engaging in various activities. His early works, which appeared on Tube trains years ago, predominantly featured rats as well as monkeys.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:37

'Disgraceful decision': Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp SLAM decision to accept Manchester City's appeal against two-year UEFA ban

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Two of the Premier League's most respected bosses have criticized the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to accept Manchester City's appeal against Financial Fair Play breaches and reverse the club's two-year UEFA ban.

City were successful in their appeal against the decision to ban them from UEFA competition for two years after the club was found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship revenue.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that no breaches had taken place, meaning City's UEFA ban would be overturned, allowing them back into European competition.

Spurs boss Mourinho slammed the decision and questioned City's financial penalty, saying, "It's a disgraceful decision because if City are not guilty then they should not be punished with the fine.

"If you're not guilty you shouldn't have a fine. If they are guilty the decision is also a disgrace and they should be banned from the competition. I don't know if City are guilty or not, but either way it's a disgraceful decision."

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Mourinho also suggested that UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules were rendered virtually pointless by the decision.

"I think this is going to be the end of Financial Fair Play because there is no point," Mourinho said.

"I would like to see it used in a proper way. At this moment we are talking about Man City but in the past other clubs were in a similar situation.

"I think it's better to open the circus door and let everybody enjoy."

The news was also met with dismay by Liverpool boss Klopp, who stated, "I don't think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest.

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"FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.

"It's not up to me to judge this and I don't, but I think this FFP framework we should stick to.

"I hope FFP stays just because it gives kind of borders that you can go to, but not over it, and that's good for football.

"If you start doing that nobody has to care anymore and the richest people or countries can do what they want.

"It will make the competition really difficult and I think that would lead automatically to a kind of world super league with like 10 clubs and it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs. It makes sense to have these rules."

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:34

Provocative choice? Internet fumes over Sports Illustrated cover featuring transgender model

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After Valentina Sampaio became the first transgender model to appear on a Sports Illustrated cover the internet exploded with mixed reactions, some of which didn’t approve the magazine’s choice.

Sports Illustrated has continued its policy of promoting inclusivity and diversity by inviting models representing different social and ethnic groups.

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Overturning widespread modeling stereotypes, the magazine featured plus-size model Ashley Graham in 2016 and invited Somali-American model Halima Aden to pose in a hijab and burkini for the cover in 2019.

The magazine’s next step in embracing diversity was featuring openly trans model Sampaio who thanked the annual edition for “respecting her as a human.”

Thank you SI for seeing and respecting me as I truly am. For understanding that more than anything, I am human.

"Thank you for supporting me in continuing to spread a message of love, compassion and unity for ALL,” the model said.

The magazine’s choice was met with mixed reactions on social media with some users not sharing enthusiasm over the cover.

That’s a biological man. If he wants to play at being a woman that’s his business but biologically he is a man,” one user wrote, while another added, “I’m just going to speak facts here. Trans men will NEVER, EVER be women and trans women will NEVER be men.” 

If I bake a vanilla sponge and cover it in chocolate icing, does that make it a chocolate cake?” one more commenter wrote.

That’s a biological man. If he wants to play at being a women that’s his business but biologically he is a man.

— Sheri (@shesmysheripiie) July 10, 2020

I’m just going to speak facts here. Trans men will NEVER, EVER be women and trans women will NEVER be men.

— 𝐓 ⁷︎ ⟭⟬ #BLM #ACAB (@bisexualseok) July 11, 2020

If I bake a vanilla sponge and cover it in chocolate icing, does that make it a chocolate cake?

— Phil (@chopsmcmutton) July 11, 2020

While Sampaio's photoshoot seemingly left some commenters upset, others opted to praise the model for her courage, and complimented her on her beauty.

She’s beautiful” one user wrote.

She is gorgeous!” another tweeter added.

She’s beautiful 💗

— sam russell (@GivingSam) July 10, 2020

She is gorgeous! 😍

— 🌈Kristin✨wear a mask, yo (@knitsyo) July 10, 2020

Last year Sampaio became the first transgender model to work with Victoria's Secret and back in 2017 she became the first trans person to pose for the cover of Vogue magazine.

Now she's breaking down more barriers for trans models by appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated's iconic Swimsuit Edition.

  • 14 juillet 2020 à 20:20

The future is here? Lifelike robot said to resemble ‘average Russian woman’ takes up civil service role in Urals

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A humanoid robot, apparently modeled on a typical Russian woman, has begun providing services to the public at a government office in Perm, a large city approximately 1,100 kilometers east of Moscow.

The 'bionic person' was designed with bureaucracy in mind. Adopting the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk, it could signal yet another example of what humanity faces in a post-Covid world.

According to its creators from Russian robotics startup Promobot, the robot’s appearance was generated by artificial intelligence analysis of thousands of females.

The robot, with long blond hair and brown eyes, is capable of more than 600 human facial expressions, controlled mechanically under its artificial skin.

A female human-like robot assists a visitor at a multi-functional document processing centre in the city of Perm, Russia July 9, 2020. © Promobot/Handout via REUTERS

The Russian startup, which currently operates in 35 different countries, was awarded  $2.7 million by the state Far-East High Technology Fund to develop artificial skin and set up a local branch in Russia’s far east.

The humanoid, which has already replaced one unlucky registry office employee, currently only has access to a few document databases and can operate basic functions such as answering generic questions.

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A robotic canary in the coal mine

The requirements of social distancing in a post-Covid world are shaping society in many ways, sometimes weird and not always wonderful. 

In the workplace, cleaning robots are being trialled to help mitigate the risk of exposure of traditional cleaning workers.

And in countries from the Netherlands to China, contactless interaction with the public is becoming the industry norm across many sectors.

Early this month, it was reported that all citizenM hotel locations worldwide now offer contactless stays to their guests via a free-to-install, voluntary app.

In China, Leyeju Smart Hotels have taken it a step further and now run an entirely automated experience, with only two human staff around in case of emergencies.  

However, it isn’t all as lonely as it may seem. On July 18, Paris will transform the River Seine into a floating cinema in order to throw outdoor entertainment a rubber ring and keep it afloat.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 19:41

‘Threat to the community’? Detroit student sent to DETENTION CENTER during pandemic for not doing her homework

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A Michigan teenager was incarcerated during the Covid-19 outbreak for breaching probation, despite the governor’s moratorium on locking up youthful violators who weren’t “threats to the community.” Her crime? Not doing homework.

A 15-year-old black girl has spent over a month in the Children’s Village juvenile detention facility outside Detroit, after being deemed a “threat to the community” by Oakland County Family Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan for merely failing to do her homework while attending high school remotely during the pandemic. Shot through with hints of racism and discrimination against a child with a learning disability, the case has many up in arms.

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Grace” – her middle name – is believed to be the only Michigan student to be incarcerated for failing to complete online coursework, according to attorneys and advocates who spoke to investigative outlet ProPublica. Indeed, with schools haphazardly switching to remote instruction amid the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of kids across the country have been struggling to complete their work, or even log in at all. As many as a third of Minneapolis Public School students, a quarter of Chicago Public School students, and some 15,000 in Los Angeles have reportedly fallen behind.

But Grace was required to complete her schoolwork as a condition of the “intensive probation” sentence she received in April for assault and larceny charges incurred in late 2019. The teen had gotten in trouble for fighting with her mother and stealing a cell phone from a classmate, but had no further contact with the police since October and was reportedly getting along with her mom.

That apparently didn’t matter to Judge Brennan, who found the teen “guilty of failure to submit any schoolwork and getting up for school.” Deeming Grace a “threat to the community,” Brennan had her shipped off to Children’s Village, where she remains as of Tuesday, having spent upwards of a month in close confinement with other juvenile offenders.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer actually suspended the incarceration of juvenile probation violators in March in an executive order, one of several passed in response to the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic. Unless directed by court order, authorities were encouraged to avoid locking kids up unless they were a “substantial and immediate safety risk to others.

Diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a mood disorder, Grace is considered “special needs” and entitled to individualized attention from teachers to ensure she is staying on task, her mother told ProPublica. Unaware Grace was accustomed to individual instruction, her new caseworker saw her inability to wake up in time for class and complete schoolwork as acting out and filed the probation violation before even checking with her teacher. It later emerged in court that Grace’s mother had lied to the caseworker “in a moment of frustration” and her assessment that the child wasn’t completing her work was not even factual.

But it was too late. The caseworker had gone into court planning to ask the judge to detain Grace because, according to her notes, she “clearly doesn’t want to abide by the rules of the community.” Grace’s teacher said the child was “not out of alignment with most of my other students,” but had to leave the hearing to teach a class. Brennan told the girl her probation was “zero tolerance” and had her taken away in handcuffs.

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The case has raised the hackles of racial justice advocates and thrown a spotlight on the intrinsic injustices of the criminal justice system, which have trickled down over the decades to affect even schoolchildren via what is termed the ‘school to prison pipeline’. Of the 24 delinquency cases that resulted in incarceration since the pandemic reduced court operations, more than half involved black children, continuing a trend that has seen 42 percent of juvenile cases that passed through the court over the past four years involve black kids. Just 15 percent of Oakland County youth are black.

US juvenile detention facilities’ occupation rate fell 24 percent during the first month of the coronavirus epidemic, according to a survey conducted across 30 states. The decline was driven both by a drop in referrals and an increase in releases, in compliance with Whitmer’s order to get as many young people out of state facilities as possible.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 19:37

Why So Not Serious? Donald Trump Was Only After 'Free Publicity' in 2016 Election, His Niece Claims

Trump's niece's book also mentions that his sister called Donald a "clown" and didn't believe that he would become president.

Huawei Ban: Chinese Ambassador to UK Questions London’s Ability to Provide Fair Business Environment

On Tuesday, London backtracked on a decision to allow the Chinese tech giant's participation in the rollout of Britain's 5G mobile phone network, with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announcing that UK companies will be banned from purchasing Huawei equipment from 31 December.

Merkel: EU Has to Reconsider Defence Policy as US Assistance is 'No Longer Self-Evident'

Last week, Berlin expressed its “regret” after the Pentagon approved the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops from Germany over its alleged failure to commit a significant enough portion of its GDP to defence spending.

Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to Her Alleged Dealings With Epstein

Maxwell was arrested earlier this month on charges of her alleged involvement in trafficking underage girls for the deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

US Attorney General Barr Says 'Justice Done' After First Federal Execution in 17 Years

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Convicted white supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee finally got the justice he deserved by becoming the first US federal prisoner put to death in 17 years, Attorney General William Barr said in a statement following Lee’s Tuesday morning execution by lethal injection.

Armenia says it shot down Azerbaijani drone as fierce border clashes continue into third day (VIDEO)

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The Armenian military has claimed it downed an advanced Azerbaijani drone amid ongoing border clashes. The flare-up has already led to casualties on both sides, with the South Caucasus neighbors blaming each other for the spat.

“Armenian air defense units hit a drone of the Azerbaijani armed forces, which is used as a fire control system,” Armenia’s Defense Ministry spokeswoman Shushan Stepanyan said on Tuesday, sharing footage of the incident on Facebook.

The drone is said to be an Israeli-made Elbit Hermes 900, a medium-sized multirole UAV. Azerbaijan is believed to have as many as 15 such machines in its inventory.

The Azerbaijani military, for its part, denied losing a drone, and claimed that its own forces shot down an Armenian UAV and destroyed an artillery system. It shared videos of artillery strikes on Armenian positions, yet no proof for the UAV claim was provided.

The fierce clashes erupted over the weekend and continued into Tuesday morning. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry accused Armenia of violating a 1994 ceasefire dozens of times and of shelling Azerbaijani positions with mortars and grenade launchers.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry, however, said the fighting started after Azerbaijani soldiers tried to cross the border and later shelled Armenian positions using tanks and mortars.

Both sides have acknowledged casualties in the ongoing clashes, with Azerbaijan confirming a major-general and a colonel were killed in the skirmishes. Baku also said it lost several servicemen and a civilian in shelling along the northern part of the border. Armenia, for its part, confirmed four casualties among its officers on Tuesday.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a bloody border war in the early 1990s after Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian-populated enclave inside Azerbaijan – declared independence from Baku. The war ended with a ceasefire agreement, after which Nagorno-Karabakh became an unrecognized republic, closely allied with Armenia.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 19:23

‘Tax dollars at work’: Stunned response greets Chicago mayor’s launch of Census Cowboy as city shootings spike (VIDEO)

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is being accused of not having her priorities exactly straight as she introduced a mascot dubbed the ‘Census Cowboy’ to the same city that is seeing a spike in violent crime.

“Giddy up, Chicago. I'm calling on the Census Cowboy to help improve our Census response rates across Chicago,” Lightfoot tweeted along with footage from a press conference where she introduced this Census Cowboy, a man on horseback who will be visiting the 10 communities with the lowest response rate to the US census to encourage them to take part.

Giddy up, Chicago. I'm calling on the Census Cowboy to help improve our Census response rates across Chicago. Make the Census Cowboy proud by filling out the Census today at https://t.co/tt2S9ojTmW. pic.twitter.com/eT2e6V74uk

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 13, 2020

“I’m rarely speechless…” journalist Mickey White tweeted in response.

“My tax dollars at work,” wrote author Carol Roth.

“How embarrassing,” added author Juanita Broaddrick.

Others were equally stunned by the move, especially considering the fact that Chicago has seen a recent spike in violent crime.

This is legit one of the most insane things I’ve seen in Chicago history pic.twitter.com/XyKQMVZxzw

— Trenton Hassles Carmelo (@TrentonHassles) July 13, 2020

Meanwhile in Chicago... (this cannot be real) 😂😂

pic.twitter.com/ko6SxKRQtd

— McNeil (@Reflog_18) July 14, 2020

Chicago crime is at record numbers, but at least @ChicagosMayor can take time out to have a... cowboy come and promote the census?!?

So. Many. Thoughts. https://t.co/A3ea8DmMmr

— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) July 14, 2020

There are how many shootings and murders in #Chicago and @chicagosmayor’s worry is the Census Cowboy? How the hell does that fix the problems in this city? #twill #Chiraq pic.twitter.com/p9DJtxUCn7

— 🇺🇸🏍 Chris Hansen 🏍🇺🇸 (@c_hansen84) July 14, 2020

Shootings in the city increased 71 percent over last year in May, with 409 people becoming the victims of gun crime, up from 332 in May of 2019.

To make the case of the Census Cowboy even stranger, Lightfoot actually compared him to the comic book character Batman, a vigilante who fights crime in the city of Gotham. The difference between the Batman and the Cowboy, however, is one fights crime in a city spiraling out of control, and the other encourages you to fill out paperwork while shootings rise around you.

Lightfoot issued a warning to citizens about the Census Cowboy, saying seeing him in your community is “not a good thing.”

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“If you see the Census Cowboy come into your neighborhood, that’s not a good thing,” she said. “That means you got to step up and do your part and make sure that you fill out the census.”

The actual Census Cowboy is Adam Holingsworth, a 33-year-old former boxer who gained local press attention for riding his horse in Chicago at protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd.

Lightfoot has pushed the blame for rising violent crime in her city on the federal government for not helping enough to police illegal guns.

“There’s way too many illegal guns on our streets, and we can’t fight that fight alone,” she told MSNBC.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 19:13

‘Virtue-signaling’ Burger King blasted for promising to fight climate change by reducing COW FARTS

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Burger King has pledged to do its bit to combat global warming by attempting to reduce cow farts through dietary changes – but only for a limited time. The move was instantly mocked on social media as superficial pandering.

“Cow farts & burps are no laughing matter,” the restaurant chain tweeted on Tuesday, declaring that it will be changing its livestock’s diet “to reduce emissions” by around 33 percent. The company aims to achieve this target by adding some lemongrass to the animals’ menu.

cow farts & burps are no laughing matter. they release methane, contributing to climate change. that’s why we’re working to change our cows’ diet by adding lemongrass to reduce their emissions by approximately 33%. learn about our ongoing study: https://t.co/kPCXpjfbGL #CowsMenu pic.twitter.com/DnmF8gVVL0

— Burger King (@BurgerKing) July 14, 2020

The seriousness of the decision was perhaps undermined by the country music video accompanying the tweet, which featured children strutting out of a cow’s behind and singing about Burger King’s “mission.”

The company’s grand gesture is not all it seems, however. What remained unsaid in the commercial was the fact that the low-methane burgers are actually a limited time promotional offer – and are available only in certain restaurants in select cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Miami. 

Literally no one gives a shit that Burger King is reducing cow farts... what a complete waste of money on marketing for some stupid virtue signaling. #COWSMENU

— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 14, 2020

Many blasted Burger King’s efforts as hollow, disingenuous and not likely to make any difference. One suggested the burger chain should just “stop serving cow” full stop. Others felt the promotional offer was classic “virtue signalling” and deserving of a boycott.

Fernando Machado, the company’s chief marketing officer, said he was “really proud” of the eyebrow-raising commercial. Indeed, not everyone hated the idea. There were a few commenters who believed Burger King deserved “major props” for the move.

Then there were those who didn’t view the issue of cow flatulence as a problem at all and urged Burger King to just “leave the farts alone.”

You’re kidding right ? Lmao 😂. I’ll alert my cattle they will be receiving a diet change. They’ll be so happy 🙄. Find something useful to do. Help kids .... cleanup the streets. .... leave cows farts alone.

— Deanne Byers (@DeanneByers111) July 14, 2020

Cow farts are responsible for more than fourteen percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

That stat has prompted some US lawmakers, most notably New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to propose legislative measures to effectively regulate the gas-passing – yet, as with Burger King’s effort, the suggestion usually prompts predictable ridicule.

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  • 14 juillet 2020 à 18:33

Hungary’s MPs back Orban’s stance on EU recovery plan without rule-of-law conditions attached

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Hungarian lawmakers passed a resolution on Tuesday calling on PM Viktor Orban’s government to ensure that the EU’s economic stimulus plan meets certain conditions. They include the fair distribution of funds among richer and poorer countries, and not tying funds to rule-of-law provisions.

The resolution, while not legally binding, is seen as a political resource that Orban can tap this week during an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on the proposed recovery package and the EU’s long-term budget.

The parliament also listed “principles” that would exclude from EU funding parties and “organizations which carry out political activities under a civic disguise,” and end the sanctioning procedures the EU initiated against Hungary and Poland because of concerns about the rule of law in those countries, AP said.

However, the document expresses support overall for the proposed €750 billion ($855 billion) stimulus package, which includes €500 billion in grants and €250 billion in loans for EU countries. The grants would be backed by common debt among EU states.

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