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    Joe Biden on Friday announced a ban on travel from eight southern African countries in response to a new COVID variant - hours after his chief scientific advisor suggested the move was unlikely, and despite Biden himself declaring last year that 'banning travel will not stop it'. The president, in Nantucket for a Thanksgiving break with his family, said travel will be banned from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. U.S. citizens and green card holders will still be able to travel into the U.S. from the banned countries, but no one else will be allowed. Biden's decision came after the UK and Israel on Thursday halted travel, and the EU followed suit. President Biden spoke with reporters today outside The Nantucket Tap Room where he said he decided on the ban out of an abundance of caution. He is Nantucket celebrating Thanksgiving with his family President Joe Biden on Friday banned travel from eight African countries - shaded red in the map. South Africa is the only one to have direct flights to the United...
    By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying their data would be transferred to an Irish subsidiary, a response to India's ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The quick workaround showed the ban was largely symbolic since the apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they are already downloaded, and is a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. “They want to send a message. This is a decision based on a geopolitical situation,” said digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa. Indian protesters have been calling for a boycott of Chinese goods since the June 15 confrontation in the remote Karakoram mountain border region. Late Monday, the government said that it was banning 59 Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok, which is operated by Chinese internet firm Bytedance. It cited privacy concerns that it said pose a threat to India’s sovereignty and security. The banned apps include some...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian TikTok users awoke Tuesday to a notice from the popular short-video app saying their data would be transferred to an Irish subsidiary, a response to India’s ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. The quick workaround showed the ban was largely symbolic since the apps can’t be automatically erased from devices where they are already downloaded, and is a response to a border clash with China where 20 Indian soldiers died earlier this month, digital experts said. “They want to send a message. This is a decision based on a geopolitical situation,” said digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa. Indian protesters have been calling for a boycott of Chinese goods since the June 15 confrontation in the remote Karakoram mountain border region. Late Monday, the government said that it was banning 59 Chinese-owned apps, including TikTok, which is operated by Chinese internet firm Bytedance. It cited privacy concerns that it said pose a threat to India’s sovereignty and security. The banned apps include some that enable TikTok...
    YouTube is the latest social media site to take a stand against hate speech. The video platform banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer, David Duke and Stefan Molyneux. The Google-owned site updated its policy last year to include a ban on videos ‘alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination’ and all three individuals were found to have violated the rule. Altogether YouTube has deleted six channels, including Spencer’s National Policy Institute/Radix Journal and Molyneux’s AmRen Podcast. YouTube is the second social media platform to ban hate from its site Monday, as Reddit shutdown a forum for supports of Donald Trump and Twitch temporarily banned the president's channel over its hateful content policy. Scroll down for video  YouTube banned several well-known white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Richard Spencer (pictured), David Duke and Stefan Molyneux.  Spencer’s National Policy Institute has been said to be a white supremacist think tank for those in the alt-right A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement told The Verge: ‘We have strict policies prohibiting...
    In all, the company says it banned six accounts today. Some of the other channels YouTube banned today include American Renaissance, as well as its associated AmRen Podcasts channel. Spencer’s National Policy Institute channel was likewise banned. Spencer said on Twitter he would appeal the suspension. “… this seems to be part of a systemic, coordinated effort,” he alleged in the same tweet. Last June, YouTube updated its hate speech policy to ban more types of videos from its platform. “Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,” the company said at the time. The bans come on the day that Reddit shut down several controversial communities, including the The_Donald subreddit, for consistently breaking its rules. Earlier today, Twitch also temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s account for airing two separate streams that violated its hateful conduct policy.
    Social media site Reddit said it had shut down r/The_Donald, a forum used by supporters of President Donald Trump, on Monday as it announced changes to its content policies. Chief Executive Steve Huffman said in a post that communities and users that promoted hate based on identity or vulnerability would be banned. He said Reddit was banning about 2,000 subreddits, the majority of which were inactive. "All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity," Huffman said. Earlier this month, Huffman said in a post Reddit should have moved sooner to restrict access to r/The_Donald. Reddit restricted access to the forum last year, citing threats of violence against police and public officials. The new list of banned subreddits also included the left-wing forum r/ChapoTrapHouse, which Huffman said had consistently hosted rule-breaking content. In another high-profile action, Amazon.com Incs live-streaming platform, Twitch, said on Monday that it had temporarily banned Trumps channel over its hateful conduct policy. "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line...
    By TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writer Reddit, an online comment forum that is one of the internet's most popular websites, on Monday banned a pro-Donald Trump forum as part of a crackdown on hate speech. The Trump forum was banned because it too often hosted content that broke Reddit's rules, including encouraging violence, and “antagonized” the company. It had previously tried to discipline the forum. The pro-Trump forum was banned as San Francisco-based Reddit took down a total of 2,000 of the forums, or subreddits, most of which it said were inactive or had few users. Social-media companies have long struggled to deal with hate speech on their platforms. A growing number of companies have said they are pausing social-media spending after a campaign by a group of civil-rights and other groups called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it has failed to curb racist and violent content and misinformation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: California
    Reddit, an online comment forum that is one of the internet’s most popular websites, on Monday banned a pro-Donald Trump forum as part of a crackdown on hate speech. The Trump forum was banned because it too often hosted content that broke Reddit’s rules, including encouraging violence, and “antagonized” the company. It had previously tried to discipline the forum. The pro-Trump forum was banned as San Francisco-based Reddit took down a total of 2,000 of the forums, or subreddits, most of which it said were inactive or had few users. Social-media companies have long struggled to deal with hate speech on their platforms. A growing number of companies have said they are pausing social-media spending after a campaign by a group of civil-rights and other groups called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it has failed to curb racist and violent content and misinformation. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Reddit is banning r/The_Donald along with almost 2,000 other online communities after updating its content policy to crack down harder on hate speech, the company announced on Monday. In a blog post explaining the company’s new rules, CEO Steve Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years. “The community has consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average (Rule 1), antagonized us and other communities (Rules 2 and 8), and its mods have refused to meet our most basic expectations,” Huffman said. BOSTON BANS POLICE FROM USING FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) In the same way, r/ChapoTrapHouse, a spinoff of the left-wing podcast, was also hosting content in violation of the site’s rules, the chief executive said. The decision to ban these communities comes as Silicon Valley is facing a major reckoning -- in part sparked by ongoing nationwide protests over systemic racism -- over its role in facilitating...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are involved in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in a June 15 clash. The banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, that are used in mobile and non-mobile devices connected to the Internet, according to a government statement. It said there have been mounting concerns about data security and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians. The government said such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of the country. ``The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,’’ the statement said. The compilation of these...
    U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he departs following a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in the East Room at the White House in Washington, June 26, 2020.Tom Brenner | Reuters Amazon's video site Twitch, primarily used to stream e-sports, temporarily banned President Donald Trump from its platform Monday for posting "hateful conduct."  Twitch said in a statement that one of Trump's 2016 campaign rallies, which was recently rebroadcast on the platform, and comments made at his recent Tulsa rally led to the decision.  "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed," a Twitch spokesperson told CNBC. The Verge first reported the news of the president's ban.  It's unclear how long Trump's account will be suspended. The Trump campaign had joined the platform last year in order to stream its rallies and events. The company said when Trump's channel was started that it did not exempt political or newsworthy content...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Monday banned 59 apps with Chinese links, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are involved in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in a June 15 clash. The banned apps include TikTok, UC Browser WeChat and Bigo Live, as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein, that are used in mobile and non-mobile devices connected to the Internet, according to a government statement. It said there have been mounting concerns about data security and safeguarding the privacy of 1.3 billion Indians. The government said such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of the country. “The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,’’ the statement said. The compilation...
    Steve Huffman CEO, Reddit, delivers remarks on 'Redesigning Reddit' during the third day of Web Summit in Altice Arena on November 08, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.Horacio Villalobos | Corbis | Getty Images Reddit said Monday it was banning about 2,000 subreddits including r/The_Donald, where supporters of President Donald Trump had gathered, in a crackdown the tech company said was aimed at communities that promote hate. "All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity," the tech company said in a statement. Read more from NBC News:Rally for Black trans lives draws enormous crowd in BrooklynTrump says no 'credible' intel Russia offered Taliban bounty payments to kill AmericansTrump promotes video showing apparent supporter shouting 'white power' Reddit had previously placed r/The_Donald behind an extra page that required users to click through, a restriction the company referred to as a "quarantine." But even after that limited punishment, the subreddits moderators "have refused to meet our most basic expectations," Reddit said. Many of the 2,000 other banned subreddits were...
    New York (CNN Business)Reddit, one of the most controversial social sites, is now trying to tackle hateful content on its platform amid broader calls for racial justice. On Monday, the social networking site said subreddits -- or forums -- and users that promote hate based on "identity or vulnerability" will be banned. As part of the policy change, Reddit is initially banning about 2,000 subreddits, including "The_Donald," a popular community supportive of President Donald Trump, where users often shared racist, misogynistic, homophobic and conspiracy content. Reddit said the vast majority of the accounts it's banning are inactive, and of these, only about 200 have more than 10 daily users. More to come...
    Reddit will ban r/The_Donald, r/ChapoTrapHouse, and about 2,000 other communities today after updating its content policy to more explicitly ban hate speech. The policy update comes three weeks after Black Lives Matter protests led several popular Reddit forums to go dark temporarily in protest of what they called the company’s lax policies around hosting and promoting racist content. It marks a major reversal for a company whose commitment to free expression has historically been so strong that it once allowed users to distribute stolen nude photos freely on the site. “I have to admit that I’ve struggled with balancing my values as an American, and around free speech and free expression, with my values and the company’s values around common human decency,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a call with reporters. In a blog post that cites the company’s new rules, Huffman said users of the r/The_Donald subreddit had violated the site’s policies for years. (The site has no official connection to President Donald Trump, although he did do an Ask Me Anything there as a candidate in 2016.)...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile apps including Bytedance's TikTok, Alibaba's UC Browser and Tencent's WeChat citing security concerns, the government said in a statement on Monday. The apps are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order", the ministry of information technology said. The ban comes after a deadly border conflict between the two nuclear-armed nations earlier this month in which 20 Indian soldiers have died. (Reporting by Aditi Shah and Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday that it would retaliate against U.S. moves to punish officials tied to political crackdowns in Hong Kong by imposing visa restrictions on Americans it considers to have “performed badly” on matters regarding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave no details in making the announcement at a daily briefing. It wasn't clear if the measure targeted only U.S. government officials or those in the private sector as well. It comes as China’s legislature is expected to pass a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that critics say will severely limit opposition politics and freedom of speech in the city. The U.S. says it will respond by ending favorable trading terms granted to the former British colony after it passed to Chinese control in 1997. The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to impose sanctions on businesses and individuals — including the police — that undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to the city’s residents. Zhao reiterated China's insistence that the law was “purely an internal affair...
    BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday that it would retaliate against U.S. moves to punish officials tied to political crackdowns in Hong Kong by imposing visa restrictions on Americans it considers to have “performed badly” on matters regarding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian gave no details in making the announcement at a daily briefing. It wasn’t clear if the measure targeted only U.S. government officials or those in the private sector as well. It comes as China’s legislature is expected to pass a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that critics say will severely limit opposition politics and freedom of speech in the city. The U.S. says it will respond by ending favorable trading terms granted to the former British colony after it passed to Chinese control in 1997. The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to impose sanctions on businesses and individuals — including the police — that undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy or restrict freedoms promised to the city’s residents. Zhao reiterated China’s insistence that the law was...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese judge Saturday banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Beirut for a year, calling a recent interview in which she criticized the powerful Hezbollah group seditious and a threat to social peace. The court decision reflected the rising tension between the U.S. and Hezbollah. It also revealed a widening rift among groups in Lebanon, which is facing the worst economic crisis in its modern history. Judge Mohamad Mazeh in the southern city of Tyre said he acted after receiving a complaint from a citizen who considered Ambassador Dorothy Shea’s comments to a Saudi-owned station “insulting to the Lebanese people.” Mazeh said Shea’s comments incited sectarian strife and threatened social peace. The judge said while he can’t ban the ambassador from speaking, he can bar the media from interviewing her for a year. Mazeh made the decision on Saturday, the start of the weekend, saying the matter was urgent. The backlash was swift. The private LBC TV station said it would appeal the ruling and...
    By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese judge Saturday banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the U.S. ambassador to Beirut for a year, calling a recent interview in which she criticized the powerful Hezbollah group seditious and a threat to social peace. The court decision reflected the rising tension between the U.S. and Hezbollah. It also revealed a widening rift among groups in Lebanon, which is facing the worst economic crisis in its modern history. Judge Mohamad Mazeh in the southern city of Tyre said he acted after receiving a complaint from a citizen who considered Ambassador Dorothy Shea’s comments to a Saudi-owned station “insulting to the Lebanese people.” Mazeh said Shea's comments incited sectarian strife and threatened social peace. The judge said while he can’t ban the ambassador from speaking, he can bar the media from interviewing her for a year. Mazeh made the decision on Saturday, the start of the weekend, saying the matter was urgent. The backlash was swift. The private LBC TV station said it would appeal...
    Florida on Friday announced a ban of on-premise alcohol consumption at bars, just after the state Department of Health released daily coronavirus figures showing its count increased by nearly 9,000 cases -- more than 3,400 cases up from the previous daily increase. Florida’s alcohol regulatory agency announced on Twitter the ban of alcohol consumption in bars, saying: “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.” Florida’s Department of Health announced 8,942 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, topping the state’s previous daily record of 5,511 set Wednesday. FLORIDA OFFICIALS FIGHTING BOTH CORONAVIRUS AND WEST NILE: REPORT Florida now has nearly 123,000 cases and almost 3,400 coronavirus-related deaths. Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news briefing Friday that he does not believe enforcing face mask rules will help. “We’ve advised that’s something that could make an impact,” DeSantis said. “At the same time, to do police and put criminal penalties on that is something that probably would backfire.” DeSantis said that the median demographic age testing positive for COVID-19 “consistently is 33, 34, 35,” adding...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Medical professionals will not be able to perform pelvic exams on unconscious patients without their informed consent under a bill signed by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The new law that goes into effect July 1 also bans doctors and health care practitioners from inseminating a woman or implanting an embryo using their own reproductive material. The bill was a priority for Democratic Sen. Lauren Book, who has spent her adult life trying to protect people from sexual abuse. Download The New CBS4 News App Here “To be a woman and to be unconscious … with people doing medical procedures on you without your knowledge, they don’t tell you, that’s a terribly bad thing,” Book said. Book said she was horrified to learn the exams are performed on women under anesthesia as a teaching tool for medical students, unbeknownst to patients. She said no woman should have her vagina examined without her consent, regardless of the intent. The House sponsor, Democratic Rep. Evan Jenne, praised DeSantis for signing the bill. “Both things were happening in Florida...
    The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ STRESS TESTS: The Federal Reserve is making modifications to the way it performs stress tests on banks due to the virus outbreak. Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles said Friday that this years modifications include adding three new scenarios to see how well banks respond to them. The scenarios include a rapid V-shaped recovery that regains much of the output and employment lost by the end of this year; a slower, more U-shaped recovery in which only a small share of lost output and employment is regained in 2020; and a W-shaped double dip recession with a short-lived recovery followed by a severe drop in activity later this year due to a second wave of containment measures. Quarles said that the Fed wont hesitate to take additional policy actions should they be warranted under the then-prevailing economic conditions. REOPENINGS: — Penn National Gaming...
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Friday that NCAA championship events will not be held in states where the Confederate flag has a "prominent presence." The statement targeted Mississippi, writing that it's "the only state currently affected by the Association's policy." Mississippi is the only state flag that currently includes the Confederate battle flag emblem. The flag has come under increased scrutiny recently, due to its ties to slavery.  The association's policy previously barred championship events from being awarded in advance to states that displayed the confederate flag. But the policy now covers "nonpredetermined" championship events —where a team earned the right to host a game based on their tournament seeding or ranking — too.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The association hosts 90 championships in 24 sports every year, according to the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert said that NCAA championships are "a special experience for college athletes."  "We must do all we can to ensure that NCAA actions reflect our commitment to inclusion and support all our student-athletes," he said. "There can be no place...
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced that he will sign a bill banning abortions at the detection of a heartbeat, which is around six weeks into the pregnancy. The state's Legislature passed the abortion bill backed by the Republican governor and opposed by Democrats as budget negotiations stalled after midnight, FOX 17 reports. WOMEN HANDCUFFED, CITED WHILE PRAYING OUTSIDE NYC PLANNED PARENTHOOD THE SAME WEEK OF GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS "One of the most important things we can do to be pro-family is to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our state, and there is none more vulnerable than the unborn," Lee tweeted Friday morning. "We have passed the strongest pro-life law in our state’s history and I am grateful to Lt. Gov McNally, Speaker Sexton, Leader Johnson, Leader Lamberth and members of our General Assembly for making the heartbeat bill law," he added. The bill requires an ultrasound to be conducted before an abortion and would prohibit physicians to perform an abortion based on "sex, race or disability diagnosis of the unborn child." While there is an exception for medical emergencies,...
    The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ STRESS TESTS: The Federal Reserve is making modifications to the way it performs stress tests on banks due to the virus outbreak. Vice Chair for supervision Randal Quarles said Friday that this year's modifications include adding three new scenarios to see how well banks respond to them. The scenarios include a rapid V-shaped recovery that regains much of the output and employment lost by the end of this year; a slower, more U-shaped recovery in which only a small share of lost output and employment is regained in 2020; and a W-shaped double dip recession with a short-lived recovery followed by a severe drop in activity later this year due to a second wave of containment measures. Quarles said that the Fed won't hesitate to take additional policy actions should they be warranted under the then-prevailing economic conditions. REOPENINGS: — Penn National Gaming...
    The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to ban tear gas for good, and stop police from using pepper spray and smoke during protests unfolding during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. The “era of militarism is over” and “the stakes are our freedom,” councilmember Ben Bartlett said, as Berkeleyside reported. The council made its decision amid weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. But, calls for justice for Floyd and others increasingly have evolved into anti-police rhetoric, with protesters demanding the defunding or dismantling of departments. Berkeley’s mayor, Jesse Arreguín, voiced his support of the council’s decisions on Twitter, writing that “tear gas is banned in warfare and should not be used on our streets or in protests.” Arreguín initially had proposed a temporary ban on tear gas, smoke canisters and pepper spray under state health restrictions. Councilmember Cheryl Davila then suggested banning tear gas altogether, according to the report. During the deliberation, a council member asked Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood what “alternative tools”...
    NASCAR announced on Wednesday that the Confederate flag would no longer be allowed at events, only days after NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, who is African American, said that the organization had “reached out” and had been “stepping up to the plate and delivering in a huge way.” “The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors, and our industry,” said the organization in a statement. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties,” said the statement. pic.twitter.com/gJkIfVf3Ba — NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 10, 2020 During an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, Wallace, who is African American, said that the Confederate flag didn’t bother him in the past because he was focused on chasing “checkered flags.” But now, Wallace says he sees things differently: “Diving more into it and educating myself, people feel uncomfortable with...
    LONDON (AP) — Irish authorities have imposed a six-week garden-hose ban after the country renowned for rainy weather experienced one of the driest springs on record and demand surged during the coronavirus lockdown. Supplier Irish Water said the conservation order will last from Tuesday until July 21. It forbids the use of hoses to water lawns and gardens, wash cars or fill swimming pools. Ireland’s weather office, Met Eireann, says the country experienced its driest May since 1850. Some areas had the driest spring ever recorded, with the capital, Dublin, receiving less than a third of its usual spring rainfall. Drier-than-normal weather is expected to continue into the summer. Irish Water said usage has also spiked because more people have been staying home during a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The company said that as lockdown eases and businesses reopen, demand for water “is being exacerbated by warm weather and the widespread emergence of drought conditions.” Managing director Niall Gleeson said “safeguarding the supply of water is essential at this time when hand-washing and hygiene...
    DENVER (AP) - Denver’s police department is changing policies regarding its use of force and body cameras in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. As more people demonstrated in Denver Sunday evening, the department released a statement saying that it has banned the use of chokeholds with no exceptions effective immediately. Previously, the practice was barred except in lethal encounters, The Denver Post reported. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act States early reopening decision vindicated by declining coronavirus hospitalizations How the liberal media and Looting Party cultivates racism and hate in America The department also said that officers who intentionally point their gun at someone will be required to notify a supervisor and file a report to help collect data on such incidents. Members of its SWAT team will also have to activate their body cameras when they are performing tactical operations, the department said. The changes were made through collaboration with the department’s use of force committee and consideration of recommendations from...
    Seattle’s mayor and police chief announced they’ve agreed to ban the use of tear gas to disperse protesters for 30 days amid ongoing demonstrations after the death of George Floyd. “After hearing concerns about the use of CS gas for crowd control purposes earlier this week ... we decided we were going to suspend its use for 30 days,” Police Chief Carmen Best said. The leaders suspended the gas until watchdog groups and oversight officials can fully review and recommend changes to policies and training for use of the chemical agent. Local health officials expressed concerns over use of tear gas and other respiratory irritants in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The ban only applies to tear gas-- not flash-bang grenades, pepper spray and other crowd-control techniques-- but Seattle’s female African American police chief said that “everything will be reviewed.” Police use tear gas after protests against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, turned destructive in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (AFP via Getty) “It’s really...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis agreed Friday to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by police and to require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city’s police force since George Floyd’s death. The changes are part of a stipulation between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which launched a civil rights investigation this week in response to the death of Floyd. The City Council approved the agreement 12-0. Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said the changes are necessary to stop ongoing harm to people of color “who have suffered generational pain and trauma as a result of systemic and institutional racism.” “This is just a start,” Lucero said. “There is a lot more work to do here, and that work must and will be done with speed and community engagement.” Floyd’s death is prompting reexamination of police techniques elsewhere. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered the state’s police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a neck hold...
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