About 1,000 police officers being drafted in to protect the G7 summit in Cornwall next month are to be accommodated on a 3,100-capacity cruise ship. Sky News has learnt Devon and Cornwall Police has hired the MS Silja Europa, which has more than 1,150 passenger cabins. The cruise ship, currently docked in Tallinn in Estonia, will be moored in Falmouth for 10 days and used by police for accommodation, catering and other "essential facilities".
Lauren Weisberger's "Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty" goes down like an ice-cold guilty pleasure on a hot beach-reading day.
Republican officials in Mississippi and Missouri have overturned ballot initiatives passed by voters in last year’s elections, a move Democrats are comparing to the refusal of some GOP leaders to accept the legitimacy of the presidential results.
Irving Plaza, the long-running and newly renovated New York venue, is back in business with 40 new concerts on its schedule, including a grand reopening with Ashley McBride kicking things off on Aug. 17; the full initial lineup, which stretches into next May, appears below. Upcoming shows slated for fall include Noah Cyrus, Guided […]
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz's, appeared in federal court in Orlando. He pleaded guilty to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced, including sex trafficking of a minor, and he admitted that he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men. Gaetz was not mentioned in the plea agreement or during the court hearing. But Greenberg’s cooperation — as a key figure in the investigation and a close ally of Gaetz — may escalate the potential legal and political liability that the firebrand Republican congressman is facing. Federal prosecutors are examining whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls and escorts or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to two people familiar with the matter. Investigators have also been looking at whether Gaetz and his associates tried to secure government jobs for some of the women, the people said. They are also scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, including whether his associates sought to influence legislation Gaetz sponsored. The people had knowledge of the investigation but were not allowed to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Gaetz has denied the allegations and any accusation of wrongdoing and has said repeatedly he will not resign from Congress. A spokesman for the congressman has said Gaetz “never had sex with a minor and has never paid for sex.” During the nearly hourlong hearing Monday, Greenberg acknowledged he understood the charges he was pleading guilty to and the possible punishment he faced and told the judge he was of a sound frame of mind. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Hoffman told Greenberg that even though prosecutors may request some leniency from his sentencing judge because of his cooperation there was no guarantee a judge would agree to the prosecutors’ recommendations and that Greenberg would be unable to change his plea. No sentencing date was immediately set. Monday’s court appearance marked the first time Greenberg has been seen in court since the Gaetz investigation blew into the public spotlight in March. Outside the courthouse, a plane flew over during the hearing pulling a banner that read: “TICK TOCK MATT GAETZ.” After the hearing Greenberg was taken back to jail in handcuffs and shackles, wearing a dark inmate uniform and looking worn down. As part of his plea deal, Greenberg, a Republican who served as the tax collector in Seminole County, admitted he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 from 2016 to 2018, sometimes through online payment services like Venmo. They include at least one underage girl he paid to have sex with him and others, the plea agreement says. Prosecutors wrote in the plea agreement that Greenberg had introduced the girl to others, who also “engaged in commercial sex acts” with her. The agreement does not identify the men. Greenberg first met the girl online from a website where she was posing as an adult and first paid her $400 after a meeting on a boat, the documents said. He later invited her to hotels in Florida where he and others would have sex with her and supplied her and other people with ecstasy, according to the plea deal. In total, prosecutors say Greenberg had sex with the girl at least seven times. Greenberg’s legal scrutiny began when he was arrested last summer on charges of stalking a political opponent, Brian Beute. Prosecutors said he mailed fake letters to the school where his opponent worked, signed by a nonexistent “very concerned student,” who alleged the opponent had engaged in sexual misconduct with another student. “I wouldn’t want to be him,” Beute, who showed up at the courthouse on Monday, said after the hearing. Greenberg also is accused of embezzling $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office, according to the indictment filed against him. Michael Balsamo And Mike Schneider, The Associated Press
Notarize, the pioneer and market leader in Remote Online Notarization (RON), today congratulate Senators Cramer (R-ND) and Warner (D-VA) for their leadership in the introduction of S. 1625, the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarize Act of 2021 (SECURE Notarization Act of 2021) to ensure that remote online notarization (RON) becomes permanent practice across the U.S.
As elected representatives of the largest Haitian-American community in the United States, we echo our constituents’ concerns about spiraling crises that have upended Haiti. A 90-minute flight from Miami, Haiti’s stability has significant economic and security implications for this country and the region.
It is feared Cyclone Tauktae will be the strongest storm to hit the western state of Gujarat since 1998.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An inspector who failed to discover a crack in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that prompted the span's closure has been fired, Arkansas transportation officials said Monday. Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Lorie Tudor said the inspector was fired after drone video showed the crack o n the bridge spanning the Mississippi River in May 2019. Tudor said the crack was not noted by the inspector in his reports that fall or the following year. “This is unacceptable," Tudor said at a news conference. The department did not immediately name the employee and said the incident is also being referred to federal investigators. Arkansas’ DOT on Monday released an image and video from the drone, which showed the crack. The drone footage was taken by a consultant inspecting the bridge's cables. Traffic on the six-lane bridge was shut down last Tuesday after inspectors found a “significant fracture” in one of two 900-foot (274-meter) horizontal steel beams that are critical for the bridge’s integrity. River traffic under the span was closed Tuesday but reopened on Friday. The closure has impacted a heavily used corridor and raised concerns about shipping and delivery costs. The Arkansas Trucking Association on Friday estimated the closure would cost the trucking industry at least $2.4 million a day. Traffic was being rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south. Arkansas and Tennessee authorities have not given a timeline for when the bridge will reopen. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said Monday that the I-40 bridge repair will be conducted in two phases, and both steps must be completed before the bridge can be reopened for road traffic. The first step is installing steel plates on each side of the fractured beam to provide stability for crews to permanently replace the damaged parts, TDOT said in a statement. The plates are being made and fabrication should be completed by Wednesday, TDOT said. The second phase involves removal and replacement of the damaged piece of the bridge. TDOT said it intends to select a contractor Monday afternoon for the first phase of the repair. The department is not projecting a reopening date for the I-40 bridge. The department also said it will review the condition of the I-55 bridge “out of an abundance of caution.” Tudor said all “fracture critical" bridges that had been inspected by the fired employee will be re-inspected. ___ Sainz reported from Memphis, Tenn. Andrew Demillo And Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press
Vancouver police have taken the unusual step of naming six alleged gang members after a series of shootings in public places, saying investigators don't expect the gang conflict to subside. Chief Const. Adam Palmer says his biggest concern is that a bystander will be hurt or killed during a gang-related shooting. He says there have been 20 gang-related murders and 20 attempted murders in Metro Vancouver this year. Palmer says police believe the six men may be targeted in the coming days, weeks or months. Deadly shootings have recently happened outside restaurants, in shopping centre parking lots, on busy streets and in front of the departure terminal at Vancouver's airport. On Thursday, a man was killed and two others were hurt in a shooting in the parking lot of a busy shopping area in Burnaby. Police said the victim, Jaskeert Kalkat, 23, and a man and a woman with him were all targets in the shooting. Police identified 28-year-old Karman Grewal as the victim in the airport shooting. He was one of five men named by the RCMP as potential targets of shots-fired incidents in a 2017 news release. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes Monday on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. International diplomacy to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds appeared to make little headway. Israel has said it will press on for now with its attacks against Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, and the United States signaled it would not pressure the two sides for a cease-fire. The latest attacks destroyed the five-story building housing the Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry, a building Israel said housed the main operations center of Hamas' internal security forces. Israel also killed a top Gaza leader of Islamic Jihad, another militant group whom the Israeli military blamed for some of the thousands of rocket attacks launched at Israel in recent days. Israel said its strikes destroyed 15 kilometers (9 miles) of tunnels used by militants. At least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the week of airstrikes, including 59 children and 35 women, with some 1,300 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Ten people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier, have been killed in the ongoing rocket attacks launched from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel. Violence has also erupted between Jews and Arabs inside Israel, leaving scores of people injured. On Monday, a Jewish man attacked last week by a group of Arabs in the central city of Lod died of his wounds, according to police. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with top security officials on Monday evening and later said Israel would “continue to strike terror targets” in Gaza. “We will continue to operate as long as necessary in order to return calm and security to all Israeli citizens,” he said. The new airstrikes, which hit Gaza overnight Monday and again in the evening, hollowed out one floor of a multistory concrete building and killed five people. A woman picked through clothing, rubble and splintered furniture in a room that had been destroyed. One strike demolished the wall of one room, leaving untouched an open cabinet filled with bedding inside. Children walked over debris in the road. A car in the street that witnesses said was hit by an airstrike was bent and torn, its roof ripped back and what was left of the driver's side door smeared with blood. A beachside cafe the car had just left was splintered and on fire. Rescue workers tried to put out the blaze with a small fire extinguisher. Gaza City’s mayor, Yahya Sarraj, said the strikes had caused extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure. He said water supplies to hundreds of households were disrupted. “We are trying hard to provide water, but the situation remains difficult,” he said. The U.N. has warned that the territory's sole power station is at risk of running out of fuel. Gaza already experiences daily power outages for between eight and 12 hours, and tap water is undrinkable. Mohammed Thabet, a spokesman for the territory's electricity distribution company, said it has fuel to supply Gaza with electricity for two or three days. Israel also said it targeted what it suspected was a Hamas submergible weapon preparing for an attack on Israel's coast. The war broke out May 10, when Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem after weeks of clashes in the holy city between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police. The protests were focused on the heavy-handed policing of a flashpoint sacred site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. More protests were expected across the region Tuesday in response to a call by Palestinian citizens of Israel for a general strike. The protest has the support of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party. The Biden administration has declined so far to publicly criticize Israel’s part in the fighting or send a top-level envoy to the region. On Monday, the United States again blocked a proposed U.N. Security Council statement calling for an end to “the crisis related to Gaza” and the protection of civilians, especially children. Speaking to reporters during a trip to Denmark, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States would support any initiative to stop the fighting, but signaled the country did not intend to put pressure on the two sides to accept a cease-fire. “Ultimately it is up to the parties to make clear that they want to pursue a cease-fire,” he said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasized her country's solidarity with Israel, condemned the continued rocket attacks from Gaza, and expressed hope for a swift end to the fighting, according to her office. Hamas’ top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, who is based abroad, said the group has been contacted by the United Nations, Russia, Egypt and Qatar as part of cease-fire efforts but “will not accept a solution that is not up to the sacrifices of the Palestinian people.” Since the fighting began, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes it says are targeting Hamas’ militant infrastructure. Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired more than 3,200 rockets into Israel. Israeli military officials said Hamas had stockpiled about 15,000 rockets before the war started. Rocket attacks continued Monday, with one hitting a building in the city of Ashdod that caused injuries, the Israeli police said. Israel’s airstrikes have leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest buildings, which Israel alleges contained Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press Gaza office and those of other media outlets. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building and said any evidence would be shared through intelligence channels. Blinken said he hasn’t yet seen any evidence supporting Israel’s claim. AP President Gary Pruitt called for an independent investigation into the attack. “As we have said, we have no indication of a Hamas presence in the building, nor were we warned of any such possible presence before the airstrike,” he said in a statement. “This is something we check as best we can. We do not know what the Israeli evidence shows, and we want to know.” The Israeli military said it struck 35 “terror targets” Monday as well as the tunnels, which it says are part of an elaborate system it refers to as the “Metro,” used by fighters to take cover from airstrikes. They included a strike against a building that housed the Qatari Red Crescent, Qatar said. That attack killed a man and a 12-year-old girl. The tunnels extend for hundreds of kilometers (miles), with some more than 20 meters (yards) deep, according to an Israeli Air Force official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, in keeping with regulations. The official said Israel was not trying to destroy all the tunnels, just chokepoints and major junctions. The military also said it struck nine houses in different parts of northern Gaza that belonged to “high-ranking commanders” in Hamas. Islamic Jihad said a strike killed Hasam Abu Harbid, the militant group’s commander for the northern Gaza Strip. Hamas and Islamic Jihad say at least 20 of their fighters have been killed, while Israel says the number is at least 130 and has released the names of and photos of more than two dozen militant commanders it says were “eliminated.” The Gaza Health Ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, does not give a breakdown of how many casualties were militants or civilians. ___ This story has been updated to correct that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group has been contacted by the United Nations, not the United States. ___ Nessman reported from Atlanta, Associated Press writers Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem, Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Matthew Lee in Copenhagen, and Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed. Fares Akram And Ravi Nessman, The Associated Press
A Kentucky couple has been arrested after law enforcement officers allegedly found a small child living in “deplorable conditions” at a home in Boone County.
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Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says he intends to enter the U.S. once again within a few months, whether the border shutdown is in place or not. Last month, the mayor brought his son, who is a minor and a Canadian-U.S. dual citizen, to Michigan to attend a medical appointment. On Monday's Windsor Morning on CBC Radio, Dilkens was asked about his trip to the U.S., which took place amid Ontario's shut-down order. Dilkens did tell other media he quarantined and followed all guidelines after that trip, but did respond to CBC's inquiries about the matter at the time. "We have to go back in a few more months to finish up that appointment, and I make no apologies for it. I would do it again in a heartbeat as a dad," he said. "When facilities are closed here, and your kid is struggling, most parents would make the effort to do what I did." He said that the trip was made to access a service that is not currently available "because everything is closed," and indicated he would be returning to the U.S. in about 2.5 months. Border access for immunized people Dilkens was also asked about whether he wants to see looser restrictions at the border, as some politicians have advocated for. "We're at the point now, that if you are fully vaccinated and you can prove that, that there should be some lessening of restrictions at the border to allow fully vaccinated people to cross," Dilkens said. When Dilkens crossed with his son in April, the mayor had not yet received his first dose of vaccine. Dilekens got that shot on May 8 in Windsor. The Canada-U.S. border has been closed since March of 2020 except to essential travellers, which includes thousands of cross-border workers from Windsor and Essex County. There's no word on when the border could reopen, though CBC News reported Saturday that preliminary talks were underway between Canadian and U.S. officials. A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said such conversations happen regularly and cautioned that the current measures could stay in place for some time. LISTEN | Hear more from Mayor Dilkens on Windsor Morning: "Minister Blair is in regular contact with his American counterparts about issues relating to our shared border. Until the conditions on both sides of the border change very substantively, the measures at our borders will remain intact. The decision on when and how to reopen the border will be made in Canada, with the best interest of Canadians as our top priority," said James Cudmore, communications director for the minister. At this stage in the vaccine rollout, 203,246 Windsor-Essex residents have been vaccinated but just a fraction, 15,345 people, have received both required doses. In Michigan, 42.1 per cent of residents are fully vaccinated, though Detroit's coverage rate is significantly lower, at 24.1 per cent. Dilkens said that if the border was open to those vaccinated, the number of Michiganders entering Ontario would be limited, given that attractions remain closed locally, and restrictions south of the border would likely discourage Ontarians from entering the U.S. as well. "But I think the benefit here is allowing families to reunify in some way, which is very, very important. It's been difficult on a lot of people when they have loved ones pass away and they can't go two miles away to Detroit to attend the funeral. And also people who own property," he said.
Dozens more men are suing Ohio State over the university’s failure to stop sexual abuse and misconduct decades ago by team doctor Richard Strauss. New claims in two lawsuits from at least 39 plaintiffs were filed in federal court ahead of Monday, which marked two years since a report from a law firm investigation concluded university employees were aware of concerns about Strauss as early as 1979 but didn’t stop him. “With this suit, plaintiffs seek to hold OSU accountable for its failures, and to ensure that something like this can never happen again,” lawyers wrote in one of the new cases.
PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is investigating potential securities claims on behalf of investors of Danimer Scientific, Inc. (“Danimer” or the “Company”) (NYSE: DNMR) to determine whether the Company engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices. On May 14, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, on behalf of Danimer investors who purchased, or otherwise acquired, the Company’s securities between December 30, 2020 and March 19, 2021, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”). According to the class action complaint, throughout the Class Period, the Danimer Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operations, and compliance policies. Specifically, the Danimer Defendants, allegedly, made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that (i) Danimer had deficient internal controls; (ii) as a result, the Company had misrepresented, inter alia, its operations’ size and regulatory compliance; (iii) the Danimer Defendants had overstated Nodax’s biodegradability, particularly in oceans and landfills; and (iv) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. INVESTORS WHO PURCHASED, OR OTHERWISE ACQUIRED, DANIMER’S SECURITIES DURING THE CLASS PERIOD AND SUFFERED LOSSES GREATER THAN $100,000 ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE KEHOE LAW FIRM’S SECURITIES CLASS ACTION QUESTIONNAIRE OR CONTACT KEVIN CAULEY, DIRECTOR, CLIENT RELATIONS, (215) 792-6676, EXT. 802, KCAULEY@KEHOELAWFIRM.COM, SECURITIES@KEHOELAWFIRM.COM, INFO@KEHOELAWFIRM.COM, TO DISCUSS THE SECURITIES CLASS ACTION INVESTIGATION OR POTENTIAL LEGAL CLAIMS. Kehoe Law Firm, P.C., with offices in New York and Philadelphia, is a multidisciplinary, plaintiff–side law firm dedicated to protecting investors from securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, and corporate misconduct. Combined, the partners at Kehoe Law Firm have served as Lead Counsel or Co-Lead Counsel in cases that have recovered more than $10 billion on behalf of institutional and individual investors. This press release may constitute attorney advertising.
* Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Updates to late afternoon) By Stephen Culp NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) - The dollar edged lower on Monday as inflation jitters, exacerbated by record high prices paid in a regional U.S. manufacturing survey, benefited riskier currencies at the greenback's expense. "Given that since the dollar's sell-off last week it hasn't been able to bounce much, it tells me that the driver is not the foreign currency market but the interest rate market," said Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Forex in New York. The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to release the minutes from its April monetary policy on Wednesday, which market participants will scrutinize for clues regarding the central bank's views on current inflation spikes.
Turkish security forces have killed an alleged high-ranking Kurdish militant in an operation in northern Iraq, Turkey’s president said Monday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a Cabinet meeting that the slain militant was allegedly responsible for the Syria operations of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
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Ofqual: bias against disadvantaged and SEN pupils ‘common’ in assessmentsFindings of research by England’s exams regulator add to existing concerns about the government’s summer assessment process In the absence of exams, teachers will assess GCSE and A-level students again this year. Photograph: Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images