Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer about the spread of misinformation online about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, talks to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer about the spread of misinformation online about the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NEW YORK — Sam Darnold's return was supposed to be the big spark for the New York Jets.The offence showed some positive signs the past two games with Joe Flacco under centre. But the team was excited to have Darnold back at quarterback and playing with his three starting wide receivers for the first time.Well, the Jets scored a mere three points in a 20-3 loss to Miami and dropped to 0-11. What's worse, Darnold and the offence looked much like the inept group that trudged through the first few months of the season.So, for a team crawling perilously closer to 0-16, why not play Flacco if he's moving the offence and potentially putting them in better position to get that elusive first victory?“It’s easy to point at the quarterback all the time,” coach Adam Gase said Monday. “Sam needs to play. I want him to play, I want him to be out there. I feel like it wasn’t all on him every drive. Were there some mistakes made? Yes. But it wasn’t every drive that was his fault.”But Darnold was responsible for two drive-killing interceptions: first on the Jets' opening possession of the second half, and second late in the game with New York in desperation mode.“I’ve just got to continue to learn and grow from it,” Darnold said of his struggles. “That’s all I can do.”The third-year quarterback is having a brutal season that has included being sidelined twice, each time for two games, with shoulder injuries.He has just three touchdown passes and none in his last four games, spanning 19 quarters. Darnold has also been intercepted eight times, and his 64.0 quarterback rating ranks last in the NFL among players who have started four or more games.Despite all that, it appears there's no scenario where benching Darnold will be an option over the last five games.“Sam is the starter, and we need Sam to play as many snaps as possible," Gase said. “We’re just going to keep working to get better every week, and I think he will. I think he’s very competitive and he wants to do well and he’s looking forward to this next game.”The evaluation period on Darnold would seem to be over this deep into his career. The Darnold-Gase union hasn't worked, and the coach's departure after the season seems a foregone conclusion. Darnold's status remains uncertain.If the Jets don't win a game, they'll assure themselves of the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in April. That means Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be an option — if he declares for the draft. That likely also means New York will move on from Darnold by possibly trading him in the off-season.For now, though, it's Darnold's job the rest of the way — win or lose.“We don’t pull out offensive linemen because they get beat one time or two or three or five times,” Gase said. “We don’t pull out receivers when they drop the ball. Guys have got to stay in there and play. That’s football.”WHAT’S WORKINGThe defence was solid in the second half against Miami, causing two turnovers and forcing three punts — including two on three-and-outs — before allowing a late touchdown that sealed things. The offence struggled to take advantage of either of the takeaways, coming away with no points.“I feel bad for our defence,” right guard Greg Van Roten said. “I feel, personally, seeing them in the locker room, we let them down as an offence.”WHAT NEEDS HELPThird-down and red-zone efficiency. It's the running theme for the season. The Jets went 3 for 13 on third downs against the Dolphins and rank last in the NFL in that category — as they have for most of the year. New York actually showed some improvement in the red zone the last two games with Flacco at quarterback, but regressed with Darnold. The Jets went 0 for 3 on scoring touchdowns inside the 20 on Sunday.STOCK UPQuinnen Williams. The defensive tackle is arguably the team's most improved player in his second season. Williams, the team's first-round pick last year, had seven tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, a forced fumble and two passes defenced against Miami.“He's really showing up a lot,” Gase said. “He's playing his (butt) off.”STOCK DOWNAlex Lewis. The starting left guard was a surprise inactive Sunday for what Gase said wasn't an injury-related reason. Lewis was limited at practice Friday and then Pat Elflein started in his place against Miami. Gase wouldn't divulge details, saying the team is handling the situation internally. When asked if the two had an argument, Gase said he and Lewis “had a conversation,” but wouldn’t call it “a verbal altercation.”INJUREDLB Blake Cashman is likely to miss a few weeks after injuring a hamstring. He previously missed three games with injuries to both hamstrings, but Gase said this is a new injury. The second-year linebacker also missed four games with an injured groin.KEY NUMBER12 — The Jets already have the longest single-season losing streak in team history. Next up is the longest overall skid of 12 games, which spanned the 1995-96 seasons under Rich Kotite.NEXT STEPSNew York will try to avoid yet another dubious franchise milestone by dropping to 0-12 next Sunday when hosting the Las Vegas Raiders.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
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Canadian electric truck and bus manufacturer The Lion Electric Company said Monday it plans to become a publicly traded company via a merger with special-purpose acquisition company Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. The combined company, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, will have a valuation of $1.9 billion. The deal is the latest example of an electric automaker opting to go public via a SPAc merger in an aim to access the level of capital needed to become a high-volume vehicle manufacturer.
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - November 30, 2020) - The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP:To: All persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Interface, Inc. ("Interface") (NASDAQ: TILE) between March 2, 2018 and September 28, 2020. You are hereby notified that a securities class action lawsuit has been commenced in the the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. To get ...
PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Watford Holdings Ltd. ("Watford") (Nasdaq: WTRE) announced today that on December 31, 2020, it intends to pay to holders of record as of December 15, 2020 (the "Record Date") a quarterly dividend on its 8½% Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, which trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "WTREP" (the "Preference Shares"). From and after the calendar quarter starting July 1, 2019, at the beginning of each calendar quarter the dividend rate on the Preference Shares will be adjusted for such calendar quarter to a rate equal to the 3-month USD LIBOR on the first calendar day of the quarter (or the next business day, if such first day is not a business day) plus a margin of 6.6785%, and the dividend paid for that calendar quarter shall be based on the actual number of days in such quarter.Pursuant to their terms, Watford intends to pay a quarterly dividend (the "3Q2020 Dividend") on the Preference Shares of $0.48385 per share on December 31, 2020 to holders of record of the Preference Shares who held such shares on the Record Date. PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS ARE URGED TO CONSULT THEIR OWN TAX ADVISORS CONCERNING THE U.S. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND NON-U.S. TAX CONSEQUENCES TO THEM OF ACQUIRING, HOLDING AND DISPOSING OF THE PREFERENCE SHARES BASED ON THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES PRIOR TO MAKING AN INVESTMENT.About Watford Holdings Ltd.Watford Holdings Ltd. is a global property and casualty insurance and reinsurance company with approximately $1.1 billion in capital as of September 30, 2020, comprised of: $172.6 million of senior notes, $52.4 million of contingently redeemable preference shares and $866.9 million of common shareholders’ equity, with operations in Bermuda, the United States and Europe. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned financial strength ratings of “A-” (Excellent) from A.M. Best and “A” from Kroll Bond Rating Agency. On May 1, 2020, A.M. Best announced that it had placed under review with negative implications the financial strength ratings of Watford's operating subsidiaries. On May 7, 2020, Kroll Bond Rating Agency affirmed the “A” insurance financial strength ratings of Watford's operating subsidiaries as well as the “BBB+” credit rating of Watford Holdings Ltd, with the outlook for all ratings revised to negative.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThe Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”) provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements. This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, for purposes of the PSLRA or otherwise, generally can be identified by the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates” or similar expressions that indicate future events. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the expected timing of the 4Q2020 Dividend. Such statements are based on current assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including: uncertainties with respect to the timing of the 4Q2020 Dividend; market conditions; and other risks set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and in the Company’s other periodic reports filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Watford disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or circumstances or other factors.ContactsLaurence Richardson (Investor Contact): email@example.com
(Bloomberg) -- California is considering a return to stay-at-home orders as hospitalizations from the coronavirus soar, with projections showing that intensive-care demand could exceed capacity in the next month, Governor Gavin Newsom said.Hospitalizations, already nearing a July record, are expected to double or triple by Christmas, Newsom said at a briefing Monday. A recent surge in cases means health-care systems are poised to become even more strained in the weeks ahead, he said. If infections continue rising at their current rate, the most-populous state will run out of intensive care beds by mid-December, well before the holiday.“That’s why we are making this point very loudly today,” Newsom said. “If these trends continue, we are going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action.”Many counties now in the most-restrictive tier for business activities -- areas that are home to 99% of California population -- may face further limits, though the rules may not be as stringent as in the spring, Newsom said. Such action may come soon, possibly within days.“We’ll be seeing a lot more of you all this week,” he told reporters. “This is a dynamic week, this is an incredibly important week in the history of this pandemic for this nation, not just this state.”California, like the rest of the U.S., has been grappling with its fastest increase in infections since the pandemic began. The two-week average of cases is now more than 13,000 a day, far exceeding a summer surge. In most of the state, businesses from indoor restaurants to theaters have been shut, while a curfew is in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.L.A. ShutdownLos Angeles County, the epicenter of California’s outbreak and home to 10 million residents, has imposed a limited stay-at-home order that starts today. Hospitalizations are expected to jump to 2,500 in two weeks from the current 2,185, Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said at a separate briefing Monday.Medical centers are making plans for a surge in patients, including potentially limiting non-essential surgeries, she said. Her biggest concern is health workers, with more than 700 of them getting sick this week alone.“We are at the most difficult moment of the pandemic,” Ferrer said. “The virus is running rampant through almost every part of our county.”The new wave comes even as several coronavirus vaccines near release. Newsom said Monday that California would receive 327,000 doses of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine in about two weeks, and the state expects to issue this week its plan for distributing those first doses.Newsom and Mark Ghaly, California’s health and human services secretary, on Monday blamed the spike on people mixing -- particularly indoors -- in both business and social settings. They spent last week begging residents not to host large family gatherings for Thanksgiving or travel to visit relatives, requests that many Californians ignored.Newsom on Monday urged people who had traveled for the holiday to quarantine themselves to ensure they don’t spread the virus.“I hope people understand the magnitude of this moment,” Newsom said.(Updates with comments from Newsom starting in the third paragraph, L.A. health director in seventh.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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TORONTO — The man who drove a van down a sidewalk and killed 10 people in Toronto struggled to understand others throughout his entire life despite his high intelligence, court heard Monday.Alek Minassian, from Richmond Hill, Ont., was terrified of girls and women, had deep esoteric obsessions and had a "striking absence" of empathy, said Dr. Alexander Westphal, a psychiatrist who specializes in autism.Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. The defence argues he is not criminally responsible for his actions on April 23, 2018, due to autism spectrum disorder.Westphal, a professor at Yale University in the U.S. who is testifying for the defence, is expected to be the only expert to say that Minassian should be found not criminally responsible because of his autism."He's got a very substantial impairment in interpersonal skills that translates into very limited social circles and no romantic relationships in his history," Westphal said.Westphal said Minassian scored in the 92nd percentile in the verbal portion of an IQ test, but that his overall "adaptive skills," on a different test, is similar to that of a young child."The disconnect between his intellectual ability and his ability to apply it to real life is stark," Westphal said.The psychiatrist testified based on interviews with the accused, his family and old medical records.He said Minassian has trouble interacting with the world."If you sit down with Mr. Minassian, you get a sense of someone who has a lot of words and is highly articulate, but in a sense it is quite easy to get distracted by that veneer and lose sight how disabled he is," Westphal said.Minassian was diagnosed at five years old with pervasive developmental disorder, which is now considered part of autism spectrum disorder.His parents noticed he never made eye contact and often played alone. He'd eventually learn to make eye contact after being taught, and he also did not smile much, Westphal said."He didn't smile socially, it was just not part of his facial repertoire."Minassian also became obsessed with Mr. Bean, a popular British sitcom, Westphal said, and imitated the character's way of speaking.He said it may have been Mr. Bean's "hyperemotivity," or exaggerated facial expressions, that attracted Minassian.Minassian never showed aggression to others, just himself, prior to perpetrating the attack, Westphal testified.He said Minassian's only known aggression in life was as a young child when he would thrash his head against the wall.Throughout high school and into early adulthood, Minassian, now 28, told Westphal he was scared of women and girls. One of Minassian's stated motivations for the attack is retribution against society for years of rejection by women. He has told psychiatrists as well as the police that he became entangled with the so-called "incel movement" online where men discuss their hatred of women.Incels believe they are on the lowest rung of society and large-scale attacks would destabilize society, which would then give incels the chance to come out on top. Westphal testified that when Minassian saw girls in school, he would jump back, saying, "Don't hurt me, don't hurt me." He was so uncomfortable around women that he could not give his order at a restaurant if the wait staff was female, Westphal said.Minassian has never had a relationship with a woman, Westphal testified."The closest he got to any romantic relationship was a girl who he got her phone number from and when he texted her, she didn't text him back," Westphal said.Another psychiatrist previously testified that Minassian did not show any anger toward women and, at one point, recanted his hatred towards women as his motivation.Minassian has also said he was motivated by the notoriety an attack would bring as well as "extreme anxiety" related to starting a new job. Minassian was teased and bullied throughout school, the psychiatrist said. "Being picked on because of his disability is something that occurred throughout his childhood," Westphal said. "It’s one of the things he's identified in as much he's identified a causal reason for his actions."Last week, Westphal refused to testify if court didn't seal his videotaped interviews with Minassian and play the clips to court in secret. The judge gave in to sealing the videos after the psychiatrist warned they could incite more violence, but will allow journalists to watch them. Minassian has admitted to planning and carrying out the attacks. His state of mind at the time is the sole issue at trial.Westphal's testimony will continue tomorrow.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2020.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
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HOUSTON — Deshaun Watson’s stellar play has given the Houston Texans their first winning streak of the season.Watson threw for 318 yards and tied a season high with four touchdown passes to help the Texans beat the Lions 41-25 on Thanksgiving for their second straight win. Watson has two straight 300-yard games and has thrown 15 TD passes without an interception in the past six games.“Deshaun is a tremendous athlete, a good leader, got good weapons that he can use whenever he chooses to,” interim coach Romeo Crennel said. “And he spreads the ball around many times. And then you’ve got to give some credit to the guys up front here. Those guys, if they give him time, he’s able to make plays.”Watson ranks third in the NFL with 3,201 yards passing and his 68.9% completion rate is sixth.His leadership has also been important as the Texans try to make the most out of this tough season. Houston opened the season 0-4 before coach Bill O’Brien was fired but has gone 4-3 since then in large part because of Watson’s steady play.He’s remained upbeat and optimistic even as the team has struggled and is focused on helping Houston finish the season strong.“We’ve just got to keep that momentum, this energy going and, we’ve got to make sure that we remember these moments in these times after a win because it feels really, really good,” Watson said. “So we don’t want to feel that the losing atmosphere in that locker room, we want to keep being positive, keep going out there and keep stacking (wins).”Watson's job will be more difficult for the rest of the season after star receiver Will Fuller announced Monday that he had been suspended for six games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.Fuller announced the suspension on Instagram on Monday, saying that it was from a medication he was prescribed that he believed to be permitted, but that was banned under the league’s policy.He has been Houston's best receiver in the first season since DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona and had a career-high 879 yards receiving and eight touchdowns this year. He was coming off his best game of the season, with 171 yards receiving and two scores against the Lions.The suspension leaves Houston's receiving group rather thin after veteran Kenny Stills was released last week and with Randall Cobb on the injured list with a toe injury. Cobb ranks third on the team with 441 yards receiving.Fuller's suspension leaves Brandin Cooks, who has 719 yards receiving, as Watson's top remaining target.WHAT’S WORKINGHouston’s defence has been much better against the run in the past two games after giving up 231 yards rushing in a loss to the Browns on Nov. 15. The Texans allowed 109 yards rushing against the Lions after limiting the Patriots to just 86. But they’re still looking to do more in a season where they rank 31st by giving up 154.7 yards rushing a game.“Guys are beginning to gain more confidence in what they’re able to do and how they’re going about it,” Crennel said. “Hopefully, we’ll keep improving as we wind down the season.”WHAT NEEDS HELPWhile the run defence has gotten better, Houston’s running game continues to be the biggest weakness on the team. The Texans managed just 77 yards rushing on Thursday with 24 coming from Watson’s scrambling. Houston has had 100 yards rushing just three times this season and ranks 31st in the NFL with 83.9 yards rushing a game.STOCK UPILB Tyrell Adams is a former practice squad player who has developed into one of Houston’s best linebackers this season. The undrafted free agent tied the franchise record for most tackles in a game with a career-high 17 against the Lions. He also forced two fumbles in the win to become just the fourth player since 1994 with at least 17 tackles and two forced fumbles in a game.STOCK DOWNRB Duke Johnson continues to struggle while filling in for injured running back David Johnson. He had just 37 yards rushing against the Lions in his third start since Johnson was injured.INJUREDCrennel said Johnson could return this week after missing three games since getting a concussion.KEY NUMBER13 — Numerous Detroit fans donated $13 each to Watson’s foundation as a thank you to the Texans for beating the Lions and hastening coach Matt Patricia’s firing, according to NFL.com. The $13 donation was a nod to Patricia’s 13-29 record with the Lions. Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn were fired on Saturday after the team's terrible performance against the Texans.NEXT STEPSThe Texans will look for their third straight win on Sunday when they face AFC South foe Indianapolis in the first of two meetings in three weeks with the Colts.The Colts rank fifth in the NFL in total defence and will be a test for Watson and an offence that has performed well in the past two games as Houston has piled up 68 points.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLKristie Rieken, The Associated Press
Attorneys urge Court to reverse decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit preventing religious schools from holding in-person classesWASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Liberty Institute and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today filed an application with the Supreme Court of the United States urging it to vacate an order from a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The order stayed a preliminary injunction entered against Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order that prohibits private religious schools and other schools from holding in-person classes for grades K-12. First Liberty represents Danville Christian Academy (“DCA”) in Danville, Kentucky in the lawsuit. You can read the application here.“As a result of the appellate panel’s order, Kentucky students can catch a matinee at the movie theater, attend a wedding, go bowling, work out at the gym, or go shopping, or even attend in-person classes at a preschool or college, but they cannot attend an in-person class at a K-12 religious school,” said Roger Byron, Senior Counsel at First Liberty. “Even gambling parlors are still open and in-person. The decision is inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent and the precedent of the Sixth Circuit, including a Supreme Court order issued just last week that protects in-person religious gatherings.”On November 18, 2020, Governor Andrew Beshear ordered all “public and private elementary, middle, and high schools,” including religious schools, to cease in-person instruction, while allowing other activities with comparable health risks such as theaters, weddings, bowling alleys, and offices, to remain in-person with restrictions. Pre-schools, universities and colleges are also permitted to hold in-person instruction. On November 25, the district court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Governor “from enforcing the prohibition on in-person instruction with respect to any religious private school in Kentucky that adheres to applicable social distancing and hygiene guidelines.” Over the weekend, a panel of the Sixth Circuit stayed the district court’s injunction, allowing the Governor’s order to take effect.In its Application to Vacate the Sixth Circuit’s Stay of the Preliminary Injunction, filed with Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, First Liberty attorneys argue, “The Sixth Circuit’s published order green-lights a hands-off approach to severe COVID-19 restrictions—here, the closure of all religious schools in a state—that fails to live up to the judiciary’s ‘duty to conduct a serious examination of the need for . . . drastic measure[s]’ that burden religious exercise.” They added, “Earlier this year, [the Supreme Court] emphasized the centrality of religious education to religious exercise. ‘Religious education is vital to many faiths in the United States.’ As a result, operating a private religious school is not a distinct venture that can be separated from worship or other aspects of religious exercise. The First Amendment protects religious schooling just as it does worship services because, for many believers, those are simply two facets of fulfilling the obligations of their faith.”Earlier this year, in Tabernacle Baptist Church v. Beshear, First Liberty successfully challenged Governor Beshear’s order prohibiting in-person religious services in Kentucky.About First Liberty Institute First Liberty Institute is a non-profit public interest law firm and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom for all Americans.To arrange an interview, contact Lacey McNiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 972-941-4453.Contact: Lacey McNiel, email@example.com Direct: 972-941-4453
Two Halifax Transit bus drivers refused to work last week after multiple passengers entered their buses without wearing masks, renewing union calls to enforce Nova Scotia's mandatory mask rule."Both operators refused," Ken Wilson, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 which represents Halifax Transit workers, said in an interview with CBC's Mainstreet Monday. "One refused Thursday evening and another operator refused Friday evening."It was about passengers not wearing masks and so under the [Occupational Health Safety] Act, the operators have the right to refuse unsafe work." Masks became mandatory on all transit buses and ferries in July, but there are no penalties in place for not complying.Individuals don't have to wear a mask if they have a medical condition that keeps them from doing so."There are very few valid medical reasons to not wear a mask," Dr. Robert Strang, the province's chief medical officer of health, said in July when masks were made mandatory.Wilson said about 90 per cent of passengers wear masks, but it's the others who concern drivers."We're not allowed to enforce or to advise — we're to take everybody at face value that if they say they have a medical condition, they do," he said.He says the municipality should start enforcing mask use on public transit to protect drivers and passengers."The confusing part is that we can deny entry to someone not wearing a pair of shoes or not wearing a shirt but when you don't have a mask, you have to take a seat and that doesn't make sense and that's the problem," he said.Wilson said the transit drivers refused to operate their buses because they felt unsafe amid a resurgence of COVID-19, which has brought on community spread."My operators, my members are stressed. They've been on the front lines for over 10 months. I don't think anybody thought this is going to go this long. Now it could be almost another year before we get a vaccine in this part of the region," Wilson said."People are COVID-fatigued. They're stressed. They're worried about bringing this home to their families ... and it's really opened my eyes to the way we're being treated as workers for the transit agency."A spokesperson with Halifax Transit said "the obligation to wear a mask rests with the individual" and there are no plans to change the current protocol."Halifax Transit will continue to adhere to public health guidelines regarding education and enforcement of the use of masks," Erin DiCarlo, a spokesperson for Halifax Transit, said in an emailed statement Monday."Operators may remind passengers of the requirement to wear a mask, but passengers who are not wearing a mask will not be denied entry, as some passengers may have medical reasons that prevent them from wearing one."MORE TOP STORIES
The U.S. Navy has announced that it plans to scrap the USS Bonhomme Richard and not repair the amphibious assault ship ravaged by a major fire in San Diego in July. "After thorough consideration, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations have decided to decommission the Bonhomme Richard due to the extensive damage sustained during that July fire," Rear Adm. Eric H. Ver Hage, commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Center, told reporters on an audio-only news conference Monday. In the end, those costs appeared to be just as expensive -- and would take as long -- as a future purchase of a new modern amphibious assault ship.
NEW YORK — Newly detained immigrants must appear before a judge within 10 days, rather than the weeks or months they’ve sometimes had to endure in recent years, a judge said Monday.Civil rights groups praised the ruling by U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan as the first of its kind in the nation to set such a rule for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency.They said in a release that the ruling would strike a blow to federal immigration authorities who hold detained immigrants indefinitely before they appear before a judge.The judge said a law authorizing the detention of immigrants while removal proceedings are pending “does not negate class members’ interests — of the utmost importance — in freedom from imprisonment.”“Class members may not have a ‘fundamental right to be released during removal proceedings,’ but nor does the Government have an unfettered right to detain them,” she added.In 2014, the average wait to see a judge was 11 days, but it had stretched to over a month in 2017 and nearly three months in 2018, according to the judge's ruling.Messages for comment was sent to the Justice Department, which represented the agency in court, and ICE, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security.“A few weeks or months of sitting in inhumane ICE detention facilities can be dangerous and devastating for individuals and their families," said Niji Jain, an attorney at The Bronx Defenders. "The Court’s ruling recognizes that prompt access to an immigration judge is a fundamental right — one that is all the more important when detention facilities are hotbeds for the spread of COVID-19.”“Locking people up for months before they first see a judge during immigration proceedings is unjust and unlawful, and it does immense harm to immigrant families,” said Bobby Hodgson, staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union.Class member Shemar Michel said ICE officers told him he'd be home by dinner time when they picked him up as he prepared his children for school. He said he didn't see a judge for six weeks.“During that time, I was mentally shattered, I missed my son’s second birthday, and I felt like I had no chance to fight my case. I told the ICE officers I would rather buy my own plane ticket home than stay in ICE detention any longer," he said. "I hope the judge’s ruling ensures nobody will have to go through what I went through.”The civil rights groups said in their release that many individuals held for months were entitled to release. They said about 40% of them were eventually released on bond. Others, they added, were U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.The groups said the average petitioners have lived in the United States for 16 years and nearly a third are lawful permanent residents.The judge granted class action status to a lawsuit by civil rights groups filed two years ago in Manhattan federal court. She noted that the federal government had never filed arguments opposing the designation.Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press