Ford restarts all its operations south of the border, FCA adds shifts
Ford Motor Co. has restarted its plants in Mexico after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus, it said Monday.The automaker offered little detail on exactly when it restarted its four plants in Mexico or how many shifts it would operate, other than to say the restart is gradual.“The safety of our workforce is our top priority,” said Ford spokesman Said Deep, in an email to the Free Press. “Working closely with government, suppliers and union leaders, Ford de México is gradually resuming operations and production under the strictest protocols to keep our employees healthy and safe. We have r...
Detroit Free Press
Trump Designates Antifa As ‘Terrorist Organization’ – Even Though It’s Not An Organization & Order May Be Unconstitutional
President Donald Trump announced Sunday that he plans on designating Antifa a terrorist organization, as he attempts to shift blame onto protestors nationwide demanding reforms for racial justice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.“The United States of America will be designating ANTFA as a Terrorist Organization,” Trump tweeted Sunday.In response to Trump’s tweet, American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi said that there is “no legal authority for designating a domestic group” as a terrorist organization.“As this tweet demonstrates, terrorism is an ...
John Cusack Says He Was Hit By Police Officers During Chicago Protests
Actor John Cusack claims that he was attacked by Chicago police during protests occurring in the city. Cusack was allegedly trying to film a burning car when police told him to stop and started hitting him with batons. Cusack shared a video on Twitter and said, “Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike. Ahhm here’s the audio.” The video does not show Cusack being hit, but you can hear a voice sternly asking him to move along followed by the sound of metal being slammed. Cusack then says, “alright alright.” He later tweeted a video of the prote...
Detroit Tigers to continue paying minor leaguers, haven't made cuts
The Detroit Tigers will indefinitely pay minor league players a weekly $400 stipend to offset any coronavirus pandemic cancellations and have yet to make individual cuts, a team spokesperson told the Free Press on Monday night.The weekly stipend has no end date at this time, the spokesperson said.Minor league clubs make most of their money through ticket sales, which hasn’t been possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. The season has yet to begin, and there’s a good chance minor league clubs not play at all this season.In March, all 30 teams agreed to pay minor leaguers through May 31. When the ...
Detroit Free Press
CuMask+: Hongkongers all got free masks – here’s why is nobody wearing them
On May 5 the Hong Kong government announced that it would provide every citizen with a free face mask. Lots of people, I suppose, duly applied. They then received a mask, as I did. But so far I have not seen anyone else wearing one. What is going on?There is nothing seriously wrong with the mask itself, a reusable fabric job with a filter layer between two slices of cloth. As masks go it is quite comfortable, especially when you have washed it a couple of times. Also it has a three-dimensional shape. It is not just a flat thing like the disposable jobs most of us use.This means there is a bit ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Hong Kong must now rely on its own efforts to protect academic freedom
by Peter BaehrWhen I arrived in Hong Kong from Canada in August 2000, to take up a professorship in sociology, I was struck at once by the openness of the city’s academic culture. Put crudely, yet accurately, there was no “political correctness” in Hong Kong, no ideological policing of minds. The streets might be polluted by smog, but on campus the air was bracing.Today Hong Kong is menaced by a different force, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As the Party tightens its grip on the city, with new national security laws, what can Hong Kong universities do to impede the curbs on academic freed...
Hong Kong Free Press
Wife of fired cop Derek Chauvin files for divorce, does not want spousal support
Kellie May Chauvin wants a clean break from an allegedly dirty cop.Chauvin, the now-estranged wife of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, doesn’t want a dime in spousal support in their divorce.All she seeks is half their assets, the title to their Florida home and her former name, TMZ reported, citing court documents. In addition, Kellie Chauvin is stipulating she won’t pay him spousal support either, TMZ said.Kellie Chauvin, 45, filed for divorce a few days after Chauvin kneeled on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck during an arrest, even as Floyd repeated, “I can’t breathe,” while th...
New York Daily News
Yemen: world's worst humanitarian crisis
Riyadh (AFP) - Yemen is wracked by a war which has killed tens of thousands of people and led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.The war between Huthi rebels and pro-government forces escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened against the rebels who control large parts of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.Civilians on front line - Over the past six years, tens of thousands of people -- mostly civilians -- have been killed in the conflict, according to aid organisations.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says mo...
Misinformation and coronavirus hand-in-hand in Ecuador outbreak
Quito (AFP) - By the time the coronavirus pandemic spiraled out of control in Ecuador, misinformation was already spreading on the internet with reports of corpses being thrown into the sea, bodies washing up on beaches and miracle cures aplenty.Misinformation was already propagating in Latin America several weeks before the virus itself.By late January, videos were being shared widely on social media purportedly showing the live animal market that was the focus of the Chinese outbreak late last year. However, the images were not of Wuhan but of Indonesia, 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) away.T...
Thousands gather at Minnesota governor's mansion to protest George Floyd's death
MINNEAPOLIS — Monday evening, thousands of peaceful protesters began walking their cause down St. Paul’s Summit Avenue, moving from the Minnesota governor’s mansion and heading to the State Capitol.The crowd demanded that all four officers involved in the killing of George Floyd be jailed and prosecuted.While at the mansion, around 30 St. Paul police officers on the outskirts of the crowd took a knee, which drew criticism from organizers who asked them to leave. As they started chanting, “What’s his name? George Floyd!” black Officer Antwan Denson shed tears.But speakers said it was too little...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)