Bolts survive Gin Kings, force do-or-die Game 5 in PBA semis
Bolts survive Gin Kings, force do-or-die Game 5 in PBA semisLuisa Morales(Philstar.com) – November 25, 2020 – 6:09pmMANILA, Philippines — The Meralco Bolts banked on an impressive showing by veteran Reynel Hugnatan, escaping with an 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra to stay alive in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semis at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center on Wednesday.After squandering a 15-point lead early in the third quarter, the Bolts were able to get back on their feet in the final salvo to keep their series alive.Locked in a back-and-forth affair in the final moments of the fou...
Seeking to show pattern of excessive force by Chauvin, prosecutors cite incident with teen boy who couldn't breathe
MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors in the upcoming murder trial of Derek Chauvin want to show jurors video of a 2017 arrest in which they say the former Minneapolis police officer jammed his knee into the back of a 14-year-old boy for several minutes while ignoring his pleas that he couldn’t breathe.In a memorandum filed late Monday in Hennepin County District court, assistant state Attorney General Matthew Frank said the body camera footage showed that “when faced with a suspect who does not immediately comply with his demands, Chauvin intentionally uses a level of unreasonable force to accomplish sub...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
French PM says lockdown to remain in force, any easing of Covid-19 measures to be 'strictly limited'
Two weeks into a second lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of Covid-19, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told a news conference Thursday that lockdown measures would remain in place until December as scheduled. Any loosening of restrictions after December 1 would be "strictly limited" to certain businesses, he said.Answer a few questions to join Europe Talks and debate with another EuropeanCastex said there were early signs of a tapering in the Covid-19 figures in France but that current lockdown measures, set to last until December 1, would remain in place.Any loosening of restrictions af...
The rise and imminent fall of Ennahda in Tunisia
Almost nine years after it re-emerged to become the dominant political force in Tunisia, Ennahda is experiencing its most significant political and cultural crisis. The Islamist party has been losing support, seats and influence for years. From a high of 1.5 million votes and 89 seats in 2011, it received 947,034 votes and 69 seats in 2014, but only 561,132 votes and 53 seats in 2019. It has lost massively to newly formed political parties, including Heart of Tunisia, which was the second-most popular party in 2019 with 38 seats, followed by the Democratic Current with 22. At the roots of this...
Using force is no way to defend the monarchy
Do royalists really believe that the use of force, hate-mongering and pitching one protest against another are the best ways to defend the monarchy?Reactions from government authorities and pro-monarchy groups seem to suggest that they prefer to suppress the growing calls for a reform of the royal institution than to engage intellectually.Reform equals toppling, a well-known actor-turn-charity worker declared as he vowed to lay down his life to protect the throne. It’s not clear whether he envisaged a war or something.But others in the royalist camp have been as ferocious, if not more.Many bra...
The Bangkok Post
Police out in force at Royal Plaza
Police out in force at Royal Plaza Crowds hope to deliver letter to palaceAround 15 companies of crowd control police will be deployed at the Royal Plaza and the Bureau of the Royal Household to maintain law and order during today’s rally by anti-government protesters.Deputy Commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol Col Jirasan Kaewsaeng-ek said police expect the protesters will march on Ratchadamnoen Avenue to either the Royal Plaza or the Bureau of the Royal Household. A national security unit had prepared negotiating teams to talk with the protesters to minimise the rally’s adverse i...
The Bangkok Post
#Endsars: Poverty is a powerful weapon
The unity! that must have been what scared them, a major force that made the protest powerful, a force we did not think we possessed but sprang out of us effortlessly. The youths marched in solidarity with one common goal, to end police brutality and injustice. Tribe and religion, two forces that stirred division over the years, suddenly did not matter. The unity must have scared our oppressors and threatened (and still threatens) the very basis of their power.They just had to do something and out of fear, more police brutality was unleashed on protesters. This was probably intended to intimid...
Police in show of force on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, drive away rampaging trucks
The Lagos State Police command in what has been described as a show of force and might, Tuesday morning, swooped on the rampaging trailers and tankers on Apapa Oshodi Expressway forcing them out and making the hitherto clogged expressway free for other road users.It has therefore been a smooth and stress-free driving experience for motorists on that route, reducing significantly both travel time and cost.Read Also: Presidential task team claims no gridlock in Apapa despite evidence to the contraryDriving through the expressway before today had been a nightmare as over ‘one million’ trucks and ...
New York promotes first Black woman to key police post
New York (AFP) - New York City promoted a Black woman to a top police post Thursday, a first that comes as the force continues to face heavy criticism from the Black Lives Matter movement.City mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Juanita Holmes as chief of patrol -- making her the first woman to take on the role of overseeing 77 police stations and a majority of New York Police Department officers, the largest municipal force in the United States with nearly 35,000 employees.The Democratic mayor told a press conference it was "incredibly important that our police leadership looks like New York City,...
Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force
An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said on Saturday, allowing the "historic" text to enter into force after 90 days.While nuclear powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it will nonetheless prove to be more than symbolic and have a gradual deterrent effect.Honduras became the 50th country to ratify.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it "the culmination of a worldwide movement to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weap...