Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison in college admissions scandal

John Vandemoer is the first to be sentenced in a sweeping case, which has ensnared celebrities and business executives. A former Stanford University sailing coach avoided prison on Wednesday in the first sentencing to result from the United States college admissions scandal after admitting he took bribes to help children of wealthy parents gain admission to the school. John Vandemoer, 41, was sentenced by US District Judge Rya Zobel in Boston to six months of home confinement, rejecting prosecutors’ request for a 13-month prison term after he pleaded guilty in…

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Bernie Sanders: Walmart pays ‘starvation wages’ to workers

Vermont senator told shareholders that the company’s CEO makes 1,000 times the salary of the average employee. Democratic United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has told Walmart Inc shareholders and top executives that the world’s largest retailer should increase worker pay in order to reverse income inequality. Speaking at Walmart’s shareholder meeting on Wednesday, the US senator said: “Despite the incredible wealth of Walmart’s owners” the company pays “starvation wages”. He presented a shareholder proposal at the event asking the company to give hourly employees a seat on its board…

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George Nader arrested on child pornography charges

Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer, accused of having sexually explicit pictures of children on his mobile phone. George Nader, a well-connected Middle East fixer for Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign and a witness in the Russia meddling probe, was arrested for possessing child pornography, the US Justice Department said. A Lebanese-American businessman, Nader was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Monday on charges of “transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” the department said. The arrest was based on a 13-month-old sealed…

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YouTube ‘prankster’ banned from social media, fined $22,000

Kanghua Ren, known by his fans as ReSet, sentenced to 15 months in jail for humiliating a homeless man in a prank video. Kanghua Ren, who has built an online following by publishing videos on YouTube, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after tricking a homeless man into eating Oreo biscuits filled with toothpaste. Ren, known to his 1.2 million online followers as ReSet, will not be heading to jail, as this was a first offence before the Spanish courts. He will, however, be banned from holding any…

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Assange showing symptoms of ‘psychological torture’

Statement accuses the US, UK, Sweden and Ecuador of “ganging up” on Assange to “isolate, demonise and abuse” him. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has shown “obvious” signs of the psychological torture inflicted on him due to years of confinement and persecution, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Nils Melzer, the UN rapporteur on torture visited Assange in prison in the UK, where he is currently serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in 2012. Melzer made the visit on May 9 along with two medical experts who specialise…

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Disney reviews filming in Georgia if US abortion law takes effect

Disney is the second major US entertainment company this week to say it is reconsidering its activities in Georgia Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger said it would be “very difficult” for the United States-based media company to keep filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect because many people would not want to work in the state. Disney has filmed blockbuster movies in Georgia such as Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame, and it would be a blow to the state’s efforts to create production jobs if…

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US activist goes on trial for helping migrants on southern border

Scott Warren faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of harbouring two undocumented migrants in Arizona. An Arizona activist charged with harbouring two undocumented migrants faces trial on Wednesday in a case likely to set a precedent over what aid US citizens can give to undocumented migrants. United States Border Patrol agents arrested Scott Warren in a January 2018 raid near Ajo, Arizona after they found two migrants hiding in the shower of a ramshackle building used by humanitarian groups. The 36-year old faces two felony counts of…

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The best time to exercise? When you can do it consistently

There are benefits attached to early workouts, as well as reasons to consider other times of the day. There are categories of early birds and night owls, just as there are individuals who prefer morning workouts to evening exercise, and vice versa. Which is best? TIME in February cited The Physiological Society’s 2019-published study determining morning is best: ”… exercising at 7 a.m. may shift your body clock earlier, meaning you’ll feel more alert in the morning and get tired earlier in the evening, potentially priming you to get enough…

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Congestion tax in New York could be Green New Deal litmus test

If successful, the fee on driving into Manhattan might pave way for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate legislation. Sumaiya Nur, a recent immigrant from Bangladesh, has not heard much about the congestion tax – likely around $12 – slated to hit the streets of New York City in early 2021. The 21-year-old pharmacy clerk lives and works in Jackson Heights, Queens. She only travels across the river to Manhattan once a week – every Saturday in her brother’s car – to watch movies and walk around destinations like Times Square. When asked…

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US charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage

US unveils 17 new criminal charges against Assange, accusing him placing US at risk by publishing classified documents. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being taken from a UK court [File: Matt Dunham/AP Photo] The US Justice Department unveiled 17 new criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday, saying he unlawfully published the names of classified sources and conspired with and assisted former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in obtaining access to classified information. The superseding indictment comes a little more than a month after the Justice Department unsealed a…

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Texas, Louisiana launch probes into Cenikor Foundation

Investigations follow Reveal’s expose documenting nonprofit drug rehab centre’s use of patients as unpaid labour force. State officials in Texas and Louisiana have launched multiple probes into the Cenikor Foundation following an investigation that found the prominent drug rehabilitation centre turned patients into an unpaid labour force for private companies. Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found the nonprofit sent thousands of patients to work without pay at hundreds of for-profit companies over the years – including Exxon, Shell and Walmart – in likely violation of federal labour law, according…

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Ride-sharing saves, but is it safe?

Whether in a group or alone, the University of California San Francisco’s Risk Management and Insurance Services department suggests these ride-sharing safety tips Uber last year implemented additional safety features to allay ride-sharing concerns. And weeks ago, after a University of South Carolina student was killed by a man she believed was from the ride-sharing company she contacted to pick her up, Lyft unveiled enhanced criminal background checks and more on its drivers. Whether in a group or alone, the University of California San Francisco’s Risk Management and Insurance Services…

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