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Barack Obama Joins Kim K. & More Celebs As He Mourns Daunte Wright After Cop Shooting: ‘Our Hearts Are Heavy’

Following Daunte Wright’s death in which a police officer fatally shot him during a traffic stop, outraged celebs like Kim Kardashian and Halsey are demanding justice.

“Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man,” former President Barack Obama tweeted, after 20-year-old Daunte Wright from the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center was shot and killed at the hands of police on April 11. The incident occurred just 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by another Minneapolis officer on May 25, 2020. “It’s important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country.”

Kim Kardashian, along with her sisters Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie, all shared messages in support of Daunte, whose killing sparked further outrage in a community where tensions are already high surrounding the trial of Derek Chauvin. The KUWTK stars took to their Instagram included links with information for legal help, how to take precautions and safety measures if you plan to protest, and how to support and donate. Halsey also posted the helpful information to her Instagram stories in show of support.

Demi Lovato also called for change as she took to Instagram and captioned a post from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with the hashtag, “#BLACKLIVESMATTER”. She shared their important message which read: “Daunte Wright should still be alive today. It’s clear that the only way to end police violence is to immediately divest from the police.”

Daunte Wright
of Daunte Wright’s family and friends mourned in Brooklyn Center, Minn. on April 12, 2021 after he was shot and killed by police. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Daunte was pulled over for a traffic stop on April 11 by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the department, and two other unnamed officers. She was acting as a field training officer and was training a new officer at the time. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon held a press conference the following day and released bodycam footage of the incident. He said when officers asked Daunte for his ID, they found out he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and attempted to take him into custody.

The bodycam footage shows Daunte releasing from the officer’s grip as they began to handcuff him. He broke free and a struggle ensued, and as Daunte jumped back into his car Potter threatened to tase him. She pulled out her gun and shouted, “I’ll Tase you!” She then yelled, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” before shooting him and saying, “Holy s**t, I just shot him.”

Daunte drove away in his car and traveled several blocks before hitting another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tim Gannon called the shooting an “accidental discharge” and said “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to employ their taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.” Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced on April 13 that Tim Gannon and Kim Potter have both resigned.

Chelsea Handler responded to claims that Kim Potter’s shooting was “accidental”. Shortly after the press conference, she tweeted: “Stop normalizing the word ‘accident’ to describe Black people being killed by police.” The following day she added, “Why would any person of color ever comply with a police officer when there is a 50/50 shot of getting accidentally’ shot?”

Madonna added, “This video of Daunte Wright’s shooting is deeply upsetting but equally so is Police Officer Tim Gannon’s explanation of how it was all an accident. She had a taser in one hand and a hand gun in the other. She warned everyone she was going to taser a handcuffed. Daunte who was pulled over for a traffic violation and instead she shot and killed him! No way to fix this accident is there Tim??!! This is so infuriating and unacceptable. God Bless Daunte and his family. #justicefordauntewright #guncontrol

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This article originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Star investors: Football ace Mesut Ozil joins actress Eva Longoria and model Kate Upton in stake bid for Mexican Liga club Necaxa

A group of investors including former Germany and current Turkish Super Liga star Mesut Ozil, Hollywood star Eva Longoria and top model Kate Upton are reportedly planning a bid to take a 50 percent stake in Liga MX club Necaxa.

An improbable group including the 2013 World Cup winner, Desperate Housewives star Longoria, model Kate Upton and her MLB star husband Justin Verlander are planning the takeover.

The consortium is also said to have links to the same group that recently invested in Championship side Swansea, with one Twitter user remarking that if successful, the developments “would make for an interesting boardroom”.

But others were less enthusiastic, especially those loyal to Ozil’s former club Arsenal. 

“Of course, with all the money he stole from Arsenal,” remarked one punter, nodding to the astronomical reported $ 480,000 per week wages Ozil received to sit on the bench as he was kept out of Mikel Arteta’s plans before a move to Fenerbahce in the January transfer window.

The 32-year-old receives a relatively meager $ 3.6 million per year in Turkey, and often found himself at loggerheads in the press with Gunners supporter Piers Morgan towards the end of an eight year stint in North London.

“You don’t have to give us Ozil updates. He’s dead to us,” said one follower of an Arsenal page.

“He’s used to [only] giving 50 per cent,” came a far less toxic wisecrack. 

But not everyone appreciated the pile-on.

“Why are you sharing this? For fans [to] criticize him again??,” one asked.

“Just f***ing leave Mesut Ozil alone. He left Arsenal and we’re still bad. It’s his f***ing money, he does what he wants with [it].”

“Don’t care what some of you idiots say,” remarked a similar-minded protector of the midfielder’s legacy. “Ozil is a legend here and will always remain relevant [at] Arsenal”
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U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar joins lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of inciting Capitol riot

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar[1], D-El Paso, joined nine other congressional Democrats on Wednesday in adding their names to a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for conspiring with right-wing extremists to incite a riot at the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election results.

The lawsuit was initially filed by the NAACP, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi and civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in mid-February[2]. It argues that Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Proud Boys violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which was “in response to KKK violence and intimidation preventing Members of Congress in the South during Reconstruction from carrying out their constitutional duties,” according to the NAACP[3].

The amended complaint adds into the record statements from members of Congress who were inside the Capitol as rioters stormed the building, essentially helping the plaintiffs build their case against Trump and Giuliani.

In Escobar’s statement[4], she recounts receiving text messages from her family asking if she was safe and noticing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other people being escorted away by law enforcement officers. She recalls hearing shouts, banging from the outside, being instructed by police to wear a gas mask and how “her heart began racing” as the riot unfolded.

“Her fears were heightened even further when the Capitol Police informed her that tear gas had been released in Statuary Hall and she realized she did not know how to properly wear the gas mask provided her,” according to the amended complaint.

Escobar, along with the other members of Congress at the Capitol, were all eventually evacuated to the opposite side of the House gallery and had to lie down on the floor, according to her account. She recalled seeing Capitol police standing behind a door barricaded by furniture with their weapons drawn and feeling her safety was “in great jeopardy.” She was in the House chamber until about 3 a.m. the next day.

“This is the second domestic terrorist attack I have personally lived through, and I will say again what I said on Aug. 3, 2019: Words have consequences, and I hold Donald Trump responsible for the words he uses to fuel hate, sow division and spread lies that have led to America’s darkest days,” Escobar said in a video[5] following the Capitol riot, referencing the date of the deadly mass shooting by a racist gunman at a Walmart inside her district at the first attack.

A spokesperson for Trump has previously denied that the former president played a role in inciting the riot.

“President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” the spokesperson, Jason Miller, said in February.

The other members of Congress who joined as plaintiffs recounted similar experiences of how the insurrection unfolded and the fear and panic they experienced.

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the U.S. House swiftly impeached Trump for a second time. Congressional Republicans decried the move as inappropriate but nodded at the possibility of the judiciary being the final arbiter of justice.

“Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice. … We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor in February.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, said in a public statement[6] that “the ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked.”

The NAACP lawsuit is in tandem with another similar lawsuit[7] filed by Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-California, against Trump, Giuliani, his son and a Republican congressman for their respective roles in causing the insurrection.

References

  1. ^ Veronica Escobar (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ in mid-February (naacp.org)
  3. ^ NAACP (naacp.org)
  4. ^ Escobar’s statement (cdn.cnn.com)
  5. ^ said in a video (escobar.house.gov)
  6. ^ public statement (www.tillis.senate.gov)
  7. ^ with another similar lawsuit (apnews.com)

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Citi executive joins Black business leaders in opposing Georgia voting law

Two Citibank executives on Wednesday came out against Georgia’s recently passed voting bill, with one company official saying he was “appalled” by the law.

Chief Financial Officer Mark Mason and head of global public affairs Edward Skyler released statements on LinkedIn condemning the GOP-backed voting law.

“As an American, I am appalled by the recent voter suppression laws passed in the state of Georgia. I see it as a disgrace that our country’s efforts to keep Black Americans from engaging fully in our Constitutional right to vote continue to this day,” Mason, who is Black, wrote in a post[1].

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“I will join the efforts of many of my fellow Americans in working to ensure other states don’t follow this horrible example. Many heroes have dedicated their lives to fighting for our rights, and we cannot let this type of disenfranchisement go unchallenged.”

“The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Citi not only supports this fundamental right, we have taken steps to encourage our colleagues to vote, such as providing paid time-off for the 2020 election,” Skyler wrote in a statement. “We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the ability of Americans to avail themselves of this fundamental right.”

Mason said he would be lending his voice and support to the 72 Black business leaders[2] who signed a letter Wednesday calling on companies to fight similar voting bills advancing at the state level across the country.

“This impacts all Americans, but we also need to acknowledge the history of voting rights for African-Americans,” wrote former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, who led the public letter. “And as African-American executives in corporate America, what we were saying is we want corporate America to understand that, and we want them to work with us.”

On Wednesday, Ed Bastian, CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, released a statement calling the Georgia voting law “unacceptable.”[3] That move came on the heels of public backlash to a previous statement in which Bastian made comments seemingly in support of the new law.

The Georgia law limits ballot drop-box use and enacts new voter ID requirements. It has already been hit with three lawsuits. The most recent one, filed in federal court, alleges race-based discrimination.

References

  1. ^ post (www.linkedin.com)
  2. ^ 72 Black business leaders (www.nytimes.com)
  3. ^ calling the Georgia voting law “unacceptable.” (thehill.com)

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Russia joins global hydrogen race with planned exports to Asia

Russian energy giant Gazprom is planning to start hydrogen exports to China, South Korea and Japan, the company’s First Deputy Oleg Aksyutin wrote in his column in the latest issue of business and science magazine Energy Policy.

According to the senior manager, the shipments of hydrogen could be supplied to Asia by rail, road and water.

“Production of hydrogen in the Russian Far East […] with subsequent export of it to such consumers as Japan, South Korea and China, is of particular interest,” Aksyutin wrote.
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He added that the procedures for transporting the raw material to Asia requires an appropriate legal framework concerning taxation and customs regulation, as well as the development of logistics infrastructure.

“In the short-term, Russia and its Asian partners should develop cooperation on exchange of technologies for hydrogen transportation, and for fixation, storage and usage of carbon dioxide,” Aksyutin said, stressing that, on the medium- and long-term horizon, export supplies of hydrogen are possible if there’s commercial demand among potential importers.
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Last year, the government included hydrogen energy in Russia’s energy strategy. According to the document, the country is planning to export 200,000 tons of hydrogen by 2024, and to increase supplies to two million tons by 2035.

Exports of Russian hydrogen to Japan are currently under the control of Russian state-run corporation Rosatom. In September 2019, Rusatom Overseas, the company’s subsidiary, and Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, signed an agreement to export hydrogen from Russia to Japan.

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Holidays mapped: Which countries are opening borders to UK tourists? Greece joins the list

More holiday destinations have been given the green light for the coming weeks as Britain continues its lockdown easing plan. Greece is the latest place to be added to the list of travel destinations to welcome back British tourists. Holiday bookings began to surge once Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown.
Holidays have been off the cards for Britons for almost a year since lockdown began last March.

Now the country is in the midst of its vaccination programme which has been hailed as the key to returning to normal.

This week, the first step in Boris Johnson’s four-step lockdown easing roadmap began with the reopening of schools and allowing two people from different households to meet in public spaces for recreation.

Holidays however are still off the cards for many for the time being.

READ MORE: When can you go on a cruise holiday?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today revealed he is “hopeful” travel abroad will be possible from May 17.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Shapps said: “We know you won’t be able to travel until May 17.

“I would say that it makes sense to see how the course of the pandemic unlock proceeds.

“I am hopeful but, as with everything to do with this virus, you can’t say for certain.

“There are a lot of issues that we need to work around but I am working with international partners, both governments and organisations, to try to make it happen.

“We can’t provide cast-iron guarantees on it.”

Seychelles will open its borders to tourists on March 25 without a mandatory quarantine or vaccination required.

Travellers will need to show a negative Covid test to enter the island nation within 72 hours of departure.

Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 3,032 confirmed coronavirus cases and 15 Covid-related deaths.

The Easter weekend is currently the target date for reopening of tourism businesses in Wales.

Travelling in Wales is only permitted for essential reasons, with all international travel banned.

The Cypriot Government last week announced Britons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter the country without restrictions from May 1.

British visitors will not be required to provide evidence of a negative test or quarantine if they have received both doses of the vaccine, with the second dose given at least seven days before travelling.

Another country due to welcome British tourists soon is Greece.

Greece will allow British tourists back into the country from mid-May whether they have had the vaccine or not.

Anyone entering Greece needs to show a negative result from a PCR test for Covid that has been done within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Speaking at the International Tourism Fair ITB Berlin on March 9, Haris Theocharis said that the country was “more than optimistic” and “ready” to receive visitors.

Portugal has revealed visitors from the UK will be allowed to travel to the country if they have attested negative or are “immune”.

In England, domestic holidays are due to begin again on May 17, with all hotels and other accommodation types to reopen from then.