(CNN) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has delivered a personal message on the death of George Floyd, describing what is happening in the United States as "absolutely devastating." The Duchess said she felt compelled to address the impact of his death while speaking to the graduating class of her former Los Angeles high school during a virtual commencement speech on Wednesday evening. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. His death has sparked nationwide and international protestsMeghan admitted she was "really nervous" about speaking on the issue, but soon realized that "the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing." "George Floyd's life mattered and Breonna Taylor's life mattered and Philando Castile's life mattered, and Tamir Rice's life mattered," she told the students of Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles in the six-minute message.
June 04, 2020 10:18 UTC
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Chris Pizzello/Invision/APWhen Forbes published its list of the highest-paid podcasters in January, The Ringer founder Bill Simmons sneaked on at No. 5, with an estimated $7 million earned from his hit program, The Bill Simmons Podcast. A month later, Spotify flipped the script, lavishing Simmons and his sports-talk empire with an A-list sized check that landed the podcasting entrepreneur at No. Simmons makes the list based on Spotify’s initial payment of $155 million and an estimated 51% ownership of the business. Simmons made the deal right before the pandemic, when the industry began to slump and ad revenue plummeted across all media.
June 04, 2020 09:56 UTC
Beijing (CNN) An attacker with a knife injured 37 children and two adults at an elementary school in southern China on Thursday, according to a local government statement. The attack, which took place in Cangwu county in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, saw all 39 victims hospitalized, though none were in a serious condition. The 37 children, were "slightly injured" according to a statement released by the Cangwu county, while the two adults had more severe wounds. The children who attend this elementary school are between 6 and 12 years of age. Knife attacks in China, especially at schools, are not uncommon, with a number of similar attacks taking place in recent years.
June 04, 2020 09:22 UTC
Especially with what’s out there about me and how open I am about it, I think that might help a little. I used to joke with Pete during the production, he’s like, [Pete voice] “How’m I doing?” I’m like, you’re easier to deal with than Paul Rudd. There were certainly moments where they were like, “How’s Pete doing?” And I’m like, “We’re good.” It wasn’t much more than that. [Laughter] You have to just make certain decisions that work best for the movie and not for you as a person. In your stand-up and Weekend Update spots, you’re even more direct in addressing the most controversial, headline-generating events of your life.
June 04, 2020 09:00 UTC
(CNN) The New Zealand government said Wednesday that it will provide free sanitary products in schools across the country in an effort to tackle period poverty -- where girls or women are unable to afford or access sufficient menstrual hygiene products. "By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school," Ardern said. The New Zealand government is investing NZ$2.6 million ($1.7 million) in the initiative, which will be first rolled out at 15 schools in the Waikato region of the country's North Island during term three of this year. The program will then expand nationwide to all state schools by 2021. Period poverty is often seen as a problem confined to developing countriesRead More
June 04, 2020 07:07 UTC
Indian wildlife officials are mourning the death of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala, India, who reportedly died after being fed a firecracker-filled pineapple by an unknown assailant. “Her jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth,” says chief wildlife warden Surendra Kumar. The outraged official tells local media he’s certain the tampered-with pineapple was meant to kill the animal, reports the Tribune India. The ill-intentioned feeding reportedly occurred in a remote valley in Attappadi, a forest in southern India, where the 15-year-old elephant had entered a village to forage for food last month, reports the Quint. “When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water,” writes the bereaved ranger.
June 04, 2020 05:48 UTC
Terrence Floyd, George Floyd's brother, visits a makeshift memorial in Minneapolis on June 1. Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesGeorge Floyd's death inspired a national movement and forced his family to demand justice. The first in a series of memorial services honoring Floyd will take place Thursday afternoon. "We must turn this moment into a movement," Sharpton told reporters on Wednesday, describing Floyd as a "linchpin" for police accountability. "Knowing my brother is to love my brother," Philonise Floyd, George's brother, told CNN's Don Lemon.
June 04, 2020 05:43 UTC
Understand the Current Hong Kong Protests Where we left off In the summer of 2019, Hong Kong protesters began fighting a rule that would allow extraditions to China. The protests wound down when pro-democracy candidates notched a stunning victory in Hong Kong elections in November, in what was seen as a pointed rebuke of Beijing and its allies in Hong Kong. How it’s different this time Those peaceful mass rallies that occurred in June of 2019 were pointed against the territory leadership of Hong Kong. What’s happening now This latest round of demonstrations in Hong Kong has been fueled largely by China’s ruling Communist Party move this month to impose new national security legislation for Hong Kong. Next year they can use the national security act against the people of Hong Kong.”
June 04, 2020 04:38 UTC
The prominent Bastille Day military parade down the Champs-Élysées avenue has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement Thursday. France’s Bastille Day parade goes back to the 19th century and has been held most years since. Bastille Day was originally established to celebrate a major turning point of the French Revolution. Other countries have proceeded with military parades or are planning to do so in the coming months, despite the virus threat. In May, Russia delayed a military parade planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
June 04, 2020 04:20 UTC
Current and former diplomats tell CNN the events at home are "scary" and "heartbreaking" to watch -- and also undermine their mission. In the past, the United States was perceived as the standard bearer for human rights, the beacon of light, calling for restraint, calling for reasonable compromise. "Instead, our diplomats are being asked to defend what Trump is doing, when it is really, I think, indefensible," she said. Another State Department official described working with over 130 countries on police training, noting that recipients "are rigorously vetted for human rights compliance." "Many of us took this job believing in the United States, as imperfect as it is, could serve as the city on the hill, and that our work made it stronger.
June 04, 2020 04:07 UTC
Sean Hannity wondered aloud Wednesday whether those fighting for justice for George Floyd will also seek justice on behalf of the law enforcement officers killed and injured during the recent days of looting and rioting. People rightfully demand justice for George Floyd." Will they demand justice for the Vegas officer in critical condition [who was] shot in the back of the head by a rioter?" "Thanks to New York's absolutly insane bail reform ... as soon as you you get arrested, no bail whatsoever," hannity said. "So police then, they are forced to now deal with the same criminals night after night after night."
June 04, 2020 03:45 UTC
WASHINGTON — The former State Department inspector general who was ousted by President Trump told Congress on Wednesday that a top department official tried to “bully” him as he examined potential misconduct at the agency, according to top Democratic lawmakers. Steve A. Linick, who was fired as inspector general last month, testified that Brian Bulatao, the under secretary of state for management, had “pressured him to act in ways” that he felt were “inappropriate,” the Democrats said. That included telling Mr. Linick that he should not pursue his investigation into whether the administration had unlawfully declared an “emergency” last year to allow the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. It also casts an unwelcome spotlight on Mr. Bulatao, who is one of Mr. Pompeo’s closest friends. Mr. Linick testified voluntarily before Democratic and Republican lawmakers and their aides as part of an expanding inquiry opened by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
June 04, 2020 03:13 UTC
Sina Kian is a constitutional scholar, former clerk to Chief Justice Roberts, and adjunct professor of law at NYU Law School. Officer immunity has little basis in our laws, our history, or our legal traditions. When the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791, the primary mechanism for enforcing your rights was suing, often in state court. But otherwise the Supreme Court (and state courts ) consistently held that if an officer broke the law, they, like anyone else, would be held liable. The Supreme Court thought this was a sensible reading, but a wrong one.
June 04, 2020 03:11 UTC
"I think every black man in America, in my opinion, from the 14 years I've lived here, can feel that way," Sefolosha said. Shortly after the incident, TMZ released video that shows a group of police officers arresting the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha and taking him to the ground. As for why things escalated in his case on that overnight in New York, Sefolosha said it was because of "poor training." "Ego gets in the way, you know, and I think that's one of the main problems when you're a police officer," Sefolosha said. "But as an officer, you're the one with the training.
June 04, 2020 02:20 UTC
She also sits on the boards of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, the Fire Safe Council of Mendocino County, the Solar Living Institute, and the Initiative, the first incubator/accelerator for women-owned cannabis businesses. Dubbed “The Brain” by Elle.com, Amanda was the first chairwoman of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and sat on the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Amanda Rieman=AR: I first consumed cannabis while in high school, but I didn’t really learn to enjoy it until years later in college. The cannabis plant adapts to each individual — and the cannabis plant and my endocannabinoid system are deeply compatible. AR: As a long-term goal, I am excited by the shift in how the public views food, medicine, and agriculture.
June 04, 2020 02:15 UTC