Buzzez Fri, 20 May 2022 22:49:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Buzzez 32 32 Federal judge blocks Biden administration from lifting Title 42 for now Fri, 20 May 2022 22:18:00 +0000


A federal judge in Louisiana has so far blocked the Biden administration from ending a Trump-era pandemic restriction, known as Title 42, on the US-Mexico border, thwarting plans to end to the controversial public health authority.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden’s administration has continued to rely on Title 42, a public health authority invoked at the start of the coronavirus pandemic that allows border officials to turn back migrants at the border. Mexican-American.

In early April, however, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans to end the order. The CDC said at the time that this was no longer necessary given current public health conditions and the increased availability of vaccines and treatments for Covid-19. The decision drew an outpouring of criticism from Republicans and Democrats amid heightened concerns about a wave of migrants when the authority is lifted.

But with days to go until Title 42 ends this month, Western Louisiana District Court Judge Robert Summerhays found the Biden administration failed to follow the correct procedures to end the authority and argued that even if the administration could invoke action under emergency conditions, these may not apply with respect to its termination.

“Put simply, the CDC has not explained how current circumstances prevented it from issuing the termination order through the notice and comment process required under the APA,” Summerhays wrote. , referring to the Administrative Procedure Act.

Termination of Title 42, the judge concluded, is not exempt from the notice and comment process, which can potentially take months. The public health authority, which has been heavily criticized by immigrant advocates, will remain in effect for the time being.

Lee Gelernt, an ACLU attorney leading the Title 42 lawsuit in Washington, DC, called the decision “wrong.”

“The ruling is flawed, inconsistent with the considered judgment of the CDC, and should be immediately appealed by the administration. The lawsuit is the height of hypocrisy; the states that brought it forward appear to want only COVID restrictions with regard to asylum seekers,” he said in a statement.

“Notwithstanding this injunction, a parallel DC injunction prohibits the use of Title 42 to evict families who would be at risk of persecution or torture,” Gelernt added.

CNN has reached out to the Justice Department for comment.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican who was among the states suing the Biden administration over its decision to end Title 42, called Friday’s decision a “huge victory.” on Twitter.

“Title 42 is confirmed by a federal judge,” wrote Brnovich, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in his state. “Our office will continue to do everything in its power to combat the anarchy of the Biden administration.”

The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri in April against the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42. More than a dozen states, mostly led by the GOP, then joined the chase.

Last week, Summerhays heard arguments in the case in a hearing lasting more than two hours, largely focusing his questions on the harm to states and whether the administration followed proper procedures, noting that emergency conditions have changed, potentially allowing for outside input. Summerhays had previously temporarily blocked the administration from ending the public health order before the termination date.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC issued the public health order, which officials said was intended to stop the spread of Covid-19. The order allowed authorities to quickly deport migrants at US land borders, and it has been extended several times. The policy is widely known as Title 42, for the part of the US code that allowed the director of the CDC to issue it.

The border restrictions have been controversial from the time the Trump administration announced them. Immigrant rights advocates have argued that authorities are using public health as a pretext to prevent as many immigrants as possible from leaving the country. Public health experts also criticized the policy, saying it was not justified by the circumstances.

Under Title 42, authorities have deported migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border more than 1.9 million times in just over two years, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. The US asylum system effectively came to a screeching halt, with migrants who claimed to be fleeing persecution barred from claiming their rights – what US and international law says they should be given the opportunity to do.

Migrants encountered under Title 42 are either deported to their countries of origin or to Mexico, where human rights defenders say they have documented numerous abuses.

This story was updated with additional details on Friday.

Can you name Chelsea’s starting XI since Petr Cech’s debut against Man Utd in 2004? Fri, 20 May 2022 10:31:39 +0000

Petr Cech may be the greatest goalkeeper in Chelsea history, but do you remember the starting XI from his club debut in August 2004?

Cech was one of the hottest prospects in European football when Chelsea paid Rennes £7m for his services in 2004.

And, after playing in this summer’s European Championship for the Czech Republic, Cech made his first Chelsea start in a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

It was also Jose Mourinho’s first game as manager and he named a strong starting XI for the heavyweight clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea would go on to win their first league title in 50 years, conceding just 15 goals along the way, and Cech made 494 appearances for the club while winning every major honor along the way.

Cech is now a technical and performance adviser at Stamford Bridge and is widely regarded as a club legend, but we ask you to name the starting XI from his debut 18 years ago.

It’s a classic Barclays line-up, with a few rogue names for good measure, and we expect solid scores from Chelsea supporters. The time to beat from our office is 02:54.

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Australia set to head to the polls in tight election expected Fri, 20 May 2022 05:33:43 +0000

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians will head to the polls on Saturday after a six-week election campaign that has focused on pandemic-fueled inflation, climate change and fears that a Chinese military outpost will be established less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the coast of Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Conservative coalition is seeking a rare fourth three-year term in the election.

He started the campaign in April by urging voters to stick with a government that has delivered one of the lowest pandemic death rates of any advanced economy rather than risk the opposition centre-left Labor Party.

A snap election late last year had been widely anticipated, with Morrison set to reap political capital from his government’s success in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic.

But its ScoMo moniker was changed by critics to SloMo a year ago when Australia’s vaccine rollout fell months behind schedule.

Australia has recorded more than double the number of deaths from COVID-19 so far this year than in the first two years of the pandemic. About 8,000 people have died with COVID-19 among Australia’s population of 26 million. Only 2,239 died in 2020 and 2021. The most transmissible virus variants have tarnished the government’s pandemic record.

On Friday, the government changed voting rules to allow thousands of people recently infected with COVID-19 to vote by phone.

“Making this change so late in the process is not without risk, but we think it is worth it, especially given the sentiment in the community, and that is why we have asked the government to make this change. change and the government accepted,” Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said. told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Rogers said some voting booths would be closed on Saturday because many of the Election Commission’s 105,000 employees were sick with the virus or the flu. Army reservists were asked to fill in.

The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have driven up the cost of living and cast doubt on the Conservatives’ boast of being better economic managers than Labour.

After the annual inflation rate jumped to 5.1% in the March quarter, the central bank raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than 11 years.

The quarter-percentage-point rise in the cash rate from a record high of 0.1% was the first time the Reserve Bank of Australia had raised interest rates during an election campaign since 2007.

Two weeks after cash rose a quarter of a percentage point to 6.75% in November 2007, the Conservative government of Prime Minister John Howard was ousted, ending more than 11 years in power.

Opposition Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers described the rate hike this month as a “full-fledged cost-of-living crisis under the watch of Scott Morrison.”

Labor also took aim at the government’s foreign policy credentials after China and the Solomon Islands confirmed during the election campaign that they had finalized a bilateral security pact.

Labor described the deal as Australia’s worst foreign policy failure in the Pacific since World War II.

Australia already has a bilateral security pact with the Solomons and is the impoverished South Pacific island nation’s most generous foreign aid provider.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has claimed there will be no Chinese naval base in his country and China has denied seeking a military foothold in the islands.

Senior government lawmakers have said the timing of the China-Solomon deal during an election campaign is evidence that Beijing was trying to undermine the ruling coalition’s re-election prospects.

The government argues that Beijing wants a change of government because a Labor administration would be less likely to oppose Chinese economic coercion.

As well as campaigning against Labour, Morrison’s Conservative Liberal Party is battling a new challenge from so-called teal independent candidates to the re-election of key government lawmakers in the party’s stronghold seats.

Teal independents are being marketed as a shade greener than the Liberal Party’s traditional blue color and want stronger government action to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions than the government or Labor are offering.

The government aims to cut Australia’s emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Labor has pledged a 43% reduction.

Recent opinion polls put Labor just ahead of the coalition. But the credibility of the pollsters has not yet been restored since their spectacular failure in the 2019 elections.

The vote split between Government and Labor in 2019 was 51.5% to 48.5% – the opposite mirror to the outcome predicted by Australia’s five most important polls.

A survey by Australia’s leading social and market research industry body found that Labor voters were overrepresented in survey samples.

The 2020 study could not determine whether “bundling”, a process in which pollsters manipulate results to match the results of others and avoid damaging credibility by being the only one wrong, has played a role in the 2019 failure because pollsters refused to release their raw data.

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Buffalo shooting: Suspect’s messages could be seen online 30 minutes before mass shooting Wed, 18 May 2022 10:37:00 +0000 Payton S. Gendron – suspected of killing 10 people and injuring three – had created a private chat room on the Discord communication app and invited people to view his chat logs before his attack on the Tops store Friendly Markets, a Discord spokesperson told CNN. .

“What we do know at this time is that a private, invite-only server has been created by the suspect to serve as his personal chat log,” a Discord spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. CNN. “About 30 minutes before the attack, however, a small group of people were invited and joined the server. Prior to this, our records indicate that no other people viewed the log chat log on this private server. .”

In the posts – which CNN analyzed and later posted more widely on the hate-filled online forum 4chan – the alleged shooter wrote that he had been to the supermarket three times on March 8 to examine his layout. He also wrote that he used Google’s graph feature for a location’s “popular times” to determine the store’s busiest times.

Gendron posted that he chose the Buffalo ZIP code because it was the one with the highest percentage of blacks relatively close to his home in Conklin, New York. The towns are approximately 230 miles apart.

Discord took down the server and associated content “as soon as it became aware of it after the shooting,” the spokesperson said. The company declined to say whether anyone asked to view the logs alerted moderators to the posts.

4Chan did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment regarding Gendron’s postings being shared on the platform.

The shooting targeting the supermarket in the heart of a predominantly black community is being investigated as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism, authorities said, noting that 11 of the 13 people shot were black. Among those killed were a former police officer who tried to arrest the shooter, a teacher, a taxi driver and shoppers, all aged between 32 and 86.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and their families,” the Discord spokesperson said. “Hate has no place on Discord and we are committed to fighting violence and extremism.”

Gendron pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, officials said, noting that additional charges are pending.

Police are working at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.

The key to the suspect’s social media footprint to be probed

Since the shooting, the suspect’s online trail has revealed details of his plans for the attack. And officials tracked his digital footprint to piece together his motives.

First, Gendron chose a grocery store as the crime scene over a church or elementary school because the store would draw a lot of people during its peak hours, according to his Discord posts on 4chan.

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He then took note of the number of black and white people present at each visit on March 8 and drew a map of the interior of the store, as shown in his posts. The messages also reveal that the gunman planned his attack for March 15 but repeatedly delayed it.

When he fired, he was wearing a tactical helmet and plated armor and livestreamed his movements, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.

Officials are also reviewing a racist 180-page document they say was authored by Gendron. In it, the suspect confesses to the attack and describes himself as a fascist, white supremacist and anti-Semite.

The document states that the attacker did not start planning the attack seriously until January. The author also shares his perspective on the shrinking size of the white population and the demands for ethnic and cultural replacement of white people.
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“All the evidence that we see from this manifesto, wherever this manifesto takes us from, other evidence that we already had, we can then use that and potentially develop more charges,” said the Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

Discord, launched in 2015, isn’t as well-known as big names like Instagram, despite hitting 150 million monthly active users globally during the pandemic. Reminiscent of anonymous chat rooms, it combines the feel of early AOL chat rooms or the professional chat app Slack with the chaotic, personalized world of MySpace and is known for its video game communities.

Previous threat at school under investigation

Another warning sign may have been a threat he made in June while a student at Susquehanna Valley Central High School in Conklin, Gramaglia said.

Gendron did a murder-suicide project, which prompted police to take him in for a mental health evaluation, Gramaglia said. Gendron was released after the assessment, he said.

The appraisal was not an involuntary undertaking, so it would not have barred the alleged shooter from purchasing or possessing a firearm under federal law, the spokesperson for the agency said at the time. New York State Police, Beau Duffy.

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Now the Broome County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating that incident of threatening the school, as well as the general behavior of the suspect, he said.

“We even go back several years in terms of his behavior at that time, his relationship with his family, his relationship with the teachers and the students at the school,” prosecutor Michael Korchak told CNN.

It is “difficult to say” whether more should have been done at the time the threat was made, he added.

“So there was no direct threat to any student or teacher,” Korchak said. “People who have mental health issues can control it for a while and then one day they break and such tragic things like that happen.”

No red flag order requested

After the school’s threat, New York State Police officials did not seek a “red flag” protective order against Gendron, a NYPD spokesperson said Tuesday. State at CNN.

The Red Flag Act, also known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, was signed into law on August 24, 2019 and is designed to prevent anyone who shows signs of threatening themselves or others to buy a gun, according to the state’s website. .
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State police declined to explain in detail why they did not look for the red flag. “The threat was general in nature and did not target the school or anyone in particular, and did not specifically mention gunshots or firearms,” a law enforcement official told CNN.

Some clinicians who determine if someone is “likely to engage in behavior that would cause serious harm to themselves or others” are required to report it to a county health commissioner, who can report it to the The state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, which can block people from buying guns and revoking gun licenses, a former senior Office of Mental Health official told CNN this week. of State.

Federal law prohibits a person involuntarily committed to a mental health facility from purchasing a firearm, the official said. It doesn’t cover someone in a mental institution “for observation,” the official said.

Donie O’Sullivan, Jenn Selva, Brian Todd and Jennifer Hauser, Travis Caldwell, Mark Morales and Alaa Elassar contributed to this report.

EFCC questions ex-House of Reps speaker Etteh Wed, 18 May 2022 00:20:39 +0000

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested, questioned and detained a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh.

At the time of filing this report, the former lawmaker was being questioned for allegedly receiving a suspicious payment of N130 million from a contractor which the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) attributed to an electrification project. solar powered in Akwa Ibom State.

The said contract was awarded to a certain Phin Jin Project Limited in 2011 for N240 million. It was unclear whether the company was registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission.

One of the investigators explained that weeks after the contractor received the mobilization fee for the project, 130 million naira was transferred to Mrs. Etteh who is neither a director nor a shareholder of the company.

He said: “The payment of this huge sum to him is suspicious. She claims that the contractor repaid a debt owed to her, but this is doubtful. His claims are therefore examined.

“They even overpaid the contract. Instead of 240 million naira, they paid 287 million naira. These are thorny issues that she and the entrepreneur must explain and that is why she is questioned by agents.

Ms Etteh, who was president between June 6, 2007 and October 30, 2007, was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday by officers from the anti-corruption agency’s special duty unit, people familiar with the matter said.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached last night for comment.

Internal poll shows Matt Willhite leading Palm Beach County Commission race Tue, 17 May 2022 17:49:38 +0000

Rep. democrat. Matt Willhite holds a seven-point lead in the Palm Beach County Commission’s District 6 primary, according to a polling memo released Tuesday by his campaign.

According to the poll, conducted by SEA Polling and Design, Willhite advances by 22 points once voters receive more information about his background and that of other candidates. Both measures fall outside the poll’s margin of error.

Additionally, the poll found that 47% of voters were familiar with Willhite, matching the incumbent commissioner’s name identification score. Melissa McKinlaywho is leaving the seat after his current term.

“It’s clear that voters recognize my life of service to our country and our community and are thrilled to have a Palm Beach County Commissioner who puts public service above politics,” Willhite said.

Willhite, a U.S. Navy veteran and career firefighter, is completing his third term in the House. He previously served on the Wellington Village Council.

While eligible for an additional term in the House, he announced last year that he would not seek re-election to the House and would instead run for the Commission.

He faces Michelle McGovern and Slivia Sharps in the August 23 Democratic primary. Republican Sara Baxter is also a candidate for the seat and will likely face the Democratic nominee in the general election in November.

The high poll numbers follow contributions totaling $100,000 from professional firefighters/paramedics in Palm Beach County to its policy committee, Floridians for Public Safety. The union said this was an initial investment and that it planned to maintain its support for Willhite until November.

Going into May, Willhite had about $262,000 on hand in his committee and an additional $50,000 on hand in his official campaign account.

Willhite also recently submitted 1,724 qualifying petitions to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections in an effort to qualify for the ballot by petition rather than pay the fee.

“From his petitions to the polling data, it’s clear that Matt has the grassroots support and momentum he will need to win this race. We look forward to spreading Matt’s vision for Palm Beach County throughout the summer,” the Democratic consultant said. Michael Worleywho serves as a senior adviser for Willhite’s campaign.

The internal poll was conducted May 3-8 by SEA Polling and Design, a Tampa-based polling firm run by Tom Eldon. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.9 percentage points.

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Nextdoor Announces First API Partnership with Microsoft to Deliver Hyperlocal Neighborhood Content to Users | News Tue, 17 May 2022 10:32:15 +0000


Nextdoor (NYSE:KIND), the neighborhood network, is partnering with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to display hyperlocal content generated by Nextdoor neighbors directly on Microsoft properties, including MSN and Microsoft Bing. This is the first time a partner has used an API built by Nextdoor to fetch content and host it on their site or app.

Going forward, Nextdoor’s trending public posts will be integrated directly into Microsoft properties, bringing engaging local neighborhood content to Microsoft users in the United States. For example, people using Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Start Feed, or MSN in their favorite city will be able to view Nextdoor content for that specific area.

Nextdoor connects neighbors with each other and everything nearby, including businesses and utilities. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 290,000 neighborhoods around the world and nearly one in three American households. Incorporating popular Nextdoor posts from neighbors, businesses, and utilities creates an engaging experience on Microsoft properties while providing more people with local, timely information.

Kiran Prasad, Product Manager at Nextdoor,mentioned“Neighbors come to Nextdoor to discuss local news, exchange goods and services, and get involved in their community. This is Nextdoor’s first such partnership and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft to deliver relevant neighborhood information and enable more neighbors to make real connections with those nearby. Nextdoor is the neighborhood network and we look forward to developing more strategic integrations and connecting partners with our uniquely engaged audience. »

Taroon Mandhana, Vice President of Content Services at Microsoft, added“Nextdoor helps connect an engaged local audience, and this integration marks the start of an important strategic partnership. Our mission at Microsoft Start is to help users access trusted, timely, and personalized informational content based on their interests. We’re thrilled to see our users accessing Nextdoor’s hyperlocal content in their feed and look forward to deepening our partnership even further. »

US majority neighbors can now view their community’s embedded Nextdoor posts on and All neighbors can join their neighborhood by downloading the Nextdoor app or visiting

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Nextdoor (NYSE:KIND) is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong there. Kindness is at the heart of our purpose: to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can count on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and make real connections with people near them – neighbors, businesses, and utilities.

We believe that connecting with others is a universal human need. This truth, and the fact that neighborhoods are some of the most important communities in our lives, have been Nextdoor’s guiding principles from the start.

Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 290,000 neighborhoods around the world, including the United States (nearly 1 in 3 American households), the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Down in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Canada, with many more to come.

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The Brook Singers delight the crowd at the cabaret Mon, 16 May 2022 09:56:17 +0000

Friends and families gathered in the auditorium of Meadowbrook High School for the annual performance of the Brook Singers cabaret show. This year’s theme was “You Asked For It”.

Director Todd Bates spoke about the music selections, saying the band polled people throughout the school year to get requests. Each song in the show was chosen by students and audience members.

The show had an interactive quiz game between sets. Joel Weigand, one of the Brook Singers, played host and entertainer for the evening. Crowd members could log into Kahoot! and take music-themed quizzes as students prepare for upcoming acts.

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Act I consisted of hits from Disney’s hit “Encanto,” a tribute to Dolly Parton by the ladies of Brook Singer, and a powerful rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” The band kept the energy going in the second act with performances of “Summer of 69”, “Safety Dance” and the Ne-Yo hit “Let Me Love You”, among others.

Diane Box was playing with the band as Abuela Madrigal. Box, the creator of the Brook Singers will be retiring this year, and the group felt honored to include her on the show.