RFU warns England players to expect pay cuts

London (AFP) England's top players can expect cuts to their match fees as a result of the coronavirus, the chief executive of the Rugby Football Union said Thursday. Players at leading clubs such as Leicester have already seen their pay reduced by 25 percent because of the pandemic before being placed on the British government's … Continue reading RFU warns England players to expect pay cuts

Benfica return ends in drab stalemate

Lisbon (AFP) Defending Portuguese champions Benfica stuttered back into action on Thursday after a three-month absence and were held to a 0-0 draw, a result ideally suited to an empty, noiseless Estadio da Luz. The result took Benfica back to the top of the table on goal difference from Porto who returned from the coronavirus-enforced … Continue reading Benfica return ends in drab stalemate

Las Vegas casinos reopen after months of virus lockdown

Las Vegas (AFP) Las Vegas casinos threw open their doors Thursday after 11 weeks closed due to coronavirus, with downtown roulette wheels and slot machines whirring to life minutes after midnight. Large crowds flocked immediately to casinos such as The D, which had flown in gamblers from across the country on hundreds of free flights … Continue reading Las Vegas casinos reopen after months of virus lockdown

Africa’s Sahel region becomes latest battleground for jihadist groups

The Sahel region of Africa, which includes Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, is an area greatly affected by jihadist militants. Many assume that these groups, notably affiliates of al-Qaeda and the so called Islamic State group, cooperate with each other, but a new article published by the Center for Global Policy in Washington, DC, argues that this is no longer the … Continue reading Africa’s Sahel region becomes latest battleground for jihadist groups

Celebrities, politicians flock to George Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis

Hollywood celebrities, musicians and politicians gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd at a fiery memorial Thursday for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand, “Get your knee off our necks!” The service … Continue reading Celebrities, politicians flock to George Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis

Coronavirus: Dutch postpone cull of thousands of mink amid animal rights objections

AMSTERDAM (AFP) – A Dutch judge late on Thursday (June 4) postponed the planned cull of around 10,000 mink on farms in the Netherlands where coronavirus had been reported, after animal rights groups objected. Health officials ordered the slaughter of the animals after at least two workers were last month reported as being infected with … Continue reading Coronavirus: Dutch postpone cull of thousands of mink amid animal rights objections

Bernard Madoff fails to win compassionate release from prison

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A federal judge on Thursday (June 4) rejected Bernard Madoff's request to be released early from prison because he was dying of kidney failure, saying the swindler had yet to show remorse for running his epic Ponzi scheme. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who sentenced Madoff to 150 years in prison in … Continue reading Bernard Madoff fails to win compassionate release from prison

‘He touched so many hearts.’ George Floyd remembered at memorial service

MINNEAPOLIS (REUTERS) - Hundreds of mourners in Minneapolis on Thursday (June 4) remembered George Floyd, the black man whose death in police custody set off a wave of nationwide protests that reached the doors of the White House and ignited a debate about race and justice. Philonise Floyd, one of Floyd's brothers, told a memorial … Continue reading ‘He touched so many hearts.’ George Floyd remembered at memorial service

Bail set at US$1m for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (REUTERS) - A judge set bail of US$1 million (S$1.4 million) on Thursday (June 4) for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the murder of George Floyd, a black man whose killing in police custody set off widespread protests. Bail for the three defendants, who made their first court … Continue reading Bail set at US$1m for three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd case

Authors pull study flagging hydroxychloroquine risks

Washington (AFP) Three of the four authors behind a large-scale study in The Lancet that raised safety fears over the use of common anti-malarial drugs to treat COVID-19 retracted their paper on Thursday, blaming a health care company that supplied the dataset. The study retrospectively analyzed some 96,000 patient records, finding that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine … Continue reading Authors pull study flagging hydroxychloroquine risks