America

America

France’s Alstom to buy rail unit of Canadian firm Bombardier for €6.2 billion

Issued on: 18/02/2020 – 08:38Modified: 18/02/2020 – 08:38 French company Alstom said on Monday it had agreed to buy the rail division of Bombardier, speeding up the Canadian firms fire sale. Advertising Read more Alstom will pay up to 6.2 billion euros ($6.8 billion) in a mix of cash and shares, according to a memorandum of understanding between the firms. The Quebec pension firm Caisse de Depot, which owns 32.5 percent in Bombardier Transportation, will become Alstoms biggest single shareholder on completion with around 18 percent in the French company. Alstom said it planned to move its Americas headquarters to Montreal. Improve global reach “This acquisition will improve our global reach and our ability to respond to the ever-increasing need for sustainable mobility,” said CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. “There is no idea of restructuring or threats to jobs, but rather the opposite,” he later told journalists. The acquisition stood to boost Alstoms presence in markets wher..

America

Amazons Bezos to donate $10 billion to fight climate change

Issued on: 17/02/2020 – 21:49Modified: 17/02/2020 – 21:49 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Advertising Read more Bezos, the worlds richest man, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect the earth. “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,” Bezos said in the post. Amazon, the company Bezos runs, has an enormous carbon footprint. Last year, Amazon officials said the company would work to have 100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030. The online retailer relies on fossil fuels to power planes, trucks and vans in order to ship billions of items all around the world. Amazon workers in its Seattle headquarters have been vocal in criticizing some of the companys practices..

America

Gun control: Why some US sheriffs are vowing to disobey ‘red flag’ laws

[unable to retrieve full-text content] As the death toll from mass shootings in the United States continues to rise, several US states have recently passed gun control laws. These "red flag" laws allow police or family members to petition a judge to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. Colorado is the latest state to have passed a "red flag" lRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

America

Mexican women protest after gruesome murder reignites debate over femicide

Issued on: 15/02/2020 – 15:55Modified: 15/02/2020 – 15:56 Demonstrators daubed the words “femicide state” in blood-red on Mexicos presidential palace on Friday, before marching in heavy rain to the offices of newspaper La Prensa to protest against the recent publication of a gruesome image of a murder victim. Advertising Read more The Valentines Day demonstration, led by women, was sparked by the killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla in Mexico City and the publication of graphic photos of her mutilated corpse in newspapers. The protesters, numbering at least 200 and comprised mostly of women, burned vehicles belonging to La Prensa and briefly clashed with security forces who prevented them from entering the newspapers offices. Chanting “not one more murder” and carrying signs saying “we demand responsible journalism,” “Ingrid we are all you” and “sexism kills,” the demonstrators demanded justice. An average of 10 women a day are killed in Mexico. Last year marked a new ove..

America

Mexico City killing: Brutal murder sparks public outrage on gender violence

Issued on: 14/02/2020 – 13:44Modified: 14/02/2020 – 13:46 THE 51 PERCENT © Imelda Medina, REUTERS In this edition, we report on the public outrage over the brutal murder of a young Mexican woman that has highlighted the extent of femicide in Mexico. Plus the latest figures from the World Economic Forum reveal that in terms of economic participation, the gender gap will take 257 years to close. We talk to economist, Anne Boring, on wRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

America

US Attorney General laments his job is ‘impossible’ due to incessant Trump tweets

Issued on: 14/02/2020 – 05:27Modified: 14/02/2020 – 06:00 US Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday delivered a highly unusual public rebuke of Donald Trump, saying the president's tweets were making his job at the Justice Department "impossible." Advertising Read more "I have a problem with some of the tweets," Barr said in an interview with ABC News, adding: "I cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me." "I think it's time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases," said Barr. His interview came as Trump stands accused of interfering with the sentencing recommendation for his former advisor, Roger Stone — prompting four Justice Department prosecutors to resign from the case this week. The outburst was all the more remarkable as Barr has emerged as a powerful defender of Trump, earning the nickname of the "president's attorney" from critics. Barr has been at the center of allegation..

America

Weinstein’s defence makes closing arguments attacking victims’ credibility

Issued on: 14/02/2020 – 00:40Modified: 14/02/2020 – 00:39 A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein on Thursday took aim at the credibility of the women accusing the former movie producer of sexual assault and urged jurors in the closing arguments of his New York trial to acquit him. Advertising Read more Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013. Weinstein's defense lawyer Donna Rotunno began by telling the jurors to use their common sense in evaluating the evidence. "Historically, you are the last line of defense in this country from the overzealous media, from the overzealous prosecution," she said. The jury is expected to hear the prosecution's closing argument on Friday in the trial that began more than a month ago. The trial is a milestone for the #MeToo movement in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and pol..

America

Pentagon shifts another $3.8 billion to building Trump’s Mexico border wall

Issued on: 13/02/2020 – 22:38Modified: 13/02/2020 – 22:38 The US Defense Department is shifting another $3.8 billion from procurement and other operations towards paying for a wall on the US-Mexican border, official documents sent to the US Congress showed Thursday. Advertising Read more The move took to $9.9 billion the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding. The president declared a national emergency last year to be able to draw federal budget funds already allocated to other needs for the wall, which aims to deter migrants from entering the country illegally. In January an appeals court backed Trumps diversion of already-purposed federal budget funds to the project, removing a stay on spending set by a lower court after opponents filed suit. Multiple courts have said it is illegal for Trump to pillage military funds for his xenophobic border wall. Not one court has given his unl..

America

Environmental advocate Gina McCarthy: Trump administration ‘not following science’

Issued on: 13/02/2020 – 15:53Modified: 13/02/2020 – 15:55 The decade just passed has gone down as the hottest ever recorded on Earth. Our guest Gina McCarthy has devoted much of that last decade to shaping environmental policy in the US, and just took charge of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a US-based non-profit environmental advocacy group. While she regrets that the Trump administration is "trying to move us backwards", she is hopeful that different progressive movements can "band together". McCarthy also urges allRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

America

Scientific research threatened by organised crime in Mexico

Issued on: 13/02/2020 – 12:59Modified: 13/02/2020 – 12:59 The region of Michoacán in Mexico is struggling to lure field scientists despite its rich biodiversity. The 3,000 monthly murders linked to organised crime can deter even the most passionate researchers, as our correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report. Advertising Meanwhile, in the United States, Bernie Sanders has scored a narrow victory in the New Hampshire primary, cementing his position amongst progressive voters, with former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg coming in second. Former vice president Joe Biden, meanwhile, says he's just getting started, after coming in a distant fifth. And a French poodle has taken the dog world&#03Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

1 2 3 394
Page 2 of 394