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Greece relocates group of young refugees to Portugal

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece moved 25 unaccompanied minors from overcrowded migrant camps to Portugal on Tuesday as part of a relocation programme to EU countries.

The boys, all aged between 15 and 17, had lived in refugee camps on outlying Greek islands. They have no relatives in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict and poverty countries used Greece as a springboard to European countries in 2015 and 2016, when an EU-brokered accord with Turkey all but halted the flow, trapping many in Greece.

At least 5,200 migrant children from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa currently live in Greece, many of them in harsh conditions.

Tuesday’s transfer was part of a voluntary plan to relocate minors from Greek camps to other European countries amid concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on vulnerable groups.

“Europe is doing its duty for those who have the greatest need, and require protection,” said Irene Agapidaki, special secretary responsible for unaccompanied minors at the Greek migration ministry.

She was speaking from Athens airport after bidding farewell to the children.

Another group of 25 children is expected to fly from Athens to Finland on Wednesday. Greece is in the process of relocating about 1,600 unaccompanied minors who have no family members in Europe. Some have already been sent to other countries

Deputy migration minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos said that in addition to relocating minors, authorities were also pursuing a voluntary return scheme for individuals who were in camps on the Greek islands and who had arrived by Jan. 1 2020.

Koumoutsakos said financial incentives were being offered to those interested in returning home. “We expect the first flight in this complex project to be to Iraq in coming weeks,” Koumoutsakos said.

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WHO to travellers: Keep an eye on 'anywhere and everywhere' Covid-19

GENEVA (REUTERS) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday (July 7) urged travellers to wear masks on planes and keep themselves informed as Covid-19 cases surge again in some countries, prompting new restrictions in places like Australia.

Spokesman Margaret Harris urged people not to be caught off-guard by resurgent local epidemics and quarantine measures, saying: “If it’s anywhere, it’s everywhere, and people travelling have to understand that.

“This virus is widespread and people have to take that very, very seriously.”

The WHO said last month that it would update its travel guidelines ahead of the Northern Hemisphere summer holidays but they have not yet been released.

In the meantime, travellers should “remember things will change, or may well change”, Dr Harris said at a Geneva briefing.

“We’re seeing a lot of upticks, a lot of changes in different countries, countries that had successfully shut down their first transmission are seeing second upticks,” she added, mentioning Australia and Hong Kong.

Lockdown measures were reimposed in Australia’s second biggest city on Tuesday, confining Melbourne residents to their homes unless undertaking essential business, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

The WHO’s previous guidance for travellers has included common-sense advice applicable to other settings such as social distancing, washing your hands and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Dr Harris also proposed on Tuesday wearing a mask on planes, a measure which is already a requirement of many airlines.

“If you are flying, there is no way you can social distance in a plane, so you will need to take other precautions, including using a face covering,” she said.

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Protection against the Coronavirus: large majority against the abolition of the mask duty

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has given an abolition of the corona-related mask duty in the shops a clear rejection. It has broad support from the parties and the countries.

“Wherever in the public life of the minimum distance can be guaranteed, are masks an important and, from today’s point of view, also more indispensable tool,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin.

This was necessary in order to keep infection numbers low, and to protect the others and themselves. “So Whether on the Bus, in the subway or in retail to the obligation to wear masks.”

This Position is shared across party and national boundaries. The CDU leadership as well as the Chairman of the CSU and the SPD-Markus Söder and Saskia esque – as well as various state governments spoke out against a repeal of the mask duty.

Such a step, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Minister of Economics Harry Glawe (CDU), had suggested in the ‘Welt am Sonntag’ for his country.

Seibert added that the retention is just now in the holiday time is important. “Regions that may have had to pay is now very low, now get the feed from other Parts of the country.”

The new mobility is to be welcomed. “But they must go hand in hand with the observance of the rules, which have served us so far in the past months in the fight against this pandemic as well, namely distance, hygiene rules, and that is precisely where it is needed, a mask of duty.”

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Similar to the CDU-top argued. “Corona makes no holiday,” said General Secretary Paul Ziemiak after the last video discussions before the summer break.

The Bureau and the Executive Board of the CDU were unanimously of the opinion that, despite the positive development of the Corona-infection situation in Germany is no reason, from the mask of duty, or about the commandment of keeping ones Distance to depart.

“Mask-wearing is sexy,” said Ziemiak, came to the press conference with a mouth-nose protection in the party’s color of Orange.

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Söder stressed in front of a video conference of the CSU Board, you’ll have to loosen the mask of duty or abolish it. This was one of the very few instruments when it comes to protection against the Coronavirus. The Mask has proven itself in daily life.

The SPD-Chairwoman Saskia esque said in Calw, the Corona-a threat not to be overcome by far. It was more urgently needed to keep my distance and pay attention to the hygiene rules, so that there is no second shaft and a second Lockdown.

“Since we are all in a high level of responsibility. That’s why I strongly recommend to stay in the mask of duty.” The Co-Chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans, said on Sunday evening on ‘live’, “the mask to wear in the shops is a disgrace, but a reasonable imposition”.

Federal health Minister Jens Spahn urged caution.

“I understand the impatience and the desire for normality. But the Virus is still there. Where in enclosed spaces, the necessary distance is not always secured, the everyday mask commandments,” wrote the CDU-politician on Sunday evening on Twitter.

Only the AfD-Chairman Tino Chrupalla called, the mask duty is finally abolished. “The effect of mouth-nose masks are not only medically controversial, the masks are also an increasing threat for the local retail sector”, he argued on Monday.

He could well understand that a lot of citizens with mask reluctantly went shopping. The revenues would then be generated on the Internet.

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A spokesman for the trade Association HDE supported this reasoning. “We note that masks inhibit the shopping desire of the customers,” he said of the “Rheinische Post” (Tuesday). The decision, whether the mask is compulsory to stay there or not, would have to meet with politicians and professionals, not the trade.

Many Federal States opposed the abolition. “Wearing a daily mask that helps to reduce the risk of Infection,” said Minister-President Malu Dreyer (SPD) in Mainz.

“Masks are a rather small effort with a big effect, and – in connection with contact restrictions and high standards of hygiene – an important, even scientifically proven tool in the fight against the Virus.”

A spokeswoman for the government in Baden-Württemberg also stated: “The mask of duty remains a Central part of our strategy.”

The same proclaimed Hessen and Berlin. “For Berlin, the abolition of the obligation to the mouth-nose protection in the retail sector at the current time plays no role,” informed the Senate on Monday.

“Right now, where more and more was loosened, the distance and hygiene rules, as well as the mouth-nose protection all the more important to prevent the spread of the Virus.”

On Sunday, the States of Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein had rejected a timely at the end of the obligation to the mouth-nose cover or in shops.

The Rostock infections Loge Emil Reisinger supported this Position. “The danger of a second wave is still not banned. I hope that we can get there, but we need to be careful,” said Reisinger on Monday the German press Agency. The mask duty is an expression of these precautions.

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Thandie Newton recalls working with Tom Cruise on 'nightmare' Mission: Impossibl

Thandie Newton has recalled the ‘nightmare’ experience she had shooting for Mission: Impossible 2 with Tom Cruise.

The actress, 47, starred alongside Tom’s Ethan Hunt as Nyah Nordoff‑Hall in the sequel released back in 2000, but it sounds like it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

Reflecting on her time on set and what it was like to work with Hollywood star Tom, 58, Thandie described her co-star as a ‘dominant individual’ and how rehearsing with him had made her feel ‘insecure’.

In an interview with Vulture, Thandie admitted she was ‘never asked’ to return for another Mission: Impossible movie, while confessing she was ‘so scared’ of Tom.

She opened up about what it was like on set and recalled one time she and Tom had been rehearsing a questionable scene on a balcony and he was getting frustrated with her.

‘I don’t think it was a very well-written scene, I get angry with him. We’re frustrated with each other. Tom was not happy with what I was doing because I had the sh**tiest lines.’

The frustration only grew because director John Woo reportedly didn’t speak English on set and Tom decided to try the scene again – him reading Thandie’s lines and Thandie reading his.

‘It was the most unhelpful… I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame,’ she said.

‘I remember calling Jonathan Demme. I described the night to him: “A nightmare.”

‘As I was describing it, it was clear that I thought I was the big f**king problem and Jonathan was like, “Thandie, shame on you for not backing yourself.”

‘He was really sweet. And then Tom called and I thought, “Oh, this is it. The apology.” No, he was just like, “We’re going to reshoot this next week.”‘

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Tom’s rep.

Thandie’s comments come as preparations for Mission: Impossible 7 are currently underway.

Filming had begun for the follow-up film ahead of lockdown, but production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the new movie’s release date has since been pushed back.

Mission: Impossible 7, which will see Tom return as Hunt, won’t be released in the US until November 2021 – four months after its originally scheduled release of July 2021.

Mission Impossible: 8 will also be delayed, with the sequel not hitting cinemas until November 2022.

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Man's fingers chopped off while making cocktail sausages at meat factory

A meat processing company has been fined £310,000 after two workers each lost a finger on the sausage line.

Darren Dunn, 37, and Ian Qua, 22, were both left scarred for life following the horrific accidents while working at the factory in Prestwick, Ayrshire.

Mr Qua was mixing meat for cocktail sausages while employed by Browns Manufacturing when he reached through a gap and got his hand entangled in the revolving mixer in January last year.

Mr Dunn was working on the Lorne sausage processing line at what was then the Hall’s of Scotland factory when he lost the tip of his right-hand ring finger in August 2016. He had been trying to clear a blockage by pushing meat into the mincer when a rotating screw caught his digit.

Hall’s of Scotland/Browns Manufacturing Limited pleaded guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Friday to failing to ensure the dangerous parts of the machinery were inaccessible and not providing training for their staff.

Sheriff Douglas Brown fined the company £120,000 for the 2016 incident and £190,000 for the 2019 incident.

He said: ‘Both of these machines were capable of inflicting serious injury on any employee putting their hand near to them.

‘It was submitted that both were isolated incidents but the fact that there was a second incident after the first must raise questions about health and safety practices.

‘Both of these accidents were entirely avoidable had a safety guard been in place.’

In both cases, the workers were not given sufficient training and safety measures were not in place.

The company has since made changes to both machines and updated its training procedures.

Depute fiscal Paula Russell said Mr Qua was hurt while ‘discharging the sausage meat’.

She told the court: ‘He was standing facing the operator’s panel using the two-handed controls to open the discharge door and transfer meat.

‘He reached round to the right-hand side of the control panel towards the discharge door of the blender with his right arm.

‘Due to the gap created when the discharge door was open, his fingers met with the revolving paddles of the blender.

‘Mr Qua immediately removed his hand with the amputated finger remaining within the mixer and ran downstairs to the supervisor’s office.

‘Due to shock, he was unaware his finger had been amputated.’

He had to have physiotherapy and counselling for persistent nightmares after the incident.

Ms Russell told the court Mr Dunn was injured after taking over from a colleague who left his position to deal with something else.

She said: ‘He was advised to start the line when the buzzer sounded and did so.

‘Shortly after, he noticed that the meat was not processing through the line properly and that meat had begun to pile up suggesting a blockage in the mincing screw.

‘He lifted the lid in the mincing screw and attempted to clear the blockage with his hands while the machine was still running.

‘His hand came into contact with the rotating screw and he lost his right-hand ring finger.’

Defending both companies, Barry Smith said: ‘The most important thing to say is that all those associated with both Halls and Browns Manufacturing wish to record serious regret that these accidents occurred and gave rise to injuries to two valued employees.

‘Safety measures were in place but these were not sufficient. These breaches clearly disclose deficiencies of the guarding and steps were immediately put in place to address the breaches that had been brought to light.

‘Lessons have been learned and they take the health and safety of employees very seriously and regret these breaches.’

Alistair Duncan, head of the health and safety investigation unit, said in a statement: ‘Both of these workers were left permanently disfigured by incidents that were foreseeable and easily avoided.

‘Since these incidents, the company has installed guards and interlocks on these machines, as well as improved their training.

‘Hopefully this prosecution and the sentence will remind employers that failure to fulfil their obligations can have serious consequences.’

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People seek relocation to suburbs due to coronavirus

(CNN)When the pandemic hit, Lina and Challie Stillman found themselves working from their 600-square-foot, one-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with no end in sight. By April, the walls were closing in.

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To take the edge off of feeling cooped up, they took weekend drives to Connecticut and soon began looking at houses. In May, they bought a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home with a pool in Brookfield, Connecticut, for $675,000, a lot less than it would cost to buy a bigger apartment in the Brooklyn neighborhood they still love.

    “We needed to get out of the city for awhile,” said Lina Stillman. “It was a perfect storm. It was concerns about health, combined with low [mortgage] interest rates, combined with the fact that we are working from home and it was getting ugly. But I’m not leaving Brooklyn completely. That is impossible for me to do.”

    Lina and Challie Stillman want to live in New York CIty. Just not right now. So they bought a home in Connecticut.
    So they kept the apartment they own in Brooklyn and are considering renting it out short-term. The Connecticut home isn’t so much a weekend escape for them, she said, as it is an alternative full-time home.
    “We thought it would make more sense to buy a little further out and have nature and more space and have the best of both worlds,” said Challie Stillman. And if they have to be in the city for work it is only an hour and a half away by train.

    If real estate activity in second-home areas around New York are any indication, the Stillmans are not alone. The coronavirus pandemic has not only pushed apartment dwelling New Yorkers to seek more space and nature outside of the city, it has also untethered them from their downtown workplaces as companies embraced remote working. That has led to a phenomenon Jonathan Miller, a real estate appraiser and consultant, calls “co-primary” homes.

    The Stillmans bought this 5-bedroom house in Brookfield, Connecticut as an alternative to their 600-square foot Brooklyn condo, which they plan to keep, just in case.
    “For the affluent, instead of trading up in the city or getting a second seasonal home, it is an equal home,” said Miller. “This is changing the way the people think about a primary residence and we are seeing people lengthen the tether that connects work and home.”

    The rise of ‘co-primary’ living

    A home in Connecticut, the Hudson Valley or the Hamptons may typically be used as a vacation home, said Miller. But for the next year or so, many owners are living in their second home, while an apartment in the city could be used as a place to stay on the few days a month when they need to be in an office or meet clients.
    “You move to the Hudson Valley and once every two weeks, you have a two-hour commute,” he said. “The rest of the time you’re commuting from your bedroom to your desk to the refrigerator.”
    In New York City, signed contracts to purchase a condo in June were down 74% from last year, according to a report from brokerage firm Douglas Elliman and appraiser Miller Samuel.

    The pool at the Stillman's new house in Connecticut.
    In the Hamptons, signed contracts were up 89% last month from the year before, according to the report.
    For those who considered buying in the Hamptons, the pandemic has pushed them along, said Robert Nelson, executive managing director of sales for Brown Harris Stevens, making sales activity there brisk.
    “Between $1 million to $2 million they can find a decent house here while in Manhattan that’s a two bedroom apartment,” said Nelson.

    This five-bedroom home in Sag Harbor, New York, did not sell when it was on the market last year. It sold during the pandemic for $4.8 million as buyers looked for more space.
    Previously, buyers were mostly looking at homes as an investment, now more than before the priority is on buying a home they can use immediately.
    Rentals have been difficult to come by because of an increase in demand, said Nelson, but also because regular renters have opted to actually use their homes this year.

    This home in Bridgehampton, New York, listed at $5,400,000, sold for $4,626,000 in June.
    That has pushed some renters into buying for themselves, said Nelson. “They don’t want to be at the whim of others trying to find a place.”

    The rush to buy

    Connie Strait, who has sold Connecticut real estate for 40 years, said she’s never seen such a rush of out-of-state buyers as she has over the past two months. She says her business tripled and she isn’t able to help all the people calling to look at homes.
    Her buyers are coming from New York, and they have money. One morning she had three calls about a million-dollar waterfront property. “That never happened to me before.”
    This has made the market more competitive for the local families she is working with.
    “You pull into a driveway, there are three out-of-state cars,” she said. “They get defeated and know from the looks of it that home will go quickly over asking price.”
    The inventory has been slowly coming back to market, she said, but there have been three times as many homes going into contract. This is leading to multiple offers on many homes, she said, with some buyers immediately bidding over the asking price and some waiving a building inspection to appeal to a seller.

    Agent Connie Strait put this house on the market just before the pandemic for $690,000 and it sold for $670,000. Strait said it would go for closer to $700,000 now.
    The buyers are looking for similar things, said Strait, a home office where they can shut the door behind them, and a yard so they can be outside. “Anything with a pool goes immediately.”
    What remains to be seen, said Miller, is how long this effect will last. Most companies are not announcing employees can work from home for the 5- to 10-year timeline around which most people make real estate decisions.
    “Does the zeitgeist change the minute there is a vaccine?” said Miller. “Employers and employees saw the benefit of working remotely, but that doesn’t suggest it will be fully that way and there are plenty of careers that you need to do in person.”

      What is clear now is that people will be staying in places like the Hamptons well past Labor Day, Nelson said.
      “Seasons don’t matter much anymore and we’ve all learned how Zoom works,” he said.
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      Reported Chevy Cobalt fuel leaks probed by US safety agency

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      DETROIT — The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints of fuel leaks in older Chevrolet Cobalt small cars and HHR wagons.

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      The probe covers more than 614,000 Cobalts from the 2008 to 2010 model years and HHRs from 2008 and 2009.

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      The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 208 complaints from owners about gasoline leaks. Thirty-nine owners have told the agency about gas puddles or drips from leaky fuel lines toward the left rear wheel well. The agency says in documents posted Tuesday that the leaks are caused by corrosion of metal fuel lines near polymer blocks that hold the lines to the body. The leaks are beneath an insulation heat shield near the exhaust pipe and muffler.

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      The agency says it doesn't have any reports of crashes, fires or injuries. It says the probe will determine how often the problem happens and assess potential safety issues. Investigations can lead to recalls.

      A message was left Tuesday seeking comment from GM.

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      Prince Philip snub: The painful blow Duke dealt in wake of Meghan and Harry’s exit

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      Prince Philip, 98, and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, have been married for 72 years and while it is hard to imagine the Royal Family without the Duke of Edinburgh it took him some time to find his feet within the institute.

      Prince Philip was born a member of the Greek and Danish royal families and has the German surname Mountbatten.

      When the Queen and Philip’s first son Prince Charles, 71, was born in 1948 the Second World War was still fresh in the minds of Britons and it was felt it would be unsuitable for Charles to take his father’s Mountbatten surname.

      Prince Philip was said to be deeply hurt by the decision and one royal biographer has claimed he was “heartbroken.”

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      According to Ms Seward the heartbroken Duke was reported to have said: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children. I’m nothing but a bloody amoeba.”

      However, in 1960 a compromise was reached at the Royal Family created a hybrid surname to be passed onto to Philip’s descendants.

      Mountbatten-Windsor came into being and years later the surname has been taken bY Prince Harry and his son Archie Harrison.

      While Prince Philip’s grandson Prince Harry inherited the Mountbatten-Windsor surname, following his step away from the Fold there has been speculation as to whether he will drop it altogether.

      Prince Harry and Meghan ceased to be working royals in March and have settled in Los Angeles where they hope to gain financial independence from the Crown.

      They have now entered a one-year trial period which will be reviewed by the Queen next March.

      Prince Harry’s full name and title are: His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex.

      However, Mountbatten-Windsor is the surname he would usually use when he needs to put one down on official documents.

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      Prince Harry appeared to snub his royal roots on paperwork for his eco-travel venture Travalyst in the wake of his royal withdrawal.

      The Daily Mail reported Harry signed paperwork Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex and did not use his Mountbatten-Windsor surname.

      While Harry and Meghan will keep their HRH titles they will not use the word ‘royal’ in conjunction with their work moving forward.

      Although Harry may have ditched Prince Philip’s Mountbatten surname it is used on Archie’s birth certificate meaning Archie will continue the Mountbatten legacy.

      Archie Harrison recently celebrated his first birthday with his parents at their new LA home.

      While Meghan and Harry have been protective of their son’s privacy since his birth, they shared an adorable new video of Archie and Meghan reading together to mark the milestone.

      Meghan and Harry’s move away from the royal bubble was in part motivated by their wish to give Archie as peaceful a life as possible.

      The couple have named their new venture ‘Archewell’ after their son and are expected to launch the project once the coronavirus pandemic has subsided enough for them to do so.

      Meghan and Harry were meant to stay with the Queen with Archie at Balmoral this summer.

      However, the special trip will have been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis.

      The Queen and Prince Philip are currently isolating at Windsor Castle where they are expected to remain for the foreseeable future.

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      New bill would require NY cops to have personal insurance for liability suits

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      A bill introduced by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) would require police officers to obtain personal liability insurance to cover civil lawsuits filed against them for excessive force and other abuses as a way to deter misconduct.

      Under current law, cops who are sued are represented by the city law department and taxpayers foot the bill for any verdict or settlement.

      Biaggi’s proposal would require each officer to obtain individual liability insurance. The city or other local governments would still be required to cover the basic insurance policy to cover tort litigation costs.

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      But Biaggi said her bill would better hold officers accountable by requiring them to pay any increase in premiums related to payouts for wrongdoing.

      “Officers who have misconduct claims brought against them may see their premium go up and will be required to pay those costs. The purpose of this bill is to establish a financial disincentive for police misconduct and create accountability for abhorrent behavior,” she said.

      Between July 2017 and June 2018, New York City paid out $230 million in 6,472 cases for alleged misconduct or alleged wrongdoing by officers, according to a report released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Office.

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      “While taxpayers bailout law enforcement who engage in misconduct, those same officers too often evade meaningful accountability,” Biaggi said.

      The measure is just the latest in a slew of police accountability measures that were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month

      They include repealing the state’s controversial police records secrecy rule known as “50-a” that sealed off access to disciplinary records, banning the use of chokeholds and codifying Cuomo’s existing executive order granting the state attorney general the power to conduct independent probes of in-custody deaths.

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      Another bill proposed last week would strip officers of their pensions if found guilty of misconduct.

      Momentum for the police accountability measures — stalled in Albany for years — was triggered by the outrage and protests over the police brutality death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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      Photo of bat with ‘human-size’ wingspan TERRIFIES viewers – but may not be what it seems

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      The picture of the enormous bat was posted on Twitter and has gathered more than 250,000 likes. The image shows the winged animal hanging upside down from the roof of a building.

      The caption said: “Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about.”

      The post prompted a string of replies from horrified Twitter users.

      One replied: “IS THIS REAL!????”

      Another wrote: “You’re telling me this bat is taller than me.”

      A third said: “THERE IS A SPECIES OF BAT TALLER THAN ME. I KNOW ITS VEGETARIAN AND ALL BUT I’M ACTUALLY SCARED.”

      Another commented: “HELL NO.”

      A fifth added: “This bat is taller than me and I’m both horrified and impressed in equal measure.”

      But others pointed out the photo is likely to be making the bat look bigger than it actually is.

      One said: “It looks larger than it really is because there isn’t anything directly next to it for scale.”

      And another insisted the bat was harmless, saying: “Heya, from the Philippines here.

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      “I can confirm this, they have a huuuuuge wingspan but the bodies are not really that big, more or less like the same body as a medium (bit smaller) sized dog.

      “And yeah they only eat fruits, guavas most particularly. They’re really gentle too.”

      The picture of the bat was posted by Twitter user @AlexJoestar622 who clarified in a later tweet that he was referring to the bat’s wingspan and not its height when he said it was the size of a human.

      The bat is thought to be a giant golden-crowned flying fox.

      The species, which is native to the Philippines, is one of the largest in the world.

      It has an impressive wingspan of up to 1.7m (5.6ft) and can weigh 1.4kg (3.1lb).

      The diet of the giant golden-crowned flying fox is mainly fruit.

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