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Priest to stand trial accused of raping woman more than 30 years ago

A priest accused of raping a woman more than 30 years ago will stand trial next year.

The Rev John Anthony Clohosey did not appear before Newcastle Crown Court due to the coronavirus pandemic, but his barrister indicated he would have pleaded not guilty if he had been at the hearing.

The 71-year-old is said to have attacked the woman in Gateshead in 1986. He was priest at Our Lady Immaculate and St Cuthbert’s RC Church in Crook, County Durham, until his suspension last year.

His trial will take place at Newcastle Crown Court on May 17, 2021, and he was bailed to live near Filey in North Yorkshire.

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Chef Boyardee proposed to replace Christopher Columbus statue

Petition calls for Christopher Columbus statue to be replaced with Chef Boyardee

RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan weighs in on the upcoming presidential election, a petition to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus with Chef Boyardee and a petition to rename Columbus, Ohio, to ‘Flavortown’ in honor of celebrity chef Guy Fieri who was born there.

A new petition is demanding a statue of Christopher Colombus in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood be replaced with a statue of Chef Boyardee, the Italian chef mascot behind the canned goods company.

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The petition comes as protesters across the U.S. tear down statues of historical figures with ties to slavery or forms of brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"In 1988, Clevelanders erected a statue to Christopher Columbus in Little Italy. Today it sits in front of Tony Brush Park, and it is the centerpiece of the annual Columbus Day Parade," the petition states. "It is allegedly a monument to a legendary Italian explorer and a symbol of Italian-American pride. Except it isn't. Columbus is not someone we should celebrate."

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It adds that Columbus was a "racist monster who initiated the genocide against indigenous Americans" and "pioneered the Transatlantic slave trade and likely sent more enslaved people across the sea than any other person."

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Instead of Columbus, the petition circulators have suggested replacing the Columbus statue with Clevelander Ettore "Hector" Boiardi, who is better known as Chef Boyardee.

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Boiardi, who was born in Italy in 1897 and moved to New York when he was 16. Boiardi opened his first restaurant, "The Garden of Italy," in Cleveland in 1926 and founded the Chef Boyardee brand in 1929.

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"It's time for Cleveland to remove its statue to a genocidal sociopath with a bowl cut and erect a statue to an immigrant success story who enriched our community with his food and iconic mustache," the petition concludes.

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Money can actually buy happiness, study suggests

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A recent study revealed financial success has become increasingly linked to happiness, effectively going against the old adage that "money can't buy happiness."

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Expanding Class Divide in Happiness in the United States found the correlation between socioeconomic status, which includes income, education and occupational prestige, and happiness steadily increased between the 1970s and 2010s among adults who were at least 30 years old.

"The happiness-income link has gotten steadily stronger over the decades — happiness is more strongly related to income now than it was in the 1970s and 1980s. So money buys happiness more now than in the past," the lead author of the paper, Jean Twenge, told FOX Business.

The study, published last week in the journal Emotion, based its findings on data gathered from the General Social Survey, which is one of the longest-running nationally representative surveys of U.S. adults. The survey covered 44,198 U.S. adult participants between 1972 and 2016.

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The results indicated, however, that there is a class divide when it comes to happiness. While the happiness of white adults with a high socioeconomic status, which includes income, education and occupational prestige, remained fairly stable, the happiness of white adults with a lower socioeconomic status steadily declined, according to the study.

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By comparison, happiness among black adults with lower socioeconomic status remained fairly stable, whereas the happiness of black adults with a high socioeconomic status increased.

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Researchers divided participants into groups based on income and asked them the following questions: “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?" according to the Washington Post.

Researchers then analyzed how the participants within each group answered that question over several decades.

In 2016, adults who were among the highest earners were 5 percent more likely to proclaim that they were “very happy” compared to participants in the second-highest income group, the Post explained.

However, there was no evidence to suggest that happiness diminishes after a certain income point, Twenge noted.

"Unlike some previous studies that found happiness leveled off after a yearly income of $75,000, we found that happiness kept going up with more income, even at higher income levels," Twenge said.

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Canada's biggest banks join boycott of Facebook platforms

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s biggest lenders confirmed on Friday they had joined a widespread boycott of Facebook Inc (FB.O) begun by U.S. civil rights groups seeking to pressure the world’s largest social media platform to take concrete steps to block hate speech.

More than 400 brands have pulled advertising on Facebook in response to the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, begun after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Canadian lenders Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO), Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO), National Bank of Canada (NA.TO) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO) all said they will pause advertising on Facebook platforms in July.

Desjardins Group, Canada’s largest federation of credit unions, also said on its website on Thursday it will pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram for the month “barring any exceptional situations where we need to communicate with our members or clients.”

Most cited their commitments to inclusion and diversity.

Facebook has opened itself up to a civil rights audit and has banned 250 white supremacist organizations from Facebook and Instagram, a spokesman said by email. Its investments in artificial intelligence mean it finds nearly 90% of hate speech it takes action on before users report it, he added.

BMO said it is continuing its “ongoing dialogue with Facebook on changes they can make to their platforms to reduce the spread of hate speech.”

RBC said one way to help clients and communities is to stand against “misinformation and hate speech, which only make systemic racism more pervasive.”

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White couple charged for threatening black family

A white husband and wife have been charged after the woman pulled a gun on a black mother and her children during a confrontation in a car park.

Footage of the incident in Orion Township, near Detroit, has been viewed millions of times on social media.

It shows Jillian Wuestenberg pointing the cocked gun and shouting: “Get away.”

Local Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the confrontation had stemmed from a “bump” at the entrance to a restaurant.

The Wuestenbergs have both been charged with felonious assault. They each had a loaded firearm, the sheriff said. The black family was not armed.

Ms Wuestenberg, 32, is alleged to have bumped into 15-year-old Makayla Green, whose mother Takelia Hill then demands an apology. Both she and her daughter are filming.

Ms Wuestenberg gets into her vehicle, driven by her husband Eric, 42, but the argument escalates and she reappears brandishing a gun and pointing it at Makayla and her mother.

Several people called the police and the couple were arrested, Sheriff Bouchard said.

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“Let’s have a little more tolerance for each other and not being so quick to react,” he told a news conference. “If someone is doing something improper or unfair, I tell my family and friends to look away. This is not the moment to plant your flag.”

Oakland County Chief Executive David Coulter said he had been “deeply disturbed” by the incident on 1 July.

“This behaviour is unacceptable. I wholly expect the prosecutor to bring charges that reflect the severity of the incident.” he said.

What happened during the argument?

Makayla Green told the Detroit News that she had been bumped by Ms Wuestenberg.

“Before I could walk into Chipotle, this woman was coming out, and I had moved out the way so she can walk out,” she told The Detroit News.

“She bumped me, and I said, ‘excuse you’. And then she started cussing me out and saying things like I was invading her personal space.”

Makayla then called her mother over because she was scared, she said.

The footage shows the argument continuing during which Ms Wuestenberg is accused of being racist.

From the car, Ms Wuestenberg says: “You cannot just walk around calling white people racist.”

“White people aren’t racist… I care about you, and I’m sorry if you had an incident that has made someone make you feel like that. No one is racist,” she says.

When the car begins reversing, Ms Hill is behind it and knocks on the back of the car. Ms Wuestenberg then jumps out and shouts “get back” and “back up” along with several expletives.

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Football: Fifa investigating West Ham over Haller transfer

LONDON (REUTERS) – Fifa are investigating a claim by Eintracht Frankfurt against West Ham United over the transfer of French striker Sebastien Haller, a spokesperson for soccer’s world governing body said on Friday (July 3).

British media reported Frankfurt had lodged a complaint with Fifa claiming they had yet to receive £5.4 million (S$7.5 million) from West Ham as part of the deal that brought the 26-year-old to the London Stadium in 2019.

“We can confirm that we have received a claim from the German club Eintracht Frankfurt against the English club West Ham United,” a Fifa spokesperson said in a statement.

“The matter is currently still being investigated and consequently we cannot provide any further comments.”

Haller joined West Ham on a five-year deal for an undisclosed club record fee.

He has scored seven goals in 27 league appearances for the Hammers, who are 16th in the standings with 30 points, three points clear of the relegation zone.

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‘Multiple charges’ in Canada’s Rideau Hall breach

An armed member of Canada’s military faces multiple charges after breaching the gates of an estate where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives.

The suspect drove a pick-up truck through the main entrance of Rideau Hall in Ottawa 06:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Thursday morning.

He then entered the grounds on foot before being confronted by police and arrested two hours later.

He appeared in court Friday morning for a bail hearing.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a Friday news conference they believe he acted alone. They confirmed the suspect was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, but they did not identify him by name.

They would not say what he has been charged with, only that there are multiple charges.

Mr Trudeau and his family, who are currently living at a cottage on the Rideau Hall estate while the prime minister’s official residence is being renovated, were not at home at the time of the incident.

Nor was Governor General Julie Payette, who resides at Rideau Hall as the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head of state.

During a press briefing on Friday, Mr Trudeau thanked “the extraordinary police services of the RCMP”.

“We thank the RCMP and police for quickly resolving the situation this morning at Rideau Hall. All of our staff are safe,” Ms Payette tweeted on Thursday.

The RCMP said it is working closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to investigate the incident, which was resolved “quickly and safely”.

“Through our members’ vigilance, quick action and successful de-escalation techniques, this highly volatile incident was resolved swiftly and peacefully,” the RCMP’s deputy commissioner, Mike Duheme, said.

The grounds of Rideau Hall, which sits on an 88-acre (0.35 sq km) wooded estate, have been closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pictures taken outside Rideau Hall appear to show damage to its main pedestrian gate, which the suspect rammed through in his vehicle. The vehicle was disabled on impact, the RCMP said.

That is when the suspect began to walk the grounds on foot, police said. The suspect was quickly spotted by grounds staff and RCMP members, who put the area in lockdown.

RCMP officers approached the suspect at about 06:45 local time, and began to talk to him. He was arrested at 8:30 local time.

The RCMP would not discuss the nature of the conversation, as the investigation is ongoing.

Pictures from Thursday show an empty black pick-up truck inside the grounds of the estate. The RCMP said an army unit with a bomb-disposal robot searched the vehicle as a precaution.

Police confirmed the suspect had multiple weapons, though did not confirm the number or type.

CBC News cited a source as saying the suspect had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, about 1,900 km (1,180 miles) west of Ottawa.

Mr Trudeau has moved to limit the ownership of certain weapons in Canada, where gun ownership is popular, especially in rural parts of the country.

He introduced a long-promised ban on assault-style weapons in May this year, after a gun a rampage across the province of Nova Scotia that became the deadliest shooting in Canada’s history.

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Dozens mourn man who killed himself in busy Beirut district

BEIRUT (REUTERS) – Dozens of people lay flowers on a main Beirut street where a man killed himself on Friday (July 3), with some blaming his death on the country’s economic collapse that has left more and more Lebanese hungry.

Reuters could not establish the motive for the apparent suicide.

The 61-year-old man shot himself in the head in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts store in the capital’s busy Hamra district, witnesses said.

Near his body was a Lebanese flag, a copy of his clean judicial record and a note in Arabic that read: “I’m not a heretic”.

It was a quote from a popular song that continues with the words “but hunger is heresy”.

A relative of the man, who asked not to be named, accused the country’s rulers for the hardship that led to his death.

“God damn them. People are suffocating.”

As he spoke, rescue workers carried the body away in a white coffin and a man mopped up a pool of blood.

Soaring prices and job losses have fuelled despair, and some aid groups have warned of the risk of mass hunger.

The country’s economic woes came to a head last year after capital inflows dried up and protests erupted against sectarian leaders in power since the 1975-1990 civil war.

“The people are hungry, broke, miserable,” said Lina Boubes in Hamra, where people chanted against the government and banks that have frozen people out of their savings.

“They took our dreams, our money, our bread,” she said.

“And they sit in their castles and they still oppress us.”

The Cabinet, which took office in January, has said it is doing all it can to tackle the crisis.

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Travel industry ‘unlocked’ and does NHS need reform after COVID-19 crisis?

On this edition of the Sky News Daily podcast with Jonathan Samuels, we examine the easing of lockdown – with countries being given quarantine exemptions in England as pubs and hair salons welcome customers back this weekend.

We are joined by our chief political correspondent Jon Craig, The Sun’s travel editor Lisa Minot – plus Dr Louise Irvine and Dr John Lee discuss the feats and flaws of the NHS as it turns 72 this weekend.

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US, China left out as England slashes coronavirus quarantine list

LONDON (AFP) – Travellers from more than 70 “low-risk” countries and territories will no longer have to self-isolate when arriving in England, the British government said on Friday (July 3) in a major easing of its coronavirus quarantine scheme.

The list of exemptions mostly covers Europe – but not Portugal – and the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, although the United States and mainland China are notably omitted.

The changes, which come into effect on July 10, represent a significant lifting of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine imposed one month ago to stop new infections from abroad.

Britain has suffered Europe’s deadliest outbreak of Covid-19, with 44,000 deaths among confirmed cases, but is now slowly coming out of lockdown.

“Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

Airlines, who had warned the quarantine would cripple an industry already on its knees due to global coronavirus shutdowns, welcomed the easing and three of them dropped a legal challenge.

But the exemptions will only apply to arrivals into England, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so far sticking to the blanket ban.

British ministers had suggested the delay in announcing the list – it had been due earlier in the week – was down to a lack of cooperation from the devolved government in Scotland.

But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon denied this, and blasted Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in London for a “shambolic” effort.

She said the list her government was shown on Thursday had changed by Friday, while adding that Edinburgh would likely publish its own list in the coming days.

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Under the new rules, a traffic-light system – red, amber and green – would be used for different countries depending on their prevalence of the coronavirus, Shapps said.

Travellers from the green and amber countries will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival.

The amber countries will have reciprocal arrangements in place with England, while the green countries are deemed to be safer than England, such as New Zealand.

The amber countries include France, Italy and Spain, which are among the most popular summer holiday destinations for Britons, although not Portugal.

The United States will be designated with a red light, requiring mandatory self-quarantine, because “they have got very high numbers of infections”, Shapps said.

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair had taken legal action over the scheme they said would have a “severe impact on the travel and tourism industry”, which was “already running on fumes”.

But their lawyer told the High Court of England and Wales in London on Friday that they had now agreed to withdraw the claim.

In a statement, budget airline easyJet said the list of exemptions was “an important move in the reopening of aviation, to support the wider UK recovery”.

Patricia Yates, director of tourism body VisitBritain, said allowing easier entry for overseas visitors would provide “a timely boost”.

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