Week 12 - 2/04/2021

Published on 2 April 2021 at 12:55

Trial of Derek Chauvin Commences


The trial Derek Chauvin, who stands accused over the murder of George Floyd began on March 29th and is expected to take at least one month.


Potential jurors were asked to submit questionnaires describing their existing knowledge of the case, any previous contact with police, and their media habits.


The jury will decide whether Mr Chauvin should serve time in prison or be acquitted.


Derek Chauvin, 44, appeared in court in Minneapolis on Monday


On the first day of the trial, Donald Williams III, a witness for the prosecution, said Mr Floyd was "slowly fading away" during the nine minutes Mr Chauvin kneeled on his back and neck.


Mr Chauvin's lawyer argued his use of force was "unattractive but necessary".


Two paramedics have told a Minneapolis court that George Floyd had no pulse and did not appear to be breathing when they arrived at the scene.


Paramedic Seth Bravindar said he had to ask Mr Chauvin to get off Mr Floyd so that they could access the patient.


Earlier in the week, the court heard emotional testimony from Mr Floyd's girlfriend.


Mr Chauvin, 45, who was fired from the Minneapolis police force, denies charges of murder and manslaughter.


Nike Wins Case over “Satan Shoes”

Nike has won its lawsuit against Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over their controversial 'Satan Shoes' that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles.


The $1,018 (£740) trainers are modified Nike Air Max 97s that feature an inverted cross, a pentagram and the words "Luke 10:18".


MSCHF produced the shoes in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X.


It said only 666 pairs were made and all but one have already been shipped.


Nike claimed trademark infringement, asking a federal court in New York to stop MSCHF from selling the shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh.


"MSCHF and its unauthorised Satan Shoes are likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF's products and Nike," the sports shoe giant said in the lawsuit.


Inquiry into “Ever Given’s” blockage of the Suez Canal begins

Egypt has begun a formal investigation into how a giant container ship blocked the Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for almost a week.


Suez Canal Authority (SCA) adviser Sayed Sheaysha said experts would board the Ever Given on Wednesday to obtain data relevant to the incident.


The probe will examine the vessel's seaworthiness and the crew's actions.


The Ever Given has been anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, the canal's midway point, since being re-floated on Monday.


The 400m-long (1,312ft), 220,000-tonne ship became wedged diagonally across the waterway on 23 March after running aground amid high winds and a sandstorm that affected visibility.


It was freed after a major salvage operation involving a flotilla of powerful tugboats and dredging vessels that shifted an estimated 30,000 cubic metres (1.1m cubic ft) of mud and sand.


Taiwanese Train Crash Claims 48 Lives 

At least 48 people were killed with more than 66 others sent to hospital after a Taiwan train derailed in a tunnel when it apparently hit a truck that slid off a road leading to a nearby construction site.


The crash is the island's worst rail disaster in at least four decades.


The train, an express travelling from Taipei to Taitung carrying many tourists and people heading home at the start of a long weekend, came off the rails north of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, the fire department said.


Images of the crash scene show carriages inside the tunnel ripped apart from the impact, while others crumpled, hindering rescuers reaching passengers.


The train was carrying around 350 people, the fire department said. Taiwan media said many people were standing as the train was so full, and were thrown about when it crashed.

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