Charges: Man stabbed, bit victim because he hates Muslims

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Updated 28 March 2017

Charges: Man stabbed, bit victim because he hates Muslims

MINNEAPOLIS: A Minnesota man is charged with assault after police say he stabbed and bit another man multiple times in Minneapolis, telling police he hates Muslims.
According to criminal charges, 47-year-old Kelvin Porter told police he tried to kill a Muslim by stabbing him in the neck.
Police say Porter, the victim and another man were on a Minneapolis sidewalk Wednesday when Porter began acting aggressively. Police say the victim raised his fists and Porter stabbed him several times and bit him in the face.
The Star Tribune reports the victim was treated at the scene.
Porter’s attorney, Gregory Renden, says more information will come out during the court process.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for hate charges.


Philippine trash trawlers earn little from virus-boosted surge in plastics

Updated 28 min 6 sec ago

Philippine trash trawlers earn little from virus-boosted surge in plastics

MANILA: Virgilio Estuesta has picked through trash in the Philippines’ biggest city for four decades, and is noticing an unusually large amount of plastics during his daily trawl of about 15 km (9.3 miles).
Tough curbs re-imposed to combat a surge in daily coronavirus infections are squeezing income for the 60-year-old, as many of the junkyards and businesses in Manila that buy his recyclables have been closed since March.
Plastic items, such as bottles and containers, dominate the contents of the rickety wooden cart Estuesta pushes through the deserted streets, far more than metals and cardboard, yet the money they bring in is not enough to get by.
“It’s been really hard for us, it’s been difficult looking for recyclables that sell high,” he said.
“Recently we’ve been seeing a lot more plastics, but the problem is they don’t really sell high.”
Environmentalists say the Philippines is battling one of the world’s biggest problems stemming from single-use plastics, and ranks among the biggest contributors to plastic pollution of the oceans. It has no reliable data for its plastics consumption.
Greenpeace campaigner Marian Ledesma said consumers and businesses are now using yet more single-use plastics, in a bid to ward off virus infections.
“The pandemic has really increased plastic pollution,” she added. “Just because there’s a lot more people using disposables now, due to misconceptions and fears around transmitting the virus.”
Since March 16, Manila has experienced lockdowns of varying levels of severity, in some of the world’s longest and tightest measures to curb the spread of the virus.
They are taking a toll on Estuesta, who hopes to start earning soon.
“When you go out, the police will reprimand you,” he said. “I was stuck at home and had to rely on government aid, which was not enough. I had to resort to borrowing money from people.”