in truth about how the climate debate has been systematically subverted the oil industry was a main bankroller or opposition to climate action the campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing more suits with it was fears of the same absolutely coming soon on al-jazeera. a doctor testifies that a lack of oxygen not drugs killed george floyd as he was pinned to the ground by police. or welcome on peter w. watching al-jazeera live from our headquarters he also coming up this is an epidemic for guys and has to stop. declaring that there have been enough
prayers time for some action president joe biden unveils how he plans to get us gun violence under control. warnings that africa is being left on the margins as countries battle supply problems to get enough covert 19 vaccine. and efforts to restore calm in northern ireland where britain's exit from the e.u. has unsettled a delicate political battles. top story a doctor has emphatically rejected claims that george floyd's drug use and underlying health problems caused his death lung and critical care specialist dr martin tobin testified floyd died from a lack of oxygen while being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck now the trial of the former police officer derrick jovan was shown animations of him and 2 other officers holding floyd done during the arrest.
and it's because of the positioning of the handcuffs at the back there and how he's manipulated with the handcuffs by both the officer sharpen and by officer king how they manipulate the handcuffs and they're pushing the handcuffs into his back and pushing them high then on the other side you have the street so the street is playing a crucial part because he's against a hard ass false 3 so the way they're pushing down on his handcuffs combined with the street his left side and it's particularly the left side we see that it's like the left side is in a vise it's totally being pushed in squeezed in from each side. zeros correspondent john hendren joins us live from minneapolis john hi there what else did the experts testify today have to say.
well peter it was day 9 in the murder trial of derek chauvin and it was a red letter day for the prosecution largely because of the man that you see there dr martin tobin he is apparently the guy who wrote what the lancet magazine calls the bible of breathing he's a pulmonologist and he's very well known here in the united states and he was equivocal that the cause of death for george floyd was derek show cutting off the air pipe of george floyd and he went off in some detail at one point he had them freeze frame a shot from the video of one of the police officers badge cameras and in that picture you could see that george floyd had a finger on the pavement and his knuckles on the car the tire of the squad car next
to him he was trying to pull in self up in order to gain breath and this expert said that it was evidence that he he was not able to breathe and he said it's a myth that if you can speak that you can also breathe which is something one of the officer said he said he's ok he's speaking. and he. offered a diagram of the windpipe of the average person and said that a small coin here in the usa he offered the example of a dime. will. we show the with of the windpipe of the average person and he was saying that george floyd had his chest compressed is neck compressed and that eventually he could even pinpoint the point at which he said this is when the life ran out of george floyd so the testimony was really devastating for the defense of the defense lawyer erik nelson has been very effective at cross examinations of each of the prosecution witnesses but in this
case he could not out expert the expert and then you had another couple of experts there was dr william smock who testified that fentanyl did not play a role that's important because the defense theory of the case is that the drugs found in george floyd system fentanyl and opioid and methamphetamine contributed to his death that he possibly had an overdose well this expert was having none of that he went down like 15 items he said which demonstrated that in no case was george floyd showing any evidence of having an overdose and then we had dr daniel eyes in charlotte who went through the drugs that were found in george floyd system and he said the amount of methamphetamine was about the equivalent of one prescribe dose he said that was very little the amount of fentanyl he said was it was less than the average amount found in someone who had it in their system during driving under the influence arrest so really we had
a series of experts in this day of expert testimony really the 2nd day of expert testimony all say that the cause of death was asphyxiation that's interesting because coming up we're going to hear from the official medical examiner who offered the report in which the word as fixation does not appear at all he attribute it to heart stoppage and these experts today said the heart stoppage was caused by derek on george floyd's neck john thank you very much john hendren reporting live for us from minneapolis. now staying in the states he's calling it an epidemic and an international embarrassment now president joe biden has outlined his 1st moves to reduce u.s. gun violence he admits the measures are limited and he will need the support of congress to achieve his ambitious goals as our white house correspondent can really help it. in the absence of meaningful gun control laws passed by congress and in response to recent mass shootings in the states of georgia and colorado u.s.
president joe biden unveiled a series of executive actions to curb gun violence gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it's an international embarrassment the executive actions include regulations on so-called ghost guns weapons assembled from parts that lack serial numbers purchasers of void background checks so when they show up at a crime scene they can't be traced also prohibited pistol stabilizing braces reportedly used by the mass shooter last month in colorado and red flag regulations allowing families to petition the course to confiscate weapons if a person is deemed dangerous i've held hands with the hands of parents who have lost a child gun control advocates see the executive actions as an important 1st step but not enough the notion that somebody can walk down a city street in my hometown richmond virginia whether an assault rifle attached to
their back is just you know unacceptable and unnecessary as a senator biden helped pass legislation to ban assault weapons back in 1994 but it expired 10 years later he's urging congress to act to reinstate the ban the 1904 act had a positive effect on public safety enforcing these actions if confirmed biden's pick to head the bureau of alcohol. all tobacco and firearms david chipman he's a former federal agent but also a gun control advocate making his nomination controversy all with firearm supporters. biden took on his conservative critics arguing his actions do not infringe on a person's 2nd amendment right to bear arms under the u.s. constitution the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things you're recommending are contrary to the constitution the u.s.
president is also calling on congress to pass laws ending immunity for gun manufacturers making it possible for victims of gun violence to sue gun manufacturers in court joe biden calls this one of his top priorities can really help get al-jazeera the white house turkey has condemned comments from the italian prime minister mario draghi who's likened president wretch up time her to one to a dictator turkey's foreign minister has summoned the italian ambassador to explain the remarks druggy accused of humiliating the european commission president on the line she was left without a seat during a meeting in ankara on tuesday. oh no no i'm going to go into the boat it's really a procedure i absolutely disagree with president to one's positions and i think it was inappropriate behavior and i was very sorry for the humiliation that the president of the e.u. commission bunda lion had to suffer
a good congress the. humanity because with these let's call them what they are dictators however we have to collaborate one has to be frank in expressing the diversity of views opinions behaviors in visions of society. the world health organization has warned africa is being left behind in the race for cope with 19 vaccines countries around the globe are grappling with supply shortages and delays to the world health organization says jobs are out of reach for more than $1000000000.00 africans thanks in asian is a lifesaving tool in the response to the pandemic and $100.00 days into the year and off more than $600000000.00 in those it's a little globally africa has that mean is that only 20 percent more than $1000000000.00 africans remain on the margins of this is march to end the pandemic african countries like ghana are one and angola have delivered
a significant proportion of their vaccines within a short space of time and some of the success include training months in advance stimulation exercises prelims thing priority groups and communicating early with communities well meanwhile the african union is dropping plans to secure astra zeneca vaccines from the serum institute of india that's the world's biggest supplier be a used disease control body says is not because of concerns about a potential and extremely rare link to blood clots they'll still receive shots through kovacs that's the program that aims to distribute vaccines to poorer countries south africa has already stopped using astra zeneca for me tamil is in johannesburg explaining now how the vaccine program has been slow to recover. earlier this year south africa suspended its vaccination program using the astra zeneca jab that after a new strain was identified here and
a trial show that astra zeneca would not be as effective against the strain and since then about a 1000000 doses of that vaccines been sold to other african countries are now so africa says it's been refunded for the other $500000.00 doses that would you to be delivered the government has been criticized for potentially wasting money but it says it's continuing to engage with astra zeneca as they continue to research and any development on a new generation vaccine the government hopes it will deal adequately with the new variant in the meantime south africa has poured millions of doses of the johnson and johnson vaccine and it hopes to meet a target of vaccinating about 252270000 people a day and that's to achieve what he calls herd immunity for all many south africans it's been a long wait for a full vaccination program so far only health workers have been vaccinated about
$270000.00 of them and so many south africans are waiting to hear when that broader program will begin. plenty more news still to come on this program for you including these 2 mean mars military rulers are branded bullies out of the country's ambassador to britain is literally locked out of the embassy in london and unboxing a ballot box we'll tell you how the votes is shaping up in a landmark unionization drawings by workers floored by amazon. how i once again the weather still looking a little lively across much of north america we've got this swirl of cloud here just sweeping across the plains pushing up towards the midwest what an active cold front less one that's going to bring some rather lively storms as we go on through
the next they'll say for friday the wetter weather will ease over towards the in atlantic states and notice some heavier rain just coming in across the deep south and that rain will pep up further as be gone into saturday could cause some localized flooding and then be surprised if you see a tornado were to erupt in a monk's this rather angry looking system which runs right up the appalachians sweater weather that's here into central parts of canada ontario quebec will see some clouds and some rain some snow there over towards alberta but for the western side of kind of the dry the western side of the u.s. warm sunshine coming through elevated fire risk once again with famous getting up into the mid thirty's the fine weather the dry weather well that comes down across much of mexico too bad across the caribbean as well as the basin places the plow the cloud is just around hispaniola for a time say will be some wet weather there coming into the dominican republic and also into haiti we're on the way of sunshine as we go on through west sas day elsewhere blue skies and fun and sunny.
welcome back you're watching al-jazeera live from doha i'm peter dhabi your top stories so far this half hour a critical care doctor says a lack of oxygen not drugs killed george floyd when he was pinned down by the police dr martin tobin has been testifying at the trial of derrick cho of in the former officer accused of killing floyd last year. u.s. president joe biden has announced measures to tackle gun violence which he says is an international embarrassment for the u.s. there are relatively minor changes mr brightman the support of congress to achieve more ambitious goals and the african union is dropping plans to secure astra zeneca vaccines from the syrian institute in india it says it's not because of concerns about a potential and extremely rare link to blood clots. mean mars ruling generals are targeting more of their critics at home and abroad more than $600.00 civilians are said to have been killed by the security forces since the jointer
seized power on february the 1st at least another 11 died in the northwestern town of tozzi where truckloads of soldiers arrived to crush anti coup protests popular actor and model paying talk on has been arrested for his starring role in the protest movement and the police are looking for other entertainers and musicians. elsewhere the u.k. has condemned what it calls bullying by the jointer after the london was literally locked out of the embassy is gentle. protesters at the me and my embassy in london on wednesday night ambassador chores to our men was locked out allegedly by his deputy and the military attash a last month the ambassador a former army colonel himself had broken ranks criticizing the coup on february 1st and calling for the release of the country's democratic leaders in the morning he returned and spoke to reporters outside he said embassy staff were now taking
orders from the military attaches a formula tries a look at the military from your comments last month you like yes. searching from the capital. or does it or is this is there was a decision he said his own options did not likely include returning to his country you see you get killed if you tell me to look at you. in the water maybe one of his last journeys in an official diplomatic. means headed to a meeting of the u.k.'s foreign commonwealth and development office in a statement foreign secretary dominic robb had earlier said we condemn the bullying actions of the me and my military regime in london yesterday and i pay tribute to for his courage the u.k. continues to call for an end to the coup and the appalling violence and for a swift restoration of democracy. the british government has imposed sanctions on
myanmar military interests since the coup but it's not clear what more can be done now a foreign office spokesman said myanmar's military authorities had given notice that they terminated the ambassador's position and decision the government accept what is it you'd like the british government to do is. over the door. and. george says he considers himself still to be the ambassador here in london the foreign commonwealth and development office does not this country has a long standing tradition of recognizing states not countries and so it is the military in myanmar that has authority over what happens inside this building jonah how al-jazeera london now leaders from southern africa have promised a quote proportional response to armed groups in mozambique who raided a northern town but meeting him put up the 16 member grouping didn't specify what
support it would offer the gathering included the presidents of zimbabwe south africa and tanzania they condemned the attacks by al-shabaab to force thousands of people from their homes the death toll from days of trouble facing in sudan's west are for has now risen to more than $130.00 it's posing more challenges to sudan's transitional government which is trying to end decades long rebellions in the region a shooting over the weekend killed 2 people in a camp for displaced migrants votes being counted in a landmark unionization push at an amazon warehouse in the u.s. state of alabama final results may not be known until friday but so far the numbers are showing workers have rejected the formation of a union amazon has often been accused of unsafe working conditions and union busting but the online giant says it offers above average pay and perks she has returned season following that story for us out of washington she have how do you think the numbers are stacking up here. well as you said it's not looking good for
the unions 3215 votes were cast and at the end of vote counting on thursday there were 463 yes votes and 1100 no votes the union base of support you need 1608 yes votes and looking at these numbers it does suggest that we'll probably have what we're calling a final result pretty quickly on friday once vote counting resumes but it's not really going to be final because we're expecting a great deal of wrangling to happen no matter what the result is either from amazon or from the union and in addition of votes. i would just leave the vote deadline was about 9 days ago we really got to the stage because we had a long process where i was on it seems has been objecting to hundreds of votes even being counted in the 1st place so if we got what's called what we're calling a final vote we get that on friday but if the number of ridge of votes that amazon
is contested with would affect the final results then we have to go into a long process then of arbitration of figuring out well should those votes be counted so this could go on for weeks if it's likely to go on for weeks no matter who who wins what we're calling this final vote so this initial level of talking about this idea of amazon unionizing or not you know she has we've all seen and read the stories about how hard amazon workers have to work time toilet breaks that kind of thing you know the story of being an amazon employee behind the headlines on the face of it however it would appear that most of the workers in alabama who are employed by amazon quite happy with that. well it depends on how you interpret these results yes i was there just 2 weeks ago we were talking to workers and the word you kept hearing was dehumanization of being expendable there's such a high turnover of staff and i was on warehouses at one point during the pandemic in november i guess they were hiring $2100.00 workers a day it's quite clear to the workers that the that if if they step out of line of
anything they do displease amazon in any way they can be fired i was talking to a diabetic woman who said that she doesn't want to even check blood sugar levels because you feel she will be fine because every minute you're not packing a crate or box for and i was on customer you are being judged and you're in and it's going down badly with the i was on stuff. it's true though that even when we were there it seemed that the amazon union supporters knew that things were stacked up against them they knew that amazon had pulled out all of the stops they had started mandatory meetings for work because we're talking about the evils of unionizing workers were being bombarded with text messages when you go to the toilet apparently you know you sat in a cubicle you'd have posters telling you that unions unions are evil they would probably be the legendary pinkerton spy agency to monitor workers social media so everyone knew that they 'd were under surveillance in some ways which adds that level of intimidation and there are various points that may come up in litigation
like like apparently supervisors encouraging workers to fill out their union ballots in front of them. and sort of and them and then mail them in a in a in a mail box then suddenly appeared on the amazon campus itself we just had a blockbuster story just today ironically in the washington post owned by jeff jeff bezos which said that was one of pressured the postal service to place that post box on the amazon campus that the national labor relations board did not want to buy the books there because it gives that sense of being watched it also has that sense of amazon has some say in and what happens to the ballots so this will obviously be part of litigation in the future but it has to be said the unions knew that it was an uphill battle but they're already talking about it we've come so far even to think about uniting but we have had hundreds of hundreds of inquiries has around the country they say about you know there was a walk out of the chicago warehouse just on wednesday but look at the statement of this is going to this is
a statement we just got from the president of the union the the i was all workers would join and it hardly sounds like he's claiming victory he says our system is broken and took full advantage of that and we will be calling on the labor board to hold on accountable for its illegal and agreed just behavior during the campaign that hardly sounds like they think they're going to win. thanks very much in every town today in washington. the white house has joined the governments in appealing for calm in northern ireland to trade issues off to brakes it comes together with other frustrations across the province generating some of the worst on rest is his under simmons. a 6th night of violence in northern ireland this is the scene in belfast a bus set on fire the driver escaped shot but not hurt no passengers were on board at least 7 police officers were injured here and more than 50 hurt in less than a week most of the violence had been caused by pro british loyalist rioters angry
at a number of issues that enraged by the new brics it trade barriers between northern ireland and the rest of the u.k. and say they're becoming alienated the northern ireland assembly met in emergency session calling for unity today is not the time to rehearse the arguments of the last number of weeks if say we should all know well i'm in politics feel orse are perceived to be failing in northern ireland now knows they fell a vacuum of her destruction and despair as critical leaders we must stand united in appealing to all concerned to refrain from further threats or use of violence but unionist and loyalist politicians who want to remain in the u.k. and republicans who want to be out of it are deeply divided over a policing issue the unionists say the police failed to prosecute republican shin fein members attending a large funeral which apparently broke the regulations and there's
a disturbing aspect to wednesday night because it involves loyalist and republican nationalists for the 1st time since the rioting started the flare ups were either side of the so-called peace wall that still standing despite the good friday peace deal of 998 andrew simmons. the spanish coast guard has rescued $59.00 people from a dinghy in the atlantic the refugees and migrants were found about 80 kilometers off the coast of crown canaria is passive the spanish canary islands the largest 90 kilometers off the coast of morocco almost $19000.00 unaccompanied children were among the 171000 refugees and migrants stopped on the u.s. mexican border in march it's added extra urgency to regional talks about what's driving the search reports now from mexico city. this meeting between u.s.
and guatemalan officials is being seen as the official start of a new strategy by the u.s. government aimed at reducing the number of migrants fleeing central america the biden administration's special envoy to the region the capital sunita says the white house wants to create legal ways for migrants to reach the u.s. at the set i want to emphasize that the u.s. border is closed we are here to also talk about the need and the efforts of the white house to create legal means for migration so that people do not have to use irregular and dangerous routes we also want to make sure that they are ways and means of accessing protection for people who require that protection and has. since the start of the year there's been a dramatic increase in the number of people fleeing central america and more often than not their destination is the united states last month more than 171000 migrants were apprehended all the us mexico border among them nearly $19000.00 unaccompanied children from central america representing one of the highest monthly
totals on record experts say it's critical that new regional immigration policies be forthcoming. policies that guarantee the rights of migrants and asylum seekers and also improve conditions in their countries of origin but also we are expecting that the. relationship between the united states and the congress will not be instant trying to marry her we are expecting. substantial change in the way that the u.s. administration is really that these countries we have to speak the moral operation more open ration to ensure that costs are going to be addressed that people don't you are not forced to leave their homes part of the u.s. government's immigration strategy includes nearly $4000000000.00 in aid for water mala hunder and el salvador a region of central america known as the northern triangle legal observers say the biden administration needs to ensure the money is actually used for. it's intended purpose athenian biden is familiar with this region when he was vice president
there was also a sort of financing plan for the northern triangle what worries us is that those $4000000000.00 will end up in the hands of the same corrupt presidents of the northern triangle. bill many are welcoming the return of a more multilateral approach to international migration policy experts warn that problems like violence extreme poverty and corruption won't be solved overnight and with absolute al-jazeera mexico city. this is al-jazeera these are the top stories so far a critical care doctor says a lack of oxygen and not drugs cause george floyd's death when he was pinned by the police martin tobin testified at the trial of derek show of in the form of officer accused of killing floyd last year. president joe biden has announced measures.