One-legged criminal jailed despite plea that someone had stolen his false limb

One-legged criminal jailed despite plea that someone had stolen his false limb

Ian Parrish had threatened to put a knife through the eyes of the police (Picture: Humberside Police; PA) Ian Parrish had threatened to put a knife through the eyes of the police (Picture: Humberside Police; PA)

A one-legged man had his false leg stolen from him the day before he was due to appear in court.

Ian Parrish, 50, from Freeman Street in Grimsby, then went on to claim that the lack of a leg would mean he would struggle to move around prison if he was sent to jail.

However, Parrish’s legless plea failed to prevent him from being locked up, after Grimsby Crown Court heard he had threatened to put a knife through the eyes of police.

Parrish warned police during a confrontation: ‘The first officer who comes through this door is getting a knife through her eyes.’

He also daubed white paint on an 84-year-old neighbour’s door and later called her an ‘old b**tard’, a court heard.

Parrish admitted possessing a knife, damaging a door and possessing heroin.

Parrish was aggressive and agitated and would not let police in and began shouting threats.

He was unsteady on his foot, but later let police in and was found with a bag of 10 wraps of heroin.

On June 27, Parrish daubed white paint on the door of an elderly neighbour, after a history of problems between them.

After she confronted him, he threatened her, saying ‘you wait until I see you in town on your own. I’ll have you.’ A general view of Grimsby Crown Court, Grimsby. Grimsby Crown Court heard that Parrish daubed white paint on an 84-year-old neighbour’s door and later called her an ‘old b**tard’ (Picture: PA)

A knife with a 10-inch serrated blade was later found after a stand-off with police.

The woman says she was left feeling nervous and scared and that Parrish had made her life ‘hell’.

He had since been evicted.

Parrish had convictions for 70 previous offences, including possessing knives in 2018 and 1998 as well as burglary and supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Craig Lowe, mitigating, said that Parrish’s most recent prison sentence was 10 years ago.

He had to have one of his leg’s amputated because of a bone infection when a metal plate became infected.

Judge David Tremberg questioned whether the amputation was drug-related but Parrish denied this.

Parrish admitted describing the elderly woman as an old b**tard’ to a probation officer.

‘The notion of you wandering about in public with a knife like that is chilling and wholly incompatible with good public order,’ said Judge Tremberg.

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New Orleans TV anchor Nancy Parker dies in plane crash while reporting a story

New Orleans TV anchor Nancy Parker dies in plane crash while reporting a story

New Orleans TV anchor Nancy Parker dies in plane crash while reporting a story

The longtime, award-winning news anchor in New Orleans died along with a veteran stunt pilot.

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Sunderland owner Stewart Donald ready to sell Black Cats for £50MILLION with America-based financier interested

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald ready to sell Black Cats for £50MILLION with America-based financier interested

STEWART DONALD is ready to sell Sunderland in a £50million deal to an American-based financier.

The Black Cats owner had talks with the takeover team on Friday and they watched the 2-1 win over Portsmouth at home yesterday.

Stewart Donald is looking to sell Sunderland

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The Stadium of Light could soon be under new stewardship

The multi-national group are in the computer industry.

They announced their interest in recent weeks and moved fast.

Donald has only been in charge at the club for just over a year.

And he was disappointed when a bid by US-based businessman Mark Campbell’s team fell through over the club’s value.

However, Donald was also unsure about Campbell and his backers.

But insiders say he is very happy with the new people.

Sunderland are expected to confirm the advanced talks this week and the move would go through subject to due diligence.

Donald has only been in charge for a year

18-year-old Julian Joachim scores a superb FA Cup goal v Barnsley

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Joao Felix, the $137 million prince of Portuguese soccer, is set to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo's footsteps and take La Liga by storm

Joao Felix, the $137 million prince of Portuguese soccer, is set to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo's footsteps and take La Liga by storm

  • Joao Felix, 19, become the fourth most expensive player of all time when he joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica this summer in a deal worth $137 million.
  • Felix made his first team debut at Benfica less than a year ago, but quickly established himself as one of Europe's hottest young talents — scoring 20 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese champion last season.
  • Pressure is on Felix to fill the boots of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Portugal national team, but the youngster told Goal: "Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself."
  • He is expected to make his La Liga debut Sunday when Atletico welcomes Getafe to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
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Joao Felix was on the verge of leaving SL Benfica to join West Ham United in 2018. But within one year, he became the fourth most expensive footballer of all time when he signed a $137.5 million deal with the UEFA Champions League contender Atletico Madrid.

In the space of those 12 months Felix went from a teenager who had yet to make his first team debut, to a young man with the world at his feet, and its weight on his shoulders.

And it was all because a star had been born

After plying his trade with Benfica's B team throughout the 2017-2018 season, Felix was handed his first team debut on the second day of the 2018-2019 season by then-manager Rui Vitoria.

Felix, 18 at the time, came on as a late substitute in a 2-0 win against Boavista, and did enough to earn himself another call-up to the first team the following week, this time against bitter rival Sporting Lisbon.

Felix entered the Estádio Sport Lisboa field as a 71st-minute sub, but after scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with just four minutes left to play, he left it a Benfica hero. His brilliant headed goal also saw him become the youngest ever scorer in the Lisbon derby.

"I shivered," Felix told Benfica's official website after the match. "I've been working for this, to play. I have to thank them for the chance they have given me."

He added: "I want to keep doing things well and to have more chances like these."

Felix's words became a self-fulfilling prophecy because, through the rest of the campaign, Felix became Benfica's star player, scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists as Benfica won the Primeira Liga for the 37th time in it's history, flourishing under new boss Bruno Lage's tutelage.

His domestic efforts led to a call up to the Portugal national team for the first time in March, for whom he soon made his debut during the UEFA Nations League semifinal victory over Switzerland, a tournament Portugal would go on to win by beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.

A new Ronaldo

Felix has already been compared to a number of his country's biggest ever stars. The 19-year-old has been dubbed the "heir to Rui Costa", and likened to two-time Champions League winner Paolo Sousa.

The most regular comparison for Felix however, is to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Around 6-foot in height, both forwards are right-footed who play for Portugal. The parallels between the pair are obvious, but there is more to it than size, stature, and style of play.

The present and future of Portuguese football.Photo by Reuters — Rafael Marchante

Ronaldo has been the shining light for a relatively successful Portugal side over the last 15 years.

The Juventus attacker led his country to the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2004, losing to Greece, and did not win a major title until 2016, when it finally lifted the trophy it missed out on 12 years prior.

Success in the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019 followed.

Portuguese soccer is seemingly on a hot streak and while losing Ronaldo will be a loss, it is Felix who is expected to emulate his ageing countryman and help march the team into a new era.

But with expectations heavy on his shoulders, Felix says he is ready to rise to the challenge and write his own chapter of Portuguese sporting history.

"Several Portuguese players have played here; big players that were important for Portuguese football. I want to do as well or even better than them," he said upon signing.

Speaking on the Ronaldo comparisons, he added: "Cristiano is the best in the world. When we were in the Portugal squad, he always talked a lot about Madrid and said he liked it a lot. But I'm here to do my own story and to be remembered as Joao Felix. They are good comparisons, but Cristiano is Cristiano and I want to be myself."

Atletico is a conveyor belt of gilt-edged goalscoring talent

If Felix is to indeed live up to his own lofty ambitions, he couldn't be at a better club.

Whether they come from Atletico's famous academy system, like club hero Fernando Torres and Real Madrid legend Raul, or are brought in from elsewhere and nurtured like Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, and Diego Costa — the La Liga giant has developed a reputation for producing some of the world's finest strikers in the modern era.

Atletico has long been a conveyor belt of gilt-edged goalscoring talent, as Christian Vieri, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and Antoine Griezmann have graced its soccer fields at some point in their respective careers. And while the club has bought and sold many elite players, it has somehow always managed to unearth the next big thing.

And Felix is planning to be the next big thing.

"I saw the strikers that Atletico had and they were great players, great strikers," Felix told ESPN last month. "I want to be one more and this is why I choose to come here."

Felix with team-mates Koke and Hector Herrera.Photo by AP Images — Kim Klement

Felix is now playing for a great coach in Diego Simeone, who has been planning how to optimize his record signing so he can wreak havoc in front of opposition defenders from the start of the season.

"I see him playing with other players up front who can give him opportunities to do damage with his vision of the game," said the Argentine boss, according to AP. "When you have his talent and his desire to improve, you can play anywhere."

Felix already proved he can play the role Simeone envisages for him during Atleti's pre-season campaign.

The teenager impressed against club rival Real Madrid, scoring one and setting up another in a 7-3 drubbing of Zinedine Zidane's side. He shined just as bright against Juventus a fortnight later, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win.

That performance against Juventus seemed more significant than the Madrid showing, as Felix outshone Cristiano Ronaldo — the man he's supposed to take the crown of Portuguese soccer from — at the Friends Arena in Sweden.

While the game wasn't quite a coronation of Portugal's youngest prince however, it may just have been the start of Felix's ascension to the palace of the Portuguese Kings.

And you can see more of him when he makes his La Liga debut, potentially on Sunday when Atletico takes on Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

It it is anything like his Benfica debut, it will not be long before he is headline news once again.

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Joe Jonas Dressed as James Bond for His 30th Birthday

Joe Jonas Dressed as James Bond for His 30th Birthday

Joe Jonas will take his 30th birthday celebration shaken, not stirred -- please and thanks.

The middle Jonas Bro rang in the big 3-0 in style this week by embracing the James Bond aesthetic with his wife, Sophie Turner, right there by his side to bring it to fruition. Joe walked out of their NYC apartment Friday night -- a day after his actual birthday -- wearing a very Bond-esq white tux, and hit the point home by hopping into an Aston Martin.

Yep, 007 would absolutely approve -- the Aston Martin is the character's signature car, and Bond has donned the white suit many times over the course of his movie spy career.

Joe and Sophie rolled up to Cipriani, where they were met with the James Bond theme song ... seems like everyone was in on the Bond shtick for the night. BTW, Nick and Kevin were there too with their respective wives ... so it was a Jonas family affair.

Anyway, the waiting crowd outside certainly seemed to love the spectacle, and frankly ... so do we. Happy birthday, JJ -- from TMZ, with love.

 

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12-Year-Old Girl Kills Man After Dad Lets Her Drive

12-Year-Old Girl Kills Man After Dad Lets Her Drive

A Houston father is facing charges after his 12-year-old daughter killed a man and his dog while practicing driving in a parking lot.

According to police, Tomas Mejia Tol, 42, let his daughter drive a black Ford Explorer in an apartment complex. The child began to drive out of a parking space while a man was walking his dogs in the lot; she pressed the accelerator and struck the man and one of his dogs, before hitting a tree.

The incident occurred at 6000 block of Beverly Hill Street at about 4:25 p.m. Both the man and his dog were killed at the scene.

Mejia Tol has been charged with criminal negligent homicide and endangering a child. Prosecutors say the father claimed he was the one driving the vehicle, however, cameras proved it was the 12-year-old girl.

Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney's Office Vehicular Crimes Division, also said there was a two-year-old in the backseat of the vehicle, according to KHOU 11.

"You can't allow a young child to drive in a populated place," Teare said. "If you're going to teach a young person how to drive, go to an empty parking lot. Go somewhere where you're not going to have the potential for taking someone's life."

"Every time you turn the wheel, or you turn the key on a car, you are strapping on a deadly weapon," he added.

Neighbors told ABC 13, the victim, who was later identified as Enrique Vazquez, 47, was often seen walking his dogs in the area.

Witnesses also told the outlet they saw the 12-year-old girl getting a field sobriety test.

"They did her like she was drunk," one woman recalled. "We were wondering why they would do that test on her if she's just like a teenager. She's not supposed to be drunk or anything."

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Gemma Collins urges teenagers to be 'body confident and free' as she shares throwback photos

Gemma Collins urges teenagers to be 'body confident and free' as she shares throwback photos

Gemma Collins has urged her teenage followers to be “young, happy and free” and not to “worry about what you see” on social media after sharing old photographs of herself.

The reality star, 38, said she “never grew up body conscious” and was concerned about the pressures youngsters face in the nostalgic post.

The photograph features the GC in a blue tartan swimsuit and standing on a boat in a picturesque location.

Writing on her Instagram page, and referring to the image, she said: “Yeah I look good but in an innocent way, there was no panic.Gemma Collins has posted nostalgic images of herself on a boat (@gemmacollins1)Gemma Collins has posted nostalgic images of herself on a boat (@gemmacollins1)

Gemma Collins has posted nostalgic images of herself on a boat (@gemmacollins1)

“This pic was NOT taken to fit in with a wall page on make it Instagram worthy [sic].

“Instagram is way too exposed now for young members who are on here. They do have pressure and it’s just so nice to look back on this picture and not have had any of that pressure growing up.”GC said she didn't feel the same pressure as teenagers do these days (@gemmacollins1)GC said she didn't feel the same pressure as teenagers do these days (@gemmacollins1)

GC said she didn't feel the same pressure as teenagers do these days (@gemmacollins1)

The self-styled diva added: “I was just a happy teenager with no body hang ups or pressure. I think it’s so important for our younger generation to be body confident and free.

"I just want to say to the younger ones on Insta[gram] be YOU and don’t worry about what you see on Insta[gram], be young, be happy and free."Last month GC shared an image of herself on holiday in a white swimsuit (@gemmacollins1)Last month GC shared an image of herself on holiday in a white swimsuit (@gemmacollins1)

Last month GC shared an image of herself on holiday in a white swimsuit (@gemmacollins1)

She has previously posted about how she still feels body confident.

In a post last month, underneath an image of her on holiday in a white swimsuit, she wrote: “No filter, no edit, just my body confidence, loving myself. I’m so bored of all the fakeness on the [Insta]gram, everyone’s a clone these days.”

Collins confirmed earlier this year she lost two stone by using weight loss injections and improving her diet.

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7 Signs You’re CEO Material

7 Signs You’re CEO Material

You may be starting in your first entry-level position, or you maybe be an executive VP at an established company. Wherever you are in your career, if you’re ambitious and goal-driven, you may have one question in your mind: will I be the CEO someday?

Becoming a CEO often requires a certain amount of being in the right place at the right time, but having certain qualities will significantly boost the chance that you’ll be considered for the spot of CEO – or any leadership position, for that matter. To find more about what those essential qualities are, we reached out to Tiffany Franklin, executive career consultant and founder of TJF Career Coaching, who broke down what it takes to be considered as CEO material.

1. You’re not afraid to take calculated risks

CEOs are responsible for significant decisions about the strategy and future of the organizations they lead. While a CEO must maintain stability within an organization, they also must sometimes take risks that can result in both short- and long-term pay-offs for an organization. Enter the importance of being a strategic risk taker. Franklin describes this as “having that ability to consider a confluence of multiple internal and external factors, both for the organization and the global market as a whole.” She adds that strategic risk takers “see lessons from the past, but you are looking to the future, in terms of marketing, timing, and people. You’re learning from mistakes, but yet you will take a calculated risk.”

2. You know how to communicate well

Communication is one of the foundation stones for being a leader. For CEOs, Franklin says, “you want to motivate and empower the people around you… To be able to sell your vision, and also outline a path to make it a reality.” She adds that a big part of that is relationship-building skills.  Communication and relationship-building skills are also an integral part of generating employee satisfaction as a leader. As a CEO, a critical component of approval is employee satisfaction. In a 2016 Glassdoor study on the factors that predict high CEO approval, it was found that a one-star increase in employee satisfaction (measured by the overall Glassdoor rating of a company) predicts a 36.9 percent improvement in CEO approval.

3. You’re always challenging yourself

Being a CEO generally doesn’t happen in the first year of career, and often doesn’t even happen in the first decade of your career. It is a place of leadership that, more often than not, is earned through repeatedly facing professional challenges and retaining a diligent focus on self-improvement. There are multiple challenges that are good to take on throughout your career in order to boost your leadership skills and gain recognition among professional peers. On top of volunteering for leadership positions within your company and pursuing leadership credentials like an MBA, Franklin also recommends getting involved with affinity groups at your workplace, as well as getting involved in professional associations, volunteering for boards of directors, and even looking for community service projects that have leadership opportunities.

4. You’re emotionally intelligent

It’s not enough for somebody to be ambitious, says Franklin, but they also need emotional intelligence. “So much of being a CEO is being decisive and purposeful, yet thoughtful when you’re making decisions,” she adds. For thoughtful decision-making, as well as building strong, trust-filled relationships, not to mention being a good communicator, emotional intelligence is key.

5. You know how to surround yourself with the right people

While a CEO is often the face of an organization, they are supported by a team of people who are helping them maximally perform. According to Franklin, having CEO potential means being self-aware enough to know what you’re good at, but also what you may lack, and building a team that complements the areas you have deficiencies in. In turn, she says, this makes a team that can challenge each other, and also brings different things to the table.

 

6. You find yourself leading projects

CEOs are people who trust can be put in to get a job done. CEOs are also good managers and delegators. You may find that you’re naturally asked by people in your organization to take on big projects and to lead teams. But putting yourself in situations like that whenever the opportunity arises can also help hone your leadership skills. “I think when you volunteer to go above and beyond, not immediately expecting anything, people will start to take notice,” says Franklin.

 

7. You’re thinking ahead

The best CEOs are visionaries for the organizations they lead. “It’s not just trying to figure out what the trends are and jumping on those, it’s being a thought leader,” says Franklin. Another critical component of being a thought leader is the ability to translate your visions into concrete actions that employees within your organization can take.

 

Building CEO Leadership Skills

Even if you’re not strong in some of the leadership capabilities that CEOs require, there are many routes to take to bulk up your management prowess. For one, MBA programs are always a good way to learn leadership skills and show your commitment to be a good manager. Franklin also says that If you don’t have the time or availability, there are also smaller courses and certificate programs that you can take in leadership. Reading books in MBA curricula can also both help you build your leadership skills and make for a great conversation starter at professional events, she points out. Then, she says, “keep networking, building skills, and stretching yourself to get to the visionary piece.”

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Trump administration announces new immigration rules to deny people visas for being poor

Trump administration announces new immigration rules to deny people visas for being poor

The Trump administration has unveiled new rules that could deny visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

In the latest effort by the president to place a tough immigration policy at the centre of his 2020 re-election campaign, the new rules will reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.

Experts have said the plan could be the most drastic of Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict both legal and illegal immigration.

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The Migration Policy Institute, a research organisation specialising in immigration issues, said that the change could result in more than half of all family-based green card applicants being denied. About 800,000 green cards were issued in 2016.

The new rule, introduced by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration’s lead on immigration policy, says that immigrants must be “self-sufficient”.

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Nigerian Man Jumps Down From 30 Storey In Indonesia While Evading Police Arrest

Nigerian Man Jumps Down From 30 Storey In Indonesia While Evading Police Arrest

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A Nigerian man has done the unthinkable in Indonesia. According to report,he jumped down from over a thirty storey building while trying to evade police arrest.His legs were scattered when he landed on the ground. He also sustained head injuries.

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A Nigerian man has done the unthinkable in Indonesia. According to report,he jumped down from over a thirty storey building while trying to evade police arrest.His legs were scattered when he landed on the ground. He also sustained head injuries.See more photos below and watch the video on the link aboveSource: http://www.trezzyhelm.com/2019/08/nigerian-man-jumps-down-from-over-30.html

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First Class graduate who wrote JAMB six times, dies few days after completing his NYSC

First Class graduate who wrote JAMB six times, dies few days after completing his NYSC

29-year-old Simon Godwin Idoko, a First Class Graduate of Pure and Applied Chemistry from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto State, has been confirmed dead few days after passing out of the National Youth and Service Corps (NYSC) program. 

He wrote; 

 

First Class graduate who wrote JAMB six times, dies few days after completing his NYSC

He wrote; 

Ogbee! This sounds unbelievable and heartbreaking. You made us proud by graduating with first class after writing UTME (JAMB) six times, today, you have been snatched by the cold hands of death in a mysterious way.

How do I explain this to those who celebrated your academic feat with me Just three weeks after your NYSC, you went the way of all mortals.

We spoke few days ago and you promised you were going to be fine. What happened? Is this the 'fine' you assured me?

This is sad. Simon Godwin Idoko, please tell my brother, Prince Ameh Jerry, that; this is what the world has been reduced to.

Tell him the fences he left behind have fallen and strangers now pull down our beards.

Tell him we now swim in tears and pains. Tell him our arms have broken and termites have destroyed our homes. What a wicked world.

Ogbe, goodnight.

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Boris Johnson’s prison proposals branded ‘monumental waste of money’

Boris Johnson’s prison proposals branded ‘monumental waste of money’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has pledged to get tough on crime (Picture: PA)

Boris Johnson’s criminal justice reforms have been branded a “monumental waste of money” and “a lot of hot air”.

The prime minister has announced that he plans to free up more space in prisons and keep violent criminals, such as murderers and rapists, behind bars for longer.

But his reforms have been criticised by penal reform charities and think tanks, described as "unevidenced electioneering" by one group.

"Boris Johnson's criminal justice reforms are a monumental waste of money,” said Charlotte Pickles, director of the Reform think tank.

“His proposed sentencing reforms ignore evidence that shows that longer prison sentences are ineffective at deterring crime or reducing re-offending.

"His unequivocal embrace of stop and search is dumbfounding - research shows it does little to prevent violence.

"Intelligent investment is clearly need, but these pledges are costly election baubles, not a serious attempt to make this country safer."

He also announced an extra £85 million for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to help it manage its caseload over the next two years.

The move follows a series of announcements over the weekend in which Mr Johnson promised to "come down hard" on crime .Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)

Boris Johnson promised to increase police numbers during his leadership campaign (Picture: PA)

They included a £2.5 billion programme to create 10,000 additional prison places and the extension of enhanced stop-and-search powers to police forces across England and Wales.

It will fuel speculation that Mr Johnson is preparing the ground for an early general election amid continuing deadlock in Parliament over Brexit.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, also criticised Mr Johnson’s plans.

She said: "We have excessively long prison sentences already and it doesn't seem to be keeping us safe.

"What's coming out of Number 10 is politics but not real life. It's not going to deal with real-life crimes and victims. It's a lot of hot air.”

She said the idea “will create more crime and more victims but they may well get themselves elected”.

She added: "Community sentences reduce crime better than prison sentences.

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"I have seen politicians trying to whip up a lynch mob mentality for their own benefit before and that does appear to be what's happening now."

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The good news story America needs this week

The good news story America needs this week

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah . The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN.

(CNN) Last week was an awful one in America. It began with the fallout from a horrific mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas , where a gunman -- who police believe posted an anti-Hispanic manifesto -- carried out a bloody rampage that claimed 22 lives. Early the next morning, there was another mass shooting, this time in Dayton, Ohio -- killing nine and wounding over 25.

On Wednesday, ICE carried out massive raids at seven food processing plants in Mississippi. One of the most heartbreaking videos to emerge from the reporting on the story was of 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio, who told us through a stream of her tears, "I need my dad and mommy."

And, on Friday, documents released by the police confirmed the worst about the El Paso gunman -- that he had in fact been targeting "Mexicans."

It's challenging to imagine a more emotionally draining week in the news. But in that sea of despair came at least one glimmer of hope and inspiration for me. And it came from a surprising place, a preseason NFL football game.

On Thursday night, with less than four minutes left in the game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, the Redskins punted the ball to the Browns' 24-year-old receiver, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who, in a flash, ran it back 86 yards for a touchdown.

The reaction of Sheehy-Guiseppi's teammates was more fitting for a Super Bowl win than a pre-season touchdown late in a game. They stormed off the bench and joined their teammates on the field in the end zone, celebrating this young man's touchdown.

But the reason for this over the top celebration was because Sheehy-Guiseppi's teammates knew his story and grasped why this was a remarkable moment.

Four months ago, according to the Browns, Sheehy-Guiseppi was a guy sleeping outside of a Miami gym. He had spent his last dollars traveling there from his home in Arizona in the hopes of impressing NFL scouts at their annual tryouts in North Miami. But, to complicate matters, once he arrived, the broke athlete didn't have a formal invite to the tryout -- those are usually reserved for college football standouts and Sheehy-Guiseppi hadn't played college football for the past two years.

Sheehy-Guiseppi, though, had a plan . His online research revealed that the Cleveland Browns vice president of player personnel, Alonzo Highsmith, would be at this NFL tryout. So, he approached the people guarding the door at the facility, pretended he knew Highsmith and told them a tall tale that Highsmith had asked him to attend. Apparently, he was convincing, because the guard let him in. Once inside, this 24-year-old made his way to Highsmith and pleaded his case to give him a quick try out.

It was that backstory that likely inspired Sheehy-Guiseppi's teammates to run out onto the field Thursday night to celebrate his touchdown. And it was a moment that others who also heard what Sheehy-Guiseppi had overcome also celebrated, at least I did. I long for the day when we again cheer for each other as Americans -- instead of viewing politics as our sport and the idea of "owning" the other side as our Super Bowl.

Trump has clearly made the division in our country more pronounced, in large part because, in his view, doing that helped him win in 2016 -- and all signs indicate he is trying to replicate that in 2020. There's no need to recount all he has done to pit Americans against each other, but we've seen it from his call for "total and complete" Muslim ban during the campaign to his attacks against leading black Americans as "low IQ" and "dumbest man" to his recent tweet that four female progressive members of Congress should "go back" to where they came from. (Three of the four were born in the US, and the fourth is a naturalized citizen.)

Of course, the left isn't completely innocent either. But there is no denying that as President, Trump occupies a particularly powerful platform -- one he has repeatedly used to play on divisions in American society.

The truth is I don't see any easy fix for what ails our nation, so I won't offer some fortune cookie bromide about "Can't we all get along"? We can't, at least not now. Maybe, just maybe, after Trump is defeated and Trump's bigotry and cruelty is driven to the fringes of society, where it belongs, we can start to heal. It's unclear.

But against that backdrop is why the unlikely story of Sheehy-Guiseppi, a young man pursuing his American dream and overcoming countless obstacles, is so welcome. It reminds me of what I once thought defined our country -- and gives me a vision for what it might someday return to.

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Saudi Arabia rallies around exiled Yemen leader after UAE-backed separatists seize Aden

Saudi Arabia rallies around exiled Yemen leader after UAE-backed separatists seize Aden

Saudi Arabia rallies around exiled Yemen leader after UAE-backed separatists seize Aden

Fighters have cast off an alliance with the Riyadh-backed government and seized control of much of the southern port.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-rallies-around-exiled-yemen-leader-after-uae-backed-separatists-n1041321

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Sinead Moodliar: British student swept to sea when watching sunrise

Sinead Moodliar: British student swept to sea when watching sunrise

Sinead Moodliar: British student swept to sea when watching sunrise

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Sinead Moodliar was on holiday over the Christmas period when she died

A British woman died after being swept out to sea in South Africa as she watched a sunrise, an inquest heard.

Philosophy student Sinead Moodliar, 19, was on holiday when she went to Umhlanga Rocks on 26 December.

She was standing on a rock when a "powerful wave washed her into the sea" and she died in hospital the following day.

Cambridgeshire's senior coroner David Heming called her death a "tragic, catastrophic accident".

The inquest in Huntingdon was told people on the beach heard the Anglia Ruskin University student's screams at about 05:15 local time.

Her father, Bob Moodliar, of Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, said a witness reported seeing his daughter struggling 35m (114.8ft) from the shore when another wave took her.

Sinead Moodliar was awarded a posthumous degree by her university following her death

Mr Moodliar added that lifeguards were on the beach at the time because of the large numbers expected on Boxing Day, so were able to rescue his daughter.

But despite their efforts she died the following day.

A post-mortem, carried out in nearby Durban, found a head injury consistent with striking the rock and that she had died from complications after nearly drowning.

"She was just allowing the sea to wash over her feet when this happened," her father said.

"One wave came and engulfed her and the backwash took her into the sea."

Coroner Mr Heming said the "ferocious turbulence of the sea" had washed Miss Moodliar from the rock.

Her death was recorded as an accident.

Father-of-three Mr Moodliar said after the inquest: "We absolutely miss our daughter. We cannot come to terms with the fact she's no longer here."

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Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism

Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism

Anti-extradition bill protesters rally at the departure hall of Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong

By Clare Jim and Greg Torode

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's airport halted flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruption, while China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show "sprouts of terrorism".

The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes sharply after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances.

The precise trigger for the airport's closure was not clear, since protesters occupying the arrivals hall for four days have been peaceful. Most of them had left shortly after midnight, but around 50 remained, discussing their next move.

"This is about our freedom," a 24-year-old protester wearing a mask, who gave his name only as Yu, told Reuters during the evening. "Why should we leave?"

Some Hong Kong legal experts say official descriptions of some protesters' actions as terrorism could lead to the use of extensive anti-terror laws and powers against them.

China's People's Armed Police also assembled in the neighbouring city of Shenzhen for exercises, the state-backed Global Times newspaper said. The Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper said on the Twitter-like Weibo that the force can handle incidents including riots or terrorist attacks.

Hong Kongers responded by taking to the streets again.

Crowds picketed a police station, singing hymns. Hundreds of people returned to a subway station, where police had hit activists with batons, to protest against heavy-handed tactics.

The increasingly violent demonstrations have plunged the Chinese-ruled territory into its most serious crisis in decades, presenting Chinese leader Xi Jinping with one of his biggest challenges since he came to power in 2012.

"Hong Kong has come to a critical juncture," said Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office spokesman Yang Guang in Beijing.

"Protesters have been frequently using extremely dangerous tools to attack the police in recent days, constituting serious crimes with sprouts of terrorism emerging."

The protests began in opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to the mainland for trial in Communist-controlled courts, but have widened to highlight other grievances, winning broad support.

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back from Britain in 1997.

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Hong Kong is the world's busiest air cargo port and the 8th busiest by passenger traffic, handling 73 million passengers a year. The airport has been filled with anti-government protesters for four days.

The mostly young black-clad protesters have chanted slogans such as "No rioters, only tyranny!" and "Liberate Hong Kong!" while approaching travellers with flyers describing their demands and explaining the unrest.

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said they were "bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party," and that a violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable.

The activists at the airport have been polite and passengers mostly unperturbed. "I was expecting something, given all the news," one arrival, Gurinda Singh, told Reuters. "I'm just pleased my plane arrived and the protests here seem peaceful."

Some activists moved to the departure area and caused disruptions, police told a news conference as the cancellations were announced.

Earlier in the day, police declined to say if they would move to clear the demonstrators. There was no visible police presence in either the departure or arrivals area.

"Airport operations at Hong Kong International Airport have been seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today," the city's airport authority said in a statement, without elaborating.

About 190 flights were affected, Chinese aviation data firm VariFlight said, though planes already en route to Hong Kong were allowed to land.

Malaysia Airlines said it would be cancelling its flights between Malaysia and Hong Kong until Tuesday afternoon.

Demonstrators threw up barricades across Hong Kong at the weekend, as police fired tear gas into crowded underground train stations as well as rubber bullets and pepper pellets at close range.

In response, protesters have sought to channel a Bruce Lee maxim: "Be water," employing a flash-mob strategy to frustrate authorities and stretch their resources.

Still, scores of protesters were arrested, sometimes after being beaten with batons and bloodied by police.

One young female medic was hospitalised after being hit by a pellet round in the right eye. Demonstrators were also angered by the use of undercover police, dressed as protesters.

Hundreds of people returned on Monday to the scene of some of the clashes to protest against the use of force.

China has used the threat of terrorism to justify tough measures in its regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, which have been criticized by rights groups and Western governments. It warned them off on Monday as well.

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong and Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement.

China has also put pressure on big companies, such as Cathay Pacific Airways, whose shares tumbled to a 10-year low on Monday after it was told to suspend staff engaged in illegal protests.

(Reporting by Greg Torode, Clare Jim, Vimvam Tong, Felix Tam, Noah Sin, Brenda Goh, Twinnie Siu, James Pomfret, Farah Master, Anne Marie Roantree and Donny Kwok in Hong Kong. Additional reporting by Tony Munroe in Beijing; Writing by Tom Westbrook; Editing by James Pomfret and Mark Heinrich)

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Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

Worshipper, 65, takes down heavily armed mosque gunman before he can kill anyone

A 65-year-old man who tackled a gunman who stormed a mosque in Norway is being hailed as a hero.

Witnesses said Mohamed Rafiq restrained the terror suspect and held him down with another worshipper before police arrived, despite being injured in the struggle.

Mr Rafiq was among three people at the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum on Saturday, when a man burst in with “two shotgun-like weapons and a pistol”.

The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a uniform and body armour, broke through a glass door to reach the place of worship, where people were preparing to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Speaking to press outside a nearby hotel on Sunday, Mr Rafiq said: “I’m thankful for all of the help and support I have received.”

He told how he held the gunman down while another worshipper, Mohamed Iqbal, hit him on the head. 

Irfan Mushtaq, board member of the mosque, said that minutes before the shooting on Sunday afternoon around 15 people had been inside the building.

The suspect has been named as Philip Manshaus, a 21-year-old local man.

Police are investigating the shooting as a potential terror attack, and have arrested a local white man in his 20s on suspicion of attempted murder.

The same man is also accused of killing his 17-year-old stepsister, whose body was found at her home.Norway mosque shooting: Worshipper disarms gunman as he begun to fire

 

Philip Manshaus, charged with murder and attempted act of terror, appears in court for his detention hearing. The 21-year-old Norwegian man is also alleged to have killed his teenage stepsister before targeting the Al-Noor Islamic Centre in the Oslo suburb of Baerum.

The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a uniform and body armour, broke through a glass door to reach the place of worship, where people were preparing to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

Worshipper, Mohammad Rafiq (right), 65, tackled the gunman who stormed the mosque. Witnesses said Mr Rafiq restrained the terror suspect and held him down with another worshipper before police arrived, despite being injured in the struggle. Speaking to press outside a nearby hotel on Sunday, he said: “I’m thankful for all of the help and support I have received.” He told how he held the gunman down while another worshipper, Mohamed Iqbal, hit him on the head.

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Butcher admits stealing sex toys in burglaries, voyeurism and masturbating in public

Butcher admits stealing sex toys in burglaries, voyeurism and masturbating in public

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to offences of voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary.

Pawel Relowicz admitted four counts of voyeurism, two counts of outraging public decency and three counts of burglary when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.

He is expected to be sentenced on Monday afternoon.

Relowicz, a butcher, from Raglan Street, Hull, was also charged with two further counts of burglary, one of outraging public decency and one of handling stolen goods.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, said it would not be in the public interest to have a trial on these charges and asked that they lie on file.

Relowicz sat in the dock wearing glasses and a grey sweatshirt and entered his guilty pleas through a Polish interpreter.

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Australian tourist arrested in Bali after fly-kicking random scooter rider in bizarre rampage

Australian tourist arrested in Bali after fly-kicking random scooter rider in bizarre rampage

An Australian tourist has been arrested after fly kicking a motorcyclist in Bali.

The damning video was uploaded to a popular Instagram account, @denpasar_info, and shows the Aussie man running towards oncoming traffic on Sunset Road in Kuta.

“A foreigner who went on a rampage in Jl. Sunset Road, successfully secured after trying to crash into a vehicle in the area,” the Instagram caption read.

As a motorbike approaches, the man jumps and kicks the motorist, who falls off his bike, hits the ground and skids down the road.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/aussie-tourist-arrested-bali-fly-kicking-random-scooter-rider-122005128.html

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There’s ‘no way’ Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, a former NYC jail inmate says

There’s ‘no way’ Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, a former NYC jail inmate says

The following account is from a former inmate of the Metropolitan Correction Center in lower Manhattan, where Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive Saturday, and declared dead at a hospital of an apparent suicide. The ex-convict, who spoke to The Post’s Brad Hamilton and Bruce Golding on the condition of anonymity, spent several months in the 9 South special housing unit for high-profile prisoners awaiting trial — like Epstein.

 

There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility.

You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen.

When you’re on suicide watch, they put you in this white smock, a straight jacket. They know a person cannot be injurious to themselves.

The clothing they give you is a jump-in uniform. Everything is a dark brown color.

Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars.

They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper.

"They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper."

— Former inmate of same jail where Jeffrey Epstein was held

Nothing hard or made of metal.

And there’s a cop at the door about every nine minutes, whether you’re on suicide watch or not.

There’s up to 80 people there. They could put two in cell. It’s one or two, but I’ll never believe this guy had a cellmate. He was too blown up.

The damage that unit can do to someone.

It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, “Holy sh-t.”

I told my parents not to come there. God wasn’t in the building.

I’ve had some heavy incidents in the building. What happened is permanent.

Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it.

If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break.

But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/theres-no-way-jeffrey-epstein-killed-himself-a-former-nyc-jail-inmate-says

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Tennessee manhunt continues for Curtis Watson, escaped inmate suspected of killing corrections employee

Tennessee manhunt continues for Curtis Watson, escaped inmate suspected of killing corrections employee

The search for a Tennessee convict who allegedly sexually assaulted then murdered a corrections employee before escaping entered its fifth day Sunday, as authorities warn the fugitive is "extremely dangerous."

Curtis Watson, a 44-year-old inmate at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, was spotted in Henning, Tenn., over the weekend after escaping custody Wednesday. He had been released from the facility at 7 a.m. on a work detail for his daily lawn-mowing duties.

Around 11 a.m., prison officials realized employee Debra Johnson was missing after she didn't report to work, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said. Hours earlier, around 8:10 a.m., 64-year-old Johnson — an administrator who lived in a home on prison grounds — was known to be alive, as she had made a phone call.

Her body was discovered by coworkers shortly after they discovered she was missing. Investigators said she was sexually assaulted and had been strangled to death.

CANADIAN KILLER FUGITIVES' TRAIL OF CLUES: BILLOWING SMOKE, SARDINE CANS, SLEEPING BAG HELPED END MANHUNT

Correctional officers saw Watson riding a golf cart at Johnson's house around 8:30 a.m. It was between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to officials, that the inmate "took a tractor and reflective vest from the prison and drove away."

Since his escape, authorities have been searching for Watson, who they described as "extremely dangerous."

"If you spot Curtis Watson do not approach him," authorities said, warning to call 911.

Investigators said they've received nearly 400 tips related to Watson's disappearance, and on early Sunday confirmed he was seen in Henning, Tenn., near the state prison facility.

"He has changed his clothing as can be seen in the photos provided by a resident who notified authorities that they’d spotted him on their property. Residents in the area should be ALERT and VIGILANT," the state Department of Correction tweeted.

A reward of $57,000 was offered for information leading to Watson's capture and conviction. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Fox News' Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/tennessee-manhunt-curtis-watson-escaped-inmate

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Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored

Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who apparently hanged himself in a federal jail in Manhattan, was supposed to have been checked by guards every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not being followed the night before he was found, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said.

In addition, the jail had transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone in a cell just two weeks after he had been taken off suicide watch, a decision that also violated the jail’s normal procedure, two officials said.

The disclosures about apparent failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention at the Metropolitan Correctional Center deepened questions about his apparent suicide and are very likely to be the focus of inquiries by the Justice Department and the F.B.I.

Officials cautioned that their initial findings about his detention were preliminary and could change.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/11/nyregion/epstein-death-manhattan-correctional-center.html

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Kerosene to Electric Conversion: Wall Sconce

Kerosene to Electric Conversion: Wall Sconce

About: Technical Editor for two magazines. Software tester for the computer controlled electronic brakes of Locomotives.

During the removal of the god awful 1960's decor in our Living room, we decided on a 1930's - 40's theme. We didn't get power until 1943, so we had a lot of Kerosene table and wall lamps and wall brackets in the house. So we decided to electrify a couple wall mount lamps as sconces, flanking a period mirror.

Items required would be the wall brackets, wall mounts, suitable Kerosene Founts, electric conversion "burners" and 3" x 8" chimneys.

We had the lamps, and swing mounts but the wall mounting brackets were long gone. Ebay solved that problem with good quality repo's.

We didn't want the sconces to look like a Kerosene lamp that a large bulb was plopped into, like everyone else does. We were shooting for a realistic look. We found the C9 LED Christmas bulbs here:

https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C9_SMD_bulbs.php, the Yellow ones. They give a nearly perfect representation of a burning Kerosene lamp.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Kerosene-to-Electric-Conversion-Wall-Sconce/

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9 Things to Know About Facebook’s Libra

9 Things to Know About Facebook’s Libra

It’s been a month since Facebook announced its plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, and ever since then everyone from Mark Cuban to President Trump has voiced an opinion.

The dust has (somewhat) settled, and we’re excited to see how this project unfolds in the months to come.

Whether the crytpocurrency will blossom into a unicorn or fall flat like a donkey remains to be seen.

There’s still so much to learn about Libra and how it will work — for now, however, here are 9 concrete things we know about Libra.

1. Libra’s mission is to create a simple global currency accessible to all.

In Libra’s mission is straightforward: to create a global currency that all people can access.

Libra states that 1.7 billion adults do not have access to a financial system or bank, and they believe a new, stable cryptocurrency is the solution.

2. Libra will run on a new blockchain and was created with the programming language Move.

The Libra Blockchain is designed to meet three key requirements:

  • It must be highly secure.

  • It must be scalable to billions of accounts, with high capacity and low latency.

This technical paper has more details on the Libra Blockchain.

3. Facebook will not control the currency.

The goal is to grow this list to 100 companies, all of whom will be responsible for making decisions concerning the direction of Libra.

Facebook will have no special rights or privileges concerning the cryptocurrency, but simply serve as one of many Libra stakeholders.

Here’s the complete list of companies currently backing Libra:

  • Uber

  • Spotify

  • PayPal

  • Mastercard

  • Visa

  • eBay

  • Lyft

  • Visa

  • Stripe

  • Xapo

  • Anchorage

  • Thrive Capital

  • Ribbit Capital

  • Vodafone

  • Mercy Corps

  • Women’s World Banking

  • Kiva

  • Booking Holdings

  • Farfetch

  • Andreessen Horowitz

  • Mercado Pago

  • coinbase

  • Breakthrough Initiatives

  • Creative Destruction Lab

  • Union Square Ventures

  • Bison Trails

  • Iliad

The Libra Association is the governing entity of Libra.

The Libra Association is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

5. Facebook users will be able to use the currency using the platform.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook will allow users to make transactions with Libra.

Facebook will also have a special wallet for Libra called Calibra.

6. Libra is set to launch in mid-2020, but it may never see the light of day.

Since announcing this project, Facebook has received sizable backlash from financial regulators and legislators.

Then there’s the fact that laws concerning digital currency are still developing, and slow user adoption of cryptocurrency in general.

Given all these hurdles, it’s possible that the project will not make it off the ground.

7. David Marcus is heading up the Libra efforts at Facebook.

David Marcus has been with Facebook since 2014, and served as the vice president of messaging products before taking on his new role as “head of Calibra” (in reference to Facebook’s Libra wallet).

Before working for Facebook, he was the president of Paypal and the founder of Zong, a mobile payments provider that was acquired by eBay for $240 million.

8. Stay up to date with all things Libra on their social channels.

Libra’s social channels are up and running — follow along and you’ll be the first to know about any new updates with the cryptocurrency.

Check them out:

  • Twitter: @Libra_

  • Instagram: @Libra

  • Facebook: @LibraAssociation

9. President Trump recently spoke out against Libra.

On July 11, President Trump took to Twitter to express his concerns over Libra (and cryptocurrency in general) saying:

“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity. Similarly, Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency’ will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International. We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!”

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Nigeria will break up, North will suffer

Nigeria will break up, North will suffer

A prominent Islamic scholar, Dr Ahmad Abubakar Mahmud Gumi, has declared that Nigeria will disintegrate and that the North will suffer most compared to the other regions.

According to him, in the face of a possible break up, the Southwest will be relatively stable; Southeast will be stable, but the North will be volatile.

Narrating what Nigeria will be like if disintegrated, the cleric said, “I see chaos and probably Nigeria can even disintegrate. And disintegration will be bad for Nigeria,” he was quoted by Sun.

“Let me tell you about the North if there is disintegration. The worst thing any country will like is to have an unstable country as a neighbour.

“So, Southwest will be relatively stable; Southeast will be stable, but the North will be volatile. How can we contain Boko Haram in the Northeast? No way.

“How can we contain the problem of the herdsmen in the North? We cannot contain them.

“In fact, the little weight the Southwest and Southeast are adding to fight them is what is suppressing them, but if you go and leave us with them we will just eat ourselves and you have a very volatile North and I do not think we will have peace there because the borders are not barbed-wires and there are so many inter-marriages.

“In fact, Nigeria will just be like another Lebanon or Yemen. Nobody can control the North because nobody has monopoly of power in the North.

“The herdsmen, if they have any iota of political acumen, even if they are evil since your man is in power what do you do? You lie low to allow him to have the power.

“You don’t become so virulent that you end up destroying the northern power by attacking people everywhere not caring who is there. Let me tell you this.

“Nobody is in control of the North now. No northern politician has that clout to embrace everybody in the North.

“Everybody in the North is with his clique and that is a very dangerous situation for the country. The Southwest is divided into two equal house and nobody is in control there too, but generally, the people there are not violent.

“They can negotiate and stay in peace. The people of the Southeast seem to understand each other because their own is business. I see it to be more stable even though the Kanu IPOB people are there because generally the population there can understand and negotiate.

“They can only have population problem if people ask them to go back to their region. But the North? So, you can just imagine.”

https://dailypost.ng/2019/08/11/nigeria-will-break-north-will-suffer-sheikh-gumi/

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How a Man Mistakenly Throws Away $23,000 Into Recycling Bin

How a Man Mistakenly Throws Away $23,000 Into Recycling Bin

A man who accidentally tossed $23,000 into the recycling bin reunited with his life savings Saturday after a worker at a recycling facility in Northern California spotted a shoebox stuffed with money.

 

Huffpost reports that when the man from Ashland, Oregon, realised his mistake on Thursday, the recycling bin had already been emptied into a truck bound for the Recology sorting facility in Humboldt County.

The facility’s general manager told the Santa-Rosa Press Democrat most of the recyclables from the truck had been sorted by the time the man contacted Recology. Workers were nonetheless told to be on the lookout for the box.

Someone spotted the box down the sorting line on Friday and recovered all but $320. The money somehow stayed in the box during the 200-mile trip to the facility.

http://timeofgist.com.ng/how-a-man-mistakenly-throws-away-23000-into-recycling-bin/

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Groom gets so drunk at his OWN wedding his furious mother-in-law is forced to feed him by hand

Groom gets so drunk at his OWN wedding his furious mother-in-law is forced to feed him by hand – The Sun

WEDDING days are all about getting a whole new collection of family members - for better or worse.

However, one groom appeared to be already relying a little too much already on his new mother-in-law within hours of walking her daughter down the aisle.

A groom got so drunk he had to be fed by his mother-in-law at his wedding

A video taken by a wedding guest at the reception, believed to have been in Scotland, and shared by UNILAD, showed the drunken man being fed by a furious mum of his new wife.

They are sat beside each other at what appears to be the head table in a prettily-decorated room.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/9696776/groom-drunk-wedding-furious-mother-in-law-feed-by-hand/

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Who were the rich and powerful people in Jeffrey Epstein's circle?

Who were the rich and powerful people in Jeffrey Epstein's circle?

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose apparent suicide in jail has stunned the US, courted many rich, powerful and famous people over his lifetime as a mover and shaker on the party circuits of New York and Florida

Many of them distanced themselves from him in the wake of his recent arrest on charges of sex trafficking, but they included politicians, socialites, royals and top business figures.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump has called Epstein a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with”. Epstein paid two visits to the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1997 and 2000, posing for photos with Trump on both occasions. Epstein’s personal address book, leaked in 2009, contained 14 phone numbers for Trump and members of his staff, according to reports.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton has praised Epstein for his intellect and charitable work in magazine interviews. Flight logs have revealed the former US president took trips on Epstein’s private plane, reportedly nicknamed the “Lolita Express”. Clinton has denied any close relationship with Epstein, instead linking their contact to aid work in the developing world.

Prince Andrew

A longtime friend of Epstein, their relationship dated back to the early 1990s. The pair were reportedly seen partying together in St Tropez and Thailand. Buckingham Palace has issued outright denials of all allegations against the Duke of York for any improper behavior.

Alan Dershowitz

The Harvard Law professor emeritus, famous for defending celebrity clients such as OJ Simpson, has also been linked to Epstein.

Alan Dershowitz was reportedly identified as participating in Epstein’s sex ring by at least two of the women engaged in a 2007 case against Epstein, allegations he has dismissed as “unequivocally and completely false”.

Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, has never denied her friendship with Epstein. In documents filed by Virginia Giuffre’s lawyers, one accuser claimed in a deposition that Maxwell “recruited her under the guise of a legitimate assistant position, but asked her to perform sexual massages for Epstein”.

Leslie Wexner

The billionaire behind the Victoria’s Secret lingerie chain hired Epstein in 1991 to manage his money, giving him vast power over his investment and tax affairs. Epstein reportedly made more than $200m from the deal. But last week Leslie Wexner said the financier had “misappropriated” more than $46m of his personal fortune. “I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr Epstein,” he said in a letter to the Wexner Foundation trustees. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/10/jeffrey-epstein-trump-clinton-friends

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