Italian cruise ship thwarts attack by Somali pirates

Italian cruise ship thwarts attack by Somali pirates

Sunday, April 26, 2009

An attempted hijacking of an Italian cruise ship carrying 1,500 passengers by Somali pirates was thwarted on Sunday by the vessel’s security guards. Nobody was injured. The incident occurred about 290 kilometres north of Victoria, the Seychelles.

According to the captain of the ship, Ciro Pinto, six pirates in a speedboat approached the ship and started shooting, but were forced to flee after security started firing pistols and spraying water from hoses at them.

“One white small boat with six people on board approached the port side of the ship and started shooting,” Pinto said, saying that two hundred rounds were shot. He continued that “our security started shooting in the air […] and also we started spraying some water” in an effort to stop the pirates.

Witness reports say that there were many passengers on the ship’s deck when the incident happened, and some of them threw chairs at the attacking pirates.

The ship, which is named the Melody, is owned by the Italian MSC Cruises company. It had departed from South Africa and was en route to Italy.

Piracy is rampant in the waters off the eastern coast of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. Since the start of this month, pirates have attacked approximately a dozen ships, despite the presence of about a score of naval warships patrolling the vicinity.

Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Australian refugee contractor accused of breaching its duty of care

Friday, December 30, 2005


  • 1 Richard Niyonsaba
  • 2 Denial of food
  • 3 Background and Criticisms
  • 4 Sources

The Australian Centre for Languages, a company which has a multi-million dollar contract with the Australian government to provide refugee services, has been accused of breaching its duty of care following the death of a chronically ill child and allegations of failing to provide three women in their care with food.

President of Guinea-Bissau assassinated

President of Guinea-Bissau assassinated

Monday, March 2, 2009

According to officials, João Bernardo Vieira, the president of Guinea-Bissau, was shot to death on Monday in his palace by renegade soldiers.

“President Vieira was killed by the army as he tried to flee his house which was being attacked by a group of soldiers close to the chief of staff Tagme Na Waie, early this morning,” Zamora Induta, a military spokesman, said to Agence France-Presse, insisting that “this was not a coup d’etat.”

“We reaffirmed our intention to respect the democratically elected power and the constitution of the republic,” he said. “The people who killed President Vieira have not been arrested, but we are pursuing them. They are an isolated group. The situation is under control.”

Induta also said that the president was “taken down by bullets fired by these soldiers,” and that afterwards they looted his home. “They were taking everything they could carry, his personal belongings, the furniture, everything,” Induta said.

The assassination is believed to be a revenge for a bomb blast that killed one of Vieira’s rivals, the army chief of staff General Batista Tagme Na Waie, just a few hours earlier.

The constitution says that the nation’s parliament chief, Raimundo Pereira, is to succeed Vieira in the case of his death.

Jean Ping, the chief executive of the African Union, said that the assassination of the president was a “criminal act”.

Guinea-Bissau, located on the western coast of Africa, has had a history of coups, and is one of the world’s poorest countries. It is notorious as being a transit point for the cocaine trade between Europe and South America.

João Bernardo Vieira, born in 1939, came to power in Guinea-Bissau during a coup in 1980, but was forced out in 1999 when a civil war started. In 2005, he returned from his exile in Portugal to participate in the nation’s elections, and won the vote.

The Kim Kardashian Sex Tape Reviewed}

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The Kim Kardashian sex tape is an almost 40 minute sex tape starring Kim Kardashian and then boyfriend Ray-J. The full title of the sex tape is “Kim Kardashian Superstar featuring Hip Hop Star Ray J”. This tape proves that Kim Kardashian is indeed a superstar (at getting pounded by a semi-famous rapper.) It starts out with a little foreplay and some bad dialogue but then when they get down to business things really start to heat up.

Kim owes most all of her popularity today to her video, no doubt about. There has been some controversy as to exactly how this tape got leaked in the first place. One of the biggest rumors about this is that the sex tape was leaked by no other than Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner!

It seems a little obvious that both Kim and Ray-J knew that this tape was going to be released. It starts with Kim putting on makeup specifically for the scene. It is also a little suspicious that some of the background music sounds like music by Ray-J. Another big clue is when Ray-J looks right into the camera and delivers a direct message to all of people masturbating to the tape.

One, well actually two, things really stand out and they would be Kim’s boobs. They are are just absolutely perfect. They just look nice and firm and not really saggy at all considering how big they are. Her nipples are rather small and just seem to call out to me ‘Suck on me’. Her butt is another work of art. It’s big, but not sloppy fat, it is just one beautiful ass. You get to see all of Kim in this sex tape. I am almost jealous of Ray-J. Why can’t it be me in the video!?

Now, if you have not heard of Ray J, you aren’t alone. Ray J, born William Ray Norwood Jr, is the younger brother of Brandy, who had some mainstream success in the mid-to-late 90s with her own show Moesha for six seasons and releasing two platinum albums. Which is great for her. Her younger brother, however, had a stalled R&B career which caused him to be dropped from Elektra Records in 1997 with neither of his albums singles going any further than the #25 spot on the Billboard Charts. He then spent several years languishing, presumably, in a mansion.

Right around 2003 he met a young socialite by the name of Kim Kardashian, who at the time was married to music producer Damon Thomas. Seemingly unhappy with her marriage, Kim and Ray J hit it off (somehow, although lord knows what the conversation over the breakfast table must have been likesomething about hair and money, probably. At some point in 2003 they made the sex tape. Kim divorced Thomas in 2004, and then went on to date other people. In 2007, Ray J released the sex tape just as Kim was becoming more famous thanks to her friendship with socialite Paris Hilton.

So, to recap, two people had sex 10 years ago, and one guy released it 5 years ago so that he could get more famous due to the fact the girl he was having sex with in the video was becoming famous herself simply by being in proximity to someone (Paris Hilton) who was famous herself for simply being born into the right family and being pretty. That is where weve evolved to as a populace.

There is probably a little less than fifteen minutes of actual sex on the Kim Kardashian video which does not automatically make it a bomb. There is relatively little sex going on in the Pam and Tommy sex video as well.

Even though the quality of this tape is not perfect you kind of have to expect that from any celebrity sex video. Love her or hate her Kim Kardashian’s sex tape is without a doubt the biggest celebrity sex tape in the history of sex tapes.

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Indian Supreme Court: unconstitutional to bar women of certain age group from entering Sabarimala temple

Indian Supreme Court: unconstitutional to bar women of certain age group from entering Sabarimala temple

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

On Wednesday, the Indian Supreme Court declared that preventing women of age 10–50 from entering the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala was “arbitrary” and unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court began on Tuesday the hearing for the public interest litigation filed by petitioners including the Indian Young Lawyers Association. A panel of five judges — Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice RF Nariman, Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Indu Malhotra, and the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra — heard the case of traditional prohibition of the entry to the temple based on a woman’s age.

For centuries, women within the age range when females generally have monthly menstrual cycles were prevented from entering the Lord Ayyappan’s temple. Ayyappan was considered celibate. Earlier this year, the Travancore Devaswom Board made it compulsory for women to produce an age proof in order to enter the temple. Ravi Prakash Gupta, one of the representatives of the petitioners, said, “Mere sight of a woman does not affect anyone’s celibacy if one has take[n] the oath of it, otherwise, such oath has no meaning.” Menstruation has been considered taboo in Indian society, and women were barred from entering the kitchen or a temple during the menstruation cycle.

A number of fundamental rights, mentioned in the Indian Constitution; including the right against discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, per Article 15; right to freedom of practice of any religion per Article 25; and abolishment of untouchability in Article 17; were considered in this case.

Citing Article 25 (1) of the Indian constitution, Justice DY Chandrachud said, “All persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.” Chandrachud went on to say, “This means your right as a woman to pray is not dependent on a legislation. It is a constitutional right. Nobody has an exclusionary right of entry to a temple”.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “On what basis do you deny the entry. It is against the Constitutional mandate. Once you open it for public, anybody can go.” Misra also said, “In a public place of worship, a woman can enter, where a man can go. What applies to a man, applies to a woman.”

Saying the state government is “bound to obey” the Supreme Court’s verdict, Kerala’s Minister K Surendran said, “The state government’s stand is that women should be allowed to offer prayers in Sabarimala Temple […] Devaswom board now has the same opinion as that of government.”

Corruption endangers Brazilian government

Corruption endangers Brazilian government

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Brazil –Denunciations of political corruption threaten the Brazilian government. The most recent case involves a deputy of the political party PTB (who supports the government of the Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) in a scandal of the services of post office.

Lula’s government representatives said that they will investigate all the denunciations and affirmed that the government is a victim of political enemies.


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    • 2.2 Mystery in mayor’s death
    • 2.3 The Minister Romero Jucá
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    • 3.2 Portuguese




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Bush Administration changes official position on legitimacy of Qur’an desecration allegations

Bush Administration changes official position on legitimacy of Qur’an desecration allegations

Saturday, June 4, 2005

After an investigation of allegations that Islam’s holy book the Qu’ran was mishandled in front of inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Bush administration has acknowledged the credibility of some of these reports. According to Robert Burns of the Associated Press, U.S. military officials acknowledged that, “a Muslim holy book was splashed with urine,” and “a detainee’s Quran was deliberately kicked and another’s was stepped on.” The US government first denied a specific report that the Qu’ran had been flushed down a toilet at the prison facility, but on Friday agreed that similar allegations were indeed true.

On May 16, Newsweek magazine apologized to the victims of deadly riots that ensued due to a Newsweek article stating that U.S. officials defiled the Qur’an. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan criticized Newsweek’s initial response to the incident, saying it was “puzzling.” Later that day, Newsweek retracted the story, which the White House said was a “good first step”.

On May 20, the International Red Cross (IRC) revealed in a rare public announcement that it had documented and reported to the United States credible information concerning desecration of the Qur’an by Guantanamo Bay personnel. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman, acknowledged that allegations were made on “rare occasions” but were uncorroborated. Simon Schorno, a Red Cross spokesman, disputed the Pentagon’s denial saying, “All information we received were corroborated allegations.” He added that, “We certainly corroborated mentions of the events by detainees themselves,” and that “the ICRC considers such reports “very seriously, and very carefully, and [we] document everything.”

Scott McClellan explained in a press conference that the White House is not trying to tell Newsweek what to print. McClellan said, “Look, this report caused serious damage to the image of the United States abroad. And Newsweek has said that they got it wrong. I think Newsweek recognizes the responsibility they have. We appreciate the step that they took by retracting the story. Now we would encourage them to move forward and do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done by this report. And that’s all I’m saying. But, no, you’re absolutely right, it’s not my position to get into telling people what they can and cannot report.”

On May 25, Amnesty International called for the shutdown on Guantanamo Bay due to numerous human rights violations, saying “The ‘war on terror’ appeared more effective in eroding international human rights principles than in countering international ‘terrorism’.” Amnesty International’s view was shared by both the International Red Cross (IRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The IRC has said it reported to the U.S. government detainee’s reports of desecration of the Qur’an. In the foreword of the report, written by Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan, Guantanamo was compared to a Soviet-era gulag in that it is “entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law”.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan responded saying the report’s allegations were “ridiculous and unsupported by the facts. The United States is leading the way when it comes to protecting human rights and promoting human dignity. We have liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have worked to advance freedom and democracy in the world so that people are governed under a rule of law and that there are… protections in place for minority rights, that women’s rights are advanced so that women can fully participate in societies where now they cannot”, as well as supporting the fight against AIDS in Africa.

About the allegations of abuse at Guantanamo, which McClellan has previously called isolated incidents, he said, “We hold people accountable when there is abuse. We take steps to prevent it from happening again, and we do so in a very public way for the world to see that we lead by example, and that we do have values that we hold very dearly and believe in.”

On May 31, U.S. President George W. Bush dismissed the human rights report as “absurd” for its harsh criticism of U.S. treatment of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the allegations were made by prisoners “who hate America.” “It’s an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world,” Bush said of the Amnesty International report.

William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, defended the report, saying, “What is ‘absurd’ is President Bush’s attempt to deny the deliberate policies of his administration.” and “What is ‘absurd’ and indeed outrageous is the Bush administration’s failure to undertake a full independent investigation”. Irene Khan also responded saying, “The administration’s response has been that our report is absurd, that our allegations have no basis, and our answer is very simple: if that is so, open up these detention centres, allow us and others to visit them.”

And, on Friday, the U.S. military released the results of their investigation and confirmed that in 5 separate incidents, American guards at the Guantánamo Bay prison “mishandled” the Islamic holy book. However, they stress that guards were usually “respectful” of the Qur’an. One incident involved splashing a Koran with urine by urinating near an air vent while others involved kicking, stepping on and writing in Qur’ans.

Brigadier-General Jay Hood, the commander of the jail, looked into the allegations, published and then retracted by Newsweek, that American personnel flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. He said that the inquiry did not find any evidence supporting this particular allegation. “The inquiry found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. This matter is considered closed.”

Finding The Right Contractor Or Home Improvement Professional To Do The Job

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Whether you are replacing a roof or adding a room, one of the most important things to consider at the early stages of a home improvement project is to find who will work to get the job done. Most people hire a contractor that worked for them in the past or completed a good job for friends or neighbors. But what if it is your first time to take this step and you don’t have anyone to ask for reference? Here are the things you should consider what you are finding the right contractor:

Ask friends and neighbors. Assuming that you, your friends, and neighbors haven’t hired a contractor in their lifetime, they probably know someone who have been there before. Start your search there. Get references from anyone you know. With few questions from people around you, you can find the one that fits to your need. Word of mouth is still best if you are finding the right contractor.

Don’t just look at the cost. Home improvement comes with a price, but this should not mean that everything should be decided on the cost of the project. The most common mistake homeowners commit when finding the right contractor is that they fail to look at the bigger picture and instead concentrate on the cheapest price in the market. Take note of the saying, “you get what you pay for.” Whether you are on a budget or not, finding the right contractor should involve shopping around and asking estimate from at least 3 contractors. Compare the price against the materials, labor, and the promises they made. You might have hired the cheapest contractor but ending up dissatisfied with the result of the job. Beware.

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Know the Red Flags. Red flags are easy to spot if you are thinking logically and focusing on your objective to improve your home. But things can get blurry if finding the right contractor means focusing too much on the contract price of the project. Raise a red flag if: the contractor asks you to pay the entire cost of the project upfront; the contractor gives outrageous promises and pressures you to make immediate decision; the contractor goes door-to-door looking for costumers in an unmarked vehicle; the contractor gives vastly different quote from other contractors; and the contractor gives vague estimate.

Note the good signs. The good signs you should remember when you are finding the right contractor for your home improvement project can be easily spotted. Usually, right contractors have served several satisfied clients and have been in the business for quite some time. They are honest, punctual, give realistic estimate, respond to your questions, assist and suggest steps you should take when you are clueless about the project.

After finding the right contractor, make sure that everything is clear. Before signing, read the contract and ensure that the work details are complete from time schedule to warranties, quality materials to be used for repair and building, and cost. Finally, never leave empty spaces in the contract.

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US: Evidentiary documents released in Golden State Killer case

US: Evidentiary documents released in Golden State Killer case

Friday, June 1, 2018

On Friday, the Sacramento, California County Superior Court in the United States, with Judge Michael Sweet presiding, publicly released approximately 123 heavily redacted pages from an 800 page document related to the trial of 72-year-old Joseph DeAngelo, in the Golden State Killer (GSK) case. The high-profile case prompted the defense to motion delaying the release on the grounds of jury tainting.

From 1974 to 1986, there were 12 murders, 45 rapes, and 120 burglaries ascribed to the GSK. Many of these crimes were initially attributed to separate suspects, and California investigators coined such nicknames as “East Area Rapist,” “Original Night-stalker,” “Visalli Ransacker,” and “Diamond Knot Killer.” All these identities were later determined to be the GSK. DeAngelo is currently being charged with first degree murder with special circumstances, and is being further investigated for the 1975 first degree murder of Claude Snelling.

GSK’s alleged victims include 18-year-old Janelle Lisa Cruz on May 4, 1986; 35-year-old Cheri Domingo on July 27, 1981; 27-year-old Greg Sanchez on July 27, 1981; 24-year-old Keith Harrington on August 21, 1975; 27-year-old Patti Harrington on August 21, 1975; 21-year-old Brian Maggiore on February 2, 1978; 20-year-old Katie Maggiore on February 2, 1978; 44-year-old Dr. Robert Offerman on December 30, 1979; 35-year-old Debra Manning on December 30, 1979; 35-year-old Lyman Smith on March 13, 1980; 33-year-old Charlene Smith on March 13, 1980; 45-year-old Claude Snelling on September 11, 1975; and 28-year-old Manuela Witthuhn on February 5, 1981.

Law enforcement used DNA and other evidence to link the twelve known murders attributed to the GSK to suspect DeAngelo. Any DNA from rape kits and burglaries that predates 1970 is only admissible in court for murder cases because of California’s statute of limitations. The DNA evidence allegedly implicating DeAngelo was not found through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, which catalogs 20 sections of DNA from local, state, federal, and some international agencies making a unique profile for 16 million individuals, but CODIS did rule out other GSK suspects, like Paul “Cornfed” Schneider and Joe Alsip.

Instead, law enforcement used a nuance investigative technique, comparing GSK’s DNA profile against the open-sourced GEDmatch’s genealogical DNA database. The GEDmatch’s database flagged a GSK blood relative and, with other evidence, DeAngelo was suspected of being involved with GSK’s crimes. The genealogical website methodology is not unique to the GSK case. GEDmatch’s database was also used to identify 51-year-old William Earl Talbott II in the 1987 rape and homicide of Jay Cook (20) and Tanya Van Cuylenborg (18) in Seattle, Washington.

The newly released documents reveal DeAngelo’s DNA was not collected via a warrant but rather from the door handle of his personal vehicle as he was shopping in a local Hobby Lobby on April 18. A secondary sample was collected from a tissue found in the garbage on April 23. The door handle and tissue DNA were compared to a semen sample from a known GSK murder that had been confirmed using the CODIS’s 20 section DNA profile standard. On April 24, DeAngelo was arrested for the twelve GSK murders. A warrant for DeAngelo’s Citrus Heights, California residence disclosed dozens of wedding rings, photographs, driver’s licenses, and other objects allegedly taken from victims as trophies.

Public defender David Lynch, tasked with defending DeAngelo, motioned for the 800 documents to be sealed until trial to prevent the jury from becoming tainted. Lynch has also questioned the validity of certain search warrants for undisclosed reasons. Prosecutors from Sacramento, Ventura, Orange, and Santa Barbara counties have not determined the best way to prosecute DeAngelo considering the complexity, age, and multiple jurisdictions of the case.

DeAngelo was, until 1979, a police officer in small California towns. After allegedly stealing a hammer and dog repellent, DeAngelo was subsequently fired from the Auburn, California police force. He later became a truck mechanic near Sacramento.


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