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Will Garmin Pay $10 Million Ransom To End Two-Day Outage?

Lol, mine just crapped out so I ordered a new one, but when I tried to connect it to the phone app, it said "server temporarily unavailable." (Try again soon, lol).

New WastedLocker ransomware demands payments of millions of USD
Evil Corp, one of the biggest malware operations on the planet, has returned to life after the December 2019 DOJ charges with a new ransomware strain.

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Gov. Kate Brown Says Feds Have Agreed to “Phased Withdrawal” From Portland Starting Thursday
Oregon State Police will now provide “protection for free speech” and security around the federal courthouse.

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Published July 29 at 9:48 AM Updated July 29 at 1:55 PM

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday morning that following discussions with Vice President Mike Pence, federal agents occupying the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in Portland have agreed to a "phased withdrawal."

The withdrawal will begin Thursday, July 30. Brown said the federal agents will also clean up the building's exterior, which is covered with graffiti.

Since early July, officers from federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's specialized BORTAC unit, have dispersed—and injured—protesters, who congregated around the 8-foot black fence that surrounds the courthouse. They have regularly deployed tear gas and fired munitions, sometimes directly at protesters' faces.

Their presence in Oregon garnered national criticism when Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that federal agents were snatching protesters into unmarked rental vans.

"These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community," Brown said in a statement. "We have an opportunity that we cannot afford to waste. The departure of federal forces represents the beginning of a process that will be as difficult as it is overdue."

Oregon State Police will arrive at the building to "provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service." A small contingent of year-round personnel who already occupied the federal courthouse will remain, Brown said.

Travis Hampton, superintendent of OSP, said his troopers would seek a different tone while guarding the courthouse.

"It is obvious the current strategy is not sustainable and has the high probability of serious injury or death, as officers and community members clash," Hampton wrote. "OSP hopes to deescalate the tensions around the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, facilitating peaceful free speech and proportional response if criminal activity is observed."

Federal officials appeared noncommittal to the withdrawal terms Brown announced. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said federal officers wouldn't leave until he was confident protesters were no longer damaging the courthouse.

"We will maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked," Wolf wrote, "and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure….We're glad Oregon is now correcting their monthslong error."

President Donald Trump gave similarly combative statements in the White House's Rose Garden and on Twitter. As is often the case with the Trump administration, it was unclear to what degree the feds were spinning the deal for the media or publicly negotiating its terms.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) expressed skepticism that the federal task force would in fact leave town.

"From Day One, I have pressed the Trump administration to withdraw its occupying army from my hometown," Wyden wrote. "I will watchdog today's announcement to ensure that it happens, and is not the administration's usual penchant for fiction. I'm especially concerned there's no specific timeline for a full withdrawal of Bill Barr and Donald Trump's minions. That's a loophole big enough to drive an armored personnel carrier through."

In her statement, Brown said she struck a deal with Trump to end dangerous confrontations. She said she expected protests to continue, and pledged to seek further reforms to Oregon's criminal justice system and racial inequities.

"I have grown increasingly concerned at the nightly confrontation between local community members and federal officers," Brown said. "We need to recognize that the protests in Portland are not solely about the federal presence. They started before federal agents descended on our city and they will likely continue after they leave."

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Trump: Feds won't leave Portland until governor clamps down on protesters
By Morgan Chalfant - 07/30/20 10:09 AM EDT

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/509755-trump-feds-wont-leave-portland-until-governor-clamps-down-on


President Trump insisted Thursday that federal agents would not leave Portland until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) “clear[s] out” protesters from the city, a day after Brown announced an agreement with the federal government to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from the area.

Trump in a tweet accused Brown of not “doing her job” and lambasted protesters in Portland as “anarchists” and “agitators.”

“She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump tweeted of Brown. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn’t doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland. If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020

In her own tweet, Brown accused Trump of “political grandstanding” and said that federal agents were preparing to leave downtown Portland on Thursday.

“I think we’ve had enough political grandstanding from DC. The President’s plan to ‘dominate’ the streets of American cities has failed,” she wrote. “We will protect free speech and the right to protest peacefully.”

Brown had said in a statement on Wednesday that she reached an agreement for federal agents to begin a phased withdrawal on Thursday from Portland after discussions with Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence. She said state and local police would secure the exterior of a U.S. courthouse being protected by federal personnel and that a “limited contingent of federal officers” focused on building security would remain inside the courthouse.

Administration officials, however, were not as definitive on the timeline. Pence said at a “Cops for Trump” campaign event later Thursday that “federal law enforcement officers are not leaving Portland until the federal courthouse is secure and law abiding citizens are safe.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday that he and Brown had reached a joint plan to end the violence in the city and that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials would maintain their presence until officials are sure that the federal courthouse in downtown Portland “will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.”

Asked an interview on ABC News later Wednesday whether DHS had gone back on their word, Brown said that the agreement between both sides was “very, very clear” that said DHS officials would begin leaving the city on Thursday afternoon.

“This is definitely a step-by-step, gradual process, but we know how it ends. They will be out of the city of Portland and Oregonians will be in charge,” Brown said on ABC.

President Trump insisted Thursday that federal agents would not leave Portland until Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) “clear[s] out” protesters from the city, a day after Brown announced an agreement with the federal government to begin withdrawing federal tactical teams from the area.

Trump in a tweet accused Brown of not “doing her job” and lambasted protesters in Portland as “anarchists” and “agitators.”

“She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump tweeted of Brown. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”

Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn’t doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland. If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020

In her own tweet, Brown accused Trump of “political grandstanding” and said that federal agents were preparing to leave downtown Portland on Thursday.

“I think we’ve had enough political grandstanding from DC. The President’s plan to ‘dominate’ the streets of American cities has failed,” she wrote. “We will protect free speech and the right to protest peacefully.”

Brown had said in a statement on Wednesday that she reached an agreement for federal agents to begin a phased withdrawal on Thursday from Portland after discussions with Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence. She said state and local police would secure the exterior of a U.S. courthouse being protected by federal personnel and that a “limited contingent of federal officers” focused on building security would remain inside the courthouse.

Administration officials, however, were not as definitive on the timeline. Pence said at a “Cops for Trump” campaign event later Thursday that “federal law enforcement officers are not leaving Portland until the federal courthouse is secure and law abiding citizens are safe.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday that he and Brown had reached a joint plan to end the violence in the city and that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials would maintain their presence until officials are sure that the federal courthouse in downtown Portland “will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.”

Asked an interview on ABC News later Wednesday whether DHS had gone back on their word, Brown said that the agreement between both sides was “very, very clear” that said DHS officials would begin leaving the city on Thursday afternoon.

“This is definitely a step-by-step, gradual process, but we know how it ends. They will be out of the city of Portland and Oregonians will be in charge,” Brown said on ABC.

Portland has been the site of violent clashes between protesters and officers for several weeks. The Trump administration early in July sent DHS agents to the city in order to protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, despite opposition from local leaders.

Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) have repeatedly urged the federal government to remove its agents, arguing they are worsening and not improving the situation. But Trump has insisted on the need for federal presence, attacking the state’s Democratic leaders and accusing them of losing control of the city.

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Missouri police officer who killed Michael Brown faces no charges

By Raja Razek, CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/us/ferguson-missouri-michael-brown-darren-wilson-no-charges/index.html

Updated 8:30 PM ET, Thu July 30, 2020
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(CNN)No charges will be filed against former Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson after a reinvestigation into the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said Thursday.
The investigation didn't exonerate Wilson, Bell said.
Wilson's shooting of Brown, a Black man, in August 2014 sparked a federal civil rights inquiry, protests, and a national debate. Protests erupted around the country after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson.
"Although this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis' history, the question for this office was a simple one," Bell said. "Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law?"

"After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did," Bell said.
Wilson shot Brown, who was not armed, after a struggle ensued when Wilson stopped Brown on a Ferguson street. Witnesses at the time said the officer fired his gun while Brown's hands were in the air. Wilson has said Brown attacked him, and he feared for his life.
"I also want to be clear that our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson," Bell said, pointing out the difference between proving a case during trial and "clearing him of any and all wrongdoing."
"There are so many points in which Darren Wilson could have handled the situation differently, and if he had, Michael Brown might still be alive," Bell said.
"But that is not the question before us. The only question is whether we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime occurred," Bell said. "The answer to that question is 'no.' And I would violate my ethical duties if I nonetheless brought charges."

CNN has reached out to Brown's family for comment.
The family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and reached a settlement in 2017.

CNN's Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.

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Now, let's see... if a Black officer kills an unarmed White kid . . .
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Ninety-five days have passed since there was evidence of community transmission of Covid-19 in NZ.

The government have been using a number of very nice four and five star hotels to
quarantine returning kiwi's, free of charge.....

Early on one or two people strolled out of their hotel(s) only to be arrested and returned to
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The opposition National fat cat party attempted to make political mileage out of these "escapes",
so the government ramped up security including bringing in the military and increasing the number
of police and security guards at each establishment.
Still one or two self entitled idiots managed to literally breakout of a hotel by
removing a window, scaling a wall a fence and a hedge to gain freedom, only
to be arrested almost immediately and returned to isolation.

Once their quarantine(s) have ended these folks have been appearing in court charged with
breaching the health act, several have received six Month suspended sentences, break the
law within six months and its a severe fine and or jail.....


According to the man and by man I mean Jacinda, NZ has:

1,567 coronavirus cases

1,217 confirmed

350 probable

22 Active

22 dead

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Beirut explosion: at least 78 dead and 4,000 wounded, says Lebanon health ministry – live updates
Interior minister says ammonium nitrate likely caused at least one explosion amid reports hospitals too damaged to treat patients

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/04/beirut-explosion-huge-blast-port-lebanon-capital

4m ago 23:37

Leila Molana-Allen, Middle East Correspondent for France 24, has been speaking to BBC World Service from Beirut.

Hospitals, she said, are “barely coping”. She was treated in the early hours for an non-life-threatening injury, and said nurses described receiving 300 patients in just a few hours. “They were running low on certain types of anitbiotics, they were completely out of tetanus shots, which of course they need to give everyone who has one of these types of injuries - and of course everyone had a debris injury,” said Molana-Allen.

Hospitals were already struggling with supplies due to the economic crisis.

At first, many people assumed the blast was some kind of attack, only to later hear it was caused by huge stores of ammonium nitrate. “Once people started to realise that this seemingly was the result of government neglect - obviously this is a country that has had months’ worth of protests about government ineptitude - the level to which rage and sorrow now is spreading through the people, it’s indescribable,” she said.

“The rage is palpable,” added Molana-Allen.
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Hi, Rebecca Ratcliffe here. I’m taking over from my colleague Helen Sullivan.

It’s now 6.25am in Beirut, where 78 people were killed and 4,000 injured in a devastating explosion yesterday. It is feared the number of fatalities is likely to increase.

If you are following from Beirut, please do get in touch with any information or footage that you feel we should cover. My DMs are open on Twitter, or you can email rebecca.ratcliffe@theguardian.com.


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That’s it from me, Helen Sullivan. It is now dawn in Lebanon. Many will not have slept at all, some will wake up soon and remember what has happened. My heartfelt condolences to each of them.

My colleague Rebecca Ratcliffe will be bringing you the latest for the next few hours.
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Here are some more photographs from the city – a common refrain on Twitter is that this blast has, in a matter of seconds, caused the same amount of destruction as years and years of war:

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Beirut explosion: Thousands injured across Lebanese capital

By Ghazi Balkiz, Tamara Qiblawi and Ben Wedeman, CNN

Updated 10:12 PM ET, Tue August 4, 2020
Beirut explosion kills dozens, injures thousands

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/middleeast/beirut-explosion-port-intl/index.html

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A massive explosion ripped through central Beirut on Tuesday, killing dozens of people, injuring thousands and blowing out windows in buildings across the city.

The blast near Beirut's port sent up a huge mushroom cloud-shaped shockwave, flipping cars and damaging distant buildings. It was felt as far as Cyprus, hundreds of miles away, and registered as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake in the Lebanese capital.

Lebanon's Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, said that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material used in fertilizers and bombs, had been stored for six years at a port warehouse without safety measures, "endangering the safety of citizens," according to a statement.

The Prime Minister called the storage of the material "unacceptable" and called for an investigation into the cause of the blast, with the results released within five days, the statement said.

Lebanon's General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said the "highly explosive material" had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes' walk from Beirut's shopping and nightlife districts.

Initial reports blamed the explosion on a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port, according to Lebanese state news agency NNA.

The death toll from the blast is likely to continue to climb as more bodies are pulled from the wreckage. At least 78 people are known to have died and a further 4,000 wounded, Hamad Hasan, the country's health minister said, according to Reuters.

"There are many people missing until now," Hasan said. "People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages."

A red cloud hung over the city in the wake of the explosion, which took place just after 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), as firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the initial fire. Footage from the scene captured the injured staggering through streets in the capital, and ambulances, cars and military vehicles packed with the wounded. One resident said the scenes looked "like an apocalypse."

At least 10 firefighters are missing, according to the city's governor Marwan Abboud, who said the scene reminded him of "Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
"In my life I haven't seen destruction on this scale," Abboud said. "This is a national catastrophe."

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at least one Australian was killed in the blast and the Australian Embassy building has been "significantly compromised."

The blast comes at a tense time in Lebanon. On Friday, a United Nations-backed panel is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, a move many fear will stoke sectarian tensions. The country is also in the midst of an economic meltdown, with ballooning unemployment, a tanking currency and poverty rates soaring above 50%.

Hospitals inundated

Beirut's hospitals Tuesday reflected the chaos in the city as doctors conducted triage on dozens of wounded people. Some had broken limbs, others had been showered with shards of glass. Some patients were unconscious.

Emergency wards are inundated with the injured, while the Lebanese Red Cross implored the public on Twitter for blood donations to help the wounded. One of Beirut's major hospitals, Hotel Dieu, received around 400 injured patients, an employee told CNN.

The Secretary-General of the Kataeb political Party, Nazar Najarian, died after being injured in the explosion, NNA reported. He was in his office when the explosion happened.

The US Embassy in Beirut urged those in the area of the explosion to "stay indoors and wear masks if available" due to reports of toxic gases released from the blast.

The explosion damaged buildings across the city, including the official residence of Lebanon's president, the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and CNN's bureau in downtown Beirut. Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and even people on the distant island of
Cyprus felt the blast, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

One Beirut resident who was several kilometers away from the site of the blast said her windows had been shattered by the explosion. "What I felt was that it was an earthquake," Rania Masri told CNN.

"The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed."

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"You can see injured people all over the streets in Beirut, glass all over the place, cars are damaged, it is like an apocalypse," said Bachar Ghattas, another resident.

"It is very, very frightening what is happening right now, and people are freaking out. The emergency services are overwhelmed," Ghattas told CNN. "Beirut port is totally destroyed."

The port is the primary entry point for most of Lebanon's imports, CNN's Wedeman said.

The US response

United States President Donald Trump offered sympathy and assistance to the people of Lebanon, referring to the incident as a "terrible attack." Lebanese officials have not called the explosion an attack.

Asked if he was confident if the explosion was an attack, the President said it "seems like" it was, based on what US military officials have told him.
"This was a -- seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would, but they seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind," he told reporters at the White House.

But three US Defense Department officials told CNN that as of Tuesday night there was no indication the explosion was an attack. The officials, who declined to be identified so they could speak freely, said they don't know what the President is talking about.

One official pointed out that if there were indications an attack of this scale had occurred, it would trigger automatic increases in force protection for US troops and assets in the region.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended condolences and said, "We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy."

The United States Ambassador in Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, expressed "heartfelt sympathies" to the victims and their families after "having witnessed the horrific explosions at the Port," she said in a statement shared on Twitter.

"We mourn each loss from this terrible tragedy alongside the Lebanese people," the US Ambassador added.

World mourns

Prime Minister Diab described the explosion as a "catastrophe" in his televised statement. He concluded by making "an emergency call to all those countries who love this country to stand by us and to help us heal our deep wounds." World leaders have expressed their condolences amid the unfolding tragedy.

Israel offered humanitarian medical assistance to Lebanon -- a significant gesture as Lebanon is one of a small number of countries that Israel regards as an enemy state. There have been no diplomatic relations since a ceasefire signed between the two countries in 1949.

A spokesman at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, not far from the border with Lebanon, told CNN that they had been contacted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and told to prepare for the possible arrival overnight of UN personnel wounded in the blast.

The UK, Turkey, Qatar and Spain were also among the countries that offered their support to Lebanon.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wahbeh to say that"Jordanians stand in support with Lebanon and its Lebanese brothers and are ready to offer any help they need," he said in a tweet.

French President Emmanuel Macron said "rescue and aid" were on the way to Lebanon, while expressing solidarity with the "Lebanese people after the explosion that caused so many casualties and so much damage tonight in Beirut."

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ran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that his country was ready to help Lebanon "in any way necessary."
"My thoughts are with the people of #Lebanon and with the families of the victims of the tragic #BeirutBlast," President of the European Council Charles Michel said in a tweet. "The EU stands ready to provide assistance and support."

Lebanese militant and political group Hezbollah said the explosion will require the unity of all Lebanese to overcome the catastrophe.
"We are putting all our capabilities in serving our honorable people and dear citizens as needed," Hezbollah said in a statement.

CNN's Schams Elwazer, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Tara John, Alessandria Masi, Nada AlTaher, Hamdi Alkhshali, Amir Tal, Andrew Carey, Jennifer Hansler and Paul Murphy contributed to this report.

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Beirut police fire teargas at protesters demanding justice over explosion

Thousands turn out to call for accountability for one of world’s biggest non-nuclear blasts

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-protests-lebanon-answers-and-justice

Bethan McKernan and Martin Chulov in Beirut and Emma Graham-Harrison

Sat 8 Aug 2020 10.21 EDT
First published on Sat 8 Aug 2020 06.45 EDT


Police in Beirut fired teargas and rubber bullets at thousands of people who had turned out to demand accountability for one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions the world has seen. They also shot live ammunition in the air, in an attempt to disperse the furious crowds.

Driven by anger at the corruption and incompetence that appears to have fostered Tuesday’s tragedy, people gathered from early afternoon in the city’s central Martyrs Square, where activists have erected a mock gallows for Lebanon’s top politicians.

The protesters chanted: “The people want the fall of the regime,” and held posters saying: “Leave, you are all killers.” More than 150 people died in the blast, about 6,000 were injured and at least 60 are still missing, according to the health ministry.

As the dust from the explosion settles, its political fallout is just beginning to be felt, reviving a protest movement that last year toppled the prime minister but left the system he presided over almost intact.

Rachel Raedi, 20, came to the protest carrying a placard with a picture of her friend Rawan Msto, who died from blast injuries in an intensive care unit on Friday. Underneath Msto’s smiling face was the bleak message “My government killed me.”

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“We were here in October, and so was our friend, she was campaigning for change to make Lebanon a better place, and now she is dead,” Raedi said.

When one group tried to break through a barrier blocking a street leading to parliament, some throwing stones and others using the same shovels they had deployed for rescue and clear up operations, security forces used the first teargas of the day. Soon clouds of stinging white gas were drifting over the area.

Many of the children and older people who had gathered expecting a peaceful march to both honour the victims and call for change, left as the violence intensified.

Earlier, Lebanon’s Kataeb party, a Christian group that opposes the government backed by the Iran-aligned Hezbollah, announced the resignation of its three MPs on Saturday, after one of their senior officials had been killed in the blast.

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, vowed on Friday that all officials responsible for the explosion would be brought to justice regardless of their positions.

Few in Beirut, however, have any confidence that a government that allowed an enormous stockpile of deadly explosive to sit for years in flimsy sheds in the heart of Beirut can be trusted to investigate the accident.

The wife of the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon was named as the latest victim. Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, 55, died on Saturday after being seriously injured by the explosion as she stood in her Beirut home, the Dutch foreign ministry said.

Five days after the blast, the chances of finding anyone else alive under the rubble are fading, even though professional search and rescue teams have taken over the search for survivors.

Lebanon had been roiled for months by popular anger over the country’s rapid economic collapse, which cratered the value of the national currency and destroyed citizens’ life savings virtually overnight.

The movement faded in the face of economic pressure and the coronavirus but the blast has revived and expanded frustration with the ruling elite.

“Last year I left protesting to my son,” said said Roger Issa, 61, an estate agent. “(Now) I’m down here in solidarity, because the government are all criminals.

“At this point I don’t know if us Lebanese can actually solve this problem any more, we need other countries to tell them this is not the way a state should be run, to stop them from doing this to us.”

In a sign of disgust with the entire political class, one of the country’s leading broadcasters, LBC, announced it would no longer broadcast any political speeches or statements by leaders about a promised investigation into the catastrophe.

The unprecedented boycott of Lebanese leaders and officials meant neither speeches by Aoun, or the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, were broadcast on LBC on Friday.

France called for an international inquiry into the disaster, already regarded as one of the biggest industrial accidents in history.

Aoun, however, has already rejected widespread calls for an international investigation, telling a reporter he saw it as an attempt to “dilute the truth”. He also suggested that “foreign interference” may have been to blame, something many Lebanese see as laying the groundwork for powerful players to avoid justice.

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The world's going crazy, be careful out there people.....

NZ marks 100 days since last community transmission of a Covid-19 case

According to the man and by man I mean Jacinda, NZ has:

1,569 + 2 coronavirus cases

1,219 + 2 confirmed

350 probable

23 + 1 Active

22 dead

1,524 + 1 recovered.....

All our new cases have been Kiwis who undergo mandatory testing whilst in quarantine
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:10 pm 
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What happened yesterday in Warsaw? (7th of August, 2020)

Yesterday, an attempt was made to arrest for 2 months an activist Margot (a non-binary person - from Stop Bzdurom) for damage to a van that preaches homophobic slogans (such as "homosexuals are pedophiles") and for damage to the health of the person from the foundation that finances these vans - (these vans often drive around Poland in police custody). When they came to get her, she was in the headquarters of KPH (Kampania Przeciw Homofobii - Campaign Against Homophobia). On the Internet, I read how they called to appear there and disturb the police. The police could not get to Margot thanks to people who came and other activists.

Eventually Margot went out to voluntarily surrender herself to the police, but was not arrested. The police left her...

Margot and the rest of them went to the Krakowskie Przedmieście district, where a rainbow flag was hung on the Nicolaus Copernicus monument again. Then Margot was raided in an unmarked police car. Even more people gathered in the square and sat around the car so that it could not leave. Police was agressive.

There were no warnings before the police started using force. It was brutal. The left-wing MPs were on the spot and tried how they could defend those who were treated worst.

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Everything lasted many hours and about 50 people were detained/arrested.

The MP testifies that she heard the cops talking to each other to arrest 3 people at random.

„An escalation in police violence I haven't seen in a long time.

We were blocking the car with Margot. The police crashed the crowd. Then the car tried to drive away, but the crowd kept blocking it... Another person who threw himself on the car to stop the political police from taking the activist. This is our rainbow civil disobedience. I don't have a word for what happened. Tears come into my own eyes. There are many detainees at several commands and a huge team of attorneys who help. There are also MPs from the opposition.”

- Bart Staszewski

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Samoan chief in New Zealand sentenced to 11 years in jail for slavery but experts say he is just the tip of the iceberg

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They thought they were going to New Zealand to make better lives for their families.

They were told they would leave Samoa -- a small island nation in the South Pacific -- for their larger neighbor, a country with about 25 times the population. Once there, they would work and send the money back home to their loved ones.

Instead, when they arrived in New Zealand, the 13 victims -- who cannot be named due to a court suppression order -- were confronted with an entirely different situation, legal records show.

Their passports were taken from them. They were kept on a property surrounded by a high wire fence and could only leave or communicate with their family with permission. If they broke the rules, they were assaulted, sometimes so badly that it resulted in scars. When one teenage victim escaped, she was brought back in a car with her hands and wrists tied, Radio New Zealand reported.

Most worked long hours picking fruits from orchards, but they didn't receive the money they had earned. Instead, it was given to the man who had either directly or indirectly lured them to New Zealand: a Samoan chief named Joseph Auga Matamata.

much more here :arrow: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/28/asia/slavery-matamata-new-zealand-intl-hnk/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold


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Biden selects Kamala Harris for VP... :!:


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Biden selects Kamala Harris for VP... :!:

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