Welcome to Sott.net
Tue, 04 Aug 2020
The World for People who Think

Society's Child
Map

Handcuffs

Quebec Standoff at College Ends in Arrests

Image
© The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot
Two riot police officers tackle a demonstrator Friday, May 4, 2012 in Victoriaville, Quebec. Provincial police say a riot in small-town Quebec last week was the most violent protest they've seen in more than a decade and insist their response was a measured one.
Canada - A tense standoff has ended at Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, Que., this morning, after provincial police tactical officers moved in on a group of students, teachers and parents blocking the school's entrance.

The protest was declared illegal at around 8:30 a.m. ET and protesters were told to disperse.

Authorities were trying to enforce a court injunction allowing some students to return to class. Similar scenes have played out at colleges across Quebec in the past few weeks.

The tactical officers began moving in on the group just after 9 a.m., pulling people out from the mass of demonstrators and arresting them. Tear gas was also fired.

Students flashed peace signs at officers as the group was forced from the entrance, and pushed back across the property by the advancing line of police.

2 + 2 = 4

Quebec's Education Minister Resigns Amid Student Crisis; Liberal Majority Narrows

Image
© The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot
Quebec Education Minister Line Beauchamp announces her resignation as Premier Jean Charest looks on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Quebec city.
Canada - Quebec's education minister and deputy premier resigned from politics Monday in a bombshell announcement that came amid months of student-related unrest.

Education Minister Line Beauchamp said she was not resigning from her dual roles because of violence and intimidation related to the student strikes this spring.

Making the announcement at a news conference alongside the premier, Beauchamp said she was actually leaving because she didn't feel like she was helping to solve the problem.

"I am not giving up in the face of vandalism and civil disobedience," said Beauchamp, who will resign her Montreal-area seat.

"I am resigning because I no longer believe I'm part of the solution."

The move leaves Premier Jean Charest with a wafer-thin majority in the legislature - where the Liberals hold 63 seats, the opposition and Independents hold 59, and there are three vacancies.

Airplane

3 Confirmed Dead in Plane Crash Near Kelowna, British Columiba

Image
© CBC News/Brady Strachan
The coroner hikes down an embankment to the plane crash site, 150m from Highway 97C. Monday, officials began extracting the bodies of the three people who died in the crash Sunday evening.
Canada - Three people were killed in a float plane crash about 25 kilometres southwest of Kelowna in the Okanagan region of B.C. on Sunday evening, the Transportation Safety Board has confirmed.

The single-engine de Havilland Beaver float plane went down in a heavily wooded area on an embankment below Highway 97C about seven kilometres west of the intersection with Brenda Mines Road around 6:45 p.m. PT.

Shortly after crash-landing, the plane was consumed by fire and crews from B.C. Ambulance and the West Kelowna Fire Department were unable to save anyone from the flames.

The pilot was Colin Moyes, of West Vancouver, CBC News has learned. Moyes was described by friends as an experienced pilot in his early 50s.

On Sunday night emergency officials confirmed that at least one person died, but were prevented by darkness from conducting a thorough search of the smouldering wreckage.

Dollar

Strauss-Kahn Seeks at Least $1 Million from Maid

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Nafissatou Diallo
© Reuters / Todd Heisler/Pool (L) and Shannon Stapleton (R)
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L) and Nafissatou Diallo are seen in this combination photo.
Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is seeking more than $1 million in a countersuit against the New York hotel maid whose accusation of sexual assault last year brought down his glittering political career.

The countersuit, signed Monday and made public Tuesday, seeks a minimum of $1 million, plus legal costs and undetermined punitive damages from the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, who is accused of "falsely and maliciously asserting" she was attacked.

The 18-page document accuses Diallo of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false imprisonment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"Ms Diallo participated in the commencement and maintenance of a baseless criminal prosecution," the suit said, "and in doing so intended to injure Mr Strauss-Kahn."

The suit was the French politician's latest attempt to turn the tables on Diallo and recover from a scandal that started a year ago Monday when Diallo accused him of forcing her into oral sex when she went to clean his luxury hotel room.

An initial criminal case against Strauss-Kahn collapsed because Diallo lied to Manhattan prosecutors on certain aspects of the story.

Cult

China Rebuts Dalai Lama's Alleged Poison Plot

Image
© The Associated Press/Lenny Ignelzi
The Dalai Lama at a news conference in April 2012.
After the Dalai Lama accused China of trying to poison him, the Chinese government rebutted his claims and said that if it wanted the Tibetan spiritual leader dead, it could have done so without waiting until he was 76 years old.

The Dalai Lama told the Sunday Telegraph that he believed the Chinese government had trained women to put poison in their hair and scarves for him to touch when he blessed them. The newspaper said that he and his aides have not been able to confirm the plots.

It's common practice for the Dalai Lama to place his hands on devotees heads when he blesses them, reported the Associated Press. He's usually surrounded by crowds of followers when he travels outside of the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, where he lives.

Pharoah

Meet France's new power couple

Image
© KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features
François Hollande kisses his partner Valérie Trierweiler after winning the presidential election.
French president François Hollande and his partner Valérie Trierweiler are now France's first family. So how will they differ from the Sarkozys?

On a stage in a country town square, the accordion band struck up Edith Piaf's bitter-sweet love song, La Vie en Rose. François Hollande, just elected France's first Socialist president in 17 years, attempted a few steps of a waltz with his partner Valérie Trierweiler before she stepped back, perhaps realising they might look a little ridiculous on TV. "Kiss! Kiss!" demanded the crowd gathered in Tulle in Hollande's rural powerbase of Corrèze. It was Trierweiler who had chosen the Piaf song, stock soundtrack of France, and who had asked the mayor to play it.

The music marked the return of the accordion to French politics, not seen since the faux-rustic former president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing played it in the 1970s - an important message about Hollande's rural, Mr Normal image. But it also showed the subtle importance of Trierweiler behind the scenes. Moments earlier, the political journalist - who began a relationship with Hollande after years covering the Socialist party for Paris Match magazine - had sat with him as he put the last touches to his victory speech. Hollande might have won the election by styling himself as the Ordinary Guy, a powerful political branding exercise, but it was Trierweiler who appeared to have coined the term, having described him as "the Normal Man" in a profile she wrote in 2004.

Airplane

Met Police London City Airport Guard Shoots Himself Dead Inside Police Station

North Woolwich Police Station
© Google
Airport guard dies after being found with serious gunshot wounds

An investigation has been launched after an armed Met police airport guard shot himself dead at a Docklands police station.

The constable, in his 30s, was a member of London City Airport's SO18 security team. He was found by a colleague with serious gunshot wounds at North Woolwich station, in Newham, at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Paramedics battled to save his life but he was pronounced dead 22 minutes later. Scotland Yard today said no-one else was being sought in connection with the tragedy.

The station is used as a base by armed officers on the nearby airport's Aviation Security Command.

Footprints

European leaders and financial markets braced for Greece exit from euro

Image
Return to drachma nears amid political impasse in Athens and open discussion in Brussels of possible end of single currency

Financial markets are hastily making preparations for a Greek exit from the euro after a day of political and economic turmoil ended with Europe's policy elite admitting for the first time that it may prove impossible to keep the single currency intact.

With attempts in Athens to form a government after last week's election looking increasingly doomed, European leaders abandoned their taboo on talking about the possibility that Greece might have to leave the euro.

Shares, oil, and the euro were all sold heavily on Monday in anticipation that anti-austerity parties would garner support in a second Greek election likely to be held next month, bringing the row between Greece and its European creditors to a climax.

Stormtrooper

Oakland Cop Shoots, Kills High School Senior; Nothing to See Here

Image
© unknown
US, California - An Oakland cop shot a fleeing high school senior three times, killing the teenager while shooting himself in the foot. Oakland police claim they saw a hidden gun on 18-year-old Alan Blueford's person shortly after midnight, causing them to pursue him. That's when cops say Blueford pointed a gun at one of the officers (they also say "several independent witnesses" corroborate the claim), compelling him to shoot.

Police are not releasing the name of the officer, who is on paid administrative leave, though the San Francisco Chronicle identified him as Officer Miguel Masso. A police spokesperson, meanwhile, offered to the media that Alan Blueford had been convicted of felony burglary and was on probation when shot. His father says his son was completing the community service portion of his sentencing, and speculated that his son ran away from cops because he didn't want to get into any more trouble. He says his son was in the Oakland neighborhood for the Floyd Mayweather match.

Blueford's family has retained counsel, civil rights attorney James Burris, who points out all the shots were fired by cops. The family also claimed in a statement that their son was left to bleed to death, and that Blueford's friends were detained for six hours following the incident. The family says it was informed of their son's death at the hands of cops not by the police department but from one of Blueford's friends after he was released. The family also points out that the original police version claimed an exchange of gunfire. Investigators say the gun recovered at the scene had not been shot.

Heart - Black

49 Headless Bodies Dumped on North Mexico Highway

Image
© The Associated Press/Christian Palma
A federal policeman guards the area where dozens of bodies were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border near the city of Monterrey, Mexico on May 13.
Monterrey, Mexico - Forty-nine bodies with their heads, hands and feet hacked off were found Sunday dumped on a northern Mexico highway leading to the Texas border in what appeared to be the latest carnage in an escalating war between Mexico's two dominant drug cartels.

Local and federal authorities discovered the bodies before dawn scattered in a pool of blood at the entrance to the town of San Juan, on a highway leading from the metropolis of Monterrey to the border city of Reynosa. A white stone arch welcoming visitors was spray-painted with black letters: "100% Zeta."

Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said at a news conference that the 43 men and six women would be hard to identify because of the lack of heads, hands and feet. The bodies were being taken to a Monterrey auditorium for DNA tests.

The victims could have been killed as long as two days ago at another location, then transported to San Juan, a town in the municipality of Cadereyta, about 105 miles (175 kilometers) west-southwest of McAllen, Texas, and 75 miles (125 kilometers) southwest of the Roma, Texas, border crossing, state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza said.