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New Zealand rugby player banned for kung fu-style kick to opponent's head

Kick
© Oleksiy Maksymenko / Global Look Press
A rugby player has been banned for six weeks after fly-kicking an opponent in the face during a game in Australia last weekend.

Tevita Nabura, of New Zealand club Otago Highlanders, kicked Cam Clark of Australian team New South Wales Waratahs in the face while collecting a high ball in the teams' Super Rugby encounter.

Highlanders winger Nabura, 25, was handed a 12-week ban for the incident by the league's Foul Play Committee on Friday, although the sentence was halved for the player's "remorse, his inexperience and his guilty plea at the first available opportunity."

The brutal high-kick came in the 19th minute of the Highlanders' game against their Australian rivals at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.

The Fijian-born winger was dismissed by the referee for the incident, and his team went on to suffer a 41-12 defeat to their Australian rivals.

Bad Guys

Morgan Freeman gets his #MeToo moment, but some see Russian shadow

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman
He voiced God in blockbusters, won an Oscar for best supporting actor, and became the public face of a campaign to demonize Russia. Now, Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman has been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women.

Four women who have worked on movie sets with Freeman over the past decade have accused the actor of "repeatedly behaving in ways that made women feel uncomfortable at work," according to a CNN article published Thursday. Two more said that Freeman "subjected them to unwanted touching" while another three said he had "made public comments about women's clothing or bodies."

"I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected - that was never my intent," Freeman, 80, said in a statement after the CNN article was published.

Comment: #MeToo is getting out of hand. But to drag Russia-conspiracy nuttery into the mix is beyond silly.


Gold Coins

Politicians may bluster but profits trump all: Russia-Germany business ties remain solid despite sanctions

mercedes-Benz symbol
© Ralph Orlowski / Reuters
German firms continue investing in the Russian economy despite facing barriers from economic sanctions against Russia, the head of the German business lobby told RT at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

"The foundations of German and Russian economic relations are solid even in the time of sanctions and low oil and gas prices. Last year, we saw high German private investment in the Russian economy of €1.6 billion," the chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Matthias Schepp said.

Comment:


Pistol

Indiana middle school on lockdown, teacher & teen injured from gunfire

A helicopter lands at school
© Christopher Reily / Reuters
A helicopter lands near Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana.
An Indiana middle school went into lockdown on Friday after a student opened fire, injuring a teacher and a fellow pupil.

Noblesville Police Department has confirmed that a teacher and child suffered gunshot wounds during an active shooter situation at West Middle School, near Morse Reservoir. The duo were taken to Noblesville Methodist Hospital, where their condition is unknown.

In a post on Twitter Indiana Police officer John Perrine said the suspect has since been taken into custody and the families of the victims have been notified.

"All students are being taken to the Noblesville High School, parents are asked to pick up there," Perrine tweeted. The person in police custody is a male student currently enrolled at the middle school.

Laptop

Targets of mysterious Wikipedia editor Philip Cross report intriguing patterns with Times columnist Oliver Kamm

computer guy
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Wikipedia editor Philip Cross is still waging war against the left. Some of those targeted by his vexatious edits have reported patterns between him and Times columnist Oliver Kamm.

Active on Wikipedia since 2004, a figure known as Philip Cross has been editing entries tirelessly for nearly 15 years. Recently, trouble has been brewing online, with Cross accused of paying special attention to a cluster of Wikipedia accounts, editing them or deleting chunks of information.

Pundits like George Galloway, academic Tim Hayward, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and even the former political editor of The Guardian, Michael White, have fallen in the 'cross'-hairs. Ex-UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray has also been targeted.

"Six times I have personally had hostile edits to my Wikipedia page by 'Philip Cross' made in precise conjunction with attacks on me by Kamm, either on Twitter, in a Times editorial or in Prospect magazine," Murray writes.

Comment: More on Philip Cross:


Pistol

Hit & gun: Firearm thrown onto motorway lodged into speeding car

Gun stuck in car
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Washington state police have revealed a curious firearm recovery case in which a gun hastily disposed of on a highway became lodged in a passing car.

The incident occurred along Interstate 5, a busy highway which extends north from Washington to the US border with Canada.

Biohazard

Mussels with oxycodone in their system found in Washington's Puget Sound

Mussels from Puget Sound
© Peter Andrews/Reuters
Mussels are filter feeders that scientists use to test water pollution in a given system.
As the US continues to grapple with a widespread opioid epidemic, alarming research from Seattle indicates that the local population is consuming so much oxycodone that it's seeping into the local water supply.

Scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have found trace amounts of oxycodone in the Puget Sound using a study involving mussels. The shellfish are filter feeders who gain nourishment from their surroundings, while simultaneously absorbing whatever contaminants are also in the water - making them an ideal barometer for environmental scientists to test water pollution in a given area.

"What we eat and what we excrete goes into the Puget Sound," Jennifer Lanksbury, a biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, told CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO. "It's telling me there's a lot of people taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound area."

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Sources say Assange's presence in Ecuadorian embassy in jeopardy - could leave "any day now"

Assange 2012
© Associated Press/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks makes a statement from a balcony of the Equador Embassy in London, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.

While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is "unusually bad" and that he could leave the embassy "any day now," either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is "in jeopardy," one source familiar with the matter said.

Assange's exit from the embassy could open a new phase for US investigators eager to find out what he knows.

CNN reported in April 2017 that the US has prepared charges to seek the arrest of Assange, who US intelligence agencies believe Russia used as an intermediary to distribute hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Assange and his lawyers say he has been detained without charge for 2,720 days -- 53 of those "gagged" and isolated from visitors and outside communications -- and that there is "not a shred of evidence that Assange has done anything but publish material just as the establishment media do every day," according to a tweet by his lawyers on May 19.

Comment: See also:


Handcuffs

Journalist Tommy Robinson arrested in for 'breach of the peace' after chasing down accused child abusers

Tommy Robinson
© Joel Goodman
Tommy Robinson surrounded by police in April, 2017.
EDL leader-turned independent journalist Tommy Robinson has been arrested in Leeds after confronting defendants outside a courthouse as they entered to face trial over sexual abuse allegations.

Robinson and his team were producing a live video for social media as several of 29 defendants accused of child sex abuse and neglect entered the courthouse.

In a video posted to social media, Robinson - a self-modeled defender of free speech - can be seen arrested by a team of police officers. He is put in the back of a police van, with officers telling him that he was being arrested for "incitement" and"breach of the peace."

RT spoke to Robinson's producer, Caolan Robertson, about the confrontation outside of Leeds Crown Court and Robinson's subsequent arrest.

Arrow Down

Classic liberal fail: White 'trans-black' activist Rachel Dolezal faces 15 years in prison for welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal
© Aaron Robert Kathman / Wikipedia
Rachel Dolezal speaking at a rally in Spokane.
Rachel Dolezal, the white activist, author and entrepreneur who famously 'self-identified' as black and eventually became the subject of a Netflix documentary, is now facing up to 15 years in prison for welfare fraud.

Dolezal is charged with: theft by welfare fraud of $8,847 allegedly stolen between August 2015 through November 2017, perjury and making false claims to receive public assistance. Dolezal reportedly received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in childcare benefits according KHQ-TV, a local NBC affiliate, reported. She allegedly reported that her only income was from child support payments (she is a mother of three) which amounted to less than $500 per month, which was contradicted by her bank records that were subpoenaed by state officials.

"The state of Washington seeks prosecution and restitution in this matter. In addition, the Department requests Nkechi Diallo (formerly Dolezal) be disqualified from receiving Food Assistance for at least a 12-month period for breaking a Food Assistance rule on purpose. This is known as an Intentional Program Violation," court documents read as cited by KHQ-TV.

An investigator at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Fraud office heard that Diallo had recently published a book 'In Full Color,' in a deal reportedly worth between $10,000 to $20,000. She was also the subject of a Netflix documentary entitled, 'The Rachel Divide.'

Comment: It's nice to see that the activist ideologues have such good character. Dolezal isn't the only one. Scratch the surface and you'll find a surprising number of activists are just masking their own criminal mentality and personality disorders. There's a reason the vast majority of revolutions create totalitarian systems.