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NY Honours leak of celebs' and police officers' addresses EVEN WORSE than initially thought, govt admits

elton john
© Reuters / Denis Balibouse
The UK government has revealed that a hugely embarrassing error that led to the leaking of celebrities' and police officers' details exposed the sensitive data online for 190 minutes and not for just one hour as previously stated.

The UK Cabinet Office admitted on Tuesday night that the leak on December 27 of more than 1,000 New Year Honours recipients' addresses - including those of Elton John and former Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders - was left online for more than three hours.

Conservative ministers issued an "unreserved apology" for the major gaffe and launched an independent review after the government had initially insisted the private data was leaked online for merely an hour.

Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden has now revised that version of events, and said that, while the link to the data was taken down after 40 minutes, any individuals that had a direct web link had access to the sensitive information for a further 150 minutes.

Dowden insisted that "appropriate management action" would be taken but did not reveal whether anyone would be sacked. He added: "On behalf of the Cabinet Office I apologise unreservedly for any distress or inconvenience caused."


Chelsea Clinton has made $9 million from one board seat. Let's see how this go-getting multi-millionaire worked for her fortune

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Chelsea Clinton's charmed life (surely not based on nepotism & name recognition alone!) continues without impediment, in full view of an American public that just doesn't seem bothered.

As reported by Barron's, Chelsea Clinton's stock in the internet conglomerate IAC/ InterActiveCorp has recently been valued at $9 million. That's on top of the $50,000 annual retainer she receives, and the $6 million windfall she secured for becoming a board member in 2011.

That board membership at IAC is but one of many extremely lucrative posts that the daughter of Bill and Hillary has lucked upon since college.

After graduating from Oxford in 2003 with a master's degree in politics, Clinton habitually assumed roles at organizations run or owned by her parents' friends.


British woman to appeal conviction for false rape claim after being railroaded by Cyprus authorities and judge

uk teen cyprus rape
© Christos Theodorides
The 19-year-old covers her face as she enters court on Monday
The British teenager convicted of lying about being gang-raped by a group of Israeli tourists was due to fly home later on Tuesday after she was handed a suspended four-month jail sentence.

The 19-year-old's defence team immediately said they would appeal the conviction at the supreme court - and demanded that the process for this be expedited.

Her highly controversial trial caused an outcry in Britain and the judge had to raise his voice to be heard over the chants of her supporters outside the courtroom in Paralimni.

"We want justice, we don't want favours," chanted the crowd of some 150 supporters, many of whom had flown in from Israel, joined by Cypriot women and some Britons.

Comment: There's more data available that reveals more about this situation. Apparently the judge who convicted the teen has been accused of hating women after he previously threw out another rape case two years ago, despite 'strong evidence'.

Referring to the British teen's case a forensic pathologist, Dr Marios Matsakis, said the British teenager may have been drugged, claims he said were not properly investigated.

He added that the failure to properly examine evidence against the 12 Israelis made him 'ashamed as a Cypriot'. Describing the judge, Dr Matsakis said 'my impression is he hates women'.

She also told The Mail: 'I have no doubts that violence was exercised on the body.'

The judge's behavior during the trial was rather out of line as well. From the Daily Mail:
Judge Papathanasiou has come under pressure for his courtroom behaviour, which Mr Matsakis described as unacceptable and 'like a primary school teacher shouting at students'.

During the woman's shambolic trial, he often yelled angrily at her and at others in court. In one bizarre instance, he reportedly shouted at the teenager for turning to her mother.

'I'm sure he affected her,' Mr Matsakis said. 'He said at one stage that she was looking at her mother and sighing.

'So what if she looked at her mother? Judging from this case, his behaviour was totally unacceptable and I would say that the authorities need to look into this and see whether he is fit to judge.'
Sounds like the court system in Cyprus is just as bad as it is in Italy.


'They threatened my family': Ghosn accuses Nissan and Japanese prosecutors of colluding against him

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn
© Reuters / Mohamed Azakir
Former Nissan chairman, Carlos Ghosn, during a news conference at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut.
Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn has made his first public appearance since his sensational escape from Japan, accusing the company of colluding with prosecutors, and claiming his family was in jeopardy.

"I did not escape justice. I fled injustice and political persecution," Ghosn told a conference room packed with international journalists in Beirut, Lebanon.

The businessman, who was due to face trial for embezzlement and under-reporting his income in Japan, said that fleeing the country was "the most difficult decision" of his life. However, he said that he had no other choice as his family was allegedly in danger.

Ghosn claims that Japanese officials told him: "It will be over if you just confess. If you don't confess, not only are we going to go after you, we are going to go after your family."

Comment: Fox News adds:
Ghosn, as expected, alleged that he was interrogated for up to eight hours a day by Japanese authorities and was held "definitively" in solitary confinement for 130 days after several failed attempts at posting bail. He also claimed he was not permitted to have attorneys present when he was questioned and was only permitted to shower twice a week. Under the terms of Ghosn's bail, he was restricted from contacting his family, including his wife Carole. On Tuesday, prosecutors in Japan obtained an arrest warrant for Carole Ghosn on suspicion of perjury. [...]

He's also under investigation by France.

"There was no end in sight," he said. "Those conditions remained more or less the same, day after day, week after week, month after month. The feeling of hopelessness was profound." [..]

"There was no interest in finding the truth," he said. "There was strong interest in building a case against me."

Heart - Black

Religious discrimination in Pakistan: Imran Khan condemns attack on Sikh gurdwara

Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, where the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, was born was attacked by a mob and pelted with stones.
Imran Khan
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday he has "zero tolerance" for the people who attacked a Sikh shrine near Lahore, alleging that unlike Indian leader Narendra Modi he doesn't support violence against minorities.

Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, where the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak, was born was attacked by a mob and pelted with stones on Friday before the police stepped, said media reports.

There is a "major difference between the condemnable Nankana incident and the ongoing attacks across India on Muslims and other minorities," said Khan on Twitter.

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'Child stowaway' found dead in undercarriage of plane at Paris airport

Air France Boeing 777 jet
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The child's body was found in the undercarriage of an Air France Boeing 777 jet.
A child aged around 10 years old has been found dead in the undercarriage of a plane that touched down at a Paris airport after arriving from the Ivory Coast.

Air France has confirmed that the "lifeless body of a stowaway" was discovered at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris early on Wednesday morning.

Star of David

IDF soldier jailed for stashing snake in Palestinian's vehicle at checkpoint on Christmas

IDF soldier snake Palestinian
A soldier with the Israel Defense Forces has been sentenced to 18 days of detention following an investigation which revealed the service member stashed a snake inside a Palestinian man's car at a checkpoint on Christmas Day.

Army Radio, the IDF's nationwide radio network, reported Tuesday that a soldier with the Givati Brigade combat unit had been sentenced to 18 days behind bars for slipping a snake inside a bottle into a family's car during a routine IDF search at the Beit Furik Junction in the West Bank on December 25.
"When the case became known to the commanders, an inquiry was established and the fighter was sentenced to prison," the IDF said in a Tuesday announcement, as reported by the Times of Israel.

Comment: What's surprising is that the soldier received any reprimand at all....


Multiple injuries in Ottawa shooting, police urge public to avoid scene Update: 1 dead, 3 injured

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Ottawa police are investigating a shooting incident with "many injuries reported" on Gilmour Street between Bank and Kent streets.

Police were called to the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m.

Comment: Video footage from the aftermath. Sputnik reports "that three people with gunshot wounds have been sent to a hospital in serious condition."

Update: CTV News reporting one dead and three wounded. No suspect has been apprehended:

Brick Wall

'Heckler's Veto': UBC threatened with legal action for cancelling talk on Antifa

Antifa Portland
© Stephanie Keith/Getty Images
Antifa members gather at a rally in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 17, 2019.
The University of British Columbia is being threatened with legal action over the cancellation of a speaking engagement featuring conservative U.S. journalist Andy Ngo discussing Antifa violence.

Sponsored by The Free Speech Club, the event had been given the green light to take place on Jan. 29, but on Dec. 20 the university suddenly cancelled the talk citing safety and security concerns.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is calling on UBC to reinstate the event or face legal action, saying cancelling Ngo's talk goes against the university's principles regarding academic freedom and free speech.

Comment: The last thing one wants to do when dealing with a mob of vigilantes threatening to shut down your event is to give in to them. This simply emboldens them to do more and starts the momentum of giving in to threats. Unruly mobs of brainwashed kids should not be allowed to dictate the agenda of a University.

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Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About the Australian Bushfires


Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
It has nothing to do with climate change.

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