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Violence breaks out in Brazil as anti-World Cup protesters swarm Sao Paulo

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Violent: Radicals attacked police vans in the street as they chanted
  • More than 2,000 demonstrators calling for government to prioritise health
  • First in a series of protests planned against football tournament
  • World Cup set to start this June in stadiums across the country
More than 2,000 protesters clashed with police in Sao Paulo as tension mounts over the World Cup later this year.

It is the first in a series of demonstrations planned against the tournament, which locals fear will drain public funds needed for the ailing health and education services.

Waving flags, carrying banners and chanting 'there will be no Cup', the crowds swarmed the streets of Brazil's second city.

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Windows were smashed as more than 2,000 people took to the streets of one of Brazil's biggest cities

Attention

Birds of pray: Doves released in the Vatican as a gesture of peace are immediately attacked by vicious seagull and crow

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Go: Pope Francis is joined by two children who release doves during the Angelus Prayer in St. Peter's Square
  • Tens of thousands of people were watching in St Peter's Square
  • Seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves today
  • They had been set free from open window of the Apostolic Palace
Two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture today were attacked by other birds.

As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter's Square, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace.

One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off.

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Attack: Two white doves had been sent fluttering into the air as a peace gesture by Italian children

Handcuffs

10 slave ships seized off Cape coast

slave ships
© Courtney Africa
Ten fishing vessels have been held in the harbour. An alert has been issued for two that have absconded
When a fisheries patrol vessel intercepted three foreign vessels fishing illegally off the coast they found "modern-day slaves" forced to live and work in appalling conditions.

Some of the crew, mainly Indonesian and Taiwanese, had been working on the tuna fishing vessels for between three and five years without being paid.

On Thursday, Ceba Mtoba, chief director of control and surveillance at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said in terms of the SA Maritime Safety Authorities regulations, the vessels were not fit to sail.

Comment: Who said that slavery ended? A large number of the world's population today is plagued by great poverty and psychopathic individuals will take advantage, use and abuse them as long as it satisfies their greed; from psychopathic governments to your garden-variety psychopath, the suffering caused is worldwide. Here are just a few recent examples:

Modern slavery, bread and circuses: Official records show 185 Nepalese workers died last year alone on stadium construction sites for Qatar for 2022 Soccer World Cup‏

Modern slavery: Gullah-Geechee people of Sapelo Island, Georgia being forced off by 600% property tax hike

How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India's trade in child slavery

The Chocolate Wars: A bitter tale of greed and child slavery

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery Affecting 30 Million Women and Children


People

One million 'illegal American aliens' live in Mexico: Spot the difference in how they're treated

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Flag of Mexico

Just like the US, Mexico has immigration laws.

And it's not just some Mexicans breaking US laws, Americans are doing the same in Mexico, by overstaying their automatic six month visa without getting the proper permits to stay longer.

How many Americans are doing this?

No one knows, but the estimate is that there are at least 1 million Americans who have left the US to live in Mexico.

Net migration to the US from Mexico by Mexicans is now a negative number. More are leaving than are staying.

Interesting, huh?

And who is being treated humanly and sensibly in this transaction? And who is not?

Cult

Comics god Alan Moore sez today's adults' interest in superheroes is "potentially culturally catastrophic"

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Alan Moore: plans to quit engagements and 'let my work speak for me'.

Comics god Alan Moore has issued a comprehensive sign-off from public life after shooting down accusations that his stories feature racist characters and an excessive amount of sexual violence towards women.

The Watchmen author also used a lengthy recent interview with Pádraig Ó Méalóid at Slovobooks entitled "Last Alan Moore interview?" - to expand upon his belief that today's adults' interest in superheroes is potentially "culturally catastrophic", a view originally aired in the Guardian last year.

"To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children's characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence," he wrote to Ó Méalóid. "It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite 'universes' presented by DC or Marvel Comics. I would also observe that it is, potentially, culturally catastrophic to have the ephemera of a previous century squatting possessively on the cultural stage and refusing to allow this surely unprecedented era to develop a culture of its own, relevant and sufficient to its times."

Boat

More than 300 people fall ill aboard cruise ship

Cruise ship Explorer of the seas
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September 11, 2008: One of Royal Caribbean International's superliner cruise ships, Explorer of the Seas sits at Cape Liberty Cruise Port, the old Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne, N.J.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating how more than 300 people have fallen ill on board a ship cruising the Caribbean.

The CDC said Saturday that health officials would board Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas Sunday, when it is scheduled to dock at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In all, 281 passengers and 22 crew members have reportedly fallen ill during the voyage, with most reporting vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC said it was not immediately clear what had caused the apparent outbreak. In response, the agency said that the ship's crew had stepped up its cleaning and disinfecting actions, encouraged passengers to report possible new cases, and prepared for new crew members to join the voyage midway through the journey.

Comment:
Miami: Almost 70 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean cruise fall ill with vomiting bug as ship is forced to return to port
Norovirus outbreak scares cruise ship passengers in New Zealand


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Miami: Almost 70 passengers aboard Royal Caribbean cruise fall ill with vomiting bug as ship is forced to return to port

Cruise ship, The majesty of the seas
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'Sick ship': The Majesty of the Seas returned Friday to Miami with almost 70 people having fallen ill to a suspected norovirus

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to dock Friday with dozens sick from a suspected norovirus outbreak.

The Majesty of the Seas arrived in Miami after a four night trip to multiple ports of call and reported 68 people falling victim to the virus.

The cruise line said in a statement that 66 of 2,581 passengers and two of the 84 crew members became ill aboard the 'sick ship.'

'I spent like the whole night on the toilet,' passenger Frank Weinger told Local 10. 'It was terrible.'

Symptoms include diarrhea, throwing up, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache and body aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Mr Weinger never saw Nassau, Bahamas, he noted.

The cruise line said he and his fellow sick passengers 'responded well to over-the-counter medication' and that 'an extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal' would be undertaken before the ship's next voyage.

Boat

Norovirus outbreak scares cruise ship passengers in New Zealand

Diamond Princess cruise ship
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Dozens of passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship caught a stomach bug on its last trip. The cruise ship arrived in Tauranga on Jan 15 and marked the end of a voyage that began in Australia.

Workers are frantically sanitising the ship before the next group of passengers comes aboard. The ship is scheduled to leave from Auckland on Jan 15. However, check-in time has been delayed for the thorough cleaning and decontamination.

About 60 people from among the 3,500 of the ship's passengers and crew fell ill after contracting norovirus. The virus is highly contagious with symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and lethargy.

A passenger who asked not to be named told the Herald that he is seriously considering not going on his scheduled trip. He is due to leave for Sydney aboard the cruise ship for two weeks. The anonymous passenger said his partner is not in the best of health. They were looking forward to the spending time together in the cruise ship.

Eye 1

UK Police ordered to stop and search 15 a month - or face disciplinary action

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Stop and search has always been controversial
Outrage as orders issued aimed at hitting targets not solving crimes

Officers in Britain's biggest police force face disciplinary action unless they stop and search at least 15 people a month, it has been claimed.

The Met also orders officers to arrest eight people a month, which has raised fears some officers may let other "things go" in pursuit of hitting their targets.

Yesterday one police source said: "If the public knew the police service had to arrest by numbers rather than crimes there would be a national outcry."

Stop and search is one of the most controversial powers in policing, with people from a black or minority ethnic background seven times more likely to be stopped than white people.

Britain's top cop, Bernard Hogan-Howe, recently claimed stop and search was only used where officers have "intelligence".

But our insider provided evidence that indicated Met officers are being told they have to use the power at least 15 times a month or face disciplinary action.

He said that officers were told to stop and search people at incidents they were called to to keep up their numbers.

Arrow Down

Thieves in New Hampshire raiding woodpiles for firewood

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Janine Richardson couldn't believe it when she and her husband went to bring in some firewood to heat their home and it was all gone.

"We don't use oil at all," said Richardson. "We heat by wood solely so it was cold, it was cold that night, luckily we had little scraps around so we burnt that for the night."

Police in Candia New Hampshire says it's happened at least twice this month. Heavy piles of firewood have been stolen from people's property.

"I haven't seen that in this area," said Candia Police Chief Mike McGillen. "I can't recall having many investigations like this."

A cord of wood can be worth up to $250, and police are not sure if the wood is being stolen by people who want to sell it, or if they need the wood to keep warm.

Comment: With the extremes of cold weather worldwide and the shortages of propane and heating oil, this may become commonplace.
Propane shortage = Millions of cold Americans
U.S braces itself for coldest month of the century - More snow storms expected