Refuge vow for domestic abuse victims

Having a refuge space can be “life-saving” – but some women cannot get one, because local authorities’ budgets have been “squeezed”, she said. “This is something Women’s Aid and lots of other campaigners have been asking for, for years and years,” she added. ‘I was raped’ by police officer ex-husband New app secretly tracks domestic abuse The prime minister said the “abhorrent crime” had “no place” in the UK. In a message to victims, she added: “Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever the abuse you face, you will have access to the services you need to be safe.” Ms Kneer, who runs Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid, said having a safe place to go is a human right, …

Rare black bear spotted in demilitarized zone between North and South Korea

(CNN)An endangered Asiatic black bear has been caught on camera in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea. The bear snapped in the picture appears to between eight and nine months old, and weighs between 25 and 35 kilograms (55 to 77 pounds). Because it’s a young bear, authorities said it was likely there were at least three bears in the area, including its parents. Since 2014, 92 unmanned cameras have been installed in the area which snap photos when they sense movement from a warm blooded animal. South Korea’s Ministry of Environment designated the Asiatic Black bear as an endangered animal in 1998 and has been making efforts to increase population levels. In the press release …

David Beckham banned from driving for using cell phone

London (CNN)Former England football star David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months after he was caught using his mobile phone behind the wheel. “Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap,” said prosecutor Matthew Spratt, according to PA. “He (the witness) says that the defendant was operating a handheld device at knee level. At that moment a photograph was taken.” Beckham’s lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, said that his client cannot remember the incident. “There is no excuse for what took place but his view is as he cannot remember… he’s going to plead guilty and that’s what he’s done,” said Tyrrell. Beckham also spent time playing for Spain’s …

Bipartisan group of attorneys general urge Congress to pass marijuana banking bill

(CNN)A bipartisan group of attorneys general from 33 states and five territories are urging Congress to advance a bill that would allow cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system. They point to the growth of the marijuana industry and argue that the SAFE Banking Act would bring billions of dollars into the banking sector. “The resulting grey market makes it more difficult to track revenues for taxation and regulatory compliance purposes, contributes to a public safety threat as cash-intensive businesses are often targets for criminal activity, and prevents proper tracking of billions in finances across the nation,” the attorneys general wrote. The top law enforcement officials, however, stress that this is not an endorsement of the legalization of marijuana. …

Gun fired during prayers at mosque

Attack fears The Met Police said: “Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries or damage to the building. “At this early stage, ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggests that the weapon was a blank-firing handgun.” Officers will remain at the scene overnight, it added. In a statement shared by a Muslim Council spokesman on Twitter, the mosque’s imam Mufti Suhail said the suspect’s motives had not been established. He asked that people “avoid speculating and circulating unconfirmed information”. There are heightened security concerns at places of worship around the world after recent attacks. A mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, left 50 people dead. In April, churches in Sri Lanka were …

Elizabeth Warren Wants The Sackler Name Removed From Harvard Buildings

Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is pushing Harvard University to remove the Sackler family name from its buildings around campus, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. pledged to donate $4,500 to offset donations she’d received from the Sacklers, who are accused of knowingly fueling the For decades, the Sackler family has owned and operated Purdue Pharma, which created the addictive painkiller OxyContin. Public health advocates blame the drug for the current opioid crisis, which they believe has played a large part in  Warren skewered the Sackler family in a Wednesday outlining her plan to spend $100 billion over 10 years combating the crisis. The plan would dole out funding to states, municipalities and tribal governments for public health surveillance, research and training, along with expanded access …

Trump Responds To New York Times Report On His Taxes

Trump seemingly tried to downplay the report, saying that “almost all real estate developers” wanted to show losses for tax purposes and renegotiate with banks, and it was “sport.”  based on 10 years of tax documents the newspaper acquired covering the years 1985 to 1994. The filings show that Trump’s businesses accrued tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in debt each year during that period, while Trump touted himself as a successful business icon. “Year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer,” the newspaper said. The president’s lawyer Charles Harder rejected the assertions made in the Times’ report, saying they were “demonstrably false,” but he did not cite any …

California Wildfires Insurance Claims Topped $12 Billion

The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of Paradise and two Southern California blazes. It’s up about $600 million from data released in January. “While last year’s tragic wildfires turned thousands of people’s lives upside down, insurance is helping to rebuild and recover,” Lara said in a news release during Wildfire Preparedness Week. The increasing destruction is making it harder and more costly for people to obtain homeowners insurance. “Wildfire has long been part of California’s landscape and insurers understand that California faces major wildfire risk,” said Nicole Mahrt-Ganley of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, which represents about 60 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance market. “Insurers are …

Microsoft harnesses AI to make Word politically correct

“Beginning this fall, people working in Word Online who are in search of inspiration and insights on how to make their document better will be able to receive intelligent suggestions with Ideas – a feature that is already making people more productive in PowerPoint and Excel,” explained John Roach in Microsoft’s AI blog this week. “The Ideas in Word feature uses machine learning and intelligence from Microsoft Graph to help users write polished prose, create more professional documents and efficiently navigate documents created by others.” 5 CRAZY AI-POWERED GADGETS THAT THINK FOR YOU In addition to “familiar fixes for spelling and grammatical errors,” Ideas in Word will also offer “advice on more concise and inclusive language,” according to Microsoft. In the blog …

Uber drivers stage strikes in UK and US

In the US, members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance will strike from 07:00 to 09:00 local time. There, Uber drivers will be joined by members working for Lyft and other taxi-booking apps. Lower commissions “It is the drivers who have created this extraordinary wealth but they continue to be denied even the most basic workplace rights,” said James Farrar, chair of the United Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union. “We call on the public not to cross the digital picket line on 8 May but to stand in solidarity with impoverished drivers across the world who have made Uber so successful.” The unions would like to cut the commission going to the companies. The IWGB in …

US dispatched aircraft carrier to send message to Iran

WASHINGTON – A White House decision to dispatch an aircraft carrier and other military resources to send a message to Iran followed “clear indications” that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were preparing to possibly attack U.S. forces in the region, a defense official told the Associated Press. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the Pentagon approved the deployments and that U.S. forces at sea and on land were thought to be the potential targets. The official declined to be more specific. White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement Sunday night that the U.S. is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the …

Rape suspect probed over further attacks

Image copyright Met Police Image caption The Met Police released a CCTV image of the suspect The suspect is also being investigated over the abduction of two 13-year-old boys and the abduction and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Heywood, Manchester, at about 15:30 BST on Sunday. Det Ch Insp Goodwin said the attacks were believed to have taken place between 21 April and 5 May. “Detectives from the Met continue to lead on this investigation and are working very closely with policing counterparts where he is suspected to have carried out further offences,” she said. Mr McCann was also wanted for questioning over the abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford, Hertfordshire, in the …

Excluded pupils’ results in league tables

‘Missed opportunities’ Mr Hinds said a consultation in the autumn would consider how accountability measures, such as league tables, could be used to keep schools responsible for the future outcome of excluded pupils. Mr Timpson, a former education minister, said there was “clear room for improvement” in arrangements for pupils who have been excluded. Excluded pupils abandoned by schools Schools permanently exclude 40 pupils per day Special needs pupil spends years out of school Is knife crime linked to exclusions? This includes concerns about the quality of some “alternative provision” places, where pupils are taught if they are removed from mainstream schools. Mr Timpson warned there was “too much variation in the use of exclusions and too many missed opportunities”. …

Pakistan appoints IMF economist to head central bank

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Finance Ministry has appointed an IMF economist to head its central bank amid ongoing talks with the international lending agency over a key $8 billion bailout package. The ministry named Reza Baqir as governor of the State Bank of Pakistan late Saturday, hours after Tariq Bajwa was dismissed from the post. The head of a tax collection body, Jahanzeb Khan, was also dismissed. Bajwa and Khan were part of the team holding talks with the IMF in Islamabad, which the government expects to wrap up Tuesday.

Trump Names Former Obama Border Patrol Chief To Head ICE

Donald Trump has named Mark Morgan, the former Board Patrol chief in President Barack Obama’s administration, to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. decision on Twitter on Sunday, calling Morgan a “true believer and American Patriot.” Trump did not make clear in his tweet whether he was formally nominating Morgan, which requires Senate confirmation, or naming him as acting head of the agency. removed shortly after Trump took office. an interview with The Fix he urged Trump “to stay the course.” In April, ASSOCIATED PRESS Mark Morgan, President Donald Trump’s latest pick to head ICE, formerly led Border Patrol in the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency. He was removed shortly after Trump took office. pulling his previous nomination of Ronald …