Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Met police chief refuses to apologise to Lord Brammall for failed sex abuse probe, claiming there's 'NOTHING to say sorry for'


Met police chief refuses to apologise to Lord Brammall for failed sex abuse probe, claiming there's 'NOTHING to say sorry for'
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has apologised to Lord Brittan's widow
But today he said he was 'not planning' to apologise to Lord Brammall
92-year-old D-Day veteran was accused of historical sex abuse but cleared
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/met-police-chief-refuses-to-apologise.html


Met police chief Sir Bernard Hogan Howe again refused to apologised for the failed sex abuse investigation into army veteran Lord Brammall, claiming today that there is 'nothing to apologise for'.
His repeated refusal to say sorry for his police force's heavy-handed way it raided the home of Lord Brammall enraged MPs as he faced questions over the Met's handling of the investigation into VIP historical child abuse.
He faced accusations of inconsistency after he apologised to the widow of Lord Brittan earlier this month over the Met's failure to inform her that her late husband had been cleared of a rape allegation.
Sir Bernard faced an angry grilling by MPs in Parliament today, who demanded to know why he had apolgised to Lady Brittan but not Lord Brammall.
The police probes into historical abuse claims against high-profile figures were branded 'witch-hunts' last week after several high-profile scandals, including the handling of an investigation into the innocent Lord Bramall.
The D-Day veteran, 92, was accused of historical sex abuse and had his home raided by 22 officers in front of his dying wife.
The detectives spent ten hours rifling through his possessions as his wife, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was 'shunted' from room to room. He spent ten months under investigation, during which time his wife died, before police admitted they had no evidence against him.



Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, pictured facing MPs in Parliament today, said there was 'nothing to apologise' for in the Lord Brammall case


It came as it emerged that Sir Bernard is to sit down with Lord Brittan's widow this week to discuss Scotland Yard's shambolic handling of the VIP paedophile scandal.
The Met commissioner will talk with Lady Brittan about the rape allegation made against her late husband, who like Lord Bramall was investigated on the word of a suspected 'serial fantasist' known only as Nick.
Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, died in 2015 still unaware that he had been cleared of the accusation - despite police knowing that he was innocent for two months.
Britain's most senior police officer will explain the circumstances of the investigation to Lady Brittan.
He is expected to apologise for the probe - but is not thought to be willing to do the same for unfounded allegations of child abuse aimed at Lord Brittan.
Nick claimed he had been sexually assaulted by a paedophile ring that included Brittan, Bramall, the former prime minister Sir Edward Heath, the former Tory MP Harvey Proctor and past heads of MI5 and MI6.


Hare today, gone tomorrow: Rabbit doesn’t stand a chance as it tries to outrun a cheetah


Hare today, gone tomorrow: Rabbit doesn't stand a chance as it tries to outrun a cheetah
Photos show a dramatic chase across the Serengeti between a plucky hare and a hungry cheetah
The cheetah and the hare were spotted on the field by photographer Rafi Amar, from Israel
After a short chase, the hare was caught by the predator, who appeared to thoroughly enjoy the dinner
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/hare-today-gone-tomorrow-rabbit-doesnt.html


The hare may have taken on the tortoise, but it didn't stand a chance when it tried to outrun one of the fastest animals on the planet.
This dramatic photo sequence was shot on the Serengeti, Tanzania, and shows a hungry cheetah pouncing on a wild hare, after which a life-and-death chase followed.
However, just 20 seconds later, the hare was caught by the cheetah, an animal capable of running at up to 75miles per hour, and the victorious predator chowed down on her freshly-caught snack.



Over in a heartbeat: After a chase that lasted just 20 seconds, the cheetah caught the little hare
Photographer Rafi Amar, 29, from Israel, said: 'The cheetah was sitting on top of a large pinnacle rock when we first saw her, giving us the most dramatic static shots we could have wished for.


'Aside from a casual and well documented yawn, she was very alert. It was clear she was up to something, so we stayed and watched.
'Then something changed. She leaped elegantly a huge leap down to the grass below, and a minute later she spotted something - a hare.
'The chase began - two of the most agile and fast creatures in the savannah.'



Caught on camera: The stunning photo sequence shows the dramatic chase across the Serengeti between the hare and the cheetah
'Other cats such as leopard or caracal, or even a jackal, can get really lucky and catch one on an ambush or opportunistically, but only the cheetah is fast enough to catch it on an open hunt.
'We were expecting the cheetah to start devouring her prey in an eating frenzy as this is what other predators usually do.
'But instead the exhausted cat just sat there panting, holding the fresh carcass in her mouth and occasionally throwing a satisfied look at us.'
Mr Amar added: 'We stayed there watching during the entire meal and when the cheetah had almost finished, and the hare almost gone, we moved on to our next adventure in the endless nature's playground of the Serengeti.'



Time for dinner: However, after a short while, the hungry predator tucked in to her well-deserved meal


Maryland Marine John Wood barred from daughter's school over Islam lesson wants no-trespass order overturned in time for her graduation


Marine veteran barred from daughter's school after objecting to Islam lesson now going to court so he can get the ban overturned in time to attend her graduation
John Wood says he was barred from La Plata High School in Maryland after suing the school with his wife Melissa
They claim their 16-year-old daughter was 'indoctrinated into Islam' during world history class
Wood wants no-trespass order lifted as it is his daughter's last semester
Motion says ban violates the First Amendment and his right to free speech
Lawsuit claims students had to 'memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam and were subjected to disparaging teachings about Christianity'
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/maryland-marine-john-wood-barred-from.html



A Marine veteran who was barred from his daughter's school after objecting to a lesson about Islam wants the ban overturned in time to attend her graduation.
John Wood and his wife Melissa have filed a civil rights complaint against La Plata High School in Maryland, claiming the district forced their 16-year-old daughter to take classes that promote Islam over Christianity and Judaism.
The lawsuit also says Wood was barred from the school after complaining about the curriculum.
Wood now wants to be allowed back on the grounds to attend his daughter's graduation as she is in her last semester of high school.



John Wood (left) and his wife (Melissa) sued La Plata High School in Maryland, claiming their 16-year-old daughter was forced to take classes promoting Islam. Wood, who says he was barred from the school after his complaint, now wants to be allowed back to attend his daughter's graduation
The Thomas More Law Center, a conservative, Christian law firm based in Ann Arbor, Maryland, has filed a motion asking for an injunction to lift the ban.
In court documents obtained by The Daily Mail Online, attorney Kate Oliveri says the no-trespass orders is in violation of the First Amendment.
The motion, filed against the county as well as Evelyn Arnold, La Plata High School's principal, and Shannon Morris, the vice-principal, says the ban violates Wood's right to free speech as it prevents him from attending parents meetings.


'Not only is Mr. Wood irreparably harmed by the denial of his First Amendment rights—taken from him without due process—but his family, particularly his daughter, also suffers because Defendants deny her the opportunity to share key milestones with her father,' the memorandum in support of the injunction reads.
'Mr. Wood also faces the loss of fundamental, once-in-a-lifetime moments in his daughter’s life, such as the culmination of her entire academic career at her high school graduation and honors convocation.'
The Woods previously sued La Plata High School with his wife Melissa alleging their daughter - identified only as C.W. - spent one day in a modern history class studying Christianity, followed by two weeks immersed in Islam.
According to court documents, the 11th grader 'had to profess the Shahada by claiming ''There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.'''



A motion filed by the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative, Christian law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says the ban violates the First Amendment and threatens Wood's right to free speech as it keeps him from attending parents meetings
'Such discriminatory treatment of Christianity is an unconstitutional promotion of one religion over another,' President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center Richard Thompson said at the time.
For non-Muslims, reciting such a statement is the equivalent of converting to Islam, Thompson added.
He also said the school failed to clearly make known to students and their families that a study of Islam was to be part of the world history curriculum.
Students were also required to memorize and recite the Five Pillars of Islam and were subjected to disparaging teachings about Christianity, the Woods claim.
'The course also taught false statements such as Allah is the same God worshiped by Christians and Islam is a '''religion of peace'',' Thompson said in the filings.
'A school cannot achieve diversity by punishing and alienating students who hold Judeo-Christian beliefs, while bolstering the doctrines and teachings of other religions.
'Parents must be ever vigilant to the Islamic indoctrination of their children under the guise of teaching history and multiculturalism.
'This is happening in public schools across the country. And they must take action to stop it.'



The Woods say their daughter, identified as C.W., 'had to profess the Shahada by claiming ''There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah" as well as memorizing and reciting the Five Pillars of Islam (file picture)
Additionally, the suit claims that Mr Wood was banned from the school grounds after complaining about the curriculum.
Mr Wood served eight years in the Marine Corps and was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
He was also deployed to the Pentagon as a firefighter during the September 11 attacks.
The suit also says that, following Mr Wood's complaint, he was told his daughter would fail the subject if she were to pull out.
The family is asking for declaratory and injunctive relief barring the promotion of Islam over other religions on school grounds.
La Plata High School sent a statement to WTOP following the lawsuit, clarifying the curriculum.
'The particular unit in question is on the formation of Middle Eastern empires in which students learned the basic concepts of the Islamic faith and how it, along with politics, culture, economics and geography, contributed to the development of the Middle East,' the statement said.
'Other religions are introduced when they influence or impact a particular historical era or geographic region. For example, when reviewing the Renaissance and Reformation, students study the concepts and role of Christianity.
'When learning about the development of China and India, students examine Hinduism and Buddhism.'



'You will help around the house... and take care of my more intimate needs': Classified ads offer young women rent-free accommodation in exchange for sex


'You will help around the house... and take care of my more intimate needs': Classified ads offer young women rent-free accommodation in exchange for sex
Classified ads offering ' free' accommodation for women emerged online
The women will be expected to clean for and sleep with their male hosts
The ads started popping up on classified websites such as Craigslist
It's not illegal to trade sex for rent free accommodation if no one is coerced
Some are concerned the practice takes advantage of vulnerable women
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/you-will-help-around-house-and-take.html


Men are posting brazen advertisements online offering 'open-minded and uninhibited' women a rent free place to stay in exchange for sex.
A number of advertisements targeting international students and backpackers in Queensland have been posted on classified websites like Craigslist and Locanto spruiking a 'free' place to stay for females who are willing to take care of their host's 'more intimate needs'.
'You do not need to be working or have an income to live here as everything is provided for you,' an ad for an apartment in Surfers Paradise reads.
'In return you will help around the house with cleaning up and keeping the place clean, as well as take care of my more intimate needs.'



Men are posting brazen advertisements online offering 'open-minded and uninhibited' women a rent free place to stay in exchange for sex
The advertiser, who is looking for a female tenant between the ages of 18 and 35, offers short or long term arrangements - even joking that a like-minded visitor could stay for yeas if they were willing.
The apartment has wifi, a pool and gym access, while the Australian advertiser says he is in his 30s and describes himself as having 'average looks and build'.


Another ad for 'free backpacker accommodation' in Noosa Heads, north of Brisbane, states the host is seeking one or two fit females, 'no older then [sic] 30ish' who will help clean, cook and 'provide company'.
The 26-year-old, who describes himself as athletic, stipulates that the boarder would be sharing a room with him but says he and his other female house mate work a lot and are not often home.



Another ad for 'free backpacker accommodation' in Noosa Heads, north of Brisbane, states the host is seeking one or two fit females, 'no older then [sic] 30ish' who will help clean, cook and 'provide company'.
An additional ad, seen by Domain, sought a 'carefree and open' female house mate who likes 'those cuddle puddle massage circles at outdoor doof parties'.
It is not illegal to offer rent free accommodation in return for sex unless one of the parties involved has been coerced but some are concerned the practice preys on vulnerable members of the community.
Di Macleod, director of the Gold Coast centre against sexual violence, said the issue had long plagued women with lower-socio-economic status and was only now evolving into the digital sphere.
'I know on the Gold Coast we have had problems like this with share houses for as long as I can remember,' Ms Macleod told Domain.



But some are concerned the practice preys on vulnerable members of the community
She said a number of women have come in that were oblivious to the fact their landlord was expecting sexual favours in exchange for rent free accommodation and insisted that classified ads of that nature should be regulated.
'The ads should be looked at and if seen to be obviously preying on the vulnerable, should be removed,' she said.
Political scientist Barbara Sullivan has studied the rights of sex workers in Australia and says that regulating or prohibiting sex as a method of payment for accommodation would only drive vulnerable people underground where they are more isolated from community support or legal protection.
'From my perspective, the problem is economic vulnerability. And the solution is to provide better income support and more information about where to go for help,' she told Domain.


Rory Feek sits by a campfire with daughter Indiana in touching photo


'She warms my heart': Rory Feek sits by a campfire with daughter Indiana in touching photo while terminally-ill wife Joey continues to defy the odds in her battle with cancer
Rory Feek posted a photo of himself sitting by a campfire with daughter Indiana on Monday night
He wrote next to the photo; '...the fire warms my hands, but she warms my heart'
Joey Feek continues to defy the odds in her battle with stage 4 cervical cancer after being given just months to live in October
Over the weekend, Indiana was filmed saying 'mama' and 'dada' on camera for the first time
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/rory-feek-sits-by-campfire-with.html


Rory Feek shared a touching photo of himself with daughter Indiana sitting by a campfire Monday night.
The doting father wrote next to the photo of him and his little girl; '...the fire warms my hands, but she warms my heart.'
Rory also shared a video of the family's last big trip together on his blog This Life I Live of their journey to Hawaii last year to celebrate his birthday.
'Remembering this morning that last February, right around this time, we took a family trip together to Hawaii celebrate my upcoming birthday. What a different a year makes,' wrote Rory.
'The only thing that's changed is everything. And nothing.'
Meanwhile, on Sunday Indiana began saying 'mama' and 'dada' to her father without him prompting her in sign language.
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Poetry: He wrote next to the photo; '...the fire warms my hands, but she warms my heart'



It has been a memorable month for Rory and Joey, who continues to defy the odds in her battle against stage 4 cervical cancer.
Rory called last week a 'week to remember' in a blog post detailing the couple's celebration of Valentine's Day, the Grammy Awards, Indiana's birthday and their new album's sales.
And even better than Rory's words were the photos he shared of Joey watching as her daughter blew out her candles, a smiling Indiana celebrating her second birthday and, most touching, an image of Rory and Joey laying in bed together for the first time since November.
'Indy and I drove through what seemed like a blizzard on Sunday afternoon to pick up dinner for Joey for Valentines Day,' wrote Rory.
'My wife loves sushi and I had decided that morning that we could surprise her with some of her favorite rolls.'


The sushi seemed to do the trick that night as well, with Rory saying of his wife; 'Starting that night, her appetite came back and she had the greatest time.'
After dinner is when the couple were able to enjoy a special moment they had not experienced in months.
'When dinner was over, as I said goodnight and tucked the blankets around her in the little hospital bed she has been living in for months, she thanked me for the special night and then made one last request. “If Jody helps me to scoot over to one side…could you try to lay down with me and put your arms around me?”' wrote Rory.
'I haven’t been able to be in the same bed with my wife or hold her in my arms since the beginning of November – when she made her last trip to the hospital.
'But for one sweet half-an-hour… that changed on Valentines day.'
The next day was the Grammy Awards, and Rory revealed that after watching the ceremony he learned that it is not just an honor to be nominated.
'Instead, I would say that just being able to wake up and look into the eyes of the people we care about and tell them that we love them is enough,' said Rory.
'Everything else is just icing on the cake.'
He also said that despite their loss the couple is still hoping to get nominated next year.
'The morning after the award show, Joey looked into my eyes and said, “I’m sorry we didn’t win us a Grammy,'" wrote Rory.
'I smiled and said, “that’s okay”. Then jokingly, I added, “…there’s always next year”. She smiled back at me and said, “yes… next year."'



Dream: Joey had said her only wish after being diagnosed with terminal cancer was to live long enough to see her daughter turn two

Joey Feek celebrates daughter Indiana's second birthday

Joey Feek celebrates daughter Indiana's second birthday

'She warms my heart': Rory Feek sits by a campfire with daughter Indiana in touching photo while terminally-ill wife Joey continues to defy the odds in her battle with cancerRory Feek posted a photo of himself sitting by a campfire with daughter Indiana on Monday nightHe wrote next to the photo; '...the fire warms my hands, but she warms my heart'Joey Feek continues to defy the odds in her battle with stage 4 cervical cancer after being given just months to live in OctoberOver the weekend, Indiana was filmed saying 'mama' and 'dada' on camera for the first time http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/rory-feek-sits-by-campfire-with.html

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The big event however was Indiana's second birthday.
After learning last October that her stage 4 cervical cancer was terminal and she had six months to live at most, Joey's only wish was to live long enough to see her daughter have one more birthday.
'Joey barely slept the night before Indiana’s birthday. She was too excited. Jody said she didn’t fall asleep until about 5 am, around the time that Indy and I woke up,' said Rory.
'When Joey woke up, a little before noon, I came in to see her… and tears were flowing down her face. Again, I put my arms around her and asked, “why are you crying honey?”…
'“We made it…”, she softly answered. “We made it."'
Joey got to watch her daughter blow out her birthday candles and Indiana could be seen smiling from ear to ear in photos from the day, especially as she enjoyed her cake.
'For the most part, Indiana’s big day was nothing but joy and more joy. She has a way of bringing even the most painful parts of life back into perspective,' wrote Rory.
And that was not all either, as the couple learned that their new album was selling out in some stores.
'Our manager Aaron called us yesterday morning and told us that lots of folks have been buying our new Hymns album and that stores across the country have had a hard time keeping them in stock since they went on sale earlier this week,' said Rory.
'I put it on speaker phone so Joey could listen and hear the wonderful news and say hi to Aaron. When we hung up, Joey and I sat there holding hands… knowing that in time those sales could turn into some income for our family and that could really help, now that there are no more concerts or income from shows.
'We talked about what a blessing it was, and then she looked at me very seriously and said, “I need you to do something for me."
'I told her I would be glad to. Then with all the sincerity in the world, she said, “I need you to be generous… God has blessed us so much. We need to bless others."'



Celebration: Joey and Indiana clap as she celebrates her second birthday (above)

Country star Joey Feek's husband shares flashback video

Country star Joey Feek's husband shares flashback video

'She warms my heart': Rory Feek sits by a campfire with daughter Indiana in touching photo while terminally-ill wife Joey continues to defy the odds in her battle with cancerRory Feek posted a photo of himself sitting by a campfire with daughter Indiana on Monday nightHe wrote next to the photo; '...the fire warms my hands, but she warms my heart'Joey Feek continues to defy the odds in her battle with stage 4 cervical cancer after being given just months to live in OctoberOver the weekend, Indiana was filmed saying 'mama' and 'dada' on camera for the first time http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/rory-feek-sits-by-campfire-with.html

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Joey has been defying the odds after being given six months to live last October, making remarkable progress despite being told she would be bedridden for the remainder of her life in late November.
She got out of bed in December and then began to walk again, all things that seemed impossible just weeks before.
She even got to spend Christmas with her family near her childhood home in Alexandria, Indiana.
Joey, 40, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, just a few months after she and Rory welcomed Indiana, who was born with Down's syndrome.
The cancer eventually spread and in October doctors revealed there nothing they could do for Joey.
Joey was as a restaurant owner when she met Rory, falling in love with him as he performed during a songwriter's night.
He was also a single father with two daughters, another reason Joey has said she was first attracted to him.
On June 15, 2002, the couple was married in a small ceremony.
Joey shared how she first fell in love with Rory in an interview with People earlier this year, saying; 'Rory was singing In the Round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with three other songwriters.
'I was just one of dozens of people in the audience that night. From the first song Rory sang, I fell head over heels for him.'
She then added: 'I didn't even know him, but something inside me said, "You're going to marry that man and spend the rest of your lives together."'
And while Rory was a noted songwriter who had penned hits for artists such as Blake Shelton, the couple got their big break in 2008 when they appeared on the reality show Can You Duet which aired on Country Music Television.
They finished in third place on the show and signed a record contract soon after - and have been making music ever since right up until the release of their new album on Friday.
'Our music has taken us many incredible places and let us experience some amazing things in the past 8 years and people we meet have often asked if we had a plan to get to where we are. I’ve always answered, “yes, there’s a master plan… it’s just not ours,'" Rory wrote in a blog post last week.
'And so now, with the big week we have coming up, we have a little plan. But ultimately, how the plan plays out is up to God.'







Would you want to be a policeman? Dramatic body-cam footage shows moment knife-wielding thug slashes wildly at officer


Would you want to be a policeman? Dramatic body-cam footage shows moment knife-wielding thug slashes wildly at officer
Policeman was confronted by a man wielding an eight-inch knife on estate
Officers hit him with pepper spray, but it did not appear to have any effect
Man slashed officer's protective vest - coming within inches of his throat
He was eventually disarmed when officer hit him in the head with his baton
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/would-you-want-to-be-policeman-dramatic.html


This is the dramatic moment a policeman was confronted by a man wielding an eight-inch knife - and came within inches of having his throat cut.

The terrifying footage was captured on PC Alex Prentice's body-cam after he was called to an incident on an estate in Corby, Northamptonshire.

The officer attended the area with a colleague and the pair came face-to-face with a man who immediately brandished a blade and moved towards them.

Policeman's confrontation with knifeman filmed on bodycam


Policeman's confrontation with knifeman filmed on bodycam

Would you want to be a policeman? Dramatic body-cam footage shows moment knife-wielding thug slashes wildly at officerPoliceman was confronted by a man wielding an eight-inch knife on estateOfficers hit him with pepper spray, but it did not appear to have any effectMan slashed officer's protective vest - coming within inches of his throatHe was eventually disarmed when officer hit him in the head with his batonhttp://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/would-you-want-to-be-policeman-dramatic.html

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Insight: The footage captured the life of a police officer, who is required to risk their own well-being for the safety of other people
The video gives a startling insight into the life of a police officer, who is required to risk their own well-being for the safety of other people.
And shows just how important body cameras are becoming to modern day policing.


Returning to the scene of the shocking incident, which occurred in March 2014, PC Prentice has provided a running commentary on the events.

In the clip, the officer says: 'As we came round a corner, we're confronted by a male.

'I said to him 'All right, chap, what's going on?'. At that point he's pulled out a carving knife.'

The knife-wielding man then approaches the two officers, who can be heard repeatedly telling him to drop the weapon.


Threat: The police officer said that when the man came at him with the knife he was shouting 'It's just me and you now'

The officers then hit him with pepper spray, but it does not appear to have any effect - instead the angered man shouts, 'come on then'.

Remembering the incident, PC Prentice says: 'As he comes towards me across the grass area, he's shouting 'It's just me and you now'.

'His eyes are bulging. He's looking very, very angry. Big arm movements, he's got clenched fists, he's making stabbing movements with the knife.

'It was 'good grief, he's trying to stab us with a knife'. You go from sort of relaxed when arriving on scene to practically fighting for your life.'

Later the man lashed out at PC Prentice, cutting the protective cover on the front of the body-camera - coming within inches off the officer's throat.


Tough: The policeman said that he went from sort of relaxed when arriving to practically fighting for his life

The policeman eventually neutralised his attacker by hitting him on the arm and head with his baton.

PC Prentice stated he used a choice word when making the arrest.

He said: 'We have to communicate at a level that's appropriate to the person we're dealing with. If I'm making nice requests, he's not going to understand what I need him or want him to do.'

The officer later admitted that after the incident he got what he calls 'the adrenalin shakes', which lasted about an hour.

His attacker was later jailed for three and a half years.

The footage will be featured on ITV programme Heroes and Villains: Caught on Camera, which will broadcast tonight at 9pm.


Justice: The policeman eventually neutralised his attacker by hitting him on the arm and head with his baton


‘I’m no mathematician, but I know when I’m being screwed!’ Starbucks customers lash out at new rewards program which takes longer to get free perks


‘I’m no mathematician, but I know when I’m being screwed!’ Starbucks customers lash out at new rewards program which takes longer to get free perks
Starting in April, Starbucks will award stars based on the dollars spent
People will now have to earn 125 stars for free item
New rules enraged customers who claim it'll take longer and cost more to get the same freebie
Customers used to earn a star per transaction, regardless of how much is spent
http://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/im-no-mathematician-but-i-know-when-im.html


Starbuck customers are lashing out at the coffee chain for changing the terms of its rewards program calling it a 'ripoff'.

The Seattle-based coffee chain says its loyalty program will award stars based on the dollars spent, not numbers of visits starting in April.

'Dear #StarbucksRewards, I may not be a mathematician, but I know when I'm being screwed. Thanks, but no thanks,' tweeted Kelly Deutsch, who objected that under the new rules it will take longer and cost more to get the same freebie.

'The new #StarbucksRewards is a #ripoff. Before: 12 Grande Coffees= $20= 1 free coffee. Now 80 Grande coffees = 1 free. Why bother?' tweeted another customer.



Starbucks Corp. says the change is the No. 1 request among loyalty program members and predicts it will lead to higher spending by customers eager to earn more stars
Currently, people earn a star for each transaction, regardless of how much they spend, and get a free food or item of their choice after earning 12 stars.
People will now have to earn 125 stars for a free item, with each dollar spent being worth two stars — meaning they have to spend $62.50 to get their free item. That means people who stick with options like plain coffee are losing out.
For instance, someone who regularly pays $2 for a regular drip coffee would currently earn a free item after spending around $24 over 12 visits. Under the new system, they would have to visit more than 31 times before they earn the perk.
Someone who gets a large latte for $4.45 currently spends around $53.40 over a dozen visits before getting a free item. That person would need to visit a couple extra times for the freebie with the new system.


Still, Starbucks Corp. says the change is the No. 1 request among loyalty program members and predicts it will lead to higher spending by customers eager to earn more stars.
In a call with analysts, Starbucks Chief Strategy Officer Matthew Ryan said the vast majority of customers will earn rewards at an equal or better rate with the change. Without providing details, he said a 'small minority' of customers will earn rewards at a slower pace.
He added the change is not an opportunity to opaquely reduce the value of the program.
The current rewards system can also increase waiting times in store lines, Ryan said, because some people try to get additional stars by asking to ring up multiple items separately. Such instances account for 1 percent of all transactions, he said.



The change comes as Starbucks has been pushing to get more people signed up for its My Starbucks Rewards program

The change comes as Starbucks has been pushing to get more people signed up for its My Starbucks Rewards program. Loyalty members spend three times as much as non-members, and help push up profit, according to the company.

Last month, Starbucks said it had 11.1 million loyalty program members in the U.S., up 23 percent from the previous year.

The coming change will not benefit customers such as Vincent Fiorese, who works in construction management and spends less than $3 on a cup of coffee whenever he goes to work. But Fiorese said it wouldn't deter him from getting his coffee.

'It sucks, but what am I going to do,' he said.

Shocking moment customers clamber across tables as mass-brawl breaks out in Connecticut Chuck E. Cheese restaurant that left a child, 4, injured


Shocking moment customers clamber across tables as mass-brawl breaks out in Connecticut Chuck E. Cheese restaurant that left a child, 4, injured
Footage shows fists flying as at least 12 people fight at a Chuck E. Cheese
Violence left a four-year-old child injured and ruined a family birthday party
Irate woman was seen clambering on top of tables in a bid to join the fight
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This is the moment a mass-brawl broke out in a Chuck E. Cheese while a family was celebrating a child's birthday party.

Footage taken at a restaurant in Manchester, Connecticut, shows chaotic scenes as at least a dozen people start fighting in front of shocked diners.

At one point an irate woman can be seen slamming her fists against a counter while a friend tries desperately to prevent her from clambering up on to tables as she tries to join the violence.


Dramatic moment fast food restaurant hosts angry mass brawl


Dramatic moment fast food restaurant hosts angry mass brawl

Shocking moment customers clamber across tables as mass-brawl breaks out in Connecticut Chuck E. Cheese restaurant that left a child, 4, injured Footage shows fists flying as at least 12 people fight at a Chuck E. CheeseViolence left a four-year-old child injured and ruined a family birthday partyIrate woman was seen clambering on top of tables in a bid to join the fighthttp://dollars-vedioonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/shocking-moment-customers-clamber.html

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Anger: Video captures the moment a mass-brawl broke out in a Chuck E. Cheese while a family was celebrating a child's birthday party
But with fists flying in front of her, she eventually manages to wriggle free and climb up before joining the brawl.
The video was taken by witness Alexander Shway.


A four-year-old child was injured during the fight while two Chuck E. Cheese staff members were hurt as they tried to calm the situation and move children away from the violence.

Manchester Police Captain Chris Davis told WFSB: 'A one-year-old was knocked down, but did not suffer any injuries. There was a four-year-old that suffered some scrapes and minor bruising but luckily was not seriously injured.'


Police said the incident had started earlier in the day when a row broke out between two women elsewhere.


At one point an irate woman can be seen slamming her fists against a counter while a friend tries desperately to prevent her from clambering up on to tables as she tries to join the violence
They are then believed to have bumped into each other at the restaurant on Sunday before the situation descended into violence, according to NBC Bay Area.
Police said those involved in the fight had disappeared before they arrived and have launched an investigation.
In a statement, Chuck E. Cheese reportedly said: 'We are regretful of the situation. Our cast immediately called the authorities once the altercation went from verbal to physical.
'We are working closely with the authorities to provide our surveillance footage. The safety of our guests and cast members is our number one priority. We are sorry this happened.
'We are usually a place for food and fun and family and we work hard to provide a positive, wholesome atmosphere for guests.'



Mars orders full recall of Snickers, Mars and Milky way in Germany and the Netherlands


Mars orders full recall of Snickers, Mars and Milky way in Germany and the Netherlands
All Snickers and Mars products recalled in Germany and the Netherlands
Other chocolates affected include Celebrations boxes and Milky Way
Triggered by customer finding piece of plastic in a Mars Inc chocolate bar
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U.S. confectionery giant Mars has ordered a full recall of a number of its most popular chocolate bars in Germany and the Netherlands.
Chocolate lovers are warned not to eat any Mars or Snickers bars with best before dates from June this year to January 2017, as they may contain plastic.
The recall covers millions of Mars and Snickers bars as well as some other products in Germany and the Netherlands.



All Mars and Snickers bars with best before dates from June 2016 to January 2017 have been recalled in Germany and the Netherlands
It is believed to have been triggered after a customer found pieces of plastic in one of Mars Inc's products.
'We want to avoid having consumers who bought one of the (affected) products consume them,' Mars said in a statement on its German website.


It said the recall affected all Mars and Snickers products, Milky Way Minis and Miniatures as well as certain kinds of Celebrations confectionery boxes.
The concerned products will have best-before dates ranging from June 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017.



One way to diet: Mars Inc said the recall affected all Mars and Snickers products, Milky Way Minis and Miniatures as well as certain kinds of Celebrations confectionery boxes.
It did not say what the total volume of the affected products was or what financial impact the recall would have.
The US chocolate maker produces around 10 million snacks daily at its factory in western Germany's Viersen.
A spokesman was unable to say if Tuesday's recall was the biggest ever in the company's history.
PRODUCTS RECALLED BY MARS INC: FULL LIST
This is the full list of recalled products, sold in Germany and the Netherlands:
Celebrations Bonbonbox 100g (Best before date: 06.27.2016, 06.28.2016, 30.06.2016, 03.07.2016)
Celebrations Box 190g (BBD: 06.26.2016, 03.07.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016)
Celebrations Box 277g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.11.2016, 07.24.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016)
Celebrations can 1,5kg (BBD: 06.19.2016, 06.26.2016, 03.07.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016)
Celebrations metal tin 320g (BBD: 06.26.2016, 03.07.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016)
Celebrations Easter Egg 246g (BBD: 06.19.2016, 06.26.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016)
Mars Duo Pack 6 x 70g (BBD: 07/08/2016)
Mars Duo Pack 70g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016, 09.10.2016)
Mars mini bag 250g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016, 02.10.2016, 09.10.2016)
Mars mini bag 333g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 02.10.2016, 09.10.2016)
Mars Mini Box Catering (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 09.25.2016 ,, 02.10.2016, 09.10.2016, 10.16.2016)
Mars Miniatures bag 130g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016, 02.10.2016, 09.10.2016)
Mars Bar 10 x 45g (BBD: 09.11.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016, 10.16.2016)
Mars Bar 12 x 45g (BBD: 09/10/2016)
Mars Bar 5 x 45g (BBD: 09/10/2016)
Mars Bar 51g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016, 09.10.2016)
Mars bars 6 x 50g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.25.2016, 09.10.2016, 10.16.2016)
Mars Bar 7 x 45g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.25.2016)
Mars Bar 8 x 35g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016, 09.18.2016, 09.10.2016, 10.16.2016)
Milky Way Mini bag 250g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.18.2016, 02.10.2016)
Milky Way Mini Bag 330g (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.18.2016, 02.10.2016, 01.08.2017)
Milky Way Mini Box Catering (BBD: 04.09.2016, 09.18.2016, 02.10.2016, 01.08.2017)
Mixed mini bag 1130g (BBD: 07.17.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016, 09.11.2016)
Mixed mini bag 1425g (BBD: 07/17/2016, 04/09/2016)
Mixed mini bag 400g (BBD: 07.17.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016, 04.09.2016, 09.11.2016)
Mixed Miniatures 3kg (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.21.2016, 09.11.2016)
Snickers Duo Pack 6 x 80g (BBD: 06.19.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.19.2016, 08.21.2016, 08.28.2016)
Snickers Duo Pack 80g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016)
Snickers mini bag 250g (BBD: 07.17.2016, 07.31.2016, 08.14.2016)
Snickers mini bag 333g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.31.2016, 08.14.2016)
Snickers Mini Box Catering (BBD: 07.17.2016, 07.31.2016, 08.14.2016)
Snickers Miniatures bag 130g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016)
Snickers bars 12 x 50g (BBD: 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016)
Snickers bars 3 x 50g (BBD: 07/10/2016)
Snickers bars 5 x 50g (BBD: 07/24/2016)
Snickers bars 50g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016)
Snickers bars 6 x 50g (BBD: 07/10/2016, 07/24/2016)
Snickers bars 7 x 50g (BBD: 03.07.2016, 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016)
Snickers bars 8 x 35g (BBD: 07.10.2016, 07.17.2016, 07.24.2016, 07.31.2016, 07.08.2016, 08.14.2016, 08.21.2016)




Judge considers last-minute reprieve for thousands of Calais 'Jungle' migrants facing eviction at 7pm GMT today


Judge considers last-minute reprieve for thousands of Calais 'Jungle' migrants who face having their homes bulldozed after eviction deadline at 7pm GMT today
Up to 3,400 refugees face having their homes demolished in shanty town
French court to rule this afternoon after migrant groups appealed eviction
A judge and other officials visited site today to see conditions themselves
Sudan migrant: 'I don't want to leave because I'll be further from England'
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Thousands of migrants are facing eviction from their homes in France's Jungle camp today unless a judge grants them a last-minute reprieve.

Emotions were running high this morning as a deadline loomed for the destruction of half the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais.

Residents in the southern half of the grim shanty town have been given until 8pm local time (7pm GMT) today to quit their makeshift homes or face bulldozers being sent in tomorrow.

But many are refusing or unable to move.


Praying for good news: Refugee organisations are pinning their hopes on a court hearing due to take place in Lille this afternoon after challenging the eviction order
John, a 28-year-old Sudanese migrant, said: 'I don't have anywhere else to go.
'We don't want to leave Calais because we don't want to get further away from England, which is still our goal.'
Refugee organisations are pinning their hopes on a court hearing due to take place in Lille this afternoon after challenging the eviction order.


A French judge and other officials visited the camp earlier today to see conditions for themselves before making a ruling on whether the eviction should go ahead.
The issue has played into the fraught discussions about Britain's possible exit from the EU, with France under pressure to stop refugees trying to board lorries and ferries to cross the Channel.
Some British opponents of 'Brexit' say they would lose the ability to call on France to stop the flow of refugees if Britain leaves the EU.



Up to 1,000 people who have fled war, poverty and persecution are reported to be affected by the plans, but aid workers say the figure could be much higher.

The Help Refugees charity said it carried out its own analysis showing there were 3,455 people living in the affected part of the Jungle who faced being 'evicted from their homes in the midst of winter, without sufficient alternative accommodation on offer'.

A spokeswoman said: 'Our concerns remain with welfare of the unaccompanied minors.

'We have had no assurances from the French authorities that they will conduct assessments to determine best interests of these children and ensure proper safeguarding is in place before removing them from the camp and the communities they know and trust.

'We urge them to delay the demolition of the southern section of the camp until these needs are met... our concerns will be heard at the court in Lille.'

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the eviction would be done 'progressively, by persuasion and with respect for people's dignity'.


Some British opponents of 'Brexit' say they would lose the ability to call on France to stop the flow of refugees
The evicted migrants have been offered heated accommodation in refitted containers set up next door to the Jungle.
But many are reluctant to move there because they lack any communal spaces and movement is restricted.
They have also been offered places in around 100 accommodation centres spread around France.
At the weekend, actor Jude Law and singer Tom Odell were among famous faces who took to the stage at the camp in Calais to raise the plight of refugees.
They were joined by actress Juliet Stevenson and comedian Shappi Khorsandi at the Letters Live event.
It came after 145 celebrities including Idris Elba, Helena Bonham Carter and Benedict Cumberbatch wrote an open letter calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to help save children based there.
They want the Government to step in and allow unaccompanied children living in the camp to be reunited with their families in the UK.
Meanwhile, Eurotunnel has asked the British and French governments to reimburse it £22million (€29m) for lost revenue during the cross-Channel migrant crisis.
The Chunnel operator faced heavy disruption to its services last summer as migrants based at the Jungle made repeated bids to reach Britain.


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