[SF Gate] The violent robbery of a television news crew outside an Oakland school last week was the latest in a series of similar incidents in a city where the rate of strong-arm robberies and holdups is surging.
But the brazenness of the attack - which occurred during a live broadcast in the middle of the day - has brought fresh urgency to the problem.
Union officials who represent news hounds at most of the Bay Area's major television and radio stations said Tuesday they had asked the broadcasters to immediately hire security guards to accompany news crews when they are in Oakland. At least one station has already enlisted guards, and others are considering it.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... station managers met Tuesday with Oakland police officials, including Chief Howard Jordan, to discuss the string of robberies, some of which have been committed at gunpoint. One veteran Oakland Tribune photographer, Laura Oda, has been robbed of cameras twice since July.
I remember many years back in Richmond (CA), I got a call from a friend in Oakland. She was hysterical, because her boyfriend had just had his teeth knocked out and he was face down in a gutter. So I drove down with her, got out of the car, and pointed my loaded .45 revolver (S&W highway patroleman's model) in the general direction of *everybody* while she dragged him into the car.
Nobody batted an eye... and that was 15 years ago. Ah, O Town! Did you ever not suck?
Two months? That gives them time to sell the condo and pack...
ABU DHABI: Foreigners who live without proper residency documents can leave the UAE without paying fines from Dec. 4 under a general amnesty announced by the government.
Lt. Gen. Nassir Al Awadhi Al Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, said the amnesty period will begin from Dec. 4 and end on Feb. 3. Overstayers can visit residency departments across the country to obtain outpasses and leave the country. They can also regularize their visas after payment of fines during the amnesty period.
"...The general pardon only applies to those who entered the country legally but overstayed," he clarified. "Infiltrators will be treated as criminals."
The official added that the immigration offices throughout the country would be working in two shifts to ensure all the illegal immigrants leave the country during the grace period.
DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina Wajed has turned down an invitation to a summit in Islamabad next week, officials said yesterday, despite a recent olive branch from the Pakistan government.
Since the Paks have yet to say anything appropriate about the last time they were in Bangladesh...
"The prime minister is not going to attend the summit," Syed Masud Khundoker, a director-general in Bangladesh's foreign ministry, told AFP.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani had issued the invitation to Hasina in person last Friday on a rare visit to Bangladesh by a senior Pakistani to what was East Pakistan before it won a war for independence in December 1971.
Relations between the two sides remain extremely delicate with Moni asking Rabbani last week for Pakistan to apologies for war crimes committed by the army. Hasina's government says up to three million people were killed in the conflict.
The Daily Star, a Dhaka-based newspaper, said that policy advisors had told Hasina that it would be unwise to visit Pakistan unless Islamabad offered a formal apology to Dhaka for what it regards as "genocide".
[An Nahar] The United Nations ...Parkinson's Law on an international scale... says access to contraception is a universal human right that could dramatically improve the lives of women and kiddies in poor countries.
It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund's annual report explicitly describes family planning as a human right.
It effectively declares that legal, cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women's rights.
The report released Wednesday isn't binding and has no legal effect on national laws.
The global body also says increasing funding for family planning by a further $4.1 billion could save $11.3 billion annually in health bills for mothers and newborns in poor countries.
The U.N. doesn't count abortion among the measures.
BIG difference between finding it a "right," vs. paying the bill for it. Of course, some would argue that that very principle is what we in the US just held an election on, and you see where we landed there.
Does anyone else find it creepy/Orwellian that the name of the $$ bank is the "Population Fund"?
The fact the UN says this is such a friggin joke. Parkinson's Law on an international scale? Fred is kinder and more subtle than me. The Peter Principle might also be corollary here. In other words, $hit floats to the top of an organization.
Maybe also the Principle of Entropy applies here.
In addition to describing the 2nd law of thermo, it also has been stated in other arenas of thought a "doctrine of inevitable social decline and degeneration."
So...shouldn't these people who will now be denied the right to be human also have human rights? And what about their children? And their children's children?
Better appoint a "rapporteur" and get right on that, U.N. Population Fund...
Don't get out much Bobby(#6)? That's a pretty narrow view. Few women get the choice.
Many more (tens of millions) must choose disease and/or pregnancy over hunger/starvation of themselves and/or results of earlier decisions, or are 'pressed into service' by other sociological pressures like family, addiction, or environment. It's an ugly world.