[Gulf News] A gang of four men cut three toes off an Emirati man and assaulted his nephew over a heated argument, a Dubai court heard on Thursday. A Paleo gang?
The incident started when the 37-year-old victim received a call from the 32-year-old Emirati defendant, who asked him to meet to solve a dispute between the victim’s nephew and friends of the defendant.
"He said that his friends assaulted my nephew and asked me to come to his residence to settle the dispute. I went alone and saw the defendant with other members of his gang. They served me with tea and water as I called my nephew to come to settle the problem," the victim said in official records.
The victim was angry when the 20-year-old Emirati nephew came and signs of physical assault were clear on his body.
"They start pushing me and the defendant held me from my neck. Others came and raised knives and physically assaulted me. They hit my head with a brick and held me while someone started cutting my toes until I fell unconscious," the victim added.
The nephew testified that he had a fight in the Mirdif area with the 21-year-old Emirati man who is part of the defendant’s gang and chased him when he tried to escape.
They had a car chase and crossed red signals all the way from Mirdif to the Abu Hail area.
Later he received a call from his uncle to come and settle the dispute when he saw the defendant and other three men assaulting his uncle and cutting his toes.
He took his uncle to hospital to recover from his severe injuries.
Dubai Public Prosecution arrested the nephew, the defendant and three members of his gang.
The four defendants were charged with assaulting the uncle and causing permanent disability.
The nephew was charged with physically assaulting one of the defendants.
[AP] SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) ‐ A FedEx driver who stopped to help a stranded driver on a North Carolina highway fell 75 feet (23 meters) from a bridge and survived.
Jeremiah Cribb, 24, was driving a FedEx truck early Wednesday morning on Interstate 85 in Rowan County when he saw a driver stranded in the fast lane, news outlets reported.
Cribb said he got out to help the driver but soon noticed a tractor-trailer barreling toward them, so he jumped out of the way to avoid getting hit. Cribb thought he was jumping onto a grass median of the same height but instead jumped off the Yadkin River Bridge and landed on a sandbar 75 feet (23 meters) below.
"When I realized he was going to hit the car, which he did, ... I just reacted. It’s pitch black dark. I was thinking I was hopping over a median," Cribb said. "I just started free-falling."
Salisbury firefighter Jacob Vodochodsky rappelled down the bridge and initially thought Cribb was paralyzed, but found him able to stand. Despite some dizziness and shortness of breath, Cribb was able to get into a harness to be pulled to safety, Vodochodsky said.
"To be honest, (it’s) entirely miraculous," Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief Nicholas Martin said. "We would not anticipate the outcome from such a fall would be so positive."
Cribb has three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.
"I was not supposed to get up," Cribb said. "I just thank God I’m alive."
[The Hill] President Trump’s budget proposes closing a network of climate science centers, prompting concerns the administration will hamstring climate change research while booting employees from the federal workforce.
Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget would slash funding for the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers, eliminating all $38 million for research to help wildlife and humans "adapt to a changing climate."
Rather than fund all eight regional centers along with the national one, the budget instead calls for just one center, at a cost of $20 million.
The restructuring plans follow similar steps employed by the Trump administration, where agencies with research ties are reshuffled or relocated, often prompting a reduction in staff.
"They have a track record of doing this," said Aaron Weiss, deputy director at the Center for Western Priorities, an environmental watchdog group. "In a normal administration, you wouldn't blow up eight other regional climate centers without going through Congress. I don't know exactly what they’re going to do, but, this being their wishlist, I won't be surprised if they try to put some of it into action without approval from Congress."
The administration previously moved two research wings of the Agriculture Department to Kansas City. One of those agencies, the Economic Research Service, lost nearly 80 percent of its nearly 200-plus person staff and had trouble producing required reports.
#1 I would also recommend slashing the leading "scientific" lights in that field - with a knout, for every gross distortion of known facts in their papers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru 2020-02-21 02:53
I'd recommend a cudgel myself, but I'm kinda traditional that way.
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In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.
Coronavirus update: - 76,188 cases worldwide - 5,248 suspected cases - 2,245 fatalities - 11,728 in serious/critical condition - 15,827 recovered - Most cases in China - Growing number in South Korea - 27 countries reporting cases
[Twitter] 9/ Iran health officials say source of coronavirus & path to Iran is not clear. People who died had not traveled & had no contact with foreigners suggesting virus has spread to public spaces
It was all over Persian socials. Gov't civil servants might not know the source, but Persian citizens do know that Iran evacuated a bunch of citizens and students from Wuhan. Then didn't isolate them or take any precautions on their return.
The streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city are abandoned, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the #coronavirus in what the authorities describe as a “super-spreading event” at a church.https://t.co/1UYSguGuc3
In South Korea, Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told residents to stay indoors after 90 people who worshipped at the Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony showed symptoms of infection and dozens of new cases were confirmed.
The church had been attended by a 61-year-old woman who tested positive, known as “Patient 31.” Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the outbreak there as a “super-spreading event.”
“We are in an unprecedented crisis,” Kwon told reporters, adding that all members of the church would be tested. “We’ve asked them to stay at home isolated from their families.”
Describing the abandoned streets, resident Kim Geun-woo, 28, told Reuters by telephone: “It’s like someone dropped a bomb in the middle of the city. It looks like a zombie apocalypse.”
South Korea now has 104 confirmed cases of the flu-like virus, and reported its first death.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who succeeded longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika in December, is asking for more time to implement “radical” changes, according to an interview with French daily Le Figaro.https://t.co/GB3Z2w7jEK
It's the truth. We still get clouds on rainy days, otherwise, it's mostly blue sky's and kinda nice here now. The next week will be really nice, 60-70 degrees, some rain so not perfect. We'll see how it goes.
[10News] The San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced today it will comply with federal court orders seeking migrant-arrest data that California's sanctuary state legislation seeks to shield.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials served subpoenas on the sheriff's department on Friday to compel it to produce information on four recent cases involving arrests of Mexican nationals believed to be in the country without authorization.
It was the first time ICE had taken such a step in California. Though the passage of state Senate Bill 54 in 2017 sought to prevent local police agencies in California from helping enforce immigration law, they nonetheless are "obligated to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas,'' the sheriff's department asserted in a prepared statement.
Contrary to that
This latest news means it is no purely airborne and can travel long distances
If none of these cases can be contact traced to a traveler to Hubei then the epidemiological crap has hit the fans
I always thought that Stephen King’s the Stand was prophetic about the dangers of genetic manipulation of pathogens
Drastic measures may have to be taken and we may have to sacrifice thousands to halt the spread maybe millions
This news out of Iran is really the worst yet
[Brownells] Replica of the Original AR-15 Prototype - As Back To Basics as You Can Get! -California Compliant
Step into the Wayback Machine and go back to the beginning of the AR-15 with our BRN-Proto® - a faithful replica of the Eugene Stoner’s very first AR-15 prototype. If you're an AR-15 aficionado or collector, the BRN-Proto® is a rifle you should not be without! Based on AR-15 Serial Number One, the Brownells BRN-Proto® sports a wealth of unique, historically accurate features you will not see on later AR-15 / M16 models.
First, the BRN-Proto® has the distinctive trigger-like charging handle on top of the receiver, under the carry handle, just like the early AR-10 models (remember, the AR-15 was developed second.). It has the uncluttered "slick-side" upper receiver of the early rifles and stock, handguard, and pistol grip of brown reinforced polymer that replicates the look - but not the weaknesses - of the original fiberglass furniture. If the round cross-section handguard looks oversized, that's because it is. Just as the original was a "borrowed" AR-10 'guard, it's actually lifted from our BRN-10® .308 rifles!
The original was in 7.62 Nato if I recall correctly.
If you want something you can put a lot of 5.56 rounds through buy a Colt or FN. The cost is high but they are actually Mil-Spec not reversed engineered and best guess.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.