>One of her victims spent two years in prison as a result of a fake rape allegation, which she later boasted had netted her £11,000 in compensation. Another man fled the country in fear when he was falsely accused of sexual assault.
Good. The woman was a sociopath and needed to be removed from society. Do you think this may open the door to examine e why she felt she could get away with this and dangers of the sensationalization of rape culture?
>"[Your] false allegations of rape – false allegations which will inevitably be widely publicised – are likely to have the perverse impact of increasing the likelihood of guilty men going free," he told her.
>"Cases such as this bring a real risk that a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted may not complain to the police for fear of not being believed."
>This follows campaigning by victim groups who have pointed out serious flaws in how cases are handled, with some victims branded liars by police.
Of course not
Vegetable prices may be going up soon, as a shortage of migrant workers is resulting in lost crops in California.
Farmers say they're having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News.
The ongoing battle about U.S. immigration policies is blamed for the shortage. The vast majority of California's farm workers are foreign born, with many coming from Mexico. However, the PEW Research Center reports more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than coming here.
To make the jobs more attractive, farmers are offering salaries above minimum wage, along with paid time off and 401(k) plans, but even that's not proving enough.
It's unclear exactly how widespread the labor shortage is for farmers throughout the country, which would have a bigger impact on prices consumers pay. Ultimately, drought and flooding have a more significant impact on farms. Low oil prices could also offset any impact of the worker shortage.But for farmers, who have seen net farm income fall 50% since 2013, any lost income could be potentially devastating.
As Wells Fargo & Co. continues to be hit with fallout from its sham-accounts scandal, the bank is facing allegations that it put the screws to customers in yet another way: by slapping them with fees for delays in processing mortgage applications.
>A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker who worked in Beverly Hills alleged in a lawsuit this week that the bank falsified records so it could blame holdups on borrowers — and that it fired him for trying to report the practice.
>The legal action follows a months-long internal investigation into the alleged abusive practices, one that contributed to an executive shake-up in the San Francisco bank’s mortgage business. ProPublica first reported on the alleged improper fees in January.
>When borrowers apply for a mortgage, they are typically guaranteed a set interest rate — assuming the loan is approved within a certain time frame, often 30 to 45 days. If approval takes longer, the borrower can still get the promised rate but there are financing costs associated with extending the guarantee.
>Wells Fargo’s policy, like that of most lenders, is to cover those costs itself unless the delay is the borrower’s fault. Then, borrowers are charged what’s called a rate-lock extension fee.
>In his lawsuit, former banker Mauricio Alaniz alleged that the Wells Fargo’s mortgage-processing and underwriting division was understaffed, leading to chronic delays that were not borrowers’ fault. But rather than have the bank waive the rate-lock fee, workers would falsely report that borrowers had submitted incomplete or inaccurate information, according to the suit.
>Rate-lock fees can be significant, typically ranging from 0.125% to 0.25% of the total amount of a mortgage, depending on the size of the loan and other factors. For a home buyer looking to borrow $400,000, a 0.25% fee is $1,000.
>Wells Fargo “would systematically attempt to charge or pass the rate lock expiration fees on to customers, even when the delay was not the customer’s fault,” Alaniz alleged in his complaint, filed July 10 in federal court in Los Angeles. He alleged the practice led to borrowers paying millions in improper fees.
>Wells Fargo is by far the nation’s largest mortgage lender, originating $244 billion in home loans last year, or about 12% of all U.S. mortgages. Bank spokesman Tom Goyda said he could not comment on Alaniz’s lawsuit but that the bank is reviewing “questions that have been raised about past practices” related to rate-lock fees.
>Alaniz and other former Wells Fargo bankers have said the practice of improperly shifting rate-lock fees to borrowers was a problem in Southern California, and it’s not clear whether problems were more widespread. The bank has parted ways with several mortgage executives, including its former national sales manager and two regional managers who oversaw mortgage operations in California, Nevada and Oregon.
>Last month, the bank announced it had promoted Liz Bryant to head of mortgage sales, replacing former leader Greg Gwizdz. The bank at that time said that Gwizdz, along with the two former regional sales managers, were no longer with the bank. An L.A. regional manager, Tom Swanson, who was mentioned in Alaniz’s suit, left the bank in March.
>Goyda said that findings of the bank’s review contributed to the leadership changes.
>“While there were a number of factors, some of the things we learned in our review of the rate-lock extension matter were factors in that decision,” he said.
>Swanson, Gwizdz and other former managers did not return calls seeking comment.
>Alaniz’s suit alleges whistle-blower retaliation and discrimination, claiming he was fired for reporting alleged illegal conduct to bank managers and because a branch manager believed Alaniz was gay. He’s seeking back pay, punitive damages and compensation for mental and emotional distress.
>His attorney did not return calls seeking comment.
>Alaniz’s complaint mirrors claims made by another former Wells Fargo mortgage banker, Frank Chavez, in a letter sent last year to members of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate banking committee.
>Chavez, who also worked in Beverly Hills before resigning in April 2016, said delays in loan processing became more common starting in 2014, the year after Wells Fargo eliminated 2,300 mortgage-processing jobs. Other mortgage lenders cut back around that time, too, as the volume of mortgage applications declined following a surge of refinancing driven by record low interest rates.
>As it became more common for loan approvals to stretch past the initial rate-lock period, Chavez said the bank started pushing the fees on to borrowers. A third former Wells Fargo banker in L.A. said managers essentially refused to have the bank cover the cost of rate-lock extensions.
>Jeff Lazerson, president of Laguna Niguel mortgage brokerage Mortgage Grader, said the allegations against Wells Fargo are not unique and that mortgage lenders often try to push rate-lock extension fees on to borrowers. He said it often happens when lenders are understaffed, leading to delays.
>“It tends to happen because they don’t have enough resources, enough labor to work the business,” Lazerson said. “There are always lots of excuses when they get jammed up. They’ll say, ‘It took to long to get this,’ or, ‘They never sent the papers.’ A lot of times they hope the borrower doesn’t catch it when they charge them a rate-lock extension.”
>But Lazerson said new mortgage disclosure rules put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have made it harder for lenders to hide those added fees.
>“People in this industry hate the CFPB, but in that regard it’s shining a bright light on a problem where people used to get buried,” he said.
>A Catholic school in California has removed statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ because it could be alienating and they so they can be more inclusive
>A California Catholic school is facing a backlash from parents after officials took down some religious statues -- including one of Mary and baby Jesus -- over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students.
>The head of the San Domenico School in San Anselmo said parents of some prospective students who visited the campus – which was founded in 1850 and serves 671 students grades K-12 -- expressed concern about the religious figures, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
>“If you walk on the campus and the first thing you confront is three or four statues of St. Dominic or St. Francis, it could be alienating for that other religion, and we didn’t want to further that feeling,” Amy Skewes-Cox, who chairs the school's board of trustees.
>Cecily Stock, who is head of the school, said most students are not Catholic.
vatican 2 everybody
Schoolgirl, 16, who ran away from home in Germany to join ISIS a year ago is captured in the ruins of Mosul alongside women wearing suicide vests
The runaway schoolgirl was identified as Linda Wenzel from Pulsnitz, Dresden
She flew from Frankfurt to Turkey around a year ago, before sneaking into Syria
After being radicalised in Germany, she posted images of herself with headscarf
Linda was captured in Iraqi city of Mosul which was recently liberated from ISIS
German officials said she was one of 20 ISIS followers captured after the city fell
Her friends told police she had started learning Arabic, taking the Koran to school, wearing conservative clothing and becoming fascinated with Islam before her disappearance.
She was under the observation of German intelligence officials suspected of plotting a serious crime against the state when she fled abroad, where she fell in with ISIS offshoot groups before being smuggled into Iraq.
Before fleeing, Linda told her mother she was going to stay with friends but instead forged a letter pretending to be Catherine which allowed her to withdraw money from the bank.
'I am devastated by the fact that she was apparently completely brainwashed and persuaded to leave the country by someone and that she managed to hide it from me.'
Her classmate Jule, 16, had noticed her best friend change over time, and said: 'More and more Linda shied away from the rest of us.
'She suddenly dressed in long clothes, was learning Arabic and reading the Koran.'
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- JPMorgan Chase announced Monday it will split $2 million among two anti-hate groups after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League will each receive $1 million, according to a memo from Peter Scher, the bank's head of corporate responsibility.
The New York-based bank will also begin matching employee donations to human rights organizations for as much as an additional $1 million, he said.
"The events in Charlottesville have increased the urgency to confront hate, intolerance and discrimination wherever it exists," Scher said in the memo. "The JPMorgan Chase community stands in support of all of those who reject racism and violence, and we must strive to create positive change from these dark events."
JPMorgan said the donations are being given to the organizations "to further their work in tracking, exposing and fighting hate groups and other extremist organizations. It's also giving $50,000 to the Charlottesville community foundation.
Fuck the ADL. Those assholes did absolutely nothing to deserve this. They weren't there and it wasn't one of their members that got hit by a car. Hell, they probably even pushed people towards radicalism by branding a fucking cartoon frog as hate speech.
“He’s a very, very good dog,” said Coco's owner.
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The robber might have thought little Coco, a 7-year-old Chihuahua, wouldn’t cause him any trouble when he assaulted the woman taking the dog for a walk.
And he would have been wrong.
Gainesville police say a man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall approached the woman from behind as she walked Coco at Bivens Cove Apartments, at 3301 SW 13th St., around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The robber struck her on the head with a glass bottle and demanded money.
Coco, a brown dog with graying fur on his muzzle and around his eyes, bit the robber’s leg, and the man fled into the nearby woods.
Coco was rewarded with treats.
“He had a bone; he had another bone,” said Blake Pfirrmann, 45, Coco’s owner and the woman’s caregiver of 21 years. They live together, along with two other women.
For safety, the woman who was attacked wished to remain anonymous.
The Gainesville Police Department was unable to find the robber, who the woman said smelled of alcohol. Officers urge anyone with information to call GPD’s detective bureau at 393-7670.
At his home on Wednesday, Coco barked at visitors, even as Pfirrmann held him. The dog growled and trembled at first, but soon warmed up to the guests and welcomed petting and Milk Bones, one of his favorite treats.
"He's very, very protective," Pfirrmann said. "He bites if he feels endangered."
After the robbery attempt, the woman walked near the complex’s pool until she was sure the man had gone. Then she returned to her apartment.
“I did not want him following us,” she said.
She wasn't carrying money when the man tried to rob her; she was checking the mail.
The woman said neither she nor Coco heard the robber come up from behind. The man was wearing jeans, so she doesn’t know how deep the bite went.
She was wearing a baseball hat sideways during the walk, and she thinks the man hit the cap’s brim. The glass didn’t break. The woman suspects it was a beer bottle.
On Wednesday she had a bruise on her temple.
Pfirrmann and the woman have lived at Bivens Cove for about three years and had not experienced a violent encounter there before. After the robbery, the woman wanted to move. On Wednesday, she was uncertain.
“It’s everywhere,” she said. “If you think about it, it’s everywhere you go.”
Pfirrmann said he has begun warning neighbors to walk in more populated places in the complex.
Coco had been abused before Pfirrmann adopted him four years ago, the man said. And four months ago, Coco bit a woman who stepped on his paw.
But after Tuesday, Coco is “a hero,” Pfirrmann said, and he plans to get him a badge
At the home, Coco rested his head on his housemates’ laps. He is chocolate in color, with big brown eyes and a small white spot on his neck. His hobbies include sunbathing and break-dancing on command, spinning on two legs and barrel rolling. He dances in circles while he poops, which would be too much information if it weren't so endearing.
“He’s a very, very good dog,” Pfirrmann said.
Saudi Arabia authorities don arrest one 14-year-old boy wey dey dance the Macarena for road after im video go viral ontop twitter.
The people wey arrest am talk say im dey do "improper public behaviour" for road.
So, which other areas for the world you fit dance enter trouble?
Still for dis same Saudi Arabia, dem ban dabbing wey be dance step because according to the Saudi Interior Ministry, the dance step be like say e dey promote the use of marijuana.
For Iran, six teenagers bin chop 91 strokes of cane and jail sentence after video wey dem do for Pharrell song go viral.
Also for Iran, dem arrest six people say dem dey teach people how to dey dance western dance wey dem dey call Zumba.
For Iran na crime for woman to dance for person wey never marry am and dem don ban say nobody suppose dance Zumba.
Zumba na dance wey people dey use to do exercise for inside gym.
Dancing for public fit put you for trouble and na only clubs with permit you fit go dance inside.
This law come because lawmakers think say dance fit cause violence for the country.
Easter celebration here dey very serious where nobody fit dance at all for that period for wetin them dey call "Tanzverbot".
If you dance you fit get fine wey go reach $1,000.
Football sef get e own as e be like say some ways dey wey players no suppose dance when dem score goal.
Na the hard way New England Striker, Kei Kamara, take learn dis one for 2016 after e collect yellow card say e twerk after im score goal.
Na today di UK Home Secretary, wey be Amber Rudd, launch investigation to know di impact plus benefits wey international students get for di country society and economy.
Dem wan put eye for how students wey come from European Union and Non-European Union countries dey affect di labour market.
Di study go begin on August 24, di same day when UK publish im latest information on top immigration matter.
Ms Rudd say, "limit no dey to di number of genuine international students wey fit come UK to study, and di fact be say UK be di second most popular country for people wey wan study for university; dis na something to dey proud of."
Alistair Jarvis wey be chief executive of UK Universities still join mouth; im say "we welcome di way government take time to do this examination well-well. We hope say evidence go show say international students dey bring good thing to di UK economy."
For 2016, Lord Karan Bilimoria wey bi Chancellor of the University of Birmingham talk say "majority" of British people know say international students dey important.
Wetin dis 'international students' study go be?
Na UK Migration Advisory Committee go handle am
Di report go ready by September 2018
One focus of the study go be di money wey international students dey spend on top school fees
Dem go look if quality of education for UK citizens dey affected by international students wey dey di country
African students dey run back to house
Study don show say out of all di international students wey go UK go read book, 95% of dem dey pack their bags go back house after them finish.
Some of di reasons wey African students dey come back be say dem no wan enter trouble with authorities. Another reason be say parents want make their pickins return as "foreign" trained, so dem go get better job.
But Yacoba Stephanie Addy-Sackey case different one kind.
She tell BBC News Pidgin say: "I bin get many issues for my first year for UK university because I be black person among classmates wey be white. Even though later e no come affect me again, I see some other Africans wey no fit cope but the main reason I come back na because my family want make I start my own business."
Ms Addy-Sackey wey bi Ghanaian wey go study for UK, still say di money wey international students dey carry go UK for school fees and to spend there dey plenty.
But she believe say e dey fair, because "even Nigerian students wey dey come Ghana sef, dem be international students and their school fees dey pass Ghanaian people own."
>Ms Rudd say, "limit no dey to di number of genuine international students wey fit come UK to study, and di fact be say UK be di second most popular country for people wey wan study for university; dis na something to dey proud of."
> UK Home Secretary
How did she get this job talking like this!