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Mr Mark Rowley

Hundreds of wanted criminals, including sex offenders, burglars and thieves, will be arrested over the next 100 days as part of new measures to boost confidence in Britain’s biggest police force.

Courts in London have been warned to expect a spike in cases following the Metropolitan Police crackdown.

It is one of five areas the force will focus on as new commissioner Sir Mark Rowley makes his presence felt, along with neighborhood policing, drug gangs operating in London, fraud and violent offenders.

Commander Alexis Boon said there is a cohort of people who commit the most crimes who will be targeted.

He said: “We have a particular focus on offenders who commit violence against women and girls.

“So those who are wanted for rape, those who are wanted for breach of orders, those who are there for stalking, sex offenders.

“And then finally, in this cohort of wanted offenders, we are going to go after burglars, thieves, armed people. You will see hundreds of arrests in these 100 days of wanted subjects, people we are going to bring to justice.

Sir Mark has also promised that a police officer will now attend every reported burglary in London – currently only half see an officer come out to investigate.

He rejoined his former force at arguably one of the most turbulent times in its history, with the Met plagued by a series of scandals and the killing of Sarah Everard by a serving officer, and put under some form of measures special by a guard dog.

But speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sir Mark said the Met’s problems go beyond recent scandals, with confidence in the local police having plummeted in recent years.

He told reporters at Scotland Yard: “If you look at the data, Londoners’ confidence in the police where they live has dropped roughly in a straight line, by more than 20 percentage points over the past four years.

Mr Mark Rowley
Sir Mark Rowley joins the force during arguably the most turbulent time in its history (Carl De Souza/PA)

“There’s something more systemic there.”

Sir Mark said the force had failed Londoners and the ‘good majority’ of Met officers and allowed some individuals to corrupt the force.

“We have to accept that we have not been as ruthless and determined to maintain our integrity as we should have been.”

He joked that he will have the words “more trust, less crime, high standards” tattooed on his head for the next five years.

The commissioner outlined five key areas he will focus on initially – dealing with individuals who corrupt the force with “toxic” behavior; community crime control; get the basics, including dealing with burglary; addressing the concerns of disillusioned frontline workers; and stimulate the use of technology.

Sir Mark said he didn’t want ‘Woolworths policing in the Amazon era’.

Reforms will include issuing each officer their own work cell phone and reviewing advances in digital forensics.

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Police dismantle a prostitution ring of 15 million MOP, nine arrests http://fallof55.com/police-dismantle-a-prostitution-ring-of-15-million-mop-nine-arrests/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:27:00 +0000 http://fallof55.com/police-dismantle-a-prostitution-ring-of-15-million-mop-nine-arrests/

The judicial police (PJ) arrested nine residents suspected of organizing prostitution via an online discussion forum. They reportedly earned some MOP 15 million ($1.86 million) from this program over a 10-year period.

The criminal group used online chat groups to recruit sex workers and arranged for staff to post advertisements about prostitution and write “positive comments” in the chat room they set up, while offering adult product delivery services, police authorities say, as TDM reports.

Over 52,000 prostitution ads were posted on the chatroom, and police estimated that the criminal group made over MOP15 million in illegal profits by charging sex workers MOP300 for each message as “advertising costs”.

The PJ said the website, which is now closed, has been operational for 10 years, with tens of thousands of accounts registered on the website.

In a joint action yesterday (Sunday), the Judicial Police and the Zhuhai Public Security Bureau arrested 9 members of the criminal group in Macao from 8 residential units, 1 shop and 4 hotels in the NAPE area.

Meanwhile, the two leaders of the criminal group have also been arrested, along with a 34-year-old local IT officer who was responsible for running the chat room, with the suspects transferred to the prosecution office for further investigation.

Twenty-six sex workers were also detained, one of them holding a fake Macau resident ID card, while a large number of adult products were seized in the joint action. ‘yesterday.

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Kyrsten Sinema Trolls Democrats in Mitch McConnell Territory Speech http://fallof55.com/kyrsten-sinema-trolls-democrats-in-mitch-mcconnell-territory-speech/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:28:38 +0000 http://fallof55.com/kyrsten-sinema-trolls-democrats-in-mitch-mcconnell-territory-speech/

When it was announced that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) would deliver a speech in Kentucky at an institution created by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, the move seemed perfectly calibrated to troll fellow Democrats.

As the Arizona senator descended from the McConnell Center stage on Monday — and thanked a cheering audience that included McConnell himself — she could safely say: mission accomplished.

In her remarks, Sinema doubled down on the most high-profile areas where she broke with her fellow Democrats, defended her bipartisan negotiating style, attacked what she called partisanship and extremism in both parties and warmly describes his personal relationship with his host. that day – the man who was his party’s most hated enemy for decades.

This is precisely the kind of trick that made Sinema persona non grata among Democrats from Arizona to Washington as she emerged as a decisive obstacle to much of the party’s agenda under President Joe Biden and House and Senate majorities.

Indeed, during her speech, Sinema’s many critics slammed her on social media, including Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), the Phoenix progressive who openly envisions a main challenge for her in 2024.

But in his speech, Sinema presented this backlash as proof of the correctness of his approach to politics. “If you don’t adapt to today’s Washington, believe me, they want to kick you out,” Sinema said. “But I never really wanted to fit in, in Washington or anywhere else.”

The tone of the show was set by McConnell, who introduced Sinema. The longtime GOP leader, not particularly known for his warmth or talkativeness in public, was enthusiastic about the Arizona Democrat, calling her “the most effective first-term senator I’ve seen in my life.” my time in the Senate”.

McConnell went on to praise Sinema as a “true moderate and negotiator” in a Democratic party he says has “too few” of them and almost credited her with saving the Senate because she s is opposed to the Democratic caucus’ push to eliminate the 60 from the House. -voting threshold for the adoption of bills.

“As you can see,” McConnell said, “I have a very high opinion of the Arizona senator.”

At the start of his remarks, Sinema returned the favor. “Despite our apparent differences, Senator McConnell and I have forged a friendship,” she said, rooted in commonalities she listed as a “pragmatic approach to legislation” and “respect for the Senate.” .

McConnell, of course, is hardly known as a champion of bipartisan compromise and civility. One of the fiercest partisan warriors of the modern era, the GOP leader is accused by Democrats of inventing the ruthless political war that Sinema decried in his speech.

Much of Sinema’s remarks were devoted to extolling the merits of two major bipartisan bills she has been closely involved with this year: the $1 trillion Infrastructure Act and the Weapons Safety Compromise. fire.

Criticizing the “all-or-nothing purity tests” that she says define contemporary politics, Sinema focused on the group of senators who shaped the infrastructure bill. “The 10 of us shut out the noise of extremes, refused to demonize one another,” she said, “and focused on identifying creative solutions and common-sense compromises. “

While Democrats appreciate those accomplishments, for many, Sinema’s — and Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) — opposition to the filibuster amendment remains one of the session’s most sore spots. elsewhere productive in Congress. The Arizona senator also left her mark on sweeping climate change, tax and health care legislation that Democrats passed in August along partisan lines, and her resistance to tax reforms — often along the lines of favorite of deep-pocketed financial interests – still annoys many.

On Monday, Sinema unsurprisingly reiterated her opposition to scrapping the 60-vote rule, and went further. She expressed her belief – something she had already done in 2019 – that the Senate should reinstate the 60-vote threshold for everythingjudicial appointments and administrative appointments included.

The senator acknowledged that such a move would make it more difficult to fill key positions, but would help ensure that more candidates have broad support from both sides. The irony of Sinema championing this idea in a center named for McConnell was lost on a few Democrats. As minority leader during the Obama era, McConnell blocked so many candidates for the Obama bench that then-majority leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was instigated the controversial decision to end the filibuster of judicial candidates.

To underscore his larger point about the filibuster, Sinema noted that control of Congress changes “every two years” and “is likely to change again in a few weeks” – a rare explicit acknowledgment by a Democrat that the party can lose either the House, Senate or both. The remark sparked Gallego, who tweeted that Sinema “would actually prefer the Dems to lose control of the Senate and the House.”

Notably, Sinema expressed no preference as to who could control Congress next year. “I will work with Chief McConnell, Chief Schumer, Republicans, Democrats,” Sinema said. “Anyone willing to roll up their sleeves.”

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James Earl Jones no longer plays Darth Vader http://fallof55.com/james-earl-jones-no-longer-plays-darth-vader/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:45:42 +0000 http://fallof55.com/james-earl-jones-no-longer-plays-darth-vader/

When Obi Wan Kenobi premiered earlier this year on Disney+, some viewers noticed that Darth Vader just sounded a little different. It certainly didn’t sound like a different actor providing his voice; James Earl Jones’ signature bass came out loud and clear. But it almost happened too strong and too release. Jones is now 91, and in recent years his performances as Vader, especially in the star wars prequel A thug, sounded a bit different. But Vader in Obi Wan showed no signs of age.

A new article in vanity lounge explains the difference. The 91-year-old Jones had quietly “stepped back” from the role and allowed Lucasfilm to create his dialogue using archival recordings and AI technology.

Here is more from their article:

“Jones had mentioned that he was looking to eliminate this particular character,” said [Skywalker Sound sound editor Matthew] Wood. “So how can we move forward? When he finally presented Jones with Respeecher’s work, the actor agreed to use his archival voice recordings to keep Vader alive and vital even through artificial means – appropriate, perhaps, for a character. half mechanical. Jones is credited with guiding performance on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Wood describes his contribution as “a benevolent godfather”. They update the actor on their plans for Vader and heed his advice on how to stay on track.

Vader’s new/old voice was created by Respeecher, a Ukrainian tech company that uses “archival recordings and a proprietary AI algorithm to create a new dialogue with the voices of performers from long ago “.

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You can hear the difference for yourself below. Compare this performance of the real James Earl Jones from Rogue One…

…with the AI-augmented Vader of Obi Wan Kenobi…

It doesn’t feel contrived; in fact, Respeecher’s work is remarkably seamless. You’d swear that’s young James Earl Jones speaking. But it sounds like Young James Earl Jones, not the 91-year-old version.

It’s actually amazing work of technology (albeit with slightly unnerving implications). And it makes you wonder: Which actor will we hear from again next?

10 Movie Titles That Have Become Common Phrases

How many of these terms do you use in conversation?

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Republicans push Hunter Biden probe, claim ‘national security threat’ http://fallof55.com/republicans-push-hunter-biden-probe-claim-national-security-threat/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:11:47 +0000 http://fallof55.com/republicans-push-hunter-biden-probe-claim-national-security-threat/

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Next discovery that FBI agents allegedly tried to bury Hunter Biden-related investigations, at least 33 Republican senators demand a thorough investigation into President Biden’s son, who may have boosted foreign business relations through his his ties to his father when he was Barack Obama’s vice-president.

The senators addressed a letter Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel and give him appropriate protection and authority to conduct the Hunter Biden investigation.

The senators allege politicization at the DOJ and a lack of public trust in law enforcement following recent revelations about withholding information that would incriminate Hunter Biden.

“There is no way to know the full scope of the investigation, but evidence appears to be mounting that Hunter Biden committed numerous federal crimes, including but not limited to tax evasion, money laundering and foreign lobbying violations,” the letter from the 33 senators states.

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Republicans call ‘threat to national security’

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee say the Hunter Biden scandal could become a national security threat.

House Oversight Committee Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said since Biden took office, the U.S. Treasury Department has changed its policy on issuing suspicious activity reports (SARs) to Congress. under the Bank Secrecy Act.

The move comes as media reports at least 150 Hunter Biden-related SARs have been filed.

“We have repeatedly asked Biden’s Treasury Department to provide answers, but they are obstructing congressional oversight,” Comer noted.

The Kentucky Republican representative argued that the issue is a national security threat.

“President Biden’s family peddles access to the highest levels of government to enrich themselves, often at the expense of American interests. We need to know if President Biden received a share of these shady foreign trade deals,” Comer said.

“If President Biden or his immediate family did so, it is a national security threat and he may be compromised,” he concluded.

Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Its source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communication and is committed to dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es politics and economics. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha compromised con la tarea de dismontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo

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How Wike frustrated the S East presidency – Atiku spokesperson http://fallof55.com/how-wike-frustrated-the-s-east-presidency-atiku-spokesperson/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 23:04:39 +0000 http://fallof55.com/how-wike-frustrated-the-s-east-presidency-atiku-spokesperson/

Spokesperson Atiku campaign council Daniel Bwala accused Rivers State Governor of kicking PDP ticket micro-zoning for south east, a move according to Bwala would most likely have saw former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi emerge from the PDP presidential candidate.

“Peter Obi moved to the Labor Party and the ‘Obidient’ movement was formed as a result of Wike’s actions because Obi was frustrated from the party in Anambra State by Chris Uba due to Wike’s position. The whole range of zoning was brought by Wike because he was the one who brought Ayu and I remember when discussing that power should be zoned and Atiku said if power should be zoned, it should be zoned southeast or northeast because those are the two areas that didn’t benefit from it.

“Then Atiku said if he was ever zoned southeast he wasn’t going to show up because the move was when he should be micro zoned southeast. But Wike frustrated the south zoning -is because he was interested He influenced the emergence of those who sat on the zoning committee and at his request a recommendation was made that the ticket be opened, obviously because he is not from the South -Est. Otherwise, Obi or Pius Anyim would have become the PDP candidates,” Bwala said.

Meanwhile, a member of the PDP’s presidential campaign council, who pleaded not to be named, called Wike’s comments in his TV interview unfair.

The party leader said now was not the time for anyone to settle non-existent scores, saying everyone had to be on deck to save the country from the administration led by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him, in his entire political life, there is no evidence so far that Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, has in his actions or statements portrayed himself as an unworthy and unreliable political leader.

“He distances himself from unsavory actions and embraces the lofty values ​​that could propel our country to decency and greatness. This is what is responsible for his political activities: having the opportunity to contribute to the greatness of the nation and to help advance the potentials of the country and its young and abundant population. The Wazirin Adamawa remains a man of deep conviction, honesty and integrity.

“Governor Wike says he fights for fairness, justice and fairness. But in pursuit of it all, the governor assumes the state and all of the south of the country. In all sincerity and as a loyal supporter of the party he claims to be, he should stop waging a war that does not exist. It is also important to dispel any impressions that may have been created during the interview that key political positions were shared. Yes, politics is about negotiations and more negotiations to reach a consensus and, sometimes, even a compromise, it is a futile exercise to share positions when an electoral victory is not acquired. We call on Governor Wike to say that Nigeria desperately needs visionary leaders to save and redeem the nation from this devastating administration. Now is not the time to pull punches and settle scores, especially when they do not exist, but the time to combine strength and effort to lift our people out of nearly eight years of sustained pain and discouragement. . It is our prayer that God save the country through the DPP.

However, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Iyorchia Ayu has remained silent on Governor Wike’s accusation that he raised 1 billion naira from an unnamed source in Lagos ahead of the primary. opposition party presidential election in May.

When Saturday Sun contacted Simon Imobo-Tswam, Special Advisor, Media and Communications to the PDP National Chairman, for his reaction, he said, “I have no comment.”

]]> 8 people arrested for prostitution and human trafficking in “massage parlors” in the parish of Terrebonne http://fallof55.com/8-people-arrested-for-prostitution-and-human-trafficking-in-massage-parlors-in-the-parish-of-terrebonne/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 21:06:00 +0000 http://fallof55.com/8-people-arrested-for-prostitution-and-human-trafficking-in-massage-parlors-in-the-parish-of-terrebonne/

8 people arrested for prostitution and human trafficking in massage parlors in the parish of Terrebonne

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of eight people as part of an ongoing investigation into Terrebonne Parish massage parlors. According to reports, many massage parlors are accused of prostitution and human trafficking. Deputies executed the search warrants at My Massage, located at 685 D Corporate Drive; Moon Spa, located at 1515 Polk Street; LA Spa Massage, located at 193 Corporate Drive; and Best Spa Massage, located at 246 North Hollywood Road. Deputies also arrested numerous massage therapists, seized cocaine, approximately $20,000 in cash and several vehicles. Yuhan Gao, 39, from Houma and David Kellow, 55, from Houma, are accused of running these establishments and indicating that human trafficking was linked to the day-to-day operations of the businesses. Gao was arrested for prohibited sexual conduct in massage parlors and human trafficking. Gao was later released on $150,000 bail by local judges and taken into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. David Kellow, 55, of Houma, was arrested for human trafficking and pimping. Kellow remains jailed on $1.5 million bail by local judges. Du Huiying, 55, from Houma, was arrested for prostitution. Huiying was later released on $20,000 bail by local judges. Xiuling Jiang, 55, from Waggaman, was arrested for massage prostitution and possession of cocaine. Jiang remains jailed on $2,500 bail by local judges. Jinling Ma, 44, currently living in Houma, was arrested for massage prostitution. Ma remains jailed on $500 bail by local judges. Yuan Qirong, 54, currently living in Houma, was arrested for massage prostitution. Qirong was later released on $500 bond by local judges. Randy Tyler Richards, 22, of Houma, was arrested for soliciting prostitution. Richards was later released on $500 bail by local judges. Huang was released into the custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of eight people as part of an ongoing investigation into Terrebonne Parish massage parlors.

According to reports, many massage parlors are accused of prostitution and human trafficking.

Deputies executed the search warrants at My Massage, located at 685 D Corporate Drive; Moon Spa, located at 1515 Polk Street; LA Spa Massage, located at 193 Corporate Drive; and Best Spa Massage, located at 246 North Hollywood Road. Deputies also arrested numerous massage therapists, seized cocaine, approximately $20,000 in cash and several vehicles.

Yuhan Gao, 39, from Houma and David Kellow, 55, from Houma, are accused of running these establishments and indicating that human trafficking was linked to the day-to-day operations of the businesses.

Gao was arrested for prohibited sexual conduct in massage parlors and human trafficking. Gao was later released on $150,000 bail by local judges and taken into the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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David Kellow, 55, of Houma, was arrested for human trafficking and pimping. Kellow remains jailed on $1.5 million bail by local judges.

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Du Huiying, 55, from Houma, was arrested for prostitution. Huiying was later released on $20,000 bail by local judges.

Xiuling Jiang, 55, from Waggaman, was arrested for massage prostitution and possession of cocaine. Jiang remains jailed on $2,500 bail by local judges.

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Jinling Ma, 44, currently living in Houma, was arrested for massage prostitution. Ma remains jailed on $500 bail by local judges.

Yuan Qirong, 54, currently living in Houma, was arrested for massage prostitution. Qirong was later released on $500 bail by local judges.

Randy Tyler Richards, 22, of Houma, was arrested for soliciting prostitution. Richards was later released on $500 bond by local judges.

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Guimei Huang, 59, of Germans, was arrested on outstanding warrants by Jefferson for pimping. Huang was released into the custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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‘Fat Leonard’ Francis Captured in South America After Robbery to Avoid Sentence in Navy Bribery Scandal http://fallof55.com/fat-leonard-francis-captured-in-south-america-after-robbery-to-avoid-sentence-in-navy-bribery-scandal/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 13:10:09 +0000 http://fallof55.com/fat-leonard-francis-captured-in-south-america-after-robbery-to-avoid-sentence-in-navy-bribery-scandal/

September 22 (UPI) — A fugitive and former defense contractor known as ‘Fat Leonard’ – who was behind one of the biggest corruption scandals in US military history – has been captured in South America , authorities said.

Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian who worked under contract for the United States Navy, was arrested in Venezuela after fleeing there to avoid sentencing in the United States, Interpol authorities said on Wednesday.

Francis pleaded guilty to related corruption charges in 2015, but was not convicted sooner because he was also a witness and helped US prosecutors with other defendants and charges.

Authorities said Francis was under house arrest in San Diego earlier this month when he cut a GPS tracking bracelet and escaped.

Interpol official Carlos Garate Rondon said Francis traveled to Venezuela via Mexico and was trying to leave when he was captured. He is now at risk of being extradited to the United States.

Francis admitted to a vast corruption scandal involving US Navy personnel that was rare in size and scope. For years, he offered military personnel cash, gifts and many other forms of bribery in exchange for US cooperation in a number of activities that brought him large sums of money. .

Prosecutors say Francis defrauded the US Navy of at least $35 million.

The investigation into Francis’ activities extended to several overseas ports, including Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok and Manila.

The investigation led to the arrest of numerous Navy officials for corruption. In return, some naval personnel agreed to direct ships to ports operated by Francis’ contracting company. The arrangement earned Francis millions of dollars.

As part of his plea deal, Francis admitted to defrauding the U.S. Navy of tens of millions of dollars by overcharging for services such as fuel and sewage disposal.

Francis, 58, faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Johor mother sold her 17-year-old daughter into prostitution to pay off her debts http://fallof55.com/johor-mother-sold-her-17-year-old-daughter-into-prostitution-to-pay-off-her-debts/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 03:37:21 +0000 http://fallof55.com/johor-mother-sold-her-17-year-old-daughter-into-prostitution-to-pay-off-her-debts/

We often tell children to listen to their parents because they know what is best for them. But sometimes parents can be wrong. And when that happens, it’s usually the children who suffer.

A teenager from Johor recently made a police report about her mother. She claims her mother tried to sell her body to pay off their debt and encouraged her relationship with an older man so he would continue to fund them. She escaped from the household, but her mother’s harassment caused her to report.

Source: Chinese press

The 17-year-old girl was reportedly living alone with her mother in Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru. Both lived a difficult life and were continually dogged by debt and poverty. As such, the mother attempted to sell her daughter’s body to make money.

The daughter shared that her mother borrowed money from a loan shark last year. However, they were struggling to repay the debt. As such, her mother asked her to sleep with a male tenant for money. “I think he (the male tenant) was scared of trouble, so he left the rental house,” the girl would have said.

However, in early 2022, she struck up a relationship with another tenant in the house. This man was approaching sixty and had often referred to her as his goddaughter. But, their relationship started to turn into something more. His mother, who had continually borrowed money from him, knew about the problem but said nothing. In fact, soon after, her “godfather” paid her RM100 after they slept together and she gave the money to her mother.

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After enduring the situation for two months, the 17-year-old finally managed to leave home. She fled to a nearby children’s shelter in March this year and has lived there ever since. His social worker is aware of his case and is trying to help him lead a normal life. Indeed, when she came to the shelter, her social worker signed a contract with the mother, making her promise that she would no longer intervene in her daughter’s life.

Unfortunately, her mother didn’t keep her end of the bargain. She apparently began to defame the shelter and the social worker, claiming that they took her daughter away from her. The shelter also started receiving harassing calls. Unable to bear the harassment, the 17-year-old then decided to file a complaint with the police in the hope of putting an end to it.

Source: Chinese press

The girl made it clear that she did not want to return to her mother. She added that she hopes to start a new life. The social worker also said she had the mother evaluated for a psychiatric test before signing the contract, which proved that she was of sound mind.

We sincerely hope that the teenager and the shelter will be left in peace after this. The girl clearly wants to put her past behind her and be able to live a better life. Our thoughts are with her and the shelter caring for her.

Source: Chinese press

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PQ support dwindles as sovereignty debates give way to nationalism, says professor http://fallof55.com/pq-support-dwindles-as-sovereignty-debates-give-way-to-nationalism-says-professor/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 20:00:35 +0000 http://fallof55.com/pq-support-dwindles-as-sovereignty-debates-give-way-to-nationalism-says-professor/

The Parti Québécois has battled historic lows in popular support throughout 2022, as many supporters in Quebec shift their focus from sovereignty to other concerns.

Yannick Dufresne, a professor of political science at Laval University, says he believes just over a third of Quebecers favor political independence for the province, but throughout 2022 the PQ ranked fifth in opinion polls among the five major parties taking part in the October vote. 3 provincial elections.

Meanwhile, Premier François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), which promotes nationalism and advocates a stronger Quebec within Canada, enjoys a comfortable lead, and Quebec’s other sovereignist party, Québec solidaire (QS), ranks fourth.

“It’s a complicated story. The main puzzle here is why the separatists no longer vote for the Parti Québécois. This means that there are a lot of separatists elsewhere, and they are especially in Quebec solidaire and on the side of the CAQ, ”said Dufresne in an interview.

“The PQ is a party that fights against each other in the structure. There is too much influence at the base and it is not very strategic. So the CAQ is perceived a little more to the right, and more efficient, and can take directions better.

The key moments of the first electoral debate in Quebec on September 15 showed changes in the province’s electoral politics. On the idea of ​​having a referendum on Quebec sovereignty, Legault said he “absolutely” rejects the idea, saying “that’s not what Quebecers want,” while the PQ and QS want one.

Debate host Pierre Bruneau asked PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon if this was his party’s last gasp, given that it was bleeding support for the CAQ and QS. The chief offered no direct answer but replied by saying that the CAQ had failed to obtain concessions from Ottawa.

How PQ lost support

The founder of the PQ, René Lévesque, advocated the holding of referendums to obtain Quebec sovereignty and secede from Canada. His 1980 attempt received only 40.4% support. Chief Jacques Parizeau launched the 1995 referendum, which saw 49.4% support for Quebec sovereignty. Without a catalyst to bring secession to majority support, another referendum never took place.

A decade later, two manifestos were drawn up, which Dufresne said highlighted other problems. The first, “For a lucid Quebec,or “For a clairvoyant Quebec”, was signed by the founder of the Bloc Québécois and former PQ Prime Minister Lucien Bouchard and 11 other public figures on both sides of the sovereignist-federalist debate. The authors argued that low population growth, high public debt and high taxes were sinking Quebec. The solution was to cut government spending, cut tuition and daycare subsidies, and raise electricity bills.

Thirty-six signatories, including current federal Minister of the Environment Steven Guilbeault, responded with the “Manifesto for a United Quebec”. He argued that Quebec was not in as bad a position as the “lucids” claimed, and that Quebec’s response to a changing world was to reject the market capitalism and consumerism that created its problems. “Quebec must now undertake a resolutely viable, progressive and united political and economic shift,” write the authors.

In 2006, two political parties merged to form Québec solidaire. In 2008, Amir Khadir, still a member of the National Assembly today, won the first QS seat.

The 2007 Quebec general election saw the Action Démocratique du Quebec (ADQ) drop from 4 seats to 41 and become the official opposition to Jean Charest’s Liberals. The ADQ then fell to 7 seats in the 2008 election. Legault founded the CAQ in November 2011 and the ADQ merged with the new party in January 2012. The CAQ placed third in the 2012 election and 2014, ultimately winning in 2018.

In May 2022, Legault’s CAQ government passed Bill 96, which tightened French-language requirements even more than PQ governments had done in the past. The Liberals successfully introduced an amendment that would require students attending a publicly funded English-language CEGEP to take three core French courses to graduate. A backlash ensued from CEGEPs and English-speaking and First Nations communities, but the Liberals subsequently failed in their attempts to overturn the amendment.

“A balanced position”

Quebec has no debate in English this year because the CAQ and the PQ refused to participate. The leader of the Conservative Party, Éric Duhaime, therefore took advantage of the debate in French to reprimand the Liberal leader Dominique Anglade in English.

“You have betrayed English-speaking Quebecers, in fact, on this bill,” Duhaime said, referring to Anglade’s previous positions in favor of Bill 96.

“The two old parties – the ‘Yes’ team and the ‘No’ team – are below 10%. We are entering a new paradigm and I think Anglophones want to be part of this new political reality.

Bruneau asked Duhaime if he was a federalist or a separatist. He replied, “I identify as a nationalist,” and said he didn’t want another referendum.

Dufresne says he agrees with Duhaime that Quebec’s political landscape is changing in new ways.

“Something that is happening in this election is particularly interesting, especially with the Conservative Party of Quebec. … [It’s] very populist and built on resentment during the pandemic, on the nationalist aspect, very difficult to grasp,” he said.

“National doesn’t mean much. … Quebecers when [asked] are you more Quebecois than Canadian, most people would say, “Yeah, I’m more Quebecois”, but that doesn’t mean they want their [separate] country. So I think that’s a way to make it a balanced position where no one can really disagree,” Dufresne said.

Dufresne believes QS has captured the sentiment of younger voters, leaving the PQ to an older generation of single-issue voters.

“Their main voters [of Québec solidaire] are younger. When we talk to young people, they are not separatists, but they are not federalists either. They don’t really think about it much,” he said.

“Hardcore separatists are getting old and voting for the PQ. And some of them might vote CAQ,” he said, noting that some separatists he spoke to said, “We would rather the PQ disappear than see the Liberals come back, so the CAQ is a good one. compromise.

question of monarchy

A Léger poll conducted in August showed that 85% of Quebeckers in favor of sovereignty and 49% of those who opposed it wanted the abolition of the monarchy. Dufresne said marking a national holiday for the death of Queen Elizabeth II seems odd to some Quebecers and could boost the PQ.

“We all know how enshrined in the Constitution and how impossible it is to get rid of the monarchy, but for the PQ, it will be appropriate to talk about it after the funeral,” he said, asking the question: “Would there be enough time before the election to get a payoff by showing there was a disconnect? »

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Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist and think tank researcher, and contributor to The Epoch Times.

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