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Three women were kept in a dark home in a worn down neighbourhood for almost a decade before they were discovered. Inside of this home they were repeatedly raped and even caused to miscarriage multiple times by their captor. They were only allowed outside several times over the decade to walk into a garage that was a couple of steps away.
Ariel Castro, a 52 year old man was accused of raping and kidnapping the women and is due in court on Thursday to plead to charges. He is the only suspect by police. Originally he was arrested along with his two brothers, but the women did not indicate the brothers had any knowledge of their captivity, just Castro.
There are many questions left to be answered about how Castro was able to stay in such power over the women before one of the brave women choose to take a risk and attempt to get away on Monday, but some of the horrors that they lived for the past ten years have begun to come to light and they are not pretty.
Police have said that the women were kept captive with chains and ropes and were separately placed into different rooms. While kidnapped they suffered long periods of psychological and sexual abuse and miscarried several times.
At this moment Castro has been charged with four separate counts of kidnapping for each woman and the four year old child that he fathered with one of the women. He was also charged with another three charges of rape.
All three of the women gave police with long statements that helped them to build their case strongly against Castro according to Chief Ed Tomba. Tomba added that it appears Castro kept everyone at arm’s length and his brothers had no idea of what was going on.
Right now organic foods that are home grown are very popular, but at the market they can also be very expensive. If you already plant vegetables outback in the garden you may think that this it the best you can do, but there is one more step you can consider taking.
Those with some free time, some ambition, and proper zoning from their city may want to consider raising chickens as part of the new backyard chicken movement that has been sweeping the nation as of late. So long as you are permitted by the local authority to have chickens in your back garden this is a great way to know that you are getting quality organic fresh eggs.
Of course, you will have to get a chicken coop but you can also investigate a DIY chicken project because it is not as hard as you would think.You first need to think about the size of your coop by measuring off the space in your backyard.
Once you know the overall dimensions that you want to work with you can build a framework for your coop using 2 x 4 pieces of the correct lengths. The final dimensions should be a rectangle with a height of about forty inches although you can go higher.
The side walls and coop floor can be built easily and cheaply with plywood whereas the rest of the cage can be covered up with wire mesh so that the coop has plenty of ventilation. You will need to place a sloping roof on the structure in order to protect the chickens from the harsh weather but you can make this out of plywood too. Simply attach it with asphalt shingles and nail it down and then you will have the basic chicken coop for much less then it would cost pre-made at the store.
The manufacturing complex that is being described as ‘the last symbol of detente’ between North and South Korea will be completely deserted as of Monday April 28, according to latest reports. The last group of South Koreans who had been working in the Kaesong industrial complex, about 50 of them including managers, are expected to be back in South Korea, following orders from their government.
First built in 2003, the Kaesong park is on the North Korean side and right next to the demilitarized zone on the North/South border. It consists of more than 120 factories employing around 53,000 North Koreans, managed and run by the South Koreans. The arrangement, according to media reports, meant jobs for North Koreans and cheap labour for South Korea.
However, earlier this month tensions flared between Seoul and Pyongnang over the ‘nuclear ambitions’ in the north and the resulting joint military drills conducted by the U.S. and the South Koreans. At that point Pyongnang ordered all its citizens out of the Kaesong park and barred South Koreans from crossing the border with food and supplies.
The South Korean Unification Ministry urged Pyongnang to participate in talks about the status of the industrial park but the North’s National Defense Commission claimed the request was ‘deceptive’ and ‘insincere’; they refused to negotiate or to allow necessary food and medical support across the border.
On that note, South Korea’s chief official on North-South relations Ryoo Kihl-jae announced that all South Koreans working in Kaesong would be pulled back across the border, for their own safety.
Presumably they will all be back in South Korea by Monday, but Han Jae-kwon, head of the association of Kaesong managers, said he regretted Seoul’s action and hopes that talks can still be arranged and the park can be reopened in the near future. So far neither side has gone so far as to say the park will be shut down for good.
Finding your perfect puppy is never easy, especially when there are so many strange breeds around these days such as Labradoodles, Jackahuahua etc etc. So you would think in the face of all these hybrids that you couldn’t go wrong with a poodle, right? Well, not quite, especially if you are hapless puppy hunter in Argentina.
According to the Mail, a guy who bought a toy poodle puppy at the market in La Salada was a bit, well, concerned about his purchase so took them along to a vet who took one look at them and informed the fella that he was the proud owner of two giant weasels. Now there has been an urban myth circulating for decades about these freaky ferrets being sold at Argentine markets, and this story would seem to prove their existence.
Known to Argentinians as ‘Brazilian rats’, they are ferrets that were given steroids when they were born to increase their size quickly, and with a bit of a hair do voila! A passable imitation of a toy poodle and an easy $150 in your pocket for every one sold. Since the story broke another woman has also come forward and said that she too was conned into buying what she was told was a chihuahua, but this too was a ferret.
Quite where these engineered ferrets are today is anyone’s guess, but in case you are toying with the idea of heading down to Argentina to pick up a poodle, like you do, those kind people at the Mail have put together a check list so you don’t mistakenly buy a huge weasel pumped full of ‘roids.
Joking aside, unless you have ever seen a poodle with a ferrets nose and tiny eyes, long tail, elongated body and a squeak instead of a bark then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, if you have then its time for a trip to the doctor.
A law enforcement drive has started recording assaults on users of subcultures and groups, some of which are Emos and Goths, as they are shown to loathe crimes. Manchester Police is the very first force to deal with offences such as these. Beforehand, hate crimes ended up only being registered for offences towards faith, race, sexual orientation or disability.
GMP has worked with an organisation on charities in order to accomplish this. Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a Bacup park in 2007 together with her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, simply because they had been dressed in a certain way. She was stamped and kicked as she cradled her terribly overwhelmed boyfriend. Although Mr Maltby produced a partial restoration from his accident, Ms Lancaster went into a coma following the assault.
Major breakthroughs occurred after the loss of life, when family members and close friends established a Sophie Lancaster Foundation to help with injuries from this type of attack. After loved ones kept coming, the charity strategies started to change in the direction of people who could have a distinct way of life or physical appearance.
The foundation changed to functioning with GMP to teach officers how to handle these cases. Ms Lancaster’s mum stated Sylvia helped people come together for what could be a worthwhile cause. People with different faith, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identities should not feel left out.
But the minister mentioned that without having a change in laws, law enforcement in Manchester could do not much more than document these hate crimes as a factor in a criminal offence. The power of the state is not turning into the very first respondent for cases like this, with an increase in problems that these cases present. Goths emerged as a new subculture in the early 80s, and is now coming into its own with the other cultures.
In a fairly typical gaffe, the Work and Pensions Secretary told the media that £7.57 per day was enough for him to live on, and that others can too, should they really need to. This came to light as he was defending a new set of cuts that will hit the welfare payment handouts in the coming days, sure to hit many people who may actually need this type of cash in order to survive month to month.
The Labour Party was sure to pitch in following those comments, and declared that this month would be known as Black April, in honour of the freezes and cuts that are now taking effect. Meanwhile, Mr Duncan Smith said that his opponents were unfair in criticising his plans, and that he will not be cutting into the benefits, he just wants to make them fair.
He did admit that the welfare cost for those who need it to survive is going up, and that could hurt working families who lose a job or see hardship. The bill keeps raising since 2009 under a Labour government, and the forecast for this year is that the bill will keep going up by billions. No one seems quite sure yet where the money will be coming from. The budget has no room for extra programmes.
In another somewhat misguided media appearance, he told the press that people should feel lucky they do not live in Portugal or Ireland, as financial trouble would hit everyone’s bank account. Meanwhile, all of the big money is held by companies and banks, each getting some interest from what we allow them access to. There is still no other plan on getting that income, other than ask for it.
For those over a certain age, the names Alladin Sane, Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust instantly bring to mind one of the most iconic rock stars who has ever lived; David Bowie. With an exhibition opening that displays the exotic personas which Bowie adopted in turn during the 70′s, the question on many people’s lips is what do young people today think of David Bowie, and what does he mean to them?
In the foyer of the V&A Museum, a film is rolling with proclaims that ‘life is 1 big sculpture’, and this is the core idea behind ‘David Bowie Is’ an ambitious show of blockbuster proportion that has been in the making for 3 years. Viewed through the eyes of the 21st century, it can be easy to miss just how innovative Bowie was, but thanks to this exhibitions forceful ideas a vivid displays, his work is revitalised in such a way that it becomes prevalent to the modern age.
The phrase ’1 big sculpture’ easily applies to this most enigmatic of men when he was at the peak of what can only be described as shape shifting powers, but we are also shown the pre-Ziggy and pre-Aladdin David Bowie, a man desperately seeking an appropriate way in which to best express his talents. We are taken on a journey that gives us a rare glimpse into the mind of a true genius, and as with all intellectuals, this is certainly a roller coaster ride.
This fascinating display of the early years of Davy Jones, against a backdrop of his idols such as Little Richard, show us the stages he went through in the 60′s; the coffee house boho, a post-Jagger blues man and and his time as an experimental mime artists. These are several completely separate people however, as opposed to the constantly changing series of personas that were in Bowie’s orbit a decade later.
It has just been revealed that a number of police mistakes allowed a convicted killer and psychiatric patient to stay free so that she could kill once again. Before stabbing a woman to death, murderer Nicola Edgington called the police from a hospital asking that she be arrested. If the officers had performed a quick background search on Edgington they would have seen that in 2005 she had stabbed her mother to death, but they did not check and they missed their chance to section her following the Mental Health Act.
Just three hours after her phone calls she stabbed Sally Hodkin with a knife so violently that she almost beheaded the manager. Edgington then went after Kerry Clark but she was able to fight her off. This week Hodkin’s husband unleashed his fury that Edgington was allowed to roam the streets again free to kill just six years after she was jailed for killing her mother.
Hodkin said that his forty year marriage was just destroyed in seconds by someone that should have been in a mental hospital or prison. As a result, Hodkin is thinking about taking legal action against the police force and all the powers that allowed Edgington to leave the hospital in the first place. The Hodkin family stated that the tragedy reiterates fears among people that dangerous offenders are not treated correctly.
A report that was released this week by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) outlined several problems with the way the case was handled such as the fact that the police did not conduct a computer check on the caller, they did not use the Mental Health Act to retain her when she tried to depart from the A&E department, and the fact that her second call was downgraded.
The recent horse meat scandal has taken the whole country aback, and Tesco’s CEO tried to make a plea recently in a video destined for the company’s customers and the public at large. CEO Philip Clarke spoke in the video about a new open approach that Tesco will take towards food processing in order to avoid this type of event.
This new effort comes after Downing Street attacked retailers and meat factories for not doing enough to inform the public, and attempting to keep the extent of the crisis in the dark. Many of the company executives avoided media attention and refused to appear on TV to answer public outcry. Meanwhile, many tests have been performed by the Food Standards Agency, and the results of those tests are being slowly released which will finally reveal the extent of the contamination within the country.
Meanwhile, the new Tesco video has been released on its web site but is said to have been recorded before the comments from government officials. The CEO promises a new approach, saying that he asked his crew to review their whole supply chain procedures, and that new world class DNA testing need to be established in their factories. They are also building a new site which will allow customers to see results from these tests.
He added that the whole company pledges to keep people more informed and their process more open so that customers know what type of food they buy. Several other supermarkets were approached by news media to see what they thought of the crisis.
Waitrose said that they would not be giving any interview but were sending letters to customers. Asda for its part are waiting on FSA announcements and will provide later interviews, but are already communicating with customers. Morrisons however has been in front of the media and did several interviews to try and reassure the public.
Over 500 people were injured near Chelyabinsk in the early morning of Friday after a meteor slammed down and struck the Earth. Russia’s interior ministry said that the fragments from at least one meteorite, weighing more than a double-decker bus, fell around 9 am local time, around 1,500 km southeast of Moscow.
Many witnesses saw the event as they were driving to work, and multiple videos appeared on YouTube minutes after it happened. Windows were shattered, walls buckled, and most of the injuries appear to have been caused by falling debris and glass. There were also a few localised power cuts and some panic among the local population. Several people reported hearing loud explosions as the meteor came down.
According to the Russian Academy of Sciences, the body that handles this sort of event, the meteor weighed around 10 tonnes and had a speed of at least 33,000 mph when it entered the Earth atmosphere, which is 15 times faster than a bullet. It exploded around 32 miles above ground, explaining some of the explosion sounds.
For the event, over 20,000 rescue workers were dispatched to the various villages and towns near the impact crater in order to help the injured, but thankfully the six metre impact area was in an inhabited area near a lake. Soldiers were sent to the impact site in order to secure it and police urged people to remain calm.
The latest figures show that over 500 people had reported some type of injury, but most of them were small. There is no report of fatality in this event. Some schools had to be closed because the impact destroyed their windows, while some mobile phones stopped working due to power cuts.
The explosion happened over the Urals, which is a mountain range in the middle of Russia, and burned up partially in the atmosphere. Many individuals had their dash cams filming and they captured the event live. Footage can be seen in high definition on YouTube, including that of a fireball hitting the ground.