African Government Official Refuses...

African Government Spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant did not wish to be interviewed in English in a local radio station regarding the government's actions in...

About 13,000 Political Prisoners Ha...

From the beginning of the Syrian Civil War about 13,000 individuals, including women and children, have been hanged in a Syrian prison known as "the s...

‘La-La-Land’ Doing Exce...

"La La Land" is becoming a Golden Globes "steamroller" nailing awards for Best Actress courtesy of Emma Stone, Best Actor for Donald Glover, Best Dire...

Report Reveals That Hundreds of UK ...

MH Inspectorate of Constabulary found in a report that 334 local police officers are using their authority to exploit crime victims and witnesses to h...

African Government Official Refuses To Be Interviewed In English

African Government Spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant did not wish to be interviewed in English in a local radio station regarding the government’s actions involving social security payments affected by an ending government contract. Her actions had spurred mixed reactions on the Internet with a minority group from Zulu praising her actions.

Talk Radio 702 host Xolani Gwala received a response to her question to Oliphant in Zulu — one of the 11 official African languages. Gwala’s show is known for its English-language platform and immediately she had ended the interview after Oliphant refused to speak in English.

In her on-air statement, she said, “If you don’t want to talk, I’m sorry. I’m going to have to move on because you clearly don’t want to do this and you are determined to disrespect the medium.” According to BBC, Oliphant had hosted several times in the radio station and had spoken in clear English.

African Twitter users had mixed responses over Oliphant’s actions. One said that the country “loves its languages” but Oliphant’s actions were one of arrogance. Some insulted her for being a “spokesperson” but “is tired of addressing the Social Development matter in English.”

Regarding the issue of social security payments, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said in a press conference over the weekend that no African would be unpaid their dues but did not make clear how the South Africa Social Security Agency would earn the money.

About 13,000 Political Prisoners Hanged in Syria Since 2011

From the beginning of the Syrian Civil War about 13,000 individuals, including women and children, have been hanged in a Syrian prison known as “the slaughterhouse” according to Amnesty International. The Saydnaya Prison performed torture and hanging sanctioned by high Syrian officials and performed by the military police.
According to Amnesty, the military police conducted various torture methods to extract information from prisoners, which involved using innocent lives. About 300 deaths were tallied monthly by Amnesty’s on-site representatives.

According to Research Deputy Director at Amensty’s Beirut office Lynn Maalouf, the killings were “horrifying.” She said the report shows a “hidden, monstrous campaign” focused on “crushing any form of dissent” nationwide. She said the practice had begun even during the 2011 and described the trials as similar to a “kangaroo court.”
“Criminals” were given a “sham trial” that lasts for one minute and they are sent for execution immediately. According to Maalouf, they found no evidence that the practice has truly stopped as 31 former detainees came forward with their stories, fortified by accounts of former Syrian judges and even guards.
According to one of the former detainees, they were charged with cleaning up the blood of a cellmate who had died after torture. He described that the prisoner died behind them “about a metre away” where they can hear his death gass.

‘La-La-Land’ Doing Excellently At The Golden Globe Awards

“La La Land” is becoming a Golden Globes “steamroller” nailing awards for Best Actress courtesy of Emma Stone, Best Actor for Donald Glover, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and more. In the 74th Golden Globes Awards, Ryan Gosling was nominated for Best Actor and had an emotional speech dedicated to his brother-in-law.

The Golden Globes had “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon managing the entire event. A broken teleprompter — visibly seen through Jimmy Fallon’s frozen stare — had him improvise as he cut to star Justin Timberlake’s performance. Fallon also notably edged his jokes in monologues directed towards US President-Elect Donald Trump — drawing comparisons from the series “Game of Thrones” and its notorious character King Joffrey.

Nominations came for Best Actor with Ryan Gosling, Best Screenplay for “La La Land” and Best Song for “City of Stars.” Winners aside from those mentioned include Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in “Fences,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Best Supporting Actor in “Nocturnal Animals,” “The People Vs. OJ Simpson” as Best Miniseries and “Atlanta” as best comedy series.

For the Best Foreign Language Film, “Total Recall” and “Starship Troopers” veteran actor Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” takes the cake. Disney’s “Zootopia” wins Best Animated Feature.

Report Reveals That Hundreds of UK Officers Threaten Crime Victims, Witnesses For Sex

MH Inspectorate of Constabulary found in a report that 334 local police officers are using their authority to exploit crime victims and witnesses to have them perform sex with said individuals. The HMIC believes this is just “the tip of the iceberg.”

According to the HMIC, Chief Constables must “get a grip” before public trust is “corroded” following the reported activities. The HMIC said that personnel taking advantage of vulnerable women to get them to perform sex acts is “the most serious corruption issue” faced by police in England and Wales.

HM Inspector Mike Cunningham said there is nothing worse than “a guardian abusing the trust and confidence of an abused person.” He said that the act “betrays the trust of the public. His report in the HMIC revealed that 436 officers up to the rank of inspector are now being investigated for misconduct.

The report further indicated that majority of the allegations involved women who were victims of domestic abuse. Officers had often “taken advantage” of battered women because these women needed someone to trust. The HMIC also said it was a disappointing figure as in 2012 and 2015, sexual corruption is the leading issue in the force.

Another Party’s Negligence Is Liable For Accident at Work Claims

The law defines the ‘other party’ into different qualifications.

One is an individual working or not working but within the premises of the employer’s deemed area of work. Another is a tool, equipment, area, item or necessary material that affected one’s capability of work leading to an accident. Third is another contractor’s activity affecting the ability of a worker to ensure his or her safety leading to an accident.

Another party’s negligence is liable for accident at work claims as long as the injured party can prove that indeed the other party is responsible for their accident.

Establishing Responsibility

Establishing the other party’s responsibility means using several evidences in the form of medical certificates, security footage, activities, tool and equipment logs, witnesses willing to testify and other details.

Your employer will address all your health concerns. But the other party must ensure that compensation for any psychological, livelihood and other after-effects your injury could impart is equal and proper.

This is when your claims representative comes in.

For an in-depth understanding of items you could claim for regarding the aftermath of your accident, it would be wise to consult with a work accident claims representative.

Europe Gains Ground In Current Market As Sterling Falls

The effects of Brexit seem evident as Deutsche Bank came out on top early during its first trading day after a public holiday in Germany on Monday.

The pan-European STOXX 600 ended the day up 1.04 percent, with the FTSE 100 up 1.96 percent, Germany’s DAX up by 1.18 percent and France’s CAC 40 enjoying a 1.29 percent hike.

Deutsche Bank’s share price went on a roller-coaster ride last week on the news that it would have to pay $14 billion to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice. But a report on Friday by AFP suggested this could be reduced to $5.4 billion. Talks, however, are ongoing according to the Wall Street Journal and no settlement has been reached.

After opening higher, stocks in the U.S. were lower in mid-morning trade, with the Dow Jones industrial average off 0.13 percent and the broader S&P 500 down around 0.15 percent.

Traders are also focusing on Britain’s path to Brexit after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced over the weekend that Article 50 would be triggered by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Sterling weakened sharply hitting its lowest level since 1985.

The U.S. Federal Reserve and its rate hiking schedule is also back in focus for investors. Friday’s scheduled release on September employment is the key data for the week. Ahead of that, no major data are scheduled for Tuesday release and traders will eye two U.S. Federal Reserve speakers for indications on the likelihood of a December interest rate hike.

Pakistan and South America Could Help Each Other

According to Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPPCI) Acting President Shaikh Khalid Tawab, Pakistan should tap markets in South America that could prove invaluable to raising their country’s economy.

According to Shaikh Khalid, more than 400 million people and a per-capita income of $12,000 can help the country grow its economy effectively. He said Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and other countries of region could help improve the country’s trade and investment relations.

Pakistan has a lack of information, mutual understandings and business interactions with South America making it a ground for low economic relations.

Pakistan is a co-member of South American countries in a trade agreement other than the World Trade Organisation. The Global System of Trade Preferences had come into light in 1989. However, the management of the GSTP is questionable to this date.

The FPPCI President said Pakistan should utilise Pakistani trade missions in different countries to explore the market and open the display centre in chosen embassies to display Pakistan-made products.

He highlighted the fact that Halal products and other Arab and Middle Eastern delicacies are in-demand in the region based on conventions and other studies the FPPCI has conducted in the region.

South African Murder Rate Increases to 4.9 Per Cent

South African Police note that about 51 people per day are killed and about 150 sexual offences occur in different areas of the country weekly. The increase of 4.9 per cent in murders in the country account for the 18,673 homicides, which is an increase from 17,805 from 2014-2015.

According to South African Police Minister Nathi Nhleko domestic violence and substance abuse including alcohol are catalysts in the situation.

“What it says about us South Africans is that we are violent, we have a prevalent culture of violence,” he told journalists.

“It’s not about what the government can do, it’s about what we can [all] do. It’s a huge societal issue that we have to deal with,” he added .

About 142.2 sexual offences per day over the last year signify a drop but they said the number is still relatively high. Police also consider the angle of underreporting rather than an improvement in local suburban life in South Africa.

Rape and domestic violence in South Africa are frequent along with the high murder rate. Experts said South Africa is no place to be a woman.

Carjacking has increased by 14.3 per cent the previous year. It has the biggest incidents in the country compared to the 2.7 per cent increase in robberies in 2015.

North Korean Ambassador Exiles To London

North Korea’s Deputy Ambassador in London has defected in London with his family. The high-profile defection is one that is possibly the biggest in the history of North Korea.

According to South Korea JoongAng Ilbo newspaper on Tuesday, a high-profile UK diplomat from North Korea had defected with his wife and son. The diplomat soon defected to a third country.

The man was named Thae Yong Ho, a North Korean Embassy counsel and Deputy Ambassador.

According to the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, the diplomat embarked on a defection journey using a “very scrupulous plan” and was in the process of landing “in a third country as an asylum seeker”.

The North Korean embassy in London did not issue an official statement. It said that it would only provide a response where appropriate.

The Deputy Ambassador and diplomat had a plan to follow a string of recent flights by North Koreans. His pattern is similar to the twelve waitresses from a North Korean restaurant who defected to South Korea earlier this year.

According to a Unification Ministry Officer from South Korea, about 816 defections had come from North Korea. However, the number of defections had instead decreased when Kim Jong-Un took over as the leader of North Korea.

The Ambassador’s responsibility to his country was to usher in British correspondents intending to travel to Pyongyang.

Japan Warns China of Increasing Territorial Aggression

China’s avoidance of decrees by the United Nations pits it against its Asian neighbours over its aggressive stance on maritime islands.

According to Japan in a security assessment meeting on Tuesday,  China is risking a furthered maritime conflict with its Asian neighbours.

China’s claims in the South China Sea and its building of artificial islands that support military operations have increased international alarm. Its continuous “assertive manner” in dealing with the situation along with “dangerous acts” that can possibly cause unintended consequences could mean trouble with its neighbours.

The white paper said China was “poised to fulfil (sic) its unilateral demands without compromise” including efforts “to turn these coercive changes to the status quo into a fait accompli.”

And it again called on Beijing to abide by the ruling of the tribunal, which China has denounced as a fraud.

Chinese state media in Beijing quoted Defense Minister Chang Wanquan as urging preparations for a “people’s war at sea” to counter offshore security threats and safeguard sovereignty.

Chang “called for recognition of the seriousness of the national security situation, especially the threat from the sea,” Xinhua news agency said.

The military, police and people should prepare to mobilize to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said during a tour of the coastal province of Zhejiang, according to Xinhua.