Slave To The System Tue, 17 May 2022 21:11:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Slave To The System 32 32 Suspect in Korean salon attack had ravings about Asians, says girlfriend Tue, 17 May 2022 21:11:15 +0000

The man accused of shooting three Korean women at a Dallas hair salon last week had been admitted to several mental health facilities because of his delusions about Asians, his girlfriend told police, according to a affidavit under warrant of arrest obtained Tuesday by TIl Dallas Morning News.

Jeremy Theron Smith, who is black, faces three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Wednesday’s shooting, according to prison records.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Dallas Police Chief Eddie García described the attack as “a hate issue.” Police initially said hate was not a factor in the shooting.

“It’s a hate crime,” García said. “Anyway, it’s showing up, I’m not here to say. I can tell you that I know our community considers it a hate crime, and I see it as a hate crime. »

Korean-American hair salon shooting victim appears in meeting with Dallas officials

The living room shooting came days before a Sunday shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, Calif., where a Texas-born doctor died while attacking a gunman who opened fire. Authorities say the shooter, born in China but a US citizen, was motivated by hatred against Taiwan. On Saturday, a white man shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in a predominantly black neighborhood.

Jeremy Theron Smith

Dallas authorities allege Smith, driving a red 2004 Honda Odyssey, stopped his pickup truck on the 2200 block of Royal Lane before crossing the street with a .22 caliber rifle. He walked into Hair World Salon and started spinning, according to the affidavit. It is not known if Smith has an attorney.

Of the seven people in the living room, three were shot: one woman was shot in the forearm, another in the foot and another in the back, according to court records.

Authorities said the shooter fired 13 times before returning to his van and fleeing. A witness who saw part of the license plate on the van led authorities to the Smith, according to the affidavit. Police said they were tracking Smith within two days of the shooting and arrested him Monday in DeSoto.

North Texas Korean Americans Respond to Potential Hate Crime at Dallas Fair

Smith spoke with detectives without an attorney, according to the affidavit. Court records show he admitted the van belonged to him and that he was near the barbershop at the time of the shooting. Police say Smith told them he was looking for a company that could replace a broken glass plane.

The affidavit does not say whether Smith admitted or denied being the shooter. Public records list his age as 36 and 37.

Smith said he owned two firearms: a .380 handgun and a .22 caliber Kalashnikov-style rifle, according to court records. Police found the handgun in Smith’s pocket when they arrested him, police said. García said investigators are still determining whether Smith legally possesses the guns.

In an interview with detectives, Smith’s girlfriend said he had been raving about Asians since he was involved in a car accident about two years ago with an Asian man, according to the affidavit. .

Whenever Smith is with an Asian person, his girlfriend said “he begins to have illusions that the Asian mob is after him or trying to hurt him,” according to the affidavit. Smith had been “admitted to several mental health facilities” because of the delusions, his girlfriend told detectives.

He had also been fired from a previous job for “verbally attacking” his boss, who was Asian, the girlfriend told authorities.

Jail records show Smith was taken to the Dallas County Jail around 3 a.m. Tuesday. His bail was set at $300,000, according to prison records.

Shootings still under investigation

Police are also investigating two other shootings that targeted Asian-run businesses near the barbershop in the days and weeks before the attack. Police described a similarly colored van in all three incidents.

The first incident, on April 2, happened in the same mall as the hair salon where last week’s shooting took place. The second happened at a mall east of Oak Cliff on Tuesday, a day before.

Shooting at northwest Dallas saloon may have been a hate crime, police chief says

No one was injured in the two shootings. García said detectives are still trying to determine if the crimes are connected.

One of the women who was shot in the attack said “it would be nice to live in a world without guns”.

She spoke at a town hall with members of the DPD leadership, including García, and members of the Korean American community in Dallas.

“I’m sure they’re necessary for people like law enforcement, but it would be nice if the bad guys couldn’t get guns,” said the woman, who was wearing a cast and sling. after undergoing hours of operation.

The woman did not reveal her name to the town hall and covered her face with a mask and sunglasses. She said she hoped the Korean community could become safer after the shooting.

“No one was killed in this incident, but the fact that it was a firearm incident is a big deal,” the woman said in Korean.

A victim of the Hair World Salon shooting (right) hands over a bullet fragment to Dallas police...
A victim of the Hair World Salon shooting (right) hands a bullet fragment to Dallas Police Chief Eddie García after a Dallas Police Department town hall meeting at the Dallas Korean Cultural Center in Dallas , on Monday, May 16, 2022. The meeting was in response to a shooting at Hair World Salon, in which three women of Korean descent were shot dead.(Elias Valverde II / Personal photographer)

She said she was worried about her future and her ability to earn a living, given the injuries to her hand.

“We are very nervous. We are very tired,” she said.

On Tuesday, Dallas officers on bikes and cars patrolled the mall where the shooting took place.

Soon, Ok Chun, who worked at a clothing store there on Tuesday, said she prayed someone would be arrested soon. She said it was good to see the police and the community working together at City Hall to increase security at the mall.

Caroline Kim, whose mother operates Korea House, a restaurant near Royal Lane and Interstate 35E, asked City Hall on Monday what steps Dallas police and city leaders are taking to prevent attacks on Americans of Asian descent, pointing to an increase in hate incidents reported by the community. during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When we talk about community outreach, I know that my community affairs division does an absolutely outstanding job of trying to conduct as much outreach as possible in our community,” García replied. “And yes, we need to do more, there’s no doubt about that.”

Choi Tok Sun, 76, who attended the meeting, said she had driven from Fort Worth. She said she was unhappy with the responses the community got.

Choi said she hopes Dallas police do more to explain the law enforcement resources available to the Korean American community, including training. She said law enforcement could better explain the importance of reporting crimes.

This photo shows the interior of Hair World Salon in Dallas on Thursday, May 12, 2022....
This photo shows the interior of Hair World Salon in Dallas on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Police searched for a man on Thursday who opened fire inside a hair salon in the Koreatown neighborhood of Dallas, injuring three people. Authorities do not yet know why the man shot the three female victims Wednesday afternoon at the Hair World Salon, which is in a mall with many businesses owned by Korean Americans. (AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)(Jamie Stengle/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

“Sometimes members of the Korean community don’t report things that happen to them because of a cultural difference,” she said in Korean, adding that she hopes the shooting can be a wake-up call. for the community.

The number of hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a March 2021 report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, hate crimes reported to police in 18 major US cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, have increased. 145% from 49 incidents in 2019 to 120 in 2020.

Between March 19, 2020 and December, Stop AAPI Hate recorded 10,905 self-reported hate incidents experienced by people from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A number of incidents go unreported.

Chinese and Korean Americans were the most represented groups in self-reported hate incidents, according to the California-based organization. Sixty-two percent of people who reported incidents were women, according to a March report by Stop AAPI Hate. Texas had the fourth number of incidents in the group’s tally, behind California, New York and Washington.

The Pew Research Center estimated in 2019 that about 41,000 Korean Americans lived in North Texas, making it the largest Quranic American population in the state. Many live in suburbs north of Dallas, including Carrollton, Coppell, and Richardson.

Writer Aria Jones contributed to this report.

Hatred of Taiwanese led to attack on church, authorities say: NPR Mon, 16 May 2022 20:02:48 +0000

A K-9 unit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department checks the grounds of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., on Sunday after a fatal shooting.

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A K-9 unit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department checks the grounds of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif., on Sunday after a fatal shooting.

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A gunman in a deadly attack on a California church was a Chinese immigrant motivated by hatred of the Taiwanese people, authorities said.

The shooting killed Dr. John Cheng, 52, and five others were injured in an attack on a Southern California church, authorities said at a news conference on Monday.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said the motive for the shooting was a grievance between the shooter, identified as a Chinese immigrant, and the Taiwanese community. China claims that Taiwan is part of its national territory and has not ruled out force to submit the island to its rule.

Barnes said the suspect went to the church in Orange County, where he was not a regular, secured the doors and began shooting. The shooter had placed 4 Molotov cocktail-like devices inside the church, the sheriff said.

Barnes said Cheng, left behind by a wife and two children, heroically charged at the shooter and attempted to disarm him, allowing others to intervene. A pastor hit the shooter in the head with a chair and parishioners tied him up with electrical cords. But Barnes said Cheng was hit by gunfire.

“Understanding that there were old people everywhere and they couldn’t get out because the doors had been chained. District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas was convicted of one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder. The suspect legally purchased the two 9mm pistols in Las Vegas, said Stephen Galloway, assistant special agent in charge of ATF Los Angeles.

Jerry Chen had just walked into the church common room kitchen around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when he heard the gunshots.

Chen, 72, a longtime member of the Taiwan Presbyterian Church in Irvine, who worships at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, peeked around the corner and saw other scream, run and hide under tables.

“I knew someone was shooting,” he said. “I was very, very scared. I ran out the kitchen door to call 911.”

Four of the five people injured suffered serious gunshot wounds. Orange County Fire Chief Michael Contreras said two of the injured were in good condition, two were in stable condition, and the status of the fifth patient was undetermined.

“I’ll tell you the evil was in that church yesterday,” Spitzer said.

There is ample evidence that the suspect “had an absolute bias against the people of Taiwan, his country, as a Chinese or mainland national,” Spitzer said.

The suspect left notes in his vehicle relating to “his hatred of the Taiwanese people”, the sheriff said.

Jail records show Chou is being held on $1 million bail. It is not immediately clear whether he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

The church was cordoned off on Monday with yellow tape and several bouquets of flowers were left outside the church grounds.

But on Sunday afternoon, Chen said he was in such shock he was unable to tell the operator where he was when he called 911 from the church parking lot.

“I had to ask someone else for the address,” he said.

Chen said a group of about 40 congregants gathered in the communion hall for lunch after a morning service to welcome their former pastor Billy Chang, a beloved and respected community member who had served. the church for 20 years. Chang returned to Taiwan two years ago. It was his first time returning to the United States, Chen said.

“Everyone had just finished having lunch,” he said. “They were taking pictures with Pastor Chang. I had just finished my lunch and went into the kitchen.”

It was then that he heard the shots and fled.

Soon after, Chen said he heard details of what happened inside from other people who came out. Companions from the congregation told Chen that when the shooter stopped to reload, Chang hit him in the head with a chair while others moved quickly to grab his gun. They then overpowered and tied him up, Chen said.

“It was amazing to see how brave (Chang) and the others were,” he said. “It’s so sad. I never thought something like this would happen in my church, in my community.”

Most church members are older, highly educated Taiwanese immigrants, Chen said.

“We are mostly retirees and the average age of our church is 80,” he said.

Orange County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Hallock praised the quick work of parishioners in stopping the shooter.

“This group of worshipers displayed exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to arrest the suspect. They undoubtedly averted further injury and death,” Hallock said. “I think it’s safe to say that if people hadn’t intervened, it could have been a lot worse.”

The shooting came a day after an 18-year-old man shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

As news of the shooting broke on the heels of the racist rampage in Buffalo – where the white shooter allegedly targeted a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood – fears spread that the Taiwanese congregation had also been targeted by a hate crime.

Laguna Woods was built as a senior citizens’ community and later became a town. More than 80% of residents in the city of 18,000 about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles are at least 65 years old. The shooting took place in an area with a cluster of places of worship, including Catholic, Lutheran and Methodist churches and a Jewish synagogue.

Among the gunshot wounds are four Asian men, ages 66, 75, 82 and 92, and an 86-year-old Asian woman, the sheriff’s department said.

It was not immediately clear if all of the victims were of Taiwanese descent.

Tensions between China and Taiwan are at their highest in decades, with Beijing stepping up its military harassment by flying fighter jets to the self-governing island. China has not ruled out the force to reunite with Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland in a civil war in 1949.

Taiwan’s Chief Representative to the United States, Bi-khim Hsiao, offered his condolences to the families on Twitter.

“I join the families of the victims and the grieving Taiwanese American communities and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured survivors,” Hsiao wrote on Sunday.

The deadliest US church shooting took place in 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church and killed more than two dozen people.

In 2015, Dylann Roof fired dozens of bullets during the closing prayer of a 2015 Bible study session at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine members of the black congregation were killed in the racist violence and Roof became the first person in the United States sentenced to death for a federal hate crime. His appeal remains before the Supreme Court.

What if you can’t pay the medical bills? Mon, 16 May 2022 14:05:55 +0000

Are your medical bills and overdue notices piling up on your table? You might be tempted to throw them all away, but that won’t be the best solution. You can’t pretend your debt doesn’t exist even if you think you can’t afford to pay it back.
About 61% of consumers with medical debt reported feeling stressed, while 49% lost sleep over medical bills and 23% were unwilling to repay existing medical debt. Do not give up repaying this debt. Here’s what happens if you don’t pay your medical bills.

What happens if you don’t pay your medical bills?

You will feel stressed

Sure get a $200 payday loan no credit check may be an appropriate solution to cover your medical expenses without a credit check. But if you already have a mountain of medical debt that you can’t handle, you might be afraid of phone calls and collection offices.

Some collection agencies have aggressive tactics to return the money unless you write letters begging them to stop these behaviors or find a lawyer to protect you. You may want to offer a reasonable monthly payment and negotiate this arrangement with the doctor’s office or hospital.

Having to apply for payday loans for this purpose also brings added stress. According to research on payday loans in americamost borrowers use payday loans to fund their day-to-day expenses over the months, while the average borrower is in debt about five months a year.

Research shows that the first time consumers took out a payday loan, 69% used it to cover utilities, rent or credit card bills, while 16% used it as help with medical bills or auto repair.

Invoices can go to collections

You should take immediate action if the hospital billing department threatens to send your bills to collections. Medical bills on your credit report will seriously hurt your credit rating. You may need to work with the doctor’s office or hospital billing department if you want to avoid having your account sent to the collection agency.

Your credit rating may suffer

The health care provider may not send your account to collections. However, this does not mean that the result will be positive. The hospital may report missed or late payments to credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion.

Are Medical Bills Affecting Your Credit? Yes, once this information appears on your credit report, it goes into the Payment History category. This category accounts for 35% of your credit rating, so it can significantly lower your rating.

You can find a suitable solution

You should do your best to think about a settlement, payment plan, or some type of arrangement between you and the doctor’s office. The sooner you find a suitable solution, the more likely you are to avoid going to collections or lowering your credit score.

You can get a credit card with a 0% introductory APR for a long time. This option also depends on your credit rating, your ability to repay debt on time, and other factors.

It is possible to buy additional time

Did you know that credit reporting agencies must wait 180 days before posting outstanding debt on your credit report? They count 180 days after receiving information about your unpaid medical debt. In other words, you still have a grace period of six months to try to negotiate this debt and resolve it. Otherwise, it will show up on your credit report and damage your rating.

Is a medical loan right for you?

Many people decide to take out a personal loan or a medical loan to finance their bills. It is important that you define whether applying for a medical loan can be a beneficial decision in your situation. It is useful if:

You can afford monthly payments

Many loans can be repaid in monthly installments or installments. If you calculate the total loan amount and it can easily fit into your budget, you can withdraw that money. Make sure you fully understand the loan terms and APR, and get a decent interest rate.

You consolidate your medical debt

Some consumers have high-interest medical bills that want to be consolidated. This decision will help you get a lower interest rate, manage your monthly loan payments, and pay off debt faster.

Do not take out a medical loan if:

You qualify for special programs and grants

Consumers, who are eligible for assistance from government programs, grants, and charities, may not need to apply for a medical loan. Look for alternative solutions or ask your hospital for a hardship plan before you decide to take out a loan.

High APR

Borrowers with poor and fair credit (FICO score below 689) may get a high creditor APR. As a result, you will have to pay higher interest rates and the total loan sum might not be affordable for you. If you calculate the total amount and find it too expensive with APRs above 36%, it is better to look for other options.

to summarize

You cannot neglect your medical debt. If you have a pile of medical bills, you need to find a proper way to get rid of them. Negotiating a hardship plan with your doctor’s office or taking out a medical loan can save you the stress of the unpleasant consequences of non-payment.

If you don’t pay your medical bills on time, your debt can be collected while your credit score can take a big hit. If you want to maintain good credit and protect your credit history, follow our advice and think about the best solution for your current financial situation.

Billboard Music Awards 2022: See the list of winners Mon, 16 May 2022 13:11:00 +0000


The Billboard Music Awards were handed out on Sunday.

See below for a full list of nominees, with winners listed in bold.

Doja Cat


Olivia Rodrigue

Taylor Swift

The weekend


masked wolf

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

Pooh Shiesty



Ed Sheeran

justin bieber

Lil Nas X

The weekend


Doja Cat

Doua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

Taylor Swift


glass animals

imagine Dragons


Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)



Juice WRLD

Morgan Wallen

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Doja Cat


justin bieber

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

The weekend

Doja Cat


Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

The weekend



Doua Lipa

Ed Sheeran

Walker Hayes

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

justin bieber

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

The weekend

Doja Cat

Ed Sheeran

justin bieber

Olivia Rodrigue *WINNER

The weekend


Doua Lipa

Ed Sheeran *WINNER

Olivia Rodrigue

The weekend

Eagles (California Hotel Tour)

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)

Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)

Harry Styles (love on tour)

The Rolling Stones (visit without filter) *WINNER

Doja Cat *WINNER


Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)

summer walker

The weekend



The weekend *WINNER

Doja Cat *WINNER

summer walker


Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars at Park MGM) *WINNER

Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021)

Usher (The Vegas Residence)


Juice WRLD

Little baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G


Juice WRLD

Polo G

Cardi B


Megan you stallion *WINNER

J. Cole (The Off-Season Tour)

Lil Baby (The Back Outside Tour)

Omarion & Bow Wow (The Millennium Tour 2021) *WINNER

Chris Stapleton

Luc Combes

Morgan Wallen

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Walker Hayes

Chris Stapleton

Luc Combes

Morgan Wallen *WINNER

Carrie Underwood

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift *WINNER

Dan + Shay *WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Zac Brown Band

Luke Bryan (Proud To Be Here Tour)

Eric Church (Gather Again Tour) *WINNER

Chris Stapleton (All-American Road Show Tour)

glass animals *WINNER

imagine Dragons

Machine Gun Kelly


twenty one pilots

Genesis (The Last Domino? Tour)

Green Day, Fall Out Boy & Weezer (The Hella Mega Tour)

The Rolling Stones (visit without filter) *WINNER

bad bunny *WINNER


Kali Uchis

Karl G.

Rauw Alejandro

bad bunny *WINNER


Rauw Alejandro

Kali Uchis *WINNER

Karl G.


Caliber 50

Eslabon Armado *WINNER

Group Firm

Bad Bunny (El Ultimo Tour Del Mundo)

Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin (live concert)

Los Bukis (Una Historia Cantada Excursion) *WINNER

calvin harris

David Guetta

Lady Gaga *WINNER



Carrie Underwood

worship of elevation

for king and country

Lauren Daigle


CeCe Winans

worship of elevation

kirk franklin

Maverick Town Music


Small Buoy Wins Ukraine; West says Russians are losing momentum | world news Sun, 15 May 2022 19:54:00 +0000


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faces a bogged down war, the prospect of a larger NATO and an adversary buoyed by victories on Sunday on and off the battlefield.

Senior NATO diplomats met with the alliance leader in Berlin and said the war “is not going the way Moscow had planned”.

“Ukraine can win this war,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, adding that the alliance should continue to offer military support to kyiv. He spoke via video link at the meeting as he recovers from a COVID-19 infection.

On the diplomatic front, Finland and Sweden have taken steps to bring them closer to NATO membership despite Russian objections. Finland announced on Sunday that it was seeking to join NATO, citing how the invasion had changed Europe’s security landscape. Hours later, Sweden’s ruling party endorsed the country’s own bid for membership, which could lead to a bid within days.

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If the two non-aligned Nordic nations were part of the alliance, it would be an affront to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has cited NATO’s post-Cold War expansion in Eastern Europe as a threat to Russia. . NATO says it is a purely defensive alliance.

While Moscow has lost ground on the diplomatic front, Russian forces have also failed to make territorial gains in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine said it repelled Russian offensives in the east on Sunday, and Western military officials said the campaign launched by Moscow after its forces failed to seize the capital of kyiv was was slowed to a snail’s pace.

Ukraine, meanwhile, celebrated a morale-boosting victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Folk-rap ensemble Kalush Orchestra won the glitzy pan-European competition with their song “Stefania,” which became a popular anthem among Ukrainians during the war.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed that his country will claim the usual winner’s honor of hosting the next annual competition.

“Step by step, we are forcing the occupiers out of Ukrainian land,” Zelenskyy said.

The band’s frontman, Oleh Psiuk, told a press conference on Sunday that the musicians were “ready to fight” when they returned home. The Ukrainian government prohibits men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country, but the six members of the all-male group received special permission to travel to Italy to represent Ukraine in the competition.

They will return to a country that is still struggling for its survival. Russian and Ukrainian fighters are engaged in a fierce battle for the industrial heartland in the east of the country, the Donbass. Ukraine’s most experienced and best-equipped soldiers are based in eastern Ukraine, where they have been fighting Moscow-backed separatists for eight years.

Even with its setbacks, Russia continues to inflict death and destruction across Ukraine. Over the weekend, his forces struck a chemical plant and 11 high-rise buildings in Siverodonetsk, Donbass, the regional governor said. Governor Serhii Haidaii said two people were killed in the shelling and warned residents still in the city to stay in underground shelters.

Russia also continued to strike railways, factories and other infrastructure across Ukraine. Russian missiles destroyed “military infrastructure” in Yavoriv district in western Ukraine near the border with Poland, the governor of the Lviv region said.

Lviv is a major gateway for Western-supplied weapons that Ukraine acquired during the war.

The Ukrainian army said it had repelled a new Russian offensive in the Dontesk region of Donbass. Russian troops also tried to advance near the eastern town of Izyum, but Ukrainian forces stopped them, Kharkiv region governor Oleh Sinegubov reported.

The Ukrainian claims could not be independently verified, but Western officials also painted a grim picture for Russia.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence update on Sunday that the Russian military had lost up to a third of the fighting force it committed to Ukraine in late February and was failing to gain a substantial territory.

“Under current conditions, Russia is unlikely to significantly accelerate its pace of progress over the next 30 days,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Russia’s war performance reviews took place as Russian troops retreated from the vicinity of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which was a key military objective at the start of the war and was bombarded for decades. weeks. The regional governor said there had been no shelling in the city for several days, although Russia continued to strike the wider Kharkiv region.

After failing to capture kyiv, Putin shifted the focus of the invasion to Donbass, aiming to seize territory not already occupied by Moscow-backed separatists.

Airstrikes and artillery barrages make it extremely dangerous for journalists to travel in the east, hampering efforts to get a full picture of the fighting. But it seemed like a back-and-forth without major breakthroughs on either side.

In southern Donbass, the port of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov is now largely under Russian control, except for a few hundred Ukrainian soldiers who have refused to surrender and remain holed up in the Azovstal steel plant .

Many of their wives called on the global community on Sunday to secure the release of “the entire garrison”, during an online press conference. The women painted a grim picture of the situation for the troops, saying they were suffering from severe shortages of food, water and medicine; untreated wounds sometimes resulted in sepsis.

One of the wives, Natalia Zarytska, told Sky News her husband told her the ring around the steelworks was getting smaller and “the end will be soon”.

“In my mind I think there’s no chance, but in my heart I feel we can save them,” she said.

Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office said regional prosecutors had launched a criminal investigation into Moscow’s alleged use of restricted incendiary bombs at the steel plant. International law permits certain uses of incendiary munitions but prohibits their use to directly target enemy personnel or civilians.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the country had offered to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians from Azovstal by boat, according to the official state broadcaster TRT.

Ukraine’s invasion has other countries on Russia’s flank fearing they may be next, including Finland, which shares both a 1,340-kilometre (830-mile) land border and the Gulf of Finland with Russia. Putin told Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in a phone call on Saturday that joining NATO would be a “mistake”.

In neighboring Sweden, after the ruling Social Democratic Party backed plans for NATO membership on Sunday, the plan was due to be discussed in parliament on Monday, with a Cabinet announcement to follow.

However, NATO works by consensus and potential offers from the Nordic countries have been questioned due to Turkish concerns. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he discussed Turkey’s concerns at the NATO meeting on Sunday, particularly Sweden’s and Finland’s alleged support for Kurdish rebel groups and their restrictions on arms sales to Turkey.

But during a visit to Sweden on Sunday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Finland and Sweden would be “significant additions” to NATO and that the United States should quickly ratify their membership. McConnell is leading a delegation of GOP senators to the area. They made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Saturday in a show of support.

McQuillan reported from Lviv. Yuras Karmanau in Lviv, Mstyslav Chernov and Andrea Rosa in Kharkiv, Elena Becatoros in Odessa and other AP staff around the world contributed to this report.

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Stunning Fleet pub garden on a pond with magical catering pods 10 mins from Surrey Sun, 15 May 2022 05:01:00 +0000

With the warmer weather finally here, many of us flocked to our favorite beer gardens. Sipping a glass of wine or a pint of beer with the sun on your back is one of life’s simple pleasures, and it’s no wonder so many of us love to do it.

Just a 10 minute drive from Surrey is a pub garden that certainly has the wow factor. Set on a pond, not only can guests watch the sparkling water dance with swans, but they can also choose to dine in an igloo.

Heron on The Lake in Fleet is a cozy gastro pub with a nautical vibe. The interior of the cozy restaurant and the exterior on the terrace are decorated with seaside colors and furniture.

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In addition to a beautiful veranda overlooking the pond, there is a large wooden deck with tables of two and four for al fresco dining, whether it’s lunch, dinner, or drinks in the sun. On the terrace is a magnificent capsule that can accommodate four to six people.

This oasis of peace is a unique and pleasant experience whatever the weather. You can watch the sun go by all day and set in the evening, or dine under the stars.

The capsule is yours for two and a half hours and requires a £50 deposit if you wish to eat and drink there. The pub also has a second pod that can accommodate seven to ten people, but this is currently closed.

Igloo dinner at Heron on The Lake in Fleet

Decorated with pastel artificial flowers and equipped with cozy blankets, it’s a magical place to have a meal facing the water. Food is served daily in the pub from midday and the cuisine is Mediterranean style.

From marinated olives, warm Italian bread and hummus for snacking, to hearty main dishes and fresh salads, there’s also a gluten-free menu, kids’ menu and vegan and vegetarian options.

There are plenty of dishes to share, tapas-style, including king prawn pil pil, crispy chilli chicken, duck croquettes and halloumi fries – perfect for lazy weekend afternoons.

As for mains, they start from £10.95 and some of the highlights include the traditional fish and chips, ribeye steak, shin and beer pie, Korean barbecue chicken burger and the sweet corn and edamame curry.

  • Find it: Old Cove Road, Fleet, GU51 2RY.

]]> Coffee Shop in Auburn to hire people with special needs | Alabama News Sun, 15 May 2022 04:01:00 +0000

By ANSLEY FRANCO, Opelika-Auburn News

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Bitty and Beau’s cafe will open in Auburn in July and is looking to hire 25 employees.

The North Carolina-based company proudly employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I honestly cried when I read we had a place like this,” said Katie Grizzle, the mother of an 8-year-old son with autism. “I’ve seen other places like this and always hoped we would have a place like this.”

On April 30, the company held its first local job fair as it sought beverage makers, hostesses and cashiers for a Bitty and Beau’s on the first floor of the AuburnBank Center.

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Other local parents are also encouraged by the cafe’s mission.

Lisa Self, who has an autistic son, said people underestimate children with special needs.

“What attracts me is that often people don’t give them a chance and realize what they can really do,” Self said.

Michelle Norwood also has a business that employs people with disabilities after being inspired by Hunter, her son with Down syndrome. She opened an ice cream truck in 2018, and together they scooped up ice cream across town.

“It just gave them the opportunity to show the world how capable each handicap is,” Norwood said. “The world shouldn’t chase people just because they have weaknesses, because what I’ve found is that we all do.”

Bitty and Beau’s aim to create a welcoming community through their business, said Kate Harrington, shift manager at the company’s location in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“The hiring process is really great because we don’t want it to be intimidating,” she said.

Candidates are invited to pre-register online and complete a file on the day of the interview. Instead of individual meetings, Bitty and Beau’s conduct group interviews with three to four candidates at a time.

“We don’t really need to know why they’re such a good fit for this business,” Harrington said. “We know they’re doing well, and we just want to make sure their personalities shine through.”

Once hired, they will be placed in a position that best matches their strengths and trained as a group a few days before the inauguration.

“You may have to spend a little more time training someone with an intellectual disability,” Norwood said, “but when they learn a skill, they’ve learned it with fidelity and they take it to heart. serious.”

Local companies like Kroger and Publix also hire people with disabilities.

“It just erases the stigma of being scared or not knowing what to expect when you hire someone with a disability,” Harrington said.

Other resources in the area where people with disabilities can learn skills and to make friends.

Toni Cartlidge, mother of a son with high-functioning autism, hopes to see more inclusive measures taken locally.

“There aren’t too many places where our kids can go and feel safe and comfortable and not judged,” Cartlidge said.

In Auburn and Opelika, employing people with disabilities is a growing concept, and companies are discovering ways to make the process transparent.

Instead of using customer names, Bitty and Beau’s use playing cards to reduce confusion. A customer placing an order receives a playing card which will be called by greeters when the item is ready.

Employee shifts at the cafe range from two to four hours.

“We can really get in there and normalize these amazing people with disabilities who are going to make your day and do a great job at their job,” Harrington said, “and they feel really good about it.”

Bitty and Beau’s in Auburn plans to open before the end of the summer.

“Hopefully this will bring the community together and bring more awareness to special needs,” Grizzle said.

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Kendrick Lamar Releases ‘N95’ Music Video Featuring Baby Keem Sat, 14 May 2022 20:37:30 +0000

One of Kendrick Lamar’s most notable tracks Mr. Morale and Big Steps now has a video.

On Saturday, K-Dot unveiled the visual for “N95,” co-directed by himself and Dave Free. The video shows K-Dot – and at a few different times, Baby Keem – floating through various black-and-white and color scenes as he sits by a payphone, practices on a rooftop, and stands standing on the water.

The clip begins with the words “THIS SHIT HARD” pasted over a view of a beach, where a young boy watches Lamar stand above the water, dressed in all white. Kendrick can then be seen sitting next to the piano, running away from a group of men and driving a vehicle with Keem sitting in the back.

At 2:24, Keem even kisses his tall cousin, prompting a funny reaction from K-Dot. And right at the start, the clip ends with “THIS SHIT HARD” which takes over the screen again, after a skateboarder – credited as Tyshawn Jones in the YouTube description – shows off a few different moves.

The visual follows K-Dot’s latest video for “The Heart Part 5,” which was shared last Friday ahead of the album’s release. Mr. Morale and Big Steps has now been out for two days, and with an accompanying video for what is starting to become the project’s most streamed track, it’s possible Lamar has another radio hit on his hands with this one.

Check out the visual above.

]]> Devon Slimming World buddies ‘McDuff, McFluff and McRuff’ lose incredible 18 stones between them Sat, 14 May 2022 12:37:34 +0000

Super slim friends who have all been affected by cancer are trying to cycle 100 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth Hoe for charity. Caroline Hill, Katrina Jones and Robyn Holter, nicknamed McDuff, McFluff and McRuff, lost an incredible 18 and a half years between them where they met at Cullompton’s Slimming World. They will leave for their cycling challenge on Sunday, May 29.

The inspiration for this epic adventure comes from Caroline, who, on her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, walked 100 miles to benefit deaf/blind children. This month, her parents will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary and she will be ten years away from cancer shortly after. She wants to show that she still has what it takes to take on challenges like this, but also raise money for a charity that saved her life.

Caroline is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed on April 24, 2012. She had seen an episode of embarrassing bodies during Breast Awareness Week and although she felt fine, she decided to have some changes she noticed checked out.

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She had six other areas of cancer that had also started to grow. His treatment began immediately with a mastectomy, then chemotherapy, followed by radiation therapy. She has a tattoo. She had to have her gallbladder removed during this whole process and her eternal memory is eight consultants around her bed at one time. The chemotherapy treatment was harsh and led to a clot in her sample line, which was very serious.

She was overweight and that could have led to more blood clots. So she had to give herself two anticoagulant injections to help reduce the risk of having another one. The legacy of cancer is that when she walks any distance she feels a burning sensation in her feet that makes her feel like she is walking on razor blades, hence the challenge of cycling rather than something else.

During her treatment Caroline was part of an ongoing research project, her biopsies were sent to America and without the research she says she would have died. Not only was it a physically difficult time, but Caroline was also completing her thesis for her undergraduate degree as a mature student when she received her diagnosis. She graduated with a bald head and gained 30 extra pounds in just three weeks while on steroids.

In 2019, she lost 6 stone 2 pounds with Slimming World ready for her son’s wedding. She decided to get involved to take control of her life and wanted her son to be proud of her. It was there that she found support, camaraderie and friendship, especially from her friends who join her on the bike ride.

On May 30, 2022, she will be cancer-free for ten years, the day after the charity race.

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Katrina Jones’ husband was diagnosed with cancer in February 2021. However, the story begins in March 2018 when she insisted her husband go to his doctor about his “irritating” cough. They found a lump on his larynx, removed it, but the biopsy came back as inconclusive for cancer.

However, following several quarterly checks, a mark at the base of her tongue and a second lump on her larynx were found, both cancerous. Other scans showed that they had not removed all the cancer during the operation.

As a result, he had to undergo radiation therapy. After four weeks of daily radiotherapy in August 2021, her treatment was finally over, but it would take another six months before she could be told the cancer was gone. On March 2, 2022, he was finally told he was in remission. It will now have to undergo regular quarterly checks for at least the next five years. There is, unsurprisingly, long-term damage to his throat from the radiation, but “I’m thankful he’s still here,” Katrina says.

Katrina describes what it’s like to try to support someone with cancer as “difficult, lonely, helpless and isolating, you get angry, you get frustrated and you have to put on a brave face”. Sometimes she wanted to “scream or cry or just need a hug” and that’s where the friends she’d made in her group Slimming World came in.

She added: “The support has been amazing. I joined in December 2013 after being diagnosed as pre-diabetic and lost 5 stone 11 lbs. Take control and be responsible for your own health,” she added.

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Robyn Holter has been affected by cancer throughout her life and many of her family and friends have been diagnosed with this deadly disease. She never met her grandmother, as she died of bowel cancer before she was born. Her father had skin cancer, her father’s leukemia, her aunt is a breast cancer survivor.

In 2013, her sister was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and thought she was cancer free after a full hysterectomy. Unfortunately, just over a year later, it was confirmed that the cancer had returned and had spread to the kidneys, thyroid, liver, pancreas and abdomen. She lives with her cancer every day because it is incurable, but her symptoms and pain are controlled by medication.

Robyn joined Slimming World after seeing a doctor about a reflux problem and was, like Katrina, diagnosed as pre-diabetic. She was offered either a weight loss group or Weight Watchers. She opted for the Slimming World band and hasn’t looked back since, losing six stone and 6.5 pounds in total.

She finds the support, positivity and friendship of the Slimming World group to be the best kind of support. Robyn has always wanted to host a charity event, but until now she wasn’t convinced she could. With the support of her friends, she is really looking forward to the challenge, even if she is a little apprehensive.

They all found the lockdown difficult and are now working to lose the stone or more weight they each gained during that time. They also encourage everyone to take their free NHS exams and see your doctor when you notice any changes in your body, after all they are provided for free and could save your life.

Support them on their Just Give page, named after their nicknames, while encouraging them to keep going. Just Giving McDuff, McFluff, McRuff, with Vicki Wiblin (McPuff) and all their husbands are their support team.

Slimming World also currently raises money for cancer research by asking its members to donate clothes that no longer suit them to cancer research, the annual event is known as ‘the big throw of clothes”. Visit

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]]> Australia’s Morrison pledges more empathy if re-elected Prime Minister | world news Sat, 14 May 2022 04:42:00 +0000

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Saturday to be more empathetic if re-elected, as his government continues to trail the opposition Labor Party a week before the general election.

Australians head to the polling booths on May 21, with recent polls showing Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition set to lose to centre-left work, ending nine years of Conservative government.

Morrison, whose standing with voters has plunged since mid-2020, admitted Friday to being a “bulldozer” but said he would change after the election.

He continued that theme on Saturday, telling reporters on the campaign trail in Melbourne that what mattered most as Prime Minister was to ‘get the job done’, but promising to ‘explain my motivations and my concerns and do empathize a lot more” in the future. .

Among Morrison’s criticisms during his tenure have been his handling of bushfires that killed 24 people and left thousands homeless, and his response to shortages of COVID-19 vaccines and then rapid antigen tests.

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When asked why he waited until the last week of the campaign to tell voters he would change, Morrison replied: “I listened carefully to people.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese campaigned in Darwin on Saturday where he announced that, if elected, he would spend 750 million Australian dollars ($520 million) to bolster Australia’s universal healthcare system.

Labor is promising a ‘health insurance fund boost’ to bolster the scheme and tackle what it claimed was a crisis in GP care across the country.

“Universal health care is something that is a Labor creation, Labor will always defend it and Labor will always strengthen it,” Albanese told reporters.

The party sees its protection of Australia’s beloved health insurance system as a key differentiator between itself and the government, which has campaigned forcefully on claims of superior economic management and national security.

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(Reporting by Samuel McKeith in Sydney; Editing by William Mallard)

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