Two passengers claim airline ignored their pleas after sexual assault

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月26日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

Two female plane passengers allege in a federal lawsuit they were sexually assaulted in separate incidents in 2018 on Frontier Airlines flights and that airline personnel failed to report the incidents to police and help them gather evidence.

The suit, filed in Colorado, relates the two women’s accounts of apparently unrelated sexual assaults aboard Frontier flights originating in Denver. Each woman says she was assaulted by a male passenger during a flight, one in October and the other the following month. The accused assailants’ names are not listed in the suit.
Both women reported the respective incidents to a flight attendant, according to the lawsuit. But the flight attendants, who also are not named, did not report the incidents to anyone else, did not request law enforcement be contacted to meet the plane upon landing, and did not cooperate or assist the complainants with getting evidence or the identities of the assailants or possible witnesses.
Women detail sexual assaults and harassment on commercial flights
Women detail sexual assaults and harassment on commercial flights
The lawsuit asks for class action status and accuses Frontier of failing “to have and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assault of its passengers on its flights.”
Frontier Airlines corporate communications director Jennifer de la Cruz said they cannot comment on the specific claims in the suit.
“However, I can tell you that the safety of our passengers and crew members is our number one priority at Frontier Airlines and we have strict policies in place to proactively and appropriately respond to reports of misconduct and alleged crimes,” she said.
Sexual assault aboard flights is a growing concern for law enforcement. In 2018, the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial airline flights was increasing “at an alarming rate,” the FBI said.
FBI investigations into midair sexual assaults increased by 66% from fiscal year 2014 to 2017. The bureau said it had opened 63 investigations into sexual assault on aircraft in 2017, compared with 57 in 2016, 40 in 2015 and 38 in 2014.
At the time, FBI Special Agent David Rodski said the department was not sure why the numbers had increased. He said the bulk of the incidents happen on red-eye overnights, flights of three hours or more where cabin lights might be darkened and instances where alcohol is being consumed.
The suit comes two weeks after a group of female pilots and flight attendants sued Frontier, alleging the airline forced them onto unpaid leave while pregnant and refused to accommodate their breastfeeding needs.

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She was afraid and harassed, one of 16,000 in LA living in their cars. Then she found an unexpected refuge

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月24日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

As an Uber driver, Lauren Kush tries to keep her Toyota Prius spotless.

But keeping it tidy serves a dual purpose. The 36-year-old woman is homeless and has been sleeping in her car at night, converting the back seat into a bed.
“I usually wake up a few times, just tossing and turning,” she said recently as she grabbed some blankets from her trunk.
“It’s not very comfortable,” Kush said of the tight space. “I’m 5-foot-6 or -7, so I have to make sure I have some legroom, and this is basically it.”
Lauren Kush poses beside the car where she sleeps.
Lauren Kush poses beside the car where she sleeps.
Kush started sleeping in her car when she could no longer afford an apartment in Los Angeles, where median rent for a one-bedroom is $2,350 per month. She’s now among more than 16,000 people in LA County who live in their vehicles — about a quarter of the nearly 60,000 homeless people here.
California’s rising homelessness problem has led to an overall increase of 2.7% nationwide this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a press release Friday.
But while cars, trucks and RVs can be cost-effective alternatives in places with some of the nation’s steepest rents, they lack bathrooms and showers — key amenities for people with jobs but no home. Beyond that, sleeping in them on most city streets is illegal. And they often leave inhabitants vulnerable.
“I was harassed constantly,” Kush said of nights spent parallel parked. “People were screaming or there was a fight.”
Many of those obstacles vanished this year for Kush, however, when she started overnighting in the Prius in a parking lot monitored by a security guard hired to keep watch over an impromptu neighborhood of makeshift shelters.
“I don’t have to worry about being raped,” she said. “I don’t have to be worried about being robbed in the middle of the night.”
The site is run by the nonprofit Safe Parking LA, which offers a “safe and stable place to park the vehicle, remain compliant with local laws, and have access to restroom facilities.”
Homeless car dwellers settle in for the night at a Safe Parking LA lot in Koreatown.
Homeless car dwellers settle in for the night at a Safe Parking LA lot in Koreatown.
“The folks who sleep in these lots come from all different backgrounds,” program coordinator Emily Uyeda Kantrim said, noting that college professors and city employees have found a haven in the protected spaces.
A church in Los Angeles’ Koreatown provided the first lot in March 2018. Since then, the charity has expanded to eight lots with about 120 spaces across America’s second most populous city.
In addition to parking, Uyeda-Kantrim tries to connect clients with housing and services, such as free gym memberships that offer access to showers.
“These people … have somewhere to be during the day and are productive members of society,” Uyeda-Kantrim said. “You are probably sitting next to them very often without even knowing it. They just are really struggling to get back into an apartment.”
Skyrocketing rents boost need for safe spaces
Santa Barbara opened one of the first safe parking lots in 2004. As the crisis of affordable housing has deepened, similar programs have popped up across California, including in San Diego, Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco, which recently opened its first lot.
That pilot program provides spaces for nearly three dozen vehicles and has bathrooms and showers.
“We’re going to identify individuals who are in their vehicles who consider themselves homeless and invit(e) them to park in this facility,” said Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in San Francisco, where the $3,700-per-month median rent for a one-bedroom apartment marks the nation’s highest rate.
The rising number of homeless residents has Kositsky “very concerned,” he said, adding that cities may need to recalibrate their thinking given the shortage of affordable housing.
“Maybe we need to start having mobile home parks in urban areas,” he contemplated.

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North Korea’s ‘Christmas gift’ could be a new anti-US hard-line policy, source says

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月23日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

A source familiar with the North Korean leadership’s current mindset told

The source said this new policy is likely the so-called “Christmas gift” floated by a top North Korean official earlier this month. It is expected to include abandoning negotiations with Washington and consolidating Pyongyang’s status as a nuclear weapons state.
Pyongyang will also no longer pursue sanctions relief as a means of achieving economic development either in the short-term or long-term, but will instead increase its commitment to the state’s ideology of self-reliance, known as Juche.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced in 2018 that North Korea had “completed” its quest to develop nuclear weapons and vowed to fully focus the country’s efforts on economic development and improving the livelihood of his people.
It’s unclear how Trump and his administration would respond to such a decision. After Trump took office in 2017, he and Kim sparred verbally as North Korea test-fired a bevy of increasingly advanced ballistic missiles, the type designed to deliver nuclear warheads.
A flurry of diplomacy that included three in-person meetings between Trump and Kim followed, but working-level negotiations have not made much progress. As the clock has ticked closer to an end-of-year deadline for talks imposed by the North Koreans, the rhetoric on each side has taken on some of the vitriol of 2017.
The source said that Kim is expected to take a “wait and see” approach. This is based on the perception that Trump is politically vulnerable due to his impeachment and the looming 2020 presidential election.
Analysts believe Pyongyang is worried that if it does cut a deal with Trump and he loses in November, his successor may not uphold the accord. North Korea and the United States have reached previous agreements that did not survive successive administrations, and more recently Kim’s diplomats have been quick to cite the Trump administration’s decision to abandon a nuclear deal with Iran as a reason it can’t trust the United States to commit to a long-term accord.
If Trump does win a second term, the North Koreans may be more willing to reengage, the source said. But the bar has definitely been raised for returning to talks with Washington.
Denuclearization, the source said, appears to be off the table for now.

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Klobuchar got to talk way more. Biden renewed his confidence. And Sanders seemed to have only one answer. These are Chris Cillizza’s picks.

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月20日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

Amy Klobuchar: The Minnesota senator benefited the most from the smaller number of candidates on stage. She got to talk a LOT more than in past debates and used that time very, very well. She started strong — outshining her competitors with her answer on how to convince the public that the impeachment was the right move. Time and time again in answer after answer, Klobuchar drove home her basic message: I’m from the Midwest. I’m a woman. I get things done. And, she effectively took it to South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg over his dismissiveness of service in the Senate. An excellent debate performance when Klobuchar really needed one.
Joe Biden: I’m not sure whether it was the smaller number of candidates on stage or a renewed confidence in his status as the front-runner in the race. But, what I am sure of is that — from beginning to end — this was the former vice president’s best debate, by a lot. His answer on the need to build consensus and work with Republicans — noting that he more than anyone else on the stage had reason not to like Republicans who have spent attacking he and his son, Hunter, for months — was his best answer in any debate. Biden’s response to questions about his age — he said age brought him much-needed experience and wisdom — was self assured and solid. Biden was simply more confident and competent Thursday night — just look at how he directly took on Sen. Bernie Sanders on “Medicare for All” — than he has been in prior debates.
Andrew Yang: There were six politicians on stage in Los Angeles on Thursday night. And one Andrew Yang. Yang’s answers on any question he was asked were miles away from how his rivals answered them. Hell, he talked about thorium! His answer on being the lone non-white candidate on the stage — he called it “an honor and a disappointment” — was eloquent. He spoke from personal experience about how best to address the challenges and opportunities of raising a special needs child. (One of Yang’s sons has autism.) And, when talking about whether politics needed more women, Yang said this: “The fact is … if you get too many men alone and leave us alone for a while, we kind of become morons.” Amen, Andrew.

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Pete Buttigieg: The South Bend mayor came under more fire Thursday night than in all the previous debates combined, which made for a more bumpy ride for him. But also is all the evidence you need to understand that his rivals view Buttigieg as someone who needs to be slowed in the race. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts went after Buttigieg for holding private fundraisers with rich people, an attack she had been previewing for weeks on the campaign trail. And Buttigieg was ready: “This is the problem with passing purity tests you yourself cannot pass,” he told Warren, noting that she had transferred money from her Senate account that had been raised by large-dollar donors. Not a perfect performance by any means but Buttigieg showed in this debate he could take incoming and dish it out too.
Bernie Sanders: My issue with the Vermont senator in this debate is that no matter what question he was asked, he seemed to give the same answer: Millionaires and billionaires are destroying this country. Which, if you support Sanders, is plenty good for you! But, Sanders has to figure out how to expand his coalition. And I don’t think he did that in this debate. Also, his attempt at a joke in response to Barack Obama’s assessment that the country needed younger, more diverse leaders — “and I’m white too” — fell very flat. Also, he got shut down by one of the debate moderators for trying to pivot from a question about race to talk about the climate crisis.
Pete Buttigieg: Yes, he’s a winner and a loser — mostly because I was very divided about this performance. I think, in the end, the good outweighed the bad. But not by a ton. Buttigieg, at times, came across as overly rehearsed — a consistent problem for him in these debates. He seemed annoyed at attacks from Klobuchar on his limited experience as mayor and his past failure to win races he ran in. Given how much incoming Buttigieg took, his campaign will be happy he survived (relatively) unscathed. But, he did take some hits for the first time.
The first hour of the debate: This is a debate! Which means that the goal is to examine where the candidates differ — and why. The first 60 minutes of this debate featured not a single actual elucidation of where the candidates had real policy differences. Instead, the candidates simply delivered a series of short-ish policy speeches, well rehearsed from their time on the stump. It was decidedly “meh” — and, more importantly, didn’t shine a single bit of light for voters on how, where and why the candidates choose different solutions to some of the major issues facing the country.

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Australia swelters on its hottest day nationwide as wildfires rage — and temperatures are likely to rise even higher

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月18日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

its hottest day across the country Tuesday, with the national average temperature soaring as devastating wildfires continued to burn across New South Wales (NSW) state.

The average maximum temperature across the country on Tuesday was 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit), according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology — beating the previous 2013 record of 40.3 Celsius (104.5 Fahrenheit).
That’s just the average nationwide figure — the heat has spiked even higher in some places, like the town of Ceduna in South Australia, which hit 45.5 degrees Celsius (nearly 114 Fahrenheit). Earlier this week, the city of Perth in Western Australia experienced three consecutive days above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) — which had never before happened in December, according to CNN meteorologists.
‘Catastrophic’ bushfires threaten South Australia — and summer hasn’t even really started
‘Catastrophic’ bushfires threaten South Australia — and summer hasn’t even really started
The bureau warned on Tuesday that temperatures were likely to climb even higher as the heat wave continues to spread east into Victoria and NSW states over the course of the week.
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State authorities are now urging residents to plan for the heat, stay indoors, and avoid outdoor activities until the weather has cooled.
The heat wave comes as deadly bush fires continue to ravage NSW, exacerbated by the heat, wind, and the worst drought in decades. According to the state’s Rural Fire Service, 100 active fires are still burning across the state, of which 54 are not yet contained. A total fire ban remains in place statewide until midnight on Saturday.
An Australian firefighter in the Central Coast north of Sydney on December 10, 2019.
An Australian firefighter in the Central Coast north of Sydney on December 10, 2019.
The fires have been burning for two months now. They have destroyed more than 760 homes and damaged nearly 300 more, left four people dead, and potentially killed hundreds of koalas and other wildlife.
“More country has been burned, more homes lost, three times more homes lost than our worst previous fire season in history and the fires are still burning,” said Greg Mullins, former NSW Fire and Rescue commissioner, on Tuesday.
Thick bushfire smoke blankets Sydney, causing air pollution to rise 11 times above ‘hazardous’ levels
Thick bushfire smoke blankets Sydney, causing air pollution to rise 11 times above ‘hazardous’ levels
“The driving force behind this is climate change,” he added. “In our decades of service, we’ve seen Australia become drier, hotter and extreme weather conditions far more severe.”
The drought and the fires are the most urgent symptoms of Australia’s climate crisis. Disasters like the fires and floods have devastated the livelihoods of farmers and wrought millions of dollars’ worth of damage. As the heat and drought ramp up, water may be running out — the city of Sydney, home to more than 5 million people, could see its dams run dry by 2022.
The greater Sydney area is now under level 2 water restrictions, which limit the outdoor use of drinking water. It is the first time the restrictions have been implemented since 2003, during a drought that lasted until 2009.
CNN’s Robert Shackelford, Taylor Ward, Michael Guy and Alex Stambaugh contributed reporting.

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A porch pirate stole a package from a home, then threw shade with a snarky thank-you note

Written by admin123 on 2019年12月16日 Categories: 太原桑拿网 Tags: 

A real-life Grinch took nastiness to a new level after snatching a gift from a doorstep and leaving a sarcastic thank-you note for the victim.

Hilary Smith ordered a Christmas gift for her boss and had it delivered to her snowy home in St. Paul, Minnesota. But she never saw the package.
A man who’s lost packages to thieves invents a deterrent
A man who’s lost packages to thieves invents a deterrent
“I looked down, and there was a piece of notebook paper folded neatly on the top step, where the package probably should have been,” Smith told CNN affiliate WCCO Friday.
The handwritten message was colder than a frigid Minnesota morning:
“So just a quick little thank you for leaving me the (opportunity) of stealing your package,” the thief wrote. “Very nice of you. Thank you.”
The porch pirate signed the note, “The new owner of your package.”

Smith said she’s bewildered by the bandit’s audacity.
How to keep porch pirates from stealing your packages
How to keep porch pirates from stealing your packages
“I do appreciate a nicely crafted thank-you note, but this is ridiculous,” she said.
St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster told WCCO he’s never heard of post-theft thank-you notes before. But he said any other victims should call police.
“We want people to report crimes as they occur so we can keep track of them and hopefully solve them,” Ernster said.
Experts say there are several ways you can reduce your risk of getting looted by a porch pirate, such as:
— Shipping packages to your work address or to a trusted neighbor who will be home
— Using an Amazon Hub Locker for Amazon packages
— Asking FedEx or UPS to hold a package at one of their facilities until you can pick it up
Meanwhile, Smith is conducting her own sting operation in case the bandit comes back to her home. She’s leaving a decoy package on her doorstep as bait.
Smith left this box as bait for potential thiefs. The contents are extremely stinky.

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Arrests of Brazilian migrants entering US illegally spiked in 2019 amid border surge

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The number of Brazilians arrested by US Border Patrol nationwide spiked this past year to around 18,000, up from approximately 1,600 the year prior, according to data provided by Customs and Border Protection and historical data.

The number of arrests far surpassed any year going back to 2007. The previous high was around 3,200 in fiscal year 2016, based on available data. The uptick in Brazilians entering the US illegally came amid an overall surge of migrants arriving at the southern border driven in large part by Central American migrant families heading to the US.
Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday during a briefing at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center that the US is in “ongoing discussions” with Brazil over a growing number of its nationals arriving at the US-Mexico border.
During the first two months of fiscal year 2020 — October and November — just over 3,000 Brazilians were apprehended by Border Patrol, keeping on pace with last year’s numbers.
Federal judge blocks use of billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build border wall
Federal judge blocks use of billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build border wall
“We do have an open dialogue with them. Immigration issues continue to be discussed actively with Brazil. I will note that we are seeing more Brazilians show up at the southern border and that’s increasing the intensity on the US side to that part of the challenge that we’re facing right now,” Cuccinelli said in response to a question about whether the US plans to strike an agreement with Brazil similar to the one with Guatemala.
In recent months, the administration has been in discussions with the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to send migrants seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border to those countries. In November, the Trump administration sent the first migrant to Guatemala as part of its agreement with the country to accept asylum-seeking migrants from the US.
The policies rolled out this past year to deter migrants from approaching the US-Mexico border have largely excluded Brazilians.
Overall, more than 850,000 migrants were apprehended on the southern border in 2019. There was an increase in migrants from South American countries, particularly Brazil, as well as Ecuador and Venezuela, according to the new data.
In fiscal year 2019, Border Patrol apprehended 13,198 Ecuadorians, compared with 1,613 in 2018. There were 2,257 Venezuelans apprehended this past year, up from 126 the year prior.
Neither Customs and Border Protection nor the Department of Homeland Security provided additional details or analysis on the reason behind the spike in these arrests.
Paulo Sotero, director of the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, told CNN that Brazil has faced economic woes for years, with high unemployment and low growth, leading to an ongoing migration to the US.
“This is a country, even in times like this, when you have a leader talking about building walls, is the country most attractive to immigrants in the world, illegal or legal,” he said about migration to the US.
The 2018 Brazilian presidential election, which elevated Jair Bolsonaro, was an important event, said Sotero, given that the new government made unfulfilled promises about creating economic opportunities and opening up markets.
Bolsonaro’s win came amid a prolonged recession, rising crime rates and widespread corruption scandals and followed one of the most polarizing and violent political campaigns in Brazil’s history.
ICE arrests dropped in the past year amid southern border crisis
ICE arrests dropped in the past year amid southern border crisis
Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday that the administration’s focus last year was on addressing the surge in families from Northern Triangle countries. However, he said, the agency is also monitoring an increase in Mexican families, as well as arrivals of migrants from Brazil, Haiti and African countries.
Smugglers and cartels are “constantly modifying their approach to continue to make money and exploit migrants from everywhere,” said Morgan.
Morgan also said the agency was considering expanding the Migration Protection Protocols program, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” to additional demographic populations. The program allows the administration to send migrants to Mexico while they await their immigration court proceedings in the US.
Only migrants from Spanish-speaking countries have been enrolled in the program, therefore Brazilians have been excluded, according to a DHS source.
“We’re confident that the kind of same approach and same initiatives that we are applying with Northern Triangle countries’ families, specifically, that we’re going to be able to apply those same initiatives with other demographics as well,” said Morgan.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.

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‘Citgo 6’ moved into house arrest after more than two years of detention without trial

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Six executives detained in Venezuela for more than two years have been moved into house arrest — a small but insufficient step, their families and US officials said.

Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira — nicknamed the “Citgo 6” — were transferred from the notorious detention facility where they have been held without trial to house arrest earlier this week. Their advocates see it as a potentially positive move, but they say they will not rest until the men are returned home to the United States.
“While news of the #CITGO6 being moved to house arrest means better conditions, the group has waited for more than two years to receive due process on their case and had 18 hearings cancelled thus far,” Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak wrote on Twitter Tuesday, “Their unjust detention should end and trial should proceed swiftly.”
‘Worse than a nightmare’: These oil executives are still detained in Venezuela nearly 2 years later
‘Worse than a nightmare’: These oil executives are still detained in Venezuela nearly 2 years later
Rep. Pete Olson, a Texas Republican, has spoken out consistently in support of the Citgo 6, writing on Twitter this week that “their situation has improved in recent days, but we will #NeverGiveUp until they are returned to their families in the USA!”
Sen. Bill Cassidy, the Republican Senator who represents Vadell’s home of Lake Charles, Louisiana, said Tuesday he was “glad for this first step,” but called for Vadell and his colleagues to be released.
Vadell’s family is also praying for his return from a situation they described to CNN in August as “worse than a nightmare.”
“We remain very concerned about Tomeu’s well-being, and hope that this is a step towards our loved one coming home very soon,” the family said in a statement to CNN.
Despite the public shows of support, efforts by the US government to free the men have been unsuccessful and complicated by the precarious political situation in Venezuela. The US recognizes Juan Guiado, not embattled President Nicolas Maduro, as the leader of Venezuela and has not had any representation in the country since US personnel were ordered to depart in March.
More than two years after they were arrested and detained on corruption charges, the men have yet to stand trial and were only granted a preliminary hearing in June. A hearing scheduled for early December was postponed. The Maduro government did not reply to requests for comment about the case. Following their November 2017 arrest, Maduro said that they would be tried as “traitors.”
“These are people born in Venezuela, they’re Venezuelan and they’re going to be judged for being corrupt, thieving traitors,” Maduro said in a televised address in November 2017. Five of the six men are US citizens; one is a US legal permanent resident.
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US claims latest Venezuela sanctions put Maduro ‘on notice’
In a statement, Citgo, which is the US subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil and natural gas company PDVSA, called this week’s development “welcome news and an important step in the journey towards reuniting these men with their families.”
Until their release this week, the men were held at the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) — a facility “responsible for arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture of political opponents and their relatives,” according to a recent United Nations report. That report found that DGCIM “routinely resorted” to torture practices “including electric shocks, suffocation with plastic bags, waterboarding, beatings, sexual violence, water and food deprivation, stress positions and exposure to extreme temperatures” in order to “extract information and confessions, intimidate, and punish the detainees.”
State Department special representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said in late November that the six men “face cumulative health problems given their lack of consistent access to food, sunlight, and exercise.” Vadell’s family said that he had lost so much weight that his wife of more than 30 years did not recognize him on the first of two visits she made to Caracas.

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Why Bravely Default II Will Be Infinitely Better Than Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Bravely Default II got a surprise announcement at The Game Awards last night. It will be coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. That’s great news for fans of the Final Fantasy series, who don’t have much to look forward to these days.

Bravely Default II Will Be Everything Final Fantasy Wishes It Could Be
No, I don’t mean any of you people that jumped in with Final Fantasy XV. It’s a trash game that should be forgotten and stripped of any association with the storied franchise.

That also goes for everyone looking forward to playing the Final Fantasy VII Remake without having touched the original. Sure, you’ll experience a version of FFVII, but not the true game. Instead, you’ll get a dumbed-down retelling made for a wider audience.

I’m talking about the older fans of the Final Fantasy series. Those that enjoy turn-based combat, job class systems, heroes of light, and crystals. Everything that Final Fantasy should be. That’s who Bravely Default II is for.

Bravely Default II Will Stomp Final Fantasy VII Remake
Yes, I’m really saying Bravely Default II is going to be better than this. | Source: Square Enix/YouTube
Final Fantasy VII Remake Won’t Even Have an End When It Launches
If Bravely Default II is anything like the other two games in the series, it’s going to be infinitely better than that Final Fantasy VII Remake also coming out next year.

First off, anyone that picks up BDII is actually going to get a full game to play. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is getting an episodic release that will string players along for years before they can finish it.

Bravely Default II is What Final Fantasy Should Be
Bravely Default II will be everything Final Fantasy VII Remake won’t be. | Source: Square Enix/YouTube
BDII Carries the Final Fantasy Torch Better Than Its Predecessor
Bravely Default II is going to be more like Final Fantasy than any other Final Fantasy game of late. It will have all the right tropes and know how to use them.

That’s a breath of fresh air, seeing as there hasn’t been a great Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy X came out back in 2001 on the PlayStation 2.

Final Fantasy has lost its way. The series has become more action-RPG than turn-based. It’s also left behind most of the tropes that made it what it was.

The wonder of adventure has gone missing, and replacing it are pretty visuals and poor storytelling. That’s not what Final Fantasy should be.

Luckily, Bravely Default II is going to fill the void that the Final Fantasy VII Remake will inevitably leave behind.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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Indian Government Retaliates Against Violent Protesters, Shuts Down Internet Again

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The bill will offer citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants who have settled on Indian soil after entering the country illegally. This sparked major protests across the region.

Staggeringly, this is the 91st time the South Asian country has shut down the internet this year. In 2018, they did so 134 times. In comparison, the country next on the list was Pakistan with just 12 internet shutdowns.

India had the highest internet shutdowns worldwide in 2019. | Source: Internet shutdown tracker
However, the Indian government was not able to shut down voices across the entire country. Videos of the Indian army battling the protests starting emerging on Twitter.

Indian Army called in as protests turn violent. | Source: Twitter
Some tweeted about the situation on the ground, which seems to be worsening by the minute.

Twitter user posts about the dire situation. | Source: Twitter
The frustration also bubbled up on Twitter in the form of sarcastic tweets.

Twitter user takes a sarcastic jibe at the Modi government.| Source: Twitter
Protests Add to Modi Government’s Woes
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under fire for the country’s recent economic troubles. India’s GDP growth fell to a mere 4.5% in the second fiscal quarter, marking the slowest growth in the last six years.

To make matters worse, the manufacturing sector also took a hit; the growth rate plummeted to -1%. By comparison, the manufacturing sector grew by 12.1% in the previous fiscal year. This happened despite the government’s decision to cut corporate tax and boost investments in the country.

The move to pass CAB was a hasty one, and because of the unrest it stirred, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled his visit. The two countries had planned the summit to approve the Rs 130,000 million investment (roughly $1.9 billion) that Japan was going to make in India’s Northeast region.

The much-anticipated investment was supposed to spur development in the region. But the unrest repelled the investment. With the Indian economy already weakening, the Modi government can’t afford the disaster which is brewing in the region.

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