For Japanese Linguist, A Long And Lonely Schlep
by LUCY CRAFT
Saudi princess: What I'd change about my country
I am not calling for a western system but an adaptation of that system to suit our needs and culture
Saudi Arabia: Readers respond to princess's call for reform
You are trying to superimpose Western secular liberalism on Islam and trying to push that as a system here which, in my opinion, is unreasonable.
VK April 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm
Welcome to the world of the global citizen, where nowhere is home and no one is your neighbour.
Raped woman flees through bathroom window
April 19, 2012 - 12:39PM
A woman has managed to escape a man who allegedly handcuffed her and repeatedly raped her in a house in Sydney's south by jumping out a bathroom window and flagging down a taxi, police say.
The 48-year-old man picked up the 29-year-old woman from Sydney Airport on Tuesday and took her back to his house in Miranda, Chief Inspector Rick Johnson said.
Police alleged the man then handcuffed her and sexually assaulted her several times.
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"When she asked to use the toilet, she managed to make an escape out the window," Inspector Johnson said.
"She flagged down a taxi, which brought her to the police station.
"I didn't see her but I'd imagine she was fairly shocked and distressed."
The woman, a Japanese national living in Australia on a student visa, first met the man in January and he arranged to pick her up after she returned to Sydney from a trip around the country, Chief Inspector Johnson said.
Detectives from Miranda police station arrested the man at his house last night.
He has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of kidnapping in circumstances of aggravation.
He was refused bail and will appear in Sutherland Local Court today.
Man charged with kidnapping, rape of tourist
By police reporter Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop
Updated April 19, 2012 12:27:44
A man has been charged after he allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly raped a Japanese tourist at his home in Sydney's south.
The 29-year-old woman has told police she made friends with Robert Mariage after landing in Australia in January, and kept in touch as she travelled around the country.
She met up with the 48-year-old again on Tuesday and stayed the night at his Miranda home.
Police Chief Inspector Rick Johnson says the woman's ordeal began the next day.
"The offender made a number of advances to the victim. When she resisted she was detained by some form of bondage method, by tying her up," he said.
The woman has told police she was raped repeatedly over several hours.
She says she was able to escape when Mariage untied her to let her go to the toilet and she climbed out a window.
The woman ran to the local police station and was taken to hospital.
"She was obviously very distressed but very willing to provide police with all the information that they required," Chief Insp Johnson said.
"Her English is not the best. A lot of the interviews and statements were taken with the assistance of an interpreter."
The woman has told police she had always regarded her friendship with Mariage as platonic.
Detectives arrested the 48-year-old at his home a few hours after the escape and charged him with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.
Police say they are now investigating whether he was involved in other rapes in the area.
"Any forensic material that we obtain will be cross-examined with other offences that have taken place," Chief Insp Johnson said.
Mariage was held in custody overnight and is due to face court today.
Japanese woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted in Sydney
(AFP) – 5 hours ago
SYDNEY — A man was in custody on Thursday after he allegedly kidnapped, handcuffed and repeatedly sexually assaulted a Japanese woman, reportedly a tourist, in Sydney.
Chief Inspector Rick Johnson told reporters the victim, 29, got to know the man after arriving in Australia in January. She travelled around the country and met up with him again on Tuesday.
It was then that her ordeal began.
"The offender made a number of advances to the victim. When she resisted she was detained by some form of bondage method, by tying her up," Johnson told state broadcaster ABC.
Handcuffs were used and the man then allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted her, a police statement said.
The woman told police she escaped by climbing out of a window when she was untied to use the toilet.
"She was obviously very distressed but very willing to provide police with all the information that they required," Johnson said.
The man, 48, has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/raped-woman-flees-through-bathroom-window-20120419-1x8y4.html#ixzz1sU9NWBTQ
Fingerprints for hire: 'Jeremy Bell Law' would make schools investigate all employees
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Published: 18 April, 2012
A congressman from Pennsylvania wants to end abuse in America’s schools, but he says the starting point is fingerprinting each and every employee hired within the country’s educational system.
US Rep Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, is asking America’s lawmakers to approve H.R. 3766, the Jeremy Bell Act of 2011, in an effort to curb reports of abuse and negligence in classrooms from coast-to-coast.
Also of concern is how schools will be able to handle managing that sensitive information without top-tier security in place. The American Civil Liberties Union weighed in on a similar case in 2002 when New York’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development wanted all tenants of subsidizing living to be fingerprinted and kept on file.
"The system would involve the creation of a database of tenant fingerprints which would be vulnerable to serious abuse," the ACLU’s Donna Lieberman explained at the time. "The city should not approve such a plan without a careful, detailed assessment of the actual security needs, the anticipated security benefits, the burdens on tenants, and the privacy risks."
In another instance last year, the ACLU also fired back at calls to have residents of Peoria, Arizona fingerprinted and kept on file for picking up prescriptions within the city limits. The ACLU opposed that effort as well, arguing that the collection of information — while publicized as an effort to curb crime — would actually just expand law enforcement’s ability to collect information on the innocent that could only be used against them in the future.
“The pharmacies will function as annexes to police stations for the collection of personal information and as conduits for the transmission of private information to law enforcement agencies,” ACLU of Arizona Legal Director Daniel Pochoda explained at the time.
A similar attempt to enforce a fingerprinting program on all drivers within the state of Arizona a few years earlier was met by similar opposition from the ACLU. In 2005, Dawn Wyland of the union’s Arizona division explained, "My gut tells me this is just a horrible violation of privacy," adding that "It is compelling someone to give evidence against themselves for an unrelated crime."
The Jeremy Bell Act would be a first in that it would apply to schools all over the US, but similar cases have already occurred. In 2010 a Texas school teacher had her certification suspended for refusing to be fingerprinted as part of a background check. Even though Pam McLaurin had been teaching for two decades, school officials stripped her of her license for not inking her hand, something she opposed for religious purposes by insisting she would “bear the mark of the beast.” Despite a legal battle that tried to reverse the school’s suspension of McLaurin, the Texas Education Agency argued that they never forced the teacher to submit fingerprints; rather, it was her decision to follow suit — simply refusing meant she would forfeit her role with the school.
Muggings and pickpocket thefts increase by 10% in biggest leap for a decade
Data showed serious sexual crimes were up two per cent
However overall there was three per cent fewer crimes last year
By STEVE DOUGHTY
PUBLISHED: 15:40 GMT, 19 April 2012 |
'Pakis, Pakis, we're coming for you:' Words of 'killers in car before they deliberately ran down' three Asian men during last summer's riots
Jurors see CCTV of moment Shazad Ali, 30, Abdul Musavir, 31, and Haroon Jahan, 20, were hit by car
Prosecutor says incident was deliberate and like 'modern day chariot charge'
By ANDY DOLAN
PUBLISHED: 12:06 GMT, 19 April 2012 | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 19 April 2012
Jurors watched in horror as CCTV footage of a car ploughing into three men in what was described as a ‘modern-day chariot charge’ was played to a murder trial today.
Brothers Shazad Ali, 30, Abdul Musavir, 31, and a third man, Haroon Jahan, 20, were seen being catapulted up to ten feet through the air after being ‘deliberately’ hit by the Mazda saloon at the height of the rioting which swept the country last August.
Some relatives fled the courtroom while others sobbed as the 15-second clip showed one of the men somersault through the air.
The court heard how tensions between the different communities in multicultural Birmingham had become particularly inflamed during the riots.
And jurors were also told that occupants of the Mazda were allegedly heard shouting 'Pakis, Pakis, we're coming for you,' followed by: ‘Pakis we are going to come back and shoot you,' shortly before the incident.
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A generation of girls is now being sexually corrupted by the web
Insecure and desperate for male attention, Becky was just 15 when she began meeting strangers for sex via the internet. Sadly, her story is becoming all too common...
By TANITH CAREY and JENNI MARSH
PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 19 April 2012
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Low self-esteem: When she was a teenager, Becky became addicted to having sex with strangers she met online to boost her confidence
'You have not shown a shred of remorse': Judge condemns evil gun gangsters who shot and paralysed girl, 5, as they are jailed for life
Gunman Nathanial Grant, 21, jailed for 17 years while 'sidekick' Anthony McCalla, 20, and 'enforcer' Kazeem Kolawole, 19, got 14 years
Thusha Kamaleswaran confined to a wheelchair after being shot while playing in her uncle's shop in Stockwell, south London
Trio could have been behind bars on day of the shooting
By CHRIS GREENWOOD
PUBLISHED: 11:26 GMT, 19 April 2012 |
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132030/You-shown-shred-remorse-Judge-condemns-evil-gun-gangsters-shot-paralysed-girl-5-jailed-life.html#ixzz1sWZNqfiy
Judge Martin Stephens QC said all of the men pose a high risk to the public and none of them has shown a 'shred of remorse.'
He said: 'This is an exceptional case of the utmost gravity. The seriousness is such that a life sentence is necessary to reflect public abhorrence of these offences.
'Shooting twice into the small and confined shop where it was known there were people present can be denounced as an attack on society itself by men who saw themselves as outside and above the law.'