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    by Bethany Blankley   Three more counties are the latest to express support for Texas declaring an invasion at the southern border, bringing the total to 32. The judge and county commissioners of Ector County, in the Permian Basin, signed a Declaration of Local State of Disaster on Sept. 27 stating the “health, safety, and welfare of Ector County residents are under an imminent threat of disaster from the unprecedented levels of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling coming across the U.S. border from Mexico.” The declaration states that the “sophisticated human smuggling and drug trafficking organizations that facilitate these criminal acts are spearheaded by violent international drug cartels who have operational control over our unsecured U.S./Mexico border.” The crisis at the border “is not acceptable, and has resulted in a security threat and humanitarian disaster with overwhelming consequences to the residents of Ector County and Texans,” they argue. Ector County Commissioner Mike Gardner told The Center Square that even in Odessa, Texas, residents are seeing “busloads of illegal aliens coming through every day.” The county’s law enforcement...
    A top-secret spy mission to refugee camps in Syria has resulted in a policy shift that will see  stranded Islamic State brides and their children allowed to return to Australia - reversing a years-long ban by the Australian government. The women left Australia to join their husbands fighting for the Islamist terrorist movement before their short-lived 'caliphate' collapsed in March 2019. Most of the Australians that had joined the fight or attempted to were either killed in action or were settled in refugee camps. The Australian government had a hardline policy of refusing those citizens re-entry - stripping many of their passports under tough anti-terror laws. But now intelligence agencies are of the belief that leaving the Australians in the squalid camps may present more of a threat to national security than leaving them there, as their plight could be used to recruit more Australian Muslims to join terror organisations. As a result, 16 woman and 42 children being held in northeastern Syria's al-Roj detention camp near the Iraqi border, will be repatriated in the coming days and weeks following 'risk...
    Each Friday, One Green Planet brings you the week’s top news. For those who don’t have a lot of time to look through the news each day, this is will be a great resource and an easy way to catch up! Here you’ll find different categories of news, a synopsis of the top stories, and links to each article published during the week. 1. Animal Rights and Welfare News Source: I T S/Shutterstock As always we had a ton of news to cover in the world of animal rights and welfare. This week we saw happy and hopeful stories, as well as some grim and depressing ones. Some of the more notable stories included Switzerland Could Be The First Country to Ban Factory Farming, Vessel Catches 900,000 Fish, Kills Them, and Dumps Them Back into the Gulf of Mexico, The Long-Lasting Effects of Deepwater Horizon, Should Veterinarians Eat Meat?, Labels Like “Organic” Are Misleading Consumers and Hurting Animals—How To Make Them Mean More, Over 300 Dogs Rescued From an Illegal Dogfighting Operation in South Carolina’s Largest Bust, 7 Weird Ways Animals Cool Off, Texas Officials Fire Animal...
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 8 petitions you should sign this week, including Tell Kaiser to Provide Patients with Timely Mental Health Care, Ask States to Implement Universal School Meal Programs, Demand Authorities Track Down a Vicious Animal Abuser, and More! We want to thank you for being the change you wish to see in the world and giving a voice to the voiceless....
    An Essex woman made 10 false rape claims against two men leading to 60 police investigations - which eventually found that the men were not in the area at the time. Cathy Richardson, 35, from Westcliff, made a series of allegations against two men between January and May 2021, and has now been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Essex Police bosses have slammed her actions, which they say had a 'huge impact' on the lives of the men she accused and resulted in wasted police time and resources. Police added that her false allegations have also done a 'great disservice' to real victims of sexual crimes. Cathy Richardson, 35, from Westcliff, made a series of allegations against two men between January and May 2021, and has now been sentenced to over five years in prison Richardson's allegations led to officers carrying out 60 investigations, with one of the men she accused being arrested and made to undergo forensic examination. As officers progressed their enquiries into Richardson's claims, they found that CCTV, phone data, and information from automatic number...
    THE development of unmanned technology systems is vital to America’s ability to modernize its military but faces many challenges, a Lieutenant General has said. The U.S. Army must first overcome some significant challenges to assemble its fully automated ground fighting fleet. 2Autonomous vehicle trial sponsored by Milrem RoboticsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Army self-driving ground vehicles operate through Autonomous (driverless) Navigation Systems. Ground Autonomous Navigation Systems (ANS) are more challenging to develop than air ANS since the algorithms must quickly make complex decisions to adapt to fast-changing environmental factors. Air ANS understandably has fewer environmental factors to account for since its operation setting is more open. Lt. Gen. Thomas Todd, chief innovation officer at Army Futures Command, spoke to the National Interest on the significant impact of overcoming ground ANS development challenges. READ MORE ON SELF-DRIVING CARSLYFT OFF Lyft rolls out self-driving rides for same price as a regular journey with catchSTRESS-FREE New fully self-driving Volkswagen allows you to work, eat and SLEEP Todd said: “Autonomy has allowed us to take risks where we previously would have not. “If you think about...
    by Bethany Blankley   Companies nationwide donated more than $10 million in one day to help Floridians in the aftermath of destruction caused by Hurricane Ian. Ian, which is believed to be the costliest storm in U.S. history, has devastated communities throughout much of southwest and central Florida. “We are very appreciative and thankful for the outpouring of support,” First Lady Casey DeSantis said. “Raising more than $10 million in one day to The Florida Disaster Fund demonstrates the kindness and compassion from people across this state and nation. These private sector contributions will be deployed quickly and effectively to meet the immediate needs of those most impacted by the storm. We cannot thank people enough for their generosity.” Individuals and other organizations interested in making a tax-free donation can do so at www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or by texting DISASTER to 20222. Companies that donated in addition to the initial $1.7 million the fund received in the first few hours it was launched, include: Walmart ($1,500,000) Amazon ($1,000,000) Centene Charitable Foundation ($1,000,000) Ian MacKechnie ($1,000,000) Florida Blue ($1,000,000) Lennar ($1,000,000) Boeing ($750,000)...
    The Queen Consort is set to dispense with the centuries-old tradition of having ladies-in-waiting as part of her retinue. Camilla, 75, thinks having a smaller number of staff is ‘more with the times’ – and her approach fits in better with the King’s vision for a leaner monarchy. Instead, her existing staff will take on the traditional duties of the monarch’s official companions in what has been lightheartedly described as a ‘two for the price of one’ deal, the Daily Mail can reveal. The late Queen had around seven devoted ladies-in-waiting – affectionately dubbed the head girls – at the time of her death, some of whom had been by her side for more than 60 years. Camilla, 75, thinks having a smaller number of staff is ‘more with the times’ – and her approach fits in better with the King’s vision for a leaner monarchy They dealt with everything from public and personal correspondence and organising the royal diary to accompanying the monarch on engagements, collecting flowers and arranging private family events. They were also loyal companions to the...
    A New York City doctor pleaded guilty to being part of an evil scheme that involved performing unnecessary surgery on poor and destitute patients, some of whom were drug addicts, in order to scam insurance companies. Dr. Sady Ribeiro, 72, a pain-management doctor and surgeon, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a convoluted insurance scheme that earned him millions. Ribeiro follows Adrian Alexander, 77, in pleading guilty to the scam.  Alexander was the owner of a litigation funding company who was also at the head of the trip-and-fall scheme, which enticed more than 400 homeless- and drug-addicted patients to submit to surgeries they did not need so that the men could take payouts from the insurance companies. According to a federal indictment, Ribeiro and Alexander spearheaded an extensive insurance fraud scheme through which participants staged trip-and-fall accidents and subsequently filed fraudulent lawsuits that enriched both men to the tune of $31 million. Emergency Medical Technicians help an elderly homeless man off the...
    HARRY and Meghan have parted ways with their US-based PR agency, Sunshine Sachs. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex parted ways with the New York firm after their popularity plunged. 2Meghan Markle has worked with Sunshine Sachs since she was an actress on the TV drama SuitsCredit: AP Meghan has worked with the company since her days as an actress on legal drama Suits and is pals with senior partner Keleigh Thomas Morgan. The PR chief was invited to the royal wedding and has also represented American actor Tyler Perry, whose Los Angeles mansion Harry and Meghan used as a base while house-hunting. A source told the Daily Mail: “This is a really big deal for Meghan. She takes the view that she doesn’t need to pay an outside firm a lot of money to do PR for her and Harry anymore.” Sunshine Sachs played a key role when the Sussexes moved to California, allowing them to take advantage of contacts and a network of advisers and celebs. Read More on Harry & MeghanMEGA SHOCK Harry & Meghan 'want to...
    In this article FFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTFord CEO Jim Farley poses with the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck in Dearborn, Michigan, May 19, 2021.Rebecca Cook | ReutersDETROIT – As incoming CEO of Ford Motor, Jim Farley promised more transparency to Wall Street as well as a clear plan for the future. At the time, Ford was considered behind the industry when it came to all-electric and autonomous vehicles, connectivity and software. Its messaging and plans were unclear to Wall Street, causing shares to tumble.related investing newsCarMax shares crater as its huge earnings miss signals an end to the used car boomRobert Huma day agoFord's fundamentals remain strong, despite CEO's recession worries, productions snagsPaulina Likos2 days agoTwo years later, Farley, 60, has largely delivered on his promises through the company's ongoing Ford+ transformation plan, but there remains work to be done. He has restructured operations and largely brought Wall Street back into the automaker's corner for the first time since Alan Mulally – credited with saving the automaker from bankruptcy in 2009 – stepped down as CEO eight years...
    GIVING your home a makeover oftentimes seems like an expensive project - but according to one expert, that doesn't have to be the case. With a growing number of Britons searching for ways to make their properties look more expensive without breaking the bank, an interior guru revealed how you can turn your home from drab to fab with just a few inexpensive steps. 3Giving your home a makeover can be as easy as rearranging pieces of furnitureCredit: Getty Sharing her knowledge with The Express, Johanna Constantinou, Brand and Communications Director at Tapi, said: “Many Brits are looking for ways to cut down on their spending without compromising on things that give them joy, and that’s why we pulled together these top tips to make your home look expensive on a minimal budget. ''We hope these provide help and inspiration for anyone looking to vamp up their space without it costing the earth.” Rearranging furniture According to the pro, you can instantly make your home look more expensive by simply rearranging the room's layout and rearranging the placement of...
    ONE TikToker has revealed a side hustle that could earn more than $100 that does not require showing your face online. User SimpleFreedomLife creates content about quitting your 9 to 5 job and achieving financial freedom. 1Affiliate marketing can be the perfect side hustle for those who don't want their face onlineCredit: TikTok/simplefreedomlife Recently, she unveiled a side hustle that can bring more than $100 per sale: affiliate marketing. These gigs involve earning commission in exchange for marketing a company's products. “It’s completely free and legit,” she said. Here are the steps to making this type of money in your free time. Read more about side hustlespressure on I make $3k a month from my easy side hustle - it has really low start up costsGOT MY CASH My side hustle makes me $4,000 a month and it all started when I bought an ATM How it works First, SimpleFreedomLife said, you need to go to the website for ClickBank. Once you create an account, you need to go to Affiliate Marketplace. Under that, you will see a range...
    Getty Bleacher Report's Alex Ballentine argued that head coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts should give one of their rookies more snaps. The Indianapolis Colts came into the season expecting to count on a lot from rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce. Through 2 weeks, Pierce was a pretty big disappointment, getting off to a rough start in his NFL career. But after a strong Week 3, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine argued the rookie wideout should receive more playing time for the Colts. “The rookie experienced a mini-breakout game in Week 3,” Ballentine wrote. “He still only saw 45 percent of the offensive snaps, but he brought in three of his five targets for 61 yards, including a nice go route along the sideline in which he showcased his ability to win at the catch point. “The Colts desperately need a second option to emerge in the passing game alongside Michael Pittman Jr. With Pierce offering a spark, Matt Ryan threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a win over the Chiefs. “That should be...
    SHOPPING: Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, DailyMail.com will earn an affiliate commission. Do you struggle with focus or find you forget more things than you used to? While brain health is linked to sleep and ageing, it can also be improved with the right nutrition and supplements. And if you’re tired of forgetting what you climbed the stairs for, misplacing your keys and phone and being distracted by a million little things, the Vital Vitamins Brain Booster supplements can be ‘life-changing’ according to Amazon shoppers. Vital Vitamins Brain Booster Supplements  Would you like to stop forgetting things and focus on tasks more clearly? Thousands of Amazon shoppers say these vitamins have helped them do just that.  With Dmae and Gingko Biloba, they might increase energy levels too.  $21.95 (was $30)  ShopMore than 40,000 shoppers have left a full five out of five star reviews for these daily supplements, after being impressed by how they made their brain feel ‘clear’ and...
    In this article LCFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTwatch nowVIDEO1:0501:05What is inflation and what causes it?Consumer & Retail Digital Original VideoAlmost everyone has felt the sting of rising prices. As of August, 60% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent LendingClub report — a number that hasn't budged much since inflation hit 40-year highs. A year ago, the number of adults who felt stretched too thin was closer to 55%. Even high-income earners are feeling the strain, the report found. Of those earning more than six figures, 45% reported living paycheck to paycheck, a jump from the previous year's 38%.  More from Personal Finance:Inflation and higher rates are a 'dangerous mix'Pumpkin spice lattes are popular due to 'very simple economics'Government bond yields soar as markets weigh recession threat "More consumers living paycheck to paycheck indicates that many are continuing to lose their financial stability," said Anuj Nayar, LendingClub's financial health officer.Inflation is a persistent problemThe consumer price index, which measures the average change in prices for consumer goods and services, rose a higher-than-expected 8.3% in August, driven...
    In the seconds after Marcus Peters cradled the ball within inches of the sideline, Kyle Hamilton let loose a roar from deep inside. A “primordial scream” Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it. Hamilton had spent the previous week answering for his football sins, mental and physical, in a Week 2 collapse against the Miami Dolphins. When the rookie safety saw New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor break free on a potential go-ahead scoring drive in Week 3, he knew he could not let it happen again. So Hamilton chased Agholor down, and with a violent swipe of his arm punched the ball Peters’ way. It turned out to be the decisive blow in a hard-fought 37-26 road victory. “That’s a play not too many people make,” Harbaugh said a day later. If Hamilton, the first player selected in the Ravens’ 11-member draft class, goes on to a decorated career in Baltimore, this forced fumble might go down as his opening statement. It was a loud moment in a collective story that’s gaining momentum as Ravens rookies leap into the...
    The deposed leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her Australian adviser were sentenced to three more years in prison for violating the Official Secrets Act. The new sentence is on top of the already 20-plus years in prison doled out during her last sentence, mainly on corruption charges, since her overthrow in a military coup in February 2021. Violations of the Official Secrets Act carry a 14-year maximum sentence, meaning Suu Kyi and her adviser were not charged to the maximum extent of the law, according to the BBC. Western governments and human rights groups have condemned all the charges as trumped up and politically motivated and called for her immediate release. The Australian government has consistently advocated the release of her Australian adviser, professor Sean Turnell, since his imprisonment last year. Turnell was also convicted on a charge of breaching an immigration law, landing him another three years in prison. MYANMAR JUNTA OPEN TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH IMPRISONED DEMOCRATIC LEADER "The Australian Government has consistently rejected the charges against Professor Turnell during the more...
    The Queen died at Balmoral of ‘old age’, it was revealed yesterday – the first time a monarch’s death certificate is believed to have been made public. But the document also raises intriguing questions after details on it confirmed that Prince Harry was not informed of his grandmother’s death for more than three hours. Only her two eldest children – King Charles and his sister, Princess Anne – were with their mother when she died at 3.10pm on September 8. Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, as well as Prince Andrew and Prince William, were all on a plane heading for Scotland at the time and are believed to have been informed mid-air. Prince Harry, meanwhile, had not even made it to an airport amid apparent confusion over whether he should travel up to Aberdeenshire with his wife Meghan. He finally got a private jet from Luton at 5.35pm, landing at Aberdeen at 6.47pm. The Queen died at Balmoral of ‘old age’, it was revealed yesterday – the first time a monarch’s death certificate is believed to have been made...
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) confer before addressing reporters following the weekly senate party caucus luncheons at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 9, 2019. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters The U.S. Senate voted 72 to 25 on Thursday to pass legislation funding the federal government through mid-December — days before an impending government shutdown. The bill, which now goes to the House where it's expected to quickly pass, includes an additional $12 billion in aid for Ukraine, $1 billion in heating and utility assistance and emergency aid for natural disasters. Food and Drug Administration user fees were also reauthorized for another five years under the continuing resolution. President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law before the federal budget runs out on Friday. For the second time this year, lawmakers deliberated on a spending bill with limited time to spare. If it passes the House as expected, the continuing resolution will keep the government running until Dec. 16. The legislation had been held up by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., who wanted...
    By Jon Gambrell and Adam Schreck | Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine — Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that seemed sure to further isolate the Kremlin, draw it more international punishment and bring extra military, political and economic support to Ukraine. The annexation would come just days after voters supposedly approved Moscow-managed “referendums” that Ukrainian and Western officials have denounced as illegal, forced and rigged. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Thursday that four regions of Ukraine — Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — would be folded into Russia during a Kremlin ceremony attended by President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to give a major speech. Peskov said the regions’ pro-Moscow administrators would sign treaties to join Russia in the Kremlin’s ornate St. George’s Hall. In an apparent response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called an emergency meeting Friday of his National Security and Defense Council. The U.S. and its allies have promised to adopt even more sanctions than they’ve already levied against Russia and to offer millions of dollars in...
    Aaron Judge is having himself a life-changing season. That much was evident since about mid-May, and his decision to turn down the Yankees’ contract extension to bet on himself will be included for years to come in self-confidence books. Tying the Yankee and American League record for home runs is one thing. His first MVP will be a nice cherry on top too. But to fully appreciate the magnitude of Judge’s unforgettable 2022 season, one really has to dig deep into the weeds. Let’s start with the basics. Judge is enjoying just the eighth 60-homer season ever. Titans of the game like Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez never did that. His 11 multi-HR games are tied for the most in a single season, joining Sammy Sosa (1998) and Hank Greenberg (1938). Judge is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to post a season with 60 homers, 25 doubles and 15 stolen bases. Judge leads all MLB players in home runs, runs, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, extra base hits...
    ANTHONY JOSHUA has suggested boxing could change its rules to introduce "live" scorecards. The 32-year-old has been outpointed by Oleksandr Usyk in his last two fights. 2Anthony Joshua has suggested introducing "live" scorecards in boxingCredit: EPA AJ said live scorecards could show how fights are playing out as they go on, meaning boxers know how many of the remaining rounds they need to win, or if they need to score a knockdown. Knowing for a fact he was down on the cards could have encouraged Joshua to search harder for a knockout when he fought Usyk. The judges scorecards currently remain a mystery until the fight winner is announced. But AJ suggested knowing how the scores stood round-by-round would create a "very competitive environment" within the ring. Read More On Anthony JoshuaWAYNE'S WORLD AJ forgets about Fury fight as he posts footage of party at Wayne Lineker's He wrote on Instagram: "In so many sports you know who's winning as the game is progressing. "In a sense it creates a very competitive environment." Joshua asked for people's thoughts on introducing...
    INJURIES cost Europe’s top clubs a staggering half a BILLION pounds last season. And Prem teams suffered more than any other league — with a record number of stars being sidelined. 3The Premier League suffered sky-high numbers of crocked players 3Chelsea had the most injury hit record in terms of player value per missed gamesCredit: Rex 3The Football Injury Index report reckons the high-pressing style is leaving it's markCredit: The Times Crocks and illness in the top flight rose by 30 per cent last term, according to the Football Injury Index report by analysts and insurance brokers Howden. And while 181 of those were Covid-related absences, there were still 1,050 injuries, almost double the 562 in 2019-20. Chelsea, with 97 injuries and ‘lost’ wages of £29.9million, were the worst hit. And Howden said the trend  may  have decided the title race. READ MORE ON CHELSEABOEHLY BLOW Chelsea to delay hunt for new transfer guru after Freund move collapses Liverpool, missing players on 80 occasions, suffered 13 more injuries than Manchester City —  missing out on the title by a point — and...
    DOVER is facing travel chaos next year after the port boss warned border checks on cars could rocket from the current 45 seconds to 10 MINUTES. The EU is due to introduce a new Entry-Exit System in May with travellers having to undergo a series of biometric checks including fingerprints and captured facial images. 1Dover faces travel chaos next year as border checks on cars could increase to 10 minutes, the port chief has warnedCredit: Chris Eades It will mean every passenger in a vehicle arriving at the port will have to register for the new system, sparking fresh fears of travel chaos and miles of queues. Dover Port chief executive Doug Bannister warned yesterday: “Right now, EES will work well in major airports or rail terminals with large, well-lit rooms. “But there has been no process designed - none, zero zip - for a busy ferry terminal to process car loads of passengers on dark stormy nights. “Even at the busiest times right now, with new post-Brexit rules, passport checks are taking 45 to 90 seconds per car. ...
    A judge has allowed a Wisconsin man accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when he allegedly drove his SUV through a Christmas parade represent himself at trial. It was found that Darrell Brooks, 40, suffers from a personality disorder and that while he could face an uphill battle against an experienced prosecutorial team, he is mentally fit. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow's decision leaves Brooks in the unusual position of defending himself against a score of charges, including six counts of intentional homicide.  His trial is scheduled to begin Monday with jury selection. The 40-year-old has a high school equivalency diploma but did not attend college. Dorow said he has a constitutional right to act as his own attorney if he's mentally competent. Dorow said she reviewed evaluations four psychologists conducted of Brooks and agreed with their findings that while he has a personality disorder and is disruptive, he is intelligent and articulate enough to defend himself.  A judge has allowed a Wisconsin man, Darrell Brooks, accused of killing six people and injuring dozens more when...
    Operation Shutdown began for the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 21, one day after a crushing loss to the Cleveland Guardians virtually ended their postseason dreams. Luis Robert and Tim Anderson soon were declared out for the rest of the season, joining Michael Kopech on the list of Sox players who probably could play through their injuries if the games had any meaning. Manager Tony La Russa already had been shut down on Aug. 30 with a heart-related issue that doctors felt was serious enough to prevent him from managing the final month. Because he hasn’t been made available to the media since the Sox announced Saturday that he won’t return to the dugout this season, we can only speculate that he didn’t deem these final games worth fighting the decision. There may be more shutdowns as the losses pile up in the final week of the season, so stay tuned. If you’re still watching the Sox at this point, it can be for only two reasons. Either you’re a glutton for punishment or you’ve built an immunity to pain...
    Thousands of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme victims will be receiving their portions of the latest distribution of more than $370 million. US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams announced that the Madoff Victim Fund will be distributing approximately $372 million to 40,000 victims worldwide who were involved in the fraud scheme. Earlier Report: Madoff Ponzi Scheme Victims To Get Nearly $500M More In Distributions To date, approximately $4 billion has been distributed to Madoff’s victims. Williams said that this eighth payment will bring the victims’ total recovery to 88.35 percent of their losses. An additional $5 billion in assets recovered by the US Attorney’s Office is being separately paid to Madoff victims through a separate fund administered by the Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee. Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies in 2009, admitting that he had turned his wealth management business into the world’s largest Ponzi scheme, benefiting himself, his family, and select members of his inner circle. Prosecutors said Madoff stole billions of dollars from his clients dating back to the early 1970s. In...
    THOUSANDS of Americans are eligible to claim money that’s worth at least $400 – but there is a fast-approaching deadline.  The New Mexico Human Services Department has launched applications for residents to claim their cash.  1New Mexican residents will need to submit a few bits of information to apply It is available for low-income New Mexicans thanks to the legislature for approving $10 million worth of relief. “Many low-income New Mexico families have experienced substantial economic and personal losses, “said Angela Medrano, deputy Secretary of the HSD.  “These funds will help people in our communities who need the extra money to help feed and house their families.” How to qualify and apply Along with being a New Mexican resident with low income, you need to submit the following information:  READ MORE ON PAYMENTSHELPING HAND Hundreds of thousands of Americans can receive direct payment worth up to $650ACT FAST Deadline to claim direct payment worth up to $4,000 for thousands is in days First and last name  Address  Bank account and routing numbers Additionally, you’ll need to provide either a diver...
    DURING pregnancy, women take paracetamol for a myriad of reasons. But experts have now revealed that popping the pain killers could stop your child sleeping properly. 1Experts have revealed that taking painkillers during pregnancy could cause you sleepless nights down the lineCredit: Getty Medics in the US said this has particularly been found in children aged three-years-old. Writing in PLOS One the experts said that babies that had been exposed to acetaminophen in the uterus were more likely to have sleep and attention problems. Acetaminophen is the medical term for paracetamol. Experts used data from the First Baby Study (FBS), which looked at women in Pennsylvania, US. Read more on paracetamol DRUG ALERT Urgent warning to millions of Brits as paracetamol 'increases' heart attack riskTRAGIC FATE My brother has months to live - docs gave him paracetamol for pain by mistake The women were interviewed throughout their pregnancies in order to determine for what, and when they used the medication. The data shows that the main reasons paracetamol was taken, included a fever, infection, muscle pain and headache. It's important...
    Fox News’s midday panel show, Outnumbered, took a break Wednesday from debating current events and focused coverage solely on hurricane Ian’s expected landfall in Florida. Regular co-hosts Harris Faulkner and Kayleigh McEnany were joined by Fox Weather meteorologist Amy Freeze and Fox News host Todd Piro who covered hurricane Sandy in 2012 as a correspondent for NBC Connecticut Today. Pirro offered a “chilling” warning for residents in the path of Ian based on his experience with Sandy. The conversation began with Faulkner, who lives in New Jersey recalling her experience with Hurricane Irene. She noted that the storm hit “southern New Jersey moved into northern New Jersey. I remember it. It looked like it had passed. And there were places underwater for weeks after Hurricane Irene.” “The expansive nature of hurricanes are not just about the eyewall, which is the strongest part of the storm, but their ability to have far-reaching effects. Always in the northeast quadrant of the northeast corner, basically, of a storm. You’ve got the threat of tornadoes,” weighed in Freeze, adding: Can you imagine you’re worried...
    As September draws to a close, Hollywood is already gearing up for the awards season. This week, we take a look at a stunning new dystopian feature, a great reboot of a PI series, Zac Efron’s latest, a “Munsters” reboot, a documentary on Sidney Poitier and and a piercing comedy/drama featuring an outstanding performance from Sigourney Weaver. Here’s our roundup. “Vesper”: The post-apocalyptic genre is more prevalent and relevant today with most entries hinging on climate change and bumming us out long afterwards. While there is room and a need for that, the relentless bleakness can get a bit much. Enter the brilliantly imagined and realized “Vesper,” which unearths compassion and kindness amid a wretched ecological collapse that finds the “haves” holed up in safe environs while the “have nots” suffer in a hostile land of genetic new creations. When 13-year-old Vesper (Raffiella Chapman) finds and harbors Camelia (Rosy McEwen) who fell from the sky and is now a stranger in this strange land, others take an interest. Directors Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper have created a world filled with...
    A U.S. ambassador compared the investigations into alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to the Nuremberg trials that took place at the conclusion of World War II. Ambassador Beth Van Schaack, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice, described the current situation in Ukraine as “truly a new Nuremberg moment,” adding “just as the Allies at the end of the Second World War advanced the imperative of justice and ushered in a new era of accountability for the worst imaginable crimes,” during an event at the McCain Institute on Wednesday. PENTAGON CONFIRMS RUSSIA'S USE OF IRANIAN DRONES IN UKRAINE Ukraine’s prosecutor general office has identified “thousands” of incidents that may constitute war crimes, many of which were only uncovered after Russian forces had to retreat from territories that they were occupying. Van Schaack reiterated many of the findings that have already been uncovered, including forced deportations, torturing and executing Ukrainian military personnel and civilians, and sexual violence. Russians have “interrogated, detained, and forcibly deported between 900,000 and 1.6 million Ukrainian citizens, this including 260,000 children, all from...
    When a group of custodians in York County, South Carolina, learned their bosses planned to sell them out to save a few pennies, they knew exactly who to turn to for help—a fellow worker who’d walked in the very same shoes. This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute. County Councilman William “Bump” Roddey, a longtime member of the United Steelworkers (USW) and a former custodian himself, assured the county workers that he had their backs. Roddey ultimately helped quash the scheme to contract out the county’s janitorial services, a victory both for the custodians and the taxpayers relying on their quality work. Electing more union members like Roddey to councils and mayoral posts will help to combat right-wing attacks on workers and hold local government accountable to the ordinary people it’s intended to serve. “We speak for the American worker,” Roddey, a member of USW Local 1924 who works at New-Indy Containerboard, said of union members. “We speak for the middle class. The agenda is not about us if we are not at the table.” If the county...
    HINDSIGHT is 20/20, and recently unearthed comments show Phil Mickelson was clearly unhappy with the PGA Tour long before his defection. Mickelson, is a PGA Tour legend with 45 career wins and a former world ranking of second. 3Mickelson has been an outspoken critic of the PGA TourCredit: EPA 3Woods is a former world number oneCredit: EPA However, in June of 2022 he defected to the Saudi-backed upstart LIV Golf - a tour that continues to divide opinions. But comments made my Mickelson in an interview with Golf Digest back in 2009 were recently unearthed by Essentially Sports and hint at brewing frustrations with the PGA Tour long before his eventual departure. Mickelson criticized the Tour for only speaking to fellow golfing legend Tiger Woods when it came to decision making, believing they should be casting a wider net. Mickelson said: "I think the tour talks to Tiger. That’s a critical element, and he should be consulted. Read More on GolfSim city Brooks Koepka's wife stuns in bikini as she celebrates friend's wedding weekFRONT PAIGE Watch Paige Spiranac stun in very...
    Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Already, even a week before it hits shelves, Confidence Man — the new book on former President Donald Trump by New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman — has yielded a bushel of shocking revelations about the 45th president. And now, new previews out Wednesday contain even more wild, previously unreported details about the former commander in chief. In a summary of the 607-page tome published by the Washington Post and another published by CNN, reporters Josh Dawsey and Jeremy Herb respectively detail numerous bizarre incidents from inside the Trump White House. All of them were summarily dismissed by Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, who told CNN and the Post, “While coastal elites obsess over boring books chock-full of anonymously-sourced mistruths, America is a nation in decline. President Trump is focused on saving America, and there’s nothing the fake news can do about it.” Here are five more of the wildest reveals from Maggie Haberman’s Confidence Man: 1. Trump nearly fired his own daughter and son-in-law by Tweet Firing by tweet was not an unprecedented practice during the Trump...
    The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes is skeptical that media outlets like CNN can truly be “more even-handed,” questioning how one would go about telling “both sides” of topics like QAnon election conspiracies. In an exclusive interview with Mediaite in the green room after his panel at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Texas, Sykes shared his thoughts on the current state of the media industry, the upcoming midterms, and the viability of independent political parties. Team @BulwarkOnline in the house, y’all at @TexasTribune #TribFest22 @Timodc @amandacarpenter @SykesCharlie pic.twitter.com/YHLwGxPN4J — Jennifer Harris ???????? ????™️ (@jwharris) September 23, 2022 I’ve met Sykes several times (including at a past TribFest in 2018) and we both describe ourselves as ideological conservatives who are not supporters of former President Donald Trump. I asked Sykes who, if anyone, was a “common sense Republican” running for office this year. “Is the answer to vote Democrat or are there are there still Republicans who are on the ballot this year around the country that people can support?” Sykes acknowledged that there were a lot of politically homeless Republicans,...
    For more than 3 million followers on TikTok, Nick Cho is their “Korean Dad.” He walks his followers through a back-to-school shopping trip and wonders if they should buy “anime backpacks.” He does a finger heart as he cooks Korean ramen for two in stone pots with slices of cheese. But lately, he has also been serving as a counselor of sorts. He described what it’s like to be “in a deep pit of sad” following last year’s mass shooting in the Atlanta area in which eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed. He has helped people cope with loneliness — equating it with hunger. For Father’s Day this year, he talked about what it means to have a complicated relationship with one’s dad. “I see you’re suffering. I know that with all the stuff people are going through, you don’t always feel like it’s important. It’s just your thing to endure,” Cho, sitting in front of his backyard, told his followers. “But I want you to hear that it’s not just your thing. Your pain...
    LOVELORN Brits are spurning dating apps - and hitting the gym to find romance instead, a new study has found. One in three romantics between 16 and 24-year-olds use fitness centres to search for partners, findings from FLORA’s Annual Active Towns Report 2022 found. 1More people than ever are finding love at the gym, a new survey has foundCredit: Getty When it comes to the best sports for finding love when you’re getting sweaty, data shows swimming tops the charts with over one in ten (11%) in the UK & Ireland meeting their sweetheart by the pool. Sharing second place are the gym, outdoor running and cycling, with 10% making connections while they hit the weights, pound the pavement or cruise through the country.   Meanwhile, activity levels are the highest they have been in three years, FLORA’s Annual Active Towns Report 2022 has found. Research also reveals generational differences in mentalities towards using the gym as a personal dating service across both the UK and Ireland. Most read in LifestyleQUICK TRICK I work at Hooters & have a big butt...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Nick Woltman at the Pioneer Press reports, “More than 1,000 St. Paul absentee voters have received 2022 general election ballots listing the wrong Republican candidate for Minnesota’s House of Representatives in their district, officials say. The GOP nominated Scott Hesselgrave in August to replace Beverly Peterson in the race to succeed Rep. John Thompson in House District 67A after Peterson died earlier that month, but the ballots issued by Ramsey County elections officials still list Peterson as the Republican candidate, according to a Tuesday filing with the Minnesota Supreme Court.” At MPR News, Dana Ferguson says, “Judy Moe took to a small stage in Veterans Park Monday night to make her appeal to several candidates running for elected office: make your campaigns accessible to Minnesotans with disabilities and address their top concerns. With about six weeks left until Election Day, Moe, the director of Richfield Disability Advocacy Partnership (RDAP), hoped to highlight for candidates up and down the ballot the value of including Minnesotans with disabilities in their campaigns.” Colette Davidson of the...
    Mike Tindall has spoken of how the Royal Family 'came together overnight' following the death of the Queen.  The ex-England rugby ace, who is married to Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall, also revealed he is 'full of regret' for not asking the Queen more questions during his time with her.  Tindall reflected on his relationship with the Queen in a special episode of his podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby. 
    AMAZON are always slashing the prices of its most popular devices - and there a LOT on sale this September. You can grab huge savings on its Echos, Fire tablets, Kindles, Blink Cameras, Ring doorbells and plenty more. 8Don't miss these great Amazon device deals, including offers on Echo devices Amazon device deals - shop here Amazon are known for having flash price drops and right now is a great time to buy from the popular range of smart home devices. The retail giant usually reserve big savings for its annual Prime Day event, but right now there are lots of huge savings to be had. One reason for Amazon's huge success with its lines of tablets, smart devices, doorbells, lights and other gadgets is that they are, in generally, hugely affordable. We've seen some of the finest price drops in 2022 so far: don't miss out. Echo Dot deals: save up to 54% - buy from Amazon Echo Show deals: save up to 47% - buy from Amazon Ring and Blink Doorbells - buy from Amazon...
    The United States Department of Justice submitted a brief to United States District Judge Raymond Dearie – the special master in the ongoing saga of former President Donald Trump's hoard of top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago – that it needs more time to procure a third-party vendor to digitize the materials. "Plaintiff informed us this morning that none of the five document-review vendors proposed by the government before last Tuesday’s preliminary conference were willing to be engaged by Plaintiff," the Tuesday filing states. "Based on applicable procurement regulations, the government is not able to select and engage a vendor before tomorrow (Wednesday, September 28, 2022)." It also reveals that "consistent with the Appointment Order, the government expects Plaintiff to pay the vendor’s invoices promptly when rendered." READ MORE: Donald Trump's special master rebukes judge for limiting his ability to do his job Additionally, the Justice Department maintains that even though Trump "makes three objections to the Amended Case Management Plan, the three objections are different" and that "all are without merit." Trump, the DOJ continues, "brought this civil, equitable proceeding. He...
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    Going on a dramatic weight loss diet when you're not obese could actually harm your health years later, a major study suggests. People already quite lean who lost 10lbs (4.5kg) were at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetesa decade later compared to their peers who didn't go on an extreme diet. They were also more likely to pile on the pounds further down the line, according to the research by Harvard University. The scientists said their results were 'surprising'.  But they believed lean people who underwent dramatic weight loss had higher levels of hunger hormones, making them more likely to crave junk food, and could gain fat more easily. Many skinny people attempt to lose fat in hope of achieving the 'Instagram'-style washboard abs or a more toned physique. But the team at Harvard is now warning that dramatic weight loss should be used only by those who 'medically need them'. Results also showed that lean people who lost their weight by following a fad diet or commercial weight loss programme were most likely to get fat later in...
    Unclear Keir THE Tories’ tax cut for the rich has gifted Keir Starmer an open goal a mile wide — and yesterday he did not miss. Indeed he will score into that gaping net for months to come, so badly has the announcement been mishandled. 1Labour seem to believe simply not being Tories will hand them powerCredit: Getty Labour’s conference has shown just how far Starmer has dragged his party back towards sanity after the Corbyn nightmare — even if he did enthusiastically support that to the bitter end. And even if he did have to suspend one abusive backbench crank only yesterday. At least the nutters waving Palestine flags are out. Now the comrades sing the national anthem before the Union Jack. The front bench looks more credible. Starmer’s speech was well scripted and delivered. But while Boris Johnson’s implosion and the flaws in Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini Budget are a golden opportunity, it is patently dishonest to blame the Tories for all Britain’s woes. For three years Starmer’s campaign to overturn Brexit paralysed Parliament. Then Covid closed...
    PAT MCAFEE's technical gremlins are still haunting him in his show's new home. The popular sports show was hit by more problems in it's second week at the 'Thunder Dome'. 1Aaron Rodgers Tuesday got off to a false start this weekCredit: PAT MCAFEE SHOW The Pat McAfee Show moved into a new studio last week. And the first ever broadcast in the new location was hit by sound issues with Pat's microphone crackling. The issues continued into the second week when the lights failed on Monday. And Aaron Rodgers Tuesday got off to a false start today - twice. READ MORE ON THE NFLLIGHTS OUT Pat McAfee Show plagued by more technical problems as lights go off on setSTUNNED SILENCE 'Is this real?' - Pat McAfee stunned as ex-NFL star included on elite list McAfee welcomes the Green Bay Packers quarterback every week for an insightful chat. He tried to welcome in Rodgers on today's show. But the Packers quarterback couldn't be heard on the broadcast. Pat tried for a second time, and once again Rodgers was silent. Most read...
    Women who take painkillers like Tylenol while pregnant are more likely to have children with, a study suggests. Children were around a fifth more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or some form of insomnia by age three if their mothers regularly used acetaminophen. It is the latest in a growing body of evidence to highlight the risks of common over-the-counter painkillers on unborn babies. Although it is unclear how the drug causes ADHD or sleep issues, acetaminophen  has also been linked to autism, language delay and decreased IQ.  Around 65 per cent of pregnant women in the US take the drug when expecting, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The proportion is around half among British mothers-to-be.  Acetaminophen is a generic medicine that is sold under brand names, including Tylenol and Panadol.  It is the first-line painkiller for pregnant women to relieve fever and discomfort. Women who take painkillers like Tylenol while pregnant are more likely to have children with, a study suggests (file image) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Rachel Dolezal, who was famously embroiled in a race controversy for posing as a black woman years ago, has been posting steamy photos of herself on her OnlyFans page showing off Rihanna's popular lingerie line. Screenshots of some of the photos circulated on social media Monday. A representative for the ex-Spokane, Washington's NAACP president, 44, told TMZ that Dolezal was gifted the coveted Savage X Fenty merchandise and wanted to show it off to her subscribers.  Dolezal's page was launched in September 2021 and was reportedly going to feature 'foot photos,' hair tutorials, and fitness routines. But now the account - which costs $9.99 a month - is dedicated to 'creative content' where she can interact with her fans, according to her bio.  It's also a place where subscribers get to 'see how my sensual side pairs with my creative spirit through intimate images inspired by color, light, and lingerie on the weekends.' Rachel Dolezal, 44, posted steamy photos of herself on her OnlyFans page showing off Rihanna's popular lingerie line Dolezal, who was famously embroiled in a race controversy...
    Evan Vucci/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.In 2006, Congress ended a controversial program that allowed married couples to combine their student debts into a joint loan. No new spousal consolidation loans were originated after that, but the borrowers who had previously combined their loans were unable to separate them—even in cases of divorce or domestic violence. As past Mother Jones investigations have revealed, the inability to separate these loans led to difficulties accessing debt relief programs for student borrowers, as well as instances in which borrowers were stuck paying for the loans of ex-spouses they had accused of abuse. In 2022, Congress finally took action to allow borrowers to separate these loans. In June, the Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act passed the Senate. Then, last week, it cleared the House. It will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk. For those who pushed for the bill’s passage, the prospect that the bill might soon be law comes as a relief. “We went into fight mode. No more flight.”...