An 84-year-old priest was killed in an attack during a hostage-taking situation at a church in northern France, near Rouen. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by two terrorists who were later killed by police.
Both attackers were killed by police snipers after running out of the church at one point during the standoff, an interior ministry spokesman said.
Police have also officially confirmed the death of one victim, who was “killed with a blade.”
Security forces have arrested one person allegedly linked to the attack, according to a source close to the investigation, as cited by Reuters.
Police earlier said they could not confirm the motive or the identities of the attackers.
In an official statement, France’s President Hollande called the attack a “terrorist act,” and said the attackers claimed a connection to IS. He added that France needs to battle against IS. Read the rest of this entry »
·Five rapes and numerous sexual assaults at Bravalla Festival in Norrköping
·Band tell fans they are appalled and gutted by hideous reports of attacks
·Mumford and Sons will not play festival again until police toughen up act
·It follows 35 sexual assaults on girls aged 12 to 17 at second Swedish gig
Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons have boycotted a Swedish music festival over what they call its disgustingly high rate of sexual violence.
The British band headlined Bravalla festival in Norrköping on the weekend, but have vowed not to return after music lovers reported five rapes and a number of sexual assaults.
On their official Facebook page, the band announced it would not be returning to Sweden, adding: ‘We’re appalled to hear what happened at the Bravalla Festival last weekend…We’re gutted by these hideous reports.’
It follows 35 sexual assaults on girls aged between 12 and 17 at the country’s Putte i Parken festival in Karlstad Friday and Saturday including Alexandra Larsson, who spoke exclusively to MailOnline. Read the rest of this entry »
A new study has revealed that German attitudes towards mass migration have dramatically shifted and that the era of “Refugees Welcome” may be coming to an end.
Germany has come a long way since the start of the migrant crisis last year that saw scenes of German men and women welcoming migrants at train stations, cheering them on and handing out teddy bears and food.
Terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, and a migrant crime epidemic which included the mass sexual assault of young women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and across Germany have changed German attitudes drastically according to the findings of a socio-psychological study. The era of Willkommenskultur or ‘Welcome Culture’ may have come to an end, Zeit reports. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been many years since navigating my first college statistics course. One of the first understandings gleaned from which being the high probability that I was going to fail statistics. Fortunately for the innumerate, our own native faculties provide a rudimentary, though highly accurate, version of that discipline.
Without either a calculator or Nate Silver, most of us are able to ascertain with some reliability the likely outcomes of most given decision trees. And likelihood isn’t certainty–as angels aren’t washing in my bird bath.
That’s an important concept to keep in mind. I don’t in fact know that diving onto the lawn from my roof will result in a less pleasant afternoon than boating at the lake–as the latter could involve being mortally shaved by an outboard propeller. But life is just a series of decisions made with imperfect knowledge. And making those decisions based on preening rather than probability is what separates us from the bigots.
The debate that has sprung up in the last day or so about whether New Zealand’s immigration boom has ‘peaked’ rather misses the point.
For the record, if one scrutinises the monthly seasonally-adjusted migration figures from Statistics New Zealand, it can be seen that the 5500 net immigrant arrivals in recent months gives an annualised inflow of 66,000. That’s down from an annualised figure of somewhere between 72,000 and 74,000 based on the prevailing monthly averages of in excess of 6000 net arrivals between September 2015 and February this year.
So, yes, I think the boom has definitely ‘peaked’. But does this mean that we’re now going to see a massive reversal to a net loss of migrants as has tended to happen following past immigration booms?
I don’t think so, because I think the depth of this current Government’s contrivance and cynicism in pumping up the economy and GDP figures through particularly student workers is being misread. The immigration boom didn’t just happen - it was cultivated by government policy changes.
So, unless this Government is forced by public opinion to back away from its current immigrant-encouraging policies the number of arrivals is unlikely to fall materially.
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