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Huggies’ Historic Move: Black Father & Child on it’s Packaging For The First Time

Huggies features black father and child on their packaging for the first time

The nappy brand Huggies made an historic move by putting a black family on their diaper labeling.

The move is deemed historic as this is the first time ever the company features a black family.

Huggies Diapers was introduced to the public in 1978. It quickly became one of the biggest brands of diapers in the world. Since its inception, Huggies has exclusively featured white babies and parents. A few days ago that changed. The introduction, uniquely called "Special Delivery" Huggies not only made their packaging black but also featured a black dad and child on it.

This has earned the brand a high number of praises on social media.

The beautiful girl featured on the package on the size 5 box of diapers is Soraya Lattimore. Chicago model, Orlando Thompson, plays the role of the father. Tori Bridges, Soraya Lattimore's mother stated

“It means a lot especially the representation in society with African American fathers. They’re not necessarily out there as much, and this is really changing the narrative. It was just very beautiful, and I was just grateful Soraya was a part of history.”

Thompson also commented on the responses he has been receiving on social media. Though not a father himself, he mentioned the stereotype that should have been displaced a long time ago as Huggies also featured dads on their packaging for the first time.

“There’s a stereotype that’s out there that dads in general, not just a particular race, are not connected to their kids and not affectionate. This should have been displaced a long time ago," Thompson said.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Huggies’ new premium diaper line is eco-friendly and has liners and waistbands made from plant-based materials, including sugarcane.

According to Huggies, the "Special Delivery" line is free of parabens, fragrance and “elemental chlorine,” and “dermatologically tested and clinically proven hypoallergenic”. There’s also a wetness indicator that prompts parents when it's time to change diapers. Huggies themes this line “our perfect diaper”.

Huggies North America brand director, Kristine Rhode, stated that they wanted to accomplish three product goals with this line, i.e, a diaper that gave “superior performance, contained more plant-based fibers, and provided the softest fabric on baby’s skin.”

She also stated that using a product like sugar cane is “really quite new to the industry when you think about how product materials have evolved.” However, "Special Delivery" is not biodegradable and according to Rhode, no U.S disposable diaper is despite their claims.

Huggies "Special Delivery" is available in stores this month.

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Cheers & claps as President Trump repeats “You Can Leave” comment to the Infamous Four

YOU CAN LEAVE!

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,

Washington DC:

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn at the White House on July 15, 2019. 

He echoed the argument that the four Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — the president mentioned two by name, said "should leave".

Contrary to reports of the president doubling-down on his argument, this seem not to be the case. The president instead, told the women to apologize to him and the American people.

On July 14, 2019 the president cause a political firestorm, one of his many, when he tweeted the four Democratic Congresswomen should go back to where they came from. He describes their "countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all)"

Three of the four women were born in the United States, and the fourth, Rep. Ilhan Omar, left Somalia when she was 6 and settled in the United States when she was 10. This led many of Trump critics to call him a racist.

Trump’s racist Twitter tirade about “the Squad,” explained: Vox .According to the website, Donald Trump has a decades-long track record of racism that includes everything from calling for the execution of innocent teenagers to breaking fair housing law. This fact about him drifts on and off the news agenda, but he put it squarely back on over the weekend with a few tweets that exhorted four new Democratic members of Congress to “go back” to the “corrupt” countries they are from.

CNN Business: Brian Stelter left speechless by Trump's racist tweet.

The president told much of cheering crowds after a reporter pose the question to him, he reiterated his argument, "if you are not happy here you can leave". He went on to say, that "all the do is complain". He claim a lot of people loved his statement.

The crowd cheered and clapped as the president told reporters, "they are very unhappy". "These are people in my opinion hate our country", that is my opinion. He told the reporter to be QUIET QUIET.

He accused the four congresswomen of "hating" the United States and saying they should feel free to leave the country if they're not happy here.

"These are people who in my opinion hate our country," Trump said at a "Made in America" event outside of the White House.

"All I'm saying is, if they’re not happy here, they can leave. There will be many people who will be happy," Trump said.

Trump accused Omar of being somebody who "hates Israel" and "hates Jews, hates Jews. It's very simple." He singled out Ocasio-Cortez for helping to scuttle Amazon's plans to build a second headquarters in New York. "It's really hurt New York," he said. "That was a terrible thing she did."

Earlier in the day he took to Twitter to demand the women apologize to the country for "foul language" and "terrible things they have said."

"When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said," Trump tweeted Monday.

"So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!" he added.

He argued that political can't be afraid to take them on. According to the president, if the Democrats want to gear their wagons around these four people they will have a tough election because he do not think the people of America will stand for it. He said the voters will decide.

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Does Mitch McConnell knows the 4 U.S. Code § 8. Respect for flag? ‘I’ll Make The First Order’.

The shoes, which featured the American flag designed by Betsy Ross that has 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the original US colonies.

Nike has reportedly cancelled the release of Air Max 1 trainers created for American Independence Day after their design was allegedly labeled offensive by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

According to The Independent, the shoes, which featured red, white and blue colouring, bore an early version of the American flag designed by Betsy Ross that has 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the original US colonies. Concerns over the design were allegedly raised by the sportsman, who fronted Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign, after he saw images of the design online. According to The Wall Street Journal, Kaepernick told the brand he and others found the flag offensive due to its associations with slavery.

The flag in question was created in 1792, at which time the slave trade was rapidly expanding and lawmakers declared that those born into slavery were slaves for life.

Mitchell McConnell Jr. Kentucky’s senior United States Senator and as Senate Majority Leader.

Mitch McConnell decided to Weigh in on Nike Controversy, saying. ‘I’ll Make The First Order’.

The Senate majority leader is calling on Nike to reverse its decision to pull its Independence-Day themed shoes featuring the “Betsy Ross flag.”

“If we’re in a political environment where the American flag has become controversial to Americans, I think we’ve got a problem,” McConnell told reporters at an event in Lexington, Kentucky, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “I hope Nike either releases these shoes or some other shoe maker picks up the flag, puts it on a pair of shoes and starts selling it. I’ll make the first order.”

Does Mitch McConnell knows the 4 U.S. Code § 8.Respect for flag?

McConnell objection to the decision to pull the shoes is about respecting the American flag. Nevertheless, this display of the flag on the shoes actually is in contradiction to the flag's code of conduct and respect. 

According to the Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute, (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.

(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

(i)The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

Maybe Mitch McConnell should study the code of conduct and respect for the American Flag

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President Trump Makes History Steps Into North Korea’s DMZ

Donald Trump has become the first sitting American president to set foot in North Korea, Demilitarized Zone after meeting Kim Jong-un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump walk together into North Korean territory at the DMZ. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

US-North Korea: 

According to the BBC, Mr Trump and the North Korean leader posed for handshakes before talking for nearly an hour in the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ). Both countries agreed to set up teams to resume stalled nuclear talks. Their last summit broke down in February with no progress on denuclearisation in North Korea.

President Trump is said to have arranged the meeting with the North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter on Saturday. They shook hands across the demarcation line between the Koreas before Mr Trump briefly crossed into North Korea, a symbolic milestone.

"Good to see you again. I never expected to meet you at this place," Mr Kim told Mr Trump through an interpreter in an encounter broadcast live on international television.

“This has a lot of significance because it means that we want to bring an end to the unpleasant past and try to create a new future, so it’s a very courageous and determined act,” Mr. Kim told reporters.

“Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Mr. Trump replied. “A lot of progress has been made, a lot of friendships have been made and this has been in particular a great friendship.”

The US President had arrived in South Korea earlier June 30th to hold talks with Moon. According to President Trump's Twitter post, his DMZ visit was “long planned”. Nevertheless, the meeting with the North Korean leader had not been announced and was unexpected.

After greeting each other, the two leaders briefly crossed the North Korean border and repeated a handshake there. Surrounded by journalists, the leaders then went to the South Korean side where the two parties held talks. The two leaders spoke highly of their meeting, with the North Korean leader calling it a sign of an "excellent" relationship. The leaders’ meeting reportedly lasted almost an hour, after which Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in followed Kim Jong-un as he returned back to the North Korean side.

Trump told reporters, that they will go inside and talk for a little bit. He went on to say, “a lot of positive things are happening”. “Tremendous positivity. Really great things are happening. We met and we liked each other from day 1 and that was very important” Trump said as to looked across and pointed his finger toward President Kim.

The feeling seemed mutual as the North Korea’s leader smiled at President Trump. Donald Trump was asked by reporters if he would invite Kim to the White House, which he responded, "I would invite in right now to the White House". He added, “it is a great day for the world”, North Korea/ South Korea, it is a great day.

President Donald Trump supporters, they too were elated with the president visit to the Korea's

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Dominican Republic deaths may be linked to counterfeit alcohol

Mysterious Deaths in the Dominican Republic

Family Photo Joseph Allen died June 13 after falling ill in the Dominican Republic

A string of deaths has been occurring in the Dominican Republic since April 2018. To date, at least 10 tourist deaths have been linked to this Caribbean Country. It is reported that these deaths may be linked to counterfeit alcohol being served at some hotels. However, there is no confirmed report indicating this.

One of the first deaths is said to be an Army veteran named Chris Palmer. Palmer, a 41 years old man from Kansas, was found dead at Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana on April 18th, 2018. A few deaths happened after the deceased drank from the hotels’ minibars. Two deaths occurred at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, one at Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana, another at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua and several other hotels across the country.

It is said that most of the deceased were healthy adults and have no reason to suddenly become ill and die. Some of the symptoms they had included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. One report speaks of an expert stating that these symptoms are similar to poisoning from pesticides of methanol, which is not safe for human consumption. A forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, Lawrence Kobilinsky said:

“Adulterated alcohol is usually methanol added to alcohol or just plain methanol, which is very, very toxic. It looks to me, from what I’ve heard and read, is that something was added to the drinks or bottles in those little refrigerators.”

It is reported that due to the high number of tourists who stay at all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic each year, hotels may have been under pressure to cut costs and source alcohol from the cheapest suppliers. These suppliers might not have the most ethical practices. FBI investigators are looking into the bootleg alcohol theory and are trying to deduce what type of liquor the tourists drank before their deaths and whether the liquor was fake or contained any dangerous chemicals.

Vacation in Dominican Republic

According to the New York Times,a Canadian woman who was “poisoned” by a strange odor in her hotel room that sent her into a terrifying fit of spasms, a report says.

Tina Hammell of Ontario said she stayed three years ago at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, which is the same chain where three American guests died within a week of each other, CNN reported.

During the second day of the trip, the 49-year-old and her husband, John, returned to their room to take a nap.

But soon the couple awoke to a strange odor. “It smelled like paint,” Tina told the news outlet.

“My throat and nose were on fire,” she said.

She immediately “jumped up and ran outside, coughing and hacking,” according to her husband, who said his throat also “stung bad.”

Tina Hammell and Jade King Facebook; WALB

The couple called the front desk and staffers sprayed what appeared to be a disinfectant, they said.

The pair changed rooms but Tina’s health only grew worse. She became nauseated, covered in sweat, lost her voice and was increasingly struggling to breathe, CNN reported.

When her illness didn’t improve, she went to the resort’s medical center, where she began to convulse, the report said.

“She kept passing out while I was trying to hold her,” John said. “I said, ‘You’re not going to die. You’re not going to die.’”

She was revived by a medic using a defibrillator and transferred to a hospital, where lesions were discovered on her lungs, the couple said.

Upon returning home, Tina saw a doctor, who told her that she could’ve died on the Caribbean island. “You’ve been poisoned, but we don’t know from what,” the physician reportedly told the couple.

A rep for Bahia Principe Hotel & Resorts told The Post that “providing a safe and welcoming environment for travelers stands at the heart of our company values.”

“The safety and comfort of our guests and staff stand at the core of our company values, and we work daily to ensure it,” the statement said. “All our properties in the Dominican Republic hold some of the most prestigious certifications in the industry.”

Officials in the Dominican Republic have not said the deaths are connected. Neither has the US. Currently, the FBI has a working theory and nothing is proven as yet.

Tourism Minister Javier Garcia said in a statement earlier this month, “These cases are very regrettable but isolated.”

Statements have been released that the Dominican Republic is still a safe place to have a vacation. However, travelers have reached out to the media advising of how violently sick they became after visiting the Dominican Republic, with one account pointing insecticides possibly being spread through the air conditioning system. Therefore, it could be more than just the alcohol causing visitors to become ill.

Dominican Republic

Delta Air Lines recently granted a travel waiver due to recent events in Punta Cana. This gives passengers the chance to cancel or change their tickets for a trip to the Dominican Republic without the usual penalty. If cancellation is done, customers will get a credit that can be used on Delta for a period of one year from the original booking date. Since the beginning of June, cancellations increased 51% for trips for the Dominican Republic, with the pace of cancellations picking even more in the most recent days.

The loss of tourism is a huge problem for the Dominican economy as 17 % f the nation's gross domestic product is tied to tourism.

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Black Attorney Brittany K. Barnett Says She Is Responsible For The Release Of 17 Inmates Not Kim Kardashian

Attorney Brittany K. Barnett. Co-Founder of the Buried Alive Project and Founder of Girls Embracing Mothers Co-Founder of the Buried Alive Project and Founder of Girls Embracing Mothers

The past few days stories have been circulating in the media that Kim Kardashian West has helped free 17 inmates in 90 days.

Kim Kardashian West is staying true to her pledge to fight for prison reform.

CNN has learned that the E! star has been quietly working behind the scenes over the past three months to help commute the life sentences of 17 first-time nonviolent drug offenders.
Brittany K. Barnett, Kardashian West's personal attorney and co-founder of the Buried Alive Project, and MiAngel Cody, lead counsel of the The Decarceration Collective, told CNN that Kardashian West has been instrumental in the release of these inmates.
"Kim has been funding this project and (has been) a very important supporter of our 90 Days of Freedom campaign as part of the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law last year," Cody said. "We've been going around the country in courtrooms and asking judges to release these inmates."
Barnett added that without Kardashian West footing the bill, this would not have been possible. "(Kim) has provided financial support to cover legal fees so that we can travel the country. Our relationships with our clients don't end when they are freed. (Kim) is truly dedicated to the issue. I work personally with her, we are really grateful."
But she's not just paying legal fees.
"When people get out of prison, they might be incarcerated hundreds of miles from their families and they might need help getting home. Really important, critical things that people might not realize -- and those are things Kim is helping with as well," Cody added.
Attorney Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody

Attorney and criminal justice advocate Brittany K. Barnett has now come forward and made a statement on her Facebook Page about Kim's role in freeing the 17 people.

According to Brittany K. Barnett, Kim linked arms with us to support us when foundations turned us down. We and our clients and their families have a lot of love for her and are deeply grateful for her. In 90 days TWO black women lawyers freed SEVENTEEN people from LIFE W/O PAROLE sentences - the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America. Only two of us. Prosecutors opposed nearly every single case we had. We litigated our asses off in federal courts across the country. We won DOWNWARD DEPARTURES in most of our cases - due to good lawyering. People set to DIE in prison - are now FREE. Our clients weren’t even on this selective list the Sentencing Commission sent out or on federal defenders radars. In fact we have copies of letters federal defenders sent some of our clients telling them they weren’t even eligible for relief under First Step Act - but we got them free. Our work in 90 days is historic. We picked some up from prison. We gave re-entry stipends. We continue to support them upon release.

Brittany K. Barnett Facebook statement

"The first and last time I will speak on it. Seriously, because the negativity from today is misdemeanor shit and we still have lives to save. MiAngel Cody and I have BEEN doing this work for FREE. Ask any of our dozens of clients who are now free living their best lives. Both of us left six figure salary jobs and wiped out our own savings accounts to fund our work. We attempted to get grants from these large foundations shelling out MILLIONS of dollars to other organizations but would not look our way because they so-called don’t fund “direct services”. Our hands were full picking locks to human cages, we didn’t have time to participate in glorified begging from the nonprofit industrial complex only to be turned down."

She went on to say, Educate yourself on the real before coming to me with the bullshit. I may seem quiet but I promise I’m not the one. This criminal justice reform space is the messiest, pettiest, most divisive and cliquish shit I’ve ever seen in my entire life - with human lives at stake. The drama is mind blowing. I’ve never seen anything like what goes on in this space and I want no parts of the drama. This is why my sis and I stay in our corner and do the work - and why we will continue to do so. Both of us have had a parent in prison. This work is real to us.

We are ELATED 17 people will not die in prison. We are ELATED 17 families are restored. Instead of negativity about Kim, why don’t y’all reach out and see if the 17 people we helped free need anything. Welcome them home. Give them jobs. Send a care package. Amplify their voices without the sharecropping.

Kim has always been very clear in her role. It’s the media that spins it around - not Kim. We do not care how the media is portraying it - that’s what the media does. Who cares. We need Kim’s support and the support of anyone else who wants to join this fight. We love that she is using her platform to raise awareness. We not trying to be famous, we trying to get our people free. Period.

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Oxford Professor: Aliens are breeding with humans on Earth

Aliens are interbreeding with humans to create a new hybrid species that will save our planet

Dr  Young-hae Chi Professor at Oxford Oriental Institute.
Dr Young-hae Chi Professor at Oxford Oriental Institute.

Dr. Young-hae Chi a respected Oxford University professor believes aliens are already on Earth interbreeding with humans creating a hybrid race.

Young-hae Chi, who is an instructor in Korean at Oxford's Oriental Institute, said the primary aim of the aliens was to ensure their own survival, but in doing so could protect the human race.

He first made the claims in a lecture in 2012 when he cited an “abduction researcher” from the US who believes the hybrids are already walking among us, the Oxford Student newspaper reported.

Dr Young-hae Chi believes there is a strong correlation between climate change and alien abductions. He claimed the aliens are breeding with humans to produce a new hybrid species capable of solving climate change.

He believes the main objective of this new species is to save the human race from the threat of global warming.

He said the insect-like creatures are likely to be leaders and give instructions to the other types.

In his book, he described four different types of aliens - small, tall and bold, scaly with snake eyes, and insect-like.

According to Dr. Young-hae Chi, the visitors are hardly altruists — they are meddling in our affairs because they share a “comprehensive biosphere” with humans,

“They come not for the sake of us, but for the sake of them, their survival, but their survival is actually our survival as well — the survival of the entire biosphere,” explained Chi, who has penned a new book in Korean on the topic called “Alien Visitations and the End of Humanity.”

In his new book, the professor explains how aliens thrive in their own bio-system we cannot see as we are limited by the functionality of our organs.

“I don’t think they are from far away, they are just next to us, we can’t see them,” he said, reasoning that human perception is limited by our organs. It’s unclear if a human would even realize if he or she encountered one.

Chi has three theories: Either they find human DNA valuable for preserving their species; they want to create a species that can survive future climate calamities; or they are trying to produce an intelligent future leader.

Dr Chi said it was “not only scientists and theologians, but also non-human species who appear to be greatly concerned about the survivability of the human species”.

“It may be more or less assumed that the hybrid project is a response to this impending demise of human civilisation,” he concludes.

According to Dr, Chi, despite their primitive appearances, the aliens are highly intelligent — as, too, are their half-human offspring — and therefore the only creatures smart enough to tackle planetary problems such as climate change and nuclear disaster.

Chi said he’s searching everywhere to find support for his theory and he still needs “more evidence to support my view.”

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Americans are amongst the most Stressed in the world

55% of Americans who experienced stress was one of the highest rates out of the 143 countries studied

STRESSED ANGRY

According to the Gallup Poll, Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade. The majority of Americans (55%) in 2018 said they had experienced stress during a lot of the previous day,nearly half (45%) said they felt worried a lot and more than one in five (22%) said they felt anger a lot.

Additionally, Gallup's latest annual update on the world's emotional state shows Americans were more likely to be stressed and worried than much of the world. In fact, the 55% of Americans who experienced stress was one of the highest rates out of the 143 countries studied and it beat the global average (35%) by a full 20 percentage points. The U.S. even ties statistically with Greece, which has led the world on this measure every year since 2012.

Gallup Poll stressed 3

The Poll also suggested 22% who were angry was the same as the global average. Americans, as a whole, were half as likely to be angry as the populations of the Palestinian Territories (43%), Iran (43%), Iraq (44%), and Armenia (45%).

Younger Americans between the ages of 15 and 49 are among the most stressed, worried and angry in the U.S. Roughly two in three of those younger than 50 said they experienced stress a lot, about half said they felt worried a lot and at least one in four or more felt anger a lot.

The poorest Americans with the lowest income were the most stressed. Nearly seven in 10 Americans in the poorest 20% of the population said they experienced stress the previous day, compared with less than half (48%) of Americans in the richest 20%. Similarly, 56% of Americans in the poorest group said they worried a lot, compared with 41% in the richest group.

Even though Gallup indicates they do not ask about political affiliation in its World Poll, they suggested that  there was a strong correlation between stress, worry and disapproval of the job that President Donald Trump is doing. Those who disapprove of Trump's job performance are significantly more likely to experience each of these negative emotions than those who do.

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Butts-out! Spanish firemen protest budget cuts

Spanish firemen strip naked to protest spending cuts
Spanish firemen strip naked to protest spending cuts

Taking a page from the Yellow Vest Movement ,firemen from the northern town of Mieres in Spain stripped naked wearing except yellow hard hats to protest budget cuts.

According to EXPATICA SPAIN NEWS,the firefighters emerged one by one from their fire station wearing just their helmets and boots and lined up side by side against a wall with their backs to the assembled press.

“With so many cuts we have been left naked,” declared a banner on the wall above them.

“Eight firefighters who show their asses are worth more than a protest through the streets against the cuts,” said Javier Piedra, 41, one of the 16 members of the Mieres fire brigade.

Spain’s two main labour unions, the UGT and the CCOO, have planned demonstrations by public sector workers in 80 cities and towns later Thursday against the austerity measures.

According to the report, numerous firefighters and police officers have turned out at smaller protests which have taken place daily since the government announced the latest measures on July 11.

“We are protesting because they are reducing our salary and now they are getting rid of the Christmas bonus.”

Firefighters in Mieres earn an average of 1,500-1,550 euros ($1,840-1,900) a month, said Piedra.

“Without taking into account the end of the Christmas bonus, our salary has declined by around 200 euros since the first cuts came into force in June 2010,” he said.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government aims to save 65 billion euros with its latest austerity measures in order to lower Spain’s public deficit.

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IMF approves $4.2bn loan for Ecuador days before Julian Assange was expelled from the embassy

Source: AFP

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved a $4.2-billion, three-year loan for Ecuador, part of a broader aid package to help support the government's economic reform program.

The Washington-based lender agreed to the terms of the financing late last month, and the final approval of the IMF board on Monday releases the first installment of $652-million.

“The Ecuadorian authorities are implementing a comprehensive reform program aimed at modernizing the economy and paving the way for strong, sustained and equitable growth,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in the statement.

Ecuador will be able to draw on the funds for three years. The loans have an interest rate of 3 percent and a maturity of 10 years, with a four-year grace period. In a statement, Finance Minister Richard Martinez called those terms “unbeatable.”

“We’ve ended the asylum of this spoiled brat,” President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador said on Thursday, explaining his decision to withdraw protection of Assange. “From now on we’ll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilise governments.”

Lenin accused Julian Assange and Wikileaks of leaking personal information of himself and his family

Ex-Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, who granted Julian Assange asylum in 2012, told FRANCE 24 that while they had problems with Assange“ that’s no excuse for throwing him to the lions.”

The former president Rafael Correa claim, current president Lenin Moreno offered up Julian Assange in order to get the loan form the IMF.

He argued that one week after taking office, Moreno had a meeting with Paul Manafort, the former campaign chief of Donald Trump. He claims that during this meeting Morena offered Julian Assange to the United States in exchange for financial support from the United States. He went on the say that Mike Spence visited Ecuador and Lenin Moreno again, offered up Assange in order to get financial support from the United States.

Nevertheless, he claims the final factor why Assange was expelled is because Wikileaks published a very huge scandal. The scandal contains documents of secret accounts, an offshore account of the Morena’s family in Panama. He added that Morena is corrupt and the leak documents proved that.

On 26 March, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador’s Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno’s attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact that had been reported by The New York Times.

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