PROTESTS have engulfed Hong Kong and show no signs of stopping following a controversial extradition bill. With ongoing protests, here's the latest on demonstrations in the city-state and how British tourists could be affected. Is it safe to travel to Hong Kong? Protests have exploded across the city, with developments leading to significant violence and tourists unsure of their next steps. The weekend protesters converge on Hong Kong's airport and barricades were set up, forcing some passengers to walk with the baggage to catch flights. On September 30 the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its advice, in the wake of a protest at the international airport that led to the cancellation of all flights. The FCO warned: "Demonstrations may lead to sections of the city being closed off and road blocks being set up. "During recent protests, local buses, metro (MTR), Airport Express services and the Hong Kong Macao Ferry Terminal have temporarily suspended operations … [Read more...] about Is it safe to travel to Hong Kong? Latest advice on flights
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Suffolk Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins attributed the rise in the number of women incarcerated or involved in the criminal justice system to substance abuse, homelessness, mental health issues, and “relationships that have compromised them.” According to Tompkins, gender-specific programming allows his office to help address issues of domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and substance use disorders. “This is not about ICE, this is not about Trump, this is not about the federal government, this is about saving lives,” he said. The decision was grounded in helping people get back on their feet, according to Tompkins. “To do that, I need space,” he said. The South Bay facility houses about 1,200 detainees, according to Tompkins. Of that number about 200 are ICE detainees, who are all housed in the same building, he said. The move will allow his office to house 200 to 250 more women at South Bay by the end of the month, he said. There are 80 … [Read more...] about Suffolk sheriff’s department ending contract with ICE
I've been married to my second wife for the past decade; it's her second marriage too. Our marriage has had its ups-and-downs, but mostly downs of late as the legal cost of her ex's meddling (he is still fighting custody order) has been growing exponentially. Basically, her entire income goes to lawyers. When I brought up marriage counseling about a year ago, her response was to talk about selling our house, separation, and divorce. It took me by surprise because I was not thinking about divorce. We tried counseling, but it made things worse. Ultimately she made it clear that she realized she wanted to stay with me because she needed my financial support to make ends meet and keep fighting for her child. She flip-flops between "I can't imagine not having you in my life" and "I don't want to be seen in the same room as you." It is really toxic for me and my therapist agrees. Recently, I went to the wake of a high school friend. There, I ran into my high school crush (whom I never had … [Read more...] about Is it time to end my second marriage?
One of the participants mentioned the name of the mosque I frequent for a Friday prayer in Boston, prompting praise by Turkish finance minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan’s son-in law. So it wasn’t a surprise when pro-Erdogan people gathered outside my mosque to harass me. Constant pressure by Turkish consulates across the United States, as well as pervasive and continual harassment by the government in Turkey, has so far failed to stifle my dissent. As they increase the pressure, I raise my voice. I won’t be deterred. They’re wasting their time. How can I stay silent? There are tens of thousands of people — including teachers, doctors, members of the judiciary and military, lawyers, bureaucrats, journalists, and activists — in prisons for years just because they’re not die-hard followers of Erdogan. Hundreds of babies are growing up in small prison cells with their mothers. Democracy today is on life support, if not dead, and … [Read more...] about Enes Kanter: I will not be silenced over Turkey