Palestinians are flying ‘fire balloons’ into Israeli territory, report says

Palestinian protestors are sending flaming helium balloons into Israeli territory during the “March of Return” protests in Gaza, following similar stories last month of burning “incendiary kites” being flown and injuring protestors.

The tactic has resulted in thousands of acres of valuable farm land and nature preserves being burned, the Times of Israel reported.

The helium balloons outfitted with flaming material attached to a long string have been used for at least the last month and a half, but the tactic has more recently picked up traction. Approximately 4,300 acres of land have already been burned as a result of more than 250 fires during the last two months from both balloons and kites.

For now, the Israeli military says that it has yet to come up with a way to combat the threat of the flaming objects. Originally, a pilot program utilizing drones to shoot down the objects was in practice, but ultimately deemed a failure, Israel’s Kan TV said. Instead, Israel must resort to preparedness and a rapid response when fires do break out.

The biggest problem, authorities said, is that the fires have destroyed valuable farm land along with more than half of Isreal’s nature reserves. Farmers are tasked with digging out borders surrounding the fires in order to starve the flames out and save some of the land, and around 2,470 acres of parks and natural reserves have also been destroyed just in the last few weeks.

On Saturday, some 74 acres of the Carmia nature reserve burned in one of the largest individual fires since the start of the protests. The damage claimed one-third of the park’s total land area, and Israel’s Hadashot news reported that the blaze was likely started by a fire balloon.

Approximately 620 acres of Jewish National Fund forests have also burned, according to a spokesperson for the organization.

The fires will likely cost Israel millions of dollars in damages, with the Tax Authority estimating that the farmland alone will need more than $1.4 million to recover. The money will be paid out from the government’s fund for damage caused by terrorist activity.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced that the government would withhold funds from the Palestinian Authority to cover the costs. The decision was met with some criticism by analysts who pointed out that the PA does not control the Gaza Strip, and punishing the PA for Hamas’ actions would likely encourage Hamas to continue with its fire-enduing tactics rather than stopping them.

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Gunman Opens Fire In Texas High School, Killing Up To 10

At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said, in the nation’s deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. One person was in custody, and a second person had been detained, he said.

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Video: FBI agent accidentally shoots patron at a Denver bar while he was getting his groove on

Anyone who thinks disgraced former FBI Director James Comey is the only PR problem in the 109-year-old agency clearly hasn’t met this idiot yet:

This unnamed off-duty FBI agent and complete moron almost killed someone at a Denver nightclub Saturday night when, while performing a back handspring, his gun fell to the ground and went off, sending a bullet speeding into the leg of a patron. While it’s true the victim is reportedly OK, this doesn’t excuse the agent’s incompetence.

What’s even more astounding is that by Sunday morning the perpetrator had not yet been publicly identified. Nor did it appear he would be facing any consequences for his actions.

“Authorities have not identified the agent because he was not arrested, Denver police community resource officer Marika Putnam said,” CNN reported Sunday afternoon. “Denver police will continue investigating the incident, and the district attorney’s office will determine whether charges will be filed against the agent.”

Does anyone really believe the agent will be fired, let alone even suspended?

From failing to stop the Parkland shooter in February to refusing to pursue criminal charges against the Obama-era IRS goons who targeted conservative groups, the contemporary incarnation of the bureau is nothing like the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover.

Nothing better demonstrates this than the behavior of Comey, who successfully transformed the once revered agency into an international laughing stock.

Watch below as he describes to late night host Conan O’Brien about how he once sang a Beyoncé song during a briefing:

What an absolute joke of a man and FBI director. But in his limited defense, at least he never almost killed someone — or at least not that anybody is aware of.

And at least he never once got so drunk with an exotic dancer that he passed out, only to later wake up and discover he’d been robbed blind.

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Sri Lanka to raise minimum age for juvenile convictions

Colombo, June 3 – Sri Lanka will soon raise the minimum age for juvenile convictions from the existing eight-year-old to 12-year-old, authorities said on Sunday. According to Justice Ministry Secretary W. Adikari, children under 12 who were involved in criminal activities were not mature enough to realise the gravity of their crimes, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Canada : Bill C-71 Background Checks : Marketing Myths vs Reality

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Canada : Bill C-71 Background Checks : Marketing Myths vs Reality

Canada – -(Ammoland.com)- Myth: The government says expanding background checks from five years to the entire lifetime of a firearms licence applicant, will enhance public safety and keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people.

Reality: People with long histories of mental health issues self-disclosed on firearms licence applications are issued firearms licences by the RCMP.

During the question and answer portion of testimony before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) committee on May 24, 2018, Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos stated:

“There’s been many reports throughout the country that individuals have been able to access firearms and they’re mentally ill, they have struggled with these challenges throughout their lives, they have disclosed this in their application and yet they’re still given a firearm, so that’s, that’s very concerning.”

Fragiskatos is correct. That people with known mental health issues are issued firearms licences is deeply disturbing.

Removing the five-year limit on background checks will not stop this, however, because the time period of the background check is not the issue. The issue is that the RCMP did not do its job and deny those licence applications.

Adrian Clavier, one case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was a 50-year-old man who killed himself in 2015 with a legally owned and registered handgun.

Clavier had a 35-year history of mental illness. He disclosed this on his firearms licence application form. His family members reported their concerns as well.

The RCMP issued him a firearms licence anyway.

The family continued to raise alarms with authorities. Those concerns were ignored.

“They were told that because the guns were licensed and properly stored, and there had been no complaints, there was nothing the RCMP could do.”

Corey Lewis, the other case referred to by Mr. Fragiskatos, was shot and killed in a “suicide by cop” when police responded to the latest in a long string of domestic dispute calls at his Okotoks, Alberta, home.

Lewis disclosed his issues on his firearms licence application, just like Clavier. In his case, Lewis’ wife was not consulted, nor did police check publicly available court documents, according to CBC.

If police will not take long histories of mental health issues into account now, what makes the government believe extending background checks will make any difference?

RCMP told the family it would review the case, but then didn’t respond when the Claviers asked about the results, prompting the family to issue a warning to Canadians:

“I guess it was frankly because we’d been ignored and somebody died because of that. And it shouldn’t have happened,” Reva Clavier said.

“Nothing we did yielded any actions from the institutions that could have made a difference,” said Glenn Clavier, Adrian’s brother.

The issue is not with the length of the background check and changing those goal posts will not and cannot resolve it.

The issue is the RCMP. They are responsible for issuing Possession and Acquisition Licences, and they are not doing their jobs.

  • The warning signs were there.
  • The applicants disclosed their problems.
  • The RCMP ignored the information and issued the licences anyway.

If the goal is to solve the problem of people with mental health issues getting firearms licences, then address and resolve this issue with the RCMP.

Sources:

  • https://parlvu.parl.gc.ca/XRender/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20180524/629/29382
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/federal-gun-control-reforms-mentally-ill-suicide-1.4591618
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/gun-license-suicide-mental-health-1.4493326

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Chemical weapons inspectors reach Syrian town

International inspectors have entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, Syrian state media reported Tuesday, after they had waited for days in the capital for permission from Syrian and Russian authorities. The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is investigating reports that government forces launched an April 7 chemical attack in the final stages of their fight to retake the town of Douma from rebels.

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Hidden Camera Shows What Really Happens To Your Luggage Once It’s Out Of Your Sight

After buying a plane ticket and boarding your flight, you’re at the whim of the captain, cabin crew, and baggage handlers. Flying puts us in a vulnerable position. We have to trust that the people working for the airline are well trained and care about their work. If they’re fooling around or not in a good mood, mistakes could be made, which puts people’s lives in jeopardy.

Although the way the airline handles our baggage does not dictate our safety onboard the flight, you pay good money to fly and expect your belongings to be handled with care. But one man proved that your baggage could get violated when it is out of your sight.

Thieves and criminals lurk in all sorts of situations. And you never really know how someone will act until they think no one is watching.

27-year-old Abdullah Hayee Mayeh thought no one was watching while he was working for Jetstar. While in the baggage loading area, Mayeh was caught violating passenger trust as he rummaged through luggage and pilfered valuables from the trusting passengers.

Mayeh was caught stealing a Bluetooth speaker as well as illegally searching passengers’ bags. The incident occurred on a flight from Phuket to Singapore back on October 10, 2017. Thankfully, someone caught him on video and managed to report his crimes to the authorities. That means Mayeh won’t be stealing passengers’ valuables anymore.

But what about other crooks who handle baggage? Are there measures in place to protect passengers from thievery?

In the United States, the TSA long ago prohibited travelers from using locks on their luggage. While this made it easier for TSA agents to search luggage for bombs and weapons, it also neutered a traveler’s ability to protect their stuff from theft.

Fortunately, Mayeh’s theft was caught on closed-circuit security cameras at the Phuket International Airport. He committed the theft from a Jetstar Airways traveler while the plane was in Bay 15 at the airport. It was Mayeh’s job to load the luggage onto the aircraft, which was parked on the tarmac, gearing up for takeoff.

Police obtained the CCTV video and confronted Mayeh. When they showed it to him, he confessed to his crimes. Then he returned the Bluetooth speaker and urged the public service department of the airport to return it to its rightful owner.

Mayeh was then charged with robbery and arrested. He was handcuffed and taken to the Saku Police Station where he was booked.

As this incident shows, you cannot protect your luggage from all problems. But when you travel, you should keep valuables like the Bluetooth speaker in your carry luggage. This ensures that you have your electronics and other valuables near you and within sight. You never know who is going to be handling your luggage behind the scenes, and if you’re unfortunate enough to have your luggage assigned to someone like Mayeh, items could get stolen. Thankfully, the security camera caught him in the act, and he was confronted and arrested.

Do you trust airlines with your checked luggage?

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Dead humpback whale washes up near Port Lincoln, South Australia

A dead whale has washed up at a beach on the state’s west coast. The young humpback whale was spotted at Frenchman Bluff, about 70km northwest of Port Lincoln, on Friday afternoon. Authorities are expected to attend the scene in the coming days to inspect the mammal and dispose of its remains.

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