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CAPE TOWN - When most Americans think of Cape Town, South Africa, they probably think of it as a mecca for tourists – the beaches,  Table Mountain, and the winelands. 

But there’s a side to the city that is becoming more of a frightening reality – murder, much of it gang-related. 

“Going to a shop is life-threatening, traveling in a taxi is life-threatening,”  Elsies River Community Policing Forum Chair Imraahn Mukaddam told Fox News. “We are living in a war zone. A lot of violence here is orchestrated by a third force – the street gangs, who want to make the Western Cape almost ungovernable.” 

Read the full article on Fox News.

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Alan Dershowitz DEFENDS former client Jeffrey Epstein and says he wishes the convicted pedophile had got a lighter sentence in addition to non-prosecution promise. 'I would try to get a better deal'. Jeffrey Epstein's former lawyer, claims plea deal was fair and would do it again.

Dershowitz, who represented billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein in a 2008 plea agreement in which Epstein was given just 13 months in prison

Just days after his former client was convicted on charges of sex trafficking minor females, attorney Alan Dershowitz is defending the convicted pedophile.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Dershowitz said that he had no reason to believe Epstein was guilty and then lamented the sweetheart deal his client got a decade ago, despite allegations he had molested 40 minor females.

'I would try to get a better deal,' said Dershowitz of the 13-month sentence which was served out at a barracks and allowed Epstein to leave for work six days a week.  

'The job of a criminal defense attorney is to try to get the best possible deal.' 

  • Alan Dershowitz said that he still believes Jeffrey Epstein is innocent and never saw the convicted pedophile commit any crime with an underage female 
  • 'I would try to get a better deal,' said Dershowitz of the 13-month sentence which was served out at a barracks and allowed Epstein to leave for work
  • Dershowitz said in the interview that he never saw Epstein commit any crime with a minor female 
  • The lawyer claimed Epstein's wealth worked against him the case, saying: 'I think a lot of people without the power and wealth might've gotten a better deal'
  • He also said that the Epstein accuser who claims she also had sexual relations with him is a liar, and said he could prove this, but did not reveal how
  • That woman, Virginia Roberts, is currently suing Dershowitz for defamation 

Dershowitz said he was "shocked" by the allegations against Epstein and had never seen him with underage girls. 

"No. Oh, no. If I had ever seen Jeffrey Epstein in any inappropriate situation with an underage girl, I would've terminated my relationship and turned him in. No way," Dershowitz said. "We were shocked by the allegations, but as a criminal lawyer, being shocked by an allegation doesn't mean that I won't defend somebody."

Dershowitz also said in the interview that the 2008 deal was good for the prosecution, which he claimed lacked evidence against Epstein, although one detective told the Miami Herald that the evidence against the billionaire was overwhelming. 

"They made a deal, and for them it was not a bad deal," Dershowitz said. "They got him to be a registered sex offender, to pay vast amounts of money to all the women and to get him to plead and go to jail and expose him for the world to see as a sex offender. I think the feds thought it was the best they could do." 

Sir Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom's ambassador to the U.S., resigned Wednesday as his position in Washington became more and more untenable following a Donald Trump freeze-out,vamid a row over leaked emails critical of President Trump's administration.

The ambassador was branded "a very stupid guy" by the US president, after emails emerged calling his administration "clumsy and inept".

The British ambassador to the United States described the White House as “uniquely dysfunctional,” told his counterparts back home that President Trump was “inept” and “insecure,” and warned that his administration could collapse in “disgrace.” 

 In a cache of leaked diplomatic cables dating from 2017 to the present, Sir Kim Darroch worried Trump might be in debt to “dodgy Russians.” He also said that Trump could wreck the world trade system and that his administration might go to war with Iran.

In one cable, the ambassador wrote: “We don’t really believe this Administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”

What is a diplomat?

The dictionary definition is clear: ‘A person appointed by national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic and social relations to another country.’

There’s also a second more general meaning: ‘A person who is tactful and skilful in managing delicate situations, handling people etc.’

In other words, it’s someone who knows how to build bridges, schmooze people, say all the right things and put out awkward fires when they erupt.

  • Sir Kim Darroch has quit as Britain's ambassador to the United States 
  • Leaked memos showed Darroch's scathing assessment of Donald Trump
  • UK's ambassador to the U.S. had questioned in the secret cables to London whether the White House 'will ever look competent'
  • Also said 'worst cannot be ruled out' over allegations of Russian collusion
  • Trump tweeted that he 'will no longer deal with him,' signaling the end of Darroch's functional term as the UK's top diplomat 
  • PM Theresa May sided with Darroch after his resignation, saying: 'Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice'
  • Brexit Party leader and Trump ally Nigel Farage said Darroch quitting was 'the right decision'; he is already being rumored as a possible Darroch replacement 

Hunt for the mole who hung US ambassador out to dry: May refuses to sack Sir Kim Darroch as ministers threaten to call in the POLICE over leak of secret memos branding Donald Trump 'inept' - with 'senior Brexiteers' in the frame

  • Leaked memos show Sir Kim Darroch's scathing assessment of US President
  • UK's ambassador to the US questioned if White House 'will ever look competent'
  • He also said 'worst cannot be ruled out' over allegations of Russian collusion 
  • The remarks prompted Trump ally Nigel Farage to call for Sir Kim to be replaced 
  • Trump aides said Sir Kim's position was 'not tenable' and they expect him to go 

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his attack on the UK's ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, saying "we will no longer deal with him".

In withering comments on Twitter, Mr Trump also lashed out at Theresa May, saying it was "good news" that Britain would soon have a new prime minister. 

Sir Kim, in emails leaked on Sunday, described Mr Trump's administration as dysfunctional and inept.

Mrs May said she had "full faith" in Sir Kim but did not agree with him.

Her spokesman had described the leak as "absolutely unacceptable", and said the prime minister's office had made contact with the White House.

In the emails leaked to the Mail on Sunday, Sir Kim said: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."

He questioned whether this White House "will ever look competent" but also warned that the US president should not be written off.

The emails, dating from 2017, said rumours of "infighting and chaos" in the White House were mostly true and policy on sensitive issues such as Iran was "incoherent, chaotic".

U.S. Virgin Islands Congresswoman 'WILL' keep $8,100 donated to her political campaigns by disgraced Jeffrey Epstein despite claims he sexually abused underage girls. Did she facilitate anything for Jeffrey Epstein?

  • Representative Stacey Plaskett is likely to keep Epstein's campaign donations
  • The political financer stands accused of abusing underage girls
  • Plaskett of the Virgin Islands reportedly received three donations of $2,700 
  • A spokesperson said she is 'unlikely' to return the funds which amount to $8,100
  • Bill Clinton, other Democrats and Harvard were also listed as receiving funds
  • Epstein pleaded not guilty to the 2002 - 2005 charges and was held without bail

Epstein on Monday pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to sex-trafficking charges in a conspiracy that allegedly let him abuse underage girls from 2002 through 2005.

The crimes allegedly committed over that four-year span happened inside his Manhattan townhouse and an estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The indictment alleges employees of Epstein’s helped recruit underage girls, whom Epstein would then sexually abuse.

Other Democrats have routinely received financial backing from Epstein, including former President Bill Clinton.

From the late 1990s through 2004, Epstein donated more than $145,000 to Democrats running for office.

Read the full article on DailyMail.

You know you should do it. You fear you should do it. 

However, you're worried you will miss out on your friends and family members gossip if you suddenly disappear from Facebook's hallowed pages.  

Apple co-Founder Steve Wozniak urged Facebook users to delete their accounts over privacy concerns.  

“I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private. ... You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to because you don’t expect it,” Wozniak said in an interview with TMZ on June 28 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. “But there’s almost no way to stop it. People think they have a level of privacy they don’t.”

“There are many different kinds of people, and some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy, but to many like myself, my recommendation is — to most people — is you should figure out a way to get off Facebook,” Wozniak added later in the interview.

“I mean, they can measure your heartbeat with lasers now, they can listen to you with a lot of devices. Who knows if my cellphone’s listening right now? Alexa has already been in the news a lot," he said.

“So I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private... You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it."

The FBI and ICE are reportedly using driver’s license photos for facial recognition without consent. According to reports Monday, the two agencies compiled a facial recognition database of millions of people living in the U.S. between 2014 and 2017. 

ICE mined driver's license databases in Utah, Vermont and Washington using facial recognition technology to analyze millions of Americans' photos without their knowledge

  • Records obtained by Georgetown Law researchers reveal how ICE officials requested access to DMV databases in Utah, Vermont and Washington
  • Those states are among 13 that offer licenses to undocumented immigrants
  • The practice of cataloging biometric data such as fingerprints and DNA from criminal suspects has long been used by law enforcement
  • However, DMV records are far more intrusive given that they contain data for the vast majority of a state's residents, most of whom have no criminal record
  • The records published over the weekend mark the first known instance of ICE using facial recognition technology to comb state driver's license databases
  • A growing number of lawmakers from both parties have expressed concern that facial recognition technology is unreliable, intrusive and dangerous

The database was designed to help law enforcement agencies battle crime and deport illegal aliens. However, some congressional Democrats say facial recognition could violate — what they call — the civil rights of illegals. Meanwhile, Republicans have raised privacy concerns.

Some U.S. states and cities have banned the use of facial recognition for law enforcement purposes, and some lawmakers are concerned with possible abuses of the technology. 

Illegal Aliens in New York are panicking that they may be profiled based on new drivers license applications.

 

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday shows President Trump's approval rating has hit the highest level of his presidency. As The Hill reports of the numbers: 

The survey, which was released Sunday, found that 47 percent of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing in the White House, a figure that represents a 5-point increase from April. Fifty percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump's performance as president, however.

Meanwhile, 44 percent of voting-age Americans said they approve of Trump's job performance, while 53 percent said they disapprove of it. Just 39 percent of voting-age Americans said they approved of Trump's job performance in April. 

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday shows President Trump's approval rating has hit the highest level of his presidency. As The Hill reports of the numbers: 

The survey, which was released Sunday, found that 47 percent of registered voters approve of the job Trump is doing in the White House, a figure that represents a 5-point increase from April. Fifty percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump's performance as president, however.

Meanwhile, 44 percent of voting-age Americans said they approve of Trump's job performance, while 53 percent said they disapprove of it. Just 39 percent of voting-age Americans said they approved of Trump's job performance in April. 



And the Washington Post grudgingly acknowledged: "The survey highlights the degree to which Trump has a narrow but real path to reelection."

Trump was seen as strong on the economy, with a majority of those polled (51%) saying they approve of the president's handling of the economy, with 42% voicing disapproval. 

A majority disapproved of his handling immigration, health care, women's specific issues, abortion, climate change, gun violence, foreign policy, as well as taxes.

Indian scientists have tinkered with the chemistry of the material and turned it into ‘black gold’ which they say can be potentially used for applications ranging from solar energy harvesting to desalinating seawater. 

Scientists at the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) used gold nanoparticles and by rearranging size and gaps between them developed a new material which has unique properties such as the capacity to absorb light and carbon dioxide. Gold does not have these properties, therefore ‘black gold’ is being called a new material. In appearance it is black, hence the name ‘black gold.’ 

The findings have been announced in Chemical Science, a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

“We have not doped gold nanoparticles with any other material or added other materials. We varied an inter-particle distance between gold nanoparticles using a cycle-by-cycle growth approach by optimizing the nucleation-growth step, using dendritic fibrous nano silica, whose fibers were used as the deposition site for gold nanoparticles,” explained Vivek Polshettiwar, who led the research team.

One of the most fascinating properties of the new material is its ability to absorb the entire visible and near-infrared region of solar light. It does so because of inter-particle plasmonic coupling as well as heterogeneity in nanoparticle size. Black gold could also act as a catalyst and could convert carbon dioxide into methane at atmospheric pressure and temperature using solar energy.

“If we develop an artificial tree with leaves made out of back gold, it can perform artificial photosynthesis, capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into fuel and other useful chemicals,” added Prof Polshettiwar. The efficiency of conversion of carbon dioxide into fuel, at present, is low but researchers believe it could be improved in the future.

Researchers said the material can be used as a nano-heater to convert seawater into potable water with good efficiency. “Our results indicate the potential application of black gold in the purification of seawater to potable water via steam generation using solar energy under atmospheric reaction conditions,” according to the researchers.

The research team included Mahak Dhiman, Ayan Maity, Anirban Das, Rajesh Belgamwar, Bhagyashree Chalke and Vivek Polshettiwar (TIFT); Yeonhee Lee, Kyunjong Sim and Jwa-Min Nam (Seoul National University). The study was funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Users of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp reported technical difficulties on Wednesday, ranging from photos that won't load to full outages. Reports began rolling in around 8:45 a.m. EST, when thousands of Instagram users said they were having problems. 

 According to users on Downdetector, one user reported: "images not loading in Newsfeed, groups, profile pics, or thumbnails. Happening in three different browsers on Windows (Chrome, FF, Edge), and in two different browsers (Chrome and Samsung Native Browser) and the FB app on android. The news feed has been touchy since yesterday but this is getting worse." 

ICE prepares for nationwide raids.

Trump previously announced that mass raids by ICE, possibly including deportations of families, would begin in late June. He then agreed to pause the plan to give Congress time to pass legislation rewriting asylum laws that currently allow immigrants to remain in the U.S. while their claims are adjudicated.

Congress did not take up legislation addressing asylum laws before leaving Washington for the 4th of July recess.

Last week, speaking to reporters at the G-20 summit, Trump reiterated to his previous position, declaring that raids would begin "sometime after July 4th."

"Unless we do something pretty miraculous," Trump said.

  • Edith Espinal-Moreno, a Mexican woman, received a notice from ICE that she will be fined $497,777 for refusing to leave the country
  • Espinal was etained and bailed in 2013 after jumping the Texas border with her 15-year-old son and 34 other people
  • A judge ordered her deportation in 2016 but she cut off her ankle monitor
  • She has had two other children in the U.S., now American citizens by law
  • Taking refuge in an Ohio church while the judge's 'final order of removal' remains in force; federal law allows for a $500 fine per day for defying it
  • Espinal's lawyer said she 'laughed' when she read the letter about the fine 

American Independence Day will be the day America takes back it's independence and begins deporting illegal aliens. President Trump says ICE will be deporting a 'lot of' people after Independence Day and claims immigrants are lodging 'frivolous asylum claims to gain access to the country'. Those operations were originally scheduled to take place last month, but the president postponed them by two-weeks to give lawmakers a chance to come up with ways to close immigration loopholes and fix asylum laws.

Lawmakers have yet to propose any plan to solve this, leading President Trump to say the raids will take place unless something “miraculous” happens. The White House had planned to carry out the raids in 10 major U.S. cities, with several of those cities’ mayors saying they would protect the illegal immigrants living in their communities.

President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, signs a $4.6 billion aid package to help the federal government cope with the surge of Central American immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 1, 2019. 

The bill contains over $1 billion to shelter and feed migrants, and almost $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children. The president voiced his criticism over the U.S. government seemingly being treated like a hospital for illegal aliens:

“You know, we’re not in the hospital business. We are in the border security business at the border. And all of a sudden we’re forced to be in the hospital business. And again, they’re coming up because they want a piece of what’s happening in this country. They want the economy. They want the jobs. They’re not coming up, for the most part, for other reasons they’re coming up because they want the jobs…but we want them to come in legally through a process and we want them to come in based on merit, so the merit is very important.”

The bill also requires lawmakers to be notified of a migrant child’s death within 24-hours, and implements a 90-day time limit to keep migrant children in U.S. custody.

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