Sign In   |   Sign Up   |   Contact Us

Social media News

  • 'Anonymous' WH official who wrote about officials thwarting Trump reveals himself

    Golocal247.com news

    Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, revealed himself Wednesday as the author of an anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed that depicted President Trump as a danger to the nation.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:11:00 -0400
  • Nice stabbings: Pictured, the church worker among three killed in suspected terror attack

    Golocal247.com news

    Reports that Nice attacker passed through Lampedusa spark political row in Italy Leo McKinstry: The Nice attack is an appalling assault on Western civilisation Malaysian ex-PM tweets that Muslims have 'right' to kill French people after deadly attack Rakib Ehsan: The vilification of Macron by Muslim countries is disturbing A woman has been decapitated, and two others have been killed, during a knife attack inside the Notre Dame Basilica church in the French city of Nice. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that the incident is a "terrorist" attack. Here's what we know so far: At least three people, two women and a man, have been killed, including one woman who was decapitated. The man is reportedly the sexton of the church. The man, a sacristan at the church, has been named locally as 45-year-old, father of two Vincent L. The suspected attacker has been identified as Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant who arrived in France from the Italian island of Lampedusa in October. He is reportedly unknown to French security services. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said it was a terrorist attack, and that the "Islamo-fascist" assailant "didn't stop shouting Allahu Akhbar even under medication" after being shot and arrested. France raises its alert status to "terror attack emergency" - PM Castex. President Emmanuel Macron has delivered a defiant message to the French people, saying the attacks would not force France to "give up our values". A Saudi citizen has also been arrested in Jeddah for stabbing a security guard outside the French consulate with "a sharp tool".

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:37:02 -0400
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman got served a lawsuit via WhatsApp. Court documents show that he received and read the message.

    Golocal247.com news

    The case, filed by former top security advisor Dr. Saad Al-Jabri alleges that bin Salman set a hit squad to assassinate him in Canada.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 04:03:35 -0400
  • About That ‘Uncoverable’ Biden Story

    Golocal247.com news

    Journalists claim they can’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop because the underlying evidence has yet to been verified. Also, they won’t look for any verifying evidence because there isn’t enough evidence.It’s quite the conundrum.Because other than the now-corroborated emails, the laptop, the on-the-record source who was a CEO of a Biden corporation, a trove of text messages and documents, and a lack of denials, the Hunter Biden email story reminds me of the “Russian collusion” story. Surely it deserves a modicum of scrutiny and follow-up.Anyone who watched Tony Bobulinski’s interview on Tucker Carlson’s show this week -- apparently it pulled over 5 million viewers -- was confronted with a seemingly credible character. Bobulinski says he met with Joe Biden in 2017, and that the former vice president was intimately involved in the family business. Maybe someone will ask the candidate about this. Because Biden, widely seen as the frontrunner, has on numerous occasions emphatically denied any knowledge of what Hunter was doing. So even if he didn’t benefit from his son’s leveraging of the family name to strike deals with Chinese Communist energy interests, it is still newsworthy.Bobulinski alleges that during a meeting with Joe Biden’s brother, he asked how the former vice president gets away with this sort of thing: “I remember looking at Jim Biden and saying how are you guys getting away with this? Aren’t you concerned? He looked at me, and he laughed a little bit, and said ‘plausible deniability.’”Perhaps my favorite part of yesterday’s interview, though, was learning that Adam Schiff’s ugly and mendacious habit of smearing anyone he disagrees with as a Russian asset is what allegedly helped spur Bobulinski, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant, to come forward.Hunter’s ex-business partner, in fact, confronted Rob Walker, a Biden “family representative” about it.“If [Schiff] doesn’t come out, on record, I am providing the facts,” Bobulinski said in a recording.“Ah, Tony, you’re just going to bury all of us, man,” responded Walker, which sounds odd coming from someone charged with representing a supposedly completely innocent venture.To put all of this context as a journalistic matter, the week before the Post broke the Hunter Biden story, every major news network was reporting on surreptitiously taped conversation in which the First Lady was grousing about Christmas decorations.Indeed, these are just allegations. Some of them more compelling than others. We still know very little, for example, about potentially damaging emails that purport to show Biden helping his son while he was vice president — namely, by meeting with a Burisma energy executive on behalf of Hunter at the White House.In a strange way, the lack of coverage has perpetuated the story, not only through the Streisand effect, but because suppressing it -- the New York Post’s Twitter account is still frozen -- allows the imagination to run wild. While no conservative pundit has penned 8,000 words of Chait-style crackpottery pondering whether Joe has been Chinese asset since the 1980s, some have certainly jumped the gun.Does it matter? Yesterday, a number of journalists were retweeting an Axios interview in which Senator Ted Cruz, asked about the “Hunter Biden stuff,” said the story won’t move a single vote. Perhaps that’s true. It’s also irrelevant. The journalist’s job is to provide transparency, not to worry about elections or be society’s hall monitor.It is certain -- and, boy, am I sick of framing coverage in this way, but what can you do? -- that if a credible witness and former business partner of one of Donald Trump Jr.’s companies came forward to offer specific accusations and evidence that the president was profiting off of business dealings his shady son was striking with authoritarians, teams of investigative journalists would be descending on every tangential character as if they were a defunct Chinese bank account.And the assertion made by many reporters that journalistic ethics prohibit them from even mentioning these allegations is a new and concocted standard. There are thousands of allegations against Republicans reported without verification. Not one outlet had a problem referring to the recent Atlantic piece citing unnamed sources who claimed Trump belittled soldiers, even though the story came from one writer at a partisan outlet. Allegations by whistleblowers are covered all the time, whether they have been fully vetted or not. Major outlets were eager to amplify not only the uncorroborated accusations of Christine Blasey Ford, but a host of other very obviously dubious claims about Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.But much of the reticence about investigating the Hunter Biden story is in reaction to the fallout from the Hillary Clinton email scandal. No matter what evidence emerged, political media were never going to repeat 2016. One assumes even good reporters don’t want to be perceived as tipping the election (which speaks to the poor health of journalism).Lest we forget, as with this Biden story, the Clinton email scandal was newsworthy. There was, after all, an open FBI investigation into the frontrunning presidential candidate of the United States because of her reckless and potentially criminal behavior. It was Hillary who initially set up a secret server to circumvent transparency, likely to hide favor-trading related to her foundation, and sent unsecured classified documents through that illegal server, although she almost surely knew it threatened national security. As the New York Times reported at the time, the chance that her correspondences were being captured by foreign powers was extremely high. It was Hillary’s staff that destroyed evidence related to that server -- or as James Comey noted in his testimony, they “cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.” Any government employees conducting themselves in a similar manner would have been sent to jail.I’m not in the habit of defending Comey, but he saved Clinton by letting her and her staff slide on richly deserved charges. The letter Comey sent to Congress informing them that the bureau had found a cache of new evidence relating to a criminal investigation was Clinton’s fault, not his. It was her top aide and confidant Huma Abedin who failed to inform the FBI about her laptop. And it was Abedin’s then-husband who used that computer to court teenage girls. Comey had an ethical obligation to inform Congress when he was apprised that new evidence had been found -- as he had promised to do under oath during his testimony. If he didn’t, and the story leaked, as it surely would have, the perception would have been that he was attempting to cover up the potential wrongdoing of one of the candidates.Or, in other words, he would have been doing exactly what most of the political media are engaged in right now.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:48:52 -0400
  • 2020 polls: Can Trump pull another 2016 upset? The data says no chance

    Golocal247.com news

    The blue wave is coming - if you believe the polls

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:59:21 -0400
  • Chicago sisters accused of stabbing store security guard 27 times after he asked them to wear a mask

    Golocal247.com news

    The incident occurred at a shoe store in Chicago.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:19:00 -0400
  • Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US consulate charged

    Golocal247.com news

    Tony Chung was detained as he reportedly planned to claim asylum at the US consulate.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:32:54 -0400
  • Pilot killed as Taiwan fighter jet crashes into sea

    Golocal247.com news

    A Taiwanese pilot was killed Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island's eastern coast during routine training, the air force said, in the second fatal air crash in three months.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:09:25 -0400
  • Megyn Kelly slams Sunny Hostin over SCOTUS comments: ‘More intentionally dishonest than stupid’

    Golocal247.com news

    Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy and being called out on social media, but this week she was the one taking the offensive against Sunny Hostin for what she believes to be “intentionally dishonest” rhetoric. Hostin, who serves as a co-host and political analyst on The View, slammed the Republican Party on Tuesday for stealing seats from the Democrats and pushing through right-wing judges in their place. “We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,” Hostin said.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:45:43 -0400
  • Fact check: Images show Melania Trump, not a body double

    Golocal247.com news

    A photo of President Donald Trump and Melania Trump has revived a conspiracy theory that the White House uses a body double for the first lady.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:40:36 -0400
  • President Erdogan accused of fuelling the anger that led to French terror attacks

    Golocal247.com news

    The Turkish president’s bellicose rhetoric towards France over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed may have contributed to a climate of anger that led to the deadly terror attack in the city of Nice on Thursday, terrorism experts and EU politicians have said. A woman was decapitated, and two more people killed, in an attack in a church in Nice on Thursday that the city’s mayor described as terrorism after the alleged perpetrator reportedly chanted “Alllahu akbar” as he was arrested. Terrorism experts believe the attack – alongside a stabbing at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and an incident in Avignon where police killed a man brandishing a gun – were retaliation by extremists for France’s hardening attitudes towards Muslims. French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a crackdown on Islamists this month, following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, something many Muslims consider blasphemous and offensive. Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan has led criticism in the Muslim world of Mr Macron, repeatedly saying he needed mental evaluation over his stance towards Islam.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:35:23 -0400
  • SpaceX delayed its NASA astronaut launch because a red 'nail polish' material was plugging part of its rocket engines

    Golocal247.com news

    SpaceX's Crew-1 launch is now set for November 14 after the company checked tiny holes in its rocket engines for bright-red lacquer.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:59:00 -0400
  • Facebook throttled Hunter Biden article after being warned by FBI of 'hack and leak' operations, Mark Zuckerberg says

    Golocal247.com news

    Zuckerberg told Congress that Facebook throttled a New York Post article after being warned by law enforcement about 'hack and leak' operations.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:59:15 -0400
  • Mitch McConnell’s approval drops nationwide despite political win with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination

    Golocal247.com news

    Only 16 per cent of respondents say they felt better about Mr McConnell’s job performance

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:47:16 -0400
  • Searchers find 59 bodies in Mexico mass graves, dig for more

    Golocal247.com news

    Search teams dug for more remains Thursday at a site in central Mexico where 59 bodies have already been found in clandestine graves over the past week in an area known as a cartel battleground. It was the largest such burial site found to date in Guanajuato, the state with the largest number of homicides in Mexico, though bigger clandestine burial sites have been excavated in other parts of the country. Especially striking about this discovery, but also a testament to the prevailing level of fear, is that the site is in the town of Salvatierra, not a desolate area out in the countryside.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:13:10 -0400
  • Top U.S. officials were briefed on an active threat against Pentagon leaders, say five officials

    Golocal247.com news

    Some officials said the briefings suggested the threat may be potential retaliation for the U.S. military's killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:07:00 -0400
  • SCOTUS: N.C. ballots can be counted up to nine days after election

    Golocal247.com news

    The Supreme Court will allow absentee ballots in North Carolina to be received and counted up to nine days after Election Day.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:32:29 -0400
  • A North Carolina pastor is accused of peeing on a woman while she was sleeping on a Delta flight

    Golocal247.com news

    "I jump up and I seen his private area out and I screamed and that woke everybody up," Alicia Beverly told a local news outlet on October 14.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:35:14 -0400
  • Mexican president slams European coronavirus lockdown measures

    Golocal247.com news

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday blasted European countries for adopting strict lockdowns to stem the spread of coronavirus, suggesting they smacked of authoritarianism. Germany and France were on Wednesday preparing to announce restrictions approaching the level of spring's blanket lockdowns as COVID deaths across Europe surged. National or local authorities have already imposed nighttime curfews in several European countries, including France, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:17:51 -0400
  • Macron Declares ‘France Is Under Attack’ after Islamist Terrorist Kills Three Churchgoers

    Golocal247.com news

    French President Emmanuel Macron declared Thursday that France is "under attack," hours after an Islamic terrorist wielding a knife decapitated a woman and killed two other people at a church in southern France.The attack occurred near the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, a city on France’s southern coast. Two women and a man were killed. At least two of the three victims, including the woman who was reportedly decapitated, were inside the church.“It’s very clear that it is France that is under attack,” Macron said during an address outside the basilica where the attack occurred, calling the incident an "Islamist terrorist attack.”“France will not give up on our values," the French president said.Shortly after the attack, Macron boosted security around the country, increasing the number of soldiers at schools and places of worship from 3,000 to 7,000 troops.The French president also participated in a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry on Thursday before traveling to Nice in the wake of the attack, which put France on its highest level of alert.Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained and was taken to the hospital alive.The “terrorist” shouted “Allahu akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great,” as police arrested him, the mayor said, adding that, “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”The incident was one of three attacks against France on Thursday. A Saudi man was arrested after he attacked a guard with a sharp tool at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi state media. The guard was hospitalized and suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, an individual in the French city of Avignon wielded a knife and threatened people passing by while shouting “Allahu akbar” until police fatally shot the suspect.Earlier this month, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history teacher, was beheaded in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen immigrant who was angered by Paty showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class.After Paty was killed, Macron vowed to crack down on Islamic extremism in France, promising that “the fear is now going to change sides,” and that “the Islamists cannot be allowed to sleep peacefully in our country.”

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:37:46 -0400
  • Angela Merkel heckled in German parliament after warning against Covid 'lies and disinformation'

    Golocal247.com news

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was heckled by opposition MPs during a speech to parliament on Thursday when she took aim at groups spreading "lies and disinformation" as the country continues to battle coronavirus. The speech – which took place the morning after Mrs Merkel announced a range of sweeping measures to tackle the spread of the virus – warned that the German people find themselves in a "dramatic situation". On Thursday morning, Germany recorded 16,774 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number of new cases within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:59:07 -0400
  • Greenwald resigns from The Intercept over Biden article

    Golocal247.com news

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:38:27 -0400
  • Trump rushes struggling GOP senator at rally: 'You got one minute, they don't want to hear this'

    Golocal247.com news

    President hurried Arizona Senator Martha McSally before calling up three politicians from other states - plus Nigel Farage - to address the crowd

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:24:21 -0400
  • Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan

    Golocal247.com news

    Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May 2019. The mass wedding with 188 couples was the first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:24:10 -0400
  • Polish president backtracks on abortion view amid protests

    Golocal247.com news

    “It cannot be that the law requires this kind of heroism from a woman,” Duda said in an interview.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 06:39:00 -0400
  • The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how.

    Golocal247.com news

    The 2020 presidential election again highlights one of the most confusing and controversial parts of the U.S. elections: The Electoral College.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:29:57 -0400
  • Officer sues Breonna Taylor's boyfriend over emotional distress

    Golocal247.com news

    "Walker's conduct in shooting Mattingly is outrageous, intolerable, and offends all accepted standards of decency and morality," the lawsuit notes.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:32:00 -0400
  • Jeff Van Drew, congressman who ditched Democrats for Trump, struggling in reelection race

    Golocal247.com news

    A congressman who switched from the Democratic Party to join Republican ranks is struggling in his ace for reelection.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:03:01 -0400
  • Amidst a second COVID-19 lockdown, Macron is facing mounting international backlash and a boycott of French goods over his comments about Islam

    Golocal247.com news

    French Muslims and anti-racism activists worried about a rise in hate crimes as a result of diplomatic tensions and new Charlie Hebdo row.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:20:18 -0400
  • Venezuela's Maduro says Amuay refinery was hit by a 'terrorist attack'

    Golocal247.com news

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said the country's Amuay oil refinery was victim of a terrorist attack on Tuesday that involved a "powerful weapon", but said the country had gasoline reserves equivalent to 20 days of consumption. An explosion hit a distillation unit at the 645,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) plant on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said, though there were no reports of injuries. "Yesterday, the Amuay refinery - one of the most important refineries in Venezuela and Latin America - was attacked with a long, powerful weapon," Maduro said at a press conference, adding that the government was seeking to determine what kind of weapon was involved.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:54:52 -0400
  • Mother’s body decayed for years in home she shared with her adult children, TN cops say

    Golocal247.com news

    Police found her skeleton buried under a pile of clothes on a bed

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:24:17 -0400
  • David Perdue: Georgia senator pulls out of final debate after 'brutal' takedown by Democrat goes viral

    Golocal247.com news

    Video of debate where Democrat Jon Ossoff calls Republican incumbent a ‘crook’ has been viewed more than 11m times on Twitter

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 02:25:55 -0400
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hints at a run for higher office

    Golocal247.com news

    The only thing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is wary of sharing is her ambitions for higher office.Ocasio-Cortez became the breakout star of the House's progressive left from the moment she ousted a longstanding moderate. But when she's asked about where she'll go next, the usually outspoken lawmaker gets unusually "guarded and cautious about her words," Vanity Fair reports in a profile of Ocasio-Cortez.Ocasio-Cortez's "aspirations are a matter of endless speculation," Vanity Fair writes, with a Senate seat, House leadership spot, or Cabinet post all suspected to be in the cards. Ocasio-Cortez doesn't necessarily shut those guesses down. "I don't know if I'm really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like," she said. "I don't see myself really staying where I'm at for the rest of my life."Still, Ocasio-Cortez rejects the idea of "aspir[ing] to a quote-unquote higher position just for the sake of that title," she said. "I think it's part of our cultural understanding of politics, where — if you think someone is great, you automatically think they should be president," Ocasio-Cortez added. "I joke. I'm like, 'Is Congress not good enough?'"Julián Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary and 2020 presidential candidate, isn't afraid to forecast his predictions. "I've told her, I fully expect that she's going to run [for president] one day, and that she should," he said. "She absolutely has the talent, the dynamism, and the leadership ability." Read more at Vanity Fair.More stories from theweek.com How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:08:00 -0400
  • At least 2 killed, 7 injured in Tennessee school bus crash

    Golocal247.com news

    The school bus was struck by a utility service vehicle operated by Service Electric that lost control and veered into oncoming traffic.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 07:23:00 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton joins Electoral College 4 years after it cost her the presidency: 'Pretty sure I'll get to vote for Joe'

    Golocal247.com news

    Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is one of 29 Democratic electors for New York state in 2020.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:43:18 -0400
  • Michigan man missing after allegedly spending virus relief funds on luxury gifts for girlfriend

    Golocal247.com news

    A Michigan man looks to be on the run after allegedly conspiring to steal $2.5 million in coronavirus relief funds. Johnny Richardson, 25, and his girlfriend Micahia Taylor, 27, are accused of teaming up with Brandi Hawkins, a contract employee of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, to embezzle the money.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:49:33 -0400
  • A couple has lived in a 130-square-foot tiny house for 5 years — here's what a typical week looks like for them

    Golocal247.com news

    As part of the "A Week in My Tiny House" series, Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons show the reality of living in a tiny house with your partner.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:47:14 -0400
  • Jack Dorsey says the New York Post Twitter account will remain locked until it deletes the original tweet featuring its Hunter Biden story

    Golocal247.com news

    Dorsey spoke during a committee hearing on Section 230, the law that states tech firms cannot be held liable for content published on their platforms.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:03:06 -0400
  • China's Communist party leadership says to promote Taiwan's reunification with mainland: Xinhua

    No description related. Click here to go to original article.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 06:35:48 -0400
  • 'Moderate to strong' La Niña weather event develops in the Pacific

    Golocal247.com news

    The phenomenon results in the large scale cooling of ocean surface temperature.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 05:13:40 -0400
  • Justice Thomas's wife spreads unfounded Biden claims, asks followers to repost

    Golocal247.com news

    The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 07:24:40 -0400
  • US sells oil seized from Iran to Venezuela for $40 million

    Golocal247.com news

    The United States said Thursday that it had sold Iranian oil seized on its way to Venezuela for more than $40 million.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:11:41 -0400
  • UPS locates mysterious Tucker Carlson package presenter claims contains 'damning' material about Biden family

    Golocal247.com news

    ‘UPS will always focus first on our customers, and will never stop working to solve issues and make things right’

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:30:36 -0400
  • Record turnout in Texas' largest county could be crucial to flipping a usually red state

    Golocal247.com news

    Election officials in Harris County tripled the number of early-voting sites, expanded their hours and added drive-thru voting.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:30:00 -0400
  • Japan cyclist becomes first to face dangerous driving charges after law change to include bikes

    Golocal247.com news

    A Japanese man has become the nation’s first cyclist to be arrested over a road rage incident since traffic laws were recently revised to curb dangerous driving. Akihiko Narushima, 33, allegedly swerved his bicycle in an erratic manner across the street obstructing vehicles, at one point directly cycling towards a woman in her 40s driving a car. His actions, in Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture, were caught on the dashboard camera of a nearby vehicle, according to local media reports. Mr Narushima, a part-time labourer, was already in custody when the arrest warrant was issued, after allegedly grabbing an elderly man who tried to reprimand him for dangerous cycling. His arrest over obstructive driving on his bicycle is reportedly the first of its kind after the Japanese government revised its Road Traffic Act in June, according to the Mainichi newspaper. The revision involved widening the scope of offences that fall into the classification of dangerous driving, so that cycling dangerously can also constitute a criminal offence. The decision to revise traffic laws came after a string of high-profile traffic fatalities, with penalties for obstructive driving include a prison term of up to three years or a fine of around £3,696 (500,000 yen). Police are planning to investigate Mr Narushima’s involvement in several dozen similar incidents in the area, where he is reportedly notorious among locals for his road rage antics, earning him the nickname “Okegawa pop-out boy”. Cycling traffic violations across the spectrum are reportedly soaring in Japan this year, as a growing number of people swap public transport for bicycles due to the pandemic. A total of 12,839 violations were reported in the first half of this year, according to National Police Agency figures released last month, with many relating to cyclists ignoring traffic lights.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 08:07:14 -0400
  • Pope Francis avoided wearing a mask on Wednesday, and blamed 'this lady COVID' for why he had to social distance

    Golocal247.com news

    He has been photographed shaking hands and leaning in to speak privately with people not wearing masks.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:10:19 -0400
  • Charlie Hebdo, whose cartoons sparked terror attacks in France, published a cutting caricature of Turkish President Erdogan amid his feud with Macron

    Golocal247.com news

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said French President Emmanuel Macron needed mental treatment after criticizing Islam and proposing regulations on it.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:49:53 -0400
  • Allegiant passenger removed over flight attendant's mask demands apology from airline

    Golocal247.com news

    John Peterman states he was denied a request to speak with the plane’s captain to lodge his complaint that a flight attendant was not wearing a mask.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:32:42 -0400
  • Fired stadium manager deletes concessions menu on opening day in California, feds say

    Golocal247.com news

    Apparently he angered lots of Major League Soccer fans.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:28:53 -0400
  • Nevada dad accused of throwing newborn baby off balcony during argument

    Golocal247.com news

    Clarence Martin, Jr. allegedly suffered from “mental issues.” A newborn was allegedly thrown from the second-floor balcony by her father on Saturday around 4 a.m. in  Las Vegas. Clarence Martin, Jr. was arguing with the infant’s mother, Nicole Poole, when he snatched her away to the balcony of their apartment and didn’t return with her moments later, according to People.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:43:00 -0400
Data by Localeze
Powered by Intelligenx