Dutch police detain dozens of climate protesters at Amsterdam Airport

Dutch police detain dozens of climate protesters at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport during demonstration over curbing greenhouse gas emissions

  • Group of 150 climate activists gathered with placards and shouting slogans 
  • More than 25 police officers ‘relocated’ the protesters to Haarlmmermeer 
  • Waved banners reading ‘Tax the plane, take the train’ and ‘Shrink aviation’ 

Dutch police arrested dozens of climate protesters at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport today during a demonstration aimed at curbing greehouse gas emissions.  

Gendarmes started removing protesters inside the busy Schiphol Plaza where a group of 150 climate activists had gathered with placards and shouting slogans.

One protester chained himself to a pillar during the unauthorised rally inside the shopping mall that leads to the arrivals and departures section of the airport.

Dutch police arrested dozens of climate protesters at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport today during a demonstration aimed at curbing greehouse gas emissions

Gendarmes started removing protesters inside the busy Schiphol Plaza where a group of 150 climate activists had gathered with placards and shouting slogans

One protester chained himself to a pillar during the unauthorised rally inside the shopping mall that leads to the arrivals and departures section of the airport

More than two dozen police officers had watched the demonstrators before arresting them and leading them outside to a waiting bus among clapping and cheers.

Dutch border police said in a tweet that the protesters were ‘being relocated’. Dutch media reported the group was being dropped off outside the Haarlemmermeer municipal boundary where Schiphol is located.

‘The first bus with protesters has left,’ said the Royal Dutch Marechaussee, the paramilitary police responsible for airport and border safety.

Demonstrators were also gathering outside Schiphol airport for a legal protest under the eye of Dutch police, some on horseback, Amsterdam’s AT5 television news showed.

More than two dozen police officers had watched the demonstrators before arresting them and leading them outside to a waiting bus among clapping and cheers

Dutch border police said in a tweet that the protesters were ‘being relocated’

Protesters waved banners reading ‘Tax the plane, take the train’ and ‘Shrink aviation’.

Activists from Greenpeace, which organised the demonstration, told the crowd: ‘Schiphol is one the biggest airports in Europe and yet they still want to expand it. That’s not normal!’

‘Schiphol must come with a climate plan,’ one of the Greenpeace organisers said, adding that activists planned to stage a 24-hour protest at the air hub.

Ahead of the protest, Greenpeace said it wanted to force airport authorities to adopt urgent measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation industry.

Protesters waved banners reading ‘Tax the plane, take the train’ and ‘Shrink aviation’

Activists from Greenpeace, which organised the demonstration, told the crowd: ‘Schiphol is one the biggest airports in Europe and yet they still want to expand it. That’s not normal!’

Ahead of the protest, Greenpeace said it wanted to force airport authorities to adopt urgent measures to reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation industry

Schiphol spokesman Hans van Kastel said no flights were so far disrupted by the demonstration

This included reducing flights, scrapping short-distance flights in favour of using trains and stopping the planned upgrade of an airport at nearby Lelystad to accommodate more holiday destination flights.

Schiphol spokesman Hans van Kastel said no flights were so far disrupted by the demonstration.

He told AFP that the airport – which saw 71 million passengers pass through its gates last year – already had a climate plan in place.

‘This included having an emission-free airport by 2030 as well as CO2-free aviation by 2050,’ Van Kastel said.

The passenger figure in 2018 was a 3.7 per cent increase from the year before at Schiphol, which has flights to and from 326 destinations around the world. 

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‘Against all common sense’: one judge’s slap at New York’s new no-bail law

“The law is stupid, but I have to follow it”: So said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley moments before releasing without bail suspects charged with burglary and robbery.

A growing chorus of New Yorkers and law enforcement folks believe, like Judge Wiley, that the criminal justice reforms that fully kick in Jan. 1 go “against all common sense and wisdom.”

Courts are in the process of case-by-case reviews that by New Year’s Day will release at least 3,800 people from county jails across the state. Some officials estimate that a quarter to a third of their jail populations will be back on the street. The city’s looking at about 900 releases, with an estimated 170 defendants sprung on Staten Island alone.

Meanwhile, the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York estimates that prosecutors’ offices (excluding those in the city) need $100 million for extra staff and other resources to comply with the new discovery rules passed into law along with the no-bail change — rules that, among other things, greatly increase the chances for witness intimidation.

New NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea worries that will discourage New Yorkers from even speaking to police; the no-bail rules worry him, too.

Indeed, law enforcement leaders across the state have called for a rethinking of the reforms — including funding as well as some new provision so that judges can still set bail when the accused presents a clear threat to public safety.

Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s top leaders refuse to do anything at all before January, if then. Pray they act before some horror clearly linked to these reforms forces them to change their minds.

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Watch: NYPD releases body-cam footage in death of officer Brian Mulkeen

New police body camera video shows the final moments of slain NYPD officer Brian Mulkeen — and indicates that cops only opened fire after another cop at the chaotic scene repeatedly warned that the suspect was reaching for a gun.

At that point, six cops began shooting, killing Mulkeen with friendly fire along with the man he was trying to arrest, the video shows.

The body-camera footage recorded by NYPD officer Robert Wichers shows him and Mulkeen pull up to the suspect — later identified as 27-year-old Antonio Williams — in an unmarked police car, along with another cop, near the Edenwald Houses on East 229 Street near Laconia Avenue in the Bronx on Sept. 29 at about 12:25 a.m.

Williams runs off as soon as the cops pull up in front of him, the video shows, and Mulkeen and Wichers sprint after him.

The third cop in their anti-crime squad, identified only as Officer Mahon, remained near the car and detained another suspect who was with Williams. He also radioed for backup.

Mulkeen and Wichers caught up with Williams seconds later on a path near the public housing project and struggled to subdue him, with Mulkeen grappling with him on the pavement, the video shows.

Wichers repeatedly yelled to Mulkeen: “He’s reaching! He’s f—king reaching! He’s reaching for it!” the video shows.

About 30 seconds into the struggle, three other cops responded to the scene — a sergeant, a detective and a police officer — authorities said.

Seconds later, all six cops opened fire at the suspect, firing a total of 15 rounds, police said.

Mulkeen squeezed off five rounds, as did another officer, identified only as Sergeant Valentino, who came to back-up the anti-crime cops. Wichers fired one round; so did Officer Mahon and a “Det. Beddows,” whose first name was also not released.

The other cop who came for back up, an Officer Figueroa, fired two rounds.

Williams and Mulkeen were both killed in the shooting. The cops later found a .32-caliber revolver on Williams that had not been fired.

The NYPD is still investigating the incident and has not determined if any of the cops involved used excessive force.

At a press conference on Friday, Williams’ family blasted the NYPD, saying their “reckless” use of force killed him.

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Fifth of British workers admit to having sex during an office Christmas party – The Sun

A FIFTH of workers have romped in the office during a Christmas party, a survey has found.

And 41 per cent of younger staff get jiggy on a desk, the floor or the photocopier.

A poll of 2,000 Brits by luxury sex toy company Lelo also found that Brits expect to have 25 per cent 'more sex' over the festive break than during the rest of the year.

Sex toy firm Lelo found 28 per cent of men took a condom to a party in the hope of getting lucky, compared to just 11 per cent of women.

Lelo added: “Brits have more sex at Christmas than any other time.”

"Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, in every sense of the word.

"As work winds down and our social lives ramp up, we find ourselves in more situations that could lead to sexual interactions, from Christmas parties to after-work drinks, and it is so important that we remain safe.

“When enjoying a festive frolic or two, we need to ensure that precautions are planned in advance and with that we mean to prepare with protection.

"Condoms are the most reliable form of contraception for protecting against both unwanted pregnancy and STI’s, which when used correctly don’t detract from the enjoyment of sex.”

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Quill which Lord Nelson used to write last letter sells for £10,000

Quill pen which Admiral Lord Nelson used to write his last, unfinished letter on board HMS Victory sells for £10,000

  • Admiral Lord Nelson’s quill used to write unfinished letter has sold at auction
  • Naval hero wrote letter to lover warning that the French were coming out of port
  • The trimmed 8ins long goose quill pen has sold to unnamed buyer for £10,000
  • The pen was even taken from Nelson’s writing desk by Captain Sir Thomas Hardy 

The quill pen that Admiral Lord Nelson wrote his last, unfinished letter on HMS Victory has sold for £10,000.

Two days before the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval hero sat down at his writing desk in his cabin and poured his heart out to his lover, Lady Emma Hamilton. 

But it was not to be as Nelson was shot by a French sniper and died without finishing his letter.

The quill was consigned for sale by a private collector, who had owned it since 2005, with auction house Christie’s, of London and went for £10,000. The goose quill pen even has ink stains to its nib

The trimmed 8ins long goose quill pen, which has ink stains to its nib, was taken from Nelson’s writing desk by Captain Sir Thomas Hardy. It lay next to the unfinished letter.

He gave it to Major Robert Wright, of the Royal Artillery, who was then stationed at the Gibraltar garrison.


Two days before the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval hero (pictured right) sat down at his writing desk on his cabin on the HMS Victory, left, and poured his heart out to his lover, Lady Emma Hamilton

He wrote at the time: “This pen was taken by Major Wright out of Lord Nelson’s writing Desk on the 2nd of Novr 1805 in the presence of capt Hardy of the Victory who desired him to keep it as being the pen with which his Lordship had written for the last time in the morn(ing) of the action.

“It was lying beside an unfinished le(tter to) Lady Hamilton.”

The quill was consigned for sale by a private collector, who had owned it since 2005, with auction house Christie’s, of London.

The buyer’s identity has not been revealed.

Sophie Hopkins, of Christie’s, said: “Nelson’s quill transports us directly back through history to his cabin aboard HMS Victory.

“He turns from a final letter to his beloved Lady Hamilton – with whom he maintained an epistolary relationship of incredible tenderness and passion – to face the advancing French and Spanish fleet, an engagement from which he would not return.”

Nelson was shot and killed by a French sniper while masterminding one of Britain’s greatest victories. The HMS Victory is pictured above in Portsmouth

In the unfinished letter, dated October 19, 1805, which resides in the British library, Nelson tells Emma he has been alerted that his ‘enemy’s combined fleet are coming out of port’ and he loves her and Horatia ‘as much as my own life’.

He adds: “As my last writing before the battle will be to you so I hope in God that I shall live to finish my letter.”

Nelson died onboard Victory on October 21, 1805. On his deathbed, Nelson wished for Emma and Horatia to be taken care of financially but his wishes were ignored.  

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City reaches settlement with mom whose baby was ripped from arms by cops

The city has reached a $625,000 settlement with Jazmine Headley, the young mother whose baby was torn from her arms during her video-taped arrest last year at a Brooklyn benefits center.

The settlement, confirmed on Friday by the city’s Law Department, was announced just one year after cops took Headley’s then 17-month-old child from her arms at a city Human Resources Administration office in Boerum Hill after she got into a dispute with HRA security guards.

The chaotic scene, caught on viral video, began after two guards instructed Headley to stop sitting on the floor at the packed benefits office.

Headley, 24, who had been waiting at the office for four hours, maintained that there were no open seats at the office.

The scene escalated after two NYPD officers arrived — and began prying Headley’s son from his distraught mother’s arms.

Headley was initially booked on charges of resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and acting in a manner injurious to a child, but the Brooklyn District Attorney dropped the case just a few days later.

A spokeswoman Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said that the city hopes the settlement will give Headley a “degree of closure.”

“Ms. Headley came to the city seeking help, and we failed to treat her with the dignity and respect she deserved,” said spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie. “While this injustice should have never happened, it forced a reckoning with how we treat our most vulnerable and prompted us to make reforms at HRA Centers across the City.

Lawyers for Headley did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the settlement.

In the fallout from the incident — which Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks called a “nightmare scenario” — the two HRA guards who first encountered Headley were suspended without pay for 30 days.

Additionally, Banks announced earlier this year that he would require security guards to wear body cameras by the start of 2020.

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Video shows Maryland kidnapping suspect crashing into bowling alley

Police search for suspect who kidnapped a woman, stole her car and slammed it into a bowling alley

Raw video: Officials searching for suspect who was seen on surveillance cameras after kidnapping a woman, stealing her car and plowing a stolen vehicle into a bowling alley in Waldorf, Maryland.

Maryland deputies were searching for a kidnapping suspect caught on surveillance video crashing into a bowling alley in a stolen vehicle.

The suspect kidnapped a woman on Wednesday night, after she surprised him as he was burglarizing her home in Waldorf, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

He ordered her into her car and then drove her around to various ATM machines, where he forced her to withdraw money.

He then left her on the side of the road in another town and fled, the news release said.

“Shortly after, the suspect backed the victim’s car into the front doors of the Waldorf AMF bowling alley on Acton Lane,” the deputies said. “He got out of the car, walked toward the ATM inside the business but left after realizing the ATM was not operable. He left in the victim’s car and has not been located.”

Cops found the woman after responding to a report of a woman walking in the roadway at 3:37 a.m. Thursday, according to the news release.

They were also looking for her black Toyota Camry with Maryland plates.

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A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest, the news release said.

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Devastated Illinois parents beg for return of baby’s stolen ashes

A heartbroken Illinois couple is pleading for the safe return of their son’s ashes that were callously stolen in a home burglary.

The remains of William “Billy” Pax LaDeur — stored in a tiny white box — were among the items swiped from Jim and Sue LaDeur’s ransacked home in Elmhurst Tuesday, WGN-TV reported.

Little Billy died 10 days after his and twin brother Matt’s birth in 2014.

“It’s like 3 inches by 3 inches, about an inch high, so maybe they thought it was a jewelry box and they just took it,” the distraught mom told the network.

Elmhurst believes the burglar broke into the family’s home through a side window. Once inside, the perp stole some collector coins in addition to the boy’s remains, police said.

Sue said she kept the small box on a dresser alongside a small impression of her late son’s hand and foot — items she and her husband cherished daily some five years after his death.

“It’s of no value to anybody but it’s invaluable to us,” LaDeur told the station. “Please do the right thing.”

Billy and Matt were born about nine weeks premature. The infant died in the hospital after suffering from excessive fluid retention in the womb, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We held him until he passed,” Sue LaDeur told the newspaper. “We fought. We fought for him then. And we’ll fight for him now and do everything we can.”

A label on the stolen box contains the name of a crematorium, the LaDeurs said.

“It’s your baby,” Sue LaDeur told the Tribune. “He should stay with you. A baby doesn’t get separated from his parents.”

No arrests had been made as of midday Friday, Elmhurst police told The Post. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (630) 530-3050.

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Trump praises Republican ‘warriors’ for defending him during impeachment hearing

President Trump on Friday hailed Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee, calling them “warriors” for defending him during a marathon impeachment hearing that ended with a postponement of a historic vote.

“The Republicans House members were fantastic yesterday,” the president said in one of several tweets.

“It always helps to have a much better case, in fact the Dems have no case at all, but the unity & sheer brilliance of these Republican warriors, all of them, was a beautiful sight to see,” he continued.

Trump added that the “Dems had no answers and wanted out!” — an apparent reference to committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s decision to abruptly end the 14-hour, partisan session.

The New York Democrat said the committee would resume at 10 a.m. Friday.

In his tweetstorm, the president also said “the Do Nothing Democrats have become the Party of lies and deception! The Republicans are the Party of the American Dream!”

“The Republican Party is more united now than at any time in its history – by far!” he added.

“How do you get Impeached when you have done NOTHING wrong (a perfect call), have created the best economy in the history of our Country, rebuilt our Military, fixed the V.A. (Choice!), cut Taxes & Regs, protected your 2nd A, created Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and soooo much more? Crazy!” Trump said in a later tweet.

He also claimed that “poll numbers have gone through the roof in favor of No Impeachment, especially with Swing States and Independents in Swing States.

“People have figured out that the Democrats have no case, it is a total Hoax. Even Pelosi admitted yesterday that she began this scam 2 1/2 years ago!” he added.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this week found that 51 percent of registered voters surveyed said they don’t want to see Trump impeached and removed from office — compared to 45 percent who do.


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Family of slain student Tessa Majors: ‘Our hearts will never be the same’

The heartbroken family of Tessa Majors mourned the slain Barnard College freshman as “very special” in an emotional statement released on Thursday.

“We lost a very special, very talented, and very well-loved young woman,” read a the family statement released through the office of the teen’s father, author Inman Majors.

“Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same,” the brief but powerful message concluded.

Majors, 18, was fatally stabbed inside Morningside Park around 5:35 p.m. Wednesday in what police sources have called a robbery gone wrong.

NYPD investigators are questioning “persons of interest” at the area’s 26th Precinct station house, and probing whether the murder was related to a recent string of robberies.

The family’s statement followed earlier remembrances by Majors’ brother and a bandmate on social-media.

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