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Ecuador prison riot: New fighting at Guayaquil jail kills 68

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At least 68 prisoners have been killed in new fighting at an Ecuadorean prison where more than a hundred inmates died in clashes between rival gangs in September, officials say.

 

The riot at the Litoral Penitentiary in the city of Guayaquil reportedly began on Friday evening.

 

Police tactical units who have entered prison buildings have found guns, explosives and blades, reports say.

 

Nearly 300 inmates have died so far this year in the country’s prisons.

 

September’s gang-related violence was the worst in Ecuador’s history.

 

At the time, inmates from one wing of the prison crawled through a hole to gain access to a different wing; where they attacked rival gang members.

 

Hundreds of officers and army soldiers were deployed to regain control of the complex.

The deadly fight, which saw some inmates decapitated, drew attention to the growing influence in Ecuador of transnational crime gangs such as the Mexico-based Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels.

 

The latest fighting at the prison in Guayaquil, Guayas province; has also left 25 people injured and follows a smaller armed clash earlier this month in which; three inmates were shot dead.

 

There were reports of further violence; at the prison later on Saturday and soldiers were deployed as reinforcements, securing the outside of the facility in armoured vehicles.

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Soldiers in armoured vehicles secure the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

 

Family and friends of prisoners desperate for information gathered outside the building; where a list of victims’ names was taped to a post.

 

Authorities said the violence started as a territorial dispute between rival groups after a gang leader was released early.

 

“As this section of the prison was without a ringleader, other gangs tried to… enter to carry out a total massacre;” the governor of Guayas province, Pablo Arosemena, told reporters.

He said there were about 700 prisoners in the area of the facility where the deadly riot was taking place.

 

In a short statement posted to Twitter; President Guillermo Lasso offered his condolences “to the families who have lost loved ones” and said new measures were needed to “fight the mafias that profit from chaos”.

 

Earlier this month in a BBC interview; Mr Lasso insisted that his government was regaining control not only of the prisons but also of areas of Ecuador where drug traffickers had gained a foothold.

 

He accused previous governments of being “passive” about drug trafficking; but warned that rising drug use in the country would take “more than a decade” to tackle.

 

And he said Ecuador would need international support from neighbouring Colombia; the US and the EU to strengthen its armed forces and police to combat the growing influence of crime gangs.

 

Ecuador’s prisons are currently accommodating about 9,000 more prisoners than they were designed to hold, officials say.

 

The Litoral Penitentiary was designed for 5,300 inmates but currently holds 8,500.

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COVID-19: Nigeria records two deaths, 196 new infections Friday

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced two additional COVID-19 fatalities and 196 new infections reported from five states of the federations and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The disease centre disclosed this in an update shared on its Facebook page late Friday night, noting that the fatality toll now stands at 2,980.

According to the centre, the new cases have increased Nigeria’s infection toll to 214, 513.

The centre added that a total of 207,403 people have been successfully treated and discharged in the country, while 4,130 people are still down with the disease.

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A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease, topped the chart with 138 infections.

Rivers State followed on the log with 23 cases, while the FCT reported 18 cases.

Imo State reported 15 cases. Bauchi and Gombe states recorded a single case each.

The NCDC also noted that Plateau State reported no cases on Friday.

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Norway hits back at 'ungrateful' Londoners over spindly Christmas tree

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Norwegians have hit back at criticism of their annual Christmas tree gift to Britain after Londoners described it as ‘scrawny’ and ‘half dead’.

Bemused visitors to Trafalgar Square have been expressing their disappointment after the famous tree arrived in the capital looking a bit worse for wear. 

Complaints have included that the 78-foot-tall Norwegian spruce looked ‘half eaten’ and ‘hungover’ ahead of the official lighting ceremony.

Others suggested it was ‘retaliation’ for Manchester United’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the Norwegian football manager.

However, Norwegians have now defended the tree against attacks, questioning what the UK had given them in return.

The Norwegian spruce has been an annual gift to London from Oslo each year since 1947, but the 24metre tree (pictured) has come under fire this year for looking ‘half dead’ and ‘hungover’

Oslo resident Lars Anton told The Times: ‘All the British gave us last Christmas was the Kent variant. If they don’t want the tree we can come and get it back.’

Marianne Borgen, Oslo’s mayor, took a more diplomatic line in responding to criticism, describing it as a ‘gift of love’ between the two countries.

‘People complain all the time. In 2019 I was told it looked like a cucumber,’ she said. 

‘In the end, the tree is not really a tree at all, it’s a symbol of solidarity and friendship. It comes from the forest that embraces Oslo on all sides. So while it might arrive with injuries, it remains a gift of love.’

The Norwegian spruce has been an annual gift to the people of London from Oslo each year since 1947, as a token of gratitude for British support for Norway during the Second World War.

Ms Borgen was joined by Andrew Smith, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, last month in Oslo for a ceremony to cut down the Christmas tree so it could be transported to London before the tree’s lights were switched on in a ceremony on Thursday evening.

Marianne Borgen, Oslo's mayor, took a more diplomatic line in responding to criticism, describing it as a 'gift of love' between the two countries

Marianne Borgen, Oslo’s mayor, took a more diplomatic line in responding to criticism, describing it as a ‘gift of love’ between the two countries

Ms Borgen was joined by Andrew Smith, the Lord Mayor of Westminster (pictured together), last month in Oslo for a ceremony to cut down the Christmas tree so it could be transported to London

Ms Borgen was joined by Andrew Smith, the Lord Mayor of Westminster (pictured together), last month in Oslo for a ceremony to cut down the Christmas tree so it could be transported to London

‘I am pleased that people are passionate – it is a sign that Londoners care about the present we have sent them,’ Mayor Borgen added. ‘The tree comes from a forest.

‘This is a love tree and it means a lot to us to give it to Londoners. Though it started as a thank you to the British people for their help during World War Two, it is now as much about friendship, solidarity, hope for the future and peace.

‘The tree symbolises all this and I hope that when the lights are turned on, the symbolic message behind the gift is what people have in mind.’ 

Photographs taken on Wednesday showed hydraulic cranes raising the tree next to Nelson’s Column, but the tree’s ‘spindly’ appearance left many passersby underwhelmed.

Taking to Twitter, bewildered locals joked the spruce, which was felled from a Norwegian forest in November, proves Britain has offended Norway after Brexit and disagreements earlier this year about fishing rights.

One user quipped: ‘Have we gone to war with Norway?’

Another wrote: ‘We’re in for a terrible Christmas this year, this tree has predicted it.’

While a third commented: ‘Nothing says global Britain like a half dead tree!’

And a fourth penned: ‘Good grief, has it got a hangover?’

A fifth person joked the Norwegian spruce looked like the magnificent tree from How the Grinch Stole Christmas – after it was burned to a crisp by the festive-hating Grinch.

Every year, the Christmas tree (pictured in 2020) it is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of energy-efficient lights

Every year, the Christmas tree (pictured in 2020) it is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of energy-efficient lights

Photographs taken on Wednesday showed cranes putting the tree up in Trafalgar Square next to Nelson's Column, but the tree's 'spindly' appearance left many passersby underwhelmed

Photographs taken on Wednesday showed cranes putting the tree up in Trafalgar Square next to Nelson’s Column, but the tree’s ‘spindly’ appearance left many passersby underwhelmed

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Bewildered locals joked the spruce, which was felled in November, proves Britain must have offended Norway after Brexit and disagreements earlier this year about fishing rights

Bewildered locals joked the spruce, which was felled in November, proves Britain must have offended Norway after Brexit and disagreements earlier this year about fishing rights

And another person said: ‘Norway has not taken the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær well’, implying the sparse tree is punishment for the Norwegian football manager’s departure from Manchester United.

Some asked if Norway had simply sent last year’s Christmas tree again, while others agreed it looked ‘pathetic’ compared to its predecessors.

But some Twitter users defended the tree’s appearance, arguing it is a ‘fine looking tree’ and insisting that it will look even better once it is lit up.

The tree has been a sign of Christmas in Trafalgar Square every year since 1947, as it is gifted to London by the people of Oslo as a token of gratitude for British support for Norway during the Second World War.

Every year, the spruce is felled in a PEFC certified forest at the end of November before transported via ship and lorry to take pride of place in the capital – with this year marking the 74th year of the beloved tradition.

The tree is put up using a hydraulic crane every year before it is decorated in traditional Norwegian fashion, with vertical strings of energy-efficient lights. 

Onlookers gathered on Thursday evening at the base of the tree for the lighting ceremony attended by Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Mayor of Oslo 

The ceremony returned this year after international travel restrictions and a Tier 2 lockdown in London meant last year’s event had to be shifted online

Crowds will gather at the base of the tree for a lighting ceremony on Thursday at 6pm. Pictured: Workers put the finishing touches to the Tree ahead of the lighting ceremony

Crowds will gather at the base of the tree for a lighting ceremony on Thursday at 6pm. Pictured: Workers put the finishing touches to the Tree ahead of the lighting ceremony

For the first time ever, Trafalgar Square will also host a ticketed New Year event this year after London’s New Year fireworks display was scrapped due to Covid uncertainty. 

Trafalgar Square will be the setting for a ticketed celebration event, including live music, stage performers, food stalls and a large screen showing the live broadcast.

Tickets to the event on New Year’s Eve, which is subject to licensing application approval, will be awarded to applicants through a lottery, or ballot, system.

There will also be a broadcast shown live exclusively on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, celebrating the capital and highlight the defining moments of 2021.

The programme will include a special live choir, and look ahead to the best of 2022 – including London hosting the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 amongst other highlights. 

The uncertainty caused by the pandemic, particularly around mass gatherings, has meant that London’s usual fireworks event was cancelled.

Sadiq Khan said: ‘This year, as well as a brand-new celebration event in Trafalgar Square, we can look forward to a live broadcast spectacular which will showcase our magnificent city on BBC One.

‘London is simply magical during these winter months and after all we have endured as a city we have every reason to celebrate as we look ahead to the new year.’

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These things tend to happen when you let crooks run your government

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This appeared yesterday as part of the propaganda drive to sell a new variant to be scared about in the hope of herding a public generally sick of the whole thing to queue up for the so-called “booster”, which in essence means a third dose of the experimental jab masquerading as a vaccine with the worst safety and efficacy record in history.

One wonders how many people have to be maimed or killed by the experimental jabs before the deadbeats running HMG cease and desist with their attack on the nation. Unfortunately one gets the impression the number targeted for eugenicide is high.

Personally I’d rather take my chances with Omicron – if I’m not actually, like millions of others, already immune. And indeed if it even exists at all! I’m giving its actual existence as a “thing” and not just smoke and mirrors the benefit of the doubt for the sake of argument.

In keeping with the known pattern by which viruses routinely mutate in the direction of being more infectious but less severe, the latest variant to be trotted out seems even milder than its predecessors, which were nothing to be alarmed about for the vast majority of us.

It is also as treatable as its predecessors with Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine and so forth.

The Mail headline (pictured right) raises some interesting questions, some of which were first raised by my son Liam.

1. If it’s so new – why does that graph stem back to July?

2. Why when ever there’s a “new variant” and even when “Covid” first came to the country – do the cases never seem to break out in one location?

Surely you would see a cluster as it spreads from person to person. Like: Mr Smith got it, then his brother, then his brother’s colleague, and you’d see an actual outbreak from where it starts and clusters as people infect those close to them.

But, noticeably, it’s never like that. It’s always “there’s a case in Nottingham, then Essex, then Scotland, then Cornwall.”

How does it skip about the country and appear in random places but not in the contacts of the original cases?

3.  It says, ” the majority of the 75 cases were in the fully vaxed”. Which of course is an admission that the so-called vaccines don’t do the job we were promised they would do and are hardly worth the risk of the deaths and adverse reactions associated with them: the experimental jabs are evidently now killing more people than the very treatable bug they are failing to protect us from.

Indeed, as predicted by many experts, the jabs seem to be causing more severe Covid-like symptoms, which the government is making an underhand yet transparent effort to blame on the “new scary variant”.

4.  By “fully vaccinated”, I assume that means the three jabs.

How many jabs had the other cases had? One? Two? Were there any cases that had not been jabbed?

5.  Omicron is called in the article a “super” variant. What the hell does that mean? In what way is it “super” and not just a variant, which is routine for viruses or is this just journalistic – or propaganda – hype? The choice of words, especially emotional trigger words (“threat”, “deaths”, “cases”, “hospitalisation”etc) is always worth keep an eye on.

Weren’t the Indian, Delta, Kent etc variants similarly hyped up? And what happened to them. Have they quit because they can’t get enough media attention?

6.  How severe were the cases mentioned in the article? Were the “cases” “diagnosed” on the basis of the PCR test, the continued use of which is a criminal fraud on the part of those responsible? Apparently the answer to that is “yes”, which makes the figures touted completely unreliable.

7.  What about deaths? Not many according to the article, even using the government’s notoriously inflated figures and its well-known tricks for blaming deaths on “Covid”.

8. And we have the “hospitalisations” stat which creates an image of people being rushed to hospital “suffering from Omicron”.  But that figure includes many, if not all, “cases” who were already in hospital being treated for something else, were given a dodgy PCR test and got a “positive” and were at that point counted as a Covid admission as the stat fiddling and falsification rolls on.

9.  That they are still using the PCR test to diagnose cases when it is known full well the test cannot be used as a diagnostic tool, beggars belief.

That fraud, too, rolls on.

These things tend to happen when you let crooks run your government.

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