Young woman asked about kissing British sailor before alleged sex assault

first_imgHALIFAX – A defence lawyer questioned a young Halifax woman Tuesday about her decision to sleep in a room with four British sailors in the barracks of a military base, and a kiss she gave one of the men.The complainant confirmed under cross examination by defence lawyer Ian Hutchison that she felt fearful at 12 Wing Shearwater near Halifax on April 9, 2015, after she lost her friend when they returned to the barracks from a beer run.She reiterated that despite feeling uncomfortable staying the night, she did not leave the barracks because she did not want to abandon her friend there.The young woman has testified in Nova Scotia Supreme Court that she decided to sleep in the room with four men next to a sailor because she had been hanging out there earlier, and it was the only room that was familiar to her.She has told the court she gave the sailor sleeping next to her a goodnight kiss, as if to say “thank you” for letting her sleep there, and when she awoke at least three men were performing sex acts on her.Hutchison appeared to suggest Tuesday that she could have slept in the hallway of the barracks, the lobby, or on the floor of barracks room rather than in the bed.“There was nothing stopping to you from sleeping in the hallway?” the lawyer asked.The complainant responded: “There’s 22 men who could attack me in the hallway,” likely referring to the number of men on the Royal Navy hockey team, who were in the Halifax area for a tournament.As the lawyer persisted with this line of questioning, the complainant became emotional.“You’re not going to feel safe no matter what you do. You’re surrounded by a group of men. You’re terrified. You’re doing everything you can to make the best of an absolutely crappy situation,” said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.“There’s dudes no matter where you go. There is not going to be anyone you know no matter where you go… If you’re in a barrack room with four men, stupid me thought I had some sense of security.”“I thought if I was going get raped it would be by one guy.”Darren Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people at 12 Wing Shearwater. The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Hutchison also quizzed the woman about the kiss she gave the man in bed next to her, and suggested it was in fact “more than just a goodnight kiss.”“I would obviously disagree,” she said.“As an adult and a woman and someone who understands consent, (I am) fully capable of knowing if I did or did not have any intention that night of doing any further than kissing the man… I do know that my intention was not for anything more than that.”The complainant faced a flurry of questions covering an array of grounds, as she took the stand for a fifth day.Hutchison asked about her testimony that she had lost consciousness during the alleged sexual assault. She confirmed she does not have a history of losing consciousness, and confirmed she has consumed more alcohol than she did on night in question and was still coherent.The complainant was also asked bluntly if the sex acts she has testified about were taking place consensually.“No,” she replied sternly.The complainant finished her testimony. The trial resumes Wednesday morning with more Crown witnesses.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped, while charges against another man were stayed earlier in the trial because of illness.last_img read more

Publisher Buys 500 Domains Launches Aggregate Network

first_imgLOUD3R, a network of 25 Web sites that aggregate enthusiast online content, has launched with an ambitious plan to roll out at least 10 new sites a month until all 500 of the domains it owns are live. “In some ways, these guys are inheriting the magazine advertising model online,” a spokesman for the company told FOLIO:. “They are in an excellent position to serve high-CPM, targeted ads since the visitors to the sites are already interested in the topic at hand.” The network is based on an internally-built semantic publishing platform similar to that of Inform Technologies, which is used by publishers including Conde Nast, Washington Post, IDG and FOLIO:. Each site is launched “with minimal cost and manpower,” according to the company—editors assemble a source list of Web sites related to a topic, ranging from motorcycles (FAST3R) to wine (DECANT3R) to venture capital (FOUND3R) to soccer (STRIK3R), along with a glossary of terms that the engine “learns” and uses to seek out related online content online. The system also learns to weed out spam and fake or repeated Web sites and blogs. LOUD3R’s revenue strategy includes selling ads—through a network the company refused to disclose at this time—as well as data services. For example, LOUD3R could track all content related to a particular company and either sell it as a feed of data for the company to publish or as a white-label, standalone site. The company currently operates with four full-time employees and three part-time editors.last_img read more

Beauty trends to rule in 2019

first_imgGlittery lids, virgin brows and bronzer are in this year, say experts. Here is a list of some of the beauty trends that you can follow: Glitter means instant glam-up. However, you don’t need to swim in it. A little is perfect. Take a very tiny amount of gold or silver and lightly dust it on the inner corner of your eyes. A hint of glitter peeping from the inner corner of your eyelids is perfect to lend that unmistakable spark to your look. In case you want to get into the diva mood, cover your lids with chunky gold glitter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInstead of applying an overall eyeshadow, go for fading traces of colour on both upper and lower lids. Use different but complementing colours for upper and lower lids. Finish off with a liner and mascara and you are done. It’s time to ‘unfollow’ the perfectly shaped eyebrows and follow real and raw brows. While tweezers are kept aside, the eyebrows are groomed with the help of eyebrow brush. If the idea of bushy brows is too daunting for you, then you can shape your brows in a natural arch, instead of a total clean up. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile bronzer makes its way back, heavy contouring is shown the exit door. Skip framing the face to perfection. Instead, take a large fluffy brush, and put the bronzer along the temple, cheekbones and jawline. And you are done. Keep the skin clean and luminous with a high-definition foundation. Last year was the year of the hot red shade. This year will be all about subtle and dark tones of brown matte and gloss. Be it eyes, lips or cheeks highlighting, brown would be seen everywhere. Even the hair colour in brown would be more viral. This year again, the winged eyeliner will be in trend. Smokey eyes are gorgeous as ever, but can be too bold for some. As bridal make-up moves into its understated glam phase, it is time to welcome the blurred eyeliner. With the flexibility of playing with colours and intensity that this smudged look allows, it manages to complement just about every age and style and is perfect for a bridal glam look.last_img read more

Motorist caught watching YouTube videos while driving on M6

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice caught a driver watching videos on Youtube – while driving on the M6. The motorist was stopped on the M6 in Cheshire at around 11pm last night, police said. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Driver stopped on the M6 by a Cheshire Police unmarked car after being observed watching YouTube videos whilst driving. TOR issued.” For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Homeless man defecates in police van after smashing up public telephone Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

Is this the worlds rudest air passenger

first_img Travelweek Group After 4 hours, a flight attendant finally said “Could you please put your feet down? People are walking through here.” 40 second stare down.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 Is this the world’s rudest air passenger? Share Descending. No jeans. Right before landing, he stands in the aisle, in defiance of decency & lighted seatbelt signs. He puts on his jeans. pic.twitter.com/s2pa4draEJ— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 Before boarding, he stood right at the gate 30 mins early. Wheelchairs went around him. “I can’t wait to get in there & get my pants off!”— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 TORONTO — Poor travel etiquette is not a new phenomenon, but one rather vulgar gentleman has reached new heights – or rather a new low – in terms of bad manners.During a recent flight (airline unknown), an unidentified male passenger thought it appropriate to remove his pants and lounge instead in his boxer shorts for the duration of the flight. And lucky for us who’d like nothing more than to see that disturbing visual, Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani live-tweeted the whole episode.Tweet storm. I was on a plane a couple of days ago. A guy took off his jeans & lounged around in his boxers with his feet up on the wall. pic.twitter.com/CHcsWXnlNB— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 Tuesday, January 3, 2017 He walks off the plane. No police is waiting for him. No justice. He adjusts his belt, and the monster blends into a crowd.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 5 mins go by & he thrusts one foot back up like a fist raised against an unjust sky. pic.twitter.com/HsYGAK6TO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 This guy was rude to the staff the entire time. If he didn’t get the flight attendant’s attention, he would slam his fist on the armrest.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 28, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more