Josh Homme Apologizes Again For Kicking Photographer: “I Was A Total Dick”

first_imgOn Saturday night, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age made news after he intentionally kicked the camera of Shutterstock photographer, Chelsea Lauren, causing the to hit her in the face—Lauren was hospitalized for injuries. During the performance, Homme also caused a security guard in the pit to go to the medic after kicking him in the back of the head, cut his own face with a knife, yelled “Fuck Muse” to the crowd, and called the audience “retards.”  In the day since, the incident has caused an uproar.QOTSA’s Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer, Slices Open Own Face At Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, Josh Homme issued a brief written apology via the Queens of the Stone Age Twitter. He justified his behavior because he was “lost in performance,” apologizing to Lauren and noting he would “never cause intentional harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows.” However, many fans and industry folks found the apology lacking, particularly because of its short and impersonal tone and because man viewed its opening line regarding being “lost in performance” as an excuse.Today, Josh Homme issued yet another apology, this time in the form of a video blog. In the video, Homme admits that he “was a total dick” after noting “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did.” During the apology, Homme directly apologizes to Lauren as well as to his bandmates, parents, wife, brother, and kids, explaining, “I don’t want them to ever be ashamed or embarrassed about being around me or knowing me.”On Sunday, Lauren told the press that though she initially was not considering pressing charges, she had been convinced to file a police report on Monday. Homme’s tone is reflective, closing the video with, “I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff,” before addressing Lauren for a final time, “I understand you have to do whatever you have to do.”— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 11, 2017last_img read more

Police trainees treated to annual Christmas luncheon

first_imgSenior ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Friday hosted their Annual Trainees’ Christmas Luncheon at the Police Officers’ Mess Annex to celebrate with almost 400 recruits.Loud cheering and applause filled the Annex as participants enjoyed the entertainment-packed programme which was in keeping with the spirit of the Christmas season. Attendees enjoyed performances in various forms of song, dance, skit and poetry.A section of the recruits at the Annual Trainees’ Christmas LuncheonRecruits were served and catered to by senior ranks of the force with various options of tantalising foods, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. The faces of the recruits lit up with bright smiles as they were being served by senior ranks and top officials of the Police Force.Force Training Officer Clifton Hicken, speaking at the luncheon, stated that the senior ranks of the force are committed to pampering new recruits annually in the form of a luncheon. He said that it is a form of welcoming them to the profession whilst also fostering an environment where trainees are able to feel at home. Hicken along with other senior ranks toasted to the batch of recruits.A top rank of the Police Force serving recruits at the luncheon“We recognise over the years that the Commissioner and his senior administrative team are bent on ensuring that recruits are treated to a Christmas luncheon, having them feel home away from home, creating a new family. It is important too to understand that they’re sparing no efforts to ensure this reality becomes a success”.Deputy Commissioner Nigel Hoppie, during his speech, also reiterated the sentiments expressed by Hicken on the importance of this “age-old” tradition.At the event, incentives were also awarded to in excess of 30 ranks of the force attached to the kitchen for their outstanding contributions.Among top officials serving the recruits at the luncheon on Friday were Assistant Commissioner of Police Maxine Graham, Superintendent Commandant Stephen, Regional and Branch Commanders, as well as Heads of various administrative departments within the Police Force.last_img read more

Report reveals skilled migrants benefit Australias economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new report has confirmed that skilled migration to Australia is of benefit to the country’s wealth, calling into question the debate about whether there is a need to cut immigration from the current 190,000 annual cap.Released on Tuesday, the research was conducted by the Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs.Citing estimates by the International Monetary Fund, the report revealed that the migration program will add up to one per cent of the country’s annual average GDP over five years from 2020 to 2025. The reason for this is that migrants’ participation in the workforce helps to limit the economic impact of an ageing population, which Australia is experiencing.“Migrants deliver an economic dividend for Australia due to current policy settings which favour migrants of working age who have skills to contribute to the economy,” the report states.The contribution of skilled migrants to tax revenue was found to generally exceed any claims in government support.In fact the report warned against reducing immigration; if the numbers are not at the very least maintained, it will result in significantly lower economic growth.“In the absence of migration, Australia’s workforce would begin shrinking in absolute terms by 2020,” said the report.The report did reveal however that while migration has its benefits, if the population grows at an excessive rate that it could put pressure on infrastructure and housing, which needs to be addressed.last_img read more