first_imgAPTN National NewsAn editorial published in a small Winnipeg newspaper, sparked all kinds of controversy over the weekend.The article slammed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, called out First Nations leaders and called First Nation sovereignty a “legal fiction.”APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

“You placed your trust in me as the President of the SLFP. The people placed their trust in me as the common candidate at the Presidential Election in 2015. I did not take the chairmanship of the SLFP by force. The central committee of the party invited me. In the last two years, I succeeded in gradually transforming it to a pure democratic party and I thank the senior leaders who extended support to me in this endeavor,” he said. The President also said that an intelligent, knowledgeable, able, creative and skilled workforce is needed to develop a country.The Government has declared as a policy to introduce 84 days of maternity leave which is currently given to public servants should also be extended to the private sector as well as female shop employees, the President said. (Colombo Gazette) He said that as the trade union leaders pointed out the working class received many benefits and privileges during the last two years and added that the SLFP is a political party that always listen to the genuine demands of the workers as a party that represents the working class of the this country. “The SLFP policy is to strengthen indigenous producers, workers, peasants, fishermen and other sections of the working class,” he said.Emphasizing on the need for communal amity and harmony, President Sirisena said “We cannot build a peaceful country by suppressing other communities.If somebody thinks about his own community, forgetting the other communities, this country cannot be built as a prosperous and peaceful country. How much of our unique Sri Lankan feeling was beautifully displayed in the 1940s when we fought for independence? Our Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim leaders fought against the British rule and won the freedom with unity with each other. But after that they separated for power”. President Maithripala Sirisena said the largely attended and successful Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally in Kandy is a boost to the victorious forward march of the SLFP-led leftist progressive forces in the country.He vowed to transform the SLFP into a pure, corrupt-free, progressive and democratic political force. He pointed out that in the past the SLFP was burdened with corruption and malpractices. read more

first_imgPatients who phone 999 are being offered a video call assessment rather than an ambulance.Video consultations using smartphone apps like Skype and FaceTime are being tested out in different areas of England for patients suffering from non-life-threatening conditions, such as falls or back pain.The calls connect the patient with paramedics and nurses who assess their condition remotely, but there have been warnings that such video consultations can be unreliable. Details of scheme were revealed by a former call handler at South Central Ambulance Service.The former 999 worker told the Daily Mail other controversial policies included refusing ambulances to those whose lives are not thought to be in immediate danger and preventing call handlers from giving medical advice to heart attack victims because of a shortage of time.A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said they and other trusts were trialling the video consultations, and that they gave “the clinician more information when they are assessing the patient”.The authority, which covers four regions in southern England, said the move could help offset the difficulties posed by diagnosing a patient over the phone without being able to see them.The trial began at nursing homes with frequent callers for the ambulance service.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However the interim chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, Dr Richard Vautrey, said doctors had to “err on the side of caution” with video consultations because they do not allow for a proper physical examination. Ambulance services are coming under mounting pressure, with NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh saying there is a culture of “hitting the target but missing the point”. The Telegraph reported last week that victims of heart attacks and strokes could have to wait 40 minutes for an ambulance under new NHS targets.Changes to the system mean around four million calls that are currently categorised as “life-threatening” will not receive the most urgent response, as part of reforms officials say will actually mean care arrives quicker.last_img read more

first_imgEVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.3.75 billion The amount in euros raised by selling Irish bonds this week with investors snapping up the offerings as Ireland dipped into the bond market for the first time since the bailout exit last month.49,304 – The number of mortgages which have been restructured so far after agreements were reached between financial institutions and homeowners.20,000 – The approximate number of people who applied for jobs in An Garda Síochána for just 300 positions. It was the first recruitment drive since 2009.1,058  – The number of people who have been shortlisted to become the first humans to travel to Mars. Astrophysicist Dr Joseph Roche is the only Irish person to make the list.374 – The number of patients stuck on trolleys in hospitals on Wednesday of this week – the highest figure in almost a year.80 – The percentage of people killed on Ireland’s roads last year who were men according to figures from the Road Safety Authority.49 – The percentage of black men in the United States who have been arrested by the age of 23, according to a major new study into racial divides in the criminal justice system.28 – The number of councillors who have now left the Labour Party over its role in government after two more left this week.5 – The number of Irish people who made the Forbes lists of 30 under 30, including golfer Rory McIlroy, One Direction’s Niall Horan, and entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison.3 – The number of judges appointed to the High Court this week by President Michael D Higgins.1 – The number of people who have died of avian flu in North America. Canadian authorities confirmed the death this week.1 – Michael Noonan’s ranking as a Minister for Finance out of all of Europe, according to the Financial Times. Noonan got the accolade for his “extraordinary progress” since 2011.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

first_img Short URL Friday 17 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Image: Google Maps Man in his 20s found dead after hit and run The man was found on the side of the Rathmolyon to Summerhill road. A stretch of the Rathmoylon to Summerhill road. GARDAÍ IN TRIM are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that left a man dead.The incident occurred on the Rathmolyon to Summerhill road yesterday evening.A male pedestrian in his 20s was found at around 8.50pm with fatal injuries at the side of the road after being struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. The driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene.This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigations and local diversions are in place.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, anyone with information or to anyone who travelled this road between 8.30pm and 9pm yesterday evening to contact Trim Garda Station on 046-9481540, the Garda Confidential telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. By Paul Hosford 38,390 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email3 A stretch of the Rathmoylon to Summerhill road. Image: Google Maps last_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Riverdale is officially back on track. It floundered for a while as it figured out what to do after bringing the Black Hood mystery to an underwhelming end last December, but that’s all over. Things in town may have taken a while to spin up, but now they’re completely out of control and I’m loving every minute of it. Last night’s episode was what I come to Riverdale for. It combined classic noir elements with teen drama tropes and legendarily bad decision-making. It was tense, shocking and just a little gross. It’s the Riverdale we’ve been waiting for since the show returned from its brief winter break.Not even one minute in, things in Riverdale are all kinds of messed up. Betty has the reaction most of us would if we came home and saw our mother cleaning a dead body all over the floor. Her first instinct is to call the police, but Alice convinces her not to. If the police come, they’ll take Chic away, and she’s not losing another kid. Knowing that her dad is on his way to pick up some toiletries, she helps her mother clean up the body just before her dad gets home. In any other teen drama, this would be the kids hiding evidence of a party. In Riverdale, covering up a murder is a family affair. This is why I love this show. They dump the body and wipe down everything, but bleaching gore off the floor isn’t something you just shrug off. The next morning, she can’t even make herself a bowl of cereal without picturing the body. Those scars aren’t going away anytime soon. It’s already putting a strain on Betty and Jughead’s relationship. Jughead calls to tell her he loves her, and she hangs up on him. And this isn’t the type of trouble you tell your high school boyfriend.Lili Reinhart as Betty (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Jughead has some troubles of his own though, so he’s not too hung up on it. He sent the head of Colonel Pickens to the Lodges as a message. He’s also figured out exactly what’s going on with the land on the south side suddenly disappearing. He accuses the mayor of accepting bribes in exchange for clearing land the Lodges want to buy which, you know, is exactly what’s happening. The pressure makes the Lodges move up their timetable, driving a wedge between them and Mayor McCoy. Because you know, announcing something with a terrible name like SoDale before the election could affect how people vote. (Although, who’s running against her? If her job were really in danger, you’d think we’d see a yard sign or something.) Veronica gets the mayor to cooperate by telling her the Lodges to know about her affair with Sheriff Keller. It doesn’t matter how concerned she sounds, that’s still a threat. It’s enough to make the Mayor resign. Maybe Veronica isn’t as different from her father as we’d like to believe.Meanwhile, Betty’s really not handling the whole dead body thing very well. She starts throwing up at the mere mention of a corpse. That makes things especially awkward, since they seem to be popping up in Riverdale more frequently. She decides to go make sure the body she dumped is still hidden, and she finds his phone still on and receiving calls. Man, unplugged all night and the battery still has juice? What kind of phone is that? I could use one. It turns out the guy they killed was Chic’s drug dealer. She confronts Chic about it, but he’s already got Alice wrapped around his finger. All it takes is a few tears and Betty’s the one in trouble. Teen relationship drama, murder cover-ups AND the worst parents on the planet? This is the Riverdale we know and love.Cole Spouse as Jughead and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As everything spirals out of control, she actually tells Jughead the truth about what’s been going on. To his credit, Jughead doesn’t freak out at all. He even helps her hotwire the dealer’s car so they can dump it in the river. I guess the couple that commits felonies together stays together. Jughead even enlists his dad to lend a helping hand. Remember, he’s the one that dumped Jason Blossom’s body in the river last season. So he’s an expert in what not to do. He covers the body with sodium hydroxide, which will dissolve the body, leaving nothing behind. Meanwhile, Chic is engaged in the completely normal activity of cutting Betty’s dad out of family pictures. This episode really cranked the f’ed up factor, huh?Archie’s still the dumbest rock, but his story finally puts an end to the FBI agent storyline. It felt so tacked on, so out of place with everything else that was going on. It turns out there was a reason for that. Completely suckered in by Hiram Lodge, he gives the FBI agent obvious misinformation. He gets found out immediately, and the agent threatens to bring Archie’s dad into all this. Unless Archie plants a bug in Hiram’s office. That doesn’t happen. Instead, he tells Hiram everything. That the FBI approached him, that he didn’t tell them anything and that he destroyed the bug with a hammer. Hiram gets the FBI agents name, and promises he’ll be dealt with. Whatever that means. It turns out, all that means is Hermione calls off the “Agent.” As Archie learns, she’s the real boss of the Lodge family’s operation. There was no FBI investigation. The “agent” was working for her. Now that Archie has proved where his loyalties lie, he’s part of the family. Oh Archie, you beautiful, stupid cinnamon roll. What have you gotten yourself into now?Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)So it would appear that Riverdale is 1oo percent back on its bullshit, and I couldn’t be happier. Last night’s episode took the story to some wild new places. Places it’ll be hard to come back from, not that I really want it to. We’re still waiting to see what exactly the Chic Cooper storyline turns out to be. I get the feeling there’s still a big reveal about him the show still has up its sleeve. For now, he’s got the family compromising itself, hiding evidence to cover up a murder he committed. Meanwhile, Hal is sleeping with Cheryl’s mom, leading to some of the grossest, most uncomfortable conversations we’ve seen yet from this show. I really hope this story with Cheryl is going somewhere though. Her role lately has just been to yell at her mom for becoming a prostitute. That’s boring now. The first part of the season promised some big developments for Cheryl and Josie’s story and the show has completely abandoned that. Wherever it’s planning to take Cheryl, it better get there fast. It’s getting dull. I’m confident the show will deliver in the end, though. Last night, Riverdale got back to the bonkers, trampling pace that makes it so much fun. Whatever it’s building toward, I’m confident it’ll crash into its destination most violently. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Hands up if, like me, you can’t properly fold a roadmap.The principle seems easy: Follow the creased lines for a glove-compartment-ready stowaway.The practice, however, is difficult: Various steps must be performed in the correct order, or you end up with a crumpled mess.But roadmaps, as Leiden University pointed out, are “peanuts” compared to components space satellites fold in and out.A team of Dutch physicists—led by Martin van Hecke (Leiden University) and Corentin Coulais (University of Amsterdam)—designed a structure that folds itself up in several steps when slight pressure is exerted on the sides.“Many multistage folding processes can be found in nature,” Coulais said, citing proteins that fold themselves.“In technology, however, such steps do not occur autonomously and several motors are required,” he explained. “We wanted to see if you could make artificial materials that have an inbuilt, automatic, multistage folding process so that folding motors are no longer required.”Using a 4-inch-wide rubber construction made of rotating blocks with flexible connectors of different thicknesses, the researchers were able to force the network into a more compact structure with a bit of pressure.The harder they pushed, the tighter the construction became.The so-called “metamaterial” folds itself in a record three steps; it also boasts an inbuilt self-correction mechanism which ensures the blocks settle in the right position.“Automatic folding and self-correction are important in the space industry, for example, because a lot can go wrong, and errors cannot be tolerated,” van Hecke said in a statement. “Equally, if a medical probe gets stuck while folding up, it will be harder to remove from the body.”The simple fact of their discovery is a step forward, according to the team, which conceives of various applications beyond the space and medical fields—including soft robots and stretchable electronics.“We are trying to simulate that automatic folding process and to understand it by using far simpler structures,” van Hecke continued. “Only once we understand it at a fundamental level will it be possible to design complex structures with a practical application.”Futuristic e-skin detects wind speed, creeping ants. Jellyfish robot to monitor delicate ocean creatures. Read all about the latest science news here. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has written off the chances of his team catching up with Manchester City despite their 2-0 win.Goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ensured Chelsea’s win and ended the Cityzens 21-match unbeaten run in the league.Sarri, however, claimed that Chelsea are still behind City in the pecking order.The Italian disclosed to BelfastTelegraph: “I’m happy for the win because it’s difficult to win against Guardiola’s team. I know very well they are a step ahead now.“In a competition of 10 months, it’s very difficult to cover the gap.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“I think they are at the moment the best team in Europe. We won today, but we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes, because they could score.”Guardiola, whose side sit one point behind Liverpool, was thrilled with the way his players played, despite the result and the first loss of the campaign.The City boss said: “We’re not here to be invincibles, or to be unbeaten, we’re here to try to be champions.“It doesn’t matter. We want to have one point more than our opponents. Now, at the moment, Liverpool is better than us.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:death, dominican republic, erika, haiti, tropical storm fred TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – Islanders were grateful for the non-event that was Tropical Storm Erika which on Saturday by 10am was no more; dissipated and causing the National Hurricane Center to declare that all tropical storm warnings and watches were cancelled. The storm is believed to have killed as many as 30 people between Dominica and Haiti. The damage in Dominica major; tens of millions of dollars estimated with over 7,000 people homeless and nearly 900 homes damaged. The same storm was no match for the mountains of Hispaniola and by the time it got to Cuba, it was downgraded to a trough of low pressure with heavy rainfalls. Disaster Management in the TCI had activated systems in six inhabited islands, but on Saturday reported that there was no damage. Already though, the country is alert to the next system which has formed off of Africa; Tropical Storm Fred is moving northwest at 16mph, with maximum sustained winds at 70mph. Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haitilast_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 3, 2018 Sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual assault ordered to stand trial VISTA (KUSI) — A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy facing charges that he groped and sexually assaulted three women last year after meeting them on patrol was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on five felony counts, including forcible oral copulation.The five latest charges against 32-year-old Richard Fischer were filed six months after he was charged with sexual battery, assault and battery by an officer and false imprisonment involving 13 women.Fischer faces more than 25 years in prison if convicted of all charges. He has emphatically denied the allegations.Defense attorney Manny Medrano has said the case boils down to a “he- said-she-said” situation.After a three-day preliminary hearing, Vista Judge Daniel Goldstein ruled that enough evidence was presented for Fischer to stand trial on the five new charges.A 51-year-old businesswoman testified that Fischer first responded to a 911 call at her living facility for people with mental health issues about 6 p.m. Dec. 31, 2016. She said Fischer and his partner told her the matter had been resolved and started to leave.But Fischer came back in and said “Can I have a hug?” the woman testified.Since it was New Year’s Eve, “I didn’t see any harm,” the witness testified.She said Fischer told her she was beautiful, then left.The mother of three testified that Fischer returned in March 2017, coming into her garage which she used as an office for her business. The woman said Fischer asked to talk privately, told her that he wasn’t married and asked for another hug.“He was flirtatious,” the witness testified, saying she told Fischer the hug was not appropriate.The woman said Fischer returned sometime between March 27 and April 4 of last year as she was getting ready for bed.“He said he wanted to talk to me about something important,” she testified.The woman said she let Fischer in, and he pushed her onto her bed and forced her to perform a sex act on him.A 25-year-old woman testified that Fischer rubbed her thighs and put his hand between her legs as she sat in the back of his patrol car in shorts after a drunken driving crash into parked cars in September 2017.A 46-year-old woman testified that Fischer groped her inside a motel room, where she had gone with her daughter after an argument at home.Deputy District Attorney Annette Irving told Judge Daniel Goldstein at the end of a five-day preliminary hearing on the original charges earlier this year that Fischer “preyed” upon the alleged victims while on duty and in full uniform, mostly late at night.Fischer asked the alleged victims for hugs, touched the breasts of some, and moved the hand of one woman over his crotch while they hugged for a third time, Irving said.When the woman asked Fischer what he was doing, he said “Don’t tell anyone,” according to the prosecutor.At least 20 women have filed lawsuits against Fischer in civil court.He will be back in court on the criminal case on Oct. 25. KUSI Newsroom, October 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver of a van that plummeted from a Miami International Airport parking lot has checked out from the hospital.Fifty-nine-year-old Orlando Luna was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center, June 1, after the vehicle smashed through the parking lot’s fourth floor wall and landed on the concrete below.Luna previously told 7News that the van accelerated to a speed he could not control.The 59-year-old is now finally back home and slowly recovering after checking out, Thursday afternoon.Luna suffered a black eye, broken ribs, fractured spine and a collapsed lung following the incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Margaret “Peggy” Kane, a well-known Wilmington resident, passed away in her sleep last night.Kane, a retired public school teacher, served on the Wilmington School Committee for nearly 18 years, including as Chair from 2007 to 2016.  The Massachusetts Association of School Committees awarded Kane with its Lifetime Achievement Award in the fall, a few months after she stepped down from the School Committee in June due to health issues.“My time on the School Committee has been truly gratifying,” Kane said at the time. “I enjoyed being part of the education of Wilmington’s children.”Kane’s involvement in the Town of Wilmington was extensive. Her kindness and generosity left a lasting impact on the community and its residents.Among the highlights, Kane was a strong supporter of the Wilmington Memorial Library, serving as the President of its Friends of the Library from 2009 to 2018. She volunteered regularly at the Book Store Next Door.  She was also an active member of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, Wilmington Senior Center, several local book clubs, and other community organizations.Kane prioritized her family above all else — her late husband Dennis; her daughter Stacey, son-in-law Robert, and grandchildren Jared and Madison; daughter Catherine and granddaughter Margaret; and son Andrew and daughter-in-law Denise.Wilmington Apple will have more on Kane’s passing in the coming days.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Margaret A. “Peggy” Kane, 71In “Obituaries”BREAKING NEWS: Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Breaking News”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Broussard Named Chair, Bryson Named Vice Chair, Kane Named SecretaryIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgThe sun sets on the Polar Pioneer in Unalaska’s Broad Bay on Monday. (Photo by John Ryan, KUCB – Unalaska)What’s the prognosis for big energy projects in Alaska? Shell’s abandoned the Arctic and state lawmakers are about to duke it out over an expensive new natural gas line. We’ll dig into fossil fuel projects. Is the proposed gas line a real solution for the state’s budget crisis or CPR on a flailing economy?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Mark Meyer, commissioner, DNRKara Moriarty, President/CEO, Alaska Oil & Gas AssociationLois Epstein, petroleum engineer/Arctic program director, Wilderness SocietyParticipate:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

first_imgTwo Muslim devotees died at an ijtema ground in Moulvibazar district early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased are Motu Miah, 65, a resident of Gangkul village, and Surnam Uddin, 55, from Boro Moidan village in Barlekha upazila.Moulvibazar police station assistant sub-inspector Muhibur Rahman said the two devotees died at the ijtema ground in Jagannathpur area due to old-age complications.The three-day ijtema began at Uposhahar ijtema ground through Aam Boyan after Fazr prayers on Thursday.The ijtema is set to end today, Saturday, through Akheri Munajat.last_img read more

first_imgSteve BannonDonald Trump on Saturday thanked Steve Bannon for his “service” a day after the US president parted ways with his controversial former chief strategist and key campaign ally.A champion of the nationalist-populist agenda that carried Trump to power last November, the 63-year-old Bannon left a White House reeling from the fallout over the president’s response to a violent white supremacist rally.“I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against Crooked Hillary Clinton – it was great! Thanks,” Trump tweeted Saturday.Bannon, a hero of the so-called “alt right” whose presence in the West Wing was controversial from the start, had become the nucleus of one of several competing power centers in a chaotic White House.With Trump under fire for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence at a weekend rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president faced renewed pressure to let Bannon go.The departure, capping one of the most disastrous weeks of the chaotic young administration, is a nod to members of Trump’s government and his Republican Party grown increasingly frustrated with the anti-establishment firebrand.It remains to be seen what role the serial provocateur will continue to play from outside the White House, but Bannon himself vowed to keep pushing Trump’s right-wing agenda, as he returned to his former home at the ultra-conservative website Breitbart News.“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents-on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” Bannon said in an interview within hours of leaving the White House.last_img read more

first_imgThis handout picture taken and received on 27 July 2019 courtesy of Dominic De Sagon Asa shows the damage to the Sta Maria de Mayan Church after a pair of strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 struck the region within hours of each other, in Itbayat on Batanes island. Photo: AFPEight people were killed and dozens injured when a series of earthquakes struck islands in the far northern Philippines early Saturday, terrifying locals and sparking an urgent search of collapsed homes.The tremors hit the province of Batanes, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation’s largest Luzon island, toppling buildings and leaving deep cracks in roads.Panicked residents fled their houses and patients were wheeled from hospitals as a precaution as aftershocks rattled the scenic archipelago.Rescue crews have begun searching for any survivors trapped in pancaked structures.The biggest of the quakes — of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 — struck within hours of each other, according to the US Geological Survey.Many people were still asleep when the first tremor struck around 4:15am (2015 GMT Friday), followed just under four hours later by a second, stronger jolt.At least three aftershocks followed, putting locals on edge.People gather on a field after an earthquake struck the Batanes Province, in northern Philippines, on 27 July 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersMayor Raul de Sagon told AFP that eight people had been killed and around 60 others were hurt. The extent of their injuries was not immediately clear.Batanes is pounded every year by tropical cyclones and typhoons that blast through the Philippines and homes are built of stone to survive the annual onslaught.”We always experience typhoons so houses here are made to withstand strong winds,” he said. “But we were not prepared for earthquakes such as this.”Police sergeant Uzi Villa added that the timing of the quake meant many people were at home when the first termor struck.”We saw houses shaking. Some of the walls of the houses collapsed and fell on the victims,” he told AFP.Map locating twin earthquakes in the Philippines on Saturday. Photo: AFP”Some people died because they were sleeping soundly since it was still early,” he added.The Philippines is part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.The country’s most recent deadly quake occurred in April when at least 11 people were killed and a supermarket collapsed in a 6.3-magnitude tremor that hit a region north of the capital Manila.last_img read more

first_imgSame-sex marriage could forever be in jeopardy in Romania after the senate overwhelmingly voted to allow a referendum which could change the eastern European countries Constitution.The proposed referendum would ask Romanians whether they approved of changing the definition of unions in the Constitution. Currently, the Constitution defines unions as between the gender neutral ‘spouses’.But a petition signed by three million people wants unions defined as between ‘a man and a woman’. If the Constitution changes to say that, it would make it almost impossible to make same-sex marriage legal in Romania.On Tuesday the senate voted 107-13 in favor of the referendum, after the Lower House voted to approve the referendum at the end of last year.The Coalition for Family civil groups started the petition in 2016 and got three million Romanians to sign it.Romania’s government now has to set a date for the referendum, saying it could happen as early as 7 October.Completely immoralMany LGBTI groups are trying to fight the proposed referendum, labelling it ‘completely immoral’.Vlad Viski heads the LGBTI community group MozaiQ. He accused politicians of being ‘cowards’ for giving in to ‘conservative forces trying to marginalize the LGBT community in Romania’.‘We will recommend our followers not to cast their vote in the upcoming referendum because human rights cannot be subject to a popular vote,’ he said. GAYSTARNEWS- TwitterA petition to ban gay marriage has been signed nearly 3 million times Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Romania’s top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equalityRomanian activists call for ban on same-sex marriages in the countryRomanian rights groups challenge ‘homophobic’ marriage referendumRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Viski warned that if the Constitution changed it would ‘gravely’ affect democracy in Romania.‘It will put into question the rights of all citizens,’ Viski said.‘At the same time we will not give in to being humiliated by politicians and we will fight for our rights until the end. We urge everyone in Europe to express solidarity with the LGBT community in Romania and spread our message.’Adrian Coman and Clai HamiltonThe senate’s vote came less than two months after Romania’s Constitutional Court (RCC) rule to recognize same-sex couples.Married couple, Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton married in Belgium in 2010. They wanted to move to Coman’s native Romania because the country didn’t recognize same-sex relationships.The couple took their case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and in June it ruled European Union countries could not obstruct the freedom of EU residents by refusing to grant residence rights to their non-EU same-sex partner.But in its ruling, the Constitutional Court made it clear its decision applied only to married same-sex couples.‘We have recognized [it] in the spirit of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union,’ said RCC president, Valer Dorneanu.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) – A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with four other people on a restive southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, officials said Friday.Baker Atyani, Al-Arabiya’s TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia, has not contacted authorities since Tuesday, when he was last seen on Jolo Island while on a reporting trip, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra. The militants on Jolo are holding two Europeans and a Japanese. There are conflicting reports whether an Indian hostage has died in captivity.Atyani, a 43-year-old Jordanian based in Jakarta, Indonesia, was working for the Arabic satellite channel Middle East Broadcasting Corp. in June 2001 when he met bin Laden and his aides in Afghanistan and said they told him that the coming weeks would hold “important surprises that will target American and Israeli interests in the world.”He later moved to Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV as its Asia bureau chief.Amin expressed fear for the journalists’ safety even though Atyani was an experienced reporter.“Well, he doesn’t know what he got into this time. These gunmen are bandits and drug addicts. They can enter but it’s uncertain if they can exit,” Amin said.Abu Sayyaf militants have launched more attacks in the last four years despite U.S.-backed offensives on Jolo and neighboring islands. Authorities have failed to cut off a flow of money, food and weapons to the terrorists, the Philippine military said in a recent report.The Abu Sayyaf is a more radical offshoot of a Muslim rebellion that has been raging in the predominantly Catholic nation’s south for decades. The violence is fueled by abject poverty, corruption and proliferation of weapons. ___Associated Press writers Hrvoje Hranjski and Oliver Teves contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Also missing are two Manila-based TV crewmen, a local female guide and the driver of the journalists’ van, Freyra said.Authorities were trying to verify unconfirmed reports that Atyani may have traveled to Jolo’s mountainous jungles to seek an interview with Abu Sayyaf militants and some of their foreign hostages as part of a TV documentary on the southern Philippines, a military intelligence official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.Atyani and his crew arrived Monday in Jolo, a hotbed of militants notorious for bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.Freyra said the three men left their Jolo hostel early Tuesday and were picked up by a minivan. They failed to show up for Philippine Independence Day rites later that day despite telling officials they would cover the event.“We don’t know if he has been kidnapped. We don’t know their objective here,” Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin told the AP by phone. “He’s been declared missing for now.”A Filipino TV reporter, Ces Drilon, was planning to interview leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group on Jolo in 2008 when the group held her ransom for 10 days. Top Stories Quick workouts for men Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   last_img read more

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