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ISIS Allegedly Beheads British Hostage

Rabat – The ISIS has allegedly released a new video in which it claims that it has beheaded a British man, who had been held hostage in Syria since his abduction by the terrorist the group last year, according to Al Jazeera English.According to the same source, David Haines, 44, was killed by the ISIS following the British government’s decision to arm Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq against the Islamic State fighters.“This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State,” a masked man who appeared on the video of the alleged beheading, said according to the same source. read more

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Canada to back down from global fight against asbestos

Obviously that decision will have a negative impact on the prosperity of our regionsTHETFORD MINES, Que. — The Canadian government has tossed in the towel and will stop fighting international efforts to list asbestos as a hazardous substance, dealing a momentous blow to a once-mighty domestic industry that is now on the verge of extinction.The announcement was made Friday by Industry Minister Christian Paradis, who hails from the asbestos belt and is one of the industry’s staunchest defenders.He said the government will no longer oppose efforts to include asbestos to the UN’s Rotterdam treaty on hazardous materials.Paradis looked glum and spoke in a nearly hushed tone during the announcement.He cast the move as inevitable, given the growing opposition to the industry. Two of the parties in the Quebec legislature, including the new Parti Quebecois government, have called exports of the substance immoral given its links to cancer.[np-related /]The PQ has said it will cancel a $58-million loan, promised by the previous Liberal provincial government, that was supposed to reopen what would be the country’s last asbestos mine.Paradis blamed the PQ for the turn of events.“First off I’d like to remind you that Pauline Marois, the premier-designate of Quebec, has clearly stated her intention to forbid chrysotile exploitation in Quebec,” Paradis said in his opening remarks.“Obviously that decision will have a negative impact on the prosperity of our regions…“In the meantime hundreds of workers in our region are without jobs, are living in uncertainty and hoping the mine will reopen… Madame Marois has clearly made her decision. So our government has made a decision that it’s now time to look after our communities, workers and families.”Paradis promised that the Harper government would spend up to $50-million to help the region diversify its economy. He made the announcement next to the mayor of Thetford Mines.The mayor expressed disappointment in recent events and thanked the federal government for helping to make the best of a bad situation.Defenders of asbestos say the substance, especially the chrysotile form mined in Quebec, can be safe if handled and stored properly. The industry’s critics say they doubt that the mainly poor countries that still use the substance as a building material can offer such safety guarantees.The Canadian Press read more

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Air Canada CEO hopes Trumps vow to cut taxes will spur similar

Air Canada CEO hopes Trump’s vow to cut taxes will spur similar change here Air Canada CEO Cavin Rovinescu speaks to the media after unveiling the airline’s new uniforms in front of new lettering on one of the company’s planes in Montreal, Thursday, Feb.9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz MONTREAL – The CEO of Air Canada said he hopes President Donald Trump’s promise Thursday to U.S. airline executives to cut taxes will spur similar action on this side of the border.Calin Rovinescu said such a move might prompt Canada to cut various fees, charges and taxes that represent about 43 per cent of the average ticket price.“We certainly hope that as other countries become more competitive, Canada will do likewise,” he said in Montreal after the airline, Canada’s largest, unveiled a new look for its planes and uniforms for its employees.Trump promised airline executives at the White House that he would lower their corporate tax burden and roll back regulations. He also said he supports privatizing America’s air traffic control system.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has long complained about the costs of flying in Canada that it says has prompted millions of passengers annually to catch flights from nearby American airports.A proposal under review by the federal government to privatize Canadian airports would end up costing passengers more, Rovinescu said, adding that he believes new owners would raise fees to earn a rate of return. Critics, however, say airport privatization may actually bring down those fees as it would encourage greater competition.A spokesman for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government wants to make the most of growing air travel, tourism and business opportunities between Canada and the rest of the world.“We will achieve this by supporting greater choice, better service, lower costs, and new rights for middle-class Canadian travellers,” Marc Roy said in an email.Rovinescu also said he thinks Canada could ultimately benefit if a ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries is reinstated by U.S. courts.“Canada becomes a destination that is very welcoming both in terms of tourists and immigrants, so we will see, I would think, some potential benefits flowing back to Canada from that.”WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky expressed a similar view earlier this week, saying uncertainty surrounding new U.S. border policies could present a silver lining by increasing foreign tourist interest in Canada.Rovinescu said a “small number of passengers” were displaced when Trump signed an executive order implementing the travel ban, but later reached their destinations after it was lifted.“We’re certainly hopeful we’re not going to have further operational issues.”The ban on travel prompted a large decline in international travellers searching online for flights to the U.S., especially from people in the banned countries, said Patrick Surry of Hopper, a mobile application that uses data to predict and analyze airfares.Global searches for U.S. flights dropped 17 per cent in the week following the ban and 33 per cent from Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Sudan, compared to the final three weeks of Barack Obama’s presidency. No data was available for Yemen.Canadian searches to the U.S. were down about four per cent, said Surry.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Egypts transitional government to end next spring Foreign Minister says in UN

Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. In July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the Egyptian military deposing Mr. Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.In his address to the General Assembly’s high-level debate today, Nabil Fahmy said the road map his Government has been implementing since July includes a national agenda to build the institutions of a democratic State within a specific timeframe.“All Egyptians are invited to participate in all phases of the political process, as long as they are committed to the renunciation of violence and terrorism, and of acts of incitement to them,” he said. “Work is underway, in line with the road map, on several tracks. It has so far succeeded in establishing the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy, as a basis for governance. “This will be followed by parliamentary elections, then presidential elections, so that the transitional phase ends by next spring.”The events of July, Mr. Fahmy noted, “showed the world that the will of the people cannot be broken… That it can grant authority, just as it can remove it from the hands of those who abuse it.”He reiterated his Government’s determination to fully implement the road map. “This requires us to give utmost priority to the preservation of security and the enforcement of the law, and to counter any intimidation attempts aiming at hindering our efforts.” Recent “hideous” acts of terrorism in Egypt, he stated, were aimed at undermining the democratic process and destroying the economy.“I have full confidence that the brave Egyptian people, who succeeded in imposing their will, can put an end to terrorism, within the framework of the rule of law. I trust that the international community, which has for long rejected terrorism, will firmly stand by the Egyptian people in the fight against violence and its advocates, and will not accept any attempt to justify it, or tolerate it.” read more

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You look amazing How Harry and Meghan spent the royal wedding in

It had a gospel choir, tens of thousands of cheering strangers lining the streets and the most charismatic sermon a Royal wedding has ever seen. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who from this day forth will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, spend their wedding day focused only on one another, swapping whispered compliments as the congregation watched from afar. In the midst of all that noise, though, only two people mattered. The besotted couple, who married before God, the Queen and Ms Markle’s mother in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, beamed… Prince Harry told his bride she looked “amazing”, “cute” and had left him “totally stunned”, before Ms Markle admitted she was “just so emotional”. 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. read more

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As anticipated the obligatory pic of Chris Hadfield supping a Guinness has

first_img[Image: Jason Clarke] EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE ASTRONAUT, Chris Hadfield, is in Dublin at the moment as part of his new mission as an Irish ‘tourism ambassador’;  tourism bosses have signed the Canadian up for a five-day whistle-stop tour of of some of the island’s major sights and attractions, with one eye on his worldwide fanbase and million-plus Twitter followers.And while TheJournal.ie predicted this morning that it wouldn’t be long before a picture of the space hero knocking back a pint of the black stuff landed in the nation’s newsrooms — we have to admit, it happened a little sooner than expected (he hasn’t even made it to the Guinness Storehouse yet).While he’d probably have much preferred a nice glass of Tang*, in all likelihood the Guinness-related photo-op is an implicit part of the deal if you happen to sign up as the figurehead of an Irish tourism marketing campaign.Colonel Hadfield and his wife are still due a visit to St James’s Gate — while tomorrow he’ll be signing his book at the RDS, before paying a visit to the Young Scientist Exhibition at the Dublin 4 venue.The Hadfields will be heading north after their Dublin sojourn, visiting Armagh and the Glens of Antrim, and well as Titanic Belfast. In Donegal, they’ll be stopping off at the Inishowen Peninsula.This afternoon, he was at the Mansion House in Dublin, where, before entertained Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and guests with a song on the guitar — Hadfield also took some time out to pose with a ceremonial sword and make a Dublin fire officer look very nervous…last_img read more

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Man arrested and four pistols seized after gardaí stop car in Monaghan

first_img File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4786474 Short URL 15,939 Views Aug 28th 2019, 6:28 PM center_img By Órla Ryan Man arrested and four pistols seized after gardaí stop car in Monaghan Gardaí carried out a roadside drugs test on the man. Share8 Tweet Email A MAN IN his 30s was arrested and four pistols seized after gardaí stopped a car in Co Monaghan today.The car was stopped by gardaí from the Roads Policing Unit in Carrickmacross while they were carrying out speed checks on the N2 near Lisanisk this afternoon.Gardaí carried out a roadside drugs test on the driver. In a follow-up search of the car, four pistols with ammunition were sized.The driver of the car was arrested and is currently being detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.Investigations are ongoing. 3 Comments Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 6:28 PMlast_img read more

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Des tortues siamoises exposées à Kiev

first_imgDes tortues siamoises exposées à KievDes tortues siamoises à deux têtes et six pattes venant des steppes sont actuellement exposées et ce, pendant deux mois, au musée des sciences naturelles de Kiev en Ukraine. Les visiteurs pourront ainsi observer le reptile dont la survie semble tenir du miracle. C’est une créature plutôt surprenante qu’a présentée le musée des sciences naturelles de Kiev en Ukraine : deux tortues siamoises de cinq ans avec une carapace unique en forme de cœur et large d’une douzaine de centimètres, d’après les observations d’un journaliste de l’AFP. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ce n’est pas vraiment une tortue à deux têtes au sens strict du terme, mais plutôt deux tortues siamoises”, a expliqué à l’AFP Iouri Jouravliov, un zoologue de la société Ekzoland, qui a organisé l’exposition de l’étrange animal. “Cette femelle a deux têtes, deux coeurs, quatre pattes avant, mais deux arrière et un seul intestin”, a-t-il précisé avant d’ajouter que “les animaux avec ce genre de pathologie naissent rarement, ils ne survivent pas dans les conditions naturelles”. D’après les informations révélées, il s’agit de tortues des steppes, une espèce répandue en Asie centrale mais ce spécimen vivait depuis sa naissance avec un Ukrainien. Par ailleurs, si les deux têtes semblent tout à fait similaires, elles sont loin d’avoir le même caractère et ont même des goûts alimentaires très différents. Celle à gauche, dominante et plus active, “préfère la nourriture verte, l’autre, des produits aux couleurs plus chaudes : carottes, fleurs de pissenlit”, a décrit le zoologue cité par 7sur7.be. Le 25 février 2012 à 13:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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UDP Leader Darboe 18 others jailed for 3 years

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe High court in Banjul on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 presided over by justice Eunice Dada of the criminal division of the high court, found 19 members of the United Democratic Party (UDP) including the party leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, guilty of six counts charges and accordingly sentenced them to a term of 3 years imprisonment without hard labour.The sixth accused person Yaya Bah, the driver of Momodou Sanneh was discharged while the 3rd count against all the accused persons was struck out after the prosecution failed to prove it beyond reasonable doubt.In court, the DPP appeared for the state while the accused persons were not represented.Justice Dada reminded the court that the charges against the accused persons are seven which are unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with vehicles, holding procession without permit, disobedience to lawful order and conspiracy.She said during the trial, the defendants have applied for bail but it was turned down due to security concerns. She said the defence team led by Counsel Antouman Gaye applied for ‘denovo’ seeking for the restart of hearing following the transfer of the case to her but it was overruled.She said the defence also applied for a ‘stay of proceedings’ as certain counts were taken to the Supreme Court for interpretation but that application was refused. She added that lawyer Gaye complained of denial by security officers of having private discussion with their clients after the court itself had granted such stand down. She explained that upon resumption in court, Mr. Gaye said “in view of the fact that the accused persons are persistently denied their constitutional right we have nothing to do here,” and he led the entire team members marching out of court.She said in proving their case, the State has called 11 witnesses who all testified in the trial including the arresting officers and those who took the cautionary and voluntary statements from the accused persons while in detention.She said the State has also filed number of exhibits including the statements of the defendants and also an address filed on the 19th July, 2016. She further said PW1 upon his recall, application was granted by the court, The Point newspaper copy was tendered as exhibits where the 1st accused person was quoted saying: “If this can get Solo Sandeng what about us. We are going to hold a procession to demand for his release, dead or alive without a permit because it is our Constitutional right.”However, she confirmed that none of the witnesses were subjected to cross examination.The trial judge indicated that on the other hand, the accused persons were called upon after the closure of the prosecution’s case to enter their defence to narrate their own side but she said the first accused Ousainou Darboe responded that: “I have said our rights have been infringed so I will not participate in a trial where my right is not protected.” She said the rest of the accused persons kept mute.Justice Dada said at this juncture, the DPP applied to file a written address but the 1st accused person remained insistent that he would not be participating in the trial thus there will be no address from them.“On the 19th July, 2016, prosecution’s address was adopted where the DPP urged for their conviction.”She noted that “it is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt on whether the assembly was unlawful, the charge ‘riot’ can breach peace and whether the published banner can lead to destruction or damage of properties as stated in the charge sheet.She said she would determine the case using three conditions including whether lack of participation of the defence can affect the trial. She said it was submitted by the DPP that the silence of the accused persons could mean that they are resting their case on the prosecution.  She said her determination of the case would be based on the totality of the evidence before her.She said she would also rely on the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused persons. She quoted the first accused person’s  cautionary statement indicating that Lawyer Darboe said he has been practicing law since 1973. She said Darboe stated in his statement that he saw an article on the Voice newspaper that some youths have participated in a protest and one of the members of the UDP Solo Sandeng was killed. She said Darboe added that they conducted a peaceful demonstration demanding for his release dead or alive and that they did not apply for a permit because it is their constitutional right. She said she would rely on the totality of the evidence before the court.She noted that she would determine whether lack of permit can cause fear or trouble. She declared that the particular charge is proven by the prosecution because the marchers had no permit.On count two ‘riot’ she holds that this count stands too against the accused persons because there was obstruction and the noise challenging the government.On count three, she struck out the charge because what was established as evidence is the accused persons were demanding the release of Solo Sandeng but not inciting violence. “This count failed and it’s struck out,” she ruled.On count four, “riotously interfering with vehicles, she said it was testimonies of evidence that there was traffic jam and accordingly it stands.”On the fifth count of violating Public Order Act which is liable to punishment of 3 years imprisonment, she said “this is a law of the Gambia and it is very clear. This was proved beyond reasonable doubt,” said justice Dada.She said count six of disobedience to a lawful order is well established and proven.  She said the seventh charge which is conspiracy is also proven beyond reasonable doubt for the fact that all these accused persons confirmed in the cautionary statements that they met at the residence of the first accused person.She said Yaya Bah, the sixth accused person is acquitted because he stated in his statement that he is only a driver of Momodou Sanneh and was not present in the house during the discussion but instead was standing outside where he was arrested. She said Fanta Darboe also wrote in her statement that she is dual citizen and she visited his uncle lawyer Ousainou Darboe where she was arrested after someone pointed at her.“However, the evidence of Fanta Darboe is unbelievable. The case against Yaya Bah is struck out. Accordingly all the 19 accused persons are found guilty for all the charges except count three,” she ruled.At this juncture the trial judge pointed out that contrary to what the first accused lawyer Darboe stated, the Nigerian judges in the Gambia are not helping to promoting justice like they do in other places. She argued that the Nigerian judges have no personal infringement against any Gambian citizen.She also ruled that there will be no plea of mitigation for the convicts because she said they have choosen to keep mute during the trial.Accordingly, Mr. Ousainou Darboe, Kemeseng Jammeh, Femi Peters, Lamin Dibba, Lamin Jatta, Babucarr Camara, Fakebba Colley, Ismaila Ceesay, Momodou Fatty, Dodou Ceesay, Samba Kinteh, Mamudou Manneh, Nfamara Kuyateh, Fanta Darboe, Lamin Njie, Jukuna Suso, Momodou L.K. Sanneh, Yaya Jammeh and Masanneh Lalo Jawla were sentenced to one year for unlawful assembly, 6 months for riot, 6 months for riotous interference with vehicles, 3 years for holding procession without permit, 3 years for disobedience to lawful order to disperse and 6 months for conspiracy to commit a felony.The sentences are to run concurrently. In effect they are jailed for three years.Upon their conviction and sentence and prior to their leaving the courtroom, the accused persons together with their supporters jointly raised their voices to sing the national anthem.The other militants could be seen wailing while their loved ones were being taken away to the waiting van that was later seen in the middle of the convoy heading towards the Central prison at Mile 2 under tight security.last_img read more

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Barcelona is afraid Rabiot will leave them stranded

first_imgReports from the local media suggest that Barcelona is worried for French midfielder Adrien Rabiot pulling another Griezmann and leaving them stranded. During last summer there was a general feeling that French midfielder Adrien Rabiot had the burning desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain and play for FC Barcelona this season. The arrival of German manager Thomas Tuchel to Paris prevented the player from making a final decision and ultimately decided to stay at the club, with the alleged verbal agreement that Rabiot would try to sign for the Catalan club either during the winter transfer window or next summer. However, new reports suggest that English club Liverpool has interfered in the negotiations and the player has already started to doubt if Barcelona is really a good destination to continue his professional career. There have been reports coming from the English press that suggest Jürgen Klopp is keen on the Frenchman joining Liverpool next summer, which is something that has put the Barcelona club board uneasy because they feel like there is a new tendency of players turning their back on the club for other squads and they are scared that Rabiot pulls another Griezmann like last summer.Reports out today that #LFC have had conversations with Adrien Rabiot’s agent over a proposed move. His agent also happens to be his mother. Last October, in an interview with French radio station RMC, Rabiot said that he grew up loving Liverpool (ESPN). pic.twitter.com/XyI4D8MnCh— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) September 5, 2018With this fear very present among the club’s high command, sporting director Eric Abidal got the direct order from Josep Maria Bartomeu to stay in constant communication with the player and keep him convinced that playing for Barcelona is on his best interest. The former French player travels to Paris constantly and has a very healthy relationship to the Parisian club’s board member Maxwell, who was also a Barça player during his prime and is the link that maintains the Catalan club’s great relationship with owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The whole manner in which Antoine Griezmann conducted himself during the negotiations with FC Barcelona was taken as a direct classless act that they will hardly forget, this has brought a whole new outlook on how to conduct future transfers with any player and they also have an open book with plans B, B and D for when Plan A fails to come through. Adrien Rabiot is part of two Plan A’s the club has, the other one being Paul Pogba but a much less likely one to happen in the near future.Barcelona are confident of beating AC Milan over the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (Source: CalcioMercato) pic.twitter.com/QmWCiV8vd8David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) September 6, 2018Time is running out for Barcelona.The problem with Liverpool getting in the way of the negotiations with FC Barcelona, is that the player’s agent and his mother have already established contact with the Reds according to ESPN because Rabiot has a soft spot for the English club since he was a kid. Plus, Jürgen Klopp prefers to stay silent for the next year and hope that Rabiot doesn’t sign a contract extension with the club which would effectively set him as a free agent next summer and he could go to any club of his choosing completely free after June of 2019. Barcelona would suffer a similar fate to the one Sevilla got this summer with Real Madrid and the whole Mariano fiasco, but the transfer market is ruthless that way. Any club that starts getting cozy with any player’s negotiation, can end up losing their effort in the end because a slicker club came and took the asset from right under their nose. Barcelona has been known for messing up transfers of this nature in the past, players they think are easy to obtain and they end up losing them in the end against another club that was a faster negotiator.Barcelona? Liverpool? AC Milan?Which club will get their hands on Adrien Rabiot, if any? ? pic.twitter.com/pWcaAEaGwF— Goal (@goal) September 6, 2018Where do you think Adrien Rabiot will end up after he leaves PSG? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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The US and Mexico have reached an agreement on tariffs immigration

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 7, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:49 PM AP, KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: June 7, 2019 #BREAKING The United States and Mexico have reached a deal on tariffs and immigration, President @realDonaldTrump announces. pic.twitter.com/V8MUS19BYT— KUSI News (@KUSINews) June 8, 2019WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country “has agreed to take strong measures” to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” Trump tweeted Friday night, saying the “Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended.”He said Mexico has agreed to work to “stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border” and said those steps would “greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States.”According to a “U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration” released by the State Department late Friday, the U.S. said it will work to greatly expand a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated.Mexico has also agreed to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,” including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, especially on its southern border with Guatemala. And the U.S. said Mexico is also taking “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.”Trump’s decision marked a change in tone from earlier Friday, when his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters in Ireland before Trump took off: “Our position has not changed. The tariffs are going forward as of Monday.” Trump has often said unpredictability helps him negotiate.The 5% tax on all Mexican goods , which would increase every month up to 25% under Trump’s plan, would have had enormous economic implications for both countries. Americans bought $378 billion worth of Mexican imports last year, led by cars and auto parts. Many members of Trump’s Republican Party and business allies had urged him to reconsider — or at least postpone actually implementing the tariffs as talks continue — citing the potential harm to American consumers and manufactures.U.S. and Mexican officials met for more than 10 hours Friday during a third day of talks at the U.S. State Department trying to hash out a deal that would satisfy Trump’s demand that Mexico dramatically increase its efforts to crack down on migrants.The talks were said to be focused, in part, on attempting to reach a compromise on changes that would make it harder for migrants who pass through Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S., those monitoring the situation said. Mexico has opposed such a change but appeared open to considering a potential compromise that could include exceptions or waivers for different types of cases.The joint declaration, however makes no mention of the issue.Trump in recent months has embraced tariffs as a political tool he can use to force countries to comply with his demands — in this case on his signature issue of immigration. And he had appeared poised earlier Friday to invoke an emergency declaration that would allow him to put the tariffs into effect if that was his final decision, according to people monitoring the talks.“If negotiations continue to go well,” Trump “can turn that off at some point over the weekend,” Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, told reporters earlier in the day.Talks had gotten off to a shaky start Wednesday, as the U.S. once again pressed Mexico to step up enforcement on its southern border with Guatemala and to enter into a “safe third country agreement” overhauling its asylum system. But as talks progressed Thursday, U.S. officials began to grow more optimistic, with Short reporting Mexican “receptivity” to potential asylum changes.In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held out hope during his daily news conference that a deal could be reached before Monday’s deadline.Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, who said Thursday his country had agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to its border with Guatemala, tweeted the news late Friday that there would be no “tariff application on Monday.”“Thanks to all the people who have supported us by realizing the greatness of Mexico,” he wrote.López Obrador also tweeted. “Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the USA has been avoided,” he said, calling for a gathering to celebrate in Tijuana Saturday.Beyond Trump and several White House advisers, few in his administration had believed the tariffs were a good idea, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations. Those people had worried about the negative economic consequences for Americans and argued that tariffs — which would likely spark retaliatory taxes on U.S. exports — would also hurt the administration politically.Republicans in Congress had also warned the White House that they were ready to stand up to the president to try to block his tariffs, which they worried would spike costs to U.S. consumers, harm the economy and imperil a major pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal . The U.S. and Mexico have reached an agreement on tariffs, immigrationlast_img read more

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Police looking for information on tomato vandals

first_imgPolice are asking the public for help to figure out who has been throwing tomatoes at buildings with signs promoting President Barack Obama and distributing letters asking others to join in.Letters were left Sunday on the porches of houses in the Lincoln, Arnada and West Minnehaha neighborhoods. The letter says Obama and U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have had an unproductive approach to energy policy.A similar letter was distributed in the Hough neighborhood in March.Most recently, tomatoes were thrown Sept. 26 onto the roof of a house in the 3000 block of Columbia Street. A copy of the letter was also left on the porch.Cpl. Drue Russell, a neighborhood police officer for the Vancouver Police Department’s west precinct, sent an email to neighborhood leaders about the letter and the potential criminal charges attached to the tomato attacks.The tomato attacks could be prosecuted as third-degree harassment and malicious mischief, which can amount to a gross misdemeanor depending on the circumstances, Kapp said. The potential penalties are a year in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000 or both.Police are asking people to call 911 if they see someone throwing tomatoes at a house or distributing these letters, or if their homes were hit.last_img read more

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South Florida celebrities party for a good cause

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida celebrities were out for a good cause, Saturday night.Amigos for Kids held its most anticipated fundraiser of the summer, Miami Celebrity Domino Night, at Jungle Island in Miami.The non-profit organization, dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, continued its year-long 25th annual celebration.“Come together without any exclusivity to say that there is no excuse for child abuse,” said Amigos for Kids President and CEO Rosa Maria Plasencia, “and it is our common responsibility as citizens of Miami and citizens of the world to keep our children safe.”7’s own dapper sportscaster Donovan Campbell was in attendance, showing everyone else what it means to have fun for a good cause.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Naidu accuses Jagan of behaving without dignity

first_imgVijayawada: Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Thursday said that he had never seen a Chief Minister like YS Jagan Mohan Reddy throughout the country so far. Speaking to media persons here, he said that the Chief Minister post has some dignity which should be protected. “I worked with YS Rajasekhar Reddy and M Chenna Reddy. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us They never behaved like Jagan. But the AP Chief Minister was behaving cheaply,” he regretted. The Chief Minister was terrorising the State with his undemocratic attitude. All the political parties were opposing the government in just two months, he said. Chandrababu Naidu also said that there is nexus between Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao which was exposed with the current plans of Godavari-Srisailam Irrigation Project. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The Chief Minister who had criticised KCR in the past over irrigation projects, went back on his stand and dancing to the tunes of KCR. He wondered as to how the AP would construct the project in Telangana spending Rs 1.5 lakh crore. “The Telangana Chief Minister had sent funds to YSRCP in the recent election. Now Jagan wants to mortgage the interests of AP in favour of Telangana through the irrigation project. The future generations would not forgive him. Advertise With Us It is not YS Jagan’s personal issue. The water diversion proposal should be debated widely. Already there was a proposal to construct a lift irrigation project at Bollepalli. As per another plan, water could be shifted from Polavaram right canal through Pulichintala to Nagarjuna Sagar. But the State government was interested to work with K Chandrashekar Rao and construct a project on Telangana soil.last_img read more

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AAI forum to protest airports privatisation

first_imgMumbai: The joint forum of AAI unions and association has urged the AAI chairman to convene a meeting to discuss the concerns in detail over the handing over of six airports to Gujarat-based conglomerate Adani Group. In a letter to chairman last week, the Forum has also threatened to resort to agitation from next month by holding lunch hour demonstrations and wearing black badges to protest the move. Last year, the government had decided to privatise airports in Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati for operation, management and development through public-private partnership (PPP) model.last_img read more

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Mika Singhs Pakistan performance row Singer tells FWICE he is ready to

first_imgMika Singh in DubaiInstagramWhile All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has imposed a ban on singer Mika Singh for performing in Pakistan, the latter in a letter stated that he is ready to apologise if he has made any mistake.In a video shared by Mika on social media, vice-president of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), BN Tiwari is seen explaining the organisation’s current stand in the issue.Tiwari said that in a letter received from Mika, the singer stated that he is ready to accept whatever the federation decides, and is also willing to apologise to the entire nation if he has committed a mistake.However, Mika urged FWICE to meet him once before taking any decision or imposing any ban on him. Tiwari further said that the committee has decided not to take any step against Mika until the meeting happens. It is supposed to happen on Tuesday.However, AICWA has held a very strong stand against Mika as they have not only officially banned him, but had also staged a protest in front of his residence recently.The entire controversy started after videos of Mika performing at wedding of former Pakistan prime minister, Parvez Musharraf’s relative went viral on social media.Strong reactions came in, slamming the singer, for performing in Pakistan at a time when the neighbouring country claimed to end all cultural ties with India. His performance happened soon after India removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, following which, Pakistan decided to cut off cultural exchange with India.Hello guys, today some fake people are coming to protest in front of my house ..I request the media not to listen to these fake people from fake federations..Please listen to Mr. B.N tivari, the Vice President of #FWICE .. I‘ve received a letter and video from him. pic.twitter.com/5wEuiUEa6X— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) August 19, 2019last_img read more

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Community Called to Action

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROMayor Muriel Bowser held a press conference urging people who know any information about the murder of Maurice Scott, a 15-year-old high school student, to contact the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).“I’m here to ask for the communities assistance regarding the homicide of Maurice Scott,” said Bowser in a press conference.Community leaders such as Council member Trayon White held a peace really after Maurice Scott, 15, was murdered on the way to the convenience store on May 25. (Photos by George Kevin Jordan)“Any loss of life in the city is a tragedy, but it is particularly hard to accept when a child is murdered. “We know members of the community are critical to solving cases,” said Chief of Police Peter Newsham. ‘So today we’re asking the community to come together again regarding Maurice.”“As a community we have to say enough is enough when it comes to violence,” he added.Bowser offered a $25,000 reward for information on Scott’s death.According to a MPD press release, the approximately 10:30 a.m. shooting leading to Scott’s death, was a violent scene, that left others injured.“Upon arrival, members located an unconscious juvenile male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital. After all lifesaving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. A short time later, two adult females and a juvenile female walked into a local hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. They are all being treated for non-life threatening injuries.”According to D.C. Witness, there have been 67 homicides in the District this year.  This time last year, there had been 62 deaths. This weekend, a rally was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue S.E. to stop the violence in the streets. Residents, led by Council member Trayon White, Jr., and a bevy of community leaders prayed, threw up the peace sign in protest and marched down to the store on Wheeler where Scott was killed. “We are celebrating life,” White said. Maurice’s mother spoke at the apex of the vigil about her son saying, “He was a good little boy. He had dreams. He wanted to play basketball,” Monique Scott said.  “Going to the store and not making it back home is a whole different story.”“I’m sorry I lost my little man, that was all I had,” she added.Public outcry has been high, as young Scott was a beloved member of the community.  A gofundme page has been set up to assist the family with funeral costs. Anyone with information on the shooting should call 202-727-9099 or send a text to 50411.last_img read more

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Push to Posthumously Give Black Soldier DDay Medal of Honor

first_imgBy Rebecca Tana, The Associated PressThe Congressional Black Caucus is pushing to posthumously award an African- American soldier the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D-Day.Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. was an Army medic assigned to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. The battalion’s job was to set up explosive-rigged balloons to deter German planes. At a time when the military was still segregated by race, the balloon battalion was the only African-American combat unit to land on Normandy on June 6, 1944.This undated photo provided by Woodson family shows Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. A new push is under way to posthumously award Woodson Jr.the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D-Day. Woodson Jr. was an army medic assigned to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. The battalion’s job was to set up explosive-rigged balloons to deter German planes. At a time when the military was still segregated by race, the balloon battalion was the only African American combat unit to land on Normandy on June 6, 1944. (Woodson family via AP)U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who’s been pushing to recognize Woodson’s heroism during the Normandy invasion, and 51 caucus members are petitioning the Army to review Woodson’s case. Van Hollen became involved in Woodson’s case in 2015 when Woodson’s wife, who lives in Maryland, came to him for help.“Corporal Woodson was a hero who saved dozens, if not hundreds, of lives on Omaha Beach. His courage deserves to be honored with the Medal of Honor, and I continue to work with the Army to make this a reality,” Van Hollen said in a news release.A letter sent to the Army July 3 asks Ryan McCarthy, the acting secretary of the Army, to open a formal review into the Woodson case. The letter describes how Woodson was wounded while still on his landing craft but spent the next 30 hours saving lives on the beach.“Cpl. Woodson went above and beyond the call of duty by spending 30 grueling hours saving the lives of dozens, if not hundreds, of his fellow soldiers,” the letter reads. “Cpl. Woodson was a war hero who has been inadequately recognized for his actions on D-Day.”It is clear, the letter says, that Woodson did not receive the medal during World War II “because of the color of his skin.”“We respectfully ask the Army to rectify this historic injustice and appropriately recognize this valorous Veteran with a posthumous recommendation for the Medal of Honor.”Woodson died in 2005. He spoke to The Associated Press in 1994 about how his landing craft hit a mine on the way to Omaha Beach.“The tide brought us in, and that’s when the 88s hit us,” he said of the German 88mm guns. “They were murder. Of our 26 Navy personnel there was only one left. They raked the whole top of the ship and killed all the crew. Then they started with the mortar shells.”Woodson’s widow, Joann, said in a telephone interview July 3 that for decades her husband never talked about the war or what he’d seen and done on Omaha Beach. It wasn’t until the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994 when television stations came to interview her husband that she really heard his stories. She’s glad his case is getting renewed attention.“He needs to be given credit for what he did,” she said. “It’s never too late to correct something or to recognize something that should have been done.”The letter says the Army is preventing a formal review of Woodson’s case because it lacks an original award recommendation. But the letter points to a document found by a journalist who wrote a book about African-American troops who took part in D-Day. In her book, “Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home and At War,” Linda Hervieux cited a memorandum in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library that comments on Cpl. Woodson’s bravery.The memorandum notes that Woodson’s actions merited a Congressional Medal given by the president.“There is only one medal to which the General could have been referring: the Medal of Honor,” the letter from the Congressional Black Caucus members states.Woodson enlisted in Philadelphia after graduating from Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University. He attended antiaircraft officers’ training school, one of only two Blacks in the course. But before graduation he was told there were too many antiaircraft officers and was sent back to the 320th for training as a medic.Woodson went on to study medical technology and worked for 28 years at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health.___Follow Santana on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ruskygal .last_img read more

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Ladysmith police station telephone lines are down make use of alternate numbers

first_imgAlso read: Beware of government tender scam and “phishing”The community is urged to make use of the following numbers: 0366383346 and 0366383312Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith police station’s 10111 lines are down due to the construction work taking place at the station.The SAPS would like the community to be aware of the problem they are experiencing.Also read: Beware of new WhatsApp scam doing the rounds in South AfricaAlso read: Beware of carjacking scamlast_img read more