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Sunanda case Police urge court to prosecute Tharoor for murder

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Saturday urged a city court to prosecute Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for abetment to suicide or “in alternative” on murder charge in the case of death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014.”Please frame sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty), 306 (abetment of suicide) or in alternative 302 (murder) IPC against the accused (Tharoor),” the probe agency told special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar. Senior public prosecutor Atul Srivastava made the submissions during arguments on framing of charges in the case. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe former Union minister, who is currently on bail in the case, was charged by Delhi Police under Sections 498-A and 306 of the Indian Penal Code. Reading out a statement of the couple’s domestics help, who is one of the witnesses in the case, the prosecutor said that the couple had fight over a girl named ‘Katy’ and some Blackberry messages. The prosecutor said that before her death, Pushkar wanted to address a press conference on the IPL issue and had said “I will not leave him (Tharoor)”. The witness had told police that one year prior to the demise, the couple used to fight a lot. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe agency told the court that Pushkar was “distressed” and “felt betrayed” in her marital life. Police told the court that Pushkar was suffering from mental agony due to a strained relationship with her husband. She had a scuffle with her husband and had various injury marks few days before her death, they said. Police accused Tharoor of torturing his wife which abetted her to commit suicide. The probe agency told the court that according to the post-mortem report, the cause of Pushkar’s death was poisoning and 15 injury marks were found on various parts of her body, including in forearm, arms and legs. The prosecutor further told the court that Tharoor’s relation with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar also added to Pushkar’s mental agony. The prosecutor also apprised the court about Pushkar’s friend and journalist Nalini Singh’s statement, which is part of the charge sheet, that the relation between the couple was tense and bad. “She (Pushkar) told she helped Tharoor a lot in IPL matter. She had found some messages between Tarar and Tharoor. She refused to go to their house and instead went to Leela hotel. The relation between the couple was very bad,” Singh had said in her statement. Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, refuted the submissions, saying the arguments made by the prosecutor were contrary to the bare reading of the charge sheet and the charges pressed by him were “absurd and preposterous”. The case is now listed for the next hearing on October 17.last_img read more

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Air Transat and regulator sued over incident that left passengers stranded

first_imgMONTREAL – An air passenger rights advocate is suing the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Transat over decisions related to incidents last summer that left hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours.Gabor Lukacs is asking the Federal Court of Appeal in Halifax to overturn the regulator’s decision in November to waive the $295,000 fine it imposed after finding the Montreal-based airline had committed several violations of transportation rules.Lukacs said the fine was just a “slap on the wrist” that is far below the level included in its enforcement manual.“The penalty is unfit and unreasonable in light of the seriousness of the violations, the extreme suffering they have caused to passengers,” said the 12-page application.He added that there is no deterrent value if fines are reduced by the amounts passengers receive in compensation.In his application, Lukacs said the administrative penalty amounted to just five per cent of the maximum available fine even though the regulator found Air Transat committed 590 violations that captured international attention.And by waiving the fine, “public money” owed to the government is diverted to passengers as compensation.Lukacs wants the penalty overturned and sent back to the CTA for reassessment. He is also asking the court to rule that the regulator doesn’t have the authority to waive penalties for violations.Nearly 600 passengers were kept on board two flights arriving from Europe that were diverted to the Ottawa airport on July 31 due to bad weather.Passengers were trapped aboard the jets for about five hours and testified at public hearings about sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin.The Air Transat flights were just two of 20 large planes that were diverted following the closure of Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. One of the aircraft was the double-decker Airbus A380.The unscheduled arrivals put pressure on Ottawa airport, which struggled to refuel the aircraft amid a breakdown in communication.The CTA declined to comment about the lawsuit because it is before the courts.Air Transat declined to comment on the lawsuit but said it will pay $500 to each passenger on four flights diverted to Ottawa that day, including two that weren’t investigated by the CTA.Spokesman Christophe Hennebelle said the company has processed payments that represent more than 80 per cent of the imposed fine.“We are paying the difference to the CTA, but will nevertheless pursue our efforts to pay the full $500 to every single of our passengers for the four flights,” he wrote in an email.During the hearing, the airline said the events were the result of a confluence of factors beyond its control that is comparable to a force majeure event.However, in its ruling the CTA said Transat tariff rules require it to offer drinks and snacks and consider whether or not to let passengers disembark after a 90-minute delay.The agency also determined that it had no statutory authority to award compensation to passengers for inconvenience or pain and suffering.In addition to compensating passengers for expenses incurred, it ordered Air Transat to properly train employees, including pilots, about their obligations under Air Transportation Regulations.last_img read more

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Nordea appoints new CEO amid calls to boost profitability

HELSINKI — The Nordic region’s largest bank, Nordea, has appointed insider Frank Vang-Jensen as its new CEO as the firm faces growing pressure to lower costs and boost revenue after years of restructuring.The bank, based in Helsinki, said Thursday that Vang-Jensen, the current head of Nordea’s personal banking division, will take over with immediate effect from Casper von Koskull, who announced in June his retirement next year.Vang-Jensen, a 51-year-old Dane, joined Nordea in 2017 having earlier worked as a CEO of Swedish bank Svenska Handelsbanken.Europe’s largest activist investor, Cevian Capital, took a 2.3% stake in Nordea in 2018 and its co-founder, Christer Gardell, has urged the bank to speed up its cost-cutting to catch up with rivals on profitability.Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are Nordea’s home markets.The Associated Press read more

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UN Security Council condemns massacre in eastern DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today condemned “with the utmost firmness” the weekend massacre of dozens of people in a village in the South Kivu region in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on the UN mission to investigate the tragedy and report back as quickly as possible.The Council also called on the DRC authorities “to prosecute and bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators and those responsible for these crimes” in Ntulu-Mamba and requested the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to give the Government the necessary support.It stressed the need to end attacks by armed groups on the local population, especially in the eastern Kivu and Ituri districts, “which not only cause further suffering to civilians but also threaten the stability of the entire region, as well as the holding of elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which gave a commitment in Rome at the end of March to end the armed conflict and repatriate its combatants, should abide by that commitment, it said.It welcomed the robust actions MONUC has been undertaking to fulfil its mandate and the assistance it was giving the DRC’s Armed Forces in improving security conditions for the population.Before the Council took action today, MONUC head William Lacy Swing, said the weekend incident underscored what was perhaps the main hindrance to progress in the DRC: the ongoing presence of foreign armed groups. “We have to get the foreign armed groups out of the Kivus as quickly as possible,” he said.The UN’s voluntary repatriation programme had gone very well up to this point, with some 12,000 ex-fighters having left the country. But over the past year, very little progress had been made.”We have been instituting a number of security initiatives to try to get them to go home,” he said, adding that: “Also important is that we have to do our best to support the Congolese authorities in developing a new integrated republican army.”On the upcoming elections in the DRC, Mr. Swing said that there was a lot of enthusiasm, inside and outside the country, to ensure that this fall’s ballot was successful. Indeed, the country was perhaps closer to holding democratic elections than at any other time in its history since the 1960’s, he said, adding that a lot of things were coming together that made the holding of elections “pretty much irreversible.”And while the elections were on track, they would perhaps be the largest such operation ever supported by the UN. At 2.3 million square kilometres, the DRC was certainly the largest country the UN had assisted with elections. It also had an electorate that numbered at least 28 million. Indeed the sheer size of the DRC posed a wealth of challenges: It was more like a sub-continent, and contained a vast territory perhaps the size of Europe that had no roads. Mr. Swing added that no one had any identification cards in memory, and there had been no national census since 1984. “So this is the massive challenge that they face,” he said. read more

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US stocks rise sharply at the open after rate cut from China

U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading after a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of that region’s central bank.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,062 as of 9:31 a.m. Eastern time Friday.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 103 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 17,882. The Nasdaq composite gained 48 points, or 1 per cent, to 4,750.The price of oil rose 73 cents to $76.58 a barrel in New York.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2014 7:40 am MDT US stocks rise sharply at the open after rate cut from China, hint of stimulus in Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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SMMT welcomes Egyptian delegation

The leader of the Egyptian delegation, Laila El Maghraby, will kick off proceedings with a short introduction to each visiting company before a keynote speech from UKTI’s Shakeel Mughal, an economist on the North African region. Mughal will provide detailed information on Egypt and the surrounding markets for the UK attendees. The day will end with a presentation from Control Risks regarding safety when travelling abroad on business. As the day concludes, UK businesses will be encouraged to attend separate one-to-one business discussions with the attending Egyptian companies. The International Business Group provides a unique forum in which companies, both large and small, can share knowledge of the latest developments in key automotive markets around the world, providing access to a pool of expertise on business practices within those markets.  The next meeting is scheduled for 27 October 2009 and those looking to attend should contact international@smmt.co.uk  Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) A delegation of more than 20 Egyptian companies seeking a wide-ranging introduction to the UK automotive industry has arrived in the UK on a trade mission arranged by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Representing vehicle and component manufacturers in the North African market but with a primary focus on Egypt, the delegation will attend SMMT’s International Business Group (IBG) meeting in Birmingham tomorrow (16 June) encouraging automotive trade links between the UK and Egypt. read more

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Society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago Education

Teachers are now expected to be social workers, speech therapists and keep an eye on pupils’ health, the Education Secretary has suggested.Damian Hinds said that “society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago”, as he recognised the scale of the demands placed on teachers.Teachers are now expected to look after pupils’ mental health and check for signs of radicalisation, as well as monitor health and social issues such as domestic violence. Addressing primary school leaders at the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) annual conference, Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates.Offering an olive branch to teachers, he said: “I certainly don’t pretend that I can just stand up here at this podium and say a few words that will solve all the challenges that you face in your school today.“It is true that schools get more funding that they used to. But it is also true that society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago.” Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates  Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates  “But there have also been real cost pressures on schools, for example on pensions and national insurance,” he added.“I know that it is challenging for schools, managing the budget. And I do pledge to work with you to bear down on cost pressures as best we can, working closely with you to make sure that schools can get the best deals possible and target precious resources at the front line.”Last month a joint survey of teachers carried out by the National Education Union and the Child Poverty Action Group found that teachers say they are having to wash their children’s clothes and loan parents money.Staff at some schools told how they keep a washing machine and tumble dryer on site, as well as clean underwear for pupils who are sent to school wearing dirty garments.An NAHT spokesman welcomed Mr Hinds’ comments, saying: “It is encouraging to hear the Secretary of State acknowledging the extra demands that are placed on schools at the moment.“Activity in schools is often seen as an automatic way to solve a deep-seated issue in society, but it must be understood that schools cannot solve these problems on their own.“It’s also important to acknowledge that these extra expectations come at an extra cost, and many of the sources of support that schools once relied on have been cut or now have to be bought in.” Mr Hinds went on to say that compared to other countries, English schools get more government funding per pupil than Germany, France or Japan, according to OECD data. The spokesman went on: “Mental health services, speech and language therapy and some social care services are examples of how schools are filling the gap in new ways.“As we’ve said, rising costs in other areas are a big factor. Pension and national insurance contributions are currently adding extra stress to school budgets.” 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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Over 1000 households without power as storm hits West

first_imgESB CREWS ARE battling to reconnect over 1,000 households and businesses in the West this afternoon, amid high winds across the areaOver 600 customers were left without power in Connemara this afternoon. There were also a large number of customers cut off from the network near Templemore in Tipperary, where over 15o households were affected.Elsewhere, there were around 90 people offline in Dingle, Co Kerry and 95 in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Smaller clusters of houses were also left without power elsewhere.ESB Networks are giving regular updates and answering questions on outages via Twitter, while realtime information is available on the agency’s Power Check page.Met Éireann has issued an ‘orange alert’ warning for today, as winds of up to 130 sweep the West and Northwest.Read: ‘Stay away from the coast’: Warnings issued as storm expected to hit hardest todaylast_img read more

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There is a brand of pregnancy test that may be giving false

first_imgEnsure that all relevant staff institution are informed of this informationBe vigilant using the deviceReport any concerns regarding this product (or any other medical device) to the HPRA Kora Healthcare says that they investigating the incidents and have contacted affected customers. They say that anyone who used the product should exercise vigilance.Anyone with any questions about the notice can contact Kora on 01-890 0406.Read: “Every minute counts.” – Study shows why treating strokes immediately is vitalRead: Universal health insurance by 2019? No chance, says Varadkar A SAFETY NOTICE has been issued over a brand of pregnancy tests that may be giving users false positives.The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) says it has been told of two batches of Clungene Pregnancy tests that may be giving off the false reading.“The HPRA has been notified of the occurrence of false positive results with Clungene Pregnancy tests lot numbers 13122001 and 14060301. The Irish distributor Kora Healthcare has confirmed that these devices are on the Irish market. The manufacturer is currently investigating this issue. Users are advised to exercise vigilance using this product pending completion of the manufacturer’s investigation.”The notification is aimed at health professionals and the HPRA says it advises people to:last_img read more

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Tensions peak over university action

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tensions in the higher education sector peaked after administrative employees of two Athens universities decided to prolong their strike action into an 11th week, continuing their protest against a government overhaul of the civil service, while rifts appeared between the management and academic leadership of Athens University.Employees at Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) decided on rolling 48-hour strikes, starting from Tuesday, despite warnings by Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos that the walkout is sabotaging the studies of thousands of young Greeks and reports that the government will issue civil mobilization orders to force the employees back to work if necessary. Students too have appealed for the universities to reopen for fear of losing the first semester of the academic year. The government is expected to give striking workers until Wednesday to stop their action before intervening.Professors at both universities were planning to attempt to start lessons on Tuesday, in a symbolic protest at the deadlock.The situation was particularly tense at Athens University on Monday night after all members of the institution’s senate resigned, protesting the prospect of police entering the faculty grounds in coming days and at the publication of the names of the administrative staff who have been inducted into a mobility scheme of transfers and layoffs.Meanwhile the university’s rector, Theodosis Pelegrinis, took legal action against the institution’s managing council for blaming him for the fact that the university has not operated for weeks. Pelegrinis sued the council for slander for 1 million euros. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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ECB turns the screws on Greece

first_imgThe bank holiday has been extended by at least two days (until Wednesday night), but local lenders are now just a step away from serious solvency problems after the European Central Bank decided on Monday to increase the haircut on the collateral they use to draw liquidity.Frankfurt’s decision sent shock waves through Greece’s banking sector as hardly anyone had expected it would use a haircut on collateral to send its own message before the political decisions expected on Tuesday in Brussels. In doing so, the ECB is further increasing the pressure on the Greek government to agree to a deal at Tuesday’s eurozone summit, otherwise the country’s banks may face a sustainability problem on top of their liquidity woes.The haircut increase reduces the last cash banks can draw from the emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) by two-thirds, running the risk of finding themselves unable to complete any transactions and thus be deemed insolvent.The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) warned late last week that Greece’s failure to pay a 1.6-billion-euro tranche to the International Monetary Fund on June 30 constitutes a payment default and allows the ESM to immediately demand all the funds it has lent to Greece and confiscate all bank shares controlled by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF).Banks estimate that after Monday’s decision the ceiling on the cash available for them to withdraw has dropped from 18 billion euros before the haircut increase to just 5 billion. A similar increase at Wednesday’s ECB meeting would mean that Greek banks would be unable to cover the liquidity they have already drawn with new collateral.The ECB also kept the limit on the ELA available to Greek lenders unchanged and will review the situation at Wednesday’s meeting, i.e. after the completion of Tuesday’s eurozone summit.Bank officials are clearly saying that the country has reached the point of no return and is at risk of bankruptcy unless there is an immediate agreement between the SYRIZA-led government and Greece’s creditors.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Police looking for suspect in assault at MidwayArea Arbys

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying and locating a man who savagely beat a fellow customer at a Midway-area fast-food restaurant in violence apparently sparked by road rage.The assailant, seemingly angry with the other man for cutting him off while they were parking their cars outside the Arby’s in the 3700 block of Midway Drive about 7 p.m. Monday, got into a confrontation with him after they entered the business, according to San Diego police.During an ensuing argument, the enraged man punched the victim eight times in the head, sending him collapsing to the floor. The attacker then stomped on the other man’s head with his feet before leaving the eatery and driving off in a vehicle of unknown type.Medics took the victim to hospital, where he was treated for an orbital fracture, police said.A surveillance camera inside the restaurant captured images of the assailant, a muscular white man about 30 years old with close-cropped hair shaved off completely on the sides of his head. At the time of the assault, he was wearing black shorts, a long-sleeved black Nike-logo shirt and black tennis shoes with white soles.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: May 9, 2019 May 9, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Police looking for suspect in assault at Midway-Area Arby’slast_img read more

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Global Markets Asian shares pause near eightmonth high dollar weakens

first_imgAsian markets outside India trade higher on 21 OctoberReuters file [Representational Image]Asian stocks held near eight-month highs on Thursday and the dollar slipped again on expectations global interest rates will stay lower for longer after a dovish turn by the European Central Bank and milder than expected U.S. inflation.The British pound was little changed after European leaders agreed to extend the deadline for the UK to leave the union to the end of October, averting a potential crash out of the bloc on Friday with no divorce deal.But investors’ risk appetite was generally capped by U.S. threats earlier this week to slap tariffs on goods from the European Union.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan paused after four straight days of gains but held near its highest since last August.Japan’s Nikkei eased 0.2 per cent as the yen strengthened.Overnight, European and U.S. shares gained. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 added 0.35 per cent, the Nasdaq climbed 0.7 per cent while the Dow was barely changed.[.N]”There were big worries last year that central banks globally are moving towards policy tightening. Those fears have reversed now,” said Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP.”There have also been easings in Asia. That is a reasonably positive backdrop for equities,” Oliver added.”The complication is the growth slowdown.”On Wednesday, the European Central Bank (ECB) kept its loose policy stance and warned that threats to global economic growth remained. The ECB has already pushed back its first post-crisis interest rate hike, and President Mario Draghi raised the prospect of more support for the struggling eurozone economy if its slowdown persisted.In response, European bank stocks declined and the yield on Germany’s benchmark 10-year bond fell to a one-week low of negative 0.039 per cent.Separately, data showed U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in 14 months in March but underlying inflation remained benign against a backdrop of slowing global economic growth.Minutes from a March 19-20 meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers showed they agreed to be patient about any changes to its interest rate policy as they saw the U.S. economy weathering a global slowdown without a recession in the next few years.U.S. Treasury yields slipped in response, reinforcing expectations that the Fed would hold rates steady or possibly cut them by the end of the year.However, AMP’s Oliver said some encouraging economic signs were now emerging, helped by the “great retreat” on policy by global central banks, fiscal stimulus in China and progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday the United States and China have largely agreed on a mechanism to ensure that both sides stick to the deal, including establishing new “enforcement offices.”Investors will next focus on inflation data from China at 0130 GMT. A weak number could raise fears of deflation spreading across the world, while a pick-up could add to optimism that government support measures are slowly beginning to percolate through the economy.In currencies, the dollar index fell for a fourth straight day to 96.909. The euro was barely changed at $1.1278 while the Japanese yen paused after three days of gains at 111.03.Sterling traded at $1.3095, unchanged on the day and staying in a triangle holding pattern between $1.2945 and $1.3380 during the past month or so.In commodities, Brent futures eased 14 cents to $71.59 a barrel. U.S. crude dipped 24 cents to $64.37.Gold hovered near a two-week top on Thursday at $1,307.795 an ounce as investors fretted about the global economy and trade tensions.last_img read more

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Trump aide who mocked McCain quits

first_imgUS Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks at a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio on 30 October 2008. Photo: ReutersA Trump communications aide who joked about US Senator John McCain’s battle with brain cancer has left her White House job, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.During an internal meeting last month, White House aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s objection to President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director by saying it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” a source familiar with the meeting told Reuters.Sadler’s remarks were widely condemned. The White House refused to confirm or deny whether Sadler had said them.”Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the executive office of the president,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.McCain, 81, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year. He has been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona and has been absent from the Senate for months.McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, had released a statement after CIA nominee Gina Haspel’s Senate confirmation hearing, denouncing her for refusing to condemn torture. He recommended that his fellow senators vote against her, but the Senate confirmed Haspel 54 to 45.McCain has been a frequent critic of Trump. In 2015, Trump denigrated the former Navy flier’s military service, telling a gathering of religious conservatives, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”last_img read more

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Trump tangles with Latino newsman launches fresh attacks on GOP rivals

first_imgDUBUQUE, Iowa — To anyone who thought Donald Trump might soften his tone after a new round of criticism of his presidential campaign, the Republican front-runner proved here Tuesday night that he will not be tamed.Trump booted the nation’s top Latino newsman out of his news conference, but moments later he let Univision’s Jorge Ramos reclaim his seat in the front row, and the two men sparred passionately about illegal immigration.Next, Trump added to his enemies list. He refused to apologize to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, whom he ridiculed anew on Twitter on Monday night. He launched fresh attacks on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, two GOP presidential rivals. And he sprinkled spicy slams against former Florida governor Jeb Bush, another Republican contender, throughout his speech at a rollicking rally.To top it off, Trump went after the entire political class in Trumpian fashion, saying he wants to outlaw teleprompters (one of his best applause lines of the night) and asserting that as soon as politicians get to Washington, they become “impotent.”“They look at these beautiful buildings, these beautiful halls, and all of a sudden they become impotent,” Trump said, as the crowd laughed. “Is that an appropriate word? I think so.”Trump’s lively visit to Dubuque, where he rallied an estimated 3,500 supporters inside a convention hall on the banks of the Mississippi River, comes as he expands his campaign in Iowa and other key states.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrdjM6qtkrsTrump appeared onstage with Sam Clovis, a prominent Iowa conservative activist who had been former Texas governor Rick Perry’s state chairman but abruptly defected from Perry’s camp because of fundraising troubles. Trump poached Clovis and named him a national campaign co-chairman and policy adviser. Trump’s top Iowa strategist, veteran organizer Chuck Laudner, is a friend of Clovis and had been courting him for weeks.Trump also announced five additional staffers in several early-voting states, including Charles Muñoz as his Nevada state director. In South Carolina, Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, is now Trump’s state coalitions director, while James Epley is his upstate regional director. He announced hires in New Hampshire as well.Trump, who is leading GOP polls nationally, said in an interview that he is determined to expand his campaign in the coming weeks, moving from a small circle of aides to a national grass-roots operation that he hopes will sustain the momentum he has built this summer with raucous speeches and seemingly nonstop appearances on television talk shows.“They said I wouldn’t run. They said I would not file the papers. They said I didn’t have a campaign,” Trump said, with a hint of exasperation. “Well, I did — and I do.”Two minutes into Trump’s news conference here Tuesday, the candidate had a tense exchange with Ramos, one of the country’s most recognizable Mexican-Americans.Ramos stood up in the front row of journalists to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. But Trump did not want to answer.“Excuse me,” he said. “Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down.”Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly said: “I’m a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen. I have the right to ask a question.”Trump interrupted him. “Go back to Univision,” he said. Then Trump motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked over and physically removed Ramos from the room.The ejection lit up social media. Reporters asked Trump why he removed Ramos. At first, he accused Ramos of violating his news conference protocol. “He stood up and started screaming,” Trump said. “He’s obviously a very emotional person.”But moments later, Ramos returned to his seat in the front row — and Trump called on him. For five minutes, they tangled over immigration policy, an issue on which both men have passionately different views.“Here’s the problem with your immigration plan,” Ramos said. “It’s full of empty promises.”He said it would be unconstitutional to deny citizenship to what Trump calls “anchor babies,” children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. The candidate disagreed, saying that it could be done as an act of Congress and that some legal scholars argue that the 14th Amendment should be changed.“A woman’s getting ready to have a baby,” Trump said. “She crosses the border for one day, has the baby — all of a sudden for the next 80 years, we have to take care of” the child.Recommended: Donald Trump wants to buy a football club in ColombiaThe next question from Ramos: How do you build a 1,900-mile wall across the U.S. border with Mexico?“It’s very easy,” Trump said. “I’m a builder. . . . What’s more complicated is building a building that’s 95 stories tall.”The questioning continued. At one point, Trump said, “I can’t deal with this.” A Trump aide interrupted and asked Ramos, “Is there one question — one question?”Yet Trump let the questioning continue, seemingly determined to prove his case. “I have a bigger heart than you do,” he told Ramos. “We’re going to do [deportations] in a very humane fashion.”He went on to assert that gang members in Baltimore, St. Louis and other cities are illegal immigrants.“Listen, we have tremendous crime,” he told Ramos. “We have some very bad ones. Do you mind if I send them back to Mexico?”Ramos replied, “No human being is illegal, Mr. Trump.”The candidate’s response: “Well, when they cross the border, from a legal standpoint, they’re illegal immigrants when they don’t have their papers.”When Ramos pressed Trump on polls showing his unpopularity among Latinos, Trump would not accept the premise and turned the question on him: “How much am I suing Univision for right now? Do you know the number? I know you’re part of the lawsuit.”“I’m a reporter,” Ramos said.“Five hundred million dollars,” Trump replied. “And they’re very concerned about it, by the way. I’m very good at this.”– – – –Costa reported from Washington.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Tico brewer avenges Trump comments on immigrants Univision breaks with Donald Trump over immigration comments Macy’s is latest company to dump defiant Trump Costa Rica also tells Donald Trump: ‘You’re fired’last_img read more

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IATA signs declaration to protect wildlife

first_imgOn behalf of the aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed a declaration aimed at reducing the illegal trafficking of wildlife and underlining the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainability.The interconnected air transport network is being exploited by criminal gangs to smuggle animals or their products from the killing field to the market place. The air transport industry can help stop this trade by providing additional intelligence to enforcement authorities about suspicious shipments.“I can think of few other causes that galvanise more interest and support across the global transport and logistics sectors than the challenge of wildlife trafficking,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.The ‘United for Wildlife’ initiative, created by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry , invited representatives of the transport industry to Buckingham Palace to pledge their support. IATA, Airports Council International, the African Airlines Association and a number of individual airlines signed commitments aimed at raising awareness of the trafficking issue among passengers, and training staff to recognise and report suspicious packages and behaviour. The initial focus of action will be on the trafficking of high-risk protected animals, specifically certain big cats, pangolins, and ivory products, on high-risk routes, particularly originating from or transiting through East Africa.“Today marks a step forward for environmental protection—a commitment that we take very seriously. In the 1990’s the industry came together to address noise. More recently we joined forces to manage our impact on climate change—committing as an industry to carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to cut net emissions to half the 2005 levels by 2050. We now extend that commitment to playing an active role in reducing illegal trafficking of wildlife. We will collaborate in support of government enforcement authorities to put an end to this evil trade,” added Tyler.last_img read more

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