Trudeau violated MPs rights broke law with unilateral expulsion Philpott

first_imgThe Canadian PressFormer cabinet minister Jane Philpott is asking the Speaker of the House of Commons to rule on whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the rights of MPs when he expelled her and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus, a move she calls a breach of federal law.Trudeau’s decision last week to eject Philpott and Wilson-Raybould was “a breach of the Parliament of Canada Act,” the newly independent MP said Tuesday on the Commons floor, because the Liberals failed to hold a legally required caucus vote following the 2015 election that would have established how such expulsions are supposed to work.A set of amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act, spearheaded by Conservative MP Michael Chong, was passed in 2015 in an effort to make it more difficult for MPs to be removed from caucus _ part of an effort to decentralize political power on Parliament Hill and put it back in the hands of rank-and-file legislators.Those rules require that after a federal election, the MPs of each party hold a vote to determine the rules for caucus expulsions. But in November 2015, after the Liberals formed government, they deferred the matter, and as a result the rules _ which would have required 90 Liberal MPs to express support for expelling Philpott and Wilson-Raybould _ were not formally adopted.“We were expelled prior to the commencement of the Liberal caucus meeting,” Philpott told the House as she registered her complaint with Regan, a procedure known as a point of privilege.“The prime minister’s words that night to the Liberal caucus are important to underscore, because expulsion should not be his decision to take unilaterally. However, the decision had been already made.”Members of Parliament are not accountable to the leader but rather the leader is accountable to members of Parliament, Philpott said.“This is a constitutional convention” _ one so important that it has been codified in the Parliament of Canada Act, she added.When later asked about Philpott’s complaint, Trudeau acknowledged that the decision to expel the pair was his alone, but one he made after consulting caucus members: “The will of caucus was very clear, but I made the decision.”Regan told Philpott he would consider her argument and report back to the House later.He has already ruled on a related question involving another former Liberal, Toronto-area MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who quit the Liberal caucus last month. In that ruling, the Speaker found that “asking the House to deal with the possible expulsion of a member from caucus is not a proper subject for a question of privilege” and it’s not his place to interpret the law, only the rules of the House of Commons.Philpott said that since she and Wilson-Raybould were kicked out of caucus, and didn’t leave voluntarily, their situation is different.Wilson-Raybould believes she was moved out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.She has testified that she faced relentless pressure last fall from Trudeau, his office, the top public servant and others to override the director of public prosecutions, who had decided not to invite the Montreal engineering giant to negotiate a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain.Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet in mid-February and Philpott followed a few weeks later, saying she had lost confidence in the government over its handling of the SNC-Lavalin file. But both MPs remained members of the Liberal caucus until last week.The revelation that Wilson-Raybould had surreptitiously recorded a phone conversation with Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, to bolster her contention of undue pressure was the last straw for Liberal MPs, who openly called on Trudeau to expel the former ministers. On April 2, Trudeau called the secret recording “unconscionable,” proof that the ex-minister could no longer be trusted.Despite the best efforts of Liberals, the months-old SNC-Lavalin controversy keeps finding its way back to the headlines.On Sunday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer revealed that Trudeau’s lawyer had sent him a libel notice, demanding he retract his claims that the prime minister had lied to Canadians and interfered with the SNC prosecution. Scheer made clear he has no such plans.Trudeau, asked about the legal threat, said Tuesday that with an election coming up, it’s important that politicians be discouraged from twisting the truth and distorting reality.“You can’t be lying to Canadians,” said Trudeau. “It’s not something we’re going to put up with.”last_img read more

Africas Hotel Boom Draws Interest of Top International Chains

Casablanca – A boom in Africa-wide hotel construction led by some of the world’s top chains will mark a new dawn for the continent’s already surging tourist sector – offering massive opportunities to international interior suppliers.The Hilton, Fairmont, and Jumeirah groups are just three of the big names ploughing millions of dollars into vast new visitor properties expected to forever change the region’s tourist landscape.Starwood, Marriot and the Four Seasons will also invest heavily across North, South and Central Africa in the five-years between now and 2021 that experts predict will be one of the largest periods of hotel growth in the continent’s history. The world renowned chains are desperate to expand their portfolios to keep pace with astonishing recent rises in foreign direct investment (FDI) into the continent. While FDI last year grew at an average rate of just 1% worldwide, Africa experienced a 7% surge – leaving hoteliers gripped by the market’s booming potential.Paul Frimpong, Investor Analyst at international business facilitation experts Naseba, said: “The enormous potential of the African continent cannot be emphasized enough. Africa is the fastest growing region for FDIs in the world. Aggregate household consumption will reach $1.4 trillion with collective GDP hitting $2.6 trillion in 2020 alone. These facts show that with the understanding of the growth momentum, combined with the right strategies, lies handsome rewards for current and prospective investors in the region.”The inaugural INDEX North Africa – taking place in Casablanca, Morocco, from December 5-7 – will provide the essential bridge for global furnishing firms to meet and do business with the local and international design professionals procuring for some of the continent’s biggest projects.Architects, interior designers, real estate developers, buyers and engineers working on not only hospitality, but retail, commercial and residential developments will be in attendance, looking to source everything required to fit out a wide range of interiors.Samantha Kane-Macdonald, Event Director at the INDEX Design Series, said: “The fact that the African hotel sector is set to experience one of its largest periods of growth to date is fantastic news for all suppliers of interior solutions like furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom products. These are exactly the high quality finishes international hotel developers will be demanding.“At INDEX we have been connecting the furnishings community with decision makers responsible for procuring interior products and technologies for 26 years. Taking our event to Morocco at a time of such continent-wide development is hugely exciting.”The inaugural INDEX North Africa will take place at the Parc Des Expositions De L’Office Des Changes (CICEC), in Casablanca, between December 5th and 7th. read more

UN Fourth Committee Qatar Reiterates Support for Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat – Qatar reiterated on Monday its support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan in Western Sahara.Speaking during a meeting of the United Nations Fourth Committee, Qatar’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Abderahmane Yacoub Al Hamadi, said that his country has always supported resolving disputes “through dialogue” and cooperation with the UN, and that the same applies for the issue of Western Sahara.The Qatari diplomat advocated for a “definitive political and consensual solution” to the question of Western Sahara. The political process initiated in 2007, Al Hamadi suggested in reference to Morocco’s Autonomy Proposal submitted to the U.N. that year, is the framework through which this solution could be achieved.He insisted that a solution to the dispute must respect Morocco’s sovereignty over the region.He reminded his audience that the support for Moroccan territorial integrity was expressed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state members during the organization’s joint summit with Morocco in April 2016.In the summit’s final communiqué, the convening heads of states expressed their commitment to defend “the security of their countries and their stability and respect for countries’ sovereignty, territorial integrity and national constants, and rejection of any attempt aimed at undermining security and stability, and the dissemination of separatism and segregation to redraw the map of nations or splitting them, which threatens regional and international security and peace.”In the same vein, finding a solution to the question of Western Sahara, Al Ahmadi noted, will have a positive impact on the region and will boost cooperation between its countries, which will help strengthen peace and stability in the Maghreb.Qatar echoed UAE which also reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as a basis for a consensual solution to the Western Sahara.On Friday, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, Second Secretary of the UAE Mission to the UN, said that his country will “remain committed to their immutable position supporting the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco and reaffirming its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative to reach a consensual solution to this conflict.” read more

Morocco Opens Investigation Into Irregular Migration Network

Rabat – Police in Oujda, eastern Morocco, opened a judicial investigation on Thursday, September 19, into a criminal network allegedly involved in irregular migration.The investigation comes after security services arrested irregular migrants, two Moroccan women and 90 sub-Saharan nationals, on Thursday.Read Also: Police Arrest 6 Suspects for Alleged Irregular Migration, Human TraffickingThe list of migrants included 7 women and 15 minors. The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement that the suspects they arrested are involved in organizing irregular migration to Europe.Police also seized travel documents, some of which belong to the arrested individuals and migrants.Police put the suspects in custody to question them about their involvement in irregular migration. Investigators are also seeking to determine possible links with other criminal networks, the statement added.Morocco has been under pressure to reduce irregular migration and has dismantled several irregular migration networks.Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said on August 29 that Moroccan security services had stopped 57,000 irregular migration attempts in 2019.He added that authorities also dismantled 100 irregular migration networks.The Moroccan government also emphasized the importance of shared responsibility in tackling migration and border issues.On August 23, the acting Spanish government approved a €32 million grant to back Morocco’s efforts to curb irregular migration. The grant is in addition to financial aid from the European Union estimated at more than €140 million. read more

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigns from cabinet

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Rob Gillies, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 2:29 pm MDT Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resigns from cabinet TORONTO – Longtime Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has resigned from his cabinet position.Flaherty, who has had the job since 2006, said Tuesday he is returning to the private sector.He has battled a rare skin disease over the last year but he says his decision to leave politics is not related.Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government plans on entering an election next year with a budget surplus.Canada’s commodity-rich economy avoided the worst of the 2008 financial crisis and has fared better than other nations. There was no mortgage meltdown or subprime crisis in Canada, and Canada’s banks are rated among the soundest in the world. read more

PotashCorp reports Q3 earnings of 317 million 16 billion of sales

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 4:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PotashCorp reports Q3 earnings of $317 million, $1.6 billion of sales SASKATOON – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) is reporting $317 million of net income, or 38 cents per share, in the third quarter — missing analyst estimates as tax expenses rose and prices fell compared with a year ago.The Saskatoon-based fertilizer company had $1.6 billion of sales during the three months ended Sept. 30, which was above estimates and up from $1.52 billion a year earlier.But PotashCorp’s profit was five cents per share below estimates and down from $356 million or 41 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013.Analysts had expected earnings to be 43 cents per share and revenue to be $1.53 billion.The company says the average price it received for a tonne of potash was down compared with last year and a greater proportion of sales were to lower-priced offshore markets during the most recent quarter.However, PotashCorp says its potash sales volume was 29 per cent higher than a year earlier.The Saskatoon-based company has narrowed its full-year earnings guidance for 2014 to between $1.75-$1.85 per share, compared to the previous range of $1.70-$1.90 per share.It said potash and nitrogen performance during the third quarter improved over last year’s third quarter, but higher tax expenses and weaker contributions from offshore equity investments weighed on results.The average realized potash price for the quarter was $281 per tonne, down from $307 per tonne in last year’s third quarter.“We continue to see encouraging signs in each of our major potash markets with a renewal of demand translating into higher sales volumes,” said PotashCorp president and CEO Jochen Tilk.“Furthermore, we experienced another quarter of improved potash pricing trends, which strengthened our earnings. Combined with internal efforts to optimize our operations, these positive developments mark important steps toward a stronger performance for our company.” read more

Iraq UN seeks urgent safe passage for emergency aid to warconvulsed Anbar

“The situation in Fallujah is particularly concerning as existing stocks of food, water and life-saving medicines begin to run out,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement in Baghdad.“According to our preliminary assessment, over 5,000 families have fled the fighting and sought refuge in the neighbouring provinces of Karbala, Salahadine, Baghdad and elsewhere. The UN is working with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration to identify their needs and meet them immediately.”Non-government organizations (NGOs) were quoted by media today as saying more than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, where Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda are reported to have seized much of the city. “There is a critical humanitarian situation in Anbar province which is likely to worsen as operations continue,” Mr. Mladenov said. “The UN agencies are working to identify the needs of the population and prepare medical supplies, food and non-food items for distribution if safe passage can be ensured. This remains a primary challenge.” read more

Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

Speaking to the 15-member body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated that denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law.“All too often, attacks on health facilities and medical workers are not just isolated or incidental battlefield fallout, but rather the intended objective of the combatants. This is shameful and inexcusable,” Mr. Ban told Council members. In Syria and elsewhere, he noted that Governments impose “cumbersome procedures” that restrict access to healthcare: “This is strangulation by red tape. It is violence by bureaucratic means rather than force of arms, but it is just as devastating,” he said.The UN chief urged all Member States, parties to conflict and other relevant actors to heed the Council’s demands by: Facilitating humanitarian access Developing domestic legal frameworks that protect health facilities and medical workers Training armed forces so they understand their obligations Prosecuting those responsible for such attacks and other violations Also in attendance at today’s meeting were the leaders of two of the largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consistently working in conflict zones and disaster-hit regions providing health care to people in dire need. Mr. Ban told Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Dr. Joanne Liu, the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that their NGOs play “unique and vital roles.”“Through their leaders here today, I want to thank and commend all of their personnel for their professionalism and dedication in serving people in danger and distress across the world,” he said, recalling that last week, MSF’s head of mission in war-ravaged Aleppo had underscored the urgency and importance of efforts such as today’s resolution.Aleppo was recently hit by an air strike, which Mr. Ban said was “by all accounts by the Government of Syria.” It destroyed a hospital and killed at least 20 people, including three children and the area’s one and only paediatrician, Dr. Mohammad Wassim Maaz.“Yet this appalling act was only the latest wartime assault on health care in Syria,” the UN chief warned. “Since the beginning of the conflict, Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities. More than 730 medical personnel have been killed.”He added that a similar pattern of systematic destruction of health facilities is evident in Yemen, with more than 600 medical facilities having closed because of damage sustained in the conflict and shortages of supplies and medical workers. “Last year, the United Nations verified 59 attacks against 34 hospitals. In January this year, Coalition air strikes hit the Shiara Hospital, which serves around 120,000 people in Sa’ada Governorate,” he said. “And last October in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a bombing by United States military destroyed another MSF hospital and killed dozens, as patients were burned alive in their beds.”Mr. Ban went on to say that such patterns of destruction are repeated in other conflicts, including in Iraq and South Sudan, where violence against health care is multiplying the difficulties of already fragile health systems. “When so-called surgical strikes end up hitting surgical wards, something is deeply wrong,” he said: stressing: “Explanations ring hollow to parents burying their children and communities pushed closer to collapse.”Highlighting that wars and armed conflicts have evolved from open battlefields to urban areas, and from pistols to mass shelling and bombardments by air forces, ICRC’s Peter Maurer said “the wounded and sick are not just those in uniforms.”“Attacking a hospital, threatening a doctor, coercing a nurse to give preferential treatment to armed fighters, hijacking ambulances, using patients as human shields – these are not collateral damage. These are not sad realities we have to get used to. They are abominations to fight and trends to roll back,” he said. Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on protecting health care in armed conflict. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Mr. Maurer commended the Security Council for passing the resolution, noting that it underlines “the importance of international humanitarian law, calling on States and all parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations and develop effective measures to protect people’s lives by preventing and addressing violence against medical personnel, facilities and transports, and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties.”“This resolution marks a momentous step in the international community’s efforts to draw attention to a problem that we otherwise risk getting used to through the sheer frequency of its occurrence,” he added.Meanwhile, MSF’s Joanne Liu told Council members that while the nature of warfare may have changed, the rules of war have not.“You are charged with protecting peace and security. Yet four of the five permanent members of this Council have to varying degrees, been associated with coalitions responsible for attacks on health structures over the last year. These include the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the Russia-backed, Syrian-led coalition. You therefore must live up to your extraordinary responsibilities, and set an example for all States,” she stated. “This resolution must lead to all states and non-state actors stopping the carnage. You must also pressure your allies to end attacks on healthcare and populations in conflict areas. We will not leave patients behind. And we will not be silent. Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence. You will be judged not on your words today, but on your actions. Your work has only begun. Make this resolution save lives,” she concluded.In his address, the Secretary-General also reiterated that the World Humanitarian Summit, a two-day conference in Istanbul beginning on 23 May, is the moment to renew commitments to preventing and ending crisis, and that the engagement of all partners – Governments and NGOs – is necessary. “The success of the World Humanitarian Summit is in your hands,” he stressed. read more

Famine looms for millions UN Member States urged to dig deep into

He pointed out that while all four countries have unique contexts, they share the common component of protracted conflicts. Likewise, all four countries are marked by severe access constraints due to insecurity and some have costly bureaucratic impediments that impede the reach of life saving aid, and exacerbate the suffering of civilians. He said that humanitarian operations in these four countries require more than $5.6 billion this year. Underscoring the urgency, he added, “we need this funding now – especially for the priority sectors to respond and prevent famine in the four critical sectors of food security, nutrition, water and sanitation, and health.” While humanitarians continue to deliver and scale-up where they are able, Mr. O’Brien listed four requirements to effectively reverse these crises: more political will to end the conflicts that have caused these crises; unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to assist those in need; further funding to back a robust humanitarian response; and a more comprehensive approach.The President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who convened the meeting, briefed on his recent visit to Senegal, Ethiopia and Egypt, underscoring how the respective leaders expressed grave concern over the humanitarian situation affecting some African countries, particularly in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia, as well as neighbouring Yemen. RELATED: Tackling hunger crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen requires $4.4 billion – UN“They implored me on my return to United Nations Headquarters to help raise international awareness of the gravity of the situation, and to seek your assistance in helping the affected people and nations during their hour of greatest need,” he said. “It is disturbing to note that children, women and the elderly are being disproportionately affected by the crisis,” continued Mr. Thomson, adding that some 1.4 million children are estimated to be at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition.In February, the Secretary-General launched a call to action. To date, this has resulted in donors providing around 21 per cent of the $4.4 billion required, he said. “Today I wish to follow up that appeal to the international community. I urge Member States to dig deep into reserves of our empathy and common humanity,” he said, seizing the opportunity to call on Member States to scale-up their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of the international community’s longer-term efforts to prevent the conflict, extreme weather and inequality which is at the root of so much of the despair we are witnessing.“To effectively respond to the crisis, all partners – across the peace, humanitarian and development pillars – will need to coordinate closely on the ground to save lives and build the resilience required to avoid such shocks in the future,” Mr. Thomson said. “The crises in these four countries are protracted and complex – and the impacts will be felt for years,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, warning that the numbers are staggering as millions in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and north-east Nigeria are slipping deeper into crisis.The briefing was also addressed by Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“Some 1.4 million children are severely malnourished. Over 21 million people lack sufficient access to health care, at a time when three out of the four countries are experiencing cholera outbreaks. And more than 20 million people lack clean water and sanitation,” said Mr. O’Brien in a statement delivered by Reena Ghelani, Deputy Director, of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Coordination and Response Division.“Around eighty per cent of affected populations live in rural areas and a combination of hunger and conflict is forcing people to be displaced, both internally and as refugees. Those who were forced from their homes in past years by conflict are being hit particularly hard as a consequence of this current crisis,” added the humanitarian coordinator. He pointed out that the impacts of the protracted and complex crises in these four countries would be felt for years, citing broken communities, families torn apart and preventable deaths from disease.“Famine,” Mr. O’Brien explained “is about much more than food insecurity. It is about compounding vulnerabilities that leave millions of people without basic human dignity, without hope for the future. It leaves children stunted and out of school. Development gains are stalled or reversed. People abandon their homes, and are robbed of their livelihoods, exacerbating instability across entire regions.” A young child suffering from malnutrition clings to her mother as she and other mothers queue to receive therapeutic milk to help treat their children’s malnutrition in Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin read more

FROM THE FIELD Balancing Moroccos indigenous culture and conservation

The Amazighe, who live in the mountainous south of the country, have traditionally been able to conserve the unique biodiversity of the region and preserve their cultural heritage. However, climate change as well as the over-exploitation of medicinal plants – plus an exodus of young people – means their symbiotic relationship with the land may no longer be sustainable.The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with other partners, has supported the Amazighe to manage and protect the natural resources on which they rely.On World Environment Day celebrated on 5 June each year, read more here, about how indigenous and local communities continue to coexist with the natural world. UNDP Morocco | Located in southern Morocco, the Imegdale territory is located in the Western High Atlas range. The oldest section of the range, the High Atlas has a wide variety of natural and cultural assets, which cohere as a unique landscape and ecosystem. read more

Aluminium lightweight materials EV technology Qatar investor seeks opportunities with UK companies

The newly established Qatar Automotive Investment Agency is a Qatar based investment company with backing of Qatar Government seeking investment opportunity with UK companies with lightweight materials / aluminium  structure / component technology  to jointly develop and exploit globally. Particularly interested in EV technology – vehicles and battery energy storage system production / technology. Qatar has an underutilised aluminium smelter capacity and is interested in investing in lithium ion battery production technology. Also energy costs in Qatar are heavily subsidised.Contact: Ahmed M Sorour CEO Qatar AG (Qatar Automotive Gateway). Email: amsourour@qatarag.com www.qatarag.com Tel: +974 44231119Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing man

first_imgGARDAÍ IN BLACKROCK, County Dublin wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 20-year-old Mohummad Ali Chaudry.Mohummad was last seen getting into a dark coloured taxi on D’Olier Street between 12.55am and 01.30am in the early hours of Friday morning.He is described as being 5’10’’ tall and of slight build.When last seen, he was wearing a pink shirt, light blue jeans with cuffs on the bottom and white shoes/runners.He was also wearing a heavy gold wrist chain and neck chain.Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to any taxi driver that may have picked up Mohummad in the early hours of Friday at D’Olier Street.His destination was believed to be the Blackrock area.Anyone with information or who can assist in locating Mohummad is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01- 6665200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more

Double burials and dead parrots Strange and unusual stories from Glasnevin Cemetery

first_img Source: Conor Dodd/Glasnevin CemeteryFROM THIS MONDAY, 27 February, a new tour will be coming to Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum that will tell visitors some of the most unusual and quirky stories about some of the million and a half people interred there.A Jesuit who fought in the American Civil War, a priest who returned home scarred after witnessing the horrors of the WW2 concentration camps, an Irish Wimbledon champion, and a woman who was buried in the graveyard twice are just some of the fascinating stories that are told on the Dead Interesting tour.Running for the past few weekends, but launching for its first weekday this Monday 27 February, TheJournal.ie was given a sneak peak of the tour earlier this week.Despite the strong winds and heavy rain of Storm Doris on the day we visited, historians Conor Dodd and Paddy Gleeson filled us in on some of the strangest, inspiring and tragic stories from people buried at the cemetery, and about the site itself.1. The Rock of Cashel chapelThe area with the round tower and the chapel was the brainchild of a man who Dodd called the “father of Irish archaeology” George Petrie in the 1850s following the death of Daniel O’Connell.The chapel that was built was based on Cormac’s Chapel at the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, which is itself cross-shaped. Architect JJ McCarthy was tasked with the design of the new chapel – with one bricklayer dying while tearing down the previous one.“People look at this, and they often just walk by it,” Dodd explained. “They don’t really realise what’s involved in it. The equivalent cost of it today would be €9 million. The granite is from Wicklow, stone from Cannes in France and Bath in England, they brought in metal workers, tile workers, stained glass workers etc.”Running along the sides at the top of the church are carvings of faces done individually, by hand, that would usually go unnoticed unless you had a good look at the chapel.Those carvings were actually done by James Pearse, the father of Willie and Patrick Pearse. Share96 Tweet Email5 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Sean Murray Source: Conor Dodd/Glasnevin CemeteryAbove one of the windows, a colour variation can be seen in the stone, which was actually caused by the UVF bombing of the round tower in 1971.“You can actually still see the crack that the bomb caused going all the way up the inside of the tower,” Dodd added.2. Sick as a parrot Source: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA ImagesArmed guards were stationed at the round towers around Glasnevin in the late-1800s and early 1900s, with grave robbers one of the key reasons for this being brought in.The tedious guard duty meant that some security staff got “trigger-happy” and would occasionally take pot shots of things they saw to pass the time.One of the issues they had with this practice occurred in October 1911. One of the gatekeepers, a man called James Horton, was walking down the cemetery and saw something colourful among the trees. He decided the safest thing to do was to shoot it.What fell down was an extremely rare macaw parrot.The guards thought it was strange to find a parrot there, but didn’t think anything more of it until a man called William Fogarty came to the gate and said: “Has anyone seen my parrot? I’ve lost it.”Horton pulled out the parrot and apologised for shooting it.A legal letter was sent to Glasnevin the following week saying that, unless they replaced the parrot, they would be sued for compensation.Acquiring a parrot was no simple task back then, but Horton managed to keep his job and Fogarty was apparently well compensated for the loss of the parrot.3. Buried twice in the same graveyardMaria Higgins has the ignominious title of being the only person to be buried in Glasnevin Cemetery twice.Gleeson called her story the “strangest one of all”.Higgins died in 1858, and was buried at the cemetery following a wake and a large funeral.“That’s the end of the story,” Gleeson said, “until, three years later, Maria Higgins walked into a solicitor’s office on Nassau Street.It was certainly her, alright. She had been left £500 in a will, but was set for it to be left to her children, if she had any, or to the beneficiary of her will. Her husband decided that “we can’t be waiting around that long”, because she was 54 at this stage, so he came up with this plan.They managed this elaborate fake-death scam with the unwitting help of a doctor, who went in to examine the “body” at Bishop’s Street, where there was a closed coffin.He asked to examine the body, and Charles Higgins, the “grieving” husband, said: “You can of course. But, alternatively, over here is a £10 note and a bottle of Powers whiskey”.It is believed the doctor opted for the latter choice, even appearing at the wake to continue drinking his fill of whiskey.The husband went even further then, borrowing £275 on the strength of the money that was coming, but the pair had unwittingly changed the money to a relative at the last minute.When he pleaded that he couldn’t pay the money back, the couple made off with £775.When Maria Higgins died 13 years later, she was buried, for the second time, at Glasnevin Cemetery.“It was probably the biggest scam ever carried out here, as far we know,” Gleeson added.4. The Irishman at the centre of 19th century world historyJJ O’Kelly was born in 1842.During his early life, he was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and fought in the French Foreign Legion in north Africa and South America.He deserted from the foreign legion and moved to New York, and became a reporter with the New York Herald.While working there, he was sent to Cuba to cover their war of independence from Spain. He went behind enemy lines to talk to the Cubans. He was captured by the Spanish and sentenced to death, before a diplomatic intervention was made on his behalf. O’Kelly was present for the aftermath of Custer’s last stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn Source: Shutterstock/Everett HistoricalO’Kelly then joined up with the US cavalry for the Sioux wars in the 1870s. He was with General Custer and witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Little Bighorn.The journalist reported back what he saw and called for a public inquiry into the battle, which saw hundreds of US soldiers killed.After that all finished, he returned to Europe and met Charles Stewart Parnell. O’Kelly then became a supporter of Home Rule and also became a member of parliament. O’Kelly became close to Charles Stewart Parnell in the late 1800s Source: AP/Press Association ImagesJJ O’Kelly died in December 1916, and Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Redmond paid for his plot in Glasnevin.“He’s an incredible fellow, altogether. I really can’t believe they haven’t made a film about this guy yet,” Dodd said.5. The Confederate JesuitThe Jesuit plot in Glasnevin is just one of many plots dedicated to different groups, with other plots set aside for the Royal Irish Constabulary, Dublin Metropolitan Police, plots for homeless people with nowhere else to buried and plots for people who donate their bodies to science.“People may not always be aware of exactly what is in front of them when they’re here, and that’s what we’re trying to fill people in on this tour,” Dodd said.John Bannon is buried in the Jesuit plot and, during the American Civil War, was known as the Confederate Fighting Priest. Source: Glasnevin Cemetery via FacebookBorn in Roscommon, he became a Jesuit and moved to St Louis in Missouri. During the civil war he became a chaplain with a Missouri artillery regiment.“Away from the issue of slavery, [Bannon] saw the war as a much more non-Christian, commercial capitalist type of north imposing their views on a much simpler, agrarian south,” Dodd explained.He was present at a number of battles, including the battle of Elkhorn Tavern, where he started fighting despite it being something “he wasn’t supposed to do”.Captured, and later released, he was sent to Ireland to try and stop Irish people from emigrating to the US.They were coming off the boat in New York and being enlisted to fight for the union straight away.He stayed in his home country following the war and died in Ireland.6. The Irish priest at Bergen-BelsenFather Michael Morrison was born in Listowel, Co Kerry, in 1908. He became a Jesuit and chaplain and served with the British Army in north Africa before joining the ranks in Europe.Dodd explained: “He was present at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He witnesses the worst of the worst.It was built for 10,000 people. When Father Morrison arrived, there were 60,000 people there and 13,000 unburied dead bodies. He writes home and he talks about it.“It affected him for the rest of his life. He never quite got over it.” Official British photo of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp after liberation Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHere’s what Morrison wrote in his letters home:What we saw within the first few days is utterly beyond description…people crawling on their hands and knees because they have not got the strength to walk, or see them drag themselves along until they fell in the gutters to remain there, was ‘harrowing’.The majority of these people were too weak to leave their beds, so perhaps you get just a faint idea of the atmosphere… The work has been physically the most revolting that I have been called on to do, but it has also been the most consoling.This selection is just over a handful of the stories being told on the Dead Interesting tour, which kicks off tomorrow at Glasnevin Cemetery.Read: ‘It’s more about life than death’ – Behind the scenes at Glasnevin CemeteryRead: ‘What I’ve learned from working in a crematorium for 33 years’center_img 17,829 Views Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3254730 Double burials and dead parrots: Strange and unusual stories from Glasnevin Cemetery A range of untold, fascinating tales are told on the new Dead Interesting tour at Glasnevin Cemetery. 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Greece in Big Australia

first_imgThe report published by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) hints at potentially far-reaching changes to Australia’s immigration planning, and has implications for future migration from Greece. The publication of DIAC’s Outlook for Net Overseas Migration which forecasts trends in migration to Australia, coincides with a meeting next week between Victoria’s Greek community led by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), and Immigration Minister Chirs Bowen MP, to discuss how migration from Greece to Australia might be further encouraged. Registered migration agent Penny Dimopoulos, part of the delegation says that they will be talking to the minister about the perceived obstacles Greek citizens face in obtaining visas. The debate on the pros and cons of ‘Big Australia’ continues, with big business advocating faster population growth, and detractors of the plan warning of its unsustainability, on the grounds that the country will be unable to afford the new infrstructure to support such fast population growth. The report in fact shows that annual Net Overseas Migration has slowed in recent years, and will bottom out at 158,000 for 2010-2011, but projections forecast that the annual rate will jump to 180,000 and beyond by mid-2014 – well on-track to increase the population by 14m over the next 40 years, and deliver ‘Big Australia’.Though it is reported that the number of enquiries by Greek citizens about migration to Australia has increased over the past three years, figures supplied by DIAC show that between July 2008 and June 2010, just 251 Greek citizens applied for and were offered Permanent Residency visas to Australia, the vast majority of which (189) related to family migration. These figures however only tell a part of the story. Between the same period, over 12,600 Offshore Visitor visas were offered to Greek citizens, which include Tourist and other temporary visas, often a path to longer term residence. Dr Robert Birrell, Reader in Sociology at Monash University,says the reason for the recent slowdown in NOM reflects the tightening of points-tested eligibility rules. “The report shows a decline largely because of the number of visas offered to overseas students has dropped sharply. The most obvious way they’ve toughened this up, is that cooks and hairdressers are no longer eligible occupations to apply for, under the points-tested skill categories. That’s crucial.” With the report warning that the large number of people wanting to emigrate from poor countries, particularly from Asia, was challenging the “integrity” of the migrant intake to Australia, it’s clear that the Long-Term Planning Framework DIAC is putting in place, will seek to further target immigration to suit the needs of Australia’s main economy drivers. With continuing growth in the Australian economy, the good news, says Penny Dimopoulos, is that employers across the board will look to immigration to address skills shortages, and this may offer further opportunities. “It’s likely to push up the demand for temporary work visa holders – subclass 457.“Skilled individuals may be eligible for a work visa, provided that they have an employer who is willing to sponsor them.” Dr Birrell says the projected growth forecast in the report is expected to be in the 457 visa category and extra permanent resident numbers, particularly persons sponsored by regional employers.For those seeking a visa in the Skilled Migration Program without employer sponsorship, the process is changing.A DIAC spokesman told Neos Kosmos, that to ensure Australia selects the best and brightest people from a large pool of potential migrants, “the government will introduce a new points test to better address this country’s skills needs. The new points test emphasises the importance of English, work experience and high-level qualifications.” The changes take effect from 1 July 2011, but employer-sponsored visa categories will not be affected by these changes. It may be tempting to look to history when considering the issue of migration from Greece to Australia, but parallels between the situation at the beginning of the 21st Century, as opposed to the 20th Century, are few and far between. In the 1950s and 1960s Australian government policy was to build a population for a diverse range of industry, particularly manufacturing, which needed labour, and along with it, growth in the domestic market for those industries’ products. “The present situation is completely different,” says Dr Birrell. “We’re about to enter an era of very strong structural change which will diminish what’s left of those manufacturing industries.” Birrell foresees a temporary strong demand also for construction workers, though “the most likely scenario is that will be supplied from Asia and the Middle East.” With Greece at the end of the chain-migration process that was the hallmark of the thousands who migrated in the 20th Century, the 21st Century offers new challenges for the new diaspora. Outlook for Net Overseas Migration which forecasts trends in migration to Australia, coincides with a meeting next week between Victoria’s Greek community led by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), and Immigration Minister Chirs Bowen MP, to discuss how migration from Greece to Australia might be further encouraged. Registered migration agent Penny Dimopoulos, part of the delegation says that they will be talking to the minister about the perceived obstacles Greek citizens face in obtaining visas. The debate on the pros and cons of ‘Big Australia’ continues, with big business advocating faster population growth, and detractors of the plan warning of its unsustainability, on the grounds that the country will be unable to afford the new infrstructure to support such fast population growth. The report in fact shows that annual Net Overseas Migration has slowed in recent years, and will bottom out at 158,000 for 2010-2011, but projections forecast that the annual rate will jump to 180,000 and beyond by mid-2014 – well on-track to increase the population by 14m over the next 40 years, and deliver ‘Big Australia’. Though it is reported that the number of enquiries by Greek citizens about migration to Australia has increased over the past three years, figures supplied by DIAC show that between July 2008 and June 2010, just 251 Greek citizens applied for and were offered Permanent Residency visas to Australia, the vast majority of which (189) related to family migration. These figures however only tell a part of the story. Between the same period, over 12,600 Offshore Visitor visas were offered to Greek citizens, which include Tourist and other temporary visas, often a path to longer term residence. Dr Robert Birrell, Reader in Sociology at Monash University,says the reason for the recent slowdown in NOM reflects the tightening of points-tested eligibility rules. “The report shows a decline largely because of the number of visas offered to overseas students has dropped sharply. The most obvious way they’ve toughened this up, is that cooks and hairdressers are no longer eligible occupations to apply for, under the points-tested skill categories. That’s crucial.” With the report warning that the large number of people wanting to emigrate from poor countries, particularly from Asia, was challenging the “integrity” of the migrant intake to Australia, it’s clear that the Long-Term Planning Framework DIAC is putting in place, will seek to further target immigration to suit the needs of Australia’s main economy drivers. With continuing growth in the Australian economy, the good news, says Penny Dimopoulos, is that employers across the board will look to immigration to address skills shortages, and this may offer further opportunities. “It’s likely to push up the demand for temporary work visa holders – subclass 457.”Skilled individuals may be eligible for a work visa, provided that they have an employer who is willing to sponsor them.” Dr Birrell says the projected growth forecast in the report is expected to be in the 457 visa category and extra permanent resident numbers, particularly persons sponsored by regional employers.For those seeking a visa in the Skilled Migration Program without employer sponsorship, the process is changing. A DIAC spokesman told Neos Kosmos, that to ensure Australia selects the best and brightest people from a large pool of potential migrants, “the government will introduce a new points test to better address this country’s skills needs. The new points test emphasises the importance of English, work experience and high-level qualifications.” The changes take effect from 1 July 2011, but employer-sponsored visa categories will not be affected by these changes. It may be tempting to look to history when considering the issue of migration from Greece to Australia, but parallels between the situation at the beginning of the 21st Century, as opposed to the 20th Century, are few and far between. In the 1950s and 1960s Australian government policy was to build a population for a diverse range of industry, particularly manufacturing, which needed labour, and along with it, growth in the domestic market for those industries’ products. “The present situation is completely different,” says Dr Birrell. “We’re about to enter an era of very strong structural change which will diminish what’s left of those manufacturing industries.” Birrell foresees a temporary strong demand also for construction workers, though “the most likely scenario is that will be supplied from Asia and the Middle East.” With Greece at the end of the chain-migration process that was the hallmark of the thousands who migrated in the 20th Century, the 21st Century offers new challenges for the new diaspora. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les plateformes Sony bientôt de retour

first_imgLes plate-formes Sony bientôt de retourLe géant japonais a annoncé le retour de ses services en ligne d’ici à la fin de la semaine, après l’attaque informatique dont ils ont été victimes.D’ici au 3 juin, tous les services en ligne de Sony, fermés suite au piratage informatique dont a été victime le géant nippon, seront de nouveau opérationnels. Au Japon, à Hong Kong et en Corée du Sud, le redémarrage s’effectue déjà progressivement depuis samedi, indique Challenges. Ce délai a été expliqué par les nouvelles mesures de sécurité mises en place suite à l’attaque.Déjà partiellement relancés en Europe, aux Etats-Unis et dans diverses autres régions depuis le 15 mai ainsi qu’au Japon et dans plusieurs pays d’Asie depuis le 28 mai, les plate-formes Sony sont désormais plus sûres, notamment au niveau des systèmes de paiement qu’elles intègrent. Le PSN et Qriocity vont donc ainsi récupérer leur accessibilité même si certaines fonctionnalités resteront encore bloquées pendant quelques semaines.Le 31 mai 2011 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Stills From The LiveAction JoJos Bizarre Adventure

first_img The Weakest Vampires of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Stay on target JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the coolest, most stylish anime series of all time, and it’s getting its own live-action film adaptation. Up until now, there hadn’t been much talk about the live-action version, but it’s being directed by Takashi Miike (Audition and other excellent films) so we know it’s at least got that going for it. There have been a couple of new stills released showing off what we might be able to expect from the upcoming project.The first still shows off Josuke Higashikata and Koichi Hirose in the Nijimura brothers’ house as Josuke is being attacked by Keicho Nijimura. The second shows both characters with Takashi Miike as he works with them on the scene. Neither still is especially revealing or indicative of what we can expect from the project, but it’s something to go on in addition to the trailer and cast posters that came out previously in preparation or the project.If nothing else, the hair is totally on point. That’s always a sore spot for some of these creations, like when a character has some gorgeous, lustrous locks and they tone it down with real people because of things like “physics” and “realism.” Yawn.There isn’t any more word on what’s going on with production of the film just yet, but it’s aiming for an August 4 release in Japan. That’s plenty of time get prepared for a possible English release if it ever happens, especially since there are so many episodes and arcs to cover in time if you want to be truly caught up. Luckily, there’s an excellent series of hardcover manga volumes, an English dub, and streaming available via Crunchyroll.last_img read more

Like a Jug of Moonshine Apple May Be Making Three iPhone Xs

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week It seems like only yesterday when Apple dropped not just one but two totally different new models of its flagship product the iPhone. The iPhone 8/8Plus was a nice if conventional upgrade on previous models. But the iPhone X was a complete reinvention with a bezel-free screen, face-stealing tech, improved AR functionality, and a $1,000 price tag. However, because none of this can ever stop, obviously new iPhones are now on the way.Coinciding with this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rumors are now swirling as to what exactly the next iPhones will be when they are inevitably revealed in September. Reports from Bloomberg suggest there will in fact be three variants of the iPhone X, iPhone XXX, if you will.How exactly does Apple plan to split the iPhone X into three? We can’t confirm anything, but this speculation is pretty convincing. The first new iPhone X would just be an expected upgrade to the existing iPhone X. It would pack a more powerful A12 processor, run iOS 12, and maybe come in a new color. But it would be the phone you’re expecting after the iPhone X. Using past Apple naming conventions, let’s call this one the iPhone Xs.The second phone would swap the OLED screen for an LCD one and steel parts for aluminum. This would reduce quality somewhat but also make the phone, which again currently costs $1,000, more affordable. Let’s call this one the iPhone Xc.Finally, the most drastic new iPhone X would feature a bigger body (oh boy) about the size of the iPhone 8 Plus. However, the bezel-free display would give the phone a whopping 6.5-inch screen (versus the 5.8 iPhone X screen) with a 2688 x 1242 resolution. Other new features might include improved face-scanning tech and a split-screen mode. History suggests this phone would be called the iPhone X Plus, but how could Apple pass up calling it the iPhone XL?Whatever the new iPhone(s) end up being, it’ll still be a few months before we know for sure. So rest easy knowing your current $1,000 iPhone X isn’t obsolete just yet.Purchase the iPhone XVerizonT-MobileAT&TSprintFor more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Murray discusses Brightons away form

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray has been discussing the team’s improved away form in the Premier League.The Seagulls claimed their first away win in almost a year with a 1-0 victory against Newcastle United last month, and Murray feels the team have answered a lot of their critics after showing some good resilience on the road.“A lot has been made about our away form, but it was nice to put that to bed against Newcastle, especially against a relegation candidate,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“We also got a draw at Southampton when we looked dead and buried, so it has got a bit better this year and we’re playing better away from home.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“When the home team comes out and plays, it often leaves gaps in behind and if we can get our foot on the ball and make the right decisions, we can create chances for ourselves.”Meanwhile, Murray is expecting a physical test from when Brighton face Cardiff this weekend and stressed how the incident at Newcastle has not deterred him from tackling these challenges head-on.“Thankfully I can’t remember anything from Newcastle, so there’s nothing for me to be frightened of! I’ve played against this team before with Bamba and Morrison in defense, and they’re both very good and physical.”“It’ll be tough to break them down, but that’s what we’ll be trying to do at the weekend.”last_img read more

Our country is full President Trump says the migrants are straining our

first_imgJust arrived in Calexico, California! pic.twitter.com/lTChNxsHj6— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019 April 5, 2019 CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Declaring “our country is full,” President Donald Trump on Friday insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at the Mexican border.Trump, making a renewed push for border security as a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election, participated in a briefing on immigration and border security in Calexico before viewing a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) see-through steel-slat barrier that was a long-planned replacement for an older barrier — and not new wall.“There is indeed an emergency on our southern border,” Trump said at the briefing, adding that there has been a sharp uptick in illegal crossings. “It’s a colossal surge, and it’s overwhelming our immigration system. We can’t take you anymore. Our country is full.”As Air Force One touched down in the state, California and 19 other states that are suing Trump over his emergency declaration to build a border wall requested a court order to stop money from being diverted to fund the project. But Trump, who ratcheted up his hard-line immigration rhetoric in recent weeks, declared that his move, which included vetoing a congressional vote, was necessary.Also on Friday, House Democrats filed a lawsuit preventing Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. Congress approved just under $1.4 billion for work on border barricades. Trump has asserted he can use his powers as chief executive to transfer an additional $6.7 billion to wall construction.Trump, who earlier in the week threatened to shut down the border over the high numbers of migrants trying to enter the U.S., appeared to walk back his comments Thursday. He said Friday that it was because Mexico had gotten tougher in stopping an influx of immigrants from moving north.“Mexico has been absolutely terrific for the last four days,” the president said as he left the White House. “I never changed my mind at all. I may shut it down at some point.”The president’s visit came a day after he withdrew his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation, but Trump said Friday that he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.”Trump, as he so often does, mixed fact with fiction when warning of the threat at the border. When complaining about the Flores legal settlement that governs treatment of migrant children and families, he blamed “Judge Flores, whoever you may be.” But Flores was an unaccompanied 15-year-old girl from El Salvador.He also downplayed the claims of people seeking asylum at the border, declaring without evidence that many are gang members while comparing some of their efforts to find safety in the U.S. to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.“It’s a scam, it’s a hoax,” Trump said. “I know about hoaxes. I just went through a hoax.”As the president showed off the renovated section of the barrier to reporters, a balloon depicting Trump as a baby floated further down the border. And as Trump landed in California, the state’s governor ripped the president’s push for Congress to pass legislation that would tighten asylum rules to make it harder for people to qualify. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Join me in California for a Roundtable on Immigration and Border Security! https://t.co/hLV86lWTtA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019 AP, AP Posted: April 5, 2019 ‘Our country is full’: President Trump says the migrants are straining our system Will soon be landing in Calexico, California to look at a portion of the new WALL being built on our Southern Border. Within two years we will have close to 400 miles built or under construction & keeping our Country SAFE – not easy when the Dems are always fighting to stop you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2019___Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Alan Fram contributed to this report from Washington. During his visit to Calexico, President @realDonaldTrump told the media, “they want the wall in #SanDiego.” He pointed out the politicians don’t, but the people do.What do you think?More info: https://t.co/3zcUNYCiRU pic.twitter.com/pTOkA3eS3Y— KUSI News (@KUSINews) April 5, 2019“Since our founding, this country has been a place of refuge — a safe haven for people fleeing tyranny, oppression and violence. His words show a total disregard of the Constitution, our justice system, and what it means to be an American,” said Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.Trump has been increasingly exasperated at his inability to halt the swelling number of migrants entering the U.S., including thousands who have been released after arriving because border officials have no space for them. Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months, and border agents were on track to make 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high. More than half of those are families with children, who require extra care.The southern border is nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) long and already has about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) of different types of barriers, including short vehicle barricades and tall steel fences that go up to 30 feet (9 meters) high. Most of the fencing was built during George W. Bush’s administration, and there have been updates and maintenance throughout other administrations.Trump has yet to complete any new mileage of fencing or other barriers anywhere on the border, though he declared Friday that at least 400 miles (650 kilometers) of the border barrier would be erected over the next two years. His administration so far has only replaced existing fencing. Construction for that small chunk of fencing cost about $18 million, began in February 2018 and was completed in October. Plans to replace that fence date back to 2009, during President Barack Obama’s tenure.Administration officials had been studying ways to minimize the economic impact of a potential border closure in case Trump went through with his threat, including keeping trucking lanes open or closing only certain ports.But even absent that extraordinary step, delays at border stations have been mounting after some 2,000 border officers were reassigned from checking vehicles to deal with migrant crowds.After the border visit, Trump was slated to travel to Los Angeles, where he was set to hold a pair of fundraisers in the deeply liberal city. He was then poised to travel to Las Vegas for another re-election fundraiser and an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which is backed by GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.last_img read more

Crews respond to house fire in Plantation

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Plantation Fire Rescue responded to the scene of a house fire, Wednesday night.The fire broke out at a home near Northwest Fourth Court and 46th Avenue.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img