‘State, what state?’ Lebanese together in solidarity and rage

first_img‘This is it’ Business owners swiftly took to social media, posting offers to repair doors, paint damaged walls or replace shattered windows for free. Abdo Amer, who owns window company Curtain Glass, said he was moved to make such an offer after narrowly surviving the blast.”I had driven by the port just three minutes earlier,” the 37-year-old said.He offered to replace windows for half the price, but said he was fixing some for free given the devastating situation for many families following the Lebanese currency’s staggering devaluation in recent months.”I’ve gotten more than 7,000 phone calls today and I can’t keep up,” said the father of four.”You think the state will take up this work? Actually, let them step down and leave.”Outrage at the government was palpable among volunteers, many of whom blamed government officials for failing to remove explosive materials left at the port for years.”They’re all sitting in their chairs in the AC while people are wearing themselves out in the street,” said Mohammad Suyur, 30, as he helped sweep on Wednesday.”The last thing in the world they care about is this country and the people who live in it.”He said activists were preparing to reignite the protest movement that launched in October.”We can’t bear more than this. This is it. The whole system has got to go,” he said.Topics : ‘Even a smile’ A few civil defense workers could be seen examining building structures but they were vastly outnumbered by young volunteers flooding the streets to help.In small groups, they energetically swept up glass beneath blown-out buildings, dragging them into plastic bags.Others clambered up debris-strewn stairwells to offer their homes to residents who had spent the previous night in the open air.”We’re sending people into the damaged homes of the elderly and handicapped to help them find a home for tonight,” said Husam Abu Nasr, a 30-year-old volunteer.”We don’t have a state to take these steps, so we took matters into our own hands,” he said.Towns across the country have offered to host Beirut families with damaged homes and the Maronite Catholic patriarchate announced it would open its monasteries and religious schools to those needing shelter.Food was quickly taken care of, too: plastic tables loaded with donated water bottles, sandwiches and snacks were set up within hours.”I can’t help by carrying things, so we brought food, water, chocolate and moral support,” said Rita Ferzli, 26.”I think everyone should be here helping, especially young people. No one should be sitting at home — even a smile is helping right now.” By Wednesday, a spontaneous cleanup operation was underway there, a glimmer of youthful solidarity and hope after a devastating night.Wearing plastic gloves and a mask, Fadlallah tossed a shard of glass as long as her arm at the door of the state electricity company’s administrative building that looms over the district. “For me, this state is a dump — and on behalf of yesterday’s victims, the dump that killed them is going to stay a dump,” she told AFP.The blast killed more than 110 people, wounded thousands and compounded public anger that erupted in protests last year against a government seen as corrupt and inefficient. In Beirut’s beloved bar districts, hundreds of young Lebanese ditched beers for brooms on Wednesday to sweep debris in the absence of a state-sponsored cleanup operation following a deadly blast.”What state?” scoffed 42-year-old Melissa Fadlallah, a volunteer cleaning up the hard-hit Mar Mikhail district of the Lebanese capital.The explosion, which hit just a few hundred meters away at Beirut’s port, blew all the windows and doors off Mar Mikhail’s pubs, restaurants and apartment homes on Tuesday. “We’re trying to fix this country. We’ve been trying to fix it for nine months but now we’re going to do it our way,” said Fadlallah.”If we had a real state, it would have been in the street since last night cleaning and working. Where are they?”last_img read more

‘Killing machines’: Charlie Hebdo trial revisits 2015 attack

first_imgTopics : Once the viewing started, some attack survivors left the room in tears.In the box of the accused, some watched while others looked away.Everybody else took in the images of the extreme violence of the attack in shock and icy silence. ‘Inhuman’ “What we’ve just seen is inhuman,” said Caty Richard, a lawyer for one of the civil parties. “They were killing machines.”It was 11:33 am on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, when the Kouachi brothers, Cherif and Said, entered Charlie Hebdo’s premises in Paris and killed 10 people in under two minutes.In total 12 people, including some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, were gunned down at the scene.The former head of the Paris police’s anti-terror unit, Christian Deau, walked the court through the events, his calm, almost clinical delivery of the facts accentuating the horror of his account.The first of the graphic pictures, taken by police right after their arrival, shows the entrance used by the two brothers just before shooting down the paper’s webmaster, Simon Fieschi, who was later evacuated, seriously injured.In the adjacent room Moustapha Ourrad, a copy editor who worked at Charlie Hebdo for 30 years, is seen dying in a pool of his own blood.A picture of the main conference room shows a tangle of bodies, dead or dying amid printers and stacks of printing paper.In total, 33 bullet cartridges were found at the crime scene, 21 from Cherif Kouachi’s weapon alone.Police found seven rounds in the body of chief editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, fired at point-blank range of less than 10 centimeters, Deau said. Execution-styleThe trajectory of the bullets found in the bodies of most of the murdered cartoonists were consistent with execution-style killings from behind, Dead added.Closed-circuit video recordings showed the killers seemingly calm and determined during the attack, and also during their getaway when they casually killed a police officer, Ahmed Merabet, who was already on the ground.Following a sustained exchange of fire with several police units, the two killers abandoned their vehicle whose windows had been shot to pieces.Police later found enough extra weapons in the car to lead them to believe that the brothers may have been planning more attacks, Deau said.Police killed the brothers two days later after a manhunt.Fourteen suspected accomplices are on trial in connection with the Charlie Hebdo attack, and with a related attack on a Jewish supermarket.The killings sparked a series of attacks on French soil, including “lone wolf” attacks by people said to be inspired by the Islamic State group that have since claimed more than 250 lives.Hearings began last week under heavy security as eleven of the suspects faced the court on charges of conspiracy in a terrorist act or association with a terror group.Three others, including the wife of one of the gunmen, are being tried in absentia because they fled to IS-held territory in Syria days before the attacks.The court is to hear the testimony of attack survivors on Tuesday and Wednesday. A Paris court on Monday sat through a viewing of graphic images of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo newsroom attack scene, prompting horrified members of the audience to leave the room in tears.More than five years after the massacre at the satirical paper, the CCTV images and police pictures taken during and right after the attack stirred strong emotions in the courtroom.”Some people may find these scenes disturbing,” warned the court’s presiding judge Regis de Jorna as proceedings got under way.last_img read more

Radio star Luke Bradnam is now selling both his houses

first_imgLuke Bradnam testing out the Gold Coast Bulletin Prize Tinny on the Broadwater Main Beach last year. Picture: Mike BatterhamRADIO star Luke Bradnam of Triple M and Gold FM seems to have some big plans underfoot, with both of his properties currently on the market – and they’re like chalk and cheese.The Channel 9 weatherman has a three bedder in North Ipswich and a waterfront five bedder in Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast, according to CoreLogic records. CoreLogic shot of Bradnam’s North Ipswich property.Records show Bradnam put the Ipswich property on the market for $260,000 – a tidy $200,000 more than he paid in 2002.The house is on a 448sq m block in a suburb where the median price had grown 10.4 per cent in five years. Bradnam’s Broadbeach Waters home has its own tennis court. There’s also a waterfront pool.Bradnam’s home on the Gold Coast was bought for $1.85m 12 years ago, according to CoreLogic data and has so much room it has its own tennis court and pool, plus access to the broadwater. The median price in the area has grown 60.3 per cent in the area in the last five years. No price has been set on the property publicly, with it to come “by negotiation”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoTriple M Brisbane Drive Show’s Luke Bradnam and Ben Dobbins with Agro. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.last_img read more

Ireland’s emerging marine post €400 million turnover last year

first_imgEmerging marine industries had a turnover of €398 million and provided employment to over 2,000 full-time equivalents, according to the figures published by NUI Galway university.The numbers represent 8% of the turnover, and 7% of employment in Ireland’s ocean economy in 2017, the latest update on Ireland’s ocean economy – released by NUI Galway’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU).The updated figures indicate that in 2017, the direct economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy was an estimated €1.97 billion or approximately 1% of gross domestic product (GDP), which represents a 21% increase on 2015 figures. The Irish ocean economy last year, the report states, had a turnover of €5.49 billion.The 2017 estimates also suggest that Irish ‘blue economy’ continues to grow at a faster pace than the general economy.Stephen Hynes, Director of SEMRU from the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change at NUI Galway, says: “The latest figures indicate that Ireland’s ocean economy continues to see substantial growth across both established and emerging marine industries.“While 2016 saw a large increase in activity in the oil and gas industry on the back of the Corrib gas project coming on line, more recent growth in 2017 is being driven by strong performances in the aquaculture, sea fisheries, shipping and marine tourism industries, as well as continued growth in the emerging ocean industries.”The emerging industries, referred to by SEMRU Director, include marine renewable energy, advanced marine technology products and services, maritime commerce, marine biotechnology, and bioproducts.Established marine Industries, such as oil & gas and the shipping and maritime transport sectors, had a turnover of €5.1 billion and provided employment to 30,000 full-time equivalents in 2017 – representing 92% of the total turnover and 93% of total employment in Ireland’s ocean economy last year.The work on the latest report involved revising the previous 2015 estimates with the latest released data for that year from the Central Statistics Office, fisheries and aquaculture data from Bord Iascaigh Mhara, shipping and cruise information from the Irish Maritime Development Office, as well as SEMRU’s own survey data with 2017 estimates.last_img read more

Twelve matters scheduled for trial in September 2011 Criminal Assizes

first_img Share Share Image via: peterdaou.comAt the opening of the September 2011 Criminal Assizes this morning before Justice Bernie Stephenson-Brooks at the High Court in Roseau, twelve matters on the Cause List were given trial dates, two will be fixed for trial at a later date and counsels informed and six accused informed that they are discharged as notices of discontinuance were filed in their matter.Out of the list of twenty four are for murder, two attempted murder, two wounding with intent, one manslaughter, one burglary, one indecent assault, three who have not yet been indicted and six notices of discontinuances.In the matter involving Dexter Jno. Baptiste for the offense of wounding a warrant for his arrest has been extended as he has escaped custody and is still at large.Kevin Richards, Kessler Alcendor and Albert Steven Jr. all pleaded not guilty when a charge of attempted murder was read to them this morning. The charge filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions indicates that the accused did attempt to murder Mandella Andrew on the 26th day of December, 2008 at Bowers Lane in Goodwill. His trial has been scheduled for the 17th day of October, 2011 and the accused were all warned to appear on that date and that the terms and conditions of their bail continued.Shane Degallerie who is represented by Mrs Zena Dyer associated with Mrs. Gina Dyer-Monroe has been traversed to the January Criminal Assizes which is scheduled to commence on the 23rd of January, 2012. According to the charge read, the accused on the 23rd day of April, 2010 at Pottersville did murder Justin Joseph. The Defendant who bailed by Gale Degallerie in the sum of $30, 000.00 was informed that the terms and conditions of his bail continues and warned to return to Court on the 23rd day of January, 2012 when the January Criminal Assizes begin.Ramos Auguiste pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault on the 24th day of December, 2009 which took place at Castle Bruce. Mr Auguiste who was bailed in the sum of $15, 000.00 by Sills Auguiste terms and conditions continues and was warned to return to Court on the 10th of October, 2011 when the trial is set to begin. Mr Auguiste is represented by Mr David Bruney.In the matter State vs. Stebin Valentine for the unlawfull killing of Charlesworth Christopher Junior at Portsmouth was scheduled to the 22nd day of November, 2011. He was bailed by Young Magloire of Goodwill and New Augustine of Bourne in the amount of $150, 000.00 and informed that the terms and conditions of his bail continues and also warned to appear in Court for his hearing. Mr Valentine is represented by Mrs Dawn Yearwood-Stewart.Gavin Geroge; who is remanded at the State’s Prison in Stockfarm and represented by Counsels Ms Bernadette Lambert and Mr Wayne Norde for the murder of Junior Joseph of Calibishie, trial will commence on 7th December, 2011 while Kenrick Tyson also represented by Counsels Bernadette Lambert and Wayne Norde and remanded at the State’s Prison for the murder of Cecil James of Concord will have the date of his matter fixed at a later date and his counsels informed at least seven days prior to the commencement date.In the matter involving the State and Kiwani Jackson who on the 23rd day of October, 2011 at Roseau did unlawfully wound Elsa Samuel with the intent to disfigure her is represented by Mr Glen Ducreay will also have the date for his trial fixed at a later date and his attorney informed at least seven days in advance.Johan Charles who on the 31st day of March, 2010 did enter the dwelling home of Mr Eluid Williams as a trespasser and stole $1000.00, a Toshiba laptop, 5 gold chains, 4 gold bracelets, 1 gold diamond ring, 1 wedding band, 1 gold wristlet, 3 pairs of gold earrings, 1 bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label totaling $19, 395.00 pleaded not guilty to the charge read to him. When asked whether he had a legal representation he answered ‘No ma’am’. Ms Bernadette Lambert informed the Court that she would assist in his defense and his trial has been set for the 12th day of October, 2011. In the matter involving the State and David St. John for the unlawful murder of Clement John at Portsmouth, trial has been set for 28th November, 2011 and he is represented by Counsels Wayne Norde and Bernadette Lambert.Jachlena Spilfee Lewis who is remanded for the attempted murder of Abigail Lewis on 18th May, 2006 and represented by Mr Julien Prevost trial will commence on the 21st day of November, 2011.The Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina informed the Court that Notices of Discontinuances had been filed in the matters involving Unice Joseph, Yannick Parillon, Shaphan Stuart, Kiwani Prince and Jeffrey Charles. Mr Pestaina also explained that he is not obligated to provide reasons for filing notices of discontinuance but that there are various good reasons why they were filed. The accused were all informed by Justice Stephenson-Brooks that they are discharged and free to leave.The September 2011 Criminal Assizes has been adjourned until the 10th of October, 2011 when the trials of Kevin Richards, Kessler Alcendor, Albert Steven Jr, Ramos Auguiste, and Jachlena Spliffee Lewis are scheduled to commence.Dominica Vibes News 79 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Twelve matters scheduled for trial in September 2011 Criminal Assizes by: – September 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Champ Pans begins fifth season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgEAU CLAIRE, Wis. (May 5) – The Champ Pans awards program that has paid off for drivers in five IMCA divisions continues for a fifth consecutive season in 2017.The Eau Claire, Wis., manufacturer gives $50 product certificates to top 10 drivers in IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national point standings.“Champ Pans is proud to be a supporter for IMCA but more happy to be able to help out racers all over the country,” said Sales Representative Jake Redetzke.Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed begin­ning the next week from the IMCA home office. Certificates can be applied to pur­chases from Champ Pans or Champ Brackets, another JR Manufacturing Company.More information about Champ Pans and Champ Brackets products is available by calling 715 834-7748, at the www.champpans.com website and on Facebook.“A Champ oil pan remains the industry standard and the preferred choice of IMCA racers, regardless of the engine package,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “From repairs to new builds, be sure to request a Champ pan from your builder or repair center.”last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds headline Canyon’s Nov. 3, 4 Desert Dash

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and berths on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot both nights of Canyon Speedway Park’s Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4 Desert Dash.Both features pay a minimum of $125 to start.Also running each night are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $1,000 to win and $100 to start; IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win and $65 to start; and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win and $50 to start.Pill draw fee is $50 for Modifieds, $40 for Northern SportMods, $30 for Stock Cars and $20 for Hobby Stocks.Spectator admission each night is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 60 and over and military personnel, and free for kids 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7-11 and free for six and under.  Minors must have a filled out and notarized release form to get in the pit area; that form is on the track website.Pit gates will be open all day; the grandstands open at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 5:30 p.m. with packing at 6 p.m. and hot laps to follow. Racing starts at 7 p.m.An open practice on Thursday, Nov. 2 starting at 7 p.m.  Pit passes are $20 for adults and free for minors ages 11 and under with their release form filled out and notarized.More information is available at the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website or by calling 602 258-7223.last_img read more

Richard “Dick” Schmid, 74, Brookville

first_imgRichard Stanley ‘Dick’ Schmid, age 74, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday night March 2, 2020 at Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born January 10, 1946 in Brookville, Indiana he was one of twelve children born to the late Frank R. & Martha E. (Hacker) Schmid.  He was a graduate of the former Brookville High School, and lived most of his life in Franklin County, Indiana.Dick was retired having worked in concrete construction most of his life.  In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting & fishing and spending time with family & friends.Survivors include two children, Richie (Patricia) Schmid II of Brookville, Indiana; a daughter, Kelly Schmid of Harrison, Ohio; six grandchildren; eight sisters, Barbara Nichols of Riley, Ohio, Shirley Marr of Okeechobee, Florida, Marilyn Anderson, Frances Watson, Carol Roemer, Wanda Monroe, Vickie Cooper, and Katherine Schmid-McLaughlin all of Brookville, Indiana; two brothers, James Schmid of Winterhaven, Florida and Michael Schmid of Everton, Indiana as well as many nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Claudia Schmid, several nieces & nephews, as well as twin infant daughters.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County Cancer Assistance Now.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Schmid family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Neymar’s Fate to Be Known This Week After Marseille Brawl

first_imgNeymar’s punishment for being one of five players sent off following a brawl at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s home defeat by Marseille will be revealed on Wednesday, the French Football League (LFP) announced yesterday.The world’s most expensive footballer was shown the red card in stoppage time of the 1-0 loss at the Parc des Princes alongside teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, as well as Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.Neymar insisted Alvaro Gonzalez called him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets late on Sunday after he was dismissed for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from coronavirus quarantine, said as he left the pitch. Gonzalez later denied making a racist comment.“The only regret I have is not hitting this idiot in the face,” Neymar then posted after the game, before replying to a Gonzalez tweet to call him a “racist”.The LFP’s Disciplinary Commission, which will decide the punishments, could investigate the Brazilian’s accusations against Gonzalez, who Marseille claim was spat on by Angel Di Maria.Any racist behaviour carries a maximum suspension of 10 matches.Spitting directed at another player can lead to a ban of up to six matches.Kurzawa meanwhile could be suspended for up to seven matches for violent conduct after aiming a punch at opposition full-back Amavi.3 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Voter interest down, poll says, but might increase

first_imgYoung voters are less enthusiastic about voting in the 2012 presidential election than they were in the 2008 election, according to a new Gallup poll. Fifty-eight percent of registered voters between the ages of 18 and 29 say they are “definitely likely” to vote, a 20 percentage point decrease from October 2008.According to Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the large decrease in percentage points might be attributed to the nature of the 2008 election.“The 2008 election was a very exciting one,” Schnur said. “Young people were just more excited about the 2008 election than any other campaign since 1984 or maybe even 1968. Those elections don’t come around all that often and are dependent on different societal challenges.”Though the dynamic of this election is different from 2008, Schnur said he still sees students excited about participating in the upcoming presidential election.“We’ll hold between 20 to 25 events this fall, almost all directed to the presidential election,” Schnur said. “The feedback we’re getting from students is that they want even more.”Michael Wang, a senior majoring in political science, said discussing hot-button issues, such as gay marriage, immigration and health care, might help get students involved.“Generally, once kids go back to school, they get more excited about the election while they’re talking about it in class,” Wang said.Aaron Taxy, a junior majoring in international relations and president of the USC College Democrats, said the struggling economy could also draw the attention of young voters.“Economically, things are getting better, but at the same time young people are facing an economy recovering from the recession,” Taxy said. “The reality of a hard economy will be an important gateway for students to get involved in our democracy.”Ultimately, the participation of young voters will be determined by the interaction they have with their peers, experts said.“The best way to reach a young voter is through another young voter,” Schnur said. “For college students who are interested in the election, they have an additional responsibility to reach out to their colleagues in a way that older people certainly can’t.”With several months left before the November election, Schnur said youth involvement could increase.“I know the Gallup poll showed that young voters aren’t particularly excited about this campaign, but the best thing about young people is that they are unpredictable,” Schnur said. “They may surprise us this upcoming election.”last_img read more