Yahoo Finance's Jessica Smith speaks with Congressman Richard Neal as all eyes remain on D.C. for the next stimulus package.
Yahoo Finance's Jessica Smith speaks with Congressman Richard Neal as all eyes remain on D.C. for the next stimulus package.
Residents of the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Saturday woke to rumbling noises emanating from the La Soufriere volcano that spectacularly erupted a day earlier, while a thin layer of ash coated rooftops, cars and roads. A Reuters witness in the island's capital city of Kingstown said the volcano continued to vent clouds of ash and rumble on Saturday morning, while videos from the island showed a ghost-like landscape, with empty streets and hazy skies. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who ordered the evacuation of residents close to the eruption, is expected on Saturday to tour rescue shelters that have imposed limits on the number of evacuees they take due to COVID-19 protocols.
Global Covid vaccine rollout threatened by shortage of vital componentsPharmaceutical firms warn of delays to items such as the large bags in which vaccine cells are grownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage The Fujifilm Diosynth facility in Billingham where UK supplies of the Novavax vaccine are being grown. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox will have to wait at least another day to resume their series after Saturday's game was postponed because of rain. The White Sox beat the Royals 6-0 in Chicago's home opener on Thursday. Lance Lynn struck out 11 in a five-hitter in a game delayed for more than two hours because of the weather.
Bielsa's first win in five meetings against Pep Guardiola propels Leeds up to ninth in their first season back in the English top flight for 16 years.
Violence continued on the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, following heightened tensions in the region over a mix of factors including Brexit, policing issues and anger about the lack of prosecution for Sinn Fein politicians who allegedly broke coronavirus restrictions.
The decision to extend the lockdown was taken at a meeting held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with district crisis management committees via video conferencing
WASHINGTON — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice-President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defence secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the Capitol,” Pence said. Elsewhere in the building, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were making a similarly dire appeal to military leaders, asking the Army to deploy the National Guard. “We need help,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said in desperation, more than an hour after the Senate chamber had been breached. At the Pentagon, officials were discussing media reports that the mayhem was not confined to Washington and that other state capitals were facing similar violence in what had the makings of a national insurrection. “We must establish order,” said Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a call with Pentagon leaders. But order would not be restored for hours. These new details about the deadly riot are contained in a previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use that was obtained by The Associated Press and vetted by current and former government officials. The timeline adds another layer of understanding about the state of fear and panic while the insurrection played out, and lays bare the inaction by then-President Donald Trump and how that void contributed to a slowed response by the military and law enforcement. It shows that the intelligence missteps, tactical errors and bureaucratic delays were eclipsed by the government’s failure to comprehend the scale and intensity of a violent uprising by Americans. With Trump not engaged, it fell to Pentagon officials, a handful of senior White House aides, the leaders of Congress and the vice-president holed up in a secure bunker to manage the chaos. While the timeline helps to crystalize the frantic character of the crisis, the document, along with hours of sworn testimony, provides only an incomplete picture about how the insurrection could have advanced with such swift and lethal force, interrupting the congressional certification of Joe Biden as president and delaying the peaceful transfer of power, the hallmark of American democracy. Lawmakers, protected to this day by National Guard troops, will hear from the inspector general of the Capitol Police this coming week. “Any minute that we lost, I need to know why,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which is investigating the siege, said last month. The timeline fills in some of those gaps. At 4:08 p.m. on Jan. 6, as the rioters roamed the Capitol and after they had menacingly called out for Pelosi, D-Calif., and yelled for Pence to be hanged, the vice-president was in a secure location, phoning Christopher Miller, the acting defence secretary, and demanding answers. There had been a highly public rift between Trump and Pence, with Trump furious that his vice-president refused to halt the Electoral College certification. Interfering with that process was an act that Pence considered unconstitutional. The Constitution makes clear that the vice-president’s role in this joint session of Congress is largely ceremonial. Pence's call to Miller lasted only a minute. Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building, according to the document. By this point it had already been two hours since the mob overwhelmed Capitol Police unprepared for an insurrection. Rioters broke into the building, seized the Senate and paraded to the House. In their path, they left destruction and debris. Dozens of officers were wounded, some gravely. Just three days earlier, government leaders had talked about the use of the National Guard. On the afternoon of Jan. 3, as lawmakers were sworn in for the new session of Congress, Miller and Milley gathered with Cabinet members to discuss the upcoming election certification. They also met with Trump. In that meeting at the White House, Trump approved the activation of the D.C. National Guard and also told the acting defence secretary to take whatever action needed as events unfolded, according to the information obtained by the AP. The next day, Jan. 4, the defence officials spoke by phone with Cabinet members, including the acting attorney general, and finalized details of the Guard deployment. The Guard's role was limited to traffic intersections and checkpoints around the city, based in part on strict restrictions mandated by district officials. Miller also authorized Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to deploy, if needed, the D.C. Guard’s emergency reaction force stationed at Joint Base Andrews. The Trump administration and the Pentagon were wary of a heavy military presence, in part because of criticism officials faced for the seemingly heavy-handed National Guard and law enforcement efforts to counter civil unrest in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In particular, the D.C. Guard’s use of helicopters to hover over crowds in downtown Washington during those demonstrations drew widespread criticism. That unauthorized move prompted the Pentagon to more closely control the D.C. Guard. “There was a lot of things that happened in the spring that the department was criticized for,” Robert Salesses, who is serving as the assistant defence secretary for homeland defence and global security, said at a congressional hearing last month. On the eve of Trump's rally Jan. 6 near the White House, the first 255 National Guard troops arrived in the district, and Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed in a letter to the administration that no other military support was needed. By the morning of Jan. 6, crowds started gathering at the Ellipse before Trump’s speech. According to the Pentagon's plans, the acting defence secretary would only be notified if the crowd swelled beyond 20,000. Before long it was clear that the crowd was far more in control of events than the troops and law enforcement there to maintain order. Trump, just before noon, was giving his speech and he told supporters to march to the Capitol. The crowd at the rally was at least 10,000. By 1:15 p.m., the procession was well on its way there. As protesters reached the Capitol grounds, some immediately became violent, busting through weak police barriers in front of the building and beating up officers who stood in their way. At 1:49 p.m., as the violence escalated, then- Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund called Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, to request assistance. Sund’s voice was “cracking with emotion,” Walker later told a Senate committee. Walker immediately called Army leaders to inform them of the request. Twenty minutes later, around 2:10 p.m., the first rioters were beginning to break through the doors and windows of the Senate. They then started a march through the marbled halls in search of the lawmakers who were counting the electoral votes. Alarms inside the building announced a lockdown. Sund frantically called Walker again and asked for at least 200 guard members “and to send more if they are available.” But even with the advance Cabinet-level preparation, no help was immediately on the way. Over the next 20 minutes, as senators ran to safety and the rioters broke into the chamber and rifled through their desks, Army Secretary McCarthy spoke with the mayor and Pentagon leaders about Sund’s request. On the Pentagon’s third floor E Ring, senior Army leaders were huddled around the phone for what they described as a “panicked” call from the D.C. Guard. As the gravity of the situation became clear, McCarthy bolted from the meeting, sprinting down the hall to Miller’s office and breaking into a meeting. As minutes ticked by, rioters breached additional entrances in the Capitol and made their way to the House. They broke glass in doors that led to the chamber and tried to gain entry as a group of lawmakers was still trapped inside. At 2:25 p.m., McCarthy told his staff to prepare to move the emergency reaction force to the Capitol. The force could be ready to move in 20 minutes. At 2:44 p.m., Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to climb through a window that led to the House floor. Shortly after 3 p.m., McCarthy provided “verbal approval” of the activation of 1,100 National Guard troops to support the D.C. police and the development of a plan for the troops’ deployment duties, locations and unit sizes. Minutes later the Guard’s emergency reaction force left Joint Base Andrews for the D.C. Armoury. There, they would prepare to head to the Capitol once Miller, the acting defence secretary, gave final approval. Meanwhile, the Joint Staff set up a video teleconference call that stayed open until about 10 p.m. that night, allowing staff to communicate any updates quickly to military leaders. At 3:19 p.m., Pelosi and Schumer were calling the Pentagon for help and were told the National Guard had been approved. But military and law enforcement leaders struggled over the next 90 minutes to execute the plan as the Army and Guard called all troops in from their checkpoints, issued them new gear, laid out a new plan for their mission and briefed them on their duties. The Guard troops had been prepared only for traffic duties. Army leaders argued that sending them into a volatile combat situation required additional instruction to keep both them and the public safe. By 3:37 p.m., the Pentagon sent its own security forces to guard the homes of defence leaders. No troops had yet reached the Capitol. By 3:44 p.m., the congressional leaders escalated their pleas. “Tell POTUS to tweet everyone should leave,” Schumer implored the officials, using the acronym for the president of the United States. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked about calling up active duty military. At 3:48 p.m., frustrated that the D.C. Guard hadn't fully developed a plan to link up with police, the Army secretary dashed from the Pentagon to D.C. police headquarters to help co-ordinate with law enforcement. Trump broke his silence at 4:17 p.m., tweeting to his followers to “go home and go in peace.” By about 4:30 p.m., the military plan was finalized and Walker had approval to send the Guard to the Capitol. The reports of state capitals breached in other places turned out to be bogus. At about 4:40 p.m. Pelosi and Schumer were again on the phone with Milley and the Pentagon leadership, asking Miller to secure the perimeter. But the acrimony was becoming obvious. The congressional leadership on the call “accuses the National Security apparatus of knowing that protestors planned to conduct an assault on the Capitol,” the timeline said. The call lasts 30 minutes. Pelosi’s spokesman acknowledges there was a brief discussion of the obvious intelligence failures that led to the insurrection. It would be another hour before the first contingent of 155 Guard members were at the Capitol. Dressed in riot gear, they began arriving at 5:20 p.m. They started moving out the rioters, but there were few, if any, arrests. by police. At 8 p.m. the Capitol was declared secure. ___ Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo in New York, Nomaan Merchant in Houston, and Mary Clare Jalonick, Jill Colvin, Eric Tucker, Zeke Miller and Colleen Long contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro, Ben Fox And Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
Emmy-winning 'Fleabag' creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed on to co-star with Harrison Ford in the upcoming fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie.
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An upstate New York man has been charged with setting off explosives in another man's yard and sending letters to neighbors warning that he planned to continue doing it. James A. Pane, 50, of Rochester, is being held at least until a court hearing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.'s office said. Pane was arrested and made an initial court appearance after his home was searched Thursday.
The Opposition demanded for relief for the unorganised sector if the 8-day total lockdown is imposed.
Egypt’s president met Saturday his Tunisian counterpart in Cairo, where they discussed neighboring Libya, and a massive dam Ethiopia is building over the Nile River’s main tributary. Tunisian President Kais Saied arrived in Cairo on Friday for a three-day visit. “We hope that Libya goes down the correct path... There’s no way of dividing Libya," he told a joint news conference with el-Sissi.
As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity limits that have been common during the pandemic. “The COVID pandemic has been an impetus for a re-examination of balancing of legislative power with executive powers,” said Pam Greenberg, a policy researcher at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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The Calgary Board of Education will not take part in the provincial government's controversial new draft K-6 curriculum pilot project this fall. The board is the latest to join several others across the province to reject the draft — including Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic. The Métis Nation of Alberta and Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations have also rejected the proposed curriculum. The CBE says it has concerns similar to those expressed by educators, academic staff, parents and community members. "As the largest public school board in Alberta, we believe it is vitally important to provide Alberta Education with feedback on the draft curriculum," the CBE said in a release on Friday. "In the fall, we will gather meaningful feedback through focus groups with classroom teachers and curriculum specialists. Staff, parents/guardians and community members are encouraged to continue providing feedback." Education Minster Adriana LaGrange has had to defend the province's new K-6 curriculum.(Sam Martin/CBC) The new curriculum has come under fire after being called Eurocentric, and for its approach towards race, Indigenous history and colonialism. The curriculum has also been criticized for alleged instances of plagiarism and has received pushback from educators and parents. Education Minister Adriana LaGrange told CBC News last month that school district participation in the pilot project was voluntary, but she hoped to have representation from urban and rural schools. The ministry intends to have the curriculum taught in all Alberta elementary schools by September 2022. Education press secretary Justin Marshall said last week that the pilot project should give schools a chance to provide feedback on the curriculum. "School divisions can opt to pilot all or some of the draft curriculum subjects [math, language arts, etc.]," he said. "If some school divisions do not wish to pilot, they simply will not be able to provide direct, in-classroom feedback on potential change." 'A strong statement' Medeana Moussa, executive director of Support our Students Alberta, says the CBE's decision sends a message. "They're not first out of the door, but they're by no means late. I think they wanted to give it due consideration. And I think they have made a strong statement," Moussa said. "And I think it's really important that the other school boards show solidarity and follow suit with the largest school board in Alberta and stand up for students." The CBE said it has carefully reviewed the curriculum, and the decision took into account the pandemic and focusing on the immediate needs of students. In a statement issued Friday, NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman said kids deserve better than the UCP plan. "Alberta's largest school board, the Calgary Board of Education, has now rejected Jason Kenney's flawed curriculum. We know that the UCP curriculum will not prepare students for advanced education and their future careers," Hoffman wrote. "More than 10, including three of the province's four largest school boards, have now taken a stand against the premier's plan for educating Alberta children." NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman is pleased to hear that the Calgary Board of Education has chosen not to participate in the province's new curriculum pilot this fall. (CBC) Hoffman added that she hopes the UCP government will put a halt to the pilot plan. The CBE statement indicated they shared a similar goal. "We trust that government will consider all the feedback gathered across the province and make the necessary changes prior to implementation in September 2022," the CBE said.
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Doctors under fire as Myanmar military targets efforts to aid injured protestersMedics tell of attacks on staff and ambulances to stop treatment of patients and punish those who took part in national strike Medical workers rally against the military coup and to demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, on 10 February. Photograph: Reuters
A 3,400-year-old "lost" city was unveiled in Egypt's Luxor on Saturday (April 10), a find which archaeologists hail as the most significant since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb."I call it lost city because it was lost, no one really believed that the city could exist here."Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and a team originally began searching for a mortuary temple in September.Within weeks, they found mud brick formations in every direction and eventually unearthed the well-preserved city."Three main districts, one area for storage, we found a big area for the storage of making sandals, also sewing clothing, precious stones for making necklaces and bracelets; pottery tells us about the relation of Egypt with the New Kingdom. We think that this is the beginning of the discovery."According to historical references the site once housed three palaces of Amenhotep III, the ninth king of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, alongside the empire's administrative and industrial center.It has almost complete walls and rooms filled with tools of daily life, along with rings, scarabs, and coloured pottery, all shedding light on the day-to-day lives of ancient Egyptians.
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CBC Edmonton and CBC Calgary have teamed up to launch a pop-up Red Deer bureau to help us tell your stories from central Alberta. Reporter Heather Marcoux will bring you the news from Red Deer and the surrounding area. Story ideas and tips can be sent to email@example.com. For eight years Red Deerians have been fascinated by a painting on the alleyway door of the downtown coffee shop, Dose. The colourful portrait of a woman is a frequent background in Instagram photos, a spot everyone knows. The image was created in 2013 by Red Deer artist Bronson Wilson. A year later, Wilson died from cancer at 27 years old. Last Monday, someone unscrewed the painting from its mount during the night, with staff finding the door bare in the morning. "It just was so shocking that someone was able to get it off, and that they wanted it so badly, to take it away from everybody else," said Sydney Schur, co-owner of Dose who knew Wilson. "It's very, very sad. "We were super heartbroken. And people are reaching out immediately — people that were like, 'I was there when that was painted,' or, 'I've been friends with Bronson since I was a kid'. All of a sudden, people were just overwhelmed that it would be gone." One of Wilson's two siblings, Demi Wilson, says she's always understood that street art, her brother's preferred genre, isn't meant to remain forever, and public art does sometimes get painted over or destroyed. Demi Wilson looks at a portrait of her late brother Bronson. The mural was painted by Red Deer artist Jesse Gouchey. (Heather Marcoux/CBC News ) This situation is different, she said. "In an instance like this, where it's taken from us, then, of course, we're going to stand up and say, this is really important to us," she said. "And it's really important to the community. It's been here for eight years, and this is where it should remain. "We just want it returned to where its home is." Downtown Red Deer was important to Bronson, who based the portrait on an internet image of a woman he didn't know but imbued it with the energy of a woman he'd had a relationship with, Wilson said. The painting is the result of layers and layers of stenciling, a marriage of the unknown and the intimate, she said. The mysterious portrait has attracted many admirers over the years, but no one has tried to remove it. Sydney Schur and Demi Wilson discuss the theft of the painting that hung outside Dose for eight years.(Heather Marcoux/CBC News ) Schur remembers when Bronson Wilson sat down with Dose co-owner Rolland Forsland and came up with the idea for the painting over coffee. For Schur, the painting serves not only as a memorial for Bronson, who is also memorialized in another piece of street art painted by fellow artist Jesse Gouchey, but also a reminder of the spirit of community and cooperation present in downtown Red Deer. Schur's message for the person who took the painting is simple. "We don't care why you took it or what any of that is about; we just want it back. I'm not going to get you arrested or whatever; we just want it back." Wilson's sister says the family is planning to come up with a monetary reward for the return of the painting. She hopes to be able to walk by Dose in the future with her two-year-old child and show them how much the uncle they never met meant to Red Deer.