Archive for October 1st, 2017

Hundreds injured as Spain cracks down on Catalan referendum

Barcelona, Spain Catalonia s acknowledged ability election was in anarchy on Sunday, with letters of hundreds afflicted as Spain s civic badge launched a boundless crackdown on the vote.Catalan President Carles Puigdemont accursed indiscriminate aggression adjoin peaceful voters. Spanish authorities appeared bent to abjure the vote angary by preventing as abounding bodies as accessible from casting ballots in the referendum, which Spain s top cloister has declared illegal.The Health Ministry of Catalonia said in a account 465 bodies appropriate medical assistance, with two in a austere condition. The Spanish Interior Ministry said 92 polling stations accept been shut and three people, one of them a minor, had been arrested for accessible defiance and assaulting a law administering officer.Latest developments– Badge accursed elastic bullets and acclimated batons on bodies as they attempted to vote in Barcelona, the bounded capital. — Catalonia s bounded government accursed the badge crackdown and compared it to the postwar Franco dictatorship.– FC Barcelona said a bout adjoin a battling that supports the Madrid government would be played abaft bankrupt doors.– Spain s Interior Ministry said 13 civic badge admiral had been afflicted in scuffles.– The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister abhorrent the abandon on the assurance of the Catalan authorities to go advanced with the vote, admitting it actuality declared illegal.– Pictures showed bodies with injuries abiding in clashes with police.Spain: election is blatantly illegal The civic government is implacably against to any breakaway moves by the northeastern region. In a columnist appointment in Madrid Sunday, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría abhorrent the abandon on the crazy rush of the Catalan bounded government to authority the unconstitutional vote. The election couldn t be held, and it s not been held. To backpack on with this absurdity makes no sense, it doesn t advance anywhere, she said.Defending the civic badge actions, Saenz de Santamaria said their cold had been to appropriate actual associated with the election and not to ambition Catalans.She alleged on the Catalan government to arrest its irresponsible behavior and alarm off the vote. Despite the arrant abomination of this, they capital to continue, application accouchement and old bodies recklessly. Catalan government condemns state violence In Girona, area Puigdemont was due to vote, badge burst their way into a polling base by breaking a bottle window. Puigdemont casting his election in a adjacent village. Catalan authorities said Apprenticeship Minister Clara Ponsati i Obiols was forcibly removed from her polling station. Bounded government agent Jordi Turull told a columnist appointment in Barcelona two hours afterwards polling began that admitting the Spanish government s efforts, 73% of the polling stations, 4,661 in total, were open. He accused Madrid of actuality amenable for a accompaniment abandon alien to Spain back the age of Franco, apropos to the above aggressive absolutist Francisco Franco who disqualified the country with an adamant anchor for 36 years until 1975. Turull added that the abuse of axiological rights in Catalonia is not an centralized botheration of Spain, it is an centralized botheration of the EU, and we Catalans are citizens of the EU. When asked by a anchorman if it was all account it, he replied, Defending capitalism will be consistently account it. In a tweet, the Catalan administering alleged on the Spanish government adumbrative in the arena to resign. Voters baffle Madrid to casting ballots This moment agency a lot to me, Joana Rauet, 89, told afterwards casting her vote at the Josep Maria Jojol academy in Barcelona Sunday. I feel annoyed that I was able to booty part. I m activity actual happy, she said. Voters were clapped and hugged by a cat-and-mouse army as they larboard the school, afterwards casting their ballots. Bodies told they had been told to breach in case the badge accustomed to shut the voting base down. If the badge appearance up, I will angle my ground. I will affably resist, Xan Fernando, 20, a apprentice told . Supporters of the election were borderline whether badge would attack to anticipate election affidavit from actuality counted.At the better polling base in Barcelona, at the Institut Escola del Treball school, crowds aggregate in the afternoon in an accomplishment to anticipate badge from abduction the election papers. Polling stations are due to abutting at 8 p.m. bounded time on Sunday. Results are accepted about 10 p.m. bounded time (4 p.m. ET).Why is the election demography place?Catalonia, a affluent arena in Spain s northeast, has its own bounded government — or Generalitat — which already has ample admiral over healthcare, apprenticeship and tax collection. But Catalan nationalists appetite more, arguing that they are a abstracted nation with their own history, ability and accent and that they should accept added budgetary independence.The arena pays tax to Madrid, and pro-independence politicians altercate that circuitous mechanisms for redistributing tax acquirement are arbitrary on wealthier areas and aftereffect in Catalonian revenues subsidizing added genitalia of Spain. Others, including Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, assert that the country cannot be divided.Catalonia s attack to breach abroad has been accepting drive back 2010, back Spain s abridgement plunged during the banking crisis. Catalonia captivated a allegorical poll in 2014, in which 80% of voters backed complete alienation — but alone 32% of the electorate angry out.In the runup to the vote, civic authorities bedeviled election papers, aborigine lists and attack material, as able-bodied as sending bags of added civic badge to the region. High-ranking Catalan admiral complex in acclimation the election were arrested. In the accomplished few days, authorities blocked the use of a voting area app and bedeviled vote-counting software.The 5.3 actor voters on the balloter cycle were actuality asked to acknowledge yes or no to the question: Do you appetite Catalonia to be an absolute state, in the anatomy of a Republic? The Catalan government has not yet fabricated bright how it will acknowledge in the accident of a yes vote. s Isa Soares and Vasco Cotovio appear from Barcelona, while Hilary Clarke wrote from London

Kasich hints at leaving GOP if it s not fixed

Washington Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said on s State of the Union Sunday that a time could appear back he no best supports the Republican Party. If the affair can t be fixed, Jake, again I m not activity to be able to abutment the party. Period. That s the end of it. Kasich said in an account with ballast Jake Tapper.Asked what that meant for his approaching in the GOP, Kasich said he was committed to the affair and advised to win it over from the surging nationalist wing. I appetite this affair to be straightened out, Kasich said.Kasich again acicular to accessible annoyance with the Republican and Democratic parties, and referenced the backbone of absolute political identities. He said both parties bare to attack with brainy currents affairs them abroad from the center, abacus that he had no abstraction what the Democrats are for. What I m aggravating to do is attempt for the body of the Republican Affair the way that I see it, Kasich said. And I accept a appropriate to ascertain it, but I m not activity to abutment bodies who are dividers. Kasich fabricated bright he did not abutment above Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Republican appointee for Alabama s Senate bench with a history of damaging comments on race, female and religion. As for whether the Republican Affair should abide to abutment Moore in the December appropriate election, Kasich demurred and alternate to his broader admiration to adapt the party. I don t run the party, Kasich said. I can acquaint you, for me, I don t abutment that. I couldn t vote for that. Kasich ran for admiral aftermost year and became a common analyzer of Admiral Donald Trump throughout the race. He has connected to criticize Trump back the commencement and bidding his annoyance with the appropriate addition of the affair as able-bodied as some of its above initiatives, like its attempts to abolition and alter Obamacare. Despite a accessible accord with Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on above action issues, such as bloom affliction ameliorate and immigration, Kasich denied in August that the two would barrage a White House bid in 2020 as independents on a accord ticket.

Ex-Congressman Michael Grimm seeking old seat

Washington Michael Grimm, the above Republican agent who went to bastille for tax evasion, will advertise his attack for his old bench apery Staten Island and genitalia of Brooklyn in New York on Sunday morning.More than a year afterwards actuality appear from bastille afterwards argumentation accusable to tax artifice charges, Grimm will advertise his ambition to booty aback New York s 11th Congressional Commune bench from his replacement, adolescent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan.Beginning in 2015, Grimm served eight months in federal bastille afterwards argumentation accusable to one calculation of tax artifice accompanying to a Manhattan bloom aliment eatery, Healthalicious, he co-owned afore demography bold political office. Federal prosecutors say Grimm bootless to address $1 actor from his restaurant business in Manhattan above-mentioned to his 2010 acclamation to Congress.Grimm won re-election in November 2014 adjoin above Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia, but accommodated six weeks afterwards afterwards argumentation guilty. Grimm had declared he would absolutely not resign, but did so afterwards speaking with then-House Speaker John Boehner, who alleged the abandonment honorable. The 11th Congressional Commune is fabricated up of Staten Island and genitalia of southern Brooklyn, including the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Gravesend. Donovan was adopted to accomplishment out Grimm s appellation and was re-elected to serve a abounding appellation in 2016.Michael Caputo, an adviser to the Grimm campaign, says voters in the commune are not admiring with Donovan s abortion to adjust with President Donald Trump and would acceptable Grimm aback to office. The 11th Congressional Commune is Trump country, Caputo said. It s time for Republicans who argue the President to pay a amount for that. A attack official said abounding in the commune see Grimm s case as politically motivated. A acceptable countless of Republicans on Staten Island accept the aforementioned assessment of the political case of Grimm as they do of Joe Arpaio and Dinesh D Souza and now the President of the United States, the attack official said, abacus that Grimm supports Trump. The Department of Justice was weaponized adjoin Agent Grimm. Republicans, abnormally in able Trump territory, accept a different angle on a Department of Justice out of control.

Prix de l Arc de Triomphe: Veteran Frankie Dettori wins race for record fifth time

Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori claimed a almanac fifth Prix de l Arc de Triomphe as he rode odds-on favourite Enable to an eye- communicable achievement at Chantilly Sunday.The 46-year-old Italian took the three-year-old filly to the advanced central the final two furlongs and she quickened impressively to calmly ambit Cloth of Stars in additional and third-placed Ulysses. She was magnifique, beamed Dettori. A absolutely amazing finish. Enable had gone into Europe s best celebrated chase off the aback of four beeline Group One victories and the John Gosden-trained horse did not disappoint.READ: Chantilly proves beauteous ambience as acting Arc homeIt was the additional Arc success for Gosden, accepting saddled Golden Horn two years ago, but admitting the advantageous celebration is afraid to chase Enable afresh this season. She s actual appropriate and she was able-bodied positioned by Frankie in adjustment to appearance her arduous chic and brilliance, he said. I anticipate it would be amiss to run her afresh this year. I anticipate to go to the Breeders Cup would be wrong, too adamantine on the filly. If she s in abundant anatomy we should accede abutting year. Maybe it would be admirable to go to the aperture of the new Longchamp and try to do it again. Dettori, who sprung to all-embracing bulge by acceptable seven contest on the aforementioned day at Ascot in 1996, fabricated a fast alpha from the stalls on Enable and had her able-bodied positioned abaft the Aidan O Brien s brace of Idaho and Adjustment Of St George.With the finishing band approaching, Dettori unleashed Enable to cull bright in beauteous appearance adjoin an aristocratic field, acceptable by bristles lengths, abatement up at the line. I was actual assured all week…she is a amazing filly, he said. It was additionally a fifth Arc win for Enable s buyer Prince Khalid Abdullah, with Dettori leaping into his accoutrements in his brand alight in the paddock. Dettori s aboriginal Arc success was 18 years ago with Lammtarra. Sakhee and Marienbard followed in 2001 and 2002, with Golden Horn the arise for his fourth win in 2015.Visit .com/horseracing for added account and videosThe Arc was hosted at Chantilly, a amphitheater aloof alfresco Paris, for the additional and apparently aftermost time, with the iconic chase set to acknowledgment to a revamped Longchamps for 2018.

The Marines finally have a female infantry officer but now comes the hard part

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a contributor and chief adolescent at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the columnist of Ashley s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Appropriate Ops Battlefield. The opinions bidding in this annotation are hers. History has been made. The United States Marine Corps now counts a woman infantry administrator amid its ranks.The abettor accelerating Monday from the brutal, 13-week Infantry Administrator Advance (IOC). This tests concrete adeptness and brainy backbone and is frequently said to be alike added arduous — see this assay — than Army Ranger School, which opened to women in aboriginal 2015. Her graduation comes added than a year afterwards all action roles in the United States aggressive opened to women.Now comes the adamantine part: actuality allotment of the change of a adeptness that, women confined in the Marines say, allegation acclimate to the era if it is to get the best of America s talent.The Marines acquire a acclaimed attitude to draw aloft — one of which they are appropriately appreciative — and now their administration faces the claiming of assuming that assortment can accomplish the Marine Corps greater, not weaker. Women will add to the affluent history of the Marine Corps, not serve as the antecedent of its downfall.It will not be easy, but it is analytical for the Marines to abide to be the apotheosis of what it agency to adapt and overcome and be this nation s force in readiness. An America that is adverse advancing wars, nuclear threats and the affliction of agitation needs the arch Marine Corps possible.The new infantry officer, whose name has not been fabricated public, is now clearly able to advance a Marine Corps burglarize army in war. She has accurate she can backpack abutting to 10 afar accustomed added than 150 pounds, accommodated brainy tests and buck the burnout and deprivations that are allotment of a ambitious advance that usually washes out a division of those who attack it. I batten with changeable Marines who agreed to allocution to me on the action of anonymity. One of them declared the new infantry administrator as a humble Marine accustomed for consistently actuality willing to backpack added gear, consistently the aboriginal to volunteer, and a adolescent being who dreamed of acceptable an infantry administrator since she was young. I anticipate it is great, said a additional changeable Marine, who ahead served as an adviser at The Basic School in Quantico.But she additionally explained that she s afraid about what comes abutting for the lieutenant. When you are a woman in the Marine Corps and you airing in the room, you acquire to prove you are there because you are account article and not aloof bushing a quota, the above adviser said.The Marine Corps was the alone annex to seek — abominably — to exclude women from a bound cardinal of action roles back a 2013 action started the action to accessible all action jobs to women.Indeed, Marine Corps administration went appropriate to the affair of standards in a account Monday, authoritative bright that the changeable abettor accustomed no appropriate analysis — a allegation that was collapsed at the aboriginal women who accelerating in 2015 from Army Ranger School and angrily denied by Army and Ranger School leadership. I am appreciative of this administrator and those in her chic who acquire becoming the infantry officer designation, said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller. Marines apprehend and appropriately deserve competent and able leaders, and these IOC graduates met every training claim as they adapt for the abutting claiming of arch infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat. Both of the changeable Marines whom I batten with said that aloof one woman entering the infantry won t accomplish the aberration in culture, nor will the actual accustomed words from Neller.The absolute aberration will be fabricated at the arena level. Where the elastic meets the alley is at these battalions, it is with the chief enlisted and with these admiral who acquire been there longer, and I don t apperceive if the bulletin is accepting to them, said the changeable Marine who ahead served as an adviser at the Basic School. I anticipate the bulletin is accepting lost. In part, the lieutenant s affiliation is a generational question, said this above instructor. The adolescent lieutenants I accomplished had no issues with females confined in the infantry, she said. It was the Marines who had been in best and had been indoctrinated into a adeptness of misogyny that fabricated affecting arguments adjoin it. And the adeptness has been a challenge. Still continuing is an analysis into Marines United, the clandestine Facebook accumulation that acquaint potentially hundreds of absolute photos of accustomed and above women in the Marine Corps as able-bodied as added account members. The aspersion led Neller to say, during aldermanic affidavit aftermost March, to the men in our Corps … I charge you to ask yourself, how abundant added do the females of our Corps acquire to do to be accepted? Neller asked, What is it activity to booty for you to acquire these Marines as Marines? Today, six months later, the Marines now acquire a woman infantry officer. And administration is alive to set the tone. Now you re activity to go out there to the operating armament and we re activity to accord you albatross for a army of infantry Marines and do your actual best to advance them, Neller said to the admission class. Be men and women of advantage and appearance and advise them the abilities and techniques they charge to locate, abutting with and abort the enemy. That s what this is all about. I m appreciative of all of you. The women I batten with abutting Neller in adulatory the new infantry administrator all the best and — admitting their apropos — hoped that her graduation would be aloof the alpha of women entering the infantry.I know females who could acquire fabricated it through IOC but chose not to because of the culture, said the above instructor. She said she and added Marines achievement that will change in the future, not aloof for the account of the Marine Corps but additionally for the success of its newest infantry officer. If she charcoal one of one, it is activity to be difficult. America will account as added able women admiral appear to the Marine Corps infantry. The country needs added leaders accessible to serve and who are focused on adapting and evolving. And their gender is accessory to their ability.

Deadly stabbings in Marseille France treated as terror attack

A knife-wielding man dead at atomic two women Sunday at the Saint-Charles alternation base in Marseille, France, afore badge dead the suspect, according to associate BFM, which cited the burghal prosecutor s appointment as its source. The adventure is actuality advised as a alarm advance and has been handed over to a appropriate prosecutor in Paris, the prosecutor s appointment told . Military badge dead the suspect. Authorities are investigating whether he had links to alarm organizations. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb tweeted that he was on his way to the scene.The Saint-Charles base is the aforementioned one area four Americans belief away fell victim to acerbic attacks aftermost month. The Boston College students, three of whom were belief in Paris and one in Copenhagen, were advised for burns and released. The antagonist was a 41-year-old mentally ambiguous woman, badge said. She was arrested and hospitalized, according to associate BFM. There was no acumen to accept the acerbic attacks were terror-related, badge said. s Ben Marcus contributed to this report.

Mulvaney: Too early to judge Trump tax plan

Washington White House account administrator Mick Mulvaney absolved critics of the Trump administration s proposed tax overhaul, adage a abundant assay wouldn t be accessible until the abounding plan is crafted. I ve apparent the criticisms, Mulvaney said. All I can acquaint you is that no one can accomplish real, abundant assay of the plan yet because it s not finished. Mulvaney said on s State of the Union that the plan that Republican negotiators, including himself, appear beforehand this anniversary was aloof a framework, abacus that President Donald Trump is gluttonous two capital pillars for tax reform. The first, he said, was for the average chic to pay beneath in taxes and accept an easier time filing, and the additional is bringing bottomward the accumulated tax rate. Trump doesn t actually affliction what happens to the top 1%, Mulvaney said. This actually is about the average chic and the accumulated tax rate, he said. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an account afterward Mulvaney, said the White House official was wrong to say one couldn t draw abstracts about the tax plan. He said one assay showed best of the allowances of the tax plan over time would go to the top 1% of earners, and accursed Trump for adage the plan would not account the wealthiest Americans. For Trump to go on television and say, Oh, this doesn t account the wealthy is actually outrageous, Sanders said. Of advance it allowances the wealthy, and of advance it allowances large, bunch corporations. An aboriginal assay from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a anticipate catchbasin in Washington, said the top 1% of households would accept added of a tax cut than the basal 95%.

Trump: Tillerson wasting his time negotiating with North Korea

Washington President Donald Trump on Sunday afresh mocked North Korean baton Kim Jong Un and said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should not bother aggravating to accommodate with him in an accomplishment to stop the country s development of nuclear weapons. I told Rex Tillerson, our admirable Secretary of State, that he is crumbling his time aggravating to accommodate with Little Rocket Man… Trump said on Twitter.He continued, …Save your activity Rex, we ll do what has to be done! Trump s Sunday morning tweets came a day afterwards Tillerson said the US had absolute curve of advice with North Korea and that he was aggravating to calm things down afterward months of ascent address over Pyongyang s connected nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

Two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam pleaded not guilty

Two adolescent women pleaded not accusable in a Malaysian cloister Monday morning answerable with the annihilation of North Korean baton Kim Jong Un s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam.In one of the best adventurous assassinations of the 21st century, Kim was berserk with VX assumption abettor at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his way aback to his home in the Chinese area of Macau.Security footage showed the two women, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, and Vietnamese aborigine Doan Thi Huong, walking up abaft Kim and abrading their easily on his face.Malaysian authorities affirmation the brace were accomplished by North Korean agents to besom Kim s face with the assumption agent.But assembly of Huong and Aisyah said the two women were bamboozled into cerebration that they were accommodating in a antic TV show.The two women accustomed at cloister Monday cutting ammo affidavit vests with their eyes downcast, amidst by a abundant badge presence.More to come.

FC Barcelona bars public from match amid Catalan vote chaos

Barcelona Barcelona s admired football club said it would comedy a potentially close bout abaft bankrupt doors on Sunday as Catalonia s acknowledged ability election descended into violence.After an emergency lath meeting, the club said it had taken the accommodation to ban admirers from the bout adjoin Spanish club Las Palmas on Sunday afterwards the civic alliance banned to adjourn it. FC Barcelona condemns the contest which accept taken abode in abounding genitalia of Catalonia today in adjustment to anticipate its citizens appliance their autonomous appropriate to chargeless expression, the club said in a statement. Given the aberrant attributes of events, the Lath of Directors accept absitively that the FC Barcelona aboriginal aggregation bold adjoin Las Palmas will be played abaft bankrupt doors afterward the Professional Football League s abnegation to adjourn the game. Before the fixture, it was bright that anniversary club would be on opposing abandon politically as able-bodied as on the field. FC Barcelona is knitted in to the bolt of the region: Its adage is More than a club and its players accept been articulate in their abutment of the referendum.Las Palmas, from the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, said it had sown a baby Spanish banderole into the jerseys of its players in a moderate action of abutment for the candor of Spain. Regardless of how far abroad the Gran Canaria Stadium is, we accept never acquainted the atomic allurement to be allotment of a country added than this, the aggregation said in a statement.Barcelona s allegorical player, Xavi, said: What is accident in Barcelona is a disgrace. It s exceptionable that in a autonomous country the bodies are not accustomed to vote. I accord my abounding abutment to the bodies who are affably aggravating to apply their appropriate to vote.