Shinzo Abe discusses resignation with Trump, Putin

first_imgIn a following teleconference, Abe and Putin reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to continuing bilateral negotiations toward signing a postwar peace treaty, which has been hampered by a decades-old territorial row over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.Abe and Trump discussed North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Japan’s plans to renew its missile defense strategy, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.Trump tweeted after the call that Abe is a “special man” who will “soon be recognized as the greatest Prime Minister in the history of Japan, whose relationship with the USA is the best it has ever been.”The two men built a rapport since Trump came to power in 2017 and have played several rounds of golf together. “The two leaders said they look forward to continuing their wonderful friendship for years to come!” the White House said in a statement. Abe will remain in office until his successor is chosen. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Abe, is considering holding a leadership election on Sept. 14, party lawmakers said.The prime minister assured Trump whoever succeeds him will be committed to strengthening the Japan-US alliance, according to a Japanese official.The abduction issue has been one of Abe’s main focuses, though he has struggled to make progress toward a resolution despite Trump raising the matter in summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Abe asked Trump for continued US support on Japan’s efforts to resolve the issue with North Korea, the official said.The two leaders also agreed that their nations will cooperate on the development of a vaccine and treatment for the novel coronavirus that has ravaged the global economy. The pandemic has led to the deaths of more than 845,000 people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.China’s President Xi Jinping (R), Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018.Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)Meanwhile, Putin praised Abe for making great contributions to removing obstacles between the two countries, according to the Japanese government.Abe explained his resignation and said he hopes active talks will be held in the future toward resolving the territorial issue.At the end of the 20-minute teleconference, Putin said “arigato,” thanking Abe in Japanese, while Abe reciprocated in Russian, “Vladimir, spasiba,” according to the government.Topics : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained his decision to resign in separate calls with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, while also touching on a number of issues involving the countries that remain unresolved.During his 30-minute phone talks with Trump, Abe thanked him for helping to make the Japan-US relationship “the strongest it has ever been,” the Japanese government said.It was Abe’s first phone call with a foreign leader since he abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, citing a relapse of ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease that can cause stomach pain and diarrhea. Abe just a week ago achieved the longest uninterrupted stint as prime minister in the country’s history.last_img read more

End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

first_imgStuff 19 June 2018Family First Comment: Excellent commentary…“If we lived in a perfect world, maybe a bill like this could be considered. In this world, doctors would be infallible and their decisions and predictions would always be right. Patients would be completely rational, never making decisions out of fear, pressure, or unstable emotions. Families would be loving, compassionate and unselfish, with never a thought for their inheritance. But in the real world we live in, legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide should be a non-starter. It’s just too risky.”www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzOPINION: Parliament has started hearing submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill, and if the last round of submissions is anything to go by, they’ll hear a lot of opposition.In response, MPs may be tempted to think they can fix the bill – narrowing the scope, tightening the wording, maybe limiting it to terminal illness and ditching the current provision for grievous and irremediable medical conditions. But in reality, even the safest version of this bill would be dangerous.This is a hard thing to say and to hear, when there are many stories of suffering and pain that each of us will hope we never have to go through. Both sides of the debate are motivated by compassion and concern for the vulnerable. No-one is coming at this with the intent to harm, but good intentions are not enough.Researching the international law and experience in places like Oregon, Washington State, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, shows four main issues with even a restricted version of the bill.First, the eligibility criteria would be broad. Even if limited to people with a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months, doctors acknowledge that prognosis is more art than science. Oregon has a provision like this, but their official reports show that in 2017, somewhere between one and 14 people who were prescribed lethal drugs went on to live longer than their six-month prognosis.Second, other jurisdictions have failed to craft effective safeguards. For example, the bill states that a person must express a desire for euthanasia or assisted suicide free from pressure. However, pressure is very difficult to detect and requires a long-term relationship between doctor and patient. In Oregon last year, the median doctor-patient relationship before an assisted suicide prescription was just 10 weeks.Increasing numbers of people in Washington and Oregon have named being a burden on family and friends as one of the reasons they opted for assisted suicide. In Washington last year, this was 56 per cent of the people who received a lethal prescription. Although the numbers vary each year, the trend is rising steadily. Patients may name other reasons too, like loss of autonomy, but for a bill that is based on an ideal of free choice, the rising burden statistics should be a serious concern.Third, whatever the safeguards, legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide would divide society into two unequal groups. We’d be telling some people to hang on to life, because their suicide would be a tragedy. We’d be telling others that their suicide is an understandable, rational act, that under the circumstances we agree their lives are not worth living. This underlying logic has no natural limits.This leads to the fourth issue. The practise of euthanasia and assisted suicide tend to expand over time. There’s no reason to think we’d be immune. For example, in 2014, Belgium made children of any age eligible to seek euthanasia, albeit with stricter criteria. We cannot always control what happens after something like this has been legalised.READ MORE: read more

Region 6’s COVID-19 cases exceed 200; 5 of 6 new cases from Negros Occidental

first_img* 24-year-old male from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 199) Here’s the breakdown of the region’s 203 COVID-19 cases: Aklan – six; Antique – 14; Capiz – six; Guimaras – zero; Iloilo province – 23; Negros Occidental – three; Bacolod City – 11; Iloilo City – 20; repatriates – 120. * 44-year-old male from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 198) “DOH reminds everyone nga indi magkampante. Padayun nga may kaso kita sang COVID-19. We should always practice minimum public health standards,” said Pulmones. The six new patients that the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday were the following: * 34-year-old male from La Carlota City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 201) Specimens from these six patients were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory in Iloilo City and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory in Silay City, Negros Occidental. These minimum public health standards are: wearing facemask, physical distancing and handwashing./PNcenter_img * 50-year-old male from Calatrava, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 200) * 30-year-old male from Bingawan, Iloilo (Patient No. 202), repatriated overseas worker The 120 COVID repatriates (overseas workers and LSIs) were from Aklan (four), Antique (four), Capiz (two), Guimaras (four), Iloilo province (16), Negros Occidental (44), Bacolod City (18), and Iloilo City (28). ILOILO City – Six new cases – five of them from Negros Occidental and locally stranded individuals or LSIs from Cebu – increased to 203 the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Western Visayas. According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH Region 6’s Local Health Support Division, the six new cases were all being quarantined. * 26-year-old male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 203)last_img read more

Two-vehicle accident on Highland Center Road

first_imgBrookville, IN—Sunday Afternoon, deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a personal injury accident which occurred on Highland Center Road, near Blue Creek Road. Deputies determined that Roger S. Hamon, 57, West Harrison, driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highland Center Road when he went left of center while negotiating a curve in the roadway colliding head-on with a northbound vehicle.  Jacqueline A. Beneker,63, Cedar Grove, was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot northbound on Highland Center Road when her vehicle was struck head-on by the Caravan.Beneker was transported by Brookville E.M.S. #2, to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.last_img

Allardyce: We’re out of the window

first_imgWest Ham look set to continue the season with the squad they have after manager Sam Allardyce revealed there are no funds to add further new faces to his ranks. Press Association The transfer window remains open for another 11 days but Allardyce has admitted any further deals, whether buying or selling, would come as a surprise. “I’ve got no money left, I’ve got the squad I’ve got, so that’s it,” he said. “If there is to be a new player coming in, we have to sell some players but I’m not looking at doing it because I’m happy with the squad I’ve got at the moment. “(It is) unlikely there will be any ins or outs , you never say never, but we’re not actively looking for any players to bring in and we’re not actively looking to sell any players either.” The window is likely to end with a number of clubs continuing or, in the case of sides such as Arsenal and Manchester United, starting to spend on improving their squads but Allardyce is unmoved and is not worried about the business completed by his rivals. “I’ve got no panics going on,” he said. “I’m not anxious about any transfers like a lot of managers will have because we’ve done all our business as quick as we possibly can and I think we’ve got a very good squad. “Other teams are strengthening their squads considerably and obviously spending a lot more than we’re spending but that’s something you just have to deal with as the season goes on. We’ll decide what strength all the other teams are once the window’s closed.” The Hammers had been linked with a move for Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella but the former Newcastle boss, who takes his side to St James’ Park on Saturday, knows that will not be happening and that agents play a part in many transfer rumours at this stage of the season. The two big signings of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been joined by the free transfer arrivals of Razvan Rat and Adrian, with teenage midfielder Danny Whitehead also moving to Upton Park from Stockport. Carroll, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, became the club-record buy when he was brought in on a permanent basis from Liverpool earlier in the summer and he was joined by former Anfield team-mate Downing just over a week ago. “Unless the chairman has managed to find out how to find some more money for me without selling anybody I’ve got at the moment then there’s no more players coming in at this moment of time,” he said when asked about a potential move for Quagliarella. “It’s not frustrating for me, it’s a fact of life. There is a new set of regulations that say you’ve got a limit on your wages set by these new rules that the owners have decided to put into place. I’ve hit my limit and that’s it, we move on. “As usual this time of year, agents get busy and will contact football clubs then tell the press what is going on to create a bit of a stir. It has been going on for years and years now.” Record signing Carroll missed the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season, a 2-0 win at home against newly promoted Cardiff, and will also be absent for the trip to face his home town club and former employers at the weekend. But Allardyce confirmed he is close to making a comeback as he looks to start training with the remainder of the squad sooner rather than later. “Andy has had an injection to finally finish off the last bit of pain and suffering in that area,” he said. “Within the next few days we’ll expect him to step up his training, then we’ll take it one day at a time from there in terms of his progression. “I think now it could be pretty quick but it could be something that takes a little bit longer. We just do it day-by-day based on how Andy feels. “If he’s feeling good from the day before, we’ll step the training up a little bit more and we do that each day. As long as he’s not feeling any pain in that area we step it up until he joins in with the lads.” last_img read more

Tan ‘extremely upset’ with Mackay

first_img Tan, who claims he spent a total of £50million on deals over the summer, warned Mackay on Monday night he will receive “not a single penny” for transfer window deals. And with Tan also said to be “extremely upset” over Mackay speaking out about deals before putting his plans to the board, the situation exposes a major difference of opinion at the top of the club. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has faced a stinging rebuke from club owner Vincent Tan after revealing his plans to make new signings in January. If Mackay survives to lead the club in January he may have little option but to sell players to fund deals, if Tan refuses to be swayed on his insistence there will be no budget for the Scot to utilise. Cardiff brought Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius to the club during the summer. Speaking at the weekend, Mackay said: “It would be great if we can bring in three quality additions to the squad. “I would look to strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player. “I will talk to my chairman (about January) who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them.” He added: “It’s about bringing in another layer of quality to add to what we’ve got. I need to bring in guys who are going to add to that.” Mackay joined Cardiff in June 2011, and after missing out on promotion in his first season at the club, when his team suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to West Ham, he led the Welsh side to the 2012/13 Championship title. Press Association Mackay claimed at the weekend, after a 1-0 win against West Brom, that he hoped to bring in three new players to fortify his team for the second half of their maiden Barclays Premier League season. Chief executive Simon Lim released a statement that outlined Tan’s disappointment with Mackay. “Tan Sri Vincent Tan was extremely upset to read quotes from the manager concerning the possibility of new recruits, before he had been informed whether funds would be made available,” Lim said. “He believes that doing so unfairly raises supporter expectations, placing unnecessary pressure on the club. “His view is that due to the funds already committed, including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of £35million that rose to £50million in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported. “The overspending of £15million has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal on Iain Moody as head of recruitment. As such, he has stated that not a single penny will be made available in January. “Having been the highest-spending promoted club and the seventh-highest spender in the Premier League last summer, the owner believes that the manager has been given the best possible chance of retaining our Premier League status.” Moody was replaced by Kazakh 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov in October. last_img read more

Father denies Courtois Real rumours

first_img Press Association Media speculation in Spain has strongly linked the Belgian goalkeeper, who is playing on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, with a move to the Bernabeu stadium. “This (rumour) is only an attempt to destabilise Atletico,” Thibaut’s father Thierry Courtois said to Belgian website La Derniere Heure. Thibaut Courtois’ father has denied reports that his son will join Real Madrid once his contract with Chelsea expires in 2016. center_img “But in any case, I don’t think Chelsea would let him leave in that way. “Thibaut is focusing on Atletico Madrid and the Champions League, that’s all.” The 21-year-old Courtois has played on loan at Atletico since signing for the Blues outfit from Genk in 2011. Atletico, who are second in La Liga, three points behind city rivals Real Madrid, take on AC Milan in the Champions League last-16 return leg at the Vicente Calderon stadium on Tuesday. last_img read more

FL Emergency Management Chief: State Has ICU Beds, Ventilators

first_imgFlorida’s emergency management chief said Sunday the state would be able to meet the need for critical-care hospital space and ventilators.He added that the state has a dedicated team of people who are assigned to plan for how Florida should deal with the threat of a hurricane during the coronavirus pandemic.The Atlantic hurricane season begins June. 1“I have full confidence that we’ll be able to meet the ICU capacity,” state Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said in an interview with Miami television station WPLG. “We feel that we’ll be able to meet the capacity as far as the beds, or the potential bed issue, or the potential issue with ventilators.”When he was asked about a projected peak need in early May of 2,500 beds and a current capacity of less than 1,700, Moskowitz said the state has already purchased and received 4,300 hospital beds to meet the need.Moskowitz also explained that field hospitals have been established in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; field hospitals are pre-positioned for Jacksonville and the Orlando area; there is capacity for a 400-bed hospital to be set up at the Miami Beach Convention Center; and work is being completed to reopen two closed facilities in Miami-Dade County.According to Moskowitz, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services “have been fantastic” about responding to Florida’s requests for ventilators from the national supply, and the state has already received four shipments.There are currently more than 4,000 ventilators available in the state, and Emergency Management is working with places such as ambulatory surgery centers to relocate some of their equipment.“We are gathering up those resources, pre-positioning them, just like we would do in a hurricane” so they can be used in hospitals when needed.In terms of emergency managers planning for hurricane season during the coronavirus outbreak, “Even with this pandemic, I’m not planning for tomorrow or planning for next week. I’m planning for the month after that and the month after that,” Moskowitz emphasized said.To that end, a “planning cell” has been separated from operations at the state Emergency Operations Center in order to focus on hurricane planning. Among the questions it is considering are: How shelters will be operated? Will there be evacuations out of, or into, “hot zones,” depending on where a storm is headed? Will schools be used as shelters?“These are all the things that we’re developing plans and procedures around with COVID-19,” Moskowitz said. “We have to do that in the emergency management space.”last_img read more

Florida Primary Winners and Losers as Majority Votes by Mail

first_imgThe majority of people voted by mail in the Palm Beach County primary and turnout was close to 25 percent, according to the Supervisor of Elections.There were a lot of COVID-19 precautions at the elections tabulation center in Rivera Beach on Tuesday. But the workers and the vote-counting machines appeared to be working without any problems.About 100 poll workers did not come in, but there were plenty of extra poll workers ready to take their place, Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link said.There were a number of tight races in South Florida. Trayvon Martin’s mom lost a razor-close race for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert beat Sybrina Fulton by one percent of the vote. It was Fulton’s first political campaign, and she was endorsed by Hillary Clinton. Also falling short, former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel came within 4000 votes of defeating appointed Sheriff Gregory Tony. Tony will face Republican H. Wayne Clark in the general election on November 3rd. Also, firebrand Republican Laura Loomer will face off against incumbent democrat Congresswoman Lois Frankel in November. Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartore Link and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw won their races handily.Incumbent Congressmen Brian Mast and Alcee Hastings both won their races. In fact, a trio of incumbent U.S. Representatives who serve parts of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast easily won their respective primaries on Tuesday.DISTRICT 18U.S. Rep. Brian Mast declared victory Tuesday night in the District 18 Republican primary.Mast held a commanding lead over challenger Nick Vessio all evening, and released this statement, in part, to WPTV: “With tonight’s primary victory, I want to say thank you once more for allowing me to fight to represent our community. I will always fight as I did in combat, with every damn thing I have! My time in Congress has been spent working with anybody willing to fight to clean up our waterways, help my fellow veterans, support our neighbor’s recovering from coronavirus, defend seniors and more. In short, my job is fighting all day, every day for all people I have the honor to represent.”SPECIAL COVERAGE: Decision 2020 | Live Election ResultsMast, who took office in 2017, is the incumbent in District 18, which includes parts of Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, and Jupiter.On the Democratic side, Pam Keith, an attorney and former U.S. Navy lawyer, easily defeated challenger Oz Vasquez.“This is the fourth race she’s run in now, gone out there and said things like, all Republicans are white supremacists. All Republicans are racist. It’s open season on Republicans” Mast said. “The reason that that’s so bad is because the way you have to operate as a representative is that anybody that comes into your office, regardless of what they think or their political party, you gotta do every single thing you can to help them.”“He has a certain approach to how he interacts with Governor DeSantis, how he interacts with Donald Trump,” Keith said. “I think those are things that we can raise and criticize. I am a veteran as well. I served the country that we both love. I have a very different perspective on how to represent veterans.”Keith has received several high-profile endorsements, including former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.DISTRICT 20U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, who’s currently serving his 14th term in Congress, easily won the District 20 Democratic primary, defeating opponent Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick.Hastings was first elected to Congress in 1992, and released this statement to WPTV: “I am humbled and honored to have once again earned the trust of my fellow Floridians to serve as the Democratic nominee for the 20th Congressional district. I look forward to November’s general election and continuing to fight in the 117th Congress. The next two years will be a defining moment in our nation’s history, and one thing is certain: I am fired up and remain committed to putting everything into this job in service to our community, state, and nation. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of my supporters. Over the coming months, I will do everything I can to support the Biden/Harris campaign, so that we put our country back on track and reclaim America’s place as a leader on the world stage.”District 20 includes parts of West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.DISTRICT 21Another landslide victory came for U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who beat opponent Guido Weiss in the District 21 Democratic primary.Frankel, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, previously served as the mayor of West Palm Beach.“Obviously, I’m happy about it. I feel privileged to serve the people of Palm Beach County,” Frankel said. “I am totally focused on trying to help people get relief from this COVID pandemic.”Frankel will take on Laura Loomer in the November election after Loomer won the District 21 Republican primary on Tuesday.Loomer, the self-described “most banned woman on the internet,” has been barred from virtually every social media platform, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.DISTRICT 22James Pruden will take on U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch in the November election after winning the District 22 Republican primary on Tuesday.Pruden is a retired business law attorney who lives in Parkland.Deutch ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.District 22 runs from Fort Lauderdale north to Boca Raton and westward to communities in Broward County.Turnout was expected to be close to 25 percent, but the majority of voters, 180,000, cast their vote by a mail-in ballot.“We wanted people to know if you’re nervous and not feeling comfortable, this is a way to be safe, and we do have a lot of people that we know requested a vote-by-mail ballot, and then still went and voted in the polls because it was their safety backup. So, we do know we have a lot of that, but a lot of people obviously sent it in,” Link said.last_img read more

Students who lived in the Moon entitled to settlement

first_imgPlaintiffs of a class action lawsuit are trying to track down students who lived in the Moon residential complex from 2004 to 2007, because they might be entitled to settlement money.BASTA Inc. filed a lawsuit against Nupac Apartments in 2007, maintaining Nupac landlords at the Moon illegally subdivided apartments. Earlier this year, Nupac agreed to pay $550,000 in settlement money, which will be split among the tenants of the Moon. Former tenants have until May 15 to file a claim to receive their part of the settlement.“Nupac recognized that the apartment at the Moon had been illegally subdivided,” said Daniel J. Bramzon, president of BASTA Inc. and the representative of the tenants in the case. “Rather than face further regulatory repercussions, and significant financial exposure for their wrongdoings, Nupac chose to settle.”Tyson Mansfield, who lived at the Moon when the lawsuit was filed, said he thinks the Nupac settlement is a huge victory for all USC students who have had to deal with difficult landlords.“Everyone knows that all the landlords break the laws every day,” Mansfield, who graduated from USC in 2007, said. “You just have to know your rights.”Mansfield said he and the other tenants decided to contact lawyers about Nupac Apartments after another resident tried to get a security deposit back.“Then the landlord was like ‘No,’” Mansfield said. “And we thought, ‘We should call a lawyer and get everyone involved.’”Along with security deposit and subdivision issues, Mansfield said tenants felt landlords at the Moon complex failed to keep the building up to earthquake codes and didn’t address electricity problems.A manager at Nupac Apartments, who declined to state his name, said the lawsuit was unfounded and he did not believe the landlords illegally subdivided the apartments.“I think we should have gone to trial because there was no merit on the case,” he said. “They should have not received a single penny.”Mansfield said individual residents can expect to receive up to $8,000 from the settlement. Previous tenants with questions should contact BASTA Inc. or the Los Angeles County Superior Court.Tenants who lived at the Moon between June 15, 2004, and June 15, 2007, are eligible to file for a rent rebate from the settlement. They can receive up to a 30 percent rebate on the rent paid while living at the Moon.last_img read more