Suicide bomber kills 5 outside Israeli mall

first_imgNETANYA, Israel – A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up among shoppers outside a mall Monday, killing at least five people and putting pressure on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for a tough response ahead of a fierce election campaign. Sharon held an emergency meeting of his security Cabinet to decide how to respond to the attack, which wounded 40 people, while Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas threatened his own strong action against those responsible. An Israeli driver who spotted the bomber carrying a suspicious bag toward the mall alerted police. A mall security guard hustled him away from the entrance and pushed him against a wall, where the bomber detonated his explosives. The guard was among the five people killed, police said. “If the bomber had gotten in, the result would have been much worse,” said Israel’s police chief, Moshe Karadi. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The bombing was the fifth since a truce took effect in February. Islamic Jihad, a militant group that has carried out all five of the attacks, claimed responsibility for Monday’s bombing, saying it was retaliation for Israeli killings of the group’s leaders. Israel and the Palestinians are in the middle of election campaigns, and more violence could hurt both Sharon and Abbas, who say they support returning to the internationally backed “road map” peace plan. The blast shattered windows and pocked the outside of the brown multistory building. Pieces of concrete were ripped off the facade, blood stained the walls and debris littered the sidewalk. More than a half hour after the bombing, one body lay on the ground, blackened legs sticking out from under a blanket, while another lay nearby under a sheet. Emergency workers wheeled stretchers carrying the wounded toward ambulances. The attack occurred before noon, when a man carrying a black bag crossed the street in front of the Sharon Mall in the seaside city of Netanya. An off-duty security guard waiting at a red light noticed the man and alerted police in the car behind him – in a scene caught on security cameras and broadcast on Israel’s Channel Two TV. “Within a second, I knew he looked suspicious,” the driver, Nir Hudra, told The Associated Press. Policewoman Shoshi Attia got out of her car and approached the man, but he started running, she said. When he put his left hand in the bag, Attia screamed “Terrorist! Terrorist! Take his hand out of the bag,” she told Israeli media from her hospital bed. “Then people started running, crossing the street, running in every direction.” A security guard pushed the bomber away from the crowd waiting to get in, she said. “I was looking (the bomber) in the eye and he pressed (the button) and blew up. I flew, and all I remember is that I was looking in his eye; I saw his gaze,” she said. The huge explosion, also caught on security cameras, sent smoke billowing into the sky and debris flying and clattering to the ground. In response, the Defense Ministry decided to resume killing Islamic Jihad leaders in the West Bank and to continue an arrest sweep in the West Bank, security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the details. “We decided on a series of steps,” Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Army Radio, refusing to give details. Sharon and top security officials decided later Monday that Israel would cancel the VIP cards issued to senior Palestinian officials – severely restricting their travel – and cease talks on the opening of a passage for Palestinians between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported. Sharon could be pressured to mount a tough response ahead of the election. Sharon left his hard-line Likud Party to form a new centrist party, saying it would give him more freedom to seek a peace deal with the Palestinians. The Palestinians have parliamentary elections Jan. 25, and violence could harm Abbas’ Fatah party, laying bare its ineffectiveness in its race against the Islamic Hamas group. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘No let-up’ in war on crime, corruption

first_img14 February 2013While increased police visibility and improved procedures had contributed to a reduction in the levels of serious crime in South Africa, more still needed to be done, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Zuma was delivering his 2013 State of the Nation Address in front of a packed joint sitting of Parliament attended by, among others, former presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk.Levels of serious crime decreaseThe 2011/2012 crime statistics, released by the police in September last year, showed that murder had decreased by 3.1%, attempted murder by 5.2% and common assault by 3.4%.Car hijackings had dropped by 11.9%, cash-in-transit heists by 37.5%, and bank robberies and ATM bombings by 10.3% and 34.6% respectively.Police operations focusing on illegal firearms, stolen and robbed vehicles, liquor and drugs, which are regarded as main generators of crime, had assisted in the reduction, Zuma said.The President said improved policing and an enhanced criminal justice system were key to beating crime and corruption in South Africa, adding: “We urge the private sector to also take this fight against corruption seriously so that we tackle it from all angles.”Zuma said the capacity of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which had been compromised by lack of funds and personnel, had been increased from 70 staff members to more than 600.‘Zero tolerance’ of corruptionHe made it clear that combating corruption at all levels of government was of paramount importance.“I have since 2009 signed 34 proclamations directing the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud or maladministration in various government departments and state entities,” he told Parliament.Criminal investigations had been initiated against 203 accused persons in 67 priority cases under investigation by the end of September 2012, with pre-trial proceedings having so far been initiated against 191 persons.A total of 66 persons under investigation were alleged to have received R5-million or more through corruption, Zuma said, adding that orders for the freezing of assets had been obtained against 46 persons.The Asset Forfeiture Unit had seized assets valued at more than R541-million. A total of R61-million of these assets had already been forfeited to the state and would be channelled back into fighting crime and corruption.Zuma added that funding of R150-million from the Criminal Assets Recovery Account was approved for the work of the Anti-Corruption Task Team, which comprises the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit and the National Prosecuting Authority.“These resources are aimed at strengthening the capacity of these law enforcement agencies in our resolve to fight corruption.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

South African local elections date set

first_img12 April 2016The next local government elections will take place on 3 August 2016.The minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs would follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and fulfil other requirements needed, the Presidency said yesterday in announcing the date.All South Africans who are eligible to vote, in particular young people over the age of 18 who will vote for the first time, are urged to register on the voters’ roll during the voter registration weekend.People can still go to their local Electoral Commission office to register and check their details on the voters’ roll. Click here to find an office near you. Voter registration will close when the date of the election is officially published in the Government Gazette.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

House Judiciary Committee Conducts Hearing on Wikileaks – Watch the Video

first_imgThe witness list for the hearing included Thomas Blanton of the National Security Archive at George Washington University; Geoffrey Stone, former dean of the University of Chicago Law School; and Ralph Nader for some reason. Some legislators, most prominently Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have called for Assange to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. However, given the extreme uncertainty of the outcome they desire, Lieberman has introduced the SHIELD Act (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination). On his website, Lieberman makes it 100% clear that this law was written not so much to protect the country, to make up for a gap in the existing law, as it is to go after and get Assange. “(T)he SHIELD Act, would give the Administration increased flexibility to go after Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange by making it illegal to publish the names of human intelligence informants (HUMINT) to the United States military and intelligence community.”The video of the meeting is actually interesting. It goes surprisingly far beyond the usual electioneering you see in these sorts of hearings, especially expected in one whose topic is so fraught. The majority of the legislators seem to actually care about the First Amendment, even when the speech it protects is odious to them. There is also a great deal of examination of the perils of over-classification of both diplomatic and military materials. Was there anything in the hearing that you found particularly surprising? If so, please share it in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#NYT#web Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The House Judiciary Committeemet today to discuss, among other things, Wikileaks and whether the organization and its boss Julian Assange have violated the United States Espionage Act. The committee meeting was recorded by C-Span and video of the hearing is available.In an extremely thorough examination, Trevor Timm of Legal As She Is Spoke, has made a very convincing case that Wikileaks has not broken the law. Timm, the editor of the New York Law School Law Review, examines “the most commonly cited statute by those who advocate prosecuting Wikileaks…Section 793(e).”“‘Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document…relating to the national defense…willfully communicates… the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it…[s]hall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.’” As made clear in the Pentagon Papers case, the word ‘communicates’ was never meant ‘to encompass publication’ or to affect the press.”last_img read more

Curfew relaxed in Rajasthan’s Malpura town

first_imgCurfew was relaxed for three hours on Saturday in Malpura town of Rajasthan’s Tonk district where it was imposed after communal tension erupted following pelting of stones at a Dussehra procession on Tuesday, an official said. The restrictions were imposed on Wednesday morning and mobile Internet services were also suspended to prevent rumour-mongering. Curfew was relaxed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. after reviewing the law and order situation in the area, he said. “A total of 10 people have been arrested in connection with the violence that occurred in the town,” Malpura ASP Gordhan Lal Sonkaria said. He said that markets opened after the relaxation in the curfew. No untoward incident has been reported so far and mobile Internet services continued to be suspended, he added.last_img

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis won’t be traded

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry didn’t mince his words Friday in declaring that star Anthony Davis won’t be traded, and he didn’t appreciate Lakers superstar LeBron James’s comments on the matter.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry told reporters at a morning shootaround before the Pelicans were due to take on the Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In response to James’s comments, Davis told ESPN he appreciated the compliment but was focused on building up the Pelicans.“It’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me,” said the 25-year-old big man, who is under contract with New Orleans for two more seasons. “But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15–17, that means I’m not doing my job.”James isn’t the only NBA player to speak publicly about Davis’s talents.NBA.com reported that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo lightheartedly urged Davis to “come to the Bucks” after Milwaukee’s Wednesday night victory over the Pelicans.ESPN reported Friday that several unnamed general managers had “expressed outrage” over what they believe is the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce rules against tampering.ADVERTISEMENT And Gentry said James’s recent comments — saying it would be “amazing” to play alongside Davis — as tampering, defined by the NBA as attempting to entice a player under contract to negotiate with another team regarding his services.“It’s tampering,” Gentry said. “Why is it not tampering if players are saying it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me. I’ve only been in the league 31 years, what do I know?”Gentry’s ire may have ratcheted up the tension before the Friday night clash, but it wasn’t clear if either James or Davis would be playing, with both listed by their teams as ailing.center_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES ‘Old fire’ fuels Petron Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Treaty annuity case livestreamed from Sudbury

first_imgAPTN NewsIn 1850 Anishinabek leaders and the British Crown signed the Robinson Huron Treaty.It stipulated an annual annuity of four dollars.But it also promised that if revenues increased so would the annuity.That never happened so nearly two dozen First Nations brought the case to court in 2014.It has been heard in Ontario Superior Court since September with the First Nations presenting their case.last_img