Congo’s new president urges thousands of exiles: Come home

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo – Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave Congo in 2010 for neighboring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the sports ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety. “Threatened with death, I had to cross the river and reach Brazzaville, where I enjoy refugee status with my wife and children. Life is hard here but we are safe,” the 65-year-old Tumba said. Now, after a historic election in Congo, he believes his “long ordeal” may come to an end.

Budget cuts threaten Brexit ferry plan

The extra ferries from Ramsgate would relieve pressure on the Port of Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They would also divert traffic away from the M20, which may have to be used as an emergency lorry park if backlogs develop at the border. But the contract with Seaborne to run the service is controversial because it has no ships and has never run a ferry service before. No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried Brexit ferry firm in terms gaffe Ferry firm ‘ready’ for no-deal Brexit And last month it was discovered that the terms and conditions on its website seemed to have been copied from a takeaway restaurant. The mayor of Ostend has also said it would be …

Why we shouldn’t underestimate Joe Biden

(CNN)One of the biggest mistakes analysts made in the 2016 Republican primary season was not listening to what voters were telling them. The early polls said Donald Trump had a good chance of winning, but many (including yours truly) decided to dismiss them because they didn’t match with our preconceived notions of what Republicans would want. The top three factors line-up with Biden’s arguments for the nomination pretty much perfectly. More Democrats (26%) said beating Republican President Donald Trump was more important than anything else. That’s not too surprising given that Democrats really don’t like Trump. Biden, of course, will claim (rightly or wrongly) that polls showing him leading Trump by the most of any Democrats demonstrate that he is …

‘Brain tumour’ dog had needle in neck

Image copyright PA Image caption X-rays revealed the 7cm metal sewing needle piercing Toby’s spinal cord Owner Alexander Jamieson, from Beauly, near Inverness, said: “We feel that without the help of the experts in Edinburgh, Toby would not be here today. Image copyright PA Image caption Vets are delighted with Toby’s recovery Related Topics Animals Beauly Nairn Dogs University of Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Damning Report Uncovers Decades Of Rampant Sexual Abuse By Southern Baptist Leaders

by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News that uncovered decades of sexual abuse by hundreds of church leaders and volunteers. The victims of the accused number more than 700, the report said. They include teenagers and children, some as young as 3, who were “molested or raped inside pastors’ studies and Sunday school classrooms.” Dozens of pastors, employees and volunteers were reportedly allowed to return to work in Southern Baptist churches despite being dogged by sexual abuse allegations. In the aftermath of the Chronicle’s and Express-News’ report, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have promised to crack down on abuses in the church and to provide a safe space for victims to come forward. “We — leaders in the …

Florida caregiver arrested for impregnating woman with disabilities, police say

Shorter was working in a group home run by the Bridges foundation when he allegedly impregnated a woman who has “the mental capacity of a small child” and is unable to give consent, Florida Today reported. The staff discovered the woman, who was not identified, was pregnant in January 2015 and contacted police. The woman initially named three men who were potentially the father of her child, FOX35 reported. Shorter’s name came up, but he denied the allegations and there was not enough evidence for authorities to obtain a DNA sample. ARIZONA NURSE CHARGED WITH RAPING INCAPACITATED WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY The woman gave birth in May 2015 and her family adopted the baby, but the investigation stalled until last …

Tiger kills potential mate on first date

London (CNN)An endangered Sumatran tiger was mauled to death at London Zoo on Friday, just moments after it was introduced to a potential mate for the first time. “Asim was moved to ZSL London Zoo as part of the European-wide conservative breeding program, and it was hoped that the two tigers would be able to breed in the future.” The two tigers were initially kept in separate, adjoining enclosures, where keepers allowed the two animals to “smell and react to each other.” The zoo acknowledged that while introductions of big cats are always considered “high risk,” experts had observed “positive signs” and deemed it to be the “right time” to introduce the pair. The keepers reported that the introduction of …

Actress hits out at ‘ageist’ casting call

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNiamh McGrady rant over ad for ‘still attractive woman’ Does female beauty have an expiry date? That’s the question posed by a County Down actress whose online rant criticising casting companies for using “sexist and ageist” language has been viewed more than 150,000 times since she tweeted on Wednesday. ‘No’, overwhelmingly, was the response. Niamh McGrady was inspired to tweet after being invited to audition for a part in an advertisement, for which a casting director requested a woman “in her late 30s, still attractive”. McGrady, who has appeared in The Fall and Holby City, has since been praised for her comical assault on the entertainment industry. Image copyright Artists Studio Image …

Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres says she has skin cancer: I have put everything in Gods hands

MARIA MENOUNOS OPENS UP ABOUT HER BRAIN TUMOR “Today I have some sad news,” the Puerto Rican beauty queen captioned in English. “I have been diagnosed with skin cancer ‘melanoma’ from a big spot/mole I never paid attention to, even though it was new, it had been growing for years & had an uneven surface.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Torres said she was coming forward with her story in hopes of encouraging others to get themselves checked out before it’s too late. “If I can help anyone along the way based on my experience, it would be to tell you… PLEASE, never forget to take care of yourself,” she wrote. “If you see something or feel …

HMV reveals lists of stores set to close

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Rewind looks back on the changing fortunes of the high street music retailer The administrators KPMG announced that the company’s flagship Oxford Street store in London, its first shop when it opened in 1921, is among the 27 outlets set to close. Canadian entrepreneur Mr Putman, 34, bought the retail chain Sunrise Records in 2014. He previously bought HMV’s Canadian business in 2017, expanding his small chain into a national operation with 80 outlets. Can anyone make HMV successful? HMV: The rise and fall of a music icon HMV: Did streaming cause retailer to fail? ‘Heritage brand’ Who is Doug Putman? First successful business venture – selling fresh local produce – …

Body seen in Emiliano Sala plane wreckage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe search for answers A body has been seen in the underwater wreckage of the plane that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson. A search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing. The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the sighting on Monday. Rescue teams are now developing a recovery plan for the plane, which is 67m (207ft) below water. The man who found it said it was “imperative” it was raised from the seabed soon. Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson The …

Sarah Silverman Knocks Male Doctor For ‘S**tty’ Mammogram: ‘Wear F**king Gloves

In Silverman, 48, claimed the same doctor did exactly the same thing during their last appointment in 2018 — and that she raised her concerns with him both times, but to no avail. Check out Silverman’s full post here: Silverman said the doctor’s refusal to acknowledge her initial complaint was “obnoxious and probably a subconscious power thing if we’re getting deep.” was canceled in January. Check out the full text of her post here: RELATED COVERAGE Sarah Silverman Reminds 'Defeatist' Democrats That 'They F**king Won' Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

No-deal Brexit ferry contract scrapped

Could Channel ports cope with no-deal Brexit? No-deal Brexit ferry contract queried A really simple guide to Brexit What preparations are being made for a no-deal? Seaborne Freight was awarded the £13.8m contract in December to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium, in the event that Britain leaves the EU without a deal. The government was criticised for choosing Seaborne Freight, a company with no ships or trading history, and for leaving too little time to establish the new ferry service before the Brexit deadline of 29 March. And local politicians in both Ramsgate and Ostend warned that the ports at both ends of the route will not be ready the deadline. At the time, the government …

Tiger killed in zoo’s mating introduction

It said: “Our focus right now is on caring for Asim, as we get through this difficult event.” Staff are “heartbroken by this turn of events”, the zoo said. Tiger facts Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five tiger subspecies and have the narrowest black stripes The roar of a tiger can be so loud that it can be heard from two miles away (3.2km) A tiger can bite down with the force of 1,000lb (450kg) From sitting down, a tiger is able to leap forward 33ft (10m) Fossils found in China show tigers could have been alive two million years ago Source: ZSL London Zoo

‘Ground-breaking’ pay deal for Hermes staff

Hermes’s 15,000 couriers can deliver parcels in whichever order they want and will be able to continue to do so if they take up the new arrangement. New couriers wishing to take up the pay holiday terms will have to follow routes specified by Hermes. The company said that if it is guaranteeing hourly rates of pay, it needs to ensure that couriers are taking the most efficient route. Why so many young workers have ‘side hustles’ Does flexible working come at a cost? Uber loses latest legal bid over driver rights The GMB said that the collective bargaining agreement is on an opt-in basis and “will not affect those couriers who wish to retain their current form of self-employed …

Political world mourns the loss of John Dingell

Washington (CNN)The news of former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell’s death shook the political world Thursday night as memorials poured in from political leaders spanning his decades as the House’s longest-serving member. Former President Barack Obama mourned Dingell, calling him proof that change “does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort.” “John sat beside me when I signed the Affordable Care Act — a law that nearly cut in half the uninsured rate in America. He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American,” Obama said in a statement. “Because of him, we’ve come closer to that vision than ever …