The Italian news agency ANSA said Giuseppina Robucci died Tuesday in the southern Italian town of Poggio Imperiale, where she was born on March 20, 1903. She lived 116 years and 90 days. MILAN - A 116-year-old Italian woman who authorities say was the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest in the world has died. Robert Young of the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group said Robucci was the last European born in 1903. She was just two months younger than the current oldest living person, Kane Tanaka of Japan, who was born on Jan. 2, 1903.
June 18, 2019 14:03 UTC
The bill, as passed, includes the Notwithstanding Clause, which is expected to discourage Charter challenges to the law. This law reforms Quebec’s immigration system over which, uniquely amongst the provinces, the province has near-autonomous control. New selection criteria will more efficiently match immigrants with employment needs, as opposed to the first-come system of the past. Uncertainties over Canada’s evolving national identity won’t be stifled by mockery and derision. Leavers wanted to open up a conversation about the cultural changes wrought by mass immigration.
June 18, 2019 13:41 UTC
OTTAWA — A Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria. Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a soldier based at CFB Petawawa, died as a result of injuries sustained during parachute training exercise known as Swift Response 19, the Department of National Defence confirmed Tuesday. The incident happened Monday evening near the Bulgarian village of Cheshnegirovo, and is under investigation by Canadian military police, the department said. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie,” Canadian Army commander Lt.-Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier said in a statement. “We want to pass on our deep condolences, not only to the family but also to all the members who have served with Bombardier Labrie,” Sajjan said.
June 18, 2019 13:35 UTC
Some Hong Kong tycoons have started moving personal wealth offshore amid concerns over the legislation. Taiwan, overwhelmingly opposed to a “one country, two systems” formula for itself, has voiced support for Hong Kong. “Things are getting worse in Hong Kong. “It’s a democratic beacon for Hong Kong,” Cheng Chung-man, a 32-year-old who works for a lawmaker in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, told Reuters of Taiwan at Sunday’s rally. “It gives Hong Kong people hope.”
June 18, 2019 13:30 UTC
Khafra, 21, had been carving out hundreds of feet of passageways under Beckwitt’s home in Bethesda, Maryland, northwest of Washington, when a fire broke out. Judge Margaret Schweitzer of Montgomery County Circuit Court sentenced Beckwitt to 21 years in prison, but she suspended all but nine. Sentencing guidelines called for 10-21 years in prison, though second-degree murder in Maryland carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years. Court documents said that Beckwitt made great efforts to keep his underground bunker secret. Khafra posted a photograph of himself, underground and wearing safety gear, on social media while he was doing the work.
June 18, 2019 13:30 UTC
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Searchers pulled the bodies of a woman and her 9-year-old twin daughters from the water after she intentionally drove a car carrying them into a southwestern Michigan river, authorities said Tuesday. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said two upset girls told officers late Monday that a family member had driven a car into the Kalamazoo River. Chief Karianne Thomas says the girls had been in the car, but were let out before it was driven into the water. “This is just a tragedy,” Thomas said. “This is just a tragedy for our community.”ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOWThomas said investigators were trying to determine why the woman drove into the water.
June 18, 2019 13:19 UTC
So when Moonves was approached, separately but concurrently, about making American iterations of Big Brother and Robinson, he was immediately intrigued. As if to confirm the accusations of broadsheet columnists worldwide, reality TV really did sometimes cater to the lowest common denominator. Not unlike people confined to captivity, reality television began to divide into two factions. On the other hand there are what might be called observational reality shows — reality shows that follow ordinary people, for real, without any competitive dimension. (It doesn’t help that the men and women most likely to consent to being reality TV stars are not the most dignified or refined.)
June 18, 2019 12:56 UTC
Our cookbook of the week is Red Hot Kitchen by Brooklyn-based writer and photographer Diana Kuan. To try another recipe from the book, check out: Traditional XO sauce. Adding a dollop of XO sauce is a quick and easy way to greatly enhance a standard weeknight stir-fry. Place the chicken in a large bowl, pour the marinade over the chicken and stir until the chicken is evenly covered. Step 2In a small bowl, mix together the XO sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil and chili flakes.
June 18, 2019 12:56 UTC
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Police in a western Michigan city already under scrutiny for alleged discrimination are defending their actions in the arrest of a 12-year-old black boy, saying they had to handcuff the child while they sorted out a confusing situation. The department summarized its response in a Facebook post following a witness’ post criticizing officers , who were described as mostly white. The department also on Monday opened an investigation to determine if the case was handled properly, though no officers were placed on leave. “Not knowing the youth’s age or the circumstances of what was going on, the officer placed the youth in handcuffs,” the post reads. A large crowd already in the neighbourhood observed this and became upset that a 12-year-old was being arrested.
June 18, 2019 12:53 UTC
ATHENS, Greece - Greece is urging European Union leaders to condemn Turkey over its actions in a natural gas drilling dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean. In a statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said EU leaders should “unambiguously condemn the illegal actions of Turkey” when they attended a European Council meeting in Brussels on June 20 and 21. He conveyed the message in a phone call with European Council President Donald Tusk. Turkey has sent a drilling vessel off the coast of divided Cyprus, maintaining that it is defending the interests of the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriots. But the island’s internationally recognized and Greek-Cypriot-led government says the action is illegal.
June 18, 2019 12:45 UTC
KENOSHA, Wis. - A 5-year-old boy has died of a gunshot wound after two men abandoned him at a hospital in southeast Wisconsin, according to police. The shooting happened before 2 p.m. Monday at a home in Kenosha, about 35 miles (55 kilometres) south of Milwaukee, authorities said. Staff at the Froedtert South Hospital-Kenosha Campus called authorities after two men dropped off the wounded boy then left. Curtis Cannon told WISN-TV that the boy was his grandchild and that one of his two adult sons accidentally shot the boy. Cannon said one son is the boy’s father, but he didn’t say which son shot the boy or describe the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
June 18, 2019 12:35 UTC
PATNA, India - More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India’s eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday. Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said 106 children had died and more than 430 others between the ages of 4 and 10 were being treated at hospitals in Muzaffarpur district, 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Patna, the state capital. Despite the deaths, Kumar said the mortality rate among children from encephalitis, which can cause swelling of the brain, a burning fever and vomiting, had dropped to 26.5% from 34% a year ago. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the disease. Left-wing political organizations also rallied in New Delhi, demanding that the Bihar government do more to prevent what has become an annual outbreak.
June 18, 2019 12:10 UTC
WASHINGTON - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. He was expected to be held at New York City’s notorious jail complex, Rikers Island, until the state case is resolved. New York prosecutors had sought to take custody of Manafort under a law that provides for the transfer of prisoners indicted in another jurisdiction. They instead proposed that Manafort continue to be held in federal custody and made available to state officials when needed, the official said. Manafort likely would’ve been held in a facility on the island that houses inmates with high-profile cases who require protective custody.
June 18, 2019 11:54 UTC
WHITEHALL, Mich. - Investigators have determined that a couple whose bodies were found along with their dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in western Michigan died of accidental drug overdoses. State police say autopsy results found that 26-year-old Jessica Bramer of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed of Marne had used fentanyl, other opioids, marijuana and alcohol. The autopsy findings, combined with surveillance footage, digital evidence and interviews with witnesses, allowed investigators to determine the deaths were accidental. A trooper discovered the bodies last month at the Rodeway Inn near Whitehall after responding to a request for a well-being check. Authorities say the baby girl, named Skylah, was alone for about a week.
June 18, 2019 11:48 UTC
WASHINGTON — Boeing’s efforts to save its customers money contributed to the “fatal mistake” of failing to give pilots the crucial information and training they needed to safely fly 737 Max jets, according to the president of a union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots. Three days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March, the Federal Aviation Administration followed its counterparts in other countries and grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9. “The point was to provide Boeing’s customers with a new advanced aircraft while minimizing the training cost associated with a different aircraft certification,” Carey wrote in his planned testimony. The final fatal mistake was, therefore, the absence of robust pilot training in the event that the MCAS failed,” Carey wrote. Carey also raised questions about the FAA’s certification process for the 737 Max.
June 18, 2019 11:37 UTC