SANTA FE (UNITED STATES) - February's school massacre in Parkland, Florida inspired students to launch a spirited gun control movement. Similar calls for reform are unlikely to resonate following a deadly shooting in Texas, where support for gun rights is paramount. One father of a Santa Fe High School sophomore recalled how guns were a fabric of life in the area since back when he grew up. Arguing the other side on Saturday outside the high school were Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter Jessie was slain in an Aurora, Colorado theater shooting nearly six years ago. These days they live in a camper, traveling from state to state counselling students and parents after the latest tragedy.
May 19, 2018 18:45 UTC
PARIS - Police in Paris have opened an investigation after an actress accused French film director Luc Besson of rape, judicial sources said Saturday. French director Luc Besson, pictured in February 2018, is accused of rape"Luc Besson categorically denies these fantasist accusations," the film-maker's lawyer Thierry Marembert told AFP. One source close to the investigation said Besson was out of the country and had not been questioned. Besson, who heads the EuropaCorp production and distribution company, created the Cite du cinema studio complex north of Paris in 2012. Besson is a top name in the French film universe with 12 Cesar nominations and 17 films under his belt.
May 19, 2018 18:45 UTC
“We want people to sample a variety of dishes with different tastes made from carefully selected seasonal ingredients and enjoy a new dining experience. “Each set will have five main dishes served at the same time with steamed rice. “We make our own coconut cream and curry pastes and the ingredients are prepared fresh every day. I opted for the samrub aek, starting with an amuse-bouche of kanom krok, coconut cream rice pancake topped with caviar from the Doi Inthanon Royal Project in Chiang Mai. The herbs and coconut cream are placed in the top chamber then after vapour pressing, the intensely filtered soup drops back into the lower chamber.
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Chuan, a former leader of the Democrat Party, was viewed as a “compromise” choice. Pheu Thai and their “red shirt” supporters certainly would not allow current Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva to lead their coalition government, given their past bitter mutual hostility. However, the Democrat leader said it remained unclear who would be the party’s three PM nominations. “After Mahathir’s return as prime minister at 92, many people are thinking of Chuan as an alternative. Chuan has a better chance than anyone else in his party to win acceptance from the other potential coalition partner, whether it is Pheu Thai or the NCPO party.
“This simply encourages Thailand’s policymakers and soldiers to believe that they can get away with murder,” he said. “It also remains a major impediment to reconciliation between victims and supporters of the red shirts, a group that does not trust the Army and political establishment. Although evidence showed the military was behind most of these abuses, no one has been held accountable so far. The Ratchaprasong intersection sign on the footpath was enclosed with barricades, preventing the red shirts from using the area to hold their activities. In a related development, UDD leader Nuttawut Saikuar yesterday attended a religious ceremony held for the victims of the crackdown at another temple in Bangkok’s Bangkhen district and said the UDD would continue to fight for justice for those killed.
The threat came as security authorities voiced concern over possible violence or clashes if the protesters moved their rally from Thammasat University’s Tha Phrachan campus to Government House. Searches are being conducted for all kinds of weapons” since midnight on Friday until the end of this month, Srivara said. He said their protest inside the university was permitted but that they would not be allowed to move out of the area. “It’s against the law to move out of the permitted protest area. The Metropolitan Police have notified leaders of the protest that the activists are not allowed to move out of the permitted protest area, according to Srivara.
There was peace and tranquility at Maya Bay and its beach with just a few speedboats docking in front of the bay. Maya Bay is the tourist magnet of Had Nopparat Tara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park. Courtesy of DNPThe agreementFor more than two years, Wutthisak Thongkerd, a business operator and a chairman of the two-year-old Phitak Phi Phi (Protecting Phi Phi) group, has felt the pinch of tourism’s impact on the bay and other tourist locations nearby. The group, comprising business operators and community members of Phi Phi island, decided to discuss and gather views on the issue. As the impacts on Maya have been felt, concerned parties have reached a consensus to curb tourism impacts on Thai marine parks.
But let’s not allow history and democratic process to get in the way of a good Trump bashing, eh, folks? He is yet to write one word about the genocide Buddhists have committed against the RohingyaAs for Jerusalem, in 1947 the UN ruled when establishing the state of Israel that Jerusalem should be an international city. After the 1948 war, Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan. In 1967 Israel conquered the entire city and eventually annexed Jerusalem, an act that was totally illegal. They have responded to every offer by expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied territory and stealing even more Palestinian land.
Thailand went through this phase of Islamophobia two decades ago and the central government got involved and settled the matter about the Muslim headscarf by passing legislation to accommodate the wishes of the Thai Muslims. The recent dispute illustrates the indifference and ignorance of the teachers of this school about pluralism, multiculturalism and state-minority relations. Numerous academic papers and reports have been written about the conflict in the far South. It is a scary irony that Islamophobia should have reared its ugly head in the far South where Muslims comprise over 80 per cent of the population. Perhaps these teachers see themselves as guardians of the Thai way, or Thainess, locally referred to as “kwam pen Thai”.
A tourist dive boat on Friday found the trawler Saeng Samut 3 carried on-board a whale shark, which later was found to be pregnant. The witnesses aboard the dive boat said the mother shark was badly injured and her unborn shark baby was seen falling out of the mother’s belly. “After we found that it was actually a whale shark, we were trying to return it back to the sea. “We all know that catching a whale shark is a criminal offence, but we caught it by accident and did not intend to harm it.”The whale shark is the world largest fish. Banjong said that if no one had noticed that this trawler carried a whale shark, there was the possibility that the crew would not have returned it to the sea but instead sold it in the market as many parts of a whale shark are valuable.
Juventus were two goals up thanks to Daniele Rugani after 49 minutes and Miralem Pjanic three minutes later when Buffon came off the pitch. Buffon had said he did not want anything special for his final game. In the south tribune Juventus fans unfurled a banner with a phrase: "Only those who try the absurd reach the impossible". Thanks Gigi", "Gigi Buffon, immortal hero" and "Gigi, Santo Subito". Buffon hugged every teammate, every member of staff, waved at the crowd until he got to the bench, rested his head back and sighed with eyes close.
May 19, 2018 15:33 UTC
Thailand badminton coach Rexy Mainaky is more confident of his women’s team progressing further than the men as the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cups, which start on Sunday at the Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani. While Mainaky remains highly positive about his Uber Cup team, he is more realistic about the men’s hopes in the Thomas Cup. They have been drawn in a tough group with 13-time champions Indonesia, two-time runners-up South Korea and Canada. “Our Thomas team comprises young players and we have to play tough teams like 13-time champions Indonesia and South Korea. Nine-time champions China are the heavy favourites to win and have two Olympic gold medallists – Lin Dan and Chen Long – in their line-up.
May 19, 2018 14:48 UTC
- The celebrities -The royal couple decided not to invite any political leaders, in contrast to the wedding of Harry's brother Prince William in 2011, but the congregation was packed with celebrities. Elton John attended in pink glasses, along with Hollywood star George Clooney, who patted a police officer's shoulder as he walked in. - Harry's exes -Harry's two most serious ex-girlfriends, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, were among the guests. - 'Ready for a drink now' -After the wedding, Harry and Meghan toured Windsor in an open-top, horse-drawn carriage, greeting more than 100,000 fans lining the streets and the Long Walk processional route back to the castle. They headed to a lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, and Harry quipped: "I'm ready for a drink now."
May 19, 2018 13:52 UTC
DUBAI - Saudi authorities have arrested seven prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women. On Twitter -- a popular tool of communication for Saudi Arabia's young population -- opinions were sharply divided. - Reform 'frenzy of fear' -The detainees had not only fought for the lifting of the driving ban, but also against the kingdom's enduring guardianship laws. Saudi Arabia's guardianship system requires women to obtain permission from their fathers, brothers, husbands or even sons for a host of life decisions. Activists Hathloul and Nafjan in 2016 signed a petition to abolish Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system, according to HRW.
May 19, 2018 13:41 UTC