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[Newsview]'Random' Michigan shootings kill seven
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Kalamazoo, Michigan: Seven shot dead in 'random' attacks


    21 February 2016

  • From the section US & Canada




Media captionPolice described the apparently random shootings as their "worst nightmare", as James Cook reports

At least seven people have been killed in a series of apparently random shootings in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo, police said.

Five people were killed at a restaurant and two at a car dealership. An 8-year-old was reportedly among the dead.

The attacks are being linked to an earlier shooting at a car park, which left one woman seriously injured.

Police have taken a 45-year-old male into custody and said that the threat to the public was now over.

The man did not resist when approached by officers, and weapons were found in his car, police said.

"These are random murders," Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said, describing the spree as his "worst nightmare".





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                    A car dealership was among three shooting locations


The shootings took place on Saturday evening at three locations - outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Kia car dealership and a block of flats.

  • Police were first called to a Kalamazoo residential building on Saturday evening where a woman was shot multiple times - reportedly in front of her children - and was taken to hospital in a serious condition
  • Hours later, officers were called to the car dealership where two people were shot and killed, and a third wounded, Mr Matyas said. The two killed are believed to have been father and son
  • The third shooting in the car park of a Cracker Barrel restaurant saw the gunman open fire on people in their cars. Five were killed

Gunfire was also reported at a fourth location near the restaurant soon after, WoodTV reported.


Police are interviewing the suspect and are yet to determine a motive.


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« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2016, 12:16:32 AM »
Ahh a long contending dispute = American gun culture

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[Newsview]Cameron to face MPs on EU referendum
« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2016, 07:01:20 PM »
Cameron to face MPs on EU referendum

EU referendum: David Cameron to address MPs on deal


    22 February 2016

  • From the section EU Referendum




Media captionBoris Johnson: "I want a better deal for the people of this country"

David Cameron will face MPs later as he presents his case for the UK remaining within a reformed European Union.

The prime minister will outline details of last week's deal with EU leaders, which paved the way for him to call a referendum on EU membership on 23 June.

He says the deal strengthens British sovereignty and the UK will be "safer and stronger" remaining in the EU.

But London mayor Boris Johnson says he will campaign to leave - arguing it is a chance "to vote for real change".

His intervention is being seen as a significant blow to Mr Cameron's campaign to remain in the EU.

Mr Johnson, who is also Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said the referendum was a "once-in-a-lifetime chance" for voters.

In a 2,000-word column for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said staying inside the union would lead to "an erosion of democracy".

'Be brave'

"There is only one way to get the change we need - and that is to vote to go; because all EU history shows that they only really listen to a population when it says no," he wrote.


He added: "This is a moment to be brave, to reach out - not to hug the skirts of Nurse in Brussels, and refer all decisions to someone else.

"This is the only opportunity we will ever have to show that we care about self-rule.

"A vote to remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy." Cameron to face MPs on EU referendum

Several other senior Tories - including Justice Secretary Michael Gove - have already said they will join the Out campaign.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon rejected an earlier suggestion made by Mr Gove that the EU was a "constraint on ministers' ability to do the things they were elected to do".

One example of the EU's power, Mr Fallon said, was Russia's invasion of the Crimea, when "the only organisation that could deal with that... was the European Union, which we were able to lead into applying sanctions".

He told BBC Breakfast the EU was "very frustrating" at times, but added: "Europe would still be there even if Britain chose in June to leave. We'd still have all those frustrations and we wouldn't be at the table at all." 



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By Alex Forsyth, BBC political correspondent

It is less than 48 hours since the referendum date was announced, but already the campaigning is in full swing.

The leave campaign has been given a major boost by Boris Johnson, who says the only way to change the EU is to vote to go.

That has been seen by some as a nod to the possibility of a second referendum if a leave vote prompted the EU to offer a new deal - something No 10 has firmly dismissed.

Mr Johnson denies his stance is motivated by party leadership ambition, saying Mr Cameron should keep his job regardless of the referendum result; unlike the former Tory cabinet minister Owen Paterson who has refused to say the same.

The prime minister, who argues EU membership offers more power to the UK, will take his case to the Commons this afternoon.

There the stance of backbenchers will be closely watched in what is swiftly becoming an intense campaign.

Mr Johnson said one of his reasons for supporting the Out campaign was his concern about the erosion of British sovereignty.

However, his father, Stanley Johnson, told BBC Radio 5 live he disagreed with his son's argument.

He denied Mr Johnson's decision had been a "career move", saying he had "completely thrown away" any chance of a post inside Mr Cameron's cabinet by aligning himself against the prime minister.

Speaking before Mr Johnson's announcement, Mr Cameron said leaving the EU would give only an "illusion of sovereignty".

"If Britain were to leave the EU, that might give you a feeling of sovereignty, but you have got to ask yourself 'is it real?.


Media captionDavid Cameron: "You have an illusion of sovereignty but you don't have power"

"Would you have the power to help businesses and make sure they weren't discriminated against in Europe? No you wouldn't," he said on The Andrew Marr Show.

Mr Cameron is due to give his statement to MPs at 15:30 GMT.

The prime minister announced the date of the in/out referendum outside Number 10 on Saturday, having returned from agreeing a deal in Brussels that he argued gave the UK a "special status" within the EU.

The agreement - which will take effect immediately if the UK votes to remain in the EU - includes changes to migrant welfare payments, safeguards for Britain's financial services and making it easier to block unwanted EU regulations.

The Financial Times reports that bosses of about half of Britain's 100 biggest companies are preparing to back Mr Cameron's campaign to keep the country in the union.


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[Newsview]Big firms warn EU exit 'threatens jobs'
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2016, 07:04:22 PM »
Big firms warn EU exit 'threatens jobs'

EU exit would risk jobs, says group of business bosses


    23 February 2016

  • From the section EU Referendum




Media captionThe prime minister says his only agenda is what is best for the country

Leaving the European Union would threaten jobs and put the UK's economy at risk, leaders of some of Britain's biggest companies have said.

Bosses - including those of BT, Marks & Spencer and Vodafone - signed a letter published in the Times, saying an EU exit would deter investment in the UK.

Leave campaigners point out two-thirds of FTSE 100 firms, including Tesco and Sainsbury, did not back the letter. 

A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June.

In a move described by No 10 as "unprecedented", chairmen or chief executives of 36 FTSE 100 companies signed the letter backing the campaign to stay in the EU, including Burberry, BAE Systems and EasyJet.

The FTSE bosses were among a total of 198 signatories from the business world, including the chief executives of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

However, nearly two-thirds of the UK's largest publicly listed businesses did not sign and the BBC's economics editor Kamal Ahmed said there were some notable absentees among them, such as the bosses of Tesco, Sainsburys, RBS and Barclays.

Analysis by the BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith


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The letter by the bosses of some of Britain's biggest companies has been cited by Number 10 as evidence that business shares the prime minister's concerns over the risks involved in leaving the EU.

However, two thirds of FTSE 100 companies have not signed, with Leave campaigners insisting this demonstrates that business opinion is much more divided and that small business is much more sympathetic to their case.

There had been speculation up to half of FTSE 100 companies could be poised to support the prime minister. Number 10 deny any disappointment at the number - arguing that major companies often have to follow lengthy procedures before publicly endorsing a political campaign.

Meanwhile Mr Cameron will today begin the first of a series of national tour days, with a visit to Berkshire to sell his message to voters. The move is designed to reach beyond Westminster and the emerging divisions with the Tory Party.

Number 10 this morning sought to play down warnings of potential civil war inside the party. A source said: "There's no reason this can't be done in a civil way."

However, writing in the Daily Telegraph, the former Tory leader William Hague warns the divisions over Europe could "open wounds that take a generation to heal".

He said two leaders of US firm Goldman Sachs in Europe had signed the letter, which signalled wider concern among major American banks based in London.

But he pointed out that Brexit campaigners claim smaller businesses are "much more sceptical" about the advantages of staying in the EU.

The letter - organised by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign and Downing Street - said the PM had secured a commitment from the EU "to reduce the burden of regulation, deepen the single market and to sign-off crucial international trade deals".

They wrote: "Business needs unrestricted access to the European market of 500 million people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs."   

"Britain will be strong, safer and better off remaining a member of the EU," they added.


Downing Street dismissed suggestions that far fewer FTSE bosses were willing to sign up than had been hoped.

But Richard Tice, co-founder of Leave.EU, said Downing Street had admitted using taxpayers' money and "applying pressure" on FTSE chairmen and chief executives to sign the letter. 


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                    David Cameron has secured a commitment from the EU "to reduce the burden of regulation", business leaders said




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                    Labour's Alan Johnson will warn thousands of apprenticeships could be at risk in the event of Brexit


"The truth is that despite the bullying of a prime minister who has no real business experience, it is other normal commercial factors which will determine the continued success of British businesses to invest and grow.

"Brexit will reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and cost on business, which can be used to invest in more jobs, not less," he added.

Meanwhile, senior figures from both sides of the debate will begin their campaigning ahead of the referendum on 23 June.

Former Labour home secretary Alan Johnson is due to warn that two thirds of British jobs in manufacturing depend on demand from Europe and leaving could put up to 50,000 apprenticeships at risk while the chairman of Vote Leave, Conservative peer Lord Lawson, is expected to set out the economic case for leaving in a speech at Chatham House.

'Punchy campaign'

Mr Cameron has said he will travel to all parts of the UK to make his pro-EU case in what he has said will be a "punchy" campaign.

Sources say they believe Mr Cameron's key arguments on jobs, prosperity and national security will resonate more with voters, who are less interested in the detail of his European deal.

Divisions in the Conservative Party were laid bare during a debate in Parliament on Monday, when a succession of Tory MPs questioned the substance of the PM's agreement with EU leaders - announced on Friday.

More than 100 Conservative MPs want to leave the EU - including five full cabinet ministers and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson asked how the deal negotiated would "in any way" return sovereignty to the UK, while Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg said the EU was a "failed" body and the UK should "make our own path". 

According to BBC research, 142 Tory MPs will campaign to remain in the EU, 120 to leave, while 68 have yet to make their positions clear.

The overwhelming majority of Labour MPs back continued EU membership as do the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats but the Democratic Unionists and UKIP are opposed.


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« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2016, 12:20:20 AM »
Remaining in the EU threatens Jobs as well

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« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2016, 08:52:36 AM »
While being in the EU does make trade easy, it seriously constricts our industrial growth (As the EU has to seriously regulate to prevent inflation so as to keep each EU members inflation levels similar for the euro to work)and over regulates an already over burdened industry. Where I live a full time job is only available to the elect few (Or happens to be around 70 to 80 hours a week if in a retail position). The greatest destroyer of the old 35 to 45 hour full time work was the minimum wage around here. When it came in incomes more then doubled but three new trends emerged. New vacancies were all part time work. Workers were expected to vastly increase their pace and most left the full time work due to stress related demands on their bodies. Many part time and full time workers suddenly found themselves working extra "Free" hours to offset the higher wages. I have had this happen to me in all the retail work I have done since minimum wage. (Usually around 4 to 6 hours a week on 7 to 20 hour/week contracts or similar).
Another offset I have noticed the deeper we are into the EU has been that the increased competition via EU substituted countries and companies has meant that they have a huge advantage over local competition.
If one has noticed that the big companies will likely lose but the small businesses will gain if we leave the EU one will get the idea as to who will vote which way. The battle for votes is mainly the big concerns trying to sway voters their way by using your tax paying money (Indirectly) to do so as they set to lose the grants funding and the regulatory advantage that they have over the small business competition.
Now we come to another side to this subject. Around 10 years ago God showed me how He sees the UK. His plan. He showed me the whole of the British Isles complete together. This included the whole of Ireland and the whole of mainland Britain (And little islands) as one unit. Gods plan was never to have Wales or Scotland or Ireland (North or south) operating seperately. Yes God has put different peoples in different areas all with our own qualities for our collective good rather then for our seperation. For some reason only known to God, God never showed the British Isles as part of the EU as He sees it. It is why if Wales (Where I live) went seperate I would not accept their rule, and if Scotland went seperate I'd know they are working against God and await their downfall.   

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[Newsview]Aston Martin creates 750 jobs in Wales
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2016, 07:04:24 PM »
Aston Martin creates 750 jobs in Wales

Aston Martin creates 750 jobs in St Athan


        By Sarah Dickins
        BBC Wales economics correspondent


    24 February 2016

  • From the section Wales



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Aston Martin is to build its new luxury car in south Wales, creating 750 highly-skilled jobs.

The DBX Concept car will be hand-made in a super hangar at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

It is a major coup for Wales, which took two years to secure the deal ahead of 20 locations across the world.

As well as attracting one of motoring's most prestigious names, it could help boost hundreds of jobs in the supply chain.

The formal announcement will be made at a news conference in Cardiff on Wednesday.

It will include a skills academy, which will make St Athan and the Vale of Glamorgan a centre of excellence.

Work on the factory will start in 2017 and production will start three years later.

The value of the deal is in the hundreds of millions of pounds, although the Welsh government will not comment on the amount of support it is giving.


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                    The St Athan site includes the £113m Red Dragon super hangar which was supposed to deliver hundreds of aircraft repair jobs


In its 103-year history Aston Martin - which will keep its headquarters and factory at Gaydon in Warwickshire - has only sold just over 70,000 cars.

To continue to survive at the luxury end of the market it has been looking at broadening its range to appeal to younger - and female - customers.

The car - which is an all-electric 4x4 and expected to cost at least £160,000 to buy - was unveiled at the Geneva motor show last year.

New Aston Martin chief executive Dr Andy Palmer said then that the company envisaged a world "perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible".


Media captionAston Martin video of the DBX launch in Geneva in March 2015

The design team had in mind a driver who was a young woman, American - and rich. The fictitious customer was dubbed Charlotte and seen as "an attractive lady, cool, in her 30s".

First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was the start of a long-term relationship between Wales and Aston Martin.

"We will work together in building on the strong foundations of our partnership to nurture a prosperous and rewarding future for this iconic company and its skilled workforce in Wales," he said.

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb called the announcement an "enormous boost" for Wales and the British car industry.

He added: "It is a genuine example of a 'one nation' achievement, with both the UK and Welsh governments working together to attract this prestige manufacturer to Welsh shores."

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Dr Palmer said the company had chosen Wales because it was "the best offer".

"I don't simply mean in terms of money. What really swung it was the passion and the professionalism of the people we dealt with in Wales," he said.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart AM said: "We had an excellent relationship with Aston Martin at official and ministerial level.

"The important thing for us was ensuring that Aston Martin stayed in the UK, a fine company for the UK.

"We fought very hard to ensure we were on the list and now we've achieved having it.

"This is a win not just for Wales but for the UK."






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                    1922: Motor racing at Brooklands with Lionel Martin - co-founder of the company in the driving seat



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                    1935 - An Aston Martin getting a final polish at the Welsh Motor Rally in Cardiff



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                    1958 - Stirling Moss wins at Goodwood in an Aston Martin with Tony Brooks



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                    1965: The Aston Martin Volante at a motor show at Earl's Court



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                    1976: The Aston Martin Lagonda



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                    2011: Prince William after his wedding in his father's classic Aston Martin DB6 Volante



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                    2015: Daniel Craig and the Aston Martin used in the James Bond film, Spectre






Mrs Hart called it a "significant moment in the history of the automotive sector in Wales".

Indeed, for the Welsh car industry this is a tremendous pat on the back.

It will also put it at the forefront of developing eco-friendly performance vehicles.

Apart from the short-lived Gilbern in the 1960s and early 1970s, whole cars have not been made in Wales before.

But there are 150 companies in Wales making car components, employing 18,000 workers and with a combined turnover of £3.3bn.

Some already make parts for Aston Martin but these are relatively few. But there are many others which already supply Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford and Honda - a record Aston Martin will have taken notice of.

The company also said it was "consistently impressed with the focus on quality, cost and speed from the Welsh government team".

Wales' status as a maker of parts for car assembly plants beyond its borders is about to change - and with style.

Think Aston Martin and you think James Bond, glamorous women and a sense of cool and from 2020, Wales will be part of that world too.


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[Newsview]Ebola 'devastates long-term health'
« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2016, 07:06:05 PM »
Ebola 'devastates long-term health'

Ebola 'devastates long-term health'


        By James Gallagher
        Health editor, BBC News website


    25 February 2016

  • From the section Health



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Most people who survive an Ebola infection will have long-lasting health problems, say doctors from the US National Institutes of Health.

Their studies on survivors in Liberia showed large numbers had developed weakness, memory loss and depressive symptoms in the six months after being discharged from an Ebola unit.

Other patients were "actively suicidal" or still having hallucinations.

More than 17,000 people in West Africa have survived Ebola infection.

The evidence, being presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology, is an early glimpse at a much wider study of long-term health problems after Ebola.

The initial analysis, on 82 survivors, showed most had had severe neurological problems at the height of the infection, including meningitis, hallucinations or falling into a coma.

Six months later, new long-term problems had developed.

About two-thirds had body weakness, while regular headaches, depressive symptoms and memory loss were found in half of patients.


Two of the patients had been actively suicidal at the time of the assessment.


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Dr Lauren Bowen, from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, told the BBC: "It was pretty striking, this is a young population of patients, and we wouldn't expect to have seen these sorts of problems.

"When people had memory loss, it tended to affect their daily living, with some feeling they couldn't return to school or normal jobs, some had terrible sleeping problems.

"Ebola hasn't gone away for these people."

Infection with Ebola ravages the body. Some of the symptoms could improve with time as the body heals, others may be down to social trauma as many survivors are ostracised from their families and communities.

But other symptoms, including eye problems, indicate damage to the brain, which may not heal.

Sexually active

Meanwhile, data presented earlier, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, raised concerns about sexual transmission of the virus in survivors.

It indicated 38% of men had tested positive for Ebola in their semen on at least one occasion in the year after recovering.

And in the most extreme case, Ebola had been detected 18 months later.

Yet most survivors reported being sexually active, with only four in every 100 using a condom.

Prof Jimmy Whitworth, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: "This is a very important study.

"There is still much to learn about Ebola, including what problems are faced by those who were infected but survived.

"The findings show high levels of mental and neurological problems in the survivors and from the clinical neurological findings these appear to be very real problems."


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