Good morning. We’re here, the final stretch of the campaign. The country will go to the polls on Thursday, but before that happens, the parties are giving their pitches one final push. We also have the best of non-election news from around the country and the world. What’s going on? The Labour party will be focusing on the benefit of its policies to the bank balances of voters, promising the public that a Labour government would put “money in your pocket”. Amid concerns that Labour has overpromised with a blizzard of announcements during the six-week campaign, Corbyn will focus on the NHS and voters’ finances in the final crucial days of campaigning. Boris Johnson did an interview with Sophy Ridge on Sky News yesterday, which John Crace described as a “20-minute audio-visual barrage of near constant mansplaining and manspreading”. However, the Tories have been much quieter than the opposition ahead of the vote – as John Harris points … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: parties deliver final pitches in last stretch of campaign
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A political newcomer from a well-known Wisconsin family did not rule out a run for U.S. Senate as a Republican on Wednesday, issuing a statement criticizing Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin but stopping short of announcing a candidacy. Nicole Schneider joins a growing list of potential Republican challengers to Baldwin in 2018 when she seeks re-election to a second term. The Republican field is seen as wide open after U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, of Wausau, decided not to run for the seat. Schneider is the daughter-in-law of the late Donald Schneider, the former head of Green Bay-based Schneider National Trucking, one of the country’s largest trucking companies known for its orange trucks. Schneider broke her silence about a potential run less than a week after the trucking company on Friday filed paperwork for an initial public offering, a move that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said would net members of the family $230 million. Nicole Schneider is … [Read more...] about Schneider does not rule out GOP Senate run in Wisconsin
When the Thai authorities moved in to shut down a tiger zoo in a temple at the end of May, they exposed a lot more than just the various irregularities in that one facility. The macabre sight of tiger foetuses preserved in bottles, and the shrivelled, frozen remains of other cubs, suddenly cast the popular tourist attraction into a more sinister light. Was this evidence of illegal trade in tiger parts?As it happens, few experts believe the cub carcasses have much value. The bones, skin, teeth, claws and meat of adult tigers are where the money is made. Officials of Thailand's Department of National Parks, who closed the temple zoo and removed its 147 tigers, did find some evidence of trafficking: amulets containing tiger claws, and a truck attempting to leave the temple with two skins and other small parts. At least three adult tigers had gone missing two years earlier. This, said DNP Deputy Director Adisorn Noochdumrong, suggested continuous involvement in small-scale illegal … [Read more...] about Thailand tiger farms: Hunting the traffickers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin’s primary election (all times local): 12 a.m. A Balsam Lake attorney has won the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat northern Wisconsin. Margaret Engebretson defeated Marshfield doctor Brian Ewert in Tuesday’s primary in the 7th Congressional District. Engebretson advances to face incumbent Republican Sean Duffy in the Nov. 6 general election. Engebretson holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has focused on child custody cases. The 7th Congressional District covers a massive swath of mostly rural western and northern Wisconsin. ___ 11:55 p.m. A former mutual fund administrator has captured the Republican nomination for state treasurer. Travis Hartwig defeated Jill Millies in Tuesday’s primary. He advances to face Democrat Sarah Godlewski in the November election. Godlewski survived a three-way primary Tuesday. Incumbent Republican Treasurer Matt Adamcyzk is running for the … [Read more...] about The Latest: Democratic attorney to challenge Duffy
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has given a stunning performance in the bypolls in Karnataka, and is set to retain the government in the state. The Congress is leading in two seats, whereas an independent candidate is ahead in one.BJP candidate from Yellapur Arabail Shivaram Hebbar defeated Congress’ Bhimanna Naik by a margin of over 31,000 votes, poll officials said.A two-time Congress MLA from Yellapur, Hebbar was among 13 disqualified MLA whom the BJP had given ticket to contest the bypoll as party candidate. “The people of state have responded to the disqualification. People have given a response, the BJP will emerge victorious across the state,” said Hebbar.Another BJP candidate Narayana Gowda pulled off an upset victory against JD(S) candidate Devraj in K R Pete. The constituency is considered as a fortress of JD(S).This is the first time that BJP has won a seat in the heartland of Vokkaligas, a community which has traditionally … [Read more...] about Yediyurappa’s son thanks voters for ‘sweeter’ victory as BJP sweeps Karnataka bypolls
There's rarely a good side to an earthquake. But the quake that shook Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan on 24 August may have a silver lining, as BBC Myanmar correspondent Jonah Fisher reports. More than 400 of Bagan's buildings were damaged in the earthquake and on the flanks of one of them, Sulamani Pagoda, we watch as a man attacks a lump of rock with a hammer. Until very recently this lump had sat proudly at the very top, now it's in the process of being smashed apart. After several percussive blows a grey slab falls away. It's put into a basket and passed down rickety scaffolding alongside the pagoda. There's a human chain of several hundred volunteers waiting to receive it. Like Aye Theingi, a nun dressed all in pink, many of them have travelled long distances to help.Earthquake hits central MyanmarIn pictures: Myanmar quake"I came overnight from Hinthada [500km away] and I haven't slept yet," she says with a smile. "I have come from very far away so I will gain a lot of … [Read more...] about Bagan earthquake: Is there a silver lining for Myanmar?