Daily Archive: October 13, 2017

Oct
13

Venezuelans voting with their feet before Sunday's poll

Venezuelans voting with their feet before Sunday's pollMany Venezuelans have already voted in Sunday’s key regional elections — with their feet, taking a one-way bus ticket out the country convinced the vote will change nothing. In a Caracas bus terminal, Jesus Ravelo and his wife Haydee jostled in the throng to say farewell to their son Josue, following in the footsteps of his elder brother who left a week ago. The poll is seen as a key test for both President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition who failed to unseat him after months of protests in which 125 people lost their lives.


Oct
13

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'

Philippines' Duterte warns of 'revolutionary government'Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a “revolutionary government” to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship. Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would require congressional approval, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilise his rule. “If your destabilisation is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full scale war against the reds,” Duterte said, in reference to communist rebels who have waged a nearly 50-year insurgency.


Oct
13

What a War between Iran and America Would Actually Look Like

What a War between Iran and America Would Actually Look LikeThis position is held in the United States by figures such as Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and by policymakers such as Sen. Tom Cotton. The desire for regime change is also shared by some in the Middle East, including significant elements of the Israeli and Saudi national security states.


Oct
13

Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires

Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfiresRemarkable photos reveal how badly California's wineries have been damaged in wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres of wine country since Sunday. SEE ALSO: How California's firestorm spread so mind-bogglingly fast: From 'Diablo' winds to climate trends Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa, California is just one of the dozens of wineries that was ravaged by the massive fires.  In the midst of the blaze, a large plastic wine container melted, releasing a boiling pool of wine, according to
SF Gate. “I saw a pool of wine, and it was flowing lightly down the hill, and as I got close to it, I noticed that it was bubbling,” photographer Josh Edelson told the news outlet. “At first, I didn't understand it, but then it dawned on me that the ground was hot, and the wine was boiling with all that stuff smoldering around it.” Edelson captured pictures of the haunting scene at Paradise Ridge on Tuesday. A pool of wine boils beneath debris from the fire at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images A melted wine container leaks wine onto the ground at Paradise Ridge Winery.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images Charred fermentation tanks drip wine at a destroyed Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesParadise Ridge Winery owner Sonia Byck-Barwick told CNN the property is completely burned, and all of the grapes they had picked for the season have been lost. Byck-Barwick said she hopes to keep the business alive in the face of destruction by using a small building on the property as a tasting room for visitors.  Many other wineries have experienced varying degrees of damage, and at least a dozen have been completely destroyed, according to
The Mercury Times.  Wine grapes are destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on October 11, 2017 in Kenwood, California.Image: EZRA SHAW/Getty Images The gutted remains of Paradise Ridge winery. #sonomafire #wine. Owner says he will rebuild. pic.twitter.com/ubhofqQAIC — Bill Swindell (@BillSwindell) October 9, 2017 Signorelli winery is gone pic.twitter.com/rOHpqGNMn2 — Karin Oconnell (@KarinO39) October 9, 2017 A mother hen and her (well-camouflaged) chicks scratch and peck for food in the burned earth at a Calistoga-area winery. pic.twitter.com/E441QZgENt — Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) October 11, 2017 Melted wine bottles are among the remains of the Signorello Estate Winery in Napa, California.Image: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesFans of the wineries expressed their concern on Twitter.  This is where @aprilolanoff and I got married. I hope everyone is safe. https://t.co/ViJB7u5ejN — drew olanoff (@yoda) October 9, 2017 My wife & I were married there just a few weeks ago. That's extremely sad news. Such a happy, beautiful place. — Derek Gathright (@derek) October 9, 2017 The fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 5,700 homes and businesses, and have displaced 90,000 people as of Friday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. At least 35 people have died, making these fires the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history.  The two deadliest fires — the Tubbs and Atlas fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties — moved quickly through wine country due to strong winds, making it difficult for firefighters to contain them.  WATCH: California wildfire victims returning to their destroyed homes is absolutely heart-wrenching


Oct
13

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreakSAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency to combat a hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed 18 lives in San Diego.


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