British man on mission for justice after wife gunned down in Philippines

Stuart Green’s wife Mia, a lawyer, was killed in a barrage of bullets that narrowly missed his children in a hit he blames on gangsters linked to one of her cases

Stuart Green with his wife Mia and their three children. ‘They know every move that we make,’ he says of the people he believes were responsible for her death.
Stuart Green with his wife Mia and their three children. ‘They know every move that we make,’ he says of the people he believes were responsible for her death. Photograph: Supplied

The two gunmen flanked the modest, family-sized Toyota at a busy intersection. Aiming at the driver, they fired a barrage of bullets, nine of which fatally hit Mia Mascariñas-Green in her head and neck.

In the back seat, her 10-year-old daughter and 23-month-old twins watched. Their nanny – who was sitting in the third row – jumped over the divide to shield the children with her body. One of the attacker’s guns jammed and they fled on motorbikes.

Stuart Green, a marine biologist from Hertfordshire in the UK, relates the last moments of his wife’s life with a mixture of anger and extraordinary grief. Continue reading “British man on mission for justice after wife gunned down in Philippines”

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Isis militants disguised as doctors kill 38 in Kabul hospital attack

Gunmen dressed as medics fought security forces for hours in assault on military hospital in Afghan capital

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Kabul military hospital by gunmen disguised as doctors who entered the facility and battled security forces for hours.

At least 38 people died and dozens more were injured, the hospital said.

The attack began with a suicide bombing at the rear of the hospital complex in the Afghan capital. Officials said at least three gunmen dressed as medical staff then entered the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan facility and took up positions on the upper floors. Continue reading “Isis militants disguised as doctors kill 38 in Kabul hospital attack”

Multi-nation patrol to target ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf

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Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to patrol common seas against armed group, carrying out kidnappings and beheadings.

The Abu Sayyaf are holding 31 foreign and local Filipinos hostages including six Vietnamese seamen [EPA]

The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia will within months launch joint patrols in piracy-plagued waters, after a wave of attacks that saw armed groups affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kidnapping and murdering their victims.

Philippine defence chief Delfin Lorenzana announced on Thursday that he and his counterparts in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta had agreed to patrol a sea lane where commercial vessels could pass with protection from the three nations’ navies. Continue reading “Multi-nation patrol to target ISIL-linked Abu Sayyaf”

Dạy và học toán: phải thay đổi!

09/03/2017 09:13 GMT+7

TTO – “Phải thay đổi chương trình dạy toán. Đó là một cuộc cách mạng. Học sinh của chúng ta rất thông minh, nhưng bị kìm hãm khi phải học thêm quá nhiều những cái không cần thiết”.

Dạy và học toán: phải thay đổi!
Giờ học môn toán của học sinh lớp 12A10 Trường THPT Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, quận 4, TP.HCM – Ảnh: Như Hùng

Đó là ý kiến của ông TRẦN PHƯƠNG – giáo viên dạy toán, phó giám đốc Trung tâm hỗ trợ phát triển tài năng thuộc Liên hiệp các Hội khoa học kỹ thuật Việt Nam – trong cuộc trò chuyện với Tuổi Trẻ mới đây.“Học toán bậc phổ thông ở nước ta hiện nay nhiều kiến thức bị lãng phí: học rất công phu nhưng chỉ sử dụng vào các kỳ thi. Trong khi thế giới mênh mông, kiến thức vô tận, cần ưu tiên học những gì vừa phát triển tư duy vừa tiệm cận với cuộc sống sẽ thiết thực, hữu ích hơn…”. Continue reading “Dạy và học toán: phải thay đổi!”

Hồi âm CV 327 của Sở Y tế Đắk Lắk: Nếu không ngăn sai phạm, tổn thất lớn không chỉ ngân sách

Báo Tiền Phong đã nhận công văn 327 “V/v làm rõ một số nội dung trong các bài viết của báo Tiền Phong” do ông Doãn Hữu Long giám đốc Sở Y tế Đắk Lắk (SYT) ký ngày 22/2/2017. Theo CV 327, thì cùng ngày 22/2  SYT còn có CV 321 “trả lời các nội dung nêu trong bài”, còn CV này chỉ “làm rõ hơn các nội dung đã nêu”. Tuy nhiên, SYT không gửi CV 321 cho báo Tiền Phong.

Khoa cấp cứu Nhi thường xuyên thiếu thuốc

Continue reading “Hồi âm CV 327 của Sở Y tế Đắk Lắk: Nếu không ngăn sai phạm, tổn thất lớn không chỉ ngân sách”

‘Parched’ Chinese city plans to pump water from Russian lake via 1,000km pipeline

Urban planners in Lanzhou have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically dry region from Siberia’s Lake Baikal.

Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is the deepest freshwater lake on earth. Photograph: Kirill Shipitsin/TASS

China is reportedly considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water all the way from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest.

According to reports in the Chinese media, urban planners in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, have drawn up proposals to pipe water into the chronically parched region from Russia’s Lake Baikal, the deepest freshwater lake on earth.

Li Luoli, an academic who is one of the plan’s cheerleaders, claimed the mega-project – roughly the equivalent of pumping water from Lake Como to London – was both theoretically feasible and “certainly beneficial” to China. Continue reading “‘Parched’ Chinese city plans to pump water from Russian lake via 1,000km pipeline”

Violence against Rohingya may amount to ‘crimes against humanity’: UN rights chief

Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the violations, “against a backdrop of severe and longstanding persecution”, amount to the “possible commission of crimes against humanity”.

He was addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he highlighted the current major human rights issues in more than 40 countries. Continue reading “Violence against Rohingya may amount to ‘crimes against humanity’: UN rights chief”

US rebuffs China over North Korea talks

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Wednesday (Mar 8) rebuffed China’s appeal for talks with North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un was behaving irrationally and that it was reassessing its approach to dealing with Pyongyang.

China, Pyongyang’s main ally, earlier called on North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt to the annual US-South Korean military drills.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing that the proposal could help bring the United States and North Korea back to negotiations and avert what he termed a “head-on collision”.

After a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said North Korea’s actions called for a different response. Continue reading “US rebuffs China over North Korea talks”

US deploys missile defence system to South Korea

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China is warning it will take measures against a US missile defence system deployed in South Korea, with the stated objective of countering threats from North Korea.

The equipment needed to set up Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD), a missile defence system, have arrived in South Korea, according to American and South Korean defence forces.

The deployment announcement was made on Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the sea near Japan.

Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, said in the statement that “continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday’s launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy THAAD to South Korea”. Continue reading “US deploys missile defence system to South Korea”

The Enduring Darkness of International Women’s Day

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Women have gotten screwed for millennia, and that’s not a legacy that can be shaken off in a few short decades.

By Rosa Brooks March 8, 2017

The Enduring Darkness of International Women’s Day

About a week before the election that swept Donald Trump into the White House, I was sitting at home with my two girls, listening with half an ear to their after-school chatter. “Michael is so mean,” declared my seventh-grader, showing her phone to her sister. “He sent my friend Hannah” — not her real name — “a text with bad words in it.”

“Is that a screenshot? May I see?” I asked. I was curious to know what counted as a “bad word” to a 12-year-old girl. Butthead? Poop brain?

I was way off. Michael had called my daughter’s friend — also 12 — a “cunt” and a “whore.” He asserted that she “wanted dick” and accused her of giving blow jobs to another boy in the class.

Whatever I’d been expecting, it wasn’t this sexualized vitriol — not from a nice middle-class boy at a nice middle-class school. Continue reading “The Enduring Darkness of International Women’s Day”