‘ US Appropriations Committee Awards Financial Support for Iron Dome of $621.6 Million ‘

#AceWorldNewsUNITED STATES (Washington) – July 16 – The US Congress showed tangible support for long-time ally Israel as Gazan terrorists fired rockets Tuesday, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system reported Times of Israel.

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The Senate Appropriations defence subcommittee approved a defence spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defence, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets and mortars.

In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing Israeli deaths.

“It works,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and chairman of the subcommittee.

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‘ Moscow Metro Victims Mourn The Dead ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 16 – Moscow Metro derailment victims mourned as People are bringing flowers and candles to Moscow Metro’s Slavyansky Bulvar and Park Pobedy (Victory Park) stations as the Russian capital mourns the 22 victims of the train derailment, which happened between those stations during the rush hour on Tuesday morning(RT).

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Of the 180 people injured in the fatal incident, 129 remain in hospitals, according to an emergency services tally.

The affected line of the station remains closed as the repair of the damaged tunnel is under-way.

The cause of the derailment, which left three cars badly damaged, has not been established yet, but the investigation ruled out a terrorist attack.

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Protective Edge: ‘ Ceasefire What Ceasefire as Both Sides Continue Bombing Each Other and Innocent’s Die ‘

#AceWorldNewsGAZA CITY – July 16 – Latest – Updates

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Israel’s security cabinet convened at 9 P.M. on Tuesday, 12 hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal.  Several Hamas officials rejected the proposal, but sources said that Hamas was holding talks with Egypt on the matter and an official statement by the Hamas political leadership is expected later Tuesday.

Hamas fire resumed early Wednesday morning, after a relatively quiet night in Israel’s south. Since the operation began nine days ago, Israel has launched more than 1,825 air strikes in Gaza which killed 202 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,100 people. Gaza hospitals are reporting a dire shortage of medicine and equipment, particularly for trauma injuries.23:20 P.M. Palestinian internal security forces are preventing a group of some 200 Palestinian demonstrators from marching on the settlement of Beit El in support of the people of Gaza. (Amira Hass)10:55 P.M. Rocket falls in open ground outside a settlement in Eshkol. No injuries or damage reported. (Shirley Seidler)

10:48 P.M. The IDF Spokesperson said that the humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will take place between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. local time on Thursday. “Any attempt to take advantage of the cease-fire will be retaliated,” he said.

10:39 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

10:37 P.M. Mortar shell explodes in an open field outside a town in the Eshkol Regional Council, no one was injured and no damage was caused. Iron Dome intercepted five rockets over Ashdod (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

9:43 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Kiriyat Malachi. Two rockets explode in an open field in the region.

9:36 P.M. Sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod areas. 

9:27 P.M. Israel agreed to the request of Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, to hold a cease-fire for several hours in order to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza. The UN had appealed to Israel to halt its strikes in Gaza for six hours in order to allow in humanitarian aid. (Gili Cohen)

9:24 P.M. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: “The IDF’s activity is systematic and its objective is to hit the Hamas in such way that its leaders will notice the level of destruction that we have brought on them and will understand that it was a mistake to attack the State of Israel.”

9:20 P.M. IDF has launched an initial investigation into the incident in which four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli bombing on Wednesday afternoon on a Gaza beach. Senior IDF officials told Haaretz that based on initial findings, it appears as though the children were killed by an air strike which targeted Hamas militants. The official said that the possibility that there was misinformation or that the strikes missed their target is being investigated. (Amos Harel)

9:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod area. (Gili Cohen)

8:37 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts four rockets over Ashkelon. A rocket exploded at a school in Ashdod, no casualties reported. (Gili Cohen and and Yaniv Kubovich)

8:27 P.M. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas political official Moussa Abu Marzouk on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss an Egyptian initiative that has so far failed to halt more than a week of warfare in Gaza. (Jack Khoury)

8:16 P.M. According to Palestinian witnesses, the four boys that were killed in Gaza were playing on the beach when two bombs, likely coming from the sea, exploded on the ground. After the first bombing, the witnesses said that the boys started running away, but they were hit in the second bombing. (Gili Cohen)

8:17 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Ashdod and Ashkelon areas.

8:13 P.M. The Israel Navy is preparing for the possibility of rocket fire targeting drilling rigs off the Gaza coast during Operation Protective Edge. According to a senior navy official, navy ships active in Israel’s southern waters are currently working under “missile defense” orders.

One of the Israel Navy’s duties throughout the operation has been defending the oil rigs while participating in the attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip (according to navy officials, ships have attacked 14 targets in Gaza), and the elite naval commando unit, Shayetet 13, has been engaged in activities as well. Last week, Shayetet 13 commandoes attacked a long-range rocket launching site set up next to the sea, near Sudanya. According to an army official, this rocket launcher fired missiles at northern Israel, Haifa, Herzliya and Tel Aviv. The operation’s objective, according to the navy, was “to disrupt Hamas’s rocket-fire infrastructure in the area.”

7:54 P.M. Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said Wednesday in press conference that Hamas feels “alone in the field” with little support from the Arab world.
He said that Hamas will not accept any cease-fire agreement that does not meet the demands the organization had outlined. He called on the international community to intervene in the conflict and on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to denounce the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach earlier Wednesday. (Jack Khoury)

7:30 P.M. Over the last four hours four rockets exploded outside towns in the Eshkol Regional Council; 39 rockets and mortar shells since midnight last night. (Shirly Seidler)

7:18 P.M. Government approves call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers.

7:14 P.M. China sends a special envoy, Wu Sike, to mediate in the Israel-Gaza conflict, the South China Morning Post reported.

7:02 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon, six other rockets explode in open fields in the area. (Gili Cohen)

6:40 P.M. According to Palestinian sources the number of casualties from Israel’s operation in Gaza reaches 214. (Jack Khoury)

6:39 P.M. IDF says it is probing the reported killing of four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach. (Gili Cohen)

6:38 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

6:33 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon area and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:18 P.M. Government holding a telephone vote to approve call up of additional 8,000 reserve soldiers. (Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel)

6:02 P.M. Hamas has officially told Egypt that it rejects an Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Wednesday.

“The outcome of discussions within the internal institutions of the movement was to reject the proposal and therefore, Hamas informed Egypt last night it apologises for not accepting it,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Hamas’s armed wing had already spurned the Egyptian plan on Tuesday.

Hamas officials told Haaretz that despite the resistance to accepting a deal due to Egypt’s and Mahmoud Abbas’s handling of the negotiations, Hamas will be willing to discuss any better offer that may come. (Jack Khoury and Reuters)

6:10 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Eshkol Regional Council.

5:37 P.M. Rocket explodes in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirly Seidler)

5:22 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Netivot. (Shirly Seidler and Gili Cohen)

5:17 P.M. Four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, Palestinian medical officials said.

The four boys, who were cousins and ages 9 to 11, were killed while playing on a beach off a coastal road west of Gaza City, said Ashraf Al Kedra, a Palestinian doctor. Seven others — adults and children — were wounded in the strike, which Palestinian human rights activist Khaki Au Shamalla came from an Israeli naval vessel operating offshore. (Reuters and AP) 

5:14 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Netivot and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

5:08 P.M. Four rockets explode in open fields in the Eshkol Regional Council. Fire breaks out near Ashkelon due to rocket explosion. (Shirli Seidler)

4:50 P.M. Rocket hits a packing house in a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council. No one was hurt but there was serious damage and a fire broke out. (Shirli Seidler)

4:47 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Federica Mogherini, says: “Israel accepted the ceasefire, Hamas rejected it. We held our fire for six hours, and during that time Hamas continue to barrage our cities with rockets. Hamas thus shut the door to a diplomatic solution and it therefore bears the sole responsibility for the continuation of the violence. It’s responsible for the civilian deaths, the innocent deaths of Palestinians that it uses as human shields, and it’s responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and the terror rocketing of Israeli civilians.”

4:31 P.M. Two rockets explode in open fields in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

4:28 P.M. IDF spokesman issues a statement saying that since the morning 60 sites were attacked throughout the Gaza Strip. According to the statement these sites included firing sites, tunnels, centers of terrorist activity and Hamas organizational infrastructure.

4:22 P.M. Facebook removes Hamas military wing’s Hebrew Facebook page, following user complaints. (Haaretz)

4:13 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in the Benei Shimon Regional Council.

4:02 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

3:50 P.M. Four rockets explode in the Eshkol Regional Council. (Shirli Seidler)

 

2:47 P.M. Rocket alerts sound across Gaza-bordering regions; several rockets and mortar shells land in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council. (Haaretz)

 

2:25 P.M. Rocket hits residential yard in Ashkelon, causing major damage. Several people treated for shock, but no injuries reported. (Shirley Seidler)

 

Seven rockets explode in the Dimona region; damage done to structures in unrecognized Bedouin villages in the area.

 

Most of the Bedouin villages in the Negev lack missile alert systems or shelters of any sort. The IDF have conceded that the Bedouin population is underserved in this respect, but stress that they are working to remedy the problem. (Gili Cohen, Shirley Seidler)

 

1:39 P.M. Rocket alerts sound at Dimona, Yeruham, Arad, and Wadi Ara regions (Haaretz)

 

1:25 P.M. Rocket alert sounds across Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza-border regions (Haaretz)

 

12:46 P.M. Six rockets hit in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, one within limits of town; Iron Dome intercepts six missiles shot toward Be’er Sheva.

 

11:43 A.M. IDF forces are carrying out artillery fire on the area of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. IDF sources say action “an attempt to encourage the population’s evacuation.” Meanwhile, the Palestinian interior ministry in Gaza has called on the Strip’s residents live near the Israeli border not to heed the call made by Israel to evacuate their homes. The warnings and the audio messages broadcast by Israel “are messages aimed at sowing chaos and confusion among the public. There is no place to respond positively to them.’

11:40 A.M. The IDF has served notices of demolition to residents of the houses belonging to the Hamas operatives suspected of the murder of the three Israeli boys kidnapped on June 12. (Gili Cohen)

11:31 A.M. IDF has carried out 75 strikes in the Gaza Strip since midnight, raising the number of IDF strikes since the beginning of the operation to 1,825. (Gili Cohen)

11:02 A.M. Funeral of Dror Khenin, the Israeli civilian who died yesterday from wounds he sustained in a mortar attack near the Gaza border, will be held at 4:30 P.M. today at the Yehud cemetery (Chaim Levinson)

10:20 A.M. Seven rockets and mortar shells land in open areas within Eshkol Regional Council; rocket alerts sounded (Haaretz)

9:42 A.M. Hamas claims responsibility for rocket barrage targeting Tel Aviv area (Gili Cohen)

9:30 A.M. Entire rocket salvo fired at the Tel Aviv metro area intercepted by Iron Dome battery. Several people are being treated for shock, but no injuries have been reported. (Gili Cohen)

9:20 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across the wider Tel Aviv metropolitan area, Ashdod and Coastal Plains regions (Haaretz)

8:51 A.M. Israeli woman lightly wounded by rocket shrapnel, after rocket strikes town on in Be’er Tuvia Regional Council (Shirley Seidler)

8:47 A.M. Iron Dome battery intercepts rocket over Kiryat Malakhi. Four rockets hit open areas in region (Gili Cohen)

8:26 A.M. Sources in the IDF say they are preparing to increase airstrikes on the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja’iyya. The UN’s UNRWA refugee agency has announced that 21 schools will be receiving evacuees. At this hour, no major movement out of the neighborhood is being felt (Jack Khouri, Gili Cohen)

Palestinians sleep at the yard of a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia early on July 16, 2014, after evacuating their houses near the border with Israel (AFP)

Late on Tuesday night, the IDF used recorded telephone messages and printed fliers and to warn on over 100,000 residents of two Gaza neighborhoods, Zeitoun in the south and Shuja’iyya in the east, to evacuate their homes.

8:02 A.M. Rocket salvo targets Ashdod, Ashkelon areas; alerts sounded. Six rockets intercepted over Ashkelon area; two land in open areas (Haaretz)

7:40 A.M. Rocket alerts sound across Ashkelon area. (Haaretz)

7:38 A.M. The number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of Operation Protective edge has risen to 202, the Palestinian health ministry says. (Jack Khouri)

7:10 A.M. The IDF confirms that Israeli aircraft struck the house of top Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar. In addition, the IDF spokesperson said, the IAF also carried out strikes on 24 other targets within the Strip, among them eight missile launchers and two missile-fabrication sites. (Gili Cohen)

Veteran Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar at his house in Gaza City April 29, 2014. (Reuters)

7:25 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Eshkol Regional Council (Haaretz)

4:00 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that Israeli air strikes in Gaza targeted several homes belonging to senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials early on Wednesday, including Islamic Jihad leader Abdullah al-Harazin, former Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, Hamas lawmaker Ismail al-Ashqar, and senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar. The report cites an eye witness as saying that three IAF missiles were fired on the latter’s home. (Jack Khoury)

2:55 A.M. The Israel Air Force strikes targets in Gaza. (Gili Cohen)

1:40 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that an Israeli air strike in Rafah has killed two and wounded four.

Palestinian boys stand at site of the el-Zatmah family home which was damaged by an overnight Israeli missile that struck and destroyed a nearby transition center for newly released convicts. July 15, 2014. (AP)

12:40 A.M. The Israeli security cabinet’s meeting over Egypt’s cease-fire proposal concludes. (Barak Ravid)

12:08 A.M. The Israeli man killed in a mortar shell explosion near the Erez Crossing is identified as Dror Khenin, 37, a resident of Beit Aryeh. He worked as a manager in construction and was a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his wife and three children. (Chaim Levinson)

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` Generals and Senior Military Found Guilty of Arming Boko Haram ‘

#AceBreakingNewsNIGERIA – June 04  – Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.

They follow months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who told The Associated Press that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps. They have said that information provided by army officers has helped insurgents in ambushing military convoys and in attacks on army barracks and outposts in their north-eastern stronghold.

Leadership newspaper quoted one officer saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of “being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.”

Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, who last week denied reports saying senior officers were being investigated, reiterated in a statement on Tuesday that defense headquarters “wishes to state once again categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report.”

He called it a “falsehood” concocted by those who “appear hell-bent on misleading Nigerians and the international community to give credence to the negative impression they are so keen to propagate about the Nigerian military.”

Nigeria‘s military often denies substantiated reports, such as on extrajudicial killings of civilians and detainees.

It is accused of such gross human rights violations that the U.S. efforts to help in the rescue of nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls have been limited by U.S. law restricting sharing of some types of information and technology with abusive security forces.

The alleged sabotage by senior officers could explain the military’s failure to curb a 5-year-old Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands despite a year-long state of emergency in the north-east.

Additional news (BBC) June 04 – Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt.

In one attack, gunmen reportedly fired on a crowd in a church compound.

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` Anti-China-Protesters Set Dozens of Factories on Fire ‘

#AceWorldNews – HANOI – May 14  –  Anti-China protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire in Vietnam, state media said Wednesday, in an escalating backlash against Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters.

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Workers looted goods and attacked offices in a rare outburst of public unrest Tuesday in the authoritarian communist nation, which allowed mass anti-China rallies around Vietnam at the weekend.

The protesters targeted manufacturing companies that are owned or managed by Chinese as well as Chinese workers in Binh Duong province, the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park said in a statement.

There were no reports of casualties.

Tens of thousands of workers poured onto the streets Tuesday and a small number of them began looting and attacking security guards and factory management before setting fire to at least 15 factories, the state-run VNExpress website reported.

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`Poroshenko Calls on Kiev to Lay Mines at TV Stations to Block Russian Channels’

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – May 13  – Ukrainian presidential nominee Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday called on the authorities in Kiev to go as far as laying mines at television towers to block access to Russian television channels for Ukrainians.

 

 

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“Today, we need to protect TV towers and lay mines there if necessary. Anyway, it is impossible to allow our people to be exposed to the Russian propaganda because that is creating a big problem,” Poroshenko said in a live interview with Ukraine’s ICTV television channel.

 

Poroshenko thanked all Ukrainian television channels for an initiative to remove all TV series and films about the Russian army from air.

 

Poroshenko earlier told media he had provided assistance to Euromaidan protesters in Kiev. “Euromaidan” is the unofficial name for anti-government protests in Ukraine that started when President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union last year to study the deal more thoroughly.

 

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` Ehud Olmert Sentenced to Six Years for Accepting Bribes Linked to Real Estate ‘

#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – May 13 – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for accepting bribes linked to a real-estate deal, Reuters reported.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert waits to hear his verdict at the Tel Aviv District Court

Olmert had denied wrongdoing in the Holyland apartment complex deal, which took place while he was in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor.

The politician is credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians.

This is the first time a former head of government in Israel has been sentenced to prison.

(NYPost) – July 10 2012 – Reported an Israeli court cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday of the central charges in a multi-case corruption trial that forced him from power, but convicted him of a lesser charge of breach of trust.

The verdict was seen as a major victory for Olmert, who stepped down as prime minister in 2009 to battle allegations that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from a supporter and pocketing the proceeds from a double-billing scam on overseas travel.

His conviction on the lesser charge of “breach of trust” made him the first Israeli prime minister ever convicted of a crime.

Beating the main charges could significantly rehabilitate Olmert’s public standing and shift the focus to questions on whether an overzealous prosecution unnecessarily hounded him from office.

Olmert’s legal troubles are far from over, however.

He will be sentenced in September and is currently standing trial in a separate real estate bribery case.

For now at least, a return to politics for the 66-year-old Olmert appears unlikely.

Casually dressed in a blue button-down shirt, Olmert appeared calm and relieved as the verdict was delivered in the Jerusalem district court.

As he left the courtroom, the former prime minister had a wide smile and kissed defence lawyers and advisers.

“There was no corruption. There was no taking of money. There was no use of money. There were no cash envelopes. There was nothing of what they tried to attribute to me,” Olmert told reporters defiantly afterward, saying the lone conviction was merely a “procedural lapse” from which he would draw the necessary lessons.

The verdict, which capped a two-year trial, covered three separate allegations: illegally accepting funds from an American supporter, double-billing Jewish groups for trips abroad and channelling state grants to companies linked to a close friend.

He was acquitted in the first two cases and found guilty in the last. 

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` Jordan’s Ambassador to Libya Freed After Abduction by Gunmen in Tripoli ‘

#AceWorldNewsTRIPOLI – May 13 – Jordan’s ambassador to Libya has been freed after being abducted by gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, last month.

Jordanian Minister FreedFawaz al-Itan was released unharmed and was on his way home on Tuesday, Jordanian officials said.

The kidnappers had reportedly demanded the release of a Libyan Islamist militant in exchange, but it is unclear whether this was granted.

Diplomats have been the targets of a number of abductions in Libya in recent months amid continuing instability.

The central government has struggled to assert its authority over the armed groups and tribesmen who helped end Muammar Gaddafi‘s 41-year rule in 2011.

‘Doing well’

Mr Itan was kidnapped in the Libyan capital on 15 April when masked gunmen shot at his car, wounding the driver.

Libyan state media quoted Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, as saying he was already on his way back to his homeland after his release on Tuesday.

“The ambassador is doing well and he is now making his way back to his country,” Mr Judeh was quoted as saying.

He gave no further details about the circumstances of the release.

Four weeks ago masked gunmen seized the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions and kidnappings that have swept Libya underscoring the lawlessness in the North African nation since the 2011 overthrow of late dictator Muammar Qadhafi.

According to the spokesman of the Libyan Foreign Ministry, several masked gunmen in civilian clothes and in two cars opened fire at Ambassador Fawaz al-Etan’s vehicle early  Tuesday morning in Tripoli.

The assailants wounded the Jordanian ambassador’s driver and forced Mr. al-Etan out at gunpoint, said the spokesman, Said al-Aswad.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabah al-Rafie confirmed the kidnapping but had no further details.  

She said the Jordanian government was following the matter closely with the Libyan authorities.

The motives behind the abduction were not clear and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Three Killed in Karachi

3 members of Pakistan security forces killed in separate Karachi attacks

Three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Karachi, AP reported. Assailants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary rangers in the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi on Wednesday, killing one of them, senior police officer Amir Farooqi said. Minutes later, a roadside bomb wounded three security personnel in the same area. A suicide bomber blew himself up about an hour later, outside the headquarters of the paramilitary rangers, killing one ranger and a private guard.

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically-induced coma,

Schumacher put into phase of ‘gradual awakening’ – reports

Formula One championMichael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically induced coma, the BBC reported, citing his manager. He remains in a stable condition after a skiing accident on December 29, and a leading British neurosurgeon suggested Schumacher could still make a full recovery. Meanwhile, doctors at the Neurosurgery Department at a hospital in Grenoble cited positive changes in Schumacher’s condition. L’Equipe newspaper reported that Schumacher was placed into the phase of “gradual awakening.” Doctors say it is too early to diagnose his recovery at this stage.

37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official

Philippine military says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official said Wednesday. The militants are opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said that 12 of the slain rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement have been identified in a village in southern Maguindanao province, AP reported. However, rebel spokesman Abu Misry disputed the military report, saying that no one was killed and only seven of fighters have been wounded in army shelling and helicopter rocket fire. One soldier died and several were wounded Tuesday by home-made bombs hidden around a mosque.

Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday

2 anti-graft activists convicted in China

A Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets. Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Yuan was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term, Reuters said. The ruling is part of the government’s 10-month drive on the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’, which advocates working within the system to press for change. The new convictions came three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Iran

​Turkish PM visits Iran to talk trade, Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran in a bid to mend relations strained by the Syrian civil war, in which Ankara and Tehran have been supporting opposing parties. The PM has arrived on Tuesday evening accompanied by his foreign, energy and economy ministers, marking what Iranian government described as a new phase of contact. He will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

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#AceNewsDesk :`Headlines – 28 January 2014′

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Shots fired at Thai army facility where PM Shinawatra holds meeting

Shots were fired at a Thai army facility in north Bangkok on Tuesday where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was holding meetings, Reuters reported. Two people were injured, said Chumpol Jumsai, an anti-government protest leader. “Someone fired shots. One protester was hurt and the man who fired the shots was hurt, too,”Chumpol said. Yingluck was meeting members of the country’s Election Commission on Tuesday. The commission says the country is too unstable to hold an election on February 2.

Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales07:21

Poultry trading halted in eastern China after new H7N9 cases

Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales. The move followed an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The virus has killed 19 people in China so far this year out of 96 infections, AP quoted Feng Zijian, the deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying. More than 50 cases had been reported a week ago, and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry. The jump in cases comes during the 40-day travel period around Chinese New Year.

Japanese Government to Review Terrirtorial Waters Rights with South Korea06:30

Japan revising teaching manuals to emphasize territorial claims

The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea, AP reported. Tuesday’s decision is to reflect the government’s official view on the territorial claims, according to the Education Ministry. The revision affects ministry-issued teaching manuals for junior high and high school social classes, but the manuals are not legally binding. The manuals currently in use do not mention the Japan-claimed East China Sea islands, which are also claimed by China. Officials also say and the reference to the Japan-claimed islands held by South Korea in the Sea of Japan is “too soft.”

Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill02:39

​US farm bill deal proposes 1% cut to food stamps, continues big subsidies

After a two-year fight, the US House and Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill that proposes a one percent cut to funding for food stamps while continuing to heavily subsidize major crops. The legislation is expected to cost around $100 billion a year over five years, a cut of around $2.3 billion a year from current spending levels, AP reported. The measure would cut $800 million per year, or one percent, from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program – a decrease from House legislation that proposed a five percent decrease, yet more than the Senate’s $400 million cut. The bill released Monday also proposes a work-requirement test program for food stamp recipients in 10 states. The farm bill also continues generous subsidies for major crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton, though many subsidies will shift to an insurance program, requiring farmers to take losses before any payout. Powerful meat and poultry groups said they will not support the legislation, given that the bill’s language does not delay a country-of-origin labeling program they have opposed. House GOP leaders have said they will support the deal made with the Democratic-led Senate.

00:04

19 people die from H7N9 virus in China as infections rise

The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 19 people in China this year. The total number of human infections now stands at 96, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced. China has also banned live fowl trading in some areas, following more reports of the H7N9 infection in several provinces, Xinhua reported. On Monday evening, Hong Kong’s health authority confirmed a H7N9 case at a local market. It plans to slaughter about 20,000 birds to curb the infection from spreading.

 

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20:02

Iraq executes 26 men convicted of ‘terrorism’ in Al-Qaeda offensive

Iraq forces announced the execution of 26 men on Tuesday as part of a sharp crackdown on “terrorism” in the midst of a spike in violence. Ten people were killed in violence across the country on Tuesday, bringing the January total to 700. Last year marked the country’s bloodiest year since 2007.

19:42

One killed in Purdue University shooting, suspect in custody

A shooting at Purdue University has left one person dead. The shooter was taken into custody. The Electrical Engineering Building remains on lockdown, though police believe the shooter targeted only the victim. The male shooter entered the building, shot one person in a basement classroom area then left the scene, police said in a press conference. Police believe the shooter acted alone. The shooting occurred around noon, and the campus-wide lockdown was partially lifted after two hours.

18:39

Presidents Putin, Obama discuss Geneva 2 peace talks in a phone call

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart have discussed the agenda of the Geneva 2 peace talks in the Swiss resort city of Montreux opening on January 22. The phone call was initiated by the US side, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Russia’s presidential press-office. The two Presidents also touched upon a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations and the implementations of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in November 2013.

 

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12:43

Evidence from defector show mass killings by Syria regime – investigators

Former international prosecutors said on Tuesday that they have evidence from a defector proving that the Syrian regime has systematically killed and tortured around 11,000 people, AFP reported. Three top investigators, commissioned by Qatar, examined thousands of pictures said to have been smuggled out by a former military police photographer. Qatar backs the Syrian rebels. The report that shows evidence of starvation, strangulation and beatings came a day before talks were due to begin in Switzerland, aimed at negotiating an end to Syria’s civil war. Damascus denies torturing detainees.

11:52

Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claims Beirut bombing that killed at least 5 people

The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon on Tuesday claimed a bomb attack in Beirut that killed at least five people, AFP reported. The group is believed to be a franchise of a Syrian Al-Qaeda-linked group. “We have responded to the massacres carried out by the party of Iran [Hezbollah]… with a martyrdom operation in their backyard in the southern [Beirut] suburbs,” the group said in a statement posted on a Twitter account. Dozens were also wounded after a suicide car bomb exploded in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut bastion on Tuesday, media reports said. The same busy commercial street was targeted by a suicide car bombing in early January that also killed a minimum of five people.

11:17

Thai govt declares state of emergency in Bangkok

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces from Wednesday to help contain protesters. Deputy interior minister, Visarn Techateerawat, announced the emergency after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The decree gives security agencies the power to impose curfews, detain suspects without charge, censor media and ban political gatherings. The government says it has no plans to disperse the protest movement led by Suthep Thaugsuban.

10:46

Beijing to start regular patrols in South China Sea

Beijing will base a 5,000-ton civilian patrol ship on one of the main islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols, Reuters reported. The ship would be based on Woody Island, which China calls Sansha City, in the Paracel Islands, according to the China Ocean News. It added that China will “gradually establish a regular patrol system on Sansha City to protect the country’s maritime interests.” Infrastructure on the island will be built, as well as a “joint platform for sharing maritime security data.” The move is likely to add fuel to territorial disputes with neighbors.

10:21

Pakistan bombs suspected Taliban hideouts, 25 killed

Pakistani jets and helicopter gunships bombarded suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district on Tuesday, killing at least 25 people, AFP reported. The air strikes come a day after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 13 people in a blast near army headquarters. The military said the strikes were based on “confirmed intelligence reports” and were carried out in the North Waziristan tribal district, a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

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Blast heard in Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut – witnesses

An explosion was heard and smoke was seen rising on Tuesday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Reuters reported, citing witnesses and local media. The area is a stronghold of the Shiite Muslim militant movement, Hezbollah. Witnesses said they heard the sound of a blast in the area, which has been the target of repeated car bombs in recent months. Hezbollah’s Al Manar channel said the blast occurred in the Haret Hriek area.

08:54

Iran sends warships to Atlantic – TV

Iran’s navy has sent warships on a mission to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the county’s history, state TV said on Tuesday. The Sabalan destroyer and Khark logistic helicopter carrier will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. The ships carry some 30 navy academy cadets for training, alongside an unspecified military mission, AP reported. No ports of call were mentioned. Tehran has regularly deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden off the eastern coast of Africa to fight piracy and protect commercial ships.

08:12

Gunmen kill 3 polio workers in Pakistan’s Karachi

Gunmen killed three health workers taking part in a polio vaccination drive in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, police said. Attackers on motorbikes opened fire on polio teams on Monday in two separate incidents in the Qayyumabad neighborhood in the east of the city. The World Health Organization recently warned that Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar was the world’s “largest reservoir” of the polio virus.

07:46

Leader of Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group killed in Sanaa

Unknown attackers shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shiite Muslim Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Ahmad Sharafeddin, a former dean of the school of law at Sanaa University, was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital. He reportedly died immediately after the gunmen opened fire on him. Another Houthi leader, Abdulkarim al-Khiwani, accused hardline Sunni militants of carrying out the attack. The Houthi group has fought hardline Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen since October. A ceasefire was reached earlier this month to relocate the Salafis to another city, but clashes have continued in other parts of northern Yemen with tribesmen allied to the Salafis.

06:22

Cambodia police detain 11 anti-government protesters

Police in Cambodia detained 11 activists Tuesday who were trying to hand over a petition to foreign embassies, AP reported. Demonstrators urge four embassies, including those of the US and France, to help free two dozen anti-government protesters arrested during a brutal crackdown this month. Twenty-three people were arrested in early January in connection with protests against the government.

05:33

​Pakistan bombards tribal areas in Taliban hunt

Pakistani fighter jets and helicopter gunships raided suspected Taliban hideouts in the tribal area of North Waziristan province. It was the first time aircraft were used in the area since the 2007 ceasefire with local Taliban chiefs. Military sources said they targeted militant positions around the Mir Ali area. The strikes came as pressure grows on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to hit harder on the Taliban in response to its attacks on security forces. The PM came to power promising peace talks with Taliban, but an attempt to arrange negotiations failed after the killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a November by a US drone strike.

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UK Government: Changing Law So #Fracking “Could be Carried out Under People’s Home’s Without Need to Notify Owners”

#AceNewsServices says according to the latest from RT that Hydraulic fracturing may soon take place under thousands of homes across the United Kingdom without their owners’ knowledge. Based on a proposed law change the burden of notifying home-owners will be lifted from energy companies, the Guardian reports.

Planning Minister Nick Boles said a change in UK law will allow gas companies to put in drilling applications without notifying those in the area whose property could be affected, the Guardian reported. Companies will instead have to post notices in local newspapers and erect site displays in local parishes.

Many opposed to #fracking cite potential health risks, air pollution and water contamination, as well as possible earthquakes. Nevertheless, the government portrayed alerting all those possibly impacted by localized #fracking as too much of a burden for companies to weather.

It would require a “disproportionately large number of individuals and businesses” to receive notice, said Boles in a statement to MPs.

Hydraulic fracturing, or #fracking, is the highly controversial process of injecting water, sand and various chemicals into layers of rock in hopes of releasing oil and gas deep underground. Because it takes place far below ground, the gas companies themselves may not understand exactly where they are drilling.

“The associated underground extraction takes place very deep below the Earth’s surface, over a wide geographical area,” Boles said. “As a result, it is often not possible to identify the exact route of any lateral drilling.”

Without the changes to the secondary legislation, the widely drawn area on planning applications for onshore oil and gas projects would require the notification of a disproportionately large number of individuals and businesses. This would be unnecessarily excessive when other forms of complimentary notification exist.”

Ministers have dismissed any safety or environmental concerns posed by #fracking, instead touting the economic benefits while saying any drilling will be done responsibly. Other MPs are nervous about the new edict, The Guardian reported, based on high-profile protests in areas where drilling has been proposed.

On Tuesday the Conservative-led government issued a 49-page energy roadmap outlining ways in which oil and natural gas, including shale deposits, could be exploited in the country.

Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change identified new areas across the UK thought to hold rich, untapped stores of shale gas, The Daily Telegraph reported. As part of a new initiative by Westminster, these areas may become subject to test drilling, which could pave the way for #fracking if large deposits of shale gas are found.

“The government is keen to explore the potential for shale gas in the UK which could bring major benefit in terms of growth, jobs and energy security,” British Energy Minister Michael Fallon said in a statement. “However we must develop shale responsibly, both for local communities and for the environment.”

In a letter to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made public on Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron warned that European Union regulations could stifle investment in Britain’s shale gas industry.

“I am not in favour of new legislation where the lengthy time frames and significant uncertainty involved are major causes for concern,” Cameron wrote in the letter dated December 4, Reuters reports. “The industry in the UK has told us that new EU legislation would immediately delay imminent investment.”

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#Fracking has met widespread opposition in the UK, with local communities taking to the streets in protest. In the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, activists blocked access to a test drilling site on Monday, placing a 1.5-ton wind turbine blade in front of the Barton Moss facility in what they called a “symbolic” act of protest.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Tony Bosworth called the government’s moves on #fracking objectionable given the drilling technique has been identified by officials as having “potentially significant local impacts.”

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“People should be notified personally if firms want to drill or frack for oil and gas under their homes. Removing that right is a further blow to local communities who are rightly concerned about the impacts of #fracking,” he said. “Ministers should be strengthening rules to protect local people, not weakening them in yet another sop to an industry that wants to keep us hooked on dirty fossil fuels.”

A new report published in the latest edition of the journal Endocrinology shows a dozen chemicals used regularly in #fracking are suspected of being endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs — chemicals that can interfere with the human body’s endocrine functions and have been linked to heightened risks of cancer, low fertility rates and decreased sperm quality.

EDITOR: says so how can this situation have arisen and who really owns the land two metres below the surface? Well having done some recent research and this article it states as follows:

COLUMN-Frack on Your Majesty, you may be a shale gas winner:Kemp
Fri, Dec 14 15:22 PM GMT

By John Kemp

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II could be in line for a windfall now that her government is prepared to start granting licences to frack for shale gas again.

In her capacity as the Duke of Lancaster, the Queen owns more than 50,000 acres and subsurface rights to tens of thousands more across northern England, the part of the country that has drawn the most interest from companies hunting for shale gas. #Fracking firms will have to pay to put wells on her property or to drill through the subsurface mineral layers that she owns.

Potential payments to the Duchy are just one example of a wider phenomenon. The prospect of widespread #fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has helped set off something of a rush among the owners of ancient mineral rights to register them ahead of an October 2013 deadline set by the Land Registration Act, in order to claim possible compensation.

THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER:

The Duchy of Lancaster, which dates back to the 14th century, is separate from the Crown Estate, historical land holdings and other royal possessions. Revenue from that property goes to the government in exchange for an annual payment to help cover the costs of running the monarchy.

The Duchy holds assets in trust to provide an income for the Queen and her successors as sovereign. In March 2012, it had assets valued at 405 million pounds ($653.5 million) and was providing an annual income of 13 million pounds, which the Queen uses to meet her private expenditure and official expenditure incurred as sovereign.

The Duchy has valuable commercial property in central London (clustered around the ancient manor of the Savoy around the Embankment and the Strand) as well as in northern England.

But the major part of its landholding, in terms of surface area, is held as rural estates spread across the counties of Lancashire (10,000 acres), Yorkshire (16,000 acres), other parts of northern England and the Midlands.

In addition, over the centuries when the Duchy sold off some of its holdings, it reserved ownership of the subsurface mineral rights. As a result, it also owns mineral rights beneath tens of thousands more acres across the north of England, even though the surface is now owned by others.

ANCIENT LORDS OF THE MANOR:

Mineral rights and royalties produced an income of just $270,000 in the year ended March 2012. However, like other major landowners, including the Church of England, the Duchy has been busy registering its historic ownership of these mineral rights ahead of the deadline set by the Land Registration Act.

“Mineral interests are a relatively small element of the Duchy portfolio, but windfall opportunities do emphasise the importance of protecting these interests,” the Duchy explained in its annual report.

“The Land Registration Act has necessitated mineral owners to register their titles with the Land Registry, and the Duchy has been doing this in respect of both its surface and mineral ownership.

#Fracking has set off a modern land rush. According to the “Daily Telegraph” newspaper: “The Duke of Northumberland, Duke of Bedford and Earl of Lonsdale have all registered manorial rights. Ordinary people who live in manor houses or old rectories may also have ‘lordships of the manor’ and therefore own mineral rights in the area.” (“Lords of the manor to cash in on fracking” November 2012)

DRILLING AND ANCILLARY RIGHTS:

Like other private landowners, the Duchy of Lancaster does not own the oil and gas found under its estates or as a result of its reserved mineral rights.

In contrast to the United States, where oil and gas deposits are in private ownership and the owner receives royalties from #fracking firms for extracting them, in the United Kingdom petroleum resources are in state ownership.

Under the 1934 Petroleum Production Act, all oil and gas deposits are owned by the Queen in her official capacity as “the Crown”, which in practice means they are government property.

Section 1 of the Act states: “The property in petroleum existing in its natural condition in strata in Great Britain is hereby vested in His Majesty, and His Majesty shall have the exclusive right of searching and boring for and getting such petroleum”, which means oil and natural gas.

Licences to explore and exploit oil and gas resources onshore are granted by the government. But “the rights granted by the landward licences do not include any rights to access, and the licensees must also obtain any consent under current legislation, including planning permission,” according to the British Geological Survey.

So anyone wanting to get at the oil and gas must negotiate with the surface owner for permission to drill a well and build other facilities such as access roads and storage tanks. If the surface owner refuses, the driller must apply for a court order under the 1966 Mines Act to acquire the ancillary rights needed to get access to the oil and gas and pay what the court rules to be appropriate compensation.

As a major landowner in the north of England, the Duchy of Lancaster will be able to charge anyone who wants to drill on surface land it owns. Under a recent court ruling, however, it may also be able to charge anyone who wants to drill through the underground areas it owns, even if they build surface facilities on someone else’s land.

DEVIATED WELLS, SUBSURFACE OWNERS:

In 2009, in a case that pitted Star Energy against Bocardo, a company ultimately owned by well-known businessman Mohammed Al-Fayed, the Court of Appeal ruled that Star had to pay compensation for trespass for drilling a deviated (angled) oil well under Bocardo’s property, even though the well started on someone else’s land and was at least 800 feet below the surface when it entered the area under Bocardo’s land.

“I reach this conclusion with reluctance,” the judge explained. “The trespass is purely technical, because it did not interfere with Bocardo’s use or enjoyment of its land one iota. More over, Bocardo has lost no rights because it neither owned the oil that has been removed from strata within its land; nor did it have the right to search, bore for and get such petroleum. Those rights belonged exclusively to the Crown and its licensee (Star)”.

Nonetheless, even though Star possessed a licence, it still needed to negotiate Bocardo’s permission to drill through all the other layers and mineral’s Bocardo owned underneath its property or apply to court and pay compensation. Having failed to do either, Star was ordered to pay £1000.

But that was for using three pipelines  beneath Bocardo’s land at depths between 800 and 2800 feet below the surface, and extending just 500-700 metres below Bocardo’s Oxted estate. Fracking will employ much longer horizontal wells and affect much bigger areas of the subsurface. The compensation required could be correspondingly larger.

Since the Duchy of Lancaster owns the mineral rights across large swathes of the north of England, frackers will have to negotiate appropriate payments to drill through all the strata it owns (including for example the coal deposits it has been busy registering).

In contrast to conventional oil and gas fields, which have a fairly limited impact on the surface and cover a restricted underground area, fracking involves drilling a much larger number of wells with horizontal sections extending thousands of feet. It has a very large footprint on both the surface and the subsurface, and a corresponding increase in compensation payments to a large number of land owners.

Revenues  from #fracking are unlikely to put the Queen’s personal income on a par with the sultan of Brunei, and she should probably not starting ordering a new Royal Yacht, but they could make a small addition towards the cost of running her household.

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Performance Rating Your Care Home

The Guardian reports that almost 50,000 care homes residents will be asked to complete a survey on their experiences within homes. The study, which is backed by the Care Quality Commission, will ask residents to rate aspects of their care including the staff, food, activities and privacy.

 

Having looked after my mother and many other people for the last 10 years and asked them many questions, either inside or outside care homes. I find this really difficult to get my head around,as a lot of these people when asked anything say yes.

 

For instance my mothers carers ask her would you like bacon and egg for tea? Her answer is yes, it is Monday! Ask the same question about the meal she said yes to on Tuesday, like did you enjoy that meal yesterday?Her answer 9 times out of ten is cannot remember or occasionally what was it!

 

So l do hope that the person providing the questionnaires is not going to ask like my mothers carers, or that the owners of the home or senior staff are going to ask the questions. As this will skew the answers in favour of the government department overseers and it will just become another paper exercise as is has so many times before.

 

 

 

 

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