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Canada runaway train: Lac-Megantic death toll rises

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The death toll from Saturday’s blast stands at five; there are fears it will rise further as 40 people are missing.

PM Stephen Harper said the affected area looked like a war-zone.

The pre-dawn explosion sent a fireball and black smoke into the air, destroying dozens of buildings and forcing the evacuation of 2,000 people.

“It’s a difficult to explain what’s happened here… a large part of the down-town has been destroyed,” said Mr Harper after touring Lac-Megantic.

He said some 30 buildings had been incinerated in the historic centre of the town, which is some 250km (155 miles) east of Montreal.

He promised a full inquiry, but said it was too early to allocate blame for the disaster.

“There’ll be investigations to ascertain what happened and to ensure it never happens again,” said Mr Harper.

Police are trying to account for dozens of missing people – popular bars near the blast site were said to have been crowded at the time.

“There are about 40 people, more or less, who are considered to be missing,” police spokesman Michel Brunet told reporters. “There could be more, there could be less.”

Police said earlier they expected the death toll to rise, but were checking whether people reported missing were simply away on holiday.

‘It’s a mess’
Two of five cars that exploded were still ablaze nearly 36 hours later, Lac-Megantic Fire Chief Denis Lauzon told reporters on Sunday morning.

Firefighters have been battling the flames with water and a fire retardant, but are staying at least 1,000 ft from the burning tankers for fear of more blasts, he added.

About 30 buildings – including some of the town’s most historic structures – were obliterated by the blast.

“We lost the bibliotheque [library] which had all the memories of people here – it’s a mess,” said Chief Lauzon.

The five bodies found are so charred they have been sent to Montreal for identification, police say.

The fires have been so intense and have burnt for so long that Quebec police warn some bodies may never be recovered.

People whose homes have been badly damaged are being sheltered at a nearby school.
The train’s 73 cars carrying pressurised containers of crude oil reportedly uncoupled from five locomotive engines parked outside the town around 01:00 (06:00 BST) on Saturday, gathering speed as they rolled down the tracks before derailing in Lac-Megantic.

Eyewitnesses said that by the time the cars reached the town they were travelling at considerable speed.

Fire Chief Denis Lauzon: “We still have a risk of explosions as we still have tankers on fire”
Bernard Demers, who runs a restaurant near the blast site, said the fireball that followed the derailment was “like an atomic bomb”, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

A one-kilometre exclusion zone was set up amid fears of more pressurised containers exploding.

The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic train was parked in the village of Nantes – about 7km (four miles) from Lac-Megantic – during an overnight driver shift-change, said a company spokesman.

A driver had parked the train and put the brakes of its engines on “properly” before going to a local hotel for the night, said the spokesman, Joe McGonigle.

But the fuel cars somehow became uncoupled, causing them to roll downhill into the town and derail, he added.

The train was carrying the crude oil from the Bakken Field in North Dakota. Montreal, Maine & Atlantic owns more than 800km (500 miles) of track serving Maine, Vermont, Quebec and New Brunswick.

A lakeside town that is home to some 6,000 people, Lac-Megantic is close to the US border with Maine and Vermont, and is 130 miles north of Maine’s capital, Augusta.


Princess Street in downtown Kingston.
Princess Street in downtown Kingston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


An old building on Princess Street, Manchester...
An old building on Princess Street, Manchester, England, believed to be an 18th century slum dwelling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Princess Street, Knutsford
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Several residents on Princess Street in Kingston were left panicking yesterday after two gunmen walked into a home demanding cash, gold and other valuables.


Interestingly, THE STAR understands that one of the hoodlums had time enough to use one of the residents bathroom before exiting the premises.


The incident happened around 5:30 p.m.


THE STAR understands that the men, posing with their weapons, spent about 20 minutes at the home asking the whereabouts of some men, before making their requests for cash, jewellery and other valuables.


It is reported that the men eventually left the premises after their requests were not met.


“I am not keeping well, and I am not well at all and this incident just mek mi feel traumatised, an elderly woman who was shaken up because of the incident said.


Another resident told THE STAR that she had to hide under her bed during the ordeal, “Dem did a search up di place for about 20 minutes before dem leave, and I don’t know what dem want . First, me hear dem a ask if some man live here but I tink dem did a use dat as a sham to rob people,” the resident said.


The Kingston Central police are investigating the incident.



CCRP concerned about increase in crimes against senior citizens

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From left, Kandie Dempsey, MS, RN, OCN, CCRP, Cancer Research director, Cancer Research Rising Star award winner Scott Seigel, Ph.D., and Nicholas Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. (Photo credit: Christiana Care)
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English: This “Home Life” entry is descriptive of what it is for American senior citizens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Senior Citizens Lounge, Front Street, Poulsbo, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: A “playground” for senior citizens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited (CCRP) is expressing concern over the recent spate of violence and other acts of crime being committed against the country’s senior citizens.

According to a releasefrom the company, it is said that the true measure of a nation lies in how it treats its elderly.

The affection and care that we exhibit towards the welfare of our senior citizens are true manifestations of who we are as a people.

CCRP is alarmed over the frequency with which our seniors fall prey to gruesome acts of murder, various forms of abuse, and a host of other crimes, which suggests a society that is either totally unaware or unappreciative of the treasure that lies within its seniors.

Sylvia Sewell, an 84-year-old Gleaner vendor, who was chopped to death, on Thursday, May 30, by a man said to be of unsound mind is just one in a series of horrific acts committed against a member of one of the society’s most vulnerable groups.

According to CCRP, the fact that Sewell was killed in a public area in broad daylight on a busy street in downtown Kingston is cause for great concern.

horrifying incident

CCRP Director and Chair of the National Council for Senior Citizens Syringa Marshall-Burnett, in expressing her concern, said: “This horrifying incident should compel us to look at two areas that need to be urgently addressed: the mental health issue that is affecting our society and the need to have programmes in place to assist our more vulnerable elders who still have to earn a living. We must look at ways to assist them in coping with day-to-day issues”, she concluded.

The CCRP is reminding the nation that our seniors are our treasure. they have made great contributions to the growth and development of our country and we must take collective responsibility for their welfare.

The CCRP was launched in April 2010 with the mission of “working to ensure that the vast talent, experience, and wisdom of our seniors will be respected and that they enjoy the quality of life which they so richly deserve”.

CCRP was founded in 2010 by Jean Lowrie-Chin, managing director of PROComm Limited, as a tribute to the many seniors who had mentored her and supported PROComm. The company houses CCRP’s operations and is its major sponsor.

Men: How to keep your woman from straying.

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English: Shoulder blade. 日本語: 肩甲骨。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Two Women (1999 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Cover of A Good Woman
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THE problem with many men is that after they have successfully hunted and caught their prey, they relax and just become plain boring — unimaginative when it comes to keeping her entertained; lacklustre when it comes to keeping her interested; and worst of all, ho-hum in the bedroom.
The problem with this scenario is that when the man becomes boring, the woman many times thinks of straying, as she imagines that all she’s missing is on the outside.
This week I’ve stepped in to help you men — at least those who still have their women around. Here are some tips for keeping your woman interested in you, and for keeping Joe away from your home.
1. Understand and appreciate the power of foreplay. For the benefit of those men who have no idea what this is, it is not a reggae band, and it does not mean a one grab that lasts two to three minutes before sex. It is a sexual mind game that starts way before you touch, as a matter a fact, it is the panacea to most of your relationship problems. Once you understand that it is important to most women, you are on your way to a mind-blowing, earth-moving, and exciting relationship.
2. Send her a gift at work. Women love to feel special, and nothing says special like a gift sent to your woman at work when you have not done anything wrong, and it is not a special occasion. To make it more memorable you have to be creative, like sending a huge box with nothing inside and a card that says, “This is what I want you to wear tonight”. Believe me, if your woman is sensible and does not misunderstand this message, she will be left grinning like a hyena, while she is having inappropriate thoughts about you all day.
3. Amp up your sex game. Calling her at work to ask what colour underwear she’s wearing will be steamy the first six times, but don’t let that be the extent of your seduction tricks. For many women I know, it has become too exhaustive for them to be making a mental note of the colour of their underwear each time they change it, because that’s the only game their men know to play. Google something. Find some other erotic tool to tempt her with, and quit using the old, tired lines to try to keep her interested.
4. Take her out — somewhere else. There are places you can take your woman to other than Emancipation Park, dinner or a movie. Women dig the things that are done with a personal touch in mind. A picnic at Hope Gardens is also cheap, so is a trip to the beach. Be creative.
5. Give her a massage. This process should not lead to her being admitted to hospital when you inadvertently break her shoulder blade and injure her spinal cord. Check YouTube and learn the proper massage techniques; set the tone with flowers and music; and spray some of your favourite perfume on your bed linen to set the right mood.
6. Send her a raunchy picture. And I don’t mean a raunchy selfie taken in your bathroom in front of the mirror, tongue out, LL Cool J style. Nor should this be another picture of your penis. There are other parts of your body that can stimulate her. Find out what they are and use them.
7. Send her a text. A little naughtiness in texting is appreciated, but desist from sending repulsive texts like, “wait till a ketch you tonight, a going to damage your bladder and puncture your spleen”. By no means is that sexy, and if you send any message like that to your woman again, she should call the police.
Men, when you find a good woman who will act like a lady in the streets and drive you crazy between the sheets, do not play the fool and bore her to death with your lame romance tactics. Instead, try to be innovative in the relationship and remember that at the end of the day, a happy woman gives a happy ending.

Bedroom Tax victim commits suicide: Grandmother Stephanie Bottrill blames government in tragic note.

Stephanie Kalina
Stephanie Kalina (Photo credit: Ted Van Pelt)

Grandmother who had to pay extra £20 a week throws herself in front of motorway lorry
Ten days ago Stephanie Bottrill sat in the redbrick terrace house which had been home for 18 years to write notes to her loved ones,
She ripped the pages from a spiral-bound notebook and placed them neatly in little brown envelopes.

There was one for her son. Another for her daughter. Her mother. Friends. And a very special one for the year-old grandson she doted on.

Then in the early hours of last Saturday Stephanie, 53, left her home for the last time, leaving her cat Joey behind as the front-door clicked shut.

She crossed her road in Meriden Drive, Solihull, to drop one of her letters and her house keys through a neighbour’s letterbox. Then she walked 15 minutes through the sleeping estate to Junction 4 of the M6.

And at 6.15am she walked straight into the path of a northbound lorry and was killed instantly. Stephanie Bottrill had become the first known suicide victim of the hated Bedroom Tax.

In the letter to her son, Steven, 27, she had written: “Don’t blame yourself for me ending my life. The only people to blame are the Government.”

Stephanie was tormented over having to find £20 a week to pay for the two under-occupied bedrooms she had been assessed for.

Days before her death she told neighbours: “I can’t afford to live any more.”

Solihull council Labour group leader David Jamieson, who knows the family well, said: “I’m absolutely appalled this poor lady has taken her own life because she was worried how she would pay the Bedroom Tax.

“I hope the Government will take notice and reconsider this policy.”
The police came to Steven’s door at 9.30 last Saturday morning. They were there with his sister Laura, 23, and he knew something terrible had happened. They told him his mum had taken her own life.

He said: “It was a shock at first. You just ask why? The policeman told me she had left notes. I was on my own, looking after my little boy.

“I just wanted to keep looking after him, to keep it all in. I told the police to keep the note. I was still getting my head round it.”

So it was not until Sunday that Steven was ready to read the note.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. She said not to blame ourselves, it was the Government and what they were doing that caused her to do it.

“She was fine before this Bedroom Tax. It was dreamt up in London, by people in offices and big houses.

“They have no idea the effect it has on people like my mum.”

On the Thursday before she died – when she wrote the farewell letters – Stephanie had phoned her son to say she was struggling to cope.

He promised to get help and next day phoned her GP.

Stephanie came home from the GP’s surgery with sleeping tablets.

That Friday teatime, Steven came to see her after he finished work. He tried to reassure her, telling her everything would be OK. He says now he should have hugged her but he thought it might upset her.

Stephanie Bottrill suicide note Part of Stephanie’s note to her son
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On the way home he resolved to take her to A&E next day and stay there until she got the help she needed.

That evening a neighbour took Stephanie some dinner. Like Steven, she thought Stephanie would cope. But neither saw her again.

In the early hours of Saturday, Stephanie headed downstairs, past boxes of her things packed up and ready to go.

Boxes marked “kitchen” and “bedroom”. Stephanie had nowhere to go. But she had packed anyway so when the council found her a smaller place she would be prepared.

Steven said: “She didn’t want to go but she knew she had to. She couldn’t afford to stay. It was too hard.

“She wasn’t eating properly. There wasn’t any proper food. There were about 30 tins of custard.”

Stephanie had lived in her £320-a-month home for 18 years, but couldn’t cope with the extra £80 she had to find every month.

She needed to downsize but nothing suitable was offered to her.

And she was upset she would have to leave the home in which she raised her two children as a single mother.

The well-kept back garden was Stephanie’s pride and joy. She had buried her favourite pet cats there and she liked to sit out there in the sun and remember them.

Steven remembers they didn’t have much as they grew up. His mum would struggle to afford clothes and food but they were happy and always well-turned out.

As a child Stephanie was diagnosed with the auto-immune system deficiency, Myasthenia gravis.
The illness made her weak and she had to take constant medication.

Steven said she wanted to work, but there was no way she could.

Doctors had told her she was too ill to hold down a job, but she had never been registered as disabled, so she lived without disability benefit. After splitting with the children’s father, Stephanie raised Laura and Steven on her own.

Steven, an HGV driver, said: “Even though it was difficult for Mum bringing us up on her own, we were really happy here.”

Eventually, Steven left to set up in his own place with his own family.

It was close enough to visit his mum and he came round whenever he could.

Then two months ago Laura also moved out and into a flat with her long-term partner. It happened quickly and Stephanie struggled at first.

It also meant that instead of losing 14 per cent of her housing benefit for one spare bedroom she would now lose 25 per cent for two rooms.

But friends and family rallied round and she began to adjust on her own.

She took the decision to tell the council she was living in a three-bedroomed house on her own.

The £80 per month extra she would have to pay was too much for her. She would have to leave her home.

Steven said: “She was sad about Laura going but she had got over that and was coping. Being asked for the extra Bedroom Tax money was just too much for her.”

Stephanie told her next-door neighbour Tracey Hurley: “I cannot afford to live any more.”
She was visited by officials, who told her she would be charged for any repairs to her property.

That would whittle away the £2,000 she had been offered by the council to move home. It meant Stephanie had to strip wallpaper and lift carpets herself. She also had to mend her back fence.

And they failed to find a suitable property for her – the bungalow they offered was a 30-minute walk from a bus stop and miles from her family and friends.

So Stephanie was trapped in a house she couldn’t afford.

And neighbours did their best to help as she faced losing her home.

Neighbour Tracey, 49, said: “Her garden meant so much to her.

“She called it her special place and the one place she felt at peace.

“But they were going to take that from her. She just couldn’t stand it.” Tracey did her best to care for her friend and saw her on the Friday before she died. She said: “Stephanie hadn’t eaten for three days. She was desperate.

“We were having a barbecue and she popped her head over the fence to say hello. She didn’t want to socialise so I took her some dinner.

“When I went round I hugged her and told her to just come and knock on the door if she needed me.

“I told her not to do anything stupid. The council would have to help her. She asked me for another hug. Then in the morning the police came. I couldn’t believe it.”

Other neighbours on the estate are being hit with the Bedroom Tax.

Tracey said: “They are making me pay it and it’s going to be tough but people don’t have any choice.

“This is not just politics, this is people’s lives.”

Next Friday, Tracey will be among friends and family at the funeral.

The family were struggling to pay so the Sunday People has made a contribution.

Stephanie’s death didn’t make headlines locally. But her friends know exactly what happened to her.

And they believe the shock of her death will be felt far outside her community.

Tracey added: “There’s no way Stephanie is going to be the last to die because of this Bedroom Tax. She’s not going to be the only one.”

20-y-o woman stabbed to death

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Eddie is stabbed to death
Eddie is stabbed to death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 20-year old woman was stabbed to death during an incident with an 18-year-old female in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, early yesterday.

Information reaching THE STAR is that shortly after midnight, one of the women was on her way to a shop in Four East in Greater Portmore, when she saw the other woman.

It was reported that an argument developed after the women found out about each other via Facebook.

Superintendent Clive Blair of the St Catherine South Division said both women were in a common-law relationship with the same man.

According to police report, the women started fighting, during which a sharp instrument was used to stab the 20-year-old in the neck. The injured woman was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital where she died during treatment.

The 18-year-old was taken into police custody. She is yet to be charged.

The names of both women have not been released and the whereabouts of the man at the source of the feud is unknown.

For the Men: The Right Way to Grab Your Wife’s Boobs


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