Washington — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is vowing to help stem rising traffic fatalities, releasing a broad-based strategy aimed at reducing speed, redesigning roads and boosting car safety features such as automatic emergency braking. Buttigieg told The Associated Press that new federal data being released next week will show another increase in traffic fatalities through the third quarter of 2021. While still being finalized, the third-quarter numbers were expected to point to another sizable increase in deaths compared with the same period in 2020, adding to a half-year traffic death total of 20,160 that already was the highest half-year figure since 2006. "It doesn't look good, and I continue to be extremely concerned about the trend," Buttigieg said in a phone interview ahead of the strategy's release on Thursday. "Somehow it has become over the years and decades as normal, sort of the cost of doing business," he said. "Even through a pandemic that led to … [Read more...] about Buttigieg vows to act as car fatalities spike
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Speaking with DW about the threat posed by Russian troops amassed near the Ukraine border, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said he was "crossing his fingers for a peaceful solution," but not one that comes "at Ukraine's expense." The former world heavyweight boxing champion turned politician clearly placed blame for the situation on Russia, saying, "This conflict has been artificially concocted. If someone had said 10 years ago that Russia would occupy Crimea, that the Donetsk and Donbas would be occupied, that 13,000 Ukrainian citizens would die in the conflict, nobody would have believed it. But that is the harsh reality today." Commenting on joint Russian-Belarus military maneuvers just 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Kyiv, and Russian troops amassing at the Ukraine border to the east, Klitschko told DW: "We are terrified of war. It would be a nightmare — for us, our country, our economy and our people." Watch video 00:52 Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko: 'We … [Read more...] about Kyiv Mayor Klitschko urges Germany to alter arms export stance
Published 25 July 2012 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue, indicating the earliest ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015. Political leaders, equality organisations and some faith groups welcomed introducing same-sex marriage. But it was strongly opposed by the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland. The announcement was made in the wake of a government consultation which produced a record 77,508 responses. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships and the Holyrood government has insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold same-sex weddings in churches. The … [Read more...] about Gay marriage to be introduced in Scotland
One of the most controversial aspects of the government's COVID "Plan B" is the requirement for some venues to carry out testing and vaccine certificate checks. Boris Johnson suffered the biggest Conservative rebellion since 2019 , as 100 Tory MPs opposed the introduction of the proposals. Despite the large rebellion, the House of Commons approved mandatory use of the NHS COVID pass in nightclubs and large events in England. What is the aim of the new rules? According to the explanatory note of the legislation , the purpose is "to impose obligations on those organising certain events, or managing certain venues, to take reasonable measures to ensure that they do not admit any person to such events, or venues, unless the person concerned has been fully vaccinated or has tested negative for coronavirus within the last 48 hours". Advertisement The regulations will only apply in England. When will the new rules come into effect? More from … [Read more...] about COVID-19: What are the vaccine certificate rules MPs have voted for?
By Joshua Nevett Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The UK government's failure to legally recognise humanist marriages in England and Wales is "discriminatory", MPs have argued, as they called for marriage reform. Humanist weddings are non-religious ceremonies that are personal and conducted by a celebrant. Currently, humanist couples need to have a civil marriage with a registrar to gain legal recognition. In a debate, MPs said such couples were treated like "second-class citizens". In a personal speech, Labour MP Rachel Hopkins, who described herself as a humanist, said it was "discriminatory that humanist weddings are still not recognised". Ahead of the debate on Thursday, 53 MPs and peers signed a joint letter urging the UK government to immediately legally recognise humanist marriages in England and Wales. The letter calls on the … [Read more...] about Humanist marriage: MPs call for legal recognition of ceremonies
This week, Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County Public Health Director, announced that all attendees for Super Bowl LVI, to be held at SoFi stadium, will be given KN95 masks and must wear masks unless they are eating or drinking. Ferrer also noted that fans will be consistently reminded to wear their masks. “Fans heading to the NFL Experience at the LA Convention Center, the NFL’s ‘interactive football theme park’ launching the week ahead of the February 13 Super Bowl, will receive free take-home test kits ‘with messaging to test before the big game,’ said Ferrer,” CNN reported, adding, “She said the NFL anticipates distributing over 60,000 test kits. The county will set up vaccination sites at the NFL Experience and anyone receiving first, second, or a booster dose of vaccine will be given free entry to the event.” NFL Communications stated: Fans who are not fully vaccinated need to provide proof of a recent negative test result to enter the South Hall Lobby of the Los … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Attendees Will Be Forced To Wear Masks Unless Eating Or Drinking | The Daily Wire
Tony Abbott says it ‘baffles’ him when Brits ‘run country down’ Sign up to receive our rundown of the day's top stories direct to your inbox SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Australia is on track to finalise a new free trade agreement with Brexit Britain, the first such comprehensive deal to be negotiated from scratch since the UK quit the European Union. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott blasted attempts to downplay Britain's ability to be a successful independent country as he noted the great "impact" the country had on the world through the centuries. Speaking to GB News , Mr Abbott said: "Look, it baffles me a little that so many people in Britain are always running the country down. Related articles … [Read more...] about ‘Britons always talk their country down’ Tony Abbott rages at naysayers – UK is leading!
Published 9 September 2010 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The number of marriages in Scotland rose in the spring after falling for more than a year, figures have shown. The increase is noted in the Registrar General for Scotland's round-up of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships for the second quarter of 2010. It showed marriages went up by 411, from 7,877 in the first three months of 2010 to 8,288 in the second quarter. The number of heart disease and stroke deaths fell, but cancer deaths rose. The General Register Office for Scotland figures cover the period from 1 April to 30 June 2010. The increase in marriages comes after five consecutive quarterly falls. Out of 12,812 deaths, heart disease fell as a cause by 4.6%, stroke fell by 4.5%, while cancer deaths were up 2.3%. There were 14,743 births registered in Scotland in the second quarter of … [Read more...] about Figures show rise in marriages in Scotland
India's Parliament is expected to consider a bill to ban "private" cryptocurrencies that would allow the government to create a state-sanctioned digital alternative. The governing Bharatiya Janata party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi controls both houses of parliament, making passage of the bill likely if it gains support. The Crypto-currency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency measure of 2021 would empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to create an official digital currency. "The draft bill seeks to ban 'private' crypto-currencies, but hasn't defined what that means," Jason Deane, Bitcoin analyst at Quantum Economics in London, said in comments sent to Newsweek . A bank teller counts stacks of 1,000 rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, India. Mukesh Gupta/reuters Deane does not see the move as necessarily having a negative impact on Bitcoin. "This is being interpreted locally as a good thing, since it is seen as providing clarity going … [Read more...] about India drafts bill to create government cryptocurrency, ban private cryptocurrencies, with exceptions
Where did the liberals go? I don’t mean the remnant of a party with the name in it. It is many years since the Liberal Democrats have been either liberals or democrats. But like other parties across the globe, the term 'liberal' lingers like a memory of a nobler instinct. In some countries it is attached to a party of the Left, sometimes to one of the Right. In America this shape-shifter of a term long-ago became a synonym for 'leftie' and something not dissimilar has happened in Britain. Some years back the broadcaster Andrew Marr admitted that the BBC has a liberal bias . He must have known that he meant something quite different: 'Labour voting', or 'metropolitan', or even 'statist' would be more accurate. If the BBC was stuffed with true liberals, the corporation wouldn’t be in the mess that it is. Because before it became the most abused word in politics, the true liberal was a deeply recognisable type. The liberal mind – the liberal person – was discernible across party … [Read more...] about Liberalism’s abandonment of individual freedom and scepticism of authority is now complete