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แฉขบวนการขาย #39;สเตียรอยด์#39; สยายปีกทั่วอีสาน รถเร่ทะเบียนปลอม-อ้างยาแผนโบราณnbsp;

FEED - TCIJ - 6 min 26 sec ago
ติดตามขบวนการขายยาน้ำสมุนไพรปนเปื้อนสเตียรอยด์ ระบาดหนักในภาคอีสานnbsp; ขอนแก่นเป็นฮับการผลิตและกระจาย ลงทุนน้อย รายได้ดี จากชาวบ้านขยับเป็นผู้มีอิทธิพลด้วยธุรกิจนี้ สร้างเครือข่ายข้ามจังหวัด ใช้วิธีซื้อสเตียรอยด์มาผสมเอง ณ แหล่งพักยา ปลอมฉลาก ปลอมทะเบียนรถ เลี่ยงเจ้าหน้าที่ สุดท้ายแล้ว รถเร่เป็นเพียงยอดภูเขาน้ำแข็งของขบวนการลักลอบนำเข้าสเตียรอยด์
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สนง.ประกันสังคมเปิดแผนnbsp;2558 เน้นลงทุนโครงสร้างพื้นฐานประเทศ

FEED - TCIJ - 6 min 26 sec ago
สำนักงานประกันสังคมเผยผลการบริหารกองทุนประกันสังคมปี 2557 ได้รับผลตอบแทนจำนวน 46,492 ล้านบาท ย้ำนโยบายการลงทุนปี 2558 ให้เน้นการลงทุนในตราสารหนี้ภาครัฐ เพื่อสนับสนุนการพัฒนาโครงสร้างพื้นฐานของประเทศให้มีความยั่งยืนในระยะยาว เพิ่มการลงทุนในหลักทรัพย์ทางเลือกที่ลงทุนในอสังหาริมทรัพย์และโครงสร้างพื้นฐานของประเทศไทยซึ่งคาดว่าให้ผลตอบแทนเงินปันผล 6-8% ต่อปี
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Re-definelsquo;สื่อทางเลือกrsquo;ยุคสงครามข่าวสาร บนทางแพร่งทุน-อิสระ-มืออาชีพ?

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เปิดงานวิจัย Re-defining Thailandrsquo;s New Media : Challenges in the Changing Political Regime ชี้nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; rsquo;สื่อทางเลือกrsquo;ไทย ถึงทางแพร่ง จะเป็นสื่ออาชีพอาจสูญเสียความเป็นอิสระ เพราะต้องระดมทุนทำองค์กร เป็นสถาบัน สร้างความน่าเชื่อถือnbsp; ขณะที่สถานการณ์การเมืองไทยและความเสื่อมถอยของสื่อกระแสหลัก เป็นปัจจัยบวกทำผู้เสพข่าวสารต้องการทางเลือกnbsp; แต่สิทธิเสรีภาพในการแสดงออกตกต่ำลงnbsp; เป็นอุปสรรค ท้าทายการเซ็นเซอร์ตัวเองnbsp; nbsp;
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Be Thanked for Running a Great Meeting

FEED - The Huffington Post - 7 min 39 sec ago
How many dental appointments can you pretend to have in one month before your boss questions you? The answer is five. You see, I used this excuse (among many others) to get out of a regular meeting that I was supposed to attend during my first job right out of graduate school. This meeting -- like many meetings -- was a massively inefficient waste of time. I would go to great lengths to miss this weekly time-stealing abyss, including once letting air out of my car tires so that I would have to meet the tow truck when it arrived and thus avoid the dreaded meeting.

But meetings don't have to be this way. It is possible for meetings to be effective and efficient. In fact, you can actually structure and run meetings that people are excited to attend. But it takes preparation, a smooth preamble, and effective paraphrasing. In other words, you need to be mindful of the 3 P's.

Prepare with an agenda that sets expectations.
•Send out an agenda in advance that includes not only the overall meeting objective, topics to be covered and time limits, but also contains a few questions people are to contemplate prior to attending. This sets expectations and signals from the very beginning that you expect involvement from attendees.

•If virtual (Web meeting or conference call), have a set time when people can login and make sure everything works. This allows you to hold your meeting without having to do simultaneous tech support.

•Practice your opening statements. Like a presentation, starting a meeting, especially if the stakes are high (e.g., senior leaders are present, critical decisions are to be made, or tension exists among the participants), can be nerve-wracking. A great way to feel more confident and less anxious is to be comfortable with how you are going to start. Consider an opening that greets people and checks to see if anyone has additional items to cover.

Provide a preamble to orient participants.
•Set ground rules at the beginning to help your meeting participants' interact. Ground rules should explain what is expected of people (e.g., cell phones off, laptops closed) and perhaps the consequences of noncompliance.

•For virtual meetings, tell people how they are to contribute. For example, should they use the chat feature on a web conference, or should teleconference participants state their names before speaking to avoid confusion.

•Clearly explain the purpose of the meeting, what will likely happen as a result of the meeting (and when it will happen), and how people will be kept informed after the meeting.

Paraphrase during the meeting to boost engagement.
•Within any given meeting topic, connect participants' contributions to each other and your agenda via paraphrasing (e.g., "so what I hear you saying links with what 'so-and-so' said..."). By linking what participants have said, people stay focused and see ideas building off of each other.

•When moving from one point to another, sum up what was said (perhaps also capture it via note taking) and transition to what is next (e.g., "now that we have covered agenda item 1, let's focus on our second topic.").

•Value the contributor as well as his or her contribution. Simple statements like "thank you for that comment" or "glad to hear from you" can help keep people on task and feeling invested in what's being said.

By invoking the 3 P's, you can increase the likelihood that your meetings will run smoothly. And if you reliably run your meetings in this manner, people not only will feel more inclined to attend and participate, they may even thank you when they leave.

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Bali Nine: Indonesia executes eight prisoners but reprieves Mary Jane Veloso – latest updates

pAustralians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and six other men are executed by firing squad, as Filipina Mary Jane Velosa wins a last-minute reprieve/pullia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/bali-nine-who-are-the-nine-people-being-executed-by-indonesia"strongWho are the eight people executed by Indonesia?/strong/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553f95dae4b04b265de53259"Read the latest summary/a/lilia href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/indonesia-set-to-execute-eight-foreigners-as-families-make-last-visit-to-prison"Distraught families make last visit to prison/a/li/ulp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:28:58.998+01:00"5.28am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA tenth death row prisoner, strongSerge Atlaioui/strong, from a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/france"France/a, was due to be executed this week, but his sentence has been delayed pending a legal challenge./ppAtlaoui was arrested for working in a factory used to produce ecstasy. He claims he was working as a welder and was unaware of the illegal activity./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:21:58.356+01:00"5.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAmnesty International /stronghas issued a statement on what it calls the “theatre of cruelty” played out tonight./ppAmnesty International UK director strongKate Allen/strong said:br //ppThe world has watched on as this theatre of cruelty played out, with this most tragic of endings./ppIt did not have to come to this. The death penalty is never the answer./ppA selection of Myuran Sukumaran's art work from his exhibition at a href="https://twitter.com/AmnestyUK"@AmnestyUK/a last week a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a a href="http://t.co/w80uKeRoUR"pic.twitter.com/w80uKeRoUR/a/ppThese executions are utterly reprehensible – they were carried out with complete disregard for internationally recognised safeguards on the use of the death penalty./ppPresident Joko Widodo should immediately abandon plans to carry out further executions and impose a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T20:05:27.450+01:00"5.05am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAs Australia wakes up to news that two of its citizens have been executed, there is likely to be pressure on the government to take a strong line against Indonesia./ppAs my colleague strongMichael Safi/strong reports:/ppSpeaking hours before the executions, Australia’s foreign minister,strong Julie Bishop/strong, said she was “deeply disturbed” by Indonesia’s handling of the matter and warned there “will have to be consequences”.br //ppAustralia has never withdrawn diplomatic staff over an execution of a citizen abroad, but is reportedly considering all options./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:59:36.975+01:00"4.59am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppYou can read more about the eight men who were killed tonight a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/bali-nine-who-are-the-nine-people-being-executed-by-indonesia"in this series of profiles/a, along with the background to strongMary Jane Veloso/strong’s tortuous journey to her last-minute – if potentially temporary – reprieve./ppThe eight men who were put to death by firing squad were:/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:52:56.868+01:00"4.52am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere is news from a spokesperson for Indonesia’s attorney general, however, that strongMary Jane Veloso/strong was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave herself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday./ppThe spokesperson said in a text message to media:/ppThere was a request from the Philippine president regarding the perpetrator who’s suspected of committing human trafficking and surrendered in the Philippines./ppMJ is needed for her testimony./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:50:51.812+01:00"4.50am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAccording to the AAP news agency, it could yet be some hours before the Indonesian attorney general makes a statement on the deaths:/ppOfficials on Cilacap have yet to confirm the executions. Attorney general strongHM Prasetyo/strong will leave Jakarta for Cilacap at 5.30am (08.30 AEST) where he is expected to make a statement, Cabinet secretary strongAndi Widjajanto/strong said./ppBut Indonesian media has reported the eight were shot dead at 12.25am (0325 AEST) on the island of Nusakambangan on Wednesday./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:43:20.556+01:00"4.43am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt is still early in Australia, just after 4.30am, and there will no doubt be much more reaction from politicians once dawn breaks./ppBut some have clearly stayed up tonight to hear news of the deaths of Chan, Sukumaran and their six co-prisoners and we are seeing tweets condemning the decision to go ahead with the executions in the face of widespread opposition and pleas for clemency./ppThere are few greater displays of abuse of State power and regressive thinking than the death penalty. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash"#RIP/a/ppLives lost. Nothing gained. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a/ppTerrible sadness for these 2 brave dignified young men, their families, friends amp; lawyers who fought so hard. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a a href="https://twitter.com/BenQuilty"@BenQuilty/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:29:25.696+01:00"4.29am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppOur reporter in Cilacap, strongDina Indrasafitri/strong, sends this brief dispatch from the gates of the port:/ppA number of cars, including police cars, have entered through the gate./ppPolice are telling more people to leave the area and go home, saying: ‘There is nothing more.’/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:25:32.906+01:00"4.25am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Philippines department of foreign affairs has confirmed to reporters that strongMary Jane Veloso/strong was not executed along with the other prisoners tonight./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:21:05.443+01:00"4.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongMichael Chan/strong, brother of Andrew, one of the Australian men executed tonight, has posted this tribute on Twitter:/ppI have just lost a Courageous brother to a flawed Indonesian legal system. I miss you already RIP my Little Brother/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:14:12.090+01:00"4.14am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague strongMichael Safi /stronghas filed a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-pair-executed-indonesia"this latest report/a on the news that eight men have been executed tonight:/pp The Indonesian government has executed eight people for drug offences, including two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumuran, who were the subject of a years-long campaign for clemency.br //ppThe development – reported widely by Indonesian media but not officially confirmed – marks a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/27/bali-nine-decade-of-turmoil-for-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran-reaches-a-gruesome-end"the end of years of campaigning to spare the men/a, who were sentenced to death in 2006 for their part in the “Bali Nine” heroin-smuggling ring./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:11:16.819+01:00"4.11am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAmelia Freelander/strong of Amnesty International has this confirmation:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a confirms executions of 8: including Myu and Andrew. The darkest of days. The fight to end death penalty must continue./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T19:07:50.774+01:00"4.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA lawyer who acted for the two Australian men has just tweeted:/ppI failed. I lost. br //ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a duo lawyer mourns the loss of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran a href="https://t.co/9ofXUsncL2"https://t.co/9ofXUsncL2/a/ppI failed. I lost./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:58:59.857+01:00"3.58am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe family of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong has been told of her reported reprieve:/ppThe family is ecstatic, dumbfounded, in tears. quot;Thank you, thank you, thank youquot; a href="http://t.co/x34lBzkN4w"pic.twitter.com/x34lBzkN4w/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:57:56.631+01:00"3.57am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/29/ri-executes-8-drug-convicts.html"The Jakarta Post/a quotes a few sources – some anonymous – confirming the deaths of the eight men./pp“We’ve carried out the executions,” said an attorney general’s office official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity./pp“The executions were carried out at 12:30am,” Suhendro Putro, funeral director with the Javanese Christian Church in Cilacap, said in a short message service./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:55:09.446+01:00"3.55am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA lawyer for strongMary Jane Veloso/strong has told reporters in Cilacap that he is still seeking confirmation of her reprieve, but that he thought it likely that her life had been spared./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:52:54.687+01:00"3.52am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppWe are working hard to secure confirmation of the executions and Veloso’s reported reprieve./ppOfficial confirmation could take some time. But two Indonesian TV stations, as well as the Jakarta Post, are reporting that eight executions have taken place, with Veloso spared./ppWe are unlikely to get official confirmation of the executions from Australian officials at least for a couple of hours. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/ppAmnesty still working to verify reports of 8 executions in a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a. Media reports are coming through but no official announcement/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:42:53.709+01:00"3.42am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian television is also reporting that the executions of eight prisoners – all men – have taken place, but that the Filipina woman, strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, was spared at the last minute, after a woman accused of tricking her into carrying drugs turned herself into police in the Philippines on Tuesday./ppThere are reports that the executions took place at around 00.25 local time./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:36:20.373+01:00"3.36am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/29/ri-executes-8-drug-convicts.html"The Jakarta Post is reporting /athat eight prisoners were executed tonight, but that Mary Jane Veloso won a last-minute reprieve./ppThe Guardian cannot confirm this report at the moment. We will bring you more information as we have it./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:31:27.149+01:00"3.31am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/nation/91450-live-updates-mary-jane-veloso"Rappler Indonesia has published what it says is the order of executions./a/ppThe Guardian has not been able to verify this./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:10:10.689+01:00"3.10am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt is past midnight in Indonesia. For now we all wait./ppFamilies of Chan and Sukumaran are together in a Cilacap hotel waiting for word on the executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:07:29.577+01:00"3.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAAP has these comments from Indonesian attorney-general strongHM Prasetyo/strong, from earlier tonight:/ppNine death row convicts will be executed tonight, later after midnight./ppThat’s what our laws decided. We say, our courts are open, fair and nothing is closed./ppWe have explained that we’re not against them [personally]. What we fight is the serious crime of drugs./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:05:04.142+01:00"3.05am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongIndonesian television says all nine prisoners have been moved from their cells to the execution site./strong/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T18:01:02.894+01:00"3.01am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppOur reporter in Cilacap, strongDina Indrasafitri/strong, sends this dispatch as midnight strikes in Indonesia:/ppFour people, including two from Mothers for Mercy, are standing in a circle putting their arms around each other, praying in the Christian manner./ppOne is weeping as he prays. Religious songs are being played through a speaker./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:54:51.815+01:00"2.54am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppReporters at Cilacap port, from where ferries cross to the island prison of Nusa Kambangan, say the mood is becoming increasingly sombre as midnight approaches there./ppWe are also hearing that strongIndonesian television is reporting that the prisoners are currently being moved from their cells to the execution site/strong, though this hasn’t been confirmed./ppCrowds swelling at Cilacap port as time ticks closer to midnight amp; impending executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a a href="http://t.co/7dAKyxSRus"pic.twitter.com/7dAKyxSRus/a/ppHallelujah has started playing on a loud speaker as a prayer corcle begins a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust"@SkyNewsAust/a a href="http://t.co/Qp89pm7tDD"pic.twitter.com/Qp89pm7tDD/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:46:14.269+01:00"2.46am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongRichard Branson/strong has tweeted his support for the condemned prisoners and called on President Widodo to offer a last-minute reprieve:/ppThose set to be executed are living proof of capacity to reform amp; rehabilitate offenders into productive members of society a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandForMercy?src=hash"#IStandForMercy/a – all decent human beings stand for mercy. a href="https://twitter.com/AndiWidjajanto"@AndiWidjajanto/a a href="https://twitter.com/jokowi_do2"@jokowi_do2/a a href="https://twitter.com/Pak_JK"@Pak_JK/a, Indonesia – will you stand for mercy?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:38:25.242+01:00"2.38am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppSky News Australia reports that the Australian consul general, strongMajell Hind/strong, is on Nusa Kambangan./ppFollowing the executions, she will take custody of the bodies of strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, and bring them back from the island, after which they will be moved to West Jakarta./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:27:50.592+01:00"2.27am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAmnesty International/strong a href="http://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/end-death-penalty/indonesia-bali-nine-myuran-sukumaran-andrew-chan-execution-firing-squad"posts these details/a of how the executions will take place:/ppThey are due to be shot by human beings. A group of special police officers will tie each prisoner to a post in dark nightfall, just before midnight. A colleague will shine a torch onto the prisoner’s heart./ppAnother group of police officers will line up and fire at the target. Only some of the officers will have live ammunition, others will fire blanks so that they don’t have to face the moral consequence of guilt and blame, of knowing who fired the fatal shots. br //pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:18:07.600+01:00"2.18am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian president strongJoko Widodo/strong has been the focus of appeals for clemency for supporters of those facing death tonight./ppImagine, every day we have 50 people die because of narcotics …/ppWe are not going to compromise for drug dealers. No compromise./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T17:05:38.015+01:00"2.05am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe executions are due to begin in one hour from now, at midnight Jakarta time./ppHere are some of the images from vigils for the nine prisoners taking place tonight./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:49:19.429+01:00"1.49am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe fate of a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/bali-nine-who-are-the-nine-people-being-executed-by-indonesia"the four Nigerian men who will face execution/a tonight has not seen such high-profile media coverage or political reaction in their home country./ppstrongAbike Dabiri-Erewa/strong, a member of Nigeria’s house of representatives, has been involved on the men’s behalf and yesterday tweeted that “we keep pleading and hoping”:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeUwaifo"@GeorgeUwaifo/a we visited them in Prison 21 Nigs Met all relevant officials But they remain adamant We keep pleading and hoping/ppa href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeUwaifo"@GeorgeUwaifo/a Indonesia made that law clear And as you land the airport messages of death for drugs all over/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:27:08.408+01:00"1.27am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague strongJonathan Watts/strong sends this dispatch from Brazil, where there is great anger at the imminent execution in Indonesia of strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, a Brazilian man diagnosed with schizophrenia:/ppIndonesia’s decision to execute a Brazilian drug smugger has prompted an angry response in his home country, where the case has made front-page news./ppRodrigo Gularte, who has twice been diagnosed with schizophrenia, is set to be the second Brazilian to be shot by firing squad in Indonesia this year./ppHoras antes da execuccedil;atilde;o, prima diz que Rodrigo Gularte estaacute; quot;calmoquot; a href="http://t.co/hCFK5Z3PEA"http://t.co/hCFK5Z3PEA/a a href="http://t.co/X3QOCjL2cF"pic.twitter.com/X3QOCjL2cF/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:21:50.163+01:00"1.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian attorney general has reportedly now backtracked on an earlier decision that strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong would not be allowed to have with them in their final moments the Christian ministers of their choice./ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553ef94fe4b00d721cc4fcbc"Chan and Sukumaran had been told/a they would not be permitted to have strongChristie Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong to comfort them, with the attorney-general’s office saying it would appoint its own religious counsellors to attend the execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:15:08.729+01:00"1.15am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe nine prisoners will be executed separately, in turn, after midnight Jakarta time./ppEach will have a separate firing squad of 12 officers. Three of the 12 guns will contain live rounds./ppThe mental burden is heavier for the officers that are responsible for handling the prisoners rather than shooting them./ppBecause those officers are involved in picking them up, and tying their hands together, until they are gone. br //ppI don’t make conversation with the prisoners. I treat them like they are a member of my own family./ppI say only: ‘I’m sorry, I am just doing the job.’ br //ppWe just come in, grab the weapon, shoot, and wait for the dying to finish. Once the ‘bam’ of the gun we wait 10 minutes, if the doctor pronounces him dead then we return, that’s about it./ppIt doesn’t take more than five minutes to be over./ppI am bound by my oath as a soldier. The prisoner violated the law and we are carrying out a command. We are just the executors. The question of whether it is sin or not is up to God./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T16:09:02.485+01:00"1.09am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/english/news/91457-mary-jane-veloso-indonesia-execution-alert"Rappler reports/a that strongMary Jane Veloso has been told she will be the third of the nine prisoners to face the firing squad tonight/strong./ppIndonesian prisoner strongZainal Abidin will reportedly be the last./strong/ppMary Jane’s mother Celia said she had a message for her sons:/pp“Love each other, don’t fight. Your father has another wife and I will be gone. If you are rowdy, I will pinch you. If you feel anything cold, that’s me.”/ppRest of a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a Veloso's family now getting ready to head back to Jakarta to meet her body when it gets there a href="http://t.co/XO2Mga8ngJ"pic.twitter.com/XO2Mga8ngJ/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:54:12.713+01:00"12.54am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesia’s attorney-general says the executions of the nine prisoners will take place tonight after midnight, Jakarta time (3am AEST, 6pm BST)./ppThis is Claire Phipps, taking over from Calla Wahlquist on the live blog now./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:36:48.874+01:00"12.36am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt now looks almost certain that death row prisoners imprisoned on Indonesia’s Nusa Kambangan Island will face the firing squad tonight. /ppThey are strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, from Brazil; strongMary Jane Fiesta Veloso/strong, from the Philippines; strongMartin Anderson/strong (aka Belo), strongRaheem Agbaje Salami/strong, strongSylvester Obiekwe Nwolise/strong and strongOkwudili Oyatanze/strong, from Nigeria; strongZainal Abidin bin Mgs Mahmud Badarudin/strong, from Indonesia; and strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, from Australia./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T15:14:44.066+01:00"12.14am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppFairfax Media’s Indonesian correspondent, strongJewel Topsfield,/strong has filed a report saying there’s no indication Indonesian President strongJoko Widodo/strong will make a last minute show of mercy./ppShe writes: /ppThe men will be tied to wooden planks in a field and shot about midnight./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:52:23.833+01:00"11.52pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian press has picked up Australian foreign minister strongJulie Bishop’/strongs comments about the pending executions. Earlier tonight she told ABC’s 7.30 program that Indonesia handling of the prisoners had been “chaotic” and said there would be “consequences” if the executions went ahead./ppRead the full report from The Jakarta Post a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/28/australias-fm-slams-chaos-ahead-indonesia-executions.html"here./a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:38:37.465+01:00"11.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppOur reporter in Cilacap, strongDina Indrasafitri/strong, says cars have begun arriving at the gate to the crossing to Nusa Kambangan Island. /ppThe past 10 to 15 minutes saw a number of cars entering the gate leading to the crossing, carrying a number of figures with close relationships with those facing the death penalty. Among them were representatives from Australia, relatives and significant others, including close friend of Raheem Agbaje, priest Romo Carolus, legal activists defending Rodrigo Gularte. The cars dropped them off and turned back./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:19:56.167+01:00"11.19pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore on the role ministers Buckingham and Soper will be allowed to play:/ppJust had word from Tom Allard: Indonesia has relented to allow preferred religious counsel to be with Bali9 pair in final hours. BUT (1/2)/ppNot to actually witness their executions as requested. Post up on our live updates page shortly. (2/2)/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T14:15:38.916+01:00"11.15pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere are reports coming through that strongChristine Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong, the Christian ministers chosen by Australians strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong to comfort them in their last moments before the faced the firing squad, have arrived at Cilacap port./ppThe pair were originally told that they would not be able to see the ministers of their choice, but Channel 7’s strongRob Scott /strongsays the Indonesian government has relented on that score./ppChristie Buckingham has just arrived at Chilacap port - looks destined to be with Sukumaran during his final hours. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/ppIndonesia has relented amp; allowed the spiritual advisors nominated by Chan amp; Sukumaran to be with them in their final hours. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:55:03.627+01:00"10.55pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Australian and French governments have issued a joint statement with the European Union appealing for President Widodo to halt the planned execution./ppThe statement, a href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-9-latest-reports-on-executions-of-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran-20150428-1mv6d8.html"reported in Fairfax Media/a via its Indonesian correspondent a href="https://twitter.com/JewelTopsfield"Jewel Topsfield/a, says:/ppThe government of Australia, France and the European Union appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt the planned execution. It is not too late to change your mind./ppIt is our hope that Indonesia can show forgiveness to 10 detainees. Forgiveness and rehabilitation are fundamental to the Indonesian judicial system as well as in our system./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:42:24.143+01:00"10.42pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA law professor from the University of Indonesia, strongArie Afriansya/strong, has told ABC’s Lateline that there was “much debate” within the Indonesian government about its death penalty policy./ppThe message that the government wished to send ... is please don’t bring the drugs to Indonesia. That’s the message ... you can argue about the effectiveness of the death penalty. However, what the government wish to send a message, like I have stated before, is that we are in a very serious situation in dealing with the drug abuse. And one thing that the government need to do in a firm way is to execute those who are found guilty in drug dealings./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:14:48.157+01:00"10.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongMyuran Sukumaran/strong’s prison paintings have been one of the most poignant images of his and fellow Australian strongAndrew Chan/strong’s long-running plea for mercy. In Comment is Free, The Guardian’s art critic, strongJonathan Jones,/strong argues that the paintings show the moral evil of the death penalty. /ppThese works of art, just by existing, condemn the death penalty and all nations that uphold it, from a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/indonesia"Indonesia/a to the United States. In his self-portraits, Sukumaran shows the world he is an individual, a complex human being. If he is capable of crime – not that I am saying he is – he is also capable of creating sensitive artworks. That does not make him more deserving of pity than his fellow prisoners – it is right they all signed his final works – but simply illustrates the moral evil of the death penalty./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T13:01:06.034+01:00"10.01pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAngela Muxfeldt/strong, a cousin of Brazilian man strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, says Gularte is “calm” ahead of his expected execution. strongDina Indrasafi /strongwas there as she spoke to reporters in Cilacap and filed this update:/pp“Since I am here, three months, today is the day when Rodrigo is more calm,” Muxfeldt said./pp“He is calm. He doesn’t want I cry and doesn’t believe execution will happen,” she said, visibly emotional./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:47:17.149+01:00"9.47pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore from strongDina Indrasafi /strongin Cilicap:/ppCome sundown, military personnels and police officers ordered people who are not journalists or vendors to evacuate the area near the crossing to Nusa Kambangan. Previously, hundreds of locals were gathering in the area, some coming from further parts of Cilacap./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:40:27.816+01:00"9.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAttorney-General Prasetyo has told reporters in Indonesia that he had set the time for the execution, but will not release that time in order to prevent interference. According to The Jakarta Post, Prasetyo said he had “already set the date and even the hour”. /ppThe a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/28/execution-time-set-9-death-row-inmates.html"report continues/a:/ppPrasetyo, however, declined to mention the execution time in detail for security and technical reasons and to ensure that the executions would occur smoothly./ppRumors were spreading in Cilacap and surrounding areas that the execution of the nine inmates would be conducted late on Tuesday night since the inmates’ relatives were already at the location, while coffins and crosses complete with a date of death had been prepared./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:30:25.738+01:00"9.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Indonesian Attorney-General has reportedly confirmed that the execution of nine death row prisoners will go ahead./ppThis report from a href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91444-migrante-jokowi-emergency-meeting-mary-jane-veloso?utm_source=twitteramp;utm_medium=referralamp;utm_medium=share_bar"The Rappler/a:/ppIndonesian Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo has confirmed the execution of 9 drug convicts, including one from the Philippines, will proceed./ppPresident Joko Widodo said “proceed according to the rules,” the attorney general told reporters, when asked about the results of a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 28./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T12:20:46.648+01:00"9.20pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppLawyers for another for Brazillian man strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, one of the 10 facing execution tonight, have filed a last-minute legal challenge claiming procedural unfairness. /ppPutri Karnesia, from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, says that Rodrigo’s lawyers have received a summons for a court hearing on May 6 and are meeting with a representative from the Attorney General’s office to argue that the execution should not be carried out while a legal challenge is pending./ppAngelita Muxfeldt, cousin of Rodrigo Gularte, the Brazilian facing death penalty in Indonesia, is filing a lawsuit against Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, a legal worker aid said. “It is because the president issued a presidential degree (Keppres) about clemency that contradicts the clemency law,” Ricky Gunawan from the People’s Legal Aid Body (LBH Masyarakat) said. “According to the clemency law, the sending of documents asking for clemency from the district court to the Supreme Court must be done within a certain time frame. And the sending was 24 days late. Furthermore, the convict should be notified of the supreme court sending documents about the president’s decision to refuse clemency within a certain time frame. That sending process was also 49 days late. Therefore, since there is a violation on the notification and sending of the documents, we are suing the state administration, the presidential decision refusing the request for clemency for Rodrigo Gularte.”/ppRicky said that they are also requesting provincial demand to delay the implementation of the presidential decree (Keppres)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T11:40:21.407+01:00"8.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere are reports that President Widodo has called an emergency meeting about Filipina woman strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, who was convicted of heroin smuggling in 2010 and had been sentenced to face the firing squad tonight alongside Chan and Sukumaran. It comes after strongMaria Kristina Sergio, /strongthe woman who allegedly recruited Veloso, apparently handed herself into police in the Philippines. /ppa href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91444-migrante-jokowi-emergency-meeting-mary-jane-veloso"According to the Rappler/a, the Philippine Department of Justice has also sent an “extremely urgent” letter to the Indonesian Attorney-General asking for a “suspension of execution of the death sentence”./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T11:16:46.597+01:00"8.16pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore from that 7.30 interview with strongJulie Bishop/strong, courtesy of my colleaguestrong Lenore Taylor/strong. Bishop saidstrong /strongshe believed the Australian government had done everything it could to appeal to the Indonesian government and only President Widodo could change the outcome. /ppI fear that the families and friend and lawyers of Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran have made their last visit to them. Short of a last-minute intervention by President Widodo I fear the very worst for our citizens. We have not yet been officially informed by the Indonesian government as to the timing of the proposed executions but given all we’ve seen today via the Indonesian media, I have to assume that the Indonesian government is determined to proceed with executing these two Australian citizens notwithstanding the fact that there is still a legal proceeding under way in the constitutional court and there are still judicial commissioned hearings into bribery allegations relating to the original trial. So short of an intervention from the president, I fear that this execution will proceed.”/ppThey have not responded to any of our requests and there are a number of outstanding requests to which we have still not received a response. I’m obviously very dismayed by what has gone on in recent weeks. I’m obviously deeply disturbed at some of the aspects of how this has been handled. And I think the ghastly process the family has been put through today just underscores how chaotic this has been. I’m very concerned for the family. They do deserve respect and they do deserve to have dignity shown to them at this time of unspeakable grief. But that doesn’t seem to have been extended to them at this time./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:49:46.301+01:00"7.49pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppForeign minister strongJulie Bishop/strong has told ABC 7.30 that she has to assume the Indonesian government intends to go ahead with the planned executions, despite outstanding legal challenges./ppBishop: quot;They have not responded to any of our requests..I'm obviously very dismayed at what has gone on in recent weeksquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppThe families have been subjected to quot;ghastlyquot; and chaotic ordeal today, says Bishop a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppBishop: quot;Should these executions proceed.. of course there will have to be consequencesquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/ppBishop: quot;We will continue to advocate for the death penalty not to be part of the laws in our regionquot; a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash"#abc730/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:43:37.063+01:00"7.43pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThorbjoslash;rn Jagland, secretary general of human rights body the Council of Europe, has issued a statement condemning the pending executions. /ppJagland said: /ppThe death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right. I urge the Indonesian authorities to refrain from carrying out these executions, as a first step, and then to consider introducing a moratorium on the death penalty with a view to working towards abolition./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:40:24.395+01:00"7.40pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppCalla Wahlquist here, taking over from Michael Safi. We’ll keep you updated throughout the night. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T10:13:28.563+01:00"7.13pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppWe’ve just heard from Chinthu Sukumaran, brother of Myuran, who spoke of behalf of his family after returning from Nusa Kambanang for what is expected to be the final time. He said:/ppWe spent the last few hours with my brother. We didn’t have time. There was so many things to talk about. We did talk about the death penalty and he knows this is just a waste. He knows this is not going to solve anything with drugs. Drug trafficking will still be there. If these nine people die today, tomorrow, next week, next month, it is still not going to stop anything. I ask the president to please show mercy. Please don’t let my mum and my sister have to bury my brother. Please, I ask the Indonesian people to show mercy./ppPlease don’t do this to my brother. Please, please Mr President, Joko Widodo, I beg you please. Please don’t take my brother from me./ppMyu has told us that he is going to be strong and him and Andrew will take care of the other seven people and he is worried for Mary Jane and her family as well. He just knows this is a waste. We still have hope right up until the last second that the president will see each of these people as individuals, as people with families that love them and show mercy./ppI won’t see my son again and they are going to take him tonight and shoot him and he is healthy and he is beautiful and he has a lot of compassion for other people. I am asking the government not to kill him, please president, please don’t kill him today. Please don’t. Call off the execution. Please don’t kill my son. Please don’t./ppI saw today something that no other family should ever have to go to. Nine families inside a prison saying goodbye to their loved ones. Kids, mothers, cousins, brothers, sisters, you name it, it was all there. And to walk out of there and say goodbye for the last time - it’s torture. No family should go through that. /ppThere has to be a moratorium on the death penalty, no family should endure it. Because now the family is going to have a grieving process for the rest of their life ... I just hope the president, somewhere in his heart, he can find the courage to show some mercy to these nine individuals and call this off, because it’s not too late. It’s up to him./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:36:57.442+01:00"6.36pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMy colleague Monica Tan is still listening to Geoffrey Robertson in Martin Place in Sydney./ppGeoffrey Robertson: Let's show a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a men deaths are not in vain amp; their country is at least taking action that none will come after them./ppSmall vigil in King George Square for Chan and Sukumaran. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="http://t.co/vAEbZs3S9k"pic.twitter.com/vAEbZs3S9k/a/ppCanberra vigil outside Indonesian embassy a href="http://t.co/bYvDd8Qijr"pic.twitter.com/bYvDd8Qijr/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:35:06.598+01:00"6.35pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppLate developments in the case of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, the Philippines woman who was found with more than 2kg of heroin in her suitcase in Yogjakarta in 2010. /ppFirst, a little backstory: strongVeloso/strong claims in 2010 she was recruited to work as a maid in Malaysia, but upon arriving there, was re-directed to Yogjakarta instead. Upon arriving she was stopped and the drugs were found in her suitcase. She claims she was unknowingly used as a drug courier./ppIndonesian Cabinet Secretary strongAndi /strongstrongWidjajanto /strongtold reporters that the Indonesian government has been notified that strongVeloso’s/strong alleged recruiter has surrendered./pp“We were informed by Migrant Care about the news that there may be new evidence as the recruiter has surrendered. But of course, we have to confirm it first,” he said./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:22:22.631+01:00"6.22pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere’s human rights lawyer strongGeoffrey Robertson/strong, QC, speaking at a vigil in Martin Place in Sydney for strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, strongAndrew Chan/strong, and the seven others facing imminent execution./ppRenowned human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson speaking at a vigil for the a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a pair a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mercycampaign?src=hash"#mercycampaign/a a href="https://twitter.com/safimichael"@safimichael/a a href="http://t.co/IMGp5eJolU"pic.twitter.com/IMGp5eJolU/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:17:27.301+01:00"6.17pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppArtist strongBen Quilty/strong is a close friend of both strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong and strongAndrew Chan/strong, and has strongly influenced the former’s artistic style. a href="https://www.facebook.com/290611141314/photos/a.381900586314.165141.290611141314/10152695456346315/?type=1amp;permPage=1"He posted this message on Facebook a little earlier/a:/ppstrongJoko Widodo/strong tonight you will kill two good men, my friends. I want you to know that you may take their freedom and their lives, you may rob their fellow inmates of the support and love that both men have offered for so long, you can turn off strongMyu’s/strong imagination but you will never kill the memory of them. I have promised strongMyu/strong and strongAndrew/strong, their parents and their siblings, that I will fight against the death penalty for the rest of my life./ppI can also assure you that strongMyu/strong and strongAndrew/strong will care for the other inmates you will execute tonight. The six men and one young woman from the Philippines, Ghana, Brazil and Nigeria will have two constant, calming and compassionate voices beside them right until the last second. strongMyuran/strong will continue to translate your executioner’s words into English for strongMary Jane Veloso/strong and strongAndrew/strong will calm and console. I know that before the sound of your guns the island will hear the comforting whisper of strongMyuran/strong strongSukumaran/strong and strongAndrew/strong strongChan/strong./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T09:05:18.447+01:00"6.05pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppRappler a href="http://www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/91359-family-prepares-mary-jane-veloso-final-day?utm_source=twitteramp;utm_medium=referralamp;utm_medium=share_bar"spent the day with the family/a of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, a Philippines citizen who is among the prisoners expected to be executed within hours./ppHer last requests were reportedly the lyrics to the Jubilee song, a durian, and to see her whole family one final time./ppIt’s early Tuesday morning, April 28, and strongMaritess Veloso-Laurente/strong is doing things she hoped she never would./ppShe’s making preparations for the wake of her sister, strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, who is due to be executed anytime after 5pm./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:50:50.068+01:00"5.50pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppHere’s the Myuran Sukumaran painting that was brought over from Nusa Kambangan today, signed by all nine prisoners facing execution. It’s titled “Satu hati satu rasa didalam cinta” - One heart, one feeling in love./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:18:23.592+01:00"5.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppContrary to that previous post, Tony Spontana, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney-general, says the prisoners have been given extra time, until 8pm local time, to spend with their families on Nusa Kambanang./ppReports in Cilacap also say the attorney-general, Muhammad Prasetyo, will hold a press conference after the killings are finished./ppAttorney general spokesman says AG will hold press conference after executions a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/ppFor security reasons, Attorney General's spokesperson says they would not confirm time for execution. More on Seven News at 6pm. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T08:07:38.403+01:00"5.07pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIt’s just hit 2pm in Cilacap, and the families of strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong and strongAndrew Chan/strong will be saying what they expect to be their final goodbyes to the men – though the execution time has yet to be officially announced./ppThey’ve said they will make a statement to media upon their return from Nusa Kambangan. Though, a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/indonesia-set-to-execute-eight-foreigners-as-families-make-last-visit-to-prison"given the unedifying scenes this morning/a, we’ll have to see whether or not that happens./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:35:09.785+01:00"4.35pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe ABC is a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-28/bali-nine-chan-and-sukumaran-denied-spiritual-support/6428222"now reporting that/a, as well as being denied their choice of spiritual counsellor, strongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong have been denied any spiritual support whatsoever in the final three minutes before they face the firing squad./ppIt is customary, according to the macabre regulations surrounding executions in Indonesia, for condemned prisoners to be accompanied by a spiritual adviser of their chosen faith in those last minutes. The adviser also has the option of actually witnessing the shooting./ppBREAKING: Chan and Sukumaran have been denied the right to spiritual support in the final moments before execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:24:13.817+01:00"4.24pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAccording to the Rappler, Philippines president Benigno Aquino is still trying to find a way to spare strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, the 30-year-old mother of two who could face firing squad in as little as eight hours./ppPresident Aquino calls Indonesian Foreign minster, proposes to keep a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a alive and make her a witness vs drug syndicate via a href="https://twitter.com/jetdsantos"@jetdsantos/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T07:12:17.430+01:00"4.12pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppEven as the hours in the official notice period whittle down, appeals on behalf of the nine condemned prisoners continue to be lodged. /ppLawyers for strongRodrigo Gularte/strong, a Brazilian man arrested in 2004 for importing cocaine, have filed a last-minute appeal in the administrative court to save his life, a href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-nine-executions-lawyers-file-last-ditch-appeal-for-brazilian-man-on-death-row-20150428-1mv4pr.html"the Sydney Morning Herald reports/a./ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Indonesia?src=hash"#Indonesia/a set to execute a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brazil?src=hash"#Brazil/a citizen a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RodrigoGularte?src=hash"#RodrigoGularte/a despite a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bipolardisorder?src=hash"#bipolardisorder/a diagnosis a href="http://t.co/AbRtHZMX5e"http://t.co/AbRtHZMX5e/a a href="http://t.co/G7tDiMdWCn"pic.twitter.com/G7tDiMdWCn/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T06:54:19.844+01:00"3.54pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThis is strongMichael Safi/strong taking over from strongClaire Phipps/strong./ppThe former Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has just lent his voice to the many calling for Joko Widodo to show clemency to the two Australians facing imminent executions./ppAs a long-standing friend of Indonesia with a deep affection for its people, I add my voice respectfully requesting this act of clemency./ppAs a life-long opponent of capital punishment, the truth is it achieves nothing but the further destruction of life./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:56:23.530+01:00"2.56pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian officials have brought out from Nusa Kambangan prison the final painting by strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong signed by a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"all nine of the prisoners/a who have been condemned to die./ppMyuran Sukumaran's final paintings - blood and a heart - signed by all 9 who will dir tonight a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/newscomauHQ"@newscomauHQ/a a href="http://t.co/QdN8ghDJru"pic.twitter.com/QdN8ghDJru/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:53:21.923+01:00"2.53pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongGeorge Brandis/strong, Australia’s attorney-general, has called on his Indonesian counterpart to delay the executions until at least after a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553edc38e4b06e5ff72d1c78"the hearing before the constitutional court on 12 May/a:/ppOn 25 April 2015, I wrote again to Indonesian attorney general strongPrasetyo/strong regarding the cases of the two Australian men facing the death penalty, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. This was the third occasion on which I have appealed to the Indonesian attorney general./ppI drew to his attention that proceedings are still underway in both the Indonesian constitutional court and the Indonesian judicial commission that are relevant to Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:43:54.624+01:00"2.43pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongJulie Bishop/strong, the Australian foreign affairs minister, says the government is continuing to press the Indonesian authorities to halt the executions:/ppWhile they are still alive, there is still hope and I will continue to advocate all throughout today.br //ppWe will continue because both men have been rehabilitated./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:38:13.994+01:00"2.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Philippines department of foreign affairs (DFA) has been briefing reporters about what it says is the imminent execution of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong:/ppa href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Philippines?src=hash"#Philippines/a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose to hold media briefing about a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a Veloso's case a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: The family was once again able to visit a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a today, and yesterday they were able to visit Mary Jane on the island a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: The family was once again able to visit a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a today, and yesterday they were able to visit Mary Jane on the island a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a/ppDFA: Today we will be monitoring the situation, e.g. on the specific time... Hopefully it's not too late a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a/ppDFA when asked if diplomatic approach will still work: quot;Mukhang hindi naquot; (Perhaps no) a href="https://twitter.com/rapplerdotcom"@rapplerdotcom/a a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MaryJane?src=hash"#MaryJane/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:30:55.838+01:00"2.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIn March, the Guardian spoken to a police officer who has been part of the firing squad on Nusa Kambangan. He told my colleague strongKate Lamb/strong about his role:/ppThe mental burden is heavier for the officers that are responsible for handling the prisoners rather than shooting them./ppBecause those officers are involved in picking them up, and tying their hands together, until they are gone. br //ppI don’t make conversation with the prisoners. I treat them like they are a member of my own family./ppI say only: ‘I’m sorry, I am just doing the job.’ br //ppWe just come in, grab the weapon, shoot, and wait for the dying to finish. Once the ‘bam’ of the gun we wait 10 minutes, if the doctor pronounces him dead then we return, that’s about it./ppIt doesn’t take more than five minutes to be over./ppI am bound by my oath as a soldier. The prisoner violated the law and we are carrying out a command. We are just the executors. The question of whether it is sin or not is up to God./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T05:14:27.111+01:00"2.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAs well as vigils in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines – a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553ee6f5e4b02b6ca8a637c7"see here for more on those/a – there is a demonstration today in Hong Kong in support of strongMary Jane Veloso:/strong/ppRally in front of Consulate General of Indonesia in Hong Kong to appeal to Pres. Jokowi to a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaveMaryJaneVeloso?src=hash"#SaveMaryJaneVeloso/a a href="http://t.co/4HjA4hCSqG"pic.twitter.com/4HjA4hCSqG/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:49:01.451+01:00"1.49pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian authorities have not yet confirmed the timing of the executions./ppBut the 72 hours’ notice given at the weekend to the nine prisoners suggest they could take place as soon as midnight tonight, Jakarta time (3am AEST, 6pm BST)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:14:29.114+01:00"1.14pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe Chan and Sukumaran families have arrived in Cilacap port and had to be pushed through a heavy media pack by Indonesian police./ppMyuran Sukumaran’s sister, Brintha, was carried by her father Sam through the throng of waiting media./ppChan and Sukumaran are facing their final hours with their families ahead of their expected executions./ppIf the plan goes ahead, the families will have to say their final goodbyes and leave the island at 2pm (5pm AEST)./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T04:08:41.635+01:00"1.08pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553eeea4e4b06e5ff72d1c7c"Confirmation that Indonesian authorities will not allow/a the Australian men to have their chosen pastors with them at the point of execution. Chan and Sukumaran had been told they could have the two Christian ministers, strongChristie Buckingham/strong and strongDavid Soper/strong, to comfort them./ppNow the Indonesian attorney-general’s office says it will appoint its own religious counsellors to attend the execution./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:38:59.289+01:00"12.38pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe girlfriend of strongRaheem Agbaje Salami /strong(also known asstrong /strongstrongJamiu Owolabi Abashin/strong), one of the Nigerian prisoners facing execution and a cellmate of the Bali Nine pair on Nusa Kambangan, has shared this letter to President Widodo with reporters at the ferry port in Cilicap./ppThe letter was a href="https://twitter.com/Dan_Bourchier/status/592870658830381057"reportedly/a confiscated by military officials shortly afterwards./ppLetter from Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami's girlfriend begging president for mercy a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a a href="http://t.co/LMrVaKPf7Z"pic.twitter.com/LMrVaKPf7Z/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:30:00.298+01:00"12.30pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="https://twitter.com/George_Roberts/status/592877897985224704"Reporters at the scene/a in Cilicap say ambulances carrying a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"the coffins that have been prepared/a for the prisoners have now arrived at the ferry terminal to be transported across to Nusa Kambangan./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:25:37.325+01:00"12.25pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppa href="http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-9-executions-final-insult-as-condemned-pair-denied-pastor-outraging-families-20150428-1muvxv.html?stb=twt"The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting/a that Indonesian authorities have refused a request by Chan and Sukumaran to have their pastor with them at their execution./ppIt says strongMichael Chan/strong, Andrew’s brother, told them via text message:/ppTheir last bit of dignity has been denied. br //pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T03:18:33.760+01:00"12.18pm span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppMore vigils are due to be held this evening ahead of the executions that could take place as early as tonight./ppHere are some of the events I am aware of; please do share details of more below the line or tweet me with information a href="https://twitter.com/Claire_Phipps"@Claire_Phipps/a. All times are local./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:59:11.649+01:00"11.59am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppNews of the vigils held in Australia on Monday have reached Indonesia – this is the front of today’s Jakarta Post:/ppTo everyone who purchased a Flower of Hope, you did this: a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepHopeAlive?src=hash"#KeepHopeAlive/a on front page of a href="https://twitter.com/jakpost"@JakPost/a. a href="http://t.co/Pq6lFMu2TC"pic.twitter.com/Pq6lFMu2TC/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:41:03.415+01:00"11.41am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppAwful reports are coming in from Indonesia, where the families of the Bali Nine pair have had to fight their way through a scrum of media and onlookers:/ppCrazy scenes at port. Sukumaran's sister collapses as family trapped in hideous media scrum. a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a/ppOne of male Sukumaran family members wide eyed screaming in fear as they arrive at port a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/ppIncredibly distressing watching Sukumaran's mother crying as she walks to port to visit for last time. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="http://t.co/nFF60FKuzY"pic.twitter.com/nFF60FKuzY/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:30:47.162+01:00"11.30am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThe families of Chan and Sukumaran have been in Indonesia, to push for a last-minute act of clemency and to spend what they hope will not be their final time with the two men./ppThe families have just arrived at the ferry port now to travel to see their loved ones. They have been told that they must say goodbye at 2pm Jakarta time (5pm AEST)./ppChan and Sukumaran families arrive at port for last visit with men before executions. a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsSydney"@7NewsSydney/a a href="https://twitter.com/7NewsPerth"@7NewsPerth/a a href="http://t.co/GTIbtQVBVZ"pic.twitter.com/GTIbtQVBVZ/a/ppWe’ve had a special day today. We’ve celebrated with some family and close friends./ppHopefully the president will show some compassion, some mercy, so these two young people can carry on with their lives. It’s in the president’s hands./ppShe tried to explain again: ‘If Mumma does not go home, just think Mumma is in heaven.’/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:21:31.197+01:00"11.21am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA friend of Sukumaran has told Sydney’s 2GB Radio that he will refuse to wear a blindfold when he goes before the firing squad, and will choose to look his executioners in the eye./ppstrongBen Quilty/strong, an Australian artist who has helped Sukumaran learn to paint while in prison, said:/ppMyuran always said to me that he would never take this lying down; that he would stare them down, that no one would cover his eyes, that he would face it with dignity./ppHe will face it with strength and dignity, I know that, I know that about him, because he won’t want his mother to think he’s a weeping mess at the end. He’ll want his mum to think that he’s brave and strong and dignified and she should be proud of the man that he’s become./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T02:07:22.157+01:00"11.07am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppThere was confusion in Australia on Monday night, after ABC’s QandA broke off mid-programme to say that Chan and Sukumaran had been given a date for a hearing in front of Indonesia’s constitutional court on 12 May./ppHopes were raised that this could mean a delay to this week’s planned executions./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:53:43.800+01:00"10.53am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppReporters in Indonesia say that the entrance to the ferry dock to Nusa Kambangan, where the executions will take place, are being heavily guarded./ppJournalists moved away from fence and dogs brought out a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bali9?src=hash"#Bali9/a a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust"@SkyNewsAust/a a href="http://t.co/q6jHwfYyPv"pic.twitter.com/q6jHwfYyPv/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:51:18.390+01:00"10.51am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppA short film put together by high-profile Australians calling on prime minister strongTony Abbott/strong to do more to “save our boys” has been taken down from the video-hosting site Vimeo after complaints that it was politicising the clemency campaign./ppIn the video, actor strongBrendan Cowell /strongsays:/ppTony, if you had any courage and compassion, you’d get over to Indonesia and bring these two boys home./ppShow some balls./ppIf there was any indication being in Indonesia would help, of course we would be there./ppIt’s inconsistent with our message – our message that we’ve always had – which is that the only person who has the power to grant clemency for Myuran and Andrew is the Indonesian president./ppWe’re supportive of the efforts of the Australian government in advocating on the boys’ behalf./ppThe a href="https://twitter.com/MercyCampaign"@MercyCampaign/a had nothing to do w the quot;Save Our Boysquot; video amp; doesn't endorse it. Widodo is the only one who can save the guys a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bali9?src=hash"#bali9/a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:31:38.864+01:00"10.31am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppBoxer strongManny Pacquiao/strong, who is also a Philippines congressman, has issued a plea for clemency on behalf of strongMary Jane Veloso/strong, a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy#block-553d9484e4b006cad0a26a12"who faces execution within hours/a./ppI am begging and knocking at your kind heart that your excellency grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her from execution./ppOn May 2, I will be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather, which is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T01:10:47.432+01:00"10.10am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppIndonesian authorities have signalled their intention to execute several prisoners on death row for drugs offences this week. On Sunday, nine coffins were prepared in Central Java and sent to Nusa Kambangan, the island where prisoners are put to death. a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/bali-nine-duo-transferred-for-execution-amid-australian-pleas-for-mercy"Chan and Sukumaran were transferred to the island in March./a/ppNine prisoners, including the Australian men, were given 72 hours’ notice of their imminent execution at the weekend./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2015-04-28T00:48:55.369+01:00"9.48am span class="timezone"AEST/span/time /ppstrongAndrew Chan/strong and strongMyuran Sukumaran/strong, the two Australian men convicted in 2006 of running a drug smuggling operation from Bali, are expected to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia within hours./ppThe two were a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/26/australian-drug-smugglers-face-firing-squad"given 72 hours’ notice/a of their impending death sentence on Saturday, after a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/26/bali-nine-timeline-of-the-convicted-australian-drug-smugglers-story"all avenues of appeal were exhausted/a. Their families a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-indonesia-tells-julie-bishop-appeals-will-not-delay-executions"have reportedly been told/a that they should say their goodbyes by Tuesday 2pm Jakarta time (5pm AEST)./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/apr/28/bali-nine-andrew-chan-myuran-sukumaran-executed-indonesia-mercy"Continue reading.../a
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A City in Flames -- What Did We Expect?

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I spent Monday afternoon and evening captivated by television images from Baltimore. Switching to and from MSNBC and CNN, I watched bricks thrown, police cars aflame, a CVS store looted and set afire, and a shopping mall raid that, from a distance, looked like ants scurrying in and out of an unguarded picnic basket.

The commentary, then and since, has been sharply divided. Many folks rightly differentiated peaceful protest from chaotic violence. All voices, black and white, strident and conciliatory, regretted the futile self-destruction -- the further disintegration of a neighborhood with so little fabric left to rend. The beleaguered Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, sagged with fatigue as she patiently endured accusations that she and her city had done too little ... or too much. In thousands of comments, self-righteous readers of America's newspapers called for law and order and described the looters as "animals," while paying little mind or modest lip service to the police brutality that started the turmoil.

I saw the looters, the projectiles, the flames, and a fire hose cut as CVS burned in the background. All of it was bemoaned by the representatives of Freddie Gray's family, who repeatedly reminded that this chaos was "the last thing" the family wanted to see on the day he was put to eternal rest. "What a stain on the city of Baltimore," claimed one talking head or another, perhaps forgetting the bloodstains on so many American streets, left by black bodies left untended and bleeding from wounds inflicted by their own country.

Pastors, politicians and pundits pleaded for calm, claiming that the quest for justice for Freddie Gray must be peaceful, that violence begets violence, that the frustrations evident in the community would be better directed toward political and social change. For hours these voices of reason, black and white, played against a visual backdrop of fire and rage.

Most folks saw a city gone mad, an urban Lord of the Flies, where notions of humanity and civility were betrayed by wilding sociopaths, capitalizing on a real tragedy to assault their own neighborhood for CVS candy or a bottle of cheap whiskey.

I saw something else.

I saw scores of teenagers exploding with long pent up rage. They hurled things at the police because they could. Evidence from every urban community of color in America reveals the usual intersection of black youth and the police; Stopped and frisked on little or no provocation; Profiled and followed by security guards in CVS and every other store in and out of their community; Knowing that asking a question is inviting arrest or a beating. They see a country where their schools are underfunded and crumbling and their fathers are in jail for minor offenses. They may not be able to cite the disproportionate sentences or institutional racism that led to mass incarceration, but they feel it every day. And in this ugly moment, the bricks thrown, the matches lit, the windows broken were a momentary catharsis. "FUCK YOU!" they said. "FUCK YOU!"

I saw poor women with garbage bags, grabbing household supplies that were beyond their welfare check, or a sugary drink that conservative prigs would deny them the right to buy with food stamps. I saw hundreds of men, for whom real employment is an impossibility, because of minor criminal records. I saw sad humans who live on the very edge of survival, who saw a chance to be noticed, to feel something -- get something -- for just a moment.

Yes, I'm a bleeding heart liberal. Whose heart wouldn't bleed at the sight of what we've done to our country?

Late into the cable television night the looters and brick throwers were repeatedly characterized as thugs. Fair enough. Thugs they are. But thugs are made, not born.

Unless you believe that young black men are innately violent.

Unless you believe that black mothers and fathers love their children less.

Unless you believe that we live in a meritocracy where you get what you deserve and you deserve what you get.

I don't believe any of those things.

The deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Rumain Brisbon, Tamir Rice,
Akai Gurley, Kajieme Powell, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Tyree Goodson
... I could go on ... are the tip of an iceberg. Too many young men of color in America's poorest neighborhoods feel the figurative, sometimes literal, boot of oppression. They know that any day, any time, their names might be added to that long and growing list. They know that they are utterly powerless. But in Baltimore, for this fleeting moment, they had power. They knew they were out of the reach of the police. And they behaved horribly. Power can do that. Watch the police.

Not all police, of course. I also have great empathy for hundreds of decent Baltimore police officers who are, in a very different way, victims too. Most of them are no more responsible for the desperate circumstances in West Baltimore than are the boys throwing stones at them.

I can only imagine the angry responses this post will draw. I don't condone looting, dangerous projectiles or arson, but I understand. During the '60s, as a teenager, I tried to be an ally in the civil rights movement and watched with confusion and curiosity as parts of my city burned. My empathy often left me to wonder -- what would I do if I were poor and black, not white and privileged? I'm asking myself that question again, 50 years later.

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Nepal's Earthquake Babies Offer Rare Glimpse Of Hope

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KATHMANDU -- Ranjita Shreshta’s firstborn was given a head start on life: the baby girl was born hours before a devastating earthquake wreaked havoc in the Nepali capital, leaving her parents homeless but impressed by their daughter’s tenaciousness.

“In years to come, I will tell her, ‘You were given a life when others had theirs taken away,’” the 27-year-old housewife said as she sat in a rudimentary tent outside Nepal’s oldest maternity hospital. She shielded her still unnamed daughter from the thick drops of rain that leaked through the awning, porous and trimmed with red Hindu swastikas. In the maternity ward where her daughter was born, the walls are jaggedly split down the middle, and their windows are missing chunks of glass, as if blown out by an explosion.

Like hundreds of women in Kathmandu who gave birth on the day of the April 25 earthquake and during the chaos and powerful aftershocks that ensued, Shreshta’s first experience of motherhood was filled with anxiety and stress. Rushed into the Paropakar Maternity and Women’s Hospital, doctors performed an emergency caesarean section three hours before the 7.8-magnitude quake.

“I had held my baby in my arms for just a few minutes, when the whole building started to violently shake," Shreshta said. "My first thought was how to get her outside.” Shreshta’s husband, a day laborer, survived the quake, along with his brother and two sisters. On Tuesday, they cheerfully encircled Shreshta and the newborn, who was wrapped up in thick blankets.


Ranjita Shreshta, 27, sits with her sister-in-law and daughter, who was born on April 25, the day of the earthquake.

Since the earthquake struck, killing over 5,000 people and flattening a cluster of Kathmandu’s historic sites, scores of new and soon-to-be mothers have been camping out, exposed to the elements or taking refuge in the cramped entrances of maternity hospitals. They sleep on soggy blankets and have limited access to toilets and fresh water.

Huddled near Shreshta was 45-year-old Bawani Shaha, who was breast-feeding her hours-old son. She was admitted to hospital the day before the earthquake, only to be shoved outside. After three nights spent in the open air on a thin black mat, she finally gave birth, to her 15th child, Tuesday morning on the floor of a newer building that suffered less damage. “I consider myself lucky. There were women delivering right here where I sit,” Shaha said. She sat flanked by two of her teenage daughters; one of them stroked her new brother, while the other hoisted an umbrella over their mother. Only seven of Shaha’s children survived past age five. “This one will too,” her 17-year-old daughter Kritika insisted.


Bawani Shaha, 45, sits with her hours-old son and two daughters

Nepal’s largest earthquake in 80 years has been especially hard on women and children, who rarely have independent incomes and spend more time at home than adult men. The disaster, which has forced thousands of Kathmandu residents to sleep in makeshift tents in outdoor spaces, has made them even more vulnerable. Though the hospital has discharged many mothers, some have no home to go to, while others are simply afraid of more aftershocks. The city was briefly rocked late Monday night by a 4.3 quake.

Damaged roads and limited transportation since Saturday's earthquake mean more women are giving birth at home, without access to medicine or trained midwives, said Dr. Shanti Joshi, the deputy director of Paropakar Hospital. “We’re seeing more cases of severe anemia and retained placentas, which can be deadly,” she said in a room decorated with a sketch of the 19th-century English nurse Florence Nightingale and ornately carved Hindu gods. Earthquake-spurred stress also caused a spike in first trimester miscarriages, she said, adding that “as in all disasters, women are worse off.” But Joshi, clad in a pale green shalwar kameez, was at pains to point out the silver lining among the misery.

“These babies will grow up to be strong. For us, we had to wait many years before we learned about life. But not the earthquake babies,” she said enthusiastically, adding that her own mother’s tenacity comes from being born on the eve of the 1934 earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 17,000 people.


Expectant mothers camp out at the entrance of the Paropakar Hospital.

With a state of emergency declared in Nepal, and officials struggling to get medical and other aid into its tiny international airport, the situation for mothers and newborns remains precarious. The United Nations has warned that diarrhea is already a growing problem, and an outbreak of measles is feared. UNICEF has said that almost 1 million Nepali children are in “urgent” need of humanitarian assistance.

In Paropakar Hospital’s entrance hall, expectant mothers and their families lie strewn across the maroon stone floor and stairways, some in the midst of painful contractions. An old and battered ambulance sits parked outside, serving as a makeshift emergency room for babies born with complications.

At the Kathmandu Model Hospital, 21-year-old mother Kalpana Lama cradled her son, not yet two hours old and swaddled in a thick yellow towel. Electricity is scant, and the thought of spending the night in the unheated maternity ward makes Lama restlessly shake her black bob from side to side. “My son has been through enough," she said. "But he will grow up lucky, of that I am sure.”


Women sit on the floor of the overcrowded Model Hospital.

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Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre Premiere of Chris Cleave's Novel 'Little Bee'

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As part of its 25th anniversary season, Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre recently premiered the theatrical adaptation of Chris Cleave's best-selling novel Little Bee. The play focuses on the experiences of refugees seeking protection in a foreign land from the points of view of two characters, a Nigerian girl who has taken the name Little Bee, and Sarah, an English journalist and young mother. Little Bee was adapted and directed by Book-It Founding Co-Artistic Director Myra Platt from the novel that was featured in the Seattle Public Library's 2011 Seattle Reads program.



The play begins with Little Bee recounting her journey to England and being held at a refugee detention center for nearly two years, but as it unfolds, the horrors she has had to endure are revealed, as is the connection between her life path and Sarah's. Throughout this complicated story, characters lives intertwine with great passion and compassion, and all this is portrayed in just under three hours.

Opening night could have easily been a progressive political rally with an audience filled with liberals, including Congressman Jim McDermott. That seems very appropriate as the show really focuses in on refugees, an issue that is currently in the news.

To help audiences understand the issue even more experience, Book-It is partnering with Northwest International Refugee Project (NWIRP) and Refugee Women's Alliance of Washington (ReWA) whose representatives will lead pre-and post-show discussions around the issues of asylum seekers and refugees as it relates to our community and to the events in the novel. These events will be pre-show on Wednesday evenings April 29 and May 6, and post-show Sunday afternoons on May 3 and 10.

Little Bee runs through May 17.

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Woman Learns She'll Be A Grandma Through Hilarious 'Bun In The Oven' Prank

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Note to self: If you find a bun in your kitchen oven, don't take it lightly. That's the lesson one woman learned in this hilarious footage featured on America's Funniest Home Videos.

As she went to put a dish in the oven, the unsuspecting woman found a randomly placed bun inside. "Somebody's toasting bread," the woman named Lynnda says, thinking nothing more of the message.

It took a little more prodding before she said, "Not the bun in the oven I want!" joking with her daughter only to realize seconds later the joke was on her.

Probably one of the cutest pregnancy announcements we've ever seen.

Congrats, Lynnda!

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My Transgender Life - Sharing Secrets and Releasing the Shame

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The secret was tearing me apart. I hid for so, so long. Not only from others, but also from myself. I could not even admit it to myself. I got to be an expert in hiding, denying and making excuses. I learned that this is a very common experience for people like me, who are transgender.

My inner experience was really an inner war that I describe in the introduction of my book, No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth:


A part of me kept screaming, 'Be a Man!'

While another part could not stop laughing while thinking, 'Who are you fooling?'

I had a part that got so turned on by girls; that wanted the sex, the pleasure, the release, the intimacy.

Another part took me to flights of fantasy and then scolded me for hiding my truth.

There were many more... arguing and fighting and judging and criticizing and making all sorts of noise.

These conflicting parts were tearing me apart from different directions. At the time, I had no idea that each had their own single mission -- to protect and save me -- to save me from something they each thought I could never handle. I tried to shut them all down in many various ways. This proved impossible.

For those of us who come to understand, and accept that we must transition gender to find inner peace, we know that we are faced with finally telling our "secret." It's hard to describe to those who do not experience it. We can watch how others perform their own "coming out," but each of us will have to find our own path. There is no other way.

For me, the physical changes were already happening. I was the old guy with the ponytail growing. The day I came into work with my ears pierced everyone made some comment. That only lasted a single day and was attributed to my "mid-life crisis." I laughed with them on the outside, but was a nervous wreck on the inside. Even so, I knew I had put another check on the transition checklist. I started taking hormones and my body was changing. The tight t-shirts were eliminated from my work clothes and replaced by baggy shirts and sweaters. I purposefully went for electrolysis on Friday evenings, so my face would heal before going back to work on Monday mornings. I managed like this for almost 2 years.

I had a date for my facial surgery -- April 28, 2011. I knew I would be out of work for four weeks healing, so I had to start sharing my secret. It was time. I had a plan and a timeline. I always recommend this to anyone transitioning. First, I told the diversity team and human resources -- then senior management followed by confiding my secret to about a dozen peer level managers. The first time was excruciatingly difficult, but it got easier with each person. When I left work to have my surgery I didn't tell all the coworkers what was going on. That was handled the week before I returned with an HR training class held for around 200 people. I was told it went well. Looking back now, I can certainly say my experience returning to work was positive and amazing. I was fortunate to have the help I got at work.
...

We now have seen "The Interview" with Bruce Jenner. I can't help but reflect on how similar his journey seems to be to the one I traveled only a few short years ago. However, there is one big difference.

When I started to share my secret, every single person was surprised. No one had guessed, or expected me to announce I would be transitioning my gender. Some got it and some did not, but they all professed support. This was a giant relief and helped relieve my internal shame.

I am sure that the screening of the Interview was a huge relief for Jenner. I know because I too have walked in those shoes. The path is not easy, internally or externally, but it is a journey that so many of need to travel.
...

After I transitioned, I started to run workplace trainings just like the ones that were done at my company when I transitioned. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to train hundreds of people to help them understand what the transition journey is like. When we see someone transition, it is often after many years of hiding and struggling to find self-acceptance. There are stages most people go through to transition. In 2004, Aaron H. Devor, defined these stages in his paper, Witnessing and Mirroring: A Fourteen-Stage Model of Transsexual Identity Formation. I've shared an info graphic I've developed for my teaching that shows these stages and the transition timeline. It's clear to see there's a lot of internal hiding for many of us before we accept our truth -- long before the actual transition "event."



It's critical to note that the "event" is far from the end of the journey for any of us. Perhaps if Jenner does indeed announce his transgender journey, this will give us a better sense of his timeline and the path he has traveled. I suspect, that just like me and many of us who have found the courage to share our secret, Jenner will reveal he has been on his journey for far longer than anyone may know. Perhaps no one will be surprised given the exhaustive public scrutiny that began when he grew his ponytail and pierced his ears.


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Grace Stevens is a transgender woman who transitioned at the age of 64 and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a father of three, grandparent of two, athlete, advocate and author of No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth, an intimate memoir of her personal struggle to transition and live her true life authentically as a woman. For more information about Grace, her work and how Gender Variance Education and Training can help you, visit her website at: http://www.graceannestevens.com/. Follow Grace on Twitter: www.twitter.com/graceonboard .

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Family Research Council Launches 'Free To Believe' Site Dedicated To Anti-LGBTers

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The Family Research Council, a a conservative lobbying organization, has a new project and it's probably going to anger some people.

The group, which aims to "[advance] faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview," has launched a new website to showcase business owners, pundits and others who have spoken out against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The site, called "Free To Believe," features profile stories on a variety of characters, including "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman and Patricia Jannuzzi, who teaches at New Jersey's Immaculata High School, among others.

Organizers say the stories on the new site "show what it means -- and what it costs -- to live out what you believe," but having an outspoken opposition to LGBT rights seems to be the sole common denominator among all the individuals profiled.

Robertson sparked a media firestorm after he argued that homosexuality was "not logical" in a 2014 GQ interview, while the Kleins and Stutzman have been fined after violating local anti-discrimination laws by rejecting same-sex couples from their respective businesses. Jannuzzi was suspended from her teaching job after claiming that gays "want to reengineer western civ (sic) into a slow extinction" in a Facebook post. That post made national headlines after Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon shared an open letter her gay nephew, Scott Lyons, wrote to Jannuzzi on social media.

"The promise of freedom from fear of government punishment or loss of livelihood is a hallmark of our nation," the site's founders declare. "The freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs is the foundation for a civil society where people of differing beliefs can live and work together with mutual respect."

Led by Tony Perkins, the FRC has been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Perkins has argued that same-sex marriage will inevitably lead to human extinction, and claimed that LGBT teens often resort to suicide because they are battling with an internal understanding that homosexuality is, in fact, "abnormal."

The site also has a petition, which asks supporters to "stand for the freedom to believe and to live according to those beliefs" had been signed by 210 people.

The Huffington Post has reached out to the FRC and is awaiting comment.

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Lowering the Interest Rate Won't Solve the Student Debt Crisis

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Senator Elizabeth Warren has reintroduced her bill allowing borrowers with outstanding student debt to refinance at lower rates. Her similar bill was voted down last summer. This will certainly appeal to those students with high-interest rates in the 7-8 percent range, but it won't help the many students who are struggling to pay their debt, and are close to the default.

Surprisingly, those with the most amount of debt have the best repayment records. They will clearly benefit if interest rates are cut in half as advocated by Senator Warren. Perhaps counter intuitively the students with smaller debts are most likely to be in default. About 35 percent of defaulters have only $1,000 to $5,000 in debt, an additional 28 percent have debt ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Refinancing these loans with Warren's bill will only help lower their monthly repayment by $5 to $10, which is not enough to prevent them from defaulting. A Brookings Institution analysis argues that this bill is not as progressive as it seems, estimating that "the poorest quarter of households would receive less than one-fifth of the benefits of such a proposal."

Does interest rate relief offer a real solution for what ails student debt or is it a temporary band aid that diverts our attention? In my view, as long as tuition continues to rise and the government continues to subsidize it, pumping billions into colleges in the form of student loans, no cure exists.

Tuition goes up by 3.7 percent on average each year in the last 30 years. From 2011 to 2012, this increase roughly equals to 5 billion more in total revenue for all colleges. The interest on that amount is approaching $350 million*. You tell me which sum is the bigger problem. Imagine if the government told the car industry or the airlines that as long as they held price increase to below 5 percent each year, the government would guarantee whatever loans were necessary for customers to pay for their products. That's exactly what the government tells colleges with a wink of the eye. And then they dish out the loans to pay for it.

Earlier this month on WBUR, Senator Warren disputed Republican claims that Pell grants help colleges jack up tuition, but why didn't she look closer into the role that loans play instead? I think she is wary of any link between financial aid and higher tuition because it would add fodder for Republicans to cut aid without any replacement. That would be a body blow to both students and colleges.

So instead she points her finger at states which have lowered support for public colleges. It is true that states have decreased support for higher education and those colleges and universities have partly offset this loss in revenue by increasing tuition. But what is less understood is that both states and colleges have been free riding on federal student loans. This is effectively helped transfer the cost of higher education onto students and their families.

At this point, simply increasing state aid, as Senator Warren demands, may not help either. In fact, it might only further fuel tuition increases. Colleges and universities are bound to set the price so that they eat up all the revenue available to them. Renewed increased state aid will simply be another revenue source for colleges to eat, leaving plenty of room on their plates for federal loan payments.

*At 7 percent interest rate

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Army Soldier's Lover Allegedly Stabbed His Wife To Death: FBI

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The FBI arrested a woman in Indiana on Friday for allegedly killing an Army medic's wife last year in Hawaii.

Ailsa "Lisa" Jackson, 24, is suspected of stabbing 38-year-old Catherine Walker to death on the morning of Nov. 15, 2014. Catherine's husband, Michael Walker, found his wife's body in their home in the Aliamanu Military Reservation.

Authorities discovered that Jackson, who also lived on the base at the time, was romantically involved with the victim's husband.

According to court documents, Jackson allegedly stabbed Catherine to death in the neck and torso, an act that "required substantial planning," Hawaii News Now reports.

Michael Walker, who was an early suspect in the investigation, told police that he and his wife had argued the night before he found his wife's body, but that he hadn't caused her harm. It is unknown if or how much Michael Walker knew of Jackson's plans to attack his wife.

Jackson was indicted on a first-degree murder charge and will be extradited to Honolulu, having waived detention and identity hearings, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Although the maximum sentence for murder in Hawaii is life imprisonment without parole, Jackson could face the death penalty because the crime occurred on a military base, which is federal property.

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This Colossal Cave Comes With Its Own Beach (PHOTOS)

Spelunking and sunbathing don't typically go hand-in-hand, but there are exceptions, and they are glorious.

In the rainy season, Hang En cave in central Vietnam isn't someplace you'd want to go swimming. The Rao Thuong River, which courses through the cave, surges 300 feet and covers the otherwise picturesque beaches seen in the photos below, according to National Geographic.



But in the dry season, the river recedes, leaving a surreal paradise like few other places in the world.

David W. Lloyd described Hang En in a piece for The New York Times' travel section in 2011:

At 300 feet in height and 600 feet across, the cavern is big enough to fit a Boeing 747 with room to spare. The space was flooded with rays of natural light coming in from an arch high above us. The beams of light illuminated a yellow sand beach hundreds of feet below, surrounding a calm turquoise pool.


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2NE1 - BIGBANG หมดสัญญาปีหน้า? "ยางฮยอนซอก" มั่นใจต่อสัญญาใหม่ไร้ปัญหา

บอสใหญ่แห่ง 1 ใน 3 เอเยนซีแถวหน้าของวงการเพลงเกาหลีใต้เชื่อว่าเขาจะไม่มีปัญหาในการต่อสัญญากับสมาชิกของวง 2NE1 และ Big Bang ที่กำลังจะหมดสัญญาในปีหน้าแน่นอน
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Little Fish Win Big Protections From Commercial Fishing

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The humble, tiny forage fish -- think herring or smelt -- may appear to play small roles in a vast ocean, but don't let their size deceive you. Forage fish are truly the pillars of healthy ocean ecosystems and sustainable marine food webs, supporting the diets of whales, dolphins, sea lions, many types of fish and millions of seabirds. And when well-managed, they will play a key role in feeding people, too.

Last month, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional fishery management councils in the U.S., took a tremendous step forward towards protecting these important fish. In a groundbreaking move, the Council voted unanimously to protect seven groups of forage fish from 3 to 200 nautical miles offshore Washington, Oregon and California. The new rules protect these fish by requiring that both human needs and ecosystem benefits are considered if these small fish are ever commercially targeted.

Now, hundreds of forage fish species within these seven groups -- round and thread herring, mesopelagic fishes, Pacific sand lance, Pacific saury, Silversides, Osmerid smelts and pelagic squids (other than Humboldt squid) -- are safeguarded. These fish and squid play vital roles in the foundation of the California Current ecosystem, one of the most globally important and productive ecosystems in the world that supports endangered sea turtles, fragile corals, large whales, economically important fisheries and much more.

The Council's decision is truly a landmark move that could act as a model for a shift in fisheries management. Historically, most fisheries have been managed on a species by species basis, focusing on maximum catch and profits without taking into account the needs of the ecosystem as a whole. But under this new approach, the Council is protecting fisheries with an ecosystem-based method that will protect wildlife species, help support recreationally and commercially important fisheries and ensure long-term sustainability of the ecosystem into the future.

This victory also marks a tremendous achievement for Oceana, who has called on the Council since 2009 to protect these forage fish. Protections are important to ensure there is abundant prey for ocean predators and a healthy source of high protein, heart-healthy fish for human consumption for generations to come. It is expected that the National Marine Fisheries Service will implement the Council's recommendation after a required federal rulemaking process.

While this action is a big step forward, fisheries for forage fish like Pacific sardine and anchovy desperately need a better management approach. This approach should consider how much of these important fish must be left in the ocean to support other marine life, provide for continued fishing opportunities and supply healthy meals to people into the future.

There are already 7 billion people on Earth, and this figure is expected to grow to a staggering 9 billion people by 2050. If existing forage fisheries are managed sustainably, with an ecosystem-based approach, these small fish could directly feed millions more people a healthy seafood meal each day, helping to meet some of the world's hunger needs while simultaneously sustaining the oceans.

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From 'Cradle To Grave,' Here's Why Marriage Equality Is About Way More Than Just Marriage

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In 2013, Kelly Noe and her wife, Kelly McCracken, were expecting a baby when they joined the lawsuits against Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage. David Michener, meanwhile, had recently lost his husband and the father of his three children. The two families were in very different places -- one buoyed by joy, one steeped in grief. But they shared a common cause.

At some point in the next few months, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of same-sex unions in Ohio and the handful of other states that still ban them. Noe, McCraken and Michener, who were all present in the court Tuesday for hearings, know as well as anyone why this issue matters so much -- not just to couples like them, but to their children, too. Camilla Taylor, a lawyer with Lambda Legal who has worked on each of their cases, put it this way: “Protections related to marriage are important to people from cradle to grave. Marriage shields a family.”

Anna Ives-Michener, the 15-year-old daughter of Michener and his late husband William Ives, knows how it feels to have that shield yanked away. Michener and Ives were together 18 years and adopted three children before they finally wed in 2013 at a church in Delaware, where they have a summer home. Just a month later, Ives died unexpectedly from a bacterial infection of the heart.

Right before the wake, Michener was told there was a problem with the death certificate. The state of Ohio, where the family lived, did not recognize the marriage and would not include Michener’s name on the death certificate or write that Ives had ever been married.

“It felt like I didn’t exist, that my family never existed,” Anna said Monday afternoon.

Noe and McCracken are hoping their 10-month-old daughter, Ruby, will never have to feel this way. Noe told The Huffington Post that the two women are accidental activists -- even after they wed in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 2011, they never planned to get involved in the broader political fight for same-sex marriage. But then Noe became pregnant, and the women began to talk the matter over with their attorney. How could they make sure their baby would be safe if the state of Kentucky, where they lived, and the state of Ohio, where both women worked and where their child would be born, would not put both of their names on the birth certificate?

“What if an emergency happens and I am not around, and my wife has to take Ruby to the emergency room?" said Noe. "They could deny treatment to my child because I’m not there."

Noe, McCraken and Michener are among the 14 couples and three widowers whose cases were heard this week as part of Obergefell v. Hodges, a lawsuit against the bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. The two questions before the court are whether the U.S. Constitution requires all states to license same-sex marriages, and whether states must recognize these marriages if they were performed elsewhere.

In 2013, when the Supreme Court last took up the question of whether same-sex marriages should be recognized by the federal government, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the U.S. government’s refusal to do so “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.” The court ruled then that the federal government must recognize legal same-sex marriages, but it stopped short of ordering all states to perform or recognize these unions.

Many expect the court to side with the same-sex couples this summer, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the U.S. But every day, Noe thinks about what it will mean if that doesn't happen.

It’s not just the logistics of child rearing that worry her. She's also concerned about the message the court will send if it rules against her family.

“I do not want her to grow up and go to school and be in for a rude awakening when she realizes that other people maybe don’t think her family is a family,” Noe said of her daughter. “I think we will teach her as much as we possibly can, and she will know in her heart of hearts that her family is a family, no matter what happens.”

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Spam, Pony Burgers And Other Weird Food Trucks You Didn't Know Existed

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Last week a Spam food truck hit the road for a three month-long trek to 12 cities across the country. According to Quartz, the Spamerican Tour is bringing high-end Spam dishes to a city near you.

GrubStreet calls the truck, which serves dishes like Coconut Spam Spears and Kimchi Spam Musabi Croissants, "the final nail in the coffin for the food truck trend." While this might be true, a Spam food truck kinda makes sense, since the vehicles celebrate the quirky, the cult favorite and the misunderstood (Schnitzel, anyone?).



Of course the Spamerican Tour isn't the only questionable food truck out there. Here are five more trucks that are catching our attention and raising eyebrows. What do you think: Have they nailed the food truck concept, or are they running the trend right off the road? Let us know where you stand!

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'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer dies

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Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who spent more than a decade collaborating with director Peter Jackson on the six "Lord of the Rings"and "Hobbit" films, has died. He was 59.div class="feedflare" a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:7Q72WNTAKBA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=7Q72WNTAKBA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a a href="http://rss.cnn.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?a=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:gIN9vFwOqvQ"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/rss/cnn_topstories?i=ODjtYg9p0J8:KvQ6WlAb3u4:gIN9vFwOqvQ" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/rss/cnn_topstories/~4/ODjtYg9p0J8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
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Chelsea Bruck's Skeletal Remains Found In Michigan Woods

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Authorities in Michigan have positively identified skeletal remains found in a rural area as those of Chelsea Bruck, a 22-year-old Michigan woman who vanished after attending a Halloween party.

According to police, the remains were found on Friday in a wooded area in Monroe County, which is roughly 30 miles south of Detroit. While a cause of death is not yet known, authorities said they are investigating her death as a homicide.

Bruck was last seen alive on Oct. 26, the day she attended a Halloween party in nearby Newport.

"[She was a] quiet homebody, lived with her parents, attended school, had a job [and] went to a party with several of her girlfriends," Nancy Grace, host of a justice-themed cable show of the same name, said on her show Monday night.

"It was a big Halloween bash [and she was] dressed as Batman's nemesis, Poison Ivy," Grace continued. "She was never seen alive again."

Authorities got their first break in the case earlier this month, when pieces from Bruck's handmade costume were found in an abandoned industrial area in Flat Rock, approximately 10 miles from where her remains were discovered.

Authorities have not named a suspect in Bruck's case, but they have released a composite image of a man who may have been spotted with her at the Halloween party.



In a statement released to the media on Monday, Bruck's parents said news of their daughter's death has been "devastating" to her family.

"We, as a family, have received our answer, but [the] detectives' work will continue," the statement read.

Some of that detective work, Grace said Monday, should be focused on the 136 registered sex offenders who live within an eight-mile radius of where Bruck disappeared.

"Is it a serial killer," Grace said of the person responsible. "[Is there] a rapist killer in the area?"

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at (734) 240-7530.

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