Israeli leader’s Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans

Poland pulled out of a planned summit in Israel after Israel's acting Foreign Minister said on Monday that "many Poles" had collaborated with the Nazis in World War II and shared responsibility for the Holocaust.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks "racist and unacceptable". He had previously said he would not join Tuesday's gathering of central European leaders in Israel, sending instead a lower-level delegation, but said on Monday that no Polish officials would now attend.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Polish complicity in the Holocaust in comments later echoed by Israel’s acting Foreign Minister.Credit:AP

"Not only can we not accept such racist comments, but with all our strength we want to stress that we will fight for historical truth, for the honour of Poles," he told reporters.

The leaders of the other three 'Visegrad Group' nations – Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – all still planned to attend the talks, Israel said, but Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said they would instead consist of bilateral discussions and that the summit would be rescheduled for later in 2019.

Poland's right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government has made what it sees as the defence of national honour over its wartime record a cornerstone of foreign policy since taking power in 2015.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said no delegate would attend the summit in Israel.Credit:AP

Many Poles refuse to accept research showing thousands of their countrymen participated in the Holocaust in addition to thousands of others who risked their lives to help the Jews. They say Warsaw's Western allies have also failed to acknowledge the scale of Poland's own suffering under wartime occupation.

The diplomatic row between Poland and Israel has been escalating since Friday, when Israeli media reported remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.

Israel's acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz exacerbated the dispute on Monday when he told Israel's Army Radio: "Many Poles collaborated with the Nazis and took part in the destruction of the Jews during the Holocaust".

Katz also quoted comments attributed to Israel's late prime minister Yitzhak Shamir: "Shamir said that every Pole suckled anti-Semitism with his mother's milk. Nobody will tell us how to express our stance and how to honour the dead."

Diplomatic setback

The Polish decision is a blow for Netanyahu, who had hoped the Visegrad summit would burnish his diplomatic credentials ahead of Israel's April 9 election. He sees the Visegrad-4 as a counterbalance to western European countries, which tend to be more critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians.

But Netanyahu has also faced criticism in Israel over what some see as a bid to win allies in central Europe at the expense of revising Holocaust history and whitewashing anti-Semitism.

"There will be no full V4 meeting. Three PMs are arriving will hold meetings with [Israel's] PM," Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, said in a text message.

The dispute also harms Poland's ambitions to lead the V4 and give the region a bigger international voice, though many PiS voters will welcome Morawiecki's decision. PiS leads opinion polls ahead of a national election due in the autumn.

Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz told a radio program that many Poles collaborated with the Nazis.Credit:AP

"Morawiecki had to call off the summit after the affront from Netanyahu because otherwise he would appear too soft," said Piotr Buras, head of the Warsaw office of the think tank ECFR.

Before WWII, Poland was home to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities but it was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis who set up camps such as Auschwitz on Polish soil.

Tensions between Israel and Poland also rose last year after Poland introduced new legislation that would have made the use of phrases such as "Polish death camps" punishable by up to three years in prison.

After pressure from the United States and an outcry in Israel, Poland watered down the legislation, scrapping the prison sentences.

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Arizona man rescued after getting stuck in quicksand for hours at Zion National Park

The man was stuck in quicksand at Zion National Park for hours.
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An Arizona man was rescued Sunday hours after he got his leg stuck in quicksand and was forced to wait out a snowstorm at Zion National Park, officials said.

The unidentified man and a female companion were hiking the Left Fork Trail in the national park in Utah on Saturday when the 34-year-old got his leg stuck in quicksand at a creek, park officials said. After several attempts to free the leg, his friend left him with “warm gear and clothing” and went to look for help.

The woman hiked for three hours until she had enough cellphone service to call 911.

Rangers located the woman, who had signs of hypothermia after the hourslong hike, and it took several more hours to reach the trapped hiker who was knee-deep in the quicksand. He was also suffering from exposure, hypothermia and extremity injuries.

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The rangers spent two hours trying to free the man’s leg.

“Late into the night, Rangers were able to free the male from the quicksand and began efforts to rewarm him and treat his leg. Rangers spent the night with the patient in frigid conditions,” park officials said, adding that 4 inches of snow also fell overnight.

Winter storms continued to delay rescue efforts into Sunday afternoon.

“Only after a small break in the weather occurred in the afternoon, the DPS helicopter was able safely extricated the patient with a hoist rescue operation,” officials said. “The patient was transported to an awaiting ambulance and transported to the hospital.”

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Temperatures in Zion National Park reached a high of 43 and low of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, according to Accuweather.com. Temperatures dropped the next day to a high of 37 degrees as 2.5 inches of snow fell.

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Killer rapist on the loose after absconding from jail as public warned: 'Do NOT approach him'

Ramion Tomlinson, 32, fled from guards at Sheffield Crown Court on December 8 last year.

Tomlinson, who has previous convictions for manslaughter and GBH, had just been found guilty of rape and sentenced to nine years in prison.

He is around 5ft 3ins tall with black hair and is believed to frequent the Manor, Stradbroke and Wybourn areas of Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police said: “Investigations have been on going and despite numerous enquiries, Tomlinson remains outstanding. Officers are now asking for your help to help locate him.

“The public are asked not to approach Tomlinson.”

Tomlinson was jailed for six years after a man was left with a fractured skull during an “unprovoked attacked outside a club in Sheffield, in August 2011.

He kicked or jumped on victim Steve Hunt’s head head during the savage assault, a court heard.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 999 and quote crime reference number 14/13023/18 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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Brit ‘tourist from hell’ jailed for slapping Bali immigration worker claims she’s being TORTURED in Indonesia prison

Auj-e Taqaddas, 43, said she "nearly died" and has likened her jailers to the killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Taqaddas, who's serving a six-month sentence in the notoriously harsh Immigration Detention Centre in the island's Jimbaran district,  has posted a series of messages and photographs of her "torture injuries" on Twitter.

The Londoner, jailed for attacking the officer in a row over a £3,100 fine for overstaying her tourist visa, claimed: "I nearly lost my life in one torture incident. They are like khoshoggi's killers [sic]."

Her pictures – posted days after she was sentenced – show bruising and hand marks on her arms and legs.

She wrote: "Please quickly arrange my exit from Indonesia as my life is not safe here."

I nearly lost my life in one torture incident. Please quickly arrange my exit from Indonesia as my life is not safe here

Taqaddas goes on to claim that British consular officials were refused permission to visit her and accused them of siding with Indonesian officials after she made a bizarre plea for sanctuary in Russia, reports MailOnline.

She added: "It looks like UK has chosen corrupt, uncivilised and ugly Indonesia/Bali as partner in crime and therefore I would like to choose civilised and beautiful Russia as my country of Residence and refuge."

FOUL-MOUTHED TANTRUM

The unruly tourist was first charged after she arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, in July last year to catch a flight to Singapore.

She had been issued her boarding pass and was moving through immigration when the officer noticed she had overstayed her month-long visa by a whopping 160 days.

Taqaddas was taken into an office and told she had to pay a fine of £19 for each of the days overstayed.

Her foul-mouthed tantrum was caught on camera and went viral online, and she was hit with a £3,100 fine.

Her trial began in December, and just concluded with her being sentenced to six months in prison, after being charged with violent behaviour against a government official.

During the trial Taqaddas claimed the video had been edited.

After being sentenced in Denpasar District Court, Taqaddas said the court was corrupt and she had been tortured by police three times.

She was arrested before the trial in a shopping mall after failing to appear in court on several occasions.

SCREAMING AND KICKING

A video emerged showing Taqaddas kicking, screaming and calling her jailers names when she was led to court.

The footage shows her attempting to stop the men placing her in handcuffs, before trying to kick one near the groin.

Several other videos have also surfaced since the infamous airport incident apparently showing Taqaddas causing chaos around the country.

The other videos appear to show her attacking a security guard with a broom and chair, and screaming at hotel staff.

Her antics have earned her the nickname Dora the Explorer online, according to local news outlet Coconuts Bali.

Taqaddas, previously a radiology specialist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London before leaving the UK around eight years ago, has been disowned by her own family in London who say they are 'deeply ashamed' at her behaviour in Bali.

JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS

She said: “This is a sham court who was only listening to the dirty prosecutor who did not bring me to the court for six months.”

As two officials escorted her from court, she shouted: “Indonesia is a criminal country. Indonesian law is corrupt. Indonesian judges are corrupt. No lawyer was provided. Indonesian immigration is corrupt.”

Immigration Chief Ngurah Rai Aris Amran said at the time of the incident: ''She slapped the officer, who is a respected guard.

''She pretended not to know that she had overstayed."

"She touched immigration, which means touching representatives of the nation. So we reported it to the police."

The original video shows how the fine sent Taqaddas into a rage and she was caught on camera branding immigration officer Ardyansyah, 28, a ''f*****g b*****d''.

When she tried to snatch back her passport, Ardyansyah quickly pulled it away – and she retaliated by slapping him.

She slapped the officer, who is a respected guard. She pretended not to know that she had overstayed

In the video, Auj-e is heard blaming ''f*****g immigration'' for causing her to miss her flight and telling them to ''take the f***ing money and get lost''.

She continues ''I'm your f*****g mother'' and then slaps the guard.

Auj-e then says: ''You aren't paying for this f*****g flight. You b******s told me to bring the money, why didn't you b*******s tell me anything else.

''And shut up your f*****g camera and show your ugly face in that camera.''

The guard says ''this is my office'', to which she replies ''this is your office, well show your ugly face".












 

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Hit BBC series Life On Mars is to get Mandarin adaptation

Hit BBC series Life On Mars is to get Mandarin adaptation with hero police officer sent back to 1990s Beijing as part of corporation’s bid to ‘captivate Chinese audiences’

  • A Chinese version of the Bafta-winning show will start pre-production this year 
  • It follows the same time travel plot of the BBC series which starred John Simm
  • China underwent a huge economic transformation in the 1990s 

A Mandarin adaptation of the BBC hit series Life On Mars hopes to ‘captivate Chinese audiences’ with a hero police officer who time-travels back to 1990s Beijing.  

While the Bafta-winning British version was set in 1970s Manchester, the new show is based during a period of massive economic expansion in China.

The British series which starred John Simm and Philip Glenister is the story of modern day policeman Sam Tyler. 

But after Tyler, played by Simm, is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973 he finds himself working for the now defunct Manchester and Salford Police.   

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Life On Mars first aired on the BBC in Britain in 2006 and focused on a fictional police officer who was sent back in time to 1970s Manchester. A Mandarin adaptation of the show has now been planned


The original show which won a Bafta starred John Simm (left) who played policeman Sam Tyler and Philip Glenister (right) who played Gene Hunt

Throughout the show, audience members are left wondering whether he has died, is in a coma or has actually traveled back in time.

And now Phoenix Entertainment Group, which has a partnership with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, will begin pre-production of the 24-part series adaptation later this year. 

David Weiland, executive vice president of BBC Studios Asia, said: ‘I am delighted that our first partnership with Phoenix Entertainment Group is Life On Mars which ranks as one of the best dramas to come out of the UK and is a great example of the breadth and wealth of our scripted formats catalogue.

‘We have a huge range of high quality scripted titles from Doctor Foster and Luther to Thirteen and In The Club, shows that would captivate Chinese audiences.


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‘I look forward to viewers enjoying this local version of Life On Mars as they go back 30 years in time.’   

The Mandarin adaptation is set in 1990s China which was a period of mass economic change in the country and led to it becoming a major global manufacturer today (pictured)

Life On Mars was a huge success and the BBC series spawned a sequel, Ashes To Ashes, set in the 1980s.

The Mandarin edition will not be the first spin-off as BBC Studios has previously licensed the format to Russia, Spain, Czech Republic and South Korea.

Bihai Wu, general manager of Phoenix Entertainment Group, said: ‘We have been carefully considering other shows that could meet the criteria of high quality and consistency with our slate and brand.

‘Life On Mars drew our interest because of its originality and superb story telling.’ 

The gripping plot line is hoped to be bolstered by setting the Mandarin adaption in a time of intense change as the Chinese began to overhaul their economy.

Free-market liberal policies led to the country becoming a major exporter and manufacturing powerhouse.

And in December 1990, the Shanghai stock exchange reopened for the first time in 40 years and allowed China to join the World Trade Organisation. 

In 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule after 156 years of British control. 

What was China like in the 1990s? 

After the infamous Tiananmen Square protests Deng Xiaoping, the country’s leader, retired from public view and passed power to Jiang Zemin.

Economic growth returned to a fast pace by the mid-1990s, averaging eight per cent annually. 

Standards of living improved significantly but a wide urban-rural wealth gap was opened as China saw the reappearance of the middle class. 

Jiang also laid heavy emphasis on scientific and technological advancement in areas such as space exploration.

To sustain vast human consumption, the Three Gorges Dam was built.

Environmental pollution became a very serious problem as Beijing was frequently hit by sandstorms as a result of desertification. 

The 1990s saw two foreign colonies returned to China, Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, and Macau from Portugal in 1999.

Jiang and President Clinton exchanged state visits, but Sino-American relations took very sour turns at the end of the decade. 

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Mike’s Monday Outlook: Close, but not quite normal temperatures yet

The month of February to this point has been far from normal. It’s pretty easy to say that it’s actually been extraordinary. Extraordinarily cold.

Here’s a look at how the first half of the month went. Temperatures stayed far below normal with more than double the typical monthly snowfall amounts through the first 15 days of February.

Temperatures and snowfall amounts from Environment and Climate Change Canada from Feb. 1-14, 2019.

The overall daily mean temperatures as of Monday sits at -21.1 C. Typically, this number will average out to -13.2 C. That is a huge difference! If the month ended today, this February would be the 18th coldest on record.

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You may remember 2014 where Winnipeg experiences its 21st  coldest February on record with a daily mean temperature for the month averaging out to -20 C. Weather records began in Winnipeg in 1872. This was also part of the third coldest winter (winter being December, January, and February) in more than a century and the coldest since 1978-1979. Overall, the winter of 2013-2014 was the 11th coldest on record.

While there is something to say about living through and experiencing some record-breaking weather, there is a bit of warm-up coming. Temperatures will stay below normal but there should also be some days that are warmer than what we had over the weekend which may be considered mild with highs of 13 C.

This week will see temperatures stay below normal, but will also be some of the warmest days of the month so far. It will also bring up the daily mean temperature a little bit.

As high pressure leaves the prairies and low pressure starts to move down the Rockies, southerly winds will help temperatures warm up slightly.

So far, the three warmest days this month have been:

  • -8.4 (Feb. 12)
  • – 9.2 (Feb 11)
  • -11.4 (Feb 1)

This week should see some days get close to numbers like this.

Winnipeg’s 5 day forecast from Feb. 18, 2019.

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Nova Scotia man charged in connection with ‘serious assault’ in Pictou County: RCMP

A 23-year-old man is facing charges after what police are describing as a “serious assault’ in Pictou County last month.

RCMP say that on Jan. 28, officers responded to a complaint about an assault inside a home on Merigomish Road in Linacy, N.S.

Inside, a 17-year-old man was found inside the home, having sustained serious head and facial injuries. The youth was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Police say that they later arrested James Kirk Sim, 23, of Thorburn, N.S., in connection with the incident.

He has now been charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats and assault.

Sim is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on April while the victim remains in hospital in Halifax with serious injuries.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.

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Saskatoon weather outlook: warmer air finally returns

Warmer air finally returns, but a few cool mornings are still ahead.

Saskatoon forecast

Family Day Monday

After unprecedented cold hit Saskatchewan for the first half of February, warmer days are moving in for the third full week of the month after approximately 10 centimetres of fluffy snow fell this weekend.

Family Day Monday kicked off on a cooler note with some fog patches and temperatures dipping back to -27 degrees with wind chills duck down as low as -34 to start the day.

Beautiful blue skies and sunshine stick around through the remainder of the day as the mercury continues to climb up into the minus teens for an afternoon high.

Monday night

Clear skies stick around Monday night, allowing temperatures to fall back toward the -30s overnight.

Tuesday

-40 is around what it’ll feel like with wind chill as you’re heading out the door in the morning with sunny skies to start the day.

Clouds will swing in during the morning with a slight chance of a few flurries as gusty southwesterly winds kick up and help warm the region up toward -12 for an afternoon high.

A breezy southwesterly wind kicks in during the day on Tuesday, helping boost temperatures up during the afternoon.

Wednesday-Friday

A weak system swinging in will bring with it clouds, a chance of snow and a pocket of warmth on Wednesday that will help daytime highs climb into minus single digits for the first time this month.

Skies start to clear with a chance of flurries earlier on Thursday before sunshine returns on Friday as daytime highs settle into the mid-minus teens with a cool start to the day on Friday, around -27.

Saskatoon should briefly get scooped into some milder air by mid-week.

Weekend outlook

Clouds return for the final weekend of February with a chance of flurries and daytime highs staying in the minus teens both Saturday and Sunday.

Here is your Saskatoon 7-Day SkyTracker Weather Forecast.

Deanne Chuiko took the February 18 Your Saskatchewan photo near St. Walburg:

Deanne Chuiko took the February 18 Your Saskatchewan photo near St. Walburg.

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U.S. sanctions delay Russian passenger jet by a year: Rostec CEO

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Serial production of Russia’s first post-Soviet mainline commercial aircraft will be delayed by a year due to U.S. sanctions, the head of state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported.

Russia hopes the MS-21, a twin-engine, medium-range passenger plane, will give Boeing and Airbus a run for their money. Three prototypes have been built and Rostec said on Monday the plane had been set to enter serial production at the end of this year.

But Sergei Chemezov, Rostec’s chief executive, said production would not now start until the end of 2020 due to U.S. sanctions.

The sanctions have cut off imports of components from the United States and Japan needed to make the plane’s wings and part of its tail fin, Russian officials have said previously.

Chemezov said Russia would now have to make the necessary components itself and that would take time.

“Due to the Americans stopping deliveries of composite materials (for the wings) we are moving to make our own composites,” the Interfax news agency cited Chemezov as telling reporters at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

“The timeline of when we can start serial production is shifting a bit. We were meant to start producing several planes as part of serial production towards the end of this year, but now it will be towards the end of 2020.”

Russia’s Aeroflot has agreed to lease 50 of the new planes and Moscow has said Syria is in talks about buying the new aircraft.

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Brazil dam disaster death toll rises to 169

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The official death toll from a dam burst in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho rose to 169, authorities in the state of Minas Gerais said on Sunday night. In addition, 141 people have yet to be located.

The dam, which held back mining byproducts, is owned by nickel and iron ore miner Vale SA.

Around 200 residents were evacuated from an area near another tailings dam operated by Vale late on Saturday, amid fears that it was structurally weak and could also collapse.

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