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Skies covered this morning with light rain possible along the Jura. Becoming quite sunny this afternoon, but increasing chance of thundershowers. Weather generally deteriorating after midnight. Max temps 24 to 27. 0 C at 4000 meters. Strong S winds in the mountains. Foehn winds in the Alpine valleys.

Tomorrow Saturday
Cloudy. Chance of showers. Maybe some thunder in the afternoon, especially in the Alps and PreAlps. Cooler. Max Temps 22 to 25 C. 0 at 3000 meters. Weak SW winds on the plain. Strong S winds in the mountains.

Quite sunny and generally dry. Max Temp 24 on the plain. 28 in Valais.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Sunny and warm. Highs 25 to 29 C. Isolated thunderstorms possible in the mountains during the 2nd half of the day.

Cloudy and cooler. Thunderstorms more likely.


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From the Papers

Saudi princess to go on trial in Paris after telling bodyguard 'to beat up decorator'

AFP The Local 13 June 2019

The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to be put on trial in Paris next month, for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a workman in the French capital, a legal source told AFP on Wednesday.

The case against Princess Hassa bint Salman stems from an alleged assault in her apartment on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in west Paris in September 2016.

The trial is due to be judged on July 9, the source said.

The alleged victim has said he was hired to carry out refurbishment work at Princess Hassa's apartment and that she became angry after he took a photograph, accusing him of wanting to sell it to the media.

He alleges the princess, said to be in her 40s, then ordered the bodyguard to beat him up.

Le Point magazine reported that the princess shouted: "Kill him, the dog, he doesn't deserve to live".

The workman says he was punched in the face, his hands were tied and he was forced to kiss the princess's feet during an hours-long ordeal.

His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave.

AFP reported at the time of the incident that as a result of his injuries, he was ordered not to work for eight days.

Bodyguard charged

The bodyguard was charged on October 1, 2016 with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats and holding someone against their will.

Princess Hassa is likely to be absent from the trial as she has not been apprehended under an international arrest warrant issued in 2017.

Lionized in the Saudi media for her charity work and women's rights campaigning, Princess Hassa is sister to Prince Mohammed, one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East.

Known by his initials MBS, 32-year-old Prince Mohammed has shaken up Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East since he was elevated to crown prince in 2017.

Widely regarded as de facto leader under his 82-year-old father King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed has presented himself as a champion of moderate Islam.

But the crown prince has faced a diplomatic crisis since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year.

The Saudis, after initially denying they knew anything of Khashoggi's disappearance, finally acknowledged that a team killed him inside the consulate, but described it as a rogue operation that did not involve the crown prince.

Princess Hassa's legal case is not the first time Saudi royalty have had a brush with the law in France.

In 2013 French authorities ordered assets to be seized from Saudi princess Maha al-Sudairi, wife of the then interior minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, over an unpaid luxury hotel tab of nearly six million euros.


Referendum against privatizing Paris airports marred by glitches

By RFI Issued on 13-06-2019 Modified 13-06-2019 to 19:12

A referendum to delay or block the French government from privatising the Paris airport company (ADP) faced technical glitches Thursday just hours after it was launched online. The interior ministry has insisted the website is now fully functional, but critics denounce a "denial of democracy."

Within hours of the referendum's launch on the government's website Thursday, users reported facing difficulties signing the petition.

A coincidence? Perhaps, but it will do little to reassure critics who are hell-bent on ensuring that the Paris airports company is never privatized.

On Twitter, lawmaker François Cornut-Gentille from the conservative Les Republicains party tweeted: "Denial of democracy."

While Alexis Corbière from the far-left France Unbowed (LFI) wrote that he tried to sign the petition three times before eventually succeeding.

It might seem unusual for politicians with diametrically opposed views to agree on anything, but the issue of privatisation has banded together an unusual alliance of parliamentarians stretching from the Communists right down to the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen.

Le Pen's party issued a statement Thursday urging French citizens to back the public referendum and say 'No' to the Paris airport company going private.

Would it really be all bad?

Critics say it represents an "attack on national heritage".

On top of owning the French capital’s main airports, Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, the Paris airports company holds stakes in a host of other hubs around the world, making it a global leader in its sector.

Opponents also argue it would mean surrendering control of France's main port of entry--more than 105 million passengers travelled through the Paris airports last year.

"With privatisation, the state is taking a liberal path and disengaging from the economy sector," says Maxime Combes, an economist with the rights group ATTAC.

"The state is opening up the airports to private businesses who don't have the faintest idea what is good for France's economy," he told RFI.

Financially sound?

The government wants to sell part of the state’s majority stake in the Paris airports company (ADP)--worth an estimated 9 billion euros. The aim is to cut the budget deficit.

And crucially, the extra cash would pay for a long-promised technology innovation fund. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has repeatedly argued that the deal is "essential" both for the state's finances and the competitiveness of France's airports.

"When you sell your shares, you might recover billions from the sale, but what happens 20, 30 or 40 years down the line? You will no longer earn anything," comments Combes.

"On the other hand, if the state remains a shareholder, it will still be able to receive dividends from these high-profit making companies, so it makes financial sense to remain a shareholder," he said.

Race to collect names

Opposition lawmakers need to garner signatures of 4.7 million voters over the internet over the next 9 months, which means persuading around 10 percent of the electorate to block the sale.

It will be a tough challenge admits Combes.

"The next nine months will be tough, but we have already clinched a victory just by getting to this stage in the first place," he says.

Opposition lawmakers used a device known as – the Popular Initiative Referendum or RIP – to thwart the government’s plans for the airports and the Constitutional Council, surprisingly, validated it.

"Now, the next challenge will be to collect those 4.7 million signatures," said Combes.   The race is on.


French doctor accused of poisoning 24 patients released pending trial

By RFI 13-06-2019

A French anesthesiologist, accused of poisoning 24 patients during surgical procedures, has been released from detention and will be under judicial supervision until his trial, which has not yet been set. Prosecutors had asked for him to be held in provisional detention.

The appeals court in Besançon upheld a lower court’s ruling to allow Federic Péchier to continue living under judicial control, as he has been since March 2017 when he was first indicted.

Péchier is accused of having tampered with the pouches of intravenous fluids administered to 24 patients between 2008 and 2017. The patients, aged four to 80-years-old, suffered heart attacks – nine of which resulted in death.

Prosecutors argue that Péchier provoked the attacks so he could intervene and display his skills, allegedly to discredit his colleagues, with whom he was in conflict.

Péchier's legal defense team says there is no evidence that the patients’ cardiac arrests had anything criminal about them. Prosecutors say that the accused is the only thing in common with all the cases.

As part of the judicial supervision, Péchier is not allowed to practice medicine, nor is he allowed to go to the city of Besançon or the neighboring city where he lived. He currently lives with his parents near Poitiers.


Le Pen launches new eurosceptic group in European Parliament

By RFI 13-06-2019

The leader of France’s far-right National Rally Marine Le Pen has announced a new group in the European Parliament to unite euro-sceptics from across the continent.

The group, calling itself Identity and Democracy (ID), brings together the National Rally, along with the League party of Italy, the Alternative for Germany, and nationalists from other countries, including Austria, Finland and Denmark.

"We have changed the political chessboard of the European Union," Le Pen said of the members of the group who won 73 of the 751 seats in the new Parliament, which will hold its first plenary session on July 2.

Britain's Brexit party and other euro-sceptics have scattered across different groups in the assembly.

Parties have overcome differences in order to unite under ID, whose stated goals are to return power to European member states, curb immigration, and prevent the spread of Islam in Europe.


Lorry driver in fatal Paris scooter collision 'was on drugs'

AFP The Local   13 June 2019

The driver of a lorry involved in a deadly collision with an electric scooter in Paris was under the influence of drugs, prosecutors said on Thursday, as the man was set to appear in court ahead of his possible charging.

The crash claimed the life of a 25-year-old man whose scooter collided with the lorry on Monday night in the bustling Goutte d'Or neighborhood in northern Paris.

Critically hurt, he was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries, in what was the first death involving the increasingly popular electric devices in the French capital, which has been at the heart of a heated debate over safety issues.

At the time of the incident, the lorry driver had priority on the road, but the scooter driver ignored this, with the truck hitting him, legal sources have said.

Although it was his right of way, an investigation was opened on Thursday into "involuntary manslaughter by a vehicle driver following the use of drugs", Paris prosecutors said.

The driver was detained on Monday night and is now set to appear before an investigating magistrate who will decide whether to press charges.

Fans have embraced scooters as a quick and cheap way to get around, with the "dockless" devices unlocked with a phone app. Once a ride is over, they can be left anywhere.

But critics say they pose a grave safety risk both for users and pedestrians. Paris has already introduced fines of 135 euros ($150) for riding electric scooters on the pavement, and a ban on parking on the pavement (sidewalks).

Speed on roads should be limited to 20 kilometers per hour, far slower than a typical leg-powered, non-motorized bicycle.


Tallest ever ‘eco’ wooden building opens in France


Remember when cutting down trees to build houses, or to make paper was considered ecological folly? Since the break out of Climate Change alarmism, ecologists have changed their minds.

The tallest wooden apartment building in France has opened in Strasbourg, aiming to demonstrate the energy efficiency of the construction method.

An 11 stories high, 38 meters tall structure is the tallest wooden tower in the country. It was opened for occupancy this past Tuesday, June 11th.

Emmanuelle Wargon, secretary of State for the ecology minister, who was present at the opening, said: “We need exemplary projects in this country. This is proof that construction in wood is possible. The idea is to show an example. It is always difficult for the first buildings to get off the ground, but I hope that this method will one day become normal.”

The development is made up of three buildings, and is officially named “Sensations”.

The first inhabitants are set to move into the site’s 146 apartments from “next week”, estate agents Bouygues Immobilier said. Some apartments are still available, at an average cost of 3,600 per m2.

Philippe Michel, regional technical director at Bouygues Immobilier, said: “We are selling at market value, we have not sold them for a higher price just because they are made out of wood.

“People would not be happy to pay more for the extra cost of the work, which we estimate was 20% more expensive compared to more traditional concrete and brick construction methods.”

The shortfall in price has been made up by the State, as part of its future investment scheme, le Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (PIA).

Ms Wargon concluded: “This is a technical feat, but it also appears very pleasant to live in. The energy transition is real: we’re on it.”

However, wooden buildings are more susceptible to fire, and many architects consider them less safe than traditional concrete, brick and steel structures.


In sport…

Froome out of Tour de France after Dauphine crash


Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome remains in intensive care in hospital after crashing during the Criterium du Dauphine in France on Wednesday.

The Team Ineos rider, age 34, was airlifted to St Etienne University hospital after suffering ‘multiple fractures’ to his right femur, elbow and numerous ribs.

He crashed into the wall of a house in Roanne at about 54kph on stage four of the race.

Consequently, Froome will not be riding in this year’s Tour de France.


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Extradition order to send Assange to US poses existential threat to all truth seekers – Galloway

RT - Published time: 13 Jun, 2019 10:51 Edited time: 13 Jun, 2019 11:16

Julian Assange’s extradition to the US would be a deathblow for all truth seekers, George Galloway told RT, warning that anyone who fails to support Assange will one day share the same fate as the persecuted Wikileaks co-founder.

Britain’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed on Thursday that he had signed a request for the extradition of Assange to the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act. The order will go before the UK courts on Friday.

Galloway, a former MP who has campaigned tirelessly for Assange’s freedom, quipped that the “dark” episode shows that Theresa May’s “zombie” government was “not content with all the other disasters for which it’s responsible.”

He insisted that Assange’s supporters would “never give up” the fight to stop his extradition to the US and secure his safe release from UK custody.

Failing to support Assange now will have disastrous consequences for journalism and all who profess to hold progressive values, Galloway warned. He expressed particular discontent with those who would have ordinarily protested Assange’s treatment at the hands of the UK authorities, but remained silent because the Wikileaks co-founder was accused of sexual misconduct – what Galloway decried as a politically-motivated smear.

The liberals and the progressives, as they describe themselves, they will one day be a victim of this tyranny themselves, that is unless they eventually give up any pretense of actually being liberals and actually being progressives.

Asked about what would happen if Assange is ultimately extradited, Galloway said that the consequences for allowing such an injustice would be devastating.

“Every truth seeker will go down if Julian goes down.”

Assange faces a litany of charges in the US, including one count of conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, to gain access to the US Pentagon network. The Australian journalist is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence in the UK for jumping bail.


New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

AP - By DAVID KLEPPER 13 June 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.

With New York’s move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.

The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered. After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of “shame!” One woman yelled obscenities down to the lawmakers below.

The debate has only intensified with this year’s measles outbreak , which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.

“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s Assembly sponsor. “If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children ... then you’re the one choosing not to send your children to school.”

Hundreds of parents of unvaccinated children gathered at New York’s Capitol for the vote to protest.

Stan Yung, a Long Island attorney and father, said his Russian Orthodox religious views and health concerns about vaccines will prevent him from vaccinating his three young children. His family, he said, may consider leaving the state.

People came to this country to get away from exactly this kind of stuff,” Yung said ahead of Thursday’s votes.

Supporters of the bill say religious beliefs about vaccines shouldn’t eclipse scientific evidence that they work, noting the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. During the Assembly’s floor debate, supporters brought up scourges of the past that were defeated in the U.S. through vaccines.

“I’m old enough to have been around when polio was a real threat,” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. “I believe in science.... Your personal opinions, which may be based on junk science, do not trump the greater good.”

Supporters also suggest some parents may be claiming the religious exemption for their children even though their opposition is actually based on scientifically discredited claims about the dangers of vaccines.

The bill would not change an existing state exemption given to children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system.

Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday that he believes public health — and the need to protect those who cannot get vaccinated because for medical reasons — outweighs the concerns about religious freedom.

“I understand freedom of religion,” he said. “I have heard the anti-vaxxers’ theory, but I believe both are overwhelmed by the public health risk.”

The current measles outbreak has renewed concern about the exemptions in many states. The nation last saw as many cases in 1992, when more than 2,200 were reported.

The majority of cases are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities.

California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015, after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the U.S. and into Canada. Maine ended its religious exemption earlier this year.

Mississippi and West Virginia also do not allow religious exemptions.

Once common in the U.S., measles became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s. A decade ago, there were fewer than 100 cases a year.


A few suggested (though not recommended) sources of information:


Favoring vaccinations, not concerned about perceived dangers:




Opposing mandatory vaccination:

https://www.stopmandatoryvaccination.com/vaccine-dangers /



Do your own search: “dangers of vaccinations”


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