Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Hillary Clinton clinches democratic presidential nomination in roll-call vote


A delegate wearing rooster headgear with a picture of Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on the side walks across the floor of the convention during the second night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 26, 2016. © Jim Young
Hillary Clinton has officially become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, securing the support of delegates in the roll-call, despite sharp divisions and mass disappointment of Sanders’ delegates.
The roll-call vote has officially ended the race of the “disappointed” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s only party rival in the fight for the nomination.
Sanders, who officially endorsed the former Secretary two weeks ago, has spent the first two days of the convention in Philadelphia calling on his delegates and supporters to back Clinton as the only way to unite and defeat Donald Trump in November.
In a move meant to signify that unity, the Vermont senator has reportedly asked that his state vote last in the roll-call, despite the alphabetical order, so that he could see how Washington and Wisconsin cast their ballots before calling for Clinton to be nominated by acclamation.
The Democratic roll call vote on the party’s official nomination has shown strong support for Sanders, whose name was also put forward on the floor. The procedure has been said to be “mostly symbolic” and is widely seen as a gesture for the thousands of disappointed Sanders’ supporters that have been protesting Hilary Clinton’s nomination since Day One of the Convention.
The Vermont Senator, who has not yet officially suspended his presidential campaign, managed to secured the support of 1,894 delegates, versus Clinton’s 2,807. However, he still came up short of clinching the official nomination, which requires 2,383 delegates.
Sanders has been urging his delegates to support Clinton with their votes, a call that has been met with loud boos by his supporters.
The crowd erupted with chants “We want Bernie!” and “Take it to the floor!” drowning out chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” from Clinton supporters.
“We have got to obviously elect Hillary Clinton,” Sanders told delegates from Wisconsin, Montana, and Alaska on Tuesday.
Despite Sanders’s calls for the party to unite behind his rival, his supporters took to the streets under the burning sun for the second day on Tuesday, chanting “Bernie or bust!”

Deceived migrant workers in UAE forced to work as slaves – report


© Ahmed Jadallah
Some 100 migrants from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are stranded in Abu Dhabi after their employer refused to renew their work permits, Reuters reports. Forced to work without wages, they are pleading with their governments to bring them home.
Around 15 migrant workers from India’s Tamil Nadu province who are stuck at Ghayathi labor camp in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) claim they have been deliberately left with expired work permits, no money, and little food, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
“Our employment contract, visas, labor card and the resident identity card has expired, but the sponsor has not renewed them, forcing employees to work without wages,” they said in a video and a written appeal cited by Reuters, adding that there are nearly 100 workers from several countries in a similar predicament.
The migrants insist they have not been paid any wages since November last year. One of the workers' spouses said her husband has not been paid for nine months, and that she has not heard from him for a month.
“Please help us reunite with our families,” one of the Indian workers said.
According to data from the Indian government, up to six million Indians are currently working in the Persian Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
“We received their complaint a few days back and sent it to our mission in Abu Dhabi asking for immediate repatriation and ensuring the companies they were working for pay their salaries," an unidentified Indian foreign ministry official told Reuters.
Agents are trafficking workers from India to the Gulf States “with false promises and no proper documentation,” Josephine Valarmathi of the non-profit National Domestic Workers' Movement told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“It's time the government investigated how workers are sent through these agencies without proper documentation,” Valarmathi said.
Migrant workers pay up to 200,000 rupees (US$3,000) to an agent in India to get a job in the Gulf States. The duped workers have provided a list of such agents who effectively sold them into slavery overseas, and demanded that action be taken against them.

‘Revitalize economy, prevent WWIII:’ Japanese mass murder suspect reveals motives in warning letter


Police officers investigate at a facility for the disabled, where a deadly attack by a knife-wielding man took place, in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, July 26, 2016.  © Issei Kato
Knife attacker Satoshi Uematsu, who is suspected of killing at least 19 disabled people at a special facility near Tokyo, threatened to wipe out a total of 470 in letters he sent to a Japanese member of parliament some months prior to the mass killing.
Satoshi Uematsu promised to “obliterate 470 disabled people” in the letters he wrote in February and then attempted to pass to the speaker of Japan’s lower house of parliament.
“I am fully aware that my remark is eccentric. However, thinking about the tired faces of guardians, the dull eyes of caregivers working at the facility, I am not able to contain myself, and so I decided to take action today for the sake of Japan and the world,” he wrote, as quoted by AP.
“My reasoning is that I may be able to revitalize the world economy and I thought it may be possible to prevent World War III.”
“The act will be carried out speedily and definitely without harming the staff. After wiping out the 260 people in two facilities, I will turn myself in,” the letter goes on.
“My goal is a world in which the severely disabled can be euthanized, with their guardians’ consent, if they are unable to live at home and be active in society,” Uematsu wrote, apparently trying to explain his goal.
The letter had raised concerns and Uematsu was committed to hospital on February 19 for almost two weeks after local police contacted him. Lab tests showed that he had used marijuana and suffered from paranoia, NHK public TV reported.
He was discharged on March 2 because his doctors believed that his condition had improved, a local official told Reuters.
“This was not an impulsive crime ... He went in the dark of the night, opened one door at a time, and stabbed sleeping people one by one,”Yuji Kuroiwa, the governor of Kanagawa prefecture where the facility is located, said. “I just can’t believe the cruelty of this crime. We need to prevent this from ever happening again.”
Police have yet to officially comment on the motive behind the massacre. Uematsu was perceived as a decent and modest young man by his neighbors, who are now trying to put things together and get over the shock.
“It would be easier to understand if there had been a warning but there were no signs,” said Akihiro Hasegawa, 73, who described Uematsu as a polite man who always greeted him with a smile, Reuters reported.“We didn’t know the darkness of his heart,” he added.
“This is a peaceful, quiet town so I never thought such an incident would happen here,” said one of the residents who began gathering at the facility after the incident.
“That kind of person can’t defend themselves,” said another resident referring to those killed. “That’s why so many died. It makes you weep to think of somebody just murdering them.”
The killing spree took place at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40km) southwest of Tokyo. The knife-wielding man killed 19 patients and injured 25.
By the time the attack had stopped, Uematsu reportedly posted a tweet that went: “I hope for world peace. Beautiful Japan!!!!!!”
Mass killings are very rare in Japan and most often involve knives or other types of cold weapons since the country has severe gun laws that restrict the public from possessing firearms.