Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2016 Contents Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas
and eastern Oklahoma braced
for more flooding yesterday as
rain-swollen rivers, some at
record heights, overflowed their
banks, washing out hundreds of
structures, closing major high-
ways and leaving thousands of
people displaced from their
Days of downpours from a win-
ter storm that set off deadly tor-
nadoes in Texas and significant
snowfall in New England has
pushed rivers in the US Midwest
to levels not seen in decades, the
National Weather Service and
local officials aid.
The flood has closed sections
of Interstate 44 and Interstate 55,
both major trucking routes, along
with many local roads near rivers.
Freezing temperatures in the
area in the coming days will cause
some flooded areas in Missouri
and Illinois to turn icy, adding to
challenges, forecasters said.
At least 27 people have died in
the region s flooding since the
weekend, mostly from driving into
flooded areas after storms dropped
up to 12 inches of rain, officials
Flooding has destroyed hun-
dreds of homes and businesses
and overflowing rivers could men-
ace Southern states as the water
moves downstream toward the
Gulf of Mexico, the National
Weather Service said.
"Floodwaters will move down-
stream over the next couple of
weeks, with significant river
flooding expected for the lower
Mississippi into mid-January," the
Water rose to the rooftops of
some structures in Missouri
towns. The Mississippi River, the
third longest river in North Amer-
ica, is expected to crest in the
next few days in Thebes, Illinois,
at 47.5 feet, more than a foot and
a half above the 1995 record, the
National Weather Service said.
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CARACAS---Venezuela's opposition is
calling a Supreme Court decision that
bars four recently-elected lawmakers
from taking their seats in the National
Assembly a "judicial coup" and has
vowed to respect the voters' will when
a new session starts next week.
The ruling could undermine the
opposition's newly won two-thirds
legislative "super-majority" and limit its
Venezuela opposition: Court blocking of
4 lawmakers a 'coup'
Guyana have adopted an anti-
terrorism law that includes a death
penalty provision and would allow
rendition of suspects to other
Public Security Minister Khemraj
Ramjattan says the legislation is
necessary to make sure the South
American nation does not become a
haven for terrorists. The ruling party
used its one-seat majority to pass the
legislation late Wednesday during the
National Assembly's final session for
the year. All members of the
opposition abstained. AP
Guyana passes terrorism law with death penalty
SPARKLING NEW YEAR
In this Christmas Day photo, Karen Quispe, left, and Margarita Rengifo, who
don't know each other, throw punches during the "Takanakuy" ritual fighting
event on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Only once a judge has ruled one of the
combatants licked do they stop fighting. AP PHOTO
Volunteers set up a wall of sandbags and series of pumps to create a
barricade preventing the rising water from flooding a home after several
days of heavy rain in Arnold, Missouri, Wednesday. REUTERS PHOTO
The numbers "2016" are written in the air with a sparkler on a bank of the Yenisei River in the Taiga
district, near the town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
DETROIT---So a university has decid-
ed, without holding a presser, that
about a dozen words and phrases are
problematic and should be banned
from everyday use---and there are no
plans to walk it back even if the
announcement breaks the Internet.
Still, everyone can be a stakeholder
and join the conversation.
Northern Michigan s Lake Superior
State University yesterday released its
41st annual List of Words Banished
from the Queen s English for Misuse,
Overuse and General Uselessness.
The tongue-in-cheek wish-list of
sorts includes starting an answer with
the word "So," "presser" instead of
press conference, "problematic," "walk
it back" and "break the Internet." Oth-
ers are "stakeholder," "join the con-
versation," "physicality," "price point,"
"manspreading," "giving me life" and
"vape," describing the act of "smoking"
As for "So," it has the distinction of
getting the most nominations and
making the Banished Words list twice---
but for different reasons. This year,
people find starting a reply with it to
be overused, meaningless and affected.
In 1999, those nominating it griped
about its incessant use as a modifier,
as in, "I am so down with this list."
LIMA---Renato Nunez was looking
for a fight after drinking seven bottles
of beer with his friends.
When he found his fight partner,
Nunez stood face-to-face with him
before taking his mask off. He didn t
need much time to defeat his rival, who
soon had blood flowing down his face.
Music played at full volume, innu-
merable cases of beer were consumed
and a life-size baby Jesus doll was
paraded around during the episode of
ritual fighting that locals call Takanakuy,
which in the Quechua language means
"beat each other up."
While the popular festival is also held
in July, the celebration is bigger on
Pretty much anything goes during
combat, except for wearing rings on
fingers. Women sometimes also par-
ticipate in the fisticuffs.
Fighting is voluntary, and no one is
obligated to accept a challenge. But by
refusing to participate, the challenged
party by default concedes the other s
In the Canto Grande neighbourhood
on the outskirts of Lima, Peru s capital,
a piece of land used on most days as
a parking lot is converted into a plaza
for bullfights and regional celebrations,
including the ritual fights.
Takanakuy has roots in pre-Hispanic
and even pre-Incan Andean traditions.
The fights are done for sport, to
resolve family and personal conflicts,
to gain the love of a woman or to defend
a relative or friend who was vanquished
in an earlier contest. AP
So down with this list
Ritual fighting, loud music
and baby Jesus
Misery in Missouri
...as rain-swollen rivers rise
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