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Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller was forced to halt her exit
from the 68th United Nations Gen-
eral Assembly in Manhattan, New
York, Thursday afternoon, as a group
of gay activists protested outside the
Ford Foundation offices.
The group of seven protesters
shouted, "Gay rights are human
rights!" and "Portia, shame on you!"
as Simpson Miller exited the build-
Simpson Miller waved at the pro-
testers and blew kisses, but was later
redirected by a security detail.
In 2011, Simpson Miller, then the
opposition leader, promised a con-
science vote in Parliament on
whether to repeal Jamaica s anti-gay
laws, but that is yet to happen.
A landmark report says scien-
tists are 95 per cent certain that
humans are the "dominant cause"
of global warming since the
The report by the UN s climate
panel details the physical evidence
behind climate change.
On the ground, in the air, in the
oceans, global warming is
"unequivocal," it explained.
It adds that a pause in warming
over the past 15 years is too short
to reflect long-term trends.
The panel warns that continued
emissions of greenhouse gases will
cause further warming and
changes in all aspects of the climate
To contain these changes will
require "substantial and sustained
reductions of greenhouse gas emis-
After a week of intense nego-
tiations in the Swedish capital, the
summary for policymakers on the
physical science of global warming
has finally been released.
The first part of an IPCC trilogy,
due over the next 12 months, this
dense, 36-page document is con-
sidered the most comprehensive
statement on our understanding
of the mechanics of a warming
It states baldly that, since the
1950s, many of the observed
changes in the climate system are
"unprecedented over decades to
Each of the last three decades
has been successively warmer at
the Earth s surface, and warmer
than any period since 1850, and
probably warmer than any time
in the past 1,400 years.
"Our assessment of the science
finds that the atmosphere and
ocean have warmed, the amount
of snow and ice has diminished,
the global mean sea level has risen
and that concentrations of green-
house gases have increased," said
Qin Dahe, co-chair of IPCC work-
ing group one, who produced the
Speaking at a news conference
in the Swedish capital, Prof
Thomas Stocker, another co-chair,
said that climate change "chal-
lenges the two primary resources
of humans and ecosystems, land
In short, it threatens our planet,
our only home."
Since 1950, the report s authors
say, humanity is clearly responsible
for more than half of the observed
increase in temperatures.
Rahul Gandhi, senior
leader of India s ruling
Congress, has said a
move by his party s gov-
ernment to protect con-
victed MPs is "complete
"It should be torn up
and thrown away," Gand-
hi told reporters.
His comments are
being seen as a huge
embarrassment to the
government as ministers
have defended the order.
The executive order
was brought in earlier
this week to overrule a
Supreme Court order
which said convicted
lawmakers must be
removed from office.
It has been sent to
Mukherjee for approval.
The controversial ordi-
nance has been criticised
by the Indian media and
analysts who have
described it as a threat
to electoral reforms.
Several leaders of the
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) and some Congress
party politicians have also
criticised the move.
Gandhi is the scion of
India s powerful Nehru-
Gandhi dynasty and is
tipped to be a future
prime minister. In Janu-
ary, he was appointed the
Congress party s vice-
president. More than 150
MPs in the 543-seat
lower house of parlia-
ment are said to be facing
criminal charges. ---BBC
They talk! First time since '79
President Barack Obama said yesterday
that he spoke by telephone with Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani. The call is the first
communication between the leaders of the
two countries since the Iranian Revolution in
The call comes after US officials said earlier
this week that the two would not meet at the
UN General Assembly. The officials said that a
meeting would be too "complicated" for the
Iranians given the country's internal politics.
"The two of us discussed our ongoing
efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's
nuclear programme," said Obama. "I reiterated
to President Rouhani what I said in New York:
while there were surely be important
obstacles to moving forward and success is by
no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a
"Resolving this issue could serve as a major
step forward in a new relationship between
the United States and the Islamic Republic of
Iran, one based on mutual interest and mutual
respect," he said. ---The Huffington Post
protesting gas hikes
KHARTOUM---Police fired tear gas to
disperse thousands of Sudanese demanding
the resignation of President Omar Hassan al-
Bashir after rights groups accused security
forces of shooting dead at least 50 people in
the worst unrest in Sudan's central region for
Around 3,000 people, angered by a police
crackdown on protests against the lifting of
fuel subsidies, took to the streets after Friday
prayers in Khartoum's twin-city Omdurman
across the Nile.
Defying a massive security presence with
army trucks parked on main streets, the
crowd marched to the central market, holding
up banners saying "No, no to price increases."
Police said late on Thursday that battles
with protesters had killed 29 people, among
them police officers. Sudanese opposition
activists have put the death toll at more than
Drama in skies as pilot
has heart attack
A United Airlines flight bound from Seattle
made an emergency landing Thursday after
the pilot suffered a heart attack. An airline
spokesperson confirmed yesterday that the
crew member has died.
A doctor and military personnel reportedly
attempted to save the pilot's life by
administering CPR amid a dramatic scene, as
another passenger rushed to help get the
plane safely to the ground.
The pilot was alive when he arrived at the
local hospital but died during the night.
Passengers said two army soldiers on the
flight assisted a doctor in attempting to treat
the pilot before the arrival of first responders.
A passenger who trains Boeing 737 pilots
aided the co-pilot as the plane made the
emergency landing in Boise. (AP)
Gay protesters heckle Simpson Miller at UN General Assembly
A protester stands outside the Ford
Foundation's offices in New York
yesterday with a placard bearing an image
of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
Avaaz campaigners gather on one side of a giant 12-metre seesaw to give a visual image of yesterday's IPCC
report's key finding that there is a 95 per cent scientific certainty that humans cause climate change
yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden. AP IMAGES
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