Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 16th 2014 Contents A23
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
SYDNEY---Survivors of one of
Australia s deadliest wildfires
are to be awarded nearly
AU$500 million in a class-
action settlement reached yes-
terday, the largest such com-
pensation in the nation s his-
The fire killed 119 people and
was the biggest in a series of
blazes that tore through the
southern Australian state of Vic-
toria in 2009.
More than 5,000 people
joined the class action against
electricity provider SP AusNet,
arguing the company was neg-
ligent because it hadn t main-
tained its power lines, which
sparked the fire. The group also
sued Utility Services Corporation
Ltd, which SP AusNet hired to
maintain the lines, and the Vic-
Yesterday, the defendants
agreed to pay a total of
AU$494.7 million (US$470 mil-
lion). The plaintiffs include rel-
atives of the dead and people
who were injured or owned
property that was destroyed or
damaged in the fire.
Record settlement reached in Aussie wildfire suit
LONDON---The Church of
England could be set to
allow its first female bish-
ops---and not before time,
says one of those tipped for
the job, adding the days of
women being left to arrange
the flowers are gone.
As a chaplain to Queen
Elizabeth II and the Speaker
of the House of Commons,
Jamaican-born Rose Hud-
son-Wilkin is already one of
the most prominent women in the
Church of England.
But she is a passionate advocate of a
woman s right to break through the
"stained glass ceiling", 20 years after the
first ordinations of female vicars.
"It will be a big deal," she said.
"This has been on the agenda of the
Church since the 1920s, from the time
of the suffragettes when women were
saying actually, we re human beings, we
don t want to be patted on the head and
told: There dear, you ll be
alright doing the flowers or
making the cups of tea .
"We have gifts and skills
and abilities and we want
what we have to be placed
on the table as well."
The Church of England
voted Monday to allow
women to become bishops
for first time in its history.
The General Synod gave final
approval to legislation intro-
ducing the change by the
required two-thirds majority.
A mother of three whose husband is
also a chaplain, Hudson-Wilkin was
born in 1961 and said she felt "called"
to the clergy when she was just 14.
She moved from Jamaica to live in
Britain in 1985 and became a vicar in
the first wave of female ordinations in
1994. She modestly played down media
suggestions that she could be one of
the first women bishops. (AFP)
The death toll in yesterday s derail-
ment on the Moscow metro has risen
to 19, the Russian emergency ministry
Scores were injured, some seriously,
when a packed commuter train braked
abruptly between stations in the west
of the city in the morning rush hour.
Some of those hurt were carried out
of the tunnel on stretchers, with the
most serious cases airlifted to hospi-
tal.The cause of the crash---one of the
worst incidents ever on the metro---is
reported to be a power surge.
Some 50 people were in a serious
condition, the Itar-Tass news agency
reported, quoting a health official.
"The train slowed down abruptly,
the lights went off, and then there was
a spark of fire and smoke. We were
blocked in," one passenger told Russian
TV.More than 1,100 people were evac-
Park Pobedy is the deepest metro
station in Moscow, 275ft deep, which
is making the rescue particularly hard.
GAZA CITY---Israel s leader says
the country will exert "great
force" against Gaza s Hamas
rulers after the Islamic militants
rejected a truce agreement.
Israel halted its fire for six hours
yesterday after accepting an Egypt-
ian truce proposal. But with Hamas
continuing to launch rockets into
Israel, it resumed strikes in the
Benjamin Netanyahu said in an
evening address aired live on tel-
evision that Israel has "no choice"
but to respond more forcefully.
Netanyahu said "Hamas chose
to continue fighting and will pay
the price for that decision."
An Israeli civilian was killed by
fire from the Gaza Strip, the first
Israeli death in more than a week
Israel had agreed to the Egyptian
plan, proposed late Monday. Under
it, a 12-hour period of de-escala-
tion was to begin at mid-morning
yesterday. Once both sides agree
to halt hostilities, they would nego-
tiate the terms of a longer-term
Hamas officials said they weren t
consulted by Cairo. Some por-
trayed the truce offer as an ulti-
matum presented to Hamas by
Israel and Egypt.
Gaza militants responded by fir-
ing dozens of rockets after the pro-
posed start of the de-escalation,
some of them reaching deep into
Israel, though not causing injuries.
Israel, which had warned it would
strike Gaza harder than before if
Hamas did not halt hostilities, held
its fire for several hours, but
resumed air strikes by mid-after-
After the renewed rocket fire
from Gaza on Tuesday, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Defense Minister
Moshe Yaalon "directed the mil-
itary to act with intensity against
terror targets in Gaza."
Since the outbreak of cross-bor-
der fighting on July 8, more than
190 Palestinians have been killed.
The current round of violence was
the third in just over five years.
The previous one, in 2012, even-
tually ended with the help of
Egypt, at the time seen as a trusted
broker by Hamas.
Israel to make
Players of the German national soccer team celebrate on a truck during their return to Berlin, yesterday.
Germany's World Cup winners shared their fourth title with hundreds of thousands of fans by parading the
trophy through cheering throngs to celebrate at the Brandenburg Gate yesterday. An estimated 400,000
people packed the "fan mile" in front of the Berlin landmark to welcome home coach Joachim Loew's team
and the trophy---which returned to Germany for the first time in 24 years. AP PHOTO
Jamaican-born tipped for
1st Anglican female Bishop
Some of the injured passengers were carried out of the tunnel on stretchers.
19 dead in Moscow metro crash
Links Archive July 15th 2014 July 17th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page