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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Georgia man arrested for attempting to fix bridge where daughter was killed

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Two high school students were tragically killed last month after 18-year-old Taylor Swing lost control of his vehicle on a curve. The high school student's car then careened over the edge of a bridge. Swing, as well as his passenger,16-year-old Cecily Hamilton, both drowned after the vehicle landed in the creek below. There are currently barricades along the length of the bridge, but none at the entrance after the curve. Had there been barricades, Hamilton's father believes that the teenagers may still be alive today.

Since this tragic accident, the father of 16-year-old Cecily, Shannon Hamilton, has been attempting to get the county to construct barricades to prevent any more lives being lost. Unsatisfied with the county seeming to blow off the issue, the grieving father decided to take matters into his own hands to make his community a safer place. Hamilton began constructing temporary safety features himself using materials donated by neighbors. Sadly, Hamilton was arrested for interference with government property, but his proud son took to Facebook to share a video and express his support and love for his father.

"My dad, Shannon Hamilton, was arrested today for attempting to put up temporary barricades on the Gene Nix Rd. Bridge. White county wants to take their time in getting this accomplished so my dad did it for them. Unfortunately, White County wasn't going to allow him. It's a shame that because someone is concerned about the safety of others after losing his daughter that the law can arrest them. This video is what's going to be the change to all this. I love you dad, you're doing a great thing and I'm so proud of you! BRING IT FOR CEC EVERYONE! Spread the word about this video and let's get it viral!" The Facebook post read.

The number one reply from people who are asked the question, "Why do we need government?" is "Who would build the roads, without government?" and "We need police to keep order." If ever there was a telling sign that these assertions of needing government to provide roads and police are solely based in fantasy, this video shows it. Irony anyone?

Cowards US, UK thank Russia for doing what they should have done: Evacuate citizens from Yemen

The British Foreign Office, as well as the US Secretary of State, have thanked Moscow for the evacuation of their citizens from war-torn Yemen, as Russian planes and ships take hundreds of Russian and foreign nationals from the conflict zone.

In a phone conversation with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry "expressed gratitude for assistance in evacuation of American citizens" from Yemen, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office told RT on Monday that, "we can confirm that six British nationals left Yemen at the weekend on a Russian Navy vessel. We thank the Russian authorities for their assistance."

Over 300 people were evacuated from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in two Russian flights on Sunday, and another 300 people were earlier taken from the port of Aden to Djibouti by a Russian vessel. According to the Russian Embassy in Djibouti, 18 US citizens and six UK citizens, including children and toddlers, were aboard the ship.

"We feel like we're left behind. No support. I called every Embassy - all the embassies in Riyadh, in Cairo, in Djibouti - to help me and my family, but they always apologize. They said "help is coming" - but it never came," an American citizen evacuated on a Russian plane told RT's Paula Slier. "People now think that Yemeni Americans are like second-class Americans."

An American citizen currently stranded in Yemen, Summer Nasser, told RT on Monday that "I really want to appreciate the Russian government, because yesterday I got a call from the Russian Ambassador in the capital of Yemen. He was attempting to rescue American citizens. Unfortunately, I couldn't take the flight at the short notice."

The US has stated that there are "no government-sponsored plans" to evacuate US citizens from Yemen. "For more than 15 years the State Department has been advising US citizens to defer travel to Yemen, and we've been advising those US citizens who are in Yemen to depart," answered spokesman Jeff Rathke on the question of "the US Government's inaction in evacuating US citizens from Yemen".

"[There are] bombings every other day, a few bombings a day. So, it's very, very scary right now," Arwa Al-Iraini , another American, currently stranded in Yemen, described the situation in the country to RT. "Basically, we're just sitting here and waiting. Nobody will help us evacuate. "

Shamsan Mansoob from Michigan, who is stuck in central Yemen, told RT on Sunday that there was no access to the internet, and no transportation that could help people flee the country, adding that "there is no news that we can follow".

According to a recent Red Cross report, over 1,000 people have died in the fighting between the Houthi rebels and supports of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled the country. The Saudi-led airstrikes, backed by the US, commenced at the end of March, in order to counteract anti-government Shia rebels.