Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who stood on the sidewalk with "Squash Amash" signs, saw his comments as the ultimate betrayal of a president they adore. But for Betka-Pope, a Trump critic, Amash's actions were commendable — and worthy of a counterprotest. The 32-year-old from Grand Rapids, who works in theater and sketch comedy, put on a Trump mask she happened to have in her car and joined the crowd on the sidewalk. She held up a piece of paper that read "I suck." For the next half-hour, Betka-Pope stood silently as some people insulted her. A few passing drivers honked in support. More than one person flashed a middle finger. Betka-Pope happily took the abuse for the congressman. But the one thing the Democrat says she won't do to show … [Read more...] about Amash Dumped Trump, and Now Mich. District May Dump Amash
PUBLISHED: 16:10 19 August 2019 Jessica Frank-Keyes Norfolk Broads-PAIN led protests in London on June 6 against pension age changes. Picture: Norfolk Broads-PAIN. Archant The co-founder of a Norfolk women's pensions protest group has criticised research calling for a rise in the state pension age to 75 as "upsetting" and unrealistic. Research published by the Tory think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice, has proposed an increase in the state pension age to 75.But the recommendation, which - if adopted - would come into force by 2035, has been described as worrying by Lynn Nicholls, leader of the Norfolk Broads PAIN (Pension Action in Norfolk) group."I just think people aren't going to have a retirement in the future if they go ahead with it," said Mrs Nicholls, from Thetford.The PAIN group campaigns around the change to the women's state pension age from 60 to 66.Norfolk Broads PAIN group leaders, pictured from left, Lynn Nicholls, Annette James, and … [Read more...] about ‘People won’t have a retirement’
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is set to address Native American issues on Monday, directly tackling an area that's proved to be her biggest political liability. The Massachusetts senator's past claim to tribal ancestry, which culminated in her release of a DNA analysis last year, had drawn criticism from some Native Americans and dogged her 2020 campaign in its early weeks. But Warren, who last week released a detailed policy agenda to help Native Americans, has since climbed in the polls. She's appearing at a two-day Native American forum in Sioux City, Iowa, that's drawing 10 rivals. The event promises to test Warren's ability to move beyond the flap over her previous discussions of her heritage, for which she apologized to the Cherokee Nation. The Trump Administration held off the last round of tariffs against Chinese goods under pressure from retailers concerned about holiday sales. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019) Copyright Associated Press … [Read more...] about Warren to Test Ability to Move Beyond Native American Flap
PUBLISHED: 12:03 19 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:03 19 August 2019 Daniel Hickey Mark Dixon, EDP Chef of the Year from the Kings Arms in Fleggburgh preparing a Roman feast. Picture: James Bass Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2014 A country pub hopes to attract more visitors with an offer of boutique bed and breakfast. The EDP Norfolk Food Awards chef of the year competition at city College. Mark Dixon from the Kings Arms at Fleggburgh. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYIn a planning application submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Kings Arms, on Main Road in Fleggburgh, proposes converting the pub and restaurant's first floor into holiday lets. The plan includes three en-suite bedrooms.It follows the opening almost two years ago of three garden rooms, each with its own hot tub, in the grounds of the pub. Owner Mark Dixon said demand for the chalets inspired the decision to open more rooms to tourists. Mark Dixon, EDP Chef of the Year from the Kings Arms … [Read more...] about Fancy a night in a boutique room above a country pub?
PUBLISHED: 10:21 19 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:30 19 August 2019 Wesley Innes Jnr. Pic: Marlene Innes. Marlene Innes A family was left devastated when they feared a memorial bench to a little boy who died had been stolen - only for it to turn out it had been removed by council workers. The memorial bench for Wesley Innes. Pic: Marlene Innes.Bowthorpe boy Wesley Innes Jnr died at the age of just 19 months in August 2002.The toddler had died of streptococcal septicaemia - a severe infection he had been unable to fight off as he had been born without a spleen.He was buried at Earlham Cemetery, where his family bought three plots and installed a memorial bench, with a plaque, for him.It has been there ever since, apart from a brief period recently when they took it away to refurbish it.But when the family went to visit the site on the anniversary of Wesley's death last week they discovered his memorial bench had disappeared.And, with Norfolk police recently launching an appeal after a … [Read more...] about Family of tragic toddler feared memorial bench had been stolen