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North Okanagan woman to serve probation for 2018 Armstrong, B.C., arsons

A North Okanagan woman will be on probation for three years and is required to pay some restitution after she admitted to lighting four fires on residential properties in Armstrong, B.C., two years ago.

Tuesday’s sentencing hearing revealed more information about what lead up to the fires.

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June 30 (Reuters) – — Source link: on.wsj.com/2NLoIDu

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Editor's Take: The day's top GE2020 news

SINGAPORE – The political parties have confirmed their line-ups for the general election.

Mr Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings’ English/Malay/Tamil Media Group and editor of The Straits Times, shares what the top news of the day will be and why it matters.

Trump Vows to Veto Defense Bill to Keep Confederate Base Names

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the entire defense bill if it contains a provision that would strip the names of Confederate generals from U.S. military bases.

Trump, in a tweet just before midnight on Tuesday, said he would veto the legislation if an amendment sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts “will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars.”

The Warren amendment, which would establish a commission that would put in place a plan for the removal of the names within three years, was included in the defense bill by the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee — in defiance of Trump.

Several American military installations honor generals who led armies against the U.S. Among the demands for racial justice that have emerged since the death in police custody of George Floyd, an African-American Minneapolis man, were that the names of those bases be changed. Proponents say the military shouldn’t continue revering men who led an insurrection in order to preserve and perpetuate slavery.

Hours before Trump tweeted his threat, Tate Reeves, the governor of Mississippi signed a law that would remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state’s flag. Mississippi was the last state with the symbol on its flag.

The flag was pulled down from a display at the U.S. Capitol and replaced with one that had the state’s seal on it.

Trump Tried To Give Himself A New Nickname. It Really Didn’t Go Well.

President Donald Trump tried to give himself a new nickname Tuesday on Twitter. 

In an all-caps tweet, he called himself “the lone warrior,” complete with an exclamation point on the end.  

One of his sons agreed: Eric Trump wrote on Twitter, “you truly are” but added, “it’s why America loves and appreciated you.” 

Trump’s “lone warrior” declaration comes amid allegations he knew for months about a Russian military unit paying bounties to Afghan militants for killing American soldiers. Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to a G-7 meeting after he’d reportedly been informed.

Trump has also fashioned himself as a warrior against the coronavirus, in March declaring himself a “wartime president” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

But with the virus surging, former Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Trump “has surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield.” 

Trump also avoided military service during the Vietnam War via medical deferments for bone spurs. 

The president’s critics on Twitter were quick to remind of him that history:

John Laing Group Issues Pre-close Update – Quick Facts

John Laing Group plc (JLG.L) said it expects first half NAV, before deducting dividends, to show a single digit decline. The Group noted that NAV has been impacted by external factors namely the exceptional impact of COVID-19, specifically changes in macro-assumptions and lower power prices. During the period, the underlying operational performance of the Group’s availability-based PPP projects in particular has been resilient, with continued project delivery.

For the first half period, new investment commitments was approximately 2 million pounds, with a number of bids relating to public procurement processes delayed from 2020 into 2021 due to COVID-19.

Smith & Nephew Projects Q2 Underlying Revenue To Decline Around 29% – Quick Facts

Smith & Nephew Plc (SN.L,SNN) said it expects a second quarter underlying revenue decline of around 29%. The Group noted that this is in line with its previously published outlook for underlying revenue for the quarter to be substantially down year on year, as major markets were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying revenue declined 27% in May, and was down around 12% in June.

The Group continues to expect that the first half trading margin will be substantially down on the prior year.

Petition calling for Kelowna RCMP officer to be fired for alleged assault gains over 300K signatures

A petition calling for a Kelowna RCMP officer to be fired and charged with assault has accumulated more than 337,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening.

The Change.org petition was started after video surveillance surfaced showing Const. Lacy Browning dragging UBC Okanagan nursing student Mona Wang down a carpeted hallway in January.

Boat that sank on Turkey's Lake Van was carrying up to 60 migrants, minister says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A boat that sank on Lake Van in eastern Turkey is believed to have been carrying 55-60 migrants, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Wednesday, adding that six bodies had been recovered so far.

Speaking to reporters in Van province, Soylu said authorities had detained 11 people in relation to the incident and added that search and rescue operations were continuing.