Things Fall Apart

first_imgAt some point in the middle of the night, I decide that there’s a very real possibility that I’m going to lose at least one of my toes. Maybe more. That’s what happens with extreme cases of frostbite, after all. The wind is howling through the tent, there’s 14 inches of snow on the ground outside with more falling, and I’m wearing every piece of clothing I have to keep warm. The last time we checked, the temperature was hovering at a balmy 5 degrees. Beautiful night to go backpacking, right?Most of my body is warm, but my toes are 10 tiny icebergs. I envision the moment tomorrow when I finally peel off my socks to reveal 10 dead, black digits. You hear about this sort of thing happening to climbers on Everest, or lost hikers in Alaska, but I’m camping on the edge of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Not 20 miles from the nearest Waffle House. To lose a toe to frostbite here would just be embarrassing.And yet, a severe case of frostbite is exactly what I expect from one of my backpacking trips. Regardless of how well I plan, inevitably, something goes terribly wrong every time I spend the night in the woods. The near-disasters are so reliable, that they’ve become almost comforting in a way. Like how you know your mother’s cooking is terrible, but you love it anyway because it tastes like home.There’s a common saying among travelers, that if you’re comfortable and having a good time, you’re not traveling. You’re vacationing. I have a similar philosophy for backpacking. If it’s going well, you’re not backpacking. I’ve spent countless nights tucked into a tent in the woods, far from civilization, but I only remember half a dozen backpacking trips, each of which was painful, scary, or painfully scary.There’s the time we had to make a dozen knee-high water crossings in the middle of the night…in the dead of winter…barefoot…because we forgot our water shoes. There’s the time I spent the night clutching a fold-up axe listening to an all-night revelry of bullets, screams, and laughter. Apparently, we chose a campsite about 100 yards upslope from the premier party spot for the toothless set. Then there’s the time we chose the absolute driest ridgeline in the Southern Appalachians for our multi-day trek and had to sip hot Dr. Pepper and rum to stay hydrated. Not even a puddle along this trail! The time I chose an old meth lab site for our campsite and was asked to move in the middle of the night by rangers was memorable. The time we almost got lost 50 yards from our car because the combination of heavy snow and high winds formed whiteout conditions during a night hike that was only exacerbated by our headlamps. I could go on. 1 2last_img read more

Less Partner Abuse, Substance Abuse and Post-Partum Depression Among Married Women

first_imgScience Daily Dec 13 2012Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. Unmarried women who lived with their partners for less than two years were more likely to experience at least one of the three problems. However, these problems became less frequent the longer the couple lived together. The problems were most common among women who were separated or divorced, especially if the couple parted less than 12 months before their child was born. Dr. Marcelo Urquia, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, said that as more children are being born to unmarried parents, he wanted to delve deeper into the risks and benefits of not just single vs. cohabitating parents but the various kinds of relationships. The results of his study were published today in the American Journal of Public Health.What is new in this study is that for the first time we looked at the duration of unmarried cohabitation and found the shorter the cohabitation, the more likely women were to suffer intimate-partner violence, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of conception, pregnancy and delivery,” Dr. Urquia said. “We did not see that pattern among married women, who experienced less psychosocial problems regardless of the length of time they lived together with their spouses.”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121213172348.htmlast_img read more

Panel considers what to expect on election night

first_imgWith less than a week to go before the presidential election, the Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the second-to-last event in its Road to the White House Series on Tuesday evening at Ground Zero Performance Cafe. The panelists discussed what students can expect to take place over the next week as well as the latest installment of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. In the wake of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement last Friday that the Bureau would reopen the investigation into Clinton’s private email server, there has been a shift in momentum among voters. What many saw as a clear-cut Clinton victory has suddenly became a tighter race.The event, “Election Night Preview: What to Watch For,” included a panel featuring: Professor Robert Shrum, the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics; Rob Stutzman, founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs; Daniel Wahl, director of USC Students for Trump; and Philine Qian, a member of the USC College Democrats. Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Matt Lemas, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, co-moderated the panel. The event was co-sponsored by the USC College Republicans, the USC College Democrats and the Daily Trojan.Shrum began by clarifying that, though an announcement similar to Comey’s is quite rare so close to the election, it is not entirely as unprecedented in American politics as many may think.“Something like this happened once before, which was when Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case, re-indicted on a third count Casper Weinberger four days before the 1992 presidential election,” Shrum said. “That was thought to be outrageous at the time.”Rob Stutzman argued that, though Comey should resign due to his apparent willingness to engage in public discourse, the root cause of this affair can be traced back to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.“This whole problem started … with [Comey] having to be in charge and take the lead on this investigation, because the Attorney General of the United States met for 30 minutes privately … with the former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton,” Stutzman said. “Because of the appearances of impropriety at that meeting, Attorney General Loretta Lynch basically handed the baton to Comey, who hasn’t handled it very well.”Despite this new development in the ongoing Clinton scandal, Stutzman and Shrum both agreed that it will not have a significant effect on the election as a whole.Daniel Wahl, the only Trump supporter on the stage, offered his more optimistic opinion on the state of the Trump campaign.“Donald Trump … received more votes in the primary than any other Republican nominee in history,” Wahl said. “He received 13 million votes, certainly more than Mitt Romney did in 2012 and [McCain did] in 2008 by a margin of roughly 5 million. He’s had so much enthusiasm among his base, and some, like Bill O’Reilly, say it’s the most they’ve seen in the history of politics.”Students weighed in on the panel afterwards, pointing out the variety of viewpoints held by those on the panel.“I always like that [the Unruh Institute] brings in a diverse panel,” said Alex Harutunian, a freshman studying business administration. “There was a Trump supporter today, which was the first time they’ve had one, but I always like that they have both Democrats and Republicans at their events. I have yet to see an independent or a third party supporter, but I think that’s because they’re pretty rare.”Giulia Corno, a freshman majoring in political science and neuroscience, noted her frustration with the lack of focus on policy by the mainstream media.“I honestly have not read any articles about what their policies are and what they actually think of certain issues,” Corna said. “I don’t know anything beyond the scandals, which is really frustrating for me, especially because this is the first election I’ll be voting in.”Corna also identified with a comment made by Qian regarding the seemingly self-serving nature of the candidates, and how they appear to be willing to alter their policies to get donor money or support from broader demographics.“[Philine] was talking about how she wants to see politics change, that it has to be about what’s right and what’s wrong instead of what will get [the candidates] the most money and the most voters,” Corna said. “You need to be putting policies out there that will improve the world, not improve your life.”The Unruh Institute will host a poll-watching event in the Wallis Annenberg Hall next Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. Students can watch live as the results come in from each state and will have the opportunity to discuss the outcome of the election.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: October 10, 2013 report

first_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Zechariah Voshell, born in 1989, of Wellington was charged with theft, a level 9 felony for items valued over $1,000 but less than $25,000; and two counts of theft, a Class A misdemeanor under $1,000.Voshell is accused of stealing a white 2009 Toyota Camry valued at $17,200, a Ryobi 18-volt cordless drill valued at $200, and a Motorola cell phone valued at $50.•••••Jacob Ginn, born in 1979, of Caldwell was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Ginn is accused of causing bodily harm to a household member by slamming a center console lid onto her wrist. He also used abusive language during the incident. His case was continued to today.•••••Gerald Helms II, born in 1975, of Argonia is accused of domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and criminal threat, a level 9 felony.Helms is accused of angrily shoving a family member and spitting on her. He also used abusive language and threatened to kill her. His case is continued to Oct. 24.•••••Gary Phillips, born in 1989, of Caldwell is accused of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. His case has been continued to Oct. 17.•••••Christina McGinn, born in 1991, of Wellington, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while license was suspended or revoked, a Class B misdemeanor; failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and failure to stop at stop sign, a traffic infraction.McGinn is accused of possessing methamphetamine inside a purple straw; marijuana; and a purple straw, metal spoon and two syringes while driving with a suspended license. McGinn allegedly had no insurance after being being pulled over for not stopping at a stop sign at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue in Caldwell on Sept. 19.Her case was continued to today.•••••Steven Shamblin, born in 1989, of Wellington was charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony.Shamblin was accused of threatening a Wellington police officer with a pry bar. He also allegedly had a glass pipe with white residue and methamphetamine in a baggy in his pocket.•••••Adam Nottingham, born in 1988, of Wellington was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Nottingham is accused of punching another person in the face during an argument. He also allegedly had in his possession a multicolored glass marijuana pipe in his girlfriend’s bedroom which was found by law enforcement after the disturbance.•••••William Preston, born in 1977, of Wichita was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Preston is accused of having methamphetamine in a small clear baggie in his right front pocket and a glass smoking device in his left front pocket. His case is continued to Oct. 10.•••••Christie Bridges, born in 1961, of Mayfield was charged with driving under the influence, a misdemeanor; possession of narcotic drugs, a level 5 drug felony; and speeding 81 mph in a 55 mph zone.Bridges is accused of driving a 2009 Ford Flex in the 300 block of East 90th Ave. while under the influence of any drug or combination thereof rending her incapable of driving the motor vehicle on Sept. 11.She also allegedly had in her possession Xanax pills. Her case has been continued to Oct. 24.•••••Michael Horn, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Horn is accused of entering a dwelling at 1721 North C St. in Wellington without the owner’s permission to steal a .45 caliber Springfield Armory 1911 handgun valued less than $1,000 on Sept. 30.The case has been continued to today at 1:30 p.m.•••••Airlen Lackey, born in 1982, of Oswego, Ore. was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.Lackey is accused of possessing marijuana located in a black pouch between the driver’s seat and the door frame of his car in which he was a passenger. He also allegedly possessed a black pouch, clear sandwich bag, clear plastic container and a purple glass pipe.He also is accused of preventing a Sumner County Sheriff Deputy from conducting a probable cause search by refusing multiple times of allowing the officer to do so. Lackey allegedly had to be taken to the ground.His case is continued to today at 9 a.m.•••••Jimmy Wilson, born in 1992, of Caldwell was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Wilson is accused that on Sept. 27, 2013 of punching another person in the face and engaged in mutual brawling with two male individuals. His case was continued to today at 9 a.m.•••••Deonta Wiseman, born in 1992, of Oxford was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Wiseman is accused of possessing marijuana in a plastic baggie on Sept. 10, 2013.••••• William Harris, born in 1987, of Wichita was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Harris is accused of on Aug. 2 having a marijuana cigar in his driver’s side door and a small baggie of marijuana with cigar rolling paper and a plastic baggie.•••••Ronnie Bryant, born in 1953, of Topeka was charged with driving under the influence, his fourth offense, a felony; driving while being a habitual violator, a Class A misdemeanor; operating a vehicle in which ignition interlock device is required, a Class A misdemeanor, and transporting an open container, an unclassified misdemeanor.•••••Mechelle Lozano, born in 1979, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Lozano is accused of possessing marijuana on Aug. 2, 2013, and having a syringe.Lozano was later charged with two counts of theft, Class A misdemeanors for items under $1,000. Lozano is accused of taking a Gateway laptop valued at $500 and an Acer laptop also valued at $500.•••••Jeremiah Johnson, born in 1980, of Cushing, Okla. was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor for items under $1,000.Johnson is accused of taking a livestock feeder from a Sumner County farmer valued at $250 on Sept. 23, 2013.••••• Lana Purkey, born in 1970, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanors.Purkey is accused of possessing meth, a syringe, and a glass pipe on August 2, 2013.•••••Tyree McClellin, born in 1995, of Wichita was charged with cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor.McClellin is accused of failing to provide food, potable water and other care as needed for four horses for several weeks as noticed by a neighbor on Aug. 25, 2013.•••••Vincent Myers, born in 1975, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Class A misdemeanors.Myers is accused of possessing meth, a syringe, and a glass pipe on Aug. 2, 2013.last_img read more

NBA AllStar Deron Williams Hosts Holiday Party With Autism Speaks

first_imgIn an effort to bring holiday cheer to single mothers and their children with autism who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams and his wife Amy hosted a special holiday event Saturday, Dec. 22 at Distilled in New York City.Deron and Amy Williams and Family with Autism Speaks President Liz FeldCredit/Copyright: Danielle Rabin, Rubenstein CommunicationsIn partnership with the Williams’s Point of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and their families, and Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, more than 30 New York families enjoyed a festive holiday celebration. The event was catered by renowned chef Shane Lyons, who donated his time and made the afternoon extra special. The families were also gifted with toys, some of which were featured on the Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids and the Ten Toys That Speak to Autism.Deron Willaims Signs Basketballs for Autism SpeaksCredit/Copyright: Danielle Rabin, Rubenstein Communications“This is exactly what the Point of Hope Foundation is all about – bringing smiles to the faces of those who need our assistance while having a great time,” said Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. “We are excited to team up with Autism Speaks to brighten the holiday season for families, particularly following the hurricane.”“It’s wonderful to celebrate the holidays with families from our community,” Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks said. “And we are so excited to join Point of Hope and our friend Deron Williams to celebrate each other in such a meaningful way. On a day like today, we’re all one family.”FreshDirect also participated in the event by donating family meal packages, including fresh produce, and family style prepared turkey dinners to all the families attending.“We want to do everything we can to help our community recover from the hurricane’s aftermath,” said Jason Ackerman, CEO of FreshDirect. “That’s why we’re honored to partner with the Williams’ Point of Hope Foundation and Autism Speaks to bring fresh and healthy food to all the families in need as they rebuild during this difficult time, especially during the holidays.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgAurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 26 cents, or 3.64 per cent, to $6.88 on 12.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up nine cents, or 4.81 per cent to $1.96 on 10.4 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up 35 cents, or 9.07 per cent, to $4.21 on 8.7 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 55 cents, or 1.3 per cent, to $41.89, on 8.6 million shares.Premier Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:PG). Gold. Up 15 cents, or 10 per cent, to $1.64 on 8.5 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 3.03 per cent, to $7.04 on 7.6 million shares. The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,141.77, down 122.29 points).center_img Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Up 29 cents or 2.9 per cent to $10.22. Blackberry’s stock rose Thursday after the company’s third-quarter revenue and profit beat analyst estimates, with growth coming from its software and services business. The Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology company earned US$59 million in net income for the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from a loss of US$275 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled US$226 million, which was even with last year’s third quarter and up from US$210 million in the second quarter this year.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Down 72 cents to $69.22. Scotiabank has signed a deal to sell its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic. The Canadian bank says it will sell Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros to Grupo Rizek. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Scotiabank says the transaction is not financially material to the bank.last_img read more

Provincial permits dont consider Species at Risk Act Environment Canada

first_imgA spokesperson for the Manitoba government said it considers the Species at Risk Act when reviewing development proposals and will have caribou range action plans by 2020.Eric Hebert-Daly of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the report emphasizes what groups like his have been saying for years.“At the provincial level, we have a lot of work to do”’ he said. “Provincial laws are either missing or their flexibility is too flexible.”The latest assessment of woodland caribou suggest 81 per cent of Canada’s herds are in decline. Loss of another one-third of the population is expected “in the near term.”The main threat to their numbers is alteration of habitat, which reduces its productivity and allows access by predators.Wilkinson said the federal government is able to oblige provinces to immediately enforce the Species At Risk Act.But for now, he said, Ottawa will continue to work with the provinces on conservation agreements funded from allotments in the most recent budget.“That allows us to bring some money to the table around reforestation or a range of other things the provinces need to do to protect the caribou.”Caribou conservation is often seen to be in direct conflict with forestry and energy and the jobs they generate. In late March, Alberta delayed its own caribou range plans over economic concerns.“There tends to be a lot of fear in those (resource) communities about what those impacts would be,” Wilkinson said. “We have to avoid this being seen as an environment versus economy issue.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Recovery of Canada’s declining caribou herds is being hampered because provincial agencies that license development on the habitat of the threatened species aren’t required to follow federal environmental laws.“It is a concern,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.On Monday, Environment Canada released a report assessing how provinces are doing in protecting habitat for caribou, a threatened species in every jurisdiction that has them. The idea, said Wilkinson, was to examine actions on the ground and a province’s “legal architecture” to see if it was equivalent to federal legislation. The federal report also concludes that little conservation is taking place on the ground. Measures in almost every case are still in planning or draft stages.“We do need to start to see action on the ground,” Wilkinson said. “We’ve had several years of planning exercises. We need more action on the part of the provinces.”Saskatchewan’s Environment Ministry released a statement in response to the federal report saying it is committed protecting woodland caribou.“Saskatchewan is confident that it currently has all of the legislative tools necessary to protect critical habitat for woodland caribou.”center_img “What we have found is they are not,” he said. “There are gaps with respect to protection relative to species at risk nationally.”In every province, agencies that issue permits for forestry or energy development aren’t required to conform to the federal Species At Risk Act.The phrase “the discretion to authorize these activities is not subject to constraints consistent with those under SARA” appears again and again. Those constraints include requirements that at least two-thirds of critical habitat be left undeveloped.When the act was passed in 2002, the government of the time anticipated provinces would pass similar legislation.“With just a couple exceptions, the provinces haven’t done that,” Wilkinson said.British Columbia is developing such legislation. Ontario has an endangered species act, but it exempts forestry.last_img read more

Geoscience BC report says Northeast BC has potential for more light oil

first_img“This project has the potential to bring investment in light oil development to northeastern BC,” said project lead Brad Hayes. “This has significantly lower environmental impact than the heavier oils associated with Alberta’s oil sands, and could also help to diversify British Columbia’s economy.”Of the 27 locations, eight were rejected as unsuitable and 19 were deemed suitable for analysis. Those 19 suitable locations were then graded from A to C: – 2 – the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations – were graded ‘A’ – 1 was graded ‘A/B’; – 6 were graded ‘B’; and – 10 were graded ‘C’.“Light oil is significantly more valuable than the heavier oils. Making this new data publicly available helps the energy sector to focus exploration activity and responsible development,” said Geoscience BC Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “It also makes independent data about the potential for unconventional oil development in the region available to communities, First Nations and government.”Geoscience BC said the identification of new oil plays in Northeast B.C.’s portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin falls under its energy focus area and contributes to the organization’s objective to identify new natural resource opportunities.The full report can be read here: http://cdn.geosciencebc.com/project_data/GBCReport2018-20/GBCR2018-20_Resource_Oil_Report.pdf FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new report published by Geoscience BC today has graded the potential for high-value light and medium oil at 27 locations in northeastern B.C.Geoscience BC said that while the area is well-known for its natural gas reserves, little research has been done to identify the potential for accessing lighter oil in the region since the widespread adoption of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing.Titled ‘Identification of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin,’ Geoscience BC said the project seeks to address that knowledge gap.last_img read more

Air strike kills 13 civilians, mostly children, in Afghanistan, says UN

first_imgKabul: At least 13 civilians were killed, mostly children, in an air strike by “international forces” in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week, the United Nations said Monday. The strike happened between late Friday and early Saturday in support of ground operations conducted by pro-government forces fighting against Taliban militants in the area. “Initial fact-finding indicates that 10 of those killed were children, part of the same extended family whom were displaced by fighting elsewhere in the country,” the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe US is the only member of the international coalition in Afghanistan that provides air support in the conflict. A NATO spokesperson told AFP the coalition was investigating the claims. The deaths come as ordinary Afghans continues to bear the brunt of the war in Afghanistan, with more civilians killed in the Afghan war in 2018 than during any other year on record, according to a UN report. The uptick in violence in 2018 coincides with a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by the “deliberate targeting of civilians”, according to the report, mostly stemming from suicide attacks by insurgents allied with the Taliban or Islamic State (IS). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAn increase in air strikes by US and Afghan forces also led to more civilian deaths in 2018, with more than 500 civilians killed by “aerial operations for the first time on record”. Fighting continues to flare across Afghanistan even as the US and Taliban press forward in peace talks aimed at ending nearly 18 years of fighting. The ongoing peace talks with the Taliban follow years of escalating violence in Afghanistan.last_img read more

28 killed, 200 injured in army operations in Iraq’s Fallujah: hospital…

first_imgFALLUJAH – A total of 28 civilians were killed and 200 others injured in the western Iraqi city of Anbar since the start of military operations there weeks ago, a senior medical official told Anadolu Agency.“Most of the casualties were caused by the army shelling of homes, government buildings and worship places in the city,” said Abdel-Sattar Lawas, director of Fallujah General Hospital.The tally, however, does not include armed tribesmen killed in clashes with army forces, he said. The predominantly-Sunni Anbar province, of which Fallujah is a major city, has been rocked by violence since Iraqi security forces dismantled a months-old anti-government sit-in outside the provincial capital Ramadi in late December.The sit-in was a protest against perceived anti-Sunni discrimination by the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.Mohamed al-Bagari, spokesman of the anti-government protest camp in Fallujah, said that clashes were still raging between armed tribesmen and army forces in the city.He said that two tribesmen were killed and ten others injured in clashes between the two sides on Friday.Al-Bagari cited “difficulties” in moving the corpses of the victims to hospital, leaving residents with no other option but to bury their dead in their backyards.last_img read more