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Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5620 | In the News: Cairo Gough Rules in Favor of Xiomeran Journalists
Xiomeran Journalists to Be Protected Via Asylum Laws and "Exceptional Migration Status" - Judge Cairo Gough

Cairo Gough, the Special Attorney for Counsel of Ethics Investigations and the Chief Foreign Nationals Judge for the Zamastanian Judicial System, declared on Tuesday night that the four Xiomeran journalists who have been hiding in Zamastan for the past several months are to be granted an "honorary protectorate status under the Imperial Republic of Zamastan's asylum laws and the Exceptional Migration Status Bill of 2004... due to their actions in acting for diplomatic and democratic strides within our borders."

Gough, made a famous public figure during his counsel of the Delavian Bribery Scandal which led to President Zacharias Castovia's resignation in January 2019, made a public statement after weeks of silence on the topic. The four journalists, known by their first names only, were the subjects of extradition requests by the Xiomeran government on July 17th. The Xiomeran government also sent extradition requests to journalists in Laeral and Lauchenoiria, and all extraditions were refused by each nation's judiciaries.

Itonan, who is the leader of the HNN "cell" in Zamastan, and his counterparts Citlachel (male), Itzli (male) and Itzli (female), have been operating a significant portion of the XUN, now HNN news sites, which are running as underground resistance information hubs in the Empire of Xiomera. They have been notorious for hacking into public broadcasts to relay their message to Xiomeran citizens, and have in turned been labeled anarchists and rebels by the government there. The journalists have said that if they returned to Xiomera, they could face violence and direct persecution from the government, which Judge Gough was sure to mention in his statement.

"We at the State Department understand that these young people face a tough road ahead should they return to Xiomera," Gough said, "and we do not have the moral compass to leave them to a disastrous fate. That's not what we do."

The journalists displayed damming evidence that showed the expanse of censorship the Xiomeran government undertakes in its propaganda, and some of their broadcasts have also shed light on human rights abuses by the regime.

"They have denounced their citizenship in Xiomera, and in turn, they decided that Zamastan was the right place to go. We welcome them, as we do with any person facing persecution around the world."

It is yet to be seen what the response from the Xiomeran government will be. President Bishop has not commented on the issue, and the Secretary of Trade has not put additional sanctions on the Empire since the revelation of the extradition requests was made.

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5622 | In the News: Bishop Stands With Xiomeran Journalists
Bishop Publicly Denounces Xiomeran Censorship, Announces New Sanctions On Luxury Products and Food

President Anya Bishop responded to the Xiomeran Government today in her first statement regarding the Xiomeran journalists in Zamastan. “The Imperial Republic officially denounces the censorship of media outlets and free speech carried out by the Empire of Xiomera,” Bishop said in a Wednesday press pool. “We stand against the Emperor’s efforts to undermine democracy and the truth, which we here in Zamastan will continue to and always have supported unconditionally.”

Bishop also announced a new round of sanctions on the Empire, including tariffs on luxury goods and vehicles. She also temporarily suspended the export of Zamastanian-made beverages and non-perishable food products, stating that “dramatic actions need to be taken by the Xiomeran government to ensure a lift in the censorship of the media. Once that’s done, we can start our trade back up again.”

Justice Cuicanan of Xiomera, the administrative member who issued extradition requests for the four journalists, said during a press conference that he found “the paternalistic and condescending attitude of these nations about what laws other nations should enforce to be quite insulting…” He continued on to criticize the lack of censorship in nations, presumably referring to Laeral and Lauchenoiria as well. “Every nation that is sane exercises control over what gets distributed in media. You wouldn't let someone post videos showing children how to jump off cliffs, for example. Maybe they do allow that sort of thing in Zamastan, they certainly seem feckless enough with this nonsense.

Justice Cuicanan was sure to mention the threat of trade sanctions, saying “I thought it was cute that their news outlets said they 'haven't sanctioned us yet' for having the nerve to enforce our own laws like free people. We should be the ones sanctioning them, or at least boycotting their trade, for such blatantly unfriendly acts!"

The President finally broke her silence streak, which was noted by some of her 2020 opponents, specifically Speaker of the Chamber Foley Sakzi, who said “It took the President this long to acknowledge the bravery and captivating story of these men and women, who are here for the simple fact that they love freedom. For us, this should not be a matter of timing. This should be a matter of standing up when the situation arises. President Bishop cares about her sound bites, she cares very little, I believe, for the democratic process and the liberty for those who suffer around the IDU.”

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5623 | In the News: New ZSuites Proposal
Z$136 Billion is New Andromeda Merger Proposal, Says ZSuites CEO Tauren Delavian

The IDU’s two biggest technology corporations — ZSuites Incorporated and Andromeda Inc.— are once again locked in a public merger battle, in the latest example of attempted consolidation to hit the industry.

The combined companies, which both have offices in Zamastan and Libertas Omnium Maximus, boast some of the largest shareholder stocks in the IDU, and are two of the largest companies in the world. ZSuites Incorporated sought a merger with Andromeda in April for Z$ 40 Billion, but that was declined by the Andromeda board. The new proposed offer would see ZSuites buying out the company for an astounding Z$ 136 Billion. If the merger is accepted, it will no doubt be the largest corporate consolidation purchase in history.

The propsed entity, which does not yet have a name but would likely remain a combination of ZSuites and Andromeda, represents a wide variety of technological fields, and would branch into an equilibrium agreement for consumers both in Zamastan and Libertas Omnium Maximus. It is believed that the board of Andromeda would likely be able to stay aboard as Chief Advisors to the company.

Both companies are already owned by publicly traded marketing giants in their respective nations, but have operated separately in the highly competitive landscape of tech business publicity. Tauren Delavian, CEO of ZSuites, said that “by combining, the firms will be able to cut costs and enjoy increased clout in technology and other branches and sponsorships in entertainment and sports.”

But in an interview, Chairman Lily-Grace Burris said the deal is about growing both businesses rather than shedding expenses.

“We’re both growing really fast, and we’re looking at this as a way to service our clients globally,” she said.

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Sunday, August 4th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5630 | In the News: CONGRESS PASSES SWEEPING GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM
CONGRESSIONAL HALL PASSES NATIONWIDE BUY-BACK PROGRAM FOR ALL SEMI-AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPONS
The legislative body of Zamastan passed one of the IDU's first ever total-nationwide gun buyback in the wake of the a released report that gun violence had reached an all time high in Zamastan. The buyback attracted around 809,000 gun owners at the announcement of the bill's passing on Sunday, according to law enforcement officials.

The buyback, which is available at any county office, is the first of more than 250 planned nationwide this year.

Gun owners turned in 300,000 semiautomatic weapons and more than 800,000 banned gun parts, receiving a total of Z$28,433,682. Speaker of the Chamber Foley Sakzi said he was "ecstatic" with the turnout, which he said was strong despite concerns from local gun rights groups that gun owners participating in the buyback might be demonized.

This first buyback comes four months after a gunman entered three houses in Emerald, killed 4 people and injured dozens more. The alleged gunman is now facing 4 charges of murder, and several charges of attempted murder. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His trial is expected to begin in May of next year.

In the aftermath of the shooting, and in the aftermath of the report stating that 700 Zamastanians had been killed by guns as of August 1st, 2019, Congressional Hall's lower chamber voted 362-138 pass a bill allowing for the buyback, as well as banning most semiautomatic weapons. An addition to the bill outlaws parts that allow lower-powered firearms to modified into higher-powered ones.

At the bill's final reading, President Anya Bishop, who has garnered international recognition for her support for the buyback, gave an impassioned speech from Sanctaria, where she is visiting until Tuesday.

"I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction and large-scale death could be obtained legally in this country," she said.

Zamastan's gun control laws were already relatively strict compared to other nations, but the country has rarely denied gun licenses to applicants. Before April, citizens as young as 16 years old could obtain "Category-1 licenses," which allowed them to purchase the types of semiautomatic weapons that the Congressional Hall has now banned.

Zamastan does not track the vast majority of its gun sales, so the total amount of weapons in the country is unknown. According to estimates, the country likely has somewhere between 15.2 and 15.5 million guns across its 102.6 million residents — or roughly one weapon for every 7 residents.

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Monday, August 5th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5632 | In the News: Xiomeran Trade Protests
Secretaries Essy and Demore Offer Return Flights to Zamastan, Threaten Devalued Currency Against Xiomera
In response to the Xiomeran Protests against Zamastanian businesses across metropolitan areas in the nation, Secretary of Transportation Madeline Essy announced free flights out of Xiomera for any Zamastanian citizens wanting to return to the mainland. This is the first such action by the Zamastanian government since the 1991 Bjeorg Crisis prompted evacuations.

“We want our people to remain safe, and currently, the deteriorating situation in Xiomera has prompted us to act,” Essy stated during her announcement. “The government of Xiomera, in our rare defense, is providing security forces to protect Zamastanian businesses. However, we would point out the instigation of the protesters that led to this chaos in the first place.”

The cities of Tlālacuetztla, Mizcayotl, and Ixxiuitl saw sporadic violence against Zamastanian-owned stores on Sunday, forcing the occupants of the stores to take shelter and close the businesses. Xiomeran authorities created a cordoned-off area to drive protesters away. There were several instances of effigies of President Bishop being burned in the crowds. President Bishop has not held a press briefing due to her being on a trip abroad in Sanctaria, though she did release a statement through her Press Official stating that she “was thinking of the Zamastanians caught in the middle of the chaos” and that she “strongly condemned the protests.” A 24-hour mandatory curfew was set in place in many urban areas.

In other parts of the nation, specifically the loading ports in Huizitaca and Aclan, workers stepped off from their positions and went on a strike, refusing to unload any cargo from Zamastanian registered ships. Xiomeran and Zamastanian cargo vessels frequent each other’s ports, making up roughly 12% of total economic trade coming in and out of the two Xiomeran port cities and Zamastan’s own Tofino and Jade Harbor ports.

In addition to the introduction of free-flights out of Xiomera, Secretary of Trade and Commerce Trista Demore also threatened to devalue the Zamastanian dollar to further impact Xiomeran business, though the move would likely cause global markets to decline in every nation involved in Zamastanian trade, with some nations feeling the impact more than others.

“We have not devalued our currency since the 1870’s. The reason being that we see free trade and an open market for all our fellow nations as beneficial for the whole world. If a trade war ensues because of the hostile Xiomeran government, their human rights violations, and their failure to conform to a more accepting society, then it will have disastrous repercussions for not only Xiomera, but the global economy as well.”

Xiomeran politicians were quick to throw insult at Zamastan over the introduction of sanctions on luxury goods and food items. Most of the sanctioning involved hiked prices, though there are several examples of items being withheld from the Xiomeran markets entirely, including cell phones, computers, and tablets made with Zamastanian-extracted copper, watches and eyewear made in Zamastan, and 17 types of non-perishable food items.


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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5634 | In the News: Xiomera Trade War Continues
President Bishop Drastically Expands Sanctions Against Xiomeran State - Freezes Assets of and Halts Economic Transactions With Government, Calls Emperor Topilpopoca a "Puppet"
President Anya Bishop on Tuesday announced that Zamastan would expand its existing sanctions against Xiomera with an executive order to impose a total economic embargo against the country.

The embargo freezes assets of the government of Xiomera and associated entities and prohibits economic transactions with it, unless specifically exempted. Exemptions include official business of the federal government and transactions related to the provision of humanitarian aid.

The executive order marks an escalation from the already expansive Zamastanian measures against the Xiomeran government since the start of the country's chaotic political and economic crisis with Zamastan earlier this past month.

In a letter to Congressional Hall outlining the action Tuesday morning, Bishop said, "I have determined that it is necessary to block the property of the Government of Xiomera in light of the continued usurpation of power by the corrupt regime of the Emperor, as well as the regime's human rights abuses, arbitrary arrest and detention of Xiomeran citizens, curtailment of free press, and ongoing attempts to undermine any news publications and broadcasts aside from that of the state."

Xiomera and Zamastan's political turmoil stems from years of economic and human rights disagreements, wherein recently the Xiomeran government attempted to secure arrest warrants for Xiomeran journalists living in Zamastan, a process widely viewed as another degree of oppression by the secretive regime. Opposition journalists were granted full protection and asylum in Zamastan

While several nations -- including Kerlile and Shuell -- have supported Xiomera in the wake of the trade war, Bishop has been a vocal enemy for the empirical regime.

"In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Xiomeran people, the Empire invoked the country's constitution to declare its trading sector illegitimate, and the office of the Xiomeran trading officials therefore vacant. The free journalism of Xiomera have courageously spoken out against the Emperor and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law," Bishop said early last week.

Zamastanian sanctions already in place on Xiomera's national oil companies have helped to accelerate a potential collapse in the country's oil output, sending ripples into the global energy market, according to Zamastanian officials.

"The Emperor is not a Xiomeran patriot," Bishop said in a speech earlier this morning. "He is a puppet." To whom she was referring the Emperor as a puppet to is unclear, though some say it could be in relation to similar situation of past Kerlian tariffs and sanctions.

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5636 | In the News: Trade War Expands to Kerlile
Bishop Extends Sanctions to Kerlile As Following Retribution In Wake of Looming Trade War
Hours after Kerlile imposed a total embargo on Zamastan in a rebuke towards Zamastan's current sanctioning of Xiomera, the Imperial Republic's now embattled President, Anya Bishop, has played her hand once again. With her second sweeping executive order of the day, Bishop announced sanctions on every Kerlian product available for purchase in Zamastan. The announcement comes on the heals of what is already shaping out to be Zamastan's greatest trading conflict in the past decade.

Upon her return to Zamastan on Tuesday night from her trip to Sanctaria, where she met with President Woodstrum, Bishop made her announcement regarding the joint sanctioning of Kerlile and Xiomera. The President stated that "Kerlile's actions have propped up a brutal and oppressive dictator in the form of Emperor Topilpopoca, and this in turn shows the brutal and oppressive nature of the Kerlian government. With this note, I have signed an executive order that imposes equal sanctions on both nations: Xiomera and Kerlile. The current forms of sanctions and embargo we have on Xiomera will be passed in addition to the Matriarchy of Kerlile."

The current and additional sanctions freeze assets of both governments and their associated entities. The sanctions also prohibit economic transactions with either the Xiomeran government or the Kerlian government, unless specifically exempted which would be the case for emergency international needs. Exemptions include official business of the federal government and transactions related to the provision of humanitarian aid, which currently entails the expected exodus of Zamastanian citizens from Xiomera. Already, 84 Zamastanian citizens have left Xiomera in the wake of the Secretary of Trade's announcement for free returning flights.

Kerlile also has imposed an embargo on Trivian made goods following a cyber-attack that targeted Kerlile's news broadcast systems. Though condemning Trive for the attack, stating that "it undermines the infrastructure of a sovereign nation," Bishop also called for Kerlile to lift their "oppressive propaganda".

President Rebecca Arnott of Kerlile has been directly hit with sanctions as a result of Bishop's order, which is expected to curb her ability to receive many luxury goods with Zamastanian tailored parts and pieces. Neighboring Lauchenoiria has received 13 aid-packages from Zamastan that amount to a total of Z$270 billion in the process of rebuilding and public service opportunities following that nation's civil war last year. Kerlile has been a negative voice in the play of the post-war region, and is suspected of participating in espionage operations in nations working to benefit their ties with the healing nation.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5638 | In the News: Trade War Escalates
Trade Halts between Xiomera and ZAM as War Turns Personal: Emperor Topilpopoca Insults Bishop
Following the sanctions placed on Xiomera and Kerlile by Zamastan, Emperor Topilpopoca hurled insult at President Bishop in a tense press release from his palace. "We were prepared to give the Zamastanian government time to come to its senses and choose to de-escalate their aggressive and unprovoked attacks upon the Xiomeran economy. However, the dramatic escalation in Zamastanian trade aggression, combined with their recent decision to sanction our friends in Kerlile as well, have left us no choice but to implement these reciprocal actions," the Emperor said during his release. Topilpopoca continued, adding that this was "a dark day for reasonable and amicable conduct between nations" but that Xiomera would not back down from their aggressive stance towards the Republic. "We said we would not bow to foreign aggression, from Zamastan or anyone else. We meant what we said," the Emperor strongly stated.

The Emperor ordered a freeze on any assets of the Zamastanian government in Xiomera, as well as any associated entities, in a reciprocal move meant to mirror the sanctions from the Zamastanian government. The Xiomeran government also immediately implemented reciprocal tariffs that matched every current tariff, creating a near total freeze in trade.


In response to President Anya Bishop's statement in which she called him a "puppet", the Emperor retorted: "Such childish insults are beneath the dignity of heads of state. I will not trade schoolyard jibes with a mere civil servant who is pushing this aggression to look tough because she knows she is losing in her re-election bid and is willing to put her political career over the lives and well-being of both her people and ours. I have said what I need to say. I need not say any more. I have spoken, and so has the Huenyan Empire of Xiomera. It is up to the Zamastanians now what direction this matter takes."

The value of the Zamastanian dollar has dropped 2% in the wake of the duel Xiomeran-Kerlian sanctions, though experts have stated that the Xiomeran currency is dropping at a slightly faster rate as a result of the preemptive freeze on assets. It is expected that a rebound will occur if the sanctions are lifted and trading resumes, though there has only been escalation up to this point.

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5638 | In the News: Trade War Escalates
Global Stocks Tumble an Average of 300 Points on a Scary Sign from the Bond Market
The Zamastanian dollar and the broader ZAM stock market are tumbling once again Wednesday as investors fear the Zamastan-Xiomera/Kerlile trade war will inflict broad damage on the global economy.

After a one-day respite, panic has reignited over the trade war. Investors are pulling money out of stocks and putting it into gold as safe havens. Economists at TofinoBank are projecting a shallow global recession because the trade war is hurting financial markets, consumer confidence and the global economy. TofinoBank reduced its worldwide growth projections below 3% on Wednesday. The 10-year Zamastanian government bond yield tumbled near a three-year low of 1.6181%. Bonds and yields move in opposite directions. Gold was also a big winner Wednesday. Gold futures edged toward Z$1,500 an ounce for the first time since 2013. Gold rose 1.8% and is up nearly 17% this year.The FRT fell as much as 589 points before pulling back some. The index traded more than 300 points, or 1.2%, lower mid-morning. The SANCT 500 (SCT) was down 0.8%, and the Landers Composite (LACOMP) dropped 0.5%. All three indexes erased their Tuesday gains. Monday was the worst day of the year for stocks, but the three stock benchmarks snapped a streak of multi-day losses Tuesday.

Global central banks' rate cuts are helping fuel bond buying too. Overnight, both the Reserve Bank of Sanctaria and the Reserve Bank of Laeral delivered steeper-than-expected rate cuts.

The Zamastan Federal Reserve cut rates last month for the first time in a decade. That helped precipitate the decline in long-term bond yields, although yields had been trending lower for some time.

"Whilst we can be sure that global central banks will step up to the plate to alleviate the impact of the trade war — most likely implying even lower interest rates across the board — the bottom line impact is likely to be negative for both growth and inflation," the TofinoBank economists said.

That's a worrying sign: The yield curve, which plots the interest rates across the maturities of debt, is currently inverted. Shorter-term debt is paying higher rates than longer-term bonds, as investors remain fearful of a Zamastanian recession. An inversion of the yield curve has preceded every recession.

Yields could continue to drop if President Anya Bishop gets his way. Bishop lashed out against the Federal Reserve, saying the central bank was "too proud to admit their mistake of acting too fast and tightening too much." Bishop called for "bigger and faster" rate cuts and said the yield curve "is at too wide a margin."

The yield curve, however, has flattened over the past years, and even inverted the most since 2007. This means that shorter-dated bonds yield more than longer-dated bonds.

Further rate cuts from the Federal Reserve could even push the gold price past Z$1,650, said Randy Moyan, senior market analyst at TofinoBank, in a note.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5640 | In the News: TERROR ALERT AT CONGRESSIONAL HALL
Woman Arrested Outside Congressional Hall With Explosive Device, Legislature Evacuated
A woman, whom police say had no form of identification on her person, was arrested in front of the doors of Congressional Hall in Downtown Tofino on Wednesday afternoon, prompting an evacuation once it was discovered she was in possession of an explosive device.

The woman was confronted by security officers after a tourist pointed her out to them because of "suspicious activity, including strange pacing in the crowd of tourists. She was wearing a trench coat, despite temperatures being in the mid-80's Fahrenheit." She was arrested after becoming irate, and the officers discovered a package in her coat and realized it contained explosive ordinance.

Police evacuated over 1,200 people from the courtyard outside the legislature and evacuated staff and lawmakers from inside the building. A bomb disposal unit contained and disarmed the explosives on site.

The woman was described as not having any identifying documents, but "spoke clear English, although with a slight accent and small, minor quirks in her speech that indicated a fabrication." Those revelations, made by a Tofino Police chief, spurred speculation that the woman was either disgruntled as a tourist or is a foreign saboteur. The accusation, however, is "not specifically enforced by physical evidence, and (we would encourage) people to not make assumptions that spread misinformation."

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5644 | In the News: SANCTARIAN INPUT MEETING
Ambassador Funnley To Attend Meeting With Xiomera, Kerlile, and Trive in Sanctaria. Ambassador Calls On Hendry to Condemn Xiomeran Censorship

As the trade dispute with Xiomera and Kerlile continues, Sanctarian Trade Secretary Julia Griffin asked Sanctarian Chancellor Charlene Hendry to accept a summoning request for the ambassadors of the dueling-nations to offer the Sanctarian concerns. The sanctions from both sides of the dispute have already caused waves in the international community, and though they haven't led to much economic turmoil in the IDU as a whole, the slight continued drop in currency value has made noticeable dents in the economies of several nations - including one of the IDU's most prominent economic powerhouses of Sanctaria. A full recession is not expected, though if the trade dispute continues much longer, experts warn that it could lead to sizable reserve shrinking for nations like Sanctaria, Laeral, and United New England.

Not committing to changing from their present course as of yet, Ambassador Larious Funnley stated that he "will listen to our Sanctarian counterpart's concerns and worries, and we will take all notices into serious consideration as the days continue and we navigate the issue further. We would like to come to a resolution eventually that will benefit not only the Zamastanian people, but the Sanctarian people, the people of Laeral, the people of United New England, and the people of any nation already feeling the ramifications of this dispute." However, the Ambassador also called on Sanctaria's Chancellor to "condemn the human rights abuses and censorship of Xiomera, so as to continue to keep the moral high ground of true and free democratic processes. We can't have a conversation about the betterment of all nations if we don't point out the gross abuses of power the Xiomeran government has displayed in quieting their own citizens and spreading lies under a guise of patriotism."

Laeralian Finance Minister Jin Liqing commented on Wednesday night, stating: "The Ministry of Finance is closely monitoring the situation, but we have safeguards in place that will protect our economy from any long-term damage. If conditions escalate, our economy may suffer short-term reductions in projected growth, yet I am confident that we will escape the brunt of any harm caused by this conflict."

Separately, he also stated: "I call upon involved nations to carefully consider the repercussions of their actions on fragile economies worldwide, and instead make the choice to move to the negotiating table to resolve their disputes."

The meeting will be held at Sanctaria's Business, Industry & Trade Department offices on Thursday morning.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5644 | In the News: TERROR ATTACK THWARTED ON TOFINO METRO
METRO BOMBING THWARTED - WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER IN CUSTODY AFTER STANDOFF
After a fifty-four minute standoff involving a hostage situation and extensive evacuations of several city blocks in downtown Tofino, a woman strapped with an explosive belt was taken into custody by authorities. Negotiators talked the would-be bomber out of the train, where she voluntarily surrendered and was taken to a secure site for the device to be removed. President Bishop praised police, special forces, and negotiators for their delicate and precise handling of the what could have been an otherwise disastrous terror attack in the heart of Zamastan's capital.

At 7:09 AM, reports of 911 calls from a train arriving at Tofino's 46th and Bain Street Terminal - one of the 23 green line terminals in the city - with a woman yelling at passengers to stay put or she would detonate her suicide vest. As the train rolled into the underground station at 3:11, SWAT and police on scene were able to evacuate 6 of 7 cars, the second to last cabin where the terrorist and her hostages sat at their chairs. For 54 minutes, the negotiators who had arrived as soon as it became clear the situation was escalating, were able to secure the release of 23 people - half of the civilians on board the car. It was soon evident that the woman was uneasy, shaking, and substantially nervous about carrying out the attack fully in an act that would've taken her own life, and the chief negotiator on-site (who asked to remain anonymous for safety concerns) attributes this to her eventual surrender. All hostages were allowed to leave the scene, and the would-be terrorist was arrested.

The bomber, a woman by the name of Panama L'uih, was identified as a Zamastanian citizen, and the Zamastanian State Department said L'uih had a residence in Arinals, which is directly across the bay from Tofino and linked via the metro line. She had also made two interesting trips under the circumstance of her apparent low-income and slightly below the poverty-line living standard; one to Trive, where she rented a hotel room in the capital for a total of five nights over a two week period back in April, and one trip to Xiomera. This comes only days after another female was arrested at Congressional Hall with an explosive device.

The bomb strapped to her waist was crude and homemade, but experts familiar with the incident say that it would have been powerful enough to destroy at least the back half of the train and a partial collapse of the tunnel system containing the green line. The device was a belt with three metal canisters (identified to be beer cans) filled with nails, steel balls, screws, and other little metal and plastic pieces, which would've created massive shrapnel spray.

At the moment of President Bishop's press announcement at 9:30AM, it is believed that Panama L'uih was not a lone wolf and that at least two other people are suspected as terrorist confidants. Police are withholding the names of the suspects at this time, but will reveal them to the public when necessary. The State Department assured the public that there is no need to worry about any impending attack, though the Tofino metro will remain closed for at least the remainder of Friday. The terror level in Zamastan will remain at level 3 out of 5 due to the continued threat.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5664 | In the News: Terrorist Attempts Suicide in Jail
Would-be Metro Bomber Attempts Suicide in Jail Cell
The terrorist who tried to detonate a suicide vest onboard a Tofino-metro train last week attempted to hang herself in her holding cell late Tuesday night. Authorities say that Panama L'uih, the suspected terrorist who is at the Tofino 2-D Jail without bond, attempted to hang "herself with a sheet she concealed under her towel intended for showering" around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

L'uih is listed in critical condition at Tofino General Hospital, deputies said.

The jail authorities said a deputy noticed L'uih's attempt, intervened and quickly began performing CPR on her before calling EMS.

L'uih was charged with plotting to commit mass murder and was also charged with 60 counts of terrorism and unlawful weapon concealment.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5700 | In the News: Hundreds of sexual assault claims filed against Catholic Church of Zamastan
Hundreds of sexual assault claims filed in Tofino:
Flurry of legal action comes on the day a new law that extends the statute of limitations for victims goes into effect
Hundreds of people who say they were victims of sexual assault have filed lawsuits against prominent institutions in Tofino and the District of Zian - including the Zian Catholic Church and the Scouts of Zamastan - as a new law that extends the statute of limitations on those cases went into effect.

The Administrative District's landmark Child Victims of Zian Act, which legislators passed earlier this year, lifts the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases for one year, giving alleged abuse victims in Tofino and Zian a second chance to sue, even if the crime happened decades ago.

Previously, most victims of childhood sexual abuse only had until the age of 23 to bring criminal charges or to seek damages in civil lawsuits in Zian.

Under the law, after the year-long window closes, accusers will have until the age of 55 to file lawsuits and until the age 28 to seek criminal charges. Advocates, mental health experts and victims say it often takes years for people who were molested as children to speak out about their trauma, even to a loved one.

Hundreds of lawsuits had been filed by early afternoon on Wednesday, the first day the law went into effect, according to local reports.

Many who said they had spent years of suffering following the alleged abuse said they felt a renewed hope for justice.

Ryan Kevillo, now 75, filed a lawsuit naming the archdiocese of Zian as a defendant on Wednesday. He accused a religious brother of molesting him when he attended a Catholic boarding school in northern Tofino in the early 1950s.

"Now, it's their turn. Now it's their time," said Kevillo , according to The Tofino Times news agency. "And I want them to get everything they deserve in the way of punishment."

The law was passed after a decade of debate among legislators, in which the year-long window to file suits became a major sticking point. Some major institutions, such as the Catholic Church, argued that opening the floodgate of lawsuits could cause catastrophic financial harm to any organisation that cares for children.

The church dropped its opposition to the bill this year.

About 85 people had filed lawsuits against the church in Zian by late morning, according to Zian District Supreme Court records. Most of them accused priests of sexually abusing them as children and church leaders of covering up the alleged crimes.

Pollack Friees, now in his 60s, said that he was sexually abused as a child for years in Zian and elsewhere by the priest who had baptized him, Henry McCarrick. The priest went on to become one of the most powerful figures in the church, serving as archbishop of Zian from 2001 to 2006, before he was finally defrocked in February of this year when the church found him guilty of sexually abusing children and adults.

During a news conference in front of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Tofino, Friees told reporters he was both joyful and "shaking like a leaf" after filing a lawsuit against the church for negligence, according to The Tofino Times News Agency.

"It's our historical gift from God that we can possibly go forward today and get this done," Friees said. "I've been waiting years. I've suffered many, many years."

The lawsuits also targeted specific individuals, schools, hospitals and the Scouts of Zamastan, a youth organisation.

Within minutes of the window opening, at least 45 former Fullerton University Hospital patients had filed lawsuits against a prominent doctor.

"We only get one childhood, one adolescence," said Jack Traub, a 55-year-old Providence Island lawyer who said he was molested by the doctor at the Tofino hospital 45 years ago, according to TTT.

The number of lawsuits is expected to rise into the thousands in the coming days. One law firm, Garret & Yeold, said it would sue on behalf of 400 people in Tofino, with plaintiffs ranging from teenagers to people in their 90s. Statewide, the firm said it was representing more than 1,200 people who were victims of sexual abuse as children.

A separate group of law firms said it would be representing at least 170 plaintiffs across the state, many with complaints against the Catholic Church of Zamastan and the Church of Sanctaria.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5702 | In the News: Protests Ignite in Zamastan over Trade Dispute
PoverTea Protests Reignite Over Xiomera Trade Dispute, Protesters call for Bishop's Resignation
The falling equity market may find that its biggest enemy's are right in the heart of Zamastan. In Tofino on Thursday morning, 39,000 protesters marched as a part of the PoverTea Movement, which began in February to make known the distaste for President Bishop's economic policy. In the midst of an ongoing trade war with Xiomera and Kerlile, however, and the slowly declining economic stocks across Zamastan and the entirety of the IDU, the protests reignited. Protesters called for Bishop to bring a formal end to the tariffs, as well as for her resignation from office.

The embattled President has said continued protesters could cause a swift and prolonged economic downturn that extends beyond the current dispute, as a weekend of new demonstrations begins.

In a press briefing, President Bishop said she had held talks with business leaders who expressed concern about the long-term effect of the trade war and the ongoing protests, with one businessperson likening the unrest to an economic "tsunami."

The nation of Eiria, historically back and forth with Zamastan over the 1991 Bjeorg Conflict, has announced the possibility of hosting mediation summit involving the trade secretaries of Zamastan, Xiomera, Kerlile, and Trive, who was also caught up in the disputes following their hacking of Kerlian broadcasting.

Protests had turned violent in February after two protesters were killed when car exploded after fellow marchers set fire to it, igniting the gas inside. Bishop faced mounting domestic and international pressure to quell the protests peacefully, and she instated several executive orders that boosted the failing housing market. However, her continued policy seems to have translated into international waters as the dispute continues.

Sanctarian Chancellor Hendry stated she wanted the involved nations to "get their act together," to end the dispute for the betterment of the entire IDU economy. Sanctaria's economy has felt a small wave of the impact of the dispute, seeing slightly hiked prices on manufactured import products and uncertain bond market stability. However, the ramification of a longer dispute may impact Sanctaria's economy much more aggressively, as experts warn of a stock market crash.

Hendry declined to condemn the human rights abuses and censorship propaganda of Xiomera.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5704 | In the News: Minor Earthquakes Strike Zian
Zian Earthquake: 351 Tremors in 24 Hours As Romemork Fault Moves
Zian has been hit by 351 earthquakes in the past 24 hours, along the Romemork Fault line. Of these quakes, 15 were a magnitude of 2.5 or higher - with the highest being 3.9. This stuck 9 km east-northeast of Miner's Junction, Zian.

No injuries have been reported from the tremors, and damage is light.

The next largest quake measured at magnitude-3.8 and was located 21km east-southeast of Percia, Zian.

The last major earthquake to strike Zian hit north of Tofino on July 24, 2019, measuring magnitude-5.4, and was followed by more than 150 aftershocks - one of which measured magnitude 6.1.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5704 | In the News: BOMBING IN KINGSTON
2 DEAD AND 40 INJURED IN KINGSTON BOMBING. Pressure Cooker Device Removed Nearby
Authorities removed a second explosive device early Friday— reportedly a pressure cooker — near the site of another early morning blast that injured more than two dozen people in the Kingston neighborhood.

At a news conference before the discovery of a second device, Tofino Mayor Bryan Donaldson said the explosion killed two people and injured at least 40 people. He said the blast was intentional, and there was a specific terrorist threat, though he did not state any suspects. The explosion hit a popular outdoor cafe area in the upscale neighborhood.

A device believed to be a pressure cooker was subsequently found on West 9th Street, four blocks from the initial blast on West 13th, according to the Tofino Police Department. "The suspicious device on West 27 Street in Kingston has been safely removed by the TPD Bomb Squad," the police department spokesperson said.

"There is a credible threat to Tofino from terror in the current moment," Donaldson said at the news conference. The explosions come more than a week after two women were arrested with explosive devices and charged with terrorism. The first woman was arrested outside of Congressional Hall, while the other was arrested after a three-hour standoff on a train in the Tofino Metro.

"We believe at this point in time this was an intentional act. I want to assure all citizens in the Tofino-Arinals metro area that the TPD and ... agencies are at full alert," Donaldson said.

Ramon Frostin was at West 13th and Sixth Avenue when the explosion happened. “It felt like a building was coming down,” said the 48-year-old East Kingston resident.

He ran about a half-block away then turned around and ran back to the scene to help people. He spotted a woman with a metal fragment in her eye saying, “I can’t see. I can’t see.” Frostin took her by the arm to an ambulance that had just arrived on the scene.

Lopez saw other victims bleeding from small spherical fragments and metal shards.
“I was telling (the victims) it was minor, but it was major,” he said. “If I told them it was major they would collapse.”

Georgori Claes, co-owner of Xun Route, a Laeralian styled restaurant on West 16th near the blast scene, said the explosion sounded like the rear gate slamming on a large dump truck, "only ten times louder."

"You could feel it in your body, it was very powerful'" said Claes.

He and some restaurant customers ran outside, but saw no immediate signs of fire or smoke, Claes said.

Police and fire department responders arrived at the scene moments later, he said.

Kingston Borough President Gale Growni said the Kingston explosion was not in the restaurant itself but in a trashcan in the outdoor eating area.

Blast at 8:30 a.m.

The explosion came just after 8:30 a.m. at 133 W. 13th St., between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Two people were killed and have not had their names released by authorities. Most of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, the Tofino Fire Department said, though three people are being held in a local hospital with extensive and critical wounds.

"The investigation is active and at this time an extensive search is being conducted,” Tofino Police Kingston Resident Commissioner Mark O'Neill said at the press conference.

"The area around the explosion site is being treated as a crime scene," O'Neill said.
Several injured were transported to area hospitals, assistant commissioner for communication with the Tofino Police Department.

The explosion area occurred a block away from Cramery, a famous Cadairian market and eatery. The neighborhood has many late-night and after-hours music clubs.

“Whatever the cause, the people of Tofino will not be intimidated, they will not let anyone change who we are,” Donaldson said.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5714 | In the News: BOMBING IN KINGSTON
Tofino Police: Suspects in Kingston bomb attack arrested
Tofino police have arrested four people after a suspected parcel bomb exploded in a high-end Kingston restaurant last week, killing two and injuring 43 people.

The device, which was packed with ball bearings, nuts and bolts, and nails, exploded on Friday afternoon.

One of those arrested, a 24-year-old man, is the suspected bomber, prosecutors say. Another man and a woman were also reportedly detained.

Police had been hunting for a man seen cycling near the scene of the blast wearing a balaclava and rucksack.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors are leading the investigation, co-ordinating with Tofino police and Zamastan's internal security service, the ZIS.

Police media report that one suspect is an IT student of Laeralian nationality. A source told The Tofino Times that police arrested him in Arinals after tailing him in the street. It reportedly decided not to arrest him in his apartment in case there were explosives in the building.

The second suspect, according to local press, is a minor who attends a school in the city.
Two other people, a man and a woman, have also been arrested. They are reportedly the parents of one of the suspects.

Last week, police released a picture from CCTV footage of a person they believe carried out the bombing.

The explosion struck an outdoor patio in a restaurant in Kingston's high end residential center.

Investigators have recovered screws, ball bearings, along with a printed circuit, batteries and a remote-controlled trigger device.

Franklin Landin, the city's district mayor, told press that "the charge was too small to kill," and a government source told TTT news agency it had been a "relatively weak explosive charge".

The two killed in the attack were Amanda Funtino, a 29 year old grad student at University of Zamastan Southwest, and 57 year old Franklin Granders. Those hurt, including a girl aged eight, appear to have suffered superficial injuries.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5714 | In the News: Abortion Ban Blocked by Federal Judge
Federal judge blocks Jade's 21st and 22nd District's eight-week abortion ban
A new ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy passed through the district legislatures of Jade's 21st and 22nd Districts, which include portions of the city of Emerald, will not take effect on Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented.

Federal District Judge Montomiry Warria put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court, which could take months. He added that Abortion Centers of Zamastan and the Zamastanian Civil Liberties Union of Jade likely will succeed in their lawsuit alleging that the law is unconstitutional to the current abortion laws.

Similar laws have been struck down in Zian's 49th and Redeemer's Land's 12th.

Jade as an Administrative District, or province, already has some of the nation's most restrictive abortion regulations. Just 3 clinics in the province perform abortions, where none in the 21st or 22nd subdivisions do.

Warria's ruling says allowing the eight-week abortion ban to be enforced would have blocked about half of reported abortions in Jade. The judge wrote that it would amount to "significant interference with plaintiffs' service and the rights of its prospective patients".

The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.

Jade politicians expected a court challenge and included a series of less-restrictive bans ranging from 14 weeks up to 20 weeks in the measure in hopes that one would be upheld. But it's unclear if any of the bans on abortions before fetuses are viable outside the womb, which can be from 24 to 28 weeks, will stick.

Warria wrote that it's "highly likely that the listed weekly time limits on abortions will be ruled invalid".

He will allow one portion of the policy to take effect: a ban on abortions based solely on race, sex or a diagnosis indicating the potential for Down syndrome. He wrote that abortions based on Down syndrome would be "somewhat rare, given the window of time needed for adequate testing and consultation".

Abortion Centers of Zamastan vowed to fight to block that portion of the law, too.

"Although we are grateful today's ruling allows us to provide care to some Jade citizens, we will continue to defend the truth: EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason," said Tiffany Ranier, chief medical officer for ACZ of the Emerald Metropolitan Region.

The decision to allow that portion of the law to be enforced was lauded by BCP Attorney General Mark Sdand, whose office is responsible for defending the law in court.

"As the father of a child with special needs, Attorney General Sdand is particularly sensitive to suggestions that an unborn child who will have special needs is any lesser of a human being, and we're glad that provisions relating to that issue were left in place in the judge's ruling today," his spokesman said in a statement.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5716 | In the News: Tofino International Airport
Fifth Runway Opens at Tofino International Airport
The new runway is part of the Government’s Z$116 billion Project Zamastan 2040 plan to modernize the infrastructure of Zamastan, and will create more than 31,000 jobs.

The new runway is needed to allow for expansion to underpin Zamastan's long-term economic growth. Tofino International Airport’s existing 4 runways are effectively full at peak times every day following a 45 per cent increase in passenger numbers since 2014.

The delivery of Southeast Runway is a key recommendation of the Government’s National Aviation Policy, as it will significantly expand connectivity at Tofino International Airport and also enable it to continue to grow as a gateway between Catica and Hespia.

Tofino International Airport is one of the busiest commercial airports in the IDU, and receives over 3,500 flights per day and over 460,000 passengers.

The new 3.1km runway is located almost 1.7km south east of Tofino International Airport’s current main runway. Construction took about two years and a nine-month period of commissioning also occurred. Southeast Runway will support the creation of 31,200 new jobs and Z$2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043.

Secretary of Transportation Madeline Essy said: “Tofino International Airport is our main gateway to the world and is crucial for tourism, business and trade. This new runway is part of the Government’s Z$116 billion Project Zamastan 2040 plan to modernize our infrastructure, remove bottlenecks and enable future growth. Connectivity is one of the principles behind the project, further linking Zamastan to the world and all parts of Zamastan to each other."

Other projects to add terminals and airplane hangers to T.I.A. are already underway as construction on an additional 42 gates is expected to be completed by mid-2020. Restaurants and even an indoor golf course are part of the new additions to the complex.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5720 | In the News: Tofino International Airport
Secretary Demore: Zamastan hopes Xiomera and Kerlile create favorable conditions for Eirian talks
Zamastan, the Empire of Xiomera, and Kerlile, joined by the Empire of Trive, are face-to-face in trade talks in Eiria this week, but hopes for progress hinge on whether Xiomera and Kerlile can create favorable conditions, Secretary of Trade Trista Demore said on Thursday.

The Zamastanian, Xiomeran, Kerlian, and Trivian delegations landed in Eiria on Thursday for mediation talks which are aimed to calm or completely end the current trade dispute going on between the four. Though Trive is attending the mediations on their own accord, they and Zamastan have not stated a bilateral summit due to Zamastan's condemnation of the Trivian hack on Kerlile's media outlets several weeks ago. The delegations are meeting at the Lancaster Manor, which is a famed historical Eirian landmark. The meeting is also expected to cement Eiria's intention to show the new moves displayed by their government to change the hearts and minds of the IDU on their neutrality. Eiria was an aggresing power during the 1991 Bjeorg Crisis, but nearly thirty years on, they have worked to change their stance on the world stage to that of a more peaceful, diplomatic nation.

In the latest tit-for-tat escalation of the trade war between some of the IDU's most versatile economies, President Anya Bishop last Friday heaped an additional duty of five percent on about Z$350bn in targeted Xiomeran goods.

The move came hours after Xiomera and Kerlile had unveiled retaliatory tariffs on Z$75bn worth of Zamastanian goods.

Zamastan hopes the Xiomerans can cancel the planned additional tariffs to avoid an escalation in the trade war, Demore told reporters on Thursday.

"The most important thing at the moment is to create necessary conditions for both sides to continue negotiations, and hopefully end the disputes right out" she said during a weekly briefing, adding that Zamastan was lodging "solemn representation" with the Empire of Xiomera.

For just over a month, the Bishop administration has sought to pressure Xiomera to eliminate what it calls unfair trade practices and make sweeping changes to its policies on human rights, media censorship, intellectual property protection, forced transfers of technology to Xiomeran firms, industrial subsidies and market access.

But Xiomera has constantly denied such accusations, vowing to fight back in kind and criticizing Zamastanian measures as protectionist.

Demore reiterated that Zamastan had "ample" retaliatory measures it could use if Xiomera eventually moved to impose additional planned tariffs, but was willing to resolve the issue calmly.

On Monday, Bishop predicted a trade deal with Xiomera and Kerlile, saying she believed the two nations were sincere about wanting to reach a deal, citing what she called increasing economic pressure on Xiomera and job losses there, as well as a viewable decline in Kerlian GDP.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5724 | In the News: New Warnings Against Vaping
Z.C.H.S. Warns Against Using Bootleg Or Street Vaping and E-cigarette Products
With more than 200 cases of respiratory illnesses possibly related to vaping, and no single culprit, public health experts are advising young people not to buy cannabis and other e-cigarette products off the street.

The Zamastan Centers for Health Services on Friday warned people not to use vaping ingredients bought on the street and to stop modifying either nicotine or cannabis e-cigarette device in an effort to curb the vaping-related lung sicknesses that have alarmed health officials in more than two dozen states this summer.

Despite the lack of evidence pointing to a single flawed product or device common among many of the patients suffering respiratory problems, the agency took the unusual step of issuing multiple warnings — including telling people worried about their health that they should not even use e-cigarettes and should consult a doctor if they are trying to quit smoking.

In addition, the ZCHS said: “E-cigarette products should not be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products. If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.”

The number of reported cases of severe respiratory illnesses totals 681 people in all Administrative Districts since late June, officials said. Many have been hospitalized, some with lingering lung problems that required use of a ventilator or extensive monitoring in intensive care units.

Last week, a patient in her 40's from Emerald City died from after reporting breathing complications, and public health officials said they are still waiting for toxicology and other tests to determine the cause of death.

In some cases, patients reported using e-cigarettes containing T.H.C., the high-inducing chemical in marijuana. Some doctors have reported that cannabinoid oils vaporized in cartridges may be causing some of the lung inflammation. But other individuals said they had only used e-cigarettes containing nicotine. In many cases, patients reported a gradual occurrence of symptoms, the agencies said, including difficulty breathing, and chest pain, before hospitalization.

“Even though cases appear similar, it is not clear if these cases have a common cause or if they are different diseases with similar presentations, which is why our ongoing investigation is critical,” the agencies said.

Little is known about the long-term effects of the chemicals in e-cigarettes, although they do not contain the tar and other carcinogens of traditional tobacco products. But vaping has its own challenges: to become inhalable, nicotine or T.H.C. must be mixed with solvents that dissolve and deliver the drugs.

“We know some of this is associated with T.H.C.,” said a spokesperson for the department. ”I think this is probably going to be associated with illegal products,” a statement released stated. "It’s not like the major manufacturers have suddenly changed their ingredients,” he said. “It’s probably something new that has been introduced into the market by an illegal manufacturer, either a new flavor or a new way to emulsify T.H.C. that is causing these injuries.”

The ZCHS is analyzing about 80 samples received from patients, but has not made the results public. In the interim, the agencies said, “If you are concerned about these specific health risks, consider refraining from the use of e-cigarette products.”

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Saturday, August 31st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: EARTHQUAKE
8.3 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES OFF ZIAN COAST: TSUNAMI WARNING ACTIVE FOR LOW-LYING SETTLEMENTS
A massive magnitude-8.3 earthquake struck off the Zian coast Saturday afternoon, authorities say.

The quake happened approximately 84 miles north-central of Horseshoe Bay about 2:08 p.m., according to the Zamastanian Geological Survey. Tsunami warnings have been issued, and a minor tsunami is expected. The agency said the quake had a depth of more than 10 miles.

There are reports of structural damage and casualties. The Government has declared a state of emergency for the Administrative Districts of Zian, Northern Isle, and Jade. Residents are encouraged to get outside of any building they may be in and stay away from structures. Lay down in open areas with minimal potential for debris such as parks or sports fields.

There are reports of rock and mud slides that are blocking roads and other transit systems.

Congressional Hall in Tofino, as well as all government related entities, have been suspended for the day.

International Airports across the affected A.D.'s have been put on alert due to the tremors.

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Re: The Tofino Times

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Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: EARTHQUAKE
THOUSANDS DEAD, MISSING AFTER 8.3 QUAKE STRIKES ZAMASTAN. Most Powerful since 1919 Tofino Tremor
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, PLEASE CALL 88-03

THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMASTAN HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT 2:08 pm TODAY, THE ZAMASTAN GEOLOGICAL SERVICE DETECTED A STRONG EARTHQUAKE
RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO HIDE UNDER STEADY SURFACES AND AWAY FROM FALLING DEBRIS. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO TAKE SAFE SHELTER, SEEK AN OPEN AREA SUCH AS A PARK OR SPORTING FIELD AND LAY DOWN.

AN 8.3 MAGNITUDE TREMOR HAS BEEN DETECTED OFF THE COAST OF ZAMASTAN

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO FIND HIGH GROUND AND STAY AWAY FROM BEACHES AND WATERFRONTS


The government of Zamastan has declared a state of emergency after a massive 8.3-magnitude earthquake, the largest recorded in the country since before the 20th century, struck the country and killed hundreds of people, as well as touching off two deadly avalanches on Mount Kira and Grouse Mountain. A 4-meter tsunami hit the Coastal Valley, causing damage to marinas and boat launches.

Officials said that more than 1,300 people were known to have died on Saturday in Zamastan's most powerful quake in decades, that struck 80km west of Providence in the shallow ends of Horseshoe Bay.

As aftershocks continued throughout Saturday, the toll was was expected to rise significantly as the scale of the disaster became clear.

Of the dead retrieved so far, 634 were reported dead in the Coastal Valley between Kelowna and Providence, and at least 300 more in the city of Kelowna itself, a police spokesman told the Tofino Times news agency.

A further 36 fatalities were reported in Tofino, 12 in Nanaimo, and four in Delta.

Photos posted on social media showed buildings left in rubble, large cracks along roads and worried residents on the streets.

The earthquake damaged many historical landmarks, including the Hapson Lake Hosanna Church in Tofino.

It has been reported that around 250 people may have been in the church when the earthquake struck.

Emergency workers and army and police personnel, with the help of residents and bystanders, continued to work tirelessly on Saturday to clear the rubble from these sites and to rescue any survivors from under the debris, although bodies were mostly being pulled out.

As night fell the country, thousands of people were staying outdoors and found refuge in the affected regions open spaces, in fear that subsequent aftershocks may cause further damage.

The epicentre was 80km northwest of Providence. The Coastal valley is densely populated with nearly 4.5 million people. Enforced building regulations are mandatory and widespread in structures along the coast, though it appears destruction is widespread.

The TT news agency cited a senior guide as saying that an avalanche swept a mountain near the Grouse Mountain base camp and ski-resort. At least 10 people were killed in the incident, which also left many climbers trapped.

Maximusian mountaineer Johnathan Cal told the Tofino Times that the quake couldn't have come at a worse time, as it was peak climbing season at the base camp and "there's probably 1,000 people or so there". Cool said conditions for rescuers would also be difficult in poor weather conditions.

"This terrible, terrible situation has occurred at exactly the wrong time in terms of human fatality," Cool said.

"Knowing the geology and the lay of the land there, to facilitate the medical care required and to try to medivac people out of there is going to be extremely difficult, especially considering the weather conditions there right now."

There are confirmed reports of extensive damage to buildings in Tofino's downtown district, including broken windows and some collapsed facades.

The worst-affected area was old Tofino , the site of several colonial buildings (Zasi Town), and where rescuers faced large piles of rubble, she said.

As night fell in the country, tens of thousands of people camped out, fearful of going back to their homes in case of another earthquake. Already, more than two dozen aftershocks had followed the quake.

The Zamastan Geological Service said the quake hit at 2:06pm local time. It initially reported a magnitude of 7.7 before revising its calculation to 7.5, 7.9 and then later, 8.3.

The Service initially reported the epicenter to be 18km deep but later revised it to 10km.

Tremors were felt in a number of Gladysynthian cities, witnesses said. Tofino Times' reporters in Mönusÿnthys said the tremors were also felt across the Gladysynthian capital.

IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, PLEASE CALL 88-03

THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMASTAN HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT 2:08 pm TODAY, THE ZAMASTAN GEOLOGICAL SERVICE DETECTED A STRONG EARTHQUAKE
RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO HIDE UNDER STEADY SURFACES AND AWAY FROM FALLING DEBRIS. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO TAKE SAFE SHELTER, SEEK AN OPEN AREA SUCH AS A PARK OR SPORTING FIELD AND LAY DOWN.

AN 8.3 MAGNITUDE TREMOR HAS BEEN DETECTED OFF THE COAST OF ZAMASTAN

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT

RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO FIND HIGH GROUND AND STAY AWAY FROM BEACHES AND WATERFRONTS


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Re: The Tofino Times

Post by United New England » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:03 am

Statement from President Tyagi-Kennedy:

New Englanders were deeply saddened to hear of today’s earthquake in Zamastan. We mourn the deaths of the many victims who were taken by this sudden tragedy, and our hearts go out to the grieving survivors. We are ready to provide monetary and medical aid wherever it is needed.

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