Mass protests planned for Trump’s state visit to the UK

WORLD NEWS Mass protests planned for Trump's state visit to the UK

iStock(LONDON) — Mass protests have been planned for President Donald Trump’s upcoming state visit to the U.K., just a year after the giant “Trump Baby” blimp sparked controversy in London.

Organizers of the protests from the “Together Against Trump” organization told ABC News that protests are planned at Buckingham Palace on Monday, when the president will be attending a state banquet with the Queen, and on Tuesday, when he will be visiting Prime Minister Theresa May.

However, the protest on Tuesday, beginning in London’s historic Trafalgar Square at 11 a.m. local time, is expected to be a much more dramatic affair. Nearly 8,000 people are registered for the Facebook event, while another 33,000 social media users have said they are “interested” as of Sunday morning.

A spokesperson from the “Together Against Trump” group told ABC News that they expect protests to take place throughout the country, but that the event in Trafalgar Square is the main event.

A number of Facebook groups, including the “Stop Trump Coalition” and “Stand up to Trump,” have come together to organize the protests against his state visit, so that the “world will know that people here reject him and his toxic politics.”

“On June 4, thousands of protestors will be marching to surround Trump as he joins Theresa May on a visit most believe should never have happened,” a spokesperson for “Stand Up to Trump” told ABC News. “We will be bringing central London to a standstill. By the time he leaves, he will know, and the world will know that people here reject him and his toxic politics.”

Trump’s last visit to the U.K. in July 2018 drew controversy as protesters flew a huge blimp with straw-blond hair, an orange-hued face and out-of-proportion hands that was intended to depict President Donald Trump as a baby. However, it is unclear whether the “Trump Baby” blimp will make a return this year.

A crowdfunding page called “Bring Trump Baby Back” has been calling for donations to raise the $37,000 needed to fly the blimp. So far, only $22,500 has been raised.

Despite this, organizers remain “confident” that the blimp will return, according to ITV News, although protest organizer Kevin Smith that “we will only fly the baby if we hit the [£30,000] target.”

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Posted On 02 Jun 2019

Eight climbers missing on Himalayan expedition, including 2 Americans

WORLD NEWS Eight climbers missing on Himalayan expedition, including 2 Americans

iStock(MUNSIYARI, Inda) — Eight mountain climbers from the same expedition group, including two Americans, have gone missing in the Indian Himalayan Mountains, triggering a desperate search-and-rescue effort.

The group, led by notable British climber Martin Moran, left Munsiyari, India, on May 13 to set out for the Nanda Devi base camp, according to Govind Prasad, from the Pithoragarh, India, Disaster Management Office.

The group was reported missing on May 31, according to Prasad.

At 25,643 feet, Nanda Devi is the 23rd-highest mountain in the world and the second-highest in India.

The eight climbers who are missing are: Moran, John McLaren, Rupert Whewell and Richard Payne, all from the United Kingdom; Ruth McCance, from Australia; Chetan Pandey, an Indian from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation; and Anthony Sudekum and Ronald Beimel, both from the U.S.

“The ‘British Association of Mountain Guides’ (BMG) have been made aware of an incident on or near Nanda Devi East where BMG member, IFMGA Mountain Guide, Martin Moran was leading six clients and an Indian national,” British Mountain Guides, a group that trains and assesses guides, said in a statement. “The BMG is assisting where possible and is in contact with the Indian authorities.”

Fellow British climber Nigel Vardy, who was once stranded on Mount McKinley, the U.S.’s highest peak, and had his toes, fingers and nose amputated due to frostbite, is a friend of Moran. He called him “one of the best guides in the U.K.” and “incredibly skilled” in an interview Sunday with ABC News.

“I believe this is the third time Martin’s led an expedition to Nanda Devi and I believe this was an unclimbed peak on the mountain,” Vardy said. “Nobody has actually ever set foot on the summit of that peak.”

Moran founded the climbing group, Moran Mountain, which said in a statement on Facebook, “We are working with the authorities and the British Association of Mountain Guides to gather information regarding the Nanda Devi East expedition team. Out of respect for those involved and their families, we will be making no further comments at this time. The BMG will release a further statement as and when more information is available.”

The U.S. Department of State could not confirm the men were missing, but said it was aware of the reports.

“We are aware of reports of two U.S. citizens missing in India,” a State Department official told ABC News. “The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to U.S. citizens in need and to their families. We are monitoring the situation but have no further comment at this time.”

A rescue team was sent to the Nanda Devi base camp, including personnel from the State Disaster Relief Fund, Indo Tibetan Border police force and a team of doctors, according to Prasad. A helicopter was sent as well, but has been unable to land so far because of adverse weather conditions.

“Martin’s a great planner, so I know he’s been planning this expedition for a long time,” Vardy said. “Weather conditions change and often very quickly, and Martin would have known that.”

The dangers of climbing have received greater scrutiny in recent weeks due to the deaths of almost a dozen people climbing Mount Everest, which is also located in the Himalayas.

“Having been reported missing in the mountains myself before, and I was fortunate to come out in one piece. I just pray that Martin and the team are in a similar position,” Vardy said.

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Posted On 02 Jun 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 6/1/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 6/1/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:


San Francisco 8, Baltimore 2
Atlanta 10, Detroit 5
Colorado 4, Toronto 2

Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 5, Chicago White Sox2
Texas 6, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 3
N.Y. Yankees 5, Boston 3
Houston 5 Oakland 1

Milwaukee 12, Pittsburgh 10; 13 Innings
Washington 5, Cincinnati 2
St. Louis 7, Chicago Cubs 4
Arizona 6, N.Y. Mets 5; 11 Innings
L-A Dodgers 4, Philadelphia 3
Miami 9, San Diego 3

Boston 7, St. Louis 2


Washington 96, Atlanta 75
Indiana 92, N.Y. Liberty 77
Minnesota 70, Dallas 67
Chicago 83, Seattle 79

Orlando 3, Montreal 0

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Posted On 02 Jun 2019