Good Morning, today is Monday, April 17, and here are the stories that interest me.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in the referendum on granting him sweeping new powers, saying it was won by a clear majority. The Prime Minister has been aggressively campaigning for the expanded powers, attacking European powers in the process. Both main opposition parties have denounced the result and there are reports of fraud around the country. The new powers will allow for the Prime Minister, now President, to remain in power almost indefinitely.
Nepal is facing a worsening pollution crisis in its largest Urban center due to a bus Mafia that controls the streets. The government is trying to lower the pollution in and around Kathmandu valley, but are running into significant issues. The various groups that control the buses and routes throughout the valley rely on very old and very pollutant heavy vehicles to operate. They bribe and ensure that local laws stay favorable to them, and the government, the country’s 9th since the end of decade long Civil War in 2006, is not strong enough to enforce requirements.
Emma Morano, 117, died today, making the passing of the last living human born in the 1800’s. Emma was born on Nov, 29 1899, and has lived her life in Italy. A strident and independent woman, she lived through two world wars, more than a handful of popes, and the transition from horse, to car, to plane, to space. The final voice of the 19th century has passed into history. She heard the age of the Radio and the rise of Television. She was nearly 70 when man landed on the moon. The title of oldest person in the world now goes to Jamaican woman Violet Brown, who was born March 10, 1900.