It's that time of year again in Louisiana: the sugar cane harvest. And officials are warning drivers about cane trucks on the highways that will be delivering up to 100,000-pound loads daily and nightly through the new year. The annual harvest sends thousands of 18-wheelers out on often narrow two-lane byways in rural parts of the state, more than 5,000 per day. In the Baton Rouge area, La. 1 and other byways off that highway or along the Mississippi River are often affected. The trucks, which are large and slow to accelerate, often clog traffic. And, occasionally, they can be involved in deadly crashes, particularly in bad weather. In 2020, a motorcyclist died after he slid his bike underneath a cane truck that had pulled out onto the highway in St. Mary Parish. Nearly a decade ago, a 21-vehicle pileup in severe, heavy fog in morning darkness on La. 1 north of Donaldsonville killed one. The first in three chain-reaction crashes happened when a car ran into the back of a … [Read more...] about Sugar cane trucks will be back on the road soon. Here’s what to expect on those 1-lane roads.
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The only president an independent Kazakhstan had ever known, Nursultan Nazarbayev shocked his country when he announced he would step down after nearly 30 years in power. Nazarbayev, 78, has led the oil-and-gas-rich former Soviet republic since 1989, first as its Communist leader and then as president following the fall of the Soviet Union. He said in a televised address: "I have taken a decision, which was not easy for me, to resign as president," Reuters reported. He announced that the speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, would take over as head of state until presidential elections could be held. He described Tokayev as "the very person that we can trust to rule Kazakhstan." There had been speculation that Nazarbayev would step down, especially after he asked the country's Constitutional Council earlier in the year how he could relinquish his position and what powers would he keep if he did, Eurasianet reported. Nazarbayev will not disappear from public life, as … [Read more...] about Who Is Nursultan Nazarbayev? Man who was president of Kazakhstan since the fall of the USSR quits
Over the past three years, the U.S. has seen its borders all but shut under the leadership of President Donald Trump. Immigration advocates in Greece fear their country may soon follow suit under the leadership of recently elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In recent months, Greece's new government has announced measures to strengthen border security and clamp down on overcrowding at migrant camps on islands neighboring Turkey. Not only has the Mitsotakis administration pledged to deploy more officers to Greek borders and expedite the processing of cases, but the government has also vowed to shut down at least three of the country's largest migrant camps and replace them with facilities immigration advocates have branded "detention centers." If it seems like Greek officials are taking a page from the U.S.'s immigration playbook, that hunch might not be far of. Giorgos Koumoutsakos, Greece's alternate minister of citizen protection, who oversees immigration matters, told … [Read more...] about U.S. and Greece to “strengthen cooperation” on border security, share immigration intel
Hundreds of migrants living in makeshift tent camps in northern Paris were forced to clear the area in sweeping police raids on Thursday morning. More than 1,600 people who had been living at makeshift camp sites in the Porte de la Chapelle and Seine-Saint-Denis area were made to board buses transporting them to temporary shelters set up around the city, according to Reuters . The hundreds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, including many men, as well as some women and children, are expected to be held in state-sponsored facilities while their asylum requests are processed by French immigration authorities. Those whose asylum requests are rejected will be expected to leave France, while some are likely to be deported back to the countries they left. Before Thursday's evacuation, hundreds of people had been living at the makeshift tent camps in Paris for months. Many have sought to make their way to Paris in recent years, particularly after a … [Read more...] about Hundreds of migrants set up this makeshift camp in Paris—now president Emmanuel Macron is forcing them out
Peace talks between Syrian rebel groups and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began Monday in Kazakhstan, the first time the two sides have met for a year. The talks, which Russia and Turkey have backed, will focus on the fragile truce that has existed in Syria since the regime captured Aleppo in December, one of the most significant victories for Assad in almost six years of war. The two parties are meeting at the Rixos hotel in Astana, but rebels refused to meet face-to-face with regime representatives in the first session. A dozen figureheads from different factions make up the rebel delegation, which is led by chief negotiator Mohammad Alloush, who belongs to the Army of Islam rebel group. On the Syrian side, its U.N. ambassador Bashar Jaafari and military delegates are attending. Alloush said Sunday that Russia must put an end to what he said were regime and Iranian violations of the ceasefire. Iran is backing Assad's government with ground troops while Russia is … [Read more...] about Syria peace talks between rebels and Assad regime begin in Astana