New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson – BBC News

New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson – BBC News

New Zealand wildfire: Residents flee as fire spreads Thousands of people have been evacuated from a New Zealand town as firefighters battle a wildfire stoked by winds in the country’s South Island.
The blaze, which began six days ago near the city of Nelson, is now threatening the town of Wakefield.
A state of emergency has been declared and about 3,000 people have fled their homes in the district of Tasman.
Strong winds were expected, and officials warned that Sunday could be a “critical danger point” for the fire.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she hoped “the weather plays ball”.
The blaze is thought to be the worst forest fire in New Zealand since 1955.
Nelson MP Nick Smith said the entire region was a “tinderbox” and its 70,000 residents were “on edge.”
Twenty-three helicopters and two planes have been deployed to tackle the blaze. Rain forecast for the area on Tuesday is expected to miss the fire zone.
Fires of this size are unusual for New Zealand, with local media calling it the worst bushfire in 50 years. Related Topics

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Los Angeles officially declares itself a ‘city of sanctuary’ | Fox News

IMMIGRATION Published 15 hours ago Los Angeles officially declares itself a ‘city of sanctuary’ By Louis Casiano
Los Angeles is officially a “sanctuary city.” (Fox News)
Los Angeles officially declared itself a “ sanctuary city ” Friday against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s tough policies aimed at illegal immigrants .
“We declare, for all those who have been under attack in this Trump era, that this city, in this day, in this time, will be a city of sanctuary,” City Councilman Gilbert Cedillo said. “It will be a place where people will know that they will be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin, and not by who they choose to love, and not by when they got here. They will be judged by their contributions to our city.”
The City Council voted 12-2 to approve the non-binding resolution nearly a year and a half after it was first proposed. Other cities like have adopted their own sanctuary city policies.
Friday's resolution declares Los Angeles to be a “City of Sanctuary, protecting the human rights of all our residents.”
Video Some immigrants-rights advocates however, said the vote came too late.
“They missed the opportunity to do this when it really mattered — back when the immigrant community of Los Angeles needed to know where its city stood,” Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, told the Los Angeles Times .
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The city’s new “sanctuary city” status conforms with California’s sanctuary state law – Senate Bill 54 – which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.
Video The Los Angeles Police Department already has a policy of not allowing immigration agents access to its jails or inmates unless they have a warrant, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported.
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Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said the move to declare Los Angeles a “sanctuary city” negatively affects taxpayers and threatens safety.
“I wouldn’t say it’s completely symbolic,” she told the Times.

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Border wall talks break down ahead of second possible government shutdown | Fox News

Last Update 3 hours ago Border wall talks break down ahead of second possible government shutdown Mick Mulvaney on chances of border security deal, Democrats ramping up investigation of Trump administration Acting White House chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on the impact for the president’s agenda. With less than a week to go until another potential partial federal government shutdown begins on Friday, bipartisan compromise talks on funding for President Trump’s proposed border wall have completely broken down, sources tell Fox News. The sudden development again raised the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency to access previously appropriated funds to initiate construction on a border wall. The White House agreed to a temporary spending bill late last month to end a historic 35-day government shutdown, although Trump said at the time that the move was not a “concession” and that he would not relent on his demands for a wall.
“Talks have broken down because Senate Republicans are refusing to compromise on limits to the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies,” a senior Democratic aide told Fox News on Sunday. “A deal that includes new physical barriers must also include limits on the number of ICE detention beds. If Senate Republicans won’t compromise with us on both, we can’t reach a deal.”
Added a GOP source: “The wall is a red herring for the Democrats. We got stuck on an interior enforcement cap.” Such a cap would effectively limit ICE’s ability to house illegal immigrants caught domestically by reducing the number of available beds in detention centers. The goal, Democrats say, is to force the Trump administration to prioritize arresting and deporting only violent criminals and dangerous offenders.
Fox News is told if negotiators can’t resolve the situation soon, they are likely looking at trying to pass another temporary continuing resolution to try to avoid a shutdown. New border wall about to be built in south Texas
Two border wall projects totaling 14 miles will start this month
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., who is leading negotiations on border wall funding, said Republicans don’t want to offer concessions on ICE enforcement.
“I think the talks are stalled right now. I’m hoping we can get off the dime later today or in the morning, because time is ticking away, but we’ve got some problems with the Democrats dealing with ICE, that is detaining criminals that come into the U.S. and they want a cap on them,” Shelby said. “We don’t want a cap on that.”
In response to the news, Trump suggested on Sunday that Democrats are hoping to force another shutdown.
In this Jan 15, 2019 image, a section of newly-replaced border wall separates Tijuana, Mexico, above left, from San Diego, right, in San Diego. Border Patrol officials say some Mexican homes and structures encroach on U.S. soil posing a dilemma for authorities when replacing the wall. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
“I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal,” Trump wrote, referring to the bipartisan congressional committee working on a compromise. “They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!”
Trump added: “It was a very bad week for the Democrats, with the GREAT economic numbers, The Virginia disaster and the State of the Union address. Now, with the terrible offers being made by them to the Border Committee, I actually believe they want a Shutdown. They want a new subject!”
As recently as last Friday, congressional negotiators said they expected a deal to be made, although some key players were pessimistic and Democrats indicated that money for physical barriers would likely end up well below the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought to begin construction of the wall.
The amount discussed hovered much closer to $1.6 billion, participants in the negotiations said, a figure that was in a bipartisan Senate bill last year.
“That’s what we’re working toward,” said California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard.
Supporters of the U.S. Republican Party make a human wall to demonstrate in favor of the construction of the border wall between the United States and Mexico, at the border between Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on February 9, 2019. (Photo by Herika Martinez / AFP) (Photo credit should read HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Speaking separately to “Fox News Sunday,” Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that an emergency declaration might not be required.
“There are other funds of money that are available to [Trump] through something called reprogramming, there is money he can get at and is legally allowed to spend,” Mulvaney said, noting that some funds were available even without declaring an emergency. “And I think it needs to be said again and again this is going to be legal — there are statutes on the book as to how any president can do this.”
Still, Mulvaney asserted that a national emergency was “absolutely on the table” and said that a wall will be built, one way or another.
“The president is going to build the wall,” Mulvaney said. “You saw what the Vice President said there, and that’s our attitude at this point ,is we will take as much money as you can give us and then we will go find money someplace else legally in order to secure that southern barrier. But this is going to get built with or without Congress.”
Earlier this weekend, Democrats seemed to draw a firm line on spending. Sens. Shelby and Tester on prospects for a deal on border security
Members of the bipartisan border security conference committee on the race to avoid another government shutdown.
“Throughout the talks, Democrats have insisted that a border security compromise not be overly reliant on physical barriers,” said Evan Hollander, spokesman for Democrats who control the House Appropriations Committee. “We will not agree to $2 billion in funding for barriers.”
The White House has previously offered a three-year extension of protections for 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, in exchange for the $5.7 billion Trump has been seeking for a barrier along the nation’s southern border with Mexico. The offered deal would also extend protections for 300,000 recipients of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program — which protects immigrants from designated countries with conditions that prevent nationals from returning safely.
But Democrats have called the border wall nothing more than a political stunt that they will never agree to fund, while Republicans point to what they have called a “crisis” at the border. Central Americans are increasingly entering the United States illegally in groups of at least 100 people in rugged, remote stretches of the Mexican border, authorities said Friday upon releasing January figures that show total arrests fell for a second straight month. “The president is going to build the wall.” — Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
A group of 325 Central Americans surrendered to agents Thursday near Lukeville, Ariz., according to Customs and Border Protection. Migrants told authorities that buses and trucks dropped them off throughout the night on a nearby Mexican highway that runs parallel to the border and they entered the U.S. together to wait for agents to find them. There were nearly 150 children, including 32 who were traveling alone.
The Border Patrol has encountered groups of at least 100 people 60 times since Oct. 1, compared to 13 during the entire 2018 fiscal year and two in the 2017 fiscal year, officials said. Many are in the desolate New Mexico Bootheel and Arizona deserts.
FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Yuli Arias, left, stands near a newly-replaced section of the border wall as her mother, Esther Arias, center, stands in the family’s house that was once threatened by construction along the border in Tijuana, Mexico. The Trump administration said Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, it would waive environmental reviews to replace up to 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) of border barrier in San Diego, shielding itself from potentially crippling delays. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
It is unclear what’s driving the sudden uptick of large groups in remote areas, but families, many of them Central American asylum seekers, make up a large and growing percentage of arrests across the border.
U.S. authorities arrested or stopped people for immigration violations 58,207 times in January, down 4 percent from 60,779 in December but up 62 percent from 35,905 in January 2018. It was the second straight monthly decline, though arrests typically fall from December to January.
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Families and children traveling alone accounted for 33,861 of those encounters, or nearly 6 of every 10 stopped at official crossings or arrested for entering the country illegally between crossings, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. That’s a dramatic change from several years ago, when most people who crossed illegally were single Mexican adults.
The large percentage of families and young children has stretched U.S. authorities even more in remote areas where staffing is thinner. Customs and Border Protection says medical attention was needed about 12,000 times for border crossers in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30.
On Jan. 14, a group of 376 Central Americans was arrested near San Luis, Ariz., the vast majority of them Guatemalan families who dug short, shallow holes under a barrier to cross the border, according to authorities.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, Chad Pergram, and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re .

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On Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale ‘lies’, BJP’s point-by-point rebuttal | India News

On Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale ‘lies’, BJP’s point-by-point rebuttal TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Feb 9, 2019, 14:29 IST NEW DELHI: The BJP today hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for “peddling lies after lies,” about the Rafale deal. This comes a day after Rahul attacked PM Narendra Modi over a defence ministry note cited in a media report expressing strong objections to the “parallel” negotiations by the PMO in the deal for the Frnch fighter aircraft. Countering the “lies” with “facts”, the BJP shared a list of 10 “lies” and said, “It’s difficult to track all his lies, but we’ve tried to track major lies peddled by him on #Rafale.”
Good Morning, folks. While you are starting a new day of honesty and hard work, #LiarRahulGandhi is preparing to… https://t.co/dfKEuoxFL7 — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549684858000 The BJP accused the Congress president of “twisting” some report which appeared in a French media house saying that making Reliance an offsets partner was a tradeoff for Dassault to secure the deal with India. The party said, “Both Supreme Court & Dassault CEO said Indian govt had nothing to do with choosing of offsets partners.”
Lie No.1: #LiarRahul tried to twist some report in a French media house to say making Reliance an offsets partner w… https://t.co/qLJ9hyrvZS — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549684952000 Accusing Rahul Gandhi of trying to create a false impression that the Supreme Court has found grave irregularities with the deal, the BJP slammed him for indulging in ‘cheap propaganda’ on a sub judice matter. “The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions filed by Congress proxies and held government has done no wrong,” the tweet read.
Lie No.2: #LiarRahul tried to create false impression that SC has found grave irregularities with the deal. Indulge… https://t.co/CHexPIE0dg — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549685134000 The BJP also accused the Congress president of quoting multiple numbers at multiple places for the supposed price of aircraft in UPA deal. In Parliament, he quoted the price as Rs 520 crore, in Karnataka Rs 526 crore, Rajasthan Rs 540 crore and in Delhi Rs 700 crore. “He deserves Nobel for lying,” the BJP said.
Lie No.6: #LiarRahul quotes multiple numbers at multiple places for supposed price of aircraft in UPA deal • Parli… https://t.co/WdkEjKrqhk — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686181000
Lie No.8: #LiarRahul said UPA negotiated price of Rs. 526/520/540 (one place, one price) crore per aircraft, while… https://t.co/zNeY7IeRQy — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686452000
From one year, liar hasn’t understood that complete operational package includes weapons, spare parts, supporting i… https://t.co/bVxH9sdPfb — BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686453000 Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi and his “partner in crime” newspaper, the BJP said that if they had faith in their “discovery”, they should’ve ideally wanted to approach the SC with these “discoveries.” “But they know they won’t stand a chance. Even now, we challenge liar to approach SC with his new ‘evidence’,” the BJP tweeted. On Friday, Rahul Gandhi had demanded answers to questions raised in the media report, saying it is now “crystal clear” that the “watchman” is the “thief”, an apparent reference to PM Modi’s alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal. Rahul’s offensive drew a counter-attack from Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the media report on the internal note in the ministry of defence(MoD) dated November 24, 2015, as “flogging a dead horse” and alleged that the opposition was playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests. (With agency inputs)

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Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated : Shots – Health News : NPR

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Growing up, Lindenberger said he listened to what his mom told him about how vaccines were bad and carried negative side effects. He thought it was normal to not receive vaccines.
But then in school, Lindenberger got pulled out of class and asked by educators to get vaccinated. He talked with friends and realized all of them had been vaccinated, but that he didn’t even know what a flu shot felt like. He saw more and more anti-vaccination debates popping up on social media. Slowly, he started to question what his mother had told him.
So, he did some research of his own.
“When I started looking into it myself, it became very apparent that there was a lot more evidence in defense of vaccinations, in their favor,” Lindenberger told NPR’s Scott Simon on Weekend Edition . Last Year, The Flu Put Him In A Coma. This Year He’s Getting The Shot
After researching, Lindenberger tried to confront his mother, approaching her with an article from the CDC about how vaccines don’t cause autism.
“Her response was simply ‘that’s what they want you to think,’ ” he said. “I was just blown away that you know, the largest health organization in the entire world would be written off with a kind of conspiracy theory-like statement like that.”
Despite repeated efforts to debate vaccination with his mother and show her the impact of the anti-vaccination movement on public health, Lindenberger has been unable to change her mind. But his own mind was made up: he was going to get vaccinated.
Lindenberger recently received his first round of shots — for diseases such as HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and influenza. It has caused some stress in his Norwalk, Ohio home, where he lives with both of his parents.
“My mom had always known I disagreed with her and figured that was going to pass, but it didn’t,” he said. “She looked at it as me getting vaccines for a gesture of rebellion and not for my own sake and for the sake of people around me.” Texas Parents Have Unanswered Questions About School Vaccination Rates
In an interview with the science magazine Undark , Lindenberger’s mother said that his decision to get vaccinations felt like an insult and called it “a slap in the face.”
Since he’s now legally an adult, Lindenberger’s mother cannot stop him from getting the vaccinations. For minors who want to get their shots, it can be trickier, since there are no federal laws regulating the issue. Instead, a minor’s ability to get vaccinated varies depending on state laws. In many cases, 18 is the requirement to get medical procedures without a parent’s consent.
Though she can’t control his decision, Lindenberger said his mother still tries to convince him not to continue with vaccinations.
While he doesn’t question his mother’s love, Lindenberger said he questions her judgment. He has more shots scheduled for later this month. NPR’s Denise Guerra contributed to this report and produced this story for broadcast.

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