Month: March 2019

Brexit news: Wetherspoons boss demands Brexiteers hold out for no deal Brexit | UK | News

Brexit news: Wetherspoons boss demands Brexiteers hold out for no deal Brexit | UK | News

Brexit backing Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin picked apart the European Union during an impassioned speech to campaigners in Parliament Square. Mr Martin claimed the Brussels bloc was becoming “more and more undemocratic” as he reiterated the British people voted to leave, and “not for a deal”. Mr Martin also urged Brexiteers to wait a “few days” for Brexit to be delivered as he urged the UK to walk away from the EU on April 12.
Related articles ‘We will FIGHT again!’ Farage issues Brexit rallying cry BREXIT SHOCK: DUP chief calls for REMAINING in EU over backstop Speaking at a Leave Means Leave event, the Wetherspoons boss said: “The problem with the EU is it is becoming more and more undemocratic. It’s got five unelected Presidents, that is not democracy.
“It has got MEPs who can’t initiate legislation, that is not democracy. And it’s got a court which isn’t subject to proper democratic control. That’s not democracy.
“We have been arguing about this, MPs have been arguing about this for decades. It was decided that the way out was to give a vote to the people.
“The people voted to leave. They didn’t vote for a deal.”
Brexit news: Jean-Claude Juncker ripped into the EU during his speech (Image: BBC•GETTY) The problem with the EU is it is becoming more and more undemocratic
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Commenting on the Brexit delay, Mr Martin said: “Well I suppose it’s been going for 30 or 40 years so we can wait a few more days.”
He added: “I’d like to see us leave on April 12, I think we can save £39 billion, we can regain control of fishing which a lot of people seem to have forgotten about.
“I think it will be really good for British business, we can take the £39 billion which is going to vanish to Brussels in a flash and we can invest it in the UK.”
The UK now has until April 12 to find a solution moving forward, which could see Britain leave the bloc with no deal, or extending the Brexit process further.
Responding to the vote in the Commons on Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April.”
Emmanuel Macron said the risk of a no-deal on April 12 was real. He said: ”At that moment, we will have to decide on the timeframe to implement (a no-deal exit) … and therefore we will accelerate the final phase of preparations.”
The Irish Taoiseach said it is up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU.
In a statement, Leo Varadkar said: “The Government notes the decision of the House of Commons to reject the indicative Withdrawal Agreement. It is now up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid a no-deal scenario. The European Council has agreed unanimously that the Withdrawal Agreement will not be re-opened.”
Speaking in the Commons after her defeat, the Prime Minister warned it made the chances of the UK taking part in European elections “almost certain”.
She said: “The European Union has been clear that any further extension will need to have a clear purpose and will need to be agreed unanimously by the heads of the other 27 member states ahead of April 12.
“It is also almost certain to involve the UK being required to hold European parliamentary elections. On Monday, this House will continue the process to see if there is a stable majority for a particular alternative version of our future relationship with the EU. Of course, all of the options will require the withdrawal agreement.
“I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House. This House has rejected no-deal. It has rejected no Brexit. On Wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table, and today it has rejected approving the Withdrawal Agreement alone and continuing a process on the future. This Government will continue to press the case for the orderly Brexit that the result of the referendum demands.”

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Trump cuts off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador | Univision News Latin America | Univision

Latin America Trump cuts off aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador In the midst of a migrant crisis on the southern U.S. border, President Trump says he is is cutting off $500 million in funding to the Northern Triangle countries. But critics say he lacks the authority to cut the funding and his action undermines efforts to stop the exodos from Central America. David C Adams , 30 Mar 2019 – 9:11 PM EDT
Upset over the mounting flow of migrants at the U.S. southern border, President Donald Trump stated Friday that he has cut off $500 million in foreign aid approved by Congress for three Central American countries.
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Trump blamed the governments of the region for not doing enough to prevent the migrant exodus which U.S. officials say is overwhelming immigration controls at the southern border with Mexico.
“I’m not playing games,” Trump told reporters during a trip to Florida. “I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras and El Salvador. No money goes there anymore,” he said, standing next to Florida’s two U.S. Senators, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, as well as the state’s Governor Ron DeSantis.
“We were giving them $500 million. We were paying them tremendous amounts of money and we’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us, ” he added. “They set up these caravans in many cases, they put their worst people in the caravan. They’re not going to put their best in. They get rid of their problems and they march up here.”
The State Department on Friday began the process of informing Congress that it intended to halt the foreign aid, according to internal press guidance obtained by Univision. Trump appeared to have jumped the gun on Friday, as rules require a seven day notification period before officials make any announcement to the public, or the affected governments. According to the State Department guidance that process was not due to begin officially until Monday, April 1.
The White House and State Department did not respond to repeated requests from Univision for comment. There was no immediate response from the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, who diplomats said were blindsided by the decision. “Not effective partners”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave instructions “to redirect approximately $450 million in 2018 foreign assistance funds planned for the Northern Triangle to other foreign policy priorities,” according to the internal guidance. Remaining 2017 foreign assistance funds were also to be redirected.
“These funds will be redirected to support foreign assistance programs that are truly effective and work to advance our foreign policy goals. At this time, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvadaor are not effective partners in our effort to curb migration to our southern border,” it added.
Critics say halting the aid could jeopardize efforts to build greater cooperation with the governments of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to stem the flow of migrants. “Aid programs give hope”
“This hits the U.S. organizations, churches and dedicated professionals who are trying to make this happen, and develop these countries while they lower migration,” said one U.S. diplomat in the region who asked not to be named. “Then there are all the hundreds of thousands of people who these aid programs give hope to and keep on their land. Who knows how many more people are going to migrate without that hope.”
The lack of funding is already having an impact as budget managers try to rearrange what little money is left in the pipeline, according to sources who spoke to Univision.
“It’s gotten to a critical point. We are a week or two from having to close programs and start firing people ,” said the diplomat. “All programs are being brought down to a minimum level so they are not destroyed,” the diplomat added.
Funding delays over foreign aid are common due to bureaucratic issues, but there are legal restraints on how much the White House can interfere with the budget set by Congress. “In the case of Central America aid, it would be illegal not to spend it as specified,” said Adam Isacson, a regional expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a U.S.-based human rights group.
The White House has until September 30 to assign the funds, he added.
The withholding of aid comes after repeated threats by Trump to cut funding for Central America due to his frustration over the mounting number of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border with Mexico to seek asylum.
Trump also threatend on Friday to close the border with Mexico if the situation does not improve.
“This is classic Trump. The same thing happened with the wall. Once Congress appropriates money and it becomes law, the President doesn’t get to just do whatever he wants with it,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue , an influential Washington DC group that seeks to shape regional policy. Funds designed to stop migrants
The aid is part of a bipartisan program designed by the Obama Administration to reduce illegal immigration by increasing security, improving democratic governance and creating jobs in the three so-called Northern Triangle countries, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where most of the migrants come from. The funds pay for training of the judiciary, rural development programs to help farmers and reduce poverty, as well as programs to deter migrants from making the dangerous journey north and helping resettle those who are deported.
Some observers noted the irony of money being withheld from programs designed to reduce immigration at a time that the Trump administration is complaining about a national emergency at the border due to the large number of migrants.
One affected program manager who runs a $65 million job training program in Guatemala, told Univision, “cutting funding will actually increase migration, crime, gangs, corruption. Don’t expect less caravans. And certainly don’t expect less cocaine on U.S. soil as result of this policy.” President “countermands” senior advisers
“The president’s recent statement on zeroing out assistance for the Northern Triangle reveals once again that his foreign policy is based on highly personalistic misinterpretations of what is actually going on around the world,” said former US ambassador and Univision foreign policy analyst John Feeley , who previously served as the deputy head for Latin America at the State Department.
“His own senior advisers tell him that a small amount of foreign assistance will help achieve the goal of slowing the migrant flows, and in a fit of hubristic anger, he countermands them. This is not how a serious American administration conducts foreign policy . It’s how second-tier dictatorships operate.”
James Nealon, who was U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 2014-2017, said “cutting off assistance to cooperative countries will exacerbate the poor governance and instability that feed migration.” He added: ” If the President hates irregular migration now, just wait until he cuts off the very assistance designed to mitigate it.”
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Trump’s decison as “reckless” and if carried out “would undermine American interests and put our national security at risk.” U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens.
In October, Trump tweeted the US would “begin cutting off” foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador after he accused them of not being able “to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the US.”
In a March speech to conservatives, Trump accused Central America of sending “some very bad people … with tremendous violence in their past: murderers, killers, drug dealers, human traffickers.” Mixed messages
At the same time as Trump lashes out at the region, administration officials are seeking the cooperation of Central American governments. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with officials from the three countries in Honduras on Wednesday to sign what she called was a “historic” regional migration pact to increase cooperation on security issues and prevent the migrant ‘caravans’ that have so angered Trump.
“America shares common cause with the countries of Central America in confronting these challenges,” Nielsen said in a press statement on Thursday, hailing the pact. “Together we will prevail,” she added.
Trump has already tried to slash the budget for Central America, though he has met strong resistance in Congress which sees value in support for programs on the ground to deal with what many see as the push factors that cause migrants to leave: poverty, insecurity and government corruption.
Funding to the Northern Triangle countries has fallen steadily in recent years dropping to around $500 million last year, according to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a U.S.-based human rights group.
While government corruption is a major concern in the region, aid experts point out that 90 percent of the funding goes to private contracts with international aid agencies, U.S. consulting companies and local non-profit groups who carry out the programs. The Trump administration appear more interested in spending money on securing the border than tackling issues of third world poverty afflicting the region, they add. “Breaking point”
Trump declared illegal immigration a national emergency in February as part of a plan to shift $6.7 billion in non-congressionally approved funds to border wall construction.
Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told reporters on Wednesday that he had urged Congress to allocate more resources for the border, warning of an unprecedented migration surge that has pushed his agency to “the breaking point.”
The agency detained more than 3,700 migrants on Monday, the highest one-day total at the border in a decade. U.S. authorities detained more than 76,000 in February, and this month, they are on pace to exceed 95,000, according to the CBP projections. RELACIONADOS: Latin America • Politics • United States • Immigration • Publicidad

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Arab leaders call for Palestinian state, condemn US’ Golan move | Tunisia News | Al Jazeera

Tunisia Arab leaders call for Palestinian state, condemn US’s Golan move Tunis meeting comes amid ongoing wars in Syria and Yemen, leadership rivalry in Libya and a continuing boycott of Qatar. by Linah Alsaafin 31 Mar 2019 18:33 GMT Tunis, Tunisia – Arab leaders meeting in Tunis have issued a renewed call for the establishment of a Palestinian state and condemned a move by the United States to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Held in Tunisia’s capital, the 30th Arab League summit kicked off on Sunday against the backdrop of ongoing conflicts, serious divisions and unrest – from the long-running wars in Syria and Yemen to Libya ‘s instability, and from mass anti-government protests in Algeria and Sudan to a major diplomatic dispute in the Gulf. In a speech opening the summit, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia reiterated his kingdom’s support for a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip , with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi echoed the king’s speech, reiterating the significance of the Palestinian cause to the Arab world as he issued a call for unity. 190330202209653
“It is unreasonable for the Arab region to continue to be at the forefront of tensions and crises,” Essebsi, the host of the summit, said.
Arab leaders – including Salman, Essebsi and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – also condemned US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel seized in the 1967 war.
“We reiterate our categorical rejection of measures that would undermine Syrian sovereignty over the Golan,” King Salman said.
However, expectations for any concrete action were low, partly due to the close ties regional powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) have cultivated with the Trump administration, viewing it as a key ally against their main rival, Iran .
“There is very little intention to come up with very clear outcomes other than the usual discourse of establishing Palestine right and the general Arab stance on regional issues,” Majed al-Ansari, professor of political sociology at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera.
“I don’t believe I’ve heard anything that would constitute a new trend in what would come out of the summit,” Ansari said. What is the Arab League? (4:32) No Bouteflika, Bashir
Meanwhile, Algeria’s and his Sudanese counterpart, Omar al-Bashir , did not attend the meeting in Tunis. In recent weeks, they have both faced growing calls to step down as thousands have taken to the streets calling for political change.
The readmission of Syria back into the League, from which it was suspended in 2011 following President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, was expected to be on the summit’s agenda.
But officials speaking ahead of the meeting said it was unlikely Syria would be welcomed back any time soon.
The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus last year, and other Arab states have expressed support for restoring relations.
But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have actively supported the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, and many other states view his government as an Iranian proxy that should continue to be shunned.
Commenting on the calls for unity amid the ongoing divisions and unrest, Ansari noted that the Arab League has a history of hollow statements not followed by actions.
“We also know that the declarations and talk about Arab unity that come out of the summit do not materialise in any shape or form,” he said.

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Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content – BBC News

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content 30 March 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright AFP Image caption Mark Zuckerberg wants a common set of rules that all tech companies have to stick to Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.
In an op-ed published in the Washington Post , Facebook’s chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.
He calls for new laws in four areas: “Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.”
It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was “creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions” about what is posted and what is taken down. Amol Rajan: The constant influence of dark ads
He also describes a new set of rules he would like to see enforced on tech companies.
These new regulations should be the same for all websites, he says, so that it’s easier to stop “harmful content” from spreading quickly across platforms. What does Mark Zuckerberg want?
In brief, Mr Zuckerberg calls for the following things: Common rules that all social media sites need to adhere to, enforced by third-party bodies, to control the spread of harmful content All major tech companies to release a transparency report every three months, to put it on a par with financial reporting Stronger laws around the world to protect the integrity of elections, with common standards for all websites to identify political actors Laws that not only apply to candidates and elections, but also other “divisive political issues”, and for laws to apply outside of official campaign periods New industry-wide standards to control how political campaigns use data to target voters online More countries to adopt privacy laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last year A “common global framework” that means these laws are all standardised globally, rather than being substantially different from country to country Clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting people’s data when they move it from one service to another
The open letter, which will also be published in some European newspapers, comes as the social network faces questions over its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal around data misuse during election campaigns.
The site has also been criticised for failing to stop the spread of footage of the Christchurch killings, in which 50 Muslims died as they prayed.
The video was livestreamed to the attacker’s Facebook page on 15 March, before being copied 1.5 million times .
Mr Zuckerberg’s letter did not specifically name these incidents. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook has faced criticism for failing to remove the footage live-streamed by the Christchurch attacker
On Friday it also started labelling political ads appearing on Facebook in EU countries , showing who the advertiser is, how much they paid and who they’ve targeted.
“I believe Facebook has a responsibility to help address these issues, and I’m looking forward to discussing them with lawmakers around the world,” Mr Zuckerberg says. Related Topics

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Federal judge overrules Trump order, restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

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Siargao resort bans freeloading influencers | Inquirer News

Siargao resort bans freeloading influencers | Inquirer News

A resort in Siargao, a small island off the coast of Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao that is also known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, has publicly refused to be under the influence of social media influencers.
In a post that received mixed reactions from netizens, White Banana Beach Club Siargao said: ADVERTISEMENT
“We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested [in] ‘collaborating’ with self-proclaimed ‘influencers.’ And we would like to suggest to try another way to eat, drink, or sleep for free. Or try to actually work.”
After the post went viral, the resort owners had to explain that they were not referring to all vloggers and bloggers, particularly those who pay for their accommodation. FEATURED STORIES NEWSINFO After cheating on husband, Chinese woman gives birth to twins having different dads NEWSINFO Lacson’s unsolicited advice to Carpio: Be paranoid of Chinese surveillance NEWSINFO Sotto lists “Tough Ten” Senate bets
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In its second post, the resort said: “Good day everyone. Our post went viral. But we want to clarify that we are not against influencers. Just against freeloaders. A real influencer is called as such by the rest; he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, [under] different terms and conditions, and we support them.
“There are real influencers, that in [some] cases, we will contact and pay or [make an] offer [to]. But look, what, they’ve never contacted us … as they don’t need us. We need them.”
Commented Fonzie Palec: “Coming from someone who does marketing and advertising for a living, I totally agree with you. We never responded to ‘self-proclaimed influencers’ who come to us for x-deals, et al. We do extensive social listening, market intelligence, and we determine reach and engagement per influencer before ‘we reach out to them.’ The use of the word ‘influencer’ has become abused these days.”
‘Formal rejection’
Mary Joyce Vallejos Salvador agreed with the resort’s position: “I understand your point. [That’s why] as much as possible, I refrain from e-mailing brands for collaborations. Because it’s more rewarding if it’s they themselves who recognize your talent.”
Another netizen pointed out that if the offer was made formally, then it deserves a formal rejection. ADVERTISEMENT
“If these people formally sent you a message, I think they deserve a formal rejection … I recently tried pitching to resorts and hotels because why not, right? There’s no harm in trying, and if you know that you have something to offer on the table, it’s never a bad thing to try,” posted Jovelyn Mateo. —DJAN MAGBANUA, INQUIRER LIBRE
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1,100 dolphins wash up dead, often mutilated, on French beaches in three months | World News | Sky News

Industrial fishing has been blamed for a record 1,100 dolphins washing up on beaches in France so far this year – often in a mutilated state.
More of the dead mammals have been found in the first three months of 2019 than in the entirety of last year, which was already a record-breaker.
The mass deaths have alarmed animal welfare groups and prompted French ecology minister Francois De Rugy to launch a national plan.
Activists say fishermen often cut body parts off the suffocated dolphins after they are pulled up in their nets, in a bid to save their equipment.
The ecology minister, under pressure to act as President Emmanuel Macron continues to champion pro-environment policies, has pledged to bolster research into existing repellent devices in use off the Bay of Biscay – an industrial fishing hub in the Atlantic Ocean.
Advertisement Image: The dolphins get caught up in nets used to fish other marine life When activated, the devices send unpleasant signals to nearby dolphins that cause them to swim away and hopefully avoid coming to harm.
But animal rights group Sea Shepherd has said his measures do not go far enough, claiming that many fishermen are reluctant to use the repellent devices in case they scare off valuable fish as well.
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Group president Lamya Essemlali said: “The government needs to take responsibility and act – especially Macron, who said he wanted to protect ecology.
“The spotlight has been put on the trawlers that fish for sea bass, which is a scandal. But they were not the only ones responsible.”
Trawlers are struggling to cope with an unprecedented demand for low-cost fish, which has made fishing for catches like sea bass and hake a vital operation for those in the trade.
Image: Fishermen cut body parts from the dolphins to remove them from the net without damaging their equipment Hake fishing had long been banned until three years ago, which has been linked to the spike in dolphin deaths.
Sea Shepherd has said the current rate of global seafood consumption, which the European Commission reports has more than doubled in the past 50 years, is unsustainable.
Last year, Bank of England governor Mark Carney told Sky News that oceans around the world were facing a “market failure” that risks triggering the extinction of fish species.
And in January, the environment audit committee warned that over-fishing was one of the key issues – along with plastic pollution and climate change – contributing to the destruction of marine life.
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Thief steals 130 boiled eggs, ignores cash | Inquirer News

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A thief in Tokyo, Japan, ignored the cash at a ramen shop, instead opting to steal 130 soft-boiled eggs.
The shop owner, who was unidentified, was puzzled when he discovered the break-in at the establishment, which was first reported by China Press. ADVERTISEMENT
He found out that the cash in the restaurant’s cash register was left untouched by the thief.
Lacking eggs, the owner had to announce on social media that his shop would be closed for a day so he could replenish his stocks. FEATURED STORIES NEWSINFO Lanyards, not medals: How a high school valedictorian finished college ‘sakto lang’ NEWSINFO Siargao resort bans freeloading influencers NEWSINFO Lacson’s unsolicited advice to Carpio: Be paranoid of Chinese surveillance
Meanwhile, police said five other restaurants on the same street also reported break-ins, and that they lost a total of ¥10,000 (around P4,750). Katrina Hallare /ra
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Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets | CBC News

Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets Social Sharing Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets An Alberta calf may have set a weight record, but Dot, a Charolais-Red Angus cross, wasn’t going to be outdone. She gave birth to live quadruplets on Tuesday. Social Sharing Cow giving birth to quadruplets is a 1 in 700,000 possibility Sharon Gerein · CBC News · Posted: Mar 29, 2019 6:00 AM CT 29 The cow formerly known as No. 46 was renamed Dot after successfully giving birth to live quadruplets. (Submitted by Carman Moxham)
It seems that cows on the prairies are doing their best to set records.
On Monday, an Alberta cow gave birth to a humongous heifer that tipped the scales at 94 kilograms. Humongous heifer: Baby bovine breaks the scales on Alberta ranch
Not to be outdone, a Saskatchewan cow had quadruplets — with a total birth weight four kilograms higher than the Alberta calf. Dot the cow is a sort of supermom. In the past five years, she’s given birth to 16 calves. But what she did this year on a Leross-area farm is pretty rare. Dot gave birth to quadruplets, and the 217 pounds that make up Trixie, Dixie, Moxy and Ben are alive and well. Garth Materie talked with Carman Moxham about this wonder cow.9:45
The Charolais-Red Angus cross is named Dot and it happened on Carman Moxham’s farm near Leross.
“Trixie was 41, Dixie was 55, Moxy was 56 and Ben was 65 pounds. That’s total birth weight of 217 pounds [98 kilograms], which is amazing size to carry by one animal,” said Moxham.
Until Thursday the cow was only known at No. 46 on the Moxham farm. But after this incredible birth, he decided to name her Dot, after his own mother.
Moxham said Dot is kind of a super mom in the bovine world. In the past five years, Dot has given birth to 16 calves, although not all of them have survived.
Moxham said they knew Dot was going to have another multiple birth this year, because she was huge.
They didn’t expect she was going to have four calves.
“We brought her in early on, gave her a little extra love, a little extra attention, and some better quality feed … and try not to cause her any stress,” Moxham said.
Moxham said throughout the cold weather, she had her own personal place to bed down in the barn and her special little ration that no one else was getting. Together, the four babies Dot gave birth to totalled 217 pounds according to Carman Moxham.(Submitted by Carman Moxham)
Quadruplets are rare. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine said it’s about a one in 700,000 chance. To have four calves born live and survive, like Dot has, pushes the statistics into the one-in-several-millions category.
Moxham said Dot got pregnant the old-fashioned way — artificial insemination was not used.
He also said it’s been an exciting few days.
“When it comes to farming, there’s a lot of downs, and a lot of expense. But when you run across something like this, it’s like a little shining star.”
With files from the Afternoon Edition

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Bill Maher Keeps It Real About Socialism – Rolling Stone

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For a President Consumed With Winning, a Stinging Defeat

For a President Consumed With Winning, a Stinging Defeat

President Trump learns the hard way about the political danger of shutdowns and his limits in an era of divided power.

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After Donald Trump Said It, How News Outlets Handled It

Media outlets took the unusual step of allowing a vulgar word in print and on air after a report that Mr. Trump had used the term to describe African nations and Haiti.

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James Harden Records His FIFTH 50-Point TRIPLE-DOUBLE | March 30, 2019

James Harden (50 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) recorded his 9th 50-point game of the season and 7th triple-double of the season (5th 50+ point triple-double of career, extending his own NBA record) as the Rockets defeated the Kings, 119-108 tonight in Houston. This is also Harden’s 18th 50-point game of his career, giving him sole possession of 4th all-time.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with 24 points (8-14 FG), 9 rebounds and 8 assists in the losing effort. With the win, the Rockets improve to 49-28 on the season while the Kings fall to 37-39 and are eliminated from playoff contention.

With the Kings’ loss, the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs have both clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference.

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Ethiopian Airlines crash: 'Pitch up, pitch up!' – BBC News

Ethiopian Airlines crash: ‘Pitch up, pitch up!’ – BBC News

Image copyright Jonathan Druion Image caption The Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft that crashed soon after take-off Details have begun to emerge of the final moments of an Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed three weeks ago.
An anti-stalling system on the plane, a Boeing 737 Max, has been blamed for the disaster which killed all 157 people on board.
Soon after take-off – and just 450ft (137m) above the ground – the aircraft’s nose began to pitch down.
One pilot, according to the Wall Street Journal , said to the other “pitch up, pitch up!” before their radio died.
The plane crashed only six minutes into its flight.
‘Catastrophic failure’ The Wall Street Journal – which says it’s spoken to people close to the ongoing investigation – says the information it has “paints a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew”.
Leaks this week from the crash investigation in Ethiopia and in the US suggest an automatic anti-stall system was activated at the time of the disaster.
The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight-control feature was also implicated in a fatal crash involving a Lion Air flight in Indonesia last October.
The Boeing 737 Max went down shortly after take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Image caption All 157 passengers and crew on board were killed during the crash earlier this month An investigation of the Lion Air flight suggested the anti-stall system malfunctioned, and forced the plane’s nose down more than 20 times before it crashed into the sea.
The Ethiopian authorities have already said there are “clear similarities” between the Lion Air incident and the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The airline and authorities have refused to comment on leaks from the investigation.
Concerns about the Boeing 737 Max have led to a worldwide grounding of the plane.
System update Boeing has redesigned the software so that it will disable MCAS if it receives conflicting data from its sensors.
As part of the upgrade, Boeing will install an extra warning system on all 737 Max aircraft, which was previously an optional safety feature.
Neither of the two planes that were involved in the fatal crashes carried the alert systems, which are designed to warn pilots when sensors produce contradictory readings.
The aircraft update is designed to ensure the MCAS will no longer repeatedly make corrections when a pilot tries to regain control.
Boeing is also revising pilot training to provide “enhanced understanding of the 737 MAX” flight system and crew procedures.
Image caption Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accident, which took place just minutes after the plane took off from Bole Aiport in Ethiopia Earlier this week, Boeing said that the upgrades were not an admission that the system had caused the crashes.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accidents, but a preliminary report from Ethiopian authorities is expected within days.
Boeing has tried to restore its battered reputation, while continuing to insist the 737 Max is safe.

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NEW DELHI: The economics of the NYAY scheme announced by Congress president Rahul Gandhi scheme is not viable without raising taxes, a top economist has said while backing the idea of replacing the string of centrally-sponsored schemes.
Earlier this month Gandhi had unveiled the Nyunatam Ayay Yojana (NYAY) scheme which assures upto Rs 72,000 per year or Rs 6,000 a month to 20 per cent of the country’s poorest families. He has vowed to implement the scheme if the party is voted to power. “I think the arithmetic behind it has to be we have to find new fiscal resources.
I think it is something we have been saying for a while pretty loudly that we are under taxed given its ambition as a nation,” Abhijit Banerjee , Ford Foundation International professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ) told Times Now.
“The economy is not viable without increasing taxes. The NDA budgets are not viable without raising taxes. Nothing is viable without raising taxes. We haven’t really confronted that especially given that we have stopped the inflation tax,” said the MIT professor, who is widely believed to have advised the Congress party on the scheme.
Banerjee said the UPA “maybe for better or worse” was using the inflation tax heavily and as a result while there was high interest rates, the share of government debt in GDP was falling, mostly because of inflation.
“Now we are not using that, now we really have very few instruments to raise revenue. We are really hurting. This is a problem that has got worse over the last five years. Killing inflation might be a good thing but it is something that completely made us fiscally less sustainable,” he said.
The noted economist was also of the view that the plethora of centrally-sponsored schemes and “extremely distortionary subsidies” need to be phased or replaced.

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Trump threatens to shut Mexico border following migration surge – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption ‘I thought we would be treated differently in US’ President Donald Trump has said he is likely to close the US border if Mexico does not do more to stop migrants reaching the United States.
The closure would disrupt border crossings, threatening trade worth billions of dollars.
Mr Trump’s threat follows a surge in migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US.
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would not be drawn into confrontation on the issue.
US-Mexico border ‘at breaking point’ Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a tweet that Mexico was a “great neighbour” to the US and would “not act on the basis of threats”.
What did Mr Trump say? Mr Trump told reporters on Friday: “There’s a very good likelihood that I’ll be closing the border next week, and that will be just fine with me.”
He said it was very easy for Mexico to “stop people from coming up, but they don’t choose to do it”.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Queues have been building up at the Mexico-US border The president later wrote a series of tweets which concluded that because the US “lose so much money with them, especially when you add in drug trafficking etc., that the Border closing would be a good thing!”
The US president has also instructed the state department to cut off all direct assistance to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala – where many of the migrants come from.
The move has to involve Congress, many of whose members have authorised the monies to tackle the root causes of the migration.
How did Mexico respond? President López Obrador said on Thursday that the issue of migration was “not up to us Mexicans”.
He said it was a problem stemming from Central American countries rather than Mexico.
What is the migrant caravan heading to US? ‘Why I’m leaving’ – the new migrant caravan “The Mexican is no longer seeking work in the United States. The majority [of migrants] are inhabitants of our fellow Central American countries,” he said.
Following President Trump’s tweets on Friday, Mr López Obrador told a crowd of supporters: “I want to make it clear that we are not going to fight with the United States government. Peace and love.”
He referred to migration as a “human right” and said: “People in Central America don’t have any options, so they set out looking for a way to earn a living.”
Why does Mr Trump want to close the border? Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said border patrol staff had been overwhelmed by a huge increase in asylum seekers fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said that border apprehensions in March were expected to total 100,000, the highest in a decade. More than 1,000 unaccompanied children are among those currently in custody.
Migrants are collected in US border patrol vans and taken into custody Ms Nielsen warned Congress that the US government faced a “system-wide meltdown” as it tried to care for the 6,600 immigrant families currently in custody.
Trump reverses migrant separation policy It is unclear how closing entry ports might reduce the number of migrants entering the country, as many arrive at unofficial points of entry and can legally request help the moment they step on US soil.
The DHS has moved 750 border staff from entry ports to help process asylum seekers arriving between official crossing points.
What could the impact be? Ms Nielsen warned Americans that they “may feel effects from this emergency”.
Lack of staffing is already having an impact. Traffic jams at the crossing between Cuidad Juárez and El Paso, Texas, were longer than usual on Friday, with one driver claiming she had been stuck for three hours, Reuters news agency reported.
A border closure could have a significant financial impact, disrupting tourism and trade between the US and Mexico, which reached a total of $612bn (£469bn) last year, according to the US census bureau.
Kurt Honold, head of business group CCE in Tijuana, Mexico, said there could be billions of dollars of losses.
“It’s obvious he’s not measuring what he says,” Mr Honold added.
What is the background to this? Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential bid was based on a crackdown on illegal immigration, with him blaming Mexico for “bringing drugs, bringing crime, their rapists”.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Migration remains at the centre of President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign His famous promise to “build a wall” so far remains unfulfilled as Congress refuses to fund it. However, the president has declared a national emergency in order to direct funds away from the military and towards the wall.
Trump’s border wall – in seven charts How emergency powers could be used to build Trump’s wall How much of Trump’s wall has been built? Since his election in 2016, Mr Trump has made repeated threats to close the US border with Mexico.
On Thursday, Mr Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Michigan that the US would “close the damn border”.
On Friday, Mr López Obrador told reporters: “All this talk of migrant caravans and such is related to politics and the [US] election campaign- that’s why I’m not going to get into it.”

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Stephen A. Smith says James Harden is more valuable than Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Max Kellerman sees Antetokounmpo as more important to the Milwaukee Bucks’ success than Harden is for the Houston Rockets.

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Teen Omarian Banks fatally shot after knocking on the wrong door in Atlanta

Teen Omarian Banks fatally shot after knocking on the wrong door in Atlanta

A teenager who was looking for his girlfriend’s apartment in Atlanta was shot and killed after knocking on the wrong door, police and loved ones said Saturday.
Omarian Banks, 19, was trying to visit his girlfriend, Zsakeria Mathis, Friday when he mistakenly went to a different apartment in the complex where she had recently moved, Banks’ cousin Rakiya Hawkins told ABC News Saturday morning.
(Zsakeria Mathis) Omarian Banks, an Atlanta teen who was killed after knocking on the wrong apartment door, police said. Banks was FaceTiming with Mathis before knocking on the door, Hawkins said.
He just made a mistake by going to the wrong door. He “was knocking on a door that he believed to be his girlfriend’s apartment. Shortly after, the victim walked away from the door,” Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told ABC News in an emailed statement.
But that’s when Darryl Bynes, who was in the apartment where Banks knocked, allegedly “went onto his balcony to confront the victim,” Chafee said.
The two men exchanged words, and Bynes, 32, allegedly opened fire, Chafee said in the statement.
“The resident produced a handgun and shot the victim,” he said.
(Omarian Banks/Facebook) Omarian Banks is pictured in this undated photo posted on Facebook. The Atlanta police statement said Banks had been shot in the neck and died at the scene, but offered no other details on the other gun wounds.
Bynes was arrested on Friday and charged with murder in court on Saturday morning, Chafee said. He is currently in Fulton County Jail. He has been assigned a public defender, Reona Bray, who did not comment on his case.
Bynes’ cousin Mackayla Johnson told ABC News that he is “a loving family man. He’s never had the intent to harm anybody. He’s not aggressive, does not have an aggressive criminal record.”
The victim’s mother, Lisa Johnson, said she struggled to understand what happened.
(Zsakeria Mathis) Omarian Banks, an Atlanta teen who was killed after knocking on the wrong apartment door, police said. “I just want to understand why he had to take my son’s life. My son was just confused. He just went to the wrong door and he was begging for his life,” Johnson told ABC News.
Johnson remembered her son, who worked at McDonald’s, as “a typical teenager.”
“He worked. He was getting his life together, just trying to make his mom and family proud” she added. “My son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Mathis said she was on the phone with him right before the shooting.
“He was a good person. He wasn’t doing anything wrong,” she told ABC News. “He just made a mistake by going to the wrong door. He had a big heart and loved everyone that was around him.”
ABC News’ Vera Drymon and Barbara Friedman contributed to this report.

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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters Image caption Central American migrants are seen inside an enclosure in El Paso after crossing the border between Mexico and the United States illegally and turning themselves in to request asylum The US-Mexico border has reached “breaking point”, US officials say, amid an “unprecedented” surge in migrant numbers.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said it is “a matter of time” before tragedy strikes at one of their facilities.
In El Paso, Texas, officials have over 13,000 migrants in custody this week, he said.
Most of the migrants entering the US are families or unaccompanied children.
“On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody,” Mr McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. 13,000 is unprecedented.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Kevin McAleenan speaks in El Paso, just down the road from a makeshift detention centre
During previous immigration surges, many of those seeking entry were single adults, the commissioner said.
But because these are family units and children, they cannot be easily repatriated and instead, are “almost guaranteed to be released to remain in the US indefinitely”. All you need to know about US border in seven charts
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still do not have the capacity to detain families and children, officials said.
Mr McAleenan said his agency expects 40,000 children to enter CBP custody in March after entering the US unaccompanied, “in the hands of violent and callous smugglers”.
“We are doing everything we can to simply avoid a tragedy in a CBP facility,” he added. “But with these numbers, with the types of illnesses we’re seeing…I fear that it’s just a matter of time.”
CBP officials are on pace to manage over 100,000 migrants this month – the highest in a month since 2008. A humanitarian emergency in a political storm
The images from El Paso are dramatic. Men, women and children huddle behind chain-link fences, with only the most rudimentary of services.
Donald Trump has called the border situation a “crisis” – and while the families crossing into the US at a growing rate may not be the national security threat he describes, the potential for a humanitarian emergency is real.
The challenge for the US government is that there is no clear way to end the refugee tide without changing US law, which allows migrants to claim asylum from anywhere on US soil.
Mr Trump’s much-touted border wall – which already largely exists in El Paso – is ineffective, because it can’t be built on the Rio Grande river, the actual border separating the US and Mexico.
Refugees can complete their 1,000-mile journey from Central America by wading into US territory.
This could put Democrats in a bind. For months they’ve criticised Mr Trump’s warnings of border chaos as anti-immigrant hysteria. The debate over immigration has hardened into partisan trench warfare.
The situation, however, is changing.
If Democrats don’t acknowledge this – and offer solutions – they risk finding themselves on the wrong side of public opinion and in the midst of a growing political storm. Image copyright CBP Handout Image caption Agents provide food, water and medical screening to scores of migrants at a processing centre
The agency has now redirected 750 agents from their roles at ports of entry to instead support the “humanitarian mission”.
“We have in some sectors an average of 40% of our Border Patrol agents all fully engaged in just the care, transport, and processing of migrants.”
CBP is asking for assistance from other federal agencies including the National Guard and Department of Defence to increase the capacity to process migrants.
Mr McAleenan has also asked for immediate legislative action from Congress so the agency can detain families together. as well as for the government to fix issues in the legal process for asylum seekers.
He noted that it often takes two to five years for asylum seekers to see a judge, and only around 10 to 15% of migrants actually have a legitimate claim.
US President Donald Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, in order to tap into funding for a US-Mexico border wall.
But Democrats argued he has manufactured a crisis at the border to fulfil a campaign promise, bypassing congressional authority in the process.
News of the dire situation at the border comes as “the mother of all caravans” is reportedly forming in Honduras.
Mexican news outlet El Economista reports that this latest group of migrants travelling to the US could have more than 20,000 people.
Mexico’s Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero told local media an estimated 900,000 migrants will make their way through Mexico towards the US border by the end of 2019. More on the US migrant crisis

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