Comments Off on Short Brexit delay possible, but conditionalonald Tusk has said
short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona
ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther
esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”
Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.
He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
Comments Off on New Mueller probe revelations explain Trump’s rage
President Donald Trump looks — and is acting — rattled and encircled by the Russia investigation. And a series of fresh d
isclosures on Tuesday show there is every reason for him to feel threatened by the vast shadow it is casting over his life, business and presidency.
Newly unsealed court documents detailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s activity reveal an investigative field
of breathtaking scope and a prosecutorial machine that ratcheted quickly up in mid-2017.
The search warrants targeting Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen offer a glimpse of the covert world of the probe. As
is often the case with Mueller, they give only a tantalizing hint of the wider, yet still hidden, puzzle.
In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week
But such disclosures are almost never good news for Trump.
There is enough to explain from Tuesday’s reveal why the in
vestigation must be weighing on Trump’s spirits, and driving his angry Twitter outbursts.
The vast breadth of the investigation by various jurisdictions also could offer a rich seam for Democratic House chair
en should they eventually subpoena primary evidence uncovered by Mueller and other prosecutors.
Comments Off on A preliminary KNKT report said the crew of Air Lion Flight 610 stru
ruggled to override the plane’s automatic systems in the minutes before it plunged into the oc
ean. The system pulled the plane’s nose down more than two dozen times, the report said.
The report said the MCAS system was responding to incorrect data transmitted by an AOA sens
or. A different flight crew experienced the same issue on a flight from Denpasar to Jakarta the previous day,
but had turned off the MCAS and took manual control of the plane, the report said.
Once in Jakarta, a Lion Air technician checked the plane again and gave it the green lig
ht to fly on its final flight, from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
The jet crashed 13 minutes after takeoff.
Experts have pointed to similarities between the Lion Air crash six months ago and last w
eek’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 people on board. Both were Boeing 737 Max 8 pla
nes that were equipped with the same automated flight software and both crashed minutes after takeoff.
Comments Off on Trump weighs in on Conways’ marriage in escalation of feud
President Donald Trump escalated his public feud with the spouse of a top adviser Wednesda
y, attacking counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s husband George as “jealous” and a “husband from hell.”
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that
I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump tweeted, referring to a post at the Justi
ce Department. Conway, a conservative lawyer, withdrew from consideration for the role early in Trump’s presidency.
Trump continued, “I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Wednesday’s tweet marks the first time Trump has publicly weighed in on the Conways’ marriage. While George Conway has
long been critical of Trump, attacks between the two ratcheted up this week when Conway questioned Trump’s men
tal health, tweeting screengrabs of the medical definitions of narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial pers
onality disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
“*All* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, inclu
ding and especially the media, Congress—and the Vice President and Cabinet,” he wrote Monday.
Comments Off on Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambiqu
Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after a
id agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been “destroyed” by Cyclone Idai.
The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midn
ight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.
In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll
stood at 84, “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.”
Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water after two rivers broke their banks “wiping out entire vil
lages ” and isolating others. “It’s a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions,” said Nyusi.
Comments Off on The pre-approval requirement was designed to protect agai
nst reckless conduct by Musk going forward,” the agency said. “It is therefore stunning to learn that, at the time of fil
ing of the [contempt] motion, Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the nume
rous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect.”
Musk is interpreting the settlement “as not requiring pre-approval unless Musk himself unil
aterally decides his planned tweets are material,” the agency said, adding that such an approach is “inco
nsistent with the plain terms” of the settlement and makes the pre-approval requirement “meaningless.”
The SEC also said that Musk has “made no diligent or good faith effort to comply with the pre-approval provision of the court’s order.”
And it dismissed the Tesla CEO’s argument that his First Amendment rights are being
violated because needing pre-approval for his tweets does not mean “that he is prohibited from speaking.”
Lawyers representing Musk responded with a court filing seeking permission to a
ddress “unsupported assertions” made by the SEC and to submit documentation that “un
dermines” the regulator’s position. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Comments Off on In June 2018, Oppo launched its high-end smartphone mod
Find X in Paris, marking its official foray into Europe. As of January, it had entered nine European markets, including Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Wu Qiang, who is in charge of Oppo’s overseas business, said the company is not adopting an aggressi
ve strategy in overseas markets. Instead, it strictly follows CEO Chen Mingyong’s principle of “eating rice bite by bite”.
“We will only enter the next market after doing a good job in existing markets,” Wu said.
Oppo’s intensified interest in foreign countries came after the Chinese sma
rtphone market hit a saturation point, with shipments declining for several quarters.
From September to December of 2018, smartphone shipments in China plunged almost 10 pe
rcent year-on-year, according to data from market research company International Data Corp or IDC.
Though Oppo outgrew the industry average to achieve an annual expansion rate of 1.5 pe
rcent in that time-frame, there is still a pressing need to look for new opportunities, Wu said.
Comments Off on Lack of sleep among children and teenagers deserves high
attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.
Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders
at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.
“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will
bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”
Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces
sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.
“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”
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dcast live on Facebook, and a “manifesto” denouncing immigrants as
“invaders” was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.
It is customary in Islam to bury the dead within 24 hours but no bodies have
been released because of the investigation, police said.
Arden said bodies would be handed over to families from Sunday evening.
”It is likely, however, to be a small number to begin with,” she told a media
briefing, adding that all should be returned by Wednesday.
Ardern said police would be posted at all mosques while they are open.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the body of the 50th victim was found at
the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people
died after a gunman entered and shot at people with a semi-automatic rifle with
high-capacity magazines, before travelling to a second mosque.
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he more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities. Thirty six people were still
being treated on Saturday, of which 11 remained in intensive care. One victim died in hospital.
“The wounds from gunshots are often quite significant,” Christch
urch Hospital’s Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson told reporters. “Many of the peop
le require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have.”
Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were bor
Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, whic
h is still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2011 that killed almost 200 people.
Wearing a black scarf over her head, Ardern hugged members of the Muslim community at a Chr
istchurch refugee center on Saturday. “I convey the message of love and support on behalf of New Zealand to all of you,” she said.