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Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 11:39 AM
It’s one thing when a bunch of politicians yammer on about an issue facing a country, but when David Beckham steps up to the mic to take a position, it’s time to start listening.
The former soccer god spoke out on Tuesday about the biggest issue facing his home country of England – whether to remain in the European Union, or to back out and be just Britain.
As an American, about now you are probably wondering why you should care about what the United Kingdom does. Good question. Beside the Beckham beefcake part of it, the results of Thursday’s upcoming referendum on whether to stay or to go will have ripple effects around the world.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron warned that if British voters choose to leave the EU the decision will be 'irreversible.’
Here’s a quick look at what Brexit is and why the results of the vote are important.
What does Brexit mean?
Nothing, really. It is a combination of “Britain” and “exit” – or Brexit. What Britain would be exiting is the European Union.
What’s the European Union?
The European Union is an economic and political partnership of 28 countries. Each of the countries are independent but they share trade agreements. The European Union, or EU, operates a single market which allows free movement of goods, capital and services.
The 28 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
What is the argument for staying?
It is mainly an economic one. There are 3 million United Kingdom jobs linked to trade in Europe, according to those who want the UK to stay in the EU. The country also benefits from lower prices for things like travel within the EU countries. Another reason would be a law enforcement advantage – the European Arrest Warrant enables the UK and EU members to more easily extradite criminals across borders. Security – all for one and one for all – is another consideration.
What is the argument for going?
A big argument is the country would save 350 million British Pounds a week, according to one source. Another major argument is that it would allow the UK to be in charge of her own borders (read: immigration). If someone has the right to live in one of the EU countries, they can live in any or all of the EU countries.
What does the Queen want?
Some reports suggest that Queen Elizabeth II is in favor of leaving the EU. However, we will likely never know what she really thinks about it as she remains non-political in public. However, according to a chatty source who spilled the beans about a lunch the Queen and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had in 2011, the queen was quoted as saying, the “EU is going in the wrong direction.” (Read: she is in favor of leaving).
Anyone famous want the country to leave the EU?
Sir Michael Caine, Dame Joan Collins, Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Elizabeth Hurley are down with Brexit.
Which celebs want to stay?
J.K. Rowling, Elton John, Simon Cowell, Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch say they like the EU just fine.
What happens if they leave?
Any number of things can happen if the UK becomes the first country to leave the EU. Surely, there will be trade issues – Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has said trade agreements with Britain under the EU will not be the same if the UK leaves. There are jobs and other economic issues to consider. Also, Scotland, one of four nations that make up the United Kingdom, says they will have their own referendum for independence so they can then pursue their own membership with the EU.
When will we know?
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM
— Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you.
Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.
According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation.
Hey this one ain’t so bad. pic.twitter.com/er0FxZNVO8— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 13, 2018
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:07 PM
Unable to bridge the partisan divide on immigration, federal spending levels and more, Republicans and Democrats in the Congress were on the verge of letting funding for the government lapse at midnight on Friday night, as members of both parties eagerly pointed the finger of blame at each other for the spending impasse, which could trigger the first federal shutdown in over four years.
“That would be a mistake,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “Government shutdowns do not make sense.”
That Republican argument carried the day in the House, as lawmakers voted mainly along party lines Thursday evening in favor of a four week temporary funding plan – but once the bill reached the Senate floor, leaders quickly sent Senators home for the night, unable to agree on how best to proceed.
“They’re prepared to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared of Democrats, as McConnell said there was no reason to rush on solving problems with DACA and Dreamers, as GOP leaders struggled to get a majority of Senators to vote for the House-passed bill.
Meanwhile, Democrats complained that immigration talks have been slow walked by Republicans and the White House, and that it was time to force a solution on immigration, overall budget limits and more.
“We should be united in trying to come to a solution, not just kick the can down the road,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.
If Congress is unable to reach a spending agreement by midnight, then many government functions would start to wind down over the weekend.
In the House, Republicans said now was the time for more negotiations, not a spending impasse which would close many government operations.
“We’ve kept the government open,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK). “The right thing for the Senate to do would be to vote yes, and continue to negotiate.”
“I now just implore the Senate, do your job,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA).
As Senators gathered on the floor late Thursday, a number of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” were seated in the galleries, watching the debate below.
“Look at the people who have gathered here late this night, who are following every word that we are debating,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
“Why are they here if there’s no urgency?” added Durbin, who is a leading negotiator for Democrats on DACA and immigration issues.
But while Durbin and other Democrats called for action on a bipartisan agreement on Senators from both parties related to DACA, their plan had still not been put into legislative language.
GOP Senators pointed out that lack of a bill in making the case that no deal was likely over the weekend on immigration, and again saying that the deadline was not until March.
“This institution regrettably needs to be forced into action,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who broke ranks with his party’s leadership to vote against a stopgap budget, demanding immediate action on DACA.
“We don’t have to wait until March, it would be cruel to wait until March,” Curbelo told reporters after the House had voted.
As for President Donald Trump, the White House schedule issued for Friday still had him going to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, where a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of Mr. Trump’s inauguration was reportedly scheduled for Saturday.
Also on Mr. Trump’s Friday schedule was an address to thousands rallying for the March for Life, and a meeting with his national security team in the White House Situation Room.
But Democrats only saw one thing – Air Force One leaving town.
“Trump going to Mar-a-Lago while government shutdown looms is most irresponsible, self absorbed, dereliction of duty ever by a President,” tweeted Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).
But even as both sides traded barbs, there was a lot of frustration among Republicans over the budget process, which has become stuck in neutral on a regular basis.
“It is absolutely ridiculous that we are sitting here today, having not funded the government permanently for the balance of this year,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
If the federal government does shut down this weekend, it would be the first spending impasse since 2013, when Republicans
blocked action on funding bills for 16 days, protesting the implementation of the Obama health law.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:27 PM
BOSTON — Kimberly Archie was pleased to hear about the new findings on chronic brain injuries released by Boston University on Thursday.
Doctors at BU have found constant hits to young athletes – even without concussions – cause Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.
Archie says this better explains how her son died.
“I think it's great that peer-reviewed research has finally caught up to what a lot of us have known for a long time,” she told Boston 25 News. “And it seemed very suspect the way he died because the behavior was so erratic.”
Archie says her son died at age 24 from reckless driving that seemed suicidal, but she didn't understand why, until she had his brain autopsied and found he suffered from CTE after playing football from age 7 to 15.
“My son never had any brain injuries or what a lot of people like to call a concussion,” Archie said.
The new research could change the way some sports are played. The athletic director at Walpole High School says he already plans to talk to coaches about the findings from BU, to find ways players can avoid those dangerous hits.
Ron Dowd says the new findings that hard hits can cause brain damage in several sports at a young age -- makes sense.
“The more education, the more proof that you have is always better, you're always looking to improve” Dowd said.
He plans to work with coaches to show players how to make tackles and plays without injuring their brain.
“You can still encompass techniques and so forth, still get your point across and not be slamming heads,” he said.
Dowd says game rules could also be changed in the future to prevent CTE after this new research.
Archie hopes the new research helps other families avoid the loss she's had.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:17 PM
UNIONTOWN, Pa. — Police arrested a woman after they say she exposed her baby to fentanyl.
But she told investigators that's not the drug she thought she was using.
The baby had to be flown to Children's Hospital from Uniontown.
Crystal Cumberland is in jail and facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Pennsylvania State Police in Fayette County, in November, the baby girl had to be given several doses of Narcan to revive her.