The false claim over countries having to join the euro

A five-year old newspaper headline – claiming that all European Union (EU) countries would have to adopt the euro after 2020 – was widely shared on Twitter over the weekend. The headline was originally shared by BrexitCentral, a pro-Brexit website whose editor-at-large is the former chief executive of Vote Leave, Matthew Elliott. One of those who retweeted the post was the former Work and Pensions Secretary and pro-Brexit Conservative MP Esther McVey. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Ms McVey’s Tweet was shared more than 1,000 times before being deleted So will all EU members have to adopt the euro? The short answer is no. Some European Union countries have negotiated “opt-outs” in areas of EU policy they do not want …

Italy Bans Unvaccinated Children From Going To Preschool And Anti-Vaxxers Are Furious

KOIN 6 The original efforts to make vaccines mandatory were denounced by Italy’s current far-right Five Star Movement (M5S) government, who called into question the safety of some immunizations. The group even threatened to overturn the mandatory vaccination laws that the previous government had passed in 2017, but decided not to go through with the plan. bbc A change in course from the government came from a wave of criticism they received in light of the country’s measles outbreak last summer. In January 2019, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the numbers rose to a reported 165 cases, marking one of the highest numbers in Europe. Ruptly Since the law first passed, there is data from the Italian health …

Why grounding 737 MAX jets is a big deal for Boeing

New York (CNN Business)The 737 MAX is Boeing’s most important plane, and China is Boeing’s most important market. That’s why China’s decision to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets operated by its airlines is so significant. Boeing has predicted that China will soon become the world’s first trillion-dollar market for jets. By 2037, Boeing estimates China will need 7,690 commercial jets to meet its travel demands. Airbus (EADSF) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, or Comac, are vying with Boeing for the vast and rapidly growing Chinese market. Comac’s first plane, designed to compete with the single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320, made its first test flight in 2017. It is not yet ready for commercial service, but …

‘Beverly Hills 90210’ And Soap Actor Jed Allan Dies At 84

“Beverly Hills 90210” actor Jed Allan, a soap opera veteran, died Saturday, just days after the death of “90210″ star Allan was 84. bold, sometimes insensitive nature often strained his relationship with his son,” but Ziering had nothing but kind words for the man behind the character. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ian Ziering (@ianziering) on Mar 10, 2019 at 10:15am PDT the actor’s death on Facebook Saturday. Allan’s long career in soaps included stints on “Days of Our Lives,” in which he played Don Craig, and “Santa Barbara” as C.C. Capwell. After the latter show ended in 1993, he portrayed the recurring character Rush Sanders on “90210,” the iconic Fox drama about the lives of teens …

Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick keeps Juve’s Champions League dream alive

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was under no illusions when he signed for Juventus last July. It was the first time Juventus had come back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg, prompting Ronaldo to tell Sky Italia: “Maybe that’s why Juventus signed me. To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we’re strong and we showed it.” Atletico must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo pushing for the future — he’s now scored a remarkable 25 goals in 33 games against the Spanish side. His winning strike — his eighth Champions League hat-trick — sparked wild celebrations inside Juventus Stadium and must have made those in the higher …

GOP Rep ‘Very Surprised’ By Tucker Carlson’s Vulgar Remarks

Fox News’ derogatory comments about women. On Sunday, posted on Twitter Sunday night, Carlson refused to apologize, chalking it up to him having been caught “saying something naughty.” If audiences really want to know what Carlson thinks, he said, they should tune in to his primetime weeknight broadcast. “This is not just a domestic issue here that we need to get better on ― this is a national security issue,” he argued, contending that societies that promote women’s rights don’t face issues with extremism.  Fox News has not yet offered any response to Carlson’s remarks.

A 9-year-old asked Steph Curry why his shoes aren’t available in girls’ sizes. He made her a promise and kept it.

Photo by Streeter Lecka / Getty Images Last November, we shared the story of how a young girl’s letter to Steph Curry convinced the two-time NBA MVP to create shoes for girls. Now, Curry has made good on his promise. It started when nine-year-old basketball fanatic Riley Morrison from Napa, California went online to pick up a pair of Under Armour Curry 5 shoes, but there weren’t any available in the girls’ section of the site. So she wrote a letter to Curry asking him to create a pair of Curry 5’s for girls. Her father posted the letter to Instagram. View this post on Instagram My daughter’s letter to Steph Curry. Her way of attempting to make a difference. …

12 Vintage Photos From The 1900s Prove That Mark Twain Was The Crazy Cat Lady Type Of Man

Like many kids, I marveled at the boyhood adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as I enthusiastically read these classic American novels. I remember being shocked at the brutal nature of the times; the violence, alcoholism and racism that put my comfortable life into sharp perspective. But still, these books sparked a curiosity and wanderlust in me that I’m forever thankful to Mr.Twain for. Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens, and his life was just as colorful and chaotic as the lives of his most famous characters. Born shortly after the appearance of Halley’s Comet, he predicted that he would “go out with it” as well. He promptly died the day after the comet returned. He has been praised …

Theories That Death Metal Desensitizes Fans To Violence Are All Wrong, Study Suggests

 To say that death metal has a bit of a grisly reputation is an understatement. Its notoriety as a force for terror and disorder is not helped by song lyrics expounding torture, rape, murder, and necrophilia and tales of violence, human sacrifice, and ritualistic church burnings. (The latter, in fairness, being more of a Norwegian black metal kinda thing.)  But, if science is to be believed, we have this much-maligned genre all wrong. Despite the extremely graphic lyrics, the music does not inspire or desensitize its listeners to violence. Indeed, researchers at Macquarie University’s music lab involved in a decades-long investigation into the emotional effects of music have found it can provoke feelings of joy and empowerment in listeners.  “Many people enjoy …

GOP senators appear ready to block Trump border declaration

Since the Democratic-controlled House approved the measure last month, the Senate vote would force Trump to use a veto to protect his presidential campaign’s “Build the Wall” mantra over objections from his own party. “It was called turn out the lights, the party’s over,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., recalling a favorite refrain of “Monday Night Football” announcers when a game was out of reach. “Well, that’s appropriate right now.” Senate passage of the resolution was all but ordained Wednesday after the collapse of efforts by the White House and GOP senators to reach compromise on separate legislation by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, limiting presidents’ powers to declare emergencies in the future. Republican lawmakers had hoped a deal on that …

2020 rankings: It’s now or never for Democrats who want to be president

(CNN)Since Monday, four candidates have made their final go/no-go decisions about the 2020 Democratic presidential race. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! The rapid-fire decisions made by that quartet of candidates speaks to how quickly the 2020 race has gone from a standstill to a dead sprint. The battle for key early-state operatives is on. The fight for online dollars is joined. And any candidate not in the race by now runs the risk of getting lapped. 2. Joe Biden: No one confounds us more than the former vice president. Biden continues to lead national polling …

Rare ‘white red kite’ spotted by farmer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhite red kite is spotted over Powys farmland A rare white-coloured kite has been spotted in Powys. However, it is unclear whether it is a leucist (white red kite), of which there are only about six in Wales, or an albino kite. Farmer Sioned Thomas, of Abercegir, near Machynlleth, spotted it while feeding sheep on Tuesday. Wildlife presenter Iolo Williams said albino kites were also “extremely rare”, and it was “impossible” to tell from a video which it was. “I saw this big white bird, just above me and it stood out straight away, because it was completely white,” said Ms Thomas. Image caption Farmer Sioned Thomas initially thought it was a …

Brexit meaningful vote will go ahead, Theresa May says

Confirmation comes as Irish foreign minister suggests May will hold more talks with EU officials on Monday evening Theresa May has said the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal will go ahead on Tuesday, as MPs warned she would lose the confidence of parliament if it was pulled. The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said he understood May would travel to Strasbourg on Monday evening but Downing Street sources declined to confirm that, saying May had no confirmed travel plans yet and suggesting the Irish government was getting ahead of events. Coveney said negotiations were ongoing and said he had hoped there would be clarity at this stage, particularly in advance of the vote on Tuesday. The British prime minister …

Brexit has radicalized the UK’s political class

(CNN)Remember the days when British politics was like its weather and its food? Safely predictable, frequently disappointing, seldom extreme? Those days of moderation are behind us. The fish and chips haven’t changed, but everything else has. Stable, dependable Britain has become dangerously unhinged. So, what about that no-deal scenario? If, three years ago, you had predicted that the Prime Minister would be threatening an entirely voluntary policy that crashed the economy and necessitated food and medicine shortages, most sensible people would have laughed in your face. But this really is happening. The government has issued exhaustive guidelines, itemizing how our lives will change, and the health secretary has refused to guarantee that people will not die. If there is no …

Every River, Lake, And Loch Tested In A New Study Contained Microplastics

Microplastics are everywhere, from the bellies of sea turtles to the world’s deepest underwater trench. The latest study to add this heap of evidence saw a team of scientists and environments test a variety of different bodies of water for microplastics – all of the sites came back positive. The research by Bangor University in Wales and Friends of the Earth specifically looked at 10 rivers and lakes in the UK, spanning the whole country, including the iconic River Thames, the remote Scottish lochs, and the rural lakes once-romanticized by English poets. The team used an easy and low-cost method involving a fluorescence lighting system to identify and count microplastic pollutants (less than 5 millimeters in size) per liter of water, such …