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Trump Will Never Jump The Shark

Trump’s “inevitable” fall from power, they say, will come in one of three ways: One: He’ll be impeached. Under a Republican Congress, Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors would have to be awfully high and awfully mean before discussions of impeachment could even begin.
 

Swedish Town Floats Idea Of Paid Hour Off From Work To Have Sex

A local politician in Overtornea, Sweden wants to give municipal employees in the community a paid break from work every week to have sex. The idea behind the proposal , introduced Monday by Social Democrat Per-Erik Muskos, is to solve two problems at once.

Judge says lawsuit against Howell over Jewish center can proceed

-- A federal judge has declined to dismiss most counts of a lawsuit filed by an Orthodox Jewish congregation alleging that the township and zoning board discriminated against the group when its application to build a religious education center was denied.

Osinbajo Inspects Toilets, Carousels at Lagos Airport

Chinedu Eze In line with the federal government policy on the ease of doing business in the country, the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday inspected facilities, including toilets and the carousels, at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

Abaribe Denies Receiving Pension from Abia Govt

Former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has denied an advertorial alleging that he has been receiving pension from the state government and at the same time collecting remuneration as a senator. Abaribe, currently representing Abia South in the Senate, said he was never a....

NNPC Renegotiates Deep Offshore Rig Rate, Gets 72% Discount

Says unit technical cost for oil has dropped to $27/b from $70/b Chineme Okafor in Abuja. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday said it has renegotiated its deep offshore rig rate from a staggering $580,000 to $164,000 per day, translating to a cost savings of 71.7 per cent.

Harvard School Appoints Muhammed-Oyebode into Its Leadership Board

The Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States of America, has invited Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode onto its board. Oyebode, lawyer, administrator and Philanthropist, is the CEO of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), a non-governmental organisation.

Treasury warns against neglecting basic education

Durban – National Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile has warned about focusing only on higher education without paying much attention to the basic education system. “As we deal with the situation, we must make sure we don’t focus on one part of education only to de-emphasise the other area....

Spur grows franchise sales to R3.8bn

The group's headline earnings from continuing operations increased by 20.8 percent to R109.5 million. Diluted HEPS (headline earnings per share) from continuing operations increased by 21 percent to 114.2 cents, or by 4.5 percent on a comparable basis. The interim dividend was increased by 6 percent to 71 cents per share.

#Budget2017: ‘I’m just a statistic’

Homeless people living under Lansdowne Bridge. File picture: Tracey Adams. Johannesburg - There are a lot of firsts for Malizole Hole this year. He started a new job in January and also took on the role of a father. The 26-year-old has had to make an adjustment to this new life. “I have been studying for a while, I’m still busy with my B-Tech.

#Budget2017: Not much to add about minimum wage

Nurses from across the province marches through the streets of Pretoria demanding better working conditions. Picture: Jacques Naude. Parliament – There was not a lot more information in the 2017 Budget speech on Wednesday about South Africa’s latest “giant step forward”, but senior government....

ICC withdrawal: Government not throwing in the towel

Pretoria – South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was still on the cards, but this time the cabinet would follow procedure and first consult Parliament, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said. The minister said on Wednesday the court order that the government had to....

#Budget2017 not radical enough

Durban - The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed disappointment in Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget speech, saying it failed to live up to its expectations by reflecting on radical transformation. It was expecting Gordhan to show his commitment on creating a state bank, free....

#Budget2017: Land reform money 'a drop in the ocean'

Johannesburg - Proponents of land expropriation without compensation feel done down by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget allocation of R32.1 billion aimed at accelerating the long-drawn-out land reform programme. And R10.3 billion - which is 32 percent of the Department of Rural Development....

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday. Islamic State militants said Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British....

Mexico will not accept Trump's immigration plans, foreign minister says

Mexico has indicated it would not accept the Trump administration’s new immigration proposals, saying it would go to the United Nations to defend the rights of immigrants in the US. Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign minister, was responding to Donald Trump’s plans to enforce immigration rules more....

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension points as U.

Famine tragedy must not become a catastrophe, UN chief warns

The United Nations needs €4bn by the end of March to prevent devastating hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just €86m has been collected so far, the world body’s chief has said. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres warned “we are facing a tragedy”, with more than 20....

Ivanka Pushes $500 Billion Child Care Plan

Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress. Members of the House and Senate met with the president’s eldest daughter in the....

Political Risk Hampers the ECB

Mohamed A. El-Erian is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is the chief economic adviser at Allianz SE and chairman of the President’s Global Development Council, and he was chief executive and co-chief investment officer of Pimco. His books include “The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse.

German Domestic Demand Bolstered Growth in Final Quarter

Private and government spending contributed 0.2 percentage point each to growth, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said on Thursday. Net trade subtracted 0.4 percentage point from output, with a 3.1 percent increase in imports outpacing a 1.8 percent gain in exports. Gross domestic product rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.

Amazon.com's IMDb Gets to Keep Publishing Actor Birth Dates

’s IMDb won’t have to delete the birth dates of actors and actresses from its website after a federal judge blocked enforcement of a California law meant to curtail age discrimination in Hollywood. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco granted the film fan website’s request for a....

China Expands Drug Insurance Coverage in Boost to Pharma Stocks

China expanded the list of medicines covered nationwide by government insurance for the first time since 2009, a move that sent the shares of Chinese drugmakers soaring. The central government decided to add 339 drugs to a list of medicines covered by the country’s basic medical insurance, the....

Iraqi forces push up to Mosul's key military base by airport

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces on Thursday joined the government offensive to rout Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, pushing up to a sprawling, IS-held military base on the city's southern edge as police forces advanced toward the adjacent international airport, officials said.

American Samoa's ex-congressman dies at 73

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa's longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Eni H. Faleomavaega died Wednesday. He was 73. His sister-in-law, Therese Hunkin, didn't disclose the cause of death but said he died at his home in Provo, Utah.

The Latest: Malaysia wants Interpol help on tracing suspects

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): 1 p.m. Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says help has been sought from Interpol to issue an alert for the four....

Shanghai tightens supervision on online P2P lenders

SHANGHAI is tightening supervision on China’s ballooned online peer-to-peer lenders amid a national campaign to curb financial frauds that had nabbed at least billions of yuan from investors countrywide since the end of 2015. Peer-to-peer lenders will likely be ordered to provide reports on their....

Mandate claims Tesco ‘out of control’ as more workers vote for industrial action

Update – 7.50am: Tesco Ireland have said that staff “delivered another emphatic rejection to Mandate’s strike strategy” with five more shops refusing to mount pickets last night. The retail giant said that 23 stores, more than half the shops balloted, “have overwhelmingly refused to co-operate with the union’s strike”.

Concussions still a 'fact-free zone' as leading researchers call for national guidelines

HERE’S WHAT WE do know: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Here’s what we don’t: Pretty much everything else. Why do some people show symptoms straight away while, for others, their onset is delayed or may not arrive at all? We don’t know. Why are some people seemingly more predisposed....

Trump overturns Obama's school protections for transgender students

Source: Andrew Harnik/AP. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts....

Barclays says it will complete its restructuring early

LONDON (AP) - Barclays Group says it will complete its restructuring six months earlier than planned as it sheds risky assets and focuses on consumer, corporate and investment banking in New York and London. Barclays now plans to close its non-core unit at the end of June after reducing its stake in Barclays Africa to 12.
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